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      09.11.2010 17:42
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      so..? kiss me eau de toilette, with a fruity aroma with notes of vanilla, pineapple and citron

      When I was at high school my friends and myself always bought each other a So...? perfume set for christmas and this was always my favourite one of them all. You can buy a 50ml bottle for £9.95 from boots but I would imagine you can get it cheaper than this in other shops.

      The shape of the bottle changes depending on the size which you buy and also if it is in a gift set. As if it is a small bottle and within a gift set I have found that the bottle is a clear cube shape with the perfume inside a light red/pink shade. The lid is red and pulls off to reveal a silver spray. Larger bottles are shaped more like a cone and the colours are the colours are the same. Clear bottle with red/pink perfume inside with a red lid.

      This perfume I think is an ideal gift for any young female relatives or friends that you may have. It is very fruity which is my favourite type of scents so I guess that's why this was always my favourite of the so..? scents. It has top notes of blueberries, pineapple and citron which help emphasis the lovely fruity aroma. Middle and bases notes include vanilla and soft musk and woody scents.

      I think it is more suitable for day wear and for the younger generations such as young teenagers due to the very fruity and youthful scents. I would definitely recommend it as it is a lovely perfume and a good price. Also at christmas time there is always gift sets of it which are always great value for money and contain body lotions as well.

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      09.11.2010 17:03
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      zingzillas posable zak figure with toy harmonica!

      My son got this as a gift when he was off nursery not well from my mum and he loves it. He also received the other 3 zingzilla figures which I will review as well. As with all these posable figures they tend to cost around £4-£5 which I think is a tad over priced considering its only a small figure!

      This figure is Zak and he is I think the main zingzilla as he tends to do most of the singing. He comes with a harmonic which is very small and my son has lost his. His head, arms and legs are all posable as well as his knees so my son likes making him dance and sit down to have his lunch! Zak is around 9cm tall and the harmonica is only about 1 to 1.5cm so it is very very easy to lose! This figure is purple with blue trousers and a red top which is exactly the same as in the tv programme.

      Overall a good zingzilla toy which your child can pose into loads of positions along with all the other zingzilla figures. Only down side is the price but there is now a set which you can get with all 4 figures in it and it works out cheaper than buying then all separate.

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      09.11.2010 16:46

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      zingzillas drum figure which comes with drums favourite toy Yapple!

      When my son was off nursery not well my mum brought him in the zingzillas figures to cheer him up a bit which it did! She bought all of them separate but I think they now do a set of them. Each figure costs about £4-£5 depending on where you buy it from so shop around if you can before you buy or simply check online first.

      Drum is one of two females and she loves playing with her toy Yapple which is included with this figure. The figure is pose-able with moving head, arms and legs. Also the knees move so your child can make the figure sit down and also the tail moves. The figure is about 9cm tall so it is quite small but I think it is a good size for young children to hold and pose. The age suitability is for 3 years and over due to the small toy which comes with the figure. The figure looks very similar to the one in the tv programme so kids will definitely recognise drum if they watch the programme.

      A good pose-able zingzilla figure which comes with there favourite toy. The price is a bit much in my opinion but my son has definitely got his moneys worth from it.

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      09.11.2010 15:10
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      take a breaks puzzle master which provides hours of mind boggling fun!

      This is another game which I received as a christmas present and as I like puzzle type games I think this is great. It will cost you £9.99 from play.com but other store prices vary as I have seen it for £19.99 so I would definitely try a few different shops before you buy.

      To start with you get to chose your profile name and then after this you can edit which type of puzzles you would like to play. I chose them all to start with so that I could try all the types of puzzles to see what each type was like. You can chose to have more of one puzzle, less of another and even none of some if you wish. The puzzles include crosswords, sudoku which are my favourites, codebreaker, number cruncher which is my least favourite and also conundrum. There is an aim of the game and that is to make your way from a novice to a master by completing several puzzles within a target time which is clearly shown at the top right side of the screen. Each level you get to the number of puzzles which you must complete to get to the next level will increase. After each level is completed you will be given a trophy. To help you to advance though each level at the beginning of each one you will be given an explanation of how you can advance. You can use hints/clues for each puzzle which you do if you get really stuck but there is a limit to the hints so use them wisely!

