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I must admit that when it comes to Cath Kidston, I do have a bit of a week point and this is one of my favourite bags that I have.
The bag retails for around £40 which is a little more than what I normally pay for a bag but I received this as a Christmas present a couple of years back. It is available in store but also a lot of larger department stores also stock the range now such as Selfridges.
It is made from oilcloth which has a slightly patent look to it, oilcloth is actually waterproof and also really easy to wipe clean which is always a bonus having a little one around. This has an over the shoulder design which I prefer when it comes to handbags as it means that I have both hands free when out and about, I also feel more secure having my bag like that as I always think thieves would find it harder to steal.
The bag is bright blue with a lovely rose floral pattern over it, the shoulder strap is cream and is really soft making it quite comfortable to carry (even when full to the brim), the strap has a brown buckle on it meaning it can be adjusted to the length you want. To the front of the nag is a brown belt buckle style look which locks the bag and also the front pocket which is hidden under the flap of the bag. Inside the bag there are a couple of pockets, the main one has a zip too which I like as I keep my phone and keys secure.
Overall, I would definitely recommend the bag, I have had for a few years now and it still looks like new so it gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
My daughter always wants to use my perfume when we are going out so for Christmas I decided to buy her a little bottle of her own so that she wouldn't be tempted to use mine when I wasn't looking.
The fragrance retails for around £8.50 for a 30ml bottle, it is only available from the Body Shop but both online and in store. What I like about the Body Shop is that there are always lots of offers available, on the run up to Christmas, they had a promotion running where they had 40% off which is when I picked this up (along with some other items for me).
The perfume comes in small clear glass bottle which is topped with a silver spray and lid, the spray is really easy to operate and when depressed the perfume comes out really evenly in a nice fine mist.
As you would imagine, the main notes to the fragrance is strawberry, upon spraying, it is evident what fragrance this is meant to be as it has a lovely sweet (very sweet in fact) aroma to it. I would say its definitely a summery kind of fragrance.
This isn't very long lasting and after a short while, the fragrance has really faded however I don't really think this bothers Lauren, she simply wants to be 'grown up like mummy'. I must admit though, I would be a little disappointed if I was buying for myself however I often find that EDT's are a little on the light side. Having said that, I have noticed that it seems to have better staying power when sprayed onto her clothes, at the end of the day when we are getting undressed, I can always smell on her top.
I would definitely recommend this fragrance, although it is a little on the light side, its ideal for what I wanted it for and therefore it gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
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My everyday watch was starting to look a little on the worn side so last year, santa decided to bring me a new one and this is what I got.
The watch retails for around £40 which I think is quite reasonable and it is available from most jewellers and watch shops, prices do vary so I would recommend having a look around.
The watch face is quite unique in its look, it is made of a stainless steel, the inner part has two cross over swirls made up of little diamantes. The inner part of the face is purple and a pearlescent look to it, the hands are silver and there are just four dots to indicate where the hour, quarter past, half past and quarter to marks are. I know some people wouldn't like that there are no numbers on the watch (like my mum) but in my opinion, this would spoil the look of the watch.
The strap is made from leather and is purple in colour, it is coated in a clear plastic film which gives it a slightly glittery look to it which looks really pretty. Unfortunately, within a couple of weeks of wearing, the plastic coating started to peel off making the strap look quite unsightly, I have managed to pick this all off now so the strap has a matt look to it.
I would say that the watch looks quite stylish and I have received several compliments on how it looks, the diamantes give is a nice glamorous look making it ideal on nights out but its not too over the top meaning I can wear it on a daily basis too without it looking out of place.
Overall, I would definitely recommend the watch however because of the issues with the strap, this gets 4 out of 5 stars from me.
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The sealant is available from most DIY stores and places such as Amazon and eBay priced at around £7 - £10 for a 220g gram tube. It is worth noting that this is only available to people aged over 18years old.
The sealant comes in a tall white tube which has a blue and silver cover to it, it actually reminds me of a large bottle of toothpaste. To the end is a slim nozzle which allows you to be quite accurate when applying, it is worth noting that you do need a sealant gun to use the product.
There are a few added bonus to using this rather than standard sealant, firstly, this comes with a 10year mould guarantee, I am yet to see if this works as we have only had this in place for less than a year but so far so good. Other sealants I have used in the past have started to go a little black which my hubby hates as he knows that I will then make him remove and reseal the shower. Another bonus is that once opened, the sealant stays usable for 1 year, so if there are any other DIY jobs needed, there is no need to repurchase.
