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      14.11.2009 18:21
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      Give it a go!

      Palmers cocoa butter formula is available in pharmacies and most large supemarkets. There are several versions such as an olive and fragrance free available.

      The cheapest place I have found it is Tesco where it retails at less than £3.00 for 250ml bottle. In Boots it costs around £3.50 for the same size bottle.

      Palmers have now changed the design of the lid so it easier to squeeze the moisturiser out, leaving less wastage at the end of a bottle, however, I still have to cut the bottle open to get the dregs out.

      As the moisturiser contains cocoa butter the scent of it can be a little overpowering and sweet. If you don't like the smell of it a fragrance free version is available.

      The moisturiser is excellent for softening skin and a small amount goes a long way. Because it can be used sparingly a bottle lasts a long time. In addition, because of the high Vitamin E content it can also help to fade scars at the same time.

      I would definitely recommend this moisturiser. Give it a try for the price I doubt you'll find better!

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      • Come Dine With Me / TV Programme / 17 Readings / 15 Ratings
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        09.11.2009 22:28
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        Forget the food, watch for the contestants!

        I thought I would review this programme as I have recently developed an obsession with it, to the point where I have been trawling catch up tv to watch any episodes I can find. It is on Channel 4 and also More 4. You can also find episodes other satellite channels occasionally.

        It is a genius concept, get four (sometimes 5) people who live in the same city to take turns to host a dinner party each night. The contestants score each other in secret and at the end of the week one person is crowned the winner and receives £1000 cash.

        The people who enter are a facinating bunch and while the host is cooking their dinnner the other contestants snoop around their house (I love this bit). Most contestants love the sound of their own voice and are very opinionated. One of the best episodes occured when the host got so drunk she passed out and one of the other contestants had to cook the dinner.

        The highlights of the programme are the comments made by the voice over man - Dave Lamb. His sarcasm makes the show. I am always amazed that Channel 4 find new people to go on it, I would be mortified if I was them.

        There are celebrity episodes occasionally aith Z listers like Lee Ryan (Blue) Peter Stringfellow and Michelle Heaton (Liberty X) which are good but Dave Lamb is not quite so cutting with his comments about them.

        If you haven't watch this yet, give it a try. You'll be hooked, there's nothing better than laughing at others!

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        • The Dark Knight (2 DVDs) / DVD / 26 Readings / 25 Ratings
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          29.10.2009 13:58
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          Five stars!

          This film is a follow up to Batman Begins and seeing Christian Bale again taking on the role of the crime fighting superhero.

          As a fan of the original Batman series and the Tim Burton Batman released in the 80's I was excited to see this film and it didn't disappoint.

          The plot is simple, Batman tries to destroy organised crime in Gotham City with the help of Lt. Gordon and Harvey Dent but they are battling against the Joker who is intent on causing anarchy in the city.

          Christian Bale is excellent in both the Bruce Wayne and Batman roles but in my opinion it is Heath Ledger who steals the show. His performance is scarily good and rumour has it that he actually lived the character of the Joker thoughout filiming, forcing himself to live the role.

          The special effects are as good as you would expect and with each new Batman film comes a more hi-tech Batmobile. (This one turns into a motorbike).

          The film runs for 145 minutes and is a certificate 12.

          The 2 DVD edition contains a bonus disc which includes an interview with the Director Christopher Nolan and Dark Knight IMAX sequences. The extra disc is for hardcore film fans only.

          The film is great and I'm now looking forward to the next instalment!

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          • Homebase Paint / Household Product / 17 Readings / 17 Ratings
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            29.10.2009 11:57
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            Definitely worth a try!

            I've been decorating my house over a period of months and have used many brands of paint but the latest colour I wanted to use was only available through homebase. I was a bit reluctant to use it as in the past I have found DIY stores own brand of an inferior quality. However having used some emulsion from Homebase's own range of colours I have been very suprised and impressed by the quality.

            The coverage is excellent and the value for money exceptional particularly at the moment when they are offering a deal where you can buy two 2.5 litre tins for £15 instead of the usual £10.99 each.

            Also if you discover you have bought too much as long as you return a tin unopenend they will gladly give you your money back.

            Their range of colours is extremely good and they always seem to have a plentiful supply in my local store.

            The paint dries quickly within two hours and gives an even flawless finish. I have found that two coats are necessary to give an even coverage, which is better than some 'named' brands which required three coats to get an even finish. I have only used the emulsion so far and will update when I get to the gloss!

            I highly recommend this product - you won't be disappointed!

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            • lonelyplanet.co.uk / Internet Site / 24 Readings / 23 Ratings
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              28.10.2009 16:51
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              Once you've decided where to go the hardest part is over

              Lonely Planet began thirty years ago when a couple decided to cross Europe and Asia overland all the way to Australia. On their retun their friends persuaded them to write about their experiences and Lonely Planet Guidebooks were born. More countries soon followed.

