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BaByliss 2285U Curling WAND 12/05/2012

Great results. Great curling wand.

BaByliss 2285U Curling WAND I am a hair styling addict and cannot live without straightening the frizzball that is my hair!! So in order to ‘dress up’ on nights out I usually curl my hair instead. I bought these hair curlers as a treat for myself about a year ago after reading a lot of reviews on the various different types you can buy. The main reason I chose them was because they had a high temperature settings and they did not have a clamp, which I’ve found in the past leaves a noticeable kink at the end of your hair. The hair curler is red and black in colour with a silver barrel. The design is quite sleek and the colour makes it different from others on the market! The barrel itself is cone shaped so when you curl your hair the ringlets gradually get smaller. It is not too heavy, so you can afford to keep your arms up whilst your curling your hair!! It has four heat settings ranging from 155 to 200 degrees. You can pick which one via the use of the plus or minus buttons, which take you through the selections. A flashing red light indicates that the hair curler is on, and once it has reached the selected temperature a solid light comes on. Initially, I found this really confusing since my hair straighteners work the other way round! I have quite thick hair and usually use the highest setting and the curls hold well without the use of hair spray but obviously results will depend on your hair type. I found the curler quite difficult to get used to, because I’d been so used to having a clamp!! ...

Tesco Swivel Head Twin Blade Disposable Razors for Women 02/02/2012

I'll stick to Bic

Tesco Swivel Head Twin Blade Disposable Razors for Women Those of you that have read my reviews before will know I prefer waxing to shaving. However, I have not bought myself to wax my underarms yet... it looks pretty painful to say the least... therefore I choose to shave instead. My normal Bic razors were unavailable the last time I needed to buy more, therefore I chose Tesco's Gentle Glide razors. === Packaging === The razors come in a simple pink packet. On the front it tells you there are five long-handle razors with swivel heads and there is a picture demonstrating this. There is also the suggestion of a lubricating strip with vitamin E and that these are suitable for sensitive skin. On the back, it pretty much reiterates what they have already told you, and there is also a list of ingredients, a warning and contact information. The razors are white in colour with a detachable green lid. The handle measures roughly 10cm and the blade is around 5cm. The handle is also grooved to make it easier to grip in the bath/shower. The green lid also has a raised pattern to make it easier to slide off... although I can never do so with one finger, and I end up losing it anyway. Above the actual blades, there is the vitamin E strip... also a green colour. === Performance === I tend to use soap or shower gel to create a lather in the area I wish to shave and then wet the razor before making downward strokes to remove the hair. I have never used a shaving foam or gel, and have never had a problem with this method! I like the long handle ...

Collection 2000 Shine Away Compact Powder 27/01/2012

Beautifully mattifies skin for up to 10 hours

Collection 2000 Shine Away Compact Powder I rarely wear make up… I just do not see the point in spending all that time in the morning putting it on if you’re only going to the shops. Plus, I can’t STAND taking it off. However, when I’m going out, my usual make up routine starts with moisturising, then applying foundation and then my pressed powder. I admit, I was initially drawn to Collection 2000’s ‘Shine Away Compact Powder because of the price. I consider Collection 2000 to be one of the brands that offer good value for money. Their products aren’t the best but in my experience they always give good results. Currently in Boots, it is £4.19, which is a lot less than paying £14 for the L’oreal version and £23 for Benefit! I adore the packaging for this powder. The 10g powder is a standard size and comes in a black compact device, decorated with white swirls and pink flowers. It is really girly and fits in perfectly with the pink hues of my make up bag! On the front it has the product name and on the back, information regarding how it works and ingredients. The powder is really easy to open because there is a groove at the front to place your fingers, and it is quite easy to grip so you don’t open it and powder goes everywhere! Inside there is a really handy compact mirror and a sponge resting on the pressed powder. Initially, paper is placed over the powder to prevent the sponge becoming ‘dirty’. The powder comes in three colours: light, medium and deep. I use the medium because the light is just too pale for my ...

