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I currently use cotton wool pads for both removing my make up (with a make up remover lotion) and removing my nail polish. I always buy them from boots and have done for around 5 years. I recently stayed at a family members for 3 nights and forgot to take my own so used hers.
She had Sainsbury's own brand cotton wool pads - a pack of 100. The packing is a plastic long bag with drawstrings at the top to open and close. The drawstring isn't much use to be honest as it doesn't close well at all. The packing is simple and doesn't really stand out as anything special.
I didn't think there would be much difference in cotton wool pads. They all look the same and cost doesn't vary that much between packs. I was surprised at how much I did not enjoy using these ones. They felt really dry and rough on my skin even when using them with a make up remover lotion. After wiping my face with them with the lotion on I had bits stuck to my face off the pads and they were just falling apart really easily.
I was advised she paid just over a £1 for them - which is cheap but as I didn't enjoy using them they are not value for money. My family only uses them to remove nail polish which is fine - but they are not suitable to use on your face. I wouldn't recommend and definitely will not be purchasing in future.
The body shop can be quite expensive however their products smell amazing. I always buy close family members a set for Christmas (although I do wait while they do the 40% off sale). Last year I started to buy their products for myself, one of them been a Mango body butter. I purchased whilst on sale for £7.50 for a 200ml tub.
The tub is quite simple, all yellow/orange with mangos on the top. It has a screw on lid which is easy to undo. The body butter is quite thick but once on to your skin it is easy to rub in and soaks into your skin well. the smell is amazing and you can smell it on yourself for several hours after which you don't normally get with a body butter/moisturizer. I tend to use this one on dry parts of my body as it works really well at softening your skin - such as heels of your feet, elbows and knees.
I have only tried this one and strawberry so far and they are both great but I will be trying others over the next few months. I have only tried two as they last a lot longer than an average body butter. The tub I am currently using I have had for 5 weeks with around a quarter of the tub left. If I was using all over my body it would only last around 3-4 weeks. It is worth paying for however I would only buy when on offer as at full price of £14 I think it is too expensive.
We buy toothpaste every couple of weeks as one tube usually lasts myself and my partner just over a couple of weeks. We are not fussed which we buy as they are claim to do most of the same things. We generally buy which ever is on offer and the last one we bought was Macleans toothpaste 100ml tube. We bought it from Asda and paid £1.20 which is around what we usually pay (between £1 - £1.50).
The box is a blue, quite plain and doesn't stand out any more than all the others on the shelf. It only jumped out at us because of the price. The tube has a screw on cap which I don't like I prefer the lids that flip up and down as I find with the screw on lids the toothpaste can sometimes dry around the top and go hard making it difficult to get the lid off - especially on a morning when I am half asleep and running late for work! The toothpaste is all white and has quite a mild minty taste.
It claims to give fresh breath and protect against plaque and help keep gums healthy. As mentioned before - pretty much what all toothpastes claim to do. I don't think you can be fussy with toothpaste unless you require one that for example protects sensitive teeth or makes teeth whiter.
A good value for money toothpaste with a lovely mild taste, cleans teeth well - does everything it claims to. I would purchase again if on offer and would not pay any more than the £1.20 I paid previously.
Over the years I have completely ruined my hair and damaged it. I spent years straightening my hair and blow drying with no protective spray. After a trip to the hair dressers last year I started using Loreal Elnett heat protecting spray - but at £6 a bottle it was costing my a fortune.
Whilst shopping in Asda around 5 weeks ago I wanted to try something cheaper and noticed Garnier Fructis I love my sleek 3 day smoothing spray at £2.50. The bottle is bright green which is really eye catching, with an easy to use pump spray top. I love the smell of their shampoo and conditioners and this smells just as good. The spray claims to protect up to 230 degrees, hair looks sleek for 3 days and it gives a silky feel, shiny looking hair.
My hair is really dry, frizzy and breaks quite easily so I need to something enriched with oils to help smooth and protect my hair. It states to use on towel dried hair, spray on, comb through and use with either straighteners or a hair dryer so its very easy to use and you don't need to spray much. If I do spray too much I find my hair looks greasy quite quick.
I have used for 5 weeks now and I love it! My hair smells amazing, it feels and looks so soft and it is definitely helping to repair my hair. I have stopped straightening my hair as often because it is keeping my hair smooth and less frizzy. I still have 2 thirds of the bottle left which for £2.50 makes it a bargain.
