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Mudd Original Mask 28/10/2001

You wont be wallowing

Mudd Original Mask Being ‘slightly older’ than most of my pals, I’m trying to delay the signs of aging, you know - the dreaded wrinkles and fine lines around the face (some people would say it’s like shutting the gate after the horse has bolted – but what do they know!). This means that everything in Boots is fair game, I plumped for ‘Mudd Original Mask’ as I had heard a few good things! As I use the Clinique 3 step system, I actually didn’t think that I would notice so much of a difference, but blimey, this stuff is lovely! It’s a really creamy and gorgeously scented grey/green/brown smooth clay based (known for its ability to draw out ingrained dirt and excess oil) face mask. It goes on really easy (just avoid the eye area as per instructions) and feels really nice, but once it starts to harden it can make your face feel rather odd, rather tight and tingly but quite nice. At this point, I would suggest that you don’t answer if someone comes to your door; shout through asking them to come back in about half an hour, otherwise you’ll frighten the living daylights out of the postie! After about 15-20 minutes you can wash it off really easily with cold water and a flannel, so no need for soap, but don’t worry about the redness, it’ll go after about 30 minutes. It’s really nice to put on before a night out, (though I put it on the night before, just in case it brings out any spots) as it gives your face ...

Member Advice on Tattoos 23/07/2001

Does it hurt...

Member Advice on Tattoos Yes, it flaming well does! However, if you are thinking seriously about having a 'proper' tattoo, please, Please, PLEASE go and ask someone who has at least three done and not of just a small devil or flower either, one that's at least half the size of your hand. I say this because there is a LOT of dodgy tattooists out there, it's going to be there for life, and if you want a picture of a Jaguar, you don't want to come out with a piccy of a horse do you??? But seriously, check out the place before you go in there, check with the local Council to make sure that they have all the relevant Health and Safety paperwork, and ask to have a look around inside, is it clean? do they have certificates on the wall? The tattooists are usually men, although I do know of one lady in Bristol. So if you're afraid to show a bit of flesh (I’m talking about the ladies here!) I would suggest taking a large fella in there with you (just to make sure of course)! Think about the picture you are going to have, put a picture of it over your bed so you see it every morning and evening, it took me 10 minutes the first time I had one done, and now I've had it covered up! The second one took me about 6 months to make sure that it was what I wanted, it also happened 2 weeks after I got a divorce! (He hated them!) If you're not sure where you want it, get those stick on ones everybody is talking about, but this will not help you find out how much it hurts! - Imagine having 200 ...

nutrasweet amongst others - Asparatame 16/07/2001

The deadly killer nobody has to tell you about

nutrasweet amongst others - Asparatame Up until a year or so ago, I had used sweetners in my tea, drank only diet drinks and generally do what most women do, try to watch my weight....... However, my friend put a stop to that, he showed me through the MSN search engine that a lot of people in America have had problem after problem with Aspartame. This was the first bit I read "Aspartame in liquids turns to FORMALDEHYDE above freezing!".... doesn't sound too good does it? or this one "Aspartame has 92 'official' side effects (the worst is death)"...... Well as you can imagine this started me thinking and reading more about this subject. Why does the USA have to put this ingredient on all foods and we don't?.... are the government trying to hide this? Are Nutrasweet(it's in that!) paying for this information to be suppressed? I went over to sweetners when my mother became diabetic, I was 17 then, therefore I had been taking this synthetic drug for over 15 years, that can't be good to start with....... I have now stopped taking Aspartame and I use Fructose powder (fruit sugar) in my tea (readily available from Boots and health food shops), the results ARE astounding, I no longer feel that I could cry at anything on tv, I can walk for longer than a mile without getting cramps and most of my migraines have gone! Please type 'aspartame' in your favourite search engine and see what comes up, have a read and let me know what you think?

mypoints.co.uk 11/07/2001

Slowly, slowly, catchy monkey....

