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The Mega Bloks Build Big With Numbers is something my son has played with since he was about twelve months old, and now that he is four years old he will still play with the blocks on occasion, although less so these days as he's moved on to slightly more complex construction designs. I bought the box of Mega Bloks Build Big With Numbers from Ebay (second hand) and they cost me just £3.99, but I see they are currently available to purchase for new for just £9.99 from the Amazon website (www.amazon.co.uk). I think this price is actually very reasonable because it's a product which will last and will hold a young childs interest for a couple of years (I would estimate between about 9 months and 4 years old).
The Mega Bloks Build Big With Numbers come in a box which have a picture of the blocks on the front of it. The blocks can be stored inside this box, and the box has a little plastic handle which makes transporting them easy. Within the box are eleven mega blocks which are all large and so they are easy for little people to manipulate them as they don't have to be particularly dextrous or have very finely tuned movements. The blocks are varying sizes and colours and the non-uniformity makes them more appealing. The blocks are varying shades of yellow, red, green, purple and blue and so they can be used to help a child learn the different colours - for example, I would say to my son "Pass me a blue block". Each block is also decorated with a label which features a number from 1 - 10 and so this can be used to help teach a child their numbers - although I have to say that my son still struggles to identify the different numbers on the block (although he recognises numbers on his plastic fridge magnets). Next to each number there are a smattering of printed shapes (hexagons, squares, stars, rectangles, circles and triangles) and the appropriate number of these shapes next to the number printed on the block. My son has now started to recognise some of the different shapes. I like having these different elements to play with when I'm playing with these with my son.
The blocks themselves are made of plastic and they are shells of plastic and to they are not heavy and can be picked up by young children very easily. Each block has lego style connectors on top of the block and so you can fit the blocks together in a construction style. The blocks can be stuck one on top of the other - and it's my sons favourite thing to try to build a tower with one block on top of the other and then knock all of the bricks over in one fail swoop. Because the bricks are large, their base is really stable and so they don't actually topple over easily. Also, because the bricks are made of plastic, they are fairly robust and none of the blocks have cracked or split, despite some quite rough treatment! They can also be wiped over when grubby little fingers or slobbery drool (sorry!) get over them!
Overall, my son seems to like these Mega Blocks - and I think they are a good idea because they combine colour, numbers and shape identification, together with construction. Therefore you can use these to develop mental education and physical skill and co-ordination. I think it would be better if the labels on the bricks were spread out a bit so that you had shapes on one side, numbers on another side etc. so that the different elements were more easily identifiable to young children. However, on the whole I think this is a good toy for a young child.
I have a pair of the Crocs Crocband Lined shoes which I have had for about three months and they haven't been off my feet since I've bought them. I am a big fan of Crocs in general, and although I find them a little ugly, they are undoubtedly among the most comfortable and wearable shoes on the market - and I have several of the styles available as a testament to that. The Crocs Crocband Lined cost me £27.99 direct from the online Crocs website (www.crocs.co.uk) which I feel is a good price because, in my experience, Crocs basically seem to last forever!
The Crocs Crocband Lined shoes come in a variety of colours - most of which are two tone. You have the option of black/graphite, black, expresso/khaki, expresso/mushroom, khaki/expresso, navy/red, plum/lilac and bubblegum/blush. I have the navy/red mixture, simply because I like the combination of these colours as they were the most striking together with the biggest contrast. They main part of the shoe is a strong navy blue and then there is a white thick stripe around the sole of the shoe which is decorated with a thinner red stripe. The red, white and blue style fitted in with the patriotism of when the Olympics was on and so I guess this came into my choice of style as well.
