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This is one of my favourite lip balms, the whole product oozes quality and this is reflected unfortunately in the whopping £15 price tag that comes with it but it is not that often that I indulge myself (ok in relity I do all the time but that is another matter) and this product produces such excellent results it is worth every penny. I own a fair few different lip balms as I tend to swap them about and this is one of my favourites. The packaging is top quality with a blend of silver and pink colours that work really well. It looks like a normal lipstick father than a balm and you apply it as you would a lipstick.
I have the crystal red shade which is the one pictured above and it is a lovely one as it is a red that is nice and subtle when applied. It is really easy to apply and is very smooth as it glides over my lips, it is not at all sticky and adhers to my lips evenly. It does moisturise my lips as well and it contains Vitamin E. It leaves my lips feeling nice and soft and they look great.
My lips look healthy and well nourished and the lip balm lasts a decent amount of time as well so you are not constantly having to reapply it although don't expect it to last the whole day. It does have a quality feel to this product and it leaves my lips looking great. It helps retain a natural look but one that is improved upon as well.
I would certainly recommend this lip balm as it is a great product.
Having owned one of these watches for about three months (well I say one in fact it is two because the first one broke and this one is about to be returned for a refund) I can safely say that it is seriously flawed and would not recommend it.
These Breo watches are very popular especially amongst the younger generation and this is probably due to the fact that they are very cheap, less than £10 in most cases and as a fashion item they come in lots of different colours, they are very light on the wrist,just like wearing a wrist band in fact and they simply tell the time using a simple digital display.
There are however some significant faults. The first is the fact that they are a pain to adjust as you need a pen tip to activate the buttons on the back of the watch which is a very fiddly operation even for me ad I have very good manual dexterity. This is also a very real issue because both of the ones I have owned seem to loose time and are not very accurate as a result of this. They are also shoddily made, my first one split on the strap where it meets the watch housing and the second one also appears weak in this area. These two factors are why I'm about to seek a refund as in my opinion the watch is poorly made.
They come in different sizes and it is important to get the right size as they are not adjustable. Having had a poor experience I would certainly not recommend these at all, they are just not worth the hassle.
I love my Ipod Touch, the 32 GB memory can hol up to 8000 songs which is plenty big enough for me and it is also a great little hand held device for watching videos as well. I do have some pictures stored on it as well and also use it to play some games but its primary use is to listen to music and watch video's and this is where it excels. I paid £209 for mine which included a small discount over the advertise price and it certainly pays to shop around. It does not come with a case and it is well worth getting one to protect the screen espially if you plan to watch a lot of videos.
It is really slim and weighs very little so it is comfortable to carry around and does not take up much space in my bag.
The sound quality is excellent and for those who have had ipod's in the past then the operating syste will be very familiar, I like the fact that it has a number of preloaded apps such as the Safari browser and a youtube app as well as I use these a lot. It is realy easy to navigate around teh applications and functions and tit is this ease of use that is a major attraction, of course you will need an itunes account to access and load your music and that is an easy system to get used to as well.
The touch screen is nice and sensitive and makes selecting functions easy and there are lots of features to explore. The battery life is quite variable in my opinion and really does depend on how it is being used and the only other niggle I do have with it is that while the camera takes a decent picture the video quality is not so good. It comes with a set of headphones which are functional but upgrading does make sense.
The sheer volume of features and the easy operation are two of its strongest featres in my opinion and matched with the excellent sound quality I'm really pleased with my purchase and do consider it worth the money.
The word that immediately springs to mind when you see these earphones is the word funky, they are such a cool design and the fact that come in a variety of colours means that there is a good amount of choice. All of the colours are bold and a bit in your face, I opted for the green ones that are shown in the picture above but I was tempted by the dark pink ones as well. All of the colours have an alien skull design on the outside of the ear bud. The only slight issue I have ith the design is that I wish the wire was also a different colour and not just a boring black colour then they would be even more prominent.
Because they are an ear bud design they are small and easy to carry and they are reasonably priced, if you shop around you can get them for as little as £12 but you can end up paying £18 as well from some sites.
Even though they are reasonably priced they are still a quality product, it is not just all about design and no functionability. They are comfortable to wear and thy come with three different sizes of bud so can suit different ear sizes. They are also slightly angled as well and this means they stay secure and do not fall out. The sound quality is pretty good as well although obviously given the size it will have its limitations but for listening to music on my phone or ipod they are perfectly satisfactory, plus I'm a bit tone deaf when it comes to music so a quality, expensive product would not make much difference.
