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      16.03.2013 21:41
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      A nice smelling shampoo

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      Years ago, Herbal Essences was my favourite shampoo, mainly due to the fruity scents, which were always quite strong. Due to my scalp developing dandruff and dry skin, I have been trying a number of different shampoos since then, but came across Herbal Essences once again in their swanky new packaging.


      Smooth and Soft shampoo comes packaged in a red curvy bottle, with a green lid. You click down on one side of the lid to open, and click down on the opposite side to close. The shampoo is a pink-red liquid, it looks pearl-esque. The liquid is not too thick, so I find I only need a small amount to create a lather.


      The smell is strong, you can smell it on the bottle before opening the lid. Once open the scent is stronger. When the bottle is three quarters empty, open the lid and squeeze the bottle a few times, letting out air, it works like a room air freshener! It is a very sweet and fruity scent, smells like a fruit salad, more citrusy than anything else, which is probably because it contains mandarin extracts. Once hair is dry, the scent is still strong, but not overpowering. It can especially be smelled when the wind blows through your hair. I feel the scent is a very summery scent.


      I only need to wash my hair once with shampoo for it to feel fresh and clean. Once dry, it feels very soft and looks healthier and shinier, with no tangling. Though I imagine with conditioner it would be a bit less static after drying.


      While my hair feels great, unfortunately Herbal Essences Smooth & Soft leaves my scalp feeling extremely tight and dry. I also find that the day after washing my hair with this shampoo, my scalp feels very itchy, whereas with most other shampoos it takes a couple of days for the itch to kick in. it should be noted that my skin is very sensitive, so this can be a contributing factor as to why this shampoo doesn't work well on my scalp. If I haven't scratched my scalp silly, then the shampoo leaves my hair soft and shiny for around three days, before it starts looking dull and feeling greasy.


      Overall this shampoo does what it says, it has a really nice scent, leaves my hair looking good, however does not agree with my scalp, so I will therefore have to award it only 3 stars.


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      • Chronicle (DVD) / DVD / 31 Readings / 30 Ratings
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        16.03.2013 15:26
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        A not so great science fiction/superhero movie

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        Plot:

        Three boys obtain superpowers. One of the boys documents, via video camera, their journey from obtaining these powers, to the rapid development of their powers, and ultimately their attempts at trying to control their powers and help each other during this process.


        My Thoughts (summed up in one sentence):

        What a load of garbage.


        My Thoughts (In detail):

        I remember seeing the trailer for this movie, and thinking 'huh, this seems kinda funny.' When it premiered on Sky movies, I sat down with my family, ice cream in hand, to watch the movie.

        The trailer gave the impression that this would be a superhero comedy. It was not. It had its comedic moments at the beginning when the boys obtained their powers and used them to play practical jokes on the people around them. But that was pretty much where the comedy ended.

        One of the main things to note about this film is the way that it is filmed. It basically views like a home-made documentary, and all the filming is through video cameras, or security cameras, or news crew cameras. While I understand the idea behind the filming...to make it look realistic, so that we as an audience actually believe this is something that has happened...it made the film difficult to watch, at times the shots were shaky and unstable, whichever character held the camera at the time, his facial expressions, body language etc, went unseen. It was like watching a home-movie of someone else's life, and as rapidly as the boys powers developed, as rapidly I got bored.

        With a view to making this a realistic documentary...there is also no accompanying music. While I can understand why they chose to do this, I believe music would have added something to scenes of chaos....which without the music I found it hard to watch, because it was just a lot of noise that seemed to go on forever.

        The acting is something that I cannot fault, however there is nothing remarkable about it either. Perhaps the only actor that had a bit more depth to his character was Dane DeHaan playing the lead role of Andrew, the boy who is recording most of their journey. DeHaan was able to display a range of different emotions, you can really see his emotions develop, growing stronger as his powers do. You can see how his powers and his emotions begin to connect with one another, and you can really see that in his facial expressions, when you do get to see them, and in his voice and body language.

        The movie is not particularly memorable either. I got so bored within the first fifteen minutes, that the only thing keeping me awake was playing Temple Run on the ipad every now and again. The only scene that will stick in my head forever is where one of the boys uses his powers on...something...and you don't expect him to do what he then proceeds to do. It was a moment of shock.

