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      29.10.2011 16:00
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      waste of money

      There are very rare times that I buy products because of the great advertising. But on that sad occasion when I am really tired and naive and gullible...after watching advert like Vanish...I believe everything that they are saying and I end up buying the product.

      And on that weak occasion, I actually believed that my sons school shirts that I buy white, but become covered with grass stains in the summer term, will disappear with Vanish pre wash stick. Well I can laugh about it now, for falling for that one!

      This Vanish pre-wash is a 75g stick,that states, that all you have to do is to get to the stain quickly, apply it directly on the stain (no rubbing/scrubbing/hard work involved) and put it in the washing machine and carry on with your washing as normal and the stain will disappear. It also states that stubborn stains will need more than one treatment, and also some stains like rust, dry paint or permanent ink will be impossible to remove.

      I have bought Vanish pre-wash stain remover stick believing that if I apply it before the wash on the stain and rubbed it in/scrubbed it a little bit myself first, and then put it in the washing machine...the stain would definitely vanish.

      Well, to be fair, the grass stains on my sons school shirt did go lighter shade of green, but never vanished, even after 2/3 treatments.

      And also I have tried to remove the hot chocolate stain on his white shirt with pre wash stick...and it did absolutely nothing for that.

      Now, let me tell you, that I would love to be in the position like the ad shows, seeing my son slip on the school field while playing football, watching a grass stain appear...I run to him, like a saviour (in Baywatch slow motion :) but carrying the Vanish pre-wash stick in one hand and a washing machine in the other) and remove the stain on the spot...

      Unfortunately....yes...life isn't like that.

      So if the stain sets in....no chance of me getting it out.

      I have also come to the conclusion that it is so much cheaper buying another 3 school shirts from Tesco than another stain remover product (stick is about£1.80)

      And as for hot chocolate stain, as it was quite a large stain, after speaking to a friend, she suggested to try to shift the stain with bleach. And it worked, but you have to be very careful with that. She also suggested that I send my sons t shirt with the hot chocolate to them. Maybe I should have. And see what results they come up with....

      Would definitely NOT recommend!

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        09.10.2011 12:45
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        I would recommend it

        Buying furniture, for me, can be very tricky. In my mind I would have an image of a piece of specific furniture that I'd like to buy, but in reality, I would struggle to find it in the shops.

        I had the same problem when I was updating my living room. I knew that I needed a small beech unit so I could place a large lamp on top, but I also needed some storage for couple of catalogues/newspapers underneath and a drawer.

        Browsing through Argos online catalogue, I couldn't find anything in the living room furniture section that was suitable, so I did type in the search box 'beech furniture'. Well, I am glad I did, as Modena 1 drawer bedside chest came up. I have never thought of looking in a bedroom section for something that I need for my living room.

        Modena 1 drawer bedside furniture is:

        Packed flat

        Comes in different finishes

        Has silver coloured feet and a silver handle

        Has 1 drawer

        1 person assembly

        Size H47, W34.3, D35.2cm

        I did what I always do when shopping in Argos, reserve online and go to pick it up myself. It was 8.5kg which was very easy and light for me to carry to the car.

        When I arrived home I took all the parts out of the box. They were all counted for, but unfortunately the handle was snapped in half. Usually I would return it straight back to the shop, but as I really liked this unit I decided to read the instruction that came with the unit. The instructions were on 15 (A4) pages and very easy to follow as they were step by step explained. On the back page there was a customer helpline number in case any parts are missing or damaged, so I rang the number. Within 2 min of giving the product number and description, to a very pleasant and apologetic lady, I was promised that the part would be with me in the next few days. And it was. So I carried on with assembling the bedside chest.

        All the parts were labeled with small bright orange stickers with numbers on, and therefore very easy to identify them. In the instructions there was also a ruler that helped identify the right length of the screws which was brilliant. And I have to point out that for someone like me who is not a great fan of DIY, this was a great help.

