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** About the Product**
- Not tested on animals
**What Superdrug say about the item**
"Superdrug Tea Tree and peppermint Facial Wash will effectively remove dirt, make-up and other impurities, helping to promote a clearer spot-free complexion. It will leave your skin feeling clean and fresh."
The bottle is clear in colour and made of plastic. According to the bottle this packaging is recyclable, but do check with your local recycling plant.
The front of the bottle is embellished with a green plant design and the words Tea Tree, in a darker green colour. This leaves no doubt in your mind, that this is indeed a mint product. The signature Silver Star logo, for Superdrug is also evident on the front.
The back of the bottle contains all the important information about the product.
The bottle stands upon the lid, which opens and closes easily and remains secure. So no need to worry about leakages if your pack the item for a trip away.
This product is such a great fit for my lifestyle, my skin and me. I have always has a little trouble trying to find a face wash, that does not leave my skin dry, or oily after a couple of hours. This face wash leaves my skin feeling thoroughly cleaned and soft and does this without drying it out to an insane degree.
One thing that I love about this product is the smell. I am a sucker for tea tree items and every time I wash my face, I think of After Eight Mints. I literally want to eat my ace sometimes, it smells that good.
As the product is a bit runny and has a gel like consistency, a little goes along way. I first made the mistake of pouring loads onto my hands, only to have managed to throw half of it down my nice outfit and half of it into my eyes and hair.
As a student I also love the price. It is affordable and cheaper than most face washes out there. And what's even better is that they are usually part of an offer. Either buy one get one free, or buy two products for a certain price. That means you can try another of the products from the range, or just stock up on the face wash, which is what I tend to do, as it is the product I use most on my face.
One word of warning, getting it in your eyes really, really hurts. This may have something to do with the Tea Tree aspect of the product. So it may not be ideal for young children who have a habit of getting stuff in their eyes, or the really clumsy for that matter.
Overall I would recommend this product to anyone. It does exactly what it says on the packaging and is cheap and affordable for all. It smells great and is an animal friendly product.
I first chose to give blood a few years back, after a discussion with my mum about blood types. She has a rare blood type, so I wanted to know if I did too. Any blood is important but for those with the rare types, every donation is that much more special, as stocks can sometimes run low.
A small tip for those about to give blood, keep hydrated on the day of your donation and also make sure you eat something. If not you may be more likely to feel unwell after giving blood.
The process is pretty easy, as can vary a little depending on whether it is your first, or fifteenth time. You are always required to fill out a health questionnaire, this involves questions about medication, sexual activities, travel plans etc. Once this has been filled out and a sample of blood taken from your finger, then you are ready to take a seat, and wait your turn. Whilst doing this you are required to drink a pint of water. Just a warning, sometimes the water is a little warm and tastes funny, so whilst drinking a pint may seem like an easy task, sometimes this makes it a little more challenging.
Whilst giving blood, the nurses and leaflets that are handed to you, always suggest that you do some form of exercises whilst lying down. This is to keep the blood circulating around your body and to try and prevent you from passing out after your donation. You may feel silly do thigh and bum clenches in a room full of people, but in my experience it does help with the fainting, plus it gives you something else to think about, other than the needle sticking out of your arm.
After the blood has been taken is a good experience. You feel good for having given blood, but you also get free tea, juice and biscuits, and sometimes crisps, if you are lucky. This is the time to put your feet up, have a chat with other donators and the friendly staff and enjoy a nice cup of tea and bourbon. Another warning and tip, feeling faint is not ok. If you do begin to feel ill, tell someone straight away. They will do everything to make you feel better and to keep you out of harms way. Once you feel 100% better you are free to leave and to go about your day; as long as your day does not involve heavy lifting, excessive exercising or very hot showers and baths.
Being a student has its perks. Late nights, even later mornings and lots of free stuff (think careers fairs and all the free pens and sweets). But one of the greatest things I have found that comes with being a student is the NUS card.
All you have to do to get your hands on one of these bad boys, is be 16 or over, and in full time education. You apply for the card online (https://cards.nusextra.co.uk). Once you pay a fee of £12 (last checked on 21/05/13), fill in a few details and provide a nice snap shot of yourself, you have a whole year of discounts and perks to look forward to.
And the list of places that offer you discount when you show your card is incredible. It ranges from clothing stores, essentials to help you with your studies and even travel and motoring discounts. A few of my favourites include Superdrug (10% discount), Office (10% discount), McDonalds (free chips, hamburger or Mcflurry: it may have changed now) and Amazon. This list goes on.
