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LASIK Wavefront 13/08/2009

The best money I've ever spent

LASIK Wavefront ~*~ Lasik Wavefront Eye Surgey ~*~ Before I had Lasik, my eyes were absolutely terrible. I was short-sighted, and couldn't see more than a couple of metres in front of myself without glasses or contact lenses. I started wearing contacts when I was about sixteen, as I hated wearing glasses, and went against all the advice from opticians about time periods wearing the contacts (maybe because I was young, as I haven't heard people advised this before, but I was only supposed to wear them for six out of the seven days per week maximum). I first heard about lasik when I was about 18, and it sounded like the perfect solution, but was terrified about the thought of them making a cut in my eye, and also, of the price of the surgery! ~*~ The decision ~*~ I've always hated my short-sightedness with a passion. It's a pain having to worry about contact lenses all the time, and not being able to see when you are swimming isn't much fun either (especially if Jaws is on the prowl!), but it was something that I (and other glasses wearers!) had learned to live with as normal. My decision to get lasik was actually pretty quick, I basically got the idea into my head, went to the consultation and booked it all within a couple of days, but I think I would have chickened out if I hadn't have done it this way. If you are considering having laser eye surgery done, the first thing you have to do is have a consultation with the optician (these are usually free) to determine if your ...

HP Deskjet F380 30/08/2007

I can't believeee it!

HP Deskjet F380 After killing my old printer, also a HP all-in-one, I decided it was time to stop scamming ink and paper off all of my friends and to make the plunge into buying a new printer. It took me a long time to get round to it and I wasn't very happy about spending fifty quid or so on a printer, probably a lot more with ink and cables, which is why I put it off so long! However! Then I discovered the HP Deskjet F380, which certainly cheered me up! It's Appearance *************** * Well, I walked up and down the aisles looking at the printers and instantly mentally binning the ones that looked too big, too complicated or too, well, ugly… Then I got to the F380. It's about your average size, and is a lovely shimmering white colour - it really did stand out from the other dull grey printers in the aisle. The buttons looked easy to use, and pretty straight forward (i.e. one button for copy, one for scan, no unnecessary buttons clogging up the whole printer). Not being a technical whiz, I wanted a printer that I didn't have to mess around learning functions of, and having had a HP PSC previously, I knew how this one would work - perfect! It's Features ************** Ok, so once I'd found the prettiest printer that also looked easy to use, I thought it was best that I checked what it did first. It's OK choosing one because it's sexy, but I didn't want to get home and realise I'd actually bought a load of rubbish, so, I had a chat with the lovely shop ...

Hyde Park, London 26/07/2007

London's Best!

Hyde Park, London Hyde Park ~*~*~*~*~*~ Hyde Park is located, basically, in the middle of some of the busiest areas of London. Stepping through the gates magically transports you from the busy traffic, shops and rush of the city to lakes, long stretches of grass and trees and lots of wildlife! Getting There ~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Hyde Park covers a massive 350 acres and is therefore quite hard to miss! There are entrances to it all the way around. The Hyde Park website however states that the nearest rube stations are Lancaster Gate and Marble Arch (central line) and Hyde Park Corner and Knightsbridge (Piccadilly line). They advise against visiting by car due to limited parking spaces - in my opinion you should drive in London as little as possible! What is there to do? ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ *~ If you have children they will adore the park and definitely find something to do, whether it’s playing in one of the huge playgrounds, swimming, or feeding the ducks and squirrels! ‘The lookout’ is a facility which formerly was an observation centre and is now an educational centre that teaches about wildlife and nature. Hyde Park is also home to numerous restaurants, the majority of which are sandwich bars and ice-cream places but there are also places available if you are looking for a three-course-meal! The ‘Serpentine Lido’ is available for swimming both for adults and children, to be honest I’ve never been brave enough to go in (probably mainly because I’ve never been to the park ...

Member advice on Passing your Practical Driving Test 16/05/2007

Passing your driving test!

