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Every girl that straightens her hair knows how careful you have to be about getting split ends and dry bits ruining your sleek style. To help avoid this it's reccomended you use a deap conditioner treatment atleast once a week to try and repair the damage.
When shopping in Boots recently I saw this, having not used Pantene before I was interested in trying it. It comes in a 500ml tube and for £2.49 I thought this was good value for money so I bought it.
It says use after your normal shampoo and leave on for 5 minutes. I tend to use a deap conditioner when I'm in the bath and leave it on while I do all my exfoliating and shaving etc. This means it invariably stays on for about 10 to 15 minutes.
The first thing I noticed was how nice it smelt, clean but rich. It immediatly made my hair silky and then I combed it through where any knots came loose straight away. It washed out easily and left my hair still really smooth. It also felt smooth after I dryed it and straightened it. Now part of my twice a week routine.
I was recently shopping when I spotted this razor on offer. Looking for one anyway I thought I'd try this one at only £6.99 instead of £9.99.
Once opening the excessive packing I realised although it comes with a battery you only get the one blade. As eeveryone knows the blades are always really expensive so it's often a false economy.
The razor is quite ergonomic, feels nice to hold, with a small silver button to turn it on.
It's quite powerful when it vibrates but I was slightly scared I was going to cut my self! Especially in delicate areas...
Luckily I didn't but I didn't think it gace a very close shave compared to my 50p disposables!
Now one month later its stopped vibrating all together and the blades pretty blunt so I need to throw it out really.
All in all I would not reccomend this razor, it hasn't lasted long, doesn't give a close shave and quite frankly the vibrating aspect is down right scary!
In weather such as this when you really NEED to shop purely to cheer yourself up with the rubbish weather online shopping is a saviour!
There's a good January sale on Oasis at the moment which makes it even better as Oasis is expensive and not somewhere I shop unless there is a sale on.
The website is easy to use and has all of their current ranges. I find the sizes available very poor though and there is often only small and larger sizes left. Even on all the full prices.
Standard delivery is £3.95 which goes up to £4.95 for next day services. Standard prices for most websites I use but I begrudge paying it none the less! However at present there are codes around for free delivery which makes shopping even more intreaging!
My standard delivery order came in 3 days which I was very impressed with.
Returns can either be done by sending the unwanted items back or returning them to store. Either is easy enough.
Once registered you just have to log in when placing an order which makes it easier than typing all your details in lots of times.
Overall a good website for a good shop.
With it being a new year and all this is the time most people set about makings lists of goals and attributions they wish to achieve in 2010!
I am one of those people!
I absolutly love writing lsits so this social networking site is great for that. Sign up is easy enough with the minimal information needed then you are ready to start your own list!
I'm using it as my list of things to do before the end of this year and I'm presently up to 14 so I have plenty more options to add.
One you type in your goal in the bar at the top of the page and press enter it appears on your list. Then if anyone else has it on their list it says how many people have it.
Once on your list you can give yourself time frames where 43 things will email you giving you warnings when you only have a month left etc. You can also press 'I have done this' or 'I've given up', your goal then moves to another list acessible by a tab at the top.
You can also write and read enteries to help you along your goal.
Overall I really like this website as it gives me a clear list of what I want to do this year!
*** What did you do in 2009 that you have not done before? ***
I went abroad on holiday with friends and loved every second.
*** Did anyone close to you give birth? ***
Nope, just had a cousin born but he's a 2010 baby.
*** Did anyone close to you die? ***
No, thank God.
*** What countries did you visit? ***
Just Lanzarote. I have such a big list this year though!
*** What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? ***
More money! But I'm a student so I should just accept I'm always going to be skint.
*** What dates will you remember from 2009? ***
December the first. A lot of thing happened that night which I'd like to forget but shouldn't as they remind of the person I need to be.
*** Did you suffer illness or injury? ***
Just my yearly bouts of tonsillitus!
*** What was the best thing you bought? ***
My beautiful clothes and handbags. Shallow I know. My holiday ticket, my festival ticket and the concert ticket I bought my dad.
*** Whose behaviour has merited celebration? ***
My mum. She's amazing.
*** Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? ***
There has been a lot of sickos in the news this year.
*** Where did most of your money go? ***
I'm a uni student and a girl! Clothes, shoes, handbags and VODKA.
