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      23.04.2010 16:51
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      Buy it when it's on offer!

      My hair is always quite unmanagable, it is generally quite wavy when it dries but i sometimes wear it straight and sometimes curly. I have the paddle brush from Avon for blow-drying my hair and bought the cushion brush when it was on offer for £2.00.

      The brush is now red with silver bits and the head a more oval shape but i imagine it does the same job, the brush is sat on a cushion and the bristles of the brushes are nice and gentle.

      Avon describe the cushion brush as an all-rounder, perfect for all styles. I use the cushion brush when I get out of the shower and I know I am going to let my hair dry naturally.

      The brush easily detangles my hair but doesn't pull it completely straight so when my hair dries it has quite a nice curl to it. (I find some combs pulls the hair really straight so that it dries a bit wavy and limp).

      The quality seems quite good and none of the plastic bits of the end of the bristles have come off. The bristles are also still nice and straight, I find these start to bend on cheap brushes after a bit of use.

      I would recommend this brush, it normal retails at £4.75 but seems to be on offer a lot, it is currently £2.40 so I would wait and buy it when it is on offer.

      This brush is great when I'm using it 2 detangle but it isn't fine enough for when I'm straightening my hair so I use a comb. So I wouldn't quite call it an all-rounder but it is a really good brush.

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      • What's In Your Bag? / Discussion / 74 Readings / 72 Ratings
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        23.04.2010 12:19
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        I love my organised chaos!

        I have just sorted my bag as I have now been using it for a few days and I generallly just anything in it. I'm notorious for using several bags as I match them with outfits and I generally forget to transfer things across so sometimes I go to the shop and realise I don't have my bank card, its not good!

        The bag I am using at the moment is an across the body bag that I bought from Primark about a year ago. I love this bag as it doesn't look cheap it is black so goes with pretty much anything and it is also a decent size. The bag is about 20cm x 15cm in size and a puch type bag.

        Inside the bag it has a nice black lining and a little pocket and a zipped pocket which I find really useful. As I said I have just organised the bag before it was a nightmare. In the zipped pocket is my bank card, student card and £15 in notes, I know I had some change somewhere but I've probably left it in another bag.

        The little pocket has a No7 Stay Perfect Eye Liner, a Boots 16 Ultimate Volume Lip Gloss, a tin of Vaseline and a Rimmel I <3 Lasting Finish Azure Nail Polish (these will be reviewed soon or already have been).

        In the main bit is where the chaos is at, there are my house keys, my car keys, my phone, my passport (ID still need to send off for a new Driving License after losing it), my pill and some paracetamol, not sure where these came from I don't normally take tablets but they might come in useful this weekend!

        The bizarre stuff in this bag is a large flower brooch, several different hair grips all on a hair grip card, an earring card with several pairs of earrings in it, a bobble, a pot of No7 Essential Moisture Day Cream and a bottle of Christian Dior J'adore. My justification for these items is that I've recently started doing photo shoots and I believe that is why this stuff made its way into my bag.

        So that is what is in my bag! Pretty tame compared to usual I might add. When I use a big bag it generally has clothes, make-up, etc in it and then several little bags like the one I using today containing all the things it has in it. I definitely need to be more organised when switching my bags!

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          22.04.2010 17:44
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          Needs improvement!

          I love have pretty nails and also matching toe nails, due to nail varnish chipping, I probably paint my nails at least two times a week. So when I spotted Rimmel's I Love lasting finish I thought I would give it a go, there were plenty of colours and I chose a pretty metallic blue colour.

          **Packaging**

          The nail comes in quite a chunky glass bottle, the bottle holds 8ml, the bottle has a flat bottom and top. The lip is black and an inch and a half long, it seems quite easy to hold if not a little on the small size. The bottle has Rimmel and I <3 Long Lasting Finish on the front of the bottle and then different consumer information on the back. The bottle is nice and sturdy and the lid screws on nice and tightly so the varnish won't leak.

          **Application**

          The brush is attached to the lid as with most nail polishes, the brush is a nice thickness for applying the nail polish. When applying the varnish it is a nice consistency, not too thick or thin, I apply the polish in three stroke, one down either side and one in the middle. The nail polish smooths out and sits nicely one then nail. If I'm not in a rush I tend to wait 20minutes and then apply another coat but if you are rushing you could probably wait 4-5minutes. I find this nail varnish takes quite a while until it is no longer tacky and is quite easily marked.