        It did take me just under 2 hours to put it all together. The reason being: I didn't use the cams properly so my furniture was swaying, as I was putting it together. I read the instruction again and realized that I wasn't locking cams properly in place. Once I did that, the unit was fine and very sturdy.

        The bedside chest sits next to my sofa in the living room, with a large lamp on top and few catalogues and newspapers on the bottom shelf. The drawer is great for odd bits that I like to keep in the living room. It looks simple, but modern and with its silver feet and silver handle it matches the rest of the furniture.

        The only downside is that the drawer doesn't slide as easy as I would like it, but I am not sure if that is down to my assembling or not. But as I don't open that drawer daily, it's ok.

        So for that reason I am giving 4/5 stars.

        ps forgot to say the price. it is £24.99 but at the time of my purchase it was £19.99 (few months ago) but would have paid the full price as it was an ideal piece of furniture for me.

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          25.09.2011 14:16
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          would recommend

          Last year I have decided to update my desktop computer, as the old one had started to do funny things. And to be honest, there is only so many times I can take the side panel of the base so that the unit does not get over heated and switches my whole computer off.

          Buying a new desktop computer presented me with problem of transferring all my files, documents and emails/email account to the new one. When I was researching on the internet I was left with 2 options:

          a) to buy a cable which has to be attached to the new as well as old computer at the same time and is transferred through the cable or

          b) to buy portable drive

          I decided on the option b, because not only it transfers all the files, but is brilliant as a backup too (with option a, you can transfer but not save).

          After browsing on PC World website I came across Seagate Expansion portable drive. Found the cheapest one that would do the job and went into the store to pick it up. It cost me just under £40

          In the box was:

          * Seagate Expansion portable drive 320GB
          * quick start guide
          * USB 2.0 cable
          * 2 year limited warranty

          System requirements:

          * Windows XP,Vista
          * Windows 7 operating system
          * And USB port

          First thing that took me by surprise is how small and compact it is. I expected something much bigger, so was pleased to find out that fitted in my handbag :) (8 cm x 14 cm x 1.5 cm). It is black and very light.

          I almost panicked when I opened the box and saw instructions and no software to install. I had to look in the box again just to make sure that I haven't missed another set of instructions. These ones just showed a diagram with a laptop, USB cable and portable hard drive. Even I did not need instructions to tell me how to plug in the USB cable. However it did state that for all support and assistance you can visit www.seagtae.com website.

          I plugged in the USB cable and I was amazed how simple the whole thing looked. It was just like using a memory stick. All I had to do is select the files, from my old computer, that I wanted to keep, click on them and drag them onto the portable drive. I did the same with my email account and all the photos that I kept in another section of my computer.

          The nerve wrecking thing was, once I transferred all that on the hard drive...will it then transfer on my new desktop computer.

          Me, being me, and not always trusting the new technology, had decided to keep the old computer while I set up the new one.

          I couldn't believe how easy was to do the same process again, but this time from the portable drive to my new computer. All I had to do was to plug the portable hard drive through USB into my new computer. Same principle, click and drag. Even my email account and all my emails were transferred. Oh, and photos too. It was great. I was relived.

          I now keep the portable drive as add on storage for my computer and it is great. It takes all the worries of ever loosing files,photos and emails if anything goes wrong with my computer. The only thing is now remembering to plug it in once amonth to update all the files and keep backup files up to date.

          I would so recommend it.

          It is small, compact and stylish, loads of storage and affordable.

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          16.09.2011 21:32
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          would definitely recommend

          Over the years I have tried to curl my hair with everyday rollers, and every time I had to wait ages until my hair was dry and rollers were ready to be taken out. I do have medium to long hair...so in the end I gave up on wasting my time, till I discovered heated rollers.

          I have struggled to decide which heated rollers to go for, so after a detailed research I have opted for Nicky Clarke compact heated rollers. Price did vary but the average was about £15-£20. I did manage to grab a bargain in Tesco for £11.97 (2 weeks ago).

