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Trying to make a little extra to help with bills! Also on dooyoo as jesperado.

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Herbal Essences Body Uplifting Volume Conditioner 22/01/2013

Herbal Essences - Good conditioner but not so uplifting

Herbal Essences Body Uplifting Volume Conditioner I bought this product in conjunction with the shampoo in the same range in an effort to find that one (possibly mythical) combination that does everything: moisturising, volumising, defrizzing, detangling and heat protection. My housemate had been using a different Herbal Essences product and it had reminded me how much I liked the scents of them so I thought I'd give this one a try The blurb from the manufacturers: "Uplifting volume with Passion flower and Pearl extracts See your hair defy gravity with my light weight formula with Passion flower & pearl extracts. Get a lift in all the right places whilst keeping your hair delightfully luscious! Defy gravity and stay uplifted for fine/normal hair" I was interested to see whether the lightweight formula really would make any difference as I've always found that using conditioners flattens my hair. Unfortunately, not using conditioner leaves my hair quite dry and frizzy so it's a tricky balance to strike! The bottle is opaque, orange and a really nice curved shape, designed to fit together with the shampoo bottle in the same range. It has a flat top so that you can stand it upside down so that the liquid inside is ready to be dispensed straight away. You push one side of the lid and the opposite side opens. The product is dispensed through a small hole so you have to squeeze to get any out. While this works well for the shampoo which is not as thick as the conditioner but for this bottle it is something of a design ...

Herbal Essences Uplifting Volume Shampoo 15/01/2013

Herbal Essences - not quite as uplifting as I'd hoped

Herbal Essences Uplifting Volume Shampoo I am always on the lookout for a shampoo that does everything: moisturising, volumising, defrizzing, detangling and heat protection. I've tried a lot of herbal essences products before and have always liked them so I had high hopes for this one. I'll try to cover as many aspects of the product can so that you can see if it will suit your needs. The blurb from the manufacturers: "Uplifting volume with Passion flower and Pearl extracts See your hair defy gravity with my light weight formula with Passion flower & pearl extracts. Get a lift in all the right places whilst keeping your hair delightfully luscious! Defy gravity and stay uplifted for fine/normal hair" The idea behind it is that the lightweight formula boosts the body of your hair but doesn't make it greasy or heavy. How it does this I'm not quite sure but I was willing to give it a try. The bottle is orange and a really nice curved shape, designed to fit together with the conditioner bottle in the same range. It has a flat top so that you can stand it upside down so that the liquid inside is ready to be dispensed straight away. You push one side of the lid and the opposite side opens. The product is dispensed through a small hole so you have to squeeze to get any out. This works quite well for shampoo as it comes out quite easily. You use it the way you would any other shampoo. I always do two applications as I quite often have a lot of product hair or have it backcombed (I'm in a theatre company so quite ...

Ralph Lauren Romance Eau de Parfum 12/01/2013

A fine Romance - Ralph Lauren Romance EDP

Ralph Lauren Romance Eau de Parfum I've been on the hunt for quite a while for the perfect perfume for me. I am still searching but Ralph Lauren Romance is pretty close so I hope my review is useful to my fellow fragrance hunters. I've found the easiest way to tell which perfumes are worth a spritz is to rule out the ones that have elements I dislike. Someone had suggested that I might like Ralph Lauren Romance so I had a look at the description of the fragrance: "The women's fragrance that evokes the timeless essence of falling in love. Discover the sensual essence of velvety woods, extravagant florals and seductive musk" Needlessly to say I disregarded the first sentence - how many times have you heard someone say "And that's when I could smell that I was in love"? But, ridiculous advertising blurbs aside, the rest of it sounded pretty good. The idea of a velvety wood certainly intrigued me. It actually described it pretty well. It's quite a floral perfume which to me smells a little of violets and lilies - which is great as I love these scents. There is a soft musk to it and a woodiness which stops the scent from being to girlish and gives it a little more depth. I would describe it as a sophisticated fragrance that would be more suited to evening wear than day to day. One of my bugbears is awkwardly shaped perfume bottles; if you've read my review of Next's scent Define, you'll note this is what puts me off the otherwise lovely Marc Jacobs fragrances. No such problem here. A small, squareish, ...