The shoe itself looks like the traditional style of Crocs which were the first style out. The are clunky with a heel strap that can either fit around the heel or can be flipped over the top and sit on the top part of the foot. I tend to wear mine with the strap around the heel because I just find that this helps to keep the Crocs comfortably on my feet rather than having them in the slip on style. They have vent holes at the front of the shoe and I feel that these holes help to keep my feet cool - although they are not ideal if walking through a puddle! I admit that the shoes look bulky and not particularly attractive, but it is also true that these Crocs have more of a sporty look to them than the traditional Crocs (I think it's the stripes) and so they are probably more appealing to look at that the traditional style.
What makes Crocs so unique is the comfort they afford - and these Crocs are no exception. They are made of a really soft rubber which means they are rigid and yet very soft. What makes these Crocs different is that they are lined on the inside of the shoe with a soft fleecy material and so they are not rubbery on the base and yet they are just as springy and cushioned but even more comfortable and gentle on my feet. I really love the way that they feel against my skin and I can literally walk around in these all day without my feel getting achey or sweaty. They have never rubbed and they didn't need any wearing in. It's rare that I find a pair of shoes that don't need to be worn in before being comfortable. The soles of the shoes are ridged and so they provide good traction and make them fairly non-slip in a similar way to trainers.
The shoes are rubbery and so they are waterproof - and washable. From time to time I will wipe them over with a damp cloth and this brings them up so they are as good as new.
Overall, I really love these shoes and would recommend them to anyone who puts comfort above all else.
I have a pair of Topshop Vicious Black Studded Ballerina Pumps which I bought direct from the Topshop website (www.Topshop.co.uk) - although I have also seen them in the high street store. I wanted some shoes that were simple and fairly plain and that would go with anything, particularly suitable for summer wear. When I'm not wearing boots then I like to wear pumps or trainers - and so these particularly fit the bill. I bought them for £25.00 which I thought was a fairly good price and a price that I was happy to pay.
The pumps are black and are covered in small metal studs that are randomly scattered over the shoe. The shoes are man-made (polyurethane), although they look like leather and they don't have a plasticky appearance. The have no heel as they are completely flat, and they have rounded tips which give the shoes the ballerina appearance. Because they are black with silver studs then they go with practically anything.
Initially when I wore the shoes they were a little bit stiff and they rubbed against my ankles. However, once I had worn them in, the material became very soft and they stretched to fit my feet so that they were really very comfortable indeed. However, the soles of the shoes are quite thin and because of this they have the feel more of slippers than of proper shoes. That's not to say that they cannot be worn as shoes, but I would only wear them if I was strolling around and they are not really very suitable for any significant amount of walking.
The pumps haven't worn quite as well as I would have liked. The back part of the shoe has lost its rigidity almost completely - and therefore they do tend to slip down under my heel. There are scuff marks on the front of the shoe and so it has lost its blackness. However, the sole has remained intact and the sole has not worn through at all. The studs have also remained intact and none have fallen off although I think they are just glued on and so if the shoes were to get very wet then I'm not sure that the studs would remain in place!
Overall, these shoes are comfortable for casual wear and I do like the style of them. However, they are not that sturdy and the material is a little flimsy and "cheap". There are a lot of pumps like this out there on the market and it might be worth hunting some down which are, at the very least, leather.
I have a pair of Topshop ankle leggings as I tend to wear leggings quite often, especially when I am slopping around the house, but also when I'm dressing casually to go out. The Topshop ankle leggings cost me £12.00 from the Topshop store in Cheltenham High Street, which I think is an okay price, although I'm aware that you can pick up leggings considerably cheaper than this nowadays - but for convenience I still bought them and they are still an okay price.
The leggings come in black and they are a deep black which I find preferable to many of the cheaper brands that seem to be barely black. Their colour hasn't faded after washing and they do wash well. They come in sizes 6 - 16, although it is worth noting that the sizes are quite "small" and I have a size 16 despite usually being a size 14. The leggings are made from viscose and elastane and so they are stretchy and so they are really comfortable to wear. They feel nice and soft on my legs and the seams are subtle and don't rub at all.
