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Ok this is the first review i ever wrote on Ciao and while i was adding my reviews from Ciao onto here i thought i'd add a little to this as its defianately not my most impressive review.
This is a fantastic album, but only for people that aren't easily offended.
I had never heard of DMX, or heard any of his music before a friend recommended that I bought this album. I even thought that DMX was a group. I guessed that it would be Rap music because thats all my friend listens to and I was right, about the Rap anyway. DMX is a man, not a group. His name stands for Dark Man X.
I must admit, the first time I listened to it I was quite shocked, because I didn't know what to expect, and some of the tracks are a little bit scary.But if you have heard of DMX, and like his music, then I would say that this is his best album. Definately better than "...And then there was X". Even before you play this CD you can tell that it isn't going to be "fluffy fluffy" Britney Spears kinda music. The front cover shows a picture of DMX standing covered in blood, with it running through his fingers. But, all this said, it is good music, its a good album and I would recommend it for any DMX fan.
The tracks on this album are:
1. My N**gas
2. Bring Your Whole Crew
3. Pac Man (Skit)
4. Ain't No Way
5. We Don't Give a Fuck
6. Keep Your Shit the Hardest
7. Coming From - Mary J. Blige
8. It's All Good
11. No Love 4 Me
12. Dogs for Life
14. Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood
16. Ready to Meet Him
As far as i'm aware the only track from this album to be released was It's all good which is a bit of a rap classic, as far as i'm concerned at least. Another track from this, No Love 4 me, has been spliced together with TuPac's Changes and has been around on the internet for quite a while. Its actually a pretty good remix but the track is also great as it is.
The only guest star on this album is Mary J. Blige, that i'm aware of.
If you like music by Ruff Riders, Tupac, Ludacris and Xzibit you should love DMX and this album.
I first tried Vaseline about 3 years ago because it was all over every magazine I was reading (not literally of course) as the best beauty product available.
I considered buying some for ages but eventually I could resist no more. So off I went to my local chemist and bought a HUGE tub of white petroleum jelly(I was told its exactly the same stuff) and I fell in love with it instantly. I just used it on my lips at first and they were lovely and smooth and glossy at the same time. Then I started to wonder what else I could use it for (stop giggling you dirty minded people). I started using it on my dry elbows and knees, then to get my eyebrows in shape, and then I started making things with it.
First I tried making tinted lip glosses (get an old lipbalm or other small tub, put a blob of vaseline in, then chop off a little piece of lipstick and stick that in the tub, then put the tub in the microwave and zap it for about a minute. Voila! A cheap new tinted lipgloss!)
Another of my favourite vaseline recipes is body scrub. I don't know what made me think of making that but i did and now i make it all the time. Get a blob of vaseline, throw in some salt or sugar, and maybe a few drops of essential oil if you have it and you get a very cheap and effective exfoliator.
Now in the age of the laptop and TV dinners Vaseline is available in little tins so you can carry it round with you everywhere you go. You can have lucious lips and well groomed eyebrows wherever you may wander.
The only yucky thing about vaseline is that its really greasy. That isn't bad in itself but it makes it hard to absorb. But it also makes it waterproof so its good to put on dry hands before going out in the rain.I use it on my hands before I go to sleep because it softens your hands without wearing off or soaking in.
Well thats all I have to say on the wonderous product that is vaseline. And at 99p for a little tin (available from Superdrug, Boots and most chemists and Supermarkets) its nice and cheap. I have a tin next to my bed, one in my school bag and a huge tub of cheap petroleum jelly (basically the same stuff) in a drawer for making exfoliator.
Yes I'm the first to admit that my skin is anything from perfect. A lot of people will disagree with me as I'm lucky enough to have naturally bronzed looking skin and I look toned even though I'm not. Oh if those people only knew...
