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Boots Essentials Brown Hair Grips 17/09/2017

Keeping my wig on!

Boots Essentials Brown Hair Grips A couple of months ago, I had my long hair cut short. It's starting to grow out a little now, but I'm having to wait to get it cut again until my first payday (roll on the 25th) so I'm keeping it under control by clipping back the longer bits . I've also had a fancy dress fundraising day at work, where I wore a wig that was supposed to be Magenta from Rocky Horror but looked a little more like Brian May, and these clips have also been called into practice to help keep the wig secure. These clips cost £4 for a pack of 70, which isn't terribly expensive, as although you can get similar grips for £1 for 40 in the pound shop, they don't tend to come in different colours so as to blend in with your natural hair the way these do - these are also available in blonde and black. I also think these clips are a little more rigid than some of the cheaper alternatives - this perhaps makes them slightly trickier to open up enough to clip back a thicker swathe of hair, but does mean that these retain a secure grip once in place, and keep you looking tidy and groomed. I recently found out I've been using these the wrong way round my whole life, with the smooth side at the bottom and the ridges on top, but a friend put me straight and since putting the ridges on the bottom I have no slipping of these clips at all - they simply stay put until I want to remove them, which is easily done by just sliding down the hair. Unlike some of the cheaper clips I've tried, these don't seem to catch or ...

Pyrex Oval Pie Dish 07/09/2017

Long lasting cookware that does the job

Pyrex Oval Pie Dish I imagine many kitchens have some Pyrex products in them - I have quite a few, some that I've purchased myself, others passed to me by my mother after a clearout, and since we moved in with my father in law, even more that his wife would often use in cooking. One of the dishes I probably use most often is the oval pie dish. I don't think I purchased this, I think this was one my mum gave me some 15 years ago when I was setting up my first home, which is itself stands as a testament to how hardwearing and durable these dishes are - I've never been particularly gentle at washing up, and most of my cookware does eventually end up chipped, but this is still in really good nick after all this time - sure, there are a few tiny scratch marks on the glass, but nothing that would affect it's usage, not bad considering that in addition to my careless handling, it's been dishwashed, frozen, baked, and moved house several times. In terms of looks, it's practical rather than pretty, a standard clear glass oval of quite thick glass, with a decent sized lip at the end. I've used this for cooking pastry pies - both those with full cases and those with just a lid, and the thick lip around the edge not only provide support for the lid of the pie allowing me to crimp the edges neatly with a fork, but also helps in actually forming a really good seal between the top and bottom, preventing leakage in the oven when baking. Of course, you don't have to use this for pies - I've called it into ...

Bexhill on Sea (England) 05/09/2017

Gods waiting room....

Bexhill on Sea (England) After some 20 plus years of living in Nottingham, I recently moved with my partner and daughter to Bexhill on Sea, to be closer to his dad after losing his mum last year. We'd been visiting East Sussex for the nine years we'd been together, and Bexhill for the last five after his parents moved, so it wasn't a wholly new area, and in fact Bexhill is a town I've come to love over the last five years - I was quite surprised to find I hadn't reviewed it already! Location Bexhill-on-Sea is a town on the East Sussex coast, roughly 6 miles from Eastbourne and a similar distance from Hastings. There is a railway station in Bexhill itself, right in the town centre, with regular trains running through to London Victoria and Ashford International, or in the other direction to Brighton. Bexhill also incorporates the areas of Collington and Cooden Beach, both of which have their own stations although trains do stop there slightly less regularly. Bexhill is just off the A259 so easily accessible by car, and does have parking up by the seafront (mostly free for periods of up to 2 hours, but the area in front of the De La Warr Pavilion is pay and display) and free parking in some areas of the town itself though this tends to be busy. The seafront parking can be very full on busy days or when events are on, particularly in the school holidays - usually a space can be found with a bit of driving around, but often with a ten minute walk to get to the town centre itself. Buses run to ...

Le Creuset Stoneware Mug 04/09/2017

You wouldn't be a mug to buy this!

