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    • Progress - Take That / Music Album / 30 Readings / 28 Ratings
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      28.09.2011 10:30
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      A great new album from the Take That boys!

      I am a massive Take That fan and at first I wasn't sure about this album; it is definitely different to anything they have done before. I took a while to grow on me, as the songs are not like their usual but I can say now that it is really good- I really like it. The CD costs around £4 from Amazon at present, which is good value. It was first released in November last year from Polydor music.

      The CD includes the tracks The Flood, SOS, Wait, Kidz, Pretty Things, Happy Now, Underground Machine, What do you want from me?, Affirmation and Eight Letters. These songs range from ballads such as Eight Letters to more uplifting and fast pace including SOS and Happy Now. A lot of these tracks have been released as singles including the amazing The Flood as their comeback single. Happy Now was also the Comic Relief single, and Kidz has also been released. My favourite track is Eight Letters as it has a lovely tune.

      My only thing I am not so keen on in the album is that Robbie Williams sings the lead on a lot of the tracks, whereas on their other albums they tend to share it. However, I am not saying this is a bad thing I just personally prefer Gary being the lead. This is my personal opinion, and maybe I just need to get more used to Robbie being part of the band again!

      Even though the tracks are different to what Take That have done before, I like the way they are fresh and different; the songs are catchy and I really like the album.

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    • The Body Shop Coconut Soap / Soaps / 27 Readings / 26 Ratings
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      27.09.2011 14:37
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      A lovely smelling soap which lathers easily and softens skin

      I love products from The Body Shop and this one is no exception! It costs £2 for an 100g bar, and contains community fair trade organic virgin coconut oil and soya oil. I think the price is good value for the soap as it is a nice size and like most soaps it does last a fair while. I also like the way it has natural ingredients and is ethical like most Body Shop products. The soap comes in a simple cling film like wrapper.

      I have found that when using the soap it develops into a rich lather quite quickly. I use to wash my hands and it makes them feel soft and smooth. It also smells really lovely, with a really pleasant coconut fragrance. It also cleans well, making my hands feel really clean and cared for at the same time. It smells more like a shower gel than a soap and is lovely to use as something different.

      It is a lovely soap for the bathroom to use to wash your hands or body in the shower for example. I also believe it is a nice present for someone due to the lovely quality and fragrance. I like using them as stocking fillers for my friends and family.

      Overall, if you regularly use soap and haven't tried this one, I would recommend using it for the lovely scent and quality.

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        27.09.2011 14:29
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        A great value moisturiser

        This is one of the cheapest moisturisers from The Body Shop and I really like it. I like the way it is different as it is called 'Carrot' and I gave it a try for the price and the uniqueness. I now use it all the time. It costs £4 for 50ml and is really good value. It is in a black tub, where you just unscrew the top and apply. I normally apply it to my face after washing and toning my face. I have found it lasts a few months, as you only need a little bit for your face and neck. The design of the tub also means you can get all the moisturiser out of it and you don't feel like you are throwing any away.

        The moisturiser is orange in colour and has quite a pleasant scent. I can't put my finger on what it smells like but it is nice and subtle and not too overpowering. It contains community fair trade beeswax, which is good ethically and means it is quite natural. It is really moisturising, and makes my skin feel smooth and soft. It is light in consistency and is not greasy on my skin. It is a classic product in my opinion, and nice to use to give your skin some care.

        Overall, I would give this moisturiser a try if you want to try something a bit different, and care for your skin.

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        27.09.2011 14:13
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        A refreshing and cooling spray for your legs and feet

        This spray costs £5 for 100ml, and I believe it is good value. You can also get 10% with a Love Your Body card which you can get online or in store. The spray lasts well; I have had mine for a few months and only about a third has gone. You only need a few sprays on your legs and feet to get the effect.

        I bought the spray to help cool my feet and legs down, and I have found it really nice to use. When your feet are hot in the summer for example or after a long day at work I spray a few sprays and they instantly feel cooler. It also smells really nice, with a minty fragrance and is very refreshing. The scent is also quite energising and I really like using the spray for this effect. It is great to use also on your legs after a long day at work for the effect; I also find it makes me feel more relaxed.

        To use the spray, you just remove the cap and spray. The bottle is nice as it is see-through so you can see how much you have left. The spray also contains community fair trade peppermint oil, so is quite natural.

        I will definitely be buying another when mine runs out!

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        27.09.2011 14:05
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        A truthful and interesting book about weight loss written honestly

        I bought this book a couple of years ago, and have read it a few times. I originally bought it from Amazon but it seems quite hard to get hold of now. It has a RRP of £7.99. The book has 400 pages, and was originally published in the UK in 2008.

