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I've always had a traditional upright hoover with my last one being a panasonic. However after its tilt function broke my boyfriend decided to surprise me with a Dyson DC25. It's not the animal version though(it's the orange one) but it is multi floor.
My boyfriend got a really good deal on Pixmania and paid £180.00 for it several months ago. He also did this through topcashback.co.uk and from memory he received another 5% cashback on it so overall a bit of a bargain as this can retail anything from £250.00 in the shops.
The suction power is very good, however I have noticed that on my deep pile carpet it does struggle to pick up cotton and also jumper fluff. Having said that what I do like about it is that you have the option to turn off the brushes on the rollers. This is great as I have a sheepskin rug and also a pure wool rug so with these off this avoids the long hair getting stuck and it is a real improvement to my old hoover.
What does put me off is the fact you can see all the dirt and dust in the barrel which does detach easily for you to empty but I'll be honest and say that I always get my boyfriend to do this as its not a job I relish... I would rather not see everything and do prefer the bag in this instance.
As for the attachment, it is very compact and does pack away all rather nicely. I do have a bugbear with the hose though. As the first part of the hose (about 40cm) is hard plastic when I hoover the stairs I find it quite hard as its not flexible. My old hoover only had about 10cm hard plastic so this was alot more flexible. What I end up doing is hoover about 3 stairs in front of me so that its easier. The hose is long but it only just gets to the last step on the top of the stairs. Again my old hoover did have a longer hose...
Whilst the ball option does appear to be handy I can't say that I've noticed the benefits of this compared to my old hoover. In fact I would agree with one of the previous reviews which does warn you that it might hurt your wrist after a while and I can confirm that if you're not too careful you can twist your wrist and it starts to ache...either that or I'm not using it properly!
Having said all the above though, do I regret replacing my old hoover? No... for me the suction far outweighs any of the disadvantages..
I rented this DVD recently as I'd seen the trailers when it was originally released and it did look quite funny.... little did I know that the trailers showed the only funny parts of the film!
The storyline is based on a journalist (the lovely Ewan McGregor) who is about to be dumped by his childhood sweetheart and now wife. He decides that he needs to go out into the big wide world to find the big story to prove himself to his wife. The big wide world meaning Iraq.
Before he goes, he interviews what some of us may call 'a nutter' who claims that he worked for the US Military in their physic department alongside some other 'talented' individuals...
Ewan doesn't quite get into Iraq before he crosses the path of one of these 'talented' individuals (coincidence eh?) in the form of George Clooney who then takes him into Iraq and the story then starts... George Clooney then talks him through his past in the US Military and you are subjected to some of the flashbacks to the bygone era...
The acting was good as you would expect from the calibre of actors involved, however the plot was very weak and there were several points where I was tempted to switch it off... if it wasn't for the fact that I was curious to see how it would all end I would have..
I'm really not sure what all the hype about if I'm honest.... it wasn't that funny and the plot (whilst a bit odd) didn't really capture me either...
I rented this DVD a few weeks ago. It is a light hearted family movie and agree whole heartedly with the previous review that its quite refreshing to see a wholesome family movie.
Without giving too much away, the family are all co-workers who are put in a new neighbourhood in a lovely house with lots of lovely things inside. They are tasked to sell whatever brands they are asked to by their employer. To the outside world, they are just a normal family and inevitably their friends and neighbours end up trying to 'keep up with the joneses'. There is a twist to the story which does make you think about the impact of branding and I must admit I didn't see the twist coming!
I've not heard of Amber Heard (the daughter) and Ben Hollingsworth (the son) before however the quality of acting was very good and believable. Demi Moore played a great role as the 'mother' and also the mentor for her 'husband' David Duchovny who was new to the job.
Putting essentially strangers together makes for some interesting dynamics and there are some funny moments in the film as well as some sad ones however this is an easy going film and great for a Sunday afternoon!
