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Like everyone, when the re-newel of your contract phone comes you get excited, you get to scout for better deals and phones and in my case I have broken the phone I received long before the upgrade. I previously owned a Sony Ericson 6800i and I loved it, it wasn't a 'smart phone' but at the time it did what I needed and was extremely durable.
In August last year I changed my contract provider to 3 and got offered 5000 texts, 2000 minutes, 1GB of internet and 5000 3 to 3 minutes (my two brothers and my dad are on 3 so this is a bonus for me) with this model. I did some research and it seemed to have good reviews but as it had not been released for that long it was unreliable as bugs had not been found by that point. This only costs me £35.
I got this model in black but it is available in red and when entering the shop it was not what I was looking for but I was desperate for a phone at this point as I was going to get cut off of my previous provider the following week so when I entered 3 the Sales Advisor tempted me with this smart phone, showing all the great features and how it had "Facebook apps", easy internet use and advanced android features, me being sold by the sales boys' charm got that model and went off with it.
At first it was great, it has a sleek design and is only 118g in weight including the battery and has a thin, modern design. It only has one centre button which I am still unsure of its primary function as it seems to do nothing and a button located at the top to turn the phone on and to unlock it. This phone is purely touch screen and the screen accumulates to the majority of the face of the product, being 3.2inches. This phone looks very smart but does have a lot of bugs. After using the product for 5 weeks I incurred software issues with this product, firstly it kept resetting and coming up with a reset screen, often it would not unlock when I needed it to, answer telephone calls of hang up the phone during a call. This happens regularly and since sending them to HTC themselves I got it returned saying it had water damage, something it certainly DID NOT and I was within my warranty too, this put me off their company as a whole. They're always so quick to sell the product but never reluctant to sort out any problems!
The camera quality is terrible, it is a 5 mega pixel but the camera often doesn't focus and is very blurry sometimes, this is annoying as sometimes I forget my camera. The video capture is good and a video can be taken for up to an hour, this gives great shotting time, the only downfall is you cannot use the flash which is inbuilt into the phone on a video recording, strange but might be something they could consider changing.
The phone itself would be a nifty little phone if it did not have many faults within, but does have some good sides to it, I can store over 500 contacts, store a Micro SD card up to 32 GB on it, store many 'apps' from the android market and have easy access to the internet through wi-fi or mobile internet (and also has a GPS receiver). The battery capacity is pretty bad but manageable, some days it runs out quicker than other as the internet is constantly on and in use.
The blue-tooth was pretty good, it was a smart looking one and picked up everybody in the surrounding area, this phone is an android so I found it hard difficult sharing items with some other make and models of phones as sometimes it can have different picture viewing agents. This is version 2.1, an enhanced version.
I would not recommend this product to anybody as it is not worth the money and time spent on trying to fix it. I thought I was getting a good deal when I first received it but now I realise I was seriously schemed by the corporates again! I will be going to a more trusted brand on my next purchase of contract.
I must start this review by stating that typical American comedies are not usually "my thing" and when recommended this show, I was less than optimistic. However, when I watched it for the first time I was hooked, this has to be one of the funniest sitcoms I have ever seen. I am writing this review in regards to the programme as a whole and not the one box set.
The story line revolves around four friends, two of whom are flatmates and all of them all socially awkward physicists who know little about life outside of a laboratory, as well as nothing about women, social interactions or the functioning of non-scientific facts about the world.
Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) are flatmates, they have a friendship bound on facts and their friendship is a strong one although conflict is present throughout the series. The other two; Howard (Simon Helberg) and Rajesh (Kunal Nayyar) are similar to Leonard and Sheldon, however, Raj is socially awkward and cannot speak to women unless under the influence of alcohol and Howard is a Jewish man who is unlucky with women and still living and dependable upon his mother. Him not having a PHD lowers his status in the group showing that their educational matters are more important than sociological ones. Their friendship blossoms as the series progress with jokes, strong bonding story lines and many un-intended innuendos.
