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Last year at work we decided to give our office kitchen a refurbishment which involved buying some new electrical items. I quite like spending money so I put myself forward for the team and was involved in buying the new white goods. We ordered this online from Currys and it cost just under £220 and delivery was free.
Auto-defrost: One thing I liked about the fridge is that it has an auto-defrost function, this means that it then doesn't fall upon anyone to defrost every now and again. So far, this function has worked quite well and there aren't any signed of any ice building up.
Noise: The noise level is 43 dB(A), to be honest, I have no idea how loud this is, what I will say is that the fridge is really quite and having sat right next to it in the break room, I wouldn't know it was on.
Energy efficiency: This is an A+ rated fridge and has an annual consumption of 149kwh.
Extras: There are 5 shelves, 5 door compartments, 2 salad trays, a wine rack and an egg holder.
The fridge measures approximately 60cm wide, 65cm deep and 175cm tall which I think is an excellent size, it is actually bigger than my fridge freezer that I have at home. The door is hung to open with the hinges to the right; it can be re-hung on the left if needed.
Inside the fridge, there are 5 shelves, all of which are adjustable to different heights and the bottom one has two really deep salad boxes underneath. The shelves are all made from safety glass which is ideal as we do tend to be a little clumsy at work.
You can set the temperature of the fridge by turning a little dial which is situated just under the light in the top right hand corner of the fridge. I still haven’t worked out what is colder, 1 or 6 so I tend to set mine at 3. The fridge does a great job at keeping everything fresh and cool, despite the fact that it probably gets opened more times in a day than your fridge at home does. There is only one negative that I can give about this fridge and it is that the door only opens 90 degrees which can be a bit of a pain in a small space, my fridge door at home opens 180 degrees and if this did the same it would be a lot better.
The fridge serves its purpose really well, I am not sure it would be suitable in my home as its way too big but for work, it serves its purpose so this gets 4 out of 5 stars from me.
The last time The Bodyshop had a sale, I managed to pick up quite a few of their Body Butters for a really good price, this being one of them. The butter is available in two different sizes, a 50ml and a 200ml, I picked up the 200ml pot which has a RRP of around £13, during the sale though, this was reduced down to £5 and then had 40% off too making it a great bargain.
The butter comes in a lilac coloured pot which has a screw top lid which has an image of half a passion fruit on it. Upon removing the lid, I am greeted with a lovely fresh fruit scent, I am not sure if I am honest whether it is similar to a passion fruit as I don’t think I have ever smelt one but it certainly smells lovely and sweet. The fragrance is long lasting too which I love, at the end of the day, I can still smell the fruity aroma on my skin.
Just like the name says, this is just like butter except it is a pale lilac colour which makes applying it really easy, the butter glides over my skin and absorbs really easily and quickly, so much so that I can get dressed straight afterwards without the butter marking my clothes. I must say though that the results aren’t as long lasting as other butters I have used in the past, the skin on my lower legs tends to get a little dry from shaving and I find that they still look a bit dry a few hours after applying.
Overall, I would recommend this, but because it isn't as good with dry skin as some of the other butters, I would only give 4 out of 5 stars.
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The Bee Strong range is designed for people with dry and damaged hair, because I straighten mine most days, my hair definitely falls into this category. It is part of a larger range which consists of a shampoo, conditions and also a leave in conditioner treatment which all cost around £4.
The conditioner comes in a deep yellow pot which is topped with a screw top lid, to the front of the pot is the product information in white and green lettering, I find the range is quite eye catching and it stands out well on the shelf in the shops. I must admit though, I do get slightly annoyed with screw top lids as once my hands are wet in the shower, it can be a bit tricky to remove the lid.
After removing the lid, I scope out about a golf ball sized amount and start applying generously from the mid shaft of my hair all the way down to the tips, although the pot says not to, I also apply a tiny amount to my roots too. The conditioner is a paler orange colour than the normal conditioner and has quite a thick consistency to it, I found it covered my hair easily and didn’t just slide off as other masks I have used in the past have.
