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I love the Soap & Glory range and it's always the first beauty brand I turn to when I want to try out a new product. I recently purchased the Soap & Glory Glow Lotion and loved it.
It comes in the retro, 1950s style packaging which I think is so lovely and really brightens up the bathroom. The bottle is 150ml with a pump dispenser. The lotion is a pale peach colour with a little shimmer to it and is so easy to apply as it leaves no streaks. It gives a sheer finish and the skin a soft shimmer. My skin felt so soft after the first use.
The product also smells fantastic as does the entire Soap & Glory range. This particular product could substitute perfume as it's the smell of the lotion is strong and doesn't fade, therefore no perfume is needed.
It's around £6 a bottle but at Boots there are usually such as 10% or 20% off beauty products or 3 for 2 on the range. It's also available at Harvey Nichols and asos.com.
I'm a huge fan of the Soap & Glory beauty range. I buy it from Boots (to get my advantage points, of course) and whilst it's more expensive than other ranges available, it's worth it because it's one of the best. I'd been wanting to try a lip plumper for a while, so I instantly tried the Soap & Glory one because I knew it was a brand I could trust... and it didn't disappoint.
I applied the lip plumper to my lips and within a few seconds, my lips started to tingle. It's advised that before using XL Extreme Lip Plump that you should try the tamer Mother Pucker lip glosses first but I actually used this one first and I could handle the tingling - I rather enjoyed it actually. I will warn you that the tingling can get quite intense but it's not unbearable. It did tingle for a little longer than I thought it would, after about ten minutes my lips were still tingling but after fifteen it had ended but the gloss remained on my lips and they felt really moisturised.
My lips did look a lot fuller and smoother so it definitely worked it's magic and I only applied it once in the morning, so my lips stayed plumper all day. The applicator is similar to that of a Lancome Juicy Tube and it's quite a large tube, so I won't be running out any time soon. The only downside it has is the smell as it's quite pungent and since your mouth is under your nose (haha), you will be able to smell it but actually once it's on your lips, the smell disappears, so maybe it just smells strong when it's in the tube.
I just love the Soap & Glory brand, the packaging is fun and the products work. The XL Extreme Lip Plump is £10 and can be purchased from Boots and Harvey Nichols in the UK but google it and I'm sure you'll find places to buy it. It's definitely a must-have for any make-up bag!
I know Christmas has just passed (2009) but I think these are tips to bare in mind throughout the year for the upcoming Christmas as the way I like to shop starts with the January sales, then by Christmas I'm not rushing around like a nut. I like to buy quality items at the lowest possible prices as I am sure most people do. I like to plan ahead so I know exactly what I'm buying for every person on my list and exactly when I'll buy them to get the best prices.
The January sales are the best time to buy anything Christmasy such as Christmas cards, wrapping papers, any decorations or lights... even the tree itself as shops need to get rid of the stock. A £40 tree might be yours for £10, it might seem like a weird time to buy with Christmas gone and everyone's taking decorations and cards down but you'll be thanking yourself in December. Things like cards, wrapping paper and decorations don't tend to fall into 'must-have' categories, toys for children do with popular toys changing all the time but decorations not so much, so you can't go wrong with buying them early.
When it comes to gift buying I make a list of all the people I need to buy for and next to each name I set myself a strict budget, I can be a few pence under but I can not go over the price as if you shop on impulse you're more likely to spend too much. By making a list you know what you're doing and you can stop worrying about forgetting something because it's all written down. Also if you write things down and have specific gifts in mind you can spot bargains, that £20 Wii game for your nephew might be reduced to £15 and that's when you buy it.
Debenhams and House Of Fraser always have up to 25% off on select days, so I would just wait for these days to happen. Debenhams had one every couple of weeks in 2009, so if you see something in the stores just wait until they have money off. This includes if you see something in stores such as Warehouse and Jane Norman because they have concessions in Debenhams and will also have money off items.
An extra pointer when it comes to shopping is clubcards. Boots and WHSmith have cards where you can spend money throughout the year, it's a good opurtunity to save your points until Christmas and then spend them on gifts, this way it feels like you're not spending a penny and technically you're not. Boots give you 4 points for every £1 you spend, so all the things you would buy anyway throughout the year such as cosmetics and toiletries are giving you points and every 100 points equals £1. Boots also tend to do days with extra points such as 'triple points' meaning 12 points for every £1 or '£10 of extra points when you spend over £50' etc. When it's Christmas put these points towards gifts with Boots doing 3 for 2 on gifts and WHSmith does 3 for 2 as well or you could buy yourself a little treat with the points. Game also does a points card but you have to buy it for £3, however you'll probably save a lot in the long run so it's worth it.
