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All About Me 16/03/2003

Liz's List Mark II

All About Me Haven't written an op for ages as I'm so busy, but thought I'd give this a go as it doesn't require too much brain power! 01. What time is it? 10.58 02. Name: Liz (or Elizabeth to my parents!) 03. Number of Candles that appeared on your last birthday cake: I didn’t have a cake (boo hoo). But I’m due one next month with 25 candles – how depressing. 04. Hair Colour Brown, with a few blonde streaks that everyone thinks are highlights, but they’re not!! 05. Tattoos No, but I have always wanted one. I would be worried that they would end up all green and yukky in 40 years though, so that puts me off a bit. 06. How much do you love your job on a scale of 0-5 4-5. I love it!! 07. Favourite Colour Depends on what mood I’m in. I’m always wearing pink tops, but wouldn’t really say that was me favourite colour. I love the colour of leaves in Autumn and the colour of the sunsets in Africa (God, how poetic!) 08. Home County Used to be South Glamorgan, but is now the City and County of Cardiff. 09. Current Relationship Status Engaged, so very much taken! 10. Favourite Food Impossible to say, I love food. I particularly love stilton cheese, lasagne, marmite and my future mother-in-law’s roast dinners! 11. Been to Africa 3 months voluntary work in Ghana in 1999. Fantastic place! 12. Been to Camden Never, would anyone recommend it? 13. Loved somebody so much it made you cry Yes, for good reasons and bad. 14. ...

Dorothy Perkins (Shop) 02/03/2003

Tonight Matthew, I'm going to be Dorothy Perkins

Dorothy Perkins (Shop) If Dorothy Perkins were to morph into a real person, she would look like me! It is my favourite shop, and as I visited last week, now is the ideal time to write an op. **Location** Dorothy Perkins is a chain of fashion stores that can be found on a high street near you. They have stores in all the major towns and cities, including London, Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham and Glasgow. Everywhere I go there seems to be a branch of Dorothy Perkins, even if it is tiny. There are 2 Dorothy Perkins stores in Cardiff city centre, 1 on the main shopping street (Queen Street) and 1 in a shopping centre (St David’s Centre). I mainly visit the Queen Street store, as it is larger and has more ranges. **Ranges** Larger sizes The standard clothes come in sizes 8 – 22, which is the main reason I shop there so much. I am a size 18-20 and find it really hard to find clothes that I like and fit me. I hate ‘outsize’ shops, like Evans, as the clothes are really frumpy and are always too big around the waist, I may not be a size 10 but that doesn’t mean I want to dress in a tent! All ranges are available up to size 22, which is great; I also hate shops which have a special section for larger sizes (H & M springs to mind), as they always have different clothes to the rest of the store. There’s nothing more embarrassing than asking a shop assistant if they have an item of clothing in a certain size, only to be told they only go up to a size 14, and to look in the outsize section!! (Grrr, ...

Wella Shock Waves Creative Curl Energy Spray 23/02/2003

Don't say hello, shockwave goodbye

Wella Shock Waves Creative Curl Energy Spray As anyone who’s read any of my ops on hair products will know, I’ve got very thick, curly hair, which needs a bit of taming before I venture outside. I’ve just had 5 inches lopped off, and now it’s too short to tie back, meaning I’ve got to wear it down every day. I decided I needed some extra help, so looked for a spray specifically for curls. After searching the shelves in Tesco, I came across the range of Shock Waves products, which is made by Wella. I hadn’t used any since they stopped making a mousse for curly hair – I can’t remember what it was called, but it worked brilliantly and I was very fed up when they finished it. I tried a few more Shockwaves products after this, but none of them were any good. But I spotted an ‘energy spray’ for curly hair, to ‘control and define’ curls – exactly what I was looking for. But things are not always what they seem…. **The Packaging** I don’t think Shock Waves packaging has changed in 15 years. It is very cheap and tacky looking, and is obviously geared towards teenagers. The spray comes in a pump action, 125 ml blue plastic bottle and is 17cms high (yes, I did measure it!). The front label is very plain, with the Wella and Shock Waves logos, and the name of the product. On the rear of the bottle it the usual bumf – what product is for, how to use, manufacturer’s details etc. etc. **The Claims** The spray has apparently been specifically designed for curly hair, a claim I would dispute. It claims to: - Control and ...

