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    • Maxell Colour Buds / Headphones / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      30.09.2014 15:28

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      • "long enough wire"
      • "feel ok in the ear"
      • "Good sound quality"

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      • " (but are eeasy to put back on)"
      • "White covers can come off"

      Listen to your music with maxell power.... (No?? it's not a new super hero..)

      I got these when they were on offer in the local Tesco, (I know..? an offer in Tesco..???), with the intention of using them as a spare, for when my usual ones broke. But when I give them a go I found that they sounded a little better than my usual ones, which meant that my usual ones are now my spares, with these being my usual one.
      These came in a clear enough plastic casing, so you know exactly what colour you're getting, blue, pink, green red and more, so there's plenty of colour choice for you.
      The ear pieces are quite comfortable, even after having them rammed in my ears for a while, and the sound quality is as good as i'd expect from something that costs less than a pint of larger.
      The wire does get tangles up a bit, but as its a good 700mm long it's bound to. It does untangle quite easily so there's no need to take a pair of scissors to it.

      The 3.5mm Jack is a good built and slides into the port without feeling as though it is going to fall apart in my hands. I've had some ear phones that have cost more than these that have fallen apart at the connector, with the wires ripping out or the actual connector breaking free. But these ones manage to hold their own as long as you don't pull them out by the wire of course.

      I do have to say that the white covering that go over the tiny holes does come loose sometimes but not enough to cause me any hassles.
      I supposed that these could be better, although all of the same type could benefit from using a thin softer material around the outsides so that they feel softer in the ear. Hard plastic material can make your ears a little tender after too much pushing in and out

      These cost no more than a fiver, with some places selling them for less than 3 quid, which is good money in any one's books.

      In all, a nice, small, decent set of in ear ear phones that sound good without the large price tag.

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      30.09.2014 14:45

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      • " large in guts"
      • "small in size"
      • "fast enough for an oldie"
      • "Good price"

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      • "none for what you get"

      Hama going to get all my data onto this tiny thing ...??? yes, you are...

      When it comes to memory cards I have to confess that I possibly own more than I really need, with each one being used to certain types of data. The larger sized GB version I tend to use when it comes to storing larger files, videos and such, with others being used for other data, such as music or, as in this case, written files.
      This is only a 2GB, class 4, which is nothing these days, but i've had this for years and as I mainly these days for storing written data, which takes up a lot less space that pictures and video. Although this one can and has been used for storing pics and vids.

      It's transfer rate is pretty good. For example, I can fill the card up, with a mixture of files, pictures, data, short videos etc in about 75 seconds (on average), and empty it all back onto my laptop in nearly half that... so speed isn't the problem here.

      It has the usual locking switch on the side so that you don't accidental delete files you wanted to keep, nor can you add files whilst it's locked.

      I used to use this one in a camera that I had but when I updated to a larger GB card this one became my file storing, and as it slots into my wallet, i've always got it when I need it.

      What more can I say about what is a memory card that manages to keep my data safe and easily transferable …? well, the price of course. This one sells for less than £4, with some place selling it for a lot less.
      So, if you see one for a few quid then there's no shame in getting it.

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    • Longines La Grande Ladies / Watch / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      30.09.2014 14:18
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      Longines make watches for everything and everything for its watches.

      This is such an elegant watch, from an elegant brand. In the watches world it is not the most expensive of watches, but it is so well made and respected among all watch makers and watch enthusiasts.

      The simple design of the watch, coupled with the expert handling during production and also the watch makers' soul is compiled in this one small device. Water resistant of up to 3m, you can swim with it on your wrist! No need to be scared of leaving it in the locker room and it being stolen :)

      Also it is just perfect for any occasion. Wear it to work and it will look professional and groomed, wear it to a party and it will induce more elegance to your outfit, wear it on a grocery run and it will add sparkle to your otherwise lazy outfit.

      Longines make watches for everything and everything for its watches. In my family when we enter adulthood we are given an expensive watch. I was obviously over the moon when I received this watch as my 'adulthood' gift! My mother has had hers for almost 20 years now and it still looks brand-new.