For anyone that has never used sealant before, its really simple, and thats coming from someone like me who has never done any DIY in my life. I must admit, that using the gun is a little tricky at first and I would recommend practising at first otherwise you end up with too much sealant on the area you are trying to cover. It is recommended that you hold the gun to a 45 degree angle and sideways to ensure you get a good accurate coverage. Once applied, you smooth the sealant off with a special tool (or in our case, an index finger).
I would recommend wearing old clothes when using, at the sealant is waterproof so if you get it on your clothes, it is almost impossible to get off. The area that you are looking to seal must be completely dry and clean to ensure the sealant works correctly. There is a warning on the back of the tube to say that when using, the room must be well ventilated as it does have a really strong odour (which I actually really like).
After applying, the sealant takes around 24hours to completely dry, we tend to leave for a little longer than this, just to be on the safe side, especially when using around the bath as this is a pain to seal.
I would definitely recommend this sealant and it gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
I am not one for DIY but luckily I live with a man who will have a go at anything however this does mean, we have a house and garage full of tools and gadgets, this being one of them.
===Price & availability===
I cant quite remember where we purchased ours from, it seems we have had it for that long but my guess is was probably B&Q as we have a big superstore nearby. I have just had a look online and can see that this retails for around £10 as is available from most home improvements and DIY stores. Price do start from a little as £5 so I would recommend having a look around first if you are thinking of purchasing.
===The tape measure===
The tape measure is silver with a black and yellow sticker to the front with the product name and description on, this also clearly shows you how long the tape measure is which is 5meters or 16foot. The tape itself is yellow and made from quite sturdy yet flexible metal, it has been coated several times to prevent it from corroding if it gets wet (we have left it outside before and I can vouch it hasn't gone rusty). When I say sturdy, I can measure a good length single handed without the tape bending or kinking which means that I know I am getting an accurate reading. At the end of the tape measure is a little silver hook which allows you to hang over the edge of something when measuring, I find this ideal when I am measuring something on my own.
I really like that the tape measure has different markings on it, it displays lengths in centimetres, inches and feet, I prefer to measure in centimetres however my hubby uses feet and inches. To the front the tape measure is a little black button which allows you to lock the tape in place when you are measuring something, I quite like this feature as it allows me to write the measurements down rather than having to memorise them. To retract the tape, simply slide the button back up (this bit always terrifies me though as the tape retracts really fast).
There are larger ones on the market however we found this size to be perfect for our needs, we have used to measure numerous things, tiling our bathroom, measure a new settee, fitting our kitchen and to check that our new bed wood fit into the bedroom.
I would definitely recommend this, we have had for several years now and apart from a few paint splatters, it still looks and works like new so this gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
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The hairdryer comes as part of a set which included a purse and hairbrush too; it retails at around £20.
The hairdryer is bright pink in colour with an image of Hello Kitty down the nozzle, it has two heat settings, hot and warm, my hubby was a little worried about Lauren burning herself by using the hot setting but I was able to talk to Lauren about only using the cooler setting and so far, she seems to have listened to what I have said. I must say, the hot setting seems to be even hotter than my own hairdryer so I am quite glad she only uses the other one.
The switch which alternates the different heat settings is locates on the handle of the dryer, the switch is like small light switch, it is easy to operate, even whilst styling my hair. The hairdryer also has a cool shot button which is situated above the heat control switch.
I was quite surprised that this is a 2000watt dryer which is the same as mine, with the Kitty design; I expected it to be less powerful as it's definitely aimed at younger children. Unlike my hairdryer, this doesn't come with any different nozzles, the fact that this doesn't have any different attachments probably accounts for when the end nozzle on the hairdryer cannot be removed.
I was quite surprised at how long the cord is on the hairdryer, it measures around 1.5 meters which I think is quite a decent size, for use at home, the length of the cord isn't really important as we both have mirrored wardrobes in our room however I know that if we ever go away and take this with us, it will come in quite handy as I have stopped in hotels before where the mirror isn't situated anywhere near the plug socket.
One of the biggest pluses about the hairdryer is how lightweight it is, we both find it quite easy to hold and angle whilst using without adding any strain on our arms. In the past, Lauren has tried to dry my hair when we have been playing 'hairdressers' and found that my hairdryer is too heavy for her to use.
I would definitely recommend the set and it gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
This retails for around £12 for a 200ml bottle. It comes in a dark blue and is topped with a bright yellow pump spray with a clear yellow lid. The sides of the bottle are slightly curved, as if molded to accommodate my fingers, I find this quite handy as it when I am applying, and my hands don't slip down the sides of the bottle.