The conditioner is designed to be left on for around 2-3minutes (it can be left on longer if you have time but to be honest, I never do) and to be used once a week. When rinsing, I found it took a little longer than my normal conditioner to rinse away, this may be because of how much I apply, what I did notice when rinsing was how soft my hair felt. I then towel dried my hair and again, my hair felt lovely and soft, the hairbrush glided though and the tangles were very few and far between. Because I straighten my hair on a regular basis, it can feel quite dry but when I had finished styling my hair, I was amazed at how soft it felt. However what impressed me most was how my hair shined - It really did look like I had been to the hairdressers.
What I really love about the Bee Strong range is the smell, it smells really sweet, just like fresh apricots mixed with honey and as soon as I removed the screw top lid, the fragrance was evident. After rinsing, I do find that the gorgeous smell stays on my hair for the rest of the day.
I would definitely recommend this conditioner and it gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
The Colourmatch range is from Argos and it consists of lots of different items for the home such as soft furnishings, cutlery and small kitchen appliances, they are all quite cheap and brightly coloured.
The blinds retail at a starting point of £6.99 for the smallest blind and £19.99 for the largest, what I love about the Colourmatch range is that it is frequently on offer, I have just looked online and the blinds have 20% off. When we purchased, this offer was also on along with a 3 for 2 promotions so we managed to pick up 4 blinds for less than £50.
The blinds are available in several different widths, 60cm, 90cm, 120cm, 150cm, 160cm and 180cm, each with a 160cm drop and each blind can be trimmed slightly if they are too big for your window, it is worth noting that you don't get a blind cutter with the blind however you can pick these up for around £5 from Argos too.
One of the things I love about the blinds is that they come in a range of different colours such as white, black, red, blue and finally the ones which we chose which was Purple Fizz. We have a purple feature wall in our dining room which is what the conservatory leads off so I though this would be a nice way to carry some colour through (and I did think they may hide the dirt a little too).
The blinds are made from PVC, come with a tilt control (where I can open and close the slats) and finally a cord to open and close the blind, you also get a little hook so you can hang the cord out of the way if you want so little hands cannot get hold of them.
When it came to the installation, I must admit, I was just a bystander as all DIY gets done by the hubby in our house but he said they were really easy to fit and it took him about 30minutes to fit all 4.
I would definitely recommend the blinds, they look stylish and with the large colour choice they would fit into most rooms and decors. As I mentioned earlier, we have a black one in our bathroom and this has been there for around 7 years and it still looks like new. I would recommend buying a blind cleaner though as I find Venetian blinds are a pain to clean.
Whilst I love painted nails, the upkeep of them is a bit annoying so when possible, I do like to keep them with the French manicure look so I was really pleased that this came with some nail varnish to create my own look. The bottles are smaller than the standard size; they are only 4ml as opposed to the standard 7ml one which you purchase. You get three different colours, white for the tips of your nails, Nougat (which is a very pale pink colour) and clear which acts as the top coat. Despite the bottles only being small, the bristles on the brush are quite wide, enough to be able to cover my nails in just a couple of sweeps.
The bottles are cylindrical and topped with a black lid with the words No 7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in gold lettering to the front. Boots advertise that the product now contains Okoume Extract (I have no idea what this mean but it is meant to stop nails becoming brittle but also increases flexibility). It also contains Lumiere powder which lifts the colour brightness in the product.
I must admit, when I first tried to use the nail set, I did struggle to apply the white, the brush is the same size in all the pots so it is quite thick and a couple of times, I ended up with quite messy white lines. I would have preferred there to have been a 'tip guide' which acts a bit like a stencil, luckily, I already had one of these from a previous nail set I had.
A word of warning, although I did find the nail varnish dried really quickly, I would give it a good 10minutes between layers to ensure each coat is fully dry. After application, I find the varnish is quite chip resistant and my nails last a good few days which is a lot longer than other brands I have used.
Overall, I would recommend the set and give it 4 out of 5 stars.
I have a friend who works for Boots and every now and again, she comes home with a bag of goodies which she sells on and this is one of the things I have picked up in the past from her.
The brush retails for £8.99 and it is available in store and online. Quite often, Boots do run the three for 2 promotion on their hair range so if you are thinking of buying it is worth keeping an eye out.
