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      20.08.2012 13:20
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      A great smelling product but didn't like the texture of my hair after use or the tangles it created

      About a month ago I signed up to BuzzAgent and one of the campaigns I'm currently doing is one for Toni & Guy. I received 5 products to try and review and the Heat Protection Mist is the first on that I decided to try.

      I've never used a heat protection spray, mist or anything so I don't have anything to compare this to but at the end of the day they all set out to do the same thing, protect your hair from heat.

      The first problem I had was opening it. I didn't realise that there's a release button on the side of it as it's not clear. I spent 10 minutes fighting with the bottle and trying to press the arm of the spray down which just made it spring off. Luckily you can reattach it. Once you realise there's a button which you press to release the spray and then again to lock it, it's very ingenious, it's just a pity it doesn't say this on the bottle.

      I used this on dry hair. I know it said on the bottle to use it on damp hair but I have very thick hair which takes nearer two hours when I straighten it wet. I chose to straighten it the following day after washing as it is so much easier.

      I sectioned my hair off and sprayed it on the section I was about to straighten and then combed it through to make sure it was evenly coated.

      The smell of the product is lovely . It's a gentle smell but I can't put my finger on what it is. It's fruity but I don't know which fruit.

      The actual straightening of my hair took the same amount of time and was no easier or harder to do.

      Once it was all straightened as usual I comb it all through and run the straighteners over the random bits of hair that always have a mind of their own. What I noticed when I combed it through was the texture of my hair was different. It wasn't sticky but I could feel it more and there was quite a few tangles in it, which is not normal. I don't know if this was because I had used it on dry hair, but I very much don't it. Although the next time I use it, it will be on damp hair to see if there is any different.

      I can't say that I felt my hair was anymore protected then normal but maybe after using it a few times I will see a difference.

      I'm not sure that I would recommend this product as it didn't seem to do anything mind blowing but it was a terrible product. What really puts me off it is the retail price. Looking in shops and online it sells for anything between £6.99 and £8.00, which I personally think is too expensive.

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        01.02.2012 17:40
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        Sometimes it's best to spend an extra £1 and this product is the proof

        I recently decided that I wanted to purchase one of those nail varnishes that 'cracks up' and had a look in Tesco whilst I was there doing the shopping. I didn't know which brand I wanted but I knew I didn't want to spend too much as I'm really trying to save the pennies again, but a girl needs to treat herself every so often.

        That's when I noticed on the Rimmel stand their range of nail polishes called Crack Your Colour. They only one they had was called Black Graffiti which, as you've guessed, is black. The price for this was £2.99 which I thought was very good for a Rimmel nail polish.

        The lid on the bottle, as you can see from the photo, shows a kind of animal print effect. To get the best effect from this varnish you first paint your nails in a contrasting colour and then once dried paint on the Crack Your Colour. I decided to paint my nails in a bright purple colour as I knew this would look excellent against the black.

        The brush on this is smaller then others I have used but is wider so was very easy to apply. Before applying I'd read online that you only apply one coat and have to make sure that each stoke of colour doesnt' overlap. I cannot stress this point as I did overlap slightly and it just left a blobbly black mess on my nail so I had to remove this and start again.

        There was no magic transformation in front of my eyes but within a few minutes of having applied the polish I noticed that my nails looked as if someone had dragged a pin over them and removed some of the colour, achieving what I can only described as a scratchy effect. It looked nothing at all like the animal print on the bottle top. I know things don't always look exact, but this was too different.

        I wasn't pleased with the overall effect but I thought it was different and decided to keep it on for my night out. When I showed off my nails to a friend they just said they were OK, not really the response I was hoping for.

        All the articles I'd seen online raved about the Nail Effects Paint by Barry M so I decided to purchase one of these to see if it really was any better and I'm pleased that I did. The difference between the two products is amazing and really shows the Rimmel Crack Your Colour to be a inferior copy. In my mind this just showed that sometimes quality does come with a price and I fell that I have wasted £2.99.

