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      12.09.2008 21:07
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      a good chick lit read that will keep you enthraled

      It's been three years since Kate Miller swapped London for New York City, her father has become ill though and now the time has come for Kate to return to London and face the things she thought she had left far behind. Before leaving Kate walked out on her job working for a glossy women's magazine and left behind her friends and family. More importantly she left behind the man she thought was the love of her life and broke his heart. With all that left behind her return to London will help Kate discover one thing, can she pick up the pieces of her old life and start to life again.

      This is the second of Harriett Evans books I've read since discovering her in the W H Smith's at Stanstead airport. It is the third one she's written and I think it's actually better than the last one I read. It seemed to develop the story a little more and while I really enjoyed the last of her books I read I thought this one actually got me even more hooked than the last one. I started to read it around lunch time and apart from making a couple of drinks, didn't put it down till I'd turned the last page, which seems to be happening more and more these days.

      I found, just like with Evans first book that I really liked the main character. I think there was something about Kate Miller that every girl could identify with. She is a well created character that kept me on tender hooks trying to find out the secret of her past life in London. It's in that element that Harriett Evans keeps you reading. I found myself willing Kate to get back to her friends and to end up with the man of her dreams.

      The story is told in a very easy going format, however unlike Going Home, the previous book I'd read, I found this one slightly more heart wrenching. It has the key elements that chick lit really needs. There is the lead female character that I really liked and thought of as a good friend as I read the book. There is also the relationships with her family, friends and the man she so desperately wants and you so desperately want her to be with.

      Just like the previous book by Harriett Evans I read this is an enjoyable story. It held my interest all day and kept me entertained throughout. It is perhaps not quite as easy going as her previous book, but I think that added to the appeal of the storyline. It fits in nicely with the likes of Sophie Kinsella, Jill Mansell et all and I think Harriett will become a favourite author of mine quite quickly. I'll be buying more of her books myself, if you'd like this one however you can get it for £4.03 from amazon at the moment.

      Paperback: 486 pages

      Publisher: HarperCollins

      ISBN: 0007243820

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      • Lush Avobath / Bath & Shower / 100 Readings / 96 Ratings
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        09.09.2008 19:42
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        Need a lift? Then try Avobath

        I was in town yesterday and it almost seems inevitable that despite needing absolutely nothing else from Lush I still ended up going in and yet again came out with my purse £20 lighter. This time perhaps the product I was looking forward to trying most was the Lush Avobath bath bomb. I'm not sure what really drew me to it, but I can only assume it was the aluminous green colouring but either way I ended up with 2 in my bag, which is kind of silly as really I should have bought one to try first.

        Upon arrival back home I headed straight for the bath and proceeded to try my latest acquisition. As I removed the bath bomb from my bag I was instantly hit by a very nice, but fairly strong scent. The smell is quite fruity and while it is fairly strong it's not totally overpowering, which might have put me off, although I did have concerns about sitting in the bath for too long if it was going to have as strong a scent as this.

        I started to run my bath and deposited one of the bath bombs into the water. As it started to disperse my bath seemed to turn a sort of pale green colour. With a couple of the Lush products I've tried, they have contained little bits that end up floating in the bath with you, the Avobath doesn't and that was a real plus. The ingredients include lemongrass, avocado (hence the name) and Olive oil, which according to Lush give this bath bomb the required ingredients to make you get up and go.

        As I was on a day off work, I love having lieu time every now and then, I have to say I wasn't particularly with "it" yesterday. As I got into the bath the first thing I noticed was the slight hangover I was nursing started to lift. To my surprise the scent of the bomb was quite subtle and pleasant, whilst retaining the fruity essence it had when I first sniffed it. I spent an hour in the bath reading a book and found the pleasant yet subtle scent remained for the duration.

        Of course an hour is a little longer than I would normally spend in the bath but by the time I got out I found my head was completely clear. In fact I almost felt ready to start the day again. The lemongrass had worked, but it was how smooth my skin felt that surprised me the most. The combination of Olive Oil and avocado are designed to moisturise while you bath and I certainly noticed a slight difference in my skin when I got out compared to when I went in.

