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    • Ferrero Rondnoir / Chocolate / 26 Readings / 24 Ratings
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      07.09.2011 18:19
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      One of these will satify chocolate cravings

      Ferrero Rondnoir is an intense dark chocolate take on Ferrero Rocher. It does not have any hazelnuts, like Ferrero Rocher but it does have a slight nutty taste in the chocolate cream. You can even smell the cocoa and dark chocolate aroma from the wrapping.

      The dark chocolate coating is quite crumbly as its made of chocolate sprinkles, that are nice to eat but they fall off easily, and once you open the chocolate you tend to find a few bits of chocolate have fallen off into the wrapper. The chocolate cream is not as intense as the chocolate coating, and it more like Ferrero Rocher milk chocolate as it has a slight taste of nuttiness. Overall, the dark chocolate flavour is the strongest.This creamy coholcate encases a ball of dark chocolate that has an intense cocoa taste that will linger on your palette after eating.

      I found that the occasional ferrero Rondnoir chocolate had a soggy wafer that was not at all crispy. This might be true of other Ferrero chocolates as well, although in my past experience, I have not found many wafers that soggy and not crisp. In most of the Ferrero Rondnoir chocolates the wafer is crisp and much the same as the Ferrero Rocher milk chocolate version. The wafer does provide a break from the intense chocolatiness,

      Ferrero Rondoir come in a warm dark brown foil with 'Ferrero Rondoir' written on the foil in a shiny dark brown colour. They look good on display in a stand or a bowl.

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      • Ferrero Rocher / Chocolate / 16 Readings / 12 Ratings
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        07.09.2011 18:17
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        delicious nutty chocolate

        Ferrero Rocher chocolates are made of a nut croquante, a wafer, a smooth and thick chocolate filling that encases a whole hazelnut. Each of these makes a layer in the Ferrero Rocher chocolate ball.

        The outer chocolate and chopped hazelnuts that are mixed together to create a layer, tastes quite nutty. The description says that this outer layer has rich milk chocolate. I find the chocolate to taste more sweet rather than a cocoa taste. The flavour that is predominant is of a sweetness combined with nuttiness, rather than a strong chocolate flavour. The wafer is crisp and provides a nice crunch before you head into the chocolate creamy filling, which is thick and delicious. The hazelnut which is preserved in this chocolate filling, is just what you would expect from a hazelnut and seems perfectly fresh.

        Each chocolate comes wrapped in a gold foil wrapper that sparkles and catches the light, and has a very good look whilst on display. There is also a paper cup a the bottom of the foil that you must remove before you can unwrap the foil. Each chocolate also comes with a small ferrero rocher sticker on the top. Ferrero Rocher is suitable for vegetarians, and they encourage consumers to reuse or recycle the box that the chocolates come in, as it is usually a plastic box that can be reused.

        Ferrero Rocher describe their chocolate as a timeless combination, and there is definitely something about Ferrero Rocher that keeps you coming back for more. They are a very unique chocolate in the way the layers of each Ferrero Rocher have been put together.

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        06.09.2011 21:01
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        sumptuous and relaxing shower cream, highly recommended

        Passion flower and rice milk shower cream from Imperial Leather is a very high quality shower cream. I find it smells quite similar to other rice milk based shower creams when you first put it on, but after it lathers up I can smell the passion flower much more and it has quite a sweet strong smell that comes through. So they have combined the rice milk and passion flower ingredients very well.

        The packaging is elaborate and sumptuous, gold writing and an extravagant design around the Imperial Leather logo made of flowers and swirls.

        The shower cream itself is a dark purple that I think looks amazing in the bottle. The bottle is clear so you can see the purple shower cream and it matches the purple flip top lid which is effective. The dark purple shower cream and gold lettering really go well together.

        The shower cream is also velvety and silky. It is thicker in substance when compared to other shower creams but this does not effect the way it lathers up. On the back of the bottle it states that the shower cream is a truly indulgent and blissful experience. It also says that passion flower is known for its natural relaxation qualities, and I did find it relaxing and calming to use.

        Passiona Flower and Rice Milk shower cream costs £1.53 from Sainsburys. It is currently on offer for 68p till the 27th September according to online sources so you may want to get hold of one soon.

