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    • Primark / Highstreet Shopping / 19 Readings / 17 Ratings
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      Often a pretty stressful experience, but the bargains are defnitely worth it!

      My first time in a Primark was a few years back now and to be honest I was overwhelmed with the sheer volume of clothes and people crammed into the space! My local one is Birmingham and I am led to believe it is one of the worst (except from London ones)! So a major downside to the shop is that it is often so crowded and messy with clothes all over the floor that sometimes I don't even want to enter at all! Although other stores I have been to such as Coventry and Redditch are a lot better which makes it a less stressful experience! Nevertheless, whichever one I go to, I usually find something I love.

      Originally, I did start off only going into Primark for basic items such as socks, tights, vest tops, leggings etc purely because of how much cheaper they were than other high street stores. However, as time has gone on and I actually started having a proper look in there, I was pleasantly surprised as to how on trend and up to date the other clothes actually are considering the prices! To be honest it is pretty hit and miss in there-sometimes there is nothing at all but others there is so much I want. For example, last week I went into Primark for some flat black work shoes and somehow managed to spend £150 and was horrified when I saw the amount on the till! But when I looked at what I actually had (3 work dresses, 2 going out dresses, handbag, flat shoes, 2 pairs of skinny jeans, 2 shirts, pyjamas, new underwear set, leggings and a few other bits and bobs like bobbles and make up wipes) it was really eye opening to see how much I got compared to what I would get in other high street shops.

      So as I said I have recently been buying dresses and shoes from there and have grabbed myself some real bargains! More importantly though, most times I wear a Primark dress/shirt I am almost always complimented and asked where I bought it from! So even if they are cheap, they don't look it which is all that matters to me!! Obviously, with the prices being so low, you can't expect the highest quality in the world. For example I have found some of their products not to last overly long and fade/become bobbly such as their leggings. But overall, I think the products in Primark are excellent value for money.

      Another negative about the store is that I have found the sizes are a bit weird in there (and I know other people that have experienced the same thing) so I would definitely advise you try items on as the queues to return/exchange are always ridiculous. Then again so are the queues for the changing rooms...so it's a lose-lose situation really as from my experience Primark's are virtually guaranteed to have big queues at all times!

      Apart from women's clothing, they do have other sections and I can also recommend the children's wear as being good value for money and quite stylish at the same time. Also the jewellery is ok sometimes, not for any big occasions but if you are just after dress jewellery they do have a large selection. I am also led to believe the home section is pretty good in there but having not purchased anything myself I cannot really comment.

      Overall then as I mentioned, the worst things about Primark stores are definitely the messiness and queues. But if you can get past that and are willing to properly look, guarantee you will find yourself a bargain or ten!

      Happy shopping!

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        13.09.2012 16:10
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        Really good value for money make-up wipes!

        I wear quite a lot of make-up on a daily basis so it is essential that I have some good wipes that not only take off the make-up but also cleanse my skin, so when seeing some in my local Primark recently I was pretty sceptical but at £1 for two packs, I thought I may as well give them a go!

        The packs include 25 wipes and are contained in the usual re-sealable plastic packs for this type of product. All too often, I forget to reseal the packet properly and have found that they do dry out quickly so remember to seal it! Apart from that though, they are initially really wet and therefore remove a large amount of make-up with ease. With other brands I have tried I sometimes need more than one wipe but this has never been the case with the Primark ones.

        However, the real test for me with make-up wipes is how they make your skin feel afterwards. I wasn't expecting much with them being so cheap, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. My skin felt fine although maybe slightly irritated due to the tea tree contained in them (but I am aware this will be due to my sensitive skin as some people love the tea tree oils and say they work wonders!) I switched to the pink ones that Primark offer (with no tea tree) afterwards and these suited me much better and left my skin quite soft and cleansed and there was no irritation whatsoever on my skin which I often have problems with around the eye area.

        Overall then, don't buy these wipes expecting the world! After all they are £1 for a twin pack! I wouldn't quite go as far as to say that they are as good as the main brands out there but they are a third of the price for double the amount so you can't really complain! And they do their job of removing make-up as well as the added bonus of leaving skin feeling soft and cleansed. I often grab a pack of these on my visits to Primark and would definitely recommend their wipes in general as great value for money but steer clear of the tea tree ones if you have sensitive skin and go for the pink ones instead!

