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I will deliberately avoid buying from anywhere that ships with City Link, ever again. They are a joke.
First error: I missed a delivery, and got a calling card through my door with absolute no information on it. Literally blank. I have to presume that it is meant for me, and that they will be reattempting delivery.
Second error: My Mum ordered wine to be delivered to her house, and specified on the delivery instructions (and it said it on the box) not to leave with a neighbour as she would rearrange or collect it if she missed the delivery.... They left it with a neighbour.
Third error: I ordered an important package, and paid extra for before 10.30am delivery so that I could make sure that I didn't miss it. At 10.30am, there had been no knock on the door and no card had been put through... so I logged on to online tracking, to find that apparently my neighbours had signed for it. Why would he go to my neighbours and not me??! Annoying enough after paying extra for delivery... but it only gets more mysterious when my neighbours are adamant that they never signed for anything. This one is still waiting to be resolved...
It doesn't help that the call centre are absolutely useless. If you are unfortunate enough to already have trouble with City Link, try to resolve it through the sender rather than calling them... For your sanity's sake.
If you haven't used them yet... Don't.
I could have rode a unicycle to the shop quicker than I'm going to receive this package. In fact, I could have built the damn thing.
I bought this ball while pregnant, as a gentle way to get some exercise and to help the baby get into position nearer to the end. I was able to get this from Argos for about £10.
For the cost, this ball is definitely a bargain. It's easy to get out of the box and pump up, and the pump seems sturdy and long lasting so is now happily in my cupboard in case I need it again. The ball itself is a nice, bright and gender neutral colour, and the texture is the same rubbery feel as every other gym ball that I have ever used. (Men might be less of a fan of the Davina logo on the side though!)
The ball comes with a booklet of exercise ideas, which I haven't used personally but means that you have the choice of incorporating this ball into your own exercise routine, or can use the suggested ideas to get started.
My only criticism of this ball is that it is possibly a little bit small... I am only 5ft 4/5 and at the moment when sat on it my hips are a little bit lower than my knees. I am planning on fixing this by pumping more air into it to increase the resistance, but I don't think that would be enough to make it suitable for anybody taller than me.
So although it's a great ball, I would definitely go for a bigger one if you are taller than 5ft 5ish.
I bought this pillow from Mothercare for about £40, as a mixture of back ache and pelvic pain from SPD was making it extremely difficult to sleep.
I'm really glad I bought this pillow. So far it hasn't lost it's shape or padding and definitely helps me to get comfortable. The curved front section tucks nicely under the bump to stop the weight from pulling down on it and becoming achy, and also curves through between my legs - which helps to keep my hips in line and also helps to keep me cool by stopping my legs from touching. Because the pillow is flexible the curved bit between your legs can be moved to be as high up as the top of your thighs, or can be left lower down between your knees.
The back section of this pillow is good for tucking into the small of my back and making it feel a bit more supported, but is unfortunately definitely not enough to stop me rolling over it in the middle of the night. Also, as good as this pillow is, there are times when I will use other pillows as well - for example behind my back or between my ankles - to make me that bit more comfortable.
So, on its own it's not a total solution for me, but it definitely helps. And I figure that having to move one dreamgenii and one regular pillow when I roll over is a lot better than having to sumo-wrestle 4 cushions around the bed!
After hearing this product positively reviewed and recommended on quite a few occasions, I decided to splash out and order myself some. I believed it was meant to be useful for lightening under eye circles, and also for use as a general highlighter.
I ordered the original shade as I have fair skin, and it probably was near enough the right shade. It has quite a pink hue to the product, so although it is acceptable because of it's use as a highlighter rather than all over the face, I feel personally that it would be too pink for somebody with a warmer/yellow based skin tone.
The end of the touche eclat pen is a black button, which you press to dispense some of the product onto the brush. This is a really useful design feature as it keeps the product clean and simple to use and also means you can easily control how much of the product you use. It did take me a few attempts personally to remember not to put the lid back on while holding the bottom of the pen though, so I did waste a bit of product by dispensing it on closing. The pen shape also means that it is easy to store and to carry with you if you chose to.
