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The first pair of earrings I bought from Swarovski were the Angelic studs (which I have also reviewed). I like to celebrate success with a pair of Swarovski's and the first ones were to celebrate passing some accountancy exams.
I then went on to get a new (and much better paid!) job down in London and wanted a pair of smart studs to wear daily for work so I headed to Swarovski again.
I went for these studs as they are very plain and don't draw too much attention but are nicer than cheaper studs so are perfect for me for work. They are just the right size to not be garish but still be nice and sparkly as I don't like my studs too tiny. They measure about 6mm across. The stone is held in by 3 small metal claws which i find gives a nicer shape than ones with 4 claws as it doesn't make them appear square. The main difference between these and a cheap pair of maybe cubic zirconia studs is the sparkle, of course they are all sparkly but the Swarovski stones have a different level of sparkle which really catches the light and looks more expensive. Without actually breaking the bank for diamond studs, Swarovski is the next best thing.
I have had the studs for about 9-10 months now and have been wearing them daily and they have definitely retained their sparkle and not broken or got scratched at all. However, if they were to get broken or scratched within the first 12 months, Swarovski will simply replace them which is great for anyone who's a bit careless with their jewellery!
These plain studs cost around £40.00 which is more than the £20.00 you would pay for cubic zirconia but they look so much nicer, sparklier and more expensive, you can really tell the difference in quality.
Well I am a huge Prince fan as it is, I went to see him at London's o2 arena back in 2007 and he was brilliant. I remember my mum listening to quite a few of his songs when I was younger and I loved them then too. Anyway, I have quite a few of his albums and this one is definitely my favourite!
It is the soundtrack from the film Purple Rain starring Prince and I found the soundtrack to be the best part of the film to be honest, it is absolutely fantastic. The title track is my favourite one and is a very dramatic rock type ballad with Prince playing the guitar perfectly to compliment his wonderful voice.
There are also some other great songs on there, my favourites are 'I Would Die for You', a quite upbeat nice song, 'Darling Nikki', a more sensual rocky track and 'The Beautiful Ones' which is a slow subtle track with great lyrics.
This album isn't a very long one, there are only 9 tracks on it but every single one is quality, classic Prince at his peak in my opinion.
I love every single one of his songs and albums but this one is by far the one I love most. I should mention, I'm not even a rock fan and even though this is quite a rocky album I love it so don't be put off if you don't think the type of music is your cup of tea, Prince is just fabulous and whichever genre he picks he makes it his own unique style anyway.
You should be able to pick it up for between £5-£8 in HMV or anywhere else as it's an old album and I think I only paid about a fiver for it and it is worth every penny a million times over. Buy it, you won't be disappointed!
Ok so I thought that these razors were made by a pretty reliable brand and that they should do the job so I bought them as the colours looked really pretty and they seemed extremely good value at around £2.65 for a pack of 10 in Boots when another pack by the same brand were only pence less for only 4 razors which is less than half the amount you get here.
However, I found out why they are so cheap. Firstly, the razors feel really cheaply made as they are lighter than normal ones and hollow and not very comfortable to hold. Secondly, they don't work very well! I have quite thick dark hair so the hair on my legs is also quite thick and coarse and spiky. These razors feel like you have to drag them up your leg rather than them just gliding up like a good quality one would. Also, I found that they irritated my skin and didn't catch all the hairs so the blades must not be sharp enough as this usually only happens when I have been using a razor for a while and need to change it. For the razor to feel like this on the first go is unacceptable and means they are not fit for the purpose I bought them for.
I would recommend the other razors by Bic that I reviewed above these as although you get more for a cheap price, these ones are not worth it and don't work very well. May be fine for people with fine, fair hair but not for people like me.
I used to use razors such as Gilette Venus but found that the blades needed replacing as often as a disposable razor anyway and cost a lot more so went back to disposables.
