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      13.03.2013 15:37
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      Beautiful fragrance but needs to last longer on skin

      I have never really been a fan of citrus-type aftershaves as I have always found them too 'lemoney' and a bit too perfume like for my taste so when I received a bottle of Molton Brown Fresh Bushukan Citrus Splash for Christmas I wasn't overly in a hurry to use it.

      It has almost been three months since I recieved this product and has been sat boxed up on my shelf until I ran out of my usual fragrance that I decided to give this a go. I have always been a massive fan of Molton Brown for their products and for their ethics as a company, I'm a huge fan on their black pepper range so I was willing to try any of their products.

      Indeed, the Citrus Splash does have that sweet and lemon like fragrance but it is not overpowering and does not smell like a floor cleaner like a lot of citrus type products do. The 'Bushukan' citrus smell is not too overpowering but it is certainly zesty and will give you a real kick first thing in the morning. The aftershave also gives off a nice musky/woody type smell simillar of that to the Black Pepper fragrance, I think this element of the product is what makes me like it so much because it balances out the citrus smell.

      There is one massive flaw to this product though, and it is common among other Molton Brown aftershaves, is that the smell just does not last very long. Sometimes when I spray it on me I stop smelling it after an hour which is such a shame as I love the smell of this product. I have been using it more recently alongside the Molton Brown Citrus Bushukan Body Wash which smells just as good and the smell stays on the skin for ages.

      I love Molton Brown but until they can make sure the product lasts longer on your skin then I won't fork out the £40 on a bottle of this. Ultimately I cannot fault the smell of it, that would give me 5/5 but the flaw lets it down sadly.

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    • Aussiebum Underwear / Clothing / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      10.03.2013 21:22
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      Great brand, Great product. Great.

      Aussiebum is the leading line for mens underwear and swimwear in Australia and it's pretty big over here too! The most commen and easiest way of purchasing their products here in the UK is via their website which sells all their products including their leisurewear, sportswear, loungewear and accessories.

      Aussiebum rely hugely on their website for the worldwide sales as they do not have a 'Aussiebum' shop anywhere in the world. In the U.K you can buy a limited number of aussiebum procuts from House of Fraser and Selfridges but to see the whole range you must use the website.

      I first became aware of this company about four years ago when reading a Mens Health magazine and they were reviewing some 'fashionable' underwear for men. I was instantly drawn to their review of an aussiebum product (it was a purple trunk with a thick waistband with the Ab logo and stars on it). I went straight online and had a look through their products and was impressed with their bright and colourful selection. The good news was that they shipped worldwide and it was free postage at the time (although I believe it is now permanent from P&P now) so I decided to order myself a few pairs.

      Aussiebum underwear can be a little bit expensive but you are paying for the brand name and the quality of the product. I've been using the company for a couple of years now and have purchase around 10 different pieces of underwear from them. I have yet to be dissapointed by any of my purchases. The online website allows you to convert the australian dollors into pound sterling so you know how much you are going to pay, prices range from about £18-28 per trunk but in my opinion it is well worth it.

      Male underwear has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years and more and more men are become more 'fashionable' with their underwear purchase. Aussiebum like to use 'fit', 'toned' and 'muscled' men to model their products and I believe they have a huge gay following due to their use of attractive adonis like models. That's not to say that you would be seen as 'gay' if you were to wear these products. Aussiebum use the slogan 'If you doubt yourself wear something else' when they send you your order, so wear with confidence! I would say their target audience is defintley guys in their 20's and 30's who are in good shape, either toned or muscular. I wouldn't advise purchasing if you're overweight as personally I don't think designer underwear suits people who are big.

      Anyway, if you are looking for some decent underwear to buy, then I would really reccomend them. They are confortable to wear, keeps everything 'together' and definite feel good clothing. If I had to make a criticism I would say that they tend to not 'update' their range as often as I like, they have some really nice underwear on their website. I have yet to check out their other products though but if i'm half as impressed as I am with their underwear then i'll love what else they've got to offer!

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    • Lush Cosmetic Lad / Skin Care / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      10.03.2013 20:41
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      Not a bad product. Worth treating your skin!

