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      01.10.2012 23:29

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      would buy again and recommend

      This bar of chocolate comes in at a bargain price of only 50 pence for a 100 g bar, which makes it very good value for money.
      The chocolate is sweet and creamy, and doesn't have any coarse sugary granules that cheap white chocolate can sometimes have.
      There were plenty of freeze dried strawberries throughout the chocolate, which gave it a wonderfully indulgent feel. The other bars of chocolate in this range were all 50 pence for a 100 g bar, but this feels so much more special with the strawberries through it.
      The chocolate itself doesn't taste like cheap chocolate at all. It doesn't have the taste of "European chocolate" that so many other cheap brands do. Instead, this tastes of a bar of chocolate fat more expensive than it acutally is.
      I would definetly recommend this, and would buy it again. I'm going to have a think if there's any recipes that I could use this in as it is so tasty!

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    • Watchman - Ian Rankin / Fiction Book / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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      01.10.2012 14:22
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      would not recommend

      This is like no other Ian Rankin book that I've ever read.
      The book doesn't feature the well-known detective Rebus, which isn't that unusal for an Ian Rankin novel, but it doesn't feature any gripping characters at all.
      The book is set in London and Northern Ireland at the time of the "Troubles", and the main character, Miles, is a spy for the British government.
      The first two thirds of the book follows his antics as he bumbles through his life, messing up both his career and his marriage. The reader is introduced to many secondary characters, but none of these are explored in any great depth and are not memorable. I really struggled to follow who all the different characters were, as they were all quite bland and uninteresting, and there were so many of them.
      The book picks up slightly closer to the end, with Miles having a personality transformation that isn't really accounted for.
      By the end, the loose ends in the book are all supposedly tied together, but with so many characters, I don't have a clue who did what or why.
      I would not recommend this book, and am surprised it is an Ian Rankin book as it doesn't feature the same level of detail or characterisation that his other books do.

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        20.09.2011 14:09

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        An inoffensive airport

        Airports are normally fairly inoffensive, being neither amazing or terrible, and Gatwick is just that, inoffensive. There is nothing either amazing or terrible about this airport, and nothing that is likely to be memorable.
        The airport has two terminals that are connected by a fequent shuttle monorail service. The monorail runs every few minutes and there is always plenty of room on board.
        As with all airports nowadays, there is very little in the way of shops or cafes before security, but after security, there are plenty of places to buy last minutes necessities or find something to eat.
        Gatwisk has done all that it can do to minimise the hassle of security and there are plenty of staff doing screenings to try to keep the queues down. Staff are helpful about advising what can be carried on board and there are plenty of plastic bags available for liquids.
        Gatwick has plenty of clean toilets, that are all wellstocked. In addition, all cubicles are large so that there is space to take a case in with you.

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      • Gatwick Express / Transport National / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        20.09.2011 14:00

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        unless you're in a real hurry, take the normal train

        The Gatwick express runs every 15 minutes between Gatwick airport and London Victoria, and has a journey time of about 30 mins. The service has no stops and so is marginally faster than taking the normal train.
        The train is very comfortable and modern, with plenty of luggage space. A regular trolley service runs on the train, meaning that you can pick up something to eat or drink if you are in a hurry.
        All announcements on the train are multi-lingual which is helpful if English isn't your first language.
        All of this comes at a price though, with a single ticket currently selling for £16 online or £18 if you buy on the day. Yep, that's right. £18 for a 30 minute train journey. You might well end up spending more on the train to get you to central London than you did on your flight.
        This compares to catching the regular train that only costs £5.30. Yes, you might have to put up with more stops, but some trains only stop at East Croydon and Clapham Junction so the journey time is only about 40 mins. For saving over £10, I think I can put up with two stops and 10 mins extra journey.

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        16.09.2011 19:49

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        brilliant for getting around town

        Although I drive, I still use lothian buses regularly to avoid parking in town or when on a night out. Lothian buses run an excellent service. A single ticket is £1.30 regardless of how far you travel, which is excellent value for me as I live about 40 mins out of town. The buses are always clean and reliable. The only problems I've had with late buses has been when there has been exceptional weather conditions or bad road works (or evil tram works). The buses even continued to run through heavy snow, albeit to a limited service and with diversions.
        By far the best bit of lothian buses is the night bus service. There are regular buses throughout the night to all parts of the city and beyond. The night bus only costs £3 regardless of how far you go which is an amazing saving compared to a taxi. I regularly use the night buses and always feel very safe. And the drivers will drop me at the end of my street if I ask nicely enough.
        Lothian buses are the way to travel around Edinburgh!

