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      29.11.2012 13:54
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      It looks nice on the wine rack but dont bank on it tasting nice

      I received this Moet as one of our Wedding presents around two months ago and finally got round to cracking it open a few nights ago. We used the Bollinger on our honeymoon and we decided to have this one to celebrate our two months of being marriage anniversary type thing (although we probably just wanted an excuse to drink.)

      Firstly I will say that it looks expensive, gold foil covers the neck of the bottle with Moet printed on it in black. It also has a circular red sticker on it which makes it look rather official. The colour of the bottle is green and is crossed again in gold with the label on showing 'Moet and Chardon.' It looks lovely and as a present I very much appreciated it.

      Now for the actual taste; I am not a champagne connoisseur so perhaps I am not the best at reviewing this but unless you are well into your champagne I really wouldn't bother with this at all. I have had other cheaper champagnes that are much tastier than this one. I would say it tastes very similar to a dry white wine. It is meant to have a lovely fruity taste to it but in my opinion it didn't, it was really quite bitter and left a funny taste in my mouth. I guess if you like your champagne dry then you may enjoy this but I ended up mixing it with orange juice and having bucks fizz. Our friends who also drank the champagne weren't keen either and to be honest we then moved on to a £3 bottle of rose wine and enjoyed that more.

      I know champagne is open to interpretation but in my opinion if you buy Moet you are buying the label and not the taste.

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      3 nice ideas to encourage your child to play outiside the box!

      When it comes to Christmas then it is all about the kids! And TV adverts, billboards, catalogues and shop shelves certainly don't let us forget it... or the children for that matter.

      If you want inspiration into what your child, niece, or nephew would like then all I recommend you do is take them round a large department store or simply throw the Argos catalogue in front of them. Believe me, children know what they want. The problem I have found however is that they want EVERYTHING!

      If your child is anything like my niece they will wake up Christmas morning to more presents than you can imagine, and they play with the majority of them less time than it took you to queue up to buy them!
      It is also become a sad fact of life that children are now glued in front of computer games and DVDs, even on Christmas day they can be seen staring down at a DS or watching the new Box Set series. Now I'm not by any means saying these are bad, we all have to move with the times and Kids do get a lot of pleasure from them, but I want to give you three alternative presents that hopefully will give kids much more pleasure!

      Do it yourself Arts and Crafts box.

      I have noticed that when you buy the arts and craft sets they tend to come in a case and look very charming and pretty. However for the cost (often £10-£15) you don't actually get that much stuff. It tends to include a set of cheap paints, coloured pencils, felt tips, 1 rubber, 1 scissors and a paintbrush. Really when you calculate all this up it is worth a meagre £2-£4?!
      So why not do it yourself?!
      I normally get a big cardboard box with a lid and decorate it in fancy paper, stickers etc and then inside fill it up with lots of Arts and Craft supplies from chunky bottles of poster paint, to magic markers, paintbrushes, coloured paper, stickers, PVA glue, coloured pencils. You can fill it with anything and everything crafty and you will probably only spend the same money (£10...£15) and you get so much more for your money and kids absolutely love rummaging through it. Why not also buy them a craft book or DVD as well so that they can get inspiration.

      Book Collection sets

      These look gorgeous on shelves in a bedroom and also are fantastic in getting the kids off the computers and away from the Television. The collections you can buy are endless but some classics are Beatrix Potter and Roald Dahl. This is a present that children can keep for years to come and can read in their own time and pace meaning they won't be a one hit wonder. For younger children's collections like 'That's not my...rabbit, kitten, pirate etc.' are lovely.

      Board Games

      I remember that getting a Christmas board game was always my most favourite thing of all as we would all play them as a family on Christmas and Boxing Day. I still have the memories of these games twenty years later. The funny thing is these games really have stood the test of time as they are still on the shelves today!
      When thinking of what game to buy try and get games that children and adults will enjoy together. Some ideas are Guess Who, Scrabble, Boggle and Pictionary. They don't cost too much (£10....£15) and they provide hours of fun.