I didn’t actually need a hairbrush but my hair does tangle really easily (and so does Laurens) so I thought this would ideal to keep in my handbag when out and about. The brush is standard size, it has a long pale wooden handle which has the product name etched onto to it and finally is it topped with an oval shaped head. The brush head has a mixture of bristles, some harder thick plastic pins mixed in with some softer bristles (the ones similar to what I used for Lauren when she was a baby),
When using the brush, I find that it actually performs really well, the mixture of bristles means that is doesn’t tug too hard on my hair and actually does quite a good job at keeping my hair flat and smooth. The lack of tugging is definitely by far the best thing about this brush, my daughter hates having her hair brushed, especially during the day and unless I have a Tangle Teezer and some detangling spray, she wont let me near her but she will with this one.
I must admit, I a probably a but relaxed when it comes to washing my brushes, I do find though that I have had to wash this one a few times already, but that is mainly due to the fact there are all sorts in the bottom of my handbag. When it comes to washing, I just remove any excess hair and then rinse in warm soap water, I don’t worry about getting the handle wet.
Overall, I would recommend this brush, it has performed really well on Laurens hair and normally she will only ever use her Tangle Teezer. The RRP of the brush is a little on the expensive side though, and for that reason, this only gets 4 out of 5 stars.
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My mum always buys me a hair gift set from Boots every Christmas and a couple of years back, she gave me a Trevor Sorbie which contained this.
The balm retails for around £6 for a 250ml bottle and it is available from places such as Boots and Superdrug. Boots quite often have the product on offer, such as 3 for 2 or a third off. I received mine as part of a set which at the time cost £20 and contained a full sized bottle of shampoo, conditioner and a finishing spray. Because I liked the product so much, I managed to pick another one up in the January sales at a cost of £10.
The balm comes in a pale plastic bottle, which has the product name in silver letting to the front and is topped with a clear lid. Upon removing the lid you are presented with a pump action dispenser which is really easy to operate. It is designed for all hair types and states it gives heat protection which is something I need as my hair is naturally curly and I tend to straighten it everyday so it is subjected to a lot of heat.
I use a couple of pumps and apply to my hair from roots to tip as the bottle advises you too, I only put a small amount on my roots though as I don't want my hair to end up looking greasy. The balm is quite thick and feels a little bit like a serum, I found it absorbs into my hair really easily and doesn't leave a sticky residue on my hair (or hands).
The balm smells really nice, quite sweet and perfumed and after styling, I can still smell the product on my hair and it lasts all day too. After styling, I can definitely tell I have used it, my hair feels a lot softer, but best of all, the condition of my hair feels a lot better too; it feels lovely and soft.
I would recommend the balm as it leaves my hair wonderfully soft but disappointingly, although my hair feels lovely, it doesn't look any shinier, I have used balms in the past that have also given my hair a shine too. For this reason, I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.
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The oil retails for around 10pounds for a 100ml bottle and is widely available from high street chemists such as Boots, Superdrug and also from larger supermarkets. There are two different versions available, this one which is designed for coloured hair and one for non-coloured hair, now I' in my 30's, I have to colour my hair on a regular basis and not because I fancy a colour change, more to keep the grey at bay.
The oil comes in a square shaped, golden coloured glass bottle which is topped with a red pump action lid. To the front of the bottle is the product name and brand in a mixture of gold, ref and black lettering. I feel the bottle has a really quality look and feel to it, being made from glass means its quite heavy too, which again makes it feel like a quality product.
The product can be used in three different ways, the first is before styling, on damp hair, the second is after styling as a finishing product and finally, before washing, you can apply to your hair. To be honest, I tried using if before I washed once and I could really see the point, it didn't make any difference to the look and feel of my hair and I did feel like it was a bit of a waste as I was washing it straight out.
The main way I would use was before I dried my hair, I would rub a pea sized amount into my hands and then run through my hair, I must say, the oil seems to disappear into my hair and leaves it feeling wonderfully soft. Once dried, I can definitely tell I have used it; my hair does feel lovely and soft and has a nice fragrance to it too. I also always use this as a finishing product too, I quite often have little fly away bits and my hair looks quite dry but again, using this flattens down my whispy bits and gives my hair a nice shine too. My hair is just below shoulder length and for both applications, I apply just a couple of squirts each time, again, the oil absorbs really easily into my hair.
