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      18.11.2011 17:19
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      waste of money

      So I have hit my mid twenties, I have a sweet tooth, eat more take aways than I should , spend all day sat at a desk and do very little exercise. Naturally I have piled on a few extra pounds and gained a couple of dress sizes. As is the case for most women, my thighs, bum and stomach have bore the brunt of the extra pounds.

      I recently bought a very unforgiving dress which accentuated every lump and bump. I really wanted to wear my new dress but at the same time did not want my night to be spoilt by my self consciousness. There was only one answer -control pants. After asking a few friends it was suggested I try Marks and Spencers.

      I was surprised at the range available, but overall I still found the thought of them quite mortifying. I finally decided on the firm control sheer waist cincher at a cost of £19.50 for several reasons. I was initially drawn to these pants because they were high legged-I hoped this would lessen the feeling of wearing granny pants. Also, these particular pants end just below the bust line-excellent I thought for hiding the second pair of boobs I seem to be growing.

      Getting these pants on was a slight struggle but also somewhat entertaining-well for my friend getting ready with me any way. I must admit once I had them on and wearing a nice bra, it didn't look so bad, almost like I was wearing a half sexy all in one. I did not feel sexy though, I felt like my ribs were being crushed. As they say though 'no pain, no gain'. Certainly everything felt as though it was tucked in so how did it look....?

      I was initially pleased, don't get me wrong these pants are not miracle pants and there was still evidence of my pot belly, but it did not appear as bloated and my bum looked slightly smaller. As the night continued my patience grew thin with these pants. Not only did they make going to the toilet more difficult, they also kept rolling over at the top. Not only was this highly uncomfortable as they kept digging in my skin but they emphasised my second pair of boobs, rather than concealing them. The first time I wore these pants I hadn't eaten much throughout the day and wondered whether this had impacted my initial satisfaction so I decided to give them a go knowing that I would be dining out. Once again I found these pants kept rolling over, even more so as I spent most of the evening sat down.


      On the plus side, these pants have had one positive-they have helped me reign in my sweet tooth. For me these pants were a waste of money, the results were poor and they were just too uncomfortable.

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      • tattydevine.com / Online Shop / 34 Readings / 34 Ratings
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        15.11.2011 15:47
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        For the girl who likes something a little bit different

        I was introduced to Tatty Devine via a friend of mine. We were having coffee one day when I noticed she was wearing a rather quirky name necklace-it was then she directed me to the website.

        I am not a massive accessories fan and don't often buy them as I get bored easily or forget that I have pieces. Often I find that all high street shops offer similar pieces. Tatty Devine, however, is different. They use a variety of materials including, acrylic, wood, leather, enamel and textiles to create distinct pieces of jewellery.

        Often several different pieces are available under a theme and each piece is handmade and are available from a range of stockists although I have only ever purchased directly from the website. If you live in London you can also visit the shop. Every effort of care is taken with each piece from it being made to delivery and aftercare. Items arrive in black box carrying the Tatty Devine logo and are well padded. Instructions on how to take best care of your purchase are also included.

        Although Tatty Devine updates their collections twice a year, they do have pieces which have proved so popular that they remain available all year round. Among the ever popular pieces you will find the infamous name necklace. For those sex and the city fans who would love a Carrie necklace-this website is for you.

        What I most like about Tatty Devine is that despite its growing popularity it has not become commercial, wearing a Tatty Devine piece makes me feel like an individual and special. I wear it with confidence that I will not be advised by others I know that they have the same piece, unlike what is often the case with the high street.

        Be aware though, this is not a cheap indulgence. Although some pieces will only set you back around £12, others can range in excess of £200. Tatty Devine have regular end of season sales so if you do have your eye on a piece which may break the bank keep track of it-you may bag a bargain in the sales.

        Whether you want to treat yourself or are looking for a gift I highly recommend Tatty Devine.

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      • Benefit Play Sticks / Make Up / 21 Readings / 21 Ratings
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        15.11.2011 14:13
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        Not for everyone

        On my last visit to Benefit, I decided to treat myself to some new foundation so I asked the sales girl about Benefits latest offering and she showed me plays sticks which is a cream foundation in as the name suggests -a stick. Initially I was sceptical, I have used foundation sticks before and found them to be to heavy.

