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      26.09.2010 21:49
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      Highly recommend

      I first discovered applying foundation with the MAC 190 Foundation brush when I went to my beautician for a make over for a wedding, and I have been using one ever since. I found when applying with my hands my face would feel greasy and using a sponge seemed to use a lot of foundation as it would be absorbed into the sponge instantly.

      The brush is very soft unlike some other brands which are quite harsh and brittle and the bristles clog together quickly.

      The brush should be used slightly damp and you only need to apply a small amount of liquid foundation on the brush. Apply foundation by starting at the checks, brush in a down wards direction to the neck, then down the nose and across the chin finally across the forehead and temples. I apply a small amount to my eyelids to eye make up applies better and lasts longer. If you want a darker application, apply another layer. Make up should always be built up in layers so it lasts longer and you have a more even look.

      By using a foundation brush will make you look like you have an air brushed and even look without using too much foundation, by doing this your product will last a lot longer.

      I find now my foundation lasts longer and I have a more airbrushed look. It's a lot easier to apply make up and easy to get rid of tide marks. I also find blusher and bronzer sit better on my skin.

      You need to clean your brushes regularly, I do this once a week using Tee Tree facial wash as it's a good anti bacterial.

      The MAC 190 Foundation brush is quite pricey at £25 but is a good investment as it will make your product last longer don't be tempted by cheaper versions as The Mac brush does last longer.

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      26.09.2010 21:24
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      I bought the Petmate Pet Hair Magnet to save me time cleaning up dog hair from my car. At the time I stayed in a top floor flat and had two dogs, a German Shepherd and X Deer Hound Saluki Lurcher, so you can imagine cleaning unwanted hair is a was difficult and time-consuming task and I didn't want to keep having to run cables down to my car to hover all the hair, and I hate excess dog hair clinging to surfaces and clothes.

      It looks like a ice-scraper or a window drier and is used in a similar way, It has a firm grip handle which is comfortable with a flexi rubber end which doesn't damage surfaces. It's convenient and easy to use you just need to drag the scraper across the surface and all the hair is caught in the magnet and you gather up and dispose of . It's £9.99 on Amazon, I think I bought mine at pets at home a good few years ago which is quite expensive I think, although I'm sure you can get it cheaper than that.

      It's easy to use on the seats of your car but not the floor, you'll still need to hover that. It draws away hair well from most carpets but not thicker fluffy carpets and works well on a fabric sofa. It doesn't work on clothes, you'll still need the lint roll for that. It won't work on tiles, laminate flooring or vinyl.

      Overall it's a fairly good product for a quick result but not as thoroughly as a hover.

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      07.09.2010 22:39
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      Highly recommended to add warmth in your bed

      This is for the Dreamland Harmony Luxury Heated Overblanket which is slightly different to the one in the picture.


      As you look out the window, it's 8pm and dark already and it's only the start of September, the temperature has dropped but it's still to early in the year to put the central heating on, but you don't want to be cold in your bed, this is when you need Dreamland Heated Overblanket.


      Last night I was freezing and wanted an early bed, I had a long stressful day at work and was looking forward to relaxing watching TV in my fleece pyjamas with a magazine. It was too early in the year to put my central heating on, I usually on put it on end October through to the end of March, being an typical Aberdonian I am a little tight when it comes to spending the cash especially on things that are not shoes or dazzling dresses!! It was time to looked out my Dream Land Electric blanket.


      I got this for my Xmas back in 2007 from my mum and dad, I can't remember if I had complained to them I was cold in my bed but it came highly recommended by them. I had always been a hot water bottle person as the thought of and electric blanket made me think of house fires. But the Dream Land Blanket is BEAB tested, which means its safe and good quality, and it comes with an overheat protector too was very reassuring.


      It comes in a neat zipped bag which can be re used is handy to store in the summer months it keeps it clean and dust free. The wires are easy to attach and detach from the blanket making it easy to fold and put away when not in use.

      It's lovely, soft and fleecy, it's designed to go into a duvet cover and lye between your top sheet and duvet. It's duel controls mean it can control the different sides of the blanket, perfect for couples when one usually feels the cold more than the other (usually I'm the cold one). There are 2 wires which easily clip into each side of the blanket . Both wires comes with its own mains plug, and has 2 settings each . On the side a roll button which controls the temperature 1 being warm through to 9 which is roasting. It is advisable that 1-3 are for continues heat and 4-9 for a pre-heat. These heat settings light up when the blanket is on so it's easy to see in the dark.

