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      20.03.2013 19:46
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      Enjoyable film that I would watch again.

      Film-only review.

      A friend of mine had been going on and on about how great this film was, so my husband and I decided to sit down and watch it over the weekend. Before watching it, my husband referred to it as a "girly" film and a chick flick. He was wrong (as he often is!)
      This fim is based on the novel written by Stephen Chbosky. In hindsight, I wish I had read the book first. The film was great, but I'm sure the book must be even better, as is usually the case.

      Plot
      It's time for 15-year old Charlie (Logan Lerman) to start high school. He has no friends and is not really looking forward to high school, and it seems that he's had a rough year. High school doesn't start off too well for him-his only friend seems to be his English teacher and he is basically a social outcast. Then he befriends two seniors, Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson) who take him under their wing and show him what life is like when you're surrounded by good friends.

      Cast
      Logan Lerman - Charlie
      Ezra Miller - Patrick
      Emma Watson - Sam
      Johnny Simmons - Brad
      Nina Dobrev - Candace
      Paul Rudd - Mr. Anderson
      Adam Hagenbuch - Bob
      Mae Whitman - Mary Elizabeth
      Erin Wilhelmi - Alice
      Reece Thompson - Craig

      What I thought
      Firstly, I loved the characters. Charlie is this sweet, misunderstood boy who really cares about the people in his life. He's very likeable and you can't help but feel concerned about him. I thought Logan Lerman was incredibly convincing in his role as Charlie and really stole the show. Patrick is this really fun guy-he's not very popular and other people at his school seem to think he's weird, but he's actually a genuinely good guy. He has a lot of problems but masks them really well so that he seems really happy and care-free. Ezra Miller plays his role really well and it's impossible to not love him. Sam is Patrick's step sister, and another genuinely good person who is really there for Charlie. I'm so used to seeing Emma Watson playing the role of Hermione in the Harry Potter series that it took me a while to adjust to seeing her as someone else, but I thought her acting was quite good. It's not hard to see why she's Charlie's first crush. The other characters were all quite good too, including the English teacher Mr. Anderson (Paul Rudd) and Charlie's sister, and they all helped to make this film great.

      What I really loved about this film was that it was believable. The film touches on the topics of depression, suicide, homophobia, identity and love, and I think all of us can related to at least one of these issues. There is a twist at the end that surprised me, although my husband had already figured it out.
      The soundtrack is quite central to the film as Sam introduces Charlie to the music she likes, and includes songs like Heroes by David Bowie and Asleep by The Smiths.

      This film was released on 3 October 2012 and has a runtime of 102 minutes. It is rated 12A.

      Price and Availability
      The DVD is available on Amazon and Tesco for £9.99, and on Play for £12.99, among other places. I recommend you shop around for a good offer.

      Final Word
      I really loved this film and I think that it would appeal to all kind of people. My husband had to admit it wasn't a "girly" film and that he thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very thought-provoking, and deeper and more intense than I expected it to be. I do plan on reading the book now, and possibly watching the film again after that.

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      • Feminax Express / Pain Relief / 74 Readings / 73 Ratings
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        15.03.2013 13:55
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        Effective relief from menstrual pain.

        Fortunately for me, not every period is a painful one. Every once in a while though, I will get terrible cramps that make it very difficult to carry on with my day to day activities. For years I have been taking general pain killers for period pain relief, with varying results-pain relief is usually minimal and short-lived. Then I came across this product during an online shop at Superdrug and decided to try it out as I thought that a product specifically aimed at relieving period pain might be more effective.

        What is this for
        Feminax express is meant for period pain and associated symptoms including cramps, muscular pain, backache and headache. The active ingredient, Ibuprofen Lysine, is meant to work faster than regular Ibuprofen, providing quicker relief.

        Packaging
        The tablets come in a bright pink and purple cardboard box with the silhouette of a woman on it. Inside the cardboard box is an information leaflet and a strip of tablets. The text on the box tells you how many tablets you are getting and what they are meant for.

        Instructions
        For oral use. Swallow the tablets whole with water. Do not chew. Adults, the elderly and children over 12 years: Initially take 1 or 2 tablets with water, then if necessary take 1 or 2 tablets every 4 hours. Leave at least 4 hours between doses. Do not exceed 6 tablets in 24 hours. Not suitable for children under 12 years.

        The tablets
        Each film coated tablet contains 200mg ibuprofen (as ibuprofen lysine). The tablets are white in colour, not very big, and are smooth, making them easy to swallow. They don't taste nasty when you pop them into your mouth as some tablets do.

        What I thought
        Once the cramps start, I take 2 tablets with some water. Within 45 minutes, all the pain is gone for the rest of the day. Usually this is all I need as I only suffer from period pain on the first day. If the pain does return, I just take another tablet and that is really all I need. So I only need 2-3 tablets when I have a painful period. I sometimes suffer from a backache during my period as well, and this helps to relieve that too.

        I have tried taking just one tablet to begin with, but this wasn't really effective for me so now I just take two.

