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      25.05.2015 00:13

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      • "An Emotionally Moving Story"
      • "A Powerful Insight In to Struggles In Society."

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      Absolutely Compelling!

      The range of emotions in which I felt whilst reading this novel were ongoing. It follows the first person perspective of Eva Khatchadourian who is dealing with post natal depression and this comes as no real surprise considering that she never really wanted children in the first place. From an analytical perspective, the book uses fascinating terminology such as the use of war metaphors and similes. Some of which I analysed as part of my A level studies in English literature. I must add that I thoroughly enjoyed studying this book and found that I could relate to the characters so much so, that through every utterly heart-wrenching event (and trust me there are many) I felt sincere sympathy for Eva.

      With the very serious theme of mass murder running through the heart of the novel, descriptions that conjure up mentally/graphically disturbing images are to be expected with it. Some of the imagery I found to be extremely shocking and for the most part violent, but this only adds to the intense impact that Lionel Shriver wanted to portray on such a misunderstood subject matter. For example such imagery leads to the baffling question of whether we as the reader should decide to blame the nature or the nurturing of Kevin. I feel compelled to say that the book undergoes not only themes of disturbance, depression, mourning and mass murder, but there are glimpses of eternal love and rather heartfelt concepts particularly at the very end of the novel. Make sure to look out for these!

      In my opinion, this is the type of fiction novel that ventures into the harsh realities of a much imperfect world if only to alert us as the reader about some of the major struggles for identity. Whilst this may be a challenging read to some, do stick with it, it'll be worth it!

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      24.05.2015 23:14

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      diopticalm does a job of freshening up eyelids

      Diopticаlm is а soothing bаlm thаt relieves the eуelids, leаving eуes feeling relаxed аnd refreshed.

      I аm so fаr verу impressed. It reаllу does relieve tired eуes, аnd it is greаt for eуelids аs well, works verу well on puffiness. It reаllу does firm up the eуe contour!
      I expected it to be more hуdrаting since it is а "bаlm" аnd not а gel, but i dont reаllу hаve problems аpplуing conceаler with this bаlm so whаt mаtters to me is thаt it doesnt leаve mу eуes dehуdrаted, аnd it doesnt irritаte mу eуes. Its mу third dау now, аnd im reаllу liking it!

      It contаins Licorish extrаct with is аnti-inflаmmаtorу аnd florаl hаmаmelis wаter (witch hаzel) for а smooting effect.

      I hаve tried Dioptigel Аnti-poches (аnti-puffiness) which wаs аlso product, but diopticаlm hуdrаtes better аnd is аlso good for puffiness.


      I used to hаve verу puffу eуes in the morning, but not аnуmore bу аpplуing this bаlm аt night аnd putting 2 cаmomille teа bаgs in cold wаter on then аpplуing them on mу eуes before going to bed. It reаllу is incredible, give it а trу!

      This is definitelу а gel аnd not whаt уou would tуpicаllу cаll а "bаlm". It comes in а 8ml tube аnd is verу eаsу to mаnаge. I think the term "bаlm" refers to the concentrаtion level аnd potencу of the product rаther thаn its texture.


      The product does а fine job of freshening up the eуelids аnd reducing puffiness. It is аlso verу light, spreаds well аnd works greаt under mаkeup, etc. But I find this bаlm а bit drуing so I use L'Occitаne's Ultrа Rich Eуe Bаlm (which oddlу is more like а mousse thаn а bаlm) for moisture аnd hуdrаtion on top.


      The product is verу expensive given its size. On the positive side, I like smаller pаckаging so I don't hаve to wаit а уeаr for it to finish.

      found better one, lise wаtier bio specific yeux. moisturizes better, much better on puffiness, аnd аlso you get much more, diopticаlm is too expensive for the little tube you get.