The lotion is a nice consistency, not too thick that I cannot rub it in, or too think that is runs off as soon as I spray it on. I always try to buy the cream which is coloured (a pale blue hint) as I find this makes it a lot easier to see where I have already applied and can make sure I don't miss anywhere. Once applied, I find that the cream soaks in easily, although our skin has a bit of a shine to it, it doesn't look or feel greasy.
I do think that this has quite a nice smell too it, although I couldn't describe it exactly, only that people comment 'you smell like holidays!' I find it to be a nice pleasant smell which isn't too overpowering.
The bottle boasts that it is water resistant, and the SPF 30 states Very Water Resistant, I must admit, I haven't really tested this aspect as no sooner has either myself or Lauren come out of the water, I am reapplying the cream (just incase!)
With the run of hot weather we have had recently, I was a little concerned that Lauren may get burnt at school as although she has cream in her PE bag at school, she used to tell me that not everyday they put some more on but I did know that she had to apply this herself, so every morning, I ensured she had a full coating before she left. I must admit that she has never returned home with any type of sun burn, even on days when I know that they have spend extra time outside, which I am really pleased about and shows that the product does an excellent job.
The only downside is that it stains clothes, I am careful not to get it on any clothes when applying but when Lauren is at school, she has to apply it herself and gets it all around her collar and sleeves of her school shirts. This dries and leaves a yellow stain and no matter what stain removing product I use, I cannot get rid of.
Overall, I would recommend Nivea sun lotion and but due to the staining issue, I have to remove a star and it gets 4 out of 5 stars.
Solait is Superdrugs own brand so only available in store and also on line, priced from around £7.99 - £9, I paid less than £4 for a 200ml.
The bottle is bright red so it really does stand out on the shelf against all the other products. The writing on the bottle is a mixture of silver and white which contrasts really well with the red bottle. The bottle comes with a flip top lid which closes securely but is easy enough to open singled handed. I like the fact that the bottle ‘sits upside down’ so it actually sits on it lid, I find that this makes it easier when trying to squeeze the cream from the bottle.
According to the bottle, this has to be applied 20minutes before sun exposure, I will say that there have been times when I have put this on and then gone straight outside and I haven’t burnt. The lotion should then be re-applied frequently throughout the day, especially after swimming.
The first thing that I noticed about this was how light the cream felt compared to creams I have used in the past. The cream is white and I would describe the consistency to be a little like runny yoghurt. I was a little worried at first because of how thin the cream was but I found that it seemed to be absorbed into my skin really quickly and left my body with a nice moisturised look.
The fragrance is quite subtle, like most sun lotions, I can’t pick out any notes but I would say that this is slightly floral and it definitely reminds my of holiday time. The fragrance has good staying power, several hours after application, I still have that summer aroma about me.
According to Superdrug, the cream is enriched with Vitamin E and Aquarich which means that the lotion cream is meant to leave my skin feeling and looking hydrated for 24 hours, whilst I don’t doubt that my skin didn't feel dry, I don’t think it would last 24 hours.
The lotion is dermatologically tested and I do find it is quite kind to the skin, my other half has really sensitive skin, which can react badly to certain creams but also, it he doesn't cover up properly in the sun, he gets a really had prickly heat reaction, he has used this a couple of times when he has forgotten his own lotion and not suffered any problems or reactions.
Overall, I would recommend and I think I will be repurchasing this in the future; therefore the sun cream gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
I really like the MUA range of makeup so when I spotted that they had 35% off all their products recently, I decided to treat myself.
When I wear anything on my lips, I like to wear quite light colours and most of the ones in this range are quite subtle. They are priced at just £1 per tube which I think is excellent value and they are available online from MUA or in Superdrug. I normally pick mine up in store as they quite often have three for two offers on, also, I can look at what I am getting for my money.
The lipgloss comes in a small 14ml tube which is quite fat, it is topped with a black screw lid. Underneath the lid, the tub has a slant with a small hole in, as you apply to your lips, just squeeze the bottle slightly and the gloss comes out the tube.
There are eight different colours available which I like, I opted for 'Lets Meet' which is just like a nude colour, the gloss is really shiny and transfers easily from the tube to my lips. I must say, I prefer glosses that are in tubes rather than on a wand as I find them easier to apply and also I find them a little more hygienic. The main thing I really like about this gloss is that it isn't sticky at all, in the past, I used to find my hair would stick to my lips on windy days but with this, it doesn't at all.
