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I brought this phone for about £15 plus £10 topup and whatever insurance was after. The reason for buying a basic phone was because I used one simuilar to this when I went on a mission.
The phone itself is just what a phone should be. You can have calls and texts along with voice mail and speed dial. There is no interenet or camera on, but there is, however, a game which does challenge the brain (unless you're like me and have played on it quite often and its really no challenge to complete).
There is a contacts listwhere you have your contacts, you can create your contacts and your favourites (aka speed dial, so for example to call Mum press 2 then the call button). It also has a call logg and you can review who's called you, who you called and your missed calls. What I like about it is, is the fact it breaks it down so for example Mum called (3) and you click on it and it has 12/12/12 at 13.45 for 00;03:52, 14/12/12 at 09:32 for 00:32:12 and 21/12/12 at 21:13 for 00:21:43. So it has the date, the time and how long you wre on the phone for.
Also the bonus parts are the little things, the game, the alarm, the calculator, convertor, time, stop watch, a calander, a memo, a tourch light (which is very useful when you're on missions or walking the dog late at night) and one that I have recently found, a fake call (I don't understand why you would want one but it's there any way).
The battery life is useful, on average, only charge it up once every 3-4 days unless it's been used alot on calls or playing the game then once every 2-3 days. The tourch light doesn't drain the battery like I thought it would so even if I did use the tourch for a few hours, it wouldn't impact the battery life.
The knock about life is very handy, my phone has been dropped in the bath, dropped in the saucepan full of pasta (yea, I know, it was an accident) and even been through the odd temper where it's been thrown against the wall an at people in a bad mood (seriously, they know what makes me tick). So after all the abuse it's been through, it's survived the war with just a few scratches. It made me believe insurance was a waste of money in all fairness.
I received this book as a gift from someone who had a strong passion for murder mysteries such as Agatha Christie and he said that it's not as complicated story but has lots of thrills and excitement with unexpected twists.
It's the main character, Daisy Dalrymple, on the front cover, wrapped up for winter, ice skating on the frozen lake where her first mystery starts. The colours are not dull but feel cool and vintage to give it the Winter 1920s scene to it, which I believe that fits perfectly with the story.
Daisy Dalrymple arrives at Wentwater Court to write an article for Town and Country. She has chosen to take her own photographs to fit her article perfectly like a jigsaw. Everything goes smoothly during her first day since arriving at Wentwater. Until the next morning she goes skating with James and Fenella and they find the least favourite guest at Wentwater, Lord Stephan Ashwick, under the ice. After raising the alarm and taking a few photographs reveals that the victim di not fall through the ice by skating at dawn, it's been suggested it was an axe cut, which leads the suspicion to a murder... But the question is , who did it? Daisy teams up with Scotland Yard to solve the mystery on who did it and with a lot of haters, and everyone is on the list. Lord Stephan's death is not an easy case to solve, especially when there are unexpected twists and unpredictable surprises rising to complicate things more than needed.
---Where to buy---
This book was a gift but I know a few discounted book stores sell it on the 3 for £5 offer. If you can't find it in the offers you can always buy it at the RRP at £6.99 (which I believe is a reasonable price) from WH Smiths and Waterstones.
I brought this for my younger sister after I brought the other Lettice the Rabbit book., thinking it would make a nice collection if we can find the whole set.
The book is in simular to the other Lettice bookbut this one has a strong pink back ground with Lettice the rabbit doing ballet on the grass. On the grass it has the book title and authorand above Lettice's head it has her name in white. It also has the pretty flower boarder from Lettice's name to the author's name which is pretty amazing.
Every day Lettice is on top of their hill just eatting and hopping around like a typical rabbit does, until one day she finds a poster pinned to a tree. The girl on the poster was what Lettice wanted to be - ballet dancer. She hopps of to town - so far away from home - to find her dream, until she finds herself joing a dancing school, and have been choosen to dance in the end of term show...
But what will here family and friends think of all this? Is it impossible to achieve her dream? Or will her rabbit friends be happy and support for her? Is it all that she dreamed of? Or will exerience give a different light to the spotlight?
This amazing pitcure book is perfect for little girls who have dreams and want to achieve them. It's easy to read as the pictures blend perfectly with the words.
