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These pretty Pink Primrose (Primula) plants are often available at this time of year leading up to Mother's Day as they make an excellent gift for mums of all ages and personality types. I have a plant that began life as a 'posey' in a basket sold by Gardening Direct but which now is part of my garden border.
Initially planted in a gift basket the pink primrose can be planted outdoors in either a pot or into open ground. They generally do not make good indoor houseplants so if you received this as a Mother's Day gift you can make it last by planting outdoors. They make ideal border plants as when in a patio pot they tend to outgrow their container quite quickly.
The plant has lots of thick, crinkly dark green leaves along with medium sized dynamic pink flowers which have a startling yellow centre. The plants are extremely eye catching and pretty. My own plant has periods where the flowers will die off but this doesn't seem to correspond with the seasons and in fact my plant flowered all through this winter - as one of the only flowers in bloom in my garden!
In terms of what the plant offers it has attractive colours which stand out and is long lasting. I have not noticed the flowers being particularly attractive to bees or butterflies though nor do the flowers seem to have much aroma. The plant does not have much height so it should be planted in a position where it will not be dwarfed by other plants.
I would definitely recommend this plant to anyone looking for a great gift for a loved one or to gardeners who love pretty flowers. The Pink Primrose basket as pictured is currently discontinued on the Gardening Direct website but you can often find similar versions in major supermarkets. Expect to pay a few pounds for this beautiful plant.
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This Driclor solution was recommended to me because I suffer from hyper-hydrosis or excessive sweating as a result of an anxiety condition. I mainly perspire heavily under my armpits and although the problem is less severe nowadays it still bothers me enough to want to reduce the level of sweat.
Driclor is a roll on solution which looks like a deodorant. It costs around £6-7 for one bottle of solution but you don't need to apply it everyday so if it works well for you the extra expense may be worth it.
The solution works by gradually forming a gel barrier over sweat glands. Sweat is then reabsorbed into the body and is flushed through your system.
Unfortunately I have not had a great experience with the product. The Driclor solution is like a translucent, watery liquid which has an unpleasant smell. It's a very sharp, chemically smell which I really dislike. I found the solution takes quite a while to dry on the skin. What started to happen to me is that when I first began to use the product I was still sweating through the 'barrier'. The sweat then seemed to have a reaction to the product and my skin just burned and burned. I thought this may have been due to my shaving so I stopped but the solution continued to irritate and burn me, leaving terrible red scales on my underarms and the skin around my shoulders. At no point using this solution did I feel like I was sweating any less than usual.
Unfortunately I had to discontinue use of the product and would warn others about the potential dangers and skin irritations prior to using it. However, I have also heard some rave reviews about the product so it may be that I simply have a reaction to this particular product.
You can buy this product at stores like Boots in the UK.
I am reviewing the Dremel 100 Piece Accessory Set as shown in the Dooyoo picture rather than the Dremel 100 powertool. I actually have a couple of Dremel tools and I got this mega-sized box of accessories to use with them a couple of years ago. It's a brilliant collection of heads or bits that cut, etch, sand, buff, polish, drill and slice.
My box is a medium sized metal tin although I believe you now get these sets in a transparent plastic box. My tin has an easy to open lid without hinges. Inside there are two sponge holders into which you can stick each bit. There is also a smaller plastic box containing some of the buffing pieces which can be slipped onto other bits.
An instruction leaflet contained in the collection shows you what material each bit can be used for and gives an example of some of the DIY or crafting work you might do.
With some bits you get multiple pieces in the same variety. There is one metal head with a rounded cutting edge for wood, plastics and soft metals. There are 6 grinding pieces for metal and wood. There are four varieties of buffing heads for metal use. There are three varieties of circular cutting bits for metal and thin wood. There are six varieties of sanding heads for wood, metal, fibreglass and rubber. There is also a metal drill bit for wood, plastics and soft metals and a further metal bit which can be used for connecting other pieces together. Overall it's an extremely comprehensive set of bits for your Dremel. There is also a mini spanner.
Examples of work you can do with these pieces are craft related glass etching, cutting off rusty locks, all sorts of woodwork, car engine repairs etc.
At only £29.99 this collection is well worth the price and the pieces are long lasting but replaceable too. It's really handy to have all the bits in this one storage box and the internal units help to keep these tool bits tidy and within easy reach.
I have two dogs (springer spaniel and terrier cross) and they occasionally have minor ear irritations. One of the products I always have on hand is this Beaphar Ear Drops which are suitable for both cats and dogs. If my dogs' ears look red or they start to shake their heads or scratch behind their heads I administer the drops and they have always alleviated any discomfort for my pets.
