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A story that made me grin this week was the British Make -Up survey by the high street store Debenhams, which reveals that Northern women slap it on far more than southern girls do. Apparently the northern lasses use three times as much fake tan and pink lip gloss in pursuit of the sun-kissed look in the longer winters whereas more educated Southern middle-class girls prefer concealer, tinted moisturises and pore-perfecting, in search of the more refined alabaster look. What made me chuckle the most is the way the Essex girls let the south down so badly, not only going for the sun beds and fake tan volume but some wearing THREE pairs of false eye lashes at the SAME time! The lipstick kings are the Midlands lasses, where women own an average of ten each. Lipstick sales always rise in recession as women chase men to pay the bills. Someone needs to tell the female host of Strictly Come Dancing about the above survey. What's with the blow up doll lips look Tess!
Anyhow, Lynx deodorant and shower gel products, a very successful range funder the British/Dutch Company Unilever, is what I want to talk about here. Whereas girls can wear that slap to attract the boys, us boys have to rely on being manly and in charge to get the girls. We can't smell like girls, of course, so we have to smell like real men, Lynx making great claims on their TV commercials that their deodorants and shower gels will attract the fairer sex, gorgeous ones to, the so-called 'Lynx effect', but often using fey looking chaps in those ads. In fact so popular are their adverts because of this rather erroneous promise that you will get laid they are by far the number one selling male deodorants in the United Kingdom, why Lynx (real name French company Axe) they feel they can charge three quid a can! They even have an agony aunt blog on the website to help you with dating advice and where to spray and clean. When you buy a branded product remember you are buying that advertising and not what's in it, the metal Lynx can itself worth seventeen times the value of what's in it, material wise, apparently. The reason why spray deodorant is always in a metal can is they require a higher air pressure inside the can to enable the aerosol action and so a plastic casing would collapse in on itself.
Lynx regularly update their scents and flavours and spend a lot of money on their advertising to reflect that, a case where the company allows the actual advert and not the actual smell and feel of the product to sell it. The current campaign is the one with the beautiful angels, where they throw their halos to the ground and pursue an average Joe who washes in Lynx deodorant and shower gel, of course. The tag line now is the cleaner you are the dirtier you get, again proclaiming stunning young women will drop everything to sleep with a man who paid an extortionate three quid for deodorant. They never suggest ugly men would get the girl if they smear their puny bodies with it, the plainly handsome chaps who do get lucky are supposed to be you [males]. I think you have all seen the advert with the guy using the beach shower and the girls imitating him.
The shower gel is much cheaper and so I buy that without argument. Again you are buying the branding as these things are made of the same chemicals as all the other brands and makes in the same factories and so no mystery ingredients. The current ranges are Excite, Africa and Midnight. They also have the Cool Metal range, which, I presume, is for the more macho men than the blokes in the ads.
You don't have to visualise my naked body in the shower if you don't want to but there maybe one or two of you of a certain age that maybe flustered from that description. Application of the gel is supposed to be for showers as you smear it all over your body, of which a suitable amount of lather and bubbles are produced. The ranges are a funky colour and deliver that familiar acidic bitter taste when you get a mouth fill. I usually rub it into my right pectoral first and then my left one, before going lower down to my honed six-pack on my tanned athletic torso. If I'm going out for a drink soon after then a double soaking of the crown jewels and the old todger and then once around the peachy bottom maybe required in case I get lucky. Beware though, if you get too much gel on the shower floor it's very slippy and you could go ass-over-tit and jam your todger in the plug ole!
The shower gels price around £1.50 a 250ml bottle and the sprays up to and extravagant £2.99 a 150ml can in some chain stores. If you use it liberally that may last only a week or two. It's ludicrously expensive and pretty much the same product and size but under a different name - say in Wilkinson's - will be 49p a can. I prefer to spend 49p a can and would never spend on the Lynx deodorant spray brand. The big chains and supermarkets effectively match each other prices for this type of brand and so hard to find value. Price matching is apparently not price-fixing. I think Lynx tried a roll on deodorant but I have never used one of them and always hate to see my arm hairs and the girlfriends bits caught up in the roller. Yuk!
