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GHD Salon Styler - Hair Straightener 18/06/2004

GHD- God How Did I spend that much???

GHD Salon Styler - Hair Straightener Not only am I a typically materialistic teenager, but I’m a sucker for anything which I know is the best of the best. Which is why I blew my entire savings (£87-man I’m rich!) on GHD straighteners. GHD, or good hair day, are renowned throughout the hair industry as producing not only the best, but the most expensive straighteners out there, and are used by celebrities, celebrity hairstylists and the best in the business. So of course I had to have them. This is the part where I brag about them. They come fully equipped with: • Ceramic plates which heat up to 210 degrees in 7 seconds • Temperature control which ensures your hair doesn’t set on fire…(helpful eh?) • A lightweight and slim design for optimum styling technique • Salon length cable • Styling hints and tips booklet That part was really just a chance for me to justify my horrendous spending habits and to convince myself it was for the good of womankind that I bought them. It was wasn’t it? I bought my straighteners from www.4yourhair.com where for £87 I got the regular sized model and free next day delivery, which is cheaper than many websites, including the GHD website which charges £95 for the same product. I would urge you to look around when buying such an expensive product, particularly when there’s such variation out there online. You could purchase a pair on Ebay for a very reasonable price, but you must take into consideration the postal charges and the feedback of the seller before ...

L'Oreal Glam Shine Lip Gloss 02/12/2003

For lips almost as glamourous as you are!

L'Oreal Glam Shine Lip Gloss L’Oreal glam shine, a product brought out this year recently by L’Oreal, a well renowned commercial cosmetics brand, is a high-shine lip-gloss with overwhelming sparkle and pretty full-on colour. It comes in a quite expensive looking container, which contains a mere 6ml of the lip gloss, so it has been treated with the delicacy of precious stones. The packaging states that this is a “dazzling, lip plumping effect lip gloss”, and dazzling it most certainly is. You can instantly tell it just by looking at the packaging, which shows the colour of the lip gloss as well as the glitter inside the container. I got this from Boots the chemist, and used my hard-earned points from my Christmas shopping spree to pay the slightly begrudged £5.99. I did think this was a little expensive for such a small amount, but a friend of mine recommended it as it’s so glittery you almost have to wear shades when you look in the mirror! The applicator is typical of most lip glosses, with a sort of sponge like end attached to the gold lid, which you apply straight to your lips and spread over your lips to make it even. So what did I think then? Well I chose a pinky red shade to suit my skin tone, but there are plenty of shades to suit every skin colour imaginable, all with plenty of glitter. I really like the look I get with using even the tiniest amount of it (which believe me I do, I’ve been rationing it!). My lips look much fuller, and the colour is great and the glitter makes your lips ...

Creative Nomad MuVo 7300000000007 06/11/2003

MuVover bulky CD players...

Creative Nomad MuVo 7300000000007 It’s coming around to that time of year when parents, brothers, friends and partners are running around shopping centres in the hope of getting you the perfect present. Finding this present is never easy, but when you do find it, the smile on the face of the person receiving the gift makes it all worthwhile. So this Christmas, when browsing various gift catalogues, I spotted a personal CD player that I fancied, but then my brother suggested an MP3 because it would save me the hassle of carrying a big brick around which needs new batteries after every CD (or seemingly). I told him I could never afford one (imagining they all cost as much as an Ipod). Then this Saturday he paid a visit complete with a tiny little blue and silver thing which looked a bit like a lighter, and awarded me my very early Christmas present. This was love at first sight! I am, of course, referring to the creative Muvo MP3 player (64mb). This is, as I mentioned barely bigger than a lighter, and about the same weight. It came complete with an installation pack and headphones. It has a detachable memory stick which you simply plug in to your PC’s USB port, and it will pop up as a removable drive (E:). The next step is to simply drag and drop your songs from wherever they’re saved on to the removable drive folder, and voila, you have a highly portable, teeny weeny personal music player. This is only the 64mb version of the Muvo, although a larger version is available (128mb) for those of us who ...

Walkers Sweet & Sour Great British Takeaways 19/08/2003

Eco-friendly walkers begins recycling programme..

