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The Barry M brand has been a well known and popular one for decades. Any lover of cosmetics and nail products will know the brand and most likely have had great experiences with them. As a pre teen I fell in love with their dazzle dusts, as a teen I explored every available eyeliner and as an adult I've stuck to mascaras and contour kits. The products that have stuck with me throughout all of these times though, is their nail paint range.
Barry M nail paints come in a rectangular glass bottle with a black screw top lid. A simple packaging that allows you to see the colour of the polish through the glass with ease. The colour of the polish is also printed on the bottom of the bottle.
Remember to shake the bottle before use, this will keep the polish usable and allows it to glide onto your nails. They recommend using a base coat on your nails before painting them, but I rarely remember to do this and never find that my nail polish stains my nails or chips away too easily. The brush is the perfect size for nail polish, it's slightly larger than some other brands I've used and so it only needs 2 strokes to cover the whole nail.
A great thing about the polish is that is goes on quite thick and pigmented, so it never needs more than 2 coats and with some you could probably get away with just one coat. The only problem with the slightly thicker consistency is that it can take a little longer than usual to dry, so take extra care with your nails for a while after they've been painted, it can be easy to smudge them and have to repaint!
The colours are so great, and there will always be a colour for you no matter what your taste or style because the range is so broad.
The colour stays on my nails quite well, usually for a good 4 or 5 days before any major chipping occurs, but even then the polish is quite easy to touch up and cover up the chips. I think this is about average to good in terms of staying power!
The price of these polishes is usually around £2.99, or £3.99 for special polishes with glitters or effects, but they can sometimes be bought on offer and prices may differ depending on where they're purchased. You can find the range of nail polish and cosmetics throughout pharmacies, boots, superdrugs and some supermarkets or buy online at their website.
The nail paint range doesn't claim to be a one coat polish, quick drying or long lasting, but it definitely is all three. Because of all these things, it is a brand that I will continue to use for a long time. With their incredible range of colours and with new ones always being added, I've no reason not to use them or recommend them to others.
As someone who is forever looking for and downloading new apps and games to keep me entertained, I was thrilled when I found doodle jump a couple of years ago. It is one of the only apps that has remained on my device for more than a couple of months!
The aim of the game is simply to jump, to get as high as you can by jumping onto different platforms. You control the little creature that needs to jump by tilting the device one way or another, so that it moves in that direction when jumping. There are obstacles to pass, such as monsters which will instantly end your game if you hit, as well as platforms that break, explode, move and disappear. If you fall from one of these platforms or fail to make the next platform then the game is finished.
There are also platforms and objects that help you get on your way. These include trampolines to help you bounce further, rocket backpacks, spring shoes and helicopter helmets that all help to get you further up much quicker.
For such a simple game this is so very addictive. As each game only lasts a couple of minutes at most for the majority of people, it can be easy to think "just one more go" and end up playing another 20 times! It's something that's so easy to kill time wherever you are and I'd definitely recommend downloading it and having a go!
The little tins of Vaseline lip balm seem to be something that every girl on the planet has at least one of. Whether it be the original (blue tin), Aloe Vera (green tin), Rosy Lips (pink tin) or the less common Sun Protection (yellow tin) or Cocoa Butter (brown tin).
These little tins are very easy to get your hands on as they're stocked in every cosmetics/pharmaceutical shop, supermarket and quite often discount stores. They're also sold in other shops (like BHS or M&S) around christmas time in the form of little gift sets/gift tins, which can be an ideal gift for females of all ages! The prices are usually no more than a couple of pound per tin too, so very affordable.
In terms of packaging, the tins can be quite difficult to open. You 'simply' have to lift of the top half of the tin, but there are no tabs or indents to make this slightly easier, so at times it can feel like the top just spins around without moving millimetre (especially when your hands are cold in the winter!).
Now, about this specific tin. Rosy Lips.
I have always been a fan of this edition because of it's rosy colour. The product is much like the original Vaseline tin but with the addition of a lip tint, which makes lips look only a tiny bit more pink, but it's a beautiful subtle look.
As for doing what it's supposed to, I don't think that this, or other vaseline tins, are as good at soothing dry or chapped lips as other products. If you apply it before they become dry or chapped it can definitely help in them becoming so, but it doesn't improve them much if they are. It does feel a little soothing when you apply it, but I find myself applying it over and over again every 20 minutes or so for it to have any effect.
