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Prior to buying this epilator I had never used one before and had never waxed my legs either. Last Summer I got fed up of either having to shave my legs all the time or being unable to throw on a skirt when the sun made a surprise appearance as I hadn't shaved my legs. I am no fan of pain and always thought I'd prefer the hassle of regular shaving over the pain of an epilator but I decided to be brave and invest in one. I'm so glad I did! So far I have only been brave enough to try this epilator on my legs so my review is based on this. Firstly, it was nowhere near as painful as I had expected. Yes it smarts a little at first but after a few minutes it's more like a constant tingling which goes as soon as you've finished. The epilator comes with a freezer pack you can put on your leg to cool the skin but I found I didn't need it. The light is good but I found using the epilator in daylight gave better results as by artificial light I missed quite a few hairs and had to go over my legs again the next day. I would also say, take your time. The first time I used it I did it quite quickly and found some hairs were cut rather than plucked out so my legs weren't smooth. Going slowly gives the tweezers better chance to grasp the hairs and pull them out. There are 2 speed settings on this epilator, one is supposed to be gentler than the other but I can't say I have found any difference in the pain/tingling so I always use the faster, more efficient setting. The epilator comes with a little cleaning brush and is easily taken apart to clean and re-assemble ready for it's next use. The epilator does leave you with red spots on your legs where the hair folicles are but if you use it in the evening the reddening will have gone by the morning. Overall I would recommend this product to anyone who wants longer lasting hair removal
I love logic problems but find in other puzzle magazines there are only one or two of these type in the whole magazine. The magazine starts by giving an explanation of how to solve a logic problem for those who have never done these type of puzzles before. The puzzles start off quite easy and get more difficult as you progress through the magazine. If you are new to logic problems, this is a great introduction to them and a great way to practice. However, if you are quite competent at solving them, you may find the first few pages are too easy and a little boring. However, there are over 60 pages in the magazine so you can skip a few and there are still plenty to sink your teeth into. Also in this magazine are a few other puzzles such as Hanjie, Battleships, Enigma and Sudoku. There are instructions in the back of the magazine on how to solve these types of puzzles for those who are unfamiliar. However, there are only a handful of these other varieties, the vast majority are logic problems. If you subscribe to this magazine it works out cheaper than buying it monthly from a newagents so it's worth looking into. There are subscription offers on the Puzzler website which vary from time to time.
I am no big video game fan but find the Lego series entertaining and great fun. Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 follows on from Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4. There are 4 levels again as year 7 is split into 2 levels like the films. As with all Lego games, you have to complete each level in Story Mode before it unlocks Free Play Mode. I found that there was no point playing all the Free Play mode of the levels until you had collected quite a few characters and extras to have access to their special abilities. The Extras are found dotted around Hogwarts and I suggest you find as many as you can and purchase them in order to complete the levels in Free Play mode. I found I went back and forwards between Hogwarts and the levels in order to keep finding/buying the characters/extras I needed. The game keeps a record of what percentage of the game you have completed and to complete 100% you have to find/buy/complete everything! It sounds easy but it isn't! You have to search high and low for all the collectables as some are harder to find than others. I really do recommend this game, it is light-hearted, covers the major scenes of the films and is just a fun game. Not violence, no swearing, just fun P.s A great tip, find and buy the Ghost Studs Extra. You will collect 1000 for each ghost stud and it soon adds up for you to be able to buy more stuff!
This toaster is nice and modern looking in stainless steel and black and looks good out on the work surface if you are short of cupboard space. It is a 2-slice toaster and the great thing is the slots are wide and long so unlike other toasters, the whole slice of bread gets toasted rather than the top sticking out. The slots are wide enough for crumpets and teacakes too which is great. Considering the size of the slots, the actual toaster is quite neat and compact. I do find that if only toasting one piece of bread, one side is toasted considerably more than the other. This isn't the end of the world, I just put it on a low setting and flip it over. This may however become annoying, especially if in a rush. When 2 slices are toasted at the same time, all sides seem to toast relatively evenly. The only other negative is that the power cable is only about 60cm long which means the toaster has to be very near to a power socket which may cause a problem in some kitchens. This toaster cost £29.99 and I think I could have got a better toaster for less.
