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Purchased from Ebay for 99p with £1.50 postage and packaging!
NO SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW!!
This book is set in the 1980's around a group of 'yuppie' wall street traders who are obsessed with money and materialistic things and think nothing less of dementing homeless people who they think are worthless members of society. To them status and bank balance is everything.
Descriptions of clothing and items filling characters apartments are given at length in the first person by Patrick Bateman (the american psycho) particularly at the start of the book who - just like his 'friends' - is obsessed with the latest fashions, trends and gadgets as appearance means everything to him.
I think these lengthy page(s) long descriptions are needed and play a large part in the novel as it really shows how consumed Patrick is with appearance and fine details. It helps not only to show his obsession with looks but to display his OCD side e.g. if someone is not wearing the right thing or he forgets to do something in his daily routine like return his video tapes then its no more Mr Nice Psycho!
To those surrounding him he is seen as 'the boy next door' type as no one in his high flying circle seem to notice he is on a downward spiral despite his obvious cries for attention/help which go unheard and unanswered.
The book at times is very graphic in its sexual and violent context and at times may prove to be too much for some readers so beware! However people must remember that this is a work of fiction and all these murders described by Bateman really help you to get into his head.
The violence/murders starts off by being mentioned off hand in the book merely using up a sentence or two to keep the reader intrigued. Eventually the murders/ sexual violence are described in very lengthy details (pages at a time) as Patrick reaches his peak of his serial killing rampage which you can sense is building as each murder is described more explicitly and becomes more and more twisted.
Eventually after a point in the book he seems to become less interested in murders and more confused with his own self and why he is doing what he is. His killings become less frequent or at least less written about and described.
I believe that Patrick Bateman wanted to be found out all along perhaps merely to shock and horrify those around him which would give him great pleasure and satisfaction and because this does not happen (despite his obvious attempts) I think this annoys him and causes him to be less interested in the end. However he does not stop killing and does so whenever he has the psychopathic urge to do so.
Overall I love this book and a real classic I am glad to say I have read which is superbly written. I cannot wait to watch the film and see how it compares to the book - although I am hoping it is not quite as graphic!
Have to give 4 stars as I was rather disappointed with the ending!
I got the 6th Generation 8GB Ipod Nano as a Christmas present last year so I am not too sure on the cost at the time however I know you can buy one of these now on Ebay for around £60.00
I really just wanted something to put my music on and had never had an Ipod or any type of MP3 player before but I now think my little Ipod is fab and wouldn't be without it...
For those techno phobe's like me...you must first download Itunes to your computer and this is where all your music must be stored if you want it on your Ipod. Not only can you purchase music from Itunes but you can transfer any existing music from your media player into your Itunes too (this way all your old favs can be put onto your Ipod without having to buy them again!)
Now I do not really use any of the features that my Ipod has, I only really use it for listening to music, however there are some nifty things it can do should you want it to...
GENIUS ICON - The genius Icon on the Ipod selects songs that go well together thus creating an awesome play list for you
SHUFFLE - If you are in an 'indecisive' sort of mood then simply shake your Ipod to change a song and it will select a track at random.
CLIP DESIGN - The Ipod has a clip on the back of it which is great for the more active types who perhaps like running or jogging as the Ipod can be easily clipped onto clothing, no need to worry about it falling out of pockets!
FM RADIO - Regional settings depending on what part of the world you are in.
PEDOMETER - Built in pedometer to measure the number of steps you take
BATTERY LIFE - Great battery life in this little machine, when fully charged you get a full 24 hours usage.
TOUCH SCREEN - apart from the power/screen lock and volume buttons everything is touch screen.
I love my little Ipod but I will have to knock off one star simply because the screen is sooo small. Due to it being a touch screen which is a mere 1.5 inches I am forever selecting the wrong song, either the one above or below the one i actually want. Perhaps I just have fat fingers and it's not a problem for other people but it is rather annoying!
I challenged myself to see if I could find the perfect lipstick to wear everyday. This may seem simple to some but it turned out to be a difficult task to find a shade that was appropriate for my work and that would match any of my every day outfits as well as matching my skin tone.
I set about looking for a 'nude' shade and I came across the L'Oreal Privee Lipstick collection, what a godsend..........
The lipstick comes in 6 Custom made nude colours which L'Oreal claim there is one shade to suit everyone's skin tone.
The 6 shades were chosen by 6 of L'Oreal's models/spoke person's and are named after each of them. The idea is to pick the shade of the person that matches your skin tone the best.