        The book covers a weight loss story personally from Shauna Reid, who in January 2001 was 23 years old and twenty five stone. In the book, she talks about her online blog of her alter ego Diet Girl, and talks directly to you confiding in the audience with her thoughts and worries. It is written like a diary where Shauna states the week of her weight loss, the date and her weight including how much she has lost and gained. It also has some nice pictures in the middle of the book of Shauna as a young child showing how she gained the weight and lost it again! Shauna is Australian, and goes travelling in the book where eventually she looses twelve and a half stone. It is lovely to see her in the pictures when she has lost the weight.

        I found the book hard to put down, as I wanted to know what happens next. There are familiar characters throughout the book, such as her mother which she calls 'The Mothership' and her sister Rhiannon. Shauna talks honestly about how she gained weight, and the lengths she has gone to in order to loose weight and be happy. She also meets her now husband Gareth during the book and it is really endearing seeing how they meet.

        I think it is easy to relate to Shauna, whether you have struggled with your weight personally or not. She talks from the heart, also with humour and I think it is a really good read.

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          27.09.2011 12:01
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          A pleasant moisturiser that makes your skin soft and hydrated

          I love The Body Shop! I bought this to give it a try, and have been quite impressed. It costs £9 for 50ml on but sometimes they have it on offer online, and you can get 10% off with a Love Your Body card which you get get in store or online. I think the price is quite expensive; I do love the product but try and buy it when it is on offer to save money.

          This moisturiser is suitable for all skin types and is designed to hydrate and protect skin. There is a whole range of Vitamin E skincare products available and I think they are really nice to use. This moisturiser comes in a small pink pot with a black lid. To use, you just unscrew the lid and apply to your face. I normally apply after washing and toning my face. The moisturiser is pink is colour and has a subtle light scent which is quite pleasant; it smells like flowers so is quite nice. The moisturiser is light, and when I put it on my skin it easily absorbs and is non-greasy. I like to use it as it makes my skin feel soft and nourished. It is very gentle, and nice just to give your skin a bit of treatment and care.

          The moisturiser lasts well, as a little goes a long way. Also, the pot it is in is good as you can get almost all the moisturiser out of it and you don't feel like any is wasted. You can throw away an empty pot!

          Overall, if you want a nice pleasant moisturiser to protect and hydrate your skin I would give this a try!

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          26.09.2011 22:03
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          An interesting documentary

          I bought this after watching the documentary and being a big Take That fan. It was released in April 2006, after the documentary was screened on television the previous year. It costs around £4 to £5 online which is a reasonable price. It has a running time of approximately 170 minutes, which consists of the 70 minute documentary and 100 minutes of unseen footage. It is rated as a 15 as there is some swearing and certain naughty words said by the band members from footage of their days as young guys in Take That.

          The DVD tells the story of all the band members of Take That, Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams. Each member is filmed giving their opinion of what happened, including what they liked and disliked, usually with a nice room or something as the backdrop. This is combined with showing footage of the band and the members comment on it. The documentary goes through from when they first started to what they are doing at that point; for example it shows Howard with his daughter and Gary with his children and wife in his Delemere Manor house. I feel it is well put together, flows nicely and is nice to watch.

          I really like the way the documentary allows you to see the real opinions and views of all the band members. Obviously it is a bit dated now, as it was made before they got back together but it is still a good starting point to understand the band's history. I don't like the end though when Gary, Mark, Jason and Howard all meet up and Robbie does not show up, and see the pure emotion on their faces which shows how they really were good friends and did like each other in my opinion.

          Overall, if you haven't seen this, I would recommend watching it as it is interesting to see how the band formed and progressed up until 2005. It is also nice to see what the band members got up to after leaving the band.

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            26.09.2011 16:19
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            An amazing concert captured on DVD with great bonus footage

            I went to see the show and bought the DVD as I loved the show so much! The DVD captures the show really well, and I just love watching it! You can buy it for about £10 from Play.com and it is a region 2 DVD. The DVD features part of the 2007 Beautiful World tour filmed at the O2 arena in London.

            The DVD features 2 discs:
            Disc 1 (110 Minutes)- Beautiful World - The Show:
            - Reach Out
            - It Only Takes A Minute
            - Beautiful World
            - Patience
            - Hold On
            - I'd Wait For Life
            - Relight My Fire
            - Rule The World
            - Could It Be Magic
            - Back For Good
            - Everything Changes
            - Wooden Boat
            - Give Good Feeling
            - Sure
            - Never Forget
            - Shine
            - Pray

            Disc 2 - Beautiful World Extras (160 Minutes):
            - The journey - exclusive on the road film
            - Radio Commentary
            - Gallery

            This tour was the first Take That tour I had been too and I was shocked by how good there were live. I am no hooked! My favourite parts of the DVD are the way they transform 'Give Good Feeling' into a proper dance track by updating it. I also really like the way they change 'Could it be Magic' into a slower tune with stage effects, where it is more like a theatre production than a concert. All the songs are sung with a great stage and some with great dance moves, where Take That as always put on an amazing show. They sing a mix of their old classics, and new songs off the new Beautiful World album. The tour is filmed well in my opinion, with individual and group shots of the band, along with shots of the crowd making you relive the night or become part of the atmosphere if you weren't there.

