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      14.03.2011 00:28
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      This product has many positives but doesn't quite achieve all the claims that L'Oreal make.

      I am really familiar with L'Oreal as a brand I have used many of their products over the years ranging from hair styling products to shampoos and conditioners and I have always been very satisfied with each and every product I have used. L'Oreal is definitely a brand that I trust. I had never used L'Oreal cosmetics before and actually I wasn't even aware that they produced cosmetics - you might wonder how that is possible with the amount of advertising campaigns and celebrities that endorse their products, I think the same myself in retrospect. In my defence, I take absolutely no notice of adverts and often think that the advertising of all cosmetics is biased and often makes false claims. I certainly don't buy items because a celebrity advertises it.

      I originally stumbled across L'Oreal Paris Infallible Foundation when I was fed up with the inadequacies of my previous foundation. L'Oreal Paris Infallible Foundation was a little more costly than the foundation I usually bought but I concluded that might have been where I was going wrong with foundations - low prices, low quality. I was also quite seduced and intrigued by the claim that this foundation lasts for up to 16 hours as I have always struggled to find a foundation that lasts.

      If I am honest I was probably also seduced a little by the appearance of the foundation bottle itself. I think it is quite an attractive glass bottle unlike the cheap looking, plastic bottles I used to buy. It has a pump action rather than a removable lid which is a fantastic feature and whichever the brand I use in the future, I will now try to look for a foundation with a pump action. The pump action really allows you control the amount of the liquid you use and prevents wastage.

      I have very pale skin and this is always a key consideration for me when choosing a foundation. Therefore, I always opt for the lightest shade of any foundation as anything darker makes me look orange and too made up. In this case I bought the Porcelain shade which after testing it on my hand in the shop seemed quite a good match. I liked the shade of the Porcelain - it blended nicely in to my skin matching my natural skin tone very well.

      In all honestly I am quite fortunate with my skin - I very rarely get spots, my skin has never been oily or greasy and I don't need to use a lot of foundation. I mainly use foundation to even out my skin tone particularly on my cheeks where my skin can sometimes be a little blotchy. On the whole I found this a very nice product to use. The consistency of the foundation is good; it isn't too thin or too thick which I think is important for a foundation. At times this product worked very well on my skin. It sometimes worked so well that I didn't need to use any additional products such as concealer or powder. The one problem I do have with my skin is that it can get very dry which causes so many problems when applying make-up. On a good day, I loved the Matte look this foundation produced but on a bad day it would highlight every bit of dry skin on my face even dry skin that hadn't been visible to the eye before applying the liquid. I always apply moisturiser before using foundation and allow for plenty of time for it to absorb into my skin, this product just seems to really emphasise my skins dryness. This product is just not one I would recommend for dry skin - there were times I had to remove my make-up and start again because my skin looked so horrendous. I used L'Oreal Paris Infallible Foundation over quite a long period of time until only recently when I changed to another foundation due to the problems it caused with my dry skin. If my dry skin became less of a problem I might reconsider using this product.

      There are many claims that L'Oreal make about this product such as it hides blemishes, dark circles and redness, prevents rub-off and combats signs of fatigue. I would agree with all of these claims. It certainly worked wonders on my dark circles and I never found that the foundation rubbed off once applied. My skin could often look a bit tired in the morning and after using this product my skin always looked fresh. L'Oreal also claims this product provides an anti-shine action. I cannot confirm or deny this claim as I have never found this a problem with my skin type.

      Prior to buying this product I was very interested to discover whether the claim that the foundation lasts for up to 16 hours was true or not. I can honestly say it is not true. As much as I like this foundation, it does not last 16 hours and did not last even as long as a working day. I did find this disappointing as this was one of the reasons I was attracted to this foundation. This foundation seems to require touching up during the day which is something that I don't like to do. Once I have applied my make-up I don't want to have to keep reapplying, my skin doesn't respond well to applying layer upon layer of foundation - it seems to dry my skin out even more. I also found that on a really busy day where I moved about a lot or was under a lot of stress, the foundation would last less and less time. I don't think that this product fights the signs of make-up melt down very well.

      As I mentioned, I bought L'Oreal Paris Infallible Foundation a few times and I always found that the bottle lasted a very long time which I was quite pleased about due to the price of the product. I think I paid around £9.99 but I have seen it in shops priced higher and lower than this, so it pays to shop around for this item. This seems to be available is most shops that sell cosmetics.

      Overall, this product has many positives but doesn't quite achieve all the claims that L'Oreal make. It didn't quite suit my dry skin but could be a very good foundation for other skin types. I would recommend this product but not to anyone with dry skin and would reconsider using this product if my dry skin cleared up.

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      15.12.2010 17:29
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      It is a strong, spicy scent that is great to wear on a night out.

      I have been aware of Hugo Boss perfumes and aftershaves for as long as I have been using perfumes. I had experimented with Hugo Boss fragrances when I first started using perfume and always thought it was a reliable brand. I received Hugo Boss: Intense a few years ago and had quite high expectations of it. I received the 90 ml bottle.

      The bottle is a very simple design and is quite a tall. I think it is unlike many of the other perfumes I have because the bottle in my opinion isn't very feminine. I do tend to go for floral and fruity fragrances and therefore most of the perfume bottles I have tend to be quite girly. The bottle is a semi circle shape which twists in the middle - at the bottom the circular part of the semi circle is the back of the bottle and at the top of the bottle, the circular part of the semi circle is at the front (if that makes sense). This isn't noticeable when you view the bottle straight on but is noticeable from the side or from above and is a nice design feature. The most distinguishable feature of the Hugo Boss: Intense perfume bottle is the colour - it is two tone. The bottom of the bottle is red graduating to black at the top of the bottle. I really love the colours and design. The box the fragrance comes in imitates the graduated two tone colours from the perfume bottle - I do think that the box does look a little too masculine and might be mistaken for an aftershave rather than a perfume.