I have pale skin and dye my hair blonde so I went with the Doutzen Kroes - Barely Pink shade.
The other 5 shades to pick from are;
1 - Eva Longoria - Barely Golden
2 - Cheryl Cole - Barely Greige
3 - Julianne Moore - Barely Peach
4 - Freida Pinto - Barely Parma
5 - Liya Kebede - Barely Moka
L'Oreal say that the Barely Pink shade will ''melt into light complexion's while adding a touch of freshness and femininity'' and I couldn't agree more. It really does freshen my face and just give's my make up that finishing touch I was previously missing.
Now it's not the cheapest lippie out there I bought mine in Boots and it was priced at £8.00 however I bought it as part of the L'Oreal 3 for 2 make up offer so got my lippie for free as I was buying foundation and powder anyway! I'm sure Superdrug usually have a 3 for 2 on L'Oreal products too.
The packaging is elegant with a soft black outer casing with the 'signature' of the person whose shade you are wearing displayed in gold. The lipstick is very easy to use (just like any other lipstick really!) and leaves my lips feeling soft and smooth after application. I would say the colour does last for quite awhile and even when it has faded, the shade is so subtle anyway that you aren't left with patchy colour that you sometimes can get with brighter and cheaper lipsticks.
After discovering this product it will now be forever in my make up bag and I have worn it every day since I bought it. I can't see any down sides with this so I'll have to give it 5 stars
I first started buying dry shampoo about a year ago when I became sick of washing, drying and straightening my hair each and every day taking me an hour and a half each time! I have rather long, thick and frizzy hair so this became rather frustrating....
However after purchasing Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo I can still have fresh looking hair and be ready in 20 minutes flat! What's not to love about that?!
I now wash my hair on average once a week and use Batiste every other morning. Despite only washing my hair once in a 7 day period this product keeps my hair looking and feeling good.
To use the dry shampoo I put my head forward and let me hair hang over my face then spray the product into my roots, I then massage it in with my hands and when I lift my head I have lovely fresh looking hair with a bit of volume in it to boot! I sometimes spray a little bit extra on the top of my head. I would suggest spraying this product at arms length from your hair beacuse if you spray it too close to your roots/scalp you will end up looking like you have got grey roots coming through! If this happens dont worry just run a brush through it and massage with your hands until all the product has been worked in and there is no colour left on your hair.
Now there are LOTS of different dry shampoo's on the market and Batiste also have a range to choose from.. but I must say the 'Tropical' is my favourite due to the fact I love the smell of coconut, I would say the fragrance isn't overly powerful and disappears as the day wears on unless you keep re-applying.
I have tried cheaper versions of dry shampoo but I would suggest for the small saving you make it isnt really worth it. Other brands I have tried include Boots and Superdrug own value range and they left me with product build up, were not scented and left my hair feeling powdery to touch. I buy Batiste Tropical Dry Shampoo from Superdrug for £1.99 although it is on offer from time to time. Even though I use this almost every day a regular can of 200ml keeps me going for 2 weeks.
I would recommend this product to everyone who has hair!!
Its great for those like me who do not wish to spend 2 hours washing/drying/styling everyday but also a great little product to keep in your gym/work bag for a little re fresh when you need it!
I bought these wipes simply because they were on offer in Superdrug for £1.99 instead of their usual £3.25.
These are packaged as in the picture above and have a re-sealable white plastic panel along the top of the packet which is good at locking in the freshness and moisture of the cleansing wipes.
These wipes are marketed as being great for sensitive skin (which I have) as they claim to be softer than most other wipes and therefore less harsh on the skin. I would definately have to agree with that statement, my skin felt clean and refreshed after use and not at all sore from rubbing the wipe over my face.
These wipes are alcohol and oil free and have no perfume or colouring in them either - again this is so they do not upset sensitive skin - thumbs up for that!
I would say these were effective at removing my make-up I would generally use two wipes to ensure all my make up had been removed but this is because I do wear alot of it! Of course some extra rubbing was required to remove my eye shadow and mascara which took a bit of time, but I guess that is only to be expected!
I thought these wipes were of good quality as they were thick and didnt tear when I was using them and they were very moist and soothing on my skin. I do like the Simple branded products anyway as they are all great for my sensitive skin type.
I would probably not buy these again unless they were on offer as I think £3.25 for 25 cleansing wipes is a bit expensive and there are much cheaper alternatives out there. I would rather splash out on good make up than waste too much money on cleansing products if I do not have too.