        Price and Availability
        These tablets are available at most chemists and anywhere else you might buy medicines, as well as online, and I usually purchase them from Boots or Superdrug depending on where they are on offer. They come in a 16-tablet box and an 8-tablet box. The 16-tablet box is currently retailing at Boots for £4.20 and at Superdrug for £3.89 while the 8-tablet box is retailing at Superdrug for £2.49. You can occasionally find them on offer and that is when I buy them.

        Final Word
        Bottom line is, my search is over. I find these tablets to be very effective and fast at relieving period pain and don't feel the need to look elsewhere. As I only need to use 2-3 tablets every couple of months, a box of 16 tends to last me a year, so I am more than happy to pay £3-ish for these once a year. If you need to use these more often and can afford them, I would definitely still recommend them as they are better than anything else I've ever used. I have had no side effects while using them.

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          10.03.2013 15:18
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          Gorgeous lashes for a night out.

          My lashes are of an average length and are dark, so I don't really use mascara on a daily basis. I usually only use it when I'm going out, and so I prefer to invest in a good quality mascara. I had heard a lot of good things about this mascara, and about Max Factor mascaras in general, so when my previous mascara was running out, I decided to go ahead and buy this.

          Packaging
          The mascara comes in a chunky tube that makes it easy to spot in your makeup bag, and also easy to hold. When you unscrew the lid, you will see that the brush is quite large, definitely larger than that of other mascaras I have used in the past. The bristles are short and spiky, and are quite densely packed onto the brush. The wand is comfortable to hold while applying the mascara.

          What Maxfactor says
          Why fake it when you can get a false lash impact with your own lashes? New False Lash Effect Mascara doubles your lash size with the impact of false lashes without the fuss. It's this season's make up artist must have. The secret is in the lash boosting combination of Max Factor's biggest brush ever combined with patented Liquid LashTM technology. Now with every volumising coat the big brush sweeps right to the tips giving your lashes fullness and head turning attitude. The result is 100% impact. 100% you.

          What I thought
          With the brush being so large, and with so many short bristles, one would think that it would be quite difficult to apply the mascara. However, it is quite easy as long as you are careful and pay attention to what you are doing. I hold the wand at the base of my lashes and wiggle it back and forth as I move it through my lashes. This separates my lashes and allows them to be evenly coated. This mascara does not cause my lashes to clump, and definitely makes them look longer and thicker, but I wouldn't go so far as to say that it gives a false lash effect, or that it doubles my lash size. My lashes are definitely more defined though. I think this mascara would work even better for those that don't have dark lashes.

          This mascara is available in black and black/brown. I own the black shade as my lashes are already quite dark so I don't think the black/brown shade would have as much of an impact. It is also available in a waterproof formula. I bought this in the regular, non-waterproof formula. I was a little worried that the mascara might smudge because my eyes tend to water a little every now and then, but the mascara does not budge once I apply it (until I use a makeup remover to remove it, that is). It is easily removed with a makeup remover.

          Price and Availability
          It is available at Boots, Superdrug and other chemists and stores that sell makeup, as well as online. At Boots it is currently selling for £10.99 and is on a 3 for 2 offer. I bought it from Amazon for £8.60 and it is currently on sale there at £8.80 for the black shade and £5 for the black/brown shade. I would recommend that you shop around for a good offer.

          Final Word
          I would definitely recommend this mascara. It provides excellent, even coverage, makes my lashes noticeably longer and thicker, separates them and does not make them clump. In my opinion it is a night-out mascara rather than a daytime use one because it gives a dramatic, defined look. The price is ok for such a good quality product and if you shop around, you don't have to pay full price. Also, it did not irritate my sensitive eyes at all, so that is definitely a plus.

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            07.09.2012 13:47
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            A great shampoo for those that need a little more bounce in their hair.

            When it comes to shampoo, I turn to Herbal Essences on a regular basis. Not only are their hair products affordable, but they also perform well and smell divine. Plus they're often on sale making them quite a bargain. This particular shampoo has a "lightweight formula" (which means it doesn't weigh your hair down) with white nectarine and pink coral flower extracts and is meant for fine/normal hair. While my hair isn't exactly fine, it does tend to get a little flat by the end of the day so I was interested in seeing how this shampoo would work.

            Packaging
            This shampoo comes in a curved plastic bottle that is clear with an orange tinge to it, allowing you to see how much shampoo is left inside. The top of the bottle is orange and green. To dispense the shampoo, you press down on one side of the lid and a small opening pops up on the other side-much better than having to deal with fiddly lids with wet hands!

            The shampoo
            The shampoo is clear with an orange tinge to it. It is easily dispensed from the bottle but is not too runny. It smells absolutely gorgeous! The scent fills my bathroom when I use it and is floral and fruity at the same time and really is divine, just as expected. It does linger on my hair and I love catching whiffs of it on my hair through the day. You use this just like you would use any other shampoo. It lathers quite well and you just need a small amount to wash your hair. It rinses out very easily and I then follow up with conditioner (not from the same range) as I have dry ends. My hair does feel quite clean after using this shampoo and stays this way for a day (which is normal for me as I have greasy roots).

            Once it had dried, my hair felt quite soft and smooth, had a little more volume and bounce, and did not get flat by the end of the day. That was all I needed so I was more than satisfied, but those with very fine hair may be disappointed. My hair looked healthy and was nice and shiny, so for me at least the results were very good.

