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      04.08.2011 19:40
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      the positives outweigh the negatives, Sony's best product to date.

      I already had a Sony VAIO Computer (VGN FW11E), which although I still use frequently, was on the verge of packing in. However, despite my old one not being th emost durable, Sony's VAIO E-Series has been very popular of late, and at one point completely loved mine, so I decided to replace it with a newer model in the same series. The VAIO VPC-EC3S0E is stylish and modern, whilst running effectivly and quickly. Using white and silver plastics, it looks every bit the high-end home media centre and looks great in any environment, - for me my room.

      It has an amazing screen, really big, so good for interaction, and yet is still light. Which is surprising. With its huge 17.3-inch screen this is a laptop designed strictly for home use, it would because of this be little use for university or work. At 3.1kg, it is light, but not light enough to justify lugging it about town for lectures and such. Of course, the benefit of such a large screen is the excellent multi-tasking and multimedia abilities it provides. Multiple windows can be placed side by side with ease and movies and photos look great, thanks to the stunning brightness, colour and contrast the screen provides. The screen has an amazingly high resolution, so images and crisp and clear. While it is not fully HD compatible, it renders software, photos and videos with impressive clarity, adding to the entertainment ability of this machine.

      Its Intel Core i5 processor runs software with effortless speed and makes it easy to multi-task several applications at once.

      Usability is excellent. The wide chassis provides enough room for a full-sized, isolation-style keyboard and features a dedicated numeric keypad. I love the keyboard because of the isolated style. Not only does it look attractive, modern and ultimately expensive, it so easy to type on and to use.Adding to the value of the Sony is its excellent software. Microsoft Office Starter provides market-leading word processing and spreadsheet tools, while McAfee Internet Security will help to keep your laptop safe against the plethora of online threats currently out there.

      It's also so fast! Like extremely fast, the speed of the processers is unreal.

      However the battery power for me is a definite downfall, when I first bought the laptop, I was running on a battery life of maybe 5 and half, 6 hours? However now, depsite it only being 4 months after my initial purchase, i'm lucky to get 2 hours from full charge. Another downside of this model is the sound. Honestly, I can barely hear it! The volume level just doesn't suffice, there is no other way to describe it.

      Despite the downfalls, offfering stunning big-screen usability and ample software, the VAIO VPCEC3S0E/WI is a fantastic laptop. While it lacks the sound or battery life of some of its rivals, there is more than enough to compensate, making it a brilliant home office edition.

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      04.08.2011 19:20
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      a pleasant surprise, for the price, a great fake tan that will see me through many nights out

      My winter prom is in November at my school, and I decided I was going to start trying all of the insant tans I could well in advance, so that the one I settle on I'm not trying for the first time on the night, so this was my third product to test.

      **WHY I CHOSE IT
      As I was going out later that night I was specific in the tan I wanted. I wanted an instant tan and not one which takes's 2-3 hours to develop, but I also wanted a tan than can wash off just in case it does go wrong or start looking patchy. I was simply in my local drugstore, and wasn't up for spending a fortune, so I settled on the Rimmel Sun Shimmer Lotion. I got a large bottle (225ml).

      **THE PRODUCT
      As I consider myself a general dab hand when it comes to tan, my first time, I applied it using my hands. I mosturised straight before, then dispensed some product onto my leg and rubbed in. I then followed suit with my other leg and the rest of my body. Surprisingly, on my first attempt it came out brilliantly. It gave me a sun kissed glow which looked much more natural than I anticipated. Especially since it comes out of the bottle very dark, which meant I was expecting to come out looking a different nationallity than when I started! There was the smell of fake tan, but I can't really comment, as I like it, so it doesn't affect me.

      After the success of the first time, I tried using a mitt the second, just to give it a shot. Safe to say I will stick to my hands, I ended up with a few tell tale streaks, which all but ruined the natural glow it had provided me with. Oh well, success the first time round.

