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I wanted an MP3 player with basic features, without paying the mad prices of the Apple brand. Samsung is a name and brand I trust, so I went for the Samsung YP-U6. It comes in a choice of black or metallic pink, I opted for the pink. I was slightly worried it would be a garish neon colour - but it is a lovely softly metallic deep pink and not at all embarassing to carry around. It is small and light with a 1 inch by half an inch display which is surprisingly clear and easy to read. It comes with a pair of white samsung headphones which have excellent sound quality and are a joy to use. It has one large button for pause/play with a square button around the edge for left/right - choosing songs and up/down - volume control. There is an on/off button on top which also locks the MP3 player which is a very useful feature if you like to tuck it in your pocket while you listen to music. Next to the on/off button is a back button, and a button which encompasses many features such as recording, changing the play mode, changing the sound mode, adding songs to a playlist and deleting files. You have to go into settings to edit what the button does, and I found this quite confusing to figure out at first. The instructions that originally come with the MP3 player are pretty much non existant - they tell you how to turn it on and plug it in and the rest of the manual is inside the MP3 player - all good and well if you can find your way around a PC but unfortunately I can't and it took me a while to find. It also has an FM radio feature which is okay, the quality isn't excellent but the same as any other FM radio player. Another feature I really like is the fitness feature, it's very basic but fun to use. You input your weight once and it remembers. Then you choose a basic excersise activity such as slow walking, fast walking, running, etc and choose to listen to your own songs or the radio, and press go. Tuck it in your pocket and get on with your activity and at the end it estimates how many calories you have burned. It makes going for a walk or run whilst juggling MP3 players/pedometers/timers a lot easier. The battery life is very good, and very easy to charge. The MP3 player doesn't come with a USB cable, instead, the USB stick is inside the MP3 pllayer and you slide it out and plug it in. I found this to be a very worthwhile feature as I'm constantly losing cables. The software which comes with it is Samsung Kies and has lots of features such as a music organiser and music player. You use a very simple drag and drop method to put the songs from your computer onto the MP3 player. You can also organsie them into your own folders. The version I bought advertises as 4GB but is in fact 3.6GB, I don't know if this is standard practice for MP3 players but I found it quite disappointing. Overall it's a very good MP3 player especially as a starter or for someone who isn't fussed about having too many fancy features. Worth the price.
I wanted a cheap, lightweight netbook which did all the things my big bulky laptop can do. Although quite basic, the Acer Aspire One didn't disappoint. It's outside appearance is very sleek, neat (and easy to keep clean!). It's extremely lightweight and easy to carry around, I slip mine in my handbag to take on long train journeys and it also feels perfectly comfortable rested on your knee on a long car journey or on a bus. The weight of this netbook is one of the main plus points for me, after carrying a huge laptop one around for so long this was so easy and comfortable to use. It comes with a windows 7 starter pack which is basic but gets the job done. It's suitable for browsing the web, organising your pictures and other files, word processing and all the little things anyone as non-techinical as me likes to do with a laptop. I haven't yet found anything I use my laptop for which I can not do on this netbook. I've found it has enough memory to store loads of pictures and mp3 files with lots of room to spare. The keyboard is quite small if you're used to a full size laptop, but you soon get used to it. The touchpad is also small but easy to use, although the buttons can be a bit stiff, I would recommend buying a mouse to go with it but that's my personal preference. It has 3 USB ports so plenty of room to plug in whatever you need. Like most netbooks, it doesn't have a disc drive but I haven't yet found this to be an issue. The battery life at first was extremely good, but after a few weeks of use it has quickly drained, so this is probably the only downside I have found. Overall I can't fault it, and at only around £200 it's well worth splashing out on for carrying around.
