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Believe it or not I actually won this camera during an incentive at work for Christmas. I already have an SLR camera but thought I might as well keep this one as it could be useful.
How right I was. This camera has been perfect for my bag. It's a good small size but still big enough to be of good quality. It's light and a nice colour.
It's 14 megapixel and 3x optical zoom make for a good photograph when you're out and about.
Anything that comes with a rechargable battery is brilliant in my books. Saves you having to remember to buy new batteries for it all the time. It does come with a hand strap but I have actually bought mine a little "camera sock" to keep it safe from harms way in my handbag.
A great little camera, and for around £45.00 you can't really complain.
I recently studied this book as part of my English degree and I've since decided the write my dissertation on it. This collection of short stories absolutely blew me away.
Carter adapts the "normal" fairy tales and turns them into exciting, sensual and erotic short stories. My favourite is probably "The Bloody Chamber" This is an adaptation of "Bluebeard" which I have actually never read until reading this short story. She mixes up the usual portrayal of women by making them the strong protagonists and the ones that do the rescuing instead of being the damsels in distress.
Blood is a common theme throughout all of the short stories with it usually representing the start of the menstrual cycle for the main character.
If you want to read a cleverly written book with some heavy sexual undertones then this is the book for you. If you want to read "Fifty Shades.." then don't bother. Does that have stories of women using their sexual naivety to entice wolves? I don't think so. The writing is subtle and intriguing. I sincerely hope you enjoy it.
I was working in a bar about 3 years ago when I discovered Passoa.
A customer asked for a Passoa and Lemonade and they had to point out the bottle to me as I didn't have a clue. I later made a point of ordering it when I next went out.
It's so yummy. I was instantly in love with it. It is a passion fruit drink and with lemonade it's absolutely great. I have had shots of it which can be a little too much in one go but mixed with something else is lovely.
I have started to see it pop up in supermarkets, normally for around £9. A lot of bars still don't stock it and the ones that do don't know what it is either.
It's very sticky so try and avoid spilling it. I made the mistake of knocking some over on the bar when I was working and you could have stuck a car to the bar with it.
It's delicious. If you are going out in the next few weeks...keep an eye out for it and order one. You won't regret it. I promise.
I got given this as part of a gift set for my birthday. I have never really been into using hair masks as they often make my hair a bit greasier and quite heavy, I quite often can't style it quite as easily as normal.
I decided to give this ago as I've used a lot of other Soap and Glory products and love them so thought that perhaps this would be the hair mask that would work for me...and WOW was I right.
I shampooed my hair as normal and then massaged the hair mask from the roots to the tips. I then showered as normal but left this in my hair. When I was all finished I rinsed it out thouraghly and styled my hair as normal (blow dry and straighten). My hair felt amazing.
My hair was so much softer and it seemed like the ends weren't as brittle as normal. It also felt full of volume and really light. My partner also commented that it smelt really good, even after me burning it with the hairdryer and straighteners.
It's not part of my beauty routine and I'll use it once a week, sometimes twice if my hair is having a bad week.
I love this product. I got a free bottle of it when I spent something like £15.00 in boots a couple of months ago and had heard a lot of good things about it. I've used Soap and Glory products before when I've been given them for Christmas or Birthdays.
I'm amazed at how long it's last me. I've been using it for a couple of months in a daily basis and still have about a quarter of the bottle left. You really don't need very much, only a couple of squirts is enough for me.
I love the smell of Soap and Glory, I've used their body butter and hair mask so I new it would smell amazing too.
I use this shower gel on a daily basis and my skin has been so much softer since. I especially like using it after shaving my legs and then using their body butter as well. Super soft.
I really can't fault this shower gel. It's brilliant value for money, smells amazing and makes your skin very soft.
I started using Avon about a year ago when my friend started buying it and showed me the brochure. I admit at first being a bit hesitant as I had heard from a few years ago that they weren't the best but I tested a couple of different bits and now my entire make up bag and bathroom are filled with Avon.