Member advice on Passing your Practical Driving Test Passing your test! ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ When I first started taking my driving lessons I actually thought very little about the actual test itself and just carried on as normal. I sort of knew I was good enough to pass and had a feeling I’d pass first time… Yep, this feeling was wrong, but there you go. First things first, to start learning to drive you first need to get a provisional license, which now comes in the form of a little green card with ‘DVLA’ stamped all over it in clear writing. The theory test ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ The theory test is something you should try to get out of the way as soon as you possibly can, in my opinion, so you can focus on your actual practical driving skills. A lot of the theory will make more sense once you have a bit more sense of the roads, for example roundabouts and junctions, so starting them off at around the same time is a good idea, just don’t leave it dragging out too long – yes it’s boring, but the sooner it’s over and done with, the better! The theory test isn’t really too bad at all and consists of two parts – hazard perception and then a series of questions. You are asked 35 questions, the majority of which are basically common sense, but there are a few tricky ones thrown in so you do need to revise a bit beforehand. The hazard perception part is like a little computer game, you click whenever you see a hazard (like a person stepping out in the road, or looking as if they are going to for example) and then again as ...

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat (Radiant Touch) 24/04/2007

Miracle pen!

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat (Radiant Touch) Touche Eclat Highlighter ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~ Touche Eclat is probably the most famous highlighter/concealer on the market today, lovingly used by women across the globe to get rid of those nasty dark under-eye circles! The packaging ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ One of the best parts of the product is its sleek, elegant gold coloured casing. ‘Yves Saint Laurent’ is written across the tube in elegant italics, and the whole design of the tube is luxurious and high-end. You click the bottom of the tube to start the liquid flow (unlike the screw of many copies) and a little goes a long way. Application is by a soft brush with delicate, feather light bristles. The effect ~~~~~~~~~~~ After first purchasing this highlighter about a year ago I haven’t looked back, religiously wearing it each and every day. However, about a week ago I decided to brave the world make-up free when going up to visit a friend and her new baby, with just a little mascara on. In the lift up, my boyfriend was looking at me peculiarly, and I when I asked him what was wrong he asked me if I hadn’t got much sleep last night (I had!) because of how dark it looked under my eyes. Now usually I would have been upset, but I was ecstatic, as I finally could justify spending that amount of money on a concealer – it worked! Touche Eclat uses light reflecting technology which bounces light particles off your skin, giving it a radiant glow (hence the radiant touch name), which was revolutionary ...

Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Faux Cils 15/04/2007

Are they your real.......lashes?

Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Faux Cils I have only quite recently started using YSL products after having them forced down my throat from a very loyal YSL-er in the form of my friend Sarah, but have been very pleased with the results of this mascara! ♥ The Packaging ♥ The packaging of an item, shameful as this may sound, is often a deal maker-or-breaker for me. What's the point of having a mascara that you feel ashamed pulling out of your bag to reapply? Luckily this one doesn't fall into this category and is gorgeously packaged in a little gold tube with the 'YSL' logo connecting the lid and mascara wand to the base. ♥ The application ♥ I don't think you should ever judge a mascara on it's first application as you will almost always get a bad impression! The first time I tried this one I poked myself in the eye with the unusually thick brush, getting mascara on my contact lens and under my eye which I found very hard to remove. Eek! Once 'broken-in' the mascara consistency is perfect, not too thick or too thin. The brush is quite long and thick which takes a little while to get used to but once you are used to it it's great! The best way I have found of 'breaking-in' new mascara is to first apply your usual brand, and then go over it with the new mascara. I think the consistency isn't at its best when brand new so you don't get the proper feel of how it should be, and this just seems to help… Ok, I seem to be portraying myself as a bit sad now for talking about how ...

The Ringer (DVD) 27/03/2007

Surprisingly funny!

