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Honeycomb Natural Sea Sponge, ZOFLORA, Smoked Hickory flavour seasoning blend 100g

Honeycomb Natural Sea Sponge – Strong and durable –

perfect size, good price and a nice density. I’ve had ones in the past that have bigger holes/spaces and while they are just as useful as ones like this that are denser they don’t last as well, falling apart after several months. This one fits nicely into my hand and is great for either quick face freshen or all over showering. Squeeze a little foam or body wash on to it and you’ll have millions of bubbles….
If you’re an artist or into home decor this is great for paint effects. For pictures they make lovely fluffy clouds and trees especially if you use contrasting, or graduating shades of colour and for walls and furniture just dip into paint, and dab lightly and you get wonderful soft effects. Either use a colour a few shades lighter of darker or ones that’s complementary and have fun. Looks like wallpaper on walls but with much less effort! When i first tried this years ago I used a cheap synthetic sponge, tearing some random holes but it just isn’t anywhere near as good a s a natural sponge. My nan had a saying “cheap always comes dear in the end” and this illustrates that perfectly. when you’ve a room that looks like a manic snowstorm instead of subtle patterns you realise you can’t live with it, but proper sponge, more paint and take time all over again to do it properly.

ZOFLORA ASSORTMENT A 12 BOTTLES 56ML

I love Zoflora, and buying it this way I have one in kitchen, one in conservatory and one in each bathroom/WC. You only need a few drops and it leaves everywhere smelling really fresh. I hate disinfectants that are so strongly pine they bring up memories of school and public loos with the pine fragrance with undertones of stale urine….
I use a few drops in a spray bottle diluted with water for surfaces and wall, a couple of drops on steam mop head for floors, a few drops neat down plugholes and shower trays and of course in the loo itself. I’ve a shower, bath, sink and loo that get rarely used and this keeps them smelling fresh instead of that stale musty smell they soon develop otherwise.

Smoked Hickory flavour seasoning blend 100g from The Spiceworks – Hereford Herbs & Spices

Smoked Hickory flavour seasoning blend 100g from The Spiceworks - Hereford Herbs & Spices

was looking for some ras al hanout as I’d used the last, when this caught my eye. I’ve used it as a rub on a think piece of brisket, with a little olive oil, marinaded for 24 hours and slow cooked for six hours. It was gorgeous, lovely fragrant smokey BBQ flavour and would be great for summer BBQ with beef, lamb or chicken. Slow cooking cheaper cuts like brisket works perfectly and marinading in something like this gives added flavour. We had it shredded ( it fell apart like the ubiquitous Pulled Pork that’s everywhere now) in wraps with salad. I thickened the cooking liquid by boiling down til sticky and poured over the beef, then put everything on table and it was a quick and easy lunch. We’d been doing some house/rubbish clearing ready for moving and slinging lots in skip, recycling etc all morning so were hungry and as I’d stuck this in slow over around 7am it took about 15 mins to have lunch ready, and was so easy that its going to be one we’ll certainly do again. Cheated and used paper plates too – not for the beef but for everything else so cleaning after was a cinch. Last thing you want when you’ve been busy all morning is to spend hours preparing and serving food and clearing up after. This way I just had some cutlery, the pan used to cook beef in ( a lidded one), frying pan I used to coil down liquid and a serving dish. Simples!
I did get the ras al hanout, haven’t used that yet but may this week, as I’ve a chunk of lamb leg and some peppers which would be perfect to make biriyani.

storage boxes, frying pan and natural meal replacement shakes.

Storage Box Fabric Cube Organizer Foldable...

I bought this in cream/beige originally, and they’re perfect on my shelves, making my clothes so much tidier and easier to find. Love it so much I’ve ordered it in blue and yellow for the other two bedrooms. They’re a sensible practical size and perfect for what I wanted.