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        13.09.2012 15:25
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        Fantastic wipes that remove make up with ease and leave skin feeling super soft!

        I wear quite a lot of make-up on a daily basis so it is essential that I have some good wipes that not only take off the make-up but also cleanse my skin, and these Simple kind to skin wipes definitely tick all the boxes. To be honest, I originally only bought them as they were on offer in Boots but since then have never used any others as none that I have tried have come close to these.

        The packs include 25 wipes and are contained in the usual re-sealable plastic packs for this type of product. All too often, I forget to reseal the packet properly and have found other brands dry out quickly but this is not the case with this product which remain moist for longer periods. The packaging contains all the usual information such as the fact that they contain no alcohol or oils (which is ideal for my sensitive skin) and also states they contain vitamin B5 which will soften the skin.

        Being the skeptic that I am, I rarely believe most of the information on packets but the above description is definitely accurate. My skin feels so soft after using these wipes, almost as if I had actually moisturised it properly! Previously, I have had particular problems around the eye area with irritation from wipes, but these are an exception as they are so sensitive. This is definitely the best thing about the wipes for me and it also provides a perfect base for any other moisturisers/toners you may use as part of your skincare routine.
        Whilst they are sensitive to the skin, they also perform their primary function of removing make up really well too. As previously mentioned I wear a fair bit of make-up but have never needed any more than one of these Simple wipes to completely remove it all with ease. Another positive for me is that they have no smell (but I know this is down to personal preference)!

        As I said before, there are 25 wipes in a pack which you can pick up at the moment for around £3 on the high-street. This is a bit more pricey than other brands I have used before but definitely worth it in my opinion and they are often on offer in various shops anyway!

        Overall then, I think these wipes are a great product and would definitely recommend them to all skin types. Since first buying these wipes I have invested in other products in the Simple range such as the daily moisturiser and toner which have also proven to be quality products, so wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Simple brand in general.
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          16.07.2012 17:28
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          Brilliant read with intruiging characters and gripping storyline

          I love reading and am always on the lookout for a good book to read. So a couple of weeks back when I saw all the hype surrounding 50 shades of grey, I had to get it! Literally all my friends had it and were addicted and it was all over the social media sites so to be honest I bought it to see what all the fuss was about!

          From what I had heard about it, I was expecting a book full of absolute filth from cover to cover, with many claiming it's basically 'mummy porn'. This is most definitely not the case. Yes admittedly, there is a lot of kinky sex (described in pretty graphic detail at times!) but as well as this there is a really deep, complex and meaningful story of love behind it all!

          The book focuses on two characters-Ana Steele (a student) and Christian Grey (a multi-billionaire entrepreneur) who meet on the off-chance in the first instance due to Ana filling in for her ill friend and interviewing him for a student magazine. The book is written from the perspective of Ana and it is clear there was chemistry instantly and from this early point I was hooked and intrigued about Mr Grey due to James' vivid descriptions and way with words.

          After this, they meet on various occasions (once when he purchases cable ties, duct tape and rope from a hardware shop where Ana works-if you read the books you will find out why this is relevant!) and their relationship seems to blossom. However, initially not in the usual romantic way one would think, which is what makes the story so interesting- Christian Grey is what is known as a Dominant and doesn't want Ana as a girlfriend but instead a submissive who signs a contract agreeing to all sorts of activities and rules. With her being a virgin and very inexperienced in this department, the remainder of the book addresses if this will be too much for her to deal with as she quickly falls in love with 'Mr Fifty Shades' or if he is capable of changing his ways.

          As the book continues, the reader will slowly learn about why the complex Christian is the way he is which I personally was dying to know and it gives the whole story more dimension and mystery. I found myself really involved in the story and characters and couldn't put the book down which I rarely experience. The end of every chapter was left open and I felt like I had to read the next one to see what twists and turns would be put in front of Ana and Christian next!

          I have to say the book had me totally addicted and didn't disappoint at all. I was apprehensive when I read the 'contract' but as the characters develop the focus changes into a complex love story and by the end I could really relate to Ana and now would love my very own Mr Grey!

