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When my son was 3 I decided that I would introduce a multivitamin into his diet as I felt that although he did eat fruit that he was missing out on some of the vitamins and minerals contained in vegetables, alongside this he is a very fussy eater (although a little better now) so I found variety a real struggle and as he started nursery he caught every cough, cold and sniffle going so I thought giving him a vitamin every day couldn't harm things. I originally purchased the Bassets ones that my son really liked and was more than happy to consume, they were on offer at £1.50 the first time I bought them however by the next time they were almost £3 and I decided to have a look and see if there was a cheaper alternative out there. While browsing my local Tesco I came across their own brand of jelly vitamins costing just £1.50 for the 30 pastilles which I thought was good value.
Firstly the box is very bright and inviting to children, I much prefer this design to the other brands I have tried as it seems most child friendly. The colours are very bright and inviting and on the front the vitamins are made into little characters carrying out exercises which appealed to my little boy as he knew he was taking the vitamins to make him strong and healthy. The box also tells us that vitamins A, C, D and E are included which is good. They are said to be strawberry flavour which my son prefers however the colouring of "jelly vitamins" are in orange so I had firstly assumed they would be orange flavour. Alongside this the vitamin characters are bright red however the pastilles themselves are more of a burnt orange than a red colour which is slightly misleading.
On opening the box you have 2 foil packed packets which have 15 pastilles in each one. The packets are very easy to distinguish from other medicines such as paracetamol or ibuprofen because the pastilles are much larger as well as being very sharp looking instead of the more gentle corners other packets have.
The pastilles themselves have a faint strawberry smell which is a bit of a disappointment, the Bassets ones were very red and very fruity smelling more like a sweet than a vitamin but these are more faint and less red, more of an orangey colour if I'm honest. I tried one of these in the name of research and they had a pretty tangy taste to them that made my mouth water a lot. They very quickly turned soft in my mouth and disappeared leaving behind no real after-taste. I did only try these the once, my son had them on a more regular basis.
Do they work? I don't think they are a miracle cure by any means but my son's skin, hair and nails seem to be much stronger and healthier and in himself he has more energy. Of course he did still catch a cold but nothing as full blown as he normally seems to do so I do think they done some good to him. I wouldn't day these were my preferred brand but I would have no hesitation in buying them again. They are cheap, appealing and do the job. In addition my son happily takes his vitamins with no fuss.
I go through a lot of paper being an open university student that is based a lot online so I always have plenty to print out and as such I didn't want to be spending a fortune on some white paper so when I came across this Tesco Value paper for £2.50 for 500 sheets I decided that it was worth giving it a shot as a lot of the value products I have tried have been of reasonable quality. I got this from my main Tesco which is a large one situated in a retail park, there is another smaller Tesco near me and this also seems to stock it so it is pretty widely available and there seems to be Tesco's here, there and everywhere so it's not too hard to get a hold of.
The paper comes stacked in a bundle with a simple paper covering, the packaging is very plain and simple and to be honest I just took the whole stack of paper and put it into my letter filer thing to keep it together. You could if you wanted lift the flaps on one of the ends to keep the paper together but as I said I got rid of the covering.
The paper itself is of regular size and feels quite thick, it's not of super quality of course but it isn't transparent and you can print on both sides although to be honest I tend to just print on the one as it's a pain to do both sides with my printer but it can be done if you desire it. The paper is white, not an off coloured white but pure white which is good I think. It hasn't got snagged or torn in my printer which has happened on a couple of occasions with other brands so I think this is a good test of it's quality. The ink I have found hasn't seeped through the paper which is again a problem I have encountered in the past. The ink is very readable on the paper and you can also highlight and write on it as normal with no problems. My son has also used this paper for painting, stickers and colouring and we have still yet to have any problems with ripping or tearing which I think is excellent.
Overall I think this is a really good buy, you wouldn't want to print wedding invitations on this but you can use this for everyday matters, general printing and anything else you might need. I would definitely recommend this paper to anyone and I have purchased on several occasions and will do so again.
I received this set for my birthday back in August but I never actually opened the set until during December so I have been using this for a few weeks now so about time I reviewed it I think. The set I received was the Soap and Glory body butter and the perfume together in a box set however this review will focus only on the perfume.
The perfume bottle firstly is nothing fancy as you can see from the image above. The bottle is a generic shape and the brand name over the bottle doesn't fit in with the brand image I don't feel, Apart from the pinkness there is nothing else to link into the image of Soap and Glory I feel. I also don't like that there is no cap on this bottle for the reason that it has the ability to go off in your bag as well as getting all ikky, I don't think it would have been hard to make a cap that fits on and that's a huge disadvantage for me. The bottle is actually glass despite the cheap look that it's made from plastic. It's not very heavy and I do think from the feel of it that it wouldn't take too hard a drop for it to shatter into a million pieces which is a further downside for me, having a 4 year old around who is very much into copying my make up and perfume I like to be sure that the things I have are durable and I really don't think this one is.