      Taking my experience from using my hands, the tan stayed looking great for the next day and a half, despite going for dinner, and then to a club. None of it rubbed off onto any of my clothes at all. I had a few comments from my friend asking what fake tan I had used as they wanted to get some and try it as well. When in the shower this washes off fairly easily with a body wash. I did however have to use a gentle scrub to clear my elbows and knees, but other than that, top marks.

      **OVERALL
      I am very pleased with this product and would highly recommend it to others. If you haven't used fake tan before this is very easy to use and would be a great started product. Also, if you are worried that it may be too dark you can always mix it with some moisturiser as this significantly decreases the level of colour. As this is a large pump bottle it has lasted me ages, as a little bit goes a long way. I would definitely buy this fake tan again and wouldn't even consider using any others. I personally wouldn't use the mitt to apply this product again as I think using your hand works much better. This lotion is affordable and good quality and really does do everything it say's on the bottle. However, as I am trying to find a tan that works well specifically for prom, I have to say that I have used better fake tans. I prefer the colour of both St Tropez and St Moritz, and so would use either of these before this one. I would however use this again for every day wear.

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      04.08.2011 18:49
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      although i dont condone huge asking price, it is the best tablet computer on the market

      My dad won an Ipad 2 over the weekend in a competition through his work, and being the best dad ever, decided it would make more sense to give it to me, than for him to try and heave his backside into the 21st century. Of course, I was ecstatic to have the new Apple toy, and having not dropped a penny for it. Because of that, I cannot neccessarily comment on the price, plainly because having used it now, and seen the price, I still would not pay the amount of money it costs for it, end of.

      I now have the iPad in my hands, and i'm using it to type this review. I have to say, against all my previous qualms about the ease of use of the on-screen keyboard, it is actually very easy to type on it when in landscape mode. I do own an Iphone, so it may have been easier for me to adjust to this, but either way, its a lot less irritating than I originally imagined. I was thinking of buying one of the smart covers to protect the screen, but as this is their sole purpose, I thought the £36 asking price was way way to high, especially when a better case which covers the iPad all around can be bought cheaper or for the same price.

      First of all I must point out that I have ever owned the first generation iPad so I cannot personally compare this new model to the old model, instead I will just have to mention what others have said. However I have used the old iPad various times and this new model feels significantly thinner to the touch - indeed it is 8.8mm as compared to the first generation's height of 13.3mm. The new iPad2 weighs in at 1.3 pounds whereas the first was 1.5 pounds, although this is hardly noticeable.

      New additions to this new iPad include two cameras, a gyroscope and a 1ghz dual core processor. The cameras are of passable quality. The front camera is only VGA quality but the back is capable of recording in 720p video, however the quality is rather grainy. I suspect Apple are saving HD camera/video camera capabilities for future generations of Ipads. One of the major advantages which puts this tablet way above its competitors in terms of functionality is its speed. The dual core processor really comes into its own when on games and opening apps and web browsing on the device.

      One negative aspect which I have picked up on is that after a few days of usage, the screen has shown signs of 'bleeding'. This is when the back-light of the screen is clearly visible when looking at a black background, you can see light coming through the edges if the screen. I'm hoping that this will go away within a week or so. I have heard people saying that if you lay the iPad2 facedown onto a flat surface then this issue may go away, which is what I have been doing, but with no luck (yet).

      The new iPad2 does not increase on the10 hour battery life of its predecessor. However, this is still extremely high in my opinion, so is not an issue for me. Since setting up my iPad on Monday, I have only had to recharge it once in two days, and I've used it a lot. I am however worried the battery will diminish over time just as my Iphone has done, in the beginning it could last up to 3 days of constant use, now I have to charge it every day as it won't even last until 8pm, although, i cannot claim this as an issue with the Ipad as yet.

      I have bought a couple of apps - a Flickr app called Flickr Studio. This was £2.99 and offers a great way to upload, edit and view photos on your local device or stored on your Flickr account. I also downloaded a number of free apps - the Facebook app and a few of the free games offered by Apple. Overall I find the interfaces on all of these apps are intuitive and very easy to use.