      Hugo Boss: Intense is a unique amalgamation of oxygen accord, kumquat and spices. Vanilla Orchid's strong heart notes are intensified by the floral additions of jasmine and rose. The Vanilla Orchid originates from the mountains, though the flower is small in size, its scent is very powerful and distinctive. The base notes of the fragrance include sandalwood, patchouli, musk, styrax and amber like notes. The orange glow of Amber radiates its warmth through the other notes giving an overall aura of passion and sensuality. This scent is quite strong and also spicy. It is unlike any of my other perfumes. I do like this fragrance and when I initially received it as a present I wore it a lot. I don't really wear it now and only have a tiny amount left in the bottom of the bottle but I do think it makes a fantastic addition to my perfume display. I do also think that this fragrance is a bit too strong for day time but is fantastic to wear in the evening or on a night out. It is certainly long lasting and you really don't need to use much of it. I think this fragrance would be ideal for somebody who likes quite a strong scent - I don't tend to go for that sort of perfume but my mum does and she loves this perfume. I would say that perfume is ideal for younger and older women; I don't think that is suitable for a particular aged woman.

      I have to say that I don't really see this perfume around very much. I don't think I have ever seen it in a shop but it is available over the internet on various websites. I think that this scent is reasonably priced when I have seen it on websites.

      This perfume was a lovely present in a lovely bottle. It is a strong, spicy scent that is great to wear on a night out. I would recommend this perfume.

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      15.12.2010 13:49
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      It is a floral, fruity, light and really uplifting scent that comes in a simple bottle.

      I started using Ghost: The fragrance quite a few years ago. I originally discovered this perfume because my brother bought it back for me from holiday - prior to that I was unaware of this fragrance existed even though it had already been around for quite a few years. The first bottle I had was a small 30 ml but I have since had the 50 ml bottle and I now am lucky enough to have the 100 ml bottle.

      The bottle itself is very simple. The bottle is frosted glass and a cylinder shape. It narrows towards the middle where you place your hand which makes the fragrance easy to grasp. The lid compliments the bottle nicely as it is a matt grey on the sides and chrome on the top. The box the perfume comes in is also quite simple. It is a light, icy blue with a subtle embossed pattern in the same colour and boldly displays the brand name Ghost. I think that the bottle and packaging are understated and sophisticated but I do prefer some of the other Ghost perfume bottles that are available. I really love to display all of my perfumes as I am regularly bought lots of various fragrances by family and friends. Ghost: The fragrance looks lovely amongst all the other varied bottles I have.

      Ghost is an avalanche of white flowers accented with the warm peachiness of ambrette seeds. The top notes of this fragrance include ambrette seeds and rose. Jasmine, hibiscus and apricot come together for the delicate heart notes of this scent. The base note combines intensive notes of incense, sandalwood, vanilla, musk and amber into a gentle aura. This fragrance is a fantastic fusion of fruity and floral scents. I think it smells sweet, fruity and light. I absolutely love this fragrance and it is probably my signature scent. I wear it on a daily basis and although I would like to experiment with other Ghost fragrances, I am never disappointed to receive another bottle of Ghost: The fragrance. I strangely find that this is a really uplifting fragrance - it always makes me feel really good. I would strongly recommend it!! I have never got tired of this scent in all the years I have been wearing it.

      I have always found Ghost: The fragrance to be a long lasting scent. I never have to reapply or use a lot of the perfume. The bottle does seem to last quite a long time despite using it on a daily basis. I am regularly complimented whenever I wear this scent as this is a very popular fragrance amongst my friends, many of which also use this perfume. My boyfriend particularly likes this fragrance which is probably why it always makes an appearance on birthdays and at Christmas.

      This isn't the most expensive perfume I have but neither is it the cheapest - I would say it is middle of the road. I do think that this fragrance is fairly reasonably priced. I do recommend that if you are interested in buying this perfume to have a good look around as the price seems to differ greatly from shop to shop but I completely love this fragrance and would buy it whatever the price. Ghost seems to now be a very popular fragrance amongst women so you can find it in almost all shops and it is readily available over the internet.

      This perfume is perfect for me. It is a floral, fruity, light and really uplifting scent that comes in a simple bottle. I couldn't recommend this perfume more highly!!!!

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        14.12.2010 23:11
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        A lovely, fruity perfume that is very light and comes in a beautiful bottle.

        I can honestly say that until I unwrapped Christian Lacroix's perfume C'est La Fete on my birthday a few months ago, I had never heard of the perfume or Christian Lacroix. I have since discovered that Christian Lacroix is a renowned French fashion designer. That is probably why I hadn't heard of him - fashion designers have never interested me. I have never been much of a believer of buying into the whole celebrity brands or in this case the fashion brand. The one exception to the rule for me is Jean Paul Gaultier's perfumes which I am an avid user of but can honestly say I have never bought any of his perfume ranges because his name is attached to the fragrances - I just genuinely love the scents. I know that this perfume wasn't bought because of the name on the packaging as it was my boyfriend who bought it and he is even more clueless with fashion than I am.

        The box that the fragrance comes in is quite misleading. I initially looked at and thought the perfume was going to be awful. I am really not keen on the box - it has a bit of an odd design. It is a bright yellow box decorated with stripes, flowers and leaves in blues and browns. I don't think I would have given it a second look if I had been shopping for perfume. However, when I opened the box I absolutely loved the bottle. Perhaps that should teach me not to judge a book by its cover!! The bottle is very pretty. It fits perfectly into the hand and is quite a plump, rounded bottle. It is also two tone - the top of the bottle is yellow blending into blue at the bottom. It is a very summery and exotic bottle. I do question the lid though - it is a bit odd and bizarre. The perfume name is displayed across the front of the bottle in pretty, curly writing. Apparently, C'est La Fete translates into 'it's party time'.