Cook Incolour 24cm Ceramic Frying Pan Blue


great price, nice solid pan, easy to clean and nothing sticks. What more can i want from a fry pan. Excellent value

Wholefood Chocolate Protein Shake (500g) Ideal for weight loss & post exercise recovery – 100% natural meal replacement – Breakfast smoothie for men & women – Drink or mix into porridge or yogurt

I started with the sample box, and then bought this. I add a little maple syrup and green and blacks cocoa powder to it. I use a blender and find it dissolves well, though it needs to be drunk within a few mins or it thickens quickly. There’s always a residue, from the nuts I guess, but so long as you drink fairly quickly it stays pretty well mixed. Its not cheap so I don’t want any left in the glass….
I find it pretty filling, and easy to make. I add the milk first then the powder to avoid any getting stuck in the bottom and not mixed. As well as the chocolate I liked the other flavours, can’t say they’re actually tasty 😉 but they are easily drinkable, and with the addition of a little maple syrup they’d much easier on the palate!
I like the idea that its not all artificial fillers, and things ultimately not good for the body, but pure and natural ingredients. I’ve been having porridge and fruit for breakfast, replacing lunch with this and having a small tea, maybe some meat or fish with plain veg, sometimes just another shake. I’ve only been doing this for a week, not sure about weight ( having one leg makes it difficult to get accurate reading…) but certainly I feel better, and can see my middle is less bloated – clothes tell me that too!

Wholefood Vegan Vanilla Protein Shake (500g) Ideal for weight loss & post exercise recovery – 100% natural meal replacement – Dairy free breakfast smoothie for men & women

Sorry, I liked the chocolate one and ordered a second bag, saw vanilla, love that flavour but…somehow the Hemp part missed my brain and yuck!! This takes revolting, like eating dried, sour grass ( I imagine, never actually tried it!!) Even the smell is overpowering. I’d added some green and Black cocoa powder and some maple syrup in an attempt to disguise the flavour but eurghh…its still awful. I’m giving up on it and going back to flavours I know I like.
Its a great idea, I love the thought of “clean” food, not fillers and preservatives, but this one – not for me.

Elite99 5pcs Chameleon Colour-changing Mirror Chrome Powder Pigment Nail Glitter Effect Nail Art Shine Manicure Salon Tips 1g/Box 5 Colours with Sponge Stick

I love playing with nail colours since discovering shellac nails – they last well even on careless people like me! 30 or so mins and I’ve nails that last from a week up to over two weeks depending on if I remember to take care – usually not so a week is about it for me….Now I’ve seen these “mirror finish” powders so more to play with. Of course I’m also thinking what fun they’d be in paintings……
I’ve used a plain silver one which was great but the plain gold I tried made my nails look as though they turned septic #notagoodlook

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I’ve used two of these. Advice seems to be a dark base is best so I used a very dark blue polish over a base, then applied the powder loosely, burnished and sealed with a clear top coat. I’m using the gel/shellac stuff that needs UV light to cure as it lasts so much monger but I don’t see why you couldn’t use this with ordinary polish. I can’t keep that stuff looking good for 24 hours never mind a week so its the gel for me…I use Bluesky peel off base, then a soak off or peel off colour, and bluesky soak off top coat. That works best for me, everything either peels away easily or I soak in warm water for ten mins or so and they come off easily. Use rubber gloves when washing hair or dishes or nails come off as I found…
The first one came out a lovely turquoise blue sparkling mirror finish, (but I forgot to photo) then after a couple of days I added a different one, over the old polish, new top coat. I could have taken it all off but it was still firm and I just wanted to try another colour. This one has given me a greenish blue finish. I keep thinking it reminds me of something, this morning it came to me – its that lovely iridescent finish and shine you see on beetle carapaces, especially shield bugs. Its hard to see from the photos the shine and the way the top coat really brings out the colours.

I do wish though that they were labelled. I meant to write on containers when I’d done my nails but… stupidly put it back in box with the rest so I still don;t know what each colour powder brings. If I ever do remember I’ll show it here, add to my review. The powders are very similar but it is possible – just – to tell them apart from looking so hopefully my experiments might help someone else. the ones I’ve used show traces of the blue and green tints in the powder.

Songmics White Wall / Door-Mount Mirrored Jewellery Cabinet with LED Light JBC97W

Songmics White Wall / Door-Mount Mirrored Jewellery Cabinet with LED Light JBC97W

I’ve had a few review items from Songmics and the quality has always been excellent. They always arrive very well packed, and require very little assembly, a great plus in my book!.

With this cabinet once we’d unpacked all that was needed to assemble was to screw the hangers to the back, to hang over my door. There are holes in rear, and rawl-plugs and screws supplied so that it can be wall hung if preferred.
There’s a strip of sticky back Velcro to prevent it slipping around if hung over a door. I didn’t find that was a great success, as the door magnet is so strong that when I opened cabinet it pulled the Velcro off the door 🙂 That can be replaced easily by a couple of magnets or a small bracket at some point though, so its not a big issue.

