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      14.11.2012 00:35
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      good foundation at a reasonable price

      I haven't bought a foundation that has pleased me for some time so didn't hold out much hope for this product but was pleasantly surprised.

      Wake me up foundation from Rimmel comes in a trendy glass bottle with bright orange cap and writing.

      The packaging is eye catching, young and modern but not sophisticated.

      The foundation comes in six different shades so you should find one that matches your skin. I am fair skinned but don't want to go too pale so opted for the Natural beige. I am pleased with the colour and find it matches my skin tone well.

      I'm 34 a smoker and don't get enough sleep so wanted something that puts the life back into my skin that was there naturally in my early 20's. I found that using this product along with the other wake me up products helped rejuvenate my skin. It also has SPF15 to protect your skin from future sun damage.

      The bottle is pump action and works well. The foundation itself is a good consistency not too thick or too runny. It applies on the skin evenly and blends well. It gives good coverage and stays put during the working day.

      The main thing I noticed about this foundation on application is the scent. It's got a orange citrus zing to it which is refreshing. I would buy it again just for that. The smell doesn't linger though you only notice it on application but its a nice burst of scent in the morning.

      This product looks nice, feels good and smells great for a reasonable price of £8.99. I picked it up in a deal with wake me up concealer and radiance gell. If that doesn't make me look more awake I don't know what will! I think all three combined do the job. I am happy with this product and will buy it again.

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        13.11.2012 23:39
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        a fun toy for my bun buns

        I have often come home with a heavy shopping bag and light wallet eager to share gifts with my spoiled bunny rabbit only to find she shows little to no interest preferring to eat my sofa or knock over my pot plants.

        Always eager to please though, I bough this tunnel from Amazon for £11.89. The advert here says its for cats but the one I bought is exactly the same and was advertised for rabbits. The only difference appears to be was that there was no toy in the middle for the rabbit which is a good thing as she would have eaten it!

        The product comes squished flat contained by velcro straps. Once open the three tunnels spring outward to form a triangle shape. Viola its ready for use by your bun (or cat).

        Its made of relatively sturdy plastic material the sort of thing you might find on an anorak or tent. If you have ever used those washing hampers that spring open the tunnels work just like that. You can easily push it back together, secure with the velcro and put it away. I did worry my bun would quickly chew through the material. But, I guess she figured it didn't taste too good. After a few chomps got straight down to some tunneling fun.

        My rabbit is a regular size dutch and fits through the tunnels with ease. There is a little hole in the middle which I presume is designed for them to poke their head out but in my view this is a tad small so my rabbit doesn't make much use of it preferring to stay under the tunnels. If you have a dwarf rabbit this will be fine but if you have a giant lop or a big chubby bunny then the tunnels may be a bit tight.

        I was very pleased to see how quickly my rabbit took to this toy and haven't put it away since. Its a pleasure to see her enjoy herself dashing in and out of the tunnels.

        If you have a bun that enjoys tunneling as I imagine most of them do get them some tunnels, build them a make shift warren and watch them run through the tunnels happily.

        Ok, this product doesn't look pretty nonetheless It stays out in my hallway for the rabbit to enjoy. Anything to keep her happy....and from from climbing up the walls!

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      • HTC Wildfire S / Smartphone / 16 Readings / 14 Ratings
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        12.09.2012 02:57
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        A lot of great qualities but I just cant deal with this phone

        I bought my htc wildfire s from Argos a few months ago back then it costs me £165 its now reduced to £104.99 so that cheered me up.

        Anyway, I parted ways with more pounds than I have ever spent on a mobile phone in the past but thought I should get a bit more hip and trendy. I now regret that decision.

