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    • Skullcandy Lowrider / Headphones / 42 Readings / 38 Ratings
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      23.09.2013 13:00
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      a great set of headphones

      ~*~Why Skullcandy Lowrider?~*~

      I received these gorgeous headphones for Christmas a couple of years ago and have been using them since. It's not that I think they don't do a good job, it's just uncomfortable to wear and doesn't have that snug fit factor. I use these as my spare headphones, which means they still get used but are not my first choice. If I am in my room at university & in first year, I had a room mate and had to share my room so whether or not I liked wearing these, they proved better than headphones for cancelling out some background noise in my room so I could skype in peace. Even for when I did have my own room, the corridors were noisy so these were a lifesaver then for when I just wanted some peace & to listen to something without interruptions. They are available for around £30 for a new pair, however I would debate paying this if I were buying it for myself as I think it is quite pricey, so I'm glad it was a Christmas present! I do not wear these out much because they are so bulky in the name of "candy", but I've seen bulkier versions. It is a unisex product, but I do think my brother suits his pair better, wearing them around his neck just because it completes his look/outfit.

      ~*~First Impressions & How it works~*~

      My first impressions very positive about this product. Aesthetics wise, the pair of headphones are very sleek but sturdy and chucky at the same time. The product is shaped like a pair of earmuffs, in that it is like a headband with two big cups for each ear. The material on the cups attempts to have a snug fit around the ears and the headband is adjustable. It has a fairly good length for the cable but the cable itself is quite thin so I can imagine it being damaged if it gets into the hands/usage of younger children who might chew on it (the cable). The other end plugs into an audiojack of an Mp3 player, your laptop or any electronical equipment you can listen to music from.

      The sound quality is pretty good and significantly better than headphones. The ergonomic fit is not the best, hence these went from my first to second choice headphones as I cannot wear them for long without my ears hurting but this might be because of my ear/head shape unless other people have experienced similar problems. I prefer to play my music out loud, but for when I want to really listen to the music, the headphones really help you pick up the subtle backing vocals or acoustic instruments so you can listen to stuff crisp & clear.

      ~*~To Summarise~*~

      My pair are like those shown in the picture, except grey and black rather than silver and black. They came in a black silky pouch and even though I complain about not being able to wear them for very long, I still like them and use them as my second choice headphones (for which I must rate it one star less). They are compact and can be folded up into a smaller size if you want to tuck them away in your bag, and expandable so you can lend them to your friend with a bigger head, without them stretching! I would recommend this to anyone who wants their first pair of quality headphones in an affordable pricing range. For those want top sound quality and are willing to pay more, it might be worth trying the Dre beats range as a lot of people go for those but for me it doesn't matter as long as it's good enough - which Skullcandy Lowrider is!!

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      14.09.2013 12:16
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      A fab battery powered toothbrush

      ***Why Crest electric spinbrush?***

      After years of brushing my teeth with a manual toothbrush, when the electric toothbrush became a more popular choice I really wanted to try it out to compare it with a normal toothbrush! My first purchase was actually an Oral-B rechargeable one which I bought for a quarter of its expensive original price in a fantastic sale. Unfortunately, the upkeep of replacing the heads on was proving to be more costly and a bit of hassle than previously expected. So I got bored of, switched back to manual until I found this battery powered wonder!

      Although it is significantly cheaper (I bought mine for about £3), this doesn't mean the quality is a downgrade from the Oral B one in my opinion. It is definitely an upgrade from the usual manual toothbrush. It is much more effective at cleaning each and every individual tooth than vigorously manually using your hands to move a manual brush. The spinning head really cleans my teeth from every angle because it is small and flexible enough for me to rotate around my teeth when I'm cleaning them.

      ***How does it work?***

      The head has two different sections: The rounder one on the top spins around and the bottom more squarish one goes up and down. The handle is quite thick so it feels like it is a good ergonomic fit in my hand. I apply the toothpaste on my brush before I put it in my mouth and turn it on (it turns on via a sliding switch with a rubber grip) - this prevents the toothpaste whizzing off and actually ensures it stays in your mouth. The advantage of using this brush is that you don't have to brush very hard like with manual toothbrushes which could cause more damage than good if you end up brushing off your enamel (protective tooth covering). Just gently clean the outer surface of your tooth, the chewing surface which comes into contact with your food the most, and the inner surface in what ever order as long as you do it! The vibrating sensation is also good for the gums to receive a gentle massage but I don't make a point to do this, instead I just stick to teeth!

