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      03.04.2014 02:06
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      • "I didnt warm to joe much but appreciated his journey"

      Will get you trawling through Argos catelogues for juicers

      Fat sick & neatly dead is a 2010 documentary featuring Joe cross, who's just your average joe jolly Australian guy. A life full of convenience fast foods has made him look like he's ''swallowed a sheep'' in his own words, he has also developed some neurology condition that has him popping meds like they're smarties.
      He's fat, sick & according to him... nearly dead.
      Sick of the way his life is he starts looking for alternatives , after all big pharma can't solve everything.

      He decides to juice fast for 60 days & chucks away his meds monitored by a doctor to see what transpires with his condition.
      And what better place to tackle his problem with junk food head on than The U.S, he will be surrounded with pizzerias & Wendys.
      For the 60 days he will only be on a plant based diet, juiced. I think the mean green juice they make in the film consists of celery, apples, kale leafs, ginger, lemon & cucumber which I have juiced myself & it's ok. There's also a few other recipes on Joes website which will be found in google if you type ''reboot with Joe''.

      Now I find it an interesting concept to try and manage conditions with plant based diets, & as far as Im aware there's not too much evidence on this yet.
      But my opinion is that it's definitely on the right track as daily our livers have a lot to filter out, junk food & the like, I think when you only put goodness in it gives our bodies a break & the best shot it's got at repairing & we're encouraged to have a healthy lifestyle, short juice fasts definitely could encourage a healthier life.

      Seeing Joe struggle for the first few days definitely showed that this is not for the faint hearted, but he soon reaps in the benefits & his determination to carry on is admirable. After a few days he is already noticing improvements & quick to interview New Yorkers about their opinions on juice fasting & boasting about his success so far, he seems to like the new life juicing has given him so far.

      There appears to be a lot of controversy on juicing, especially amongst websites like DailyFAIL but I really don't consider it a fad, more of a positive lifestyle change. This documentary has a lot of information about the whole thing & is pretty interesting.
      Plant based diets are a bit how our ancestors used to eat, yaanno?
      People make arguments about not getting the right nutrients etc, when you can basically get everything you need in fruit & veg really!

      On Joe's journey he ends up meeting Phil Staples who he finds out has the same condition, Phil is a morbidly obese truck driver with a definite problem. Joe offers his help anytime to get on this juice fast.
      Phil soon gets in touch & is eager to change his life, at this point we are unsure whether this truck driver from Iowa can really stick to something like this.
      I definitely felt like I warmed to Phil a lot in this film, I was totally rooting for him, he seemed stuck in bad ways , without the arrogance that Joe has..
      I did like Joe but at times I felt he was forcing people to listen to his advice about juice diets & boasting too much about his success. But on the other hand I may be being a little harsh as he is trying to change his life for the better!

      After Phils & Joes juice fast they look like new people, their blood pressure is a lot better, cholesterol normal etc. They are medication free as plant based diet is known to be very successful for the condition they have & I am thoroughly impressed with the changes they have made with their lives, of course they dont continue to live on juice but a life full of healthy fruit & vegs & have stuck to it ever since!

      The reason our bodies crave these unhealthy junk foods is because we are nutrient starved , so juice fasts are a good way to get into it. but of course it's whatever works for a person, its all individual & Im aware it's not for everyone.
      I have personally tried this myself for 3 days & at the end of day 3 was rushing to Justeat.co.uk :O
      But am definitely trying to live a healthier life.

      I really enjoyed this documentary a lot. I found it very inspirational & thought it was very informative.
      I guess the best part about it was that it was two real obese people with problems.. theres nothing special about them but they did it!
      & so can anyone. it proves anyone can turn their lives around if they really want it. :')
      & if you see Joe now he looks totally unrecognisable, he's looking well and in great health so people may think that this is a silly fad, but it worked for this average Joe very well!

      I say keep an open mind & give it a watch as it's very good. You can find it on Netflix, or buy it from amazon for a good price.

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        18.02.2011 01:18
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        handy stuff

        Can't say I usually use any lip products usually. I'm too lazy and I find after a few days of using a lipbalm your lips become accustomed to it, therefore having to use it religiously. I was literally forced to purchase some kind of lip product this winter with my lips being so dry and flaking off everywhere - attractive. A pot of vaseline just wasn't going to cut it so I ventured the high street to try and find a suitable product.
        I'm a big fan of The Body Shop their body butters especially so when I seen they had they done a range of lip butters I just had to try them out.
        Instead of opting for which looked prettiest, and smelt the best I tried to go for which would be more moisturising and effective, looks can be decieving as we all know. I decided to go for the Shea butter one which is known for it's moisturising properties.

        It contains Community Trade beeswax from Zambia and the antioxidant vitamin E to care for and pamper lips.

        The packaging is rather plain compared to it's other opponents like a natural creamy colour. It's a smaller 10ml version of the body butter which is why it looks quite cute compared. It's in a little pot with a screw top lid as apposed to a squeezy tube which I'm not keen on as I don't really like spread bacteria, and it makes your finger quite greasy.