      During game play you can choose to skip puzzles if you want but they will come back again so there is no getting away from all the hard ones! A feature which I like is that after you complete a puzzle the game automatically saves which is very useful for me as I tend to play it when my son is napping so as soon as he gets up I can just turn the game off without having to worry about saving the game or losing all puzzles which I had just done.

      Overall I think this is a great game which tests your mind and you definitely get your moneys worth from it as it lasts for ages due to the amount of puzzles which are on it. A definite must buy for all puzzle enthusiasts!

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      09.11.2010 14:26
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      womens murder club: but not much solving to be done!

      I received this James Patterson 'Women's murder club' games of passion game as a gift for my christmas last year and as I like puzzle type games I though this was right up my street. But to my disappointment it wasn't that good to be honest. It can be bought for around £10-£15 but I would recommend that if you want to play this game that you rent it out as I don't think it is worth the money.

      To start of with you become Lindsey Boxer who is a detective and she is the crime solver in this game. A long string of murders start to happen in which at first you think are all unrelated and they all involve women who go missing and then are found dead! It is your job to find clues, interrogate suspects and catch the culprits! Whilst this may seem like a good and interesting game it is very easy and there is not much for you to do in it. The first task you are set on one of the murder scenes is to remove clutter but this is very easy since they give you a list of objects which you must find and if you cant find any you can get a hint. Other tasks which you must do to complete the game include interrogating suspects but yet again this is very easy and practically done for you. I sat and completed the game within around 4hours all in when my son was having his daily naps but if I had to sit at night I would imagine it could be completed a bit quicker.

      Overall I would not recommend this game as I feel it is far too easy. I like puzzles games which test you and are difficult so there fore take some time to complete. Instead I would recommend the CSI games as these definitely did test me and I have yet to complete them.

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      09.11.2010 13:26
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      DKNY: red delicious but not as delicious as the original!

      I have just wrote a review on the DKNY be delicious perfume which I think is lovely but this review is on the next scent which was released from this brand which is DKNY red delicious which in my opinion is not as nice as the previous one. It retails for around £35-£38 the same as the previous scent which I think is a bit expensive but it does last.

      Th perfume comes packaged in a red box which has the DKNY logo on it. The bottle itself is red at the bottom and you can see through it to the perfume inside so you can always tell how much you have left. The top of the bottle is silver and features a button on it which is used to spray the perfume.

      With this scent I think it is a lot stronger and more powering than the previous one which to be honest I don't like as much. The top notes are lychee, champagne and crisp apple with a middle note of rose and base notes of red raspberry and amber which all fuse together to create a more sumptuous night wear scent. Other notes which can be captured include vanilla and patchouli. The scent itself I feel is a bit too powering and floral for me compared to the more fruity floral scent of be delicious.

      Overall I feel this scent is definitely more suited to night wear and for more sophisticated occasions. I would still recommend it for everyone to try especially if you like more floral oriental scents although it is not one of my favourites. For me two sprays is plenty before I feel it is too much, so an advantage of this is that it is lasting me longer then others.

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      09.11.2010 12:01
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      dkny be delicious, with top note of american apple with leave a truly delicious aroma!

      As usual when my mum goes away on holiday she always brings me back some perfume so I have loads that I can review about which I have been doing and this DKNY be delicious is another of those. For a 50ml bottle it tends to cost around £35-£38 although if you shop around a lot of places do deals on some scents now and again so you may be lucky and get it at a discount price.

      The perfume comes packaged in quite a plain brown box with the dkny logo on it. Upon opening the box the perfume is then beautifully presented in an apple shaped bottle which is a transparent green at the bottom so you can see clearly how much of the scent you have left in the bottle which I like as I always know then which scents I am running out of. The top of the bottle is a shiny silver and has a button on it which when pressed sprays out the perfume. As there is no lid on it there is no fussing around trying to get the lid off and back on its simple a case of picking the perfume up and spraying.

      If like me you are the kind of person who particularly likes more floral and fruity scents then this is the perfume for you! With top notes of american apple, cucumber and grapefruit these add to the lovely delicious fruity scents whilst notes of rose, violet and sandlewood emphasis the more floral scents. Some scents in my opinion are better for either day or night wear but with this be delicious scent I think it is suitable for any time and any occasion due to the modern and sophisticated aroma.

