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      04.11.2008 08:29
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      A nice light moisturiser

      I am always on the look out for a good face moisturising cream, I absolutely loved Difinity by Olay but really can't justify spending that much on a face cream especially in these credit crunch days! I have tried a few others and have always gone for ones that are supposed to be good for stopping the signs of aging. I have now decided that actually I am not going to worry about my laughter lines or crows feet I am just going to use a moisturiser that feels good and most importantly is cheap! I found this one in good old Wilkinson's and decided to give it a go, so did it come up to scratch or did it send me running back to part with more money for a more expensive one?

      HISTORY

      Nivea was born in 1911and combined the works of 3 German men, Oskar Troplowitz, Isaac Lifschutz and Paul Unna. They invented the first long lasting skin cream and named it "Nivea" which in latin is "Nivus" meaning snow white.

      In the 1930's the brand was given a facelift and they also came out with their first suncream along with a 2 weekly weather calendar! More products also came out in this era including shaving cream & shampoo. The war years were very bad for the nivea brand even though they tried to distance themselves from the Nazi image of Germany at the time the brand was snubbed by most countries that were fighting Germany at the time.

      By the 1950's the nivea brand was back on the up and enjoying the new interest in women's fashion. The 60's saw a revolution in skincare and a tan was a must and nivea was still keeping up with the trends with good advertising and marketing. Even with more and more competition nivea still stand by their core product and though the packaging changes the high quality brand stays the same.

      PRODUCT STATEMENT

      Nivea Visage rich moisturising cream provides dry and sensitive skin with all the moisturising and smoothing elements it needs to maintain its natural moisture balance. It intensively nourishes the skin, provides it with moisture, helps protect it and leaves a soft and smooth skin feeling.

      PACKAGING

      The cream comes in a nice 50ml tube, which also comes in a box, I would gladly describe the box but me being me I threw the box away! From memory it was a plain white box with the Nivea logo on the front. The tube is your basic bog standard stands up on the lid tube. The lid is your basic screw top and the cream comes out nicely from the hole, the tube has the Nivea Visage logo in the famous navy colour, the writing on the front is in a burgundy colour and it states that this cream contains almond and calendula oil and also UV filters.

      USING

      The one thing I actually do like about Nivea products is that distinctive Nivea smell, it always reminds me of summer for some weird reason! This product does have that signature smell but it is really subtle and you have to sniff really hard to notice it.

      The cream itself is pure white in colour and feels quite light to touch it doesn't feel at all greasy or oily as I have found some of the cheaper face moisturisers to be. The really good thing about this product is you really don't need to use a lot at a time one small squeeze seems to get enough out to cover the whole face (well mine anyway!) It covers the face very easy and you don't have to rub very hard or long to get it absorb. The directions state to gently massage into the skin using circular strokes but to be honest I have to get up so bloody early in the morning I just tend to rub it in and be done with it!

      After applying my face really does feel soft and smooth all day and I have no dry patches, it also doesn't leave my skin feeling oily or greasy but really nice and smooth. It is also gentle enough to use around the eye area and does help reduce those shopping bags under my eyes.

      I have been using this for a while now and although it doesn't make any claims to get rid of wrinkles my skin does feel really healthy and more importantly soft and smooth.
      I should also add that this product has not caused any allergic reaction to my skin and I can be a little sensitive flower!

      INGREDIENTS

      Aqua, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cyclomethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Prunus Dulcis, Calendula Officinalis, Tocopheryl Acetate, Titanium Dioxide, Trimethoxycaprylylsilane, Tapioca Starch, Glycine Soja, Sodium Carbomer, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Methylparaben, Trisodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Geraniol, Limonene, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hydroxycitronellal, Benzyl Salicylate, Linalool, BHT, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Eugenol, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum.

      PRICE

      As I said I picked this up at Wilkinson's and it was on special offer at £3.49 I have looked around and seen it for around £4.50- £5.50.

      WOULD I USE IT AGAIN?

      Yes I would! It's quite cheap and basically does what it says on the tin! (or tube) It leaves my skin feeling soft and healthy and personally I feel that's half the battle with a moisturiser. I can certainly say I won't be running back to the shops for a more expensive one and will stick with this one (until the credit crunch is over!)

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      • Rummikub / Board Game / 39 Readings / 35 Ratings
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        02.10.2008 21:20
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        A strategic numbers game for the whole family

        I love playing board games with my children, in this electronic age with their computers and games consoles I try to make sure we try and have some family time and play a good board game together. We have all the usual suspects including Monopoly (god knows how many versions!), Cludo, Payday and a range of others.

        My mum actually introduced us to this game she brought it with her when we were all on holiday to play in case it rained, luckily it didn't rain but we became hooked on the game and ended up sitting up very late arguing and sulking with each other! You see this game can cause normal rational (not that there are many of those in my family!) people to get a bit hot under the collar!

        So why would I recommend a game that causes us all to argue? Well because to be honest it is addictive and my family could argue over a game of noughts and crosses! So what is this game all about?

        HISTORY

        Rummikub pronounced Rummy-cube was invented in the 1940's by a Romanian inventor called Ephraim Hertzano. He wanted a game that he could play with all his family, as cards were not allowed in Romania at that time, so Ephraim dreamed up this addictive game trying to keep it as close to a card game as possible. He made the tiles out of recycled Perspex airplane cockpit canopies, as this was cheaper than plastic.

        He then introduced it to all his family and friends, he made the sets himself out of his small workshop and then after quite a few years of doing this he had managed to make Rummikub into a worldwide game sold in 48 countries and printed in 24 different languages, not bad for a game made in a small workshop!

        CONTENTS

        The game consists of 106 tiles numbered 1-13 in four different colours and two sets of each colour, blue, red black and yellow you also have two jokers. The tiles are cream in colour and rectangle in shape. They are quite sturdy and measure 3.75 cm x 2.75cm they feel quite nice and smooth in your hand and also have a circular indentation where the number is you also get four grey plastic racks and an instruction booklet.

        AIM OF THE GAME

        The aim of the game is simple, to be the first player to shout Rummikub after getting rid of all their tiles and annoying the life out of everyone else!

        PLAYING

        First you need to set the game up which is very easy, I hate board games that have loads of fiddly bits that get knocked over. I would get yourself a nice bag to put the tiles in as this makes things much easier than having them all over the floor they are less likely to get lost.

        To start each player picks one tile from the bag and the person with the highest number gets to go first, play then moves clockwise from that player. Every player then picks 14 tiles each from the bag and put them onto your rack, the tiles that are left become the pool. You then have to take a moment to sort out your tiles and arrange them in the best way that suits you, personally I sort mine into colours first and then runs or same numbers.

        So you are now ready to play, to start the game off you can't lay any tiles down until the tiles that you have grouped reach 30. This can be a bit frustrated as I normally have a low run or group and can't go! It can also mean that you have a few combinations that would get rid of most of your tiles but because they don't add up to 30 you still can't go! If you can't go you have to pick a tile from the pool, which again can be frustrating if your run or group doesn't reach 30 as you can end up with loads of tiles to get rid of.

        To add to the frustration you only get a minute to sort out and lay your tiles and this can cause some real arguments with my lot as none of them seem to have any concept of time and think a minute lasts for 5! Unless it's my turn and it seems to speed up!

        Each set has to have a minimum of 3 tiles and they can consist of:

        A run... tiles of the same colour for example 5,6,7,8

        A number group ... tiles of the same number has to be different colours for example 6,6,6,6 one of each colour.

        Once you can finally go this is the way you can get rid of your tiles:

        Obviously you can still put a run or a group down as long as there is 3 or more tiles

        You can add a tile on to an existing run or number group

        You can take a number from an existing run of 4 tiles and add it to your own to give you a run as long there is a minimum of 3 tiles left and they still run in order.

        You can also split a run to make 2 runs for example if there is a run of 5,6,7,8,9 and you have the other 7 you can add the 7 to make 5,6,7 and the 7,8,9 as long as the tile you add is the same colour.

        If there is a few runs or same number groups you can also break all these up to add your own tiles as long as the groups you make all have 3 tiles minimum and make correct runs or number groups.

        There are also the 2 jokers and if you are lucky enough to get these they can become any number or colour that you chose but remember if you lay the jokers as say a black 10 then if another player has the real black 10 they can put that in the jokers place and take your joker and use it for themselves, the only draw back to the joker is if you do take one from the tiles that have been laid you must use it in the same turn.

        Also if your minute is up without you finishing your turn you have to take 3 tiles from the pool! If when it is your turn and you can't go then you also have to take a tile from the pool this can also be frustrating as you can sometimes be left with loads of tiles and unable to shift them.

        There now doesn't that all sound a nice simple game!!! Actually it isn't as hard as I have made it sound, to be honest once you have played it a few times it really is easy!

        The winner is the person who shouts Rummikub first, but if you are playing a few games you can keep score and with this game the scoring is a bit different. The losers have to add up all the numbers they are left with and that becomes their minus score and the winner adds everyone's left overs together and that becomes their plus score. See how simple they have made it!!!!! We normally keep a running tally and add them up after about 20 games to see who the winner is, oh and just a word of warning if you get lumbered with the joker at the end in your rack that is an automatic 30 points!

        COST

        We got ours as a present for my eldest but I have looked around and it can be anything from £22 down to about £10 depends where you get it from but most toy shop chains do stock it or of course there is always E-bay and Amazon.

        SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN?

        My monsters are 12 and 9 and the eldest one loves it although he is so bloody competitive it drives me mad! He doesn't need me to help him as he is always beating me! My younger monster has just started getting into it and does need help on occasions but seems to manage quite well even though he may miss the odd move, even he has started to beat me! Just to add my youngest is allergic to anything that he feels is learning outside of school but I do feel this does help him with numbers and simple adding and subtracting, we just don't tell him! The ages on the box are for 8 upwards and I do feel that's about right.

        WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?

        I can honestly say yes! It really does get you thinking and scheming and can also be frustrating especially when someone shouts Rummikub just as have worked out a way to get rid of your last tile! but all in all it can get very addictive and it is a game that we actually play as a family including the other half! I love the fact my boys enjoy playing it and they actually ask us to play it with them so it does actually bring people together!

