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      27.09.2012 22:05
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      Good quality false-tan.

      Recently, I received a free St Tropez sample bottle with ELLE magazine, after a few weeks of use I decided to buy the full sized product.

      The everyday gradual tan retails from anything between £9 to £16 for 200mls of product and is widely available from numerous online stores, and many beauty and cosmetic shops. The self tan is available in two different shades; light to medium and medium to dark. The free sample bottle I received was medium to dark, and this seemed to look okay, so upon purchasing a full sized bottle, I chose the same colour. This 200ml b

      The fake tan is packaged in a white upturned tube, with a black flip lid and black writing on it. The bottle has 'ST. TROPEZ' written up the side of the bottle, with other details on the front. On the back, there is more in-depth information, including ingredients, directions, and manufacturing details. The packaging is quite plain, but is informative and practical as it dispenses the product easily, and the flip lid is not difficult to shut-even with slippery hands.

      The actual product is a white cream, which is of a medium consistency. The fake tan smells much nicer than any other tanning products I have ever used. It's very fresh, and much more natural than you would expect. After applied, the smell lingers for a while, before fading to almost nothing. Depending on how much you use, this 200ml bottle will last a few weeks with numerous applications.

      To apply, I would suggest using a mitt or glove to prevent getting strangely tanned hands. You need to squeeze out a blob of the cream, before evenly spreading it all over the area you want tanned. After 4-5 hours, gradually your skin will start to show signs of the self-tan. After 5 hours, the product has done its job, and you should be able to see a significant change in body colour. With the medium to dark shade, I find that after one application, my skin is glowing but not too tanned, so after another application I am satisfied with the colouring of my skin. However, this varies from person-to-person, depending on skin tone, and expected result. But, for me two applications is plenty and it gives the desired result of looking naturally tanned.

      The false-tan lasts around 3 days before it starts to fade, but obviously this can be topped up if you want a longer lasting tan. Also, after showering the tan will significantly fade and wash off, so reapplication may also be needed after washing.

      Overall, this is one of my favourite fake tans, as it has no outstanding smell and it gives a nice desired colouring. Also, although application is needed for a longer lasting tan, I have found this to be perfect what I need. 5 stars from me!

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      23.07.2012 23:33
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      A great mascara!

      When my old mascara ran out, I decided to try a new product; there was nothing wrong with my old mascara, I just fancied a change. I only chose this particular product because I was buying other products in the Maybelline range, and it was all on 3 for 2 on that day in my local Boots store.

      Normally, the mascara costs £8.19, but can sometimes be found on offers like 3 for 2 in Boots, other cosmetic stores or supermarkets.

      The mascara is sold in an 8.2ml tube, which is pink and has a lace black design around the top. The tube has black writing on it, which says that the mascara creates the 'blackest false lash glam look'. The back of the tube also states other information like the where the mascara is made (Italy), how long it lasts for (6 months) and that you can recycle the tube after use. The mascara is 'blackest black', so I'm assuming this product makes lashes appear blacker than other Maybelline mascaras, although I have not noticed it to be much blacker than products I have previously used.

      The flexible mascara wand is long and thin with a curved brush, which has lots of long bristles, which lengthen lashes. The curve ended brush distributes the mascara equally along the lashes, and gets rid of clumps, whilst also lengthening lashes. Because of the shape of the brush, you are able to apply mascara right across your lashes in just one sweep, which makes application easy and quick. I usually use 4-5 layers of the mascara for heavier lashes at nightime, but 2-3 during the day for a lighter feel.

      The actual mascara is thick and after application lashes look longer, blacker, thicker and more volumised. As stated by Maybelline, the mascara gives a 'black drama' effect to your lashes, and therefore I would recommend it for nightime/party use especially, but it can also be suitable for daytime use with fewer layers.

      In conclusion, I love this mascara because of the look it gives to lashes; it is one of the best mascaras I have ever used, highly recommended. 5 out of 5 stars.

      Thanks for reading.
      Also posted on Ciao, under the username of Georgia713.

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      19.06.2012 20:19
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      Essential product for quick and easy make-up removal regime.

      Essentially, the way to remove make-up is to cleanse, tone and moisturise. But, in my day-to-day routine I rarely find time for these make-up removal methods, often finding a shortcut. Although I am too lazy or tired to take off my make-up the long way, I do always take it off before I go to bed, as to prevent skin problems. My shortcut option to the cleanse, tone and moisturise routine is to use make-up removal wipes. I have previously tried brands such as Simple and Garnier, but I spotted these wipes because of the subsequently cheaper price.

      These Waitrose facial wipes are priced at £1.45, which is cheaper than most big brands, but more expensive than other 'value' ranges from other supermarkets. There are 25 wipes per packet, which is okay value for £1.45, as this works out at 5.8 pence per wipe.

      The wipes are sold in a plastic packet, which is white, with pink, grey and black writing on it. The packaging is rather simple, but I don't think that this really matters in context. The packet can be opened with a clear plastic pull back, which reveals a slit in the top of the packet where the wipes are dispensed.
      The plastic can then be put back on the packet, to reseal it and to stop the wipes from drying out. I have never had an issue with the wipes not being moist enough, so this resalable packet is effective.