        If you want dazzling nail effects with very little effect, then don't purchase this. For £1 extra you can purchase the wonderful Barry M Nail Effects Paint and be very proud of your nails. (Check out my review of Barry M Nail Effects Paint)

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          01.02.2012 13:00
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          A great versititle bread when you want something a bit different to a normal sandwich

          LIke many other people I'm on a constant quest to save money, which has now become even more important for me to do as I'm now single, umemployed and living on my own. Wow, that really makes me sound a catch!

          One way I'm always trying to save a few pennies is by trying cheaper brands and more of often then not it is the Tesco Value range that I turn to and so I decided to try out the Tesco Value Pitta Bread.

          These sell at 18p for a pack of 6, which is incredible value as the standard Tesco range is 55p. As with the Value range these are packaged in a see through plastic sleeve with the usual Tesco Value logo in red and blue.

          Taste wise these are excellent and I really cannot distinguise between these and the standard range and definitely recommend them to anyone that eats pitta bread. I find these slice just as well as the standard range and hold whatever filling I use.

          Pitta bread is a very versitile bread which I use as a substitue for bread when I'm bored with normal sandwiches so I always have a pack or two lurking away in the freezer. Another great thing is that these defrost rapidly so there's no panic that you haven't got them out of the freezer in time.

          Here's a quick receipe for one of my fave fillings -

          ~ Ingredients ~
          Broadbeans
          Bacon
          Mayonaise

          ~ Instructions ~
          Cut bacon into small pieces.
          Heat some oil in a pan and then add the broadbeans and bacon. Fry until the broadbeans have turned white and, along with the bacon, as crispy as you desire.
          Warm the pitta bread in a toaster for a few seconds so that it doesn't go too hard. Split open, squirt in some mayo and spoon in the broadbeans and bacon.

          Some ammedments I sometimes make to this filling and to add mushrooms and/or black pudding.

          Enjoy

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          • Brooklyn Lager / Beer / Cider / 30 Readings / 30 Ratings
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            01.02.2012 01:12
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            A great drink that goes with anything and for all occasions

            I used to drink this lager all the time and then Tesco stopped stocking it. After a few years of thinking this would be one of those drink that I never see again I found it in the Micro Bar which is situated in the Arndale Market in Manchester. This set me back £1.99 which I think is OK value for 335ml bottle but I was more then happy to pay this as I really enjoy this drink.

            Although this is called a Lager upon checking their website it is brewed in the Vienna style. This style of brewing definitely comes across in it's taste as it's a smooth drinkable drink that isn't too fizzy and the first time I tried this without knowing any information about it I described it to a friend as very similar to a Pilsner lager.

            The actual drink itself is amber coloured and pours out into a glass with a frothy head. It has a definite floral aroma which is not overpowering. The taste has a citrus hint to it with a slight sweetness. Although that probably makes the drink sound girly it is anything but. It is very smooth and moorish and has a taste that lingers but not in a bad way.

            I've drank this with all kinds of foods and find that it goes with anything because it has strong taste and aroma but does not overpower the food at all.

            If you've not tried this I recommend you give it a go. If there's any real ale fans reading this who have been put of by the term lager, then don't let it and give it a go I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised.

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            31.01.2012 15:10
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            Crazy paving for nails

            I recently bought by Barry M their Instant Nail Effects nail paint in a striking purple colour, this colour doesnt' have a name just the code 322. I purchased this from Boots for £3.99 but they had an offer where if you spent £6 or more on selected Barry M products you got a free limited edition Barry M nail paint so I decided I had to take advantage of this offer and treated myself to this and another of their nail paints.

            Now the difference between this and normal nail varnishes is that it actually paints an effect onto your nails and you don't have to do any hard work. Magically in front of your eyes the varnish actually cracks until you are left with a crazy pattern on your nails. The end look is fantastic and whenever I have worn this everyone notices my nails and comments on them.

            The way to use this varnish is to first paint your nails with a contrasting colour. Personally I've found a light blue or soft pink work well with this colour. Once the varnish is dried that is when you apply the Instant Nail Effects paint. Now it does say to only use one coat but I found it didn't leave enough colour on my nail so I used two thin coats. I had already read about it online and it says to not overlap the paint, but to paint it on in three separate stripes. This I do recommend doing as otherwise the effect is ruined.

