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Tesco Online Banking 19/12/2017

Reasonable Products, Poor Online Banking Website

Tesco Online Banking My newest bank account is with Tesco Bank. I had a credit card with them a few years ago and had car insurance with them last year, but I had never held a bank account with them. I was looking for a new current account that would pay interest on some of my savings and I found that Tesco's current account will pay me 3% on up to £3000.00 so that works out £90.00 interest for the year, which isn't bad. The account has to have 3 direct debits set up and you must pay in £1000.00 per month for you to receive the 3% interest. This was easy enough to set up and the interest is paid monthly which means I can put it into another account to earn interest on. Anything above £3000.00 you do not earn any interest on. At the same time as setting up this bank account Tesco asked me if I'd like to set up an Internet Saver account which will earn me 1.2% interest on balances up to one million pounds. The interest on this account is paid annually. I access both accounts via Tesco Bank's website. ~ The Website ~ The website is one of the few banks I have used online banking with that don't involve a little device or grid card so as long as you can remember your username, your 6 digit security number (which you make up yourself) and your password you should be able to access it from any computer. I like this about Tesco online banking. I find it inconvenient using Nationwide's card reader and M&S Bank's security device for other online banking websites. ~ My experience ~ The website is ...

Impulse O2 30/09/2017

Too Good To Use!

Impulse O2 Impulse O2 is my favourite body spray of all time. ~ Price And Availability ~ It was released in 1997 and was discontinued in the 2000’s. The Impulse facebook page has a whole thread where people are begging for them to bring it back, but they said no and suggested we try their newer fragrance Why Not? which they claim is similar. Luckily about 5 years ago my sister tracked down a pack of 6 cans for me and then a while later I found another 6 pack on ebay. There’s no such bargains to be had these days and you’ll be lucky to get a 75ml can for £10.00 on ebay, but they do come up now and then occasionally with the matching shower gel! ~ Packaging ~ The original packaging was bright green with ‘Impulse’ written across the front in black lettering and the old Impulse butterfly. The packaging then changed to a light green colour with a bright green design on the front. I have both designs, but only one of the newer design. ~ In Use ~ My first 6 cans were taken for granted and I used them like they were replaceable. I’ve only got about 4 cans left (get out your violin). I now only use them now and then as they are precious to me and I want them to last. The scent is amazing. It smells like a mixture of 1997 and 1998; what I’m trying to say is I think one of the reasons I am so obsessed with this scent is because it reminds me of when I was young, but it is also a great scent. It is fresh and citrusy. It has notes of lemon, bergamot, lime, apple, water lily and water notes ...

What is the best memory of your 2017 holidays? 16/09/2017

Time With My Husband In Budapest!

What is the best memory of your 2017 holidays? This year has been awkward for holidays with my husband starting a new job half way through the year. In April we managed to book a last minute holiday to Budapest in Hungary. My friend had told me it was the best place she had been to and I am always intrigued by people’s favourite destinations! What is yours and why? We had an amazing time. We stayed in Pest, but got the open top bus across to Buda to see the castle and Liberty statue. The views over the city were amazing. The package we got for the bus tour included two boat trips; one by day and one by night. The boat trips took us past the Parliament building which was inspired by our own Westminster Palace. Their Parliament is a fabulously detailed neo-gothic building by the river. I couldn’t stop staring or taking photographs. The boat trips took about an hour each. The day and night cruises had a different feel to them although the city looked beautiful from both. Budapest was not as big as it seemed on the map and we were able to walk right across the city easily. I was surprised to see so many beautiful buildings. We went to some great ruin bars which are bars that have been set up in ruined or partially damaged buildings. We managed to find a lot of places serving some good ale and it only worked out costing about £1.50 - £2.00 per pint. Hungary use the Forint rather than the Euro. We went to the Szechenyi Baths which are outdoor thermal baths which was fun. The nearby park is beautiful and right next to it ...

Dior Poison Girl Eau de Parfum 19/08/2017

What's Your Poison?