See the truth is that my skin is dry and feels like jelly when its touched (OK, I exagerate slightly but its just so you get my point). Anyway, when I first saw an advert for this new skin firming cream I though "great!" as it claimed it would:
* Increase elasticity and improve skin tone
* Smooth and improve skin structure
* Provide long lasting moisture
* Light and easily absorbed
so i rushed out to Superdrug to buy it. I was horrified to discover that it was £5.89 for a 200ml bottle which is impossible for me as i moisturise twice a day and with quite a lot of flesh to cover (5 ft 9, size 14) i didn't think it'd last a week. So I didn't buy it. A few weeks later when shopping in a Supasave store I noticed the same bottle for only £1.99. Bargain! I snapped up 2 bottles.
I used it the next day after taking a shower and noticed imediately that my skin looked softer and more firm. It left my skin feeling supersoft and slightly dewy. It also absorbed very well, it sort of melted into my skin.
I used it for around 3 months and while i didn't see a dramatic improvement i'd definately say its worth using. My skin was smoother and well moisturised, i didn't notice a huge improvement in tone but my skin definately looked a lot better.
Before i bought this phone i was adamant that Nokia were the only type of mobile i'd ever use. After having my Samsung E600 for two months i can quite safely say i will never again stray from the Nokia path. I was tempted into buying this phone based on aesthetic value rather than actual practical features of the phone. Yes its a good looking phone, the inbuilt camera is of amazing quality and The ring tones are outstanding. The phone is a great size and shape measuring 82x42x24mm and weighing 85 grams. It is a flip design phone (which i've always loved as they're the type of phones they always have in Hollywood movies, someone ends the conversation then snaps the phone shut) with an attractive rounded shape to it. Another feature that is strange to get used to after using Nokia's for the last few years is the aerial. Its around 20mm long which brings the phones total length to around 100mm. The items supplied in the box with the phone are: Handset (obviously), charger, two batteries (one regular and one slim, i prefer to use the slim battery as the regular one juts out from the back of the phone very slightly) and a 186 page manual which, quite frankly, is more information than i'm willing to read. I read the basics on how to get my phone working but from there on i got to know the phone myself and i had it pretty much sussed within an hour. I'm going to list the menu items and fatures of the phone and describe my experiences with them. Front screen- The phone has a small screen and light on the front, if the arrow button on the side is held down the screen illuminates to show you the time and date as well as battery power and signal. If you get a message or phone call the light flashes in various colours. When you get a phone call the callers ID is shown on the screen and when you recieve a message an envelope symbol shows on screen. There is an option in phone settings to have the light flash every
five seconds or so, i assume this is so you know your phone is switched on and working. This drives me crazy, especially at night so i keep it switched off. It can be turned on by turning service light on. Text Messages- Unlike Nokia phones there are no folders to sort your messages into so any messages you decide to keep have to be stored in you inbox or outbox in the same way as early Nokia phones. You can store up to 200 text messages but i have found i don't like storing funny or interesting messages when i have no way to divide and catagorise them. Writing texts is also quite a pain in the backside. The buttons you use to change between upper and lower case and switching on and off predictive text are different to Nokia phones but its something you soon get used to. What i can not get used to is that it doesn't store customised words in predictive text like Nokia phones do. There are words i use very often that aren't in predictive text and i find it very irritating that i have to re type these every time i want to use them. Another thing that bothers me (and a few friends of mine who have the same phone) is that the phones sometimes doesn't register a letter when you've pressed a key. It makes writing texts a lot more time consuming as i'm constantly watching the screen to check it has registered every letter i've pressed. Sent messages can be stored but you have to remember to press Send and Save as sent messages are not automatically saved so if you forget to do this your sent message will be lost forever. Automatic storage of sent messages is something i got used to with Nokia phones and i found it very useful so being without it can be very annoying at times, particularly after a drunken night out when i want to know what i've been saying to people! Multimedia messages- Multimedia messaging on this phone is fantastic due to the amazing quality of the sounds and pictures. I find myself using MMS a lot more