Le Creuset Stoneware Mug I love charity shopping, it's where I pick up some of my best bargains, and one of the bargains I'm most proud of is my Le Creuset Stoneware Mug! I have always loved Le Creuset - years ago, when I was maybe around 12, my mum had to get rid of a lovely cast iron Le Creuset pan set, as repetitive strain injury meant she could no longer comfortably hold such heavy cookware, and I've always regretted not having the foresight at 12 to ask her to hang onto it for me as I got older! Price and Availability Le Creuset mugs typically retail for £15, both on their own website and on amazon.co.uk. The price also seems to be £15 in many department stores, though some stores like TKMAXX will occasionally have Le Creuset items available at slightly discounted prices. Colours Available and Appearance There are 16 colours to choose from in this mug on the Le Creuset website, from pale pastels, to dark colours and some really bright ones. I was delighted that the mug I picked up in the charity shop for just £2 came in Volcanic, a lovely bright orange colour. The colour on the mugs is a sort of Ombre effect, with the glaze much darker at the bottom than it is at the top, and the inside of the mug being an off white colour. The mug has the Le Creuset logo on the bottom - three raised horizontal lines in the ceramic, with the middle line broken up by the words 'Le Creuset' in capital letters just under the handle. Key Points *Dishwasher safe *Freezer Safe *Oven Safe *Microwave Safe *5 ...

Sandtex Ultra Smooth Masonry Paint 02/09/2017

Tarting a house up for sale

Sandtex Ultra Smooth Masonry Paint Before moving down to Sussex, we had a few tweaks to do on our old house in Nottingham before putting it on the market - we'd already done all the major renovations that the house needed, new kitchen, heating system, bathroom etc. The inside was looking fabulous, but the outside was looking a little tired and needed a little bit of tarting up just to make it a bit more saleable, and one of the tasks we needed to do was to repaint some of the white stonework - concrete gate and fence posts, white painted backsteps, and stone lintels around a couple of the windows. Luckily, having at that point been working for a DIY/Tool shop for a year, I not only had a handy staff discount to call on, but also knowledge of which paints were said to be good for masonry thanks to regular dealings with contractors, and as a result, didn't waste time looking at lots of different paints, but instead went for the Sandtex Ultra Smooth Masonry Paint. Colours Available There is a decent selection of colours available - Pure Brilliant White, or course, as well as Black for those of a goth persuasion, Magnolia, Cornish Cream, Sand Dune, Plymouth Grey, Mid Strone, Chocolate, Terracotta. I did briefly contemplate buying a black for the gate posts to match the gate, and then a white for the steps, but in the end decided to just go for the Pure Brilliant White for everything, as that was clearly the colour everything had been originally so I knew it would look decent. Sizes and Prices If you have a ...

Kleenex Original Pocket Tissues 01/09/2017

Handy for toilet emergencies!

Kleenex Original Pocket Tissues On my recent trip to France, on the drive from our arrival in Dieppe to our Gite in Guern, we pulled into an 'aire' by the side of the road, a little area with picnic tables, bays to pull up your vehicle and sleep, and more importantly for me at the particular moment, toilets! Having been to France as a teenager some 20 years ago, I vividly remember my first experience with one of these roadside French squat toilets - a communal room where five or six ladies could squat over a small ditch in the floor. Times have moved on, and the toilets are now, generally, separated into cubicles, but one thing I had forgotten was the general lack of toilet paper. Being caught without twice on the five hour journey (and having to use some rather expensive face wipes from my bag instead) the first and best decision I made during the next mornings trip to the supermarket was to buy a multipack of pocket tissues, in order to always have some in my handbag, opting for Kleenex as they were the only brand I recognised and could be certain of the quality of. I paid just under 2 euros for 10 small packs (with each pack containing 8 tissues) which happened to be Frozen themed (the tissues were plain white, but the packets had Elsa and Ana on them!). The same tissues can be found in most supermarkets in the UK for around between one and two pounds, although not necessarily with the Frozen theme. Each packet is fairly compact - maybe two inches wide by 3 tall and one deep, they can easily be ...