Again, although the various ranges of Lynx products suggest sport and sex the average punter buying these in Sainsbury's suggests the exact opposite. I think they also do some aftershaves and shower gel although again rather expensive. They do gift packs all year around if you want the full works but if you bought the items separately in the packs they would be much cheaper I suspect. Boots do a good two for three offer of these gift packs if you are interested and so maybe better to buy in bulk.
On the whole you though can't argue that Lynx stuff smells nice and they do a good range and as long as they keep doing the eye candy adverts and convincing young men with the getting the girls campaigns they will continue to be top dog. They haven't gone the celebrity way and so their stuff will always appeal to the everyday guy with their non pretentious approach to selling their wares.
My friend introduced me to first dooyoo & then tooyoo. At first I thought the sites would be a load of over opiniated people like me but how wrong I was - You all seem to be really friendly & most of us have some idea of what we are basing our opinions on! When I heard that Jill Murphy had requested people write an opinion on there favourite things to celebrate four years of cancer free living I really wanted to join in & give something (even if only another opinion) to this little internet community i feel a part of. I read through a number of favourite opinions trying to decide what really is my favourite thing. I love my music as i do my television & I dont think I could remember how to exist without my baby smiling at me every day but none of that really felt like my favourite thing, there are days when I cant be bothered to put the stereo on, there are days when I cant get in to watching telly & there are definatly days when I need a break from being a parent as I'm sure every parent does. Then it hit me there is something in this world that no matter what kind of a mood i'm in there is one thing I have always got time for HOPE. We live in a strange world. a very scary world & even a sick world. On the front of the newspaper this morning it reports on the number of victims Harold Shipman so heartlessly injected with a fatal dose of morphine. My friend has rung me this morning to say cancer has now found its way into her Dad's lungs & I have also spoke to a friend of mine who at the age of 27 has lost both her parents to cancer. Where the hell is the hope in that lot? There is always hope, I heard about Jill Murphy & I'm afraid to say it made my eyes fill up, here is this woman that faced the biggest battle in her life & she overcome it now thats hope. My friend who has lost both her parents to cancer has just finished her first year at college & although her attendance record may have not been the best mainly owing to
her Dad's illness & her need to be with him she has still finished the course with a distinction. These little stories of hope mean the world to me. It should prove to us all that we can all achieve our dream if we work hard enough & we should want to work hard enough just to prove to this world that whatever tragedy it may be dealing with at the moment we as individuals are still strong we can still fight to get what we truly want. As advanced as this world may get in the future with cures for disease & even maybe famine we all know there will never be a cure for murder these evil people are born in to our world & it is up to us as a community to stand united against them maybe then this world will be a safe place for our children, grandchildren & even great grandchildren to grow up in. Hope is very important to me & I am sure all of you reading this will have some hopes & dreams if you have hold on to the hope & do everything in your power to achieve your dreams. Jill Murphy asked me to write about one of my favourite things to help her celebrate her fourth anniversary of cancer-free living and to remind ourselves of all the nice things in the world. It takes more muscles to make a frown than a smile you know. If you'd like to join in, whether you've only just joined dooyoo, or you've been here ages, you're more than welcome. Just write about one of YOUR favourite things, make your title "A Favourite Thing: [your choice]" and include this paragraph at the foot of your opinion. And post before Friday, 9th August."