Penny (Kaley Cuoco) is extremely attractive and lives across the hall to Sheldon and Leonard. Leonard has an instant attraction but his inability to interact effectively with women prolong his wish to be with her. After a long story line of his lust, they finally end up together and many twists and turns end in disaster and he is left heartbroken and pining for her. She becomes a major part of their group and also has a (non-intimate) relationship with Sheldon, even though their characters are a complete contrast. It is a funny connection.
Sheldon's character is a character who has no emotional bond and his thoughts are only that of logic, reason and science and does not like being touched and has many over peeves which are relayed every episode. His character has become loved by fans, with hilarious outbursts and mannerisms. His social awkwardness, annoying presence and ignorance is resented by his friends. He has an IQ of 187 and exhibits a strict adherence to routine; a lack of understanding of irony, sarcasm, and humor. This means he can be very difficult to interact with and his friends seem to find these traits very annoying. Sheldon is also uninterested in many of the romantic occurances of Leonard, Howard, and Raj. These characteristics are the main sources of his humor and the basis of a number of episodes.
Overall this is an easy watch although the episode length is only approx 20 minutes. I would recommend this to anybody who enjoys this sort of thing as it is a very good watch and can entertain for hours (considering you own the DVD or suchlike)
Running time - 2007 - present
Founded by - Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady
I have always had a love for Liam Neeson and after watching this film, my love for him has stayed strong. He portrays great emotion in the part of Bryan, a retired CIA agent who has moved closed to California to live near his daughter and the apple of his eye, Kim. Kim lives with her mother and wealthy step father and arranges a trip to Paris with her close friend Amanda, who is barely featured in the film. Bryan is reluctant to let his daughter go to Paris as he 'knows what the world is like' - referring to his life as an agent and to his absence during her childhood.
After deliberation, he accepts and Kim goes to Paris, but after a few hours of arriving, Bryan receives a distraught phone call from his daughter, and this follows with her being taken. This is where Liam Neesons 'skills' go into action, with him scouring Paris for his daughter. His heart breaking adventure endures many pit stops, with him finding Amanda dead in 'the house' and many girls being hooked on heroin and then used for prostitution and trafficking. The whole circuit unravels over the period of the film and it shows a fathers strong paternal bond for his daughter, it is truly an inspirational film. I do not want to give the whole plot away and will not tell you the ending.
I acquired this film from Tesco for £7 and it was one of my best purchases, it gets many watches and can be watched many times.
In the film there are some film mistakes which are unnoticeable unless you are articulate, however, it only occurs once so is not the biggest deal in the world. This film looses a star for this reason and because it lacks realism in the fact he gets stabbed twice and shot three times and remains alive in comparison to the other people who died.
I would definitely recommend this film as it is an easy watch and also explores many genres in one film, as well as grabbing the attention of the audience from the first scene. A great Friday night DVD watch
RELEASED: Sept 2008 - Certificate 15
RUNNING TIME: Approx. 93 mins
DIRECTOR: Pierre Moral
WRITER: Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen
Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills
Maggie Grace as Kim Mills
Leland Orser as Sam
Famke Janssen as Lenore
Holly Valance as Sheerah
David Warshofsky as Bernie
As I have a really pale complexion, I dabble with different tans to try and add a little colour to my skin (don't worry, I am not one of them people who cake it on and make myself orange) and I often direct myself to ones which are on offer because I find that full price can often be a bit expensive for what you recieve.
I was recommended this product by friends but for the price I thought it wouldn't be a very good outcome and was not optimistic. One night I had a friend over and she'd brought it round for me to try and she had a dark one (I thought I was indefinitely going to be orange after this) but she promised it would look good. I was really reluctant at first as dark would take a while to come off my skin but my friend even bet me her V festival ticket that it would look good! I knew she was serious!
The appearence is just a tall white bottle with a pump at the top. The writing down the side reads vertically and is ought to be read when purchased for optimum results. It costs £3.99 from Savers and is similar to the bottle of well known 'St Tropez' which is around the £20 figure and contains less, with this bottle holding 200ml! Quite a lot for fake tan.