      The packet states that the wipes have a 3 in 1 function; they remove your makeup, cleanse, and then moisturise your face. The packet also lists the ingredients, instructions and other details, including that the wipes are alcohol free and are dermatologically tested. This means that the wipes won't dry out your face, and are okay to use on sensitive skin.

      The wipes are easily dispensed from the packet, but sometimes if you pull out a wipe too hard, multiple wipes can come out of the packet, so you have to shove them back in again, which is annoying, but this rarely happens.

      The wipes are quite thick, which I think is a sign of good value, and they're moist - but not too moist, and they don't dry up in the packet either. The face wipes are big enough to cover your whole face, and to remove all your make-up easily.

      When used, the wipes are soft and gentle on your skin, and they leave skin feeling clean and cool. The wipes are able to remove make-up with ease, even on evenings where I've had more make-up on than usual. The packet claims to remove all make up - including waterproof mascara. I have only needed to put this statement to the test once or twice, but both times the waterproof mascara was removed simply.

      As for the moisturising factor, I can sometimes have dry skin on my forehead, especially in cold winter months. Although these wipes performed no miracles, they did add a little moisture to my skin, but I still prefer to use my own moisturiser after using the wipes just to make sure my skin doesn't fell tight or dry.

      After use, these wipes must be disposed of in the bin, and cannot be flushed down the toilet. I would certainly recommend these wipes to anyone who wants a quicker make-up removal regime. 5 out of 5 stars from me!

      Thank you for reading, this review was also posted on Ciao, under the username of Georgia713.

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      18.06.2012 23:02
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      Some good tracks, but others let the album down.

      On the 30th of January 2012, 25 year old Lana Del Rey released her second album. Her first album was released in 2010, but wasn't such a hit. She took some time to change her look and to work on her music, and two years later has released 'Born to Die'.

      Her first single from the album was released in October 2011, and is called 'Video Games'. With this track she captured the nation with her slow, breathy, melancholy voice that left many eagerly awaiting her album. When the album was finally released, it reached number 1 in various countries, and helped Lana win her first BRIT award as 'Best International Newcomer'.

      Since the album was brought out 'Born to Die' and 'Blue Jeans' have been released as singles, and have also been successful.

      In summary, the album features songs about the usual sex, drugs and rock and roll. The lyrics are nothing too new, but Lana's breathy voice and melancholy tone is individual and is what makes the album different.

      Track List:

      Track One: BORN TO DIE. This track was released separately, earlier this year, and reached the top ten in the British charts. This track is slow but flows nicely throughout. It's one of the longer tracks on the album at 4 minutes and 44 seconds. The song has lyrical themes of love and dying, which may seem rather melancholy, but the music keeps it interesting and catchy to listen to.

      Track Two: OFF TO THE RACES: This song is faster moving than the previous one, and is a little more upbeat. The lyrics have a rather provocative love theme, but overall the song is very lively and bouncy.

      Track Three: BLUE JEANS: This track's lyrics are hard to follow, but the song flows nicely, and you get to hear Lana's beautiful range throughout the track. This song has also been released as a single this year, with a video for the track as well.

      Track Four: VIDEO GAMES: This was the debut track; first released from the album back in October 2011. The song flows nicely and the lyrics are catchy, resulting in this being one of my favourite songs on the album.

      Track Five: DIET MOUNTAIN DEW: The way this song is sung makes Lana's voice sound very whiney, and the lyrics drone on a little. This is one of my least favourite tracks on the album, it's still listenable, but sometimes can become annoying.

      Track Six: NATIONAL ANTHEM: This track is very catchy and one of the more upbeat songs on the album. The lyrics are bizarre, but it's what makes the song stand out so much I think.

      Track seven: DARK PARADISE: The song is one of the slower tracks on the album. But, I'm not sure whether it's the speed, the lyrics or Lana's voice that make this track almost depressing, certainly not a favourite of mine!

      Track Eight: RADIO: This is another of the slower tracks on the album; it's quite catchy and likeable though.

      Track Nine: CARMEN: This song can easily be overlooked, and doesn't stand out as much as any of the other songs on the album. It's a slow track, with flowing lyrics, but is really quite boring.

      Track Ten: MILLION DOLLAR MAN: This is a more poppy track on the album, has a much fresher feel to it. These lyrics aren't really anything new, but the song is nice to listen to.

      Track Eleven: SUMMERTIME SADNESS: This track is also more of a pop song, with very lively lyrics. I think this track is interesting to listen to, and you can hear Lana's wonderful voice more in this track.

      Track Twelve: THIS IS WHAT MAKES US GIRLS: The last track on the album is catchy and upbeat; it's a rather fun track and ends the album nicely.

      In conclusion: Although the lyrics are rather repetitive at points, and some tracks don't do Lana's voice justice, overall this album features numerous good tracks. Some tracks are easily forgettable and some even sound whiney, some of the better tracks like 'Video Games' bring the album up, and Lana's unique voice is what makes the album different.

