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      22.07.2013 19:02
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      Will continue to buy

      I was given this mascara for Christmas as I always ask for a new mascara for when mine runs out. I have been using it every day since about February and its only just starting to lag.

      I had the Rimmel extra super lash mascara in Black. The curved brush of the mascara is designed to reach every single eyelash including the ones at the inner and outer corners of the eyes. I don't normally like using curved brushes as I find they often make a bit of a mess when trying to coat all your lashes. However I was pretty impressed with this one. It was easy to use and with very little effort separated all my lashes. I did not have any problems with my eyelashes clumping together.

      The mascara formula itself was of a decent quality. Some mascara formulas are too thin or too thick or after an hour or so of wear start flaking. However the Rimmel extra super lash mascara was of nearly perfect consistency and did not flake even after 12 hours of wear at work. I also found with just 2 coats, that I achieved the built up eyelashes that I wanted. And as mentioned this was enough to last without reapplying for a long day at work.

      The mascara was easy to remove with even gentle make up removal wipes which is always a plus as I can't stand having to drag at my eyes to remove products.

      The mascara costs approximately £4.99 for a 12g tube. It can be purchased from many shops including Superdrug, boots and some supermarkets that stock Rimmel products. The mascara only comes in 1 shade which is 101 Black Black. However I have fair skin and this mascara suits me, therefore should also suit all other skin types as well.

      I would definitely recommend this mascara, I have had no issues with it and will buy it again soon as mine is about to run out.

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    • Clinique Almost Lipstick / Make Up / 13 Readings / 13 Ratings
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      22.07.2013 18:41
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      When i have more money, i will buy this product again

      I don't normally use lipstick and instead prefer to stick to lip salves, however a relative of mine gave me this product when she received it as a freebee when she purchased other Clinique products.

      Although this came free, the Clinique almost lipsticks cost approximately £17 for 1.9g which in my opinion is very pricey for any make-up product other than foundation. It comes in 4 different shades which are:
      * Spicy honey
      * Black honey
      * Luscious honey
      * Chic honey

      I had the black honey shade of this product which is described by Clinique as "deep blackened raisin". The almost lipstick has a balm texture, very similar to applying Vaseline to your lips.

      According to Clinique the almost lipstick is a "Glossy, sheer, non-staining lip colour that is soothing to the lips allowing lips to feel moist with a shiny finish". I definitely have to agree with this statement. The almost lipstick is easy to apply, and feels like lip balm meaning your lips feel hydrated, moist and smooth.

      Although the shade black honey looks quite dark in the tube, when applied it only provided a subtle colour to the lips, which I really liked. Due to working in a very warm hospital, especially in this weather, my lips become very dry from licking them to keep them hydrated and from the dry air circulating around the hospital. Due to the subtle colour of this product, I was able to wear it at work, and I found it really helped to keep my lips soft and heal the chapped areas.

      The lipstick container that the almost lipstick comes in is slimlined with a smooth feel allowing you to hold it with ease. You only need a small amount of product to cover your lips but do due to the balm texture of the product, you need to re-apply it more frequently than conventional lipsticks.

      The almost lipstick can be purchased from the Clinique website or from many department stores including Debenhams and John Lewis.

      I would definitely recommend the almost lipstick, it is a real treat for my lips. The only downside for me would be the price tag attached to it. As a student, I'm not sure I could warrant paying that price, even though it is worth it.

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        05.06.2013 18:15
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        This worked for what i wanted, but some people may want more out of their pedometer

        I was intrigued to find out how many steps I walk in a day whilst at work doing a 12 and a half hour shift and also how many calories I burn. Therefore I decided to buy myself a pedometer. I did not want to spend a lot of money on a fancy flash pedometer as all I wanted it to do was the real basics.

        After looking on a few websites and then in the Argos catalogue I decided to go for the Argos Value Pedometer. I paid £2.99 for the pedometer when I bought it around a month ago. Argos claims that this pedometer is a great little tool to keep track of your fitness.

        The box that the pedometer comes in is small and compact, although it is very thin so would not provide much protection for the pedometer. The box is in standard Argos Value Range colours which are blue and white with the red and white Argos logo. The pedometer comes with a set of instructions about how to use the pedometer. These are quite handy and explained reasonably well so you can understand how to use the pedometer fairly easily.

