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      04.09.2011 14:48
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      not for me, would rather stick to fake tan

      I bought this product after hearing friends rave about how good it is - that it is easy to apply and less messy than traditional fake tans and builds up a natural tan. Being pasty white I am always up for trying any fake tan once so I thought I would give it a go. Rather than buying the one for pale to normal skin I bought the one for normal to dark skin. I do like to be very brown (I usually use fake bake which I find to make me dark but still looks natural) but perhaps this was a mistake.

      I found that this product, although left me with no streaks as such, went much darker on dry areas of my body such as my knees and elbows. A way to counteract this would be to use normal moisturiser on these areas first as you do with traditional fake tans - but surely the point of this product is that you should not have to do this. I also found that it built up a little on the palms of my hands which was unnatural looking and went extremely orange around my fingernails - not a good look! Its been about a week since I last used this product and I still have orange residue around my fingers. I have also found this product going patchy around areas like my ankles and leaving an 'orange peel' look on my skin which ends up all over my towels after a shower. I could smell quite a strong fake tan smell especially if I applied in the morning after showering. Probably best to apply before bed and shower off in the morning - as I already do with fake tan. I found this lotion to feel greasy on my skin and took a long time to dry. The one I bought also has a 'hint of shimmer' - which translates to glitter everywhere. In the sunlight I look like a vampire from Twilight.

      Perhaps this was my own fault for buying the darker colour. However, I would rather just apply a layer of fake tan once than 'build up' a colour which smells like fake tan, feels greasy, goes patchy and turns my fingernails orange.

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        04.09.2011 14:06
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        Hotel average, restaurant excellent

        The holiday inn, theatreland is part of the Intercontinental Hotel Group and one of the global chains of holiday inn hotels.

        The Location:

        This hotel is situated within a short walk of central station, queen street station and buchanan bus station. It is opposite the Cineworld cinema and close to shops, bars and restaurants. The hotel is easy to find and although does not have its own parking, it is across from a multi-story car park. The car park is quite expensive and on an overnight stay I have paid £25 for parking there.

        Check in:

        From the outside the building looks quite striking, there is a turret at the top...I'm still intrigued to know if there is a room up there! On entering the hotel the lobby is quite dark but elegantly decorated. I found the member of reception staff I was speaking to quite abrupt and unhelpful. He quickly ran through the basics like how to get to my room, what time breakfast was at etc. When I had further questions he seem disinterested and abrupt.

        The room:

        The room was small and basic, with a very small double bed. The bathroom was also quite small with a shower over the bath and shallow bath tub. The room was overall average. It contained most amenities to be expected from a hotel room: phone with room service, hair dryer, tea and coffee making facilities, t.v. and ironing board with iron.

        The restaurant:

        The restaurant - La Bonne Auberge - was the best part of this hotel. La Bonne Auberge has a mix of Scottish and continental influences on the menu. I started with wood pigeon which was delicious and rich tasting. I followed with a rib eye steak which was a very generous portion and perfectly cooked. The wine list was a decent size with a range of lower end to top end wine and champagne. The staff in the restaurant provided 5 star service, were well presented and chatted with us. The decor of the restaurant was cosy and elegant with crisp white tablecloths and attractive crockery, all with the logo 'La Bonne Auberge' across them.

        Overall, the hotel is average but I would definitely visit the restaurant for dinner again.

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      • Carmex Lip Balm / Make Up / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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        04.09.2011 12:54

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        worth paying a little extra for

        Carmex is a lip balm that comes in original, cherry and strawberry flavours (more recently it also comes in vanilla and lime flavours but I have not tried these). It comes in the form of a small pot, stick or tube.

        With other lip balms, including petroleum jelly, I find that my dry lips do not get any better, and in some cases feel more dried out afterwards than they were to begin with. With Carmex the soothing effect is instant. I find the Carmex to make my lips tingle and within a day of use my lips feel more moisturised and less dried out.

        The pot and stick are Carmex in solid form which tend to last longer than the tube which has a much thinner form of Carmex. The pot tends to last me longest but also becomes grubby quite quickly, with dust building up on the sticky Carmex around the screw top lid. The tube is handy for application but as the Carmex is thinner sometimes it can over squeeze and end up with lip balm everywhere.

        The original Carmex has almost a medicated, menthol type smell - hard to explain but I actually really like it, especially in the winter. The cherry and strawberry flavours are both delicious too, reminding me of flavoured bubblegum.

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        03.09.2011 23:55
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        would definitely go back, very delicious food and enjoyable experience

        My boyfriend took me to this restaurant for my birthday and it was a completely excellent choice.