On application the tan instantly varnishes the skin, leaving a glow so you can see where you still need to apply. It does leave a sticky feeling on your skin so avoid leather or smooth surfaces as you will be unable to wear clothes for a while. However, once applied it left no scent and although it looked blotchy, I was awaiting washing it off. The bottle advises at least 4 hours but I usually leave it over night for better results. My boyfriend often makes me wash it off before bed now though as the sheets and one half of him has woken up orange!
When you are ready to get in the shower and wash it off, just wash your body and see the results appear, the streaky look disappears and a warm, sun-kissed glow comes out. I was amazed by the results and after the initial wash off there is no problem with transferring the tan as it practically sticks to you for up to a week. Now, instead of trying tans I stick to this particular product as it gives me everything I need and more for a fraction of the price. I would (and have) recommend this product as it brings colour into a pale 'ill looking' complexion like my own. For £3.99 I couldn't think of anything better. If you are not a fan of the moose, there is also a spray version of the tan aswel and can be brought in a lighter shade, which I find not to stick as well.
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After hearing about this product from a number of people, I came across 2 for £5 in Boots so I got one for myself and one for my best friend. From previous experiences with Barry M Nail Polishes I was optimistic as all of the other colours I own are easy to apply, long-lasting and come in a variety of vibrant colours.
Similarly to others in that range, the packaging is in clear glass casing, also containing 15ml of nail polish and is only £1 more when at normal price (£3.99 as opposed to £2.99 for other Barry M Nail Polishes). If you are familiar to this product then you will notice the difference in the lid, having a golden cracked image and gold writing, this stands out. This made it easy to find considering it was at the bottom as the shelves were practically empty!
I was happy with my first impression of the product, with a leaflet attached explaining in detail instructions of how to apply and ensuring a coloured base coat is done before for full effect. After following the instructions, the results appeared before my eyes, the polish was cracking and the bright base colour underneath was shining through, creating a really unique effect on each individual nail.
This product only requires one coat so do not put on more than one as it ruins the nail. I learnt this the hard way!
Once completing my first hand, the nail varnish around the edge started to gloop together and dry all over the top, making my brush have lumps in it, I just shook the bottle to get rid of the problem for a while. It is a problem that needs to be overcome. I was careful and completed my nails after considerable time!
Although I was messy afterwards due to the 'gloopy' residue on the brush, but I was very satisfied with the results, the problem has not consisted on usage since but can be found to do it if instructions are not followed, but overall I was happy with the results and it lasts for ages because when 'chipping' occurs it does not look bad. A messy product that looks good!
I would definitely recommend this product and have done and for £3.99 it's a good effect for any attire and every nail is unique and no pattern is the same. This product comes in a variety of colours including white and blue and I would advise you to pick this item up as a little treat from Super drug or Boots. The process was a bit of a pain but the ending result was worth it, just make sure a considerable amount of time is allowed between application of the base colour and the cracked look varnish. I am currently fashioning a cracked look with a different colour on each finger!
Based on the novel by Helena Fielding, Bridget Jones [Acted magnificently by Renee Zellweger] is terrified of becoming a 'spinster', which I know most women can relate to there. The thought of growing old, alone and never having children is a thought haunts her. I personally love this film because it showed me a real life, imperfect girl going through everyday stresses. Also being a narrative figure and speaking to the audience through her thought process, Bridget shows the audience the real her, what others around her do not perceive, making me able to empathise and relate to her character completely. You get to see single life at 30 and how it is for women, socially and in other aspects, also comically exploring her obsession with men, weight issues, 'binge' drinking and giving up smoking. This film was released in 2001 but is still favoured by many to this day, as well as the price, 5 pound from Asda!
Bridget is a single woman living alone at the second most romantic time of year, Christmas and how she spends it without a boyfriend. This film is hilarious and sees Bridget embarrassing herself to the extreme, by no fault of her own most of the time. People do not understand her and think she is a joke, but as an audience you see how comical she really is. A typical theatrical/romantic film would be nothing without a love interest, of course, and Bridget has two, very handsome men too I'd say. First it starts with flirty messages to her boss, womaniser Daniel Cleaver [Hugh Grant] and starts an affair with him. She thinks it is love, and after spending a few days away together she comes back to find out that he is engaged to an American woman named Natasha. This is where it breaks off and she gets a job in television and leaves her job, not before having a few funny things to say to Daniel in front of the whole office.
