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I have to admit I am not very well behaved when it comes to a skincare regime and it is very rare that I actually follow one! However when I accompanied a friend to an Estée Lauder skin counter a few months ago the lady she saw really drummed it into the both of us how important it was to actually look after our skin. I know what I am like when it comes to skincare so I wanted to find a product that was reasonably priced just incase I used it twice then it sat on the bathroom shelf doing nothing.
I picked this up from tesco where it was on some sort of offer either half price or a third off. I bought the cleansing mousse, the toner and the express hydration primer which is what I am reviewing today. I bought the range aimed at dry skin but it also comes in a range for normal skin. The usual retail price for the primer is £4.99.
I opted for a primer rather than just a moisturiser because when I bought it I was wearing make up most days and was finding my skin wasn't looking very good when the make up was on. Primer promises to provide an even base for make up and therefore not only will your make up last longer but it will also look better. This primer also promises to hydrate your skin and absorbe quickly.
The primer comes in a small glass jar and the amount you receive is 50ml. The screw top for my version is a light pink in colour and the jar looks more expensive than the retail price. The primer inside is a thick white cream and it feels smooth to the touch and not at all oily.
When applying the primer you only need a very small amount (less than the size of a 5p piece) and it absorbs unbelievably quickly into the skin. I mainly concentrate on my cheek bones because this is where my skin is particularly dry but I apply it all over my face to provide an even base for my make up. After applying the skin feels really soft and smooth.
After putting the primer on I can start putting my make up on within seconds because it Bsorbs that quickly. Since using the primer I have noticed that my make up is so much easier to apply and it has much better coverage. It looks better and more even and my blemishes even appear less prominent.
Using the primer I find I can do my make up in the morning and it will still look good later on in the evening - something that would never happen before. The primer really cares for my skin and I have not experienced any breakouts of spots.
The only slight negative thing is that in a jar it is not as hygienic as it would be in a tube.
Brilliant, reasonably priced primer.
I do like the Original Source range and I often buy items from them, especially when I see them on a deal somewhere. Original Source products are often a little bit more expensive than other shower gels on the market but they use lots of natural ingredients and I have always found them to be good quality.
I picked up this Raspberry and Vanilla Milk shower gel in Home Bargains for just £1. It usually retails at around £2.20 unless on offer so this was a good price. The bottle contains 250ml. I like the design of the bottle. It is simple and understated and has a snap top at the bottom and is a triangular sort of shape. The plastic is clear so you can see the light pink liquid inside. The bottle tells me that Original Source waited for 82 British sunrises to allow the raspberries to ripen that are used in the product.
As soon as I opened the lid I was immediately hit with a gorgeous scent of raspberry and vanilla. The vanilla takes the bitterness out of the raspberries and you get a lovely soft fruity scent.
The shower gel is quite thick so it doesn't slide off of your sponge. You only need a small amount because it lathers up really well and produces lots of nice white bubbles. It smells gorgeous and I really enjoyed using it as it had a lovely warm, comforting scent.
After I used the gel my skin felt lovely and soft and had a lovely subtle scent of raspberry and vanilla. I suffer with eczema and recently it has really flared up recently but since using this I've actually noticed my skin is slightly less itchy.
I'm really impressed with this shower gel and would definitely buy it again. The scent is absolutely gorgeous and it is a really good quality product. I would pay full price for it because it is such good quality and it moisturises my skin and leaves it feeling soft and supple.
I had wanted to visit Bodmin Jail since I first saw a leaflet on it. We had a short break in Cornwall a couple of weeks back and I knew that one of the places I really wanted to visit was the jail however, with a four year old in tow I wasnt sure if it would be suitable. After looking on the website and seeing there was a pricing structure including children we decided to give it a go!
==A Brief History==
The jail dates back to the 1700s and was home to a vast number of executions. It closed in 1927 and was left to decay until the current owners bought the jail around 10 years ago. The jail is now open to the public every day of the year apart from Christmas Day and also houses a restaurant and bar.