We wanted a sandwich toaster which was cheap and cheerful and did the job, and this one fits the bill perfectly. At the moment in-store it's retailing at £5.48 which is incredibly cheap. The casing seems very sturdy but lightweight, it's very easy to carry around the kitchen. It's a nice little size and doesn't take up too much room if you want to leave it out on the work surface, and is very easy to store in a cupboard or shelf due to it's size/shape. It can be stood up either on it's base or on the thin bottom end for storage. When you turn it on there is a very simple system to see when it's ready to use - you wait for the big green light on top of the machine to light up and it's ready. One of the things I like about this machine is you place the buttered bread straight onto the hot plate - in some toastie machines I have had in the past they require you to butter/grease the plates directly which can get quite messy. The plates aren't very big so if you like to leave the crusts on this machine isn't for you. I slice the crusts off of a normal sized sliced loaf and it just about squeezes onto the plate area. It holds 2 toasties at a time. When you close the lid it clicks, but you need to click the clasp down aswell. I didn't notice this for the first few goes and it does make a bit of a difference obviously to how tight the machine closes and how well your toasties seal. The plates have a ridge around the edge and a diagonal ridge through the middle. I would prefer if the middle ridge protruded slightly more, as it doesn't seem to 'cut' far enough through the middle of the toastie so it can be quite difficult splitting it once cooked. The edge ridges are nice and tight and seal the toastie well, there hasn't been any leakages of fillings yet. Overall I would reccommend this to the occasional toastie user
I bought this with high expectations and high hopes. I have incredibly badly damaged hair, spilt ends, heat damage and breakages all over. I wasn't expecting the shampoo to work miracles, but I was hoping it would hold my hair together while the damage grew out. The bottle is a pretty yellow colour, but very slippery! The shape of it made it difficult to keep a hold of with wet hands. It smells lovely, not too strong or overpowering, and left my hair smelling lovely all day. The conditioner was thick but not too thick to spread evenly across my hair, some conditioners i find I need to water them down a bit but this one was just the right consistency. I used about a walnut sized dollop and left it in for 15 minutes before rinsing off. It was quite difficult to rinse out and does seem to leave a bit of residue on the hair. Once dry my hair felt smoother but got greasy quite quickly, I now need to wash it daily instead of every other day. I used along with the shampoo, but haven't yet noticed any marked improvement in the condition of my hair. It still breaks very easily, however there are a few less hairs in my brush each day. Overall I find it to be too greasy and not very effective, but I will continue to use it in the hope that things improve. Despite this, I would reccommend it - only to someone with very slightly damaged hair rather than badly damaged like mine.
I love new look. A few years ago I tended to avoid new look, as alot of the clothes seemed quite shapeless and cheaply made in comparison to it's counterparts such as topshop. I have found that this seems to have switched around, and new look is improving all the time, whilst keeping it's low prices. The store itself is divided into collections, such as workwear and partywear, which makes it very easy to shop and very easy to put pieces together and mix and match outfits. It also has teen clothes, maternity clothes, and some men's clothes. The quality of the clothes is on the up, and I have a few pieces which I wear all the time and they're still holding their colour and shape. I am very impressed with the quality at such a good price. There seems to always be a sales rack in new look, packed full of treasures at just a few quid a pop, this is always where I head to first! Last week I picked up a beautiful skirt for just £3 - no defects at all. My favourite part by far is the shoe section. New look have a vast array of colours and designs in store, I could spend hours looking at them! They have party shoes, boots, work shoes, flat shoes, everything you could possibly need. The shoes retail at about £20 - £30 a pair on average, which is incredibly great value for money considering their counterparts are around £60 upwards. The shoes are also often on sale for £7 - £10. The quality isn't always great, but for such a great price it doesn't really matter if you only wear them to a few parties. I do however have a few pairs which have lasted a good few years. Shopping online is very easy, the website is as easy to navigate as the stores. I find delivery to always be quicker than quoted, and they offer free returns if it isn't quite what you wanted. New Look is great.