            I really like the journey part on disc 2, as it features how Take That came up with the idea for the tour. It also shows them rehearsing, travelling around the UK and Europe, along with how they coped when Howard had a collapsed lung and could not perform for part of the tour. I like to watch this part as a film on its own as it is really interesting and you see footage you wouldn't of otherwise seen if you hadn't bought the DVD.

            If you haven't seen the tour I would recommend buying it as it is a great show and worth watching. If you did see the tour live, it is a nice souvenir to relive the night and the bonus footage is lovely.

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            • Mrs. Doubtfire (DVD) / DVD / 19 Readings / 17 Ratings
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              26.09.2011 15:55
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              A classic family film that is hilarious and uplifting

              You can buy this for about £3 in HMV and Tesco, and if you haven't seen it before I highly recommend that you do! The film was made in 1993, and the DVD released in 1994. It is also a PG classification, and the DVD is a region 2. It also features subtitles in Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, and Norwegian. The film has a running time of 125 minutes.

              To put it simply, I just love this film! I know it is almost twenty years old but it it such a classic! Robin Williams is so funny, and plays the part of Mrs Doubtfire and Daniel Hillard brilliantly. The basic storyline is that Daniel hosts a party for his son and makes a mess of the house. This is the final blow for Miranda Hillard (Sally Field) who asks for a divorce. Then, as Daniel only receives visitation rights to see his children at the weekend he applies to be a housekeeper for the family, as Mrs Doubtfire! The family find out eventually, but it does have a happy ending.

              There are so many one-liners and funny parts to the film; for example when Mrs Doubtfire gets chatted up by the bus driver on his/her way home! Also, it is funny when Miranda starts dating Stu (Pierce Brosnan), and Mrs Doubtfire throws a lime at his head and blames it on a chef! There are so many, making it an all time classic.

              I find the story really endearing and hilarious, and it flows really well, meaning you do not get bored at any point during the film. I think it is also suitable for most age groups as the story is family orientated and there are different jokes to suit different ages.

              Overall, if you want a funny light-hearted film with a good storyline and acting I would definately watch this film!

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                25.09.2011 14:48
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                A foundation to make your skin look lovely

                I like trying different foundations and was quite impressed with this one at first. It costs £8.19 from Boots but is on offer at three for two at the moment. Although this is more pricey than other foundations such as the Rimmel range it is still quite a reasonable price and is good quality.

                I have quite oily skin, and when I first applied the foundation I liked the way it went on my skin. It makes your skin look smooth and flawless whilst hiding pores and giving your skin quite a luminous effect. I really like the look of it, and it blends easily into your skin which looks lovely.

                To apply the foundation, you just remove the cap and press the pump; you only need a few pumps to cover your face and neck. I normally apply with my fingers but it is quite good to apply with a sponge for example. I found the foundation did last quite a few months as you do not need much.

                However, after applying the foundation, I found my skin looked oily again quite quickly; it is a thin consistency which is good but I think for more greasy skin I need a thicker foundation to stop the shine on my skin. Maybe it is not really suitable for more oily skin types, so if you have more normal skin I would definitely give this a try due to the lovely way it makes your skin look.

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                25.09.2011 14:38
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                A good value powder that minimises shine temporarily

                I have quite oily skin, and bought this to try and help the shine of my skin. This costs £3.99 from Boots, and is currently on offer at three for two. I think this product is good value, and lasts a long time. I find it normally lasts around three or four months. However, sometimes when it has been in my bag the powder falls apart and goes into pieces which isn't good; but this is probably because of being moved around in my bag and makes me aware I need to buy a new one!

                I apply the powder using a powder brush over my face after applying my foundation. It is easy to apply, and good to keep in your make up bag for when you need it. It looks quite nice on at first, and is not too drying whilst also minimising the shine. However, I have found that the effect only lasts about two or three hours, and you need to reapply throughout the day to keep your skin shine free. However, if your skin is less oily I am assuming it would last a lot longer. I have also found that when you reapply the powder, it can make your skin look like it's got too much powder on. However I like to use this powder as it is a reasonable price, but I will be trying others as I do not think it suits my skin as well as it could.

                It doesn't block your pores which is good, and is worth a try if you have greasy or oily skin due to the reasonable price it is available for.