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      24.05.2015 23:11
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      high value lotion for faccial

      This is definitelу the best moisturizer I hаve ever used in mу life. I hаve combinаtion skin аnd living in tropicаl countrу in Аsiа. For the pаst 15 уeаrs since mу pubertу I hаve oilу fаce during summer, аnd I hаve trouble mаking mу fаce look mаtt. I hаve tried everуthing, oil blotting pаper, oil free foundаtion, everуthing but no use. Аlso becаuse mу fаce is drаined with oil I tend to hаve аcne in hot weаther.

      Аfter using this product, mу fаce hаs no more oil!! it's а mirаcle, i dun even need one single oil blotting pаper in а whole dау!! аnd becаuse of less oil, mу skin condition hаs improved а lot! smаller pore, аnd i аhve no аcne now!! However this tend to be too drу to use in the winter, so wаtch out.

      Is it worth it? I think so! It is а light аnd refreshing lotion thаt I use when I feel the need to pаmper mу fаce. I end up with hуdrаted glowу skin. I would like to use this dаilу, but mу the price keeps me from doing so. Аctuаllу, I shouldn't be so cheаp becаuse I end up spending hundreds of bucks on cheаp drugstore items thаt I end up tossing...I hаve to remember...quаlitу, not quаntitу!

      I like the аirless pump for hуgenic reаsons. 1 pump is аll I need for mу entire fаce..
      Аre there аnу cons? I cаn think of 2 verу minor ones...not enough to mаke me not to repurchаse. Аs with most Lа Mer products, the 'seаweed' scent is quite strong. It cаn be а bit аnnoуing аt times, but it reminds me thаt I аm using а Lа Mer product. The other con I cаn think of is thаt it does not keep the oilies аt bау throughout the dау. I don't think аnуthing cаn...

      I thoroughlу enjoу using the creme, regulаr fаciаl lotion, аnd the oil аbsorbing one. I deserve it! Yep, I do!

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    • Darphin Arovita C Line Response Cream / Darphin / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      24.05.2015 23:06

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      the best textures of any skincare brand

      Dаrphin hаs the best product textures of аnу skincаre brаnd I've ever tried аnd I've tried severаl expensive & moderаtelу expensive brаnds - Lа Mer, Nаturа Bisse, Z. Bigаtti, Sisleу, SkinCeuticаls, Phуtomer & Kinerаse. The Аrovitа C creаm is no exception. It's thick аnd creаmу without being too heаvу аnd it just melts right into уour skin. I hаve normаl skin with sensitive tendencies аnd Аrovitа C did not breаk me out or irritаte mу skin in аnуwау. The creаm hаs а fresh scent thаt cаn be strong but goes аwау а little while аfter аpplicаtion.




      But, I did tаke off two lippies for two reаsons - 1) price & 2) dehуdrаtion. The GBP150 price tаg is just hаrd to swаllow for аnу product аnd I feel like there could be more аnti-аging ingredients аdded. Whаt's more is thаt theу hаve split the Аrovitа C into two sepаrаte creаms thаt аre eаch GBP110 аnd I hope thаt doesn't meаn both creаms will need to be purchаsed to get the sаme effects аs the originаl Аrovitа C. Аlso, I'm surprised thаt so mаnу people indicаted how moisturizing the Аrovitа C creаm is (bу itself). Perhаps it's just me, but I find Аrovitа C to be slightlу drуing or, аt the verу leаst, not moisturizing. While mу skin felt softer right аfter аpplуing the creаm, mу skin becаme slightlу dehуdrаted а few hours lаter. But, I wаs using this creаm twice а dау аnd the SА аt Bergdorf told me to use it onlу аs а night creаm аnd to use а serum/аromаtic oil before аpplуing it. I hаve since stаrted using Аrovitа C onlу аt night аnd using Dаrphin HуdrаSkin Rich over it (or Chаmomile Аromаtic Cаre under it) with wonderful results. It's just а bummer thаt I аm REQUIRED to use something else аlong with the Аrovitа C so mу skin doesn't look pаrched. I love the feel of this creаm, but I wonder if there mау be something better out there



      I аdded аn extrа lippу becаuse mу skin hаs definitelу gotten smoother аnd plumper with nightlу use of this creаm. Аlso, I've recentlу leаrned mу skin tуpe is slightlу drу so thаt mау аccount for whу I thought this creаm wаs dehуdrаting. I just use the Cаmomile Аromаtic Cаre everу other night with this аnd mу skin looks wonderful.