          The rollers come in a small, light black travel bag, with the lead on the outside. When you unzip the bag in the middle, there are 12 rollers, 6 red ones on one side and 6 black ones on the other. This means that you can only heat up 6 rollers at the time. Personally I don't mind that at all, because as I take one red heated roller to put in my hair, I replace it with the black one that needs heating up. The rollers are medium size, and all 12 rollers are the same size.

          In the bag there are also 12 pins to keep the rollers in place when placed in hair. It took me few attempts to get the pins right so they keep the rollers in my hair rather than falling out, but it is a matter of practice.
          The rollers take about 10-15 min to heat up and when they are ready to be used the temperature indicator turns from red to white. They are not too hot to handle while using them, which is great.

          Once the rollers are in the hair they can be left as long as you need. My hair seems to curl quite easily so for me 10-15min is more than enough. It leaves me with a great volume and large curls that with a touch of hairspray lasts all day. Even the following day, I still have curls in my hair (maybe not as strong as first day, but still nice curls). Girls at work though I was popping into hairdressers every morning before work. I have had so many compliments since using them.

          What I didn't know till I bought them is that they can be put on dry hair or slightly damp hair too. I haven't tried putting them on damp hair, so I cannot comment on those results.

          The only one thing that I have found not so very practical was, that the black rollers that are not heated and are stored in the bag, are held by elastic. I do find it very difficult to take them out of the elastic and to put them back in the elastic bit, so I leave them loosely in the bag.

          Apart from that I am very happy with the purchase of Nicky Clarke heated rollers, and would definitely recommend them.

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        • BT Graphite Single 1500 / Telephone / 20 Readings / 20 Ratings
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          10.09.2011 14:10
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          I have had BT Graphite 1500 Telephone with Answer Machine (single) for the past 2 years and I am very pleased with it. It is a black modern looking phone that is easy to use. It has a lovely small base, so you can put it anywhere and doesn't take a lot of space.

          The instructions that come with the phone are very short with a title quick start guide. They are on double sided A3 paper and for me that was sufficient to set up all that I needed. The instructions are very easy to use.There is a website also included in the instruction stating that more detailed instructions and a full user guide is available for download.

          I am not going to go through all the specifications and technical terms i.e. screen is monochrome, lcd display is 14 segment and so on, as that means very little to me. I was more interested to know that it:

          Stores 50 numbers and names in the phone book
          Up to 10 hours talk time
          Up to 100 hours standby time
          10 ring tones
          Speaker volume control
          Hands-free speakerphone
          40 call log
          Caller ID (depends on service provider)
          12 minutes recording time on the answer machine

          Let me start from the most important specification, in my opinion, which is talking hours or simply life of the batteries. My previous phone use to pack up half way through the conversation (I know that I do talk a lot on the phone, but never the less I did expect the battery to last at least hour, hour and a half), so I am very pleased that I can still talk as much as I like and the battery is lasting. After 2 years I am yet to experience that beep when the battery is going low.

          Next one is phone book and as I mentioned before it can hold up to 50 names and phone numbers, which is great. The only thing is that when the phone rings and the name appear, it is not very clear to see the name or number of the person calling. So, unless I have my specs on, I have no chance in the evening seeing who is calling (daytime is better).

          It has 10 simple but nice choices of ringtones which are absolutely great to hear.
          Also it has a very good sound quality while talking and I can adjust the volume on the handset while talking, which is very convenient.

          Regarding the answer phone it can store 12min recording time. The only downside is that there is no 'beep' to tell you that you have got a message, but have to walk to the base to look if any messages are left. It only displays the number of messages left. The number of the messages left does flash on the base, but I sometimes forget to walk to the phone when I come in to see if any left.

          In my opinion this is a nice, modern looking phone with a lot of excellent features.

