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The "I'm Not Dead" tour is one of many for Alecia Moore, aka punchy, feminist top-charter Pink. Featuring songs from her album I'm Not Dead, she performed all over the world, including the 02 arena, London, with the help of hits such as "Stupid Girls", "Who Knew" and "U + Ur Hand".
Along with the 13 tunes on the record, she didn't disappoint in person. Filled with trapeze-type surprises, the packed venue awaited to see her jump out from backstage in a variety of costumes, including leotards. All set up with a mic and big hair, she wowed the crowd with dance routines, which stood out in comparison to slower numbers with acoustic guitars and support acts like the Indigo Girls, who featured with their strumming guitar sounds and hollow sweet voices in emotional and heart-felt song "Dear Mr President"; arguably targeted at previous USA president George Bush. An apparent strong support of Obama though!
The 30 year old Californian pop-punk princess sure bounced back after a break to take her fourth album, despite alleged personal problems. Shes a fighter and her passion shone through in the four hour performances.
Apparently though, her marriage to rockstar Carey Hart is meant to be back on track though after it was released that they were never actually divorced! Meanwhile, her new album "Funhouse" is a must-have....Watch this space!
"Juno", featuring hilarious duo Ellen Page from box office hit "X-men" as main character, 16 year old American Juno; and "Superbad"'s Michael Cera as her useless, geeky and weirdly cute boyfriend, is great. Hailed as humorous, warm and a must-see by critics, the 92 minute feature appeals to teenagers everywhere.
Left pregnant after her first time with her boyfriend, she chooses to have the baby after backing out of a termination and choosing a wealthy, no-nonsense adoptive couple (Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman), with the help of her bestfriend and supportive parents. The story seems quite cliche, but there are many surprises along the way, keeping it gripping, yet funny and down to earth. Rated a 15, there are amazingly little sex scenes, and there perhaps needs to be a little less swearing and a little more emotion as character Juno seems unusually settled and accepting about the conception. In fact, there really isn't much history to her relationship with the father of her future son, which could have been introduced to incorporate more emotion and compassion to the tale. Nevertheless, the strong characters of the plot, the modern, bold, colorful title and front cover, along with endless jokes and typical teen banter make it a classic. Look out for a twist or two as well!
Available on Amazon for around £4.00 and in HMV for now £3. A must have!
Make-up and beauty experts from the heart of Paris got together to create now globalized "Darphin". Just by having a look on their website, you get a feel of their philosophical beauty ideas and various natural extracts campaigns to get you to reach for the hundreds of apricot this and plum juice that. However, i was surprised by their new and stylish edition to their hand cream range, available online and from specialized stores, "Aromatic Beauty Hand Cream".
As your hands get dry and chipped, which can be painful, a soothing, moisturizing and non-stinging cream is essential, especially as the Winter is drawing it. Christmas too- so this is a great under-the-tree surprise, sold in beautiful little white boxes and gift-wrapped.
This hand cream is gorgeous and highly recommended for aging hands too, so get it while you can! This product is rich, "aromatic" the exact word to use- smelling wonderful, yet not leaving skin greasy as it asborbs amazingly quickly and makes your skin light and soft to the touch and the eye. At £20, it is pricey but a great buy as you only need a little.
Comes in a squeezy tube for easy use and the lid is easy to remove and put back again. Chic style bottle, white, with the "simple is effective" rule- combining pure and classic backgrounds with bold silver writing.
Clinique is a famous make up brand- releasing everything from anti-wrinkle night creams to specialized spotsticks for sensitive areas. The American make-up brand have released a new edition to their power and foundation range by adding "Gentle Light Powder" on the shelves for a pricey, yet arguably reasonable (for reasons i will explain) £18.11.
Sold in all Clinique stores, online and departments in large stores such as Debenhams, this is a great product. In a cute, light and oh-so-L.A glass pot, perfect for slipping in your Chanel (real or fake!) 1.5 bag, you can sweep it across your features and lightly over the neck in a vaiety of shades to suit you. I love this as it gives the skin a luminous glow and has been praised by top fashion magazines for its practical characteristics and modern light-reflecting particles. Superb for problem areas, it allows skin to breathe but still covers accurately for an even and "barely there" look.
It comes with a brush too, so you can get the best our of your money. It lasts long too, so you don't have to frequently fork out for it. Worth the price as it suits a variety of skin types, despite colour, tone and sensitivity. It looks expensive though, so flash it to your friends whilst making your skin look fab.
At the moment, i am eating Kellogg's Special K cereal, made with maize, rice and wheat flakes, for lunch. Normally i wouldn't do so, but i have recently developed a secret addiction for them. Its so hard not to- the golden, light flakes of cereal are so crunchy and scrummy, yet less than !% fat- which is good, because i'm certainly not!
