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The Toshiba Satellite C660-155 laptop is amazing! Fast processor. Massive storage. Good webcam. The list goes on! I am writing this review on it now haha :) My last laptop was a Toshiba too not quite sure of the model but I had it for about 4 years before it decided to die and instead of getting it repaired I decided I needed to upgrade, and believe me I am so glad I did! This laptop has an Intel I3 Core processor and believe me when I say it is fast, it really is! Especially for the price too it is super good value. The massive 320GB hard drive is more than enough storage I need to store all of my photos, music, videos and programs I have installed onto my laptop with room to spare :) The 4GB ram is definitely adequate for the amount of programs I have running at once and I can switch between them very quickly and easily with no fear of the laptop freezing or hanging between opening programs like previous laptops I have owned. The webcam is great too very good quality and easy to use it doesn't require you to even switch the webcam on or mess about with installing software in order to get it working. It works well on Skype and the microphone is very good quality too if used for recording. You can take photos with the webcam and record video too by clicking on the Web Camera Application which is easy to find and is good to pin to your taskbar for ease of accessibility and they are saved into your documents in a folder you can specify. There is very good sound from the speakers which isn't distorted when the volume is turned up, even to maximum. The keyboard is well spaced out and the keys are easy to press and big enough to press even if you have fat fingers haha :) Although I don't use the the Number Pad that often it is useful when typing up sums or numbers but obviously the Num Pad isn't specific to this laptop. The touch pad has a great feel to it and the buttons used to click (don't know if there's a technical name for them) are quite large and make it easy to click on what you want on the screen. Also the touch pad can be tapped to click too as with many other laptops, but if you prefer not to have this it can be deactivated easily. The Operating System is Windows 7 and is a massive improvement on my previous laptop that had Windows Vista and it was very very slow! The features of Windows 7 do make a massive improvement to the laptop as a whole and makes everything run a lot smoother. There are 2 USB ports and they are positioned on the left hand side. This means that as I have a mouse plugged in the cable has be stretch around the back of the laptop to the right side as I am right handed. If you had a mouse and the cable wasn't very long then this may be more of a problem. Also, if you are using quite a large USB cable or device that is plugged in e.g. a SD card reader it can be hard to fit anything else in the USB slot next to it. Also the power cable is plugged in on the right hand side, although this doesn't cause a massive problem I think it would be a lot better if it was plugged in at the back of the laptop. The overall look of the laptop is simple and stylish and looks very professional if you are using it for business purposes.
I have been a fan of Bare Minerals for a while now ever since I got their foundation and instantly was impressed but I did notice that after a few hours my skin did seem to get quite shiny and the foundation did not last all day. That was when I thought about a finishing powder to try and make it last longer. I was never really a massive make-up user before and to be quite honest I really didn't know what kind of finishing powder would be best so naturally I googled :) I found Bare Minerals Mineral Veil being discussed on a discussion board and it seemed to have good things going about it so I went back to the Bare Minerals counter in Debenhams and asked about it. Long story short I got it and with a brief explanation about the best way to apply etc. I was off to try it! The next morning I applied my Bare Minerals foundation as usual and then applied the Mineral Veil over the top. I used my Bare Minerals foundation brush to do this and basically you just sweep it over your face in circular motions just like putting the foundation on. The powder is translucent so it doesn't change the colour of your foundation although this not expected with any finishing powder as it is just to set the foundation in place. As soon as I applied to to my face it almost seemed to glow, I dont know whether that was the actual powder or just me seeing things haha. It was definitely very easy to apply as it is very lightweight and seemed to gloss over my skin quickly and easily. I wasn't really too sure whether you are only meant to go over your face once with it and just put a light dusting on the top or apply lots of layers. I just dusted it over my face lightly and already I noticed all of these things about it. It's very soft so theis makes it feel good to apply as well, if you rub it between your fingers you will understand what I mean by soft. Also this makes it go onto the brush easily. Anyway, the description is 'Cornstarch based making it light and giving you shine free results' and so far the first part 'Cornstarch based making it light' is very true and you can tell even straight after applying it. I'm not quite sure what cornstarch does to make it lightweight but it definitely works! So now for the test, does it live up to the claims? 