I love the space inside, lots of room for all my jewellery, perfumes, creams etc.
It has a lock on the side so would be a good place to keep medicines etc out of reach of small children.
The door closes by a pretty strong magnet, and the key is a simple twist-to-lock one, so if its locked and key put up high somewhere, medicines and anything else you want to keep away from small people are safe.
There’s a mirror inside at the top, and a light that comes on as soon as cabinet is opened. That requires three AAA batteries ( not supplied).
There’s another mirror full length along the front that’s very useful for me, being one I can see into from my wheelchair for a change. Mostly all I can see is the top of my head – if I’m lucky 😉
It took just a few minutes to assemble and hang, and is currently on my bathroom door. Now I just need to gather up all the bits of jewellery that are in drawers etc round the house…

Stars: Five, great space saving idea for jewellery, perfumes, medicines and scarves etc

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Pretty beaded dresses.

Kayamiya Women’s Inspired 20s Beaded Maxi, Long Gatsby ,Flapper, Prom Dress, Gown

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This is a really gorgeous dressand as with all I’ve had from this company its beautifully finished, and well constructed throughout, beaded hems and edges, neat stitching, clever hidden side zip .

Comes in just the one colour and in four sizes S,M,L,XL. I have it in XL.
The measurements I’ve shown were on the fabric unstretched, and as its very stretchy it will go considerably larger. I’m a size 16 and this dress is perfect and would fit someone larger because its actually roomy for once 🙂
It is very long, I’,m 5ft 6 in and it still hangs on ground so you need to wear heels if you’re my size or less!

Its actually a perfect desiugn for ladies like me who are a little larger…the V neck is flattering, the shoulders are wide and balance the design, spaghetti straps are fine on slim ladies but not so good on us larger ones IMO. Its a sleeveless design with the arms stopping at point of shoulder.
The drop waist effect is great for disguising any err…less firm pasts 🙂 and great for when its a dinner evening!

Its got a very vintage feel which appeals to me, the drop waist very 1920’s and the way the skirt bells out from the dropped waist makes it flow really well and look very elegant.
Its decorated with  thousands of tiny bugle beads and sequins in black and gold in swirly flowing curves, giving it a really organic feel.

The decorated top layer covers a soft plain black under layer, which comes from neck right down to the hem. As the top layer is a mesh holding the decorations that’s needed, unless you’re looking for the Cher effect, in which case you could cut it out!!

Its polyester, which is fine to machine wash, but all those beads won’t like the battering so do as it says and carefully hand wash. Don’t wring it out but blot carefully in a towel before drying flat somewhere.

Its a perfect dress for cocktail evenings and formal winter parties.

Stars: Five, gorgeous well made dress, perfect for parties.

 

Kayamiya Women’s 1920S Sequined Beaded Embellished Fringe Midi Gatsby Flapper Dress

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This is a really gorgeous dress, beautifully finished, and well constructed throughout, beaded hems and edges, neat stitching, clever hidden side zip . Comes in black only and in four sizes, S, M, L, XL.

I have size M and the hip measures around 32-34 inches, the bust area the same, and looking online that’s about right for an 8, possibly a 10, so its not a UK M but an asian one…watch out for that.
The fabric does stretch a little, though doesn’t look so good when its pulled out of course, and the sleek shift design really means you need a good fit.
If in doubt about sizing ask the sellers – I’ve found most are really helpful. Saves disappointment and returning items.

Its a fitted shift style so to look best you really need to ensure a good fit. The shoulders are quite wide and the neck line a simple shallow curve, the simplicity of the cut lets the flamboyance of the sequins, beading and fringe really show up well, without looking too garish. Too much is not a good thing and something needs to be toned down, and here its the cut and style of the garement thats been simplified.

Its decorated with  thousands of tiny bugle beads and sequins in black and silver in a lovely geometric design, very popular in 1920’s.
The decorated top layer covers a soft plain black under layer, which comes from neck right down to the start of the fringing. As the top layer is a mesh holding the decorations that’s needed, unless you’re looking for the Cher effect, in which case you could cut it out!!
Length is good, very cocktail vintage. Its got a very vintage feel which appeals to me, and yet the styling is so classic its suits any formal occasion.
I love the Art Deco geometric style of the beading, and the deep simple fring hem. the sliver sequins are very vibrant and eye catching so its not a dress for wallflwoers, no hiding in a corner in this dress!

