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Max Factor Earth Spirit Eyeshadow 07/12/2003

For your eyes only

Max Factor Earth Spirit Eyeshadow Well it’s getting to that time of year where I start to panic about what goodies to buy all my friends and family for Christmas, so I thought to myself last weekend that I would nip to Boots and have a look at the range of gifts, and what a good job I did, for it was there in the Chester branch that I fell in love…. Yes, I fell head over heals in love with the most beautiful, nay exquisite, eye shadow I have ever seen. Basically I was walking in the door, when I stumbled upon a herd of people trying to get through the store, so rather than joining in the pushing and shoving, I decided to check out my surroundings, which just so happened to be the Max Factor make up stand, and there it was, just calling to me….Number 103 Barley Fields in the Earth Spirits range of eye shadows. It is a pretty bright golden yellow, but not too garish, I might hasten to add. I quickly picked up the tester pot and tried a little bit on the back of my hand. I was a little nervous that it would be too bright for my taste, but I was wrong – it was a lovely shade of gold with a generous hint of sparkle in it – perfect for this time of year. After picking up a few more bits and pieces from around the store, I made my way to the till and realised that I hadn’t even checked the price was of the eye shadow, but there again I don’t think it would have mattered how much it cost – I just had to have it. Well I checked my receipt as I was leaving the store and found that it only cost £4.45, ...

Everything that starts with Y ... 27/07/2003

Yes, it's more about me, me, me.

Everything that starts with Y ... Okay people, just thought I’d reacquaint myself with you all again, so here goes.... 1 Where were you born? Wrexham Maelor Hospital, although it was very nearly Ellesmere Port Cheese Market. My Mum had a huge craving for cheese, and as a treat my Granddad took her to the cheese market, unfortunately, I decided that I’d had enough of being a ‘bump’, and wanted to see the world, just as she was picking out a piece of mature Cheshire. 2 D.O.B. 30/01/1977 3 What is your name backwards? alocin eel eel– not very appealing is it?! 4 How long did it take you to figure that out? Not long – a couple of seconds. 5 What’s your middle name? Lee (yes, for the observant amongst you, my middle name and surname are one and the same – Lee Lee). 6 How did you get your username? Esless is a hall near to where I live (as a kid I dreamed of being able to live there), and seeing as it was a little unusual, I thought nobody else would use it. 7 First pet? My first pet would have been my goldfish – can’t remember his name though. 8 Least favourite colour? Lime green. 9 Favourite pie filling? I’m quite partial to apple pie – my Gran’s homemade apple pie is divine. 10 HP sauce or tomato ketchup? Tomato Ketchup, as long as its Heinz, that is. 11 Town or country? Ooooh, that’s a tricky one, I sort of live in the country, but have my local town close at hand. The country is great for peace and quite, but the town is great for shopping and nights out (favorite ...

10 Things I Hate Doing 31/05/2003

I shouldn't have to put up with this

10 Things I Hate Doing Well hello folks. Thought it was about time I wrote an op, seeing as I’ve had a bit of a break recently. It’s now 4.20 am and I can’t sleep because it is just too hot, so seeing as I’m feeling naggy because of a lack of sleep, I thought I would vent my anger through my op!! (Don’t worry, I’m only joking, or am I?!?!) Here goes, 10 thing that I hate doing – these are in no particular order….. 10 IRONING – I absolutely detest ironing. To me it is such a mundane chore. Some people find it relaxing or even therapeutic, but I don’t get that feeling at all. First of all it’s the hassle of getting the clean washing ready to be ironed and getting a suitable amount of coat hangers (and because I’m too lazy to see how many I need, I usually don’t get enough, and end up shoving 3 or 4 items on one hanger, only for the items to get crushed and need re-ironing). Next, you have to get the ironing board out – mine is kept in the cupboard under the stairs, which to be honest is bursting full of stuff, so I end up wrestling with the vacuum cleaner, the mop, broom etc, before reaching the ironing board. Then, finally, it’s the actual ironing. My ironing consists of hundreds of shirts and blouses (well, maybe not hundreds, but that’s what it feels like) and they have to be just so, which means a lot of fiddling about with collars and cuffs etc. Also, I hate ironing trousers because of all the hassle to get the creases right and having to get a damp cloth to iron with so you ...