Cashback sites are the new craze when it comes to online shopping, why not sign up to Top Cash Back or Mirror Cashback (who give you £5 for signing up) and then everytime you purchase something online, you get money back. It may only be a few pounds but if you save them and cash them in a few months before Christmas, you can spend the extra money on gifts or food, alternatively cash them in after Christmas and it'll give you a little boost when your funds are low. Ordering online especially at places like Amazon or Play.com save you money because they don't have to pay for stores, these places only sell online so give you a cheaper price. Also use sites such as Kelkoo to compare the prices of items and find the website with the best price.
Food is something you have to buy last minute otherwise it'll go off but Marks & Spencer do specialised Christmas food for Christmas dinner or nibbles for parties. Everything you want can be found ready-made for you, if M&S is a little too expensive, Sainsburys also do a nice range. Also if you have a Nectar card, visit Sainsburys to do your shopping throughout they year like you usually would, present your Nectar card at the till and collect your points. At the end of the year use your points to get some 'free' food or some alcohol, it's all about planning ahead.
I hope some of these hints will come in handy and help your future Christmas shopping be hassle-free.
When it comes to make-up, I always like to spend a little more on quality make-up as it tends to last longer and you do actually get your money's worth. However, when I tried this lipstick, I have to say I was a little disappointed.
I became a fan of Dior after recieving one of their mascaras as a Christmas present, so I was thrilled to recieve this lipstick as a Birthday present. It came packaged in a small, shiny box and the casing is so lovely. The lid is the length of the tube and the gold and blue colour combination make the lipstick's outershell look really eye-catching and it looks impressive on your dressing table or in your make-up bag. Though I am sad to say that the positives stop here.
I found as I applied the lipstick, it was very thin and so I knew I would have to put on several layers just to get to my desired colour and then usually I like to rub my lips together, just so my lips look even and the lipstick is nicely blended, however the lipstick was like stuck to my lips and would not move or be blended at all. I'll admit for the first few minutes the lipstick felt full of moisture but then it started to feel a little stickey. I recultantly kept it on, just to see if it would improve, afterall all make-up is different.
I wish I'd taken it off, by the end of the day my lips were dried out. They'd gone from moisturised to sticky to dry. Throughout the day my lips felt quite uncomfortable as though they were chapped and the colour faded after two hours. One of the main selling points of this lipstick is that it's 'long-wearing' but I beg to differ. This is not what I would call a £16 lipstick, more like a £1 unbranded make of lipstick.
Overall I was disappointed as Dior usually produces high-end quality products but apart from the appearance of the lipstick, there was nothing else desirable about this product.
When the first complete collection came out, it retailed at £200 and as much as I love Friends, no way could I justify spending that much... especially since they're shown on e4 every single day. However, the newest collection to hit the shelves celebrating the 15th anniversary is an absolute bargain at under £40. Can you believe that when series 8 and 9 were first released they cost £90 alone?!
So what's the show about?
Meet the characters:
Played by Jennifer Aniston. Rachel has had a spoiled childhood and she was the most popular girl at school, these traits have then been carried to her adulthood. When we first meet Rachel she has run away from her wedding as she realised she wasn't in love. Throughout the series we see Rachel develop and learn independence, first getting a job as a waitress, then a job in the fashion world where she excels. Rachel is part of the Ross and Rachel, 'We were on a break!' relationship and we see her having to deal with her feelings. A major step in her life is finding out she's pregnant with Ross' child after a night together; they have a daughter, Emma. There's always times when Ross and Rachel look like they might get back together but this eventually happens in the final season which was a great way to round things up.
Played by Courtney Cox-Arquette. Monica and Rachel were friends from High School, whilst Rachel had the popularity, Monica struggled with her weight. She was always on the tubby side but we see her as very skinny. It's ironic she works as a chef. She is very obsessive and likes things clean, she likes to be in control of things and hates losing. When she gets sick in one of the season's she announces she hasn't been sick in years, sickness shows weakness and Monica doesn't like that. As Ross gets married in London, she hooks up with Chandler after feeling lonely and getting a bit drunk but it works out for the best as they eventually get married. Of course, they hid their relationship for a while and we see them trying to cover up the fact they're an item, it's fun to watch their friends realising they're a couple. Monica has always wanted children and so is devastated when she realises her and Chandler are unable to conceive but there's light at the end of the tunnel when they decide to adopt. In the final episode, we see them finally get the children they've pined for and they get more than they bargained for: twins! A boy and a girl, what more could she ask for?