        *** First up here's the specs for the htc wildfire S....

        CPU Speed - 600 MHz
        Platform - Android with htc sense
        Memory - 512 MB ROM and 512 MB RAM
        Size and weight - 101.3x59.4 x 12.4mm 105grams
        Display - 3.2 inch touch screen
        GPS - Internal GPS antena
        Networks - HSPA/WCDMA (900/2100Mhz), GSM/GPRS/EDGE (800/900/1800/1900 MHz)
        Connectivity - Bluetooth 3.0 A2DP,FTP,OPP and PBAP, Wifi 3.5 audio jack, standard micro USB
        Camera - 5 megapixel colour camera with auto focus and flash
        Expansion slot - micro SD card

        **** Does it look good? ***

        In a word yes. The aesthetics of the phone live up to its sexy wildfire name. Its a touch screen so there's no clunky buttons on the front. You will find the power button at the top a volume button on the side and a USB slot to plug in your charger. The Htc logo is displayed at the top and on the back casing. The casing is good quality and the phone feels robust in your hand. This phone is slim and sleek it looks and feels like a quality product. You can buy the htc wildfire s in black or white. I have the black phone and cant fault its looks at all. The image quality on the screen is sharp and bright although, the phone does not come with a case so you may want to buy one separately to protect your new gadget.

        *** Using the phone ***

        Navigation, apps and browsing

        You do not get much in the way of instructions when you buy this phone so if you are new to smart phones then you might be a bit lost. For me it was a case of fiddling around and see what happens.

        Upon turning on the phone if your like me, you will be impressed by the bright screen with sharp pixels and handy apps. Your phone will immediately tell you the weather forecast. I was strangely impressed by this. There are plenty of useful apps for you to quickly access the internet, your messages, music, directory, facebook, you tube etc and you can buy more at the market place (there's an app for that too) You can easily navigate around using the simple touch screen buttons at the base of the screen.
        Its got multi window browsing for surfing the net and the resolution is good so you shouldn't have too many problems reading your favourite websites or watching vids and a nifty little pinch to zoom feature.
        No problems here.

        ** The camera **

        Having checked out the camera I am also impressed the photo quality is great sharp bright the photos are better than my stand alone camera. The video quality is also very good clear and sharp with no burring or jittery images.

        ** Music **

        You can quickly download your music and listen on your phone. The headphones that come with the htc are actually not bad quality which is not often the case and I am pretty fussy about headphones but didn't mind using these. Its easy to navigate through your music but it will run your battery down.

        **Battery life***

        I am not that impressed perhaps this is because I am new to smart phones. They do a lot so I guess they need a lot of charging. I have to charge my phone up every night and wouldn't particularly say I am using it excessively in fact I rarely use this phone at all. I am not impressed with this and often run out battery.

        *** Connectivity ***

        I have this phone on the 3 network and often cant get a signal. Emergency calls only. An expensive phone I can't use.

        ** The touch screen**

        This needs to have a special place of its own for me. The touch screen is the reason this phone is not my friend. I can't use it. I don't have particularly large hands but find this phone so sensitive I can barely type out a message without getting so frustrated I want to throw the thing at a wall. Another problem I am having is that I keep phoning people by mistake because I just have to look at the phone and it starts using all of its powers to open up browsers, phone people, type nonsense. If you are not used to touch screens or have sausage fingers like me this phone is just not worth the grief.

        ** To sum up **

        Oh wildfire, you look great, have so many great features and a super camera I want to love you but I just can't. I cant get a signal and I can't type a message and have even started using my old outdated Samsung again. This is a very expensive phone that sits plugged into its charger most of the time making me very sad to have spent my money.

        I hope you find this review helpful and if you do choose to buy this I hope you have a better time than I have.

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        12.09.2012 01:39
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        give your nostrils a break

        This product may seem a little 1980's nonetheless, my kitchen cupboard is always kept stocked with a can.

        Neutradol is a vac and clean carpet freshener. The can resembles a small Pringles tube but don't try and eat the contents! Each can contains 350g of Neutradol powder. To use you you sprinkle powder from the tube on to your carpet, leave it a few minutes then hoover it up.

        I buy the super fresh fragrance which comes in a green tube. Neutradol also sell an original fragrance however I always find the super fresh in store you can pick this up from B&M's for 99p. I believe its also stocked in pound land if you prefer.

        Neutradol vac n clean is marketed as a carpet odour destroyer but you can also use it in your bin to banish stinky whiffs. To use this in your bins you simply sprinkle some of the powder into your bin and it's odour destroying properties will start to work their magic.