Just a couple of pushes of the top gives out plenty of the perfume I think. The perfume is slightly soapy and almost has a tinge of that old lady perfume to it, like the really really old perfumes that your Granny has had for years laying around which isn't very appealing. There is a hint of flowers in there but overall it's just a flowery, soapy jumble. In the first instance the perfume is rather strong but this quickly disappears without going through the layers as a lot of perfumes do. I would say that within about 2 or so hours there is no scent left which is very disappointing. It goes on fine but there is no longevity which is a must in a perfume for me, even if I can't detect it as long as other people can is no problem but there is definitely nothing left of this one after such a short while.
Although mine was a gift a quick search shows a price tag of around £16 which I feel is far too expensive for this, I would much rather get a smaller sized bottle of a decent perfume for the same price, considering you have to reapply so often it does work out as a false economy anyway. My perfumes last me months on end but I have went through half a bottle of this in just a few weeks.
Overall I am a fan of some of the Soap and Glory products, this however alongside the plum facewash is not for me I'm afraid and I wouldn't recommend it either.
I am not a huge user of lipglosses, I much prefer to apply lipstick or just plain balm as gloss is just sticky and wipes off easily and generally just something I don't like. This particular gloss was given to me as a present a couple of years ago and I decided in the name of Dooyoo to try it out and see how it was. As this was a gift I don't know how much it cost however to buy this solo is costs £9 so firstly I have to say I would never pay that amount for any lip gloss and especially not one that makes my lips feel like they've been stung by a hive of bee's. However Soap and Glory products can normally be found in Boots on a 3 for 2 deal so there is the opportunity there to knock the price down a bit however I do feel it is still overpriced but that's just my opinion.
The lipgloss comes in a box that has the expected Soap and Glory retro images and pale pink colouring. I do really like the brand and I think that it looks really unique on the shelves. There is a cut out strip from where you can see the lipgloss inside. Mine is a sort of dusty pink kind of colour. On removal from the box the tube itself simply states the brand and name up the side with the colouring being completely transparent allowing you to look inside and seeing how much of the gloss remains. The twist off cap is black in colour and twists off nice and easily. On the underside of the cap is where the wand is attached with the typical applicator at the end with a slant on one side to allow easy application onto the lips. Overall once out of the box this lipgloss is really no better or different than any other lipgloss I have ever tried which is slightly disappointing.
To use the gloss I simply remove the wand from the tube and glide over my lips. It's as simple as that. Once the gloss is applied it has a very subtle pink shimmer to it which I actually quite like however there is a ridiculous amount of gloss, even applying just one swipe over my lips leaves me looking like I'm trying to hard. The ingredient that always reminds me of mint for some reason is very quickly activated on my lips and they start swelling, very out of proportion to my face and I look like a blowfish. Alternatively if any of you are watching I'm A Celebrity - Helen (Rosie from Coronation Street) when she does that stupid pout face the whole time, that's how your lips look. I'm sorry but not even she can pull that off. It's like those people who do fish lips and then take a picture in the mirror, it looks awful and I have yet to see a single person that can effectively get away with this look. It's really awful but even wiping the gloss off of my lips the effects are still very visable and remain so for around an hour I would say so I suppose that this does do the job it claims to do however even so I still think that this is an awful lip gloss. It's also super sticky and makes your lips feel extremely heavy and your hair gets stuck in it and then the gloss starts to clump leaving you with unsightly white patches in the corners of your mouth.
Overall I really cannot recommend this lipgloss, it looks awful once applied, it's far too sticky, it's very expensive, there is not much colour given off, the gloss is overly shiny and there is just nothing nice about it. I am awarding this one star simply because I cannot give it any less.
My lips get exceptionally dry every year especially in the winter time, my lips are generally a little dryer than I would like and therefore I always have a huge amount of lip balms around from my kitchen to various pockets to my bag and car. One of the balms I do have is this Vaseline Lip Therapy I only have the one pot but as with my others I tend to use it a lot and then lose it before coming across it again a few weeks later. I came across this particular balm a couple of weeks ago and decided it was time to write a review on it.
Firstly I love the size of this tin, for 20g you pay around £1-£2, I paid the lower end of the scale on a deal in my local Superdrug but this is available from Boots and supermarkets and the like and there are also various other 'flavours' available however I have yet to try them. The blue is the original and is a lovely bright blue colour. The tin is small and cute yet durable it has been knocked around and dropped and what not else and it is still in perfect shape. The top you simply pull the top off to reveal the jelly underneath.
The balm itself has a yellow sort of tinge to it however when you apply this to your lips it goes on clear. To apply I simply make circular motions on the top with the tip of my finger, I then swipe it over my lips. It feels slightly greasy to the touch however this is to be expected, apart from that there is nothing distinctive about this balm really. When on my lips the balm leaves a slight shine that isn't too glossy but it is a bit more than I would like. It feels rather light on my lips but I would say that if you apply a little too much of this then it does clump on the lips and the corners become gunky so you do have to be aware of the amount you apply. My lips do feel moisturised and smooth and it does make chapped lips feel better and not as painful as they can do.
Overall I do like this little pot of balm it does the job and stops lips becoming overly dry and can provide relief to lips that are chapped already. It can become heavy and clump if too much is applied it also feels greasy to touch, I would much prefer if this was in a stick form over the little tin even though I do think the tin is very cute and lightweight as well as super easy to throw in your bag.