        Benefits play sticks costs £25.50 for an 8.5g stick and comes in a grey twist stick. The packaging is quite understated by Benefits standards. It is a simple grey cylinder . This cream to powder foundation contains green tea, chamomile and gingko biloba and claims to promote a healthy complexion and give a natural looking complexion. Being fair skinned the sales assistant recommended I use the lightest shade available.

        I apply my foundation using a brush, primarily for hygiene reasons but also because it enables me to get the best coverage from my foundation. I was pleasantly surprised that this foundation feels extremely lightweight on the skin and I found the shade suits my skin perfectly. The foundation has a matte finish and is silky to touch. What I really liked about this foundation is not only do I find it gives great coverage, but it illuminates my skin. I have found with previous foundations despite giving coverage, my complexion can be left looking dull. I would say I get around 5 hours of complete coverage from this foundation. I can at times have quite oily skin so this is good by my standards.

        I am aware of the mixed reviews regarding this foundation and am not naïve to believe this will work for everyone. I am aware that this product is also promoted as a concealer, my advice would be not to buy this product for this use, there are much cheaper options available. If you are going to purchase this product then getting the shade right is vital, but the same can be said for any foundation purchase. Getting the shade wrong can be costly.

        My only criticism is the price. I do believe this is a great product but am slightly unconvinced of its price tag. Many of us are tightening our belts and trying to make savings where we can. I think I will find it difficult to justify repeatedly buying this foundation and I'm confident that if I take time and effort I could find a product of the same standard but at a lower price.

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        14.11.2011 19:03
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        Save your money

        A recent trip to the benefit counter with the intention of a sole purchase ended in a way in which I'm sure is familiar to many who dare to brave the Benefit counter-with a dent in my bank account. After deciding I would purchase Boi-ing, I then decided I would treat myself to some new foundation and asked the sales girl about the latest offerings from Benefit. Fatal error-I was easy bait for the sales girl.

        Before applying foundation the girl applied Porefessional advising me this would reduce the look of my pores and act as a barrier to prevent my foundation clogging them. I have already mentioned I suffer from unfortunate skin which includes large pores on my nose and cheeks. As many who suffer from large pores will know there is no way to eradicate them completely, but I was happy to take anything that came close. This product claims to be light and translucent and give the appearance of smooth and even skin.

        Porefessional will set you back £23.50 for a 22ml tube so you will be pleased to know you only need a small amount-around a pea size for each application. Porefessional comes in a turquoise coloured tube with a matching coloured box which includes instructions. Application is straightforward, simply apply a thin layer to clean and moisturised skin, applying to the t-zone. The instructions recommend patting from the centre of the face outwards with finger tips for best results.

        I must admit upon first impressions I was happy with the results. The balm felt very lightweight and once applied has a porcelin appearance and once my foundation was applied my skin did look smooth and my pores were less visible and so I made my purchase.

        The novelty of this product quickly faded as I soon found this product failed to live upto expectations. This products first fail is that it does not last more than a couple of hours, the instructions do advise that if pores re-appear then the product can be re-applied over make up and blended to restore a smooth looking complexion. For me, I don't want to have to keep re-applying, I don't want to feel like I am caked in make up. I do find this product conceals the pores on my nose well, however, I found that after I applied blusher my pores on my cheeks were just as visible as without using this balm.

        I do continue to use this product purely in hope that I will discover I have been applying it wrong and it will turn out to be my saviour and to prove I was right to splurge as I did. Deep down though, I think I made PORE judgement with this purchase.

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        • Benefit Boi ing / Make Up / 23 Readings / 22 Ratings
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          14.11.2011 16:29
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          Made for those with unfortunate skin

          On the eve of my last birthday night out I woke to find a second head had grown on my chin. I had one of those huge red under the skin spots and being very fair skinned it stood out like a red beacon, even after applying make up. A friend of mine was visiting and she introduced me to benefits Boi-ing industrial-strength concealer. Not only was I impressed at the products ability to cover up my spot but also its' ability to withstand the majority of the night in sweaty pubs and clubs. So off to my local Debenhams I went to purchase some of my very own.

