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      07.09.2010 01:06
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      This girly, pretty in pink curling wand is easy to use and delivers on its promise. It gives nice bouncy curls in minutes.

      Appearance...

      The wand is a very shocking pink, and does look quite embarassingly girly. It seems to be aimed mainly at the young teenager, though there are plenty of girly girls out there who will love it, I'm sure! It has a grey cord which is fine, but not overly attractive and the wand is long and quite stylish looking.

      Application...

      It doesn't take long to warm up, only about 5 minutes. Though if you want it really hot, 10 minutes is better. You grip the end of a strand of hair using the metal clipper at the bottom, then twirl up and around the guidance lines and hold. I find that about 30-40 seconds is ample to get a good curl. It is easy and quick to use.

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      A good quality tong, which isn't too bad on the price scale, about 30 pounds. I'm not a huge fan of the pinkness of these tongs, but they are simple to use. It is a quite wide barrel, so will produce quite large curls, so if you want ringlets, these aren't the tongs for you!

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      16.07.2010 01:48
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      not great

      I am the owner of a Vaio computer, but not necessarily a proud one. I actually now use my mothers, the same model but in blue, as the first one died a somewhat catastrophic death by virus. Maybe not the computers fault, more the failure of Norton Antivirus. Anyway, the computer has quite a few faults apart from that.

      The first is low battery life. It really is quite poor, and got so bad on vaio no 1 that it wouldn't last 5 minutes if not plugged in. Very very irritating. Even on the new one, it doesn't last more that half an hour. This makes working on public transport, in the car etc, very difficult.

      The second is the fact that it always hibernates and doesn't turn off properly. This wastes battery life, and it makes a very annoying humming noise. Also, when I turn it on after hibernation, it claims to be connected to the internet, when really it isn't.

      It keeps failing at basic processes. Such as organising documents into files, and opening up tabs in internet explorer.

      In terms of appearance, it is nice. It's quite sleek and light, and nice and compact. But I wouldn't buy it again.

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        16.07.2010 00:38
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        a good camera.

        This is a camera I bought to take on my travels round East Africa, and it served me very well, despite being rather battered and abused, as you can imagine. It is a good reliable camera.

        Quality of photos:

        Well, everyone always wanted me to bring my camera out on nights out, as it was so flattering! The quality of normal photos is very good, and uploaded on my computer, some are stunning. However, the zoom is not brilliant. The photos have come out pixilated and slightly blurry, and the lighting is not expressed very well. Once uploaded however, they look better than on the camera's screen

        Other features:

        Video quality is good, though not amazing. You can video a lot at one time though, which is good. The night feature is good, as is the non shock feature. It does reduce blurring quite nicely.

        Ease of use:

        It is easy to use, but annoying that you have to click round a circular nozzle on the top of the camera to change from display, to video, to camera. This means that it gets changed easily, and the amount of times I've taken a video instead of a photo. Annoying!!

        Design:

        A bit chunky for my liking, but the black and silver is stylish and all in all, a good compact camera!

        It's AA battery powered, and lasts quite well. Says it's run out before it actually has though! Good for just over 50 pounds though!

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      • Rimmel Sweet Jelly Gloss / Make Up / 14 Readings / 13 Ratings
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        16.07.2010 00:13
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        great lip gloss

        Jelly gloss is BY FAR my favourite lip gloss. I am lost without it, so much so I made my mum send me over some when I lost mine whilst on my gap year in East Africa.

        Packaging:

        Now, the picture is incorrect. I have a nice tube of jelly gloss, it's clear, with a bright pink top. It's not anything overly special, but it's an attractive tube and a perfect size for the handbag. It's a simple circular and block tube, not squeezy. I prefer this.

        Application:

        The brush is not like normal brushes, and took a little while to get used to. It's a flat, plastic brush, which is good as there are no fibres to come dislodged and get stuck to your lips! Application is easy and the coverage is even and thick, but not too thick.