        Its got a strong smell and does smell a bit powdery but the scent is a clean one which certainly beats cigarette smoke or any other stinky whiffs in my book.

        I use this each time I hoover. Once applied to your carpet the smell disperses so isn't overly powerful.

        I find the clean fresh smell lingers for a few hours after hoovering leaving the room smelling like new. Be careful when sprinkling as the powder can come out very quickly just a light sprinkle is all that is needed.
        This product does contain perfumes so be cautious if you suffer from allergies.

        Being a smoker this product is now a must for me. This is far superior than the old shake and vac it doesn't try and mask smells it does destroy them and leaves behind a clean fresh scent. I would highly recommend if you are a smoker or well just a bit stinky.

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        • Supreme Keep It Clean / Other Pets / 20 Readings / 18 Ratings
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          10.09.2012 21:46
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          a great product for anyone who has a whiffy little bundle of joy

          I have a bunny rabbit. She's a house bunny. Her name is Bunnykins. She is very cute but also very smelly. One thing you may not know is that rabbits pee smells like Ammonia and it's pretty strong! I don't want my house to smell like that so I've been trying out some cage cleaners.

          This time I bought "Keep it clean" I bought the lavender scented one from Amazon. At £2.99 its a little less expensive than other brands and although a cage cleaner sets you back more than some vinegar in water which will neutralize the pong I find cage cleaners a little more convenient and they will disinfect as well.

          My Keep it clean arrived in an enormous box a bit of a waste of packaging but at least it didn't spill out everywhere!

          The bottle is clear so you can see the purple cleaning fluid through it so can easily tell if you are getting low. It contains 500ml of fluid and has a pretty picture of various cute little animals on the front.

          Keep it clean states it is suitable for all animals birds and reptiles. It claims to be a cleaner, deodorant and disinfectant. Strangely, the further information is on the back of the label that is on the front of the bottle meaning you have to peer through the lilac fluid to try and read it. This is not that easy. The instruction are in this strangely elusive place as well. After scrunching my eyes up for a bit I have established that you can use this to clean your lovely pets living environment and toys but you must make sure your little monster is out of the way first. That it is all dried off after wards before introducing your pet or clean bedding and you must not use it in ponds.

          Despite the dodgy placing of the instructions I really like this product. The bottle is good quality so feels sturdy in your hands it got my rabbits cage clean and sparkling but the biggest plus point is the smell. Having used more expensive cage cleaners in the past I have found the smell to be unpleasant which really defeats the purpose. This smells like an air freshener. A bit like fabreze. Now, some people may not like fabreze but it certainly smells better than rabbit pee. It cleans very well and left not a hint of stinky rabbit wee.

          I have a tendency to use too much of these products. With a small cage you should get away with
          2 or 3 sprays each spray releases a generous amount of product so using sparingly this should last you a while and have your animals living environment looking like new. It states it kills of any bacteria which can only be a good thing in my view.

          I am very impressed with this product and will certainly buy it again my rabbits cage has never smelled so good or been so clean without the inconvenience of giving it a thorough wash out with water and a little bleach. Rabbits pee pee can also leave a bit of a residue, not nice I know but its true. This residue can be tough to get off but this cage cleaner did a really good job in fact better than I have managed with a srubbing brush.

          I say give this a go it will make your life easier and give me more time to enjoy your pet rather than constantly srubbing to clean up their mess!

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          03.09.2012 01:12
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          cheery buy one and smile

          As soon as I read a review about flip flap flowers and saw them on Amazon I had to buy one.

          I now have my flip flap flower sitting on my desk at work cheerily flapping around in the sunlight and generally brightening up my day.

          I ordered my flip flap flower from Amazon and upon beholding the joy of these happy little creatures I immediately wanted more.

          Flip Flap flowers are novelty toys. They are plastic solar powered plants. When the light hits the solar panel the flower will bob left and right and the little green leaves will flap up and down.

          I ordered one with a lime green pot from Amazon for £6.20. Unfortunately, they sent me a red pot and the toy itself was a little bit smaller than I thought it would be but that did nothing to stop the grin on my face when I placed it lovingly on my window ledge and watched it bobbing around.

