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Just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone for any rates. Sorry I don't have time to thank you all individually but they are all appreciated. x

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Max Factor Masterpiece MAX Mascara 26/01/2012

Sculpting Another Masterpiece...

Max Factor Masterpiece MAX Mascara I seem to always be on a mission when it comes to mascaras. I have a list as long as my arm of brands and types to try. I'm lucky to naturally have reasonably long lashes but they are also as pale as anything, so a good mascara has always been very important to me to utilise my long lashes and also give them some colour. On a trip to Asda a couple of months ago, I walked past the makeup counter, and like an addict to a drug, I couldn't resist the urge of buying yet another mascara when I know full well I have a few favourite brands that would be hard to beat, but I can't help think "but this one could be even better!" so I browsed and settled on the Max Factor Masterpiece MAX in black. I did not see the mascara in any other colours but the day I bought it the counter was quite empty, a quick search online and I can see it comes in blue and brown also. I tend to opt for black over any other colours for maximum effect, I think it is my way of compensating for the naturally blonde lashes I have. The mascara set me back £10 which is a reasonable price for a Max Factor product. Their cosmetics are usually of a pretty high standard and I trust them a little more than some of the cheaper brands. The mascara itself came with just a small sliver of plastic wrap around it to hold the security tag on it (I suppose mascara would be an easy option to steal for anyone with sticky fingers). The tube is a nice gloss black with gold detailing, with a band around the top, a little gold slice ...

Mattel Scrabble Original 20/01/2012

Qi and Xu...Remember them....Trust me!

Mattel Scrabble Original Scrabble is one of those games that most families are familiar with. It’s a nice fun bring the family together type game that is actually very good for your vocabulary and spelling also (2 things I’ve never been great at myself). The game comes boxed in a traditional styled green box with the game bored. This is a square with lots of spaces for the letter tiles you also get to be placed. The object of the game is to draw 7 letter tiles and using the little stands provided, work out what words you can make, these are then placed on the board and you receive a score. This score can be lifted by using the bonus squares such as the "Double Letter" or "Triple Word". This increases your score. All words must join much like a crossword, so you can use other players’ letters to help place longer words and get a higher score. When all the letters are used its game over and highest score wins. My Opinion What I love about scrabble is the fact it's one for those games you can pick up and play and it never changes. It's predictable and the fun is always the same. Whether playing with parents, children or friends. It's interesting to see what words others come up with and it really helps to expand your vocab. The board and tiles are easy to put away which is always useful when making room on the table etc as they all slot nicely into the box. I like the colouring of the board as it always reminds me of playing in my childhood. There are many different versions now of scrabble but ...

New Covent Garden Food Co. Our Best Chicken Soup 19/01/2012

Like A Bowl of Hugs!

New Covent Garden Food Co. Our Best Chicken Soup When winter approaches I find nothing more satisfying than a nice warm bowl of soup to take the chill out of the day. I've always been a pretty big soup fan with Heinz and Weightwatchers being 2 I used to eat quite frequently. I am however completely converted now to the New Covent Garden Co. brand and cannot see myself going back. The company themselves do a whole range of different soups and one of my favourites is the chicken. They do a range of vegetable ones, potato and leek being another of my favourites, as well as limited edition flavours at times with new spins on some traditional tastes. You can buy Covent Garden soup from most food stores and they are usually easy to spot as they come in nice little 600g beige cartons. Each pack usually has a picture of the main ingredient of the soup and the chicken one is no different with a nice picture of a whole chicken on the front. Priced usually at around the £2.30 mark that i've seen, they may seem slightly pricey, but the 600g carton is 2 servings, 300g is plenty and what I would call a big bowlful. They are also very often in offers and in the last month I have seen them both in Asda in a buy one get one free promotion and Morrisons for £1 a carton, which definitely makes it worth it. The chicken soup itself is just delicious. I actually have had a Heinz chicken soup since trying these and in comparrison it tasted chemically and not very nice at all. The Covent Garden soup is very thick, it's a creamy soup but is very ...