'giving you shine free results' the answer in short is yes! I went out shopping and about 2 hours after I'd applied I checked the status of my face.. no shine! If I hadn't have used the mineral veil then my face would have started to look shiny by now and my foundation would have been compromised. I was impressed and carried on my day. After about 6 hours after I'd applied I was back at home and my face and foundation still looked pretty ok. There was a small amount of shine when I looked in the mirror but this was extremely minimal and may have been made more obvious by the bright light above my mirror. So overall it lasted about 6 hours with no additional applications of foundation or mineral veil. Of course if your skin doesn't got oily then shine wont be a problem and the mineral veil will just help keep your foundation in place and keep it looking good :D
I have always been an avid fan of Taylor Swift and I was even lucky enough to get tickets to go to one of her Speak Now world tour concerts in Birmingham UK last year. Believe me when I say it was amazing! Whenever I listen to this album it reminds me of the amazing night I had, although this album was recorded one of the US Tour shows, the atmosphere of the crowd and of course, Taylor Swift's amazing voice was the same on all her concerts around the world. There has been a lot of negative press about Taylor Swift and her singing voice; people have said that she can't sing well live and relies on her voice being altered on the studio recordings to sell albums. But this album definitely proves otherwise. Yes she does sound different to her studio recorded album 'Speak Now' but it is not a bad difference and it definitely shows she has the talent and she deserves to have the fame that she has. The backing music that Taylor Swift sings over is amazing and is provided by Taylor's band The Agency. It is of really good quality and definitely makes the overall album even better because of the talent of her band and really compliments her voice well. I especially love how the songs on this live album do differ slightly to the studio recorded album in the fact that sometimes the music instrumentals last longer and other songs are mixed together. For example 'Back to December' is mixed with 'Apologise' by Timbaland and 'You're Not Sorry' by Taylor Swift from her previous album Fearless. The songs it is mixed with all reflect the main theme of the song. Also Taylor performs some other songs that aren't by her such as 'Bette Davis Eyes' by Kim Karnes and 'Drops of Jupiter' by Train and in my opinion she definitely does these songs justice. On the second disk I love how there are more home movies of Taylor and backstage footage which really makes me feel engaged and as if I am re-living the concert experience. There is also rehearsal footage which shows all of the hard work that has gone into making the tour possible. Overall I love how the songs are performed and the screaming fans between the gapless tracks really make you feel as if you are there at the concert rocking out with Taylor!
I purchased this brush with my Bare Minerals foundation as it was recommended by the lady on the Bare Minerals counter. She said it would help to apply my foundation more evenly, although I'm not too sure that it does. I noticed that when I dipped it into the lid to get the foundation on the brush much of the powder didn't actually get onto the brush. When I swept it around, the bristles seemed to push some of the powder out of the lid therefore wasting it. When I actually got some onto the brush and went to apply it to my face I wasn't particularly impressed. The brush only gave a glaze of coverage even when going over my face a lot of times. I had to apply lots of foundation to get a good enough coverage. It is quite difficult to apply the foundation over certain areas that maybe need a better coverage than others (if you get what I mean.) Also it does seem like when the brush runs out of foundation on it and you are still buffing, then it seems like the brush is wiping off the foundation that is already on your face. The 'Ultra soft sable bristles' are actually quite hard and uncomfortable to use although this may be just my sensitive skin as my friend uses this brush and says the bristles are 'lovely and soft' on her skin so I guess its just how your skin is. I do use this brush to make a base coat and then use my preferred Avon brush to add more over the top as it gives better coverage. This brush isn't great for foundation but I use it to apply the Mineral Veil setting powder (see my other review) over my foundation as I only need a general coat over the top to set my foundation in place.
