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Will And Grace - Series 8 - Complete (DVD) 13/12/2014

Farewell Will & Grace

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (DVD) 15/10/2014

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Show

Trishna (DVD) 22/09/2014

Tess Becomes Trishna

Trishna (DVD) Trishna is a 2011 film set in India. The film stars Freido Pinto in the titular role of Trishna and Riz Ahmed as Jay, the male protagonist. ~*~Plot Summary~*~ Jay is the son of a wealthy British Indian businessman whose father wishes him to run his Indian hotels for him. Jay sees Trishna dancing at a hotel and is immediately smitten with her. Trishna’s father meets with an accident and is unable to support the family so when Jay approaches Trishna with an offer to work at one of his hotels she accepts, especially as the pay is 2,500 Rupees a week. Jay also gives her time of so that she can study for a hotel management course. One night after attending a college friend’s wedding Jay rescues her from some thugs in the street. It is not shown what happens next but she returns to her room crying which indicates that she was raped by Jay. She leaves town and returns home to her father’s dismay as she can’t get another job earning such a high salary working on local farms. She soon finds out she’s pregnant and her parents take her to a doctor for a termination. They then send her away to work with her aunt and uncle where she works hard in their factory all day and waits hand and foot on her aunt and uncle when she’s not at work. Jay tracks her down and asks her to come and live with him in Bombay where he’s now trying his hand at film producing. Trishna’s life changes as she moves to Bombay and as the story progresses we see how her relationship with Jay changes from bad to ...

Belvedere Resort, Crete 08/09/2014

Royal & Imperial Belvedere - Neither Regal nor Imperial Quality!

Belvedere Resort, Crete The Belvedere Resort was built apparently in the late 60s and most of it looks like that, although some areas have been refurbished. The resort is made up of 2 hotels, the Royal Belvedere and the Imperial Belvedere with facilities which are common to both hotels. ~*~Check-In~*~ We stayed at the Royal Belvedere for a week in May 2014. On arrival at around 1pm the check in was a slow and painful process, especially as they claimed they didn’t have our booking. This was despite me having the confirmation email from them printed with the reference number that they had sent me. We were made to wait around for a couple of hours and even then, tired as we were, we were shown 3 rooms to choose from – actually we weren’t even shown the rooms; we were handed the keys and told to see if we liked either of them. We rejected the first 2 room as they both very obviously hadn’t been serviced/cleaned before we were given a satisfactory room well after 5pm. Both rooms that we rejected had dirty ashtrays in them and the beds looked really crumpled. One of them had a balcony which was not at all private as it was on the ground floor and people were continually walking past to go to the restaurant or other parts of the hotel. We didn’t find the receptionist to be at all sympathetic or apologetic about the fact that they didn’t have our booking. ~*~The Room~*~ Our room had a nice enough view across the largest pool and out to sea. The room had a double room, which makes a nice change ...

Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede 22/08/2014

Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede - Not Exactly Ultimate

Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede I bought Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede as an impulse buy a few months ago at Superdrug and thought I’d share my views on it with you. When paying £8.99 for a lipstick you don’t know what to expect. It’s not expensive as lipsticks go but it’s definitely not what you’d consider to be cheap either. I think with Rimmel lipsticks you can get one for around £5 still these days but with Revlon £8 or upwards is about average price for their lip products. The packaging for Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede is nothing very exciting. I wouldn’t say it is cheap looking but neither is it something that jumps out at you and says “buy me”. The clear plastic lid is easily removed once you peel off the ingredients list (which incidentally leaves an annoying glue residue) and like most other lipsticks on the market you just twist up the bottom for the lipstick to come out. I’m not sure what I was really expecting with my purchase of Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede but I was sort of expecting it to glide on and feel velvety soft in a way that suede feels when you touch it. This is not quite the effect that this lipstick has when applying. It’s a lipstick that has a fairly matt texture and appearance and even though it glides on easily enough, it seems to need a couple of applications so it doesn’t look like a bland lip balm. Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede is pretty durable. I can apply it in the morning before going to work and find that it’s still mostly there by the home I get home from ...