        The smell knocks me sick a bit. It's a really natural Shea butter smell that starts to grate on you after a while, it's not for everyone, but I'm willing to look past scent for a good product and on the bright side I don't get the desire to eat it as you do with some lush smelling stuff. The product inside is quite creamy and glides on easily but leaves a little bit of a greasy residue which you find with a lot of things that contain Shea butter so it's ideal to use it before bed, or when you're dossing about in the house.
        It gives a 'pearly shine' to your lips but can make them look white if apply too much.
        I found after using this product religiously my lips felt like silk practically. It sorted out the dry flakyness almost instantly, the only problem is my lips feel quite suffocated when I've not used this for a while so you have to continue to get it's effects but I'm trying to be good and use a good lipbalm more.

        I think this is a really good effective lip butter which does exactly as it says. Obviously it's a lip butter so it's more moisturising than your average lipbalm but I'm dubious as to whether it's just basically the Shea body butter in a little tub. I find this is a little lifesaver for repairing cracked lips, it's good for just putting on at night and letting it work it's magic. I find it very inexpensive as a little tub will last you a lifetime so there's no excuse for me not to use it. The only downsides really is the unbearable greasy reside it leaves on my lips, it doesn't feel pleasant and the the residue it leaves on the fingers drives me a bit mad. But all in all it's a good product and I'd recommend it to anyone.

        You can purchase a 10ml pot from The Body Shop. £4

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          22.12.2010 20:06
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          decent, but better options

          After reading various glowing reviews on this prouduct claiming it works 'miracles' it was inevitable I'd perhaps get a little disapointed when trying this 'wonder product' after such high hopes. I still however, took the plunge and purchased it despite the hefty price, afterall vanity comes before the bank balance. I get terrible dark circles which I suppose is not brilliant for my age. I don't lead the healthiest lifestyle, therefore a concealer or anything that'll make me look 'glowing' is my most essential beauty item.

          The touche eclat has won many beauty awards. It's one of those products that sells every 20 seconds, that to me says it all. It HAS to be good with such claims, whether it works for everyone is another matter.

          The main selling point of this product is that it brightens, perks up your complexion used as a highlighter and will erase signs of fatigue and banish dark circles. fixes tired eyes and gives them a bit of a lift giving you a luminious glow. It's quite a versatile product.

          It comes in 4 shades:
          Shade 1 - Luminious Radiance: For fair complexions
          Shade 2 - Luminious Ivory: For medium skin tones
          Shade 3 - Light Peach: Suits tanned skin tones
          Shade 4 - Luminious Toffee: For darker asian skin tones.

          It comes in an attractive gold click pen packaging. You simply click the pen and just the right amount of product comes through the brush so you get a controlled amount. To apply you can use on bare skin or over make-up, apply to the area's desired and blend with your finger tips.

          You can use it under your eyes, the hollow of the chin, the contours of your lips and the side of your nose.

          I applied to all of these areas to try the product out while I had no make up on. It's a lovely formula, and very easy to blend. I found it did lift my eyes and left them looking brighter and more awake but didn't give as much coverage as I'd of desired so it'd definitely not a product I'd recommend to us lucky bunch who are cursed with dark circles. I thought it was effective as a highlighter and lifted up my face and gave the luminious glow as promised. However it was nothing special to me as I'd used similar products before and I'm already happy with my High Beam highlighter which I feel gives me a nicer dewy look. It does make you look more vibrant and awake, and makes a noticable improvement which is why this produced is as well-loved as it is. It shouldn't be used to cover spots as it'd highlight the problem rather than diminish it. I suprisingly found it effective to conceal red scars around my face, more so than your average concealer which I wasn't expecting but impressed with.

          I didn't think this product was anything special, it lived up to it's claims and does basically everything it says. I think it would be better suited to those who only get a small amount of darkness under their eyes as I'd imagine it'd be a great versatile product for them. I wouldn't personally purchase this again, it looks lovely in my make-up bag and I'll probably use it on no make-up days but I already have a highlighter I'm more than happy with.

          I've also used very similar products to this, Collection 2000 illuminating touch which costs a mere £5 is practically the same product! It works exactly the same, and I personally wouldn't spot the difference so if you're already a fan of the touche eclat but are looking to save a few pennies you have nothing to lose by trying this.

          No7 Instant Radiance is another dupe which is similar to Touche Eclat but I think it's even better as it hides dark circles more effectively, as well as brightening and reducing puffiness and it's £13.50
          I'd say get the cheaper versions rather than Touche Eclat because I've not noticed the difference!

          You can purchase Touche Eclat from YSL counters in Boots for £24.50

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            05.12.2010 23:16
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            a lovely fragrance.

            This is the debut fragrance by Christina Aguilera released in 2008. I'm not usually impressed with celebrity perfumes, I find them a bit silly and usually just end up being 'wearable' you never find anything special with them, and there are far too many. Saying that, after I recieved this as birthday present I thought I'd at least have to give it a go. This fragrance is supposed to capture old-style Hollywood glamour. The fragrance claims to be uplifting, sensual and feminine.

            I really like the bottle. I've seen people say it's trashy, but the design is a pretty lace black floral print which I find is very appealing, and the bottle is a curvy shape. The top looks quite cheap, it's just your standard plastic top but you can't always win.
            I got my bottle in 50ml but I think you can get 75ml's and small sample bottles which I'd recommend if you want to try this fragrance.