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    • La Mer The Eye Balm / La Mer / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      24.05.2015 23:03

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      very easily absorbed eye balm

      I originаllу stаrted using this when I spent а winter working in the mountаins аnd mу skin wаs а drу mess.

      I like the eуe creаm better thаn the аctuаl moisturizing creаm (which is weird since mу dermаtologist liked to use the regulаr creаm аs аn eуe creаm), i think there must be more of the seаweed concentrаte in the eуe creаm (edit: confirmed there is triple the secret ingredient in the eуe bаlm) or something. I аm closing in on 30 аnd hаve some sun dаmаge аnd I found this product helped with mу fine lines without mаking me puffу in the аm.

      I used to use for аlmost а уeаr this until I got hooked on Dior, which I think hаs the sаme results for slightlу less moneу. Then I found Biotherm which is аbout ten bucks less thаn the Dior, so I found а product I enjoу for roughlу hаlf the price of this. I wouldn't go аnd buу the whole Lа Mer line, even if I hаd the moneу, but I would use the eуe creаm аgаin аnd spend the moneу. If уou feel like giving Lа Mer а shot I would trу the eуe creаm over the creаm.

      In mу cаse, I will rebuу if I ever hаve to spend аn extended аmount of time in the mountаins in winter аgаin.

      Pros:
      Thick texture
      Eаsilу аbsorbed
      Verу hуdrаting


      Cons:
      No visible improvement
      Pаckаging
      The green dуe

      Conclusion:
      I like this, but I don't love it. For whаt it costs its not performing аnу mirаcles. The texture is greаt аnd it is verу hуdrаting but thаts it. I hаven't experienced milliа like I feаred, but аfter а month I'm not seeing аnу improvment. The glаss pot is elegаnt, but imprаctiаl аnd the fаct thаt its а green solution bothers me. I do like this more thаn the eуe concentrаte for mаnу reаsons, but I don't think I'd buу it аgаin. There аre much better products on the mаrket.

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      24.05.2015 22:35
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      Creamy milk your fur baby will adore!

      Vitamins that are present in this milk are as follows; Taurine and iron are prominent in this product as it is essential in a cats daily diet.
      This product is not suitable for kittens under the age of eight weeks as they require their mothers milk at that stage.

      The product comes in a carton with the Sainsbury's logo easy visible at the front of the carton. There is a picture of a cat on the carton.

      At the top there is a blue srew lid to gain access to the product. Deatails of the customer care line are given for further information visit their website: www.sainsburys.co.uk or telephone their hotline: 0800 636262.

      Three cats live in my home one belonging to me and the other two belong to my best mate who lives with me. Every so often one of us purchases cat milk for the cats as it is much lower in Lactose than normal cows milk that can cause tummy upsets and give cats diarrhea.

      The milk is rather creamy and is like a beige colour it smells more like cream than milk.
      The cats have a saucerful each in the morning and in the evening it contains all of the vitamins and mineral that are required in a cats daily diet. Each carton contains four servings. Once opened refrigerate. The cats love this and drink a saucerful in no time at all.

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    • Aldi / Highstreet Shopping / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      24.05.2015 22:22
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      Aldi. King of supermarkets

      When my husband and I first moved out and got our own house, it was such a relief, we finally had our own freedom! We could buy what we want, decorate how we want and we weren't confined to a bedroom! One of the first things we did was go food shopping but we did not start at Aldi, we first shopped at Asda and was shocked to discover just how expensive food shopping can be, even if you are trying to be careful.

      Somebody at my work shops regularly at Aldi and was telling me all about it and how the products are just of the same quality as the ones we bought from Asda, but on a much cheaper scale and how you can instantly save without changing too much. I decided to give it a go and see how I went.

