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TRESemme is one of my favourite hair care brands, and I was thrilled to see that Superdrug had a special offer on their shampoo's & conditioners, and I was able to pick up two 900ml bottles for only £5.
I usually purchase the moisture rich version (or the 'salon silk' which works just as well), as I dye my hair fairly regularly & combined with this summer heat it gets dried out and damaged rather quickly, and the promise to Moisture and Protect based on the chart located on the back of the bottle lives up to it's claims and does this job well.
When applying it releases a lovely clean & fresh aroma (the closest comparison I can make to other shampoos would be that of Pantene) and without sounding too cliche about it, really makes the bath/shower very enjoyable as the lovely smell fills the entire room. The scent is by no means overpowering but is strong enough to last all day, and is similar to the smell you get after a trip to the hairdressers.
On the back of the bottle, it recommends using a 'generous' amount, but in my opinion TRESemme shampoo is one of the best out there for lathering up well, and in my case where my hair is quite long, using an amount roughly the same size of a 50p coin is enough for one wash, making this proudct great value for money (even at full price) as it does last a long time.
After use my hair feels softer (and generally healthier after a few uses), and it's always much easier to run a brush through my hair without running into as many knots in comparison to when I use other brands (although I do always need to use a conditioner in addition to the shampoo).
The bottles themselves are very sleek and stylish, in plain black (or white for their conditioners) and isn't cluttered with information/pictures, making them look very professional, and gives the appearance of a brand more expensive than their actual price tag. The bottle top has a flip switch lid making it easy to use and also ensures that you don't accidentally pour out too much (although the texture of this shampoo is quite runny).
All in all I would highly recommend this, in particular reference to this product to those with damaged or dry hair, but more generally the TRESemme brand as a whole as it's product range caters to all hair types and having tried a range of their products, they never seem to disappoint.
I have always had trouble sleeping, and was really pleased to find this product whilst flicking through the avon catalogue, and on special offer at only £1.25 (RRP £2.50) I thought it would be worth giving a try.
The balm arrived unboxed and comes in a compact transparent glass tub (10ml), with a screw top white lid which adourns an attractive blue sticker with a nighttime view of clouds and stars (I have to say this really appealed to me when I chose to buy as it just looks very pretty and is indeed a very cute looking accessory to have amongst your cosmetics). The information on the label states 'Sleeptherapy, restful night sleep balm', along with the AVON logo at the top. The sticker on the bottom provides details of the ingredients (listed at the bottom) and directions for use: Apply to temples and other pulse points such as your wrists and neck.
The balm, I have found to be very greasy and actually quite sticky and is of similar consitency to vaseline. It does spread well, however, and only a small amount need be used to cover the application points, but I find that even using the minimal amount, it is necessary to wash your hands after use to get rid of the greasy feel on your fingertips which personally drives me crazy!
The scent of this product is lovely, but actually quite difficult to describe, as it is quite unique, however there are subtle hints of lavendar and is overall quite sweet smelling.
DOES IT WORK
Well, in a word... No - I found that after trying this product for around a week and varying the amounts and the application points, on no occassion did I find it easier to fall asleep. The scent does serve to relax you a little but it fades so quickly when applied to the skin that in order for it to have a lasting effect you would need to apply the product every 2 minutes or so, or alternatively sleep with the tub directly under your nose (as the scent is quite potent whilst still in the tub). I do think, however, that it is a good product to have around if you are having a particularly stressful day as a couple of sniffs straight from the jar can certainly take the edge off. This being said, that's only really based on the fact that I am now stuck with the product and wouldn't be worth buying for this sole purpose.
I am disappointed with my purchase, but wasn't expecting miracles considering the price I paid for it. I have only given this product 1 star, as although the scent is very nice it really is redundant given that it doesn't do the job it is supposed to.
Petrolatum, Paraffin, Parfum, Oryza Sativa, Bran Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Cera Carnaluba, Candelilla Cera, Caprylyl Glycol, Lanolin Alcohol, Lecithin, BHT, glycine, Soja Oil.
ABOUT THE GAME
Left 4 Dead 2 is set in the zombie apocalypse in different areas of the deep south, from Savannah to New Orleans. It is First Person Shooter, and is played in a team of 4 with a sole purpose of survival and to escape the city with everyone still alive.
The game has a total of 5 campaigns (Dead Center, Dark Carnival, Swamp Fever, Hard Rain & The Parish), each with 5 chapters - each chapter ends with the team of survivors arriving at the 'safehouse' where there will always be med kits/ammo and guns so the team can recuperate before continuing on their journey. The safehouse is also a save point as is where you will be sent back to in the unfortunate event of your demise, and you will restart the level with the same amount of health you had when you finished the last chapter.