        The pedometer itself is blue and white and is approximately 6 and a half centimetres tall and 4 and a half centimetres wide. It has 3 buttons on the front. One is a mode button, one is a set button and the other is a clear button. The pedometer has a clip on the back allowing you to attach it to your waistband when you work out or when you simply go for a stroll. I found that whilst at work, the best place to attach the pedometer to was the inside of my tunic pocket, as it was both comfortable to wear here and also discrete. Just below the clip is the battery compartment where a plastic case slides off revealing where the battery goes. One good thing about this pedometer was that it came with an AG13 Button Cell battery.

        The Argos Value Pedometer has five main features. These are: a stopwatch, a calories burnt indicator, a distance travelled indicator, a step indicator and also a time spent in training zone indicator. The pedometer also displays the time for you. When setting the time, you can either use the 12 hour format or the 24 hour format, whichever you prefer. The pedometer allows you to input your weight and also step length so that it can work out how many calories you have burnt as accurately as possible. Both of these I feel are great added features as the pedometer is tailored personally to you then. When selecting the distance indicator, the figure can be presented in either miles or kilometres which again is handy as some people like myself prefer working in miles, whereas others prefer working in kilometres.

        The pedometer is not waterproof, so care has to be taken when going jogging or walking in the rain to avoid causing damage to the pedometer. The pedometer itself is very light, and does feel a bit cheap, but when you pay £2.99 you expect it to.

        I have found the pedometer to be pretty accurate when using it to see how many steps I have walked during my shift at work. In one 12 and a half hour shift I had clocked up 20,000 steps, which makes sense as I was on my feet walking up and down the ward all day. One drawback of the pedometer is that is seems a lot less accurate when jogging or carrying out other exercise such as cycling. Sometimes, it says I have burnt a lot of calories during my 30 minute cycle, other times it says I have only burnt 50 calories. I don't know if it just gets confused by the motion of exercise such as cycling so fails to record some of the movements.

        Overall, for £2.99 I don't think this pedometer has been too bad for me. I have found it to be mainly accurate for the purpose I bought it, which was seeing how many steps I walk at work. It is easy to operate and allows you to enter your personal details to tailor it to yourself.

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          31.05.2013 13:36
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          Better than others I have tried so far

          I bought this eyeliner for the first time about 4 years ago and have bought it several times since. It lasts me quite a long time as I only use it for glamming up my make up on nights out rather than for everyday use due to the job I do.

          I usually buy the eyeliner from Superdrug, but I believe you can also buy it from Boots and some supermarkets like Asda as well that stock Collection 2000. The fast stroke eyeliner cost me £2.99 which as far as I am aware is the standard price charged everywhere. This is an extremely good price to pay for such a good quality liquid eyeliner.

          I bought the fast stroke eyeliner in Brown as I am fair skinned so didn't want the eyeliner to look too severe. The fast stroke eyeliner also comes in Black, Blue and Black Waterproof. The brown complimented my fair skin well and had a nice shade to it.

          The fast stroke eyeliner has a soft nip applicator rather than a bristle style applicator. This makes applying the eyeliner much easier, and allows you to create smooth, straight lines with the eyeliner. I hate liquid eyeliners that have bristle style applicators as I always end up making a mess with them due to the applicator being too flimsy. So the nib applicator is a great winner with me. The nib style applicator also makes it easy to create flicks by your outer eye with the eyeliner, which is what I do when creating my night time make up look.

          The eyeliner bottle is approximately 7cms tall in total and this includes both the handle of the applicator and also the pot that the product is contained within. Most of this length is the applicator, which is very helpful as it allows you to hold the applicator easily making application better. The width of the applicator is just right as well as it allows you to have a nice firm hold, also reducing the chances of making application errors.

          The consistency of the liquid eyeliner is also just right. I have used other well-known liquid eyeliners before and the consistency has been too thick meaning you have to drag the product alone your eyes which can irritate them quite easily. Or the product has been too thin and you have trouble getting the eyeliner to stay put.