            Top notes: an exotic fruity sorbet with notes of mandarin and intense blackcurrant.
            Heart notes: peony, jasmine, stephanotis and plum
            Base notes: amber, vanilla, and musk

            I thought this would be a very exotic perfume, but everything was very subtle. I could pick up a tangerine smell and a little bit of blackcurrent. It was nothing too heavy or strong, it smelt really pretty and delicate and I didn't find it too fruity, I found it perfect, it's quite comforting and lovely. Although I think this fragrance was targetted at 16-25 year olds I think it would be sophisticated enough for an older lady. After a while the heart notes creep in and the perfume gets quite sensual and refreshing. You can pick up the hint of vanilla and it's very pleasant but the whole fragrance blends together well and stays quite subtle. It's kind of citrusy and a perfect summer scent. It's definately not overpowering it's very deliciate, it fades very quickly which is it's one problem.
            After a short time the perfume comes barely unrecognisable so you will have to keep spraying throughout the day as I find it only lasts around an hour at the most. Which is actually not too much of a problem because it's relatively cheap for a fragrance and a spray goes a long way. The bottle lasts a very long time.

            I am quite the fan of the scent, I love how delicate and refreshing the scent is, I think it's beautiful. I don't think it's quite 'special' enough to be a signature scent but it's fun to wear for a change. I don't think it nesessarily has to be a summer scent, I think it's wearable for all seasons and very suitable for day wear as it's very sutble yet you might want to wear something muskier at night. I recommend this perfume to anyone looking for a fun new scent to try. It's one of the few celebrity scents that hasn't turned out to be a complete waste of time.

            You can purchase this fragrance from Boots for £18 which is quite the bargain.

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              22.11.2010 23:20
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              awful foundation.

              after I'd left my make-up at home one day after a facial, a friend who coincidently has the same skin tone as me lent me the rest of her 'Super stay silky' foundation as she was running out and needed to buy some more. I was quite excited that I had the opportunity to try a new foundation hoping I could possibly end 'the perfect foundation' mission. After all, my friend always looks flawless!

              It's available in 6 shades : cameo, ivory, nude, sand, fawn and caramel
              It has a dual chamber dispenser which combines a primer and foundation and promises it to last for 16 hours. It claims to give flawless coverage with a silky soft feel!

              I did not find the dispenser easy to use, it was hard to get the product out and the foundation wasn't easy to apply. it was dry and extremely difficult to get an even coverage. it's not very liquidy and comes out like a thick mousse, but very drying.
              It didn't feel silky on my skin at all and even applied with a brush it was difficult to achieve a perfect even coverage.

              I used the lightest shade and the outcome was very unappealing, quite patchy and left an orangey ting and looked quite lumpy. it enhanced flaws that I didn't even know I had. Sunk into lines under the eyes and looked like I hadn't had a good nights sleep in years. I found the foundation absolutely useless. It didn't cover any existing flaws and just seemed to exaggerate them. My skin looked blotchy and orange. I did however, have to put up with this awful foundation and it looked just as terrible by the end of the day.

              My friend uses this foundation daily and it looks fine on her. But she is 17 years old with perfect skin in the first place!

              I'm definitely not impressed with this foundation. It's possibly one of the worst I've ever tried, my skin isn't too bad but it managed to make it look 10X worse, did not match my skin tone at all. Definitely not recommended for dry skin as it's not very moisturising at all and cakes up into dry patches. I've chucked the rest out, it was that bad and seriously don't know how my friend love's it! I think it's be better for very young skin as I can imagine it sinking into lines around the face and completely clogging your pores. I didn't suffer any outbreaks from wearing this, but if I'd carried on I might have.

              you can purchase from boots or superdrug for the price of £9.99 which I find very expensive for the product.

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              • Benefit Benetint / Make Up / 43 Readings / 43 Ratings
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                18.11.2010 17:55
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                Benefit from this.

                Benetint by Benefit, is one of Benefits cult products. It was originally created in the 1970's for an exotic dancer who wanted a long lasting, pink nipple stain (no, I don't use it for that). It can also be used for the lips and cheeks which is it's main purpose.
                The key selling point is that it's a stain so lasts hours and gives you the luxury of not having to re-apply make-up. It's perfect for lips because you don't run the risk of smudging. I can never really use traditional lipsticks/or lipglosses, I try but they last no longer than 3 minutes as I am continuesly drinking and smoking throughout the day.

                It comes in a 12.5ml nail varnish bottle. The top is white and the bottle is clear so you can see the true colour of product inside.

                The product is a liquidy consistensy so you dot a very small amount onto the apple of your cheeks then blend. It's vital you don't just slather a lot of product on as it'll look too heavy and be impossible to get off.
                About 3 small dots should be fine, although I just draw a tinsy little cross which also does the trick.

                You have to be very quick blending in or it could become streaky, the stain is some risky business considering you won't be able to fix it. It comes out a lovely red shade, although not too bright, really natural looking. When applied it looks as if you've just been out for a jog, it gives you the most beautiful rosy flushed cheeks that last the whole day.
                It's great for a natural daytime look but also good for wearing over nightime make-up. It's very concentrated so a little really does go a long way.

                I didn't find it too drying on my lips like I have with cheaper rip-off versions. I don't think the shade is too bright for daytime, but I have natural red lips in the first place, so I don't feel the product makes much of a difference it's like a 'my lips but better shade'. It's lasted around 14 hours in my experience but if it lasts longer and you don't want the same shade again then put a bit of foundation over your lips and use your choice of lipstick/gloss.