often than i did with my old Nokia phone as the picture quality is so much higher. Just incase you don't know what Mulitmedia messaging is Samsung define it as: 'It provides automatic and immediate delivery of personal multimedia messages from phone to phone or phone to e-mail.' Call Records- Split into the categories: Missed calls, Recieved calls and Dialled calls as is standard on most phones. You can find out what times called were made and recieved. Camera- As i have mentioned before, the quality of the inbuilt camera is astounding. When you use the camera with the phone flipped open you can use the screen as a viewfinder. There is also a camera button on the side of the phone which, if held down, starts the camera function so you can take pictures without flipping your phone open or using the viewfinder. I've found this is only really useful to take pictures of yourself. There is 5120KB of storage for photos. Another camera function is taking Videos. Each video can last for up to 20 seconds. The quality is the same as it is with the camera. The video function records sound but to hear it you either need to hold the phone to your ear or use the hands free headset. Sound settings- I have already downloaded 63 ringtones and as far as i can tell i have space for more. If you don't want to download ringtones the ones provided are fine, they're good quality but i find the tunes a bit stupid and annoying. The ring volume has five levels with level one being very quiet and level five being very loud. I find level two best for around the house and work and level five only necessary in pubs and clubs. You can set the alert type to either play a tune, just vibrate, just flash the light on the front of the phone or to vibrate and ring. Unlike the Nokia phones which Vibrate and play the tune and the same time this phone vibrate for around 15 seconds then starts to ring. I often end up missing calls with this setting so
i tend not to use it. You can set the SMS and MMS alert types to either beep once, vibrate, only flash the light on the front of the phone or to play one of ten irritating sounds. You can also set a sound to play when you open and close the phone but i find that incredibly irritating. Phone settings- In here you can: Activate infrared, change display settings (wallpaper, the colour of the outer screen, the menu style, how long the backlight to the screen stays on and whether you have the service light operating), change your welcome message (the message that displays when you turn your phone on), change the language and change security settings. Organiser- Contains: the alarm function (which is split into the categories: once alarm, daily alarm and morning call. You can set the morning call to go off at the same time every morning from monday to friday or monday to saturday. I always deactivate this alarm on friday as it goes off on the weekend even though it isn't programmed too, i assume this must be a fault with my phone! The daily alarm goes off at the same time every day until you deactivate it), Calender function (which is far inferior to the Nokia calender, you can save up to a total of 30 memos on the calender but when you reach 30 you can't place anymore unless you delete some. For this reason i don't use the calender a lot) set time and date, calculator, to do list, record voice memos and currency converter. Network services- To change things such as call diverting and barring, call waiting and network selection. Funbox- Not as fun as it sounds. Contained in here are: WAP browser, Games (the games supplied are Bubblesmile, Fun2Link, Golf and Chess. I dislike all of these games, especially Fun2Link which actually involves connecting pieces of pipe to complete what look like a section of drain), Sounds (any sounds you download, ringtones mainly), images (which shows you your photos and memory status for games,
sounds and images. While i don't deny that this is a superb quality phone, i am planning to buy a Nokia phone and keep this one for emergencies, the shallower qualities of the phone such as the camera and sounds are astounding but the practical qualities such as text messaging and the calender and far inferior to Nokia phones.
