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Quickliner For Eyes - 14 Navy
Quickliner For Eyes - 14 Navy
Offered by Lou's Makeup
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A true, dark, deep blue eyeliner - easy to apply., 3 Aug. 2015
Clinique Quickliner for Eyes in Navy has a soft, creamy formula that's very easy to apply around upper or lower lids. The eyeliner works just like a propelling pencil; when you run out simply twist the top to release more. Lasts for ages. On the other end of the pen there's a sponge which helps you to blur/smudge hard lines into softer effects. Both ends of the eyeliner have their own press on cap. This is a lovely product that goes on smoothly, blends nicely and is easy to remove. The key to this shade is that it's 'Navy' and quite a heavy, obvious blue.


Clinique - Quickliner For Eyes - 10 Dark Chocolate (Unboxed) - 0.3g/0.01oz
Clinique - Quickliner For Eyes - 10 Dark Chocolate (Unboxed) - 0.3g/0.01oz

4.0 out of 5 stars Rich, deep brown eyeliner with sponge blender., 3 Aug. 2015
Clinique Quickliner for Eyes in Dark Chocolate has a soft, creamy formula that's very easy to apply around upper or lower lids. The eyeliner works just like a propelling pencil; when you run out simply twist the top to release more. Lasts for ages. On the other end of the pen to the eyeliner there's a sponge which helps you to blur/smudge hard lines into softer effects. Both ends of the eyeliner have their own press on cap. This is a lovely product that goes on smoothly, blends nicely and is easy to remove. The key to this shade is that it's 'Dark Chocolate' and a very dark, rich brown.


Hallmark Birthday Grandson Kids Star Wars Rebels Ezra Bridger Card - Medium
Hallmark Birthday Grandson Kids Star Wars Rebels Ezra Bridger Card - Medium
Price: £2.69

4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality card with clip on badge and fact file., 3 Aug. 2015
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Generally good quality card for young Star Wars fans. What I particularly like, and what makes this card a little different, are the clip on 'Ezra' badge and the fact file inside the card. Just nice little extras that younger children will enjoy however; I think it's a bit disappointing that the fact file is only printed onto the card and isn't something children can remove and keep like the badge. Graphics are great, nice gloss finish and there's no shortage of detail. Plain white envelope included and you'll need to pay postage at Royal Mail large letter rate - (size approx. 23 x 16 x 0.6 cm). Grandson will love this for his next birthday.


Guillermo Del Toro Collection (Pan's Labyrinth, Cronos, The Devil's Backbone) [DVD] [2006]
Guillermo Del Toro Collection (Pan's Labyrinth, Cronos, The Devil's Backbone) [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Ivana Baquero

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Del Torro collection in stunning presentation box., 2 Aug. 2015
The Guillermo Del Toro Collection features three DVDs; Pan's Labyrinth, The Devil's Backbone and Cronos.

Pan's Labyrinth combines a darkly twisted fairy tale with the brutal realities of the Spanish Civil War. Ofelia, the young girl at the heart of the tale, is a child dragged into the company of a sadistic stepfather; a general in Franco's army. Ofelia discovers a magical labyrinth near her home and off she goes down into its depths and into another world which is just as deadly and brutal as her real existence. Is there a happy ending?. Yes and no. For a film with such graphic scenes of violence and hauntingly nasty characters, both real and fantastical, there's a surprising amount of tenderness along the way. Pan's Labyrinth might even be considered 'beautiful' .

Devil's Backbone lacks the fantasy and real horror of Pan's Labyrinth and is much more in the style of a traditional ghost story with strong supernatural elements. The Spanish Civil War is nearing the end but that's not much help to the orphans living inside a remote house who are being terrorised by a decomposing spirit - 'Santi'. Why is Santi haunting the place?. There's a story within a story here and the film moves slowly towards revealing the truth behind Santi and his diabolical haunting.

Cronos is just pure fantasy and darkly comic. A twisted play on the traditional vampire legend. An aged antique dealer discovers a strange mechanical 'beetle' which once belonged to an ancient magician/alchemist. Inside the beetle lives something altogether worse and it promises the power of eternal life. There's a price to pay when you deal with the devil. For a start there's a fatal allergy to sunlight and also the need for blood!. Cronos never becomes 'just another tale of vampires' and offers something unique and quite 'horrrible'.

This collection of three DVDs is housed inside a beautiful pull-out presentation pack complete with booklet and full information on all three films.

Details;

Total running times; Cronos - approx 92 minutes, The Devil's Backbone - approx 103 minutes, Pan's Labyrinth - approx 118 minutes.
18 Certificate - not to be supplied to people under that age.
Special Features; UK exclusive - new feature length commentary from Guillermo Del Toro on The Devil's Backbone, 16 page booklet including essay and sketches from Del Torro, Interviews and featurettes, Sketches and storyboards for Cronos and The Devil's Backbone.
Language - Spanish with optional English subtitles.
Region 2 only.
Sound - Dolby Digital.

All three films written and directed by Guillermo Del Toro.


A Seaside Rescue (Willow Valley)
A Seaside Rescue (Willow Valley)
by Tracey Corderoy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, cute animal adventure at the seaside., 2 Aug. 2015
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We've been reading the Willow Valley series for a while and this is our fourth book. My granddaughter, 5 years, loves these stories about a group of small creatures having fun in their own hidden valley that only they know the way in and out of.

It's true to say the Willow Valley stories are very 'sweet'. They do have some elements of adventure and risk, hence the need for a seaside rescue, but it's all done in a way that's easy for small children to relate to without being in the least bit scary.

