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If i was stranded on a desert island this would be one of the items I would ask to be with me. Nail Envy comes in a variety of different looks. The one I prefer and am refering to here is the original. This comes in a shiny finish or can come as a matt finish. Both are clear and so can be worn underneath nail varnish or alone. I have personally found that it works as a brilliant base coat as I have used it under very dark nail varnish and it did not taint my nails. Both myself and my mother have used Nail Envy as a nail strengthener. Through our jobs our nails went through a tough time and suffered peeling and breaking. By applying one coat of Nail Envy every day it made our nails stronger and stopped them breaking and peeling. We both felt we could show off our hands again with pride. The price tag might seem on the high side but with such amazing results it's well worth it's weight in gold - all 15ml of it.
Tesco Clubcard is a well established loyalty card which is free to join and can make your money go further.
Joining the scheme is easy. By going to any customer services in any Tescos you can pick up an application form which includes a paper temporary card so you can start collecting points straight away. When I applied for mine last year my permanent card with 2 key fobs arrived within a month of me sending off my form. I find the key fob brilliant as i sometimes just pop into my local tescos with just my car keys and money and no handbag so I can still use the fob and not lose my points. If you do forget your clubcard or fob the nice thing about tescos is as long as you take your card and receipt to customer services the next time your in store they will put the points on for you so you don't lose out. This is not the case with other loyalty cards like Costa's or Subways so I think it's much fairer.
If you shop in Tescos regularly the points do add up quite quickly but you still need to spend a lot to get a good reward. At present every £1 you spend with tescos you get 2 points which equals 2p. Therefore you would need to spend £500 in order to get £1 in vouchers. This is fine if you are a loyal tesco customer but as supermarkets are always trying to beat each other on price it might be cheaper to shop elsewhere even with the clubcard points taken into account.
Where clubcard points really come into their own is when you go online and turn them into rewards. For every £10 of clubcard vouchers ( £500 of spending) they will give you £40 of reward vouchers for things like cinema tickets, holidays, magazine subscriptions and many more. I turned mine into vouchers for a high street jeweller and purchased an expensive white gold bracelet for almost nothing which I was very happy with.
In summary if you buy food, clothing and fuel regularly from Tescos its a great idea to have a clubcard because the free benefits are worthwhile. Just don't assume they are the cheapest and shop there just to collect the points as it could be a false economy.
I must admit I have seen internet dvd rental sites advertised quite a lot in recent years but have always had my doubts as to how they would work. Then about a month ago I had a leaflet given to me concerning Lovefilm with a great joining incentive. I decided to give it a go and I'm really glad I did.
The site is very easy to find and incredibily easy to navigate around. As well as dvd's it offers cinema tickets and computer games as well as many other items. The dvd's are split into easy to use sections and have a new release section as well. What i like is when you look at the dvd's description it gives you the choice of either renting or buying, and occassionally you can view it immediately.
The one criticism I have found is you cannot choose which films you view first. Basically you have a wish list of ideally ten titles or more. From this list you mark which films you class as high priority, medium or low. This is great but you cannot say out of the high priority which one is the highest.
So far I have been very impressed with the service I have received from Lovefilm. I find the films arrive quickly and securely, play with no problems at all and are credited as being returned very promptly. I find two rental a month is fine for me at present as my spare time is not great at present, but there are options for higher rentals per month still at reasonable prices. Joining incentives seem to vary but keep an eye open as you can get a good bargain. My joining incentive was £20 amazon voucher which has come in very handy.
I love my candles and tend to use them all year round. Quite a few of my friends suggested the Glade range of candles so I thought I would give one a try.
The advantages of the glade candle is unlike some candles it is in it's own container. This means you don't have to search around for a dish to stand it on or a holder that is the right size to use with it. The candle i purchased had the jar made out of clear glass with a decorated plastic cover around it. This was good as I bought it in the lead up to Christmas so it suited the theme fine and then afterwards I could peel off the Christmas label so it's clear and suitable for after christmas. The fragrance itself filled the room and keeps doing it every time I use it. This is better than some other candles I have recently used which lose their scent after a few minutes.
