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I've just finished using this product on my hair and I'm very very impressed! I've been using hair dye for a few years now and this is the first time I've been genuinely impressed with a dye.
When you open the box you're greeted with a delightfully fruity smell and the usual assortment of bottles for you to use.
Making up the dye is nice and simple, open bottle A, squeeze in tube B, close bottle A and shake for 30 seconds to mix. Next, get your gloves on, snap off the top of bottle A and spread the mixture all over your hair. The mixture is quite runny so be careful you don't end up with it all over your walls (like I did!).
Depending on what you're using the dye for (whole head, root touch up or grey cover) you either leave the dye on for 25 (whole head) or 35 (grey cover or resistant hair) minutes. Root touch up is only about 10 minutes. During that time I found that the dye, despite being runny, stayed on my hair really well and didn't drip onto my shoulders at all.
After you've let the dye work its magic, its time to wash it off. Jump in the shower and wet your hair a little. With your gloves on, you massage your head to work the dye up into a lather and then rinse. You need to rinse your hair thoroughly until the water runs clear. Then apply some of the provided conditioner and leave it in for 2-3 minutes then rinse.
That's it! You're done! Dry your hair to see your gorgeous new colour and enjoy the fruity smell that the product leaves you with. My hair felt super soft after I used the product and the bathroom smelt nice too!
The gloves you get with this product aren't the latax ones that come with other dyes, they're plastic and very very big. When I first put them on I thought that since they were so big and not latex (and therefore not as clingie to my hands) that they would make using the dye really hard but they didn't. They were really easy to get on and off but didn't end up slipping of your hands while you were using the dye.
All in all, I love this product and would definitely recommend it to my friends. The colour I got was very similar to the one described on the box and my hair felt amazing afterwards. It only cost £5.10 from Tesco so its roughly the same price as other dyes too!
I got these since they were on offer for a pack of 6 for £1.44 (on special offer) from my local Tesco which was the same price as the standard 4 pack.
When I noticed that they were fat free alarm bells started ringing in my head. Every time I try fat free yoghurt they never taste as nice as normal ones and they don't have the same creamy texture but I was pleasantly surprised with these. They have a very nice creamy texture and are full of flavour. The 6 pack I got was strawberry and raspberry mix with bits. The bits (thankfully) aren't that big and you don't tend to get a lone seed on your spoon but an actual piece of fruit.
The pots (from the 6 pack) contain 180g of yoghurt which thanks to the design of the pots you can actually get out. The pots are narrower at the bottom than at the top and is round so you can use your spoon to scrape all the yummy yoghurt out.
As well as the 6 pack I got you can also get packs with no bits, different flavours and different flavour combinations.
I would definitely recommend this yoghurt to my friends thanks to its delicious taste and because its also fat free.
I got this mascara for about £4.99 last year (2010) from Superdrug to replace my old 'going out' mascara. I was drawn to the product thanks to its attractive packaging and the promise of adding some volume to my lashes but I was sadly disappointed.
The mascara really does nothing more than a standard mascara does. The 'volumising' brush does make it nice and easy to apply but you have to go over your lashes 2-3 times before you see any results.
The tube has a nice pink and black design and does look very girly.
When applied, the mascara does make your eyes look really nice. I stopped using this mascara for going out make up and started using it daily as part of my normal makeup routine. It made my eyes look nice and wide and open and did make a difference to how my lashes looked, its just a shame that it didn't deliver its 'volumising' effects that were promised.
After a year of using the product, I was quite impressed that the screw lid didn't get all gunked up with dried mascara as so many other mascaras do. I think this is because when you take the brush out of the tube, it is very good at removing the excess mascara from the brush which is handy at preventing clumping.
All in all this is actually a pretty good daily mascara. It applies well and makes your eyes look nice and open and thanks to its attractive bright design its nice and easy to find in your makeup bag but sadly it doesn't live up to its 'volumising' promises.
I would recommend this product to friends as a daily mascara, not a volumising one.
This is one of the products that started my Method obsession. I got it on offer from Homebase with the Tub 'n Tile cleaner so I thought "why not?".
The cleaner is natural so it doesn't contain nasty bleach and still manages to leave your loo nice and clean and most of all, smelling fresh too!
Like the Tub 'n Tile cleaner, this product smells of "eucalyptus mint" or "clean" as I like to call it. This lovely cleaner leaves your loo smelling nice and fresh without overpowering the smallest room in the house. There's nothing worse than walking into a bathroom and smelling the horrible chemical smell other cleaners leave behind or worse the overpowering floral sent they try and cover the chemical smell up with.
The bottle looks oddly shaped but really, its designed so that its easier for you to get the cleaner to all those hard to reach places inside your loo (lets face it, no one wants to be on their hands and knees cleaning a loo only to miss the dirtiest parts!).