The drops come in a small 15ml bottle. The bottle has a screw off top and a nozzle shapes like a dropper for easy insertion into the ear. It is advised you hold the bottle in your warm hand for a little while before using so the liquid inside has a chance to warm up so it's more comfortable for the animal.
The drops are excellent for 'melting' and dispersing any wax that might accumulate in the animal's ear. My late spaniel used to have particularly bad wax issues and a few drops of this helped the wax to soften and it could be easily wiped away with cotton wool balls from the outer ear canal later. My two current dogs also have milder issues with wax accumulation and these drops work wonders with no extra wiping needed. My dogs simply shake their heads after I insert the drops and their ears become cleaner over the next few days use.
The drops also soothe any minor irritations the pet might have, for instance my terrier often goes off hunting in the woods and returns with thorny ears! These drops seem to stop her ears from stinging as much.
The drops are also formulated to be able to kill mites, although only very mild infestations.
I find the drops very easy to use. The amount of drops required depends on the size or weight of the dog and there are guidelines provided on the packaging. When squeezing out the liquid does not squirt and drips out on drop at a time, so it's easy to administer the correct amount.
I would recommend these drops to any dog or cat owner as they are a really helpful item to have in your pet care collection at home and they are really effective. The drops are available at stores like Wilkinson and Pets at Home and cost around £2.25.
I started purchasing Colgate Plax a few months ago and was opting for the blue variety. However, on my latest shopping trip they only had this green 'Soft Mint' variety so I purchased this instead.
The mouthwash cost me £1 from a discounted store (it generally costs much more at supermarkets) and comes in a 250 ml sized transparent bottle. The top doubles as a measuring cup but it's not essential you measure the amount used exactly.
The mouthwash is alcohol free and the brand claim it will kill "99.9%" of germs in the mouth. The brand state the formula creates a 'shield' around teeth to protect them from plaque attacks for up to 12 hours. The formula has been clinically tested by dentists. It contains flouride to strengthen teeth.
I find the flavour of the mouthwash to be a little harsher than I imagined it would be given that it carries the term 'soft mint' as it's descriptor. The liquid actually seems freezing when you first put it in your mouth and then it burns a little as the mint feels so strong. However, the flavour itself is quite refreshing and makes your breath smell great. I find the mouthwash perfect for freshening and cleansing the mouth at any time of the day. It's also good to finish up your teeth cleaning routine with a swill of the liquid as I feel confident that it will wash out any remaining debris and bacteria from my teeth.
I would definitely buy this again as it's one of the few brands that offer an alcohol free formula. This is important as alcohol can have a drying effect on the mouth, making your breath smell worse. Luckily, this formula works well to freshen, clean and protect.
I have to begin by stating that I'm the type of person who tends to reach for classic literature rather than your airport novels, crime 'thrillers', chick lit or erotic page turners. I decided to read this because my mum bought it after falling for the hype surrounding the novel. After she read it she gave the book to me with a few choice comments about how ridiculous she thought it was.
The book, which apparently started out as 'Twilight' fan fiction, is penned by E.L James and concerns the story of a rich entrepreneur Christian Grey. Anastasia Steele is a virginal university student who enagages with Grey and begins an unusual sexual relationship.
To be honest, based on all of the hype, I expected the novel to be much raunchier and more explicit than it is. If you are reading this for the kinky aspect rather than for it's art, which I'm sure many people will be, then you may be left wanting more. The standard of writing is rather low and that's putting it mildly. It often reads as though written by a confused teenager who is trying to write well but who has no maturity or true voice. I found many of the sex scenes in the novel to be unintentionally funny due to this lack of writing skill. Some of the descriptions are plain trashy and there is nothing in the words to engage either the mind or body of an intelligent reader.
The story didn't please me either and it's been the subject of much controversy. Feminists will probably abhor this novel and the way Ana Steele is portrayed makes me feel embarrassed as a woman. No doubt there is some aspect of the plot that feeds into the secret sexual fantasies of some women but it feels like an insulting portrayal of this rather than a celebration.
I didn't care for any of the characters in the novel and I started to feel like getting to the end of the book was a real drag. Although there are sequels to this novel I certainly won't be reading them. I wouldn't recommend reading this - you could probably write your own novel about your erotic fantasies just as well.
I wasn't expecting much from my stay at the Premier Inn, Kings Cross. Situated in a busy section of London, when I booked I was warned I may hear traffic and pedestrian noises. I basically booked because of the close proximity to Kings Cross and St. Pancras tube and train stations. However, I was pleasantly surprised by my experience.
