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My skin is very sensitive, even organic and natural moisturisers bring spots and blemishes on my face.
However, I have been using Nivea Creme for going on 5 years now and have never had an issue. Personally, I think it is the best!
The creme is a lovely texture, it's very thick and feels quite silky in the tub. When smoothing it onto your skin, it absorbs nicely. Some people may find it takes too long to soak in, however I like that it doesn't absorb immediately. It leaves skin feeling smooth and soft while it is absorbing, and softens even the driest of skin in no time.
You also only need a small amount to cover a large area of skin. A small tub of Nivea lasts me a long time, and at the retail price of £1 for 30ml, you can't complain!
The fragrance is very nice, it's a natural fragrance as no perfumes are added to the product. It isn't a harsh smell as no chemicals are involved in making the smell.
After trying many other moisturisers, cheap and expensive, I have found that Nivea Creme brings the best results at the best price. I already recommend it to everyone!
I buy a lot of my make up from Avon because the prices are low and they do good quality items. The Supershock Gel Eyeliner is no different.
My preference was the black eyeliner since that is the only colour that I wear. I was hoping that this eyeliner would have a similar effect as liquid eyeliner and I was pleasantly surprised.
The colour is very bold and distinguished, just like using a liquid eyeliner but with more precision.
I found the top of the eyeliner to be a little soft though, so if you press on fairly hard or use the eyeliner a few times, it will need sharpening very regularly. I also found that once the eyeliner became blunt, trying to sharpen it again was very messy due to the softness of it.
Applying was quite good, the eyeliner glided and was quite precise but once it was on, it felt very wet and was easy to smudge. It is also not very waterproof so beware when wearing it in unpredictable weather!
For the price of it (between 3 and 6 pounds depending on where you buy it) I think there are better and more reliable, inexpensive liquid eyeliners that have the same effect.
Vaseline is one of the most loved lip balm brands there is, and are known for their reliability. I was not disappointed when I bought this product!
I tend to buy chap sticks, but after losing them all the time I decided to buy one of these little tins. I'm a massive fan of cocoa butter so this was an instant choice.
As with all of the tins in this range, the size of the tin is ideal for handbags, coat pockets, anywhere! It is small enough to be carried around but contains a nice amount that will keep you going for a long time.
The jelly has no colour to it and looks like all other petroleum jellies. The thing I found most wonderful was the texture of the jelly inside. Usually lip balms can be quite sticky, even some different brands of petroleum jelly can feel quite unpleasant and gloopy. But this felt amazing. Soft, light, and not sticky at all. It just leaves a nice coat over your lips that is not too heavy but enough to leave your lips feeling smooth.
The smell is great too, it smells natural, not artificial and sickly sweet. Cocoa butter has a lovely smell, and this is no different.
It is also one of the best lip balms that I have used for dry, chapped and cracked lips. I tend to apply multiple coats a day, after drinking or eating. But in a day or two my lips feel beautifully soft, whether it is blistering hot or ridiculously cold. It sorts out major dryness very quickly.
It is priced a little higher than some other lip balms, coming in at £1.99 on the high street, but it does the job and you really do get what you pay for. Also, a little tip, I saw it in Poundland a few weeks ago, so I'd have a look there ;)
I bought this phone after my Samsung Tocco Ultra suddenly broke. I couldn't afford a Blackberry, and seeing this in Tesco for £59.99 made my day.
It has a full qwerty keyboard and nice shaped buttons, they're nice and easy to use, unlike some that are spaced apart unevenly or stick out too much. I find these to be just right, easy to use for the podgiest of fingers!
The size of the model (111mm x 61mm) is a nice size, around the same height and width as your standard Blackberry. The depth is surprisingly small (12mm), a lot thinner than my boyfriend's Blackberry Bold. However I still find it a little big to fit in my jeans pocket comfortably (obviously not much of an issue for men as the pockets are deeper in your jeans!)
