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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.
When this cracked nail polish look first came about, girls everywhere were grabbing a bottle and experimenting with their nails. I was no different, but instead ended up buying cheaper, lower quality polishes.
I recently decided to buy a couple of the Barry M ones, and bought the black and the blue colours.
I bought mine from superdrug, where the polishes were £3.99. You may be able to find them at different prices online or elsewhere, I am unsure.
Barry M products are all packaged very similar, so they are easily recognizable. The polishes are in small, square glass bottles which has the Barry M logo in gold, along with the product description. The instant nail effects bottles are different to other polishes as they have the crackle effect printed on the top of the bottle (the bit you hold when painting your nails!).
What's it like?
The first thing I notice about the Barry M polishes is the size of the brush. I often find that brushes are either too large for my nails and get polish on my skin too, or that they are too small, and end up with obvious stroke lines on my nails. These brushes however seem to be just the right size for nails! They cover my entire nail so that I can paint them with just one stroke.
When using, you must first paint your nails with a normal polish. This can be anything from clear to hot pink, gold to green. Whatever takes your fancy. When this coat of colour is dry you can begin painting on the Barry M Instant Effects.
The polish is a little thicker than normal polishes, but this is probably needed to get the desired effect. The amount of polish you put on your nails can really impact the final look of them, so it may be worth experimenting a couple of times before trying to do your nails perfectly for your night out.
Do not try to paint more than one coat of this stuff, as your nails will end up very messy! Only one coat is needed as the effect appears almost instantly when the polish is on the nail.
The final look?
The final effect that the polish leaves on your nails really depends on how much you apply to your nails. The first time I used it I thought that my nails just looked very messy, but after some practice, I got my nails looking perfectly cracked!
Not wanting to spend tens or hundreds on a handbag like some people love to do, I always opt for cheaper high street stores for a more affordable option. Especially as I wear through bags very quickly and have to buy new ones often. I found this about 6 or 7 months back in New Look for only £9.99!
It came in a number of different colours including brown, black and grey. I think there is also a creamy/beige colour too. I opted for the brown/tan colour as I find that it's the most neutral colour and will match the most outfits, and it also matches my favourite boots!
There are also bags in a similar style but with different patterns, such as floral ones. So there is a style of this bag to suit everyone's tastes and outfits.
The bags strap is adjustable so you can use it on one shoulder at your preferred length or extend it to use across the body. Wear it however you want to!
There are three pockets - the main section of the bag, a very small front pocket which is handy for keys or something smaller, and another small pocket on the front which is opened by a twist lock, hence it's name. This little pocket is extra handy for items such as your mobile phone which you may want to access quickly and easily. It is very easy to get in and out of but is also still very secure, no chance of your belongings falling out unnoticed.
I used this bag every day for about 5 months and it barely looked worn, besides the odd dirt mark which you can easily wipe off with a damp cloth because of its material. Compared to other bags I have owned previously, this one is excellent, previous bags would look overly worn and tattered after this much use.
I am unsure as to whether the bag is still being sold in stores, the last I saw of it was a couple of months back when the price had dropped to less than £5! What a bargain! If you can still get your hands on one of these bags, buy it! It's definitely worth its price.
I recently bought a 7" android tablet as I thought it would be the easiest way to access the internet and contact home whilst I go travelling this summer. I did find the touch screen particularly easy to type on so I hunted out this faux leather case with a keyboard and bought it for £9.99 on ebay.
Before you buy - check the usb connection on your tablet!! I didn't and then discovered that my tablet only had a mini usb port, which meant I had to buy an adapter too (only 99p though) before I could use my keyboard.
The case is black in colour and comes in a faux leather material, with white stitching. There is a magnet in a little strip which you put over the case to keep it closed and the tablet protected when not in use.
You also get a little stylus free with the case, which is held into place inside the case. This wasn't needed for my tablet but is a nice little extra for those who can use it. The case is connected to the actual tablet by by a usb connection, but there isn't anywhere to store the usb connecter, which is attached by a little cable. I have to just leave mine dangling out of the end of the case!!