Seaside Rescue is quite long at 128 pages, paperback edition, with text broken up into short chapters. The story is entertaining but not over complicated so perfect for children just learning to read alone. There are small, black and white illustrations throughout.

Happy to recommend.


Dr KittyCat is Ready to Rescue: Daisy the Kitten
Dr KittyCat is Ready to Rescue: Daisy the Kitten
by Jane Clarke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dr KittyCat. Quirky, funny first aider with heart., 2 Aug. 2015
My granddaughter, 5 years, is a fan of Dr KittyCat and this is our third book in the series. The story concentrates on helping your friends when they're in trouble with particular emphasis on the the doctor administering basic first aid. Not a short story, approx 96 pages in the paperback edition, with plenty of illustrations and lots of colour. The text is broken up into short, choppy sections which makes the story easy to dip in and out of. Illustrations are a mix of photographic prints highlighted and coloured by hand. Gives the Dr KittyCat series quite a unique, quirky look. All animal injuries in the books are very minor and shouldn't upset anyone. Quite a complex story and one that should keep younger children interested. My granddaughter is too young at the moment to read the book alone but loves to listen to the story.

Happy to recommend.

I've deducted a star simply because the books are beginning to run just a tiny bit close to the same format and we guessed some of what was going to happen before the story took us there. We still enjoy Dr KittyCat and would buy future stories for a while yet.


Mr. Men The Christmas Party (Mr. Men & Little Miss Celebrations)
Mr. Men The Christmas Party (Mr. Men & Little Miss Celebrations)
by Adam Hargreaves
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Miss Shy and a snowy, funny Christmas party., 31 July 2015
I'm buying some small bits and pieces for Christmas and this story caught my eye because it has a little message tucked away inside about being shy and feeling out of your depth. Quite relative for younger children just discovering the world and maybe finding it a little bit scary!. Little Miss Shy has been invited to a Christmas party but has to overcome her fears and learn from her friends about having fun. Not too hard when your friends just happen to be the Miss and Mr Men characters and Little Miss Naughty is in charge of the mistletoe!. At around 32 pages of large text and bright, colourful illustrations 'The Christmas Party' is a perfect length for a bedtime story and makes a nice gift.


Mr. Men and the Tooth Fairy (Mr. Men & Little Miss Magic)
Mr. Men and the Tooth Fairy (Mr. Men & Little Miss Magic)
by Roger Hargreaves
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Miss Curious solves the Tooth Fairy mystery., 31 July 2015
Mr Men and the Tooth Fairy is quite relevant to us at the moment as my granddaughter, 4 years, just lost her 1st tooth!. In this story Little Miss Curious investigates the mystery of a missing tooth and 'The Tooth Fairy' but; her investigation goes awry due to the interference of Mr Muddle and Mr Wrong!. Lovely blend of modern and traditional storytelling with lots of bright colours and some new, quite naughty, characters coming through. My granddaughter enjoyed the story but my grandson, 3 years, absolutely loved it and was intrigued. At around 32 pages of illustrations and large text Mr Men and 'The Tooth Fairy' is the perfect length for a goodnight story. Highly recommended.

And so she sets out to find the answer, finding some very wrong answers along the way, thanks to Mr Muddle and Mr Wrong!


Mr. Men Trip to the Moon (Mr. Men & Little Miss Magic)
Mr. Men Trip to the Moon (Mr. Men & Little Miss Magic)
by Roger Hargreaves
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely blend of new and traditional storytelling., 31 July 2015
My grandchildren have always enjoyed the Mr. Men books and I'm so pleased the series is being bought up-to-date for them with stories and illustrations that are a bit more contemporary. In this story the Mr Men go into space but not without a lot of fun trying to find space suits that fit. The Mr Men aren't interested in science and seriousness. What they want to know are the answers to more important questions such as; is the moon made of cheese and does a cow really jump over it?. Lovely blend of modern and traditional storytelling with lots of bright colours and some new, quite naughty, characters coming through. My grandson, 3 years, loves this little book and regularly asks us to read it to him. At around 32 pages of illustrations and large text Mr Men 'Trip to the Moon' is the perfect length for a goodnight story. Highly recommended.


No Good Deed: A Psychological Thriller (The Mark Taylor Series Book 1)
No Good Deed: A Psychological Thriller (The Mark Taylor Series Book 1)
Price: £0.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A camera, a dream and how innocence can be twisted., 30 July 2015
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I downloaded 'No Good Deed' because it was free and I wasn't expecting to find anything too special but, to be honest, the novel is better than I'd hoped.

The focus of the plot is Mark, a photographer, who seems to have the power of foresight through his dreams and a camera which predicts future events. Mark is given the gift, or the curse, of being able to change some of the smaller events before they happen but; when the real tragedy hits, Twin Towers - 9/11, it might be a different matter. Mark's walking a fine line. Does he inform the authorities?. If you're going to inform the authorities about such an event 'before' it happens you might find yourself considered a prime suspect or certainly become a person of interest. If you don't inform them?.

There's a nice play here on the concept of how laws are changing to protect us from terrorism while those same laws are potentially threatening our civil liberties.

Parts of this novel work well and the political aspects are the better written. I wasn't quite so taken by the dream scenario. There are times when things become far fetched and it's hard to believe in the story but; this isn't a bad read. Parts of 'No Good Deed' are actually pretty good and the author has a decent stab at asking some relevant questions.

I was going to leave a 3* review but I'm rounding up to 4* because I like some of the concepts and contemporary issues around the plot.


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