Oral B Vitality Colour Edition Precision Clean /Brights 08/01/2013

Squeaky clean teeth with Oral-B Vitality

Oral B Vitality Colour Edition Precision Clean /Brights I decided to buy an electric toothbrush a couple of months ago as my teeth are densely packed (my dentist's words, not mine) in my mouth making it quite difficult to clean them with manual brushing. She suggested using an electric toothbrush as the oscillation dislodges anything stuck between the teeth. The toothbrush itself comes with a charging unit which plugs into the shaver socket that you find in a lot of bathrooms. Unfortunately we don't have one at home so I had to buy an adaptor to plug it into the mains. It's really easy to set up and in fact I didn't even have to charge it before I used it. But when you do need to charge it, you just place it on the charging unit for around 12 hours and it should last for a weeks worth of brushing (2 minutes each morning and evening). It's pretty basic as toothbrushes go, you don't get any extras with it, just the toothbrush, charger and instructions in every language you could think of! The toothbrush is really easy to use as well, you don't have to set anything on it. You just press the button on the handle and away you go! After 2 minutes the brush pulses 3 times to let you know that the 2 minutes is up. It took me a while to get used to the sensation of an electric toothbrush as I had not used one before but now I love it. It's a lot more gentle than I thought it would be. I had worried that as I have sensitive gums and am prone to mouth ulcers, I would find it painful to use but this really is not the case. The brush ...

Boots Essentials Blonde Blending Hair Grips 06/01/2013

A short ode to Blonde Hair Grips

Boots Essentials Blonde Blending Hair Grips I am in a theatre company and have to style my hair in a lot of different ways for different characters. This can range from a backcombed crows nest to 1930s curls to an Edwardian up-do. So, trusty grips that aren't too noticeable are an absolute must. The grips are available in blonde, brown or black and you get a pack of 30 for £1.49 on a strip of purple cardboard. They have a nice matte finish which is really hand as they don't catch the light when in your hair so they really don't show up at all. I've found that the blond ones have a thicker coating on them than the black ones which seems to make them grip even better. You can easily open the grips with your fingers and slide them into the hair to hold it in place. Each end has a rounded tip to make it more comfortable on the head but be careful with them otherwise these will come off exposing the sharp end of the grip. If you are only using them on a small section of hair you can re-use them a number of times. However, if you use them for thicker sections or to hold pin curls in place, it will bend the grip out of shape. Once they are bent apart it is impossible to get them back to their original shape. I can wear these in my hair overnight without any discomfort which isn't always the case with cheaper grips. They are strong enough to hold a full head of pin curls in place overnight and can hold complex styles in place all day. For extra hold, you can cross two of them to secure the hair. Overall, they are ...

Next Define Eau De Toilette 03/01/2013

Next Define: My A-scent to Victory (terrible pun)

Next Define Eau De Toilette I have always wanted (and frequently failed) to find my signature fragrance, the one perfume that is just ‘me’. I have tried numerous lotions, potions, eaux de parfum and toilette to no avail. My boyfriend, on the other hand, always smells wonderful and when I asked what scent he wore (Issey Miyake perhaps? Maybe a Marc Jacobs?) he replied “Dunno. Just something I got from Next”. When I got over my rage (how dare he smell so good with such little effort?!) I found out which aftershave he had and headed to Next to find the female version. I was in luck. His fragrance – Definition – has a feminine counterpart – Define. Firstly, I love the name. I am the verb to his noun. The action rather than the object. Sure, it makes no sense, but what perfume name does? I’d much rather be Define than Daisy, Lola or Miss Dior who, frankly, sound more like a lineup of strippers (cowgirl, Latin temptress and French dominatrix respectively) than perfumes. The next thing I noticed was the price. A neat little gift set of a 30ml Eau De Toillette and a 9ml Eau De Parfum will set you back the meagre sum of £8. I had to read it twice as I thought it must be more than that but my first glance was correct – only £8. The EDT is in a very plain, square-ish bottle with a narrower gold band between the shoulder of the bottle and the lid. The EDP is in a narrow tube like a lip gloss (the wand variety rather than the squeezy ones. I was pretty pleased by this as they are both small enough to be handbag ...

