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I recently decided that I wanted a small radio in the kitchen so I could listen to music while cooking and pottering around without having to put my hi fi system on loud in the next room. I wanted something that would be cheap and yet look good and be easy to use and after a bit of research bought this Bush DAB radio which fitted the bill. The first thing I liked about the radio was its looks. I really like the light beech wood colour against the silver speakers and controls which make it look quite classy and more expensive than it really was. The radio is quite small and not too deep so it does not take up too much room on my kitchen workspace and easily fits into a corner. The radio is DAB which means that it can pick up radio stations from all over the world. Having said that I do normally only listen to a few local ones but it is good to know that there is more I could listen to if I ever wanted to. The radio has a telescopic ariel and I find that this works quite well and I get good reception. it does get some interference though when I am using other machines nearby in the kitchen such as my food processor but I guess this is to be expected. The controls on the radio are simple and easy to use and it has a blue digital display which tells you the time and the radio station you are listening to. The sound quality is surprisingly good for such a small radio and is quite clear and sharp so is fine for casual listening of music and other programmes. The radio is portable and has a carry handle which makes it easy to carry around. You can use batteries with it or plug it in at the mains like I do. Overall I would recommend this radio if you want something small and cheap but that looks good too. It comes in a variety of colours and can be bought for about £30 from Argos or Amazon
My workplace have recently equipped us all with laptops and remote working systems which means that I have started carrying a laptop around with me at work most days. We were given large backpacks to carry them in but I did not like these so decided to get my own laptop case which would be easier to transport and look nicer. After a bit of research I found out about Knomo bags and bought this pink laptop case. Knomo specialise in making stylish and robust bags and cases for laptops, tablets and phones using high quality materials. They are quite expensive but look great and apparently Kate Middleton has been seen carrying one. The case is made from a beautiful pink quilted material with leather handles. The material is thick enough to really protect the case but is not too bulky. The front of the case has a small pocket which is ideal for carrying items such as your keys or phone. All of the zips and hardware have the Knomo logo on them. Inside the bag has a purple lining which contrasts great with the pink. Each bag also has an individual identity number that you can register on the Knomo website, so if you lose the bag someone can ring the phone number and give the bag's identity out and you are contacted (if they are that honest!) The bag is quite slim and is great for a slim laptop like a Macbook. However if you have a thicker laptop you might want to go up a size as the bag comes in various sizes including 11" 13" 15" and 17". I have found that there is also enough room to put a few A4 papers inside the bag along with the laptop which is very useful You an carry the bag via the handle, a shoulder strap or as a clutch bag and it is very easy to transport and not too heavy. Overall I am very pleased with this bag. You can currently buy it on sale on the Knomo website for about £33 which although expensive is still a bargain as it looks great and should last for years.
I recently decided that I needed an additional pair of headphones that I could carry around to me to enable me to listen to content on my computer and take to the gym. I already have my apple iPhone earphones but like to keep them separate together with my iPhone so they are not lugged around all of the time and do not get damaged. I therefore went looking for a cheap pair of headphones that it would not matter if they spent most of the time lying at the bottom of my handbag and bought these Phillips SHE9503 headphones. The first thing that attracted me to these headphones was the price - they were only about £7 which was very good value for money. They also came with a small black carry bag which meant that it was easy for me to carry them in the pouch and put them in my handbag and they do not get all tangled up. The headphones have a number of features including - Perfect in-ear seal blocks out external noise - 3 interchangeable rubber ear caps for optimal fit in all ears - Asymmetric cable keeps the cable out the way - Carry case protects your headphones when not in use - Split cable enables convenient remote control connection The headphones are black and the earbuds are black with a silver receiver part on them at the back. The shape of the earphones is quiet small so I found that it was easy to fit them into my ears and they do not fall out at all. However I did find that they got a but uncomfortable after wearing them for a while so I would not recommend them if you want to wear them for ling periods of time. I found the sound quality of the earphones to be of a good standard although it was nothing outstanding which is to be expected for the price. The sound was clear and crisp but you could not differentiate well between treble and bass so I would not use them to listen seriously to music. They were fine though for doing what I wanted - listing to audio on my computer. Overall I would recommend these earphones if you just want something cheap which will do the job and want to be able to carry them around with you. They can be bought from Amazon and other electrical retailers.