Dior Poison Girl Eau de Parfum I received a sample of Dior Poison Girl eau de parfum a while ago and have recently started using it. I find Dior fragrances really pack a punch. I have Addict and Miss Dior eau de toilette in my collection and they are really strong; the longest lasting fragrances I own. Not only do they last hours on my skin but they project well and I find I notice them on myself all day long. I also find others comment on my perfume when I’m wearing Addict or Miss Dior even hours after application. ~ Packaging ~ Poison Girl comes in a clear glass bottle. It is a vaguely spherical bottle with a few ridges around it. It is the same shape as the other bottles from the Poison range of fragrances. It has a similar shaped lid which is black. The perfume itself is a dark pink colour. The bottle has the words ‘Poison Girl Dior’ across the front. I think the bottle looks quite nice. It has quite a simple design but without being boring. ~ Price and availability ~ This fragrance is available from Boots as well as most department stores. It comes in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml bottles. The 30ml bottle is £47.00. The 50ml bottle is £71.50. The 100ml bottle is £104.00. ~ In Use ~ The first thing I noticed about this fragrance is that it is another strong scent. The top note is Sicilian bitter orange. The heart notes are May rose from Grasse and Damascus rose. The base notes are Venezuelan tonka bean, Sri Lankan sandalwood, tolu balm, almond and vanilla. The perfume opens with quite a harsh scent of ...

Avon Nail Experts Liquid Freeze Quick Dry Spray 07/08/2017

Nailed It!

Avon Nail Experts Liquid Freeze Quick Dry Spray My mother gave me a bottle of Avon Nail Experts Liquid Freeze a few months ago. She is an Avon representative and is always buying me bits and pieces to try out. ~ Packaging ~ It comes in a small, clear plastic bottle with a white spray dispenser on the top. There is a clear sticker around the bottle with the name of the product in small black lettering. It is a very simple design. ~ Price and availability ~ A 50ml bottle of this spray costs £6.00, but is currently on offer for £3.00. It is available from your local Avon representative or online at ~ In Use ~ This liquid freeze is used to dry your nail polish quickly after application. I spray the liquid freeze directly onto my freshly painted nails. I have used similar products in the past including the Elegant Touch Rapid Dry nail spray which comes in an aerosol can. That nail spray made my nails feel really greasy when it was first applied. I was a bit sceptical about this Avon Liquid Freeze as it didn’t seem like it would act the same coming from a pump dispenser in a plastic bottle. Avon’s Liquid Freeze is a lot less greasy which makes me think it must have a different formula. The spray has a nice floral scent which I am pleased with, but I wasn’t really expecting the product to be scented at all. If anything I’d expect this to have more of a nasty, alcoholic scent. There is a residue left on my nails which I have to wipe off once my nail paint is dry. It is not really a greasy residue, but it does ...

Vera Wang Be Jeweled Eau de Parfum 03/08/2017

Sweet Summer Scent

Vera Wang Be Jeweled Eau de Parfum I found out about this fragrance before it came out. I had almost all of Vera Wang’s fragrances at that point so I was interested in trying this out. When I first tried it I was impressed, but did not purchase it until a few years later. ~ Price ~ The fragrance is an eau de parfum and is available in 30ml, 50ml or 75ml bottles. I have the 50ml bottle. The 30ml bottle costs £36.00. The 50ml bottle costs £46.00. The 75ml bottle costs £55.00. They are available from It seems they are no longer for sale at Boots or Debenhams. ~ Bottle ~ The fragrance comes in a clear glass bottle. It is quite tall and thin and the liquid itself is clear and is tinged a pink/purple colour. The bottle has an irregular shape. It is faceted like a jewel. Around the neck of the bottle there are pink, purple and silver gems and across the middle of the bottle the words, ‘Be Jeweled Vera Wang’ are written in neat purple lettering. The bottle design is fun and quite pretty. The jewels around the neck of the bottle feel very secure and I don’t worry about them coming loose and ruining the look of the bottle. ~ In Use ~ The fragrance itself is a lovely, fruity scent. It is quite sweet and sometimes I think it can be a bit too much. It reminds me of Escada’s Island Kiss fragrance. It has top notes of red currant, pomegranate and champagne. The heart notes are passion fruit, pink honeysuckle and pink peony. The base notes are pink crystal sugar, musk and Australian sandalwood. The ...