          I work long 12 and a half hour shifts, and the only flaw this liquid eyeliner has is the fact that when you have been working in a warm environment for this amount of time the eyeliner looks like it has started to flake/crack. I don't know whether this is just due to the heat of the environment I work within, and others therefore would not have this problem. Also, this can be corrected with a bit of a touch up.

          Overall, I love the Collection 2000 fast stroke eyeliner and will continue to buy it as long as they sell it.

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            26.05.2013 18:44
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            Would not buy it again

            Just like many other beauty products, I have tried lots of different mascaras, and don't usually stay loyal to one in particular. I buy quite a few Collection 2000 products including the face powders and also nail polishes. I have always had mixed opinions with Collection 2000, some of their products are great, and some are just average.

            I bought this mascara from boots for £2.99. Normally I will spend a bit more on mascara as I feel it is the most important item in my make-up bag. I am a redhead and have pale skin and pale eyelashes. Therefore I need a mascara that is going to make my eyes stand out as without mascara I look pretty washed out. So £2.99 is a good price for a mascara. I bought the mascara in Ultra Black 17.

            The mascara comes in a curved container that has a red and black coloured design. The container is quite thick compared to other mascaras, which I don't really like as it makes it harder to hold onto when applying the mascara to your eyelashes.

            The mascara brush itself is thick, as you would expect really due to the mascara being called the 'big fake mascara'. The bristles of the brush are quite cheap looking. They look like they would be pretty brutal against your eyelashes and not very kind to them. When applying the mascara this is confirmed. The bristles aggravated my eyes when applying the mascara to my eyelashes as they were coarse and not as soft as the bristles on other mascaras I have used.

            The mascara formula itself is thick and quite gloopy. When applying it to my eyelashes, it didn't glide through them as other mascaras have in the past. I had to pull the brush through my eyelashes quite firmly, this may have been part of the reason my eyes became aggravated. Due to being gloopy, you had to wipe quite a bit of the product off the mascara brush before applying to ensure you didn't end up smudging it everywhere.

            It did however, separate and lift my eyelashes as it claimed to do. The colour also made my eyes stand out as I was hoping the mascara would do. But these are pretty much the only good things about this mascara.

            Overall, you definitely get what you pay for with this mascara, A cheap price and definitely a cheap mascara. I won't be buying this again.

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            21.05.2013 00:51
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            Can't go wrong

            After buying 3 more expensive can openers in the past that have broken in ridiculously short amounts of time, I decided to give the really cheap can opener a go. I decided that at 44p, I wouldn't mind if it turned out to be as rubbish as the previous 3.

            I bought this can opener about 5 months ago now and have used it on a regular basis ever since. The butterfly can opener comes attached to a thin piece of cardboard that has the classic red, white and blue British colours that are associated with Tesco. The can opener was attached to the cardboard with a cable tie style piece of plastic that was easily snipped with a pair of scissors.

            The can opener itself is made from a pretty sturdy metal. The handles are rounded to make holding and using the can opener more comfortable. One of the handles also has a bottle opener on it, which is always very handy. I have always found using the can opener easy and comfortable on the hands.

            The Tesco value butterfly can is used by opening the handles so the can opener is open as wide as possible. The claws of the can opener are then placed on the side of the can and the handles are closed so the claws dig into the lip of the can. The butterfly twisting mechanism is then turned to allow the claws to cut into the lid to remove it from the can. I have always found the can opener to work perfectly each and every time. It can get bits of the can label stuck within the mechanisms occasionally. However cleaning the can opener well from time to time resolves this.

            The only disadvantage of this can opener is that if you don't dry it incredibly well, it becomes a bit rusty. However with the shape of the can opener, it is very difficult to dry it very well. I have found the best way to get it dry is to open it out as wide as it will go and leave it to air dry after giving it a quick wipe with the tea towel.

            Overall, I would definitely recommend this can opener. It has been far better than the more expensive can openers I have bought in the past. It is cheap, cheerful and does its job, which is all I ask for.

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            21.05.2013 00:17
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            My favourite Cleansing lotion so far

            I bought the simple purifying cleansing lotion a few months ago when it was on offer in Boots. I paid £2.00 for it, however normally it retails for around £2.99 in most drug stores.

