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      03.12.2013 02:52
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      A bargain price self tanner for a beautiful golden glow!

      A fake tan is not usually my thing; I'm an au naturel kinda girl. But with a very sun-less summer in Scotland and lack of an abroad holiday this year, I was tempted to use a little fake tan on my skin for a little golden glow.

      I have used fake tan before for special occasions, my favourites being Garnier summer body and St. Tropez self tan, but never as an everyday tanning lotion, which was what I was on the lookout for. I came across St. Moriz being advertised in a magazine as a cheaper alternative to St. Tropez. I was eager to try it out as there were many options available such as instant self tanning lotion - "for a healthy golden tan all year round" and also other options such as mousse, which I also purchased at the time.

      Price

      I bought the St. Moriz self tanning lotion from my local semichem for a mere £2.99. Online they can also be bought from Amazon and fragrancedirect for £2.99. What I love about St. Moriz is they do gift sets which are great for fake tan fanatics. I bought for my mum this Christmas as she swears by this tanning brand.

      Appearance

      The lotion comes in a large, white 200ml bottle. The bottle has a press down to open lid - flip it upside down and the tan comes out. It has a screw on/off lid at the top which is good for using all of the bottles contents, not just what you can squeeze out. On the front it has the St. Moriz logo and some bits and bobs telling you about the product. On the back it has "how to apply" and "top tips", which I found really helpful for my first application. It also has warnings and ingredients written on the bottle.

      Product

      Okay... First time I ever applied this I was like what?! The tan itself is so dark! I opted for the medium tanning lotion, so I expected it to be quite light, but the tan liquid itself looks very dark. Don't worry though!! It is not that dark when applied, I promise! My friend uses the dark tanning lotion, which I had to borrow one time. The change in my skin colour was so drastic that my whole look had changed. The funny thing is, even though I'm really pale, the tan still looked natural and had no streaks and no patches. But this taught me that there is a huge difference between both shades, so choose carefully which one you want by thinking about whether you want a drastic change in skin colour, or only a slight change in skin colour.

      The liquid is of an oily and quite running consistency. Although this feels a little horrible when applying, it ensures there are no streaks and the tan can blend in very well with your skin. Although some of my friends have mentioned that the scent is bloody awful, I actually don't think it is all that bad. It is definitely not as bad as some fake tans I have smelt previously.

      Application

      First of all you want to exfoliate and moisturise the skin, especially those areas which tend to get dry like the soles of your feet, palms of your hands, elbows, knees ankles and perhaps the hairline too! I find creams like Nivea and Aveeno are perfect for this.
      Also use a tanning mitt to apply to avoid getting the tan all over your hands. St. Moriz sell tanning mitts for round about £2.50, however you can get mitts from anywhere. It doesn't really matter where it's from as long as it does the job. A plastic coating on the inside of the mitt is really hand to keep your hands from getting tanned. You basically want to squeeze small amounts from the bottle onto the mitt and then blend into the skin in circular motions.
      Wash your hands, just to be on the safe side! And then wait for round about 4 hours for the tan to settle in before showering etc. After showering you should be left with a natural looking tan.

      Perks?

      One great thing about St. Moriz is that you can see the tan straight away. Not only is this great for when you're in a hurry, but it also allows you to see where you're applying and allows you to notice and rectify any streaks on the skin.

      Lasting?

      One problem I always seem to have with self tanners is that the colour seems to fade quite quickly. This isn't the case with St. Moriz; the colour lingers on the skin for a good while, so you don't find yourself having to reapply it everyday if you do decide to use this as a daily tanner.

      Issues?

      I didn't have any issues with this product. But one caution to keep in mind is that once this tanner is on your clothes it is 100% impossible to remove. I wore a new turquoise dress to a party while wearing this fake tan. Noticed the next morning that my dress was stained with the tanner, and no matter how much I tried, I could not get the stain from my dress. I loved the dress so much, that I actually rebought the exact same dress! So if you are wearing this fake tan, remember to wash it off 100% so there is no chance of it staining any of your clothes!

      Comparison with mousse

      Compared to the St. Moriz mousse, I would say the lotion is much better. However, this may just be the case for my skin type.
      Although it was great that the mousse dried on the skin quicker, I felt that the mousse was harder to apply, left a more orange-y colour on the skin and was prone to more streaks. Whereas, the lotion applied very easily, it left more of a natural looking tanned colour and was less prone to streaking. The mousse also tends to dry out my skin and leave my skin looking very patching looking... Not a good look!

      Comparison with Pricey Self-Tanners

      Compared to other tanning lotions, this is definitely one of my favourites. It is no doubt the absolute best bargain tanning lotion I've ever came across and I've never heard anyone say that they didn't like it, or really criticize it in any way. However, I am stuck between this and the St. Tropez self tanner. Mainly because I think the colour result of the St. Tropez looks slightly better on my skin. But in terms of everything else they are just as good as each other. The difference in price means that I'm usually headed for the St. Moriz.

      What persuaded me to try it?

      One thing about the product that really encouraged me to buy it was that it has won Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards and was the winner in 2012. I remember thinking that if it had won an award then it must be pretty good. But I think I was actually blown away by how good this tanning lotion is for its budget price.

      Overall

      Overall, I'm pretty blown away at how good this product turned out to be. After noticing the price, I was pretty sceptical about how it would turn out, however I'm really delighted that I've found a budget self tanner which really does what it says on the tin. For £2.99, this is definitely a bargain!
      I have already recommended this tanner to all of my friends who all love it, so I definitely want to recommend it to you guys! If you are looking for a cheap self tanner, this is the product for you.

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        25.11.2013 23:15
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        A beautifully written tale of romance and abuse which keeps you on your toes

        Reason to breathe by Rebecca Donovan is one of the most heart breaking, emotion-inducing books I have ever read. I was so engrossed in the book, I ended up finishing it within a few days; finding time to read it whenever possible. I sometimes struggle to find books that I enjoy, but this beautifully written tale captured my heart.

