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    • Quit Smoking / Health Problem / 23 Readings / 22 Ratings
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      11.10.2009 10:41
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      Try It, Try It, Try It!!!

      Zyban, also know as Welbutrin, can be obtained from your doctor or local Stop Smoking Service as an aid to quit smoking.

      Background - Zyban was orginally introduced as an anti-depressant, however during trials medics noticed that around a third of all smokers taking the drug suddenly lost the urge to smoke. Hence Zyban was then used as a "stop smoking" drug. It is still not known exactly how Zyban works, however it is thought that it blocks the receptors in your brain from receiving nicotine from the cigarettes you smoke.

      Use - You will need an appointment with a health worker/doctor/stop smoking professional to obtain the drug. They advise that you attend stop smoking clinics before stating to use the drug, to ensure you are in the right frame of mind. You are asked to give a carbon monoxide reading on your first visit - mine was 12, which was a huge wake up call for me in itself, as it should be around 0-1. They also check your carbon monoxide reading on your visits back to the service whilst you are taking Zyban, as they do like to keep a close eye on you. If you havent quit within a reasonable amount of time after taking the drug, you will be taken off it. I was told that Zyban will only be prescribed to someone once in their lifetime due to it's huge cost to the Health Service, whether this is true for all areas of the Country, I am unsure. I think this is a huge incentive to really give it your best shot.

      Taking Zyban - To begin, you are advised to take one tablet a day for six days, increasing to two tablets a day, eight hours apart, on the seventh day. You take Zyban whilst you are still smoking, and quit at a date you have decided on sometime in the second week. I would recommend that you don't take your second tablet after about 6pm, as it can make it difficult to sleep if taken after this. About three days after I had begun taking two tablets a day, when I had a cigarette I really noticed the foul taste of them, almost like your first cigarette all over again. It wasn't enough to stop me continuing to smoke until my quit date however, and I did get worried during the days leading up to my quit date, that this wasnt going to work for me.

      Stopping Smoking - On the first day I quit, I felt terrified that the "wonder drug" just wasn't going to work for me, that I was somehow a different kind of smoker from all the others it had "cured". I smoked 20 a day, and had been smoking for nearly eight years, since I was in my early teens. I struggle to remember not smoking, which is a depressing and sad thought. I had tried to quit smoking numerous times before, using nicotine gum, patches, Alan Carr's book, and willpower. I had only gone days, sometimes even hours on previous attempts, so things didn't bode well for me. I usually got tearful, stressed, emotional, panicky, and a general nightmare to be around because all I could think about was smoking. I'd notice every person on TV with a cigarette, could smell someone smoking from a mile off, and would sooner or later find myself hunting through drawers for a stray cigarette, or even through the bin for those I had thrown earlier prior to my quitting attempt. So you can see why I didn't hold out much hope for Zyban. Yet my Zyban attempt couldnt have been further from any of my prior efforts.

      The cravings were reduced, I felt relatively calm and relaxed, and the days not smoking seemed to pass quickly. Now don't get me wrong, I did have to use my willpower at times, but I had expected that. The main thing for me was that I didnt experience that mindless panic that I'd had on every previous attempt. The cravings did come, but they were more like a passing thought of a cigarette, which I felt easily equipped to put out of my mind.

      Side Effects - Some of the possible side effects are listed as: insomnia (as mentioned, dont take Zyban after 6pm!), dizziness, anxiety, depression, dry mouth (I did notice this - make sure you have a bottle of water on you at ALL times!), fever, rash, and loss of appetite.

      Whilst on Zyban - You are avoided to avoid or minimise your use of alcohol whilst on Zyban due to risk of seizures. You should expect to be on Zyban for around three months, so be prepared to go pretty much alcohol free for this time. I felt that this actually helped me in quitting, as alcohol can lead to reduced willpower, and also that "drink and a fag" state of mind. You can use NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy) whilst on Zyban if you feel it is not enough on it's own, but make sure you check with your health professional before doing so. There has been some bad press about Zyban's side effects, which is why the Health Service will keep a close eye on you, with appointments every two weeks or so. You should ensure if you get any side effects that you are concerned about that you see someone straight away. People who are already on anti-depressants will probably be unable to take Zyban, as Zyban is also an anti-depressant itself.

