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      19.02.2014 15:11
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      A fabulously matching foundation, absolutely perfect for normal or dry skin

      I'm somewhat of a foundation addict, always on the prowl for a new product that is going to make my (less than satisfactory!) skin rival that of Victoria's Secret models, so I thought I'd give this 'light reflecting' foundation a try for radiant skin. *Packaging* This product comes in a glass bottle, quite large compared to other foundation bottles, which I am not one to complain about as it means more foundation for your money, but it can sometimes struggle to fit inside a full-to-the-brim make up bag. A pump is attached to the top, meaning there is a firm guidance as to how much to use (usually one pump is more than enough to cover my entire face) but as there is only a slip on lid covering the pump the top it more often than not ends up looking like the bottle itself has wanted to get in on the promise of radiant skin, as a good bit of the product ends up on the pump and inside the lid, a disadvantage in my opinion. *Product* I have quite oily skin, so am always apprehensive about using liquid foundations. In this case my cautious nature did me good, because if I didn't apply powder regularly throughout the day this foundation would make - and has made - my skin look very oily. This is probably due to its light reflecting properties, which were phenomenal as it made my skin glow straight after applying, but made my face look like it had been dipped in a frying pan after a few hours. I also found that it did not last more than a few hours without sliding off and letting my redness shine through like Rudolph, refuting its claims that it 'lasts all day', another reason I would not recommend this product to people with oily or combination skin. Conversely, the range of shades is extremely comprehensive in my opinion, with everything from light porcelain to natural beige and each shade is very true to what it looks like in the bottle . The name of the foundation (Match Perfection) means that the colour blends in perfectly for a seamless finish and undetectable wear - literally match perfection! I have very pale skin and usually cannot find a foundation that doesn't look orange on me, but this foundation gave me an English Rose complexion. Also a positive, the fact that it contains SPF 18 to help protect from daily UV rays and prevent premature wrinkling and sun damage. As soon as it was applied my skin felt velvety and soft albeit a little greasy. *Price* Personally, I think at £6.98, this is an average priced foundation for what you get, and definitely worth it if you're looking for a brilliant, blendable match. Often on offer at ASDA though, making it a great deal and a must have! I wouldn't mind shelling out only £6.98 for such a perfect colour match without a consultation. *Overall* A brill foundation for dry or normal skin because of the light reflecting properties and the way it makes skin glow, but not necessarily recommended for oily or combination skin as it makes skin look too greasy. The range of shades is exceptional and they blend perfectly with natural skin colours.

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      29.03.2012 23:05
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      Mental health problems do suck, but they aren't the end of the world :)