Walkers Sweet & Sour Great British Takeaways Whilst sitting, peacefully minding my own business, half watching coronation street, and half procrastinating how I could get some more money, my train of thought was rudely stopped at a red light in the form of an advert. I looked at the television only to see what I thought was a scene from a Bollywood film. Unfortunately, it was not a little culture on the box, oh no, heaven forbid, it was, in fact Gary “lugs” Lineker and the cast of “The Kumars” dancing around and just being plain annoying. It was my mother who informed me of what the advert was actually for; when in our local newsagents she spotted the new takeaway range of walker crisps. Not being very fond of the other two flavours; chicken tikka masala, and Chinese spare ribs, I plumped for the sweet and sour flavour. The crisps don’t particularly smell like Chinese takeaway, but then again, I wasn’t expecting them to if I’m being perfectly honest with you. They have red flavouring on them, and look and smell like tomato ketchup flavoured ones. So there I am, sitting at home, all ready for a tantalising takeaway without the calories, although there are still a few (I think it’s 181 calories and around 11g of fat), as I start to tuck in, I’m a little confused, I could’ve sworn the bag says sweet and sour. Perhaps it’s a trick of the eye. Looking at the bag again, thee are no illusions, the bag definitely says sweet and sour flavour. So why do mine taste like a cross between tomato ketchup and baked beans ...

Stripped - Christina Aguilera 11/08/2003

Can't Hold This Girl Down

Stripped - Christina Aguilera Remember me? I’ve been away for a while now, what with moving house, exams, music exams, and a few other stressful time consumers, but hopefully I’ll be around a lot more in the future and I’m looking forward to reading and rating all of your opinions! When I first Sat down to write this op, which I’ve had in mind for a while, I was disappointed that I couldn’t find the album when I searched for it under it’s title. Fortunately, after typing in Christina Aguilera, her “new” album “striped” appeared, perhaps a different version to my own. Hopefully, my opinion on her album “stripped” will be just as useful. Christina’s Album has been up in the top ten of the album charts most weeks since it came out, and has so far proved highly popular. The controversial gal has certainly kicked up a fuss throughout the world with her raunchy videos, “unique” dress sense and her outspoken manner. So after deciding I liked her voice, and really liked the 4 singles she has released from the album, I decided to check out what all the fuss was about. ~*~*~*The Tracks*~*~*~ *1*~Stripped (intro)~ The Introduction to the whole album begins : “Sorry you can’t define me, sorry I break the mould, sorry that I speak my mind, sorry don’t do what I’m told, Sorry if I don’t fake it, sorry I come too real, I will never hide what I really feel” Well now there’s a way to kick-start an album! *2*~ Can’t hold us down (feat. Lil Kim)~ A real kick-ass song with meaningful lyrics. It’s about the ...

Margaret Astor Soft Sensation Lipstick 11/05/2003

I had no sensations, soft or otherwise

Margaret Astor Soft Sensation Lipstick It is incredibly rare that I will treat myself to a beauty product, not because I’m not bothered about that kind of thing, but because I always seem to be spending my money on friends birthdays, or it simply vanishes from my grasp. Incase you’re wondering, no I’m not just hopeless with finances, I’m a teenager, therefore finances are slim, in other words, parents are stingy with my allowance, lol. Anyway, back to the product, the reason I managed to nab this for myself was because I was buying a friends birthday present in Boots, and as a lover of make-up I decided that’s what I’d buy her. I spotted that the Astor range had an offer on which was buy and product and receive a free lipstick, so I bought my friend a blusher, liquid eyeliner and a lipstick, and got myself a lipstick too, which was pretty good considering that they cost £5.49 to buy! There were around 6 or 7 shades to choose from, and I chose “Satin sand” a dark pink sort of colour, which suited my complexion (a tip: test lipstick on your fingertip, as this is the closest shade to your lips.). The lipstick is very aesthetically pleasing; it comes in gorgeous silver packaging with a little plastic bubble sort of thing on the top with “Astor” inside it. It looks rather posh actually, but never judge a book by it's cover. I have to say, I prefer lip gloss to lipstick, but I was willing to give this a go, as my mum has always recommended wearing lipstick to keep my lips soft and smooth and avoid ...

