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Little Face is the story of a lady called Alice. Alice is married to a wealthy man called David a widower whose first wife Laura was murdered after they had separated. You never really know what goes on behind the closed doors of a home and this is never more so than in the case of David and Alice. They appear from the outside a happy well off family with a young child and a new baby being assisted with whatever they need by a doting grandmother. Is that really what lies beneath? No, far from it. Alice seems to have fallen for this persona in the beginning and merrily got married and became wife, stepmother, mother and daughter in law to all concerned. It isn't until Alice has baby Florence that little things begin to hint to Alice that all was not right. Mother in law Vivienne is a woman who is as sharp in her demeanor as in her dress and controls each and every situation she encounters including the lives of Alice, David and Felix. Felix is David's son from his first marriage to Laura and spends his time with his grand mother when not at the private school that she enrolled him in. Up until Alice has her baby everything seems to be well, Vivienne is buying and advising on everything the couple need and want for their new child. You as the reader get the hints then that she is a control freak with perhaps more of an agenda than one could imagine. Alice seems to be not concerned by this and when she has had Florence, she leans to Vivienne for support when she finds none in her husband. Florence is the baby but is she Alice's baby? When Alice returns home after leaving Florence for the first time with David, the story twists. Alice swears blind the baby is not Florence. David is having none of it and becomes increasingly angry. As a reader you want to believe Alice but a little part of me thought is she right? Could this just be postnatal depression serving a cruel twist and making her delusional? Or is she right and that is not her baby and someone has stolen her? Did David know? Alice enlists the help of Vivienne, strange as she is David's mother, but she believes that Vienne is a matter of fact person and will be hell bent on finding the truth whatever the cost. Simon is the police officer sent to look into the case of missing Florence and has a bizarre infatuation with his newly acquainted Alice. Simon in turn has an admirer in his college Charlie and is somewhat bitter by the fact that Simon has his sights on Alice. This plays as a background to the story but does show how Simon's determination to believe in Alice helps solve the mystery. Darryl is the man who is serving a prison sentence for the murder of Laura. Is he involved? How could he be he's in prison, but did he murder Laura in the first place or is the killer closer to home? The story unfolds and the killer of Laura is revealed along with the story of whether or not this is Florence. What the story does involve the reader in is the complex relationships between the characters and the psychological / emotional torture that some people endure and place upon others. The person who inflicts the most demeaning acts is two part where they born like that or made like that by some close, you never really get to find out - maybe it's a bit of both. Overall a good psychological thriller. Little Face by Sophie Hannah, available in paper/hard back and kindle from all good book stores for around £5.00 and under. Published by Hodder 2006. Review maybe posted on dooyoo and ciao under the same username.
The benefit range of beauty products are often a favourite of mine so when I bought a day cream from them I asked if they had a night cream too. The girl at the benefit counter said that they didn't do a specific night cream but that she uses and recommended the benefit moisturiser. The cream comes in a glass pot with a screw lid in pale brown the whole design is simple, nice and reminds me a little of Art Deco style. It is the box and packaging that holds most of the product information The box itself is lovely with a cute little string wrap around button to keep it shut and it's those little touches that puts benefit in a higher league than some other cosmetics for me. The cream is pure white and of a thick creamy texture that is lovely to dap onto your skin and smooth's in quickly without any issues. Being an intensely high moisturiser this is better as the girl suggested as a night cream or perhaps if you have dry skin. I tend to get dry skin sometimes after working a lot or walking the dogs in the winter cold and wind. I use this cream as a day cream in these times but alternate it with my normal day cream and find this works well to combat the ill effects of winter on my skin. The cream feels cool on application and a little really does go a long way, if you do use to much you end up with a greasy edge to your skin fine for night time but not day. Make up glides onto this base very easily, whether that is foundation or a primer base. On of it's aim is to provide immediate relief from dry skin and yes my skin does feel quenched on administering the cream. Another aim is to provide long lasting protection against dry skin and to be fair I think it does that too, but as previously said if you use it all the time it may feel too much. It may seem a bit of a steep price at £27.50 For just over 48 grams but as you only use the cream sparingly because it is so moisturising it last much longer than some other creams on the market. An advantage of this product for some maybe that it comes as part of a range with another moisturise lotion, a skin prep and an eye cream which all come in similar packaging which looks great on the dressing table. Again on this note they do a mini set, which is an ideal gift or test package to see if you like them. Down sides for me is that it contains no sun factor, this is ok when I use it as a night cream but in the day I really need sun factor as I have pale skin. It also appears to contain has no anti aging properties. For me personally this is an issue, I need anti aging components in my creams now as I get older and although I may be prepared to accept this without as a night cream there are many other product which cater for my needs better. I suspect benefit are aiming there brand at a younger age bracket than myself and so do not necessarily see it as a primary issue. Would I recommend? Yes but for a younger age range of teens to mid twenties and with dry or combination skin. Review maybe posted on dooyoo and ciao under the same username.