      Mental health problems are something of a taboo in society nowadays, even though 1 in 4 of us will be affected by them in some way. I am constantly surprised at the hostile air I receive every time I bring my mental health into conversation, even from closest friends and family. I guess as part of society, the media has conditioned us through newspaper articles and inaccurate TV shows that people with mental health problems are 'crazy' and 'dangerous', and to stay as far away as possible; that if we stop talking about it, the problem of mental health disorders will somehow disappear. As such, I am now more careful as to who I talk to about my mental health problems and how I approach the subject, something I greatly wish I didn't have to do, and am in the process of trying to change, so that we can all talk freely about our mental health. I do believe once this is achieved, our mental health and our attitudes towards it will greatly improve. My situation began when I was only 15, struck down in the prime of my GCSE's by a condition called psychosis. This may sound like a scary word, and god knows when I was diagnosed, I was scared of my own diagnosis, but I assure you, it is nothing to fear. Psychosis is a condition in which the sufferer loses some contact with reality, characterised by hallucinations, delusions, strange emotional reactions and cognitive difficulties. *What are the symptoms?* My symptoms were divided into positive, negative and cognitive. The positive (but by no means 'good') symptoms I experienced were things like hallucinations, and these took any form from hearing voices to seeing things that aren't there in reality. The second positive symptom I experienced was delusions. These are fixed false beliefs which are held despite evidence to the contrary and are not within cultural normality. In my case, I believed the neighbours were spying on me, that people could read my thoughts, that my teachers were evil, and that people were figuring out the best way to harm me. Obviously, this had a massive impact on my life. I wouldn't go out for fear of being harmed, and I refused to comply with my 'evil' teachers. The negative symptoms one experiences include things such as a lack of motivation, restrictions in the range and intensity of emotions, the inability to experience joy or pleasure from activities and a lack of goal directed behaviour. Cognitive symptoms include reduced concentration, bad short term memory, and restrictions in processing and retaining information. I would get so frustrated at the fact that I couldn't think at school, and in response my grades started to drop dramatically. My teachers would quickly become fed up with me as they believed I wasn't trying hard enough, but that was as far from the truth as they could get. In fact I was trying harder than I ever had done before, but my brain felt like a thick milkshake and I couldn't remember any new material we'd learnt. *What can be done?* I saw my doctor after being diagnosed, and she explained the first port of call was drugs, known as antipsychotics, and put me on one called Abilify (aripiprazole). Usually, antipsychotic medicines will work wonders for most people, reducing and sometimes abolishing their symptoms so they can return to their normal level of functioning, however for me, I needed a little extra oomph. As such, my doctor then put me on an antidepressant, which mainly helps with the negative and cognitive symptoms. So with two drugs coursing though my system, it was no wonder I got some nasty side effects. These included nausea, drowsiness and weight gain, and thankfully they went away within a couple of weeks and with some (very vigorous!) exercise. Cognitive behavioural therapy is often used alongside medicine for first episode psychosis, and helps by identifying the vicious cycles that we all have to some extent, and intervening to change either the thoughts or behaviour and turning them into something positive, and also normalising distressing experiences. My therapist used a little bit or mindfulness also, which helps us perceive our thoughts as merely thoughts, nothing more, nothing less and very much helps with intrusive thoughts. *Summary* I hope in the future mental health can be talked about more freely, as it is so common. For me, a combination or drugs, family support and therapy helped me overcome my mental health problems, and I hope everybody else suffering can do the same. God bless you all xx

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      • Claire's / Highstreet Shopping / 17 Readings / 16 Ratings
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        27.01.2012 15:06
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        Gorgeous accessories, but at what price?

        I'm in the generation that grew up with this particular shop being called Claire's instead of Bow Bangles, and the name brings nostalgia of pretty hair clips and magnetic clip on earrings. Needless to say, this shop is one of the few aimed at teens and pre teens, and in that sense is almost a paradise for the swarms of teen girls I seem to see huddling in groups around the shop every time I go in. They sell a fantastically varied range of hats, jewellery, bags, sunglasses, purses, belts, shoes, scarf's, gloves and make up. Any young girl would be overwhelmed at the sight of all their essentials in one place! Even though some say I may have outgrown it, being a student quite into vintage apparel, I absolutely love their range of necklaces and earrings, as they satisfy my taste for kitsch yet sophisticated jewellery every time. What I found handy in my preteen years were the clip on earrings, making me feel like a little girl having raided my mummy's jewellery box, they are so easy to put on and come in a mind blowing range of colours, shapes and designs. However, because of the weight of clip on earrings, they do tend to slide off quite a bit! I previously bought a gorgeous black trilby from Claire's, which I am pleased to say is very high quality and has lasted me through the years, definitely encouraging me to go back again! Their gloves, which I have purchased two pairs of, to tend to fall apart rather quickly with regular use, which im afraid may be a sign of poor quality. However, that is my only complaint, as all of the other materials in Claire's are of reasonable quality! The makeup doesn't look at all tacky, the designs are rather sophisticated and the makeup itself is suited perfectly for teens; bright coloured eyeshadows, sultry shades of eyeliner and pinker-than-pink lipsticks. The price of Claire's merchandise can be quite expensive, with customers paying up to £10 for a single necklace. To say it is aimed at teens, most of who don't work, the prices are rather taxing. As a student, I don't find the prices at Claire's helpful on a budget, although they are a well worth thing to save up and spend you pocket money on! They also offer an ear piercing service, for which you can get both ears pierced for £15, a reasonable and competitive price in my opinion. As for the quality, when I had my ears pierced, the environment was clean, the assistants were very friendly and reassuring, and they seemed to know how to use the piercing gun properly. After the piercing, they made sure to spend time speaking to me and my mum about aftercare and gave us a solution to bathe the ears in everyday. Needless to say, there was no after infection with that quality of piercing. Claire's have a website, www.claires.com, on which you can browse all their merchandise and the prices at which they are held. The one downside is that you cannot order from their website and have to go in store to purchase anything. ON the website they have also included style blogs by real teens which are helpful and definitely help fashion conscious teens find their way style-wise. Overall, Claire's may be pricey and some of their stuff isn't of the highest quality, but because of the gorgeous accessories and generally welcoming atmosphere, I find myself going back again and again!