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          08.09.2011 21:20
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          would not recommend

          I cannot even remember how many times have heard the girls at work, going on and on about sanctuary products and how wonderful they are. I have never tried them before and was happy to listen and ask what sort of products they had.

          So, one day while I was in Boots, I saw the offer on Sanctuary products (3 for 1), so I headed for the aisle with all the Sanctuary products.

          The first impression was very good. I liked the variety and the packaging on the shelf but have headed straight for the body lotion, as my skin cannot go without it because it feels dry without it.

          I picked up the Sanctuary Body Lotion 250ml and read the information on the back. Which in so many words tells you how wonderfully fragrant it is, it is super absorbent and leaves your skin smooth by taking away dryness. I liked what I read, and without giving it a second thought, put 3 in my basket. Well, never again, I can tell you. Not without testing it first.

          The Sanctuary Body Lotion 250ml comes in a pump bottle, really nice packaged and easy to use. So I removed the lid, pumped couple of squirts into the palm of my hand and started to apply to my skin. Oh my word, where do I start.

          Let me start with an overpowering smell that I can only describe as an insect repellent smell. It was absolutely awful. But I thought that the smell would go away. Oh how wrong I was. The smell not only lingered all day, but was also pointless putting the perfume on, because all I could smell (and half of the population around me) was the body lotion.

          Then the words 'super absorbent' as described...well, super absorbent definitely is NOT. It was spreading on and on and on, and very little absorbing. It took ages to apply it. It is a very thin consistency, but that should mean that you apply a little less and goes the long way...but not in this case.

          And as for taking away dryness...well in my case another fairy tale. I did apply the lotion in the evening, and by the morning my skin was dry and flaky again.

          So, in a sentence if you want to spend ages applying the body lotion that will leave your skin dry again, before you finish applying it, and you would love to smell like an insect repellent, than this is your lotion.

          I will definitely stick to L'Oreal body lotion...because I am worth it.

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          • LG 32LH2000 / LCD TV / 18 Readings / 17 Ratings
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            03.09.2011 19:15
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            superb TV that I would recommend

            Last year when my old TV finally gave up on me, I had no choice but to search for the new one. But this time, I first had to do all my research on the internet regarding the new purchase, as there is just so much information to take into account. And then go to the store in person to see what the TV actually looked like.

            No a way I could have been able just to walk into the shop, have some 18 year old assistant bombarding me with all the technical terms and selling me anything that he/she wanted (no offence to any 18 year olds :), I just envy you lot on ability to keep up with the technology)

            First I had to find out most of the technical terms on the internet, then specifications of the TV a liked and only then compare TV makes, models and prices. After a very long research on internet, and seeing it in the store, I decided to buy LG32LH2000 (black).

            Some of technical/general specifications for LG32LH2000:

            W x H x D in mm 805 x 583 x 8
            Built-in Digital Freeview
            HD Ready (1366 x 768) Resolution
            Dynamic Contrast Ratio of 30,000:1
            Brightness 500cd/m2
            AV Mode (Cinema, Game, Sport)
            Clear Voice technology
            Swivel Stand
            Energy Saving Recommended by Energy Saving Trust
            2 x HDMI
            2 x Scart (1 x Full)
            Component
            PC Input
            Composite
            Headphone

            Well, I have to admit that I am still no expert on all the terms, but I am very impressed with my purchase.

            Even though I have seen it in the shop, once I have taken the TV out of the box it looked even better. The whole TV was black with only LG logo visible, very slim and light, and looked so stylish. Inside the box was also black, curved and modern looking swivel stand.

            It took me only few minutes to put the TV on the stand (slots in). The next thing to do was to turn it on. But I was in two minds to what to do, as inside the box was not only paper manual, but a cd manual too. I have decided to go with paper manual and if I get stuck would use the cd one.