      So there you have it, three cracking ideas to get the kids off the computers and into the real world on Christmas day. Whether buying for a girl or a boy all these ideas will be a real Christmas treat!

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        23.11.2012 14:37
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        A few ideas that hopefully will go a long way

        Women are from Venus and Men are from Mars. Well that saying is very true in my experience and it is hard to know what to buy for the men of your life for Christmas. I know for years on end my dad ends up with novelty socks and mugs and the occasional piece of fudge. But surely they get bored of getting the same old rubbish every year?!
        Below are two different gift ideas which I believe Men will like but will also be useful and practical to them. Hope you find this useful

        Always a winner!!
        Most men like a pint or two at the weekends, and even more so over Christmas. But they can be so boring in their choices can't they? Us women, well we like a variety of Christmas tipples from Snowballs, to mulled wine, spirits, fruity ciders and good old liquor coffees. The men? 'Pint please.' That's what I usually hear from my husband and dad. So I got my thinking cap on last year and decided to spice up their fridge with a good selection of ales.
        If you look in stores such as Selfridges or BHS (although even supermarkets like Asda and Tesco will fine) you will discover a whole host of exciting Ales. They have some bizarre names with pictures on the label... eg, The Fox and the Hound or Hole in one. You can usually buy them individually or as part of a set and they range from around £2 for individual ones to £8 for a set.
        Once you have your Ales you could also jazz it up by adding a few miniatures of their favourite spirits, add a novelty shot glass or Pint glass and perhaps a few beer snacks (my dad loves them big tubes of nuts)
        To package it all up just buy a cheap wicker basket and arrange it all neatly inside. You can add cellophane and bows if you like but men will be men and they probably won't notice anyway.

        Nice and Naughty Vouchers
        If the men in your life are anything like mine then getting them to buy clothes is a complete nightmare. They just won't spend the money and always put off clothes shopping. If you buy them a voucher for a department store such as JD Sports, Moss, Jack Jones etc, then they have no choice but to go and buy something... and as they are not handing over physically money I have found they enjoy the experience a lot more. PS.. Don't get them vouchers for stores which sell silly gadgets and Man toys as well as clothes or you will find your house clogged up with another load of rubbish.
        Alternatively you could buy some 'naughty' vouchers from Ann Summers or other adult shops. These vouchers are a bit of fun and include things such as 'One Kiss under the Mistletoe, 'one sexy dance' etc. They will probably enjoy this gift more than the conventional vouchers, and cannot wait to cash them in! And just to add this is probably a good idea if you are buying for your husband or partner, granddads and dads to not take to kindly to them lol

        So there you have it, two ideas (well three really) that you can buy your man for Christmas. A perfect collection for his Christmas sack!

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        22.11.2012 23:41
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        Please have a read through and let me know if it was useful :)

        So that time of year is upon us again and it's time to get thinking of gift ideas. It can be difficult knowing what to buy, especially for the women of the family such as mothers, grandmas, aunties etc. It's particularly difficult In my opinion to buy older members of your family for a few reasons.
        1: The conversation with my mum and nanna every year goes something to this effect
        Me: 'What would you like for Christmas this year?'
        Them: 'Oh don't get me anything.'
        Me: 'No seriously I want to, what would you like?'
        Them: 'Anything.'
        Me: 'Any ideas at all?'
        Them: 'Oh just some chocolates or bubble bath.'

        Now I don't know about you but I find it pretty boring opening chocolates and bubble bath every year, and it tends to sit there with all the other bubble baths and chocolates for weeks and even months on end.

        2: They don't like (or cannot work) gadgets and therefore they are out of the question.

        3: As a twenty seven year old girl its difficult knowing what a seventy three year old woman would appreciate.

        Therefore it definitely takes some 'thinking out of the box.' Below are three ideas for Gifts for women which through experience I have found works really well, and hopefully does not break the bank. I have listed them in price order and they range from under £10 to around the £100 mark.

