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This is just a discussion on the Finale
So, unless you have been living under a rock this last couple of months you may have heard that a little show called Lost finally came to an end after 6 seasons of confusion and mystery. I have been waiting since then for Dooyoo to approve a discussion on the final episode and at last they have agreed!
This discussion is really for people who watched the episode as it will contain lots of spoilers and little explanation of what happened in the episode and as I love Lost I wouldn't want to spoil it for people who may decide in the future that they would like to watch the show, but feel free to read on if you don't think you will watch it.
As I mentioned earlier I really do love Lost, but I only really became obsessed by it during series 3, which had the amazing reveal during the season finale that the flashbacks of drug addicted beardo Jack weren't actually flashbacks at all, but rather flashforwards.
Since then I was constantly trying to figure out the going's on in Lost and boring anyone in hearing distance with my theories! So for me the final episode was something big and the fact that it ended on my birthday added a little bit more excitement, as if any was needed.
The Good Points Of Final Episode
Over the years people who have watched Lost have loved most of the original characters, so it was really nice to see characters like Charlie, Sayid and to a lesser extent Shannon appear and not only appear but get the happy ending that we hoped they would have. Some people felt that the reawakening scenes (where they remembered past events) and pairing's off were a bit cheesy and I agree it was, but it was also enjoyable. For me the awakenings that were the most emotional were Sun and Jin, Charlie, Locke and of course Jack. While the characters were having a reawakening it felt like the viewer was as well because as the characters remembered everything that had happened to them we were also reminded of past episodes through the little clips that were shown, and how far the show has come and that it was finally at an end!
The character of Jack was really brilliant in this final episode and in fact for most of the 6th season (his reaction to the death of Sun and Jin had me in flood's of tears, or rather in a larger flood of tears!!). Sometimes in previous seasons Jack has been too preachy and bossy and I would be bored by episodes that concentrated on him, but this final episode really made me remember how much I liked Jack in the first season of Lost as he was heroic and selfless and not as uptight as he usually is. I also felt that Jacks death scene was incredibly moving especially the way in which it was mingled with the scenes of Jack meeting all the other Lost characters in the other world.
The confusion and mystery of what was actually going on in this final episode was really great too. Everyone had assumed that they had known what was going on this season, on island action mixed with an alternate universe where the plane had never crashed. However some things just didn't fit in with this theory and by the time Locke had told Jack that he didn't have a son (Jack had a son in this alternate universe) I was really confused. Well it turns out this was not an alternate universe at all but rather it was something along the lines of heavens waiting room, which seemed to begin (for us at least) because Jack was going to die on the island. I think the cut on Jack's neck during the first episode means that the alternate universe or whatever you want to call it, began while Jack was having his fight with Locke as this was the beginning of the end for Jack. Many people were disappointed with this outcome and although I must admit that I can see why they are disappointed with the idea, it did leave viewers guessing till the very end and some were confused even after the show ended.
Sawyer didn't die...phew!
The Not So Good Points
Lost was a show that had many mysteries and a lot of viewers felt that there were a number of these that were not adequately cleared up. Many people who defend the show say it was about the characters and not the mysteries and while I agree a little with this, you have to ask why it had the mysteries in it at all if this was the case. I was a little disappointed that we never found out why Walt was so special, why Aaron couldn't be raised by anyone but Claire (Kate seemed to be doing a good job), why there were fertility problems on the island, why many of the people who crashed seemed as though they had a connection even before the crash, what the numbers were, why Libby was in the mental institution and many other little niggling questions. I could probably make a good guess at answering all of these questions (not the numbers) but after 6 years it would have been nice if we could have had some more concrete answers. Perhaps this was a failing with all the seasons rather than the finale in general because if they had suddenly started talking about all these old mysteries in the final episode it would have seemed a little strange and irrelevant.
I have to say that I was sort of disappointed that what I thought was an alternate universe was in fact the afterlife as it didn't really give a full sense of closure to the show. I thought that perhaps the idea was that the consciousness of the people on the island might become mixed up with the people in the alternate universe, meaning that some would have a chance of a life off the island (for example Charlie, Jin and Sun) while still retaining the knowledge of what they had been through together on the island (confused yet?!?). I had thought this might have also been a way to kill evil Locke, as good Locke's consciousness drifted into him and took control. For me this would have also had the added bonus of giving Locke another chance on the island as I feel a little sorry that his character basically died a couple of seasons ago, when really he was the one who had a real spiritual connection to the island.
In some senses I feel like the whole afterlife idea was completely irrelevant to the story, like it was nothing to do with us what happened to them after they died, what we want to know about is how they lived.
One thing that I think could have made the afterlife idea work is if they had made it clear that the island had somehow given them the ability to power this new world where they all meet each other. As it was Jack was told by his father Christian that they had 'created this place together' and that 'the time on the island was the most important time of their lives' and that was basically that. Another thing that may have also improved this idea is if, when they opened the doors of the church that they all met in, it opened on to the Island......or maybe that would have been the worst most cheesy idea ever!!
Overall I think its obvious that I have quite mixed feelings on the Lost finale. I think it was executed brilliantly, in terms of the acting and the emotions it provoked, however I just don't think the actual idea completely worked. It hasn't spoiled my enjoyment of the show as it gave me far to much entertainment for a single episode to ruin, but I just wish it could have been a little better, but as it was it was still better than most things on television!
I do think it would have been almost impossible to satisfy people as Lost was a show that provoked so many theories among its fans, that it was almost inevitable that it couldn't quite meet people's expectations.
Having previously bought a Yardley perfume in a Rose scent and really liked it, when I saw that they sold a Honeysuckle fragrance I decided to try it out. I bought it incredibly cheaply at £3.99, but that was because it was unboxed and unlidded. I just recently saw it in Boots for £15 and was surprised that it was so much as I cant imagine it is the most popular of perfumes. For my £3.99 I got 125ml of perfume, which seems an unusual amount as I think most perfumes, especially for women come in 100ml bottles at most.
I had no idea that Yardley was such an old company, as it first began in London in 1770. They began by using the herb Lavender to fragrance their scents and according to their website, Lavender became Yardley's signature scent. I have always connected the Yardley company with old women (probably due to the Lavender) and I think they accept this association as they say that they are known for their style and elegance. They also say that in the 21st century they lead the way with their knowledge of Lavender (Invaluable!!!!) and continue with making new fragrances.
I cant really comment first hand on the box as my fragrance came unboxed, however it looks very similar to the box that my Yardley Rose fragrance came in. The box is just a basic rectangular shape in a light ivory colour. It has yellow piping running around the edge and a yellow square in the middle of the box where it says Honeysuckle. Beneath that is what I assume is an illustration of a Honeysuckle flower, though it doesn't look like the Honeysuckle I remember as a child when I used to open it to get the sweet liquid out. Overall I would say the box is attractive but a little bit dull and probably wouldn't catch anyone's attention.
I would say the bottle is about as exciting as the box! It is a simple glass bottle, which when you look at it from the top or bottom looks slightly hexagonal in shape. It has a simple paper label stuck to the front of the bottle which is exactly the same design as the box, with the yellow border and Honeysuckle illustration . The perfume pump itself is metallic gold as is the lid and for me the look of the gold cheapens the appearance of the bottle, but having said that I don't really like gold so that might have something to do with my opinion.