I have had a couple of these eyeshadows over the years but I was given 2 for my recent birthday so I've been renewed with them again. These can be bought in the likes of Boots but if you are keen on trying them out looking out in Poundland first is a must as I have seen these in and out of stock for months now which is how I acquired so many of them although they always seem to disappear, the same as lip balms really.
The product comes loose without any sort of packaging which is a good thing really as it means there is no unnecessary wastage of plastic/card. It is rather small, around half the size of a lipgloss which includes the product itself and the handle which holds an applicator on the inside so it is easy to slip into your bag if you're heading out and want to keep it handy for touch ups. This is fairly compact and sleek and it does look good I think.
To use the product you simply unscrew the silver lid and pull out the applicator which holds the colour on the end which is a large bulbous shape with a pointed end. I find when I pull out the applicator that the fine powder ends up everywhere namely all over my top and the floor which is a pain. However it does make life easier as you don't have to find a brush to apply this with. The sponge itself is very hard and feels rough being pulled against my eyelid so you do have to ensure you're being gentle when applying. It is also quite big but it does cover the eyelid in just a few sweeps so it's a good thing I suppose. I own around 3 or 4 shades of these eyeshadows, one is a deep purple, another a very pale pink, a paleish blue and a navy blue. The pale colours are nice but they do need a lot of building up to make the colour show and make an impact on the eye. The darker colours show up with just one application and I find if I add more than one coat that it becomes too dark for my colouring anyway.
As for the longevity of the product, I have used these on multiple occasions, especially the older ones and there is still a lot left, I am not sure how much but it doesn't feel any different than brand new to be honest. As for how long the shadow lasts on the eyelid I find that it really doesn't have much staying power at all, after around a couple of hours the middle of my eyelid has a large dark streak to it which is just messy and unattractive. I have found if I have used a little bit of primer that it makes it last a little bit longer but not hugely so.
Overall for just £1 I think these are a good deal, they do give you some colour and are cheap but if you're looking for a product that lasts a long time on the eyes then this is not the one for you. I would give this 3 stars as it's ok but not exactly the best I have ever used.
I got this ipod roughly 5 or 6 years ago now and while most people will have moved on with the multiple newer products on the market this one is still in use over here. I have to admit I go through phases of my ipod, I am not a huge music fan and I generally tend to only listen to any sort of music whilst driving however I go through phases of having my ipod on constantly to not using it for months and then coming across it again but it has been in and out of use for a very long time at this point so there is definitely something to be said for it's durability.
Firstly the price, it seemed so expensive when I first bought mine at just £90 and even then it had been released for a few months before I purchased it but this was the first technology of it's time I believe so considering that the price wasn't really that bad at all. I purchased mine from Argos, I don't know where you would get one now however Ebay and the likes are bound to have a few. At the time there were a variety of colours available, I believe there were 7 but I couldn't be entirely sure. I went for the bright pink one being a very girly teenager that was in love with pink things. To be honest I still really like the colour of this player and I don't think I would go back and change to a more muted colour, considering it is mainly kept in my pocket it's not on show but it's a nice little addition to an otherwise colourless world sometimes. I seem to remember all the colours available were very bright and exciting rather than the regular black and white you seem to get these days.
On receiving the ipod it came in a crystal clear case that was very slim, it had the instructions, earphones and computer cable on the bottom and the ipod itself sat on a plastic tray, it looked almost like a watch box to be honest, I really liked the casing it seemed a little alternative to what else was available at the time. At first you have to get to grips with putting your music onto the ipod, you have to go to the Apple itunes store where you can download quicktime and itunes onto your computer, you then have to drag and drop the music files either onto the main list of music or onto varies types of playlists, the choice is yours. After this you simply use the USB cable supplied to plug in the ipod. Itunes should recognise the device and from here you are able to change the name of your ipod, add photos and your music by simply pushing the little circular button next to the ipod name on the left hand side, this will put all your music from your computer onto the device. Whilst the ipod is connected it will also charge itself and I have to say it does charge pretty quickly, around 4-5 hours I would say from a completely flat battery which is on par with how quickly a mobile or an ipad charges these days and thinking that this was technology released many years ago it is pretty good I think. You can also charge the ipod through a wall charger, either a specific ipod/iphone one or using the cable and connecting it to a USB plug. I can also vouch for the fact that a non apple branded cable will work with this device as I found out when I lost the original cable and instead of spending £20 on a cable I paid just a couple of pounds instead and it does the exact same job.
You then have to insert the headphones which is incredibly simple, the ones provided are pretty good and I had them for a while but the earbud piece fell off after a couple of years and I have since used various pairs of generic headphones and they all fit the socket perfectly which is incredibly useful. The headphones do make the device a little bulkier than it would be without them, it is very slim and fits easily into the pocket of your jeans or skinny jeans, jacket pockets or to be held in the palm of your hand. It doesn't have the curved backing some of the newer models have but to be honest there isn't a huge difference with it having a flat back. Right in the middle of the ipod sits the circular controls which control the sound, track list and what's playing, how to set the clock and everything else, it is very sensitive and you only need a slight touch with the tip of your finger making a circular motion to make this work. The screen is very small a couple of inches by another couple of inches, this is not your typical modern piece of technology that has a large screen and is very bright. The top of the ipod holds the lock which you simply slide away from you to lock the screen and control pad and towards you to unlock it. I think it has a nice sleek design to it, it is incredibly thin yet is very durable I have man handled it on many occasions and the worst this ipod has is a few scratches on the back which doesn't make it attractive however it also doesn't make it tatty and ugly either as while it is face up you would never know.
