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      01.05.2012 16:39
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      My new foundation of choice.

      I received a few free sample sachets in the post of this, and I love trying new products so gave it a try straight away. Luckily I don't have sensitive skin, so I am not too careful what goes on it, but it also means I'm not sure how good this would be for sensitive skin, as it does have a scent to it, so it must be perfumed. The first thing I thought about this product, is that it doesn't really state anywhere on the packaging, what it actually is. It claims all sorts of the usual magic, but doesn't really say foundation on it anywhere, which I found slightly annoying, and I can't imagine it would be an impulse buy for that reason, however, I would classify it as a foundation and shall review it as such. On opening the sachet I immediately noticed the smell, it has a very sweet delicately floral perfumed scent, which I found really lovely. Some foundations smell disgusting, so it made a nice change. There was a huge amount in the sachet, and I don't really wear a lot of foundation, so had to squeeze most of it into a pot, but that to me just means the freebies will last longer! I have quite fair skin, so I was trying out the "light" shade. I do think it was quite dark when I initially slapped it on, before realising a little goes a long way with this product. It glides onto skin, and blends really easily (as long as you're not heavy handed). Too much of this does have the tango effect so it needs to be used carefully, but I think that goes for most foundations. The coverage of this product I found to be really commendable, even with a small amount. It covered any blemishes, and those wretched dark circles incredibly well. I always put concealer on afterwards, with any foundation, but found that with this product and concealer, there really was a good covering effect. I also found that after applying this product, it really made the areas I had used it on feel soft and smooth. I have now purchased the full size bottle of this, as I (and my skin) really liked it. The bottle is currently £7.49 in boots on offer, it's claiming the usual price to be £9.99 and this is for 50ml, but I really think it will last a long time, so well worth it. I do think even at £9.99 it's a great price, because other high end brands charge up to £30 for 50ml. I have just noticed on the bottle it is SPF15 too, which I think is in the majority of foundations, but is always an added bonus, to know it's protecting your skin. I would highly recommend at least trying this foundation, I know there are so many different skin types, so I have no idea how it will fair with anything other than my own, but from a coverage point of view, I was very impressed.

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    • virginwines.com / Online Shop / 20 Readings / 17 Ratings
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      30.11.2011 10:53
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      Would not recommend them to anyone.

      I think like many people me and my husband had a voucher for wine from this company. We traded in our airmiles and it turned out that 12 bottles of wine would only cost us £6.99 delivery charge, so we thought we would give it a go. We signed up and paid the charge using a debit card, and we checked everywhere for hidden clauses signing us up to a programme of regular wine orders and could not find any such mention during the sign up process. The box of wine came and we were very happy with it, especially for £6.99, then after a couple of months the whole experience turned very sour. My husband received an email saying our next case of wine was on it's way and they hope we enjoy the 12 bottles, and £89.99 + £6.99 delivery would be taken from the card registered with our account. As we did not think we had signed up to this my husband replied and cancelled the account and the order, and they sent an email confirming the account was cancelled. However a couple of days after this we got home from work and there was a box of 12 bottles of wine on the doorstep! We thought maybe they had made a mistake, but no such luck. They had indeed taken £96.98 from our account, and charged us for the cancelled wine. I will just add, by this time the card we had used before had expired, but they were still able to take the money, and the bank said that they are allowed to do so, if we had agreed to this with the company, (which we hadn't) and I find highly ridiculous anyway, but that is another story. After another phone call, they tried to claim that the account was cancelled too late, even though they had confirmed it by email and said we wont receive the wine, they did agree to come and collect the wine and refund the charge though, so we thought that wasn't too bad. But even this still wasn't the end. We checked our bank for the refund and they had only refunded £89.99, after picking up the wine. So we had no wine and were out £6.99 for thin air, plus all the calls and emails. Now I know £6.99 is a small amount, but it's the principal that bothers me. If they think they can send things out by "accident" and then charge delivery when they agree to a full refund, I personally think it's a disgrace and a terrible way to do business. This is still ongoing with them now, and I will update this to say whether I get the £6.99 back, but I'm not holding out much hope. What I will say is that they do answer emails and phone calls, but under the circumstances I don't think that's much of a positive with this company. I know other people have had positive experiences with this company, but the vouchers that people receive for it are everywhere, so I suspect there are more people that fall into our category, than are happy with their service. What I will say to anyone considering using this company is be very very careful, we were careful and didn't think we were signing up for anything, and got stung by a company that is obviously very good at trying every trick in the book, and really not caring about the consumer. Unless you are 100% sure you are not signing a contract with them, don't bother. I will never be using this company again, and certainly wouldn't recommend them, and would in fact warn people about their practices. Consider yourselves warned.