When you first spray the perfume all you can really smell is the alcohol and this takes a good few seconds to settle. After that you begin to get quite a strong scent of cut grass and just a general scent of greenery, if that makes any sense at all. When the perfume settles a little more, the grass scent more or less fades and you are left with a sweet floral smell, that is very soft and reminds me a little of Honey Dew Melons. The scent is incredibly summery and light and I would say that when you spray it on you feel quite refreshed and clean, like you just stepped out of the bath (not to be used as substitute for bathing!!)
I think that the perfume does a good job of imitating the scent of Honeysuckle but as it has been a few years since I have smelt any I cant be 100% sure. It is quite a simple scent and I wouldn't say it is particularly exciting and although I don't think it is interesting enough to be anyone's favourite perfume, I don't think that many people would dislike it either. I would say the scent begins to fade after about 2-3 hours, but I am not really surprised at this given the light nature of the scent. This is a casual or daytime perfume as the scent is not dramatic enough for night time.
Overall I would say that this is a decent perfume for those people who like their fragrances to be light and fresh. I probably wouldn't buy it again especially at £15 as I like slightly stronger unusual scents and I also don't think it is worth £15 but I would recommend it to people, especially for the summer months.
If you have read any of my earlier reviews (thank you x) you will know that I have a weakness for buying perfume and often buy from the cheaper end of the market. The strategy of buying cheap perfume over the internet hasn't always been a successful one (ZigZag and Café, I'm looking at you) but quite often I have had perfume success, so when I saw 50ml of Andy Warhol Marilyn Red EDT for £2.99 I snapped it up. The reason the perfume is so cheap is because it came unboxed but as I would be using the perfume myself I had no problem with that. If you would like to purchase this perfume in its box, you could buy it on Amazon and it is still incredibly cheap at less than a fiver. I would say this perfume is only available on the internet as I have never seen it in Boots or any other perfume shops.
For some background on the perfume, Andy Warhol was an artist who specialised in a field known as pop art, which I think meant that he took images from popular culture and utilised them in his art. For example Andy Warhol is famous for his painting of a Campbells Soup tin, or more relevant to this review, his highly colourised images of Marilyn Monroe, one of which appears on the bottle of Marilyn Red.
Every time I saw this perfume advertised on the internet in the past I assumed that it was an old scent, probably because of the price, newer perfumes tend to be more expensive, so I was surprised to find that it was introduced in 2001 and that there are two other variations on the perfume, Marilyn Pink and Marilyn Blue.
As I did not receive the box I cannot really comment on it, however from what I have seen on the internet it seems it is a clear box with Andy Warhol written near the top. The box obviously lets the highly decorated bottle talk for itself and I would say it compliments the bottle well.
The bottle is square shaped at the front but sort of slopes into a kind of hexagonal shape at the back. The bottle is clear glass, however the front has a painted red frame with a painted image of Marilyn Monroe in the centre carried out in hues of pink and red. Beneath this image and within the red frame is Andy Warhol's signature written in pink. On top of the bottle is a dark red piece of plastic which holds a lighter red piece of plastic, that when pressed releases the perfume. The lid for this perfume is very simple as it is just a square red plastic lid. I would say that the bottle isn't quite to my taste, as it is a little gaudy and I think I would have maybe preferred if it had been carried out in a stained glass style rather than a painted image. However, I will say that when it is among other bottles of perfume it seems to look more attractive as it stands out.
When you first spray this perfume it takes a while to settle as the alcohol smell is quite strong. I would say that the first scent you smell is spicy and it has an almost incense like smell to it. After that you start to get quite a heavy floral smell although I cant say that I can identify which flower it smells like, I have looked on the internet and although there isn't much info on this perfume I did find that it is supposed to contain the scent of jasmine. I feel that this perfume may contain the scent of Amber as it seems to tickle at the back of your throat when you smell it and it also has a smell of warmth. Although this perfume is supposed to contain the scent of Blackcurrant I wouldn't say that it is a particularly fruity scent and really if I hadn't read that it had Blackcurrant in it, I would have said there was no fruit in it.
Overall I would say this is a heavy, slightly powdery oriental perfume, which fades to a slightly floral musky scent. This perfume probably lasts for about an hour as a strong scent and then fades to a slightly weaker scent, however this tends to last for a few more hours.
So although I don't think this is a bad perfume and I have received numerous compliments on it from other people, I myself feel that it isn't my kind of perfume and that it maybe more suited to someone older as there is something quite old fashioned about the scent, probably the floral powder scent. I would say it is excellent value for money and would be perfect for romantic evening occasions and I would recommend it to people but only if I knew that this is the kind of scent that they like.
Although I don't buy magazines such as Heat I do like a bit of celebrity gossip so when I am bored I often look on the internet to satisfy my gossipy needs! One website that I often look at is awfulplasticsurgery.com. Looking at such a website probably does not cast me in the best light, but I have to admit it's a website that I find strangely fascinating and one that I often check out for updates.
As you might have guessed given the name of the website, awfulplasticsurgery.com documents examples of plastic surgery given to celebrities and sometimes none celebs. On the whole the website gives examples of bad plastic surgery, occasionally it gives examples of good plastic surgery but I suppose if plastic surgery is good nobody should suspect that you had anything done, so obviously there are less of these pictures.
When you first enter the website you are presented with the most recent cases of plastic surgery gone awry. At the moment there are pictures of the French Bogdananoff brothers who were recently in many British Newspapers due to their overindulgence in plastic surgery. To the left you will find a list of links to celebrities who are suspected to have had plastic surgery and to the right you will find a clickable archive of past entries into the website, categorised by date.
I would say the layout of the website isn't the best and it looks quite cheap, however after looking at it for a few minutes and clicking around, it is easy to get the hang of it. I would say the best idea is to go to the archive and just have a look through there.
Now you may be wondering why I find this website so interesting and to be honest I cant really fully explain it. I suppose I find the lengths that people will go to for beauty shocking and I also find it fascinating how a person can have a completely different perception of themselves than everyone else has of them. For example I think many people have seen a lady called Jocelyn Wildenstein also known as the cat lady. Why this lady continues to get plastic surgery baffles me as she is making her appearance much worse not better, however it seems that when she looks in a mirror she sees something completely different to the rest of us.
Another reason I find this website so interesting is because it shows just how many young celebs get plastic surgery. Not so long ago, plastic surgery was just for older people to try to make themselves look younger, now younger celebs get it before they are even in the public eye, so that people will either not have seen what they looked like before or will put any obvious changes down to the person growing up. One actress I was quite surprised to see on this website was Natalie Portman as I always assumed that she was a completely natural beauty, but it seems she had a nose job some time during her late teens and no one noticed.
Recently there has been a spate of celebs showing pictures of themselves that are supposedly completely un-airbrushed, Jessica Simpson, Britany Spears and Kim Kardashian all released photos, and while they were commended for showing what they naturally look like, there is still the issue that these 3 girls have all had plastic surgery but keep it quiet. Jessica Simpson has lip fillers, Britany had a nose job and Kim Kardashian supposedly had breast implants. I am not saying that all celebs have to confess their surgery but a website like this does help an average girl to keep some perspective on her own looks knowing that many of these celebs who probably look almost as perfect in the flesh as they do in pictures, had a little help to look that way.
Apart from the layout there are a few other things that I don't like about this website. I feel the comments that accompany the pictures are often unnecessarily cruel. In a lot of cases I think the pictures speak for themselves and don't really need someone saying so-and-so has made themselves so ugly or looks so weird.