The make up is so cheap and great quality. I have seen an improvement in the condition of my skin since using it. I use everything from foundation to eyeliner, mascara to blusher, I also have most of the make up brushed which are great, especially the angled powder brush which is great for giving you defined cheek bones.
In the last few months I've moved on to buying the shampoo and conditioner and shower gels, they also do great room and linen sprays which are ideal for spraying away any nasty smells.
What I would suggest you do is if you see something you really like and want to buy...wait until the next brochure. 90% of the time what you want will be cheaper the month after. A handy little tip from me to you.
I would always advise you to get to know your Avon representative as that way you can feel open in talking about what sort of thing you are looking for and they are really happy to order some samples for you free of charge.
I have around a year experience with buying every month from Avon and to this day I have never sent anything back. I have their underwear, perfume, make up, bathroom condiments, kids toys. You name it, they do it.
All the Avon reps I have come across have been great, they have delivered the order when they've said they were going to and been really helpful when I've asked for advice or information on a product.
I have now owned my GHD's for about 3 years and I can't fault them.
Yes they are pricey, I believe that I paid about £100 for mine but that was 3 years ago so I don't know what sort of price they are now.
They were delivered quickly and the great packaging ensured that they weren't damaged in any way.
By the time I've brushed my hair through quickly they are heated and do they trademark beep to tell you they are ready to go.
I have should length, thick hair and I can usually get my hair completely dead straight within 10 minutes. They are also great at curling and flicking although someone else normally has to curl the back as I'm a bit useless.
They cool down pretty quickly when they are done as well.
The special connection between the wire and straighteners means the wire turns as the straighteners do meaning you never get tangled up in all the wire. Because the wire is so long as well it's great if your plugs aren't right next to the mirror. They also turn off themselves if they get too hot (or you forgot to turn them off.)
The only problem I had was I dropped them one day and one of the prongs from the plug snapped off. Instead of paying to get this fixed by GHD I just replaced the plug myself. But this was my mistake as I was the one who dropped them.
I have never dealt with a more incompetent company in my life, I actually get angry when I think about the problems they have caused and the money they have robbed from me.
I joined BT in around October 2010 and took out a weekend calls and 40gb broadband package.
Everything seemed absolutely fine, a nice gentlemen came and installed a phone line as we didn't have one to start with, there was no start up fee as I got a deal and everything seemed hunky dory. A month later I decided to upgrade my package to unlimited broadband and changed the calls package to evenings as well...again everything seemed absolutely fine.
It wasn't until I moved house that things really went array. I spoke to a nice man who told me it would be £130.00 to transfer our line to a different house. We were moving in December of 2012, (so by this point I had already been with them for over a year). I wasn't very happy about having to pay so much to move the line but agreed an arrangement over 6 months to pay this off on top of my phone bill. Great.
Around 3 months after moving (and believing I'd paid off half of the £130 for moving house) I received an enormous bill and upon calling them for an explanation (as their letters are very unclear) I was advised that the reason it was so high was because of the cost of moving. The bill was around £145 at this point, I said that only £65 of that was the cost of moving as I had paid off half of it over 3 months. The woman I was speaking to had no idea what I was talking about. I then spoke to a manger after not being able to get any sense out of her. The manager was slightly more helpful and eventually after a long conversation logged a complaint and said that he would listen to the call that I had agreed the 6 month plan on.
A long 2 weeks later I heard back and was told that I was correct and they were very sorry about this and agreed they would be fine for me to pay over another 3 months to clear it. I continued to pay for another 3 months...so now I've paid off the £130 as it's been 6 months right? Wrong.
I received another huge bill and again upon ringing them had the same dispute with someone. I spoke to a manager again and they had no idea what I was talking about. They said I never agreed to pay it over 6 months and most of it was still outstanding. So another complaint was logged. They listened back over the calls again. I heard back with an apology and them telling me that they would get rid of the rest of that £130 that was still on my account and my payments would go back to normal. Hooray.
My joy was short lived. Another month later...another huge bill. I started to think I was imagining these calls and the positive outcomes of them.