        (also appears on ciao under username riverstone 1)

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          06.09.2011 21:00
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          a high quality handwash from Imperial Leather

          I have used both Imperial Leather Japanese Spa as a shower cream and a handwash and would say that the scent and style of Japanese Spa does go very well as a handwash. I find the packaging more attractive and pretty than other handwashes which tend to be more no frills. There is Japanese writing on the front which they have added for authenticity and pink flowers as well, which could be used to represent Jasmine, an ingredient in this handwash, which is sometimes light purple in colour.

          The text and images are pink and purple and it goes well with the light yellow, creamy coloured liquid which you can see in the see through plastic. There is also a silver label that states Imperial Leather has been Family kind for over 60 years.

          The ingredients include green tea, known for gentle cleansing, rice milk as a natural skin moisturizer and jasmine for skin softening properties and uplifting fragrance. The fragrance is uplifting, soft and quite unique for a handwash. The bottle also says that Japanese Spa has triple moisturizing ingredients. On the whole, I found it did not dry out my hands in comparison to other soaps and handwashes.

          The hand pump can be easily controlled to release the amount of liquid soap you need, which is not always the case with hand washes. The handwash is easy to lather up, and cleans your hands well. The bottle is made from plastic that is widely recycled, the handwash is dermatologically tested, and has a skin friendly PH. Imperial Leather Japanese Spa costs £1.62 from Tesco although is usually on offer in different supermarkets, and is currently on offer for £1.00 until 26th September.

          (appear on ciao under username riverstone1)

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          05.09.2011 21:27
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          this is a handwash that does the job, but I find the scent quite sickly

          Cussons Carex Aloe vera is anti-bacterial hand wash which is an advantage in a hand wash. Only a small amount is needed for enough lather to be created in order to wash your hands. It gets rid of any dirt and stickiness effectively.

          The handwash is operated by pushing down on the pump and this releases the liquid inside the bottle. I did find that whenever I pushed it would release more than I wanted, rather than just a small amount, which was what I wanted to get. I had to be very careful in order to get a small amount. The hand pump is simple to operate, even though it seems to give you a default amount of handwash. The pump is also easy to unlock during your first use by simply twisting it once, and pressing down on it a few times.

          The information on the back is easily readable, which is not always the case with handwashes. Carex Aloe vera is dermatologically tested, and it says the bottle is recyclable. According to the bottle, Carex has a new and improved formula that works 3x faster to kill germs and bacteria.

          This is good for washing hands, but I would consider a different scent, as the Aloe Vera option is very strong smelling and I do not find it pleasant. A 250ml Cussons Carex Aloe Vera is £1.58 from Boots. Considering the scent I would not purchase this again. Although, the scent may be to some people's taste as it is a strong plant-type smell that some do like.

          The smell is very strong, it lasts for a while, and I find it a bit sickly. At first the smell was ok, but then after I got more accustomed to it, I found it too strong and overpowering. When compared to other soaps, I find other soaps can have a softer scent and wash as well as Aloe Vera handwash.

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          05.09.2011 21:24
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          a good quality body lotion with skin hydration qualities

          I use quite a few lotions, and I find Vaseline Essential Moisture to be one of the better ones. On the front of the bottle, it mentions there are Vitamins E and A but on the back it also says that there are Vitamins A, B, E and other minerals. The text is easy to read. The label also confirms that Essential Moisture will help you achieve softer and smoother skin, and that this is for normal to dry skin. The bottle also mentions that Vaseline Essential Moisture will help replenish daily hydration, and I feel the hydrating effect at work as soon as I put it on.

          The moisturising effects work well, and as you work the lotion into your skin you feel a cooling sensation. The scent is the unique Vaseline scent. It is difficult to describe, but it is quite deep, soft and very pleasant. The lotion is a good consistency, not too thick or runny. It is very easy to apply to all areas of the body. I only need a small amount of lotion to feel hydrated, and I can use it as a whole body lotion. As with most other lotions, you also need to apply it fairly regularly to feel the softening and smoothing effects on your skin.

          Vaseline Essential Moisture costs £2.85 from Boots. The packaging has the trademark Vaseline design, with a dark blue flip top cap, light yellow for the main part of the bottle and blue text. The blue Vaseline logo is clearly recognisable, so you know straight away that it is Vaseline when you look for it in shops. On the back, Vaseline say they keep skin amazing, which on the whole I would say they do. I think this is a very useful lotion to have on hand as it relieves dry and sore skin.