        The storyline became a little predictable and while you could see where it was headed, at the same time it felt like it was a storyline that was headed nowhere. There were moments where I wanted to scream 'Hurry up and get on with the story,' and there were moments where it was incredibly fast-paced, however, important questions that you would ask in this movie as with other superhero movies, remain unanswered...and it leaves you thinking, 'hang on a second, what actually happened in this movie?' I believe this movie falls under the genre of science fiction, but it doesn't answer any of the scientific questions that you would ask. They leave room at the end for a possible sequel.

        I am astounded at the number of reviews giving Chronicle a four or five star rating. The movie certainly takes a different approach to the superhero genre...and does it in a creative way. So I guess all I can say is this simply was not my cup of tea.

        If you are looking for a typical superhero movie, this is not it.

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          14.03.2013 23:18
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          A decent clothes washing gel

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          Bold 2 in 1 gel, lavender and camomile flavour is my mum's favourite choice of Bold gels. I have to admit, that it is not my first choice, however on occasion when we have run out of all other gels, I resort to using to using this one. The reason for my dislike of this gel is simply that I am not a fan of lavender.


          The gel comes packaged in a plastic container with a purple flip-top lid and cup or boat for measuring the liquid and then placing in the washing machine. Like the other Bold gels, this is a thick liquid, but this one is purple in colour like lavender. The scent of the lavender can only be smelt when the lid is open, and unlike the crystal rain scent, the smell does not come off on my hand when I touch the bottle.


          For a full load I put in a full boat/cup. The lavender scent is the stronger scent, but I think the camomile helps to tone the lavender scent down a few notches. The lavender smell is still strong, and is a fairly herbal smell; it is sweet with an almost bitter twist. Once the wash is over, the lavender smell is even stronger; I can smell it even before I open the washing machine. Upon taking out the clothes, I can only smell the lavender, no chamomile. The gel does wash well, much like the other Bold gels. It removes new stains completely and quickly, it doesn't require a long wash, 15 minutes in the machine should do the trick. Older stains need to be soaked in order to become lighter, and there is no guarantee of the stain being removed completely.


          This is the only flavour out of the Bold collection I have tried so far, that lingers on after clothes have been removed from the dryer. The scent is not too strong at this point, but I can still smell the lavender on it...of course there is a possibility that this is psychological! Drying the clothes naturally would therefore probably ensure the scent is even stronger. The clothes still fell soft and fresh after drying in the dryer.


          Overall, there is nothing wrong with the gel. It does work well, I just don't like the lavender, I think it is too strong, and I believe it would smell better if the camomile was the stronger scent with perhaps a hint of lavender to give it a bit of a twist. I therefore award this gel three stars.


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          13.03.2013 22:52
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          A good clothes washing gel

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          Bold is my clothes washing gel of choice, simply because I have used it for quite a few years. The crystal rain and white lily scent is by far my favourite scent out of the 2 in 1 gels provided by Bold.


          The gel is a thick liquid that comes packaged in a plastic container, with a flip-top lid, and comes attached with a cup or boat in which to measure, put the gel, and place in the washing machine.


          This particular flavour is blue in colour. You can smell the scent right off the bottle, it is strong, and I say this because I can smell the scent on my hands after holding the bottle, however the scent is not overpowering, so perhaps the best way of describing it is that it is a very clingy scent. It does smell, floral and sweet, but it is also a gentle scent, something that for some reason reminds me of babies! I can smell lilies very faintly, so I think the more powerful scent is probably the crystal rain. Definitely feminine, but not overpoweringly so, so I think men would be fine with this scent.


          I put in a full cup or boat for a full load, and this plenty for the scent to reach each and every piece of clothing. The gel does clean well, and the scent is very much present after washing the clothes. If drying clothes in a tumble dryer, the floral scent pretty much disappears, the clothes do remain smelling fresh. If naturally drying, the floral scent remains on the clothes, but the clothes do not feel as soft as when they come out of the dryer. Nonetheless I like the fresh and softer feeling of the clothes/fabric after using this particular gel.