      Although this album has quite a few good pop songs on it, I would say it's more of a deep and melancholy album, with a few more upbeat tunes on it.

      I would recommend the album to anyone who likes the chatty kind of music that this album features, but you really have to listen to all the tracks to come to your own decision about whether you like the album or not.

      I give this album a 3/5 as some of the tracks really are wonderful, but some of the less catchy songs bring the album down.

      This album is available on iTunes, or in major CD or music stores. There are two versions of the album available; the normal edition, or the deluxe edition, which features three extra tracks.

      Thank you for reading. This review was also posted on Ciao! under the username of Georgia713

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      16.03.2012 22:37
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      The price is reflected in the good quality of this product!

      A few months ago I was convinced by a sales assistant in Debenhams to test some of the Smashbox products. Having never heard of the brand I was naturally curious, so agreed to trying out a few products. This then lead on to me purchasing a new foundation: the Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation.

      Smashbox is an American brand, used by many professional make-up artists. It is not so well-known in Britain, but it is sold in department stores like Debenhams, and online from various websites. Most of their products are rather expensive, but I have found most of them discounted on websites such as eBay.

      This foundation costs £29.50, which is more expensive than many other brands, but the price reflects in the good quality of the product, and I would say that it's worth the money. I am sure you could find a cheaper foundation that does the same things, but this one is the first foundation I have found that I am fully happy with.

      I have medium to fair combination skin and it can be a challenge trying to find a foundation that provides good coverage, without drying out my skin or making it oily.

      There are over 15 shades of this foundation available, with a shade for every skin tone. Personally, I picked up the 1.2 shade, which looks dark in the bottle, but comes out much paler. I find that even though this shade is one of the lightest available, it matches my skin well.

      The foundation is sold in a black box which contains a 30ml glass bottle, with a black pump dispenser and lid. The bottle is simple, but I have no faults with the design; the pump dispenser works well, the lid comes off easily, but won't pop off in your make-up bag, and the bottle is sturdy. On the front of the bottle the brand and the name of the foundation is printed on in black. On the back of the bottle there is some safety information and warnings.

      Once dispensed, the foundation is quite thin, but not too runny. The consistency is good for a liquid foundation, as oppose to other similar foundations I have used that are too runny. I apply the foundation with a foundation brush, but a sponge could also be used. You could possibly try using your fingers, but it may be messy. Personally, I dispense the foundation onto the back of my hand, before putting on my sponge or foundation brush, you don't have to do this but I prefer to, so that I don't put too much directly onto my face.

      I apply my Smashbox primer (see review) first, and then this foundation, before putting a powder on top. I would recommend using a powder because the foundation leaves a dewy finish, it's not too shiny, but it's not particularly matte either.

      The foundation applies well to the skin; it's not streaky or patchy. For best coverage I recommend using a brush, but a sponge will still give you good results. It rubs in well, and sheers out to produce natural and even coverage. The foundation dries instantly, making the process quicker and more convenient.

      A little bit of the product goes a long way, so despite the price this product is worth it because it lasts a long time. Usually, I only use two or three pumps of the foundation on my whole face, and that provides sufficient coverage.

      I tend to use more foundation over any blemishes or circles around the eyes, and this sometimes can remove the need for use of concealer, although on any darker skin patches, blemishes or marks I would still use concealer, to give extra coverage. The foundation feels light on your skin you can't really feel that you're wearing it.

      The foundation is also SPF 10, so protects your face from excess sunlight and sunburn. With the British weather I have not been overly exposed to much sunlight, so cannot fully comment of this factor.

      This product should also hydrate skin, which is why I find it useful on my combination skin. After moisturising, the foundation locks in the moisture, ensuring my face remains hydrated all day without drying out. I have found that if you don't apply moisturiser before putting on your make-up this foundation can accentuate dryness though, so a bit of time and care is needed.

      The foundation claims to last up to 15 hours, and I would agree with that. The foundation looks as good when I get home in the evening as it did when I applied it that morning.

      Another thing I like about this foundation is that there is little transfer if your face comes in contact with your clothes or anything else, the foundation remains on your face all day.

      To remove you just need a make-up wipe or make up remover, and the foundation will easily come off your face.

      I have particularly sensitive skin on my face, so I must be careful with which products I use on it. Even after repeated use, this product has caused me no irritationto my skin, and hasn't made me break out either.

      The bottle states that the foundation lasts for 24 months after opening.

      In conclusion, this Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation is definitely a product I will be repurchasing again. I have been pleased with the coverage, the hydration, and the long lasting effects. I am overall very happy with this purchase, and the only fault I can think of is the price. 5 stars from me!

      Review also posted on Ciao under the username of Georgia713.

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      04.03.2012 12:47
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      Good product, where quality over-rules price.