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        17.01.2012 16:14
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        A great hamster cage for all!

        Having owned many a hamster in my life and the cages that come with them, I can safely say this cage is one of the better ones, and definitely one I would recommend for somebody getting a their first dwarf hamster! I finally bought it when I went looking for a suitable cage for my new pair of dwarf hamsters from Pets at Home, and thought it looked great, both in the pet shop and at home. The price was also very reasonable at £25 for what you get. The cage comes in many a colour to suit your taste or even interior décor, and has a deep coloured plastic base with a tall clear plastic top. The middle of the plastic top has a large wire door fitted into it, allowing for extremely easy access to your hamster and their food and water from above. It is especially designed for dwarf hamsters so they cannot get out of the spaces in between bars, but I would say with confidence that it is also suitable for a single Syrian hamster to have as a good home. This is because the dimensions are 27x39x55cm which makes it quite a reasonable size in my opinion! The inside has a plastic platform with a textured ladder for your little hamster to climb up, but also to hide underneath which is a real multitasker, because I know hamsters love to both climb and hide! The wheel seems to find that perfect size between big enough but not too big, so perfect for any type and size of hamster to run on. The plastic parts including the wheel and interior are really easy to clean, and don't get very dirty easily, they just need wiping with a hot cloth and soap, which I found really handy when cleaning out - certainly saves a lot of time compared with other cages! Overall, I wouldn't change a thing about this cage even if I could, because it has ease of access, good ventilation, excellent value for money, it's brilliant for beginners, easy to clean and made especially for the requirements of dwarf hamsters. I would definitely recommend.

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        18.12.2011 15:22
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        A foundation that triples as a mirror, finishing powder and foundation!

        I always make sure I apply a finishing powder on top of my regular foundation, and was looking for a new one after my old one ran out. I came across the true match powder foundation in Boots after seeing it on an advert claiming to match perfectly with your skin, and once bought I found out it truly lived up to these claims and doubled not only as a finishing powder, but as a good powder foundation on its own! *Packaging* The foundation comes in a circular compact with a silver ring around the rim that looks a little like a compact mirror. You soon find out why, because when you flip up past the foundation, you discover a mirror and application sponge have come along for the ride! I really benefitted from the sponge and mirror, as you don't need to take anything else out of your handbag when needing a touch up, because it's all in one and you don't have to be near a mirror. So the 'all in one' front has a big benefit, and is perfect for busy mums or students on the go. The sponge really helps to get a smooth even finish, however its one downside is that it isn't very flexible and doesn't properly reach difficult places like around the nose. The case can be snapped open from the bottom and top, although the snapper isn't very secure and I've found the foundation open and all over my bag several times. *Product* As for the actual foundation, I usually use it as a finishing powder on top of normal foundation and on its own on weekends. It blends perfectly over foundation, even matching to the colour of the foundation, so much so, that you can't even tell you've put anything on. The powder feels incredibly silky against skin and is a pleasure to apply. However, if you apply too much it can look a bit cakey because of the loose powder granules. Applied to bare skin, it gives relatively good coverage and an even finish, feeling very lightweight on the skin and giving a barely there look. As a finishing powder, it works extremely well at not letting your face get oily or greasy and can quickly fix it with another layer if you have oily skin like me. *Price* For £8.19 at boots, this all in one compact and foundation is well worth the price, and one i would be happy to recommend to a friend. This foundation lasts me about 5 months a go when used daily, so it is good value for money!

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          18.12.2011 14:43
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          A great daily foundation!