4 stars - really liked them, taking off a star for the price.
I purchased this DVD from Morrisons supermarket to watch on Halloween (last night) I bought it for £9.99 which is good considering it was only released this year.
The purge is 2013 thriller written and directed by James DeMonaco and stars Ethan Hawke (James Sandin) and Leana Headey (Mary Sandin). The film is set in America 2022 where after a crime fueled period they have decided to hold an annual 'Purge' Event. When the Purge occurs all crime including murder is permitted for a 12 hour period, during this time all emergency services will be inaccessible. This has reduced the annual crime rate to 1%
We follow the Sandin Family who are planning a quiet purge night. James Sandin (Father) has made it big selling security systems in the local community due to this purge event and has is own 'state of the art' system in place at home. When they begin the 'lock-down' process of securing their property they are unaware that the night will be anything but 'quiet'. There are lots of twists and turns and I don't want to give to much away as that would kill the suspense should you choose to watch the movie. However the main story of the movie surrounds when the Sandin son sees a homeless man running around their neighboorhood screaming for help as he is being pursued by a group looking to 'purge' with him as their target. The young boy feels guility and wants to help so lifts the security system to let the man in. When the man enters the Sandin home the mother and father quickly put the house on 'lock-down' again but can they trust this stranger in their home? and what about the group looking for this man? Will they find out where he is?
In my opinion it did hold my suspense and I liked the idea of the plot as i felt it was something a 'bit different' to the usual suspense thrillers/horrors I have watched. I would certainly not enjoy it as much the 2nd time around as I know what is going to happen now, but generally thats the case with all these kinds of movies.
I would say its worth a watch but maybe once and then thats all, it raises a few interesting questions though and I enjoyed watching this movie
I do not usually read 'gossip' magazines to be honest. What attracted me to Take A Break was not the stories but the competitions and the chance to win various prizes for completing some short,enjoyable crosswords/word searches and other such like puzzles.
Take a Break is available at all good newsagents and costs a mere 86p (yipee!) not often you can find a magzine for less than a £1 these days. I think this is great value for money when you consider some of the glossy magazines Glamour/Instyle/Cosmopolition are £2 or more!
Per magazine there are on average 14 competitons to enter. Prizes vary from £50 to £10,000. At the back of each magazine there are also some 'Click Win Prizes' where you enter online or on the entry coupon provided in the magazine and all you have to do is 'click' to win there is no question or puzzle to do and the prizes are usually pretty good.
As time has worn on, I have started to come round to the cheesy stories provided in this magazine. Some of them are quite funny and the headlines on the front cover are hard to believe at times! such as a 'spirit sat me geography O level' 'We are real life mermaids' and 'I hide biccies in my giant boobs' to name but a few!
I now enjoy these daft articles over a coffee after completed the puzzles and if theres nothing good on the T.V
This magazine is great for 'compers' (those who like to enter competitons) like me and for those who want a laugh or a bit of gossipy reading. Definatley not one for people who like to read about serious issues. It is also classed as a 'real life' mag so its stories about he general public not celebrities or people in the public eye.
For those of you who are wondering if I have won anything from Take A Break yet the answer is sadly no, but i'm going to keep trying!
I tend to buy all the diet versions of soft drinks rather than the original ones anyway so its not surprising that I am a fan of Diet Coke!
For those of you who do not know Diet Coke is produced by the Coca Cola drinks company (the market leader) Diet Coke actually currently holds 15% of the overall soft drinks market share so I guess I am not the only fan!
I do not think this is the best tasting drink in the world and I tend to prefer the taste of fruity drinks, however sometimes when i'm sick of water and fruit juice I will buy this to get my fizzy fix.
A 250ml serving contains only 1 calorie compared to 108 calories in the original version, so you have to ask yourself is it really worth it? Switch to Diet Coke I say!
I prefer this drink to the full sugar version as it does not leave my teeth with that 'squeaky' feeling that I get with the original one as well as the colries I am saving.
If you have an Aldi supermarket near you I would suggest going there to pick up this drink as I get a two pack of 2 Litre bottles for only £2 which is much cheaper than anywhere else I have been (unless there is some sort of special deal or offer on of course)
I will give it 4 stars as it is my favourite fizzy drink but Its not my favourite tasting drink overall, I also think it can be a bit pricey depending on where you buy it.