      If you've ever walked past a Lush store and have been put off by the feminine smell that is often quite overpowering you may be shocked to find out that they also do a couple of men-only products. Their main male beauty product comes under the name of 'Cosmetic Lad' which is a moisturiser for the male population.

      I had only became aware of this product when I was scouring the Lush website looking for a birthday gift box from Lush for my girlfriend and for some reason this popped up. It currently retails at £11.50 for a 50g pot. Some of the ingredients included in the product are; almond oil, aloe vera, lavender honey water, cocoa butter, fresh wheatgrass juice, shea butter, tangerine oil, african marigold oil and a whole lot more. So plenty of natural and good ingredients that Lush is widely known for.

      The product itself is a cold fresh thick paste which you can apply evenly on your face. It gives off a nice fresh smell although I wouldn't say it isn't a feminine smell it's not overly masculine either, I get the scent of vanilla with a slight fruity smell. I have to say though that it isn't as nice to apply compared to some of the more expensive brands that I have used in the past. It does have a 'cold and sticky' feel to it when it is first applied so takes a while for it to settle in onto the skin and feel more natural.

      However, saying that, for what it is, is does do a pretty excellent job keeping my skin fresh all day. The smell is long lasting too, even after several hours of applying I can still smell the product on my skin and it is a nice natural smell too. The 50g pot is quite a small size so in my opinion it doesn't last too long but it depends how generous you want to use it. I often use it as an aftershave balm too which helps soothe my irritated skin.

      Overall, it is one of my favourite products from Lush, although they are very limited in the kind of things they do for their male customers this is defintly a good purchase.

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      08.03.2013 23:57
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      Bit dissapointing but cheap enough though.

      I was browsing the Lush Website one evening, hoping to purchase my usual Cosmetic Lad moisturiser when i cam across the Woosh Jelly soap. I was intrigued about it and it was only a couple of quid I thought i'd give it a go.

      The product came in the usual black tub that Lush is known for and if I wouldn't know any better I would have said it was jelly you could actually eat. It was only when I smelt it that I got that scented 'aqua' freshness.

      When using the product I found it quite hard to wash with. Unlike shower gel that you can put on a sponge, this jelly tends to fall off once water hits it and it doesn't lather up into a soap like it says it does when you rub it onto your skin. Also I found that the product didn't smell as strong once in the shower. In the end I think I only managed 3 showers before the product was used up. I did however feel clean but didn't get that freshly showered scent that you normally do after a good wash.

      I do like Lush and some of their products are amazing but I won't be in any hurry to try the Jelly Soap again.

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    • Candy Crush Saga / Apps / 7 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      08.03.2013 23:42
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      Can ease boredom!

      I'm not really one to play games on my Android, I think I only have about 3 gaming apps on their at the minute. Anyhow, I noticed a lot of people talk about the Candy Crush Saga game for ages and also noticed that it is continually and #1 on the Google Play Store under the Free App's category. So, spending the day in bed nursing a hangover I decided to take a quick sneak peak at the game. No harm there? After all a lot of people are saying it's like Bejewelled Blitz and that isn't that addictive.

      Indeed it is like Bejewelled Blitz involving 'Candy' istead of 'Jewels'. However unlike that game, Candy Crush takes on a more challenging role. You start out in 'CandyLand' at Level 1 and have to solve a typical puzzle by matching three of the same sweets together. Pretty simple as that's what you do in Bejewelled Blitz, but this game has different types of gaming.

      For example, in one game selection you may be asked to score a certain amount within a certain amount of time. There are +5 Jewels in this game which adds 5 extra seconds to your game if you match three of the same colour.

      In another game you are required to 'bring down' some items (such as Cherries) from the top of the game right to the bottom. Something that you don't do in BB. Another game involves Jelly, which is where the game is covered in jelly blocks and these blocks need to be 'smashed' before you can advance futher and you're only given a certain number of moves before you lose. So far i'm on level 35 and this game type is the hardest. I've spend 2 weeks on this level alone, but it is so addictive that I can't put it down.