          So I'd applied the nail varnish and my nails looked gorgeous, I went to my shoot after work then went to bed afterwards, no strenuous activity and my nails still looked pretty. I awoke the next morning to find that the nail varnish had started to chip on two of my nails, I hadn't even had it on 24hours. To say that this nail polish is long lasting and chip resistant is a joke. I find that if I apply a clear coat after the varnish and then every other day I can get it to last about 5-6days but this is due to the quality top coat I use (Sally Hansen). I think the quality of this nail varnish is disappointing as some of the shades are really nice. I also find the nail varnish becomes gloopy in the bottle very quickly, I have tried storing it in the fridge but this doesn't seem to make much difference.

          **Price**

          I have bought several of these bottles of nail varnish for £2.99 each which I think is pretty decent value for nail varnish, but the quality should still be there. I buy a Stargazer brand which is £1.99 and of far superior quality.

          **My Opinion**

          I love the bright funky colours of this range, but the quality seriously lets it down. It is therefore necessary to wear clear nail polish to make this long lasting nail polish last a decent amount of time!

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            21.04.2010 17:02
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            Fab in a variety of meals!

            **Overview**

            Some weeks at work a few of us put into a pot and buy a food to last us a whole week at work, we tend to have salads, pastas or sandwiches. One of the things we had this week was a salad with chicken, the chicken on our salad was Asda Cracked Black Pepper and Sea Salt Chicken Steaks.


            **Ingredients**

            Cooked Chicken Breast* , Sea Salt , Black Pepper , *Made with 108g of Chicken per 100g of finished product. (I'm not 100% sure what this means apart from that they manage to lose 8g of the chicken when cooking and packaging it).


            **Nutritional Information**

            Per 100g

            Calories: 117kcal/496kJ
            Protein: 24.7g
            Carbohydrate: 0.0g
            Fat: 1.6g
            Saturates: 0.0g


            **Packaging**

            The chicken comes in a really simple black plastic tray which has clear film and you can see the chicken. There is a brown box which tells you what the product is, and the back of the packet has basic consumer information like ingredients, nutritional information, Asda's head office, etc. The packaging is quite simple but I'm fan of minimal packaging as its better for the environment.

            **Appearance**

            I'm slightly weird about processed chicken or chicken that looks really veiny and horrible. The chicken is whole breast pieces and it looks a nice cooked colour, not anaemic but not suntanned chicken either. The breasts are then sprinkled with cracked black pepper and sea salt, there is a nice coating and not too much but a decent amount.

            **Taste**

            As mentioned we ate this chicken with a salad and it was very tasty, due to the chicken being seasoned there was no need for any dressing. The chicken tastes nice and fresh and not watery like some packaged chicken does. The seasoning on the chicken is nice, I don't generally eat salt and there was a slight taste of it but not overpowering. Due to the black pepper being cracked there was a nice subtle taste but the taste wasn't too hot or sharp. I really enjoyed this chicken and would buy it again, it was great with a salad and could be used in wraps, sandwiches, thrown in pasta, lots of uses!

            **Price**

            This chicken cost £2 for 240g, it is sometimes on offer at 2 packs for £3. We got 4 decent sized pieces of chicken in our pack and there was definitely enough. I think if you consider that two fresh chicken breasts cost a minimum of £2 then this chicken is really good value.

            **My Opinion**

            After being a little sceptical about this chicken I really enjoyed its flavour, it tasted fresh and nicely seasoned. I also think the price is good value for the amount that you receive and I will be buying this chicken again.

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              21.04.2010 12:41
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              A short description of what my dooyoo miles are going towards!

              I have been a member of dooyoo since 30/10/2008 I can't even remember how I came across the site. I had a mini obsession for a month or so and then forgot about the site until about a year later when my miles were about to expire, I got my writing head on and managed to gain enough points for a £20 Amazon voucher. I used this voucher to ease the pressure a little and buy Christmas presents.

              I then continued to write for a bit and this then eased off for a couple of months, I have recently booked my travelling trip which is costing me a small fortune. Therefore, I am back with a vengeance and trying to write at least one review a day. Sometimes I might not write any, sometimes I might write 3 reviews but I always ensure that the reviews I write are high quality and not just churned.