Over the last few months my job has been extremely stressful and tiring and I have been getting less and less sleep each night. I'm only in my twenty's and I didn't want to go to the doctors and be prescribed any medication. A few friends had mentioned trying Kalms tablets. I didn't think they would work but to get some sleep it was worth giving them a try!
The bottle is solid glass and had 200 tablets inside (i'm not sure if you can get bigger or smaller bottles as I haven't looked). I paid just under £6 with free delivery from Amazon.
They are described as a natural plant remedy that should relieve periods of worry stress irritability. You need to take 2 tablets at 3 different times of the day. I did forget on a few occasions to take them but overtime I felt myself dropping to sleep much quicker and not laying in bed over thinking everything and not been able to shut off. It wasn't an over night cure but gradually I got back to my old self - I was a lot calmer and relaxed during the day and late at night when going to bed.
I then started worrying about stopping taking them and thinking I would go back to stressing and not been able to sleep. As things become more relaxed at work (we are busy for 4 months of the year and then it drops quiet) I stopped taking as many tablets each day. I was taking the tablets for around 8 weeks, I reduced the amount to just 2 tablets each day for 2 weeks and then after that I completely stopped.
They really did help me during a stressful time and I will definitely be buying some more in future. It doesn't say there are side effects or how long you can them for but with any medication, I wouldn't want to get hooked on them permanently.
I always have plenty of treats in the cupboard for my dog and I try to give him a different one each day. I bought these treats - Pets at Home Rawhide Twisted Chews - a few weeks ago and still have nearly a full bag. In the bag there are 100 small thin chews. The cost me just over £5.00 which sounds expensive but for the quantity they seemed good value.
My dog will eat anything and everything - except these it seems. I have given him one on several occasions and he's not the slightest bit interest. He will have a sniff at the treat and just walk away. For a dog this doesn't encourage me to think these treats are nice at all.
They are plain looking and to me don't smell of anything but my dog is clearly not interested.
I won't be purchasing again but every dog is different so if you think your doggy will like them they are good value and just the right size for a small daily treat.
I have been a member of Ebay for several years now and can't recommend it enough. I have sold many things over the years and have had mainly good experiences. Ebay make the process of selling easy with easy layouts and plenty of tick boxes to chose from. Some items you can post for free and others you do have to pay to post. They also take a percentage of what you sell the item for and paypal also do this when payment is made. It is worth adding extra to your postage to cover some of the money Ebay will take.
I have had a couple of issues with people not paying when they have bought items however Ebay offer the option of re-listing the item or selling to the second highest bidder which I think is a great idea.
I have also purchased several items of clothing from Ebay and have been happy with all of them. Ebay have great customer service though so if you ever had any isses with an item you have bought I'm sure they would help.
I always leave ratings for people and ask people to rate me as this is how you get a good reputation so people are more confident is purchasing from you in future.
I did set up an online shop last year where I was working for my self selling baby clothes/shoes. I paid a monthly subscription for the shop and you get to create your own page for people to view with all your items listed. It is great for people who want to start up a small business on there own and work from home.
You can purchase just about anything on Ebay and can grab some real bargains.I would recommend Ebay to everyone!
I have never purchased any roll on deodorant before however I was given a nivea gift set for Christmas which had a moisturiser, body wash, buffer and a roll on deodorant.
The roll on was 50ml and in a glass bottle so was heavier than a thought. It is small enough to keep in your handbag which is handy. It does say on the bottle 48 hour protection which from my personal experience isn't true.
I was just going to throw it away but I normally purchase Nivea pearl and beauty spray deodorant so decided to give it a try. I've never been a fan of roll ons as I don't think they are very hygienic. They are if you use them straight after a bath or shower but if you have been active through out the day and start to sweat, then use the roll on, I just feel you are adding all that sweat to the roll on its-self. Doesn't sound great but I do have OCD so I am quite obsessed with being clean.
I used the roll only a couple of times after a morning shower before work and found it did smell nice and was easy to apply. You also don't get all the fumes from spray deodorant. I did find though my underarms felt quite sticky which was unpleasant.