              In 2007 BBC Worldwide acquired a 75% share in Lonely Planet, pledging to uphold Lonely Planet's commitment to independent travel, trustworthy advice and editorial independence.

              Today, Lonely Planet has offices in Melbourne, London and Oakland, with over 500 staff members and 300 knowledgable authors.

              I have always relied on their guidebooks when abroad as they are inspiring, informative, reliable, easy to use and most importantly independant.

              Each book has the same layout:

              information about the country at the start, telling you about the history, environment, food, drink and culture of the country. There are also some suggested itineraries for your trip.

              Each country is organised into regions and for each region there is a detailed description, maps, sleeping (orgainsed into budget, mid-range and top-end), eating (again organised into cheap-eats, mid-range and top-end, shoppping, drinking, entertainment and details of how to get to and from the region.

              I am yet to visit somwhere and not be able to find a Lonely Planet for the country and each one that I have used has been excellent.

              I would give these guidebooks full marks as they tell you everything you need to know and more!

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                28.10.2009 16:07
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                High quality high street chain

                Pizza Express is a chain of restaurants and as the name suggests it specialises in pizza and other Italian dishes.

                There is only one Pizza Express in my home town and it is always busy, especially on Wednesdays when the offer 2 for 1 on main meals. As a result it is essential to book on a Wednesday. Main courses are around £7-9.

                Pizza express offer a wide range of pizza toppings and bases all cooked to order. My personal favourites ar Capricossa and La Reine on a Romana base. They use high quality ingredients and it definitely shows.

                The starters are huge, and the dough balls are particularly tasty and come with a garlic butter on the side.

                If pizza isn't your thing they have lots of other dishes to offer. There are several salads available (although they come with croutons and dressing so aren't a healthy option). Pizza Express also serve lasagne along with other pasta dishes.

                The service is always good but the only drawback is that alcoholic drinks are relatively expensive compared to the food.

                Despite this I would give Pizza Express a yoo doo rating of 4 out of 5.

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                • Whiskas Complete / Cat Food / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                  28.10.2009 13:51
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                  Purrrfect

                  Whiskas complete offers full nutrition for your cat or it can be used combined with whiskas pouches. A large bag retails at around £4.00. The bag is easily resealable so the packet remains airtight and the biscuits stay fresh.

                  The biscuits offer dental protection for your cat's teeth. There are no artificial colours or flavours in the biscuits. They do contain taurine to support a healthy heart, oils for a shiny coat, Vitamin A to keep your cat's eyesight perfect and minerals to maintain your cat's urinary tract health.

                  The biscuits are crunchy on the outside and have a soft inner of various flavours. My cats have tried the chicken, tuna and duck flavours and do not seem to have any preference.

                  We used to feed our cats on a combination of pouches and biscuits but they used to suffer from upset stomachs. Since switching them to a biscuit only diet their stomachs have been much better.

                  A word of advice, always keep fresh drinking water available for your cat as they doo like to drink a lot after eating.

                  I have tried a few brands and this is my cat's choice.

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                  28.10.2009 00:39
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                  For the adventurous!

                  Chamonix is a town in the South of France. It is under the shadow of Mont Blanc and is only a five minute drive to the Mont Blanc tunnel which is the border between France and Italy.

                  Chamonix is most famous for its skiing but I visited this Summer and discovered that it has a lot more to offer.

                  There are lots of hotels in Chamonix, many are very central and within easy walking distance of the centre. The town is actually quite large and has a large supermarket, lots of reasonably priced restaurants serving French food such as fondues and raclette. If French food isn't what you fancy there are ltos of pizza restaurants and cafes (even a McDonalds).

                  Chamonix has more than its fair share of bars as well and Chamonix Sud is the party area of the town where most of the bars and clubs are open until 4 am even in the week.

                  However we went to Chamonix looking for adventure and did not leave disappointed. There are several compaines offering adventure activites ranging from an hour to days. I booked my activities through Cham adventure, Evolution 2 and Yak and Yeti and all were very helpful and knowledgable.

                  The activities we booked were well orgainised and included transport through the Mont Blanc Tunnel when necessary (for canyoning and white water rafting). The guides spoke fluent English and group sizes were small.

                  When we went glacier walking on Mont Blanc and although the trip itself was excellent it is worth noting that in addition to the cost of the trip we had to pay 50 Euros each to travel up the cable car to beign our walk. We also had to pay 17 Euros to hire equipment for the trek.

                  There are also free activites available- we walked up to the glacier on Mont Blanc (the trek takes about 3 hours) but were rewarded with an ice grotto you can visit which has lots of ice carvings on display (free entry) which take months to make.