The downside of the gloss is that it does seem to lave my lips quite easily and within a couple of hours, I need to re-apply, this doesn't bother me though, at this price, I am happy to reinvest in another one.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this and it gets 5 out of 5 stars.
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Price & availability
Its about this time of year when I start to stock up on items ready to take to our static caravan when I spotted these in Wilkos. Always looking for a bargain, I was quite impressed with the price of these, 67p for a pack of 25 wipes and the price was made even better as there was an offer of 2 for £1 so I quickly picked up two packs.
The wipes come in a plastic pack with a re-sealable sticker lid on top, I have found that the sticker does a good job at keeping air out of the pack as the wipes stay moist until I used the last one. To remove the wipes from the packet can be a little tricky, if I pull two hard, I can end up with two wipes coming out, although this isn't a problem as I just stuff the other one back in the pack, it is a little annoying! The wipes don't have a luxurious feel to them and are little on the thin side (especially if you compare to No 7 wipes) however they do a good enough job and don't tear or disintegrate when being used.
The wipes are classed as 3 in 1 as they are meant to cleanse, tone and moisturise, while I think they are great at cleansing and toning, I would always apply my regular moisturiser on top otherwise within about 15 minutes of using, my face does feel a little dry. As with most facial wipes, these are PH balanced, allergen free and dermatologically tested, I have nearly used both packs now and haven't had any reactions or problems using them.
When away, I use these wipes twice a day; after I have showered in the morning and then in the evening before bed, I find they perform equally as well on both occasions. After both uses, the wipes maintain their 'wetness' and in the evening, there are able to remove a face full of makeup easily. The wipes leave my skin feeling clean and fresh,
Overall, these wipes are ideal for a quick fix or for holidays, there are a couple of downsides however at about 2p a wipe, these are ok so I would recommend and give 4 out of 5 stars.
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The cream is designed for people with dry or very dry skin, I would say I have combination skin, but during the colder months, my skin does dry out quite easily so I was looking forward to using this. As with all No 7 products, this cream is hypo-allergenic so suitable for people with sensitive skin. To purchase the cream alone costs in the region of £12.50 for a 100ml bottle, it is only available in Boots, both in store and online.
The cream comes in a small plastic pump bottle which is clear but has a slightly pink tint to it. I like clear bottles as I have a clear indication of how much product is left and I don’t wake up one day to find I have ran out. The cream is a pale peach colour, looks quite thick and fluffy and it swirls around the bottle and looks a bit like a Mr Whippy Ice-cream.
The pump covers the whole of the bottle which means it is easy to depress and the cream glides out of the bottle effortlessly. I do find that sometimes a little too much cream needs to come out so you do have to be careful.
I find that even though the cream is quite thick, a little does go along away, the cream glides effortlessly over my face and if I apply a thin layer, it soak in really easily.
Boots state that the cream is enriched with vitamin C & E and also enriched with apple extract which is designed to work deep down to soften, smooth, lift and brighten, I would definitely say that the cream works on the first tow claims, I am not too sure on the others.
There are two ways that you can use this, one option is to apply just before bedtime and then leave to soak in over night. I must admit, whilst this one does make me wake up with wonderfully soft skin, I find that it marks my pillows and by the time and I washed my face in the morning, my skin feels like normal again so the results are quite short lived for me.
The other option is to apply a thick layer, leave on for 3 to up to 10minutes and then wipe off with cotton wool. I find this one the better option for me, after wiping the cream off, my face feels beautiful, really soft to touch and no dry skin at all. It I do this first thing after I have had a shower, my face feels this way all day which I am really pleased with, its as if I have had a very expensive facial.
I would really recommend this product.
The bottle is slightly see-through and white and topped with a black lid which is opened by depressing one side, I do find that the lid is really easy to operate. For me, the only downside of the bottle is the size, because I chose the 900ml bottle, it is really quite chunky so it does take up a lot of room in the shower cubicle.
The conditioner is white and really thick, so much that it has a gel like consistency to it. Despite this being quite thick, it is easy to dispense from the bottle, just a gentle squeeze and it comes out. The fragrance is sweet but not too sickly and I would actually say it has a floral hint to it too, the staying power of the fragrance is good, several hours after using I can still smell on my hair.
The bottle states to apply an adequate amount from root to ends, I have hair which is just below my shoulders and I find that I need to use around 2 x 50p sized amounts to ensure that my hair has a good coating (I tend to always use double to amount of conditioner to the amount of shampoo, regardless of the brand).