          Although, I bought this for my desk at work (a place of doom and misery) when I placed it on my window I immediately wanted an army of flipping flapping flowery joy all along the ledge!

          However, the niggling voice of reason that said "hang on you will be paying over six quid a pop for a whole host of plastic toy plants" stopped me but I have to admit I am still tempted.

          If you do buy one, or two, or an army don't expect them to flap around like mad things all day long. They only move when the light hits them.
          I sit next to a window and find when the sun moves round during the day and begins to come directly in the window my flower dances happily in its little pot.

          I am very pleased with the red potted flip flap flower. Its bright colour and general cuteness cheers me up during the day. Okay, its a little plastic toy the casing is plastic so its lightweight and might be prettier if the pot was better quality. These don't look expensive but they look shiny bright and cheery and if it makes you smile its worth it right?

          Flip Flap flowers would be great as a gift for a friend who is down in the dumps, look cute on your window ledge, on your desk, or in an older kids bedroom and you don't have to water them.

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        • Deep Freeze Cold Gel / Pain Relief / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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          03.09.2012 00:13
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          pretty cool pain releif

          I have tried numerous products to relieve my back pain and spent a small fortune in the chemist. On my last visit I bought the deep freeze gel and spray. Here I shall talk about the deep freeze gel.

          Inside the blue, distinctive cardboard box is a blue metallic tube containing 100 grams of deep freeze gel. The tube says "Deep Freeze" on it in some crazy writing that I think is meant to resemble icicles but to me looks like something that should be on a poster for a 1950's horror movie. The gel isn't spooky honest!

          A 100gram tube will cost you around £3.00 at most local chemists and drug stores. You don't need to buy it over the counter so can just pick it up in the shop and pay without getting the Spanish inquisition.

          The tube is foil capped and the lid has a handy little piercing tool which you can use to open it.

          Deep Freeze cold gel claims to relieve muscle, tendon and joint pain and treat sports injury's. The instructions for children over 5 and adults are the same, squirt it onto your hand, massage it into skin 3 to 4 times a day then wash your hands.

          The gel is an attractive light blue colour and is thick in consistency. It contains menthol and has a strong menthol smell to it. It's not quite as stinky as deep heat but its still strong and not exactly a perfume hence I don't use this during the day. It rubs in to the skin easily. Once applied to the painful area and rubbed in completely deep freeze gel starts to work right away and strangely enough doesn't feel cold at all. In fact it feels hot. You will feel heat and a tingling sensation. This will be the gentle muscle massage referred to on the back of the tube. The tingling and heat in my view combine to give a pleasant sensation and I find it effective at reducing pain and relaxing muscles. The claim is that it is for use on minor injury's on pain that is less severe I think this product would do a good job at easing it completely for a while. Anything stronger you will need to see your GP but you can use this as an additional aid.

          I find the effects of deep freeze are strongest when it is initially applied. After an hour I find the effects start to reduce the tingling being the first to go. Overall, I would say it lasts around an hour and a half. I have knocked one star off as I would like it to last longer.

          I prefer deep freeze gel to deep heat due to the tingling massage sensation and the fact that it doesn't smell as strong.

          If your pain is severe it wont take it away but it will ease it and of course, its only a temporary measure and I would suggest if you do have unexplained pain that wont ease up take a trip to your docs but in the short term I think this is a pretty good effective product and if you don't want to pop pills this might do the trick. Don't use it on inflamed or broken skin and remember to wash your hands or you will have numb hands and might rub it in your eye Ouch!

          Ingredients:

          Racemic Menthol 2%
          Isopropyl Alcohol
          Carbomer Triethanolamine 85%
          methyl hydroxybenzoate E218
          propyl hudroxybenzoate E216
          patent blue V E131
          purified water

          Well that was a mouthful but thought I should let you know just in case!

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          02.09.2012 22:56
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          a very pleasant surprise from the body shop

          I don't normally shop in the body shop but I read some good reviews of this product. I was particularly attracted to the idea that it would help my make up from falling off my face.

