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I purchased a Pop up brush from avon thinking I could..well...pop it in my hand bag to have handy when I needed to brush my hair whilst out and about.
The fold away brush is great to look at, a brilliant idea..it fits neatly in your handbag only slightly longer than a credit card and about an inch and a half wide. The brush folds in half, when opened at the hinge it is ore like an ordinary if not smallish hairbrush. The rubber section where the bristles sit curves out and the handle has a mirror set in it. This is all brilliant....
However once I came to use the hairbrush on my fine straight hair, the brush section came unplugged from the handle, it was easy to fix but every time it caught the slightest snag on my hair it fell apart again, now I do not have very thick hair at all it is straight and rarely knots, this brush was totally useless to me.
It cost £3.50 which at the time I thought was pretty cheap but I am not impressed with this item at all! Not a good buy!
I had seen several mineral powders on the market, I fancied trying one but as I didnt really know what to expect from them I didnt want to pay a lot of money.
I came across the Avon Mineral powder foundation in a brochure a couple of years ago now, I seem to think I payed around £3/£4 for it, although now I am pretty sure it is around the £10 mark.
I was impressed with the size of the container, quite a bit larger than the other brands I had seen. It has a flip lid with a tiny mirror, I find this mirror pretty useless really, just too small. You tip the pot over with the lid closed of course, the pot dispenses a perfect amount as if by magic!
I swirl a full chunky brush in the powder give it a little tap on the side of the pot just to remove the excess, then swirl the powder on to my face starting from my nose working out over my cheeks chin and forehead, I build the powder up over areas where more coverage is needed. It works without looking too heavy.
I think I must have been using this foundation on and off now for around 3 years, I have only ever purchased three pots, I think this stuff seems endless.
I like the feel of the foundation, my skin feels like it can still breath under it, it does not sit in open pores or clog pores etc I find the freshly applied look lasts for a good few hours and I usually fust sweep a little over my face as the day goes on just to freshen my make up a little, it works without building up too heavy.
I would recommend this powder foundation to anyone of any age who does not need heavy coverage, if you have a pretty clear even complexion this is for you.
I needed a metallic nail polish for over christmas, I am generally a bit of a nail polish snob, I like my big brands OPI and Nails Inc being my favourite. A quick browse through my Avon catalogue and I came across Avon Nailwear Pro Nail Enamel.
The claims are:-
that it is fortified with acrylic gel for extra strength.
12 days of lasting colour.
10 days of shine
and a nick-resistant finish
The bottle is 12ml in size and the enamel comes in up to 30 colours.
At £2.50 on offer from £6 I thought this seemed a bargain buy.
I purchased a bottle in Starry Sky a metallic silver. The bottle is square so impossible to roll in your hands as you are supposed to do with nail polish to mix the colour, shaking encourages air bubbles to form! Upon opening the bottle the odour is pretty overpowering, really strong! The brush is great you can apply using 3 strokes and it applies the polish neat and even.
I applied one coat the first time I used the polish it dried really quickly within seconds. I thought the polish looked great and was happy with the appearance of one coat. However it seemed to wear away. Not chip just fade in places. The next time I used the polish I applied 2 coats and was really happy with it, it stayed neat and didnt chip for several days, as it started to look a little dull I applied another coat around 3 days later, The shine came back.
When it came to removing the polish it was really easily wiped away with a little nail polish remover.
I think this was a great purchase, I now apply 2 coats everytime and I am really happy with it.
I love mascara, I think it is my dessert island item.
I have lots of long lashes, however I am blond so without mascara they are pretty much none-existent. Hence I need and rely on lashings of mascara, my theory being more is definatley more!!!!
I discovered Avon Super shock mascara a few weeks ago, it generally retails at £8.50 although I think I paid around £4 for mine so didnt have much to lose!
The 10ml tube is huge, I think this represents the effect of the mascara. The claim is up to 12 x more volume, the wand is pretty large with a long bristle area, the bristles are quite close together and there are lots of them.
