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      03.01.2011 22:05

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      A great car but be prepared to payout when things go wrong / need replacing.

      I have been driving this car nearly two years now, having bought it already used (it is an 04) and it is one of the best cars which I have owned. It is a 2.5 TDI automatic with tiptronic gear box (which means you can either drive it as an automatic or manual) it also has a optional sports mode which is particularly useful for overtaking!

      Inside it is very spacious and can easily fit 3 in the back without them feeling at all cramped. It has a large boot which is perfect for going on holiday or doing the shopping, it is really comfortable for long journeys and has a built in sat nav and a multiplay cd / dvd player (which can be a bit temperamental). I have been able to drive it in all weathers including ice and snow. Because the car is permanent four wheel drive it means that it has really good grip on the road which has been so useful over the last few weeks when we have had such dreadful snow (I live in a remote village and saw quite a few people have problems skidding) and is good off road.

      Over the last 2 years it has been really reliable - never breaking down or failing to start, however, it should be said that when i had to replace the tyres it was really expensive (£600!)

      I would recommend this car for those who have to travel a lot and want something reliable that can shift but obviously because it is a 2.5 it isn't that fuel economical but that is to be expected for such a large engine.

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      03.01.2011 21:46
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      Works well but can be slightly too harsh on your hands

      I have used this product for the last few months as the main handwash in the kitchen (we have a different one for the bathroom). We use the product before cooking and when returning from walks with the dog or working with the horse. It has a easy to use pump action and leaves your hands feeling very clean. The odour isn't too intrusive however, it doesn't smell particularly appealing - more like a cleaning product rather than a handwash.

      Unfortunately the product, if used on a regular basis, does have a tendency to leave your hands quite dry and there have been a few occasions where I have had to use a moisturiser afterwards. It is because of this that I would probably look to buy a moisturising handwash next time - however, it should be said that I may be more prone to dry hands due to working outside.

      The pump action does make the soap easy to use, but unless you are quite meticulous there can often be a soapy build up at the end of the nozzle which doesn't look very appealing.

      This is a functional product but not particularly nice to use and I would probably buy something different next time.

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    • Your Horse / Magazine / Newspaper / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      03.01.2011 21:24

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      Great read!

      I have been buying this magazine on and off for years now but it is only in the last four months when I have actually had my own horse that I have felt I have actually got the most out of this magazine. That is not to say that if you don't own a horse then there is nothing for you but that most of the product reviews, riding articles etc are only really relevant or you can only get to practice them if you either have your own horse, or if you ride somewhere where you can have a significant input in what you can practice.

      In each magazine there will be sections on riding, horsecare, equipment, health as well answers to readers problems and a horse for sale section. The overall philosophy of the magazine does seem to promote the wellbeing of the horse, including working with the horse not simply forcing the horse to behave in a certain way by using tools and gadgets. There have however been a few comments within the articles which I have questioned such as saying a young horse is 'misbehaving' when it simply doesn't understand what is being asked of it.

      I have subscribed to this magazine and look forward to receiving it each month - I keep all the old copies so that I can refer to them as and when necessary. I would definitely recommend this magazine and it is one of the best on the market.

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    • Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub / Lip Care / 10 Readings / 10 Ratings
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      03.01.2011 21:08
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      definitely a fab product!

      I often get dry lips with the skin around the edges start to flake which I hate and simply using a lip balm whilst moisturising does not tackle the flaky skin, so imagine my joy when I was given this as a birthday present (maybe it was a hint!)

      The product itself comes in a small pot which has a screw top - the pot whilst small perhaps is slightly to be to fit comfortably in a smaller sized handbag. When I opened the pot I noticed that because it was very full (so at least you get your moneys worth) means that initially there is a little spillage when attempting to scoop some of the product out. The scrub is a lovely bright pink colour and the consistency of slightly damp sugar plus it smells absolutely gorgeous! When you get some of the scrub onto your finger you apply it directly to your lips, rub in and lick off - it is fab tasting (a little bit too much because I always want more!)

      The scrub does leave your lips a lot smoother than before however it doesn't get rid of all the dry skin although maybe that would be a good thing because there is nothing worse than pulling at dry skin and then your lips bleeding.