      You are only given a maximum of 5 lives (unless you request some from Facebook or buy some) and after that you have wait around 30 minutes for another life to be added to your account. As I said before, it can take days or weeks to complete one level and bear in mind there are now over 200 levels of this game so it's going to take some commitment.

      Overall, it's a quality game, well designed and easy to play. I guess it can be frustrating when you can't complete a level and I don't agree with buying stuff with real money so won't do it that way.

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      08.03.2013 23:21
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      Brilliant and clever show with many twists and shocks along the way

      After my current favourite TV show 'Fringe' ended after 5 seasons I was stuck for something else to watch. I saw 'Once Upon A Time' season 1 DVD going cheap and thought I would give it a go. Buying TV Series DVD sets is a favourite pastime of mine, and I have so many that I didn't actually watch the DVD until about 2 months from buying it!

      Anyway, 'Once Upon A Time' is a fantasy drama series about your favourite fairly tale characters. When I read the synopsis for the series I was a bit unsure about it, would it work? would it be any good? It is written by a couple of the guys who did 'Lost' and that was a great series (early on in the set) so I decided the give it a try.

      The Plot (Without giving too much away):

      In Fairy Tale land, the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) is plotting revenge over her land after her step daughter Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) awakens from her evil sleeping curse and marries Prince Charming (Josh Dallas). Queen Regina has been long after revenge on Snow White after an incident in her earlier years which she blames Snow for. The Evil Queen has decided that everybody must be punished and sets about a curse that will destroy the Fairy Tale land. The Queen is planning to take everybody from the Fairy Tale land and take them all to a place where there is no magic and where their memories will be wiped forever. Upon learning about this curse Snow White and Prince Charming set about trying to stop the Queen and seek advice from a rather shady character Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle). He has his own issues with the Queen and tells a pregnant Snow and Prince that the curse will not be broken from 28 years and their unborn daughter will be their saviour. Snow and Prince are told that their daughter, when she is born, must be sent through to 'our' land via a magic wardrobe and they'll not see her for 28 years. Faced with this heartbreaking decision, Snow and Prince place the newly born daughter into the wardrobe and pray for the best. Just as the curse is about to take place Prince Charming is fatally stabbed.

      The next part of the story involves a young boy named Henry turning up at a woman's house claiming to be his son. Emma Swann is shocked that the boy she gave up for adoption 10 years ago has now showed up and agrees to take him back home to a town called Storybrook. On the car journey home, Henry reveals a book full of Fairy Tales and claims to Emma that she is the only one who can lift this curse. Emma instantly rejects the claims and returns Henry to his adopted mother, who he hates. Viewers can see that his adoptive mother is the Storybrook Mayer, otherwise known as Regina (The Evil Queen). After a couple of encounters with the locals, Emma decides to stick around for a while...The following morning time has started to move for the first time in 28 years.

      In Storybrook, time hasn't moved for 28 years. All the residents have false memories and have not aged since being placed under the curse. Snow White is now a timid School Teacher known as Mary Margaret, Prince Charming is now a John Doe after being in hospital unconscious for the past 28 years, Rumplestiltsin is the local Antique/Property dealer known as Mr Gold (get it?). Many questions need answering and will be answered throughout the season such as who knows about the curse?


      After watching the Pilot episode, I managed to watch a further 3 in a row as I was instantly hooked. I never thought this show would be my thing but it's clever, fast pacing and has some great cliffhangers. The main plot is well thoughtout, the characters are complex. Unlike Lost the story doesn't drag on too long and the finale reaches a fantastic conclusion which sets about a change for Season 2.

      I love the little twists the show takes on classic fairytales, for example, it's safe to assume that in this programmy Grumpy is the 'leader' of the severn dwarves, not 'Doc' like in the classic tales. Rumplestiltskin is a fascinating character too and I like what they have done with him regarding several other fairytale characters too (think Beauty and The Beast). The show introduces many fairy tale characters throughout the season. It is also a bit like Lost in the way that each episode tends to have a 'flashback' episode as to when a Storybrook character was in their Fairy Tale land and these Flashbacks tend to pose more questions too. You find, for example, what made the Evil Queen the way she is. On a different note, I love the Evil Queen, just when you think she's showing some signs of redemption, she tricks you and goes back to her evil ways. I still don't buy that she's 100% evil though judging by some of the Evil Queen centric episodes later on in the season.