Asmodee The Werewolves of Millers Hollow 03/01/2012

Welcome To Millers Hollow...Where All Is Not As It Seems...

Asmodee The Werewolves of Millers Hollow Recently, any gathering of friends i’ve been a part of has resulted in my brain doing a quick count up of heads and asking myself the same question again and again....do we have enough people to play werewolves?! The Werewolves of Miller Hollow is a card based role playing game in which players will have to use strategy and tactics to survive and win the game. What is it? / How to play the game? This game requires really having at least 9 people, 8 to play and one person to be the moderator (mod) who will “run” the game. You can play with less but the games will be very short. Everyone sits in a circle and is given a card from the pack; you will either be a simple villager, a werewolf or a power role (which are villagers with special powers). You are not to show your card to anyone unless told to by the mod. The overall point of the game is for your team to survive, the villagers want to kill the werewolves and the wolves want to kill all villagers without being found out. The game is played in 2 phases, firstly you have the night phase, were everyone closes their eyes. In this phase the mod will call for the power cards in turn to wake up and use powers then go back to sleep (more on this later). The wolves will then be woken up and select someone to eat and go back to sleep. The day phase is when the village (everyone) wakes up (opens their eyes) and discovers who got eaten in the night and decide to lynch someone on suspicion of being a werewolf. The wolves ...

Apple iPhone 4S 16GB 02/12/2011

An Apple A Day...

Apple iPhone 4S 16GB I’ve owned an iPhone now for a good few years and recently decided to change to the iPhone 4S from my iPhone 4. It may seem like a silly upgrade really as my contract wasn’t up and I paid upfront for the new handset, but with cash back I acquired and selling my iPhone 4 I justified it in my head and decided to go for it. After all, I’m a fool for fun new toys. Now I am going to try and keep this review focused on the things I think are most important for people thinking of buying a new phone. Obviously iPhones have a lot of features but I will try and be concise but thorough. As I’m sure most people know, the iPhone 4S is the latest release from Apple. I have a black iPhone 4S 16gb which I got handset only (as I wasn’t due an upgrade) direct from Apple for £499. It is available from all the usual phone retailers and on contract and pay as you go. The phone itself is stylish and sleek. The black and silver casing is smooth and it has a nice large screen which is useful since it’s a touch screen. The volume controls and keypad lock button are easy to locate and use without knocking them by accident. To unlock the phone you simply press the round bottom button and swipe the screen to unlock. The touch screen is very intuitive and simple to master after a small amount of use. After a few minutes of really exploring the phone you get used to swiping, pinching and dragging the screen to use all features. It is very user friendly. Texting also makes use of the touch screen ...

Kon-Tiki Club, Puerto del Carmen 13/10/2011

Basic But Bright Boarding Abroad!

Kon-Tiki Club, Puerto del Carmen Kon Tiki Hotel I was very lucky to get away for a week’s break to Lanzarote recently. A holiday was needed by me and the friends I went with and the Kon Tiki Hotel in Puerto Del Carmen seemed like a nice basic hotel that would give us everything we wanted to just get away for a while. Getting There / Checking In / First Impressions The hotel itself is only approx 8 miles from Arrecife airport and it is a short transfer of only 10 minutes or so to get to the hotel which is lovely after an early morning flight. I will admit I was a tiny but nervous as the coach pulled up out the front and our groups name was called out as the hotel looked rather quaint. As with the whole of the island, the building was a simple white 2 storey structure. The signage out the front was very basic and simple and the entrance looked quite small. I did wonder quite how good the hotel would be given its appearance and how cheap we got the holiday! Interesting fact: It is actually law in Lanzarote that no “tall” buildings are allowed and all structures must be white with any other colours being either brown to represent the ground, blue for the sea or green for the grass they don’t have anywhere on the island. Once we were all in reception (3 girls and 3 boys) we were quickly and efficiently checked into our 2 rooms. The receptionist was friendly and spoke good English. She wished us a nice stay, gave us the keys to our 2 rooms and pointed to a map of the complex to show us where our ...