Chloé Love Story Eau de Toilette 01/08/2017

Love At First Sniff But It Doesn't Stick Around

Chloé Love Story Eau de Toilette I think I first tried Chloe Love Story when I was browsing the perfume counters in Boots. Chloe by Chloe was one of the first branded perfumes to make it into my perfume collection and I love it so I have been keen to try other Chloe releases since. I wasn’t majorly impressed with See by Chloe, but I enjoyed Roses de Chloe which was released in 2013. Love Story eau de toilette was released in March 2016. As soon as I tried this fragrance I put it on my wish list and I finally bought it at the end of last year. ~ Price and availability ~ It is available in 30ml, 50ml and 75ml bottles. The 30ml bottle is available for £42.00 from Boots. The 50ml bottle is available for £58.00 from Boots. The 75ml bottle is available for £82.00 from Boots. I bought the 50ml bottle. ~ Packaging ~ The box for Love Story is made from white matte card with ‘Love Story’ and ‘Chloe’ in gold embossed letters. The box is rectangular and the lid lifts off completely revealing the perfume bottle lying flat in the box. The bottle lies in a velvety-feeling plastic setting so that it does not move about in the box. I don’t like this idea for the box. I don’t think it looks or seems any more luxurious. The matte white card box actually has quite a cheap feel to it in my opinion. The bottle itself is tall and quite thin. The back of the bottle is ridged like the original Chloe eau de parfum design. The top of the bottle is gold and has ‘Chloe’ imprinted into it. There is a gold D-shaped ring which goes ...

Board games: which are the best for you? 26/07/2017

Boardom Cured!

Board games: which are the best for you? I don’t play board games very often but recently I have been keen to get the ones we have out of the loft. We are saving for a bigger home at the minute so we are having a few more nights in than we used to and board games are a free and fun activity. My favourite board game is probably battleships. I always loved this as a child as well. If you don’t know, this is a two player game where you have a board to place your ships on which your opponent can’t see and you cannot see your opponent’s board and you have to guess where their ships are using coordinates. The first person to hit and ‘sink’ all of the opponent’s ships wins. Snakes And Ladders is the first board game I ever learned to play and I’ve always enjoyed it. It is pretty simple. You roll the dice and move that many spaces on the board. If you land on a ladder you go up. If you land on a snake you go down. I remember playing this in my friend’s porch and I remember designing our own Snakes And Ladders boards in primary school. I also love Connect 4 or 4-in-a-row and sometimes play this online. This is also a two player game where one player uses red discs and the other use yellow discs and players take turns to insert the discs into the Connect 4 grid trying to get 4 in a row while trying to stop the opponent getting 4 of their discs in a row and the first person to insert 4 discs in a row wins. Cluedo is another favourite of mine. Players enter different rooms on the board for clues and try to work out where ...

Radox Energise Shower Gel 21/07/2017

Amazing Scent - Keylime And Peppermint

Radox Energise Shower Gel I bought a few different Radox shower gels last year and have just got around to using this one. I love the scent of lime, but this shower gel is lime and peppermint scented and I expected that the lime would be overpowered so I wasn't too excited to try it out. ~ Price and availability ~ You can expect to pay £1.00 for a 250ml bottle of this shower gel. It is available from most supermarkets, Boots, Superdrug and Wilkinsons. You can buy 2 bottles for £1.80 on offer at Tesco. ~ Bottle ~ It comes in a clear plastic bottle with a rounded edge so it is easy to hold. It has a hinged green plastic hook on the top so you can hang the shower gel up in your shower so that it is in easy reach. It sits on its flip cap lid which is not the easiest to open. The shower gel is a bright green colour. There is a sticker on the front of the bottle with pictures of lime and mint leaves and the words 'feel energised with keylime and peppermint' across the front. ~ In Use ~ The shower gel is quite runny, but not too thin. I wasn't too excited to try this out as I thought the lime scent would be overpowered and I was right. I wasn't excited about the peppermint scent as I don't usually particularly love minty scents, but I absolutely love the scent of this shower gel. It has a lovely fresh mint scent as if it is the mint leaf itself that you are sniffing at. It is lovely and not a toothpaste-y mint scent at all. The lime in this could easily be bergamot, lemon or maybe even orange. ...