The disadvantage of this candle is that it doesn't burn down evenly. My favourite candles burn down evenly so nothing is left. This one although I leave it for the specified 4 hours still leaves a ring of wax around the outside. This i find very annoying and shows the candle isn't as effective as others on the market.
This is the most recent episode of the Sharpe series which is written by Bernard Cornwell. Sean Bean reprises his role as Richard Sharpe, a soldier who has worked his way up the ranks after saving Wellington's life. This episode follows on from Sharpe's Challenge which marked the welcomed comeback of the series in 2006. Sharpe is making his way back home through India after finding his closest friend, Harper, only to find he is asked to look after precious cargo in the form of Marie-Angelique Bonnet. Things like you would expect don't go to plan and Sharpe finds his situation soon takes a deadly turn.
This episode is a good addition to the series but I feel takes a slightly different turn. Not many of the usual Sharpe crowd appear in this outing but this is set in India and so is explained very well. The role of Sharpe is played brilliantly by Sean Bean. He shows Sharpe as a hard man with an occassional soft side which only his close men and lovers see. I think Sean Bean suits the part of Sharpe very well and couldn't now imagine anyone else playing the role of Sharpe. I must admit I love history and haven't had the opportunity to study this particular period very well so cannot comment on this historical accuracy of the piece.
The DVD lasts 238 minutes and is split into two discs. As well as the story, the DVD also includes the making of Sharpe's Peril and the photo gallery. I must admit I am a bit disappointed in the extra's because it would be nice to see the bloopers like in Sharpe's Challenge's DVD.
As you may have noticed from my other reviews I love Avon products. This deodrant I must admit I do have mixed feelings about.
I found opening this deodrant for the first time quite difficult. It's plastic wrapper sealed the deodrant together which proved it had not been tampered with which is good. However breaking the seal itself I found hard which with the container being so shiny therefore slippery made it even more difficult. Having said that it is a handy size so ideal in an overnight or gym bag.
The product itself
I found the deodrant itself works really well. It takes a few minutes to dry, but when it does I find it keeps me dry all day long. It's fragrance is very feminine. I find it quite hard to describe the fragrance to be honest as it just reminds me of my childhood. I have found the 50mls lasts me approximately four weeks. The downside to this deodrant though is it leaks at the rollerball part slightly which does make the container a bit messy after a while.
Full price this deodrant sells at £2, but quite often it can be purchased on special offer which is usually 99p. This makes it competitive price wise with it's high street competitors. It's handy to put into an overnight bag ( wipe the container first ) and has a gorgeous smell. All in all it's well worth a try.
Bargain Hunt is one of those rare programmes that I actually wouldn't mind going on. It's such a simple idea for a programme but has been incredibly successful for many years.
Two teams accompanied by an antiques specialist are given £300 and 1 hour to go around an antique fair or antique shop and buy three items. These items are then sold at auction and the winners are the team who either makes the most money or loses the least amount of money. The best bit is that they keep their winnings.
The actual teams are made up of pairs who know each other as relatives, friends, neighbours or work colleages. This is good but I feel if you made up the teams from complete strangers it could add another dimension to the show, especially when it comes to deciding what to buy,
My favourite part of the programme is when the items go up for auction. I love to see the reactions of the contestants, especially when they have bought something for a couple of pounds and it sells for over a hundred. The only thing I think is strange is they are in the room while the auction is taking place so do the bidders realise it is a lot that will appear on tv?
The programme lasts about 3/4 hour which to be honest is about the right length of time. Any shorter and important bits of the decision making process or the auction would need to be cut. Any longer and the programme could easily be seen to be dragged out. It can be found weekdays and sunday lunchtimes on BBC1.
I have liked this chocolate bar for many years now and find when I am hungry it really fills me up. It used to be called Marathon until a few years ago but then I believe to be in line with other countries that sell this bar it changed it's name to Snickers.
The standard bar (which tends to be what I purchase) is 58g and is about 15cm long. Snickers is also available in fun size bars which are ideal for children's lunchboxes and multipacks which contain 5 bars which at the time of writing were £1 from Tescos.