The Grimsdyke Hotel - Resturant, Harrow 03/08/2011

A Spot of Pigeon Old Chap?

The Grimsdyke Hotel - Resturant, Harrow The Grimsdyke is a stunning old English hotel, built in 1870 and located in Old Redding in Harrow Weald, Middlesex. It consists of a 37 room hotel, a restaurant, a bar and many beautiful gardens and a lake that surround the building. I recently visited the hotel for dinner, but until it was suggested to me by my dining partner, I can honestly say I had only heard of it by name and assumed the restaurant was not available to non hotel guests. It turns out that anyone can make a reservation for the hotel or indeed just pop in to the bar or gardens at any time without having to be a guest. We arrived after pulling down the long country lane that the hotel is nestled down and parked up with ease in the hotels gravel car park. It is a large enough car park and midweek it had barely 6 cars in. I noticed how beautiful and large the building was firstly. It simply looks wonderful with its wooden beams and grandeur. It is a very nice looking building and is set beautifully amongst various gardens and the surrounding wooded area. It wasn’t time for our table yet (being one to always be early) so we had a chance to grab a drink from the bar and explore the grounds around the hotel. The bar itself was about half way full with mostly business men types, lots of suits and briefcases around here. The bar staff were friendly and attentive and we were served immediately with no troubles, deciding to take our drinks outside to enjoy the weather rather than sit in the bar. There is ...

Magimix Nespresso M200 Manual 12/05/2011

Throw Some Magic In The Mix!

Magimix Nespresso M200 Manual Nespresso Magimix M200 I’ve always been a fan of an after meal cappuccino and the fresh smell of coffee, which is something that was always limited for me until I was out at a restaurant or the very rare time I’d visit a coffee house, since I’m not a fan of instant coffee. Thanks to the generosity of my mother in law however, I am the proud owner of a new (to me) Nespresso Magimix M200. How to get one and where from for how much? The machine was bought new a few years back by my mother in law who has now upgraded to a newer model and kindly passed on the M200 to me as it is still in perfect working order. Nespresso are a brand leader in the coffee world and their name is synonymous with coffee. They have a very simple to navigate website where you can purchase the machines, refills and other related items. The machines are also available from a lot of other electrical retailers and online merchants such as Amazon. The Magimix M200 is not actually available from new anymore on the Nespresso website, but it can be found elsewhere. It retailed at new for approx £180.00 but can be found online for a little cheaper. Appearance The machine is a lovely matt black colour all over with chrome detailing around the top of the machine on the handle which opens its jaws (where you to insert the coffee). It is actually rather small as an overall machine and does not take up too much room on the counter, which is something I love about it. It sits nicely on the work ...

Odeon Cinema, Hatfield 29/04/2011

Off To The Pictures

Odeon Cinema, Hatfield As I have said in many of my review previously, I am a big film fan. My other half and I have been blissfully enjoying regular trips to the cinema now for many years. Sometimes we'll go 2 or 3 times a week if there are enough films out that we would like to see etc. We usually average once a week. As a big film fan, the cinema we choose to go to is quite important to me, very sad I know! I will be reviewing the Odeon in Hatfield. Location and Parking This 9 screen multiplex cinema is located in the Galleria shopping centre in Hatfield just off the A1M in Hertfordshire. The entrance to the cinema is clearly posted in the Galleria and you can't really miss it, if you come in from the rear car park, as it's the first thing you'll walk through. Being in the Galleria it has ample parking facilities including a multi storey car park as well as the shopping centre outside car parks. Prices and Booking According to the Odeon website, the prices at Hatfield Odeon are as follows: Child 12 years and under £5.10 Off peak and £6.10 peak Teen Ages 13-17 £5.50 off peak and £6.50 peak Student £5.90 off peak and £6.95 peak Senior Ages 60+ £5.90 off peak and £6.95 peak Adult Ages 18+ £7.00 off peak and £8.40 peak Premier seats are an extra £1 per person. All tickets are actually 10p more expensive now and have been for a good few months so the website hasn't been updated. I will explain what Premier Seating is a bit later on. When purchasing ...

