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I am naturally blonde, but also get bored easily with my hair. Im either cutting it or highlighting it, and as the winter drew closer, i decided that i wanted a change and though Red was the way forward.
I am quite new to dying my own hair, and usually go to the hairdressers for hightlights. It has been many years since i had a full head colourant, eeekkk.
I went to my local Superdrug, and found these Schwarzkopf foams, they were on offer at £3.99 and i have always found the live xxl colours very striking, so thought it give it a go. I bought Dark cherry Bliss, number 388 for the deepness of colour really and headed home.
Equipped with a very old towel and the instructions and gloves, i had a read through the instructions. All hair colourants advise a 'patch test' first to test for any reactions, which of course i did (not) do, but i do advise it people. Luckily i still have all my hair intect and no signs of burns to the scalp or face :0)
The hair colourant itself comes in a cardboard pot with a domed plastic removable lid, a little like a pot you'd find a mcflurry in or a smoothie! The vibrant packaging lines the outside with pictures of very happy looking people with their fabulous new red hair!
Inside the packaging is a sachet of powder, a bottle of liquid, instructions, gloves and some deep conditioning treatment. All the instructions are very self explanatory and the pot is easy to use. You simply pour in the liquid, add the powder, replace the lid (very important) and shake, shake shake. They recommend at least 40 shakes and then to apply straight away.
It is recommended to apply to clean(ish) dry hair. So laddened with my gloves on, i took off the lid to reveal a thick foam, a little like to topping of a cappachino it a bright orange colour!! I though, go with it, it will darken, and i began to apply it. I applied it like shampoo starting with the root and working my way through my hair. The pot, once full of foam seems to me to be more more than enough to undertake the hair of about shoulder legnth. Initially, i didnt think it would cover my hair, and i have a short graduated bob, but the foam is very thick and goes further than you think.
I left it for 30 minutes and washed it off. By the time i came to wash it off it was a deep red, and i was slightly relieved. Beware, this stuff will stain, so try and be careful when washing it off. I had to replace my shower curtain as it looked like i had massacred someone ( i hadnt for the record). Once rinsed out, i applied the deep conditioner as the instructions stated and left this on for about 5 minutes. My hair is quite dry anyway and thought it would benefit from the extra moisture!
The result, red red hair. Even in colour with a great feel to it. I love it! People at work didnt recognise me initially, but say they prefer me darker, always a bonus, and at £4 a month, i cannot grumble. My hair grows quite quickly, and i do find that although blonde, my roots look a little grey against the red, so i like to reapply every 3-4 weeks.
I havent noticed a decline in the stregnth or state of my hair, and to be honest i think it looks healthier to the eye, as it seems more shiney darker. I am more than pleased with the result.
The foam smells pleasent, fruity. I had no adverse reactions at all. No irritation or itching. No overwelming smell of ammonia, so im really pleased. This colourant is widely available and easy to spot on the shelf.
Schwarzkopf are owned by a company called Henkel, and they have released many other products from laundry care to perfumes.
1 tip that i have found very handy was to paste either vaseline, or any type of cream really along the skin of your hair line on you face, on your ears and around to the neck before applying the dye. It does help to reduce the amount of staining on the skin!
Thankyou for reading
Now, i do not usually review places, but felt after holidaying here last year, i wanted to share some experiences of this magical place that i had the pleasure of going to. I do have personal reasons for going, which i will talk more about, but i wanted to let people know about this wonderful county only 3-4 hours drive from Calais, perfect if you are new to driving on the continent (like me!).
Normandy is situated in the North of France, along the west coast. It sits below Picardy which is home to Calais. It has ports such as Caen, and inner sancturies such as the calvados region. The northern coastline of Normandy is across the North sea from Portsmouth and is famous for its role in the 2nd world war and the D-Day landings.
Our reason for going to this region was to sample the culture of the continent but not have to go too far to do it and on a budget. So we booked a caravan through Keycamp for 12 nights in September and had a fabulous time!
Firstly, the roads are fabulous. I have never driven on the continent and was very hesitant, but they do not seem to be anywhere near as congested as our roads. Their road surface quality is fantastic, but this does come at a price. IT cost roughly 25 euros to travel from Calais to Normandy on the Toll roads but in my opinion it is something we could benefit from here in England! Watch out for the road signs, they are listed in Kilometers and not Miles, and that applies to the speed limits too!! What i thought was very good about the french roads (and some more confident drivers may disagree) is that if the conditions are not so good i.e raining, then you are expected to drop your speed by 20 km/hr by law. There are huge signs with pictures to make it obvious along the main roads. ooohh, one thing i shall say is that there are a few speed cameras on the roads to Normandy. Watch out for the grey boxes on the side of the road, although to be honest, if you are speeding, youve probably been caught by the time you spot one!
Secondly, the food and drink are great in this region. It is famous for seafood in Normandy and at certain times of the year you can apparently see people at dusk on the beaches cockelling. Friends of ours who we went with raved about the mussels (although i cannot comment, i am not a seafood fan). Moules mariniere would cost anywhere between 9 and 12 Euros, which i dont think is too unreasonable - unless like me it is a waste of money because you dont like it, lol!