Played by Lisa Kudrow. Phoebe has had a tough life, her mother killed herself and she was forced to live on the streets and yet, she remains one of the quirkiest characters in the group. She's a sort of ditzy blonde who works as a masseuse and plays guitar, albeit badly, on the side. She meets her brother early in the series, he opts for an older woman and when they can't have kids, Phoebe volunteers to carry the children for them. She ends up giving birth to twins, it's very emotional when she realises she'd like to keep one but of course realises she can't do that. She finally finds love in a guy called Mike who Joey set her up with but it was rather a random set up as he forget he promised her a date, called out the name 'Mike!' and picked the guy who answered to that name. It must have been fate though, as they get married and talk about having kids of their own. After a rough start in life we see Phoebe get the life she deserves.
Played by Matthew Perry. As a child his parents divorced because of his father turning out to be gay and going to work in Las Vegas as a show girl. This has always affected Chandler and especially in the earlier part of the series, we see him often be the subject to jokes about his own sexuality. Chandler is definitely the comical guy of the group and I'd say he was one of the best characters every created in any sitcom. We see him hook up with Monica when they go to Ross' wedding in London and then they finally get married themselves, we certainly see Chandler grow up a lot during the series. Chandler is the only one of the six who hates his job and doesn't feel he has a purpose until he eventually gets a job in advertising. Chandler's middle name is Muriel, Chandler Muriel Bing, in the words of Ross, 'Your parents never even gave you a chance, did they?' Chandler becomes a dad to Jack and Erica in the final episode as he and Monica complete their family and choose to live a life outside the city.
Played by David Schwimmer. Ross is Monica's older brother and has always been the favourite of his parents or at least his mother. His first wife turned out to be a lesbian but they did have a son together, Ben. He works as a palaeontologist and has a passion for Science. He has a relationship with Rachel and when they decide to take a break he sleeps with another woman but Ross always defends that it was okay because 'they were on a break'. This 'We were on a break thing!' is a joke that lasts the entire programme. He then marries Emily, a British woman but that is doomed from the start when he accidentally says Rachel's name in the vows. The wedding lasts only a short while before they are divorced. The group take a trip to Vegas and after having a fight on the plane (where Ross finally draws on Rachel's face with permanent marker) the two stay in their room together and get drunk because Rachel doesn't want people to see her. They get so drunk they decide to get married and that's the third time for Ross. Afterwards, Ross doesn't want another divorce under his belt and so tries to get the marriage annulled but can't, so they stay married even though Rachel doesn't know. They finally get the divorce and Ross is always subjected to jokes about marriage, divorce and engagements... for obvious reasons. In the end, he has another child, Emma with Rachel and they end up together again.
Played by Matt Le Blanc. Joey comes from an Italian family where he has seven sisters and was brought up in Queens. Joey is the womaniser who has never been in a serious relationship. He's an aspiring actor who gets his big break in the soap, 'Days of Our Lives'. He has a wacky agent called Estelle. His acting on the soap didn't last long though and to say he's an actor, he was still one of the weaker earners. He's had his dumb moments throughout and he loves food as well as sex. We see his strong friendship with Chandler especially when they live together; the two make a good duo and really care for each other. Unlike the others, at the end of the series Joey doesn't know what he wants to do and hates the change around him. Joey gets a spin-off series but nothing can be good as Friends.
And if these characters just aren't enough look out for special guest appearances from George Clooney as a doctor, Sean Penn as Pheobe's love interest and who could forget Brad Pitt as Ross' old geeky High School friend!
And what can we expect from each season?
Each character is unique and together they are an awesome group of people you just wish were real. Set in New York city, it follows the lives of six 20-year-olds on there journey through life and in the end we're left with 30-year-olds that have grown up a lot. Other titles that were considered for the show were 'Insomnia Café', 'Across the Hall', 'Six of One' and the popular 'Friends Like Us', that was chosen but later shortened to the beloved, 'Friends'.
We meet the characters; Rachel is the new addition to the already formed group when she crashes into the Coffeehouse wearing a wedding dress. Ross is trying to deal with his divorce as well as the fact he's going to be a dad and that his wife left him for another woman. We also discover that Ross has like Rachel since High School and he now likes her again.
Monica falls for her dad's friend, Richard and they try to declare they're love despite their age gap. Joey gets a part in the soap, 'Days of Our Lives' as Doctor Drake Ramoray. Ross tries to get over his love for Rachel and starts dating Julie. As Joey moves to a better apartment, Chandler gets a new roommate in the form of Eddy the psycho.
Ross and Rachel's eventual relationship is torn apart when Ross gets jealous of Mark; a guy who helped Rachel get a job at Bloomingdale's and now works with. Phoebe meets her half-brother. Chandler is in a relationship with Janice, the one with the funny laugh and 'Oh... My... God!'. Monica breaks up with Richard because of her need for kids and the fact he's not interested, she moves onto Pete, a millionaire, she likes him but isn't attracted to him. Whilst on a 'break', Ross sleeps with another woman and that finally ends the Ross and Rachel relationship.