          One of the things I have done with this particular flavour is soaking stained clothes in a bit of water and a lot of the gel applied on the stain, leave it to soak overnight. New stains mostly come off in the washing machine with this gel, but older stains do require some soaking for them to become fainter and fainter, but the gel does not always remove the stain completely...leaves the stain smelling nice though. In order for the gel to completely remove the stain, wash it in the washing machine within one or two days of staining.


          Overall, this is a good clothes washing gel from Bold and I give it four stars.


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        • Jay Cloths / Household Product / 33 Readings / 32 Ratings
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          11.03.2013 18:32
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          An ok cleaning product

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          Jay cloths are a product that have been around for a long time. My mum has always been very keen on using jay cloths, and when I was younger, and I needed to clean something, she would always tell me to use a jay cloth. At that time, our house had an abundance of jay cloths, there'd be a jay cloth nestled in the corners, in radiators, behind radiators, by the sink, even in shoes. So it seemed my mum had found many uses for the jay cloth. I myself have used the jay cloth on many an occasion as a child, and now as an adult, use them only occasionally, and have to admit to being underwhelmed by their power.


          Jay cloths tend to come in packs of around 10 large cloths, that you can then cut to whatever size suits your needs. They come in different colours, though in my house we always seem to have the blue and white version. I have even seen either jay cloths or products very similar to jay cloths being packaged much like kitchen rolls with perforated edges, so you can just tear a piece off.


          The cloths are soft, and their texture can remain soft depending on where and what it is used for. One use, is as a dish washing or drying cloth. As a drying cloth it works fine, but removing tough stains can be somewhat of a worthless chore with items such as dishwashing scrubs on the market. They can also be used as cleaning cloths on a work surface, either wet it and soap it for places that have stains, or use it has a duster and then hoover the surrounding area. If using it on a rough surface, the cloth becomes frayed, and some of the fibres come off, so it cleans and then creates its own little mess at the same time.


          Jay cloths have also come in handy at a girl-guiding group that I work with, where the kids often make a mess on the tables, so they use the jay cloths to wipe the tables clean.


          I have also tried using it to clean stains off the carpet, but to little effect. I have found that when used in this way, it frays and adds a hint of blue staining on the carpet. While the jay cloth itself doesn't smell, once it has been in water it tends to pick up an unpleasant smell very quickly and for this reason I do not like to re-use the cloth. If this cloth is re-used then it leaves the unpleasant smell on the item being cleaned.


          In all these instances, I much prefer using a scrub, paper towels or wet-wipe type cleaning cloths/tissues. I give jay cloths 3 stars, there are now better products on the market.


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          10.03.2013 00:14
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          Very yummy chips

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          Chips are a teatime favourite in my house, and while I usually go for skinny chips, I couldn't help but be allured by the mouth watering picture on the front of Aunt Bessie's Home Style Chips bag, and so it found its place in my shopping trolley.


          The chips come packaged in a plastic 'bag'. As the chips are chunky, the bag is also chunky, so make sure you have plenty of room in your freezer before purchase. Again, bearing in mind that these are chunky chips, it takes some trial and error to get to a point where the chips are fully cooked on both the inside and the outside. I put a bowl of frozen chips in the microwave for about five minutes, this ensures that the inside gets heated up nicely, as the outside gets soft and soggy, I then put them in the oven, making sure to separate each chip, do be careful when doing this as they will be hot. I then turn the heat up to just below 230 degrees c, for around 12 minutes. This helps the inside to continue cooking, whilst also making sure the outer layer gets nice and crispy. Once the 10 minute mark is hit, turn off the oven, and leave the chips in there for a couple more minutes.


          I put some salt and ground black pepper on the cooked chips, a little ketchup on the side, and they are ready to be eaten. Simply put, the chips taste great...when cooked well. The closest chip product I can compare them to, are the chips sold by Superfish, the fish and chip shop which seems to be cropping up all over the place. So, again, when cooked right they can taste quite 'professional'.


          I have tried deep-frying the chips as well, and tend to come up with similar results to baking, except a lot quicker, and a lot oilier, so I go for the healthier baking only method as it tastes pretty much the same.