I started to gently rub into my hair, particularly focusing on mind shaft to the ends and then I used a wide toothed comb to ensure the conditioner was evenly distributed throughout my hair. Unlike a lot of modern conditioners, Tresemme state that this has to be left on for 2 to 3 minutes before its rinsed which I do find a bit of a pain, especially during the week when I always seem to be in a bit of a hurry.
Despite the conditioner being quite thick, I did find that it rinsed quite well and I didn't have to spend ages rinsing my hair, I could tell at this point that my hair did feel quite soft.
When I brushed my hair, I’ll be honest, the conditioning properties weren't that great and I did find that my despite combing the conditioner through, my hair was still quite tangled, especially from the roots to mid length. My hair did feel quite light and not weighed down by the conditioner which I liked. After I had dried my hair and straightened, I would say that my hair did feel soft and did have a nice shine to it; although I wouldn't say that the shine was as good as when I attend the hairdressers like Tresemme boast.
Overall, as a conditioner, this does make my hair quite soft but it doesn't really do what it advertises and for that reason, this only gets 3 out of 5 stars.
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 shops, I think the brand has been around for years as I always remember seeing a bottle in my parents bedroom when I was small. It comes in a pink aerosol which has white writing on the front, I must admit, its not the most attractive bottle on the shelf 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.
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 even 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, its one thing I am dreading her bringing home) and its quite soft on her hair and 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.
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When it comes to hand cream, this is one of my favourites. This is only available from the Body Shop but in two different sizes, 30ml and 100ml and they cost either £5 or £11. I am quite lucky to have a Body Shop outlet store near me where they offer 40% off these so this is when I tend to stock up.
The hand cream comes is a silver metal tube which is topped with a brown screw top lid. The front of the tube has gold and brown colouring to it and looks quite nice, I feel the metal tb makes it look quite different to others on the market.
The only downside of the tube is that as I get towards the end, the tube tends to start splitting and the hand cream leaks out, it is as if the metal goes brittle which I do find disappointing. The fact that I carry this round in my handbag probably doesn't help the longevity of the tube as it will get knocked about a bit.
The cream is white in colour and just like most Body Shop products, as soon as I unscrew the lid I can smell it. The rich aroma of sweet almonds is present and what I love about this is that it stays on my hands for a good few hours after applying. I do find the cream is quite thick and rich and that a little goes a long way so although this is a little on the expensive side, it does last quite a long time, even applying twice a day.
After applying the cream, my hands feel lovely, soft and smelling gorgeous. Overall, I would definitely recommend this hand cream, but the issue with the tub splitting is a bit annoying so this would only get 4 out of 5 stars from me.
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The unit is freestanding and measures approximately 55cm x 56xm x 59cm so it is a little smaller that the standard size base unit so ideal if your kitchen is on the small side (or for a caravan like we have it for). The main part of the oven is a matt silver colour and the hob is glossy black which I think looks really nice and would fit into the décor of most homes.
The front of the cooker is split into two, the top half and the first door opens to reveal the grill and the second the oven. Both doors open downward so you do have to be a little careful when opening the oven as the handle nearly touches the floor.
The grill came with a black grill tray which rests nicely on the wire shelf which has be adjusted to two different heights within the grill which is the reason that the grill only has one heat setting. The oven also has two stainless steel wire shelves which can be adjusted or removed as needed. The two glass doors have a slight black tint to then which is designed to reflect the heat back into the oven, however you can still see through enough to keep an eye on how your food is coming along. Along the top panel of the oven are six dials, one for each of the hobs, one for the oven and the other for the grill. To the left hand side there is a switch which ignites the gas.
Because the oven is separate to the grill, it does mean that the capacity of the oven is a little smaller than I am used to, it serves us for just cooking small things such as pizza, oven chips. The hob is black but has quite a glossy finish to it so it looks nice and stylish. It has four different sized rings, the bigger the ring means the higher the heat output.
I am not the best cook in the world, and to be honest, I haven’t cooked that much in the caravan however I am pleased with the performance of this so far. The oven and the grill both heat up really quickly, a lot quicker than my electric oven at home and it also seems to cook food a lot faster. Although this cooker isnt fan assisted, I have never experienced any problems with heat distribution as the heat seems to circulate around really well. The negative about this is that the knobs are located to the front of the oven and are within easy reach for little ones.
This oven gets 4 out of 5 stars from me.