I would definitely recommend this product, although it is a little more expensive that some other brands out there so for that reason, this gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
Back in my younger years, when perms were all the range, I used to get through lots of hairspray to create the perfect style, now I am a little older, I don't tend to use as much, just on nights out but I always like to have a bottle in the house.
The hairspray retails for around £1 a can and is widely available in most supermarkets, high street chemists and discount stores. I think the brand has been around for years as I always remember seeing a bottle on my mum’s dressing table in her bedroom when I was small. For your money, you get 330ml so it’s quite a decent size can too.
It comes in a pink aerosol which has white writing on the front, I must admit, it’s not the most attractive bottle on the shelf and I do think it has a slightly old style look to it but it does its job for a reasonable price. The canister is topped with a little button which dispenses the hairspray, a find the product comes out in a nice fine spry and doesn't 'clump' together.
There are a couple of different versions available such as Ultra-Hold, Conditioning Hold and this one, I prefer this as it does hold my hair in place better.
When on nights out, I will use the hairspray to keep my hair in place, sometimes adding to my roots to give a little more volume, I must admit, this does to a great job. After applying, my hair looks quite shiny and even better, it doesn't feel like cardboard. I have used this product from a young in age, back in the nineties when perms were in this was a god send and creating that all important ‘quiff’ at the front and it would stay in place all day long.
I have started to use this on my daughters hair as someone told me that head lice don't like hairspray (and being at that age now, it’s one thing I am dreading her bringing home) and its quite soft on her hair. At the end of the day, her ponytail is still intact and I find that the hairspray is really easy to brush out.
The hairspray has a nice subtle fragrance to it, slightly floral but not too overpowering, I also like the fact that it doesn't have that strong chemical scent that other brads sometimes have.
Overall, I would recommend this hairspray and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
I must admit that up until a couple of years ago, I didn't own any over the head earphones but as my daughter is showing more of an interest in her dads IPad, we decided to invest in a pair for her. I personally don't have a clue when it comes to headphones but this what the hubby picked.
He purchased these from Amazon at a cost of around £18 and they were reduced at the time from £25. I have just had a look online and they are currently available for £19.99, they are also available from places such as Currys, Tescos and Argos for a similar price.
As I mentioned earlier, when it comes to headphones, I don't really know what I am talking about, but I have just asked my other half why he picked these over any others and his answer contained something along the lines of the fact they had good reviews and for the price, the 30mm speaker output was decent.
These are brilliant white in colour and have a cushioned headphones which are quite soft to touch, it feels a little bit like leather and despite having the earphones for a couple of years, these are showing any signed of deterioration which I think is excellent. On the outward facing part of the earphones is a sliver plate which has lots of little circular groves on (when I feel this part it reminds me of an old record). Each plate has the Sony logo engraved on it. They are available in a few different colours, blue, red and black to name a few.
They can be adjusted easily by placing on top of your head and then pulling them down slightly, they stay in this position too. The cushioned ears make these comfortable to wear, we have just come back from Lanzarote and my daughter wore them on the plane for the majority of the journey (once all she could see out the window was water) and her never complained once.
When it comes to the quality of the sound, these are great, especially for the price we paid, everything is clear and concise and there isn't that 'tin' sound that can sometimes arise when listening to music. The cable measure 1.2m long which I find it a really good size and you can easily use to listen to a tablet, phone and my laptop.
I would definitely recommend these headphones, they are suitable for all the family, my 7year old included and 3years later, these are still going strong so they get 5 out of 5 stars from me.
The Boots Christmas sale always start on Christmas Eve so I always ensure I am online with an aim to pick myself up some bargains, a couple of years ago, I picked a few Lee Stafford gift sets up which contained this.
At the time, the set was £8 (which was half price) so I thought this was an excellent bargain and not only did it include this, is had a Dehumidifier Spray, a bottle of Flat Iron Spray, a comb and some pony bands. This can be purchased separately and costs around £5.99 from Boots, the range does have offers on frequently too such as 3 for 2. The Lee Stafford Poker Straight range consists of several products such as shampoo, conditioner, iron spray, serums and straighteners, the hair products are all priced around £5 - £8.
