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      21.04.2011 16:27
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      A great modern fruity floral that looks good on the dressing table!

      I bought my first bottle of Eternity Moment Eau de Parfum last Christmas when it was on offer at Debenhams Online for the bargain price of £11.80 for a 30ml bottle - Having done some research, I now know that 30ml bottles currently retail for £19.50 at Boots (although there is a special offer on at present) or £17.95 at cheap smells. The 50ml Eau de Parfum is currently £28.00 at Boots and £23.45 at Cheap Smells.

      Eternity Moment is made by Calvin Klein and comes in a tall slim bottle with a glass effect lid - the perfume itself is pink which looks very girly on the dressing table - The bottle is very simple giving it a classic, modern look.

      The perfume itself is quite strong when first sprayed (probably because it is an Eau de Parfum) but once on the skin it does lose its immediate strength to become a long lasting fragrance with staying power that isn't overwhelming. It is a fruity floral fragrance with hints of lychee, raspberry and peony and although nice for daytime or evening, I would definitely say it is better suited as a summer fragrance rather than a winter fragrance when something with a bit more warmth is the order of the day.

      In my opinion I would say this fragrance is better suited to younger women (although I place myself in that category and I am 37!)

      I have a lot of perfumes and don't really stay loyal to any one brand, preferring to swap and change when new ones come onto the market, my husband is used to me always smelling different, but I have started to notice that on the days when he comments that I smell nice, it is always when I am wearing Eternity moment.
      So if you want a fun, flirty, floral fragrance this summer - choose Eternity Moment - you won't be dissappointed!

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      19.04.2011 12:22
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      A beautiful classic fragrance with staying power

      'Sensous' by Estee Lauder has quite a few mixed reviews, but I have to say that I love it!

      I was bought my first bottle for Christmas after trying a tester in Boots and adding it to my Christmas list, I had read in a magazine that it was Kiera Knightly's favourite perfume - I don't have some great affintity with Kiera, I just hadn't heard if it before so thought I would try it.

      I find some perfumes overpowering or too fruity, but Sensuous is unlike any other fragrance I have tried before - I can only describe it as very soft and feminine. The Estee Lauder Website describes it 'woody-amber', molten woods and amber surrounded by atmospheric florals, warmed by a hint of pepper and a touch of honey - That sounds more like a cake recipe to me, but I agree with Estee Lauder when they also describe it as confident & elegant, it has a warmth to it which lasts and lasts.

      Sensous won the Cosmopolitan Award for 'Sexiest Women's Fragrance 2009' and I would agree also that it is a very sexy, sensuous scent.

      I think the bottle could be designed a little better, it is not very modern and could perhaps do with updating a little, also the lid sometimes does not stay on properly.
      Price wise - It is a little more pricey than most fragrances I use at about £30 (if you're lucky) for a 50ml bottle - having said that - you don't need to use much though.
      This is now my 'evening' perfume - I am quite fickle and don't really remain loyal to any particular perfume, preferring to swap and change when new ones come onto tthe market - but I am now onto my 3rd bottle of Sensuous, so it must be good!

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        19.04.2011 11:07
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        An essential for your bathroom, can be used in many ways

        I first came across this gorgeous, multi use product on a trip to Centreparcs where they gave us this product to use on our hair - prior to having their 'Sauna Experience' - The oil is actually a solid in the bottle and has to be heated up to bring it back to its oil consistency, I usually do this by floating the bottle in a sink of warm water, of course - if used in a sauna - there is no need to heat!
        This product has a range of uses - As mentioned above it can be used as in intensive hair treatment, although if you are going to do this make sure you have some shampoo with you as it does need to be washed out - I found this out unfortunately when I came out of the spa and didn't have any shampoo with me - I spent the rest of the day with a very greasy head!
        Personally I like to use this oil after a facial or I smooth a little onto my face at bedtime or whilst in the bath so that it soaks in - a little goes a very long way and despite it being an oil it doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy after it has soaked in. I have also used it on dry areas of skin such as elbows and shins and it works a treat.
        The oil has a what I can only describe as an exotic flowery smell that instantly transports me to come exotic island somewhere.
        Pricewise - when I left the Aqua Sana Spa, I was going to buy a bottle to take home, but at £29 I gace it a miss - I was glad I did as the large bottles sell at about £19 on Ebay. To be honest though for facial use, I sually buy the small 35ml bottle at about £5 and I find this lasts me a good 6 months, although it wouldn't go as far if you were to use it all over your body.
        I love this product!

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          18.04.2011 20:11
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          Good Atmosphere, Great Food

          We visit Frankie and Benny's approximately every 6 weeks or go - I enjoy the music, the menu and from time to time you can pick up a little booklet of vouchers that give you 25% off your next 4 visits which is always welcome!
          The last time we visited was last Saturday and it was in a different town to the one we normally visit - this one didn't seem quite so busy, which can be a good thing, especially on a Saturday night - On a previous visit we found ourselves seated underneath one of the speakers - for those who have never been - if it is someones birthday - the lights are dipped and a rather annoying version of 'Congratulations' is played over the loud speaker - Ok if its a one off - but if you've had to sit through it six times in one evening, it can get a little annoying!

          On this last visit, I was presented with a £9.95 Dinner Menu which was for two courses - with an option to add an extra course for a small extra charge - I chose the Bruschetta for starters and the 'New Yorker Pasta' for the main.

