Thursday, 23 July 2015

Is It Worth Holding Your #FPL Wildcard?

These are my thoughts on holding onto your FPL Wildcard or using it early and i am sure we will all different views on this but these are mine!

In previous years,i would be thinking "dont play that wildcard early" but not this year!

I think the more experienced manager would have suggested that you to hold on as long as possible and play it as late as possible in previous years which i would have agreed with but with the new changes made to the times in which the wildcards must be played,it is now my view that that the 1st one is not as valuable as it was in previous years! The first one must be played between GW2 and GW19 if i am correct and the second one now between GW20 and GW38!

Previously we all had a wildcard to play between GW20 and GW24 and it must have been played then! Experienced managers would more than likely have held their 1st WC to play nearer the end of the season to capitalise on Double GW's! But now we all have one available from GW20 and the aim here has got to be to hold this one for Double GW's as well as the "Bench Boost" and possibly "Triple Captain" chips!

So with this in mind,your 1st WC is there to be played before GW20 so is it worth holding on until december to play it! I personally dont think so and my plan is to play it after GW4 during the International break!

After GW4 we will all know so much more about whos who etc,who has settled in at their new clubs,is Depay all that he is being made out to be,will Ayew take the Premier by storm like i think he will and are there any particular budget defenders worth getting! We will all know all this by now and it will be the perfect time to use your first Wildcard in my opinion especially if you have had a bad start!

So in setting up my initial team,i am not concerned about having no City coverage,having no Chelsea defenders,probably not having a backup keeper,probably having a cheap bench warmer as my 5th midfielder,possibly having a 4.0 defender sitting on my bench till GW5,not having Aguero or Sanchez in my team from the start etc! Afterall, we can make 3 FT's between GW2 and GW4 anyway!

So when i look at alot of teams posted on twitter,it seems to me that certain teams are set up with a long term view for example Aguero and Sanchez are in 18% and 11.7% of teams respectively! Ivanovic in 30% of which i personally dont like his first 3 fixtures but i do plan on having him at GW4 or Wildcard! And also alot of teams seem to be created from the heart from what i can see too!

I guess what i am saying is the 1st Wildcard is there and in my opinion is not as valuable as previous seasons so rather than setting up your initial team on "Names and Clubs" which might look great on paper,set it up for "Fixtures" with a view to playing that Wildcard early if you need to!

First 3 GW's,the following teams have 2/3 home games which increases the chances of clean sheets for example, Arsenal,Man United,Crystal Palace,Leicester,Norwich,Sunderland,West Ham and Watford! When you look at first 3 fixtures for Man City for example, A West Brom, H Chelsea, A Everton,all difficult games yes,it makes me think do i really want David Silva selected by 14.2% at 10mil in my starting team? Or Vincent Kompany at 6mil is in nearly 12% of teams!

Some players that stand out for me early days are Rooney,Depay,a United defender that will start,Walcott,Cazorla,Cech,Cresswell,Payet,Redmond at Norwich possibly and i do like Benteke tbh too! Also i plan to start with Hazard from GW1!

So for me as i stated in a previous #fpl post,i am concentrating on GW1-3 only when setting out my initial team. My team might look pretty awful on paper but i can only hope that it might just produce some early points and then come GW5 i will have played my Wildcard!

And also if anyone becomes an #fpl must have early games,i will just buy him with my FT's before i use my wildcard!

Hope this all makes sense and i now have fingerscrossed that i can get off to a reasonable start,all i need to do now is get the right initial squad together to get me through the first few games only but i do realise that FPL can be a cruel mistress at times,

thanks for reading,


Monday, 20 July 2015

Veet Wax Strips Review

I decided to try this out during the week after reading some really postitive reviews of the product and reviews generally claim it to be effective,easy to use and painless!

The box contains 10x2 wax strips and 4 perfect finish wipes! It claims to be enough for 2 depilations of both half legs!

When i opened the box,i actually thought it only contained 10 strips rather than the 20 that is printed on the box lol but they are doubled up as 10x2.

I actually wanted the one for sensitive skin but as they had not got it in stock,i bought for normal skin!

What Veet Wax Strips claims is,

you can have instantly exfoliated skin and smoothness that lasts up to four weeks. They're specially formulate with Shea Butter known for its moisturising properties and fragranced Berry to suit Normal Skin. And they are easy to use with the special easy grip tab helps in removing hair from the roots in one easy move and with regular use,you will get fewer,finer and softer hairs growing back.

I personally dont like the idea of a half leg wax especially this time of year so i had fingerscrossed that the 10x2 wax strips would be enough to do both full legs as afterall,it does say it is enough to do 2 half legs twice right! So in theory,it should be a close call!