Schwarzkopf got2b Glued Blasting Freeze Spray 14/06/2012

Got2b Glued Freeze Spray - amazing hold!

Schwarzkopf got2b Glued Blasting Freeze Spray ATTENTION ALL ACTORS! This is the stuff to use if you have to have a ridiculous gravity defying hairstyle that stays in place for the duration of a show! ~Why I chose it~ So, as something of an explanation as to what led me to try this product, here goes: I am part of a theatre company that specialises in murder mystery evenings. These last for about 3-4 hours and there is little time to reapply makeup and hair products. The character I was playing had to have vertical Jedward style hair (they like making me look as ridiculous as possible). My hair is in a bob that comes to my jawline so it is fairly long to spike up meaning that I needed some serious hairspray to keep it in place. ~Design and use~ I saw this on the shelf and having used the Got2b Glued Gel before knew that these products promised long lasting hold. The bright yellow can and klaxon-style nozzle made it stand out from all other products on the shelves. The can holds 300 ml and costs about £4 making it pretty good value for money in my estimation. The weird looking nozzle turned out not to just be a design feature to make it stand out in the crowd, it actually serves a purpose. The blast of the hairspray is concentrated in a smaller area meaning you can be more precise with your styling. It also means that you are less likely to suffocate everyone else in the room with the fumes from the hairspray! Although I must say that the smell of the hairspray wasn't overpowering as it can be with many of these ...

Samsung S5230 Star 06/06/2012

Samsung Tocco Lite - a reliable easy to use phone

Samsung S5230 Star Samsung Tocco Lite Before I begin, I'd just like to point out that I am by no means an expert on anything technological so if you are looking for an in-depth technical lowdown on this phone, this review may not be helpful. This is aimed at people like me who don't really understand all the jargon but just want to know what it does well/badly. I've had this phone for about a year now and got it as it was available on a cheap contract and I was assured it was easy to use for what I wanted it for - mostly texting, occasional picture taking. ~~ How it Looks ~~ It's pretty aesthetically pleasing and I like the touch screen element of it. It has a large screen with three buttons on the bottom to start and end a call and to go back through the menu screen. The lock button and camera button are on one side and the charging port is on the other. Also there is an up/down button which I have only ever used by mistake (I warned you that my technological needs are simple). ~~Easy to Use~~ The menu is incredibly straightforward and all the features are easy to use. You can access any photos you've taken or music you have stored in the 'My Files' section. There are all the settings you would expect: Phone book (with options for personalised ringtones and a photo to appear when that person calls) Calendar (you can add appointments although the title for them has few characters), Timer (good for my boiled eggs in the morning) Alarms (nice and loud, works if phone is off and stopped by a ...

I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan - Alan Partridge 30/05/2012

I, Partridge - You need to read about Alan

I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan - Alan Partridge As a big fan of Steve Coogan's work in general and Alan Partridge in particular, I had very high expectations for this book and I'm delighted to say it did not disappoint. I was intrigued as to how an autobiography by a fictional character would work. It could easily have been a hasty rehashing of old scripts but with Armando Iannucci and Steve Coogan at the helm, I knew to expect better than that. The book covers the life of Alan Partridge from birth - a delightfully cringe-worthy description that is more befitting the Second Coming than the entrance into the world of a mediocre talk show host - up until the present day. No stone is left unturned as Alan regales the reader with tales of his difficult schooldays, (not very) abusive parents, hospital radio shows, TV shows and the many rises and falls that have made him the incredible (even if he does say so himself) man he is today. The book references the real TV and radio shows in which Alan Partridge appeared The Day Today, Knowing Me Knowing You and I'm Alan Partridge. Not only that, but it cleverly fills in the blanks of Alan's career in between them and his feelings for all the characters that appeared in these shows. The autobiography is written completely in character and is a joy to read because of this; it is perfectly accurate to how that character would see the world. Within minutes of starting the book I found myself laughing aloud (in public, which was a tad embarrassing) at lines like "My thoughts tumbled ...