I love the effect this mascara has from the minute I start apply it, it clings to my lashes separating and lengthening them, the second coat builds up lovely clinging to the previous layer, I generally put another coat over that one for a real black false lash effect.
I am chuffed to bits with how this mascara looks, and whatsmore....it lasts and lasts. It looks as good at the end of the day as it does when I apply it in the morning.
The mascara is not waterproof and washes off pretty easily, it does not irritate my sensitive eyes either.
I would recommend any mascara lover to try this and I am pretty much certain you will love it too.
Well absolutely everyone was talking about it so I had to get me one...50 shades of Grey!!
I have heard so many mixed reviews on this book but so many people are reading it there is bound to be a massive difference in opinion.
The story is basically about an extremly rich man who seduces an innocent young virgin. Mr Christian Grey meets young Anastasia Steel purely by accident, he is a dominating man who likes to have total control over his women..his submissives.
If you can see beyond the sex (there is a lot of it and yes it is pretty hot) the story is fantastic.
There is obviously so much more to Mr Grey than meets the eye, I feel he has had something happen in his childhood that has made him the dominating man that he is. However Miss Steel has got under his skin, he is falling in love with her. A first for Mr Grey who has had several submissives but none like Ana.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and didnt want to put it down, I was quite upset when I finished it. I am really afraid of giving any of the story away by saying too much. In my opinion it is definately worth a read I am now a few chapters in to the next of the trilogy and am finding this one just a good.
Watch this space!!!
I saw this snuggimals toy in our local Home Bargains, at £3.99 I couldnt resist buying one as a treat for my 2 year old who loves anything cute and cuddly. I saw cats and dogs but apparently there is a rabbit version also available.
I settled on the cute little cream kitten for Jamie. In the kennel shaped box the kitten was laid on its back looking up and playing with a card board toy when you stroked it. Once out of the packaging the kitten lays in an adult size palm quite neatly and when you stroke its tummy it gives a wiggle about! Although really sweet to look at the kitten is not very cuddly as it has the mechanics under its fabric 'skin'. Jamie still managed to fall in love with the kitten for a week or so, now it lives at the bottom of his bed coming out to play when he remembers it is there.
The kitten requires a AA battery this has lasted quite a while, so far it has only had the original one in.
Although cute and kitten like this toy does grind and whir when it moves about and it does not feel as cuddly soft as it looks due to the workings inside.
I dont think my little man has ever watched toy story all the way through, however his big sister has and she is the one that usually convinces me Jamie needs the next Toy Story toy she spots. Jamie already had Buzz Woody and Jessie and his favourite Rex when Ellie decided he 'needed' an alien.
I like to think of myself as a pretty savvy shopper, so true to form I hung on until I dropped on a bargain...
Just before christmas last year Amazon were doing lightening deals, I managed to drop on an Alien, this was not fust any Alien, he had an added bonus...his eyes light up. So to me that meant a built in nightlight. Generally retailing around £30 I managed to buy the Alien for £7.99 including postage. Bargain! I did have a lot of trouble with the delivery company Amazon chose to use but when he finally did arrive I was impressed.
The Alien is over a foot in height, much bigger than I expected, but still a nice size for a two year old to hug. He is lovely bright colours this makes him really attractive to a toddler,standing out from his other toys. He has three eyes around the size of ping pong balls, when you squeeze his hand his eyes light up, this is very easy to do, Jamie manages it pefectly well. The light will stay on for around 15 minutes unless you press his hand again to switch it off. Now if I am totally honest at first this does look pretty scary, especially in a dark room, three eyes can be a bit freaky!!!!
Jamie has got used to seeing the three eyes now and this Alien has become one off his favourite bedtime friends.
I feel this was a fantastic buy, especially at £7.99 however I dont think it is worth the higher RRP, he needs 2 AA batteries these are still the original ones still going strong after 6 months. He also still looks pretty much good as new, considering the hugs he endures I think this is pretty good going.