The jail is set over a number of floors and is accessed by steep stone steps therefore it is sadly not wheelchair or pushchair friendly. You are advised to begin your self guided tour under ground level where you will come face to face with your first group of cells. Each cell has models in and there is a summary of each prisoners story on the wall. You cannot enter all of the cells but there are a few which you can walk in to get a feel of the size etc. The stories of each prisoner are fascinating and crimes vary from murder to stealing a loaf of bread. Taking the time to read the stories really does add to the atmosphere of the place because these were real people who were kept here quite often until their public execution.
The jail is extremely cold and very dark. There are small lamps dotted around the place to allow you to see where you are going and to read the information but it is full of shadows and certainly not a place where I would like to be on my own! There is one room in particular on level one where both me and my partner felt a very cold presence whilst we were in there. It is a place steeped in gory history and if you are interested in the paranormal it is definitely a place to visit!
As I said we took a four year old with us and I was quite sceptical about how he may react as he does scare easily. However, we initially told him it was a special castle and he was fine as long as he was either holding my hand or draped around my neck! There were a fair number of other visitors there at the time which I think helped too. We did tell him it was a jail and he was fine afterwards.
The jail is easily found by the brown tourist signs. There is free car parking. We paid £15 for two adults (under 5's are free).
I have had my tangle teezer about a year now. I bought one after my mum bought my niece one and my niece raved about how great it was. Both me and my niece have very thick, wavy, frizzy hair and I thought if there was something that might tame it a bit then that was great!
I bought the purple and pink salon elite tangle teezer and paid around £13 online. This is a lot more than I would usually spend on a hair brush but as I had just started a new job I thought I would treat myself!! The salon elite can be found easily online and also in hair salons, prices range between about £10 and £18 so it does make sense to shop around. Lots of different colours are available as I said mine is pink and purple but my nieces is black and leopard print.
The tangle teezer is a curved shape a bit like a kidney!! It fits perfectly in the palm of your hand which is great because there is no handle as such. The teeth of the comb are just over a centimetre long and cover the bottom of the comb. The comb has a curved shape to it which I imagine helps to guide the teeth through your hair.
I have thick hair which is hard to manage. The tangle teezer is magic! It glides through, getting rid of any tangles with ease and without pulling on my hair. Since using this comb my hair has looked a lot smoother and in a lot better condition. The comb doesn't appear to break the hair anywhere near as much as a regular hairbrush does and instead it removes all the dead and loose hair leaving your hair looking tidy and smooth.
I now use my tangle teezer instead of a normal brush and my hair looks an awful lot better for it. The only thing I do find a little more difficult to do with this rather than a regular brush is tie my hair up because there is no handle to use as such and I find it slightly more difficult to comb round my head when trying to make my style neat. However, this is not a big problem and after a few extra combs it looks absolutely fine! To be honest I don't think most people use this to tie hair up with so it really in a minor niggle.
The tangle teezer is easy to clean. The hair pulls out of the teeth with ease and if required it is easy to clean with some warm water.
As I said I've had my teezer about a year now and it still looks very good and I think it will last for some time yet. A couple of the teeth are a little bit wonky but none are snapped or bent as such.
I would definitely recommend the tangle teezer and think it is well worth the money!
I bought this car seat about 6 months ago now. My partner has a three year old son and we were taking him more places in the car and it was a nightmare keeping on borrowing seats from people. I was looking for a low priced booster seat to keep in the car so it was always there if we wanted it. I found this in Home Bargains for a bargain £4.99. Usually I would be really cautious about brands of car seats and do lots of research prior to buying. However, booster seats are slightly different and are simply a way to make the child sit taller in the car therefore making the seat belt function better and also allowing the child to see more of what's going on.
The car seat is made of thick black plastic and there are spaces both side for the seat belt to go through so that it doesn't cut into your child at all. They are also useful as handles and Ethan often uses them to push himself up in the seat and I always find it easy to use if I am carrying the seat anywhere. The black plastic has a dark khaki coloured fabric cushion which is attached to the seat with Velcro. The cushion isn't very thick (probably about a centimetre) but it does make the seat a lot more comfortable for Ethan and he never complains of being uncomfortable.