        The main character of the story is Emily Thomas, also known as Emma. With her father dying in a car crash at a young age, and her mother consumed by alcoholism, she lives with her aunt, uncle and two cousins whom she absolutely adores. Her aunt, Carol, abuses her. She is determined to achieve the highest grades she can in school to allow her to move to college and escape from the terror that awaits her at home. Her best friend, Sara begs for her to tell someone, but she can't. She can't rip away her cousins Jack and Leyla from their parents. She keeps her head down at school, trying to become invisible to everyone. That is, until Ewan Matthews comes into her life. It causes her to re-evaluate everything about herself. The huge question is will Ewan and Emily's love prevail? And will she finally be able to escape the hell that is her aunt?

        I haven't read any books about abuse before, so this was a shocking first for me. I was so taken aback by how very open those scenes were. They are incredibly emotional and I know I teared up on numerous occasions. The scene is so well written and the emotions are so well conveyed by Donovan that it's hard not to sob along with Emily. Those parts are hard to read, but absolutely key to the story. I sometimes found myself wishing Emily would just tell someone, but her restraint not to do so just reinforces the beautiful character that she is. She is always thinking of others before herself, and I think that's what makes her such a vulnerable and loveable character.

        She tends to push everyone away, which is understandable, and what also makes her friendship with Sara such an important aspect of the story. Their friendship lifted Emily's spirits, and mine along with it. They had so much fun together and talk about boys, have pamper sessions and go to parties together. It's the one part of normal life that Emily has, and I think it plays a huge part in her ability to deal with the abuse. These scenes of friendship in the book were one of my favourites because you seen Emily's character in a different light, and gave you a glimpse into what her life would be like when she finally rids herself of her aunt. It lets you hope that she does finally get there.

        The love aspect of the story is something which I also really enjoyed reading. She doesn't even realise Ewan exists until he speaks to her in class, causing a little disagreement. He is intrigued by Emily and doesn't leave her alone, constantly trying to get to know her. However, she is in no way interested to get to know him. She brushes him off a lot of the time, refusing to even acknowledge him. I think this attitude intrigues Ewan even more. He's determined to get to know this girl properly and doesn't give up. To be honest, I really love the fact that Ewan doesn't give up. He sees something special in her. It's an absolutely beautifully written part of the novel. He pushes her to face her fears, try things she has never before, and brings out another side to her.

        One aspect of the book that I absolutely love is the transition of Emily from an introverted, frail, very scared and very sad girl to a strong and much happier woman. Her love for Ewan is definitely something that makes her re-evaluate her self-worth and know that she shouldn't have to deal with the abuse and that deserves so much better than that. She deserves to be happy. I love how Donovan has entwined the aspects of love and abuse throughout the book. Her love for Ewan and his love for her causes her to re-evaluate who she is, what person she wants to be and why she is letting this one woman ruin her life. The love causes her to re-evaluate herself worth and know that she is worth more than the abuse that she's had to deal with for so long. His love causes her to change from a sad, frail young girl, to a beautiful, strong, courageous woman.

        The other characters in the novel really make it a brilliant read. I love the kid cousins who give Emily such joy in times when she's in a lot of pain. I also love Sara's mother who treats Emily like her own and Ewan's mother who seems to be completely taken by the new addition to the family. Her uncle and Ewan's father seem to be pretty annoying characters, and I assume that Ewan's father might play quite a large part in the next book.

        Overall, it's a really powerful and emotional story. It grabs your attention, and leaves you wanting to read more. It's so hard to put the book down. I would definitely recommend this book. Have tissues at the ready, because you will need them. It's a brilliantly written book, which leaves you at a HUGE cliff-hanger and I absolutely cannot wait to read the next novel.

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          24.11.2013 15:53
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          A cute brush which removes unwanted and annoying tangles in the hair

          I have pretty long hair now, and it tends to get tangled really easily. My friend recommended this brush to me; she said it was the best hairbrush she's ever purchased. Now, after buying this product, I am happy to confirm that this is the best hairbrush for combating tangles I've ever used.

          Price
          I purchased my tangle teezer from the tangleteezer.com for £10.20, which at first seems pricey for a hairbrush, but I can guarantee that it's worth every penny. I opted for the Original Pink Fizz brush; however on their website they have a whole variety of colours such as blueberry pop, plum delicious, panther black and mandarin sweetie. And that just the original brushes, now tangle teezer have developed a whole range of these brushes for every age and occasion, such as flower pot brushes for kids, compact stylers, salon elite brushes, and the aqua splash brushes.
          These brushes also retail at many stores such as boots, for £10.99. They can also be found on amazon with varied prices.

          Product
          The product itself comes in a see through plastic box, with the brand name and some additional product info on. The brush itself is fairly big, but can easily be held in one hand, and is shaped and curved to fit comfortably within the hand. My brush is a brilliant, slightly fluorescent looking pink with "TANGLE TEEZER" written on the handle. Flipping it over reveals the brush. It has an arrangement of long plastic teeth, and shorter plastic teeth, which I assume must be key to its untangling ability. The brush part is detachable. The whole thing is plastic, and I would say perfect for anyone of any age to use. It's quite big, but not too big that you couldn't throw it in your handbag to fix your hair at a later stage. As well as its practability, I think it's a cute looking little brush and wouldn't mind it sitting out on the dressing table.
          I also love how durable this product is, which also makes it worth the money. I've had mine for a long time now, and it's still in perfect condition. Because it's plastic, it's also incredibly easy to clean.