I know this may sound stupid but the main reason why i like this chocolate bar so much is it contains a mixture of great tasting ingrediants. One ingrediant is peanuts so not suitable for everyone. However the peanuts aren't salted or dried and not too many in number. This means its enough to give the taste of peanuts without the ingrediant taking over. They sit on a layer of soft nougat and caramel. Other chocolate bars have nougat and caramel but with these two mixed in with the peanuts really makes it something special. The decision to use milk chocolate I believe was the best. To my mind if white chocolate was used it would be too sickly and if dark chocolate was used it would be too strong in taste. Milk chocolate, especially as it has a thin layer is enough to give it taste, but not to dominate the other flavours.
One bar of Snickers gives you 290 calaries and 16.5g of fat.
I must admit I am both an animal lover and a Disney fan so 101 Dalmations as a child was a favourite. As the original Disney cartoon movie was so good I must admit I was a bit concerned this new version would not live up to it's predeccor. I need not have worried.
Essentially it's the same story but with actual actors instead of cartoons. Joley Richardson plays a fashion designer whose dalmation dog takes a fancy to computer game designer Jeff Daniel's dalmation dog. It's rather amusing and a bit slapstick how the two humans eventually meet thanks to their dogs. Both pairs soon fall in love and marry in a touching ceremony with the dogs following what the humans do in the ceremony.
Then the inevitable happens and both owner and dog become pregnant. This is when their troubles begin because Joley's onscreen boss, Cruella De Vil ( good play on words ) played by Glen Close is fur mad and decides she wants a black and white fur coat made of - you guessed it Dalmation fur. Enter a brilliant comedy pairing of Hugh Laurie and Mark Williams who I absolutely adore and have been cast extremely well. Both guys are well known comedians but together they are pure genius. Laurie plays Williams's boss who together are given the task by De Vil of kidnapping the puppies when they are born. This goes well until a rescue attempt is launched by the two dog parents and their friends. This causes brilliant slapstick comedy and reminds me of the old Laure and Hardy movies. The slapstick continues right to the end of the movie with even Glen Close getting involved. The end result is both sad and very happy but I won't spoil the ending for you.
All those involved in the film must be very proud of the result. The training of the dogs was brilliant, especially when it must be considered how many were needed for such a film. I have heard they didn't actually use 101 dogs but used special effects to make up the numbers. Even so with that aside the dogs that were in the film were brilliant - especially my favourite 'dipstick' ( his tail is black at the end just as if it was used to check the oil in a car engine).
As i have previously mentioned the acting by Laurie, Williams and Richardson was excellent. Glen Close was very convincing and quite scary at times as De Vil. Her wardrobe was excentric but spot on with her character. Jeff Daniels was good but if anything a bit overshadowed by the excellent acting around him.
A film that all the family can enjoy time after time.
I have a confession - i love my nail varnishes. To be honest I think i have collected so many I could give quite a few nail bars a run for their money. The cause of my addiction started while I was still at school and looked through my mum's Avon book. I found their color trend make up which I found cheap enough to buy with my pocket money - brilliant.
Leap forward a few years and recently I found myself looking through the Avon book and found they still do the color trend line of makeup. Childhood memories came flooding back and before i realised i was searching for my pen and the order form. Sadly the color range of nail varnishes in this particular range has dropped significantly. I remember Iced Champink and Cafe au lait from my childhood, but the only other colours in the range are minimalist peach, freezing, flash and powdery mauve. To be honest they do cover the main colours people tend to use, but it's a shame the range has reduced so much, ( there used to be about 12 shades).
The bottle itself hasn't really changed since I was a child. It's still 8ml with a black screw lid. The brush is small but user friendly. The actual bottle is clear so the contents can clearly be seen.
Now the dissappointing part. I bought Iced Champink ( my favourite ) and to be honest it looked the same colour in the brochure and it did when i put it on. It did not streak, dried relatively fast and was easy to apply. The problem is after just over a day it began to chip off. As i said before I love my nail varnishes and usually have one colour on for anything up to a week. Some nail varnishes when I take them off they still have looked good but i have just got fed up with the colour. Unfortunately this is the first nail varnish I have used with my usual base and top coat that has lasted less than 3 days before I had to take it off as it had got so bad. I hate to say it but this is not a one off occasion either. I have tried this nail varnish on a lot of occassions but the result was always the same. Although the price compared to the High Street is brilliant ( normally retails at £2.75 but often on special offer) the staying power is not.Unfortunately one to avoid.
