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      31.01.2012 16:41
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      Great buy if you can afford it.

      I was looking to buy a lip balm which has a hint of colour. I brought this product in the Christmas sales. I don't really own anything by Elizabeth Arden and took a gamble in buying this, however I knew that the brand is a very popular and respected brand so I couldn't go wrong.

      What drew me to this product was its packaging. The balm comes in a bright blue cover, with a bronze sun logo on the top, and Elizabeth Arden written below the sun logo.

      This is a sheer tinted lip balm. It comes in either Sun Bronze, or Berry colour. The Sun Bronze is the shade I own, and this adds a sheer bronze colour to my lips. This is great for the spring and summer months as it's provides a sun kissed day at the beach look.

      It glides onto lips easily, I apply it with a my fingers as you do with any other balms.

      RRP: £12.50 (brought it for £.7.50 in the sales)

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        31.01.2012 12:29
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        An OK read, nothing special!

        I'm a fan of James Patterson, as I like his style of writing and how he captures your attention and concentration and makes you read on till early hours of the morning.

        Give I've read all the other books in this series, while waiting at the airport on my way to New York for my Christmas break, I found this book in WHSmiths and didn't think twice before buying it.


        Taken from the back:

        As San Francisco's most glamorous millionaires mingle at the party of the year, someone is watching--waiting for a chance to take vengeance on Isa and Ethan Bailey, the city's most celebrated couple. Finally, the killer pinpoints the ideal moment, and it's the perfect murder. Not a trace of evidence is left behind in their glamorous home.

        As Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates the high-profile murder, someone else is found brutally executed--a preacher with a message of hope for the homeless. His death nearly falls through the cracks, but when reporter Cindy Thomas hears about it, she knows the story could be huge. Probing deeper into the victim's history, she discovers he may not have been quite as saintly as everyone thought.

        As the hunt for two criminals tests the limits of the Women's Murder Club, Lindsay sees sparks fly between Cindy and her partner, Detective Rich Conklin. The Women's Murder Club now faces its toughest challenge: will love destroy all that four friends have built? The exhilarating new chapter in the Women's Murder Club series, The 8th Confession serves up a double dose of speed-charged twists and shocking revelations as only James Patterson can. And remember, this is the only Murder Club episode of the year.

        The Characters:

        Detective Lindsay Boxer: The main character of the book, she is a very successful detective. Lindsay is working along side Rich in solving the death of many rich people.

        Detective Rich Conklin: Detective who works along side Lindsay. He is getting to know Cindy Thomas a bit better, and is enjoying his time with her (something Lindsay is not too happy about, as her and Rich have some history).

        Claire Washburn: Is a coroner, who not just works very closely with Lindsay, but also are very close friends. Claire is the person who identifies the cause of death for the murders of the rich.

        Cindy Thomas: Is a newspaper reporter. She is trying to solve a death of a homeless man Bagman Jesus. She evelates Bagman to be a great person and who is also misunderstood.

        Yuki Castellano: Is an fiery Assistant District Attorney, who has a reputation for losing most of her cases. The readers will find out more about Yuki's personal life with a dishy doctor (surprise twist to come).

        My Views:

        My first impression of the book was "wow this a thick book", thinking to myself i've found a good read for the duration of my holiday. However when I opened the book I was slightly taken back, as the font is big and there are big spaces between characters. The Chapters are very short and there is alot of paper wastage with huge parts of the paper being left blank. However being a true fan i didn't let this put me off.

        I was glad to see that the four main characters of the other series were also present in this. The story picks up very quickly and is very easy to follow.

        However I felt disappointed in this book and James Patterson's efforts, it didn't provide any real edge or grip for the reader. I found the plot too easy to follow and at times even take a guess at what was coming up next. I felt that there was too many space filers, which wasn't necessary, this made the story line choppy and to be honest uninteresting.

        I finished this book within 3 days, not due to it's gripping content, but rather it's predictability. I would still purchase the others in the series, just to see if there is any improvement in the writing.