            When I turned the TV on it was very easy to set it up by following the on screen instruction, that I did not need to use either of the manuals. It took few minutes to tune all the channels, by what time I was studying the remote control, which came with the TV (also black). Well, there was not much to study as it looked very simple to use.

            Once picture was on, I was amazed and delighted to see how vivid and clear the picture was and the sound was fantastic too. I was also able to see 7 day electronic guide which is very easy to use, and set up a reminder for programmes that I don't want to miss.

            Only recently I have realized that not all TVs come with on/off switch so I was over the moon to have the on/off switch so I don't have to leave it on standby when not in use.

            I have had the TV for almost 18 months and I still admire the superb decision I have made regarding this purchase. At the time it was a good value for money too (Tesco £299). I am not sure what the retail price is at the moment.

            My son has loved it so much when playing xbox 360 games on it (apparently graphics are amazing too), that since last year we have swapped TVs. Now, instead of the TV being in the living room on the stand, it is in his bedroom on the wall (and I have got to admit that it looks even better on the wall).

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            03.09.2011 16:16
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            I am sticking to this one, and would definitely recommend

            I have always had quite long nails and they are rarely without nail polish (well I suppose they are only without nail polish while I am taking it off to repaint them). But it always takes a very long time for me to put a nail polish on, and then wait for it to dry, and then apply the second coat, and then wait for it to dry. But I have always managed to do it in the evening when watching TV.

            But recently I have decided to try not only to do my nails properly, base coat, 2 nail polish coats and a top coat, but also a 60 sec drying nail polish. As usual, I stood in front of all the colours they had trying to decide which one to go for. I have always painted my nails white/silver but felt it was time for a change. So I have purchased Rimmel 60 seconds nail polish (260 Funtime Fuscia) to try it out and to see if it is that quick and that good.

            It comes in a round, clear and small bottle (8ml). Now, the colour I chose was very fluorescent colour but I was looking for something different after all. On the lid there is a writing that says express finish, 1 sec application. When I opened the bottle and saw the brush I was surprised how wide and thick it was. My heart sank. I thought, no a way I would be able to apply the nail polish with that size brush neatly, even with my glasses on! I hate when it leaves nail polish on my skin, but not on my nails.

            But I have to say that my disappointment did not last long. Some people might find the consistency a little thick, so you have to be careful not to put too much on the brush, but personally I preferred it, as I struggled in the past with too thin consistency. And because of the size of the brush it was so quick and easy to apply, leaving my nails with neat finish. By the time I was finishing my other hand, the first one was already dried, but I have to point out, only touch dry. On my first attempt I did make a mistake of applying a second coat straight away after the first one, which is a no-no, because the second coat started to stick to the first one before allowing me to do a complete stroke of the polish. On my second attempt, I did wait 10 min before applying the second coat and that was fine.

            Now, regarding the lasting of the colour, I cannot complain. Without a base coat and a top coat the colour looked really nice for 3 days. But after 3 days it started to lose the shine, so I applied another coat on top and was brilliant for the next 3 days.

            But I have also found out, that if I apply base coat, 2 Rimmel 60 sec nail polish and a top coat, it lasts for 5/6 days without reapplying it.

            I did have my concern about having trouble to take the colour of with the nail polish remover, due to the fluorescent colour, but to my amazement it was very quick and easy.

            I am so glad I have bought Rimmel 60 sec nail polish and will continue to buy. It is a brilliant purchase and a time saver.

            It is quite a good value for money (£3.59 in Tesco), and they have a variety of shades too!