As previously mentioned, Normandy is famous for Calvados and we came across a few chateaus boasting their apple brandy. We spent a morning at a factory seeing how it is made and sampled some before spending a small fortune on a bottle. All worth it though!
Due to the stregnth of te Euro, it is not cheap to eat and drink here, but saying that we did a self catering holiday and for 4 adults and a toddler spent about 250 Euros for 12 days. For this we got the majority of our alcohol ( 3 euros for 5l of cheap red wine - you cant go wrong, especially if you like vinegar) and enough meat to start a farm ( for our bbq's on the decking). Be careful where you shop though. We tended to use either Auchan or Lerclerc - both large supermarkets similar to our Tesco extra stores. Another tip we found is that you will have to buy your bags, we didnt find a supermarket that supplied a carrier bag FOC.
Thirdly, the attractions. I will talk a little about the attractions we visited, as these are the only ones i can comment on really, lol!
FESTYLAND - This is a 'theme park' that sits on the edge of a town. In fact, i got so lost finding it, that once i had turned around in a residential cul de sac, proceeded to drive on the wrong side of the blinking road! It is ok though, a "friendly" (not) local mum let me know by swearing (in french), flashing her headlights and beeping her horn. I can laugh now, but i was cacking it at the time!! Anyway, back to Festyland. This is a very tame theme park with rides that, although are scary for me, My 3 year old son managed well. There are rides similar to te pepsi max ride at Blackpool, and there are 2 rollercoasters, you can imagine.. It is really expensive to eat here, i know that thes places generally are, but 9 euros for sausage and chips, ouch!
D-Day beaches - Now this is where i could talk. I found the D-Day beaches fascinating. I never did these when i was at school, so was so suprised to learn about it all over again! I was also surprised how close the beaches were in comparison to each other. Juno - being where the canadians landed, omaha - being where the Americans landed. This stretch of coastland can be driven in about an hour. Now my Grandad (RIP) was canadian and served in the Royal canadian Signals. He was in fact, the first soldier to send messages back to England that they had arrived on the beaches (after comandeering a hotel with fellow commrades). Due to this, we decided that Juno beach was where we wanted to spend some time. We did a tour of the beach and saw a bunker that the Germans had made the French build for their defences before touring a beautiful musuem that was solely finded by donations. I found it fascinating and really moving. far more than i thought i would. People from all around the world were on the tour. I will just say that my dad is going there in June of this year to take some memorabelia from my Grandad for the museum to to have a plaque put up on their memorial boards in my grandads honour. Thats the personal bit out of the way. Whereever you go along the d-Day stretch i dont think you can fail to be moved by what you see. There are memorials and flags from different countries everywhere.
Cemetries - Now not the nicest or most exciting things you may think, but so peaceful and tranquil. War cemetries are dotted all over the place and we fell upon the Canadian one and made a point of seeing the English one. Whichever one you see, they are all as pristene as each other. Each has an archway, where you will find 2 books. One with the men (if recognised) and their placement within the cemetry, and a book that visitors write their messages in. Again, these cemetries are a world wide phenomenon and every person has a link or story to bring. The headstones are in perfect syncrinicity and pearl white. Their messages, some personal, others saying 'a soldier known only to god' - which i found quite upsetting as they were probably not recognisable and someones son who never came home or was found...
We spent a while in these, walking about and soaking up the sun with a perfect calm, it was oddly beautiful.
I could go on and on about Normandy, and we will be sure to come back, and most probably with Keycamp, but my best advice is to sample it yourselves.
from the history, to the beautiful countryside, from the sunny coastline to the nightlife of Caen, we had a magical time in Normandy. I shall be back next year to see my grandads plaque in all its glory!
Thankyou for reading.
Being fair skinned, i dont usually wear a lot of dark eye shadows or any eyeliner really, and after a friend introduced me to it, i have struggled to get a nice thin and clean line. More like a thick penciling of black that to be fair makes me look like wednesday out of the addams family!
Anyway, i thought id try a liquid eyeliner that wasnt going to cost me a lot of money, so the Make up Acadomy range at a mere £1 per product seemed the right place to start. So, i bought this for a pound from the superdrug website (with free delivery!) and began to experiment.
The eyeliner base is square with a pencil like tip/handle, which unscrews to allow you to use the product. The packaging is a black plastic and the words the written in a metallic silver. MUA - stands for the brand. Very light, and no more than about 10 cm long , perfect to fit in your handbag for any re-application you may want or need.
when unscrewing the product, you reveal a plastic tube with a brush/tip that is almost like a tiny tipped paintbrush. The end has a tiny diameter and this brush curves to a slight banana shape (well mine does anyway). This is what i think the success of the product is.
To apply i start mid way along and work outwards, and then work my way back in towards my tear duct. It works well with one stroke, not really needing to dip for further product and providing you stick to using the tip of the brush, the lines stay thin and crisp.
