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      21.11.2013 15:50
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      I am a big fan of all sweet things, but since being at University I have put on a lot of weight so I'm trying to find a way to get my sweet fix without piling on the pounds. On a recent trip to Asda I saw these Weight Watchers Lemon slices and decided to give them a try as I've often found the low fat versions of things to taste just as good as the high fat version. They cost me £1.30 for 5 slices.

      Each slice is 78 calories and 1.4g of fat which translates to 2 Weight Watchers points if you're actually doing the Weight Watchers diet. Compares to, say, a cake bar or something of a similar size that's about 1/3 of the fat content which is pretty good considering they taste nearly as good.

      Now the slices are small, but they are surprisingly satisfying. Since I'm not actually on a diet I tend to eat 2 at a time since they're way better than the stuff I usually eat, but one is fine as a little treat. They're not as moist as normal cake (I presume from having less butter in), but they're not too dry either. The lemon flavour is nice and strong and the icing on top is soft and super sweet (in a good way).

      Each slice is individually wrapped which I don't like from an environmental perspective, but it actually works out really well for two reasons. The first is that each one stays fresh - I can imagine these slices being completely unforgiving when it comes to going stale. The second is that it reduces your chance of eating them all in one go which I would almost definitely do if they were just all in a tray.

      Overall I'm going to give them 4/5 - I think they taste great for how low fat they are, but I will admit they don't taste as good as a luxury lemon drizzle cake. But that's ok because that's what I was expecting and they totally live up to my expectations. I will be buying them again when I fancy snacking, but can't afford the calories!

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      21.11.2013 12:55
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      I straighten my hair 3 or 4 times a week and it's always dyed so it's not in the best condition! I have inherited fairly damaged/brittle/frizzy hair from my Mother and even if I looked after my hair perfectly and didn't do anything damaging to it, it still wouldn't be in great condition. So I have to do use a lot of products to keep it in a passable condition and I always use heat defence spray when I straighten my hair.

      Aussie is a brand I really trust and I use their products all the time - my shampoo, conditioner and everything is Aussie and I always buy my products when they are on 3 for 2 in Boots (which seems to be all the time!). This leave-in spray comes in a 150ml bottle and I have used it for many years. I find a bottle lasts me a really long time even though I don't use is sparingly - perhaps 6 months or even more so I get my money's worth.

      The spray claims to guard your hair from heat-styling implements as well as smoothing it. As I almost always use heat-styling products I can't really say if it protects it as I have nothing to compare it to, but my hair certainly does feel smoother than I would expect after straightening. It's probably more of an insurance thing - I can't noticeably tell the difference, but if I didn't use it I'm sure I would. I've used the Take the Heat Leave-in Cream before and that made my hair crispy and had terrible coverage and didn't do the job as well as this spray - definitely recommend the spray over the cream!

      The spray smells really good - it contains Australian Jojoba seed oil and this might be the nice smell. It's really sweet and smells a bit like a hairdresser's salon. I spray this liberally over my hair before I dry it and don't usually reapply before straightening (unless there's a long gap between the two). The spray bottle gives quite a wide coverage, but probably not as wide as I would like if I'm trying to spray my entire head.

      I'm going to give it 4/5 - I can't tell a noticeable difference when I use this product, but I do believe it's doing its job because my hair is in a satisfactory condition despite straightening it a lot. It smells nice and I certainly wouldn't be without it. Aussie is a brand I trust so I will continue to use this product unless I hear something fantastic about another heat protection spray.

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        19.11.2013 16:02
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        I am a vegetarian and I also try to avoid as much dairy as possible because of the associated environmental impacts; cows take up a lot of space and require food to be produced for them as well as the methane they emit. I have also seen some unpleasant things about the way the cows are treated in dairy farms and I just don't enjoy that thought when I'm pouring milk over my cereal. The health benefits of soy have been debated - some people think it's a miracle and others think there are actually negative effects (many people also have a soy allergy), but I don't personally know much about this and haven't heard anything conclusive! I have heard a little about antibiotics and hormones that find their way into the cow's milk we drink and I don't really like the idea of drinking that, so for me this is another pro point for soy.

        Either way, cow's milk just generally has negative associations in my mind (whether or not they are accurate is a separate issue) and I don't enjoy drinking it anymore. I really struggle to drink it at all or use it on cereal or in cooking so I use soy milk as much as possible. I buy alpro light soya milk for use in my cereal and hot drinks and I actually really enjoy the taste - it's sweeter than regular milk and I actually enjoy that (although I'm sure some people won't). I am a big fan of chocolate milk and so when I saw this Alpro Chocolate Milk I had to buy it! It's in the chilled aisle and comes in a tetra pack. I haven't yet seen it in a 'light' version which is a shame, but it's not too bad anyway so I don't feel naughty drinking it.

        I used to drink a lot of Frijj milkshakes and this chocolate milk isn't as thick as those milkshakes, but I find it thicker than normal chocolate milk. It's quite creamy and it doesn't have that 'grainy/powdery' texture that you sometimes find with regular chocolate milk (does anyone else find that or is it just me??).