Vaseline Lip Therapy with Cocoa Butter 06/01/2012

My No.1 Lip Balm

Vaseline Lip Therapy with Cocoa Butter I don’t know about you but I can guarantee either myself or one of my friends will have a tin of Vaseline on them when we are out and about. A couple of Christmas’s ago I received a gift set featuring four of these small tins, and I have only recently ran out and replaced my favourite of the set… cocoa butter. Packaging Unlike many lip balms, the cocoa butter Vaseline comes in a small aluminium tin rather than a stick, which has its advantages and disadvantages… I like the fact you get a lot more for your money and the balm doesn’t get lodged in the lid. However, I am not keen on the fact you have to use your fingers to apply the Vaseline. It is not so much the fact it leaves a greasy substance on your fingertips after use… more of a case of getting specks of dirt in the balm, particularly if more than one person uses the tin. The tin is half white and the other half brown, and features the product details. Each tin contains 20g of Vaseline. The lid can be difficult to remove initially but the more you use it the easier it gets. It certainly keeps the contents “fresh”. Scent The thing that makes this Vaseline better than the other varieties is its gorgeous scent. As you might expect, it has a traditional cocoa butter smell… quite sweet and creamy. I definitely makes a change from plain petroleum jelly!! Unfortunately for me, it does not taste as sweet as it smells. Probably a good thing… it prevents people like me from eating the tin!! General Comments As I ...

Trivial Pursuit (Xbox 360) 26/12/2011

Great for fans of the traditional Trivial Pursuit

Mario Kart DS (Nintendo DS) 21/12/2011

Mario Kart never gets old...

Dettol Antibacterial Surface Wipes 19/12/2011

Say goodbye to e-coli (and others...)

Dettol Antibacterial Surface Wipes Before leaving university at the end of term, my flatmates and I decided to have a huge clean up of our student house. In preparation, we bought a LOT of cleaning equipment… including Dettol surface wipes. I usually opt for supermarket own brands, but these were the only wipes in our local shop, so they had to do! The Dettol wipes came in quite a plain packet… predominately white and green. I guess you could say that the white choice of colour is meant to represent cleanliness, but I think it makes the brighter coloured wipe packaging more appealing on the shelf. The logo is fairly large, so it gives the consumer piece of mind that the product is of a consistent high quality. As you may imagine, the packaging is easy to open by peeling back a tab to reveal a small window to take the wipes one by one. And yes, it is easy to take out one at a time, unlike some brands where you remove the whole lot! Of course, you can reseal the packaging to keep in the freshness and moisture. Each individual wipe is quite big and thicker than I expected, which I imagine helps lock in the moisture. They feel quite pleasant to handle too, due to the smooth texture. The wipes claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. The packaging draws attention to the number of harmful bacteria it can kill, including E-coli, Salmonella, MRSA and the flu virus. It also claims to remove 90% allergens. To be honest, I just wanted to freshen the place up and make it a bit clean, so I can’t say I bought the ...

Tesco Value Pure Orange Juice 25/11/2011

A pleasant surprise...

Tesco Value Pure Orange Juice So I’ve recently switched orange juice brands… Not down a brand but up instead. I recently switched to Tesco standard orange juice from their value range, and to be quite honest with you, I was unimpressed and immediately changed back! I’ve come to love Tesco’s uber cheap food since I’ve been on a strict budget at university (as they say, every little helps!) and their orange juice is by far my favourite ‘find’. The packaging is quite ugly… and certainly does not stand out next to the brightly coloured cartons next to it! The one litre value orange juice comes in the traditional white, blue and red colours. To open the carton you should lift up one of the tabs at the top and cut a slit with a pair of scissors. Obviously this has its advantages and disadvantages. It saves on the packaging and makes it easier to recycle in the end, but the juice remains open to the elements and it needs to be finished quicker than the screw top cartons. Nevertheless, it is very easy to pour into the glass as soon as you open it. Just be careful not to squeeze the bottle too much to avoid spillage. The cardboard carton is quite sturdy, I have certainly not had a problem with one exploding on me! But at the same time it is easy to squeeze the carton to improve the juice flow. I like to store my orange juice in the fridge. Of course, you do not have to considering it is not kept in a chilled supermarket isle… its just the way I prefer to drink it. I half expected the juice to be very watered ...