          The body shop vitamin E face mist comes in a pretty simplistic 100ml pink bottle with a push action spray nozzle at the top. It does not claim to keep your make up on on the bottle but it does claim to soften and refresh your skin. It costs £7.00 per bottle.

          The reason I bought it was to set my make up but this quality was based on word of mouth not an actual claim of the body shop packaging. I didn't find that the product worked for sealing my make up but I do love the product for its refreshing and moisturizing qualities which is what it claims to do.

          To use it you close your eyes and give your face a spritz. I find 3 sprays are enough to cover my face. Although, I didn't find that it kept my make on I did find that applying this spray on top of my make up improved the appearance of my skin. The spray gives your skin a dewy youthful sheen.

          It contains rosewater which give the spray a lovely fresh delicate fragrance its light and feminine. The spray feels very refreshing on your skin. This product has now become a handbag staple of mine.

          I work in an office all day with air conditioning and find that my skin feels tight and dry as the day wears on. A spritz of this wakens me up and gives my skin a much needed drink. As well as air conditioning in the office at home there's is the central heating another thing that isn't kind to my skin so again this product comes in handy at home. It lets you can moisturize your face without having to take off your make up and apply a cream.

          I did not think I would like this product as much as I did. I had thought it would be a bit of a fad and not really that effective but I enjoy using this and have become a fan. I will buy another bottle when it starts to run out. I hope the body shop keep this product on the market as I think this will be something I will buy for many years to come.

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          02.09.2012 15:22
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          those pesky kids are at it again!

          When I am poorly I find it very comforting to regress back into my childhood. You see, at 32 I am far too old to read teen fiction yet, being confined to bed a lot I have recently finished all of the available vampire diaries books.

          The Vampire Diaries for me is a bit like Scooby Doo. You have a group of friends who live in a small town called Fells church who go on wild adventures to save the town from dangerous evil powers. I may be old and probably should be reading Bertrand Russell but Vampire Scooby Doo is fun!

          If you haven't read any of these books I would suggest you start at book 1 - The awakening as Shadow souls is onto the sixth part of the story if you haven't read the preceding books reading this review may spoil the story for you. These books segment into one another so I prefer to think of them as one story rather than individual books therefore, I would recommend you read them all (if you enjoy the first that is)

          The previous books introduce the characters. The characters do fit certain roles but in the main they are likeable. We have Matt the all American clean cut good guy, Bonnie the little red head eccentric and Meredith the strong sensible reliable brunette. Elena is the main character and Unfortunately I cant really say I liked her much as in my view she comes across as spoiled and vain. Then we have the sexy Salvatore Vampire brothers, soppy gentle and sweet Stefan and naughty sexy and complicated Damon.

          In Shadow souls Elena is back with a force. She has new powers which she is now getting to grips with. Elena being the spoiled entitled little madam that she is still has the two gorgeous Italian blokes fighting for her attention. Her main squeeze Stefan is in Peril so off Elena and some of her groupies go to the Dark Dimension to save Stefan. Meanwhile Fells Church is in danger from some evil force who is also responsible for Stefan's sorry state. So Elena bounds off to save Stefan and her friends Matt and Mrs Flowers try and keep Fells Church under control. All the while Damon is hanging around trying to steal Elena away to become his dark princess.

          The vampire diaries books regularly end in a cliffhanger that makes you pick up the next one to see what happens next. Shadow souls follows this pattern with something happening to Damon that will keep you reading on.

          These cliffhangers have encouraged me to read read all 9 books the last one is out in October and I have to admit I was a bit disappointed to find I couldn't read it right away!

          I haven't watched the TV series but I believe the books are rather different therefore, I would suggest if you are going to read these don't expect the TV series in novel format.

          The Vampire diaries are silly, unbelievable, very easy to follow and fun. They are not works of great literature and the writing although, not that bad can be a little repetitive. I challenge you not to gag every time you hear about Elena's lapis Lazuli eyes. But, ignoring these minor irks these books helped keep me distracted when I was suffering so don't be ashamed give them a go if you fancy it.