Poul Fetan, Quistinic 30/08/2017

Fab if you're fluent in French, less so if you're not!

Poul Fetan, Quistinic On our recent holiday to France, one of the places a friend recommended I visit was the little medieval village of Poul Fetan, just outside Quistinic. I've always been a huge lover of history, and particularly of being able to see history being lived, and the way my friend described this, as a sort of performance museum of medieval French (or, more specifically, Breton) life, made it sound like it was right up my street. Location Village de Poul Fetan QUISTINIC 56310 France We found that Poul Fetan wasn't signposted at all until we actually got to Quistinic, but once we were in the town centre, signs were clearly displayed. There is a large flat car park at the attraction, and the attraction itself has good signage and is very visible, so you're unlikely to drive straight past. Opening Hours As with many attractions in rural France, opening hours vary by season, and I would recommend visiting the website for up to date information. As best as I can translate, the attraction is only actually open from the 1st of April to the end of September. And is open from, and has slightly varying opening and closing times within that period, along with guided, audio, and performance tours available at varying times. Entry Fees Entrance is €10.80 for an adult, and €5 for a child between 5 and 15 years (under fives go free). A family ticket is available for €28.50 which includes 2 adults, with no limit on the number of children. It is also possible to buy year tickets, allowing an ...

Grocery Bag Dispenser 30/08/2017

Bags for life killed it's usefulness!

Grocery Bag Dispenser Way back, some 6 years ago and WAY before the 5p bag charge was introduced, I always had loads of carrier bags cluttering up my under sink cupboard. I did re-use them - using them to line small pedal bins or wastepaper baskets in each room, or to take donations to the charity shop, and occasionally when dying my hair to keep dye of the furniture, but, when just left loose in the cupboards they took up a lot of space, until I invested in one of these Simplehuman bag dispensers, for which I paid about 8.99 on amazon.co.uk (price is currently higher at £12.99). The Dispenser What attracted me to this was not only the practicality of having bags stored in a way that would take up minimal space but allow for easy retreival was the simple and stylish design of the product, with its slightly curved front, and the brushed chrome body with black accents to the sides and the top (filling) hole. It was simple, it was smart, and it was modern - and frankly it's a design I think would work in any modern kitchen, though it may look slightly out of place in more traditional wooden kitchens like my mums. At roughly 16 cm wide and 40 long, this is small enough to be wall mounted unobtrusively, or indeed mounted on the inside of a kitchen door as I did with mine. Fitting Fitting this is easy- you mount using the screw included, and use the additional double sided tape to secure in place to stop it moving about on the hook, and the screw just fits into a small hole in the back of the ...

Vannes Cathedral, Vannes 29/08/2017

A gorgeous church that will leave you breathless

Vannes Cathedral, Vannes I absolutely love old buildings, especially religious buildings - I love the architecture, the stories of the people that lived there, the way towns evolve around them, so when I visited the beautiful walled city of Vannes in Brittany, it was an absolute given that I'd be taking a trip into the cathedral there, which I have to say is one of the most stunning I have ever seen. Location 22 rue des Chanoines, 56000, Vannes, France Phone +33 2 97 47 10 88 Website http://cathedrale-vannes.cef.fr/ Getting There We travelled in by car, and although the route to Vannes was very clearly signposted, we did have difficulty finding somewhere to park once we got into the city due to it being rather busy, driving around for about ten minutes before eventually finding a 'payant' parking area. With the Cathedral being in the medieval part of the city, you won't find any parking in the immediate vicinity anyway, so expect to have a bit of a walk from wherever you do park. The cathedral is clearly signposted, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding it once you do get parked. Opening Hours The Cathedral is open to visitors year round, but it is not possible to visit when a service is in progress. It's also very much a working church, and signs politely request that you remain quiet and respectful during your visit. During our visit there were several people praying, lighting candles for loved ones, or simply enjoying a moment of quiet reflection. Cost There is no entry fee to ...

La Balade du Pere Nicolas, Plumeliau 28/08/2017

A great value day in the great outdoors.

