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      20.07.2012 15:53
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      Better to invest a bit more

      I love making smoothies and do so regularly, I've been stealing my flatmates blender for quite some time and when I saw this little gizmo for a 5er I thought I'd give it a go as I thought I really should have my own.

      I use bananas and frozen berries for my smoothies and a little bit of milk. My flatmates blender would have no problem blending these items together however the weak power of the Sainsburys Basic Blender struggled with the frozen fruit and I had to thaw the fruits for a while before attempting another go, this is a shame as frozen fruit gives a lovely coldness and zest to the mixture.

      My thumb also struggled with this appliance as it was very difficult to hold down, afterwards the effort really seemed unneccesary and rather not worth it. I have since bought a more expensive blender and found that it is definitely worth it as the quality is far more superior and it can handle a lot thicker foods.

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      • HP Pavilion G6-1381SA / Laptop / 12 Readings / 4 Ratings
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        20.07.2012 15:36
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        Excellent for everyday use

        I have had many laptops in my time and find that I use one almost daily. The main reason I need my laptop is for University work, watching TV and communicating with friends and family.
        Previous laptops I have had have been sufficient at the time, but with slow running speeds, poor internal hard drives and loud fans, I have always been pro-Apple.
        This laptop is the first HP model I have had (previous models have included Toshiba etc.) and I think its wonderful! I received it as a gift at Christmas and from the offset it has done nothing but satisfy my needs.

        ***The main advantages are below***

        The weight of the product is excellent. Originally I had wanted a notebook to make carrying my laptop from home to the library or to my classes easier, however, although this laptop has a large screen it is definitely one of the lightest laptops I have held. The product itself is very sleek and the capability of the laptop is amazing for its size.

        I love the deep red colour, it really suits my style and I feel a bit different with it than the normal boring black.

        The webcam has an excellent quality, as does the speaker which means communicating with friends and family via Skype and MSN is so much easier. The speaker is in a convenient place near the mousepad which means nothing much blocks it, and hours of fun can be had with the webcam, its very clear and I rarely have a problem with crashing and other faults on Skype (which seemed to be a regular on my previous laptop).

        The fan is very quiet. My previous laptops were always loud and caused a lot of noise in libraries or when I wanted to watch TV the sound would have to be up to the loudest; however so far I have not heard a peep from my fan, especially in comparison to my brother's laptop which is a couple years older than mine.

        The screen resolution is crisp, making movies enjoyable

        Microsoft Word and Excel trials already come as standard, these aren't as advanced as the full versions but they satisfy my needs so shouldnt pose many problems unless you do extensive work with these programmes.

        Browsing the internet is quick and easy.

        Starting teh PC up is also very quick so you're not waiting around for long.

        The battery life is fantastic, I can have it off-charge and be browsing the internet and doing other stuff to it and it will last me for hours! - an issue I have find with some older models and makes.

        ***There are a few disadvantages***

        Obviously it is a PC so all those little extras that come with Apple MAC's need to be downloaded, and all the standard PC software is already on so if you prefer Firefox to Internet Explorer then you would need to change this.

        The laptop is still rather wide, which is great if you use it for watching TV and prefer a larger keyboard, however if you are transporting it around alot it is just a lot more convenient to buy a smaller laptop.

        ***Overall***

        I would definitely recommend this PC, I adore it. It suits my needs and has not let me down yet. i have personalised the PC to suit me and it is perfect :)

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        29.05.2012 20:53
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        Wouldn't really recommend it

        When I first looked into Party Organising I thought it sounded fantastic. I'm a student in quite a small town so finding a job is difficult, however I have a car so I thought it would be great as I can travel. When I started up, everything had to be sent to my home address which was 300 miles away as Ann Summer's just don't consider accomodations issues if you're a student, this meant I wasn't getting a lot of my post (which tbh they sent out FAR too much mail all about the same stuff, it was very annoying).

        But I was told to come to one of the Unit Meetings to gain some information about being a party organiser, from that night I wasn't told any information (particularly any of the hidden charges) and was quickly signed up before I had time to consider it.

        At the Unit Meetings I was informed I'd have to pay £10 (I'm still unsure why) and then they attempted to sell me stock they had bought too much of.

        I was given no assistance in trying to book parties, and was constantly texted/phoned/emailed by the Unit Manager, and alot of the information was useless. I then began to realise money being debited from my account (about £4.50 a week I think, it was last summer so I can't remember) and when I enquired they said it was a weekly kit charge, I had been charged for two weeks that I never had my kit!