      On the face of the control there is pushing-slide button which controls the time the blanket is on for 75minutes, 12 hours or off. They are very easy to use even for the elderly. If my Grandma was still a live I would definitely buy her one of these as I know how fond she was of a warm bed and it's very easy and economical to use especially with the fuel bills rising and elderly on a limited budget.


      The blanket claims to heat up in 10 minutes compared to average electric blankets, and doesn't disappoint. I usually put the blanket on quite high setting, then I cleanse, moisture and brush my teeth then it's the perfect heat to slip into bed, although on colder winter nights I sometimes keep it on one of the longer time settings for a continues heat thought the night.


      The blanket provides good warmth and heat distribution and I can now sleep in good comfort without rising energy bills, My mum says it does wonders for her arthritis and she gets a much more comfortable good night sleep, where as I have recurring sore stomachs and it's great to snuggle under and sooth the pain. It's great when I come home from a cold night in town after standing freezing for a taxi to snuggle into a warm bed.


      The blanket is both machine washable at 40 and tumble dryable on a low heat, keeping it clean and fresh although I usually hand wash mine, spin on a wool programme and line dry as I'm not sure how it would keep it's shape in a long wash programme. I never tumble dry my bedding unless I really have to as I love the smell of outside freshness and this is highlighted as soon as you put the blanket on after it been outside.


      I would highly recommend this for someone who wants extra warmth in the cold oncoming winter months and is a much cheaper alternative to bumping up your central heating.


      It retails from £49.99 for single, £69.99 for double and £79.99 for king but will save you on central heating bills



      Advantages:

      Dual detachable controls.
      Advanced safety system
      Ultra thin wires.
      Rapid Heat
      Pre-heat facility.
      9 heat settings.
      10-minute heat-up time.
      Timer with auto shut off.
      Auto adjusting sensor maintains chosen temperature throughout the night.
      Machine washable at 40C & Suitable for tumble drying.
      Low energy consumption.
      Comes with a manufacturer's 2 year guarantee.

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        06.09.2010 22:23
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        Good salon used product for adding volume and shine to hair.

        Tigi Superstar Shampoo and Conditioner from Bed head is a sulfate free shampoo that prolongs all hair colours, re-structures, strengthens, repairs hair and adds UV protection. It adjusts the pH of your hair to preserve colour and revitalize your scalp.


        Tigi products are enriched with nutrient protein oils together with natural mineral essences and plant extracts which will strengthen hair, add body and shine yet remove excess product build up. Tigi delivers mega-moisture, gives massive volume and super shine.

        Tigi products are always manufactured using fully biodegradable ingredients drawn from natural resources.

        -Panthenol which coats the hair shaft sealing in moisture and making each hair strand appear shinny yet non greasy

        -Jojoba oil provides all day moisture, it also prevents dandruff and helps create a moisture barrier so that the shampoo will not strip too many oils from the cuticle hair. It adds a good moisture basis which makes hair more resistant to daily damage, tangles, dryness and split ends. Jojoba oil is commonalty used as a replacement for whale oil.

        -Lecithin which is an extremely important protein in the human body. It's used to make best essential oils for hair conditioner base is extracted from Soya beans.

        I was first introduced to Tigi Bed Head by my hair dresser as this is what they use in their salon. I have very thin flat and lifeless colour treated hair and I was looking for a shampoo and conditioner which would add super volume and strengthen my hair with out drying it out. I have naturally straight hair although frequent use of hair straightness has damaged my hair leaving it dull and lifeless.

        Packaging:

        The bottles are pink, modern typical to what you find in a salon. It has a pump action which makes it easy to dispense and there is no mess.

        Smell:

        The smell, is gorgeous, sweet, fruity reminds me of bubblegum almost good enough to eat. It does make my hair smell nice and fresh after washing although I can't smell it during the day. The product it's self is quite thick and pearl in colour.

        How to use:

        Shampoo into a lather, rinse thoroughly repeat if necessary then follow with Superstar Conditioner for optimum results. I usually leave the conditioner on for about a minute. Tigi is safe to use daily without drying out hair.

        What it did:

        Applied to wet hair Tigi explodes with lather although doesn't contain any sulfate, this is usually added to most cleaning and hygiene products to create a lather and to strip out oils this is the same product which is also used to dissolve grease on car engines. The product rinses out quite quickly and leaves hair squeaky clean, once blown dry did leave hair with extra volume and shine the same quality I get after a visit at the hair dresser.