      Success - I quit for 3 and a half months on Zyban, so only a limited success. This was completely my own fault, I felt "cured", so decided to stop taking Zyban early, against my health advisor's advice. I was fed up of not drinking and really felt I had kicked it, but unfortunately within about a month, I ended up smoking on a night out after too many beverages. The next day I woke up with the awful craving for a cigarette again, and lasted two more days before I bought a pack of ten, promising myself I'd only have one and throw the pack away. The rest is history, and everything went downhill from there - I'm now back on 20 a day.

      Although Zyban didn't work for me in the long run, this was completely my fault, and I really wanted to let others know about Zyban, as I think if taken properly, this really would work. IIf this review would help one person to quit then it would be worth it without a doubt.

      Good luck to anyone thinking of trying Zyban, my advice is that you have nothing to lose, so go for it, and let me know how you get on! :-)

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        09.10.2009 16:54
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        Heaven Sent For All Us Oily Ladies!

        Expect to pay between £4 - £6 for a pot of Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse, which is relatively cheap when compared to some contenders within the cosmetic industry. So, do you get what you pay for?

        The mousse comes in a small glass pot with a plastic screw on lid. The standard size is 18g (keep reading review for more on this!). Although the pot is relatively small, it is worth noting that it is quite heavy, especially if you would carry it around in your hangbag on a night out.

        Dream Matte Mousse is available in 5 shades; Ivory, Cameo, Nude, Fawn, and Sun Beige, so there should be a shade at least nearly right-on for most.

        You apply the mousse by dabbing a small amount onto your finger and then blending into your skin with your fingers. The mousse also works well if used with a foundation brush. The mousse feels wonderful on your skin, as smooth as silk, and is easy to blend in. It gives a great coverage, whilst also feeling really light. Although the pot is small, a tiny amount of this product goes a long way, and it lasts me around 12 weeks, using it once or twice a day.

        The mousse is much easier to blend into your jawline than normal liquid foundation, and gives a really seamless finish. It had great staying power, and really did keep my skin matte, as promised.

        One tip is that you do need to moisturise before applying the mousse, as it shows up any dry patch, however small. For this reason, I probably wouldnt recommend this product to anyone whose skin is still slightly dry after applying moisturiser, as it would make your make up look obvious, and probably wouldn't be very flattering.

        Overall I think this product is phenomenal value for money, and is leaps and bounds ahead of some of it's much pricier competitors.

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          15.09.2009 21:02
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          Wont be buying this again...

          I bought this product based on the reviews that I had read on dooyoo, as all seemed to be really positive. Like most of the other ladies who have used this product, I have oily and spot prone skin. I suffered badly with acne when I was younger, and now have very large, open pores.

          My high hopes were pretty much dashed on first use. Whether I was hoping for a miracle cure, and this simply did not live up to that, I'm not sure. Although the product does provide a good base for make up, and makes skin feel soft to the touch and smooth, I didn't think it made a jot of difference to my pores, which, after all, is why I bought the serum.

          Consequently, I have only used the product a handful of times, more out of desperation than anything, and overall I think it was not what I would have hoped for from an expensive (circa £15) product.

          I have since had both Soap and Glory's, and Estee Lauder's pore minimiser recommended to me, and I think next time I will definitely try one of these first.

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          • VW Beetle 2.0 3dr / Car / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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            09.07.2009 22:53
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            My favourite car to date!

