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Has modern music become too commercialised? 13/07/2004

When I grow up, I want to be a Cheeky girl

Has modern music become too commercialised? I can't give you a detailed op backed up with lots of statistics and figures on the commercialism of today's music - you'll have to look elsewhere! Here's my opinion on the modern chart music of today... Just listen to the Top 40, and you will realise just how pitiful modern music has become! The charts are filled with bland, unmemorable acts who will have a few hit singles and then disappear into obscurity, where they belong. Where are the acts that make people sit up, who make an impact? The problem is that the people who buy the singles are relatively young, so music bosses churn out rubbish to appeal to that age group. They do not want to risk money on bands/artists that are seen as too 'different', so those bands, with ideas of their own and talent, are unable to get a record label, and if they do, they rarely do well in the charts! It's as if anything original is frowned upon. Look at the likes of Westlife and Gareth Gates. They are adequate singers, though they certainly aren't talented! Their songs are written for them, they are portrayed in a certain way, their press is carefully controlled - it's when they decide they don't like being puppets that things go wrong! Their carefully put-together images fall apart, and their target audiences drop them like a hot potato. Just take Britney - the clean-cut, religious teenager who didn't believe in sex before marriage. She had a string of hits, and was at the top of the industry; the girl could do no wrong! But ...

Boots Soltan Extra Moisturising Sun Protection Lotion 13/07/2004

Beauty magazines will only make you feel UGLY

Boots Soltan Extra Moisturising Sun Protection Lotion We're in the middle of July at the moment but it might as well be February - the weather is absolutely appalling! We've had storms, torrential rain and even lightning, so there isn't really much use for suncream, but I'm off on my holidays on the 25th July and thought I would update a review on an old favourite! My skin tans easily and rarely burns; even without sun lotion I rarely burn, but I use it anyway because I don't want to look like I'm fifty by the time I get to thirty! I am quite careful with my skin, and use a sunscreen on my face every day, as well as my body in summer. I've tried quite a few suncreams, and Boots Soltan Extra Moisturising Sun Protection Lotion in SPF15 (that's a bit of a mouthful!) is the best one I've tried so far. It protects against both UVA and UVB rays; UVA rays cause premature ageing - they're the kind that are used on sunbeds, whereas UVB causes sunburn. It's water-resistant, but NOT waterproof, and is photostable, meaning that the effectiveness of the sun lotion does not break down as time goes by. It also has a cell protection system, which means nothing to me, but you might find it useful! The bottle might put some people off - if you prefer to whip out an discreetly elegant bottle on the beach, then this isn't for you! It's a bright yellow bottle with a lurid orange flip-top. It does look a bit cheap, but it's quite strong and does the job; holds the sun lotion, so you can't really complain! It's available in 200ml and 400ml ...

Spellbound - Jane Green 13/07/2004

Spellbound with Spellbound

Spellbound - Jane Green Spellbound is Jane Green’s latest novel, telling the story of Alice, who lives in a beautiful interior-designed house, has sleek, highlighted hair, a wardrobe of designer clothes and a gorgeous, rich husband. On the surface, she is calm, serene and a picture of loveliness, who has everything she could ever want, but the cracks are beginning to show. Alice isn’t a naturally elegant person. She would much rather be in jeans and a jumper, on a farm, surrounded by ducks and sheep. She feels like a fake in her Gucci clothes and Jimmy Choo kitten heels, but that’s what her husband wants, and what Joe wants, Joe gets. Which includes women. Alice buries her head in the sand and refuses to acknowledge his infidelities, but how long can she ignore the facts? Joe’s cheating forces him to accept a transfer to New York. Initially, Alice is upset, but begins to think this is a fresh start. When they find a country house in Connecticut, she is even happier. For a while, they seem to be getting their marriage back on track, but then the unexplained absences and ‘heavy workloads’ begin again… does she stick out her marriage? After all, she still loves Joe. Or should she leave with her dignity intact, but her heart broken? Jane Green has written a few books now, and they are pretty much hit and miss. This is one of the better ones. She has a conversational, friendly style that flows well, and very descriptive, so you feel you know the characters fairly well, but she never digs deeper ...

Vosene Regular Shampoo 06/07/2004

Bye dandruff, I won't miss you a bit!