          On finding that i had a low supply of my previous foundation left, i searched frantically in my local supermarket to find my next good foundation, and low and behold, max factor's new xperience foundation stuck out like a sore thumb - mostly because of all the promotional offers - but still, i had heard the claims that this 'weightless' foundation left a 'professional finish' and headed straight to checkout with this in my grasp. *Packaging* I fell in love with the design as soon as i saw the tube, a black triangular shaped tube, with a flat base and a classic max factor cross in gorgeous green on one side, it blended in with my make up case perfectly and even looks really good just standing on the dresser. Max factor have certainly taken a more simplistic and sophisticated approach to the design of their new foundations. It is the perfect size and shape to wriggle into my jam packed make up bag, but also to take out in your handbag for any last minute emergencies. It is also really easy to hold and unscrew, because the tube is slim and the cube lid is a simple unscrew top, you can do it very quickly, very easily. *Product* The foundation is really easy to apply and feels very silky against your skin. It is a pleasure to blend, not only with itself if you want to add more layers, but also with your skin if there are just certain parts you want to cover, which reminds me, it has excellent coverage for minor blemishes, and just smoothes right over them. You wouldn't think a foundation that feels this lightweight would have such good coverage, but it leaves a completely natural look. It comes in shades ranging from light ivory to deep soapstone, and has SPF 10 as a bonus. It doesn't make your skin look oily or greasy and lasts me all school day, about 7-8 hours in total; I prefer to use a finishing powder over the top, but none is needed because it doesn't come off during the day and no touch ups are required! *Price* At £9.99 for 30ml, this isn't the most expensive foundation you could buy and for how long it lasts and the quality, I would pay this again because it is a rather reasonable price. The bottle has lasted me around 5 months being used daily, so very good value for money if you ask me!

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          18.12.2011 13:43
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          An essential pair of winter leggings for a good price!

          I have a wardrobe filled up to the brim with different pairs of leggings, all in slightly different styles and shapes for different occasions, but I kicked myself when I came across these George leggings in my local ASDA store the other day, because they are basically a 'does everything in one' pair of leggings! *Product* Although these leggings are basic in design - black and full length - they look equally good under either a dress or on their own with a daytime top and the one thing I love about these particular leggings is that they have a matte finish, instead of a sheer look that some other leggings have, which helps to not show your underwear! I like the fact that the waistband is very prominent, and has a really good elasticised fit around your waist, no matter if the leggings are bought in size 8 or size 28, a good range of sizes from George. These are an absolute essential for winter as they keep your legs super cosy and retain all heat because they are made of quite a thick material, but not too thick, so they can still be worn under dresses or even other bottoms. *Use* I wore these for my DofE expedition and thought they suited perfectly! They keep me cosy and warm through minus temperatures and weren't even fazed by the prickly thorns we had to trek through, leaving no holes, rips or bobbles. This is definitely a sign of good quality material. My most liked quality about them is that they don't slip and slide all over your legs like some other leggings do, they have a snug fit, and stay on your legs and waist no matter how much you wriggle about. Saying that, they are perfectly easy to just slip on in the morning, and even though snug, they aren't tight in the slightest. *Price* At £6 for these great leggings, it's definitely a price I would pay again and will end up doing because i'll be stocking up on these leggings for winter! *Overall* I think everybody needs a pair of these leggings, especially for winter and the cold temperatures. I'll be buying another pair of these leggings and would definitely recommend them to a friend, especially at only £6 for a pair and the variety of sizes they come in!

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          17.12.2011 19:00
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          A brilliant shoe suited everyday modern life

          Being an all round shoe addict, I can't help but keep adding more and more pairs of converse to my wardrobe. High tops are buy far my favourites from the Converse range, as they look so good and feel so comfy. I can genuinely see myself still wearing converse when I'm an old lady, they're really that good! *Product* I like the shoe box for converse, it's plain cardboard with the converse logo printed on in black, the simplicity is really refreshing after all these fancy labels spend more time trying to dress up the shoe boxes instead of the actual shoes. I have converse high tops in rainbow, green and good old black, and one of the many things I love about them is the fact they can be worn with almost any outfit, whether it's going out to the pub or going for a quick shopping spree with friends. They are uber-comfy as well, and the bottom rubber sole really cushions feet very well. The inside is made from a soft material, which clocks up the comfort points even more. I was very impressed that, even though I have changed shoe sizes many times whilst being a customer of Converse, their shoes always seem to ensure a perfect, snug fit. One of the only disadvantages is that they are a canvas shoe, and don't hold up well when it comes to rain or trudging through the snow at this time of year; it also makes any dirt or marks you may get on them harder to clean off. Converse high tops have a very long life span, mostly because of the sheer quality of the shoes. I've had mine now for 5 years and there's not a scratch to show otherwise. Of course they wear down, I'd be amazed if they didn't, but not as quickly or as noticeably as other shoes, making Converse my all time favourites. *Price* Prices for converse high tops can range from about £25 for a standard pair to £75 for a limited edition or special pair. I got my green converse from Amazon for £25, which is one of the two websites where you'll probably find the best deals on converse. To say converse has become an iconic, popular brand, and considering the quality of these shoes £25 is a reasonable price to ask for in exchange for a gorgeous pair of shoes that will last you a very long time. *Overall* A great shoe, designed to guide you through all aspects of life, and look good whilst doing so! The price is also very reasonable for what you get.