            Straight away the paint begins to crack and leave a crazy pattern on your nail which allows the base colour to show through. This is a really stricking design and I think looks a lot better then just a plain colour when you are wanting something that little bit extra.

            I will recommend this brand over the cheaper competitiors as I did purchase the Rimmel one which is just not as good and quite a disappointment really.

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            30.01.2012 15:24
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            A little bathtime treat with a beautiful aroma

            I'm someone that when I see a product that I'll definitely use at a knock-down, unbelievably low price then I will buy and this is how I came across this product. Now because I buy like this at times I can have a huge stock pile of toiletries that take over a year to get through and I bought this product some time in 2010. I bought it for 49p and I've looked online and can't find anyone stocking it, so I'm not sure if it's available now and I've never seen it in a shop since I purchased mine in Boots. But never mind, I've probably got another one lucking unforgotten about in my drawer of toiletries.

            Now the first thing that hits you about this is the smell. It is absolutely beautiful and is very feminine, so men don't use this one. It's cherry blossom and vanilla bean and I really can distinguish between the two scents as they are so different. The aroma is very strong and I find it lingers on my skin for a few hours after using. Luckily it's not overpowering and as my body sprays and perfumes are always of the fruity variety it compliments these nicely.

            The is labeled as a shower cream and the consistency is not runny and slightly thicker then normal shower gels that I use. For me this is excellent as I find that they often pour out too much and then I have to watch as some of it always goes straight down the plug hole, but I never get that with this product. I find that a little really does go a long way and easily absorbs into your skin. I find after I've used it my skin is a lot softer and seems more hydrated.

            I'm just going to have to keep an eye out for it and recommend that everyone else does too.

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            29.01.2012 23:37
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            An easy to use grill which is very cheap to run.

            One of the first items I knew I wanted to buy when I moved into my new flat was a grill machine. I was going to buy one from Tesco as that was the one I had previously but it had been out of stock for a number of months. I decided to have a look on Amazon and thought I might treat myself and get a George Foreman one.

            The one I eventually purchased was the George Foreman 13621 3-Portion Compact Grill and Melt in Silver. The reason I choose this one is because it has a melt function also. What this means it that you are able to lock the top plate open allowing you to melt toppings on your favourite foods, ie cheese on toast and pizzas. I've only used this with cheese on toast and it works a treat.

            The reason I love this grill is because it grills all foods throughly, quickly and saves you time and money. I use this with many different foods, including, chicken, potato wedges, mushrooms, burgers, hash browns, fish and oddly for warming up pork pies.

            Now I would definately recommend purchasing a George Forman grill over the other lower priced makes as the extra money really does make a huge difference. As I said I've had a Tesco one previous to this and the difference is shocking. To clean this one I am just using a clean, damp cloth when the grill plates have cooled down and any bits of foods that are on the plates just come right off. With the Tesco one food would still be stuck to the plates and you would end up having to scrub at it and removing some of the non-stick coating. This meant that within a year we had to go out and buy a new grill.

            One thing I will recommend everyone to try on this is when you make yourself a bacon butty for a few moments place the butty on the grill and close the lid. Once the bread is browned, remove so it doesn't go to hard. What you're left with is a lovely warm butty that isn't toasted, isn't sealed like a toastie sandwich but the edges are ever so slightly stuck together. Yummy

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              29.01.2012 22:51
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              It's exactly what it says on the bottle

              I have been suffering with dry skin on my face which was getting worse. The skin on my cheeks and forehead were very dry and it was beginning to flake off. My usual moisturiser was not making any difference even when I was using it twice a day, so I decided that I had to try something new. I rang a friend of mine to ask if she could recommend a product and she said to try anything in the Simple range.

              I finally found a large range of Simple products in my local Superdrug, which for someone that hasn't used Simple products before was quite overwhelming. I looked at them all and decided to purchase their Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser. The reason I choose this one was because of the word Replenishing in the product name and that on the box it says that it gives 12 hour moisturisation.