      ***(Non-) ease of maintenance***

      If it were easier to change the batteries, I would recommend this product and rate it 5 starts. However, due to the fight I must put up to open and even close the battery compartment I would recommend this to a strong will powered person who will not give up when it comes to the time when batteries need changing. My tip to make things easier would be that when you do finally open the compartment, make sure to clean any debris/dried toothpaste remnants which may contribute to "jamming" the opening/closing mechanisms. After reading some other reviews I noticed other people have also experienced this problem so it's not just me being weak! Another thing is that the batteries I use (duracell) run out of their juice slowly, this is noticeable when the vibrations of the spin brush get slower. Don't let it die out, just switch the batteries as soon as you need to!

      As for the head, which you can't replace I would just buy another brush when the time comes. But for now, the bristles are still in mint conditions without signs of fraying. I have been using this toothbrush for at least one and a half years now (with intermittent manual brush use when I haven't had a chance to replace batteries) and I would recommend this brush to anyone because it makes dental hygiene fun and life a lot easier - not to mention, all at affordable price!

      Note: please check with the Dentist/Doctor if you have any gum disease/bleeding or mouth injuries that this product will be suitable for you to use.

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      • Nikon Coolpix S200 / Digital Camera / 45 Readings / 45 Ratings
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        08.09.2013 15:02
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        great buy for first digital camera

        ***Why Nikon Coolpix S200?***

        The Nikon Coolpix S200 is one of the two digital cameras I use, I take both with me on holiday (the other has more megapixels and is bulkier,will review it too later). However, I prefer using this camera as it has 7.1 megapixels resolution - giving clear images which are displayed on a wide screen on the back on the camera, compared to some other digital cameras where you can only see a very small image preview of the picture you just took. It's simply easy to use, has good storage capacity (provided you use an SD card), good battery life and is small, compact and sleek which makes it perfect to take anywhere with you.


        In today's modern world, technology is everywhere and people with smartphones can have even better cameras on their phones. However, in order to maintain phone battery life and to keep the pictures easy to transfer onto my laptop, I prefer to take many pictures from this digital camera. I bought it about two years ago online for £125 but it is now available much cheaper as new models have come out and its price has somewhat dipped.

        ***Features & Ease of usage***

        It's really quite easy to use, there are a lot of different settings you can get around by using the user manual just having a play around. If you want to capture videos, this is possible - however the time you can capture them for depends on the space you have available (I generally use a 2GB memory card which stores hundreds of pictures). The battery life is good and lasts me all day, however it finished quicker if you are using flash (for poor lighting, or night time photography). When the battery is discharged it is possible to recharge it which can take a few hours. It's quite easy to transfer pictures onto the computer or laptop too if you just take the memory card out, the internal memory itself is not sufficient if you want to take a lot of pictures. There is an option to transfer the pictures from the internal memory onto the SD card if you want to make transferring smoother.

        Features wise, you can choose what type of scene it is (Beach, indoor, outdoors etc) and it will adjust the lighting for you. I usually just stick with Auto which automatically as the name suggests fixes the settings according to the lighting detected OR I use manual so I can ensure flash is off in certain places where flash photography is prohibited. There is a close up feature, which really captures the photo in detail - I have tried this on flowers and people's faces too and the images are of crisp, clear quality.

        I have printed pictures taken from this camera in 6 x 4 format of size, via online printing facility and they all came out wonderful. Although I do miss the good old cameras with reels, digital photography is much cheaper in the long run especially now that many pictures and photo albums can be shared online. The quality is also a lot better in my opinion.

        Would I recommend it? Yes, I call it my "people camera because it takes great pictures of groups or individuals as well as scenery but I prefer to use higher megapixel cameras for that!

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        28.08.2013 00:11
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        good liquid foundation to suit most ages and skin types

        Recently I have stepped down the make up routine to the bare minimum and opting for a natural look for summer. However, for the past three years I have been using Rimmel's lasting finish foundation to give me the coverage I wanted and needed when I was going out. I have used it a few times a week and only recently I have reached the end of the bottle. Make-up for me is not essential to wear everyday, but it is essential to own in case you are having a bad day and fancy boosting your confidence a little with some glamour!

        ~~~*|The Foundation brand itself- why Rimmel?|*~~~

        I tend to stick within a budget with make-up because I don't think it's wise to invest everything into one aspect like foundation, instead I like to have a few different things to use like most people (or some people prefer to apply make up only on certain areas of their face). I purchased Rimmel from Boots for about £8 after trying many samples from different brands and in the end only Rimmel was able to blend into my skin tone perfectly (Shade- soft beige.) It is a reliable, fashionable brand which I would trust and choose over a random store brand. Now it is available RRP £6.99 (price has dropped).