      I don't have many negatives about the show either. The casting is great although I would say that I find Prince Charming a bit of a wimp compared to the expectation of this hero, although a twist in around episode 8 or 9 may explain that. Also, some characters you see for one episode and never see again (ie Hansel and Gretal) so it seems strange that they have a H&G centric episode and they're not heard from again. Also, you may find that the 'main' story arc gets a bit slow pacing every now and then. For the majority of the show you are willing for Emma to believe the curse, but to be fair to the writers, would you actually believe fairy tale characters are living among us?

      I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoy watching this show. It has the same basis as Lost but it is not as complicated and suitable for the whole family. If you're looking for a fantasy drama then look at this!

      Roll on Season 2!

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      • swagbucks.com / Internet Site / 19 Readings / 14 Ratings
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        01.03.2013 00:24
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        Extra money

        I started using Swagbucks in April 2012 on and off to the present day. Somebody suggested I used it to earn a bit of extra income whilst I was searching for graduate jobs at the same time. Swagbucks is basically a website which involves doing several tasks for swagbucks. Once you have enough Swagbucks in your account you can trade them in for cash or vouchers.

        There are many things you can do on Swagbucks and it is fairly easy to make £25 per month in Amazon vouchers. I usually cash in my points for a £5 Amazon Voucher which costs 849 points.

        To earn Swagbucks on the site there are quite a few activities to take part in. For example, there is a Daily Poll which gives you 1 Swagbuck for answering. By installing the Swagbucks Toolbar onto your browser will give you 1 Swagbuck everyday (that works out at 365 for a year for doing absolutely nothing). There are also the NOSO offers where you 'skip' several advertisments and by the end you are awared 2 Swagbucks. These tasks may seem pointless because they offer minimal Swagbucks but they take seconds to do and doing it everyday will soon add up overall.

        Swagbucks also have their own special toolbar which occasionally awards a random amount of Swagbucks by doing searches. You can win a maximum of two times per day and the Swagbucks they offer you are random. I've had probably 7 Swagbucks as the lowest from searching but other searches have given me up to 50 Swagbucks.

        The main way of earning Swagbucks is by doing their Daily Survey, if you complete one you will be awarded 70 Swagbucks. You can only do one Daily Survey per day and sometimes they are hit and miss. You may not qualify for it, but they may search for another one for you to do. Occasionally you may end up getting a survey that is mind-numbingly boring and long. I've had surveys sometiems that have taken around 1 hour to complete, and when you work out whether the 70 Swagbucks is worth it for the monetry value you thing is it really worth it.

        There is also a page of Trusted Surveys which you can enter alongside the Daily Survey. The amount of Swagbucks rewared vary from survey to survey. I've had surveys for as little as 88 Swagbucks but as high as 500 Swagbucks on some surveys.

        There are several video's on the main page which reward you 1 Swagbuck for watching them.

        Swagbucks have recently introduces a Shop section where you earn Swagbucks by shopping online. It's similar to online cashback sites but you earn Swagbucks instead. I have yet to use them. There is also a 'Special Offers' section on the site which you can earn swagbucks by purchasing from several websites or sign up to something. I do occasionally take part in some of these but i'd warn you to be careful with somem of the obscure companies.

        You can play games for Swagbucks and watch videos through Swagbucks TV. I tend not to do this though as I don't have time.

        Once you have enough Swagbucks you can trade them in for Cash or Vouchers, as Swagbucks in an American company, I think the most valued things you can use your Swagbucks for are for the Cash (through PayPal) or Amazon vouchers. I choose the Amazon Vouchers at 849SB for £5 as it is slightly cheaper than £5 cash.

        Overall, I have found Swagbucks to be a really good site, it won't make you rich but you can earn some pocket money on there. I've been doing it on and off since April 2012 and have earned around £130 in Amazon Vouchers through Swagbucks alone. When I do Swagbucks I only really spend 30 minutes online and have earned sometimes £25 in a month with Amazon vouchers.