        Once again it seems that Lush have hit the mark with another bath bomb combination although that is starting to surprise me less and less, the more products I try. It was a little bit more expensive than a couple of the others I've tried at £2.80 for 180g, but it seemed to be worth the money. I'm actually glad I bought 2 as I'm out on another drinking session tomorrow evening and will be using the Avobath to get me moving on Thursday morning.

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        • Diet Coke / Soft Drink / 102 Readings / 105 Ratings
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          04.09.2008 19:12
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          The diet version of Coca Cola's full fat soft drink

          Like just about every girl I know I'm neurotic about my weight, well I guess that's no real surprise but at the same time I do love my crisps and chocolate. So when it comes to trying to be good, but of course still being bad I seem to have formed a bit of a connection with Diet Coke. Now it's not that often that I'll have a fizzy drink but when I do I seem to now prefer the taste of Diet Coke to the normal, full fat version.

          Of course I'm sure we all know the Coke brand and will have seen Diet Coke on the shelves in our local shops in various formats. It comes in 330ml cans and 500ml, 1.5 litre and 2 litre bottles which vary in price form 40p for a can to around £1.89 for a 2 litre bottle. It wasn't till I started looking for information for this review though that I discovered that Diet coke only came into being in 1982, the same year my younger brother was born. Since then though it has been shipped all over the world and become a top selling drink just like its full fat brand mate.

          I quite often buy the cans of coke and for that reason my review is going to mainly focus on the canned version, but I do have a few experiences of the bottles too. Of course Diet Coke is a carbonated soft drink and for that reason when you open the can it does tend to fizz at you. Just be sure that it's not shaken before you do or you could end up wearing it.

          So now onto the taste. One of the first things I noticed about Diet Coke is its taste. It is nowhere near as sweet as the normal full fat version and seems to have a much subtler sweetness to it. I've always found Coke to have a nice flavour, however since I started to drink the Diet version I've found myself put off the full fat version. While the flavour isn't quite as sweet as normal Coke I think Diet Coke has a slightly more watery texture to it.

          The other main difference between Diet Coke and regular Coke is that it contains much less Sugar. Of course it isn't sugar free, as Coke is currently coining it in with Coke Zero. The fizzy nature of Diet Coke when chilled is certainly what makes it such a refreshing soft drink. Now my only complaint when it comes to Diet Coke is actually whenever I buy it in bottle form. The fizz doesn't seem to last if you don't drink it in one sitting, which to me defeats the purpose of buying a bottle in the first place.

          This is now my soft drink of choice and while I tend to favour orange squash I do seem to be drawn slightly to Diet coke. It is refreshing on a warm day and seems to really quench my thirst. The price is perhaps a little high but in comparison to other, similar drinks it's on a par. I can honestly say though that since switching to Diet Coke from regular Coke I very much doubt I'll be switching back. Of course I don't honestly believe that it is better for me or my waste line than normal Coke, I just enjoy it.

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          • Mars Maltesers / Chocolate / 92 Readings / 91 Ratings
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            02.09.2008 21:25
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            Mars honeycomb chocolate balls

            While the Mars Bar is perhaps my favourite chocolate bar there are plenty of other types and brands of chocolate I particularly enjoy. Perhaps the 2nd in that line though is another mars product, this time it is the instantly recognisable spherical shape of Maltesers. They have always been advertised as being lighter than ordinary chocolate and perhaps something that has appealed to me. I do love them though and whether you suck them or crunch them they are one of the most enjoyable and moreish chocolates around.

            They were first invented in 1936 and since, like the Mars bar from the same period have gone on to become one of the best selling chocolate snacks in the UK. Of course they are instantly recognisable and come in 37g bags, grab bags and varying different sizes of boxes up to 400g. The little red bags are often seen at tills in newsagents and supermarkets and really catch your eye whilst you are stood at the till, well at least they do mine.

            I usually go for the small bags which are available for around 40 - 50p from most good shops. Each bag seems to contain about 20 Maltesers and the pack apparently contains 183 calories. See girls they are pretty good for the waste line, whilst remaining tasty at the same time. The real test though is the taste test, are they really a lighter way to enjoy chocolate?