      A great perfectly balanced floral and fruity fragrance which is great for both younger and older females! Definitely recommend it.

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    • Nintendo DS Lite / Games Console / 8 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      08.11.2010 23:41
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      nintendo ds lite with stylus and microphone for a more interactive gaming experience

      For my christmas 2 years back I decided I would quite like a ds as every time my son was having a nap I would normally sit about trying not to make any noise in case I woke him up so I though if I had a ds I could at least sit and relax and play some games whilst he was sleeping without worrying about my disturbing him. So on christmas morning upon opening my presents I was pleased to find that my husband had got me a white ds lite. As it was a gift I am unsure what price was paid exactly for it but they tend to be priced for around £90 now just for the console and 2 stylus although a lot of stores do special offers where you can get the console and game for a better price so I would definitely shop around before buying.

      The ds lite is a newer version of the original ds although there is now even newer versions called the 'dsi'. The ds lite is controlled by either use of the stylus which is included with the ds or by using the buttons. Once opened there are two screens which can be adjusted to suit different lighting conditions as well as to extend the battery life. Another feature of the ds lite is that there is a small microphone which is positioned in the centre of the console as well as LED lights which are to the right hand side of the console which are visible with the console both opened or closed. The LED lights show you that the console is one and when one of the lights turn red this indicates that the battery is running low and is needing charged up. The stylus which comes with the ds lite is slightly larger than the original ones and can be stored in a slot which is to the side of the console, although I bought a case for mine so I keep the stylus in that as I find it a bit difficult at times to get the stylus out from the side slot.

      There is a directional button to the left side of the console which is used to control the movements of characters in games such as making them go left and right. To the other side of the console is 4 buttons A, B, Y and X which are used for different functions depending on the game which you are playing. Below these buttons are the start and select buttons which don't need an explaining as they are self explanatory in there names. There is a volume button which is positioned on the side at the front where you can adjust it to your desired volume although most games I play I always just put the volume right down as it is not needed.

      To play a game you insert the game into the back slot of the console and them slide the power button which is located at the side of the console. It will then come on and should automatically load the game if not you will need to choose the game by using the stylus. I tend to play puzzle type games so I don't really use the buttons much just the stylus so I have definitely used the stylus a lot since getting the console and it still works great. Also as my son is now 3 he likes trying to play mummy's game so it has seen its fair share of drops and drools and amazing it is still working! Yes there are a few scratches but not much for how long I have had it. I would definitely recommend it as it is a great hand-held size and very easy to use unlike a lot of computer consoles these days which are very complicated.

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      08.11.2010 22:46
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      metanium nappy rash ointment which soothes, heals and protects against nappy rash

      The first time my son got a nappy rash I instantly though to put bepanthem on it which did work ok but when he got another nappy rash my mother in law recommended that I try metanium as she says it works great and is a lot better than any other nappy cream. Which after buying and trying I couldn't agree more, it works wonders! Prices vary depending on where you buy it but I get mine for £2.26 for 30g from tesco.

      Metanium is an ointment which was specifically formulated to help heal and protect young babies from the pain and discomfort of nappy rash. It comes packages in a lilac and yellow box which clearly states the name of the product and that it is a nappy rash ointment on the front, which I think is good as it saves you having to read through all the boxes to find an ointment which is suitable. Once the ointment is removed from the box it is in a yellow tube which has a white screw top lid.

      To use you simply need to put a small pea size amount of metanium onto the affected area and spread out thinly so that the skin can be seen through it. The first time I used it I put on more than a pea sized amount which was far too much so I would definitely say do not use any more than that as it is not needed. You can apply metanium at every nappy change of you wish and it is recommended that you especially use it at night time when your child is going to be sleeping in there nappy for a long time as it will help to further protect your child from any nappy rash. One warning which comes with this ointment is that it may stain some fabrics which I have experienced when I got a small amount on my cream trousers. I tried giving them a wash which did help a bit but there was still a small stain on them which to be honest wasn't very noticeable but it did stain!

      This is a definite must buy for anyone who has a young baby or is expecting one as it definitely works brilliantly and does the job it says. Through personal experience of using it on my son it 100% healed his nappy rash whilst soothing in the process. After applying it to my sons sore bits he visible looked more comfortable and at ease.