My daughter recieved this little tykes drum when she was about 2, she absolutely loved it, she played with it on and off for a good few years until it worked its way in to the attic. Then along came Jamie, he is now 2 and the drum has come down from the attic and believe me he has put it to the test. Ellie has taught Jamie to bash the beat of we will rock you in to the drum! They sing along while Jamie bangs his drum, and boy does he bang his drum!!! Jamie also like to stand on the top to reach things etc and it has stood up to this also!
The drum is luckily very sturdy, it is made from a very tough plastic, as are most little tykes toys. It has a strong plastic skin (I think that is what you call the banging part) this skin really has taken some beatings and has stood up to them without a trace of damage. I like that the drum sticks are on a string at either side of the drum, this is the only reason why the drum sticks are still around, I am sure they would have disappeared years ago if it was not for this! The string is long enough to reach the drum top and bottom (both sides can be hit) however it is not long enough that it can do any damage to a child, health and safety n all that. The drum also has a moulded area where the drum sticks easily clip in and out.
Both my kids have had so much fun out of this drum, they still are, I think it was well worth the money, I seem to think it was around £10 back when Ellie was little and is still around that price now.
Recommended for any budding drummer!
I always wanted this game as a kid but my mum always said it was too noisy and didnt do much.....so I rebelled and purchased a game for my daughter when she was about 5, we spent many a hour playing the game and making as much noise as we possibly could....because we could!!!
The idea of the game is to spring your hippos tail so that his head lunges forward and catches one of the balls placing it in your section, the winner is of course the one with the most balls at the end of the game. Dont expect too much from this game it is just fun and noise and more fun!
My 2 year old boy has now discovered the 'hippo game' as he calls it, now jamie is quite a destructive little man, if something can be broken he will break it. However so far so good this game has stood up to even the toughest toddler, obviously we watch him like a hawk as the white balls are just a nice size to form a choking hazard, so far again so good, touch wood!
Anyway Jamie loves this game now, we sit on the floor and have noisy fun play with this game, he manages to spring the hippos tail although he doesnt quite get the idea of healthy competition yet so basically he always wins!
I would recommend this game to any parent who doesnt mind their kids having fun making noise and getting away from the tv screen!
I am a cider drinker, I like the traditional woodpecker and strongbow as well as the new pear ciders etc I am not brand loyal and tend to buy which ever is on the best offer at the time!
When Stella first brought out their own brand of cider..sorry...CIDRE. I had to try it, it was on offer in a lot of supermarkets at £1 a bottle, bargain.
The bottles are the usual strong thick heavy cider bottles with a removable metal cap. The label is metallic with the Stella logo, stating that it is belgian cider made with hand picked apples. The bottle contains 568ml of a dark honey coloured liquid, the alchohol strength is 4.5% making a bottle 2.6 uK units.
I open the bottle and poor into a glass the cider is quite fizzy but doesnt bubble everywhere like a lot of ciders do, sometimes they can be quite gassy like a lager. I think the flavour is really pleasant, you can definately taste the apples unlike some others that have quite a chemically taste, it is very smooth and clean tasting.
I tend to drink it straight from the fridge, I dont want to risk water the flavour down with ice, it does reccomend that it is poured over ice, and besides ice cold hurts my teeth.
I purchased my latest box of Stella Cidre from asda priced at £9 for 8 botttles I think this is pretty reasonable, especially compared to the prices of a lot of the new ciders.
I would reccomend Stella cidre to anyone who enjoys cider and wants a smooth crisp refreshing drink.
We have been visiting Yorkshire Wildlife Park for around 10 years now, the changes that have taken place are amazing. It started out as Brockholes farm, a riding centre that welcomed visitors to the farm. It had the usual horse pigs and occasionally had things like Raccoons etc.
However a couple of years ago things changed, the little farm became Yorkshire Wildlife park (YWP)!!