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      04.04.2011 17:39
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      Good product, fairly priced.

      I bought a bottle of this water and to be honest I just needed a new water bottle for the gym, and I like sparkling water so thought I would try it out. I bought a 500ml bottle from Sainsburys and it was about 59p, which when you look at multi packs of bottled water is actually quite expensive, but I only wanted one, so I thought compared to other single bottle drinks it was fairly cheap (depends which way you want to look at it I guess!) At first glance the bottle looks quite attractive, and has a nice Italian looking label, I personally think it looks more expensive than it is, so if that's what you are going for that's a positive. I just wish the bottle top was green to match the bottle, and not white, but I think that might just be me. The water itself is extremely pleasant, I find that some sparkling water can be too gassy, and have a funny metallic taste, but this is just right. The fizz doesn't hit you in the face and the taste is very neutral, as it should be. The mineral content is listed on the back of the bottle, but I never really look too much into that, I go on taste. The blurb on the sainsburys website describes the water as follows: "San Pellegrino, with its distinctive mineral content, its exquisite taste and its delightful effervescence is found on the tables of restaurants in over 100 countries. The preferred choice of chefs and sommeliers, it has been one of the world's most renowned and acclaimed mineral waters since 1899." I wouldn't say I was blown away by this product as in the blurb, but it's water, I'm never going to get that excited by it. However I would highly recommend it and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Tastes good, and not too fizzy.

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        04.04.2011 13:45
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        Not really worth the saving.

        Me and my husband bought this last week, as it was on a good offer. We purchased 3 500ml bottles for £5.00, The crabbies is sometimes on this offer too, but we thought as this was on the same offer we would try it. The usual price of this Sainsbury's one is £1.83 a bottle, and Crabbies is £2.04, so it's not actually that big of a difference considering the great reputation that Crabbies has and deservedly so. The alcoholic volume of this is 4%, and it is also 2 units. The bottle said taste the difference, so I was expecting it to be at least on a par with Crabbies, however it really wasn't. The taste of this is quite weak, and it doesn't have that real fiery ginger kick that Crabbies has. It was good on the fizz front though and still very refreshing, but I think it was a lot milder then Crabbies. I guess if you are not a massive fan of ginger, then maybe this would be for you, but if you like the taste f it I would stick to Crabbies. I personally think if this was cheaper it would be a good alternative to Crabbies, but it just wasn't up to scratch for me or my husband, so it's definitely worth paying the extra 20p a bottle for the brand name, which I really hate to say as usually I am all for Sainsbury's own brand and taste the difference products. Even with the offer I don't think I would buy this again.

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      • Havaianas Flip Flops / Shoes / 27 Readings / 27 Ratings
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        13.08.2010 12:24
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        A must have for anyone who loves a good flop!

        I have been eyeing up Havaianas for a while and heard a lot of recommendations and about a month ago I managed to get a pair and now I am completely obsessed. If you are a flip flop fanatic you will love these shoes. They are a brazilian company but there are lots of websites you can get them from, and lots of retail outlets are now stocking them as they seem to be rapidly growing in popularity. They come in all sorts of colours, patterns, and styles and there are loads to chose from, they look pretty basic and they are made of rubber (I think) not that terrible cheap foam stuff. I am a bit of a flip flop lover, and am constantly looking around for comfortable and fashionable pairs, and havaianas fit the criteria perfectly. I can easily say the pair I have are the most comfortable flip flops, maybe even footwear I have ever put my feet into, they are like wearing slippers, even with the toe bar that goes between the big toe and the one next to it, they have never rubbed or anything. I also have ones with a pattern on the actual flip flop, and I thought that it would rub off in the heat (well that one hot day that was our summer!) but it hasn't and I really do wear them a lot. You can get a pair of these from anywhere from £16-£150 they are usually about £20.00 but there are some pairs that have crystals and mesh on that are the more expensive ones. I am hoping to expand my collection so that I have a lot of different colour to go with my whole wardrobe, I will definitely be stocking up before my next holiday too. The only tricky thing with these flip flops is the sizing, on different websites they are labelled differently. Sometimes they are in uk sizes, sometimes European and sometimes Brazilian, but most websites do a conversion. On one website that I purchased them from the ones I got were labelled as a size 3-4 (uk), as I am a size 4 I went for these and they are perfect. So it's just worth researching the size a bit before you purchase them. If you have considered these, they are really worth the money, they are so comfortable and durable, they are excellent value for money, but for flip flop lovers, beware as you may become obsessed with them!