Instructions for use are as follows and i did exactly what it said,

1-Take out the strip and rub it between your hands to make the strips easy to seperate.
2-Caresully peel the strips apart.
3-Apply 1 strip to your skin and rub several times in the direction your hair grows to make sure the wax adheres well.
4-Grasp the tab and pull the strip back as quickly as you can against the direction the hair grows in one swift motion.
5-Clean away any wax left on your skin with a perfect finish wipe.

It was a little painful but quite tolerable to be honest and the result was very impressive with each strip removing all the hair in one go! Now i have read that you can use each strip more than once and sometimes up to 3 times or more but this is NOT true as after the first use,it is practically useless and you are only wasting your time using it again.

It was quite amazing to actually see the hair that stuck to the strip after use and also after applying the wipe,my skin was very smooth and hairless.

I now must add that i did not have enough strips to do both full legs and i would think that another 10 would be needed at least so i had to use an alternative method to finish off!

The Pros,

It certainly does the job very effectively and it really doesn't hurt that much,the pain is very tolerable and it is quite reasonably priced too. There is also a nice smell.

The Cons,

Plenty of redness after waxing and bumps but this has to be expected as your hair is pulled from the roots so this is a fact and dont let anyone else tell you different as some reviews have claimed! This should really not be a con but i am just telling you the facts.
The finish wipes dont remove the wax completely but this is not too bad either and the only other thing is it is time consuming which again is ok.

Overall i would definately buy these again but it would be the pack of 40 strips rather than 20 and the fact that i used both the strips and shaving,i could compare the results and with the strips,the results are better and 2 days later,the only itching is from the parts i did not use the wax strips! Please remember each strip can only be used once and if it works more than once,i would think that the original was not used properly!

Update-after 3 days the parts of my legs that i used the wax strips on are perfect and smooth and some parts of my legs are still itching,these are the parts that i did not use the strips on! I am sure it has not helped that i am scratching alot as i cant help it lol!

Price- i paid €7.02 in a local chemist!

Recommendation is to buy it as it's relatively cheap and well worth a try,now to use my Cocoa Brown tan which i also bought as there is no chance of getting a natural tan here this summer,

Thanks for reading,

Hollie x

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

My Early #FPL Selection and Thoughts!

I am just literally throwing this post together so please bear with me and i am not a professional fpl writer like many of the amazing accounts out there. My plan is to use my Wildcard after GW4 as with the new WC system in place,i might as well do so if required that is! I dont think the 1st WC is as valuable to hold onto this season as previous with the new change!

Now with all this in mind,i am only concentrating on the first 3 GW's only as with doing no FT's for GW2,i will have 2 FT's before GW3 starts,so my first thoughts are to have as many home players as possible for the 3 GW's in Gk/Def! And afterall,the first 3 GW's account for just about 8% of the total season so they are important!


Yesterday has thrown up an interesting rotation possibility with the news that Lloris may be out for a while so step up one of my old favs Michele Vorm to rotate nicely with Petr Cech!

GK COST--£10.00M

Rotation for 1st 4 games

Cech H v West Ham
Vorm H v Stoke
Cech H v Liverpool
Vorm H v Everton

Even if Lloris comes back before GW4,it is my opinion that Petr Cech could still be a good GK option away to Newcastle anyway in GW4!


First thoughts on defence,do i really want Chelsea coverage in the first 3 GW's? Not really imo but for GW4 yes and my plan is to have used one of my FT's by then!
Swansea H (i fancy the Swans to score)
Man City A, West Brom A, i honestly cant see clean sheets here either so with this i am staying away from Chelsea defenders until GW 4 at the earliest regardless if Ivanovic scores 2 or so in any of GW1-3!

I like West Ham's 2nd and 3rd games both at home to Leicester and Bournmouth respectively! In fact West Ham and Bournmouth rotate well for opening 4 games so with this in mind,i am bringing in Mings 4.5 of Bournmouth and Jenkinson 5.0 of West ham to start with! I originally had Cresswell but i had to downgrade as i dont have the extra 0.5M.

I also like Man Utd's opening fixtures.especially GW1-3 so i am bringing in Darmian at 5.5M but i may change to another option before the season starts!

Morgan of Leicester and O Shea of Sunderland are my last def choice's at 4.5M each due to fixtures but i am not 100% happy with these guys tbh but for the sake of my plans,i will stick for the moment!


Darmian H v Spurs,
Mings     H v A Villa,
Morgan  H v Sunderland


Jenkinson H v Leicester
O Shea      H v Norwich
Darmian    A v A Villa


Jenkinson   H v Bournmouth
Darmian     H v Newcastle
O Shea       H v Swansea
Morgan      H v Spurs

So basically for the 1st 3 GW's if you are playing with 3 defenders and obviously a GK you will have(barring injuries) 11/12 players playing at home! I dont think it is possible to get better than that tbh! Also before GW4,i should have my Chelsea coverage in defence.