        The top notes of this fragrance are a fruity mixture consisting of pear, passion fruit, apricot and blackcurrant. The heart notes are a mishmash of jasmine, rose, orchid and vanilla accord. The base notes are comprised of sandalwood and musk. It is a very light and fruity fragrance. I really like the smell of this perfume. I must admit when you first apply it, it does smell of alcohol slightly. The scent is very strong when you initially apply it but it really fades and quite quickly. When I have worn it, I have had to keep reapplying the scent because it has worn off. I haven't worn this perfume very much but after writing this review I think I will try to wear it more often.

        This fragrance is a very light scent once it has settled after you first apply it but as I mentioned you do need to reapply. It isn't very long-lasting but I still like it. I think that this scent is quite a young and fruity perfume - I also think that it is ideal for young women. This perfume would be best worn during the day but I also think that it could be worn in the evening as well. I wouldn't wear it on a night out; I don't think it is strong enough.

        This fragrance seems very cheap in price in comparison to other perfumes I own. I have seen it in a few shops so its availability seems good and I have also noticed that its price seems to vary. I have seen it priced between £10 and £20 so I think it is worth looking around.

        Overall, I think that this is a lovely, fruity perfume that is very light and comes in a beautiful bottle that looks great when displayed. The packaging lets it down but it is worth a try. I would recommend this perfume.

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          14.12.2010 20:15
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          It is a nice floral and fruity scent that comes in a very plain bottle.

          I first discovered Paul Smith Extreme for Women a few years ago. I was bought a 30 ml bottle as a present by a friend. I had heard of Paul Smith before being bought the perfume but in terms of clothing ranges - I didn't realise that Paul Smith also produced fragrances.

          The box that the fragrance comes in is predominantly black with the front of the box incorporating the signature Paul Smith multi-stripe. I think that considering the box is quite plain, the multi-stripe does look good against the contrasting black. The bottle is a bit of a disappointment. As I mentioned I received the 30 ml bottle, the lid is about as big as the bottle itself. It is a really plain bottle that is all clear glass apart from one side of the bottle that incorporates the Paul Smith multi-stripe in the same way the box does. The only redeeming feature of the bottle is that when displayed the multi-stripe reflects through the clear glass bottle and does look quite pretty.

          This perfume is described as a 'classic with a twist' and as 'original'. The top notes of this fragrance are a fruit infusion consisting of blackcurrant, Italian mandarin, orange, green tea and bergamot. The heart notes are a floral combination of cassia, freesia and lily of the valley. The base notes include amber and musk mixed with sandalwood, patchouli, vetiver and cedar for sensual but feminine undertones. Judging by the components that make up this perfume, it should be my ideal scent. I absolutely love fragrances that are floral, fruity and light. This fragrance is all of those things but seems more floral than fruity and seems to lack something. It is very light but has a light smoky smell to it. I very rarely use this perfume and despite the fact that the bottle I have is quite small, it still contains quite a lot of perfume.

          This perfume is a very light scent but you don't need to apply much - quite a lot comes out in just one spray. I have found this perfume to be reasonably long-lasting and quite subtle. I think that this scent is quite a young perfume - I would say ideal for teens and young women but a woman any age could get away with it. It is nice perfume that is probably best worn during the day.

          I think that this perfume is quite reasonably priced if you look in the right places. I have seen it in some shops and it has been really overpriced. The cost varies vastly from place to place.

          Overall, this should be an ideal scent for me but I found it a little disappointing. It is a nice floral and fruity scent that comes in a very plain bottle. I would recommend this perfume.

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        • Wii Fit (Wii) / Nintendo Wii Game / 34 Readings / 31 Ratings
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          14.12.2010 17:56
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          A fantastic fitness game with a unique balance board.

          Wii fit is a game developed by Nintendo to be used on the Wii console. Wii fit was first released in 2008 and instantly became a worldwide phenomenon. Wii fit still remains as popular today as it did when it was first released. It is a unique fitness game comprised of various games and activities, some of which are accessed through using the Wii balance board which is pressure-sensitive. This is used in a variety of ways but is predominantly stood on during the activities.

          I received a Wii console and Wii fit accompanied by the balance board for Christmas in 2008. I had wanted Wii fit since its release as I had for a while been quite interested in become a bit fitter. I am not really overweight but I am also not very active either. I absolutely despise exercise and where some of my friends enjoy team sports, exercise classes or running; I just do not have the motivation. I therefore wanted to try something that I wouldn't view as exercise and could use in the privacy of my own home.

          The setup is easy. The Wii balance board resembles a step aerobics board and is actually used in that way but can also be used in many more ways. The balance board is wireless, requires batteries and is used by pressing a button at the front which synchronises the board. I quickly bought a rechargeable battery for the balance board and also the Wii control pads soon after I got the Wii which I would strongly recommend doing. In order to access the Wii fit game you have to create a mii which represents you and will be the character on screen that you will be playing. You can customise your mii making it look like you and you also have to input some personal information such as date of birth and height to complete your mii. You can create up to 8 mii meaning that family or friends can use the Wii fit as well.

          The first time you use Wii fit your BMI will be calculated and your mii's appearance is adjusted according to which category your BMI fits into. I was very disappointed to see my mii become quite plump as I was categorised as overweight. I have never seen myself as fat or overweight, I have always been a size 10-12 and have been weighed at the doctors and been told I am a healthy weight for my height. I think it is important to be aware that BMI alone is not a good measurement to go by as it doesn't take into account all factors. I am always more concerned with and put more focus on my actual weight measurement.

