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    • Benefit Her Glossiness / Make Up / 11 Readings / 11 Ratings
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      01.05.2010 22:52
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      An ok lipgloss, but won't be buying another

      Disappointingly Her Glossiness lipgloss is only average. It has a great colour and although when applied it looks great, it is really quite sticky. I normally use it on top of a bit of lipstick or stain to get rid of the stickiness but it doesn't really work. However there are that many lipglosses that aren't gloopy but there are better ones out there.

      The flavour of the lipgloss is ok. After application it doesn't last very long so needs to be applied quite frequently. The packaging looks good as it is styled just let all Benefit products with a funky edge. The casing is see through so you easily know the colour and can keep an eye on how much you have left.

      Her Glossiness is also not the cheapest on the market so I wouldn't really recommend it, but it sometimes comes free with magazines and I would get it then!

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      • Origins Modern Friction / Skin Care / 11 Readings / 9 Ratings
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        01.05.2010 22:22
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        A great exfoliator with immediate results.

        Origins Modern Friction is a really gentle exfoliator which brightens up your skin without it feeling tight or dried out.

        The exfoliator is unlike others as you apply to dry skin rubbing it in circular motions and then add a little water to make it into a creamy paste. I keep rubbing for about 30 seconds and then rinse, and then my skin feels fantastic. They only bug bear is if you get it in your eyes, which I normally do every time! It stings a little but then a good rinse will stop it.

        Origins suggest you use it two to three times a week, but I only use it once, if that. It is a great alternative to a face mask and it doesn't bring out all the impurities in your skin but brightens it up straight away.

        I was lucky enough to get the product free with a magazine but I will buy it when I run out!

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      • Benefit Benetint / Make Up / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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        01.05.2010 22:07
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        Fantastic product, long lasting and easy to apply.

        Benetint is a wonderful alternative to blusher, and I absolutely swear by it.

        I recently updated my make up selection on recommendation by my beauty fanatic friend and she was 100% right. Benetint acts like a stain to create the blush look but lasts longer than any other blusher (or substitute) I have used.

        Benetint is styled like a nail polish with a brush attached to the cap. Having been soaked in the tint you then stroke it across your face and rub it in a circular motion into your cheek. I usually do this a couple of times and build up the colour. This is a really great aspect as you can make it subtle or more obvious depending on the look you want to achieve.

        There are different colours but I would recommend the darker red shade as you would have to add rather a lot of the pinker version. You can also apply it to lips which is great as the stain lasts so much longer than lipstick.

        I am really pleased with Benetint and would highly recommend it as it tops so many other blushers.

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        01.05.2010 21:49
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        A great perfume that sums up Agent Provocateur in a scent.

        Usually I go for a fresh light flowered perfume, but was recently bought this heavier more mature scent and I absolutely love it.

        Agent Provocateur is known for their luxurious, seductive lingerie and this eau de toilette is really the perfume equivalent. The deep musk scent has a clear whiff of exotic flowers and wild rosemary and pink pepper; it has middle notes of jasmine, osmanthus, magnolia and white tea and base notes of woods and musk.

        The perfume comes in a bulbous shaped pink bottle with a little ribbon tied to the clasp rather than a lid. I have a 50ml size and it is really convenient for keeping in my purse, but it doesn't need to be reapplied often as the scent lasts for a good number of hours.

        In comparison with other perfumes on the market, this is really well priced at £55 for the 100ml from most stores. I would really recommend this sexier fragrance, and will definitely be getting it again.

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      • Cloverfield (DVD) / DVD / 21 Readings / 21 Ratings
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        22.09.2009 13:15
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        Worth a watch, good to have something different than the bog standard blockbuster

        Clover Fields is a unique style of film, publicised by viral marketing the film gained a reputation for itself before it was released in the cinema. I had heard mixed reviews but decided to give the dvd a go and it was a good watch.