I have been unfortunate and in a rush, used too much of the brush, leading to a thicker line, but i think it is practice really.
I apply before mascara and after eye shadow, and the coverage is long lasting. I have not found any ill effect at all. All i will say though is after a legnth of time (3-4 hrs) i have noticed a small amount of cracking on the eye liner. Perfect for a night out, but i wouldnt wear it if i was not reapplying the product all day.
All in all though, a real bargain! Definately worth a try.
I am currently in the early stages of pregnancy with my second child and unllike the first time round, am really suffering with morning sickness (well all day sickness really). I have been told that ginger is good for nausea and settling the stomach but i am not a real fan of ginger really.
My lovely husband bought me 2 litres of the Asda Ginger beer to try and help, as i struggle even to get out of bed, and every morning a glass of sparkiling cloudy liquid greets me.
The bottle is plastic and is widely recycled. It is tinted brown in colour, perhaps to give the illusion of the colour of ginger, i dont know, but internal the liquid is cloudy ( a little like cloud lemonade). The packaging states that it is an improved recipe and has real ginger extract ( always a bonus!) Asda state " it is a carbonated ginger beer flavoured soft drink wit sugar and sweetners", but one 100ml glass contains just 30 calories, so not too bad on the wasteline. It is good on the budget too, coming in at only 52p for the 2l bottle.
The liquid itself is well carbonated and retains the 'fizziness' even once opened. I have had it opened 2 days now and it still tastes the same as when i originally opened the bottle.
The taste = well, it does taste sweet. Very sweet, in fact i cannot drink a whole glass very quickly, but there is a very distinct taste of ginger that lingers in the mouth after the mouthful has been swallowed. The ginger taste i think is almost bitter in nature, but due to the sweetness of the rest of the drink, it compliments it quite well.
Ginger beer is not a drink that would normally indulge in, so i cant really compare it to others in the review. As ginger beer goes though, it is fizzy, sweet and gingery. I am not sure though that wheni feel 'normal' again i will continue to partake in this drink. It is however easing the nausea! Hurrah!
3/5 for me, but this could be partly out of personal taste!
Being a mum of a toddler and needing to wear glasses all the time, i was finding that they were being mishapen by little hands pulling at my face or dropping them on the floor. At £100 a pair it is not very economical.
I had heard about this website and decided to give it a look. You will find it easily on the net if you type in Select specs, and once on the website, you will find a large range of glasses. The site caters for single vision, varifocal and prescription sunglasses too. You will need an up to date prescription, but the optician undertaking your eye test should give you this regardless.
There are several price ranges listed under Budget, bronze, silver and gold, with the designer range being seperate. I chose to go with the budget range initially not wanting to put lots of money into something that may not be of good quality, but i was very pleased. I chose 2 pairs of glasses for the grand sum of £6 per pair. With your glasses you get a plastic capsule type case, with cleaning cloth, anti reflective and an anti-scratch coating (mot of which woud be extras on your high street prescription). THere is about 20 designs to choose from, and as you can imagine in the budget range not too elaborate. I chose the savannah in black, which are a balck plastic framed glasses, and the second pair were black framed ( alittle bigger than the savannah) with white sides. For a grand fee of £15 including postage, bargain!
As you can imagine for this price there is not fitting service, but to be honest, with plastic framed glasses, they are pretty generic. My glasses had arrived within 2 weeks, with an offer if i placed a further order.
When choosing your glasses, it will tell you if the frame will support your prescription (varifocal for example). You then choose a colour, if there is this option on the frames. You have to input your prescription which is self explanatory if you ave it to hand. The whole process takes about 5 minutes, and it is at this point where you can chosse to have polorised lenses, reaction type lenses or a tint to the glass. (these are at exrta cost). For my purpose i kept it basic!
I have used this service for 2 years now, and have about 6 pairs of glasses due to their price, to go with different outfits, lol.
I cannot comment on the other types as i have just stuck with the budget brands, does perfectly for me, and noone has guessed how little i have paid for them.
You get what you pay for, so dont expect D and G glasses for £6. However, they fir the purpose and are comfortable too.
4/5 for me, as there is no fitting service.
My old toaster had seen better days and while shopping i though id try the 2 slice smart price toaster at a bargain £4.49. Now, i mentioned in my last review about the differences in quality of smart price equipment and although i couldnt speak highly enough of the hot chocolate, i have actually returned this product less than a week after buying it.
Reading other reviews, i seem to be in a minority when i say it is not worth the money. Now i know it is a budget brand, but it should still do what it says on the tin?! I will explain more a little later on.
The toaster can be found with the other electrical items and onlne and it is advertised at a good price. Your receipt is your guarentee so dont lose it (you might need it ;)) It is in a cardboard box with the famous colouring and logo of smart price and a picture of the toaster and its features are on the box too.
Inside it is very well packaged and time has been spent to ensure minimal damage obtainment through transit. Once i had relieved the toaster of all its armourey i wanted some crumpets!!