CAPSTORE PARCO FOR NESSTLE DOLCE GUSTO PODS I chose this design for my pods as it is tall and compact in width and so fits in my very small kitchen. The dimensions are approximately 11 ½ cm width and 31 cm tall. **DESIGN** The pod holder itself is made of metal in a chrome finish and so fits in nicely with most kitchens. It has a circular base which underneath has a felt pad so that you don't scratch the kitchen surface when turning your holder around. The circle base swivels so that you can pick a pod from each of the four slots. **PRACTICALITY** The pod holds 24 of Nescafé dolce gusto pods, these are inserted from the top and they slide down to the bottom where you pick one out when required. Occasionally if you have not lined up the pod with the runs correctly the pod ends up in the middle at the bottom which is a little annoying but you can just manage to get you hand in to pick it out again. I guess if you have really big hands you may have to tip it up, so make sure you aim is right to start with! I tend to have a variety of pods but put the two pod flavours together for example, the milk pod then the flavor pod so it is simple when you want a drink. **CLEANING** To clean you just need to use a damp cloth and dry, the inside circle is a tad more difficult and collects dust more but if you feed a cloth through and out the other side I find it works well. Made by Tavola Swiss, I bought mine from www.Amazon.co.uk for about £25, which I think, is a fair price for something that is going to last years. Review maybe posted on dooyoo and ciao under the same username.
I bought the bird table accessory kit by Tom Chambers when I bought my new bird table. I had a standard bird table before but found that I was adding other bits around the garden like fat balls and the birds use my pond as a bath when the sprinkler is on. Buying this enabled me to have most things in the same place. Bought at a local Wyevale garden centre for just £12.99 I think it is good value as when you break it down it means each piece costs just over £3. The box is a mine of information, on the front it shows a small picture of the accessories attached to a bird table and what is included. On the side is a larger version of the picture showing in more detail where each item should be placed and on the opposite side a larger picture of each item explaining what they are for. On the back is a brief and simple set of instructions, which basically tells you to carefully screw the items to the bird table - really it's so simple anyone can do it. What I do like on the back of the box is the tips they give you for feeding birds and the importance of keeping the bird table clean and free from rotting food to ensure birds health. Despite my aim to keep it all in one place the box advises against this to prevent overcrowding and I see there point, in the summer we had loads of birds all at the same time! We have now a few other bits in the hedge where there is a nest every year. So what do you get in the accessory kit? ****Fine mesh seed tray**** This a small metal round dish with a mesh base. In here we place larger seeds and peanuts and it being on the outside of the bird table makes for better access for the pigeon and magpie that visit as they are a bit big to squash under the roof of the bird table. Easy to clean with a small brush which clears the pieces of left over food from the mesh. ****Water dish**** The water dish is a clear plastic bowl which sits inside a metal ring which is screwed to the bird table. Very easy to clean as it simply lifts out and can be washed with warm soapy water. ****Bird feeder bracket**** The bracket is a large hook much like the ones you get for hanging baskets. It allows hanging bird feeder to be placed, making good use of one I already had. ****Four fat ball hooks**** The hooks are just that hooks like the ones you use in the home and neatly fit fat balls one at a time. One of the things I like about the items is that they are made of a good quality metal that despite the wind and rain over the last 6 months have no sign of tarnish or rust and look pleasant in a metallic brown finish. I know you could use items from the home like the hooks and a hanger from a hanging basket but this just looks so much nicer and matches. If you did want to do that though you could and purchase the seed tray and water bath separately which is an option in the garden centres, but tends to work out a little more expensive. I have added a few other bits to my bird table. I think if you love to have birds in you garden then this is an ideal adage to a standard bird table and gives the chance for a variety of food to be used and different platforms for the birds to engage in. Review maybe posted on ciao and dooyoo under the same username
The road home by Rose Tremain was another challenge book for me. Not one of my usual picks but it has won prizes so got me intrigued. The story is mainly about a man called Lev who is from Eastern Europe. You first meet Lev as he is on a bus to England seeking better fortune to enable a brighter life for his family back home after the death of his wife. Lev sits next to a lady called Lydia who after numerous hours together on a bus, develop a brief and what was thought to be fleeting relationship. Even when she gives Lev her number in case he needs help, you don't expect it to go further. Lev has arrived in England and it quickly becomes clear he is somewhat overcome by the hustle and bustle of London, with little money, no place to stay and no job it seems dismal. Lev is progressive in trying to acquire a job and accommodation, as he just has to remember his little girl Maya back home. Lev initially homeless finds a job delivering leaflets but as pay is little he decides that he needs a little help and calls Lydia. She sets him up with a flat share with an Irish divorcée who likes a bit too much to drink. They muddle through together and develop a beneficial relationship where by Lev assists Christy stay off the drink and Christy enlightens Lev to the English ways. With a new place to stay Lev gets a new job at a restaurant kitchen and meets Sophie who he has a intimate relationship with but clearly it meant more to him than to her and it goes downhill. This is the only time when the author gives you another side to Lev, which is not so nice. Setting this aside Lev pushes on to pursue his goal of making money for his family back home, eventually hoping to go back. His goal changes after working in the restaurant and he not only wants to earn money but create a business to take back home. Whether this happens and whether Lev makes it home you will have to read to find out! The book itself is insightful to the immigrant worker and what it must feel like for them coming to this country without hardly anything in search of a better life. It also shows a degree of will power and stubbornness on the part of Lev to get himself to where he wants to be, especially as he has left his young child at home. The narrative of going back to Lev's past and seeing how he coped with his dying wife is insightful to the story, along with the chats that he has every now and again with his friend Rudi from home. They keep you focused on what Lev's end game plan and his reasons for doing this. It does have a tendency to be "to good to be true" aspect about some parts of the story, however I thing the author has done well in the earlier parts to show how little things can make or break people living on the edge of society and perhaps our intolerance to certain things. It is a book I enjoyed and would recommend to others because it does make you thing about the story behind people lives. Published by Vintage in 2007 and is available on Amazon and good book stores for around £3 - £7 Review may also be posted on ciao and dooyoo under the same username.