Another thing that I don't like about the website is when they get before and after pictures of celebs that only really look different due to lighting, make up, or camera angles as when they do this you get the impression it is because they have nothing else to post.
So although this website is definitely not for all tastes I do enjoy looking at it and feel that it could help people to get a broader perspective on plastic surgery. I also feel that it shows people that in many cases you are better off as you are because many of the people shown are worse off after they have had plastic surgery than when they first began.
Recently I wanted to put some colour on my lashes and as I have brown eyes and hair I thought that a green Mascara might be the best shade for me as I have often heard that green compliments brown.
So while shopping in Superdrug I picked up a Barry M Lengthening Mascara in Emerald Green. I think I paid £3.49 for 8ml of Mascara and although 8ml doesn't sound like much that is about the average amount that you get in a mascara tube.
The Barry M Cosmetic company began in 1982 when Barry M realised that there was not much colourful make-up around, which is weird as I thought that bright colourful make-up was the only thing you could buy in the 80s! According to the Barry M website, Barry M is known to produce the most colourful makeup and they claim that they are the UK's number one fashion cosmetic company which seems quite surprising to me, as before I started reading reviews on Dooyoo I had never heard of Barry M!
The Mascara comes in a very slim tube which is 13cm long including the lid. The lid is black and the tube is a dull green colour which I would say doesn't really fit the name Emerald Green and having looked at a few shades of green on the internet I would say it is closer to a shade known as fern green.
The tube is very plain and to me looks more like a marker pen. It says Emerald Green, Lengthening Mascara in bold writing and beneath that it says Barry M in curvy italic writing. We are told on the tube that this Mascara will give intense colour coverage whilst lengthening the lashes and apart from the address of Barry M cosmetics, that is the only info we are given on the tube. Overall I am not impressed with the packaging of this Mascara as it looks a little cheap and boring.
When you open the Mascara, you will find that the wand and brush are of an average size and that the brush is densely bristled. The Mascara is exactly the same colour as the packaging, so although Barry M did a good job of representing the colour of the Mascara I am a little disappointed as the colour doesn't look bright or exciting in any way.
I can also see that the brush and bristles are not well covered in the Mascara, which means that I am wondering whether the Mascara will give the intense colouring that the tube promises.
For those who like to know the smell of things I would say this Mascara doesn't smell nice, it's like poster paint and soil mixed together, but that is not a particularly big problem!
When I first run the Mascara brush through my lashes I find that very little of the Mascara is transferred. The results are very uneven and it is almost like the Mascara does not want to cling to my eyelashes. Usually the tip of any Mascara brush is loaded with Mascara and this can be quite useful if you want to make your outer corner eyelashes look dramatic as you can almost paint them individually, with this Mascara even when you paint quite a large glob of Mascara on to your eyelashes the result is still patchy.
As you might imagine given the fact the Mascara doesn't coat the lashes effectively the lengthening aspect of this Mascara is almost none existent. It didn't smudge or flake but I don't find that particularly impressive given the fact that I could hardly get any of the Mascara on my lashes in the first place!
So overall I would say that I am disappointed with this Mascara and even though it was cheap I would still say it was a complete waste of money. Firstly I would say the colour is incredibly dull, secondly I would say that given the uneven coverage and the colour of the Mascara, your eyelashes actually look like they have a case of creeping mould! And thirdly I would say that the lengthening properties of this Mascara were zero, I have actually began to wonder if I maybe got a Mascara from a bad batch because I am surprised to find that on Dooyoo this Mascara has 4 stars!
After enjoying the first book in the Morganville Vampire series called 'Glass Houses' I decided to continue and read the second book called 'Dead Girls Dance'. Just to give a quick recap of the story so far
Claire is 16 and is skipped ahead a year and is going to college in a new town, Morganville. She gets on the wrong side of bullies at her dorm and so moves in with 3 unusual people off campus (Shane, Eve and Michael) where she finds out that the whole town is run by Vampires. Unfortunately for Claire she finds that she has attracted a Vampire named Brandon's attention and it is up to her and her new friends to get her out of trouble.
There may be some spoilers
At the end of Glass Houses, Shane's father had shown up after Shane had phoned him for help in dealing with the Vampires. In Dead Girls Dance we can see that Shane's father is a hard man who hates Vampire's due to the fact that they wronged him in the past and all he cares about is revenge.
Previously, Claire and friends received protection from a powerful Vampire named Amelie, but only if they didn't cause anymore trouble so it is vital that they get Shane's dad out of their house as he planning attacks on Vampires.
They manage this but a few days later a powerful Vampire Brandon turns up dead, a Vampire that had often hassled Claire and had molested Eve and her younger brother. Was it Shane's father who killed this Vampire? Unable to find Shane's father they arrest Shane for the crime and place him in a cage and say that he will be set alight in two days. Can Claire and friends find any information that will save Shane and is there something even more mysterious going on?.....
Like 'Glass Houses' 'Dead Girls Dance' is written entirely from Claire's perspective. I would say that since the first book the character of Claire has become less timid, often standing up to her bully Monica and bravely dealing with the Vampire's. I would say that one problem that this book had, that stopped me from really liking any of the characters is the fact that the characters are incredibly moody, being angry one minute and then laughing the next. You might think that this is realistic (well, as realistic as a Vampire novel is going to get!!) given the stress that the characters are going through, but it feels like the book is wasting your time when a character has a temper tantrum for two pages and then on the next page everyone forgives and forgets. If this happened once or twice I would accept it, but this happens a lot through out the course of this book. I also get the feeling that by doing this the author is trying to show her range and ability to write in all emotions, but to me it just made me feel that the characters were inconsistent. If I had to pick a favourite character I would say Sam a kindly Vampire that was newly introduced in this book and if I had to pick the worst character I would say Eve as I got tired of her arguments and I would say along with Shane Eve was probably the moodiest character in this book.
On the whole I couldn't really predict what was going to happen in this book, but I think this was because the author added far to many twists, even more than the first book which I didn't think was actually possible. I found most of these plot twists slightly confusing and repetitive, with most of the characters seeming to spend most of the book running from one location to the other...and then back again!
I would also say that there are too many magical goings on in this book that seem to be in the book to cover plot holes and maybe to add excitement. For example in the first book there was a chapter where Claire's parents show up and insist that she comes home in two days as they are not happy that she is living with boys....well guess what, when you leave town your memory is magically wiped and you cannot remember much and so in this book Claire's parents had forgotten that they had asked her to come home!!
The memory wiping idea was briefly introduced in the first book but I had hoped that the author wouldn't keep using it as a plot device, but it seems that she couldn't come up with anything else.
Another annoying development in this book is the fact that when Claire goes into certain rooms she finds that she is magically transported to other places, mainly to a room with the powerful Vampire Amelie. I am not sure why the author added this element to the story as to me it just seems completely random and not connected to Vampire's. I know these days Vampire stories have moved on from the original legends, but it is getting to the point in this book, where you say that the author shouldn't have made the book about Vampire's at all, but rather just made it about dangerous magical people, I mean I don't think anyone even had their blood sucked in this book!
So overall I was quite disappointed with this book as I just felt there was too much going on. Probably the only good point in this book was the fact that the romantic goings on developed better than I expected them too. I will continue on to the third book, but I think that if I find it to be as disappointing as this book, I will abandon the series as it isn't particularly satisfying and there are 8 books in the series!