        The interesting element is that it is filmed in the style of a home movie which starts out recording goodbyes at a leaving party for Rob who is off to Japan when the party goers feel tremors through the building and think its an earth quake, but they soon realise that this is some sort of alien monster. The film then follows the group of friends as they try to escape Manhattan and reach safety but before they can they go back for Beth - Rob's love interest.

        The character who documents the whole event is Hud and he provides humorous commentary throughout, it makes it a little less serious than the drama would suggest.
        The camera work is sometimes a little hard to follow as the camera tips around a lot and doesn't always focus on the person in question, but it makes it a really interesting twist on the film.

        As with all big tragedies with alien monsters that attack New York, there are casualties of the main characters (who are not Hollywood's elite but very good) however in Clover Field, you never know who is going to die!

        The ending of the film is very frustrating, but again another twist for this film and leaves you wondering, but this isn't always a bad thing but rather keeps your interest.
        The film also doesn't address what the monster is and how it got to Manhattan, but it makes this film a little bit different to similar blockbusters.

        I would recommend this film as it really quite funny, very unique and has excellent special effects, however I wouldn't rush out to watch it again, and think that there are better films to watch, but it's not bad!

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          22.09.2009 13:10
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          A great smelling shower gel to wear with the perfume.

          Euphoria Bath and Shower Crème is the matching shower gel to the Euphoria perfume. I bought the Bath and Shower Crème when I bought the Eau De Parfum on Ebay for the bargain price of £17. The Bath and Shower Crème is a lighter version of the perfume as it does not have the initial pungent smell but is a real match for the fragrance. It is a mix of irises and dark flowery scents.

          Only a small amount of liquid comes out after a squeeze, which is great as you don't waste much. It is a good consistency, not too watery. I like a good lather and Euphoria Bath and Shower Crème is ok, but doesn't get super soapy.

          The best part of this Shower Crème is the great light scent which stays fresh through the day and when used as a base for the moisturiser and/or the perfume it lasts even longer as the scent is layered.

          I would buy the Bath and Shower Crème again but only if I bought the perfume with it - and only on sale or ebay as I don't think it is worth the RRP of £21.

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        • Into the Wild (DVD) / DVD / 21 Readings / 21 Ratings
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          17.09.2009 17:32
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          A moving, inspiring, thought provoking film which will stay with you

          This movie is the one of best I have seen. It was recommended to me by a friend at work and as she was so enthusiastic I was convinced enough to go to Play.com and buy it - as it is the same price as getting it from Blockbusters, and it was definitely worth the money.

          The film follows the real life of Chris McCandless, played by Emile Hirsch (who I think is really underrated), as he finishes college and starts on his adventure of leaving the norms of society to live alone in Alaska. Throughout the film Chris meets various characters from different walks of life and shares a variety of experiences and bonds with each of them. Including Catherine Keener who plays Jan Burres, one half of a hippy couple; with Vince Vaughn who plays Wayne Westerberg a fun loving farmer; and Hal Holbrook who plays Ron Franz, an old widower in California and of course his own family who include Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt and Jena Malone. The cast, directed by Sean Penn, is a fantastic one which brings to life each dimension of this story.

          The key delight in this movie is seeing how one person can experience nature and people and know real wonders without much in their back pocket. There are moments of comparison where the constraints of society conflict with the freedom of living without the demands of society.

          Chris learns how to cope living in the wild without necessaries that we consider basic. The adventure is admirable and exciting, scary and truly awe-inspiring. Every now and again I would remember that this film is based on the real life experiences of making all the more dramatic.

          The soundtrack compliments the drama, excitement and emotion of this fantastic movie and is full of great new tunes and old classics. To match the quality of the script, the cinematography was certainly up to scratch. To travel from the East to West Coast Chris visits some of the most stunning scenic points in America. The camera manages to capture the vastness and isolation with the joy and power of nature.

