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Is the best blog hosting service? is a blogging host, not to be confused with the blogging software, Wordpress(.org). For blog novices this means that you are able to create a blog using without needing to buy a domain name or web hosting. It is a free service, and in return you are provided with a domain name such as I have been using for almost two years writing a personal, course related blog. My blog is small, achieving around 1000 viewers a month so I can only review the service from this point of view, however and its Wordpress software is used for many larger blogs. When choosing a blog hosting service I had two main contenders, and Google's Blogger. I tend to find the latter is easier to use, it is easy to customise how your blog looks and simple to understand. However while I have found more complicated to use, overall I prefer the results that I can achieve with it. Who can set up an account? Anyone can set up an account, it is very easy and within a few minutes you are the owner of your own blog. What are the main features? has many features and I could not possibly name them all! The main feature is to write a blog! This can be done through two different ways, firstly on the front page of Wordpress they have introduced a Tumblr-esque microblogging style editor. This allows you to quickly write a blog post, or in the essence of microblogging you are able to post videos, photos, ...

Palmers Cocoa Butter 08/08/2009

Palmers - the best moisturiser!

Palmers Cocoa Butter When it comes to beauty products I can be quite fickle, one week I’ll be raving about one product and the next it’s found its place in the back of my product shelf next to last months favourite! So when a product managed to get itself on my Necessary list (and this is the list I’d sacrifice food to make sure I had supplies of everything from it!) it says an awful lot as I really am very demanding about my products; I want perfect results for as small a price as possible! So what is the resident body moisturiser on the Necessary list? It has to be Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula! I pride myself on having the best skin of anyone I know, which may sound vain, but with the effort I put in I feel I have the right to boast about how my skin is the softest and healthiest looking I know and as a result I only want the best for it and in this quest I have tried many expensive, painful and bizarre methods and products and I have reached the conclusion that on my budget I won’t be finding a better moisturiser. I have pretty dry skin and as such I realised the need for a good moisturiser from a young age. I first bought it on recommendation of a friend and at first I wasn’t completely I swayed, I had already decided that I was sticking with cocoa butter, but I flirted between brands from Boots own all the way up to Body Shop, and while both of those are very good I discovered Palmers was just the best! So why do I love it so much? Firstly I love the smell, a rich, yummy chocolaty scent ...

Clean & Clear Quick Clear Treatment Gel 22/06/2009

Clean & Clear rescue!!

Clean & Clear Quick Clear Treatment Gel Recently I’ve been having some problems with spots. These are unfair spots as in they haven’t been brought on my bad diet, a poor facial care routine or any other factor I can think of, I lead a pretty healthy lifestyle with lots of exercise, water and a good diet and yet they keep coming! They are particularly nasty spots as well, big, red lumpy ones which hurt if you squeeze (although obviously you wouldn’t do this!!). In my attempt to get rid I have tried everything I can think of from changing my skin routine, cleansers, exfoliaters, masks, down to using tea tree oil as spot treatment; I changed my diet, drank more water, increased my fruit intake and none of this helped these nasty spots!! Most my skin looks healthy, alive and happy… there are just a few things ruining it!! I was going pretty mad with the whole spot thing and was prepared to try pretty much anything! So while in Sainsbury’s with the mother I slipped a box of ‘Clean and Clear Advantage Quick Clear Spot Treatment Gel’ – which is rather a mouthful – the box cost between £3-4, but as I had cleverly planned my purchase I didn’t actually pay… To be honest I didn’t hold that much hope for the gel. I have used a couple of other gels in my time and I haven’t had all that much success with them, but I was willing to give it a go, especially as it promised results in as little as 4 hours! So when I got home I gave it a go. Inside the box is a 15ml tube of the gel, unfortunately it is the type of tube that needs ... 14/12/2008