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          02.09.2012 14:11
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          dont live up to the Olay name

          I don't like to spend a lot of money on facial wipes and sometimes even just pick up baby wipes instead. Yes I know, I'm a cheapskate! but, sometimes I do like to try the brand names so when I saw these in Superdrug for only £1.69 I picked up a couple of packets. Olay being a well known name I thought I was in for a treat.

          They come in blue plastic packaging which I would say looks middle of the road not a luxury product but not budget either. There are 20 wet cleansing wipes in each packet and Olay say they are for normal/dry or combination skin. They claim to remove dirt make up and even water proof mascara.

          The lid is just the plastic sticky label kind but it does a good job. In both of the packets I bought the label remained sticky and so closed tightly not exposing my wipes to the air which would cause them to dry out.

          The wipes are not the largest the have little dimples on them which Olay call "cleansing pockets". The wipes are robust enough that they don't rip and tear and they do feel thick. Olay state they contain aloe vera to sooth the skin although, I can't say I noticed this to be honest.

          Using these wipes made my skin feel clean unfortunately, I can't stretch the compliments out any further than that. They did not make me feel refreshed or make my skin feel good in any way just clean. In my opinion they could do with being a little more moist as it took a bit of scrubbing before I was satisfied. Eventually though they did manage to remove my make up and get my face clean. Given that I don't spend my days rolling in mud I though the level of scrubbing involved was a bit much and didn't particularly enjoy the experience.

          Also, I don't particularly like the smell. These smell is a bit harsh and chemically, a little clinical. That for me does not make for a nice pampering experience. I would prefer a milder soapy or cucumber scent.

          To sum up although, they aren't expensive I had expected a bit more from Olay and don't think I will buy these wipes again. The own brand value ranges in boots are better in my view.

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          02.09.2012 13:37
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          a silver balloon of bouncy fun

          I'm seeing a Physio at the moment for a bad back and he showed me some exercises on the gym balls. Having read some good reviews of this cheap and cheerful ball from Argos I decided to give it a go. It only costs £4.98 so I figured if I don't like it I haven't lost much!

          The gym ball comes squashed flat in cheap plastic bag packaging but hey, it is cheap and the bag it comes in gets chucked in the bin so that doesn't matter in my book.

          ***Inflation****

          It comes along with its own little pump. Which looks like a foot pump but I used my hands to squash down on it. Some have mentioned the pump isn't very good. Well, again its cheap plastic but I found it did the job. You just insert the nozzle which is attached to the pump, attach the tube to the blue outlet and push down on the plastic pump which is a bit like a corcertina squeeze box thingy. This is a bit of a work out in itself but it works.

          The ball is 55cm in diameter so I followed the instructions to blow it up to the correct size using a measuring tape. The instructions do warn you not to blow it up too much. The mind boggles as to what would happen if you did.

          The ball itself has a strong smell which I can only describe as plasticy but it does disappear after a while.

          ***The ball***

          Now after using physical exertion to blow up the ball I wasn't much in the mood to start working out but I did have a bounce which was fun. Its very comfortable to sit on. I have used it to do some spinal mobilisation i.e laying back on the ball and rolling backwards and forwards which gives your back a good stretch and does feel good. You do get a little handout with it that gives you some sample exercises although, you will be able to get ideas from your physio, gym instructor or even you tube.

          The ball keeps its shape well and I haven't had to re-inflate it yet. Its silver in colour and for a value product I think it looks pretty good.

          It is not the biggest gym ball in the world and is recommended for those on the smaller side 5ft to 5ft 4. Given my diminutive stature its fine for me my partner has decided against using though in case he breaks it.

          As its not the biggest gym ball in the world it doesn't take up too much space. It looks attractive and I don't mind it lying around in my bedroom like a big silver balloon :)

          ***Overall****

          I think this is a good product and does the same job as more expensive gym balls for next to nothing. Using the ball will give you a workout without putting too much strain on your poor body I say give it a go and enjoy.

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          27.08.2012 03:36
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          a helping hand for your aches and pains

          Tired of constantly filing my hot water bottle and desperate for some relief from my back pain I bought this heat pad from Argos for £20.00. It has now become my trusty companion.