        Why is Sulfate bad?:

        Sulfate can be bad for hair as it strips all the good oils out of your hair leading to over drying which is too harsh for the hair, this can lead to hair to looking limp, fine and frizzy.

        Sulfate in cosmetics has also been linked to skin irritation as it denatures skin proteins, eye infections, allergic reactions, hair loss and a damaged immune system.

        What's more worrying is that sulfate once absorbed by the skin copies the activity of the hormone Oestrogen. This can cause many heath problems including PMS and Menopausal symptoms to a drop in male fertility and increasing female cancers such as breast cancer. It also it can not be metabolized by the liver meaning the effects are long lasting.

        Results:

        I've been using this product for almost 6 months now but still frequently have to change to other shampoos then back again to get an effect. My hair is a lot stronger, I have less split ends even my hair dresser and friends have noticed a change, however the volume doesn't last as long as I had hoped thus having to change to another product and back again.

        It is an expensive product but I always believe you get what you pay for. It does last a good 6 months at least, due to it's think consistency and you don't need to use a lot.

        I bought mine from my hairdresser when it was on special offer 2 750ml Shampoo and conditioner for £24.00 although I have since found it cheaper on Hair supermarket, Luxury hair care, Cheap smells, Fragrance Direct.

        I will be continuing to use this product.

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          01.09.2010 00:37
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          For a natural night sleep use Bach Rescue Night

          Over the last few months I haven't been sleeping too well at nights as I have been worrying about work, possible redundancies, money worries with the credit crunch amongst other thoughts. I was awake most of the night then eventually when I got to sleep it wasn't long until I was up again, as a result I was knackered this was rolling on for weeks and something had to be done. I had been recommended Bach's Remedies by a friend so I had used their products before and it seemed to help a lot so when I was at the chemist I saw that they did this especially for night, I thought I would give it a go in the hope it would naturally make me go to sleep naturally. It took a few nights to work but so far I am pleased with the results. I wake up nice and refreshed and have a clearer mind during the day. I seem to be enjoying life again without the same worry.


          This paragraph is taken off the leaflet:
          (RESCUE Night is a combination of the five Bach Original Flower Essences found in RESCUE plus the Bach Original Flower Essence of White Chestnut. This essence has traditionally been used to help switch off the mind from unwanted, repetitive thoughts. These flower essences combined in RESCUE Night to help you enjoy a natural night's sleep.)

          The good thing about Rescue night it's made by natural ingredients which help you enjoy a natural night's sleep unlike some prescribed medication which have some side affects. Including being addictive.

          The product is suitable for all the family (although would always advise speaking to Doctor / Pharmacist before giving to under 18's) and I have given Bach's products to my dog in his water if he has been stressed, when we moved house and it's great a fire works night. This was under the vets instruction and it worked with him too.

          It can be dripped onto your tongue or added to water. I just apply directly to my tongue as the taste is not unpleasant just mildly sweet and it doesn't smell strong either. Rescue night comes in a small neat bottle with a 10ml dropper which is perfect to keep on your bedside table and doesn't leave a mess and there is no wastage. It says to put 4 drops directly on the tongue or add 4 drops to water and sip at intervals and not exceed recommended dosage, but it doesn't tell me how often these intervals are? So how do I know if I'm over dosing? I usually take late in the evening just to relax me before having a bath to unwind then take again just before I go to bed, it doesn't tell me on the bottle how long it takes to work but after the second helping I'm not long sleeping. I used to spend ages watching TV in bed before falling a sleep, now the TV is off before I go to bed.

          I was £5.29 from Boots (although I have seen them in the Supermarkets too), they were doing a 3 for 2 offer on complementary and herbal remedies. Compared to sleeping tables for about the same price and you were getting less than a months supply I think Bach's Night is really good value for money, I've been using it for just over a month and not even got half way through the bottle.

          Advantages:

          It makes you drift into a natural sleep
          Does not make you tired in the morning like tablets do
          Does not contain alcohol
          Suitable for all the family
          Suitable for vegans
          Free from artificial additives
          Easy to use
          Non addictive

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          • What's In Your Bag? / Discussion / 58 Readings / 54 Ratings
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            30.08.2010 00:15
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            I have an organised cluttered bag

            I have a bag like Marry Poppins, I can fit almost everything and anything in there. My friends say I am the most organised person they know as I always plan for they events that may happen and have everything in my handbag. I have so many bags so choosing one to start with is bad enough. I usually have quite a big one for day to day use. My favourite is my Jane Norman mock crock black bag but shock the handle has broke and I've not round to fixing it yet.