I plugged the toaster in and had a look a the basic elements. A cancel button, and the dial in increasing numbers depending on how brown you like your products toasted. The toaster is white, rectangular in shape with a little ergonomic shaping around the dial and push button end. Apart from the toasting element itself, it is entirely plastic to the eye and looks a lower end product. Still, i thought, if it toasts it will be fine. PLease be weary that the first few times you use the product it will smell like you have burnt fabric or something, a very pungent aroma initially (the product burning for the first time i understand). I set the dial to 4 and waited......and waited.......and waited. what i hadnt realised is that it had finished. I hadnt heard the 'pop' and the button was only half way up without any sight of my crumpets. I had to manually lift the button to the top and pull them out with my fingers..ouch!
Thought i would give it the benefit of the doubt and began making my husband some toast the following morning. We love kingsmill in our house, and this is not an uncommon bread or size slice. Putting it in the toaster,realised that only about 2/3 of the bread was going to toast! Well the idea of a toaster is to make my life easier and i dont fancy having to turn it upside down and toast it twice, the grill is quicker.
We went back to our old toaster and returned the product. This toaster is basic and does toast smaller items. I would say great for teacakes and crumpets, but i dont recommend leaving it as you may have the same problem i had. Likewise, if we ate a lot of danish bread or the small sliced bread it would be ideal but we dont im afraid. I hope that our toaster is a one off, well with regard to the half popping up mechanism anyway. Im not sure there is a lot i can say other than if you have this toaster choose your bread wisely.
In conclusion, a cheap and basic product that may suit as a starter toaster, but i wouldnt expect miracles.
Apologies if i sound like a moaning old goat, but i wantd to share some of the issues i had. Fingers crossed i bought a dodgy one.
Thank you for reading.
I, myself am not a fan of milk and tend to only drink things with milk in if they do not taste of milk ( odd i know). So a good hot chocolate is something i quite enjoy from time to time. I also have a toddler who is 'a big boy mummy' and doesnt want to drink glasses of milk anymore. You can gather that we can drink a lot of hot chocolate in our household.
I am a loyal Asda customer and my cupboards have quite a few products are have the green and white labelling that is Smart Price. I will be the first to admit that some smart price products are great, and others lacking somewhat. Nonetheless, i regularly buy their Hot chocolate at 48p a jar. It is a winner in our house and i use it for more than the 'hot chocolate' label it has been given.
It can be found down the aisle with the tea bags, coffee and sugar, along with the other hot chocolate products funnily... The packaging is an opaque white plastic and very little labelling accompany the packaging really. The label has the classic smart price logo, and the reverse, a list of ingredients with Asda's trusted money back guarentee information. The lid is white in colour and is again plastic in material. On first opening, a gold paper lining covers and protects the hot chocoate powder for freshness and to protect from damp. I generally pop it with my teaspoon and decant the powder into another pot, but this pot is equally as efective and keeps an airtight seal. (The pot becomes a really handy storage device for pencils, and i have even cut it in half and used it as a paintpot for my little one!)
The powder itself has a speckled nature of a mushroom like colour and a dark brown. A very fine powder that smells very chocolatey. Going by the instructions, you are advised 3-4 heaped teaspoons per cup i believe (i never go by the instructions). Personally, and especially where my son is concerned, i use 2 heaped spoonfuls and fine that this is more than adaquate for a chocolate taste. Whoever i am making the hot chocolate for, i put in the powder, add a little boiling water and make a paste before adding half a cup of milk and then topping up with hot water again, stirring all the time! Creamy, frothy and ready to drink. My son never leaves any and i enjoy a cup in the evening, especially in this winter weather! Not as depicted on the instructions, but my method has never failed me yet, and if you are after a choclatier taste (as i am trying to preserve my sons teeth from rotting too prematurely, lol) just add the desired amount!
Another little something i like to do with this budget powder, is add it to a crumble topping. If you like your crumbles, either a cherry or red berry fruit base compliments a crunsty crumble topping with added chocolate flavoring. My cherry chocolate crumble s a winner!!
Well, the packaging is very basic but then i can make use of that so i can make it a positive :)
All in all, a 48p jar of hot chocolate that delivers lovely drinks, a great dessert topping and makes a great craft tool is great by me!!
Thank you for reading.
I had decided when i was geting married that i would rather spend some money on some nice make-up that can be used again and again rather than one sitting with a beautician doing my wedding day make - up.
I pondered around a local department store and was greeted/collared (however you like to put it) by a young girl with a flawless face that worked on the Benefit counter. I decided to have a browse at the products and before i knew it had half of my face covered in concealer and then plastered in Benefits foundation. I was really impressed with the look and with the promise of having the other half of my face finished to match this glowing skin i ordered the foundation and pressed powder.
She had told me that both the foundation and powder came with pads but had noticed that when applying the foundation, she used the concealer brush. I have to say that she made it look effortless and told me that by using the brush i would use less product, so £60 later, i left with my foundation, powder and concealer brush!!