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        16.09.2011 19:21

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        def worth buying

        I bought these tomatoes on the recommendation of other users of this site. I don't normally buy any value products as I worry that they will be of a much reduced quality compared to the regular brand. This was not at all the case with these. tomatoes. I don't think that the tomatoes were in any way different from the mormal priced ones. I had expected a watery juice with a few pieces of tomato, but that was not at all the case. There were plenty of decent sized tomato chunks. I didn't notice any difference in taste either. The only difference I noticed was in the packaging. The can did not have a ring pull but for the difference in price, I think I can dig out my can opener.
        Chopped tomatoes have so many uses and are the basis of many sauces. I used mine to make a stew.
        I would definitely buy this again and would recommend to a friend.

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        16.09.2011 19:06

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        nice texture and keeps shine away

        I use this powder every day and I find that it works really well. I am very pale and have dry skin that is occasionally oily on my nose. I wanted a matte powder as I find that I often look quite. shiney in photos. I'm not sure if that is because of oily skin or the flash bouncing off my pale skin meaning bits of me are over exposed. Anyway, this powder takes care of that and i don't have any more problems with shiney photos.
        I wear this over foundation and then I put blushed on top as I think otherwise I would look too matt.
        The powder is a lovely texture and is quite light. I like my freckles to just be visible through make up as i think that otherwise it looks as though I'm wearing a mask, and I can see freckles when I've got this on.

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        16.09.2011 14:21
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        handy for an emergency, but not for every day

        I have this in the 35 mL bottle that is perfect to pop into your handbag. It is perfect for applying when you're already wearing clothes as it dries invisibly and leaves no white marks, unlike other deodrants that can leave white crusty bits on your clothes.
        It has a very sickly sweet smell that reminds me of the sort of perfume that teenagers wear. I couldn't wear this deodorant for every day use as the smell is so bad, but I can tolerate to use it in an emergency. Better to smell sickly sweet than to smell of sweat! The smell is so over powering that it will mask any other odours present. I once put it on in a taxi on the way to a night out and I thought my friends were going to throw me out of the taxi as the smell is so vile.
        The anti-persperant works well and I've never had any problems with excess sweat when I've been wearing it.

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          16.09.2011 11:16

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          a good every day mascara

          I wear this as my every day mascara (2 coats on the top lashes, and one coat on the bottom lashes), and wear the same mascara for going out at night, but wear 3 coats on the top lashes.
          I find that it wears very well and lasts the full day. I always use waterproof mascara because I live in Scotland and all those rain storms can leave me with panda eyes if I'm wearing normal mascara. This mascara certainly is waterproof. I apply it in a morning and it'll still be visible by the next morning (i sleep with it on - naughty i know!) It isn't so good if you wear it for swimming or in the shower, but I've never found a mascara that is waterproof in those conditions.
          It applies well and is hardly ever clumpy.
          I wear the borwn/black shade which is a lovely colour as it isn't too harsh on my pale skin, but still gives plenty of definition.

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          15.09.2011 21:07
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          reasonably cheap and gets the dishes nice and clean

          Washing the dishes is a boring job, but at least this washing up liquid makes the job easier and faster as it cuts through grease and grime.
          This is normally on offer at Tesco, (normally 2 for £2.50), making quite a but cheaper than the other big named products. It does the job just as well, removing even stubborn burnt on food. For anything that has been totally incinerated onto cook ware, I leave it to soak for a few hours and then everything washes off easily.
          I always buy anti-bacterial washing up liquid to make sure than any bugs on my plates are definelty killed. I have no idea if this makes a difference or not, but I feel better knowing that even though I've had to spend a little bit extra, it is hopefully not just cleaning my dishes, but also making them more hygeinic.
          This washing up liquid has a nice thick consistency, and not at all like some of the cheaper brands that are watery.
          My only gripe with this product is the bottle shape. It's really hard to get the last little bit out of the bottle and the bottle doesn't stand upside down easily. If it had the lid on the base, or a bigger lid that the bottle could balance on, this wouldn't be a problem.