Perfect with milk- i like them with soya milk but there are tasty with skimmed/ semi-skimmed, whole milk- whatever takes your fancy. Plsu, you can add fruit- fresh banana or delicious dry varieties- on top. They are avalible with fruit already in them, and there are loads of fancy versions such as special K Bliss with less than 3% fat, which are just as good!
Not suitable for anyone with allergies to wheat, but they can be eaten alone if you are allergic to milk. A perfect snack, meal or evening supper- they are also not just for the breakfast table! You can find the Kellogg's range in all supermarkets for as little as a po9und a box; and there are a lot of travel versions of the cereals, in yogurt-like cartons with milk and a plastic spoon. YUMMY!
So go for it- low fat, low calorie and the carbs keep you going, leaving you feel satisfied for longer. Mmm!
I am terrible with decision making. I umm and ahh about what to wear, where to go, what to eat...but there is one thing i find really easy to decide on- and that's the choice between supermarket "cola" brands and Coca Cola. Super-sweet, super-fizzy and super-satisfying, its the ultimate summer cool or the best seasonal treat.
The American company have released many editions of the 1880 original, releasing drinks with twists of lemon, lime and cheery. Personally, i find them bland; ruining the classic crisp coke taste and the recognizable red/white labeling with mouldy green, yellow and mulberry colours. I just don't find them as refreshing, as satisfying and as mouthy on the shelf- it has always been the original and the best for me.
Even better, the carbonated soft drink is available in 300ml cans, 500ml and 1/2 litre bottles- so the product is versatile- great for being on the go and superb for parties or celebrations. They're great if you can't get hold of any booze too, so you can still make an entrance with some glass-bottled coke. Best served chilled, especially on a sweltering summer day, with ice in a towering glass- i love it when you hear the ice crackle and tap against the glass...reminds me of those long summer evenings!
Unfortunately, the sugar content is through the roof- with around 10g of sugar per 100ml and 140 kcal per can. On the other hand, Diet Coke contains virtually no calories or sugar, Coca Cola Zero too. They are sold at the same prices as well- score!
Globalized, and for a good reason, Coca Cola is on the shelves at all supermarkets and newsagents for as little as 99p.
Arguable moreish and unique the biscuit/cake debate continues...but i don't care, i just want them!
Made with plain chocolate, there is nothing dull about them. This chocolate encases a surprise- and i love the tangy orange filling from inside the spongy bite. They are circular, yummy scrummy and bitesize to suit all mouths and tastes, and now available with a variety of fillings. But this one, the original, is my favourite and superb with a cup of tea and very energizing for an afternoon snack. Yes, McVities have conjured a family favourite!
Loved by all ages and evolved over many years from the Scottish company, originating from Edinburgh i can imagine them being marveled in in bakeries from the 1800s then onto our shelves in more modern times, around 1927. The packaging is modern itself- a rectangular box filled with 12 treats and in a cool yet exciting blue shade in contrast to the orangutan- orange text that shouts out to you from the supermarket against all the other lunchbox snacks.
They hold some interesting facts too...apparently the cakes were named after Jaffa oranges, sweet oranges native to Jaffa, Palestine, now found in Israel- in addition, rumours are that footballers love them for their energy- with 99Kcals per Jaffa Cake, they are a definitely a treat and it is a little annoying how moreish they seriously are! However, they are low fat- 1g of fat per cake! So, thats my excuse. Eat up the 54mm treats for as little as a pound per box!
Triple distilled, premium and stodgy strong, Smirnoff vodka is something that i will be buying again!
Forget naff supermarket makes with tacky bottles, weird ingredients added in and sticky labels. Available in 70cl bottles or gigantic 1 litre buys, these fly off the shelf more thanany other vodka brand. Why? Because its so damn good! Arguable not the classiest of drinks, the bottle makes you feel like royalty and there's something about taking the red and silver container into a party that makes you feel worth a million dollars...literally, its not cheap.
Printed with the bold, capital letters spelling "SMIRNOFF" sprawled on the front, its a little in-your-face like its content. It should say, WARNING: NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED! (Or stomached!) From the fragrant, bittersweet, punchy taste that burns your throat and leaves you feeling brave, you can tell its gooood stuff. I love the presentation of it too- with swirly text in contrast to the scary title and huge bottle. Although, the lid is annoying to get off and you may need alpha-male assistance!
You can mix it too. With juice for a fruity cocktail of senses, fizzy pop for a new experience...or let yourself rip with some flashing shot glasses!
Available from all supermarkets, look for the blood red label. Around £13.19, its a few more pounds than the weak deathly supermarket own brands, but arguably and simply the best!
The product title says it all.