With a little bit of spare time on my hands recently I have been reading quite a lot, but as I am quite a fast reader I get through books quite quickly and so end up having to read what I can get. Among a bag of books I got from a car boot sale I found one called Fantasy Lover - Dark Hunter Series by the author Sherrilyn Kenyon. I was a bit dubious about the fact that it was called Fantasy Lover as I don't read romance novels, but I thought the fact that it was part of something called the Dark Hunter series might mean it was something along the lines of the Sookie Stackhouse novels......I was wrong!
Sherrilyn Kenyon is an American best selling author and according to Wikipedia, she mixes Romance with the Paranormal. I was going to say that sounds pretty weird but now I think about it I think 80% of all recent books have been using that theme, because if fancying a vampire and werewolf (Twilight) isn't Paranormal Romance, I don't know what is! There are currently 16 books in her Dark Hunter series and the last book reached Number 2 in the New York Time best selling fiction list.
There may be slight spoilers
Before the book starts we are given a short prologue concerning a half man half immortal, who was blessed in numerous ways by the Gods, in beauty, intelligence, bravery, fame and romancing women. However there was much jealousy of this man and so 'twas a curse put on him (the author seems to think that putting 'twas and 'tis in a lot will make us think she is writing in an ancient language!)
He is cursed to be summoned up by women to give them pleasure but unfortunately for him he will never receive any and this will last for a month after which time he will vanish and again be trapped until another woman summons him. At the end of this prologue the man is revealed to be none other than Julian of Macedon.........should I know who that is??
Fantasy Lover begins with Grace and her best friend Selena discussing Grace's lack of a love life, Selena tries to encourage Grace to get a boyfriend or just have a romance with someone but Grace seems hesitant and says her job as a, wait for it...sex therapist is satisfying enough. Early on we can see that Grace is strait laced and Selena is a bit of a dippy mystical type and this is confirmed when we find out that although Selena has a university degree in Ancient History she is working as a Tarot reader. The two women plan to meet up at Grace's house later on for Grace's birthday celebration and just as Grace is about to leave, Selena shows Grace a very old and special book. On the book is a drawing of an incredibly handsome Greek god/warrior and Grace cant help but feel drawn to the image, it is then that Selena reveals the secret of the book. When you repeat the name Julian of Macedon 3 times he will appear and be your love slave for a month!
Grace is sceptical that it will work, but later on when Selena and Grace get drunk, Grace summons Julian and after Selena goes home Julian appears (I didn't see that one coming!). The first thing that Julian wants to do when released from the book is sleep with Grace, however Grace is having none of that and tells Julian that he can stay with her for the month but that there will be no funny business. But after a month with the most irresistible man, she or any woman has ever met will Grace be able to keep her promise and not sleep with Julian and will she be able to help free Julian from the curse.....
Fantasy Lover is written from the perspective of both Grace and Julian and although I cant say that I liked the characters I think the author succeeds with giving them both distinct personalities and doesn't make them too annoying. All the other characters in the book with the possible exception of Selena felt a little bit like they were in it just to fill the space and usually acted as a plot device to bring Grace and Julian together.
I was able to predict the plot of this book so much that I started to wonder if I had actually written it!!! You can tell what is going to happen a mile off as everything just seems so obvious. For example Grace had a bad experience with a boy when she was a teenager, so what do you think happens......yep, that's right Grace and Julian bump into him allowing Julian to beat the living daylights out of him.
I actually studied ancient history, though unlike Selena I am yet to find a mystical book containing a Greek love slave and have to say that the Greek history aspect of the book is a load of codswallop, but something tells me the women who read this book wont be too upset about the historical inaccuracies.
I have never read one of these sexy/romance novels before, so I am not quite sure how it would compare to the usual kind. I suppose to some extent it was romantic as both Grace and Julian were longing for each other but I did find some of the sexy talk a little funny
'She would love to strip Julian's clothes off his body and lick cheese from it for the rest of the night!'
And they say romance is dead!
I felt the idea of what the author thought women find attractive seemed a bit outdated as Julian was a giant muscled blond with hair down to his waist (until he got it cut) and spent half the novel walking around in a cut off tank top and short and tight denim shorts! I mean if you actually met someone like that I doubt there would be any chance that he would fancy anyone but himself!
So overall I would say that the book was enjoyable rubbish. I was rolling my eyes at the stupidity of it but it didn't stop me reading it, so that either means that the book was ok or there is something wrong with me and to be honest I would prefer that it means that the book was ok.
Although I sort of enjoyed reading it I seriously cannot fathom how anyone could read more than one of the series as I imagine they must all be so similar.
I am going to give this book 2 stars as although it wasn't bad I just cant give it more than two stars as I think it would have a very limited audience and because there are far better books out there, but if you like romance novels this might be your thing.
These days it seems that everyone has a favourite animated series. There are the traditionalists who love 'The Simpsons' (I think that might be almost everyone!) there are the outrageous who love 'Family Guy', the Sci Fi fans who love Futurama and many more. One animated series that is often overlooked is 'King of the Hill' but my family are big fans.
'King of the Hill' first began in 1997 and was created by Mike Judge, the man behind 'Beavis and Butt-head' which along with 'South Park', is probably the only cartoon series I have never seen. 'King of the Hill' ended last year and it was the second longest running animated series, behind 'The Simpsons'. It has won a number of awards and has been frequently named in the top 100 television shows of all time. So why is it not more popular in the UK?
'King of the Hill' is set in the fictional town of Arlen, Texas and centres on the Hill family and more specifically the man of the household Hank Hill. Hank is a salesman of Propane and Propane accessories, a job of which he is inexplicably proud and he dotes on his rather immoral boss Buck Strickland. He was a former High School football player who had great skill until he was injured before the big game, he loves his lawn and spending time taking care of it and he has a gang of friends who he hangs around with drinking beer in his spare time. Now you may think that Hank sounds like a bit of a Redneck or bumpkin but that wouldn't be right at all as Hank is possibly the most uptight character ever! He hates public shows of affection, he often cant understand the rather flamboyant tendencies of his 13 year old son Bobby, and if anyone mentions his medical condition (he has a narrow urethra) he will have a meltdown. Despite all this Hank is a good family man and loves his wife, son and his life. The humour in most episodes usually comes from Hank's interaction with people and situations that he thinks are bizarre, but most of the time are actually quite normal.
For me a lot of the humour in the show comes from Hank's wife, Peggy. Peggy is a substitute Spanish teacher, who doesn't realise how awful she is at Spanish. Peggy often finds herself in awkward situations due to her mistaken belief that she is both beautiful and intelligent. For example in one episode she accidentally abducts a child from Mexico due to her poor knowledge of the Spanish language!
I think many peoples favourite character would be the Hill's 13 year old son Bobby. Although Bobby is overweight and completely useless at sports (disappointing his dad) he works what he's got and is not shy. Bobby is a nice boy but often clashes with his father as his more colourful ideas, such as becoming a prop-comic, becoming a plus size model, begging as a part time job are completely against the hopes that Hank has for his son.
Luanne is Peggy's niece and is probably the most trailer trash character in the show as she often wails 'Mama's in prison, for stabbin daddy with a fork'. Because of this she lives with the Hill's and although she is dim-witted she has a good heart. Hank is quite uncomfortable having Luanne live with them, mainly because she took over his private den but he still takes care of her and you know he loves her really.
