Sunday, 10 February 2013

Kenwood Compact CH108A Mini Chopper White – A Review

What's happening guys? Another Sunday afternoon has come round again, it gets to this point so quickly doesn't it?!

Today I am here to inform you all about the "Kenwood Compact CH108A Mini Chopper", what it does, how it works and what I think of it!

So what brought me to this purchase? As you may know from reading my previous posts or my ‘about me’ page, I am a keen baker, and I am always looking for new devices to aid me in my cooking missions! We used to have a huge kenwood mixer, but it was rather old and unfortunately stopped working, so it had to go! Now, I didn’t have (and still don’t!) have the funds to replace the large one, as they are much more expensive, but I did have £19.99 to spare to buy this (link to site)and boy oh boy am I glad I did!

The ‘Experts’ Product Specification:
  •   Made from plastic
  • 300 watts.
  •  It has a 0.35 litre container.
  • It has removable stainless steel blades.
  • Parts are dishwasher safe.
  • It has a safety locking lid – if the lid isn’t locked, it won’t start!
  • It has a non slip base.

    So What Can You Use It For?

  •      Crushing digestive biscuits for a cheesecake base.
  •      Blitzing bread to crumbs for a treacle tart.
  •      Crushing nuts (as my pictures will later show).
  •      Making cake into crumbs for cake pops.
  •      Making salad dressing.
  •      Cutting up onions.
  •      Garlic.
  •      Spices.
  •      Herbs.
  •     And many more things!
    My Review:
  •     It is affordable being £19.99 at Argos (link is above).
  •     It is small, it doesn't take much space up in your cupboard or on your kitchen top if you decide to keep it out.
  •     It is easy to use - you don't have to spend hours going through instruction manuals before you use it.
  •     It does the job of a large mixer, the only difference being it's size, for example, instead of putting a whole 8 inch cake in, you may only be able to put a quarter in at a time.
  •     It is easy to clean, wash and piece together.
  •     When you mix it is very loud, and you do have to keep your finger on the 'on'  button, or else it will not mix!

One bit of advice I would say though, is personally I wouldn’t mix a baking things with cooking things. This may just be my personal preference, but with how strong garlic and onions are, I wouldn’t want to blitz a cake in it afterwards because of any potential lingering onion odor!

The Packaging

The Packaging

The Packaging

The Packaging

UK Plug
The Size Of The Chopper In Relation To A Standard Cereal Box

All 4 Parts Of The Chopper, The Device, The Blase, The Container And The Lid.

I don't know about you, but I really DO NOT like nuts! But being a 'super food' and extremely good for you, I find them important to have, so I stick some in the chopper usually brazil nuts and walnuts and they come out like the image below, all the goodness there, but much better to taste, I sprinkle them on my weetbix on a morning for my breakfast!

   Hope you found this post useful and informative to help you make a decision!

   Do you have a Kenwood mini chopper? What do you use yours for?

   Untill next time, 

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Justin Bieber Girlfriend Eau de Parfum - Review

Whats going on bloggers?

So yesterday I got myself another unexpected treat, I got "Justin Biebers - Girlfriend" perfume.

I have never smelt this before, but I was walking through Debenhams and it was there at the end of the counter and I thought:
"Oooh let's have a spray"
And whoahhh, it is gorgeous! I have only ever had 2 brands of perfumes in my life, my nose only seems to like certain scents, and when I like something, I like it... hence why I have stuck to the same two for so long, in case you are wondering which two they are:

- Paco Rabanne Black XS - (LINK TO BLACK XS)
- Christina Aguilera - (LINK TO CHRISTINA AGUILERA)

Anyway, I sprayed it on and continued my shopping and I kept smelling my wrist and thinking:
"Oh man I love this smell so much, I think I need to buy it!"
Then I got into Boots, and it was 30ml for £24.00 or an offer of 50ml for £19.96!! (LINK GIRLFRIEND PERFUME) Well needless to say, that did it, I felt like I had no choice but to buy it for under £20!! 

My Review:

- It lasts! Having sprayed this on my wrist at 11am, when I was watching television that evening around 9pm I could still smell the fragrance on my wrist - granted it was weaker, but nether the less, I could still smell it!