          I have not been blessed with the best skin, it is very fair and I often have blotches and am prone to spots. Benefits Boi-ing claims to hide a multitude of sins, be it dark circles, shadows or discolouration -sounds like a miracle in a pot! The girl at the Benefit counter also advised me it is anti-bacterial so will help clear up spots(however, there is no mention of this on the box). The product itself comes in a round black pot which has a screw on lid and a clear circle in the top so you can see the product. The packaging is a very cute pink box with black dots. There are three shades available-I have the lightest available-shade 01.

          Application is simple and straight forward, simply rub your finger in the pot and apply to desired areas. I use this every day under my eyes and to disguise any blemishes. Initially, I used a brush to apply, but I find it blends much better using your fingers. I must admit, had I not tried before buying I think the name of this product would have put me off. For me, the word industrial gives the impression of heavy duty and I would think the product would be heavy. However, I found quite the opposite, I found the consistency no thicker than any other concealer I have tried, in fact it is surprisingly light on the skin and blends well with my foundation.

          At £16.50 for a 3g pot this stuff is not cheap, however I do believe worth it. It does exactly what it says on the box and the longevity of this product enhances value for money. This has definitely become a staple for my make up bag.

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          19.09.2011 17:04
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          Exceeded expectations

          When I moved in with my boyfriend we decided that he would take on the responsibility of doing the weekly shop. I have to admit in the past and even to an extent now I am somewhat of a brand snob. My boyfriend on the other hand has sought to keep our food shopping bills as low as possible by switching branded products to the supermarkets own brands and quite often I have been pleasantly surprised.

          I believe this curry sauce currently costs around 12p, although several months ago it was as cheap as 7p! I think the price alone justifies trying the produce out. Appearance wise this product is nothing special. It comes in a glass jar(440g) with a gold lid and yellow label. The label carries all the relevant information you would expect on there such as ingredients, nutritional advice and warnings for those who have allergies. This product is suitable for vegetarians, but not for those who have nut, milk, mustard or sulphite allergies. I would also add if you don't like sultanas to avoid this product, although there aren't that many so you may want to pick them out.

          The instructions on the label advise what to do in order to cook an actual curry, however we have never used the sauce in this way. Often we use it to pour over our chips or fish as a sauce as it only takes a couple of minutes to warm through. The colour of the sauce is a dark yellow and the consistency is quite runny, surprisingly this does not reflect the taste which I was worried might be a bit watery especially as we did not add any further ingredients. I would compare the product similar to that which you would get in a chippy. Although the sauce carries a slight kick it is not overly strong or too hot for anyone who is not a fan of spicy food.

          This product exceeded my expectations and I honestly believe if you like curry sauce then you can't go wrong with this product. If I had not known before hand then I would not have guessed this was a supermarkets own brand product.

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          • skybet.com / Internet Site / 24 Readings / 24 Ratings
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            19.09.2011 15:06
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            Gamble Aware

            Sky bet is one of two betting websites I regularly use. I regularly bet on football, F1 and sometimes horse racing but it is possible to bet on most sporting events. Signing up is quick and simple, a few personal details along with your card details are required. Often for new customers providing you deposit the required amount there is a free bet, currently this stands at £10, however no deal like this was available when I initially signed up.

            I prefer betting online as it far more convenient as I can place a bet wherever I am and also allows me compare odds with other bookmakers. I also don't have to worry about losing my bet slip and if I win I don't have to worry about finding time to return to the bookmakers to collect my winnings.

            I also like this website as it is possible to deposit while you bet which means if you are trying to place a bet quite close to an event start time you won't miss out placing your bet. It should be noted that this facility is not available when betting using your mobile phone. I have read some negativity about the time it takes to credit winnings to your account and withdraw, however I feel this feedback may have been took on board by sky bet as I personally have had no issues. I often find within a few minutes of winning my bet my funds are credited to my sky bet account and usually are in my account within a couple of days of me withdrawing them. I recently won a bet on a Saturday and my winnings hit my current account on the Tuesday. The funds are returned by card refund and considering most merchant refunds take between 3-5 working days I believe this was a perfectly reasonable amount of time to wait.

            Sky bet often promote loyalty schemes which you can opt into in order to earn free bets. The current scheme is for each time you spend £10 in one day you receive a loyalty stamp and once you have five you are given a £5 free bet.