Total cost so far £34.00M with £66.00M left to spend!


Now when it comes to midfield,i am not really concerned about whether or not my guys are playing Home or away so with this in mind,i will pick my 5 players for GW1-4!

There are so many options available in midfield that it really does seem like a lottery but with WC after GW4 in mind,i am thinking a mix of tried and trusted and new players! Also FT's can add anyone who seems like a must have before GW5!

Hazard or Fabregas,Silva or Ya Ya,any of the many Arsenal guys,Payet looks a good signing for West Ham, Cabaye for Palace, Ritchie for Bournmouth and Ayew for Swansea could be fpl gold when settled in!

After some thought,i have decided for the moment to go with Hazard 11.5M, new guy Payet at 7.5,Walcott at 9.0 as he has potential to score alot of points plus had a good end to last season!

My 4th choice is Depay 8.5 who is i believe a bit of a gamble i honestly think but i will see how he gets on in pre season first before confirming him in my team!

My 5th choice midfielder has got to be Ayew of Swansea who i believe can be FPL gold who could possibly shine regardless of the opposition!


Total cost so far £77.50M with £22.50M to spend on forwards!


Now i must point out that Aguero will be straight into my team as soon as he is available to play!

So my 3 forwards will have 2 out of the first 3 games at home too so i have chosen,

Rooney  10.5 H v Spurs, A v Aston Villa and H v Newcastle all whom are teams that Rooney likes to play against! I only plan on holding him for 3 GW's though!

Sakho   6.5 A v Arsenal but his next 2 at home to Leicester and Bournmouth are quite appealing especially if Payet can provide the assists!

Deeney 5.5 A v Everton, H v West Brom and H v Saints and with 2/3 at home and probably on pens too,he looks good value at the moment!


So at the moment,it is a team with No Man City or Liverpool coverage at all but my plan is to rectify the City coverage and also to add Ivanovic before GW4!

Now to give you an example how all the above works,here is my fpl team predicted lineups

GW1 Lineup,

Cech H v West Ham
Darmian H v Spurs, Mings H v A Villa, Morgan H v Sunderland
Depay H v Spurs, Walcott H v West Ham, Hazard H v Swansea, Awey A v Chelsea
Rooney H v Spurs, Deeney A v Everton
and one of either Payet or Sakho A v Arsenal!

GW2 Lineup,

Vorm H v Stoke
O Shea H v Norwich, Jenkinson H v Leicester, Darmian A v A Villa
Payet H v Leicester, Awey H v Newcastle, Hazard A v Man City, Depay A v A Villa Walcott A v Palace
Rooney A v A Villa, Deeney H v West Brom, Sakho H v Leicester
(12 players chosen so all going to plan,i have a selection problem here) and with 0 transfers used!

GW3 i now hopefully should have 2 FT's but my GW3 lineup without these transfers should be,

Cech H v Liverpool,
Darmian H v Newcastle, Jenkinson H v Bournmouth, O Shea H v Swansea
Depay H v Newcastle, Walcott H v Liverpool, Payet H v Bournmouth, Hazard A v West Brom
Rooney H v Newcastle, Deeney H v Southampton, Sakho H v Bournmouth

GW3 has 10 players playing at home and this is without the 2 FT's that are available,my plan is to use 1 FT here and hold the other for GW4 but i will need £££ as i have Ivanovic in mind at this stage (all going to plan and barring injuries that is)!

It is difficult to predict my team for GW4 so i will not do so but if all goes pearshaped,i plan my WC after GW4 but also i do not mind one little bit taking a -4 hit if needed to change my team without using the WC! Last season i played the game way too cautiously but this season,i plan a more adventurous approach!

My worries with this team set up if just looking at it are, no Silva,no Ivanovic,no Costa,no Liverpool coverage,Depay,Payet,Ayew who are all new to PL,should i have Cresswell/Cazorla rather than Jenkinson/Walcott! But you cant have everyone,right! I just dont really like the early fixtures of City and Chelsea tbh!

Yes i could change my team and have the likes of Silva,Ivanovic,Cazorla etc in from the start but i figure i will buy them at some stage but not to start with!

I hope that this team can get me off to a good start unlike last year when i had an awful start but as with any FPL team selected,there is alot of luck involved but also some planning ahead can certainly help too!