            The little balls of chocolate are tasty honeycomb coated in delicious milk chocolate. Each ball varies in size, with none being too big to pop into your mouth and suck on. When you suck them you get the nice creamy taste of the milk chocolate melting nicely making way for the nice crunchy honeycomb. Of course the honeycomb can also be sucked and crumbles away nicely. The combination of the two flavours works remarkably well and the sweet honeycomb is complimented very well by the sweet tasting milk chocolate.

            While I love Mars Bars these work well as a cinema snack I do find them a little too hard to eat as a quick snack on the move. The combination of flavours works just as well as the Mars Bars, but they are far more suitable for when you have time to sit and enjoy them, The bigger packs are perfect for the cinema but with prices ranging from 42p for a small pack to £3.29 for a 400g bag they can prove to be a pricey, but incredibly enjoyable chocolate.

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            • Mars Bar / Chocolate / 69 Readings / 66 Ratings
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              31.08.2008 17:34
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              A nice blended choclate bar

              While on the whole I try to stay as healthy as possible, every now and then I like to treat myself to a little chocolate. So it seems whilst I'm stuck in a queue in a newsagents my hands and more importantly my desire draws me towards a Mars Bar. I've always found them to be my favourite type of chocolate, especially when it's chilled. The bar itself is made by the Mars company in Slough and has been around in its current form, if not slightly larger since the 1930's.

              The bar comes in a black wrapper with red writing on it. They are a fairly distinctive bar and certainly one that really stands out. The bar itself weighs 62.5g, which I'm sure is much lighter than they used to be when I was a kid. In fact I'm pretty sure that as the price has gone up, the size of the bar has started to shrink.

              I've always liked Mars bars and I think that is really down to the bars appearance and taste. The bar itself is a soft chocolate nougat, with a layer of Caramel on top and coated in delicious Mars milk chocolate. The combination of the three flavour gives the mars bar a very unique taste. The nougat seems to cancel out an overbearing taste from the chocolate and they combine really well. The soft nougat centre is perhaps the most appealing aspect of the bar.

              The mixture of the soft nougat and chocolate is also accentuated by the layer of caramel. The three flavours mix well and create a very sweet and sickly, but truly delicious chocolate bar. As much as I love Mars bars I do find them a little too much and if I have anything more than a normal sized bar it starts to make me feel slightly ill. They are available in King Size, snack size and duo bars as well as a standard bar but I like to stick to the standard ones.

              The combination of flavours is the real appeal of the Mars bar the chocolate, nougat and caramel blend together and create a bar that is a rather nice treat every once in a while. Ok so I have one a week but a girl has to treat herself. They are available from all good newsagents and supermarkets and cost between 40 and 45p for a standard sized bar depending on where you buy them from.

              Calories in a Mars Bars (65g): 294kcal

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              • Lush King of Skin / Skin Care / 71 Readings / 67 Ratings
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                31.08.2008 13:58
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                Lush Body Butter, a quicker way than Moisturising

                As your probably aware by now I am firmly inducted into the Lushoholics club and have in the last month or 2 spent an absolute fortune in various Lush shops. Now I can honestly say I'd never heard of, let alone used a Body Butter before a recent visit to Lush, however I did pick up a Lush King of Skin body butter on a recent visit. It acts a little bit like a moisturiser for your skin with the slight difference being that you don't apply it after your shower or bath but rather during.

                Now like the last Lush product i reviewed, Lush sandstone, the picture for the King of Skin looks nothing like the product actually does now. The crown has gone and been replaced by a square 90g bar that looks a lot simpler and probably costs Lush a lot less to produce. I picked up my 90g bar for £4.95, which given I'd never tried it before led me to thinking that might be a touch expensive. I've never been one to worry about that when it comes to trying new products though and I paid the money and took my body butter home.

                So having paid my money and taken the Body butter back home I finally started using it about a week later when I remembered I'd bought it, I am terrible for forgetting I've bought things. Having finished my shower I grabbed the body butter and started to apply it to my skin. I could feel a nice soft coating being applied, but I was quite surprised there wasn't a real powerful scent with it. There is a slight scent of coconut mixed with Banana but overall the scent wasn't all that powerful.