        I absolutely love the taste of this and I pour myself a glass and down it almost in one because I just can't stop! I finish the carton in less than 24 hours so it has to be a rare treat to avoid costing me a fortune. The soy adds a slightly different flavour to cow's milk - almost malty like Horlicks or something, but the chocolate is very much there and the dominant flavour! I haven't tried heating this up and having it as hot chocolate, but as it gets colder I think I'm going to try that. I also sometimes pour this over my cereal if I'm having something like Rice Krispies or Cocoa Pops as it tastes great - might be a nice treat if you have little ones who can't tolerate normal milk

        If you fancy a change or you (or your child) has an intolerance to cow's milk then I'd give this a go - it's delicious and I'm happy with the environmental benefits associated with soy over cow's milk. I give it 5/5 - can't get enough of it!

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          17.11.2013 22:12
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          4/5

          =Friends=

          As I'm sure most of you know, Friends is an American sit-com that ran from the early 90s to the early 2000s. It follows 6 friends (Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross) who live in New York City throughout their late-20s to their early 30s. It was a very popular sit-com that generated a huge fan-base and it is one of my personal favourite shows of all time. I really warmed to all the characters and took a personal interest in all their lives. I was lucky enough to receive the box-set with all 10 seasons for my birthday years and years ago and it has definitely been watched to death! This review is for season 9 of the show which was aired in 2002.

          **I will try to avoid major plot-spoilers in the following, but I'm sure you all know what happens anyway!!**

          =What happens in season 9=

          Season 9 picks up after Rachel gives birth to her daughter - there is a weird incident in the hospital where Rachel thinks Joey has proposed to her, but he hasn't and she says yes! It's all a bit awkward and ridiculous considering she just has Ross' baby!

          Chandler is relocated to Tulsa, Oklahoma for his job, but Monica stays in New York so he has to commute between the two cities which causes some problems (and some hilarious storylines). They are also trying for a baby which Monica is desperate for, but they have some trouble conceiving.

          Phoebe meets Mike Hannigan after a blind-date organised by Joey and ends up dating him - their relationship goes through some ups and downs accumulating in a great climax at the end of the series!

          Ross and Rachel keep touching on starting things up again, but it just doesn't happen. They have an awkward situation with a baby and living together but not being a couple and it's a really interesting storyline which explores some deep emotions.

          Towards the end of the season, Rachel develops a crush on Joey, but doesn't do anything about it because Monica warns her it's a bad idea. Ross meets a beautiful palaeontologist, but before he has a chance to make his move, she kisses Joey and starts to date him. Needless to say Ross and Rachel aren't happy their respective crushes are with each other.

          =The best bits=

          I really like the introduction of Mike - he's a great guy and just right for Phoebe! Paul Rudd who plays Mike fits in well with the rest of the cast and I think he's a great addition to the show.

          I like watching Monica and Chandler carry on life as a married couple - they're a really great couple and it's nice to see them get through the problems of married life while still being very much in love. Monica really reminds me of myself so I like to see her do well!

          I like the relationship with Ross and Rachel at the beginning of the series; I love them together and I was really rooting for them to get back together - it's really interesting watching how things unfold.

          =The worst bits=

          This season has some of my least favourite episodes of the whole 10 seasons, but they're not bad - they're just not my favourite. In my opinion, Friends can never be BAD so it's just less than great.

          I HATE Rachel's sister Amy - I find her completely unbelievable and I just don't enjoy watching her! Luckily she's only in it for one episode in this season but I almost always skip it because I dislike her so much (although apparently she won an Emmy for her performance in this episode!!).

          I also don't like Rachel having a crush on Joey - this is all wrong in my opinion and I just wish they didn't do it. She's meant to be with Ross and this whole storyline makes me feel a bit awkward! I also don't like the proposal confusion at the start - it's just a weird storyline and the way everyone acts about it is just silly - that's not what people would do in that situation!!

          I don't like the character Charlie either - she just strikes me as a bit of a know-it-all and I definitely wouldn't like her in real life. I find it ridiculous that she dates Joey because that is just so unrealistic and it just doesn't seem right when you watch it.

          =The DVD=

          There are 24 episodes in this season spread over 3 double-sided disks. The episode list is as follows:

          The One Where No One Proposes
          The One Where Emma Cries
          The One with the Paediatrician
          The One with the Sharks
          The One with Phoebe's Birthday Dinner
          The One with the Male Nanny
          The One with Ross's Inappropriate Song
          The One with Rachel's Other Sister
          The One with Rachel's Phone Number
          The One Where Rachel Goes Back to Work
          The One with Phoebe's Rats
          The One Where Monica Sings
          The One with the Blind Date
          The One with the Mugging
          The One with the Boob Job
          The One with the Memorial Service
          The One with the Lottery
          The One with Rachel's Dream
          The One with the Soap Opera Party
          The One with the Fertility Test
          The One with the Donor
          The One in Barbados part 1 and 2

          =Summary=

          This is a great season of the show, but it's definitely not my favourite. Friends is my all-time favourite show so I love this DVD and have watched it over and over again, but if you're only going to buy one season, I'd probably go for a different one (season 7 is probably my favourite). I give it 4/5 - it loses one star for the Joey/Rachel proposal confusion and the Charlie story-line which I really don't like!