Ok so I know the program Metal Evolution is not going to appeal to the majority of people perhaps however for any serious metal music fan this is a right of passage I feel. Metal Evolution is a documentary series made in 2011 by Banger Films Inc., aired on Sky TV. You may currently buy the DVD and Blu-ray version on Amazon for around £15. The program is narrated by long-term heavy metal fan, called Sam Dunn who not only narrates it, but is also the creator and director along with Scot McFadyen plus wrote the series with Scot McFayden and Ralph Chapman. So what's it all about? Heavy Metal music of course but not just the who's who of bands, this series takes a deeper look right from the start and peers into the history and family tree of metal - where did it come from and why? Lets start at the very beginning. Where did heavy metal come from? It's been around in some way or form for about 40 years. Sam goes back to the roots talking to various band members and finds links between old blues music like Howlin Wolf who's lead singer has a unique gravel effect voice and some much older jazz musicians; this can be seen in some rock bands through the ages. With regards to Jazz, Slayer's drummer says his idol was Buddy Rich because he played so fast and furious it was like no other person he had seen before. Slayer and Jazz who'd have thought! Rock n Roll has to be in there doesn't it. It gave us the distortion sound by accident apparently, it's that sound effect noise that can be made with pedals nowadays with electric guitars. Here they give you a look inside the Marshall amp factory and go through the history of there coming about too and why they are still one of the major amplifier companies of the world today. You can't mention guitars without mentioning Yngwie Malmsteen the legendary guitar player, so who is his idol? Paganini! A classical violinist? I hear you say; well Yngwie apparently liked the speed of his music and challenged himself to play the music on his guitar, I guess that's why he's so damn good at what he does and when you listen to his music you can hear the classical hints. So is that the end of the classical link, no. Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford says that his icon is Pavarotti the opera singer no less for the deep and varied theatrical tones he can hit. So why do we like heavy metal? They say it's because we are angry ..... I am just about to do my "now hang on just a minute" line, but Sam goes off to a neurological scientist and sort of proves it - dam you! Apparently the intensity and distortion of the sound turns off the conscious thought chemical in the brain and makes us less inhibited. I admit I like the music and it makes we want to have fun and let go and gives me at least a release from some off the issues that I have to deal with being calm and collected especially with work. As Slash from Guns n Roses says in the film " if there wasn't heavy metal there maybe a lot more violence between the 16-25 year old group" and I think he's right to a degree. Many consider Black Sabbath to be the first real metal band, there first album also named Black Sabbath was like no other that had been heard before and allowed a whole new generation of music to spill out. At the time when Black Sabbath came about the peace and hippy movement was under way, for many this was great but for some it just did not fit with they way they felt especially to an industrial inner city Birmingham. Black Sabbath managed to capture the feelings that people were going through and bring something new to the music scene. Ozzy Osbourne later went on to have his legendary solo career still going today and in recent years having a resurgence due to the reality show The Osbournes and his wife Sharon being on the X factor. Live shows and touring have often been a big part of the metal scene right from the beginning. Alice Cooper set about the infamous horror type stag shows aiming to shock the audience, which it did. Nowadays bands still try to do this like Marilyn Manson but it is more difficult to achieve perhaps as what is shocking to an audience has shifted with the main stream media of television and internet. Perhaps this is also why bands tend to get blamed sometimes for the horrible things that happen as Marilyn Mason has; the columbine school shooting was placed at his feet when it later turned out neither children were fans of his. People jump on the bandwagon of hating something because they don't like or understand it. In the documentary I think you can see that it still hurts Manson to date and in a columbine documentary Manson was asked what he would say to the columbine children - "I wouldn't say a single word; I would listen to what they have to say, and that's what none did" A sad but truer word could not be said.... (Taken from wikipeadia) Big acts like Slipknot and Rammstien now do not shock but they do have a large emphasis on putting on a experience for the crowd - Slipknot with there iconic masks which hid there identity for a while and Rammstien with theatrical and pyrotechnical effects. Having see Manson, Slipknot and Rammstien live I can vouch for the impressive stage shows. Big tours are favour by bands such as Aerosmith who continue to trek around giving there fans what they want it's somewhat nice though I think though that in contrast long term bands like Motorhead still play very small venues like local leisure centers. Make up - now here is the big divide! And it's not your hair parting. Glam rock started with a bit of flashy clothes and eyeliner