Chicago (DVD) 23/02/2003

A swinging good movie

Chicago (DVD) I’ll admit it, I’m a fan of musicals. No, I love musicals! So I’ve been rather excited about seeing Chicago, the film version of the stage musical. I first saw it with my boyfriend; ladies, do not go and see this film with a fella! He thought it was ‘all right’, while I loved it! In fairness to him he did have to put up with me pretending to be Catherine Zeta-Jones in the car on the way home, but that’s no excuse. I saw it again last week with some female friends which was much better – we were all doing Velma & Roxie impressions by the end of the night. **The Story** Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) is a wannabe (rather like those saddo’s in Pop Idol/Stars etc etc). She dreams of being a star like her idol Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a singer on the Chicago stage. Instead she is trapped in a boring marriage to the reliable, but extremely dull Amos (John C Reilly). She embarks on an affair with a furniture salesman called Fred, but she shoots him after finding out he has lied to her about having connections in the world of showbiz. Roxie then finds herself in jail, alongside Velma Kelly, who is awaiting trial for murdering her husband and sister after catching them in the sack. The jail is run by Matron ‘Mama’ Morton (Queen Latifah), she treats the prisoners well, as long as they pay up! Velma’s lawyer is Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), he has never lost a case and ends up agreeing to represent Roxie. He then sets about portraying her as a reformed sinner, and using any ...

Everything that starts with A ... 23/02/2003

Liz's List

Everything that starts with A ... Thanks for suggesting this Georgina, I will have a go! And I’m already stuck on those ‘difficult letters’, this could be a long day…. A is for Africa. I was lucky enough to go to Ghana in 1999 with Raleigh International to do voluntary work – a fantastic experience and I’d love to go back, Ghana is a wonderful country. B is for Brains Beer. Brains is a local brewery in Cardiff, and makes fab beer – Give me a pint of Brains Bitter and I’m one happy girl! C is for Cardiff. Lived here most of my life, I have moved away a few times, but keep coming back. Home is where the heart is I suppose! D is for DVDs. I love films, and as my other half is not fond of the cinema, we often end up watching a DVD instead. Have yet to watch all the DVDs we had for Christmas though! E is for erees3. I always feel I should apologise for my extremely boring Ciao name, but always having the same username makes things less complicated. The ‘e’ is for Elizabeth, hardly anyone calls me that, it’s always Liz (apart from my parents), but it’s a name I’m happy with! F is for Fiesta. I drive a dark blue P reg fiesta, which I’ve had for 2 years. As much as I’d love a new car, I would find it really hard to part with this one, I think most people get a bit sentimental about their first car! G is for Grandparents. I only ever knew my Mum’s mother (Nan) and she died from cancer 7 years ago. His for Hardy, Thomas Thomas Hardy is one of my favourite authors, usually a bit ...

Jokes 11/02/2003

New Adult Education Classes

Jokes Received this on email from a friend and just had to share it on Ciao... NEW CLASSES OFFERED FOR MEN AT OUR LOCAL ADULT EDUCATION CENTRE. Note: Due to the complexity and difficulty level of their contents, each course will accept a maximum of eight (8) participants. Topic 1 - How to fill up the ice cube trays. Step by step, with slide presentation. Topic 2 - The toilet paper roll: Does it grow on the holder? Round table discussion. Topic 3 - Is it possible to urinate using the technique of lifting the seat up and avoiding the floor/walls and nearby bathtub? Group practice. Topic 4 - Fundamental differences between the laundry hamper and the floor. Pictures and explanatory graphics. Topic 5 - The after-dinner dishes and silverware: Can they levitate and fly into the kitchen sink? Examples on video. Topic 6 - Loss of identity: Losing the remote to your significant other. Helpline support and support groups. Topic 7 - Learning how to find things, starting with looking in the right place instead of turning the house upside down while screaming. Open forum. Topic 8 - Health watch: Bringing her flowers is not harmful to your health. Graphics and audio tape. Topic 9 - Real men ask for directions when lost. Real-life testimonials. Topic 10 - Is it genetically impossible to sit quietly as she parallel parks? Driving simulation. Topic 11 - Learning to live: Basic differences between mother and wife. Online class and role playing. Topic 12 - ...