      Do send them in for service every once in a while, even if its an automat. Also the lady at the store told us not to tune the date when the clock arm is between 1000 and 1400, for some reason, to keep the an automat Longines running decades longer.

      It is quite a big spend for some, but it is true quality.

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    • Potato / Recipe / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      30.09.2014 13:46
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      • "Easy to make"
      • "Much much lower in fat than any other chips"
      • Delicious

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      • None!

      Marmite Chips!

      When I was going to Weight Watchers a few years ago I used to always stay to the meeting after getting on the scales, and it was in one of those meetings that I first heard about 'Marmite Chips' - these were supposedly the saviour of the dieter and the ingredients meant you could have a full plate of these chips without worrying about the calories. I've tweaked the recipe to suit me over the years and have given it out to so many people, it's a super way to have potatoes while dieting without adding too many extra calories - I use a teaspoon of oil but it's possible to make the chips without this, you just get fluffier chips and a bit more of a variation on the flavours between chips from the same batch.

      Marmite Chips

      Potatoes (as many as you want to use, I tend to guesstimate 100g of raw peeled potato per person)
      1 tsp vegetable oil
      Marmite (to taste, when I'm using the 1 tsp oil I tend to use 1 tbsp Marmite - the ratio is completely up to you though)

      Pre-heat your oven to Gas Mark 7.
      Peel your potatoes and cut them into chips, wedges or small chunks. Put in a pan of water, bring to the boil and boil for 8 minutes.

      Drain well in a colander and allow the potatoes to steam for a few minutes as the more steam that comes off the boiled potatoes the crispier your chips will be - do not allow the potato to cool too much though.

      Pop the potatoes back into the pan and add the oil and Marmite. With the lid of the pan replaced shake the potatoes until they are all coated with the oily Marmite mixture. If you're not using oil you should heat the Marmite up a tiny bit in the microwave (literally 3 seconds) to loosen it.

      Tip the potatoes onto a baking sheet and allow any leftover liquid-y mixture to pour onto the sheet along with the spuds.

      Bake at Gas Mark 7 for ten minutes, turn then bake for another ten minutes or until the chips are golden brown and smell yummy!

      Serve with whatever you fancy with lashings of salt and vinegar for a lovely diet-friendly chip shop taste.

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    • MyBuilder.com / Internet Site / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      30.09.2014 13:34
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      Excellent Service

      I have used My Builder several times and the site is excellent as it gives you loads of options for finding recommended local tradespeople. It is nice to be able to get a few quotes for a job and have the vetting already done for you. The tradespeople we have found have been of a high calibre and I will certainly continue to use My Builder for future jobs.

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    • Warren Evans / Highstreet Shopping / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      30.09.2014 12:37
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      • "Great bed and hassle free delivery and assembly"

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      Warren Evans beds are the best!

      This is the 4th bed that I've bought from Warren Evans, I think it's safe to say that I really like their beds! The delivery was on time and the bed was assembled by Des and Mick (Team A) quickly and efficiently. They removed all the packaging and were all finished within 15 minutes. I haven't slept on the bed yet but I'm sure it will be just as comfortable as the other beds we have had from them.

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    • Begonia Destiny / Plant / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      30.09.2014 11:31
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      • "easy to grow and care for"
      • colourful

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      Begonia destiny

      I love being out in my garden although I am no expert when it comes to plants! This summer I decided to brighten up my patio area with a few pots and opted for plants that would be forgiving and easy to grow. One of my choices was a tub of Begonia destiny as they were very colourful and my local garden centre assured me they would be difficult to kill!


      I bought my plants already established in a pot. All I needed to do was to transplant them into a larger clay pot and water them well until they were established. However it is possible to grow begonias from both seeds and bulbs. Growing from seeds can be difficult and the plants will tend to be smaller and less sturdy than those grown from bulbs. If you decide to grown the plants from bulbs then you can either plant in a pot or directly into the ground. To plant into the ground you will need to dig a hole deep enough to ensure the root ball is covered. Fill using compost and then water. Begonias don’t need much space as they will only spread by about 20 Cm. They will reach a height of about 40 Cm.