            The simple purifying lotion comes in a 200ml sized bottle. The packaging mimics all of the other products in the simple range, with the majority of the bottle being in a white colour with green font used for the writing. The bottle has a green flip top lid making dispensing the lotion quick and easy. The plastic bottle also has some give in it, meaning you only have to squeeze it gently to release some of the cleansing lotion. On the back of the bottle, you can find a list of the ingredients used in the lotion as well as directions for use and details about how you can contact simple if necessary.

            The lotion itself is white in colour and has a very neutral odour to it which I really like. The last thing I want is anything too strong smelling on my face. It has a medium consistency, and isn't too 'gloopy' which is in my opinion perfect. I also found that you only need a small amount on the cotton wool pad to apply to the whole face, a little really does go a long way.

            It is advised by simple to use the purifying lotion both morning and night, which is what I have been doing. Even though normally I am a bit lazy and would only use it before bed. I have noticed my skin looks a lot brighter and 'alive', especially after a long day at work or studying. It is also excellent at removing the normal build up of daily dirt on your face and even removes waterproof make-up with ease, which is an added bonus.

            Simple claim that the lotion gives a gentle, thorough cleanse even around the delicate eye area, this is definitely true. My skin can be very sensitive as well, but using this purifying lotion twice a day did not irritate it in any way, there was no redness or itching.

            I have also not experienced any greasiness with this cleansing lotion, which is one thing I have found with many other cleansing lotions in the past. I have even come out in spots when using cleansing lotions in the past, as when they have been followed by moisturisers as advised, they have left my skin very unhappy indeed.

            Overall, I really like this cleansing lotion. As mentioned it is non greasy, easy to apply, lasts a long time and doesn't irritate the skin. It is also a reasonable price, as some cleansing lotions can be really expensive. And as a student, I can't afford to spend lots of money on products that aren't up to scratch.

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            20.05.2013 19:59
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            A great conditioner for everyone

            I like to try different shampoos and conditioners when they are on offer as I find my hair remains soft and silky when I switch between products. I also love trying out the different scents on my hair, as I like nothing more than 'swooshing' my hair and being able to smell the shampoo and conditioner.

            I am mainly going to discuss the palmolive natural silky shine effect conditioner in this review but there will be a few references to the shampoo along the way.

            I bought both the shampoo and conditioner from the store home bargains for just £1.00 each. I have noticed the prices vary elsewhere, but I haven't seen either the shampoo or conditioner on sale anywhere for more than £2.50.

            The bottle of shampoo that I bought was 400mls in size which is the standard size for most regular shampoos, and the conditioner was 300mls in size. I have always found is strange that shops often sell conditioners in smaller sized bottles than shampoos. They seem to presume that conditioner isn't used as often, but I use the same amount of conditioner as I do shampoo. Therefore this is one downside of the conditioner, a 400ml sized bottle would have been much better to match the shampoo.

            The packaging of the conditioner is green in colour and takes on an oval shape. There is a flip up style lid situated on the bottom of the conditioner. This is easy to open and close even in the shower. The design on the front of the conditioner is simple but effective. It contains a picture of Aloe Vera and the writing is both white and green. On the back of the bottle is a list of the ingredients contained within the conditioner and also directions about how to use the conditioner.

            This conditioner is designed for 'Normal Hair' and claims to deliver moisture from root to tip without being heavy on the hair. According to Palmolive it also leaves the hair stronger, smoother and easy to comb. The result being stronger hair that shines with life. I definitely have to agree with these claims. I always leave the conditioner in my hair for about 5 minutes whilst I am in the shower to ensure it does its job, and after washing it out, my hair always felt soft, moisturised and nourished. I have quite long, thick hair which can often be a pain to comb, especially after towel drying it first, but this conditioner took the pain out of detangling. I was actually very impressed.

            In terms of using the product, I found that a little goes a long way. For my long, thick hair, I use about a 50p piece sized amount, however a lot less than this would be needed for shorter hair. The conditioner had an almost identical consistency to other conditioners I have used, however possibly slightly thicker. It was easy to work through my long, thick hair.

            The conditioner also smells divine, which as first mentioned, is very important to me. I have quite sensitive skin, but neither the shampoo or conditioner have ever irritated my scalp. Although it isn't an anti-dandruff product, my boyfriend who suffers from dandruff has found this product has really helped to improve his condition.

