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TONI&GUY  Nourish Conditioner, Blonde 250 ml
TONI&GUY Nourish Conditioner, Blonde 250 ml
Price: £6.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Best if you only need light conditioning, 18 April 2015
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This smells gorgeous and left my naturally fine hair with body and some shine - however, it feels quite light and didn't feel particularly nourishing to me. The ends of my hair felt a bit dry and brittle after and I had to use a drop of L'Oreal hair oil to give me the condition I want. A lot of thought seems to have gone into the fragrance, the bottle design (I love the clicky pourer), the look - but the product itself didn't work particularly well for me.


JNTworld Foldable wired DJ Headset(with Mic) stereo headphones Earphones (85mm Large Ear-cup), Black
JNTworld Foldable wired DJ Headset(with Mic) stereo headphones Earphones (85mm Large Ear-cup), Black
Offered by jntworld
Price: £18.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good commute or everyday headphones, 18 April 2015
For the price (currently under twenty pounds as I write) these are excellent value. Of course, they don't stand up against premium headphones in terms of stereo sound clarity but for commute or everyday use with a phone/tablet to listen to music, audiobooks or watch films they do the job well.

I like the styling which is sleek and clean, and the padding on both the ears and under the head-band mean these remain comfortable for a couple of hours. The fold-up design makes these easily portable, and they also take up little room as bed-side headphones. As much as I love the convenience of Bluetooth earbuds, sometimes it's so much easier to just put these on and listen with no faff.

(I received a free product for review.)


Mpow® Cheetah Sport Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless Stereo Headset Headphones Earphone Earbuds with AptX,Microphone Hands-free Calling, Compatible With Apple iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5 5c 5s 4s iPad iPod Touch, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3 Note 3 2 and Other Android Smaprt Phones-Blue
Mpow® Cheetah Sport Bluetooth 4.1 Wireless Stereo Headset Headphones Earphone Earbuds with AptX,Microphone Hands-free Calling, Compatible With Apple iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5 5c 5s 4s iPad iPod Touch, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3 Note 3 2 and Other Android Smaprt Phones-Blue

4.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable and secure exercise earbuds, 18 April 2015
These are very good exercise earbuds that I received free for review purposes. They operate in a similar fashion to other wireless earphones, and have the usual multi-function button, USB charger, pairing lights etc. and paired with my phone and tablet with no problems.

What makes these different from other earbuds I have is the stiff cable and over-the-ear design: it took a bit of fiddling at first to get the positioning right but once mastered these are comfortable and feel very secure: I do yoga and there's no movement even when I'm upside down! The stiff cable fits to the back of my head and so there's no trailing lead. The bundle comes with 3 ear-tips in the usual S, M, L.

The sound is perfectly fine for exercise earbuds, and works well with both rock/pop, and the the classical/polyphony I tend to listen to for yoga/meditation. So these wouldn't be my main earphones for home listening but are very good for sport or commuting.


WATERFLY Portable Moisture-proof Travel Bag Drawer Dividers Essentials Hanging Cosmetic Camping Bag Pouch Toiletry Kit Wash Bag Cosmetic Bag Makeup Storage Case Organizer (WashBag-11)
WATERFLY Portable Moisture-proof Travel Bag Drawer Dividers Essentials Hanging Cosmetic Camping Bag Pouch Toiletry Kit Wash Bag Cosmetic Bag Makeup Storage Case Organizer (WashBag-11)
Offered by E-Shop-City

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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, elegant and surprisingly roomy, 18 April 2015
This is a lovely washbag which I received free for review purposes, and it is positively Tardis-like in the amount it can contain. The colour is actually slightly nicer than in the picture, a bronze-y burnt orange with grey trimmings, and it looks very sleek and elegant.

The double zip on the front makes it practical, and there are various zipped compartments both inside and on the back. The main space takes far more than I thought, and it's tall enough for standard tubes/bottles (shampoo, shower gel, facial products) to fit with no problems. Once open, you fold out the hook which is velcro'd down, and simply hang the whole thing up in the bathroom.

This is great both for weekends away, and also for anyone who is short of space in the bathroom but with lots of bottles and potions... I love it.


Compression Knee Sleeve/Knee Support (1 Piece) - Use Coupon Code TWOFOR20 To Get 2 Sleeves for ONLY £20! - FREE Ebook with Any Purchase! - Alleviates Pain, Increases Blood Flow to the Knee, Keeps Knee Warm, and Helps You Recover Faster! For Use While Running, Cycling, CrossFit, at the Gym, and Even Daily Wear!
Compression Knee Sleeve/Knee Support (1 Piece) - Use Coupon Code TWOFOR20 To Get 2 Sleeves for ONLY £20! - FREE Ebook with Any Purchase! - Alleviates Pain, Increases Blood Flow to the Knee, Keeps Knee Warm, and Helps You Recover Faster! For Use While Running, Cycling, CrossFit, at the Gym, and Even Daily Wear!
Offered by Alpha Athletica UK
Price: £26.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Combines good looks with effective compression, 18 April 2015
This is a sleek and effective knee support sleeve which I received free for review purposes. I do fairly advanced yoga and sometimes have a stiff knee from an old sprain: this sleeve works very well in those instances to keep the joint warm and offer the support I need.