        Other Info:

        Price: New £12 (however you can purchase it for much cheaper online via amazon.)
        ISBN 10: 0099514583 / ISBN 13: 9780099514589
        Publisher: Arrow
        Year: 2010
        Pages: 480

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        • Glam Shine 6Hr Lipgloss / Make Up / 32 Readings / 32 Ratings
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          28.01.2012 21:49
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          All you need on a night out!

          I wear and own many make and colours of lip gloss. I love wearing lip gloss as it adds colour and sparkle to my lips.

          Loreal Glam Shine is the first Loreal lipgloss I've owned. The consistency of the gloss is thicker than any other lip gloss I've worn before. I think the difference in consistency is which allows the lip gloss to stay on the lips longer than any other lip gloss. The gloss does stay on the lips for 6 hours as it claims, however I do feel it loses it's shine after a couple of hours.

          The Loreal Website states:

          "The Shine FixTM technology creates a resistant film over the lips to help the product stay in place for up to 6 hours." This formula is protected by 4 patents.

          The other major difference between this product and any other is the Heart Shaped Wand. The heart shaped wand allows more gloss to be stored on the wand, and easily glide on the lips. The wand also helps the application of gloss on the upper lips.

          The lip gloss comes in 15 shades:

          1 Endless Light
          004 Immortal Pearl
          112 Keep the Sweet
          104 Amber Fidelity
          300 Golden Tattoo
          103 Forever Nude
          102 Always Pink
          106 Forever Young
          113 Perennial Rose
          201 Royal Wide Rose
          304 Copper Gold
          105 Hold on Rose
          302 Cinnamon Addict
          200 Mauve
          501 Purple Obsession

          Usually if you're lucky you can get a good deal at boots for this product. However the RRP is £8.69.

          I currently own 2 of the darker shades as they are great for a good night out (as you don't know multiple applications.

          The only negative about this product is that after a few times of use the gloss does tend to slightly leak out of the top when you close the top.

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            19.01.2012 18:00
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            Great product to keep you organised.

            As an assistant I do a lot of filling of confidential documents on a daily basis. I've come across big documents which I'd like to file together however the normal A4 clear pockets fail to keep them all together and end up either ripping at the sides or the holes which inserts into the ring binder tears (and it's a nightmare).

            I found Snopake ring binders 2 years ago and I've not looked back since. Snopake is a quality stationary brand. The brand can fulfuil your stationary needs at a reasonable price.

            The Snopake ringbinder is an A4 Wallet (220 x 305 mm), with a button to fasten the wallet. IT also has punched holes along the side (Spine). The spine is covered with a sturdy polypropylene, which is what makes the wallet sturdy and does not break or tear easy once is used in a ring binder.

            The wallet can store anything up to A4 size papers. It can also fit up to 150 pages and be closed easily. It is a great to have around the office and/or home as it allows you to organise loose sheets in a really efficient manner and all in a same secure place.

            The wallets are designed to fit into any A4 ring binger. It makes my filing system look professional and very organised.

            The quality of the clear wallet is great, and we use this to distribute documents to clients, and make it look professional.

            They come in a pack of 5 and can be purchase at any good stationary shop or online. (I purchase mine from our stationary supplier at £1.84 per pack- excellent value for money)

            If you are an organised person or your new year's resolution is to get organised then this is a must have! You won't regret buying it.


            Model Number: 573535
            Number of Items: 5
            Manufacturer Part Number: 12566

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            • Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick / Make Up / 26 Readings / 24 Ratings
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              17.01.2012 13:00
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              Perfect Lipstick with 12 shades to choose from.

              I don't usually wear lipstick as I find it can be dry on my lips and I don't like the texture of most of them. Saying that when I was in the US over the xmas holidays I saw a great sale for Revlon items and brought 2 shades of ColourBurst Lipstick for only $2 (it would've been a crime not to buy it).

              Revlon was founded in 1930s with a single product a nail enamel. Revlon is a global color cosmetics, hair colour, beauty tools, fragrances, skincare and antiperspirant company. It's known to be one of the strongest consumer brand in its industry.

