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      21.12.2014 09:11

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      • "Smaug is fantastic."
      • "More adventurous than its predecessor."
      • "Great performances and visual effects"

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      • "Cliffhanger ending"
      • "Some occasionally dodgy moments"

      More frantic and action-packed with the occasional deviation. Engrossing, though.

      I don't know how one is supposed to turn a rather short book like J.R.R. Tolkien's THE HOBBIT into a trilogy, but that's exactly what Peter Jackson has done. No stranger to Middle-Earth, having helmed the phenomenal LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, the best things that can be said about his re-imagining of this classic tale is that at least the production values and acting are on par with its predecessors. As with the aforementioned trio, THE HOBBIT was shot back-to-back in New Zealand, resulting in the release of one sequel per year. For better or worse, AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY kicked off what would be an all new adventure, albeit on a rather sluggish pace, particularly its overlong dinner party sequence and character introductions that made up most of its first half.

      Luckily those problems do not extend to the second part of the trilogy, here titled THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG. Having already established the cast, the film picks up from where we left our heroes after being rescued from orcs by eagles. The pace is certainly tighter and less slow, although there still is the occasional lag. The film begins, oddly, with another prologue scene: this time a conversation between the battle-hardened dwarf prince Thorin (Richard Armitage) and the ever-wise Gandalf (Ian MacKellen). After that we cut back to where we last left the Hobbit and his dwarf companions. As before, THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG really comes alive during the moments which readers are familiar with. Lots of new hazards await our heroes in the form of monstrous spiders, suspicious elves, more and more orcs, corrupt townsfolk, and ultimately, the titular villain himself.

      Speaking of which, the crowning jewel of this second part is the fated scene where Bilbo confronts Smaug the dragon in his treasure-laden lair. Like Gollum, the folks at Weta Workshop, through the wizardry of motion capture technology do a bang-up job of rendering this beast a truly dangerous, terrifying monster. Benedict Cumberbatch, too, deserves credit not only for performing the motion capture movements of the dragon (similar to Andy Serkis as Gollum), but for providing the beast with a rumbling, floor-shaking baritone that sends chills up one's spine. For audiences more familiar with Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman (Bilbo) as Watson, the scene, perhaps unintentionally, is also dryly amusing if you make the connection. Either way, Smaug is a real triumph, emerging as one of cinema's greatest dragons.

      That said, DESOLATION OF SMAUG takes quite a while to get there, and as with its predecessor, it ultimately depends on whether the viewer is prepared to accept the changes and additions Jackson made from the book, appreciate the film at face value, or are prepared to grumble with disappointment. En route, the film zigzags back and forth between talky bits and CGI effects as well as other additions. The fight with the spiders in the Mirkwood forest is chillingly handled and builds to its climax with true terror, the arachnids themselves being the stuff of nightmares. There's also an extensive roller-coaster style escape in which our heroes escape downriver in barrels while dodging attacking orcs. For the most part this sequence is viscerally exciting, but there are a FEW moments when it gets a bit silly, particularly in the sometimes implausible choreography of the elves as they fight back against the attackers. There's an even lengthier showdown between the dwarves and the dragon in the Misty Mountain which mostly works on a crowd-pleasing level (especially for audiences who want to see Thorin face off against the beast that destroyed his home), but may infuriate Tolkien loyalists expecting an untarnished adaptation what they see as a work of art.

      Then there's the inclusion of two new characters, one of who is familiar to audiences of LORD OF THE RINGS, Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and a skillful she-elf named Tauriel. While it's nice to see Legolas again, I'm not quite sure what Jackson is going for by including him in the incidents where the dwarves are taken prisoner. There's also an implied "love story" subplot between the youngest of the dwarves and Tauriel which, although not fatal to the film, is a curious addition nonetheless. We also Gandalf and Radagast (Sylvestor MacCoy) trail a mysterious evil to stone ruins, which turns out to be the ghost of the major baddie from THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. This is obviously meant to tie THE HOBBIT to the more famous trilogy, which is quite understandable given that this is, after all, a prequel to LORD OF THE RINGS. Lake Town is also stunningly realized as a destitute but simultaneously seedy village with a corrupt mayor. Luke Evans also makes a very pleasing Bard, and the addition of his family brings a lot of emotional weight to his character.