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          • Bourjois Hi tech Liptint / Make Up / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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            15.09.2011 14:18

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            a fab lip stain that seems to last forever

            I use this as my every day lipstick and I am very impressed with it. I've had my pot now for probably about two years, and with daily use, it has never ran out, so it is much longer lasting than a conventional lip stick.
            Rather than being a lipstick, it stains the lips with a matt finish. In fact, it looks as though you aren't wearing any lipstick at all as it looks so natural on.
            The major disadvantage of this is that it stains anything that it touches. I'm not sure why, but I always get it on my tounge (it tastes bad as well), and if I ever get a bit on my fingers, it stains there. It does eventually rub off, but the product is true to its form and will stain any flesh that it touches. I've never split any on clothes, but I suspect that it would stain there as well. Being water based, it should wash out easily.
            I would recommend this to a friend as I think it looks very natural on, and doesn't look heavy.

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            15.09.2011 14:10

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            works well as a general concealor

            Although this concealor is designed to be used for the under eye area, I use it as a general concelaor for any blemishes or discolouring on my face. YSL's Touche Eclat have stolen the market for under eye concealor, and although I myself am not a fan, I think it is a hard marker for any other product to have a place in, but I think that this concealor manages.
            I've read before that you shouldn't use light refelcting concealor for under eye bags, as it draws attention to them by highlighing them, rather than masking them. I've never noticed any highlighting effects from this concealor at all, and have always found that it sits quite matt on top of my foundation.
            The concealor comes in an easy to use pen, and liquid is dispensed by pushing a button on the base that then pushes liquid into the brush so that it can be applied without touching the product.
            I would recommend this to a friend, especially as it is easy to find a £5 off voucher in Boots.

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            15.09.2011 13:53

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            absolutely gorgeous!

            I love this perfume and have been wearing it now for about eight years.
            It is very hard to find in the UK, but can often be found for sale abroad or at duty free in the airports. It can be bought online at amazon or ebay, or other specialist shops. I think this adds to the perfumes charm as it is unlikely you will smell it on someone else. It's also nice when someone asks you what your perfume is as they've never smelt it on anyone else before. Prices online vary a lot, but it can normally be bought for about £30 for 100 mL. There is also a tiny 30 mL bottle which is brilliant for popping in your handbag for refreshing before a night out etc. The 30 mL bottle sells for about £15 on amazon, but is very expensive on ebay, so if you're buying this product on ebay, make sure you check the bottle size or you could be getting a very bad deal.
            The perfume is a pleasant pale orange colour. I've never noticed any problems with the colour staining fabrics, but the perfume will stain silks, as will all perfumes.
            The scent lasts well into the day, and I can still smell it on my wrists 12 hours after spraying. The smell is not overpowering, and is not at all sickly. This perfume has citrus and floral tones running through it.
            I really like this perfume, but wouldn't recommend it to a friend as I want to keep it for myself!

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          • Nivea Essential Lip Balm / Make Up / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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            15.09.2011 11:17
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            perfect for popping in your handbag

            I have very dry skin in general, and my lips are always dry and peeling. I keep this handy make-up bag sized stick with me at all times to give my lips a lille moisture boost when they need it.
            One stick will last me a few months, and it is a relatively cheap product so it can beeasily replaced if it gets lost or when it runs out.
            It is a white colour stick, that goes on the lips clear, so there are no clashes with any other makeup or lipstick. It has a very faint smell, and almost no taste so it is inoffensive in both those respects.
            It does a good job of moisturising, and I can feel it sitting on my lips afterwards giving a pleasant wet look effect.
            The stick means that you don't have to use your fingers to apply it, which has hygenine benefits as you will not be putting potentially dirty fingers into a product and then applying the product near your mouth.
            I would recommend this to a friend.

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              14.09.2011 22:55
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              a thrilling read

              This is quite simply one of the best books I've ever read.
              From the very beginning, the plot was gripping and the characterisation believable. Mrs Davenport makes a believable vilain as she is cunning and twisted, but never ridiculously so. It is very easy to see how she has manipulated a young innocent girl who has no wordly experience. The "girl" in the book is interesting as she is never refered to by name, and even gets confused when she is called by her married name. This furthers the idea that the book is about the deceased Rebecca, rather than any of the current living characters.
              The plot twist is very well crafted and sets the rest of the plot in a totally different direction and pace. I'm not sure that such a drastic change in characterisaion is entierely believable, but it is very cleverly done and makes for an exciting ending.
              I would recommend this book to anybody that I know.

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