Shadys back.... again. You gotta love him. He's been Eminem, hes been Slim Shady, hes dressed up as god knows how many characters in his videos but this album is the first time we get to see a little of Marshall. Usually he seems to joke about everything to avoid seriousness but this album is a lot more mature than his others. I don't really know how to talk about this album without giving too much away. Anyone expecting the usual Eminem stuff is going to be very dissapointed (or very excited) as there are a lot of new sounds on this album. There is a lot more of Eminem, not nearly as many featuring artists as his earlier albums although there are tracks featuring Obie Trice, Dr Dre and Mashalls daughter Hailie Jade Mathers. There is also a track which features him singing which is a pleasent surprise to most fans as he has often said before that he cannot sing. But after hearing this track i totally disagree as i think his voice is fantastic. His voice has an amazingly haunting quality about it, a similar quality to Dido's voice. The lyrics are still obscene and there is no shortage of insults and explcit language. True to form, there is a lot in there about his wife (or is it ex- wife?), his daugher, father and mother. In fact, there is a whole song dedicated to his mother called "Cleanin out my closet" which features on the soundtrack of his first film, 8 Mile which is released this Autumn. There is a song dedicated to his daughter called "Hailes Song" and also a song which features Hailie called "My Dads gone Crazy". That is quite simply one of Eminems most excellent songs ever. There is a song about a cheating woman who gives her husand a sexually transmitted disease after cheating on him which i'm sure is aimed at his wife Kim. There are no references to wanting her dead on this album though. There is also an interesting twist to the traditional "Steve Berman" skit which he has on h
is two previous albums. This album is a mix of very different sounds. There are songs with his usual bouncy, funny sound like the recently released hit "Without Me" and "Squaredance", as well as more serious slow sounds like "Superman" and "Hailies Song". Whether you have likes Eminems previous albums or not I recommmend this album to you as its Eminem but with some new and original material and sounds. I also recommend that anyone who decides to buy this splash out and order from Amazon so that you can get the limited edition version which i have been unable to find in shops. It only costs and extra couple of punds but it is worth a lot more as a DVD is included. It has trailers for his upcoming movie, 8 Mile, clips from concerts as well as his thoughts while recording the album, little messages for his fans and an episode of "The Slim Shady Show".
The Lovely Bones. Upon seeing the title of this book i couldn't help but wonder what it would be about. I had seen it splashed over magazines for weeks, in the topsellers list and photgraphs of celebrities reading it as they relaxed on the beach. And whats good enough for the rich and famous is good enough for me. So for weeks i kept meaning to pick up a copy of this book. When i eventually got round to ordering it from Amazon i bubbled with anticipation as i waited for it to arrive. When it landed on my doorstep i was full of excitement at the prospect of beginning a book which has been dubbed by most a must read. To start you off, here is the blurb from the back of the book. ''My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name Susie. I was fourteen when i was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from out neighbourhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertiliser.' This is Susie Salmon, speaking from heaven-which looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets, councellors to help newcomers adjust, and friends to room with. Everything Susie wants appears as soon as she thinks of it-except the one thing she wants most: to be back with the people she loved on earth. Watching from heaven, Susie sees her happy, suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one an other as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone. Over the years, her friends and siblings grow up, fall in love, do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But life is not quite finished with Susie yet... ' The story shows what happens to her family and friends and her murderer, from Susses view in her heaven. It shows how her parents struggle to cope, how her father and sister become obsessed with trapping her murderer, how her baby brother struggles to understand that his sister is never coming back. Her family colla
pses because of these reasons and although Susie knows it has all happened because of her murder, she is powerless to do anything other than watch. The first chapter details the events that led to Susies murder. I'm not going to go into detail as i don't want to ruin the story for those of you who want to read it but i will say that she is brutally raped and murdered by someone who she at first believes to be a harmless neighbour. The following few chapters tell us how her family cope after her death, how the investigation into her murder brings very little evidence to light and how eventually, all hope of catching her murderer as abandoned. I don't mind ruining that bit of the plot as the story doesn't go into great detail of what happens to her murderer after his death. The ending is quite disappointing as it starts to seem as though her murderer will be caught and her family will finally be able to take comfort in the that but unfortunately, that doesn't happen. Something does happen to the murderer at the end but that is something i'm going to let you read for yourself. If you decide to that is. The story begins to move away from the plot and drag a little for the last few chapters but all in all this truly is a fascinating and saddening read, and i do agree that the term 'must read' is appropriate for this book. 'The Lovely Bones is Alice Sebold's first novel, her second, and to my knowledge only other book is called 'Lucky'. 'The Lovely Bones' is available from all good bookshops priced £6.99 or from amazon for £3.99. Oh, and for those of you wondering what the title of the story means here we go, the books only reference to its title: 'These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections-sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent-that happened after i was gone.'