5 Star Office Crystal Tape 13/08/2014

5 Star Tape is Not Exactly 5 Star Quality

5 Star Office Crystal Tape I’ve used 5 Star Office Crystal Tape on and off over the years. It’s not something I use at home but only in the workplace. This happens when working for a company that chooses to use the most economy stationery items due to such high stationery usage. In other words, I’ve generally only had to use it when working for large firms rather than small to medium ones. I will say up front that I’m not really a fan of 5 Star Office Crystal Tape – I do generally find most 5 Star products to be of very good value and decent quality but sadly, it is not the case with this tape. 5 Star Office Crystal Tape is 19mm in width and 33m in length. 19mm x 33m is fairly standard for tapes of this type and are made this size to they can fit standard tape dispensers. 33m seems to last quite a long time, I’ll explain why in a moment. The tape is somewhat uncooperative when unrolling to use. If you use with a tape dispenser it is awkward in use and difficult to tear. If you try to tear the tape with your teeth (as some people still do, no matter how unhygienic this may be), you will find yourself getting quite frustrated as it’s not easy – this gives the impression that the tape is strong but the lack of real long lasting stickiness kind of defeats the object of the tape being fairly strong. The tape itself looks cheap and has a cheap feel to it. You can tell how cheap it is when you actually use it as I don’t find it to be very reliable in holding down things I want it to hold down, i.e. its ...

The Brave One (DVD) 10/08/2014

The Brave One Needed to be Brave

The Brave One (DVD) The Brave One is a Jodie Foster psychological thriller starrer released in 2007. ~PLOT~ Erica Bain (Foster) is a radio show host madly in love with her doctor fiancé David and excited about planning their wedding. Whilst walking their dog in the park the dogs runs off and is grabbed by some thugs. When David and Erica request the quite obviously stoned and drunk thugs to return their dog, things get out of hand and they are both severely beaten up. David dies and Erica takes weeks to recover in hospital. Erica is completely grief stricken and terrified to go out. She decides to get a gun for protection but can’t bear to wait the 30 days needed to get a licence so buys an illegal gun and some ammunition. Erica carries her gun with her for her own safety but soon starts to witness violent crimes taking place whilst out and about shopping or on the subway and starts to use her gun to save other people or herself from potential attack. Her ultimate motive is to track down the thugs who beat her half to death and killed her fiancé. She becomes friendly with a Detective Mercer who’s investigating what seems to be vigilante killings, under the guise of interviewing him for her radio show. Will Erica get caught or will she be able to track down the men who ruined her life? ~MY OPINON~ I always find Jodie Foster very watchable. I’ve admired her work since the days of Taxi Driver and Bugsy Malone through The Accused, Silence of the Lambs and even Panic Room and Flight Plan in ...

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm 21/07/2014

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm - Read All About It!

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm I recently purchased a Revlon Colorburst Crayon Lacquer Balm in a red shade. I was attracted initially by the colours on display in the range especially the bright red one which I opted for as my first choice. I’d not seen this range before and had not done any research but with a 2 for £10 offer on with a single purchase of this crayon by itself being £5.99 I was happy to go for it without doing any research. I understand this range was released early in 2014 so it’s a fairly new addition to the Revlon lip range. As a long term user of Revlon products I thought I’d give this a try as I really liked the look of the colour of the “chubby” crayon that I picked up – the vibrant red shade was calling out to me “ Buy me, buy me NOW!” ~*~The Good~*~ On getting home I was very eager to try out my shiny new lippy so removed my existing lipstick and carefully applied my brand spanking new Revlon Colorburst Crayon Lacquer Balm. It glides on very smoothly indeed and I liked the way the crayon gave me good definition despite being quite a thick point. The colour looked as great as I imagine it would although to get the real bright vibrant red I wanted I had to apply several coats. With just one coat you get almost a lip gloss effect, you need to apply several layers to get the dazzling look that I was after. I also loved that you don’t have to go on the hunt for a pencil sharpener big enough to accommodate this rather thick crayon/pencil type product as it has a twisty feature ...

Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love DVD 03/07/2014

A Tale of Love? More a Tale of Lust and Revenge!