I do love my local Greggs! I have recently been taking my lunch to work these days to save a bit of money although on the odd occassion I've treated myself to something out of Greggs for lunch or breakfast, to be honest Its the only place I like to go!
I think it is great value for money, i like the quick and efficient queuing system and all the staff at my local branch are extremely friendly.
In particular I think that the breakfast deal is GREAT value for money. You can pick up a hot filled roll (sausage/bacon) with any hot drink (tea/coffee/hot choc) for £2.00 not often you get those sort of prices these days.
I must say however that I was recently disapointed to find out that lunch time 'meal deal' for £3 has changed. For those of you who don't know you used to be able to pick up a sandwich,crisps and drink for £3 (selected lines only) although now its £3 for a drink and 'meal deal' sandwich and you do not get any crisps. I also noticed alot of the previous sandwiches that used to be in the meal deal offer are not any longer so there is less to pick from and you are getting less for your money than you did previously.
I like that Greggs have such a wide selection of lunch time food/snacks ranging from the typical filled roll/baguettesandwich to hot pizza, sausage rolls, pies and hot savoury filled pastry lattices.
Despite the above point being made about the meal deal going down in value i do not feel guilty getting the odd lunch and always have change of a fiver, will mark down 1 star for the change in their meal deal.
I am quite a costa regular however it must be said that this is mostly due to the fact I do not have a Starbucks close to me! (which I much prefer)
I am a fan of the sweet coffees such as vanilla/caramel lattes and mocha's I usually try any of the limited addition coffee's on offer, the most recent one being the chocolate orange mocha latte that comes with cream on top (very nice!)
The service within Costa tends to be of a 'good' level whichever branch I visit. I would not say staff are overly friendly or attentive but I have never encountered rude staff either.
My order has always been correct and I have enjoyed every cup of coffee purchased......
Their motto of 'Great Coffee deserves great food' does not live up to my expectation. Of course I want great coffee with my food but never seem to get it. I tend to visit the same 3 branches of Costa who all seem to have limited food choices (compared to other well known coffe shops such as Nero/Starbucks) there are the usual variety of sugar laden cakes and pastries but a very poor selection of lunchtime/breakfast options (unless you want to have a calorie overload!)
Correct me if I am wrong but where are the 'lighter options'? Many a time I have went to Costa to purchase my coffee but gone elsewhere to buy a bite to eat which is time consuming and a bit frustrating that I can't get both in the same place.
I enjoy all the coffee I have purchased and will continue to return to Costa. Although if a new Starbucks ever appears locally I will most definatly switch as I like that Starbucks have the option of sugar free syrup and Starbucks 'queueing' system seems to be much more effecient as they take your order as soon as you arrive and by the time you have reached the till to pay your order is usually waiting for you. Whereas in Costa (the ones I visit anyway) sometimes dont take my order until I have worked my way to the top of the queue and then you still have to wait for your order to be made for you.
For the poor food selection and queueing system I deduct 2 stars..great coffe though!
This movie is rated 15 and the stars are Jennifer Anniston and Paul Rudd, run time is 99 minutes. This was produced in 2011 by Judd apatow and is a comedy.
Manhattan couple (Paul and Jennifer) get in touch with their hippy side when the leave the rat race of New York and swap it for a commune in rural Georgia. The couple are basically at a loss with their jobs and their life and are trying to find their way.
The film is watchable and I am a fan of both the main actors in the movie and of the comedy genre in general. Although something about this movie falls short. I found myself interested enough to watch it to the end but only really to see if it got any better to be honest. Although the film made me smile at times, I didn't once laugh at any of the rather poor attempts at humour and was a bit disappointed at the obvious ending. Only good thing really is that it wasn't too long a movie!
I wouldn't watch this again, don't bother buying it, just watch it if it comes on TV and there is nothing else on.
I do like my lush products it must be said and I have purchased mask of magnaminty face and back pack several times so it must be doing something right.
I do have problem skin and now and then break out with spots due to my oily skin and probably because I often forget to take my makeup off at night. Whenever my skin gets especially bad I purchase the mask of magnaminty!
The mask smells strongly of peppermint and as this is one of the key ingredients it does tingle on the skin, I like this though as it feels like it is doing some work! To use you should apply a thick layer over clean skin and leave for 5 minutes then rinse off with warm water. The mask sets a bit so you will need the help of a face cloth to get it off.