Cotton Hill is Hank's father and is truly terrible. He never gives Hank a break and in fact seems to hate him, so much so that when he has a new baby with his much younger second wife he calls the boy 'GH' or 'Good Hank'. Cotton had his shins blown off in WW2 and has had his feet grafted to his knees and often boasts of killing 'fiddy (fifty) men'. The one redeeming feature in Cotton is the fact that he loves Bobby very much, which is quite surprising given Bobby's soft nature.
Most of Hank's friends are also his neighbours and probably the funniest of these is Dale Gribble. Dale is an exterminator and occasional bounty hunter. He is obsessed by conspiracy and is a coward running away at the first sign of any violence. Dale is married to a beautiful weather lady named Nancy whose affair with her Native American new age healer produced Nancy and Dale's son Joseph (Bobby's best friend) Dale is none the wiser to Nancy's affair or Josephs true father, despite the fact that Joseph clearly looks like Nancy's lover John Redcorn and everyone else knows.
Bill Dauterive is another of Hank's friends who lives in the neighbourhood. In his youth he was a successful footballer and then joined the army and became an army barber. His life went down hill when his wife Lenore left him, she made his life hell but he loved her. Now he is alone and often incredibly depressed, letting people especially women walk all over him and it is usually up to Hank to get him out of the scrapes he gets himself into. He has a thing for Peggy, but as he is fat, bald and occasionally eats out of the garbage she wont give him the time of day!
Boomhauer is the last of Hank's friends and he is the cool one of the bunch. He is a serious womaniser and all the ladies think he is handsome. There is just one problem with Boomhauer no one watching 'King of the Hill' can understand a word he is saying! Boomhauer talks in a strong Texan accent and speaks far to fast for the viewer to understand however all the characters on the show understand him and we find that when they translate, Boomhauer is quite profound.
Kahn Souphanousinphone is Hank's Laotian neighbour and there is often a lot of animosity between Hank and Kahn as Kahn can be racist and egotistical. Kahn has a wife called Minh who is almost as arrogant as he is and a daughter called Konnie which is short for Kahn Jnr (Kahn hasn't quite accepted the fact that he has a daughter!) Konnie is a genius and violin prodigy and is Bobby's on again off again girlfriend (much to Kahn's disgust!)
A Fire Fighting We Will Go: The guys become volunteer firemen and almost immediately burn down the fire station
To Kill a Ladybird: Bobby secretly begins feeding a raccoon, which fights with Hank's beloved dog Ladybird. Ladybird runs away, but is she now rabid?
A Beer Can Named Desire: Hank wins a Beer competition to win a million dollars, all he has to do is throw a football through a tiny hole!
Peggy's Fan Fair: On a trip to a music festival, Peggy claims a famous Country singer has stolen a song she wrote, but is she telling the truth?
Texas City Twister: Hank races against time to save Peggy and Luanne from a tornado
Three Days of the Kahndo: Hank and family go to Mexico to share a condo with Kahn and his family (Dale also stows away!) and a strange series of events sees Hank, Dale and Kahn having to sneak back into America like illegal immigrants.
These are just some of my favourite episodes and I didn't even include the one where Hank has to wear silicone implants in his underwear because his lack of bum is giving him a bad back, or when Hank is sexually molested by a Dolphin!
There have been so many celebrity cameo's on King Of The Hill and whereas in The Simpson's they often just shove a celebrity in, King of The Hill will always give them a character. For Example Brad Pitt was Boomhauer's brother, Matthew McConaughey was Luanne's dodgy boyfriend and Johnny Depp was Hank's nutty Yoga coach and they were all brilliant in it.
I'm not sure why King Of The Hill didn't really take off in England, it may be too American for English taste as many episodes in one way or another have a strong sense of patriotism, or it may be that it is just hard to get into if you don't give it a chance. The thing with cartoons like The Simpson's and Family Guy is that they fire off gags every 30 seconds. King of The Hill goes at a much slower pace, you might watch it for a few minutes and there wont be any obvious jokes unless you have seen it before and are familiar with the characters.
There are some things I don't like about King of The Hill, I feel sometimes that it is a bit maudlin and sentimental and sometimes the whole show is going in one direction with maybe a particular character making trouble and then the character will have a complete change of heart and you feel its because they want to wrap things up with a happy ending.
So overall I would say that King Of The Hill is more like watching a sitcom than a cartoon as you have to invest some time getting to know the characters otherwise a lot of the humour will be lost on you, but the more you watch it the more you will love it. If you would like to catch King Of The Hill it is frequently on the Sky TV channel FX and sometimes you can catch it on channel 4.
It seems that these days vampire books are everywhere what with the Twilight books and the Sookie Stackhouse series and while I cant quite understand the obsession with vampires I don't mind reading about them occasionally. So when I came across a new series of vampire books called the Morganville vampire series by the author Rachel Caine I thought I would try it out starting with the first 'Glass Houses'.
I had never heard of the author Rachel Caine before I read this book and judging by the amount of books she writes she must be quite a popular author as there are already 8 books in the Morganville vampire series with at least 4 more scheduled for the near future. Rachel Caine is also the author of another series of books know as the Weather Warden series. Don't be surprised if you see the Morganville vampire series coming to a TV or Cinema screen near you soon as the rights for the books have already been bought.
This review may contain minor spoilers
Glass Houses tells the story of Claire Danvers an exceptionally clever 16 year old who has been skipped ahead and has started college early. Unfortunately for Claire although she had wanted to go to a fancy college her parents were reluctant to have her staying too far from home and so she is enrolled at Morganville college, which is only a couple of hours away.
Early on we can see that Claire is having a hard time fitting in at college due to her intelligence and the fact that Morganville seems to be something of a party college. Claire unfortunately gets on the wrong side of a popular girl and things go seriously down hill from there as they are not content with simply bullying her and actually push her down a flight of stairs and warn her that worse is to come.
Too frightened to go back to her Dorm, Claire begins looking for somewhere else to stay and that is when she comes across the Glass House advertised in the newspaper, 3 room mates looking for a fourth. In the Glass house she meets Eve, Shane and Michael and although she finds them somewhat strange they are also the only people that have been nice to her since she arrived in Morganville. Michael Glass, the owner is hesitant to let her stay given her age (he doesn't want anyone to say that he or Shane have taken advantage of her) but she pleads with him and tells him of her situation and he decides to let her stay until she can get herself together. It is while staying at the Glass House that Eve tells Claire the big secret about the town, it is run by vampires and although Claire doesn't believe Eve she soon finds herself in the middle of vampire affairs and in serious danger, with only her new friends to help her survive....
This book is completely written from Claire's perspective. I found her character ok, but did find her a little annoying, as she constantly says 'wow' which is perhaps an attempt to make her seem young and her intense enthusiasm for school work seemed rather ridiculous given the fact that every time she went into school someone tries to murder her! Probably my favourite character was Shane as he adds a bit of humour to the story . I felt the villainous characters were a little lacklustre and lacked depth of character, especially the girls who were bullying Claire as there was absolutely nothing distinct about them and they could have come out of any book or film that has an evil clique of girls.
I found I couldn't predict what was going to happen, partly because of some unusual twists but also partly because some of the plot seemed like an after thought. For example I think the romances felt a little tacked on although maybe this is because in books like Twilight the characters have powerful attraction to each other from the beginning whereas in this book it took a long time for any romance to be established.