      In short, THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG's length and additions will understandably annoy anyone expecting Jackson to adapt the novel more "accurately", but my "criticisms" are mostly just shameless nit-picking, because on the whole I really did enjoy THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG. It's certainly more frantic than its predecessor and never boring. The only major drawback of the movie is its cliffhanger ending. This is intentional and meant to make audiences come back for the final film, but it's still done in a way that feels very abrupt. On that level, then, THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG is not meant to be a standalone film, but a two-parter in the same way that HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS ended up being.

      Love it or hate it, Jackson's enthusiasm for the material still shines through even in places where it occasionally goes off the rails. While it may be in the shadow of its predecessor trilogy, it's nonetheless great to go on another adventure with Jackson, Weta, and company.

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      21.12.2014 09:08

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      • "Overall faithful to the original."
      • "Awesome visual effects and staging."
      • "Excellent casting and performances."

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      • "Occasionally slow and draggy."
      • "Takes a while to get going."

      Well executed and good fun overall, but also quite long.

      More than seventy years ago, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a story called "The Hobbit", in which the title character somehow gets mixed up with a bunch of dwarves to reclaim missing treasure. The success and acclaim of this book led to the highly acclaimed "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, which years later was transformed into one of the greatest movie trilogies of all time by Peter Jackson. It was perhaps inevitable that one day Jackson would return to this territory to tackle the trials of Bilbo Baggins, but because this movie follows on the heels of a towering achievement like the LORD OF THE RINGS films, comparisons are bound to be inevitable.

      Adding to the burden of the brunt is the controversial decision to extend THE HOBBIT into a trilogy. That approach worked ideally well for Jackson's THE LORD OF THE RINGS, but because THE HOBBIT is a considerably shorter book (more like one third of the trilogy), it doesn't really merit the decision for three two-and-a-half hour movies. A more ideal approach would have been to film the book as a two-part series, not a trilogy. On a technical level there's nothing majorly wrong with Jackson's direction; the casting and performances are both excellent, the cinematography breathtaking as always, and the visual effects, for the most part, are as impressive as ever. The problem is that the movies are just too unnecessarily long.

      In fact, it takes a whopping 45 minutes to get Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) out of his cozy home in Hobbiton to go out on his fateful quest with the eponymous wizard Gandalf (Ian MacKellen), as well as a pack of dwarves led by a brooding fellow named Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). En route, we first see a lengthy, ten-minute prologue in which the old Bilbo (played with a wavering sincerity by Ian Holm) begins writing his book about his adventures, starting with the downfall of the Dwarven city of Erebor. The subsequent half hour is basically the first chapter, in which Bilbo's quiet humble life is turned upside down when the dwarves intrude into his household and take over his pantry in no time. The nature of this scene is also noticeably more lighthearted than even the prologue of the first RINGS film, THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING. In all fairness, the tone of Tolkien's HOBBIT is more of a children's story and what's on the screen is more or less true to the original, but it also requires a subjective approach. Fans familiar with the book will get the gist of it and more or less be fine, but for more antsy audience members, it does require patience to sit through this scene.

      Extending scenes like this aren't the only aesthetic choices that Jackson chooses to approach when tackling the story to screen. Sometimes he ends up culling information from the footnotes of Tolkien's fantasy, even borrowing bits of THE SIMILARION for good measure. For instance, we meet the wizard Radagast, an eccentric fellow who cares for animals and goes around riding on a massive "rabbit" sleigh. There is also a shady backstory involving a conflict between Thorin against a nasty-looking orc named Azgog (a mostly computer-animated villain with a vicious grin and a prosthetic arm). Finally we get a surprisingly long scene at the Elven city of Rivendell in which Gandalf converses with his colleague, the ill-fated sorcerer Saruman (Christopher Lee) about the potential return of Sauron. This is obviously meant to tie THE HOBBIT into THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, which is understandable because this is, after all, a prequel, but again, whether one is willing to sit through such slow scenes depends on the nature.

      THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY really comes to life during the bits when it actually sticks to the story. The sequence where Bilbo and company are captured by giant trolls does justice to the book. In the second half, we get a scarifying roller-coaster style confrontation with two stone giants (a scene which nailed me to my seat) to a visit to the infamous Goblin City, ruled by a bloated fellow called the Goblin King. But the film's real highlight is the "Riddles in the Dark" sequence, a cunningly choreographed, thrilling confrontation in which Bilbo must outsmart the twisted Gollum (again brought to life by the remarkable motion capture and hoarse voice of Andy Serkis).

      Despite the occasional lull in the story, though, I honestly wasn't necessarily bored at all by any of this; I have quite enjoyed Tolkien's stories and I could spend hour after hour in the fantasy world that Jackson still manages to fully realize on the screen, thanks to the luscious sets and aforementioned cinematography. And unlike George Lucas, who obviously was no great "actor's director" when it came to his weaker STAR WARS prequel trilogy, Jackson hasn't lost his ability to extol performances from his cast. Freeman was practically born to play Bilbo, embuing the character's neurotic reluctance with a charm that easily makes even the slowest parts of the film tolerable to sit through. Armitage mostly portrays Thorin as a grumpy, dour fellow who doubts his new charge, but he does so with hints of a tortured personality. Sylvestor McCoy is also quite good as the eccentric Radagast, and the dwarves are all well cast and fitting for their roles. And of course, it's gratifying to see McKellan, Lee, Serkis, and even Cate Blanchett (as Galadriel) reprise their roles.

      On a more controversial move, Jackson chose to shoot this HOBBIT trilogy in High Frame Rate mode, in which the speed of the frames is increased from 24fps to 48fps. It's a bold, daring move, and in many ways it works quite well for this movie; Middle Earth looks spectacular and rich in its depth with the 3D format, but other times it gives the feel of a super-polished real-life documentary on TV rather than a film. Having said that, though, the film plays well either way so aside from the frame rate length.

      Is this HOBBIT trilogy on par with the original LORD OF THE RINGS? No. But it's still well-made and executed with a style that only Jackson can do. In short, whether you decide that THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY is for you depends on how much you are willing to overlook the eccentric decision to extend what is essentially a shorter story and embark on another adventure. Having said that, though, I still quite enjoyed the movie and if nothing else, it left me eager for the next chapter.

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      20.12.2014 21:45
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      My absolute favorite bath bomb from lush EVER.

      The Lush golden wonder is a holiday edition bath bomb from Lush as you can probably tell it's a Christmas season bath bomb. I was purchasing products for family members and decided to get myself an early Christmas present. So many things attracted me to the golden wonder bath bomb, I was intrigued by the style and design of the bomb, the fact that it was a Christmas one got me excited and the gold colour of the bomb looked so nice I couldn't wait to run home and drop it in the bath tub.

      I also had to buy this product mainly because the lady at lush told me there is a 'suprise' inside the bomb when it dissolves in the bath and it rattled when i picked it up and shake it, so that was really unique and exciting. Really good for buying as a gift to some one or just for yourself. It has a really strong citrus smell to it also.

      I was even more suprised when i got it home and put it in the tub because it first started off fizzing yellow which then turned to a crazy dark blue colour, I had no idea it was any other colour but yellow and then it split in half and started releasing a pink colour i love it so much because it really does a lot more than some of the other bath bombs at lush and it is such a surprise when the bomb starts changing colours and breaking apart. Really excited just writing this review because it was so amazing.

      Just when i thought it couldn't get any better I noticed little confetti silver stars start to rise up in the bath which must have been the surprise in the middle of the bath bomb such a great touch and really quite amazing. I LOVE THIS BATH BOMB LUSH!!!

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      20.12.2014 21:44
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      • "Lots of fast paced dance tracks."