I phoned again, spoke to 3 different people, 2 claiming to be managers but clearly they weren't. I was pretty much at the end of my tether at this point. I was told that this would never happen and they would never agree to write off money from my bill despite it being "allegedly" their error. I admit to getting quite cross at this point for the first time. To this day this issue has still not been resolved. I have given up trying to talk to them as they are clearly reading from a script and they just repeat the same thing over and over again. The "manager" kept saying "if I can refer you to your bill you will see why you have an outstanding balance" but he did not get what I was asking him.
I decided to phone them today to find out when my contract finishes as I want to leave that company. I was told that my broadband contract ended on 10/09 but my phone contract would end on 04/12 - When I questioned this I was told that when I moved out my contract was extended for 12 months. Now this I was NOT told about. Due to being at work I couldn't talk to them for long but obviously during this call they tried to convince me to stay with them and there is not a chance on this earth that I would consider staying with them.
If you are looking to get a contract with them....DON'T. I have never had to deal with a company like it before. I work in a call centre and I find it hard to believe that they get away with talking to their customers the way they do. I have spoken to friends and family and they have all had nothing but problems with them.
What makes me laugh is when I phoned today to say that I was leaving and I explained why the agent said, "Oh that's unusual feedback. It's normally so positive." HA!
I am only rating it one star as you have to to save this review...I want to give them none.
I bought this camera around 5 years ago as I was studying photography at A level with then intension of carrying it on after school (this didn't happen in the end). This was an ideal camera for a near enough beginner, although I've used small compact cameras I needed something more specific and higher quality.
Although it was a few years ago I think I paid around £400 for my camera which included a 2gb memory card, camera case and a lens (with it being so long ago I can't remember which lens it came with I'm afraid).
This camera is very sturdy and even after 5 or so years I have barely scratched it and it's still working as well as it was the first time I used it.
The battery life is excellent. I have used it on many photo shoots that have lasted a couple hours. I always take a spare battery just in case but have rarely had to use it. The screen, although small, is very easy to use along with all the buttons. It's very clear and shows the photo well.
One of my favourite features is when you look at a photo on the screen, if there is an area that is over exposed then it will flash black and white, this is great when flicking through photos that you've taken as you can quickly see that you need to adjust the settings or the lighting.
I have 2 tripods and both fit easily onto the camera and I have had no problems. I have a spider tripod which is great for outdoor use. The only thing is the camera can sometimes a bit too heavy for it and therefore tilt it or make it move out of position. Other than this I have found the weight of the camera a non issue. I don't notice when it's around my neck (safety first) and it fits in most bags if I haven't taken my camera bag out with me.
Downloading photos onto my laptop has been a breeze. I use a card holder that takes various different cards and it has been really quick and easy.
Switching between automatic and manual is really quick and simple. I have quite chubby fingers but haven't found that I've been accidently pressing random buttons which can sometimes be an issue.
I would say that this camera is perfect for a relatively new photographer who is interested in learning more about photography or taking some better than average photos.
What to expect when you're expecting...I now feel like an expert on babies on pregnancy thanks to this film.
I was dying to see this film for ages and I've finally been able to get around to seeing it. I loved it. From the first opening sequence right through to the closing credits.
The film is based on the book with the same name. The film follows 5 expectant parents who all have completely different stories and paths to their pregnancy; Jules falls pregnant expectantly with her boyfriend of around 3 months, Wendy has been trying for 2 years and when they finally stop trying she get's pregnant, Holly is adopting from Ethiopia due to being unable to conceive with her husband, Skyler is pregnant with twins and is married to a much older (wealthier man) who happens to be the father in law of Wendy, and finally Rosie who falls pregnant after a one night stand with an old school boyfriend.
All of the characters lives intertwine with each other but thankfully isn't complicated to follow. Despite the film mainly following the lives of expectant parents we are also introduced to other characters that are already living the parenting life....the dudes group. This is one of the best things about this film. It's very stereotypical but normally with films or TV involving pregnancy we mainly here about it from the mothers side but this gives us the man's perspective and it's done so well. All the admissions they make about what they've done whilst the mother's haven't been around like "My baby once ate a cigarette." But all these secrets are protected by the rules of dude group:
1: Don't talk about what we walk about
2: We don't judge
I was in hysterics when watching this group of characters interact and make their admission about their family lives.