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      08.11.2010 00:17
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      clinique happy for men eau de colonge with a fresh youthful scent

      I bought my husband this 'Clinique Happy eau de cologne' for his birthday as he has had it previously and really liked it. It costs around £28.50 for a 50ml bottle from boots and around £40 for a 100ml bottle but prices will vary slightly depending on where it is bought, although not a lot of places do sell this. It is rather expensive so I usually only buy it for my husband for his birthday or christmas.

      The bottle is orange but you can see through it to the liquid inside so it is easy to see when you are running out. With the bottle being orange I think it ties in nicely with the title of this scent as in my opinion orange is a cheerful and happy colour so this helps enforce the title. The lid is silver and is easy to take off and put on so you don't need to stand for ages trying to force the lid on which I have had to do with some of my perfumes!

      The scent of this cologne is very fresh with hints of citrus. Notes such as orange, mandarin and grapefruit help to emphasis the citrus scents. Other notes which help emphasis the fresh and citrus aroma are lemon and cedar. This is my husbands favourite aftershave at the moment and has been for some time now. He particularly likes the fresh and youthful scents which can be smelt once sprayed. Only two or three sprays are required for the cologne to be smelt nicely from yourself. The scent lasts for hours unlike some others which seem to fade away in an hour or two so I think this definitely makes this worth the money as it lasts longer due to you not needing to apply as much, although men don't really tend to keep applying a scent unlike a lot of women who always carry there perfume with them in their bags.

      I would definitely recommend this aftershave to all men, infact everyone as it is a great gift to buy your loved one as it will put a smile on there face due to the lovely fresh yet masculine scent.

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    • Tesco VCU007 / Vacuum Cleaner / 10 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      07.11.2010 23:40
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      tesco vcu007 vacuum

      When our last hoover broke we wanted to get one that was fairly cheap and did the job so as usual our first shop to check was tesco. Where we ended up getting this VCU007 lightweight vacuum which cost us £37.97 which I think is a reasonable price.

      The hoover is black and has a 7metre cable which gives you plenty of length to be able to hoover from room to room with out having to keep unplugging the socket and moving it to another room so that you can hoover it. The tubes are plastic so a very durable and will last. The capacity of which it can hold is 3litres but mines never gets to this much as I feel it is a lot easier to clean it out when it is not as full. There is a hepa filter in it and a motor power of 1600w and a suction power of 220w so it picks up small particles such as hairs or crumbs easily. Another feature of this vacuum is a crevice tool which is great for getting into corners and tight spaces as it is the long thin part of the hoover. I tend to always use this part of hoover tho especially on the stairs, it is great as it lets me get right into the corners.

      One of the features which made us buy this vacuum is that it is suitable on laminate flooring which we needed as the majority of our house has laminate down apart from the stairs which are carpeted. I was a bit worried tho in case it would scratch the flooring but it hasn't. It works great on both my laminate and carpet and picks up everything very easily so it does not take me long to hoover up as I don't need to keep going over the same bits like I had to with my old hoover.

      Overall I think this is a cheap and cheerful vacuum which serves its purpose and vacuums up with ease. Another great factor is that it is lightweight so this helps to make it all the more easier to manoeuvre.

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      06.11.2010 22:26
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      wilkinsons play doh accessories set which includes a rolling pin and cutter

      On one of my usual shopping days I went into wilkinsons for a noisy and came across this kids dough accessories set which cost only £1 for a pack with 4 different parts in it. So as my son loves playing with play doh I could not walk past it especially when I noticed there was a rolling pin in it as my son keeps asking me to get him one so he can flatten out his play doh.

      Another tool which is in this set is a cutter which is great as it lets you cut all different shapes out of your play doh which my son loves doing and can do by himself with this cutter as it is very easy to use and cuts through his play doh hassle free. There is also a tool which is like a pizza cutter so this is good for if your child is wanting to cut in a straight line. The last tool is similar to the pizza cutter one but instead of being a smoothedge it is a zig zag/wavy line so creates a nice pattern in the doh. All the tools are of a good size for young children to hold and use. Also they are very colourful and eye catching with all the primary colours of red, yellow and blue and there is also green in them as well.