To turn the ipod on and off you hold the control pad on the "South" position this will cut off the light and switch the ipod off. If you don't do this then the ipod will stay on and the battery will drain leaving you with nothing to play about with the next time you're on the bus or the train. You simply use the control pad to select the song you wish to play, the volume it is to be set at, changing the settings such as the maximum sound level or the clock time and date. The interface is very simple to navigate through and there is honestly no way that you could get it wrong especially with how advanced today's technology is. The battery indicator will alert you to how much battery remains and I have to say it lasts very well, I can use this constantly for a few days before I have to charge it up however if you're using it for say commuting in which case you were only using this a couple of hours a day you'd easily get a week out of this player which is excellent I think. The screen is bright and for the age it is actually rather clear, not HD quality but it's not a bunch of pixels either. I think the brightness is plenty but it can be a little bright if you're using this in the dark or you're very sleepy.
I only use this player for music, I don't store photo's on it, honestly you wouldn't be able to see it very well anyway as the screen is so small if there are covers for say a music album this goes to one small side of the screen anyway and even if you do wish to view the artwork then it comes right in the centre but still a small sqaure. I have around 300 songs on mine and I still have majority of the space on the ipod which is excellent. I believe it can hold up to 2000 songs which I would definitely struggle to fill however I very often have a clear out of the music I own so if you did have a whole lifetimes worth of music then you might find this amount of space inadequate however for an average or light user this is more than suitable.
I do have to mention that if you have to change your itunes account which I have had to do many times over the years from switching computers to having computers wiped you will have to re-download the platform and re-add all the music, before you sync the ipod a warning will come up asking you if you want to proceed, this is vital because if you do sync from an old account to a new one then everything you already have in the device will be wiped so you may end up losing songs you no longer have.
Overall I think this player is excellent, yes it has it's limits as older technology however it still syncs and plays music which is it's main function. It can be bashed around and roughly handled without fear of it breaking unlike the other Apple products available these days. It can hold a lot of music, it charges quickly, it looks great and can really stand the test of time. Alongside this addition components such as charging cable and earphones can be replaced with cheaper versions if the originals fail. The music is nice and clear everytime, I also found that the ipod has kept to it's volume. I have had to change the earphones a few times to restore the sound level to it's original blast but this is not a fault of the device but rather the cheap earphones I have used instead. It looks stylish and it is super easy to use even for those who aren't familiar with technology. I think this is an excellent device and is expertly made and is a good representation or a long lasting durable product which Apple don't seem to produce these days.
When I was moving into my current house almost 2 years ago now I had very little cash to kit the house out and rather than buy smartprice cheap products that I wasn't sure would last I decided I would try my local Freecycle, I had had many positive experiences passing things on and decided it was worth a try asking for household items. I received a message from someone who had just gotten married and therefore had a variety of items that were almost brand new he was looking to pass on and one of them was this Russel Hobbs 4 slice toaster. When I received it I was told it was only 6 months old but as they had received their preferred toaster as a wedding present they decided to pass this one on and I was so eternally grateful. The items were meant to be a stop gap until I could afford something better however this toaster is still going strong today and I see no point in replacing it when it works so well!
After just having done a quick search this toaster is around the £30 mark (wow!!) and although I would normally regard this as over my budget it has lasted so well on an almost daily basis and has a good look to it that really it's not so bad a deal at all. This is available from Amazon so get saving those Dooyoo vouchers and you can have one too!
Firstly the look of this toaster, it is chrome all over and the only addition of anything else is the buttons which are black, there is one lever and 4 buttons along with a small sliding scale that you can use to specify how cooked you would like your toast. I feel that this is a very modern looking toaster, I also have a Russell Hobbs Kettle (another freebie from my Mother In Law who decided she wanted a new kettle and gave me her old one) and so it fits in very well with my kitchen (although I do need a chrome microwave to match if anyone wants to buy me one!). There is only one flaw with this chrome look and that is that wiping it over is a pain, I find that wiping off say dust it collects at one side and you have to wipe it over with a towel or kitchen roll to make it nice and shiny and smear free, it's not a huge problem but it's something I had to mention. Otherwise I really like the shape it is not square and sharp but has lovely rounded corners that give it a softer look. The levers don't stick out too far from the side of the toaster which is a good thing as it sits very neatly on the space of my worktop giving me enough room to use the lever yet not too much that there are large gaps (yes these things are important to me, I am aware of my need for a life). I do have to move it out however to access the crumb tray but I have to say i never even discovered the crumb tray until I'd had it for about a year and it can hold a huge amount of crumbs, I only remember to empty it probably about once a month yet I never find stray crumbs hanging around and making the place messy, I've never had a toaster with a tray before but I would recommend it to anyone, it makes life so much easier. You simply slide the tray out on the side opposite to the lever and empty it out and then slide it back in, it's extremely easy.