          After reading Fifty Shades of Grey, I immediately bought the next two in the trilogy and enjoyed them both just as much. I won't ruin it for those of you who haven't read it yet, but you find out a lot more about Mr Grey in the second which I found really intriguing and page-turning. One thing I would say is that E L James' writing style gets rather tedious after a while as I found it very repetitive with the words and descriptions used. That said, I never contemplated putting the book down because of it and still went on to read the other two so this is only a minor point!

          Overall, I can now fully understand the hype surrounding this book and would definitely recommend all three books to anyone! I will stress again that there is a deep and meaningful story behind all the sexual content which is just as interesting, so don't let this put you off! I have also recently heard it is to be made into a movie and the possibility of a fourth book, both of which I am very much looking forward to! Completely love it!
          5 stars!

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          13.07.2012 13:57
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          Decent airport overall, got all the facilites you need with just couple of minor downfalls

          I have flown to and from Dalaman a few times on my trips to Turkey. It is conveniently located just a short drive away (60-70ish minutes from memory) from Marmaris which is the tourist hotspot of Turkey and where I have always stayed. So this is handy after a long flight because the last thing you want is a long coach journey to sit through!

          The airport was refurbished a few years back, which it was in desperate need of! Before the refurbishment, it was a terrible beginning and end to an otherwise good holiday in a wonderful country. But now, I must say it has really improved and I was impressed last time I visited.

          The whole airport is now modern throughout with more space and mainly glass furnishings which add to the spacious and clean feel of the building. The staff are very welcoming on arrival (which is a big improvement on before!) and the airport has all the facilities that you would expect. These include:

          Shops
          Duty Free
          Food outlets
          Toilets
          Small play area for children
          Separate waiting rooms

          I also noticed that the airport now accommodates and flies to numerous destinations which it wasn't well known for before, so this is an improvement meaning more people can access it from various parts of the UK. Although a point to note is that each time I have flown from Dalaman, I have been delayed by at least 1 hour, which can be frustrating when you just want to get home.

          I particularly liked the new waiting rooms as they are all sectioned off separately by glass and are effectively all gate numbers so travellers can wait in there rather than the main waiting room which is good. They have comfortable seating areas and toilets in each section as well as a coffee stall selling drink and food so customers will not need to leave the gate and could wait there without the usual hassle of hundreds of people.

          Also, as the fast food junkie that I am, I was excited to see both a McDonalds and a KFC in the airport. But one of the major downfalls about Dalaman airport is its prices! Obviously in places such as airports, customers will be expecting to pay slightly more but for a Big Mac meal last time I visited (2010) it cost me £12.99 which I think is ridiculous!

          Overall then, this airport is a decent one, certainly a massive improvement on what it used to be like. It is clean, the staff are friendly, all the amenities are there so couldn't ask for much more really. However, my one piece of advice would be to either make sure you eat before you go to the airport or take food in with you if possible due to the prices. But otherwise there aren't really any faults with it and it's a pleasant beginning and end to your holiday.

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        • musicmagpie.co.uk / Internet Site / 25 Readings / 22 Ratings
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          Definitely recommend this service-gets rid of clutter whilst earning some money!

          It was in my student days when I was hard pushed for money that I used musicmagpie.co.uk. I had seen the advert on the telly and knew I had boxes and boxes of unwanted CDs up in the loft so thought I may as well give it a try. I am very glad I did!

          Firstly, I found the website to be user friendly and very informative in terms of how the process works. In summary though, you need to register to the site (which is easy and quick to do) and then can start selling immediately by simply clicking the 'Start Selling' button!

          When you start selling, you are required to enter the barcode of every item you want to sell in order for the site to generate a value for each item. This can be done manually or they do offer a service whereby you can use your webcam as a barcode scanner. I thought this was a brilliant idea to save time so opted for this...but it didn't work well at all and I was less than impressed! I am not sure whether I was just unlucky and had a bad experience, but the scanner rarely recognised the barcodes no matter what angle I held them at and in the end I gave up and entered them all manually. So one thing I would say is be prepared for it to be pretty time consuming. Although a plus point is that you can save your progress at any point and go back to it later to add more items.