*** What did you get really excited about? ***
Going back to uni. Being more independant. Going on holiday.
*** What song(s) will you remember from 2009? ***
Sexy chick by David Guetta. Had some amazing nights to that tune!
*** Compared to this time last year are you . . . happier, fitter, or more productive? ***
I'm happier but certainly not fitter or more productive! Bring on the New Year diet!
*** What do you wish you had done more of? ***
Having fun! You're only young once.
*** What do you wish you had done less of? ***
Arguing with me ex. Being upset over things I cant change.
*** What was your favourite TV programme? ***
Incredibly sad I know but probably Hollyoaks!
*** Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate last year? ***
I try not to add people to my list of those who I hate. Pointless energy.
*** What's been the best book of 2009? ***
A walk in the park. Amazing.
*** What was your greatest musical discovery? ***
Damien rice, 9 crimes. Touches me.
*** What did you want to get in 2009? ***
Thin! It didn't happen...
*** What did you want and didn't get? ***
Rich! My numbers didn't come up!
*** What is your favourite film of the year? ***
I'm not into films that much, watched fight club for the first time which I loved.
*** What did you do on your birthday and how old were you? ***
I was 21 and I got very very drunk. Brillient party though.
*** What political issue stirred you the most? ***
The expenses scandal. Robbing ......
*** Who was the best person you met? ***
I've met a lot of amazing people
*** Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009? ***
Nothing lasts forever!
Visiteed this hotel back in August. Went for a week with 3 friends and it was lovely holiday.
Our room was over the road where there is an underpass connecting the two parts. On the other side there is no bar but a large deep adult pool. It was very quiet and we thought we couldn't talk here even without people looking at us to be quiet. Ofcourse the lack of bar put us off too!
We were all inclusive and paid around £450 each including flights. We were only 15 minutes from the airport but a taxi cost around 16 euros.
The rooms were small and old fashioned but they were fine! You dont go on holiday to sit in the room!
The bath room was clean and a fair size! Had a bath and shower with good pressure unlike some hotels I've been too.
The food was great for us but people with more refined tastes would also enjoy it. There was the obvious chips and pizza but always pasta and chicken dishes. We found if we went early there was a better selection and it was presented better.
Every night there was entertainment from bird and reptile shows to the Miss Flora competition. This was the same every week so obviosuly if you go for two weeks you'll be watching the same show!
For all inclusive the drinks were fine. Never too long queues and they let you have as many as you want.
The only draw back of this hotel was the 15 to 20 minute walk to the town and beach as it was down a steep hill. A taxi back was around 4 euros and well worth it. All in all a great holiday.
I've had this phone for around 6 months now and can not wait until the next year when I will be able to upgrade it.
When I was looking for a phone I wanted one with a good camera on it so it obviously saves space in my bags for nights out and so I always have a camera with me. At 8.1 mega pixals this was one of the best at the time and I was immediatly decided this was the one I wanted.
Unlike most other phones on the market it is not touch screen. I thought this was a good thing but now I feel like it is out dated.
The buttons are a good size and easy to text with.
The phone has been described as a brick by friends of mine and I've got to agree! It will not fit into any pocket easily so maybe more of a girls phone to go in a bag.
The camera is amazing. The flash is really strong, sometimes too strong and makes my photo's too bright.
The screen is a good size which makes everything easy to read.
The major drawback is the quality. I've heard bad things about the C905's always breaking but mine (touch wood) has always been fine. The actual phone though feels cheap and looks like I've had it alot longer than 6 months!
You will find a H&M on most UK highstreets and indeed in a lot of shopping centres abroad.
Also known as Hennes it is great shop with a multitude of items for both men, women and children.
They do maternity ranges, young fashions, mens wear, lingerie and a small range of beauty products. There sizes start at a 4 and go up to plus sizes, around a 26 I believe is the biggest I've seen in there.
Prices are pretty good, but can vary I find. For example I'll often see two nice tops, one will be £19.99 and the other £39.99. They look similar quality too, I just find it strange but I'm sure theres a reason!
My nearest I always have to queue in. There are NEVER enough people on the tills but plenty of people on the floor. Very annoying. They're nice enough to talk to though.
As an idea of prices on womens wear dresses range from about £9.99 to around £49.99 obviously depending on design, quality and fabrics etc.