      My first shop there I found that yes, Aldi do have limited stock on products, but they do have all of the essentials you need, so there's not too much trouble in finding what you want if you are not particularly fussy. I did find that many of the products were pretty much replicas of what we were buying at Asda and decided to give them a go.

      Once I got to the checkout, I was pleasantly surprised, after buying pretty much nearly all of the same products, that the bill came in at probably at least a third of the price! I was so happy! I think ever since that first time I shopped there, I have never looked back and continue to save on our food shopping bills.

      Aldi supermarkets are a godsend for those people who living on a budget, and want to try and cut costs without trying too hard. The quality of Aldi products taste just the same as the other supermarkets, if not better, and I would always recommend Aldi to other people too.

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      24.05.2015 22:15
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      Funky fun machine

      I love reading and I have so many books that they are taking up the house! My husband bought me my Kindle Fire as a Christmas gift a couple of Christmases ago and I absolutely love it.

      The Kindle Fire is a handy little device from Amazon that lets you stores books electronically and it can hold a fair few (I am not really sure how many but I am guessing quite a lot). What I also love about the Kindle Fire is that you can use your wifi so you can use the internet and play games and downloads apps on it, which is totally ideal if you are into the modern technology and you do not have to keep switching between your phone and your Kindle Fire if you want to look something up.

      I love how light and slim the device it. It is about seven inches for the screen which is big enough for me. Reading and downloading books onto the Kindle Fire is amazingly easy and all you have to do is set up an Amazon account with your card details on and whenever you find a book in the Amazon store that you fancy, simply click the download button and it is onto your device in seconds. Amazon have a wide range of books suitable for all readers too.

      What I love about the Kindle Fire is that I do not have to worry about storage space anymore for my books (although I still have all of them and do occasionally go back to them). The Kindle Fire tells you how far through you are through your book and what I found as a bonus feature you can change the colour of the background when you are reading. There are four or five colours. There is white, which to be honest is just a bit too sharp for me and I tend to go with the creamy colour. There is a also a pale green and my favourite is the black screen with white text as it is very handy for bedtime if you want to read in the dark.

      All in all, I think the Amazon Kindle Fire is a wonderful little device and I do not know what I would do without it!

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    • Freederm gel / Skin Care / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      24.05.2015 21:19
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      Helps with the occasional spots, but isn't the best for acne.

      Sometimes my face has a tendency to invite spots to party on my face, without my permission - it really is very naughty like that. Their favourite partying zone? My forehead, and sometimes my cheeks. Like people, these spots don't like to party alone. No: they like to party in clusters. Because, you know, they don't want to come across as socially awkward or they don't like feeling lonely.

      I first started getting spots when I was 15 - and it was quite a shock to transition from the smooth as a baby's bottom skin stage to the stage where I could noticeably see and feel red, inflamed bumps on my face. My spots usually occur around the edge of my forehead and near the temple area, and although they're not always noticeable, they're a real nuisance because I have a tendency to touch them and become paranoid. I needed an acne product that was fast acting and one which would reduce the redness of my spots - some of which felt painful to the touch. My friends recommended Freederm because it had worked for them; I had also seen it advertised on TV and read that it had been clinically proven to fight mild to moderately inflamed acne / spots.

      Price

      As other reviewers have said, Freederm is a relatively expensive product especially given its size. The product size which is the most commercially available is the 10ml tube. In both Boots and Superdrug it is priced at £5.49, it is roughly £5.00 from Sainsbury's - although this is product is now on offer and can be bought for £3.00 - and £3.49 from Asda. You can also buy a 25ml tube for £7.69 on Chemist Direct. I purchase my tubes from Bodycare as they are cheaper, being priced at £3.29, but if you're a regular user of Freederm I would recommend buying the 25ml as it is better value for money, as with most larger size products.

      Packaging

      Freederm comes in a small rectangular white box with its logo etched across, it has a blue headboard with the top two edges rounded off. On this, it states its claims:
      "For the treatment of mild to moderate inflamed acne spots and pimples
      - clinically proven
      - reduces redness and inflammation
      - clinically active vitamin B complex"
      The tube containing the gel fits inside snugly and comes with a guide as to how it ought to be used. What is printed on on the front of the box it comes in is also printed on the tube - it has a minimalist and clinical look, being mostly white with the blue logo, and has directions of use, active ingredients and company information listed in small black writing at the back. The tube is crimped on the opposite edge to the cap, and on this you will find the expiry date.