The film is done beautifully showing all the different types of pregnancies such as unexpected ones or ones where things don't go to plan, miscarriages, C-sections, adoption and many other things. The great thing about this film is it doesn't sugar coat pregnancy.
If you're an expectant mother and you want some info with a side order of comedy then watch this, or if you want to feel like you're not alone in the way you're feeling then watch this. Dad's to be - this is great to get you wised up and also get a guy's opinion.
A brilliant watch and I will watch it again very soon I'm sure.
Now you can't beat a good old fashioned book that is falling apart and smells like a library, but I figured it was time to come into the 21st Century and join the millions of people who are using the Kindle.
I decided to treat myself to the new Kindle 4 with Wi-Fi and I haven't looked back since. It's so small and easy to hold, in fact it's only a little bigger than my Samsung Galaxy Note (phone.) The fact that it's so thin and small makes it so easy to just slip into your handbag or suitcase.
The best thing about it is the screen. It actually looks like a book, a lot of people think that the screen is shiny similar to an ipad but in fact I do feel like I'm reading a book. This one is touch screen as well which is great. Just a simple touch on the right or left hand side and it will turn the page in that direction.
The text to speech is also a great idea. I was reading the other day when remembered that I had the washing up to do and instead of putting the book down, it read to me whilst I washed up. The voice is a little annoying as it doesn't pronounce some words properly but it is great for short periods of using it. The fact that you can change the text size is also great, it will go as big as having about 3 words on the page so if you struggle with sight then this is brilliant. Some books seem to have smaller text so I just adjust it accordingly with each book.
There are so many free books on the Kindle store including loads of the classics like Oliver Twist and the Bronte and Austen novels. More modern books, I have discovered, are still pretty cheap and normally around half the price they would be in a shop.
I'm not a techy person but I think this Kindle holds around 30,000 books dependant on their size. I have about 20 on there and can never imagine that I will fill it up but just to have the option makes me feel good.
I mainly use my Kindle when I'm travelling as I use the bus a lot and a lot of people say they don't see the point in a Kindle when you can just take a book with you, but I am the kind of person that will take a book and then decide I don't want to read that later on. So...with the Kindle if that happens then I have so many choices at my finger tips.
The battery is really good. I read almost every day on it and I charge it about once a week if that. So it's really good. Connecting to Wi-Fi is easy and you can download books in 60 seconds.
I can't recommend the Kindle 4 enough. I don't know how I coped without one...I will still collect the old, dusty books but for my lifestyle...the Kindle just fits in.
I upgraded to this phone about 3 years ago and I loved it instantly.
I found it so fast and always seemed to know what I wanted, as every time I thought it needed something, I would come to update it and there it would be.
The screen is so clear, watching films or playing games is an absolute dream. I use my phones mainly for internet and gaming (along with calls and texts) and this phone is just great for that. My laptop already had my music in iTunes format so it was easy just to transfer all of my music and videos onto my phone and then it was more than just a phone.
It's a good size phone and was ideal for taking to the gym or just slipping in my pocket or handbag. the memory was just enough for me as I don't download things and it's only really music and photos that take up room on it. But if it ever gets too full then I just download some photos or videos onto my laptop and delete them from my phone. Easy peasy.
I do have one problem with this phone...the battery life. I find that it runs out very quickly. I have to charge it every night and it's almost dead by the end of the day. I do use it a lot but I think a phone of this quality (and price) would have a better battery.
Overall it is a brilliant phone and has everything I need, it's my office in my pocket.
I do have to admit to recently upgrading and leaving Apple as I wanted to try something new but I couldn't (really) fault this phone whilst I had it.
I am so relieved that I didn't waste my money buying this book and only borrowed it from a friend. It is, without question, one of THE worst books I have read this year.
Now I am pleased that this type of reading is becoming available to women and is becoming more and more acceptable but if you're going to read this genre of novel...then at least read something good.