What to say about possibly the yummiest drink ever. Oh boy is Archers the greatest thing i've ever tasted. Achers Aqua is the best drink invented. Its delicious, refreshing, fruity, comes in plenty of flavours, has a generous amount of alcohol without going over the top. The first flavour i tried was raspberry and although peach is very yummy too, raspberry remains my favourite. It had never occurred to me to try the peach variety because i'm not a big fan of peach. I was pleasantly surprised by Archers peach though as the flavour isn't too overpowering. Its just perfectly peachy. Obviously there are downsides as there is with everything in life. In pubs they can be quite expensive, in my local for example they cost £2.90 each which mounts up quickly when you need to drink at least ten to get a bit tipsy. Also people used to drinking wine or spirits will find the alcohol content quite low at around 5%. Most wine has between 7 and 13% alcohol. Also sugar filled alcopops are a big source of calories. I'm not sure of the calories in a bottle of Archers Aqua but Bacardi Breezers are a similar kind of drink and they have 340 calories per bottle. Which is a huge amount when the recommended daily calorie intake for a woman is 2000 calories. If you drank ten of them in a night (which is the minimum i'd drink on a night out) you'd have drank almost double (3400) your daily recommended calories! And thats before your pizza or kebab on the way home! Anyway, here come the details: Archers Aqua, available in Peach, Raspberry, Orange, Apple and Cranberry. Costs between £2.50 and £3 in most pubs and clubs, with a few exceptions such as Wetherspoons where it costs £1.69. Costs £4.47 for a four pack from Asda and £2.48 for a 70 cl bottle.
Dr. Dre began his career with the World Class Wreckin' Cru, moving on to NWA before striking out on his own as a solo artist. His work with NWA saw a huge explosion in the popularity of Gangsta Rap. He has produced albums for many new stars such as Eminem and Eve. Anyway, enough of Dre and on to the CD. This is a CD i've had for a good few years now and it has never strayed far from the top of my CD pile, has never been left behind when i've gone on holiday and never misses an appearance at any party i have. To put it quite simply this CD is a true classic, its absolutely timeless. I have yet to meet a person who didn't like this CD, even my dad gave it a listen and was pleasantly surprised. As well as Dre there are plenty of featuring artists including Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Eminem, Mary J Blige, Xzibit and Devin. There are tracks on here that most will know such as the fabulous 'Next Episode', released in 1999 but still a favourite in clubs now. Also 'Forgot About Dre' with Eminem and 'Still D.R.E' with Snoop. There is not a single track on here that isn't good in its own way although some are a little more bland the others. A few of the songs towards the end of the album aren't as classic and memorable as those on the first half of the album but none are anything less than good. There is a real mixture of sounds on the album ranging from loud and good to dance to like 'Next Episode', to a beautiful tribute to his dead brother, called 'The Message'. There isn't much else i can say, this album is a must have for anyone with a love of rap and even with no previous interest in rap at all.
Come on, admit it. When suffering from a hangover those are the first words through your mouth when you wake up. And sometimes, you really mean it. You think that last night was good, but not good enough to justify wasting a day throwing up and feeling like you'd be better off dead. But for some reason, sometimes even on the same day, you find yourself saying "Oh go on then, I'll just have one" and the cycle starts again. There is only when way to avoid hangovers all together, and that is too give up drinking all together. Now don't get me wrong here, I definately not suggesting that you give up drinking. In fact far from it. I'd never recommend that to anyone (well, obviously theres exceptions). So what we need is a hangover cure. One that gets rid of a hangover very quickly. Well sorry, but this miracle cure doesn't exist. But oh how I wish it did. I may be young but I've had more than my fair share of hangovers. I had one so bad that I still couldn't eat or stand up for very long over 24 hours after my last drink. I learnt from that though, now I don't drink 7 homemade vodka redbulls (large amount of vodka, not much red bull) and then down a large amount of vodka from the bottle after it. I don't drink that much anymore because not only did I have a hideous hangover, I also passed out not long after midnight and when I woke up at 4 o clock, still vey drunk, I made a very stupid mistake (no details other than it involved a man I didn't like very much and a lack of clothes). But anyway, I just realised that I've gone completely off the subject which is, how do I cure the dreaded hangover? Well as I've already said, there is no miracle cure, and there also isn't a cure that works for everybody. To come up with a cure you need to understand what a hangover is. A hangover is made up of loads of things, like dehydration, lack of vitamins and other lit