            Price and Availability
            This shampoo is available in 200 ml and 400 ml bottles. It can be bought at most supermarkets and chemists as well as online, and the 400 ml bottle is currently retailing for £3.49 at Boots and is on a 3 for 2 offer. Herbal Essences products are often on offer so I suggest you search for one before buying.

            Final Word
            I always buy Herbal Essences products on "buy one get one free" or half price offers, so for the price I paid for this I was more than satisfied and have no complaints at all. My hair felt clean, soft and smooth after use and although there wasn't a huge difference in terms of volume, my hair did have a little more body and was not flat at the end of day. Plus the scent is heavenly! You only need to use a small amount so the bottle does last quite long and is excellent value for money. I recommend this shampoo and would purchase again.

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            26.08.2012 20:09
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            Lovely hotel in a decent location.

            As part of our trip to Italy, 3 of my friends and I wanted to visit Venice for 2 nights. As soon as we started looking at accommodation we knew that finding a nice place to stay in the centre of Venice within our budget would be next to impossible, so we started looking at the areas nearby. Searching on Expedia, I came across Feel Inn, and after reading reviews on tripadvisor, i thought it would be the perfect place for us to stay at.

            Location
            Feel Inn is located in Mestre, about a 5-10 minute bus ride away from the airport. You can take a bus from the airport that stops a few metres away from the hotel, and this bus also takes you to Piazzale Roma in about 15 minutes, so transport-wise, you're pretty much sorted. We took the bus from the airport and knew where to get off as we saw the sign for the hotel, but if you're not paying attention it is easy to miss.

            The hotel and check-in
            The hotel is pretty small, and only has 11 rooms. The front desk is not manned 24 hours a day, and you need a key to get into the hotel, so if you're arriving out of hours, you need to inform the hotel beforehand (and have to pay a fee too, I believe). We arrived at 8 or 9 in the morning, and the receptionist arrived at the same time as us, so he let us in. You have to climb a flight of stairs to get to the tiny lobby. Once there, we handed over the relevant documents to the receptionist, but as check-in is at 2 pm, we were told our rooms weren't ready, which we were expecting. However, the receptionist told us our rooms would be ready by 11am, and then proceeded to tell us how we could get to Piazzale Roma and where we could get bus tickets from. He also told us a little about the centre of Venice and gave us a map of the area. We then decided to go have breakfast at a cafe located near the hotel. When we returned at 11, the receptionist handed over our keys to us, and explained that the keyring also contained the key to the front door that was to be kept locked at all times, so we had to make sure we closed it behind us. The area seemed pretty safe though. Near the hotel are a pizza place, a cafe, a supermarket and a tobacco shop/newsagent where we bought our bus tickets from. We ate at the cafe twice, and at the pizza place once during our stay and the food was good and reasonably priced.

            The room
            We had booked 2 twin rooms, but got a double and a twin room, which were very different from each other! Apparently, each of the 11 rooms in the hotel is decorated with different themes and colours. The double room where two of my friends stayed was small and basic. The twin room that I stayed in with a friend was big and luxurious. The room had everything we needed from a wardrobe, 2 huge beds, a desk, a TV, bedside tables, a mini-bar, a safe and brilliant air conditioning. The bed was comfortable and the bedding was beautiful. We also had a balcony with a table and chairs. The attached bathroom was spacious and very modern. It had a toilet, a sink with a huge counter-top, and a large walk-in shower. There was plenty of hot water and the pressure was good too. The hotel doesn't have a breakfast room so breakfast was served in our room. During check-in the receptionist had asked us what hot drink we would like with breakfast and when it should be brought to our room. Breakfast included bread, croissants, cheese, spreads, fruit yoghurt, juice, and your choice of hot drink. Breakfast was good and enough to fill us up. Both mornings I opted for a cappuccino that tasted delicious and my friend asked for a hot chocolate which she said was lovely. We had planned to enjoy our breakfast on the balcony, but we saw a lizard out there, so stayed inside instead as both of us are terrified of lizards. We slept well on both nights as the hotel is in a quiet area and there was no noise from other guests, and also because the beds are just lovely. The room was cleaned daily to a high standard during our stay.

            Staff
            The man at the front desk was always friendly and helpful. He would answer any questions we had and was always available during his hours. The only other staff member we came across was the lady who brought in our breakfast who was also always very polite.

            Cost
            We paid £64 per night for our room and stayed for 2 nights. What we got for that price was amazing (although I don't think my other two friends would really agree) so my room-mate and I were quite happy.

            Overall
            If I were to visit Venice again, I would definitely stay at this hotel (although I would ask them for one of the big rooms). The location was brilliant-it was far enough from the centre of Venice for us to relax and have a quiet nights sleep, but close enough for us to easily come and go. The airport is pretty close too, so that's an advantage as well. There were places to eat out in the area, as well as a supermarket, so you're not cut-off. The room we stayed in was amazing, and I still can't believe that we got such an amazing room for £64 a night. I really did not want to leave this hotel at the end of our stay!

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              18.08.2012 17:12
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              A great shower gel for those that like raspberries.