Lynx Attract For Her Deodorant Spray 18/07/2017

Attractive Scent

Lynx Attract For Her Deodorant Spray I don’t think I have ever had the Lynx Attract for her body spray before but I got two different gift sets at Christmas with this in. I have always liked the Lynx brand so I was very pleased to receive the 'for her' version. ~ Packaging ~ The deodorant body spray comes in a white can with a black twist lid. The lid twists and the spray dispenser is revealed at the top of the can. ‘Lynx’ is written in black lettering on the can but there is a bright pink band of colour around the bottom of the can and a pink and grey design on the front of the can so it can be easily recognised as the feminine body spray rather than the masculine spray that Lynx are well known for. The spray is described as body spray and deodorant on the front of the can. ~ Price and availability ~ Lynx Attract for her 150ml spray is available from where it costs £5.62 or you can buy a pack of 6 on ebay for £16.49. The spray is most easily found in gift sets at Christmas time. Superdrug have the gift set in at the moment with the spray and a 250ml shower gel for £7.00. ~ In Use ~ The scent is described by Lynx as a vibrant mixture of succulent fruit with gentle floral notes for a feminine accord. It is a lovely scent. I thought it might be quite a masculine fragrance, but it is a nice fruity, floral scent. It is crisp and fresh, but not masculine. The scent reminds me of one of the DKNY Be Delicious perfumes which this is very similar to. I really like the scent. If I had to guess I'd ...

Lynx Dry Anti-Perspirant Deodorant - Touch 17/07/2017

Can't Touch This

Lynx Dry Anti-Perspirant Deodorant - Touch I used to use Lynx Touch spray back in 2005. A few of the girls I knew used to wear Lynx sprays as well because some of them were really nice scents although they were marketed towards men. This one was my favourite, but it was discontinued. About two years ago I managed to buy 6 cans of it online for about £18.00 which I was happy with. I also managed to get a hold of the aftershave a few years before. ~ Price and availability ~ This 150ml can of this deodorant body spray is quite difficult to get hold of. It often comes up on ebay, but sellers can be quite greedy knowing that this fragrance has been discontinued. There are currently two cans on ebay for £30.00. As a fan of the fragrance £5.00 per can seems reasonable but £15.00 per can is a bit too pricey. ~ Packaging ~ The can is about 1.75 inches in diameter and it is black with ‘Lynx Touch deodorant body spray’ written on the front and there are some swishing designs in red and silver. The lid is made from black plastic and you twist it to release the spray button on the top of the can and it is pressed down to release the spray. It looks much like the rest of the Lynx range. I do quite like the packaging. ~ In Use ~ The can advises to spray this from 15cm away from your body. It has a lovely scent. The fragrance contains watermelon, floral and spicy notes and a base of patchouli and musk. It is described as woody and aromatic. The scent is quite masculine. I find it really difficult to describe, but it is ...

Tangle Teezer Compact - Feline Groovy 15/07/2017

Conveniently Compact!

Tangle Teezer Compact - Feline Groovy I received a Compact Tangle Teezer as part of a gift set with a lot of other beauty items for my birthday earlier this year. I already have the original Tangle Teezer and I really like it but I did think it could use a lid so that when you throw it in your handbag bits of fluff won’t get stuck in it. ~ Price and availability ~ I saw the Feline Groovy design recently in the airport but the Compact Tangle Teezer is available in many colours and styles including Shaun The Sheep print and Hello Kitty designs. The one I have is not the Feline Groovy leopard print design, but it is black and bright pink. The Feline Groovy design is available for £10.00 from, but if you do not mind which colour or design you receive you can buy the Compact Tangle Teezer for as little as £8.25 on ~ What is it? ~ The Compact Tangle Teezer is a hair brush without a handle. It has very flexible bristles and was created to detangle tatty hair without tearing, breaking and damaging it. The Compact version isn’t much smaller than the original Tangle Teezer brush, but it has a lid to it which protects the bristles from bending out of shape and stops fluff or dirt from getting between the bristles. ~ In Use ~ The lid has a thin one inch long piece of plastic sticking out of it and it fits into the brush where there is a gap in the centre of the bristles and it fixes together with the lid so that it won’t come off accidentally. The brush is easy to hold in your hand and ...