        I also never had a training party, the girls seemed too busy to look at any new starters and didn't really bother trying to help me out.

        So I tried booking a few parties and got some booked, so I'd send out the leaflets they told me to and all of the required information that was needed to send, however my customers cancelled their parties and I eventually gave up the Ann Summers dream, then further hassle started.

        I had bought some items from Ann Summers, so to replace the leaflets I had sent out with the party bookings, I included these items to ensure my kit was up to the amount they sent out (I only needed to include a couple pounds worth of stuff but put in about £15) and then it turned out I ended up having to pay £18.90 to make my kit up to the required amount (which is definitely not true as nothing else was missing from my kit).

        When the couriers came to collect my kit they did so innappropriately, two men (knowing they were picking up an Ann Summers collection) were asking what was inside the box and if I had used any of it. I felt utterly sick at the way I was treated.

        Overall embarking on a potentially money-making scheme left me about £100 out of pocket, I'm very disappointed with the lack of assistance and the lack of information given to people who are considering starting up. Really only take this opportunity if you know you can have a lot of parties as you'll need about 2 or 3 a week to make any profit.

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        29.05.2012 20:38
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        Overall a great meal for the untalented chefs out there

        I am a student living a typical student life. I do prefer to cook more from scratch, however on those long hungover days, or exam times it is just so much easier to through something ready made in the oven. I love the Frey Bentos pies, I think the meat quantity is rather generous for the price as usually pies can be very expensive with very little filling. I don't like Kidney however still find myself buying the 'Steak and Kidney' selection because the gravy and steak is so yummy.

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        I live with four 18-19 year old boys who, before they moved in with me, have never cooked for themselves. Now I find that the guys in my flat have this dish several times a week because it is so easy to make, tastes delicious with a nice crusty texture on the pastry and quite frankly, they find it hard to screw it up. Its a great meal with some chips and peas, typically English.

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        The tin is rather thick and therefore you need a really decent tin-opener, most of the time I have to get somebody else to open it for me as it is just too difficult.
        The pies can sometimes be a bit soggy on the bottom, I quite like that, but I suppose its to consumer tastes.

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        29.05.2012 20:31

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        Excellent technology, I can't believe the advancements!

        I had one of the original Ipod touches, it was great and I loved it. I loved the camera on the back, I loved the wifi access.....and then whilst I was on holiday somebody stole it.

        I managed to claim back through insurance so I could get a new one but they no longer made my model, I therefore bought the newest one available, the 4G Ipod Touch and after a little while of getting used to the differences I came to love this little personal helper!

        For starters, there's a front camera on the Ipod now, which is great quality and fantastic for taking photos with or even using as a mirror (there is an app for that), the apps you can get for the camera are great so you can take lots of funny pictures and ones against different backdrops, these apps can provide hours of fun.

        The touch screen is much more sensitive than the original version, which is a good thing, the product itself is really thin and really light, a massive improvement from the already small and light-weight previous version.

        The colours and updates itself are great. I use my ipod for virtually everything now, from diary-keeping to learning Spanish, from alarm clock to MP3 player, it is a very handy gadget.

        All of my previous Ipods have all been 8GB and thats all I've ever needed, however, because of the unlimited choice of apps available and the extensive use I get out of my ipod I find that I do need a larger size, this is something to consider when buying.

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        26.03.2012 19:15

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        Overall a great phone

        My boyfriend has this phone and I get to play with it all the time. My overall comments are below:

        ~Advantages~
        The operating system and internet is great - The GPS is definitely one of the most useful tools on this phone as it has saved us from getting lost many a time. The little symbol even shows you which way you're facing! Sometimes the internet can mean this app is a bit slow, but overall it is fantastic!

        The wide variety of apps - This phone will keep you entertained for hours with so many free and paid apps to choose from. A lot require the internet to use so make sure you have a decent plan!

        The camera is great. We no longer tend to take our digital cameras everywhere as this phone does the trick.

        ~Disadvantages~
        Battery life - unfortunately, to get the full use out of this phone means charging almost every night. That's not too much of a problem though as many of the most recent phones have the same charger and therefore my boyfriend and I only need to take one with us.

        Massive screen - Although this phone is super light, the screen is huge, far too big for me to get my fingers round. Therefore I see ths phone as being more of a man's phone rather than a woman's phone.

        ~Overall~

        Its a great phone without only a few disadvantages. You can definitely get carried away on this phone.