The Ringer (DVD) The Ringer DVD *************** ** I purchased 'The Ringer' on DVD from Asda quite a while ago now and only recently got around to watching it. It didn't look like it was going to be a film that would make a huge impact on my life but was at a reasonable price and looked watchable enough so I thought I'd give it a go…. The plot ********** Although you could call this a romantic comedy, this is definitely not a storyline you get very often! The film begins with Steve (played by Johnny Knoxville) witnessing his new employee, Stavi, chopping off his fingers whilst working for him. Steve has not taken out health insurance as promised for his employee and cannot afford to foot the bill and is therefore left with the burden of having to raise enough cash to allow Stavi's fingers to be sewn back on and have him back with his motherless five children as quickly as possible! Whilst attempting to raise cash, Steve discovers his uncle, Gary, is also in big debts and they set out planning the quickest way to raise money, and of course, the best way to do that has to be fixing the Special Olympics!?! The film continues with Steve's adventures as he enters the Olympics for the disabled in his attempt to win back Stavi's fingers! The acting ********** Steve - The main character, Steve, is played by Johnny Knoxville, star of 'Jackass'. Knoxville, much to my surprise, plays the lead character very well. I've never been a big fan of Knoxville, least of all Jackass and ...

Nokia 7373 09/03/2007

Nokia 7373

Nokia 7373 Nokia 7373 *************** *** I've always been a loyal Nokia-er. Well, that's what I tell people. To be honest it's mainly because I had the tendency to drop phones (in ponds, off trains, onto thick concrete slabs…) and Nokia's are the only phones that seem to be able to survive these disasters. I also can't be bothered to learn how to use the predictive text, or struggle for twenty minutes trying to work out how to make a thirty-second phone call which I have done a good few times on friends mobiles! Now these 'new' Nokias have actually been out for quite a while now, but it seems they are only starting to get the publicity… anyway before I go off track lets get down to the phone itself…. The L'Amour Collection *************** *************** *************** ******* The 7373 is part of the L'Amour collection, a series of glamorously designed Nokia phones, all of which are obviously designed for women. The 7373 is available in two colours, 'bronzed-black' - majority of it black and bronze edging, and 'powderpuff pink' which is in a few different shades of pink. I've got the pink one, I have seen lots of people with the 7373 in this colour and have actually yet to have seen someone with the bronzed black colour version of this phone. The Features *************** *************** *** The 7373 has a 2 mega pixel camera with 8X digital zoom. This is a great little camera definitely a big step up from the bitty pictures I was used to on my last phone! It also ...

Whiteleys, London 23/02/2007

What, no topshop!?

Whiteleys, London Whiteley's Whiteley's is a good sized shopping centre located in Bayswater in West London. The centre is actually on the Queensway strip and is handily in-between the Queensway and Bayswater underground stations! The Womens Shops *************** ***** You will find a variety of womens clothing stores spread out over the three floors. These include Oasis, Accessorize, Zara, Karen Millen, Nine West and La Senza (and a few more!) The stores themselves are all a normal size, none of them being particular large. The Oasis store in particular (to me anyway!) seems to be a bit small in comparison to its other stores and appears to stock less of a range. The Mens Shops *************** ** Unfortunately men aren't as well catered for in the centre, but shops for men include the Gap (unisex) and Zara Men. There is also a mens store named 'Doucereux' which is a designer menswear store, although I've never had much luck shopping for my bloke in there… General shops *************** As well as the clothes stores you will also find mobile phone shops (including T-Mobile, Orange and Vodafone), jewellers such as Ernest Jones, an M&S, a Halifax bank, a couple of card shops, cosmetics stores, a book store, a hair salon and a Jessops photo developing store. The third floor also has a good sized Odeon cinema which is always nice for when you've had enough of shopping! For the kids ************* For the children there are also a couple of children's clothing stores ...

Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron (Animated) (DVD) 13/02/2007

Spirit? Hand me a Vodka!

Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron (Animated) (DVD) Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron *************** ************* I'm not a big fan of animated movies, so when my sister bought back a copy of the latest DreamWorks movie a good few years ago now, I was very unimpressed. I initially tried to think of every excuse going, I mean classics like Beauty and the Beast and Lady and the Tramp are fine, but a film about talking horses? Anyway, she talked me into it, and hence my review begins…. The actors….voices *************** *** Obviously the actors would look a bit silly thrown into an animated movie so just their voices were used. The star of the movie (Spirit the mustang stallion) is voiced by Matt Damon who tells the tale brilliantly, I never once doubted that the horse Spirit was talking to me (ok, maybe exaggerating a little there but he was good). Other actors voices you may recognise include James Cromwell as the Colonel and Daniel Studi as Little Creek. The characters ************* The main character in the film is of course, Spirit himself, an attractive dun mustang stallion! Spirit takes his role as leader of the herd seriously and takes the responsibility of looking after the whole herd. Little Creek (voiced by Daniel Studi) is a young Lakota Indian who gets captured around the same time as Spirit. Together they manage to escape, only for Little Creek to take Spirit back with him - Spirit isn't too happy at this but he soon develops a good friendship with Little Creek. Rain - A female paint mare ...

Apple iPod shuffle MB227ZO/A 1 GB Second Generation 18/01/2007

Just when you think it couldn't get any better...

Apple iPod shuffle MB227ZO/A 1 GB Second Generation The new ipod Shuffle ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~ For those of you who've read my previous review I don't have an obsession with repetitive shuffle buying - I got bought the new generation ipod shuffle for my Birthday. Naturally, the first thing that I thought was "ebay!" but my curiosity got the better of me and I ended up opening the tiny little plastic case., and once that was opened I'm afraid there was no going back! And my sister was over the moon when I gave her my old shuffle, so we were all winners! iTunes ~~~~~ This has got to be mentioned because if you have an ipod, you have to use iTunes. When I got my first shuffle, I was a bit disappointed with having to use the program as I preferred to drag and drop files, but it's grown on me and now I barely notice it. iTunes is a program which you install on your computer (you don't even have to have an ipod to use it!). It's basically a file manager which is used to store all your songs. Using the program you can create play lists, purchase songs and transfer music onto your ipod. Memory ~~~~~~~ The old generation ipod shuffle came in two memory sizes - 512MB and 1GB, with the 1GB version being able to hold up to 240 songs. The second generation shuffle in which I am reviewing is now only available in one memory size, the one gigabyte version. Well at least you don't have to decide which memory size to select! The size of an average mp3 is about 4.5MB, the bigger the file the better the quality but then the ...

Casio EXILIM CARD EX-S600 16/01/2007

Of course size matters!

Casio EXILIM CARD EX-S600 Casio S600 ~*~*~*~*~*~*~ The first time I saw a Casio S600 I was amazed at its size. A tiny, slim little thing which still had a zoom, good quality picture taking and even the ability to record videos, all in a tiny, modern and very cool little package! Now I'm not usually one too get excited over things such as digital cameras - Gucci bags, yes, shoes, possibly, but a camera? Usually a disposable will do me, but once I saw this one I couldn't go back, I just had to have it! The Technical Part ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ *~*~ Being not very up on all things technical, I did the next best thing (ok, silly thing) and bought the camera there and then. Well, to be fair I did go out looking for a camera, it wasn't like I had two hundred of them at home and this was just another one to add to my collection! But if you are thinking about purchasing a camera, I'm sure most people will actually want to know what it does, so here goes, I'll put it all into English afterwards for all you people out there like me who wouldn't have a clue otherwise… 2.2 inch LCD screen - this is quite a small size screen but to be fair the camera itself is tiny. I find the screen a perfect size to be able to see clearly what you are doing. One touch buttons - The camera is altogether so easy to use - you simply push the power button on the top and you're ready to go! 6 mega-pixel CCD - Basically, the more pixels you have the better. I've looked around a few sites and 6 mega-pixels seem to be ... 11/01/2007