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            13.11.2013 18:03
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            I have been a vegetarian since I was about 12 (on-and-off but very much ON for the last few years) and so I have had my fair share of vegetarian food. I'm not a big salad person so I really enjoy the quorn products - it means you can have a meal like everyone else, but without the meat. It also makes it easy for other people (like my boyfriend's mum) to cook me meals without having to go too far out of their comfort zone - you just replace meat with a quorn product. I know quorn isn't for everyone, but if you are a vegetarian for ethical reasons, it's a really good substitute and I think it tastes great (with a few exceptions - Quorn pepperoni is not for me!!).

            Up until the other week I had never tried these quorn chicken style nuggets - I usually go for something like a kiev or fillet. I found them in Morrissons and really fancied them so I threw them in my basket. They're frozen so I can just keep them in the freezer for an easy meal. They oven cook in about 15 minutes.

            I haven't eaten McDonald's chicken nuggets in a really long time, but I used to love them as a kid. For me, these quorn nuggets give me as much pleasure as the McDonald's ones did back then. That's not to say they taste the same, but I find them just as enjoyable. I don't think you could confuse them for chicken, but they do a pretty good job as far as I can remember! My boyfriend's tried them and, as a meat-eater, he really enjoyed them. They're in a crispy coating (a "light, tasty batter") which is really nice but doesn't go too crispy in my oven.

            These are packed full of protein which is good for me as I don't get much and they only have 2g fat per nugget (I usually have 6 at time and there's about 18 in each pack) and they taste great with BBQ sauce!

            For me they get 5/5 - they're a great little treat and I love them as a snack or as part of a meal. They're easy to cook and they taste amazing. I would recommend them to any vegetarian or anyone whose just trying to cut back on their meat consumption for whatever reason (environmental, ethical, ingredient quality etc.).

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            12.11.2013 15:39
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            I've seen a lot of reviews on here for the Carex flavoured hand washes and so when I needed to replace my hand soap I decided to try one of them. The cola bottles flavour didn't really appeal to me so I went for the Strawberry Laces one. I bought it in Boots for £1.85 for 250ml - this is maybe a little bit more than I'd usually pay, but I fancied it!

            The soap is in a pump and the pump dispenses exactly the right amount for washing my hands. It lathers up well and rinses off without any residue or sticky feeling (which I was a bit worried about because of the very sweet smell). It's not a moisturising hand wash, but it's not drying either - I will tend to use some hand moisturiser as well if I'm washing my hands a lot.

            The smell of this hand wash is really great. It smells exactly like Strawberry Laces. Whenever I wash my hands the smell fills up my sink area and I can usually smell it on my hands for a while after (but it's not too strong).

            The downside to this is that the men in your life might not want to smell like strawberry! The upside is that I'm sure any children in your life probably will want to! I think this is a nice idea if you have children of a toilet-training age that you might want to further encourage them to wash their hands after going to the toilet - it certainly adds something a little more fun to it. I also put mine in a fun soap dispenser (a Poodle shaped one from Octopus/Pylon) which is also a must for reminding little ones to wash their hands.
            The claims on the bottle are that it kills 99.9% of bacteria - I have no proof of this, but my hands feel clean and Carex is a brand I trust for keeping me hygienic.

            I give this product 5/5 - can't knock anything off from my personal opinion. If there was one tiny thing I'd add it's that they should introduce a 'refill' bottle without the pump to save on wasteful packaging - if you keep buying their products (or have your own dispenser like me) you don't need the pump and it's just extra unnecessary plastic. Other than that a great, fun soap!

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              11.11.2013 00:52
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              ==This is a review for the 'Sky Go' section of the Sky website==

              We have Sky+ at home and while I'm at University, I use the Sky Go website to view my favourite shows and movies online as I don't have a television in my halls. My parents pay all the bills so I'm afraid I am unable to comment on value for money etc. - this is just my experience as a user of the service.

              =Sky Go Website=

              The website (go.sky.com) requires you to log-in using your sky log-in details and then you have the option to watch live TV using the TV guide (only available on about 20 channels - not everything you get on your TV) or using the On Demand service.

              Everything about the website is rubbish! I should point out here that my computer is fairly slow and isn't fantastic with applications that require a lot of memory, but it does cope relatively well with everything else except this website. This site crashes all the time, the page freezes, errors appear and it's just generally really slow. I have used other similarly intense websites and never have anywhere near the problems I have with this site.

              Other than the technical problems, there are a lot of things that annoy me about this website. You cannot open the programme you have clicked on in a new tab (by using the ctrl+click option on Google Chrome). I like to open something in a new tab if I'm just looking at it, but may want to go back to my search results easily, but I can't do that on this - you have to leave the search page and then go back. This really annoys me, but some people don't do things in this way and it won't bother them.

              The live TV guide is very un-user friendly. It's hard to pin-point exactly why, but if you use it you'll probably know what I mean - it's just a bit rubbish! The lack of channels is a little disappointing as well - I was hoping for all the channels I can access at home, but only got the Sky Channels and a few others.

              Back to the On-Demand section; if you stop watching a programme or movie one day and decide to come back to it another time and skip to where you were the player buffers the ENTIRE show up until where you have clicked. Every other website I have ever used to play media will buffer from where you have clicked rather than make you wait until it's buffered the whole thing. This is particularly annoying for me as I have a fairly slow internet connection. I was watching a movie the other day and stopped watching about 10 minutes before the end - I came back to it the next day and skipped to where I was and it took half an hour to buffer to it - I just had to sit and wait that long to watch 10 minutes! A ridiculous system that I have not experienced elsewhere.