            Overall, I am very impressed with this conditioner, and also the shampoo. It more than lives up to its claims and leaves my hair feeling fantastic. I will definitely buy it again in the future.

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          • Asda Smart Price Kettle / Kettle / 41 Readings / 40 Ratings
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            18.05.2013 19:46
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            A great kettle for the price

            When my old flat mates moved out of the house I shared with them, they took (stole) the kettle leaving me in need of a new one. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a new kettle as I am a student and simply don't have £50 to spend on a fancy, colourful kettle than does the same job as a £5 one. Therefore I decided to give the Asda Smart Price kettle a go.

            I have been using the kettle for about 4 months now.

            The kettle is priced at £5.00. It comes with a 1 year guarantee from Asda, meaning if it is faulty when you buy it, or develops problems within a year of purchasing it, you can have either a replacement or a full refund. You just have to remember to keep your receipt safe.

            The kettle itself hasn't got a fancy or quirky design to it, but personally I like this. I wanted a kettle that was plain in style and a neutral colour so that it wouldn't stand out like a sore thumb. As I am moving into a new place with my other half soon and we don't know what colour the kitchen will be, this kettle will fit in perfectly.

            The kettle has a 1.7L capacity, meaning if you have quite a few guests round, you can make tea all round with only one fill of the kettle. I have found that when full, the kettle provides 6-7 mugs of water which is more than enough in my opinion. It takes approximately 3 minutes for the kettle to boil completely when full. However, I normally only fill it with enough water for 2 mugs therefore it takes just over a minute to boil.

            The on-off switch has a light indicator that automatically flicks itself off when the kettle has boiled. The kettle also has a water level window allowing you to see how much water you have filled the kettle with. This is quite handy if you only want to boil 1-2 mugs of water. The kettle has a detachable filter on the spout to catch any limescale that may have accumulated. It is very easy to clean and isn't showing any signs of wear yet. The lid opens reasonably widely, making filling the kettle effortless.

            The power unit for the kettle is in the base which is detachable from the rest of the kettle. This makes the kettle cordless once it has boiled which can be handy if you have lots of people round and want them to help themselves to hot water for their drinks. The kettle has an automatic shut off when the water has boiled giving you peace of mind safety-wise. However, as far as I am aware, all modern kettles have this feature. The smart price kettle also has boil dry protection, which again is reassuring safety-wise. My only criticism of the kettle would be that I would have liked the cord that is attached to the base to be slightly longer.

            Overall, the kettle is great quality for the price and has not let me down so far. I will be keeping an eye on how long this kettle lasts so I can update my review in the future. The design is plain and simple which I like and the large capacity of this kettle means that you can provide drinks for a larger group of people with minimal effort.

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          • George No VPL Thong / Clothing / 45 Readings / 44 Ratings
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            09.01.2013 17:39
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            Up there with M & S underwear

            I love pretty underwear, and can't resist buying new lacy underwear that catches my eye. I have bought underwear from Asda before and have always thought the quality was very good. I saw the no VPL thongs in Asda about 2 months ago. They were on offer, 3 for £6, so of course I had to buy 3 pairs. If you buy them individually, they cost £2.50. For anyone who doesn't know no VPL means no visible panty line.

            Asda seem to bring new colours into stock quite regularly, but at the time of buying this underwear, the colours they sold were: coral, grey, red and nude. I bought the first three colours mentioned.

            Having just had a quick look on the Asda website, if you are not a thong girl, and prefer french knickers, they sell the no VPL french knickers in purple, dark green, light green, burgundy, chocolate and white. Although the 'green' isn't garish and nasty looking like it sounds, i would say the light green actually looks like light blue, and the dark green is a Forrest green colour.

            The thongs come in sizes 8-22 and are made of 93& Nylon and 7% Elastane. In terms of the no VPL, I was wearing a tight dress and got my boyfriend to check for me. He said he couldn't see my underwear, so they passed that test.

            The thongs have a seam running up the middle of the knickers, which may irritate some people, but I didn't have any problems with it. The gusset is made of a small diamond shaped piece of material. Sometimes, with cheaper underwear that is made of lace, it can be a bit scratchy and uncomfortable, but the Asda no VPL thongs are extremely comfortable to wear.