This is a very handy lipstick to have because it's neat, all in one packaging and stylish.
The usual packaging is a plain shiny black container with a small lever at the side. The lipstick itself is covered by a black hinged top which when the lever on the side of the container is moved upmoves the lipstick into view. As you can imagine the higher you move the lever, the more lipstick is revealed. Push the lever down means less lipstick is visable until it is totally covered by the top again. I love this because all of this can be done one handed therefore making it easy to apply when you have a hand held mirror in your other hand. For me this is a god send because I sometimes find my lipstick top falls off in my bag meaning not only is my lipstick broken in my bag but my purse and other contents have pink or brown marks all over them. At Christmas Avon launched a limited edition version which when i received it i thought very striking, but they have at least for now decided to withdraw that version.
To be honest the actual product is very similar to other Avon lipsticks. It's very creamy and gives very good coverage which I like. I also like the fact the stick is small and angled so you can be more precise when you use it. This means I don't have to use a lip brush because you have a smaller area to play with. The staying power of the lipstick isn't amazing. It obviously depends on what you do when you're wearing it. If you immediately get involved in a passionate kiss it isn't going to last as long as if you just sit in a cinema watching a film. I find i have to reapply it a couple of times a day ( like after a meal ) but no more than my other lipsticks. It comes in a range of pinks, browns and reds so everyone is catered for.
The recommended price of this lipstick is £7 but with Avon their products are often on offer and I have seen this one as low as £4. Although this is a lot cheaper than many lipsticks on the high street I believe the quality is definately there.
A brilliant idea for a lipstick where you can use it one handed and does not hurt your purse ( financially or phyicallly).
I am not a fast food fanatic at all but I do enjoy going to subway.
My local subway opens at 7.30 in the morning to cater for early birds like myself and children on their way to school. It closes at around 10pm. Their breakfast subs are very reasonably priced at between £1 and £2 for a 6 inch sub depending on the filling you want. I tend to have either a bacon sub at £1 or a bacon and egg at £1.50 which I find fills me up until lunchtime. If you have a breakfast sub you can purchase a hot drink like a latte, tea or coffee for 50p less than the standard price until 11am.
All of the subs are freshly made. There is a choice of breads - wheat, hearty Italian, Honey and oat and lastly Herb and cheese. These are all in the ovens facing the customers. When you place your order the member of staff immediately washes their hands, put fresh gloves on and makes your sandwich as you watch. This i like for two reasons. The first is you can see what goes into your sandwich. You know it hasn't been sitting there for days and you know that they have not dropped any of the filling on the ground and then put it in your sandwich as i know another famous place used to do. The second reason is you can choose what goes into your sandwich. If you are like me and cannot eat cheese you can ask for the cheese to be left out. Other places I have visited when asked say "it comes with the cheese, I can't take it off". The variety of salad and sauces is impressive. In fact I can't think of anything they don't have.
The staff i have encountered in my local subway have always been very friendly and extremely helpful. They have very good memories and even though I don't go in very often they can remember what salad and sauce I prefer.
During the day and evening more subs are available with different meal deals. They also have a sub of the day which is one variety that they have cheaper for that one day. Each day it changes so giving a nice variety. Such fillings during the day include chicken, salami, meat feast and at christmas they even had a christmas dinner version with cranberry sauce. MMmmmmm!
If you are a fan of the silent films, and especially Charlie Chaplin you will love Mr Bean.
Mr Bean started as a live action half hour show on ITV1 in the 1990's and can be seen on ITV3 at the moment on Tuesdays at 8pm and Sundays at 5pm. At first it was a few sketches put together to make up the half hour show. One such sketch was when he wanted to go swimming in the sea. He climbed down the cliff and was about to disrobe when he sees a guy sitting in a deckchair near him. Instead of either climbing up again or going to another area of the beach he decides to get changed over his normal clothes. He somehow manages to remove his trousers even though he has his swimming trunks on. After he has struggled with them and is ready for his swim he then realises when the guy gets up that he is blind. I found this really good and brings a smile to my face even just writing about it.