It has a decent camera with a good zoom, however it has no flash which is very disappointing. The quality of the photos aren't amazing but are okay for if you take minimal photos on your phone. For 2 megapixels it's about what you'd expect. If you rely on your phone as a primary camera then I would not recommend it.
It also has a music player and an fm radio which is a nice feature, but I find the sound quality is a bit "tinny" and hurts your ears if it is playing moderately loud through the speaker. A plus is that it stores MP3 and comes with a micro USB cable, so you can easily transfer music from your computer to your phone. It also has a standard sized earphone jack which is great since regular earphones can be used.
I also put a memory card in my phone as it doesn't hold a huge amount of files. It has 60MB of integrated memory so it is useful to have a memory card if you plan on storing a lot of photos or music on your phone.
Calls and texts are all very good, great clarity when taking phone calls and has a volume control on the side of the phone to turn your callers volume up or down :p It also has speaker phone.
The main function of this phone is for social media. It comes with pre downloaded facebook and twitter apps, has msn and google ready to use and has a communities menu for all your social networking sites at your fingertips.
The main screen has a small bar at the top of the screen with all the preinstalled apps, so they are easy to access.
An issue I have had is with downloading apps. As the facebook app that is readily installed only shows you status updates, I downloaded the app from the facebook website, but when I try to use it, the phone reboots. It has done this with a lot of apps that I have downloaded so it may be an issue they have with their flash settings. There are also not many apps available from Samsung, so if you rely on apps, I'd recommend an iphone or a Blackberry, there are many more available for those.
Basically, if you want to use this phone for texting, calling and web browsing, then it is a nice little phone. For anything more complex, I'd look into something else.
I needed a good set of earphones after my very unreliable iPod ones broke. One of my friends had these and said they were brilliant, so I picked some up.
Firstly, the shape of them is perfect. They fit in my ears so well, and seem to block out the noise around you, which is perfect for listening to music on the go.
Secondly, the range of colours they come in is phenomenal! I personally chose purple, but it was a tough decision!
I bought these for £5 from play.com, a bargain for such a great item.
On to sound quality...
I personally think they are MUCH better than the ones you get with iPods. I listen to a lot of metal music and some earphones can dampen the quality drastically, especially when turned up loud, but these maintain the quality no matter what volume you have your music on. No crackling, no inconsistency with volume, nothing.
The wire/cord is also made of a nice sturdy material, I have no signs of breakage yet and they have been used every day for going on a year now! It is also pleasant feeling, very smooth and easy to untangle.
My one hang up with this item would be the packaging it comes in, it took me a long time to get them out of the plastic and did resort to hacking away at it with the scissors. Which isn't great because it could damage the item, but rest assured mine did not break one bit when I finally got them out of the plastic.
If you have an mp3 player or an ipod that is not hitting it's full potential due to faulty or ineffective earphones, I would go out and buy these. They're available in most supermarkets, but I'd buy them online since it's a couple of pounds cheaper :)
My mum bought me this as part of my stocking fillers for Christmas last year, and I instantly went to buy more after it had ran out.
The smell is very fragrant and quite citrus-y, which is lovely to use on a summers day or to brighten up the terrible winter.
The bottle is tall and you get a lot in it for the price. The push up top makes it very easy to use in the shower, more like a clip than a lid. And the material is just soft enough to be able to squeeze without effort and with wet hands. Thumbs up here!
It also lathers really well, you don't need a huge amount for a whole body wash. The bubbles are quite delicate and don't leave a soapy residue when you smooth and lather it on your body. The consistency is a bit thinner than many of the top brands, but I like that, I think it is this that makes there be less residue afterwards.
Depending on the size of the bottle, you are only looking at between £1-£2, which you really can't complain about seeing as the £1.50 size bottle is so big it will last you for months even as your primary body wash!
I tend to buy this deodorant because it is cheap. It can be found in most pound shops and supermarkets and it is usually on offer. And for such an inexpensive deodorant, I am mainly impressed with it.