Its polyester, which is fine to machine wash, but all those beads won’t like the battering so do as it says and carefully hand wash. Don’t wring it out but blot carefully in a towel before drying flat somewhere.

Its a perfect dress for cocktail evenings and winter parties.

Stars: Five, a pretty dress but not for shrinking violets – though maybe it gives them confidence, who knows? .

Kayamiya Women’s 1920s Art Deco Beaded Embroidery Illusion Gatsby Flapper Dress

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This is a really gorgeous dress, beautifully finished, and well constructed throughout, beaded hems and edges, neat stitching, clever hidden side zip . Comes in black only and in four sizes, S, M, L, XL.

I have it in size M and the hip measures around 32-34 inches, the bust area the same, and looking online that’s about right for an 8, possibly a 10.
The fabric does stretch a little, though doesn’t look so good when its pulled out of course, and the sleek shift design really means you need a good fit.
If in doubt about sizing ask the sellers – I’ve found most are really helpful. Saves disappointment and returning items.

Its got a very vintage feel which appeals to me, and yet the styling is so classic its suits any formal occasion.
Its a fitted shift style, really easy to wear and that lets the beauty of the decorations show through. The hidden side zip makes it easy to get on and off.
The shoulders are quite wide and the neck line a sort of squared off sweetheart design, the simplicity of the cut lets the flamboyance of the sequins, beading and the sheer mesh top and back stand out.
Too much is not a good thing and something needs to be toned down, and here its the cut and style of the garment that’s been simplified.
Note that sheer back – it means going braless or choosing one carefully, sort that out before you need to wear the dress. Don’t get caught out on the night!
The neckline, shoulders and hem are scalloped and edged in silver thread, and look very pretty.
Length is good, very cocktail vintage, but its also fun enough for contemporary wear, to go clubbing as well as wear on formal occasions.

Its decorated with  thousands of tiny bugle beads and sequins in black and silver, arranged in a very curving Art Deco style and has silver embroidery on body of dress as well as all edges.
The decorated top layer covers a soft plain black under layer, which comes from bustline at front, and waist at the back, right down to the hem. As the top layer is a mesh holding the decorations that’s needed, unless you’re looking for the Cher effect, in which case you could cut it out!!

Its polyester, which is fine to machine wash, but all those beads won’t like the battering so do as it says and carefully hand wash. Don’t wring it out but blot carefully in a towel before drying flat somewhere.

Its a perfect dress for cocktail evenings and winter parties.

Stars: Five, a pretty dress , fairly subtle from the front but revelaing all the back through the mesh.

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Jewellry and a ladies watch

EleQueen 925 Sterling Silver CZ AAA Button Cream Freshwater Cultured Pearl Infinity Bridal Jewellery, Necklace, Earrings Set
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This is a beautiful set, comes in a white and blue presentation box and will make a great gift – or treat yourself 😉

The earrings and pendant match and each have a beautiful genuine freshwater pearl in the centre. These are natural items so won’t be identical but are very well matched. I love the soft, subtle sheen of pearls, for so long thought of as an old ladies gem and yet now used very well on contemporary jewellry
The chain is a simple open link one with a ring clasp, and a section to extend the length if needed.

The set has a high polished Rhodium Plated finish, over a base of 925 Sterling Silver which helps keep the shine longer. Both earrings and the necklace carry the S925 mark, an international symbol for Sterling Silver.

Both the pendant and the earrings consist of a single pearl set in an offset figure of eight setting, studded with tiny cubic zirconias. This hangs from a small circle also studded with gems.
Stars: Five, great gift for yourself, a friend or a lover .

 

Sterling Silver Tri-Colored Stackable Rings with Cubic Zirconia – Silver, Yellow Gold, Rose Gold

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This trio of rings comes in a pretty red velvet case, making it a great gift.

The rings are made of sterling silver , and each have S925 stamped on the inner, that’s the international recognised marking for sterling silver. I don’t know how they get the yellow and rose colourings, maybe plated in gold?
They are each studded with tiny Cubic Zirconias right round and can be worn singly, or as a duo or trio.
You could share them between three friends – a kind of jewellry connection similar to the heart necklaces we used to have when I was a kid.

They’re a pretty collection, simple but sometimes simple and understated embraces the “less is more” philosophy.

Stars: Five, great gift for yourself, for a lover or to share among best friends.

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LADY COLOUR – Love you, Mom – Necklace for Women with Crystals from Swarovski – CRYSTAL HEART collections

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This is a beautiful set comes in a white and gold presentation box, and will make a great gift for your mum. There’s also a pretty pink velour drawstring bag to add to the ease of giving as a gift.

