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    • Apple iPhone 4 8GB / Mobile Phone / 16 Readings / 10 Ratings
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      13.08.2013 22:31
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      A fantastic phone made by Apple - I cannot wait to see what else they have to offer!

      I recently purchased the iPhone 4 after having many different smartphones in the past including the iPhone 3g, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Blackberry 8520.

      When I had the first iPhone 3, I thought it was amazing. The amount you could do when downloading Apps and contacting friends / family via facebook, e-mail, text, phone call made it more than just a phone. But now, Apple has taken it to a whole new level.

      I parted ways with my beloved iPhone 3 when I accidentally dropped the phone and it crumpled to pieces. After that, I tried out various other phones and got quite hooked on the Android market and tended to stick with compatible Smartphones. However, I had always envied my friend's who had iPhone's and longed to get one once my contract expired.

      So, finally, I have an iPhone again!

      ** DESIGN **

      I have the iPhone 4 in black, although it is also available in white. The design is simple, with minimal buttons and the phone mainly working through it's 3.5 inch touch screen.

      On the front, there is a circular button underneath this screen which is used as a "back" button to take you back to the home-screen when using other functions on the phone. At the side of the phone, there are volume keys (minus and plus) and a metal switch that can be slid up or town (turns orange when off), which turns the phone on silent or to turn the volume on. This is extremely handy if you use your phone for business and need to turn it on silent for meetings without the nuisance of going through the phones settings to do so.

      Finally, there is a power on/off button at the top of the phone which is pressed to turn the phone off completely / turn on should you wish to do so.

      The look of the iPhone 4 compared to the iPhone 3 is quite different. This phone is rectangular in style and quite thick, whereas the iPhone 3 was a more curved phoned. The newer iPhone 5 is lighter in weight, although still has the rectangular design but with a bigger screen and thinner overall thickness.

      ** ACCESSORIES **

      There are so many accessories available for the iPhone 4, one of which I feel is a complete necessary - a protective cover. Waste of money? Definitely not. iPhone 4's are very expensive and after learning my lesson from my previous iPhone, I definitely recommend investing some money in protecting the iPhone from any spillages and from dropping the phone and watching it break into pieces! You can get leather cases that envelope the whole phone or hardback / silicone covers to protect the back of the phone, as well as sheer, thin, plastic sheets that go on the front screen to protect it from scratches.

      These are also handy for keeping the phone in good condition which helps to encourage people to buy them when your contract is over and you are ready for your next phone. I mean, nobody wants to buy a second hand phone covered in marks and scratches, do they?!

      ** CAMERA **

      With so many social networking app's available these days, people want to take photo's almost everywhere they go...the beach, holiday's, nights out, birthdays etc. Why take a camera AND a phone when you can have both in one?! The iPhone 4 has a 5 mega-pixel camera, better than digital camera's from a few years ago, with an in-built flash. You can use a timer, zoom in function or better still, film those important and special moments!

      ** APPS **

      Apps, short for "applications" are one of the main selling points for this phone by Apple. The main one I would say, would be "Facebook". Almost everyone is using this social networking site these days. App's are available from the "Apple Store" and can be downloaded in minutes. It is simple to set-up an Apple ID, and once you have registered, you simply put your password in for security purposes each time you make a download and that's all there is to it!

      There are many app's available these days, from health and beauty tips, social networking, games for young and old, music etc.

      ** MY EXPERIENCE **

      I've had this phone now for about a month and I cannot find any faults with it, apart from the battery life, although I can live with it. The phone is simple to use, switching between app's, texting and phone calls is fast and efficient and it really is more than a phone. I can check work e-mails, use the "FaceTime" function to speak to my other half when he is on business and I find the camera a very good tool, especially with the impending birth of my baby coming up - I am sure it will get lots of use!

      Sadly, the battery does need charged everyday as it goes down quite quick. But considering what the phone is capable of, it isn't really surprising.

      My conclusion? When this contract expires, I am likely to go onto purchasing the next iPhone that is available as I really cannot fault this phone. After using Blackberry's and Samsung's in the past, I have to say that no other phone in my eyes can compete against Apple at the moment.

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    • Johnson's Baby Wipes / Nappies & Wipes / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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      13.08.2013 21:49
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      Another great product by Johnson's

      So, as an expectant first time mum, I have began stocking up on all the necessary essentials, including Johnson's baby wipes!

      I used to be a big fan of Johnson's Face Wipes to remove my make up at the end of the day and found they were gentle on my skin, whilst removing every trace of make-up, including waterproof mascara...much better than many other products I have used in the past such as Simple face wipes etc.