Garnier Lumia 22/04/2003

I spent 45 minutes on 1 head....

Garnier Lumia Colouring my hair is something which should always be done with care, particularly if you’re using a home colourant, which can often go wrong and cause terrible upset. So before you even think about it, there are some things you should take in to account. Have you recently had a perm? If yes, then avoid colouring your hair as this may cause the perm to fall out, or go a bit dodgy. Have you recently dyed or bleached your hair? If yes, then the finished result may be slightly different to the colour on the box, oh, and your hair might turn green. Do you have sensitive skin? If you do, then do a patch test on your skin 24 hours before dying your hair. Another handy tip, just before you dye your hair, apply Vaseline all around your hairline, behind your ears, and on any other places which could turn a funny colour whilst you’re using the dye. I would also very much advise you to wear a very old t-shirt, and use a very old towel, one that you’re never going to put in your bathroom. Ever. So anyway, the colour I chose for my hair, which is naturally a medium/dark brown colour, was 6.6 -Red (original eh?) although there are other colours available to suit just about everyone (oh and by the way, secret oldies, it covers greys too!). The shade the dye was likely to give you was on the back of the pack, and it wasn’t too bright, or too dark. The reason I chose Garnier Lumia, is because it's not a harsh colourant, it doesn’t harm your hair, and has a low amount of ammonia, and ...

A Day In The Life Of.... 12/04/2003

Stuck in a rut with yours truly

A Day In The Life Of.... Some of you may have forgotten who I am already, as I haven’t written an op for over a month, but I’m hoping Ill still pull in a few reads from this, and integrate myself back in to Ciao. Purebitch (Georgina) set me this challenge, so I though I’d give it a go, as I needed some sort of motivation, or drive to get me back in to the Ciao spirit. So, we dive in to the depths of my daily life. I will warn you, it may just be too riveting for the majority of you. My typical Monday. 7:20 am: First alarm clock goes off. I turn it off and roll over. 7:25 am: Second alarm goes off. I hit at it in a furious rage and stick my head back under the sheets. 7:30 am: T.V turns itself on. I am bombarded with the painfully loud, yet rather soothing voice of Eamonn Holmes, and the dramatic music which signifies they are talking about the war. After a wake-up shower, I get dressed, slap some make-up on (just so I don’t give the granny next door a heart attack), and slurp a cup of coffee down. 8:20 am: Still sort of comatose, I heave my ass out of the door and usually end up having to peg it round the corner as the bus drives up the bank. I am now totally buggered. 9:00 am: Slump in to registration and have a quick lie down on the desk while my tutor blabbers on about after school clubs, and our uniform. 9:30 am: First lesson. Painfully; Maths. I stroll aimlessly in the direction of my classroom, taking the longest route possible. Arrive around 10 minutes late, and after ...

Boots Fresh! Raspberry Fluff Lip Balm 01/03/2003

delicious, mouth watering...non-food product

Boots Fresh! Raspberry Fluff Lip Balm Lip Balm has always been somewhat of an essential make-up item for me. I can’t stand the feeling of having dry lips, and I hate looking at people with awful dry lips too. I’ve been through god knows how many lip glosses, lip balms and lipsticks over the past year or so. I’m a great fan of good old Vaseline, but after a long time of using it, I was a bit bored with it’s neutral taste and smell. It’s my mum’s birthday on Tuesday, so my brother and I went shopping for her presents. We went in to Boots after buying her some slippers and a foot spa to see if we could get some other beauty products for her. The fresh! Range had a 3 for 2 offer on, so after buying my mum her presents, I though I’d take the advantage to bag a free lip balm. This lip balm comes in a very minimalist, round, silver pot. It has a pink sticker on the front, telling you what it is and a cute little line underneath: so fruity, so pink, so give us a kiss….awww As soon as I opened it, the lovely sweet smell of raspberries drifted up at me. The lip balm itself is white in the tin, but clear when you put it on to your lips. It gives my lips a natural sheen, although it doesn’t really gloss them. I applied some 15 minutes ago, and I can still smell the lip balm on myself. It’s a very natural smell, and doesn’t smell chemically enhanced like some products I’ve used before. It doesn’t feel sticky at all on my lips, and my fingers aren’t sticky after applying it either. You do need to apply quite a lot ...