A Day In The Life Of.... 10/04/2003

What a boring life I lead

A Day In The Life Of.... Firstly, I must explain that my hubby works away, so for a large part of the week, it is just me and my two cats (Pixie and Trixie), who I regard as my girls. 7.30 am: I normally am woken up by the noise of the postman delivering my mail, and to be perfectly honest you could set your watch by him, so if I do ever need to be up early, I don’t have to set my alarm LOL! 7.35 am: I pop on my dressing gown (a luxurious silk one from my holiday in Singapore) and run down to get the mail off the doormat. I then fly back up the stairs, jump back in bed, call Pixie and Trixie (who come running all over the bed in leaps and bounds) – they still don’t understand that I like to sleep at 3 in the morning, not play games with them, so they are really excited when I’m awake and both of them take it in turn to have cuddles and a belly-rub. 7.45 am: After about 10 minutes of fussing the girls, I’m awake enough to read my mail. The majority of it is junk mail, and is put straight into file 13 (otherwise known as the bin). Once I’ve sorted my mail, I turn on the TV and watch a bit of GMTV. 8.30 am: I rise from my pit and go downstairs. I put the kettle on for a cuppa and feed the girls. 8.35 am: The girls are eating, and I’ve made my cup of tea, so I head off to the front room to sit and relax for 5 minutes. 8.40 am: Once I’ve had my cuppa, I’m ready to work out my food for the day – I’m currently on Weight Watchers, and so I like to plan all my meals beforehand, and that way, ...

John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Agent Styling Crème 24/03/2003

As Barry Scouser says, calm down, calm down.....

John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Agent Styling Crème Frizzy hair has plagued me for years – well, ever since I’ve had hair, so 26 years to be a bit more precise, and to be honest, it really gets on my pip. As a former stylist, I have tried every invention/treatment/gadget/lotion/potion etc known to man, and somehow I always end up going back to John Frieda’s Frizz Ease range to help tame my flyaway frizzes. Now, I am a fan of the Frizz Ease range, but not all of the products agree with my hair. For instance, I hear people rave on about how good the serum is, and to be perfectly honest, I only have to use a blob the size of a pinhead and it looks as though I haven’t washed my hair for 3 months. However, one of the best things I have used to date is the Secret Agent Finishing Crème. PACKAGING Basically you buy the Secret Agent Crème in a 100 ml tube, which stands on its flip-top lid. The tube is a stylish matt chrome colour, and is made of plastic. (Sorry, but it doesn’t say if it is recyclable or not.) On the front of the tube you have the white and purple John Frieda logo and the name of the product – Secret Agent Flawless Finishing Crème. This is classed as being Step 5 – Finish and Shine. (To make things easy, John Frieda has steps on each of the products in the Frizz Ease range so you know in what order to use things – Step one would be your shampoo and so on). The lid opens with ease, but it is quite secure when closed. To get the product out of the tube, ...

All About Me 17/03/2003

Are we still going to be friends, I wonder

All About Me 01. What time is it? 09.29 02. Name: Nicola, but I prefer Niki because when I get my full name, it usually means I’m in trouble. 03. Number of candles that appeared on your last birthday cake: One – I only had a small cake, but it should have been 26. 04. Hair colour: Can’t remember – I’ve been dying my hair since I was about 13 or 14. Seriously, it’s naturally very dark brown – but I’m currently L’Oreal Recital’s Espresso colour, which is a rich dark brown with a few lowlights to break it up and give it a lift. 05. Tattoos: Haven’t got any, but I do like to experiment with henna tattoos every once in a while. 06. How much do you love your job on a scale of 0-5: Difficult one this, I’ve just gone back to my old Civil Service job on a temporary basis – I may stay on permanently, but I may look for something else – I haven’t decided yet. At the moment though I am enjoying being back, so I’d give it top marks – 5. 07. Favourite colour: It depends what for. Clothes wise I’d have to say black – boring I know, but it’s also a ‘safe’ colour for me to wear, but I do love blues (all types) and certain greens (mainly ones bordering on the aqua side). 08. Home County: Clwyd, North Wales. It’s not known as Clwyd anymore though; it’s now the County of Wrexham Borough. 09. ...