The cleaner is sold in bottles of 709ml (nice round number there) and can last up to around 6 months depending on how often you use it.
The only disadvantage to this product I've found is that its really hard to tell how much you've got left. The base of the bottle is very heavy and so you can be left thinking that you've got quite a lot left when really you don't.
As with other Method products, this cleaner isn't tested on animals, contains natural ingredients and has attractive packaging.
Continuing my new found love of Method products I invested in this beauty. I say invested because for 354ml of cleaner its going to set you back between £4 and £5 pounds which does seem slightly over the top. However, its totally worth it!
My kitchen sink was a mess. I really really hate cleaning the kitchen so all it ever got was a quick wipe to get rid of crumbs and the likes and then it was left. Normal kitchen cleaners always leave my kitchen smelling of chemicals and when you're in a small flat the last thing you want to be smelling all the time is chemicals! I got this product because of Method's ethos of using natural ingredients in their cleaning products and they all seem to smell really nice!
I can't quite describe how this cleaner smells, the only word that seems to fit is 'nice'. It just smells nice! No nasty chemicals and it even manages to get rid of that horrible smell sinks always seem to acquire. It leaves the stainless steel... stainless and doesn't leave nasty streaks that other cleaners leave.
After having so much success cleaning my kitchen sink with this product, I used it on my cooker, cupboard door handles and taps in the bathroom and I can honestly say that my flat has never been this clean!
Its really easy to use this cleaner. Just spray it on and wipe clean with a sponge. For tough stains I use the scrubby side of a kitchen sponge to work it into the stain and then the sponge side to clean it off.
The cleaner is only 354ml but that seems to be quite long lasting. It says on the bottle not to use too much of it at once and I've had mine for about 8 months now and its only just started feeling like I need to get a new one so its lasted a lot longer than most other cleaners, especially considering I've been using it on my kitchen sink, my cooker and all the taps in the bathroom.
The only disadvantage I've found is that the cleaner can leave some residue in the sink if you've used slightly too much that's really hard to get rid of. You have to rinse with water and wipe the residue off until it goes away which can take two or three tries.
As with other Method products, this cleaner isn't tested on animals, the packaging is recyclable and has a nice minimalistic design.
I got this product after having started using Method products and falling in love with them. This hand wash comes in gel form with a pump to get it out of the bottle.
As with other hand washes, when you press on the pump the gel comes out. Its not as thick as other hand wash gels which makes it really easy to spread around your hands to make sure they get a good clean. It leaves your hand with a nice smell too that, unlike other hand washes, isn't overpowering and flowery. Its a nice subtle clean smell you're left with which Method are calling 'sweet water'. Even though the sent isn't overpowering, it has the ability to get rid of/mask pesky cooking smells such as fish.
The bottle contains 354ml of the gel and it seems to be lasting quite some time. I've had it in my shower room for about a month now and while its not getting used everyday, it is getting used frequently and I've got more than half the bottle left.
The only disadvantage I've found with this product is that the gel can leave your hands feeling a bit dry after you use it.
As with other Method products its not tested on animals, the bottle is recyclable and it has the same minimalistic packaging design as the other members of the Method family. The clear bottle makes it very easy to tell how much of the product you've got left which means you should never be without this little gem.
I got this product after having some success with other Method products. It was the first of their hand wash products I got so I thought I would go for the cooler looking one and I wasn't let down!
The bottle is filled with what looks like water but when you press the pump, it comes out as a nice thick creamy foam. The foam smells really nice and sweet and because its nice and thick, its really easy to spread all over your hands to give them a really good clean.
The bottle contains 300ml of the hand wash and lasts forever! I've had it for about 4 months and use it every day and there's still some left! the fact that its lasted this long means that I'll definitely be buying it again, even if it is slightly more expensive than other hand washes.
The hand wash is also really good at leaving your hand feeling nice and soft which is great if your hands get dry easily.
The only downside I've found with this product is if your hands have picked up a smell (like fish) the hand wash doesn't always manage to get rid of the smell but that really only happens if your hand have picked up a strong smell.
Like other Method products, the bottle is recyclable and as far as I can tell, the product is not tested on animals. it also doesn't contain any chemicals which is fantastic if you've got sensitive skin. The packaging is also very minimalistic and attractive so it fits in with any colour scheme.
I got this product on a whim, it was on offer in Homebase so I thought "why not?". I wasn't totally convinced that it would actually do a good job of cleaning my bathroom (which sadly had been neglected for some time) but I was really really surprised with it. Not only did it manage to clean all the everyday stains off the bath but it also managed to get rid of some stains on the tiles that had been there for years! It even managed to get paint stains off the sink that had refused to budge.