              The cost of this product was £2.91 for 125m. A quick search on the internet shows that the prices is £3.80 at tesco and £3.35 at Boots. So I'm very pleased with the price that I paid and I also gained two reward points.

              The packaging, in my opinion, is just your bog standard squeezy type bottle that moisturisers generally come in. As with all the Simple range the writing and artwork are all in green. Luckily you have to squeeze the bottle to get the moisturiser out so you don't waste any by it all running out when you tip the bottle up.

              As with all Simple products there is no perfume so there is no smell to the liquid and it is white in colour. The consistency is not runny but rubs into you face with the greatest of ease and soaks straight in without leaving any greasy residue on your face or fingers. This product goes a long way and you really do need to use only a small amount. For this reason alone this product is great value for money.

              I used it the day I bought it and straight away my skin looked smoother, all the flakiness had disappeared and upon touching my face my skin felt extreamly soft and even looked brighter. After six hours my face still looked like I had just applied the moisturiser. The other test of this product came the following day when I was wearing foundation. As usual I applied my foundation after I had used moisturiser and the difference was unbelievable. My foundation glided on with the greatest of ease, there were no dry patches and the coverage was even. My foundation stayed in place all day.

              I recommend this product to everyone as my skin has improved dramatically in such a short space of time that it looks like I have been using this moisturiser for many weeks not just a few days. I will now be purchasing more products in this range when I run out of my usual products.

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                15.09.2011 11:48
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                This is one place that is unavoidable for me but I truely wish I never had to go to again.

                Well as I've now been unemployed for 12 months I think that I am fully qualified to review the Job Centre.

                If you've never had the misfortune of having to go into one of these places then count your blessings, as then no part of your life has been tarnished by these cold, inpersonal, depressing places.

                Personally I've never had a good experience with the Job Centre on any occassions that I have been unemployed and had to use their services. For example any employment I have undertaken has always been through my own endevors, never theirs. I actually hate having to go there as it's so depressing and a waste of my time. I just walk in, view the job points, wait whilst my appointment time comes and goes and then around 20 minutes late I see an advisor who asks how I am and I have I worked and then I sign my little bit of paper. I walk out feeling like all hope, happiness and enjoyment has been squeezed out of me and I just want to go home and curl up in a ball. I'm normally a happy go lucky person, but this is one thing that does affect me.

                The advisors, which is a term I use losely, rarely look for any work for me or advisor me of anything. To me this is a great injustice as this is what they should be doing. There is one man who occassionally points out jobs for me that he knows I can't do due to location and then has the nerve to call me picky. I don't drive but I will travelling on public transport but this man expects me to do a job as a hotel receptionist where the start time is 4am. At this time there is no public transport in my area, so I would have to travel by taxi everyday at great cost, I am not going to do this and I think this is quite reasonable, but he's one of those that just doesn't understand.

                Recently I enquired about any funding for new businesses so I was amazed, and happy, when I was told the governments Enterprise Scheme was now available in my area. All I was told was that I could get a loan of up to £1000 towards start up costs and a mentor for 6 months. All I had to do was submitted a business plan and then once it was evaluated I would be told if I was successfull or not. I asked about the loan, ie repayment times and interest and was told there was no information yet available. I looked online and couldn't find any information about this. I needed this information to finalise my business plan so I went back to the Job Centre and asked them about this and also if there were any minimum timescales for which your business had to run for. The answers I got were shocking and dissappointing. I was told they don't know anything at all about the loan and was this information really important, and I was informed that I was asking too many questions. I walked out dumbfounded by this lack of help, I finally saw a light at the end of the tunnel but it was getting dimmer and dimmer. I did some further research online, research the Job Centre should have done for me, and all I could find was that no one knew anything about the repayment period or interest! So as this couldn't be written in my business plan and I've no funds of my own I have had to leave my business plan. So basically the Job Centre have prevented me from starting up a business, coming off JSA and being self reliant.

                I normally hate it when I hear people saying thinks like, "I could do that job, they're so rubbish" but I really think I could do their job as I'm a friendly, understanding person who likes to help people and I would actaully spend time with whoever is sat in front of me treating them like a human being and look on the computer to see if there is anything suitable.

