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HTC Magic 12/09/2010

Feel the Magic

HTC Magic Feel the Magic The HTC Magic is my current phone and I love it! It's exclusive to Vodafone and it is the next gen of the T-Mobile's G1. ... Overview of HTC Magic ... Design: It's sleek and white. It's completely touch unlike the G1 that had a push up keyboard. It had Home key, Menu, Back button, Search key and the normal green and red call buttons. In the middle of the phone at the bottom, you have a roller ball. It's like the ones you might have seen on older Blackberrys (Pearl, Bold or Curve.) Features: It's a HDSPA phone (it's faster than 3G as it can pick up 3G+) and built in WiFi. It runs the operating system called Android. Like the I-Phone, it's mainly for the internet, applications and music. It has a 3.2 megapixel camera but it's not the best camera ever. ... Touchscreen ... The screen is 3.2 inch TFT-LCD. It's touch responsive. Only with heat of your finger, not with a pen or stick. It's easy to use and quite responsive to the touch. ... Messaging ... It's a touchscreen and messaging is very straightforward on this. You have a QWERTY keyboard and you just tap away. The great thing about the messaging on HTC Magic is, it's saves all your messages that you sent or received by person like a conversation. This is great especially when you're like me and forgot if you already asked someone something. You can change the keyboard to other keyboard by downloading applications for example, Handcent Keyboard or Slidetype Keyboard. ... ...

Nails Inc Victoria 27/11/2009

Lots of colours with some chips

Nails Inc Victoria Nails Inc I received this nail varnish as a gift. I've looked on their website and it's an expensive brand. So if it's expensive it is any good? Let's see! Packaging and colours It's a 10ml glass bottle with a silver screw top. You can see the colour of the nail varnish through the glass. It looks expensive and classy. On the front of the bottle: it says nails inc. LONDON and then the name of the colour that it's in the bottle. Mine is Victoria. It's a crimson red. There are loads of different colours. The product It's a smooth liquid that has that nail varnish smell to it. With the dark colours, you need at least two coat so I can imagine that with the lighter colours, you might need three. It takes about 5-10 minutes to dry depended on how thick the coats are. After you have put the layers of nail varnish on, it looks shiny and smooth. I've only had my nail varnish one day and it's already chipped. I've had nail varnish from Primark that last three days before chipping and it was a tenth of the price of this one. Price and where to buy £20 for 4 in a packet or around £10 for one. You can buy them on their website. Also you can find them in Selfridges and Debenhams. Verdict Looks good but isn't worth it as it doesn't last long and it's expensive. I will stick to the cheap and cheerfull nail varnishes from Primark. ...

Sony Ericsson W595 11/11/2009

The Basic Walkman Phone

Sony Ericsson W595 Yes, another phone review. I haven't done in any in ages. I still work for Vodafone so in the last year, I've had a quite a few phones. So this is the first one of many. Overview of the W595 Design: It's a slide phone that comes in different colours. Vodafone only does it in the black with a red backplate but I have seen it in blue and pink. The list from the Sony Eericsson's website says that it comes in Cosmopolitan White - Jungle Grey - Ruby Black - Peachy Pink - Lava Black - Active Blue - Sandy Gold - Active Silver. The phone has proper buttons for the keypad and side buttons for volume and the Walkman functions. Features: It's a 3G phone with a 3.2-mega pixel camera on the back which is protected when it's is slid down and VGA on the front for video calling. As it's a Walkman phone, it has a MP3 player; stereo bluetooth, Shake control and many more music orientated features. It has all the usual features that you would find on a phone these days like WAP, email, MMS, alarm clock, calculator and many more. It's a quad-band phone with an internal memory of 40MB and memory card slot that takes a Sony Ericsson M2 memory card up to 8GB. Walkman It's a Walkman phone, so of course you expect good quality sound and MP3 player functions. You can access the Walkman part of the phone with the flick of a button on the side. This brings up the Sony Ericsson's version of a MP3 player, the format hasn't changed at all for a few years now. It tells you the album, song, ...

Vodafone Group 10/06/2008

Vodafone, the best place to be!