The seat is perfect for Ethan as it makes him the right height for the seat belt and I am always confident he is safe in this seat. He likes it too because it means he can see out of the windows easily and he always gets straight into the seat when he gets in the car, we never have to remind him to sit in the seat.
The whole seat is washable which is a godsend because a few weeks ago Ethan vomited all over it! The fabric cover was easy to take off and wash and it came up good as new after a cycle in the washing machine. The plastic base was easy to clean with some disinfectant and kitchen roll and it looks good as new again now.
I think this seat was a bargain and I would definitely recommend it. It is great to have on standby just incase. I don't love the colours but it is quite neutral tones and would go with most cars and would be able to be used by both boys and girls. It's such a good price, £4.99 is nothing to know that your child is safe in the car.
My partners son is a huge Fireman Sam fan. He watches it all the time and he is forever playing games which involve being a fireman etc. we bought this colouring table for his third birthday back in December. I came across the table in B+M where it was priced at just £9.99. I thought that was a very reasonable price for a table, roll of colouring sheets and pens and crayons so I knew immediately it was a must buy for little mans birthday! I have looked online and it is available online but it seems to be out of stock in a lot of places. A private seller on Amazon currently has this priced at £25 plus £10 delivery which is a lot more than we paid so if you can shop around then I would recommend doing so! Other characters were available when we bought ours including Spider-Man and Hello Kitty. Amazon currently have Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Cars 2 and Minnie Mouse all for between £11 and £12.
The colouring table comes in a large, flat cardboard box with Fireman Sam branding on it. It looks like a great gift and you wouldn't expect it to cost just £10. The table is easy to put together and then take apart again which means it's great if you don't want it up all the time. Each leg of the table simply slots into place. The legs are hollow so are light and Ethan can put this table together on his own with little assistance. Each leg has a different character on it - Sam, Elvis, Penny and Norman. The table top is about 40cm x 40cm so it is a nice size for ages from around 18 months right up until about age 6.
The table top has 12 small holes which you can put the crayons and felt tips in. The colouring roll is attached to the back of the colouring table and it is easy to roll this off to use. There are two plastic bands on the top and bottom of the table to keep the paper in place.
The colouring paper is printed full of Fireman Sam pictures to colour in. The roll provides a really nice assortment of characters, scenes and vehicles to colour in and I was really impressed with the quality of the paper and the pictures printed onto it.
The table doesn't come with a chair but Ethan often uses this whilst knelt on the floor or sat on the sofa. A kids chair or stool would fit perfectly with the table. Sometimes, Ethan will just use the table top whilst sat on someone's knee and therefore it provides a stable colouring base without the need for the legs.
The colouring roll is 10m long and there is plenty to colour on the sheet. When Ethan has coloured about 30cm worth of it we usually cut it off so he can start the next bit fresh. I have had a look to see if a new roll can be bought and I can only find plain or coloured paper, no branded colouring pages. However, we often use the table on its own with plain paper or colouring pages that we have printed ourselves so this isn't too much of a problem.
I was impressed with the quality of the stationary included with this table the crayons are thick and chunky and quite difficult to break, all of ours are still intact! The pens have a nice thick, bullet tip point and the ink is good quality. They do dry out quite quickly if the lids are left off though. Each crayon and pen has a picture of Sam on so it all links in really nicely.
The table is easy to wipe clean and the pen washes off of skin easily. Luckily we haven't got this on our clothes so far so I'm afraid I can't comment on how easily it washes out!
Ethan's eyes lit up when he unwrapped this and it was by far his favourite present on his birthday even over a new bike! He wanted to play with this for the majority of the day and the next time he came to visit it was the first thing he wanted to get out. It keeps him occupied for a good half hour on his own or longer if someone sits with him and he treats it with a lot of respect and is very gentle with it. The colouring pages are of a real high quality and they look great coloured in, we quite often cut them off and give them to family members or stick them on the fridge.
I'm really impressed with this table and would definitely recommend it. It is a fantastic gift and has proven to be very popular with Ethan and I imagine it will be for some time to come. It is a shame I can't find any more Fireman Sam paper to replace our roll on the table but maybe I'm just not looking hard enough! I am quite sure I will be buying these tables again when my baby niece and nephew are a bit bigger. They look great, are good quality and seem to be very popular too!