        1. A little bit of memory magic

        Last year I came across a blank calendar in the Paper Mill shop (but you can pick them up from most craft shops or online.) We have all seen the calendars on the adverts where you can digitally upload your own photos onto them for each month of the year, and this gift alone is thoughtful. However with the blank calendar you can actually decorate it yourself. Above the month and days is a rectangular blank space and for each month I added a photo which was special to my mum and nanna. For example on the month of May I had chosen a picture of my nanna's mum (my great grandmother) who sadly is no longer with us. Her birthday is in May. I then decorated around it with lovely little stickers from the craft shop which you can pick up cheaply (Pack of butterfly stickers approx 99p) As my lovely Nanna is getting on a bit I also wrote in all the family's birthdays into the correct days so that she would not forget them.
        The end result was really amazing, it looked stunning and my nanna actually cried when she looked through it. Total price to make was approximately £6.00... and the look on her face was priceless.

        2. Makeup bag of goodies!!
        A little more expensive but the price can vary depending on how much you would like to spend. This is an excellent idea for younger women like daughters, nieces, grand-children. My mum gets this gift for me every year and every year it is my single most exciting present even though it's probably one of the cheapest.
        She buys me a new makeup bag and then fills it with lots of little beauty products. A lot of the stuff is actually samples (my mum works at Boots so it is relatively easy for her) but most shops from Boots to Superdrug and Selfridges will give you cosmetic samples if you ask. The things she includes are sample perfumes, foundations and face creams. She then adds to that a few sachets of face masks (again you can buy these for as little as 60p each) and then adds to it a selection of individual eye shadows, a mascara, eye pencil and lipstick. I would have a guess that the whole present costs around £30 to complete but it is so exciting to rummage through it Christmas morning.

        3. Christmas show or theatre tickets
        This gift is always a winner. Around Christmas and New Year time there are always shows and productions to go to. Last year I took my Mum to see Wizard of Oz at the Lowry theatre and she absolutely loved it. If you look around your town and research it you will always find a good show or production to go to. This is lovely as well as you actually get to go with them, and spend some quality time together. I also treated my mum to a meal before the show began. The whole thing cost around £100 but the memories will last forever.

        So there you have it. Three of my best ideas for Christmas gifts, I hope you find them useful and please let me know if you actually decide to use any of my ideas.
        Thank you and Merry Christmas xxx

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        • Urban Decay Eyeshadow / Make Up / 12 Readings / 12 Ratings
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          22.11.2012 12:48
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          A gorgeous eye shadow that makes you sparkle!

          So if like me your makeup bag is fit to bursting and you are a sucker for buying eye shadows then you are probably wondering which ones are worth spending your hard earned cash on.
          One of my favourite brands is Urban Decay eye shadow and I highly recommend if for these reasons.
          Firstly the eye shadows come in almost every colour imaginable from dusky pink to electric blue. The colours are vibrant and show up beautifully on your eyes. Whatever your outfit there is always a shade in this collection to compliment or it.
          Secondly the eye shadow is great at staying put for the whole day or evening. With other brands I have often found that over the course of a few hours the eye shadow fades or is wiped off easily. I can go on a night out at 7pm and when I arrive home at midnight the shade is still vibrant and in place with no smudges whatsoever.
          The only thing which I will say is that I don't find these eye shadows are the best at blending, especially with each other as each colour is so prominent. You also have to apply them carefully as you cannot get away with a rushed job...if you smudge this whilst putting it onto your eyelids then it definitely shows up for all to see.
          I also like the packaging of the eye shadow. It is in a small, metallic, circular looking case with clear plastic over the top so you can see the colour straight away...excellent as you don't have to open each one to see the shade.
          The price is also reasonable at £3.99 and you can buy it from most cosmetic stores from Boots to Superdrug.
          They also do not crack or shatter like some other individual eye shadows meaning that you do not end up getting it all over your makeup bag.
          So to conclude would I recommend Urban Decay eye shadow? The answer is most definitely yes! It doesn't matter what your skin tone there are colours to suit everyone and I very much enjoy collecting them all.