- The scent contains the smells: pink freesia, star jasmine, apricot nectar, orange blossom, sparkling pear, crisp mandarin, rich blackberry, mara strawberry, vanilla orchid and luminous musk. (I apologise I am terrible at describing scents, so I thought I would stick to the facts!)

- As you will be able to see from the images below, the overall packaging design is pretty funky to look at, it is bright, bold, unqiue and it makes you want to touch it. However, from a practical, carrying it around in your hand bag point of view though - it is perhaps not so great!

- The bottle slips out of the packaging very easily and then you are just left with a standard which is suitable for carrying around! It is a deep purple colour in the shape of a love heart.

- I cannot fault this product, especially the price I managed to get it for, Boots are doing a killer offer at the moment!

If you are thinking of getting a new perfume soon, I would suggest going for a free spray of this - see what you think... what is the worst that can happen? ;)

Let me know your favourite perfumes, have you bought any recently?!

See you next time, 

Nike Bruin Trainers - A Review

Hey blogging world,

How are you all doing? How windy is it at the moment?! Eeek, I feel like the house is going to blow away like Dorothy's from the Wizard of Oz!

Anyway, as the title may suggest I am here to show you what I have just bought, and give my thoughts and opinions on it (Detailed pictures will follow right at the bottom)!

So I have just got the womens "NikeBruin Hi" trainers, and I blooming love them! I got them from JD Sports in a size 7 and they were £65.00, here is the link if any of you are interested to check them out.... (JD LINK).

Now I love Nike clothing and footwear. I literally can walk into JD Sports or Sports Direct and see more I like to buy in there than I do if I walk into River Island! 

So, if you are anything like I was, when I bought them yesterday, I was like Nike Bruin's...what are they?! Hi-tops, blazers I've heard of, and to be completely honest, I did go shopping to buy Nike Blazers, and when I tried these on I thought that is what they were...until I asked the shop attendant!

What is the difference then I hear you ask? Well not too much really, because they both have the suede feel to the main trainer, they both come over your ankle and they both come in various colours with the large nike tick on them. However, the blazers are much more padded at the back of the trainer, it is much thicker and softer, whereas the bruins, the neck of the shoe is very thin and harder...this does become a problem and digs in if you point your toe downwards...but lets face it... who either walks around or sits pointing their toe like they are a ballet dancer?! Another difference is the white edge around the circumference of the shoe (I don't know it's technical name!!) On the blazers it is textured bumpy to run your hand over, whereas the bruins it is a smooth edge all around.

My Review: 

I would say that:
-  Nike Bruins are more delicate and girlie than the blazers (I think that's why I opted for them!) and also the purple colour I preferred to the ones which were available in the shop for the blazers.
- They are comfy to wear...although it does take a while to get used to a high trainer to be surrounding your ankle, especially if you are not used to it.
- They feel like they are made really well, they feel strong and sturdy and have a good grip on the sole.

- My only negative is the tongue in the trainer. It isn't sewn up all the way around so you can see a yellow sponge in between it and the fabric does seem to fray a little. I'm not sure why Nike have made them like this. I asked the shop assistant, as I did think it was an error with the shoes I was trying on. He replied though saying "oh no it is how they are made, we have actually had a few customers return the trainers thinking it is an error with their pair" The shop are unable to refund them though, as it is how they are made.

Here is the yellow sponge tongue....I'm not a fan of this aspect of the trainer!


I would say shop around for these first if you are wanting them. It has taken me over a month to buy them, cos let's face it £65 is not cheap! Different shops do different prices, colours and styles so don't buy the first pair you see, maybe remember what you have seen in that shop, then head to the next street to that shop to look there too.

I have seen them stocked in:
JD Sports

Also the nike website (nike customise link) obviously sell them and for an additional £10 you can customise your shoe, you can add your name to the back, choose what colour you want the main trainer to be and indeed the famous nike tick, you can choose what laces you want and many more features! I think this is so cool and a great feature nike allow!

I hope this review has helped some of you make a decision or has just been informative about the Nike Bruins!
If you go to buy some... happy shopping!

Please leave comments below if you are thinking of buying some, or already have, what colours do you have?

Until next time,

Feel free to post a comment, about your thoughts/experiences from this post. I love to read what you think and I'll be sure to reply to every comment! :) xox