Where to buy?
I brought this book from a cheap book store n the city for £1 which is a bargin compared to the RRP at £5.99. You can also find this book at amazon.
I brought this on offer at Boots at a third off, while I was hunting for some Spring/Summer buys from the end of Summer sale. This claimed to give natural radiance, so while it was on offer, I thought I'd give it a go.
The Shea and Cocoa butters body wash looks just like the one in the image, oval shaped with a plastic flip lid, pale orangy browny colour base with a sticker on to say what the porduct is and a little feather to promote the softness of it.
The smell isn't a strong smell, it's lightly scented (hence the feather on the front of the bottle) of Shea butter but I personally couldn't smell cocoa in it, but I'm not complaining.
What it does
This body wash is creamy and soft, but to get bubbles you have to really massage it into your damp skin. After washing yourself with it (I wouldn't recommend it as a bubble bath as it's not effective enoug to make plenty of bubbles), towel dry your skin and it feels smooth. I kind of expected this from a Johnsons brand as it specializes in baby sin. If you add a few drops of baby oil onto your skin it really will feel like baby softness.
I wouldn't say it's radiance, the skin like people it does unless you've used it daily for three weeks alongside the moisturising body lotion, but your skin is soft in touch for a long period of time during the day (aprrox 18 hours rather than 24 hours).
I recommend it for all skin types as it doesn't dry out or irritate the skin.
This product was made in Italy.
You can buy this from Boots at their full price of £2.95 for 400ml
I chose this book simply because it was a "Quick Read" and it's about war, and I personally enjoy reading war books. It's based on a true story - infact, it's all about Andy McNab himself - the best selling author for war books.
The book's image isn't full of colour. It's colours are quite neutral, but then again, it's a war book not a romance book so there's no need for Barbie pink and flowers. The image is a soldier sitting on a few steps at the side of the wall reading a book (one of Andy McNab's I've noticed, and it fits well with the story - how clever). The Quick Read logo with the Galaxy sponser is on the lower right hand side and doesn't ruin the image or down grades the book at all.
This story is about Andy McNab's life growing up with a rough patch here and a rough patch there. Life was pretty tough for this lad as he strongly believes that people in the world doesn't seem to care and that's why he doesn't care.
But when he ends up in juvenile detention, or detention for youths, things start to change. Seeds were planted as soon as the Army arrived and asked the lads if any one of them fancied joining them.
But with the reading ability of an eleven year old, that was not to drag him down. No. After training hard by running around in fields, marching, practicing drills and getting perfection for inspection, Andy soon starts to realize everything is done for a reason. And he starts to enjoy the Army life. Then one day his corporal had led his group to the Army Educational Centre where they learn the most inspirational quote to encourage people like Andy at this time of his life -
" You're not thick, you're just not educated yet. The only reason you can't read is because you don't read. But from today everything changes. "
This is where the journey truely begins as life as a soldier for Andy and this motto encourages him to aim high in life. This is where he starts to feel proud and appreciate his learning he's been given. And how and what roles in the army he takes is up for you to read and join the journey, and explore yourself.
This book is a Quick Reads book so it's suitable for majority of reading abilities, it doesn't drag on and like it's stated, it's readable in a reasonable amount of time. I personally brought it for my love of war books, but I have brought this book as a gift for those who are taking exams and for those who don't feel confidence and feel hurt for being what they call "a failure". This book has inspired many people I have given it to, to take a maths course, to get back into reading, and most importantly, not to give up on their main goals and ambitions they have in life. It makes a great gift.
This book only costs £1 and the amount of times I've read it and learned something new everytime I read it, I believe it's worth the money. I brought mine from WHSmiths, but you should be able to buy from Waterstones too. If you can't find it in store you can always buy it from Quick Reads directly at www.quickreads.org.uk
---Why I brought this product---
I went on a charity challenge on how to survive on £1 a day for two weeks including food, toiletries, the lot, so everything I brought went on a tight budget. So that is why I brought this Asda Smart Price Shower Gel, because it was cheap and has 300ml per bottle, and because I trust Asda's Chosen by You range, so I thought that the Smart Price range would be ideal for my purse and keeping me clean during the challenge.