      A few months ago I was shopping around Debenhams when I got collared by a sales assistant. I was about to rush off, or make an excuse which would help me escape from listening to a long talk about a product that I really didn't want or need. But, I was too late and the saleswomen had already started telling my all about this product and range. I was eventually convinced into trying some of the products from the Samshbox range, including this one, and was impressed enough to buy multiple products.

      Smashbox is an American brand, used by many professional make-up artists. It is not so well-known in Britain, but it is sold in department stores like Debenhams, and online from various websites. Most of their products are rather expensive, but I have found most of them discounted on websites such as eBay.

      For those of you who don't know, a primer works much like a moisturiser, to provide a protective layer between your foundation and your skin. They help your foundation go and stay on better, and they prevent your skin from absorbing the oil from the foundation.

      This Smashbox Photofinish Primer was about £25 for a 30ml bottle. Although this may seem expensive, it's well worth the price because mine has lasted 4 months already, with daily use, and I still have half the bottle left.

      Before purchasing this primer, I had only tried cheaper brands, such as MUA. All of the primers I had previously tried hadn't worked as well as I'd hoped, so this is why I'd decided to use a more expensive brand.

      The primer is sold two different bottles. There is a rectangular plastic bottle, which stands on its lid, or a glass rectangle bottle with a pump dispenser. Most recently I have seen the product being sold in the plastic bottle, like I have. Both bottles are transparent, with black lids, containing 30ml of primer.

      I usually use only a little bit of primer at once, as it spreads really well. I use my fingers to apply and rub in, and it works fine, ensuring the substance is equally distributed across my face. You apply the primer upon a clean face, before applying foundation or other products on top. I have used this primer underneath liquid and solid foundation types, and both work fine.

      The primer is a thick gel-like substance, which easily rubs into your skin, with little effort. It fills in pores and wrinkles, making the skin appear smooth and even and once it's rubbed in, your skin feels soft. Although this primer is 'no oil' it still feels silicon like, which can sometimes feel greasy upon application. Despite this though, once it's sunk in it does not appear or feel greasy any longer.

      The primer helps keep your foundation on, making it appear more natural and helping it last all day. As the day goes on, the primer does become less effective, meaning re-application could be necessary. Having said that, the primer will stay effective for around 6 hours though, so that should be enough for most people, but if you require coverage and protection for longer, then you may to re-apply.

      In conclusion, even though this primer is at the higher end of the price spectrum, I find that it's worth the money. In my personal experience this primer keeps my foundation looking fresh throughout the day, is easy to apply, and makes skin appear soft and smooth. My only disadvantages are the price and that it only lasts 6 hours. Despite these disadvantages, I will definitely be repurchasing this product when necessary.

      Thank you for reading, also posted on Ciao under the username Georgia713.

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        16.02.2012 15:44
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        Useful product!

        I often paint my nails, especially if I'm going out. I have a large collection of nail products, and this particular product is a rather recent addition to my collection. Painting your nails can be quite time consuming, which is why I originally purchased this product; to speed up the process. This AVON liquid freeze quick dry nail spray goes over your painted nails, to help them dry quicker.

        This nail spray can be bought for about £6.00 on the AVON website (www.avonshop.co.uk), or from your local AVON representative. It can often be found on special offer, or at a sale price, resulting in you saving quite a bit of money.

        The spray is provided in a clear plastic bottle that holds 50ml of the liquid freeze, which has a white plastic pump dispenser on the top. There is a white label on the back, stating directions and safety information, ect.

        " To use: allow nail enamel to set, spray on light coat to surface dry nail enamel in only 30 seconds. "

        As the directions say, all you need to do is spray the product over your nails, to allow them to touch dry quickly. The pump makes it easy to spray, and for a light coating to be sprayed across multiple nails at a time.

        The spray smells nicely fruity, but if sprayed multiple times you start to smell the chemical scent underneath.

        The spray does quickly dry your nails, so you can paint on another coat of nail polish, or just allow them to dry. But, the product only makes your nails touch dry, so you still have to be careful because you can still smudge them, if you're not careful.

        The spray not only dries your nails, but it also helps to strengthen them, and helps your nail varnish to stay on for a longer period of time. These two added bonuses help keep your nails in good condition, and looking well-kept.

        My only niggle about this product is that the spray is quite greasy and can leave the surrounding area slippery and where the excess spray has landed. I advise you to spray this over your nails on a towel/cloth or an area which you can wipe afterwards.

        You must use the spray 24 months after opening, and the bottle is recyclable after use.

        In conclusion this product is good for drying and strengthening nails, and aside from the greasiness, I really like this product. A useful addition to anyone's nail product collection. Recommended.

        Thanks for reading. This review is also posted on Ciao under the username GAL713.

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        03.02.2012 23:18
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        A classic American film.

        Forrest Gump. A poignant tale of a simple man, who bounces his way through a generation of history, unconsciously affecting so many notorious historical American events. Forrest starts his life cocooned, protected and sheltered by his mum from the harsh realities of modern day society. His mother encourages him believe that he is no different from any other child of his age, just because of his unfortunate physical and learning disabilities. With an IQ no higher than 75, he has limited understanding of the world around him, but this doesn't hold him back.