              I have claimed my first £50 cheque and I'm waiting for it to arrive, when this cheque arrives it is going straight to STA travel towards the cost of my trip. I fly out to Auckland on the 23/06/10 which will take me 2 days to travel to. I then participate in a trip that tours both the north and south islands in 23 days. I chose this trip particularly as it seems a trip that spends a lot of time visiting cultural places, some of the trips seem like drinking trips and this is not what I'm interested in. I am a bit of a party girl but I can be a party girl in the UK.

              The day after the trip finishes I travel to Sydney and I am then there for 3 nights, so far I have not booked any hostels and I am a little nervous about this part of my travels as I won't know anyone and I'll be on my own in a big city without any guides or anything. I'm hoping that I will meet someone from the New Zealand trip who is going to Sydney the same day as me.

              After 3 nights in Sydney I fly to Bangkok and this is where my next trip departs from, I am also meeting my house-mate from last year here. I arrive at midnight and she arrives the next morning. I am very tempted to wait in the airport to her as getting to the city sounds a little scary. We depart on our trip the next day which is a 30 day trip and takes through Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Loas finishing again in Bangkok. We then have a few nights in Bangkok and fly back on the 23rd August arrive back on the 23rd due to 'travelling back in time'.

              I have been working a graduate internship in order to save pennies for this trip although I still have to buy all my gear, visas and save some money for spendies. Therefore I am concentrating on writing good reviews and making as many pennies as possible on dooyoo. I am excited and scared about the whole adventure but also cannot wait. So if you could read my reviews when they pop up then that would be fab as you'll be helping me sort out my travelling :)

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                20.04.2010 16:00
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                Fab, Fab, Fab!

                I always shampoo and condition my hair as I'm a bit of a straightener addict so I like to try and keep it in as good condition as possible. My Stepmum has used Timotei products for as long as I can remember and since I have moved in with my Dad and Stepmum I borrow a little of her Timotei every now and then when mine runs out.

                **Packaging**

                The packaging of the conditioner is nice but simple, the bottle is a pale green with a cherry red lid. The bottle sits on its flat lid, I prefer bottles like this as the liquid runs to the bottom and its not as difficult to get the last drops out. On the front of the bottle is the Timotei logo in green with the word conditioner above it. The is a circle with a picture of cherries and also a picture of some natural cotton, the images are really nice and luxurious. The conditioner is from the 'Revives' range and contains 'Cherry extract & cotton', it is also for coloured hair. The back gives basic consumer information such as directions, ingredients, manufacturer address, etc. The bottle is shaped slightly so its easy to hold, the bottle contains 400ml.

                **Scent**

                I like my hair to smell nice but I'm not overly fussy about conditioner scent as long as it isn't too overpowering. This Timotei conditioner has a really nice rich but subtle cherry scent, I often get compliments that my hair smells nice when I use this product. Also if you use the shampoo and conditioner together the cherry smell is stronger but still not overly powerful.

                **Application**

                To apply the conditioner I flip the lid and squeeze the amount I require into my hand and then cover my hair in the conditioner and cover my hair with it from roots to tips. I gently smooth the conditioner into my hair so that all my hair is covered. I then leave the conditioner in for about 2-5minutes depending if I'm in a rush or not and rinse it out. I heard that if you rinse your conditioner out under cold water it stops your hair going frizzy but I'm not sure if this is just nonsense?

                **Condition**

                I find that this conditioner leaves my hair feeling nice and silky soft with a nice delicate scent. My Stepmum uses it regularly and her hair is always in nice condition and her colour always look vibrant. Some colour reviving conditioners can leave your hair a little greasy but this product doesn't at all. A tip for if you have slightly greasy hair is to just condition your tips, this keeps them in good condition without making your hair greasier.

                **Price**

                The conditioner is normally £1 at Asda with the shampoo. It retails at £2.32 in Sainsburys and Tescos but it is currently on offer for a £1 at Tesco.


                **My Opinion**

                I use this conditioner occasionally but it is my second favourite after my John Freida. It ticks all the boxes: leaves my hair feeling nice, non-greasy, nice scent and not expensive!

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                  19.04.2010 17:55
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                  Wear these socks when you have your beauty sleep!

                  I tend to get dry skin on the back of my feet so have decided to try and get them all beautiful for the summer. A lady at work sells Avon so I decided to buy these alongside the Avon Planet Spa African Shea Foot & Elbow Cream.