and some turned into Kiss, which heavily market their band on appearance and makeup. They have probably done it to the hilt with an excessive market campaign and very successfully profiting from it. In the 80's and early 90's bands kind of went either way along with their allegiance of fans and never the two shall meet! Glam really came to the fore front when in the 80's MTV started up and the need for videos and giving something extra for the fans to watch and the vast array of bands appeared Poison, Ratt, Warrant, Motley Crue etc the list was gigantic - not many are around today some changed tactics and dropped some of the glam like Motley Crue and some slip and went on to other things. Rikki Rockett drummer of Poison moved sideways and made a success of building drums. On the opposing end is thrash metal, fast and aggressive sounding gets you heart racing. These are the likes of Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeath all big bands still going strong today and outweighing some of the newbies. The rock mega tons are Metallica - started really heavy, went a bit ballad in the middle, even played with an orchestra but heading back to there roots. So if glam went and slipped from top spot who did it to them? Most people feel it was Guns n Roses (the original) I was one of the ones that had a brief fling with glam quickly super imposed Guns n Roses into my brain (I know I am hinting my age here!) I love appetite for destruction and could and pretty much still can sing every word from every song on that album! My tastes nowadays diverse across the whole genre old and new bands. So what else is there!! Surely there cant be much more you all though it was just metal....... Numetal with combos like Aerosmith and run dmc and of course grunge and Nirvana sadly gone to soon Kurt and the more power gothic types Nightwish which envelope female singers with theatrical/classical voices. **** OVERALL **** This whole series captivated me from start to finish it was like a blast from the past in some cases as I went tripping down memory lane. The way the whole series is set out into methodical sections each episode is ideal and allows you to finish about one genre before moving onto the next, ideal if you stop start the dvd. Sam makes the series much more compelling as you can see that he not only knows what he is talking about but also loves the music and it's not just about making a documentary for money - his interest comes through. The documentary gives factual information alongside interviews and old clips. I think this is an ideal DVD for a heavy metal fan - it has plenty for the older fans who will remember many of the bands and for newer fans, seeing where it all came from. This is an ideal DVD for music students with an interest in metal. Review maybe posted on dooyoo and ciao under the same username.
I am a great fan of the Treacle Moon selection of bath and shower gels and am gradually making my way through the range. My choice this time was Iced Strawberry Dream. ****THE COMPANY**** Treacle Moon is a owned by a company called Blue Orange who have apparently managed some big name brands over the years, yet the Treacle Moon selection seems small and more homely than big brands which gives it a more natural feel which I enjoy. Treacle Moon is also British and does not test on animals. Foe further information see the website www.treaclemoon.net ****ICED STRAWBERRY**** The bottle is standard for Treacle Moon bath and shower gel, a 500ml clear plastic bottle with a black flip top lid. Easy to squeeze when the product gets a little low and the lid snaps shut so stops any leakage if tipped over. Being plastic it is recyclable too. The gel is a sweet soft baby pink colour, which is very girly but gives a nice summer feel to the product. I like the idea that you can see the colour through the bottles as it looks lovely on the bathroom shelf and you can see when you need to buy some more. On the bottle is a little passage of writing that reads like it comes from a book, these often give you a glance into the thoughts behind the idea for the gel I think and are nice to read. On the back gives you a full list of ingredients and how to use guide. Using the gel is simple and the same as all the rest, just squirt a small amount onto a cloth or directly onto your skin and wash. A little does go a long way with the product and you get a better lather if applied to a washcloth I find. You get a soft hint of strawberry but it is very gentle and I find I need to take a good sniff to notice it, this improves if you run a little under the tap where you achieve a reasonable bubbly bath, but the smell could be a little stronger for me. Rinses quickly without any residue on bath, shower or me. Afterwards I can't say I notice the smell on my skin but this doesn't bother me really as I use a body lotion but it would be nice if they did a body butter in this flavor to use in combination - I don't believe they do or at least I have not found one yet. Makes a lovely gift for people. ****THE COST AND AVALIBILITY**** At £2.99 for 500mls I believe this is a great value for what looks like and feels like a high quality product on a cheaper price. You can buy Treacle Moon products from Tesco and from some websites such as Amazon and there own website as above, but Tesco is the main distributor. This is a limited edition product so may not be around forever ☹ P.s apologies if some info on brand is repeated as I review more of Treacle Moon products Review maybe posted on dooyoo and ciao under the same username.