There is nothing remarkable or unremarkable about these leggings, but what I have found is that they do tend to go a big baggy when I've had them on for a few hours. They do loose their bagginess once they have been washed again, but it does annoy me that they go baggy around the bum and knees. I have found that this tends to be a sign of low quality leggings - and for that reason I am not very enamoured with them.
Overall, I just think there are better quality leggings around and I wouldn't particularly recommend these.
We have three Speedo Wet Kit Bags in my household which we all share between us when any of us are going swimming. Swimming is something I do with the kids, but it is also something I do for myself in order to help keep me fit - and so I bought three of these because they just seemed like a good idea. I bought them in my local independent sports retailer in Cheltenham on a 3 for 2 offer where each one cost me £8.99 - but I actually got three for £17.98, which obviously equates to just £5.99 each. I don't think this is a bad price, especially as it is a branded product.
The bag comes in black or red - and I personally believe the red bad is nicer because it's more striking. The red bag is mostly red, but then it has a black base with a border and the Speedo logo printed in white on the bag. The drawstring cord is black. I always just love black and red together - and of course it is also gender-neutral.
The bag itself is a good size for swimming wear and a towel - or actually just general sports wear. It's maximum capacity is 12 litres, although I think the bag would be quite uncomfortable to carry if it was this jam packed as there is no padding on the drawstring. The drawstrings are just cord which allows me to open and close the bag and also serves are the handles or backpack straps. The bag is made of water resistant polyester and so this is why it is regarded as a wet kit bag. However it is important to remember that the bag is not plastic and therefore fully waterproof and so you still need to take some precautions, such as squeezing any wet kit out throughly so it is just damp, before it goes into the bag. A positive of the back is that it can be folded down really small when it is not in use and also that it is really very lightweight and so you are really only having to carry around the weight of the stuff you put in it.
Using the bag is fine and it functions as I expected it to. You can pack quite a bit inside it and because it is material it will stretch out if you need to push a little more inside! However, it is not the most comfortable bag to carry because of the non-padded straps and so the weight plays a factor here. Also, if you need to get anything in the bag, it is generally necessary to pull everything out to get to what you want to get to as there are no storage pouches or pockets and so this isn't terribly convenient.
The bag can be washed in the washing machine and I have done so several times. The red colour has faded slightly, but I find this to usually be the case with bright reds. The bag is fairly robust and there is no fraying or breakages on any of the bags - which after about 9 months is quite good.
Overall, I think these bags are fine. They are not amazing, but they serve a purpose and they are perfectly fine.
I was actually given Lancome Blush Subtil Highlighter by my sister who had bought the product and then decided it wasn't the right shade for her. I'm never one to knock back a freebie and so it was gratefully received. I am not sure how much she originally paid for it, but the Lancome Blush Subtil Highlighter is currently available for £26.00 (or 2600 Advantage Points) from Boots. Clearly this is quite expensive, but I do generally believe that it really is worth paying out when it comes to make-up in order to get good quality as it seems to work out cheaper in the long run. I have seen it available in other stores and online as well and so it might be worth shopping around and you may be able to get a better price.
I tend not to use Lancome products very ofter, but I have been pleasantly surprised by this. The packaging itself is nothing to get very excited about and I don't think its something that is going to jump off the shelf at you, but having said that, it is neat and compact - and functional - and really that is the most important thing when all is said and done. It comes in a small black case which has a palate of the blusher, together with a brush and a mirror. I have found it to be quite practical to use - and it's small enough to fit inside a small day make-up bag for retouching.
The blusher comes in a small range of shades - and I have the Blush Subtil Shimmer version of the product which is slightly more obvious than the sheer version. It looks pretty pink, but actually once it's applied it has a subtle but defined shade with really suits my skin tone and looks fairly natural. It comes in powder form - and so it is applied either with the supplied brush or with a compact pad. I have to say that I am actually really impressed with the brush that is supplied with the compact as it is of a good quality with fine, soft and natural bristles. It means that application is smooth and that it can be done very subtly with repeated applications if you want something darker or more apparent. To apply the powder I simply sweep over my cheekbones and up under my eyes - and do that about twice to get a nice even and natural look. It also allows the natural tone of my skin to shine through and this is a mark of quality I think.