This little card really has saved me so much money and I never would go anywhere without it. It's brightly coloured, so stands out amongst all my other boring cards and old receipts. And if your university is far away from where you live and the shop assistant refuses to take your university student card (believe me it has happened) then this can solve your problems.
For just over £10 you could end up saving yourself hundreds when buying a new outfit, eating out, or purchasing a new notebook for university. It is really worth it and if you haven't already got one, go and apply now.
Before reading this book, I had never heard of Jay Asher before. He is an American writer, and this book is one of two published works. He has received high praise for his work on this book, as well as a number of reviews.
A young school boy, Clay, arrives home to find a package addressed to him, waiting on his doorstep. This package of tapes, will not only change Clay's life, but it will also change 12 other individuals lives along the way. The reason? They are all on Hannah Baker's list. A list which she compiled in the last few days before she tragically committed suicide. Anyone who was on the list, for a number of reasons, were to blame for her death. But in a cruel twist you are left guessing which tape is yours and what you did, up until the moment you here your name.
I first come across this book whilst reading an article on The Huffington Post website. The story discussed which books were most likely to be removed from school and library shelves. Some of the books mentioned were ridiculous. Captain Underpants, which most kids, including myself read whilst at primary school was put on the list. Of course some I get. 50 Shades of Grey was there, as was the book I'm now reviewing, Thirteen Reasons Why. This book was written by Jay Asher and I can completely understand why it might be put on such a list.
The book is told from the perspective of Clay. He's a nice, normal kid. But one day, as he arrives home he finds a box on his porch that will change his life. The box is full of thirteen tapes. Thirteen tapes recorded by Hannah Baker. Clay's crush and recent suicide victim. As Clay begins listening to the tapes in the comfort of his home, I started to feel uneasy in mine. As I began reading what Hannah said in her tapes, I could almost imagine it. That is what is great about Asher's writing. Although you can't hear it, you can imagine how it sounds whilst the tapes are playing. You can imagine Hannah's pain as she re-tells painful stories and goes through the reasons why she decided to end her life.
I also found myself on edge whilst reading the book. The tapes were dedicated to one person, but you never know if it's yours until you hit play. Mean right? Obviously seeing the story through Clay's eyes I began to realise he wasn't like the other characters in the story. He had never done anything to Hannah, besides from having a crush on her. I was just as anxious as him to find his tape. I wanted to know why he was on her list.
The story overall, although slightly creepy, was excellent. It is such an original idea for a story and brilliantly executed. It was an emotional read, from start to finish, as you really end up feeling for the character of Clay as he travels this horrible journey, as well as Hannah, through her final moments before she takes her life.
The Opinion part of this review is also published on my blog.
The writer of this book is Gemma Burgess. She is a screenwriter and author, who lives in New York. She had travelled the world a bit and written a number of books. Brooklyn Girls was written just as her single life was ending. The book is about a young group of girls, having fun, getting drunk, breaking hearts and being heartbroken. In addition to this she has also written A Girl Like You, which was one of her first books.
Sass: A twenty something year old, who has not had much luck with dating. She's tried, really tired her best at it, but for some reason it just isn't going right.
Bloomie and Kate: The best friends. Both caring and supportive of Sass' crazy dating detox ideas.
Rick: The latest ex boyfriend of Sass. He didn't treat her how he should and he ended up cheating on her, whilst she was in the same house, at the same party.
Jake: The love interest of the book. Smart, funny and gorgeous.
Sass has been treated by crap by too many men in her life. Throughout the book, we find out about the many guys she has dated and the many reasons these relationships did not work out. But she decided enough is enough. No more dating. Not for a while. This is all so that she can focus on herself and other things in life, not just dating. But this proves more difficult after she meets Jake. he's gorgeous and lovely. He seems to like Sass and she likes him. will she break the rules or risk loosing the possible love of her life?
When I first read the title of this book I had the impression that this book would be funny, heartbreaking and a little extreme. Seriously who goes on a dating detox? My assumptions were correct. The book jumps head on into Sass's newest relationship, with a man named Rick. Cutting the story short, she ends up catching him shagging a Pink Lady (when you read the book, this makes total sence). After that we get an introduction into all the other "cockmonkeys" and "bastardos" that Sass has dated. This was a nice touch. I felt like the audience needed to know a little bit about these disastrous break-ups, so that we could understand the need for a detox this extreme.
