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Smooth Away: Hair Removal System

I saw the ads for Smooth Away on television numerous times. I couldn’t believe that something so simple and inexpensive could work so well. Guess what? I was right!

I didn’t just order the product blindly. I’m too thrifty (cheap) to stream roll into something without getting some type of feedback. Unfortunately, none of my friends had tried it. So I had to rely on the testimony of strangers to convince me. I Googled testimonies.

Shockingly all of the testimonies were positive. Everything from the shipping to the removal process – positive. Well, maybe I am the only person on this planet who has had a beginning to end bad experience with this company. So I thought I would share it just in case I have a kindred soul hiding out there in fear of seeming mean.

My first hint that this may not be the best of experiences was when I first placed my order. There was a glitch with the website. So after several tries my order finally went through. Then I noticed the fine print statement – MAY TAKE 5 TO 7 WEEKS FOR DELIVERY. They were not lying. By the time I received the product not only had I forgotten I ordered it. But I could braid the hair under my arms into the hair on my ankles. No, not a pretty sight.

Since I was already looking like a distant cousin to Chewbacca I immediately opened the product, read the instructions and began trying it on my legs. I recall the ad mentioned how the crystals would “exfoliate” the hair away. Well, I decided to stop before I hit marrow. I rubbed in the gentle circular motion with slight pressure as suggested. I even rubbed clockwise 3 times then counter clockwise 3 times in the same area as outlined in the instructions. I was supposed to repeat this until the hair was removed.

Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news. But by the time I finished rubbing the bejeezus out of my leg I felt my carpal tunnel flaring up. Needless to say, I would not recommend using this product. I’m not sure who those jubilant people were who gave it an A+ rating. But their enthusiasm means my article will not cripple this company in these touchy economic times.

Oh, I’m not done.

It took well over a month to get the product. I ordered it at the end September and received it shortly after Thanksgiving. To my dismay I got another package for the same product Dec 16th. I immediately called their customer service to see if I had been charged the $57.40 being shown on the invoice.

My first call was passed to an automated system suggesting I call back later in the week because they had a high call volume (I wonder why). I began my second call with, “I would like to speak with someone about this potential charge to my account before I contact the Attorney Generals office with a complaint.”It was like magic. A supervisor was on the phone immediately. “Just send the product back and we’ll refund your money immediately.”

So, now I will wait to see if I am actually credited for this little snafu. I guess that will be around St. Patrick’s Day.Disfunctional hair removal systemhttps://www.getsmoothaway.com/ver3/index.asp?refcode=smooth3

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Single Player Review for Twisted Metal

Twisted Metal is a storied franchise going back to the original Playstation. The formula for success was simple – “create compelling game play and stories that would allow the user to identify with the character.” The new installment of the series drifts far away from this concept choosing to focus on three of the main characters from the series; Sweet Tooth, Mr. Grimm, and Dollface. If your main purpose for buying this game is to see the twisted ending for each character in the game, I can save you the trouble and tell you not to waste your cash. Rent it and beat it in a weekend.

The new twist in twisted metal is that you can choose any of the cars to play as while you are moving through your single player adventure. This adds an element of game play that is not seen in previous installments. However, since there are no other characters that you play through, the cars themselves become the personalities rather than the driver. All of the cars you have come to know and love are there though.

Player each progress through 6 different stages featuring different levels of difficulty and game mode types. The ending being a large boss battle. The large boss battles are really where things shine and become creative. No spoilers here so you just have to play the game, but the boss battles are well worth it.

The three prong approach to the story portion starts off well with Sweet Tooth as the main character and the story is compelling. However, things fall flat after this. Mr. Grimms story was an older story reused from Twisted Metal: Black with the same outcome and the Dollface story is contrived that the player can tell that single player was an after thought in the creation of this game.

The single player game overall takes around 2 – 4 hours to complete and can only be summed up with the word “disappointed.” As a fan of the series I felt the developer put too much emphasis on the multi-player game and not enough on what Gamer’s actually purchase this series for.