The powder has really good last ability and I find that it lasts me about eight hours before another application is necessary. It never goes cakey or patchy and so it just gradually fades and so it's okay to simply tough up the powder by applying another coat if you're out for a full day and night. This makes it really convenient. It also seems to apply my skin to breathe and so my skin doesn't feel heavy or "made up" after the application and so I feel fresh and clean also.
Overall, I would recommend the Lancome Blush Subtil Highlighter because it does last a long time and so it's worth investing in something that costs a little more but lasts longer - and makes you look good. I have found that it's becoming increasingly important that I look after my skin and so I will fork out for another box of this once I run out.
Now that the nights are starting to draw in and I'm thinking about putting my central heating on, it's time to get the hot chocolate out again! I believe there really is only one drinking chocolate that is worth drinking and that is Cadbury Drinking Chocolate. A 250g tub of Cadbury's Drinking Chocolate currently costs £1.99 from Tesco - and I think that this is a really good price and it lasts me quite a while, particularly as I don't like it quite as strong as it's recommended on the tin.
The tin is made of cardboard and has a plastic lid which covers it. When you first open it it has a foil pull lid to keep the ingredients fresh and also so you can check that it hasn't been tampered with. Inside the tin is chocolate powder - and on the tin is instructions about how to make the drink. The instructions state that you should add 3 teaspoons of the powder to a mug of hot milk, but I personally find that this is too strong for me. I tend to make up the chocolate drink with 1.5 teaspoons of the chocolate powder - and ensure it is stirred really well to ensure that all of the chocolate is dissolved. If I'm wanting something a little richer then I tend to add a dash of double cream to the mix and this tends to make it a little thicker without being stronger.
The hot chocolate is smooth and rich and makes a really lovely warm and comforting drink. All of the chocolate dissolves easily and there is never any powder left in the bottom of the mug. It has a velvety milk chocolatey taste and is true to the Cadbury quality - which I believe is the best chocolate in the world.
Overall, I really recommend Cadbury Drinking Chocolate......it's chocolate heaven.
Boots Coconut & Almond Intensive Hair Mask is an intensive conditioner which is certainly within the realms of the affordable for most people. It comes in a tub which has a screw lid and has a coconut and almond on the front of the tub and a list of ingredients and directions on the bottom of the tub. A tub contains 350 mls of the cream and it costs just £1.99 from Boots. I think this is a pretty fantastic price as I found that each tub contained enough for about 10 hair masks (and I have long hair) and so that's about 20p per application.
The cream itself is white and is quite thick and creamy with a very strong fragrance of coconut. I know it has almond in it also, but the smell of almond is non-existent really, but I think the almond oil is just a great moisturiser anyway - but any almond aroma is over-powered by the coconut. Because it's in a tub, it is easy to take out as much or as little of the conditioner from the tub that you want - and obviously to return any that you don't use.
Using the conditioner is easy and is simply a matter of smoothing on the cream onto my hair after shampooing. I tend to leave it on for about 10 minutes because I find this allows maximum penetration of the ingredients into my hair. I don't brush it through or anything, but simply smooth it on my hair from the roots to the tips. It takes quite a bit of rinsing through afterwards - and I have to use the shower head on it for a good few minutes to remove the conditioner. If the conditioner isn't completely removed then my scalp gets itchy and my hair is greasy.
The conditioner leaves my hair well hydrated and feeling in good condition. It seems to have a de-frizzing quality to it because I can get away without straightening my hair when I use this (although I do still usually straighten it!). It also leaves my hair smelling really fresh and I have had people remark on how nice my hair smells. I only tend to use it about once a week or it tends to leave my hair a little greasy, but once a week just contributes to my hair looking and feeling good.