iQuarium (iPhone Application) 27/04/2011

I'm Gonna Get You Little Fishy!

iQuarium (iPhone Application) I am going to come out and say it straight away, I like lame silly apps for my iPhone. The sillier the better and the quicker and easier the more I am likely to play with them. I downloaded iQuarium about a year ago now and for some reason still have it and still use it. What is it? iQuarium is a nice little app for the iPhone that turns your screen into a tank. You are given a little fish to start with and it is your job to feed him and decorate his tank so that he can live a long and happy fake fish life in your phone. There is no real end of reason, it is just something to continue doing. How can I get it? The App is currently available on the iPad as well as the iPhone and can be downloaded through iTunes or the App store. It currently cost 59p but was free when I downloaded it many moons ago. What can I do with it? Well, the point of the "game" as I said, is just to keep your fish alive and happy. He will grow the older he gets and he will get bigger. My first fish creatively named "Fishy" survived for about 7 months. If a fish dies because you haven't fed them in more than a few days, you can start again which is how I now am the proud owner of "Fishy II and Fishy III" When you start your fishy adventure you will be armed with nothing but an empty tank and a little pot of food. By clicking the food, little pellets are dropped into the tank and the fish will eat them if he is hungry. If a fish goes a while without food they will get pale and not move as ...

Wrigleys Extra Cool Breeze 21/04/2011

Perfect Mastication?

Wrigleys Extra Cool Breeze Orbit, Airwaves and Hubba bubba are just a few of the great types of gum that Wrigley's have produced over the years, Extra, however has always been my favourite. As far as describing a chewing gum goes, the cool breeze flavour extra is small, rectangular and white, a lot like most mint flavoured gums. It can be brought in small foil and paper wrapped packs of about 10 or in larger "Handy Boxes" which I tend to go for, as they are simple enough to leave in a cup holder in my car, or on my desk at work. There are also much larger pots available for any chewing gum fiends out there. Wrigley's have a good way of colour coding the different flavours, so it's simple to pick up the one you like best. Cool breeze comes in a turquoise / green colour but has all the usual markings and information as every other flavour in the brand. I love this, as it only takes a quick glance to know I am getting the one I want. I have never picked up the wrong flavour to realise at a later date that it isn't one I like. Extra's "Cool Breeze" has a pleasant texture and the flavour is spot on. I find other mint based flavours to be a little overpowering. Cool breeze however is a lot subtler, but does leave your mouth feeling fresh and minty after chewing. The gum does lose its flavour rather quickly, probably about 10-15 minutes, but then I haven't really known any others to last particularly longer. Even after the flavour has dulled it is still pleasant due to the texture. Knowing ...

Vaseline Lip Therapy with Aloe Vera 19/04/2011

Take Good Care Of My Lips!

Vaseline Lip Therapy with Aloe Vera Vaseline lip therapy is one of the few permanent features in my make up bag, it's one of those things that I just might need for something and as such, must have on me. For anyone who doesn't know Vaseline is a petroleum based jelly. The Aloe Vera pocket size, which is what I am reviewing, comes in a small circular tin with green and white plain marking. The tin can hold 20g of Vaseline, which doesn't sound like a lot, but it really does go a long way. The main purpose of Vaseline Lip Therapy is quite obviously for use on your lips, applying a small amount will spread smoothly and evenly over your lips automatically making them softer and adding a slight shine. It also works well to prevent chapped lips and any dry or cracked lips are repaired and instantly softened and a sigh of relief can commence. For its purpose, Vaseline is in my opinion one of the best lip care treatments about. It's easy to use and extremely effective. My favourite thing however about Vaseline is that it can be used for so many more things, especially for us girls. If you've ever woken up at a friend's house or somewhere else and realised you do not have your make up bag with you, if this is in your bag, it will help a lot. Some on the lips will make your lips look fuller and shiny and applied to eyelids, as long as you get the amounts right so not to be too thick, it works as an eyeshade, just to bring out some feature in your eyes. It also helps with cuts as it seals them and the Aloe ...