        Location:

        We walked up from the central station hotel which only took a few minutes, even in heels. From a few streets down it was hard to distinguish the restaurant as the sign outside is not that big, but the number of the property (150) is easy to see from quite a distance.

        The restaurant:

        The restaurant is an impressive looking grey building from the outside. Inside the restaurant is really cosy yet trendy feeling at the same time. Me and my boyfriend were sat in a booth and it was nice to sit together and be close rather than sit across from each other. The booths were brown leather and there was a range of booths and tables with seats. There were tasteful paintings of naked women on the walls, coloured panels of glass and a baby grand piano which added to the atmosphere of the restaurant. The bar is on the other side of the restaurant and is stunning looking with hundreds of different bottles lining it.

        The service:

        Our server was smartly dressed and served us well without being intrusive. He was very knowledgeable about the menu, especially about the specials that day.

        The food:

        We shared a baked Camembert to start which was (admittedly a simple dish) delicious and enjoyable for a couple to share. To follow I had the fish special of the day which was cod with potato gnocchi and a bearnaise sauce. The fish was perfectly cooked and the dish was well put together and thought out - a credit to the chefs. My boyfriend had a rack of lamb with a honey, mustard and herb crust, served with gratin potatoes, fine beans and a light red wine jus which he also found delicious and well cooked. We shared dessert which was eton mess with Pimms soaked strawberries. The strawberries were nice and fresh for a summer pudding and the Pimms gave them a delicious fizzy taste. The food was prompt in arriving and we found everything was cooked really perfectly. The portions were more than adequate and definitely worth the price.

        One negative point was that the restaurant was quite quiet and lacking in atmosphere a little, but that may have been because it was a Sunday. Additionally, there was a special deal on cocktails which we were never made aware of but that we heard another table being told about when they arrived just as we were leaving.

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        03.09.2011 23:20
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        Definitely a memorable hotel experience for all the right reasons

        The hotel:

        Being from Glasgow I found the hotel very easy to find! It is about a 7 minute walk from central station, 4 minute walk from queen street station and 4 minute walk from buchanan bus station. It is on the same street as cineworld which is a hugely tall building and I'd imagine everyone you could ask would be able to direct you there. Although I knew where I was going I managed to walk past the entrance as the full building is black tinted glass the full length and breadth of the hotel. After finding the entrance (automatic doors) I entered to nothing but a lift or a red spiral staircase. Feeling a little like Alice in Wonderland I chose the staircase and proceeded with caution to the lobby.

        The lobby:

        On reaching the top of the stairs I was faced with touch screen computers designed for check-in. These were accompanied by a helpful member of staff who offers you assistance if necessary. The system was easy to use and an enjoyable novelty, added to by the fact that the room cards are designed to be kept and used for luggage tags. These can then be used on subsequent stays in any citizen M hotel, retaining information on your personal preferences. The lobby is broken down into different living areas designed for different activities such as relaxing or business meetings. There are computers available for customer use in these areas. The decor is totally modern and very trendy. On the same floor is the restaurant which I believe is mostly self-service and 'canteen' style dining although I didn't eat there.

        The room:

        The room is just as described on the citizen M website - a 'pod'. The room is tiny but perfectly designed and oh so much fun. I felt the same 'wow' factor in staying at a citizen M hotel I have felt when staying in a 5 star hotel, for a fraction of the price.

        The bed is absolutely huge and extremely comfortable. The bed is underneath a huge window which looks amazing and also has total black out blinds so light in the morning is not an issue. On one of the walls overlooking the bed there is a huge flat screen tv which is loaded with really up to date films (and a large number of adult movies) for free.

        The toilet and shower are hidden behind frosted plastic. The sink is in the room. I was a little worried about the toilet issue but the layout is so that if the person your with is in the bed and you are in the toilet then you are obscured by the plastic, the shower and then another door so they definitely cannot see you. If you are in the shower they can see your silhouette. I was with my boyfriend and found no issue with the toilet or shower (and I am not in a 'pee with the door open' relationship with him at all!). I would be comfortable staying there with a friend too. All the rooms only have double beds though and no space for extra beds.

        My favourite aspect of the room was the 'mood pad'. This controls all the functions of the room and I found quite easy to work. The best bit was the coloured lighting in the room. A dial comes up on the 'mood pad' of so many different colours and as you scroll through them the light in the room changes. I recommend standing under the waterfall shower (its a huge shower head) and getting whoever you're there with to scroll through the colours as you shower. It's magical.

        Although I loved it for a night I definitely would not stay there for more than two nights. The room is just too small for a long stay. Although in saying that there is excellent storage room. Another thing that may be an issue for some is that there are no tea and coffee making facilities in the room. There is no iron in the room but there is an ironing room which guests are welcome to use.