            I mentioned earlier that I sometimes bet on horse racing, this is a sport which I do not follow so often I pick horses on a whim which on the rare occasion has proved profitable and others not so much. Sometimes I will bet on Alex Hammonds tip of the day which if anyone watches sky sports news may be familiar with. For some people this may seem a bit daft, but personally I don't gamble expecting to win-although it makes the buzz even better when I do. I think if you are gambling to win every time it can land you in a lot of trouble and I can see how easy it is to fall into the gambling trap.

            I do the majority of my gambling via an app on my I-phone and although this is very convenient I sometimes think it is too convenient. As my card details are stored all I have to do is input the security number from my card which I know off by heart. I often think that if I did not have this app or access to the internet on my phone I would not gamble as much as I do, but at the same time I am careful not to gamble more than I can afford. I do believe there is an option to set gambling limits on the site for those who feel they may not be able to control themselves. Gambling should be fun but not used as a way of trying to bump up your income.

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              30.08.2011 15:35
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              Try before you buy

              In my current attempt to reduce my caffeine and sugar intake I am attempting to discover alternatives in the form of herbal and fruit teas.

              I purchased this box of tea as part of an offer which was 3 boxes for £2.50 at a local Tesco express. As good as this offer was, due to being sold in a small outlet the range of teas on offer were limited. I wish I had stuck to my better judgement and avoided this particular infusion of flavours. I have never been a massive fan of vanilla but due to being fond of honey and camomile and having a sweet tooth I decided to give it a go.

              I tried this tea with the misconception that its sweet elements would make it more palatable than other herbal teas. However, I was wrong. The mixture of honey and vanilla make this tea smell and taste sickly sweet to the point where I could only manage half a cup before giving up. I would not recommend this to anyone unless you are a fan of vanilla or at least try to obtain a free sample before committing to buy a whole box.

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              30.08.2011 13:05
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              A refreshing alternative

              I have recently tried to introduce a few lifestyle changes including the things I eat and drink. I normally drink lots of tea and have a terrible sweet tooth so I have two sugars in my tea. In an attempt to reduce my sugar and caffeine intake I have recently switched to drinking herbal and fruit teas instead and Twinings Camomile and Spearmint has quickly become one of my favourite.

              Twinings Camomile and Spearmint come in a box of twenty netted tea bags and contain the following ingredients: Camomile(35%), Spearmint(35%), Blackberry Leaves, Lemongrass and Linden. The tea can be enjoyed by simply adding one tea bag to hot water and leaving for 2-3 minutes depending on how strong you like the flavour. The box also suggests alternative ways to enjoy the drink such as adding honey for extra sweetness, or allowing the drink to cool before adding fresh mint leaves. However, I have never tried these alternatives so I am unable to pass any comment.

              I must admit I was sceptical and doubted whether I would find an alternative to everyday tea which I would genuinely enjoy, so this tea came as a pleasant surprise. Upon opening the box and making the tea the smell of spearmint is evident without being overpowering. In terms of taste, the tea is refreshing and although I believe this is attributed to the spearmint which appears the dominant flavour, I do not believe it to be so at the expense of the camomile. Camomile is well known for its relaxing properties which makes this a perfect tea to enjoy throughout the day including before bed. For those who have trouble sleeping you may find a tea with camomile helps. If I had to point out a negative to drinking this tea, it would be to drinking herbal and fruit teas as a whole. It can be quite expensive to drink, I think I paid around £2 for this box of twenty tea bags, although it is possible to pick up some good deals when there are offers on.

              I doubt I will be giving up my daily dose of PG tips completely and am not convinced this change will have any profound effect upon my life, however I am enjoying trying alternative teas and look forward to sampling other flavours available.

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            • Parkrun / Sports Event / Tournament / 48 Readings / 48 Ratings
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              26.06.2011 20:04
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              It's brilliant!

              Before Christmas I signed up to do the Manchester 10k Bupa run. Several years ago I had made a pact with my friend that before I turn 30 I would like to run a marathon. I am not even sure why as up to that point I have never been particularly interested in running, nor could I see the appeal. I figured doing this run would be a good starting point and I told myself that straight after Christmas I would start my training. March came around and in true me style I had not even invested in a pair of running shoes or been for a single run. I live in a area where it seems everyone runs and they do it well. I felt really embarrassed that the fitness level of the 50 year old man down the road is far superior to my own. My friend then told me about parkrun and suggested I join as part of my training programme.