The grouting was clean, around the taps was shining and the bathroom wasn't left with that annoying "you've just poured a lot of chemicals on me" smell. The product has a nice natural smell which is apparently "eucalyptus mint" but it really just smells clean. After a couple of weeks with the bathroom being cleaned with the product the bathroom was cleaner than I had ever seen it! I was really amazed at how much of a difference this product had made to the bathroom since so many other cleaners had failed to clean off some of the more stubborn marks and stains on the walls.
The product is really easy to use too. All you have to do is spray it on and wipe it off for a clean bathroom. I would recommend leaving it to soak onto tough stains. While its called "Tub 'n Tile" you can also use it on countertops and taps to give them the once over.
Another nice aspect to this product is that, like other Method products, its not tested on animals and its biodegradable. The container is also recyclable. The packaging is quite attractive for a cleaning product which is great if your bathroom is lacking in storage like mine. You can leave it sitting out without it making your bathroom look untidy.
The one downside to this product I've found after using it for about a year is that if you use the shower soon after cleaning it using this as it can leave a slippery residue on the shower floor.
I got this Hard Drive to use as a backup medium for my laptop when I went to uni and its not let me down since! I used it every day for 2 years to backup my university work and photos before I had to buy another one because I needed more space.
I connect the Hard Drive to my laptop via the high speed USB2 connector. This connector allows for high speed transfers between your computer and the hard drive. Its nice and quiet too so you can leave it to back up over night without it keeping you awake. It does need an additional power cable to give it power and this cable is very thin and not very long which does limit where you can put it but that's not a huge issue.
If you're running Windows you don't need any additional software to use this hard drive as it shows up instantly in Windows Explorer (you might however need to install a driver depending on what version of Windows you're running but Windows should take care of this for you).
The hard drive has a nice minimalistic design and there's no glossy plastic to worry about scratching with all the flotsam and jetsam that lives on computer desks. Its sleek matte appearance means that it can sit unobtrusively on your desk. The lights on the front indicate if the hard drive is working or not so you can tell if its doing something (handy for Windows users as Windows is notorious for not being able to tell how long a file is going to take to transfer).
While it is easy to transport the HD it should be noted that this HD is not designed to be transported, that's what the WD My Passport range is designed for.
All in all, this hard drive has served me well for two years and continues to serve me to this day. I've used it on my laptop (Win7), my desktop (WinXP) and my PS3 and it has never failed me yet!
I would recommend this HD to my friends if they were looking for a backup device.
I got this camera for my birthday and since then I've never left the house without it.
I've taken it on holiday, to sport competitions and to botanic gardens and its taken perfect pictures at every event.
Its 28mm lens with makes it easy to take pictures of lots of people or of wide landscapes easily and the 8x optical zoom lets you get nice close ups too. When using the optical zoom you get pictures of 14 megapixles. To go beyond the 8x optical zoom, you get a digital zoom which brings you to an overall zoom of almost 17x. Sadly, using the digital zoom does limit the number of megapixles you get, it goes down to 3 megapixles or less.
One of the cool features the camera has is what I like to call "drunk mode". Its actually called Intelligent Auto (iA). iA mode has an auto stabiliser so you don't end up with with blurry photos from your hand shaking, a face detector to pick out focus points, subject movement detection and scene picker. The scene picker is very handy especially if you're not sure what kind of scene to use and don't want to have to spend loads of time picking the right scene before taking the picture. It can even detect sunset which is awesome!
I would link to a sample pic but you're not allowed to :(
The 3inch touch screen makes the camera really easy to use. When you're taking a photo, you can tap on the part you want to focus on and the camera will focus on that section of the picture. Doing this also automatically sets the exposure of the camera to use to get the best photo of the subject you have chosen.
The screen also adjusts its brightness depending on the ambient light.
The camera can also record HD video at 30fps in JPEG format and the video is still nice and clear even in low light levels.
The camera is really nice and easy to use. With an actual on/off switch rather than a button it doesn't tend to get turned on if its in a bag so you don't have to worry about the battery running down without you knowing about it. The battery is very good at keeping its charge, I took it on a week long holiday to Germany and used it every single day and it never needed charged up. The zoom switch is pretty sensitive so it can suddenly jump in and out if you're not paying attention!
On the screen side of the camera, there are 4 buttons and a switch to swap between taking pictures and viewing the pictures you've already taken. All the buttons are clearly labelled and pretty much do what they say on the tin.
Display turns on/off the extra info you see on the LCD screen (grid lines etc), menu takes you to the menu, QMenu takes you to a screen where you can turn on/off things like the flash and the timer. Mode takes you to a screen where you can select the mode that the camera is in to take the picture.
I've got a 4Gb memory card in the camera and I've never filled it yet, even when taking over 200 photos in a day! Its really easy to swap memory cards over too, you just open a little flap at the bottom of the camera and you can clearly see how to take the old card out and put a new one in.