          So how much are the items worth then? Well it completely depends on what you are selling I suppose but in my experience, I have found that most of my CDs were valued at 30p with rarer items I had reaching up to around £1-£2. The few games and DVDs I sold were usually valued at between 75p-£1.50. Whilst I realise this does not sound much, it can quickly add up to a reasonably good total. In my opinion, with CDs becoming pretty much obsolete now with invention of ipods, anything I got for them was a bonus as they were just gathering dust! Roughly, I think I sold around 120 CDs and a couple of DVDs and PC/PS3 games and was quoted £58 which I thought was really good.

          If you are happy with the valuation, sending the items is also very simple to do with good instructions again being available on the website. And the best part about it is that it's completely free, making it better than other sites such as Amazon or Ebay! You will need the freepost label which you can either get them to send to you or print off yourself. Then all you need to do basically is secure your items in a box, ensure the label is visible and either take it to the post office or they even offer a courier service to come and pick the box up from you, so it really couldn't be more convenient and easy.

          I am very sceptical in general and there are loads of conditions on the website such as all items must have original booklets with them, no cracked cases, only minor scratches etc so I wasn't convinced I would receive the whole amount, but I did. So I can definitely say that they are fair with their pricing and checking procedures, as some of my cases weren't in the best of conditions. Also, they are very good at keeping you up to date with what is happening with your parcel and inform you when they receive it, when they are processing it and when they have despatched your cheque. I am guessing too that they would contact you if the valuation changed but as this was not the case, I cannot vouch for this.

          Overall, I would definitely recommend musicmagpie.co.uk and I will be straight back on it if I discover anymore CDs or DVDs hiding anywhere. It is a way of getting rid of clutter and earning money from things you no longer use! I would recommend only selling through musicmagpie.co.uk if you have a fairly large selection of items as individually they aren't worth much at all. Also, they could improve the scanning as this would make the process quicker and be more prompt with payment as it does take around 2 weeks but then again, they are giving you money for things that are unwanted so these are minor points for a really useful service overall.

          5 stars from me!

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            19.06.2012 17:17
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            Well worth the money, definitely a must have for me!

            I absolutely love sunbathing and as soon as I am awake on holiday I want to be up, out and on the sunbed catching some rays! Obviously I also understand the importance of good sun protection and think this Garnier Clear Protect Spray is the perfect product. It allows me to apply the protection I need quickly so I can get into the sun!

            This is the best thing about this product for me-the fact that there is no thick cream to apply but instead just a simple transparent spray. Firstly it means you don't have the mess or have to sit and wait for it to sink into the skin for half an hour but also it doesn't give your skin the greasy feeling that normal creams do.

            Other positives I have noticed are that it doesn't have the strong smell that some others do, which I personally prefer as I find them overpowering. Also I find the lid easily clicks back on and as it is a spray bottle, there are no leakages which is a bonus when on holiday and its being constantly carried around in various bags with other items. Most importantly though, I have never burnt whilst using this sun spray, proving it is doing its job effectively.

            I usually use the factor 20 but they do come in a range of different factors so cater for all skin types. They also have a children's one (factor 30 or 50) which I can also say works well due to my little sister having used it on our last holiday and having no problems.

            Despite other reviews I have read on here saying the product doesn't need rubbing in and is waterproof, I would disagree with this and advise you to always ensure it has sunk into the skin properly by rubbing it in slightly and also reapplying after contact with water just incase. However, it is a lot easier than with normal creams as there is less mess and greasiness to contend with and is a lot quicker and easier in general.

            The only thing I can think is this product's downfall is the fact that if held at certain angles, it stops spraying as well but this is the same as all spray products and can't really be helped! Also, it is quite expensive at almost £14 for a 200ml bottle but does last for a decent amount of time as due to the spray function there is minimal wastage like you often get with cream. On average when I use the product on holiday a bottle usually lasts me around a week. It is still pretty costly but every time I have bought it, the product has been on a 2 for 1 offer somewhere or other.

            Overall then, I would definitely recommend this product as it's easier, quicker and less messy than any others I have used, whilst also doing a brilliant job at protecting your skin from the sun. One thing I would say though is to definitely have a shop around to get it on offer because it will be well worth the money then!