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            • Nescafe Original 3 in 1 / Coffee / 12 Readings / 12 Ratings
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              01.09.2011 22:03
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              sorry, would not recommend

              Not often I drink coffee, but when I do I always enjoy drinking Nescafe original, and love it. While in Tesco, picking my usual coffee, Nescafe 3 in 1 caught my eye. I have not seen it advertised before but have decided to pick one pack, which contains 10 sachets, just to try it out.
              When I got home I had to use scissors to open the main pack which is quite a big pack. So I was expecting the sachets to be big too. But they were not. They were small, long and quite thin sachets, which I really liked. There are 10 individual sachets, which contain coffee, sugar and whitener. It sounded and looked perfect.
              I took one sachet and opened it quite easily (no scissors needed, this time), and poured it in the average size mug. The powder did look much lighter colour than a usual coffee powder, but was guessing it was because of the whitener that was added. I could not smell that nice strong smell of coffee either, but I didn't let that stop me trying it. So all I had to do is boil the kettle and just before it boils, to switch it off and pour in the mug. So that's what I did.
              When I poured the water over the powder and stirred it, the first thing that hit me was the smell. It was a very unpleasant smell (actually it was an awful smell that does not resemble the fine smell of any coffee at all). The colour was not promising either. It was a very pale, watery colour, leaving me to wonder where the whitener is. And then, it was the taste. Well I don't drink coffee often, but certainly do know how lovely it tastes. Well this one did not taste like a coffee at all. It was a hot drink witch left an awful, strong taste at the back of my throat for a very long time. I had to look at the pack again just to make sure that it was the 3 in 1 coffee that I picked up.
              Now I have to point out that I do drink my coffee with 2 teaspoons of sugar (not sweeteners) and full fat milk, so maybe that is why I could not find any similarity to my usual coffee, but I have drunk before Nescafe original in individual sachets, where you had to add your own milk and sugar, and that was perfectly ok. So I am sticking to it.

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              • DFS / Highstreet Shopping / 11 Readings / 10 Ratings
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                29.08.2011 14:40
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                would definitely recommend

                During Easter Holiday I have decided to decorate my living room. Out with the old, and in with the new. My sofa was definitely old and needed replacing.

                Since December I have been looking at the furniture companies to see what sofas they had and what the price range was. DFS caught my eye as they advertised on the TV. Not only it was a sofa I liked a lot but it was on sale too. It was black sofa, half leather half fabric with metallic feet.

                So the first thing to do was to go on website and see what size the sofa was, read the reviews and decide to order or not to order.

                I went on DFS website and looked at Shannon Large 2 Seater Formal Back sofa. My main concern was the size, so having read that it was 90cm(H), 196cm(W) and 95cm(D) I was pleased. The price was good too (just under £500) and still on sale. But when I wanted to read some reviews on DFS website...there were none. Which usually puts me off buying from them, but the love for this sofa and the price got better of me. So the next thing I did was to go to DFS in New Malden. So I did go on May bank holiday.

                It was quite early when I got to the shop and therefore quite quiet, which I prefer. I walked around for couple of minutes when I spotted the Shannon sofa, so I headed straight for it. The shop assistant had spotted me, but has left me to try out on my own, which I was very grateful for, as I hate when they stand and watch your every move. But yet at the same time he wasn't far away for me to ask a question when I was ready to inquire. I have tried the Shannon 2 Seater Formal back (the one I liked), but when I sat on it, it was more like I was lying than sitting. I have asked the shop assistant, who was very polite, to see the Shannon Large 2 Seater Pillow Back Sofa, as I couldn't see it. He quickly explained that it is the same sofa, just with a different backing, and in no time at all, he rearranged the pillows on the 2 Seater as they would be if I ordered it. The Sofa was much more comfortable than formal back. It felt like sitting upright, which was great. And being half leather, half fabric it looked even better than on TV. Not only that, but it was slightly cheaper too (£479) and with interest free credit and no deposit needed, my decision was made.