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                  14.07.2011 20:24
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                  A fruity, floral fragrance that reflects the beautiful weather

                  I'm not a lover of perfumes or their prices but when I smelt this perfume on a friend I was hooked. I finally bought Lola in a giftset that was reduced in the Boots Christmas sale, so I got a wonderful bargain.

                  The fragrance is a wonderful floral and fruity smell that is grown up and womenly. Now I'm not one who is great at identifying each indivdual aroma so I have had to get a little bit of help from the Marc Jacobs website for this part. The website describes it as "A warm floral bouquet with a signature note of luscious fuchsia peony." and states that the different notes of the fragrance are -
                  Top notes: pink peppercorn, pear, ruby red grapefruit
                  Mid notes: peony, rose, geranium
                  Base notes: vanilla, tonka bean, musk
                  Personally if it smells like tonka bean I don't know as I've never heard of it!

                  I find that this is one of those fragrances where a little goes a long way. It's a strong fragrance but not overpowering and hours after spraying on it on myself it can still be smelt. I also find that whenever I wear it everyone asks me what it is, tells me how amazing it is, and a few cheeky beggers ask if they can have it. It really is a crowd stopping fragrance and therefore I think is one for the more out going type of person who likes to be noticed. Personally I think it's a great perfume for summer as it's a real mood lifter and seems to reflect the sunshine that we are all enjoying right now.

                  A quick check on the internet for current prices show that at Boots a 50ml bottle is £47 and a 100ml bottle is £63. Whilst at Fragrance Direct 50ml is £39.99 and 100ml is £52.99. So it really does pay to shop around for this perfume. As well as the perfume you can also buy body lotion, body cream and shower gel to help layer up the scent.

                  Well when mentioning this perfume I have to mention the bottle. Although the actual glass bottle itself is quite average looking but in a lovely purple colour, the lid is a work of art. The lid is a flower blooming up out of the bottle in layers of red, purple and blue and it looks great out on display.

                  If you want a grown up, summer fragrance then this is the one for you.

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                    19.02.2011 20:14
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                    A new way of using light

                    I have these in the blue colour and think they are great. Although they are blue I find they are quite bright and, to me, are similar to a LED black light as anything that is light in colour near it seems to shine in the dark!

                    I purchased mine from Amazon in the Black Friday sale and paid £11.74 for them. They are now selling them at £16.50 and that is from Amazon themselves so no P&P.

                    These are LED candles so safe for anyone to use, inside or outside and can be left unattended. The actual candle itself is housed in a frosted glass round tube and when lit up look really nice, although I'm still not sure about them unlit, so I've got mine sitting unobtrusively on the window sill where they can't really be seen. Like a real candle they do flicker so if they were white you probably wouldn't know the difference.

                    To get this to work they have to be charged up and come with a silver coloured triangular shaped unit with three circles in it to place each candle, this is called a wireless induction charger (I felt like showing off!) This is then plugged in and you press the red button in the middle of the unit to charge the lights. When you first use these they have to be charged for ten hours and then they are good to go. How long each charge lasts I don't know as I haven't had to charge mine again. I've used them for around five or six hours, so personally I think that is quite good as the light is still as bright as the first time I used thiem so I know I won't be charging them soon.

                    Now here's the quirky bit about them, you don't switch them on or off and there's no buttons. To turn the light on you get hold of the candle and tilt it. You then do the same to switch it off.

                    They also come in different colours and I have seen white, pink, pink and yellow and green.

                    I like these candles as they are different and most importantly safe as there's no flame, no wax and they don't get hot. If you like candles get some of these.

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                    • Adidas Shoes in general / Shoes / 77 Readings / 73 Ratings
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                      My fave brand of trainers since I can remember

                      I'm not a wearer of sports clothes, but one thing that I always have in my wardrobe, or more likely outside it, is a pair of trainers. Most times these will be by Adidas, my all time favourite brand.