            In the past with some cheaper lace knickers, once they have been washed a few times, I have found bits of the elastic in the lace start poking out making them look untidy. However the Asda no VPL thongs have not done that yet, and I have had them 2 months and wear them a lot.

            I really like these knickers and would definitely buy some more once mine have seen better days

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            Definitely try these!

            I have used these labels in the past for attaching to Christmas cards to send out. The labels come in a distinctive A4 sized yellow box with the Avery name on them. I paid £10.81 on amazon for a pack of 525 labels, which was a perfectly sufficient quantity of labels. Each label works out at just over 0.02p which is unbelievably cheap.

            The labels that I purchased were white in colour but I believe they also sell transparent ones. The ink dries very quickly on the Avery labels which is great, as it means you can get your job done quickly and they do not smudge. I have also never had any issues with the labels getting jammed in the printer, making the whole process effortless as you don't spend time un-jamming your printer.

            The best way I have found to use the labels is to use the template in Microsoft Word to ensure the labels are printed on properly, however I am aware that there are other ways of printing onto the labels. I have never used any other labels for printing on, so I can't compare them to other brands, but unless they stop selling these, or they become a ridiculous price, I am unlikely to try the other brands.

            The labels come in different sizes, but the ones I bought were the 63.5 x 38.1mm ones which had 21 labels on each A4 sheet. These were perfect size for attaching to the Christmas cards.

            I will definitely buy these again, however I still have 400 left to use, so won't be needing any soon.

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            09.01.2013 17:07
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            Can't go wrong

            I recently needed to send some small presents to family in the post for Christmas so bought these padded envelopes from Poundland to send the presents in. I bought the padded envelopes in the large size, but they also come in small and medium. And as you might have guessed from Poundland, they only cost me £1.

            The packet of large padded envelopes contained 3 envelopes in total, but I know the packet containing the medium sized padded envelopes contained 6 in total and the small sized padded envelopes contain 7.

            The envelopes are light tan in colour and although they are thinner than the padded envelopes you get from the Post Office, they are still reasonable quality. The inside of each of the envelopes was padded with bubblewrap, so kept the presents nice and secure. To seal the padded envelopes, you simply pealed away a strip of paper from the sticky seal. Although the seal worked perfectly well, as the packed contained small presents, I also secured the envelope with sellotape as I am paranoid about people getting packets, or them getting damaged during their journey.

            The padded envelopes come in a simple thin, clear plastic wrapping with the product details on a label inside the wrapping. They envelopes are easy to write on, however I would suggest using a Biro rather than any form of ink or gel pen, as the front of the envelopes is a little shiny, and so an ink or gel pen may smudge.

            Overall, for the price, you can't go wrong with these envelopes, all of the presents I sent in them arrived in perfect condition. I will be buying them again.

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            09.01.2013 16:49
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            Go for it.

            At work, I regularly have to switch between different coloured pens for writing in notes, writing on my to do list and in other places. Therefore I was after a 4 way coloured pen for a while but they were in the region of £4 which I was too tight to pay. My boyfriend and I were in Sainsbury's one day so I decided to go and see what their stationary selection was like. They were selling the Bic 4-colour ball point pen for just £1.90. I don't know if it was on offer, but didn't appear to be at the time. As it was more than half the price of all the other pens I had previously seen, I bought one.

            The 4-colour pen contains a blue pen, a black pen, a red pen and a green pen. It has a 1.0mm tip, which is regarded as a medium tip. The 1.0mm tip produces a line of 0.3mm which again, is standard line size. The great thing about this pen, is that it is refillable, so you can get the refills for it from many different shops. You can either buy single refills or boxes of large quantities such as 50.

            To use the pen, you choose which colour you want to write with and press down on the coloured 'hook' associated with it. To retract the nib, you simply press down on the 'hook' again. The cartridges are shorter than normal biros, presumably to house the selection feature at the end of the pen, therefore the pens run out slightly quicker than normal Biro's, but as you can buy refills for a reasonable price, this isn't really an issue to me.