              The package of the lipstick case is slight different from the norm. The front and back of the lipstick has a crisscross effect, which adds a nice grip to the lipstick. The side of the case our smooth. It comes in a classic black case. Obviously the case will never be as good looking as brands such as Dior or Chanel, however at least they've tried to do something with the lipstick instead of having it as a simple black case.

              When you turn the lipstick it has Revlon engraved into the lipstick and of course as any other lipstick is slanted.

              The Website writes:
              "Instant burst of rich, true colour with a featherlight feel"
              "Elasticolor technology provides immediate colour release and hugs lips with a burst of weighless colour that feels like a second skin"
              "Available in range of 12 shades"

              The Shades:
              Plum
              Baby Pink
              Carination
              Fuchsia
              Blush
              Soft Rose
              Raspberry
              Rosy Nude
              Peach
              Coral
              True Red
              Crimson

              I really like this lipstick. I find it very easy to apply, as it's very creamy/oily in texture which makes it easier to glide on the lips. The shades I have are more of a lighter neutral shades, which means I have to apply a few times to layer it and add a bit of colour to my lips. The lipstick is scentless

              I do find myself having to re-apply at least twice during a working day. However once it's on my lips, it doesn't show any cracks on the lips at all, and is very moist, which gives the perfect finish.

              I do like applying the lipstick and I seem to have adjusted my make up to fit around the shade of the lipsticks I've brought! That's say a lot coming from a girl who wear lip gloss all the time.

              I think this is a must buy for everyone! I'll be buying the more vibrant colours next ( I have nude and Soft Rose).

              Extra Info:

              £4.99
              http://www.revlon.co.uk/Revlon-Home/Revlon-General/searchresults.aspx

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            • Sephora Waterproof Mascara / Make Up / 34 Readings / 32 Ratings
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              14.01.2012 19:25
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              Better Mascaras on the market!

              I used to love Sephora till it closed all it's stores in the UK and most of Europe. However I was pleasantly surprised on my xmas trip in the states when I found them on every other street. :)

              Sephora was founded in the 70s in France, now trading in 20 countries world wide. They act as boots in the US. The stores stocks Sephora branded collection, as well as some high street and designer cosmetics such as Dior, Benefit, Ruby Millie, etc.

              My Views:

              I like my mascara to provide coverage with 2 coats. This mascara fails to do just that. It does what it says on the box, it is waterproof, and this was tested in the pool. However it didn't look like I was wearing a mascara.

              With this mascra I need to apply it more than 3 or 4 times to ensure coverage and definition to my lashes. The good thing is it does dry very quickly so there is not much waiting round to apply the coats.

              As most of the week I only wear a base primer and mascara I need something to provide a bit more jazz to my eyes, this is not the mascara for me.

              I did give it to my sister so my money wasn't wasted!

              Costs: $12

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              • Benefit Girl Meets Pearl / Make Up / 25 Readings / 24 Ratings
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                13.01.2012 22:08
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                If you have to buy one benefit item...make it THIS!

                I love Benefit make up and brought this without reading any reviews as I trust in their Brand.

                Girl Meets Pearl is a primer with a difference, it can be worn over make up too! It provides a glow and shimmer which is to die for.

                Brand:

                The Ford twins started creating make up in the 70s. after a career in modelling and as a make up artistry. Other family members joined the company years later and created a high energy brand. Benefit make up is unique compared to its competitors and draws in the customer due to its quirky packaging. Different products each have their own individual humorous design which makes the product stand out.

                Product:

                A primer which can be worn on it's own or mixed with your moisturize or foundation to provide an over all coverage with a smooth and shimmery finish.

                Application:

                Usually I put a bit 2 clicks wroth on my finger and tap it along my cheekbones. I then blend and tap very lightly upwards. I repeat the process and apply it on my jaw line and blend it upwards so it would meet with the cheekbones.

                You can also just apply it on the highlight zones, cheekbones, brow line, this will give a sun kissed holiday look. Be ware this product shouldn't replace a bronzer on the cheeks as it doesn't add that much colour.

                You can wear this on it's own, or mix it with your daily moisturiser to allow a hint of golden shimmer to your skin. A great look for the summer.
                Also be worn on top of make up to add the extra shimmer and shine to your make up for a glitzy night out. You can also add it to your foundation for an over all smooth shimmery look.