          Use
          I find that the Tangle Teezer works the best when the hair is wet. You just start at the top and pull down the length of the hair. It is really easy to use; it doesn't pull on your hair or anything like that. Once you're done, you find your hair feels soft and is tangle free. It allows you to effortlessly style your hair. It can also be used when the hair is dry by just running it through the hair. This, in no way, reduces its ability to work as the hair, when done, is soft, feels like and is completely tangle free. You can run your fingers through your hair and not catch a single tangle at all.
          What I have done on occasion is curled my hair, then ran the tangle teezer through it. This gives beautiful soft, gentle and bouncy curly hair. It also seems to give the hair a shine, which is another reason why I love this product.
          I find the hairbrush is perfect for anyone to use, especially kids, as my younger sisters tend to use this themselves. I think it would be harder for a person with shorter hair to use as the product is quite large. It's an everyday use product, which makes brushing your hair a quick and easy process.

          Overall
          I love this product. It's a must have on the go beauty product. It's simple to use, leaves the hair effortlessly tangle free, soft and bouncy. Although perhaps a little pricey, I think it's worth it and I would definitely recommend this product.

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          • Candy Crush Saga / Apps / 106 Readings / 101 Ratings
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            13.11.2013 14:34
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            You'll wonder why you didn't discover this before.

            My downfall in life is Facebook. I can lose hours of my life on that website, doing absolutely nothing interesting or important. One great thing about Facebook is the games. Candy crush is one of these, and I would say, out of all, is the most addictive.

            Concept

            The idea behind candy crush is to match three or more sweets of the same colour in a row or column, to make them disappear. Combining more than three sweets in a row gives you special power-up sweets, which give you an advantage to hit the target for that level. There are different targerts for each level; some will be clearing jelly, some will be clearing fruit, sometimes a certain level has to be reached and some times the level is timed. Each level is different and the higher the level, the harder the targets become and the more obstacles that are included, such as chocolate and bombs. My addiction means I've managed to get to level 181, where i'm currently stuck, but I have friends who have reached far into the 200 levels.

            How to play

            As well as playing it on your PC, there is an app which can be downloaded to allow it to be played on android/iphone/ipad etc.. This is great as you can play it online via your 3G, or you can play it offline and it updates it when internet becomes available. This makes bus journeys/train journeys far more enjoyable.
            There are in-app purchases that you can make. Although, I have never used them so I don't know much about them. I know that my friend was so addicted that she ended up paying an obscene amount of money to pass levels. However, I feel its a game I would rather pass on my own merit.

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            What is great about this game is the link with Facebook. It allows you to see your friends progress on the game, and send and receive hearts, extra moves, and tickets which allow you to advance level. If you pass a friends level, you can post about it on your Facebook page, which really gives the game a competitive edge. Me and my mum are constantly competing with each other on this game, trying to pass each other on the levels.

            Downfalls

            One downside with the game is that you only get 5 hearts. These are your lives and certain levels can take many attempts before passing. Let me tell you, it's frustrating when you are using your last life and you nearly pass the level. You have to wait till your lives begin to refill before you can attempt it again. Lifes regenerate every 30 mins which can be a bit of a pain. One way to up your lives is by sending and receiving hearts from your facebook friends.
            Another downside is the sound. The music is recycled over and over again, and after playing it i hear this music in my sleep. When you receive special candy during a game, little sounds go off. It's the most annoying thing i've ever heard. I now mute it.

            Would i recommend?

            Absolutely!

            It's addictive, frustrating, enjoyable. The harder the level, the more eager you become to pass it. I would recommend this game as it is free, addictive, and a great way to pass time. But it can be so addictive that you wonder where all those hours of your life disappeared to. It's definitely a fun, exciting game for people of all ages to play

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              11.11.2013 11:45
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              lip lacquer to add a pop of colour to your lips

              When I seen Rimmel's Apocalips on the shelves, I was eager to try it as my favourite lippy is from Rimmel. I bought two from ASDA in Luna and Stellar, and I certainly wasn't disappointed.

              Price
              they can be bought from a variety of stockists, including Boots and Superdrug for £6.49, ASOS for £6.00 and cheapest at ASDA for £5.98. Boots currently have a 3 for 2 offer on make-up, so it might be worth checking that out!

              Packaging
              They come in small, chunky black containers, with the bottom showing the lipstick in a sort of gradient effect It's a pretty cute looking lippy, and it's handy as you can tell the exact shade of the lipstick before you buy. It has "Rimmel APOCALIPS lip lacquer" on the front and some details about the product on the back. The container is incredibly easy to open, and the wand applicator attached to the lid is very easy to use and shaped to fit your lips exactly for a flawless application.

              Product
              I love Apocalips because it's a stainer, lipstick and gloss - it stains your lips, adds bold and vibrant colours, but also adds a beautiful gloss to your lips. I find the colour can last for hours; the gloss is very sticky though and can come off really easy, but still leaves your lips stained with a little pop of colour.

              The product comes in eight shades - Nude Eclipse, Stellar, Luna, Big Bang, Apocalyptic, Galaxy, Nova and Celestial. I purchased the shades Luna, which is a bright peachy/orange colour and compliments my pale skin tone perfectly, and Stellar, which is a pink/red. I think the Stellar is more suited to nightwear. I didn't like the look of the Stellar against my skin tone, so I passed it onto my mum and she loves it as it suits her perfectly.

              Application
              The product is incredibly easy to apply as it comes with a wand applicator which is shaped to give a flawless application. I tend to moisturise my lips beforehand as it tends to show up dry areas on the lips. It tends to bleed sometimes, so it may be worthwhile investing in a lip liner. But in general, it is really, really easy to apply and doesn't take a lot of effort. It's small and compact, so can fit in your bag on nights out, and be reapplied if the shine begins to come off.
              Overall
              Overall, this is one of my favourite rimmel products ever. The lip lacquer is cute, easy to apply and makes lips look gorgeous and full. I think dependant on the colour, and how you wear it, it can infact be suitable for everyday use and night time. I also think the price is fair as it is a really good quality product from Rimmel. I will be buying this product again to test out some other colours. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking to add a pop of colour to their lips.