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      • "Some cheesy ballads"

      .A Super 1980's Dance Album

      This album was released at the tail end of the 1980's and it's a dance music classic, more so for those who experienced the hype around the group during this period. The London Boys were a high energy dancing duo with fantastic looks and passionate vocals singing tracks written and produced by German Ralf Rene Maue, whose association with Pete Waterman's Hit Factory helped propel the pair into the charts.

      The album contains 12 tracks with a mix of thumping club dance songs and cheesy pop ballads. The stand outs on the album include their hits 'London Nights' and 'Requiem'. The latter track is my particular favourite as it has a slightly dark feeling to it that distinguishes it from any similar dance tracks at the time. It is actually mixed with Gregorian chants which gives the track a very strange and spiritual feeling despite it having a typical 1980's synth beat. It also uses a spoken rap style chorus. It's a powerful, haunting and unforgettable song.

      There are a lot of fun tracks on the album such as 'The Midi Dance', an anthem to having a good time as well as 'Kimbalay Ma Ma Mama Say' which has a jaunty rhythm which hits every inch of your body.

      The softer tracks on the album aren't as powerful and are a little bit corny and overly sentimental. It's the kind of stuff that would only very young kids today would appreciate. A particularly nauseating ballad dedicated to 'Sandra' is perhaps the lowest point of the album.

      A lot of the tracks carry some very powerful messages and one that has always stuck with me since my youth is 'Harlem Desire' in which the duo sing about a desire for inner city peace and for re-education of youngsters indoctrinated into gun violence. The song is a real belter and it makes you want to sing, move and change the world!

      Sadly, The London Boys did not have a long career and their lives were cut short not long after having top ten success with several of the singles from this album. It's an album I love to play and I would hope that young people are still discovering it today.

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    • Lush Sexxx Bomb / Bath & Shower / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      20.12.2014 21:29
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      Love it, fizzy delight.

      One great ballistic in my opinion. I purchased my sex bomb bath bomb from my usual local lush store on a haul if I'm honest along with a bunch of other product I had purchased. I decided to buy this bath bomb due to the color alone as I usually buy based on scent and price. The sex bomb bath bomb I purchased was a lovely lilac and pink colour meshed together.

      The sex bomb ballistic has a max of Jasmine, clary sage, ylang ylang and soy milk. The soy milk helps the skin to soften and to produce a milky texture to the bath which helps separate the colours with in the bath which I think is really impressive plus who doesn't want to bath in soy milk? I love the blend with in this bath bomb the jasmine and ylang blend so well together producing such a sweet strong smell. I found this bath bomb dissolved very quickly compared to others and didn't have as much fizz on contact with the water and I love my fizzy bath bombs so thumbs down for that.

      When the bath bomb dissolves you are left with a rose pettle which I think is a cute addition to the bath bomb but really has no point in being there, most products from lush in bath bombs have a purpose such as sea weed to help the skin, sea salt to smooth skin but this pettle.. not so much? But cute touch. The bath water quickly changes to a smooth light pink which I love so much. Beautiful scent that lingers which I appreciate. Bought at the price of £3.20 great price!

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    • Lush Butterball Bath Ballistic / Bath & Shower / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      20.12.2014 21:16

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      great product!

      I am a complete 'Lushie' and have probably tried almost every bath product they sell. The lush butter ball bath bomb is one of my favorites. At first I didn't find this bath bomb very exciting compared to others it just looked plain and boring but I had to buy when I found out it was Vanilla scented! I love vanilla scented every thing. The bath bomb is completely white, rounded and quite small compared to other bath bombs.

      The bath bomb has cocoa butter in which is great for the skin and moisturizing so this was great to bath with because it made my skin so smooth and the scent of vanilla and cocoa butter lingered on my skin, one of my favorite products is cocoa butter and I was told that's why its called 'butter ball' just thought I'd mention that.

      The bath bomb it's self once put into the bath tub turns the water a milky white colour and I can't help but feel so relaxed and calmed when i get into the milky white water in the tub, I feel like cleo patra! The product has bit's inside - not quite sure what the bits where so sorry I can't comment on that aspect but the bath bomb is a real fizzer in the tub and creates lots of bubbles when applied whilst the tap is still running.