              Parkruns take place up and down the country every Saturday morning and are run by volunteers and is open to everyone free of charge. All you have to do is register and print off your barcode and take this with you. Parkrun is a 5k (3.1mile) run, when you finish you are awarded a tag and they scan your barcode. Later that day you receive an e-mail with your official time and placing and you also receive points. My local event regularly attracts over 200 people each week from elite runners to running novices and starts at 9a.m. Some people also bring along their dogs to take part. The first time I attended I was very nervous and unsure what to expect. I thought everyone would be really good and that I would be rubbish, , but I quickly leaned that parkrun is very inviting and warm and that everyone has their own story and agenda.

              For me, parkrun is now part of my Saturday morning routine and I actually look forward to it. Although I am still far from an amazing runner(in fact I tend to jog/walk) my target is to improve my time each time I go and hopefully get to the stage where I feel confident running in my local area during the week. I sit down in my job all day and don't get much exercise. I also find running on a Saturday morning is a great way to release the previous weeks stresses and sets me up for the weekend. Running makes me feel awake and gets me up out of bed-the weekend is short-I don't want to waste it. It is also a social thing, my friend does park run with me and after it we enjoy coffee and toast and a good natter and don't spend a fortune. It's a great way to meet new friends too.

              Parkrun would not be possible without the volunteers and sponsor's and offers rewards for both those who take part and help out. My local event recently celebrated it's 2nd birthday and they had an award ceremony where they handed out prizes and trophies for people who had scored the highest points. One guy who received a trophy pointed out that after the world cup he weighed twenty-five stone and with the help of park run he now weighs nineteen stone, I found this a truly inspiring story and parkrun is full of inspiring stories. Points are awarded for run results and also volunteering. Sweat shop give away a pair of trainers every month to one lucky runner and lucozade regularly attend events with freebies and advice.

              For me, parkrun has completely changed my attitude to running. I have to work some Saturdays and I actually fell sad about not being able to attend parkrun. Initially, it does take some willpower to get yourself out of bed early on a Saturday morning, but it is well worth the effort. Parkrun is not a race, it is a tool for people to help them achieve their own goals whether it be to train for a race, get fitter, lose weight or that they simply love running. I urge you to try it to believe it.

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                17.04.2011 18:51
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                Still can't pick a winner from a three legged donkey

                I must admit gambling on horses is completely out of my depth. I could not distinguish between a winner and a three legged donkey. However , my boyfriend and his friends have been going to Aintree for the last several years, so when they suggested the girlfriends also join them I thought why not.

                The Grand National at Aintree in Liverpool is the biggest racing social event of the year spanning over three days with the main even taking place on the Saturday. The event always takes place in April. This year the even took place on the 10th April 2011 and attracted crowd f around 75,000. My overall experience was mixed.

                I did not play any part in organising our groups outing so unable to comment of the price range of tickets. I think the tickets cost around £20 which are the cheapest tickets available. These tickets get you into the steeple chase part of the ground. We got out tickets around January time, but for the best seats I hear people book them up to 12 months in advance. The steeple chase is basically a grass verge, at the top are a number of port loos and a bar whilst at the bottom the bookmakers set out their stalls.

                Upon entering Aintre you are able to purchase a race programme, we paid £5. This is handy as it gives you information about the individual horses and race times to aid your selections. At the bar there are a selection of drinks available which included strongbow, fosters, john smiths, wine and a small selection of spirits. Drinks are not cheap often costing at least £3.50, they then poor them into plastic cups. Although I understand the reasons behind this, I find it really irritating as it results in people spilling their drinks everywhere especially whilst trying to manoeuvre down a steep hill. Plastic bottles would have been far more practical.

                I found one of the most enjoyable aspects of the day was trying to find the bookmaker with the best odds once you have picked the horse you want to back. It is important to note that with the exception of the Grand National race itself you don't actually see any horses run past you if you are watching from the steeple chase. The action has to be watched from a screen. I couldn't help felling a bit cheated by this. For the most part I could not see or hear what was going on which completely removed any excitement of the race as you had no idea how your horse was doing.