The story then progresses into how Sass overcomes work issues, not dating and sticking to the dating detox rules. Its full of humour and the story becomes even more humorous once Sass gets invited to her friends parents country home, for a weekend of drinking, frolicking and more drinking. The introduction of Jake earlier on in the story means that Jake is also in attendance. But almost predictably the pair fall out and neither contact the other following their big blow out. Almost just as predictably Sass ends up realising her feeling for Jake, whilst on a girly holiday in New York, and the pair end up together.
Despite guessing early on that this would happen, I really enjoyed the story. It is well written and the story sounds believable. I can imagine women all around the country swearing of men and drawing up their own set of dating detox rules. The idea sounds a little extreme for me, but it seemed to work for Sass.
Parts of this review are also posted on my blog.
Before you begin to read, I'll give you a little background information as to why I wrote it. This was originally written for a magazine project I had to do for university. The magazine was satirical, so the article had to be too. It is my opinion completely, just written a little differently to how some reviews get written. I wanted more people to read, so I posted it on my blog. Now I thought I would share it will the people of Dooyoo. So enjoy.
As the title suggests I didn't enjoy the popular series, written by EL James. Now before you even ask I did read the book, I'm not just spouting crap based on hearsay. The reason being I wanted to see what all the hype was about. I wanted to understand why every time I went into Tesco I had to wrestle my way to the book section. And more importantly I wanted to judge Mr. Christian Grey for myself.
So where do I even begin? Let's start with the basic plot. And that is exactly what it is. Basic. Anastasia Steele a clumsy, plain, student, stumbles quiet literally into Christian Grey's life. He is successful, rich and utterly breathtaking to look at. After their brief encounter Christian begins to pursue stalk Anastasia. Not frightened in the slightest of this mans behavior she, like all naïve young girls, goes to his house. Here she finds out the dark secrets of Christian's life and enters into a reality of passion, sex and danger. That may sound interesting and it does have a lot of potential. But nothing ever really comes of it. Basic detail is given, so you never really feel like you're involved with the story and the characters are just not relatable enough. I'd call that laziness if I was being honest, which I am. Don't write a book and do a half-hearted job. It's like she put pen to paper, wrote a few thousand words and gave up.
Another thing that irritates the hell out of me in this book series is Anastasia's bionic woman tendencies. Doesn't she ever get tired? Or sore? Or ill? Seriously what is up with that? This girl, who not too long ago was a virgin, can now take part in what I can only describe as "a good old seeing too" four or five times a day. Who does this? Obviously they're at the beginning of a very weird, complex relationship, so two or three times would be acceptable. But more than that leads me to think that this girl must be made of steel. Literally. Now I'm sure many females reading this will agree with my next point. Cystitis does not exist in the 50 Shades Of Grey world. No one has sex that much and doesn't get a little ill. How is this fair? No course of antibiotics for Anastasia. No downing pints of cranberry juice for her, oh no. Honestly, how is this realistic at all? Obviously the audience may not want to read about how much Anastasia needs to pee and how it feels to have a water infection. But I just feel that this little detail may have made the whole story more believable and the character more relatable.
Oh and don't even get me started on Anastasia's choice of words for her private area. Now this really was a poor choice of language by James. Considering this book goes into graphic detail about bondage and jiggle balls you'd think the choice of words would match this level. Oh no. Anastasia likes to call it her "sex" or "down there". Come on love. You've entered into a relationship where you are beaten for fun and you can't even call it your vagina? It just makes the whole thing seem a little childish. I get that she was an inexperienced virgin only a few chapters ago, but still.
Now what you've all been waiting to hear, my opinion on dear Mr. Grey. I'll begin with his good points. He is utterly gorgeous. If he didn't act like some deranged psychopath then maybe he could be a potential fictional crush. He's also filthy rich. Now a guy who has his own business obviously has some cash to spare. Fast-forward to luxurious holidays, private beaches, designer clothes and the best food known to man. There can't be anything wrong with that can there? Now I'm not trying to be shallow with my next positive point, but it always helps in the bedroom department. Christian Grey is a very blessed man, if you know what I mean. Which is always a plus. When women say size doesn't matter, most of them are liars or virgins. And that's about it for his good points I'm afraid.