              If you read my reviews, you may be aware that The Body Shop is one of my favourite brands. The products are a little expensive to buy, but there is usually some kind of offer or sale going on, and I often find myself compulsively buying anything and everything whenever there is a good offer on. I find that this product is often on sale, and decided to give it a try since I had never used it before.

              Packaging
              This shower gel comes in the standard Body Shop shower gel bottle. The bottle is made out of clear plastic and has a flip top lid which is easy to flip open with wet hands and is not fiddly. When I've used most of the shower gel, I tend to store the bottle upside down (leaning against a shampoo or conditioner bottle to prevent it from falling over) so that the shower gel is easily dispensed. The bottle isn't very attractive, but is simple and practical.

              The Shower Gel
              The shower gel is dark pink, almost purple in colour and of a pretty good consistency-it is not overly thick, nor is it very runny. The scent is ok-it smells fruity and sweet, and slightly artificial but not in a bad way. I think the fact that I don't really like the scent has more to do with me not being a big fan of raspberries than with the scent itself, which is more than pleasant. The scent does not linger on my skin, which is fine by me. You only need to use a small amount to produce a lot of lather. I use this with a shower puff as it produces lots of lather this way and makes the shower gel go further. The shower gel leaves my skin clean and doesn't dry it out. I do follow up with a body butter or lotion though as I have dry skin.

              Price and Availability
              This shower gel can be bought at The Body Shop, instore or online at http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk. The 250 ml bottle retails at £4 and the 60 ml bottle retails at £2, but I usually buy the 250 ml bottle on sale for around £2. I usually buy 250 ml bottles of regular shower gel for £1, but as this is a luxury product, I am willing to pay the extra every now and then, but would still not pay the full £4.

              Final Word
              This shower gel is decent enough, but not one of my favourites, due to the scent. I definitely prefer the moringa shower gel because of the lovely scent. However, this does perform well as a shower gel, lathers well despite being soap-free, and leaves my skin feeling nice and clean. I have been using this shower gel for over 2 months now, and have only used about half of the bottle, so a 250 ml bottle lasts for 4-5 months, making it good value for money. Those that like the scent of raspberries will love this shower gel, but I probably wouldn't buy it again. I will still give this product 5 stars though, as the scent is nice, even if it's not for me.

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                09.08.2012 20:20
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                A good basic hotel, but don't expect lots of luxuries.

                I went on holiday with some friends last summer, and Santorini was one of the places we visited. I was in charge of all bookings, and checked trip advisor before booking, and saw that Atalos Villas was one of the cheaper top rated hotels. After reading some of the reviews, I decided to book Atalos Villas.

                Booking
                I booked through Expedia, and although my card details were taken to confirm the booking, I was not charged for it. I contacted the manager of Atalos Villas through their website and was told I could pay using cash or card when I checked out of the hotel. I booked 2 double rooms and a triple room and it was a fairly simple process. Once we booked our accommodation, the manager, Giannis, emailed me to tell me he could pick us up from the airport and to email him a day before we were arriving, which I did.

                Location
                Atalos Villas is located in Kamari, 200 meters from Kamari beach (which is a pebble beach). We arrived on a Sunday morning at 6:30 am, and Giannis was there to pick us up, which we greatly appreciated. Santorini is a small island, and the airport is only 2 km away from the hotel. The hotel is about 10 km away from Fira, the capital of Santorini. There is a bus station close by, but I cannot comment on the reliability of the public transport as we were only in Santorini for 2 days, and decided to rent a car to make the best use of our time. There are plenty of restaurants and supermarkets in the area, and we had lunch and dinner at two different restaurants near the hotel. Expect to pay the standard 10 euros for a meal.

                Check in
                Once we arrived at the hotel, Giannis sat us down at the pool bar, gave us a map of Santorini, as well as information on the island and what places to visit. He answered all our questions and also offered us some juice. We were allowed to check in early, and once we were done with our drinks, he showed us to our rooms.

                The hotel
                The hotel is not very big, and doesn't seem to have too many rooms. There is an outdoor pool with a pool bar, and this is where breakfast is served in the mornings as well. We had breakfast on one morning, and there wasn't a lot of variety, but we were all more than happy to fill up on the delicious bread, cheese, Greek yoghurt, boiled eggs and chocolate croissants. There were juices, coffee and tea available as well. My friend ordered an iced coffee from the pool bar, and said it was quite good, and also reasonably priced. The pool was clean, of a decent size, and was actually quite empty during our stay.

                The rooms
                I will be talking about the double room, as that is the one I stayed in. To access some of the rooms, including ours, you have to climb up a flight of stairs. The room was very clean, and contained twin beds (which seems to be the norm in a lot of hotels in Europe, although I really would have preferred a double bed), a wardrobe, a TV and bedside tables. Our room opened into a balcony that overlooked the pool. There were chairs and a table to sit out there, but as we were out most of the time we didn't really get to do that, which is a shame. There was also a fridge, sink and stovetop in our room. We ate out though so can't comment on how the stovetop works. The air conditioning was very good, and kept our room nice and cool. The adjoining bathroom was spacious and had a toilet, sink and shower. The shower area was a little weird, because the shower rail didn't enclose it, so the shower curtain didn't cover one side, and so the bathroom flooded when the shower was used. There was a big drain in the middle of the bathroom so the water did eventually drain, but I thought this was weird, and would have preferred a shower stall. There was always hot water though, and towels were replaced daily, so there were always enough clean towels around. The room was a little aged, but not shabby at all. The room was cleaned daily to a high standard. The beds were a little hard but still comfortable and we slept well. The hotel was very quiet, even though there were other guests around, and I was grateful for this as I am a light sleeper.