            Well where do I start, I'm just going to empty my bag right now, it's in need of a good clear out so no time like the present.

            Purse: I never go anywhere without my purse, essential for all purchases, busting with receipts some from months ago, no money through, apart from a Turkish leria.

            My mobile: We lived without them for so long but now we can't live without them, and when you do forget that's usually the time you need it the most.

            House and Car Keys: I'm always loosing them! Even in my bag!

            Tissues: I suffer from hay fever and allergies and there is nothing worse than being caught short and trying to find a tissue.

            Asthma Inhaler: I can't really go anywhere without that.

            A mini toothbrush and toothpaste: Yes that's right, since I got my braces fitted, I like to make sure my teeth are kept clean and food free. If I could fit the sink in I would as well!

            Chewing gum: There is nothing worse than bad breath, YUK!

            My works Security pass: I once forgot this when I was on call and had to go all the way home to get it. If it's kept in my bag that ensues me I don't forget it again.

            Make Up: Lip gross, lip linner, blusher, bronzer, eyeliner, foundation and mascara. I always have to look my best at all times in public.

            Brush: Can't live with out this. I always need to have my hair looking good when it's down, although when I'm at work I tend to tie it up.

            Diary & Pen: I need to keep track of where I should be, this keeps me right, also handy to write down notes when I need to.

            Perfume: Stella, so nice.

            Deodorant: I can't smell.

            Sowing kit: Yes it's a mini one as you never know when you might loose a button or a hole might appear but it doesn't mean to say I'll use it I still have thay Jane Norman bag to fix!

            Spare pair of tights: Just in case I get a ladder in one.

            Paracetamol: I was actually looking for these yesterday and couldn't find them! I always carry these in my bag as you never know when you might be struck down with a headache, clearly I forgot I had some in my bag.

            An interesting leaflet about a bar in town.

            Body Shop Hemp Hand Cream: I have dry hands so always carry this.

            It's not as bad as I first thought!

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            • Homemade Cocktails / Recipe / 46 Readings / 46 Ratings
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              29.08.2010 23:17
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              A delicious

              A white Russian is a sweet cocktail made from vodka, coffee liqueur and cream or milk served with ice, it's great to serve after dinner or on a night out. It's a very popular cocktail, which has been around for years. Despite it's name it's not actually Russian,it's only gets it's name as Vodka is it's main ingredient. Due to it's rich and creamy taste and despite not being able to taste the alcohol there still is a lot in there.

              Best to have only one of these on a night out through,otherwise you will feel sick and have at the start of the night when I tend to find it lines my stomach, otherwise if you have it later on, the milk or cream curdles in your stomach.

              To make a White Russian you'll need the following ingredients:

              1½ measures vodka
              1 measure coffee liqueur Tia Maria or Kahlua
              1 measure light cream
              1 cherry
              Chocolate powder
              Ice cubes or crushed ice

              Please note Baileys can be substituted for the liqueur and cream.

              Preparation:

              Pick an unusual shapes glass, dip the rim of the glass into lemon juice then dip into sugar, this adds wow to your cocktail.


              Option 1.

              Pour the vodka, coffee liqueur, cream and ice into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously then strain over an ice cubed in the glass, sprinkle some chocolate powder on top then add a cherry at the end of a cocktail stick.

              Option 2.

              Pour the vodka over an ice cubes glass, then add the coffee liqueur, then the cream, then drink out of a straw

              Option 3.

              Mix the vodka and coffee liqueur in a cocktail shaker and strain over the ice cubes in the glass, shaking the cream in order to thicken it before pouring it, then using the back of a spoon, layer the measure of cream on top.

              The look is all important for your cocktail, why not add a fancy straw or some sparklers. Adding some exotic fruit to make it more colourful.

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              • Desserts / Recipe / 36 Readings / 33 Ratings
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                29.08.2010 21:47
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                A very Indulgent but easy to make dessert

                Luxury Baileys and Chocolate Mousse

                Calling all Bailey lovers!!!