            I have had my beetle now for 2 months and I LOVE it! I was never a huge Beetle fan, however after realising that my budget wouldn't stretch to a Mini with everything on my wish list (Air Con, sunroof, leather seats), I began to look around.
            I can honestly say I am SO glad I didn't get a Mini. The Beetle is a real attention grabbing car, and I love everything about it. On the inside, everything is rounded and feels funky and retro, even the edges of the stereo are curved. I love the flower on the dash, and the big VW badge in the middle of my steering wheel. It's hard to get used to how far from the windscreen you are at first, but I've come to love it, although the giant dash needs dusting all the time so not great if you're a bit lazy with these things. Admittedly there's not much space for adults in the back, but my son is more than comfortable in his car seat in the back. The boot is shallow, but is big enough to accomodate a weekly shop or my son's buggy (Mama and Papas Ora).
            I love everything about the exterior looks too, the curvy shape of the body just oozes cuteness! I love the positioning of the petrol cap on the car's "bum", and the honeycomb grill at the front, which gives the car an edge of "mean".
            The car is a respectable 120bhp, however car tax isnt cheap (£120 for 6 months), and fuel consumption is high, I usually average 33mpg.
            I have had 5 cars in 4 years of driving, and usually get bored easily, however I can honestly say I'll be more than happy keeping this car for the next few years.

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            09.07.2009 22:41
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            Would Recommend, Especially For Those Looking To Start A Fitness Regime

            As a working mother, I had despaired of ever finding time to get myself into shape, so when I heard about the release of EA sports Active, I knew I just had to give it a go.
            There are over 50 different exercises to do, which include cardio workouts, such as running, boxing and tennis, as well as toning exercises, such as lunges, bicep curls, lateral shoulder raises, and more.
            It includes pre-set workouts, which show you the time and projected calorie burn, and also the option to make custom workouts yourself from the 50 min-exercises. In my opinion, the game's best feature is the 30 day challenge. During the Challenge, you follow pre-set exercises for two days, then hae a day's rest, so you'll do a total of 20 workouts during the 30 days of the challenge. You can choose the difficulty between easy, medium and hard, so even after completing the challenge, you can push yourself further by moving up to the next difficulty level.
            You can make your character to look like yourself, and choose a personal trainer who shows you how to do the exercises. The music is also variable, which I thought was a great touch.
            The game comes with a leg strap and resistance band - during some exercises you will need to place the nunchuck into the leg strap. The game uses the sensors from the wii remote and the nunchuck to tell whether you are performing the exercise correctly, and pauses and corrects you if not.
            There is an option to buy an accessory pack with another leg strap and resistance band so you can even work out with a friend.
            I was suprised by how effective this game is, I found myself sweating and losing my breath, especially during the cardio. I really felt like I'd had a good workout, and had the tell tale achey muscles the day after exercising.
            The only faults I can find with this game is that you are unable to do the 30 Day Challenge when in multiplayer mode, which was something of a disappointment to us. The other issue was that I find the warm up and cool down too short, and chose to do my own warm up and cool down outside of the game.
            Other than this, I would thoroughly recommend this game, especially to those who may be too embarrassed to go to the gym, or for people like myself who do not have the time, or are unable to leave the house after the kids are in bed!

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          • Sony Ericsson K800i / Mobile Phone / 14 Readings / 12 Ratings
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            14.03.2009 08:33
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            One of the best mid-range phones

            I go through many, many phones due to a whole host of reasons - camera not of a satisfactory quality, dropping and breaking them, a newer, more appealing model has been released...and the list goes on.
            The phone which I kept for longest (by a long way) was the K800i.
            This is a great little phone, the camera is of superb quality for a 3.2mp, the memory is great (and can be expanded by buying a memory chip), it is easy to use, and for me most importantly, it is the most durable phone I have ever had! It was thrown out of prams, dropped numerous times, and also dropped into a full sink once and still lived to tell the tale.
            The battery life is also great, I'm quite a heavy user and only needed to charge every other day, and unlike a lot of phones I didnt find that the battery life decreased the older the phone got.
            Gadget-wise this has pretty much all you could ask for from a mid-range phone; bluetooth, stopwatch, calendar, alarm, calculator etc.

            Overall this really is a good little phone.

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              10.03.2009 23:41
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              Everyone should try at least one of these recipes!

              I had never been much of a cook, so upon moving into my first home last October, I was pleased to be presented with a cook book which seemed highly appropiate - "anyone can learn to cook in 24 hours". Even me? Surely not...

              Well it seems Jamie's book does exactly what it says on the cover... This book is absolutely brilliant and I have yet to try a recipe from the book which I dont like.

              The recipes are simple and clear, and easy to follow.