      Begonias like to have shade and do not thrive in full sun. They should be planted in spring to give a full summer to flower. They will last until the first frosts. Begonias are an annual bedding plant so they will not return the following year. However you can save the bulbs to replant. Begonias come in a range of vibrant colours including red, orange. Pink, purple and white. Once the flowers have started to turn brown you should dead head them to encourage new flowers to form.


      Any problems?
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      Begonias really are very forgiving! However they don’t like to be over watered. I water my pot a few times a week if it hasn't rained. Once the colder weather arrives you can bring pots inside and they continue to flower.

      Begonias are popular with slugs and snails. I place crushed egg shells around the base of the plant and this seems to prevent slugs and snails from getting onto the plants.

      Overall I would highly recommend Begonias if you want to add colour to your garden next year. They are inexpensive to buy and easy to look after.

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    • TomTom GO 600 / GPS Sat Nav / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      30.09.2014 11:20
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      GOOD design, tomtom 60 review

      What's the TomTom GO 60?
      The tomtom go 60 should be the one of tomtom's mid level range,it sits just above the Via and Start ranges, which are accessible . In addition, it sports European maps with lifetime updates, as well as a very long time subscription to the exceptionally competent Traffic service, which, just like the GO 600, demands a mobile data connection from your smartphone .

      TomTom certainly means to use its Traffic trump card as much as you can, and it's perfect that you can now get a very long time of service in the sub -GBP150 GO 40 version, as well as the GO 60 we have here along with the GO 50 in between. This might lead you to ask why you'd buy 600, when the GO 60 appears to have essentially exactly the same features for GBP 40 LESS. There are a few clear differences, though.

      TomTom GO 60: Design
      Mostly, these revolve around the screen as well as the mounting system. The GO 60 does not have the fast-release mount of the superior models. The mount is built to the unit such as the beginning and Via models, which will truly make it easier to carry from car to car. However, TomTom has made it removable, having a section that slides out, so it also can be installed the other way round for when you need to mount the device sticking up from the dashboard as opposed to hanging down from your windscreen.

      The GO 60 also has a recessed screen, instead of the glass-covered among the 600. This really is mainly since the touch system is resistive, rather than capacitive, which needs a flexible screen. That makes it less open. The resolution is still 800 x 480 therefore the screen gets exactly the same amount of detail. With no fast-release mount, the auto power adapter plugs straight into the apparatus by means of a Micro USB connection.

      Even with the physical changes, the menu system is identical to the other new GOs. So this completely redesigned compared to all preceding TomTom sat navs and has been considerably simplified. At this point you have a single ribbon of icons across the centre of the screen, where once you'd find a page of icons leading to another page of icons, and after that possibly another beneath that.
      Once you get to the menu, the arrangement is quite distinct, because TomTom has taken the practical strategy of unifying the search system, so a single text entry can be used by you to hunt across both points and addresses of interest (POIs). The search is across all the installed country maps, too, which sadly leads to the search procedure being a bit slower than with some previous versions.

      Overall, though, destination entry is faster than before, as you don't need to trudge laboriously through categories that are given, and can go straight to key words that will nail where you wish to go. The GO 60 even contains Speak & Go voice control, which you may not make inactive having a preset phrase. You can then enter an address verbally, this doesn't search outside the current state, and although here you'll need to say the complete address such as the city.

      You can save destinations as favourites, along with the GO 60 maintains a listing of all destinations that are recent. You can also add destinations to the current route, reorder the, and save the resulting journey section for later recall. Once the destination has been chosen, the GO 60 computes the route using its IQ Routes system, which uses historic traffic data to make sure you miss routine traffic black spots as much as really possible, choosing the most suitable path for the time and day of week when you are going to be travelling.

      You have to pair your phone with the GO 40 to be able to utilize the LIVE services. When you first click on the Traffic & Speed Cameras menu option, you are taken through the matching process automatically, and you subsequently have to make an account or signal into an existing one. After this, your phone will undoubtedly act as a hotspot to download live traffic information.

      TomTom's Traffic is a cut above what most other manufacturers offer, as we've asserted many times before. Instead of only relying to the TMC system, in addition, it incorporates placing data from mobile phones and TomTom LIVE -enabled devices.