Radox Herbal Bath Sleep Easy 10/02/2003

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Radox Herbal Bath Sleep Easy Sunday night is bath night. I have a bath once a week on a Sunday evening to pamper myself a bit and make sure I am nicely relaxed for the horrific reality that is Monday Morning. (For those of you who are thinking how much I must honk, I have a shower every day!!). I have two rituals; either using loads of The Sanctuary products before, during and after the bath (very expensive), or just a Radox bath and a good book. Radox is good, no-nonsense bubble bath that is suitable for all; my other half would NEVER use The Sanctuary bath oil, but he loves the Radox herbal bath range. I’ve tried the Muscle Soak, Stress Relief and Breathe Easy, and I had a bottle of Sleep Easy in my Xmas stocking. The bubble bath comes in a 500ml clear plastic bottle with a blue screw top, and is dark blue in colour. On the front of the bottle is the usual blurb, claiming that Radox Herbal Bath: Is Proven to Relax; Contains a Secret Blend of Herbs & Minerals; and Is renowned for helping to aid a restful night’s sleep (there is a picture of the night sky to emphasise this). Hmm, I am extremely sceptical when it comes to claims such as these. It takes more than some clever marketing to convince me; as they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating! The bubble bath itself has a pleasant smell; I am not overly keen on lavender (reminds me of my Nan!), but this smell is more a combination of herbs, with a mild dominant smell of lavender. Only a tiny amount is needed (I use 1-2 ...

The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks 06/02/2003

There's a Buzz About Town....

The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks This is the first book op I’ve done, so be gentle with me!! It’s 7 years since I did English A Level, so the ability to write critical essays on literature is lost in the mists of time…. I recently finished reading ‘The Wasp Factory’, which was recommended to me by a friend. I bought it quite cheaply on Amazon, which has all of Iain Banks’ work. I hadn’t read any of his work before, and to honest I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect I had heard his work was slightly odd and very black, but as I have fairly eclectic taste in fiction, I read the book with a fairly open mind. The Wasp Factory tells the story of Frank; Frank is 16 years old and lives in a remote part of Scotland with his Dad, an ageing hippie, who lets Frank pretty much do what he likes. Frank’s brother Eric has been committed to a mental institution because of his severe psychological problems, which involves doing nasty things to animals, dogs in particular. Frank’s favourite pastime is performing lots of bizarre rituals – he collects animal skulls, chases bunnies with flamethrowers and predicts the future using a macabre contraption, the Wasp Factory. His other favourite pastime is murder. He has murdered his younger brother and 2 cousins, for no particular reason, other than blaming it on a phase he was going through. Frank is a loner, he was not registered at birth, has no National Insurance Number; in the eyes of the state he simply does not exist. He has one friend, a dwarf called Jamie; the two of ...

10 Best Actors 28/01/2003

And the Oscar goes to....

10 Best Actors Just been browsing through the topics in the café and thought I’d share with you my 10 favourite actors. The list is forever changing, depending on what films I’ve seen recently, so ask me tomorrow and the list below could have changed beyond recognition!! They’re in no particular order, and I’ve tried to base my choice on actors whose work I admire, rather than actors I fancy! GEOFFREY RUSH Australian actor who won an Oscar for ‘Shine’, he is one of those actors who everyone knows, but no one seems to know his name! I think he is one of the best actors of his generation, and in my eyes can do no wrong. (I’ll even forgive him ‘House on Haunted Hill’, which was truly awful!). He has great screen presence and also has a nice comic touch, which he used to good effect in ‘Shakespeare in Love’. I think his best performance however, is as the Marquis de Sade in ‘Quills’, which had me glued to the screen! ANTHONY HOPKINS I must confess he’s gone down in my estimation since he gave up being Welsh and decided he wanted to be a Yank! But since this is about acting talent, he deserves to be included. I’ve not seen many of his recent films, and I thought his performance in ‘Hannibal’ was little more than a pantomime baddie. It is in ‘Remains of the Day’ that I think he gives his best performance, a film that makes me sob uncontrollably every time I watch it! HUGH GRANT I find him absolutely hilarious; he’s really cornered the market in bumbling, socially inept Englishmen. ...