I tried some other Bic ones at first (the pastel coloured ones with the single blade) but didn't have much luck with them so I picked up a pack of these razors. They are lime green plastic with a triple blade and come in packs of 4 razors. They turned out to be the best disposable razors I have tried as they remove hair easily with no need to go other the same patch again and again. They also must be shaped quite well as I've found they don't nick my skin like a lot of other razors have done. The only thing I would say is make sure you don't use the same one for too long as after a while the blades go blunt and this will make it hard to shave your legs and also may irritate your skin and give you itchy shaving bumps.
The packs of razors are very reasonably priced. I have just picked up a new pack of 4 for £2.13 in Boots but I know they quite often have buy one get one free offers on these ones as well. Even full price I think they're well worth it, works out around 53p per razor which isn't bad as one razor will last at least a week or so.
I was sick of my old big and bulky CD player and liked the look of the vertical ones where you can see the CD through the front so asked my mum for one of those for Christmas and she bought me this Philips one.
I was very pleased as it was ideal for what I wanted. It takes up only a small amount of space, looks stylish and doesn't look too intrusive in a room. If you press the bottom part, it opens up to reveal buttons but it also comes with a remote control. The speakers attach to either side of the CD player part and it is quite flat so it could easily fit on a shelf.
I have had this CD player for more than 3 years now and it is still going strong. I use it nearly every day so it obviously made very well as if it wasn't I would have expected the opening mechanism at least to have gone as you press a button and the front slides up for you to change the CD. I have had Cd players before also where the laser has gone and it hasn't been able to read all CDs but this one still works perfectly.
I only wanted it to play CDs but it actually functions as more. It has DAB digital radio so you can listen to any radio station you want. The other thing that I like is that you can plug your ipod USB into the bottom and it will play the songs from your ipod as well so no need to buy seperate ipod speakers.
When I was first introduced to Nandos by my little sister, I wasn't very interested because I thought it was boring. I liked having a bit of choice rather than just chicken, chicken or chicken!
However, as the years have gone on, its got to be my favourite budget restaurant. At one point, I was eating there practically every night after work! The chicken is grilled and marinated in peri-peri (chilli) sauce which means it is healthy as well as extremely flavoursome and tasty. They do a range of heats to choose from starting with lemon and herb at the mild end, closely followed by mango and lime (my preferred flavour for quite a while!), then medium, hot and extra hot is the hottest flavour. I can only advise up to medium as I am not brave enought to try any hotter. To me, the medium is quite spicy without being too spicy, just enough for it to taste great and a little hot. My friends and family who are heat lovers always go for the extra hot though. If you are the kind of person who likes a madras when they have a curry, you will probably love the extra hot chicken in Nandos but if you like something a little milder stick with medium. If you, don't like hot food at all, I would recommend the mango and lime. Lemon and Herb is also nice but the Mango and Lime is a little tastier and more different.
The service is always good too, nice and speedy usually and someone will always come over part way through to check everything is ok and if you want anything else.
The prices are also reasonable. Starters cost around £3.00, the houmous for example is a great sized portion for the price as it comes with a bowl of houmous, a bottle of peri chilli to pour in and a couple of pitta breads sliced up for you to dip in. You can get chicken in pitta with 2 sides (examples are garlic bread, chips, spicy rice, creamy mash, vegetables or coleslaw) for around £9.00 and a bottomless drink (soft drinks which you can go and refill as many times as you like) is only around £2.00.
If you like chicken, you'll love Nandos!
I first tried sourz when I was younger as a shot in a club. That was the apple flavour variety and I thought it was lovely as most shots burn on the way down but this one is a pleasant change as it is the liquid equivalent of eating a sour jelly sweet like Haribo Tangfastics.
In the past couple of years, I have also discovered the cherry variety which is lovely as well. They both taste really fruity and go down easily as shots but I have started also drinking them in cocktails. If you mix the cherry flavour with cranberry juice and lemonade, it still just tastes like cherry but more fruity and less tangy - lovely! For a really simple cocktail, try mixing the apple flavour with cherryade, it makes a very tasty and refreshing drink and is so easy to make.