For a cool design and a product tha delivers these are well worth checking out and I have had mine for about 4 months now and they have been very reliable and robustly made.
At first glance this may look like an over priced and unnecessary product however in reality it is an excellent moisturising cream that works well with my rather sensitive and dry skin. I suffer from very dry skin most of the year and especially in the colder weather and this cream is excellent at keeping it healthy and smooth looking. It costs about £20 however in my opinion if the product works well then it is a small price to pay.
It comes in a soft pink coloured tube with the Biotherm logo and simple type. It has a screw top lid which is nice and secure and also this forms the base for it to stand upon. It is a nice functional design, nothing flashy however I do like the fact that the nozzle is narrow enough to mean that you do not get too much from a slight squeeze of the tube. The cream is quite thick so this is improtant as you do not need a lot in any one application and you certainly do not want to be wasting any of it. Before use it is beneficial to was and cleanse your skin first before applying the cream, this will make it more effective and get better results.
It is really absorbant and you only need to use a small amount. It really does improve the dryness of my skin leabving it fully moisturised, this means that it looks healthier and almost glowing. When it is really dry it can even be flakey and I get none of that when I use this product and the results are really quick to show through with only a couple of aplications making a noticeable difference.
I also like the fact that it has only a slight antiseptic odour to it and that soon fades after application so it does not clash with any other fragrances that i use.
I love this moisturising cream and would certainly recomend it especially for those with dry skin.
It is pretty hard to go wrong with this 8gb flash drive fromPlay.com as for a very low price of £6.99 you do get an excellent product. I did have a problem with the first one that I got as it would not work on my laptop, the message came up that there was no driver that it was compatable with and all the things I tried to resolve the matter did not work however Play replaced it after a few days through their normal returns policy and the new one is working just fine with no problems so I guess the first one was certainly faulty.
This is what I guess you would call a basic flash drive based on the fact that it is not exactly robustly made. It is a blue plastic casing, mine differes slightly from the one in teh picture above in that it does not have the silver loop on the lid which is a shame as this looks like it would make it easier to secure the device to a key chain however the lid mine has is smooth. It does clip on to the back of the flash drive when it is plugge into your PC to make it harder to loose but other than that there is no way to secure the flash drive to anything if it is going to be used a lot. I plan to use mine to back up pictures so it is not a major issue as it will remain at home.
Transfer speeds are perfectly acceptable, whilst it is not the fastest flash drive that I have ever worked with it does transfer files easily by drag and drop and without the need for any software downloads. Also the speed is fine especially as I'm using mine for storing photo files from home so there is no need for it to be particularly fast.
Overall I guess you get what you pay for and this is a good value device which as it is from Play does not have any additional p&p to pay.
Boules is one of those games that you ever get to see played, or for that fact have the urge to play it, and the fact that we were holidaying in the Vendee this year on a campsite meant that we wanted to take a set away with us as it was a driving holiday and we had plenty of room in the boot as the campsites was one of those where you have everything set up for you.
This is a set aimed at children, it is certainly not for those who take the game seriously, having said that us adults enjoyed playing it just as much as the kids. One of the plus points about the game is that it is fast moving and depending on how many points you set for the winning target can be over in a few minutes, that fact that it is quite quick and manages to keep everyone involved especially when playing as two teams of two makes it attractive for small children. You can also vary the range that you place the jack from where you are going to throw it to make the game either more of less of a challeenge as the aim is to get your ball closest to the jack to win a point.
The balls are brightly coloured which will appeal to young children and it also makes them easy to distinguish, they are weighted but are not really very heavy, certainly children over the age of 4 would have no trouble with these and they are also quite small so little hands will be able to grip them nice and easily. This is important as while they are not overly heavy they would still hurt if thrown at someone either deliberately or by accident.
The balls when thrown do not bounce at all and will roll a small distance but the weight in them holds them steady. They come in a black plastic carry case which keeps them secure however it does show up how cheap these are as the clasp mechanism on our has broken already so we had to tie it with some string. You only get one jack with this set which is a bit of an issue as it is not very big and something i would imagine could be easily lost.
It only cost £5.50 from Amazon and you do get what you pay for but for an easy game to play on holiday or on the beech in the UK they are worth the money.
This buffing cloth from Dermalogica is described as the ultimate buffing cloth and certainly having paid £10.99 for one had high expectations of ity and to be honest I have not been disappointed. It comes ina zip lock bag for storage so it is ideal for taking away with you when you are travelling or for use after a gym session. It is the same size as a normal face cloth and is machine washable on a cold cycle. I have a blue one however they are also in red and yellow if there are more people in the house who want one.