There are 4 characters to choose from each with their own distinct personalities (however, it has been argued that the character 'Rochelle' has a distinct lack of one). Although this makes the game more fun and interesting, it really doesn't make a difference as to which character you choose, as they have no differentiating abilities/techniques during game play. It has been rumoured that certain characters perform better with different types of guns, but it is certainly not noticeable. The characters are: Ellis, Coach, Nick & Rochelle - Full character bio's can be found here: http://www.nextlevelgamer.com/forum/index.php?topic=416
THE COMMON INFECTED
Throughout the game you will be bombarded with zombies, which contrary to perceptions, are fast moving. Unlike Left 4 Dead 1, Left 4 Dead 2 has introduced secondary fire (the ability to push zombies away) fatigue meaning that unlike the first game you will eventually tire and will not be able to constantly fend off zombies using this method if you are low on ammo or are faced with a large number of zombies. Although very useful in the first game, I found it to be a far too easy way out of difficult situations, and you have to work much harder in the second game to ensure survival.
THE SPECIAL INFECTED
Special infected refers to those whose mutations have provided them with special forms of attack, and generally are harder to kill (and avoid) than the common infected. As well as the return of the same special infected from Left 4 Dead 1, the 2nd game has introduced a few more into the mix. They are: The Charger (charges into a survivor and separates them from the group), The Spitter (produces a ball of bile which spreads across an area, deteriorating survivors health) and The Jockey (who will jump on the back of a survivor and lead them away from the group and towards more infected). Another new aspect of the game, is that the witch, is now able to wander around, making her much more difficult to navigate passed.
The weapons in left 4 dead 2 are divided into 2 tiers. The first tier weapons are available to each character when the scenario starts, and the second tier are considered the upgrades of tier 1 weapons, are only available as you progress through the map. Two special tier weapons are also available, along with 3 sidearms.
Tier One Weapons: Pump Shotgun, Chrome Shotgun, Submachine Gun & the Silenced Submachine Gun
Tier Two Weapons: Tactical Shotgun, Combat Shotgun, Hunting Rifle, Sniper Rifle, M-16 Assault Rifle, Combat Rifle & the AK-47
Special Tier Weapons: Grenade Launcher, M60
Sidearms: P220 Pistol, Glock & the Magnum Pistol
As well as firearms, the game also includes close combat weapons to deal with the infected at close range. You will find these scattered throughout the map, and are particularly useful when you are in an area where gunshots will set off car alarms, thus attracting a hoarde of zombies (as well as just being fun and hugely satisfying to use!!). These weapons include: Axe, Crowbar, Baseball Bat, Frying Pan, Chainsaw, Golf Club, Cricket Bat, Machete, Nightstick, Guitar & Katana. These are just as useful as bullets at killing zombies, as one strike is enough to take them down (or take off a head!!). It is worth mentioning here that you are able to carry with you at any one time, 1 sidearm as well as 1 tier one/two weapon OR one of the melee weapons listed above, so if necessary it is easy to change between the two depending on the situation.
Weapon upgrades are also available throughout the maps and they come in the form of: Laser Sights (for increased accuracy), Incendiary Ammo (setting the infected on fire) and Explosive Ammo, aka Fragmentation Rounds (explodes upon hitting any surface).
Grenades are available (one grenade can be carried at any one time along with your two items as mentioned above) and include: Molotov Cocktail (handy in taking down a tank), Pipe Bomb (useful when you are overrun with a hoarde of zombies) and Bile Bomb (a feature not available in Left 4 Dead 1).
This game offers a wide range of weapons - it's always fun to have more than one way to kill a zombie!
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE DIRECTOR & THE GRAPHICS
Left 4 Dead 2 also has an AI Director, which ensures the game is always changing. For example: if it is noticed that a team of survivors moving through a level too quickly or have spent too much time huddled in a corner together, then a 'tank' or a 'smoker' may be sent in to make the objective harder or to break up the team. The AI Director also ensures that weapons, special infected, health and grenades etc are always in different locations on the map. A great feature of the game as it makes it unpredictable and always keeps you on your toes, and allows you to play the same levels over and over again without ever getting bored. The graphics are superb, and where left 4 dead 2 stands out from the first game, is the realistic way in which damage to the infected is portrayed.
I was a little skeptical upon first trying this game, as to me it looked a little too fast paced, and generally I prefer more strategic games (not realising at this point that a great deal of strategy is needed - especially when playing on multiplayer mode, and is necessary on the higher levels). It's quite easy to get used to the controls too so you can really get into the game with little practice. It's highly addictive and alot of fun (more so, I think, if you are playing multiplayer either with someone else or in a team online) but can also be great entertainment to play solo (although you do occassionally find yourself shouting at the computer controlled characters, who never seem to listen!!). The AI Director really makes this game full of suspense, as you never know what to expect or what's around the corner.