When paying for the products i was shown the technique i could apply to legnthen the life of my foundation, but to aso get a nice finish. Starting from the top of the face and working down, concentrating more around the darker areas (my eyes in this case).
So i go home excited at the prospect of recreating this look...... i was a little dissapointed.
I applyed the technique taught, but whether i was using too much or too little, i found that there were tell tale signs of brush marks even after several attempts at trying. Dont get me wrong, it was easy to use in the fact that it was light, ergonomic to hold and the width of the brush was ideal and not too clumpy. The feel of the brush on my ace was silky and smooth and i never saw a stray bristle leave the brush at all. I just couldnt get on with it. In fact to this day, it sits in my make-up bag while i have resorted to using the pad the foundation came with ;0/
The brush itself is around 12cm long and has a silver coloured handle with the Benefit logo towards the end. The pale skin coloured bristles are held in by a long and well fitted metal clamp type thing (sorry hard to explain) but exactly as pictured above. The ends of the bristles are finely cut so that there are no loose edges and this makes the brush comfortable to use.
After each use, i rinsed the brush out as i do not wear benefit foundation on a daily basis and did not want stale foundation sitting on the end of the brush. This was easy to do and i had no problems drying it effectively. (although i am not sure Benefit advise doing this).
It is a pity, if i could use it for something else i would, but for £15,45 i cannot say it was worth the money. Perhaps i need to learn to apply make-up ore effectively, as she managed very well?
All in all ill give this 3/5. A well made and pretty comfortable product, but unfortunately one i could not get along too well with. Sorry Benefit!
I cannot remember how old i was when Father Christmas became my parents, but i have a 3 year old now and this Christmas is already proving magical!!
Having 2 x Rottweilers, we have a rather large dog flap, and my little one knows that as we havent got a chimney, that Father Christmas will be coming through the dog flap this year!!
When my son wakes up on Christmas morning, if all goes to plan, he should find:
1. A half eaten carrot from Rudolph ( He couldnt manage it all, especially with all the other carrots he had been given!!)
2. A half drunk glass of milk ( Mummy never drinks wine before work, so Father Christmas can have milk before his busy night too)
3. Crumbs from a mince pie (Father Christmas didnt get his big tummy from not eating lots of pies?!)
4. A couple of foot prints just inside the dog flap, of Santas boots, and Rudolphs hooves. ( I am going to sprinkle a little talc on the floor, cut a potato into half and then again for a hoof and one of dadd'ys :) boots as Santas shoe) - i will have to tell my littlw one how we had a little snow that they brought in with them.
I cannot wait to see his face. I dont ever remember anything like this when i was little and so want to pass on a little magic to my son!
Father Christmas is also very generous in our house. Half of my little one's presents are from him nd the dogs even get a little something wrapped?!
Now the coca cola adverts have started, Christmas is certainly on its way!!
Having a toddler = regular bath times and up until recently i had always used Johnsons products. My son is now of an age where he likes to wash his own hair and himself and in turn uses half a bottle of product in one go, which = expensive. I should also mantion that although fabulous products, Johnsons bathing products are on the simple sleek side of design.
My son is now interested in 'running a shop, or cafe' when in the bath and is really into spending his time playing with jugs full of water and "dispensing" drinks to me as a customer. The reason i have mentioned this will become apparent ( I assure you).
When doing my weekly shop in Asda i came across this Funky farm bath and shower gel, but if your supermarket is anything like ours, you will not find this up the baby and toddler aisle, but with the adult washing and showering products. Priced at £1.50 for a litre, this works out cheaper than the Asda brand label and i cant resist a bargain! I must say though, that the pictures above show animals at the top of the bottle, and the ones on the shelves did not have these, just plastic blue press down dispensers.
About the product:
Packaging = The bottle in plastic in make up and cylindrical as you can see. It stands at about 25cm tall with the dispenser and has a plastic coating which houses the funky farm design and information. Made by Bayliss and Harding, this product states it is ' hypo-allergenic, ph balanced and family friendly', all of which are important. Housing a litre of product, the bottle has a picture of pinky = horse, daisy = cow and Minty = sheep, all in the colours you would expect to see them in placed in a field with few basically designed trees. The funky farm logo, funky being in a royal blue and farm in a green dominate the top sector of the bottle, with a cute little daisy in the centre of the A in farm.
The rear of the packaging houses the information regarding manufacturer with address, ingredients, the recyclable sign (thumbs up from me there) and the instructions in case of a reaction.
The lid itself is screw on and of a translucent royal blue plastic which is a pump dispenser. Locked when first bought, a simple twist anti-clockwise as directed on the top of the lid, and you have your product ready to go!!