            The pen is very comfortable to hold and to write with. It creates smooth effortless writing. Due to housing 4 different coloured pens inside, the pen is wider than normal Biros to use but it is still comfortable. Although as I am used to smaller pens, if I was to write for a long period of time with this pen, I might get cramp in my fingers, which is the only downside of this product that I can think of.

            Overall, this is a great pen, I got it for a decent price, and it is great if you have a job where you have to switch between different coloured pens regularly.

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            09.01.2013 16:32
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            A must for most people

            I bought these ergosoft coloured pencils from amazon at the same time as I bought the Staedtler fineliner pens. The coloured pencils cost me £5.98, making each pencil worth 49p. I have seen the ergosoft coloured pencils on sale in other shops such as Whsmiths for £11.99 and Rymans for £9.99.

            The pencils come in a wide range of different colours. These colours include: yellow, orange, red, pink , purple, light blue, dark blue, light green, dark green, light brown, dark brown and black. All of the colours are well pigmented and show up easily on different colours of paper and card.

            The coloured pencils have a triangular shaped barrel which is meant to make writing and drawing more comfortable, it definitely does. The barrel is also a slim size which makes the pencils suitable for all age groups to use. The barrel is also very soft, and is covered in a non-slip covering. The soft texture makes colouring for long periods of time very comfortable.

            The pencils have an anti-break system which Staedtler claims provides 'uninterrupted creativity'. This is definitely true. They also have a soft, break resistant lead meaning the days of endless sharpening with cheaper pencils is over. So far, I have only had to sharpen them as I have run down the lead, not because the lead has snapped off.

            The pencils come in a plastic case which has special slots for each pencil. When the lid is opened, it pulls back and can be secured to the back of the case to provide a stand for the pencils to sit in. This is a great feature of the pencils as it makes getting each pencil out of the case even easier.

            Each of the pencils has a designated area on one of the triangular sides for writing your name. This is particularly useful if they are for children to take to school as they can name their kit. Also, if they go missing, it is very easy to prove they belong to your child.

            I haven't got a bad word to say about these pencils, they are the same excellent quality as all of Staedtler's other stationary. My pencils have been going for about 4 years now, and when they have been used to the point where they are as small as my little finger, I will definitely buy some more.

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            09.01.2013 16:04
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            You can't go wrong

            Staedtler are a well known, good quality stationary brand, so when I saw these pens on Amazon, I decided to buy them. They were £5.47 for a set of 10 fineliner pens but retail for between £7 and £10 elsewhere. They have a 0.3mm point which is the standard size for fineliner pens. The barrel of the pens are silver whilst the caps match the ink colour of each pen. The colours contained within this pack are: yellow, orange, red, pink, light blue, dark blue, light green, dark green, brown and black. The colour assortment is exactly the same as the Staedtler tri-plus fibre tip pens.

            The fineliners have a superfine metal-clad tip, an ergonomic triangular barrel but best of all, they are dry safe. This means you can leave the fineliner pens without their lids on for days without them drying up. This is perfect if you have children as they often put pens back into the pen pot without lids on them. Staedtler also claim that the fineliner pens wash out of most textiles, which again, is great if you have kids who can't help drawing on themselves or others.

            When using the fineliners, the ink dries very quickly on the page, which is great if you are doing revision as you can get on quickly, and this is also great if your children are using them as they are less likely to smudge their artwork.

            All of the colours are exceptionally well pigmented, which is important to me. All of the colours 'pop' on the page. These pens can be used for anything - writing cards, making revision more interesting, for children doing their drawings. Although as they are more pricey than other coloured pens, you may not want your little little children using them and ruining them unless you buy them on really good offer.

            The packaging the fineliner pens comes in is great. It is a plastic 'closed' tray with a flip lid at the top to access the pens. I have always stored my pens in the original packaging as the colours are laid out so you don't have to go hunting for them in your pencil case.

            The pens are really easy to write with, the ink flows onto the page nicely leaving you with smooth writing on the page. I have not had any experience with the nibs splitting like with cheaper brands of fineliners, however as mentioned already, if you have fierce children using them, they might split.

            I can't fault these pens at all, they are simply great. I have to give them 5 stars, although they can be pricey, if you shop around you can get them for a good price. At £5.47 for the whole pack of 10, this works out at 54p per pen which I think is perfectly reasonable for the quality you get from Staedtler.

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