                This is such an easy desert however when you look at it and taste it you would think it's complicated. I love making this for the girls when they come round for tea. We arranged a "Come Dine With Me" one night and this desert got full marks. I would recommend this dessert if you are entertaining people it definitely has the wow factor and will have people talking. This can be made at any time throughout the year.

                Ingredients:
                100g (3 1/2 oz) Milk Chocolate
                200g (7.05oz) White Chocolate
                300ml (10.55 fl oz) Double Cream
                100ml (3.51oz) Original Baileys Irish Cream (it's great with the Mint one)
                Half a dozen small hard Amaretti biscuits (about 30g(1.05 oz))
                After Eight Mints 1 per serving (optional)

                Equipment:
                Sauce Pan
                Glass Bowl
                Whisk (Manual or Electric)
                Serving bowls

                Preparation: Approx 10-15 minutes
                Cooking: 3-4 hours to set in the fridge
                Serves: Approx 6
                Store: Keep refrigerated or freeze in an air tight container.

                (Don't look at the next bit if your on a diet)
                Calories per portion: Approx 590
                Fat per portion: Approx 45grams

                How to make:

                Boil the kettle and add the boiling water to the sauce pan, place a the glass bowl over the pan and start to melt the Milk and White Chocolate together gently DO NOT BOIL! Take off heat and set aside.

                Whip the double cream until it's nice and fluffy, fold in the melted chocolate and cream and gently mix together.

                Add the Baileys a little at a time whilst stirring.

                Pour into serving glass serving bowls and top with amaretti biscuit and After Eight mint. Then leave to set in the fridge for 3-4 hours.

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                • Soups / Recipe / 26 Readings / 23 Ratings
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                  29.08.2010 20:24
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                  Very hearty, filling meal.

                  Minestrone Soup is a traditional Italian soup made with many vegetables and small pasta or rice. A big bowlful is very satisfying and filling and also costs little to make. It's versatile enough that if you a particular vegetable you can substite for something else and the soup will still taste great. I usually make this monthly and freeze. Soups like the Minestrone below are filling but not high in carbohydrates as it's only when fillers or bulking agents like flour and gum are added. This recipe is great for low-carbohydrate/budget eating plans.

                  There are many ways to make minestrone soup, this one is easy to make, low in calories, carbohydrates and fat.

                  Preparation time: Approx 20 minutes,
                  Cooking time: 20 min

                  Ingredients:

                  1 medium onion, chopped
                  3 celery stalks, chopped
                  1 tbsp olive oil
                  2 garlic cloves, crushed or finely chopped
                  1 leeks, chopped
                  2 carrots, peeled and chopped
                  1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
                  3 bay leaves
                  1 (14oz) can chopped tomatoes, drained
                  Hot vegetable low salt stock (or you can use chicken stock)
                  100g (4 oz) cabbage, shredded
                  1 small (3 oz) zucchini, chopped
                  Small shelled pasta (or can be substituted for rice)

                  To garnish:
                  Salt and pepper to taste
                  Fresh Parmesan cheese, grated -1/2 tbsp per soup bowl.
                  3 tbsp fresh basil, torn into rough pieces


                  1.Heat a large stock pot over medium-low heat saute the onions and celery in olive oil until onions are translucent. Covering the pot with a lid helps to cook more quickly.

                  2.Then add the garlic, leek, carrots, rosemary, bay leaves and saute for a few minutes until tender.

                  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for further1-2 minutes.

                  4. Add the stock, cabbage and zucchini to the soup so that it stays lightly crisp and doesn't get mushy by overcooking, slowly bring it to the boil.

                  5. Add pasta and simmer until pasta is cooked for a further 5-10minutes, it is important not to over cook just to allow the flavours to combine.

                  6. Take out the bay leaves, add salt and ground pepper to taste.

                  7. Finally serve in warm bowls garnished with the fresh basil and parmesan cheese.

                  This can be served with warm rustic bread or on it's own. Great for Lunch times or evening meals.

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                • Baking / Recipe / 36 Readings / 34 Ratings
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                  29.08.2010 15:19
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                  Very moist and tastly.

                  Moist Carrot Cake

                  This is the lightest most enticingly moist carrot cake I have ever made. The light muscovado sugar adds lightness and flavour to the cake and keeps it very moist. It is easy and affordable to make and smells gorgeous. I usually leave the icing off most of the time as this reduces the calories.