I've owned my iPhone for the last 2 months.... Originally I was happy to wait until my upgrade in March 2011 but after my boyfriend got one, I found I was borrowing it and become rather sulky when I had to give it back!
I'm on the Orange contract and when I bought mine I was able to get the 16GB with unlimited text, limited phonecalls and enough surfing time to keep me happy. All I had to pay for the phone was £29.00 plus the £35.00 a month for my contract..
**The phone itself**
I did look at the iPhone 4 but found that the 3GS was alot more rounded on the corners and generally felt nicer to hold. You can have in black or white but I went for the black one. It is actually black and silver with the apple sign on the back in silver along with what the phone is. The black is high gloss so I imagine that it would scratch very easily... I didn't want to find out so promptly bought a plastic cover to protect it. Most of the front of the phone is screen as shown in the picture above. It has an indented button on the front down the bottom to enable you to return to the menu. The on/off button is on the top of the phone and your sim card is held (rather ingeniously I thought) in the top of the phone too. Having said that its not easy to get out and they provide you with what can only be described as an expensive paper clip which you press in a little hole and your SIM card pops out... The charger goes in a slot at the bottom and this also acts as an extension for your headphones which I like as it avoids having to carry around endless wires!
**What does it do**
It would probably be quicker to tell you what it doesn't do! (Although I'm hoping that an app will be invented to remote control my dyson) it pretty much does everything you would want from a phone and a computer... It has applications (referred to as apps) which you can download and use. I have several favourites: crazy birds (game) nectar card, google, lovefilm and solitaire... My bank also has an app so it makes banking on the move alot easier.
Essentially the apps are built for the iphone so that you can easily view something. For example, you can access the internet as usual but you end up having to shrink the screens in and out so you can view better but with an app it sizes down to fit the iphone and makes it alot easier... my banking app is a great example of this.
It also has a camera but I don't rate this. My old Sony Ericcson was alot better so I wouldn't rely on this for holiday pictures.
It has a touch screen which when I'm texting I do find that my fingers overlap and I end up pressing the wrong letter. After 2 months of use I still don't seem to be getting any better at it. The only thing which does help is that if you start typing a word it will come up with a potential word which if you have spelt something wrong is a great help. But I must admit the keyboard is still a bug bear with me.
You can turn the phone and the screen will move to either portrait or landscape view too. You can zoom in and out of screens really easily too
I have only had it for 2 months and its not gone wrong yet! I appreciate its still early days though! The internet connection both when I'm wireless on my home connection and also out and about has been very responsive. It is actually quicker than my computer at home so I do tend to use it alot more
I love this phone... I'm not a techie but even I'm impressed! Even my 67 year old mother has shown interest in it... need I say anymore!
I've been drinking the caffeine free diet coke for years. The only time I go for the full caffeine effect is when I can't get hold of caffeine free and I can't taste any different between the two.
The reason that I tried it was because I found the 'full fat' version gave me tooth ache as it was so sweet. So I moved onto diet. I then discovered that caffeine contributed to cellulite! It was at this point that I immediately moved onto caffeine free as I tend to drink about 6 cans in a week.
Has it helped in the cellulite area? I really couldn't comment as I did start to change my diet generally and also started to exercise so maybe it did and maybe it didn't help!
Very rarely do I see the caffeine free variety in bottles but I do buy it in multipacks for the cans in Sainsburys. They tend to have offers on at regular intervals. 2 boxes of 10 (the fridge size) can be had for £5.00 (usually around £4.00 for 1) in these offers or they do a buy one get one free on the 6 packs (these are usually around £3.00)
Other than the taste difference between full fat and diet (which I'm sure some people probably notice more than others) there is also the calories as a can of 330ml diet coke is 0.5 calories and 0g of fat. This is great news for when you are dieting.
Diet coke can be drunk on its own or as a mixer so its also very versatile! But the only concern I do have is about the enamel on my teeth as its a fizzy drink and drinking these in abundance could have a negative effect (and the fact it has citric acid in the ingredients makes me a bit nervous)so I have tried to reduce my intake more recently...