          Each time you start your exercise regime on the Wii fit you start by completing a body test. The balance board weighs you and informs you whether you have increased or decreased in weight, the balance board measures your balance and you will complete two random balance tests to determine your Wii age. The body test in particular testing your balance does make you aware of issues that you weren't previously aware of and highlights the potential future health problems that can be caused. It looks at applying too much pressure to your heels or toes, more pressure on one leg than the other and inability to remain still. There is the option to skip the body test but I like being able to monitor my weight gain and loss. You are able to set weight loss goals over time periods usually 2 weeks which allows you to work toward a goal.

          The game has a variety of exercise activities and games to suit everyone. The categories include aerobics, yoga, balance games and strength training. When you complete each activity whichever category it falls under you earn fit credits that unlock additional activities and exercises. The activities you complete are also logged to allow you to view the amount of time spent exercising in each category.

          Aerobics centres on the activities that get your heart pumping but in a really fun way. It ranges from Hula Hoop, running to aerobic step. This is my favourite out of all the categories and these are the activities I complete most frequently. They really do get the blood pumping and are fun. The Hula hoop is particularly entertaining to watch when somebody else is on the Wii.
          I also like the yoga category. You are guided through each yoga pose with a virtual personal trainer which seems to make the poses easier. The poses range from the simple deep-breathing to the more difficult shoulder stand.
          The strength training is my least favourite category as it the most like real exercise. I have to force myself to include some of these activities when I am exercising and there are still some activities in this category I have never tried. The muscle toning exercises range from the easier single leg extension to the much more difficult jackknife. You are also guided through the strength training with a personal trainer.
          The balance games don't really feel like exercise. They are entertaining and funny. The games I enjoy the most are soccer heading, ski jump and penguin slide. I think the balance games introduce an element of competition and a competitive edge. The top scores are recorded on all activities in each category whether you have achieved them or somebody else who has used stored a mii on your game has achieved them. My boyfriend and I had a competition going for a while on the ski jump - trying to beat each other's scores.

          Each activity regardless of its category is worth a certain amount of time. The easier activities allow you to accumulate 1 minute, the harder aerobic activities might be 3 minutes and the advanced versions you have to unlock are worth more. I tend to try to do at least 30 minutes - this is 30 minutes of time accumulated through activities not 30 minutes in real time.

          I have had my Wii fit for almost 2 years and I still use it. I don't use it as regularly as I did when I first got it but I do still use it every now and again. I think it is by far the longest lasting fitness item I have ever had - I have so many exercise DVD's that I got bored of really easily and I have never been bored of the Wii fit. I think it offers enough variety to keep you interested and still remains fun even today. I think that the Wii fit is ideal to use as and when you can fit in exercise and can be used by a real range of ages. I would recommend the Wii fit to anyone.

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          • Just Dance (Wii) / Nintendo Wii Game / 31 Readings / 30 Ratings
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            14.12.2010 14:00
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            This is a fun and easy game that appeals to all ages.

            I have a real variety of Wii games that demonstrates my varied interests. I originally bought Just Dance as a fun and different way of losing a little bit of weight. I am not known for my exercise regime but I am not really overweight either -I wanted to shed a little bit of weight and become a bit fitter. Weight loss is not the aim of this game and I knew that before I bought the game but I had invested in a few exercise DVD's and started walking more and I wanted to add a different element to my weekly exercise.

            The premise of this game is to select a song and copy a choreographed dance routine demonstrated by a dancer whilst the movements are recorded by the Wii control pad. You score points throughout the routine on how well you are doing the moves. It even states on screen perfect/great/ok/poor as you are performing each move so you know when you are doing well and where you are failing. The points accumulate throughout the routine and you achieve an overall score when the song ends. The highest score for each song is saved and can be used as a target to beat each time you play or that's what I do.

            When I first bought the game I always played on quick mode which immediately allows you to play all 32 songs without having to wait to unlock them. The songs are really varied covering different types of music genres and also incorporating a mix of older and more current songs. The game includes songs from the 80's, 90's, disco, rock, pop and R 'n' B. There are some really iconic songs on the game. The routines also really vary - there are some really easy dance routines and some fast and energetic routines. When you scroll through the game when you are selecting a song, each song is rated by the level of difficulty in stars - one star being the easiest, three stars being the hardest. This allows you to find the right routine to try. I also like the fact that the dancer for each song is styled differently according to what the song is or the era the song is from. The song Hot 'n' cold by Katy Perry has the dancer dressed in a wedding dress which has been incorporated from the music video. Overall, I enjoyed the choreography and really liked that some of the iconic dance moves associated with some of the songs were incorporated.

            I mainly play this game on my own but the game enables up to 4 players to play where you all doing the same routine, competing for points to win. This is very entertaining and good fun. I think many Wii games are fantastic to play in groups and this game is just the same. It is very funny to watch other people playing this game. The words to each song are also displayed in a karaoke style which allows people who are watching to sing along as well.

            A downside of Just dance is the Wii control pad can be a bit hit and miss when recording your movements even when you are moving as you should be. I was also a little disappointed when I first got the game at the song list - I think perhaps there should be more current songs.