I didn't feel I could re-use it later on in the day as mentioned earlier so I found myself using my normal spray deodorant. I wouldn't purchase a roll on again however for people who do like to use them then nivea is gentle on the skin and does smell nice so would be a good purchase.
As it isn't for me I am only giving it 1 star.
Every year they get earlier and earlier with bringing out Easter chocolates! The egg and spoon chocolates have been out for several weeks now so I have already ate a few of them. My partner brought a box home from Iceland's for us to try. I wasn't impressed when he said they were £2 and that was at half price.
The box is bright purple so is very eye catching and opens and closes just like an egg box. You get 4 eggs inside either in chocolate or vanilla and two spoons. We tried the vanilla ones first as I thought all chocolate might be boring.
You open the wrapper around the egg, bite of the top and eat the vanilla filling with the spoon then eat the outside chocolate. The egg itself is full to the top with vanilla mousse not just a little bit which you expect these days from chocolates. I must admit as much as I love chocolate the vanilla ones are quite sickly and I couldn't eat more than one at a time.
I did say at first I wasn't happy about the price however when on offer they worked out at 50p each which is less than I pay for a creme egg. Full price the are £4 which I wouldn't be willing to pay as I don't think because of the size of the eggs they are worth £1 each. I have only purchased them when they are on offer.
The eggs are a really fun and creative idea and brings out the inner child in all those grown ups. They are great for kids too!
I haven't read how many calories are in them although I know they won't be good for you. This information is on the box if you do want to know before you eat them. Overall I am only giving 4 stars because at full price they are too expensive even as a one off treat.
When I set up my broadband in my new flat I had to pay for a phone line so I decided I may aswell have a phone plugged in if I am paying for the line anyway. I never give anyone my home number but it is useful to have the phone to call outwards when I run out of credit on my mobile. I only use it to make a handful of calls each month so I am glad I only spent £13.50 on the phone.
I purchased a basic telephone from tesco for £13.50 which I have had for over 12 months now. The phone itself is very basic looking. It is plain black with a black stand which blends nicely with my living room and kitchen which have black accessories.
The phone has a 12 month guarantee which it has lasted and is still working perfectly fine. It does come with instructions although it is very easy to set up without. The buttons are big enough for me to use and are easy to press. The screen is quite small and difficult to see in some lights however it shows the basic things such as the time and the amount of charge left in the battery. You need to charge the phone up for 16 hours to start with and this will last for around 100 hours standby time and 10 hours talktime.
The phone has a name and number phone book which can hold 20 numbers which is pretty good for a value phone. You can chose from 9 ringtones and the phone also has a speaker phone function. The only thing missing from the phone which most people would like is an answer phone. As I don't give my number out to anyone I don't need this function.
For me it does the job and at such a cheap price I can't really find anything to complain about. I am giving it 5 stars personally however most people would want a answer phone function.
After having my Kindle for a couple of months and starting to notice marks and slight scratches on it I decided I needed to purchase a cover for it. There are hundreds to chose from online but the Trendz E-reader case seemed to have the best reviews and wasn't too expensive at £11.99 with free delivery.
There are so many different designs and colours to chose from which I love as there is something for everyone. I chose a pink one with white dots and a black love heart on the strap. The strap helps to keep the tablet inside securely. It is designed to fit the kindle fire but any 7 inch tablet will fit in the case fine.
The case also has a built in stand so you can stand the tablet up at an angle to use. I also like the fact you can charge your tablet up with it still in the case. The case itself is good quality material and I have dropped my kindle a couple of times and it has helped protect it from any further marks or scratches.
I would definitely recommend to anyone who has a tablet. It is cheap to purchase and will keep your tablet in perfect condition.
I have only ever had two hair dryers as I find they last several years as I only use them once a week. By the time my hair dryer breaks and needs replacing they no longer manufacture the same one and I have to choose something different.
My previous hair dryer was babyliss however I'm not fussy about the brand name if its a good hair dryer and a great price. I purchased the tresemme lightweigh AC 2000 dryer online for £29.99. I have used most of the tresemme hair care range and have been pleased with the result so thought the hair dryer would be as good.
The hair dryer has 2 heat and 2 speed settings which I don't really like. I am used to having 3 as I find just have the two means it is either really hot or cold and really fast blowing or slow. I find having 3 speeds and heats gives more of a balance and I always used the middle one.