So onto the functioning of the toaster, I only like Warburtons bread, the one in the blue packet and I find that this toaster can easily toast 4 slices of this bread at a time or 1 or 2 instead if you prefer, you can also toast crumpets and bagels (cut in half) and the like which is really good I think as it gives you a range of products to choose from rather than regular toast. This is also the first toaster I have had where half of the bread isn't left un-toasted leaving you the option of half toasted and half un-toasted bread or the top and bottom strips perfect and the middle overdone. I have mine set to number 2 as I also don't like overly crunchy toast, I'm the annoying person that likes adding the butter which melts into the toast leaving it slightly soggy, I find number 2 is perfect for me. I also use frozen bread quite a lot as me and my son can't get through a full loaf so rather than waste it I bag it and freeze, this does have a defrost button on it but I tend to whack the frozen bread straight in and push the slider up just a touch to make it toast a bit longer and I find no difference between this and using the frozen bread setting. Once the toast is done the lever will automatically pop up and to get the bread or other products out easier you can pull the lever up a bit more and this lifts the bread slightly higher so you can get the toast out without burning your fingers.
Overall I think this is an excellent toaster, it has more than proved it's durability being over 2 years old at this point and still working as perfectly as when I first received it. The cord length is also very good, it is very long and you could easily position it away from a plug socket, I have mine right next to the socket so it's not an issue for me but for those that need to consider it this is one that could do the job. There are various functions from re-heating (which I have never and have no intention of using), defrosting, bagel so there are a variety of options for using this toaster. It looks good and although it needs a little more maintenance than a quick wipe (if you're particular like me) it is still incredibly simple to keep looking good. It is a nice modern design and can match other chrome items or be a stand alone piece, it toasts my toast perfectly every single time and I have never had a problem with it making my toast burnt or setting off my fire alarm (which is frankly astounding) or causing crumbs all over my unit. What more can you ask from a toaster really? A most definite 5 stars from me!
I really love heels, I'm like the woman in the movie/book (which is so much better!) "In Her Shoes" (If you haven't read the book it is really worth a go it is so much better than the film however.....) like the main character I can take or leave clothes but shoes, well shoes never stop fitting, they never get old and boring and they always look good just for standing pretty of course, walking around is another matter. Anyway unlike the movie I cannot afford extremely expensive shoes and being a bit of a bargain hunter majority of my heels have cost under the £10 mark and these are no exception. I purchased them for no reason other than they looked lovely and they were in the sale in my local New Look store for £7 down from the regular £20 which is a really good price anyway I think.
I have since worn the shoes a grand total of 3 times, having so many pairs it is difficult to get to wear them all considering I am a mother and therefore spend a lot of my days traipsing around in my boots or ballet pumps (yes even in this weather!). The first time I wore them I simply went around the house wearing them to break them in a little as I always find that I can walk (and therefore look) better because I've managed to get my bearings. First of all the look of the shoe I feel is really simple yet with a twist of something a little different, the pair I have is a patent black colour, there were a few brighter colours however I already have a rainbow of colours and I never wear them because I'm never sure if they clash with my outfits and so I went for the safe black option. The heels are around 4-5 inches which I must say is a little high for me but I never learn and always go for the higher options. On the outer side of the foot there is the cut out section which adds the little extra to the shoe making it not the usual plain shoe which I really like. The heel is almost a stiletto and again this is the worst type of heel for me as I find that there is a lot of pressure on my foot, especially if you're up there a long time. If you're used to walking in heels (like I was before I got pregnant) then these will not be a problem but if you're only an odd wearer then prepare to be in a little pain. I also find that because of the thin heel that it wears down pretty quickly as I say I have only worn my pair 3 times and only twice outdoors and I wasn't walking around for a huge amount of time but the heel has worn down more than I would have expected for such little wear, however for the price I cannot really complain.
The inside of the shoe is rather comfortable and is very well shaped, I bought a size 6 which I sometimes find can be too tight yet a size 7 is slipping off yet this was the perfect size, the slipped on easily and fit like a glove. There is a very thin strap that goes across the top of the foot and although this is lovely and it holds the shoe on well it is incredibly fiddly to put in and take out however there are adjustable holes so you can get it to the right comfort for your foot. So although the shoe is not heavy and is actually very comfortable on the foot after walking around in these for a length of time they do become painful to wear, I think a combination of the thin heel as well as the hard interior of the shoe combines to make them sore to wear eventually, it's those adverts that you're out dancing and you get home and it's such a relief to just get the shoes off, admittedly they aren't as bad as I have worn and there are many pairs I would rather chose these over but even so it still has to be said.
In relation to outfits I have yet to come across any outfit that these do not go with, from trousers to skirts and dressed from dressing up to being smart to being casual this shoe goes with them all, well so my mirror tells me anyway.