                The scent, whilst a little disappointing wasn't a huge factor for me though. Once you've applied it all over you then rinse it all off and I found this process to be quite easy compared to moisturising. It's taken a couple of showers for me to notice a difference but I do seem to have a nice smooth feel to my skin.

                As far as the bar itself goes I've only got two real complaints as the smell is only a minor irritation. My first complaint is the price. For the 90g bar, £4.95 is a tad on the expensive side as it only seems to last for about 7 or 8 showers. My second complaint is the way it leaves the bath, you have to be very careful as you try to get out. It seems to leave a smear all round the bath that becomes incredibly slippery.

                Neither of my complaints will stop me using the body Butters though. I am going to be trying a few of the others but despite its price tag I've found King Of Skin to have done its job. My skin feels just as good as had I been using moisturiser and for that reason I will be buying King Of Skin again and would recommend it to anyone, who like me wants to save a bit of time in their daily routine on a work day.

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                  30.08.2008 14:19
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                  An easy going detective read

                  For Izzy Spellman life doesn't seem to be working out the way she would like. She's 28 years old and works for her family's business, the Spellman detective agency, which has prevented her from finding herself a boyfriend. After a string of unsuccessful relationships she decides to keep the identity of her latest boyfriend secret or so she thought till she discovers that her family have assigned her 14 year old sister to find out his identity. Now Izzy wants out and her parents agree, as long as she solves one last case....

                  This is another of the books I've picked up whilst randomly walking through an airport WH Smith's. It was part of the book of the week promotion that Smith's run on a weekly basis and something about the plot outline really grabbed my attention. The author, Lisa Lutz, is a relatively new author on the scene and this is her debut novel. It has an appealing story and an attractive colourful cover that really caught my attention and once again I fell for the buying a book because of its cover.

                  I found that once I started to read this book I got very immersed into the plot. I found myself really caring about the lead character Izzy and found her to be a very well created and expressed lead character. I was also very pleased with the other characters and I think that all added to the main appeal of the novel. I found myself picking the book up in the morning and apart from drinks breaks I didn't put it back down again till I had turned the last page.

                  I really found Lisa Lutz novel easy going reading and a book that really captured my imagination. I actually found the story had quite a few identifiable moments and that perhaps made it a lot easier to enjoy. I thought that the Spellman files fits in nicely between the heavier going crime drama's and the more easy going books by some of my favourite authors Sophie Kinsella and Harriett Evans. Had I been more stretched for time I'm sure this book would have been easy to dip in and out of and with quite a large font and page spread it does perhaps take up a few more pages in its 384 pages than it actually needs.

                  While this isn't the most taxing book I've ever read it is fair to say that it is very enjoyable. It kept me entertained on a say off work and I certainly am looking forward to reading more of Lisa Lutz books in the future. If you are looking for a decent book to while away time then for £3.49 from WH Smith's or £4.46 from amazon I don't think you can go far wrong with this one. If you like Sophie Kinsella but are looking for a bit of a mystery twist then I think you'll really like The Spellman Files.

                  Paperback: 384 pages

                  Publisher: Pocket Books

                  ISBN: 1416526404

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                  • Lush Sandstone / Skin Care / 71 Readings / 66 Ratings
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                    29.08.2008 21:02
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                    A Sandy soap

                    On what now seems to be my weekly shopping trip to Lush I decided that I needed to pick up some soap for the bathroom. So having stood there trying to decide for what must have been a good 5 minutes i picked up a bar of Lush Sandstone. The yellowy sandy appearance really appealed to me and so without any further delay I decided to give it a try. Upon picking up a bar I could detect a slightly scent of Citrus and this further reinforced my choice and I decided I should buy this one.

                    The bar has changed considerably since the picture on the Dooyoo site. It is now a brighter colour that looks slightly similar to a sandy beach on a Sunny day. The bar is approx 100g and actually has a layer of sand on the bottom of it. Now until I actually looked on the Lush website I didn't realise that this was actually a soap to be used on your body as well as hands. It is important to remember however that this one really shouldn't be used on the face, mainly because of the little bits of sand.