There's also a flap on the right hand side of the camera (as you look at the back) that hides a mini USB port for removing the pictures from the camera with the correct cable.
Charging the battery is really easy too, while the battery is charging in its charger, a green light is on, when its charged, the green light goes off. So simple!
I've been using this scrub for the past year and my skin has never been so clear! I use it everyday in the shower and scrub it all over my face. I've used a lot of scrubs in the past but this is the only one that seems to live up to its title of "scrub". Its got big enough granules to give your face a good scrub so that you can actually feel the dirt getting scrubbed off. Your face is left with a nice tinglie feeling all over and you feel very refreshed after using it.
You do have to be careful when using it not to get any in your eye. Not only is it really hard to get the granules out of your eye but that nice tinglie feeling it leaves on your face isn't all that nice when its your eye that's tingling.
Another slight issue is that the cap is quite hard to get off and on again. If you don't shut it properly then the mixture hardens (not exactly useful!).
The product is slightly on the pricey side at around £4 for 75ml (although it always seems to be on offer) but for me its definitely worth the price. It keeps my skin feeling clean and fresh all day and keeps my pores nice and clean.
I've never tanned normally. I go straight from my skin glaring in the sun to being a red lobster in minutes. I've tried using fake tan products but it always seemed to come out blotchy or orange (not a good look!).
My mum (who tans in seconds!) bought this a few years ago when tanning moisturisers first came out. Unlike other products, this one doesn't have that tell tale "I've used fake tan" smell, always a plus! I started out borrowing my mum's and when I noticed it starting working I bought one of my own. I use the "Fair to normal" variety and try and use it every day after my shower. IF I remember to use it every day for a couple of weeks then my skin develops a nice healthy glow (not quite a tan but my skin does become less reflective).
The moisturising element of the product isn't quite as good as standard Dove moisturiser but as its a combined moisturiser and self tan, I wasn't expecting it to be as good. While its not as good as standard moisturiser, it still does a good job of keeping my skin nice and soft. When to put it on you really have to work hard to rub it into your skin as it can sometimes take a while to sink in and if you don't rub it all the way in it can leave an oily residue on your skin.
Its not that expensive (I've seen it ranging from £1.50 to almost £3.00!) and is definitely worth giving a try. For some people it might take some time for the tan to take affect but I've never seen it fail yet!
I've been dying my hair myself for about two years now and I normally use the liquid version of Nice'n Easy but the Foam version was on offer so I thought I'd give it a try.
Its very simple to use; two bottles, a decent set of gloves (for once) and the instructions are easy to understand. There is none of the usual mess associated with using hair dye when using this dye. There's no liquid spillage and the dye doesn't run onto your forehead (or into your ears!).
There is however, a downside to the dye. While other hair dyes are ammonia free this one has all the ammonia left in. Not only does this mean that the dye is worse for your hair than normal dye but it also stinks, really really bad. My bathroom still smelled like the ammonia for a couple of days after I had used the dye which wasn't ideal.
However, the resulting colour was very nice and shiny and comparable to the shade it said on the box. The intensive conditioner you get with the dye helped my hair recover from being dyed (although you only get two treatments, one for the day you dye and one for the week after instead of the usual six week tube). While I only saw three shades available when I bought this product, the Clairol website now says that there are 18 shades available so there should be a nice range to choose from.
Its been about three weeks since I used the dye and the colour hasn't faded much if at all. My hair feels nice and soft and the smell of ammonia is gone from the bathroom. The dye isn't that expensive either, I got mine on offer in Tesco for £5.
I would recommend this product to my friends if they were thinking of dying their hair. Its good value for money, easy to use and leaves your hair with a nice colour.
This skirt has saved many a night out for me. I got it in a last minute "Oh no! No skirt fits any more!!" panic and its been a staple of my "going out" wardrobe ever since. It works perfectly with a pair of black tights and tops that are almost long enough to wear as short dresses but just not quite there (or at least that's mainly how I wear it).
Although I mainly wear this skirt on nights out, it can also be used as part of a more formal wardrobe. Its not too short (depending on how far you pull it up....) so you can wear it to work or school, although you do have to be careful if you're doing a lot of walking as it does have a slight tendency to ride up.
It comes in lots of colours too so you don't have to stick to black. Black was the only colour on offer in the Divided section of the store, in the other section there were many other colours available (although be warned! Leaving the Divided section means losing UK standard sizes as the skirts through there are sized XS, S, M, L, XL).
Even after many washes the skirt has kept its colour and shape well. The elastic is still nice and stretchy and it still fits like a glove!
Its nice and comfy to wear while accentuation your curves by hugging your bum perfectly and thanks to its stretchy material, you don't have to worry about it tearing.
At only £3.99 this skirt is fantastic value for money. All of my friends have one now since they are so perfectly suited not only to the student lifestyle but the student budget as well.