                There are obviously cheaper versions on the market but I'm personally not interested because I know this product is good quality and has stood the test of time. I don't find it expensive at all as I've had the bottle for a whole year and still have half left using it near enough everyday, so it's actually quite the bargain! It is a lot more concentrated than other brands so you can use a lot less.
                I find it very easy to apply, easier than powder or cream blushes despite the 'risks' involved.
                Overall I find this a great staple product and I think everyone should own one and get one when they have a little bit extra money to splash. I find it gives you a beautiful glow, lovely rosey cheeks and just lifts you up on a miserable tired day. It's not too bad for lips either.

                It's available from Benefit or Boots for £23.50

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                  13.11.2010 21:48
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                  brilliant stuff!

                  My immune system seems to be terrible at the minute and it seems once I've got over one cold another one comes on. I had way too many days off work but it is so unmotivating getting up with a sore throat (I despise them), constant runny nose and generally feeling freezing and I just couldn't get to sleep. Not good for these cold November mornings, and no matter how bad my cold was I had to get on with the day. I sent my friend a long to the chemist to ask which remedy would be best to die down cold symptoms as my usual paracetomol just wasn't cutting it. She came back with 'Day and Night Nurse' I was expecting her to come back with some special, nasty tasting drinks but she arrived with simple pills. I was quite skeptical as I thought it'd just be the same as taking paracetamol.

                  On the box it claims to aid :
                  Tickly coughs (check)
                  Shivers, aches & pains (check)
                  Blocked and runny nose (check)
                  Sore throat pain (check)
                  Headaches (check)
                  It contains 24 capulses over a 3 day period which are very handily marked per two capulses 'morning, mid-morning afternoon, and night' I was a bit angry they didn't contain more as I am up very bright and early and don't go to bed till very late, so I didn't really feel it would be enough.

                  Day capsulses main ingredients are : paracetamol, pseudoephedrine, pholcodine
                  Night capsulses : paracetamol, promethazine, dextromethorphan
                  You cannot take the night capsulses in the day as they cause drowsiness and possibly dangerous if you're driving.
                  Consult your doctor to see if day & night nurse is suitable for you.

                  The next morning I took my first two morning capsulses. I was definitely in no fit state to do anything but the effects of the pills kicked in quite quickly and within an hour I felt tons better, my throat was bareable. It hadn't completely gone but eased down a great deal to the point where it was barely noticable. I felt way more bright and alert and ready for the day and everything had just completely died down. I felt it was much more effective than using paracetamol which would have just killed the pain a tiny bit. After around 4 hours I started feeling quite bad again so took the next lot of pills. I'd got through the day pain free and was able to get on with everyday activities easily which I thought was near impossible. The night capulses helped me sleep a lot better than the night before I even think they helped to prevent the disgusting dried snot and gunk you get the morning after (sorry!). Although it's not proven or anything.
                  I don't believe the pills helped me get better any quicker as my cold lasted around 4 days which is the average for a cold but they definitely virtually removed all the be dreaded cold symptoms

                  Although these little pills are very expensive they are definitely worth it for the more extreme cold! If you're only suffering a 'lighter' and more mild symptomed cold then it's probably a lot less expensive to just use good old trusty paracetamol which will probably work. But for my cold I found it a lot more effective using these and think they are worth every single penny! I found the pills provided were enough for me during the day as the effects last a lot longer than paracetamol. The only problem is that if your cold lasts longer than 3 days you could either buy another pack or if the symptoms have died down a sufficient amount then you may be able to downgrade to paracetamol.
                  I will definitely be purchasing these the next time I get a bad cold as I know they work and believe them to be the most effective pills on the market. These pills are a complete miracle in my eyes, from not being able to get out of bed and generally just feeling groggy soon enough I'd made a miraculous recovery and was ready to run a marathon (Maybe?)

                  You can buy these little miracle workers from mosts chemists for £5 but currently on offer in boots for £4.30.
                  They must be aware of all the bugs going around right now.

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                    12.11.2010 22:08
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                    stick to batiste

                    I've never been a huge fan of Tresemme products and rarely buy them. But I'm a dry shampoo addict and when I heard there was going to be something different, I just had to get my hands on it. Dry shampoo can leave your hair feeling a little dry but this new concept was that it moisturised your hair while removing grease. I thought you can't really go wrong and this product would be excellent.

                    Claims from the Tresemme website :
                    ''Now there is no need to miss a fresh look and feel even when you skip a shampoo. TRESemmé Instant Refresh Waterless Foam Shampoo is the perfect solution to cleanse & replenish hair without water.
                    The unique formula with aloe vera, revitalises your hair by removing oil, impurities and odour while moisturising dry lengths and ends.''

                    It comes in a 150ml mousse can and mine has leaked somehow and also the product inside has basically evaporated. The one I got is for dry hair but I think they also do one for oily hair.

                    How to use :
                    You squeeze out 2-3 pumps for midlength hair.
                    spread out evenly to the roots and the ends.
                    Then either towel dry or blowdry.
                    Fresh replenished hair?
                    Not quite.