      Unfortunately, the box doesn't come with many added accessories because Apple seem to think that the consumers ought to purchase them separately if they really need them. It doesn't even come with any headphones - a bad move by Apple in my opintion, especially because the iPad comes with an iPod program built in. Overall if you are looking for your first tablet, I would definitely recommend the Apple iPad 2, mainly down to it's refined user interface, amount of apps (around 65,000 specifically for the iPad) and because of the amazing battery life (so far) . Although there are issues with the display, that does not bother me because each iPad does come with a one year warrenty which covers the battery, touchscreen and other parts, I will also be contemplating getting an extra year hardware warranty with the AppleCare service. If you're looking for a tablet computer - I'de say this is one of the best on the market.
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      02.08.2011 14:04
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      A fail safe for £2.99!

      I always have and always will be a fake tan girl all year round. Over the years I have tried a number of false tans and came to the conclusion it's one of those items that you get what you pay for and the best false tan for me was St Tropez. Well that was until I received a tip off from a work colleague who swore by St Moriz Bronzing Mousse.

      The St Moriz tanning mousse comes in a 200ml bottle. This is a white plastic bottle with St Moriz written in bronze font on the bottle. This has a pump action lid to dispense the mousse and a clear lid to cover the bottle pump. This is identical to the St Tropez self tanning mousse bottle apart from the branding on the bottle. The bottle is very durable and just like the St Tropez bottle the pump dispenser is very strong and made from thick plastic so not likely to snap off. The only disadvantage of the bottle design is that the strong white plastic its made of, which means you cannot see how much product you have left.

      The St Moriz mousse is very similar to St Tropez false tanning mousse when it is dispensed from the bottle; a very light and airy mousse which is a deep bronze colour. The St Moriz mousse is a deep bronze colour which is visible when you apply it to the skin. The mousse stays wet for around 60 seconds so as you rub it into the skin (in circles so you avoid streaks) you can see where you have applied it to the skin which aids to minimise streaks. The St Moriz mousse is very easy to rub into skin and absorbs into skin easily. Skin is left with a light bronze colour immediately so you can see where it has been applied without it looking overly dark or patchy like some false tans do.

      The directions for use on the St Moriz bottle are accurate however it is worth mentioning that when using St Moriz bronzing mousse it is essential that you wear gloves or you will end up with severely orange palms even if you wash and scrub hands immediately after application. This same problem occurs with St Tropez if you don't wear gloves however I feel that the St Moriz mousse actually stains hands more than the St Tropez brand does.

      Once applied to skin the St Moriz mousse develops so after a few hours skin turns a more bronzed colour. The bottle outlines the tan takes 4-6 hours to develop therefore you should not shower before this time. I think this is accurate and after 4 hours skin has a very natural looking deeper bronzed look. After application it is not essential that you shower once the 4-6 hour time period is up but I think showering makes skin feel less sticky and a bronzed colour is still achieved.

      I was very impressed with the results of the St Moriz tan. The colour created was a mid bronze colour which looked natural and did not have the orange glow that many false tans create. What was more impressive was this was an even colour with no streaks. The colour created on the more difficult areas such as hands, feet and elbows was also natural. The mousse left skin feeling soft and smooth and not only did my skin look tanned; it also looked and felt in good condition.
      I personally did not feel there was a noticeable difference between the colour of the St Moriz mousse and the St Tropez false tan however my mum commented that after using the St Moriz product my skin had a more natural bronzed colour than when I apply the St Tropez mousse.

      After using this product I can no longer conclude that the more expensive false tans are better (however than is still a general rule of thumb). The St Moriz tanning mousse is one of the best self tanning products that I have tried and is just as good as the premium priced St Tropez tanning mousse (£20 per bottle).

      The product is very easy to apply and creates a streak free, natural looking deep bronzed tan. Skin has an even bronze colour after use and looks and feel smooth. The only downside to the St Moriz tanning mousse is that it does stain hands therefore wearing gloves during application is essential.

      All of this for just £2.99 really does seem too good to be true! Top product- 5 stars!

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