These products tend to be my back up product. There's always one in my handbag just in case my preferred product runs out, and you can probably find them in several other places throughout my home, but it will only ever be that, a back up. I prefer a longer lasting balm that really softens and soothes lips, such as a Nivea balm, Carmex or Blistex.
Overall an OK product, nice tint and feel, but not great for soothing.
It took me a while to first try the shampoo bars in Lush. I just couldn't see the benefits. It wasn't until a friend bought me one as part of a gift box that I tried it.
The first bar I tried was the Seanik bar, which was blue and had quite a rough texture to it. Having been given it, I thought I may as well try it, and I was so happy I did! The Seanik bar is advertised as the bar for giving shine and volume, and I have to say it did just that! I was so impressed that I stopped using my usual shampoo until the bar had run out! They also last a lot longer than bottled shampoo. They state up to 80 washes and I think I got just under that, but it's definitely more than liquid shampoo!
Since this first bar I have also now tried:
Godiva; a wonderfully smelling bar that made my hair a little less tangled and the scent lasted in my hair all day!
Squeeky Green; This one is great for the scalp as it has tea tree oil in it. My hair felt a lot healthier and apparently it promotes hair growth!
Ultimate Shine; It's all in the name for this one, and it works. My hair was shinier than it had ever been.
There are still a few other bars that I will no doubt try at some point!
The only downside that I have found to the shampoo bars, is storing them. Do not under any circumstances just leave it to dry on the side of the shower/bath, as bits of it will melt away or get wasted being stuck to the surface. I do recommend putting in a plastic or metal tin, one of Lush's own if you like it. Just to keep the bar safe from melting away, and any bits and pieces that do come off are then stored safely in the tin.
Top Tip: Buy these Shampoo Bars if you're going travelling. You can stick them in your carry on luggage, not having to worry about the 100ml liquid limits, and you don't have to worry about any bottle explosions!! They are great for this purpose. I took two on my round the world trip in 2012, they were fab!
I have always been a fan of Lush products, and ever since I started using them Rock Star Soap has been one of their most popular. It doesn't take long to see why.. That Scent!! It's incredible and very addictive, I found myself picking it up for a sniff every time I had to use the toilet!
Its bright pink colouring may lead you to think it's packed full of chemicals, but don't forget, it's Lush! Their ingredients are all natural.
The soap made me feel much cleaner than soaps that I had used previously, which was a lovely feeling, BUT it did leave my skin feeling a little drier than normal! I couldn't work out why this was as they are obviously natural ingredients, and therefore wonder if perhaps it is just my skin that didn't like something in it. A friend of mine bought the same soap and said it left her skin feeling wonderfully moisturised, so I can't decide whether it was me or the soap!
Lush products vary in price but for the soaps the price depends on how much you get, so if you only want to try it you can also ask them for a sample piece.
I would definitely recommend trying it, even just for the scent.
It has been some time since the last review of Orchard Square so I thought I'd give a little update!
At current Orchard Square is home to a good sized Waterstones with a Costa Coffee upstairs, TK Maxx, Evolution, The Body Shop, Starbucks, Subway, Evans, Fat Face, Wargames Emporium, Clarks, River Island, Blue Banana, Schuh and Q Tattoo. (Possibly a couple of other tiny shops that I may have forgotten!)
Located directly off of Fargate (the main shopping street in the centre), Orchard Square is accessible from 3 different entrances, one being through TK Maxx. Because it is in the city centre it is easily reached by public transport, with a bus stop and a tramstop both within a minutes walk.
It is wonderfully set out with patterned brick paving throughout, benches for seating and a large clock which depicts Sheffield's cutlery trade when it chimes! There are public toilets on the ground floor which are usually at an OK standard.
I think the range of shops is perfect! You have a shop for almost all of you needs here without needed to venture out into the busier Fargate, and you can even stop for a coffee or quick lunch in one of the coffee shops or Subway!
And of course if you're looking for something that isn't here, you only have to walk through the exit onto Fargate and there's a whole bunch of other shops!
I undertook a round the world trip in the summer of 2012 and flew with Air New Zealand on every leg of my journey. Some of my flights were just over 13 hours long and I am incredibly happy that I took these journeys with this incredible airline.