        ~~~*|About how I used it|*~~~

        I usually dispensed a small drop onto my finger to start with and dabbed it around my face like under my eyes were the dark circles would be or onto blemishes on my skin and then gently rub it in. This would leave a very very thin base coat for me (before this I would already be wearing moisturiser or mix it with the foundation before applying). Then, I would take another small squirt from the bottle and cover the rest of my face making sure I don't cake it all over but just touch up certain areas subtly, still using my fingertips. Finally I would dab small amounts onto blemishes and that despite the two applications of thin layers were visible - I would do a thin patch and not blend it in. Sounds crazy I know but I just let it dry for a couple of minutes. Finally I would finish off with some compact powder for a matte appearance and blusher on the cheekbones to finish off. And that would be my usual face routine.

        ~~~*|Usage - 25 hours, really?|*~~~

        Considering there are only 24 hours in a day anyway, I'm not sure why they thought making it last an extra hour so you go into the next day would make it so different and special. Personally, although I was pleased with the coverage I did not feel the need to wear it for longer than a 9am-5pm working day, I would try and cleanse it all off as soon as I could, or I would wear it out to parties in the evenings and it would last nearly all night with a little bit sweating off. I think the time period they say is unrealistic unless you really cake it on, in which case your pores would be clogged for ages if you put a lot on so I don't encourage this practice!

        ~~~*|Ease of removal|*~~~

        Being such a long lasting foundation, I always feared it would never come off or be a nightmare to remove, but actually by using a good cleanser (like the one by Simple which I also reviewed) MOST of it came off. The rest I had to use an exfoliating or normal face wash to get rid of.

        ~~~*|Would I recommend this?|*~~~

        In my eyes, the point and purpose of a product depends on the user. What do you want this foundation for? If you want some heavy coverage then yes, applying a sufficient amount of this foundation will do you good temporarily. However, if you are looking for a light daily wear foundation, I would recommend a BB cream or using a very small amount of this as it is liquid foundation and probably not a great thing to start with especially if your skin is still young this product should be used as an extra rather than a default choice.

        I know it can be hard once you get hooked onto wearing make-up and dressing up for some girls, but beauty lies in simplicity and make-up that enhances your pre-existing features brings out the best in everyone!

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        • Dove Soap Dove Cream Bar / Soaps / 35 Readings / 35 Ratings
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          reliable shower time buddy

          Why Dove?

          With busy working lives and rush to leave the house in the morning, during shower times there can be a tendency to quickly use a shower cream or gel, without getting a chance to pamper your skin. Luckily, Dove is one quarter moisturising lotion as part of the soap. It lathers up really well and is great value for money with one bar lasting at least a few weeks based on having a minimum of one shower a day. You can usually buy the 2 x 100g packs on offer at most supermarkets (Tesco for me) For £1.

          I don't have to worry if I forget to moisturise, because Dove leaves my skin feeling soft as well as clean afterwards. It is suitable for daily use and even on the skin. I have used it before to wash my face in the shower as a substitute for cleansing. Although it's a quick fix, I wouldn't suggest using it on the face every day especially if you have sensitive skin otherwise I would feel like my face has been stripped of its natural oils that moisturising cannot replace. The rest of the body's skin is better suited for using soap.

          For more information on ingredients, you can find a link to Unilever's website through Dove's website where they list the ingredients in the bar to reassure you about what chemicals you are exposing your skin to (for me this is not a worry because most products have chemicals in). If you have sensitive skin, you should get the bar for extra sensitive skin instead of this one.

          Aesthetics:

          The packaging is simply a small rectangular box encasing the soap. You need your own soap holder obviously. The soap itself has a pringle crip shape but its thick and chunky. As with many soaps, when it's wet its not that easy to grip. But you can just use it a bit and lather the rest up with a scrub if you're exfoliating. There is cute little Dove logo of the bird on the soap too, but it will disappear as you use up the soap.

          Summary:

          If you're feeling a change from shower gel, or want a good moisturising lather up soap bar - Dove's beauty cream bar is the answer.

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        • WhatsApp (Android) / Apps / 29 Readings / 28 Ratings
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          must have chat app

          Whatsapp is a really cool messaging app which runs on wifi/3G meaning you don't have to pay for messages from your contract or pay as you go credit. It's an instant messaging app which is super cool because you can chat to friends and send and receive messages in real time, it says "typing" when they are sending you a message. Not only can you send text messages, but you can also share pictures, videos, links to other fun stuff on the internet all via your smartphone! This app is support both by iPhones (Via apple store) and Android.