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              • Puma Suede Classic / Shoes / 96 Readings / 93 Ratings
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                17.10.2013 17:53
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                decent, good value for money pair of everyday trainers

                Being a student, I am absolutely addicted to trainers which are comfy and kind on your feet. I am a huge fan of converse, and those are usually my trainers of choice, until I seen a friend wearing the burgundy version of the Puma Suede's and I fell in love! I've noticed that these seem to be a popular trainer recently, but the burgundy seems to be one of the more uncommon colours, whereas the pink, purple and blue versions are more popular.

                I bought my Pumas in Bank. There was a huge selection of different colours, from light pink to black, but after originally going to purchase a pair of burgundy converse, i opted for the burgundy puma's. In Bank they cost £55.00, and at the time Bank had a 20% student discount on, so I got a really good discount. They have a 10% student discount all year round which is worth thinking about if you're buying these.

                I purchased the burgundy trainers which are shown in the picture above, because I absolutely adored the colour and thought the design was quite unusual and very appealing. They're a rich colour, with a striking white/cream stripe across the side. One thing I was worried about when purchasing these trainers was if they would match outfits, or if I would struggle finding colours to match the trainers. However, the colour is really versatile and can be matched with most outfits. The sole on the trainers are a decent thickness, and very white which can be a pain as they tend to get dirty easily. I love the suede effect the trainers have, it makes them very unique and looks great.

                What I absolutely love about these trainers is how comfy they are. With converse, or other kinds of trainers, I sometimes get rubbing at the back of my ankle, but at the back of these shoes there is a lot of padding and i found that didn't happen. I tend to save these trainers for nice weather, as i don't want to ruin the suede with the rain. The colour on them can apparently also run, so if you're buying these it's probably best to save them for the better weather.

                I also love how versatile they are, and how I can wear them with basically any outfit. Its great if you sleep in like me, and need to be out the house in a rush, you don't have to worry about whether your trainers match your outfit or not.

                The one thing that I don't really like about these trainers is that they seem more chunky and masculine than the other trainers i'm used to wearing. However, a cute top and skinny jeans and they look a little more feminine.

                All in all, I really do like these trainers and would recommend buying them. They are really good value for money as they are durable, thick soled and very, very comfy. I also think the design on them is really nice and looks very unique, and the golden puma label is a very nice touch. Overall, they re a comfy, versatile, everyday pair of trainers!

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                  14.08.2013 15:26
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                  laid back, casual scent for everyday wear

                  After being on the search for a new casual, everyday perfume I came across my friends jimmy choo - flash and decided that is was the laidback perfume I had been looking for.

                  Price
                  I bought the 40ml jimmy choo from Superdrug at £35.00. Superdrug also retails the 60ml at £45.00 and the 100ml at £56.00. It's also available in many other retailers including boots which the 40ml is priced at £36.00, the 60ml at £41.40 and the 100ml at £62.00.


                  Appearance
                  The appearance of the perfume really lives up to the name "flash" as it is very flashy and glitzy. It comes within a sparkly, silver box with flash jimmy choo written across it. The perfume comes in a clear, ribbed box which allows the perfume inside to be seen - handy for gauging how much perfume is left inside. "FLASH Jimmy Choo" is written on the front in silver matching the round, silver lid on top. The perfume is expelled by taking off the lid and pushing on the spray at the top of the bottle. The container is very sturdy, but also quite chunky meaning it's probably not good for transporting, and is more of a dresser perfume. The appearance of the perfume bottle isn't one of my favourites, and was a bit of a letdown compared to the appearance of other perfume bottles.

                  Scent
                  When I first tested this perfume, I expected it to be very girly and fruity, but that's really not the case. The scent is very musky and floral, which is not usually my kind of perfume, but this seemed to be an exception. The perfume is a combination of White Flower, Turbose, Pink Pepper, Tangerine, Strawberry and Powdery Woods. The most dominant scents are powdery woods and the more floral scents, the fruitier scents I'm not able to pick out. I would say the scent is more mature, floral and musky. It is feminine and not too overpowering a perfume, but definitely long lasting as it stays on throughout a whole day in my case. I would use it more as an everyday perfume, rather than a night out perfume which it was designed to be as it's more of a summery, laid-back and casual scent. I found that it is a universal scent and can be used by people of all ages.

                  Is it worth purchasing?
                  This perfume I think I would purchase again. Although the appearance of the perfume isn't my cup of tea, I think the scent is gorgeous. It's not overpowering, and it's a nice change from the usual fruity and girly scents that I usually use. It's a more mature, feminine scent which I like for everyday use. I think it is quite good value for money as it lasts for a long time and I would recommend this perfume to anyone looking for an everyday, musky and floral scent.

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                  • Nokia Asha 302 / Mobile Phone / 131 Readings / 126 Ratings
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                    A perfect first phone or for those people who consider themselves not very good with technology.

                    I believe that Samsung and Nokia produce the most reliable mobile phones, so bearing this in mind, at the end of last year I bought the Nokia Asha 302, as it was cheap, looked sturdy and had a blackberry style keyboard, which I preferred to the touch screen. However, I now have an iPhone 4s (still to be reviewed) as I found the Asha was not the phone for me. After I got my iphone, my gran asked for the Asha, and she's found that it's a reliable, easy to use and a basic mobile phone, which she really likes. I think whether this phone is right for you or not is dependant on which purposes your using the phone for. If you're looking for a more modern, hitech phone, keep looking. But... If you're looking for a basic, easy to use and reliable phone, this is definitely worth having a look at.

                    I bought the Asha for around £70/80 at the end of last year. Nokia itself is currently selling this phone on Pay as you go for £69.99. The cheapest price I've seen has been in Argos, where its being sold for £49.99. (However, it's with Vodaphone). Wesbites like Amazon and eBay are worth taking a quick look at if you're thinking of purchasing this phone.