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          • Nestle Kit Kat / Chocolate / 16 Readings / 14 Ratings
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            16.12.2011 22:02
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            A great light snack for on the go

            A Kit Kat is my go to biscuit when I need a quick pick me up throughout the day, and I love the fact that they come in all different varieties like chunky, caramel, four fingers and two fingers. *Packaging* I'd be surprised if I met a person who didn't know the iconic red packaging and logo of a kit kat. It is very recognisable in the shops and the punchy red colour really stands out amongst the other confectionary; it almost has a magnetizing air, as the red and white oval kit kat logo promises deliciousness. The sizes vary from two fingers to four, both of which can be purchased in apcks of several of them. *Product* Opening the packet of a two finger kit kat, its smells very chocolatey and you can smell the wafer also. It consists of two slim fingers of layered wafer and smooth chocolate cream, covered in a rather thick layer of Nestle chocolate. The wafer and cream are quite light and contrasts perfectly with the thick layer of chocolate. I think two fingers are the perfect size snack, and a kit kat is so slim that you can take it anywhere, anytime - even sneak one into class for a little treat! *Price* At 40p for a four finger Kit Kat at ASDA, this snack is a reasonably priced treat, which i like to grab whenever I'm in need of a pick me up. it is better priced that some other confectionary such as Mars or Snickers. *Overall* I love this light snack that can be taken anywhere and would happily pay the price again, because i can see myself buying another of these very soon!

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              13.12.2011 22:31
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              A sweet breakfast bar with tasty rasins and chocolate

              I love a breakfast bar as a quick pick me up throughout the day, and these Geo bars are no exception! *Packaging* The box is a lovely deep purple with appealing pictures of chocolate, wheat and grapes on the front, however the picture makes it look like you get more chocolate than you are in for! It has the classic fair-trade logo to let you know you're supporting third world farmers who have worked hard to supply us with these ingredients, and a recently reinvented design on the front of a gold silhouette of some hills with a couple of farmers working. *Product* As of recently, Geo bars have been downgraded to include only 5 bars per pack, which puts off some buyers from purchasing it in favour of bigger packs. The bar itself is a reasonable snack size - not too big not too little, which is perfect for me to take and eat on the go or simply have a snack at home. It is made up of mostly chocolaty cereal with a few nuts sprung in there to keep it crunchy and for good taste, and then draped in very sweet honey. To add to the sweetness even more, raisins are placed strategically throughout the bar, giving you another wave of sweetness just before you've gotten over the last. Just like kittens with bows, this is much too sweet for me; I prefer something more savoury from a breakfast bar. I was disappointed that there was no actual chocolate on the bar, just chocolate flavoured cereal. *Price* I got these for only £1 at ASDA, so they're going for 20p a bar which is about middle ground when it comes to price, and a price I would pay again if I were to buy them. *Overall* Perfect for those wanting to satisfy a sweet tooth craving without all the calories of chocolate and without breaking the bank at only £1 for 5 either!

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                12.12.2011 20:35
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                Great little chocolatey snack!