Vodafone Group I've worked for Vodafone since 2005. I work in a retail store in a precinct as a Sales Advisor though I will be Senior Sales Advisor in a few weeks (if NVQs people get a move on). I originally started on 8 hours but am now on 30 hours plus overtime. Normally I do on average 38 hours per week. Getting the job A lot of things have changed over the years including on how they recruit people. I saw the job advertised on the Customer Service board in the precinct. I handed in my CV to the manager, he phoned me to arrange an interview, went to the store to have the interview and then was phoned that I'd got the job. Now it's a little bit more complicated. The jobs are now advertised through Adecco, a poster in the store and our career's website, When you visit the website, you can either search for a particular job in certain locations or you can submit your CV without choosing a job. Basically keeping your CV on file until there's a job opening in the location or the job description that you want. If you've applied, you will have two telephone interviews that you have to pass before getting an interview in the store. They ask you about your experience and give you different scenarios and ask you to call on your experience and knowledge to answer their questions. If you pass the telephone interviews, you will get invited to the store to have an interview with the manager (or manager from a different store if the manager is away or ...

Pillow Talk - Freya North 05/06/2008

Does love believe in second chances?

Pillow Talk - Freya North You know how much I like my chicklit. It has been ages since I've read anything by Freya North, mainly because I used to get her books free with Cosmo and other such magazines but now she's an established writer, she doesn't really give many of her books away free. So I was browsing through Amazon to see what offers they had and I saw this book "Pillow Talk" for £3.86. The story sounded interesting so I bought it. A bit about the author Freya North was born on 21st November 1967. She's well-known for chicklit. In 1991, she gave up on her PhD to write her first novel. Her parents and friends told her to stop being silly and get a proper job but she didn't listen and personally I'm glad she didn't listen to them otherwise her first novel "Sally" wouldn't have been published. Ever since then, she's been publishing chick lit novels left, right and centre. Her latest book, "Pillow Talk", won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2008. The Story The whole story revolves around two main characters, Petra Flint and Arlo Savidge. Petra is a talented jeweller who works in a lively London studio with her friends, Eric, Kitty and Gina. There are only two problems in her life. One is her constant sleepwalking for no apparent reason and her boyfriend, Rob. She works so hard at loving him but he doesn't seem to love her back in the way that she loves him. Arlo is a brilliant musician but he escaped the Rock n Roll lifestyle to teach music at a boy's boarding school. ...

Glade Essence of Nature 02/06/2008

Makes a house, a home with a wonderful fragrance

Glade Essence of Nature As I have my own house now, I need my rooms to smell nice and clean when I haven't the chance to open the window as I've been at work all day or it's been too cold to. Also I have a lot of my partner's friends over. They seem to love leaving the seat up but also smelling out my bathroom or sometimes it's just my mum's cat using his litter tray. My mum has always use Glade Air Fresheners. The smells of Glade reminds me of home so I decide to go into Wilkos and get some. …The Range… Glade is made by the company SC Johnson. Glade offers lots of different freshening products. In the Glade Air Fresheners, there are many different fragrances. The ones that I seen regular on the shelves in the shops are Magnolia & Vanilla, Clean Linen, Lavender, Lilly of the Valley and Refreshing Spa. On their website, there seems to be more fragrances. Apple and Spice, I've only seen it in the shops near Christmas. The others ones I've never seen them on the shelves. Maybe my Wilko don't like to stock some of these or the fragrances are meant for other countries. At work, we also use Glade and our company sends us the industrial cans and we have Pacific Breeze and Marine, which I've also not seen in the shops. That could be due to the fact that both of the cans have been there ages and maybe they don't make those fragrances anymore. … The price … When I got them in Wilkos, they were 69p each. I bought Magnolia & Vanilla and Clean Linen. I have seen them in Tesco and Adsa for ...

Nivea Visage Extra Gentle Eye Make-up Remover 01/06/2008

Panda eyes? Long gone with Nivea Visage!