I journeyed on a few different plane models, as different sized planes were used for shorter or longer trips, but each and every one was very, very comfortable. For starters, the leg room on these plans was great, much better than airlines I had previously flown with. The seats were comfortable, reclining for mid-flight naps, and it was never a struggle trying to fit down the aisle on your way to the toilets!
The cabin crew aboard the planes were true to their Kiwi stereotypes - quite possibly some of the friendliest people on earth. They were always visible in case you needed something, or if you used your 'call' button then someone would be with you within a minute. They were always checking if we were okay, and when meals and drinks were handed out they could not have been any lovelier, asking if we'd like anything with our meal, ice in our drinks, sugar for our teas, all with a very big smile on their faces.
Meals were distributed quickly too, which I was very impressed with. As usually with airline food you have to smell it and watch it being handed out in front of you for a good half an hour before you finally get yours. But no, not with this airline, it was in front of me very quickly, and the food was AMAZING. Delicious warm bread rolls accompanied every meal and these were my favourite part of flying! But the meals themselves were so tasty. There was always a choice and I never witnessed either choice running out without everyone on board getting their first choice. The food was quality I would expect to find in high end restaurants in the UK, I couldn't grumble at any part of it.
The in seat entertainment systems aboard their long haul flights were wonderful. Featuring movies, television shows, music, radio and games, there was something for everyone and the range of choice was unbelievable! I was watching films that had only just finished being shown in cinemas, incredible!!
Overall I have to say that Air New Zealand is by far my favourite airline, the greatest I have flown with. This being said even after I have flown on long haul flights with Emirates, who are supposedly rated the number 1 airline! Pfft, they have nothing on Air New Zealand!!
Great Job NZ!
My trips to Hong Kong was only a couple of days long as it was a stopover on my way to Thailand. I was unsure about visiting the city as I didn't really know much about it, but was definitely glad I paid a visit.
I stayed at a hotel on Nathan Road, which was very busy, and I'd recommend staying away from this area if you're thinking about going. I didn't feel entirely comfortable going in and out of my hotel, because the Nathan Road was FULL of people trying to sell you things. Some would simply shout from their shopfronts, but others were much more 'in your face' trying to get you to buy a massage or go to their restaurant or buy a suit. I found it very uncomfortable pushing through these crowds of people and saying no to everyone I passed. However, once out of this very busy road, I had a very different experience.
Victoria Harbour was definitely one of the highlights here, a must see. It is an incredible view over the water, with some of the tallest buildings in the skyline. At night there was a very special light show, where the buildings surrounding the harbour were lit up and many special lighting effects made for an enjoyable experience.
Also along the harbour is the Avenue of Stars, which seems to be Hong Kong's version of Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Numerous actors, musicians and other famous people from China have their names imprinted onto a star in the ground, with their handprints in a block of cement next to it! There was a constant stream of people taking photos at the stars of Bruce Lee, Jet Li and Jackie Chan!
Other incredible things to do in Hong Kong are Disneyland (very, very busy), Ocean Park, Kowloon Park, Museums, Parks and Botanical Gardens!
A bonus to Hong Kong is that you can eat very cheaply. Most restaurants and takeaways are half the price you would expect to pay in the UK, and there are also lots of street vendors where you can get good food for lots less than £1. That is if you don't mind standing and eating! I have to admit that whilst here, I did nip into a Mcdonalds for some home comfort, and was very surprised to get 2 full meals for the equivalent of about £2.50, nice!
If you're a film fan there are numerous things to see and do in Hollywood that will excite. Not least, is Universal Studios. One of the largest and best known production studios packed this park with rides, shops, restaurants and scenery, all based on the movies created! I visited in the summer of 2012 and found it easy to get to, as it's accessible by Metro and bus, with a free shuttle up a rather steep hill to the park entrance (You can walk it if you're legs are feeling strong!).
In terms of rides, this park isn't full of rides like you would see at Six Flags, remember, it is a movie studio's park! The rides are fewer but are film specific and are fun for everyone. From the Jurassic Park water ride to the Revenge of the Mummy rollercoaster ride; the Transformers 3D Ride to the 4D Shrek Movie! There's something for everyone here and unlike many other parks, the queues aren't boring!! They are full of fun facts, props, special effects and interactive things to keep you entertained while you wait.