Firstly, I like the shape of the container. It's nice and palm size and more rounded than other roll on deodorants, making it a nice size to carry in your bag.
Secondly, there is a wide variety of scents that you can get with this brand. I tend to go for the invisible or the sensitive options, as they smell very nice and do exactly what their name suggests; leaves no white marks and is very gentle on your underarms.
I also love that this is a very reliable deodorant yet it is so cheap. I recommend it to most of my friends who want a good deodorant to carry around with them.
I have had two issues with this deodorant though, and they are most probably linked.
Firstly I find that it dries out very easily, leaving (secondly) the roller ball very hard to use. Once it dries up a little it is very hard to roll under your underarms, often it won't roll at all, and this is after having the item for just a short while. However, at the price you pay for it, it doesn't pain me to go and buy some more when this happens.
I bought this camera for going to a music festival in August, and I have nothing but praise for it! It was one of only a few in my price range, but with a 5x optical zoom and 14 mega pixels, it sounded fairly good.
I got home and tried it out in various rooms with different lighting and on different objects and was very impressed. I took it to the festival where it lasted the whole time on battery (5 days with frequent use) and was not damaged in the crowd.
Specifically I like that is is compact. It is sturdy and for the price I don't think you will find better! It has a great flash for photos in all light levels and has some lovely photo features to make the best of your photo experience. I opted for the blue camera which is a lovely colour and another little perk, it's always nice to have something a little out of the ordinary.
My one and only issue would be the memory. I had to buy a memory card for it, I went for a 4GB one. These memory cards are very easy to find and are not very costly so it is definitely worth looking into one if you want to take more than a handful of photos!
You also get a handy USB cable with the package which is great for saving and sharing photos online.
Easy to use
Good photo quality
Good battery life
Range of colours available
Cons: Will need a memory card, but more cameras do these days
Queen are a British rock band formed in the early 70's and remain one of the most well loved and controversial music acts in existence.
A Night at the Opera is the first Queen album to be completely self produced, and this is shown through the diversity of their music through this album (more on that later.) Along with it's predecessor "A day at the races," both albums take their titles from Marx Brothers films. It was released on EMI records and stayed topped the charts in the UK for 4 consecutive weeks, showing the strength of this album.
Death on two Legs (Dedicated to...)
Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon
I'm in Love with my Car
You're my best friend
The Prophet's Song
Love of My Life
God save the Queen
A Night at the Opera is a very diverse, complex and experimental album. It's quite diverse and each song shows a new direction that Queen could take musically.
Death on two Legs (Dedicated to...) is a very fierce song with aggressive lyrics. It is said to be able Queen's former manager. It includes a strong piano beat and also some great riffs by Brian May. The lyrics are undoubtedly the feature in this track that stand out the most.
Things then take a much more mellow tone as you get to songs such as Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon and Seaside Rendezvous. The lyrics are light hearted, and often questioned as to where the inspiration came from for these lyrics. However, although they may seem like the least complex songs on the album, Seaside Rendezvous was constructed mainly through Mercury and Taylor's voices. The track contains some unusual choices of instruments, such as a kazoo, tubas and trumpets. There is also a tap dance sound which according to documentaries was made by Mercury and Taylor with thimbles on their fingers! It does seem like a lot of work went into this track, although it is only 51 seconds long.
Further on the album we see some more heartfelt songs, with incredibly written lyrics that we expect from Queen. Love of My Life is particularly beautiful, a song written about Freddie Mercury's ex-girlfriend. It has fantastic piano parts, including a beautiful classical piano solo, and Brian May playing a harp. It's a much loved classic and is frequently sung live, even now that Freddie is no longer with is. It is well known that Freddie would stop singing and let the crowd sing most of the song, it is a Queen song which receives a reception like no other, and it is worth buying the album just for this song, in my opinion.