Nivea Visage Extra Gentle Eye Make-up Remover Nivea Visage - Extra Gentle Eye Make Up Remove I always find that my face wipes never fully remove my mascara. It is quite annoying to find that I have panda eyes in the morning and have to work doubly hard to get the black stains from under my eyes. I happened to see this in Superdrug and thought this might solved my problems. So did it solve my problems or do I still look like a panda in the morning? …The Range… Nivea Visage do lots of different products but there seems to be two versions of the eye remover - a cream and a liquid remover. I bought the liquid remover. …The price… I bought this from Superdrug for £2.35 (it's on offer - original price £3.35) but I have seen it for over 4 pounds in other places. So I would shop around for the cheapest deal on this product. …Packaging and product … The first thing you notice about the packaging is the blue liquid that you can see through the bottle. There's a logo - Nivea Visage. Under that, it states Extra Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover. Oil Free with ProVitamin B5. 125ml. For sensitive. The bottle fits quite nicely into my hand so it's easy to grip so you can use it without spilling loads everywhere. There's a flick up cap, which is easy to open. You can keep it upto 12 months after its been opened. This product is meant to "remove eye make-up without leaving any greasy residue. Its extra gentle formulation with soothing ProVitamin B5 gently hydrates the delicate eye area, minimising the risk of ...

Dove Invisible Dry 26/05/2008

Bye Bye White Marks, Hello Good times

Dove Invisible Dry I wear a lot of red due to my uniform at work and I noticed that my normal deodorant was leaving white marks on my shirts. I was going to buy a new deodorant but I happen to spot this on my mum's side of the cupboard of our bathroom goodies. The first words I saw on the can were 'Invisible Dry' and 'Anti White Marks'. Just what I needed so I decided to pinch it for the day and buy some of my own if I liked. So did I like it or did I find something else that was better? The Range Dove do lots of different products but in the Invisible Dry range there's three. There's the roll on, the stick and the spray. I have the spray. The price I've seen the price for the spray, stick and roll on ranging between £1.80 - £2.49. I try to buy mine in Bodycare as it always seems cheaper there but the price does vary in there too. Like everywhere, it depends on what offers they have on. Packaging At first glance, it looks very elegant. It's a creamy white with the word Dove and under that, written in purple, Invisible Dry, Anti White Marks, Anti-Perspirant Deodorant. Then it says 0% alcohol and 24h. The shape of the can makes it easy to grip. The Smell It's light and fresh like all Dove products seem to be. It's subtle and over the days, the fragrance does start disappeared but I wouldn't say that the Anti-Perspirant bit isn't working anymore. The Promises Anti White Marks on any colours, it lasts 24 hours and moistures the skin. I agree with the anti white marks. ...

Walkers SunBites Snacks 12/05/2008

Sunbites, another Walker's original!

Walkers SunBites Snacks At work, I usually get a meal deal at Boots. A sandwich, a drink and a packet of crisps. I was trying to cut down a bit and saw these on the shelf. Wholegrain, I thought, isn't that meant to be good for you? So I put it in the lunch meal deal bag and off to the till I went. 36p in Boots they are but I have recently bought a pack of six for £1.36 but they were from the bargain sections as they only had 3 months left on them. Silly eh? The original price was £1.55, which works out to about 26p a packet. Flavours and the packaging. They come in two different type of packets. Single packet (28g) and multi pack x 6 (25g). I only found this out from the website. I always wondered why the packet in Boots looked slightly bigger than the one I had at home. Just thought it was my eyes playing tricks on me. The packaging is really appealing. A beautiful sunrise over a big meadow/field with trees. The word SunBites is in the middle of the meadow/field. Then under that, 2 crisps showing you what the SunBites actually look like and each different flavour has a different picture of a bowl with the ingredients of the flavours. There are three different flavours at the moment. Original, Sour Cream & Cracked Black Pepper and Oven Roasted Onion & Rosemary. I haven't tried the Oven Roasted Onion and Rosemary one as I've never seen it on the shelves when I do the shop but it sounds lovely so I'm keeping my eyes peeled for them. Fattening or not? The packet for 25g, it ...