Chandler falls for Joey's girlfriend, Kathy. Rachel pursues a guy called Joshua. Joey and Chandler swap apartments with Rachel and Monica after winning a bet. Ross meets Emily, the English woman he later marries. Phoebe is carrying her brother's baby which turns out to be triplets. The finale is the wedding of Ross and Emily in London, where Ross accidentally says Rachel in the vows.
Ross divorces Emily after she demands him not to talk to Rachel and move to London or it's over. Monica and Chandler's one night-stand is revealed to the viewers but they're relationship is kept secret from their friends until one by one they all find out. Ross moves in with Chandler and Joey after being suspended from work on account of his rage and he has no apartment after he sold all his furniture in thinking he was moving in with Emily. They go to Las Vegas to see Joey who is working there; Monica and Chandler decide to get married but when they get to the chapel; Rachel and Ross come stumbling out.
Ross attempts to get his marriage to Rachel annulled because he doesn't want another divorce. Monica and Chandler decide to move in together. Ross goes out with a student called Emily, he knows it's wrong but they really like each other. And Chandler decided to propose to Monica.
Monica and Chandler get engaged and start planning the wedding, well Monica does. Rachel turns 30. We get shown what really happened between Monica and Chandler in London. Monica meets Chandler's dad who works as a transvestite show girl. We end with Monica and Chandler's wedding.
Rachel discovers she's pregnant after we're firstly led to believe Monica is. Rachel doesn't reveal who the father is straight away but we soon find out its Ross. Rachel starts getting aggravated when her pregnancy is overdue and Monica and Phoebe make bets as to when she will give birth. As we wait in the hospital, there's a lot of confusion between Ross wanting Rachel back and Joey accidentally proposing to her.
Ross can't let it go that Joey proposed even though he didn't mean to. Phoebe meets Mike after Joey sets them up, claiming Mike is his friend when in fact he was just a random guy at the Coffeehouse. Chandler gets transferred to Tulsa. Phoebe meets Mike's parents and fails to make a good impression. Joey starts dating Charlie, a palaeontologist that Ross likes and Rachel starts developing a crush on Joey. Ross is giving a speech in Barbados and invites the group to go with him.
Rachel and Joey try and become a couple but find out their friendship is too strong. Monica and Chandler make plans to move outside the city and adopt children. Rachel is offered a job with Louis Vuitton in Paris; her move prompts Ross to declare his love for her. Joey's agent, Estelle, dies. Gunther tells Rachel about his feelings for her after years of adoration. Phoebe and Mike get married. We see Janice for the last time as she decides whether or not to buy the house next to Monica and Chandler's prospective new house. Monica and Chandler finally get their children, twins; a boy and a girl called Jack and Erica.
This is one of the best American sitcoms, well it had to be to make it to their 10th season and everyone must give it a chance, you're in for a laugh!
Spotify is a great way to listen to music for free. You can create playlists easily and it's a perfect way to listen to your favourite songs whilst doing homework or exploring the web. It takes minutes to download and then an icon appears on your desktop. You then double click, log in and start finding songs you want to hear. You have a specific log-in and password, so if another computer in the house or at a friend's house has Spotify, you can log-in as yourself and listen to your personalised playlists and song collection.
There's a huge variety of songs to choose from and most songs are available unless they have only been released within the past week, these songs are less likely to have appeared yet. It may also be harder to find minor bands and less popular artists as if there's no demand for songs, they tend to not appear on Spotify.
Songs are available instantly, you can double-click and listen to it or transfer it to your playlists with a touch of a button. The same song can be placed into several playlists too. If you decide you want your song on your MP3, you can right-click and download it (of course, then you have to pay).
You may wonder how Spotify makes money if all songs are free to listen to but they do play adverts quite often (I'd say at least every 10 songs but then compared to some radio stations that play ads every 3, this is pretty good). However, if you're hosting a party and have a playlist prepared and would prefer no adverts to interrupt, you can pay 99p to have 24 hours of ad-free music which I think is a really good idea.
They have recently come up with Spotify Premium where you pay £9.99 a month for ad-free music throughout the month, offline listening (meaning you don't have to have internet access to listen to your song collection), songs are played in a higher quality even though the quality is very high for free and you can also listen to your songs on your mobile.
I use the free version and have no complaints. I''ve very rarely not been able to find a track and if I couldn't find it, it became available within a week or so. The adverts do get a little repetitive but it's a very small downside for unlimited music for free at your fingertips.
Like most items in the fashion world, UGG Boots are either loved or hated. They can be loved for their luxurious feel and comfy fit but could be hated for their design and the way the material creases after wearing them for a while. However, it can't be disputed that UGGs have been a must-have item in any girls' wardrobe for years now. I myself felt a little reluctant to fall into the trap of UGG and was adamant I wasn't going to purchase them, firstly because they were so expensive and secondly they just didn't appeal to me.