Another interesting song is '39. It is very well written but has an interesting and particularly unknown meaning. Most think it is about World War 2, since it stated in 1939. It is actually a song written by Brian May about a space adventure where the craft thought they were away for a year, but were infact gone for 100 years, returning to no family or friends. This diversity in lyrics sets the tone for how quickly the context of lyrics and music can change with Queen, and it is shown perfectly throughout this album.
A Night at the Opera also gives the opportunity for Brian May and Roger Taylor to show that their talents lie further than behind their regular instruments. Good Company is written and sang by Brian May who also plays a banjo throughout the track. It is quite a concept track, as it tells a story and has a moral about life and following advice. I'm in Love with my Car was written and sung by Roger Taylor, although for different reasons than Good Company being sang by Brian. Freddie refused to sing this track as he thought it was a joke. Roger also initially played guitar on this track, but they were later replaced by Brian.
Of course, although these songs mentioned are incredible songs, the track everyone is interested in is the classic Bohemian Rhapsody. It needs no introduction, and has become one of the biggest selling songs of all time. This, as well as the remaining tracks on the album, made A Night at the Opera a huge success.
For old Queen fans, this album is a great excuse to have many of the classics together in one album. For new Queen fans, it's a great opportunity to hear a different side of Queen, to see how they can write lyrics and music in more than one style, and showing they are a band to be envied and who can never be replaced.
David Bowie is a worldwide icon, and has been since the late 1960's. As well as releasing 24 studio albums, 9 live albums and an uncountable amount of compilation albums, Bowie has also starred in multiple films and won 14 awards for his contribution to music and film.
Hunky Dory was Bowie's first release through the record label RCA, which we would stay with for over 10 years. It is considered one of Bowie's best releases. It's very experimental, at times folky and at other times sounding very glam, which isn't surprising since it was released in the age of glam rock (Hunky Dory was released in 1971.)
Hunky Dory is also the first album that contained all members that would later become "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars." It is understandable how this album was a brilliant move for Bowie, as it is the start of what became a worldwide successful career.
"Oh! You Pretty Things"
"Eight Line Poem"
"Life on Mars?"
"Fill Your Heart"
"Song for Bob Dylan"
"The Bewlay Brothers"
As you can see, this album contained hits such as "Life on Mars?" and "Changes" which would later become two of Bowie's biggest hits. This album was, for Bowie, also an opportunity to pay tribute to his main influences, Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan and The Velvet Underground (Queen Bitch being his tribute to Lou Reed.)
"Kooks" is a song dedicated to Bowie's son Zowie, and although the lyrics don't seem particularly heartfelt, they are typically Bowie, and typical of the importance of things in society at the time (I'm not much cop at punching other people's dads, for example.)
Hunky Dory flits from styles to styles, each songs bringing about a new approach to music and showing exactly what Bowie can do. "Oh! You pretty things" and "Eight Line Poem" are both incredibly written, and both show Bowie's talent on the piano. Bowie's vocal talents are expressed tremendously on all tracks, especially, for me, on "Life on Mars?" and "Andy Warhol" but obviously this is a topic for opinion.
"Andy Warhol" is a very raw sounding acoustic track, with some quite comical dialogue between Bowie and his producer at the start about to pronounce "Warhol." The introduction guitar riff sounds very Spanish and flamenco, making it totally different from everything else on this album or that Bowie has ever written. It's a stand out track and shows the brilliance of Bowie's song writing.
A range of instruments are played and experimented with during this album, including a saxophone and a trumpet, making this a treat for the ears of any Bowie fan.
Overall, this is my favourite Bowie album. Trying to stay as unbiased as possible, I'd say this is the best album for any Bowie fan, old or new, to see Bowie at his best. There isn't a flawed track on this album, they are all excellent and I'd recommend this album to anyone.
This is the second Bowie album to feature Mick Ronson on guitar, and also features Rick Wakeman on piano during Life on Mars and Changes.