                I never have time for breakfast in the morning, so cereal bars are my saviour, and I like one that gives me enough energy to face the day but also tastes great! I saw these brunch bars for sale at £1.78 at my local supermarket, and was enticed by the picture of the product on the front of the packet. The bar is on average the length from your palm to your finger but disappointingly, doesn't fill the whole of its purple packet. It is crammed full of oats and cereal, kept together by a thin, chewy coating which must be something sweet like honey and finally coated on all but the top with Cadbury's milk chocolate, which is the highlight of the bar. I absolutely love these breakfast bars and consider them more of a treat than a breakfast substitute! The oats taste very healthy and earthy and the cereal makes it taste like you are having a proper brekky. The thing that really picks up the flavours and gives you a real wake up kick is the sugary, chewy coating and the Cadbury's chocolate The purple cardboard box is sturdy, and is small and thin enough to keep in a jam packed cupboard; it contains 6 brunch bars, each individually wrapped for freshness - I tend to carry one around with me in my bag as a snack! They have since reinvented the logo and adopted a purple theme, the likes of which is very attractive and stands out on the shelf. Overall, these delicious bars aren't just for breakfast, they are individually wrapped and small enough to be taken and eaten as a snack anytime, anywhere. They taste simply divine and aren't too pricey at only around 26p per bar.

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              • Fox's Rocky Caramel / Chocolate / 18 Readings / 17 Ratings
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                Two words. Simply. Delicious.

                I will always make sure my two younger brothers are sent off to school with one of these delicious Rocky bars in their lunch pack - and they'll make sure they have more than one! *Packaging* These scrummy biscuits come in a pack of nine, encased in yellow plastic, with a rather funky and urban looking re-designed Rocky logo. Individually wrapped, they each have the Rocky logo branded, just to remind you who to go to if you start getting chocolate cravings again. Because they each have their own wrapper, this prolongs the freshness and you can keep them in the cupboard for ages without them going soggy - not that they ever last long in this house! The wrapper is the routine grab and pull so that it splits down the middle, easy and quick for a little treat. *Product* I wasn't surprised that I began drooling the moment the wrapper was opened up, as you can smell the delicious biscuit and milk chocolate. A rather flat but long oblong shaped bar, it includes a biscuity shortbread - the likes of which I can only compare to a cross between a twix base and millionaires shortbread - covered in a smooth caramel and all layered in Fox's milk chocolate. The chocolate has little folds occasionally along the biscuit, giving it textural and aesthetic appeal, and the caramel is silky to taste with the perfect amount of chewyness. The biscuit, chocolate and caramel work really well together, and I can admit I became a little bit addicted to them! *Price* I got these at ASDA for £1.00, working out at around 11p a bar. As you can probably tell, this is amazing value! I would definitely buy these again and recommend them to a friend. There is an 18 pack on sale, but for more than double the price at £2.69, so its better value to grab two 9 packs than one single 18 pack. However, saying this, I have seen them on rollback for £2, putting them at the exact same value for money as the 9 pack. *Overall* Great for a little snack, and perfect size for putting in lunchboxes or handbags. Cheap enough too!

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                • Matched - Ally Condie / Junior Book / 19 Readings / 18 Ratings
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                  A real page turner!

                  Having just read this book, I can't help but want to pick it up and read it again! I first saw this on display at my local bookstore, and decided to purchase it because of the ambiguous yet descriptive blurb which describes the society Cassia lives in. Controlling, monitoring her every move, and part of the fatal attraction of this book is that the society created throughout the book is easily a natural progression from the one we live in today. *An outside look at the book* A simple cover, defined by a picture of a girl trapped in a glass bubble, with the word 'matched' along the bottom in neon pink. On the cover are the intriguing phrases 'watched by society, trapped by rules, freed by love?' which serves as a taste of the books overall theme. Part of what enticed me about this book was the fact that it sounds like the very clichéd love story we are all secretly looking for, a guilty pleasure, as such. The ideal audience would be teens and young women, as the main characters and problems addressed appeal to this democratic and serve as a metaphor to the teen who feels trapped by her very world. *The book itself* I wouldn't want to give too much of the plot away, firstly for a potential readers enjoyment and secondly, for the sheer complexity! This plot isn't just straightforward; it branches off several times to explore more of the society Cassia lives in, her personality and her friends and family. Over the course of the book, as we discover more about the main characters and the world they live in, the author starts to plant some seeds of doubt in this seemingly perfect world, which uncover a more sinister edge of 'the society' as we reach the climactic end of the book. The author Ally Condie needs no encouragement to get the creative juices flowing, as the pace is kept snappy and exciting throughout, and the first person narrative allows the reader to relate to the main character even more. *Overall* A brilliant love story with a twisted edge perfect for a teenage girl, although something that everyone would get excited about and the plot lines and plot twist that the story focuses on are very enjoyable. Lets just say it's a book where you have to know what happens next!