Avon Gel Finish 7-in-1 Nail Enamel 12/07/2017

Fabulous Gel Finish

Avon Gel Finish 7-in-1 Nail Enamel I bought a few Avon gel finish nail polishes when they first came out and was really pleased with them. I kept meaning to buy more and by the time I got round to it they had changed the range to ‘gel shine’ instead of gel finish so I bought some gel shine but they are not the same. This review is going to be for the gel finish nail polishes. I bought 4 different colours; a bright red, a lilac colour, a nude colour and a light pink/ nude colour. They are currently available on ebay where you can buy them for £3.29. ~ Packaging ~ The packaging is much like that of Avon’s other nail polishes. The polish comes in a rectangular glass bottle with a black plastic lid. The front of the bottle has ‘Avon Gel Finish’ written across the front and the ‘L’ in gel has a drip design coming down from it. The bottles hold 10ml of nail polish each. ~ In Use ~ The nail polish is easy to apply and goes on much like any other nail polish. The nude is fine but I find the light pink colour is a bit see through so it will usually need a second coat. I find this quite annoying so I tend never to use the light pink colour. I don’t often bother with a second coat as I often find it hard enough not to smudge the first coat; the chances of not smudging two coats is very slim and if I use a base and/or top coat then the chances of no smudging is almost zero. I don’t always use a base or top coat; it depends how lazy I am feeling. The nail polish dries reasonably quickly as long as I don’t apply too ...

Mitchum Powder Fresh Antiperspirant Roll-on 04/07/2017

Powder Power!

Mitchum Powder Fresh Antiperspirant Roll-on I first bought Mitchum’s Powder Fresh roll on deodorant about 2 years ago. I was travelling to Europe with hand luggage only and wanted something 50ml or smaller so that I could take it with me on the plane as I believe any liquids over 50ml are not allowed on planes unless they're in the hold. The deodorant comes in a light green coloured plastic bottle with a green and pink label on the front where it claims to give 48 hours of protection. ~ Price and availability ~ I bought my 50ml bottle in Savers for the bargain price of £1.00. It is also available from Wilko for the same price. You can also get a 100ml bottle which is £1.92 from Superdrug. ~ In Use ~ I never used to use roll on deodorants, but could never find a spray on less than 50ml at a reasonable price so I tried this out and now it is my go to deodorant purchase. The powder fresh deodorant has a nice floral scent, which to be honest borders on being a bit toilet-cleaning-product-like, but it is pleasant enough. The roller ball is large and easy to use. It never gets stuck and applies the deodorant easily. It takes two seconds to apply and smells less toilet-cleaning-product-like on the skin. It does not take long to dry and once it is dry the scent is barely noticeable. I don’t get white marks on my clothing from this deodorant, but I don’t really wear t-shirts; I usually wear vest tops or strappy tops so I don’t tend to get white marks from any deodorant. I am really pleased with the performance of this ...

BeautyBlender Classic Makeup Sponge 27/06/2017

Blends Beauty-fully!

BeautyBlender Classic Makeup Sponge I bought my Beauty Blender at the beginning of this year. A Beauty Blender, for those who don’t know, is a make-up sponge which is almost egg-shaped with a point at the top. I know there are a lot of cheaper versions you can get, but a lot of people say nothing is as good as the real thing so I decided not to waste my money on the cheap alternatives. ~ Price and availability ~ I bought the Beauty Blender online at where it is currently £12.84. I think I paid around that price. The website sell the Beauty Blender for £16.00. ~ Packaging ~ The make-up sponge comes in a small clear plastic pot with pink, grey and black and white spots around it and the Beauty Blender name on it. I still keep my Beauty Blender in the original pot as I think it would get dirty if it was thrown around in my make-up bag or with the rest of my beauty products. I have the bright pink Beauty Blender but it is available in a few other colours. ~ In Use ~ Straight away I can tell by touching the sponge that it is of a good quality. It is very soft and feels almost velvety. When squashed it springs straight back into shape. The holes in the sponge are very small. The sponge is supposed to be used damp. The instructions for use are wet, squeeze, bounce meaning to wet the Beauty Blender, squeeze out any excess moisture and then ‘bounce foundation or powder across the face for flawless results’. The brand says, ‘When damp, the open-cell structure of the exclusive ...
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