      I think that to get the best out of this product you do need to it regularly because if you let your lips get too dry you won't be able to get all the dry skin off in one scrub.

      I will definitely be using the product often and will buy again!

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        28.11.2010 22:06
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        An economical way to keep your skin smooth

        I love exfoliating and have tried dozens of different products over the years and these gloves are most certainly one of the more effective products I have tried.

        I tend to use these gloves in the shower, I take a small amount of shower gel or body wash and rub it between my hands (with gloves on) before using the gloves to 'scrub' all over my body except my face. The gloves certainly exfoliate well but I have to say that unless I use a particular creamy body wash I do find the gloves quite harsh particularly on my stomach, chest and arms (and I don't have particularly sensitive skin).

        I also find that unless you are careful to fully rinse the gloves after use and then allow to dry instead of shoving behind the taps in the bath because otherwise the gloves are all wet and horrible when putting them on again!

        The gloves do mean that you don't have to keep buying a separate exfoliate but don't provide a particularly luxurious or indulgent experience which for me is quite important when choosing a product. If money is a bit tight then I would recommend these gloves but if you have cash to splash then treat yourself to some 'real' exfoliater!

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        28.11.2010 21:33

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        Changed my phone at the first opportunity

        I have to say that I was surprised by how many positive reviews this phone has received because I really am disappointed with it and I normally love Nokias.

        This phone is a touchscreen, with all the usual apps and uses - internet, calendar, text, email, music etc which is fine and well expect for the functionality. Below are the most common problems I have had with this phone and have lead me to changing it at the earliest opportunity:

        Texting - when texting the screen will often go from the message I am writing to the sending screen even though I haven't pressed back / send. This happens on a regular basis and is very frustrating when wanting to send a message quickly.

        Locking - Often the phone will unlock itself and I will have called random people no matter how careful I am to lock it!

        Answering - There have been quite a few instances when I have tried to answer the phone and it won't let me, either by not unlocking or by coming up with a message to send 'can not talk right now' etc which I request or even press anything!

        Internet - The internet access is often slow and patchy and the touchscreen often fails to recognise when I am 'double clicking' on something.

        In conclusion - I would strongly recommend choosing a different phone. As an aside I was sitting in a cafe yesterday with my phone out and a woman said to me 'Is that your phone? I have one and it is awful!' so, clearly it isn't just me experiencing these problems

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        28.11.2010 21:10
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        Would recommend as a great pair of yard boots

        I purchased a pair of the Tyne muck boots a couple of months ago as I needed a pair of boots to wear around the yard, that kept my feet dry and warm and most importantly could allow me to work safely no matter what the conditions - muddy, wet, icy - having sure footing is vital when around horses!

        The foot and lower boot is made from rubber whilst the upper boot is made from foam - the rubber foot is reinforced which is great when my horse decides to stomp on me! The sole of the boot has good grip and even with the icy surfaces we have had of late I haven't slipped once. The foot and lower boot is waterproof but I must say that my toes have still been a little cold this weekend when the temperature has been -1 but that may be more to my poor circulation!

        I have also worn these boots for riding, and although they are not ideal or great for schooling as they are quite clumpy, they have been fine for jumping on after doing the chores round the yard and going for a hack.

        I have worn these boots pretty much every day for the last 2 months and there is hardly any wear on the sole which makes me think that they will last a long time.

        The only drawback is that my feet do get quite sweaty (nice!) which hasn't happened with other boots but I think it is because these are made of rubber not leather and thus doesn't allow my feet to 'breath'.

        All in all these are a good pair of yard boots and far better than your everyday pair of wellies. In terms of price they cost me approximately £70 which isn't cheap but seems to be a pretty average price for good quality yard boots.

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        • Bakers Complete / Dog Food / 10 Readings / 10 Ratings
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          28.11.2010 20:36
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          ok if there is nothing else but not my first choice

          I have two dogs, a five year old husky and a one year old lurcher. The husky has a very sensitive stomach whereas the lurcher seems to have one made out of cast iron! We always have to be careful with what we feed our husky as not only does she get an upset stomach easily but she is also a very fussy eater and has been known on many occasion to turn her nose up at what we have offered her.