In summary: This is a must have album for any Bowie fan.
Just say Ozzy is a live album recorded in 1989. It was released in 1990 and later reissued in 1995.
The lineup consisted of Ozzy (vocals), Zakk Wylde (lead guitar), Geezer Butler (bass), Randy Castillo (drums) and John Sinclair (keyboards).
Just Say Ozzy was released just two years after his fifth studio album "No rest for the Wicked," which was the first of Ozzy's albums to feature the then leeser known guitarist Zakk Wylde. Unlike Ozzy's most famous live album "Tribute" which was released three years before Just Say Ozzy with legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads, this is a six track EP, not a full length EP. They band decided not to feature any songs from "Tribute" on Just Say Ozzy, to make this a completely different listening experience for the fans.
The tracks include;
Bloodbath in Paradise
Shot in the Dark
Three of the tracks included on this EP are from the No rest for the Wicked album (Miracle Man, Bloodbath in Paradise and Tattooed Dancer.) Surprisingly, hits such as "Crazy Babies" and "Fire in the Sky" were kept from this album, leaving most fans happy that the band decided to choose lesser known/appreciated songs for the EP.
"Shot in the Dark," from "The Ultimate Sin" is a track that has been incredibly successful for Ozzy, and it's no surprise that it's been included on this EP. The concept that the band were trying to achieve is a collection of songs that would please the fans but were totally different from anything on any other live albums released. Ozzy could have picked any of his popular songs; Bark at the Moon, Crazy Train or Mr Crowley for example, but instead chose a more unusual choice of Shot in the Dark. It has been said in various reviews that this version of Shot in the Dark is remarkably better than the version recorded on the studio album, and must be heard by all Ozzy fans. I agree, I heard this version before the studio album version and I was blown away. It's a great song anyway, but this live version really does it justice. Ozzy is on top form, it shows his raw, ultimately recognisable talent and really shows off Zakk Wylde's talent as a guitarist.
Understandably there are 2 tracks from Black Sabbath included on this EP, with the involvement of Geezer Butler and John Sinclair, who have both recorded with Black Sabbath. The choice of these two tracks is again slightly unusual. "War Pigs" is frequently played live by Black Sabbath and Ozzy, but "Sweet Leaf" is a track that is often left out from live shows.
This EP is very well loved by fans of Ozzy and of Black Sabbath. The band should be paid an awful lot of respect for their choices of tracks and also for the way they are played. Of course, how well they play is down to personal interpretation, but it is undeniable that this is a top notch live show. There is some controversy about this show, however, since the inner sleeve says it is recorded in the UK, yet the audience are clearly not from the UK.
Also, this EP has now been completely removed from Ozzy's back catalogue. If you can find this album online or for sale anywhere else, snatch it up, it will be well worth the money. I have seen it on sale on Amazon for a reasonable price, but these will soon be gone! So I really would suggest buying a copy while you can. This is a quality live EP and will soon become very collectable. It's a must have for any Ozzy fan, especially those who were impressed by his live album "Tribute."
I was never interested in iPod's before I got this iPod Nano for my birthday a few years ago. It was different to my friends' iPod's.
It's thin and light, which is brilliant for if you use your iPod on the go because it can fit into generally any sized pocket and doesn't feel like you're carrying a brick.
The scroll wheel is sensitive, but not so sensitive that it has a mind of it's own, it works brilliantly.
The screen colours and overall viewing experience is fantastic, whether it's viewing photos, watching videos or playing games, you will have a great viewing experience. The sound quality is also great (of course this depends on your source of music/video and the earphones being used) but with songs downloaded from iTunes and iPod earphones, the sound is fantastic.
Battery life is a brilliant improvement on this generation of ipod, it has over 10 hours of audio playback, making it brilliant for long trips.
The screen has become wider and this ipod now has a video camera. I didn't think much of the idea of a video camera on the iPod but it is actually very good and simple to use. An improvement would be to also have a normal camera built in, for the moments when you don't want to use video but still want to capture the moment.