I have wanted to see this since I first saw it advertised, I was intrigued to see what Disney had to offer and the posters and advertisements that were around really left me puzzled about what the film would actually involve. The advertising just showed a pair of green socks and I was keen to see what they represented. I was pleased to see it was being shown on sky movies recently so me and my partner watched it last week. This is a film only review.
Cindy and Jim are a happily married couple. They are a perfect match and a couple that people would struggle not to like. The pair are desperate to start a family so are left absolutely heartbroken when the fertility doctor they have been seeing tells them that there is no way they can conceive. The couple take the news badly and it hits Cindy especially hard, she just can't seem to forget her dreams of becoming a mother. Cindy and Jim are understandably mourning the child they couldn't have. There comes a point when they realise they need to start to move on with their lives so they decide to write down their dreams of a child and bury them in a box in the garden. That night there is a nasty storm and they wake to find a young boy in their home...
I was really taken with this film. I love Jennifer Garner and was really keen to see her in this as I was sure that this would be up to her usual high standard. I had real empathy for Cindy and Jim and the fact that they were such a lovely couple really helped to hit home about how they must be feeling.
There were points throughout the film when I found myself thinking this is really odd but I was actually captivated with the film. My partner kept saying initially that it was weird but soon he too was saying how amazing the film was. He even said he was going to buy the DVD!
The plot of the film is very original and although parts of the film are slightly predictable it was on the whole an unpredictable and interesting watch. The plot flowed well and I never found myself willing the film to hurry up or waiting for something more interesting to happen.
The acting in the film is very strong. There are a few high profile names such as Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton as Cindy and Jim and the acting shown in the film is of a really high standard. The characters were all very realistic and likeable (on the most part) and I enjoyed watching the Greens journey.
The film is a fantasy drama so it isn't entirely realistic but it is a great watch and i really enjoyed watching the tale unfold. It is rated a U by Sky which did surprise me a little bit because although there is no bad language or anything it is quite sad in places.
The film was released in 2012.
It runs for 105 minutes.
It was written by Peter Hedges.
It stars Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton and CJ Adams.
I really enjoyed this film and would definitely watch it again. It is heartwarming yet heartbreaking all at once and it is definitely one I would recommend.
Lemon curd is something I have enjoyed since my childhood. I often used to have it on toast or in tarts and it has remained a firm favourite of mine since growing up. I usually get the Tescos finest version but had ran out of that when I spotted this offering from Gales in my local Home Bargains store. Gales is the brand we always used to have at home when I was little so I knew I liked it and it was good quality so I snapped it up at a bargain 69p. This is a cheap price for lemon curd as I often find that it retails for more than jam and is often around £1.20 for a medium range option.
The Gales packaging hasn't changed since I was little or if it has it has changed very little. It is lovely and bright and it is packaged in a clear glass jar allowing you to see the bright yellow product inside. It is easy to open and once open you need to keep the lemon curd refrigerated and consume within 6 weeks.
The lemon curd is thicker than some offerings and I find it spreads really well, never tearing up the bread or whatever you are spreading it on. It is a bright yellow in colour and has a lovely subtle lemon scent. It looks and smells very appetising.
The lemon curd is quite creamy and although it does have a tang I don't think this is as strong as other brands. This has a lovely taste to it and it is very moreish. I often find myself craving more after eating it.
[Sugar, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Water, Margarine (Palm Stearin, Rapeseed Oil, Palm Oil, Mono- and Di-Glycerides, Vitamins A & D, Colour (Carotenes)), Modified Maize Starch, Lemon Juice from Concentrate (4%), Dried Egg, Gelling Agent (Pectin), Citric Acid, Lemon Oil, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrates), Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid), Colour (Beta-Carotene)]
At the moment Asda are selling this for £1.20 for a 410g jar. Home bargains have this for 69p at the moment but I would definitely buy it full price. It is very tasty and there is plenty in the jar.
This is another film I had wanted to see for ages but had never actually got round to watching it. However last night it was on TV so I decided to give it a go. This is a film only review.