This clear plastic bottle is rectangler and holds an apple green colour liquid inside. It has a simple white sticker stuck on the front with the Asda Smart Price logo. It also has a white plastic flip cap that allows the bottle to stand on it's head to get the last bit out.
The smell, well, I never smelled anything like it. This green liquid smells like Shrek's shower gel that's been given to him as a gift. Seriously, it smells like a cleaning product for dirty kitchens, and I rather only use this product when I've been playing in the muddiest places.
---How it works/ What it does---
You run your shower, you wet your body and lather shower gel into your skin to cleanse the dirt and sweat from what your skin's built up. However, after the first use, it was harsh on my skin, making me feel really itchy and after continued use, for about a week, it got worse and my skin's not even sensitive. I refused to continue with this shower gel and changed it after I found another cheap alternative for my budget challenge.
I personally would not buy this again and I certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone especially if they have sensitive or fragile skin. I rather go a week with one meal a day and use an alternative product during the challenge than use this and make me itch as if I have nits in my skin.
This product is an Asda own range so can only be brought at Asda and costs 30p for 300ml.
This product is made in Croatia.
I brought this product from the village pharmacy because I was in desperate need for something to clear up my spots but was quick and easy and these were the ony option available at my pharmacy.
The wipes come in a dark blue packet with sea green on the rims. It has an image of a face with a target on a red spot/ pimple indicating it's designed for people who suffer with blemishes. On the left of the pack there is a description on what the product does and how it's supposed to work.
-How it feels/smells-
The wipes inside has the smell of clean fresh, not like bleach or air freshener, but more like a pure delcate smell found in baby wipes. The wipes acroos the skin feel so soft, I thought they were intended to be baby wipes wth the softness.
-How it works-
It's simple, just remove a wipe from the pack and wipe acroos your face in circular movements. Remember to seal the pack after removing a wipe, other wise they will dry out before they have been used up. These aren't flushable wipes so you would need to dispose them in the bin after use.
To be honest, they were soft, gentle and helped to make skin look clean but I personally believe that they didn't make my spots clear up or even make them look smaller. I started using the wipes once a day then after 2 weeks I used them morning and night. It's a product that doesn't do what it claims to do.
It's really soft and gentle so I believe that people with sensitive skin can use them without irritation and it doesn't dry out skin so people with dry skin can use them. But if you have combination or oily skin and want to reduce your spots and shine and prevent breakouts then I wouldn't recommend it for you.
I brought these wipes for £1.10 for a pack of 25 wipes at my village pharmacy but I'm guessing you can buy them cheaper at Savers or elsewhere.
This product was made in the P.R.C
After reading many of Tilly Bagshawe's books, I decided I might give her sister's (Lousie Bagshawe) books a go. On the cover Cosmoplitan quoted "If a novel were a glass of champagne, this would be it". So out of all the other Louise Bagshawe books, this one won the vote of being placed into my basket simply because it has been highly appraised and expected the same standard of writing skills as her sister. And after reading the book, I started to understand why this book was compared to a glass of champagne....
The image of this book looks glamorous without too much accessories, with a woman lying on a hammock, with a sunset background alongside two tropical trees, and the title "Glitz" all glittered and glammed up for that perfect chic-flick!
Four girls, two sets of sisters, related as cousins. One set of sisters (Diana and Venus) do not have any parents due to a car crash and live at boarding school, while the other set of sisters (Juno and Athena) have a basic life growing up with mum and dad in a loving family home even if they don't have as much as everyone else. Then, out of the blue, an uncle appears from nowhere and they live life to the full with the half a million pounds each given every year. With no worries about money since then, they started to get too comfortable with finacial situations and enjoy to throw big parties and take each and every oppurtunity for granted. And since they they are all known famously as the "Chamber Girls".
Then, all of a sudden, Uncle Clem finds himself wanting to settle down with someone who is half his age and she wants the Chamber girls' trust-fund money to be stopped by the time of the big white wedding. The girls are at risk of losing everything they live their lives to, unless they can pull together and form a plan to keep what the currently have before it's too late.
Will the Chamber girls sail away through their plan successfully or will they have obstacles along the way? Does Uncle Clem find problems that started to arise to delay things? Or will the Chamber Girls find an alternative way of getting their hands on wealth by standing on their own two feet?