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        • Listerine Total Care / Oral Care / 35 Readings / 34 Ratings
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          A great mouthwash

          I have always tried to look after my teeth and will do anything to avoid the dentist! I have a dodgy wisdom tooth, which hasn't quite come, through my gum and every now and then it gives me pain. So I try to keep the area clean so I don't get any infections, I have tried various mouthwashes over the years but never really felt they were living up to their claims I even used that one (can't remember the brand!) that shows you the plaque in a different colour when you spit out!

          A friend of mine recommended this one and said it was the best she had ever used, I decided to give it ago just to prove her wrong!

          COMPANY HISTORY

          Listerine was first formulated in1879 by Dr Joseph Lawrence and Jordon Wheat Lambert and believe it or not was originally formulated as a surgical antiseptic! It has also been used for quite a few other things before it became the mouthwash we know today, the best being a floor cleaner and a cure for gonorrhea!
          It wasn't until the 1920's that it became a success as a mouthwash, the Listerine Company basically created the term halitosis and informed every one that this mouthwash was the cure and of course everyone decided they had this new terrible condition and rushed out to buy a bottle of Listerine, clever when you think about it!

          They did get in trouble in 1976 as the Listerine people claimed that the mouthwash could help ease sore throats and as a remedy for colds but there was no proof of this and they were forced to drop this and to tell people in their advertising that this was not true. The Listerine brand has certainly stood the test of time and has added a number of different mouthwashes to its range has is now a definite house hold name.

          PRODUCT STATEMENT

          The most advanced and complete Listerine that has 6 benefits in 1. Used twice daily total care Listerine is proven to clean and protect with 6 benefits of oral health:
          Reduce plaque, prevent tartar to help keep teeth naturally white, maintain healthy gums, kills up to 99.9% oral bacteria in lab tests, strengthen teeth against decay and up to 24-hour fresh breath protection.

          PACKAGING

          All the Listerine bottles come in the same sizes either 500ml & 250ml, they also seem to look the same except for the different colour labels for the different ones in the range. This one has a clear bottle that looks a bit flat and you can see the colour of the mouthwash, which is a pinky colour as it is the clean mint one, which I have to say clashes with my blue bathroom! The lid is a basic screw black one which you can pour the mouthwash into if you want.

          USING

          The directions do state that this product is most effective when used in the morning and evening after brushing, you have to use 20ml and rinse it around your whole mouth for about 30 seconds then spit it out.

          So that's what you are supposed to do and because I am such a good girl I followed the instructions! The first thing to tell you about is the smell, to put it politely don't sniff it too much as it made my eyes water! It does smell very antiseptic and could proberly assist in a minor operation!

          I then dutifully measured out the 20ml I needed (yeah right!) who actually does that anyway! I poured what I thought was 20ml and then rinsed it around my whole mouth paying particular attention to the back of mouth where my wisdom tooth is. At first when you start rinsing its ok it just tastes a bit antiseptic but the longer you keep rinsing the stronger it gets. I can't really say exactly what it tastes like but it does taste very antiseptic mixed with mint and makes the whole bathroom smell like a hospital! (Well a clean hospital anyway!) I have managed to keep rinsing for the whole 30 seconds with my eyes watering! But all joking aside the more you use this product the more you get used to it and the effects don't seem so bad.

          After rinsing and spitting out (Gross!) my teeth and gums feel very tingerly (is that a word?) but the best feeling is they feel very clean in fact I would go as far to say squeaky clean.

          As for the 6 benefits I can say that I have noticed that my teeth have certainly benefited, it does seem to reduce plaque and I can sort of feel that on my teeth. My gums certainly feel healthier to the point where before I started using this mouthwash I could suffer from bleeding gums but since using this product that has completely stopped. It certainly does help to keep your breath fresh not that mine didn't smell sweet before using! I can't say that I have noticed my teeth being any whiter but people are now wearing sunglasses when they talk to me! (Only joking!)

          The best thing though I have benefited with though is the fact that since I started using it my wisdom tooth hasn't given me any trouble I have had no pain and the gum around the dodgy tooth hasn't swollen at all. So it must be doing some good then.

          INGREDIENTS

          Aqua, Alcohol, Sorbitol, Aroma, Poloxamer 407, Benzoic Acid, Eucalyptol, Methyl Salicylate, Thymol, Menthol, Sodium Fluoride, Zinc Chloride, Sucralose, Sodium Saccharin, Sodium Benzoate, Benzyl Alcohol, CI 16035, CI 42090, Contains Sodium Fluoride (0.022% w/v 100 ppm F).

          PRICE & RANGE

          Total care mouthwash 250ml ... £2.19

          Total care mouthwash 500ml ... £4.19

          I have usually buy the bigger size and this seems to last about a month, these also to go on promotion a lot so I stock up then.

          WOULD I BUY AGAIN?

          I can safely say hand on heart that yes I do buy this product regularly, I seem to try and stock up if it is on offer. As I have said it really does seem to work especially for my gums and the wisdom tooth problem, I have now got used to the taste and smell and it doesn't really bother me anymore although the other half tells me constantly that I have stunk the bathroom out after using the mouthwash and moans that the house now smells like a bloody hospital! Personally I would rather it smell like a hospital than of him!
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            16.09.2008 07:21
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            A shower gel with a sense of humour

            Ok it's back to my usual and comforting body wash reviews! Seeing I have been away for 2 weeks it gave me an excuse to go mad and buy lots of new toiletries! (Well if you had been stuck on an island with my other half and our 2 boys you would find toiletries exciting as well!). Since doing these reviews I have some very good and also some very bad body washes but I wanted to try something completely different, I have never tried this range before but decided to give it a go as it seemed to have a bit of a sense of humour. So did it tickle my fancy?

            A BIT ABOUT THE COMPANY

            This is taken from the website:

            We don't give a jot if your I.Q is 15 or 150, because we only want you for your body. At Anatomicals we manufacture the planets funkiest toiletries and so far people seem to like them. Exactly like oxygen, water, gravity and chocolate fudge cake, you'll soon wonder how you managed to survive without us!

            PRODUCT STATEMENT

            Before another bloody boring day at work or another pricey night out on the town, use this refreshing gel. Lather up and notice your belly button is a bloody odd shape and that your gym sessions should be yielding better bloody results. Finally see the time and think you better bloody get moving!

            Found in homes, hotels, and eerily deserted motels (Mr Bates we noticed you haven't re-ordered for a while!) this gel will have you screaming for a shower. Wash your torso, legs, arms, neck, buttocks ..., but whatever sex you are never forget your Hitchcock!

            PACKAGING

            The gel comes in a 250ml bottle, the lid and label is a deep red with the actual bottle being clear plastic so you can see the blood coloured shower gel through the bottle. The lid is one of those push one side and the opening pops up. Just a little tip when you first go to use it you have to take the small security circular bit of card inside the lid, this isn't actually that easy and took me a while to get it out! There is also a nice picture on the side of the label of a woman having a shower with someone in the shadows with a bottle of this shower gel!

            USING

            Now I actually bought this from Sainsbury's with my on-line shopping so I didn't get to have a good sniff of it before I bought it. After finally managing to get that stupid little security seal off I finally got to have a good sniff and found it smelt very fruity! I was actually really surprised I suppose I didn't think that a shower gel that was pretending to be blood could smell that fruity! It actually reminds me of a stick of juicy fruit chewing gum!

            I always use a body puff thingy to wash with and I would really advise to use one with this gel because when you squeeze it out the gel really does look like the blood you see in films! It looks very dark and sticky as you spread over the skin it looks like a very deep purple in colour. The gel does spread very well and you don't need to use loads at a time, you also get lots of fruity smelling lather for a great all over wash, I must admit the fruity smell can get a bit sickly after a while.

            Rinsing off is easy if you use a body puff, I have tried to use this gel without the puff and have found it harder to remove and also it really doesn't lather as well. Also I found it a bit strange that the fruity scent really doesn't seem to linger much on the skin, I really couldn't smell it much at all after drying my skin. This product doesn't claim to soften skin and for once I am glad to report that the product sticks to this and it doesn't! I can say that it also doesn't dry my skin out which is also quite a plus.

            This product didn't dry out my skin or cause me any allergic reaction, which is a good thing for me as I can be a very sensitive little flower!

            INGREDIENTS

            Aqua, Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulphate, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Glycerin, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus), CI 42090, CI 16035, CI 17200.

            PRICE & RANGE

            Another bloody shower gel 250ml ... £1.49

            Bubbly bath gel 500ml ... £1.49

            Picked up shower gel 250ml ... £1.49

            Pacific bath gel 500ml ... £1.49

            Shower to the people 250ml ... £1.49
            These are the prices at Sainsbury's and the range is on special offer.

            WOULD I USE AGAIN?

            Erm this is a bit of a tough one, I did like this one but to be honest apart for the novelty factor it did wear off after a while. I would of liked the scent to last a bit longer, I will try some of the others in the range because I like the fact they are different. It didn't completely tickle my fancy but it did give me a chuckle especially when I poured some on my leg and my 9 year old walked in the bathroom (they don't believe in knocking!) he went running to his dad telling him I had cut my leg open! And his dad being the caring soul ran to my aid (yeah right!)

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              09.09.2008 21:51
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              A lovely rich moisturising cream

              I have a bit of a confession to make; I very rarely use body moisturisers! I know that proberly makes me a bit abnormal in this skin conscious age but I have received so many gift sets with body moisturisers that I decided that it was time to use them up
              and to be honest my skin has started to get a bit dry. The first cream that I decided to try was this one mainly because I love Dove products and the majority of the range that I have tried has always been good quality. So did this one live up to the same standards?


              COMPANY HISTORY

              Dove is a Unilever product and was first launched in America in the 1950's it started with the cleansing bar that was actually developed to treat burn victims during the war. It wasn't released as a beauty bar until 1957 when it was reformulated and renamed the "Original Dove Beauty bar". This soap was aimed at people for dry and sensitive skin, and in 1970 was tested by dermatologists which proved it was milder than 17 of the leading soaps at the time.