I was bought some as a gift for my birthday (my parents and nana chipped in to buy me a pair because my mum wanted me to have the 'must'have' boots that 'everyone was wearing' but to be fair I usually would want the latest trend) and so, I tried to act like I really loved them. They were the classic short ones and a lovely chestnut colour, the packaging was impressive, the box was so sturdy and it had the UGG logo on the top, there was also a note from the people at UGG thanking me for my purchase... I felt quite special to be honest.
And then I put them on... wow! They were so omfortable, it really did feel like the boots were hugging my feet. They felt so cosy and suddenly I was no longer acting like I loved them... I really did! I then ran to the mirror to see how they looked and to my surprise, they looked really good. Unlike when they're sat on the shelf and they look a bit bulky and unflattering, they really suited me and looked delicate. They looked and felt great.
UGGs are made from 100% sheepskin and the lining is fluffy. They come in a variety of styles such as classic short and tall, you can also get ankle boots. They've also added variations such as the 'bailey button' which has a button on the side (these are also really nice as they have just a little more eye appeal than the regular UGG). They also come in some lovely colours, so you can wear them with all outfits; sand, chestnut, black, chocolate, red, pink, grey, blue.
Skinny jeans can be tucked into the boots perfectly and with comfort, however I'll admit that it's a task trying to squeeze any other type of jeans into your UGGs and if you do manage, they look baggy and not cute at all. UGGs also look good with short skirts and dresses, however I'd say they don't look as good with long skirts and dress or shorts.
The boots are lightweight and flexible, they never feel stiff and you never have to wear them in... they come like you've been wearing them for years and as though they're an old friend. You don't have to wear socks with the boots as your feet feel warm enough without them plus if you wore socks you wouldn't be able to appreciate the soft, fluffy lining as much.
UGG Boots do not look like a boot that would be able to handle rain or puddles, after all they're not wellies but they can handle anything. Snow, rain, hail... my UGGs have been through it all and they still look as good as new. Even when the rain comes down really heavy and your boots look really wet, and when I saw this I thought the rain was going to come through to my feet but it didn't, my feet stayed completely dry and warn.
However, when they do get soaked, they take a while to dry as it's important they dry naturally so they keep in good condition and this can take up to 24 hours. It is also important to note that you must spray your UGGs with a sheepskin protector (UGG make their own brand of sheepskin care around £22) and basically, you spray it on your boots until they're damp and leave them to dry naturally, this then stops your UGGs from going moldy in the rain.
One thing that annoys me slightly about the boots is that they crease as you wear them as the material is soft. However this is only a small con and they're still worth getting, you get used to the crease and it becomes unnoticeable. Also the price is another con at £150 or around that price depending on which style you want to purchase but then again, if the boots are going to last I'd say at least 3 years, isn't it worth the price? It'll turn out cheaper than having to buy ten pairs of boots in the space of 3 years because your regular boots or fake UGGS keep get scuffed and worn.
UGGs are sold at most shoe stores such as Office and Schuh. Also at designer clothes stores such as USC or online at ASOS.com, I'd suggest buying them online as you're likely to be able to get them slightly cheaper. Another way to get them cheaper would be to go to New York (or any US state to be honest) where they sell them for the half the price they charge in the UK... which is unfair!
So if you're like I was and are unsure about whether to purchase some UGGs, I'd say do it. I now have three pairs and wouldn't hesitate in buying some more (once I have some more money of course) as I wear them practically everyday and if you're still hesitant about the price, think of them as an investment, you won't regret it.
I have tried many cashback sites but with no success. They were either too complicated, I wasn't recieving my money or they didn't have many shops to choose from to gain my cashback. But then came Mirror Cashback. It is part of The Mirror newspaper and so I thought since this was a well known paper, I couldn't go wrong plus you get £5 added to your account just for signing up (which admittedly did lead to my final decision). Then all you have to do is find a website that you would shop at anyway and remember to click on the site's link to it, then it brings up the page for instance Currys and you'd make your online purchase as normal. However, after two to three days when you log back into your account, you'll have an amount added to your account, it may only be a few pence but all the money adds up.
It will say 'pending' for up to three months but then it turns to 'approve' and once you've reached £25, you can recieve your money straight in your bank account. Also what's good is you can recommend as many friends as you like and you get given £1 per reccomendation (you only recieve the money once your friend has reached the £25 minimum and that money has gone into their bank account). It really is worth it though, it is hard to remember sometimes not to go straight to the site you want to shop at but to go to mirrorcashback.com first (which is essential otherwise you will not recieve cashback and you can't claim it back, the page has to be open during purchase) but everything else is exactly the same as any other online shopping experience. You get in the region of 1-5% cashback or your well known high street shops such as Boots, sometimes if you spend just £20 or £30, you'll only get 10p which doesn't seem much but imagine if you spent that much every month, you'd have a few quid back every year and you're bound to spend more if it someone's birthday etc.