THE PRODUCT = As previously stated, a litre of liquid for bath or shower sits inside, which is clear in colour and almost syrupy in consistensy. The pump action makes for easy use of the product and also makes it more difficult to waste too much. The packaging states to dispense onto the hand and apply to moist skin to lather and rinse. This is easy to achieve even with one pump of the product, although we love the smell so much we regularly use more!! I have found that as well as a bath gel, it doubles as shampoo and a bubble bath. A few skwirts when the bath is filling up makes for bubble fun in the shape of funky hair styles or hide and seek with the ducks in the bath! It really seems a versatile product. I cannot pinpoint the scent of the product, other than it is sweet but smells clean and refreshing. Divine!
THE FUN FACTOR = Now i am on bottle number 2, and as stated in the introduction, i mentioned about my little boy playing cafes in the bath. Our spare funky farm bottle dispenses coffe into a cup dont you know?! Hardly expresso but he finds it great fun, and at the cost of an empty bottle, who am i to spoil his fun for the sake of the recycling bin?! In addition, there are lots of llittle sheep on the packaging and the question and answer are on the bottle of how many sheep are there?? Great for his counting skills, colour recognition and manual dexterity! Who thought bath time could be so educational?
This product does what it is designed to do plus some at a very reasonable price. It is hypoallergenic as stated, but if your child has very sensitive skin it is to bear in mind that tis is a scented product, and may exacerbate any irritating or sore skin condition.
I give this great product 5/5, and i think you would be bbbbbaaaaaaaarmy not to give it a go ;)
Thankyou for reading!
In Todays society, Money talks seem to be everywhere. Spend this, save that, no win no fee, Wrongly sold PPI insurance, I could go on. In fact, money seems to be one of the main sources of argument in my household and I do not think I am alone.
I am nearing 30 and was lucky enough to have bought my house when money was being given to any Tom, Dick or Harry. Dont get me wrong, I have worked very hard and have a respected and reasonably paid job, but at the time I bought my house, 100% mortgages were being dished out, no deposits were needed, and Credit cards were in abundance with 0% balance transfers and 0% interest at your feet. Money was very easily accessible.
I, like many took full advantage of the above offers and shortly after 100% mortgages were being sold, house prices fell, meaning that lots of people are left in negative equity.
In 2011, fuel prices have shot up, VAT has upped to a whopping 20%, for various people benefits have lessened, and for those like myself, our pay has been frozon this year. Inevitably, there is going to be some shortfall!
So, myself like may others need to find ways to live our lives without breaking the bank and falling into the trap of living off credit to survive. I am lucky enough to not be in financial difficulty allbeit I have debt. This being said, the debt needs to be cleared as interest rates are increasing and we are feeding the banks.
So, I would like to share some of my money saving/ debt reducing tips that I have taken on board, I hope this is of use.
1. Debt needs to be paid. It would be great to have savings, but my savings were cleared to pay debt. I think if you have debt, you should think about whether to use savings to plough the extra cash into paying off the debt ( A personal choice though). I read something somewhere once that said to pay the minimum balance on a credit card over £1000, it would take 7 + years at least to pay it off!! Clearly we are throwing our money away the longer debt is sitting about.
2. Shopping savvy. Shopping is something we all need to do. We need to have clothes on a bodies, and food in our tummies, but we dont need to spend a small fortune on it!
Clothes - you may or may not be a fan of Car boot sales, but with young children I have found these so handy. PIcking up branded pairs of jeans and coats for 50p is an absolute steal. And bear in mind that young children outgrow their clothes in months and the chances are the clothes you are buying have had less were and the clothes you had worn to the car boot sale! These are also great places to pick up toys. I remember picking up a huge bag of megabloks and the trailer for £5!! I put the lot through the dishwasher on a hot wash and job done! High street stores such as Primark and Matalan also sell clothing at very reasonable prices. Accessories are also something that us girls should invest in. If we cannot afford to change our outfits, a change of fashion jewellrey at £2 or so a pop is a great way of changing your look :)
I cannot fail to mention Ebay which sell everything from clothes to gadgets, but very often these days have no seller fees days, so you have the facility to sell your uwanted bits and pieces too.
Food - we all like to eat nice things and these days there really isnt any excuse not to. I have the luxury that my inlaws have a large allotment, and so i am supplied reguarly with fruit, veg and eggs too! But if you are not as lucky, markets and offers in the supermarkets are a great way to save some money. Places like Aldi and Morrissons often have 39p or 69p deals on their fresh produce, and especially when you have small children in the house, fresh produce is great to have. Meat can be picked up at your local butchers, and is often cheaper, and if you are really being careful, swapping chicken for Turkey is more cost effective and buying frozon meat can often cut costs. I find that making casseroles are great too, 2 nights worth of dinner for 1 lot of effort, my kind of dinner!! (and i think it always tastes better second time around).
3. The internet - It is a wonderful place if you shop safely. I have sold books through Amazon.co.uk, Cds and DVD's through Musicmagpie, and shopping around through sites such as moneysupermarket and compare the market for insurances and gas and electricity can save you money too. I am also part of the computershare voucher scheme for work as i am not entitled to any help with childcare. This means that I pay my childcare directly from my wages, but it is tax free, so saves £30 roughly, and every penny counts. Websites such as Martin lewis are also very helpful if you would like some information regarding budgeting and debt reducing.