Phuket (Thailand) 06/03/2003

Perfect Phuket

Phuket (Thailand) Before I begin my op, I thought I had better mention that some of you reading this, may have already read my op on Bangkok, so I do apologise for covering some old ground, with the price, dates and weather etc. My husband and I went to Thailand in October 2001. We went on a two centre holiday, staying in Bangkok for 4 nights, and Phuket for 10. October is the end of the rainy season, so we had a bargain with the price, and as for the actual weather there, it was great. Yes we did have the occasional downpour, but they never lasted too long, and they certainly didn’t spoil our time there. The temperature was in the mid to high 80’s everyday, but it was very humid. (Thank goodness for air-con!). We booked our holiday with Thomas Cook Signature Holidays, for approximately £1500.00. This price included return flights, to and from Manchester, Heathrow, Bangkok and Phuket, private car transfers to and from the Thai airports and hotels and our hotel accommodation, which was three and a half star in Bangkok – The Hotel Asia, and a four star hotel in Phuket – The Kata Thani Hotel and Beach Resort. Both hotels were on a bed and breakfast basis. Our hotel in Phuket was truly amazing: A large, low-rise complex, that had everything you could imagine. Firstly it had a magnificent beachfront setting, which was lovely in the evenings, just watching the sun go down from our balcony was heaven. The beach itself was very clean, tidy and private, with sun ...

Everything that starts with O ... 06/03/2003

Our adventures in Thailand

Everything that starts with O ... Right folks, just to get things cleared up before I launch into my op, I have posted this in the Café for one reason; I have already written an op on Phuket, and have decided in this op to give you the low down of what we got up to (well, I won’t tell you everything LOL) rather than telling you about Phuket in general. First stop, Bangkok. As some of you are already aware, our holiday this year, took us to Bangkok, Phuket and Singapore. Bangkok was only a short stopover (2 nights) and all we did there was……! The first evening we were there, we headed straight on down to Patpong Night Market (a massive street market that sells everything from ‘designer’ clothes, shoes and sunglasses, to leather goods, Thai silk and hand-crafted wooden ornaments etc. I should also mention that go-go bars are ten a penny and offer the most outrageous things you can imagine – in fact, as this is a family site, I’ll have to let you imagine LOL!). We didn’t really buy anything at the market, as we knew we could get all we wanted in Phuket, it was just a case of having a bit of a nosy. Our second day in Bangkok involved more shopping. We took ourselves down to the MBK Centre, which sells everything imaginable. You can buy your clothes and shoes there as well as being able to kit out your house from top to bottom. After a good look round, we had a bit of a walk around the city, and got a glimpse of real Thai life by wandering down some ...

Everything that starts with V ... 04/02/2003

Will you be my Valentine

Everything that starts with V ... Ok people, Valentine's Day is nearly up on us, so here are some messages for you to use. I cannot take any credit for this, as it arrived in my inbox this morning from a friend, and I am sure that many of you will have also received this or something similar, but for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of reading this yet, here goes….. I’m posting this early because I won’t be in the country for Valentine’s day, but if you do use any of these, let me know how you got on. These are entries to a competition asking for a rhyme with the most romantic first line, but the least romantic second line: I thought that I could love no other Until, that is, I met your brother I want to feel your sweet embrace But don't take that paper bag off of your face Love may be beautiful, love may be bliss but I only slept with you, because I was p****d Kind, intelligent, loving and hot This describes everything you are not I see your face when I am dreaming That is why I wake up screaming I love your smile, your face, and your eyes Damn, I'm good at telling lies! Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is sweet, and so are you. But the roses are wilting, the violets are dead, the sugar bowl's empty, and so is your head. What inspired this amorous rhyme? Two parts vodka, one part lime Of loving beauty you float with grace If only you could hide your face My love you take my breath away What have you stepped in to smell ...