Batchelors Cup a Soup 20/02/2003

It's soup in a cup, it aint haute cuisine love

Batchelors Cup a Soup I’m going to be perfectly honest with you here. I am pretty much useless in the kitchen unless I’m making a sponge cake (the one thing I remember how to do from cookery). So I’ve never been one to make fresh meals or to make impressive dishes. So when my mum’s out shopping, she tends to look for things which are easy to make, and taste mildly appetizing. So, one time she came home with cup-a-soups I though I’d give them a try. Cup-a-soups are made by bachelors, and come in a small blue cardboard box with a picture of some soup in a cup (it’s only logical really). Inside this box are 4 sachets of powder, which give you four servings of the soup. The flavours I’ve tried are: Chicken and vegetable with croutons, and Mediterranean tomato and vegetable with croutons. To make the soups, let’s face it, it’s not rocket science; you boil the kettle, put the powder in a mug, add the boiling water, stir and serve. This process will take you around 5 minutes, so they’re handy for the lazy folks among us and those who can’t cook to save their lives. Now let’s be perfectly honest with ourselves, we’re not expecting them to be fantastic are we? What can we expect for something like 85p? These sachets aren’t going to plonk a meal fit for a king out in to a cup, but they’re ok. That’s how I’d describe them, they’re alright. The chicken flavour was pretty nice actually, although the vegetables tend to be a bit dry, and don’t particularly taste like vegetables, which may be an ...

Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara 20/02/2003

Flutter til' your heart's content

Clinique Naturally Glossy Mascara I’ve never really been the type of person to splash out on overly expensive cosmetics. I tend to excuse my tight-fisted ways by using the phrase “Just because it costs more, doesn’t mean it’s better”. You may know that Clinique is a somewhat expensive brand, don’t worry though, I didn’t buy it! I got this from a friend for Christmas, and only started using it this month as I had a perfectly fine Rimmel one which I could still use. It has the typically understated sliver packaging of the majority of Clinique products, and has something about it which gives it an air of sophistication (what am I on about, it’s bloody mascara!!).The brush is quite long, and isn’t curved or shaped; it’s very straight and has quite a lot of bristles. It’s fairly easy to apply, and as with any other mascara this is usually done looking stupid with your mouth wide open (who knows why?). It’s best to start on the top lashes with two strokes on top of the top lashes, and one coming out from underneath them. Be careful with the ickle bottom lashes because you can easily end up with a bit of a botch job if you are clumsy! After using it, I have to say, my lashes didn’t really look any different. The bottom lashes were looking a bit perkier than normal, but only a very few of my top lashes seemed to be very heavy on my lashes, it looked very natural, which is why I suppose it’s called “naturally glossy”. I haven’t quite grasped the glossy part yet though, as I fail to see my eyelashes ...

Alliance & Leicester Accounts 18/02/2003

Who wants to be a millionaire- I do

Alliance & Leicester Accounts I daresay that by now, the vast majority of you will have realized that money plays a huge role in this world. Whether we like it or not, the world we live in is quite often dominated by the stuff. I began to grasp this a few years back when I opened my very first bank account. My first account was opened with Barclays, the somewhat classic bank. Known worldwide, it’s normally the first bank people think of, therefore they settle for pitiful interest rates, rubbish customer service, and don’t bother to change banks. It was before Christmas when I realized that the only thing keeping me with Barclays was their visa electron card; offered to under 16’s, this card gave me freedom with my money, and allowed me to spend cash in shops by paying with my card. I felt so grown up!! After checking out interest rates online, I realized that Barclays has one of the least competitive rates in the country. So I did some more research, and figured out that the best interest rates at a bank near me were with Alliance Leicester (technically not a bank, but a building society). I’d also been thinking about opening a savings account to stash away some of my Christmas money (I sound so sensible!), and AL had both of these, and the savings account had a really good interest rate (4.40%). I went to my nearest branch, complete with passport and proof of address, and opened both accounts at the same time. I chose the U18 cashcard account, and the Firstsave account. The staff were very ...