                My View:

                This is an excellent product. I don't usually wear primer on my fact as I think it's too much product on my face, however after I purchased this product just to see what its like as I love Benefit make up. I will never go back.

                I like the fact this is easy to use, I can just pat it on my skin and in a few seconds I have holiday skin. It also add a layer of glitz to normal make up if I wear it on top of my foundation. Pay for one item but can wear it many ways.

                Extra Info:

                £24.50
                12.0 mL

                http://www.benefitcosmetics.com/product/view/girl-meets-pearl

                Ingredients:
                WATER (AQUA), OCTYLDODECANOL, MICA, CETYL DIMETHICONE, GLYCERIN, GLYCERYL STEARATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, TAPIOCA STARCH, POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, PHENOXYETHANOL, SESAMUM INDICUM (SESAME) SEED OIL, TRIBEHENIN, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, BEHENYL ALCOHOL, CETYL ALCOHOL, POLYACRYLATE-13, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) SEED EXTRACT, CARBOMER, PEG-100 STEARATE, POLYISOBUTENE, AMINOMETHYL PROPANOL, IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), BENZOPHENONE-4, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, SORBIC ACID, LENTINUS EDODES EXTRACT, BHT, DISODIUM EDTA, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM), ANTHEMIS NOBILIS FLOWER EXTRACT, RUBUS IDAEUS (RASPBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT, SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE, CARMINE (CI 75470), POLYSORBATE 20, SODIUM METHYLPARABEN, CHONDRUS CRISPUS (CARRAGEENAN), SODIUM PROPYLPARABEN, SODIUM ETHYLPARABEN, METHYLPARABEN, LINALOOL, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, BUTYLPARABEN, CHLORPHENESIN, ETHYLPARABEN, ISOBUTYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE. N° 05131/N

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                  13.01.2012 21:22
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                  Great Eye make up remover!

                  I really like Anna Sui make up range as it has a very pretty packaging and looks very girly and at a high quality. Brought this when I was in Japan.

                  Product:

                  Oil based eye make up remover. It removes heavy eye make up easily, can also be used for lip make up.

                  Packaging:

                  Comes in a a pink coloured plastic bottle.

                  How to use:

                  Put adequate amount unto cotton pads and remove eye and lip makeup gently. you don't need a huge amount at all, only 2 squirts will be sufficient enough to remove all eye make up.

                  Brand:

                  Anna Sui (born August 4, 1964) is an American fashion designer. Sui is known for her vivid, colorful and cheerful designs. Her clothing, fragrance, cosmetic, eye-wear and accessories lines sell at Anna Sui stores in over 50 countries.

                  My View:

                  I find this make up remover excellent only for the eye area. It is oil based so you don't need alot to remove any make up including water proof make up and gel eye liners. It also protects delicate eyes, it doesn't sting at all, you can feel comfortable in being a bit rough as it's very gentle and doesn't hurt the eyes.

                  It leaves your skin feeling moisturized after use. so no need to use any other products to make skin smooth at all.

                  It can also be used on the rest of the face, however I suggest using a cleanser or washing your face after usage as it can leave skin oily and you will break out in spots after a couple times of use.


                  Extra Info:

                  113ml
                  $21
                  http://www.annasui.com/en/cosmetics/makeup/others/

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                    Perfect little gem for any make up bag

                    I had always wanted to carry perfume on a night out, however most bottles are too big. I had always heard about solid perfumes but didn't know where to get them or how big they were. Found this little gem on a shopping trip, as it's from one of my favourite brands, and the most amazing smell.

                    The Brand:
                    L'Occitane is a retailer for beauty, skincare and home products. It was established in 1976 and its headquarters are based in Luxembourg. The company started when Olivier Baussan started selling products made with essential oils from rosemary at his local market in south of France. The first L'Occitane store opened in 1978. It wasn't till the 90s when L'Occitane branches started opening all over europe.

                    Product:

                    The solid perfumes comes in a small circular lip balm shaped container. The container itself is silver and the top is red with a logo of a rose and writing.