          The chips smell like...chips...potato...nothing extra, unless you cook them oil, then they get the added smell of oily chips. The chips are very filling. I am a small person and find myself full up after eating around 5 or 6 chips, at times they can be addictive, and will keep eating beyond my stomach's capacity. The chips also make me very thirsty, so I always have my 1 litre bottle of cold water next to me whilst eating the chips.


          These are the only chips I buy nowadays. I rate these chips 5 stars.


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          07.03.2013 16:20
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          A decent clothes washing gel

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          Bold is usually the favourite choice of clothes washing gel in our household, and we normally stock up when it is on sale for around £4 at the supermarkets. Asda, having run out of my usual Crystal Rain flavour, I went for the Rose Blush and Peony flavour.


          The gel is a thick liquid that comes in a plastic container with flip-top lid and a 'cup'/'boat' attached to the top of the container, to put the gel in and put in the washing machine. This gel is pink in colour, and has a very sweet, floral scent...I have never smelt Peonies so I can't say whether this is the stronger scent in the liquid or whether it smells like it at all, as for Rose, I don't remember roses smelling like this, but it certainly very sweet.


          I usually fill the cup up full, when putting in a full load, put the clothes in the washing machine and nestle the cup in the middle of the clothes. The wash finished, I open the door and am met again by the very sweet smell, definitely a very feminine smell. However when picking up the clothes one by one, I find that the scent is very faint on the material.


          Once dry, you can smell that the clothes are fresh, but there is only a hint of the Rose Blush and Peony scent on the clothes. Some people might not be too impressed with this, but for me, so long as my clothes are clean and don't have that sweat smell on them, then all is well. The gel has not caused any harm or irritation to my skin, which is usually sensitive.


          Does it wash away stains? New stains, such as food are all washed away, no hint of them left. The gel doesn't do much for older stains. Paint stains (wall paint), fade well so long as they are washed within a day or two of staining, but the gel does not completely remove the stain.


          Make sure to keep the gel 'bottle' upright, with the lid facing up, not down, otherwise the gel all goes to the lid and makes a goopy mess not only around the lid, but also the place it is standing on.


          Overall, I think this is a decent clothes washing gel, and award it four stars.


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          06.03.2013 23:40
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          A good facial wipe

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          No7 Quick Thinking Wipes, a part of my mum's No.7 collection that she decided to dump on me during a clear out. Facial wipes are not something that I normally use, so this found its way to my bathroom cupboard along with a hoard of other products I rarely use, until a couple of months ago, when I was going through a clear out of my own and decided to give these a go.


          The wipes come in a blur coloured plastic 'package' with a hard plastic flip-top lid. Easy to open and close, the hard lid ensures that the moisture from the wipes doesn't easily escape. So, when I first started using them the wipes they were drier than I expected, because they had been in the cupboard for a while, but not completely. They still had enough moisture to remove facial make-up like blush and eye shadow. For a deeper cleanse, I wet the wipes, just a few drops of water, and found that the wipes came in very handy when removing eyeliner, so long as I tried cleaning in between each eyelash, the eyeliner came out better than any other product I have used to remove eye liner.


          Again, if wearing foundation, and the wipes are not wet enough, just a few drops of water on the wipe will help clean it away. The wipe already comes with some kind of soapy substance in it that makes a facial clean with the wipe almost as good as having a face wash. The other thing I found, was that the wipe was somewhat moisturising, it did not leave my skin feeling dry or tight after use, but I still used my usual facial moisturiser after wiping my face, to make my skin even softer.


          If you have smelt any No7 moisturisers, then the scent of the wipe will be familiar, it just smells like an un-fragranced moisturiser, ever so slightly sweet. The wipe itself is very soft and gentle on my skin, I have used it a number of times now, and it has not irritated my skin or caused it to itch. One pack contains around 30 wipes, so if you use it every day, it will last you a month. Usually after I've used one, and it has bit more life left in it, then I use it to wipe away the odd specks of toothpaste here and there around the sink, that way I make sure it is well used before throwing in the bin. It is a bit on the expensive side at around £7, so if I can find wipes that work equally well and don't cost a fortune then I would go for the cheaper version. I would only buy this if I had a voucher, as good as it is, it ain't worth spending that much money!