        Forrest makes it through his school days, with his childhood sweetheart, Jenny, who helps him during the tough times of bullying. After school graduation Jenny and Forrest take their separate routes in life, only for their lives to intertwine numerous times along the way. As Forrest is on his own journey, he encounters a sequence of life changing events. He becomes a college football hero, a medal of honour from the Vietnamese War recipient, a ping-pong champion, a shrimp boat captain, a cross-country runner and a millionaire with shares in The Apple Company.

        All of these unprecedented achievements and materials are irrelevant to Forrest, who only wants to be with his childhood sweetheart, Jenny. After thrilling life, will he finally get the perfect ending he deserves, or will destiny change everything?

        This famous film is set in the 1950s to the 1980s, but was released in 1994. After making a respectable $55,000,000 at the box office, Forrest Gump has become a renowned film, partly for its original storyline, but also because of our devotion to the character Forrest. From the first scene we automatically fall in love with the well-played character, feeling sorry for him, and seeing his good intentions we, as an audience, only want the best for him.

        Forrest Gump is played by Tom Hanks, who perfectly portrays the role, capturing the full essence and nature of Forrest, ensuring that the accent and body language is always true to character. Robin Wright plays Jenny, Gary Sinise acts as Lieutenant Dan, Mykelti Williamson plays Bubba, and Sally Field acts the role of Forrest's mother. This all-star cast produces us with wonderful acting, allowing us to fully connect with the characters. Director, Robert Zemeckis, works well with the camera and actor to create various effects, proving his wonderful directing ability.

        The film is based on the bildungsroman novel of the same name, written by Winston Groom. Although the film varies a little from the original book, we can still see the similarities and the main ideas are still there.

        Forrest Gump is a thought provoking, captivating and heart wrenching film, featuring many social, political and historical messages throughout. The film covers lots of important issues, such as discrimination, bullying, war, peace rallies and racism. One thing the film does cleverly is to trivialize big American historical events, such as the way it skims over racism, almost belittling the importance of the issue.
        This hybrid creation includes genres drama, romance, comedy and history, and all of these different aspects feature regularly throughout the film. Forrest Gump is a story rich in laughs, but similarly rich in quiet truths and moral lessons.

        The only negative I have to say about the film is that it does run for over two hours, meaning that by the end the same themes can become tiresome and overused.

        However, aside from that, I feel that this film is an American classic, which can be watched by all the family (rated 12). The movie is comical, but at the same time it underlines the ever growing the importance of certain issues. Forrest Gump is a must-see. Recommended.

        You can currently buy Forrest Gump online or in various stores for less than £5.


        Thanks for reading this review, I hope it was of some use to you. Also posted on Ciao under the username Georgia713.

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        • Hairspray [2007] (DVD) / DVD / 38 Readings / 37 Ratings
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          Recommended.

          Tracy Turnblad is an all singing, all dancing perfectly plump teenage girl. She lives in the small town of Baltimore, and after being cast on a local TV dance show, she takes it upon herself to fight for integration on TV.

          Tracy, played by Nikki Blonksky, has always dreamed of dancing on TV. She is a keen watcher of the television dance program, The Corny Collins show, so she is keen to jump at the chance of auditioning for the show when one of the dancers must leave. Despite her mother's (Edna Turnblad, John Trevolta) discouragement, Tracy goes to the audition with her best friend, Penny Pingleton (Amanda Bynes) but, only to receive harsh criticism by Mrs. Von Tussle, who assumes that Tracy isn't talented because of her weight and size. After being denied a place on the show, Tracy is more determined than ever. With the help of her friend Seaweed (Elijah Kelley), she returns to the studio to dance with 'the white kids' on Negro day. Corny, the presenter of the show, sees her true talents, and makes Tracy the new dancer on the program.

          Tracy sees and decides that it's unfair that black people can only dance on the show on Negro day, once a month. Tracy then tirelessly campaigns for integration, partaking in a large protest and march. With the help of her parents and her friends: Penny, Seaweed, Maybelle, Link and Inez, will Tracy finally stop segregation?

          From the first scene the film features plenty of toe tapping, 60's songs. They're all modern takes on the original 1988 version of the film; this 2007 take is a more up-to-date adaptation of the previous film.

          Although the story seems it's all about singing, dancing and too much hairspray, a deeper social message runs throughout. The film aims to teach the audience about the 1960s segregation and discrimination in a more understandable, fun way. The play is aimed at teens and young adults, who can connect with the message of the film, with regard to integration and equality.


          The film also has other interesting themes and genres: the musicality runs throughout the film, with many songs and dances; there is also an aspect of romance, as the plot has many different love stories, Link and Tracy, Edna and Wilbur and Penny and Seaweed; the film also has plenty of comical aspects, helping the audience to engage better with the plot; and finally, History, as the film focuses on the 1960s segregation in America.

          For me, the highlights of the film include the big dance scene at the end of the film, which is a great way to conclude the play and the protest for integration, where Tracy joins the march to show her support.