I decided I wanted to get my 2.5 year old a doll's house for Christmas as she really enjoyed playing with one at a friend's house. I looked about and did find them cheaper but the quality just didn't match up to this one so despite the high price I went ahead and bought it. The house really is beautiful. Outside is beautifully painted with so much detail, it's just wonderful. The roof is painted pink with a roof tile effect and 2 fake chimneys. Each window has a set of pink wooden shutters with heart shapes cut out of them which can be opened and closed. There is painted detail above and below the windows with fake flower boxes under each. The front door can also be opened and closed. The house is 3 floors with staircases running between each floor. The roof opens upwards and sits back to reveal the third floor. It rests back on the house so does not have to be held open whilst playing. The front consists of 2 doors which open outwards to reveal the bottom and middle floors. Inside, the walls are also painted pink and cream to imitate wallpaper which is so much nicer than cheaper versions where the inside is just plain wood. The house comes flat-packed and is heavy but is very easy to put together. Everything just slots together, the only thing that needed to be screwed on were the roof hinges. Once constructed the house is very sturdy and can be moved about easily without falling apart. It took my husband and I about 10 minutes to have it out of the box and constructed and it could easily be dis-assembled should the need arise. I guess the downside of this product is that it is expensive and does not come with the furniture sets which are also expensive. However, the quality of this house and the matching furniture sets are so high that I can see my daughter getting years and years of enjoyment out of it and it will be worth every penny. I have bought the dining room, kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedroom, pet set and doll set and my daughter spends hours role-playing. Some furniture sets come with small pieces (For example, the dining room set comes with small plates and cups) which may not be suitable for younger children but these can always be put away for a while until you feel your child is old enough. The attention to detail on this product and the quality compared to so many others is far superior and I really would recommend spending that extra bit of money, you won't be disappointed.
As my daughter started to reach the drawing/colouring age I was concerned my walls and furniture would become her canvas. I saw this is in Argos in the 2 for £15 offer and thought I'd see what it was like. The bag has a small carry handle on top and is fastened with a velcro strap which can easily be undone by a young child. Inside there is a small pen secured in place with a piece of elastic which is great to stop it from getting mislaid. There are 2 white drawing surfaces on either side and around the edges are shapes and numbers. You fill the supplied pen with water and when you draw on the white drawing areas, it turns blue to reveal whatever it is your child is drawing. After several minutes the drawing begins to fade as it dries and eventually disappears meaning your child can start all over again and draw something new. The pen is much smaller than the pen provided with the full size Aquadraw sets, as obviously it's 'travel size'. The problem with this is that it doesn't hold much water and I am constantly being asked to refill it. This can be annoying at home but even more annoying on a long car journey when you're trying to refill it from a bottle of water as the opening is so small. After 8 months of owning this item the pictures didn't seem to be very clear and the pen seemed a bit worn. I assumed the pen was faulty due to wear and tear. But adding water to the drawing surfaces revealed it wasn't the pen it was the actual drawing surfaces that were faulty. I have no idea what this item is made of and what the "magic surfaces" contain but after months of use it stopped showing up blue and you could barely see what had been drawn. For the price I guess 8 months worth of fun isn't too bad but I did expect the product to last longer than it did. Overall I think this is a good product and my daughter enjoyed it for months but I expected it to last until she was fed up with it and did not expect it to stop working seeing as it's only ever been drawn on with water which is it's purpose.
Considering many shops sell wooden jigsaws for £5-£10 each, I thought 3 for £10 from Argos was an absolute bargain. They are great quality and after being played with for over a year, they still show no signs of wear and tear. I would also say that these puzzles are multi-staged as the animal one is easier than the numbers one which is easier than the letters one. I think this is a bonus rather than all 3 being of the same difficulty, it allows progression all for one low price. The animal jigsaw has the picture of the animal in the hole so the child can easily match the picture on the shape to the correct hole. The numbers jigsaw holes have items to help match up the shapes, i.e the hole for shape number one has an apple, the hole for shape 2 has 2 lollipops etc. The alphabet jigsaw helped my daughter to learn her letters very quickly and she could do the puzzle with ease within weeks. However she did struggle at first as the letter pieces are not cut out to the letter shape. If you turned them over, you would not tell with many of them what the letter is. For example, the 'I' and 'L' shapes are the same, they are both just rectangles. The 'N' and 'H' shapes are also the same. Once the child knows their letters this isn't a problem but when they are just learning which shapes will fit in which hole, it can be quite confusing. I'm sure it's cheaper for Chad Valley to only roughly cut each piece out rather than cut it to the exact shape of the letter but I think this would improve the design substantially. Overall I would recommend these puzzles, they are fantastic value for money and good quality. (Please note that on the photograph the alphabet puzzle is lower-case whereas the puzzle included in my pack is upper-case so designs may vary. The animal puzzle is also a different design. Mine were bought from Argos and currently their website for "Chad Valley Farm Animals Wooden Jigsaw Set" shows the designs I have not the ones on the picture above.)