Here is the link to the Left 4 Dead 2 introduction which sums up the game quite nicely: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaxDoAZGGO8&feature=related
Spaced is a British Sitcom originally broadcast on Channel 4, with it's series Premier airing in September 1999 (All episodes are now available to watch on Channel 4 - 4oD). The sitcom spanned 2 series with a total of 14 episodes, each with a run time of 24 minutes. The show is written by and stars Simon Pegg & Jessica Hynes (nee Stevenson) and directed by Edgar Wright.
A LITTLE ABOUT THE MAIN CHARACTERS
Tim Bisley (Simon Pegg) is a twenty something aspiring cartoonist, working part time at a local comic book store (Fantasy Bazaar) - at least in the first series. In his spare time you will find him glued to his playstation or working on his own comic book creation which follows the story of a giant mutant bear created by Doktor Mandrake. His preferred method of transport is a skateboard, and is often seen donning his beanie hat, and overall appearance is very casual and portrays the laid back attitude he indeed possesses. He is a huge fan of science fiction and in particular to star wars. Somewhat soured by the recent break up with his long-term girlfriend, Sarah, he can appear at times sullen, but his new found friendship with Daisy with her sunny disposition slowly brings him out of that throughout the first series.
Daisy Steiner (Jessica Hynes) is a twenty something aspiring writer, however rarely makes it further than actually loading the paper into the typewriter, preferring to do anything other than get on with some work, and has an amazing ability to find something more important to do like making a cleaning rota, or throwing a housewarming party in which a glitter ball made out of tin foil is a priority. However when it comes to her social life, enthusiasm is something she doesn't lack and throws herself into these occassions with great gusto, and is able to talk for hours on end, and is generally a very cheerul person. She has moments when she feels dispondant, particularly about her lack of work, but these rarely last long as she is easily distracted.
Brian Topp (Heap) is the lodger who lives in the flat downstairs. He is a very socially awkward person, often displaying signs of sociopathic tendencies. He spends his time working on his art (which is driven by the emotions of: pain, anger, agression and fear). The arrival of Tim & Daisy appears to allow him to come out of his reclusive state somewhat.
Marsha Klein (Deakin) is the alcoholic, chain smoking landlady, whose weekly shop involves a trip down to threshers. She is a single parent to her teenage daughter, Amber, with whom she is constantly arguing. She has a 'thing' for Brian, who doesn't return her affections, and it becomes apparant that it stemmed from one incident when their relationship became more sensual when Brian couldn't afford the rent. Marsha is thrilled to have Tim & Daisy occupying the flat, as she now has new young friends. Marsha is the only one throughout the sitcom who doesn't realise they aren't really a couple, which makes for some awkward moments, where they almost drop the ball, but she is completely obvlivious depite her somewhat nosey personality. She always tries to offer advice to those who need it, albeit in her more often than not intoxicated state and the sitcom sees her reflecting on her past experiences. She is a great character for the show, and has some fantastic one-liners and is an all round likeable person.
Twist Morgan (Carmichael) is Daisy's best friend (despite always giving her backhanded compliments, usually about her weight/clothes) who works in fashion (at a dry cleaners). She is extremely superficial and has a 'better than the rest' attitude. Unlike Brian, she enjoys the limelight & likes to be involved in every social occasion, but despite this Brian & Twist become involved in a passionate relationship, which is mainly based on sex, much to Marsha's distaste.
Mike Watt (Frost) is Tim's best friend. He lives his life like a military operation and has a fascination with guns and weapons of any kind. He dreams of being in the British Army, but following an accident during his childhood after jumping out of a tree egged on by Tim, he cannot join. He was thrown out of the Terrotorial Army too, after stealing a Tank and trying to invade Paris while on weekend manoueveres in France, however is re-admitted later on in the series. Mike is a very sweet and caring person who always has Tim's best interests at heart.
After being dumped by his girlfriend, Tim (Pegg) needs to find a place to live and by a chance meeting encounters Daisy (Hynes) in a Cafe who is also flat-hunting after she decides to move out of the squat in which she is currently residing. As time goes by it seems all hope is lost for the acquaintances as all places in their price range have been 'cold infested rat holes' or already taken by a 'bunch of psychic househunters'. A glimmer of hope comes in the form of a 2 bedroom £90 a week flat, but there's a catch, as the newspaper advertisement reads 'Professional couples only'... Despite barely knowing each other and the now desperate situation they find themselves in, they devise a plan to pose as a professional young couple and successfully manage to decieve the landlady, Marsha Klein (Deakin), who after a brief chat with the pair she says the words they had been hoping to here... 'You can move in when you're ready!'....