Unfortunately I found the actual product inside the pen to be quite disappointing. I have quite dark circles under my eyes, so the product might work well for someone who just wants the tiniest bit of lightening, but I really don't think this touche eclat provides much coverage. Used in it's role as a highlighter, the product does have some light reflecting qualities... however, there are a few area where I would be keen to use a highlighting technique, and I believe that I have used better products in all of those areas than the touche eclat. For highlighting under the eyebrows, using a highlighting pencil is in my opinion a much easier and more precise method, and for highlighting temples or the cupids bow etc to "plump up" the areas, a basic concealer in a shade paler than the user's skin tone would work just as well if not better than this. That is because when applying the touche eclat under powder it's effect is massively lost when the powder is applied, but when applying over powder it is extremely easy to cause the powder to go patchy as this product is so liquid.
I cannot comment precisely as to how long this product would last as I do not use it often at all, and just apply it occasionally if I am wearing no other makeup as a way to avoiding wasting it. That said, you don't need to use much at all so I can imagine it would last a long time. Although the brush has stayed clean easily, and despite using it infrequently the product has continued to dispense easily.
I had not heard of Nail Inc varnishes until recently, when a bride that I was bridesmaid for had decided to buy some of their varnish so that all of her bridesmaids could have matching nail colours that also matched the dresses.
I put the nail varnish on first thing on the morning of the wedding, and then went about the day which, as you would expect, involved nothing more than carrying flowers/bags, applying makeup, eating dinner etc etc.
Considering that I wasn't exactly doing anything strenous, I was horrified to see that by the end of the day, the edges of my nails were already very chipped, and on one of my fingers half of the varnish had come off altogether.
I guessed that the bride had probably picked this varnish because the colour matched so well, but that it was actually a cheap brand. However, when I looked at the price on the Internet I realised that that is actually not the case, and they are at least the same if not more than most other high street brands.
Nail varnishes I have to admit are not my area of expertise, but with the limited experience that I have, I have to say that the wear quality and staying power of all the other high street nail varnishes I have tried have been better. The only one good element for Nails Inc was that it was easy to apply and provided an initially smooth coat.
I would not recommend this product.
As someone who has suffered on and off with eczema and allergic dermatitis, I have tried a variety of products over the years.
While pregnant, I woke up one morning to find that I had had a flare up in the night and needed to get something to stop the unbearable itching and me making the problem worse. I did not want to use Eumovate or hydrocortisone due to some of the active ingredients, but also didn't think that a basic moisturiser would do the job. After rummaging around Boots, I stumbled across this product and decided that it would be the best one way to try as e45 is such a well known brand and I have used their basic moisturiser before without issue.
As soon as I could I put the cream on, expecting relief from my tight skin and from the itching. Unfortunately that was not to be the case. Even where the skin was not that badly damaged this cream really stung and made my skin feel tighter and uncomfortable, and when I got some on the sore area of skin I nearly leaped onto the ceiling the pain was that bad. It literally felt like my skin was being burned. I washed it off as quickly as I could, but even that and drying the area was bad because the cream had irritated the skin so quickly.
As for the itching relief, I really don't believe that this cream did anymore than a basic moisturiser would have done, and I could have purchased that for half the price.
Overall I was extremely disappointed with this product and would not use it again or recommend it to someone else. I don't think I am likely to be the only person attempting to use this cream that has sensitive skin and the burning pain is most definitely not worth it!
So in the UK it is recommended that as soon as a women finds out that she is pregnant, she should start taking 400mcg of folic acid per day. It is believed that the folic acid helps the baby to develop it's spine and nervous system, and makes conditions such as spina bifida less likely to occur. If someone is actively trying to conceive, then it is a good idea for them to start taking the folic acid then, so that if they conceive the baby already has a good supply.
400mcg of folic acid can be taken in a number of ways - you can either buy a pregnancy multivitamin which will normally have the folic acid in it along with a variety of other things, or you can take folic acid on it's own. Folic acid on it's own can be bought from most supermarkets/chemists.