      However, one day I realised I had used the last of my wipes and I really wanted to remove my stubborn make-up! So I decided I would try the baby wipes as recommended by one of my friends before. I mean, if they are gentle enough to be used on newborn skin, what harm could they do?

      And my friend was absolutely correct! They worked just the same as the Face Wipes, except instead of only getting 25 wipes per pack as you do in the Face Wipe packet, I got 64 in the baby pack - bargain and they were a fraction of the price as I had picked them up in the Tesco Baby Event at approx. £1 per packet...Result!

      So now, when I go shopping, instead of picking up Johnson's face wipes for my make up removing...I just pick up extra baby wipes for me and the little one to share when she finally comes along :-).

      I guess I am unable to give an accurate review on what these wipes are supposed to do, but I hope you will find this review useful as an alternative method.

      Overall, I find this product kind to skin and excellent value for money. Therefore, I will not be going back to face wipes!

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      13.08.2013 20:10
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      Not the phone it was made out to be!

      After having a blackberry for a year, I decided I wanted to try out a touch-screen phone and was recommended the Samsung Galaxy Ace by the Salesperson at Carphone Warehouse. On trying out the phone in-store, I thought it seemed simple enough to use and liked that it was an Android phone with lots of apps that I could download straight to the phone.

      However, not long after having the phone, it became apparent that the phone wasn't as it was cracked up to be for several reasons. First of all, I will go over the pro's for the phone, followed by what I found were the con's...

      ** PRO's **

      Sleek design and light weight, this phone fits simply into pockets and handbags and isn't like many of the large smartphones out today i.e. Samsung Note and S3

      Android phone - Enables you to download many apps from the Android market simply by logging on with a googlemail account and either downloading free apps or paying for them securely and efficiently

      Large enough screen which can be zoomed in, which is ideal for browsing the web, watching video's on youtube etc

      Easy enough for texting using the touch-screen keyboard with large enough icons, making texting simple and quick

      ** CON's **

      Having installed a micro-SD card into the phone, I thought that this would be sufficient memory to download a couple of APPS on to the phone to enhance the durability. However, after installing the Facebook app on the phone and only having a couple of photo's, it became apparent that the phone would become very slow, before eventually telling me there was insufficient room for any more apps to be installed (I only had the one!)

      Opening up my contacts / messaging folder would bring up a black screen for several minutes, which is not ideal if you need to make an emergency call etc

      Battery life - Even using this sparingly during the day, I found I would need to charge it overnight to ensure that there would be enough battery life in the phone to last a full day

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      This phone is a cheaper smartphone compared to many on the market today such as the Iphone, Samsung S3, Samsung Note, Blackberry's et. However, retailing at over £100, I would still expect more. I found the phone unreliable and a downright nuisance when trying to run simple things such as the phonebook or messaging function. I have had older phones in the past which I would find more reliable than this one and have been put off from purchasing a Samsung mobile in the future.

      The Samsung Galaxy Ace can be purchased at Argos, Tesco and high street phone shops such as Carphone Warehouse, Orange, Tesco Mobile etc and is available on a range of networks on either Pay as You Go or Contract

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      13.08.2013 19:22
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      Another great product by Bourjois and until I find a better mascara, I will carry on using this!

      Bourjois Clubbing Mascara is another one of those secret products I have been using for as long as I can remember!

      I am a sucker for trying out new products, but once I find one I like, it is hard to persuade myself to try a new product, which is why I am probably still using this product years later!

      My preference is a waterproof based mascara as I like the comfort in knowing that if it wont budge should it be a hot day, something irritating my eye etc and I have to say, this mascara does what it says!

      The brush is quite a thick, bushy brush which gives excellent, thick, dark coverage over lashes. The only drawback for some would be that it goes on too heavy and can become clumpy after being used for a while, which many users will not appreciate. I also find that after a few weeks use, the mascara tends to get clogged at the top of the bottle and dries, making it hard to tighten the lid on to stop the mascara from drying out.

      However, I find that it gives a very dark, thick eyelash coverage and it lasts all night.

      I would recommend using Johnson's Face Wipes to remove this mascara at the end of the day, as I find other products struggle to remove every trace. That's how good it is!

      So, if you are looking for a new mascara, why not give this one ago? If you don't fancy the waterproof version, you could always try the regular! It comes in black or brown, so suits all hair and skin tones.

      The cost of this is approximately £8.00 and is available from all major high street shops - Boots, Superdrug etc.