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            19.06.2012 15:33
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            Love this game, should definetely be an app on everyones iPhone!

            Angry birds is by far the most addictive app available on the iPhone. I originally got it to pass the time on my short daily commute and at work when I was bored but now I am well and truly hooked and play it everywhere and anywhere! It is only 69p to purchase which is well worth the hours of fun you will get out of it in my opinion.

            It is based on such a simple concept but is so much fun and it has a little story behind it so is great for kids as well as adults. Basically, some little green pigs have stolen the birds golden eggs so they become angry (hence the name) and want to get revenge. This is where your job comes in as the player-to use the catapult to fire the birds into the pigs to destroy the strategically built castles around them and ultimately the pigs themselves. The level is only complete once all pigs are destroyed, although more points are available for causing as much damage as possible to the setting and also if any birds are left over you also get bonus points. More points = more stars!

            The different birds make it fun too as there are new ones as you progress through the levels with different special powers. The traditional birds you begin with are red in colour and have no power as such just simply cause damage through catapulting directly into things, but a few others as you progress are: the black bird who is effectively a bomb so can be really useful for concrete blocks, the blue birds which when tapped split into three for more destruction particularly with ice blocks and the yellow birds which when tapped speed up into the obstacles/pigs. There are many many more which all have their strengths!

            It doesn't stop there either as there are always new elements to the game meaning it never gets boring like other games quite quickly do. For example, on the iPhone there are often new levels to download from the app store which do not need to be paid for, just simply update the app and away you go on the new challenging levels. Also, even once you have completed all the levels there are still things to go back and do such as finding the hidden golden eggs and trying to get all three stars on each level (which I am currently trying but failing miserably!)

            It probably doesn't sound as good as it actually is, but honestly I can intend to have one little go and end up playing for hours without realising! So be warned- you will become addicted! I don't know anyone who has played it and not! It does get really frustrating when you can't complete a level after several attempts, but I suppose this is the sign of a good game-not too easy that it's boring but not too difficult that it can never be done! There are however cheats available online which I have had to use once or twice ashamedly!!

            The graphics are good too and it is really easy to play. I have only played it on the iPhone but I presume it is the same on iPod touches/iPads etc. I also love the sound effects on the game and it really adds to the fun factor of it all. The only negative I can think of for this game is that I've always thought the player should be able to choose the order of the birds to use so can be more strategic/get more points but I suppose it adds to the challenge not being able to! So really, I can't fault it at all and would definitely recommend Angry Birds to anybody!

            Finally, as a side point, it is also worth noting if you do decide to get Angry Birds and enjoy it as much as I do, they have expanded the brand by bringing out other apps such as Angry Birds Seasons, Rio and Space. They all have the same basic principles of the original (kill the pigs) but all have a slight twist. Obviously as these are new apps, they will need to be paid for but are all also only 69p and well worth it-I have them all and love them, although I still think the original is the best!

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            Effective product but not sure if they are worth the pain!

            Although I don't suffer with spots too badly, I do get the occasional breakout which is usually quite extreme and hard to treat once they have appeared! So when I saw these Clearasil pads in Boots I thought I would give them a go as they claimed to prevent breakouts as well as clearing them.

            Being Clearasil, I knew I was getting a good brand so was willing to pay the £3.79 that they were priced at as I personally don't think this is unreasonable. Also, there are 65 pads in a tub so even if they are used twice daily (as recommended) they will still last over a month which is quite good value for money in my opinion.

            The pads themselves are contained in a screw top tub with a foil cover, meaning they are very moist so easily cover the whole face with ease (you need to ensure that the lid is screwed on properly after use each time as they quickly dry out if not). They are circular in shape and have small indentations at one side to ensure it is easy to remove them from the tub efficiently. One thing I would say is that they don't smell at all pleasant, which was the first thing that was slightly off-putting for me.

            Their main flaw though is the way they make my skin feel every time I use them. They are incredibly rough and harsh (almost like sandpaper!) so leave my skin looking red and feeling tight and sore! I always used to apply moisturiser after use but even this would sting my skin on application due to way the pads left my skin! I should mention I have extremely sensitive skin so this may not be as bad for other users, although I have heard the same from friends and also read similar criticisms in other Dooyoo reviews.