          The advantage of using whatsapp comes into play when you realise you are the kind of person with friends and family all over the world, or simply someone who likes to stay in touch whilst on holiday or travelling. Whatsapp enables you to chat and stay connected with your friends no matter what country you are in.

          The app has a wide variety of emoticons to choose from, so with the morning messages you can add a sun smiley and with the night messages some stars or moons. There are so many funny emoticons, you can really make up some creative messages from them!

          Your contact list is made up of your contacts from your phone book who are imported onto Whatsapp once you install the app (which for Android, is via the Google Play Store). It's free of cost for the first year of usage, and 69p thereafter. You get many reminders, but my service keeps getting prolonged so I haven't had to pay a penny. Considering how much money I've saved, even when I do have to buy the app I definitely will pay for it than not having it, it's become an essential!

          So about the messaging, once you send a message it shows a little tick next to it to say it has been sent and a second tick appears to say it has been delivered to the other person's phone (ie. their 3g/wifi has enabled them to receive it- sometimes they might not get it straight away if their phone/app isn't connected to the internet). Another thing you can see is when they were last online, all messages are sent with a timestamp, so sometimes you might see that they have been on the app and seen your message but not had a chance to reply. I know I often have my wifi on to receive the messages, but check them to reply at a later time so this might give an impression I haven't bothered to reply.

          But overall, I have extensively used this app on a daily basis, I love being able to stay in touch with friends and families all over the world. If I could change one thing, it would be to have increased internal memory on my current Android, because sometimes it says my space is running low and I have to delete some cache files and apps, but NEVER Whatsapp, Whatsapp stays!!

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          • What's In Your Bag? / Discussion / 46 Readings / 45 Ratings
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            Not Marry Poppins, but close enough..

            Wherever I go, I try and minimise things down to the basic essentials. As much as I would love to be prepared for anything, I can only fit so much into a handbag. This is NOT a review about expedition items to put into a rucksack, nor is it about what is in my gym bag or travel bag. This is a general account of what can be found in my bag, regardless of the situation - place or time.

            ===Why this review?===

            It's DooYoo lounge! Anything goes. You're here because you want to know what I carry so I'll tell ya!

            Okay, here goes.. So I am a university student so out during term time, the only extras I will have is a notebook for the subject, a small diary and a pen. And a spare pen.

            ===In all circumstances===

            The following items have always come in handy! Obvious but can be forgotten:

            -Keys, money, mobile phone, sanitary towel (sometimes if I don't have a bag, or I'm carrying more cash than usual I'd keep my money and phone on my person in case my bag is taken)
            -Tissues!! There is always someone who has a cold, it might even be you. Or for when you spill a drink, have a messy sneeze, or need to wipe your hands after eating food.
            - Hand sanitizer for when the bathroom has run out of soap, or you need to quickly disinfect!
            -Quick makeup/skincare: Hand moisturiser, Lip balm, Eyeliner (Basics remember!)
            - A small hairbrush for if the wind messes up my hair and a hairband to keep it off my face
            -A pen to jot stuff down, a small diary or notepad (smartphone battery may die, good old fashion way to take notes)
            -An umbrella in case it rains
            -A cardigan for anticipated change of weather on a hot day
            -A bottle of water to stay hydrated
            -A snack to keep me from buying junk food, preferably a healthy energy rich snack. BEWARE - Banana's bruise like anything!
            -your glasses if you wear them (I do, as I'm short sighted) - Shades if it'll be sunny
            - Identity Card!! You should have something like this on you at all times, for safety :)

            So YEAH! There you have it, that does it for me! Good to keep essentials and spares when you go out. If you're with a friend and you have the bigger bag they WILL want to keep something in yours :p (extra responsibility for you!)

            I hope you enjoyed this and if you're ever stuck for what to pack and keep it minimal but essential, you can always rely on the list above to keep you stocked with stuff you might need!

            PS. My bag is a shoulder bag, medium size with a few different compartments (with zips) where I keep things separately.
            xox

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              16.08.2013 17:06
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              Overall- depends how much you need it.

              My review is going to be a comparative review, uncovering whether or not the Apple iPad is capable of replacing the laptop/PC. It will not entail much detail about technical specifications, because this information can be derived directly from Apple's website. Instead I'll share my experience about using this sleek sexy tablet!

              ===Why Apple?===

              Brands are important, but so is price. This brings us to the 'value for money' checkbox. Does the iPad tick it? For those who are considering choosing between a new laptop/PC OR an iPad your purchase will depend on the PURPOSE you will use this tablet for. Personally, we purchased the iPad as an extra - literally no one at home uses it except me and my brother. Why do the older generation stick to the traditional laptops/PCs? Apple may be overpriced, but for someone who really makes the most of it and uses their iPad, its worth a buy.