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      13.08.2013 19:08
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      Will be purchasing this foundation again and have now been tempted into trying other products!

      So, I'm a big fan of trying out new beauty products and cannot believe that at 26 years old, I have only just tried this foundation by Clarins.

      I've tried many foundations before from your usual high street brands i.e. Maybelline, No.7, Revlon (which I have used for as many years as I can remember), to your little more expensive Estee Lauder Double Wear.

      However, after shopping in Debenhams, a nice lady from the Clarins stand offered to colour match my skin tone to the never-ending foundation shades they had to offer. Finally, she picked "Wheat" which blended in really well with my natural skin tone.

      There are many foundations available these days which range from a light coverage to a medium-thicker coverage, as well as the length of time they claim to stay before needing re-applied. I tend to go for a foundation with medium coverage as I prefer the flawless look and also like a foundation that will last at least 12 hours and wont budge in the hot weather. Well, RESULT! I have found one.

      Before trying this foundation, my favourite was Revlon ColorMatch and Estee Lauder Double Wear. However, I found Revlon to be quite drying on the skin and by the end of the day, I still got that dreaded "patch look", which is never a good look. As for Estee Lauder, I did like the foundation, but it is incredibly expensive and I never found a colour that matched my skin tone quite as much as this one by Clarins.

      So, what exactly is this foundation like?

      It comes in a glass bottle with a pump to apply your foundation without any fuss or mess. I find that 3-4 small pumps of this foundation supplies adequate coverage which lasts all day. It goes on lightly and can be built up by applying more if you want a thicker coverage.

      In the recent heat wave, I was lucky to find that the foundation still stayed in place and I didnt experience the dreaded "foundation slip" that happens so often with cheaper brands, so there was no need to re-apply during the day, making this foundation last longer in the long run.

      The cost was £26 which I think is fair, considering many high street brands cost around £10 and do not give you near enough as good coverage or a flawless look, do not last as long as you need to re-apply and even better, this foundation has an SPF 15, so whilst looking good, you are also protecting your skin!

      I havent experienced any negative effects using this foundation, like skin breakouts etc. I guess this is a risk with any foundation product and it depends on specific skin-types. But until I find a better foundation, I will be sticking to this one and would highly recommend it!

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        25.02.2010 12:33
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        A delicious treat for the family!

        These deliciously cheesy puff snacks have been my favourite since I was a kid!

        So what are they?

        A brand of cheese puffs created by Walkers. Walkers have been around for many years and have a wide range of products for sale.

        The brand was actually sold to Walkers in 2002 after Golden Wonder previously sold them. Walkers sold "Cheetos" which are very similar to Wotsits.

        Flavour?

        The original flavour, which I am reviewing is "Really Cheesy" which they undoubtedly are!

        There have been other flavours out in the past such as Flamin Hot and Prawn Cocktail although these were only limited edition. Personally, you can't beat the Really Cheesy flavour!

        Packaging

        The cheesy puffs come in a foil pack which keeps them fresher for longer.

        Calories

        There are only 99 calories per single bag of wotsits sold, alot less than the likes of McCoys crisps etc, so they are a healthier alternative to many crisps on the shelves!

        Cost

        In Asda, you can get 18 packets of wotsits (3 x 6 bags) for only £3 which to me is a great deal as they last a couple of weeks!

        Why I love them so much...

        They are soft, full of flavour and remind me of my childhood! You can crunch them or simply let them melt in your mouth. They are soft enough for young children and tasty enough for the bigger kids like myself!

        Ideal for childrens packed lunches, picnics and for munching on in front of the TV!

        My own dislike about these crisps is the amount of colouring on them! They are full of orange colourings so unfortunately, can be a bit unsightly on your teeth!

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        28.07.2009 17:13
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        Want instant glam?? Then buy these.. !!

        Like many girls, before a night out I like to get myself dolled up to give me that extra confidence boost! Usually on a night out, I'd wear subtle eyelashe extensions to make my eyes look bigger and more dramatic. I always went for subtle lashes so they didn't look obviously fake and to add a touch of glamour. However, when I came across Girls Aloud's eyelashes, I just had to try Cheryl's.

        Cheryl is naturally beautiful, but the striking thing about Cheryl are her eyes. Her long, dark, sultry lashes instantly catch your attention. So off I went and bought a pair of her lashes and put them on that night before heading out. I got many compliments from my mates for my eyes and others who I bumped in to on our night out, result!