            Frustratingly though, these pads do generate excellent results! I notice a difference the first morning after using them most the time with spots looking noticeably less red and obvious. This has left me in a dilemma with these pads because I can't decide if the pain and dryness is worth the results they give me!! At the moment I am on the lookout for a new treatment that offers the same results but am yet to find one. I have even tried other products in the Clearasil range such as the creams but they are nowhere near as effective.

            I am starting to think it is the sheer strength and roughness of the pads that makes them work so well, but
            only use them now when I already have spots rather than for daily use to prevent them as it would completely ruin my skin! Therefore, overall I wouldn't recommend these for people with sensitive skin, but can't fault their effectiveness so if you don't mind the pain, these are for you!
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              Couldn't live without this product, love it!!

              I have used Vaseline for as long as I can remember as I suffer quite badly with cracked lips, but have previously used the original blue tinned one. Ever since I discovered the pink one though I have switched to this and use it daily, I love it!! If I am honest, the first thing that attracted me to the product was the pink colour of the tin! But after buying it purely for this reason, I have since found out that the product itself is just as good as the packaging.

              It is basically petroleum jelly in a tin, but pink in colour due to the rose and almond oil meaning it looks more appealing to put on your lips that the original one does! It is really simple to apply as you just use your finger and softly rub it over the surface (don't be too harsh as you will just end up with a massive hole in the lip balm and a big clump on your finger!) and apply directly to your lips. Not much is needed to apply an even coverage to the lips meaning it lasts for a long time even when used daily.

              Once it is applied, it doesn't feel greasy or sticky like a lot of lip glosses do, but still gives a subtle pink tint to the lips while obviously also doing an amazing job at moisturising them. I can definitely notice the difference in the condition of my lips since using Vaseline and if I forget to apply it even for one day, I can notice the difference!

              Being so small means it can be taken everywhere with you and I always try to ensure I have one in the bag I am taking with me! The only negative I can think of about the product is that the lid is sometimes tricky to get off. This usually happens in hot weather where the balm has melted and caused the lid to become slightly stuck and can be messy when you eventually get into it. But once the balm has reformed, its perfectly fine again.

              Overall, this is most effective lip balm I have tried and at around £1.99 is a fraction of the price of others out there! I would definitely recommend the Vaseline range in general, but this one in particular as it gives a nice pink shine to your lips and also moisturises them brilliantly.

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            • USB Mug Warmer / Gadget / 18 Readings / 17 Ratings
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              Ok for a fun gift idea, not so much for keeping drinks warm!

              I received this USB mug warmer as a gift in the office secret Santa at Christmas. I am one of those people who always make a cup of tea/coffee and then get so held up by work that it ends up being cold by the time I finally remember about it, so needless to say I was initially quite impressed with my gift and excited to give it a go in the office! However, since then, it has hardly blown me away.

              What doesn't help is the fact that it is pretty difficult to determine if it is switched on or not! There is a small switch at the back but no narrative/colour coding telling you which side is on and which is off! The only way I think you can tell is by physically touching it, which firstly isn't the safest thing to be doing and secondly, it's questionable as to whether you would even be able to tell!

              I didn't have overly high expectations for the product in the first place as, after all, it is only being plugged into to a USB port so was hardly going to be the most powerful thing in the world! But I can say after trying it a few times now that I experience absolutely no difference in the length of time my drink stays warm. Personally, I think it may be the case that people presume it is staying warmer for longer without actually checking. Either that or I have a faulty one!

              To be fair though, it does have some advantages. For a novelty gadget it does look pretty good and at less than £10 it's a fun gift idea I suppose. It is also practically designed in that the wire is long enough to keep the drink away from the laptop to avoid any disasters and there is a short barrier around the edge to prevent any spillages from accidental little knocks.

              Overall though, whilst this is a fun novelty product, I definitely wouldn't recommend it as it doesn't perform its primary function of keeping drinks warmer for longer!

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              Would definitely recommend this as it is a fun alternative!