                    When you open the lid, you're hit with a strong sent of rose. It has the essence of four different roses, (Grasse, Bulgarian,Moroccan and Turkish) all infused into one little pot. This perfume has a very strong, and romantic smell to it. However once you apply it and you've had it on for a while the smell will disappear. It's not a perfume which will last all day or night long, usually if you want the smell to stay you'll have keep re applying.

                    I found the perfume easy to handle, just rub your fingers over the perfume and rub it against any part of your body you wish. Like any other perfumes, it's recommend to rub on the pulse areas such as behind ears, on writs etc.

                    The perfume is alcohol free and small so therefore easy to carry and it's great in a make up bag for essential touch ups. You wont find another perfume which has the same unique smell of lovely summery flowers anywhere.

                    Also just realised it comes in a new heart shaped design. Gutted I didn't get that :(

                    Ingredients:
                    Grasse, Bulgarian, Moroccan, and Turkish.

                    Other Info:

                    £6.50
                    Item number: 24CO010R9
                    Size: 10ml

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                      14.02.2011 18:00
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                      Great for everyday use.

                      I always have so much going on at work hence I need to jot stuff down to remember and complete, as PA I have my hands in everyting that needs to happen around the office so have to be on my toes at all times.

                      The Challenge Things To Do Book, is a wire bound 115 page planner. The dimensions are 280 x 152 mm.

                      On the back of the cover page you can write your Name and other personal information.

                      Page Layout:

                      Things To Do Today - Is the title on every page

                      4 sub headings below that reads -
                      Allocated To:
                      Own Use:
                      Day:
                      Date:

                      On left hand side of the page you have Priority heading, with a column, followed by a wide section for your notes called "Action Required". At the end of the page on the right hand side there is a last column called "Completed"

                      The bottom of the page has a "Reminders" section which is roughly 5 lines.

                      My verdict:

                      I like using this book, as it's very simple and doesn't make the simple task of jotting things down hard. The right hand side of the book has the To Do Section and the left hand side has a section called "Notes", which is left blank for you to use as you wish.

                      What I like about the To Do section is it has clear lines for tasks, for each line can be start of a task, or if your task is longer you can give numbers on the left column for the level of importance.

                      Once a task is complete you can just tick the complete box on the right hand side. I don't use the reminders section at the bottom of the page much as I don't find a use for it. However the note section is great. It provides a whole blank page for you to make notes or calculation etc, very handy.

                      The only disadvantage is that if you don't fold the pages back you don't know where you are as there is no page finder, so once the book is closed you can't find where you left off.

                      I aslo Find the "Allocated To" and "Own Use" section at the top of the page useless. I don't see how this would be used. They should've taken that out and increase the size of the Day and Date sections.

                      Overall it's great for everday work. The price for the item varies, if you buy from Amazon or other stationary retaliers is around £6.59, however if you order from a stationary supplier and buy 5 at a time it works our much cheaper, so def order from work.

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                      • Olay Total Effects SPF15 / Sun Care / 24 Readings / 24 Ratings
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                        Good Basic Moisturiser... try it.

                        I have used Olay Total Effects for 3 years now. I've realized as you age, your skin type changes. I never use to moisturize my face, but started to notice some dry patches on my skin, therefore went on a search for a effective product, and came across Olay after using couple of other brands. I wanted a cream which had some protection against the sun, as my skin is quite sensitive, and if I'm under the rays too much then I break out in white patches.

                        The Brand:

                        Olay was formally known as Oil of Olay, and they changed to Olay in 1999. It originated in South Africa. In the early days it was a pink fluid, but evolved into a white cream. Olay produce a range of beauty products, and their Olay Regenerist was the best performing anti-aging cream in a 2006 test done by a consumer association

                        The Total Effects Range:

                        "Through the years you have always known how to take care of your skin, which is why the Total Effects anti-ageing product range is just what you've been looking for. Packed with VitaNiacin, Total Effects has a powerful, concentrated formula that penetrates deep into your skin to fight 7 signs of ageing. This is quite simply an unbeatable way to achieve younger looking skin. So what's stopping you?"

                        There are 16 products available in this range.