Marmite Yeast Extract 26/01/2003

My Mate Marmite

Marmite Yeast Extract Marmite is one of those very British products that the rest of the world looks at and says ‘what???’ Along with food like jellied eels, faggots, black pudding (and here in Wales, laverbread), it is one of those peculiar things that is considered perfectly normal by us (or most of us!) and viewed with bewilderment by others (‘how can you eat that stuff?’, ‘it smells disgusting’, what do you actually eat it with’ etc. etc.) As the adverts rightly say, you either love Marmite or you hate. I’ve yet to meet someone, who thinks it is ‘OK’, there is no middle ground! I love it. I love the smell, I love the taste, I love the texture. On the other hand my boyfriend hates it with a passion, can detect I’ve had it for breakfast several hours later, and refuses to come anywhere near me until I’ve brushed my teeth a few times. But if he thinks I would ever give up my Marmite on toast for him, he’s sadly mistaken! I’ve eaten Marmite since I was little, my Mum used to make me Marmite sandwiches to take to school in my lunchbox. I can remember strong anti-Marmite sentiments then, including kids moving seats because the smell made them sick. But I was not deterred! Marmite comes in that familiar little brown pot, with a bright yellow lid, and yellow, red and white labels on the front and back of the jar. The label on the front shows the brand name, that it is a yeast extract, and states that it contains B vitamins and is 100% suitable for vegetarians. It has a funny little logo, ...

ipoints.co.uk 13/01/2003

Reward yourself

ipoints.co.uk I thought it was about time I wrote an op on something other than a beauty product! www.ipoints.co.uk is an online loyalty scheme where you can earn ipoints and redeem them for goods, both by spending money at certain online stores and taking part in free online activities, such as questionnaires. I have been a member since Feb 2002. Becoming an ipoints Member: It’s easy (and free!) to become a member of ipoints; you have to fill in an online form with your name, address, email and chosen password to access your account. This takes a matter of seconds and you receive 5 ipoints to start you off. You then have the option of filling in a couple more forms and receiving several more free ipoints: Additional Questions – 5 ipoints Survey – 10 ipoints Refer a Friend – Entry to a competition to win 1500 ipoints When you have become a member you then have the opportunity to start earning ipoints! The Site: The site is mainly white, with blue and orange tabs. There are 5 main pages: Home Earn Redeem Services About The homepage contains the online application form, however when you have logged in the homepage is personalised to you. It shows your current balance, the rewards you can afford, a ‘reward of the week’ and several ways of earning ipoints (including the latest additions). On the homepage you can access your account details, personal profile and account statement. The ‘Earn’ page shows all the sites ...

Mudd Original Mask 22/12/2002

Mud, mud, glorious mud

Mudd Original Mask I'm a huge fan of the range of Mudd face masks, but the original is my favourite, and works wonders for my skin. I suffered with bad acne when I was a teenager, and although my skin has improved a lot, it is still prone to spots and blackheads. I first bought one of these face masks a few years ago and haven't looked back. The Packaging: The Original face masks come in 7cm x 13cm white and brown sachets and contains 15ml. On the front there is a picture of a woman, with what can only be described as brown gunk on her face. On the back of the sachet is usual product blurb. It claims to 'draw out hidden oils and grime' from your skin. There are directions for use and ingredients in English, Swedish, Danish and Finnish. It also has a logo stating that neither the product or its ingredients are tested on animals. The Product: The product is basically mud in a packet - it looks and smells of clay, which is not exactly appealing! It is made from 100% pure clay, which contains minerals and absorbs oil, dirt, and anything else which may be lurking in your skin. It is non-comodogenic, which means it won't clog pores. For those with sensitive skin like me, it doesn't contain lanolin and has been dermatologically tested. Directions for Use: Make sure you take off all make-up and clean your face well. I always put a hot flannel over my face before using to ensure my pores are open. Smear the mask all over the face, avoiding, eyes, mouth (believe me, it tastes ...