Johnson's Holiday Skin Body Lotion 22/05/2012

Johnson's Holiday Skin - gives about as much tan as a weekend in

Johnson's Holiday Skin Body Lotion First things first: I had never used fake tan before. I was quite happy with my pasty English complexion and had no great desire to be in any way bronzed. Unfortunately, my friends who got married in October did not share my enthusiasm for paleness and I knew that if I didn't take some kind of action, I would look like a ghost in their wedding photos. I was terrified of that slightly jaundiced look that I have seen so many people sporting after a bad self tan or ending up with a nuclear glow that I wouldn't be able to shake off all winter. I asked my colleagues at work if they knew of any products that would give a novice like me a subtle healthy look rather than a full-on tan. One of them suggested Johnson's Holiday Skin (JHS for ease of reference) saying that she used it daily. She had a fairly healthy looking complexion and like me wasn't particularly au fait with beauty regimes. The idea of JHS is that you use it like a moisturiser after showering/bathing to build up a subtle, natural tan over a few weeks. This suited me as I am fairly rubbish at anything beauty-wise so a normal fake tan would leave me looking ridiculously streaky as a result of my poor application. I followed the instructions to the letter - always a good idea if you are a dunce at all things girly - and applied it like moisturiser after showering. The first thing I was struck by was the smell. And not in a good way. It had a heavy, sickly sweet fragrance which was musky and smelt quite artificial. To ...

Losers , The (DVD) 01/07/2010

The Losers won me over - sorry, terrible pun

Losers , The (DVD) The Losers is an action film directed by Sylvain White based on the Vertigo comics of the same name. So, fact fans, here is the main cast: Clay – Jeffrey Dean Morgan (who also played The Comedian in the recent Watchmen movie) Roque – Idris Elba (best known for being Stringer Bell in The Wire) Jensen – Chris Evans (not the talkative ginger one from British TV, the one who was in Fantastic Four and is set to play Captain America sometime soon) Pooch – Columbus Short (from Stomp The Yard which was also directed by Sylvain White) Cougar – Oscar Jaenada (not well known in Hollywood yet but has done a lot of work in his native Spain) Aisha – Zoe Saldana (one of the blue things in Avatar and Uhura in Star Trek – the latter of which makes her pretty cool in my book) Max – Jason Patric (him out of Lost Boys! But all grown up!) I’m going to try my best to write about this film without giving too much away so please leave a comment if you think I’ve included anything too spoileriffic. Although, to be honest, this film is pretty predictable so you can see plot twists coming from a mile off. But, putting that aside for a moment, let me give you a basic rundown of what the film is about: The ‘Losers’ of the title are a band of soldiers comprising a sombre knife expert (Roque), a wisecracking technological whizz (Jensen), a family man vehicles guy (Pooch), an enigmatic sniper (Cougar) and their rugged but dependable colonel (Clay). During a mission in the Bolivian jungle they ...

Green Wing - Series 1 (DVD) 23/03/2010

Green Wing - brilliantly bizarre

Green Wing - Series 1 (DVD) Brief Overview: Green Wing is a surreal British comedy series which originally aired in 2004 on Channel 4. It was created by the same team of eight writers that created Smack The Pony and the first series follows Dr Caroline Todd as she begins her new job at East Hampton Hospital. Style: Green Wing lies somewhere in between being a sketch show and a sitcom; it does have an overarching plot and character development but this is interspersed with bizarre comic set pieces. It is similar in style to programmes like Smack The Pony, Spaced and No Angels. The show moves from one sketch to another in surreal ways, speeding up or slowing down the action rather than progressing as a scene would in real life. Humour: I found Green Wing very funny indeed but the weird humour many not be to everyone’s tastes. The humour is certainly adult in places as many of the laughs come from characters engaging in ridiculously inappropriate behaviour in their offices. There are also a multitude of sight gags, practical jokes, joyously juvenile pratfalls as well as some very witty and some downright outrageous dialogue. One of my favourite things about this programme is that it does not rely on catchphrases to get easy laughs and the repeated jokes it does do are variations on a theme rather than the same joke repeated over and over again. Characters: The comedy acting in this show is exemplary and it is rare to find so many high quality comedy actors in one show. Moreover, these actors ...