                        What the Advert permotes:

                        * Visibly reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles
                        * Noticeably smoothes skin texture
                        * Transforms skin dullness to a radiant healthy-looking glow
                        * Reduces the appearance of pores
                        * Diminishes the appearance of blotches and age spots
                        * Intensively hydrates dry skin
                        * Visibly evens skin tone
                        * Skin Compatibility dermatalogically tested
                        * pH Neutral
                        * Non Comedogenic

                        Packaging:

                        Olay Total Effects comes in a traditional Olay cylinder shaped small bottle. The bottle is white with a transparent lid, and reveals a black pump.


                        My Opinion:

                        You only need a tiny amount of cream for your face, otherwise I find it's too greasy. I wouldn't recommend using a full pump, however this covers full face, neck and collar bone area. I use half a pump and use this on the palm of my hands, face and neck area. The white cream is quite thick, and I would say thicker than most creams. After application I find my skin to be smooth and luminous. I find that it does leave my skin hydrated and very soft to the touch. During the week, when I wear Olay I don't tend to wear any make up with it, as it's enough for my skin. But at weekends I wear make up on top of my cream and it looks great, gives a good base for my foundation, I feel that it can act almost like a soft primer.

                        I feel as though it wouldn't be fair for me to comment on the anti-aging aspect of their claim, as I don't have any fine lines as of yet! However I've just read that the anti-aging ingredient is Hyaluronic Acid or Matrixyl 3000, and Olay effective products don't include any of these ingredients, so making a scientific guess I'm not sure if the anti-again part of the moisturizer will work.


                        I don't think this is the best moisturize for oily skin, as it does leave your skin very moist and sometimes if not well messaged to the skin shiny. Def a good moisturizing cream for dry skin. Works wonders.


                        Where to buy:

                        You can purchase this item at most beauty shops, Boots, Superdrug, or stores such as Asda, Tesco or M&S. This retails at £16.99 for a 50ml bottle, however you can get cheaper bottles online, try Amazon, or ebay.

                        Ingredients:

                        The active ingredients listed for many of the Olay Total Effects products are: 4% Octisalate, 2% Avobenzone, 1% Octocrylene, and 1% Ensulizole. The other ingredients in this product are as follows: Water, Glycerin, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Isopropyl Palmitate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Behenyl Alcohol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Panthenol ( Pro-Vitamin B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Amellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Zinc Oxide, Stearyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Polyacrylamide, Polyethylene, Triethanolamine, Cetyl Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Dimethiconol, PEG-100 Stearate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ammonium Polyacrylate, Stearic Acid, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Fragrance, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, and Iron Oxides.


                        Extra Info:

                        * Item Weight: 227 g
                        * ASIN: B000PQDMYU

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                      • Post-It Notes / Homeware / 33 Readings / 31 Ratings
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                        Must have in every household and business

                        The Brand:

                        Post it was invented many years ago by Spencer Silver, however it was his colleague who found a use for the re-adhesive product. It's most common product is the yellow canary colour 3M post it note. However in the early 90s the patent expired and hence a whole world of other products were introduced. Currently the Post It brand has over 4000 products.

                        For such a simple invention, a bit of paper with a sticky bit at the end, it has been a great invention. In the modern world this has been adapted to work with technology. You can now find sticky notes on most laptops, which are yellow post it's in an electronic version. Great idea.

                        How to Use:

                        Post Its usually come in a 3M book, and you just peel the first sheet and write your note and stick it to where you want. Easy as that. They can be removed by just peeling away from the surface.
                        They can be stuck to paper, computer, phones, fridges, boxes...any surface area really.
                        They come in 3 different shades of the following colours. Shades are: Normal, Pastel and Neon.
                        Yellow, Green, Pink, Orange, White, Blue, Purple
                        Size: 3M, 5M, 4M, 2M, 1M

                        My Opinion:

                        As a PA I use this product at work every day for various tasks. I use post it's for notes, telephone messages taken for others, using it as page dividers, bookmarks. They are my one item I can't live without at work.
                        There are now many other brands of sticky notes out there, but using some of them I always go back to the Post It, as I find the stickiness does last a long time, and I find the Ultra colour range great and makes my desk look vibrant.