So that's my current FPL team and thoughts,any suggestions are greatly appreciated in the comments section,and i have no doubt that there will be changes before August 8th but at the moment,i kinda like this,

thanks for reading,


Friday, 10 July 2015

10 Questions i Would Like To Ask My EX

Just thought of this post now and i have 10 questions that i would love to ask my ex husband! I know i never ever will ask him these as i will never speak to him again but i would really love to know!

Q1- Why did you marry me?

Q2- Did you ever love me?

Q3- Why did you try and control my life?

Q4- Why did you have an affair with one of my best friends?

Q5- Do you regret having an affair?

Q6- You obviously knew this girl before me so why didn't you go out with her?

Q7- Why did you only give me a set amount of money each week to spend on housekeeping and why did you want to see receipts?

Q8- Do you ever miss me and wish that you hadn't cheated and wish you had treated me better?

Q9- How do you feel about the fact that i know so much personal things about you?

Q10- Why were you such a D***Head

Well if i ever met him again i wouldn't give him the time of day but i would still like to know his honest answers to these questions,

have a nice weekend,

Hollie xxx

Monday, 6 July 2015

TODAY 06/07/15

I had every intention to write a post reviewing a beauty product that i should have purchased today but rather than doing this i am doing a post about today and how things started off so well and now i feel so down that i cant even describe it properly! I feel like i am broken!

I got up around 11am thismorning and felt good but i knew i had to do the shopping and i dont like doing the shopping! Anyway i went online and checked my emails etc and checked out twitter! All good and i am in good form.

After lunch i went and got the shopping and while out,i decided not to buy that beauty product that i had in mind! I was out without any makeup and began to feel a little down in myself but this was only a little! When i got home i went on twitter again and had a couple of lovely chats with some lovely friends! I then noticed that FPL was open to re register and i was excited at this!

Had dinner and sat down afterwards with my BF and just started to watch tv! Xpose is on,my fav show but they let me down as i won a prize on their show and i never recieved it,i think i am the only one to never have recieved their prize,i feel so disappointed with this! I think about this every day! After a while,my head just started to go all over the place, an advert for Coca Cola came on. The song "What Are You Waiting For" as part of their Choose Happiness Campaign! What's all this about,you cant just choose happiness,well i cant! I hate the song,i hate the add and it annoys me so much! Right now i cant be happy!

This add did not trigger how i am feeling and i am writing this down as the thoughts are going through my head,this post is not thought out and is just happening. I am sitting beside the most wonderful man i have ever met,i love him and he loves me,i dont want to lose him,i dont think he will understand! He's going to be embarrassed of me,i dont want to let him down,i want to tell him i love him but even though i do i cant say it,i am too down to say nice things!

I have to meet a friend soon who i have not seen in a long time,i dont want to,i dont want to have to meet up with anyone. Christmas will be upon us soon,i dont like christmas anymore,i cant be happy,i dont want to go to my work xmas party,i cant pretend to be happy,i dont want to go back to work,i cant be nice to people,i am a nice person but i dont want to be false!

I have nothing to look forward to tomorrow,i just want to sleep and sleep all through tomorrow and wake up Wednesday,but what is there to look forward to on Wednesday,nothing!

I dont want to go to bed,i am not tired but really i am exhausted but i wont sleep,i never ever get a good nights sleep,ever,i am so sick of this,i know i will be still up at 3am!

I got excited by the impending return of my fav game #fpl earlier,now i couldn't be bothered at all but i dont want to let the guys and girls down,i will never do that!

I feel worthless!

The battery on the tv remote is playing up,i think i am going to lose it soon,make sure you dont Hollie,it's not fair on him,he has done nothing wrong,he has been lovely to me tonight,he loves me and is so proud of me,

"what's up darlin,are you ok" he just asked me,
"nothings up,i am fine"

i am not fine at the moment,i am messed up with my thoughts,i fell like crying,he sees me crying alot from watching something on tv,please put on something that is sad and i can cry and he will think it is because of the tv programme,wheres that remote, Big Brother on tv3 and it's emotional with letters from home!

The tears are flowing now,i am sad watching what is going on in the big brother house but this is only a small part of my sadness at the moment! I cant be happy!

"You fancy a drink" he just asked me,
"yes but there is no wine,i dont fancy one of your beers"
"no problem darlin,i will go and buy you a bottle" he just said

He is mad about me,i know that and i am mad about him,will it change if i tell him about my issues,no way i will tell him tonight,i cant do it,i want to but no,i dont want to lose him!

He has just left to buy me some wine and is due back in about 10 mins,i feel horrible,why does he fancy me,am i attractive,i have no makeup on now,i dont feel pretty,i should have made the effort today!

Maybe i will feel better after having a glass of wine,maybe i wont as i cant just flick a switch,how could my day just turn from being fine and ok to how i feel now,i dont know!

This post is probably all over the place but so am i,