          We have feed Bakers complete on a number of occasions and both dogs do seem to really enjoy it - we mix in a little meat but not a huge amount (about 1/2 can per dog) however the lurcher will eat the biscuits without the meat but she is not in the slightest bit fussy whereas the husky needs a little more encouragement! The food is a variety of biscuits, all different shapes and sizes and the dogs particularly love the meaty chunks - often picking them out first before moving onto the other biscuits. As this is a complete dog food there is no need to add the extra meat so if you are trying to save money or watch their weight then you can just feed them the biscuits and know that they are getting an all round balanced diet.

          I would have to say that we don't use Bakers as their main food, only buying it in an emergency if there is nothing left at home, or available in the shops and the reason for this is because I am not convinced about the quality of ingredients used - the food seems to be very high in sugars (in the form of cereals and various sugars on the label) and the meat and vegetable content is low.

          Whilst I wouldn't think that this food does any harm I don't think it is the best in terms of nutritional value and wouldn't use it as their permanent dog food.

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          • Benefit Lemon Aid / Make Up / 13 Readings / 12 Ratings
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            27.07.2010 00:41
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            A good product but not the best texture

            I have used lots of benefit products and always loved them so was delighted to receive this as a present for my birthday as it had been on my wish list for a while.

            It comes in a lovely little black compact with a good quality mirror and can be used either on your upper or lower eye lids and on its own or under eye makeup- so it certainly is versatile.

            My eyelids tend to be a bit discoloured, reddish on the top and grey from not enough sleep on the bottom. When I first tried it I noticed that it was a bit drier than I would normally like, I prefer something creamier and when I applied it there was a tendency for it to drag on my skin. I first tried it on its own which did have a good result but not as flawless as I would perhaps like. When I used it under eye shadow I did notice that the colour of the shadow appeared more intense which was great but because it was a bit too dry for me I found it tended to 'clog' the eye shadow. I am going to keep using this and will see if putting an eye moisturiser on first helps - will let you know!

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            27.07.2010 00:22
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            A timeless product

            This is a real classic beauty product which has a place in every make up bag across the country - regardless of how expensive or budget the rest of the contents are! I initially bought this product because I had chapped lips and wanted something which was both effective and provided value for money. I chose this because I had borrowed friends and was very impressed with it. Immediately upon applying it my lips felt relieved and with regular applications I didn't get chapped lips again for the whole of winter which is very rare for me. The product itself isn't too greasy and leaves a light shine on your lips which is a nice added bonus - a little also really goes a long way so it will last a while which considering how cheap it is makes it a very economical product.

            I think one of the key ways that this product defers from other lip balms and particular those within a tube (the sort of chap sticks) is that it is so extremely versatile and can be used in so many ways, for example I regularly use this to also soften my cuticles, I apply it to my eyelashes and eyelids for a glossy look and have even been known to use it on my horse when his girth was rubbing! It truly is a good all round beauty product.

            I also really like the retro feel of the tin however, sometimes I have real issues trying to open it (that may just be me though!) The contents itself last for ages - one pot lasted me over 4 months......bargain!

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            18.03.2010 22:48
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            These are a basic part of my dental routine

            We all know how important healthy teeth and gums are but if like me you have found the traditional dental floss string difficult to use and generally a bit ineffective then I would really recommend these.

            Basically you buy these little brushes which come in packs of various numbers and various sizes. You need to choose the size of the brush according to the size of the gaps between your teeth. What these brushes are really good for is both removing food that may be stuck between your teeth but also cleaning the gums and preventing plaque build up.

            My gums used to bleed occasionally however with regular use of these brushes they have become much healthier and less inflamed because of removing the plaque. The dentist was really pleased with the improvement when I next wen to see him.

            You do need to buy a handle with these brush heads but that can be reused as you simple change the brush heads. The brushes themselves last quite a while but obviously you do need to change them regularly to ensure that they remain effective. However, they are really not that expensive in the first place and I do believe that spending a little bit to prevent long term problems is a good investment.