Damage by Josephine Hart published in 1991 this book is part of the World Book Night 2013 Damage is the first novel of several written of this author from Ireland, who has sadly since died. The book was also made into a film staring Jeremy Irons. This book was given to me to read as part of a book reading challenge and although slightly intrigued after reading the back cover it is probably not something I would have chosen for myself. The book is set around two main characters Anna and Stephen. With various family members brought in. Stephen is a man in his fifties who began life as a GP but found his way (helped by his father in law) into politics which although not particularly enjoying it seemed to excel. He is married to Ingrid a strong yet unassuming character who has a deep bond with her politician father. Between them they have two children Martyn and Sally. They bumble along in what appears to be a wonderful life of health, careers, money and children. But life is never a perfect as it seems from the outside, being content is great but Stephen feels there is something missing, has he settled for what he knows everyone expects of him because he can't find what he is looking for? What if he found the excitement he was looking for? Would it be all it's cracked up to be? Anna is the other side of the coin; she knows what she wants and how to get it. Working as a journalist she is first brought into the story line by becoming Martyns girlfriend. This alarms his mother and sister as before he has had many girlfriends all blonde, young and last not long. Anna however is older, brunette and has been there for more than a few weeks. This on it's own is not to daunting but Martyn seems cagey when asked about her. Stephen meets Anna at a function and has an unusual attraction to her. He feels a connection like he has never felt before and it appears Anna feels the same. It was not long, a few brief encounters later and they embarked on a love affair that would end in tragedy. The plot thickens as Anna reveals little about her past and when she does it has a sinister appeal to it especially when you discover what happened with her brother Ashton, who later died. The psychological thriller is very much that very descriptive in nature the book leads to see how Stephen has become infatuated with this young women, who warned him that she would bring him pain in his life. A dark seductive read which is quite racy in parts and leaves you feeling sad at the end but I'm not sure whom for more to be honest! The betrayed wife? The disloyal husband? The lost soul? Or the person who ends up dead because of it all? In all although I was a little skeptical that this book was for my taste it was an interesting read that I would recommend if you like a racy, psychological thriller. Currently available on Amazon available in paperback, hardback, kindle, VHS and DVD - prices range from £5 - £25 Also available on EBay second hand from 99p Review maybe posted on dooyoo and ciao under the same username.
I like to use a face wash in the mornings to help wake me up and feel fresh faced for the day, well that's the idea anyway. I tend to buy no particular product for this purpose just what seems good at the time. What first attracted me to the product was it's bright and vibrant colour - a yellow with a delicate pearl effect and tiny beads of darker yellow mixed in. Reading the front of the bottle it enticed me in in more by saying it was for "morning energy which wakes you up and brightens you skin" they had kind of got me there already. The only slight reservation I had was that the brand clean and clear is marketed at teenagers really so I wasn't sure it was going to suitable for my skin. I decided to read the details before impulse buying based on the colour and promises. *** THE CLAIMS *** The product claims to have a gentle oil free action, which not only cleanses your skin but also brightens it. Aside from the more chemical ingredients found listed on the bottle the wash includes lemon and papaya extracts. I like the idea of fruity citrus components as they immediately make me feel energized in mood and I hope that this would also be the case for my face and morning get up and go. *** WHAT I THINK *** The colour is enticing in the morning it is fresh and colourful to start the day rather than a bland foam and although it is supposed to have a lemon fragrance, it is not as apparent as I expected, very mild in fact which is slightly disappointing. The wash foams well with a little water and applying is easy plus simple to wash off. Do avoid the eyes though as even being a gentle wash it stings if it gets in your eyes so take care and clear with plenty of water if done. I can see that the was could be used both day and night as indicated on a daily basis being so gentle however I prefer to just use it in the morning, favoring a makeup remover in the evening. The bursting beads are a great idea and look appealing in the bottle but in reality you done get them all, a lot end up stuck in the push action lid which is a bit of a shame. *** OVERALL *** Overall the wash is gentle and does not dry out my skin. I am not overly convinced it actually brightened my skin, but it did brighten my mood that has to count for something! As for waking me up I think some of that may have been down to the fact I use cold water rather than the product. That said I did like the product and would recommend it for a gentle bright mood lifting wash in the morning, if you take the energizing bit with a pinch of salt. The product can be found in most large supermarkets and chemists retailing at around £3-£4 for 150mls so it is a bit more than some others. There is also a ginseng variation which I wouldn't mind trying. Lasts 12 months from opening and is a Johnson and Johnson product. Review maybe found on dooyoo and ciao under the same username.