              I had a problem when I first used the on-demand service because I had ad-blocker installed. It won't let you watch it with an ad-blocker so I had to disable it for their website which is a bit of a pain and was very confusing for a long time because I just got an error code without it actually telling me what was wrong.

              =Sky Player Desktop=

              This is an extra option that you have to pay for (I think somewhere in the region of £5 a month). It's a programme you download and then you can choose to download TV shows or movies so you can watch them offline. It's very rare that I am not 'online', but it would be good for the train or bus or something like that.

              Except, like the website, it is awful. This programme crashes 5-10 times every time I want to use it, especially when it's downloading a show or movie. It completely stops working and I have to close it (using task manager) and open it again and sign in again. No other programme on my computer does this and it's really annoying! It sometimes does this mid-programme as well where the sound carries on, but the picture freezes and you have to close it with task manager to get the picture back.

              Other than that, everything downloads quite quickly and I can watch it offline. The frustration of it continuously crashing is a huge downside for me, though.

              Another weird thing about this programme is that it automatically sets the volume to zero. Every time I go to watch a show or movie the sound is on silent - why would that be the default?! So every time I have to turn the sound up - it's not a huge deal but it's just someone over at the developer side not using their brain.

              =Content=

              Ok so here come my good points - the content!

              There are so many movies and I love watching them. There's literally hundreds of movies to just click and watch as well as all the TV shows from the Sky channels and Sky Sport (if you subscribe to Sky Sport anyway). On the Movies section there is a wide-range from all genres and you often get some really new movies. There is the option to pay for movies on this as well (like SKy Box Office) for newly released movies.

              The only problem I have with the movies is that they don't rotate very often meaning if I've been particularly bored and watched loads of movies, there won't be ones I haven't seen for absolutely ages.

              =Overall=

              Overall I can't give Sky Go more than 3. I'm torn between 2 and 3 because it's such a rubbish website, but that may (in part) be due to my slow computer. Either way it's a very frustrating experience, but I do like having so many movies at a click of a button.

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                08.11.2013 22:12
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                I bought this hairspray in Rome when my boyfriend forgot to pack ours (yes my boyfriend and I share hairspray!). There was so much choice in the shop, so I just picked this one up as I couldn't read anything about any of them. It did the job just fine as an emergency while we were on holiday and I brought it home to use when we returned.

                =UK Availability=

                The only place I can seem to find availability is with Ocado who are charging £2.99 for a 300ml bottle. This is a bit more than I'd usually pay for hairspray as I usually get a huge can of the Boots hairspray for a lower price and it's much better in my opinion.

                =Use=

                This hairspray is like all others in that you close your eyes and spray from a distance of about 25-30cm. It has a pretty even coverage, but perhaps a little narrower range than standard hairsprays.

                The hairspray is really thick and sticky and the cloud of spray that forms is way more intense than any other hairspray I've used. It's really choking and unpleasant. It has a really strong scent which I don't enjoy because I prefer unscented hairsprays. I live in University Halls so I just have one small room with a fire door that has to remain closed and when I use this hairspray the room becomes really stuffy and difficult to breathe -definitely one for a well-ventilated room!

                The worst part is how sticky it is. Although it does dry hard, it remains really tacky and sticky for a long time after spray. It's a horrible feeling and makes my hair feel gross. It also tends to get all over my hands which is also really unpleasant!

                The hairspray has lasted a reasonable amount of time - about 2 months for a 250ml can. It's not quite as good as my Boots longevity, but it's not really anything to complain about. I do tend to use less of this because I hate the stickiness so maybe that's why it's lasted this long!

                =Holding Power=

                This spray doesn't have great holding power. My boyfriend has a bit of an emo-fringe that he sweeps to the side and this didn't really hold it in place unless he sprays huge amounts (but then you get the horrible problem of stickiness!). I use this for just adding volume and it does do that, but it doesn't last as long as my regular Boots hairspray - I'd say my hair looks good for about an hour before it's flat again. The bottle claims that it will hold your style for 24 hours which is complete rubbish and I would challenge ANY hairspray to do that - what a ridiculous claim!

                It claims to brush out easily, which I guess it does. My hair is naturally quite knotty so I do have problems brushing through it, but I think the hairspray is as good as any at brushing out.

                Although this product is called 'style and protect' I'm not entirely sure what the 'protect' element is. I don't seem to see any...

                =Overall=

                Overall I give it 2/5 - it's way too sticky, smells awful and I wouldn't describe it as extra-strong. It works fine for giving a bit of volume for a few hours, but certainly not for holding something firmly in place.