I was a tomboy as a child. I had short hair and never wore skirts or dresses unless forced. Yuck. I still don't wear dresses or skirts often (I would if I had the legs but that's another story) but I am altogether more girly. I enjoy making myself look different-younger, older, more sophisticated (is that possible?), and "schoolgirl" like (yes I have gone out clubbing with drawn on freckles and bunches- see my schoolgirl fetish op for more sordid details!) Accessories and make up just help me along the way. At my rather posh, old fashioned girls grammar school (can't you just tell how well I fitted in, NOT!) the only jewellery allowed was one plain pair of ear studs and a watch. Once you were in Years 10 and 11 you were honoured with the privilege of being allowed a "discrete" ring. I bent the rules be wearing multi coloured laces in my shoes, broaches on my tie and "customising" my tie by pulling all the green threads out. I also had 5 holes in my ears which were rarely empty (at the start of the school day at least). I filled them with miniature ladybirds, sea horses and Celtic symbols. Towards the end of year 11, my form teacher summoned me and grudgingly handed back a stack of previously confiscated earrings, which took up the best part of a drawer. And since then, without rules or restrictions, my collection of bits and bobs has grown and grown. Call it expressing myself, call it brightening up the dull grey world I live in, call it what you like. I tend to buy cheap jewellery as I lose most of it (I even lost my engagement ring a few times, wish I had lost it for good now) I would be gutted if I lost expensive items but am not too bothered if it was a 99p bargain. Some of my favourite places to buy accessories are Claire?s Accessories, H+M and Dorothy Perkins (where they have regular half price sales). Here's a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing, and if you have an
y more, leave me a comment! *** Buy a pot of Tiny Stars *** These are fantastic. A pot of hundreds costs a few quid (Spectacular ones are good -and- cheap) last ages, and can be used in a number of ways. -Paint your nails in chosen colour. Wait until dry, then add a layer of clear polish. While this is still wet, gently press a star into the centre of each nail. Seal with another layer of clear gloss. This will last a few days and is a funky, different look. -If you're going clubbing or to a party, pat a small bit of Vaseline onto your face (I favour the outer corner of the eyes or under the arch of the eyebrow) and stick one or two stars there. They sparkle under the lights and emphasise your eyes. They do slide off if you rub your face though, so be careful. **** HAIR *** Plain hair ties are like, so boring! If you have to tie it back at all, at least make it interesting! And plain slides- please. You can get "flower" hair ties in the shops, these are pretty and eye catching. Get one that complements your hair (eg red for brunettes, purple for redheads). For fun comfortable (if a little childish) hair bobbles, try the Bang on The Door range. You can get them in Boots and New Look. I have a zebra one, it works wonders when I am playing sweet and innocent. You can also get Winnie the Pooh. Piglet. Eeyore and various other animal ones. I am a huge fan of hair clips and have loads, from Hello Kitty to psychedelic hippie ones to fabric butterflies. Use them to clip a fringe out of the way, or try twisting sections of your hair back and securing them with clips. ---Ear Clips--- For the un-pierced, you can buy ear cuffs which grip the top part of your ear. These are often in the style of a snake or a Celtic pattern. --Cummerbunds--- My sister bought me one of these for my birthday a few years ago. It's a wide belt covered in sequins,
which attaches to your waist with Velcro. These look really nice with an otherwise plain outfit. --Arm Bands--- No, not the swimming ones, although the plastic orange kind are possibly infinitely more attractive! When I was 14 (seems so long ago) I was desperate for one of these and was chuffed when I got one as a present, wearing it out clubbing. Picture a metal contraption fitted around the top part of the arm, squeezing into goose pimpled, white flesh. Mmm, attractive. Ideas for Inspiration -Womens Magazines- Heat!, Looks, Cosmopolitan etc. Just ignore the price tags, they think everyone is a millionaire. - The past. You might be attracted to a certain era (think my ex was a fan of the medieval times, before washing was invented). I used to be very into 60's style, had my hair in a short bob and wore pale lipstick with fake eyelashes, short skirts and patterned tops. Get accessories to match and do it properly. DIY Making your own jewellery and accessories is a cheap and fun way of creating unique pieces. You could make your own bag out of an old pair of jeans, sew sequins onto a plain T shirt or use beads to make bracelets. Try: The Brighton Bead Shop (sorry, don't know address) Armadillos, Kings Heath, Birmingham Top Shop, Oxford Street (with a whole floor dedicated to accessories, mmm) Woolworths sell boxes of mixed beads for about a fiver. Look in the children's section. Accessories may seem a strange choice as one of my favourite things. But I hate clothes shopping- things don't fit and all those unflattering mirrors and too bright lights depress me. A top which looks fine one day is too tight the next when you are having a fat and ugly day. A nice bracelet or bag always looks good, adds a bit of colour to my day and cheers me up. Why can't everything be so simple? "Jill Murphy asked me to write about one of my favourite things to help
her celebrate her fourth anniversary of cancer-free living and to remind ourselves of all the nice things in the world. It takes more muscles to make a frown than a smile you know. If you'd like to join in, whether you've only just joined dooyoo, or you've been here ages, you're more than welcome. Just write about one of YOUR favourite things, make your title "A Favourite Thing: [your choice]" and include this paragraph at the foot of your opinion. And post before Friday, 9th August." Thanks Jill, I am enjoying these opinions.