        Overall, I would say that this boutique hotel combines luxury with a hostel type atmosphere. Guests have a small but comfortable, trendy, advanced technology room and are encouraged to meet people in the 'living areas' and 'canteen'.

        Both me and my boyfriend loved it and I cannot wait to return.

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        • Dell Inspiron Mini 10 / Laptop / 9 Readings / 8 Ratings
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          03.09.2011 19:55

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          portable and useful for basics

          This is a lightweight (1kg) portable netbook. The main function I bought it for was writing my dissertation in my last year at university. Although I have a desktop at home I wanted the netbook so I could write my dissertation on the move and carry it around with me everywhere.

          Its great for e-mail, using programmes such as word and excel, internet browsing and shopping. I find I can have many internet tabs open at one time without causing it to run slowly. Perfect for a student taking it to the library, coffee shop etc as you really need to be able to plug it in to use it for any length of time. The battery is meant to last 3 hours but I would say it runs for 2 hours at the very most when in use. I also use it to watch programmes on catch up tv, to download films and for skype which all run well on it.

          The biggest issue with this netbook would be the battery life. It also does not have a c.d drive which may be an issue for some people. are probably the biggest issues with this netbook. Other than that I cannot fault it.

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          03.09.2011 19:16
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          My recommended instant tanning product!

          So I'm from Scotland and as such have a pasty white skin tone with tinges of blue...this is why I have needed to experiment with many different fake tans. All of the tanning products discussed below are instant tans which appear instantly on application and then wash off with soap and water.

          Rimmel sun shimmer bronzing spray:

          This tan comes in two colours: golden and bronze. The golden is the lightest one and I find it to be a little orangey and shimmery looking. Even on my pale skin I find that the bronze has a more believable colour, doesn't make me look too dark and has little shimmer. Although I have tried these products I no longer use them as I find the spray runs out too quickly, I maybe get a little more than an all over body application. I also find the product difficult to rub in as it sprays quite thinly and dries quickly making it hard to get an even application.

          Rimmel instant tan:

          This tan is a lotion and comes in: fair matte, fair shimmer, light matte, light shimmer, medium matte and medium shimmer. Again I find that the fair tan is a little too orangey on me. The light tan has a far more believable colour. The medium tan is very dark, I do enjoy wearing it but it is very dark and I think should be called dark rather than medium. One thing I find when wearing the medium is to be careful washing my hands or I end up with very dark arms and white hands. I would always use a mitt when applying as I find a build up on my palms that builds up and is then hard to wash off. As long as the mitt is clean then my tan doesn't go streaky. The tan does last well although I'm still careful when putting on my clothes after application and I wouldn't wear it with white clothes, it sometimes rubs off where your clothes rub against your body such as under your arms or around your collar. I find the shimmer tans look very fake as they are very glittery and that the glitter ends up rubbing off onto your clothes, taxis, couches etc. Also, if anyone spills a drink down you/ you get caught in the rain you will end up with streaks.

          Rimmel sun shimmer bronzing mousse instant tan:

          I've only used this once and found it to be more watery than the 'rimmel instant tan' but rubs in well and produces pretty much a similar result. I would say it would be personal preference between mousse or lotion.

          Overall, for the price and result I would say rimmel instant tan is my favourite tanning product.

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          03.09.2011 18:25
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          Excellently written, compelling, horrifying, read it now!

          The novel "We need to talk about Kevin," by Lionel Shriver beautifully tackles the intriguing yet horrifying nature of people that murder.

          Real life coverage of American high school shootings is morbidly fascinating but we can never really understand what drives a young person to this. We are left to draw our own conclusions, was the person bullied at school? Did they have social problems not addressed by teachers or parents? Or did they simply not like Mondays? Lionel Shriver narrates a story from a mother's point of view in the form of a series of letters to her estranged husband. The story relates the life of her son from before his birth right up until after the killing he orchestrates in his school. This presents the reader with the opportunity to draw a more informed conclusion on what factors drive a person to kill. The main focus of the book is the question of whether nature or nurture is the main factor. This book is interesting from many different angles. In a literary sense, Shriver's writing is descriptive, powerful and thought provoking. In a biological sense, is it possible two children in one family can have the same parents and outside influences and yet be so different? For anyone who is interested in human nature then this book is ideal. The writing from the mother's point of view is also very interesting, should she be blamed for how Kevin turned out? Or praised for the way her daughter turned out? To what extent should the parent be portrayed as the villain for having a child who commits murder?

          Brilliantly written, this cleverly weaved story with twists and turns throughout will have you both compelled and horrified and leave you considering the question of nature and nurture. After many times reading this book and excited for the film I still don't know the answer - if you figure it out please let me know!

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