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          05.03.2013 23:21
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          A good body scrub

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          Boots Extracts Brazil nut body scrub is a product I have had sitting in the bathroom cupboard for a while. I received it as part of one of Boots Christmas gift products that they put out every year, and I purchased this gift set at the Boxing Day sale. I opened this a few weeks ago and decided to try it out.


          The body scrub comes in a plastic circular tub with screw on lid. This is not like other bath items that either come in squeezy tubes or pour out tubes, so the getting it out mechanism is a simple case of scooping out the scrub with your hand. I have slightly long nails and the exfoliating bits get in my nails, this would usually irritate me, but I use this body scrub while in the shower, so as long as you have a power shower it will wash out of your nails right away.


          The body scrub in a 200ml tub, lasted me around two and half weeks. The scrub itself is a beige-brown colour, thick-ish consistency, and has dark brown tiny exfoliating bits in it. The smell is more sweet than sour, but it doesn't have a strong hit you in the face fragrance. The strongest smell comes from the shea butter, and I could smell that the moment I opened the tub without realising that it does actually contain shea butter. I don't know what Brazil nuts smell like, but I can definitely smell some kind of nut in the scrub, it seems almost almond-like, and this is the fragrance that I did not particularly like as I am not a huge fan of nuts. However the smell is not overwhelming, so it did not cause a huge problem.


          I use it much like I would use a shower gel, take some scrub, scrub it on my body either with hand or shower scrub thingy. As I was applying this I could feel my body was very soft, and it also felt quite cleansing probably because of the exfoliating bits. The scrub did not irritate my skin or make it itch. When I stepped out of the shower and whilst I was drying, my skin felt a lot less tight than it usually does, also as I suffer from dry skin, my skin tends to start to cracking once I have completely dried off, but this did not happen when I used this body scrub, so I was quite impressed by that. However it did not completely eliminate my need for moisturiser, and my skin still felt a little bit tight.


          Once I applied moisturiser my skin felt soft and didn't crack or dry up during the day, usually I have to apply moisturiser more than once, but after using the body scrub, I didn't have to use moisturiser more than once a day. So again, impressive results from this Brazil nut body scrub.


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          04.03.2013 21:38
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          A not so great eye make up remover

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          Upon receiving one of those wonderful £5 No7 products, I decided to spend it on this eye make-up remover. I've always found that the main problem is removing black or dark eyeliner or mascara, as some black bits always seem to remain and the following morning I wake up with puffy eyes.


          The eye make up remover comes in a plastic bottle with lid underneath which it has a pump to get the liquid out. There are two parts to the liquid, blue liquid at the bottom and clear liquid (which looks like it has a hint of blue in it) at the top, and you have to shake the bottle for the two parts to mix before you use it. When it has mixed all the liquid is blue, when you put the bottle down, the two liquids separate within seconds, so you have to shake it each time you use it.


          The remover smells like a lot of the No7 moisturisers, and in fact other moisturisers that are not fragranced, but still have that cream smell to it. Once applied to tissue or a piece of cotton wool, there is a very very mild chemical smell to it.


          When using it apply the liquid to a piece of cotton wool, you will see blue/clear liquid on the wool, and then wipe away the make-upped area gently...at least this is what the instructions say. Unfortunately I found gently didn't really do the trick, particularly with removing the eyeliner. I found myself pressing down on my eye lids in an attempt to remove eyeliner. However it does work better on removing eye shadow.


          As I had to use more and more remover to remove the make up I found it left the area around my eyes very shiny for about ten minutes before the skin completely absorbed it. Once the remover was full absorbed, my skin felt soft enough that it didn't require extra moisturiser and it did not irritate my usually sensitive skin, so that was a plus, but then this is cancelled out by the fact that it left the edges of the lids of my eyes feeling oily, and this was not a good feeling as my eyes were under the fear of it seeping in.


          Overall this was a disappointing product from the No7 range, definitely not worth the money. You would have better luck using water to remove the make up.