.... and thus begins the wonderful adventures of Tim & Daisy.
The main focus of the sitcom is centred around the everyday lives of Tim and Daisy, who are essentially two loveable joint smoking layabouts. We see their relationship develop into a great friendship, but there is always an underlying 'will they, won't they' throughout both series. This sitcom is laiden with pop-culture references, in particular to science fiction, horror films, video games & comic books, some more obvious than others. The script is written brilliantly, it's fast paced, witty and imaginative use of dialogue makes for a series that will have you laughing all the way through, whilst at the same time creating very realistic characters, with whom the audience can really relate. The superb acting enhances this.
1. Beginnings, 2. Gatherings, 3. Art , 4. Battles, 5. Chaos, 6. Epiphanies, 7. Ends
Bonus Features include: Out-takes, Trailers, Commentary, Cast & Crew Biographies, Deleted Scenes, Homage-O-Meter & Raw Footage.
1. Back, 2. Change, 3. Mettle, 4. Help, 5. Gone, 6. Dissolution, 7. Leaves
Bonus Features include: Out-takes, Trailers, Commentary, Biographies, Deleted Scenes, Homage-O-Meter, Raw Footage & Photo Gallery.
Bonus Disc includes: Exclusive Feature Length Documentary: 'Skip to the End', 'Spaced Jam' by Osymyso & Cast and Crew Biographies
SPACED 3 DISC COLLECTORS' EDITION GENERAL INFO
Video Aspect Ration: 16:9 Automatic
Main Soundtrack: English / Stereo
Disc Format: 2 x Single Sided, Dual Layer - DVD 9
1 x Single Sided, Single Layer - DVD5
Feature Length: Disc One - 170 mins approx
Extras - 40 mins approx
Disc Two - 173 mins approx
Extras - 44 mins approx
Disc Three - 84 mins approx
Subtitles: English for the hard of hearing
Iwantoneofthose.com is a site that in products available and its features can be compared to those found at hawkins bazaar with quirky gadgets and fun accessories and gifts and can be aptly summed up by their slogan 'stuff you don't need...but really, really want'.
The site is really easy to navigate around and breaks its products down into 6 sections; New Arrivals, Gadgets and Gizmo's, Toys and Games, Lifestyle and Home, Kitsch and Daft & Great Gifts.
The range of products are vast, from a £4.99 'Waboba Ball' to a £249 'Swap mobile phone watch'. This site is great for providing extensive descriptions and features of the product with a number of photos and with selected items, and accompanying video. It is also possible to read reviews of the product here, so you will feel as though you know everything there is to know before making the decision to purchase the item.
If you are looking for gifts for someone and aren't sure what to get, the site offers a 'gift finder' feature that allows you to search products based on recipients; personality (includes; couch potato, geek, traditionalist, happy hippy, etc) relationship to the recipient, occasion and the amount of money you would like to spend (<£10, £10-£20, £20-£50, £50-£100, £100-£250, or money is no object).
There are no shipping costs (As long as it is being delivered within the mainland UK) if you are willing to wait 1-3 days, or you can choose to pay £6.45 to have it delivered between 8am-6pm the next working day or an additional £7.95 for delivery between either 8am-noon, or noon-6pm the following working day. These options are only available Mon-Fri, however the option for delivery on a Saturday is available at a cost of an additional £9.95.
Hole in the wall is a lighthearted gameshow hosted by Dale Winton, and first aired on BBC1 in September 2008 spanned 10 30 minute episodes making up series 1.
The gameshow is made up of 2 teams of 3 celbrities captained by Anton du Beke (Strictly come dancing) and Darren Gough (Former international cricketer). During series 1, their celebrity teammates have included the likes of Vic Reeves, Phil Tuffnell, Nell McAndrew, Nancy Lamb, Vanessa Feltz (who felt the need to appear twice on the show) & others.
The Aim of the Game
The aim of the game is quite simply as the title suggest for contestants to fit through the 'hole in the wall'. The wall comes in the form of polystyrene hurtling towards them, and the hole comes in the form of various shapes and sizes (usually depicting unnatural body contortions) cut out of this wall of doom!! If they fail to make the correct shape, allowing the wall to pass over them, they will be pushed by its force into the small swimming pool conviniently located behind them.
I feel I should mention the outfits here as they are somewhat of an eye catcher. Contestants are made to wear skin tight, shiny silver all over body suits, that I guess are designed not only to make their bodies as streamlined as possible but for the public humiliation of aforementioned celebrities and for our own entertainment purposes as they really do leave very little to the imagination (and we have the privelage of being able to watch this in HD in series 2).
Format of the show
The show has 5 rounds in total.
The first being the 'solo' round whereby each contestant must face the wall alone (surprise, surprise).