      The scent is so beautiful the vanilla really smells so sweet and last's so long on your skin and makes your body so soft due to the cocoa butter ingredient, this product helps people with dry skin also but can be used for anyone, I personally have bad dry skin and this bath bomb didn't really do much for the dry skin but that's the only bad thing I can say about the bath bomb. Costs £2.25 in stores so cheap but relatively a small sized bomb so hence the low price.

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    • Lush Big Blue Bath Ballistic / Bath & Shower / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      20.12.2014 21:00

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      Big blue lush bomb

      The Lush big blue bath bomb is one of those 'exactly what it says on the tin' products, its a bath bomb from Lush and it's blue which most people have probably gathered. The bath bomb contains small bits of sea weed and sea salt and is quite a large round bath bomb. It contains three different types of oils - lavender oil to relax, lemon oil to clear the mind and see weed and sea salt to soften the skin as I was told in the store when purchasing.

      For people who don't know what a bath bomb is or how it's used - you run your bath and add the bath bomb to the water either whilst it's running or when the tub is full, its completely up to you, you then can either use the whole bath bomb in one go by adding it to the water or separate parts and use on separate occasions.

      On contact with the water this bath bomb instantly turned the water a bright blue colour which looks so pretty and relaxing when in the bath, it also fizzes and bubbles for a very long time and took me around 5 minutes before the bomb had completely dissolved. The smell that the bath bomb gave off was a really fresh and very powerful scent of lavender. It lingered on my skin for such a long time and I didn't have any problems with this bath bomb staining my tub like other bath bombs Ive had from lush in the past.

      I bought this from my local Lush store for £3.20, i think it's a relatively decent price as you can seperate the bath bomb into many parts and use about 4/5 times like I did instead of using all at once, it is hard trying to seperate the bomb as it's stiff but i had no problem cutting it with a knife.

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    • My Top 10 Beauty Products / Discussion / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      20.12.2014 19:29
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      My Top ten beauty products

      1. Pore professional Primer by Benefit- This has to be my favourite ever primer, ive tried lots of primers but none of them are as good as the benefit one. You only need a tiny amount to cover all of your face. The primer has a nice smell to it which isn't to strong and it also makes my make-up go on flawlessly.

      2. W7 in the buff eye shadow palette - This make-up palette is excally like the Naked 2 but for a fraction of the price. The palette comes with a mixture of glittery and matte eye shadows, my current favourite is Dust which is a gold glittery colour.

      3. Vaseline original - Without this product i would constantly have dry lips!

      4. Barry m nail varnish - I love Barry m's nail varnish as they come in so many different shades, the nail varnishes also have a very long lasting time.

      5. MUA lipstick shade 11 - It still shocks me that the MUA lipsticks are only a pound when there so amazing, especially the shade 11 which is a dark pink colour.

      6. Batiste dry shampoo - This dry shampoo is so helpful on the days where i don't have time to do much with my hair. It gets rid of grease from your hair while adding volume. I would really recommend you try it.

      7. Collection Lasting perfection Concealer - Lots of people talk about this concealer buts its no surprise as its works amazingly for the price. I've tried dearer concealers but none of them have a good enough coverage.

      8. Rimmel London stay matte powder- This has been a favourite of mine for quite a while. The powder does what it says in the name, it makes your face stay matte all day long while making your make=up stay on.

      9. Simple Moisturiser- I love applying this moisturiser on in the mornings to wake me up. The moisturiser is not too thick which is what i like so much about it as with other moisturisers they can sometimes feel very heavy on the skin.

      10. Eyeko skinny black eye-liner - Many people rave about this eye liner. The eye-liner lasts on your skin all day long and the brush is also small which helps you to apply it as flawlessly as possible.