          Some of the poorer parts of the film include the romantic dance scene between Edna and Wilbur, although meant to be slightly comical it is rather cringy, and probably unnecessary.

          I would overall, however, suggest this film to all teens and younger adults wanting a good sing-along movie. I think this film is a great way of making young people aware of segregation and discrimination but in a more understandable way. Recommended.

          The film is rated PG, and can be bought from various DVD shops or online websites for less than £5.

          Thank you for reading this review, i hope it was of some use to you. Also posted on Ciao under the username of Georgia713.

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          Doesn't dry in 60 seconds, but still gives a good finish.

          I have always been a fan of quick drying nail varnishes, so when I saw this range of Rimmel 60 second drying nail polishes I couldn't resist.

          Initially I just bought one shade, but I have a now have a few different colours from the range.

          The nail varnish costs around £3-4 for an 8ml bottle, sometimes the range can be found on offer though.

          The nail polish is sold in a small glass bottle, with a black screw on lid. The bottle is similar to any other nail varnish bottle. The lid twists off to reveal the brush which is attached underneath it.

          The brush is an 'Xpress Brush' which means you only need one stroke to cover the whole nail, ensuring 1 second application. I would agree with this claim most of the time, but sometimes you do need more than 1 stroke to get right to the edge of the nail.

          The nail varnish is thick, but not too gloopy. You can get good coverage with just one coating. The colour applies well, and is no different to the shade in the bottle.

          Despite the claims, the nail polish doesn't dry in 60 seconds. After about 3 minutes the varnish will be touch dry, but any heavy contact will smudge it. The nail varnish is usually fully dry in about 6-8 minutes. This is still quick compared to other normal nail varnishes, but it's not as quick as it claims.

          The colour stays glossy, even without a clear top coat. The varnish will stay on your nails for around 4-5 days, it can chip quicker if you don't apply a clear top coat, or if you're not careful with your hands and/or feet.

          The polish is removed easily with nail varnish remover.

          Although this nail varnish doesn't dry in 60 seconds, it is a high quality product. 4 stars from me!


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          An effective deodorant.

          I have always been a fan of the Sure deodorants, but being asthmatic means that I shouldn't use aerosol products, so I turned to this roll on deodorant. This Sure Cotton Fresh Roll On Deodorant promises 48 hours of invisible protection against sweat.

          The deodorant is packaged in a strangely shaped bottle, which stands on its lid. The lid screws off to reveal the roll on ball. There is 50ml of product in the bottle, which means that bottle is just the right size to hold.

          The product is alcohol free, and smells very fresh and light. This deodorant doesn't have a chemical or overpowering sent, in fact I think it's rather nice. You can smell it when applying, but the smell isn't strong enough to stay on throughout the day/night, so it doesn't clash with other perfumes/body sprays.

          To apply you just roll the roller ball under your arm, until a suitable amount of product is applied. The product will take about 2 minutes to fully dry, I suggest you do not apply any clothing until after the deodorant is dry, because if not it can rub onto your clothes. After the initial application you don't need to reapply during the day/night, the deodorant will last.

          I have found that this product works very well, whilst wearing this deodorant I have never experienced any underarm dampness, even during the hotter seasons. I find that the deodorant will mask any sweat smells, and will keep you dry, even when you are exercising.

          The deodorant will easily wash off in the shower, with no extra effort really needed.

          This product usually costs around £1-2, but can sometimes be found on offer in various shops. It is sold in most toiletry sections in shops/supermarkets.

          I think this product is really effective and it does its job well-5 stars from me!


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        • Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub / Lip Care / 50 Readings / 49 Ratings
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          Good inventive product.

          Lush Lip Scrub is a product that I had heard about quite frequently recently. I had read a few reviews, and I thought it was an inventive product. So, following this, I dragged my dad into Lush, after we'd been out for lunch, and purchased this for myself.

          Lush is a company which makes handmade cosmetics. Their stores are located all around the country. You won't miss them; they are easily identified by their strong lingering smell of soaps and other such products. They sell body products, facial products, bath produce, and other cosmetic goods.

          You can usually find this particular product at the counter in most Lush stores. It retails at £4.95 for 25g. There are multiple flavours available, the ones I saw in the shop are; peppermint oil, milk chocolate, a new popping candy flavour, and this bubble gum flavour.

          It is sold in a small glass pot, with a black screw off lid. The lid has a label telling us the name of the company and the product. The jar's label says the ingredients, directions and company contact details. On the bottom of the pot there is a sticker, telling us who made the product, on which date, and the use by date. The packaging is quite simple, but it looks nice. The pot will easily fit into most handbags, it is a little bulkier than other lip products, so is can be quite space consuming in smaller bags. But, I keep this at home and only use it in the morning or at night, so this isn't a problem for me.

          The lip scrub is made from Castor Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Flavour, Colour 45410 and Colour 45180. Because the scrubbing beads are actually sugar, it is edible after use. I thought this idea was quite quirky and fun loving.

