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      25.02.2013 18:06
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      Excellent bold product but shouldn't be applied to inner lash line.

      After much deliberation around the makeup counter of my local Asda store I decided apon the Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner in black. The product comes in a cone shaped container, which is black with silver writing. The conical lid is quite long which means it fits easily in your grasp.
      I have tried several eyeliner products and have never quite got along with them. I have sensitive combination skin and have always found issues with eyeliner. However Rimmel Exaggerate has renewed my hope for great quality eyeliners.
      The liquid is highly pigmented which results in a strong bold look and whilst it can be quite runny, providing you brush the tip onto the rim of the pot then it shouldn't become an issue. The "nib" of the eyeliner is more akin to a felt tip rather than a paintbrush which means you can either gently "skim" over the top of your lid to create a thin line or apply it harder to create more of a bold Amy Winehouse-esque dramatic look. I found that providing you give the eyeliner a few seconds to dry, then it does not smear or smudge. I do find over a few hours then the eyeliner does sort of fade off - I'm unsure whether this is due to me rubbing my eyes as I get tired or whether sweat or weather has an effect on it. However this is easily resolved with a little reapplication and you have no issues with the eyeliner imprinting itself on your upper eyelid, or flaking off like some eyeliners. Despite those emotional days, I have found that Rimmel Exaggerate is quite waterproof, only really giving panda eyes if your eyes are wet and you rub them. Otherwise the eyeliner is quite resilient.
      My only issue really with the product is that if you don't take a little of the excess liquid off the nib, then it can run a little in between your eyelashes when applying it and it does sting a little. Like most liquid eyeliners I wouldn't recommend putting it on your inner lash line, if you desire that look then you would be better off applying a dry liner to the inner lash line as the stinging can cause your eyes to water.

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      16.10.2012 14:32
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      Overall the razor could be an amazing product.However it really does not live up to the expectations

      As an avid buyer of the Venus line of razors , I purchased this pack at what I thought was a wonderful offer in Tesco's superstore. Despite this being a new product they were on offer for about ten pounds with three new blades and a stand to attach it to the bathroom wall.

      The product is attractive to the eye, sleek and streamlined with an easy to hold handle , it offers interchangeable heads as is typical to the brand and unlike the previous ranges by this brand, offers built in shave bars in a pretty white tea scent which promises to be an alternative to shave gel. It also has a three blade cartridge for a close shave.

      When I opened the packet I was disappointed that I could not smell the aroma it promised, and couldn't when I used the product, but as this was not the main point to the razor I didn't take much notice.
      To use the razor you must run the head under the water and begin. Though I would recommend lathering up your leg beforehand with soap just to moisturize your skin, and washing that off before beginning. Upon first using the shaver the idea seems to work. The razor is smooth on your skin and easy to grip. It not feel like it was grazing the skin, but was soft and gentle. However as I continued to shave my leg It became apparent it wasn't going to live up to its potential. Despite repeatedly going over the same patch of skin it barely removed any hair, and thanks to having go over the same place, it irritated my skin which resulted in ingrown hairs the next day and very sore legs. The shave bars were a major disappointment. I realized that the particular shape of the bar meant that they rose up too high above the actual razor blade which was why it wasn't shaving many hairs. You can remedy this by scraping a little of the bar off so it is almost the same height as the razor blades, Something they should of thought of whilst designing the product. The other issues was that the soap bars were basically pointless. They soften the skin but leaves a residue such as you would find from the inside of an aloe vera plant , for example, which if you aren't aware is sticky and smooth and whilst it might moisturise, the razor just slides on over the soap. Which is another obstacle in the whole point of the razor. You will need shaving cream or soap to lather up before shaving as it is not enough to protect your skin from the abrasive blades. The bars also fall off after one or two showers which leaves you with a plain razor. The size of the razor heads means it does not easy go between creases and places such as armpits which means cuts are an almost guarantee.

      Overall the razor could be an amazing product. However it really does not live up to the expectations. If you happen to find it on an offer, don't have sensitive skin and just desperately need a temporary razor go ahead and purchase it. But it really is not worth the full price they ask, and your sore legs will regret it!

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    • Rivals (DVD) / DVD / 10 Readings / 9 Ratings
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      01.10.2012 23:18

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      A tragic film documenting the short life and vicious murder of Laurie Show

      Rivals is a 1999 film starring Jennifer Finnigan and Marne Patterson as the main characters. The film is based on the true story of the murder of a young girl by an ex beauty queen and her accomplice. It begins showing how the young girl, Laurie Show met and befriended the ex beauty queen, Lisa Michelle Lambert. The friendship was short lived when the then boyfriend of Lisa allegedly raped Laurie. This resulted in Lisa becoming viciously cruel and harassing Laurie, often with the assistance of friends.

      In 1991 the stalking of Laurie Show came to a head when Laurie was murdered in a heartbreaking and unprovoked attack in her own home. Lisa and a loner named Tabitha Buck, whom she manipulated, broke into the house and attacked Laurie. One of the most sad parts of the film is when Laurie's mother finds her and holds her daughter in her arms as she passes away. Shortly afterwords the two girls were arrested and convicted to life without parole.

      This film is a very good , yet very tragic film to watch. It really documents how serious bullying can be. The actors did a great job of playing the characters, Particularly Marne Patterson, who plays the vindictive ex beauty queen. I would definitely recommend this film, it's always been one that has stuck in my memory.

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      01.10.2012 17:57
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      Highly recommended sanctuary which offers once in a lifetime experiences of getting close to owls!