I've never used a steamer before so we wanted to buy one which was cheap and I could 'practice' with. This one was only about £10, and has been more than well worth the money. The bowl are a decent size and you can fit loads of veggies in. The steamer takes no time at all to set up, simply pour your water in, tip your veggies into the bowls, and turn it on. The timer is very easy to use, you simply turn the dial and it tells you when it's done. It also comes with a white bowl to cook things such as rice in, I haven't tried this yet as the reccommended times seem quite long, but it's a nice addition and I have used it for things such as peas which would roll down the holes in the normal bowl sections. I've also used the steamer to cook fish & chicken (takes quite a while but it's worth it.) Everything I've cooked in it has turned out lovely, it never ever goes wrong, and it's great knowing the veg is packed full of vitamins and minerals which haven't been lost by boiling. You really can taste the difference. Overall it's very easy to use, it definately won't be something you buy and stick in the back of the cupboard.
I got this printer in a bit of an emergency - so picked something cheap and cheerful. One year later, and it's still powering on, it's a very reliable machine. I have found other canon printers break quite easily but this one seems to be quite resilient. It was very easy to set up, no fuss at all. I was using it within 20 minutes of opening the box. The quality of the print is excellent, I've used it to print both normal documents and colour photographs and they have all came out wonderfully. You can choose from fast printing or high quality printing, and I find that even the fast print is of good quality, I use this option for most documents as it saves alot of ink and looks just as good. The cartridges last quite long, I use the printer daily and have only had to change the cartridges once this year. It is quite difficult to change them, or even find where they are, so this is one of the downsides for me. Overall I would reccommend this to absolutely anyone, it's very easy to use,very simple, great quality, and great price, can't fault it.
I bought this with high expectations and high hopes. I have incredibly badly damaged hair, spilt ends, heat damage and breakages all over. I wasn't expecting the shampoo to work miracles, but I was hoping it would hold my hair together while the damage grew out. The bottle is a pretty yellow colour, but very slippery! The shape of it made it difficult to keep a hold of with wet hands. The shampoo is a lovely creamy shampoo, and a little goes a long way. A walnut sized dollop had my long hair very very frothy, and it did feel quite smooth, whereas normal shampoo usually leaves it feeling quite rough and tangled at this stage (before conditioner.) It smells lovely, not too strong or overpowering, and left my hair smelling lovely all day. It was quite difficult to rinse out, although I'm not sure if that was because too much was used! I have tried using less but it does still take quite a bit of rinsing. Initially once I dried my hair it felt very fresh and clean, but by the end of the day it was feeling quite greasy, which is unusual for me as my hair can usually go a few days before feeling like this. i have found that with this shampoo I need to wash it daily rather than every other day. I used along with the conditioner, but haven't yet noticed any marked improvement in the condition of my hair. It still breaks very easily, however there are a few less hairs in my brush each day. Overall I find it to be too greasy and not very effective, it seems about the same as coating your hair in vaseline - it might protect it from future damage but doesn't so much to the current damage and leaves it feeling quite sad and lank. Despite this, I would reccommend it - only to someone with very slightly damaged hair rather than badly damaged like mine.
I am both an ebay buyer and seller, so will try and write this review from both sides of the fence. As a seller first of all. I find ebay very easy to use, and after joining was up and running within a very short space of time. They do fiddle about with features quite a bit but you do pick it all up very quickly. The site is easy to navigate and the selling form makes it incredibly easy to list your item with all the information a buyer might need. I like the overall layout of the listing page, although I would prefer if the pictures were bigger or they offered more free pictures. One free picture just isn't enough, and it isn't always worth paying 12-36p for another. The fees can be quite high, especially as you are forced to take paypal which means ebay get a second chunk of your dosh via paypal fees. Do bear in mind that paypal also take a cut of your postage, not just the item price. The ebay messaging system doesn't always work, so communicating with buyers isn't always easy, as messages don't always get through. Despite this, ebay discourage members from speaking off-site, so buyers may get a bit tetchy if you try and email them directly. Ebay actively encourage buyers to report any problems, which is a great feature if there really are problems, but this can make buyers a bit trigger happy. These reports, or cases, are counted against you as a seller so you really need to make sure you let your buyers know you're holding your hand the whole way through so they don't feel they need to resort to reporting to ebay. I would not use ebay as my only selling venue, it's too expensive and too high-risk, however it is good for exposure and building a customer base which you can then direct elsewhere. As a buyer, I have come across a few dodgy sellers but there is always incredible protection and ebay are always happy to help get my money back without any questions asked.