          I am sorry I may have not gone into detail of this great character which is so well represented by Emile Hirsch, but I think so much of it is lost with a description and needs to be fully appreciated by watching this captivating film. I would put it as a cross between a David Attenborough documentary and the classic film Stand By Me.

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            15.09.2009 14:31
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            A different still fresh aroma that lasts all day

            Euphoria by Calvin Klein is a really clean scent. I usually go for fresh and somewhat flowery perfumes, but Euphoria has a much deeper range of smells.

            As a quality perfumer Calvin Klein creates fragrances which last. This is a really important aspect of a perfume for me because I find it frustrating when the scent quickly wears away and you have to keep spritzing which of course means you run out! Initially when I first applied this perfume I found it really quite pungent, but this strong smell fades and the result is a wonderful aroma of persimmon, orchids and lotus blossom. I had several compliments from friends which is a great bonus!

            The oval and curvaceous silver bottle with slivers of deep purple at the sides looks very smart; it is sleek and unusual just like the fragrance.

            I had been looking for perfumes in various different shops but in order to cut down the cost... being a recession and everything, I got my bottle of Euphoria from Ebay with the bath and shower crème at just £17, this was such a bargain as it was brand new in the box and a fraction of the shop price. I would highly recommend Ebay as an option because there are great sellers and you pay so much less for exactly the same item!

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          • Inglourious Basterds (DVD) / DVD / 12 Readings / 12 Ratings
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            15.09.2009 14:24
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            A funny, bloody and interesting view of what could have been.

            Inglorious Basterds, the much anticipated new movie by Quentin Tarantino is a fantastically funny and hugely entertaining film! Unlike other Tarantino movies, Inglorious Basterds does not contain the constant bloody butchering of characters, but instead has a few scenes with lots of shocking gore to create huge impact with a comic twist.

            The film is based during the Second World War and focuses on a team of American Jews headed up by the hilarious Brad Pitt to brutally and mercilessly kill any Nazis in order to get to Hitler and ultimately end the war. They have free reign to do anything they want to incite fear in the Nazis - which they do! Each member of the team has his own distinct character which provides good amusement throughout the film and Pitt plays a wonderful comic role with great flair. I had never appreciated Pitt's comic abilities until this film.

            The film's other great actors come in the form of Diane Kruger who plays a German film star who coerces with the American Nazi killing team to help them find a time and location where they could kill Hitler, the plans go amiss with hilarious, and rather violent consequences. The German's answer to Pitt comes in the form of the 'Jew-Hunter' Col. Hans Landa, a dry and witty act by Christoph Waltz who brings the sharp intellect and creepy sadistic charm to life; he really does make you recoil back into your seat.

            There are hugely enjoyable cameos by Mike Myers who plays a British officer who sends out England's reconnaissance in the form of Lt. Archie Hicox played by Michael Fassbender who joins forces with Pitt's team. This dapper character is very amusing with his old boy charm and plumy accent. There is a second plot running alongside Pitt's Nazi killing crew in the form of a Jewish girl whose family is brutally murdered by the Jew-Hunter and manages to escape to France and makes it her life mission to seek revenge. Played by Melanie Laurent who was very enjoyable to watch and I waited with baited breath to see how her plans would unfold.

            The combination of cinematography, music and mix of languages with a brilliant script achieve just what Tarantino was hoping for. I highly recommend this film to all those who enjoy a good black comedy, there is a bit of gory violence as with other Tarantino movies, but it is not the main feature of this film. For me, it definitely lived up to the hype.

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            02.09.2009 14:39
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            A great place to try different water and land sports, a beautiful spot

            Carsington Water is a wonderful place to get back to nature. The man made reservoir was developed by Severn Trent Water in 1992 and is a popular spot to try out various water sports including windsurfing, sailing and canoeing. The perimeter of the lake forms a walking / cycling / horse riding route and the 8 miles of pathway goes through woods, over the reservoir dam and past the picturesque village of Carsington. Along this scenic route, there are various boards with information about the local flora and fauna.