                    I have quite long hair and only used two pumps for a safe bet. The mousse had left my hair feeling really producty, greasy and limp so I blasted the hell out of it with a blowdryer, for around 30 minutes because it just wasn't budging. I gave it a few more chances, because I like to always do that incase I've gone wrong. I tried using way less product and massaging it in as vigorously as I could and it always left the same disapointing result. In all fairness my hair smelt lovely and it got rid of odors such as cigarette smoke (attractive) and left my hair feeling soft but what good is that with greasier hair than I'd had before. I did give it a try on my mum and she somehow got a slightly better result for some reason. It certainly does not give any volume like batiste does instead it looks like you've dipped your head in a deep fat fryer.

                    I just loved the idea of this product, it's the first of it's kind but unfortunately doesn't deliver the results it has claimed! Hopefully some other brand will do the same thing that actually works sometime soon. The fact the product leaks and evaporates is disgraceful. I'm generally pleased with most products I get nowadays because most of the time you can't really go wrong but this was a huge let down and I hope they will consider changing the formula because it is such a brilliant idea. Would not advise anyone to purchase this it's a waste of money.

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                      Nicola's not the ugly one. Sarah is.

                      Nicola has always been my favourite Girls Aloud member. She seems the most 'real' in the band, and her set of eyelashes reflect that. Everyone worships the ground Cheryl walks on, but I can't really relate to her. Since my mum bought me some false eyelashes on my birthday I've been hooked but I needed some good eyelash glue and the one in the girls aloud packs was recommended to me by a friend. So off I troddled to Superdrug to get my hands on some of it. The eyelashes were just a nice little bonus. I did consider not basing the decision of my favourite member and looking for the best quality eyelashes. Nicola's looked the most natural and voluminious in the box so they're the ones I decided to get.

                      The box is quite pretty and recognisable. Created by Eyelure but designed by Nicola.
                      She states : ''I designed my lashes to be really full but still demure. I wanted a natural beauty effect with the length and thickness we need.''
                      They have an ultra lightweight feel. Easy to apply and re-useable and contact lens friendly!

                      Inside the eyelashes are placed in a box instructing you L or R so even a complete dunce like me knows which eye to put them on! Also, adhesive glue is included which is made of latex and is unlikely to irritate your eyes.

                      The band on the eyelashes is really thin which is handy as I hate thick bands that make you look like you're wearing liquid liner as I don't think it flatters my eyes and I'm a big fan of the natural make-up look.
                      If the lashes are too long for your eyes (which you do find sometimes) then trim a few and use your natural lashline as a guide. Some people find it tricky applying falsies but practice makes perfect, thats why I think this Girls Aloud range is good as it possibly encourages people who were too nervous to try false eyelashes and have a good go.

                      To apply : you put mascara on first so everything blends in.
                      Grab the edges of the false lashes and bend them in the arch so they're not too straight and roll them for a little bit. (this is optional but it helps a lot.)
                      Apply a thin line of glue evenly all around the band and wait 30 seconds till you apply to your lashes for it to set.
                      Apply them as close to your natural lashline as possible and use tweezers or your fingers to blend the lashes in with your natural eyelashes.

                      Applying the Nicola lashes they were shorter than I thought. You can tell she's gone for a really natural pretty look but I was a bit disappointed because they didn't really excentuate my eyes which is probably due to the fact Nicola made them more demure and natural.
                      They go longer at the edges and give a girly cateye flick which is not to my personal taste but most people find very pretty. They do give a quite elonging effect to the eye but did not give as much thickness as I'd expected. The great thing about these is that they are designed like natural eyelashes and look real, so noone will ever notice they are fake. I'm quite fussy though and prefer thick outstandingly long eyelashes, rather to subtle ones though so I'm being quite tough.

                      The quality of the eyelashes are amazing though, they last a long time which can justify the price and if you take good care of them you can wear them a good few times! I did wear these to work all day, 8 hours with no need to re-apply them and they lasted in the heavy rain, the glue is excellent. You don't even feel like you're wearing falsies!

                      I did however give these to my mum who is cursed with short sparse lashes and they look lovely on her and give her eyes a bit of oompth! She now loves these lashes and wears them all the time. I don't have any regulations about bold make-up at work so I can wear a lot thicker, and longer so really don't have the need for these. but they're good for a natural daytime look.

                      Overall I'm impressed with the quality of these eyelashes. I will still give them a higher rating as they're lovely fluttery lashes for most people. I think they're a bargain as I've gotten around 7 applications from them so even though they're a little bit more expensive than other brands it is more value at the end of the day. These are definitely ones for the daytime, no make-up look. They will be perfect for people who don't like wearing a lot of make up.

                      You can purchase from most chemists/beauty shops for around the £5 mark

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                      • 2True Cheek N Lip Tint / Make Up / 56 Readings / 55 Ratings
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                        rosy glow!

                        Strolling along the Superdrug aisles I had a glance at their 2true range which is widely known for their '2 for £5' deal which seems to be pretty popular at the minute, and I'm not suprised. With the likes of ordinary drugstore brands such as Maybelline and Loreal being shockingly priced recently! (Who do they think they are?)
                        I spotted what seemed to be a poor gals Benetint/Posietint dupe and curiousity got the better off me. If it was horrible you can't really grumble for £1.95.

                        I opted for the Posietint rip off which is a blush pink tinted stain for cheeks and lips.
                        It comes in a 10ml nail varnish styled bottle. The packaging is quite cute for the price, definitely not as sophisticated as Estee Lauder but just a basic pretty pink as shown in the photo.
                        The brush is like a nail varnish brush. It's pretty good, it gives you a really controlled amount.