                    So having got back to my house I placed the soap by the basin in my downstairs toilet and that is where it will be staying. Despite the fact this can be used as a body and hand soap I'm going to be using it on my hands. I do like the feel of the sand but I just think it smells better in small doses.

                    Now since picking up this bar I've tried it in both situations and that is why I'm opting more for the hand soap option. After using it in the shower it left me with a very strong Citrus scent that seemed to over power the perfume I was wearing, which made perfume pointless and I didn't really want to smell like a Citrus fruit all day. On the hands though it seems easier to contain and limit the scent, making your skin smell slightly Citrusy but not in an over powering way.

                    While I did really like the appearance of the Sandstone bar I didn't really feel like it lived up to the standard of other Lush products. It works well as a hand soap but I can think of better, that don't leave you with bits of sand stuck to your hand. As an all over body soap I really didn't rate it and the scent was far too strong. It set me back £2.60 for this 100g bar and if I'm honest while I liked the scent, I won't be buying it again, it would appear I've had my first negative Lush product, they said it was bound to happen....

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                      25.08.2008 12:41
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                      A calming, relaxing shower gel for us Girls

                      While I love a bath as much as the next girl, but I often find I don't always have time for a nice long soak in the tub. Of course the solution is to have a shower and having recently found a few new shower gels that is becoming a much more enjoyable experience. In particular my recent discovery and subsequent addiction to Lush has seen me come across perhaps the perfect shower companion and no boys I don't mean any of you.

                      I am in fact talking about Lush Flying Fox shower gel, a gel that Lush claim is for the woman with a stressful and frantic life. They claim that with the mixture of ingredients and scents that it will provide a calming environment whilst you enjoy your shower. The ingredients list on this shower gel seems to be akin to War and peace but the different scents included on that list really did sound very appealing to me.

                      So upon climbing into my shower i often take a bottle of Lush Flying Fox with me. Its honey colouring was perhaps the initial reason for my attraction to this bottle but it is the scent upon opening it that has got me hooked. It combines a very subtle mixture of jasmine, honey and Ylang Ylang. The scent is layered and while the Jasmine is perhaps the strongest layer, I did find the honey was the scent that really caught my attention. I loved the smell of it and the relaxing arouma certainly lived up to Lush's claims.

                      The shower gel is relatively easy to control as well. I've often found that some gels in these bottles with the flip cap can come out too quickly but not this one. It's easy to control and ensure that you get just the right amount of gel onto your hands. After all while a scent of honey is rather appealing you don't want to smell like a jar of honey. I was quite impressed by the lather just a little bit of this gel gives you and a 100h bottle can last for at least 15 showers depending on how sparingly you use it.

                      I was very impressed with the Flying Fox Shower gel. It had a very relaxing aroma and helped me to relax a little, perhaps not as much as my regular bath time does, but it helped none the less. I paid £3.95 for the 100g bottle, with 2 larger sizes available The 250g bottle cost £7.75 and the 500g bottle costing £13.50. it is available from all good Lush stores and the website and it's one I will certainly be buying again in the future, although it hasn't quite convinced me to give up my other shower gels just yet but it's certainly made itself a space on the shelve.

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                        17.08.2008 11:54
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                        Gives you an enjoyable bath time experience

                        Over the last few months I've started to discover the joys of Lush. Obviously I've been aware of the aroma whilst walking through shopping centres but it's only been recently that I have dared to venture in and buy something. Now given my addiction to make up and fragrances I'd always tried to avoid Lush so as not to add to my list of addictions, but on a particularly weak moment I went in and bought myself a variety of products, one of which was this Blackberry Bath Bomb.

                        I always like relaxing in a nice long bath and the idea of adding a bit of fragrance to my bath, so having gotten home I headed straight for the bathroom and another long soaking. So I pulled this Blackberry bomb out of the bag and took a proper sniff, obviously smelling these in the shop is a bad idea given the range of scent's floating about in there. I love the smell of Blackberry and this really has quite a strong scent to it. The first few sniffs give a real sense of the fruity blackberry scent, while there are also some floral elements to it.