Wrigleys Extra Thin Ice 21/01/2003

Ice Ice Baby

Wrigleys Extra Thin Ice One day last week I had popped into Boots to pick up some bits and pieces and as usual there was a large queue at the tills. Now, this is a dangerous place for me to have to stop and wait because I start seeing all of the items that are deliberately placed by the tills to entice you into spending that little bit more. On this particular occasion I was greeted by something new – never seen or heard of it before. Next to the vast array of chewing gum products there was a little package that read Wrigley’s Extra Thin Ice. I thought this was just another chewing gum, and seeing as I like to try new gums, I picked up the packet and it found it’s way into my basket, despite it’s hefty cost – 82p for 24 strips. On arriving home, I dived into my Boots bag and started to remove my new found ‘gum’. However, it was now that I bothered to read the pack properly, I soon discovered that these were not chewing gums at all – no these were ‘peppermint fresh breath strips’. Not to be put off by this, I decided to sample one. PACKAGING Well, you have a pale blue square piece of cardboard (7.5 cm x 7.5 cm), which has a little clear oblong piece of plastic that encases the actual product. The packaging must be quite eye catching as it certainly caught my attention. Like I said, it was pale blue in colour and had ‘NEW’ written in white letters with a bright yellow background in the top right hand corner. ...

Heinz Baked Beans, with Pork Sausages 21/01/2003

Minez Heinz

Heinz Baked Beans, with Pork Sausages I had a surprise today! Not a really exciting surprise, but a surprise nonetheless. My hubby decided to come home at lunchtime for a spot of dinner with me (a rarity!). Anyway, there I was at about 12.30 this afternoon, when the phone rang: “I’m on my way home for dinner. I’ll be about 10 minutes, but I’ve only got about half an hour”, and with that the phone cut out. Ok, I thought, I’m bound to have something in the cupboard that’s quick and easy to rustle up. Off I go to the kitchen cupboard, only to be greeted with half empty shelves, however, at the back of the shelf I spied a 415g tin of Heinz Baked Beans with Pork Sausage. Not exactly a gourmet meal, but a simple, tasty meal that would do the job. PRICE AND AVAILABILITY Now, I must have bought these within the last couple of weeks, and they would have been bought from Asda (they are available at most supermarkets and convenience stores), and the price was 63p (prices may vary slightly from store to store). And as I have said, the tin I bought was 415g. PACKAGING To be perfectly honest, I don’t think that I bought these because the packaging ‘told’ me to. It was more a case of reputation. I’ve been eating Heinz beans and sausage for as long as I can remember. I will freely admit that I do tend to buy branded foods such as Heinz, because although you pay more than the supermarkets’ own brand products, you (in most instances) get ...

GHD Salon Styler - Hair Straightener 19/01/2003

Keeping you on the straight and narrow

GHD Salon Styler - Hair Straightener Being a former hair stylist, word reached me quite a while ago about ceramic hair straighteners. Me, being me, (nosy and curious) was desperate to try these so called ‘miracle’ straighteners, but decided against it when I found out the cost (around £100). To be honest, it wasn’t the cost that bothered me too much, it was more the fact that I hadn’t seen a pair of them in action, let alone had a go of them myself (plus there was no way my hubby would let me have them without actually knowing first-hand how they compared to my conventional £20 odd Nicky Clarke straighteners). Anyway, I put them to the back of my mind for a while, and did forget about them totally until a friend of mine (a stylist) bought a pair and let me have a go of them. Needless to say, I was amazed, and made it my quest to pester my hubby to death about how I needed a pair desperately. Eventually, after many major hints, he agreed that I could have a pair for Christmas, and so indeed I did. PRICE AND AVAILABILITY These are not available in run-of-the-mill places like Boots, Currys or Argos. (I couldn't even get them from the hairdressing wholesalers that I often go to - Sally Hair and Beauty Hair Supplies). No, these will have to be ordered over the Internet or via a hair salon. I ordered my set through the salon where my friend works. They retail at her salon for £95 (I had them a little cheaper) and took 5 days for them to arrive at the salon. Here are three website that you can obtain ...