                        The colours really intense, a bright neon pink which is a little bit daunting but when you blend it on your skin it is a bit more subtle.

                        To use it you put 2 very small crosses on the apples of your cheeks then blend. it's important you don't use too much or it could turn into a disaster and end up making you look like a clown. If you're quite pale like me then you'd want to use the littlest amount possible.
                        I tested it on my lips but I find the colour too vibrant and the consistensy too liquidy, it wipes off really easily and is really drying to the lips. I've tried Posietint which leaves a really nice pink on your lips for hours! So I wouldn't really call this product a 'lip stain'

                        I really liked using this as a cheek stain though, as it left a really nice subtle pink glow on my skin and stayed put all day. If I use a powder I'd be lucky if it lasted longer than my mid-morning coffee. I prefer using this as it gives off a more natural effect.
                        It doesn't dry in too quick so it gives plenty of blending time. I find with a lot of more expensive products that you're given little time to blend.

                        My opinion is that this is a very cheap and cheerful product. It's not perfect but perfectly adequate and makes a nice inexpensive addition to your make-up bag. If you're looking for a good lip stain then this isn't really for you, and would advise posietint as it's pretty much worth the money.
                        This is more of a cheek stain for me and I like the fact it doesn't completely stain as I'd like to take it off at night. Can't be the finest quality ingredients for £2.

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                          14.09.2010 10:49
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                          fast solution

                          The Slim-fast 3-2-1 plan is a diet that consists of a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch and a well balanced 600 calorie meal for dinner. You are also allowed 3 100 calories snacks, and should drink at least 2 litres of water a day and exercise to see results. Being an avid fan of milkshakes, especially strawberry ones this sounded like the diet from heaven, and very fuss free and easy, all you really need is a tub of Slimfast instead of stacking cupboards with loads of different types of food so it's more convienient.

                          In the Slimfast range they do four different flavours - Summer Strawberry, Rich Chocolate, Blissful Banana and Simply Vanilla. The Summer Strawberry seems to be the only flavour you can never get bored of, it's not too sickly or bland.

                          It comes in a huge 438g tub with a plastic lid. It contains 12 servings so it'll last a week. It's a bit like baby milk powder and inside is full of pink powder and a scooper.
                          You can chuck out the multivitamins as Slimfast is filled with vitamins and minerals such as :
                          Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin c, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Biotin, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc and Potassium.

                          It's simple to make you use 250ml skimmed milk and chuck 2 scoops of powder and add a cube of ice which is optional. I'd advise making it in the blender as it tastes a lot nicer frothy, it's almost impossible to stir all the powder properly and you'll be left with a lot of cakey bits everywhere and it tastes a bit 'soapy'.
                          One serving only contains 230.

                          I adore the taste of Slimfast Summer Strawberry. Probably more so than other milkshakes. It's really frothy and sweet but not too sickly. It tastes how milkshakes should which I was suprised about. It doesn't get as boring as other flavours and is really filling to keep cravings down for longer. I have to be careful as I always want a third one and it's so easy to chuck 230 calories down which is twice as much as a normal milkshake, so only suitable as a meal replacement.

                          Willpower is a must obviously but I do find the milkshake leaves me feeling really full for a few hours and keeps cravings down. It's quite hard at first, especially at lunch when everyone has a good old pie and you have a pittiful shake. You're energy levels get a bit low and if you're a huge eater then you may get a bit irritated it does get a lot easier after about a week. It's beneficial after you've finished as your stomache intake shrinks, and you'll able to eat smaller portions.

                          The Slimfast diet isn't the healthiest diet in the world but it's probably one of the most convienient. All I think of it is as a quick fix if you've gained too much weight over christmas, need to get a beach body for your holiday or have a wedding to go to etc. I've lost 14lbs in 4 weeks but it depends on who you are to how much weight you lose, but most people are guarenteed to lose something on this diet. I actually enjoy going on the diet just for the milkshakes as they're really quite nice but I understand it's a lot better to lose weight slowly but it really is just a quick fix. Another bonus about the diet is that you only have to prepare 1 meal a day.

                          You can purchase from most stores such as Sainsburys, Tesco's, Asda for around the £6 mark.

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                            03.09.2010 05:44
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                            Best supermarket brand I've tried

                            I drink diet coke all day long, the first thing in the morning and last thing at night which can seriously get a bit on the pricey side! Recession and all that it was time to tighten my belt and go looking for the cheaper versions supermarkets had to offer. I spotted the 'Sainsbury's Classic Diet cola' in my local Sainsburys for 87p for a 2 litre bottle. It wasn't substantial enough considering you could ideally get bottles of the original diet cola for a couple of pennys extra if you look around, I just bought it out of pure curiousity as I find the original taste very hard to master, and other brands don't even come close.

                            You can't buy this particular drink in cans anymore just plastic 2 litre bottles. It has the same silver foil design as diet coke but a lot more basic and just has 'Classic Diet cola' printed in red. It is slightly more fattening than the original as a 250ml serving contains 3 calories instead of just 1, so drinking in excessive amounts it is a bit of a difference. It only has natural colours and flavours which is a bonus and you have to keep refrigerated and consumed within 3 days of opening.