      But much like the rest of TomTom's most recent devices, the range of services that are LIVE is greatly fewer than it was. There is no link, no Local Search, no weather service or Expedia, with no link to Twitter, although the latter isn't especially missed by us on a sat nav.

      The GO 60's navigational experience isn't any different to the GO 6000 or 600. The map has been simplified from previous TomTom generations, with less of the screen taken up by journey information. Colour can be used far more. Your current speed, the present road and the limit are revealed on the bottom, with its closeness detailed in the very best and the next turning.

      The right hand side is home to the Route Bar, with estimated time of arrival and space near the most notable, as well as a readout of approaching traffic incidents below. Advanced Lane Guidance throws a big 3D picture of intricate motorway junctions up, which means you get in the right lane in time. Overall, it's a nicely designed map view that concentrates on the essentials rather than jamming the screen with features.


      Should I purchase the TomTom GO 60?
      The TomTom GO 60 is lots of satnav for the money, considering that it comprises both life TomTom Traffic and lifetime updates for maps of 45 European nations. With a nearly indistinguishable navigational experience to the higher- GOs ending, you're only really losing the capability of the quick-release mount as well as the capacitive touch screen when compared with the 600, and the built in cellular data of the 6000. If you will only use the traffic facilities that are live sometimes, the GO 60 makes plenty of sense, although 40 and GO 50 will save you even more if you are eager to forego the huge 6-inch screen.

      Verdict
      The TomTom GO 60 provides some seriously superior features for a mid range price, although the 4.3-inch or 5-inch variants will be even more cost effective.

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    • HP df750 / Digital Photo Frame / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      30.09.2014 11:04
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      • "Screen's pretty clear"
      • "Looks nice"

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      • "does what it wants when it want"
      • "speakers sound terrible"
      • "fails to read card"

      Who ever made this needs framing for crimes against electronics

      I have a fair few of these digital picture frames around the house, mainly due to the fact that I have a mass amount of digital family pictures that would take up all the wall space in the house if I put them all in standard frames. With many many pictures left over. So, in order to show as many pictures as I can I opt for these digital frames.
      Some are good, some are bad and some, I'm embarrassed for ever buying them, and this one comes in that third category.... sadly.

      This picture frame looks nice, being about 230 x 170mm, and about 55mm thick, having a thick frame around the actual 7 inch screen, with the frame being removable so that you can add another of a different design, as you get two spare frame in the kit.
      The screen is a good size and is pretty clear offering 800 x 800 resolution but when it comes to actually showing the pictures in a slide show it really does let itself down.

      It takes all sorts of memory cards, SD,MS pro, CF and even USB, which you'd think would be great for extending the pitiful internal memory, but it seems that this frame doesn't like to read the cards all the time, shouting at me for putting in an invalid card, even though the card is valid on another occasion. It claims to be able to handle most formats, your usual ones, MPEG,MPEG4,JPEG and so on. But on many occasions it tells me that the picture is unreadable, although it has just sat there and read the thing....

      The speakers are a waste of space, giving out about as much sound as a mute swan with its head under water.

      It does have it's good side. That being that, after owning it for a while and struggling to not smash it to pieces with a frozen cucumber, the chaps where I bought it from took it back and gave me a full refund... so that's a plus.
      Other than that this frame is about as useful as a pair of Ray Ban's at the cinema. So save your £35, or more, and get yourself something more useful as this frame will make you cry and cry and cry....

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    • Zanussi ZWT71201WA / Washer Dryer / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      30.09.2014 10:48
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      • "good washer"

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      • "no disadvantages"

      my washer review

      Once I moved into my home I inherited a fully fitted kitchen. Amongst the items there was a Zanussi ZWT71201WA Washer/Drier. Having just had a separate washing machine and tumble dryer previously I had been eager to see how it performed.

      The appliance looks pretty much like everything you'd anticipate a washing machine to seem like and it is white. It really is a front loader using a porthole in the doorway as the drum spins in order to see your washing whizzing round. It really is a built in, completely incorporated appliance so everything that you need is easily reachable in the front of the device.