          Directions: 'Rub a little gently into your lips to scrub them smooth and soft'.

          I just dip my finger into the tub, to pick up a little product. You only need a little bit to get good effects. I then smooth it across my lips and rub them together, or rub it in with my finger. Once your lips are scrubbed 'smooth and soft' you can either lick it off, or wash it away. It can become a bit sticky if you don't wash or lick it off properly.

          This Bubble Gum Lip Scrub is bright pink, and smells and tastes quite strongly of bubble gum. The sugar doesn't feel too abrasive on your lips, but you can definitely see the effects.

          The product exfoliates your lips, and removes any dead or rough skin. Your lips feel much softer. I like to use a lip balm afterwards to help them stay smoother for longer, and to lock in moisture, because keeping my lips hydrated is essential, especially during the cold winter months. I use this product at least once a day, but there is no specification on how many times you should or shouldn't use the scrub.

          You only need a little bit, so the product does last a long time. My use by date is over a year away, and I'm sure it will last until then, even with frequent use.

          Lush only uses natural products, so this is reassuring to know that the products are kind on skin and don't contain any harsh ingredients. The product is also suitable for vegans.

          The lip scrub is a product made with simple ingredients, but it is actually a really good idea, and I can't fault it. The only thing I can think of is that it can get a little bit sticky if it's not wiped or licked off properly. It is pricier than other high street products, but I predict than mine will last at least a year, so it is worth it. I have seen similar products on the market, but never anything the same. So, overall I think it's a brilliant idea, and I will be repurchasing when mine eventually runs out. 5 out of 5 stars from me!

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        • 17 Endless Shine Lip Gloss / Make Up / 37 Readings / 37 Ratings
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          I would recommend.

          I had been purchasing a few things from the 17 range in Boots, and decided to pick this up under the 3 for 2 offer that was currently on. I own a million and one lip glosses so, why I thought I needed another is beyond me now, perhaps it was one of the cheapest items available.

          These glosses are available from Boots for £3.59, which equals 12 advantage card points.

          17 Endless Shine Lip Gloss is sold in a small thin tube, made of clear plastic. The lid is made of a sturdy plastic, which pops off to reveal a slanted tip where the lip gloss is dispensed through s small hole. The lid is easy to pull off when you use the lip gloss, but it's strong enough to stay on in your handbag or make up bag. The bottle is small enough to squeeze into your pocket, and to put in small handbags and purses without consuming too much space. The only comment I will make about the size is that it can get lost in a big handbag, which can leave you scrabbling round to find it amongst all your other possessions.

          This lip gloss is sold in 7 different shades: Perk Me Up, Oriental Star, Goddess, Pink Lady, Starlet, Twinkle Toes, and Coral Queen. The shades range from a pinks to browns, and all of them have a slight shimmer to them.

          To apply the gloss, you just squeeze the tube and spread across your lips. The only problem with application is that you have to squeeze the tube quite hard to get a good amount of product out.

          Because of the thick consistency of the gloss, not much is needed to cover your lips, so it will last you quite a while, even with frequent use.

          The gloss is quite thick and gloopy. It will spread across your lips easily with the aid of the tip, but I does seem rather thick. I wouldn't say it was sticky, but there could be a hair-on-lips issue in windy conditions! The lip gloss doesn't have a taste, but it does smell almost fruity.

          The lip gloss provides shiny and glossy lips, as you would expect. You can feel it on your lips but it isn't very heavy, so you aren't hindered by it. The colour applies well, but because of the natural range of colours it isn't very intense.

          With a name like 'endless shine' you would expect it to last longer than normal lip glosses. I have to agree that it does, but not for much longer. It will stay around for 2 hours maximum, and that is without eating or drinking.

          In conclusion, for £3.49 it is a high quality product. It does provide a nice glossiness and natural colour. Although it won't last on your lips as long as other products on the market, it will give you nice shimmering lips. I would recommend. 4 stars from me!

          You can visit www.boots.co.uk for more information or to order online.

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        • Tigi Bed Head Small Talk / Hair Care / 29 Readings / 28 Ratings
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          Excellent Product!

          I have thin hair, but a lot of it. Before I discovered this product even on good hair days my barnet could look a little limp. **Enter TIGIs Bed Head Small Talk 3-in-1** Not anymore though! This product is one of the best (if not the best) I have found.

          This retails at anywhere between £10-18 for 200ml. I used to pay £18 for this, but then I realised you can get it for a fraction of the price if you look in the right places. You can find it cheaper online, but then you can have the added cost of postage and packaging. I usually buy this from my local hair salon though, so just have a good look round for the best price.

          The bottle is quirky and stands out on the shelf. The bottle is purple ball, and the cap is a bright green pump. The packing is different to any I have ever seen, and I think it looks great on my shelf! The packaging is recyclable after you have finished with the product.

          The serum is thick and white, with a lovely smell. The fragrance is fresh and fruity, and it will last on your hair, even after styling.

          To use, you apply to towel dried hair after a shower or bath. One pump of the serum is plenty. I rub it on the palms on my hands first, and then work into my hair, making sure I get right to the roots.