Let me get this straight right now. Anyone who has or will in future, describe this guy as Mr. Right should go and see a therapist right now. Seriously I mean it pick up the phone and make the call. You need it.
Issue number one. Christian is controlling. Actually that's an understatement. I'd find it normal if he once and a while got arsey because Anastasia spoke to a guy. Or maybe if he checked her texts if she left her phone lying around. We've all done this, or have had it done to us. It's nothing new. But this guy takes it to a whole other level. He bought the company that Anastasia got a job with, just because he wanted to control her career. He bought her a whole wardrobe of clothes that she wouldn't wear, just because he wanted to control her fashion. You get my drift. That pissed me off. He also likes to control Anastasia's food intake. God forbid only wanting a sandwich for dinner. This girl is made to eat three large meals a day, with all the trimmings and as well as snacks. Come on mate, if a girl just wants to sit around and eat cake all day she should be allowed. Never try to control a women and her food, it could get ugly.
Issue number two. Christian is abusive. I'm not saying that people who enjoy whipping someone is abusive. Under certain circumstances I'll accept it. Whatever turns you on. But in this case I will not accept it. Anastasia is pretty much beaten toward the end of the first book. She is left in tears and is marked up pretty nicely. This was awful and did make me uncomfortable but what really irked and disturbed me happened later on in the books. Just because Christian didn't want Anastasia to sunbathe in a skimpy bikini, he bruised her skin during sex, just so he could control how much clothing she wore on her honeymoon. Get a grip man. All girls wear skimpy bikinis when abroad. They want to make the most of the sun and get an awesome tan. Abusing your girlfriend just because she wore something you didn't like is not ok. Wanker. Yes he has deep-rooted mummy issues, so some of you may feel that this behavior is almost excused. But just because you hate your abusive, druggie mother, it does not give you the excuse to go around beating young girls who look like her. It's common sense really.
So here I come to an end of my rant. I'll give it to James, the idea for the book was good. If the plot had been executed well I probably would have been dreaming very dirty fantasies about Christian Grey right now. But it wasn't, so I'm not. I disliked the book from the off. The repetitive sex scenes, Anastasia's tendency to avoid cystitis and the abusive controlling nature of Grey all wound me up to an inch of my life. If the film is exactly like the book I think I'll actually punch myself in the face just to escape from the pain. But until then I'll just avoid 50 Shades of Grey like the plague.
**About The Product**
- 4.8 g
- 99p, can be bought in store and online
- Preservative free
- BUAV approved
- Use within 12 months
**What Is Said About The Product**
"Provides a subtle shimmer. Enhances, protects and cares for your lips."
The packaging is very simple for the product. The lid of the item is a baby pink colour, with the writing in white. The part of the packaging that holds the lip balm is also white. The front of the item has the product name, a little description and the signature star, showing that it is a Superdrug branded product. It also has a white lipstick kiss on the front of the item. The back of the product contains information about the item, recycling logos and the BUAV logo. It also includes the Superdrug website and address.
Usually I only use a plain lip balm on my lips, but I needed an easy lip balm that I could apply whilst driving on long journeys, that was safe. This was perfect, the lid lifted on and off easily and you only had to turn the bottom of the packaging to get the balm out. I may be a bit strange, but I do like the faint smell the product gives of. I can't quiet place it, but it is not un-pleasant. The feel of the balm on my lips is nice. It isn't sticky at all. For someone with really cracked lips I would use a more sticky lip balm before or after. This product in my opinion is bought more for the shimmer effect rather than whether it helps dry lips. The shimmer of the balm is ok, apply too much and your lips look weird. And because the colour is a light pink with this pearl effect, it may not suit everyone skin tones. Including my own. If you like a little effect on your lips, but do not want to wear full lipstick then this is your product. But unfortunately for me, besides it being easy to apply, the colour really does not suit me.
**About The Product**
- 250 ml
- 99p, can be bought online and in store
- Can be purchased in travel size too
- Use within 24 months of opening
- BUAV approved
- pH balanced
** What Is Said About The Product**
"Give yourself a kick start with a boost of Superdrug Orange and Satsuma Shower Gel. Step into the shower and unleash the deliciously tangy aroma to help you feel clean, fresh and energized for the day ahead. A perfect way to awaken your sense."
The bottle is very lightweight and made of plastic. The bottle and lid can both be recycled. The front of the bottle displays the name of the product, with an orange logo, which included pictures of orange segments. It also has the signature Superdrug star at the top of the product. The back of the bottle is simple in design. A lot of writing is evident. In a clear font the ingredients, the quote from above and other information is written. The BUAV logo is also printed on the back of the bottle.