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      • HP Pavilion G6-1257sa / Laptop / 7 Readings / 5 Ratings
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        26.03.2012 19:04
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        Excellent value for money

        The HP Pavilion G series is available in several colours. My parents bought me the red one for Christmas as my flat is all red and black. Visually it is very good, the screen size is perfect for watching films and working, and the keyboard is large enough for the those of us with chunkier fingers. I'm not all that technical so I can't use all the correct terms, but the running speed on this laptop is great. My previous laptop was only 2 years old but this one is so much faster. The basic software is ample for your daily needs. The laptop is quite light (obviously not as light as a netbook) but its slim design makes it manageable for travel. Setting up my laptop was quick and easy, and the few games which were free entertained my neice for hours. I prefer Windows over Mac and other operators, but I suppose it is to your individual taste. The battery life on this laptop is fantastic, I can go about 4-5 hours of using the internet without it dying, obviously a lot longer if I am not doing so much on it. I am yet to find any problems with this laptop, however I will update my review once I do.

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        • HTC Desire S / Smartphone / 6 Readings / 3 Ratings
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          12.03.2012 18:08

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          A massive improvement from my blackberry

          I ditched my Blackberry Curve last month and joined the andriod software market. My boyfriend has a Samsung Galaxy S2 and I loved the operating system and speed. I didn't realise however that the system would be exactly the same on my new phone. There are slight cosmetic differences with the layout of icons and the design of the phone, but overall it is almost identical. This may be seen as a positive aspect to those of you wanting a cheaper version of the android system, but I was slightly dissappointed as I wanted a new toy that was different. Now when I compare my phone to my friend's different makes and models I realise that they all are the same (and most have the same problems, for example, sometimes the phone likes to crash).

          I do like my new phone and think it is a lot better than the Blackberry operating system, however I hate the touch screen type-text. I can no longer type without looking at my phone and the keys are too close together that I am mostly pressing backspace and rewriting my sentences.

          My deal on this phone: I went with 3 who I have just recently switched over to as I found o2 was too expensive. For £16 a month I get the Talk300 plan which included this phone for £1.99, and then 300 minutes, 5000 texts and 500mb of internet a month.

          I find myself wanting to use the internet a lot on this phone due to the high speed and therefore would say a keen surfer may need more internet (unless they have frequent access to wifi) but overall I thought this was a bargain.

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        • Adios Max / Diet & Weight Loss / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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          12.03.2012 18:00

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          My body isn't reacting to Adios.

          Adios claims to speed up your metabolism, and hence weight loss, naturally with the help of a calorie-controlled diet. Active ingredients include butternet, dandelion root, dry extract of Boldo and dry extract of Fucus including inactive ingredients (make sure to read the label to ensure you are able to consume all these ingredients).

          I'm 21 and a size 12, I find it difficult to continuously lose weight and get down to a size 10 (my dream size) although I fluctuate between a size 14 and a size 12 quite a lot depending on my exercise and calorie intake. Anyways, I have no problem maintaining a size 12, I just need a little bit of help to get to a size 10 as my own work isn't getting there therefore I tried Adios. I have seen Adios in all of my magazines and saw it on offer in a local pharmacy. After being rather excited I must say that I haven't seen any effects. I continue to exercise (I run 3 miles 4 times a week) and keep count of the calories that I intake, so the only change to my diet is the introduction of this product. I don't feel any fuller after I've taken it and I'm still not a size 10. I've been using this product for 2 months now with no success. It may just be that my body doesn't react very well to the ingredients, but overall it doesn't work for me.

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          07.02.2012 21:06
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          Great mascara which worked perfectly for me

          I bought this mascara when it was first brought out, it was about £5 or £6. To be honest I didn't mean to purchase this mascara, I was actually meant to purchase the normal supershock mascara as I don't like blue bottles (weird I know but I hate waterproof mascaras and this is what they remind me of). Anyways, I like to chop and change my mascaras regularly as I find that my eyelashes look better when they're exposed to new chemicals and different brands, however I do have my favourites that I keep going back to and this has just been added to that collection.
          I am surprised by Avon at their ability to produce such an excellent mascara, I think it may actually be better (for me anyways) than some of the more expensive brands out there. Everytime I wear the SuperShock Max my boyfriend always asks if I have false eyelashes on. It really does volumise and lengthen the lashes.
          I am blonde and have therefore very pale eyelashes, they are quite long it just isn't noticeable when I have no mascara on, therefore I find myself wearing mascara most days. I generally only wear the Avon SuperShock Max Mascara on an evening as it has such a dramatic effect and prefer to wear its less impressive sister, the SuperShock Mascara during the day.
          I am really impressed by this mascara and will be a continued customer.