Comme des Garcons Wonderwood Eau de Parfum 10/06/2014

Commes des Garcons Wonderwood is Wonderful

Comme des Garcons Wonderwood Eau de Parfum My husband is pretty obsessed with good hygiene (which is great for me) and also with smelling nice (which is also good for me until he starts stealing my unisex perfumes). Sometimes I think he makes some rather poor choices but once in a while he picks out a blinder of a scent. He doesn’t buy a new scent lightly, he will test it in store, pick up some samples and try out at home to see how long it lasts and to see if I like it (the latter not always being a factor in his decision making process). One of his better buys in recent times was a purchase of Commes des Garcons Wonderwood. When hubby came home with some samples of this, I was much impressed when he tried it on and felt I had to try it too as the scent was just so overwhelming divine. I absolutely love the smell of sandalwood and this is a very apparent scent in Commes des Garcons Wonderwood. Commes des Garcons Wonderwood is most definitely a very woody fragrance which will appeal to people who like woody fragrances. There is no mistaking the woody aroma of this very masculine scent. The sandalwood is very apparent to my nose and this is my favourite part of the scent. Even though it’s a man fragrance, I keep “borrowing” it and spraying it on myself when I’m at home as I just like it so much. Hubby hasn’t quite noticed that I’ve been doing this but then again, I don’t care, he’s quite happy to steal my unisex perfumes when he feels like it. Commes des Garcons Wonderwood has very good staying power, it lasts a ...

5 Star Subject Divider 30/05/2014

5 Star Subject Divider - 100% Fit for Purpose

5 Star Subject Divider I’ve been using 5 Star Subject Dividers for more years than I care to remember both in the workplace and at home. These dividers come in a variety of packs to suit your individual and department needs. The dividers are made of fairly sturdy 230 micron board and are available as follows: * 5 part blank tabs multi-colour * 10 part blank tabs multi-colour * 12 part blank tabs multi-colour * 15 part blank tabs multi-colour * 10 part white card numbered 1-10 with index page * 10 part white card blank multi-colour tabs extra wide with index page and various others including alphabetical tabs. 230 micron basically means the card is 2.3mm thick as 1000 microns = 1 mm. This can also be described by weight gsm (grammes per square meter) and 230 microns is roughly 170-180 gsm. Some 5 Star dividers are available in 160 gsm but it’s not a whole lot of difference at the end of the day. The dividers also have more than enough holes punched in them to use with pretty much all type of files/folders to suit all needs and to date I’ve never had the need to have to punch further holes in the dividers. Over a period of time you might find that the holes start to tear out so either replace them or use those hole punch reinforcement thingies you can get really cheap (something like 500 for 50p). The first 4 dividers listed above have tabs which are easy to write on with pencil or pen. Obviously if you use pencil you can re-use at a later stage and even when using pen, I’ve managed to save ...

Already Dead (DVD) 28/05/2014

Already Dead? Not Exactly!

Already Dead (DVD) Already Dead is a 2008 Hollywood film starring Ron Eldard, Til Schweiger, Christopher Plummer and Patrick Kilpatrick. ~*~Plot~*~ Thomas Archer seems to have the perfect life, a great job, a loving wife and an adoring son. His world is then turned upside down when his wife is attacked brutally and his young son is killed. Understandably he feels like it’s the end of the world for him and as the police don’t seem to want to do anything to find the killer and bring him to justice claiming budget cuts, things seem even worse for him. He starts to see Dr Heller, a psychiatrist, who devises a plan for Thomas to get revenge on the man who attacked his family. ~*~Analysis~*~ I’d never heard of this film prior to watching it but the fact it had Christopher Plummer in made me curious as well as Ron Eldard as he was good in his role in Sleepers and I also remembered him from Drop Dead Fred. He’s still got his boyish looks and has a very cute look about him which makes it hard to believe he’s in his 40s. This made it easier to empathise with his character in the film who understandably feels his world has collapsed around him after the murder of his son. So in a ways it’s understandable when he is offers the opportunity to exact his own form of revenge on the man who killed his son. Some might think that he’s not a strong enough character to pull off the role but I think his boyish looks and natural vulnerability helped in the role as he’s, after all, supposed to be an every day ...