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                  07.11.2013 19:26
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                  Some tips I have disovered on my dooyoo journey

                  Hello all new members! I thought I'd write this little post in the Dooyoo lounge as I wish I'd known some of the things when I first started out. My first reviews were awful and I was earning next to no money, but now I feel I do pretty well on Dooyoo. Here are my tips:

                  1) You are getting paid for these reviews - make them worth reading. When I first wrote reviews I had no idea how to even write 150 words on an item. I'd really struggle and try to pad it out and once I was at 151 words I'd upload it to the site. What followed was a string of Not Useful rates and a few comments from other users. A couple of my reviews even got locked which means they do not earn you miles at all - you have to update it and improve it to get the miles back. It's actually quite easy to write a lot about your product - just include everything you think about it - what does it look/smell/feel like? Why did you buy it? Would you buy it again? Did it do its job? And one thing that I've noticed is often lacking is WHAT IS THE PRODUCT? I've seen loads of reviews for some funny-sounding hair treatment and have not been told in the review what on earth it's meant to do!

                  2) The best way to make money is to rate other users - a review tends to only get you 100 miles (10p), but every read gets you 10 miles (1p) so you can imagine that if you get enough reads it will quickly dwarf the amount you get from the review itself. Go and rate other reviews from the 'new reviews' page and always always return a rate that someone else has given you. Users will start to avoid you if you never rate and it can be seen on your profile. You won't make much money by just uploading reviews - the money comes from reads!

                  3) Leave comments, fill in your about me and generally make yourself known - be a presence in the dooyoo community and other members will start to know you. They'll recognise you and will be more likely to read your reviews. There are a lot of really nice people on this website so interact with them in the comments section. Also try to have a recognisable picture so people can see you straight away.

                  4) Write your reviews on Word first to check for spelling and grammar and also so you can come back to it at a later time if you have to go - this is a simple one but it's really helpful and avoids any accidents if your browser gives up!

                  5) Think about when you upload your review - if you have 5 reviews you want to post, stagger them out because the first one you post is unlikely to get many reads! Most people will only rate your most recent review so get your money's worth by accumulating a few reads before uploading your next one. I always leave my reviews to get to around 40 reads before I upload a new one because for me, this earns me the most money. It is tempting to upload them all at once, but trust me on this one! It's also worth thinking about the time of day you upload your review - if you upload it when the site is busy you may be more likely to get more reads.

                  I hope you've found this helpful. If you know what you're doing on this site you can build up money quite quickly. I commit probably an hour of my day and get about 500 dooyoo miles a day. It doesn't sound like much, but it all helps and it's worth it in the end when you get a nice payout or voucher. I don't seem to get any crowns (despite nominating), but if your reviews are good enough this is a great way to earn some extra miles and your miles really build up fast!

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                    Over the past year I have toyed with the idea of getting an iPad; I am in my final year of University and I keep thinking it would be really handy, but the price really put me off. I did a lot of comparison of other tablets and eventually stumbled across Tesco's new tablet - the Hudl.

                    It has pretty good reviews all over the internet - most of which say something along the lines of 'it shouldn't be good, but it is' and for £119 it suited my budget!

                    Currently, a lot of Tesco stores are out of stock - it has been hugely popular! I went to Tesco fully expecting to leave with the Hudl and was very disappointed that it was out of stock. I went straight home to order it and it arrived in about a week.

                    =Specs=

                    The Hudl is a 7 inch tablet running Android Jelly Bean operating system. It is available it 4 colours - Black, Purple, Blue and Red and they all have a silicone back which won't be to everyone's taste, but I like it because it makes it feel less fragile.

                    The Hudl has 16GB storage and, best of all, it has an Micro SD card slot so you can add an extra 32GB of space. I hate tablets that charge you an extra £100 or so just to get an extra 16GB - this way if you need it at some point in the future you just buy a £20 card.

                    The resolution is 1440x900- apparently that's not too great by tablet standards, but I've watched movies and played games and it looks absolutely fine to me!

                    There are two cameras on the front and back and to be honest both of them are pretty poor - especially when the light isn't great. My phone camera is much better and so I would always use that - I'd feel a bit weird holding my tablet up anyway to take a picture! This is the only thing I can really fault!

                    Apps can be downloaded from the Google Play Store which has a huge selection - everything you could ever want and I've tried out loads myself already. There are most of the basic apps you'll need pre-installed, but for everything else I have had no problem downloading and installing apps.

                    There is a Tesco app already installed and accessible from anywhere as the button is on the same bar as the 'home' and 'back' buttons. This is a little annoying because I'd rather have it hidden away for when I want it, but I guess they want to promote themselves as much as possible. The app is really useful if you use Tesco a lot; you can order your shopping, manage your Clubcard and I will definitely make use of it.

                    =In Use=

                    Set-up of the tablet was a breeze; I was ready to play within 10 minutes and there's even a tutorial that you can choose to use. It was really easy to personalise everything to make it mine (such as background, screen-lock, sounds).

                    I use this tablet for a number of things. I read PDF papers off it for research into my dissertation (I am meant to be reading 4 papers a week and this makes it easy to read it on the go without printing out 20 pages every time), I manage my e-mails, I blog using a tumblr app, I use facebook and twitter apps and just generally surfing the internet (including dooyoo!). I don't really play many games on it, but I have a few and they run fine - the Play store has a huge amount of games.

                    The 7 inch screen is perfectly adequate for everything I need. I have quite a small laptop anyway so I'm used to a small screen. It's an inch smaller than the iPad mini so it is really quite small, but like I say - for me it's fine. It's also handy if you are carrying it around a lot because it's no bigger than a notepad.
                    The battery life is quite good at around 8 hours (spec says 9) and it means I can just put it in my bag and get it out whenever I need it at any point during the day. The charger that it comes with is actually quite short and I may look into buying another charger at some point with a longer cable!