                We were fortunate enough to experience glorious sunshine. I think had it been raining the experience would have been quite awful. Many women being women including myself opted to wear heels-big mistake! First of all it was quite a walk to the ground once being dropped of by taxi or getting a train. Many women were complaining of burning feet as they entered the racecourse. The good weather meant many people could sit on the grass and many women opted to remove their shoes as standing on a steep hill in heels is quite uncomfortable. If it had been unfortunate to rain I dread to think about the mud bath that would of happened.

                Overall I did find the day quite enjoyable. I'm mot convinced if was enough to guarantee I will attend next year but one thing is definite-I will wear flat shoes!

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                • Nandos / Restaurant / Cafe National / 71 Readings / 71 Ratings
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                  Despite the recession, Nando's is one of the few fast food chains which continues to succeed and increase in popularity due to the laid back restaurant atmosphere and reasonable prices. I have visited several of their restaurants including Manchester printworks, Trafford Centre, Chill factor and The Rock in Bury, however I would never list this chain as one of my favourite places to dine and only go if my friends choose. For me, Nando's is a fairly mundane place to eat and I never leave feeling bowled over by my experience.

                  For those unfamiliar with the chain, they specialise in Portuguese flame grilled chicken dishes with vegetarian options. The chicken is coated in varying levels of peri peri sauce ranging from mild to hot and for those who cannot handle even the slightest spice there is the lemon and lime option. You can have your chicken on the bone in varying sizes or as a breast on a burger, wrap or pita bread with a number of different sides which include peri peri chips, corn on the cob, mash, garlic bread and coleslaw. You can also opt for wings and there is also a children's menu.

                  I believe one of the things that make Nando's good value for money is the bottomless drinks. For around £2-I am unsure of the exact price and imagine prices vary from region to region you can have as many soft drinks as you like. There is also the option to purchase alcoholic beverages but unfortunately they are not sold on the bottomless basis. There is also the loyalty scheme. If you get a card, each time you go you receive a stamp providing you spend more than £6. On your third visit you receive a free ¼ chicken, on your sixth a free ½ chicken and on your 10th visit a free whole chicken. I only picked up my loyalty card towards the end of last year and despite the small print advising the card expired 31/12/2010 Nando's are still honouring the loyalty card.

                  In terms of the food I am always pretty satisfied, one thing I do like about eating there is that while food portions are generous and I feel full after eating I never feel full to the point of discomfort or like I need to pop open the top of my jeans. I would consider Nando's a fairly healthy option of fast food and never feel sluggish after a meal there or guilty about eating such delicious food. My only complaint with the food has been when I purchased the cheesecake from the Nando's in the printworks. I paid around £4 for a slice and would never opt for it again. It tasted like it had been sat on the side for days, it was warm and the biscuit was stale and soggy.

                  Any complaint I have with Nando's falls with the overall experience and service. Aside from showing you to your seat, taking orders and bringing the food to your table Nando's is pretty much self service. You have to go to the counter to place your order, collect your own cutlery and condiments and collect your own drinks refills. On my vivsit to the Nando's in Chill factor I went with 2 other friends. Our meals all arrived separately, my friends peri peri chips arrived with only several chips covered in salt and my chicken in pita arrived without the cheese and pineapple. When had to ask to different waiters and my friend was then brought a pot of peri peri salt and I was brought a side plate with a slice of cheese and pineapple. This may sound a petty complaint but I wanted the cheese melted onto my chicken. I just got the overall impression the staff weren't really that bothered and for that I have never visited this particular Nando's since.

                  Overall I would give Nando's three stars. The food is delicious and prices reasonable-a meal with 2 sides, a drink and a starter costs around £12-maybe more if drinking alcohol or having a desert, but for me the overall experience of never memorable and I would never say I particularly look forward or excited about my next visit.

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                  • lovefilm.com / Internet Site / 97 Readings / 93 Ratings
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                    I love lovefilm!

                    My initial reason for signing upto Lovefilm was due to an offer I saw through a cash back website. I thought I would sign up for the free trial, get the cash back and cancel my subscription. However, I live in a shared house and someone else had already used vouchers for the site and so my free trial was denied. I only have freeview and do enjoy watching films so this aside I decided to give the website a try.

                    There are various packages ranging from £3.99. I opted for the £14.99 package which covers movies and games and allows me to have 2 discs at any one time for an unlimited amount of time. Registration is simple and quick. I must admit that I had reservations about signing upto Lovefilm due the method of payment. Payment is made by an ongoing card subscription. It makes me a bit uneasy knowing that if I want to cancel my subscription that I have to rely upon the company acting in good faith and not requesting any further payments.