The Last Resort - Carmen Posadas 26/05/2014

The Last Resort - It Really Was...

The Last Resort - Carmen Posadas The Last Resort is a mystery novel mostly set in Morocco written by Carmen Posadas and originally published in 1996 with the first UK translation available in 2005. The English translation was done by Kristina Cordero. ~*~Plot Summary~*~ Rafael Molinet Rojas is an aging gay Spaniard who has spent most of his life dedicated to caring for his mother who has just passed away. Living in London, he has decided to go on a luxury holiday to Morocco and whilst there he intends to end his life as he feels he has nothing to live for. Just before he leaves for his holiday he meets up with his niece Fernanda who tells him a high society bit of gossip about the suspicious death of Jaime Valdes, a very rich philanderer. When he arrives at the luxury resort he finds that one of the other guests there is Valdes’ widow. Even though Molinet is determined to keep out of things the gossip and scandalous events grab his interest and he starts to find out things that lead to worrying events. ~*~Analysis~*~ I was really hoping to like this book as the back cover seemed to promise so much. It promised mystery, an exotic luxury holiday, scandal and high society gossip. It sounds like it should have been an enthralling read and with stories like this, I’m usually hooked from quite early on. On top of that I’ve taken this away with me on holiday a few times as that’s when I do a lot of reading, sitting by the pool. Usually I take books away with me and manage to finish them whilst away. With ...

5 Star Letter Tray 16/05/2014

5 Star Letter Tray - No Fuss, No Frills But Truly Fit For Purpose

5 Star Letter Tray I purchased a set of 5 Star Letter Trays some time ago as I had previously used many 5 Star products and found them to be good enough quality for the work place and good enough for my needs at home. I needed 3 trays for home use and paid around £1.50 per tray and had to purchase 2 sets of 4 risers as well to stack the trays for £0.35 a set. I bought them in black as I wanted a colour that would match my laptop and printer colours. These trays measure 25.5cm in width, 36.7cm in depth and 6.5cm in height each. They are made of fairly durable plastic (high-impact polystyrene) although they are suitable for paper documents rather than for bricks (why would you want to put bricks in your letter trays in the first place anonymili? I don’t know, I was just saying). The tray can accommodate both A4 sized documents as well as foolscap. The risers fit in quite easily although you probably need to give them a good tap to ensure they’ve gone right in and that the trays are even. The trays are available in black, red, blue and grey and come with a small label to put over the small tab at the front of each tray so you can label each tray as you see fit. I don’t use the labels for home use personally but when I’ve used these same brand of trays at work, I’ve labelled them fairly basically such as “in”, “out” and “pending”. These trays are not going to win any awards for quality or looks but they are fit for purpose and are available at a very reasonable price. Saying that the RRP of ...

T-Zone Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Exfoliating Wipes 16/05/2014

T-Zone Exfoliating Wipes - Not Just for Your T-Zone

T-Zone Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Exfoliating Wipes I’d never bought anything from the T-Zone range prior to picking up a pack of these in a local £1 store. I buy wipes regularly and so far don’t have any loyalty to any particular brand but I don’t like to pay more than £1 a pack as I get through them so quickly. Each pack has 20 wipes inside and they seem to be larger in size than normal wipes that I purchase. At just under 7 inches in length and 4 inches in width the pack is smaller than most other facial wipes packs and I think the packing of the wipes is overall more compact. The pack is easy to open to remove the wipes as needed and seals back down very well so the wipes don't dry out - this might seem obvious but I've actually previously experienced other brands of wipes which didn't seal back down too well after removing the first few wipes. The first thing I noticed when opening the pack is how strong the scent was of the wipes. This is something I did not like. The scent to me is rather unpleasant and almost put me off using the wipes. Saying that, once I actually apply the wipe to my face and wipe off my makeup I find the wipes are easy to use and very effectively remove all traces of makeup with ease. They also seem to remove all traces of dirt too if you’re not wearing makeup. There is no need to wash your face after using these. The wipes have an exfoliating texture which helps to cleanse pores as well as opening them. The Tea Tree and Witch Hazel contained in the wipes are known for their anti-bacterial ...
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