                        So as I started to run the bath I dropped the bath bomb as instructed into the bottom of the bath and stood back, not exactly sure what to expect. Almost instantly it started to fizz and omit its colour. The water turned quite a dark shade of purple and the Blackberry scent really started to grab my attention. The bomb itself is quite a light colour, however the bath had turned quite a dark shade of purple, which really gave the sense of Blackberries.

                        Now that the fizzing had stopped I climbed into the bath and started to sink into it to enjoy this rather new experience for me. The scent was quite strong but it was also very pleasant and I would say if you like the smell of blackberries then you will more than certainly love this. The scent stayed around for a while and was still evident when I got out of the bath 30 minutes later. I was also left with a very pleasant Blackberry scent on my skin, which stayed with me for a good number of hours afterwards.

                        I have to say that I was really pleased with my first purchase from Lush and have since become a very regular customer. The bath bomb set me back £2.35 from my local Lush store and I have to say it was well worth it given the relaxing bath it lead to. I think the scent is very appealing and I will be buying more of these in the future and in fact have a couple sat in my bathroom cabinet at the moment.

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                          13.08.2008 16:35
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                          A nice easy way to apply an even, distributed covering of lipstick

                          With my addiction to lipsticks and make up in general I seem to have accumulated a number of different brushes and applicators. One of my favourite tools of the trade I've picked up over the years is the Clinique lip brush. I'd always been happy to apply lip stick and lip liner directly onto my lips. There was one night however when I was heading to a gala ball that I decided I needed something a little more subtle and that is exactly why I picked up the Clinique lip brush.

                          The idea behind a lip brush is to blend in a little less lip stick than you would normally get straight from the stick. It allows a thinner coat, which with certain brands I've found to be a bit of a god send. It also allows you to blend in the lip liner, giving an almost invisible transition between the two products. I've found when I'm looking for a more sophisticated look, this method of application really works well for me.

                          So why the Clinique brush then? Well to be honest it was the first one I tried and in some sort of weird loyalty I've never really strayed to any others. The few others I've tried don't seem to offer the same feel to them as the Clinique. It seems to really give the best finish of any brushes I've had since first trying this one. The real appeal of the Clinique version is the even finish it allows and the plump look it gives to my lips following application.

                          The handle on the lip brush is quite long and in fact this could be seen by some as a disadvantage, but I found that with the length of the handle it gave me more control over the application and spread of the lipstick and also enabled the detailing with the lip liner to be much easier as I wasn't trying to see through my hand at the moment of application as well.

                          Ever since I tried the Clinique brush for the first time I wouldn't change brands now and although some have tried to convince me I've always come back to the Clinique version. I get a nice smooth and even finish every time I use it and for me that is the most important quality from a lipstick brush. It may seem a bit of an expensive investment at £10 a time but I do feel that for the money it gives the best value and the end result is worth it.

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                            13.08.2008 12:53
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                            Another entertaining addition to the chick literature genre

                            For Nell her marriage seems to have run its course, a good job really as her Husband has just left her to go and live in New York with a much younger, much blonder woman. Of course Alex had been the safe option that her mum had approved off, rather than Patrick, the one that got away and former love of her life. They had been inseparable when they were together but rather than follow her heart, she followed her mum's advice. Now having been mugged coming home from a Caribbean holiday she decides to take self defence lessons and also that it may be time to find Patrick once again.

                            I'd never read any of Judy Astley's books before until a friend of mind recommended that, given my other reading choices, I might enjoy it. Having read the blurb on the back I really did think it fitted in nicely alongside my Sophie Kinsella and Harriet Evans books. It also fits into the same category as the aforementioned authors and works as real easy reading while you're travelling. I really feel this kind of books appeal to me due to the lack of concentration I need while I'm travelling around for work.

                            Like other books in this genre I really found myself opening up to the main character. I really felt that I identified with her regret at making the safe choice, rather than the man she loved. I found Nell to be a really good lead character and also thought that Astley set her up incredibly well and had me imagining Nell fairly well. I found though that all the other characters weren't really introduced into the story well enough. They were perhaps a bit too flat for me and I thought there could have been a lot more development.