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        • Apple iPod classic 120 GB / MP3 Player / 8 Readings / 7 Ratings
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          22.02.2013 23:23
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          Cannot live without it!

          I am currently on my second iPod Classic 120 GB version, the first one that I bought lasted me 4 years until the battery charger on the bottom of it wouldn't charge up when I plugged in the adapter so I decided to invest in a new mp3 player. It wasn't a hard or time consuming decision to buy another iPod classic as I was really impressed with the model that I had previously bought.

          The iPod Classic comes in two colours, white or black. The first one I had was white so I decided to get the black one my second one. You can store thousands and thousands of songs on the 120GB iPod. Just to point out, I currently have around 6000 songs on my iPod and according to the settings, it is telling me that I have used only 37.9GB with 110GB still remaining. You obviously can add Video and Photo's to your iPod but i've yet to do that.

          The Cover Flow features is excellent if you want to find an album. You just touch the circle to 'flick' through albums based on their cover art. I have never used the Genius feature but I guess if you're looking to play a certain selection of simillar songs then it is perfect.

          Using iTunes along with your iPod in a necessity in my opinion. I'm a bit OCT with regards to my songs/albums and playlists. They all have to have their cover art featured, the titles have to be clear, all the song information has to be filled in. I guess if you're like me and you like everything to look 'tidy', iTunes is fantastic in letting you rearrange your songs and making it 'neater'.

          Unfortunatly the iPod Classic does not have 'apps' stored onto it which is a shame as the iPod touch does but it doesn't have as much storage space for your songs so you need to question whether you prefer a large capacity for your music, or if you have a smaller music collection and want to buy apps then go for the iPod touch.

          As much as I love my iPod I have found one criticism, the problem that I am having is that when I buy new songs and want to sync them on my iPod I have noticed the it sometimes crashes when I connect my iPod to my laptop, this results in my rebooting the iPod almost every single time I want to sync my iPod which can be annoying. To be fair, I don't know whether the problem is directly with my iPod or whether it is down to my laptop or iTunes being faulty.

          Overall, the iPod classic 120 GB is a worthy investment. It may see a bit pricey, but if you have a large music and video collection and you would like it all stored on one device which is easy to use and manage then this is defintly worth buying. I can't fault it.

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          Really unimpressive place. Doesn't make me want to shop in Nottingham.

          I have lived in Nottinghamshire all my life so the Broad Marsh Shopping Centre has been there and I have seen so many changes throughout the years and unfortunately not for the best.

          Nottingham has two indoor shopping centres in the city centre, the Broad Marsh and the Victoria Centre, I would say the Victoria Centre is the more popular of the two, bigger and generally busier. However, it too does have it's faults and I shall probably tie in some of these with my Broad Marsh review.

          The Broad Marsh is situated right next to Nottingham Bus Station and is two storeys tall with a car park. Car Parking prices are reasonable. Upon entering from the Bus Station end you are greeted with a Arcade store and a Budgens cheap frozen food shop. Not really ideal for first time visitors is it? There are several well known High Street shops in the shopping centre, Wilkinsons, Argos, Boots (although this is a mini store), B.H.S and also a lot of basic 'cheap' stores. The lighting also doesn't do the Broad Marsh any favours, it just gives off a 'mucky' vibe.

          The Broad Marsh was once a hive of activity with plenty of shoppers but these days you can totally feel the lack of trade/customers. There used to be stalls (Smoothie Carts, Donut Makers etc) but these have gone too. Nowadays all you see in LoveFilm, Gold Sellers and Anti-Smoking gadgets.

          I also think both The Broad Marsh and Victoria Centre are so outdated and dirty. I often visit other City Indoor Centres (Trafford, Meadowhall, Bullring) and notice that although these are probably more busier than the Nottingham Centres, they are also much more modern and and cleaner. It's a shame because I love Nottingham but it is so far behind the other cities that it makes me want to move away from here and do my shopping somewhere else.