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        • Beautiful Creatures / DVD / 52 Readings / 52 Ratings
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          A good supernatural teen romance

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          Plot:

          New girl Lena moves into town, falls in love with boy, Ethan. Girl is a Caster, ie: a witch, and it is forbidden for her to love a mortal. Forbidden love ensues.


          My Musings:


          Why I Went to see this:

          I have not read the book. All I knew before seeing this movie was that it was a supernatural teen romance, and I enjoy those. Often when I read a book and then see the movie of the book, I knit pick at every single thing. So I had the advantage this time of going into this movie expectation free.


          Actors:

          Alden Ehrenreich as Ethan. He is not the usual drop dead gorgeous actor that plays the main love interest. I confess when the movie started, and Ethan was narrating, I kept thinking, 'please don't tell me this is the main guy.' But ten minutes into the movie, I found myself ashamed for thinking that, Ethan delivers a charming performance of the character through a combination of the script and the delivery of the lines. He is slightly goofy and geeky, and yet he is also persistent and confident, and his love for Lena unwavering. The chemistry not only between the characters but the actors is undeniable. You root for him, and by the end of the movie all images of Edward Cullen have flown out of the window.

          Alice Englert as Lena. Similar to the actor playing Ethan, she is not your drop-dead gorgeous model-type that you often see taking up the main girl in movies like these. The little flaws like her crooked teeth, actually made her more attractive, and more real. She again brings to the character a performance that makes her beautiful, with some wit in the way she delivers her lines, and a glowing smile.

          Emmy Rossum as Ridley. She is convincing as a seductive dark arts caster. I have only seen Rossum previously in Phantom of the Opera and The Day After Tomorrow, in both she plays the part of doe eyed teen, so this was a different type of character she had to portray and she does this flawlessly. She is one of the antagonists in the story and in her we see the type of caster Lena could become.

          Emma Thompson as Mrs Lincoln. Can we ever fault a performance by Ms Thompson?! Playing the role of the main antagonist in the film, she puts on a Southern accent, though there were moments where the British accent seeped in, or maybe that's just because I know she's British. She brings the strict religious fanatic to life through her expression and body language. Without revealing any spoilers, there is also a darker seductive side that she has to portray, and again she really uses a good variety of expression and body language to bring this to life. Her performance was quite theatrical, and I really enjoyed that aspect that she could portray her character very realistically and at the same act as though she were acting on stage, which is a very different style of acting, and doesn't always work in movies but Thompson as always pulls it off very well.

          Jeremy Irons as Uncle Macon. Another renowned actor, Irons brings a mixture of creepiness and caring to his character.


          Setting:

          A town called Gatlin in South Carolina. There is a lot of land, not breathtaking, but still lovely to look at. The house in which Lena stays is perhaps the most interesting part of the set. The house looking fairly haunted on the outside, surrounded with beautiful greenery, a place where Lena goes to think. The inside of the house incorporates the magic used by the Casters, with a constantly changing interior.


          Costume:

          The teenagers wear normal clothes, similar to what teenagers wear over here, jeans, t-shirts, skirts, dresses etc. The casters on the other hand wear slightly more extravagant costumes, for the girls, big poufy dresses, some with extravagant hair do's , at some points they reminded me of the costumes worn in the Hunger Games movie. The older mortal women wear dresses and sometimes hats - all Southern American strict church going style clothes.


          Overall:

          Yes it was a good movie. Last year I went to see the Hunger Games, again not having read the book, and I came out of that movie going 'wow, I have to see that again.' I did not get that feeling with this movie. There wasn't a wow factor to the movie.

          I've been trying to put my finger on exactly what it was that was lacking in the story, and I think there are a couple of things. Firstly, one of the things I always find exciting in these romances is the pursuit of love, the adventure of getting to that point, and things happened very quickly in the story, I would have liked to have seen more moments between the two teenagers before they fell in love, perhaps a bit more of a struggle. I don't know whether this was the fault of the movie not including more from the book, or whether this was just the way it was written.

          The second thing was this is a movie about magic, and I would have liked to have seen more magic, or rather more detail in the magic, and perhaps more of the history behind Casters, again I don't know whether the movie just didn't include more from the book, or whether this just isn't there in the book and may be there in the sequel.