                The staff
                Giannis really was wonderful. He runs Atalos Villas with his wife, and is not always around but is always helpful when he is around. I didn't see any other staff around during our stay. We visited some of the places he recommended and they really were wonderful. He was meant to charge us 4 euros each for breakfast, but when we were paying for our rooms during checkout, he told us he wasn't going to charge us for breakfast, even though we insisted on paying. On our last night in Santorini, after we returned the car we had hired, we asked him for restaurant suggestions in the area. He told us there was a restaurant about a 10 minute drive away with delicious food, and he dropped us there, and picked us up when we were done too. I don't think we could have expected better service. He also dropped us off to the airport the next morning at 8 am. So to summarize, Giannis provided us with a complimentary pick and drop from the airport and the restaurant, as well as complimentary breakfast.

                Cost
                I believe we paid 90 euros for a double room for 2 nights, so the cost of a double room for 1 night is a mere 45 euros. I feel that this is very good value for money.

                Overall
                I absolutely loved Santorini and am planning on returning sometime in the future, and would not hesitate to stay here again. Giannis is really wonderful, the rooms are nice and clean, the pool was lovely, Kamari is the perfect base to explore the rest of the island from, and at the price that I paid, I really have no complaints, other than the weird shower set up.

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                  02.08.2012 22:48
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                  Decent hotel with an excellent location.

                  I visited Rome last summer for 3 nights with 3 of my friends, and finding reasonably priced accommodation was pretty hard! We wanted a decent hotel in a location with good transport links as we were planning on being out and about all day. After an extensive search, we decided to book a quadruple room at Hotel Centro as this worked out to be one of our cheapest options.

                  Location
                  The location is really great as the hotel is located only a 5 minute walk away from the Termini station, numerous bus stops, restaurants and a few minutes walk away from some of the sights such as the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. We took a bus to the Termini station on arrival, and using the map we had printed beforehand we were easily able to find the hotel. The Termini station is the main station of Rome, and from it and the bus stop next to it, we were able to visit all the places we wanted to.

                  The hotel and check in
                  Hotel Centro is a 3 star hotel. Check in was smooth, and after handing over the relevant documents to the man at the reception, we were shown up to our room via the elevator, which doesn't take very long to arrive, and runs smoothly. There is a bar in the hotel but I cannot really comment on it as we really only visited it to fill up our water bottles. There is a computer with internet access near the breakfast room that guests can use free of cost. The computer was almost always in use, but I was able to use it twice during my stay. The continental breakfast (included in the price we paid) was decent, and consisted of cereal, bread, cheese, croissants with a variety of fillings, numerous spreads (including tiny pots of nutella), juice, tea and coffee.

                  The room
                  Our first impression of the room was that it was very small. There was a double bed with a single bed next to it, and another single bed placed lengthwise along the opposite wall, with just enough room for one person to walk around the room. There wasn't even enough room for 4 suitcases in the room, although one luggage rack was provided (which was big enough to comfortably store one suitcase). There were bedside tables, a chest of drawers and a wardrobe in the room, although we didn't use the wardrobe much as my friend had placed her suitcase in front of it for lack of a better place. The room was dated, the carpet and bedding looked old and worn out, and the room could use a coat of paint and some general updating. The beds were comfortable though, and there was no noise whatsoever, even though there were other guests on our floor, and we slept well on all 3 nights. It also helps that the hotel is located on a quiet street. The air conditioning was very good, and I woke up the first night freezing, after which I had to turn up the temperature on the controls in the room.
                  What the room lacked the attached bathroom more than made up for. It had just been remodelled, and was clean, spacious and modern. There was a toilet, a sink with a long counter-top with more than enough space for all 4 of us to place our toiletries on it, and a spacious shower with plenty of hot water and good pressure. The usual complimentary toiletries were provided, but we used our own.
                  The room and bathroom were cleaned daily to a high standard even though one of my friends is not very neat and left a mess in the room everyday!

                  The staff
                  We only really came into contact with the two receptionists. Both were very pleasant and helpful. We would ask the day receptionist about transport and the best way to get to certain places, and he was always happy to help out. When we wanted to visit the Borghese Gallery, we asked him if he could book a slot for us, as reservation is mandatory, and he did this for us over the phone. We would ask the evening/night receptionist for restaurant suggestions and he was also always happy to help us out. He also booked a taxi for us when we were leaving. During our stay the power went out on our floor, and I went downstairs and informed the receptionist who sorted it out within 5 minutes.

                  Cost
                  So how much does it cost to stay in the heart of Rome? The quad room costs £140 per night, making it £35 per person per night. We booked it through Expedia with no problems whatsoever.