First of all I did NOT hear any noise from the street below. My room was in an inner section of the hotel and it overlooked an internal check-in area rather than onto the edge of the road. This may be why I experienced no noise interference but it was a great room location regardless. Small lifts are available to transport you to each floor otherwise there are staircases.
The Premier Inn offers a quick, no-hassle check-in service. You can actually fill out an online Check out form prior to arriving to save time. There are lots of staff in the foyer who are keen to help once you arrive. The foyer is comfortable and warm with soft, comfy chairs and tables for you to sit and relax if you wish. There are also multiple hot drink and snack vending machines in the area.
I found the room I had was well cleaned, had a nice design and was equipped with everything I needed. There were towels, tea and coffee facilities and air conditioning. It did get quite hot through the night which required use of this air conditioning.
The bathroom is equipped with wall dispensers which pump out liquid soaps for your shower, bath or sink. The bathroom was well lit with a large mirrored wall.
The window of my room looked out onto the foyer which I found a bit strange at first. It also meant that for privacy I felt I needed to keep my curtains pulled although there was netting as well as heavier material at the window.
I paid £98 a night for staying here and was here with a guest so I found that price very reasonable. We didn't have breakfast although this is available at an extra cost. You can also choose to pay for breakfast later rather than at the same time as your room rate.
I would definitely stay here again. Location wise, it's 5 minutes from Kings Cross train station and there are lots of public transport links (tube and bus) nearby also. I would recommend to anyone who wants a comfortable stay and needs to be close to the train station.
I stayed in this hotel with my mum recently. We chose it because of it's closeness to Earls Court, where we were attending an event at the Exhibition Centre. It's located in the Kensington area. The KK Hotel George is a 154 room four star hotel and the quality you'd expect from a hotel of this ranking is evident in all areas.
In regards to the location it was further than we imagined but not too far to walk to our destination and it is also close to tube stations and local transport links. I found the vicinity of the hotel to be very tidy, quiet and pleasant.
The hotel has beautifully designed rooms. The colours are warm and the rooms are clean with finishing touches for an individual and homely feel. The beds are cosy. Overall the hotel looks well kept and clean. There is air conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, a mini bar and snack basket (ours contained savoury snacks, fruit and jelly beans) and multi channel TV. The walls are a little thin though! I could hear the lady next door practising her singing! The bathrooms have heated tiles and a hair drying facility.
The hotel provides breakfast. The dining area is quite open and busy with what seems to be an Oriental theme in the design. The breakfast on offer is fairly good in terms of options and is good quality too.
Staff throughout the hotel have exceptional manners and are friendly and accommodating. I felt happy and safe the whole time I stayed here thanks to the attitudes of the staff at the hotel. I knew I could trust all of the staff to assist me in any way I needed.
The hotel also has a bar, conference rooms and a gym although I didn't use these facilities.
I would certainly return to this hotel. I actually booked it through an agency and managed to get a cheaper price but the hotel has an official website too.
I have two dogs and I often buy them different sorts of treats to keep their diet interesting. On my latest shopping trip I saw this packet of Purina Bakers Chicken Mini Bones for only 75p so I thought it was a good bargain.
When I got the treats home and offered some to my dogs they absolutely loved them and seemed to really savor them as they chewed them. They even started to ask for a treat expecting the bones to be given to them! Although my dogs are the kind of dogs that eat almost anything I can tell that they enjoy these bones considerably more than other treats I've given them.
My bag contains 94g of little bones and it looks like a small pack if you have big dogs. The bones themselves are about an inch long. They are a soft, juicy brown on the outside while the inner part of the bone has what looks like a white marrow which looks like a paste consistency. You can actually snap these bones into smaller parts without them falling to pieces though which can be handy for smaller dogs.
The bones smell rather nice which is something I don't normally say about pet treats but they smell like roast chicken to me. They contain a blend of essential oils (Omega 3+6), vitamins and nutrients. They are also low in fat and contain only 5% fat.
The pack is printed with a handy daily feeding guide based on the weight of your dog. It is recommended that a dog of 7 kg is fed 3 pieces, 15 kg is fed 5 pieces, and for dogs 30 kg, 8 pieces are permitted. Unfortunately these bones aren't suitable for puppies.
I would definitely recommend these bones to any dog owners as they've certainly been approved by the canines in my family. I intend to keep buying them in the future.