The chain is an open link one, twisted to give a kind of rope effect. It has a lobster claw clasp, and a section to extend the length if needed. Its a silver coloured metal, though not sterling silver, and no information over possible gold, silver or rhodium plating. I can’t find any markings on the necklace to confirm.  The sellers state Metal type: Zinc Alloy, Lead (Pb), Cadmium (Cd), Nickel (Ni) FREE but if you’ve metal allergies you need to take care.
At current selling price of £29.99 I’d expect it to be either sterling silver or plated with gold or similar. I’ve deducted a star for that.

The actual pendant is really pretty, with the heart hanging from a tiny silver four leaf clover effect pendant, consisting of four hearts each pointing inwards and studded with three clear crystals. That leads in to the heart which is really beautiful. A large, heavy crystal, beautifully faceted to let the colours of soft green through to deep rich blue show through, and they change according to how they catch the light. That’s really lovely.
Along the base of the heart the word Mum is picked out in a simple silver overlay, with the U being a heart with a tiny clear gem inside.
The back is a silver coloured open lattice pattern effect, letting the silver back of the heart show through.
Its a very unique looking pendant and perfect for mum for Christmas, or looking ahead to mothers day 2017!

Stars: Four, better quality metal and this would be a five. It really is eye-catching.

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Taylor Cole Ladies’ Quartz Crystal Dial Gold Stainless Steel Band Elegant Wrist Watch

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This watch comes in a smart presentation box, with a black outer sleeve and a cream and silver inner box. Makes it special if its to be given as a gift.
Its got Japanese quartz movements, doesn’t mean much to me but a quick Google search tells me “Japanese quartz movement is a mechanism for keeping time based upon the regular vibration of tiny section of quartz crystal. The “Japanese” part of the name refers to where the mechanism was manufactured, not where the crystal originated from.”
The bracelet is stainless steel and is gold coloured to match the watch face. Not sure if that’s a gold plating or some way of colouring the metal – there isn’t further info but stainless steel is quite low on the allergy scale anyway. As someone prone to skin irritations that’s something I always look for.
The bracelet is very large, I’ve wrists that measure six and a half inches, and had to move this high up to where my arm measures almost eight and a half inches to stop it slipping. The links can be removed to make it smaller, but it’s also large enough for those ladies with bigger wrists. Makes a pleasant change 😉
The face is simple, but the gold colour and the gems that surround it give it a lift into decorative but not overly fussy. Perfect for everyday and nights out.
Its a surprisingly heavy feeling watch, with a large face and a thick bracelet, yet doesn’t look clumsy and bulky. Most ladies watches tend to be small, delicate types, and this looks more robust and good for everyday wear. It isn’t water proof, or suitable for showering and swimming, but can stand up to the occasional splashes that happen daily.

Stars: Five, a good looking but understated watch
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earrings, two pretty pendants and some stainless steel clothes pegs.

EleQueen 925 Sterling Silver Full Prong Cubic Zirconia Flower Bridal Stud Earrings 15mm

They come in a pretty box, but inside is just the pink drawstring bag and some plain wadding which catches on the earrings and does nothing to enhance the look. Of course its the earring we really want but a little velvet padding over the wadding would have really made them stand out better.

Anyway, earrings: They’re in rhodium plated sterling silver, so should be fine for most people with metal allergies, and they are set on a simple post and stud fitting.
They’re designed in a beautiful floral/starburst pattern. There’s a round central stone surrounded by six pointed ovals and on the outer circle there are alternating circles and ovals, making a gorgeous pattern that glitters and sparkles.
The design and the multi faceted stones really complement each other, and I can’t decide whether I want to think of them as floral, as I love flowers and they’re very like the traditional sunflower/daisy type pattern, or starbursts as that just sounds so magical and perfect for winter parties!
These really reflect light perfectly, picking up and pushing back to catch the eye. They’re vibrant but not without a subtlety, they aren’t in-your-face flash but a softer catch the eye pair. I think they’d be perfect for winter xmas and new year parties – though as a sparkle and glitter fan I’d wear them anytime, anywhere 🙂 There’s aslo a small polishing cloth inclded to keep the silver shiny.