                  **Packaging and the Product**

                  The cotton sock simply came in a little plastic bag, nice and simple packaging and not excessive either like some companies would send things. I love the little socks myself, they feel quite stretchy but are 100% cotton so breathable etc. I think they look a little like elf shoes, the are all white and have a simple bottom with no stitching. The front of the foot is quite wide and this is where they remind me of elf shoes as they are a little pointed. From the point at the front there is stitching up the middle of the sock which finishes with a v shape.

                  **Application**

                  The socks are simple to use, you apply the cream to your feet (you could use any moisturising cream) and then simply put on the socks. I generally rub the cream in but leave some to soak in with the socks on. The socks are really comfy to wear and feel really soft agaianst my skin. I generally put the cream on before bed and wear the socks overnight. I wear the socks once and then wash them so I have two pairs of socks. My feet do feel a little softer since I have been using the cream and socks but I think any pair of 100% cotton socks would do the same job. I use these socks because I seem to use all my socks for the gym and wanted some especially for beauty care type things.

                  **Price**

                  These socks cost me £2, they are meant to retail at £5 which I think is extortionate. The socks are actually on offer at £1.80 at the moment which I think is a good price and less than I paid. You can buy them online or from your local Avon representative.

                  **My Opinion**

                  I really like these little socks and I think they're quite good value but a pair of average cotton sock would probably do the same job!

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                    16.04.2010 16:53
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                    Only £1!

                    I generally have quite dry lips especially when the weather is bad so when I was in Boots I spotted Vaseline for around a £1 and decided to try it.

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                    The lip balm come in a round little tin which would fit easily in the palm of your hand, it fits perfectly in even my smallest bags. The lid of the tin in half blue half white with the following printed on it 'Vaseline' 'lip therapy' 'petroleum jelly' and 'pocket size'.Tthe design really is nice and simple but highly recognisable, the other varieties have different coloured tins so these are also recognisable. Around the side of the tin we are told 'soothes dry skin and lips' and the Unilever address, these fact are provided in both English and Dutch. The bottom of the tin is blue, it has the bar-code, the brand, 'made in Norway' 'Ingredient: Petrolatum' and we are told the tin contains 20g. The tin can be a little difficult to open but if you hook your nail under the end and the then twist it this sometimes works or if you bang it on something this can loosen it.

                    **Application**

                    When you open the tin the lip balm is a creamy white colour, I simply apply the balm by using my finger tips. I find that your fingertip does sometimes feel a bit greasy after this and I generally wipe it on a tissue. The balm sits nicely on you lips and doesn't sink in straight away. This leaves you lips with a nice shine, a little bit like lip gloss but not quite as sticky. I don't use Vaseline all that often so I'm not a 100% if it does improve my lips that much but I do find they feel moisturised after I have used the product. Vaseline can be used for dry patches of skin and it works quite effectively. I also heard a tip about using it on your forehead when you dye your hair to stop the dye staining it which I am yet to try.

                    **Price**

                    Vaseline is nice and cheap at £1 for 20g and comes in a nice compact tin.

                    **My Opinion**

                    This little tin of Vaseline is perfect for taking anywhere and helping to condition your lips, for £1 you can't go wrong.

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                    • Primark / Highstreet Shopping / 46 Readings / 44 Ratings
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                      16.04.2010 15:14
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                      Fab shop if they keep their prices down or improve their quality!

                      I freely admit that I'm a little bit of a shopaholic, I love pretty clothes and my friends always laugh because I don't have one set obsession such as shoes. I just love everything clothes related: clothes, shoes, bags, underwear, accessories, etc. Although I'm a shopaholic I do try to be a thrifty shopaholic, my four favourite shops are probably New Look, Primark, Republic and River Island. I hardly ever shop at RI due to their prices, I find New Look and Republic reasonable and Primark generally even better.

                      I generally shop at the Primark in Meadowhall / Meadowhell as it is my nearest store. The Meadowhall store is quite big with All of womenswear downstairs except footware and women's footwear, home, menswear and childrens are all upstairs.

                      **Womenswear**

                      I find sometimes when I go in Primark I find nothing in the clothes section that I want to buy and then sometimes I find masses. I think Primark is a real pick and mix sometimes but their ranges seem to be getting better as they are following catwalk trends more. There is a huge range from gym wear to work wear, casual wear to party wear. Their vests are a real bargain in summer and I tend to have one in every colour to match with different outfits.