RIP to mingling Over a year and a half ago I wrote a glowing review of a site to which I'm afraid to admit I gave much of my time to. Back then mingleville wasn't at its prime, apparently that time was previous to my membership, but it was a very good site and I was willing to sing its praises, citing as the negatives of the site the addictiveness and the rating system. Unfortunately the site has seen drastic changes including a relaunch and a new ownership. These both has the ability to transform the site from a small but good social networking site to a possible rival to the facebooks, myspaces and bebos of this world. However, they didn't. Before I get into the worst of the site let me tell you a bit about it. Mingleville was born in South Yorkshire in about 2005, the work of one devoted programmer, it was sold in 2008 to a company called 3 Convert ( Its basic function is as a social networking site, the majority of you will understand that this means users are allocated a space in which to create a profile, they can upload pictures, write a description of themselves and their interests, write a blog and upload videos. They can then use the features of the site including 'Browse', 'Forums' and 'Chat' to interact with other members with whom they can communicate over private mail messages or public guestbook messages displayed on the person's profile. On arriving at the site it looks very clean. Before I compared it favourably to myspace, who at the time ...

La Senza (Shop) 23/05/2008

Source of my underwear addiction...

La Senza (Shop) It is not as much as year ago when I wrote about my sadness of being unable to shop at La Senza, at the time I was a G cup and the only place I could find to cater was Bravissimo, not even the department stores could help. However since this time with the help of a few gym visits and a little less chocolate I managed to lose myself a stone and get my bra size down to a much more reasonable 34F. I don't know what this size means to you out there, but to me it seems quite small after rocking a G cup (even if there is only about an inch between) it also opens up a lot of opportunity to me. While I will never criticise a Bravissimo bra, they have been fantastic for me, they are on the whole suited towards an older audience rather than a young fashion conscious (yes even underwear is fashion!!) 17 - 18 on Sunday!! :O - year old. Being able to shop at La Senza again has reopened a world of beautiful, fun pieces of lingerie that I will happily show off… and I'm afraid I show it off a lot!! La Senza is possibly the most popular high street lingerie chain, competing with the likes of Ann Summers, however it does not have the raunchy image of Ann Summers which means that mothers won't mind their young teenagers buying their bras there. If you live in a major city you will have a La Senza near you and your La Senza will look essentially the same as every other one in the UK. Yes they may differ in size and shape, but the decoration and displays will be pretty much the same. I love ...

Choosing A Level Subjects 14/02/2008

Sorting your future

Choosing A Level Subjects I'm finding myself at the moment in a not dissimilar situation to that which I was in two years back; deciding my future education, however while I was a lot more certain last time now I feel like a little lost sheep in this huge field. It has made me reflect on the decisions I made back in 2005/6 and I can see the mistakes I made and the things I did right so I feel like offering this advice to the young'uns!! Obviously you don't have to be 16 to be taking A levels but my advice here is probably more suitable for people of that age, though, you never know!! Where to study First thing to do is to find where to study, your school may provide a VI form, mine didn't thought there was one which was joint with my school and another one. This could be an ideal place to study, you will be taught by teachers who know you, who know your strengths and weaknesses, you won't get the awkward stage when the teachers try to get to know you and you them, what is more, you will be surrounded by people you already know from school. I didn't choose the VI form, I didn't like the place, it was too small and didn't supply me with the opportunity to do the subjects I was interested in and place didn't have much money so was lacking in equipment, a disadvantage of local places. You could go to one of the colleges that offer education for everyone, of every age. I personally would not recommend this for A levels for teenagers because it is a complete difference to school, you will be ...

Ghetto - Ghetto Gospel 14/02/2008

More Ghetto Ghetts?