I have straightened my hair since I was a teenager as it is frizzy and fly-away and looks awful if I don't! It is just part of my daily routine. For my birthday I asked for a curling wand and was bought this one. At first I couldn't get the hang of it, I'd have some big loose curls and some tight curls and the ends all flicking out in different directions! I ended up getting my straighteners out and straightening all the curls out! However, my friend said it just takes practice and the key is to section off your hair into small segments rather than trying to save time by grabbing random sections and doing it quickly. I must admit, it has taken me quite a bit of practise, maybe due the the fact I had never used any form of curling device before but now when I go out, I curl my hair in the same amount of time it would take to straighten and it looks great. The wand has different heat settings depending on your hair. I use a medium heat as I have fine hair and the higher settings are for those with thick hair. The wand heats up quickly and there is a light which indicates when the wand is up to the required temperature and ready to use. The wand comes with a finger protector to stop you burning your fingers but to be honest i'ts so fiddly to wear I don't bother! The end of the wand is plastic and remains cool so you can just hold that part. If you are a regular user of curling devices I would recommend this wand, it works great. If you are a rookie like me, it is so easy to use once you have practised the technique and you'll be impressed with the different looks you can create. Give it a try!
I have had this phone for about 2 years now and have never had a problem with it. The handset is gloss black which looks sleek and modern and the buttons are soft and quite large and easy to press without pressing the button next to it. You can save numbers into the phone book so you can quickly dial your favourite numbers or if you have caller display with your telephone provider, the name of the person appears on the display when they ring. I find this to be a great feature. If you miss a call, a little icon appears at the top of the display so you can walk in and at a quick glance you can see if anyone has called without having to bother going through the 1471 process. with one press of a button it'll bring up the number of the person who called. The range of this phone is good, I can use it round the house and in the garden and have never had any trouble with signal or interference. The base does have to be plugged into a mains power supply at all times else the handset won't work even if it's fully charged, it just says "Searching" on the display. So you need an available wall socket which is relatively close to your telephone socket. If you want a good phone with a few easy to use features, I would recommend this phone. Most features have their own button on the handset so one press and you're there, no need to scroll through menu after menu like with some phones I've seen
I used Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature bottles when my daughter moved onto formula feeds and thought they were brilliant. She started on level 1 teats but after a few weeks she was sucking so hard the teat was collapsing preventing any milk coming out. I tried level 2 but it seemed too much was coming out and it was coming out of the sides of her mouth. I saw these and thought they were the perfect solution. They stated they were vari-flow so the harder the baby sucks the more they get out and vice versa. My daughter didn't seem to be able to get anything out of them whatsoever even though she had easily managed with level 1 easy flow teats so it wasn't due to the fact she was unable to suck. The only reason I could think of is the actual teat is quite a lot bigger than the teats on the easy/medium/fast flow teats and it was too big for her mouth. I can't see any other reason. Nor can I see a reason why the teat needed to be bigger than all the others. I think these were used for a few days and then they went in the bin and I reverted back to level 2 medium flow teats and after a few days she seemed to adjust to the faster flow of milk just fine. I think the main problem with these teats is the fact they are bigger than the others and perhaps hard to adjust to. And I certainly wouldn't think a newborn could cope with one even though they say from 0 months.
When I fell pregnant I dreaded ending up covered in stretch marks. I had seen this advertised on television and thought I'd give it a go and in my eyes it worked miracles! I am proud to say after going 2 weeks overdue and being the size of a house I have been left with not a stretch mark in sight! The bikinis are still worn and so many friends have said they wished they'd used it! I applied Bio Oil every morning and night religiously from about 6 weeks into my pregnancy. I didn't wait til I started to show, I used it as soon as I found out and I think this may be the key. I got through a 200ml bottle a month for my entire pregnancy and continued to use it til about 3 months after I gave birth. It does feel a bit greasy when first applied and takes a short time to sink in but not too long. By the time I'd washed my face and brushed my teeth it has absorbed enough to get dressed. Yes it's expensive, but to me, worth every penny and much cheaper than laser surgery!! Sometimes it's on offer on 3 for 2 at Boots so I stocked up and it's more economical to buy the 200ml bottles than the small bottles so you save a bit of money there. Some say perhaps I'm just blessed. But honestly, I put it all down to Bio Oil!