            Song List
            Dee Dee Sharp - It's Mashed Potato Time
            The Trashmen - Surfin' Bird
            The Beach Boys - I Get Around by
            Elvis Presley vs. Junkie XL - A Little Less Conversation
            KC and the Sunshine Band - That's the Way (I Like It)
            Chic - Le Freak
            Blondie - Heart of Glass
            Anita Ward - Ring My Bell
            Irene Care - Fame
            Kim Wilde - Kids in America
            Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
            Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want to Have Fun
            Technotronic - Pump Up the Jam
            Dee-Lite - Groove is in the Heart
            MC Hammer - U Can't Touch This
            New Kids on the Block - Step by Step
            Iggy Pop - Louie Louie
            Real 2 Real - I like to Move It
            Blur - Girls & Boys
            Presidents of the USA - Lump
            Rednex - Cotton Eve Joe
            The Spice Girls - Wannabe
            Baha Men - Who Let the Dogs Out
            Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out of My Head
            Fatboy Slim - Jin Go Lo Ba
            Gorillaz - Dare
            Divine Brown - Bebe
            Caesars - Jerk It Out
            Calvin Harris - Acceptable in the 80's
            The B-52s - Funplex (CSS remix)
            Katy Perry - Hot N Cold
            The Gym All-Stars (Britney Spears) - Womanizer

            Other features of the game include Strike a Pose and Last one standing. The idea of Strike a pose is to freeze at a moment randomly chosen during the song trying to stay as still as you possibly can. The stiller you are the more points you score. Last one standing is basically a game where you start out with 7 lives and for each move you fail to achieve you lose a life or gain a life when you achieve 5 great moves in a row. I very rarely play either of these games but it does add another angle to this game.

            I am not the most coordinated of people but I found this game easy, fun and at times energetic. I think that routines are not difficult and the game is easy to coordinate. This game appeals to a wide age range, although I recognised all the songs I don't know whether children would. It is a fantastic game to play in groups and is very entertaining. I would recommend this game.

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              It is a floral and fruity scent that comes in an unique bottle.

              I first came across Jean Paul Gaultier Summer Fragrance in about 2002. My friend had bought in the duty free whilst she had been away on holiday and was wearing it on a night out. I immediately fell in love with the scent so I was very disappointed to hear that it was quite limited in its availability. At that time it was rare to find it in shops, it was only available at certain times of the year and internet shopping wasn't as popular or at least I didn't really buy that many things over the internet then. The next time I went away, I scoured the duty free and found it. The first bottle I ever had was the 2003 bottle which had a butterfly design over the body of the bottle, 2004 I tried the Jean Paul Gaultier Classique and 2005 returned to the summer fragrance - this bottle had an undersea scene with exotic fish. I also went on to purchase the 2007 bottle which had a bustier with a letter 'S' taking centre stage, this design reminded me of a shell like theme. The bottle I have now is the 2008 100ml Eau de Toilette Spray which is decorated with African style jewellery around the neck moving between the bust down to a belt like feature around the waist of the bottle.

              One of the many things I love about the Jean Paul Gaultier Summer Fragrance is the excitement of discovering the design the bottle will feature and how the design will be incorporated on the can. Apparently each bottle's design is inspired by Jean Paul Gaultier's clothing collection that year. The perfume comes in a can rather than a traditional box like the majority of other perfumes - from the Jean Paul Gaultier Summer Fragrances I have purchased the can has always been clear enabling you to view the perfume whilst incorporating the design of the bottle at the top and bottom of the can. I have seen cans that are metal and display the bottle design over the entire can but have never bought the perfume when it has come in a can like that. I have sometimes been disappointed with the cans that I have bought where the design has been printed onto plastic packaging which has had to be removed in order to access the perfume leaving just a clear plastic casing. I like to display my perfumes and a plain, plastic cylinder isn't all that attractive but can be used as a display case for the perfume bottles.

              There is always one standard feature of the Jean Paul Gaultier Summer Fragrance like the Classique fragrance that makes these perfumes universally recognisable -the perfume bottle itself. The bottle is always a woman's bust incorporating a different design on the bottle every year. As I mentioned the design is usually incorporated onto the can the bottle comes in. The unique bottle which was first used for the Classique fragrance was originally inspired by the iconic corset Jean Paul created for the singer Madonna. Each bottle of Jean Paul Gaultier Summer Fragrance I have had has looked fantastic when displayed; it is such a beautifully designed bottle.

              The summer fragrances do differ slightly from year to year but all have a similar composition making the scents very similar. The 2008 fragrance is composed of rose accords mixed with orange blossom, clementine and Sicilian lemon juice. The heart notes are a combination of jasmine Sambac, ylang-ylang, lily of the valley and white iris. The base introduces vanilla, musk and amber. I would certainly say this is floral scent. This is by far my favourite perfume; it is exactly the type of fragrance that I really love. It is fresh, floral, fruity, light and refreshing. It is a subtle scent that isn't overpowering. It is suggested that this perfume is ideal for use during the day. I have worn it during the day and on nights out and have found that it works well as both a day and evening perfume. I do use this perfume sparingly but that is purely due to the poor availability of this fragrance so that I never run out. I still use the bottle I bought late 2008, if it was more readily available I would probably only use this perfume.

              I have always found this perfume to be long-lasting. I am always complimented when I wear this scent and just as I found this fragrance through a friend wearing it and recommending it, some of my friends have subsequently purchased this fragrance after I have worn it. I think that this scent is ideal for young women; it might be too light for some people but is a fantastic fragrance if you like floral and fruity perfumes.

              I think that this perfume is quite reasonably priced. The cost does tend to differ vastly from place to place. I absolutely love this fragrance and would buy it whatever the price. The only drawback of this scent is its availability. I think it is available more now than when I discovered the perfume back in 2003 but is still very difficult to track down in shops. The one place I always find it is in the duty free when I go on holiday which tends to be in the summer months. It does seem to be readily available on the internet including older versions of the summer fragrance - I may try to buy it over the internet when my 2008 bottle runs out.

              Overall, this is my ideal perfume. It is a floral and fruity scent that comes in an unique bottle that looks fabulous when displayed. I couldn't recommend this perfume more highly!!!!

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              • Samsung CLP 310 / Laser Printer / 26 Readings / 22 Ratings
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                It is brilliant for home office use and it delivers on quality each and every time.