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          05.09.2011 21:01
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          a great body butter

          Boots are known for high quality brands, and this body butter is no exception.

          I got this body butter as part of a gift set, with a hand cream and body wash. I would say this is my favourite item in the set. I did not really know what to expect from this body butter, especially as it says: almond, pistachio and milk extract, and I was not sure how each scent would come together. When I opened the tub, the scent was completely different to what I had expected.

          The smell is soft and very sweet. I find there is a slightly coconut smell underlying the whole body butter. The aroma is well blended so no particular smell seems to stand out. There is a fresh feel to the scent, and it smells creamy almost. I have not had this kind of combination of ingredients in a body butter, but I would definitely want to use this again.

          The body butter contains nourishing organic almond oil, moisturising pistachio oil and skin softening milk extract. It has a pale yellow, creamy colour that you can see through the clear tub. I felt these ingredients moisturising whilst I was putting it on. It does not take much longer to work the body butter into your skin than compared to a lotion. A soft and delicate scent is on your skin that lasts for a while.

          The softening milk extract you can feel begin to work straight away. The body butter also works well on particularly dry areas. After using it, I did not find any greasiness or oiliness. It is quite thick, so it is very different from a lotion that is more runny and fluid.

          The packaging body butter itself is contained within a tub that will vary in size depending on whether you purchase the 50ml or 200ml tub. I had a 200ml in the gift pack, and it did last for a while. The tub has a black lid, with a sticker clearly outlining the ingredients on the front, so you are clear on what is contained within the body butter.

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          29.08.2011 19:16
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          A delicious range of chocolates, highly recommended.

          There are eight varieties of milk and dark chocolate used in this selection. All of them are quite large chocolates compared to other more mainstream boxes of chocolates. Most of the chocolates give you a strong chocolate and cocoa flavour. You can leave them to melt in your mouth and you will experience all of the flavours they describe in each chocolates individual description.
          Vanilla Heights is a ganache that has soft milk chocolate and vanilla undertones. Orange Garden is a dark chocolate ganache that gives you enough fresh orange flavour to recognise it's fruitness in comparison to the others featured in this selection.

          Midnight Melt and Manhattan melt were delicious, they were melt in the mouth. The fruity undertones and delicate hints of flowers and herbs mentioned in the descriptions, came through, and I found myself savouring each chocolate. I did not really enjoy the Soho Caramel, the dark chocolate was very bitter, and it is described as 'enhanced by subtle after hint of saltiness'. I did not find the saltiness enhanced it, and the caramel was too buttery and lacking the sweetness to make this a nicer chocolate.

          Cloudberry Hill and Q Couture had patterns printed on them, which add more elegance. The ganaches were very smooth. Cloudberry Hill had a lighter flavour and Q couture had a larger aroma and taste of quince.

          The selection is varied with something for everyone. Although there are not any crèmes so if you are looking for that, you may want to try another collection.

          The outer box has a quite elaborate pattern o nthe front, with turquoise, darker brown/grey and black. These colours and patterns are continued throughout the box. The menu on the front contains information on all of the chocolates. It is a small card that opens outwards, a useful feature as you don't need to find the paper with the chocolate selection within the box. Each chocolate is pictured with easily readable text underneath.

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        • Mars Maltesers / Chocolate / 29 Readings / 26 Ratings
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          24.08.2011 14:01
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          a very good choice of chocolate

          Maltesers are a fantastic, light chocolate snack that are not too heavy like other chocolates or chocolate bars. They have a layer of chocolate covering a malt, honeycomb centre that is not comparable to other sweets. The honeycomb centre is not too sweet, but provides you with a delicious contrast to the chocolate covering the outside of it.

          There is a slightly salty taste after you have finished munching on one. This may be down to the malt flavour and taste of maltesers. They are usually very crunchy, occasionally you will get a 'soggy' one, but most bags of maltesers have good quality malteser balls.

          Each ball is a nice size, and suitable to leave in your mouth whilst you savour each one. It's also quite nice to have a chocolate with a different shape to your usual bar. They are definitely moreish, and I find myself reaching for more until the whole bag is finished. The honeycomb centre can get stuck to your teeth.

          These are definitely a favourite chocolate, and quite regular chocolate snack. Although I do think after a while, as with most chocolate, you do want to have a change.