Kate has just began a new school, she is trying her hardest to settle in when she comes across John Tucker. John is in the basketball team and is very popular. Too popular it seems as Kate discovers he is infact dating three girls at once. Kate realises she must tell the girls and when she does it's fair to say they aren't very happy...
The title of the film really grabs your attention but it does seem a bit over the top because the girls don't want John dead they just want him to pay for what he has done.
I loved the character of Kate. She was very down to earth and seemed like a really nice girl. The three girls she becomes friends with, Carrie, Heather and Beth are all really individual and completely different which makes their alliance unlikely but they form a strong bond.
I thought the plot of the film was interesting and although some parts were predictable it was fun to watch. It had a really good pace to the film and whilst I was never left bored I didn't feel as though everything was happening too quickly either.
The ending was done well and all loose ends were tied up. The film reminded me a great deal of Mean Girls so if you enjoyed that then it's more than likely you will enjoy this too.
The film was released in 2006.
It runs for 89 minutes.
It is rated a 12.
It stars Jesse Metcalfe, Brittany Snow, Ashanti, Arielle Kebbel and Sophia Bush.
A strong teen film, a laid back and funny watch.
Every Halloween my sister ensures she watches this film and now my niece is following suit too. I was browsing the movies on Sky the other day when I realised I had never actually seen the film myself. So I downloaded it for free from sky on demand and I got round to watching it yesterday. This is a film only review.
The film begins hundreds of years ago in Salem. The three Sanderson sisters are witches who take delight in causing trouble and their favourite pastime is eating children. One morning a brother awakens to find his sister gone. He rushes to the Sanderson house to find that they have her but his appearance causes more harm than good as they cast a spell on him to turn him into a cat. The witches are hanged but the boys parents never knew what happened to him or his sister.
Fast forward a few centruries and Max has just moved to Salem with his mum, dad and younger sister Danni from LA. It is Halloween and it is fair to say that Max is more than skeptical about the legend of the Sanderson sisters. Danni drags him out trick or treating where he bumps into a girl he likes from school, Alison. The three decide to go to the Sandersons house and Max's disbelief ends up causing them a lot of trouble...
I had very high expectations of this film. Partly because it is adored by both my sister and niece and secondly because of the all star cast. Winifred Sanderson is played by Bette Midler and Sarah Sanderson is played by Sarah Jessica Parker. Both of these actresses are favourites of mine so I was keen to see them both act in a film which isn't their usual genre.
As soon a we met Max I immediately became intrigued by the story of the Sanderson sisters. I do have an interest in Salem, we studied it at school and I also go to the witch museum in Boscastle every few years. The fact that the majority of the film is set on Halloween night gives the film a real sort of heightened feeling and it makes it very exciting because there is only one night and also it is the most spooky night of the year.
I liked the characters of Max and Alison. They were both regular teenagers and Max was the typical lad trying to impress the girl he liked. Danni was very love able and she was probably my favourite character in the film. Winifred was the ringleader of the sisters and although she was humorous I found myself immediately disliking her. I found it more difficult to dislike Sarah because she was a lot more mellow however as the film progressed her evil side did come out which made it easier for me to dislike her! Their other sister, Mary was simply Winifred's shadow and would do anything to please her.
I thought the plot of the film was interesting and it was very easy to follow. There was a clear goal in mind from the outset and it was interesting watching the build up to this and seeing how the three kids would manage to get themselves out of bother.
The acting in the film was very strong. I saw each actor as their character rather than the actor which aided the following of the film. The costumes are good and the special effects are to an above average standard. The film was released in 1993 so it is 20 years old so cannot be expected to be as smooth as films today.
The film is rated a PG and I would say this is correct. It is not too scary and any child over about the age of 8 should be fine with it but there are some scary scenes.
The film ended as I expected but the build up to this was done well and it wasn't particularly predictable. I thought that the ending wrapped everything up well and there were a couple of unexpected changes than I thought there would be.
The film was released in 1993.
It stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy
It runs for 96 minutes.
It is rated a PG.
A good Halloween film and one that I will definitely watch again.