      At the top left hand side you'll find the powder draw, this pulls out to show three separate compartments for fabric conditioner, liquid soap and soap powder etc. This draw can be easily removed by pressing a button in the rear of the compartment for simple cleaning.
      The row of eight buttons are fast hop buttons e.g. Pre-wash, Spin Speed, Rinse-hold, Extra Rinse, Ground Level, Drying Time, Delay Beginning and the Start/Pause button.


      Attributes
      There is an extra broad 300mm door for easy loading and unloading.
      A variable spin speed is ranging from 500 RPM to 1200 RPM. The spin rate depends upon the programme you choose so I also pick a different 1200 RPM whirl my wash cycle has finished.

      The maximum drying load is 2.5 KG. The most drying load being the maximum weight of wet clothes the drier can choose, and therefore you need if you're choosing a joined wash and dry cycle, to be somewhat cautious which you don't overload your machine.
      There exists an automatic half load feature which saves time plus money by automatically adjusting the water level.

      There is a fast wash programme for things that are not quite heavily soiled. This takes just around 30 minutes.
      Market wash gives you the ability to wash garments in a temperature that is lower than standard.

      Ultimately there is an easy iron feature which has a greater final cycle which is supposed make clothes easier to iron and to reduce creasing. I have not discovered this to be highly powerful.

      Conclusion
      Everything sounds very pleasant and it appears quite contemporary too but I have come home to a flooded kitchen on two different occasions The 2nd repair guy told me such machines should not be left unattended!

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      30.09.2014 10:35
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      Milder, more pleasant mouthwash

      I actually bought this by accident instead of 'regular' adult Listerine mouthwash. It is aimed at kids, but I figured it would be OK for a few weeks use.

      Instead of pouring like normal, my bottle had a squeezy feature - You removed the cap and squeeze the bottle and the exact amount (10ml) was dispensed into the neck ready for you to pour into your tooth mug. It's a bit of a novelty but my measure-by-eye method isn't always effective when I use conventional mouthwash. It advises swigging around your mouth for a minute and with a modest amount like 10 ml, this isn't a problem.

      I use this after brushing most mornings and evenings (don't tell my dentist I don't use this or floss every time!)

      Firstly, the mild mint flavour is much more pleasant than the adult fresh-mint. Having gone back to the adult version I think I will buy this one again, as the adult one has a stronger taste of antiseptic and artificial mint, then the milder children's version, so this version is more pleasant tasting in the mouth.

      When I spit into the sink, it tints any left over food it has dislodged a darker shade of green - Bran Flakes crumbs are a regular offender. It seems that I get more crumbs with this than I noticed with the usual Listerine mouthwash.

      The main disadvantage is that when it gets low in the bottle the tube cannot suck up the last parts of the mouthwash to extract into the neck dispenser and I couldn't figure out how to get into it any other way, so 2-3 days worth of mouthwash is wasted.

      Obviously this is a kids product and I am an adult, but I imagine kids of a certain age could easily use this unsupervised and would see the results in the sink, which is a good lesson in oral hygiene. If you struggle with adult mouthwashes and the sharp taste, then you may find this is better.

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    • grooves-inc.co.uk / Online Shop / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      30.09.2014 10:16
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      • "Customer Information"
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      • "Bad quality package "

      I hope that the packaging process improves....

      Grooves should pay more attention to the package quality as the CD jewel cases of my last order came all broken

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    • Avon Big Colour Eye Pencil / Make Up / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      30.09.2014 01:30
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      • "colour stays true"
      • "smooth and creamy to apply"

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      • "bright for some tastes"

      add a zing

      As a former Avon representative, I was often tempted by representative offers to purchase things I wouldn't normally buy.

      So Why oh Why did I buy them
      These chunky "'Big Colour"' chunky eye pencils were one such product. I do not usually go for a lot of colour when applying eyeshadow, so this was really pushing the boat out for me. I purchased these in the double version, with a complimentary colour at each end, and the colours I chose were; Frozen Ice/Blue Azure, A very outrageously bright electric blue teamed with a silvery white; and Hint of Mint/green dream, a foresty sagey dark green teamed with a minty metallic green.
      And how much did I fork out
      I know, I know..a moment of madness, but I'm sure I wouldn't have paid much for them. I have just found them on Amazon for 5.50 each so I probably pai around 3 quid for each.