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                • Batiste Dry Shampoo Diva / Hair Care / 18 Readings / 17 Ratings
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                  A good dry shampoo

                  I first heard of Bastite dry shampoo after one of my friends tried and recommended it, Her hair always looked so volumised and freshly washed, even though she never seemed to have to spend the time washing it every night! I was very jealous, so i asked for her secret. Lo and behold, it was Bastite's dry shampoo. *Packaging* Out of all of the different dry shampoo's, the diva edition has to be my favourite design with its deep purple background and pink stripes emanating from the centre. As with all the rest, it has the bastite logo on the front. The size of the cylindrical bottle is just big enough to hold in one hand with ease, which comes in handy when you're adjusting you hair with the other hand! The colour scheme looks very attractive with other cosmetics, as the cap is a dark blue. The cap is very secure and makes for no spillages, but as such does require a good tug to take off! *Product* I can rarely go longer than a couple of days between washes without having to re-wash my hair - the joys of teenage years! - so i just use Bastite's dry shampoo on my roots whenever they need a boost. I've found this product to be a lifesaver many, many times! It only needs a couple of sprays and then some good rubbing in to get rid of greasy roots as if your hairs just been washed! It can be used just before a night out to give more volume or on a busy morning when there isn't time to give hair a full wash and dry. Just be sure to give the bottle a good shake, otherwise it can leave white, talc residue on your hair. It also tends to lighten hair a shade because of the ingredients used in it (talcum powder), but other than that, it does what it says on the bottle! *Price* This shampoo it quite an expensive one, retailing at £2.99, which i would say is rather a lot for one bottle, because it is only 200ml. However, i would be willing to pay this because it is a very good dry shampoo, and almost equates to having an actual hair wash. *Overall* With this dry shampoo, i can now go ages between actual washes, and it volumises hair perfectly whilst also getting rid of greasy roots. I would recommend!

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                  Perfect for skin that needs clearing up quickly

                  I must admit, after trying a previous product from the Simple Spotless Skin range that was disappointing, I was reluctant to try another. However, after many positive reviews of this face wash, I decided to give it a try, as my skin was in need of a good face wash. *Packaging* The packaging follows a simple theme of blue, green and white which fits in with the rest of the range and looks very appealing in its design. On the front of the tube they throw in a couple of metallic streaks to make the design look even more sophisticated, and give you a taster of what is inside the bottle, with it stating 'results from day 1' slap bang in the middle. The cap is a snap on, snap off green lid which is actually rather hard to open, especially with wet hands! *Product* Simple promise 'visibly clearer skin' with this product, and I have to agree it delivers! The gel has 3 spot fighting ingredients: Zinc PCA to absorb excess oil, Chamomile to soothe and anti-irritate and witch hazel which tones and tightens pores. As well as this, it has a natural anti-bacterial to fight problem skin. The gel is quite runny and slides of the face if you don't rub it in quick enough, but it doesn't foam as much as other skin washes, which i've heard is the sign of a product that is better for your skin. The large exfoliating beads can't be felt on the skin, but you can definitely feel the results in the softer and smoother skin you get immediately afterwards. I used this religiously, day and night every day and i saw results within the first two days! I was really happy with this because it is the quickest any face wash has ever worked. The wash helps keep skin soft and supple whilst also absorbing extra oil off the surface of the skin without drying it out. Not only does it get rid of existing spots, but used regularly, it helps prevent upcoming spots as well! *Price* I bought this as part of a 3 for £7 deal on the Simple Spotless Skin range at ASDA, but alone it retails for about £3.48, so much cheaper to get it in a deal. I've used this face wash for at least a month now and it shows no signs of running out at all, so for the use you get from it and the quality of the gel, i'd recommend this price because it is a bargain compared to some other face washes! *Overall* I consider this one of the best face washes out on the market for spot prone skin, as it really works and from a small price as well!

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