I enjoy the taste of it but for the sake of this review I think its difficult to describe it. It's a bit like marmite... you either love it or hate it... but I would suggest that you try it!
I watched this on DVD last night.
I had been wanting to watch this film since it came out but never got round to it and with Tim Burton directing I had high hopes..
The film is based on the books 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking Glass' and the storyline follows this more or less. Alice has been having dreams since she was young and when she is invited to her own engagement party, she starts to see the White Rabbit... Before you know it she follows the rabbit and ends up down the rabbit hole..
She then discovers that her dreams may not have been dreams at all and so the story progresses.
There are lots of famous names in this production... Johnny Depp as the mad hatter, Barbara Windsor as the doormouse, Alan Rickman as the caterpillar and Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat to name but a few..
The graphics in this were excellent. The queen of hearts card guards really grabbed me and the forest was quite dark and eerie and very believable.
Alice was played by an actress that I hadn't heard or seen of before and I think that she played the part particularly well. Alice and the Mad Hatter predominantly took centre stage and Johnny Depp was as aloof and spectacular as usual..Although I did find the white witch a bit odd!
After watching the film I did feel quite disappointed. However on reflection I'm not sure what more I would have expected. This film was in typical Tim Burton style and the story didn't detract from the original that much.
Maybe I was expecting a bit more of a twist or maybe I have finally grown out of Alice in Wonderland...?
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Radley was born in 1998 and for those of you who haven't heard of it, it is essentially a brand known for its handbags.
Radley also have purses, umbrellas, passport holders, keyrings and other similiar accessories. How do you tell its a Radley? Because there will normally always be a little dog (which I think is a Westie) hanging from the handbag or sewn onto the purse... If its a Radley the dog will be around somewhere on the item!
The best thing for me about Radley is that its a British company based in London. I come over all patriotic whenever I purchase something...!
The price of a Radley item does not come cheap however. A small leather handbag can cost anywhere from £80.00 with an average price of around £150.00 for a decent size one. Having said that I have noticed that they are popping up in more outlets now so you can pick up a bargain. I actually have a big holdall with wheels and it retailed at £130.00 but at an outlet centre I paid £75.00 so I was really pleased with this.
The holdall is very good quality and has several zips and compartments. It also has separate bags for putting your dirty laundry and shoes which are nice touches which make it feel a bit more luxurious.
I also own a Radley bag but I must admit it doesn't come out that often as its quite a traditional black handbag and when I first got it I took it to work with me all the time, but since then newer designs have tempted me!
I also own a couple of purses. I have a little coin purse which I paid £12.00 at the outlet and I believe this retails at £20.00 and I also have a large purse which I have owned for about 3 years now and it still looks as good as new... From memory I think I paid about £38.00 for it.. It has a big zip section and there is a flap with space for around 12 cards in it..which is essential when there are so many loyalty cards these days!
Radley is a brand which you buy when you want to treat yourself or you want a good quality bag. There are funkier bags out there but there is just something about owning a Radley....
The dior lip gloss palette's are usually a special edition which are launched each year so they do change in design and colour. They come in a keyfob/bag charm style but are usually very heavy so they aren't actually that practical although they look very pretty!
I have bought 2 of these and they retail for around £35.00. The first one I bought was in a silver heart shape locket style with lots of tassles and sparkly bits on it... when you opened the heart shape locket it had two lip gloss colours in it and a mirror. The colours are a deep red and a plum colour which probably aren't to everyones taste though..
The downside is that its very small and the tassles around the palette get in the way and I dipped one in my lip gloss by accident. However the lip gloss goes on really well and does have a nice shine to it. It is a solid lip gloss so you do have to apply with a brush which doesn't come with this edition, but once its on it tends to stay on fairly well but does come off with hot drinks and food..
The most recent one I bought last year and its in a rectangle shape pallette in gold with Dior written on the front in cubic zirconia so looks very luxurious and expensive. The palette seems larger than the heart although maybe not as deep but it has two colours again which are pink and this time you also get a lip brush with it so it really does make a great compact lip palette for your handbag...
