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Life is hard enough as it is, we are often overworked and underpaid so this is where you will find some things to make like a little easier.

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Lush

Posted on 4th April, 2020

On my last birthday, I was bought an array or Lush products and amongst the smells and bright colours were something I had not come across before, shampoo bars.

lush bars

The majority of liquid shampoos available on the market are mostly made up of water, surfactants and other chemicals, fragrance, preservatives and plastic bottle and a lid. The obvious reason why traditional shampoo needs to come bottled in plastic in because it is liquid!
Because Lush shampoo bars contain no water, they are highly concentrated. You can get between well over a hundred hair washes out of one bar, thus making it the equivalent of about three liquid shampoo bottles and at a fraction of the cost at approximately £5 a bar. So, when you buy a shampoo bar, you're preventing about 75 grams of plastic from being introduced into the environment. Since Lush sells nearly 1,800,000 bars all over the world, they are collectively saving around 135 tonnes of plastic every year!
lush soap
I hate to admit to my slight OCD but what I find refreshing with Lush shops are the neat and yet nakedness of the shop, its bars and blocks neatly stacked and all cosmetics and washes readily available to try, reminds me that if Apple were to sell cosmetics and soap then this would be the way they would do it.

Lattissima Pro

Posted on 8th March, 2020

Capsulated coffee machines have been hitting the high street shops of late, but what if you want the best of the best of the best? DeLonghi and Nespresso have teamed up to show just what is possible with a new Lattissima Pro, built for people who really love a cup but also want a machine that has quality and style set as its for-front.

A new machine designed for the Nespresso range of pods, the Lattissima Pro is the new model and the most premium machine in the Nespresso range of coffee pod machines.
Lattissimo pro 1
The water tank in the Lattissima Pro holds more water than the previous generation, which potentially translates into more cups of coffee.  Something that is different, however, is the connection port for the milk frothing system, which not only allows for the milk frother to be plugged in but when unplugged, can also support an included hot water spout, which will dispense hot water instead of textured milk.
Lattissimo pro 2
Controls for the machine are handled through a light-up tactile button panel, which includes three espresso varieties: ristretto, espresso, and lungo, as well as two milk-based coffee styles, letting you make cappuccino and a latte macchiato.  A hot milk option is also available, as is one for hot water when the water spout is plugged in.
Nespresso has really gone to town on making this your kitchen centrepiece as the white light that is built into the Nespresso unit, lighting up the glass or cup, and the foldable drip tray
If the tech behind this gadget wasn’t enough then the look will add to that wow factor as it is encased in a brushed aluminium casing, and sporting a big water tank capable of making several cups of coffee, the machine is pretty much geared at the Nespresso lover who is going for the most convenient cup they possibly can have, with an automatic milk preparation system capable of creating a cappuccino or latte macchiato with only one button pressed.
To me is like having my very own Barista but without the £3.25 a cup price tag you would expect to pay in places like Starbucks, Costa Coffee or Caffe Nero.
Overall this is a quality, stylish machine built to last and yet will deliver the most professional cup of coffee in your home with only a push of a button.
Lattissimo pro 3
Okay, it may not be one of the cheapest machines on the retail market, but if like me, you love your coffee then only after a few cups this machine would have paid for itself compared to high street coffee house prices that I loth to pay.

Beats

Posted on 23rd February, 2020
I was checking out some headphones which I can use for my iMac, iPad and my iPod and possible my iPhone, I guess looking for an all-round comfortable and stylish set of headphones.
It is apparent that the Beats range do not have to work especially hard to win on style, the glossy headband and shiny Beats logo are a stylish proposition, while comfortability is high on the agenda. I love the soft ear pads and padded headband that gives a secure fit, and the earpads give a good seal and a mean job of cutting out outside noise.
When you are listening to songs with lots of base I found that they are in a league of their own, as the sound delivered was deep and rich and overall you will find the sound quality far superior to other headsets that boast similar qualities. For the range that is not noise cancelling, they sure do a job better than some noise-cancelling headphones I have tried out.
Beats SoloThe Solo HD headset comes in the standard beats box and inside you will find an instruction manual, a pouch with the headphone’s in them, 2 detachable 3.5mm cables (one with control talk and one without) and a cleaning cloth. As ever with the Beats range, care in the product packaging is just as important as the product itself, style from the get-go.
Beats Boxed
I initially set out to buy a headset for use for my iPod and iPad but soon found out that this headset offers a wider scope of use with its ControlTalk feature (for any device with a 3.5mm jack). The ControlTalk feature gives you on-cable playback control of your iPod or iPhone, including pause, next track and volume and also only on iDevices can you use your voice to control other features, just as you would use your iPhones voice commands. ControlTalk's built-in mic lets you talk hands-free on your older iPhone and works with online voice or video chats.
Beats Wireless
For those who want to be wire-free, Beats have an option for that too but expect the price to be equally as jacked up as the product you are going to be buying.
The headphones fold conveniently to fit in the small pouch, perfect for travel.
Beats Range So Far
Overall you are paying for what you get and that is a great deal more than what other headsets offer. This headset will not disappoint you as it is sturdy, lightweight and all with the built-in ControlTalk feature either inline or from a simple button press or Siri command gives you far more than just headset functionality.