Sourz usually costs about £11.00 or £12.00 to buy a bottle but I have noticed that Asda quite often have it on offer for £8.00 or £9.00 a bottle.
A word of warning though, try not to mix with other kinds of alcohol. May sound silly but I have had it in cocktails and as shots before I've gone out and then drank wine when i got out and it made me very unwell the next day!
I had never dyed my hair before until a few months ago. I was scared of damaging my hair and drying it out so wanted a semi permanent colour that wouldn't be too drastic and would just give my hair a nice shine and a friend of mine who always has beautiful hair recommended Loreal Casting Creme Gloss.
The first one I tried was darkest brown. My natural hair colour is dark brown anyway and when I first had dyed my hair it just looked black. After a few washes, it basically looked my normal colour again but with added shine. I have also tried the iced chocolate shade and the dark chocolate shade, both of which had the same effect as the darkest brown on my hair.
The dye is really simple to use. You just pierce the bottle of dye and screw it into the bottle of creme and squeeze it all into there. You then unscrew it, pop on the applicator tip, put the plastic gloves on and apply evenly all over your hair (starting with and leaving for longer on the roots if you have dyed your hair recently). I have long thick hair and had been advised I might need 2 boxes to cover it but I always find one is plenty.
I recently tried the plum shade and this one actually did turn my hair a different colour. At first, it just went black again but after a couple of washes, it was quite purple in the light and now over a month later it has a purply red shine to it in the light which I would say looks more like the mahogany shade which Cheryl Cole made famous than plum.
I really don't like the smell of the dye but I think this is just my personal preference as most people I have spoken to do but I don't like the smell of hair dye in general (gives me a headache!). The conditioner doesn't smell great either.
I would recommend these dyes if you either just want a bit of shine like me (in which case, I would buy the most similar shade to your natural colour) or if you aren't too fussed if it doesn't turn out the same as on the box. To be fair, if you are fair and dying your hair darker, it may work better for you but as my hair is about as dark as you can get without it being black not many shades show up.
I had my makeup done by one of the MAC makeup artists on Sunday just gone for a night out and one of the things I asked for was some nice big false eyelashes to complete the Barbie look for the night.
The lashes are priced at £10.00 a pair which is good value for money as they are reusable. I know most false eyelashes are but these are really good quality so they do last and wont break or become flimsy or out of shape after one wear.
The makeup artist chose some nice long thick ones for me and applied them for me.
They looked great, really stood out and made my eyes look really big but what I was worried about was whether they would stay in place until I actually went out. On the way back from getting them done, the wind was really strong and blowing in my face and I could feel it blowing my eyelashes and was worried they would come off but they stayed perfectly in place and didn't even budge at all. In fact, when I came to take them off at the end of the night, they were harder to peel off than usual. Not so hard that it is a negative point though, more just enough to make me confident that they were firmly glued on and wouldn't just come off. This may be more to do with the MAC eyelash glue of course which you buy seperately which is the only negative point I have. Normally a pair of false lashes would cost about £5.00 and come with glue (Eyelure ones for example) but these are £10.00 and a further £10.00 for the glue. However, the lashes really are good quality and harder wearing than normal ones and the glue is a fairly big tube rather than just tester sized.
I would definitely recommend these, especially if you can get one of the makeup artists to put them on for you.
I had been dying to get my makeup done for a while as I never had before and had heard MAC was the best place to get it done so I booked in with them for Sunday just gone as me and 2 of my friends were going out in Birmingham for the night.
The girl who did my makeup wa fabulous and did exactly what I asked for (Barbie makeup) and one of the products she used was a MAC lipstick called 'speed dial'. In the tube it looks like a light corally pink but on my lips it was bright Barbie pink. Fabulous!