Again this is another great product by Superdrug. I love strong smelling shower gels and this is perfect. When I have the money I tend to shop at Body Shop or buy Original Source products, but this is a much cheaper alternative and just as good in quality. There are a range of flavours including mint and lime, but as a citrus lover, this was always my choice. When in the shower I still can't get over how strong the aroma is. Even a few hours after showering I still get a smell of orange on my skin. Which is one of the top things I look for when buying a shower gel. At 99p this product is very cheap, but does not slack on quality. The only thing I would say is be careful when using it. I'm a little clumsy and got a splatter of the gel in my eyes. And believe me it really does sting. So as long as you are careful then the product is brilliant.
** About the Product**
- SPF 15
- Once opened use within 12 months
- Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
- Can be bought online and in store
- At the day of writing the review (31/03/13) the price was 99p, reduced from £1.39
These are as listed on the product:
- Ethylhexyl Methixycinnamate
- Isoamyl p-Methoxycimmate
- Ethylhexly Triazone
**What Superdrug say about the item**
"Moisturises, softens and soothes dry and cracked lips. With SOF 15 for extra protection."
The little pink tin is exactly that. A tin of lip balm, that is pink and little. the colour is a hot pink, easy enough to find when you've lost it among other items in your bag. The lid has the Superdrug star on the front and SPF 15. The back contains the quote above, as well as the lost of ingredients. It also has in bold writing that the product is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. In addition to this is the barcode, the weight of the product and Superdrug contact information. On the edge of the tin is again the name of the product, as well as the BUAV approved rabbit logo, which states that this item was not tested on animals.
I love this product. During winter my lips become very dry and cracked. Vaseline I have found works, but as I am unsure if it's animal friendly I stopped using it. Unsure of what to do I scoured the shelves in Superdrug looking for a cheap, animal friendly replacement. And this is what I found. It was reduced, so I bought this colour, as well as the Red (strawberry) and Green (Aloe Vera) tins. Immediately it soothes my lips. It's sticky, which makes it feel as if it's working, but not enough to irritate me and annoy anyone who comes in close proximity to my lips. it also adds a nice shine to your lips. In terms of flavour and smell, it is pretty neutral. There is a slight flavour when you first open the product, but that goes away eventually. So if you dislike a flavoured lip balm, this is your go to item. Despite the tin being small and my usage being frequent, it lasts well. I've had my current one open since January and so far it's only half used. One little problem I found with the product and similar ones of it's type is the tin. Sometimes I find the lid closes too tightly, so I have to force the two sides of the tin apart. Very hard with someone without nails and strength, but also dangerous for long nails that are likely to break. Apart from this one small flaw this product is perfect. It is cheap, effective, animal friendly and does exactly what it says on the tin.
Many of you may know this by now, but for those who are a little fuzzy or have never watched or read the Twilight series, here is a little about the main characters:
Bella Swan: After three films and a lot of drama things are starting to look up for this character. She is engaged. She is finally getting the man of her dreams and all the delights that come with it. And after the honeymoon, she is finally getting immortality. She is still as shy and clumsy as ever, but that is the Bella we have grown to know and love.
Edward Cullen: Bella's other half. The gorgeous, talented, perfect vampire. He is getting to marry the girl of his dreams, which he has been waiting a century to do. Still in doubt about whether he wants to consummate the marriage and change Bella into a vampire, he still faces some hurdles.
Jacob Black: The third wheel. The other guy. The werewolf. He is still crazy in love with Bella and will try anything to get her to change her mind about becoming a vampire. In this film Jacob finally becomes a man.
The Cullens: They consist of Carlisle and Esme, the mother and doctor dad of the group. Alice and Jasper. These are some of the gifted members of the family. Alice can see the future. Jasper can control your emotions. Rosalie and Emmett, the most beautiful of the family, but she knows it, and the strongest of the family.
