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Natural Collection Tinted Moisturiser product information:
It is a light, sheer moisturiser which aims to help gain a natural finish, Boots claim it will leave your skin looking and feeling supple and soft. It fragrance free and dermatologically tested. The R.R.P is £1.99 and this brand is exclusive to Boots.
When I was younger I preferred the 'made up' look and didn't mind spending hours getting ready in the morning, now I prefer a more natural look that takes me no more than 5 minutes. This is why I first chose to buy Natural Collection Tinted Moisturiser, as it feels a lot lighter than foundation, I apply it as if it were a normal moisturiser and find a pea-sized amount provides enough coverage . This means that one bottle will last me around 3-4 months, I think this means that it is extremely good value for money.
The low price is a further reason I chose to buy this product over other brands, it costs £1.99 for a 40ml bottle. When I first bought it, I was an A level student so didn't have a lot of money to spend on make up so this product was ideal for me. I am still a student (now university) but have a little extra spending money but still choose this product as I feel it is extremely good value for money. As it is so cheap it means I have more money to spend on other things. Natural Collection make up is often on offer, you can buy any 3 products for £5, making it even better value for money. This offer means that I can get most of the make-up essentials for a very low price.
I also use Natural Collection Cover-Up Stick, Pressed Powder and Blusher as they work well together. A downside of this tinted moisturiser is that when worn on its own it can leave the skin looking and feeling a little shiny and greasy, this is easily fixed though by applying a little of the Pressed Powder. I do not feel this is a major disadvantage because of the easy, cheap solution and I prefer to use powder as it makes me feel as though my make-up has 'set'.
I highly recommend any of the Natural Collection range available at Boots, it is the cheapest way to fill your make-up bag
Having not owned a Smartphone before I was genuinely excited about getting my HTC Wildfire S, and at first it did not disappoint. This phone is remarkably easy to use and very customisable which, for a first time user, was brilliant. It looks very nice, with a very minimal design, that must be said is similar to the iPhone's. It's very comfortable to hold and weighs only 118g with the battery. As a smaller and cheaper alternative(retailing at around £200) to other smartphones, it certainly looks worth the money.
With the latest Wildfire upgrading to Android 2.3 combined with HTC Sense the multiple screen interface runs efficiently and smoothly. All apps already on the phone run fine but if you do want to venture, which of course, you have to do, you may encounter some problems. Iconic games such as Angry birds run fine on earlier levels but when you reach more complicated levels you can be treated to a lot of lag, sometimes making it impossible to play. This is down to the 600mhz processor, which for a Smartphone is very poor, with the HTC Desire S running on 1ghz processor and for only £5 more a month from my point of view, I started to regret my decision. Image and text based websites seem to run well but when videos are introduced you encounter problems.
With USB input, headphone and microSD slots, its everything you'd expect from a smartphone. The phone's sensitive screen works well, but any drops of rain and it becomes very hard to use. It has a nice vibration feedback feature. Every time you touch the screen a little vibration is made to let you know the phone has registered it. The keyboard when texting can be a little small, but turning the phone on its side can easily fix that. The predictive text feature is very good, it makes texting a lot easier, but should you not like it, it can be easily disabled. The phone offers good quality sound on calls, with a range of differing sound levels. Loudspeaker can be a little unclear, but thats to be expected. It offers some neat features like being able to put 2 people on hold at the same time and quick speed dialing. Voice activated speed dialing doesn't work so well though, as it offen doesnt understand what you've said and isn't really worth the hassle. The phone's camera comes in at 5.0 megapixels and has a LED flash feature. Taking pictures works well, but when using the video camera it lags a lot so I've stayed away using that. Battery life is poor. If you use your phone to it's full capacity, you'll have to charge every day. The average user may be a little less, but still - using internet drains the battery and GPS even more so.
To conclude, The HTC Wildfire S is a good smartphone but there are better alternatives out there that you could get for just a little bit more. It delivers on most levels but I feel the processor just can't run some of the better features out there on the awesome Android market.
From reading the previous reviews I can see that I am not the only one who has experienced a problem with Ospa London, which makes me feel a little bit better now I know I am not the only one.
I purchased a voucher from Groupon which allowed me to buy Ospa London straighteners for £15 rather than the recommended retail price of £99.95. I, probably like everyone else, thought this was such a good deal that I couldn't afford to pass on, as I needed an extra pair of straighteners to keep at my boyfriend's house so I didn't need to carry my own pair around with me. I placed my order on 05/07/11 and had to pay £7.50 delivery charge, the money for both the straighteners and the delivery charge came out of my account the next day.
After reading the terms and conditions, I expected to receive my straighteners within 28 days of when I placed the order. I did not. I then received an email from Ospa London explaining that they had a very large number of orders and consequently ran out of straighteners and that they would not receive the next batch for a few days. They assured me that they would be dispatched on or around 15/08/11. In my opinion, the sudden rise in demand should have been anticipated if they offer one of their products at such a low price. The 15th of August came and went and still no straighteners, nor any email explaining why they had not yet been dispatched.