              It was when my old calculator broke and I was on the hunt for a new one that I stumbled across this product on Ebay. I was instantly drawn to it because of its bright and fun look (not something usually associated with calculators!) and for £2.99 I felt that I had to buy it purely for its novelty value!

              As I am training to be an accountant, my calculator is a daily essential and this hasn't let me down for the 18 months I have had it to date. There have been no problems with it technically and it also still looks as good as new. The buttons are large which is always a positive feature as if you need to add a large amounts of figures up quickly, there is little chance of pressing two keys at once and having to start all over again!

              The only negative I can think of is that it only deals with basic calculations such as adding, subtracting, division and multiplication but to be honest this is all I expected as it was designed as a giant Smartie after all!! So I do also have another calculator at work which I have to use for more complex calculations.

              Overall, I think this is a really good product and one which I have received many compliments for. Obviously don't be expecting a top of the range calculator but it is a fun and quirky alternative to a usually dull and boring product!!

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                Love this product, would definitely recommend as part of exercise programme

                This product is amazing! I'm always looking to tone up my stomach area as it is so disproportionate to the rest of my body but I am terrible at sit ups and too lazy to learn the proper technique to do them. I was always sceptical of things like this so was reluctant to buy one for some time (especially considering they're not exactly cheap at £90) but eventually upon my friend's recommendation I bought the Slendertone Ab belt and have never looked back!

                It works by stimulating the muscles by use of electronic currents and claims that 30minutes is equivalent to aroud 120 sit ups. It is easy to get started as it comes with a detailed book on how to use the belt. Basically you simply need to wrap the belt around the waist ensuring the pads are in the right place (the large one on your tummy, and the two smaller ones just above the hip bone either side). Being Velcro, it is easy to fasten but also comfortable as it easily adjustable.

                I can't really describe the feeling that the Slendertone belt gives me in any other way except strange but addictive. It sort of hurts at first but then I actually started finding it quite pleasurable and relaxing and everyone else I know who has used one has said the same thing. It has 99 settings which vary both the intensity and frequency of the pulses. I would definitely recommend a first time user to start it off with a low setting and then increase it as time goes on! I have worked my way up to a middle-ish setting after about 5 months of having the belt.

                The great thing about the belt is that it can be used at pretty much any time. Now I am used to the sensation, I often wear it while doing housework or getting ready to go out and it is so discreet that it could probably be even be worn out and about (although I am yet to try this!) Slendertone also provide you with possible programmes you could incorporate the belt into such as jogging which I also haven't been brave enough to try yet but does sound like a good idea!

                I'm not entirely sure how it works but it really does! I have been using mine 5 times a week for 30 minute sessions and have seen results in 4 weeks as advertised. After reading many negative reviews on this product, a point to note is that Slendertone never claim that the belt will work if used alone so obviously for best results it needs to be used in combination with other exercises and a healthy lifestyle. Personally, I enjoy going to the gym anyway so combine the belt with general cardio work such as running, cycling or swimming and can definitely say I have seen results.

                So in summary, the Slendertone belt is not designed to be an alternative to exercise full stop and if you're hoping to sit down all day doing nothing but wear this and have a washboard stomach in no time, think again. You will still need to do the hard work of burning off the fat but this definitely works as an alternative to sit ups and to tone up the stomach area.

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              • Ikea / Highstreet Shopping / 17 Readings / 16 Ratings
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                24.05.2012 17:39
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                Love this shop! Way cheaper than others without compromising on quality!

                I first went to Ikea when decorating my bedroom a few years back. I had never really heard of it before but it was recommended to me by family member and definitely didn't disappoint, I love it there now and go there all the time!!

                The major selling point of their products is the price. I bought two bedside tables for £15 each, a massive matching three door wardrobe for £79, a wall mounted fold up computer desk for £25, a rug for £12, a large pink swivel chair for £20 and other small bits and bobs like candles and lamps which were all also brilliant value! So I pretty much furnished my whole bedroom for less than £200 (the price that the majority of other places I looked were charging for a decent wardrobe!). Now I know everybody is probably thinking it is all rubbish quality for those prices but it truly isn't. I was amazed too but the Ikea products are the same or in some cases better quality than other places I had looked. Due to their flat pack nature, I was dreading putting them together as I am terrible at DIY but in fact it was remarkably simple as the instructions were easy to follow with detailed instructions and corresponding pictures. All are still in my room today and look as good as new.