**The Film Plot**
May contain spoilers. So the films begins as characters in the movie receive their invitations to the wedding of the century. Bella and Edwards. Charlie (her dad) is not happy. Renee (her mum) is expectant. And Jacob. Well he's Jacob. He gets mad, takes of his shirt and turns into a werewolf. The wedding, the dress and the flowers are beautiful. Everything is perfect. Once the couple have said their teary goodbyes to their families, the newlyweds head of to a secret location for their honeymoon. Here fans are finally greeted with Isle Esme. An island belonging to Esme Cullen, which was gifted to her by Carlisle. And so the real honeymoon begins. The room is trashed, but Bella is happy. Until Edward notices her bruises. The remainder of the honeymoon Edward spends avoiding Bella's advances and taking her on expeditions around the beautiful island. But things turn sour once Bella vomits. The numbers don't add up, but after feeling a nudging from inside her, Bella confirms her thoughts. She is pregnant. Once the pair are back home, the Cullen family tai sides over what to do with the child. Bella loves it and will not let any harm come to the baby. After Jacob finds out he tells the pack of the news, who launch into a full scale attack. Jacob breaks away from the pack in order to save Bella. But after pushing her body too far, the baby and Bella's life are under attack not just from the pack, but from death too. Jacob intends to kill the baby, but instead imprints. Meaning the rift with the pack is over. Bella however is fighting for her life and immortality.
Extras are always great to watch. This DVD provided footage of the UK premier for the movie. It shows fans meeting the cast, the cast themselves and all other celebrities who walked the carpet that night. There are also behind the scenes videos, showing how the wedding was filmed, as well as the honeymoon and other scenes. True fans of the film will love it.
I am a huge fan of the book and the films. But this film was one of the most anticipated for me. It had the wedding, a honeymoon and a birth. Three things I had pictured in my head, but wondered how they would make it come alive. The wedding scenes in my opinion were gorgeous. The secret dress was beautiful, almost like the words from the book had jumped out and created the dress themselves. The scenery was amazing and the song choice, Flightless Bird American Mouth, from the first movie was slowed down and played throughout. The honeymoon was another great few scenes. Isle Esme was perfect and it really felt they had picked the perfect location. The chemistry between the pair was obvious, but the sensitive and delicate nature of what thy were about to do made the scene touching. And finally the birth scene. It was brilliant. In a gross kind of way. I can see why the cast laughed throughout filming as some of the faces being pulled by each member of the cast were hilarious. But on first watch you are encapsulated by whether Bella will love or die as well as her child. Overall it was an excellent film. It handled some sensitive issues an hard story lines, but made the film even better than I could have imagined.
I Heart London
Lindsey Kelk. She is a British writer who now lives in New York. She has written a number of books including: the I Heart series, The Single Girls to do list as well as the short story Jenny Lopez has a bad week. She also has a column in Marie Claire and blogs about fashion, make-up and her life. Her new book About A Girl is out this summer and the much anticipated I Heart Christmas is to be released in December this year.
Angela. The loveable main character. She's a British journalist living in New York. She loves to shop, despite the fact that most of the time she has zero money or ruins her purchases (think Marc Jacobs Satchel in a water fountain). She's engaged to rockstar heart throb Alex Reid. He's cute, funny, loves the socks of Angela and is many women's latest fictional crush, mine included. Jenny is Angela's best friend in New York. She's gorgeous, full of life and wants to be the next Oprah. Sometimes after one too many cocktails, or a surprise glimpse of her ex befriend, she can turn into a bit of a crazy bitch. And there is Louisa. The English best friend, who has know Angela for most of her life. They grew up together and shared many drunken nights at university. She's a new mum, married and is very, very different to Jenny.
So Angela and Alex are officially engaged. Wedding plans are non-existent. So when Angela's mum invites her back to England for her birthday party, no good excuse can come quick enough. Angela, Jenny and Alex head of to sunny Great Britannia. Here America meets England. And all does not go accordingly. Louisa and Jenny hate each other, bickering at every opportunity. Angela is terrified of Louisa's new baby, although Alex is a natural. Her parents. Well they are her parents. Grilling Alex at every opportunity and making the couple sleep in separate rooms. But when Angela's mum suggests that the wedding should be in England all hell breaks loose. What's more Angela has a very important work meeting to attend. And there is the likes of her ex-fiancee Mark. The cheating scum bag who wet met in the first book. What could gone wrong?
