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I was recently given this watch by a family member who bought it when they were on holiday in the airport. They paid £80 but I've since seen the watch online for an average price of £69.99 so you may want to shop around before making a purchase.
The watch is fairly large and heavy. I have small wrists and arms so it looks fairly big and noticeable on my arm. The watch face is large and easy to see. In terms of who this will suit it really depends on what kind of look you are after. I personally feel it may suit women with broader arms and thicker wrists.
The watch is rose gold plated and generally looks like a pale, shimmery pink against my skin. It's a pretty colour and one that's very feminine. The strap is reasonably comfortable to wear although I sometimes find that the watch face will slip to one side since it's quite heavy.
The watch face is surrounded by rectangular shaped crystals which look very bright, with a mirrored effect. They are very alluring and sparkling. Round crystal dots also mark the 3,6,9 and 12 positions on the clock face. The background of the watch face features a pattern of shaded flowers, with a central streak of darker peachy pink under a smattering of white petals. The watch has a thin and fragile pink second hand and two thicker hour and minute hands.
The watch comes with a two year guarantee and also comes in a small back box with a cushioned display. I would recommend keeping this in the box when not wearing it since this feels like a watch that should be taken good care of.
I'm pleased to have received this as a gift since it's a very pretty watch and one that is suitable for many occasions. I personally feel the watch looks better when worn for more special occasions since it gleams so much and looks quite expensive!
The watch is available at many retailers including Argos and Amazon.
The Book Depository UK is a great online portal where you can buy books. They offer free delivery worldwide. It's a particularly helpful site if you are after a specific title that may be hard to find. The site allows you to conduct a very thorough search through the available titles, narrowing down the finer details such as book format and ISBN number. The company call themselves the "world's leading specialist online bookstore" and offer a huge range of titles at great prices.
The site arranges their books into categories including Fiction, Children's Books, Audio Books, Teaching Resources and also have specific interest categories such as Art and Photography, Sport, Science Fiction, Humour, Medical, Health, Mind Body and Spirit, Computing Biography and many more.
The company offers good savings on books with each title showing the RRP and the reduced price underneath a photograph of the book's front cover. As mentioned, the savings are substantial. The main page on the site shows popular and new titles which can be helpful if you are just browsing or looking for a gift.
The buying process is very straightforward and easy to complete. The company allow payment by Paypal as well as by major credit or debit cards. I personally love sites which offer the safety and convenience of Paypal. There are no hidden postage costs added during the checkout process since postage is completely free.
Overall I'm happy with the service the site provides and the availability and choice. I would recommend the site to book lovers or those looking for bargains on book gifts.
I recently became interested in meditation and in trying to find ways of reducing my anxiety and stress levels. I found this book at my local library which attracted my attention. The cover is printed with the text: "Find peace of mind and embrace a happier, more contented way of life".
This book is part of a "teach yourself" range and therefore the actual text in the book is more like a work book which you are supposed to work through chapter by chapter. Since this is a book on relaxing and letting go the actual need to complete the tasks in each chapter is not essential though! The author tells us that we can just try our best and if we are struggling to return to the same chapter later and try again.
Since this is a work book it requires you to actually write things down in response to certain questions therefore a library book version of this isn't ideal. I would advise buying your own copy if you are serious about working through the book.
The book covers such topics as "living in the moment". The author invites us to be present in the moment whatever we are doing and gives exercises to enable us to catch ourselves thinking when perhaps we are living in autopilot mode. This can be as simple as being aware when we are brushing our teeth or doing housework. The author then eases us into some basic meditation work by having us stop and just experience ourselves and our environments for a few minutes.
There is a lot of attention to awareness of the body and how to connect with your physical self. There is also a lot of advice and exercises on how to breathe well. The beginning of the book starts out with some simple advice but towards the end of the book the author is having us think about our beliefs, our values and our relationships - using mindfulness to improve all areas of our lives.
This is a fairly interesting and helpful book which is worth reading and working through if you are interested in self help. Some of the exercises are a bit lengthy and some of them felt a bit basic but I think it was a challenge in itself to be able to unwind and relax enough to engage with the tasks! There are 212 pages in the book so it's a book that'll take weeks or months to complete.
I actually found this body scrub product in a charity shop. I bought it because the brand, 'Soap and Glory', have a good reputation and I thought the product sounded interesting and useful. I managed to buy this tub for only 75p so I was a bit shocked to see the actual retail price of the product is £8.00 so I really got a bargain!