They both come in velvet pouches which protects them however the gold one has slightly tarnished although the silver one still looks as good as new.
They do make great compact lip palettes but they are quite heavy especially the one I bought last year so it does weigh down your bag a bit.
What I like about these is that they change them each year but they are a really unique addition to your handbag and the actual quality of the lip gloss is very good and what you would expect from Dior
For some reason or another I had a bit of an addiction to Christian Dior so when my usual Bodyshop shimmer run out, I decided to opt for a CD replacement.
At a price of £38.00 compared to my Bodyshop £14.00 it is very expensive but at the end of the day its Dior!
The product itself comes in a box which when you open it, there is a black velvet type pouch which then contains the shimmer powder compact. The compact itself has Dior written in it in silver on the front and when you tip the compact you can see a hologram of CD underneath the Dior sign (this is why you pay the extra!)
Its easy enough to open as there is a 'button' at the front which you press in and it releases the lid which you then open... Inside the lid is a mirror and in the base is the shimmer powder... There is no powder brush with this product though, which I must admit is now becoming a regular thing with Dior products much to my annoyance...
There are two colours to choose from: Rose Diamond which as the name suggests has pinks/mauves/pearl/plum/soft pink and Amber Diamond whch has ivory/champagne/tan/bronze/peach. I have the Amber colour..
The colour palette starts off pale on the left and then gets darker as it goes across to the right... The product is essentially a pressed powder which is enriched with Jeweled Microdust (hence the name) There are five tones within each colour palette which highlight your complexion.
As for application, it depends what you use it for.
The best thing about this product is how versatile it is... you can use it as an all over bronzer on your face or on your chest or decolletage... you can also use one or several of the colours as eyeshadow, blusher or highlighter. Having said that it does shimmer well so I wouldn't use it for daytime myself unless it was subtly used on my eyes or cheeks...
I've had my palette for just over a year now (I think!) and there is still alot left..Admittedly I don't use it all the time but it did get alot of use last summer so I've been really pleased with how little you seem to use. I also find that it does last all night once applied on your face although it doesn't last as long on my eyes..
Is it worth the price? Well...it looks lovely in my make up case and it does do what its supposed to...so if your a slave to labels I would say yes but I must admit my Bodyshop alternative did hold its own so maybe in this economic climate I'll go back to my cheaper version when I run out..
I'll give you the bad news on this product first... its the price... its £5.29 for 250ml from Boots... this does seem a little excessive especially once you add your conditioner on.... There are deals on every now and then in Boots but not as often as I like but I suppose the reason that you're reading this review is to find out if its worth it...!
Firstly, it comes in a nice looking bottle as per the picture above. It has a lid which just pulls off and it has a pump action... now the pump action isn't the easiest and when you have wet hands it makes it even harder. The first time you use it you need to turn the pump round to 'click' it into place and I always struggle if I'm honest but once you have mastered this you are good to go... well almost..
To get the shampoo out you just need to pump it.. all well and good when its full but when it starting to get empty it can cause problems and I end up throwing it around the bathroom in disgust...With wet hands it just ends up turning into something you would see on a Chinese Game Show...I have long thick hair so you need quite a lot and it takes ages..in the end I just unscrew the pump bit and just get it straight out the bottle...simples!
That's the packaging out the way...what about the product? Well I tend to find that the first wash doesn't cause any lather at all, but when I go in for the second wash I get alot more lather... it does appear to rinse out easily enough but I always add conditioner and stick my head under the cold tap to give it a good blaster so I don't tend to have issues with product staying in my hair..
The shampoo is supposed to maximise the straightening effect and protect from heat damage...now I do have confession as I do have pretty much straight hair but I do always use straightners to calm it down a little bit as it can go frizzy on the ends (not a good look)..