New Woman 06/01/2003

Man I feel like a NEW woman

New Woman I first came across New Woman magazine about two years ago. I was at a friend’s house and saw it lying there on her coffee table. Me, being a bit nosy decided to pick it up and have a quick flick through. I was engrossed!! As soon as I left my friend’s house I rushed to my local newsagent and picked up a copy of my own. Now, I’m not going to focus on one particular copy, I am going to give a general insight to what the magazine is about and what I enjoy about it. Also, I am not putting this in the order of the magazine – I am breaking it down into sections that I feel would be of more use for people. PRICE AND AVAILABILITY The magazine currently costs £2.60 and is available at most newsagents and supermarkets etc. and it is published once a month. COVER The covers vary (obviously), but as a rule they print a picture of a famous starlet with the ‘big’ headline article relating to that person. They also tend to give quotes from the ‘real life’ articles just to tantalise you: Some times they can be sex related, sometimes drugs related and sometimes they can be about tragic tales. All in all, if you’re an avid reader of New Woman (like me), you don’t tend to look at the cover until you’ve got it home, as you know that there will be something of interest to you. On the cover, you will also find fashion information (for example 100 bargain buys for under £100) and competition incentives. AGE ...

10 Best Rock Songs 30/12/2002

My Rock Classics

10 Best Rock Songs MUSIC!! I love it. My favourite genre of music has to be rock, although my taste is very eclectic (I like almost everything from Cher to Linkin Park, Britney to Prince and No Doubt to Bon Jovi). The reason that I decided to write this op was because I always go to my local pub on a Friday night, and there is always live music on. Most of the bands that star in my local play rock music (although there are some punk bands (such as Stuntface) and jazz bands (such as Gaz and the Groovers) that play there also). Some of the bands that play rock in my local include Hozz, The Jalapenos and Pleasure Dome (all great bands that are definitely worth a listen to if you like live music). Now, I have found this extremely difficult to compile because there are so many great rock tracks out there, and to just pick 10 has been almost impossible. The rock tracks that I have chosen are from the 70’s and early 80’s. There are more recent rock songs that are absolutely brilliant, but the ones that I have chosen seem to be the basis for a lot of the modern rock. Now, before I begin, I will warn you all that I am not musically gifted, so I won’t be able to give you any technical terms or the correct names of certain instruments, so you’ll have to put up with my ‘layman’ translations. Also, I will give a little information on the artists, but not a lot, because this is just meant to be about the songs and what I like about them. Well, here goes ...

Volvic - Touch of Fruit 15/12/2002

Water with a difference

Volvic - Touch of Fruit Now before I begin my op on this still flavoured water, I thought I’d better let you in on how and why I bought this stuff in the first place. Firstly I am blessed! I do not suffer from hangovers in the sense of raging headaches etc – I just seem to be really thirsty the day after a good drinking sesh (I know, I’m dehydrated from the alcohol consumption). Secondly, I went out drinking over the weekend and got a little tipsy, so Saturday morning I was more than thirsty. Anyway, that’s by the by. I ended up in Asda on Saturday morning, to try and do some Christmas shopping. Anyway, my hubby and I had nearly finished our shopping, when I decided that I would get something to drink in the car on the way home, as I was really thirsty by then (I’d only had one cup of tea before I had left the house, and normally I have about 3 or 4 - and that's without having a drink the night before LOL). I didn’t want a fizzy drink, but at the same time I didn’t really fancy just plain water. I’m not really a fan of just drinking water, and I don’t like fizzy flavoured waters. I paced up and down the soft drinks aisle and spied a six-pack of Volvic Touch of Fruit. The description on the pack was basically that it was a still strawberry flavoured mineral water. The six-pack (6 x 330 ml) was £2.78. PACKAGING The packaging is quite striking – it does tend to leap out off the shelf at you. As it is a six-pack, you ...
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