Vosene Regular Shampoo I do pride myself on looking neat and groomed at all times, and the one thing that makes people look as though they don't care about their appearance is dandruff. I suffer from this on and off but lately I've been using more products in my hair (serum, gel, etc) and so I've been washing my hair daily - which seems to aggravate my scalp! I think dandruff is vile, but nothing seemed to work - I even tried rubbing baby oil into my scalp, which just left my hair feeling really greasy and oily (and no wonder!). Head & Shoulders is usually quite reliable but even that can't seem to tackle my itchy, flaky scalp. I've tried a variety of products but Vosene definitely works the best. I wouldn't normally choose Vosene - it seems like such a basic, functional brand, and it's never particularly appealed. The plain green packaging never really caught my eye and it seemed like something my gran would love! In my desperation though, I tried Vosene Original Shampoo, and to my surprise, it actually worked! This shampoo promises to protect against dandruff and maintain healthy hair, and comes with a matching Anti Dandruff conditioner, which I also use. The shampoo itself is brown and fairly runny, which is quite off-putting but it smells lovely - a mix between tea tree oil and disinfectant! It won't be to everyone's taste but I personally love it. The smell fades down quite a lot once your hair is dry anyway though, so it doesn't matter too much if you don't like it. A small amount of ...

Top 10 Songs of All Time 01/07/2004

God that girl has awful taste...

Top 10 Songs of All Time I like all kinds of music - everything from Beyonce to the Red Hot Chili Peppers is fine by me! I hate music snobs; the ones who snigger 'so you like Beyonce... of course you're entitled to your own taste!' I'd never be able choose my ten favourite songs of all time, so you'll have to make do with my ten current favourites! 10) TAKE ME OUT - FRANZ FERDINAND --------------- --------------- --------------- --------------- ----- I hated this when it first came out but it's definitely grown on me. It's quite quirky really, it's not my usual kind of music but I really like it. The lead singer of FF looks like my old Geography teacher which is quite scary though! 9) FEELING THE LOVE - REACTOR --------------- --------------- --------------- ------------ You might be scratching your head at this but you'll have heard of this! 'Electric shivers... through my skin... it's like a fever and you're my only medicine..' It's that song from the Lynx advert! It's so hard not to sing along to this; it's so catchy and it's like an itch that needs scratching! 8) THIS LOVE - MAROON 5 --------------- --------------- ----------- The lead singer of Maroon 5 (Adam Levine) has such a gorgeous voice, I could listen to him all day. He's not so bad to look at either! This song has been around for ages but I never get sick of hearing it. Most guys I know pretend to hate this but it's just because they're jealous - every time this song comes on, all the girls start sighing and talking about ...

Eucerin Dry Skin Relief Hand Cream with 0.05 Urea 17/06/2004

Creamed

Eucerin Dry Skin Relief Hand Cream with 0.05 Urea I have bad eczema, which I keep under control with antihistamines and hydrocortisone cream, and although I haven't had any real problems with it on my face, it's extremely dry and towards the end of the day, areas such as my forehead and near my eyes start to flake. This does look quite horrible, I have to say, and I set about finding a cream to keep my skin moisturised all day. I was so desperate for something to sort out my dry skin that I bought Eucerin Dry Skin Relief Cream in Boots, resenting every penny of the £6.15 I paid for it. Surely they could have made the packaging more attractive? The pot the cream comes in looks really cheap and nasty, with an ugly red and blue colour scheme - not nice at all, but moving on... It has a thick texture and feels quite cool when you dip your finger into it - going from the appearance, you'd think it would feel light and fresh on your skin, but it feels more like Vaseline! It's quite hard to spread, even on damp, freshly cleansed skin, and doesn't absorb very well - I look like I've fallen face down into a deep fat fryer, even when I've only used a tiny amount. It doesn't have any smell and is pretty unremarkable - it's only redeeming feature is that it moisturises really well! I was a bit confused because my doctor had always told me it was a lack of oil in my skin that caused dryness, but now Eucerin was telling me dry skin is due to a lack of urea! I have my Science textbook in front of me, and it clearly states 'Urea is ...

Alberto 3 Minute Miracle 02/06/2004

I believe in miracles, since Aussie came along...