This is followed by 'the captain's challenge' which designed only for Anton and Darren can come in a number of forms (due to their superior knowledge and expertise) is designed to make the already difficult challenge that much harder (and more entertaining for us) as they are given props (previous shows have included using a javelin and space hopper), facing the course blindfolded or backwards (captains are aided by teammates instructions) or choosing another teammate to face the wall with.
The third round is called 'The mystery guest or killer question'. The leading team can then choose one member to either attempt the wall with a mystery guest (have previously included the cheeky girls, and the london wasps women's rugby team) or for two members to attempt the killer question - At the top of the wall is a printed question (usually of a mathmatical nature) and underneath two possible answers. Players choose their answer and stand in front of it, if it is correct, the polystyrene will crumble on contact allowing them to pass right through, if they stand in front of the incorrect answer they will be met by an unpentrable force, and, you've guessed it, will end up in the pool.
The fourth round is the 'Team Wall' where the teams will face the wall together.
The final round is the 'Mega Wall' - The leading team will get to choose whether to essentially play or pass. If they decide to play, the team will again get to face the wall together - if they succeed in passing it, they will win the show (winning £10,000 for charity) if not, they have forfeited the game to the other team.
The reason I haven't mentioned points previously, is that there doesn't seem to be a set structure or if there is one it isn't followed as points are awarded at Dale's discretion, often making little sense and providing no noticeable consistency.
I didn't watch the show when it was originally aired on BBC1, however have caught up with some of the episode re runs on challenge, which appear to be on quite late at night. It is not a show I actively seek out to watch, however am pleased to see it when flicking through the channels. I would regard it as comfortable family viewing and would peg it with the same 'funny factor' as something along the lines of you've been framed (although, I find this funnier now with Harry Hill's commentary). It's a programme I could only handle in small doses, as it's obviously quite repetitive and the constant shouting of 'bring on the wall' by Dale Winton at the start of every single round quite frankly drives me slightly up the wall!!
Miniclip.com has been a great source of entertainment and a firm favourite of mine for as long as I can remember, providing an extensive list of free to play games to choose from, it has something for everyone. The games are good quality, although can vary in the length of time they take to load, though you usually never have to wait more than around 30 seconds.
Layout of the site
The site itself is very easy to navigate around - at the top of the homepage you will find a number of tabs (games home, action games, sports games, multiplayer games and puzzle games). You will also find a compilation of the 'latest games' which provide a short description of the game along with short video demonstration that is on constant stream. Next to that is a list of 'hot games' which provide details of the games that are most frequently played within all categories. Clicking on the tabs at the top you will be directed to a new page where you will see a 'featured game' within your chosen category and again 'hot games' detailing the most frequently played games within the category. It follows this same layout for all categories.
Scrolling down further on the home page, it provides a list of all games available on the site arranged alphabetically, so it is easy to find the game you are looking for as long as you know the name of it. These games are written in orange or blue writing (blue written games are described as 'normal games' and those in orange are 'players challenge games' - to compete in these you have to register with the site). To the left of this is a more extensive, detailed list of categories including 3D, political, E rated (games for everyone), motorsports, platform and many more.
The homepage also displays the overall 'top 10 games' which is a great starting place if you are new to the site, a list of your 'latest games played' and a 'my games' section, which enables you to save your favourite games here for quick access at another time (again you don't need to register to use this feature as it will remember them from your computer).
Benefits of becoming a registered user
Registering on this site is easy and free - you will need to provide an email address, password, date of birth and nickname. Once you have done this, you are set to start playing as a member straight away as no email confirmation is needed. From then on, your username will be displayed on the homepage and once clicked will take you to your player page where you will be able to edit your YoMe (Avator) customising hair/eye/skin colour, clothes, accessories, pets and backgrounds. You will also be able to view your friends, awards and challenge games here.
These are the games written in orange as described before, where you will be able to challenge other member's high scores on each game.
Challenges are set by miniclip.com, and awards are offered if you beat them. The awards are simply presented on your players page and don't hold any real value, but are there to essentially show off to other members that you have achieved them and as a record of your hard work! It really is quite an achievement if you manage to get one of these as the challenges set can be really difficult.
Becoming a member also allows you to view your overall rankings (based on your high scores) both worldwide and within the UK.
The original rice krisipies have been around for 80 years, and have always adourned 3 cartoon characters in it's advertising; snap, crackle and pop, which have continued it's appeal to kids throughout the years. Part of it's appeal for children now is it's claim that it includes 25% of the daily value of antioxidants and nutrients and contains vitamins A,B,C & E, with main emphasis being to 'help support child's immunity'.