Dream Satin Liquid has a literal meaning- a liquid foundation- and a metaphorical one- this being the "dream" and "satin" titles. This product is smooth, easily applicable and worth the cost for these aspects of it. With a little pump to squeeze the mixture onto your fingers or a sponge, it then, in circular motions, can be applied to the face- or areas of the face that are problematic, red or blotchy for cover-up confidence. Its so blendable it doesn't look patchy and is light enough to allow skin to breathe so spotty locations aren't clogged up.
It makes you want to say to yourself "damn!" and makes others want to ask have you had a skin peel. Why? Because this Maybelline miricale, designed and modeled in fashion capital New York, USA, fits in with your skin instead of creating a whole new you. So you feel comfy with it on, plus its long-lasting so you don't end up having to peer in shop windows stupidly or get your fingers greasy to re-apply it again and again whilst spending a small fortune on new bottles.
Unfortunately, a little pricey, from £7.82 at Boots but very worthy of this cost and the bottle is elegance itself, made out of tough glass to avoid breakages and it won't chip or get messed up easily by its contents. Easily fitted into a bag and a long-lasting treat for yourself or great gift for someone special (or in need of a makeover...).
Sadly fattening and deliciously sugary, this sweet treat has me hypnotized. I love Dairy Milk, Nescafe...you name it, but there is nothing better than a few pieces...or bars...or this creamy chocolate.
The well-known brand now is available in many variates- Minstrels, as dark chocolate or as modern and scrumptious "Cookie Crumble". Mmm...but i'm afraid the original is always the best. You know you're in for a good experience from the wrapper- which is sensual in itself, with special, shiny, smooth paper in beautiful autumn glow colours encasing a crackly, gold-leaf style foil to keep its contents safe, fresh yet ready to melt. The chocolate itself is out of this world- a little more expensive than most, with a 100g bar ranging up to £3 but its so worth it! Ideal with a hot cup of tea to fast forward the melt in your mouth sweetness, and with a novel or your favourite magazine in front of a cosy fire. I suggest you stock up for Christmas!
Created by a Greek-American, Leo Stefonas, the creamy experience was previously known as "Dove" and still is in some areas of the globe. Supporting the Rainforest Alliance, it does make you feel good too! However, at over 500 calories and 10g fat per 100g bar, you do feel naughty!
But i said it once and i'll say it again, its worth it!
Lola Rose, By children's author Jacqueline Wilson is a gem. I'm still waiting for Wilson to release a novel that doesn't live up to its last, but i am failing miserably. Witty, emotional and incredibly well phrased, to impart grown-up issues on a younger audience, Wilson shows off her writing talents in this teenage book.
The story concerns Jayni, who's mother and brother, Kenny, are vicitims of domestic abuse from their father. They run away for a new life, and the adventure begins. From finding a new home and new school to hiding their identities from their father and dealing with all the problems that come their way. The young mother and her thirteen year old daughter and primary school son are forced to changed their name too- and the title "Lola Rose" illustrates the new Jayni.
From the front of the hardback novel, i was left puzzled by the shark image, which contrasts with the dainty title. However, i feel that the first impressions of the book gave me a very accurate insight to the roller coaster ride that is this 12 chapter piece. Released in 2003, it has a firm place on my shelf and there are parts i continue to re-read and re-read. Lola's fear of sharks, her mother's cancer and attempt to keep the family together are all surprises and extracts i absolutly adore for their uniqueness.
Perfect with a Galaxy bar on a cold evening, this is one you can really get your teeth into. For only £3.89 on Amazon, it won't break the bank- plus the bright, smooth and bold front cover make it a great present for young boys or girls.
Strangely, this soundtrack, i've found, is often less expenisve that the previous one. Featuring the original cast members, this CD offers the full musical aspect to the second film from the writings of Peter Barsocchini.
High School Musical, the smash-hit Disney creation featuring the now famous Vanessa Hudgens, Zac Efron and co, continues to roll out the debris from the films loved by millions...merchandise, clothing...and lots and lots of music. Its what makes HSM so fun. Full of nice harmonies, bouncy pop tracks and evident musical ability, the super six have sprung back into action since the first release in 2006.
Written by David Lawrence, Adam Watts, Matt Gerard, Drew Lane and various others, the very best of the Amerixan actors/singers are brought out. Not quite as disticitive as the original stuff, but just as entertaining; with hits such as "Fabulous" sung by the one and only Miss Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale), "You Are The Music In Me" and "Bet On It", this is varied and sharp, full of energy. There is more musical instruments evident too, which is a greta infleunce for kids and supports the tracks brilliantly in singles such as "Gotta Go My Own Way" (Vanessa Hudgens).
There is something for all fans. Similary to the first and last soundtrack, there is a contrast in the moods of the songs; with some being more serious and meaningful, meanwhile some more upbeat and fun. However, all of them are bold. "Bet On It" is amongst my least favourite songs on the 12 track CD and can be used to argue how the original is always the best, with the first of the crew being the main attraction to youngsters.