For me personally, although I started taking the multivitamin, I soon changed to the folic acid supplement on it's own. The tablets are MUCH cheaper, and are also a lot smaller as they only contain one rather than many ingredients. I found these easier to swallow while suffering with morning (all day!) sickness (The folic acid can be taken at any time of day, although it's probably best to try and stick to a similar time each day). Also, a downside of the multivitamin I had originally been taking for me was that it contains Iron - while Iron is very important it also can cause problems with the Number 2's, and seeing as I was already suffering I didn't want to make the problem worse.
Overall, whichever way you choose to take it, folic acid is extremely important in pregnancy and therefore I recommend it very highly! Once you get free prescriptions due to being pregnant you could even get the Dr to prescribe them for you and not have to pay for the basic supplements.
Fybogel was recommended to me by my Dr as a way to try and relieve constipation while pregnant. As it is basically just fibre in drink form, it is perfectly safe, and is a recommended way to try and relieve constipation before using stimulant laxatives and other methods.
I believe that Fybogel can be quite effective at keeping constipation at bay, however, if the constipation is already quite advanced then this product might not do much for you - it certainly didn't in my experience. The one thing that it did manage however, was to nearly make me throw up!
The drink actually tastes a lot better than I expected and was like an orange cordial drink - the powder comes in sachet forms and it is simply a case of mixing this in with cold water. You have to use about 200ml of water to get the powder to dissolve correctly. My problem lay in the fact that I have never been able to drink a drink very quickly, and with morning sickness and a bloated stomach due to my trouble with the Number 2's, that was even less likely to happen. But, with fybogel, you have no choice but to try and drink the mixture quickly... Presumably due to the fibre content, within about 3 minutes of making the drink it starts to thicken into a texture I can only describe as... wallpaper paste. It soon got so thick that I think the only way for me to get it down would have been to eat it with a spoon.
I simply couldn't tolerate putting myself through this ordeal twice a day, so decided that whilst trying to get on top of my bowel troubles I would rather live off nothing but cereal and wholemeal bread. I realise that long term this is not practical however, and for people who simply can't meet their fibre needs within their diet and need help, then this is a viable option. Although I'm not convinced of it's ability to get rid of constipation, I certainly think it would help to maintain regularity.
If you can tolerate drinking a drink very quickly, then I would say it's worth a go. But if not then you may not like this experience. As much as it's best to use the nicest "medication" for your body, I'm a big believer in quality of life and nearly throwing up in the kitchen twice a day is not the way to go! In which case, it would be best to speak to the GP and see what other options are available.
I used this dye the first time that I have ever tried to dye my hair on my own, and considering that I have long hair it could quite easily have gone disastrously wrong!
The product was about £5 from Boots, so a lot cheaper than the cost of getting a colour at the hairdressers. I was using Number 210, shade Blueberry Black, and that is part of the reason why I was willing to try dying my hair on my own... with black I figured that the chances of me dying my hair green were a lot less.
Inside the pack there are gloves so that you don't dye your skin at the same time, which were large so that they should fit anybody but also stayed on well and so did not make doing the dye more difficult. The colour gets mixed (very easy to do and explained by a detailed leaflet with pictures inside the box) into a cylindrical squeezy bottle with a pointed tip. I was able to use this bottle to squeeze the dye quite neatly onto my roots where I had separated my hair which I was pleased about as I am really not good with things like this! After covering my roots, I then squeezed the rest of the dye onto my main hair. There was plenty to go around even though my hair length is to the middle of my back so I would be surprised if there was not enough in the pack to dye one person's hair (unless it was both long and very thick).
The pack advises that you do not leave the dye on for more than 15 minutes, with a recommended length of 10 minutes. For me the application on it's own probably took a good 10 minutes. So then, by the time I left it on for a further 10, it would have been 20 overall, and I had no problems. The dye did not irritate my skin/scalp at all, and when I had finished washing/conditioning/drying my hair I was thrilled with the coverage and shade.