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          15.02.2013 21:40
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          Brilliant product

          Most of the floors in my house are covered in either laminate flooring or tiles, in fact it is only the landing area that actually has a carpet in it. I have often toyed with the idea of getting a steam mop, after spending ages using a mop and bucket to go over the floor, I thought there must be something more simpler to use.

          After looking at several online reviews, I decided that the Vax S2 Hard Floor Steam Cleaner was the one that suited me. Most of the reviews were positive and it was failry priced at £64.99 at Curry's so I decided to treat myself.

          Setting up the cleaner is simple to do, you need to attatch the 'floor' bit to the main body with the screws provided and also the long handle to the main body. The water tank simply 'clicks' onto the relevent area. You are also given two cleaning pads to use.

          The first thing to strike me after setting it up was just how light it was. I was expecting it to be quite heavy but it's perfect and ideal if you need to carry it upstairs. Operating the cleaner is also very simple. You simply fill the water in the tank and leaving for several seconds, once the red light comes it, that means that you can now use it to steam your floors.

          First time that I used it I had a 'Is this actually working' thought. The red light came on and as I started cleaning the floor there didn't seem to be any steam coming out of it, nor did the floors look like they were 'wet'. Thankfully, it did take an extra while longer than when the light came on for it to really kick in.

          Another good thing about this product is that the floor dries within seconds. When I used to mop the floor with water it would take ages to get the floors dry. The cleaning cloths also show how much dirt has been removed from the floor. I was suprised, I mopped my floors every day but it still picked up an incredible amount of dirt on the cleaning cloths.

          Overall, it is definitly something I would recommend. It is very thorough with the cleaning and feels good knowing that my floors have had a good clean. The only downside I have about the product is that two cleaning cloths are not enough. I think you need a cloth per room for this product and it picks up an incredible amount of dirt (I don't have a mucky house). The cloths are machine washable but are quite expensive to buy seperatly.

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          Great album.

          P!nk returned in 2012 with her 6th album 'The Truth About Love'. It was her first album since giving birth to her daughter Willow the previous year and with a title like that you may have thought she had bought out an album full of 'love songs' about being a mother.

          Luckily, if you thought that then you would be mistaken. The thing with P!nk is that she knows what she's good at and she tends to stick with it. Aside from her first R&B album 'Can't Take Me Home', her follow-up albums have all tended to stick with the pop-rock type of songs. Some people may think that she needs to change her style and that all her songs are starting to sound the same. I totally disagree. 'The Truth About Love' isn't anything new from P!nk, but it is still full of brilliant songs.


          Are We All We Are - A great opener for the album. Rocky and angry with a strong chorus. (8/10)

          Blow Me (One Last Kiss) - You'll have heard this, considering Capital FM must play it about 100 times a day. Great pop track, that is P!nk all over. Follows the same vibe as her other 'lead' singles (Stupid Girls, So What, Raise Your Glass) (8/10).

          Try - At the time of writing this review, this was the second single. It's a slower paced track with a beautiful powerful chorus. An instant album highlight. (10/10)

          Just Give Me A Reason - This features Nate Reuss from fun. It has that fun. feel to it. It's a ballad where they both share an equal amount of vocals. Brilliant. (10/10).

          Truelove - Another feature, this time Lily Allen takes a turn on it. It's a nice love song, but has that P!nk lyrical twist in it ("I hate every single stupid word you say", "You're an assh*** but I love you") (9/10).

          How Come You're Not Here - Loud and shouty. Great song to turn up loudly too. The only problem I have with this song is that awful lyric about "storing nuts like a squirrel" (8/10).

          Slut Like You - A lot of people love this song. It's edgy and I could defintly see this doing well but would radio play it with a title like that? (8/10).

          The Truth About Love - This has a very 60's feel to it. Kind of motown but not quite. P!nk is venting and listing all the things that are true about love ("The truth about love comes at 3am, you wake up f*cked up and you grab a pen...") I really love this song and it's one of the standouts (10/10).

          Beam Me Up - The first real ballad on the album and this one is a little heartbreaker. Any P!nk fan knows the subject behind the song and you can really feel the emotion she's putting into singing this song (8/10).