BlackBerry Pearl 8100 27/04/2008

Don't be scared, it's only a Blackberry Pearl

BlackBerry Pearl 8100 As I'm going for Business advisor at work, thought I would make myself more familiar with the Blackberry family. I asked my boss if I would borrow the demo phone The Blackberry Pearl or 8100 for awhile so I could learn and mess around with it to figure out the settings and so on. To be honest, I've never liked Blackberry phones but have I changed my mind? Let's see. First of all, what are Blackberry's? Some people call them mobiles that can send emails, others call them PDAs, other just think they are a fancy mobile with a qwerty keypad. Blackberry's website states "A wireless email solution for mobile professionals." So why would some choose a Blackberry when they are so many phones on the market that do emails now and to some point, I agree but most phones have what we call pull email and the Blackberry uses push email. I hear you cry, what is pull and push email? For people that don't know and believe me I didn't until I worked in the mobile industry is that push email lets you know when you have a new email, whereas pull email you have to check yourself to see if you have a new email. The way I remember it is, you have to pull your own emails on an ordinary phone. I imagine a little envelop on the end of a cord. On Blackberry it gives you push (vibrate/message tone) to let you know. I imagine a little envelop being pushed through a letterbox. This is why a lot of businessmen loves this phone as it literally emails on the move where ever you can get a mobile signal, ...

Falesia Hotel, Albufeira 21/04/2008

Holiday fun at this hotel

Falesia Hotel, Albufeira Falesia Hotel The hotel isn't actually in Albufeira but in Acoteias, which is about 15 minutes from the city of Albufeira, 20 minutes from Villamoura and 30-40 minutes from Faro Airport. We booked the holiday through Thomson. This is classed as a Thompson Gold holiday as the hotel is a 4 star. We paid £330 per person for 7 nights half board in the month of April. So was it worth it? Let's see. When we arrived at the hotel, we had to queue up for our rooms to get allocated. The people on the desk were friendly and helpful. The Room The hotels has 170 rooms. I think because I had requested a double bed, our options were limited. We were given a room on the second floor but unlike the rest of the rooms that had keycards, we given keys. Room 211A. The room was nice but seemed to be a lot smaller than the other rooms that I had peered into as I walked passed when the maids were cleaning them. My boyfriend had stayed here the year before and had a TV, a fridge/mini bar, a kettle, fruit basket, a bottle of water everyday and free slippers. This time, there was a TV, a fridge/mini bar, a bottle of water everyday but no kettle, no fruit basket, no slippers. Was little disappointed about that as my boyfriend holiday was last minute so he had paid about £150 less than what we had this time per person. We had quite a big balcony but we overlooked the front of the hotel so every morning when a bus load of people came, we could see and hear it if we had left our door ...

Something Borrowed - Tina Reilly 17/04/2008

Ready Made Child

Something Borrowed - Tina Reilly Something Borrowed by Tina Reilly I bought this book purely for the fact that it looked like a good holiday read. I bought it from Bargain Books for £2. I've never read anything by Tina Reilly (who now is re-publishing her books under Martina Reilly). The cartoony front cover looks bit naff and doesn't really do the book any favours but like people say "Never judge a book by its cover". The Story The book is about a woman called Vicky McCarthy who finds out when she was younger that she's adopted by her cousin telling her that "she was ready made". Now, she's older, she still hasn't really learnt to deal with it and she feels that she can't fit in anywhere until she knows where she came from. She decides that she wants to search for her birth mother. Her adopted parents who have brought her up since she was about 4 months old are divided. Her mother just wants her to be happy but her father thinks it's stupid idea. Vicky should know where she belongs. She belongs in the McCarthy family and doesn't need to meet her birthmother to know that. Besides, searching for her birthmother, she has to deal with an new employee at the toyshop where she's the manager. Not only is he a brilliant salesman but he's her bosses' son but not everything is what it seems. She believes he's there to be groomed her job but Ed O'Neill is not daddy's favourite person and has another reason why he's working in his dad's toyshop. Will Vicky find her birthmother or will she find her adopted ...