With a range of colours, an FM radio and, unbelievably, a pedometer, this 16GB iPod Nano is the gadget for everyone.
Over the past 30 years, our world has been graced with the beauty that is Motorhead. Each album released has had moments of brilliance and excellence. And Motorizer is no different. The riffs are typical of Motorhead, heavy, fast and generally awesome. Lemmy's voice has failed to change much over the years, he's still on top form with his instantly recognisable growls and raspy vocals. For fans of classic Motorhead, this will not be a disappointment.
"Rock Out," the only song released as a single from the album tells of what rock and this album is about, rocking out and having a great time.
"Runaround Man," the first track on the album is a heavy yet catchy as hell song, you'll be singing the lyrics for a long time once you hear them yet the guitaring is as good as ever, turning from brutal to soloing and shredding.
These two songs are the ones that I personally love. Other stand out tracks are "English Rose," "When the Eagle Screams" and "Time is Right."
This album is one for any Motorhead fan, whether you're an original fan or a new listener. I would rate this my favourite release of 2008, it's generally a flawless album.
The description of this phone made it sound absolutely amazing. And it is a great phone but I am left a little disappointed with it.
The good things are very good, such as the sound quality when playing music, which was a very important feature for me. The camera quality is also good, but I find that when I take a photo, the outcome isn't exactly the same as what I saw on the screen before I took the photo. The photo you get seems to shift upwards slightly, sometimes cutting off parts of the photo. The actual photo quality is brilliant though.
The touch screen is decent, it doesn't always do as I want it to though. For example, when I'm scrolling through contacts, it either doesn't scroll enough or scrolls straight past the contact I want, it's fairly unreliable at times.
The internet connection has always been reliable for me, even with low signal, which is a great positive. The ability to turn the screen sideways for a different view of webages is also very handy.
Most of the features available on the phone are very simple to use. It is a phone that can be used by all ages, and features such as world clock and video recorder means there are applications available for all kinds of people.
The HUGE downfall for this phone has got to be the battery life. The phone, if used for a few hours a day (texting, taking photos etc) will need charging on a daily basis. I wouldn't recommend taking this phone whilst travelling if you will be using it quite often without taking another back up phone.
One other small annoyance is the fake call feature. Pressing a button on the side of the phone activates a fake call, to "get you out of tricky situations." The number comes up as unknown and there is an option to have a recorded message play, as if you are speaking to someone. This sounds like quite a good option, but when the button presses whilst in your pocket, even when the lock is on, it gets quite annoying. I've tried to turn this off but haven't managed to find how to do it, so if anyone knows how to, please leave a comment!
Overall, it isn't a bad phone and I do enjoy using it, but the features that let it down do let it down greatly.
I've been a fan of Ozzy since I was 10 years old, and after buying unofficial biographies for the past 8 years, I was beyond excited about this book being released. And I wasn't disappointed.
It starts with an in depth, honest account of his childhood years up until the start of his career with Black Sabbath. This is an account that nobody but Ozzy himself would ever be able to portray in such detail. It then goes on to the success of Black Sabbath, his life with his first wife and children, his battle with drugs (there's some surprising things to be learnt about this, even I was shocked at some of it, and I thought I knew it all!) and his gradual love for his now wife Sharon. He also gives an eventful look at his career and life away from Black Sabbath.
Most of this book is highly entertaining from beginning to end, with the exception of some parts which are heartbreaking. For me in particular, his memories and account of events relating to the death of his guitarist Randy Rhoads were particularly upsetting, yet it couldn't have been written better by anyone but Ozzy himself.
I've read many reviews of this book by Ozzy fans saying "This is just the Osbournes in book form, there's no real information about his career in it." All I can say is that they have clearly not read the book. This is definitely a book for those interested in his early life and early career, and there's a nice selection of photos throughout the book too!