Primark is a high street store which sells clothes and shoes for women, men and children. It also sells accessories such as jewelry, hair ties, lotions and bath products. The store is notorious for selling items at ridiculously low prices. Due to this it is usually one of the busiest clothing shops on the high street.
My local Primark is Newcastle and there is also a store at the Metrocentre, Gateshead. I have never been in either store when there hasn't been a huge line of customers waiting at the tills. The store does have a large amount of open tills though, so waiting time is never too long.
Although the store have a wide range of clothing for every taste and style the quality of items I've purchased at Primark have been the reason I've not shopped there as often in recent times. I've had problems like one top I bought was marked one size on the neck label and another size on the care label. I've also had items that literally fell to bits after washing. I've discovered the best buys are simple wardrobe standards like t-shirts and jumpers although almost every item I've bought from Primark has been prematurely worn out. The prices are so cheap that it may not matter to some people but I prefer to have clothes that last.
Another thing about the store that I don't like is that it's so messy inside. There are so many customers looking for a bargain that they simply rifle through the clothes and throw them around. When I go in I often see piles on the floor and on display counters just ruffled up. It's not a classy place to shop, put it that way!
Positive aspects about Primark include the fact that their fashions change so regularly that you can always find interesting new designs in store. I love their t-shirt collections in both the men and women departments. There is literally dozens of designs and shapes to choose from so it's a lot of fun to find one you really love. You can buy them for as little as £3 too! My best buy from the store was a very decorative and eye catching travel bag which I got a couple of years ago and which is still in perfect condition despite lots of use.
I would recommend Primark to anyone looking for clothes that cost next to nothing and that they don't mind not holding on to forever. I've seen people of all ages in here and it seems particularly popular with the under 20's age group.
My mum bought me this watch for a birthday gift. She knows I'm very fond of dogs and thought this Radley watch, whose very recognisable logo is a little Scottie dog, would be the perfect gift for me.
The watch has leather straps which are printed with a dog in a playful stance. The print is random and also features lots of coloured balls, playing cards in different suits, flags or bunting and what appear to be Chinese lanterns. This print extends onto the actual watch face. There isn't any particular theme to the overall print but it looks pretty and colourful. The back side of the strap also has a smaller 'leaping dog' print.
I've had the watch for a few years now and the leather strap where the holes are for you to fasten started to tear away almost as soon as I started using the watch. This was disappointing but after a small piece of the top coloured leather tore away the rest of the strap has remained intact. With time the strap has also wrinkled up a bit but this is to be expected.
The watch has a clear face with little markers that look like the number two in roman numerals in place of the actual numbers. The watch has a second hand too. When the light shines on the watch face it looks very distinctive and it's easy to read the time quickly.
The watch is marked as water resistant on the back of the face. The back is also stamped as being stainless steel and also carries the Radley, London logo. My battery has actually just run down after a few years of ownership and the back requires professional removal and battery replacement.
The watches colours mean it can be matched with any clothes and it looks good casual or with more formal wear.
The watch cost my mum around £75 I believe and I think this is a reasonable price for a cute, brand name watch. I expect it will last me many more years yet. I would recommend this watch to anyone who likes the Radley brand or who likes dog or animal print items.
I bought this a few weeks ago as I saw it was reduced in my Avon catalogue. The size of the bottle is 700ml and it was only £1.99 so I thought it was a bargain. When I bought this there were many different varieties available and I chose this shampoo because this Chamomile and Aloe Vera variety was labelled as providing 'Complete Recovery' for your hair.
The bottle is a lime green colour and has a big flip top opening. It's a large, heavy bottle. On the back of the bottle a label is printed with some helpful information. The brand say that this shampoo will help "replenish dry, damaged hair". This describes my hair type very well.
The shampoo is a pale creamy colour with just a hint of green. It has a lovely fragrance which I'd describe as being very fresh and relating to nature. If you've ever had aloe vera drinks or creams you'll recognise the sharp, sweet aroma in the fragrance here. There is also a hint of green tea and fresh grass. Overall it's a very beautiful fragrance that I enjoy whilst washing and afterwards when it is in my dry hair.
The shampoo is fairly thick like a honey substance and it feels very gooey and moist when rubbing in. It transforms into a very rich lather and it can be easier to apply dabs of shampoo to each section of the scalp as the bubbles are so thick they are difficult to move through the hair!
The shampoo is very softening to hair and even before conditioning my hair feels like it has had a drink! It's softer and silkier. When my hair is at the styling stage it's easier to manage and when dry it looks healthy, moisturised and really shiny. It also leaves my scalp feeling clean but without stripping me of any natural oils.