        The lashes are easy to put on and it is clear to see which goes on your left and right eye. The lashes come with a small tube of glue, which is also easily applied with using the wand. Generally, I run the glue along the part of the lashes you stick to your eye and leave it for around 30 secs to get a bit tacky before applying to my eyes. I find this helps hold the lash in place for longer and also makes it much easier to apply. I'd also recommend putting a coating of mascara on your natural and fake lashes as to make them blend in together for a more natural look.

        The lashes cost around £5.00 and so far I've only seen them in Superdrug but have been told they are available in other stores too.

        I have tried Kimberly's version of lashes and unfortunately, they did look a bit fake, so I think I will be sticking to Miss Cole's lashes from now on!

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        Sound technoglogy with a twist

        I've had my iPod 2G 8GB touch for around 2 months now and absolutely love it. It is such a handy gadget, I take it everywhere and would be absolutely lost without it! I used to have an iPod Shuffle but find the iPod touch is a lot more stylish to look at, the touch screen is quick and simple to use, you can change tracks at the touch of your screen and it comes with a lot more applications already built in. Not only this, you can download many games, videos, music and other apps, just like you can with the iPhone. Be warned when ordering these online though, as one of my friends mistakenly ordered an iPod touch thinking it was an iPhone due to their very similar features!

        Design

        The iPod touch looks 99% the same as the iPhone. It has a stylish, sleek design which is thin and light, slipping in to your pocket perfectly for when you're on the go. The iPod touch is made of polished stainless steel with a front facing and silver backing which you can have engraved upon placing your order with Apple, making it a perfect gift to someone you love.

        The iPod touch 2G comes with a built in speaker, so theres no need to use your earphones all the time. The build in speaker sounds like any other player, clear, sharp and the volume adjusts according to your needs. Perfect for when you're on holiday!

        The iPod also has a new improved battery life of approx. 36 hours. I find if I charge my iPod during the night, it will last me around 4 days, with my using it almost constantly throughout my working day.

        There are four buttons on the iPod. Your on / off button which is at the top of the iPod, your "home screen" button, which is located at the bottom of the iPod and your volume adjust buttons which are built into the side of the iPod. It really is a simple, highly recommended gadget suitable for all ages.

        Music

        You can add all of your own tracks to your iPod touch easily by downloading the itunes software on to your pc / laptop and simply syncing them no to your ipod. The instructions on how to do this are supplied with your iTouch. With the 8GB ipod, you can upload approx. 1750 snogs, however this will vary depending on track lengths and also the memory used for other apps / games etc.

        I find the music quality to be excellent and love how you can create your own playlists too.

        Below is a list of other features on the iPod which I have only gone in to briefly for some of them.

        Movies & TV Shows

        You can download Movies on to your iPod in the same way you upload music. The screen is big enough and clear enough for you to watch your favourite movie(s) while on the go!

        Games & Apps

        There are hundreds of apps and games you can download for your iPod touch. Apps include recipe books, books, software, games etc. There are also hundreds of games available for the iPod touch such as solitaire, freecell etc. All games are played using the touch screen, which may sound difficult, but really isn't! Not only this, but the iPod touch works like the iPhone, where you can simple turn the iPod touch around with some games, i.e. like you're steering a car. This gives a whole new meaning to playing games!

        Mail

        If you connect to WiFi, you can access your e-mails using your iPod touch. This is great if you are in a café with free WiFi and need to check for important work e-mails etc.

        Maps

        The iPod touch has a "maps" software installed, so you'll never get lost! Again, you need to connect to the internet, then you simply type in where you want to go or follow the map as it will automaticall search for where you are and pin point it on the map.

        YouTube

        Again, if you're connected to WiFi, you can be directed to YouTube at the push of your finger and watch all the latest videos on their website.

        Other features include:

        Photos
        Calendar
        Contacts
        Stock, Weather, Notes
        Calculator
        Nike & iPod
        Safari
        iTunes

        You can find more information about the above by going to Apple's website.

        Personally, I think this is the best MP3 player around. I wouldn't recommend getting an iPod Touch though if you have the iPhone as it is basically the same thing although you cant make calls or send text messages, so if that's what you're looking for, you'd be better off buying the iPhone, which is slightly more expensive, but worthwhile in the long run.

        The iPod touch is available from around £155.00 and comes with a set of ear phones, USB cable and instructions.

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        Anoter lovely fragrance by Jean Paul Gautier..