                    The touch screen is very responsive and I have had absolutely no issues selecting what I want, but I do have tiny fingers. If you have bigger fingers you may need a stylus. There is an on-screen keyboard with predictive text and it took a while to get used to it, but now I can type away.

                    Other reviews have said it's really heavy, but I haven't found this to be the case. I don't need it to be feather-light! It certainly isn't so heavy that it's causing me problems.

                    =Value for Money=

                    The tablet cost £119. The next tablet up - the Google Nexus 7 retails at around £199 and I have had a play with it - it's not that much better in my opinion. I have used a lot of tablets and there haven't been any that would make me consider paying more for them. Yes, they are better, but not significantly better and for the price the Hudl wins in my opinion.

                    I would urge you to give the Hudl a go if you're unsure on a tablet as it does the job without the huge expenditure. It's also really good if you want to give a tablet to your child as the sillicone back makes it less fragile

                    =Any Negatives?=

                    The only negative I can possibly think of (apart from the short charger and poor cameras) is that there is no cellular option for this tablet; you can only use WiFi, but these days WiFi is everywhere and I couldn't really afford to pay a monthly fee to use 3G on this tablet. I have my phone for emergencies like that.

                    I suppose the fact that it is a new product means you don't have the huge range of accessories that are available for the iPad. There's a few different coloured cases on the Tesco Website and if you look on eBay a few cases have popped up already. I imagine as it becomes more popular (as I'm sure it will), more and more retailers will start to produce cases and accessories for the Hudl.

                    =Overall=

                    Overall this gets a big 5/5 from me. I am finding it really hard to fault it. It has already been so much use for Uni and just good fun to play with. I have only had it a week or two so hopefully the durability will match this excellent tablet's other qualities and it will keep me occupied for years to come.

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                    • Pointless / TV Programme / 39 Readings / 38 Ratings
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                      I am a huge Pointless fan! I only recently got into it over the Summer and have found myself watching it religiously every day since. It is presented by Alexander Armstrong and co-hosted with Richard Osman. Richard appears to be the brains behind the show and it's quite unusual having his role not behind-the-scenes. He provides interesting insights into the questions and you don't see that in many other quiz shows. The show is currently on BBC1 and 5.15pm and it lasts 45 minutes; I personally watch it on iPlayer later in the evening.

                      =Format=

                      The format of the show is fairly unique in my opinion. The aim is to give the most obscure answer and receive the fewest points. There are 4 pairs on each show and they take it in turns to answer questions. Every question in the show has been put to 100 people prior to the show and the aim of the game is to say the answer that none of those 100 knew (or as few of them knew as possible). The more obscure your answer, the fewer points you receive and the pair with the highest points are eliminated.

                      There are 4 rounds and at each round a pair is eliminated until there is just one pair in the final. The first and second rounds allow no conferring between the pairs. When two pairs remain there is the 'head-to-head' and the first pair to win two points goes to the final. The final requires the pair to get a pointless answer in a category of their choice to win the jackpot (the jackpot rolls over to the next show if the final pair is unsuccessful).

                      =Questions=

                      The questions come in a huge variety of topics so there'll be something for everyone. There are different topics throughout the show so you're bound to get one question you can answer in every episode.
                      My favourite questions are the geography ones as it's what I'm best at, but I'm always surprised at how well I sometimes do on topics I thought I had no idea about (such as movies or literature).

                      The questions follow different formats; there are picture rounds, fact rounds, fill in the blank rounds, anagrams and quite often just open ended questions such as "name any...". The open ended ones are probably my favourite, but I also like the fact ones.

                      Some questions are very specific (such as facts about David Beckham) and some are a lot broader (perhaps encompassing every nation in the whole world) so it really tests your general knowledge - you won't do well just knowing about one thing!

                      =Why I like watching it=

                      I love this show for so many reasons! I love that I can play along and see how I've done, I love the interaction between Alexander and Richard, I love the tension of the bar running down to zero and pretty much just everything!

                      Richard is probably one of my favourite things about the show; his role is quite unique in game shows and apart from being very interesting, I think he's hilarious as well.

                      There is just one thing I would want; I wish you could see the entire database of answers online after each show because sometimes you have an answer that hasn't been mentioned and you just want to know how you did, but will never know! It's very frustrating!

                      =Overall=

                      Overall I love this show - I give it 5/5. I watch it every single day with my boyfriend and I love that I learn new facts and that I can feel good when I get a pointless answer. I hope they keep making it for a long time to come so I can keep watching it and maybe one day I'll apply to go on to see how well I'd do 

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                        I used to live with a girl who had GHDs and I never felt the need to buy my own straighteners as she was generous enough to let me use hers whenever I needed to and GHDs are in my opinion the greatest straighteners in the world! I have since moved elsewhere so it was time to pick out a new pair of straighteners.

                        My one condition was that the straighteners I bought had ceramic plates. Non-ceramic straighteners seem to tug on my hair and break it, whereas ceramics glide over it without causing as much damage (although obviously it's not great for your hair!).