The keyboard works well, but can be difficult to get working the first few times if you have to use a mini usb to usb adapter to connect it. I find using this case makes it much more easy to type on my tablet though, and it protects my screen perfectly.
I am very happy with this case and keyboard and would recommend to anyone with a 7" tablet.
Living in an awful student house where the heating barely worked, I thought it would be a great idea to get a heater. My parents recommended this one as another relative also had one, and as I found it for around £10 on amazon I went for it.
This heater is a little gem on cold days. It has a mains plug and therefore runs off of electricity, which may put some people off, but I don't find that it uses that much. The heat is instant and its just as good as sitting around a fire - even the way it looks is warming! There is a rotating option on the heater, so that it directs the heat around the whole room, so nobody feels the need to sit right in front of it. Or of course you can turn this function off and just direct it wherever you'd like.
You can also adjust the heat on this, so that you get just the right amount of warmth needed.
The heater is about two and a half feet tall and this means it fits just about anywhere you want it, but still gives off enough heat, I love it!
One thing I thought I should mention is that this isn't the best option if there are small children or pets around. I had no problems with mine until I took it home over the christmas period and my 2 pet cats were very curious and kept getting too close to it when it was turned on. The back of the heater also gets very hot whilst on. Be careful!!
These JVC Gumy headphones are one of the many pairs that I have bought fairly cheaply over the years after needing a replacement from the useless last pairs that I'd bought. I don't have much luck with heaphones and they never seem to last me more than a few months.
Price wise I think these headphones are around £8 or £9, but can usually be found on offer in shops such as HMV. They come in a range of lovely bright colours so you can find some to match your style. These include: black, white, purple, orange, yellow, blue, green, pink and red. I bought them in purple, my favourite colour!
The cord on the headphones is quite thin and weak, and it very easily gets tangled , especially if you throw it into your bag like I do. It is an average length cord too, long enough to put your mp3 player in your pocket and keep the headphones in your ears, but that's it.
Fit wise, these aren't the in ear types that sit in the ear canal, which I find comfiest and that stay in place, they are the type that simply sit just on the edge of your ear. I often have trouble with keeping these in place, but this is only really a problem if you're moving around whilst using them.
The sound quality on these is not amazing, but it does the job. If you turn them up to full volume they do begin to crackle a little so I don't think they're very good for continuous loud use, but the sound quality is fine at a normal volume. They're not the best for bass either, so they might not be great for particular genres of music.
Considering the price, these headphones aren't bad at all. I would recommend them for general day to day use as long as you don't need high volume or loud bass.
As blackberrys clearly aren't the cheapest mobiles on the market, it is something you wish to protect from being damaged. I didn't want a flash, fancy case for mine and simply wanted to stop it getting scratched, so I found this case for only 99p on Amazon.
Firstly, there is a range of colours available, as I bought the black silicone case first, then decided I wanted to brighten it up a bit so bought another in a hot pink colour.
The case is made from silicone, which means it moulds perfectly around the shape of your phone, and is bendy enough that you can pull it around a bit without it breaking. It sits snuggle around the phone and has small holes in it so that you can access the headphone and charging ports easily, as well as having a hole where the camera lens is. The shape also changes over the volume buttons and the mp3 controls on the top of the phone, so that these are easy to use too.
Because the case fully covers the back and sides of the phone, these are very well protected from scratches. I have also dropped my phone a number of times whilst it has been in its case and had no damage or problems with it afterwards at all.
The only thing lacking in this case is the screen protection. But I have never had any problems with the screen being damaged since I've had the case, so unless you're going to drop your phone into a bag which also holds things that could easily scratch the screen, I wouldn't worry about this.
For such a low price, this case is excellent, and I would definitely recommend it to all blackberry users.
Sheffield Hallam Uni has more than 20,000 students, some young school or college leavers, some 'mature' students. Walk into any university building here and you can see that students are happy with their facilities and education.