      Do I actually use them
      Well yes, as it happens I do. Even at the grand old age of 50+, I still like to doll myself up to the nines sometimes. And these extrame colours can add a reall zing to my eyes for a night out. Of course I wouldn't dream of filling in my entire eyelid with such colours, but a thich line under my lower lashes or a highlight in the corner of my lid, can really change a look.
      what are they like
      They come in the form of a quite chunky pencil, around 1cm wide and 15 cm long. They are a wooden double ended pencil that will need to be sharpened now and again, they fit in the larger hole of my normal No 17 double holes pencil sharpener. they are black witht he word Avon Big Colour in silver writing, and two thin bands of colour detailing which colour they contain at each end. The lids are long and plastic and tight fitting so that they don't fall off easily.

      I have managed to snap both of my pencil's in half at some time or other, but they are still quite useable, and seem to have been held together with a plastic sleeve which is where mine have come apart.
      The pencil itself is soft and creamy, and goes on very smoothly keeping it's vibrant colour once applied and actually stays put for a whole evening if not rubbed or fiddled with. When it comes to taking it off again at the end of a good night out, there is no problem as it is a soft creamy colour, it comes staright off on the make-up remover pad. I have experienced no irritation to either my skin or my eyes from these pencils, but then I do not suffer from sensitivity

      would I recommend them
      Well, yes, suprisingly I would. They bright vibrant colours add a zing to your eyes, and they stay put all night. Though I wouldn't wear these eveyday, I use them when I'm in the mood, and generally get comments on how different I look (I think they are complimentary haha).

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    • Avon Glimmersticks Eye Liner / Make Up / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      30.09.2014 01:27
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      • "rrp a bit pricey"

      glimmer the night away

      I used to be an Avon representative, and so I have inevitably I have used many of their products over the years. Some I have liked, some I have loved, and some have left me indifferent.

      These Glimmerstick eyeliners are one of the ones that I like, and would be happy to repurchase in the future.
      Why did I buy them
      I do not use a lot of colour on my eyes, prefering a brown of fawn colour to highlight my blue eyes, and I always use Kohl eyeliner on the inner rims of my eyes, but I thought I'd try these more colourful products just to highlight my eyes.

      I liked them because, unlike a powder eyeshadow you can be very accurate with the colour, although these should never be used on the inner rims of the eyes like a kohl can.
      What did I pay
      I cannot actually remeber what I paid, but you can bet your bottom dollar they were in an offer. A quick look at the Avon shop website tells me the RRP is 6.00 but they are currently on offer at 3.00 each, though I did not see the colours I have, but his is not unusual as Avon are always changing their ranges.

      Why do I like them
      I like them because they are like a very accurate pencil, but they are much softer than a pencil. I find that any coloured pencils just do not leave any colour behind on my skin not matter how hard I scrub.
      But these are different. Although they look like a pencil, they are actually designed like an old fashioned twist up pencil, with the coloured product appearing out of the end of the plastic pencil, to a length to suit you depending on how much you twist. The colour is somewhat like a lipstick in texture and feel, but of course much thinner.

      what are they like to use
      The entire pencil is black and around 13 cm long, of which 5cm is covered by the lid. The rest of the pencil has the word Avon Gliimerstick Eye liner written in silver, with a 1cm band at teh bottom indicating the colour of the pencil, handy if you have several in your make up bag.
      As you take off the lid, you are faced with a long thin propelling pencil. Holding the pencil in one hand, and the portion that was previously under the lid with the other hand, you can twist gently in opposite direction until the coloured product starts to appear.

      To use I prefer to just twist it up around 1/4 cm, so that the thin stick doestn't break off, but to check for this review I propelled it to its full length, and this is still around 2 1/2 cm, though I have owned and used them for two years plus, though not of course every day.
      As I said this liner has the texture and feel of a lipstick, though much thinner at around 2mm, so as you can see I wouldn't recommend twisting it out too far when using it, in case the movement snapped it off.