After meeting Mark Darcy [Colin Firth] at her mothers Christmas party, she was astounded to hear his remarks about her drinking and smoking habits, she instantly dislikes him but as they keep meeting in strange locations their love starts to blossom. Amongst other aspects along the way, Daniel comes back into Bridget's life, leaving her torn between Daniel and Mark.
However, unfinished business relating to similar matters are already in the air between Daniel and Mark and it leads to a fight for Bridget (I wouldn't mind!) and she ends up with her man, the right man, I just won't spoil it for you if you haven't seen it!
This film is good with a glass of wine, pizza and your girl friends and I would highly recommend it to anybody who hasn't seen it. It is a certificate 15 as it has some sexual reference and material and contains swearing. Since this was released a sequel came out named Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason which sees another fun filled adventure with Bridget and the boys. Good boy Mark Darcy, a Human Rights Lawyer and bad boy, womaniser Daniel Cleaver fight for her love once again with foreign bodies. This film had me in stitches for a long time and still makes me laugh, a great watch.
Being a Law, English Language and Literature and a Psychology student, you can imagine the lengthy essays I have to carry out. I often get confused with language used between each when I am piled with two 2,000 word essays. However, my saviour is here, the Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus has helped me conquer the deadly writers block and accomplish tasks letting me get my deadlines in!
It is 1076 pages of genius, with every word ever needed printed with brief descriptions explaining the definition and in the thesaurus sector it has a wide range of different words to add a bit of OMMF to your writing. I have found that my vocabulary has become a lot more broader since I purchased this item too, which has enhanced me on my English course too.
It is in alphabetical order and is easy to navigate, with the word at the top of each page to help you find your appropriate word through by just flicking through the pages, as it is very big.
The one problem I find with the durability of the paperback is that it has become very worn, but considering the amount I have used it I would say it is okay, it just appears tattered and old. I will definitely purchase a hardback when my copy becomes unrecognisable.
I purchased my paperback copy for 4 pound from Amazon but can be found as cheap as 3 pound! It is always worth purchasing one for the bookshelf for the children, or even yourself to use. I am sure most people have been in need of one. It can be also be bought in hardback for 15 pounds upwards. I would recommend this product to anybody as it is a handy tool to keep around the house but is also a helpful apparatus in completing work, writing formal letters, etc.
I am assured that most women will relate to me about getting frustrated with spending money on foundation that doesn't cover well, is patchy or is not the right colour, leaving yourself either as orange as Jordan or as Pale as Edward Cullen. I went through numerous different brands of foundation, all of which were massive failures until I bought Dream Satin Liquid. This is Maybelline's newest foundation. I bought this because I rather like Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse but prefer a base foundation.
The best thing about this product is that you do not need to apply a lot to result in an even coat which is not noticeable. It is not heavy either, with a light feeling on your face you do not feel it on your face. I was very happy with the overall look of my skin on my first use, it has since always provided flawless skin, even on bad days! And it lasts for a good few hours, I only apply it once a day and it lasts until I go to bed. That's through lessons, work etc. with no need to reapply, so overall I am extremely happy with this product.
I have also found since using this product that even if I have a slight tan it blends to my face not failing to give me a good, fair looking complexion. To apply there is a little pump which distributes a decent amount which covers the whole face. The only thing I consider a problem is that the bottle is made of glass, which is heavy. However, the durability of the glass is good as it is very strong. It is a tall bottle and I was happy with the amount that is in the bottle, approx 30ml which is standard for a foundation of this kind.
This particular range has many varieties in shades, Maybelline sell many products that have a wide range in skin tones, which vary from pale to dark skin tones. There is one for most skin tones.
I bought this for approximately £8 from Superdrug but you could price comparison to see where is cheaper. However, it is worth your money.
I would recommend this product to anybody who is currently using a foundation that makes their skin appear flaky or dry skin with a good moisturiser as this foundation creates a smooth, light, airbrush finish to the skin.