        Colour and texture:

        I have the bright pink version, as I do like my striking lip gloss. It's see through though, so not too bold. It's not too sticky or gloopy and instead is perfect and makes my lips look kissable and yummy! :)

        Give it a go, it's a great day to night lip gloss.

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        16.07.2010 00:02
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        average

        I was unsure about this mascara when I first saw it in the collection, but decided to give it a go as it was on offer, and on the promise of a free eye pencil, I tried it. Here's the verdict.

        Application:

        Nothing special about the brush, just the same as any other available on the market. Still, at least the wand isn't some new fangled shape that promises to give you award winning lashes, when really it's just a gimmick. Anyway, it's easy to apply this mascara and the wand is quite good, not much clumping. The top part could be a nicer shape, it's a bit bulky. It could be longer as well.

        Packaging:

        I was not at all attracted to this mascara. Whilst it is a striking design, the thickness and bulkiness of the tube just doesn't appeal to me at all. It's too chunky, and doesn't spell ladylike attractiveness to me.

        Mascara itself:

        Nothing special, no-one commented on my eyelashes, which whilst I wouldn't necessarily expect them to, it's worth noting! It did bulk up my lashes, made them seem longer, and did everything mascara is supposed to but in a fairly average way.

        All in all, not terrible but not great either. Average.

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      • Ally McBeal / TV Programme / 26 Readings / 26 Ratings
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        01.12.2009 12:46
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        Ally Mc Beal follows the lives and loves of the title character, as she works for a law firm Cage, Fish and Associates in Boston. It focused on the romantic lives of the main characters and workers at this firm, in particular, the romance between Ally and her childhood love Billy, who is now married to another lawyer at the firm.

        The characters are superb. Eccentric and interesting, they are all very unique. John Cage is an odd man, but very sweet even though socially, he is rather inept. Fish has these sayings he calls 'Fishisms' and is obsessed with older women's necks. Elaine is a feisty secretary who is always thinking up new inventions and then the other lawyers, including one played by Lucy Lui, are all very strong characters! There is a lot of romantic involvement between the characters.

        It is a very surreal show, with various dream sequences and Ally having hallucinations, most notably of a dancing baby. But it is very very funny and innovative and so the show was very popular in the early seasons before it started to fade and was cut after series 5.

        A sitcom with a twist, thi was a genuis show in its hey-day.

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      • The X Factor / TV Programme / 32 Readings / 31 Ratings
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        25.11.2009 15:24
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        I write this review as X Factor stands sans the great Jedward...so it is tinged with sadness. I have to admit to a somewhat love hate relationship with X Factor, the details of which I will go into below. Shown every Saturday night on ITV it is a very popular TV show and it seems almost everyone in Britain watches it! Results are shown on Sunday night.

        Reasons I love X Factor...

        It's addictive: every week I tune in to see who's going to crash and burn and who will stun.
        The judges: great entertainment! What will Cheryl wear, what will Dannii's hairstyle be, who will have a feud this week?
        Conversation: who wants to be left out at the next water cooler moment?! It is a great bonding tool, and, working in the customer service business, it's excellent for small talk!

        Reasons I hate the X Factor...

        Simon Cowell: He really is so self righteous and actually, has no idea about music. The industry, yes. Good music, no. The fact that he went on and on about Jamie being a rock star says it all.
        The emotional drama: Stop with the big ballads in the background! And the crying, o the crying. Please.
        The musicians: Yes, some of them can sing really well. But actually, none of them write their own music, it's just the show means they sell hundreds of records whilst proper musicians fail to hit the charts. And every year, they get the christmas no 1. Drives me crazzzzy.

        All in all, I watch it every week, but actually I rather dislike it. Odd, I know. But there we are...3 stars.

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        • Look Magazine / Magazine / Newspaper / 25 Readings / 22 Ratings
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          25.11.2009 11:51
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          I am a fan of weekly magazines, having read Heat for a few years. However, I got tired of their berating of celebrities for having a bit of sauce on their top, and am more interested in fashion than celebrity news so decided a change was perhaps in order. That was around the time that Look launched and so I thought I'd give it a go, and I haven't looked back!