                      I love the bags and accessories section as you can pick up some nice earrings for a £1 or a nice necklace for a few pounds. They also have a wide range of colours so if you buy a new outfit you can normally find something that will match it. I generally buy sunglasses from Primark too because at £1-£2 if the get broken it isn't the end of the world. The bag section at Primark is good as there is also a huge range here too, there are large weekend bags, handbags, small casual bags, bags for nights out, purses, etc. Prices on the going out bags seem to be rising though, I bought a gorgeous bag the other day for going out but I was in two minds as it was £9, which I know won't break the bank but from Primark for a going out bag that is pretty expensive.

                      Primark sometimes have some to die for shoes and I think some of the shoes are disgusting. I find Primark heels and boots have quite a shortish lifespan when it comes to having them re-heeled but I know a place that does good quality re-heeling for a £1 so this doesn't affect me that much. I have found that the shoes at Primark are getting more expensive, I paid £17 for a pair the other day which is far enough but only a couple of pounds cheaper than they would have been at New Look for slightly better quality.

                      Lingerie has to be one of my favourite sections of Primark, I love Ann Summers underwear but find it can be quite expensive so I generally buy a set from Ann Summers and then buy extra thongs and frenchies from Primark which will match the set. Therefore I can wear the bra with a variety of pants without absolutely breaking the bank. I also find Primark do have some nice little sexy sets where the bra is about £5 and the pants/thongs £2.50, I have this fear of getting ran over by a bus or something so I always have to have matching set so at this price I can get a bra and a couple of bottoms for around £10. Primark offer a huge range of bras from strapless to multiway to 'no bras' (the sticky ones) to sports bras to larger bras. I also find the underwear alongside the bags and accessories are the better quality items in Primark they don't tend to shrink, stretch, fade etc.

                      **Home**

                      I have bought quite a lot from this range such as cushions, bed linen, throws, candles and vases and I have always been happy with my purchase. The things I have washed such as bed linen and cushion cases have washed well and are still in fantastic condition.

                      **Menswear**

                      I generally buy my Dad and Stepdad a t-shirt or shirt from here for their birthday's they aren't majorly fashion conscious and I can then buy them a CD, DVD or book as well. I find they have a large variety of T-shirts in the menswear and also nice boxers and socks. The have plenty of vests and shorts in at the minute all ready for the summer!

                      **Childrens**

                      They always have little cutesy baby, girls and boys clothes on the children's department. I occasionally buy my little brothers the odd item from boys range but they are getting a bit more label conscious so its more nice boxers and socks now and the T-shirts are Fcuk, Bench, etc.

                      **In General**

                      I think that Primark is good to be able to wear fashions that are on trend without having to spend a fortune. However, I think that Primark prices are rising but the quality could do with improving a little as well. If Primark was the same price as New Look but the quality didn't improve I would do my shopping at New Look instead. Also there are the ethical issues surrounding Primark, I do not like the thought of unethical labour and I think it needs to stop but I would rather shop at Primark where they don't make as much profit per item that a high priced store that makes a packet on each item sold and still uses unethical labour. Anyways now I have to pay for my travelling I'm on a spending ban so I won't be buying clothes from anywhere for a while!

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                        Fab product at a fab price!

                        I have tried fake tan once or twice when I was younger and it generally ended in disastrous results. So when I went away with my friend and used her Fake Bake I was really impressed. I posted on a local forum to ask if people knew where the best place to buy Fake Bake in Sheffield was. Several of the posters recommended that I actually try St Moriz which is available form retailers like B&M and Home Bargains.

                        **Packaging**

                        The bottle looks exactly like the picture and I think it is definitely trying to imitate the St Tropez with both the name and the bottle design. The bottle is a white plastic cylinder with a clear lid, you can see the pump through the lid. The bottle has ST MORIZ printed on it in black and then it has the usual fake tan type thing such as a golden sun and 'For a healthy tan all year round'. The bottle also tells us that this product is self-tanning mousse.

                        **Application**

                        The bottle says to leave the tan to develop for 6-8 hours I generally apply my fake tan before bed so I always make sure that I shave and moisturise well that morning in order to make such I don't go patchy on my knees or elbows. I find it best to apply fake tan with the plastic little gloves like what dentists use, you can get a pack of around 50 from Poundland. However, if I run out of these plastic gloves I tend to use sandwich bags on my hands which looks very amusing and is a little awkward, it prevents tango hands though.