Alberto 3 Minute Miracle If my hair were a person, it would be Kevin the teenager - unpleasant, unruly and badly behaved! It's full of split ends and kinks and it looks really dull and unhealthy. The only way I can make it look halfway presentable is to straighten it, which in turn damages it even more. I can't win! I have to admit, it's probably my own fault. My friend has loaned me her Mark Hill ThermoCeramic straighteners after she got some GHD's for her birthday, and I've become hooked - I'll use them even I'm alone in the house with nobody to see the results, because I just love the poker-straight, sleek and beautifully healthy-looking effects. My Andrew Collinge straighteners just can't compete! Anyway, I've found something to lessen the guilt of straightening - Aussie 3 Minute Miracle! This magic intensive conditioner promises to repair and reconstruct damaged hair. At £5.29, it was twice the price of my usual conditioner, but in the long run, if it really worked, it would save me money on other, inferior intensive conditioners, right? So it would be stupid NOT to buy it! (That's my logic, anyway!) The bottle comes in a plain white tube - nothing remarkable. The only thing that makes it stand out from other conditioners is that there is no lid. To dispense the conditioner, you just squeeze the tube, and the thick, peach cream comes out of the hole in the bottom. I was quite concerned the tube would leak, but the product stays inside the tube unless it's squeezed, so you don't need to ...

Simple Nourishing Body Wash 13/05/2004

Wash away your eczema!

Simple Nourishing Body Wash Normally I count myself lucky because my eczema is quite mild and can be controlled with E45 and Neutrogena, but lately it's been steadily getting worse and worse. At the moment, my skin looks terrible - it's dry and flaky, with scabby sores on my inner arms and the back of my knees from where I've scratched. Not nice, not to mention horrendous-looking! I'd been ignoring the problem for a while, but when I absently rubbed my tummy and a snowstorm of flakes showered onto my black trousers, I knew I needed to sort it out - cue a trip to my local Boots! My skin looked vile and I bought a whole heap of shower gels, body lotions and exfoliators, in the hope of clearing it up, but Simple Nourishing Body Wash is the only shower gel I've found to be of any help at all! This 100% soap free wash claims to be free of any perfume, unnecessary additives and colourings. It promises to nourish, condition and moisturise even the driest of skins, which is a pretty big claim! Included in the ingredients are chamomile extract and Vitamins E and B5 (panthenol) which is an an anti-inflammatory agent. It doesn't contain any mineral oil (parrafinum liquidum), commonly found in bath and body products, either, which I am allergic to. It comes in a simple white tube with a hook lid so it can be hung up, if you prefer. Unlike other shower gels with flip tops, you have to actually pull off the lid and squirt the shower gel into your hand - a bit fiddly if you're normally blinded by shampoo ...

10 Beauty Products You Couldn't Live Without 10/05/2004

You vain tart!

10 Beauty Products You Couldn't Live Without You're asking me to narrow down my ten favourite beauty products? It'll be hard (I was bored this morning and counted - I have 67 cosmetics and skincare products!) but I've nothing better to do, so I'll give it a go! FOUNDATION --------------- -------- I've been wearing it since I was 12, and feel paranoid if I'm out and about without any on! My skin isn't in bad condition because I try to look after it, and I don't often get spots, but I feel much safer and protected when I wear foundation! Oh, I hate it when people wear orange foundation though, especially when they smother it over flaky patches and spots - it knocks me sick! OK I'm a bit obsessive about applying it, but trust me, you'd be horrified if you saw me bare-faced! Tip: Apply foundation with wet fingers or a wet sponge - your foundation will last longer! This is apparently because when the water evaporates from the skin, it binds the colour to the skin. BRONZER --------------- Bronzer is another absolute essential. I often look quite washed out, and it warms me up straight away without making me look orange or streaky, like I often do with facial fake tans! I use Rimmel Sunshimmer every day which does the job well but I think a fiver for a Rimmel product is a bit much! Tip: Don't apply bronzer all over the face because you'll just look silly - stick to the forehead, nose and jawline, where the sun naturally hits. Go for a matte rather than shimmery bronzer for a more natural look as well. HAIR ...

Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator 05/05/2004

Wake Me Up Before You Go Glow

Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator I am desperate for that healthy and fresh glow that screams 'I've just come back from a month in Mauritius or some other equally exotic place!' but unfortunately, most of the time I just look greasy and sweaty! I have spent an absolute fortune on useless products but now I've definitely found my wonder product - Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator! This 'illuminating' lotion promises to brighten up skin and give you a luminous, radiant complexion, whether used by itself or under foundation. It even claims to contain a crystal complex and vitamins C and E - I think the Vitamin C is pretty much obsolete as it's a very unstable vitamin, but hey, it sounds good! The lotion also contains SPF15 but you're unlikely to get the benefits unless you use loads, which I wouldn't recommend unless you love the just-fallen-face-down-in-a-deep-fat-fryer look! Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator (what a mouthful!) comes in a very sturdy plastic tube with a pump dispenser at the bottom. It does look quite expensive, but probably no more so than it actually is! There are loads of different shades, ranging from almost white to brown, but it doesn't matter if there isn't an exact shade match for you because it's very sheer and isn't like a foundation. I use 04 Bare Light which is slightly lighter than my own skin tone but I wouldn't say you could notice! Normally I mix this in with Max Factor Seamless Foundation. I only use a tiny amount, maybe the size of two peas, which is plenty! The ...

Everything that starts with E ... 29/04/2004

EmilyO's Ciao Challenge!

Everything that starts with E ... 1) Who, from Ciao, would you really love to know what they looked like? *^*^*^*^*^*^*^* ^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^ *^*^*^*^*^*^*^* ^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^ *^*^*^*^*^*^*^* ^ Well, anyone who doesn't have a picture up! I'd be quite interested in seeing what Lostwitness looks like because in my head he looks like Andrew Lincoln. That said, I think Phil is gay so it would be useless even if he were Andrew's twin.. sorry if I've got the wrong person and you're actually a happily married man with ten kids! Oh and Babygirl, because she sounds lovely and gorgeous (well she should do really, seeing the amount of money she spends on cosmetics!). (2)Which one member do you think you would be friends with in the “Real World”? *^*^*^*^*^*^*^* ^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^ *^*^*^*^*^*^*^* ^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^ *^*^*^*^*^*^*^* ^*^*^*^*^* I think maybe Thingywhatsit, Stuleg, bubblegumprincess... well, there's loads! Rachel seems really nice and caring, Stuart seems like such a nice person (plus I've never met a bald man before!) who's also really funny, and Katy seems like someone I'd get on with. I'm sure I'd get on with anyone from my COT, though. (3) Do you think you spend too much time on Ciao? *^*^*^*^*^*^*^* ^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^ *^*^*^*^*^*^*^* ^*^*^*^*^ I pop on for about half an hour when I get home from school, after I've watched Balamory and Arthur (yes, on CBBC) and Tracy Beaker if it's on, and for maybe an hour or so in the evening. I'll be on less if it's sunny or there's something good on TV! God, I'm sad ...

Love Actually (DVD) 27/04/2004

Love, no, Christmas is all around us...

Love Actually (DVD) Go and watch Love Actually. Even if you've already seen it. Now! It really is THE definitive romantic comedy and I can't think of any other film in it's genre that does it better. And with a cast including Hugh Grant, Andrew Lincoln, Keira Knightley and Martine McCutcheon, there'll be someone to keep you distracted, should you find the film boring! THE CAST - - - - - - - - - - I don't normally see the point in cast lists but with so many storylines, it's quite distracting to keep mentioning the actors and actresses as I go along, so here's a list of the main characters! Andrew Lincoln - Mark Alan Rickman - Harry Bill Nighy - Billy Mack Colin Firth - Jamie Emma Thompson - Karen Hugh Grant - David Keira Knightley - Juliet Laura Linney - Sarah Liam Neeson - Daniel Martin Freeman - John Martine McCutcheon - Natalie Thomas Sangster - Sam THE STORYLINE(S) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Love Actually is based around eight different storylines about love, all linked together through friends, neighbours, workmates, etc. The aim of the film is to show, in the words of Hugh Grant, 'Love, actually IS all around us'. It would take me forever and a day to describe all the different storylines and explain how they are linked, but I'll pick out a few of my favourites! When Jamie finds his girlfriend in bed with his brother, he decides to go to France and finish writing his novel. His housekeeper there is Aurelia, a pretty Portugese girl who speaks no ...