                    I love the look of white phones, so I bought the Asha in white. It has a qwerty keyboard on it, and has a very similar look to blackberry's. The screen takes up just less than half of the whole phone, and is of average quality. The qwerty keyboard is quite small and compact, however is quite easy to use. In the centre it has the navigation keys. The colour scheme of the phone is white, chrome and silver. The front of the phone is all white except for the navgiation buttons and the edges of the phone, which is chrome. NOKIA is written at the top just below the ear piece. The back is white with a silver panel. The connector and charger jacks are located at the top, micro sd slot located on the left. Although I have the phone in white, it also comes in a huge variety of colours such as black, blue, pink and gold.

                    The phone is incredibly easy to use, mostly due to the qwerty keyboard, which is brilliant for quick texting. The home screen can be personalised to suit your own preferrences and allows you to put in your own shortcuts, which will then be located on the bottom right. This is so handy for quick navigation and ease of use. Top left of the screen has the battery, signal setting icons. Top right has the service provider, -Vodaphone, o2 or in this case, giff gaff. Time is also located at the top of the screen.

                    Pressing the down button takes you to the personalised shortcuts on the home screen, such as camera, email, contacts etc. The other navigation keys take you to other shortcuts. Centre button takes you to the main menu, which is in list format, and has the usual options - messaging, contacts, internet, photos, social, calendar, music, settings, games, store, mail and finally, applications.
                    Messaging is inceribly easy on this phone due to the qwerty keyboard. Another great thing about this phone is that contacts have an identification photos, which come up when the person phones. I know this is now quite a common thing in phones, but my phone before the asha didn't have this, so I really appreciated it when I first got it. The internet is also very easy to use however, it used to take quite a while to load. I don't know if this was to do with the service provider or the phone. The camera also has options such as frames and effects, which I think is quite good too, although the camera takes pictures that are not of very high quality.


                    The Asha I would say, is more for people who are looking for a phone for everyday duties like texting and calling. A basic phone. I would say that this phone would be great for people who don't have much experience with phones, eg. My grandma. Or for a first phone. It's a very easy to use phone, reliable, and with a very good battery life. However, it is not a very sturdy phone. It's been in use for give or take 4 months and already the back has fallen off the phone and is being held on with sellotape. Despite all this, I think it is a good phone and my gran backs this up and says she loves the phone and that it's hugely easy to use - her texting has improved majorly. And that she would also recommend the phone to other people who don't consider themselves very good with technology.

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                      30.01.2013 19:03
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                      Magic little powder that injects life into dull and lifeless hair.

                      The magic of Dust It was recommended to me by my hairdresser. She created a beautiful side bun in my hair for my prom, and she used the Dust It to help hold it in place and create a little texture and volume in my hair. I loved the look the product gave so much that I decided to buy this from Sally's for around £12 - £13. You can buy it from a variety of online websites and the price ranges from £7 - £10, depending on which website you purchase from.

                      The dust comes in a miniature, bulb-shaped red tub, with a screw on/off lid at the top. One thing I love about this product is that it's small and compact, and can be put into a bag and used when needed. I also love how easy the product is to apply. You just screw off the lid and lightly shake the bottle, the product comes out tiny holes in the top of the container. It's really easy to use and a funky little bottle.
                      The dust is a white, light weight powder which smells pleasant and is slightly sticky to touch. The product also lasts forever as only a tiny amount is needed for each application. I bought this last summer and I still have it now, even after all my friends using it for nights out.

                      There are a few ways you can use this product. Firstly, you can tease the hair first then apply. My hairdresser used this method. She teased/backcombed the hair at the crown and fringe and used this dust to set it. You can also apply then lightly tease or massage into the hair, to give it more of a natural, bedhead hair. This product is particularly good for people with long hair. I have naturally straight long hair and find that it can become rather lifeless and dull looking, but this product injects life into my hair. It also helps to maintain poofs/quiffs in the hair. I sometimes use this look for nights out with friends, and find that it maintains the height of my poof the whole night, so I don't have to worry about readjusting. Again, it also gives a great texture to the hair, particularly when the hair is curly or wavy. A small amount of the dust should be used for each style, or it leaves hair looking slightly greasy!

                      It's a versatile product and can be used in the hair for any occasion. However, rain should be avoided when wearing this product as it can transform your hair from volumized and full of life, to very greasy and insanely sticky. Not good! The white powder blends into the colour of your hair, so no need to worry about that. I've found that it also works in a variety of different hair types. My sis has thick, thick hair and works just as well, if not better, than in thin hair like mine. It also works really well in short hair to maintain volume and texture as my friend also uses this product and also highly recommends it.

                      The only downside to this product is that in order to get it out of the hair, the hair has to be shampooed numerous times, or it leaves the hair feeling sticky and matted. Other than that, this product is really an essential and I would definitely recommend it.

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                        28.01.2013 17:28
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                        fun, fruity statement fragrance

                        I am a huge, huge fan of CK scents, I think they are absolutely gorgeous, and this is one of my absolute favourites from their range. It's became one of my all time favourite statement perfumes.

                        I think this perfume has been around for a while now. I first found out about it last summer when I was going on holiday, and I bought it as my holiday perfume as it reminded me of the sun, the beach and partying. Now whenever I smell it, I'm thinking of my holiday! I loved this perfume so much that I bought it again at Christmas, and ended up buying the perfume and body lotion set. The set prices around £30, but it really depends on where you buy it from. The perfume can be bought itself from Boots - 100ml is £34.00, 50ml is £23.00. The first time I bought this perfume, I got the 50ml and it lasted me around 4 months with basically daily use, so it's really good value for money.