              ===How does it work===

              Why the iPad is so much cooler than a standard laptop/PC is because its so versatile and a really on the go gadget. Unfortunately, it is not of much use to others in my family because they usually use the laptop/PC in one place. So whilst reading this, picture yourself and see if you can imagine using it on the go. For me, it's perfect to slip into my handbag and take to the library if I need to study. Its light, it fits nicely even with its case and I can use to read lectures slides because the screen size is perfect for this and not to mention, the obvious crisp clear quality. It takes about 3-5 hours to charge fully and then when its up and running you could be out the whole day without worrying about the battery draining in a few hours.

              It supports apps, has a built in webcam for FaceTime - which you can do with other iPhone users, Skype (video calling), gaming apps, educational apps - all available from the Apple store. You can watch Youtube on it, listen through headphones or out loud. Other than business and work purposes, you can have fun on it too!

              ===Setbacks===

              Apart from the price, there ARE disadvantages.

              #1: One thing I miss is that with a touchscreen, you have to type on the screen too - NO KEYBOARD?! Like our traditional laptops/PCs. This isn't too bad, as I am used to typing on a small screen via using my touchscreen phone. But only for short texts. If I had to write this review from the iPad.. my fingers would be aching. Also, I find the iPad un-usable without its stand, that's right a cover/stand. This too.. you have to purchase! (Unless you buy it with a bundle of accessories as part of some deal). So the stand props it up so you can use it on a desk (it won't stand up on its own contrary to what I imagined Apple products could do). You can even buy a cover with a built in keyboard but I tried one of my friends' and it did not feel the same as a proper keyboard, although it was close. And connected via Bluetooth.

              #2: You cannot use USB sticks (there is no port). So be ready to use online storge options like saving things on your hotmail skydrive account, or Google, or Dropbox! OR you can buy a USB connection kit.

              #3: It's expensive, for this price you could buy a laptop. Again - this all comes down to the purpose you are buying it for.

              ===Price===

              For the 16GB Wifi version, you can buy it from the Apple store for £399. GB is the amount of storage capacity, and the more storage capacity that you go for, the higher the price will be. For us, the minimum was expensive enough and we would not use all of the space hence why we chose this one! Another thing to consider is WHERE will you be using your iPad? Do you have internet access at home, what type is it? For those of you with a wifi router, who do not travel often - its best to buy the cheaper wifi version. The only case in which the data, 3G version will be useful is if you can afford to pay extra in order to have internet access wherever you go. However, if you have a mobile with an internet plan anyway - you can simply turn on the wifi router hotspot, using your phone's internet on the iPad.

              ===My favourite feature===

              Without a doubt, Siri. Apple's built in robot, available in different languages like English, French, Spanish (I tried all of these). You can push a button, record yourself asking him a question and he'll reply. This can be for useful things like telling him to set an alarm or appointment, but entertainment wise you're guaranteed a hilarious conversation! Try it out before you buy it, you'll know what I mean! His responses can even be rather cheeky at times.

              ===Overall summary and experience of usage===

              So there you have it, yes I would recommend having an iPad if you can afford it as an extra, because its a lot easier for on the go uses than carrying your laptop everywhere, battery life is great (although over time as with many electrical products it could deteriorate (I know my phone and laptop's battery life have gotten worse). However, in my personal opinion it is not capable of replacing a laptop/PC. Its simply a leisure/business use on the go tablet for me which I LOVE but unfortunately not enough to depend on it, I just use it as an extra. I don't see much about the hype about it and because it's a little overrated, I am not going to give it 5 stars.

              What's your purpose, how much will you use it?

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              another hit by Sparks

              I think the title of the book "A bend in the road" perfectly sums up the nature of the story. It's about a man called Miles and how he endeavours to get his life together after the death of his wife and childhood sweetheart Missy. He has a young boy who struggles at school. At a parents evening he meets his boy's teacher, Sarah who has her own history. The two begin to get closer, and closer. They reach a point where they could proceed to be happy together, but the unveiling of secret causes upheaval. Will their relationship be strong enough to overcome these difficulties and shocking circumstances?!?

              As with any Sparks novel, I was really moved and gripped from the the first page until the end of the book, Sparks really makes you feel the emotions of the characters and draws you into their day to day life and how they cope with the "bend in the road". I think its quite realistic too, people don't realise what a small world we live in how things could be linked between situations and people that may come to light later.