Although, it is a great buy at £6.96 on Amazon and i like its variety and some tracks i would be tempted to listen to, even not as a perticular HSM fantatic as some of my friends.
Emmy award winning High School Musical has globalized in probably every way possible, with their merchandise spread with the smiling faces of Troy, Gabriella, Taylor, Chad, Ryan and Sharpay. And here is it- released in 2006, High School Musical was a sucess beyond belief and this soundtrack proves it. Filled with various hits from the 97 minute feature and beginning to the HSM follow-ons, it is diverse, fun and catchy.
It has 13 tracks- all in the musical, including hits such as "Bop To The Top" which forced gasps all round when it flew into charts across the world. My favourites are "Breaking Free" and "I Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You", but all written by four American music enthusiasts, David Lawerence, Matthew Gerrard, Robert Nevil and Shankar Mehadevan. They also wrote the other two soundtracks from HSM 2 and 3.
The songs aren't in order of apperance, which would have been a good idea. It is great that all the cast participate in the tracks- with Troy and Gabriella (Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens) taking their lead with solos like "When There Was Me And You" and "Get'cha Head In The Game", Ryan and Sharpay (Lucas Grabeel and Ashley Tisdale) strut their stuff with dancey numbers like salsa-loving "Bop To The Top", whilst Chad (Corbin Bleu) and Taylor (Monique Coleman) pop up here and there in most tracks with superb vocal ability; along with the many participants in the East "Wildcat" High cast.
The album is very American. Very happy, very colourful and very suited for its audience and the piece its written along to. Annoyingly catchy however, its got slow, meaningful songs such as "Start Of Something New" etc, which contrast to jumpy, energetic, loud ones like "Get'cha Head In The Game" and "Stick To The Status Quo". Not for adults, as this is serious kid buisness, but it has airs of romance and a variety for all fans, so it keeps the cherry on the cake.
From £8.98 at Amazon, or at all record stores, its a lovely compliment to the Peter Barsocchini film.
Reaching for the tissues, millions rush to the cinemas for the first time to see the Disney feature on the big screen and the last time to see the current cast perform.
Now on DVD, the third of the Emmy Award winning series continues the famous faces' sucess, with more fun, laughter and high-school complications as they endure prom, their last performance on stage together and their graduation. It is, obviously, book-adapted, with further merchandise! Watch out for stage adaptions and more great things from this.
I cried. Seriously, i did. We had followed Zac Efron (Troy), Vanessa Hudgens (Gabriella), Monique Coleman (Taylor), Corbin Bleu (Chad), Lucas Grabeel-Ryan and twin brother of Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) through their rise to fame, international sucess and their growing to become established actors/singers despite their Disney reputation...
High School Musical 3: Senior Year is the perfect round up for the much-loved young and talented. Released in 2008, Peter Barsocchini has done it again. With a great soundtrack that has a more memorable feel, and emotions run high with actors and audience alike, making the film have as strong a bond as the first film. In spite on mixed reviews, it recieved a great reception as before- with an $13.3 million budget compared to a $4.2 million to start with. Lasting 112 minutes, it made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me want to dance...featuring hits such as "Now or Never", "A Night To Remember" and "Can I Have This Dance".
Avalible from £7.48, furthering the High School Musica merchandise and logo; and directed by the usual Kenny Ortega, it is a gem.
Sequal to Disney's High School Musical (the first film of the series) this Emmy Award winning follow on features new songs, new horizons and new fun. With the usual cast- Vanessa Hudgens (Gabriella) and Zac Efron (Troy) take the lead as the romantic young lovers and continue their high school adventures along with the help of friends Chad (Corbin Bleu), Taylor (Monique Coleman) and twins Ryan (Lucas Grabeel) and Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale).
Premiered in Disneyland, August 17th 2007, Anaheim, Calafornia, it followed on the sucess of Peter Barsocchini's 2006 piece with an upbeat and varied soundtrack featuring hits "What Time Is It", "Fabulous" and "Bet On It". Similar to the style of High School Musical, it is very predictable- a different storyline, however very relating themes, musical styles and ending. Friendship, young love and high school problems are still explored with characters that youngsters can relate to and the regular prescence of some talented singers.
This 104 minute feature that was entended to 111 minutes later, follows the cast as siblings Sharpay and Ryan go to their family's country club, "Lava Springs" to spend their summer in bliss being waited on. This is disrupted when the princess of cool Sharpay's classmates turn up to work and have some fun at the club. There is arguments and the usual Sharpay-Troy-Vanessa love triangle, but is it resolved when a talent show and pool party at the end brings the film into a "Wildcat" happy zone, leaving the audience feeling fufilled and smiley.
Adapted on stage, ice, in books and throughout excelling merchandise, it is an expected release- unsurprising and not anything special, but definitly has its moments. The cast will live on in the hearts of many kids, teens and families forever.