I find that rice krispies are very filling and a bowl of this in the morning can help keep snack cravings at bay until lunchtime, and in terms of how much milk to use 'a little goes a long way' as they are particularly good for soaking it up. I find, however that on there own they are slightly bland, so usually opt for sugar on top, or for a healthier option, chopped up banana does the job. All in all, it's a really good healthy option as the calorie content is as little as 114 per 30g serving and the amount of sugars equalling only 3% of recommended daily amount (only half the amount used in the likes of special k). However the salt content is slightly high at 8%.
Rice Krisipies 'The original' can be bought in 2 different sizes, and bought from sainsbury's the prices are;
450g - £2.27
600g - £2.69
I usually go for the 600g otpion, as the difference in price seems worth it for the extra 150g. If you do go for this size, they have now started offering a 'free box of cereal'. To claim this, you have to have bought 3 boxes, and collected the codes that are printed on the inside of each box. To redeem go online and enter these promotional codes. Once chosen which free box of cereal you would like (Special K, Rice Krispies, Coco Pops, Bran Flakes, Fruit N'Fibre, Crunchy Nut & Just Right) you will be able to print out a coupon to take to the store (You will be asked to download 'coupon printer' which enables a bar code to be printed - this only takes a matter of seconds and is very simple to do).
As well as being a great breakfast cereal for adults and children alike, they can be used to make, most famously, 'rice krispie marshmallow cakes', which are both a tasty sweet snack for kids, and are quick and easy to make. The recipe itself is very simple and all you need are; 6 cups of rice krispies, 1 pack of marshmallows and 3 tablespoons of butter or margarine. The preparation time is only around 10 minutes, and can be eaten within 20 minutes after being left in the fridge. Although, most of the preparation involves using a saucepan, so in terms of how much the kids can get involved there is very little for them to do apart from mixing in the rice krispies after the butter and marshmallow mix has been removed from the heat. For full details of the recipe (and many others within the rice krispie range) follow this link:
I have to apologize in advance (lol, good start!!) as my review seems to have taken on, more of a 'how to make money from take a break' review but only since reading the smaller print have I noticed how much there is to be made. I have also included the regulars you can expect from take a break.
Front cover jam packed detailing mainly the real life stories with photo's to be featured in the issue, and usually displays the tempting amount of money that could be won, and in this particular issue stands at a total of £32,470 in the form of cars, cash and holidays.
Take a break St.
The first double spread page, entitled 'Take a Break St.' is laiden with snippets and small accompanying photos sent in by readers of usually cute, funny or just unusual moments in their life (only scanning the page closely for the purpose of this review, I have noticed how much they pay per used items - a whopping £100 - as before i'll put the details at the bottom). Another regular of this page is a 4x4 arrowword with the chance for 25 readers to win £50 for correct answers.
The Brainwaves Roadshow
This is a single page feature - and yet another way to earn some dosh - whilst picking up a few handy tips along the way. Take a break asks readers to send in their 'top tips' which usually include topics such as cleaning, cooking, gardening or turning household rubbish into something useful (although, in some cases; something equally as rubbish). One example from this issue is; 'cutting up a couple of old beaded necklaces, threading onto some cotton to make napkin holders'. It's best to send in a photo along with your tip, as the money is doubled if used (£30 text only tips, £60 with a photo).
This feature follows real life health stories, health tips and trivia and a small section where readers can ask 'Dr Knott' for advice on medical issues.
Recipes of a couple of dishes on this double page spread with emphasis on how to copycat supermarket dishes at a fraction of the cost, with the benefits of using fresh ingredients. They provided the nutritional information for each of their own dish, however do not for the supermarkets own. The cost is based on 'per portion' and always serves 4. In this issue the cooking times are under an hour and costs are around £1.50 per portion.
Liz Wilde's Beauty SOS
Another chance to make some money, where readers can write in and ask for advice on issues such as skincare, best value for money products, how to cover up grey hairs - pretty much anything you can think of, earning you £25 for each letter used and a further £25 if you provide a photo of yourself.
Coffee Break Fiction
One page, tabloid style short story. Unlike in Fiction Feast, it is not placed under a certain category, so will come as a complete surprise. Same high quality standard of writing, though, of which there are usually 1 or 2 per issue.
Real Life letters Sensible and Barmy
Slightly longer versions of what you could expect to see published on take a break St. - Stories of love, courage, fond memories or those that are just 'barmy' are accepted (paying £50 + £25 if photo is used, although if you are lucky enough to get chosen as 'letter of the week' its £100 to you).
Real Life Stories
Crammed to the brim, with real life stories, this in my opinion, is probably the best there is out there for this. Though, I find the stories can sometimes be slightly depressing detailing the lives of - lost loves, scams, murders and generally sad stories and would personally like to see a few more inspirational stories thrown in there.
Puzzles with good cash prizes usually include; code breakers, crosswords, arrowwords, word searches and sudoku.