As an avid fan of Lindsey Kelk and the whole I Heart Series, I was extremely excited when I first read this book. We all know that Angela is from London, and now finally we get to see exactly what she was running from, or more importantly who. I was excited at the prospect of Alex meeting her family and her friends. Which did not disappoint. He was charming. They were judging. Totally relatable in every way. One thing that I was a little disappointed in was the fact that Louisa and Jenny did not get along straight away. I know they are both different characters, but I would have loved then to meet first time, and fall straight into gossiping and shopping happily together. But I suppose that would have been a little too good to be true. What I also loved is seeing London and England properly through Angela's eyes. Kelk has such a way with words when describing the sights of say Paris and Hollywood, that I couldn't wait to see how she would approach London. All in all it was a brilliant read. The drama, the characters, everything was perfect. I just can't wait for the next one.
**Where to get it**
This book can be brought from a number of places:
Amazon: £4.79 (Kindle Edition: £2.99)
The Book Depository: £7.59
A little background on my flying status before I begin. I've been abroad a number of times and travelled with the likes of BA, First Choice, Thomas Cook and Thompson. Never until this year had I been on a plane for over 10 hours. This year I was embarking on a study exchange for one semester in Australia, and who better to fly with than Qantas.
My first impression of the plane as I boarded was good. The seats (I was in economy), were further apart than I had expected and were comfortable. I was supplied with a free pillow and blanket, as well as a toiletry kit which included a toothbrush, toothpaste and a face mask. I was also give free headphones, which was a first. The plane was clean, no mess on the floor or seats and no smell coming from the toilets.
In terms of entertainment I could not fault Qantas. There was such a choice I was a little overwhelmed at what to choose. There were TV shows (e.g. Idiot Abroad), including full series in some cases, documentaries, new films and old films. Some of the new films included On The Road, The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Taken 2 and Brave. Up In The Air, and The Devil Wears Prada were also titles that I remember from the flight. There was such a great selection. For Kids there was a separate section with films and Tv shows to suit a range of ages. The music was good to. It was separated into genres, and like the movies, included old and new stuff. You also had the option to add albums and songs to a playlist, which you could listen to for the duration of your flight, including take off and landing. Games were also available for you to play, including Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. And like most long haul flight you were able to tack the plane and see how long you were in to your journey. The entertainment choices were so good that I didn't even need to read my Kindle or the magazines that I had bought for the flight.
The staff were faultless too. Considering it was such a long and busy flight, they never looked stressed or miserable. They were always happy and helpful towards all passengers.
Now to the food. I am one who loves aeroplane food. But I hadn't before this flight eaten on a plane as a vegetarian. This switch in my diet worried me a little. I had pre-booked my meal, using the online service. But after reading negative reviews about this service online, I was worried that my food would not turn up or would contain meat. I kindly asked the staff about my meal, and after checking confirmed that it had been ordered, but as my seat had been changed they had to re-mark my meals and let the staff know that I was now sitting in a different seat. This was very comforting as I then knew that the staff were aware of my needs. In terms of the actual meal I was very happy. The salad was lovely and fresh and my main meal had plenty of vegetables in it. Desert was a fruit bowl, a little less exciting but still nice. For another meal I had mushroom spaghetti, which was nice, although looked a little unappetising. Again my desert was fruit. Snacks were handed out during the flight, which included water, dried fruit, crisps and a chocolate snack bar. Refreshments were available to take form the back of the aircraft, which included water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. Tea and coffee were also served wit every meal
Overall my experience was excellent. Having never flown long haul, solo or on a jumbo jet I felt that my experience was eased by the helpful staff and great food that was available. I would recommend flying with Qantas to everyone.
The Body Shop. Around the world the brand is well known. Most towns have one. Most people have visited one. To me they are brilliant.
One of the great things I love about the stores, where-ever they are, is that they smell amazing. Before you even set foot in the door you are hit by a beautiful aroma, not sure what product exactly gives of that gorgeous smell. It could be the many pots of body lotions left on the shelves for you to try, or the many types of perfumes and room sprays that they have on offer. What ever it is keeps me coming back. Even if it is just to browse.
Their range of products are fantastic. They have matching shower gels, body lotions, body scrubs and lip balms, which is great. At whatever stage of getting ready I am at I can smell my favourite Body Shop scent (oranges). My friends even pick me upon it. The odour lingers on my skin for hours and makes me, on numerous occasions want to eat myself. The have hair care products, make-up and foot and face lotions. Even men have their own little section too. The accessories are also great; eye masks, foot rollers, make-up bags, these make great little stocking fillers at Christmas. And speaking of Christmas, the gift sets are lovely. Beautifully wrapped and displayed they make the products seem all the more special.