              A fantastic read. Must have for any Sparks fan. Didn't want to spoil too much so please read it for a fuller account!!

              Price- bought it from charity shop, only 50p! Available from Amazon used for about £5 or less, or new for £7.99 last time I checked.

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              amazing Sparks novel with a twist.

              There are many jokes around the topics of Sparks novels amongst the younger generation, you might have seen groups on Facebook about how "The Notebook" has been giving girls unrealistic expectations of love etc.. Mainly supported by young boys and girls who can't simply enjoy the novel for what it is! Hence why my title was also intended to be a light-hearted jab at the character I fell for like Savannah did whilst reading this book - John's account of things gives a fantastic insight into his life and more..


              ===Storyline===

              John - young, angry stereotypical rebel, possibly due to circumstantial bitterness. Savannah - a young girl on summer break, volunteering. They start something over summer, which becomes heart wrenchingly difficult to sustain as John is in the army and is away for most of the time. Savannah has to balance things out at home, a close friend of hers - Tim is in need, struggling to raise his child single handedly. Savannah is also feeling emotionally deprived whilst John is away for so long, promising to come back but having to stay on longer due to the 9/11 events.

              Will it be too late by the time John is back, to live the life Savannah and he had planned?

              ===Heads up!===

              There ARE differences between the movie and book endings big time. So it's up to you which one you see first. Personally, I much prefer the book ending. I can't say more without spoiling it! But the actors chosen suit the roles flawlessly. Amanda Seyfred and Channing Tatum - well worth a watch. Channing's abs... Oooft

              ===Summary===

              As with most Sparks novels, as often in reality it is not uncommon to be stuck in a situation where you have to choose what is best for you. As much as Savannah loved John, could she wait so long for him the way he does for her? Would he understand her circumstances when he finds out what has happened in his absence? I honestly think the way Sparks has portrayed John's huge heart and love for Savannah is what kept me reading on.

              Must have read for any Sparks/romantic novel fan.

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              good for Sparks fans who are ready to suspend their belief on the story

              Sparks' novel "The Notebook" got me into the rest of his tales of love, romance and more. Message in a Bottle. What can I say..

              ===Realistic?===

              Not really. This isn't the kind of love story that could happen in real life. How often do you find a message in a bottle addressed to someone else and then you vigorously stalk the man who sent it? As unrealistic as it sounds, it happens effortlessly. Of course, it is a fictional read to tease our imaginations. Therefore anything is possible. In the book Theresa, single mother and divorced finds a message in a bottle whilst running along the beach. She opens it and reads it, addressed to Garretts ex-wife who is no longer alive.

              ===Storyline===

              Contrary to what we might expect, Theresa does not throw the message back or hand it in somewhere, or just keeps it as a collection. She starts her own personal investigation to find the man who sent it. Reading about the steps she took to find him makes it sound a bit more like a police chase, but Sparks does this in a subtle manner. She realises when she meets him, he might be the answers to all her prayers.

              ===The truth always comes out===

              How would you feel if you found out your partner knew about your past before they even met you? You trust them, share all with them only to find out later they've been onto you for ages? I know I make it sound quite bad but once you read how Theresa made Garrett feel you really wish she was honest about it from the start. Will they be able to work things out?

              ===Summary===

              Obviously, because I didn't want to spoil it for people who actually want to read it my review did not go into detail of what happens but gave a mere overview, like touching the tip of an iceberg. Sparks once again entrances us with a magical tale, I really enjoyed it! They even made a movie out of it which I am yet to see.

              ===Would I recommend this book?===

              A big YES! Anyone who likes Sparks will be able to read it effortlessly. It has more of a different feel to it than just romance, its more of the chase building up of Theresa finding Garrett, them falling for each other and later how they deal with him finding out how MUCH she secretly knew about his past! Will he lose his trust in her? Were her intentions good? Find out by reading the book!!

              ===Price===

              I bought this from a charity shop. £1 - bargain!

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                gripping emotional novel, thanks Sparks!

                The Notebook is one of my favourite novels by Nicholas Sparks. Sparks has captured the hearts of women (and probably a few male readers too) all over the world, of different ages. It is no surprise that this book is a classic, best-seller and they even made the film "The Notebook" based upon.

                As with most books, you will find differences between the novel and the film. My aim today is to give you an idea of what the book will be about and my experience of reading it without any spoilers.

                ===Quote===

                As you may notice, I quoted a line in the beginning. "But despite their differences, they had one important thing in common. They were crazy about each other" This is part of a quote. It describes the two main characters Allie and Noah, and highlights that their love for each was enough to overcome anything. The characters come from very different backgrounds, Allie is an uptown girl from an upper class family where as Noah is more of a working class family boy.