            All in all I would recommend these as an effective and easy way to clean in between teeth which is vital for healthy teeth and gums.

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              18.03.2010 13:37
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              A great product in a fantastic range

              Who doesn't want thick, voluminous hair full of body and bounce? Well quite, but if like me you tend to have fine hair that if left to its own devises just hangs flatly then you too probably want to believe the claims made by this shampoo and believe me you can.

              I have been using this shampoo for about six months now and since trying it for the first time haven't bought anything else. When applying this shampoo it creates lovely rich bubbles and leaves your hair very clean and soft. It also smells lovely and fresh - but certainly not over powering.

              After having dried my hair it certainly does seem fuller volumed and movement than when I have used other shampoos. It should be pointed out that I do use the other products in the range such as the conditioner and mousse which undoubtedly also add to the overall effect. However, there have been times when I have run out of this shampoo, used another, but still used the conditioner and mousse but have found that the volume hasn't been as good - so the shampoo certainly does play an important role.

              In terms of cost it is slightly more expensive than the more basic shampoos - about £5.50 - but it lasts quite a while and is worth the little bit extra.

              Overall highly recommended and glad I have discovered this product!!

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              15.03.2010 23:17
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              Would certainly buy again!

              Eyebrows play a very important role by providing a frame for the face and because of this I tend to pay my eyebrows a lot of attention because I really do notice the difference.

              I regularly get my eyebrows shaped and tinted howeverm sometimes between treatments the colour begins to fade and thus feel the need to use an eyebrow pencil. I have black hair (dyed) and went for the black / brown number.

              The cost of the pencil was very resonable - (less than £3) - and comes in with a built in eyebrow brush. It is very soft to apply which is great for creating a very gradual colour and avoids any harsh lines because it is possible to fill in any gaps and darken the hairs as opposed to drawing on the skin. This creates a very natural look which can be gradually built up from a day look to an evening look.

              The brush is also very useful because it allows you to tidy your eyebrows before penciling and then it also allows you to soften the colour after drawing them in. I would definitely recommend this product because it produces a very professional result for a budget price.

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              14.03.2010 21:32
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              Would certainly buy again!

              I really like wearing both acrylic and gel nails (including biosculpture) but also use a nail oil even when I am wearing any nails - however for the purpose of this review it should be noted that I have only used this oil with acrylic nails.

              The idea of using a nail oil with acrylics is to help them last longer as it prevents them drying out and beginning to lift at the sides, plus by regularly massaging the oil in it helps to keep the nail bed healthy.

              This nail oil was very reasonably priced - approximately £5 - and has so far lasted for 3 weeks with only a 1/5 of the bottle used when I am applying it at least 3 times a day. In that respect it can certainly be said that the oil is value for money because it lasts so well. It is also very good in terms of preventing lift as my nails have lasted very well over the last couple of weeks.

              One thing I would comment on would be the brush - when I bought this the bristles on the brush were all stuck together and it was much like applying the oil with a stick rather than a brush! Whilst the bristles have softened over time and it is now slightly easier to apply it is still not as good as I would have expected. Now, as I have only bought this once I don't know if it is a one off fault or a problem with the product generally. However, as I do expect to buy this again I will report back!

              So, yes, this is a very good product for anyone who wants to get real value for money from their acrylic nails and I would purchase again.

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              13.02.2010 16:18
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              A high quality product

              I have used this cat litter for as long as I have had my cat - nearly seven years. My cat has always been an indoor cat (she was a rescue when I got her and not allowed out) so being able to control odour is really important.

              With catsan however I have never noticed any smell, of course this is with regular cleaning out, but I could happily leave this for a week and it was fine.

              My cat has never been particularly fussy about catlitter so I have tried some cheaper brands and although she hasn't minded using them I have not been that impressed. The main problems have been that they are very dusty, so you get little paw prints around the house, or that the litter is so heavy that it bursts through the bin liners when you are cleaning it out which is not only annoying but really grim!

              Although this cat litter is expensive (I currently pay around £5 for a 10litre bag) it will last a couple of weeks and does make having a litter tray in the house just a little bit more bearable therefore I would recommend it to anyone with a cat that uses a littertray.

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