            I went with a couple of friends and hired a cross country bike for 3 hours which cost just £10, they require you wear a helmet and provided us them free of charge, and were happy to run through their bike gears and other features . We completed the cycle route with a stop for lunch in two hours so could have had the bikes for less time but we hadn't ridden for a few years and forgot how good we were!! I have also sailed at Carsington when on a school trip, this was highly enjoyable and they went through all the basics of the boat and the safety aspects.

            There is a courtyard with places to buy food, good clean toilet facilities and good small exhibitions about the creation of the reservoir and the rock and water formations and cycles. There are also shops to buy outdoor gear and a notice board full of people selling sporting gear. It's open 9.30 - 6.30 in the summer and 9.30 - dusk in the winter.

            Carsington Water is a great day out, and the village itself is very pretty and has places to camp and good pubs to satisfy that rumbling tummy after a full day in the fresh air!

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            27.08.2009 17:01
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            A wonderful book that I highly recommend!

            I had heard great things about the Time Traveller's Wife and when I popped into Waterstone's and noticed it was in the three for two offer I thought I would give it a read, and was highly impressed.

            The book is based on the relationship of Claire and Henry who met when Claire is just 7 and Henry is 40. Henry is a time traveller and travels both back and forward through time, often to his present - in real time. When Claire meets Henry in the present she has known him for years and loves him, but he doesn't know she exists. This may sound confusing but after a few chapters you definitely get a good understanding of the travelling process.

            The book has a great formula as it develops through separate monologues by Claire and Henry. This allows total insight and understanding of the emotions and intentions of the two characters and allows the plot to develop well.

            As I enjoyed this book so much I passed it on to my sister who obsessively looked for continuity errors, but did not find any. I think this is not only due to the excellent well thought out plot, but also because of the time travelling itself!

            It is clear from the outset that the two characters are madly in love and despite their unorthodox relationship and the difficulty Henry's condition brings, they work out the kinks and their love prevails.

            The Time Traveller's Wife is a heart warming and exceptionally funny book, full with emotion and the great contrast of the male and female interpretations of a relationship.
            It is beautifully written by Audrey Niffenegger, and I look forward to delving into more of her novels, and of course the movie!

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              27.08.2009 11:59
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              A great moisturiser for adding a little sparkle to your skin

              Next's Just Pink range has a wonderful fresh scent feminine of various flowers, it is not strong and overpowering but is really light and smells like spring. The range is based around this fragrance but the Shimmer Body Cream is probably my favourite item.

              The body cream is a thick white cream but rubs in easily and absorbs well. The shimmer is noticeable on the skin once it has been applied and creates a subtle shimmering sheen to the skin. I was particularly impressed with the body cream, not only because I enjoy the scent and think the slight shimmer looks great when it catches the light, but as a moisturiser it is really great and the scent lasts for hours.

              I learnt from a friend that the best way to wear perfume is to use a body wash, then the moisturiser and then a few squirts of perfume. This layers the scent and makes it last for a much longer time than it would by just using the items on their own. The Just Pink Range makes that possible because the prices are kept low. The gift set of 50ml body wash, 50ml body lotion and 30ml perfume is just £8, but this body lotion isn't the shimmer one. The shimmer lotion on its own is £5 and well worth it as it really lasts.

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            • ebay.co.uk / Auction / 22 Readings / 20 Ratings
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              27.08.2009 11:23
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              A great shopping and selling experience with every kind of thing to buy or sell

              I love ebay! I could be classed as an ebay addict, but really I'm just a bargain hunter! Ebay is an online auction for those who want to buy and sell items to a world wide audience with only a small overhead in charges from the host site.

              Ebay has a simple search box where you can type in anything you are looking for and you can be as vague or as specific as you like, this will then find items with a matching words in the title of their item. Alternatively you can go through the cateogry list of options that ebay has created including antiques, health and beauty and toys and games. You can also filter the left hand column to be more specific in your search and opt for UK only and auction only items.