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        • Eristoff Black Vodka / Spirits / 33 Readings / 30 Ratings
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          23.07.2010 11:19
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          A novelty that is it's own worst enemy.

          My husband and I were given this as a gift the other month and we had never seen it before. It is described on the bottle as Wild Berry flavoured Triple Distilled Premium Vodka. After some research I have found that it is available from Sainsburys for around the £10.00 mark, which I thought for a bottle of vodka of this size is quite reasonable. At first glance we weren't sure if it was actually black liquid or just a black bottle but is actually a black liquid, which is certainly a novelty. The bottle is a really nice shape, which also makes it an interesting one to leave out on the shelf for guests to admire. The taste of the drink is really pleasant, it's a bit like a fruity vodka cocktail, but at 20% alcoholic volume it's quite strong. It is definitely very fruity and that seems to take away some of the harshness of the alcohol. It's quite a sweet flavour too. However there are a couple of flaws with this drink. One is because it's black it's hard to mix with things like lemonade, or orange juice as it looks pretty disgusting, and to mix it with anything doesn't really work anyway as it's fruity and fruity vodka and coke is not great, so it sort of ruins the taste to mix it, so we found that it tastes and looks the best neat, which just seems a bit hardcore! The second flaw is once again down to the colour and it's that it really does stain lips, mouth, tongue etc. It happens pretty much as soon as you drink it, and even cleaning your teeth before bed doesn't really remove it all. I found that I had to scrub my lips with my toothbrush the next morning again, to try and get rid of the staining. I think this is a great novelty and it tastes nice but the novelty element which is the colour is also the biggest downfall. The taste is pleasant but is it worth the hassle of the staining and all the issues of mixing it - not really. I would recommend this if you are looking for something a bit different but be prepared for the negative aspects. I wouldn't really recommend it because of all that, but not because it's not a nice taste.

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          16.07.2010 13:01
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          A great UK Coastal town.

          Me and my husband have just visited Swanage from the Midlands. It was recommended to us by a friend so we took a gamble, not knowing much about the area and bowled off down there for a 5 day camping break. To get there from the midlands was fairly straight forward with iphones and a road map in tow. The only sticky part of the journey was through Bath, I'm not sure if you can avoid this but there seemed to be a heavy flo of traffic as soon as we hit Bath but luckily once you are out of Bath the traffic seemed to disperse quickly. It took us about 4 hours to get there in total, which I didn't think was too awful. We stopped on a camp site owned by a group called Shorefield and the camp site itself was called Swanage coastal park. The pitches were great (ground was hard but that can't be helped really) and the facilities like the shower block, toilets etc were extremely clean and well kept. They also offer static caravans to rent out. The camping was a great price it cost us £47.50 for 5 nights. The camp site was at the top of a hill so it might be a bit difficult for anyone who has problems walking but for us it was perfect. Swanage is quite a small town, but is one of the better coastal towns I have visited in the UK. It has a beach front to walk along with the usual attractions such as an arcade, fish and chip shops etc. It has a lot of quirky small shops that I have never seen in other town centres and they were great for having a mooch around. There are also a few surf shops which sell clothes and sports equipment. There is no shortage of pubs and restaurants in the town itself. As we were camping though we didn't really visit them as we were making our own food. We did visit a pub called the Globe which is just on the outskirts of the town and that was a lovely pub, with an attractive beer garden and friendly staff. The coastline of Swanage and the surrounding areas is extremely beautiful, and there are loads of nearby towns and attractions to visit. Some of places we went to were: Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door - beautiful coastline and stunning views, a tremendous walk from one to the other which you definitely need walking boots for but truly worth the effort). Corfe & Corfe Castle - Stunning castle which you can see from the road but great for a walk around. Weymouth Sea Life Centre - Expensive for 2 adults but a lot better than I expected with a lot of outdoor activities for children like a splash pool and panning for gold. Some really rare creatures such as Leafy Sea Dragons, and brilliant displays and enclosures. Bournemouth - Good for a bit of shopping and walking along the beach, a bit more of a touristy coastal town. There are also a lot more places to visit but we didn't have the time. You can download or order a free brochure about swanage from www.swanage.gov.uk/ You can also find out more about the town and it's srrounding areas by visiting www.virtual-swanage.co.uk/ I would definitely recommend Swanage for couples or families. It's a beautiful little town with loads of nearby attractions.