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        • LG Viewty Lite / Mobile Phone / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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          07.02.2012 20:58

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          One of my favourite phones but I wouldn't purchase it now

          I have just recently sold my LG Viewty and the memories it brought me have spurred me to come on and review this product. I purchased this phone back in about 2007 as I was impressed by its abilities when one of my friends was showing me it. Touchscreen was relatively new then so it really was at the top of its game! There is a front and a back camera which is perfect when you're a teenager and as vain as I was, I was able to take photos of me with my friends myself, or I was able to apply my lipstick without staring into a black screen. At the time this phone was perfect for me. Once you are used to the touchscreen it is perfect, it is slightly more difficult than the touch screen these days as it isn't as sensitive.
          The LG is quite big, but not so big that it doesn't fit in your pocket, its around about the size of an Iphone. The main problems I had with my LG Viewty was that the zoom on the camera at the back stopped working sometimes, and one of my friends accidentally knocked her screen and was left with black blodges and couldn't do anything with it.
          For an older generation phone, this phone should be appreciated, but it doesn't compare quite as good as the ones these days.

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        • Malibu Rum / Liqueur / Cocktails / 4 Readings / 2 Ratings
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          07.02.2012 20:48

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          Gorgeous spirit

          Mailbu is one of those drinks I could drink all day. It is my favourite alcoholic beverage and tastes great in everything. Granted I know a few people who are not keen on this spirit, but that is mainly due to their distaste for coconut, however I LOVE coconut!
          Mixing malibu with coke, pineapple juice, in to a cocktail, having it neat..... I can literally drink it with anything! And after my visit to the Carribean I learnt some great recipes for cocktails in which I can use this white rum (google has some great ones too), now everytime I sip Malibu I just think of my holiday.
          The packaging is plain, simple and yet exotic. The white of the bottle makes you think of coconut, whereas the palm trees scream the Carribean. The alcohol content isn't as strong as some other spirits, which I particularly enjoy as I prefer to enjoy this drink rather than get drunk on it. Price varies depending on the store and there are cheaper White Rums out there, but Malibu will stay my favourite!

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          07.02.2012 20:42

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          Many ways to drink Ameretto

          My mam is the first one who got me in to Disaronno Amaretto, she loves to have a small amount of it neat on an occasional basis. Originally this is how she would serve it to me, I love marzipan so it was a pleasant taste, however I found that after a while it can become sickly, particularly as it is so sticky and sweet.
          Since moving to University, my mam sometimes sends me back with a bottle of Disaronno to enjoy, and I have found that it is extremely tasty in cocktails or simply with coke. My favourite way to consume Disaronno would have to be with Cranberry juice, ice and a twist of lime; it feels so festive and has a really enjoyable taste to it. The sweetness is not something to worry about either as these drinks perfectly compliment each other. At £15+ a bottle it can become quite pricey for a student, however I find it lasts a long time and is a drink to be enjoyed rather than to get drunk with.
          Please drink responsibly.

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          07.02.2012 20:36

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          A decent tablet

          I'm a student and have a launderette where I do all my laundry. Taking across a big tub of soap powder just isn't convenient when I have to hold all my washing also, so these little tablets are the perfect size as they come in packets of two, I can slip them in my pocket and head off with only my load and fabric softener to carry.
          These tablets can be expensive, I bought the packet of 40 when they were on sale in Asda, and although I know it is perhaps more cost effective for me to buy powder, it just isn't efficient. So anyways....I think these tablets are great, they do the job.
          However a product does not come without several criticisms, I find that with some tablets you are able to use them without the need for fabric softener, however Persil's non-nio definitely needs it, it leaves a rough texture to your clothes which I am not particularly fond of. The smell is OK, not my favourite smelling tablets however not revolting either. It does give a strong wash and a good proper clean therefore I would personally continue using this product.

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          06.02.2012 18:11

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          Decent price, OK brush

          To be honest I do not understand how different companies can charge so much for something as simple as a make up brush. Perhaps this is me being ignorant, but I can't see much difference! Obviously I understand the difference between the different types of brushes (such as a bronzer brush and a blusher brush) but I just can't understand how to justify paying so much for a branded brush when you can get a similar one for a lower price. Anyways, No. 7 is quite a hit and miss brand, I like the way Boots have a lot of promotions where you are able to get free items, this has spurred my love of Boots No.7 on, so I bought this brush. It was a decent price and doesn't apply the make up too heavily which is good as I have a pale complexion. With Boots No. 7 Blusher this is a decent brush and makes the cheeks look lovely and flushed.

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