The park is situated approximately 10 mins from junction 3 off the M18, it is well signposted with usual visitor attraction brown signs from pretty much everywhere in Doncaster. The post code for sat nav is DN46TB off Warning Tongue Lane. The park entrance greets you with a large Gate and sign indicating YWP! A long tar mac road brings you to a pretty rough car park, it is quite full of pot holes and gravelly but hey the money is going to the animals at the minute. There is an overflow car park to and this is used quite often on busy days.
You enter the park via a log cabin area prices are as follows
Senior Citizen/Student * £10.99
Disabled Adult ** £7.00
Child (aged 3 --15 ) *** £9.99
Children (under 3) Free
Disabled Child ** £5.00
Official Carer **** £2.00
£40 (£35 Renewal) for an adult
£35 (£30 Renewal) for an Senior citizen
£35 (£30 Renewal) for a child (age 3 -15 inclusive).
We have the annual passes as they work out really good value after 3 visits to the park they have more than paid for themselves, the park is only 3 miles from our house, so it is ideal to drop in for an hour or we quite often spend a day there.
Now on to the park....
as you enter the park you enter a paved area with a play barn with 3 slides, socks and long sleeves are required to ride, dont forget, then the kids will not be dissapointed. There is also a coffee bar a sensory pod ( this needs to be pre-booked) and a young children play area.
Passing the play barn there is a coffee shop serving snacks and light meals and an ice cream kiosk, toilet picnic benches etc are also available in this area.
The first animals you will come to are the merekats and yellow mongoose, we love watching these funny characters and I often wonder if they feel the same about us. On to the Goats Sheep etc these are in a petting area where you can get up close and stroke the animals, this area is lovely we enjoy this most times we visit. There are hand washing fascilites through out the park and hand sanitizer is available pretty much everywhere.
The Lions are just up the path in a lovely huge area, the pride of Lions was rescued from a zoo in Romania they are now known as the pride of yorkshire, I love the Lions they are so chilled most of the time relaxing in the yorkshire ermm sunshine. However you often hear them roaring, there roars bellow through the park, their way of reminding you that they are there. I am so proud to have the Lions so close to where I live, they are amazing and happy they have an enormouse enclosure that you can walk all the way round. Pretty spetacular!
Over the bridge past the Flamingo pool, lots of ducks geese and half a dozen flamingos in a small natural pond, we spend a while here as my kids love watching the Flamingos ducking their heads in to the pond.
Next is our favourite, MONTY!!!! Monty is a camel that was rescued from a circus. Monty has never seen another camel he does not even know he is a camel, when he first came he was in a bit of a state however now he is healthy happy and stands proud, my 2 year old son wakes up daily asking to go and see Monty, I am sure he actually recognises us now as he always seems to come over to the fence when we are there. He will eventually be introduced to the rest of the camels once breeding season is over.
I dont want to spoil the day by covering and typing about every single animal in the park so now I have told you about Monty I will keep the rest brief....
Wallaby Walkabout is an area where you can again have contact with the Wallabys, the babys hopping in and out of the mothers pouches are a pretty amazing sight.
Lemur woods again is an area where you can walk through with lemurs bouncing around the trees above your head.
Quite a walk through the park takes you past the African Plains lots of African animals and birds dwell together in a huge Plain.
On to the south American area another walk through with Capibara and Squirrel monkeys. There is also a newly opened eating area I think this is beautiful, planted with the kind of plants that smell like you are on holiday, worth taking a picnic just for this, it is just lovely!
Then past a few more camels you come to the Land of the Tiger critcally endangered species of tiger live here, usually sleeping near the waterfalls they are huge and absolutely beautiful, at the end of the Tiger cat walk you will come to Leopard heights new for 2012, the Amur Leopard is the most endangered cat in the world, these live in a large area where you can have eye to eye contact with them either through the glass viewing screen or up on the viewing platform where they can climb on to various tables at the same height. Soon there will be Giraffes at the opposite side of the platform, they are due in the autumn, something to look forward to.