          Having said all that, I thought the ending was good, and it does leave you wanting more. While I wouldn't see the movie again, I would definitely want to see the sequel, perhaps there will be more substance in the sequel, and the first movie just sets the scene...we will see. I give the movie a rating of four stars for good acting, good storyline, but it definitely needs a bit more meat.


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          17.02.2013 22:05
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          A good box of plasters

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          Plasters, a necessity in all households, an item which I have plenty of, though when I need one I can never seem to find them. A few years ago, when wearing heels became more frequent, I found that I needed plasters more often, so the cheaper the box of plasters the better, and Tesco provided just that.

          I picked the fabric plasters, as I generally prefer the feel of them. They are in some ways softer and more comfortable than waterproof plasters. Tesco fabric plasters contain three different sizes of plaster and a total of 40 plasters for £1. The plaster sizes are small, medium and wide, and long and thin. I find the small ones ineffective, as they come off more easily than the other sizes, the small ones are perhaps best used for children, or so long as they wrap around fully so the two ends meet and one end sticks on top of the other.

          The size I most use is the long, but thinner one. I have used this to prevent the back of my shoe from grazing the skin just behind my ankle area. When I already have a bit of grazing there, the plaster protects it from further damage and also acts as a bit of a cushion, so it doesn't hurt when I am in heels. I have found that the plaster does not come off unless moisture hits it, so when in the shower, the plaster come off easily, similarly I have used these to cover my verrucas, and have found that if my foot is too sweaty, the plaster does not stick as well.

          On minor cuts, the plaster protects the cut from clothing fabric pulling the skin around the wounded area. However on deeper cuts, the blood can seep through. By deeper cuts, I mean cuts that are not deep enough to require stitches, but cuts that take a while to stop bleeding, in this case you are better off using a bandage, and once the cut starts to heal or stops continuous bleeding, then this plaster is fine to use, and will not come off unless in the shower.

          Because the plaster is not too sticky, it does not hurt when removing, if however you are worried about it hurting, then just run it under some water for easy removal.

          The plasters have been good for my requirements, so I will award it 4 stars. If you are a frequent user of plasters, and like me take at least one shower a day, then you will have to keep changing these plasters on a daily basis, and will require a lot of these.


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          16.02.2013 22:23
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          A good medication for trapped wind

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          Usually when I get stomach pains, due to stand still or moving around but not out wind, I drink a glass of hot water and the problem is solved. One day, a sharp moving pain just below my chest area refused to disappear, despite the hot water, hot water bottle and hot gel pack. That's when Gaviscon came to the rescue.


          Gaviscon strawberry tablets come in a box of 16 tablets. Much like painkillers and various other tablets, they come in strips and you simply push out on the back of the plastic to get your tablet. The strawberry tablets are pink in colour, the strawberry flavour cannot be smelled on the tablet, but once you pop it in your mouth, it tastes sweet, like strawberry candy, and if that is the kind of candy flavour you like then you will probably want to eat ten of these one after the other! They are very tasty.


          The tablets are chewable, pop them on your tongue and chew away, it takes about 10 to 15 minutes to chew it all up. The big question, does it work? Within five minutes of finishing my tablet, I felt an extremely sharp pain in my stomach area, and then...a POP! That was it, the wind was gone, it seemed to just dissolve or rather...pop...inside my body, and no more pain!


          After a few hours, I took a second tablet, just to be on the safe side, even though in all honesty it wasn't necessary. The box advises that when the symptoms of heartburn or acid indigestion occur, to take between two to four tablets during the day. Children under 12 should not take these tablets unless advised by a doctor.


          Since the first time I took these, there has only been one other occasion where I have had to take these, and as the box advised I took them at the first sign of trapped wind symptoms, and it did not progress to being as painful as the first occasion when I had to take them. Although this time round there was no POP within my body, but this was probably due to there not being a lot of wind.


          The tablets contain 250mg sodium alginate, 133.5mg sodium hydrogen carbonate and 80mg calcium carbonate. They do not contain sugar or gluten. I definitely would recommend these Gaviscon tablets, and award them 5 stars.