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          22.11.2012 00:47
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          Dont waste money on flashy brands... this is all you need.

          WOW, WOW, WOW!!!
          This shampoo is absolutely gorgeous. In my opinion it is one of the nicest shampoos out there, a lot better than the really expensive and supposed 'Professional' brands.

          The first thing which you will notice about this shampoo is the smell, it is wonderfully divine. It smells like coconut but to be honest it's a lot better than other coconut smelling shampoos... it has a smell of its own it really does. When I wash my hair in this shampoo I can smell it all day. It has a truly scrumptious, sweet, fresh smell to it that I haven't experienced with other brands.

          It also makes your hair shine and does not make it frizz or look dry. When you put your hand through your hair after using this shampoo it feels soft, light and silky... everything you want from a shampoo really.
          Another amazing thing about this shampoo is how long it keeps your hair looking top notch. I have naturally greasy hair and with other brands I found I was washing my hair every day in order to keep it looking clean. Not with Aussie shampoo. Even after two or sometimes three days (although I rarely go this long without washing it) my hair is still super shiny and clean. I have long hair (below the shoulder) and I often find with other brands my hair looks lifeless and limp a day or so after washing, but with this shampoo I find it looks much more thick and full of life.

          So, overall I more than recommend this shampoo. Give it a try you really won't be disappointed, and for the price you really can't go wrong.

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            22.11.2012 00:02
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            If you love to read then what are you waiting for?!

            When I first started hearing about the Kindle I was initially dubious as I didn't think you could beat a good old book. I have many books clogging up the shelves at home and wasn't sure I could cope with technology (Yes I'm 27 but no I am not of the new 'gadget' generation.)

            I will tell you the reason I decided to get a Kindle. I live abroad and getting decent books is a bit of a hassle. We don't have any actual book shops here, well we do but living in Tenerife the books do tend to be written in Spanish (How very rude of them : )

            We have some second hand book shops which are fine but you cannot get the new releases and you do depend on the books which people have given in often meaning you are left wanting. Of course I could order from Amazon but the books arrive weeks after you have ordered and sometimes they do get lost in the post. Therefore I decided I would go ahead and buy a Kindle and opted for the Kindle touch.

            I ordered the Kindle from Amazon and had it delivered to my parents address in the UK as I was going there for a holiday a few weeks later. I was taken aback by how simple the set up was. I already have an Amazon account so all I had to do was enter the serial number which was on the Kindle packaging into Amazon, choose a name for my Kindle and that was pretty much it. Believe me when I say it was not hard as I am normally rubbish with following instructions and making things actually work!

            The Kindle has truly changed my life. I know this may seem a bit over the top but it is true. It is so light weight and the screen is just like reading a paperback book. You get absolutely no glare from it at all even when you are reading it in direct sunlight (and I should know as I read it in Tenerife whilst sunbathing most weeks.)

            It is also so simple to choose and download books. Once you commit to buy a book it is downloaded in a matter of seconds. You can also see your 'chosen for you' book lists which are a collection of books similar to those you have previously bought which is amazing as you have so much choice at your finger-tips.
            I also love the fact that you can download a sample of a book before you buy it. You tend to get 10% of the book to try, therefore if you do not like the book you haven't wasted any money.

            The prices of the books are often discounted as well which is great as you save so much money.
            All of the books you purchase are in your library on the kindle and you can leave a book at any time and when you go back to it it's on the exact page you left it (no more flicking through to try and find your spot.) And don't worry about losing or breaking the Kindle because all your books are saved to your amazon account as well so you can easily transfer them onto a new Kindle.

            You can literally save thousands of books onto the Kindle as well so it will never be full... and you are not taking up half of your living room space with books!