                  I first made this for a cake bake sale at my work to raise funds for our local radio station's kids charity. The cake was an absolute hit and I was even interviewed on the radio and has been mentioned by DJ's ever since. I have been asked to make it many a times for different fund raisers and for my friends. I've always said the recipe was a secret but here it is...

                  Preparation: Approx 15-20 Minutes (Longer if you grate carrots by hand)
                  Cooking: 45 Minutes
                  Serves: Approx 12
                  Store: In an air tight container.


                  Ingredients for cake:
                  200ml (9fl oz) of sunflower oil & 50ml Olive oil (Mixed together)
                  225g (8oz) Muscoado Sugar, sieved
                  3 Large eggs
                  225g Self raising flour, sieved
                  250g (9oz) (Appros 5 carrots) carrots, finely grated
                  Grated zest of 1 orange

                  Ingredients for Frosting: (Optional)
                  250g (9oz)Mascarpone cheese
                  25g (1oz) Golden icing sugar, sieved

                  Equipment:
                  Rectangular tin 18 x 28cm or 20cm round tin
                  Large mixing bowl
                  Small mixture bowl
                  Fork
                  Pallet knife
                  Greater or food processor
                  Kitchen scales
                  Wire rack

                  Suitable for home freezing: Yes but before the icing goes on.


                  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees C /350 F / Gas mark 4.

                  2. Grease tin with margarine, butter or oil and line the tin with greaseproof paper. It's not essential to cover 100% of the tin, but make sure it lays as flat as possible otherwise cake will not be flat.

                  3. Wisk the oil and sugar together with a fork, by doing this it incorporates air into the mixture with makes it light.

                  5. Add the eggs one at a time and keep whisking in a figure of 8.

                  6. Gently fold in the flour then add the carrots. It is essential to grate the carrots as finely as possible as this is what also makes the cake light and moist. This can take up a lot of time so I would recommend a food processor. Finally add the orange zest.

                  7.Mix gently in figure of 8 until toughly mixed then turn into the cake tin

                  8. Add cake to oven and bake for 45 minutes. I put a sheet of baking paper gently over the cake to avoid it over cooking on the top and drying out the whole cake, this can be removed 5- 10 minutes before the end to add a golden brown top.

                  9. Cook until it feels firm and springy when you press it in the centre test with a skewer by inserting into the middle of the cake and make sure this comes out clean if not cook for another 5 minutes an re test. Gently using a pallet knife run round the inside of the tin, this makes if easier to remove, allow cake to cool for 10-15 minutes and remove gently from tin peel off the paper , allow cake to cool on a wire rack this stops the cake from sweating and makes a big difference.

                  10. Allow the cake to cool for a further hour before icing. Beat together the mascarpone cheese and golden icing sugar, spoon icing onto cake and spread this over the top and sides of the cake with a warm palette knife. Finish decorating with pecan halves.


                  Substitutes / Additions:
                  Walnuts or raisins can be added.
                  Walnuts can be used instead of pecan half's for the decoration
                  Not icing the cake reduces the sweetness and the calories.

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                    Highly recommended, especially for people with braces.

                    I've always had pride in oral hygiene and have always used mouth wash. I recently got braces fitted and when the orthodontist said I had to use an alcohol free mouth wash, I had only ever used Listerine and that contained alcohol so didn't know what to use.

                    I had stopped using my mouthwash but was unhappy as I didn't think my mouth was as clean, I noticed Dentyl when I was in the chemist one day and remembered I had seen it on TV and had visions of the advert when the girl is disgusted as you can see the debris in the sink, it was alcohol free so it was safe to use with my braces.

                    I tried it that night and I couldn't believe the results, what landed in the sick was utterly disgusting....had that actually come from my mouth?? I was so mortified I had to use it again to make sure all the debris was out. I looked in the mirror and not only were my teeth nice and white my braces were nice and shinny. Result, I was so happy even my boyfriend commented he would buy me mouthwash every day if he got a reaction like the Dentyl did.

                    How to use:

                    There are two layers to the mouthwash a pale thick liquid at the bottom half of the bottle and a thick darker liquid to the top. You need to shake the bottle (every time) to make sure it's well mixed when this is gargled in your mouth it lifts all the bacteria and food stuff in your mouth which would otherwise cause bad breath and plaque. Once you rinse out you see all the debris in the sink. It's actually quite shocking the bits you miss brushing with and I have an electric toothbrush.