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          15.02.2013 00:18
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          A decent bookcase

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          As my bookcases were stocked with books, my files and dvds were splayed across the floor and tea table, I therefore decided to purchase another bookcase specifically for these items. The area in which I intended to place said bookcase, meant that I needed one that stood alone, did not have a groove at the back where it would sit against a skirting board and did not have to be nailed to the wall. Ikea had supplied me with my first two bookcases, but they did not have a bookcase that met my requirements this time around. I therefore turned to Argos, where I came across the Maine series, which while perfect for my requirements, did not have the right colour. I therefore decided to purchase what I thought my be the best match for my other two bookcases, and went for the Beech effect.


          I purchased the bookcase directly from the store. It came compact in a long rectangular box. I needed help carrying it as I am fairly small, so it is a bit awkward to carry, it is also a bit heavy, at a push I would probably have been able to carry it myself, but as I had the help I decided to take it!


          The pack contained all the wooden planks, screws, nails etc that were needed, also included were the instructions which were very straightforward to follow. All you need is a hammer, and you are ready to build the bookcase. My only difficulty was figuring out which piece of wood was which according to the instructions, where they just show you the pictures, so sometimes it can be slightly confusing. Once you have figured out all the pieces, it is easy to put together. Building this myself took me around an hour and a half.


          Once I had put everything together apart from the backing, I found that the case when laid on its side was quite wobbly, and it worried me that even with the backing it might not be stable. I continued to nail in the back, which was quite a flimsy piece of wood, and while the bookcase was more stable, when it is stood up properly it can still be ever so slightly wobbly, which gives me the feeling that this bookcase will become rickety within the next year, but hopefully still stable enough to use.


          At the moment I am able to put all my dvds', files, and even some books in the shelves. As it is quite deep, it does hold a lot. I even have a small, light tv on the top of the bookcase.


          The Beech effect wood, was a bit of a disappointment, as it was darker than I expected, and did not come close to matching my Birch Veneer Ikea bookcases. A couple of weeks ago, on a spur of the moment whilst at Wilkinson, I bought some yellow paint and varnish and later that day proceeded to paint my bookcase. I also painted some green leaves on the side of the bookcase. I did use wall paint, which was probably not the right paint to use, it was a bit of a struggle to paint the wood, and in some of the places the paint and varnish, although dry, peeled off easily when I tried to put the removable shelves back in. I did repaint it, and it has been a couple of weeks, so far not problems with peeling paint, after putting all the stuff back onto the shelves.


          The colour brightened up my room and made the bookcase a better match with the rest of my furniture, which is either Birch Veneer or white, with bits of green and gold in the fabrics in the room.


          Overall this is a good bookcase, but as I am worried about its durability due to the slight wobbliness, I will give it four stars.


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            13.02.2013 20:51
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            A good painkiller

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            Panadol is usually my first choice of painkiller as it works so well, however as I had run out of Panadol, I was given one of these for a severe headache. With Panadols I usually have to take two 250mg tablets. These paracetamol tablets are 500mg per tablet.


            The tablets are contained in the usual press and push out plastic strips. These tablets are round, white, and bigger than the tablets I prefer to take. It did make me a bit nervous about having to swallow the tablet, but I found with a big swig of water I could not feel it go down my throat. I would not recommend dry swallowing these tablets as they are too big for that.


            After taking one tablet, I found that it took around thirty minutes for my headache to clear completely, and the tablet left me feeling very drowsy. As the tablet worked well on my headache, I have since used these for headaches and pains.


            On a mild period pain, these do help as they pretty much knock you out, and by the time you wake up the pain has gone. Similarly with mild toothaches and headaches ranging from mild to severe, taking one is all that is necessary to help you sleep. This is not something that works as well on severe period pains, as it doesn't remove the pain, but it does help you to sleep a little bit better.


            As they are big, it is fairly easy to cut them into half with a knife or pair of scissors, if all you want is half, though for me half a tablet is usually ineffective.


            If drunk with a lot of water both while swallowing and after swallowing the tablet, I cannot taste anything, but with little water there is a slight powdery bitter taste left at the back of my throat.


            Overall I highly recommend these paracetamol tablets. They work just as well as Panadol tablets, and have in fact become my preferred choice of painkiller. Five stars for paracetamol!


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