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          • Benefit It Stick / Make Up / 23 Readings / 22 Ratings
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            25.06.2010 11:21
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            A great product. Bargain if you can get the free sample with Glamour Magazine.

            I am completely clueless when it comes to cosmetics, the only thing I know a lot about is nail polish. So sometimes I treat myself to expensive items and other times I love a bargain, I found this free with glamour magazine and I know it's a fairly expensive brand so thought for the £2.00 magazine cost it was a good investment. I think this product retails for about £15.00 depending on where you get it from. The free sample is a full sized sample, which is another bonus, and it is about 10cm long and as wide as a crayon. Perfect handbag size for a night out. The stick itself is quite simple looking with a silver body and a black lid, that seems very secure so it wont fall off and cause you to draw all over the inside of your handbag. When I first looked at this I didn't think it would be be very good as it seemed quite a hard solid product and I didn't fancy having to press really hard on my skin to apply it, but it was the complete opposite, you can just lightly glide over blemishes and dark circles and it blends in really easily with your finger. I have no idea about the shades and things, but the one I got free seems to suit my skin tone really well. it hides blemishes easily and makes my dark eye circles seem a lot lighter. The only downside I have found to this is if you get a bit eager and use too much or are to heavy handed it can look a bit cakey and can be a bit hard to blend in, but as long as you are delicate and apply sparingly you should be fine. I think this will last me absolutely ages. It doesn't take a lot to cover up bits and bobs on your face that make you feel self conscious, so for the £2.00 magazine price it was well worth it. It might still be available as a free gift so I would highly recommend buying it even just to try the product out. A great concealer. I would even pay full price for it again.

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            25.06.2010 10:45
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            A good game that doesn't take up much time.

            I am not a massive game player on my phone, I am a real girl when it comes to computer games and such, but this is one game that I actually like and I don't have to spend hours playing on it to get somewhere. There are a few other games in this range like Tap fish (also pretty good), Tap farm, and Tap Resort. The only other one I have tried is Tap Fish, which I would also recommend. This was free when I downloaded it, but I'm not sure if you have to pay for it now, it could have been an offer, but I don't imagine it's too expensive. The game basically gives you a virtual clothing store. To earn coins you have to buy in items of clothing and put them on sale, in your shop. There are loads of other things you can do with your store too, you can buy decorations, change the walls and flooring and you can make it bigger by buying land with your coins, all while climbing the levels and getting more and more items of clothing unlocked to put out. You can also move anything in your shop around, so I find that quite interesting switching it all around every so often. I think the aim is basically to build up your coins and climb the levels, pleasing customers and keeping racks full of clothes. Each item of clothing takes a different amount of time to arrive, which is a bit annoying but does at least add a bit of variety to the game. Some items take 2 or 3 hours to arrive and then you can put them out on any racks you have purchased, other items take 18 hours to arrive. They are also in different quantities. For example if you order the jeans they take 18 hours to arrive but you get 3,000 pairs to put out and each pair sells for around 12 coins I think. There are loads of different options of racks, tables and decorations that you can buy, and they range in price greatly, I like the more expensive ones so it is taking me a while to get a lot of racks, but I'm getting there. The only thing that I would say isn't that great about this game is that it does take a long time to build up enough coins to buy things like storage boxes to order clothes in and racks to put them out on. So it takes a while to get a big store going, which can be frustrating. The good thing about this game is that it takes a few minutes every time I get a bit bored, I just log on to it and check my stock, order clothes if needed and put more clothes out if the racks are empty. Each level I climb means I get a new item of clothing added to my stock list available to order. I really like this game, I enjoy changing my shop around and ordering different stock and seeing the varieties of clothes I can order. It is a good game that only take a few minutes when you feel like it to check up on everything and have a mess about with. I wouldn't say it was a high involvement game that you can spend hours on, but that works for me. I would highly recommend this game. Especially if it's still free to download.