                    Dentyl provides a tingly freshness but it's not bitter and stingy like some mouth washes and doesn't linger around too long this si because it's alcohol free.

                    It provides long lasting protection for up to 18 hours in a single use, it also helps to fight plaque, protect teeth and gums.

                    I always use the Blue Icy Fresh Mint Exhilaration as I think it has best results. I used the green smooth mint on holiday as I bought a small travel size and it was the only one available, although it provided the same results in the sink my breath wasn't as fresh.

                    Dentyl is expensive but it's well worth it. Supermarkets often do special offers try my supermarket.co.uk to see who is the cheapest.

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                  • Pedigree Joint Care Plus / Dog Food / 17 Readings / 17 Ratings
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                    Defiantly new lease of life, highly recommend

                    I used to give Joint Care Plus to my German Shepherd Kim, she was 14 when I sadly had to get her put to sleep but I do believe if I hadn't have been given her Pedigree Joint Care along with her veterinary prescribed medication it would have been a lot sooner.

                    I remember seeing the advert on TV; "See a difference in just 6 weeks", I didn't think it would work, well I defiantly saw it sooner than expected. Kim was quite often stiff in the mornings, slow to getting up and would fall behind when we were on our walk.

                    Just after a few weeks of using this product I was relieved to see a definite improvement in her mobility, her coat seemed a lot shinier full of condition and she had a lot more energy than before. The Vet also saw a big improvement so much she suggested reducing her medication. I had previously been using cod liver capsules as it was a much cheaper alternative but the results spoke for themselves, Kim had a new lease of life, running about the garden keeping up with my other dog she was so much happier. I can only highly recommend this product and have done so to many people who have all noticed the difference.

                    How it works:

                    It contains Omega 3 with helps maintain joint suppleness mobility, Glucosamine from shellfish, which helps rebuilds joint tissue, Chondroitin helps to ease stiffness and pain in the joints and Methionine helps natural regeneration process.

                    Packaging:

                    Packs contains seven chews (a week's supply) the Medium and Large are also available in 3-weekly packs of 21 treats. Each treat is kept fresh in sealed plastic foiled covered compartments.

                    Pedigree Joint Care- regular for the maintenance of joints in an active healthy dog.

                    Pedigree Joint Care Plus-maximum for less mobile dogs already demonstrating signs of joint stiffness.

                    Both varieties come in three sizes according to the size of dog , small (under 10kg), medium (between 10 and 25 kg) and large (for over 25kg)


                    Pedigree had a promotion called a 6 week challenge and were giving away fee packs this promotion has sadly expired but keep eye out it may come round again. Because its an expensive product I would try mysupermarket.co.uk to find out what supermarket is doing the best deal, Tesco club card vouchers in the past have had good deals for extra points and Asda often if you buy 2 packs you get a discount.

                    Kim also had magnetic dog collar I believe this also helped maintain her mobility.

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                  • boohoo.com / Online Shop / 19 Readings / 16 Ratings
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                    Good fashionable,afordable clothing

                    Boohoo.com is a women's fashion website offering clothes, shoes and accessories at affordable prices. I first found out about this web site through a friend at work, she a bought several items and recommended it. I had recognised the name as I had seen adverts in magazines.


                    Design and functions of the website:

                    The website is easy to use , they layout is okay. There are icons at the top of the page which allows you to pick the category clothing, accessories, footwear ect however you do spend ages looking through the pages and sometimes get board if there was something in particular you were looking for. I usually pick things add them to my basket then compare at check out although a few times items have not been added, the web page has frozen on me and I have lost all my items, on some occasions I have gone to check out and an item has just gone out of stock this does become quite frustrating and a few times I have given up.

                    Once you have found an item you can view it if different colours and views and you can look at your item on the catwalk just at the click of a button. They also have a good sizing guide for measuring hips bust and waist. You don't seem to be able to view items in order from lowest to highest and I think this is something this website would benefit from. They have a really good clearance section (this is usually where I head first) usually up to 75% off. The "Looks" feature is where you can check latest celebrity look and this is great way to buy a complete new outfit.


                    Range of product:

                    Boo Hoo has a lots of fashionable and reasonably priced clothing, footwear and accessories. I find they are best for casual wear. There going out dresses are okay but cheap looking, not the best if you were looking for something classy. They have a great summer/holiday shop and all my items for my holiday were purchased here as they were durable for the holiday and quite affordable. I would not recommend them for formal office/work wear. Sizes go from 8-16. They also state some products in S, S/M, M, M/L, L and XL, I find these a bit misleading. I also find some products are not always stocked in a size.