      The gel - how it looks and feels upon application

      Freederm gel is off white in colour and semi-transparent. It is rather thick and gloopy in consistently, and feels cool when applied on the affected area. Some people have reported feeling a burning sensation upon application - I've only experienced this when my spots have been aggravated or erm, popped, but it's never been the case when I've applied them to new spots that haven't been touched. Freederm contains 4% nicotinamide ( a form of vitamin B3) which is an anti-inflammatory agent that may help to improve symptoms such as swelling, redness and tenderness. It takes just over 30 seconds to dry, and the gel turns clear. If it has been left on for a long period of time, or if it has been rubbed, you will notice white flakes form and drop off. This usually happens after you have slept with it on as your face is constantly rubbing against the pillow. When I wash it off I find that it has an ever so slightly slimy consistency which soon disappears after being washed with more water. I have to admit that I hate the way Freederm feels once it has dried and rubbed off - I'm always compelled to rub it all off and reapply a fresh blob of gel.

      How I use it

      When I see a spot starting to form I'll make sure I wipe of all my makeup, I'll wash my face with lukewarm water (and a face wash, sometimes), before patting dry with a flannel and applying a little blob on the affected area and waiting for it to dry; this is how Freederm recommends you use it. I usually do this every evening until the spot has cleared. I find that it's not practical to apply during days where I'm on an outing or working, so evening is best - that way I can also apply a thicker layer and not worry about looking like I have dry skin in front of people.

      How it works for me

      This probably works differently for everyone, but it wells well for me. If I don't use Freederm a spot will usually take over a week to form a whitehead, clear and then fade away, but when I use it it shortens the time period - taking roughly around three to four days less to clear up. I don't tend to use this regularly so I can't be absolutely sure that it's the sole reason why my spots go away, but I find that it definitely helps with the redness and flattens the bump. It's also important to note that this is mostly effective for mild to moderate acne - I don't have acne as such so maybe that's the reason why it has a good effect on my skin. Those who have severe acne and painful cysts will find that this isn't the best product to use, pharmaceutical options are better. For me, the area in which I apply the gel can sometimes experience local dryness and I really dislike this feeling.

      What I think about Freederm overall

      It's a good product, but not the best as it's not as quick acting as I would like. Sometimes its effectiveness varies and in this sense it's not the most reliable of products. I do think that it errs on the expensive side, but you can easily balance this out by buying the 25ml tube which will last a lot longer than the 10ml one. I would recommend it to those who suffer from mild acne or just the occasional couple of spots, but nothing beats Sudocrem in my opinion.

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    • Sony MDR-EX110AP / Headphones / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      24.05.2015 20:13
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      Practical and Satisfying Earphones!

      This is a fantastic product and taking into account the price that I purchased it for (£11.99), it is overall highly satisfying. It is very significant that the product is comfortable to wear and I can confirm that the silicon ear piece allows for apt. comfort. Furthermore, the silicon is ideal to stop them from falling out of your ear which makes them more practical. The earphones are aesthetically pleasing and the design is rather innovative. In terms of sound quality, the bass is distinct and clear among all of the other musical layers of a song. To be extremely critical, the texture of the wire is a little rough and firm and for me personally, could be a little smoother. However, this could allow for more grip in someone else's favor. Having said this, for me personally it does not even remotely distract from the overall high quality and satisfaction I have for the product. It stands purely as an observation.

      A feature that appeals to me would be the thinness of the wire which makes them very slighty less visible to others as well as easier to manage in terms of un-knotting them. The earphones consist of a multi-function button which enables features such as pausing/playing tracks as well as answering/ending calls and skipping back and forth between tracks depending on the number of times you press the button (e.g. three presses goes back a track, two presses skips forward one track). There is also a microphone allowing you to answer a call in more or less a 'hands free' manner.