              The only two things I would comment is that I would recommend cooking most things (especially chicken dishes) for slightly longer than Jamie states as I've had one slightly embarrassing family meal where the chicken with crispy posh ham (that's it's actual name!!) was still pink in the middle...
              Secondly I would not recommend this book for anyone trying to watch their weight! Although delicious, the recipes are not necessarily fantastic for the waistline, yet they are certainly better than processed foods and ready meals so you can feed your family with a clear conscience.

              As a busy working mum the first chapter of the book is a godsend, and purely devoted to meals which can be prepared and on the table within 20 minutes.

              Overall this is a fantastic book and has done wonders for my confidence in the kitchen - I have recommended to all my friends and family.

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                10.03.2009 14:17
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                I would highly recommend these to anyone!

                I have had my ipod touch for a month now, and I can honestly say that I LOVE it! It's my third ipod, however my first touch and it does have it's faults, which I will detail first..
                Touch screen can be tricky, especially when trying to type text, however it does get better once you're used to it; I do think Apple should have made some kind of touch pen to accompany personally.
                Another fault is the lack of basic instruction manual! The information that came with my ipod was very limited and I had to download a PDF file from the internet to show me the basics.
                Thirdly - the ipod came with no wall charger, although you can charge it via the USB port on your computer. I personally wouldnt choose to charge my ipod this way as it would mean powering my computer for as long as it takes to charge! This means another outlay (around £15 for a non-apple branded charger).

                Things I love about my ipod:
                screen quality is fantastic, access to you tube and facebook (aswell as other social networking sites) when in range of a wireless network, the application store helps to make this a great, fun gadget.

                My only regret is not buying an ipod with a bigger memory as I have a feeling I will be hanging on to this for some time to come!

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                23.01.2009 12:23
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                The best in the market by a long stretch

                Like the majority of women, I have been plagued by dreaded cellulite since adolescence, and have tried numerous remedies in an attempt to rid myself of it; creams, body brushing, cutting out alcohol, eating superfoods... the list goes on. They all worked to different degrees, however I was despairing of ever finding a complete cure.

                Until... Clarins Total Body Lift Contour Control. Within about thirty seconds of the first application, the affected areas begin to tingle and feel tight. It's not an unpleasant feeling, however it really does feel different from other cellulite treatments; somehow it feels like it's working deeper under your skin to make a difference.

                I used the cream once daily before bed, and can honestly say within two weeks, I had noticed a remarkable difference. Within 8 weeks, my cellulite was all but gone. Ok, this stuff isn't a miracle worker - what is? - but this is as close as I think we will get! I have gone from having severely, deeply dimpled thighs and bottom, to having beautiful smooth skin with the odd, barely noticeable dimple.

                Even my partner, who professed that my cellulite never bothered him before, has noticed the difference and is quite amazed himself.

                I can honestly saw I am now looking forward to baring all on the beach this summer without a sarong or skirt to cover my dreaded orange peel, and would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who will listen.

                Although the pricetag is quite high, I would much prefer spending out on something which does exactly as it says, than buying bottle after bottle of cheaper "remedies" which have little or no effect on cellulite.

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              • Rimmel Volume Extend Mascara / Make Up / 9 Readings / 6 Ratings
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                23.01.2009 11:35
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                Good for special occasions, not as an everyday mascara

                I originally bought this mascara, as I loved the idea of a mascara which added both length AND volume, rather than one or the other. However, all is not as great as it sounds with this mascara. Firstly I found that you have to apply the darker colour while the white is not still wet - but not quite dry either! If you apply while the white is still wet, it will come off onto the black brush, however if you wait until the white is dry, it can be quite hard to get the coverage from the black one over all the white, which can leave you with "interesting" zebra effect lashes!

                The second problem I found with this mascara is that applying it is quite time consuming. If you have small children or are in a hurry in the mornings, I certainly wouldn't recommend this mascara, as it is basically like applying mascara twice, but a bit more fiddly as you have to ensure you're covering all the first coat with the second, so no white bits shows!

                Saying that, once you have got the knack of the application, if you do have the time on your hands, and could also curl your lashes before application, this mascara does do what is says and can produce rather stunning, full and thick lashes.

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