                ===Plot===

                Without spoiling it is hard to describe the sequence of events. Basically you will learn about how their lives are lead slightly differently, after the summer romance they had. And what reunites them in the future. Allie is put on the spot to make a very important decision that will affect others and possibly hurt others but she has to choose what she wants, not what is best for her.

                ===Personal opinion===

                As a sucker for romantic novels, this was perfect and I couldn't put the book down until I had finished reading it! (mind you, it took me a whole day and night of a holiday). It has some really beautiful quotes and is inspiring story which can really give you hope that there is true love out there.

                ===Differences from Film===

                Obviously, the film does not go into as much detail as the book. But it is a close projection of it. The story line is quite similar, sticking to the main facts. But the book gives you more of a chance to feel the story for yourself.

                ===Summary===

                One thing I'd like to point out is the story is told from the point of view of Noah when he is old. It is interesting to see how they end up from a situation as young lovers, to be separated, to being reunited and how old age affects one of them.

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                A great little mp3 player basically - Apple does it again!

                ***Why Apple iPod shuffle (2G) 2GB?***

                As someone who is often on the go, I find it is almost essential to have something I can listen to music from. My options? Laptop - too big, Phone - would drain my battery that I'm saving more important things. An old mp3 player - looks too unfashionable and unusable due to bulkiness. I had always avoided Apple products because I didn't see the big deal with this iPhone craze and didn't think it was worth investing so much money when I could find something less expensive to do the job. It wasn't until I received an Ipod Shuffle as a birthday present that I opened my eyes to what I'd been missing out on all these years!!

                It came in an almost clear box with a white chunky base, inside the box was the player itself with a pair of white Apple headphones. Sleek and portable, it was a perfect companion for me while I am on the go. Whether it be running, travelling or doing housework and especially if I don't have access for internet to stream music - it's ideal to have a playlist on the shuffle! Best of all, it was actually user friendly!

                ***How does it work***

                Firstly, you need to have Itunes, via this application you can organize your music on your laptop or computer. This may involve copying music from your CDs, compiling a playlist from music you have downloaded etc. Then you can make a playlist. This playlist will be synchronized onto your ipod shuffle via usb wire which connects into your shuffle via the audio jack. This is also how you may charge up the shuffle. So it the whole process is not as complex as you may anticipate!

                ***Uniqueness***

                One thing that sets the shuffle aside from other Mp3 players is that is does not have a screen! But that's what makes it a shuffle. You have two options. You can either make a playlist on iTunes, transfer it to Ipod and listen to the music tracks in order OR you can listen to them in shuffle - random songs in any order. This is what makes the screen-less feature acceptable!! Because it isn't really required. Amazing how simple they keep it!

                ***Battery life***

                This is very important for me, as I use my shuffle extensively and it is rechargeable - no worries about buying new batteries or hassles about replacing! Just use and then charge away and you're ready to go! It takes around 2-3 hours to charge depending on whether you want to charge it quickly or fully. With it being fully charged you can get up to an incredible 15 hour audio playback. The battery life is indicated by a little light - glows green when battery is charged and amber when running low and red when completely depleted.

                ***VOICE OVER***

                This is for those who want to know what track it is, you can select this option to have the name of the track read out to you by an automated voice. This voice can be chosen to talk in many different languages. For me, I find this unnecessary because I know what music I have put on so if anything, it is an interference between songs to know what song is coming next, just play it already! But then again, it's not a problem as I don't use this feature.

                ***What does it like***

                Looks would not be sufficient to describe the shuffle! It's everything about it - the shiny matte colours its available in, the lightness and sleekness and how compact it feels in your hand. The ease of using the clip to clip it onto your gym clothes or anywhere so you don't have to put it in your pocket. All in all, a great package

                ***Last but not least!***

                Some nitty gritty facts: Pricing around £40 - and that's directly from the Apple Store online. Good pricing for 2GB which can hold up to 400-500 songs. (My playlists are only 100 songs but I have the comfort of knowing I can put more on it if I want to!

                BEST BIT: If you're buying this as a present - you can get a cute little message engraved on the back, totally free which would make it so so special. I didn't get a message sadly.. But if I would've I'd have loved it! Gives a personal touch.

                For more details eg tech specs, please visit the Apple Store online where you can find out! Hope my review was helpful about my experience with it as as a first time Apple user!