Rimmel London Glam'Eyes Mascara Waterproof 15/04/2011

Its blinking well good!

Rimmel London Glam'Eyes Mascara Waterproof As I have mentioned numerous times before, I'm an eye makeup girl. I love black eyeliner and black mascara and creating a look for my eyes that really stands out, as such I have tried and tested quite a number of mascaras in my time so far. The newest one to go through my rigorous Becci test is Rimmel's Glam Eyes Black Mascara. Price / Availability I picked this up from Tesco's make up counter whilst looking to replace my liquid eyeliner. There was a 3 for 2 deal on any Rimmel products and since I know I will always eventually need more mascara I'm happy to pick up more, even if my previous hasn't finished, especially if it's in a deal. So I brought new liquid eyeliner, a lovely shimmery eye shadow and the Glam Eyes Mascara for about £15. Not too bad going. It retails usually by itself for £6.99, at least it does in Tesco, and so prices should be around about this mark. It's available from all decent make up stockists like Boots and Superdrug etc. Packaging / Appearance I was quite happy with the packaging that came with my new mascara, or should I say lack of. The mascara came loose and not in a blister pack or in a box. I quite like this as it really is just a waste otherwise. In a world of over packaging and wasting resources, I was happy enough to have my mascara loose, I'm sure most people know how mascara works and would not need the information bumf that comes on the packages. The mascara itself if a funky black and light pink colour; with a ...

Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Soft Bake Bars Strawberry 13/04/2011

My daily dose of "Healthiness"

Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Soft Bake Bars Strawberry Kellogg's Nutri-Grain bars are soft baked cereal / fruit bars that can be eaten as a healthier alternative snack. I came across these a few months ago when I saw them next to the crisps at my local garage on my lunch break. Now I am far from the healthiest of eaters, but tried this on a whim since the bright red packet looked like it might be something I would enjoy. Containing wheat, wholegrain, oats and with a strawberry filling, it was something I thought would subdue my guilt over snacking as surely all those things are better for you than a bag of crisps. The actual bar is 37g. It's certainly filling and has enough substance that it will tide anyone over until lunch time, without having to resort to other snacks as well. Now as I mentioned I am far from healthy when it comes to food. I'm not a fan of fruit in general and do not like oats particularly but I find these bars extremely tasty. The soft texture of the bar and the fluffy middle complement each other well. It doesn't have a strong taste, but rather a more texture related experience eating one. They just feel really substantial; the only thing I could nearly compare it to would be eating a slice of bread with a slither of strawberry jam on it. You can have a good chew and it takes more than a few bites to finish. Making you feel like you've really eaten something and to quench your hunger. The bars come in various flavours including Apple and Blackcurrant also. I have tried and enjoyed these ...

Fired Up! (DVD) 12/04/2011

Get Fired Up!

Fired Up! (DVD) I am a big fan of comedies and I am a big fan of films relating to dancing gymnastics or cheerleading. I suppose being a girl that won't surprise many people. "Bring it on" is one of my favourite films. When my other half (who worries me with how much he likes them too) mentioned that he has heard of a hilarious comedy to do with cheerleading, we had to watch it. Basic Information --------------- ----------- Released in the UK in July 2009 Directed By: Will Gluck Rating: 12a Run Time: 90mins Plot / Story -------------- Nick and Shawn are best friends in high school and both are stars on the football team, making them extremely popular and good with the ladies. A fact they take full advantage of. After years at high school going through all the girls and partying with their teammates, they decide to ditch summer training with the football team in Texas and instead join the schools cheerleading squad to go to cheerleading camp. With any other guys involved being ugly or gay, they fancy their chances at getting through a few of the 300 girls that will be at cheer camp. After all, pulling lots of girls is the only reason they started playing football in the first place. The only problem is, once they get on the team and get into the squad, they both fall for girls. Shawn falls for the team captain and Nick has his sights set on one of the camp's instructors. Of course this isn't ideal as Shawn's love interest Carly has a boyfriend and Nick's lady ...
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