                            Of course that's not to say that this is not an enjoyable book. I really found that Judy created a very entertaining story. It's not a book that you're likely to be unable to put down. In fact had I not been on a rather long train journey I think it would have taken a lot longer to actually get through. It is an easy going story though and that makes it perfect to be able to dip in and out of rather than reading it all in one go.

                            It fits in nicely to the chick lit genre, however I think given a choice I maybe wouldn't have opted for this book to be the first of Judy Astley's books I've read. That is if I had known then what I know now, she has written far better and more engaging stories that had the character elements I really enjoy from a good book. It is likely to set you back at least the princely sum of £4.54 if you buy it new from amazon or the likes, a better option would perhaps be to buy it second hand as it'd be slightly better value. Despite all this I did enjoy it and it has lead to me reading more of Astley's work and they certainly pass the time.

                            Paperback: 288 pages

                            Publisher: Black Swan

                            ISBN: 0552773212

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                            12.08.2008 19:29
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                            A decent read that makes you want to carry on reading

                            Every year Lizzy Walters, her sister and her cousin make the trip home from their busy lives in London to the family home in the country. For Lizzy this often leads to confronting old flames and keeping the family happy. This time however the family are keeping a secret from her, something that everyone seems to know about apart from her. Then to make matters worse the love of her life has returned onto the scene, just when she thought she had managed to move on. So when it came to a family Wedding, Lizzy has to act quickly to save her cherished retreat and keep her love life on track.

                            I came across Harriet Evans in an airport WH Smith's a few months ago and as I'd not heard of her but liked the sound of this I decided that I would give it a try. Of course the reason I hadn't heard of her was because this is her debut novel. She has a very enjoyable writing style, where the story is told from the characters point of view as it gives you a good insight into the main characters thoughts and dreams, but also makes it feel like your reading someone else's diary. Her style fits well within the context of the story and I really found it hard to stop reading.

                            When I read I always like to find myself identifying with the main character and I think that Harriet really does this well. I found myself really identifying with her and coupled with a very humorous writing style I really enjoyed the way she had brought the lead character to life. It's not only her lead character that works well, but all the supporting cast too. I felt she really brought everyone into the story well and made you really care about the story.

                            I'm actually a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella and I really feel that anyone who also likes Sophie will enjoy what Harriet has come up with here. She has a very strong plot that keeps you interested, using a lead character that you really care about. I felt that Harriet has a real talent for telling a story and it really shows within the plot and characters in this book. I think this also really struck a chord with me in terms of having that escape place to run back to and finding that one day it might not be there anymore. It's quite similar to what actually happened with my own families home.

                            This really isn't a taxing read and perhaps that would be my only real complaint. Of course the fact that the story is so easy going and simple to follow made it ideal for reading on the flight to Milan and back again. It is currently available from Amazon for £5.99 and for fans of Sophie Kinsella or Jill Mansell I think you'd really enjoy it.

                            Paperback: 448 pages

                            Publisher: HarperCollins

                            ISBN: 0007198442

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                            • Get Over It (DVD) / DVD / 90 Readings / 82 Ratings
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                              08.08.2008 13:41
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                              Entertaining, but could have been better

                              When his girlfriend decided to dump him it feels like the end of the world for Berke. He can't believe that after a year she's decided to end it with him and so he becomes determined to win her back no matter what the cost. When Allison meets the new student from an old English boyband, Berke really has his work cut out for him. The only way he can think of getting her back is by joining the School play and winning her back that way, he is helped along the way by his best friend's sister Kelly, who seems to quite like him and complications are sure to arise.

                              Depending on the type of film your looking for Get Over It might just deliver it. It is a High school Romantic Comedy that follows just about every guide line and rule that's ever been set out for one in the past. It's not that it's a bad film, because it really isn't, it is enjoyable and quirky and will entertain you, I just feel it could have been better. The best description for it would have to be middle of the road, it entertains and holds your attention, but I don't think I'd go out of my way to watch it again.