The colour really did have a slight blue undertone, exactly as described on the pack, and in my opinion was nicer than I had achieved at the hairdressers. It had dyed all of my hair equally, and was also easier to wipe off my skin (where I had been a bit messy) than the colour from the hairdressers.
The conditioner provided in the pack smelled lovely, was just about big enough for even my hair, and smoothed on easily. After washing, the hair felt in a better condition and was left with a good shine.
I would definitely recommend this product as I am really pleased with the results, and so far the colour has lasted 3 weeks without any really noticeable fading. The packaging explains the process well and I think that most people would manage to use this dye reasonably easily. For the price I think it is definitely worth a try.
The only thing I would warn people about, which is not specific to this product, is that if you are trying to dye your hair a different colour over a hair dye, then the results can come out a bit strange. So unless you are really confident in what you are doing, this product is perhaps best only for people who are dying their hair a similar colour to "top it up", people who are dying it a lot darker so it will cover everything anyway, or people who are dying previously undyed hair.
Also, I got managed to get some of this dye on the carpet (so for future reference perhaps I'll put an old towel under my feet!) but found this washed off really easily anyway with a little bit of warm water and carpet cleaner.
I hope this helps!
I have both sensitive and acne prone skin so have always found it necessary to buy expensive moisturizers, and even then have not always had success.
Just before Christmas I did not have the usual £30 to buy my moisturizer so decided to try a cheaper one. This one jumped out at me as I have used the Visibly Clear range in the past and it has never upset my skin. Also the more expensive moisturizer was also "oil free". I got it for just £4.25.
So far this bottle has been lasting me really well. The bottle is a good size for the price - 50ml - and a small amount goes a long way. As soon as I felt the lotion I noticed that it wasn't too greasy, and it absorbed into the skin really well. It helped to relieve tightness and actually felt moisturizing. The only thing I would say is that the flattened tube shape of the bottle means that the last bits of product may be difficult to get out - but I find that to be the case with many things, and as this bottle is plastic it will at least be possible to cut it open to get out the remains.
So far the moisturizer hasn't upset my skin at all, and although I don't know whether it has actively reduced my spots it certainly hasn't aggravated them which is the same as I had achieved with the more expensive moisturizer.
For the price this moisturizer really is brilliant - it's perfectly oil free, smells quite fresh, is in ideal packaging, and isn't irritating. I will definitely carry on using this product rather than anything more expensive.
I would recommend this product for anyone with combination or acne prone skine.
I have always used the original Vaseline for moisturizing my lips and soothing any chapping that I might get, and as it had always worked excellently I had never thought to try anything else... But since using some of my friend's Vaseline Rosy Lips, there's been no going back.
This product comes in the usual trademark small round metal tin, which is convenient to carry around and easy to use. Also, even as someone who uses this product repeatedly throughout the day, I find that one tin will comfortably last me 6-8 weeks, which for approximately £1.50 a tin I believe is excellent value for money.
This rosy lips vaseline has all of the soothing and moisturizing qualities of the original vaseline, and although it is possibly slightly thinner, it has an almost identical texture and application. Because of that this product really does do what it says on the tin! In addition, this version of the vaseline has a lovely pink colour which really makes your lips look healthy. You can also vary the amount of Vaseline that you put on to alter the intensity of the colour.
The colour will last for a couple of hours, and as it is so easy to top up, I find that I tend to use Vaseline rosy lips most days at work rather than applying lipstick/gloss all day... which has definitely done wonders for my lips! Also, when I am applying lipstick, I have started using a thin smear of vaseline rosy lips first... I find this helps my lips to stop drying out but as the product is a bit thinner than the original vaseline, it also doesn't make my lipstick smudge/greasy. I actually find that the rosy vaseline provides an excellent base for my lipstick and makes the results better!
Overall I cannot recommend this product enough. I am totally in love with it and am never far away from one of my tubs! I expected the colour in the vaseline to cause my lips to dry out, and the product generally to be less effective... but I was definitely wrong and now I have the best of both worlds!
I bought this monitor from Argos for £24.99, and selected it over the other monitors available as they all seemed to offer pretty much the same settings, but this one was easily the cheapest. When I got home the monitor was incredibly easy to set up, and involved simply plugging in the two separate stations and adjusting the volume to suit.