I sort of found that the plot was needlessly complicated in places and too much was going on at the same time. For example in the middle of all the trouble that Claire is going through with vampires and murderous bullies her parents turn up and are upset that she is living with two boys and say she has to leave in 2 days. I thought this was pretty pointless as you basically know that Claire is not going home otherwise there would be no story (unless she goes home in later books!)
Although it sounds like I may not like this book, I did enjoy it and feel that as the series goes on it will probably get better as the story settles down. I don't think this will be a series of books that you can drop into, I think you definitely have to read them in order. The story ended on a cliff-hanger and I have already started reading the second book. So although Glass Houses hasn't grabbed me like the first in the Sookie Stackhouse series, this vampire book definitely didn't suck!
I wouldn't say I am a big fan of reality TV, I don't watch Big Brother, Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here or Britain's Got Talent, but one reality TV show that I cannot get enough of is America's Next Top Model.
The idea of the show is to find America's Next Top Model. Every series a nationwide search is carried out, with ten's of thousands of girls applying, these are whittled down to around 13 girls (the amount varies). The girls then live in a big house together and each week perform challenges and photo shoots. Their performances are judged by a panel of judges and each week the girl who performed the worst is sent home until one girl is left and is crowned America's Next Top Model.
America's Next Top Model or ANTM for short was the brainchild of the successful supermodel Tyra Banks and she hosts and judges on the show. ATNM is currently in its 14th series, so as you can see that is a lot of 'Next Top Models' and it has been commissioned to run for at least another 2 seasons.
On the whole the girls are as annoying as you would expect 13 wannabe models to be. Over the 14 seasons there have been a number of nice girls, but most of them are bitchy, selfish and thick and although you might not believe it this adds to the fun of the show as there is always a new incident for the girls to argue over. Sometimes the girls evilness goes too far and watching it becomes slightly uncomfortable, like the time one of the girls developed a serious skin rash. The other girls were constantly gossiping behind her back and spread the rumour that she had a flesh eating disease. In the end the girl found out she just had a normal skin complaint and the girls seemed a little guilty, but it hadn't been nice to see someone treated that way. So far my favourite contestants have been Eva Pigford (ugly name, but beautiful girl!) as she was funny but tough and Danielle Evans who was quite down to earth, but also tough.
Tyra is always a judge, but the other 4 are guest judges and often change. One regular is Miss J a rather tall man who is the girls runway coach, he can often be quite cruel to the girls, likening one girls bushy eyebrows to Groucho Marx! Another frequent judge is a British photographer named Nigel Barker, he seems to get away with saying quite mean things to the girls, probably because as a former male model the girls think he is too good looking to be annoyed at. Twiggy has appeared frequently on the show as has another model called Janice Dickenson and whereas Twiggy has some dignity Janice Dickenson is quite clearly mental or drunk (or both!!). She is often very rude to the girls and claims that she coped with such criticism and so should they, though nobody has pointed out the fact that she humiliates them in front of a worldwide audience! I would say that Tyra is a good judge as sometimes she give the girls really good advice to help them with their modelling and she is always spot on with her comments about the girls, however she does also annoy me as she acts a bit phoney. For example there was once a girl with bulimia on the show and the judges decided to eliminate her (not because of the bulimia, but because her photos weren't good) and the next episode began with Tyra and her mother on a bed, with Tyra crying saying she felt she let the girl down and her mother saying that she had done all she could for the girl. To me the whole thing just seemed a little staged and fake.
Definitely my favourite part of the whole show are the photo shoots and seeing the resulting pictures. Sometimes you see a girl and you cannot really understand why they chose her as a contestant until you see the pictures and often the transformations are amazing. I think that was why Danielle was one of favourite contestants as she looked like any girl you might see in the street, but when they put the camera on her to use one of Tyra's words she 'Popped' and looked like she had been modelling for years.
So overall I really love America's Next Top Model as it has drama, laughs and pretty people.
If you ever want to catch America's Next Top Model, it seems to be on Living TV on a constant loop and don't worry if you don't watch the series from the beginning as it is really easy to get into and unless you are really obsessed you can miss episodes and it still stays interesting (I say this because it is on every day on Living TV and not everybody can watch something every day)
Britain and Australia also made a version of this show, but if I was you I would stick to the original and best.
I really love to read but find buying books can be quite expensive and so I get most of my books from car boot sales. While browsing recently I found the book Hideaway by Dean Koontz and decided to give it a go. I had recently read the books Odd Thomas and Lightning by the same author and while they had not really been my thing they also hadn't been that bad plus hideaway was only 50p!
In case you have never heard of Dean Koontz before, he is a very popular author of fiction with many of his books being number 1 best sellers. Most people compare him rather unfavourably to Stephen King, but I would say whereas on the whole Stephen King writes horror, Dean Koontz writes thrillers with a touch of sci-fi, horror and mystery thrown in. Sometimes I feel that his books read more like crime novels with a touch of strangeness thrown in. A number of his books have been turned into films, but I cant say that I have seen many of them and in fact I think I have only seen one called Phantoms starring Ben Affleck (it was pretty rubbish, but seems to be on TV a lot!)
This review might contain a few minor spoilers
Hideaway tells the story of Hatch Harrison and his wife Lindsey. The story begins with the couple driving on a snowy night. Early on we can see that the couple have somewhat lost the will to live due to the death 5 years earlier of their young son Jimmy. As they are driving along they are involved in a serious accident Lindsey is injured but alive but unfortunately Hatch is killed, however due to the circumstances of his death (dying in a very cold river) Hatch is a candidate for Resuscitation. After being dead 80 minutes Hatch is resuscitated and his life begins again.
Due to their brush with death Hatch and Lindsey have a renewed sense of life and are happier together than they have been since their sons death, so happy in fact that they are planning to adopt a child. Unfortunately not everything is so perfect as Hatch starts having terrifying dreams of murder and mutilation and when these visions start seeping into his waking life, Hatch begins to wonder whether he is brain damaged or whether something more sinister is responsible, it seems Hatch did not come back from the afterlife alone.....
This book is written from the perspective of a number of different characters, but mainly from that of Hatch and Lindsey and whereas Koontz somewhat succeeds in making Lindsey a slightly interesting character he is not so successful with Hatch and he comes across as being a little blank with only occasional attempts at humour or emotion. Koontz also writes from the perspective of an evil character (trying not to give too much away) and I think he is successful as the character is quite spooky, though I would say that all the talk of mutilation and killing people becomes repetitive and sometimes you feel like just saying 'get on with it'.
I would say the book is quite predictable as every time something new happens you can easily see that it is a set-up for something else to happen later on. I know to some extent authors have to set things up early on so that the reader doesn't feel that things are just coming out of the blue, but I think the best authors manage this without the reader noticing too much. For example it becomes obvious very early on where the final showdown will be as there is so much information given about this location that it would be stupid for it not to be important later on.
Probably the only thing about this book which did surprise me was how quickly it finished, after reading around 425 pages of build up the conclusion was wrapped up in no more than a few pages. I was a little disappointed with this as I had imagined a bit of excitement and action and in the end it just felt a little rushed and as if the author had lacked a better idea of how to finish the book.