                        I went to Boots and immediately fell in love with these. They are the S1001 model in a special 'Girls With Attitude' gift box. I seem to remember it costing around £35, but it is available from ebay for around £24 now. I didn't want something too cheap as I know they can be of very poor quality, but GHDs were far too far out of my price range. £35 seemed like an appropriate price to pay.

                        The reason I loved this gift box was that the straighteners are in a limited edition print. They are bright pink with a kind of black snake-skin print all over them. They also came with black and pink crackle effect nail polish - I love crackle effect nails, but had never had a chance to try them and so this seemed perfect. There was also a cool emery board included with the same print.

                        Unfortunately the nail polish wasn't great - it's watery and doesn't last long, but it was fun and it encouraged me to go out and buy a brand-name crackle polish to experiment more with. In my eyes, it was only a free-gift and I'm not going to knock any stars off for this.

                        =Using the straighteners=

                        These straighteners have an on switch and once switched on there's a little red light. They take around 30 seconds to heat up which is really quick and makes all the difference when you're in a rush to get ready in the morning.

                        The plates are quite slim so you can be really precise with your styling, but it does mean it takes a little longer if you are straightening your whole head. These probably wouldn't be suitable for people with really thick curly hair, but for the majority of users I think these would do fine.

                        The plates are quite shielded by the casing and I have never burnt myself (head or hand) with these. I never feel that my head gets uncomfortably hot when I am straightening near my roots.

                        I never feel like these are tugging my hair and shredding it to pieces. I can never hear that horrible sound of hair breaking that you sometimes get with cheap straighteners which is a big plus for me!

                        =Appearance=

                        My hair always looks straight after using these - it does the job just fine! I noticed that GHDs always used to make my hair look shiny after use, but sadly these don't. It does look completely acceptable though and if I add a bit of shine serum I'm good to go.

                        My hair doesn't go too big and frizzy at the roots after using these; a lot of cheaper straighteners straighten the lengths, but make the roots look awful (I'm guessing from static maybe?) - these don't do that and they don't feel like they're destroying my hair.

                        The only thing is that I don't think my hair stays straight all day long with these while GHDs kept my hair straighter for longer. It's not significantly worse, but it's just worth pointing out. By about 7pm I'm starting to get little curls and flicks at the end.

                        I haven't noticed my hair get into significantly worse condition since buying these straighteners despite the high heat intensity. I use heat protection spray and avoid straightening my hair every day and I think these straighteners are on the lesser side of evil!

                        =Overall=

                        Overall they get 4/5 - for the bargain price they are as close to GHD quality that I have ever used. The results stay for a reasonable time (but not all day) and it is really easy to straighten with these. The cool print is another great bonus in my opinion. They are a bit let down with the lack of shine after use, but that's what you get for the price and I'm perfectly happy.

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                          I have never really got on too well with many deodorants; I just can't seem to find one that has all the qualities I want in one deodorant. I like to 1) not smell all day - obviously 2) not have big streaky white marks on all my clothing - I wear a lot of black so this is a big problem for me 3) not have to wait hours for it to dry and 4) not have pain applying it if I've just shaved my armpits. I always find one that's fantastic on one or two of these, but not on the rest.

                          This means I try out a lot of different deodorants because I never find one I like enough. I recently purchased this 'Cool Blue Fast Drying 48 hour anti-perspirant' from Sure Women. It was on sale in Boots for £1 and I liked the 'fast drying' and '48 hour' qualities listed on the front. It's a roll-on because in the past I haven't had much luck with sprays (although I did quite like solid deodorant).

                          So let's see how it meets my 4 must-haves in a deodorant:

                          1) No smell - in this respect it does very well. I wear this and do not have to reapply all day even if I go to the gym. I haven't worn it for 48 hours, but sometimes on the weekend if I have a lie-in it is approaching that amount of time and I still smell fine as far as I can tell. That's pretty good and meets my standard for this criteria! The deodorant itself doesn't smell very strongly of anything, so if your'e looking for a nice fragrance, this probably isn't it.

                          2) No white marks - this deodorant is better than some for white marks, but not perfect. Even the 'white mark protection' deodorants aren't perfect and it's probably no worse than them. It's annoying, but I haven't actually found one that's any better. Doesn't really meet my criteria, but until I find one that does, it'll do! I haven't worn it with any white t-shirts so I can't comment on the 'yellow stain' problem that a lot of people have with deodorant.

                          3) Fast-drying - this is one of the main claims on the bottle so you would expect it to dry fast and it does. I can put clothes on less than a minute after I apply this which is good if I'm in a rush. I've noticed some other deodorants despite being 'dry' are still always a little tacky or moist, but this is completely dry as if it wasn't there. Check!

                          4) No pain - DEFINITELY NOT! I shave my arm-pits almost every day as I usually wear strappy vest tops. If I have shaved before I apply this it burns and it burns a lot. I've found this with a lot of fast-drying anti-perspirants that contain alcohol and it's certainly not a unique problem. If I don't shave on a certain day, then there is absolutely no pain (unless I've cut myself a previous time). It's a shame because it really lets it down.

                          I guess this deodorant is pretty good, despite the white marks and painful application. I will continue to buy it until I see one that appears to meet all of my criteria in one, because it fulfils its main job of keeping me fresh all day. I'm giving it 4/5 because I fear that my standards for deodorants are just too unrealistically high and it's actually pretty good.