My favourite part of this park, is the studio lot tour! It is incredible to be able to see up close sets and props from your favourite movies and tv shows. Highlights included seeing Wysteria Lane from Desperate Housewives, the shark from Jaws, the plane crash from War of the Worlds and even the sets from How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
An exciting part of the studio tour is the King Kong 3D Simulation, where you appear to be INSIDE a movie witnessing a fight between a T-Rex and King Kong! Thrilling!
Also unmissable is one of the shows; Animal Actors. This show features numerous animals that you may have seen in your favourite movies (even the dog from Marley and Me!) whilst presenters talk about how they train the animals and get them to act. This is complimented with the animals doing all kinds of acting and tricks, which had the audience pointing, giggling and leaving with a grin! There are many other shows too, such as the Special Effects stage where you learn lots of behind the scenes secrets!
Food, as always with parks of this kind, can be expensive. There are numerous choices in terms of restaurants and takeaway foods, as well as little stands selling churros, crisps or sweets. However, it may be worth waiting and taking a walk through the CityWalk which is just outside the park entrance and has an amazing array of gift shops and restaurants of all kinds. You are guaranteed to find your favourite meal and a suitable souvenir! Take a look even if you don't intend to eat!
Top Tip: Wear a watch and get a map as soon as you enter the park! Have a look at what's on that day and make note of the time each attraction is on. It's very easy to miss some incredible shows if you don't plan ahead!
A Breo watch is a little rubber bangle with a small digital display. They are one of the most comfortable watches you could find as you simple pull it over your hand, no latches or things to do up. And their material means they won't rub or catch on anything. They also come in a few different sizes, so you should be able to find one that's perfect for your wrist. The sizes are 16cm (small), 17cm (medium), and 18cm (large).
They come in a number of different sizes, and they come in a range of colours to match any style, a friend told me you can even get ones that glow in the dark! The screen is a very simple LCD style, so the numbers are very clear and it's easy to see the time. The watch is in a 12 hour format and you set the watch by using small black buttons on the back of the watch, which can be a little fiddly, I find that I have to use a pen to help set it because they're so small.
The style of the watch also means it's great if you're a sporty person, as they can be worn whilst running or exercise, or even when you go swimming. Perfect! As most other watches would have to be taken off.
You can get one of these watches from Amazon for about £10.00, which isn't a bad for the comfort and ability to wear at all times.
An external hard drive is an item that stands alone, away from your computer/laptop, that holds data and files such as videos, photos, work, music etc. It is a good way of backing up your stuff in case anything happens to your computer, or if you need a little extra space.
After a laptop recently failed on me and I lost years worth of photographs and video memories, I decided it was a good idea to invest in an external hard drive to keep copies of everything on. I was recommended the Western Digital by a friend, and found it on Amazon for roughly £70. For the amount of space on the hard drive and compared to other brands, I thought this was a very good price, and so went ahead and bought one.
The external hard drive is very simple in design, a small block shape that is all black. It is not very big and therefore doesn't take up much space, useful for sticking it to the side of your computer/laptop.
The 2.1 USB cable that comes with the hard drive means that you can plug straight into your computer's usb port, making it very easy to transfer your files.
The hard drive powers up when you plug it into your computer, and as soon as you remove it it powers off. Very easy!
This particular hard drive holds 1TB of data, which is more than enough for most people to keep a lifetimes worth of photos, videos and music.
The most important thing to remember is that if a hard drive gets knocked or dropped, it is a possibility that it will fail and you will lose the files on it. So be very careful when handling it and make sure you don't put it too close to the edge of a desk, etc.
Converse are the shoes that everyone knows of, most people have a pair, if they don't they most likely have a cheaper, rip off version. This is for a number of reasons..
Firstly, converse are pretty stylish. They come in a number of colours so you can always find a pair to suit your taste. They also go with almost any outfit, especially if you get a pair in black or white! They come in hi-tops and lo-tops, the pair I own currently are lo-tops which is why I have chosen to review these. They are quite simple in design, resembling basketball shoes.
They are also comfortable! If I have a busy day ahead or am doing some walking, I always stick on my converse. They are by far the comfiest shoes I own, so I wear them a lot. I'd recommend to anyone looking for comfy shoes! I know how hard these can be to find!!
Converse are available in almost any shoe store, and often some department stores. So you won't struggle to find a pair. They're reasonably priced in most stores, often for around £40, which is good value because the shoes will last a very long time and are worth it for the comfort alone. You may be able to find them cheaper online at ebay or amazon, but I have not checked.