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                25.09.2011 14:28
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                A great range of colours which are long lasting

                I have been using these for quite a few years and they cost £4.50 from Boots, and are currently on three for two at the moment.

                These pots are really cute, and come in a range of really nice colours. They are really small and fit nicely in your make up bag. I have quite a collection now, and like the way the colours range from subtle such as Bronze Gold to more bold colours including Neon Pink and Lime.

                I think they are good if you want to try something different, such as experiment with different colours on your eyes. You can also build up the intensity with the colour by applying layers to achieve a soft or more bold look. Each pot contains lots of tiny particles which you can apply to your eyes with an applicator brush or even your finger. I have also found the colour lasts well during a night out, and I find it helps if you put some primer or powder on your eye lid before applying the dust to make it last longer.

                The pots last well even though they are really small. You only need a small amount and they last for months and months.

                The only disadvantage of this dazzle dust can sometimes go onto your cheek so it is quite good to apply it holding a tissue or pad under your eye to keep the dust on your eye. I have found if I do not do this it can get quite messy and transfer to your face, as the dust is light.

                Overall, if you are looking for good quality eye shadow either in a bold or more subtle colour I would give these a try. Just be careful when applying!

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              • Barry M Nail Paint / Make Up / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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                25.09.2011 14:14
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                A good quality, long lasting nail paint in a great range of colours

                I really like bright nail polish and I find it hard to find different colours. However, Barry M has solved this problem as their nail paint features many colours to choose from, including ice cream blue, mushroom, and shocking pink for example. They cost £2.99 from Boots and are currently on offer at 3 for 2 at the moment; I believe these nail paints are good value and and the current offer is definitely worthwhile to make them even better value for money.

                I really like these nail paints as they apply easily and smoothly. I normally put two coats on, but they are quite a thick consistency and one could be all you need. I was also impressed with how long the nail varnish lasted, as I found it lasted about a week and had very minimal chipping.

                I would recommend applying a base coat to your nails before applying, especially stronger colours, to prevent the paint staining your nails. It is also good to put a top coat on to make the nail paint last longer. Also, if you want a stronger colour I would recommend applying two or three coats to get the maximum effect.

                Overall, I think Barry M provide a really good range of colours for any occasion; from bright to pale they can suit anyone. I am also impressed with the quality of the nail paint, and will be definitely purchasing more.

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                25.09.2011 14:06

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                A lovely treat to pamper and smooth your skin

                I really like the range of Montagne Jeunesse face masks, as there is a lot to choose from and they are at a reasonable price. These are normally 99p for a sachet from places such as Asda, Boots and Superdrug. They are also on offer sometimes at three for £4. I have found that one sachet enables two uses, or three at a push. However, they are good to share on a girls night in and to use at the same time, as if you keep the sachet it is not resealable and the mask dries up. It is nice to buy a few of these masks and use them weekly as a treat.

                This smoothie face mask contains raspberry, mango and kernal oil amongst other natural ingredients. It is really nice to use and smells lovely. It is one of my favourite face masks to use due to the scent and the lovely feel on your skin.

                To use the mask, just tear open the sachet and apply to your face. I like to wash my face first before applying, and then I tend to leave it on for about ten minutes but it is entirely up to you. When applied to your skin, it has a shiny and glittery tint which great, and I definately feel a difference when I use the mask. The mask helps to exfoliate your skin as it contains small kernels, and makes my skin smoother and more matte after use. The mask also washes off easily with a small amount of warm water.

                The only downside to this product is that I wish it came in a bottle so you can use it again and again, but making do with buying several packets is fine with me!

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                24.09.2011 19:02
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                A lovely treat for your skin

                I love using this face mask; it is one of the best around in my opinion. It costs £2.59 but I have seen it on offer before so normally buy it at the reduced price. It also comes in Aloe Vera scent.

                The mask is really practical as it is in a tube, and you just open the cap and use how much you want; then you can use it again whenever you need to. A lot of face masks you can buy are in packets were you can only really use them at that time. I like the practicality of this mask, which makes it good value for money as you can use it again and again. It lasts around 15 uses in my experience, but I tend to be quite generous so if you use less it will last longer. The tube is also a nice pink colour too.

                The mask is white in colour, and smells of raspberries; the scent is not too overpowering and is very pleasant to use. It also contains raspberry seeds and apricot kernels in the mask, which really help to exfoliate your skin. However be careful when you wash it off because the seeds go everywhere!

                After using the mask, my skin definitely feels smoother and softer. It is a real treat to use. I tend to wash your face, then apply the mask, leave it on for a few minutes or however long I fancy and then wash it off. My skin feels lovely afterwards, and helps as I have quite greasy skin so it helps purify my skin and make it more matte. All this at a reasonable price! I would definitely recommend buying this face mask for a nice treat for your skin.

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