Umberto Giannini Curl Friends Keep Calm Cleanser 19/12/2002

Go Curlfriend

Umberto Giannini Curl Friends Keep Calm Cleanser I bought this shamppo as part of a Buy 2 Get 1 Free offer in Boots. I bought 2 Curl Friends conditioners (£4.45) each and had the Curl Friends Keep Calm Cleanser (that's shampoo to you and me) free. I mainly bought it because I hadn't tried it before, it was on special offer and the fact that it was specifically for curly hair - my mass of frizzy curls needing some tlc! The Packaging: The packaging is sleek, stylish, but unfortumately (or fortunately??) extremely phallic in shape. It gave me a good giggle! It comes in a straight clear plastic 250 ml bottle (the shampoo itself is pink) with a large silver screw top. It has black writing on it and the Umberto Giannini logo, g, in silver. The Claim: The quote on the front of the bottle says the shamppo is 'for the glossiest frizz-free curls and waves'. Hmm, 'frizz-free'? - a big claim indeed! On the rear of the bottle Umberto Giannini state they only make one claim about the Curl Friends range - 'they do what they say'. An even bigger claim! But is is true? The shampoo also claims to give 'amazing curls and waves to straighter hair'. The Product: The shampoo is pink in colour and of medium consistency for a shampoo. It has a strong perfume-like smell, which reminds me of a combination of the cheap supermarket own brand shampoo my Mum used to use on me when I was a kid, and Johnsons Baby Lotion. It's not a pleasant smell, but fortunately, does not linger on the hair. It lathers well, you need a blob about ...

Kleenex Balsam Tissues with Calendula 12/12/2002

You nose it makes sense

Kleenex Balsam Tissues with Calendula If you have read my last couple of ops you will have guessed that I am suffering from a cold (Vicks Sinex, & Carmex lip balm). So I am aiming to write an op for every product I use, until I get better! Kleenex Balsam tissues are an absolute must if you are suffering from a cold. When they first came out a couple of years ago, I thought they were a bit of a con, until I actually used one that is! Now the first thing I buy when I feel the sniffles coming on is a large box of Kleenex and several small packets for my handbag. Kleenex Balsam Tissues come in several sifferent packs and are available from most chemists and supermarkets. I buy them in Tesco: Regular 2-ply box (£1.73) Twin pack 2-ply box (£2.90, currently £4.50 for 2) Pocket Hankies 12 pack (£1.97) Mansize 3-ply (£1.63) You can also buy separate packets of 9 pocket hankies, for around 39p. Packaging: The packaging is green, blue and yellow, with the outline of a person's face and Kleenex Balsam logo. The 'magic' ingredients are as follows: Mineral Oil, Ceresin, Stearyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Calendula Oil The Claim: 'Kleenex Balsam are the first tissues to leave behnid a micro-fine layer of calendula, a balm which soothes the nose and and helps prevent it from becoming sore or red.' For me, the worst thing about getting a cold is the effect it has on your nose. Use 'normal' tissues, and I always end up with a bright red hooter, that is sore and flaky. It ...

Umberto Giannini Curl Friends Conditioner 09/12/2002

Gorgeous curls - if you can stand the smell

Umberto Giannini Curl Friends Conditioner I have thick curly hair which tends to get frizzy very easily. It also gets very knotty, especially when it's wet. I am constantly trying new conditioners, but I am hindered by a lack of funds! Oh to be able to try every expensive conditioner, and then bin the ones that are rubbish. I am forced to wait until the good ones are on 'BOGOF' or '342' offers at Boots/Tesco etc. Wandering around Boots yesterday, I noticed that they currently have lots of hair products on special offer. So yours truly ends up buying yet more expensive products which may or may not work. This time I opted for the Curl Friends range, made by Umberto Giannini, which is specifically for curly hair (permed or natural). I bought 2 bottles of the Curl Friends conditioner (£4.45 each) and had 1 bottle of the Curl Friends Keep Calm Shampoo free. (Hope to do an op on the shampoo soon!) THE COMPANY Umberto Giannini is 'one of the most influential and esteemed names in British Hairdresing' according to his website, www.umbertogiannini.com. Well they would say that wouldn't they? I have never heard of him, but have seen the products and several friends use them regularly. The website is a rather stylish affair, with lots of information and celebrity endorsements - his clients include Gwyneth Paltrow, Kylie Minogue and Kate Moss. I have always wondered out of interest, if these so-called celebrity hairdressers use their own brand products in their salons? (If so I'm surprised Charles Worthington has any ...
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