I have quite sensitive skin so I try to be careful when buying makeup, foundation in particular. I always struggled to find one that worked for my skin and wasn't going to break me out in an allergic reaction. After searching the internet and looking around different stores I found Bare Minerals. I was drawn to it by the claims it made: 'Made with only the purest, highest quality ingredients. It's makeup so pure you can sleep in it.' I presumed it must be ok for my skin it is that 'pure'. I remembered seeing Bare Minerals in the makeup section of Debenhams alongside others such as Clinique. So on my weekly visit to Merry Hill I approached the lady on the Bare Minerals counter where she proceeded to show me the different products available and colour matched my skin as 'fairly light'. She gave me a small pot of the foundation and a little foundation brush as a free sample in order for me to test it out and see if it worked for my skin. I tested the foundation on a small section of my face and left it for a few hours to see if I would have a reaction. This is called a 'Patch Test' and I advise anyone with sensitive skin to do this before using any products on your skin. Anyway, after a few hours I looked to see if it had had any adverse effects and no, it hadn't! So far I was impressed. So after washing and moisturising my face I tripped a bit of the powder foundation into the lid of the sample pot and applied to my face with the brush. I started on my chin and as I applied the foundation it did make my skin look more even. It was hard to get a good coverage with the sample pot so the next day I went back and got the full size pot in fairly light just as the lady on the counter advised me to. I have used it every day since then and it always gives me a decent coverage. I bought a foundation brush with it but it wasn't too great (see my other review) so I ended up using one of my Avon foundation brushes which did the job perfectly. It feels soft and smooth on my skin and it is easy to apply. 'The more you buff the better the coverage' was what the lady at the counter said and it does apply. You just need to apply some on the brush and go over your whole face until you get the coverage you desire. Although it doesn't make my skin look 100% perfect as I have quite bumpy skin and moderate acne it does give an even finish and unless you are standing really close you can't really tell my skin is bad. If you already have good skin then this would be absolutely perfect for you as it would even out skin tone and make your skin look amazing. The only other small disadvantage of this is the price although you can get it off the internet cheaper if you don't want to wait for delivery then it can be quite expensive.
Home bargains is amazing! It is one of my favourite shops and I and the rest of my family visit quite frequently as there are quite a few stores in my local area. They sell products that you can get from any supermarket, just at way cheaper prices so you save money :) I am not exaggerating when I say it saves you money, it really does. There are an array of different products in-store that are all categorised (e.g. all of the sweets are down one aisle, shampoo/ face wahes etc. down another) just like any big supermarket like ASDA or Morrisons. All of the times that I have shopped at Home Bargains, the shelves have always been well stocked and the products that I went in for were usually there. If there was a specific product that I haven't been able to find in the store there would usually be other alternatives (another brand etc.) There aren't a lot of complaints that I have about Home Bargains, well maybe just the fact that I always come out with more than I originally went in for! There are lots of offers that always attract my attention and there is usually a few products that are a classed as a 'Star Buy' that are usually on the end of aisles and at the front of the store that change frequently in order to show you the best deals on specific products sold. As I said previously there are a lot of stores in my local area and there are a few more that are opening up (for example in West Bromwich.) I can soon see there being even more Home Bargains' opening and people all over the UK getting the chance to shop there!