              Dove came to the UK 12 years ago and became famous for its bath time products and body washes. In 2000 dove started branching out into to deodorants, hair care and body moisturisers, in 2004 came the firming range (and not a moment to soon for me anyway!) Dove is now running the campaign for real beauty, let's be honest you must have been living on the moon if you haven't seen the adverts basically they are using real women of all shapes and sizes for their advertising instead of stick thin models.

              PRODUCT STATEMENT

              Dove rich moisturising cream is for complete daily skin care. Dove rich moisturising cream offers extra rich and pampering moisturisation. It combines nourishing ingredients and a generous dose of active moisturiser. Especially suitable for very dry skin areas.

              PACKAGING

              I am used to body moisturisers coming in bottles or pump dispensers but this one comes in sort of flat 150ml plastic tub. You have the famous Dove logo on the lid with the writing in navy and the dove is gold. To open you just unscrew the lid to reveal the white cream within the pot.

              USING

              I decided the best time for me to start using this product was after my bath mainly because this is the only time in my house that I actually get anytime to myself in our house!

              The cream itself smells very much like some sun tan lotions I have used, a kind of nice fresh summery smell. The cream is pure white in colour and really does feel nice and thick when you first touch it. I really didn't expect this pot of cream to actually last very long as when you actually look at the cream in the pot it doesn't really look a lot.

              The cream itself is quite deceiving even though it feels quite thick to touch it actually spreads on the skin very well and a little of the cream goes a long way. It absorbs into the skin very quickly and it doesn't take much rubbing into the skin for the cream to disappear, after applying my skin really does feel soft to touch and has a subtle scent that is long lasting. There is no greasy feeling on the skin after using so the skin doesn't feel slippery or wet.

              The effects of this cream do actually for ages and my skin still feels soft even after a hard day at work. I can honestly say that this cream has really made my skin feel so much better overall, I have also had no allergic reaction to this cream and my skin can be very sensitive.

              INGREDIENTS

              Aqua, Petrolatum, Paraffinum Liquidum, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Glycol Stearate, Triethanolamine, Glyceryl Stearate, Cera Microcristallina, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearamide AMP, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Parfum, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Dilauryl Thiodipropionate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene, Linalool, CI 77891

              As I have mentioned I did get this product as a gift but I have seen it in good old Superdrug for around £3.00 which isn't bad as the pot has lasted me about a month and I have used it every day.

              WOULD I USE IT AGAIN?

              I can say with certain that I will buy this one again after I have used up the others that I have hanging around. I was really impressed with how long the product lasted and the improvement in my skin, it really did make my skin feel softer especially around those areas prone to dry skin namely the knees and elbows. So I have finally stopped being abnormal and conformed to body moisturisers!

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              • Nokia 6500 slide / Mobile Phone / 25 Readings / 23 Ratings
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                A great edition for Nokia

                I have finally got a new phone! I know you are thinking "So what! That's not very exciting!" Well actually for me it's a big event. You see I have had the same mobile phone for about 4 years and I loved it, it was so easy to use and familiar and even though the camera was rubbish and it looked out of date and my friends thought it was like something from the Stone Age I refused to give it up. Then it started to play up and kept turning itself off and the battery life got shorter and shorter and it was then I knew that my little reliable friend had to go!

                We are with Orange and the other half took me to the Orange shop to pick a upgrade as apparently we were due one, I did try to do this on line but got confused with the phones and wanted to see them before committing to my next little friend! The nice lady who I have to say was very helpful took me through the ones I could have and I spotted this one. The other half was like a kid in a candy store and started picking all these different phones that looked like they could control a small space station! But I stuck to my guns and decided that this one looked the easiest to use, so did this phone become my friend or enemy!

                COMPANY HISTORY

                Nokia is a well-known famous mobile phone brand and in this mobile age most people will have owned a Nokia phone at one time or other. The company was actually first started in Finland and dates back to 1865, believe it or not the company started as a paper mill! The paper mill merged with a rubber works and cable works in 1967 to make up the world famous Nokia Corporation. In 1992 they lunched their first GSM handset the Nokia 1011, in 1994 the first phone with the famous Nokia tune and more importantly in 1997 the 6110 was launched with the game Snake!

                WHAT'S IN THE BOX?

                Now I very nearly had to skate pass this bit because as soon as I got my new phone home the other half disappeared with the box to play with my new phone (boy's and their toys!) After rescuing it (waited for him to pop to the loo!) I found the box contained: The phone (well doh!), stereo headset, instruction booklet, charger, USB cable, memory card, computer CD, guarantee and TV cable, They all came in a smart little black box.

                THE PHONE

                The phone measures 96.5mm x 46.5mm x 16.4mm and weighs a reassuring 123grams.

                The phone itself is quite smart looking it comes in either silver or black and I chose the black one as I thought I would scratch the silver one quicker! When you first look at the phone even though it looks smart it doesn't look anything special but once you see the screen all lit up you realize it's actually quite good. The screen is very sharp and this is the bit that initially impressed me the colours are so bright and clear, compared to my previous phone it looks so much more up to date and smart.

                When the phone is closed you can just see the screen and below that 4 buttons and a big button in the middle, the 2 lower buttons are the standard green and red buttons that are on most phones to answer and finish calls. The only problem with the screen I can find is if you look at it in the sun light it actually looks dull and more black and white than the normal clear and sharp.

                To get all the other number buttons you just slide the screen up this is very easy and doesn't seem to get stuck, when you do this the buttons also all light up. I must also add that the phone is quite heavy, I thought this could be a problem as I like to keep my phone in my pocket but actually I have found that it does feel quite reassuring.

                GETTING STARTED

                I would like to say before I even start telling you about setting up the phone that as you have guessed I am not a technical person I have a other half for that. But seeing how I upset him by nicking the phone back while he was on the loo he threw a typical man strop and told me to figure it out myself! So I decided to give it a go firstly I started to read the manual, which is actually quite good and straight forward even for techno phobes like myself.

                I firstly charged the phone up which the manual said should take 3 hours well that was stage 1 over with and nobody died so on to step 2! This was the bit I wasn't looking forward to transferring all my phone numbers to my new phone. For this bit I had to use the computer CD which filled me with dread and I had images of blowing up both the computer and the phone but to my amazement this was really easy and straight forward I was actually quite proud of myself that I actually managed to transfer the information so easily! Obviously I had to use the USB cable to plug my phone into the computer and nothing blew up! I managed to transfer all the numbers with ease and I checked them all and they were all there (even the ones I didn't want like work!).
                So then I had my numbers set up it was time to have a little play and get familiar with my new toy.

                MENU

                Now if you had recently had a Nokia phone you will be used to the lay out of this phone and the menu, the other half has got a older Nokia model and there doesn't seem to be much difference but for me I had a very old Samsung and the layout was completely alien to me. You can either access the menu by pressing the big black button in the middle of the phone this will bring up another screen and you have all the choices there. You navigate to which menu you want by using the silver arrows around the black button. You can also access certain bits of the menu from the main front screen down the left hand side, you have little icons and you can access the menu you want. If you miss a call or text then you will also get a little icon pop up on the front screen menu, once you unlock the phone it will tell you what you missed and who.

                ANSWERING & MAKING CALLS

                So I had all my numbers in the phone and had sorted my ring tone (very important!), answering a call is easy enough you don't have to slide the phone to answer a call, you just press the big button in the middle to answer I must admit I did get a bit confused and kept pressing the green button to answer and missed a couple of calls but I am now used to this.

                Firstly I should add that before you can make a call or use the phone you have to unlock the phone you do this by pressing the big black button in the middle of the phone and then quickly press the top left button. This I can say is one of the annoying bits about this phone as sometimes it takes me a few goes at unlocking it as I sometimes I don't do it quickly enough and this can be a bit frustrating. You can add your own security numbers or sequence to unlock the phone but I haven't got around to this and knowing me I would still not get it right! The other way to unlock the phone is just to use the slide on the phone and this unlocks straight away.

                To make a call you can either slide the phone down and input the phone number or if the number is in your address book you just press the right top blue button for the names in your address book and use the silver outline button to navigate to the number you want. Then you just press the green button to make that call, once you have finished talking you must press the red button to end the call. I got caught out a few times at first with this as I thought that just closing the slide would end the call but this is not the case.

                The battery life for this phone isn't bad, I use my phone quite a lot for work and personal calls and I tend to charge it every couple of days. You get up to 6 hours talk time can't say I have timed it and couldn't think of anyone I would want to speak to for 6 hours!!!
                The only slight criticism I have is it doesn't give you any warning when the phone is out of charge, you can see the little battery symbol going down on the screen but there is no beep to remind you so then the phone will just die.

                CAMERA

                The camera has 3.2 megapixel and 8x zoom with a double LED flash, to start using the camera you can either access the option from the menu or there is a quick start camera button on the side. To take a picture you just hold the screen side of the camera towards you and when you are ready to take the picture just press the big black button, you can also zoom in and out. It has taken a few goes for me to get used to the camera, I initially had lots of photos with peoples eye closed! I did finally get a good picture of my boys and have used this as my wallpaper, which was surprisingly easy to do (I wanted to have the dog but the boys thought this was unfair!).

                The quality of the pictures is surprisingly very good and it's quite handy to have such a good camera on my phone as I can now snap happily away without having to run off for my camera. Also this phone also comes with extra memory so if the 20 mbytes that comes with the phone isn't enough then you also get an extra option to have 4 gbytes.

                The video option is also quite good and I have had a play with this, the pictures are good quality and I am sure I will use this more when I am on holiday. I have also found it easy to transfer my pictures onto my computer and have now built up a nice file to look at, you can also view your pictures or videos on the T V using the cable that comes with the phone and this is also easy to do and a nice touch for you to show off your pictures.

                Some other information for you if you are into that kind of thing is that you can use this phone for video calls it also supports Adobe software and video streaming.

                MUSIC

                The phone comes with an integrated FM radio which is really easy to find on the menu and is also good quality sound wise, you can also save your favourite radio stations so you can just pop onto them when you want. You can also listen to the radio and interact with the on screen information; this is provided by the radio stations and is a nice touch. The headphones that come with the phone are quite good quality but you can always buy your own if you want better ones.