                        Anyone can use these little gems, great for family usage to keep everyone up to date with what is going on to the urban business man/woman

                        Price:
                        You can purchase this item in any stationary shops, such as Rymans, WHSmith or online at amazon, or other stationary outlets. They can start anywhere from £2.75 and up depending on the size of the post it and the amount.

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                        22.01.2011 22:14
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                        Must try these yummy little pods of heaven.

                        I've only recently started baking and I have fallen in love with it, I try to bake something every weekend. This is the first time I've made this, I decided to make it as it's quite healthy and my b.f. doesn't eat anything unhealthy, so wanted to make something he would eat.

                        This is so quick and easy to make, no preparation and it only takes 5-10 mins baking and 30 minutes to have it all ready.

                        Ingredients:
                        Flio Pastry
                        Melted butter
                        Honey - 1 tablespoon
                        Yoghurt - 500 g
                        Seasonal fruit - grapes, berries, passion fruit
                        Vanilla pod

                        Start off by pealing a layer of the pastry, place it on a flat surface, and brush it with melted butter. This gives you some time to handle the pastry as otherwise it would dry and break.

                        Once you've brushed the whole sheet of the pastry, with a sharp knife, cut it in square vertically, and once in the middle horizontally. This leaves with square pastry sheets.

                        The next step is to layer the pastry. Start by place one square on a flat surface, and then layer with another square however you need to place it at an angle. Carry on doing this till you end up with a star looking shape, with pointy bits of the pastry in all directions. You'll probably use 6 pieces of square pastry to achieve this look.

                        Butter the muffin tin pan with the melted butter. Then pick up all the layered pastry and place it in the tin, make sure you push it down and cover all around the tin. (you need to butter the tin so the pastry pockets don't stick to the sides when you want to take them out.

                        Once the tin is full, place in the oven on 180 oC for 5-10 minutes. The pastry will be golden brown all over.
                        Whilst the pastry is in the oven, mix the yoghurt with honey and vanilla (Scrape out the vanilla pod) together.
                        Scope couple of tablespoons of the yoghurt mixture into the small pastry parcels, you can stuff it as much as you like. Then decorate the top with the fruit of your choice. Volla you've got yourself some skinny yummy tarts.

                        You can also make this filling with cream instead of yoghurt, make sure you whip double cream and add the extras. This is obviously the unhealthy version, but I think also very yummy.

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                          22.01.2011 20:46
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                          Not as great as i thought it would be.

                          I absolutely loved watching Strictly Come Dancing on BBC, and didn't miss one episode. I have also been to see the live shows. So when I realized they were bringing out a fitness DVD, then I simply had to have it. My luck my b.f had brought this for me as my Christmas present.

                          The DVD is advertised as a dance based work out based on strictly come dancing. The DVD cover is of Ola, Artem and Natalie from the strictly show.

                          You can start the DVD by selecting the warm up section which is with all 3 dancers, but Natalie leading the warm up, and others following. This includes basic warm up with a few stretches. I found this section a bit short, and didn't really feel as thought I was warm enough to start the routines.
                          Once this warm up is over you will have to go back to the main menu and select which dance you'd like to learn. I'm not going to review all the dances, only the overall content.

                          Most of the workouts last around 15 minutes, and they start off by teaching you the easiest and most basic dance moves. There are no instructions on how to complete the move. The dance starts by the music in the background and the professional dancer will start the moves, and talk you through the technical aspects of the move e.g. where to place your foot and hands etc.

                          The professional dancer will show you the move slowly at first for couple of times in sections, and then move on to the next part of the routine and do the same. Each section of the routine is then practiced at 70% of the speed and then at full speed. Once you've had the chance to complete the 3 sections to the routine, the whole routine is put together at slow speed, 70% tempo and then at full speed.

                          This is a great way for beginners to learn the basic steps with complete and good technical help provided by the professional dancers. The routine and the steps are repeated a few times, so therefore if you miss a step or put a foot wrong then you can correct it as you go along.