Stars: Five, lovely earrings, perfect for xmas parties

 

Silver Mountain 925 Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia Double Cats Pendant Necklace Box Chain 18″

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Review from Jeannie’s Reviews on wordpress.com

This is a cute necklace, one that would make a great gift for kids or for adult cat lovers. Its more an everyday necklace than one for special occasions I think.

It comes in a grey velour drawstring bag with a small silver polishing cloth to help keep it shiny. Its made of sterling silver, with high grade CZ stones.
Its a pretty design, mother cat and baby kitten, with the kitten being plain silver and mum covered in tiny black Cubic Zircona crystals.
Its fuss free and that’s the charm, a pretty design suitable for no fuss wear. The silver is plain, highly polished and adds to that simplistic, minimal feeling IMO. Too much embellishment would spoil the charm.
The cats hang loosely from a box link chain with a simple ring clasp.

The sellers state its Nickel-free, Lead-free, Cadmium-free and Hypoallergenic, Good to know for those with metal allergies. They also give these two promises which I’m very impressed with. I believe sellers should stand behind their products in this way, but too few do.

Promised 1:100% Real 925 Sterling Silver.
Promised 2:Any fake after u received, refund full +compensation 2 times money

Tips from sellers:
Caring for Your Sterling Silver Jewelry

Silver should not come into contact with harsh household chemicals such as bleach, ammonia, or chlorine. To avoid scratches, store silver in a lined jewellery box or pouch, as it is prone to tarnish as it naturally reacts with sulfur or hydrogen sulfide in the air. NB: when first married I nearly had a heart attack when a lovely silver ring, gift from my husband turned black after I’d been cleaning with bleach! Fortunately its easily remedied with some silver polish to remove tarnish. It really does react quickly to bleach.

Stars: Five, cute little necklace

LADY COLOUR – Butterfly Charm – Necklace for Women with Crystals from Swarovski – The Nature collections

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This is a gorgeous necklace, one that would make a great gift and its one for special occasions I think, but also suits every day wearing.
It comes in a cream box with a white interior, and that sets it off well and makes it great to give as a gift.

Its a silver coloured metal, though not sterling silver and no information over possible gold, silver or rhodium plating. I can’t find any markings on the necklace to confirm.  The sellers state Metal type: Zinc Alloy <Lead (Pb), Cadmium (Cd), Nickel (Ni) FREE> but if you’ve metal allergies you need to take care.
At current selling price of £23 I’d expect it to be either sterling silver or plated with gold or similar. I’ve deducted a star for that.

Its really pretty pendant hanging loosely from a simple open link chain with a lobster clasp closer. It has a short chain extension  so you can select best length for you. I do like those, hate chains that feel too tight on the neck.
The pendant itself is a beautiful butterfly design, something that always appeals to me. Its composed of an outer open butterfly shape in silver colour metal studded with clear Crystals from Swarovski. In the centre there’s a single beautiful turquoise coloured crystal in a butterfly shape, multi faceted to catch the light and making it really visually appealing and suitable for all ages and occasions.
Its got the simplicity for day wear but the colour and sparkle for special evenings. Paired with a similar coloured dress it will add something special to the outfit.
Crystals from Swarovski arte well known now and all have a very high grade appearance,and catch the light really well.

Stars: Four, a really pretty necklace, great for all occasions but I would like to see a better quality metal to it.

Comfysail Multi-purpose Stainless Steel Clothespins, Clips, Windproof, Flat Clothes Pegs, Pin Against Rust for Laundry, Kitchen, Bathroom, Garden, School, Hospital, Outdoor (Pack of 40 Clips)

Comfysail Multi-purpose Stainless Steel Clothespins Clips Windproof Flat Clothes Pegs Pin Against Rust for Laundry, Kitchen, Bathroom, Garden, School, Hospital, Outdoor (Pack of 40 Clips)

Pegs. Simple items but so frustrating. I tend to leave mine on the line and they rust, the plastic degrades and I end up with sharp bits round my washing area. I know I should take them in – but who does??
Not me so these seemed like the answer to my problems.

I’m really impressed with them, they’re small but very, very strong. They won’t come undone in strong winds as my current ones do, making me pick up washing that’s fallen in the dirt 😦 and sometimes needs rewashing.
They are easy to use, a simple clip design and have a great finish, nice and shiny and visually decorative, but with no sharp bits that will snag washing, so great for keeping bulky items like tough denims and sheets on the line but also suitable for delicate lingerie etc.

Of course pegs aren’t just for washing lines but great for keeping things like papers in groups, closing food bags and holding clothes that slip onto coat hangers.