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            24.08.2011 13:59
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            good for both children and adults

            Petits Filous are originally from France and sold to Britain. The fromage frais itself is very smooth, fruity, it has a sweet flavour and texture. I find this is unrivalled as other fromage frais can be too runny. It has the right consistency. Not too thick or creamy, but not too runny.

            Petits Filous contains both Vitamin D and Calcium which is a plus for children and adults alike. Each pot is a good portion for a child, although they are finished quite quickly for an adult. The packaging on the pot is well designed for children, with a fact or question on the side to get them thinking, although this is not on every pot so it will depend on which one you pick. There is also a nice diagram of how both vitamin D and calcium are essential for healthy bones.

            There are a good variety of flavours with strawberry, apricot and raspberry. These are the most popular flavours, there could be more flavours though. Each pack has 6 fromage frais pots that are easy to break from the main pack of 6. With the picture of the apricot, strawberry and raspberry, you can be sure you are getting the right one. The strawberry flavour is quite nice, although slightly artificial. I like the raspberry least, although I enjoy fresh raspberries, I find food that imitates raspberries not that flavourful. The apricot is the nicest flavour, as it is sweet and has a rounded apricot flavour to it.

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            24.08.2011 13:58
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            great drink but watch out for the sugar

            Ribena Blackcurrant concentrate, like other concentrates requires that you dilute it with water. You can choose how much to dilute it, so you can make it as sweet and strong or more mild as you like. The blackcurrant taste comes through strongly, although it is not tangy, instead it is quite sweet and this is down to the high amount of glucose fructose syrup.

            It is high in sugar, but also high in vitamin C so although it has some health benefits it does require a bit of caution. 250 mls of diluted Ribena will provide you with 26.3g sugar and 100% Vitamin C daily recommended intake. I have not found many drinks that do have that much vitamin C, so Ribena is definitely a recommended drink. Ribena also adds extra Vitamin C according to ingredients so it appears that the Vitamin C is not just from the blackcurrant juice.

            Ribena is made from British blackcurrants and is grown in partnership with Wildlife trusts. I am not sure what this means in practice but it does show some responsibility upon Ribena's part to an extent.
            Ribena has a very refreshing quality, especially compared to other squashes and is great for any time of day.

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            22.08.2011 18:51
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            A lovely little bottle of lotion

            Derma V10 Moisturising Lotion is a very high quality hand and nail lotion.
            On the bottle it says that the lotion is non-sticky, easy to absorb, contains shea butter, and also contains Vitamin E and Vitamin B5.

            This lotion is very easily absorbed and not at all sticky. My hands felt smooth, soft and refreshed after putting it on. The fact that it is easily absorbed is very important when you are busy doing other things. If you are at the computer, looking after a baby or young children, about to start the housework, you need a hand lotion that will leave your skin feeling grease free and moisturised. That is exactly what Derma V10 does.

            I have found with other lotions you sometimes have to work the lotion in, and this can take a while. This can sometimes create problems with gripping or opening lids and caps of the lotion. With Derma V10 this is not the case. After squeezing the lotion onto my hands, it took seconds to rub the lotion in, I couldn't even notice I had put it on but my skin felt moisturised.

            I am not sure if it made any difference to my nails in terms of strength, although it does make them feeling supple. I only need a bit of lotion for both my nails and hands, although I do not always use this lotion on my nails specifically.

            The lotion has a strong but pleasant scent. The scent is deep, musky and slightly floral although it is difficult to describe. It is quite unusual from other hand lotions but it is very nice. The scent also lasts for a while.

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          • Hitman: Blood Money (PC) / PC Game / 14 Readings / 14 Ratings
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            18.08.2011 21:15
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            3 out of 5 because it is a well designed game, but I am not so keen on some of the premise

            When I first played this game, I liked it more than I do now. Retrospectively, I think the game has a lot of fun elements to it in terms of being stealthy, but the dark and violent element gets in the way of it being as fun as it could be. As there are other stealth focused games out there, I would find those titles before I try something like this again. I guess the violence of it is supposed to be a big part. After all, you play a hitman, who needs to kill people as an assignment. All the expected weapons are there such as guns with silencers, machine guns, including fibre wire. So yes at times, depending on how you choose to kill your target, this game can get very gory.