                    Once registered you can compile a dvd wish list. You can also place these in preference order of high, medium and low priority. I have been a member of Lovefilm of around 6 months now and overall I am very impressed. The service is very quick and convenient with dvds delivered straight to your door, no time restrictions and a freepost envelope to return the discs once you are done. I have found that my next lot of discs are dispatched on the same day they receive the discs I have returned. My only criticism would be the length of time I have to wait for games. I have only received 2 games during my subscription and the wait for new games makes me wonder whether I should downgrade my membership. I had to wait around 2 months to receive the fifa world cup game and all the new games I request have-'long wait' next to them.

                    Additional extras on the site include extra loyalty credits. These are where the site rewards you for being a loyal customer by allowing you a free film on top of your allowance. Also there is the option to purchase films and games or watch them online for a fee.

                    Overall, I would highly recommend this site if you are a film lover. It is far more convenient than visiting a local rental store and no time restrictions and no late fees mean you can watch films at your leisure and costs for the service are transparent.

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                      07.11.2010 23:54
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                      Love it! Love it! Love it!

                      This is one of my all time favourite perfumes. I always have it on my dresser but I only reserve it for special occasions as I think it's too nice for everyday casual wear. This perfume also reminds me of Christmas-I think this is due the fact this is also my mum's favourite perfume and she always insists on a new bottle every Christmas.

                      If you are looking for a perfume to wear in the evening then this scent is perfect. The top note of this scent is spice, kumquat, the middle is compiled of vanilla orchids and Turkish rose, with the base made up of woods, amber and musk. These ingredients make a wonderful sweet, but not sickly sweet scent . This fragrance oozes femininity and sensuality. The bottle itself is nothing fancy, it is a deep red colour. Some may find this disappointing but I don't think Hugo Boss have ever been renowned for their unique perfume and aftershave bottles.

                      Overall, I can't recommend this product enough. I think it offers both quality and value for money. A 90ml bottle will set you back around £38, even less if you shop around on the internet. I have always found that Hugo Boss perfumes and aftershaves are long lasting and linger on the skin for a good amount of time and this perfume is no exception. Not only will this perfume withstand a whole day or evening, but I often find I can still smell it on my clothing when I remove them from the wash basket several days later. If you are struggling for gift ideas then I would definitely recommend you buy this for a female friend or relative-they won't be disappointed. You can also pick this up in a gift set which includes the shower gel and body lotion.

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                        07.11.2010 15:52
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                        spend a bit more for a better service

                        When I am in pain, usually suffering from a headache I normally opt for something stronger than paracetomol as I often find it does not work quick enough if at all for me. However, one day whilst at work I was caught off guard without any pain relief in my bag but a work colleague gave me some of these. Although I did not purchase these I believe they cost around 45p for a pack of 16 tablets. These tablets are coated which makes them easier to swallow and claim to work on an extensive list of mild to moderate pain which include the following:

                        -Headache
                        -migraine
                        -neuralgia
                        -toothache
                        -sore throat
                        -period pains
                        -strains
                        -rheumatic pain
                        -sciatica
                        -lumbago
                        -fibrostis
                        -muscular aches
                        -joint swelling and stiffness
                        -feverishness and feverish colds

                        Personally I have only used these tablets to combat headaches so I can only comment on the effectiveness in this area. It is recommended that these be taken by individuals over the age of 16 with the recommended dosage being 1-2 tablets every four hours. I always take the maximum dosage of 2 tablets and only expect to do this once when I have a headache and expect my remedy to be fast acting. I have used these tablets on a number of occasions when I have had nothing stronger. On the majority of occasions I have found I have only needed one dose, but they have taken upto a couple of hours to work and on two instances where I had a more severe headache I have needed 2 dosages. Due to this factor I am not convinced that these tablets would be very effective in dealing with more intense pain as well as other stronger pain relievers.

                        Overall, I award this product 2 stars as it is good value for money and does work eventually, but personally I would rather pay a bit extra and get faster acting pain relief. I can't think of any situation in which I would be prepared to prolong my suffering for the sake of saving a few pence. I was grateful that my colleague has these but would not go out of my way to buy them.

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