The park also has Painted hunting dogs, Red river hogs, a Skunk has arrived recently, various birds of prey and many other really interesting animals.
Throughout the day at times there are many feeding times and ranger talks etc these are really interesting, although i have heard many of them several times now I never tire of hearing about these amazing animals. The bird of prey display is alone worth a visit to the park.
For the children and the big kid in you there is an enormous wooden play area, built in the middle of a beautiful blue bell wood conservation area this is a great place for the kids to let off steam, as we have passes we often visit just to see Monty and come to the play area. ( tonight we spent a good half hour watching the baby rabbits running between the african plains and the bluebells, this place is ever changing)
We love the park and visit really often, we have definately had our moneys worth from our passes, I think I am as excited as the kids about YWP, I love it, I feel the animals are extremely well looked after, the whole park is clean, the fascilities are fantastic without being too 'in your face' toilets hand washing benches and dustbins are well placed through out the park.
The walkways are gravelly and can get quite dusty in the summer if the weather is dry and the opposite in the winter they get quite sludgy and there is a lot of puddles, I can see how this may be a bit difficult for wheel chairs however although a little difficult we managed with the pushchair. My 2 year old doesnt mind the sludge and puddles, we are quite well known in the park now amongst the rangers as they regularly see him covered head to toe in mud as he loves jumping in the puddles, but hey he is a little boy, we sometimes go just so he can do this. We have visited in all weathers wind rain snow and the occasional sunny day too...I think a day is what you make it, its outdoors so just prepare for the british weather. The winter will bring a play barn which I imagine will be one of the jungle gym type with the large climbing area, so even if the weather is not great I think a good day will still be had.
I think YWP is worth every penny and can see why the prices are as they are, the park is growing and the animal conservation is important.
Just for now I am going to draw my review to a close, I intend to come back and update as things change or if I remember anything I feel is relevant. I hope this review has helped it is an enthusiastic review as it is something I feel prety strongly about. Visit the park I guarantee you will have a lovely day.
I love fabric conditioner...I tend to go for quite sweet smelling ones, Im not too keen on the talcy perfume type.
Comfort never seems to let me down, in particular this range, I have so far tried the Bluebell and Bergamont variety and was perfectly happy with the lovely flowery yet slightly fruity fragrance that seems to last forever, nothing beats that feeling when you climb in to clean sheets that still have the just washed fragrance.
However I have now discovered the new Blushing Poppy and Peach creation. This is beautiful, a fresh very fruity slightly flowery fragrance, I think this is definately my new favourite.....for now....until the next one!
The bottle I purchased was on offer in Asda at £1 well worth it, it contains 750ml or 21 measured doses, I always tend to be a bit heavy handed with fabric conditioner so I dont think I get 21 washes however this is an uneccessary extravagance on my part.
The bottle states that the range has been designed by top international perfume experts..I really do believe this. All of the fragrances in this range are absolutely beautiful, I find that when I dry clothes around the house, the whole house takes on the refreshing fragrances, even when dried on the washing line or in the dryer the fragrance still lingers!
I have totally dwelled on the smell of these fabric conditioner so just a quicky on the effects..my washing is really soft when I use this and even jeans are easy to iron after this has been in the wash so recommended on this part too.
I am a massive fan of these new fragrances from comfort, I am looking forward to working my way through the whole range and will no doubt keep you informed via updates of how I get on with them.
Recommended for anyone who likes nice smelling soft clothes!
I used to have lovely healthy nails but two kids and a lot of housework down the road and they are appearing ever so slightly neglected. I have a tendancy to find a bit of skin at the side of my nail and pick until it becomes really sore!
I have recently discovered N07 nourishing nail and cuticles care, I had a £5 voucher and this was the cheapest N07 product I could get that was something I actually needed so it was not so much an intended purchase as much as it was a good deal so I thought I would give it a bash!
The tube is tiny but then most things to do with nails are, it is a black squeezy tube with gold writing, it contains 10ml of cream but as you only need a tiny amount this is not an issue, it lasts for ages, even with regular use.