This comes in a pink plastic tub which is 300ml in size. It has a lid which must be unscrewed to use. I really like the packaging design for this. The colours and font look really girly and there is a humorous tone to some of the messages printed on the tub. For instance, just above the product name there is a line of text which reads "sssshhhhh! Now he'll never know that all this time you've been flaking it". It's also a cute reminder of why we women spend a lot of time on our appearance and body maintenance! The tub is also printed with some information about the product. The formula contains "skin smoothing sea salt, grapeseed and almond oils".
The body scrub has a texture like fine wet sand when you touch it. A small amount scooped into my fingers is enough. It can be rubbed over skin very easily and I don't need to pull or rub very hard for it to be effective. The scrub has a very oily base so when you rub it into your skin it feels like your skin is getting a deep drink. When the scrub particles are washed away the oily base remains on the skin. The oil, unfortunately, does also tend to sit in the water so if you are a bath person like me you may find a very slippery tub after using this!
My skin feels extremely soft and well moisturised after using this to the point where I don't need to add any other moisturising cream. My skin also looks a lot healthier and smoother - with no patches or scaliness. I would particularly recommend using this on elbows and legs. The scrub also has a beautiful, delicate summer fruits type fragrance that remains on the skin after you get dried. It's a fresh, clean scent that is very feminine and pleasing to me.
This is definitely one of the nicest body scrubs I've had the pleasure of using so I'm happy to have found this at the price I did. Would I buy it at full price? I think I would it would be worth doing so in the future if I wanted to treat myself or if I was preparing my body for the summer months.
The scrub is available at stores such as Boots in the UK.
This is a lovely online site which provides cards, stationary, handmade items and gifts especially for pet lovers. Most of the items on the site feature prints with dogs and cats but there are also some horse designs too.
Apart from a range of cards for all occasions you can find items such as mugs, coasters, notebooks, bags and cushions, moneyboxes, art prints, purses and pet products like bowls, leashes and more. Most of the items feature illustrated designs by the company's founder. The designs are heartwarming and cute with sentimental or humorous messages at their heart. My only issue with the illustrations is that some of the dogs on some of the designs have a miserable facial expression. The artist captures the cool aloofness of cats so well but with a lot of the dogs she draws seems to miss that liveliness and spirit. However, the designs are still really high quality and unique. They capture moments that any pet owner will recognise such as the love between two dog companions, hungry dogs or lazy cats.
The website is well designed with lots of information about the firm. The range is quite small so the website is easily scanned in a short amount of time. I would love for there to be a bit more information on each item page such as dimensions of products etc. However, the items are well photographed.
The site accepts payment by major credit and debit cards. Orders over £25 are free but under this amount costs a very reasonable amount of £3.00.
I would say the prices are about average for a small business's uniquely crafted items. The cards are priced very reasonably and are particularly attractive to me as they are so different and special. I have only shopped with the company once but had a good experience and therefore would definitely consider purchasing more from them in the future.
I only had financial products with Barclays until this year but decided to open a new account after some problems with identity theft had affected my trust in the bank. I chose to open a current account with HSBC because I was recommended to by my family. There are also lots of HSBC branches near where I live so I knew it would be convenient for me to visit for in branch banking.
My experiences with the bank have been mostly positive. I like the fact that they provide regular statements to me and keep in contact with me concerning my account. However, I do find the way the statement is set out to be slightly too formal and printed in "bank speak" rather than as customer based document. I find it's way more difficult to read transaction data than it is on Barclays statements.
In branch banking is quite a good experience in terms of the speed and efficiency of the staff undertaking your transactions. I've only had one instance of disappointing staff relations where I was asking for a recent statement from a member of staff because I'm more cautious about checking over my details now since having been a victim of identity theft. I was explaining my query when the staff member seemed to think I was telling her a member of my own family had stolen my details and she said rather rudely that she 'didn't want to know!' which I found quite embarrassing and shocking. Other than this mix up the staff are generally very helpful.
I'm on a basic account so I don't have any lengthy dealings with the bank but I like the fact that I can withdraw cash at all ATM's for free and the fact that, unlike many other banks, you can find a local branch if you need one! The bank are also great with security and seem a little more on the ball when it comes to keeping things safe and secure for me. I certainly feel a degree safer than with Barclays so I would recommend to potential customers.
I found this site online after searching for a particular favourite clothing brand. This site, Joythestore.com, is a web shop selling clothes and accessories for men and women as well as a range of home goods. They stock brands such as Louche and Bellfield, HYMN, Ichi, Waven and Valley of the Dolls. I would say they cater for a younger client in general but I'm in my late thirties and I still love some of the pieces sold by some of the brands available on Joythestrore.com. I have only purchased items from the ladies-wear section so can only base my review on this.