      I hope you liked my top ten beauty products :)

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      20.12.2014 17:12
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      grapefruit smelling gel

      The happy hippy shower gel is a fruity shower gel it has fresh pink grape fruit juice and grape fruit water in the product along with other different oils. It has a really tangy zesty sweet smell to it and I really enjoy using this shower gel in the morning when I have a shower because the smells really wake me up it's so invigorating.

      The happy hippy is a clear yellow type liquid and the way I use this is by simply squirting a tiny bit onto a luffer scrubber and lather it up. I find I only need to use a tiny bit because it lathers up so much and is enough to cover my entire body. A 250ml costs me £5.95 and last's me around 6 weeks which is great value for money and just goes to show how so little can last such a long time and it's such a small price to pay for an amazing product.

      I also found the product has a lingering effect on my skin for hours after a shower.. I expect this from lush though because almost all there product have great smells that last long on the skin. On the bottle it says 'the ultimate gel to keep you up in the morning' and it really does, I love using this product in the morning it smells so great and wakes you up with the sweet citrus scent.

      Over all opinion - lovely smell, great product for morning showers or baths and lasts so long only needing a small amount per wash.

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    • Lush Skin Drink / Skin Care / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      20.12.2014 16:53
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      not a brilliant scent but worked a treat

      The skin drink is a skin moisturizer for all skin types and what it does is sinks into your skin in order to revitalize skin cells and prevent the skin from drying out. I bought this product and found it so helpful during the summer time when my skin is at it's driest and causes my skin to flake. I found the product put so much moisture back into my skin and made my skin appear much smoother and healthier.

      The skin drink is of a light brown almost a beige coloured cream and much thicker than most other moisturizers from Lush, I bought myself a tub that was £10.95 for a 45g tub which wasn't much really and I thought this product was quite pricey. Although I do love this product I have to say the cream was very oily and heavy I prefer my creams to be light on the face and the oily greasy texture did sometime cause my skin to become quite greasy looking afterwards which was the downside to this product.

      Some people may like the more oily products especially for skin in order to redirect moisture back into the skin, but personally I found that it made my skin have a greasy appearance and took a lot of washing to take this out of my face. Although I was happy with the end results of the product I probably wouldn't buy again for this reason.

      The scent is also pretty bad as well, I wouldn't have bought the product if It was down to smell because I thought it smelt like mushrooms and bad food you really don't want your skin to smell like this.

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      20.12.2014 16:51
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      • "Great for sensitive skin"

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      Baisc product with best results

      I normally purchase from the Simple range and when they didn't have the facial wash I was looking for this was recommended by a member of staff.
      I did try and was so surprised at how good it was. A basic looking range I probably would not have tried if not pointed out to me
      The product really lifted the dirt that had built up through travelling in London and removed the makeup to leave my skin feeling refreshed, cleansed and ready for another day.
      I would highly recommend this product for those that have sensitive skin as this didn't aggravate my skin at all or cause any blemishes. I let the product sink into my skin a bit longer than normal to really work this in thinking I might need too, but this is a dermatological tested product and it still left my skin soft and not dried out at all.
      The price was only £1.50 on offer in boots and there is a cream to apply if you want to get the whole treatment but this alone was well worth it from Boots.

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    • Lush Angels On Bare Skin / Skin Care / 2 Readings / 1 Rating
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      20.12.2014 16:42
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      lovely face scrub

      The angels on bare skin is a cleansing scrub product that comes in a tub container the weight I bought was 100g for around £6.50. I wanted something that would really clean the skin on my face and the woman at Lush told me this was the best product for me that would suit my needs. The cleansing scrub promotes the removal of dry skin and cleansing. I personally loved this scrub for my dry skin.

      The product it self smells like lavender and has small amounts of lavender in the scrub mix. The scrub is a sandy golden brown colour and has a really rough sand and gritty crumbly texture to it and this I found really helped to get down into my skin and clean out my pours and removed dead skin cells visibly on my face. Once you mix the product with water it becomes more of a soft watery consistency which is then much easier to apply to the face.