                You can also enjoy MP3, MP4, AAC, EACC+ and WMA formats, don't I sound knowledgeable! The phone also supports polyphonic, MP3 and video ring tones, Sorry to disappoint but to be honest I don't understand most of that last bit but the more technical among you may find that information useful! It is also possible to access the internet to search for new music and download or information and I have had a little play with this and found it quite easy to do.

                I can say from experience though that downloading you're music files onto the phone is really easy, it's just basically connecting the phone to the computer and using the drag and drop, it really is that simple. You can also use you're music for ring tones and text alerts which is great for me, this is again easy to set up on the phone and can be accessed through the menu. You can also download ring tones if you want but I can honestly say I haven't felt the need to do this yet. I have also noticed that the quality of the music is still very good even when using it as a ring tone and I have also managed to set the phone so I have different ring tones for different people so I can tell who is phoning from the ring tone rather than having to look at the phone.

                TEXTING

                To be honest I hate texting! By the time I have spelt out everything I want to say I could of made 10 phone calls! The other thing I hate is pre-empt texting, half the time I don't know what I want to say so how can my phone make that any easier!
                The text option on the phone can be accessed from either the main menu or the quick menu option on the front of the phone; you have all the usual suspects here including a very simple way to turn off that bloody annoying pre-empt text (so that's me happy then!). You can also send and receive pictures, which I couldn't on my old phone so this is a new and great addition for me.

                You can also access your e mail including those with attachments, I have to admit that I finally had to go cap in hand to the other half and get him to show me how to do this. I don't know why I bothered though it is actually quite easy although I don't really use it that much it will come in handy when I am on holiday.
                One thing I have used a bit is the on line messenger or MSN as I know it! This is really good and easy to use and believe or not useful but obviously you have to be online to use it.

                The only thing that niggles me with the texting is my old phone used to come up with a big message telling me that my message had been sent but with this phone you get a tiny icon that if you squint you will see it!

                GAMES

                I nearly forgot one of the important bits of the phone the games! Seriously the phone comes with high roller casino, golf tour; rally 3D and the most important Snake 3!!! The games are all good quality and of course you can download your own as well.

                HANDS FREE

                As I have already mentioned I use my phone a lot for work so I am always getting phone calls, I do try not to use my phone in the car because I really get fed up with talking and driving but on occasion I will be waiting for an important phone call and will have to use the hands free. This phone does come with an ear set but I wanted one that didn't plug into the phone I really wanted a wireless one. So the other half got me one to use and I can actually say once I got used to it (I have finally stopped cutting people off!) it really has become a godsend, it works really well and I haven't had any technical problems.

                OTHER INFO

                These are things I really haven't used yet on the phone and to be honest can't see me having a use for,

                Two way 3G video calls, TV conferencing, walkie-talkie style talking, flight mode button which you use when in a mobile banned area this will automatically turn off the phones transmission related features and activities.
                It also has the following features: calendar, to do list (like I need one of these!), alarm clock, notes, stop watch, countdown timer, calculator, voice commands, WAP browser, opera mini browser, quad band technology (GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800 & GSM 1900), video streaming.

                PRICE

                As I have mentioned I got this for nothing due to my upgrade but I did see it on sale in the Orange shop for £149.99. I can guarantee that you can pick it up cheaper than that on line.

                AM I HAPPY WITH IT?

                I can actually say once I got over my fear of using this phone with all its computer stuff I can actually say hand on heart that I am very happy with it. I have actually since buying the phone looked up some reviews and if truth be told I did read quite a few negative ones but I can only say what I have found and that is that apart from a few small snags I am really happy with it. And the other half is also quite impressed that I worked it out myself (well me, the manual and the internet!). I apologise to all the more technical minded people on this site I can't give you all my opinions in technical jargon but only in technophobe English!

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                A lovely new shower experience

                Back to my usual reviews body washes!!! To be honest I have tried a few since my last review on this subject but I really haven't found one to write about. Most of them have just turned out to be bland and not really worth mentioning and I have tried so many over the years that I am running out of new ones! But then I found this one while wandering around Wilkinson's and decided it looked interesting and I love Olay products anyway. So did it purk up my interest?

                COMPANY HISTORY

                Olay was started in South Africa in 1949 by a man called Graham Wulff, he was an ex Unilever chemist. The product was originally called Oil of Olay (I remember my mum using this!) He chose this name as a spin on the word Lanolin. The fluid was certainly unique and came in a glass bottle and Wulff and his marketing partner Jack Lowe marketed it in a very clever way, you see not once did they mention it was a moisturiser or beauty fluid, they just used clever advertising to draw the women in. You also couldn't just walk in a chemist and buy it, the pharmacists had to order it on demand.

                The beauty fluid name wasn't added until 1970, Proctor and Gamble acquired the company in 1985 and also started to extend the range to include body washes, cleansers and creams. In 1999 the famous name was changed to just "Olay" across the world and also in 1999 the anti aging range "Total Effects" was launched and the rest as they say is history!

                PRODUCT STATEMENT

                If you like the feel of a light lotion, use Olay body was plus lotion ribbons- the only Olay body wash that adds an actual ribbon of lotion. The luxurious, fragrant lather softens your skin and visibly enhances its smoothness in just 7 days.

                PACKAGING

                This actually looks quite smart; it comes in a 295ml plastic bottle that stands up on the lid as most body washes do. The bottle itself is a frosty white colour and you can just see the colour of the product, which is white with thin lines of aqua blue running through it. The bottle has the Olay name prominent on the front and some aqua blue swirly bits, the lid is your basic flip top that gets messy after use (well for me anyway!)


                USING

                The directions actually state to use this product with a body puff thingy, which is a good thing as I always use one anyway. The first thing I noticed when I used this product was the smell, it really reminded me of another body wash I had used by Radox. It smells really fresh and reminds me of summer for some strange reason! It maybe that it smells to me of cucumber and for some weird reason that reminds me of summer, anyway it is a nice refreshing scent.

                When you squeeze the product onto the body puff thingy at first it looks foamier that a normal body wash. A little tip if you do use this product you don't need to use much to get a good lather, this product really does lather well. You get a really good coverage of lovely smelling fresh lather, it is also quite easy to rinse off but I have noticed quite a few stubborn bits that need extra rinsing.

                After washing and drying that lovely scent does last on my skin, it's not over powering but just nice enough to linger for a while (I still look stupid sniffing myself!). After drying I checked my skin to see if it felt any softer and at first I really didn't feel any difference but after using a few times I did notice that my skin did feel a bit softer especially around the parts of my body that tend to get very dry, mainly my elbows, knees and feet. To be honest it didn't get rid of the need to use my body moisturiser but I have to admit I didn't need to use as much as normal.

                Also because I didn't have to use a lot each time I used it the bottle lasted for quite a while longer than any other body wash I have used, maybe that's a good thing but it also meant I got a bit bored with it! (I am so unfaithful!)

                INGREDIENTS

                Water, Petrolatum, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Mineral Oil, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamide Mea, Fragrance, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Dmdm Hydantoin, Acrylonitrile/Methacrylonitrile/ Methyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Isopentane, Sodium Benzoate, PEG-90M, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Chromium Oxide Greens, Green 6

                PRICE AND RANGE

                Body wash with lotion ribbons with aloe extracts ... £2.49

                Body wash with body butter ribbons with jojoba ... £2.49

                Body wash with cream ribbons with almond oil ... £2.49

                As I said I got this product in Wilkinson's

                WOULD I BUY THIS AGAIN?

                I can happily say yes I would buy this again and I will try the others in the range, I must admit I do like Olay products and the body wash is more expensive than I would usually use but it does last a long time so it's not to bad. I like the fact that it does leave my skin feeling softer and leaves a nice lingering scent, mind you the other half is starting to complain that it's like sleeping in Boot's sleeping next to me what with the moisturisers hand creams, foot creams, and now this body wash!

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                  A good pampering for your skin

                  I used to really love these sachets of face masks but due to using one about 6 months ago that I reacted to and looked worse when I took it off I have shied away from using them. I have started using ones from Lush but had run out so I decided to try this one that I had found lurking in the back of my draw (along with some other things that I can't identify!)

                  Picking my moment for a nice relax in the tub and using a face mask is also a problem in my house as my 2 boys could be little angels before I get into the bath but I guarantee that world war 3 will kick off as soon as I get into the tub! So I picked the day when they were staying with my sister and got ready for my long soak and pamper.

                  PACKAGING

                  This is the other thing that puts me off these, I am not thick or anything but I always seem to get in a right mess with this packaging, for those of you who have never seen these it is basically a 20ml plastic sachet that has a tear strip on the side of the top. I manage the tear strip but then trying to get it all out is a nightmare! Once you start squeezing it out your hands get slippery and then I end up in a right mess but that could just be me!

                  All these sachets come in different colours for different ones in the range; this one is mainly pink with blue outlines. They all also have a picture of a poor women with leaves covering her eyes and some flowers, the instructions and directions are in 2 languages English and I think French (sorry have forgotten all my school French!).

                  PRODUCT STATEMENT

                  Deeply cleanse your skin. When you tear open the sachet you are flooded with the fresh fragrances of Lavender, Sweet Seaweed & Dead Sea Minerals. Lavishly apply and relax as impurities are drawn out and blocked pores opened for a deep clean.

                  USING

                  Ok so I have my peace and quiet! I armed myself with a good book and ran a lovely big bubble bath. Opening the sachet of this product was surprisingly easy this time and straight away I could smell this really nice clean sort of fragrance from the mask. I can't quite put my finger on any certain ingredient that this smells of but it does contain lavender and bergamot but neither are very strong, It just smells very clean and fresh.

                  There must be a knack of getting the mask out of the packaging without making a mess but I have yet to find one! I just scoop it out with my fingers and apply to my face. This mask is very pale blue in colour and a lot thinner in texture than any of the others that I have tried, it spreads very well onto the face and you get a lot in the packet. I had enough to cover my whole face and neck and there was still a bit left in the bottom of the sachet.