The buffing cloth is designed to remove dead and rough skin from your body and is basd upon similar products found in Japanese Spa treatments which act as an exfoliator for your skin. I use my normal body wash and then massage it into my skin using the cloth. The cloth is abrasive without feeling harsh on my skin, I certainly have noticed the difference over a period of time with using this cloth, it has a nice massaging feeling to it and leaves my skin feeling smooth and with a healthy glow to it.
It works well on hard skin areas like the base of your feet and elbows and it does seem to invigorate the skin which is down to the massaging effect that it has. I have been using my current cloth for about three months now an it is still pretty much in the same condition, it has probably lost a little of its abrasive qualities but it is still really effective.
I would certainly recommend this product and would not be without it now.
This Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel is an expensive product (this is the only but a rather major downside ) but it is also an incredibly effective product and that is the big plus side of the product. It certainly proves the adage " you get what you pay for". You can expect to pay around the £17 to £20 price range for a 125ml tube of this cleansing wash. One of the factors that does offset the cost a little is the fact that you do not need to use a lot at a tme so a tube does last for a decent number of washes.
The product does not have any smell and it is very easy to apply with a gentle circular motion when the skin has just been washed. It really does feel like the gel is melting as it seemlessly absorbs into my face and neck. My skin really does feel nice and smooth after using this and it does not feel at all greasy even though the gel itself has a slightly oily quality to it as you apply it. I was amazed at how quickly it absorbed.
I also find that this cleansing gel as well as helping to keep my complexion spot and blemish free also has a slight cooling effect as it is applied. It is a lovely product to use when you want to pamper yourself. My skin is left feeling hydrated and also looking smooth and even with a healthy glow to it. This is certainly a product that I would recommend. The only negative is the price of the product as it is not cheap.
The Dermalogica range of products which includes cosmetics and body care products are an excellent range with some real gems amongst them. This Dermalogica Body Conditioning wash is a perfect example of this great quality. The packaging is coll and stylish without being flamboyant and over the top. It has a rather austere feel to it. The body wash comes in a white plastic bottle with a simple pump action dispenser on the top.. I paid £26.99 for a 473ml bottle of the wash which is a reasonable price compared with others that I have seen. he packaging is adorned with simple type which is blue in colour,.
The body wash itself is a thick creamy liquid and the dispenser is really good as a single pump only produces a small amount of the body wash and this this means that you do not waste any, not a bad thing given that it is quite expensive compared with other body washes. A little does go quite a long way as well which is another positive as it produces a lot of lather when combined with water and covers a lot of my body, another reason why you only want to use a little at a time.
The foaming agent in the body wash occurs naturally and this helps to make it really kind to my skin, it also does not contain any soap but does contain eucalyptus and tea tree oil as well as sandalwood which gives it a nice rich floral scent as well as it also contains lavender. The natural properties of the body wash means that my skin does not dry out when I use this and my skin eels lovely and soft as well as clean feeling after using it in the shower.
I do highly recomend this body wash, my only personal couple of gripes are over the cost and also because it is quite thick you do need to make sure you keep the pump nozze clean so that it does not get bunged up.
This High Impact Curling Mascara from Clinique will set you back around the £15 mark, I got lucky and only paid £10.99 for mine but that was because I had a £5 discount voucher. Despite the slightly high price tag this is certainly a product that I would recommend as it is a great black mascara that looks great and is easy to use.
It comes in a long silver tube, it is a simple sleek design that is very stylish and certainly helps to create the right impression of a quality product. The brush has a really nice easy to hold handle and the curved design of the brush really does help when it comes to applying the mascara. You only want to apply a little at a time as this is a good quality product. The brush is just the right length to make it easy to use and I find I can often apply the mascara in a single upward stroke that really gives my eye lashes a nice upward curl and lift.
For me this mascara certainly makes my lashes look fuller and longer and helps to accentuate my brown eyes which I reckon are one of my best features or so others have told me. I have also found this mascara from Clinique to be long lasting and does not run at all. It dries really quickly so there is no waiting around and you can vary the look depending on how many layers you choose to apply, personally i find a little is the best look for me.
It does take a bit of effort to remove it at the end of the night however given the quiality of the mascara that does not surprise me at all. Definately a product that I would recommend.