        After buying this perfume as a gift for my friend's birthday, I loved the scent so much I was tempted in to buying it for myself too!! The first thing that caught my attention when looking for a suitable perfume for my friend was the fancy little bottle this scent came in. Much like the male version, it comes in a peach bottle designed to look like a females torso.

        After spraying a small amount on my wrist, I loved the scent so much I ended up buying a bottle for myself too!! This particular scent is called "Classique" and is one of their most popular perfumes. This perfume is described as being a "fragrance that promises pleasure..." and it certainly does! It is a sweet, floral scent and perfect for evening or day wear. It has the combined scent of rose, orange blossom, vanilla, amber wood and also ginger aphrodisiac which lasts for hours. I find if I spray myself a couple of times in the morning, the fragrance lasts all day until I get home!

        It costs around £50.00 for a 100ml bottle which I think its reasonable as many perfumes on the market are roughly this price and it lasts a long time. I have had mine since May and I still have a lot left in the bottle. I have seen this perfume available in The Perfume Shop and Debenhams. There is also a masculine aftershave to match which is perfect for your male friends / partner.

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        • Rimmel Nail Varnish / Make Up / 22 Readings / 20 Ratings
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          08.10.2008 13:03
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          A colour for every outfit...

          Like many girls, I like to get my nails done regularly but the upkeep of this can be costly and time consuming! So in-between getting my nails done at the salon, I paint them with my favourite colours made by Rimmel 60 Seconds. My favourite at the moment is "Coralicious". I love this nail polish so much as it is a fantastic colour, however, the type of nail varnish is what really appeals to me. Its quick drying formula means you can paint your nails even if your in a hurry as you do not have to sit about and wait for it to try... it takes a measly sixty seconds! As Rimmel say, "1 stroke, 1 coat, 1 minute drying time", its as simple as that.

          I find this nail polish is easy to apply as it is silky smooth and doesn't leave a "gloopy" texture as some nail polishes can. Rimmel 60 Seconds also have twenty six colours and shades to choose from so there is something for every girl and every outfit! I find the nail polish lasts around five days before I need to re-apply which in my opinion is great.

          Each nail polish costs between £2.00 - £3.00 in shopssuch as Asda and Superdrug.

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          • Eylure Individual Lashes / Make Up / 28 Readings / 27 Ratings
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            02.10.2008 10:45
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            Try them out... you'll be amazed at the results!

            I know people's eyes can have a massive effect on they look and believe long, dark lashes enhance eyes. I don't have particular long eye lashes, even after mascara so thought I would give these eyelashes a shot. The reason I chose the individual eyelashes rather than one strip is because you can place them where you want and are provided with "short", "medium" and "long" length lashes. With the eyelash strips, I think they look too fake which isn't what I was looking for.

            First of all, the eyelashes come in a plastic holder which separate each of the eyelashes from one another. There is a row with the "short", "medium" and "long" lashes so it is easy to pick out as they are clearly marked and spaced out. Each lash has about 5 "fake" hairs and is held together with glue. You need to dab the end of the hairs with some of the glue provided with the kit and I find using tweezers helps to position the lash on to the eye. I also find the short ones are better for the inner eye whilst the longer ones are better at the outer corners which give a nice cat eye effect. The results were amazing and looked natural. I would recommend coating the fake lashes with mascara as well so they can blend in easily with your natural lashes and using eye liner to fill in any gaps. It does say your lashes will last a while but after a night out and removing my mascara, they came off. However, the glue didn't irritate my eyes nor hurt when I removed my mascara.

            I bought this eyelash kit from Asda for around £8.00 and would strongly recommend it. I will definitely be buying them again!

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              29.09.2008 11:58
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              Cant wait till the second Movie if there is one...

              I absolutely loved the Sex and City series when it was on TV and was gutted when it finished. However, I received the box set as a gift and was thrilled as I could watch my favourite TV programme whenever I wanted to. When I heard they were going to be making a film, I was ecstatic, however, I wasn't quite sure how this would work as a film. However, I enjoyed every minute of it!

              Girls went crazy about this film as it was such a success and a very popular TV series which hadnt been on our screens for a while. Also, the four characters are people many of us can relate to. They have ups and downs in their relationships, have a love of fashion and shopping etc.

              The film is based on the series which is based in New York, America which focuses mainly on the main character (Carrie Bradshaw) who is a writer about love and sex and who is about to get married to Mr Big. The film focusses on the running up to the day for Carrie and the wedding itself and what happens next. Does Carries day go as she had hoped? You'll need to watch the film to find out as I don't want to spoil it for you! The film also focusses on the other three character's lives as well and the highs and lows they face.