The sellers also included with my pegs 20 of another design, a simple one piece twist peg that also has all the above standards. At this quality  price I’ll be recommending them to everyone.

Stars: Five, a bargain at twice the price!!

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Attractive backpack and a new gel nails dryer

 
YUHAN® Professional Portable SUN9S 24W LED UV Gel Lamp Nail Dryer,-Lumcrissy Auto Sensing Curing for Acrylic Gelish Shellac, LED UV Nail Gel with LCD Display, and Upgraded with Timer Setting,Nail Art, Painting, Salon Tools, compatible with Fingernail & Toenail [Support USB Charging Sun Light Technology More Safer than Traditional UV Nail Art Dryer] (White)

I discovered the world of gel nails last year when asked to review one of these. Never had mine done in a salon, but love nail varnish. Sadly I rarely used it as I found it chipped after just a day or so, I’m not a careful person.
Gel nails though are strong, and last ages and I’m addicted to them 🙂 I find with a base and top coat and two coats of colour they can easily last 10-14 days on hands, longer on feet.

Up to now I thought the last dryer was my favourite, it let me get my whole hand in (You’ll see in pics my rings turned upside down. I never remember to take them off and have no idea how UV affects the stones so I turn them round – will look it up one day !)
This dryer though is by far the best. Its roomy and so easy to use, just plug in and tuck hands under and the sensor picks them up, starts dryer and displays time in the top.

I don’t know about the difference in ultra violet banding, but I did notice that it dries far better and quicker. With my old lamp the gel stayed tacky between layers and the final coat was softish and I needed to be careful for a couple of hours after using. Not doing things like gardening, or rubbing hands dry on a towel- that sort of thing, not just normal use. With this the gel seems far harder much quicker – though as usual I still managed to smudge the corners on two fingers, but that could have been before they were placed in dryer – I just didn’t notice.
It seemed very quick, I gave base coats 30 seconds, colour 90 and top coat 90. To be honest timing is still something I’m working out, different sites say different times, but I’d rather go for a few seconds longer and be sure.

I was looking for an on switch, did try pressing the display etc til I realised you need to place your hand fully in for the sensor to pick up, not just finger tips. I like that I can get my whole hand in and not have to do thumbs separately, its when things take too long I get impatient and ruin the effect.
I’ve usually got my kindle on the go while I’m doing nails so its easier to be patient that way than if I was just waiting, doing nothing.

I don’t foresee any issues, but as always if there are I’ll update this review. I’m currently very pleased with how my nails look, and how the device performs an d its become my preferred choice dryer now.

Stars: Five, efficient and practical dryer

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Vintage Fashion Canvas Backpacks School Bags Casual Daypacks Laptop Backpack for High School Black

I really like the look of this backpack, with its patterned detailing. It comes in three different colour choices and is a roomy, attractive and practical bag.

As always with canvas its a good idea to use a waterproofing treatment on it if you’re going to be using it in wet weather. Its a pretty dense weave canvas, and does have what looks like a water resistant interior but extra always helps and wet canvas is heavy! Though its classed as a school bag its suitable for any age and a very attractive change from some of the more mundane ones around. Easier to find yours too if its in a pile with others.

Its a decent size and the interior opens out to fit lots in. I’ve friends who use backpacks instead of handbags and they’re always ready for impromptu purchases that way!
Its got two outer pockets for drinks ect, a large zipped outer compartment and the roomy interior which has padded section for electricals plus others for pens, books, phone and keys etc.
It has a carry handle or adjustable shoulder straps. Both the shoulder straps and the actual back of the bag are padded and have mesh helping to avoid sweating and making it comfortable to carry even when full of books etc.
The fabric feels very strong, that water resistant looking interiors will be useful if it is – I’ll try that out sometime –and the stitching and zips look pretty robust and up to some rough treatment – we all know how schoolbags especially get thrown around and dropped rather than careful treatment 😉

I really like the look of this bag, it marries practicality with an attractive appearance. The contrast fabric really lifts the design, and I’m sure this will soon be claimed by one of the family.

Stars: Five, an attractive and roomy bag.

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jewellry assortment

LADY COLOUR – Cross – Bracelet for Women with Crystals from Swarovski – PARIS VOGUE collections

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If you’ve read many of my reviews you’ll know by now how I love all things sparkly and jewellery, and this beautiful bracelet combines both of these.