For some reason we have had a bit of a flea problem in our household as of late. I'm not sure why because my two feline friends very rarely go out but it certainly took some getting rid of them this time! As part of my defleaing routine this comb came out regularly.
The comb is as exactly as shown above. It is a metal toothed comb with a plastic blue and black rubber handle. It is used to simply comb through your pets fur in order to check for fleas. Because the teeth of the comba re so close together it will catch hold of any critters and hopefully any flea dirt and then you will know you have a problem on your hands!
Using the comb is easy, you simply brush your pet as you would any other time. The cats often kick up a fuss when it's combing time but I certainly didn't notice that they played up anymore than usual when I used this comb. The comb caught hold of any bugs that I did come across with ease but not once did it assist me in killing the little critters! I know fleas are notoriously difficult to kill but this comb really didn't help at all other than catching them. In the end I would wipe the comb in a tissue and then squash any bugs with my fingernails in order to kill them.
The comb was used daily for about a month and it kept in really good condition for a long time. However, recently a couple of the teeth have become loose and therefore have fallen out. However, I have had a really good amount of use from this and it can still be used and it still works, there are just a couple of larger gaps than the rest of the comb.
The comb retails for about £2 which I think is a really good price. It doesn't cause the cats discomfort and it helps catch any living creatures before they start breeding around your home. If mine breaks anymore I probably will go and buy a new one but at the moment mine is still working fine.
Little Mix are a girlband containing four members. The group was formed on 2011's X Factor and consists of members Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall. They were the only group to ever win the show during its 9 years on air. The girls released their first album DNA in 2012 and this is their second album released at the end of 2013.
There are two versions of the album, this review focuses on the deluxe version of the album which is currently selling for £10 on Amazon.
Salute - The title song from the album. This song has a real military feel to it and drums and trumpets are used. The song talks about recruiting other girls and I really like the tone of it. I love the way the vocals fit with the music. It is a really strong opening track on the album and it definitely gives you a flavour of what's to come. The song has a fun feel to it and it is definitely good to sing along to.
Move - Probably one of the most well known songs from the album. This was the girls first single from the album and was released at the end of 2013. The song is upbeat and fast paced and has a really good beat to it. It is very catchy and definitely one to dance to. The lyrics talk about being in a club and them wanting a guy to get up and dance with them. I find that this song can be heard again and again and I still don't get fed up of it. It's very modern and I think the girls gave a really good sneak peak of what the album has to offer by releasing this single.
Little Me - This was the second song to be released from the album and the girls released this right at the end of December. The lyrics talk about how you must live your life to the full and you only really get one chance. This is one of the more laid back and slower songs on the album but it still has a really strong beat. It is very catchy and I do like singing along to it!
Nothing Feels Like You - This is a fast tempo track with lots of background music and it does remind me a little bit of Move. The lyrics are about nothing being as good as their loved one. I like this song and it shows the girls emotional side a little more than a lot of the other songs.
Towers - This is a ballad and although I wasn't entirely sure about it at first because I do usually prefer the faster tempo songs I really love it now. It is a beautiful song and this really helps to highlight the girls talents. The song is about a break up and here the girls are really opening up and showing their weaker side. The lyrics are really beautiful and I'm sure most people can relate to them in some way. My favourite lyric is probably 'Once we were made like towers, Everything could have been ours'.
Competition - This is definitely a favourite of mine and it actually always makes me think of my partner when I hear it because it reflects a lot of our relationship! The lyrics talk about how someone always has to be right and have the last word. The song has a really catchy beat and I love the chorus. My favourite lyric is probably 'You smile while grinding your teeth, You clap while stomping your feet, You act about 17'. I have heard the music from this on a couple of tv programmers and I hope the girls do release it as a single because it is a brilliant song.
These Four Walls - This is another ballad on the album and initially I wasn't keen however now I absolutely love it. It provides a nice moment of calm on such a busy and upbeat album. The song talks about a break up and the difficulty of getting over someone. My favourite lyric is probably 'I tried to smile today, Then I realised there's no point anyway'.