tle things like that. I'd tell you them all but I can't remember. I'm gonna give you the two lists of things I do that work, one for prevention, the other for cure: Prevention: 1) Take a multivitamin tablet the morning of any day you plan to drink. 2) Eat a decent meal before drinking. Drinking on an empty stomach is asking not only for a hangover, but also to feel sick while you are drinking. 3) Before you go out, put a pint of water, a multivitamin tablet and two ibuprofen or ibuprofen based tablets (never paracetamol or aspirin because they cause greater liver damage when mixed with alcohol) next to your bed. If you plan to get very drunk then buy a box of resolve (a hangover cure in a sachet that you mix with water, available in most chemists at a pretty reasonable price) and mix a sachet up and leave it in your fridge. 4) An obvious one, don't mix your drinks. 5) Keep a bottle of water close by while you drink and try to drink as much water as you can. 6) Try not to choose drinks that are mixed with other things, such as Vodka Reef, which is vodka mixed with pure fruit juice. Drinking such large amounts of fruit juice is never gonna be good for you, no matter what anyone says. 7) When you arrive home (IF you arrive home) after your drinking session, try to drink the resolve you left in the fridge. If you can't, leave it there until morning when you should force yourself to drink it. When you go to bed, take the ibuprofen and multivitamin (try to remember, you'll wish you had in the morning if you forget) and drink the pint of water. Get some sleep!! Cure: 1) When you wake up, if you drank the resolve, took the multivitamins, drank a lot of water and didn't mix your drinks, chances are, you won't have a hangover. If you were so drunk that you didn't manage these things, go get the resolve, drink it (yes I know it tastes vile but it'll make you better). Probab
ly sitting somewhere comfy like in fron of the TV is a good idea for a whil. If you can, make something to eat with your resolve. Toast is a good idea, but a fry up or Mcdonalds is even better if you can handle it (I don't know why but grease always makes you feel better). 2) If you need it, get more sleep. 3) Drink a lot of water. Thats about all I can suggest, usually when I manage everything on the prevention list I only need the fry up or Mcdonalds from the cure list. So go out, drink, and rest safe in the knowledge that, if you follow my prevention tips, you won't wake up looking and feeling like a corpse (well, at least not to the extent you have done before!)
I don't diet, I don't do much excercise but I've found a great way to lose weight. Well, I don't exactly follow it anymore but I intend to soon. The answer to my weight loss worries was: work! When I got myself an evening job I found that I was constantly busy, I couldn't just sit around eating and relaxing anymore. I was at school until 3.30pm, then I'd get home, have my tea (the same sort of stuff I've always eaten), get ready for work, walk to work to start at 5pm, be on my feet at work as a sales assistant in a department store until 9pm when I'd walk home, get bathed, watch a little TV or use my computer until about 11 or 12 pm then head to bed. It improved my life because I was more fit doing more walking and eating less but not feeling starved. I'm not suggesting that everyone rush out and get an evening job as well as a day job, but my theory is that to lose weight without radical changes to diet, you need to keep busy. I know that some people are very tired when they've finished work and just like to relax in front of the TV when they get home. Forcing yourself to make the effort isn't that hard, once you get out its so easy. There are so many ways to start, whether its going to an excercise class, rollerblading, walking, jogging, cycling, taking your kids to the park or swimming, or your dog for an extra long walk, the benefits show very quickly. Having a job meant that I couldn't get out of being busy, I could't just put it off until tomorrow and it is a lot harder to find the motivation if you're just going for a walk or something else. After I lost my job I stopped being so busy, but managed to keep the weight off. I stayed at a size 10/12. Leaving school meant that I had no reason to get out of bed in the morning so I didn't. I stopped going out as much leaving me with much more time to snack. I left school four months ago and lost my job 9 months ago and ha