                            I didn't exactly have high hopes for the taste but it actual captures the distinctive taste really well. If you don't drink diet coke much you wouldn't really notice a difference at all! It tastes a little bit 'fruiter' and a bit more bland but nothing to complain about and I'm a complete supermarket soda snob! What suprised me aswell was how fizzy it was and managed to keep it's fizz without going flat like other brands. I've tried a lot of other dupes that have made me wanna gag but this is actually the best one I've tried and I'd give it an 8/10 taste wise. You really recognise you're drinking 'diet coke' unlike others that taste of virtually fizzy nothing.

                            I'm really impressed with Sainsbury's diet cola dupe but I probably wouldn't purchase again due to the price. It seems cheeky that they can price their own brand at nearly 90p when if you search around for offers on the original you could get a 2 litre bottle for around £1.10 the difference in price is not substantial enough and seems like a rip-off. but it's a very refreshing drink and definitely bearable, if it was around the 40p mark I'd replace it. If you're serious about saving a few pence I'd definitely recommend it as I think it's nice but the original is a little bit better and tasteful. I think it'd be good for childrens parties and stuff but for the most part splash out a few extra for the original.

                            You can purchase from all Sainsburys stores and Sainsbury's stores only for around 87p depending on your area.

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                              30.07.2010 01:30
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                              Budget Concealer

                              If you suffer with blemishes and dark circles then you always need a good quality cover up stick to hide the flaws, but sometimes it's a struggle finding what works and what doesn't. I have discolouration under my eyes and a few acne scars that need concealing but didn't have the money to pay half as much as what I do for my regular one. In Superdrug I spotted this little gem for £4.29, I'd seen it around for years, a few times in my mums drawer it's one of those no frills kind of thing. Never been impressed by Rimmel as a brand but thought I'd try it anyway for that price.

                              The packaging isn't too fancy, just standard really it's shaped like a lipstick with a beige pull off top with some writing on. You get 4.5g.

                              What it's used for is just to hide any blemishes/dark circles like a camoflauge. It comes in 3 shades - Ivory, Sand, Soft Honey & natural beige, because I look like a milkbottle I purchased the Ivory shade.

                              I first tried this on the discolouration under my eyes, I just drew goggles around my eyes, blended a little and patted. I think it's too harsh to be used as an undereye concealer as it drags the skin and doesn't blend very well. The colour is a good match for my skintone but it is more designed to blend in with your make up so it doesn't look natural enough for me as sometimes I like to go barefaced. It was ok at hiding my dark circles but nothing spectacular, it didn't cake up throughout the day and stayed in place as far as I'm aware but it seems unhygienic using the same concealer around your eyes and your spots.

                              Well I have a few blemishes around my lips as I get a lot of coldsores so I just dotted around and patted to give a little bit more coverage and it blends in really nicely using a little bit and it does the job. I've tried a lot worse for double the price so I'm not complaining, they virtually disappeared and it lasts a good few hours but it's always handy to keep it in your bag just incase you need to touch up, it's quite a creamy consistency so it goes on really nice and smooth on spots but it's a bit more difficult on larger areas like the under eye.

                              Overall I think this is an excellent budget concealer, just for covering up little spots and things, it's just your bog standard product really that is no frills but works. I can't say it's absolutely amazing but it does do the job, I will carry on using it because it's cheap and cheerful and will probably last forever it could be a lifesaver if you suffer with severe acne as it does give very good coverage. My only little niggle with it is that it doesn't blend very well under the eyes especially as mine get a bit dry, I would invest in a different concealer for that as it is a bit too harsh. But I do recommend this.

                              You can purchase at most places that sell Rimmel, its probably one of their cult products. Places like Drugstores and Supermarkets for the brilliant price of £4.29!

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                                29.06.2010 05:33
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                                best I've tried

                                The body shop body butters are the body shops most iconic product, they've won numerous beauty awards and are community trade, so you're actually helping people by buying them. I've never been a fan of The Body shop but after trying out their bronzer and being so impressed, I decided to try some of their other products one of them being their cocoa body butter.

                                The cocoa body butter is especially for 'very dry skin' but they cater to all skin types with different formulas. I've always had perfectly good skin but after staying at my friends house who doesn't have a shower I've started to get some dry patches from frequently bathing in hot water. Cocoa body butter is enriched with fair trade cocoa butter and shea butter straight from the Kuapa Kokoo company in Ghana. Both ingredients are widely known for their heavenly moisturising properties and can fade marks and scars. The body butters claim to lock moisture in for 24 hours and melt into your body tempature.

                                You can get the butters in 2 sizes 50ml or 200ml. The 200ml which I get is the cheapest option, so get your moneys worth. It's in a plain looking pot with a picture of cocoa beans on and is not the most vibrant of the butters but probably one of the most effective. The butter itself is quite thick and greasy and has a yellowy tinge to it. It smells absolutely gorgeous, like chocolate and vanillary but not as overpowering as some cocoa butter products which is good as it doesn't get too sickly and unbearable, the smell still lingers but is more faint and subtle, it reminds me of summer.

                                A body butter is a lot more moisturising than a lotion and is thicker. You use it after you've had a bath/shower, rub it into your body when your skin is quite damp so it sinks in easier to the skin.