The product comes in a hot pink canister which really a stand out on the shelf in store, to the front of the bottle is the product name is in funky bold white letters. The spray to the top of the bottle is quite large and really easy to press and dispense the product.
To use the product, you should hold around 16cm from your roots, spray a generous amount then rub into you hair with your fingertips, I found that the whiteness disappears really quickly and leave my hair looking refreshed. I actually find that my hair seems to have a bit more bounce to it too. I always wash my hair on a daily basis (mainly due to the fact that it looks greasy the following day) however using this, I find that I can now wash my hair every other day which gives me loads of time back in the mornings (I have curly hair which I like to straighten), I also found that my hair feel a lot softer and in better condition as I am not using my straighteners on it on a daily basis.
While I have never been a huge dry shampoo fan as I never really found one that worked long term but this is perfect for my needs. When it comes to the smell, I think it smells really nice, not chemically like other dry shampoos have in the past, its smell quite sweet yet not too sickly or overpowering that it may interfere with my perfume.
Previous to using this product I hadn't yet found a dry shampoo that I could use which didn't make me look like I had poured a bag of flour over my head, yet I was extremely impressed with this, it leave my hair looking quite full and fresh and leaves it with a nice fragrance too. I would definitely recommend this and it gets 5 out of 5 stars.
The prince comes in a little blue and yellow box which has three clear panels on which makes it really easy to see the product. His little pink button nose protrudes out of the end of the box so even before taking his out of the box, Lauren was able to press this to hear him speak. Lauren already had a princess hamster so I as immediately drawn to purchasing the prince, that along with the fact that he is a nice lilac colour. His fur also has a few white patches on his sides, nose and ears which contrasts really nice.
The main function of the hamster is that is runs around the floor all on its own; along his back are two buttons (which you cannot see due to his fur but you can feel them), the button closed to his head is talk mode, so when pressed, he will just chat along to himself, the other button is located right at the bottom of his back, this operates explore mode. This is the one that definitely provides the most fun, by pressing this when the prince is on the floor, he starts to run around the floor. Unlike a lot of toys, the button in his nose also acts as a sensor so if the Prince reaches an obstacle or dead end, he will simply reverse and run off in a different direction. Lauren loves to sit and make obstacle courses for her hamsters and will play with hours.
One of her favourite activities is playing with our new puppy and her hamsters, he doesn't quite know what to make of the hamsters and follows them around making silly noises at them, Lauren finds this hilarious and cant stop giggling which is lovely to hear (I must admit, I find it quite funny too).
As with most wheeled toys, the Prince definitely works better on hard flooring a he whizzes around our dining room, he still works ok on carpets, just a little slower.
Prince Dashington has a RRP of around £9.99, as I mentioned earlier, the range isn't as popular anymore so quite often, these are discounted. I purchased mine from The Entertainer where they were priced at £1.99 each. There are lots of different hamsters available all priced around the same, there are also lots of accessories too such as hamster balls, cars and houses.
I would definitely recommend Prince Dashington, he has proven very popular with Lauren and gets 5 out of 5 stars from us.
The scales are part of the Colourmatch range which is available from Argos, both online and in store and they retail at £12.99.
Despite the low price tag, the glass is quite chunky and it gives them a quality feel and they don't feel like they would break when I stand upon them. The glass plate measures 30cm x 30cm so they are quite a decent size. To the top of the scales is a little LED display which shows you your weight, this can be either in stones or KG (you can change by switching a little button on the underside) I prefer to use stones.
Before standing on the scales, they have to be activated, the instructions advise you to tap them slightly, wait for the LED display to set to zero and then get on them, I find the best way to 'wake them up' is to actually push the top of them slightly with my foot and then get on. When I stand on the scales, they automatically start to calculate my weight, once it has balanced out, my weight flashes on the screen and stays there for about 30 seconds before disappearing however if I step off the scales, this disappears within around 5 seconds.
The LED display is operated by a little cell button battery which is included in the price, we have only had the scales around a month so I cant really comment yet on how long these last however the scales do have an auto shut-off when not in use so if they are anything like the scales I have at home, these should be quite long lasting.