Lush Snow Fairy 24/11/2011

Put some sparkle in your bathroom!

Lush Snow Fairy There was a huge promotion for the Snow Fairy products in Lush over the weekend, so I thought it would be rude not to buy something! Hence why I came home with some Snow Fairy shower gel! Fans of Lush will know that the Snow Fairy range is seasonal and comes out for the Christmas period. I think this could be perceived as annoying for some (especially if you run out of your favourite shower product!) but for me, it makes the range seem a bit special – plus it reminds me that the holidays are just around the corner! The shower gel comes in the traditional Lush packaging. Lush try to be ethical by using as little packaging as possible. The shower gel comes in a transparent plastic bottle, so you can see the product in all its glory, with a black lid and label. The bottle has a flip-top lid, which makes the product easy to open, close and pour. However, I do find it hard to squeeze the liquid out of the bottle because the plastic is quite solid. I’ve used Lush shower gels before and find when I’m near the end I have to place it on its top over the week so the liquid is nearer the exit! That said, I absolutely adore the packaging… It certainly stands out on the shelf in my bathroom! The shower gel itself is very girly. The liquid is bright pink and contains glitter. Thankfully, not enough to stick on your skin after you have showered, but enough to make it look amazing in the light! Of course, the scent to match is absolutely divine too! When I first opened the bottle, I was ...

Veet Immac Ready to Use Wax Strips Effective Even on Short Hair 15/11/2011

Better Grip... Could-Be-Better Results

Veet Immac Ready to Use Wax Strips Effective Even on Short Hair I have NEVER shaved my legs... a fact that i'm quite proud of and a fact that others seem to find very strange! Since i was about 15 i have opted to wax my legs instead because it has been proven that the hair grows back slower and finer each time. The hair on my legs has never been dark because i have naturally quite fair hair anyway, so obviously i did not want black, course hair growing on me pins!! I have ALWAYS paid to have it done because usually i can go about eight to ten weeks without the hair growing back... but since i've been at university i have had to cut down on my spending! Also, i think i would feel like i was cheating on the beautician that normally waxes my legs back at home if i went anywhere else... So anyway, i bought some Veet Wax strips to try out in between visits! I decided to buy the Debut edition strips because the box specified that they would be good for beginners - (and they were the cheapest on the shelf!!). The box is purple and decorated in flowers. Overall, the design is very feminine... i guess it is meant to distract you from the pain inside the box!! On the side there are a set of five instructions with simple diagrams to help you use the wax strips to their full potential. On the other side there is a list of ingredients and a contents list - which proved very useful because for a while i was convinced they had only given me half the amount of strips, until i realised each one splits into two! On the back there is a LOT of information ...

Tiny Tower (iPhone) 07/11/2011

Build A Not-so-Tiny Tower

Tiny Tower (iPhone) I actually only started playing ‘Tiny Tower’ after I read another review on here. So nearly two months since discovering it, I thought I’d give you a review from another perspective. Tiny Tower is a FREE app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPads, requiring iOS 3.0 or later to play it on (I am currently playing on iOS 5.0). It is made by NimbleBit LLC and the current version is 1.4.1 (last updated on 14 September 2011), which takes up 14.0MB of space on your device. Game Play This game is much like a simulation. The object of the game is to build the tallest tower out of you and your friends. To make your tower grow you need to earn money, and you do this by opening up apartments for people to live in, and amenities such shops and leisure facilities, where you can sell products. There is a short tutorial in the beginning to help you understand how the game works and how to use the different controls. I found it quite confusing initially because like most simulation games, it seemed like quite a bit to take in. However, you quickly get to grips with everything just by playing a few times. The tutorial shows you how to build an apartment, which can house up to five ‘Bitizens’ – or people to you and me! Each Bitizen is different from the next and they each have a profile, which tells you their name, birthday and what their dream job is. There is also a set of criteria, which tells you what their strengths and weaknesses are, which may help you determine what type of job would ...