I spent £100 at Boots on birthday presents for a few people and gained £5 which at first I was a bit like 'is this all?' but at the end of the day, if I'd have gone to the shop I wouldn't have got any money back at all. I found the site very simple and I've never had any problems and they've always given me the money that I'd earned. After just a year on the site I've got £50 back on my purchase. It really is worth signing up!
After I pulled a muscle in my back, not sure how I did that, I ached for ages and really wanted something to just massage out the pain a litte. I got a few massages just by friends, the classc shoulder and back ones, they worked but I still had small twinges. I found this Massage Bar in Lush and thought it had been made for me, I quickly purchased it and for £4.90, it wasn't too expensive.
To be honest, the look of the soap isn't very nice, I usually like Lush with their brightly coloured soaps and bath bombs but this is a little dull. It's a classic soap shape, sort of oval and it's cream with dark red beads over the top. Not the prettiest thing on my bathroom shelf but if it worked, I didn't care.
The main ingredients I remembered reading were cocoa and shea butter which are both excellent for your skin as they make it so soft and moisturised. The soap smells of mint and cinnamon which is quite a pleasant scent, so I didn't mind rubbing it all over my back.
I used the soap and as I rubbed it I could feel the oils coming into my hands, it as like the soap was melting and all the scents were released. It felt very warm and as I rubbed it on the top of my back, it was very warm and I could feel my back getting more relaxed, it was really nice. My back which had felt tight and achey for so long, felt loose for the first time.
I used this for the first time in the morning, after two hours I could feel the pain slowly creep back so, I then started using it in the evening just before bed. I have a bath, apply the soap to my back and 2 hours is enough time for me to get to sleep without any pain.
I would recommend this Massage Bar as it did work for me, it simply warms and relaxes the sore area for a good couple of hours, so perfect for bed time. It does last a while even though it's only a small bar but I still say nearly £5 is quite expensive for this product.
I joined Ciao surveys shortly after joining Ciao to make a little extra money. It's really simple to join, you just need your e-mail address and to make up a password. In your own time, you can fill out additional information, what you like, what you do for a living etc. They use this information to send you appropriate surveys, there's no point sending you a movie survey to do if you state you hate movies.
The site sends you regular e-mails with a link to a survey, I get at least two a day. It states how much you'll get for the survey to, it's usually 10p, however on some occassions I've filled out surveys worth £1, £2 and even £4. Once you click on the link, it brings you to the survey and tells you how long it'll take you to complete, on average it's about 20 minutes for a 10p survey, however I find it doesn't actually take that long, more like 10 minutes.
One thing that I do fault about Ciao Surveys is that they send you an e-mail, you click on the link and the start filling in the survey and after 5 minutes it says, 'sorry, you don't qualify for this survey but you've been put into a prize draw' or something to that affect. Well, I for one have never won a prize, they claim you can win £10,000 but I never had. So, I find this annoying, I find the more expensive one's are the pickiest about who fills them out, I've had about 10 e-mails with £2 surveys in but out of the 10 I've only completed about 4, the rest I didn't qualify for.
The surveys can be about a lot of different things, movies, sweets, adverts, entertainment etc. There really is a vast range, so I'm sure you'll find a survey that you'll enjoy filling out. Once you filled out the survey and it's all complete, you won't be credited with your money until the survey has closed to everyone, usually about two weeks to a month later. Then it'll appear on your profile page, once you're past £5 like Ciao, you can get paid. I like how it goes straight into your bank instead of waiting for a cheque, it takes about a month for the payment to go into your account but they're always spot on, I've never had any hassle.
You can also earn extra money by referrng friends, you get £1 per friend and the money is credited when yor friend fills out a survey and their money is credited. I'd say this site is worth a go, just due to the fact that you don't have to search for surveys, they're given to you and then you can choose whether to fill them in or not. You will qualify for about 80% of them and the money slowly adds up, I've been on it for 6 months and have gained £18, so I'm not quite a millionaire just yet.
This mascara has quickly turned into the best mascara I've ever purchsed, it transformed my lashes and made them so much fuller and thicker. It' £6.99 but I got it at a promotional price of £4.99 at Superdrug. I think either price is good value especially when you find out how good it is, it really stands above all other mascaras out on the market.
The packaging is really fun, it's bright yellow with purple writing, so you really can't lose it, it stands out compared to all your other make-up. It really caught my eye on the shelf and I was really drawn to it. When you unscrew the lid which matches the bottle, you get a really fat brush which is originally yellow like the bottle but obviously you can't see this when it's covered in black mascara.