I hate suffering from heartburn, especially afar I have been eating and running around afterwards which is not at all good for my digestion so i always keep a packet of these Rennie tablets handy. The tablets are labelled as an antacid tablet which relieves indigestion, heartburn, acid indigestion, dyspepsia, hyperacidity, nervous indigestion, flatulence, upset stomach, indigestion during pregnancy and biliousness. They contain a number of ingredients including Calcium Carbonate Ph.Eur.680mg and Heavy Magnesium Carbonate Ph.Eur 80mg. The tablets come in a range of different flavours and these ones that I prefer are the spearmint flavour which are nice and minty. To take the tablets you either suck or chew them and adults can have up to 16 tablets a day (although I can't imagine anyone needing that many on one day!) The tablets are quite small so they are easy to take and I like the fresh minty flavour. They are slightly chewy when you eat them rather than crunchy and I enjoy this. They do have a slightly chalky aftertaste though like most indigestion tablets. I tend to take the tablets whenever I feel I need them as soon as I experience any indigestion. I find that after taking a couple my indigestion always eases within about 10 minutes so they are very effective and work well. The tablets can be bought in all chemists and supermarkets and a pack of 72 cost about £5. Overall I would recommend these tablets as they work well and have a reasonable taste.
I hate having diarrhoea and although I don't get it very often I always keep something with me in my handbag in case I suddenly get ill when I am out and about. I need something that will be simple and easy to take and work quickly so I was very pleased to see these Imodium instant melts that came on the market a few years ago. The melts come in a small cardboard Imodium box and inside each melt is inside a blister pack. it is therefore quite easy just to cut a strip of melts and keep them in a pocket in your handbag. The melts are easy to take. They are tiny and you just pop them on your tongue and they instantly melt away and are easy to swallow. You don't need any water and can therefore take them anywhere and they are very discreet. They taste quite nice - a bit minty - so it does not feel like you are taking any sort of horrible medicine. The melts are meant to provide instant relief and stop any diarrhoea within an hour. They work by restoring your bowel to its normal rhythm and help to restore the absorption of fluid. They contain Loperamide Hydrochloride and aspartame. On use I have found these melts to be very effective. I always take at least two and then sometimes a third one a little bit later if my diarrhoea has not fully stopped but by this stage it has normally gone away. I have never experienced any side effects from them and feel that they are safe to use. Overall I would definitely recommend these melts as they work effectively, are easy to carry around and very easy to take wherever you are. They can be bought from all chemists and supermarkets and cost about £3.50 for 6.
I have a number of different watches that I wear for different occasions and sometimes like a watch which is quite simple but stylish. I was therefore very pleased to be given this Bering watch for Christmas Bering is a Danish company that is known for its clean and simple designs. Its strapline is "When the pure, cool beauty of the Arctic is blended with the simple elegance of Danish design, a new era dawns: it's Bering-Time." The watch is presented in a unique white ceramic circluar container with a plastic lid which is very stylish. The instruction booklet even gives ideas for what you can use the container for afterwards - including as a candle holder or as a decoration. I currently have mine on my table to keep paperclips in and it looks great and not at all like it came with a watch. The watch is made from a black stainless steel mesh bracelet which is very thin and with an easily adjustable clasp. The watch case is also very thin and has a simple round shape with tiny glittering Swarovski gems at the hour markers and silver hands that stand out from the black face. The case width is 26mm and the depth is only 10mm. The watch features quartz precision movement and comes with a Bering 3 Year Guarantee. It is very easy to wear as it is so light and thin and I really like the way the gems glitter slightly when you are wearing it without looking too flashy. I have worn it to work on several occasions and it has been comfortable to wear all day and I have had several compliments on it as it is classic yet stylish The watch costs about £129 but can be bought cheaper on some online watch websites and Amazon. Overall I am very pleased with this watch and would definitely recommend it if you want something that is beautiful but low key and easy to wear.
I own a variety of watches to wear on different occasions and bought this watch last year to wear for casual occasions and when I was away on holiday and did not want to wear one of my smarter watches. I was also looking for something that would go with my summer look when I tend to wear brighter colours a lot more. The watch is designed by the brand Juicy Couture who are famous for their young and fashion conscience accessories including bags, jewellery and perfume as well as their leisure wear. I tend to like some of their products, but find others a bit too over the top, so I was a bit unsure about getting this watch to begin with. However I am pleased that I did as it looks great on and is really easy to wear. Juicy Couture state that the watch features precise quartz movements, scratch resistant mineral crystals and is water resistant to 3 ATM. It has a leather strap, which is a white and slightly shiny so it has almost a crocodile skin look about it. It is not too bright and looks great when you wear it if you have a tan. It is fastened with a silver buckle which is shaped like a crown and the strap has enough holes on it to fit my small wrist which I was pleased about as sometimes I have to get extra holes added in watch straps. The watch face is a large rectangular shape. It is quite an unusual shape and for me it is just the right size and not too big on my wrist. The sides of the watch are decorated with sparkling stones (not real diamonds!) and the face is white with black Roman numerals on it, which gives it an old fashioned and retro look. The watch has a J for Juicy charm hanging off it which is fun and lets everyone know where your watch is from. The watch does not feel too heavy on my wrist and fits well so it stays in place one fastened. I have worn it on several occasions now and overall I think it is really unusual and interesting and this is what I like about it. It is a fun watch for going out but does not really look right for work or formal occasions. However for a day out at the beach in summer it looks great. The watch keeps time well and I have not had to replace the battery or had any problems with it slowing down. It comes with a 2 year warranty and can bought from a variety of retailers including Amazon and Ebay. At the moment it is retailing for about £50, as it is last seasons stock, so if you can find it cheaply I would recommend it.