The designs of clothing on the site tend to be quite youthful with items such as cute animal prints, motif t-shirts, revealing tops, skinny jeans and denim shorts etc. Since the gear is obviously aimed at the younger client the sizes tend to be smaller too. As far as I understand the largest size you can buy in womens-wear is a 16. However, I've bought size 14 items and I would say that, for the garments I purchased anyway, are generous sizes rather than smaller than regular sizing. I think this may possibly vary from brand to brand though.
I like the way items are presented online. Each item has a photograph with a zoom in feature so you can really see the detail. You also get a concise and readable item description with detailed figures showing measurements, fabrics and care instructions.
The site makes payment easy by allowing payment by Paypal. I just find this so much easier, quicker and safer in general. Delivery costs £3.95 per standard order with a free returns service if needed. You can create an account with the company during the checkout process.
I trust this site a lot to not only get my order to me quickly and in good condition but to provide a really good standard of clothing. I'm super pleased with my latest order from here so I will almost certainly shop at Joythestore.com in the future.
Kaleidoscope is a catalogue company also offering an online service. It's a brand I've shopped with for several years. The brand sell affordable but trendy fashion for ladies as well as footwear, holiday gear and homeware.
There is a vast choice of clothing styles and garments on the website which I love being able to look through at my leisure. The items are well photographed and usually shown in an artistic way - a model on a photo shoot showing just how great these clothes can look. A size guide appears on each page along with detailed information concerning the measurements and fabric etc.
I would say the items for sale are not age specific. Rather more there are different items which will suit different age ranges so there is something for everyone.
The homeware collection is also impressive with a huge range of unique and well designed products that I have not seen elsewhere. The prices of items vary but you'll find something to suit your budget.
I find the ordering process with Kaleidoscope fairly straight forward. They accept immediate payment by credit or debit cards or you can set up an account with the firm. The only thing I dislike about dealing with this firm is the amount of mailing I get through the post. They send out catalogues and fliers with offers on them trying to tempt you into purchasing more items. I do feel it's a little bit invasive.
I've only ever had one problem with the firm when an item arrived damaged and evidently the item seemed to have passed quality control somehow but the returns process was swift, simple and well managed by the firm.
I will most likely shop with this firm in the future as I think their collection is attractive and value for money.
I bought this a few months ago because it was on offer and have since bought it again as I had such a good experience with the product. This Harpic Power Plus is a toilet cleaning liquid which you can squirt around your toilet bowl to help clean and freshen the area.
The product comes in a 750ml sized bottle. The bottle has a curved neck with the dispensing nozzle at an angle so it's easier to squirt upwards around the rim of the toilet. The bottle has a child proof top which needs to be squeezed in at two specific points in order to be screwed off.
The label is printed with lots of product information. The brand state this liquid works by using ten different actions to "get rid of dirt" and invisible bacteria. The ten things this liquid can do are:
1. Reduce limescale
2. Remove stains
3. Kill bacteria (kills 99.9%)
4. Is fast acting
5. Stops dirt building up
6. Works under rim
7. Acts below water
9. Cleans rust
10. Cleans urine stains
Admittedly some of the things on the brand's list seem a bit obvious and makes it seem as though the brand are cheating a little bit in trying to make us believe these "10 actions" are somehow different and unique to other products.
The label gives full instructions for use and provides a list of precautions. This of course is a disinfectant product so it needs to be used carefully. To use this you simply squeeze around the rim or into the toilet bowl and leave for ten minutes or more. You can leave up to 60 minutes for a thorough disinfection.
The liquid is green in colour and has a wonderful fresh smell. This is described as "Citrus Fresh" and I often dislike that typical lemony toilet cleaner smell but this is different. It's really refreshing and stimulating. It smells like a mix of pine trees and sweet lemon and it fills the room but does not overpower.
The liquid is really good at cleaning too. It really does help remove any dirt or build up of grime. I've also noticed my limescale reducing since using this. It's an effective product that I'm very happy to have discovered.
I paid £1.50 for this on my latest shop which I feel is a very fair price. It is available at most major supermarkets in the UK. I will definitely purchase again in the future.
This review is also on Ciao!
I first started buying this because a member of my household was diagnosed with high blood pressure and told to reduce sodium in their diet. They couldn't go without salt completely so buying this reduced sodium salt was a compromise. I now buy this regularly as I personally feel healthier and more reassured when using this as opposed to other salt products.
This product comes in a 350g bottle or tub. It has a metal base, cardboard sides and a plastic top. The top has a dial with three different pouring options - one for sprinkling, one for measuring small amounts and one for pouring out a large amount of salt. There is also a closed position on the dial. I'd recommend closing the product when not in use as I have had several incidences where damp from steam when cooking has caused the salt inside to go soggy.