Like the silent films hardly any words are said. It's just his actions or reactions which cause the laughter. Rowan Atkinson who plays Mr Bean is brilliant because he comes across visually so well. It is so obvious what is going on in his mind which helps make the jokes funnier.
The later Mr Bean's had stories that lasted the full half hour like "Mind the baby Mr Bean" and "Do it yourself Mr Bean". These are slightly funnier because the jokes seem to run longer like his attempt at decorating. These eventually progressed to a cartoon series and two feature films to date.
I find Mr Bean completely different to Rowan's other work that I have seen ( Johnny English and Blackadder series ) but I love it. It's not rude ( though can make you cringe at some of the things he does ). It's simple comedy in the fact it's everyday objects he uses as props. Lastly it's not too silly. Some comedians try so desperately to get a laugh they overdo things. The writers of Mr Bean have the balance just right.
As a child I used to love yogurts, especially banana flavoured. However I have noticed of late banana yogurts seem to be increasingly hard to find. That is why I love Muller crunch corners. The mixture of yogurt and chocolate is just brilliant.
The actual packaging is square and flatter than normal yogurts. This makes them easier to store in the fridge because as the weight is distributed more evenly they can be stored on top of each other. The lid has a silver looking backing I presume for added freshness. The container is split into two sections. The largest section contains the yogurt with a smaller section containing the chocolate flakes. You can actually break the container so the flakes fall into the yogurt. Mmmmmm!
Gorgeous -next question. No sorry, the yogurt is nice and smooth and has a light yellow colour to it. It tastes very strongly of banana without being overpowering or leaving a strange taste in your mouth. The corn flakes are coated in milk chocolate and have enough coating so you can taste both flakes and chocolate. There are enough to give the yogurt a nice addition without overpowering it.
Price and Availability:
Single pots can vary between 50 and 60p in most supermarkets. Often they are on promotion for example my last pots were on promotion at 4 pots for £1. Before Christmas i bought 6 limited edition pots in a multipack for £1.99. It's really just a case of being there at the right time and spotting the offers.
Each pot contains 150g. It claims there are no artifical colours (which I can believe because it is not as yellow as others I used to get). It also has not preservatives or sweetners. This I also can believe because it doesn't taste as sweet or sickly as some yogurts i have tried. Even so I would not recommend it to diabetics, espcially those on diet only control.
Per pot the information is:
Calcium 130mg ( 24% of recommended daily amount)
All in all it's not the healthest of things to eat. However I find them very tasty, ideal at any time of the day and there are plenty more flavours to choose from.
This was the first television programmes to be shown on Channel 4 and remains firmly in their daytime schedule. At present it can be found on Channel 4 at 3.25pm and lasts for forty five minutes.
The format of the show hasn't really changed since it began, although unfortunately the presenters have. Two contestants battle it out through a series of rounds with the winner staying on and appearing as the champion in the next show. There are three types of rounds. The letters rounds are when the contestant chooses vowels or contantants and the person who makes the longest word using the letters chosen wins. I must admit I have had a go at this whenever I watch but never get as long as the contestants do.
Another type of round is the numbers round which I love the best. Numbered cards are placed face down in rows. The contestant chooses the cards from the rows and they are placed on a board. A computer then comes up with a number which the contestants must come up with using the numbers chosen. It's not as easy as it sounds but good fun none the less.
The final round is the condunderum. This is the round I do worst at. Basically it's a word that has been muddled up and the contestants need to unravel the word before the end of 30 seconds. hard but not impossible.
Richard Whitely was the first and to my mind best host of countdown until his untimely death a few years ago. He had such a unique dress sense but a warm approach which really suited the programme. After Richard came Des Lyham who although great as a sports presenter didn't quite gel as the host of countdown. Des O'Connor then became the host which worked better than his predeccesor. Unfortunately he quit to spend more time with his family ( understandable when you realise the travelling he did). The current presenter is ok but not as good as his predecessors. Although the programme's structure remains the same, I believe the real heart of the programme has gone.