Ghetto - Ghetto Gospel I have been struggling since last summer to write this review, every time I started I decided that my review just wasn't doing justice to the CD, I have played with the structure trying to way I used to write my music reviews giving each song a paragraph of description, but this is a silly way to review music! You need to listen to it to appreciate it and me writing that the music sounds aggressive is useless to you. So I'm going to try a new structure and I'm going to do my absolute best to convince you that this is one hell of an awesome CD which if you enjoy any type of the urban music scene, if you're a hardcore 50 cent fan, or love your JA Rule, if you've never ventured into the UK music scene, then you really, really need to get this. If you're not a huge rap fan, but sort of like it, you need this CD in your life. Trying to understand the UK rap scene is not easy, mainly because there isn't a huge one and the artists involved are mainly unsigned, of course we see the likes of Dizzee Rascal and Kano making mainstream hours on Radio One indicating perhaps a change in the industry, however it is still very difficult to track down certain artists. Particularly ones who decide to call themselves Ghetto! In a genre where just about every artist tries to hail from the ghetto and the word comes up in many a song title trying to find an artist by the name is extremely difficult when you don't understand the scene. It was completely by accident that I found myself on ...

Mars Galaxy Smooth Dark 13/02/2008

Smoooooother than smooth??

Mars Galaxy Smooth Dark I was very suspicious when I first saw Galaxy Smooth Dark and after discussion with the mother it seemed we had the same doubts. You see we know Galaxy as that creamy, smooth milk chocolate; meanwhile dark chocolate contains none of these qualities. Curiosity got the better of me though and soon enough I found myself in Sainsbury's picking up a bar. I can't remember the exact cost, it was less than £1.50, however more than the old 79p I used to spend on Galaxy. Packaging I could go on and describe the packaging to you, however I know full well when you buy chocolate you don't spend the first 10 minutes analysing the stuff… you've already broken into it!! So I'll move straight on to the chocolate! Recently Galaxy re-launched their products, they started with offering a whole new range, including this bar, and changed the shape of the chocolate to a 'smoother' shape, which is less sharp than the original. Taste The chocolate is only slightly darker than milk chocolate and just waiting to enter my mouth!! Galaxy describes the chocolate as "The smooth Galaxy way to enjoy dark chocolate…… deeply smooth, intensely delicious and not at all bitter." I would actually have to agree with this description. Let the chocolate melt on your tongue and the taste is rich, but not bitter, it feels very smooth in a way I haven't experienced with dark chocolate before. For you?? If you are a hardcore dark chocolate fan who loves the dark, bitter taste then this might be a bit ...

Sure Women Biorhythm (Body Responsive) 03/09/2007

My essential =]

Sure Women Biorhythm (Body Responsive) I came back from a family holiday in Prague two days ago, when I arrived home I was very annoyed to find that my sister's shampoo had leaked over everything, I had had the sense to package all the possible leaky things in a plastic bags so no problems with sticky clothing, it did mean though that I had to wash all my lotions and potions before I could put them away. I didn't really think through the whole washing process and just dunked everything into water until the shampoo had gone; this led to problems like water in my foundation and my deodorant, half full, refusing to spray anything, the little tubes filled with water that wouldn't budge. As I'm not about to go around with no deodorant this warranted a pre-make-up visit to Boots to pick up another can. I don't usually show brand loyalty, I go for whatever is on offer with products, or whatever looks good and I can afford, however I have recently found that Sure Women's biorhythm deodorant has become THE deodorant that I buy. It all began back earlier this year one day when I was going to the gym straight after college (via Nottingham), I realised much to my annoyance that I'd gone and forgotten my deodorant, I guess I must have been low on deodorant anyway at the time because I didn't hesitate to just pop into Nottingham's finest shop, Boots and went to the deodorant section. Sure is a brand I had heard of before although I'd never used a Sure product, I got the feeling they were a decent brand, and I'm going to be ...

Should smoking be banned in all public places? 01/09/2007

Is it worth it?