            And just to add, the battery life lasts forever (at least 1 month at a time for an avid reader and longer if you only read it once or twice a week) and you have access to loads of free books which is always a good thing.
            If there are negatives for the Kindle touch it would be firstly that you cannot flick through easily like you can a paperback book. So I wouldn't recommend reading things like Bibles or cookbooks on the Kindle. There is a way to find different chapters and pages but it is a bit confusing and not as simple as just flicking through. Secondly it is not simple to swap your books with others like you can the good old hard back. It is possible but you need to register both Kindles to the same account and then you can share them but this is time consuming.
            However, overall this is an excellent e-reader. I can't comment on whether it is the best as I don't have any experience with any others but it has certainly lightened up my life and I now don't ever have to visit a second hand bookshop again!

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              21.11.2012 23:21
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              A lovely little book that encourages development in so many ways

              This is one book in a whole collection of the same title. That's not my Kitten, Hamster, Princess, Teddy Bear... you get the picture right?
              I buy a lot of these books for my niece Holly and have also came across them in my role as a Nursery Nurse a few years ago. They are lovely, delightful educational books which are roughly aimed at children from nine months up to two years.
              Firstly the books are durable as they are chunky board books and little children are unable to rip them or screw up the pages (anyone with little ones will fully appreciate this.) The pages are also glossy (sorry for my lack of wording here but I can't think of the exact term) but basically I mean they can be wiped down easily if your little one happens to scribble on the pages or drop their juice all over the cover. As they are board books it also means that a small child can turn over the pages easier than they would be able to in a thin paper book.
              On each page of this book we meet a particular type of friendly, brightly coloured kitten. The words are pretty simple
              'That's not my kitten, her fur is too soft.' Or 'That's not my kitten, her nose is too squishy.' As this is a touchy feely book the child is able to feel what is being described, they can experience different textures and fabrics. Lots of materials are used from hair to rubber and felt.
              This is excellent in child development for a few reasons. Firstly, the child is able to feel the adjective described therefore gaining a sense of language through experience. A child can come to an understanding what 'soft, hard, prickly, fury' feels like. It also helps children familiarise themselves with certain body parts and also certain animal body parts such as whiskers and paws.
              The repetitiveness of the dialogue also means that slightly older children can read along with you through memory. The children in my nursery room could often recite the whole book by themselves; which again is good as it helps with memory and vocabulary.
              As well as being educational it is also great fun. My niece who is eleven months old loves feeling the different textures and enjoys turning the pages and waiting for the end of the story when finally you find 'your kitten.'
              'That's MY kitten, her eyes are so shiny.' Or something to that effect!
              I would highly recommend these books and the Kitten one is my absolute favourite. From personal experience children never get bored of hearing it over and over again (even if the adults do.)
              Overall it is a wonderful little book which teaches your child so much and is beautiful to look at. It is also part of a lovely collection which looks wonderful In a nursery or bedroom.

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              20.11.2012 15:18
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              An excellent account of the life and trials of a foster carer

              For those of you who are not familiar with Cathy Glass' books I shall provide you firstly with a brief background history to the author and the content of her books.

              Firstly the name Cathy Glass is a pseudonym; due to the nature of her books and the people which she writes about this is necessary to protect their identities and the confidentiality of child protection cases. Glass is an experienced foster carer who first started fostering with her husband Mike some twenty years ago when she seen an ad in the paper (It was not as widely known about and available as it is today.)

              Over the years Cathy has fostered many children, from babies to teenagers and has witnessed some pretty disturbing and horrific cases of neglect and child abuse. For the last fifteen or so years Glass has been divorced from her husband but has continued to foster as a single parent. She also has two children of her own from her marriage, a boy called Adrian and a daughter called Paula. She also adopts a teenager called Lucy who features in her recent books.

              This particular account differs considerably from her other books; in the way that in this circumstance the child in question is not the victim to abuse of neglect, but needs foster care as his Father (and only family member) has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and is not expected to live for very long.
              When Cathy first hears of this story from her link worker she is cautious as she doesn't know how this sad little boy's situation will impact on her two young children. Coping with the idea of death and especially the death of a parent is hard and wanting to protect her innocent children she initially has her reservations. It is however her own children who persuade Cathy to take on this case.