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                        • boohoo.com / Online Shop / 52 Readings / 50 Ratings
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                          4/5

                          I've been using boohoo for a long time now and when I first started using it nobody had really heard of it. I had seen it on a blog and since then it has really exploded (probably thanks to a huge advertising campaign).

                          It is an online-only clothing store which has recently started selling male clothing, but specialises in female clothing and accessories.

                          =Good Points=

                          There is a wide selection of styles and products. I personally like alternative grunge/punk clothing (lots of black, spikes, skulls etc) and I always seem to find some really cool items on boohoo, but if you're not into that they also have beautiful floral items, going out dresses, high heels, pumps, jewellery, leggings, coats, skirts, shorts and pretty much everything! No matter what you are looking for - I would give boohoo a try as they more than likely sell it.

                          Even though I'm not someone to really keep up with the latest trends (my style has hardly changed since I was 15!), I have noticed boohoo is always up to date with current hot trends and does it quite well.

                          Boohoo are very good value in my opinion. Going out dresses are quite often under £20 for instance and everything is just a little bit cheaper than I would normally expect. I have never seen something on there and thought it was overpriced. They don't operate any proper shops so maybe that's how they keep prices low (in the same way Amazon does I guess). They also seem to always have a sale on with loads of items in the sale rather than just one or two of last season's leftovers.

                          Delivery is super-speedy. I always get my items way sooner than I expect which is great.

                          =Less good points=

                          I have found the quality of boohoo products isn't fantastic - notably the opaqueness of garments. I have bought a few tube skirts from them and every single one was completely see-through. The same goes for a jersey top I bought and a cardigan. All the material is very thin and so it also isn't very warm for winter clothing. You have to bear in mind, however, that these products are significantly cheaper than you would find on the high-street so I can understand the less than fantastic quality - but it is a shame! I have found some of the skirts to also be quite short, but the lengths are all listen on the website so I only have myself to blame for that one.

                          Secondly, the website is a pain at times. They have thousands of products and even when filtering down to EXACTLY what you want, you still have to sift through hundreds of items before you find something. I suppose this could also be a good point in the fact that they have so many items - there's sure to be something you want. Sometimes I get bored on page 18 of dresses and give up - maybe I give up too early and miss my dream-dress!

                          They also charge a re-stocking fee if you return an item. I can understand this, but it is a little annoying if something just isn't what you were expecting - asos don't charge you a penny. Everything else to do with returns was simple and easy.

                          =Overall=

                          Overall they have to get 4/5 - the quality isn't great, but it's really cheap and the website can be a bit of a pain at times. Quick delivery, wide-range of cool products means I will shop again, but if the prices were to increase, I'd have to take my custom elsewhere as the quality wouldn't justify spending any more.

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                            I have long hair which I colour and style every day so it's quite damaged. I have tried everything under the sun (within my price budget) to try and tame my fly-aways, but they're very persistent and are always there - sticking up and making me look a fool!

                            I saw this Glossing mist from the Frizz-Ease range by John Frieda in Boots a long time ago and bought it for £5.59 which is quite pricey. It's a clear liquid in a clear bottle with a big purple lid.

                            It works by just spraying it out the nozzle at the top. You hold the bottle 20-25cm away from the head and spray onto dried, styled hair. I use about 4 or 5 sprays per use to cover my hair. I wouldn't use anymore otherwise I'd be worried the liquid would damage my styling (in the same way rain would), but any less I feel would have absolutely no effect.

                            The claims on the bottle are to give hair a high-gloss finish and smooth fly-aways. I guess it does meet these requirements, but so would a bit of water sprayed over my hair. I'm not entirely sure how beneficial the product is. It certainly isn't greasy which is a nice big point and it is very lightweight, but that's probably because it is mostly water!

                            I think the main benefit for this product is the bottle - the spray nozzle is really good at covering a wide section of my hair and it is a really fine mist meaning my hair doesn't get wet from it. Perhaps I should finish the product and then just fill it with water to have a similar effect at taming flyaways! When I use this, the effects certainly don't last all day so if I wanted to look my best all day I would have to reapply a couple of times.

                            This bottle doesn't last long at all either! It's 75ml and if I use it every day, it will only last a month. I don't have a huge budget for hair products and my other products of similar price last a lot longer and have much more of an effect. I think something like a leave-in conditioner or serum would do a better job, but then you have the trade-off between heavy greasy products in your hair. It's really tricky to get the right balance between good effects and bad effects.

                            So - I haven't given it a great review, you'd think I wouldn't go out and buy it again? Well, I did. I do use it every day and I've sort of become addicted to it. I'm not sure it has a real effect, but I'll do anything to try and hide those pesky fly-aways and I haven't found anything better so I'll keep using it! It smells really nice and I do like using it just before I leave the house as it makes my hair smell really good - maybe that's its best property?

                            Overall I'm going to have to give it 3/5 - it doesn't really do much! I feel like a mug for buying it a second time and I will most likely buy it again, but I've sort of become addicted to it. It doesn't last long either and it's overpriced. Don't get caught in my trap and avoid this and try and find another type of finishing mist that actually does something. Or buy this once and use the cool bottle for a water mist to tame your hair temporarily.

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