4. Spending quality time with the family - This can be as cheap or expensive as you want to make it. I would always love to take my Son to the local indoor play area while lunching with friends, and go to the local theme park as a group, but I was finding that I was spending an average of £30 a week on things that were not overly appreciated and will probably not be remembered when my son gets older. So me and my close friends take it in turns to host lunch and we have a play date with the children. Its great, it means that I only have to fork out once a month to feed mums and kiddies, and the children get to play with different toys and in a diffrerent environment every week. Also there are parks to take advantage of, and beaches that cost nothing. I have found some of our best memories with my little one have been paddling in the sea or painting on the kitchen floor! In addition, these days there are also so many offers on theme parks and the such like from the side of cereal boxes, that even the more expensive days can be within reach!
5. Frugal treats - It is always nice to do things to treat yourself, but you dont have to spend a fortune. I dont know whether you have heard of 'spree book', but these are great little pocket sized books that will set you back roughly £22 and come with a debit like card that you will need. The books are local to your area and contains about 100 pages worth of vouchers. These range from fast food outlets, to local restaurants in the area, to days out. I only had to use my spree book twice (in which you hand over the voucher and the card) and i have made my money back. These books are valid till october of every year but are available from around May time, so essentially you can have up to 15 months of savings! These can be bought online, or many schools sell them too.
Groupon is a great site that again is local, but has fabulous offers that last only 24 hours. One example is paintballing with 100 balls for £3! They also have great offers on massages and hair appointments as well as restaruant and hotel deals.
6. How could I forget sites such as dooyoo!! Not only are you not going out and spending money, but you are making a little! The cash I have made from dooyoo has helped towards out holiday but the vouchers can be spent on shopping and the suchlike.
So, apologies if I have babbled, but all the above have been based on experience and I hope it has been helpful. Money saving doesnt have to be torture and the satisfaction of a bargain is really quite refreshing!
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Torches! Not the most fascinating toy in the world, but a handy gadget around the house never the less.
When my brother bought this for my Son one Christmas, I have to be honest it took me a while to wonder where the theory came from, but I need not have worried. Children love anything with buttons and switches, and if batteries are not needed at all, all the easier for the parents i say!
This torch is made by Sunncamp and I believe it was around £6. It is packaged in shrink wrapped plastic and needs a bit of faffing and some scissors to get into it. It is worth the wait though i think! There are 3 designs to choose from. The cow, Penguin and Pig!
As you can see, it is a cow! Its mouth makes up the light itself and it is LED meaning it uses very little power and the bulbs should never need replacing! It is predominently white in colour with brown patches to its face and body. The cow has small orange horns, and a pink mouth. To the one side on the main body of the cow, you will find 'a large button', that needs to be pushed in to the body. It will automatically pop back out, but the action of doing this repeatidly charges the dynamo to give you light. This light will automatically come on as you pump the lever, or alternitavely, if you 'charge' the torch up enough, there is a small switch on the device to give you continuous light, this is on the opposite side of the torch body. By the cow's bottom, you will find a strap in a brown fabric that my little one uses to keep hold of the torch for when he is swinging it around!
My son has used this torch for many things. It has been his torch when he has played Drs, for looking in mummys mouth, ears and unfortunately eyes. It is a favourite when we are playing dens in the house and we will never go camping without it.
We are avid campers, and he absolutely loves to use this at night when he goes to sleep, and if we have to trek across the campsite for him to have a wee at 4 am, 'pickle' the cow comes too! The light it gives off is quite bright, and white in colour if there is a lot of charge in the torch, but the range is not very far or wide i feel ,and if you are doing something like trekking across a field, you may need alternative light sources too!!
None the less, this is a funky torch that is durable and easy to keep clean. It has been the amusement of my son for hours and hours, and due to its hand held size, is very easy to take about too.
5/5 from me! And to think it will even come in handy in a power cut!
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I have been hearing lots of good things about Yankee candle products recently, so thought id give the tarts a go. Firstly due to their cost, but secondly, the abundance of different scents.
Yankee candles sell a multitude of products, from tea lights, to pillar candles, to these delights. The tarts are designed to sit in the top of an oil burner and as they melt, the aroma from the candle disperses into the air. I bought mine from House of fraser on offer for a bargain 69p per tart!! These were on sale though i have to add and retail between £1- £1.50 per tart depending on the scent. These candles are widely sold and can be bought over the internet too. As well as the tarts and candles, the oil burners themselves can be bought, but they are a little pricey, and i have used oil burners that i have already got at home. Not sure that this is overly advisable but i have never had a problem, so use with caution!
The tarts themselves are packaged in shrink wrapping and of a clear plastic with the yankee candle logo and 'flavouring' on the top of the candle. The fruit salad candles are a deep yellow in colour and are almost corrugated around the edge, making it look like a little tart. You will not find a wick, so dont be fooled. The idea is that the whole candle melts. As with all candle like products, these are very hot, and this product becomes a wax like liquid and will cause injury if not used properly.