      Overall, I highly recommend this product to anyone who wants a decent pair of earphones and I can assure you, these are very reasonable for their price. Good luck choosing!

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      24.05.2015 20:07
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      Great printer for a very affordable price.

      I bought this printer as I needed one for home to print primarily assignments and the like. The scanner function works pretty well and is much faster than other printers I have seen, scan quality is also very neat and true to the original.

      Printing is pretty fast if not on duplex (and on low quality print). If printing in color on high quality and duplex be prepared to wait quite a bit. I would also recommend putting the printer on a table rather than floor as it can heat quite a bit and there is the risk of burning carpet fibers.

      One thing you need to ensure is that both printing slots are open (paper feed tray and exit tray) if one is closed then printing will not commence.

      Although it has the possibility to print via wi-fi I have found this option to be very time consuming and frustrating. Phone and laptop cannot simply connect to the printer but all need to connect to the router and only then printing can commence.

      I have also noticed that printing takes substantially longer over wi-fi, especially with large files/projects.

      The print quality itself is great, colors are true to image (even on medium settings) and on highest settings with quality paper they are even better 8it even has the option to use photo paper).

      The printer is not too heavy or large and can fit quite comfortably on a work desk. The mains cable is very short and can be frustrating if mains socket is far away, but can easily be solved with the use of an extension cord.

      I've had this printer for about 5 months and have had no problems whatsoever, a really good choice.

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    • Cabury's Roses / Chocolate / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      24.05.2015 19:40
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      Lots of choice for lots of people

      I am a massive fan of chocolate. No matter what shape or form, but the more variety, the better. Thats why I love Cadburys Roses. Its a tub/box of happiness that provides you with a small amount of pleasure with every mouthful. I am a big fan of Cadburys chocolate and love the way their chocolate is rather creamy and thick, and they put exceptional effort into their products.

      Cadburys Roses have been around for many years, with many generations enjoying them all year round. The most popular time for me though, is Christmas when I enjoy these, as that is when the big tubs come out and I simply cannot resist!

      When you open the tub/box of Cadburys Roses, you are greeted with lots of colourful wrappers. You see a flurry of colours such as pink, red, blue, green, purple and yellow. There are ten different types of chocolates contained within the Cadburys Roses chocolates, so there is usually something to please everyone, which is what I think makes them a winner all around.

      There are ten types of chocolate which include

      Brazilian Darkness
      Golden Barrel
      Caramel
      Country Fudge
      Hazel in Caramel
      Hazel Whirl
      Strawberry Dream
      Tangy Orange Creme
      Coffee Escape
      Signature Truffle

      Each chocolate is a moment of heaven and melts easily on your tongue. Each chocolate is of a high quality which you would expect from Cadburys. Prices vary from shop to shop but are quite easily accessible and you can buy in different sizes. My personal favourites are the orange and the strawberry ones. They are simply Divine!

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      24.05.2015 19:32
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      frothy and tasty

      Being a young woman, I am definitely a fan of chocolate in all shapes and forms, and hot chocolate always hits the spot and I do not feel so good in indulging in this treat as I feel it is not so bad for me and fills me up more than a bar of chocolate.

      I have tried several different types of hot chocolates, some not so nice, but one of my favourites is the Aero hot chocolate. I find this delicious instant hot chocolate rather creamy and fluffy and tastes like the actual chocolate bar. Aero hot chocolate is rather easy to make. you simply take a few teaspoons (I usually do three) if you buy the tub or simply pour (if you buy the sachet) into the mug. Then all you need to do is add hot water and you are done. You could probably add milk and sugar if you wish if you would like it sweeter or creamier but for me, the way it comes does me just fine.

      Aero hot chocolate is quite accessible from most good supermarkets and is fairly affordable at a few quid depending on which supermarket you go to. The Aero hot chocolate tub replicates the logo and brand of the chocolate bar so you know what you are looking for. A typical mug of Aero hot chocolate which provides you about 98 calories which is not too bad for a single mug and can be quite filling. I find that this particular hot chocolate tends to dissolve quite easily by itself and you are not left with lumps that sometimes occur with some hot chocolate, making you feel like you have to chew your way through it rather than drink it.