mypoints.co.uk MyPoints is another online reward site just like Ipoints or WebRewards (although, WebRewards will be closing down at the end of July 2001). You earn points for visiting web sites, shopping with retailers’ partners, read and respond to MyPoints e-mails and also for taking surveys. I joined MyPoints back in September last year, and since then, this reward site has got bettererer and bettererer! • Navigation and Loading The log-in/sign-up page loads very quickly and without too much fuss, it also gives you a good idea what the rest of the site has in store. It also boasts three reliability seals (of which two are current). Reading the ‘Privacy Promise’ is quite reassuring, with their address and phone number for all to see (I’ve not had to contact them any other way but e-mail, so I haven’t actually checked that this is kosher). Once you have signed in (it remembers your details, so you’ll have to enable cookies), the index comes up on your screen on the left hand side of the screen, they are:- Earn Points Spend Points Points Balance Member Care Privacy Policy Company With each category, there are lots of sub-categories, most of which are self explanatory, so I won’t go into detail here. However, if your partner or housemates want to join MyPoints, I would suggest that you log out every time you visit. When you first join, MyPoints will give you 150 points immediately, as you only need 750 to get a £5.00 ...

Shrek (DVD) 06/07/2001

One ugly green ogre and a whole lot of money

Shrek (DVD) 5 years in the making and Dreamworks have done it again, they have an animation film that’s about to be a huge summer movie success. I would even rate it beside the great Toy Story 2 – it’s that good, but in a slightly different way. The reason why I wanted to see this movie is because I heard all the hoo-hah on the morning TV shows and even Jonathon Ross (on ‘Film 01’) enjoyed it, and that’s saying something! I wasn’t disappointed, the boyfriend and me toddled off to the local cineplex and paid our £2.80 entrance fee, armed with the largest diet Pepsi ever known to man and some Minstrels we chose and sat in our seats. I turned around and looked for the average age of the audience, I gave a sigh of relief, it was around 25! (ok, it WAS 9pm on a school day) • The Storyline:- Ogre, Princess, Donkey, Bad Guy, Kingdom, Dragon, Fight, Marriage, Happy Ending. Ok, I think that’s the most basic storylines ever given in a Ciao review! But this film is far from being basic, there is plenty of jokes, (including the obligatory Ass jokes) there are skits from WWF style wrestling to a micky take of ‘The Matrix’. But most of the jokes come from the parodies of other ‘Fairy Tales’ such as Cinderella, Snow White, The 3 little Pigs (watch out for the break dancing scene) Sleeping Beauty et al. It’s a classic. (I’d tell you more, but you won’t go and see it) • The ...

Multibionta Complete Multivitamin with minerals 29/06/2001

The only A-Z Multivitamin with Probiotics

Multibionta Complete Multivitamin with minerals Well, that’s what they claim on their web-site...... Hang on, a multivitamin with a web-site, what IS the world coming to!? It was suggested by my doctor that I should take this multivitamin because I wasn’t eating very well as I suffer with stomach thrush (no, it’s not very nice). He suggested this particular one because as I couldn’t eat anything ‘interesting’ I wasn’t taking any vitamins or minerals into my body, also because it has ‘probiotic nutrients, and it should help my immune system to cope while I was feeling a little run down (it also helps break down the nasty stuff in the bowel). I usually take a multivitamin every so often anyway. Because the boyfriend is vegetarian – I don’t bother cooking two separate meals (that’s IF I cook at all!), so all the extra help in these tablets is definitely needed. It sounds good as ‘nutritional experts’ or Seven Seas have developed it. Each tablet contains 100% of the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of all recommended vitamins; they also contain minerals and micro-nutrients and 10 million shelf stable probiotics (or live bacteria to you and me). Probiotics have also been added to certain milks, cheeses, yoghurts and some buttermilk products (there’s that little yoghurt drink you can buy now 'hum danone') but all these need to be kept in a fridge. ‘Multibionta has been specially formulated to release its Probiotic nutrients ...