                  The instructions tell you to clean your face first with warm water but do not use any soap and then apply the mask, you then leave it on for 10-15 minutes or until it feels dry and then rinse off with water. I must admit I used to use a lot of mud masks when I was younger and loved doing that make your face crack when you smile thing!

                  After applying this one the nice scent does linger but is not overpowering, so I had my nice bubble bath and book and relaxed until the other half rushed in to use the loo! (The drawbacks to having only 1 loo in the house!) He then cracks up laughing and tells me the mask is an improvement! (That's his nice romantic meal out the window!) I left the mask on for the full 15 minutes and I can say that it didn't make my face feel all that tight I could feel it cracking in places but not all over.

                  Removing the mask was very easy but I have learned from past mistakes (having people point out that I have the remains of a face mask in my ears!) I now use a flannel to remove the mask and that manages to get it all off. After pat drying my face I looked in the mirror for a closer inspection and I can report that my pores seemed to be very clean especially those around my nose where the dreaded blackheads like to lurk. My face also felt very soft and smooth; there was also no adverse reaction, no red or dry patches witch was a relief after the problems with the last one I used. I can also report that my skin stayed feeling soft for a few days after using this product.

                  INGREDIENTS

                  Aqua (perified water),kaolin, glycerine, alcohol denat, glyceryl stearate SE, sodium citrate, polysorbate 20, focus vesiculosus (seaweed extract), lavender oil, bergamot fruit oil, sea salt, glucose, parfum, citric acid, lactoperoxidase, glucose oxidase, CI 42090 (blue 1)

                  PRICE AND RANGE

                  You can find these at most chemists and supermarkets they are around 99p for each sachet,

                  Montagne Jeunesse Face Masque, Red Hot Earth Sauna 15ml

                  Montagne Jeunesse Mud Pack, Dead Sea 20ml

                  Montagne Jeunesse Face Masque, Cucumber, Peel Off 10ml

                  These are just a small section in the range there are quite a lot and some for your feet too!

                  Just a few words of warning if you can be sensitive to these products they advise you do a skin test on your upper arm to see if there is a reaction as natural extracts can cause allergic reactions. Also do not use on children!!!!!!! Oh and remember folks this is a external product!!!!

                  The company also state on this product that it is approved by the vegetarian society (hence the warning about not eating it!) and they are also against animal testing.

                  WOULD I USE IT AGAIN?

                  I am happy to report that YES I would use this one again, it really did leave my skin feeling soft and clean, the sachet also had enough of the product in it to cover my whole face and neck. I have bought and used this product a few times now and am really pleased with the results. I have also learnt to lock the bathroom door when I am using it so the other half can't comment and can also wet himself! (That will teach him!)

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                    09.06.2008 22:35
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                    A hard to put down kids book

                    I love reading and have tried to pass this love onto my boys, when I was younger computer games had just really started but it was books that caught my imagination. These days there is so much for kids that reading seems to have taken a back seat, my boys have to read every day for their homework and in the past I have found this a bit of a battle as they were given books from school that just didn't interest them. So they are now allowed to chose their own books and this has made a huge difference, they are choosing books that interest them and the battle has got less.

                    We have been through all the Harry Potter books, Lemeny Snickets, Andy Mcnab, Alex Rider and a few Terry Pratchet. Then my eldest asked for this series, apparently his friends had started reading them and recommended them to him, so I managed to get him the first 3 books on a 3 for 2 offer. When I read the cover of the first book It states on the front that this book is not for younger readers so I thought I had better read the book to ensure it is suitable for my eldest who is 11. Now believe it or not I have read a few of their books normally my eldest will tell me that I have to read a certain book because it is so good and being the duitiful mum I obey! So did I enjoy this one?

                    THE AUTHOR

                    Robert Muchamore is 35 years old; he worked as a private investigator for 13 years before becoming a writer full time. Well actually he states on his website that he was actually fired for throwing a packet of antiseptic wipes at his boss after a huge row! This book is the first in the Cherub series and was published in 2004, to date he has written 10 Cherub books with the 11th to be released in September.

                    WHAT ARE CHERUBS?

                    Cherubs are basically a national secret; they are children who are trained to be spies. This started in World War 2 when a British spy called Charles Henderson worked in France helping the resistance; he saw how they used children and teenagers to work as messengers and scouts. When he returned to Britain he took what he had learned in France and trained 20 British boys for work on undercover operations, he named this project CHERUB. Charles Henderson died in 1946 but his creation thrived, CHERUB has grown to over 200 agents all under 17 they have the best education and technical support.

                    CHERUB agents are hand picked and are orphans who are offered this amazing opportunity they live on a huge campus with the best education including all the normal school stuff but also martial arts, weapons training, physical training and a whole lot more but the reason for their success remains the same even after all these years and that is adults never suspect that children are spying on them!

                    THE PLOT

                    Every series of books have to start somewhere and this one starts with a young boy called James Choke to be honest he hasn't got a great life, his mum is very overweight, runs a shoplifting gang and just lays on the couch all day. He has a half sister called Lauren who is the only light in his life he really does adore her but hates her dad who has a on off relationship with his mum. The other problem James has is his temper he has some serious issues with anger and this comes out at the beginning of the book when a popular girl with big brothers starts taking the mickey out of his mum. He loses his temper and pushes her unfortunately for him she falls into a wall and scratches her face on a nail; this gets him in serious trouble with the school and the girl's brothers.

                    Things then get worse for James when his mum suddenly dies, his sister has to go with the step dad he hates and he gets dumped in a children's home, here he makes friends with his room mate Kyle but he also manages to get himself in trouble with some older children and get himself arrested. After a lecture from a policeman he realises he is on a very destructive path but can't seem to stop himself, after returning from the police station he suddenly wakes up in a strange bed and weird place it is here that James learns all about CHERUB. He is given the chance if he wants it to attempt the tests to see if he has what it takes to become a CHERUB agent, James is lucky because he has a very good mathematical brain but the tests turn out to be very different to the normal school tests.

                    Of course he passes the tests but then has to make the decision whether he wants to join CHERUB or not, this takes him about 10 seconds when he sees what they have to offer him and so starts the gruelling basic training where James learns a lot about himself and more about the set up including the colour T-shirts showing other children you're rank (a bit like colour dots for ciao) and also more about the missions children are sent on.

                    Through this book you get to see James make friends and see him go on his first mission to infiltrate a hippie commune with terrorist links. You learn more about him and his personality. The missions can be anything from low risk to high risk but the agents have the choice whether to go or not they are not forced into anything.

                    MY OPINION

                    Ok I know this is a kid's book but I have to say that I really enjoyed it! My eldest has read the whole series and is really looking forward to the next instalment, it really is something in my house when I have to tell my monsters to stop reading but this is how it was when he is reading these books! The book is not over long it is only 330 pages so it is not so thick that a child would find it daunting but i feel its just long enough.

                    I found the writing style very easy to follow and that some adult book writers could learn from this, I find some books I read to be over descriptive to the point of boredom but for me this book was descriptive but not boring. Everything was explained in a non-patronising way and the story flowed very well, I do feel that this book and the series is not suitable for younger readers as they do cover topics such as terrorism, drugs, drink, gangs and of course as the kids get older sex. I have to say that these topics are covered very well and there are a lot of morals and consequences it also feels quite real and in parts gritty and up to date with the world today.

                    At the end of the book you get a update on all the characters that were part of the story and what happened to them, this is also brief and to the point but does give a good closure to the story.

                    Full price of these books is £6.99 but you can pick them up cheaper on line from EBay.

                    This series of books has won quite a few awards including Richard and Judy's best kids award 12+ 2007

                    WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?

                    Yes I would for ages of about 11 upward, it amazes me how kids books have become so much more descriptive and modern. Although this book does cover some topics that some parents may find a bit much I felt that it also showed the consequences of certain actions and that most of the time the baddies do get punished. I also like the way that the main character is shown to have flaws and how he has to work through them. Famous five this isn't but a good read never the less at least it kept my eldest of his computer for a while!

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                      A new range from Lenor

                      I was asked a while ago to test a new product from Lenor, it was a new range of fabric softeners. I didn't get this one to trial but really loved the one I received also with the product I got some money off vouchers so I decided to use them and try one of the others in the new range. I must explain about me and fabric softeners I really like ones that linger on the clothes after they are dried and ironed you see I have 2 boys and an other half and being the only girl in the house I like to sneak some nice smells into the house where I can! So did this one come up to scratch?

                      WHAT IS LENOR INFUSIONS?

                      The Lenor infusions range has been developed by a leading perfume house against existing fine fragrances, whilst maintaining the sumptuous softness of Lenor. The infusions range comes in four seductive fragrances:

                      Black diamond and lotus flower ... always elegant and sophisticated

                      Ruby Jasmine ... a little daring, lush and exotic

                      Sapphire Violet ... truly vibrant and exhilarating

                      Amethyst Rose ... a touch of mystery and excitement

                      Each one of the range is individual and unique, and should get into the fibres of the washing to stay keeping the washing smelling lovely and keeping it soft even in hard water areas.
                      It seems that Lenor have gone all out to create this product, their website has loads of information on the research behind the thinking for the range. Including the results of smell tests and how stimulating the brain becomes when having a sniff of each of the new fragrances. They are also seeming to compare this product with perfume, giving lots of tips on where to apply perfume and the effects of different scents. To be honest I can't see me putting any of the Lenor fragrances on my neck but each to his own!!! They have really pushed this product and I must admit they do look more upmarket than the usual brands of fabric softener and the idea behind them all is really good, so how did this one compare to the black diamond and lotus flower which was the one I first tried?

                      PACKAGING

                      As I have said this range does look more upmarket than the norm, the bottle of this particular one is ruby red in colour with a silver lid. It looks very understated with just the Lenor name written in silver and a picture of a jasmine flower with a ruby next to it. On the back you are told you will be seduced by the lush, exotic fragrance and sumptuous softness of Lenor ruby jasmine.

                      USING

                      Now I always add more fabric softener to more wash than the company recommends but only because I really want the clothes to actually smell of it after washing and ironing but with the previous one I tried I really didn't have to as the recommended amount was enough and the clothes smelt lovely. The directions for this one tell you that 1 cap full will be enough so for the first try that's what I used, the first time I used it was on my bedding (didn't want to waste it on the boys clothes!).