                        The set comes in a quite a large cardboard box, with a plastic cover which slides on and off the box. The box is plain white with CK on the side. The plastic cover is multi-coloured and has "CK one shock" on the front. I like the box, I think it's quite a funky idea. The rest of the plastic cover is see through, and on the back there's some of the usual info on the perfume and lotion. I believe the set comes in a few different other styles.

                        I wouldn't say that CK shock is the prettiest perfume bottle in the world. It's plain white, which isn't really that appealing and means you can't see how much perfume you've used and if it needs to be replaced or not. It has the same CK one shock label as the set on the front, and underneath it says for her Calvin Klein. I wouldn't sit this perfume out on my dressing table, as I don't really like the look of it. I don't think this is really an appealing looking perfume, however CK have recently brought out a street edition shock, where it has graffiti art on the bottle which I think has more of an appeal to it. When you first get the perfume, it has a metal screw on/off lid (similar to the ones you get on glass bottles) and another screw on lid with a spray mechanism at the top. I think this is uite a handy idea, so you can swap when your not using it, or you can put the lid on for travel, then swap back when you want to use the product. The 100ml is quite a decent size, if you're hoping to buy it for use when you are out and about, then definitely invest in the 50ml, it's much lighter and more travel sized.

                        Shock incorporates the signature musky scent of CK with a new juicy and empowering scent. I wouldn't say this scent is overly floral or girly, although it does contain passion and poppy flower and pink peony as it's top notes. You can smell a hint of lingering blackberry, which is one of the heart notes along with liquid chocolate accord and narcisse. The base notes are patchouli, magnetic ambers and second skin musk. I think the scent is more juicy and fruity, rather than floral. And after use it lingers into a musky, blackberry scent which is absolutely gorgeous. It's quite a strong perfume, and lingers for a good few hours after application.

                        I think this Is more of a statement scent and I use it for nights out and special events, although my friend uses it as her daily perfume as she loves it so much. Soi guess it's a versatile perfume that can be used really for any use. Although it's aimed at younger adults, I think this scent is so versatile that it can be used by most ranges.

                        I would advise buying the set if buying this fragrance, because the body lotion is absolutely gorgeous and really compliments the scent. The lotion is more muted than the shock fragrance, and is a little more floral, but when applied, really compliments the perfume.

                        When my bottle of shock runs out, I fully intend to purchase a new bottle. It's a fun and fruity statement fragrance, perfect for those nights out. It's a really good value for money perfume, and I would recommend this perfume again and again!

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                          26.01.2013 21:42
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                          A beautiful, light and musky everyday scent!

                          I am a perfume addict! And this has became my new #1.

                          I have always been a fan of DKNY, but this perfume is definitely one of my top faves. It's such a elegant and feminine scent, and I fell in love with it as soon as I first smelt it.

                          I bought the fresh delights set which includes the perfume and the body lotion. It ranges from around £30 - £40, depending on where you are buying it from. The set I purchased comes in a beautiful pink love-heart shaped cardboard container. The lid is a gorgeous sparkly pink, with the perfume details on it and the rest of the box has somewhat of a metallic shine to it, so much so that I just realised you can see your face in it. The back of the box has some usual info on it about the product. Open it up and inside is the perfume and the lotion.

                          The perfume comes in a ball/apple-shaped container. The bottom half is glass, so you can see the pink perfume inside. Yes, everything's pink... And the top half is metal. Hidden at the top is a little button, which when pressed allows the gorgeous smell to come shooting out the side. It's really easy to dispense. The perfume container, I think, is slightly on the large side and slightly heavy. I don't know if i would call it portable. What I find really handy for that is the little travel perfume bottles you can get from boots, where its a tiny little bottle and you can put your favourite perfume in, and then secretly spray throughout the day! It also has a sticker on it with "DKNY be delicious cherry blossom" at the top, obviously meant to draw similarities with an actual apple, which I think is genius. What a cute little idea! The bottle also sits so cute on a shelf/dressing table. When people come into my room, they take it off my shelf and start going, "how cute!"

                          The scent is dainty and subtle. I would also say it's slightly musky, and has similarities to CKIN2U, which I reviewed before. When you first smell it, you immediately think rose and a hint of citrus. As it goes on during the day, I genuinely think it starts to smell like apples. It also has jasmine, muget, cassis and blonde woods. It's not a strong perfume, or an in your face perfume. I use it as my everyday perfume, i don't think it's eccentric enough to be a night out perfume. It's more of a soft, delicate and fresh daily scent. Although being a soft scent, it lingers for a good few hours, so I don't think there's any need to reapply. It's definitely not a statement perfume however, which I actually thought it would be like when I first bought it. I recently bought CK Shock for the second time, which I feel has more of a statement than this and which I use for nights out etc.

                          If you're going to buy this perfume, I would advise going for the set as I have also fallen in love with the DKNY cherry blossom body lotion that is included. The lotion shares the same scent as the perfume, but not as floral. It also leaves your skin feeling soft and cleansed, and if I have time, I rub it on before I leave in the morning and my skin still feels and smells amazing when I get home at night.

                          My mum has noticed how gorgeous this perfume is and she's starting using it also on a daily basis. For the amount of time we've both been using it, it's actually got a huge amount left, which i'm really pleased about. Because it's such as musky and feminine scent, I would say this perfume could suit anyone!

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                            18.01.2013 15:47
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                            flowery scented body spray, great for on the go

                            "It's a fragrance worth a thousand words. A blend of lusciously floral scents with fruity notes that will leave you feeling playful, witty and spirited. Spray it on. And let it speak for you"

                            Impulse has been my choice of body spray for a while now. I am especially addicted to the "Loving Words" body spray as it's fun and youthful, and doesn't brake a students bank.

                            Price
                            This can be picked up from Asda, Boots and Tesco for around £1.
                            Sainsburies and Superdrug both charge £2.
                            For ease, i usually buy this from Asda and find that there is usually deals on the product.