              If you haven't seen the series, below is a brief description of the character's and what they have got up to until now:

              Carrie Bradshaw - A writer about love and sex. She has a passion for shopping, clothes and shoes. Is about to get married to Mr Big.
              Charlotte York - Ditzy Charlotte is someone everyone will like. Married with a child.
              Samantha Jones - Loves nothing but sex, sex, sex!! Suffered from cancer in the series.
              Miranda Hobbes - Has a child. Is the most serious out of the girls.

              The film has been a huge success and runs for approximately 2 hours. The film ahs been up for 4 nominations and there are rumours going around that they may make a seoncd film. I hope so, as I have enjoyed every minute of it! The film is available at asda for £9.99

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              • Nailene French Pen Kit / Make Up / 22 Readings / 19 Ratings
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                29.09.2008 10:10
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                Salon perfect nails in the comfort of your home

                Like most girls, I think even the smallest of beauty treatments make a big difference to how you look and feel. I love getting my nails done whether at a salon or done by myself, and a French manicure is my favourite as it looks natural and clean. Unfortunately when you attempt a French manicure yourself, you never seem to get a salon finish! However, I came across this little kit when I was in Asda recently and noticed it had a white pen rather than your usual bottle with brush for applying the white tip. I thought I would give it ago and I was amazed at the results.

                The pen has a hard, square tip at the end which makes it easier to get a nice even line and finish. The liquid doesn't come out fast either, so you can control your application a lot easier than you can if you are using a brush. I found you used less white polish than you would if it was from a bottle and applied with a brush and it gave a more natural results. In this kit, you also get a bottle of natural and clear polish both which are applied using a brush.

                First of all, you apply the natural colour to each nail. A thin amount is sufficient as it goes along way and you don't want to have too fake a look. Once dried, you apply the sticky white stencils if you wish to your nail so you can get a nice round edged effect on your nail where the white tip meets the middle of your nail. Once you have applied the stencils, you then pain your tips white with the pen which is so simple and less messier! Once the tips have dried, apply a thin coating of the clear polish and that's you finished with brilliant results!

                I did my nails on Sunday and so far they haven't chipped so I assume they last around a week before you need to touch them up again. As the polish lasts around a week at a time and you don't need to apply to much per coat, the kit should last you a long time.

                Nailene also have other products such as fake nails, nail art kits, acrylic and gel kits which you can try out in the comfort of your own home. This kit cost me around £8.00 which is excellent value for money considering how long it will last and the fact you can pay around £30.00 for one salon treatment.

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                  Fun for all ages

                  I recently went to Edinburgh Zoo (beginning of August 2008) after not being there since I was child and was amazed to see how much it had changed. When I was last there as a child they had elephants and giraffe's but unfortunately they didn't have any when I went there more recently. However, they had plenty more animals, better exhibitions and I still had a great time!

                  Edinburgh Zoo is to the West of Edinburgh City Centre and takes about 10 minutes to get there on the bus from Princes Street. The Zoo opened in July 1913 and is owned by The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. The unfortunate thing about the Zoo is that it is built on a hill, so there is a lot of walking up hill which can be quite tiring! However, there are plenty of benches, snack bars, toilets and a café located for you to have a rest, as well as parks for children. I would recommend you allow a full day for the Zoo so that you don't feel rushed and can explore everything in your own time. I would also recommend you wear comfy shoes and you can buy waterproofs at the Zoo if it starts raining, which unfortunately it did when I was last there! I would also recommend you check what time they open and close as this varies depending on what season it is. The Zoo is even open on Christmas day! It cost me and my partner around £11.00 each for a full day pass which I think is reasonable. This included a small donation for the upkeep of the Zoo which you are asked if you would like to put in when you pay with the option to pull out.

                  The Zoo has around 1,000 different species which include Monkey's, Lions & Tigers, Leopards, Wolves, Birds etc. The animals are all in accessible enclosures so you can get really close to the animals and watch as they go about as they would in their natural habitat. As well as this, the Zoo has enclosures such as Rainbow Landings which they didn't have when I was younger. The enclosures have some activities for children to do which will help them learn about the species they are looking at.

                  The Zoo is also planning on expansion and have a book which you can look at whilst there showing you what it may be like in the future. The are aiming to get elephants back as well as giraffe's and to have them all in one area together, as they would be in the wild.

                  I loved the Zoo and found the staff to be polite and helpful, good price and a great day out, the park was clean and had the appropriate facilities. I cant wait to go back in a couple of years time!

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