The adverts for this do not seem to make sense in my opinion, after all it is all good and well having something that supposedly stops the spread of germs that accumalate on the button you are going to press to get teh soap but surely the fact that you are then washing your hands any way with anti bacterial hand wash surely takes away the problem, so given my sceptism, why do I own one? Well that is because it was one of the many raffle prizes at a school event and I was the winner.
It workson a sensor to deliver the right amount of soap to wash your hands and the power source comes from 4 AA batteries. The soap refills cost £2.99 which is a little pricey in my opinion. It takes a few mnutes to get going when you first fit the batteries however once the power source is in full flow then it works perfectly well, just place your cupped hand underneath the dispensing nozzle and the soap is dispensed. It only took me a couple of trials to get used to the correct hand position.
I have been using a green tea wash in mine however there are alternative types of soap. There is nothing outstanding about the hand wash, it has a nice fresh clean smel and is effective at gettting dirty hands clean but there are no amazing mositurising qualities or anything like that. It is easy enough to clean but you have to ensure that the battery compartyment does not get wet for obvious reasons.
I have to be honest this is not something I would have purchased as I see it is as slightly unnecessary gadget and the running costs of soap refils and ultimately replacement batteries (unless you use recharagable ones) is an expense that can be avoided.
This is a superb device to give you an extra source of light that is flexible and mobile and is an ideal aid for bedtime reading or laptop work where a mains light source is not available or if you do not want to switch a main light on that will disturb others. I works off a battery power source made up of 4 AA batteries however do not be put off by the cost of these batteries as they do last a long time so you will not find yourself having to replace them on a frequent basis. Added to that the fact that you can buy these for under a tenner and it ise a high quality product that will not break the bank. It is also a pretty stylish design and looks good.
There is a clip to attach it to surfaces and also a base for it to stand on and given teh fact that the stem can be bent this means you can adjust the shape to ensure that you get a direct beam of light in teh direction that you want it to shine. Also it means you can turn it away instead of switching it on and off itf you want to stop the light for a short period of time.
The beam is quite strong and has a good range to it and if you combinea couple at different angles it cn certainly provide a good level of illumination for a small room, sort of a little weaker than a lamp but beter than a basic torch. Plus it is hands free so does not have the downside that a torch does.
This is a neat gadget and one that has a range of uses which includes being suitable for taking on holiday with you if camping or in a caravan and you want a night light.
There are 20 wax strips in a box and they can be used straight from the box which is a plus point however I was rather disappointed with the results of these and I will not be buying them again. Also they are not very sensitive either and I was left with a rash some of the time, although for some reason not all the time, and that is another reason why I would not recommend these to anyone else.
What made the fact that they gave me a rash all the worse was that of the three varieties available I had opted for the ones billed as being suitable for sensitive skin and yet they clearly are not. They containj an Almond Oil extract and Vitamin E as well but neither were any help.
I found that my legs were not left smooth, instead there were patches still with hair on them and so ended up shaving anyway. There were easy to use as you just smooth the strip straight onto your skin however when you remove them they are quite messy after you give them a sharp pull away from the skin. You need to work in the opposite direction to the way your hair is growing otherwise all you will end up doing is transferring some goopy wax to your leg.
Even working in the right direction there was not a lot of hair left on the strip after each pul and as I said earlier the fact that it did not work very well meant that I soon gave up and also the rash that developed was not nice at all.
They cost £6.99 for a pack and they are not worth the money in my opinion.
It looks like the cold weather is back with us again and so for my dog walking duties this morning I was again reaching for my lovely warm Berghaus Power Stretch hat, it may not be the most stylish bit of head gear but it is certainly very effective at protecting your head and ears from the cold. As our dog needs lots of exercise as a minimum it gets taken for walks in the morning and night and for longer romps at the weekend and during any free time I have in the week so this hat gets a lot of wear in addition to any hiking my partner and I may do.
The hat is made from a light fleece material that is very flexible and it fits very securely without being too tight, the fleece material is also breathable so you head does not get too sweaty when you are being quite active. The hat also has some excellent thermal qualities, it performed really well in the recent negative temperatures that were accompanied by even colder biting winds and certainly does a good job at keeping the elements at bay as wel as preventing heat loss through the top of your head.
Mine is slightly large for my head but I overcome this by simply folding it over the once in order for it to be a more comfortable length. It is easy to clean and it has retained its shape and smooth feel really well, just a little bobbling on the top in a couple of places, I paid £13.99 for it in Blacks in the middle of last year. Mine is a dark navy blue but there are other colours with black being the most popular.
I have quite a few Berghaus products and I have found that they never let me down and this hat is an excellent example of that.