            In Hitman: blood money, you play Agent 47, a gun for hire who takes on assignments from a woman called Diana, who works for the Agency. The Agency hires Agent 47 whenever they need a target killed. Hitman Blood Money consists of a series of missions, where you must find any way you can to 'eliminate' your chosen target(s). Each missions has its own difficulties and you can choose any way to get your target, with any weapon that you happen to have on you.

            A few missions will require that you do not cause too much of an alarm, so shooting someone and hiding their body is not necessarily the best option, as it can always be found. The game is quite open-ended in terms of how much you want to complete the missions. The missions themselves will take you to a range of locations and countries, but you will always be dealing with gang leaders, or very suspicious characters involved in some sort of crime. Exploring the areas is always fun, as you get to look around all the nooks, and areas that are true to life. One missions involves the Paris Opera House, and appear to be very realistic, other locations involve Mississippi, and a medical centre, and Las Vegas, so they are quite varied.

            Overall, if you don't mind the violence, which I did not necessarily at first, then this is a good game. Otherwise you may want to opt for another stealth genre game such as Splinter cell or Metal Gear Solid

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            18.08.2011 21:10
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            a classic flavour

            Walkers have a good range of high quality crisps. Salt and Vinegar flavour Walkers are no exception to that, they are not too overpowering, and have a good balance of salt and vinegar. Some brands have quite salty or quite strong smelling and tasting salt and vinegar crisps. But Walkers do not and they make a nice change.

            They have a good amount of flavouring on each crisp, and the lightness of the vinegar means the vinegar complements rather than overpowers the crisp. They are not too salty, and have a nice tanginess to them. There could be more crisps per bag. They are always crunchy, and a variety of sizes with good quality for each crisp. Currently, there are 25g per bag, and other varieties of crisps can actually have more than this or feel like they do.

            The packaging tells you too look at the back of the pack for the ingredients, and it's clear why. The ingredients consist of potatoes, sunflower oil and salt and vinegar seasoning. In an age when people are concerned by the names of the some of the ingredients in their food Walkers has certainly made ground on this by keeping the ingredients very simple.

            The packaging states how many calories, salt and fat is in each pack, as well as guideline amounts.

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            18.08.2011 15:20
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            A good action adventure movie

            Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is primarily an action movie. It does also combine some mystery, intrigue and general adventure albeit a bit limited.

            The story consists of an attempt to thwart Dr Totenkopf's efforts project that involves the future of humanity and the earth. Polly Perkins, a determined reporter, and Joe Sullivan also known as the Sky Captain join together, along with their friends, to defeat any plans that Dr Totenkopf may have. The movie involves huge robots that remind me of the robot from the Iron Giant. The movie is set in a similar era to the Iron Giant so maybe this was on purpose.

            The formula of the plot follows that Sky Captain, the hero, has contacts around the world who help him in his quest to save his friend, Dex, and the world from Doctor Totenkopf's evil plans.

            With Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, the main topic will be the CGI effects used in this film. The style of the film comes across a bit like a computer game, in the way the characters have a polished look. I find these effects a nice change from the usual special effects in an action adventure movie such as Die Hard or Star Wars. It is not that often a movie with this kind of presentation comes along.

            The movie is quick moving with brief pauses for comedy and pleasant surprises that involve the unique technology of the Sky Captain world. This is both a positive and a negative. As the plot moves quickly, there is better action and the story unfolds, but less of the back story or further development of the story does not occur.

            I think the actors give a strong performance. I particularly enjoyed Gwyneth Paltrow performance as I think she captures the determined and elegant nature of her character very well. Gwyneth Paltrow plays Polly Perkins a reporter who puts herself in the way of danger to get the latest story. Polly Perkins is not the typical female sidekick, she knows how to look after herself and get what she wants. Jude Law, plays Joe, Sky Captain a savvy pilot who knows his way around technology. Their friends comprise of Dex (Giovanni Ribisi), Kaji (Omid Djalili) and Franky (Angelina Jolie). I think all of them give quite strong performance, with Omid Djalili providing real humour to the movie.

            The movie is playful, with the way the time period is shown and the action genre itself. This is an all-round good family action adventure movie, with great special effects. The movie is 106 minutes. It is quite short, which might be disappointing to those who want a more developed plot, but good for younger children who may be more used to movies this length.

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