                  Overall
                  This is not the most modern or beautiful hotel in Rome, in fact it's not even close, but if you want a good night's sleep and a decent breakfast to start the day off, look no further. The hotel is a little dated, but the bathroom (which is more important to me than the room!) was really lovely and after a long day of sightseeing in the heat all we wanted was to shower and rest, which we were easily able to do here. Also the location is excellent, and if I were to visit Rome again I would definitely try to stay near the Termini station, even if I didn't stay at Hotel Centro.

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                    25.07.2012 15:46
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                    Works just as well as expensive brands.

                    I generally tend to buy cheap conditioners as my hair on the whole is quite healthy. I have greasy roots but the ends do tend to get a little dry and my hair gets a little frizzy if I don't use conditioner, but I find that cheap conditioners work just as well as the more expensive ones for me. That's why when I saw this conditioner in boots a few months ago, I didn't hesitate to pick it up (also because I love coconut products!).


                    What Boots says.
                    With extracts of coconut and almond, Boots Ingredients Coconut & Almond Conditioner is specially formulated to moisturise and smooth for soft, shiny and tangle free hair.
                    Directions For Use:
                    Smooth conditioner through wet hair and rinse. For best results use with Boots Ingredients Coconut & Almond Shampoo.


                    Packaging
                    The conditioner comes in a clear plastic bottle with a flip top lid. The lid is easy to flip open even with wet hands. I don't find it hard to get the conditioner out of the bottle even when there isn't much left as you just have to flip it over and give it a shake to move the conditioner to the lid-end of the bottle. I sometimes store it upside down to make is even easier to get the conditioner out.


                    The conditioner
                    This conditioner is basically meant for normal to dry hair. It has a subtle coconut scent which doesn't smell artificial at all. It does fill the shower when I am using it and the delicate coconut scent lingers on my hair. I can't smell the almonds in this at all. The conditioner is white and of a good consistency-it is not so thick that it is hard to get out of the bottle, nor is it so runny that it slips through my fingers. I just need a small amount to cover the ends of my mid-length hair. I leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse. It is easily rinsed from my hair and doesn't make my hair feel heavy. It has an immediate de-tangling effect and makes my hair feel smoother even before it is dry. Once my hair is dry, it feels soft, smooth and knot-free. It doesn't look very shiny or glossy, but that is the only let-down.


                    Price and Availability
                    The 300 ml bottle costs a mere £1.29, which I believe represents excellent value, but you can sometimes find it on offer, which is even better. I will mostly definitely be stocking up on it the next time I find it on offer. As the name suggests, this is a Boots product, so it is only available at Boots, instore and online.


                    Final Word
                    I honestly can't see much of a difference between the way this conditioner and other expensive ones perform. It leaves my hair just as soft and smooth, if not softer, than pricier conditioners I have used in the past. It doesn't really make my hair shiny, but at £1.29 for a 300 ml bottle, I am willing to overlook this one flaw. On the whole, this is a great conditioner and one that I will be using regularly.

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                      One that I will avoid, but may work for some.

                      I am a bit of a Body Shop addict and picked this up in a sale (The Body Shop always seems to have some kind of offer or sale going on so I never play full price for the items). I've never tried anything from the almond range before, although my mother swears by the almond body butter, so I thought I'd give this a try.

                      -Packaging-
                      The shower gel comes in a clear plastic bottle allowing you to see the dark yellow shower gel inside. This is convenient as it allows you to see how much of the product you have left. To use the product you flip the lid open to reveal a small hole that dispenses the shower gel when you flip the bottle upside down and squeeze gently. The bottle is not very heavy even when full and so it is very easy to handle.

                      -The Shower Gel-
                      The shower gel is of a good consistency-not runny nor too thick. When you first pour it out, you can't really smell anything which was disappointing as The Body Shop shower gels usually have a strong scent. However, once I started lathering it up on my shower puff I was hit with a strong, artificial scent. It was overpowering, smelled incredibly synthetic and nothing like almonds, and I was almost gagging as I used it. I carried on using it though, and could not wait to rinse it off. The scent faded once I rinsed it off and thankfully, does not linger on my skin after my shower. The shower gel is soap-free, but produces a lot of lather when I use it with my shower puff. It is easily rinsed off and leaves my skin feeling nice and clean. I used it a few more times, hoping that I would get used to the scent, but no such luck. I really hate it and it just took out all the pleasure from my showering routine (which I normally love!).

                      -Price and availability-
                      This product can be found at The Body Shop stores and also online at www.thebodyshop.co.uk. It normally retails at £4 for a 250 ml bottle and £2 for a 60 ml bottle. It can also be found on offer several times during the year and I purchased my 250 ml bottle for £2.

                      -Do I recommend it?-
                      Based on my experience with this shower gel, I don't really want to recommend it to anyone. However, it could just be me as I do know some people who like this shower gel. It works well as a shower gel, but smells awful, so I would recommend it to those who don't care about the scent, and just want a shower gel that lathers and washes well. But I would recommend that you try to smell this before you buy it, as you might be like me, and really hate the scent. I have passed this shower gel on to my mother now, and she has not complained about it so far. I do use almond oil, and quite like the smell of it, but this smelt nothing like that!

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                        My dooyoo miles are always put to good use!