emagazineshop.com 25/06/2001

Easier than visiting WHSmith in your lunch hour

emagazineshop.com After taxing my little brain for far too long in April this year to find a good birthday present for my boyfriend, I put a question to my online pals at the ‘OpCom’ forum, it didn’t take long before nikkisly suggested that I get him a subscription to the BBC’s History Magazine at £2.95 a month. Remembering that I had seen a banner at the Ipoints (a brilliant reward programme) site I wandered over for a squizzle. The site has simple colours, a simple layout and not too many intrusive banner ads (only ones for Ipoints and BOL). The search facility is ok, but the best way to find the extensive range of magazines around the site is by the tabs down the left hand site, these are: - • Him • Her • Work • Play • Friends & Family • Sports • Enthusiast You can work out where, say, ‘The Net’ would be (Play), and you would be right in thinking that the BBC History magazine would come under the Enthusiast heading. The selections under each heading are really vast, under the Her section alone there are 15 sub-categories, including Business & Finance, Motoring and of course the all-important Fashion & Style for Women. Clicking on this sub-category brings up 35 magazines!!!! From Womans Journal to Hair Flair and Vogue to Woman’s Health Research. Most mags have a 75-word description, an Editors Review and sometimes even a Readers Review. This should help you make your mind up, but ...

Dyson DC02 21/06/2001

what rhymes with Dyson.........

Dyson DC02 It took 20 years and over 5000 prototypes for Mr Dyson to get this vacuum perfect, and I just had to have one, ok, it was just over 200 quid when I bought it, but all I had was a "push-me, pull-me" thingy - not even electric! I chose the DC02 as it was really quite small and it could do the stairs without having to take the thing apart, this bit works really well, it hugs the stairs and because of its weight, it won't move until you want it to. Of course everyone knows about the Hepa/Mema filter system, so I won't go on about that, but it doesn't compromise on suction power either . Just imagine - both me and my other half have long hair, and we also have a cat (jasmine, who seems to moult all year round!) = hair everywhere! In a normal vacuum, this would clog the bag after about 10 minutes and it probably wouldn't even pick up a piece of stray sweetcorn (from last nights pizza!) The Dyson goes on forever, well, until it's full anyway! This is another cool thing about the vac, because it has a see-through bin, you can see when it needs emptying, no more bags means that he hasn't got a reason for not doing the cleaning (this is DEFINATELY a plus point!) beware though, when you do your front room (or living room for all you posh people) you'll feel really grubby..... the first time I used it - it was nearly half full! It's got a long(8ft) retractable cord, so you don't have to keep plugging and unplugging it, the 'wand' also moves up and down, I suppose this is ...

Monty Python's Life Of Brian (DVD) 17/06/2001

Blessed are the Cheesemakers

Monty Python's Life Of Brian (DVD) I first saw this “blasphemous” Comedy around 1982 in a marquee with about 100 or so other 10 to 18 year olds, the strange thing was that we all belonged to the Methodist Youth Club when we were on a weekend away, only thinking about it now, was it the best film to show budding Methodists??? Since then, I’ve probably watched this movie around 15-16 times, and at each viewing I notice another funny bit that I failed to see the previous time. It was actually filmed on location in Tunisia in 1978 and released in 1979, and to those who hadn’t seen it considered it to be quite “controversial”, I actually see it as a micky-take of people who follow religion just because they think that’s what they should do. My favourite tag lines are “The film that is so funny it was banned in Norway” and “Honk if you like Brian”. The team of Monty Python poked fun at the followers of religion in the worst possible (but ultimately the funniest) taste, the gang included/s Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones (who also helped direct the film) and Michael Palin. -- Plot -- The movie is based around a chap called Brian, who just so happens to be born on the same day that Christ was (25 December ;+) ), unfortunately he’s mistaken for the messiah, and then of course he’s abused, manipulated and exploited by various political and religious factions. He wants to fight the oppression ...