Applying this mascara is so easy and it doesn't clump. Each lash seems to be seperate to the others, it's curled, intensely black and your lashes appear really full. Your eyes can look amazing just with this mascara without any eyeliner or eyeshadow needed at all, your eyes still look utterly perfect but of course, to add to your look you can add more eye products.
One slight downside is that, this mascara isn't waterproof and as far as I know they don't do a waterproof version. I can't tell you how long this mascara will last if it does come into contact with water because I haven't experienced this but I do know it doesn't smudge easily. I went to a late night party and it didn't budge at all, nor did it smudge and when I looked in the mirror my lashes looked as good as before I went out.
This mascara is easy to remove with either make-up remover or simply soap and hot water. This mascara is such great value and I couldn't find a fault.
I like painting my nails and I look for nail varnishes that firstly, dry quickly, secondly, come in great colours and thirdly lasts a few days. I like them to dry quickly as I'm so impatient, if it takes too long then I usually smudge them by accident. I'm glad to say, this nail varnish does dry very quickly, it claims to dry in 60 seconds, this is a slight lie, it's more like 2 minutes which is still fast enough for me.
This nail varnish comes in a lot of amazing colours from natural pinks and peaches to really bright purples and blues. There's a shade perfect for every occassion and outfit, so I'm sure everyone will find what they're looking for. The bottle is quite small and there's not a lot of liquid but it has a nice lid and the brush is so easy to hold and allows you to easily apply the nail varnish evenly. The bottle is see-through so you can see the colour ans the lid is glossy black for a stylish finish.
When you first open the bottle your hit by a very strong smell which does begin to fade during your application, it's not a terrible smell but it's one that will catch you by surprise as it's very sharp. The varnish itself is thin making it easy to apply, however for a more intense colour, I find sometimes you need two coats which isn't good value for money when the bottle is so small.
On a plus side and third on my list of a perfect nail varnish is that it lasts. I wore it for 4 days without a single chip but as soon as a small chip does appear unfortunately the rest comes away very easily, that's what I found. Having said this, strangely enough it's very hard to remove with nail varnish remover, instead of it coming away on the pad, it sort of spreads around causing a bit of a stain. This wastes more of your nail varnish remover than you'd normally use which makes this product even more expensive.
I'd use this nail polish again but it wasn't a favourite of mine and at £4.99 it seems like a bargain but it gets used so quickly it's not worth it. Then because it's so hard to remove, I used so much more nail varnish remover that I had to buy a new bottle and that was an extra £2.99. I still love Rimmel make-up though, especially their mascara and so their nail polish won't put me off buying their other great products.
Gordon Ramsay seemed to appear out of nowhere unlike chefs such as Gary Rhodes and Jamie Oliver who had they're own cooking programmes. Ramsay instead took the appoach at starting in other people's kitchens, yelling at them for being bad chefs. The F Word is one of his newer shows after Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares, it's shown on Channel 4.
The F Word takes place in a restaurant and there's many features to the show including the cook-off where a celebrity cooks their favourite dish and Ramsay does his version of it. The two plates of food are cooked at the same time whilst Ramsay sort of interviews the guest and tells them what bad cooks they are, they're then put on a table where the people don't know which person cooked each dish. They then vote as to which was the best dish, Ramsay nearly always wins and this part of the show finishes when Ramsay says 'now get the f*** out of my kitchen'.
I do like Gordon Ramsay, he's quite funny and so passionte about food, it's almost sexy. He does swear a lot, I didn't mind this at first as it made him very unique as a chef and took what we think is a stereotype chef to the extreme. However, on some occassions I do think he takes advantage of his ability to swear whenever he wants, it's just not always neccessary.
The show doesn't always flow too well, Ramsay seems to be trying to cram everything he possibly can into it. There's the cook-off, then actual cooking, talking to celebrities who've visited his restaurant and it's just too much to digest. Unlike Hell's Kitchen where it was teams competing in the kitchen and Kitchen Nightmare's where he goes to someone's restaurant and the whole programme is focused on Ramsay trying to help turn there bad kitchen's into good ones.
Kitchen Nightmare's was so good i even made it to US TV and not even that but they wanted their own special version of it. I don't think this will be the case with The F Word, it's not very well plotted but it's ot the worst show in the world and is worth a watch if you like Gordon Ramsay.
This autobiography by Paris Hilton allows us explore the wonderful life of a rich heiress. This book really sums up Paris Hilton, it contains lots of pictures of her and not a lot of words. Having said this, it's not bad for a little light-hearted reading and the pictures are quite fun, there's a lot of other celebrities featured and most of the pictures have never been seen before.