I was bought one of these when my daughter was born and I would say it was used about 3 times. I just didn't see the point. You can either use it to warm food/bottles by pouring the water from the flask into the plastic lid and standing the jar/bottle in it. Or you can fill the flask with boiling water and use it to make up a fresh bottle when needed. If you fill it with hot water before you leave home it is still hot if you use it quite soon but sometimes by the time you needed the water it wasn't hot enough (Guidance on formula feeds state the water needs to be hot to kill any bacteria in the powder). If you had already made a bottle up and needed to warm it, it took ages to warm up to a decent temperature and I was left with a frustrated baby. I also found that standing food in it i.e a jar or tub with pureed food in, it would take forever and still never really feel warm. Obviously when it's full of water it's heavy and quite bulky and I found it hard to fit into the changing bag along with everything else you need to take when leaving the house with a baby. 9 times out of 10 when my baby was due a bottle I would find a cafe to sit comfortably and feed her so it was just as easy to ask for boiling water to make up a fresh bottle and a bowl of cold water to stand it in so it was cool and ready much quicker.
Like many parents I have spent a fortune on different cups and beakers trying to find a good one! And this is the best!! It says 24 months+ but my daughter used it from about 18 months with no problems at all, I wish I'd found it sooner! My daughter likes to have a drink at hand for whenever she wants it rather than keep having to ask and I needed a non-spill beaker as I have cream carpet! I have bought so many 'non-spill' beakers in the past that either leak everywhere or the valves are so strong my daughter was unable to get anything out of it which led to her getting upset and frustrated. This beaker is so easy to use, it's non-spill but you don't have to suck hard you just put your mouth to it and the drink comes out! No idea how it works but it's fantastic and does not leak! This beaker is very easy to clean and you can re-assemble the non-spill valve in a matter of seconds. There is a small piece of plastic and a rubber valve which fit together then push into the lid and it's done. Then just fill the beaker and screw on the lid and it's ready to use. So much easier and quicker than other non-spill beakers I've tried. The lid easily screws on and off for an adult but not so easy a toddler could remove it. The beaker is narrower around the middle so it is easier to grip for small hands and my daughter has no trouble holding it with one hand. This beaker is designed to help your child move from spouts to normal cups so the mouth piece is shaped like the lip of a cup. My daughter can now easily drink from a normal cup but I still use this about the house to prevent spillages. I bought my daughter the pink version but it also comes in green or blue which would be perfect for boys or if you have more than one child. Overall I would recommend this beaker of all I've tried (and that's a lot) this is the best
I do not recommend this beaker. Firstly, it is a nightmare to wash the non-spill mechanism! It's comes apart into 4 pieces which you have to dismantle in order the wash properly, plus the lid and beaker and then is very fiddly to put back together. The beaker does come with instructions but should a child's beaker really be so complex it needs instructions?! The design is nice and my daughter found it easy to hold but always had a red nose after she'd had a drink as the lid that flips up to reveal the straw is in totally the wrong place and pushed against her nose! Also the internal straw isn't very long so even when it's still half full you have to top it up else the straw isn't in the drink. The Tommee Tippee Active Sipper is by far a better product and easier to use for the child and easier to clean for the parent!
I would recommend this product to anyone who has photographs, videos, music etc on their personal computer who wish to either free up some space or have everything backed up just in case. I have thousands of photographs which I would be devastated if I lost. They were just on my laptop but I realised that if my laptop ever broke or was stolen I would lose them and would be gutted. I didn't want to spend a fortune on an external hard drive as I only had personal files to back-up and 500GB was going to be plenty for my needs. It's very easy to use. It is mains powered and then you connect it to your computer using the supplied USB cable. Then appears in "My Computer" and you can set up folders and copy files over using drag and drop just has you would normally. You then just have to click "Safely remove hardware" then you can disconnect it. I am no computer whizz, probably the opposite! But I found this extremely quick and easy to use and 500GB is more than sufficient for backing up my personal files. I doubt I've even filled a 10th of it's capacity and I have thousands of photographs. The actual hard drive is gloss black which looks good but to be honest I keep it in the box it came in for protection and then once a month get it out and back-up my files to it. But if you wanted it permanently on display it looks sleek and modern.