I have worn foundation for years now whether or not I need to all the time is questionable but I feel better with it on and it gives my face a much more even complexion. ***CHOOSING THE RIGHT BLEND*** I have never really found a foundation that has been a perfect fit despite trying many, I don't think I have used the same one twice as yet! With many BB, CC, full cover, medium cover, corrects and evens promises I find I get lost in the midst of it all and just pick one and take pot luck quite often. To try and prevent myself for yet another miss match I though I would go more expensive and try going to a make up counter to get my face made up, a sort of try before you buy affair. My chosen counter was Clinique. Never tried there products before but had heard good comments from friends and they seemed to have a simple approach to make up and skin care. After a brief discussion and face paint I ended up with Clinique even better. My shade is ivory but fear not there are 26 shades currently so they will find most people a match. Another point I was told was to test the foundation on the back of you palm to match your colour, it is a good indicator but I did feel much better being matched my the make up girl as you can actually see it on your face and try different ones, plus you get your makeup done for free! ***WHAT DOES THE PRODUCT SAY FOR ITSELF*** Clinique even better is supposed to even out your skin tone and correct imperfections along the way and also is sun factor 15 which is a real plus and must for me as I am always out in walking my dogs and burn quite easily. The product also has anti ageing properties, which is always a bonus! ***SO LETS GET PLASTERING*** The foundation is very light compared to cheaper brands that I have bought before and goes on smoothly whether with a brush which I prefer or with fingers when I'm in a rush! It blends well into the skin especially if you put it on after using a moisturizer and primer. When using a brush I do find I need to blend a little more or smudge over brush marks to get a perfect result. As the colour is a good match I find no defining lines down the side of my face if I miss a bit of blending. It gives a medium to full coverage according to the manufacturers. I find it is more medium, if I have a spot I would need to use a concealer in order to acquire better concealment. Regarding last ability, I apply every morning on getting up and if I am working it tends to disappear around my nose and forehead by diner time as I am running around most of the time I don't think that is an issue particularly. If I am at home I need to touch up by teatime usually. It is liquid in nature so I find a little goes a long way, in fact I tend to apply foundation twice a day as by the early evening I need topping up or a complete re do if going out somewhere. Even with this my foundation has lasted me just over a year and it has a two-year expiry from opening so not worry about it going off either. It does not really have a smell either which is nice; I don't like the heavy make up smells you can get from some companies. ***VALUE FOR MONEY*** With mostly twice a day usage for a year my £24 works out at less than ½ a pence a day! Which I think is excellent and makes the more expensive price seem worthwhile. The bottle is 30mls and plastic so it is easy to throw in your handbag or store away on a shelf. ***IS IT WORTH THE HYPE*** I believe this is the best foundation I have bought so far. That is not to say I wont try another, but I would certainly buy this one again which is a first for me. It has encouraged me to try more of their products and spend a little more on make up than I used too. Available from many big chemists like www.boots.com www.clinique.co.uk www.debenhams.co.uk and can be found online at make up stores. Review maybe posted on ciao and dooyoo under the same username ☺
Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors for a good mystery where the ending is never quite what you think it will be. Vanishing Acts is a story about a young women with a partner and small child, living in close proximity to her father who she adores. The connection between her and her father is an enviable one, ever since her mother died whilst she was still very young she has grown to see him not only as a father but friend who can help her raise her own child. Delia Hopkins is the young woman - she has a job finding missing people with her adoring dog Greta. The book starts out with her tracking the trail of a missing child, finds and relocates her with her mother. Andrew Hopkins is Delia's father he works in a nursing home and helps take care of Delia's young daughter Sophie. Sophie's dad is Eric - a lawyer and who has known Delia since childhood along with Fitz who is a journalist and good friend to both Delia and Eric. The main part of the story starts when police come to the house of Delia's dad whilst she is cooking tea with Sophie. They arrest Andrew for the kidnap of a small child called Bethany. Delia is horrified and believes they have the wrong person but sadly Andrew alarms her by telling her it is true. Not only that, but she is Bethany. The start of the story is catchy and gets you gently into the idea of what is happening and the rollercoaster of emotions that Delia and her family would be feeling. Everyone starts to discover what has just happened but the events surrounding it all remains a deep and dark secret. Whilst Delia tries to make sense of it all, Eric tries to help Andrew blurring the line between legal and family ties. This leaves Fitz to assist Delia and Sophie on the devastating journey to discover the truth as to why her father kidnapped her. To make matters worse Delia uncovers that her supposedly dead mother is actually still alive. So why did she not seek her out or try and find her? The journey is set out by a chapter for each character at a time which does help to keep your perspective on what is happening in the story and gives each person there side as to why they did what they did. To add a little sideline to the story a love triangle is included, which you can see coming from the beginning but I was left floundering at the end as I never really found out what happened. Another side story is Ruthann, who is a sort of herbal remedy come witch type person from what I can gather. She enters the story as staying where Delia stays when awaiting to see her father. I'm not totally convinced the part was needed to be honest, I guess it makes Delia see things from another perspective but in truth that section could have been left out for me. Delia eventually locates her mother but things don't go according to plan shall we say and she is left with more unanswered questions. At the end of the story I am blind sided a bit by what is supposed to have occurred all those years ago and the reason why Andrew did what he did. It didn't seem to fit properly somehow and given the length of the story to get you to that point, it seemed a little rushed. In all good read but not on of the authors best for me personally. Available from www.Amazon.co.uk for around £5 new both paperback and Kindle versions also found in www.EBay.co.uk for around 99p second hand Review maybe posted on dooyoo and ciao under the same username.