      I found this product a treat, it left the skin on my face in much better condition, it does exactly what it says on the tin by clearing up and helping dry skin on the facial area. It wasn't to rough on the face and didn't leave my skin red and sore to the touch like other facial scrub products have done in the past which I really admired and the smell was so beautiful and sweet, the lavander wasn't to strong and didn't cause any irritation to my facial area. It's also so easy to remove from your face.

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      20.12.2014 16:38

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      Another great product from the clear difference range.

      This is a part of the'CLEAR DIFFERENCE' range from Estee Lauder and is a product that I find has really helped balance my skin and reduce the blemishes.
      I must confess I've never tried gel's before simply because it seems to me that it would clog up oily or spot prone skin. However, this really calmed my skin and tightened up pores without drying out my skin.
      The product has a cooling effect and I found you only need a small amount of the gel to apply to your skin, it sinks in really well, with warm water rinse and feel the difference in the oil control on your skin after just one wash.

      The product is not the same as the others in this range, which is a white liquid form but this looks almost like an exfoliator and not the greatest of looking products in colour but it is really effective from a great brand.

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    • Lush Ultrabland / Skin Care / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      20.12.2014 16:32
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      brilliant product.

      The Lush ultra bland is a cleansing balm and it's purpose is to moisturize and promote healthy skin eliminating dead skin cells on the facial area or any other body area you want to use it on, but this was suggested to me for my facial area. You apply the ultrabland by simply either steaming your face first or washing your face with a wet rag or face towel, then you apply the cream to your face, any where you want I was told in the Lush store you can apply this cream around your eye area and there will be no irritation which is great.

      You take a rag and wash or wipe the cream off when you are finished after leaving the product on your face for around 10 to 15 minutes. It really easy to use and so simple to apply and remove the cream, it doesn't dry stiff to your face like some creams tend to do and leaves your face feeling so fresh and soft to the touch which is why I really rate this product a five dooyoo stars.

      It's a great product for people who have sensitive skin like me as it's not perfumed cream and it is really subtle and light on your skin. It's also great for dry skin which is another problem the cream promotes, I suffer really bad dry skin in areas around my brows and nose line by using the product it has worked wonders on my skin.

      It has a really delicate scent to the cream which is brilliant because you don't want anything to harsh for your face, it has beesewax in the cream and this really helps to pull out all the bad stuff in your pours and clear your skin up nicely. This product comes in a tub and is a white colour with creamy thin texture which makes the cream easy to spread across the affected skin area. The cream costs £10.75 for a 100g pot but can be bought in smaller sizes for cheaper.

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      20.12.2014 15:58
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      Advantages

      • "The plants are very healthy"
      • "They are easy to grow"
      • "They grow very big and beautiful sunflowers"

      Disadvantages

      • "There are no disadvantages"

      Suttons giant sunflower seeds

      WHAT IS IT?

      These are seeds that you plant to grow large yellow sunflowers.

      HOW DO YOU USE THEM?

      You plant the seeds into your garden as soon as it has stopped being frosty at night. You can start off your sunflowers in pots but I think it is better to plant them straight out into the garden because if you have to take them out of the pot when they have started growing then you might damage the plant or give it stress.

      They need to be planted in an area that has alot of direct sunshine and the roots spread on a healthy plant so you should take some time to prepare the soil before you plant the seeds.

      WHAT I THINK

      My children like to grow sunflowers in the summer and I am happy for them to do it because I think they make the garden look very beautiful and teach my children a little bit about nature also. Last year I bought the seeds from a company that is called Suttons but I have bought them from many other companies in the past and chose Suttons only because I was placing an order with them.

      The seeds grew fast because we had alot of sun in the spring and our sunflowers bloomed a little bit earlier than usual also. The flowers were very large and the plants grew so that they were very tall and one of them reached as tall as 10 feet tall. The plants were all very healthy and I was happy about that, we planted ten seeds last year and we had nine plants and I think that is very good because the tenth only only did not grow because my husband bent and damaged the stem one day when he was watering the garden.

      ANYTHING ELSE

      A packet that has got 50 sunflowers seeds in it costs £1.99 and I think that is value even though we did not need so many seeds.

      5 Dooyoo Hearts.

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