                        I shake the bottle and use the pump to dispense a blob of the mousse onto my hand, it foams up like mousse does. The mousse is quite a chocolatey brown colour so it is easy to see where you have applied the mousse. I start at my feet and work my way up, I find the mousse is quite easy to blend and settles as a light brown colour on your skin. I tend not to apply this to my face as the tan seems to appear a little blotchy as it is developing but fine when you wash the mousse off. I find that once I have applied the mousse everywhere I stand in front of a mirror and keep for gaps. These gaps can then just be filled with a little mousse, I have never found that doing this leave me patchy. I allow the fake tan to dry for around 10-15 minutes then I put my cotton dressing gown on to let it fully dry for around another 10-15 minutes before I go to bed.

                        I have found that sometimes the fake tan does leave a couple of marks on the bedding but these do wash out, I now have all brown bedding so this isn't really an issue any more. I find that I am definitely quite an orange colour once the tan has developed. I get into the shower and rinse the tan off using a gentle soap. You can tell by the orange water that some of the mousse washes away and when I get out of the shower I have a nice subtle golden tan, no tango man in sight! The subtle tan can also be built upon by using the product once or twice a week. I find that I always shave the day I fake tan as if I do it after it tends to reduce the colour.

                        **Price**

                        This product is a bargain at £2.99 an almost 90% cheaper than brands such as Fake Bake. I don't use this product all the time and I think it would last at least 10 tans so that is 29p a tan, bargain! Its available at places like B&M and Home Bargains, I haven't seen it anywhere else but I am keeping my eye out for it

                        **My Opinion**

                        St Moriz is amazing for the price, so OK its a cheap version of St Tropez, I don't really care. I'd rather have my expensive looking cheap tan and to be able to buy a nice dress for the price of a bottle of St Tropez. This tan is a nice colour, it applies well and is a bargain price.

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                        • Stargazer Nail Polish / Make Up / 45 Readings / 44 Ratings
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                          Fab little funky nail polishes!

                          I love painting my nails all sorts of pretty colours, I generally paint my nails about 3 times a week so it isn't essential that my nail polishes have real staying power. I was having a neon rave themed fancy dress night with the girls and the neon pink Stargazer nail polish caught my eye in the fancy dress shop.

                          **Packaging**

                          The packaging of Stargazer nail polishes is really simple the bottle is round like a sphere but sits on a flat bottom. The bottle is clear so that it is very easy to see the shade and amount of the nail polish in the bottle. The Stargazer logo is printed around the middle of the bottle in alternate black and white colours. The bottom of the bottle has details such as the shade, Stargazer's head office address, etc. The lid of polish is black and about 3cm tall, it is the perfect size for holding in your fingertips. The lid secures on nice and tightly and I have never had my Stargazer polish leaking although I take it everywhere with me.

                          **Application**

                          The brush is attached to the lid as with most nail polishes, the brush is a nice thickness for applying the nail polish. The consistency of the nail polish is really nice, its not too thick and gloopy but not too thin and watery. The consistency is similar to single cream and teamed with good quality brush the nail polish goes evenly on my nail with about 3 strokes. You do have a few seconds to retouch if necessary before the nail polish becomes tacky. The nail polish then settles nicely and evenly on the nail, I apply to coats to get a nice full even colour.

                          The first coat is touch dry in about 30 seconds and dry enough for another coat after about 3-4 minutes the second coat is then fully dry in about 10-15 minutes so you can do your nails in 20minutes which I think is average for nail polishes and I find that the fast drying nail polishes never live up to their 60second/1minute speed drying times. I find that the nail polish may begin to chip after a couple of days but if you keep a clear coat on top of the polish and top it up daily it delays the chipping. Also due to the clear colours of these nail polishes it is very easy to tip areas that have started to chip without it being obvious.

                          **Price**

                          These nail polishes are a bargain at £1.99 a lot of little shops stock them and New Look have also started to stock them Stargazer have an amazing website with their wide range of products (honestly there is masses) all available in one place. http://www.stargazer-products.com
                          **My Opinion**

                          I love the bright funky colours that Stargazer nail polishes come in, the nail polishes are cheap and cheerful but definitely hold their ground again other higher priced competitors.

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                            15.04.2010 17:40
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                            A really nice product which I have enjoyed using several times!

                            I seem to be the sort of person who is always rushing round, I work full time and seem to have a really busy social life and try to keep upto date with my big family. Therefore I don't very often end up pampering myself but I do love Soap & Glory products. My friend bought me a gorgeous Soap & Glory - The Right Manicure set for Christmas. We both love Soap & Glory products and this is a gorgeous gift set.