Money making details
For each of the above, send to: Take a break st, brainwaves, Beauty SOS or sensible and barmy to the below address.
Take a break
H Bauer Publishing
What Is It?
Well, it sells books - really really cheap books!!! or 'Bunches of bargain books' as is their slogan.
The site is colourful - mainly yellows as you would expect from a site called 'bananas', with images of various monkeys.
At the top you will find 4 clearly labelled tabs - shop, account, help and basket and right next to that an option to make a direct search for the product you are looking for.
Underneath this is a row of 'recently added' books - which provides a really quick way of checking if previously unstocked books are now in, without having to log in to your account or do the full search.
On the left hand side, they have a list of options of types of books to choose from; Childrens, Fiction, Non-Fiction and Price Reductions (which, once clicked provides a drop down list of genres within that category as well as providing the option to search all books within your chosen category) and a direct link back to the homepage.
The Registration Process
At the top of the homepage is the option to log in/register - clear and easy to find - no messing around.
What it asks for - Log in details (email address and password - with both they ask you to confirm), Address Details (they provide an option to find your address by filling in your postcode), where you heard about site, how often you want to hear from them (weekly, monthly or full catalogue), favourite types of books, and that's pretty much it - quick and painless.
The prices on this site, to me are unbeatable. Some books, or collections of books offering a saving on the RRP of £25 or more.
A great special offer they do is 10 (£1) books for the price of £7.50. To give you an idea of the kind of books that are in this range, I have picked out a few titles: Summer Heat (Kate Perry), The Village Show (Rebecca Shaw), Property (Valerie Martin). The list goes on and on, and contain a wide variety from different genre's.
A few examples of others you might find in their best bargain range.
Chronicles of Narnia - Prince Caspian - 50p
Jonathan Ross - why do I say these things - £2
Awight Now - Setting the record straight (Michael Barrmore) - £1
Flanimals of the deep - Ricky Gervais - £2
Little black dress series - 50p each
(again an endless list)
Another advantage of this site is they do offer free delivery when you spend £25 or more - I opted for this so don't know how much they charge otherwise - as still working my way through the 27 books I bought to make it up to this amount last time!!!
The site asks to allow 7-10 working days for delivery though mine were delivered within 3 and arrived in perfect condition!! Its easy to order and you can clearly see the titles you have selected to make final checks.
Although the book selection perhaps isn't as wide as those found on amazon etc, its a site definately worth checking out - and would recommend looking here first before buying elsewhere.
My Room 101 (more to follow but need to buy new keyboard as the previous one has melted under the fury of my fingertips :p)
1. Big Brother
Big Brother started out as a good idea, as a genuinely interesting social experiment, though over the years it has essentially turned into a modern day freak show. It is no longer an accurate representation of the British Public, it's a compilation of the weird and wackiest not to mention moronic selection of the never before unturned rocks of Britains mental asylum (with the exception of this year where they seem to have turned it completely on its head and have found possibly the most boring, narcissistic, socially inept characters on the planet between them sharing the IQ of a turnip). The only people worse, are the paparazzi who feed it to us on a daily basis. Lest we forget when we boil this programme down to its bare bones, we are sitting at home in a house watching people sitting at home in a house.
2. The paparazzi (if evidence required see above)
3. Amanda Holden
How can someone so talentless be deemed suitable to judge a talent show? There can be a fantastic act on show, unfortunately with Amanda Holden on the panel, it becomes 'Britains watching Amanda Holden crying'.
4. Fluffy News Stories
At the end of every news programme, they seem to to make an attempt to counteract the bad news stories with a fluffy, nonsense, non newsworthy piece. Usually along the same lines as 'Otter gives birth to triplets'. At the end of the day, we are all adults - I can deal with it! This is the social equivalent of breaking the news of the death of an elderly relative to a 7 year old, but compensating by producing a balloon.
5. Vanessa Feltz (I don't feel any explanation necessary as she seems to be encompassed in most of the above points).
Take a Break's fiction feast is a great option for a bit of light reading, if you don't fancy starting a book, or are just short on time. I find it's especially good for taking to work and provides great entertainment for a lunchtime read.
It costs £1.70 per issue and is released once a month, however, the subscription offer (12 copies) will cost you £15.40 which adds up to a total saving of £5 (www.subscribe2fictionfeast.co.uk). Benefits included with this subscription are; free home delivery, a guarantee that you will receive your issue before it hits the shops and includes an offer of receiving a free gift card with all gift subscriptions. Having read the smaller print however, it may take six weeks for delivery of your first issue.
Design and Advertising
The front cover very much follows the same format as the normal take a break magazine (same logo, pretty girl on the front, etc), and displays a few headlines of the stories you can expect to find inside, along with pictures. The pages inside however are not glossy, but rather on paper and are in black and white with one custom colour thrown in.