          What makes Look different to other weeklies is that they keep the celeb stuff to a minimum and don't bang on about the latest diet craze and who has lost or put on weight in the last week. Instead they focus on the latest fashion news and what's in the shops. Also, they don't plug the designer labels which none of us can possibly afford! They have a section where they analyse what the stars are wearing, but they usually give a high street equivalent. They also have horoscopes, a help page, advice on beauty and a tried and tested page.

          All in all, a great magazine that focuses on the clothes but also satistfies the celeb news craving without overkill. I buy it without weeks without fail at the bargain price of £1.60

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        • Gavin and Stacey / TV Programme / 25 Readings / 23 Ratings
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          19.11.2009 00:31
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          Words cannot express my excitement due to the impending series 3 of gavin and stacey! I absolutely adore this programme with it's witty dialogue, lovable characters and great plot line.

          Gavin and Stacey is a romantic comedy drama which originally aired on BBC3 but due to popularity, has since been aired on BBC1 and BBC2.

          Series 1 started with the meeting of the two main characters, Gavin and Stacey and ends with their marriage. There are many other characters though: Gavin and Stacey's best friends Smithy and Nessa being the two that really provide the laughs. There is also Gavin's parents, who live in Essex, and Stacey's mum and uncle: Bryn, played by the comedian Rob Brydon, who has certainly seen a rise in popularity due to his brilliant performance in G and S. In fact, I'd say he is my favourite character.

          The plot is so much more than a simple romance, though of course that's the central story. It is also about the relationships and lives of all the characters. There are running jokes: the infamous 'fishing incident' which no-one knows whats happening and Gavin's mum's vegetarianism...to name but a few.

          All in all, a sweet, funny show that has a big heart. Watch it now!

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          • Heinz Spaghetti / Pasta / Noodles / 18 Readings / 17 Ratings
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            11.11.2009 19:55
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            Heinz is a well known household name and is known for its good quality tomato products and condiments. Branching out for the classic beans in tomato sauce, they moved on to making spaghetti in a tomato sauce.

            This product is a quick, easy meal or snack, and is certianly not a gourment or luxury food! It's a bit of a student food...and the packaging reflects this. It comes in a tin, either a single tin or in a four pack. The tin has a pully thing on the top so it opens really easily without the use of a tin opener, which is great. The tin has a yellow covering with a red detailing and the classic 'Heinz' sign with a picture of spaghetti below.

            The spaghetti is long and quite thick, and is made of wheat but is more softy and squidgy than regular spaghetti. The tomato sauce is quite thick and almost tangy and is better in taste than the other options out there, so is worth the extra bit of money...it retails at about 60p per tin.

            Perfect on toast, or with a fry up.

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          • Valued Opinions / Internet Site / 31 Readings / 30 Ratings
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            03.11.2009 23:53
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            am a member of a few survey sites, but have found valued opinions to be consistently the best.

            Signing up...

            It's free to sign up, and anyone can do it. You don't have to be invited, which is good. Once a member, there are various questionnaires to fill out which increase your chances of being asked to take part in relevant surveys. Once you've signed up with your email address, they send you links to surveys which you are likely to be eligible for.

            How it works...

            They send you emails regularly, sometimes 2 a day, thoigh usually every other day I find. There is info in the email on what the survey is about, how long it will take and how much you get paid. This is good as then you can make an informed decision as to whether to click on the survey. Once the survey is open, there are screenign questions: age, gender that kind of thing. These are annoying as after doing several of these you could be told that you aren't eligible, or the survey is full and so they can be a bit of a waste of time. I'd say this happens about 40% of the time. Once you have earnt 10 pounds, you can request a voucher for hmv, whsmith, arcadia (miss selfridge, wallis, topshop...). I have nearly got my second £10 and I've been a member for about 5 months, so it's quite good. The pay threshold is nice and low as well. There is also an option to donate to charity, but no option for cash, unfortunately.

            Not going to make you a millionaire, but it's easy money (credit)!!