It comes in a pretty cream and gold presentation box, lined with a soft white suede type fabric. boxes always set of jewellery and are best when its a present, just adds t the “special” feeling.

This bracelet is really pretty, a simple dual band with a crossover effect. Its opens by way of a square type, open clip, and has tiny, circular, faceted Swarovski crystals set along the upper halves of each band that catch the light and sparkle.
The metal is nickel free , useful to know if you have allergies. Raw red patches aren’t pretty and can be very sore. I know from experience!
The metal is listed as Zinc Alloy, usually these types of braclets are silver or gold plated but this one isn’t, so if you have allergies other than nickel do take care.

Stars: five, pretty gift for anyone including yourself!

U7® Classic Venetian Chain Necklaces Platinum Plated/18K Gold Plated/Rose Gold Plated/Black Gun Plated Jewellery For Women or Men Three Size Options (22”, 18K gold plated)

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A simple mens chain in 18K gold plate.

It comes in a long, gold coloured presentation box, with a transparent front.

Its a very bright gold, with the links being flat, double squares, twisted slightly to form the pattern. Each link has got a tiny pattern of dots pressed in to it.

It has a  lobster clasp closer.

The description says the plating is 3-5 times thicker than normal but of course I’ve no way of testing that, but it sounds good and will help keep this looking stylish for some time.

The gold plating is also perfect for those with metal allergies.

It’s an attractive chain, comes in varying lengths in yellow gold. Eldest grandson has his eye on this!!

 

I like it for its simplicity, its got a pleasant, heavy weight feel and the way it lays flat is attractive.

 

Stars: five, attractive and masculine chain

JewelryPalace Women Cubic Zirconia Solitaire Anniversary Wedding Band Engagement Rings Settings 925 Sterling Silver

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This set is incredibly attractive, and to be honest unless you’re a jeweller I reckon you wouldn’t know they weren’t real diamonds. Modern gems, Cubic Zircona, crystals and lab created stones are a far cry from the paste gems that used to make up the alternatives to expensive ones.

I lost my engagement ring a couple of years after we married, my daughter in law has just lost hers and her wedding band in the sea on holiday, apparently it happens a lot so why not buy a set like this and save your cash for other things.
Money is tight for most of us, so instead of spending a couple of thousand on rings, use it for a new car, towards the mortgage, things like that which are more beneficial.
A ring is a symbol, if you try to pretend to your soon to be wife these are real it’ll say you’re a cheapskate! But if you both discuss and agree then I think its a perfect way to get that symbol but not to go into debt over it.

So, the rings – they come in a pretty velvet drawstring pouch, though I think they’d have looked better in a box. Pouches are fine for some things, but some need a box for the full effect to be appreciated.
They’re in six sizes from J to T. They’re made of sterling silver, marked S925, international symbol for silver, and that means most people with sensitive skin can wear them. Of course if you are allergic specifically to silver then you can’t, likewise if the werewolf/vampire legends are true that could be awkward 😉 If your girl thinks she’s one of them you’ve bigger issues though! The Rhodium plating means they’ll stay bright and shiny for a long time.

They match well together and fit really well with the wedding band tucking neatly under the central stone of the engagement ring. The wedding band has gems set over the top half of the ring, while the engagement ring has a large central gem that rises up from the band, surrounded by tiny ones that match the wedding band, also coming halfway round the ring.
They really do sparkle and catch the light, being multi faceted. I like that the company offers a full 100% refund too.

Stars: Five, talk to your lady first, save the money for useful things and buy these instead.

 

JewelryPalace Girl’s Women Square Natural Garnet Citrine Amethyst Green Emerald Peridot Created Red Ruby Sapphire Blue Topaz 925 Sterling Silver Stud Earrings Set

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A pretty little pair of earrings, but its a shame they only come in a bag. I’ve shown them in a box I had to hand and you can see how it displays them so much better…
Still, for the price and with real semi precious gems they’re a bargain.

They come in seven different gem choices, and I’ve the blue topaz, which is a beautiful watery, transparent, pale blue. Its hard to show on the photos as the colour is so subtle but they really are very attractive.
They are a post and stud set, and made in 925 Sterling Silver . Again unless you’ve a silver allergy ( or you’re a vampire or shape shifter!!) they should be fine to wear without irritation.
They’re a very classic square style suitable for all ages and occasions

I like the .100% Refund , distance selling legislation gives some options for change of heart, this adds a bit more and shows confident in a product. .

Stars: Five, bargain priced set.

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