ve gained a little weight, but I'm still a comfortable size 12/14. I'm happy with my body although I liked the way people commented on how well I looked while I was at school and working. The main reason why I've piled on the pounds is my drinking habits. I've always enjoyed a drink at the weekends, usually just one night a week. Afetr I left school, I started to drink with friends to celebrate. It started off as friday and saturday night, then friday, saturday and sunday. It stopped being in moderation too. We all were drinking quite heavily and we all gained weight. Our eating habits didn't change so booze was the only thing to blame. Now I've started college I'm slowly losing weight as I'm drinking less and getting up and out everyday. Thats about all I have to say on that, I think I'll make a little list of tips: 1) Cut down on alcohol. Switch to drinking low cal beer or wine. 2) Keep busy. Doesn't have to be excercise as such, walking, playing with kids, walking dog etc 3) Try lower calorie snacks Thats all I can think of right now but maybe I'll update this in a few months to tell you if its still working. :)
Everyone knows what Slim Fast is thanks to the irritating adverts that have been shown over the years. But just incase, Slim Fast is meal replacement diet. On the diet you replace breakfast and luch with a glass of milkshake, and have a healthy tea. Slim Fast is a waste of money. Afetr drinking the milkshake I still felt hungry. My stomach felt full and bloated yet I wasn't satisfied. I felt the need to eat in my mouth and throat. It is available as either powder to mix yourself, or in tins for on the go. The taste of the milkshake left something to be desired. Available in Strawberry, Banana and Chocolate, after mixing it still tasted powdery and lumpy. People have made the mistake of drinking slim fast with a meal, and had to watch the piles pack on. As Slim Fast is high in carbohydrates and protein and low in fat it is like eating a meal. It gives you your nutritional requirements so drinking it with a meal is like eating double the amount. Maybe Slim Fast will work well for other people but it doesn't work for me. I enjoy my food too much too only eat once a day. The price is fairly reasonable, for a tin of powder ranging from £5-8 and a ready mix tin from 79p.
OK, so its a conditioner with the usual claims covering the packaging: leaves hair beautifully soft and manageable, radiating with health, body and shine. Theres nothing there out of the ordinary, no claim that isn't made on almost every other conditioner bottle. The thing that attracted me to this conditioner was the name: Swiss Vanilla Protein Conditioner. Like almost everyone I know, I love vanilla. No, I adore it. I use vanilla room sprays, scented candles, perfume, shower gel, bath bubbles, the works. Vanilla is my absolute favourite smell. I think I've made my point anyway. This conditioner is designed for normal hair. My hair is fairly normal, not overly greasy or dry but the ends can get quite dry as my hair is long and lightened. One of the requirements I demand of any conditioner I use is that it smells great. And this does. As soon as the bottle is opened the room fills with a strong vanilla smell. I was in heaven. So it smelled great.The next test was how well it does its job (the bottle claims it "Maximises Strength, Body & Shine). I squirted a large blob of the conditioner into my hand and spread it through my hair. I was very dissapointed. It didn't feel very good on my hair at all. Most good conditioners I've used feel thick and sticky but I could hardly feel this on my hair at all. It had a vey light texture. I left it for about 5 minutes and then rinsed it out. When I'd patted my hair dry I could hardly tell that I'd used conditioner. My hair looked knotty and felt no different than it does when I use no conditioner. Surprisingly, when it came to combing my hair through it was quite easy. The comb when through quickly and the knots came out easily. Fantastic!! I blow dried my hair in the usual way and the vanilla smell was still strong. After blow drying my hair did actually look quite healthy and shiny. My usually flat hair was full of body and bounce.
I used this conditioner at about 11am and my boyfriend could still smell it when I met him from work at 6pm. So the smell is long lasting as well as delicious. It was still lingering the next day. So the moral of this story is "don't judge a book by its cover". No thats not right, erm... s"good things come in plain packages"? No thats not it either. Maybe there is no moral to this story except "don't judge things until the end. Some things aren't as first seem."