What will the end of the story tell?..... It's time to bring on the glitz!
-Who it's for-
This book is definatly for all those women who love chic flick and enjoys being suprised with whatever Louise Bagshawe decides to make her characters do.... I personally enjoyed it for pure relaxation before bed time but the thrill and ecitement can build up to the extend where you can't simply can't put the book down.
-Where to buy-
The full retail price of this book is £6.99, and can be brought from the majority of supermarkets and bookstores such as WH Smiths and Waterstones.
I came across this range in Superdrug when I went through a phrase of wanting to be "vegan" and "a tree hugger" and all the other political views that teenagers discover. I found this that the majrity of Superdrug own brand products were vegan friendly so I decided that I would experiment with their different ranges to find one that suited me. I came across this range (Natural High by Superdrug) and because it was January when I brought it, it was on offer so I didn't see it being a problem.
It's a pale green circular tub with a leaf on the lid. It has white as a cloud cream inside- the cream looks very pure and clean (as if white could become any cleaner?). It's a screw lid so if you through it into your bag for a sleep over or holidays then there's no problem with leakage.
-How it works-
Massage the cream into your face (avoiding eyes) in circular motions, starting from the middle of your face and working your way out. I find that it's best to put the cream on around an hour before you sleep . When you wake up your skin will feel and look more radiant after 3 days of contiued use.
I used this cream with the complete Natural High range to get the maximum results.
-Who is it for?-
This product is suitable for very dry (use between 10p-20p size amount), dry (20p size amout), along with sensitive, normal and mature skin (use a 5p size amount). However, if you have combiention or oily skin use it as a light coverage, so no more than 5p size amount.
This product has organic extracts and natural ingredients. It is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. I believe that Superdrug does not test their own brand products on animals.
This product does not say where it is made but the headquarters are based in Croydon UK.
I brought this fragrance from Avon just as a stocking filler really, for any birthdays or special occassions that I may forget about until the last minute (I have a habit of doing that). I know that every woman loves Avon so I know when I'm stocking up on gifts I know that I can't go wrong with the brand that's been around for 125 years.
It comes in a card board box which can be recycled, and it's violet sky shade at the top and white at the bottom with an image of almost a scarf floating through the middle, which to me gave it a mysterious look.
The bottle itself is a clear flat 3D square with a black rectangle lid that can just pop off. The liquid inside has a tint of soft purple and makes the italic words across the middle "Eternal Magic" has a feel and emotion to it.
This fragrance has a clean musk smell mixed with vanilla and delicate florals. It has a mysterious smell like a mysterious woman that caputures your nose (because you don't reconize her scent) that you never seen before. I would describe this scent a more youthful version of "Ghost original" but this fragrance tends to have a story behind it waiting to be revealed....
-Where to buy-
This product is an Avon brand so the best thing to do is ask your local Avon representive for the latest brochure. The full prie of this bottle is £7.50 for the purse spray but Avon is good for having offers on various products.
This product is made is Poland
This fragrance was given to me as a late birthday gift a while back from my relatives who have all successful jobs, so I was not sure what to expect from this fragrance.
I also noticed that one of my high school teachers having hold of this fragrance too so I ws willing to give it a chance.
The image is a pear shape ocean like blue bottle with a rectangle dent style on the neck. The lid is circular and has two silver rings around it but when the lid is on it looks like three rings and very nauctial sytle.
-How it smells-
When this product was sprayed inside the lid it gave a very light sea salt smell. However, when I spritzed it onto my arm, it released a strong musty ocean scent that you can smell in the air on the beach.
The frgrance did, however, lasted for around 3 hours so you only need to keep it spritzing every couple of hours and I find it more suitable for late afternoon or evening time to wear this fragrance.
-Where to buy-
At the present moment, you can find this fragrance at both Boots and Superdrug. At Boots, it costs £34.00 for 50ml an £46.00 for 100ml, and at Superdrug it costs £24.99 for 30ml.
At Boots you recieve 4 points per £1 you spend and at Superdrug you recieve ! point per £1 you spend with their own loyalty cards.
This product was made in France.