La Balade du Pere Nicolas, Plumeliau I've just gotten back from a fantastic two week holiday in Brittany, France, with my partner, daughter, and father in law, as well as my partners cousin and her young family. With Lara, the cousin, having two young children, and we me having a teenager myself it was important to spend at least part of the holiday at attractions that would keep them amused, and having spent several hours poring over trip advisor for a likely attraction, we were delighted to find La Balade du Pere Nicolas, which was not only local to where we were staying at Guern, but also reasonably priced at 7 Euros each entry. Website http://la-balade-du-pere-nicolas.com/ Location Le Rohic - Saint-Nicolas-des-Eaux - 56930 PlumeÌliau This is about a 5-10 minute drive from the centre of Saint-Nicolas-des-Eaux, a lovely little town well worth visiting, and in fact I'd recommend doing what we did, visiting La Balade first, then heading into S-N-d-E for a boat ride (£25 euro for an hour, self captained, for up to 8 people) a walk along the beautiful blavet, or a session with a canoe or pedalo, before grabbing a bite to eat at one of the waterfront cafes. It's relatively easy to find if you put the 'Le Rohic' into a satnav, and is signposted, although, as with many other signposts in France, most of them are actually in the turning you need to make rather than before it. It has a decent sized car park, and entry to the attraction itself is through a building that, honestly, looks kind of like a shed. Entry ...

Hei Poa Tiare Moisturising Shower Gel 18/08/2017

Totally tropical.......

Hei Poa Tiare Moisturising Shower Gel A couple of years ago, I was introduced to the wonders of Tiare Monoi oil. Tiare is a gardenia native to polynesia, and monoi oil is made by soaking the flower petals in coconut oil, and the oil has been made this way for over 2000 years. The friend that introduced me swore by it - she would put the neat oil through her hair after washing, and frequently used it as a moisturiser as well as adding it to her bath to leave her skin nourished and moist. She'd grown up using it, being of Tahitian descent, and always had a bottle of the neat oil in her bathroom cabinet. Not one to turn my nose up at a recommendation, especially from a gorgeous lady it really seemed to be working for,I was still cautious about putting oils directly on my skin, so opted to buy a Tiare Monoi based shower gel, opted for the Hei Poa brand as it bears the appellation of origin markers that guarantee the oil is prepared the proper way (petals picked by hand rather than machine). Price and Availability I've not seen this available in any chemists or supermarkets, and although it can be found on amazon, it's not exactly cheap, £9.90 for 150ml. I instead opted to purchase from easypharmacie.co.uk, where a tube can be purchased for £3.74, with an additional £2.70 for delivery. Delivery from either purchase option took a little longer than the day I'm used to with amazon prime, with the items being shipped over from France. Packaging This shower gel comes in a practical wide lidded tube, that allows it ...

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan 17/08/2017

Geek chic

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pan There is nothing I hate more than buying an eyeshadow that looks a gorgeous dark colour in the compact, but when applied is a pale wishy washy colour, and then struggle to build up to that depth of colour only to utterly fail. I feel like I've been stung like this so many times, but I'd heard good things about the Makeup Geek eyeshadows and decided to give them a bash. What is an Eyeshadow Pan Most of the time, when you buy eyeshadows they come in either a small compact or a compartment in a palette. Whilst this is good, in that it gives them a lid to keep any bacteria and nasties out, and offers some protections from bashing about in a bag, this does also contribute to a lot of plastic added into landfill when empty packaging is disposed of. However, if you buy just the 'pan' of eyeshadow, in its thin metal dish, you can often slot this into the hole in an existing compact or palette, or if you have a smart magnetic palette, simply stick it to the back. This is a great way of minimising packaging waste, and of creating custom palettes, and seems to be catching on in the UK, with some of the larger boots stores having a concession where you can buy the pans to slot into existing kits. Price and Availability I purchased my pans from beautybay - price does tend to vary on there, I've seen them from 4.95 to 7.95 per pan, depending on the type of eyeshadow. This is a perfectly good price for a decent eyeshadow, and with free delivery on a purchase of over £15 on the website, ...

Yes To Cotton Comforting Facial Moisturiser 11/08/2017

Yeah...it's a no to cotton from me.