              The boy in question is seven year old Michael, and the story is based around him and his father Patrick and how Cathy and her family help Michael through what must be an incredibly sad and anxious time in any child's life. Patrick also features heavily in the book and it is nice to see the beautiful friendship and mutual love and respect which develops between the two families.
              The book is written honestly and without pretence. Cathy Glass is excellent in painting the picture and speaking thoughtfully and empathetically about the people who she works with. It is also an interesting insight to learn about her children and how they deal and cope with having to share their home with strangers.

              As well as being heart-warming and at times incredibly upsetting, it also offers the reader an insight into the world of Social Services and foster carers and shows just how much work does go in to placing a child and who are involved; from the Social workers, to school, parents, foster carers and often judges, guardians and family members.

              As with any non-fiction book the author cannot just make a happy ending; yet Glass really does take you on a journey and helps you as the reader to feel closure and acceptance just as the people in the story do. Her accounts are detailed and full of reflective thought. She really is a remarkable woman and it humbles you to read her day to day life in caring for others.

              Whether you are a foster carer, interested in the care system or just interested in the lives of others this book is for you. It brings to the forefront terminal illness and the affect this has on children, but shows that there really are people out there who care and are willing to go the extra mile.

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            • Junk - Melvin Burgess / Junior Book / 9 Readings / 7 Ratings
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              You have to read Junk; you really do not feel like you are reading fiction!

              I first read this book when I was fourteen years old and I was completely blown away by it. I have since read it again recently and it still manages to impact me in a truly astounding way. The best thing about this book is that it is as relevant today as it was twelve years ago when I first read it.
              The plot is relatively simple, and yet the complexity of the characters and their situation makes this book what it is.
              The main characters are Tar (David) and Gemma. They are teenagers who each have their own issues and find solace in each other. Tar is badly beaten by his father, and slaves away daily to help and protect his alcoholic Mother. Gemma is a complete contrast; although her family life is relatively normal she feels misunderstood and as many teenagers has a rebellious streak. The two characters complement each other beautifully and the relationship is interesting from the beginning.
              When Tar runs away from home, Gemma decides she will go along for the ride. What is a real break for Tar initially is a bit of fun for Gemma... but things become serious as they end up heavenly involved in a life of squatting, theft and drugs and ultimately become hooked on Heroin. Of course we meet many other wildly complex characters along the way.
              The thing which makes this book so wonderful is the brutal honesty of the writer. Burgess does not skirt around any issue; whether that be drugs, teenage prostitution or under age sex. He writes in an easy to read, yet profound way which totally engrosses the reader into the lives of these characters. He also writes in first person, swapping the narrator between Tar, Gemma and a few others. This helps the reader to truly identify with each character and empathise and relate to them all.
              All in all I believe this to be one of the best books I have ever read. It is effortlessly and beautifully written and I recommend everyone to give it a try

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              19.11.2012 18:05
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              dont buy it if you have dark thick hair as it's a waste of time

              So, are you fed up of shaving your legs, bikini line and under arm hair every few days? Are you sick to death of blotchy skin, irritable skin and shaving rash where you rather it wouldn't be?
              WELL... YOU ARE NOT ALOLE!
              I am pretty dark, and my body hair does tend to be rather dark and coarse and shaving is like a full time job. I was pretty fed up of stubble appearing only a day or two after I had shaved, and being a bit of a wuss I didn't fancy waxing, either at a salon or a home kit so I decided to give Veet hair removal cream a try. I used it on two areas
              1 Legs
              2 Bikini Line

              PACKAGING
              It is packed nicely in a squeezy bottle with a flip lid; useful as you don't lose the lid and therefore the cream doesn't dry up. The bottle is packed into a relatively small cardboard tube which is easy to open and it looks nice to the eye and blends in nicely with your other beauty products in your bathroom cabinet.

              INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE
              Could not be easier! Everything is clearly outlined and usage is simple... it comes equipt with a type of 'spatula' device, used to scrape off the cream (and hair) from the part of your body your using it on. Basically, you smear the cream on the area you want to remove hair from, wait three minutes...and then with a little water and your 'spatula tool' scrape it off... SIMPLE RIGHT??
              NO!!
              My hair barely budged! And my legs and bikini line ended up patchy and uneven. It did take quite a bit of the hair off but not down to the root and in places not at all. I tried it again and left it on for a longer time but again it didn't really work very well. So in the end I just ended up shaving which it tells you not to do once you have used it but what can you do when you have hairy legs and are hitting the town?

              Also... I gave it another go when I only had a bit of stubble on my legs and it was unable to remove that at all!
              However; I have had friends who are fair and they say it works well so perhaps it just wasn't strong enough for my hair. It also smells pretty bad and it can cause irritable skin and burning so do read the instructions carefully and I wouldn't recommend if you have sensitive skin.

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              18.11.2012 19:24
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              An excellent read by a fine writer

              The 'Ladykiller' by Martina Cole is my favourite fiction book of all time, and therefore I feel important to do this review justice. It is, in my opinion, the best book she has ever written and her recent books have not been a patch on this one. I haven't just read this book once, but three times over the period of seven years. If you choose to read this you will not be disappointed.
              The main protagonist in this story is George Markham. He is the guy next door, a mild meek man who isn't particularly interesting to speak to and even less interesting to look at. He walks around with his head down and his mouth closed, silently taking the insults his boisterous, domineering wife Elaine throws at him. However, George has a dark side to him and behind 'the smile that barely shows his teeth' is a sadistic, cold blooded murderer whose perverse sexual ideals spill out onto the streets of London, where no woman is safe.
              The sub story focuses on London hard man Patrick Kelly (Yep, Martina Cole loves to include one of these) and DC Kate Burrows, the officer who works on the murder case. After Patrick's daughter is killed by Markham, he is out for revenge...and not a prison sentence. Patrick and Kate's lives become interwoven, as they both search for 'the lady killer.' The relationship between the two of them is a perfect sub plot to the main plot.
              This book is cleverly written, making each character come alive on the page. They each have their strengths and weakness' and are described so well you feel like you know them personally. Every chapter comes with suspense and tension, meaning it is virtually impossible to put down. The women he kills are not just 'victims', Cole ensures that each character has their own voice, and their own story even if they only feature in one chapter.
              As the case moves on and George Markham kills more women, the suspense mounts and just when you think his time is up, the plot twists once again. Reading the book I wondered throughout how it would end, and how I would like it to end. It did not disappoint.
              Just so you know 'as I recommended this to an old woman once in a second hand book store,' the language is terrible, swear words galore and graphic descriptions often involving sexual perversions and murder. I saw the lady the next day as she was returning the book because of the 'degrading filth that it was.' Bad language does not bother me, in fact I think it's clever and Cole often comes up with some interesting similes; my favourite being 'as cold as a witches' tit.' I appreciate however that this is not to everybody's taste.
              So, if you have enjoyed other Martina Cole Novels then you will definitely like this one. If you like crime and thriller novels with a gritty realistic edge, then you really should give this a try!

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                18.11.2012 18:30

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                If you are regular then these are a great way in showing ovulation.