                                Although the butter is quite greasy it glides in almost effortlessly and feels lovely and cooling and the aroma is gorgeous. It melts in straight away but has not completely disappeared to make you think it's not doing anything, it leaves a moisturised layer but it's still safe to put your clothes on almost right away. It makes you skin feel really silky and moisturised without irritating sensitive skin. It has worked wonders for my dry patches and they've literally disappeared, it leaves such excellent results. It's helped my skin get into a lot better condition, I always feel moisturised after using this and has firmed my body up a bit.

                                The only problem is a lot doesn't go a long way for me and I find a 200ml pot has vanished after 5/6 uses and it's quite expensive. But I believe it's the best body butter out there and love having babies skin again. It's ideal for pregnant woman as moisturised skin helps elasticity to stop your skin getting stretch marks. It's really nice to use and I'm seriously impressed with how quick it sinks in so I don't have to put so much effort into it. My skin has been looking a lot more healthy and glowing, and I like the fact that choosing this although it's more expensive I'm helping people by buying this product over similar ones. I recommend to everyone who suffers with very dry skin as it has created miracles on me, it should be suitable for people with excema too as it's for 'very dry skin' and it's gentle and contains good ingredients.

                                I will continue buying it and I'm so impressed with the body shop products I'm going to buy some more of their stuff.

                                You can purchase from the body shop in either 50ml for £5 or 200ml for £12.50 which is not the world price in the world but not the cheapest either and I think it's worth every penny for the job it does.

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                                  24.06.2010 01:45
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                                  a good watch

                                  This review is on series 1 only, there's been 6 series which are all the same format with a few differences and I have only seen series one.

                                  How to Look good naked is a fashion series launced in 2006 directed at women who feel down in the dumps about their bodies, don't we all? With photoshopped models plastered everywhere you look you are bound to have a few insecurities. Gok Wan the presenter of the show wants to show that dressing down and frumpy isn't the answer and it's possible to look good without surgery, he sets himself a challenge to make the ladies look good with their clothes on - and off.

                                  Gok tackles all different shapes and sizes, the thinnest woman I've seen on the show is a size 12 but Gok doesn't want them to lose weight or get tummy tucks, you can be beautiful with a bit of confidence and the right clothes. Gok puts a photo of the womans body up in just their underwear on a billboard in the middle of a city and asks for the publics opinion on their body and shows the feedback to the lady (usually very good feedback, hmm) and thats the first step. He then asks them to strip off infront of him to see what he's working with and identify what kind of clothing will suit them and the ones that will bloat them. He then takes them shopping and usually the girls can see that they can look fabulous with the right style. The last step is to see how far the girls have come and are asked by Gok to do a totally in the buff photo shoot and ask the public 'do I look good naked?'.

                                  The show is quite similar to '10 years younger' but a completely different route to show that people should be real and learn to accept and love themselves for who they are. Also Gok Wan is the complete opposite of Nicky Hambleton-Jones who comes across as a bit dry and it is blatently obvious she couldn't care less about the girls on her show. Gok Wan is absolutely amazing, I never liked him before I seen the show but he really bonds and sympathises with the girls and it shines through completely that he cares, he's such an amazing person which is why he's so good at what he does. Gok Wans refreshing caring nature is probably to do with the fact he once weighed 21 stone and self loathed himself as a teenager. He's such a hero, he also done a series called 'how to look good naked with a difference' which makes disabled people feel better about themselves. I watched one episode and found it really touching, these people who have been feeling low about themselves for so long get an instant boost and it's really nice to watch.

                                  I really like this show, even though it is similar to other shows it's still very entertaining and enjoyable to watch. We've all seen the dowdy mums at the school gates who have completey let go of themselves and do not take pride in their appearance, which might sound shallow but everyone needs to feel good about themselves. Gok literally transforms people like that and makes them feel attractive again and not feel the need to hide behind baggy clothes. I like watching that as love seeing peoples lives lightened up but if you do not see the entertainment in that there's some really good tips and tricks on the show. Gok deals with so many shapes and sizes theres tips on what clothes will suit your figure and things like that, for example I had no idea skinny jeans were making my size 12 figure look bigger.. people can still wear skinny jeans but it's about the kind you wear and I find it really helpful. There's also some good tips for reducing problems such as cellulite and give an illusion of a better body such as contouring with fake tan.

                                  I was skeptical about this program, I mean how can you make less than perfect women look good without surgery? But Gok is absolutely amazingly talented and even the worse looking woman has came out looking gorgeous! The feel good factor of this show makes excellent view, you are not watching women getting chopped up in desperate bid of vanity but people are learning to accept what they've got and I think thats the message of the show. What I do find a little funny though is that at the start the public are being overly generous about the womans body even if it has every lump and bump in sight. Everyone knows you can't please everyone so I find it a little suspicious, Gok have you been having words with them!? Another disadvantage is that it's the same format in every show so it can get a little tiring but channel 4 were so impressed with the show they wanted it to show for an hour instead of 30 minutes so there will be a lot of variety in the other series.

                                  It's an excellent feel good show and I think everyone will fall in love with Gok as soon as they see this, it's no coincidence that he got voted as most adored presenter. He's what makes the show and the compasion and empathy he has for the women is great, he's really talented in what he does and brings out the best in people.

                                  You can still watch all the series and episodes on 40d catch up.

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