          I would suggest that you experiment with how much you use, you may need more or less depending on the length, style and thickness of your hair. But, beware not use too much at once because it can leave you hair 'crispy' and stuck together, which isn't really the look most people want.

          Because you don't need that much, the 200ml bottle will last you a very long time.

          This product is a 'thickifier', 'energizer', and 'stylizer' all in one. At first you can't see the effects of the serum, but once your hair is dry you can definitely tell that your hair has more volume and body. I have used before blow drying and styling, and just leaving my hair to dry naturally, and both work great.

          The bottle claims that this product 'adds body and volume' 'gives life to limp hair' and that it 'defines separates and controls' you hair. I would agree with these claims, you can certainly tell the difference to your hair after use!

          I have curly hair and (if I'm leaving my hair natural) this product will define and separate my curls, to give me more volume, but it keeps control of my hair at the same time. This product also helps eliminate frizz.

          This Small Talk product also has built in heat protection, meaning that you don't have to pile millions of different products onto your hair!

          You must use this product 12 months after opening it.

          In conclusion, this is one of the best hair products I have found. Despite being a little pricey, I love this serum and I would highly recommend to anyone who wants more volumised hair! 5 out of 5 stars from me!

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          • Glam Shine 6Hr Lipgloss / Make Up / 19 Readings / 19 Ratings
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            A little pricey, but it lives up to it's claims.

            After seeing Cheryl Cole on the advert for this product I was under the illusion that I would suddenly become super glamorous after purchasing this lip gloss. So I did exactly that, even though I didn't suddenly transform into a glamour puss, but I was impressed with the effects of this product.

            This retails at £8.69 from Boots and Superdrug, for that price you get 6mls of product. This is extremely pricey for a lip gloss. The cosmetics industry is a very competitive market, and with the current economic climate being as it is I was surprised to find out the price of this, because it's hardly very competitive or affordable for everyone.

            There are multiple shades available, such as: Always Pink, Immortal Pearl, Infinite Desert, Keep the Sweet, Fresh Fuchsia, Fresh Cassis, Fresh Grenadine, Fresh Lemon Tonic, Fresh Tangerine, Hold-on Rose, Loyal Wild Rose, Golden Tattoo, and Purple Obsession.

            The colour I bought is Perennial Rose, but it doesn't seem to be listed on the Boots website. I don't know whether this means they don't sell it online, or whether they just don't stock that shade anymore.

            The tube is made from thick transparent plastic, with a clear screw off lid. The lid has a silver strip running through it, which I think makes it look quite cheap, which it certainly isn't! The wand has a sponge applicator which is in a 'heart shape'. I think it looks more like a deformed tear drop, but whatever. It has a small hole in the middle, which is totally pointless as all it does it get clogged up with the product. The sponge is angled slightly, which is meant for easier application. Because of the funny angled sponge, when removing the wand from the bottle it only removes the excess product from one side. This means you have to manually wipe the other side, to stop you from putting too much on your lips.

            Once you have wiped it, it has the right amount of product on for one application.

            The wand's shape helps you get right to the edge of your cupids bow bit on your lips, which is rather useful. This means that you don't have to awkwardly rub your lips together trying to spread the gloss. The sponge is quite large so you only need one sweep over each lip, for full coverage and spread.

            The lip gloss is quite thick and a little bit sticky at first, especially if you use too much product. Its consistency means that it doesn't sink into any lines around your mouth, but it also means that it just sits on the surface of your lips instead of drying or soaking in. This results in the lip gloss going everywhere that your lips touch. I have had problems with it going on my teeth when I talk, which never looks good, so just be careful!

            It leaves your lips noticeably glossy and shiny, and the light reflects off it nicely. The lip gloss is glittery, for added glamour, at first I wasn't too keen, because I thought it would look tacky, but it actually adds to the shine, and has a nice effect.

            Because of the glittery bits, it isn't really very smooth on your lips; it can be a little bit abrasive if you rub your lips together.

            The gloss has a nice fragrance, I can't identify it, but I was nicely natural and not at all chemical. In my opinion the lip gloss doesn't taste of anything in particular.

            The name of the lip gloss suggests that the lip gloss will last on your lips for 6 hours. I had never really noticed how long it lasts for, but testing it for this review I noticed that this claim is true. This is brilliant because re-application isn't necessary frequently.

            The only complaint I have with this claim is that if you eat or drink it can go funny on your lips. I found that it started to turn 'bitty' and sticky. This wasn't nice, so I ended up rubbing it off.

            To remove this product can be a pain, if you still have some left on your lips it will take a bit of scrubbing with make-up remover to take it off.

            In conclusion I was impressed that this product actually lasted, so I have awarded it 4 out of 5 stars. I think the packaging could be better, and it could soak in nicer. But, it's still a good rating from me. I would recommend.

            You can visit www.boots.co.uk or www.superdrug.co.uk to order, or to find out more information.

            Thank you for reading this review, I hope it was of some use to you!

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