The only problem I have encountered with the converse, is rain. The canvas material doesn't keep your feet dry, so you end up with cold, wet feet and very soggy shoes which can take a while to dry out! The material does mean you can throw them in the washer, I haven't done this personally but many of my friends have recommended doing this to me and say their shoes came out fine!
I would definitely recommend buying a pair of converse to anyone. So comfy, easy to wear and with anything :)
As a friend was having a camping trip for his birthday, I needed to find a tent quickly and cheaply. As with most things, argos is the first and only place I had to check! I bought the tent for £14.99 (actually £4.99 as I luckily had a £10 gift card!). I wasn't expecting anything but the basics, which is of course is what I got, but I was very happy with it!
Argos say the tent sleeps two, and I found this to be true. My boyfriend and I stayed in it comfortably, but there is little room for anything more than ourselves. So if you're planning on buying this, don't overload with extras for your trip, there will be nowhere to put them!
The tent is very easy to put up, which is something I had worried about! You just put a couple of poles through little holes in the top of the main part of the tent to lift it up and give it the tent shape, then push the ends of the poles into the ground and peg them. It can be very fiddly if you try to erect the tent on your own, I would recommend having someone to help hold the tent or pull the poles through the other side while you hold.
When up, the tent is pretty sturdy. There was some wind the first time I used it and it stood up to it, although it did become quite cold. This is not a tent that will keep you warm so if you're buying it, make sure you have a really good sleeping bag, and maybe even an extra blanket!
This tent is the perfect option for people looking for a basic, cheap option. I would not recommend for trips in colder weather though, you should probably look into those double layer tents or the ones with special sleeping pods etc.
Buying the product:
I found these headphones for £5 on amazon not too long ago, and bought them because their price was low but without me questioning what the quality would be like. They also had only two reviews on amazon which were both good, so I decided they would be okay.
These headphones have an over ear clip which is useful as it means they will stay put instead of falling out of your ears every five minutes. Unlike other over ear headphones that I have seen or previously owned, these are quite well made and don't look like they will snap into pieces any second, very sturdy. The cable is of average length, much like any normal pair of headphones.
The headphones are quite well made to fit over any ear, however I did find that after a little while of wearing them it felt like they were rubbing on my skin due to their lack of flexibility. It made them a little sore and this was eventually one of the reasons why I bought a new, better pair of headphones.
This is the worst aspect of the headphones, and of course it is the most important aspect, too. Nobody want's to listen to their music with a faint crackle or static noise, or with sound that is a little tinny sounding. Unfortunately that is exactly what you get with these headphones. If the volume is turned up quite high, I could hear more crackling than the actual song itself.
In summary, I wouldn't waste my money buying a pair of these again. If you are looking for a good quality sound and comfortable fit, I would recommend a pair of Skullcandy headphones or Gumy.
Having always listened to the radio when in the shower or bath I was rather excited to see this product available on Amazon a few months back. I bought it for £14.99 which for a speaker isn't a bad price at all.
A unique little idea, the duck speakers are well designed for it's purpose and are very cute!
The duck and the egg are both quite small, quite a bit smaller than those cheap duck radios that appear in all stores over the christmas period (I'm sure you know the ones!). The smaller the better though as nobody wants their bath space taken up by big speakers! Both the duck and egg are made from plastic and are obviously in the shape of a real duck and egg. The duck is bright yellow in colour and is a little more detailed than a traditional rubber duck, looking quite a bit like a childs toy. However, the purpose of the duck is to play your music, and if it does that well, then who cares? So, does it?
The sound quality of the duck speaker is pretty average. The sound is a little tinny but I kind of expected this from such a small speaker. The volume can be turned up quite loud without the sound quality being affected too much. Like most speakers of this type though, depending on the position of the duck and the egg, the sound can become fuzzy like a weak radio when the wireless signal is not strong enough. This means it is best to keep the egg fairly close to the duck (or as close as is possible in a bathroom..) or you will stop getting clear sound and it may even stop working completely. I find it is best to keep the duck and egg within about a meter and a half away from each other. This is best achieved if you keep the egg just on the side of the bath or on a shelf next to it, whilst the duck floats on the water in the bath.
This speaker is perhaps better as a novelty gift, not for someone looking for an excellent sound quality. As the speaker can often loose signal and is not great quality sound at all. It is quite a cute little product though and would make a lovely gift for someone.