                      If we go back to the early 1980's that is when I had my first ever pair, and fall in love with the brand. I can't remember exactly how old I was but I reckon I was between the age of 5 and 8. They were a suede pair in a rich purple colour, sounds odd but I loved them. I even had a matching purple tracksuit! I think the trainers were the original Stan Smith style, but I can't be sure as it's so long ago.

                      From then on I always wanted Adidas trainers, but at times money has dictated so I've either gone for whatever is in the sale or a generic none make. One tip I will recommend for trainers is that if you are a size 5 or 5 and a half take a look in the childrens section. I often get mine from this section and as it is tax free it is a big saving on the adult price.

                      My current Adidas trainers are white with the three stripes in silver with a very thin line of pink. The back third of the trainers are embossed with the words Adidas. It was this that first attracted me to this particular pair as I had never seen a pair like this. In fact, I've never seen another pair like these.

                      Due to my preferred style of dress, comfy, smart but laid back, I find that these trainers are very versatile and I wear them mainly with jeans but also track suit bottoms, cargo pants, shorts when I'm holidaying abroad and I also find that these are very good for dressing up or down and I wear them out shopping, watching football, walking the dog, riding my bike, midweek drink at my local pub and on holiday.

                      Personally I think they are worth paying a tiny bit more for as I find they last me a long time and are very durable but I often wonder if this is something to do with me not really wearing them as a sports shoe but a fashion/everyday shoe, so I don't really put them through a tough test. But they are certainly doing something right, as I keep coming back to them time and time again.

                      I would like them to be cheaper but as I said previous I don't mind having to search the sales for a cheaper pair. These are actually one of the few 'labels' that I own in my wardrobe!

                      I decided to see if there were any weird and wacky facts about Adidas and this is what I found out online and what I think are the best ones, especially for pub quizzes!

                      The founder of Adidas shoes was called Adi Dassler and the company was started in Germany, in his mother kitchen.

                      His brother Rudolf was the founder of Puma.

                      Adidas were the first sponsors of an African American, the great Jesse Owens.

                      During WW2 the Adidas factory manufactured a anti-tank weapon.

                      In the 1980's they sponsored rap group Run-D.M.C.

                      Stella McCartney has designed a range of women's trainers.

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                        28.01.2011 16:36
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                        Overpriced and leaved me hungry

                        The Cafe Rouge that I will talk about is the one that is situated at The Printworks in Manchester. For those of you that don't know what The Printworks is, it is a venue in the centre of Manchester which houses many eateries of differen cuisines and drinking venues, nightclubs, gym and Odeon cinema. As you can image this is a popular, and therefore, busy place.

                        Now this is not one of my favourite places and I will only go here if all the other eating places in The Printworks are too busy and other people in my group want to go there. Infact, I think I can say I will never go here again, as the group of people that I generally go out with have been here too and also feel the same.

                        The place itself is very clean and staff are efficient but they seem to have taken on the exterior of a cold, heartless corporate chain for themselves. They hardly smile and everything seems to be so much bother. I even feel guilty if I choose after my meal that I would like to order another drink or a dessert as they just don't seem to be bothered to keep me, the customer, happy, and you can see it in their face when they have to walk over.

                        Value wise, it is poor. Food is over priced and not as French as they want you to think. I also think that the portions are on the small side, and other people I know that have been here have said exactly the same thing. Your time and money is better spent else where, I really don't recommed this place as all I can find are negatives rather then positives. I would have like to have given this no stars but you have to give one.

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                          28.01.2011 16:20
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                          A shopping centre with the added experience of somewhere to eat and drink

                          The Arndale centre in Manchester is situated right in the middle of the shopping area on Market Street and basically cannot be missed as it dwarfs all the other shops and building on this street. A few years ago the Arndale was given a full revamp and boy did it change. It basically grew up, became more up market and can now hold it's head high with the major players of the shopping world. I now find this a great place to walk around as it is so light and airy with high ceilings and lots of glass, so you can walk around at your own pace without feeling claustrophobic. Although I doubt it's like this on the first day of the January sales!