The finish is great. I have a lot of lipsticks already and had previously favoured Barry M lip paints as they come in great colours and show up well but this one beats them. The colours are just as bright and out there but they also do more subtle toned ones that I would use in the daytime. Apart from that, I find that a lot of lipsticks dry your lips out after a while and you need to apply lip balm beforehand which can stop the lipstick sticking properly. This lipstick has a lovely creamy finish which moisturises your lips well and has a bit of a gleam to it as well.
I would recommend this range of lipsticks to any girl who loves experimenting with makeup. I loved the speed dial shade so much that after the makeup artist had finished doing my makeup I bought it. It cost £13.50 which is more expensive than say Rimmel or Barry M or other budget ranges but not as expensive as some other premium brands so was definitely worth the money due to the quality and the fact that it doesn't dry your lips out.
I moved out of my mum's house and into my own flat last year where I was faced with a glass table which I had no clue how to clean as I hadn't had to clean much before apart from my own room!
Wet cloths left streaks as did normal cleaning sprays so I took myself off to my local Asda to stock up on various cleaning products and added 'glass cleaner' to my shopping list.
I chose this Windowlene spray as it said it was good for cleaning glass including any windows or mirrors. When I got home, I set to work cleaning the whole house and couldn't believe how easy this spray makes it to clean glass! You literally just switch the nozzle to spray, give a few spritzes onto the glass surface and I used a microfibre cloth to wipe it over the surface. The nozzle works easily with only a minimal amount of pressure and dispenses a good amount of the cleaning liquid - not too much but plenty enough to get a good shine. If you are just giving the surface a wipe to make it shine, you only need to wipe over it gently but if there are actually any marks or anything, just apply a bit more pressure and give it a rub. Once you have finished just watch it dry before your eyes, magically leaving no streaks at all and a lovely shiny and even finish!
Absolutely brilliant cleaning product which really does its job. Recommend to anyone with any mirrors or glass tables to clean. It only cost me around £1.80 for a bottle from Asda, which is great value and only pence more than the supermarket's own brands. I use it quite a few times a week, usually before and after eating from the glass table in my living room and maybe weekly to give my mirrors a good shine and I still have just under half a bottle left after buying this about 4 months ago so it lasts quite a long time as well!
Well, I've never been to any other theme parks so can't really compare Blackpool to them at the moment but the Pleasure Beach is a great day out. I'm from Liverpool so it was only about an hour and a half's train ride to get there when I lived back home.
I have been a few times when I was younger and always enjoyed myself but was too scared to go on any of the more scary rides! I got a few of my friends together for my birthday last year though and headed for Blackpool. The day we went there it was really sunny so it was lovely to be near the beach and at the fair.
I summoned up some courage this time as well and went on some quite scary rides (felt all proud of myself afterwards as well!). I costs approximately £30.00 for an adult wristband which means you can go on whatever rides you want as many times as you want so if you get there early and stay for the whole day it's really good value. You go to the ticket desks and buy your tickets or wristband and then go through to the pleasure beach where it has all the rides, souvenir shops and restaurants. A few rides worth mentioning that I went on when I was feeling brave are Valhalla, The Big One and The Irn Bru ride.
On Valhalla, it is set in water, kind of like an extreme log flume ride! You go up past a giant rat above you and then round all different kinds of viking scenes where there is dry ice, fire and wind. Some of it is pitch black and quite scary and at the end you go down over a cliff edge into water so I recommend you buy one of the plastic jackets for £1.00 as you will get very wet!!
The Big One is a massive rollercoaster, nothing out of the ordinary to mention as far as rollercoasters go but very big!
The Irn Bru ride is very short but was the scariest one in my opinion! It's another rollercoaster type ride but very,very fast. It takes off suddenly, loops around and all sorts really fast and then does the same thing again but backwards - I think I screamed for the whole ride but it was great.
If you want a fun day out for a relatively cheap price, I recommend that you go here if you're up north!