                        My main reason for joining dooyoo was for the money, but once I started reviewing, I really began to enjoy it. I really like giving my opinion on different products in the hope that it will help people who are looking to buy the products. I really enjoy reading reviews too, and I have dooyoo to blame for my ever-growing wishlist! I won't lie though-it's really great to be rewarded for giving my opinion, and every time I redeem my miles, I am over the moon!

                        So far I have redeemed 115,000 miles and have another 25,000 miles in my account that I will be redeeming soon. I redeemed the 115,000 miles in the form of a £50 cheque, and £65 worth of Amazon vouchers. The £50 cheque was used to pay for the holiday I took to Greece and Italy last year, and really was money well-spent as the holiday was lovely. From the £65 worth of Amazon vouchers, £40 were used to buy a video game and a couple of books for my fiancé, and the remaining £25 were used to buy a text book I needed for university last year.

                        In the future, I think I would like to use my miles to treat myself more, and also to buy things for the soon-to-be-husband! We're getting married at the end of this year, so I'm probably just going to redeem my miles for Amazon vouchers for the time being, so that I can buy some nice things for the house. I'm also currently saving up my Amazon vouchers to buy us a kindle to share, and I'm sure some of my future vouchers will be used to buy e-books! It seems I am saving up for a lot of things, but I do get Amazon vouchers from other websites too, and even if I can get the kindle and have some vouchers leftover for household stuff by December, I will be more than happy. After that, I will be saving up to redeem a cheque so that soon-to-be-husband and I can go on a nice holiday next year.

                        So now you know what I have been spending my dooyoo earnings on, and what I plan to spend them on in the future! I really do enjoy being a member of dooyoo and hope I can always find the time to be a part of the dooyoo community, no matter how crazy life gets.

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                        • Safe House (DVD) / DVD / 115 Readings / 113 Ratings
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                          04.07.2012 12:36
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                          A good watch for those with a couple of hours to spare.

                          Film-only review.
                          I read a synopsis of this film when it was due to be released, and thought it sounded fairly interesting, but I was not in a rush to watch it. My brother, however, was really looking forward to it, but once he had watched it, he said it was a let-down. He tends to have very high standards though, so I didn't let his opinion stop me from eventually watching this film.

                          Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) is a low-level CIA agent, and "housekeeper" of a safe house in Cape Town, South Africa. He hasn't seen much action in the 12 months he has been there, and desperately wants an assignment that will give him a chance to prove himself. Enter Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington), a rogue CIA agent, who is captured in South Africa and transported to the safe house for interrogation. During Frost's interrogation, the safe house is overtaken by some men who are after Frost. Weston and Frost manage to escape and Weston must now protect Frost, evade the men that are after them, and get Frost to another safe house. But who are these gunmen and how did they find Frost in the first place? Who can Weston trust and how will he get out of this situation alive?

                          The film started off a little confusing with a few scenes that didn't seem to fit together, but after a few minutes the pieces did fall together. After that I found the film easy to follow, and slightly predictable. The story is nothing new as such, but a good one nonetheless, and it does have a twist or two that I didn't manage to predict. At no point did I want to stop watching the film though, because I wanted to know how things would pan out, and if my guesses would turn out to be right. The acting was excellent, and Denzel Washington was as brilliant as always. He played the part of the bad guy very well, while managing to show off the depth of his character. Ryan Reynolds was very good too, and really managed to make me care about him and hope that things would turn out well for him.

                          The film is action-packed so will obviously appeal to the action-fans out there, but has a story good enough to attract non-action fans such as myself too. I did enjoy the film, and it held my interest throughout, but I feel that this is one of those films that you can only watch once as subsequent viewings just won't hold any suspense at all since you will already know how things turn out. Despite having a running time of 115 minutes, I didn't feel that the film really dragged, and it was actually quite fast-paced. There were some scenes of Weston's girlfriend included that I did find a little boring, but they were included to provide more of an insight into Reynolds' character. The film didn't have an open ending, and I really appreciated this, because I hate it when the film ends without answering all of my questions. I was quite satisfied with the ending of this film as I felt that they explained everything.

                          I would definitely recommend this film to anyone who has a few hours to spare, and wants to watch a good film, regardless of whether they are an action-fan or not. It's not very original or extraordinary, but it is, nonetheless, a perfectly good film with a solid cast and some excellent acting.

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                            18.06.2012 13:46
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                            A great body wash for daily use that feels more expensive than it is!

                            I was on the lookout for some body wash to take to my aunt's house as I was going to be visiting her for a month and came across this product for about £1 at Waitrose. I've never tried the Waitrose body washes before, but as I know that Waitrose products are generally of a good quality, I did not hesitate to buy this.

                            Packaging
                            As this product is part of the essential Waitrose range, the packaging is quite basic. The body wash comes in a plastic bottle with a hook so that you can hang it in the shower. The flip top lid is easy to flip open even with wet hands. The bottle rests on its lid so it is easy to get the body wash out by gently squeezing the bottle so that the body wash is dispensed through a small hole in the bottle. Be careful when squeezing the bottle though, as if you squeeze too hard, you will end up dispensing too much body wash.