Shark dash is an application game by gameloft for both apple on iPhone, iMac and ipad, android phones, kindle and pc and it's free! Or you have the option of paying 69p for the upgraded version on some platforms. Since purchasing my iPhone I have downloaded lots of applications some of which are mini games to occupy my time whilst waiting say for a train. Shark Dash is exactly right for that sort of thing, it's not to taxing to the brain and you can finish a level very quickly. **** GAME PLAN **** On the home screen you start off with a basic bathtub with your little shark happily diving in and out with rubber rings and toys. If you press on this you come to a numbered block screen, which gives you an entrance to individual levels. For each level you are awarded one to three stars depending on how well you complete - one star for all ducks, one star for all coins and one star for how many shots. Very simple in it's idea and is easy to understand so that most ages can play. Each level starts with your shark in the bathtub and lots of gold coins dotted around and various hoops, slides, tubes and ducks. The screen will tell you what you have to achieve - all ducks in one shot. You also get hints from time to time - soap sinks in water. Your shark will have a arrow above his head which when you touch and hold your shark will spirt water in the direction he will aim as soon as you let go, watch out though if you shot him out over the tub or onto a panel he cant get off he dies in 3 seconds out of water ☹ and if you run out of shots..... the plug gets pulled ☹ The games get more complex as you progress. The actions are simple to perform and the fact that you can press and hold the screen makes it great for small screens - not sure how this works with pc? They must have other ways of playing it. Because of the spirt of water it is easy to see where you are aiming and therefore have far better control of your shark than at first thought. Buttons on the home screen also allow you to link with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, gift the app to some one, see more games from gameloft, play live or go to the shop. There are also buttons for your achievements and missions and a settings section to get help. In the shop you can upgrade your shark, get elixirs, buy coins and special effects. Some items can be bought with the coins you collect but some have to be bought with real money! I have never felt the need to do that. **** OVERALL **** The game is very bright and fun cartoon looking so appeals to the masses. Gameloft is a well know company that makes lots of games so I had no issues downloading the game. Only real downside is you get adverts, which you may not get with paid versions, but at least you can see new promotions and they are easy to close. It is a fun little game, which is surprisingly addictive. Great fun for a few minutes to while away the time for both children and adults. It is a game that some could get bored of quickly but I think if you leave it for a while and come back to it, it has the same appeal. Or you could just delete it when bored it is free after all! Review maybe posted on Dooyoo and Ciao under the same username.
I use a lot of hand creams as with the work I do I am constantly washing my hands in harsh cleaners. Garnier is a well-known brand, which makes various items such as hair colourants, hand creams, and body lotions I have had Garnier products before and have had generally good results and so this appealed to me and combined with it's claims I decided to try it. To find it on the shelf it is in a bright green tube that stands on it's screw top lid. I find it very easy to squeeze the tube and a pea-sized amount seems sufficient to moisturize your hands. As the dispensing hole is quite small you can adjust the amount simply and it leaves very little mess around the lid as the cream is of a thick consistency. The cream itself is white and has a lovely smell hints of honey can be noted but other than that I am not sure it is slightly perfumed, but it is very nice whatever it is! The product range for hand creams also has Shea butter, aloe Vera and mango, which I am keen to try also. SO WHAT ARE THE CLAIMS AND CAN THEY LIVE UP TO THEM? ~ Fast Absorbing ~ On applying the cream to my hands I rub it in and I agree within a few seconds the cream is adequately absorbed into the skin and does not feel greasy. I can turn taps and write with a pen without it slipping out of my hand or leaving greasy marks on the paper. ~ This product is marketed as a "soothing" hand cream. ~ On applying the cream you get an instant cooling sensation. I find this very nice as after a prolonged period at work my hands can become quite sore and red. This does sooth my skin and helps ease the redness far quicker than some other hand creams I have tried. The use of honey in the product is what apparently helps sooth the skin and the fact that it is a natural ingredient is more appealing to me. Of course there are other chemicals in the making of the product and a full list of these can be found on the packaging and from the website www.garnier.co.uk ~ "Still leaves your skin hydrated even after washing"~ Aside from the honey, which also helps to restore moisture to your hands, another ingredient they use is L-Bifidus, which has an anti-evaporation property and helps to keep your hands moisturized even after a hand wash. This is very important to me as I am constantly washing my hands t work but do not have time to keep applying moisturizer after each and every wash. The fact that the cream is not greasy and is easily absorbed again helps, as I am more likely to apply it frequently if I can feel it working yet carry on with my daily routine/jobs. Overall, the product says that you should use the cream for a week before tests have show to reduce some people's dryness of the hands. I found it worked quicker than that to be honest, I noticed a difference after a few days. For a tube of 100mls you can expect to pay around £3, which I feel is good value for money as it has an expiry of 12 months but I use mine generally in about a month with frequent daily use. If I find a good product that I like and does the job it is meant to well, I don't mind paying for it - this is a product that fits that bill. Review maybe posted on ciao and dooyoo under the same username.