              When you see an item you are interested in you just click on it, review the comments made by the seller and you can bid at any time up - there is a clock counting down until the auction is over for that item. You can also click Watch this Item and the item will be saved in 'My Ebay'. I find this a great option as you can spend longer deciding whether you want to bid, and you can bid nearer the end time to prevent the price from rising earlier.

              As a seller the process is very simple. You click on Sell and fill in details about your item including choosing a title, a description, the time frame, and other specifics which differ depending on the item being sold. The more boxes you tick and the more specific you are will help when people are searching for an item. You can also put 12 photos on for every item for free and the more you put on the more people can see clearly what the item is like. I also think the time frame is important as more people bid around 7-9pm on weeknights rather than in the mornings - so this is the time you should load up your item.

              The price for putting an item on is about 15p, but this ranges from the value of the item and if you opt for making your item more prominent and coming up in a different colour. A percentage is also taken at the end by paypal, but this is only small and only if you sell the item. Look out for times when it is free to list - including now (22nd-31st August) as it is Ebay's 10th birthday in the UK.

              I think if you are patient and happy to search through lots of items you are not interested in, you can pick up some truly fantastic bargains! I have a wardrobe full!

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              26.08.2009 13:25
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              A great little choc snack, but I always want more!

              At only 99 calories the chocolate covered wafer bar is a great sweet treat for those watching their waistline! We always used to have Blue Ribands as kids to keep our sugar cravings at bay.

              The small chocolate bar comes in a bright blue packet with Blue Riband in white. They were first made in 1936/37 and were relaunched in 2004 when they were reduced in calories. I didn't realise this chocolate bar was so old and therefore popular, but this simple snack has clearly won hearts!

              The layers of crispy wafers are covered in sweet milk chocolate - made by Nestle they don't have the milky taste of Cadburys, but are tasty all the same. They aren't very big at just 10cm in length by 2cm in width - probably why they are a 'healthier' option!

              I have a prominent sweet tooth and enjoy having a bit of chocolate on a regular basis, and this way I can enjoy a pleasure without any guilt! As they are made out of wafer, they aren't very filling though and I could definitely have two, but they are a great little indulgency to sort out the cravings. On a side note I always thought they were called Blue Ribbons not Blue Ribands - learn something everyday!

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              25.08.2009 13:20
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              The best cleansing gel/face wash I have ever used - highly recommended

              I am a big fan of the Dermalogica range as they are kind to sensitive skin and produce obvious results. I have been using the Special Cleansing Gel for about 8 months and my skin has not been this great for ages.

              The Special Cleansing Gel was recommended to me by my sister who always uses hypoallergenic products as she breaks out in red patches when she doesn't. I have eczema and so am careful with the soaps and gels I use to prevent my skin drying out.

              I originally used Special Cleansing Gel with a Dermalogica toner and Active Moist, and although I thought they were good products and noticed the affect on my skin, I also found them rather expensive. When I ran out of the toner and moisturiser I used the Special Cleansing Gel on its own and the benefits are still evident.

              The Special Cleansing Gel is soap-free, fragrance-free and cleans the impurities on the skin without being drying it out. The main elements in the Gel are: Quillaja Saponaria which removes excess oils, Balm Mint which cools and calms the skin and Lavender Extract which aids the cleansing and soothes the skin.

              As instructed by my sister (and the Dermalogica experts)! I get a 5p piece of gel in wet hands and gently rub it into my wet face which then creates a lather and cleans the face. I rinse with warm water and repeat. As I only use a small amount, it takes a while to get through a bottle.

              I bought the Special Cleansing Gel, and the other Dermalogica products, from www.jerseybeautycompany.co.uk as they specialise in this range and keep the prices low and have frequent offers. Their current price for the Special Cleansing Gel is 50ml Travel Size - £7.39 delivered
              250ml - £15.98 delivered
              500ml - £29.85 delivered

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