                          All dances are separated into 3 sections, to make a routine. There are a few parts with a lot of stop and start, it doesn't really flow. E.g. after 15 minutes of one dance and the next dance which follows starts with low tempo again.

                          The problem with this DVD is that none of the dance sections have any good music to accompany the dance. I expected for some great tunes to get you excited and get your heart rate going, however this is not what you get, and I was very disappointed. The music is simply crap, it's just instrumental music, and at times it doesn't actually compliment the dance or the routine at all.

                          This DVD could get old and tedious very quickly. As the whole routine for the dances are very short, and it's only basic steps, and repeated, therefore there is no progression and not very exciting after you've learned them all.

                          The only good bit of the DVD is the dance glossary section, which explains all the technical dance moves and helps you to learn what they are and I felt as this way it was easier to learn the dances.

                          This retails for £10.99 and you can purchase it from many stores, HMV, Virgin, or on-line at Amazon.

                          My Opinion:

                          I was very disappointed with this DVD. I was very excited when I received it as a present, but I now feel it was a waste of money and my time. The music is crap, and there is no real excitement in the dances. I expected a lot more from this DVD, as the show is amazing. . I've only put this DVD on about 5 times and haven't had the urge to put it on again. I feel as though this was a quick way to make more money and not much thought or effort has been put into it.


                          The Content:

                          Warm up -includes all 3 dancers
                          Paso Doble - Artem - Sexy Latin dance to tone your arms and bum
                          Cha-Cha-Cha - Ola - flirty and sassy Cuban dance
                          Jive - all 3 dancers - Upbeat American dance to get your heart rate going
                          Samba - Natalie - Brazilian carnival dance
                          Cool down - all 3 dancers
                          Dance Glossary - This section will teach you the technical part of the dances and what they mean
                          Studio lessons - once you've learned the routines, join in with the professional at full tempo.

                          Technical info:

                          Format: Colour, PAL
                          Number of Discs: 1
                          Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment UK Ltd
                          Release Date: 06th Dec 2010
                          ASIN: B00470MBLA
                          Runtime: 60 minutes

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                            20.01.2011 18:32
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                            love the pen, adds sparkle to my day job

                            I'm not normally a person to pay more than 20 or 30 p for a pen! I received this pen as a Christmas present as I am a big fan of Swarovski jewelry and own most of their limited edition pieces.

                            The Brand:

                            Swarovski is a brand name for Austrian luxury and prestige hand cut crystals. The range includes and not limited to sculptures, miniatures, jewelry, home décor, chandeliers, accessories, earphones, memory sticks etc... All items are marked with the swan logo (which came into play in 1988). However it has been rumored the Swan logo is now being phased out for the new logo which is simply the brand name Swarovski.

                            The Packaging:

                            Once you get passed the infamous blue coloured swan logoed Swarovski bag you will come across a velvet purple pouch. This instantly emphasizes the brand and what it stands for, luxury and quality.

                            When you take the pen out of the pouch you'll realize extra ink is also included!

                            The Pen:

                            It's a ball point pen, which makes it easy to write and of course in any direction without any difficulty.

                            The pen is a white/pearl colour on the bottom half, with a silver tip. You can also get the pen in the following colours: Black, White pearl, Copper pearl and Purple.

                            In order to use the pen you need to rotate the tip of the pen clockwise. Rotate it anticlockwise and it will make the tip of the pen disappear. The colour of the pen is black.

                            The top half of the pen is see through, with lines of hand cut crystals. This is then partially covered by a sliver clip, which enables you to attach the pen to a coat pocket or some papers. The sliver metal part has the Swarovski brand logo

                            From the top end of the pen hangs a very short chain with a single crystal. Swarovski has a range out, which includes a heart, a star, and solitaire.

                            Price:

                            You can buy this range at all Swarovski shops, or department stores such as Debenhams, John Lewis or Fenwick. Retails at £24.00

                            My Opinion:

                            I don't usually buy expensive pens, as I felt it's pointless. However after using this pen for nearly a month, I have been converted. I love having this pen. I think it's chic very pretty and does the job. Why not add a bit of glamour to everyday life. As a PA I use it all the time so I can justify paying slightly more for it.

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