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                  worth it if you're in search of reliable perfume with a edgy attitude

                  ***WHY GUCCI GUILTY***
                  At Gucci, they say this fragrance has been inspired by "contemporary rebels" and the Creative Director, Frida Giannini created it as a "daring fragrance for modern trend setters". On their official website they describe a stereotypical Gucci Guilty girl as a "21st century beauty, faithful t her roots but ready to take on the future". So the use of the word faithful doesn't imply the fragrance is named "Guilty" for any weird, or bad reasons. The "guilty" naming part comes more from Giannini's idea of the protagonist being "young, sexy and slightly dangerous..she makes things happen herself". Let's explore more into this "scent of defiance" as put by Giannini.

                  ***HOW I ENDED UP BUYING IT***
                  The product I am reviewing is the "Intense Eau de Parfum" which more of strong perfume, requiring less amount to be applied. The other option is a eau de toillette sprary you can carry around in your handbag and keep reapplying as it is not as strong. Although I had not actually tried this as a sample before purchasing I was happy to take a risk because I didn't think I could go wrong with Gucci! Especially after reading so many positive reviews about it. I wanted something the name suggests: Guilty - i.e a dark kind of mysterious fragrance and the fact it is fantastic brand, as soon as I saw the advert it made me want to buy it!

                  ***MY EXPERIENCE****
                  First of all, I was really surprised with the scent. It's actually a very floral kind of fragrance rather than something dark, sexy and sultry. It should be promoted in more of a floral, cute, summery smell- but that would defy what the creator wanted it to be. But yeah, there is also a guy's version available. Its expensive so I strongly recommend trying a sample before you buy it in case the smell is different to what you expected.

                  ***WHAT IS IT***
                  The packaging, design and aesthetics are impeccable, the perfume bottle itself is a rounded rectangular t square bottle (depending on which size you get, the bigger ones are longer in shape). You can take off the lid and then push down the dispenser which will spray the perfume. The scent does not last as long as some of my other perfumes unfortunately but I know some guys prefer it when we wear a subtle fragrance than obvious, strong perfume. It's lasted me quite long and I've received compliments wearing it! The gold casing however easily gets covered up in fingerprints so I always wipe them away so it looks pretty on my shelf. The box is quite simple, adorned with a shiny gold glossy Gucci logo on the front of it.

                  Despite the creator implying it is a scent for young, rebellious girls I think it can suit a wide range of ages as my mum even borrows it from time to time. The bottles are available in either 30ml, 50m or 75ml with prices ranging from about £35-45 depending on the size you get. I bought mine from an airport shop for about £50 when it had first come out, but I believe it is now available for £35 online from places like CheapSmells.


                  ***SUMMARY***
                  I like this scent, I can even wear it in the daytime as a casual smell but it still works for evening wear if you were at a party or something. If there was a reason I cannot give it 5 stars, it has to be because the scent doesn't last as long as I hoped for and I wish they had provided a small dispenser for handbag size to re-apply like they do for the eau de toilette!

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                  awesome fragrance, really recommend it ladies!

                  ~~~Introduction-why Lady Million?~~~

                  This is really popular ladies fragrance played on adverts literally everywhere (airport duty free stores, normal stores, online, TV). The advertisement shows a woman who gets whatever she wants at the click of her fingers and this fragrance can also be suitable for a couple - where the guy buys his "1 Million" complimenting scent. This ideal clicking our fingers situation to get what we what and having our 1 million men by our sides doesn't really happen in real life! But the closest I can get to feeling as in control as portrayed by the girl in the advert is by wearing it myself!

                  ~~~Background~~~

                  I received mine as a present however they are available on the market for around £35 in a pretty golden box. Inside, the perfume bottle is a beautiful diamond shape (all gold, not really gold obviously) which is supposed to be like the Regent diamond in Louvre museum, Paris (for all the architects out there interested!) and the 'Lady Million' logo is inscribed on the top of the bottle which is actually the bit you push down to spray the perfume.

                  ~~~Staying power~~~

                  I personally thought it smelt quite sweet, strong and fresh, I've received compliments on it and it lasts fairly long. However I'd hate to smell the same as everyone since it's popular but I don't wear it everyday. It's not cheap so if you're gonna buy it make sure you like it, mine has lasted for ages! (over a year) because I don't use it everyday/use others. It also stays on clothes for a good few days so no need reapply if you're going to wear the same cardi or jumper.

                  ~~~Would I recommend this?~~~

                  Yes, if you have that much to cash out on a perfume.. that said most fragrance are quite pricey these days (thank god mine was a present) but even if I did buy it myself, I would say it is good value for money and one of a kind fragrance in that it doesn't smell like a generic fragrance, it's very unique and fits its image well.

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