In the last 2 months I have sent 4 emails to Ospa London and have not had any replies, other than 4 automated emails explaining that they will be dispatched on the 15/08/11, even the email I sent this morning. On their website, they do not offer any alternative way of contacting them about your order so I decided to contact one of the spas for answers, even though they tell you not to. It took me 25 minutes of calling all 3 spas before I finally got through to somebody, who gave me a phone number, I assume this was the call centre which was supposed to contact me regarding my emails. I dialled and redialled this number for 20 minutes and every time it was engaged. I was later told by an advisor at Groupon that this was probably because their 'call centre' only consisted of 3 phone lines.
If a company advertises their services and products at a very low price on a site such as Groupon then they should be prepared for a sudden rise in demand. I had a look back at the webpage which said that 404 people had bought this deal, which to me doesn't seem that many for a company that has 3 spas in London.
I would advise anybody to avoid buying anything from this company as their customer service is almost non existent and you can probably still be waiting for your order to arrive 2 months later.
I recently purchased Zumba for the Wii. It is a dance exercise based around Latin routines and music, which is designed to help people get into shape through calorie burning routines that can also help gain muscle tone. I had seen Zumba fitness DVDs advertised on TV but felt they were out of my price range, so when I found a version for the Wii under £25 I had to buy it as it looked like a fun and easy way of staying in shape. It is probably due to my poor dance skills and lack of co-ordination and rhythm, but I found even the beginner classes difficult! The instructor you have to copy is not a real person, but more of a cartoon, this sometimes made it difficult to discern what moves she was doing. I tried the tutorials which show you how to do each move step-by-step, but there seem to be hundreds of different dance moves so this soon became tedious. You are instructed to mirror the instructor on the screen; I found that this was quite hard to do when I was unsure of the steps. If you are able to follow the instructor and complete the dance workouts and use it a few times a week, I genuinely believe that you will lose weight and see an improvement in your fitness, but I find the dances hard to follow so given up for a while. Maybe one day I will try again...
However, it is fun; I found watching members of my family attempting to wiggle their hips like the instructor on the screen and they thought the same of me (my mum almost wet herself at my poor attempt!). From then on whenever I used Zumba I made sure the curtains were shut and everyone was out of the house. I did enjoy doing the routines when no one was watching me and I think I slowly improved. I did also feel as though I had had a good workout afterwards, but did feel a little silly while doing so.
My biggest criticism of Zumba is that you are unable to see if you have made any progress. Also it is very easy to cheat and gain extra points by standing in one spot shaking your hips, not necessarily in the same way as the instructor on the screen. The way in which points are given is also not very clear so at the end when you are given your total score there is no way to gage whether you have done well or not.
If you are good at dancing or have even the tiniest bit of rhythm, then I would recommend Zumba to you as an easy way to keep fit in your home. But if, like me, you are hopeless, then I'd stay away from this product and find a more conventional, maybe boring, way of staying fit.
I only use a computer when I really have to and hate over complicated computers and laptops, so this was a perfect choice for me.
It doesnt have a very big memory compared to other larger laptops so if you're looking for somewhere to store lots of files then I recommend you buy an external hard drive or a normal sized laptop. I mainly use this laptop for university to work so generally only keep a few essays on here at a time so I have not found this to be a problem. I have found that when I have a few tabs open at a time, the internet is not as fast as when I am only trying to view one web page at a time. This is paticularly a problem when I am trying to listen to music online, so I tend to avoid doing so.
The size and weight of this laptop is one of the main reasons I bought it. It is small enough to fit in my bag amoung my other belongings and also light enough to do so. As a result it is very ideal for students.
When fully charged the battery lasts around 7 hours, a little less if you run alot of programs at once, which just long enough to last a normal days work!
One of the major issues I found was that due to the version of Windows 7 already installed onto it, I cannot change the desktop background or the screen saver, which would be a nice touch to personalise my laptop. I think to be able to do this I have to upgrade the Windows 7, but I have to pay to do so.
The pro's of this product definately outweigh the cons!
I am a big fan of Boots Natural Collection make up, with most of make up bag being made of this brand.
I have used many different cover ups and found this one to be the most effective in covering up any spots or redness before I applied the rest of my make up. I have used this product for around 2 years now and would not consider changing to another brand.
The cover up is quite a thick product, therefore you need only use a small amount on your skin. I find the smallest amount is suffice to cover blemishes and dark circles. Even though it has a thick texture if too much is applied, it doesnt feel as though it is clogging up your skin.
The price on this product is very reasonable at £1.99 and is a great addition to any make up bag, especially if youre looking for a quick fix. I definately recommend this product to anyone