          With it being quite cheap, I was worried about how big the portions would be, but I need not have worried - the Bruschetta was huge - 4 big slices of ciabatta infact - topped with bruschetta topping and drizzled with balsamic vinegar.
          The portion of pasta was equally as generous, but just a little too cheesy for my liking - It had plenty of chicken in it and a kick of chilli which I liked. - All in all a good choise of meals for a good price. To drink I had a glass of house Chardonnay which was £3.50 for a large glass which I thought was very reasonable.

          It was an enjoyable night and the food was good!

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            18.04.2011 19:52

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            A brilliant game that lasts for ages.

            When it came to reviewing this game, who better to ask than my 13 year old son - it seems that almost every teenage boy in the Country owns this game - so here is what he said in his own words........

            If you're looking for a game with a long lifespan, amazing graphics and unreal gameplay Call Of Duty is the game that I recommend. With the great campaign storyline, The awesome 12 player online multiplayer and the fan favourite the 2-4 player zombies mode and also the map packs that include 4 more multiplayer maps and a brand new zombie map this game just never get's old. But if you want to buy a realistic game this game probably isn't for you.

            The campaign is about a solider Alex Mason who is in a trance and is strapped in a torture chair being constantly asked for numbers. You play through Mason's memories that include 15 action packed awesome missions.

            The zombies mode is a survival game where you can play by yourself or with a friend or even take it online and have four players. You constantly buy weapons, ammo and open doors to fight of endless waves of the undead hordes.

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            17.04.2011 22:36
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            A Great Choice if you want a budget break and a good night sleep

            Well, I am just back from a two night stay at the Premier Inn on Southampton Road in Fareham which is near Portsmouth. My husband had some business in the area to which I decided to 'tag along' - I did not book the hotel until the day before - but I did not realise that this wouldn't get it me any cheaper where Premier Inns are concerned - I paid £131.00 for two nights. Now I have to be honest, normally with this type of thing I wait until a couple of days before and then book through laterooms - I can get cashback through an affiliate site, and usually get a bargain price - I have stayed at some really luxurious boutique hotels for the same price of £65 that I paid for this Premier Inn room. The name of the game though where this chain is concerned is to book early if you want a bargain as the billboards told me when I checked in - 'Rooms from £29 per night - when you book in advance' - Seems a bit of a kick in the teeth when you are checking in and have paid more than double that - but hey ho!

            The Rooms are basic but have everything you would need, and the next morning when my husband went for a 3 hour meeting, I was quite happy in the room sat reading and watching TV - The Beds are very comfortable - I will give Lenny Henry that one - On the second morning, I was so comfortable in my bed - I didn't want to get up!
            My only complaint and it is a small one, is that there wasn't enough tea/coffee left in the room - only 4 sachets of milk, which was enough for two drinks, so when we had one after we arrived back in the room at tea-time - we didn't have any milk for a drink in the morning - Had I asked though, I am sure Reception would have put this right. The staff were friendly, welcoming and looked like they enjoyed their jobs!.

            There is a TGI Fridays on the same site as the Fareham Premier Inn, and this is where breakfast is served if you choose to have it. A Full English breakfast is £7.99 - We didn't go for this, instead we nipped down to Tesco Whiteley (which is about 1.5 miles down the road) and had their English Breakfast in the Tesco Cafe for £4 each including a drink.

            The Premier Inn Fareham is centrally located, as I have mentioned there is a Tesco on the doorstep, a TGI Fridays on site, Frankie and Benny's is 5 minutes away and if you fancy something different, nip down to Port Solent where you can sit by the marina and eat at any number of Restaurants. To sum up, i would definitely stay at Premier Inn again but I would be much happeri paying £29 per night than the £65 I actually paid!

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              13.04.2011 23:27
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              A great read - By the End you really want Rachel to succeed

              I received a copy of Rachels Holiday by Marian Keyes as part of the 'World Book Night 2011 giveaway' - I do read a lot of books in all different genres, but I must admit when I read the back cover of 'Rachels Holiday' I did wonder whether it was for me. Marian Keyes is known for her chic-lit style of writing, but this book is a bit more 'meaty'. The book is about Rachel, a 27 year old Irish Girl who begrudgingly goes into rehab for her drug 'problem' - She only agrees to go as she believes that re-hab will be full of rock stars, celebrities and that she will have access to 24 hour Spa Treatments. Rachels 'problem' it turns out is that she is the last person to realise that she does actually need help. The book begins with Rachel in complete denial and gradually as the pages turn you have chapters which delve into the life she has been living for the past couple of years and it becomes glaringly obvious to all but Rachel that she is indeed an addict. Marion Keyes has such a brilliant way of briging her characters to life, and even though in real life, I probably wouldn't like someone like Rachel, the way Marian has written her character, you can't help but start to like her and hope that she sorts herself out.
              Despite the heavy subject matter, I didn't feel like the book was depressing in any way, shape or form - quite a feat for MArian Keyes to have acheived and I would really recomend this book to anyone whether you are a Marian Keyes fan or not

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                13.04.2011 23:09

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                A great smelling product that does the job

                I was bought a pot of the Satsuma Body Butter from the Body Shop for Mothers Day - I think I am addicted to this gorgeous citrussy moisturiser. When applied after a bath or shower, it is a little slow to absorb but once it has, the moisturising qualities last a good 24 hours.
                I noticed it worked particularly well on my shins, which can get quite dry due to regular shaving, but this boddy butter left my skin feeling silky soft all day.
                The gorgeous citrussy scent isn't too overpowering and is really refreshing especially on a hot day. I believe the 200ml tub normally retails for about £12, which I personally feel is a little on the expensive side, but I noticed today when I checked their website, that some of the 'flavours' are currently reduced to £6. I have ordered the 'passion fruit' body butter to try next - If it smells as good as this one, I will have to work my way through all the varieties!

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