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Whilst in Gatwick Airport a few weeks back on the way to Milan, I happened to stop in Duty Free store in search for a new ultra gloss as my old one had been discontinued.

I was keen to find a bright red, high shine gloss to wear day to day, so the search began…

The contenders…

Mac-Plush,

Mac Plush Gloss
Mac plush Gloss

Dior Addict and

Dior Addict Gloss
Dior Addict Little Red Dress

YSL Golden Gloss.

YSL Gloss
ysl gloss

From each of the ranges I wanted the brightest, loudest, and sparkly of the range.

Price did not play a factor as they all were similarly price around £15-£20.

Dior, immediatly caught my attention because of the display and I had seen the red I was after straight away, I have to also say I am slightly biased towards Dior, simply because my last lip gloss that I ABSOLUTELY loved was the Dior Kiss in bright red. So as I approached and saw something similar it struck a little heart string! Could this be my new favourite lip colour?!..

lip gloss

As with all glosses, it is paramount to try it on see what it looks like, the lady on the stand got me a new tester out and put the colour on for me, which was very nice, and my overall verdict was that quite simply. I loved it. It was very glamourous, high maintance, lots of presence, BOLD and very strong colour. It did not look too wet, which I believe is a bonus because wet look lipgloss can come off as a bit childish, or at least as if you have licked your lips too much!

The colour I chose to go for was the colour 856 Dior Addict Ultra Gloss flash- little Red Dress!

It has a beautiful 6.3ml glass effect bottle with a silver over-the-top lid.

Described as having a high spectacular shine providing oversized volume and a feminine finish.

And I would have to second that statement.

The colour was fab, however after sipping a drink or licking your lips a few times the colour will come off very easily but I guess there is no harm in re-applying. Or I guess buying a lipstick.

The addict range comes in three possible effects of colours:

Pearl- for fresh and a dash of colour

Glow- nude colours

Flash-Vibrant colours!

Since I bought this in duty free, i did not pay taxes so the gloss came up to around £16, which is mid range for a Designer lipstick.

A week later I am still wearing the gloss daily, Loving the attention and the demure affect the lip gloss provides.

I can defiantly say I will be using this again and I Want That Now

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Yesterday I had the pleasure of going into Holland and Barrett for a few vitamins and on entrance to the store I happened to see a pretty bottle of Rochester Ginger Beer!
I love the true Jamaican Ginger Beer, I love the fire, the fizz the smell, Everything,  I have to say its beautiful.

Old Jamacia Ginger beer
Old Jamacia Ginger beer

So it intrigued me to try this one, plus it was a free sample! we all love samples!

So the lovely man in the shop poured me a tipple and I drank that bad boy down!
It had a lovely after burn that could be compared to “Rum” the guy in the shop suggested but I don’t think it was the case!
Maybe I am used to the burn of ginger beer as an avid drinker of it, but the guy seemed pretty shaken up by it which did make me laugh a little.

Rochester Ginger Beer
Rochester Ginger Beer

The drink is only £3.80 for a liter bottle which isn’t the cheapest Ginger beer drink in the world and you are only meant to have a tipple sized amount which for me, just isn’t good enough!
The lady in the shop suggested using it in cooking Indian food or as a medicine when she has a sore throat or needs to warm up but personally I would just want to drink it with some ice and not mess around!


There has also been the new campaign that has highlighted me to the brand Crabbies, which is an alcoholic version.

crabbies
crabbies

I have yet to try it but the adverts have at least given me product knowledge.

Here is a fantastic receipe that you could do to make an alcoholic ginger beer COCKTAIL

GaGa Ginger Cocktail

Get a whole piece of ginger and cut and slice removing the outer skin,

Create 3 small cubes about 2.5cm across and 3mm thick and add to the cup

Add 50ml of Vodka

Add a dash of brown sugar

Ice cubes to chill

Fill with some Champagne of your choice- we recommend Moet or Prosecco

Pour in a tipple of the ginger beer drink

THEN SIT BACK AND ENJOY!

I would say the Rochester Ginger Beer drink is worth the price to have one bottle every now and again it is a lovely drink and I can honestly say

I want that now!

ginger beer image

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We have all heard of Rosetta Stone, even hip hop star Drake quoted the language lesson software in his lyrics, but I had never thought to incorporate it in my learning of the language of love (Italian) in my spare time, so I wanted to test this so called amazing software suite out myself.

Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone

It all began, when I was minding my own business in the mall one Saturday, walking from one shop to the next when my attention was suddenly diverted to the bright yellow display stand and digital screen speaking Italian, being one of my passions it automatically caused me to stop and turn.

Italy map
Uk & Italy

The display had a voice booming out and a women attached to a microphone talking back to the “TV” in Italian,  puzzled I went in for a closer look.

The lady explained voice recognition was correcting her on pronunciation, whilst the software also tested her on reading, writing and her listening skills, and can immediately begin to teach you new words, phrases and with enough practice it can even  be enough to become semi conversational in 6 months .

Rosetta Stone Software
Software screen grab

Of course I mocked her at this, how could it be possible? she said its innovative software that uses pictures and life examples the way in which every individual has taught to communicate. This surprised me as I am an avid studier, I like pen to paper, repetition, re-writing and testing and of which I would need not to study in this way to learn the language. I was intrigued!

I tested it out as soon as I got home, starting with lesson one of the disks, which took me through the basics.