Yoga 13/06/2001

Not just for your body...........

Yoga Yoga is believed to be around 6000 years old, It is also believed to originate from India as all through the Indian scriptures references to this discipline can be found. Yoga is an effective procedure of both physical and mind exercise, which has a valuable fundamental principle to place on everyday life. The ideal goal of yoga is complete separation from reality and complete self-knowledge. The word YOGA actually comes from the Sanskrit language and means union – control over body and mind. The secret is to find a equilibrium in life, moderation in everything and a little of what you fancy whenever you want it. Yoga is sometimes practised just as a physical exercise, whilst it may be useful for this purpose, going the ‘whole hog’ is the best way to further this very gentle holistic instruction. Stress is an area where yoga can be instrumental in helping, as the spine supports our central nervous system and the fitness of our spine is hugely responsible for our emotional and physical well being. In this type of exercise, the spine is the most used part of the body, but the postures also help stimulate the lymphatic system, which helps remove toxins from the body – these toxins (if allowed to build up) can cause pain and tightness in the muscles and joints. Correct breathing is also an important factor of practicing yoga, of course we all know how to breath, but learning how to do it effectively and correctly will help ease tension in ...

ipoints.co.uk 08/06/2001

update, What do points make....

ipoints.co.uk That's right, PRIZES! Earning points while you purchase things is not a new concept, Tescos started with its card where you receive a point for every pound you spend, other offline stores followed suit and have used this very good marketing ploy to get new (or keep) customers as well. Online stores have also jumped on the bandwagon, but Ipoints seems to be the epitome of the point scheme genre, you collect Ipoints (at varying amounts per pound spent) every time you shop at one of the sites from their web-site. You can also earn points for joining and completing surveys. Once you have at least 22 Ipoints they can be exchanged for anything between cinema tickets to CDs, from short holiday breaks and even skydiving! The thing that put me off to start was that you had to purchase items, but you can now earn free Ipoints everyday. Scroll down to the bottom of their homepage where it says “Check out the fantastic deals from these great Ipoints advertisers. Just trust us – we are SURE you’ll like them”. At the mo they have two banner adverts, and at 3 Ipoints between them it'll take a while to save enough ‘free’ points for a voucher. But within 50 days, you’ll have enough for a £10.00 voucher(they do all types of voucher from M&S to PC World and Debenhams) I know that sounds like ages, but with the surveys giving around 50 Ipoints, it’ll soon add up. They have also started sending out e-mails with clickable links for ...

whsmithonline.co.uk 04/06/2001

Could do better -C plus-

whsmithonline.co.uk I love shopping anywhere but on the Internet it’s even better. No need to get dressed or stress that the shops will shut in 30 minutes and you can even save vast amounts of cash. If you’re like me and don’t have much money to throw around (two credit cards to bring up) you’ll also need to spend your money wisely. WH Smith helps you get a good product for a relatively cheap price (but watch that p&p). The website is quite attractive to look at and it loads pretty quickly, although they have pop-up ads, which I abhor! It’s not too ‘busy’ to look at and navigation around the site is made by the orange tabs at the top of the page, these are Books, Music, DVD & Video, Games, Magazines, Stationery, Our Stores and Today on the Net. Once you select which department you want, the sub-menu arrives at the side of the page allowing you to delve deeper into the vaults of WHSmith. However, the pages they launch at you are quite ugly, I reckon that if they had a line in between each listing it would make it easier to read. Although once you’ve found your choice it is a little easier on the eyes. Their search facility is quite good, I tried with Terry Pratchett (well he has written over 26 books!) and it came back with quite a large return. They also show how much money you’re saving as well as if it’s in stock. Although it didn’t show the p&p charges and at £2.24 with .50p per book, this seems a little steep. It ...

Laboratoires Garnier Fructis 04/06/2001

For big strong girls......