Overall, I recommend the Boots Coconut & Almond Intensive Hair Mask because it is just such a good price and the end results are pretty good.
I bought the Avent Sealing Disks because I simply thought they were a very good idea. When my son stopped needing bottles of milk throughout the day, I thought it was a great idea to convert the bottles into storage bottles so that my sons pureed food could be stored in the bottles in appropriate sized portions, which made it ideal for storing the food in the fridge or when we're out and about. I bought the Avent Sealing Disks in a package that contained six discs and this cost me £4.50 from Boots - which equated to 75p for each disc. I thought the price was fine because it allowed me to make use of the bottles which would otherwise have been thrown away.
The discs themselves are rubbery discs that are white in colour and are designed to fit on top of the Avent bottles. To use them is really easy and it is simply a matter of pushing on the disc with the circular part down so that it fits into the top of the bottle and creates a seal. Because the discs don't actually screw into place, I was a little concerned that they might come off accidentally if I had a bottle in my bag, but in my experience this wasn't the case. The discs fitted securely and created a tight seal so that no contents spilled out, even when the bottle was upside down or bashed around. Removing the disc was easy too as it was just a matter of putting my nail under the edge and prising off.
The Avent Sealing Disks are dishwasher proof and so they are was to just throw in the dishwasher after they have been used. They can also be sterilised, but I have to admit that I never did this with them as my son was old enough to not require them to have this treatment.
Overall, I think these are a really good option - and I would recommend them.
Having taken up golf over a year ago, I have been trying to put together some of my own equipment because I don't want to remain reliant on hiring the equipment from the local golf club. I do have some Gamola plastic golf tees which I bought principally because they were cheap and I didn't have a huge amount of spare cash. The Gamola plastic golf tees are among the most basic of golf tees and there is nothing fancy about them, but that is not to say that they are not sufficient. A bag of 100 plastic golf tees cost me £2.08 from the Gamola website (www.gamolagolf.co.uk) - and obviously this equates to 2p per tee - which I think is a very good price and I don't believe that you're going to find any cheaper.
The plastic tees feel pretty robust and they are certainly not easy to break, split or bend. I feared that because they are so lightweight that they would not be robust enough, but this has certainly not been the case at all. The end point of the tee is sharp enough to go into the ground easily and so you can get the tee into the ground without any difficulty and I can get it deep enough to have a decent foundation. The cup of the tee is not very deep or large in diameter, but it is wide and deep enough for the golf ball to rest stably on the cup base.
The tees come in a variety of colours, namely blue, red, yellow and white. Having coloured golf tees means that the tees are easy to see when on the golf course - although that's not to say that I haven't lost a few along the way. Inevitably the tee is often knocked for six when I use it to tee off - but like I said, the colour means its easy to see.
Overall, I would recommend the Gamola plastic golf tees for the amateur golfer who doesn't have loads to spend on equipment but who wants something that is going to be user friendly.
Guerlain Secret De Purete Gentle Polishing Exfoliator is a gentle exfoliator that is something that I've been used for the past three weeks. I have recently been having sun beds as I want to maintain the suntan I picked up over my summer holiday and I've found that my suntan from the sun bed lasts a lot longer if I have regularly exfoliated. The Guerlain Secret De Purete Gentle Polishing Exfoliator cost me £28.75 from John Lewis and this was for a 75ml bottle. Obviously this is quite a lot of money and I would not normally spend this amount on an exfoliator, but I had the option of having a trial sample of the product and I found that it worked really well and so this is the reason I was willing to spend a little more on an exfoliator.
The exfoliator comes in a white plastic tube and its design is pretty uninteresting and there is nothing about it that jumps out at you. I'm pretty sure that unless I had tried the trial sample then I don't think I would have picked this up off of the shelf because it would have just blended in with all of the other exfoliators on offer.