Yes To Cotton Comforting Facial Moisturiser Since moving down south, I've been spending a lot more time outdoors enjoying the fabulous Sussex countryside, which has meant I'm exposed to a lot more weather than I'm used to - wind, rain, harsh sunshine - it's all taking it's toll on my skin, which needs a lot more looking after than it did a few months ago. In particular, it's starting to get prone to dryness, so I'm making a real effort to keep it moisturised, especially on my neck which for some reason has gone REALLY dry. I don't really mind which moisturiser I use, in fact I pick up most of my moisturisers and stuff on a whim when browsing in TKMAXX, which often seems to have lots of new and interesting products available. I was already familiar with the brand 'Yes To' when I saw this moisturiser, having used several varieties of their wipes before, but I'd never tried any of their other products, and with this priced at an altogether reasonable £7m into the basket it went! This seems to be a bit cheaper than the standard price - it's available in lots of places online at prices ranging from £9 to £12 The Product The Yes To Cotton Comforting Moisturiser claims to be suitable for ultra sensitive and allergy prone skin. Whilst neither of these would normally apply to me, my skin has become a little more sensitive due to all the outdoor exposure, and a moisturiser with 'comforting' in the name sounded just the ticket. A glance at the bottle also informs me that this product, like all the Yes To range is cruelty ...

Maybelline Baby Balm & Blush 08/08/2017

Baby, you're making me blush!

Maybelline Baby Balm & Blush I don't often go for a full face of makeup, but I do like to use a lip balm fairly regularly, especially at the moment when I'm spending a lot of time outside at the mercy of the elements. My lips can tend to get quite dry, so I like to have something that can moisturise them a little, and if it's a pretty tinted colour so much the better. This particular balm I picked up on a whim - my lips needed something on, and the contents of my bad turned out to be a disappointment, so when I saw this little dual purpose balm and blush for £5.49 in Boots, it seemed like a good buy! There were three colour choices available, Flirty Pink, Blooming Ruby, and Innocent Peach, I opted for the peach tone as most suitable for my colouring. Packaging The packaging design for this is pretty unique, and one that certainly makes it easy to find in the makeup bag. The base pot itself is fairly simple, just a clear plastic cylindrical pot, which the lid can be screwed onto. The lid is circular at the base, but tapers off sort of like a tube of oilpaint, with the Maybelline logo right at the top. The balm itself is shaped like a ball and housed in the lid, so when you use it it's almost as though you were getting paint out of a tube. I'm not a fan of the design myself - I think especially the bright almost grafitti like font on the jar makes this look a little like child's play makeup, and it's a little too bold and brash for me. That said, it does have the advantage of being able to see the ...

Addis Laundry Basket 06/08/2017

Airing my laundry .......

Addis Laundry Basket Ugh, laundry. A task I hate with a passion - every time I get the dirty laundry basket empty, the utter gits I live with go and add something else into it! Where is the need, I ask you! It's even more of a pain in the bum as I don't have a dryer, so I have to lug wet clothes outside to the line on a dry day, or into the big bedroom to go on the airer, and no matter how careful I am, a walk back through the house will reveal a pair of my knickers lurking on the hallway floor. Very embarrassing, after all if I get a reputation for dropping my knickers I'll never be allowed into polite society again. Well, NO MORE! I have, at the tender young age of 35, invested in a laundry basket - a simple device designed to help me carry the wet clothes from point a to point b whilst leaving minimal droppings behind me (clothes droppings, not my own droppings, I still have full bowel control THANKYOUVERYMUCH!). Not only that, but this innovative, multi purpose gadget can even help me carry DRY washing too, allowing me to go from room to room with the freshly laundered linen, and pop it all in the right place. Truly a wonder of modern design, this stylish rectangular laundry basket can be purchased for around 8-9 quid in many fine establishments - I've seen them available in all the major supermarkets - as well as online, and in a fine array of colours. Personally I have a silver one (silver coloured, not sterling silver, that would be far to heavy to carry, idiot!) not through any personal ...
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