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            • Blaze 65 Fire Pit / BBQ / 18 Readings / 18 Ratings
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              21.06.2010 16:09
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              A great little accessory for the summer.

              My husband wanted a fire pit for his birthday, and this particular one is the one I decided he should receive. The blaze 65 is one of a range. It also comes in a 55 and an 88. The name denotes the size. This fire bit can also be used as a barbecue, not all fire pits have the grill on the top so they are just for fires, but the double use of this is great, and we have already had one barbecue on it. The cost of this barbecue is around £60-£80 depending on where you buy it from, but it's worth having a scour on the internet to find the cheapest place. The details of this fire pit taken from the box are: Height: 48cm Diameter: 70cm Cooking Surface Area: 65cm Weight: 11kg Materials: Spun steel and chrome Includes: Safety ring, spark guard, hinged cooking grill and poker. This is a great little piece for any garden, and it's incredibly easy to use. The grill is composed of a half circle shaped drum which is where you place your briquettes, fire lighters, wood etc, and then there is a grill that slots on the top, with a hinge on one side so you can lift it up and move the fire underneath around. There is a small hole in the bottom of the drum with a dish that goes underneath, and to be honest I have no idea what that's for but I guess there must be a reason for it. The barbecue has a ring around the outside called a safety ring, and we did test this out at various points and it stayed cool the whole time we used the barbecue. The lid is pretty heavy and does get hot so it can be a bit tricky to remove, when you are using the barbecue but we used the poker that came with it to lift it off. I think it is also a spark guard. The poker that comes with the barbecue is an l shaped one, with a wooden handle, it is brilliant quality and very sturdy, I don't know if it's designed to lift the lid off, but it worked a treat. The cooking area of this particular model is more than enough for 2 people, we had 2 fish in foil parcels on there and some kebabs and there was still space for more, I think it may be a struggle for four people though, but at least there is a bigger one is you are looking at a four person one. The construction of the fire pit was really easy, the instructions were clear and all you have to do is screw the legs on and place everything else on. We have a cover for our which is available on most websites as an accessory, and I would recommend getting one, as it will protect the barbecue from the weather. This was great for us, and after the barbecue you can just place the lid on and stay warm for a bit. I think that does depend on what sort of fire materials you have in the drum though as the barbecue coals didn't seem to last too long, but if you built a proper fire in there I imagine it would be better. We will be using this a lot more in the future and we are loving it, it's so easy to use and compact. Highly recommended.

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                16.06.2010 13:05
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                A great fragrance.

                I actually received this perfume as a free sample from my lovely mother who has friends in high places (House of Fraser), so is always getting free samples for me to try. I never really think of Paul Smith as a perfume brand, I always associate it with clothes, but now I have tried this fragrance I will definitely be buying it or casually mentioning it around birthday time. I didn't see the bottle with my free tiny sample but after looking on the internet, it looks pretty basic but to be honest I like that and it does reflect the fragrance. The cost of this obviously varies between retailers but at boots they list a 30ml bottle as £27.50, which I think is pretty reasonable. Not the cheapest but I would happily pay that for it. The description of the fragrance from the boots website is this: "A rose by any other name might be something you'd expect...Paul Smith Rose is something altogether different. The fragrance is fresh and individual, modern and memorable. Based on the Paul Smith Rose, a potently fragrant, cochineal pink bloom, with a tight peony centre and full outer flower, the result is an airy, addictive, sensual scent." I'm no perfume connoisseur, so have no idea about top notes and bottom notes, but describing the scent of this is very easy. Imagine sticking your nose right into a lovely pink rose and that is what you get from this scent. It's fresh, extremely floral and simply smells of roses. If you like the smell of roses then this is a perfume for you. I have found that this perfume actually has staying power too. I am one of those people who can spray perfume on me and then in about 5 minutes my skin seems to suck it all up and the scent is gone, which I find terribly annoying, but with this I am sitting at my desk, still getting occasional lovely wafts of roses and I applied it at about 7.30 this morning (it's now 12 noon ish). I love this scent, and am looking forward to owning a bottle after my free sample test. It's a simple fragrance that actually lasts. Simply smells like roses, and it's beautiful.