                I bought the Samsung CLP-310 series printer at the beginning of this year. The reason I bought it was because I was really fed up with the inkjet printer I had at that time. The ink cartridges constantly seemed to need replacing and the printer was becoming a real hassle. The quality of the printing was quite poor and I had to re-print documents on occasions. I wanted a new printer that would be capable of printing without the need to keep replacing the ink and I desperately wanted a printer that would provide a higher quality print. I had regularly used laser printers throughout my University days and decided that despite the higher price tag attached to laser printers, I would splash out. I also decided that I would opt for a colour laser printer rather than just a mono as I thought the difference in price between the two types of printers was so little that it may as well go for the colour.

                I am not particularly computer savvy but my boyfriend is and he checked the specifications which didn't mean a lot to me and advised me that the printer seemed pretty good for what I wanted to use it for. I don't print masses of documents on a regular basis but the quality of what I print is quite important. I have actually since I bought the printer mainly used it for colour printing so the decision to go for the colour laser printer was a good one.

                I must admit that one of the reasons that I chose this particular printer was because I liked the appearance. My printer is black unlike the printer pictured above. I think it looks really smart on my desk and really compliments my computer which is also black. My printer is kept on my desk but I have quite a large desk that allows enough room for it. The printer is not as bulky as most of the laser printers I have ever seen but is a fair size. In fact Samsung actually claim it is the world's smallest colour laser printer.

                The setup/installation of the printer couldn't have been any simpler. It was just a case of inserting a disc and answering a series of questions and following the instructions. I have had terrible experiences with printers in the past that won't install correctly and just won't work - this printer was so straightforward to install. Since installing, whenever I use this printer I simply connect the printer and computer via USB and plug it in - it is so effortless to use.

                I have found this printer to be 100% reliable. It does need a little time to warm up but this is not a noticeable amount of time. The printer also makes some noise once printing commences but this subsides and I don't think it is any noisier than other printers I have used. I know that some people have found a delay between sending a document to print and the printer actually starting to print but I have never noticed this. I have always found the printer to be very fast. I have also found the quality of every single print to be very high in both mono and colour. I have printed many pages of full colour and they have always been faultless. The colours are always crisp and exact. The ink has never smudged and there are never lines across the page which was one of the many problems I experienced with my old printer.

                As I have mentioned, I predominantly print in colour and have printed many full pages of colour. I have not as yet needed to refill the toner so I think that the toner is pretty long-lasting. I must admit that I am dreading having to buy the replacement toner as I have been lead to believe it is quite costly but this is the reality of using a laser printer. I think in the long run I will save money by using this laser printer compared to my previous inkjet printer despite the expensive of the replacement toner.

                Loading paper into this printer is also very simple. By simply applying pressure to either side of the paper tray you can pull the tray out further and slot it back in when it is full. The tray has a 150 sheet capacity which I find doesn't need refilling too often. I have also experienced paper jams whilst using this printer which have really panicked me when using other printers. It took seconds to remove the paper from the Samsung CLP-310 series printer.

                There is only a very small flaw to this printer which is when the pages are printed they curl slightly from the heat - although this doesn't really affect the prints as the pages can be flattened quite easily.
                This was the cheapest colour laser printer I saw when I was looking for a new printer. As I mentioned, my boyfriend checked the specifications and suggested that it wasn't worth spending any more for a colour laser printer as this printer was sufficient. This was quite an expensive office item to buy - I think it cost roughly around £120.

                Overall, I think that this printer is fantastic. It is brilliant for what I use it for and it delivers on quality each and every time I use it. I would thoroughly recommend this printer to anyone for home use.

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                  These wipes are fantastic considering the price. They are a brilliant budget buy!!

                  I am a regular user of facial wipes and whichever brand I am using, they are a daily part of my make-up removal regime. I do tend to stick with the big brands and particularly with brands that are kind to my skin. I have dry and sensitive skin and have to be careful with the types of products I use especially on my face. Therefore, when I find something that works for me, I stick with it.

                  I have used a few different products in the past that contain vitamin E although not necessarily Tesco products. I am always mindful of particular ingredients that are good for the skin which is why I am always attracted to products that contain vitamin E. I must admit that if these wipes weren't so cheap in price I don't know whether I would have given them a try. The packaging is very plain. The packaging is slightly different to the pack pictured above - it is simply a peach coloured pack with text on the plastic seal.

                  These wipes unbelievably cost only 40p which is by far the cheapest facial wipe I have ever bought. I usually spend around £2-£4 on each pack of wipes. I thought I would give these wipes a chance but I did have quite low expectations when I bought them.

                  The Tesco vitamin E facial wipes come in a pack of 25 much like most other brands. I do always wonder why there are 25 wipes in the packs and not 30 to enable you to have a whole months use from the pack!! It is claimed that the wipes have been enriched with vitamin E for its anti-oxidant, protecting and conditioning properties to care for your skin. It is also claimed that the wipes have been specifically formulated to remove make up, cleanse, tone and moisturise skin leaving it soft and smooth. I would agree with this. The wipes do effectively remove make up and cleanse and tone your skin. They were a good substitute for the branded wipes I normally use. The Tesco vitamin E facial wipes did moisturise my skin which is always a concern for me as I have very dry skin and have used wipes previously that have completely dried out my face. Thankfully, my skin was soft and smooth after using these wipes with no dry skin in sight. I do think that wipes are a little coarser than others I have used but not enough to put me off using them.

                  I would say that each individual wipe is smaller than most of the other branded wipes I have used. The Tesco vitamin E facial wipes are a sufficient size to use on the whole face but I'm not sure that these wipes would be large enough to use after a night out when I tend to wear more make up particularly eye make up. I also have not tested how well these wipes remove waterproof mascara. I also noticed that the Tesco vitamin E facial wipes were quite thin but despite this fact they are moist and do not dry out. This is vitally important to me as I hate using wipes that are too dry or the pack dries out after a few uses. The wipes are very fragrant and the scent reminds me slightly of cucumber. They smell very refreshing and clean.