                      When I first opened it I had a real good sniff seeing as this was sold on the fragrance I took more time sniffing it than I would usually, the other half was looking at me as though I was mad! I did try explaining why but saw that glazed look in his eyes and knew he had switched off!!
                      I was expecting to be as impressed as I was with the Lotus flower one but to be honest I was disappointed don't get me wrong it smelt nice but that's about it really it was nice. To me it didn't smell exotic but sweeter and more floral with a touch of musk I could smell the jasmine but that was about it really. I really hoped that it would be different after using,

                      I followed the recommendation and just used 1 cap full and waited for the washing and drying to finish, and that's when I realized my disappointment was complete. Don't get me wrong the bedding was soft but that lovely lingering fragrance that was present with the Lotus flower was sadly missing with this one. If I had a real good sniff I could slightly smell the jasmine but it was not strong the other half was pleased because he didn't have to sleep in a girlie smelling bed!

                      I then decided to try it on my towels and went back to my old habits of adding a bit more than the recommendation but to be honest there really wasn't that much difference again they did feel softer which is quite good especially as I do live in a hard water area but the lingering scent I was waiting for was missing, with the Lotus flower the scent from the washing filled the house as it was drying but I could smell this one if I walked past the clothes horse but that was about it. Also the Lotus flower one seemed to last on my clothes and i get a gentle waft all through the day but i really couldn't smell this one really on anything i washed with it.

                      I did use the bottle up as I felt it would be a waste and it did make the washing softer but overall I wasn't that impressed with this one, which was a shame as the other one was much better.
                      I had also better add that none of us in the house had any adverse skin reactions to this product.

                      PRICE

                      The bottles are 1.5L and 750ml, 1.5L is around £3.59 and the 750ml is around £1.99, they are more expensive than the usual Lenor fabric softeners but I suppose you would expect to pay more for that extra fragrance.

                      INGREDIENTS

                      5-15% Cationic Surfactants, Benzisothiazolinone, Perfumes, Amyl Cinnamal, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.

                      This is a Proctor and Gamble product responsible for other brands including fabreze, pampers, olay, max factor and bounty to name but a few.

                      WOULD I BUY IT AGAIN?

                      You won't be surprised if I say no! I must admit I did find this product made my washing softer than the usual fabric softeners but it really didn't impress me as much as the Lotus flower one. If you are going to try any of the range then please try the Lotus flower first and not this one. I will try the rest in the range as I still have some coupons left but I really am not expecting much to be honest and to be truthful I am not sure if I would pay the full price for the range. I would look out for special offers, to sneak nice smells into my house and on my monsters!!!

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                        A good carpet cleaner that can be used on large areas

                        I like most people am always on the look out for the next miracle cleaner, I have cupboards full of them all promising me that they will clean up my monsters mess! My main area that drives me mad in my living room carpet, when we moved into our house we had to take up all the carpets in the house because the previous owner had cats and I am allergic to them. I spent the first couple of days in my new home with eyes as red as Rudolph's nose and sneezing ever second! So due to lack of funds I just bought a cheap carpet for the living room with a view to replacing it later when we could afford it. Suffice to say 3 years later we still have the same cheap carpet!

                        The problem is 3 years later my boys haven't seemed to get any tidier or cleaner and we have also acquired a lovely little rescue dog that hasn't yet learnt to wipe her feet! So I am constantly trying to clean the carpet that I want to get rid of! I do have a vax but it is to big to get out every day and if the truth be known I kind of broke it the last time I used it and haven't got around to telling the other half!
                        I saw this product advertised and decided that it will be the answer to my prayers or my carpets anyway! So did it work?

                        PRODUCT STATEMENT

                        Are you frustrated by a busy family making your carpets look tired and worn? New Vanish high traffic area power foam is perfect to ensure that the high traffic areas of your carpets such as hallways, staircases and doorways- where your family come and go are always clean and fresh.

                        Its gentle foam penetrates deep into the carpet fibres to loosen and lift dirt effectively without over wetting your carpet, Vanish power foam respects fibres and colours and is suitable for use in wool carpets.

                        PACKAGING

                        This product comes in a 600ml can, the can is the usual Vanish bright pink with the writing on the front in big bold letters, the lid is your bog standard plastic one that I always seem to snap in my haste to get it off! The spray bit has a button ust big enough for my finger and is white plastic the spray doesn't seem to get clogged up which is good as the foam is quite thick and comes out quite fast.


                        USING

                        I bought this cleaner quite a while ago but had to wait a while for the opportunity to use it, see there is no point cleaning the carpet for me to turn around and find the eldest walking on it with his football boots (even though he has been banned from doing this!) the youngest spilling drinks on it (he has also been banned from having drinks in the living room!) and the dog bringing half the garden in with her (have tried banning her but she is soooo cute, I can't resist!)

                        So I waited until they were both away at their grans (not the dog just the kids!) and then decided to tackle the carpet. I suppose this would be a good time to tell you the directions, I say this because I always end up using these products and then reading the instructions and suddenly realizing where I went wrong!

                        1. Shake the can and spray from a 80cm height over the area to be treated.

                        2. work the foam into the carpet using a clean colourfast damp sponge mop or cloth

                        3. Leave for 2 hours or until dry and vacuum

                        So that's how you should do it, but me being me I kind of didn't do it that way. In my excitement of finally getting my carpet clean (yes I do know I really need to get a life!) I forgot to measure 80cm away from the carpet (come on hands up who would do that anyway!) but my biggest mistake was I got a bit carried away with spraying the carpet and did the whole floor. Now this may not sound like a problem but seeing as I didn't read step 2 I now realized that I was going to get really wet knees as I don't own a sponge mop and if I did I doubt it would be clean!!

                        When you spray this product on the carpet it comes out like thick white foam (I thought the name might have given that away!) if you leave the foam sitting on top of the carpet the foam gets thinner as it absorbs into the carpet. This product does have a smell to it, but its not overpowering, if like me you do the whole carpet then I would open a window.

                        So it was a hands and knees job with a cloth, which isn't a problem but at this point my dog, was very interested in this cloth flying about the carpet and decided she wanted to play! So after chasing her around and out of the room it was back to the important task at ahead, using the damp clean cloth I went around the floor rubbing the foam into the carpet. The foam absorbs very quickly when rubbed with the cloth I did give an extra rub when I came across a more stubborn stain (I dread to think what the stain was!) At times I had got a bit carried away with the foam and when I was rubbing those patches in I found that the carpet did have some white streaks on it but these did fade and didn't turn the carpet white.

                        So with very wet knees I finally finished the whole carpet, I then did read step 3 and closed the door (to keep the dog off the carpet!) and left it to dry for 2 hours. As I had finally read the instructions I then noticed a little bit of writing that told me before I used this product I should do a test on a small discreet patch of carpet before doing a larger area. Great so I opened the door and took a peek at my drying carpet and with relief it didn't look damaged or shrunk!

                        So after the stated 2 hours I then got the hoover out and went over the carpet, I then stood back to admire my work and I have to say I was really impressed. The carpet did look much fresher and the colours in the carpet seemed to stand out more but the best bit was the disappearance of those nasty looking stains. I would say that this product got out 99% of the marks and stains.

                        WARNINGS
                        As with any cleaning product this comes with the usual warnings:

                        Keep away from little monsters (unless you teach them to clean up after themselves!) Do not expose the product to direct sunlight or temperatures exceeding 50oc, Do not pierce or burn the container after use, Do not spray on a naked flame, Do not spray near electrical appliances, Use in a well ventilated area, Do not breathe vapour, Avoid contact with the skin and eyes, Do not swallow.

                        PRICE & RANGE

                        Vanish oxi action carpet and upholstery cleaner 500ml ... £2.66

                        Vanish carpet power foam 600ml ... £3.82

                        Vanish power shot carpet stain remover 400ml ... £3.69

                        INGREDIENTS

                        Less than 5%: Polycarboxylates, Anionic Surfactants, Non-ionic Surfactants, Phosphate, Preservative (Benzisothiazolinone)

                        This product is sold by Reckitt Benckiser which are also responsible for brands such as finish, Lemsip, Dettol and optrex to name but a few.

                        WOULD I USE IT AGAIN?

                        I can say with confidence YES! I haven't got a large living room and the 600ml can did about 4 times cleaning the whole carpet, each time I cleaned the carpet it looked refreshed and clean. It also got out a range of stains on the spot including milk, chocolate, ice cream, juice, lots of mud (from the dog and my eldest!), blood (don't ask!) and the best one Sick!!!! I still haven't got around to telling the other half that I have broke the Vax but he seems to think that's what I am using to clean the carpet and who am I to upset his little world!!!!

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                          21.04.2008 22:20
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                          A nice moisturiser

                          My skin gets very dry and even though I have found two great face scrubs that don't dry my skin as much I still need to use a moisturiser. I did start using Olay Diffinity and loved it but really couldn't justify the price, so for Christmas the other half really surprised me. You see normally I get a lot of useful pressies from him but this year he actually bought me more personal bits (maybe it was the threat of death!) One of the pressies was a Simple gift set that included this moisturiser. I held back the urge to ask him if he thought I needed an age resisting moisturiser! Otherwise next Christmas I will end up with the latest kitchen gadget that will end up in the loft! So had he made a good choice?

                          COMPANY HISTORY

                          Please feel free to skip!
                          Nivea was born in 1911and combined the works of 3 German men, Oskar Troplowitz, Isaac Lifschutz and Paul Unna. They invented the first long lasting skin cream and named it "Nivea" which in latin is "Nivus" meaning snow white. In the 1930's the brand was given a facelift and they also came out with their first suncream along with a 2 weekly weather calendar! More products also came out in this era including shaving cream & shampoo. The war years were very bad for the nivea brand even though they tried to distance themselves from the Nazi image of Germany at the time the brand was snubbed by most countries that were fighting Germany at the time.