                            Appearance
                            It comes in a little turquoise spray, which is the perfect size for throwing in your bag and using throughout the days to keep you smelling as fresh as a daisy. It can be spotted from the other scents from impulse as it has a heart on the front which is constructed of "loving words".

                            Use
                            It's really easy to use. All you do is swivel the top and press to spray. It's light, transportable, and very handy. It's quiet when sprayed also, so can sneakily be sprayed when no ones looking.

                            Scent
                            The scent is very girly and flowery. It's a youthful scent but one more mature than the scents from Charlie, which i have also tried in the past. I think this scent is for people who want a fruity and flowery scent, yet not too youthful.

                            Opinion
                            I adore the the scent of this body spray. For £1, it lasts for a while and i can't really fault the product. I would definitely recommend this product.

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                              list of my favourite pets!

                              I come from a very animal loving family, who have sheltered hundreds of pets throughout the generations, quite literally, and throughout my childhood, animals have played a key part in my life. I think having a pet not only gives an opportunity to be responsible for another being, but a lot of love, time and attention are given to these animals, meaning they become less like pets and more like parts of the family.
                              This is the countdown of my favourite pets throughout the years, hope you enjoy!

                              5. Budgies. When I was very, very young, my family owned a budgie. I used to be fascinated by the mysterious, yellow bird dwelling in the birdcage in the corner of our livingroom. I'd be watching the Tweenies or some similar childs tv programme and it would squawk so loud, that I couldn't hear the television, and i'd turn up the volume, and louder got the squawking. But other than it completely ruining my favourite television programmes, I used to adore the bird. Except when it pecked at my fingers! I remember, quite vivdly, examining the way it's head moved, or the way it's beak opened to sqawk. I had never seen a bird up close, and this unusal, yellow bird had blew my mind. It's cage would lie open, and at it's own leisure, it would do a lap around the room, then perch back in it's cage. Quite a chillaxed little animal.
                              Budgies, I think, are incredibly easy to look after. At a very young age and with a little help from my mother, we looked after it, until it passed away from old age. I was heartbroken.

                              4. Goldfish. I've only ever had one goldfish, named Mr. Spongebob, who has lived for over 7 years now, and still going strong. I won him at a funfair, and despite common knowledge of funfair fish having a very short lifespan, he's really defying the odds. My sister then bought another two goldfish, HUGE goldfish. My goldfish looks like a fly compared to them, they are massive. But they're definetely amazing. They jump out of the water to catch their food and follow fingers. Definetely impressive fish, although I do love Mr. Spongebob.
                              I think goldfish are great pets to have as they have a pretty decent life span. They are also generally really easy to look after and they look okay for display purchases. Definetely, goldfish are one of my top 5.

                              3. Guinea Pigs. This was an animal from my childhood that I absolutely adored. I had two guinea pigs, Roger and Fizz. Typical Guinea Pig names, I know. I recieved them as a present for my birthday from my parents. Although, it would be good to note here that pets aren't just a present for birthdays or christmas, pets are for life. However, I had two guinea pigs. They were cute, cuddly and very noisy. It was my first real responsibilty. I had to feed them, clean their cages, bathe them and so on, and I enjoyed the task. Although, numerous times they ran around my house, hiding in nooks and crannies, I believe one decided to hide behind a sofa cushion at one point! As I was young, I didn't fully grasp the concept of why each guinea pig had a seperate cage and why they could never be in the same cage. Experimenting, like kids do, I let Roger visit Fizz's cage. Bad idea! If your mum has seperated guinea pigs, it's for a good reason. So, Fizz ended up pregnant. I don't remember exactly how many minature guinea pigs Fizz had but I know it was quite a fair amount. We gave away all the baby guinea pigs to a trustworthy friend. All except one, Daisy. They pretty much lived happily ever after, with Roger in another cage!
                              Guinea pigs gained a four on my list as I believed they were very easy to look after. Their diet consisted of fruit and veg such as carrots, cucumbers, peppers, grapes, banana's etc, and we also had a bag of guinea pig feed. Their cage was basically newpaper with fresh sawdust ontop and their little house and other little toys for them to hide and sleep in. To bathe them, you used a very soft toothbrush and gently rubbed them. Simples! Definetely one of my favourite animals to look after!

                              2. Newts. Not the most common of creatures to have as pets I believe, but they are honestly awesome. I had three chinese fire bellied newts, which are basically tiny acquatic newts. We had a new pet store open near where we lived, after after seeing the newts, I purchased three. Boo, Rue and Sue. They are honestly the cutest pets I have ever had. Before seeing them in the pet shop, I had no idea what a newt was never mind you could have one as a pet. They are black with a red belly, obviously. They have four legs, a big long tail and look like a very minature lizard. Basically they lived in a tank with water, but which also had a little rocks and floating islands above the water where they could go to get out of the water. They are very easy to care for, feed and like I said are very cute creatures. They laid eggs, and we had many little baby newts swimming around which was very cute. Definetely one of the finest pets i've owned!

                              1. Mans best friend, the dog! Of course, my number one had to be dogs. I've owned three dogs, all shih tzus - Kizzy, Hugo and their pup, Max, who unfortunately passed away. I've honestly had the best time ever with my dogs. From diving into a loch after Hugo, who seemingly isn't a very good swimmer, dived in after a swan.. to watching Kizzy give birth to Max and three other pups, - one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Definetely couldn't imagine my life without Kizzy or Hugo. Dogs really are best friends, and the only bad point I can really say is when you lose them, it's heart wrenching. Quite literally. When Max died, I was distraught as was the rest of my family. Anyone who owns a dog will know that they really do become your best friends and it's horrendous when you lose them.
                              But yes, Dogs definetely are my best pet. I think it's the fact that they are incredibly interactive, they are playful, fun and incredibly cute. They are also very easy to read. Dogs, when happy, will wag their tail. When hungry, will bark at the food cupboard. When scared, will yelp. They are just such beautiful creatures to look after, hoenstly. If you treat a dog well, they will treat you well back. Dogs have a lot of love to give. They are such a joy to have in your life.