The packaging is printed with lots of helpful information. The product is described as having "66% less sodium than regular salts" and carries a stamp of approval by the Blood Pressue UK Group. There is also information about nutritional values on the carton which are nil for most values except sodium and potassium. Per 100g there is 13.1g of sodium and 34.g of potassium. The fact that this is a good source of potassium is pointed out by the brand.
The product is marked as suitable for vegetarians, vegans and nut allergy sufferers. It also carries a stamp saying it is "kosher for passover". There is a warning on the carton, however, that people who are taking medication for heart conditions, diabetes or kidney disorders should consult a doctor before consuming this.
I was actually surprised when I first used this as I expected there to be some kind of difference in flavour and strength. I just generally thought this wouldn't be as strong as regular salt. I was totally wrong. It provides the same great flavour as regular salts do. It's perfect for adding to certain meals, for baking and cooking.
This Lo Salt is somewhat more expensive than regular salts although I think the health benefits of using it make the extra cost worth it. You can find this in all major supermarkets and it costs around £1.62 for this 350g sized carton. I would recommend to anyone wanting to take measures to reduce their blood pressure or just to anyone who wants a healthier option than their regular salt.
This review is also on Ciao!
I recently bought this Aero Hot Chocolate from Aldi. It was only £1.59 and this seemed fairly cheap for a branded product. I had never tried this before but I regularly drink hot chocolate and this sounded like a fun and tasty alternative to my usual Cadbury's branded drinking chocolate.
The product comes in a 288g sized plastic tub which has a screw off lid. The label on the tub is quite attractive as it features a photo of a mug of hot chocolate which has so many bubbles they are escaping out of the mug and covering the entire wrapper. The Aero logo is also designed to look like bubbly chocolate so overall the packaging design is very appealing.
An easy read nutritional reference guide is also printed on the very front of the tub. Ingredients, directions for use and contact information for the Nestle brand, who manufacture this product, are also located on the back of the label. The product is certified as being suitable for vegetarians. It is also gluten free, low fat and contain only 98 calories per mug.
A tub is supposed to contain 12 servings although this is based on the idea that each mug contains 4 heaped teaspoons of powder. I personally have found that two are just enough so my tub has lasted longer than expected.
I was really surprised when I first made this as I didn't expect it to be quite so bubbly. You simply add hot water and optional milk to your hot chocolate powder and stir well to make. After this a deep and glorious foamy top appears on the top of the drink. It's kind of like a coffee shop luxury hot chocolate! It's a good representation of the Areo chocolate bar.
The hot chocolate tastes great. I normally need to add sugar to my hot chocolate drinks but as this already contains sugar it is more than sweet enough for me. The drink is soothing, tasty, fun and I have been drinking hot chocolate far more often than usual since I bought this! I will certainly be buying this again.
I am very fond of the Narciso Rodriguez range of perfumes after receiving several bottles of them from a friend of the family. My latest gift was this Narciso Rodriguez L'eau For Her. The perfume packaging resembles the fashion designer's other perfumes for women to the extent that it's actually difficult to tell them apart. This one does have the perfume name inscribed on the front of the bottle though and the colour of the bottle is a pale pink-white shade and is lighter than the other products.
I have this in a 100ml sized bottle. The bottle is made of heavy glass and therefore it is impractical to carry this around anywhere as it's a ton weight. You simply have to use it at home.This isn't too bad since the perfume is quite lasting and doesn't really need any top up applications through the day.
The brand point out that the L'eau variety of perfume is a "lighter version" of Rodriguez's 'For Her' perfumes and is aimed at younger ladies. It's a cleaner, fresher, sweeter and more vibrant perfume than his other perfumes for women.
I would describe the scent as having a dreamy floral base set off by spikes of fruitiness and enveloped in warm and cloudy musk. The dominant notes, according to the brand, are Lily of the Valley, Rose, Pink Peony, Jasmine and Cyclamen. It's a heavenly blend of flowers that make this perfume ultra feminine.
The perfume is enlivening and mood boosting. It feels like a happy, carefree perfume and I'm keen to use it on casual occasions although I think it could be worn for more formal occasions too. It makes me feel clean and refreshed, ready to face the world!
As mentioned the perfume is quite long lasting on the skin although the notes do change slightly over time as they are warmed through on the skin. I would say that the longer the perfume remains on the skin the more earthy it smells.
I really like this perfume. It's a high quality perfume although I wouldn't necessarily say it was totally unique and recognisable. I enjoy wearing it and I like the fact that it seems to be on sale for slightly less than Rodriguez's other perfumes. I've seen this available from £59 upwards. I would definitely buy in the future.