Obviously they are known for not testing their products on animals. And for someone who only uses these types of products it is great. As a student I can't shop here as regularly as I would like because some of their products, though great, stretch my spending limit a little too far. But when I have that little bit of extra cash I will treat myself to their products. I suppose the price makes them feel more indulgent. But they do make up for being a little more pricey than other brands by their deals and sales. Student get discounts, if you have one of their beauty bonus cards you get discounts, their sales are always great and very regular, plus their online store is also big on deals and offers.
Whether you have had a bad experience in their stores or an amazing one, I would always recommend going back. Yes shop staff may be a little rude sometimes, but they may have had a bad day. Their products, I feel atone for these mistakes. They truly are wonderful and you should always shop their for your beauty products.
Since 1966 Superdrug stores have been providing us with great value toiletries, health products and make-up. The great range of products offered can be outstanding and maybe for some a little over whelming. Most stores will have a make-up section, selling top brand such as Rimmel, Max Factor, Barry M and many more. They also have the usual hair care sections, body wash and body lotion areas, as well as health care products, such as feminine items and contraception. Men also have a large section here, with razors, shower gels, hair products and face creams aimed at them too.
For me the reason I find Superdrug so great is because of their branded products. Anything Superdrug make is 100% not tested on animals, and is BUAV approved. As a student with a limited budget shopping for non animal tested products can sometimes be hard. But Superdrug are great for me. Their products are cheaply priced and well made. Some of my favourites include their own brand body lotions in a range of lovely flavours and their dry shampoo, also in a variety of scents. What I also found surprising was that their hair dye is also not tested on animals and really good. There are not as many shades as some brands, but this doesn't lower the standards by any cost.
Any store I have been in has been a good experience. Staff are always helpful and their is always a great choice of products on the shelves. I wouldn't go anywhere else for my beauty needs. Christmas and Summer time is also greta for them. Suncreams, insect sprays and lovely gift sets are all available and again at low costs. An added bonus for shoppers is they have their very own store bonus card, that doubles up as a mirror. Great one.
Overall my experience of Superdrug is brilliant and I would recommend it to any one.
A day for husbands and wife's, fiancées and young lovers to celebrate. A day for all singletons to try and forget. Yes it is the 14th February again. But in a time where every penny counts many people are choosing to forget the celebrations. Below are some great ideas for people who still want to celebrate but just do not have the funds to back it.
Nights in: Sitting in the comfort of your own home is always nice. And on Valentine's Day it is a great place to relax and celebrate without having to spend a fortune. Maybe cook yourself a nice meal for two, get a bottle of wine in the freezer and curl up to a nice film for the night.
Out and about: When I say go out for Valentine's Day I don't mean to a fancy restaurant. I mean a nice stroll to your local park with a picnic. Champagne, cheese, strawberries the works. It is a great, cheap way to spend time with your loved one and not spend too much money.
Presents and Cards: If you really have to get each other stuff, why not make the card yourself? It is a fun and cheap way to show someone you love them, plus it has an added meaning because you put the time and effort in to make the card yourself. Present wise, you could always go for the cheap bog standard chocolates and flowers, they are always a nice touch. Or, and I am not sure if you are actually allowed to do this, but if you do not want to fork out for flowers, why not pick some form your local parks? Just do not blame me if you get in trouble.
Dinner Parties: Why not host a meal with you and all your single friends? That way none of you are faced with spending the evening alone, or spending it in a public place staring at all the happy loved up couples.
Getting Drunk: This may work for some of you, others it may not. I do suggest drinking with someone nit by yourself because that is when the depressing side comes out and then you end up texting your ex or your crush some very embarrassing things. You can drink at your house and have a laugh, maybe whip out some Just Dance or a bit of Singstar and generally have a laugh. Or drinking in a pub or club is just as fun. You will probably bump into other singletons looking for a good time. The more the merrier I say.
So I hope you liked my ideas. I have been in a relationship for the past however many Valentine's Day and these tips always worked out for us. But being a singleton this year I am not sure how worthy these tips are, but you can't blame a girl for trying can you? But whatever my status on this day I just don't really agree with it. Yes me and my ex did go out for dinner and get each other cards but that was it really. It was never a big deal for us as we went out on date nights most of the time anyway. I just think it is a little bit sad that people need a set day to show someone they care for them. A cooked meal or a random bunch of flowers during the year makes more of an impression on me than a pre-arranged, over priced meal once a year.
Thanks for reading. And whatever you are doing have fun.