The back of the tube states that it 'provides continuous moisture to nourish and smooth while regular massage promotes nailgrowth' it also says to massage into cuticles and nails daily.
I tend to keep a tube handy near the sofa so that it is handy for me to grab when I get chance to put my feet up. The cream is easily squeezed from the tube, it has a kind of point to the nozzle making it easy and clean to apply, you only need a small amount, I put it at the base of each finger nail on one hand and rub it in with the other hand. The cream does absorb really easily and leaves cuticles soft and moisturised.
I would recomend this product to busy mums as it is a bit of pampering that we all deserve that takes two minutes to do and actually has results!
A well deserved 5 stars for this one.
I used to work in jewellers, my nails were always perfectly shaped and manicured and in lovely condition as they were on show most of the time this had to be the case! However two children and a hell of a lot of housework later my nails are ermmmm slightly neglected.
My nails tend to be quite thin and peel pretty bad, I have quite severe ridges and they are just in a state of neglect in general.....that is until about two weeks ago.
I wanted something to work a minor miracle on my nails so ordered Nail experts strong results from my Avon representative. I could not wait to give it a bash at £2.50 it was half price so I did not have much to lose.
The bottle came in a cardboard box that had a dotted line down one side, the instructions are printed on the inside. It said to apply to clean nails at least twice a day for a week. That was it no more instructions...SIMPLES!!!
The bottle is just like a clear nail polish bottle with a brush containing 12ml of a clear liquid. You apply as if applying nail polish, the liquid has a really strong odour that is like an overpowering baby powder, although not unpleasant. I applied as directed and waited for it to dry....to my surprise after 2-3 minutes it disapeared!!
I went on as instructed to apply twice a day on clean nails without any nail polish etc I did this for a week. Almost straight away my nails started to look healthier, the nail bed area looked a healthy creamy pink and my growth above my nail bed was white and strong, after a couple more days I noticed the ridges had started to fade my nails looked a lot smoother. I am so impressed with the results I have continued in to a second week of applications, my nails are actually the longest they have been in ages and are so much stronger but still flexible, they feel almost moisturised.
I have not had nails this healthy strong moisturised and ridge free for a long long time, I would definately reccomend this product to anyone who desires healthy long strong nails.I have been using Strong Results now at least twice a day for two weeks and only used maybe a tenth of the bottle so for £2.50 I think there is a good few months supply, great value for money!
DEFINATELY 5 STARS FROM ME.
I am mum to a 2 year old boy and a 10 year old girl, both of my children love the hungry catterpillar I have spent more time reading this book over and over again in the las 10 years than any other childrens book.
My mum bought my two year old boy this jigsaw puzzle as a gift quite a while ago, although my oldest has shown a little interest it hasnt been out of the box much,( it has been in a cupboard safe until I thought he was old enough), that is until a couple of weeks ago.
The book made it into our bedroom routine again and the next day my two year old discovered the jigsaw.
The box is really quite strong with a handy carry handle, it has an attractive picture of the well loved creature on the front, the puzzle itself consists of 24 large pieces, lovely big pieces ideal for little hands, when made up the puzzle is around 50cm by 70cm so hardly what I would call giant but it is big enough. The main picture on the puzzle is obviously the huge catterpillar it also has a lovely bright shiny sunshine and pieces of fruit along the bottom.
Jamie loves putting the pieces together to discover the catterpillar we have spent several moments over the last few weeks doing the jigsaw together, i say moments as his concentration span isnt great yet. I have been quite impressed at his ability to put the jigsaw together and feel it has helped towards gaining problem solving skills.
I think my mum paid about £7 for this puzzle and feel it is worth it, the pieces are quite solid and have a shiny protecetive coating on so great for grubby little fingers as they will wipe over.
I would recomend it for children of Jamies age and upwards great for spending time one to one with your little one.
The puzzle image features The Very Hungry Caterpillar