                              Animals are not just pets, they are family.

                              If you are thinking of buying an animal and have enough love and attnetion to give to them, I would definetely recommend. They will lighten your life up completely!

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                                16.01.2012 21:27
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                                The perfect love story.

                                ''You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you."--- Darcy speaks of his true feelings for Elizabeth. My favourite part of the whole novel!

                                I'm ashamed to say that even though Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is one of the most well-known and highly respected pieces of literature, I had only heard of it - never mind read of it - last year, as it was a piece in my literature course.

                                Pride and Prejudice is a pleasant story however, not one filled with action, twists or unexpected plots.
                                It is the romantic, love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. The novel follows Elizabeths life in Netherfield in the 1800's, where she lives with Mr. and Mrs. Bennet and her four sisters. With no sons, their estate of Longbourne is passed to Mr. Bennets nephew, Mr. Collins, meaning the search for potnetial husbands for the sisters begins. Luckily, three wealthy men - Mr. Collins, Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley - have arrived, potential husbands for the girls.

                                What makes this book so special, I think personally, is the characters. They are elegantly crafted and incredibly well written.
                                If Darcy was a real person, i'd have snapped him up already. He's proud. He's arrogant. He's rude. But, he's Darcy. His character has been written with obvious exceptional care. I love the fact that he misjudges Elizabeth from the point go, calling her ''Tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me'' to proposing marriage - twice! - later in the novel.
                                Elizabeths character is one where i'm stuck in the middle. Although she has good reasons, I hate that she refuses Darcy, he ends up gutted!
                                But I am in love with Elizabeth and Darcy's unpredictable romance. One minute, Darcy is too proud to even consider Elizabeth and Elizabeth is too prejudiced against Darcy for his pride, and then next minute, they're in love.
                                I also really love the romance between Mr. Bingley and Jane (elizabeths sister). It was a 'love at first sight' type of romance and despite the different social class, difference in wealth and the horrid individuals who opposed their love, they still managed to be together. True love provails!
                                My least favourite character had to be, of course, Mr. Collins. He's creepy, annoying, rude, condescending and the list goes on and on. Especially the worshipping of Lady Catherine de Bourgh throughout, give it a break already. Lydia is another character I disliked, she was deserving of a slap! Cheekily though, i quite liked Wickham. Even though he's a lying, cheating toerag, he definetely made for a good read!

                                Pride and Prejudice is one, from a small minority of novels, that you can pick up, read yet again, and still delve into the enjoyable world of Elizabeth and Darcy.
                                I'm not a fan of mushy romances so i'm glad that the romance is more of an elegant, old-fashioned and refined romance. What defines the book and makes it so special is that despite blinded by pride and prejudice, true love provails. The power of love, eh?

                                This timeless classic has became my favourite novel. It's beautiful, elegant and a novel that should be read by all!
                                I definetely recommend this novel to everyone! It's a must read!

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                                  15.01.2012 23:12
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                                  love this fragrance, would recommend!

                                  The first time I smelt this perfume was on a close friend at a house gathering. I have no idea why but it reminded me of my childhood when my family and I went a walk in the country for a picnic. Strange.

                                  But anyway, i loved the perfume and thought it was quite a sensual and relaxed scent, so I purchased the 150ml from ASDA for £28.00 a few months ago.

                                  Price
                                  I haven't seen this perfume in ASDA recently but you can purchase a 50ml CKIN2U from Boots for £21.00.

                                  Design
                                  The CKIN2U bottle is simply desinged with clear glass showing the golden coloured perfume, covered with a white plastic jacket with ckIN2U labelled across it. To spray the perfume, you just squeeze down on the top of the bottle. It's a simple yet cute little design, quite nifty for displaying on your dresser.
                                  This fragrance not only comes in a fairly large bottle for quite a reasonable price, but the fragrance, once squirted, is one that will last all day without need of a top-up, meaning it should last for longer.

                                  Scent
                                  The scent itself is hard to place however, it's an absolutely gorgeous scent..

                                  ''It opens with a burst of pink grapefruit fizz, tart red currant leaves and zesty sicilian bergamot. The heart produces a surge of mouth watering sugar orchid that mingles with the hypnotic nectar of the white Cactus. The fragrance is lit from within as warm neon Amber floods throughout, while the base notes are flush with the seductive scents of luscious Vanilla soufflé and smoldering red Cedar.''

                                  When heard like that, it doesn't sound like a very appealing scent, but you'd be surprised at how nice a combination is. At first sniff, the scent smells citrus-y, perhaps explained by the pink grapefruit, and you can definetely smell the Vanilla. I think the combined fragrance is just one which is relaxed, quite sensual, sexy and youthful.

                                  Personally, I wear the CKIN2U daily. Although it's a goregous scent, I don't think it's a 'going-out' or 'party' perfume, it's more of an everyday, chilled perfume. But, of course, as with all perfumes , they smell different on one person as they do on another, so my everyday perfume may be someone elses' party perfume.

                                  Not everyone will like this perfume.. My mum and sister aren't huge fans, as isn't my aunt. So it's probably best to test this before purchasing.

                                  Worth purchasing?
                                  Yes! I would definetely recommend this perfume. I think it's youthful, sexy and a relaxed everyday scent that would be suited to anyone of any age. I think that it's a good price for a reasonable amount of perfume and I can vouch it lasting, as I have used mine everyday for the past few months and I still have a good amount left. I would definetely consider buying this perfume again.
                                  If you're looking for a sensual, sexy and youthful perfume, for a reasonable price, then this is the perfume for you!

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