                These are simple and easy to use. The instructions tell you exactly when to start using them judging on your menstrual cycle. I am pretty regular and therefore didn't find it a problem to know when to start testing for ovulation. They are nicely compact and you can carry then around with you if you need to test whilst out and about. All you do is pull off the pink cap, wee on the stick for the time indicated and then wait a few minutes. If you are ovulating a smiley face appears, if you are not a circle appears. This is the best thing about them compared to other cheaper brands. Unlike pregnancy tests where a line, no matter how faint, is a sure sign of pregnancy with non-digital ovulation sticks a line does not mean you are ovulating, it has to be a prominent dark line and this is often very confusing as I personally was never sure how dark was dark enough. With these clear blue ones it is impossible to get it wrong and it is not open to interpretation.
                Obviously a smiley face does not indicate that you will definitely ovulate, just that your hormones have rose which they do 24-48 hours before ovulation. The instructions even tell you when the best days are to have intercourse once you have the smiley face in order to have a greater chance of pregnancy occurring.
                They are expensive, I paid around £20 a pack for them and if you have irregular periods you would need to use a lot of sticks in order to detect ovulation. However, that aside, it does take the guess work out of baby making and if you don't have any fertility problems getting the days right is often the biggest obstacle and these sticks help you to overcome that.

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                18.11.2012 17:57
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                TTC buddies... It's worth a try, but I dont think it can combat major fertility problems

                Anyone trying for their first child, or anyone who can remember, will know that initially it is an exciting and nerve wracking experience but after many months with no luck excitement turns to disappointment and then to upset, confusion and stress. You will purchase almost anything on the market which may help you in your trying to conceive journey no matter what the cost.
                It was my mum who initially suggested we use pre seed lubricant as she works in Boots and had read that some lubricants are actually bad for sperm and kill it. The pre seed has been scientifically proven to help sperm reach the egg. A little strange having this conversation with your mum but never the less we decided to give it a try.
                I found it relatively easy to use. I didn't have the applicator version but it wasn't much of a problem introducing it into the bedroom as part of the baby making process 
                However, If you are wanting to inject it far up into yourself, which I assume would be better then I definitely recommend using the applicator as I'm pretty sure when we used it the lubricant didn't go right up inside only around the vaginal wall.
                It feels ok, to be honest it is just similar to all the other lubricants on the market and if you need to use lubricant in order to enjoy intercourse and you are trying for a baby then I would say this product is a must. It is slightly sticky and gloopy but I guess that's what you should expect. It is pretty odourless which is good and has a long use by date. You get a fair amount in the tube as well so although it is a little costly you do get a lot for your money. If I had one complaint it would be the packaging, there is a picture of a bonny baby on the front of the tube. I don't think this is very helpful as when you reach for it during them 'intimate moments' the last thing you want to see is a bouncing baby, especially when you are struggling so much to have one of your own.
                And I guess now for the bit you all want to know, did it work? Well no, at least not for us; although we have now found we do have a fertility issue and are on the IVF waiting list which we start in the New Year. This in my opinion is not a quick fix and from my own experience it does not combat medical problems; but is definitely worth it rather than using normal lubricant and I have had friends who have sworn by it in getting pregnant.

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                  18.11.2012 16:32
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                  Its worth spening a bit more to look a million dollars

                  I always thought Clinique makeup was for mums, probably because I associate it with my mum wearing it my whole life. I have always swapped and changed with my foundation, from Rimmel to Maybelline and was relatively happy with them. I then bought some Avon foundation and it was diabolical. It was like spreading sticky, watery PVA glue on my face. I live abroad and my mum had come to visit, it was actually my hen night! She kindly said I could use her Clinique 'even better' makeup and I was hooked from then on. I even wore it on my wedding day.
                  The texture is rich, creamy and smooth, but does not feel heavy on your face. A tiny bit really does go a long way, especially if you use a foundation brush as you don't get it all over your hands. It doesn't feel sticky or itchy it's just so natural and the skin match is excellent (obviously you have to find your colour) but mine blended in beautifully. My face looks so flawless when I wear it, and yes I have had several comments on how nice my skin looks. I don't have a blotchy or spotty complexion as a general rule but my mum does suffer with acne scars and yet this makeup covers it amazingly.
                  It is also durable and lasts all day so no need to re do after a few hours. It is slightly expensive, my husband nearly had a heart attack when I spent 24 euros on it, but I think it is worth every penny.

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