                          By the 1950's the nivea brand was back on the up and enjoying the new interest in women's fashion. The 60's saw a revolution in skincare and a tan was a must and nivea was still keeping up with the trends with good advertising and marketing. Even with more and more competition nivea still stand by their core product and though the packaging changes the high quality brand stays the same.

                          PRODUCT PACKAGING

                          This product comes in a nice cardboard box, the cream itself comes in a white plastic 50ml tub with a little pump dispenser to dispense the cream. The tub and the box have the famous Simple logo on them, the box also gives you a nice little chart telling you which of the range of moisturisers you should use for your age group. This was a great guideline to tell me at the ripe old age of 36 I can use all of them! Even the plus which is the highest, so don't I feel better now! I think Simple have tried to up date their packaging lately to try and compete with other ranges and this range does look nice and natural.

                          PRODUCT STATEMENT

                          Resist the early signs of aging by protecting your skin against the environment, for all day moisturisation that will protect and replenish use our nourishing regeneration day cream with spf15. The active benefits in the cream are:

                          Green tea which helps prevent premature ageing
                          Mushroom extract refines skin tone and texture
                          Pro-vitamin B5 and E moisturises and conditions and
                          Oat beta glucan which helps reduce sensitivity
                          We want your skin to look its best and be happy at all times, which is why all our products are formulated using no unnecessary additives and only the best ingredients specially chosen to care for even the most sensitive skin.

                          USING

                          After receiving this present I put it away until I had finished the last of current moisturiser but then could not put off the inevitable any longer, I must sound really ungrateful but the problem was that I have not had the best of luck with quite a few Simple products and have found other brands that are much better.

                          The first thing I noticed was there was a very subtle fragrance, I still can't put my finger on what it smells of but to be honest it is so subtle you can hardly smell it at all.

                          The cream comes out nicely from the pump bit and only a small push on the top dispenses enough cream. The cream itself is white in colour and quite thick in consistency, even though it is quite thick it surprisingly spreads well across the skin which means you don't need to use much every time so it lasts longer.

                          The directions state to smooth into your face using upward and outward movements, but I am usually half asleep when I put it on and just rub it into my skin.

                          It absorbs into the skin quite well and doesn't feel greasy but dries very quickly. I must admit after applying my skin does feel nice and soft and this feeling does last for most of the day, even after being out in the cold weather!

                          Ok now for the age resisting bit! To be honest I am very lucky I haven't got a lot of wrinkles, just a few laughter lines around my eyes (no really, honestly!) According to my youngest monster the lines around my eyes can't be called laughter lines because according to him I don't laugh that much!!! Sorry back to the review,

                          I have found my skin to be much softer and as this cream is gentle enough to use around your eyes I have noticed that my laughter lines do look a bit smoother and the shopping bags I sometimes have under my eyes have become more clutch bags! But to be honest in the month I have been using this I haven't noticed a huge difference but maybe a small change in my skin, it does look smoother and even a bit healthier.

                          I can also say that I can react to a lot of these products, I tend to end up with even drier skin and red blotchy spots but I can say that I have not reacted to this product at all.

                          PRICE & RANGE

                          Regeneration age resisting day cream ... £5.98

                          Regeneration refining facial wash 150ml ... £3.98

                          Regeneration night moisturising cream 50ml ... £5.98

                          Regeneration smoothing cleaning wipes X25 ... £3.98

                          INGREDIENTS

                          Aqua, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin 4-Methylbenzylidene Camphor, Isohexadecane, Butylene Glycol, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Fomes Officinalis Extract, Cetyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Carbomer, PEG-100 Stearate, Panthenol, Camellia Sinensis Extract, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Methylparaben, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1, 3-Diol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract, Sodium Benzoate, BHT, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid.

                          They do state on the box that all the company's products are formulated using no unnecessary additives and only the best ingredients specially chosen to care for the most sensitive skin.

                          This product also contains no colours and is dermtologically tested and approved.

                          Would I buy it again?

                          Well it is certainly cheaper than Diffinity and it really does leave my skin feeling soft, I must admit the other half did make a good choice (that really stuck in my throat!) But (always a but!) I am really not sure if I would buy it again, I may try a few others before going back to this one.

                          It did tick most of the boxes but just felt a bit bland, I can't really explain what I mean but I suppose I am a typical woman and just want to make sure I am not missing out on a better product but also cheaper than Diffinity. I would recommend this product for anyone who isn't as fussy as me and I will proberly go back to it after trying some others but it has sort of restored my faith in Simple products again.

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                            10.04.2008 07:32
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                            A good pore cleaning scrub

                            I have recently written a review on a facial scrub by clean & clear that I thought had been the best one I had used, the problem was that for Christmas my mum had bought me a box of bits which included this Bior scrub. So after finishing the last of my favourite I decided to give this one a go I doubted that it would top my favourite one as it had taken me ages to find that one so what was the chances of finding another one just as good? But seeing as mum bought it for me I felt it would be rude and wasteful not to give it a try, so how did it compare to my favourite?

                            PACKAGING

                            The Biore products seem to have a bit of a face-lift recently and seem to have a more up to date look about their packaging. This particular product comes in the standard plastic stand up tube; the tube is a sort of frosted see through but looks green because that's what colour the scrub is! It also has some nice different coloured stripes on the top and states on the front that this is new and exfoliates better than ever! If it's new how can it exfoliate better! The lid is clear in colour and is your basic flip top, which does seem to get very messy when, squeezing out the scrub even more than normal with this sort of packaging but that could be me!

                            PRODUCT STATEMENT

                            Now your pores can breath a sigh of relief with Biore pore unclogging scrub. This gentle pore cleansing scrub with salicylic acid gently lifts away dead skin cells and cleanses away pore-clogging dirt and oil. Perfect to use every day to leave your skin looking radiant and fresh.

                            USING

                            The first thing I noticed about this scrub is the scent it has a really nice fresh scent it kind of reminds me of summer and for some reason cucumbers! The scrub itself is a very light green with dark green tiny beads; it does feel a bit slimy to touch but not overly. You use this scrub as you would use any face wash, basically wet your face with warm water and massage a small amount into your face and neck. You really don't have to use a lot as a little goes a long way, when you squeeze the scrub out of the tube it comes out like a small thin sausage, not runny but not so thick it doesn't come out easily.

                            It spreads over the face very well it doesn't foam up a lot but feels quite refreshing on the skin; you can also feel the tiny beads exfoliating your skin. The beads do feel a little bit scratchy but it's not an unpleasant feeling, you don't have to scrub the skin to hard, as the beads seem to do their job with minimal scrubbing! Even in the worst spots such as around your nose and chin.
                            Rinsing is very easy and I don't have to scrub to get of the last bits, I tend to pat dry my face with a nice fluffy towel after using a face scrub (I wish! the towels are normally wet and flat after my lot have used them!).

                            So does it work? In a word yes I have to say that I have noticed a difference in my skin since using this scrub. My pores seem really clear especially around my nose; I haven't spotted one blackhead since I started using this product. I have also noticed that the spots I occasionally get around my chin seemed to have become less, I can't say that after using this my skin is soft enough to stop using moisturiser but it certainly doesn't get that tight feeling that you can get with some scrubs.

                            I can also say that my skin has had no reaction to this product and my skin can be a bit temperamental and flare up with a lot of these kinds of products, I can get dry red patches after using some scrubs but I am happy to report that I had no experience of these.

                            INGREDIENTS

                            Active Ingredient: Salicylic acid 2.0%
                            Inactive Ingredients: water, sodium cocoyl isethionate, glycerin, glycol distearate, synthetic wax, PEG-6 caprylic/capric glycerides, ethoxydiglycol, cetyl alcohol, PEG-12 dimethicone, sodium lauroyl lactylate, menthol, benzophenone-4, propylene glycol, xanthan gum, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, diazolidinyl urea, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, sodium hydroxide, fragrance, blue 1 lake, yellow 5 lake, yellow 5, blue 1

                            The product also claims to be dermatologically tested, hypo-allergenic, non-pore clogging, gentle enough for every day use.

                            PRICE & RANGE

                            Pore unclogging scrub 140ml ... £4.99

                            Blemish fighting ice cleanser 200ml ... £4.99

                            Shine control clay mask 90ml ... £4.99

                            Oil control cleanser 170ml ... £4.99

                            This is some of the range and prices, at the moment some of the products are on special offer in Superdrug.

                            WOULD I BUY IT AGAIN?

                            Now you see I have a dilemma, not anything life or death but still a dilemma! It took me ages to find the perfect face scrub and now I have found two! It's like waiting for buses! I have decided to have the best of both worlds I will use the clean & clear one in the morning and this one at night, So yes I would buy this again it's not over expensive and ticks all the right boxes so it gets the thumbs up from me!

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                              05.04.2008 19:52
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                              A magical family fairy tale

                              I have not written many movie reviews simply because there are plenty of people writing on here that do a really great job in this category and to be honest I really don't get the time to sit and watch many films. I mainly end up seeing films with the kids and having 2 boys aged 9 and 11 they are not really anything a women would really be into!

                              Last year there was a lot of films that my boys really wanted to see, 2007 seemed to be a really good year for kids films we had Shrek 3, Harry Potter, Transformers, The Simpson's movie and Pirates of the Caribbean. Lucky me I got to see them all! Then I saw adverts for this film and really fancied seeing it but as it looked more like a fairy tale the boys weren't that keen and by the time I got around to persuading them the film was gone from the cinema.

                              So I decided to get it on DVD and watch it on my own in peace and quiet, this has happened to me once before with the film Nanny Mcphee and It ended up with me starting to watch it and then having an audience, the boys suddenly decided that they really wanted to watch it and now that DVD is in their room never to be seen by me again! So did the same happen with this film or did I get to keep it to myself?

                              THE PLOT

                              The film starts with a narration from none other than Sir Ian Mckellan setting the scene, he explains about the mysterious and magical town of Stormhold and the English town of Wall that is next to it. The town of Wall has surprise surprise! a wall separating it from Stormhold, along this wall is a gap that is guarded 24 hours a day by a funny little man who keeps anyone curious away.