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                15.06.2010 13:33
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                A good polish for a shiny top coat but it doesn't prevent chipping.

                I bought this product a couple of weeks ago, as it was on offer at boots and the range of nail polishes were 3 for 2. I got it as I was going away for a weekend and wanted a bit of extra security so I wouldn't have to take nail polish with me. It costs £4.49 for a small bottle. The polish is a clear one, that boasts lots of positives, the blurb from the boots website reads :" Pro Superwear Topcoat provides a 3D superior shine topcoat which dries to the touch within 60 seconds. This adds a protective shield to the nail polish, helping to improve shock resistance and long lasting wear. The contained UV protector will lock in colour to prolong intensity and shine and prevent fading and chipping for up to 10 days" The nail polish goes on very easily and has quite a thick texture, yet it's very quick to cover an entire nail with a glossy top coat, and it does give polish a bit of extra shine, so I do still use it for that purpose. The brush is very soft and easy to work with, and it does dry extremely quickly. The 10 days prevention from chipping part that is also quoted on the bottle though is a complete load of rubbish. I used this over a nail polish that I was confident would last a couple of days and it made no difference, after 2 days it started chipping. So the whole 10 days thing was very optimistic. I have also tested this theory on my toe nails, which I find chip a lot less regularly than finger nails anyway, but this top coat made them worse, and caused the polish to chip earlier than before. I used this over 2 coats of colour and it made no difference to the chipping, and actually made toe nails chip quicker. However the glossy finish that it leaves is really nice, and does add an extra shine to polish, which for a night out would look great. So I would recommend this to add extra shine to colours but not to prevent chipping.

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                A great book, can't wait for the second in the series.

                I was given this book as a gift and even though it is aimed at young adults I still enjoyed it, and it was not at all as childish as I expected it to be. I think it costs around £7.00 from Amazon but is probably cheaper on other websites or if you buy a used copy. it is the first in a series of books, but the next ones aren't finished yet. The blurb from their website about this book reads: "In a sacred cave high in the mountains of northern India, a white-haired hermit sits cross-legged, and signs his final testament: "George Abercrombie, 1874..." "In present-day England, fourteen year old Lizzy Abercrombie's mother dies in a tragic accident on the full moon. But was it really an accident? Lizzy discovers that her death may be linked to a mysterious family curse. Determined to find the truth, her quest takes her from a splendid Anglo-Indian mansion on the Yorkshire moors to India, where she uncovers her ancestor's terrible past and a stolen inheritance. But her discoveries put her in mortal danger from a ruthless enemy." The story is incredibly well written, and the characters are very well thought out, and you immediately know who to like and dislike when you read about them. The main character Lizzy is a loveable teenager, whose strength and determination are amazing throughout the book. The authors manage to keep you in suspense about the outcome of the book right until the very end, and the climax of the book is quite action packed. I found it extremely interesting to try and figure out exactly what happened to the mysterious George Abercrombie and how his past actions are affecting Lizzy in the present day. The story takes the reader on a tour of India in parts, which is brilliantly described, and really illustrates the wonder of such a place in great detail. The best bit about this book is definitely the end, and the last few paragraphs open up a whole new mystery, which I think is going to be unveiled in a second book, which I now can't wait to read. The book uses mostly fairly basic language so it is a very easy read, but sometimes I don't want to have to look up every other word to be able to enjoy a book, and I think this is why young adults will like this particular book, and it shows that with a bit of imagination and a good story to start with, you can still grip the reader. The chapters in the book, are quite small and therefore extremely manageable, and I find this very helpful when you only have short moments of time to sneak in a bit of reading. I only have one downside to the book, and that is that the pages are white in colour, which doesn't seem like a big deal, but to accident prone clumsy people like me it just adds that little bit of extra pressure not to spill something and really ruin the pages as the slightest mark will show up. I know this book is aimed at young adults and being 25 I think I am slightly older then the demographic, but I still thoroughly enjoyed the book and will definitely be reading the next in the series. I would highly recommend it. For more information about the book and it's authors you can visit their website: www.moonstonelegacy.com

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              • Taboo / Board Game / 17 Readings / 16 Ratings
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                14.06.2010 13:23
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                A great game that I would highly recommend for every family.