Should smoking be banned in all public places? The recent smoking ban annoyed a great deal of people, and I can't say I blame them, after years of being able to go down to the local, drink a few pints, if the football's on watch that, chat to some mates, smoke a few fags, suddenly they find themselves banished to the cold outside if they want a smoke. I can understand why they don't find it fair, but what about the non-smokers who want to go down to the pub, is it fair for them to have to breath in the smoke of cigarettes, risking their health even though they have decided not to smoke. At the end of the day this whole argument is about who has the ultimate right, and that is a question without an answer. When I was 10 I did my DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) course, I still have a DARE car sticker stuck on my bedroom window =], at the time everyone in my class listened to the policemen who came in, the nurses and all decided that we were not going to do drugs, we made up songs and poems against drugs, alcohol abuse and smoking, all deciding they were just evil things we wanted nothing to do with. Unfortunately a year later at least a quarter of the class were smoking, binge drinking at weekends also quickly became a hobby as well recreational dug taking. Secondary school is an awful place full of peer pressures to start acting like an adult when you are really still a kid, this is where most people pick up habits which will stick with them throughout their lives. The pressure to take up smoking was quite ...

Apple MacBook - 13.3" - Core 2 Duo - MacOS X 10.4 - 512 MB RAM - 60 GB HDD 01/09/2007

My Addiction =]

Apple MacBook - 13.3" - Core 2 Duo - MacOS X 10.4 - 512 MB RAM - 60 GB HDD It's now well over a year since I got my laptop, I know it pretty well so I guess it's time I let you all in on one of my favourite possessions. Now before I even start let me apologise in advance for my lack of techno knowledge, if you speak technology as a second language then you may well find my review tiresome as it won't be adequate for the information you are desiring from a computer review, I'm sorry. However I'm pretty sure the majority of Ciao are probably more like me technology wise, so I hope it all helps. Last year it seemed to be decided that I was going to buy a laptop, this had been something I had been considering for a long time, but suddenly I had my parents support which made the whole thing a lot more real, however my parents told me that I couldn't buy one until I had finished my GCSEs, which was probably a very clever idea as let's be honest, laptops can be very distracting when you are supposed to be working on exam revision. I had my last exam on the 15th June, which was quite early compared to most of my friends, and a day I loved (no more exams!! Well I though that at the time, then along came AS exams), so the following Saturday I trotted off into town with my Dad off to the "Apple Store". I must say I didn't do much research beforehand, I went onto a few websites, understood very little, so much RAM, so many bites… means nothing to me, then went onto and fell in love with the MacBook, and once I'd fallen in love nothing could ...

Bravissimo 26/07/2007

For you curvy lovelies!!

Bravissimo I love underwear shopping, I used to hate it when I was a self conscious younger teenager and my mum dragged me off for a fitting in M&S, I hated the whole measuring thing, being prodded and having a load of ugly bras shoved into my face to try on. But times have moved on, I now love picking out underwear to wear, La Senza being a favourite place to go to with it’s seductive displays bursting with bra sets, however I do have one problem here, the bras are just too small!! I believe they do go up to an F cup, which is still too small, but even earlier this year when it would have fitted I find that their bras just don’t support!! So now La Senza can supply me with a supply of knickers (I hate the word knickers, but the word pants/panties don’t appeal to me either. I might just come up with my own word, but for the duration of this review, we’ll stick with the conventional names). I tried other places for bras, and while they do the right size the fit was often strange, I’m not sure exactly what we should interpret this information, but anyway I was left with only one place to turn to, Bravissimo. Now I’m not an expert in the history of Bravissimo, and to be honest, if you want to know that you can look it up for yourself, I’m writing a review of my experience not of how Bravissimo came about. Still from what I do know Bravissimo was originally a catalogue shop which branched out into a few shops, and now I’m sure every major city has one (Nottingham does anyway, and that’s ...