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            31.10.2009 14:28
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            Rimmel is very good for eye makeup I find. I own their eye liner in '061 Jet Black' and in 'Hurricane grey', both of which I use regularly. I also own 2 mascaras by Rimmel, and have found that the quality of this make up is very good.

            Design...

            Well, there isn't anything special about this design. The jet black mascara is a pencil which is completely black, lid and all. It has 'Rimmel London' in bold white lettering at the bottom, and then some details at the middle of the pencil, also in white. It is made in Italy, and the size is 1.2g. Seems small, but this pencil has lasted me a while, though I use the grey for day wear mostly, but still that has lasted a good few months.

            Application and use...

            The 'lead' of the pencil is slightly soft, so easy to apply as it 'slides' on quite nicely. It is a good colour, really stands out. I only use it for around the eye on the lower level, but you could quite easily use it on the lids and get a real knock out effect! It doesn't budge, but I recommend re-doing it if you're going from day to night...

            A trusty mascara, and at about £3, it's not bad value wise.

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            29.10.2009 23:22
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            I own a Vauxhall Corsa 1.2, made in the year 2003. It is secondhand and has 2 doors and a boot. It is in the colour 'spearmint', which is a turquoise colour.

            Appearance...

            This car is nice and compact and looks cute, but not this is not a flashy car. It has a nice sleek outside look and the colours are nice, they have a good range. My brother claims mine is overly girly, and there are other girly colours in the range, such as purple, which are a little feminine. But this can easily be a car that is attractive to both men and female.

            The inside is not overly attractive. The seats aren't leather, they are cloth and grey and black. The front seats go forward and the back is quite spacious. The radio is quite attractive.

            Driving...

            The acceleration is good, it will happily go at 80mph +. The brake is very good as well, but the handbrake not so much! You really have to yank it up to get the car to really stay secure. It feels very smooth and drives well: easy to steer and control.

            This car is enjoyable to drive and very nice to look at. I really like this car!

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              29.10.2009 23:09
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              2/5

              These seemed too good to be true, if I'm honest. Chocolate brownies, which are low fat and low in calories...so I gave them a go. They have sat in my freezer for a while, but tonight I gave them a go.

              Packaging...

              In a purple box, these have a white 'weight watchers' label on the front along with some nutritional values. There is a big picture of the brownie and a promising little label saying 'now with more chocolate'.

              Taste...

              Well, it starts with a mouse which is chocolatey, but not overly so. There are some yummy chocolate curls on the top. Could have been a few more of these, but this part of the dessert was very nice. Below that is a sort of vanilla mousse, with chocolate sauce pockets round the side of the pot. The sauce is a little too dark for me and the vanilla mousse is quite dry and too sweet. I didn't enjoy this part of the dessert, and was impatient to get to the brownie as this was what the dessert was sold as!! I didn't finish the mousse and instead flipped over the dessert to get to the brownie. However, this was a disappointment. It was dry and damp, and not gooey at all. The chocolate taste is a bit bland.

              Half of it went in the bin. Not impressed. And I love a chocolate dessert.

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              • Popcorn / Recipe / 24 Readings / 22 Ratings
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                29.10.2009 01:38
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                I can not go to the cinema and not eat popcorn, it's an absolute rule. Another rule is that sweet doesn't cut it, it has to be salty. Generally, popcorn has become related to movies and watching tv and now you can buy microwaveable popcorn, perfect for that night in!

                Popcorn was discovered by the Native Americans and became popular in the 'Great Depression' as it was cheap. It is the official state snack food of Illinois!

                There are different types of popcorn available, as normal pop corn is fairly tasteless. Here in the UK, salted and sweetened popcorn is equally favoured, or there is toffee flavour available.

                Popcorn is low in calories and fat when nothing has been added to it, but be careful with the stuff you get in the cinema: it's not as guiltless as you might think! It does smell amazing though, and is a perfect snack to nibble on as you watch a film.

                It can be bought freshly popped, in microwaveable sachets or in bags, the most popular brand being Butterkist.

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