Long hair might look good, but it is hard work - it takes forever to dry, it grows knots at an alarming pace, it dangles in other people's beverages, attracts greenfly and can be quite hard to dress in interesting ways. If your hair is really long, then the weight of it means that piling the whole lot up on your head can hurt after a while. However, for the sake of sanity, tying it back and adding some interest can be vital. A few suggestions then (These are not the height of fashion, they probably never were, probably never will be, but who said fashion is everything?) Beads. The best thing to do is take a small amount of hair and braid it root to tip, then stick a bead or two on the end before secureing the lot with a small hairband. Two or three braids in loose hair looks good. warning, do not do this and then go headbanging in crowded club as serious injury may be caused to those around you! Many litle braids may seem a good idea, but get them prfessionally done if you want them to look good, and use lots of conditioner when you wash them, or the results can be unpleasant. Dreadlocks. There are a few of us you get dreadlocks by not washing our hair, however, for most people it does take effort and a willingness to smell bad. Dreadlocks are formed by separating the hair into locks, backcombing, and then fixing in place - we are talking lard or soap here, not some hair friendly mouse that will wear out in no time. Then do not wash, at all, ever. To form dreads takes time, and some hefty fixative (hair that can't wait to tangle the rest of the time will suddenly get this urge not to.....) Do not attempt dreads if you are blond - your hair will go an icky grey colour and look silly. Best to get the help of someone who knows what they are doing and who has access to better fixatives than lard. Lace, Ribbon and scarf - all need to be thin. Tie round the front of your head, secure behind your head under your hairli
ne to keep hair out of face. Just tie it round your head if you want to look like a hippy. Fabric can also be wound round buns to good effect. It looks quite good if you put a small amount of your hair up in a bun - draw the hair back from your face, let everything else hang down behing, let the ribbons from your bun hang down as well. Fabric can be plaited into plaits - this can make them quite stiff, if you use to much, but it is colourful. Obviously you can just tie stuff round the top of a poney tail as well. Hair wraps - this is usually done with embriodery thread wrapped round thin strands of hair. There's no way of explaining the process witout a diagram, and believe me, you have to get someone to do this one for you. Hair dye - dyeing streaks into your hair may seem like s good way of adding interst, but beware - they do clash with other colours and your boss might not approve. If you go for a long lasting dye, they last a long time, a short lived one will bleed into the rest of your hair the next time you wash it. Clips, slides etc. I've only ever found a tiny number of these that work. Most are not big enough to scoop up a decent amount of hair, many just aren't strong enough and will break. There's no point buying cheap and cheerful - better to spend the money and get something of decent proportions that will actually last. Combs - I have never had a comb hold anything for more than two minutes - fine to add in as decoration, but useless as a way of controlling hair. Under no circumstances should you put any sort of metal necklace in your hair - a string of wooden beads might be viable, but anything with fine bits should be kept well away. A chain in your hair with a crystal on your forehead will seem like a lovely idea right up until you try to remove it again, at which point you will either have to break the chain or cut chunks of hair off. Remeber, if hair can tangle around something, it wil
l. Hair has a mind of its own - it will wander if you don't watch it, especially into anything sticky, it will climb into your aprtner's mouth durning the night, and offer an inviting home to insects. ( a wasp in the hair is a real nightmare) But at least its fun.
Did you ever pay attention to the small details when you unzip? Have you ever noticed what brand is your zip is? Look at your zip now to see what is written on it (well, assuming you are wearing a pair of jeans/trousers, if not just find a bag or something that has a zip) Do you know that there is a high chance that you will find it's YKK. Be it a jean, an outdoor jacket , a sports bag, I have found that many of the products have a YKK zip with it. It is not just here in UK that this may be true, I have bought a lot of things from different country (US, Europe or Asia), many of them with a YKK zip. So, next time, when you're unzip, see what's the zip is! YKK is actually a Japanese company named from Yoshida Kogyo K.K., Tokyo, Japan and founded by Tadao Yoshida. Updated: We may not pay much attentiion to it but for them it's a serious business with all the R&D to develope new designs. To have a look at different kind of zipper and all kinds of fasterner, just surf their website at http://www.ykk.co.th/zipper.htm. Well, we may never care for what brand of zip when we are buying clothes, in fact we don't have the choice to choose from! But from my personal experience, the YKK zip seems to last very long, at least even when I throw off my old cothes, the zip is still working well! May be, next time when you see a zip with YKK on it, you are assured that the product is of high quality?!