      Definitely recommend this set to anyone who has young children who love playing with play doh as it is a great set which costs very little and has some essentials in it such as the rolling pin.

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      • Tesco HB07 Handblender / Blender / 11 Readings / 10 Ratings
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        06.11.2010 21:40
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        tesco value hb07 hand blender with 1 speed setting and easy to use

        I have a young son who loves helping to make dinner and pouring his own juice so I though to make things more interesting for him we could make our own fruit juices or smoothies. So I decided to buy this tesco value hb07 hand blender for only £4.18 so that we could blend different fruit to create our own juices.

        The blender comes in white and has a grey button on the front which when pressed turns the blender on and it must be held in to keep it on and the blade turning. The power of this particular blender is 150w which is an ample amount for this size of hand blender. I have found through trial that it is quite difficult to blend up some harder fruits such as an apple but with softer fruits such as a banana, kiwi or grapes it blends through them no bother and leaves you with a lovely soft fruit juice. The blender is very easy to work as its simple a case of plugging into a socket and pressing the grey button and hey presto its working! I tend to blend my fruit into a bowl and then after I have got it to my desired consistency I pour it into a glass. The blender is very small so is easy to store away in your cupboard and does not take up much room at all. The dimensions are d6, h36 and w6 and the overall weight is only 0.590kg so it is very light which I think helps make it all the more easier to use.

        Overall a very basic yet effective hand blender which costs little and does the job. Would definitely recommend it to everyone who is looking to buy a nice, cheap hand blender that simple serves its purpose.

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          02.11.2010 22:26
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          chad valley 104 piece play food set which includes fruit and vegetables

          I got this chad valley play food set as part of my sons 3rd birthday as he loves pretending he is making mummy and daddy dinner so I thought he would really like this set as it has 104 pretend food items. I bought it as part of a 2 for £15 offer in argos but to buy it separately it would cost you £9.99.

          The food comes packaged in a clear plastic bag and concealed within a box which is easy to open unlike a lot of toys these days. The pretend boxes of food such as pretend rice krispies and popcorn need to be assembled but this only takes a matter of minutes to do them all. The only down side with this is that I have found they don't really stay together very well so I have put a small bit of celotape on some of them to help keep them joined. Some of the food which is included in this set is fruit, vegetables and two ice cream cones which is my sons favourite part of it. All the food is made from plastic so is sturdy and after 5months all my sons food is still in tact.

          The age suitability is for 3years and over but my niece also has this set and she has done since she was 2 so I think younger kids could use this set as well. As my son loves pretending he is making food for lunches and dinners he thinks this set is great because it has so much choice for him. This set is great for encouraging imaginative play as if your child is like mine they will come up with loads of different dishes for you to choose from for your meal. Also it has helped to teach my son about different vegetables and fruits which he has not tryed before.

          A great buy and well worth the money. Definitely recommend it.

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          02.11.2010 13:44

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          corgi go go rollers travel town with flashing lights and sounds

          My son received this corgi go go rollers travel town for his Christmas 2 years ago and to start with he loved it but it didn't last long! It costs around £22.99 from amazon but I am unsure if that is the price which was paid as it was a gift.

          The idea of the travel town is that you place a ball which is clear with a car inside it into the lift which is located at the side of the town. You then lift the lift to the top and the ball rolls out down the hill til it comes to a barrier where your child then needs to press the appropriate coloured button to release the ball and let it roll down further until the next barrier. When the lift is elevated there is lights in the front of it which light up and also sounds which are activated. When the ball hits a barrier this also activates a sound and also a light which is on the bottom of the town flashes to help show your child which button should be pressed to release the car. Altogether there are three barriers so therefore three lights which can be pressed either yellow, blue or red. There is also three parts which are pushed into slots on the town but my son has managed to loose all of his and we cant find them! They do come out very easily so that is a flaw in this toy.

          Although my son did enjoy watching the flashing lights and listening to the sounds this did not last long. He was around 1 when he got this as a gift and he was able to press the buttons by himself but after around one or two months he quickly got bored with it and it has been in his cupboard since. Overall I think this toy is ok but not great. Young babies will like it due to the flashing lights and sounds.

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