I worked through the CD’s daily, because I enjoyed it, I enjoyed getting checks and ticks, I enjoyed completing the chapters and I also realised I was learning new words.

I found myself in my car saying the Italian word for certain items I see whilst driving, surely it must be the affect of the program.

Woman thinking
Thinking....

Progressing through at a steady pace completing and finishing chapter after chapter and as my Italian grew so did my confidence in the software.

I went back for the further two levels 2 & 3, to allow me to gain more words and understanding, each chapter taking longer to complete with more grammar, vocabulary and words it most certainly elevated my learning.

Quite a pricey software out of the few available but defiantly the market leader and dominator in the variety languages and quality of program. I did find I would turn off the voice recognition software as my voice wasn’t picked up too well but this didn’t stop me from speaking Italian out loud to anyone that would hear me.

So if you are trying to learn a language, assist your learning with Rosetta Stone’s and their impressive collection of over 30 languages including French, German, Chinese and Spanish.

Rosetta Stone languages
Various Languages

Coming in at £179 for level 1 for the majority of the languages or £379 for the 3 pack set the software’s certainly stands tall in pricing but does actually justify this pricing with how fast and effectively you do learn with the system.

I have almost finished level 3 and I can have a “slow” conversation with some Italian friends, (my 3 month stint in Italy also helped) but I was better equipped to learn having invested time and money in the software.

I don’t understand why schools do not incorporate the software into learning, it is certainly a more efficient way of introuducing a language, purhaps the price doesn’t go down well on the budgets, but in terms of learning it would beat most methods.

But for me and my goal in wanting to be better at Italian I can honestly say that I want That Now

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The coolest brand at the moment have come out with yet another success to their stunning range of products, cannibalising the old and in the new with the New edition of the Macbook Air.

Apple logo
Apple

The Thinnest Apple yet is the slogan of this beauty and they are not lying. Apple, renowned for  ingenious marketing strategies and smart branding campaigns have continued with a cross marketing strategy, to that of the Iphone 4 released earlier this year, of which had the slogan the “smartest phone yet” it seems as if they are trying to continue to get better every time.

Iphone 4
The Iphone 4

The thinnest notebook is their best yet, with numbers estimated that out of every 1,000,000 Mac products sold 250,000 are of the new Mac Air, indicating the consumer agrees.

The release date of the new Mac is perfect timing in the run up to Christmas and with there cyclical release of new products.

The new Mac has been praised for its advancements what with the creation and development of the Ipad. Apple have openly informed its loyal following that the Ipad has enabled them to create such a beauty.

Apple Laptop
Apple Laptop

Some of the fantastic features include its Flash storage which is said to have reduced the size of the Mac by 90% making it lighter and thinner, giving more space for a larger battery that runs for longer on a single charge.

Multi-touch features accustomed to the Iphone, Ipad, tracker mouse and most apple devices have been refined and used for the Air. Designed to introduce intimacy on all apple products the new tracker pad due to its size can now perform many more tricks.

Multi-touch
Multi-touch

The Face time camera, a familiar friend to those with the new Iphone 4, claimed to be thinner and encased in the fantastically smooth pure aluminium case.

Facetime
Facetime

High resolution display, also improved and reduced to the size of a 13-inch notebook, not to bog you down with the nitty gritty of detail it ultimately attempts to make the smaller screen feel like a 15-inch

Apple boasts stereo speakers that are heard but not seen being space effiecent with rich audio experience whilst chatting online, listening to music and playing games.

Nvidia Geforce graphic card and Intel Core 2 Duo processors ideal  for gaming, video playback, and general everyday tasks. Twice the power than the previous Macbook air, making everything faster and more efficient.

Wireless networking, two usb ports, a microphone and an earphone-jack, ideal for the modern on-the-go notebook users.

Software wise- Apple places the usuals Imovie, garage band MacOs the worshipped greats on all Mac products.

Mac Air
Mac Air- the thinnest mac yet!

We have all seen the adverts, the plain black background with a simple hand lifting  the display screen to demonstrate the amazingly thin size of the notebook.  The specs have been upgraded the performance has been perfected and Apple further cementing their glory and annual bonuses  Despite the price tag starting at £849.00 for the lowest spec computer we have to say I want that Now

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Right, the Royal Wedding has been going mad on the Internet- we have been inundated with stories about clothing, her hair, location, venue, The royal bank holiday, the ring, the DRESS!

The ISSA Dress kate
Kate's famous Blue dress

Yes, yes and yes we cannot forget or overlook that fantastic blue dress.

So much has been said about the dress- and it was picked for so many reasons politacal, social, historical and because we cannot ignore that it looked fab on the new princess!

The dress made by Issa London, immediately went out of stock in London department store Harvey Nichols, the senior buy said they sold out within a few hours of the announcement and since we have been inundated with requests for more Issa products.

Just with everything the quickest on the market gets the customers and this time Tesco got there first with a replica version of the dress for an amazing £16 which in contrast to the original of around £350 is a major discount, and not bad for a dress. Further more the low cost emulated version of the dress also sold out within hours of its release.

Tesco Blue dress
The replica by Tesco for only £16

This just demonstrates the amazing power the princess already has on the population. Only a few royalties/ those in political power have had such an influence over the market. Thus being Michelle Obama and Princess Diana, so its clear to note that the nation is in love with the new royal family member.

I can honestly say I would love to wear a dress such as this, maybe not the Tesco version but I think a new replica from another shop will be out soon and I know I will be in queue to purchase!

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