                I was playing this yesterday with my family and now that it's fresh in my mind I thought I should review it. Taboo is a board game where you play on teams (of at least 2 people per team) and you have to correctly guess what's on your teams card. The cards have 4 different colours on them relating to the difficulty you want to play the game at. Each card has a word in bold which is what the rest of your team have to guess, and underneath this word are the words you are not allowed to use to describe it. This can prove to be extremely difficult at times, which makes it more fun! The aim is to guess as many correctly as possible, and reach the end of the board first. The amount of items you guess correctly corresponds to the amount of spaces you go forwards. An example from yesterday - The word I had to describe to the other person on my team was Lightning but I couldn't say thunder, storm, rain or Clouds, so I went completely off on a tangent saying that if you are in a car during this you should be safe and if you are under a tree you are not, and we did manage to get the point. Some of the ways people end up describing really simple items end up being extremely funny, and provide a lot of comedy. The game comes with a board, counters to move depending on how many answers you get right, and a squeaker. The squeaker enables someone from another team to let people know if you have said a word that is not permitted. I have to say that this is very annoying and if you have dogs, they will not enjoy this, so we tend to just shout out instead. On the board there are some special tiles which if you land on you get either double the time or you have to pick one person only on the team to guess instead of everyone. This makes the game a little bit more interesting. The game costs around £35.00 to buy from various places, but it is very good quality and I can imagine it lasting for years, so while it is an expensive outlay it does seem to be a game that we keep going back to and is worth it for all the fun you will get out of it. The game itself is fun to play and really makes you think hard about the words you use, and how to think outside the box to describe something without using the non-allowed words that relate to it. It's a great family game and can be played with anything from 4 people upwards, I imagine the more people you have playing it the funnier it is. I would highly recommend this as a family fun game.

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                  A great place for all my aquarium needs.

                  Ripples Waterlife Telford is a branch of the aquatic store, which has a few other stores around the midlands area. This particular store is located on Stafford Park in Telford. The Telford store is very large and spacious, and the stock is always extremely well organised and tidy, so it's very easy to browse the products and find what you are looking for. I have been to a few other smaller aquatic stores and they can sometimes be extremely messy and not very pleasant places. Ripples is completely different. The store sells a huge range of products such as fish tanks and all the paraphernalia that goes with them (including a wide range of tropical and marine fish), pre-formed ponds and pond equipment, outdoor fish including a wide range of koi carp and a few items for reptiles such as vivarium's and decorations. I have found the store to have very reasonable prices, they are definitely the most competitive in the Telford area. The quality of the fish at the store is great, the display tanks they are kept in are always clean and well maintained, the fish are always clearly labelled and they have different areas for different types of fish (marine, tropical or outdoor). So you know which area to look at depending on what type of tank you have. I have always found the staff at the store extremely helpful and friendly. They are very knowledgeable about their products and the fish, and will always give you the best advice about setting up a tank or pond, I have visited other stores where the staff are completely useless (Pets at Home) and don't really know anything about the products they are selling. The staff at Ripples have always been happy to help with any query that I have had, and have managed to solve any problems with my tank. They also offer free water tests, which is very useful, you can buy a kit to do it yourself too and they will explain how to use it. I don't have children but my god children have visited the store a few times and they love looking at all the fish, and especially the pond fish as they very often have extremely large fish available, and the children seem to be fascinated by them, plus they have a large stock of clown fish otherwise known as "nemo's" which children seem to love as well. They do have a website for more information about their stores and you can actually mail order fish, but I think it's mainly pond fish and in large quantities. Their website is www.rippleswaterlife.co.uk

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