Simply Divine - Wendy Holden 14/04/2004

Hello, this is Fluffy Fronte-Bottom speaking...

Simply Divine - Wendy Holden Women hate Champagne D'Vyne, but they hate her tanned, smooth skin, glossy blonde hair and pouty lips even more. She spends her days shopping with daddy's credit card, posing in her La Perla lingerie and having her roots touched up, and despises anyone who has the audacity to be blonder, more flesh-flashing or attention-grabbing than herself. In fact, she's the opposite of Jane, the plain and dowdy features assistant at Gorgeous magazine. When Jane's bitchy, ambitious boss Josh decides he wants a glossy, perfectly groomed socialite to write a column for the magazine, Champagne seems perfect. The only problem is she can't string two sentences together, which is where Jane comes in to 'ghost-write' the column for Champagne. She can't stand Champagne - she's flighty, irresponsible and treats Jane with utter contempt. Bizarrely enough though, they find out they have a lot more in common than they thought, and Jane discovers the only way she will be happy is if she makes a decision that will attach her to Champagne for the rest of her life. And she isn't so sure she can cope with that... I put down Simply Divine thinking 'aww, how sweet!' It's genuinely a very charming book that slowly gets under your skin as you read on, and is immensely likeable. At times it's bitchy and sharp but it's heart is in the write place (yes I'm still talking about a book here!). I know most of you will be rolling your eyes and muttering 'what a load of rubbish!' but you have to agree, Wendy ...

Finding Nemo (DVD) 11/04/2004

With fronds like these, who needs anemones?

Finding Nemo (DVD) I am one of those people who gets distracted very easily, and during a vital point in the film, start rummaging through my popcorn looking for the burnt, crunchy ones, completely lose track of what's going on, and end up watching the rest of the film in utter confusion. That is why I prefer the simplicity of childrens films! I count Monsters Inc and Shrek among my favourite films, so I couldn't wait to watch Pixar's latest film, Finding Nemo. My friend wanted to see Cabin Fever, but I stood my ground, and it paid off - I loved every minute of it! The film is centred around, obviously, Nemo. Before Nemo (Alexander Gould), a young clownfish, was born, his mother and siblings were eaten by a shark, and as a result, his father Marlin (Albert Brooks) is extremely protective of his only surviving son. On the first day of school, the pair argue over Nemo's safety, and to annoy his father, Nemo swims up to the ocean's surface, and is caught by a diver. In absolute horror, Marlin puts aside his fear of the ocean, and sets off to rescue his son. Dory (Ellen DeGeneres, the blue fish up in that picture accompanying this category!), a forgetful but kind-hearted girl, joins him on his search for Nemo, but is more of a hindrance than a help with her short term memory. Fortunately, she has the ability to read, and through a dropped pair of goggles, they discover the diver who caught Nemo lives in Australia, and begin their journey to Sydney. Fortunately, Nemo is alive and well, ...

Always Ultra Normal 08/04/2004

Bring on the menopause!

Always Ultra Normal My problem with sanitary towels are that they make me feel dirty and paranoid, plus they seem to exacerbate all the side effects that come with periods! Sorry to be graphic but I feel better using tampons because if all the gunk is inside and I can't see it, to me it's not there, and I can ignore the cramps, backache and urges to watch Armageddon and Titanic a bit better! When I first started my periods, I used sanitary towels because my mum and my sister used them, and the thought of sticking tampons up there while I was blobbing made me want to puke! The problem was, sanitary towels seemed so unhygienic and bulky. Add to that I could never get used to the 'wings' which seemed to stick to everything but my knickers, and you can see why I decided to try tampons! I spent half an hour lurking in Boots clutching a box of Tampax, throwing it back onto the shelf whenever someone passed, making my friends keep lookout while I dithered over which brand to try. I even made my friends pay for them as by this point I was turning green with fear that someone from school would pass by and ask me what I bought! My dutiful mates even asked for two Boots carrier bags because they are quite see-through and carried them around town for me! Anyway anyway, shut up Jess... what I wanted to say was, I tried Tampax and never looked back! Well, actually, I did or else I wouldn't be reviewing sanitary towels! What is up with me today?? Anyway, I have a box of Always Ultra Normal in my ...
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