                Next thing was the formalities of the forms, which I was not looking forward to it, as I don't like when they started to add all the extras. But how mistaken I was. I was offered stain cover, but have said no to that, and to my amazement, the shop assistant went on to the interest free credit. He started to explain that it can be for 4,3 or...but I have already done my research and advised him that I would like interest free credit for 2 years. He proceeded with that. Then he asked me to clarify the colour of the feet I would like which I found strange as I have already stated that I would like silver/metal feet. But yet again very politely with a smile on his face, he explained that I would be very surprised how often people have a sofa delivered and then claim that it is not the colour they have ordered. So now they put that in writing too. But that was ok for me. I was also informed that delivery would be in 8 weeks but had option to have it delivered earlier if it does arrive earlier. This was great. So I said yes to that.

                The only extra thing to pay was a delivery £39 and I had to dispose of my old sofa.
                And yes, after 6 weeks I have received a phone call informing me that my sofa can be delivered in 2 days. I panicked, as I was working, and couldn't take time off to sit at home all day. But, guess what, I didn't have to. The driver rang me half an hour before delivering the sofa, which gave me enough time to pop home, let them in, wait 15 minutes to assemble it and go back to work.

                I cannot believe how easy the whole process was.

                When I first sat on my sofa it was not as comfortable as the one in the show room, but now 2 month later cushions have softened and I absolutely love it and it is so comfortable (mind you I am following care advice given-to plump and turn the cushions regularly over). Really great purchase that everyone compliments on.

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                  28.08.2011 16:09
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                  don't bother

                  Few weeks ago I have purchased Bloo Acticlean Cistern Block Original Twinpack (blue colour) and decided yet again to try another toilet product that leaves your toilet clean, smelling fresh for weeks and prevents limescale.
                  In the past I have tried rim liquid which supposes to last for few weeks, but managed to run out much quicker than few weeks. I have also tried rim block, which was better lasting wise, but unfortunately can never stay in the place I wanted, because of the plastic adjustment that can never be adjusted right.
                  So this time it was the turn of cistern block. It is the first time that I have bought it. I decided to go for blue original because of the colour and bought the twin pack as it seemed great idea at the time and was cheaper.
                  It comes in pack of 2, and as instruction states, when you remove the outer packaging the block is still left in another wrapper which does not need to be removed. So I did that. I have then lifted the cistern lid and placed the block on the opposite side of the float, as instructed. And as stated I have left it for few minutes, and then flushed the toilet. Wow, finally a product that works. I was so pleased. It gave out lovely smell, foamed really well and my toilet seemed cleaned (mind you I did clean it before flushing it anyway).
                  Now I have got to say that my excitement with this product stopped within the first week. It has stopped foaming when flushing and the water was back to clear within a week. I didn't quite understand why as the packaging states that it lasts up to 4 weeks.
                  I have decided to remove the cistern lid and see inside. There was no block on the bottom of the cistern anymore, but just a pile of powder that had no effect on my toilet any longer. Not to waste it I have decided that before any flushing remove the cistern lid and stir/mix the powder with water and then flush it. Only that way I have had another week of Bloo Acticlean Cistern Block use.
                  I need a suggestion for a good make or product for toilet rim/block or cistern cleaning please!

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                  28.08.2011 12:57
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                  it actually works

                  For a while I have been looking for a roll on that does not leave white marks on my clothes and have been disappointed, especially when I spend more money on likes of 'sure' thinking that more I paid for product, better results. Well how wrong I was.
                  While shopping in Tesco I stood for a while in the aisle where antiperspirants were. In the past I have tried sprays, but even though they felt nice and gave a nice smell after a whole day, the small sweat patches were visible. So it was 'no' to that. I have also tried antiperspirant sticks which worked really well but have left me white marks on my clothes no matter how hard I tried to put them on without touching my underarms. So the next thing was a roll on.
                  I like dove as shower gel so I have decided to try it as a roll on. It was hard to choose which scents to go for, but have opted for Dove Go Fresh Grapefruit and Lemongrass as I was using at the time Dove Go Fresh Energise Body Wash with Grapefruit and Lemongrass. Still sceptical about white marks and claim that it works for 24hours I didn't have high hopes for this one either.
                  How wrong I was. Firstly it does look quite cute and small in white, with yellow lid bottle. Secondly, when you apply it, it does smell refreshing and it does not take long to dry, so I was able to put on my clothes on very quickly after applying the roll on. Also to my amazement it did not leave any marks on my tops and at the same time it did not feel sticky on my skin either. I do hate when you cna feel the roll on that you are wearing because of being sticky. So, the only thing to test was how good it works and how long it stays on. And I have to say that it worked really well for me. And yes over 24 hours no sweat patches at all, and that is in 35 degrees! I was amazed.
                  So, now I am sticking to Dove Go Fresh Roll On all the time. I might try other scents too. Oh, and as for the price...it is much cheaper than some other brands that I have tried in the past. It is just under £2 in Tesco but I do buy it when on special offers like at the moment £1 in Tesco.