You will need a tealight to place in the base of the burner, as the heat from this will melt the tart. I had made the mistake of attempting to half the tart as the capacity of one of my oil burners is quite small, and quickly found out that the inside of the candle is not solid, but full of tiny beads. At first i thought the wax had crumbled, but then realised that it was actually tiny little pieces!
Nevertheless, the tart looks pretty and smells fragrent both as a solid tart but also melting in the burner. I have been burning the same tart for roughly 4 hours and still have some left. it simply solidifies once cooled, so easy to store. The fruit salad smell is both sweet and fruity. I wouldnt liken it to a real fruit salad, but more the sweet and has an odd 'tang' to the scent. I dont feel that it lingers once the burner is off, but smells edible when burning, yum!
I am very tempted to stock up and buy burners for christmas pressies this year, and the price of these candles, it is certainly worth the money!
Definately worth a go!
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I am not the size of a super model but i would like to look nice, especially on a night out. When perusing my local Matalan store, thought that this dress would be worth a try. I tried on this dress and fell in love, and for £20, a timeless piece for my wardrobe.
Bought in my local matalan store, this can also be bought online, and this pattern is also sold as a top which is handy if you are someone who doesnt want to show their legs off. The beauty of this dress is that it is sold from size 8-18! And i actually ended up buying a size lower than i normally wear, so generous sizing too!
Matalan claim that they are 'totally unique out of town retailer, committed to providing outstanding value for money. We offer up to the minute fashion and homewares at prices up to 50% below the equivalent High Street price' (Matalan website:2011). Something that i agree with. Clothing that is only a small amount more expensive but a better quality than say their hight street rival Primark (although i love this store too).
Anyway back to the dress!
Turquoise is the base colour of this dress that has flowers and butterflies littered all over the dress, with a black outline and coloured in pinks, blues, reds oranges and yellows. It can be worn as either a boobtube type dress or with straps, which come supplied with the tags on the inside of the dress. I am quite busty and so decided to wear the straps, but the dress looks nice either way to be fair.
Under the bust area of the dress is an elasticated rim where a voile like belt wraps around and can be tied according to how you would like to wear it. Myself, i like to wear the bow at the side of the dress, taking the eyes aways from the stomach area (my problem area).
Around the top of the dress is a ruffle edge, which is also complemented with a ruffle towards the bottom edge too, keeping the theme throughout and the dress is made of 100% Polyester Lining, which acts a little like a petticoat, and 100% Polyester top layer which is voile like. This gives the dress a floaty like feeling.
The dress could be worn both casually and smartly. I would wear this to a wedding, and have also worn it on a night out on the tiles with a pair of thick black tights and some funky heels.
This dress is timeless. It is not the height of the fashion, but recieves many great comments when worn, and as a bigger woman i find it very flattering. It makes me feel very special when i wear it and like a million dollars, an absolute steal at £20.
I will be looking our for more BE Beau range in Matalan when i next have a wander, a 5/5 for me!
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I love trying new things, and being a girly girl am partial to a nice ambience in the house, whether it be by lighting or smell. To recieve this Chocolate and Chilli candle from my brother for my birthday from Bomb cosmetics was a treat indeed, and it will be on my Christmas list now too!!
Bomb cosmetics sell a range of candles and bath treats that are divine and luxurious i think. From bath bombs that look like cakes, to smellies you would assume are edible. Bomb cosmetics can be bought from some retailers in local towns and cities nationwide and also online and i believe that the candle costs around £6.
Bomb cosmetics claim to make everything by hand and do not test finished products on animals, which is always something that i would consider when buying products.
The candle comes in its own cylindrical glass jar roughly 10cm tall. The glass is transparent and has a deep red paper label around it advertising the candle. The writing is a burnt metallic orange in colour and is written in italics.
The candle itself is red in colour and has a dark brown heart that looks like chocolate sitting neatly on the top, which again looks edible! (havent tried it though, and i wouldnt advise it). The brilliant white white wick sits proudly sticking out of the top. The smell when you open the plastic lid is of a warm chocolate and smells divine. No hints of chilli though i have to say.
Bomb cosmetics claim that the candle burns for roughly 35 hours, which is good going considering the size of the candle. I have burnt it for roughly 5 hours, and it hasnt really touched the top of the candle. The smells of chocolate infiltrates the room and feels very warming and cozy. To be fair though, even when burning, you cannot really get any hint of chilli, not that i am really worried about that, but think that 'the chilli' part of the chocolate and chilli is placed to sound hip and innovative rather than actually smelling of chilli when burning.
Even now, when the candle is not being burnt in the lounge, the room has a hint of chocolate and acts as an air freshner which is a bonus. And the fact that it is small and portable, makes a lovely bathroom addition when i want to relax in the bath.
To conclude, the essential oils in the candle along with the scent make for a great candle and addition to my living room, and although £6 is quite pricey, for 35 hours burning time it is a fair investment.
4/5 for me!
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