For several years I owned a heavy metal ironing board that was quite small and difficult to maneuver. Despite replacing the ironing board cover a few times it was clear that it was on its last legs so eventually I decide to replace it last year and wanted something that would be both larger and more lightweight. I bought this Minky Ideal Ironing Board in Asda for about £20 while it was on offer. I wanted something that would fit in my car (with my roof down!) so I could easily transport it home and it seemed easiest just to get an ironing board from the supermarket as part of my normal shop than make a special trip. On getting the ironing board home and unpacking it the first thing I noticed was that it was extremely light. It felt a bit flimsy compared to my old ironing board but it was also a lot easier to move around and larger to give me increased ironing space. It took me a while to work out how to set up the ironing board but I eventually worked out that there is a lever underneath the board that you press to raise the board up. One of the things I liked about the board was that unlike my old one there were no set heights that it had to be adjusted to so I could adjust it to any height suitable for me up to 92cm. The ironing board has a rack at the end where you place your iron which is on a slant. I have found that this looks like it does not fit my iron properly and will not hold it safely and I have been worried at times about my iron falling off. However to be fair it never has fallen off, so it might just be a clever design that holds the iron in place without looking like it is going to! The dimensions of the ironing board are 122cm long and 38cm wide, which is plenty of room for me to iron all my clothes and larger than I am used to. The ironing board is covered in an ironing board cover in a pebble design which is foam backed cotton and fits well round the board (unlike my old one) with no creases at all so there is a smooth and padded surface to iron your clothes on. The only problem I have had with this ironing board is that the thinner end of the board (not the end where the iron rests) seems very flimsy and a bit unstable. Therefore when I am ironing at this end of the board it does seem to wobble a bit and does not feel like there is any support underneath it. However I have just got used to not pressing down too hard with my iron on this end of the board and again although it feels very wobbly it has never collapsed or fallen over. Once I have finished ironing it is easy to collapse the ironing board back down again by depressing the lever underneath it and then it stores flat and takes up little space in my cupboard. Overall I think that this is reasonable ironing board as it did not cost much money. There are probably more expensive models out there that will be more robust but I have got used to the odd wobble with this one and it does the job it needs to do. The board also comes with a 2 year guarantee which gives some peace of mind in case it develops a fault.
I have previously reviewed the Bumble and Bumble thickening shampoo which I use to try and give some body and thickness to my very fine hair. This is the conditioner in the same range which I tend to use with the shampoo. Bumble and Bumble was first founded in New York in the 1970s and has since grown into a major hair care retailer. Boots have recently at stared selling their products in their stores and they can also be bought online from a range of retailers such as Amazon. The thickening conditioner comes in a clear plastic bottle with a black lid on it. You can see the product through the bottle and it has a thick white consistency. The bottle also has the Bumble and Bumble logo on it in blue and black writing which makes it look quite stylish. Similar to the shampoo this conditioner smells amazing. The smell is of bluebells or fresh cut flowers and is really refreshing but not too sweet. To use the conditioner after I have washed my hair I squeeze a small amount out of the bottle. I tend to only use a tiny amount as it is quite thick and rich and therefore goes a long way. It is easy to smooth the conditioner over my hair and it then rinses out well so it does not leave any residue in the hair. After using the conditioner my hair feels really soft and tangle free and it is easy to comb though. I can tell that it is moisturised and it does also feel a lot thicker without feeling harsh at all. On drying my hair I can definitely tell that conditioner has added some volume and thickness. It also leaves my hair feeling soft and gentle and smelling great which i love and it makes my hair easy to style. Overall I would recommend this conditioner as it leaves my hair in great condition. However it is expensive at £20 for 250ml so is probably not a conditioner you can afford to use every day.