I have used my monitors at opposite ends of my house and have always been able to achieve good signal and clear sounds through the monitor. Also, even without reaching maximum volume, the sounds produced by the monitor are comfortably loud enough to wake me up when necessary.
The portable sound receiver has a central green light which indicates that the unit is working, and also has a series of five other lights. These lights are inactive unless a sound is transmitted, when the number of lights displayed will reflect the volume of the noise received. Although I personally have not found the need to use this function, it is clear that it works reliably and well and would be really useful should someone want to use the monitor in a noisy environment.
I am absolutely thrilled with this product, it is easy to use and basic but does everything I could expect to need of a baby monitor. Also, it is small and discreet, and is not unpleasant to look at. Overall, this monitor is excellent value for money and I would highly recommend it.
I got given this eye shadow as a gift, and before that I did not even know that Tigi did cosmetics! Since looking I have found out that you can purchase this eye shadow for under £10 which personally I think is great value as you can pay nearly that for high street brands! I was given the eye shadow in white, as I love to use that colour as a base or if I am going for very light make up then I use it as an eye liner to brighten my eye. This eye shadow was perfect for that purpose as when it was used dry it applied softly and creamily, but when it was used with a wet brush it gave a definite bold colour. Whichever way this eye shadow was used it was long lasting and did not smudge on my skin.
This eye shadow has slight "sparkle" in it, which in my opinion is too over the top for day wear but would be fine for night wear. It wasn't too sparkly though, and that is coming from someone who is not a fan of sparkle at the best of times... Also, I did have the shimmer version of the eye shadow and I believe you can get a matte version too, so that would possibly have been better for me.
Overall the eye shadow was a lovely colour and both wore and blended well. It was not quite as good as some of the best eye shadows I have tried as it did crease a little bit, but it was probably also half of the price so overall excellent value for money.
I decided to buy this product after reading a positive review of it on DooYoo. The gel is quite expensive at about £30 a bottle, but I don't mind paying that sort of price for a product that works. Despite having acne prone skin, I have also somehow managed to have skin that is sensitive in some areas and occasionally a little dry.
When I first used this product I noticed that the gel seemed to be of a really good quality, had a nice "clean" smell to it and applied really smoothly to my skin. The pump design of the bottle also makes it really easy to use and means that you can really easily control the amount of product that you put on. At this point in time I was very optimistic! Unfortunately, when I woke up the next day, the more sensitive areas of my face seemed irritated. I have tried the gel again on a few other occasion and the same thing has happened. So, unfortunately, I don't think this particular product would be recommended for sensitive skin...
As I did not use the gel regularly because it irritated my skin, it is hard for me to judge fairly whether or not it is effective at helping acne. Personally though I think it would not work for me no matter how committed I was to it as it actually seemed to cause me to get a few spots! Overall, this product would have to get a very poor review from me but it could just be that it is clashing with my skin, as I have used other Peter Thomas Roth products and adore them.
I bought this phone for just £4 when I first moved into my new house. With all of the other expenses and must buy's on my list, the quality of my house phone was just not important to me. So I got this super cheap phone from Tesco's...
Well nearly 2 years later, the phone is still working perfectly and I have never felt the need to replace it. It does everything that a traditional phone should do and is compact so does not take up too much space on my shelf. I have never had any problems with the phone and it has always proved to be reliable. Sometimes the buttons can be a bit insensitive and don't recognise that you've pressed them, but as long as you push reasonably hard this doesn't become a problem. The phone has a HI/LO option on the base so that you can alter the volume of the ring, which is handy as the loud can be very loud! On that basis though, I think this phone would probably be very good for somebody hard of hearing.
If you are looking for a phone for the fact that it is cheap, as a spare or simply because like me you don't use the house phone often enough to justify spending out for a cordless (or don't mind sitting next to the phone) then this phone is definitely a good choice for you. It is reliable, easy to use and small. It has everything that you would expect from a traditional phone, and at excellent value.