Overall I do really like these shoes despite the little flaws that they have however it could also just be me and my issues rather than an issue with the product itself. I think they are cheap and affordable, go with any outfit and really are a pair of heels you should own for when you find yourself in a situation where you need certain shoes and you have nothing that matches. I may not know much but shoes? I know shoes as said by the master of shoes herself Carrie Bradshaw.
I picked up this halogen heater last year after I discovered that as my son's room is an extension it was constantly freezing and despite the living room not needing heat I was forced to put the heating on so he wasn't cold when he went to bed. I originally set out looking for a small, cheap heater that I could pop on for an hour or so to warm up the room so it didn't have to be extremely powerful as the room is small. I also didn't need it to have any fancy features as it was going to be stored out of sight while not in use. I was browsing Amazon and came across this particular halogen heater on offer for just £7 at the time and i thought it had to be a bargain, so I ordered (using my Dooyoo vouchers as payment of course) and awaited it's arrival.
The heater came promptly although as usual with Amazon it came with double the packaging it needed which is not a reflection of just this product but of the company overall and it really irritates me. Anyway when it arrived I was pleased to find this is around the standard size of halogen heater, I had presumed that being so cheap it might have been a smaller version. It stands about knee height however this includes the carry handle at the top, even so for the price paid it is a good size I feel. It is grey in colour paler on the sides and deeper on the base which is an oval shape and the top, it does actually look quite stylish I think, even so I still store it at the bottom of the bed while not in use so it didn't have to look good but it is a bonus if it does and at least it's not a grubby white colour. The main panel where the heat radiates from is covered in a metal mesh with the bars underneath a bright glowing orange colour. Underneath the handle is where the buttons to work the heater are. There are 4 buttons in total, the first switched the heater on and off and is bright orange. The other buttons control the top and bottom bars as well as the turning mechanism that turns the heater from side to side spreading the heat in all directions rather than just the one.
Each bulb has 400 watts and of course the more bars that you have switched on, the more it'll cost to run however I have never found while using this heater that my electricity bill has been any higher than normal which I feel is excellent as I generally tend to put all the bars on just to take the chill out of the room. I have used this on many occasions over the past 18 months and I have still yet to replace any of the bulbs which I feel is excellent value, as I say I haven't used this for extended periods of time just an hour blast or so but normally every night in the winter months so it is pretty durable.
The twisting motion works but personally for me I stand it almost in the middle of the room as it's so flimsy and cheap feeling that I'm terrified it'll topple over and fall against the bed and set it on fire, to be fair it has never toppled over or anything it's just my fear of the quality of the build that worries me. It rotates at a nice steady pace and it does give a nice even heat around the room rather than making one portion toasty and the rest still rather cold. Another problem I find is that there is such a brightness off of this heater that although it does heat the room up to a comfortable temperature when my son goes to bed it has to be switched off as it does act as a lamp almost, the once I used this in the living room I turned off my lamp while the heater was in use as this provided sufficient lightening to browse the internet, it is a pitfall though as it means I can't pop it on for a half hour before I head up to bed to make sure my son's room is nice and comfortable throughout the night.
I have found the times I have had to move it around that it is extremely lightweight and easy to move from one room to another. I also find that in my sons room the cord length is sufficient however if I were to use it in the living room the cord doesn't stretch from the plug socket over to the main seating area, my house is extremely small and it's around a metre and a half and it can't reach over enough to warm up the seating area which is extremely annoying but as it is mainly used in my son's room it's not a problem.
Overall I think that this heater is a really good buy, it is slightly unsturdy and cheaply built but for the price that's not really a problem. The heater manages to heat my sons room sufficiently even in the middle of winter which is excellent I think, as I said this takes no extra electricity to use which is excellent as i am on a budget and being in winter and worrying about how high the bill is going to be I can relax when I'm using this heater. It's lightweight, a decent cord length but not quite long enough for my liking. It is however cheap and does the job which is the main point. I'd definitely recommend picking one of these up.
I picked this up for my son in our local Poundshop as he was obsessed by my cheap torch from Tesco and I decided this one was a little more child friendly and it meant my emergency one would stay where I knew where it was! Of course I paid £1 for it but I have no illusions that there are probably many places where this would cost much more, for the price I paid I am more than happy with it.
The torch comes in a plastic bubble that is backed onto a simple piece of cardboard. It was easy enough to open and once out you can feel a lightweight piece of plastic, once you add the 2 AAA batteries it does become a little heavier but not uncomfortably so and definitely not heavy enough that my son struggles to hold it for any extended period of time. It does feel rather cheap made but for the price I didn't really expect much, in all honesty it feels exactly the same as a cheap torch I picked up in Asda for around 70p however the attraction of this was the character and the bright colours. The torch is very brightly coloured and appealing for children, the background is a blue sky with a picture of mickey mouse. The top which holds the bulb is red and is easy to screw on and off, the bottom of the handle holds the on/off switch. The handle is slim yet chunky enough for my son to easily hold comfortably in his hand.