I purchased one of these portable radio/CD players a few years back. I had come to London with one of my friends for a night out and we wanted to be able to listen to some music in our hotel room while we got ready so were on the lookout for something cheap that would play a CD basically, it didn't matter if it was even a brand name or not as we weren't looking for anything extraordinary. We popped into Curry's on Oxford Street and straight away came across this for about £24.99 which was great value especially for a reliable brand! They also come in pink and white which is the colour I settled for as I love pink.
When we got back to the hotel, all we had to do was plug this in, pop a CD in and press play - easy peasy. It can also be used with batteries which I imagine would come in handy if you, for instance, wanted to take it to the park with you in summer or something. The sound is good, not fuzzy at all. Does not go very loud though but I didn't buy it with the intention of listening to my music at full blast so this doesn't bother me and I had a great CD player at home in my bedroom if I wanted loud music.
I did just think that I would use this when I went away for weekend breaks etc and wanted some music but I've since moved out of my mum's place and now I keep this in my kitchen so that I can listen to some music while I'm cooking, baking or washing up. It easily just fits on the sideboard as it's only fairly small and it is still in perfect working order and looks great, adding a splash of pink to my kitchen! I don't think you would find a better basic CD player that can be easily transported and is made by a reliable manufacturer for this price.
My mum bought me one of these smoothie makers for Christmas just gone after I had asked her for one with the intention of starting with a healthy diet in the new year and making nice fruit smoothies to fit in with said diet.
Ok, so its now April and I have not managed to summon up the will power to stick to a healthy diet yet (all I want to do is sit around and eat in the cold winter!) but I have used the smoothie maker. It comes with a little recipe book which gives you some ideas on combinations etc and in here I found they talked about used ice. I love those ice blended drinks that you can buy in Starbucks and Cafe Nero etc in the summer so thought I would have a go at making one of those. I simply used chocolate milkshake (I know, I know) and ice cubes to make a yummy icy milkshake type drink.
The machine is so easy to put together and use, you just pop the plastic bit onto the base, put your ingredients in (which can be whatever fruits, drinks, yoghurt etc you like), put the lid on which has the mixer attachment underneath and make sure you remember to put the plastic stopper in the lid to avoid making a mess. Then, simply plug it in and press one of the power buttons (has a choice of speeds) and hold it down, letting go when you have finished. That's all there is to it. Then place a glass underneath the dispenser and press the bit saying 'smoothie' back to pour a glass.
So easy and simple, you can't go wrong!
I have had a few electric toothbrushes and have been using them for about 8 years now at least. I have always had Oral-B ones and will continue to do so as they are great and if it ain't broken why fix it?
My current electric toothbrush is the best one so far as it literally takes all the work out of brushing my teeth and does it all for me. I just pop a blob of toothpaste on the head, put the toothbrush in my mouth and press the switch to turn it on. The switch is a round rubber button that you press to both switch the toothbrush on and off.
It feels very comfortable to hold as the handle is also covered in rubber and all I have to do is move the toothbrush around the different areas of my mouth to make sure all my teeth get cleaned. The extra bonus bit that I love is that this brush has a timer built in and lets you know when you have brushed your teeth for long enough so no more guessing or counting!! After about 2 and a half minutes, the constant vibration will turn into a few short sharp vibrations to let you know you can stop but if you do want to carry on, it simply turns back into the constant vibration after it has warned you.
Take the toothbrush out of your mouth, rinse, clean tongue, mouthwash and ta-da - done and with minimal effort! Another thing worth mentioning is that these brushes are very cheap so everybody should have one! They cost around £20.00 at full price but I have seen quite a lot of half price offers about in the shops which is even better.
The last thing I want to mention is battery life as I have seen quite a few people complaining about this. I have actually found that if you brush your teeth before bed and then put it on to charge overnight (or alternatively, put it on to charge while you are in work after your morning brush) it should last around a week which isn't too bad at all.