      I have the chromes versions of these glimmersticks, that have a lovely sheen to them, in Burgundy Schock and Ultra Violet. I like to use them to do a thin line of colour under my lower lashes and extended out. Sometimes I will use it in the outer corners of my uper eyeli as well. The colour goes on smoothly and easily, with no need for pressure or scrubbing. The colour stay tends to look a bit darker on my skin than it does on the pencil, even though I have fair skin. The shine is much less obvious too, once it is applied.
      I would normally only put this on for an evening out, and when I have the colour has stayed where I put it quite effectively. I am not one for topping up my make up while I am out, I am way too good having a great time. But when I get home and look in the mirror to take my make up off, I can still see the colour where I put it, though it may have faded, or perhaps alcohol has blurred my vision!!

      Neither my skin nor my eyes are irritated by this product, though I cannot say that I am normally sensitive anyway. The colour comes off easily with a wipe of an make up remover pad, and has long gone before I have managed to remove my mascara.
      My thoughts
      I would recommend these sticks. They are convenient and quick to use, and the most effective way I have found to add a thin line of colour. The lid snaps back in place nicely and doesn't move, so they are great for carrying with you in your handbag. They come in a wide range of colourways that Avon is constantly changing, but look out for special offers.

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    • MUA Lipstick / Make Up / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      29.09.2014 23:48
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      OMG MUA!

      So, as you can probably tell from my previous reviews I do love a great beauty bargain, I mean who doesn’t?! So when I discovered MUA I just had to try it out, I must admit I am pleasantly surprised with this purse-friendly brand! I am sure there will be no surprise here but I purchased this lipstick in shade 2, which of course is a purply/pinky shade ;) I seriously need to start investing in some other colours, by writing these reviews it's made me realise how many purply/pinky lipsticks I actually own!

      *** Price and Availability ***

      You will not believe it but this lippy actually retails for a bargain £1! So for £1 I was willing to take the gamble! I purchased this lipstick from Superdrugs but you can also purchase it from the MUA website which is http://www.muastore.co.uk, the lipstick retails for £1 at both places but if purchased on the website you will have to pay for post and packaging .

      *** Application ***

      I was kind of expecting it to be really rubbish and not really pigmented but I was proven wrong! These lipsticks are really easy to work with, they glide on with ease and give a full, opaque coverage. For £1 I was surprised at how pigmented the lipstick actually was, I was expecting it to be quite translucent but was really impressed with the quality of the product. I do usually wear about 2-3 coats, with other lipstick I have I tend to only need to apply only one coat but for the price it’s something I’d expect. The lipstick has a lovely creamy texture to it and it doesn’t dry out my lips however I do find that the lipstick only lasts a maximum of 1 hour which is slightly disappointing, again, for the price it is expected. I have noticed this lipstick has a slight shimmer to it, I would prefer it if it was totally matte but it still looks great, MUA have recently launched a matte range which I hope to try out very soon!

      *** The Packaging ***

      The packaging is very simple, the lipstick comes in a plastic black tube, on the tube is the words ‘MUA, Makeup academy lipstick’ written in silver. Attached to the bottom of the lipstick is a transparent ‘piece’ which represents the lipstick shade housed within the tube. The transparent piece resembles a small lip balm pot. This is handy as you can unscrew the pot and use the extra lipstick in there once you run out of the lipstick in the tube, it’s especially handy for those who prefer to apply their lipstick using a lip brush. The packaging is secure and the lid fits on tightly which is great as I tend to find that some lipstick lids come off, this is especially annoying when I come back from a night out and discover my money, phone and keys are covered in lipstick! On the side of the lid is a stick with the barcode and the shade number (MUA lipsticks do not have names, they are just referred to as shade 1, shade 2, shade 3 etc)

      *** Overall Opinion ***

      Overall I would definitely recommend this lipstick, the great thing about it is that it is very cheap so it’s perfect for a night out! I’ve been on nights out a few times and woken up the next morning realizing that I have lost my lipstick :’(, extremely devastating moment! But for £1 it kind of cushions the blow! The annoying thing is, is that the shades I want are always out of stock in Superdrugs, they are just difficult to get hold of and you just have to keep popping back in every now and again to keep checking if they have restocked it. But other than that I love this lipstick, it’s a fantastic buy and a great beauty bargain!

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