                            The set comes in a stunning square tin which is nice as I always end up with lots of toiletry bags from gifts. The front of the tin is covered with lots of black and white retro photos and newspaper snippets there is a circle in the middle which has the soap and glory logo and the product title. The rest of the tin is decorated in the lovely pink tones associated with Soap & Glory. I've still not decided what I'm going to keep in the tin when I've finished using the products but I definitely won't be throwing it away.

                            When you open the tin (its hinged-lidded) you are greeted with the delightful sight of four Soap & Glory products as follows:

                            * 50ml tub of Shea Butter hand scrub.
                            * 125ml tube of 'Hand Food' hand cream.
                            * A large oval nail file with buff and shine side.
                            * A pair of cotton gloves.

                            These are all nicely arranged in the tin and they are in the same packaging as you would buy them regularly off the shelf in boots

                            There are no instructions in the tin as to what order to use the products in, I find this a little disappointing as I think some guidance would be the icing on the cake. However the product I use first is the Shea Butter hand scrub, this comes in a round pink plastic pot. When you unscrew the lid you see the product it is a hard beige like butter which is speckled with sea salt. When scooping the product up with your fingers and then rubbing it into your hands there is quite a gritty consistency which is due to the sea salt. The scrub feels a little greasy due to the butter type consistency but when you rinse your hands they feel nice and soft. This hand scrub contains sea salts, grapeseed and almond oils which gives the product a nice smell and leaves your hands feeling soft.

                            The next item I use is the nail file, I like to paint my nails and I find it important to keep them all a similar length as I think this makes them look the nicest. So I file each of my nails using the patterned side of the nail file which has retro photos on it like the tin. I find the roughness of the file really good, it is not too rough but not too gentle either. I find if you want to file quite a lot from your nail you just need to apply pressure. Then to neaten the nails I go gently around them with the nail file. I then buff the top of my nails to ensure they are shiny and smooth, I use the slightly rougher pink half first to smooth the nails, I then use the smoother white half to add a shine to my nails.

                            Next I open the flip lid on the tube of hand food and squeeze a little bit into my hand, you really don't need much. I then rub my hands together to distribute the cream and it glides nicely over you hands leaving them feeling nice and soft. The hand food contains Shea butter, macadamia oil and marshmallow. When you have used the cream you are left with a nice smell on your hands, this smell is quite sweet but not overly so and all the range seems to have a similar fragrance.

                            I then put on the cotton gloves which appear to be quite stretchy but I have relatively small hands anyway. The gloves are pink with Soap & Glory printed on them I think they look really nice. I leave the gloves on for a couple of hours or while I sleep and my hands feel really nice and soft when I remove them. I also find that my nails appear smooth and nice and shiny too.

                            I used this manicure set last night and my hands still feel nice and smooth now, I find it is a really easy set to use and the process is quite speedy for such good results. I have used this set a couple of times and I think the products will last a long time as you don't need to use a lot each time. I think this set retailed for around £20 at Christmas on Boots 3 for 2 gift promotion. I probably wouldn't be this myself due to the price but I loved receiving it as a gift.

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                              15.04.2010 12:12
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                              More than 59p's worth of giggles!

                              Talking Carl is an application for the iPhone and iPod Touch, the application is a voice transformer and simply repeats what you say in a squeaky voice. My friend has an iPhone (I'd love one but saving all my pennies for travelling). I was at his house last night and he decided to download the Talking Carl application from the iTunes website, it appealed to him due to its bright colours and it was only 59p, we had nothing to lose!

                              So once Carl had downloaded we opened his application, there was Carl this cute red square creature with two bulgy eyes. Carl looks very happy in his sunny little outdoor habitat, he doesn't really do much until you start to interact with him. Carl is very easy to interact with you simply say something into the iPhone/iTouch (earphones with microphone needed for the iTouch) and Carl repeats you straight after in quite a squeaky voice. It sounds a little like someone on helium but funnier, when Carl speaks to you he opens his big square mouth wide and you can see his little tonsils, he is a very cute little fella! You can poke Carl in various places like his eyes to make him say 'Awww!' or in the mouth to say 'Argh!'

                              Myself and my friend found Carl very amusing, we downloaded him at 11.30pm and were probably quite sleep delirious by now though. We would use Carl to say daft things to each other, all very childish I know! It was very hilarious at the time though, I loved how Carl's voice was very high pitched and squeaky when I spoke to it, but when my male friend spoke to him his voice became quite gruff. A list has been made of funny things that we can say to friends using Carl and I think he will surface once or twice a week but probably not a daily app!