The sleeve is well made, and I like that it comes in different sizes: I'm a small-boned size 10 and the small fits perfectly. it's graduated in size so that it's tight from calf to over the knee, and combines good looks with effective compression - I'm very happy with this.
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Lavievert Auto Open Umbrella Long Umbrella, Classic Style with Bent Handle, Durable and Strong Enough For the Wind and Rain, Unisex Umbrella , Cool Color - Black
Lavievert Auto Open Umbrella Long Umbrella, Classic Style with Bent Handle, Durable and Strong Enough For the Wind and Rain, Unisex Umbrella , Cool Color - Black
Offered by lavievert
Price: £21.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Slim, sleek and elegant with a smooth open/close mechanism, 18 April 2015
This is a sleek umbrella which I received free for review purposes. There are apparently different sizes and styles under this one listing so do check which model is being reviewed: mine is the standard size, 1-2 person umbrella without storm vents, and with a curved handle.

It feels sturdy while still being elegant and light. The opening mechanism is very good: it operates with just a touch and the canopy opens smoothly without shooting open dangerously as some other umbrellas. It closes manually and again works easily with no struggle, something important to me when negotiating London buses and trains in the rain.

The material has a slight silky sheen to it and looks very classy in black. Perhaps more suited to a woman with its slim, elegant profile, I am very pleased with this.


Elizabeth I and Her Circle
Elizabeth I and Her Circle
by Susan Doran
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Re-opens the questions about Elizabeth's personal and political relationships, 16 April 2015
This is an academic account of Elizabeth and the various ‘circles’ which surrounded her: her relations, her courtiers, her Privy Council and political advisors. Doran goes back to the sources and views them from both a personal and political perspective, throwing light on these relationships through which Elizabeth’s monarchy was constituted.

Doran has been working on Elizabeth for much of her scholarly life and this book speaks back in interesting ways to the existing literature. For a general readership it may perhaps come over as detailed but possibly a bit dry; but for anyone working on the period via either its history or its literature, this is a provocative and reassuringly well-supported book.

(I received a review copy via Netgalley)


The Oxford Illustrated History of World War Two
The Oxford Illustrated History of World War Two
by Richard Overy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £30.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Modern scholarly essays on WW2, 16 April 2015
Like the history of WW1 in the same series, this is another stimulating collection of essays reviewing WW2 from a current scholarly perspective.

Starting with the genesis of the conflict, moving through the various theatres, and then looking at front-line activities at home and abroad, this takes a global approach to the war. I especially liked the essay on war culture and the mutual implications of art and propaganda.

Recommended for anyone working on WW2 or for general readers wanting a snapshot sense of where academic research is today on WW2.


The Ancients and the Postmoderns
The Ancients and the Postmoderns
by Fredric Jameson
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Exuberantly erudite, 16 April 2015
This is a ferociously erudite book as Jameson zooms between Mahler and Wagner, Rubens and Robert Altman, post-soviet cinema and Hamlet, Marx and The Wire. If you’re not well up on critical theory (not just Lacan and Foucault but also Deleuze and Guattari) then this will be hard going.

Despite the range of Jameson’s references, though, (and I, for example, know pretty much nothing about modernist film) there is an exuberant sweep to the thinking and the prose which carries us over our own ignorance to the wider arguments that Jameson is working out about the nature of postmodern culture: if modernism is our classical antiquity then what does our new aesthetic history look like?

So this certainly isn’t an easy read (and why should it be?) but it is eclectic, provocative and vastly stimulating.

(I received a review copy via Netgalley)


Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts & Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts & Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
by Massimo Montanari
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £24.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A culinary and cultural history of food in medieval Italy, 16 April 2015
This is a detailed academic history of food in medieval Italy which looks at both what was on the table, as well as what it meant once it was there. Montanari takes a broad approach to the culture of eating and explores ingredients, raw materials, dishes and utensils as well as texts about food

The main argument is that taste is not subjective but culturally constructed, and that it reveals something about the values of a society. The material being analysed comprises cook-books, medical treatises, books on agriculture, etiquette books and the archaeological traces of food culture.

The information is full and revealing: recommended for cultural and food historians interested in this period.

(This review is from an ARC courtesy of the publisher)


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