Sainsbury Fizzy Fangs 05/11/2011

Beware of the sour content!!

Sainsbury Fizzy Fangs I tend not to review sweets that often, which might amaze my friends because I do like to treat myself to a bag of sweets every now and again! I tend to pick up something made of jelly, like Haribo gummy bears, or something made of chocolate like Maltesers. However, I discovered Sainsbury’s own ‘Fizzy Fangs’ in the summer and now I have to buy a pack (or three!) every time I venture near the shop! I’m sure they made their way into many trick or treat bags last Monday! Fizzy Fangs are part of Sainsbury’s own sweet collection and other varieties include Strawberry Laces, Cola Bottles and Dolly Mixtures. Each bag holds 100g and costs 40p each. However, they are always on promotion where you can buy three bags for £1 (mix and match), which I normally opt for. Therefore, they are not cheap enough to belong to the basic variety… but they are not far off, which makes them an inexpensive treat. They tend not to be something you give as a gift, in case you are wondering! A single bag can easily be shared because even though there is only 100g you still get a good amount of sweets in them. On the packaging it states you have four servings, which you do… if you have like three sweets each! I am a sucker for these sweets though and tend to scoff the lot! You can find them along the confectionary isle, and they are not difficult to spot because of the simple but brightly coloured packaging. Fizzy Fangs come in a bright yellow bag with red lettering and a window so you can see the ...

Boots Slanted Tweezers 03/11/2011

Plucking Good Tweezers!!

Boots Slanted Tweezers When it comes to shaping my eyebrows, I am pretty lazy! I will happily pay for someone to wax or thread them so I do not have to go through the process of doing it myself! However, in between visits I normally have a pair of tweezers on hand so I can pluck the odd stray hair out when they start growing back! I have used my Boots slanted tweezers for years now, and they still remain a staple part of my make up kit, so it is about time I reviewed them! I bought my current tweezers when I started university last year; stupidly I left my other ones at home! Boots was the first place I came to in the town, so I bought these for £1.80. I thought the price was quite reasonable considering the other branded tweezers like the Tweezerman range, cost anything from £7 to £20!! Of course, I could have bought a small manicure set from the pound shop and saved myself a bit, but from previous experiences the material they use are never as good quality and I never tend to use the nail files they include anyway! The tweezers come in a plain grey, see through packet so you can see the product in all its glory. The Boots logo is clearly visible, along with the product name. Nothing too fancy, which I guess is how they keep their costs down! You can find them near the personal hygiene isle alongside other make up products such as eyelash curlers and nail scissors, and they are usually tucked out of the way on the bottom shelf! The tweezers themselves are made of a strong metal and come in the ...

Prezzo Maidstone 30/10/2011

Didn't have enough room for dessert!!

Prezzo Maidstone I had always walked past the Prezzo in Maidstone or simply not walked down Earl Street far enough to discover their gorgeous food. Hence why I thought this needed reviewing, in case others have done the same! I found Prezzo after I received some unwanted Tesco clubcard vouchers from a friend. I actually had to look up where the nearest one was via their website, only to discover there was one in my hometown. Here's my review: Firstly, there is no free parking close by. There is a multi-storey car park opposite and an outside parking area around the corner, but both require you to pay for your stay, and it can be a little frustrating thinking about the time throughout your dinner. From the outside the restaurant looks like an old house with dark beams. There is a hanging Prezzo sign above the door to let you know it's there, and normally an A-board letting you know what is on offer. There are a couple of large steps to enter the restaurant, which I can't imagine is very wheelchair friendly! I'm not entirely sure where the disabled entrance is, so it is not very clear. When you enter the building there is a waiting area that looks really cosy, for instance there is an open fire with sofas and stalls around it. Usually, a member of staff takes us through to the main restaurant as soon as we get in the door. However, on busier nights we are told a waiting time and given menus to look at in the waiting area until a table becomes available. There is a small bar behind the till ...

Armitage Rotastak 3 Carrot Nibble Sticks 20/09/2011

Have a nibble on these...

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