Oxfam is a well known charity who work to combat poverty worldwide, raising funds for development and aid. The charity have an online web shop which I have used on a couple of occasions.
The site sells a wide range of items including second hand clothing for women, men and children that has been donated. They also sell donated DVD's, books and music. They also sell some homeware items and they have a special vintage section on the site which covers a range of items from the pre 1920's to the 1980's. As well as donated items they sell things like Christmas cards, diaries and calendars.
I have a local Oxfam charity shop and the difference in price in store and online is huge. My local shop has clothing for only £1 and upwards whereas the online shop tends to overprice their goods. You can search from a wider selection of clothes though and you can filter the selection down to the clothing brand. I still think the clothing is somewhat overpriced.
If you are after any specific vintage items the site is perfect for this as they sell authentic pieces from past eras. You can also find some unusual and rare pieces among their collection. Items are arranged in terms of what era they are from.
There is always a decent range of Oxfam branded Christmas cards available. There is also a range of attractive diaries and notebooks which are perfect for small gifts or stocking fillers.
Finally there is a section where you can buy a charity related gift for a loved one. These sort of gifts include substantial donations to help plant trees, aid farmers, buy farm animals for provide teaching. There is a wide range of donations available and when you buy one an e-card is sent to the recipient whilst the cash goes directly to the cause.
You can pay by credit or debit card as well as by Paypal and standard UK delivery is £3.95. The checkout process is quick and simple and I've no problems with my orders.
I have been shopping in Aldi more often lately because it tends to be a lot cheaper than other supermarkets. On my latest shop I bought this Almat washing liquid. It's a laundry detergent which is a fraction of the price of branded products.
There were two different fragrances available when I bought this but I am reviewing the Lavender and Oriental Lily fragrance. The product comes in a large 980ml bottle. The bottle is recyclable after use but it has a tight cellophane wrap which must be removed prior to recycling.
The product is said to be capable of lasting for 28 washes although this may vary according to how much you actually use and what types of washing you do. The formula includes "essential oils" and has a "long lasting fragrance" according to the brand. The liquid is described as "super concentrated" which means you only need a little amount in each dosing device. 15ml to 35ml is recommended depending on the load. A chart on the back of the bottle explains how much you should use. The liquid is also suitable for hand washing. The liquid can be used in the drawer of the washing machine or placed in an in-drum dosing ball or cup.
The liquid is white coloured and is medium consistency. It is easy to pour out. The brand claim the liquid works at low temperatures as well as higher ones. However, I personally find it works best at 40 degrees.
The liquid successfully washes my clothes but on very tough stains it doesn't work as well as more expensive brands. However, lightly soiled items wash fine and they are left with a lovely fragrance. The fragrance is fresh, clean and not overpowering. It's a little bit feminine but the fragrance is more noticeable during the washing and ironing pricess than when the clothes are fully dry.
This cost me less than £2 so I'm very happy with my purchase and would definitely buy this again.
Shotdeadinthehead.com is an online web shop which sells men's women's and children's motif t-shirts, hoodies and jumpers as well as collectible motif printed mugs. The site specialises in providing clothing branded with certain motifs such as cult television show references or logos, nerdy quotes, football or rugby references, biker motifs or naughty slogans. Basically this is stuff that you won't find in your high-street clothing stores!
The online site is okay but there are some features that simply don't work. The filtering menu, for instance, will not bring up any results for any of the categories listed. Also some of the T-shirts are photographed in a folded position on the main search page so you have to click into the main item page to see the full front of the t-shirt. This is time consuming and annoying.
There is a wide range of items available. Most of the products they sell do seem to slant towards male customers though. A lot of the themes for the collections are masculine. However, most designs are available in women's style t-shirts. You can select this option from the individual item page. There are also a lot of colour options available for many items which isn't made clear from the search page.
I do like this site because I'm a huge fan of cult television and this is one of a few places where I can buy something that represents my love of certain shows and interests! They have the latest TV shows and films represented as well as classic older shows and films. Their selection of humorous items is also quite interesting and there is a large selection of very funny but borderline offensive tops/mugs available.
Delivery from the site to UK addresses is £2.99 which is reasonable. The price of items is also average for this kind of gear. I think the average t-shirt on the site costs around £16.99. Payment on the site goes through Paypal services for tighter security. The site have a 24 hour online customer service available and they also are active on social media with active twitter and facebook accounts.
I would certainly buy from the site again since I like the quality of the t-shirt I purchased and it's a unique item that I couldn't get elsewhere. I'm also happy with how smoothly the buying process went, although I would love some improvements on their website.