The controls for the single player game are hard to get use to right out of the gate. Using the training area will help the player get comfortable with the controls. Once the player has the controls down head out into the arena and start your adventure.

The game`s creators once again did not spend too much time in the single player mode as evidence by the enemy AI. Pretty much the player can expect to spend most of their time fighting all of the enemies instead of the enemies fighting an equal amount among themselves. The enemies despite being in a contest to try and destroy the other cars in the group will spend all their energy on the players car.
The second glaring issue in the single player is the special non-equipped weapons such as the vehicle freeze which is just a reusable special all cars get. When the enemy AI is focused on one goal, kill the player, you can expect this to be used over and over and over again.

The enemies are too dumb too pick up health and even when they pick it up it does not effect them. The weapons and health are pretty much there for the players benefit. Only in the multi-player universe will see another car racing for a weapons.

Over all this is one of the most disappointing installments in the franchise. I cannot stress enough to rent this game first and buy second. Over all this game ranks a 10 out of 25 for simply the multi-player portion which I did not cover. Buy or rent the game and have fun with your friends if you are looking for a car combat appetizer, but just know that there is not a whole meal here.

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Selling Your Trash on EBay

eBay is also a great way to make money from what you may think is trash. I’ve used eBay to sell a burned out power supply, a worn out wallet and some old luggage, all items I may have just thrown away.

I never deceive customers or misrepresent the items, in fact I do the opposite, I go overboard to describe and depict the items and their flaws and damage in detail, and I am able to list them on eBay as to be exposed to the widest audience possible. With the millions and millions of people on eBay in the US and around the world, there really is someone out there searching for whatever you might have to sell.

eBay is like a garage sale open to the world. The old luggage set I was selling went to store owner in Belgium who wanted them as a window display. The old ripped Louis Vuitton wallet went to a craftsman in Paris who specializes in restoring and selling vintage Louis Vuitton products.

This whole concept was really brought home to me about two years ago when the power supply burned out on my HP desktop computer, the same computer I’m writing on right now. After about two years of faithful service, I suddenly smelled the acrid odor of burning electrical stuff in my office. I sniffed and traced it to the computer, which now would not turn on and had a small black soot mark where one wire entered the power supply unit. I checked online and most information pointed to a bad power supply. I located a brand new unit on eBay, which cost about $100. I bought it, replaced the bad unit with the new unit and was up and running again.

Just to see what would happen, I listed my burned out, used power supply on eBay, clearly indicating it was burned out and not functioning. Bidding was brisk and I sold the unit for $70. Turns out the power supply was only made for a limited time by HP and the connectors are rare, not made anymore and needed for many applications. People didn’t really need the whole power supply, just the plastic connectors.

This burned out, useless (to me) power supply, something I was about to throw away without thinking twice, was worth almost as much as the new unit I bought.

eBay is also a great place to sell old clothes. Not old clothes, “vintage fashions”. It’s all how you label the items in the title and description.Vintage clothing is a big business and trendy stores in Los Angeles and New York take old, unwanted clothing. You may have old clothing at home, if you list the items correctly, you can reach this hipster audience, and charge them hipster prices.

You may be surprised at what old blue jeans, cowboy boots or accessories may bring. Also designer clothes from any era, also may bring top dollar if listed correctly.

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Samy Fast Style Styling Mist. Product Review

I found a great product for when I am traveling. It is Samy Fast Style Styling Mist gel amp; hairspray all in one. I purchased the small can, net weight 1.75 ounce (50 g) (50 ml) at Walgreen’s drugstore for just $1.29.

The can looks a silver color with a light blue label on it, but in actual fact the blue is part of the can. It has a silver color bottom, and near the top of the can. It has a white spray button, and a blue plastic cap, that pulls off.

What attracted me to this product is the fact that it is a styling gel/mist product, as well as a hairspray. It is also small enough to be put in a quart size Ziploc bag, and go as carry on luggage when flying.