I'm very pleased with my purchase and I intend buying this shampoo again. I'd also buy other products in the Naturals range based on the quality of this shampoo. I'd recommend this shampoo to both women and men who have dry hair.
This is one of the favourite perfumes in my collection. I also have the Eau De toilette in the same fragrance and this Eau De Parfum is a more delicate version but just as beautiful.
The fragrance comes in a heavy glass bottle that has a very clean and sleek appearance. The bottle is pale pink with black writing and it generally looks like an expensive, exclusive perfume. My bottle is 100ml in size and is the largest bottle you can buy. You can also get 30ml and 50ml which may be better sizes for keeping in your handbag.
The perfume smells like a potent blend of flowers and fruits with a thick smoke of musk being the most obvious scent. There are definite hints of peach and sweet lemon in the blend whilst the fruitiness simply smells sugary and sticky. I love the blend as it is very feminine. It's a powerful fragrance without being overpowering to the senses. Once I apply it the perfume can be detected all day around my being. It's a perfume I've been complimented on.
A 100 ml sized bottle can cost anything from around £75 which is expensive but which is probably accurate for the quality of the fragrance. It's certainly a fragrance that smells like it contains high quality ingredients and which seems blended to perfection. It's unique and impressive and I'm happy to pay this amount of money for the scent. I would also think that women of any age would love to receive this as a gift. I think it's a perfume that would appeal to many women.
I've been purchasing most of my underwear at M&S for the past 20 years and although I've bought underwear elsewhere you can't beat M&S for the quality and affordability. They are particularly good at producing the standard, comfortable 9-5 knickers which could suit any woman of any age. However, their range is very extensive and you can find all styles and colours here too.
I love their packs of underwear as they are affordable and you usually get 5 pairs per pack which is a good amount. I also like that in many packs you get different designs so your lingerie doesn't have to look boring and all the same!
M&S knickers are really well made and don't tend to come apart in any way. I've had cheaper branded knickers which inevitably lose their elastic and start to fray but that has never, ever happened with any of the M&S knickers I've owned! Most of my M&S knickers tend to need replacing eventually only due to wear and colours fading but they are always really well stitched. I've found all of the M&S knickers I've purchase to be extremely comfortable and basically like a garment you forget you are wearing because they are so soft and well fitting.
The sizes are accurate, I've found, although I have noticed that the brand have started to use a duel size scenario which isn't always the best for me. I tend to take between a 10 and a 12 whereas they have started making sizes in 8-10 and 12-14!
I buy a lot of my knickers in the sales and also from my local M&S outlet stall at the Grainger Market in Newcastle. You can find single pairs here for as little as 50p so I would recommend having a look there! It's definitely worth a visit to the high street stores too. They cater for all ages and tastes.
Most of the bras I own are Marks & Spencer branded bras. I buy a lot of my lingerie at a local M&S outlet which sells sale stock that the shops couldn't shift. I also buy full price bras from M&S because they are one of only a few high street retailers that have my size. I'm a 34F which is small around the band with larger cups. I've found that bigger bras in other retailers tend to increase in cost, are ugly or just aren't made well enough to support me. Whereas at M&S you can find pretty large bras which are the same cost as smaller bras. As for being well made I find the majority of bras at M&S are very good quality.
I would like to say that the size is standard across all bras in M&S but this isn't true. I therefore have a couple of bras in different sizes near to my actual size such as 32F and 32FF. What I've also noticed about M&S is the bra straps tend to be quite long on many of the bras which fit on the cup and this can cause your chest to look and feel saggy. It really depends on the bra but I would advise trying them all on before buying. You can even ask for a personal fitting to make sure you are wearing the right size.
I used to swear by M&S sports bras for those with a larger chest. They used to make great underwired and padded sports bras but now most of the collection is non wired - which isn't great for us bigger girls. The wired sports bras they currently have are thin and satin-finished over the bust as though they are a T-shirt bra and they definitely offer less support.
As I mentioned you can get some gorgeous bras here, even in larger sizes. The most ornate bras often are found in the Limited Collection or Per Una. As far as styles go most of the bras at M&S cater for the thirty plus lady so there are less young and fun bras and only a few really sensual bras. The popular colours tend to be white, fawn, cream, black and brown.
I'm local to Newcastle Upon Tyne and the Grainger Market has a M&S market stall outlet which often has bras for as little as a couple of pounds. This is a huge saving so I'd recommend visiting here! I would also recommend M&S bras to ladies of all ages but especially to those over 25. I would also recommend it to ladies with a lager bust like me.