                              The only slight critism that I might have is that Carl doesn't necessarily have a lot of features, maybe he could dance when he talks or perhaps say random things himself. But I find it very hard to complain for the 59p that was spent on him, I found Talking Carl good value for money.

                              I think for the amount of laughs that myself and my friend had last night Talking Carl was definitely worth the 59p spent on him. I do warn you though, myself and my friend are very easily amused so you may not have as much fun with Carl as we did. I do recommend him though if you have an iPhone or iTouch.

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                                15.04.2010 01:03
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                                A good product!

                                I love doing my nails, I love doing them all different colours so its essential that I have a good nail polish remover. It is also important that it doesn't leave my nails in a bad condition.

                                **Packaging**

                                The nail polish remover has really simple packaging, it is in a clear plastic bottle that holds 250ml. The bottle has a pink lid which is really secure, I have found that some nail polish removers leak which is not good! The bottle has pink labels on the front and back the front label shows Boots Nail Polish Remover and the back label has basic consumer information.

                                **Application**

                                Using the nail polish is really simple, I generally use the remover with cotton pads as i find this works best. I hold the nail polish remover to a cotton pad for a few seconds and then remove the polish from my nails. I find each application of remover generally removes the nail polish from about 3 nails. It obviously depends on the type of nail polish, I have found that this remover seems to remove all types of polish well though, even glittery ones or dark colours.

                                I like the nail polish remover because it seems to leave my nails in a relatively good condition, it doesn't leave them really dry. Also the nail polih remover doesn't smell overly strong. Some nail polish removers smell so strong when you are using them and the smell seems to linger for ages after. This remover does have a hint of that smell but not very strongly and it doesn't seem to linger.

                                **Price**

                                This nail polish remover is £1.39 for 250ml which I think is a pretty good deal.

                                **My Opinion**

                                This nail polish remover is great, it does its job well, for a good price and it doesn't leave any nasty lingering chemical smells.

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                                14.04.2010 17:54
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                                A nice little make up product at a nice price!

                                I love glam make up and when I went on a glitz and glamour weekend and decided I needed some glitz in my make up, that is how I came across Collection 2002 Glam Crystals.

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                                The packaging is pretty simple but I imagine that this keeps costs down, the packaging doesn't look cheap either. The eye liner is in a clear tube which I like as you can see the colour of the eye liner easily without having to remove the brush and it is easy to see how much eye liner is left. The brush is encased simply in a black lid which is perfect size for holding in your fingertips.

                                **Application**

                                The eye liner is actually bits of glitter in a clear gel like liquid, the bits of glitter are big enough that you get a nice glittery shine but not too big that the eye liner becomes clumpy. I always shake up the eye liner before I apply it to ensure that the glitter and gel are well mixed. The brush is nice and thin which means it is easy to apply the eye liner. I normally sweep the brush along my eye line just above my lashes with a little flick at the outer edge. You can create different looks by applying the eye liner on its own, on top of kohl liner or on top of eye shadow so the glitter liner is definitely versatile. The website also suggests that you can build it up over the whole eyelid but I think this might look a little drag queenish.

                                I find that I only need to apply one coat of this eye liner and also due to the thin precision brush it is very easy to apply to the lid in a nice neat fashion. The liner goes on the lash quite wet and smoothly but it applies in a matter of seconds. How the liner dries is strange it almost goes crusty, gross I know! But I have never had any irritations from it and the skin around my eyes is very sensitive. Also the liner seems lasts for at least 4 or 5 hours while still retaining its sparkle. To remove this eye liner I recommend make up remover or pads as it can be quite difficult to make sure all the glitter is removed when just using a wipe.

                                **Price**

                                I have only ever seen this product in SuperDrug or Boots but it is available to buy at Boots.com if you don't have either of these stores locally. The liner normally retails at £2.95 and is available in 10 colours for more information visit: http://www.collection2000.co.uk/products/eyes/eye-liner

                                **My Opinion**

                                I love these Glam Crystals and I think they're a bargain I've had mine for about a year now and theres just less than half left, I'd say I use them about 4 times a month. The liner is easy to apply and has staying power. Also the product is really good value and I'm tempted to try some other Collection 2000 products, recommendations anyone?

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