The mask is meant to fight spots by deep cleansing the skin (which it does) but it also exfoliates at the same time. The exfoliater in this product is the primrose seeds which work really well.
Only problem with this product is I cannot use it every day as the exfoliator is quite harsh on my rather sensitive skin so I deduct a star for that reason. Other than that it is a good product which does what is sets out to do
once you have used your mask clean out your pot and keep it and once you have 5 clean lush pots you can trade them in for a fresh face mask! Bonus :)
I have recently returned from my holiday in Greece (only a couple of weeks ago) where I spent 4 nights in Athens and 3 nights in Mykonos. I thoroughly enjoyed both areas, however not sure that I would return to Athens but I am already planning a return to Mykonos.
The island is very small, hilly and windy. It is made up of magical windy cobbled streets full of tourist shops boutiques and tavernas..half the charm of visiting mykonos is getting lost in Mykonos town! The island is particularly windy most days (not Gale force but generally a moderate strength) In early October when I was there the average temperature was 22 degrees. If you like the heat go between July and September.
Whilst on the island I stayed at the Rocabella Art Hotel and Spa which was absolutely out of this world and would recommend to anyone ...as I am aware this is a review of the island and not the hotel contact me if you would like me to give you my hotel review which can be found on tripadvisor.
The main thing to do whilst visiting mykonos would most definatley be to shop til you drop, you will be spoilt for choice no matter what your budget! A trip to 'little Venice' to sip on a cocktail and watch the spectacular sunset should also be high on your to do list. There are also a wide range of boat trip excursions to visit nearby islands and ATV/jeep safaris where you get to explore lesser known parts of mykonos.There are a variety of bars and nightclubs on the island to suit all tastes as there are restaurants so you will never be short of somewhere to have a bite to eat or something to drink.
If you love a good beach I would suggest perhaps looking for another destination, the beaches on mykonos are small with course sand or stone and tend to be quite crowded.
I would also say that it is one of the more expensive islands but if you eat at the port rather than the popular area of little Venice you can still eat relatively cheaply.
Even in early October there are cruise ships every day as it is on a lot of cruise itineraries, the island was not overly crowded despite its small size when I was there but the hotel staff told me that in July and August you can barley move for tourists with an average of 6 cruise liners a day! That's thousands of people in a very small space so if crowds aren't your thing avoid these months like the plague
I reckon early September is the best time to visit as it is still hot but not too crowded. I have travelled alot and I feel as if I have found 'my place' where I will return again and again. I'm sure once you have experienced the beautiful sunsets, friendly locals and the charm of Mykonos town you will be hooked just like I have been!
I am not a big fan of chocolate bars it has to be said and when the urge takes me it's usually the Galaxy variety I would go for...until I discovered the peanut butter kit Kat chunky!
I bought mine from a corner shop for 69p and it seems to be available in most of my local shops but you will definatley find it in the supermarkets. It's sealed in a foil wrapper to keep the chocolate fresh. The bar consists of a wafer finger (bigger than your usual KitKat) which is covered in peanut cream and then smothered in a thick layer of chocolate. It is a very indulgent snack at around 246 calories but a yummy treat! The peanut hit is not too overpowering and its lovely and creamy ...not at all like the sticky crunchy peanut butter you get in a jar!
Only downside of this is that I eat it far too quickly and then want another one, I also tend to feel rather guilty too as it's certainly not a healthy snack, however a little bit of what you fancy now and again cant do any harm if you ask me.
This is a rather large bubble bar (200g) with a lovely swirly blue and white design, crumbly to the touch so be careful not to break any off before you are ready to use in your bath.
USING THE PRODUCT
This product is very easy to use... for those of you who have never used a bubble bar before you crumble it under warm running water. The bubble bar will then give a lovely scent to the bath water along with some bubbles and usually some skin softening ingredients!
The reason this is my favourite Lush product of all time is probably down to its scent. The main thing I smell is the patchouli which I find very peaceful and relaxing. I also like that my bubbles are bright white and the bath water goes a lovely caribbean sea blue (close your eyes and you could almost imagine thats where you are!)
I find this is a great product to use in the evening rather than an early morning bath as there are more invigorating 'wake me up' items in the Lush range which would better suit morning use.
As this is a rather large bubble bar I would suggest only crumbling around a third into your bath then you have enough to do you 2-3 times so you get value for your money.
If you are struggling to get a good nights rest, try this, it may just be the thing to get you in a relaxed state of mind to help you to drift off to the land of nod