I found this fragrance in Boots when Britain hit a recession a few years ago and I would only buy roducts made in the UK during that short period to support our British workers (I'm not sure if I worked but I tried). It was not a product that I regretted either...
It's a simple squarish shape with nothing interesting on ecept the designer's name and it's personal title "x20" through out the middle. It looked and was affordable for when I was due to start college.
-The Smelly Test-
It has a unique blend of ingredients in this fragrance. It's got a musty magnolia smell mixed with water lilly and a hint of grapefruit. All together it gives a sensitive and delicate smell, which is femine, and releases floral notes. When it is applied to the skin it lasts around the the first two lectures (aprrox 3 hours in total) and I find it suitable for every day use.
I would personally recommend it for newbies who are just experimenting with fragrances and people who are on a budget.
This product is made in the UK
I brought this product because I was looking for a skin are product made in the UK but had been around for a long time time too, and No7 had been around for 75 years. I noticed that my grand parents and my great grand parents used it so I gave it a chance without second thought and started with these 4 in 1 wipes, which looked ideal.
The image of this product is just a clear blue package with a white opener to release the wipes. You can notice the wipes through the package and it gives you a rough idea how many you have left. One pack contains 30 wipes.
-How to use-
It's smple to use this product, just open the lid, release one wipe, and sweep all over the face and neck. Do this in circular movements like a gentle massage to really budge the dirty patches off your face. I find it very useful to get rid off your make-up, before a face mask/ scrub, or just a pre-cleansing your face.
Even though it says 4 in 1, I would recommend it to be used with the whole No7 skincare routine and only use it on it's own for lazy nights, if you are tight on time in the morning, or if your in hospital and cannot do much movement.
These wipes are suitable for all skin types and works well any skincare routine in the No7 range.
These No7 wipes are a Boots own brand so can only be purchased at Boots. They retail at £7.00 per pack but sometimes there are offers around the stores and they give out £5 off coupons. You can also recieve your Advantage points and spend them with this product.
I personally would pay £7.00 again because I believe it's worth every penny.
This product was made in the UK.
This bottle caught my eyedue to the hour glass shape. The frosty look and the name "GHOST" made me believe it was suitable for funeral use because I wanted a fragrance for a friend's funeral without smelling out of dept for the occassion. So it was then I dropped it in my basket.
It was the image of this product that caught my eye. It's an hour glass shape -and in my opinion it represents a real woman. The colour of the bottle itself is a frosty pale blue and gives that chilly feeling to it, and the word "GHOST" on the bottom of the bottle gives the impression it's suitable for funerals.
-How it smells-
The smell is phenominal! It has the misty morning smell with fresh florals but can also be used in the evening for a smoking mirrors finishing touch. Fresh florals and soft vanilla scent makes this an ideal fragrance for early birds in the mornings or those dancing divas that loves to party through out the night. It's a mysterious scent that will set eyes on you!
You can buy this product from Boots at £24.90 for 30mls, £33.90 for 50mls, or £44.50 for 100ml. Remember to use your advantage card to earn points or you can use your points to treat yourself to this phenominal fragrance!
This product is made in France.
I brought this mascara because there was an offer 3 for £5 on all Boots Natural Collection make up items. Plus it was the first time buying my own make up so I didn't want to pay too much just in case I don't like the feeling of wearing mascara.
It's a simple design, nothing fancy. It's white with brown writing "natural collection" through a ring of petals. It's cute for newbies to the make up world and looks quite "chic".
-How it works-
Unscrew the lid and wipe the brush a little around the edge -as it's new it would be full so when the brush is out there will be too much. Then gently swift it along your eyelashes. One layer will be enough, unless you rather the spider legs look.
If you are not happy with the results of the brush, then it's ideal just for the mascara liuid inside when you're on a budget and just use your regular brush that you would normally use.
This product lasts through out the day -but please do't leave it on over night -you will wake up with panda eyes.
The container says use within 6 months but it can last for about 18 months and after that you can always wake it up a bit with a small amount of water.
This product is a boots brand so you can only buy it at boots. The normal price for it is £1.99 but you can always find special offers such as 3 for 2 mix and match, or 3 for £5.
This product does not say where it was made but it does give you a Notttingham headquarters address.