Although it says it is lightweight I found it was just as heavy as previous ones I have had. I didn't buy it for that reason however I think if people were wanted a really light hair dryer they would be disappointed purchasing this one.
It does come with a nozzle to attach for faster drying although I haven't used it so I'm not sure if this claim is true. The cord is much longer than I need which means I can plug it in any where in my room and still walk over to the mirror.
Apart from just having the two settings this is a good hair dryer for me. I only use it once a week as I like to let my hair dry naturally when possible and I haven't had any problems with it. It is a very simple and cheap hair dryer so is great for people who don't want to spend a fortune on a hair-dryer they rarely use.
I have always had a standard toothbrush and have never really considered electric toothbrushes as I didn't think they made much of a difference. I was wrong!! My dentist recommended I get an electric one so I had a shop around and decided on the oral B Precision clean tooth brush.
The pack is quite simple and you get the tooth brush and a charger. The wire is long enough for me to put it on charge and leave on my bedside table. The wire is around 3 feet so could be a problem for people who maybe haven't got a plug socket near to a cupboard side. It doesn't tell you it is fully charged so I just leave it over night which is long enough.
There is one button to turn on and off so there aren't any different speeds which some toothbrushes do have. It did take me a while to get used to the vibrating feeling in my mouth as it's quite different to a normal toothbrush. There is also a timer function which buzzes after 2 minutes. This came in useful for me as before hand I was never sure if I had brushed for long enough.
I have definitely noticed a difference and my teeth and mouth feels a lot cleaner. I paid £15 and have been using it for around 4 months. You are able to buy need brush heads for the toothbrush which I will need to do in the next few months. They are much more expensive than a standard toothbrush but I feel they are worth the money.
There are other toothbrushes with more features and settings so I would recommend shopping around for whatever suits your needs. For me this basic one does the job.
I was very fortunate to receive a Michael Kors watch for my 21st birthday. My family put together and bought me one as I had said for a while I would love one but just couldn't afford to spend over £200!
My family chose the watch for me as a surprise. I wasn't overly fond of the Rose gold colour at first as I have always found Rose Gold can look quite cheap. However with the design of the watch makes it look expensive and I have grown to love it!
The watch came in a black Michael Kors box with some extra links which you normally find with watches. I haven't need them as I have really small wrists infact I had to take some links out of the watch as it was too big for me.
I have kept the box and always put the watch back in after wearing as it stops it getting scratched by any other jewellery in my jewellery box. I have found it does mark easy and because of the colour it is noticeable. I have paid to have it polished up before to keep it in good condition. I try to only wear for special occasions and not everyday wear as it is too expensive to be wearing to work etc.
The face of the watch is bigger than I expected and it is really easy to see the numbers. Not all the numbers are on just 12, 2 4, 8 and 10 which is probably why the numbers are big enough to see clearly. The watch is water resistant although I haven't worn in damp places such as the bathroom!
The watch has 3 window chronograph feature - hour hand, minute hand, and seconds and also on there is the date. Its much more technical than I thought as I really only wanted one for the how it looks and not the practicality of it.
I would recommend as it is a lovely piece of jewellery and there is a Michael Kors watch to suit everyone. However I have taken a star of for the price.
I'm not one for camping as I am a very girly girl however my partner wanted to go away camping for the weekend so I gave it a go. I took plenty of warm clothes, socks and slippers to keep warm but my friend recommend taking some foil blankets. She said they were great for keeping warm and were really cheap.
When we bought them we didn't realise they were they same as they use in emergencies but I thought if they use them they must do a great job! I bought 2 of the Gelert Blanket and they cost me just under £5 from Amazon which was much cheaper than I thought however I have read reviews where people have got them for £1 each so its worth looking around.
The foil blanket is basically made of insulating material and then is covered with aluminium. It is small enough to fold up and fit in a small bag and is really light so isn't a nightmare to carry.
While we were sat outside the tent we both wrapped one round ourselves. I am quite small and my partner is over 6 foot so I really should have looked for different sized blankets. It was fine for me but didn't cover the whole of partner not that he minded.
We have used them twice and have bought 2 more which are just in the back of the car at the moment in case we ever need them. You would probably get 2 or 3 uses maximum from them as they do start to crack and all the top layer comes off.
They are good for camping or to keep in your car in case of an emergency. For the price they are worth the money and I will be buying them again in the future.