                            The Body Wash
                            The body wash is light green in colour, and is of a creamy consistency, but is not too thick or too runny. I can't really smell green tea, but it definitely does smell of apples. The scent is strong while the product is being used but doesn't linger in the shower or on my skin after use. The fruity scent is quite natural, and not very sweet or artificial. A little goes a long way as the body wash lathers really well and I only need to dispense a small amount onto my shower puff to wash my entire body. The body wash rinses off easily, leaving my skin feeling nice and clean. It doesn't dry my skin out, or irritate my sensitive skin, but I do follow up with a moisturiser as I have dry skin.

                            Price and Availability
                            As this is a Waitrose own brand product, you can only buy it from Waitrose stores or online at www.waitrose.com. The 250ml bottle usually retails at £1.26 but is currently on a "buy 2 for £2" offer, so you can pick up a bottle for £1.

                            Final Word
                            I definitely recommend this body wash, as it is inexpensive, goes a long way, and seems to be of a good quality. It is nice and creamy, smells quite nice and doesn't dry my skin out. It is essentially a basic product, but is just as good as any of the branded shower gels/body washes I use, and I will definitely be purchasing this again.

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                              29.05.2012 11:33
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                              Combines the goodness of Vaseline with a hint of colour.

                              Vaseline is one product that never fails to moisturise my cracked lips, especially during the dry winter months. In fact, these days I am applying it every night without fail and I wake up to lovely, soft lips. I don't really like using Vaseline during the day though as I like a little bit of colour on my lips during the day. When I saw this product while out shopping, I knew I had to have it as I thought it would give my lips some colour while also providing intensive moisturising.

                              Packaging
                              The lip balm comes in a small circular tin that is pink and white in colour. To use, you just twist and pull the lid off of the tin, and apply with either your finger or a lip brush. While the lid is not hard to pry off, it does fit securely on top of the tin, so it won't come off if you carry the tin around in your bag, which you may want to as the tin is so small and light.

                              The Lip Balm
                              The lip balm is basically petroleum jelly containing rose and almond oil for extra moisturising. The lip balm looks just like regular petroleum jelly except for the fact that it is pink in colour! When it is cold, the petroleum jelly is quite solid, but when it gets hot it does melt a little. Either way, you just need to briefly rub your finger in it to get enough to cover your lips. It glides over the lips easily and gives good coverage, and when applied it feels smooth, and not at all heavy or greasy. It gives my lips a glossy, natural pink tint, and looks quite a lot like pink lip gloss. It moisturises my lips very well, and my lips are in a very good condition as a result of using this product regularly. I am not a big fan of rose oil as it often smells very artificial, but this product has a very subtle, natural scent to it which is actually quite pleasant.

                              Price and Availability
                              This product can be bought at most supermarkets and chemists, and the 20g tin is currently retailing for £2.25 at Superdrug and Boots. It is on a 3 for 2 offer at Boots. This product is also available in a stick version, but I have not tried that so I cannot comment on it. There are other versions available too, including the original one, an aloe vera one and a cocoa butter one.

                              Final Word
                              I do think that this is a great product and would definitely recommend it. It gives your lips a natural pink tint with a glossy finish, while also moisturising them, leaving them soft, healthy and in great condition. The price is quite decent as well, and the little tin lasts for ages (about 3 months with daily usage) so I feel that it provides good value for money. Some may find it a little unhygienic to apply with a finger, but a lip brush can be used (I have done this a few times), or you could buy the stick version, although I cannot comment on its quality or effectiveness since I have not used it.

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                              • Your Top 10 / Discussion / 142 Readings / 140 Ratings
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                                The 10 things I love the most.

                                1. My family and friends.
                                They are amazing and I don't know how I would function without their constant love and support.

                                2. My fiancé.
                                We're getting married at the end of the year and I don't know what I'd do without him. He is my best friend and he knows and understands me so well it's scary. I can be really difficult at times but he knows just how to handle these situations. We make each other happy and at the end of the day that's what matters the most.

                                3. Making my own money.
                                I love that I can spend my money on whatever I want and I don't have to answer to anyone, and no one can question me about it.

                                4. Holidays.
                                I love travelling and visiting new places and learning about different cultures. My fiancé and I are thinking about visiting Mexico next year if we can save enough money, and I am already so excited!

                                5. Shopping.
                                I love shopping but I prefer to do it alone as I am quite decisive and people who take ages to decide whether they want something or not drive me crazy. I find it therapeutic to visit a few shops, try on a few things, buy a couple of things and then just sit at a Starbucks sipping on a caramel frappuccino-yum! Buying things really does make me happy.

                                6. Beauty products.
                                Call me vain if you want, but I do think it's important to be properly groomed at all times. While I don't wear a full face of make-up on a daily basis, I do think it's important to always look presentable and I also actually really enjoy taking care of my skin.

                                7. Baking.
                                I love baking! Cooking too for that matter, although I don't do a lot of it. I love baking for other people and it makes me really happy to see people enjoy my freshly baked goodies.

                                8. Food.
                                I love food. I often think/daydream about food and eating out and have favourite dishes at all my usual restaurants.

                                9. The Cinema.
                                Friday nights are usually spent at the cinema with a large coke (and occasionally candy or popcorn) and my favourite people.

                                10. Sleeping.
                                I love it. I find it really hard to get out of bed in the morning and would really like a job where I can start working in the afternoon. While I was at university there were some days where I actually didn't get out of bed till 4 pm!

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