          Walk Of Shame - This is FUN!!! It's about the 'morning after the night before'. It's kind of a throwaway pop song but it works so well. I would love this to be a single, radio would lap this song up (10/10).

          Here Comes The Weekend - Could be a bit of an anthem this one. Has a monster of a chorus and features a rap from Eminem so I wouldn't be surprised if this was a future single (8/10).

          Where Did The Beat Go - This song has a very light R&B sound to it, something you may have heard on 'Can't Take Me Home'. It's nice she's gone back to doing something like this (7/10).

          The Great Escape - Another real ballad to close of the album. If you like your P!nk ballads then you'll love this (6/10).

          Overall:

          This is a great pop album from P!nk, probably my favourite of her actually. There's not a bad song on here whatsoever. Definitly buy it!

          Top 5 Tracks to Download:

          1. Walk Of Shame
          2. The Truth About Love
          3. Try
          4. Just Give Me A Reason
          5. Truelove

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          31.01.2013 00:29
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          All I Wanna Do is have some fun!

          Sheryl Crow, I'm sure most of you have heard of her. Some of you may know one, two or maybe three of her singles (Everyone must know 'All I Wanna Do'). However, in my opinion Sheryl Crow is one of the most talented and inspirational singers and songwriters yet here in the U.K she does not get much recognition.

          2003 saw Crow release her first Greatest Hits album, featuring most of the singles from the first four albums (Tuesday Night Music Club, Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions and 'Cmon Cmon). The album contains 17 songs including some of her best known songs, but also some of her lesser known singles which in my mind are just as good as, or if not better than the most successful songs.

          With Sheryl it's hard to define her to one single genre of music, she's definitly a 'pop' star, but there are elements of 'country', 'rock', 'folk' and 'alternative' to some of her songs. Her Greatest Hits package has a mixture of these songs.

          'All I Wanna Do' probably her best known song in the UK. It oozes a catchy chorus and is a bit of a feel-good anthem.

          'Soak Up The Sun' is another anthemic 'feel good' track. It has that Californication summery Beach Boys vibe to it.

          'My Favourite Mistake' is moody, alternative, very 90's sounding. yet instant. This is one of her best songs.

          'The First Cut Is The Deepest' is THAT cover version. Not a bad effort, I actually prefer Sheryls version to the original.

          'Everyday Is A Winding Road' is another of her well known hits. Catchy and very 90's sounding. Something you probably still hear on Heart FM.

          'Leaving Las Vegas' was her first single. Didn't do that well in the UK.

          'Strong Enough' another of her earlier unsuccessful singles here in the UK. Quite a country ballard-ey type track.

          'Light In Your Eyes' - Quite a poppy song. Feel good.

          'If It Makes You Happy' - Powerful, Rock/Pop Angry Alternative. Amazing.

          'Run Baby Run' kind of blue-sey. Epic song.

          'Picture' - Duet with Kid-Rock, lovely two-hander country ballad. Probably the most country sounding song so far on this album. Was released overseas but sadly not here which is a shame because it would have done quite well.

          'Cmon Cmon' - "break my heart again for old times sake", features The Corrs (remember them). This wasn't a single so not sure why it's on the album. Nice little pop song about breaking up.

          'A Change Would Do You Good' - Very 90's. Was released in the era of angry female singers (Alanis etc).

          'Home' - Warm country ballad. Dreamy.

          'There Goes The Neighbourhood' - Rocky and alternative with a kick ass chorus 'Sunshine Sally and Peter Ustanov don't like the scene anymore, I dropped acid on a Saturday night just to see what the fuss was about'.

          'I Shall Believe' - The only song on the album that i'm not too fond of. A slow song, and boring.

          'Let's Get Free' - Nice enough song.

          Overall:

          This album showcases Sheryls Greatest Hits. It has a mix of her styles on the record although there are several of her singles missing (from when this album was released) like 'Anything But Down' 'Steve McQueen' and 'Hard To Make A Stand'.

          If you want to explore Sheryls music then this would be a good place to start. It has the most radio-friendly stuff on it and these days it's only a couple of quite so defintly worth a purchase. Give it a go!