                  These wipes are fantastic considering the price. They aren't the best quality wipes I have used but they do exactly what they claim. They are a brilliant budget buy that I will use again and I would definitely recommend.

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                    This is a smartly packaged, strong scent that I would certainly recommend to others.

                    Last year, I was bought a 30 ml bottle of Calvin Klein Euphoria as a thank you present. I think that by judging the perfume by the bottle and packaging alone I would have been interested but I'm not sure whether I would have bought this perfume for myself judging on the scent. I have mentioned in other reviews I have posted on fragrances that I tend to find perfumes that I like and I stick with them. I have also mentioned that by being bought perfumes as presents I have discovered perfumes that I wouldn't necessarily have come across otherwise - Calvin Klein Euphoria is a perfect example of this.

                    Calvin Klein Euphoria Eau de Parfum comes in a lovely purple coloured box in an aubergine tone which happens to be my favourite colour. The packaging is very simple and sophisticated, a simple, square box with minimal text displayed in alternative corners. It is also quite an attractively designed bottle which is an interesting crescent like shape. From the front the bottle it appears to be all chrome with a chrome lid displaying the perfume name. However, the sides of the bottle are clear allowing you to see the perfume and accurately know how much is left in the bottle.

                    Calvin Klein Euphoria is described as an initial burst of Pomegranate, succulent Persimmon and lush green notes that captivate the senses. The heart of Calvin Klein Euphoria imparts a mysterious and intoxicating feeling through notes of rich Black Orchid, dewy Lotus Blossom and sensual Champaca flower. The base of the fragrance provides a lasting signature of sexy liquid Amber and Mahogany wood paired with an intriguing potion of black Violet, sensual Musks and an addictive Cream accord. When I smell this fragrance I can't identify any of the elements that make up this perfume - it reminds me a little bit of a man's aftershave perhaps because it has a strong scent. I never go for overpowering or musky perfumes as they always give me a headache, I tend to opt for the fruitier and fresher scents which Calvin Klein Euphoria isn't. I do however, like this perfume. The fragrance is strong and is probably one of the strongest perfumes I own and is fantastic to wear on a night out. I have seen this perfume described as a velvety floral-fruity fragrance which I would disagree with - I would describe it as musky.

                    When you first apply this perfume it is very strong but does lessen slightly. I would describe this perfume as strong with a scent that lingers - this fragrance may be too strong for some. It is very long lasting and I never need to use a lot of this fragrance which means the bottle lasts a long time. Whenever I do wear this perfume I am always complimented and asked by both men and woman about the perfume I am wearing. This perfume certainly has a distinctive smell that is unforgettable. I only wear this fragrance in the evening or on a night out but that is because I tend to wear lighter, fresher smelling perfumes during the day. I think that this scent would suit any age woman as after I started using it my mum went out and got herself a bottle as she really loved the scent.

                    I cannot really comment on whether the price of this perfume is reasonable as it was bought as a present for me but this perfume is available almost everywhere.

                    This is a smartly packaged, strong scent that I would certainly recommend to others.

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                    This product delivers exactly what it claims with very few negatives.

                    I received the Babyliss curl press as a Christmas present last year. I have medium to long length hair that has a bit of a natural wave in it but is neither straight nor curly. I mostly wear my hair down and straight but I occasionally like to curl my hair especially for nights out. Over the years I have tried curlers, rollers and tongs and my hair straighteners are not designed for curling so I was really pleased when I received this product. I was also pleased as the curl press was a Babyliss product and having used many Babyliss products over the years, I have always found this brand reliable.

                    The Babyliss curl press differs from the average curling tong. It is used in the same way as a curling tong by wrapping a section of hair around the barrel although in this case you follow the spiral guide and then clipping the hair in place. It differs as there is a button on the rear on the curl press which when pushed up also moves the spiral guide up - this is to set the curl which Babyliss claim gives you perfectly defined curls.

                    I have found the curl press to be the best curling product I have ever owned. My hair does tend to curl easily as I have thin hair but my hair never normally seems to retain the curls very long. When using the curl press my hair curls easily and also retains the curl with or without products. I do tend to use heat defence spray as a precaution but have never noticed this product causing damage to my hair. Every time I have used this product my hair is shiny and bouncy with really defined curls. I have also curled my hair and brushed out the curls which leaves an effective wave or by adding a product produces a lighter curl.

                    I know some people claim that the curls last 2 or 3 days but I have never actually tested this as my hair gets greasy easily particularly after styling. As I mentioned I tend to only curl my hair for a night out or event but I do find that the curls are always intact the day after I have curled my hair. This means they have survived a night out and a night's sleep so the effect is quite long lasting.

                    I find that the Babyliss curl press heats up really quickly in comparison to other curling products I own and have used in the past. This a big advantage for this product as it drives me mad waiting for an appliance to heat up before you can get started. Another advantage of this product is the thoughtful design. I find the 3m cord allows you to move around when curling your hair and although I don't have an issue with plug sockets, I think the cord is very long and wouldn't cause a problem for most people. I also like the swivel on the cord. This allows you to move and curl freely without limiting your movements or risking tangling your hair.

                    There are very few negatives I have found to using the curl press but I do find this product very time consuming when curling all my hair. This could be due to the length of my hair but as I said I have thin hair - this could be a real issue for people with thicker hair than mine. I also find that the clipping mechanism used to secure the hair when curling does tend to trap hairs every so often.

                    I received the Babyliss curl press as a present and therefore do not know the cost of the product when it was bought. I have since seen this item in the shows and I think that it is reasonably priced in comparison to similar products on the market.