I got this in the argos sale, for about £65. However I do think it is worth the full price (around £90 I think.) It comes with lots of attachments, cutting blades, dough blades, mixing blades, graters, slicers, whisks, you name it it does it! I've not had to use any other gadget since I got it. The bowl is a decent size, it was described as miniature but it really does hold alot. I mainly use the whisks, and it whips things up extremely quickly and evenly. The cutting blades are very sharp and very efficient. The grating blades are also excellent and very quick. The blunt mixing blades are incredibly useful, they do mix things evenly and smoothly and are a real time&mess saver! The blender jug is very big and holds enough juices/smoothies/soups for at least 4 people. It doesn't blend as finely as I would hope for but does do a pretty good job and I use it every morning for smoothies. The only downside is there seems to be a slight smell of burning, I thought this would go away after a few uses but it is still lingering a few months down the line! It's very faint and only appears if you leave it on for over 30-seconds at a time so perhaps I'm just wearing the poor thing out! It's very easy to clean and put away, and very easy to put together again. Overall I would recommend.
I got this camera for around £60 from argos and it has been worth every penny. I use the camera daily to photograph jewellery, so needed something which could handle a lot of usage and had a decent closeup feature. I'm no technical buff, so I'll give it to you simple! It is very easy to use, the instructions are very clear and the basic settings are quickly picked up. It also has built in auto settings for each type of picture you want to take, you simply turn the dial. The camera itself is very robust. I am incredibly clumsy and heavy handed, and have lost all my old cameras to dropping them on the floor (repeatedly.) This one is very sturdy and has a few scratches and bumps but still works perfectly! Great for someone and clumsy as me! The picture quality is beautiful, very crisp and clear and the closeup is just as good. Images seem as clear as they do in real life. The only thing I find issue with, is the colour seems a little off, things turn out a little on the blue side - but this may be due to my lack of technical knowledge. I have everything set to auto. But this is nothing which can't be corrected once the pictures are on the computer. The video quality isn't as good, I find it very grainy and dark, even when taking videos outside in daylight. As far as battery consumption, I get through 4 x energizer lithium batteries per month, using it daily for 1-2 hours. The camera has lasted me almost a year so far and I can see it lasting me a good while yet. A great little buy!
I originally used the jet black pencil, and have recently switched to the black-brown after the black was discontinued. The black-brown gives an amazingly natural colour, it is almost black but a much more natural shade, it would look okay on people with both jet black hair or very dark brown. My own eyebrows are blonde-brown and the pencil doesn't look too harsh, some can give an overly 'drawn-on' effect on light eyebrows. The pencil itself is a perfect consistency, it glides on without leaving too much residue, some pencils can seem quite crayony and thick. This pencil leaves a very light mark, so you only use as much as you wish. The little brush is quite handy for neatening up any stray hairs and blending the pencil into your own eyebrow for a more natural look. It is quite rough though and can scratch some of the pencil away if you're not very careful. The pencil lasts a very long time, they usually last me about 2 months even when used every day. Highly recommended!
I have very dry skin on my hands, so get through a lot of hand creams. I wanted to find something cheap and cheerful, and at first glance this seemed perfect. The packaging is attractive, it's a pretty bright pink colour which looks nice in your handbag or on your shelf. The cream itself is very greasy, and I would recommend only using a tiny bit at a time or your hands do stay quite oily. I'm a person who uses my hands a lot so this was one of the downsides for me, I hate waiting for creams to soak in properly. However, it is more absorbent than a lot of other hand creams. The smell is neither pleasant nor unpleasant, it's a bit medical and masked by an odd floral smell. It is quite strong and hung around for a little while. My hands seemed softer for an hour or so, but as soon as I washed them there was no difference. I continued to use the cream for a few weeks but there was no real improvement, and I needed to reapply every couple of hours. It seems to be more of a barrier than actually doing anything to the skin. Overall I would not recommend to anyone who is looking for a hand cream which will really soften your hands, but for cheap day to day cream for someone who has fairly good skin already, it seems like a nice enough product.