I use this exfoliator sparingly because it is so expensive, and luckily it seems that only a little amount of the product is really necessary to achieve really good results. The exfoliator works like all other exfoliators and it's simply a matter of applying a thin layer of the product to slightly damp skin and then massaging in. The exfoliator feels really gentle and I have to admit that initially I thought that the exfoliation was going to be too gentle because the amount of friction created by the "micro lotus seeds" felt too little. I tend to massage the exfoliator over my skin for about two minutes. Removing the exfoliator is simply a matter of rinsing my skin. I tend to use a flannel to remove the layer of exfoliator and any dead skin cells, and then I rinse the remainder off with just cool tepid water. I find that the exfoliator is removed quickly and easily and that there doesn't seem to be any residue left after rinsing.
What I like most about this product is how nice my skin feels afterwards - and also what good condition my skin seems to have been in since this has become part of my skin-care regime. It does leave my skin feeling soft and smooth - and also moisturised. I find a lot of exfoliators to leave my skin feeling quite dry, but this exfoliator helps my skin to feel hydrated, although I also tend to moisturise after using it also. Very occasionally, although not always, I can be left feeling slightly itchy after using it. I'm not sure whether this is actually due to the product itself or whether it is because of the increased circulation following the massage needed during application.
Since using the Guerlain Secret De Purete Gentle Polishing Exfoliator I have found that my skin has stayed smoother and spot-free. I generally use it about twice a week and always before I go on the sun-bed for the reasons that I mentioned previously. I would recommend it but I am aware that it's very expensive.
I have three pairs of Puma Ankle Socks Women which I bought mostly for when I wear trainers as this tends to be the only time that I wear socks. I bought the socks in a pack of three from my local independent sports shop and they cost me £6.25 for the three pairs - which obviously equates to just over £2 for each pair. Although this is cheaper than a lot of socks on the market, especially those that you can buy in supermarkets, I just thought they seemed like good quality socks and so I thought they would be especially good if I was planning on doing a lot of walking or playing sports.
These socks are all white and each have a grey puma on the long side of the sock. They are made from cotton and polyamide and there is elastine in them also and so this means that they are somewhat stretchy and so they can be stretched to fit most feet sizes. I am a size 7 and the socks fit me perfectly. I particularly like that these are trainer socks and so this means that they are designed to cover the feet only where the trainers touch and so my ankles are left bare and so it isn't obvious to others that socks are being worn. When I'm wearing my trainers with these socks I can see the top ribbing part of the socks, but only just.
The socks are comfortable to wear. They are quite soft and, as I said perfectly, they fit well and will stretch to fit. They are quite thin and so they don't contribute to getting my feet hot and sweaty, but they are thick enough that they ensure that my trainers do not rub. I particularly like that the trainers do not ride down when I wear them because I absolutely hate it when socks rub down and ending up collecting under my foot!
The socks wash well and they have maintained their white colour - although they are slightly more of a dull white than when I first bought them. There is no bobbly bits on the socks and they have stayed soft and haven't lost their shape or stretchiness.
Overall, I would recommend these socks even though they cost a little more.
I have recently been driving through Europe with my daughter and I wanted something to listen to that we could both enjoy. I had heard about the Twilight series of books, and while my daughter had seen the films, she had never actually read the books - and so I thought that this would be a good opportunity for us to share the book together on mammoth drives. It is worth pointing out that this only includes the first book as when I bought it I didn't think it was very clear whether it was only the first book or the entire Twilight trilogy. The CD collection cost me £10.45 from Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk), which I thought was a very good price and a price that I was willing to pay. The collection was delivered the next day.
The packaging of the CD collection is essentially the same as the book with the picture of the white hands holding a red apple. They come in a little box with a plastic case and so the CD's are well protected when they are being stored. There are eleven CD's in total with each CD having about an hour of the story on them. In total the story lasts 11 hours and 51 minutes. I'm not too sure why they are broken down into so many CD's as I would have thought that it would have been possible to get more than an hour on each CD, but having said that it is actually a nice way of having the story broken down because you can just decide to listen to a disc at a time and then have a break between discs.