                              The story begins with a young man called Dunstan Thorn he decides to get through the gap in the wall and tricks the old man, having finally found Stormhold he encounters a young lady who tells him she is really a princesses enslaved by a witch, they have a brief encounter (you know what I mean!) and Dunston goes back to Wall a happy young man. That is until 9 months later the funny little old man turns up at his door and hands him a basket with a baby boy in it.

                              The story then goes forward and you then meet the baby who is now grown into a young man, his name is Tristan and the narrator explains that this story is how Tristan became a man. Tristan you begin to realise isn't the most popular 18 year old in the town and doesn't seem to have had much luck especially with the ladies, he has set his sights on the most popular girl Victoria but she has eyes for the more popular and arrogant Humphrey. The one thing Tristan has got going for him is he doesn't give up and a week before Victoria's birthday takes her for a champagne picnic, while there they see a shooting star and Tristan makes her a promise that he will bring the star to her as a birthday present, she agrees that if he succeeds she will marry him and not Humphrey.

                              After a failed attempt to cross the wall his father tells him about his journey over the wall and gives him a letter and a candle that his mother left for him in the basket, the candle is a magic candle and transports him straight to the star but all is not as it seems and the star turns out to be not what he expects in fact the star is a girl and a very pretty one at that, so begins the journey back to Wall with his star to give to Victoria for her birthday.

                              Meanwhile in Stormhold the king is dying and summons his remaining sons to sort out who will next be king, the king had 7 sons and 1 daughter but now only has 4 remaining living sons the other 3 sons have been killed by their brothers in the pursuit of the throne and the daughter has mysteriously disappeared. The king enchants a jewel on a chain and tells the remaining brothers that whoever finds the jewel and turns it red will be the king he then magically shoots it into the sky. Problem is it was this jewel that knocked the star out of the sky so she ends up wearing it, one of the brothers then finds out that if he has the heart of a star he will be immortal and rule forever so he obviously starts hunting the jewel and the star. Oh and just to let you know as the brothers die they become ghosts that follow the journey of the living brothers, these are quite comical at times and include David Walliams and Rupert Everett.

                              Another person to see the shooting star fall to earth is a witch called Lamia she gets very excited about this and informs her two sisters. The reason they are very excited is because they need the heart of a star to become young and beautiful again. They found the last star to fall to earth and took her heart but there is very little left so they have become old. These are dark witches and will do anything to get the star, Lamia sets off to get to the star and so the film becomes a sort of three way story all leading to the star.

                              I have give a special mention in this review to Robert De Nero who usually plays the tough sort of guy and I have loved ever since I saw the film Once upon a time in America, in this film it appears at first that his role is another tough guy role being that he is the captain of a sky pirate ship. Until we glimpse him away from his crew the tough image disappears and he becomes a bit on the feminine side complete with dresses and the can-can!

                              THE CAST

                              Charlie Cox as Tristan Thorn
                              Claire Danes as Yvaine ( the star )
                              Michelle Pfeiffer as Lamia
                              Robert De Niro as Captain Shakespeare
                              Mark Strong as Septimus
                              Nathaniel Parker as Dunstan Thorn
                              Kate Magowan as Una
                              Sienna Miller as Victoria Foresster
                              Peter O'Toole as King of Stormhold
                              Jason Flemyng as Primus
                              Joanna Scanlan as Mormo
                              Sarah Alexander as Empusa
                              Rupert Everett as Secundus
                              Ricky Gervais as Ferdy the Fence
                              Mark Heap as Tertius
                              Adam Buxton as Quintus
                              Julian Rhind-Tutt as Quartus
                              David Walliams as Sextus
                              Melanie Hill as Ditchwater Sal
                              Ben Barnes as Young Dunstan Thorn
                              David Kelly as Guard
                              Mark Williams as Billy
                              Dexter Fletcher as Skinny Pirate
                              Henry Cavill as Humphrey
                              Ian McKellen as Narrator
                              Jake Curran as Bernard

                              The best bit about this cast is the fact it has a very English film feel, As you can see from that list there is a few faces that you should recognize including Melanie Hill who was Avaline in Bread! Also Ricky Gervais to be honest he more or less played his part the same as most of his parts so can't say he stretched himself! But it really felt as if the film was mainly English.

                              I felt all the parts were acted well, I thought that Michelle Pfieffer was great and looked absolutely fantastic for her age and even though she played a evil witch I couldn't help but warm to her for some reason (maybe it's the witch in me!) I also enjoyed the performances of the main characters Claire Dane (little women & Romeo and Juliette) who played the star was feisty and not always the usual damsel in distress. Also Charlie Cox who I think this is his first big movie-leading role is also believable and has lots of personality and makes the transformation from clumsy young man to hero believable.

                              OTHER BITS

                              The film was originally a book written in 1998 by Neil Gaiman and was adapted into a screenplay by Matthew Vaughn (layer cake, lock stock and snatch) and Jane Goldman (wife of Johnathon Ross). I can't honestly say if the film stays true to the books, as I haven't read them.

                              Robert de Nero's role was either going to be offered to himself or Jack Nicolson and Claire Danes role was originally offered to Sarah Michelle Geller (her of Buffy fame!) but she turned it down.

                              The filming locations are mainly British including the Scottish highlands and the Isle of Skye and look stunning in the film.

                              Take That wrote the song Rule the world for the film, and this gave the film some extra hype.

                              The film lasts for 130mins but isn't bum numbing and once the action starts the time flies by! This has also been given a PG cert as there is some violence, but to be honest from what kids see today its quite tame.

                              The special effects are really good but nothing you haven't seen before if you have seen Harry Potter, there is a great sword-fighting scene near the end that really looked fantastic.

                              I just bought the cheaper version so sorry can't report on any DVD extras as there isn't any.

                              MY OPINION

                              You can proberly tell from this review that I did like this film actually I loved it! I really managed to lose myself in the film and laughed a lot. I felt all the actors enjoyed their parts and this seemed to show, I didn't even stop the film for a cuppa, which for me is a miracle! For me this is the perfect film for Sunday afternoons to curl up with the kids and enjoy a good family film.

                              I can also report that again I have lost this DVD to my boys as they really enjoyed it and actually had the nerve to question why I didn't take them to the pictures to see it! There was enough action to keep them interested and for them the lovey dovey bits were not over long so they could just about stand them!

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                                28.02.2008 21:13
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                                A good moisturising body wash

                                I received this shower gel as a Christmas pressie, my mum buys me a box of bits every year that has all sorts of bath and body bits and knowing that I love a good body wash she bought me quite a few. The problem is when is start using one I quickly get bored and move on to the next one which leaves a few half empty bottles in the bathroom! The other half then starts moaning that there isn't room for his stuff! So did this one become another dust gatherer?

                                COMPANY HISTORY

                                Radox first started in 1908 in the UK with their famous bath salts that were made from natural herbs and minerals. The name Radox comes from the words "radiated oxygen" as Radox said that their products radiate the scent of their product through the oxygen that comes out of a hot bath or shower. (God I feel like I am on brainiacs!) Sara Lee, the queen of the cakes, owns this company!!
                                One last bit of useless information, Radox was the first company to make liquid soap!

                                PRODUCT STATEMENT

                                Lot's of people use jasmine and fig as they are known for their caring properties, why not indulge yourself in our new shower cream. What makes it special? 100 years of Radox know how, fragrant jasmine, luscious fig and a whole lot of herbs and minerals.

                                PACKAGING

                                This come in the latest and up to date Radox packaging, it is shaped like a tear drop with the lid and pull out hanging hook thing in silver and the rest of the bottle is clear so you can see the colour of the shower cream. This particular cream is a lovely rich burgundy colour, the lid is your basic flip top with the plastic sort of bit in the hole that is supposed to stop the lid getting messy but never works for me! On the front it has the famous Radox logo and some lovely rose petals, it also states that this is a limited edition.

                                USING

                                I must admit I did like the look of this shower cream especially the richness of the burgandy (I know the tiny things do please me!) The first thing I noticed just before using it was the smell, I couldn't quite put my finger on it and to be honest wasn't really sure I liked it. But the more I used it the more I could distinguish it as the jasmine, and after a while I really came to like the scent, I can't say that I can smell the figs but every now and then you get a bit of a different waft which I have put down to the figs (as to be honest I don't know what figs smell like!).

                                I always use a body puff thingy as it makes the shower cream go further and you don't have to use as much, with this cream I really didn't need to use a lot at all. It lathers up very well and the lather has a sort of pink tinge to it which was nice me being a girl having 2 boys and an other half its nice to have some nice pink girly things (again with the tiny things pleasing me!). The scent really wafts around the bathroom as you are using it but isn't so strong that it gets sickly like some can do. Even though the lather is quite rich it is very easy to rinse of and there is no slimy bits left after rinsing.

                                After drying myself my skin does feel nice and soft, not soft enough to forget about moisturising but doesn't dry my skin out, I have also had no adverse reaction to this product and my skin is quite sensitive. The actual scent does linger a bit but isn't over strong and you just catch a waft every now and then. I must also add that this 250ml bottle did last me about a month and that was using it every day so it was also good lasting value.

                                PRICE & RANGE

                                Indulge yourself 250ml ... £1.48

                                Pamper me 250ml ... £1.48

                                Care for me 250ml ... £1.48

                                Nourish me 250ml ... £1.48

                                That is just a few of the range but they are the newest editions, the prices are from Sainsburys where they are on special offer quite a lot.

                                INGREDIENTS

                                Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Parfum, Sine Adipe Lac, Ficus Carica Extract, Jasminum Officinale Extract, Olea Europaea Leaf Extract, Coco-Glucoside, Citric Acid, Glyceryl Oleate, Glycol Distearate, Laureth-4, Polyquaternium-7, Sodium Lactate, Glycerin, Citronellol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Limonene, Dipropylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Lactic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, CI 17200, CI 42090.

                                Would I buy this one again?

                                Yes I would, I have now got used to the scent and love it now, the lather is lovely and rich and the bottle lasts quite a while. So no down sides except that it may not be around for long as it is a limited edition so I will have to stock up when they are on offer. At least the other half will be pleased and this one won't gather dust mind you if I do stock up there still won't be room for his stuff! Still you can't win them all !!!

                                Property of lisa8871 & madmum71

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