Laboratoires Garnier Fructis I think I’m quite reasonable when it comes to hair products, all I expect is for them to live up to thier promises. This shampoo does it very well. A long while ago a friend (who is a hairdresser) said it didn’t really matter what sort of shampoo you used, as they mostly all do the same thing. I now have to disagree with her after using this little gem of a shampoo. I have quite long hair, 4 or 5 inches further than my bra strap, however, I do seem to suffer from greasy roots and because I’m a bit of a skinflint I hardly ever get my hair trimmed - so this means the ends are really quite dry and a little split. It took me 4 attempts to buy the correct one (Fortifying Shampoo for Greasy Roots and Dry Ends) as there are sooooo many different types in the ‘Fructis’ range, but I’m glad I finally found the right one. It’s slightly thinner than most shampoos I’ve used before, and the smell can be a little off-putting, in a slightly fruity kind of way. If you do get it into your eyes though, wash it out quick, it stings like heck. This has the ‘active fruit concentrate’ in it.... does this mean that there are little baby apples and oranges pumping iron inside the bottle? (sorry, I’ll get back on track now) After only 4 or 5 washes I could tell my hair was stronger, when I wash it there is little to no emptying of the plug hole for half my locks! When I’m brushing it, no tears or tearing, also my ...

Snatch (DVD) 31/05/2001

Lock, Stock and Frankie-Four-Fingers

Snatch (DVD) If you want a good British gangster movie, then there’s no better place to turn these days than to Guy Ritchie. Following the huge success of his cockney gangster antics gone mental ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’, he has come back to the successful breed of film with Snatch. It’s all about a huge stolen diamond and everything that just so happens to go along with dodgy dealings of cockney gangsters ala Delboy. This movie sees a number of personalities mixed up in an underground boxing scam. Two unlicensed boxing promoters, Turkish and the baby faced Tommy now owe local villain Bricktop a favour. All they have to do is let Gorgeous George win a bare-knuckle fistfight and everything's peachy keen, right? Unfortunately, things turn out to be a lot more complicated than that. After taking on board Irish ‘pikie’ and all round hardcase One Punch Mickey O’Neil (Brad Pitt) to fight the bout, he knocks out the competition and the situation moves from bad to worse. The two dodgy promoters then find themselves in a whole load of you-know-what. While this is going on, Frankie Four-Fingers (excellently played by Benicio Del Toro of ‘Traffic’ fame) is robbed of the aforementioned massive diamond on his way to deliver it to dealer Avi (Dennis Farina) and with all this violence going around he ends up on the wrong side of life! Of Course Avi isn’t too pleased about this vital loss and hires the help of Bullet ...

Thyme 26/05/2001

It's thyme to use this herb

Thyme Thyme used to be grown in monastery gardens in the south of France, Spain and Italy around the Middle ages for the use as a digestive aid, cough remedy and a treatment for intestinal parasites (no, not Alien3!). But poor old thyme, it’s sometimes seen as the ugly duckling of the herb world. It doesn’t have the extravagant display of blossoms that sage does, nor does it have a distinctive taste like tarragon. But it IS an invaluable element in the kitchen; it blends itself so nicely and enhances many other herbs without overpowering them. Of course, everyone knows the ingredients of ‘bouquet garni’ (sprigs of parsley, leaves of bay and thyme for those who didn’t). It can be added to give depth to soups, sauces and my favourite – stews. There are over 100 varieties of thyme, but three are used more often in the kitchen. Lemon thyme is an upright shrub that can grow to a foot in height, the leaves are tiny and heart shaped ringed with a little yellow and has a bit of a citrus tang. Caraway thyme is a low growing variety which forms a dense, dark green mat and can spread quickly, but is a pretty version with it’s soft, pink blossoms, although it’s difficult to find it’s especially tasty in sauces with garlic and wine. Then we have the common/garden thyme, a shrub that can grow between 6-12 inches, with its narrow, pale grey/green leaves, hairy stems and its pungent or ‘woody’ smell. You can start thyme ...
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