          The heat pad is large enough to cover your entire upper or lower back depending on where the pain is and it comes with a washable cover. As I only bought mine a few days ago I haven't washed it yet so cant vouch for how it comes out in the wash however, the cover is soft cotton so, it feels comfy and I am sure it will wash up just fine.

          The heat pad plugs into the wall socket or extension cable with a regular three prong plug and has a thermostat attached. No batteries are required. The thermostat is located near to the pad so is in easy reach if you are lying on the pad.

          It has 3 heat settings. I just blast the temperature up to 3 at all times which I find to be just right not burning hot but hot enough to aid your aching back. Anything cooler that the top setting just wont cut it for me.

          This mini electric blanket will switch its self off after a while to regulate the temperature and keep you safe.

          The heat pad would be useful for any type of ache or pain and would also come in handy is your suffering from menstrual cramps.

          It only takes a few minutes to get to a toasty temperature.

          I am pleased with this purchase. It doesn't remove my back pain but then I am not sure anything short of heavy duty painkillers will sort that out but...it does make it a little easier to cope with.

          If you suffer from muscular pain I would recommend your snuggle up with this little blanket.

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          26.07.2012 23:45
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          great game fun, inovative and familiar at the same time

          Dragons Dogma is an action RPG (role playing game) its set in the same sort of ye olde world of so many RPG's where Thank the maker! ye olde inn is never far away to rest your weary armor clad bones after a day wandering the wilds and friendly yokels wish you good morrow in dodgy accents at every turn.

          This arena is not new and generally has me nodding off to sleep but strangely enough Dragons Dogma had me hooked.

          Dragons Dogma is familiar but different. It introduces new elements to the RPG arena, borrows bits and pieces from other games and rolls them all up into one immersing and fun package.

          Okay, first of the story and the setting aren't that original. You play the arisen a lowly villager who bravely faces up to a fearsome dragon who attacks your village and takes something of yours that well, you just cant live without. So off you go on a giant quest to recover what is yours and the fun begins.

          As with most RPG's you create your own character deciding whether you will play a fighter, a warrior, a mage a strider or an archer you can also upgrade your choice during the game you can mix it up a little and become a mystic knight or a mighty sorcerer amongst a number of other choices. There is a lot to choose from in terms of class. You will be able to design how your character looks and their gender. I choose a female mage dabled with being a mystic knight and then became a sorcerer.

          I have read some disparaging comments about the graphics however, I personally thought this game looked good and was pleased with the appearance of my character.

          If you enjoy creating your characters as I do you will be in your element with Dragons Dogma as you also get to create a pawn who will be your trusty companion throughout the game.

          If on line your pawn can be selected by other players to assist them in their quests and in turn you can enlist other peoples pawns to help you on your journey. Once you are finished with someones pawn you can select another and send the pawn back to their owner with a little parting gift and some comments on their performance. Choose your pawns wisely, I suggest you find pawns that are of a higher level than you or have already completed a mission so they can help you out with some useful pointers. I found this element to be a nice change from purely competitive on line play.

          The monsters you encounter during this game and varied and entertaining. Some are immense and frightening. Your task will be to furnish your party with the right range of skills, find weaknesses and battle the beasties.

          The combat is hack and slash with a nice range of abilities and skills its fast exciting and fun.

          There are plenty of places to adventure and explore and side quests to fulfill. Wandering at night is creepy and brings another atmosphere to the game. There is no fast travel but their are ferry stones that will take you back to the capital city if used.

          With the open world you can have the usual fun of finding ways to entertain yourself personally I like to buy silly clothes and walk around town in my pants at one point I threw my pawn off a cliff which amsed me greatly but...moving on.

          The only elements I wold like improved in Dragons Dogma are the mage outfits I felt like I was wearing a shabby old sack! And I would like fast travel ... I find wandering the same areas can gets repetitive and perhaps a bit more interaction with the other characters in the game may have made you feel for them more but overall its a great game and I had fun playing it I would highly recommend you give it a go.

          Thank you for reading this review and I bid you all good morrow.