                Shopping in Ikea comes with an experience too, which I also love! It is sort of a structured shopping experience in that you first walk round the showroom by following the marked out little yellow feet. Personally, I quite like this as I enjoy just browsing but I can see why some people would get annoyed with this as you have to walk through the whole designated path before getting to the warehouse where you can get what you want! Also, the showroom has ready-made rooms dotted around it using solely Ikea products which I particularly like as you can get ideas and inspiration from them.

                So customers don't have to carry wardrobes and desks etc around with them, the showroom is where you can buy the smaller products but for any large ones, there is labels on each item in the showroom with an aisle and shelf number on. You simply have to jot these down on the notepad and pencil provided by the store on entrance so you can find what you want when you reach the warehouse. When we got to the warehouse and seen the mass of products, I was dreading having to find the items I wanted but the system actually works and is set out really well and simply.

                The one negative I can think of with Ikea is the high delivery prices. My nearest Ikea is only around 10 miles from my house and think they quoted £89 for delivery (more than my wardrobe!) which I refused to pay. Luckily, a family member of mine had a van which I used so this is something I would definitely recommend you to bear in mind beforehand if you're looking to purchase large items.

                Overall, I think it is clear to grasp that I love Ikea and couldn't recommend it highly enough. The products are so much cheaper than anywhere else without compromising on quality. Only thing I would say is take a large car/van or be prepared for high delivery charges!!

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                Cant fault the way they look but would be hesitant to recommend PB bags due to appaling quality!

                I have loved the look of Pauls Boutique bags for a while now, and finally got my hands on one a couple of years ago using my student loan (oops!). I should have learnt my lesson from having my first one (will explain why further down) but because I like the way they look I went and bought this 'I love PB' twister bag just a couple of weeks ago.

                The main thing I love the bag for is its look. I realise the brand is not for everyone due to their eccentric designs but I think this particular one is just right. It is mostly plain black meaning it will go with any outfit but still makes a statement and adds a bit of personality with the large badge and the trademark Pauls Boutique charms. This is another thing that particularly appeals to me..the fact that every bag is unique with the different charms. The inside of the bag is nice too, mine is a leopard print pattern but I'm pretty sure these differ from bag to bag too and it also has several handy pockets and zips to store money/phones etc.

                Another plus point of this particular bag is its size. I love oversized bags mainly for the way they look but also it obviously means you can fit a lot in it! I often use mine to carry my laptop and study books around with me as well as other small essentials such as purse, phone, keys and always have plenty of space left. Therefore, I would particularly recommend it for students/business people as it doubles up as a very stylish alternative to a laptop bag in my opinion!

                Now for the major downfall...they literally fall apart :(. As I briefly mentioned earlier, I previously had another of the bags in the PB range. After about a year of having it, the strap completely fell off as I was using it. As if this wasn't enough, when I looked at the damage it had done, I found the strap had all along been held on (wait for it...) with a STAPLE!! No wonder it had broken if it was made like this in the first place! I was astounded that a bag of this price would be of such low quality! A couple of days later, the zip on the bag also broke so it was completely unusable. Because of this, I was understandably put off the brand for a while but as I said I brought this one the other week. My principles only held out for so long as every time I saw one of the bags in the shop I was still desperate for another one because I love the way they look!!

                The first time I used the twister bag, within 10 minutes one of the charms had broken! I didn't even bother taking it back because I know how unhelpful they are from my previous experience (they will send it off for examination, and if found not faulty they keep the bag!!) so I just took the charm off and carried on. Needless to say, I was again appalled at the low quality for the high price tag (£65).

                I do regret buying the I love PB twister bag given my previous experience with the brand and wish I didn't like the look of them so much and could resist them! Nevertheless, it is still going strong (even though its only been 2 weeks) and as I said before it is a good sized bag as well as it not being as overpowering as some of the others in the PB collection.

                Overall, I would be hesitant to recommend the PB bags in general and if you have any willpower (unlike me), would definitely discourage you to be drawn in by the pretty coloured charms and designer name.

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