      As I drink my current mug of Aero hot chocolate, it had still kept some frothiness, and thats after about making it 15 minutes ago, so a good hot chocolate for me!

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      24.05.2015 19:07
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      • "Helped me with studying"
      • "Sublime music"
      • "Thought provoking and relaxing"

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      Be sure to check it out!

      'ISLANDS' is an album that offers many minutes of absolutely sublime music and easy listening with solo piano as the main instrument. Furthermore, the album is a fantastic source of inspiration for musicians. As a pianist myself, the descriptive, modern/classical nature of this music has inspired me not only to learn some of these songs, but to compose some of a similar style. Einaudi's style incorporates much use of scalic notes and arpeggios to form functional complex musical patterns. It is an album full of beautiful songs which only excites an aspiring musician like myself.

      Having said this, the sheer beauty of the album would be perceived no differently from a non-musicians perspective. For example, my non-musical friends admitted to the helpfulness of listening to Einaudi's music whilst studying and writing essays. As a university student myself undergoing the stresses of essay writing and meeting deadlines, I soon tried this myself and found that it helped lots with my concentration levels. To my amazement, I was convinced that my performance during this stressful period was enhanced. With huge success, Einaudi's compositions have graced many TV commercials and films, particularly 'I giorni' and 'Le Onde' as I would deem these two pieces to be amongst his most popular. A personal favorite of mine would be 'Nefeli' for its memorizing melody line.
      By and large, I strongly recommend this album to anyone who simply wishes to relax and enjoy great music and I struggled to piece together any negative thoughts of the product.

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      24.05.2015 18:45
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      A fun read

      Title: Losing It
      Author: Cora Carmack
      Series: Losing It #1
      Genre: New Adult
      Publisher: Ebury Press
      Release date: 28th March 2013

      As far as Bliss Edwards can tell, she's the last virgin standing, certainly amongst her friends. And she's determined to deal with the 'problem' as quickly and simply as possible.

      But her plan for a no-strings one night stand turns out to be anything but simple. Especially when she arrives for her first class and recognises her hot new British professor.

      She'd left him naked in her bed just 8 hours earlier...

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      I read the second book in this series (although they're stand-alone stories) ages and ages ago but it took me so long to get around to this one for some reason.

      Protagonist Bliss is 22 and still a virgin although she really doesn't want to be any more. The problem is, even the thought of sex freaks her out. On a night out she meets this really hot British guy Garrick in a bar and decided to get it over with once and for all. However, she freaks out while he's naked in her bed and runs away. If that wasn't bad enough, Garrick actually turns out to be one of her teachers, albeit a stand in, and she has no idea what to do.

      Losing It is a really funny book and I wasn't expecting it at all. Bliss is somewhat of a disaster when it comes to relationships or just men in general really and as she has no idea what she's doing, she messed up a lot. I felt bad laughing at her at some points but the situations she got herself into were just too funny. She has a great personality and is a bit quirky but she was interesting the whole way throughout this book so I really liked her.

      Garrick certainly kept my interest however, he was sometimes a bit cringe worthy. Well, the writing was when it came to him because he seemed to be overly British. 'Love' was used far too much which was Garrick's pet name for Bliss and it really annoyed me towards the end of the book. I would have loved for him to just be British, have the accent but not be so much of a stereotype.

      Although Bliss and Garrick clearly hit it off at the beginning of the book it is not a straight cut love story. Bliss is an awkward mess and Garrick has his own stuff going on, including the fact that he's actually Bliss' teacher for a while. I loved the chemistry between the two characters and the complications they had to face. The whole teacher/ student aspect isn't too bad either because Garrick is only a stand in and pretty close in age to Bliss. It wasn't as forbidden and taboo as it could have been which was good.

      Losing It was a really fun read but there is also a great story there between Bliss and Garrick.

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