The follow up to the fantastic add on pack The Sims: Livin'Large. The second fabulous and hopefully not the last add on pack to the smash game: The Sims. It was most definately one of the best games last year and with this add on pack it was revived to last through this year too. This game is good for all sims addicts or ex-sim addicts to revive their flagging passion for all things sim. This new add on pack is no where near as great as the first (Livin'Large) but is still well worth the £19.99 it cost. Like Livin' Large this pack includes new furniture, objects and architectural designs but unfortunately, no new career paths. I have noticed that I hardly use the new objects and furniture from this pack though. Not because I isn't fantstic but because its so expensive and draining to hold a lot of parties. My sims have to work really hard to afford a successful party and then they have it and it takes days to get back to normal again. After a party my sims have little money (pay for the Dj booth, caterers, new seating etc), are very uncomfortable, tired and usually in need of a bath and use of the toilets which are always busy during a party. The only improvement made by having a party is social skills. New friends can be made and my sims social bar is usually full by the time the last guest leaves. There are also plenty of little bonuses such as a celebrity guest turning up if your party is good enough. And there are objects that are great for just spicing up everyday life,such as buying a cake and hiring a stripper for a personal show, orthe mechanical bull which, as wellas being great entertainment for a party, also improves body skills. There are three party themes which contain new wallpapers, floors, windows and doors. Also costumes for you and your guests when a costume trunk is purchased. Cowboy: Saloon style doors and windows. Objects such as the mechanical bull and campfire. Cow
boy outfits. Rave: Warehouse style windows and doors. Odjects such as dance cages and neon pictures and lights. Skimpy rave style outfits. Hawiian: Bamboo style windows and doors. Objects such as a bubble maker. Hawiian shirts and grass skirt outfits. There are also many new decorative items, lights and the usual items such as bookcases which fit in with the new themes. As a newly rededicated simfanatic I would definatley recommend this game but if you weren't too impressed with the original the this isn't for you.
I was half expecting this site to be full of overpriced clothes like most mail order catalogues. I was very pleasently surprised to find out that it was cheaper than all catalogues, as well as a lot of high street stores. A lot of the clothes on the site can also be found in mail order catalogues loke Choice, but cheaper. I saw a shirt in Choice that I was going to buy for £14, then I looked on Argos additons and found it £5 cheaper!! I recommend that before buying anything from mail order catalogues you look on here first as they might have it cheaper!! As well as having clothes from mail order catalogues they also have clothes of their own that are good value and lovely. I've ordered lots of really nice clothes from there now and still haven't spent that much. Actually I just bought a dress from there that was only £13 so you can even just use Ciao earnings to pay for your stuff like I do!! The site can be quite hard to find your way around at first but once you get used to it its easy. The colours are good, pretty much the same colurs used for Argos catalogues. Delivery on orders over £100 are free, otherwise £2.95.
All you need to be earning serious money (I'm talking SERIOUS money here) is a poular website. My site isn't really all that poular, about 50 hits a day really, and in my first week with Tradedoubler I earned £18!! All you have to do is join tradedoubler, sign up to some programs, put their banners on your site and wait for the money to start rolling in. Really, its that simple!! When the banners are on your site, every time someone clicks on them you get paid a ridiculously small amount (about 1 or 2p for most sites). Then, with a bit of luck the visitor will sign up at the site and voila!! Maybe 50p, maybe £1 maybe £2 (depending on what banner they clicked on) will be put into your account. There are some programs on here that pay you a percentage of the sales generated from banners on your site. I've chosen not to use these but to stick with the sites that pay you when people join. You can also become an affiliate of Ciao which earns you £1 for every person who signs up after clicking a banner on your site. The money in your account is paid out every two months by cheque. The only downside is that your earning two months ahead, so if you join up now, what you earn now won't be sent to you until two months later. I hope this has helped you. If you decide to join Tradedoubler, you could earn me £2 by joining it by clicking a link on my site at http://physcho.homestead.com/main.html I'd really appreciate it thanks!! If you want to know anything else about tradedoubler before you join e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be happy to help!!