The story itself probably needs no introduction, but it is essentially the story of Bella Swans relationship with Edward Cullen (a vampire) and Jacob Black (a werwolf). This first book mostly concentrates only on her relationship with Edward. It's fantasy set in reality and it is an enjoyable journey that I would imagine appeals to teenage girls mostly, but as an adult I also enjoyed it.
I wasn't that keen on the narrator of the audio version as her accent is very american and I didn't feel she was expressive enough where I thought this was needed. She also didn't always put the same emphasis on certain words that I would of had I been reading it, but I guess this is a matter of personal preference. However, the words are very clear and it is easy to listen to.
Overall, I think this audiobook is an okay book. It's not going to go down in my memory as the greatest experience, but it helped us pass the time enjoyably and for us also to share the story together.
I have been using a Single Economy Mattress on the bed in one of my spare bedrooms for the past couple of years. The mattress was bought from Mr. Sleeps Beds Limited via the Amazon website (www.amazon.co.uk). I can't remember exactly how much I paid for it, but the mattress currently costs £30.20 (including postage and packaging) and is usually dispatched within 3 weeks of ordering. I think £30.20 is a very good price for a mattress, although because it is so inexpensive and so thin, I would probably only buy it to be used by a small child or for use in a guest bedroom which someone may only sleep on for one night.
The mattress is the size of a standard size single bed and therefore it measures 90cm x 190cm and fits the frame that I bought without any problem. It weighs 25kg and so it is fairly heavy, but having said that it is really thin and this is the reason it's not something i would want to be sleeping on all of the time. The mattress itself is pink with little purple and pink hearts on it and it's an okay design.
As I said, the mattress is really quite thin and when I laid on it is didn't give me as much bounce or stability as I would generally want from a mattress. I can feel the springs in it, although the springs don't dig in, but it is still something that I'm conscious of. I have found that the comfort of the mattress has been improved significantly by the addition of a mattress topper to it as this just gives it a little more softness. Sleeping on the mattress is okay for a night or two, but any more than this and it tends to leave me with a stiff back.
As a very basic mattress this is okay - but it is basic and to be honest if I was buying a mattress again then I would opt for one that cost a little more and provided a little more comfort.
I recently had my hair cut and dyed at Toni & Guy in Cheltenham. I had never been to Toni and Guy previously to this, but I was under the impression that Toni and Guy were a reputable salon and therefore I was confident in giving them a try. The Salon was in Ormond Place in Cheltenham which is in a nice area and in the centre of town and so convenient to get to. I had to wait a few days for an appointment, but that seems about standard for a local hairdresser. My initial impressions were really good when I walked into the salon because it looked sleek and stylish which black leather chairs and glossy magazines a-plenty. I was seen to my chair and was offered a hot drink - and I opted for a latte - which was complementary.
My stylist seemed to be professional and was willing to listen to what I wanted and also offered her opinion - and actually made suggestions which I found to be really helpful because she had good ideas. There were a good range of shades to choose from and we came to a joint decision regarding what colour would work best. When the colouring was done my stylist ensured constantly that I was comfortable and kept me updated as to how far we were through the process. When I was taken to the sink to have my hair rinsed, the stylist gave me a lovely head and shoulder massage with water that was just the right temperature - and this was very relaxing and an enjoyable experience. The colour actually came out well and has lasted for the last 8 weeks with very little fading.
I did find the cut a bit more stressful because the stylist did cut off more hair than we had agreed. However, the style itself was really nice.....I just would have liked it more if it had been left a little longer. When I conveyed this to her she did apologise and said she would make a note of it for my next visit.
The cost was fairly expensive as it cost me £95 for the cut and colour. While I was mostly pleased with the end result and with the experience, I am not sure I will be returning to Toni and Guy because I'm not sure they were any better than my local independent salon that I use regularly.