About The Boy - This was my favourite song on the album for a long time. It is a very fast and upbeat song and I love singing along to it. The lyrics talk about how much you can like someone but your not quite sure why. There is a really good, heavy beat to the song and it fits with the lyrics really well.
Boy - I love the attitude of this song. The lyrics talk about how a friend is trying to help a girlfriend get over her good for nothing boyfriend. I love the beat to the song and the lyrics are often sand very bluntly and matter of fact. My favourite lyric is 'Another breakup, make up, When you gonna wake up?'
Good Enough - The lyrics to this song are very heartfelt and I enjoy listening t the song and can relate to them in many ways. The song talks about how you can never be good enough for some people and how disheartening and hurtful this can be. The song is a slower song and the lyrics are accompanied by piano. It is a beautiful song and I really enjoy listening to it.
Mr Loverboy - This is probably my least favourite song on the album. It has a real reggae style to it and although it has a good beat to it and is catchy I have just never really gelled with the song.
A Different Beat - I love this song. The beat is really upbeat and fast and it is a real party song. This song always cheers me up and puts me in the mood to dance. It is a great song and if it were to be released as a single I think that the girls would do very well.
See Me Now - I love the moral of this song and it is about beating the odds and defying those who stand against you and being a success. It is a really driven song and I love turning this up loud and thinking about where I want to get to in life. Most people will be unfortunate enough to come across those who doubt them in life and this song is a real hit back at these negative people. The tempo of this song is a lot slower than a lot of the tracks on the album but it isn't really a ballad as it still has a decent beat. The girls vocal talents are really highlighted here and I love listening to this song.
They Just Don't Know You - I think this is my favourite song on the album. The beginning of the song is quite low and has an almost dark tone to it. Although the vocals are quite upbeat the background music is quite flat and accompanied by quiet clapping. I love the opening of the song and it highlights all of the 'problems' a guy has according to her family. The song is saying that she doesn't care what they think and she would do anything for him. My favourite line is definitely 'my sister says she doesn't like the way you do your hair but I know that she's jealous so why would I even care!?' I like the moral of the song and I think we have all been stuck between a partner and family or friends at a point. The chorus is very catchy and the vocals fit so well with the music. I really hope the girls release this as a single as I think it could be very popular and could be very successful for them.
Stand Down - This is another song about succeeding and proving those who doubt you wrong. The song has quite a military feel to it again and reminds me a little bit of Salute. The song has a real positive feel to it and it always wakes me up when I listen to it on the way to work!
There is also an acoustic version of Little Me on the album.
I love this album and it is one that I return to time and time again. It is a very strong album and there are lots of songs on there that I think are absolutely brilliant. The album has an overall upbeat tempo and it really shows the girls drive on it. The album is really suitable for anyone. There isn't explicit language but the girls still manage to get their point across. I will definitely be buying the next album when it is released.
I got this from The Works ages ago as part of their 3 for £5 deal. It looked like my kind of book and after reading the blurb I thought it sounded like it was worth a read so I grabbed a copy. I tend to end up with loads and loads on my 'to read' pile so I've only just got round to reading this.
Emily is in a bit of a pickle. She is living in London with her baby son Freddie and she is also living a lie. Her husband, Duncan left her months ago but she is yet to tell her parents. Instead she is struggling with motherhood on her own and she is just about at the end of her tether. She decides to have a look round a department store one day and is just enviously looking at some silk pajamas when her attention is caught by a member of staff who is quite frankly rude, abrupt and disrespectful to Emily. Poor Emily is humiliated. She is upset and embarrassed that someone who she doesn't even know is looking down their nose at her.
Meanwhile, Sandy is a retail assistant at said department store. She loves her job but doesn't like a new member of staff who has recently began work at the store. Sandy just wants to work and deal with the jobs in hand but Marsha seems keen to hold her back.
An opportunity means the girls are brought together under classy, Italian beauty Grazia. The three work together on a secret shopping team and make it their business to separate the good from the bad...
This book turned out to be exactly what I was hoping for. I expected a good quality, laid back chick lit and that is what I got. Initially I did think the book would all be told from Emily's point of view but each chapter was from one of the three main characters perspectives. This ensured that each chapter remained fresh and new and I liked the way that we learned more and more about each one of the girls and their lives throughout the whole book, not just at the beginning.