Great for basics and higher fashion pieces. They have recently had some desinger collections including Sonia Rykel and Jimmy Choo which of courses makes them appeal to wider audiences.
You can probably find a WH smiths on more or less every high street in the UK. They act as a mixture between a newsagents and a bookshop with other random ranges added such as the odd bit of office equipment and furniture.
The first thing I always notice about Smiths ( as its commonly shorten too) is the prices! It used to be a direct competitor with Woolworths and to be honest for my stationary I'd always go to Woolworths as it was so much cheaper!
Back in the day they used to have really good sales but nowwadays these sales are simply about 5 select items that they have a million posters up about.
I've always found the staff to be well trained but I've noticed I always end up in a queue in here! Perhaps its the times I choose to visit...?
The books available do depend on the size of the store. My local is realy small so I often have to order the book I want in or travel into town where the selection available is much bigger and better!
Overall it is a convenient store but you do pay over the odds on your stationary...
Recently I was browsing on facebook of all places! Someone had posted a status update saying they had bought loads of bargains off BOOHOO.com. Being dead nosy and a lover of good buys I quickly got onto the website.
It loaded quickly and I easily found the sale section.
I thought the layout was really poor. It had kind of a scrolling list across the page.
My first impression was how many barbie pink clothes can one website sell! Luckily there are other colours available in most clothes.
I'm a dressoholic so that was my first category. Once I got through the tat and things that only promiscuous 16 year old chavs would wear I found some quite cute looking dresses. They fitted the current trends and the prices challenged even Primark.
I eventually decided on two dresses and a pair of jeggings. (Jean leggings for those that don't know what I'm talking about).
It came to £22 which I thought was an absolute bargain! Then £5 worth of postage was added which I thought was a bit steep but it is special delivery which comes the next day. You also get tracking with that.
I was emailed when they had my order and again when it had been dispatched. Up to this point all was good.
However the next day I got my bargains and they looked nothing like the photographs. The dresses were so poor quality I wouldn't even expect to see them on a chavy market stall. The jeggings weren't too bad but the stitching was loose.
The size were also so strange! I'm an average size 10 and ordered a large in my jeggings which I could barely fit over my bum. One dress in a 12 as it had a really fitted waist this I struggled to get done up! Then my other dress was a 10 but massive on the chest! Jordan would have problems filling it!
So I went online to investigate how to return these awful items and found I just had to pack them back up and take them to the post office for free returns. Great I thought but then I saw they charge you £1 per item for restocking charges! I'd be £8 down for some disgusting tat! I decided to keep one dress so I at least had something to show for it.
So off I trotted to the post office and luckily I kept my reciept for posting because now 8 weeks later I still have had no refund. This even after I've emailed them 5 times and they keep promising to refund me.
We all like to make a few pennies while we're on the internet (hence why we use Dooyoo!) and while mooching through the Money Saving Expert forums I came upon a thread about one Poll.
At the time I was getting Ciao to email me surveys where I was generally spending 15 to 20 minutes on a survey to be told I wasn't suitable for their target groups..yeah right...
In my frustration and earning about £5 a year I decided to look for an alternative, cue One Poll!
Sign up was really really easy, a quick form to fill out with all the usual questions. I then had to put in my email address and choose a password and off I went.
They give you £2.50 to start off with and now about 3 months later I'm up to £20. Unfortunately you can't get a payout until you hit £40 but in comparison to other survey sites I think it won't take a lot of effot to get to this amount.
Once logged in you can press surveys and a list comes up with those avaible to you. Some of the have conditions down the side such as 'only fill this in if you drive' or are gender specific. They claim to have rewards from 10p to £1.50 per survey but I have never seen one above 15p. Most are 5p or 10p. Not a lot but the difference is these surveys only take literally a matter of seconds. Another point I love is it gets credited when you finish the survey, no silly waiting around like Ciao.
Some surveys are literally one question long!
Another thing they do is instead of paying you for the surveys you can complete surveys and be entered into a competition to win usually £25 or £50 or the same amounts in vouchers.
Overall this is a really good website, its easy to use, quick and convenient! One I'll definitely keep using.
How very behind the times are my reviews?! Disposable cameras! 512mb Mp3 players! Eaasshhh. Sometimes the oldies are the goodies though and in my opinion disposable cameras still have their place.