                          I enjoy walking around just browsing and then grabbing myself something to eat and drink in one of the many eateries available. I was actually here a few days ago and it shocked me again how much it has changed and the shops that are now part of it make it a much better experience. Shops you can find here are Lush, Accessorise, Footlocker, Next, La Senza, Apple, HMV, Game, The Perfume Shop, WH Smith, Barrets, Dune, New Look, H Samuel, H&M, Jane Norman, Baron Jon, River Island, Hotel Chocolat and many more. So basically all moods, occassions and pockets are catered for as the range of shops is immense.

                          The choice of where to eat and drink has improved drastically so now many people choose to stay in the Arndale rather then venture out to one of the many pubs and restaurants. These options now include Nandos, Bella Italia, Costa Coffee, Harry Ramsden's, Pizza Hut, KFC, Subway and Est Caffe.

                          If in Manchester this is somewhere I recommend you check out, even just for window shopping.

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                            28.01.2011 14:50
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                            An affordable eating option when times are hard

                            As you will know from some of my other reviews my cooking skills are not the best in the world, but luckly I can get by and now have a a few tried and trusted meals and reciepes in my repertoire. So eating out is one of my favourite things but unfortunately money is very, very tight as I am still out of work after being made redundant, but fortunately for me, and my bank balance, we live 5 minutes walk away from a Crown Carvery.

                            This carvery is in Glossop and called Wrens Nest. It is situated at the far end of the town just off the main road, although it can't actually be seen, and a few minutes from Tesco. As with all Crown Carveries the cost for a carvery meal is just £3.69, yes £3.69.

                            The decor of the pub/restaurant is very warm and welcoming. It's well lit but cosy at the same time as lights are not the bright, stark overhead ones, but dimmed and also there are lights on the walls. When you walk in it does exude a feeling of warmth which I find very relaxing and the decor, although pub style, is a little bit more up market then normal and it gives it a nice cosy feel.

                            As this is the cheapest place to eat in Glossop it gets busy, busy, busy and if you go to late the choice of meat is limited and you often have to wait for much veg and potates to be put out. I find the best time to go is 5.30 to 6pm as the choice of food is still all available and you know it's not been sat around too long. Also at times you can have to wait for a table but for me this is not a problem as we just find somewhere to sit and wait and enjoy a drink.

                            The only thing I don't like about the layout is where the actual carvery is. You walk in the main doors and are greeted by the sight of the bar and then a few steps from the end of this is the carvery and the queuing area. The seats are behind the carvery and also towards the end, so this means that people are always walking through you whilst you are queuing, which at times gets annoying when it is a party of ten with screaming young child!

                            Now to the food. You are served by the carver a choice of mini Yorkshire Pudding, stuffing ball, gammon, turkey or beef. You can have a slice of each meat, two slices of one, so basically whatever takes your fancy. Also if you ask, you can have two mini Yorkshire puddings and two stuffing balls. Me being gready that's what I do. The veg and potatoes you help yourself to, so you can be as good or greedy as you like, and it is all you can eat with these so you can go back for seconds or more if you dare! The choice of veg and potatoes is carrots, peas, cauliflower cheese, boiled potatoes and roast potatoes. You then help yourself to gravy, and there is also mustard, cranberry and horseradish sauces.

                            Personally I find the choice of veg and potatoes a bit lacking as I would like to also have broccalli and mashed potatoes. I'm not a big eater of veg and my favourites are broccali and carrots with a Sunday roast, so when I'm here I only eat the carrots. Unfortunately, although the carrots are edible and many people like them, I find them a bit odd tasting. I can never quite put my finger on it but there a bit too soft and have a slight non-carrot taste to them.

                            Apart from the veg I enjoy eating here as it is such good value. The staff are attentive but leave you to relax whilst you eat at your own pace. Also they don't rush you from your table if you decide to enjoy another drink after your meal, somthing which I increasingly find many eating establishments are doing.

                            The other plus side for my boyfriend and I eating here is how close it is to our home. It means we can go out and enjoy a drink with a meal instead of having to drive home, or pay the extra cost of a taxi. Also this is the only place I can get Coors Light, so I always treat myself to a pint.

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