As you may know from my previous reviews I have very fine hair and have to wash it every day which is a real pain. I am always trying to find products that will thicken my hair and when my hairdressers started using Bumble and Bumble products in their salon I was impressed with how this shampoo left my hair and therefore bought some to try at home. Bumble and Bumble was first founded in New York in the 1970s and has since grown into a major hair care retailer. Boots have recently at stared selling their products in their stores and they can also be bought online from a range of retailers such as Amazon. The thickening shampoo comes in a clear plastic bottle with a black lid on it. You can see the product through the bottle and it almost looks like a gel with s light hint of blue colour to it. On opening the bottle the first thing that hits you is the smell - it really is gorgeous. It reminds me of bluebells or fresh cut flowers and is really refreshing but not too sweet. To use the shampoo I first wet my hair and then lather the shampoo directly onto my head. As it is a natural product it does not lather up as much as shampoos that contain lots of chemical but I do find that I get enough lather from it to feel that it is really cleaning my hair. It is easy to rinse out and after I have rinsed my hair it does not feel sticky or harsh at all. On drying my hair I can definitely tell that this shampoo does add some volume and thickness. It is not enough to be the miracle product that I am always looking for but it del help give my hair some extra body. it also leaves my hair feeling soft and gentle and smelling great which i love. Overall I would recommend this shampoo and I really enjoy using it. However it is expensive at £18.50 for 250ml so is probably not a shampoo you can afford to use every day.
I love trying out different cleansers and am always looking for products that will help to keep my skin clean and fresh without being too heavy. Last year I was given a small bottle of Philosophy Purity cleanser which actually came as a christmas tree decoration which as quiet cute. I have been using it for a few months now and am quite impressed. The Purity cleanser is formulated to gently cleanse, tone and melt away all face and eye makeup in one simple step, while lightly hydrating the skin. This makes it very handy as you do not need to use a separate eye make up remover. It has a number of benefits including: - deep cleans pores and eliminates makeup build-up - natural oil extracts help condition skin - fragrance-free formula The cleanser comes in a simple yet stylish plastic bottle with crisp black writing on it and a black screw top. On opening the bottle the cleanser has quite a thick consistency and is a pale cream colour. It has a very light fragrance which is hardly noticeable. To use the cleanser I usually splash my face with some water first and then massage the cleanser into it. I can quickly see any make up or dirt being removed and then I rinse my face afterwards. The cleanser seems to be effective at removing even tough eye make up and mascara and yet feels really gentle and not harsh on my face at all After use my face feels fresh and clean and quiet moisturised so it is not tight at all. I really like this cleanser as it is so gentle yet effective. However a full size bottle is quite expensive at £17.50 for 240 ml so it is quite at treat. It can be purchased in Boots, Debenhams and most department stores.
Burt's Bees is a company that makes products from a range of natural ingredients including beeswax that are not tested on animals. They are based in America but their products are now widely available in a number of UK retailers including Debenhams, Boots and and John Lewis. I have previously reviewed the Burt's Bees Grapefruit and Sugar Beet shampoo and this is the conditioner in the same set. The conditioner contains a number of natural ingredients including grapefruit extract, essential citrus oils and sugar beet together with penetrating marula oil to replenish, soften and improve manageability without weighing down hair. The conditioner comes in a similar plastic bottle to the shampoo with the Burt's Bees logo on it that is recognisable as part of the brand. On opening it the smell is less intense than the shampoo but you can still smell the grapefruit which is light and fresh. The consistency of the conditioner is quite thick and rich and you need to really shake the bottle to get it out. It smoothed onto my hair easily though and seemed to instantly be absorbed so that when I rinsed it off there was not any residue or stickiness left. The conditioner left my hair feeling really soft and I was very pleased with the results. It did not weigh my hair down too much which many rich conditioners do so I would say that it is suitable for fine hair that needs a small amount of conditioning as well as damaged hair. The conditioner costs about £10 for 300ml which is quite expensive as you are paying for the natural ingredients. However if you want a conditioner that is effective which has only natural ingredients then this is a worthwhile purchase