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                  26.08.2011 21:20

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                  great product

                  I have been using L'Oreal Revitalift Day Cream for over 2 years and I am very pleased with it. It is very light and once you have applied it to the skin, the skin feels smooth. It is absorbed very quickly. I sometimes apply it as a night cream too, as I have found out that many night creams feel very heavy and very greasy on my face. I do love using L'Oreal Revitalift Day cream especially during winter when it also prevents my face from feeling very dry in the cold and windy weather. It is a great product. The 50ml pot goes a long way. I also rarely pay full price for the cream (£14), but instead buy it in Tesco when on offer. Recently I have bought it in Argos for £5.59, but do check the internet and reserve it before going (had no idea that Argos sells skin products). Well worth the money.

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                  26.08.2011 16:36

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                  brilliant product

                  While being abroad recently in 35 degrees I had sun cream with me, and thought that would be enough for me as I almost never burn and have darker skin. Well it must be my age, as this time my skin and my body was not prepared for 35 degrees straight away. So after my first exposure to the sun, my body did feel very hot and in some places red, especially my face. Seeing me like that my sister gave me Garnier Ambre Solaire after sun lotion/milk. I was sceptical about it, but not having any choice decided to give it a go. Well I have to say how pleasantly surprised I was. It felt really good on my skin. It was very easy to apply. Only needed a little amount and it spreads easily. And it did cool my body straight away. I was amazed how nice it felt .It does have a flip lid which makes it so much easier and quicker to use. I did apply three times that afternoon/evening and my redness has disappeared completely. When I got back here I have decided to buy a bottle so I can have it here too, if weather changes. I did managed to buy Garnier Ambre Solaire after sun lotion with aloe vera 400ml in argos for £4.49 (half price at the moment), which was great as 200ml of same product abroad would have cost me around £6.

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                  26.08.2011 16:04

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                  would recommend

                  I have just reviewed L'Oreal Elvive Full Restore Conditioner so I thought it would be good to review the Shampoo too. I have used L'Oreal shampoo and conditioners for many years (L'Oreal Elvive colour protect) as I had bright red hair. When I ditched the red hair and changed to highlights, I did the same with the shampoo.
                  I have been watching the advert with Cheryl Cole, but was quite aware that it is down to the quality and the type of your hair that determines the shampoo that suits you.
                  At the time of replacing the conditioner I have decided to replace the shampoo too. I always like to stick to the same make of shampoo, as well as the conditioner. So I went for L'Oreal Elvive Full Restore Shampoo.
                  Well I was pleasantly surprised to the lovely smell once I have opened the bottle. It also had a great texture. It is also quite light and so easy to apply. You only need a small amount of shampoo and it goes a long way. And I do have a long, thick hair and always wash it twice. So not having to use half of bottle was great.
                  Once my hair was dried and straightened it felt really smooth, shiny and it smelt lovely too. So not sure if it is down to type of hair (my one is long and quite thick), but I am definitely going to carry on buying it. Oh, and I always buy in Tesco when on offer, buy one get one free, and keep it as spare. I do buy 400ml which is about £3.70

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