Chicago (DVD) 09/02/2003

Come on, do the cell block tango with me

Chicago (DVD) Chicago, renound for its slightly murky past. Murder, gangsters, jazz, and liquor are the main contributors to the tasty plot in this film. Topping the bill is Reneé Zellweger, playing the main character Roxie. Most famously known for the film Bridget Jones’ diary, I was a little skeptical as to whether or not she could dance or sing, but I was willing to give her a chance. Next up is Catherine Zeta Jones, the Welsh lassie famous for her marriage to old timer Michael Douglas. Again, I had no idea of her abilities in anything other than acting. Then comes the king of charm; Richard Gere, an extremely experienced actor, well known throughout the business. The film, set in the 1920’s, begins in a jazz bar, where Velma Kelly (Zeta Jones) and her sister Veronica are topping them bill. The problem is, only Velma turns up, and questions are asked of the whereabouts of Veronica. Watching from the audience, Roxie (Zellweger) looks up at her and longs to be just like her. Then, mid day-dream, in storm the police, who arrest Velma for the murder of her sister. Roxie leaves the bar with her lover, a man who’d promised her a life on the stage. When he tells her it’s lies and laugh in her face, she shoots him. What else could she do? In comes hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn (Gere). For a mere $5000 he will offer his services to Roxie. Her doormat husband Amus manages to scrape together some cash, and so Super lawyer comes to the rescue. Whilst inside, Roxie gets acquainted with her ...

Everything that starts with C ... 24/01/2003

My half century and my decade of great Ciaoers

Everything that starts with C ... *sings* happy 50th to me, happy 50th to me, happy 50th dear meeeeeeeee, happy 50th to me!! That’s right ciaoers; it’s that special time in our Ciao careers, my 50th op. I’m upholding the tradition of writing about Ciao, although recently I wrote about the site itself, so this time I’m writing about the people who make the Ciao world go round. Now, this, I have to say is one of the hardest decisions I have made since taking my school options, so I hope you’ll forgive me if you’re not in here, although I’m going to try to include everyone who I love, which means a lot of people!! By the way, these are in no particular numerical order, because that would make my life 10 times harder! **~~Schmutzie~~** Before I even began writing this op, I knew you were going to be in it. You, Poppy, write the most amazing and intriguing ops on the most interesting and fascinating topics. You capture me from your opening sentence to your finishing word, and more often than not I read it again, just to check I didn’t miss anything. Your style it young, vibrant, refreshing, and is guaranteed to invoke my emotions, and anything you’re feeling when writing it, I feel for you. I cannot think of words that describe what it is that make your ops stand out, but please don’t stop writing. **~~Candymarie~~** As a younger member of the site, I thought I would be singled out, and perhaps not included in the Ciao community as much as you adult members, but as a member of Dooyoo, I knew ...

L'Oreal Plenitude Cleansing Wipes 19/01/2003

Skincare for those who just can't be arsed..

L'Oreal Plenitude Cleansing Wipes I’ve been looking through my ops, and I’ve realized it’s been quite a while since I wrote an opinion in the health & beauty section, so I thought, I simply must put one out straight away. I mean, what would the ladies do without health and Beauty? This op also ties in very nicely with my new year’s resolution to take better care of my skin, so I’ve killed two birds with one stone really! So after receiving a nice big chunk of cash for Christmas (cheers Santa) I thought I should go out and buy some nice skincare products, instead of cheap own brand stuff. Mind you, it doesn’t matter how much money I’ve got, I’m always careful. I don’t buy much from Boots, although I have an advantage card, because the prices are simply way over the top. Instead I went in to Bodycare; a newly opened chemist sort of shop in my local shopping centre, which sells toiletries and perfumes etc at very reasonable prices. So in I went, on the hunt for a bargain, and I saw that the L’Oreal plentitude range was in there, so I bought a pack of 25 cleansing wipes at the excellent price of £2.79, when they usually retail at £4.49 in Boots (tut tut). I also bought the toner form this range, but that’s for another op, another day. The packaging is quite minimalist really, but it still looks expensive. It’s white with the L’Oreal logo and a green stripe at the bottom, which tells me it’s an “essential cleansing” product. It has one of those sticky flap thingies which you open to get on the wipes out. ...
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