I do my best to always take my make up off before bed but sometimes I just can't be bothered, so if a product does the job of cleansing and toning together and potentially save me time, I'll give it a go. I spotted the Nivea daily essentials 2 in 1 cleanser and toner in Tesco where it was priced at £2.90 for 200mls. When you compare that to the fact that you would probably pay at least £1.50 for a separate cleanser and toner the cost is average or cheap if you buy a more expensive items. This combined with it being a known brand generally seen as good, I was quite happy. **** WHAT IT'S SAYS ON THE BOTTLE AND MY OPINION **** The product is in a fairly tall thin but quite wide plastic bottle which has a flip top lid. The lid is firm and holds in the lotion but it is easily squeezed out, but with care. The fact that the product has cleanser and toner together means that the lotion is quite liquid in nature and you may get a lot more in one squeeze than you think. The back of the bottle gives quite a lot of information including a substantial list of ingredients, company addresses along with product details. The product contains vitamin E and hydra IQ that are both supposed to help moisturize and keep skin healthy. The product is for normal to combination skin and has an expiry on 12 months. Application is simple you can apply with a cotton pad or with fingers and gently wipe or massage around the face to remove make up and then wipe off with water or another cotton pad. I tend to use just one cotton pad to apply it then turn it over and remove with the other side. You get the nice Nivea smell as soon as you squeeze out the lotion which is nice and refreshing. As the lotion is quite runny you do have to apply in bits I find as if you put to much on the pad it starts to run off the edges by the time you get to your chin! This I do find a tad annoying as I want it to be quicker and wiping in on in bits then off again just seems to take as much time as it would doing the whole separate cleanse and tone does. The lotion feels cooling on your skin but after you do not end up with that slight tightening feeling that you get with a toner, I miss that I have to say as I feel my skin is refreshed then. Another thing with the lotion is that although it seems to cleanse the majority of my make up off as I can see that on the pad, I don't feel like my face is really clean. When I take a closer look at my skin I can see small remnants of my make up mainly foundation still in the skin. In summary I have persisted with this product as I don't like to waste things but I don't feel it gives me enough cleansing to remove my entire make up. Review maybe posted on dooyoo and ciao under the same username.
As part of a three for two price deal in Boots I choose Soap and Glory Bright here Bright now energy balm. The balm comes inside a cardboard box which is pink white and silver so is recognizable not only as a brand but on the shelf amongst the others. Full with information the box gives instructions on how to use it which is varied. 1. Use it as a moisturizer 2. Mix the balm in with make up to give a silkier appearance Inside the box the product is enclosed in a silver tube and a screw top lid that is easy to use, squeeze and provides an adequate amount each time. The claims are that it makes are that it "makes dull skin dazzle" and has an "immediate firming action" So does it live up to the claims in my opinion? The product is more of a thick lotion than a cream and has a slight yellow tinge to it with a little sparkle. The little sparkle I assume is the bit that is supposed to give the dazzle to my skin, probably from the oil products in the ingredients although the blurb says it contains ronaspheres and timeron pearls to do the job whatever they are. The smell is nutty in fragrance (mintango according to the company) maybe this is because it contains kernel oil from an apricot and oat kernel extract. The smell is not unpleasant but it is not the nicest I have smelt I have to say, but once on you don't notice it anyhow. It says use a generous amount an I do, at first I thought this would make my skin look oily but it didn't, a nice sheen to my skin giving that fresh glow is more the appearance you get. I tend to use mine as an occasional moisturizer when I feel the need for an extra boost to my skin. It does give a little dazzle but once I have applied foundation I don't notice it anymore so the dazzle has pretty much gone. It may be better if you were using it without foundation. It is quick to absorb into the skin and does make applying make up easier as the base of your skin is silkier. As for the instant firming - no in a word! Myself personally I have felt no firming of the skin even after a test run of consistent daily use. Given that the price is around £11 for 50mls I am not convinced I would use it again I'm afraid there are other products, which do more. It has got an expiry of 24 months, is made in the UK and can be found in Boots stores and online. Review maybe posted on dooyoo and ciao under the same username.