What Samy state about their product:

“Designed with the styling flexibility of a gel together with the volume and hold of a hairspray. This ultra fast drying formula leaves hair soft and manageable with incredible shine, body, and lift. Perfect for quick restyling on any hair length or texture.”

I flew to visit friends and took the Samy Fast Style Styling Mist with me. When I arrived at the airport, I went into the ladies room and checked my hair. Where I had been using earphones, I had a flat area of hair. I got my teasing comb out. I sprayed the Samy Styling Mist and sprayed it on this area. I then took the pick end of my comb and lifted my hair away from my head.

My hair lifted really easily and I was able to restyle it, the way it had been, before flying. I used the bathroom and then went back to the mirror. I felt my hair and it was firm. It wasn’t hard but didn’t move.

As we were only gone for a long weekend, I used my styling mist for the weekend. It eliminated me having to buy a hairspray, as it did two jobs in one.

On the bottle the directions are:

“For wet hair, towel dry, spray 10-12 inches from hair. Blow dry and style. For dry hair spray throughly and style. For maximum volume and hold, flip head and spray hair at roots. Can be reapplied as desired.”

I don’t think that this would be my regular gel/spray, but for traveling I think it is a winner. I like my hair to hold really well, so after washing my hair, I use a gel, blow dry my hair, curl it, tease it, style it, and then use a lot of hairspray. I spend a considerable amount of time putting my hair into a French pleat so I want it to stay in place.

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Rush on Seven Episodes (R.O.S.E.) Online

R.O.S.E. (Rush on Seven Episodes) Online is developed by Triggersoft and published by Gravity Inc. When it was released it was seen to have been following the footsteps of Ragnarok Online (another MMORPG published by Gravity) and had a big player base and lots of things to look forward to. It’s not that different with the usual online hack and slash RPG. You fight enemies across a vast world and gain experiences and items. You’ll also get to complete quests that will give you extra experience points and even items and equipments. You also get to mingle with other players and chat, trade or hangout with them while in the game. It was real fun and the graphics were really good. It has cute characters and very colorful environments. The sounds are great as well and it has a well-balanced gameplay among the 4 job classes (Hawker, Soldier, Muse, and Dealer). Each of the maps is fairly huge and it would take you a while if you’d just run through the map.

As mentioned, this game is not widely available (commercially) anymore. Philippine ROSE online (pROSE as we call it) was among the last distributors of the game and our colleagues and friends from Europe were migrated to that server. As of this moment, you can still play for free on some servers until the last update. You can visit http://www.roseonlinegame.com (ROSE Online North America) to play for free if you’ve missed it and want to try it out. It isn’t widely available now since the development of the game has stopped and it only reached the 3rd planet among the 7 (only Junon, Luna, and Eldeon are available). The game is supposed to feature 7 planets (hence, the title) namely Junon, Luna, Eldeon, Oro, Skaaj, Karkia, and Hebarn. Currently, the update stopped at Eldeon. It also has a wide array of skills from the first jobs to the advanced classes. It takes quite a while to level up to over 100 but the road to it is fun. But of course, as with most of the hack and slash games, it may get a little boring at times.

There are lots of private servers around but I would suggest you stay with ROSE Online North America. There is an item mall where you can buy items that will help you level up faster such as very useful items and equipments. Aside from that feature, the community is very active and you can join the forums to discuss things about ROSE Online or even anything else under the sun. You also have excellent support from the staff and administrators. Players’ concerns are being addressed as much as they can and they maintain the servers to keep it balanced and as bug-free as possible. There are lots of minor updates and they have lots of events especially during the holidays.

It was really fun while it lasted. The community was great and a lot of people are very helpful. But of course, there is the occasional rude person who picks on weaker characters and steals some monsters and even items. But the overall experience I had was really good. In the picture, I was with one of my dearest friends (Daisy) whom I’ve known for years. We met online and played together most of the time. I’ve met lots of other nice people as well. It’s still not too late though. You can still catch up and experience ROSE Online for yourself. Have fun and enjoy the game!