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          23.06.2012 19:30
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          a quick bit of comfort food

          These are one of my favorite buys for a quick, easy and tasty meal.

          The Dolmio stir ins come in a range of flavors including sun dried tomato, creamy carbonara, tomato and pesto, smoked bacon and tomato, sweet pepper and garlic and tomato so there is plenty to choose from. I haven't tried them all out but of those that I have tried the meaty ones are my favorite and the spicy peperoni is my first choice when I go shopping.

          **Packaging and Price***

          The stir in pots come with minimal packaging and are covered with a little foil lid. All you do chuck away the cardboard sleeve, peel of the foil lid, heat up the sauce and mix it in with your pasta.

          The stir in pots cost £1.75 each and contain 150g of sauce. One pot could serve two but would only coat the pasta with sauce. As they are flavorsome this might do if you want a milder taste and less sauce on your dish but I greedily like a whole pot to myself. Personally, I think £1.75 for a pot that I am only going to be able to feed one with is pretty expensive but for the convenience and the delicious taste I think its worth it.

          *** The saucy bit****

          These sauces pack a punch in terms of flavor. The sauce is thick with a slight oily coating on top which you stir in as you heat. The sauce has chunks of tomato and slices of peperoni goodness mixed through. Its thick and rich . As you heat you will smell the delicious aroma of peppers, tomato, garlic and pepperoni which will have your mouth watering.

          The packet says spicy pepperoni but this is not a red hot sauce it just has that gentle smokey slight spice of peperoni so It's certainly not something to avoid on the grounds that it might burn your tongue off.

          I like my food meaty so I often cook some sausages and mix them in with my sauce and pasta to make a warm comforting meal which never fails to leave me feeling satisfied.

          ** Would I recommend this sauce?***

          Yes, I would certainly recommend you buy this if you want to make a hearty bit of comfort food in a flash. If you don't like strong flavors though you might want to give it a miss or try the more simple tomato version but If you enjoy peperoni and like to stimulate your taste buds give it a go.

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            23.06.2012 15:18
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            an itchy experience for your bum

            Loo roll. Not the most exciting topic but we all use it everyday. I picked this quilted velvet up in co-op on special offer £3.00 for 9 rolls (normal price is around £5.10).

            I am not particularly brand loyal to loo rolls and tend to look for good deals. Apart from the price though, I was also attracted by the "3 layers of velvety quiltness" which sounded like a marvelous treat for my botty.

            The purple and white packaging with useful carry handle looked professional and luxurious and had me thinking I was about to get me some some quality quiltness.

            I was wrong. Before buying this I had just finished using regular andrex (not quilted) and the difference was clear. Quilted velvet feels dry and lack lustre in comparison.

            They proudly claim to have a new design which is basically just some swirls on the dry brittle paper nothing to get excited about. The swirls aren't quilted as I thought they would be. In fact, nothing about this paper is quilted.

            The makers say it is 3 ply now, I would agree that the paper is robust enough It doesn't feel flimsy but it is hard and scratchy it certainly does not feel like velvet or quilt. In your hands, If feels like poor quality recycled paper and even worse on your delicate little bottom in my view it feels like wiping your bum with sandpaper.

            I believe you can choose your dry scratchy loo roll in a variety of colours including champagne, pink and violet but on my search I have only been able to find white.

            On the plus side quilted velvet do seem to do well on the eco friendly front. They claim to plant three new trees for every tree they use and that their packaging can be recycled.

            On the pricing front I do not think this product is good value for money. Quilted velvet is actually more expensive (£5.10) than non quilted andrex 9 rolls of andrex in tesco will cost you £4.69 and having recently used the non quilted Andrex I can vouch that it is softer than "Quilted Velvet" Perhaps the premium is for the quiltedness which would make sense if this loo roll actually had any.

            This loo roll is not quilted or soft like velvet. I am surprised how many positive reviews this toilet roll has received. I wouldn't pick this up again even if it was on special offer.

            My advice if you want a softer loo roll just buy regular andrex or any mid range super market own brand loo roll o if you want quilty softness shell out an extra 15pence and you buy Andrex quilted.

            I wanted this product to be good but it isn't.

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