The on/off switch is very effective and works first time, every time. The bulb is rather strong and I wouldn't advise looking at it directly as it could hurt your eyes, I specified to my son that he could only use it to point away from his face and he has done really well with this. The torches brightness lasts pretty well, my son has used it pretty regularly for the last few months and I have only just changed the batteries which I think is pretty good, I should specify that the batteries I use are the cheap ones you get in the pound shop around 10 in a pack so even better value really. When it starts to run out it does go very quickly from full brightness to almost nothing and gives an orange glow to it rather than the bright white light when new batteries are inserted.
The torch is pretty durable, my son has dropped it and my friends little boy has chomped on it and it's still in perfect condition, I have also heard a heavy clunk where it's been thrown in frustration so although it looks rather delicate it is by no means so. My son loves going around with his torch in the dark and looking at the ceiling and following the glow around. For £1 I think this is certainly worth it and I wouldn't hesitate to replace it if the need arose. The batteries are long lasting, the torch itself is durable and it's appealing to children, what more can you really ask for?
My son received this Mega Blocks set for his third birthday and we have only just passed it on to a friends little boy as my son now loves that blasted lego that is small and is so easy to stand on and so deceptive looking even though your foot throbs for days after standing on one. Anyway as this was a gift I'm not sure exactly of the price but it seems to be around the £10 mark and postage and packing on top, I think overall it is a little expensive for what it is but really here you are paying for the brand which is very largely recognised so it's not too bad a price really and it does make a lovely gift.
The box is nice and bright and definitely enticing to young children, the front of the box displays the toy set up ready for play and makes it very easy to piece together the various parts into something that is similar to the image on the box. There are also instructions within the box for an adult to piece together perfectly for young children however by the time my son received this he was of an age that he was able to build the garage and shop front pretty easily by himself, I have seen his younger friends also make a pretty good attempt at making the garage and they seem to do ok as well which I think in part is down to the fact that the pieces are large and it is easy to work out which pieces go where.
There are 43 pieces within the box of blocks however included within this is 2 large base pieces, a tower type thing, columns, a shop front, a truck, a stack of tyres and a man, there are other regular looking square and rectangular blocks some of which you have to apply stickers that come provided within the box, once these are on they are fairly durable, my son had had this set a year and none of the stickers were ripped or tatty looking despite regular play which I think is really good. There is the suggested way but of course there are plenty of other ways this set can be connected and my son has set this up multiple ways when he played with it which I think is really good for letting children use their imagination.
The bricks are a good chunky size but not so huge they make huge structures yet neither so tiny that young children may choke on the small pieces, my friends 1 year old regularly played with this set when he was over and although he couldn't put the pieces together he enjoyed the bright colours and the size was perfect for him to hold in his little hands. The colours have never faded on the bricks and neither have any of them become misshapen even though they have been subject to some rough and tough play on many occasions which is one of the reasons I really like Megablocks as they are very durable for all ages.
My son enjoyed creatively playing with this engaging the little man in all sorts of scenarios from taking the car to the garage to going for a drive to going to the shops to do some shopping. He has various other lego sets and so the smaller cars made an appearance at the garage to be fixed and sent on there way. Although my son could have got more play out of this set I think he was at the point he was loosing interest and it only seemed to be brung out when friends were over however this is no fault of the toy and rather my sons interests moving elsewhere, he was no longer challenged by building this set and I do think the 3 year old recommended age is a little old, I passed this on to a friend who has a one year old and although he isn't able to effectively use the set for the purpose yet it won't be long before he is able to build and play with the set and I would therefore say I would be more than happy to let children from around 18 months plus play with this as there are no sharp edges or any problems with the set itself. I do like that this does have a large age range and therefore is a long lasting toy that can be played with lots over the time period.
Overall I do think this set is excellent, it is up to the high standards that all megablocks toys are, there are no leaking or fading colours, no sharp edges, easy click together pieces, easy to set up together, lots of ways to play, it ignites imaginative play either individually or within a group and for that I think I can give it no less than 4 stars, I do think it is a little expensive for what it is but it's not ridiculous.
I first tried this coffee many years ago before I found my coffee of choice and I recently had a cup and it was just awful, I am in no way a coffee snob, I will drink any instant but this has to be one of the worst tasting coffee's I have ever come across, hopefully my review will warn other potential drinkers out there.
Firstly the jar of this coffee is pretty regular to any other brand, it is in a slim, tallish jar that has a label with palish blue colouring , yellow coffee in a mug (what kind of coffee comes out yellow??) and a deeper blue mug with yellow writing. I am not bothered by the aesthetics of a product as long as it works or tastes good but this design isn't good, the colours clash and it just looks cheap and lacking quality. The screw top is also blue in colour and is made of thin plastic. It definitely wouldn't stand the test of being thrown on the ground. The glass is thin and lightweight as well as the cap which is just another way that shows this brand lacks quality.
On opening the screw cap lid there is a freshness seal which is something I suppose, this is easily removable by peeling it off, when you do so there is no strong aroma of coffee that is evident with many other brands. This was my first inkling that this is a very weak coffee and nothing like the middle grade that I am used to. The granules are like powder they are small and gritty. To make I add a heaped spoon to my cup and top up with boiling water, again the cup is lacking that warming aroma I am so used to. To be fair the powder does dissolve easily which is evident when I add a splash of milk. The colour that is left is nothing like a strong, rich brown but has a more very weak tea colouring to it, even stron tea has a better colour which doesn't bode well.