                    Quality:

                    Some of the quality of clothing is not great, several times I have bought shirts and buttons have fallen off or tops have come away at the stitching or shrunk in the wash and only been worn a handful of times, not so bad if you have bough them for under a fiver in the clearance but if you've paid full price it is rather disappointing. I have bought several pairs of shoes, the quality is okay but no more than that. The heals of some of my boots have worn down quickly and have needed replaced. I find the sizing of the clothing a bit small, I am a size 10 and a few times I have had to return items that are too small and re-order a size 12. They usually have a good selection of accessories and bags although I usually wait until they are in the sale, I do find some of these over priced for the quality.


                    Postage and Delivery:

                    * UK Next Day - £4.99 (next working day if ordered before 4pm on a working day)
                    * UK Saver - £3.99 (up to 4 working days)
                    * Europe & Ireland - £6.99
                    * USA - £6.99

                    Postage can be expensive if it's just an item, I either wait until I buy a few things or wait until they do a deal on postage. I've always been satisfied with the delivery time, I usually go for the UK Saver option and my items usually arrive 1-3 days. You usually get an email confirming the item has been received and despatched. You can also track your order on their web page.


                    Returns/Exchanges:

                    You can return purchased items within 14 days, you can do with via the website. You just need to select the order and click on the item(s) you want to return then click add to "Return "List, choose a reason and take note of the return order number. Boo Hoo provide you with return labels in your original order. You then have to return your item via Post Office. I have done this a few times and had no problems.

                    Boo Hoo at the moment do not offer exchanges, they credit you account which allows you to buy a replacement product, this is rather disappointing.

                    I have only ever had one item that was missed off a purchase out of the many orders I have placed, I simple phoned them up and explained and it was delivered the next day.

                    Boo Hoo send you regular emails telling you their special offers new items and the latest celeb look, although this can be rather too tempting. I would recommend signing up with voucher codes as they email you with discount codes and offers. Keep a look out in fashion magazines too. There is a website "myshoppingrewards" that can offer cash back if you sign up. Boo Hoo also regularly send a magazine to your home.

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                    • Guinea Pig / Pet / Animal / 13 Readings / 11 Ratings
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                      Good family pet suitable for children

                      I used to have Guinea Pigs and would recommend them as a family pet. They are good to teach children responsibility and I think they are a better pet than Rabbits they rarely bite or scratch - making them ideal pets for young children.

                      They usually live between 4 and 8 years.

                      They are active during the daytime, They communicate vocally, making them fun to watch and play with.

                      Although you do need to keep them in pairs as they are sociable animals and can get lonely.

                      Guinea pigs will love and appreciate the love you give them, they like to be held and played with. They can be kept inside as long as they have space to run around or outside in a hutch and run protected from the elements.

                      My Guinea Pigs were indoor pets although I used to put them in a run outside daily for exercise. They will not jump or dig. They are very clean animals and don't smell if you keep their living areas clean. One of my Guinea Pigs- Dill was toilet trained and used to use a litter tray.

                      Guinea Pigs need lots of vitamin C otherwise they suffer from scurvy so it's important to feed them with fresh fruit and vegetables carrots, dark green leafy vegetables as well as a good Guinea Pig food you can get supplements to put in their water but this should not be necessary.

                      Basically a guinea pig is a low maintenance pet suitable for children.

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                        Highly recommended

                        I am and always will be a massive Take That fan. I dragged my best freind who wasn't a fan to this concert and she really enjoyed it. We both couldn't wait for the DVD to come out so we could re-live this amazing show.

                        The entence to the performance is one I will never forget. The boys definitely know how to make an entrance and never fail to impress, but I won't spoil it.

                        Songs include 'Pray', 'Never Forget', and 'Back For Good' They do an amazing version of 'It only takes a minute' latin style, this was one my favorite moments of the show. Take That have shown us a different side to them here, a very grown up Take That.

                        This is not just a concert many people I know who went to this (as well as other Take That concerts) that were not fans of their music but really enjoyed it because Take That put on an outstanding show.

                        Take That pull of some amazing dance routines through out the show, some times it makes you forget their age.

                        The DVD has lots of extras, including how the show was put together the understage where you see the boys' quick changes in between stage performances.

                        This is a DVD I watch over and over again and never get bored.

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