Double Up (Parental Advisory) [PA] - R. Kelly 03/06/2007

Double Kelly's usual standard? Not really

Double Up (Parental Advisory) [PA] - R. Kelly Let me set one thing straight, music isn’t my life. This is a statement used by so so many teenagers but it doesn’t apply to me, I can happily survive without music, I just don’t want to. Also when it comes to music I’m not the type of person who will say, “I only listen to emo/rock/indie/hiphop/r&b(etc.) music” I don’t see the point in trying to class my music tastes, I listen to whatever I like. I’m not anti the music industry, I’m aware how they select the music they want us to like and while some people may see this as a problem, I don’t I think they have good taste. I don’t feel the need to listen to just underground, unestablished music, or just chart music, I listen to what I think sounds good, and at the moment that is the undeniable king of R&B, Mr R. Kelly. So now I will stop boring you with facts about my music tastes and move to what the actual review is about, R. Kelly’s latest album, Double Up. So what do we expect from R. Kelly? And is it in this album? Sex. Definitely included. Some sucking up to the ladies. Plenty of this. Oh, and Kelly just acting like a player. Yup, that’s here!! The album includes everything you expect from Kels, and yet it isn’t exactly the same as every other album, thank gawd!! This album feels very experimental, R. Kelly has collaborated with artists from all over America, all known for their different genres of music and Kelly has used their distinguished styles and worked with them…. which in most cases works really well. So ...

Everything that starts with R ... 03/03/2007

Rachel Rachel Rachel. It's all about me. Again.

Everything that starts with R ... It seems like ages since I last wrote a review, I've started some, then got bored and gone to do something else. So to ease myself back into writing I thought I'd do a challenge, I've seen this one about the site, and I don't think I've done it already, and it is another opportunity to write about myself, so here we are. 1. Main Name Rachel 2. What is your middle name? Anne, after my dear Grandmother, well I think it is, as one of my other sister's middle names is the same as my other Grandmother, as for my youngest sister, well she just has a random name, we ran out of Grandma's!! =] 3. How big is your bed? Just a normal single bed. But it works for me, I can sleep comfortably in just about any bed, and whether it is a single or a queen size bed I will take up all the space. At my great Aunt's house us three girls sleep in a room with 2 double beds, I always end up with one to myself as anyone who tries to share with me will find themselves pushed out, not intentionally of course. But yeah, I love my bed, it is always worth guessing if you don't know where I am that I'm on my bed, whether I'm sleeping or just lounging about. 4. What are you listening to right now? J2K - Crazy Bitch (apologies to anyone who is offended by this language). You know Kanye West's "Slow Jamz" with Jamie Foxx and Twista, it's that tune with one of the UK's finest MCs/rappers (whatever you like to call them). It is basically just J2K going on about how he uses women, which should ...

My Ciao'ing 20/09/2006

Ciao's first ki'ow-er's Ciao experience!!

My Ciao'ing lol hope the title didn't confuse yous too much!! I would like to clarify, I'm not skipping college to write this review - oh, how I would love to be able to ciao away all day, but I have to maintain a life! The reason I am cosily relaxing under a duvet on my sofa, while the tail end of a hurricane is blowing away at the world is that I was not chosen to play in the hockey team in the match today!! Well, actually I requested not to play as I've not had much experience yet and am not ready to play a match - so instead of hanging around college for 4 hours, I decided to come home, and due to a lack of homework, came onto Ciao, where I realised that I was due to write my 50th review. I was hoping earlier this year to reach this stage in May so that I would write my 50th review on my 5th Ciao birthday, but as many of you are aware I was very busy revising for my GCSEs, which, apparently are more important than Ciao!! Anyway, the point I am trying to make is this is my 50th review and after being a member of the site for 5 years I believe it is time to write about my Ciao experience! I joined Ciao on the 15th May 2001, just over a week before my 11th Birthday, I joined after my Mum (mjbarkley) recommended it, at the time I was always writing, mainly stories, but I just loved writing! Even at 10/11 I wasn't the youngest member, she doesn't write anymore but littlepeguin was a great writer and I'm sure she still is, she was also one of my first Ciao friends. Iggglybufff was ...
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