Fancy going American? Abercrombie ~*~*~*~*~*~*~ What is it? ~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Abercrombie & Fitch is an American clothing store. Obviously being American the styles of clothing vary slightly from your typical English articles of clothing. Abercrombie is one of the most expensive 'high street' stores that you will find in a standard American mall, and caters mainly for young adults. What does it sell? ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ *~*~ The clothes stocked by Abercrombie are pretty un-adventurous, but almost every article sold is available in a wide range of colours and styles, unlike a lot of English stores where you will be limited to one or two colours. . Vest tops are available in a wide range of different colours including lime, yellow, pink and navy, as are camisole tops. These are basically standard vests that you could find in top shop or even Primark, the only difference really being the Abercrombie logo stamped in the bottom corner of the vest (a moose!) Stock is pretty standard for what you'd expect for a high street store and includes t-shirts (all with logos), jumpers, cardigans, jeans, skirts, jackets and coats. Shoes are not often stocked but flip flops are always available! Who do they cater for? ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ *~*~*~*~*~ Abercrombie website has sections for both men and women as well as for children, but their clothing ranges are most popular with teenagers and young adults. If you find an Abercrombie & Fitch store in the US, it is very likely that lurking not too ...

Gucci Rush Eau de Toilette for Her 03/12/2006

It really does last all day!

Gucci Rush Eau de Toilette for Her Gucci Rush ~*~*~*~*~ I got given Gucci Rush a good few years ago for a birthday present. At first I was a bit disappointed - it didn't look very Gucci to me. The plastic, bright red casing, which was shaped a bit like a camera looked like something you would get from the discount perfume store. Not something you would really expect from such an established, distinguished and most of all, expensive brand! The Packaging ~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Since we have already touched on the packaging, this seems like the best place to start. If you purchase Gucci Rush on its own (not in a gift pack, I mean) you will be given a disposable camera shaped red package. The outside cover of the perfume is a deeper, shiner red sheen with the 'Gucci Rush' logo down one side. Slide this off, and you will be presented with the perfume itself - a red box with the same logo down one side. I suppose the good thing about the casing is that it's not easy to drop and break, saying that it is more vulnerable to general wear and tear than the glass bottles, for example scratches and chips. At first I wasn't impressed at all by the packaging but I must confess that I have grown to love it. It stands out from other perfumes available on the market - I haven't seen any packaged in a similar way. Whilst it doesn't have a luxurious feel to the casing (why not use the same shape but in a red glass bottle?) this is obviously saved for the scent itself… The Scent ~*~*~*~* "Gucci launched Gucci Rush ...

Collection 2000 Light Diffusing Concealer 28/11/2006

Why did they have to change! :(

Collection 2000 Light Diffusing Concealer Collection 2000 Light Diffusing Concealer ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ *~*~*~*~*~*~*~* ~ I've always been one for a bargain but would much rather have one good, more expensive product that I new worked than lots of cheaper ones that don't do a lot of good. So when I found Collection 2000 Light Diffusing Concealer, my luck was certainly in! A under £3 a pop this concealer is an absolute bargain, and it is also top quality! At least it was…. My story starts now…. It was a good couple of years ago that I was first introduced to this concealer. I had previously been testing products from a variety of different ranges and couldn't find one that suited me at all. When I spotted this one in Superdrug at a bargain price, I couldn't resist and didn't look back! Back then, the concealer was sold in small circular tubes, with a screw on blue lid and was a perfect match for my skin. Collection 2000 have since changed the formula, packaging and price and transformed it into a totally new product, the one in which I am reviewing now… The Product itself ~*~*~*~*~*~*~ The new concealer packaging is now similar to the ever-popular YSL Touche Eclat, minus the fancy packaging. To start the flow of the concealer, you twist the bottom for a minute or so until the liquid begins to ooze out. The applicator is a brush which attached to the concealer itself, in which the liquid comes onto for easy application. As you have probably guessed by now, this particular concealer is liquid based ...
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