The book is written in a laid back, informal style and it quite often felt like we were inside the girls heads. I felt like I knew Emily the most throughout the book and I do think her opinion is shown more than the other two girls. I immediately felt very protective over Emily. She is very naive and although she is now a mother herself she is still very young at heart and I did see her as a lost little girl afraid of what her parents may think.
The plot flows well and there was a main storyline which took prominence in the second half of the book. I found that towards the very end of the book it did begin to drag just a little bit and as it was quite predictable in places I did begin to feel a bit bored. However, the actual ending of the book did have a few small surprises and they did mean that the ending tied everything up nicely.
The book is written by Kate Harrison.
The book was published by Orion in 2009.
It is 400 pages long.
The author has written other books in the series.
The paperback is currently £6.69 on Amazon.
I enjoyed this book and it was a nice, laid back read. There is lots of humor throughout and I would read another in the series.
I have been shopping on and off in Aldi for a few months now and I really can't fault the value for money. Pizza is a huge downfall of mine and when I saw these pizza baguettes I had to give them a try at 69p for 2 baguette pizzas. I have enjoyed baguette pizzas before, mostly from Tesco and Iceland but these cost closer to the £1 mark for 2 pizzas the same size as this offering from Aldi. There are three varieties available, cheese and tomato, pepperoni and I think the other is ham and cheese. All retail at 69p. I opted for the cheese and tomato version and I have bought these four or five times now.
Each pizza weighs 125g and they are each around 6 inches long and a couple of inches wide so they are the perfect size for a snack, lunch or as part of your main meal served with some veg. You have to bake these in the oven where they take between 8 and 12 minutes. When I remove these from the oven they are always golden brown and both smell and look very appetising.
There is a good amount of cheese on each pizza and this doesn't all slide off when you cut into the pizza. The crust of the pizza is crisp and crumbles nicely but the dough inside tastes soft and fresh. The tomato sauce has a lovely flavor and is quite a mild taste and not too tangy. There are something like three different varieties of cheese on each pizza, cheddar, Edam and mozzarella. The cheese combined has a lovely flavour and has an overall mature taste. The pizzas taste very nice and I always find myself craving more after eating one!
I like these pizzas and will continue to buy them. For the price you really can't go wrong and they are really good quality and taste lovely.
I usually buy Fairy washing up liquid and more often than not the Platinum option. However I noticed I was running out of washing up liquid a couple of weeks ago and I didn't have a spare in the cupboard. As it was still a couple of weeks until payday I was looking for a value for money option. My usual brand was full priced in whichever supermarket I happened to be in (I think it was Sainsburys) but this was priced at just £1.
I wasn't sure whether I would like the spicy scent as spicy scents are not usually my preferred choice especially in the kitchen but other options were lemon or apple and I didn't really fancy either of these either.
The washing up liquid comes in a clear plastic bottle with a blue flip top lid. The plastic is thinner than most washing up liquid bottles so I have found it gets dented more easily and is more difficult to straighten out.
The washing up liquid itself is a dark red in colour. It is a gel like consistency but thinner than other brands so do be careful when pouring it into your bowl. I use about a teaspoon sized amount for a bowl full of washing up. This provides me with a good lather with lots of white bubbles. The scent is quite strong but it isn't too overpowering. It has a nice spicy scent but this doesn't hang around for long after the liquid has been poured.
The liquid has good cleaning powers and it is good at removing dried on food from plates and tea or coffee marks from mugs. It leaves my crockery looking clean and shiny and no scents from food are left behind.
The bubbles are not very long lasting and if washing up a lot of stuff I find myself needing to refill my bowl quicker than I would with Fairy.
I suffer with sensitive skin but I haven't experienced any problems with this. My skin feels soft and supple.
In about two weeks half the bottle has gone in a household of 2. I find that this is a lot more than Fairy as usually a bottle of Fairy would last me at least 8 weeks. However, for £1 I can't complain too much. It does the job well and looks after my skin. I would buy this again if Fairy was full priced.