The plot..well there isn't one. It's simply a story of a man who is into being the dominant and finds someone that he wants to be his submissive. The story is basically the girl umming and ahhing about whether or not she is going to agree to it and in-between there is a lot of sex. That's it. I'm not being under enthusiastic about it..that is literally the entire book.
I wish I could praise the writing, but unfortunately I can't. It's awful. I'm studying English at the moment and I almost wanted to cry for wasting my time reading it. I figured that after studying some of the most iconic and best written books of our time that I was allowed to read one book over the summer that was easy to read and I didn't have to "study"...well I'm going to have to read something else because that can't be the only book I read that isn't on the canon. The writing is so bad, if it had been done better then perhaps the book would be getting a better review from me.
I won't be reading the second or third book despite being told they are better than the first. Apparently there is a story line in the next books but I find it hard to believe that the author has managed to drag it out for 3 books.
Although it's obvious that everyone is buying it for the sex in the book, I actually have to say that it was rather disappointing. Every sexual scene was pretty much the same and it felt very repetitive, like the author was just copying and pasting bits she had already written and just moving a few words around.
I really regret reading this book...I only read to the end in the vague hope that it would get better...it didn't.
A massive disappointment.
I have always been an iPhone fan and have had various ones for the last 4 years. After smashing my most recent one for the fifth time I decided it was time to upgrade early and get a new phone.
Now...you can't help but notice the Samsung Galaxy Note when you're browsing in the shop as it's huge with it's 5.3" screen and I never thought in a million years that I would need one this big but now I've got it I don't know how I ever managed with a smaller phone. This phone is somewhere between a tablet and a phone so it is the best of both worlds. Look huge when you hold it to you face to make a call but I'm used to that now.
I went for it in white just because, personally, I think it looks a bit sleeker. I only have little hands and at first holding the phone was uncomfortable and when I used it for long periods I did find it easier just to put the phone on my lap or another surface but now I've had it around 2 months and I'm completely used to it.
One of the main attractions of this phone is it's speed, I download games and apps in a minute or less even when just using 3G so if someone recommends and app to me, I've got it and am playing on it within minutes. I mainly use my phones for internet, gaming and videos and this phone is perfect for that mainly because of the screen.
The camera is brilliant as well, 8mp is ideal for a phone and not far off my camera so I was very impressed with the quality. I went to a gig recently and the video function was perfect, I recorded some brilliant videos with great sound quality and picture. The 16gb memory is also enough I've found, and if it gets full then I'll just download some stuff onto my laptop and clear some space...this is another reason I love this phone. It's SO easy to download my photos and videos and just as easy to upload my files from my computer onto it. Due to having an iPhone before this all my music was in iTunes...not a problem. Took 2 or 3 minutes to upload all of my 700 something songs plus videos all to my phone, and the sound quality is great for them.
All of the already loaded apps are great. My personal favourite is the Polaris Office, which is basically Word, PowerPoint etc. I am an English student and this app has been so brilliant for me when I'm out and about and get some inspiration. This way I can write it all down.
The S pen, which is a stylus, is very good. It's touch sensitive so depending on how hard you press will determine the thickness of the line. It's great for writing a quick note or doodling all over a photo of your friends and then emailing them it.
The voice recognition is a design, sometimes I find it a chore writing long emails or texts so instead I can just say it to my phone and it will type for me...GENIUS.
I have found navigating around the phone a breeze, if ever I can't work out how to do something I just YouTube it and find my answer within seconds.
So far I have found the battery life pretty good. I turned the brightness of the screen down a lot as this is what will use up a lot of the battery. I play a lot of games and use the internet all the time and I'm finding that I'm having to charge it every other day. I normally let it run completely out before I charge it fully again as this seems to help it last longer.
I genuinely have nothing bad to say about this phone. I have only had one problem where it decided to turn itself off twice for no reason but this hasn't happened in a long time.
Updating the phone is really simple and easy as well. No need to fuss about on the computer, a little message just pops up saying there's an update and away I go.
I love this phone...and I'm discovering, the bigger the better.