      This September in the midst of our four day holiday in Cornwall me and my partner found Screech Owl Sanctuary. Eventually. Screech Owl Sanctuary is an amazing sanctuary however It is very easy to miss the turning if you miss the single sign. Me and my partner spent about thirty minutes travelling up and down the area trying to find the turning. If you take a peek at the other reviews they have some great directions if you make a habit of getting lost like myself!. Thankfully we weren't disappointed when we finally found the sanctuary. A a discreet place it is settled down the end of a quiet country lane. The price has increased since the other reviewers went there and it currently stands at £8.95 for adults ,£8.25 for senior citizens, £6.95 for children, or for a family ticket for two adults and two children it is £27. Whichever one you choose you get a small sticker to show you've paid.

      When you first enter the sanctuary you will be met with the gift shop. A lovely small gift shop which has gifts from mugs or calenders to even a stuffed souvinier of the owls you may of seen.You can also chose to purchase a guided tour if you so wish. Once you've settled on what to buy you can finally venture out to the owls. There are many many various types of owls in the sanctuary, most of them on display in their well-built enclosures. There are other owls which are behind the scenes in the Sanctuary's hospital, a place where they heal and rehabilitate injured or orphaned owls. Fortunately for the owl's benefit , this area is off limits to the public. However if you wish to get closer you can head over to the close encounters area where there will be a member of staff who will hold an owl and allow you to touch or pet it. The staff are polite and eager to help, with a great sense of humor. Feel free to ask them anything you like about the owls. All of these owls are hand tame with the public and you are quite safe to pet them when the keeper offers. There were quite a few different species on show in this area when we arrived. At certain points in the day there are displays ,something we were lucky enough to experience when we attended the sanctuary. We had the pleasure of meeting a small bird of prey , one of the other animals which are also at the owl sanctuary, who showed off her catching in the air skills. The other bird we had the pleasure of watching at the display was Voicey, a beautiful eighteen week old Great grey owl. We had met her breifly outside her enclosure when she kept squawking at us and trying to figure out what my shiny iPod was. Dispite her young age this owl was huge and already an amazing flyer. Unfortunately for the keeper, who had raised her from an owlet, she had a short spurt of listening to him and then got a little distracted. This is quite common for young owls who like children have short attention spans and are a little stubborn. I'm sure Voicey will become an excellent display bird when shes older.

      When you've walked around the owls you come across two emus (which i wouldn't get to close to!), and then two friendly goats, who love a little bit of grass and if your lucky will follow you around until you reach the next pen which is the meerkcat enclosure, where five happy meerkats are housed. As you continue on the walk you will come across three lovely shetlands and some beautiful alpacas. When you've finally finished the tour there is a great play area for children whilst you nip into the cafe which has a fabulous selection of tea, cakes or milkshakes.

      If you would like to help the sanctuary then in person or via the website you can either donate to them, or if your able, sponsor one of the owls at £50. It can be a little expensive but this is to be expected and quite understandable, as this is a small sanctuary which is doing an amazing job of looking after, or rehabilitating many Owls,horses,alpacas,meerkats,emus and other birds of prey and the upkeep of them cannot be cheap.

      I hope you've found my review helpful, I'd highly recommend visiting Screech Owl Sanctuary , I am sure you wouldn't regret it.

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    • Samsung Galaxy Mini / Smartphone / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      01.10.2012 16:45
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      Overall a sleek and lightweight design,perfect for people new to android phones but poor camera.

      I've had this phone now for around four months and can confidently say I've experienced most of its positives and negatives.

      After seeing my partner getting on well with this phone I purchased it. This was my first android phone and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. My previous phones are like bricks compared to this beauty. It has a sleek and lightweight body and has a touchscreen that is very receptive. It is also quite easy to set up and get working, It took me around a hour. You have five screens on the phone, where you can put any of your applications by just clicking on them and dragging them to the screen. You can also use widgets such as the clock or WiFi/packet data etc setting on one of these screens.

      I was pleasantly surprised to see you could also download the majority of the same applications on the play store, as you can on an Ipod touch. I recommend doing this if you enjoy playing games as unfortunately the games you are given automatically on this phone are poor and only trial versions. The internet is also a positive with this phone and you can chose whether you would like to use packet data or WiFi. As the other person said this is automatically set to packet data so If your on a pay as you go package like myself disable the packet data or else you'll use up the majority of your credit on it. For messaging you are presented with a screen where you can view the whole conversation you have texted with the person (Think Instant messaging style). The backgrounds given with the phone are poor but with your internet being nifty you can hold your finger over a picture you like and save it into the folder(downloads), then use it as a background so that is unlimited. Ringtones are the same but you can also download mp3s on the internet on your phone and save them to ring tones. Something which came in handy was its great navigational tool with inbuilt GPS. Saved me quite a few times from getting lost!

      Now for the negatives on the phone. One of the biggest negatives for myself personally was the quality of camera. The camera is average when taking an ordinary picture, and quite poor in bad light. The zoom facility on the camera can be used by pressing the volume button when in the camera mode. This however distorts the quality in picture quite a lot. I have had cheap phones with better cameras than this one has. The second quite fundamental negative I discovered was the battery life, and this seems to be universal for this phone as my partner has exactly the same problem. For an idea of how poor this is is we both charge the battery every night, I use the internet on my phone regularly but my partner does not at all and it's as poor for each of us. Another issue is it freezes quite often.

      However dispite the negatives you have to take into consideration the price your paying. For an android phone of this type this seems to be quite a good phone. If your used to using Ipod's then you would be used to most of the problems already -Low battery, not too good camera and frequent freezing, and you have to accept that for all the applications, games and extras you get with it it will do some of the above sometimes. If in doubt lend a friend's and see how you like the functions.

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