On tasting this coffee my fears were evident when there was absolutely no coffee flavour at all, it was a taste of lightly flavoured water with a sort of gravely taste to it. It was just terrible, I can't describe how awful it tasted. I have never tasted "coffee" with it, it's an insult to coffee by naming this as such. My mum is not a fan of strong coffee, she much prefers a mild, weaker taste and yet even she couldn't stand this, it's just far too weak. If you add extra powder you end up with floaters which I just didn't even consider drinking the cup and the rest ended up sat in a cupboard and eventually thrown out. I wouldn't serve this to my worst enemy. As I said I am no coffee snob and I will drink anything from Tesco's to Douwe Egberts or fancy "proper" coffee but to drink this is sinful, it is singularly the worst tasting beverage I have ever tried. I am giving this one star simply because I can't give it any lower but I urge anyone considering this to run and never look back because if there is anyone out there who enjoy's this, they are a rare breed few and far between!
When my son became old enough I transferred him from his big bulky seat and put him into a booster seat as it is so much easier to transfer it from car to car and to leave it in the house if need be. When I got my car a few months ago I found I was transferring his Cars 2 booster seat at least once a week between my car and his dads and more often than not if I dropped him off i would forget and would end up having to make an extra trip just to drop off the seat and so I decided I needed another seat as soon as possible. I enquired on a local selling page for a car seat and a woman told me that she had a Cars one. In the picture she sent I instantly recognised it as the one I had seen in my local Asda store selling for around the £15 mark, it was also very similar to the seat my son already had but was the first model out as we had the red base and the mater and lightening mcqueen cushion pad. I picked up the car seat at the bargain price of £3, it had only been used once as a spare so I was super pleased and when my son saw it he was excited to try it out as soon as possible.
On the next car trip I popped the booster seat into the back seat of the car, it is super lightweight with a black colouring to it, over a few months I have found the colour has started to fade slightly, whether through use or through the sunshine but it's not so noticeable, if you are very into how things look then this might not be the best idea though. There are two "handles" on either side of the seat which is where the seatbelt goes around to keep the child safe. The cushion pad on the top is not padded in any super way, it is very simply a thin piece of material that isn't the most comfortable to sit on for any length of time I wouldn't imagine. However the seat pad does retain it's colour and design very well, I have thrown the pad in the wash a couple of times and it has come out sparkling and just as good as when it went in the wash minus the stains! The pad attaches to the plastic base by a couple of velcro tabs which aren't the most retentive but they do hold on well enough to get my sons bottom on there. Just a quick mention that the seat is easy wiped clean which is another reason to really like this seat.
Overall I think this seat is excellent value, it is easy cleaned, does the job, keeps my son nice and safe on the drive however it could be more comfortable for longer journeys but for simply nipping around the local area meaning my son is in the car for 15 minutes at a time max this does the job as well as a seat costing hundreds of pounds. I would definitely recommend this booster seat, not only is it easy to clean and looks nice but my son loves it too and it makes getting him to sit in his seat much easier. 4 stars from me for the comfort issue.
I generally buy whatever coffee is on offer and so when I was browsing for my next coffee fix I came across the Kenco brand. What originally attracted me too it was the jar, it was oddly shaped and I thought that it would interest my mum who collects jars for putting home-made jam into. I believe the 100g jar costs in the region of £3 but I bought it whilst on offer but I can't recall exactly how much I paid for it.
As stated above the shape of the jar caught my eye first, it has a sort of stretched octagon shape with the body being the biggest part. This houses the label which is a deep red colour with some gold colouring on it. It is quite nice but to me it looks rather festive. The jar is heavy and feels very sturdy although I can't say I have ever tried smashing it before. The lid is the same reddish colour and is made of plastic. I have found this has become cracked a couple of times when I have been transporting it from the shop to my house. Underneath the red plastic lid there is a fresh seal which is easily enough removed but there isn't a flap so you're forced to poke a hole in the middle and tear it off.
When you tear off the seal you immediately get the scent of rich coffee beans which is rich and inviting. The beans themselves are like smooth pebbles that are all pretty even in size. They are very smooth in texture and they look much better than say Nescafe beans that have a bobbly texture to them. To make I simply add a heaped teaspoon of the granules to my mug and pour over boiling water. Instantly the beans start to dissolve and I can simply add a splash of milk. As the milk is added to my cup I can tell that all the granules have dissolved and there are no stray hardy beans floating around as I sometimes find. The coffee has a rich and warming scent to it and taking a sip I can feel the heat warming me up. The taste of this coffee is pretty similar to offerings from other companies, I don't think there is anything in particular that sets it apart from any other instant. It's hot, it has a lovely smooth taste to it and there is no bitter after-taste. Really it's just an average coffee. Nothing spectacular and yet nothing horrible and off-putting either, it is simply put a good every day coffee.
In conclusion I think this is a great daily coffee that satisfies my caffeine craving and my need for a hot beverage but apart from that I wouldn't say it was special or provides me with anything I cannot get from any other instant coffee. I would give this product 3 stars as it is *average* there is no other word I can use to really describe it.