So far, I have found the scales to be pretty accurate and inline with what my home scales say (which I found to be reliable in the past), I try to keep them in same place on the floor as with the caravan floor being made from wood (and has a carpet on top), there is a bit of difference if I move these around however I think this is more to do with the flooring rather than the quality of the scales. It is worth noting that the scales do have a maximum eight usage of just under 24stone (approx. 150kg).
So far, I am quite happy with the scales and I would definitely recommend, they would get 5 out of 5 stars from me.
We paid around £279 for this a few years back from Currys. Installation was really easy, my husband managed to this within around 10minutes as all he needed to do was plug in the cold water and drainage pipes. It is front loading machine and the opening is quite large with a decent sized clear plastic panel to the front. I would say that the machine is of standard size, is measures around 85cm tall, 55cm deep and 60cm wide.
It has several features: Pre-wash, Quick wash, AA40: This is the energy efficient wash, Night wash start delay and Spin only. When we first looked at the washer, it did look a bit confusing as there are quite a few buttons to the front. The first row of buttons determines what type of clothes you are washing such as cottons, wools etc, the second row is for the temperature, the third is the spin speed, the next is the option available on the wash such as pre-wash, AA40 (more efficient). All these buttons are grey in colour, when I want to use the washer, I simply turn is on by pressing the large on/off button situated in the top right hand corner, and then work my way across the different buttons and then press start. Above each of the buttons are a series of options, for example, above the fabric button it has listed 'cottons, synthetics, delicates, wool and hand wash, when I press the fabric button, it will automatically default to the setting at the top of the list which is cottons (a little green light appears at the side), if I want the next setting, I just press the grey button again.
Along the front of the machine, there are then two orange buttons which relate to the drying, the first is for the type of clothes and the machine determines the temperature and duration based on the type and the next just differentiates between cottons or synthetics. Just like the washing button, all I need to do is turn the machine on, press the button, it will then illuminate one of the setting down the side, if I want one lower down, just keep pressing the button until you reach you desired setting and then press start.
I do find the washing machine is very quiet when in use on most of the settings, I only really know it's when it's draining. For all the cycles I have used, I have been pleased with the results; my clothes always come out looking nice and clean, even the heavily soiled chef whites and Laurens clothes from when she was younger and weaning. On the odd occasion I have used the dryer, this too has performed well.
I would recommend this washer and it gets 5 out of 5.
This retails for just under £25 for a 10ml pot so it is quite expensive.
What I like about this brand is that they use completely natural ingredients and do not test on any animals. Also, they boast that where possible, they try and obtain most of their ingredients from certified biodynamic and organic sources. This particular product contains natural products such as apricot oil, jojoba oil, beeswax and carrot.
The cream comes in a little white pot which in similar in size to a pot of lip balm from the Body Shop and it topped with a screw top lid. The pot has the product brand in thin black lettering and has a gold and yellow band around the bottom. I must admit, the pots design of the pot is a little boring. Upon removing the lid, you are greeted with a bright orange product; I assume the colouring is due to the carrot and apricot ingredients.
Unlike other eye creams I have tried in the past, Dr Hauschka advises you to only use this one a day, in a morning after you have cleansed and toned. You need a tiny amount of the cream, about the size of a grain of rice for each eye, with this in mind; the cream does last a long time. I remove the cream from the pot with my fingers and then rub it together for a few seconds to soften the product up (it is quite a solid product, similar to that of a lip balm). I then start to apply around the contour of each of my eyes, taking great care not to pull on my skin as we I know that the skin around eyes is thinner that other parts of my face. One thing to note is that you do have to leave your skin alone for a good 10minutes before you start applying any makeup, I didn't do this the first time and it wasn't a pretty sight.
After applying, I found that the cream sat really comfortably on my skin and it didn't irritate them in any way, despite the orange colour, it looked completely cream on my skin and the smell of the product disappeared really quickly (which I was glad about as it smelt of raw vegetables).
I would say that this definitely did a great job at brightening up my eyes, the skin appeared tighter with less wrinkles and I would say that the puffiness I am prone to in a morning was also reduced. I also suffer with dark circles under my eyes, these also appeared to reduce slightly, I think it must be because this is a wax; it seems to reflect the light away.I would recommend this but it is a little expensive so it gets 4 out of 5.