On the front cover is a picture of Paris Hilton wearing diamonds and draped in pink but this is who she is; girly and rich. I was drawn to this book due similarities I have to Paris Hilton as I am very girly, I love pink, fashion, make-up etc. In between the many pictures are a few chapters, they're quite short and she talks of her boyfriends, fashion and beauty.
Paris Hilton gets a lot of stick from the press and the public but I think this book really shows who she is, she doesn't take herself too seriously and she just likes a good time. It's funny in places as she has quite a sense of humour, sometimes the things she writes sound a little superficial but I don't think it's supposed to, the writing is meant to help us relate to her and find common ground. Talking about hair and make-up is something you would talk about to another girl as you try and get to know each other better.
This autobiography is good for the younger generation, girls who watch MTV and like the whole young-Hollywood scene. I'd say it was safe for your daughter or niece as it doesn't make girls feel bad about their looks or weight, if anything it makes them feel Paris Hilton is one of you as she laughs about diets and says you should eat what you want.
Paris Hilton also does a matching book which is more of a diary where you can write your secret thoughts about anything and everything, she personalises the book with some of her favourite phrases and even more pictures. This is the perfect companion to the autobiography and would make a nice gift together.
This book, mainly through picture use, allows us behind-the-scenes of a glamourous world of parties, award shows and being in the public eye, if your not a fan of Paris Hilton, this clearly isn't for you but I think anyone who has their doubts about Paris Hilton will read this and be pleasantly surprised.
After looking after my baby cousin everyday for a week, I fell in love with her beautiful pushchair. I took her out for a stroll every afternoon and it was like a dream. She has had this puschair since she was born (she is now 2) and apparantly my aunt won't be buying an upgrade because the pushchair grows with the child.
Firstly, the design is lovely, it's classy and stylish. You can also have ifferent colours from pink to black to cream, there are a lot to choose from. I also found out the covers are washable after my cousin had a rather large accident, it was really easy to clean so this pushchair is ideal for the busy mums.
The Bugaboo has two large wheels and two smaller ones, the larger ones can be removed so the pushchair fits nicely into the car which is brilliant especially for me who has a small car but it fit perfectly. Also, what I found amazing was what's in the wheels, air? No. It's foam material meaning no need to worry about your wheels losing air or getting a puncture.
The Bugaboo comes with a carry cot which is comfortable for a tiny baby, I didn't need this due to my cousin being 2, however as I looked at it, it was deep therefore if a baby was in it outside, they'd be well protected from the weather such as wind and there's also a hood ideal or rain. There's a raincover too which is excellent quality as I got mine caught whilst trying to put it on (you could tell I wasn't a mother) but it didn't tear at all.
Once your baby outgrows the carrycot, this is when you move them to the chair. This is why I think the Bugaboo is quite good value, you get so much for every stage of your baby's life, making things easier as you'll never need to purchase anything else, the only time you won't need the Bugaboo is when your child can walk.
My cousin sits in the chair which tilts but doesn't recline completely flat, it's just enough for them to lee peacefully. It also tilts upright which I found great for my cousin who likes to see what's going on around her. You can either face your child towards you or away from you, personally my cousin liked facing me so we could have little chats :) It's also goodif you want to keep an eye on them.
The brake can be found on the handlebars which I found handy as that's the part your always in contact with so if you need them on quickly, they're right there. I found the buggy altogether very easy to control, perfect for me who's never really handled one before. To say I'd never used this pram since last Monday by the end of the week I was a pro. The only thing I found slightly tricky was folding it to put in my car and to store in my house when it wasn't in use as it's a slightly bulky thing but again by the end of the week I'd got the hang of it but to those mother's who will be giving birth, I'd take into consideration the difficulty of this as it's very tiring.
There's a massive basket underneath the pushchair which was great to put the changing bag, a few toys and my shopping. This pushchair offer the smoothest ride ever, I don't have a lot to compare it too but it really was like gliding on the pavement. It was really fun to push my cousin and little dips in the path didn't seem to disturb her sleep.
As someone who isn't a mother I would still highly recommend this pushchair, I found it so great that even though I'd only used it for a week I had to tell everyone how great it was in this review. It was a pleasure to push. I'd say it's maybe not the best pushchair if you rely on public transport as it's quite heavy and bulky but if you have a car (even a small car like me) you'll be fine but give your journey a little extra time for the folding/unfolding).
One last point which could be the make or breaker for some of you is the price. I asked my aunt how much a wonderful pram like this would cost, just in case I needed one any time soon or if I found someone I could recommend it too and to my shock horror she said about £650! Well, my mouth dropped, this Bugaboo maybe be a dream but the price is a bit of a nightmare. However, if you think it could last throught to your second and third child (which I'd say it would as the quality is so outstanding) then perhaps think of it as an investment.
Overall the Bugaboo is an amazing pushchair but is up to you to decide if the cost is worth it!