As the high street has become bombarded with thousands of make-up brands and 'amazing new products' it has become harder to distinguish what's in fashion and what's not. However, if the good old fashion magazine is your bible this problem will not apply to you. For many people today, fashion magazines are prooving too expensive to buy them religiously each month. So the result is more and more women wearing make-up that is not necessarily fashionable but 'a bargin'. Therefore we can ask where does fashion come in these days? By all means it is not the consumers fault. The make-up industry is able to produce cheap, well packaged make-up that is not 'in' at all. The consumers are attracted to the 'special offers'and go for it- ignoring the fashion aspect. Has the cult of fashion following vanished in make-up? Sometimes I feel it has been put to the back of the line- when it should be the opposite. If that's the way things are going to carry on then I personally have no problem with it as long as it's applied correctly. There's nothing worse that looking like you've just been working down in the mines!
Having tried various bands, clips, bows and slides to style my long hair, the problem was always how to keep all the stray hairs in and how to keep the style in place ALL day. Well by chance I found a product that does just that. On a trip to a hairdressers I came across the 'Stylee'. This is an incredibly easy gadget to use and enables you to style your hair in literaly seconds. I for one have trouble fiddling about with hair at the back of my head and bows never seem to be straight. The Stylee is so easy to use. You gather your hair into a ponytail, twist once and lift up, hold in place with one hand and slide one of the combs on one side of the hair, switch hands and slide the other comb into the other side...done! THe result is really impressive. The stylee was priced at £8.99 which seemed quite expensive for what it was, but has proved invauluable. I lived in a different area from the hairdressers concerned and when I tried to purchase another Stylee, I coldn't find an outlet. This caused quite a problem as I wanted one for my daughters wedding in 7 days, as the hairdressers had let her down on the colour that she wanted. We resorted to the internet and found their website wh1ch was very helpful and in fact they dispatched us a suitable stylee within 48 hours. Very good service I thought. Also there are many special offers on their site making the Stylees much cheaper. A similar item is on sale in 'Clares' outlets but the quality is far below the real thing and I wouldn't reccomend buying them. THe Stylee comes in various colours, designs and patterns and they regularly bring out new designs. They are very easy to use and the choice of colours makes it easy to match clothing. I feel it would be more convenient if their were more outlets where you could buy the product, but the delivery service that we experienced couldn't be faulted. I have quite a collection now and feel th
at this item would be a useful gadget to invest in. The website for the Stylee is 'www.stylee.com/news.htm' and its being featured on QVC on August 17th.
To obtain the latest fashion look at a fraction of the cost it is time to go shopping for feathers. Feathers will give the designer look to many of the garments in your wardrobe. Simply buy feathers from art shops and either glue or sew them onto tops or trousers or you could make a stunning choker by attaching the feathers to a leather string. You will soon have the designer look without the pain of an empty purse that often goes with it.
Most deffinately.This aromatherapy bath product must be the most fantastically luxurious bath-time treat I've ever come across. It's horribly expensive, but a little really really does go a very long way. It cotains lavender, lemon, angelica and savory and has a gorgeous scent that wafts through the whole house - in an entirely pleasant way! The product is design to be both relaxing and invigorating. although it's effect on any one individual, being a 'proper' aromatherapy product, will vary. This is something very lovely to buy as a gift for someone or an extra-special treat for yourself. Burbons Bathoil
For serious accessories (grown-up ones!) I'd always have Accessorise at the top of my list, however for fashion or fun things try New Look. It doesn't quite have the fluffy glittery appeal of Claires, but if you want fashion jewellery, then this is a much better place to look, and the offers can be spectacularly cheap! Although I enjoy a look around Claire's and find it a great place for a girly day out, if what I really want is to buy something as opposed to enjoy looking, New Look is the place I would go. Their jewellery range is excellent and you'll often find 2 for the price of one, or buy 2 get one free offers.....in the sale they even have been known to sell everything at a flat price of 99p, which when you're getting a pack of 5 co ordinated earrings, is really good value! The earrings here tend to be surgical steel posts, which are cheap, but ironically easier to wear for many people with pierced ears than pure gold as, like silver, it's a purer metal. The "fun" stuff is also aimed at an older age group in general than Claires. In my view, the 3 complement eachother perfectly....try them all!