The university has two main campuses: city campus which sits on the edge of the city centre besides the train station, and collegiate campus which is still only 5/10 minutes from the city centre, in a lively area full of student houses. Buildings wise, city campus is much more modern than collegiate, which is full of old, charming brick buildings. Both campuses are very easy to get around, and there are plenty of maps around each in case you cant find a particular building.
Hallam uni has some excellent facilities, including the Adsetts centre, the university's main library. This library contains everything you could need or want for any course and more, featuring a large selection of books on every subject imaginable, a number of journals and written papers, a DVD collection and a large number of computer facilities for use on every floor. Different computer floors include quiet study, silent study and quick access, so you can find the learning environment to suit you. These computers get very busy around exam time and work deadlines in January and May, and at these times an increase in computers would be useful, as its often very hard to find one not in use. (Unless you get there before 9am when most other students are still in bed!). There is a second library at Collegiate campus, which is much smaller than the city campus library but this is mainly because fewer courses study on this campus, mainly medical and sports courses.
All first years are guaranteed accommodation, and from the halls of residence that I have lived in and have spent time in with friends, I can say that 80% of the accommodation offered is more or less perfect for a students needs. Many are ensuite, with all bills included, and all are excellently located for the uni.
I read some of the other reviews of Sheffield Hallam on this site and found that some had very few good things to say, but as a current student at the university I disagreed with many of their negative points. I find that the university is a great environment with everything you could need for your studies, and the people (both staff and teachers) are nothing but friendly. I would recommend this university to anyone wanting to study in the area.
This unique and fun game involves throwing a ball to another person and they catch it on a round velcro pad. It sounds pretty simple but it is one of the most fun outdoor games I have bought for my younger sister. I bought this when she was about 7, but now aged 13 she still loves to play - in fact, my entire family do! (Although not with the same game as I originally bought as this got ruined one day in the rain!)
I bought this game in Home Bargains for a really low price, from memory I think it was £3.99, but I can't be sure of that.
The game has a set of two discs/pads, which have a handle on the back for holding, and 1 ball. Both the ball and the discs are brightly coloured in green and pink, which makes it all the more fun. The ball looks just like a furry tennis ball, but it is actually much lighter than a tennis ball which is excellent if you accidentally get hit with it because it doesn't hurt much at all! This is great as it is obviously designed with children in mind.
The game is great for children of all ages, as you can stand as close to the other person or as far apart as you like. For adults, it's a fun challenge to stand really far apart and see what distance you can catch the ball on your disc from. Standing close together works for younger children as it makes the game a little easier.
The game is a great form of exercise if you play it outdoors, as it means you can throw the ball in all directions and go running and jumping around to try and catch it.
Overall, a really fun game for the entire family. Although it may seem simple, it is some of the most fun you can have running around outside! And a bargain, go buy it!
Tip: Don't get the game wet, as the ball will not stick to the disc if either are wet. Discovered this whilst trying to play whilst it was raining!
Although probably intended for children, I am a student and me and my friends bought some of these Snazaroo face paints to use for our fancy dress nights out! While looking online on Amazon I discovered that this seemed to be the leading brand of face paints, there aren't many others on the market that are as popular or have as wider range of colours. As a bargain hunter I found this set for around £6.99 and thought this was a great price for the set.
In this set alone there are a number of colours, but you can buy snazaroo facepaints in separate pots too if you feel you need more or other colours. This set has all the basic colours that you would need for most faces; black, white, blue, red, green, yellow, orange and pink. It also comes with a sponge and two brushes to help you apply the paint. As well as this, you get a little booklet which shows you how to paint a number of different designs onto your face which I found very useful with its easy to follow instructions.
To apply, you add a very small amount of water to the paint, or to the sponge if you find that easier! I found I only needed a couple of drops to apply one colour all over my face - which is much better than I expected.
The paint is very soft on your skin, and my friend who has very sensitive skin also used this with no problems. No irritation or redness at all. Once applied, the face paint stayed put for hours on end. There was no smudging at all.
Overall, I definitely recommend this product. They were very easy to use and had a great range of colours - even the added extra of the guide to painting different faces was really good. Definitely worth the money! If you have kids, I wouldn't think twice about buying this set to use with them!