Burts bees is a company that makes products from a range of natural ingredients including beeswax that are not tested on animals. They are based in America but their products are now widely available in a number of UK retailers including Debenhams, Boots and and John Lewis. This shampoo contains and number of natural ingredients including grapefruit extract, coconut, sunflower oils, sugar beet extract and soy protein. It is designed to give your hair maximum shine while naturally and gently cleansing away any impurities. The shampoo comes in the yellow plastic bottle with the Burt's Bees logo on it that is recognisable as part of the brand. On opening it the smell is fresh and slightly sweet and it has a hint of grapefruit but is not overpowering at all which I like. The consistency of the shampoo is quite thick and I was pleased that it lathered up well as many shampoos that only contain natural products do not do this. It washed out of my hair easily and left my hair tangle free. On drying my hair I was pleased with the results. You could definitely see the shine and it felt fresh, clean and healthy. I have quite fine straight hair and I think it worked especially well on this hair type and would probably work less well on thicker hair that needed a more rich shampoo. The shampoo costs about £10 for 300ml which is quite expensive as you are paying for the natural ingredients. I received mine as a gift and probably would not pay this amount for a shampoo as I don't think it works any more effectively than some cheaper shampoos. However if you want a shampoo with only natural ingredients then this is a worthwhile purchase
Burts bees is a company that makes products from a range of natural ingredients including beeswax that are not tested on animals. They are based in America but their products are now widely available in a number of UK retailers including Debenhams, Boots and and John Lewis. This foot cream contains coconut oil, lanolin and vegetable glycerin to revive and rejuvenate even the driest, most neglected feet. There's also a hint of rosemary and peppermint oils to refresh tired feet. The cream comes in a plastic tube with the signature Burts Bees yellow colour on it which makes it easily recognisable on the shelf. I do think however that it does not look that stylish sitting on your dressing table. The cream is easily squeezed from the tube and has quite a thick light yellow constancy. The first thing that hits you when you squeeze some out is the amazing coconut smell which I love (it always reminds me of summer holidays) There is also a hint of mint but this does not overpower the coconut. To use the cream I smooth it onto my feet. As the consistency is quite thick it goes on easily and a little goes a long way. It does take a bit of time for it to be absorbed though and I find it leaves my feet feeling a bit sticky. I tend to use it just before bed so I don't have sticky feet walking around all day. The instructions advise you to cover your feet with socks after using it before going to bed. I must admit I don't do this as I feel uncomfortable wearing socks to bed but I can understand how this would help the cream to work even more effectively. You would have some very dirty socks to wash the next day though! After use the cream leaves my feet feeling really smooth and definitely helps to soften any hard areas. As it is a bit messy to use I probably don't use it as often as I should to keep my feet really smooth but every time I do use it I am impressed with the results the next day. The cream costs about £12.99 for 120g but can sometimes be found at a discount in department stores. I have found that one tube has lasted me several months and it really does work so I would say it is worth the money. However you have to be dedicated to use it and put up with having sticky feet for a while!
Origins are a natural skincare brand whose motto is "Powered by nature, proven by science." They have won several beauty awards and their range uses potent plants, organic ingredients and essential oils. I received this Checks and Balances face wash as part of a reduced set of Origins products that I purchased. I had previously used the Perfect Deep Cleanser that I have already reviewed and therefore was interested in seeing how this product would differ from it and whether I would prefer it. Origins state that the cleanser is meant to be for combination skin and cleverly cleanses faces with dry and oily places. Ingredients include the following: Konjac Powder which seeks out oil, soaks it up then keeps it well in-check Wheat Protein which balances and protects dry prone zones Broadleaf Kelp which breaks down dirt, disperses excess oil and sends dullness down the drain. Aromatic Bergamot, Spearmint and Lavender which add pleasure to the process. The cleanser comes in a white plastic container with the green Origins logo printed on it which has quite a minimalist design. It has a flip lid which when opened reveals the hole that you squeeze the cleanser through. The shape of the container means that it can be stored standing upright on the lid which is helpful when storing it in your shower rack as it does not fall over. On squeezing the cleanser into my hand it has quite a thick consistency which is almost like a mousse and is a slightly off white colour. It smells strongly of mint which is very refreshing. It lathers up very well in my hand when I mix it with a little water and when I apply it to my face is quite frothy without feeling too heavy. The cleanser works well at removing any dirt or make up on my face and after use my face feels clean and smooth. It does not leave my skin feeling tight at all and is gentle on my face. I don't really have noticeable dry patches on my face so I don't know if it will help with these but the formula does feel very rich and creamy and quite nourishing for my skin. You only need to use a small amount of this cleanser for each application so the 150ml container normally lasts me about 6 months. It can be bought from a range of retailers including Boots and Debenhams and is expensive at £17 for 150ml, although I normally manage to buy it cheaper when it is on offer. I think that it is a lovely fresh cleanser but like some other Origins products I am not sure that it works that much better than cheaper cleansers so I no longer use it regularly.