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          31.01.2013 00:07
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          Well worth the money

          I first started using the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel about a year ago when I bought the product in Selfridges at the Trafford Centre in Manchester. I had never used Dermalogica before but I had heard reviews (mostly positive) about their range of skincare products.

          I don't suffer from eczema or any other skin condition but have occasionally oily skin and i'm in the mid-20's. This product came in a 50ml bottle and cost me about £25. Quite expensive but I do believe these higher end products do have a great effect on maintaining good skin.

          Anyway, this product is fragrance and soap free. What I first noticed when I usd the product was that you only need a pea-size amount which when added with water builds up into a nice lather. I tend to use this product just once a day, mostly in the morning in the shower to give the skin a good clean before I apply moisturiser. I don't feel like there is any need to wash the face with soap after you've used this product as you instantly noticed that clean and fresh feeling.

          I honestly can't fault this product whatsoever. You notice that 'clean' feeling almost straight away but after a few weeks of using this product every day you will start to see the effects. I've had many comments on how 'good my skin' is compared to other guys (yes i'm male, bit of a metro-sexual).

          It may be pricey, but it is a longlastic product and defintly worth the money.

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          24.01.2013 00:06
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          Defintly worth purchasing!

          I bought this product online via The Body Shop website just as a 'treat' really and I was intrigued by what the Vitamin C Skin 'Reviver' did. The bright orange packaging was a massive standout on the website and the packaging really was one of the things that drew my attention to the product so I decided to buy some. It cost me £14 for a 30ml push bottle of the product.

          When the item arrived I was really looking forward to using it. As I pressed some of the 'gel' like liquid onto my hands I noticed a the quite strong scent of the reviver. The best way I could describe the smell would be 'orange-y' or 'citrus-y', obviously keeping in line with the Vitamin C aspect of the product. It's obviously quite an artificial smell as it doesn't actually smell like real oranges that you would buy in a supermarket.

          The gel itself has quite a greasy texture, which doesn't sound very promising if you have oily skin (like myself) so in the end I was quite apprehensive about using the product. My routine would involve cleansing, using a serum, moisturising and then using a small amount of the Skin Reviver on my face.

          Even though it's quite 'greasy' it has worked quite well with my skin tone. I have noticed that it does' revive' the skin and gives it a much fresher feel. It also makes your skin feel really soft too. I've even had people ask me recently if I have been on holiday because my face looks revived and I'm sure it must be down to this product.

          I would defintily reccomend it even if you have oily skin. You may be a little bit surprised by the smell and texture of the product but don't let that put you off as I am really pleased with the results.

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          18.01.2013 23:12
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          Love it though.

          Now, I'm a huge fan of Molton Brown after visiting a department store about a year ago testing some of the products over the counted. The Black Pepper range is their best seller apparently and I can understand why, it has a rich spice and warming scent to it and stands out from the crowd.

          In the past I have purchased both the Black Pepper body wash and the Black Pepper body hydrater so it was only a matter of time before I succumbed to the Eau de Toilette. I decided to 'test' the product before I bought it as often in the past I have noticed that the aftershave smells different to the other products (shower gels, balms etc). So i sprayed some on the wrist one afternoon in John Lewis. The fragrance had the exact same smell as the body hydrator and the body wash so I was instantly impressed, in fact I would say it smelt better and I just couldn't stop smelling my wrist.

          I was also impressed that after 4 hours I could still smell the product on my wrist so I decided to purchase it the following week. Needless to say I couldn't wait to buy a whole bottle of the stuff and get the kick from the tester sample that I used.

          I have to say though that when I did buy the product, I was slightly dissapointed as it didn't seem to smell as strong as when I tested it in the shop, in fact the product only lasted a couple of hours and wore off, most of the other spray's that I use last for much longer in the day so I was slightly dissapointed. After going onto their website I found out that they use slightly less 'scent' that other sprays which is why the scent wears off after a short time. If I had known this beforehand then maybe I wouldn't have spent £35 on it. However, the instant kick from the first hour or so is definatly a hit.

          If they can make the scent last longer then I may purchase it more frequently, in the meantime i'll stick with the bodywash and the body hydrator.

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