                              It was made around the time that Kirsten Dunst was really starting to make a name for herself and in the role of Kelly she seems really comfortable. Her vocals are amazing when she sings and she really seemed to suit the young school girl look that the part seemed to cry out for. Other than her performance though there really wasn't any others that stood out for me. Opposite her was a cast of decent enough actors but it just didn't seem to click.

                              In particular the role of Berke is filled adequately by Ben Foster but he really doesn't capture your imagination. There isn't a great of chemistry between him and Kirsten and I think that lets the film down slightly. Likewise I didn't think there was much of a connection between him and Melissa Sagemiller who played Allison either. All in all it was a pretty lack lustre affair in terms of the romantic chemistry side of things, but it was still quite amusing.

                              With films of this type there was a large amount of room for improvement and it would have been quite easy to have made it a bit more appealing. It is a pretty run of the mill effort in terms of a script, a plot and the direction, which is slightly disappointing from my point of view. The one thing it did do however was wile away a boring Sunday evening at home before the inevitable return to work on the Monday morning, which I guess means it did enough, just didn't excel at it.

                              At 87 minutes long it isn't too long and I think that really worked in its favour. It's been around quite a while now and had it not been for a showing on E4 at the weekend I probably still wouldn't have actually seen it yet. It seems to be on TV quite regularly as it's been on E4 about 3 times in the last week, but you can also buy it from amazon on DVD for £5.97.

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                                06.08.2008 19:38
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                                A very distinctive, yet subtley flavoured perfume

                                To add to my ever growing collection of perfume, I recently picked up a bottle of Hugo Boss Deep Red. I've always loved the smell of the male versions on previous boyfriends and decided that it was about time I bought one of their scents for the ladies. Now I've never really been one to stick to a certain fragrance for too long, in fact I normally change fragrance as soon as a bottle finishes. I do now, however seem to favour Ghost and Hugo Deep Red, Ghost for evenings and nights out and the Deep Red for during the day at work, unless I'm experimenting of course.

                                The bottle is quite a unique shape with a circular shape to the bottom, which fans in towards the top giving it a narrow top. In fact it was this design of bottle that really lead me to decide upon Deep Red in the first place, as you see I have a sad omission to make, I collect perfume bottles. The dark red, frosted tint to the bottle also gives the Deep Red bottle a very unique look. From the bottom of the bottle it is very dark and as it gets towards the lid it starts to get slightly lighter, but the red colouring is a very dark, passionate red that catches your attention.

                                Like the Ghost perfume it has a very distinctive smell and I think that is perhaps what has made me stick around, almost loyally with the Hugo Deep Red brand. The first thing I really noticed about this perfume was that it is particularly subtle. It has a kind of sex appeal to it that really attracts people to the smell, but it isn't overpowering and that is perhaps why Deep Red really works. In fact it's the main reason why I wear it for work, as being in an office environment it has a very subtle texture that doesn't leap out but catches other people by surprise.

                                One of the first things that really surprised my about the Deep Red, was upon my first squirt. It has quite a citrus flavour upon initial application. Once it gets a change to settle on the skin it starts to die down a little and a more fruity and floral flavour really seems to shine through. There are quite distinctive notes of blackcurrant and tangerine to blend nicely with the original flirtation with Citrus. I was also pleasantly surprised by the undertones of Vanilla, which again like the perfume itself was quite subtle, yet unmistakable.

                                Since my first flirtation with Hugo boss Deep red, I've found that it is certainly a perfume that suits day time wear more than evening wear. I do love Deep Red and while it's perhaps not as prominent as Ghost, I do think it suits the occasions I've worn it for. It also seems to attract quite a bit of male attention, which can never be a bad thing, can it girls?

                                I would certainly recommend Hugo Deep Red, particularly to anyone who loves Ghost, but is perhaps looking for something a little bit more subtle to wear to places like work. Its available from all the top department stores and perfume shops and comes in 30, 50 and 90 ml bottles ranging in price from £24 for the 30ml to £44 for the 90ml bottle. It is a very good every day wear and one that seems to get repeat outings amongst my collection.

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