                    Overall, I have found this product a really effective hair styling product that was a very well received present that I still use on a regular basis. I would recommend this product to anyone as it delivers exactly what it claims with very few negatives.

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                  • Up (DVD) / DVD / 22 Readings / 20 Ratings
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                    A lovely story for all ages with outstanding graphics.

                    There are so many animated films released so frequently now that I don't watch many of them anymore. I had actually seen a trailer for Up when watching another film at the cinema. I was particularly interested because it was a Pixar film and my boyfriend and I have loved their films since Toy Story was released. We did intend to watch this film in the Cinema but for some reason we missed it and instead I bought it on DVD for my boyfriend.

                    Up starts with a young boy called Carl meeting a young girl called Ellie. It is a really sweet beginning to the film that shows moments of their lives together as they get older, marry, buy a house and make it a home. They both share a life-long dream of one day going to Paradise Falls in South America just like a famous explorer that had inspired them at a young age.

                    The story continues when Ellie has passed away and Carl is left alone. The lovely home Ellie and Carl made together is now based in the middle of a building development as Carl refuses to sell their home to the developers. Carl is being forced into a retirement home when as an ex-balloon seller he decides to tie thousands of balloons to his house to finally achieve his and Ellie's dream of reaching Paradise Falls, taking their home and memories with him.

                    As Carl's journey has just began he realises he has a stowaway. Carl is joined by Russell, an 8 year old Wilderness Explorer Scout who was visiting Carl to gain his Elderly Assistance Badge. Their journey to Paradise Falls involves the pair meeting Kevin, an exotic bird, Dug, a dim golden retriever fitted with a voice box and Charles Muntz, the famous explorer who inspired Carl and Ellie. The film concludes with Carl and Russell forming a bond like a grandfather and grandson.

                    This film is rated Universal but is perfect for both children and adults. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone, any age. It was a lovely and sweet story particularly the beginning of the film. The graphics are phenomenal and are really outstanding. The animations are so life like and breath-taking. I really liked the fact that this film wasn't overshadowed by the actors that did the voices which I think has happened with many other animated films - this film is about the story and the animations and doesn't need a celebrity to entice people to watch it. It also very funny in parts and also has an exciting element to the story.

                    I would recommend this film to anyone, any age - brilliant!!

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                    • I Love You Man (DVD) / DVD / 13 Readings / 12 Ratings
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                      A film about a man looking for someone to be his best man.

                      I was bought this DVD for my birthday by my brother. I hadn't even heard of this film and actually as I have so many DVD's I left it on my shelf for quite some time before I actually watched it.

                      I immediately recognised Paul Rudd who has starred in some huge films such as Anchorman, 40 year old virgin and Rolemodels and was also Phoebe's boyfriend and eventually husband in Friends. Paul Rudd takes the lead in this film as Peter Klaven. There were also a couple of other familiar faces as minor characters but the other actors, Jason Segel and Rashida Jones who played the other main characters I had never seen in films before.

                      The film centres on the character Peter Klaven who is a fairly successful estate agent engaged to his ideal woman Zooey (Rashida Jones). Peter seems to bond more easily with women rather than men and with the wedding approaching and the decision of who will be best man looming, Peter seeks some new male friends. The film continues as Peter meets and socialises with a variety of potential friends introduced via his brother and mother. It seems Peter is destined not to have a male best friend when he meets Sydney Fife (Jason Segel) through an open house at a house Peter is selling. The story continues as the two bond, discover similar interests, argue and conclude the film as groom and best man at the wedding.

                      I thought the storyline was a bit odd and cringe worthy at times. The ending was also very predictable. I am a massive rom-com fan and don't' mind predictability as most rom-coms are very predictable, so this wasn't really a problem for me but might put some people off. It is an original story as I don't think I have seen many films about developing male friendships but overall, I was quite disappointed. The film was not what I expected. I don't think the acting was bad but I just didn't find the characters very likeable. I expected much more from the character Sydney although I am not sure why. There were some laugh out loud moments but on the whole I doubt I would watch this film again. I think that it is more of a young man's film with some themes that would probably be more amusing to boys and men.

                      I would recommend this film to teenage boys and young men. I did enjoy this film but wouldn't watch it again.

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                      A fashionable, long-lasting cardigan that has a few faults.

                      I bought a Boyfriend Pocket Cardi quite some time ago at New Look. The reason I bought it was because I was looking for a few long cardigans at the time and when I came across this one it was on offer. This cardigan was £16 at full price and I bought it for £10, I was quite pleased with the saving. When I bought this cardigan, it was available in many different colours but I really liked the red. The shade of red was really vibrant and bright.

                      I really liked the style of this cardigan when I bought it. I wear lots of cardigans and wanted something that would keep me warm and looked different to the other cardigans I already had. In retrospect, the style looks good but is quite impractical. The cardigan has no buttons and therefore doesn't keep your chest protected from the cold. I have also found that if you put anything with a bit of weight in the pockets, the cardigan tends to swing round when you move. I do think that the length of the cardigan is ideal for me - I do like cardigans that are long but not too long!

                      I do also think that the material that the cardigan is made from is too thin. I tend to really feel the cold which is why I was looking for long cardigans in the first place. It is great in the spring and summer but is definitely not a cardigan you would wear on a cold day to keep you warm. An advantage of this cardigan is that I have worn it a lot and therefore washed it a lot, it has never shrunk, faded or bobbled which I had expected it to.

                      I do still really like the style of this cardigan and I do still wear it from time to time. I have seen the same style of cardigan on sale in New Look since buying this cardigan and I did contemplate buying a different colour but decided against it. I would recommend this cardigan for use in the warmer months but would say be aware of the design faults. This is more of a fashionable cardigan than a practical one.

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