Belvoir Organic Cordial Blueberry 19/02/2010

Deliciously refreshing blueberry cordial

Belvoir Organic Cordial Blueberry I stopped drinking alcohol at the start of this year and decided to sample all of the different soft drinks I could find to try to find a new favourite. A local pub/hotel serves a range of Belvoir cordials and having previously tried their Elderflower cordial, I decided to give the other flavours a try. Out of all that I have sampled so far, the blueberry cordial is my favourite by a country mile. Speaking of country, Belvoir Blueberry Cordial is a distinctive drink not only in its flavour but also in its old-fashioned packaging. It looks very much like the type of wide necked bottle with a jam jar type lid you would expect to find at a farm shop or local produce market. The handwriting style text on the label adds to this homemade image. Having looked on their website (www.belvoirfruitfarms.co.uk), it appears that Belvoir cordials were originally made in a country kitchen by the wife of the owner of Belvoir fruit farms and they have kept her original recipe for their Elderflower cordial. The ingredients are: Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Blueberry Juice (30%) (From Concentrate), Belvoir Spring Water, Organic Aronia Juice (From Concentrate), Pressed Organic Blueberry Juice (2%) (Not from Concentrate), Citric Acid. I wondered what aronia was so I checked it out and according to Wikipedia, aronia is also known as chokeberry. I can see why they went with the Latin name now. Blueberries are well-known for being high in antioxidants but I don’t know if this is still the ...

Sainsbury's mini choc chip muffins 01/02/2010

Delicious little muffins

Sainsbury's mini choc chip muffins This New Year, I made the opposite resolution to most of the women I know and vowed to put on weight during January. I've always been very slim but due to a hectic schedule over the festive period - appearing in a normal panto, an adult panto, some murder mystery nights and starting a new job - I had inadvertantly lost a bit of weight. I was around 7 st 10 lbs and looking a little gaunt so I vowed to put on half a stone and stay around that healthier weight. I've always eaten pretty healthily so I decided to increase my portion sizes, indulge in a few more snacks and quit smoking. So that is how I came to trialling the various cake-y snacks on offer in my local Sainsbury's. I like chocolate-y cakes, brownies and muffins but I don't have much of a sweet tooth so I find the regular sizes of them too sickly to eat all in one go and usually end up leaving half of them. When I saw these mini muffins on offer for £1.50 for a box of 12, I couldn't resist giving them a try. The muffins come in a transparent plastic box about the size of a traditional ice cream tub (think of those tubs of vanilla ice cream your mum bought when you were a kid rather than the modern American type tubs) which has a hinged lid so it is easily resealable and protects the muffins from being squashed. This packaging is great for me as I often carry my shopping home in a backpack so I was able to put this plastic box in the top without worring about squished muffins! The box currently costs £1.50 at ...

Mad Men - Series 1-2 (Blu-ray) 27/01/2010

Mad Men - a slick, smart 60s drama

Mad Men - Series 1-2 (Blu-ray) Disclaimer: This review is based on the first season of Mad Men only and in fact only deals with the first episode (for reasons I explain in this review). I could not find a category specifically for this and have not had much luck in the past with getting categories added so I have posted it here as it was the closest I could find. I decided to watch Mad Men after a number of friends recommended it to me. I had seen clips of it before and thought its period setting (early 60s New York) and subject (the upper end of the advertising agency) looked really interesting. I usually begin my reviews of TV shows and films with the disclaimer that I may unintentionally give away spoilers; in the case of Mad Men, I have only watched the first episode so hopefully I won't give anything away! I wanted to do a review of the show at this point because I get the feeling that the characters are going to change a lot over the 3 seasons already filmed and I'd like to do another review (or add to this one later) to compare. It also gives me a chance to write without having to restrict myself to minimal details - I often forget what has happened at the very beginning of a series and don't want to spoil it for anyone who wants to watch it! SETTING: Mad Men is an American drama set in a New York advertising agency in the early 1960s. The period setting sets this apart from other American dramas stylistically and it really feels authentic. Everybody smokes everywhere - this is one of the ...
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