                  Finally, I would say it is also worth taking a trip to Annecy if you are in the area as it is one of the prettiest towns I have seen (but that's another review)!

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                    28.10.2009 00:10
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                    Excellent if expensive

                    I bought these GHD straightners five months ago and they are the most reliable and best straightners I have owned.

                    As the name implies these GHD straightners are limited edition and do cost slightly more than the usual GHD's but they do come with a limited edition leopard print heatproof bag.

                    They are extremely efficient, you only have to run them over each section of hair once unlike other cheaper straightners reducing damage to your hair. They heat up in 30 seconds, great when you are in a rush in the morning.

                    They are compact and easily fit into their carry case which is handy for holidays. Another useful feature that they have is that the plug converts into a European two pin plug easily.

                    The lead is about a metre long so you don't have to worry about being close to a mirror when using them.

                    I know the cost might put some people off (£105 for normal and £119 for limited edition) but I've had GHD's before and they lasted three years and I had numerous pairs of straightners in the past that only lasted a few months and were nowhere near as good so in my opinion cheaper straightners are a false economy.

                    Once you've had GHD you will never go back!

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                    27.10.2009 23:10
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                    Always cook to perfection

                    I should probably start this review by explaining that I am a total PIZZA LOVER! I could eat it everyday if my waistline allowed...

                    I used to buy fresh pizzas as i was a bit of a 'pizza snob' but was pursuaded to give these frozen Dr. Oetker pizzas a try and I am now hooked.

                    They come in several flavours, my favourites are the margherita (mozerella, pesto and tomato), speciale (salami, ham and cheese) and funghi (mushroom and cheese). They also make pollo (chicken and spinach) and piccante (chilli and cheese) versions which I am not so keen on. They are usually on offer in Tesco where you can buy two for £4.

                    They have a thin base which cooks perfectly in 10 minutes and is light and fluffy. The toppings are always generous and mouthwateringly tasty.

                    One pizza would be enough to feed two people as they are big but I have been know to eat a whole one to myself!

                    These are great for any occasion - a quick and easy dinner or cut up to provide a buffet for friends.

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                      27.10.2009 22:43
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                      Pricey but fab!

                      I have spent years looking for the perfect foundation but there were always too orange ( the tangoed look is not a good one) or too light. I started using this foundation about 3 years ago and to quote goldilocks it is 'just right'.

                      As it is a No. 7 product it is only available in Boots and it is not cheap, it costs £14.00 but you can use advantage card points to pay and you will gain points if you pay cash.

                      This foundation gives a smooth, even coverage with a natural look and is easily applied. I use my finger as this is what the beauty consultant recommended to save foundation because if you use a sponge it will absorb a lot of the foundation, leading to wastage.

                      This foundation includes spf 6 so is ideal for use on holiday and because it adjusts to your skin tone it will still mtach your skin even if you are lucky enough to gain a tan on holiday.

                      It is also hypoallergenic so great for sensitive skins!

                      Although the price may put some people off it does last well. One tube will last me about 3 months and is often in a 3 for 2 offer in Boots.

                      This is a great product and I would never choose to use any other foundation again!

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                        27.10.2009 21:36
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                        Excellent

                        I bought this mascara for the first time last week. I bought it in black. It was on special offer in Tesco for £4.99.

                        It consists of two separate wands. The first is white and is elongating. The second is the black which is ultra lengthening and gives a renewed look.

                        This mascara is excellent, one fo the best I have tried, especially for the special price i paid.

                        I found that the key to excellent lashes is to ensure that the whtie phase is completely dry before applying the black phase.

                        Lashes are spearated well (no spider eyes) and there is no need to comb them after application.

                        Although the mascara is not waterproof it does not run easily but it is easily removed with a facial wipe.

                        This mascara lasts well and a single application in the moning lasts an entire day and well into the evening.

                        Overall this is a fantastic product which I will definitely buy again!

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                      • Nokia 6500 slide / Mobile Phone / 15 Readings / 13 Ratings
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                        26.10.2009 20:27
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                        Do not get one

                        I had this phone free with my mobile phone contract 12 months ago and it is by far the worst phone I have ever owned (and believe me I've had a lot).

                        The problems started soon after I got it and have got worse over the last three months. The screen freezes while I am using it and it switches itself off mid phone call. After it has switched off the only way I can turn it back on is to take out the battery and then it takes about ten minutes to work again.

                        I have given up putting screen savers on it as everytime I do they disappear after a day. The keys on the keypad are not very sensitive. In addition, when I want to answer a call on the phone it doesn't always unlock the keypad when I slide it screen up.

                        The only positive thing I could say about this phone is that the camera is pretty good and easy to use.

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