The only advertising you will find in this magazine is on the inside front cover, and the back page. The index page (as well as including the contents), however, displays around 3 or 4 short book reviews - This is where everyone can get involved as it offers the chance for readers to send in their own reviews of your favourite book (in less than 70 words) which they will pay £20 for each one that is used!! (I'll put the details at the bottom for anyone who wants to give it a go). One page for details of the subscription offer and then its fiction all the way from there.
There are around 15-20 short stories included, spanning anywhere from 1 to 6 pages in length (written in tabloid format) and are divided up into 5 categories:
Tale with a twist - in the issue I am using for this review (Aug 09), this seems to be the most popular, with 8 stories covered in this category. Having read all of them and with the exception of 1 or 2 the twists are really unexpected, and those that are a little more predictable are still enjoyable to read as the quality of the writing is good.
One from the heart - these stories mainly cover hard hitting life issues, or those of a fairly sensitive nature (in this case; adoption) but are written in such a way that is not overbearing for the reader.
Love Story - good old romance stories - believable characters and realistic storylines.
Put your feet up - usually the longest in length, and seem to be more in depth than the others - and as is states one for 'putting your feet up' - best saved for when you have a little more time, where the main themes seem to be family and friendship.
Spine Chiller - Usually the shortest of stories - won't leave you shaking with fear or cause horrible nightmares, but creates just about the right amount of tension to make your hair, if only very briefly, stand on end.
Just as in the normal take a break edition, there are a few puzzles thrown into the mix. How, it differs is that there is only one puzzle offering the chance of a cash prize. For all others the solutions can be found in the same issue (this particular issue includes an arrowword, crossword, wordsearch and codebreaker).
Horoscopes (1 full page)
Not really much to say about this except that I'm hoping mine proves to be true (and for all sagittarians out there) as we should be looking forward to coming into some cash and a satisfying love life this month!!
If you want to have a go at writing your own story for fiction feast, I have found a good site, which provides you with basic guidelines, details of payment and where to send them.
For Book Reviews, send them to:
My Favourite Book
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I think that's pretty much it. In my opinion, it's good value for money for really high standard stories.
I usually use this product for removing my make up and it does the job really well, removing even waterproof mascara with ease.
Its great to use if you have particularly sensitive skin like me, as the wipes don't cause irritations around the eyes (or any other area), like so many other brands that sting after use, and leaves your skin feeling cool and tingly.
Due to the Vitamin E it contains, it's also good for dry skin, as it feels really smooth on your skin (and as it claims 'adds moisture back'), but it is not greasy so it is a really good alternative to using cream - which I find to be a bit too heavy, and is just more convinient.
It's also packaged really well which keeps the wipes fresh for a long time so there is no need to throw away the first wipe every time you want to use one.
1. 2 identical 'gimlock systems' keys - absolutely no idea what they're for
2. 1 Timesheet - which i'm pretty sure i should have handed into my agency. oops.
3. 1 torn off label for 'Christmas Glam Cowboy Hat' from M & S ! have no idea!!
4. 1 sainsbury's passion body spray & 1 'Diesel Plus Plus' perfume
5. 2 scrunched up tissues (1 blue, 1 orange) - lovely
6. 1 loose 20p coin ( & exactly 13p in coppers)
7. 1 'yes, it's christmas' leaflet detailing the 'greatest story ever told' handed to me on the high street.
8. 1 empty packet of paracetamols (500mg) - always handy to have that.lol
9. 1 necklace that is now tangled up almost beyond recognition
10. 1 watch thats almost 2 hours slow
11. 1 pair of gloves (grey, cut off fingers)
12. 1 pen, 1 pencil
14. around 4 million bus tickets
15. 1 Mobile - no battery
16. Various bits of rubbish
Now most people would take this as a great opportunity to have a clear out - but it's gone straight back in : s
I bought this product (8ml) as it was on special offer and paid in the region of £4 (sorry, can't remember exactly) for it.
I really like the triple plump brush (although don't really see the benefit of the shape) which is slightly longer than in some other mascaras I have used, which is great for all over coverage. The bristles seem to be quite short, but nonetheless do a good job of separating my eyelashes, and it really does separate every single one of them. I think this is due to the sheer number of bristles they have crammed on there.
It does as it states, create curves (whether they could be described as sexy or not, I don't know) but not really noticeably any more than some other brands.
What you don't get with this mascara though is the length, and it certainly doesn't allow for a second coat, as it just starts to clump your lashes back together again. I would rather buy a long lash mascara and use an eyelash curler. It's not one I would wear for a night out, but as one for wearing to work it's quite good as it's subtle.