Overall I would say this book was an ok read and kept my interest much better than other Dean Koontz books, however if it was a toss up between me reading another Dean Koontz book and the worst Stephen King book I think I would probably choose the Stephen King book. This is because Stephen King adds much more realistic detail to his books and characters whereas in a book such as Hideaway you just barely care what happens to the characters. I wouldn't recommend this book to people as there are so many better books out there but at the same time I cant say that it is a bad book and if you are a fan of Dean Koontz or have never read any Stephen King before, you may find that it an enjoyable book.
Recently we decide to redecorate and after what has seemed like months of messing around stripping, sanding and painting we were finally ready to put down some carpets.
We started searching online for carpets. For us one of the most important aspects in buying the carpets was that they would also be fitted for a reasonable price. In the past we have always just had a relative fit them and although we were grateful I think that it is usually best to get a professional job, especially if you are paying quite a bit for the carpet. We looked at the carpet alliance website and from what we could see they didn't actually fit the carpet themselves but rather gave you links to local fitters.
So we started looking at Carpet Right online and found that they provided fitters at a cost of £2.50 a square meter and had a good range of carpets.
We went to our local Carpet Right shop and found that it was quite big, with a large section for carpets and a small section for beds (which didn't look to be the best quality). The people who worked there let us have a good look around before approaching us, which I liked as it can be so annoying when you feel like you are being watched.
We found it quite hard to decide what carpets we wanted as they varied from £5-50 in price (most of them had 20% off) and there was not much information on the carpets, or at least there was not any info that made sense to us. We asked one of the people that worked there and he gave us some good information, telling us which carpets were best for landings and stairs and which were best for bedrooms. He then told us that if we came back the next day we could get an extra 10% off the carpets, but of course it was just a one day deal (aren't they always!).
We were not quite sure how much carpet we needed and so we asked if we could have someone come around to take the measurements and they agreed although they said they don't usually do that without the carpet being chosen. They told us someone would come the next day between 10 and 11 in the morning and that they would phone to let us know that the person was on their way.
The next day they phoned and the person arrived in good time. He took the measurements of the rooms very quickly and I would say that the process took about 10 minutes in total. He was friendly and professional, but he wouldn't tell me how much the rooms measured, he said it was because he couldn't figure it out, though I suspect it is because they don't want you to have the measurements yourself, which is understandable.
Later that day we went to have a look at the carpets again and after a lot of indecision finally decided on two different carpets that we liked. When we went to see how much it would cost, I was rather shocked at how expensive it was, even with 30% off. This is because there are some hidden costs. For one thing the Underlay, room dividers, £35 delivery charge, and a £35 extra charge for doing landing and stairs.
Stupidly me and my fiancé didn't try to bargain with them over the price of the carpets, something that our families later said we should have done (now you tell us!!!). I actually wanted 10 minutes to discuss it, but my fiancé just said that as all the carpets we liked were of a similar price, there wasn't much point. So we paid the price and were told we had to give the fitter his money (plus delivery and extra stair charge) on the day he fitted the carpet.
We were told it could take up to 7-10 days for the carpets to arrive, but actually it only took about 5 days which is pretty quick. Carpet Right phoned me and I arranged for them to come the next day between 10 and 11 in the morning. We were told when we ordered our carpet that they could lift and remove our carpet for a fee, but we decided to do it ourselves, otherwise we would probably have to sell an internal organ just to get some carpet down!! We were also told that the fitter could help with furniture, but given the fact that they seemed to charge for everything else we said we could do that ourselves and so I am not sure if there was a charge for that.
The next day Carpet Right phoned and spoke to my dad and said that the fitter was cutting the carpet. They also told my dad that one of the carpets we had ordered had been covered in grease that could not be removed and did we still want it. My dad said no and so Carpet Right said that the carpet would have to be fitted at a later date.
The fitter arrived at about 12 and finished at about 5.30 though he had said he would be finished by 3. Even though he finished late he was very friendly and got on with the job with little disruption. One thing that annoyed me though was the fact that he left a huge amount of scraps behind piled in a corner of one of the rooms, I filled 5 black sacks with the stuff and I think that it should really be part of the service to get rid of at least the little scraps.
That day Carpet Right phoned us and said that they would phone the following Tuesday to arrange for the carpet to be fitted, however when Tuesday came no one phoned so the next day I phoned them and was told there was a delay in the carpet delivery because of the back holiday, even though they had told us before that the bank holiday wouldn't make a difference.
To be honest by this point I was becoming a bit annoyed with the women I was dealing with as she didn't offer any apology for the fact that the first carpet had been ruined or that she hadn't phoned to inform us about the delivery being late. Anyway we arranged for the carpet to be fitted the next day. The fitter arrived two hours late with no phone call or explanation, though he did fit the carpet in an hour so I cant complain too much.
Overall I would say the service was just about ok and in my opinion the thing that stopped me from giving Carpet right 2 stars was the fact that the fitter seemed decent and did a good job and the carpets look nice.
One thing I will say is have a rough idea in mind about the measurements of your room. I think the person who measured our rooms may have been a little liberal with the measurements as I heard him say one of the walls he measured was 460cm when it was actually 423cm and quite apart from the five bags of scrap I threw away they are two huge rolls of carpet left, that are probably worth about £50. So maybe you should take your own measurements and challenge them when they tell you how much carpet you need.
Although I find this annoying I feel like I might still be one of the lucky ones in my dealings with Carpet Right as other people seemed to have had some serious problems with them.
After having success with buying an Impulse Paris Body Fragrance, I decided that I would try another scent. So while shopping in a local corner shop I chose Impulse Temptation for £1.99. I could have chose Impulse Goddess, but I decided that the citrus scents of the Goddess fragrance seemed a bit similar to the scent of Impulse Paris and felt Temptation sounded more my thing.
The can for Temptation is in the same style as all other Impulse fragrances. It holds 75ml, is 15cm long and 3cm in diameter. Where the lid would usually be is an attached top made from frosted plastic in shades of cream and gold. To get to the spray all you do is twist this plastic top to reveal a hole, then press the top and the spray will be released. I have probably made it sound a lot more confusing than it actually is!
As with many of the Impulse Body Fragrances the design of this can of Temptation is attractive without standing out or being particularly interesting. It is decorated in shades of white and pink and has a heart shape on the front which is made up of images of red roses, kisses, bubbles and pink hearts. It seems there may also be a can for Temptation in another design, but I think the design on my can is the most recent of the two.
It has the usual warnings on the back of the can to be careful where you spray and one I haven't heard before which warns you not to smoke during or shortly after use (scary!)
The can says that the fragrance is one that mixes Musky Vanilla with Amber scents. I am quite surprised that this fragrance does not appear to have the scent of Roses in it as due to the design on the can I assumed that it would be one of the ingredients.
When I first spray the fragrance I have to wait a few seconds for it to settle. I would say the first scent you get is definitely a musky smell as it smells clean and ever so slightly soapy. Although I can sort of smell the Vanilla, if I didn't know that it was an ingredient I doubt that I would have been to identify it and so I would say that the Musk is definitely much stronger than the Vanilla. Having read (for another review) that Amber is a warm scent that is supposed to tickle the back of your throat, I can definitely smell the Amber in this fragrance as the scent does seem to catch in the back of my throat. That doesn't sound particularly pleasant but the scent of Amber is in a number of perfumes so you are probably all used to the sensation.