Before getting the 32GB 4th Generation iPod touch, I owned an 8GB 2nd generation iPod touch which I quickly filled up with a variety of apps and music so I needed a replacement. I am so happy that I replaced it with a 4th generation and not just a bigger 2nd generation! So where do I start? There is so much packed into one device that it is hard to pinpoint one stand-alone feature. Generally the main feature of an iPod is for the music but the iPod Touch offers this and so much more. The main screen has some pre downloaded apps that include notes, photos, maps, weather and many more. One of the apps is the app store where it is easy to download new apps and can easily be navigated using the buttons on the bottom in a row. You need to be connected via WiFi to download Apps but this is very easy to do as you just need to touch 'Settings' and select the WiFi network you use. Also an iTunes account is needed to download apps and this can be easily created when the iPod Touch is plugged into iTunes for the first time. One of the other main features of this iPod is the camera. There is both a rear and front-facing camera which, when looking at the picture on the iPod itself, seem to be of equal quality. On the latest update the camera is easily opened up by sliding upward in the bottom right hand corner when the iPod Touch is locked. The 'up' volume button can be used to take a picture as well as touching the camera button on the screen itself. Video mode can also be enabled by sliding the camera button across to the video camera button on the screen (you will see it on the bottom right hand corner.) The video recording is HD and it definitely shows as the quality is superb. The videos can be viewed alongside the photos in the Photos app. Although getting photos and videos off the iPod onto the computer is quite difficult as nothing can be dragged from the iPod onto iTunes which can be quite frustrating. However if you purchase for example an album from the iTunes app on the iPod it can be transferred to the computer by right clicking on your iPod in iTunes and clicking 'transfer purchases.' Also when plugged into iTunes, music and videos (videos must be in .mp4 format) can be easily dragged and dropped onto the iPod itself which shows up in the left hand column on the side of the iTunes window. The only thing that to me is a disadvantage is the battery life as when the apps or WiFi is being used the battery life can be used up very quickly.
I have had this phone for nearly 3 years now and I still love it to this day. When I first got my LG Renoir (KC910) I was immediately drawn to the colour graphics on the main home screen. I particularly like how there is a 'Widgets' section at the bottom of the home page that opens up a section where clocks, calendars, photos, notes and more can be added onto the home screen. In theory this idea is good but the Wigdets are quite big and I couldn't find a way for them to be resized so you can end up filling the screen quite quickly. I have a clock and a calendar on my home screen which fits perfectly. The actual functions and features of the LG Renoir are superb and could maybe even challenge some more recent mobile phones that are supposedly better in comparison. One of the features I am talking about is the WiFi. It is easy to connect and the browser is pretty good although sometimes when you are browsing the intenet some of the text is cut off so it is hard to read. Also the battery life is compromised greatly when using the browser for long periods of time although this is generally expected with most phones. But for me one of the stand-alone features that first persuaded me to get the LG Renoir in the first place is the amazing 8 mega-pixel camera. There is a twist shutter that acts as a lens cover on the camera lens on the rear of the phone that can easy be opened and closed to stop the lens getting dirty/dusty etc. When the lens cover is opened the camera will be active and it will bring up the screen where you can see what you are pointing the camera at and you can then take your picture. It is also easy to switch the camera mode to record video by just clicking the little video button on the top left hand of the screen. The camera button on the right side of the actual LG Renoir itself is easy to press and it is a quick way to get the camera up if the lens cover is already open or if the camera screen has changed back to the home screen to preserve battery which does happen if you leave it on without taking a picture/video for a while. The picture quality is very impressive and can rival even some digital cameras that I have owned which claim to be higher in mega-pixels. The flash is good and it can be easily turned off or set to only be activated when it is needed e.g. when taking a picture in a dimly lit room. There are also many modes you can set for the camera to get a certain shot for example beauty shot, smile shot, art shot and many more. The inner camera that can be selected however isn't as good as there is no flash and the different modes and shots cannot be used which makes the pictures not as good quality. The main features of any mobile phone e.g. calling, texting etc. are very good and they aren't overly complicated to use either. The call function is simply brought it by pressing the little green phone on the home screen (not the button below as this brings up your last called contacts) and the number can be easily typed in and the green phone button this time (below what was pressed to type the number in) can be pressed to actually make the call. The texting is easy too just need to click the message button on the home screen and you can type away. Predictive text can be turned on or off (predictive text is called T9) and there are many languages available to use. By turning the phone on its side the keyboard can be turned into landscape mode and it will turn into a full qwerty keyboard although it can be quite hard to type unless you have tiny fingers.