This shampoo does seem to calm my hair down a bit but I'll be honest I can't see any difference in the overall appearance and for £5.29 I would want to see a visible difference... even after using the whole bottle it still doesn't seem to look different...but it does smell nice!
If I could get away with writing a review which just said 'These pies are fabulous... you just have to buy them'... I would... but that doesn't really tell you much!
I'm not a huge meat eater, but there are occasions when its always handy to have a pie in the freezer on standby... The pies are usually around £1.50 each in Sainsburys so I tend to buy them when they are on special offer... as I type they are on offer at 2 for £2.50... this is the second week too so needless to say I have acquired a few of the different flavours...
Pukka do several flavours including steak and kidney, beef and onion and chicken and mushroom. I do like the all steak but my preference is the beef and onion if I'm honest...
You can freeze these pies and thats what I tend to do. You can also cook them from frozen which takes about 50 minutes but I must admit that I always tend to defrost them and cook them in the oven for around 25 minutes... They come in foil containers which you just place on a baking tray and pop in the oven...
When they are done, you just take them out of their foil container et voila! The pies have puff pastry lids which even after freezing still come out very well... They are quite deep pies at around 2 inches deep and if you buy them from your local chippie, they do taste exactly the same...!
The filling can be varied I've found...most of the time you get a fairly good quantity of meat but I have had a couple where you end up fishing around...these may have just been rogue ones... I find the sauce the steak in very thick and flavoursome and end up using as a gravy on my potatoes (or chips) when I cut the pie open...
The base of the pie can be a bit stodgy though in comparison to the puff pastry but it does keep the contents in... I must admit that with some other brands you find that the lids lift off when you cook them in the oven but this doesn't happen with these...
I'm not sure I would ever pay full price for these, but definitely a good staple food item to keep on standby....
The only reason I bought this particular model was because a friend of mine had done ALOT of research when they bought one and when I borrowed it, I actually really liked it and ended up buying one myself... I've owned this model for over a year after having the first one replaced by Tom Tom due to a malfunction and it cost me £229.00 from Halfords online...
It comes with a holder to attach it to your windscreen along with a charger for the car and a stand to attach to your computer to do your updates... It doesn't come with a carrier so mine currently lives in a little handbag that I used to use... much to the annoyance of my boyfriend when he has to use it...!
You can join up to Tom Tom online and this will give you some free updates but you do have to pay for most of the good maps both in the UK and abroad and these start around £8.00 which I think is actually quite expensive so I've not actually done myself..
The device is really easy to operate...you keep your finger on the on button and it turns on... you do have to be a little patient as it isn't immediate though but still only a few seconds...
Mine takes me straight into the location of where I am but all I have to do to access the menu is touch the screen...this Tom Tom has lots of features where you can do map corrections, prepare your route, add your favourites, use it to play media or audio books (yes really!) There is also Tom Tom traffic, itinerary planning (if you go to more than one place) and also you can add your mobile phone to it as it has blue tooth and acts as a hands free...
One of the best things is the Advanced lane guidance which is great if you get confused by lots of lanes! As you approach a junction from a motorway or A road, it will actually enlarge the road and show all the lanes and flash which one you will need to avoid any confusion...
You can also turn the sound up and down by touching the bottom right hand side of the screen and if you want your navigator to repeat an instruction you touch the bottom left hand side..
You also have the option to change the background on your Tom Tom when it gets dark and this will happen automatically once you have picked your background as there are several options.. You can also change the narrator to either a boy or girl and I believe you can download celebrities but I've never done that...You can also change the type of car showing on the sat nav.... so essentially you have the freedom to set this up to your own specification within its quite large boundaries...
The question you all want to know though is whether it does successfully get you to your destination? Well I've only been taken to the middle of a housing estate once... and this was as a result of one its features where you can opt to be taken to a point of interest and we needed a petrol station rather quickly.... The fact we ended up in a housing estate didn't please us too much but when we got back on the main road we did come across one... but I have no idea what happened there! This is the only time it has failed us and we have taken it all over the country and into Scotland so it does work....