Girl Meets Ape - Chris Manby 15/04/2008

Girl meets Stripper

Girl Meets Ape - Chris Manby I picked this book off the book/holiday reading table in the hotel that we stayed at in Portugal. My copy was a free copy that you got with the Cosmo. You can get this book on Amazon for £5.59 new or 1p used. The reason why I read this book, well, as you might know I used to like Chris Manby but lately her books are hit or miss for me but the other books on this table looked very dull in comparison so I decided with all my other books read, I might as well. The Story The story is about Dr Jennifer Niederhauser, who is expert on ape behaviour. She has just accepted a job at Prowdes Animal Sanctuary as a project manager to rehabilitation some of the chimps so they could be released back into the wild. Jennifer is very focused career woman, which makes the others believe she's emotionally cold and uptight. The reason for that could be her first and only love, Dr Timothy Lauder, who broke her heart by cheating on her. The story starts off with Jennifer's best friend's hen night, she meets a stripper (who had been arrange by the other girls). This stripper, Guy Gibson, not only ruins Jennifer's best dress but turns out later on to be a colleague at the sanctuary, who is doing the stripping act to earn some extra cash due the fact that Prowdes Animal Sanctuary isn't making any money. Luckily, Prowdes Animal Sanctuary gets chosen to be on television, which will give them the cash to keep the sanctuary open but the presenter of this documentary is Dr Timothy Lauder. What ...

Lush Blackberry Bath Bomb 01/04/2008

Blackcurrant = Flowers, I don't follow.

Lush Blackberry Bath Bomb Again in Lush at Meadowhall. I was looking for holiday clothes but stumbled into Lush as usual. I looked around and saw my old favourites but something else caught my eye. Blackberry Bath Bomb. I thought I'll buy that and relax myself with a gorgeous bath before the holiday. The Bath Bomb was £2.35 and weighs 180g. So tonight, aching and tired from work, I decide to have a bath. While I wait for the bathroom to warm, I take the Blackberry Bath Bomb out of its paper bag and look at it. It's a purpely blue colour with the word BOMB engraved on it. I take another sniff like I did in the shop and my nose doesn't like what it smells like. Did the atmosphere of Lush deceive me? Or was it my cold that messed up my sense of smell yesterday? Yesterday, it smelt lovely, sweet and girly. Almost like a blackcurrant sweet. Now, it smells like flowers and a bit like it was meant for my gran. I decide that it might just be my cold affecting my judgement and might smell wonderful as the aroma wafts around the bathroom. So I run my bath and plop the Bath Bomb in the bath. It started to fizz straight away like all its predecessors did. The water starts to turn pink, then violet and then a deep purple. It looked very pretty but now the aroma was worse. It smelt soo flowery and not very blackcurranty at all. None of that sweetness that I had smelled in the shop. I felt robbed. My own nose deceived me. So I sat down in my bath and yes, the bergamot did relieve my tension and it did ...

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky 26/03/2008

The Perks Of Reading About A Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky The Perks of Being a Wallflower I bought The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky because of Facebook. Strange yes, I know but on Facebook, there's application called Visual Bookself. It lets you see all the books that your friends have read and what is popular at the moment. I was on the hunt for a different kind of book as I just wanted to broaden my horizons. I saw this book recommended a few times so I went to look on on how much it was. It was £5.49. Not too bad and with lots of Amazon vouchers left, I thought why not. …The Story… The story is all about Charlie growing up. Charlie is a freshman at school and whilst he's not in with the popular crowd, he's not really a geek. The only way you can describe him as, is a wallflower. He's shy, really reflective and very intelligent. Like any high school kid, he struggles with making friends, family problems, relationships, drugs, depression and many more. On top of that, he has to deal with his best friends' suicide. At a football game where he's trying to fit in more and get into the school spirit of things, he meets Samantha and Patrick who are seniors and brother and sister. He embarks on many adventures with them and faces many highs and lows. …My thoughts… The story is written in the form of letters. In a way, it's more written like a journal but there are some moment where he speaks to the unknown correspondent. The book could have been called 'Charlie's journey' because in a ...
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