Although the can only tells you that Musky Vanilla and Amber are involved in the scent, it does have a slightly floral smell to it as well, though I cant identify what kind of flower. I would say this is a daytime scent as it smells to soapy to be anything else.
Overall I would say this has a quite powdery smell much like Talcum Powder or air freshener.
Although I cant deny that it is a pleasant smell, the smell isn't right for me as I find it slightly cloying, heavy and a bit old fashioned. I wouldn't buy it again or recommend it to anyone. I have also found that the scent is not as long lasting as Impulse Paris as the scent lasts for about an hour before fading completely.
So although I was tempted once I wont succumb to Temptation again!
Feel free to call me mental, but I bought my wedding dress from eBay! That's not so strange I hear you say, lots of people probably buy second hand wedding dresses from eBay. But that is not quite mental enough for me, firstly I had my dress made for me from the measurements that I provided (I am seriously rubbish at measuring), secondly the dress costs £250 which might not seem cheap, but is very cheap for a made to measure dress and when you consider the average price of wedding dresses is probably around £600 or more! Thirdly I needed the dress by the middle of June which is very quick for a wedding dress to be made and fourthly and perhaps the thing that worried me the most was the fact that it was being made in China!
Now I have nothing against products from China, but while I was innocently reading the newspaper I came across the headline 'Brit Brides in Chinese Dress Con' not the best thing to read while waiting for your wedding dress to be sent from China. Apparently tempted by prices, British brides were buying dresses on the internet that knowingly or not came from China. Sometimes the quality was terrible and sometimes the items didn't arrive at all, but the thing that really worried me was the fact that the article said that Paypal don't usually pay out on items that have been personalised. They made an exception for the lady highlighted in the article as an act of good faith, but I was worried, so worried in fact that I kept the newspaper, just in case I had to use it in a court case against Paypal (you paid for her dress, you must pay for mine!) as you can see being a bride is perhaps making me a little over dramatic!
I should maybe tell you the story from the beginning. I am getting married abroad in June and having rather a lot on my plate recently it got to April and I still hadn't picked a dress and to be honest I hadn't even looked for one. Well, at the beginning of April I started to worry and began looking (in a bit of a frenzy!) on the internet for ideas. I had looked in shops last year but found on the whole they were too expensive for my budget and also took too long to make in most cases. While searching the net, dresses from eBay kept coming up again and again, but I was reluctant to buy from eBay as I felt it was too risky. I then saw a dress I really loved on eBay from Hong Kong, I looked at some of the comments that people had made and decided the seller didn't sound reliable enough as some people said the dresses were arriving dirty!! I then saw another seller that had amazing prices and great comments (though there were only about 20 comments in total).
Although the information claimed the seller was making dresses in the Midlands, I wasn't completely convinced and so I contacted about 6-7 of the people who had bought from the seller and had left good comments. I was so surprised that all of the people I wrote to contacted me and it shows how kind people can be. Everyone told me that they were incredibly pleased with the dresses, but that they were actually being made in China, so I think that the whole Midlands thing was a front, maybe to encourage more buyers from the UK.
Encouraged by the replies I contacted the sellers and asked if they could make a dress I liked by the beginning of May (I wanted it a bit early, so I wouldn't be panicking at the last minute) they said it would need to be a rush order and would cost £250 all together (The other dresses they sell are much cheaper, mine cost more because I asked for a design not on their site). I agreed and paid the money and then wasn't contacted by them for a day. During that time I had visions of them starting a life of crime with my hard earned cash but they eventually contacted me and asked me what size I wanted and from then on it was just a matter of waiting for my dress to arrive, with a certain amount of worry as their communication was pretty much on and off.
My dress arrived yesterday and I am really pleased with it, the quality is amazing and it fits perfectly. The only problem I have is that a shrug/bolero type jacket they made to go with the dress does not fit particularly well. Luckily I have a few seamstresses in my family so I will either have one of them fix it or just buy something similar, which to be honest isn't a massive problem for me.
So it seems it is possible to buy a bargain wedding dress from China, but it is best to do your research and order early (unlike me!) then if you have any problems you have time to sort it out. If anyone is interested the name of the seller is numberoneuk. I cannot guarantee your dress will be perfect but in my opinion my dress is almost perfect, I just hope everyone who sees me in it thinks so.
Although I do wear makeup I would say that I stick to the basics, Foundation, Blusher, Mascara and some kind of Lip Colour. The reason for this is because I basically have no idea how to apply Eyeshadow or Eyeliner without looking like I have had some kind of violent encounter! But recently I have wanted to add some colour to my face and thought that a coloured Mascara might do the trick. So while in Superdrug I picked up an 8ml Collection 2000 Colour Lash Mascara in Electric Blue for £1.99. Even though Collection 2000 is a pretty cheap brand, if it was a dud I wouldn't be too upset given the price and sometimes you find some real gems among cheap brands.
I would say that the packaging is attractive and is not as cheap looking as you might expect of a product that is only £1.99. The tube is 13cm long and is not much wider than a pen, though the lid get steadily wider as it goes along. While the lid is a frosted silver colour the tube itself is bright blue and does a good job of representing the Electric Blue Mascara inside. All the writing on the tube is in silver and there is also a silver stripe running around the top of the tube, where the tube meets the lid. We are told on the tube that this Mascara will condition and separate lashes and is smudge proof and protein enriched.
When I open the Mascara and pull out the wand I find that it is quite long which is good as it means you are less likely to smudge your Mascara when you put it on. The head of the wand is about 2cm long and has spiralled dense bristles, that look like they will be good at separating lashes and giving a good covering of Mascara.
When I put the Mascara on I find that it goes on my eyelashes very smoothly and the consistency is not lumpy at all. The blue colour is nice and bright and although I only tend to put a little in the corners, for the review I tried it on the rest of my eyelashes and I found that this Mascara did a good job of separating my eyelashes. I have pretty long eyelashes so its hard for me to know whether it lengthened them, if it helps to know the Mascara didn't make my eyelashes shorter...no I don't think that would help!
I would say that after a few hours of wearing this Mascara, maybe about 4-5 the colour fades quite dramatically and I'm left with a navy colour on my eyelashes where I presume the natural colour of my eyelashes is starting to come through....my eyelashes aren't naturally navy, I mean my brown eyelashes are mixing with the remainder of the blue to make navy!
I would say this Mascara doesn't smudge and I haven't been left with a blue halo around my eyes at the end of the night, I have also found that it doesn't flake which makes it better than a number of more expensive Mascara's.
I was all ready to give this Mascara 4 stars even with the fading problem, but then I found that it had leaked a little. I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt and still thought it was good and thought I may not have put the lid on properly, but in examining the Mascara for this review I have found the design of the tube is slightly faulty.
The hole in the Mascara tube is incredibly narrow, when you push the head of the Mascara into it, you sometimes find that the edges of the hole will scrape the head and collect the Mascara and then when you close the lid this excess Mascara squeezes out. I also think that there may be another problem as I think that when you push the wand in to the tube the pressure causes a bit of Mascara to squirt out and this again comes out under the lid. It doesn't seem to do this every time, but I don't think its worth the hassle for a £1.99 product.
So although the product is really good I would say that the packaging seriously lets it down as you will probably end up wasting as much Mascara as you will use. As I said if it was a dud I wouldn't be too upset given the price, however I am a bit annoyed as if a little thought had gone into the product design it would have been a real bargain.