The last one I used was a Kodak ULTRA. On this camera there was photographs firm Alton Towers where I didn't want my digi to get wet or squashed, nights out from where I was worried in a drunken state I'd leave my precious digi in some skummy toilet and from my holiday day out at the Aqua park.
In all of these situations a disposable was the perfect option to stop me worrying about my digital camera. Although I'd be gutted if I'd lost/broke/had stolen the disposable because of the photographs on it, I wasn't going to be devastated at loosing the £4.49 my camera cost in my local Morrisons.
The camera it's self is a good size, lighter than a digital one but similar in size. The buttons are large enough to hit properly and the flash comes on really quickly so your not stood there for ages like an idiot waiting for it.
The drawback of these camera's is the obvious one that you don't see the photographs for in my case 3 months on a trip to Boots one hour processing. I'm always a bit disappointed when I get a bad photograph as I've missed something I wanted recorded. The plus side is of course the laughs you get at some of them!
The cost of processing is also a negative, around £5 for 27 photographs! 27 Photographs to be printed off would cost about £2.70-£3? Very expensive. You then have all the effort of scanning them to put them on likes of facebook or in an email.
Overall I think my Kodak disposables are great for the occasions listed but sometimes you just need up to date technology!
Dorothy perkins have been arround for years, commonly known as Dooty P's. They have become more and more popular recently and aswell as more fashionable.
Dorothy Perkins is part of the Acardia group which also contains the likes of Topshop, Topman and Wallis. The clothes are of similar quality to Wallis and Topshop. Dorothy Perkins can be looked at like Topshop's older sister in that they tend to follow the trends but not to the same extremes you see in Topshop. For example in Topshop you could see an animal print full playsuit, in Dorothy Perkins they would take the animal print trend and use it for shoes or a muted top perhaps.
Prices are also quite similar if not slightly cheaper, around £30 for jeans and dresses, £15 to £25 on tops. Shoes are really random, some are £20 others are £60 and not even leather!
They do a good range of jewellery which is quite good quality but the accessories are really poor. There is very limited number of styles on bags and belts in my local stores.
Dorothy Perkins, unlike Topshop cater for larger women with a plus sized section, there is also a maternity, Tall and Petite section so there should be a fit availbe for everyone.
I find their sizing to be quite accurate and clothes to generally be a good fit.
I've always found staff to be about average in terms of customer service skills but the stores are always clean and changing rooms a good size.
I'm a big crisp lover, unfortunately my stomach isn't and in a bid to be healthier I picked up the lights version of cheese and onion flavoured Walkers crisps when I was shopping. A multipack of 6 should have cost me £1.60, luckily for me the multipack bag only cost me 40p as they had a relatively short date on them.
I've just eaten a pack and I was pleasantly surprised at how nice they are, actually they might even be nicer than normal crisps! (shock horror!)
The only difference I could tell was they were slightly dryer, just not as greasy but being the low fat version this is quite obvious really. However these still contain 115 calories in a bag compared to around 145 I believe in a 'normal' bag. (based on 25g gram bags) which is still quite naughty really.
Overall I would recommend these, the flavour is just as strong and intense they just leasve you with less of a greasy feeling and are better for you.
Available to buy from all supermarkets in multipacks but I haven't seen any single bags for sale yet.
I'm a firm believer that mascara is every girls must have item because of the dramatic difference. I love having long, thick blackest black lashes and needed a new night time mascara so spotted this Rimmel one on offer for £3.99.
It's quite a thick, clumpy tube (clumpy seems to be the word to describe this), dark red with a pointy end. It has quite subtle silver writing claiming to be instant thickening marsca. The standard sized tube contain 8ml. This is about average size for mascara which tend to be about 8 or 10ml.
To start with it unscrews easily but as it gets older is becomes stiffer where old mascara is dried on. The brush is quite fat but curved which I feels does help give a nice flirty effect but eye lash curlers are still needed unfortunately.
When applying it goes on really thick and builds up quick too. It also doesn't go on evening giving clumpy ends but not enough on the base which is not a good look and I often result in spidery lashes which admittedly are very thick which this mascara promises.
Overall I won't be buying this again, too much goes on gives clumpy lashes and they all stick together. Even with an eye lash comb yo0u got the effect of 3 lashes not the 100's you want! The positive to it I would though is it stays on well and can lash a night out without smudging yet comes off relatively easily with soap or make up remover. This is not waterproof so I do feel that is a major positive.