As I mentioned above this is the second one I had... the first one just froze on me and I had had it almost a year so luckily I managed to get it exchanged before it ran out...however Tom Tom's customer service was excellent... I had emailed them the issue via my online Tom Tom Home account and within 4 days, they had sent me out a box to send it back in which was collected by their courier and I had received a replacement (which I think has more features than my old one as it does look a bit different!)
There were no quibbles from Tom Tom as to how it had frozen up (being the techno phobe I am it could have been me that caused it to freeze) and I have never experienced such excellent service like it...
Needless to say my partner has traded in his Road Angel and now uses my Tom Tom!
I have a few Avon products and this is one of them.. I have the snow storm colour which is silver and black. The colour trend range is the cheaper avon range so great for buying colours to experiment with..
The duo eyeshadow is £4.25 either online or from your local rep. However they are always doing deals so worth keeping an eye out for these as I got a free lip gloss with mine! This range comes in 9 different colour shades which includes blues, browns, greens, purple and pink and the silver and black that I have..
The shadow is in a round fairly flat container and is quite small so great for putting in your handbag... the lid is clear so you can visibly see the colours inside and the lid clips off which I found easier than my Revlon!
It's a powder shadow which I do prefer and I tend to apply this with a brush. I tend to use the silver more than the black as I use it as a highlighter... I must admit if I am going to use eyeshadow I tend to use either one or three colours so I tend to mix these with other eyeshadows I use..
Having said that the black is quite dark and it does blend well with a purple one that I have... As for staying power, I will build up my eyeshadow and wear quite a bit so it stays on all night and this eyeshadow is no exception...
For me though, I do prefer my eyeshadows to come with their own applicators or maybe a mirror and this has neither but perhaps for the price that's why...
I'm one of those people who seems to collect eyeshadows... I use them a few times and then they get discarded and this product is no exception...
The reason I bought it was because it had a gorgeous deep but bright blue colour. This was alongside a green, brown and a bronze colour...
The eyeshadows come in a row with a see through plastic lid so you can see the colours you are buying. The lid should clip off but I must admit that I always have trouble opening it and I end up sending the whole thing flying... having said that, with it being creme eyeshadow it doesn't go everywhere like powder does..
As for application, it does state to use fingertips but I use a brush and it goes on just as easy... I tend to wear eyeshadow on my lid and also all round my eye including the bottom of my eye aswell to give a bold look... I don't tend to wear it up to my brow..
I found that this stayed on quite well... it does feel quite greasy but it didn't crease that much as other reviewers have stated but that may be because of the fact I don't wear too much of it over the crease of my eye and upwards... it definitely stayed on all night without any touch up..
However, I'll admit that I do prefer a powder eyeshadow as the creme does feel heavy on your lids and you are aware that you are wearing eye makeup which you don't tend to get with powder..
I've owned this product for around a year and I've still got the same bottle... admittedly I don't use it every day but I do use in a couple of times a month if not more...
I originally bought this to try out a liquid eyeliner as I like the way you can create smoky eyes and flicks with it, however as a trial I didn't want to spend alot so I bought this from Boots for around £3.00 from memory..
For a complete beginner, its a really good product to start with... the bottle itself is very small, it doesn't state how many ml it contains but I envisage its not that much...!
The brush is one of the best things about this. The lid is very long and thin so you can hold it like a pencil for application. When first starting out I would suggest that you lean on a hard surface so it helps keep your hand steady. The brush is quite stiff but very thin so you can get a really good line.
The product itself is quite liquid so you don't have to drag the brush across to get a decent line which can also drag your eyelid...not a good look!
A warning though is that it dries really quickly, and by quickly I mean within about 10 seconds so if you do make a mistake have a wet wipe very close at hand. If it has dried it does come off fairly easily but it does send it quite black around the area so you're better off just cleaning off all the eye make up and start again.
I have only used the black colour and it is a really nice dark black but I believe they do other colours..