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Coryse Salome Ultimate Anti-Age Restorative Night Cream 50ml
Coryse Salome Ultimate Anti-Age Restorative Night Cream 50ml

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miracle cream, 8 Oct 2013
I have tried quite a few face creams over the years, but this one is by far the most effective for my 40+ year old skin: It has reduced the brown age spots on my hands and my face, it softens and moisturises, and even more amazing for me: It totally gets rid of all ragged cuticles, overnight on my hands (even without moisturising gloves). I really notice a skin-refining effect, clarifying my complexion and reducing redness from thread veins.
I bought this cream as a trial, and now I can't live without it!


LuvTab 'Genius' Apple iPad 2, 3 & 4 (3rd & 4th Generation - iPad with Retina display) Multi Angle Wallet / Cover / Stand / Typing Case with Sleep / Wake Function - PURPLE
LuvTab 'Genius' Apple iPad 2, 3 & 4 (3rd & 4th Generation - iPad with Retina display) Multi Angle Wallet / Cover / Stand / Typing Case with Sleep / Wake Function - PURPLE
Offered by Laptop Kit UK
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Purple, 18 Dec 2011
We bought this for our daughter and it is a well-made, classy-looking cover that looks durable and sturdy. She loves it and we love the way that it stands the i-pad up in 2 positions. This is great.


Bambino Mio Training Pant White 3+Y
Bambino Mio Training Pant White 3+Y
Offered by BabyJacks
Price: £6.35

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World's Best training pants!, 25 Oct 2010
These pants are brilliant. They size large and are really comfortable. They wash well and last for ages. I bought these when our baby was two and he is still wearing them at four as his normal pants. He doesn't have accidents, but they are just a lot more comfortable than ordinary boys pants for his age, with a bit more padding. In terms of potty training, these pants do not make crinkly sounds, they look like normal pants at the waistband (the fabric is thicker than normal cotton pants, but these still look good compared to nappies etc.), and they hold a multitude of sins. They are heavy duty enough to contain soft poos and wees, although they will of course need removing and washing. We've washed them on the go more than once on days out and they don't stain at all. Even though our son doesn't need the added padding, these are such long-lasting, good quality pants that he has worn out many normal packs of pants but these just go on and on. I am considering buying more rather than flimsy character printed pants that he just wears out and grows out of. These are the best investment I have made in terms of baby to big boy pants. Highly recommended!


In the Womb Cats - Region 2 PAL UK - The Lion and Domestic Cat
In the Womb Cats - Region 2 PAL UK - The Lion and Domestic Cat

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome DVD, 25 Oct 2010
Fabulous, educational DVD. A must for all cat-lovers. This has wonderful animated models of baby lions, cheetahs and kittens in the womb, along with real in-utero footage of scans of lion cubs and kittens. There is so much to learn about cats, and about how they develop before, and after birth. This video shows insights into the most natural behaviours of cats great and domestic: that of reproducing. For anyone who has ever expected kittens, this is an absolute MUST SEE! The week-by-week fetal development is excellent, and this DVD is great for adults and children alike. An informative and fun science and biology lesson for all cat lovers.


Le grand livre de la maison miniature : Créer et décorer une maison pièce par pièce
Le grand livre de la maison miniature : Créer et décorer une maison pièce par pièce
by Christine-Léa Frisoni
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.12

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A heavenly book, worth every penny, 24 Oct 2010
The room sets in this book are very detailed, with lots of ideas on French home furnishings. The book begins with how to build a lovely 18th century French town-house from scratch, and then proceeds to show how to furnish it, including how to create 1/12 scales windows, doors, panelled rooms and several types of parquet floors including the "Versailles" and the "feather/herringbone" patterns. There are also different patterns of tiled floors to create from stiff card, and the author shows how to make two different types of staircases from card and wood. There are lots of plans on how to build furniture, such as a little rush seated ladder-back armchair, a beautiful vanity table with mirror, a metal baby's cot-bed, a Louis XVI bergere chair, a working, electrically wired chandelier and matching, working wall lights. -It also has patterns for making the lovely peonies and roses in the pictures. The book is beautifully illustrated, and plans of all projects are included, so it is not absolutely necessary to speak French to be able to use it. However, French is a must to get the most out of this book, as so much information relies on being able to understand how to age the pieces to make the house look as realistic as the one in the book. There are several other houses referred to in this book, along with inspiring pictures of them, so if you are proficient at creating miniatures and would understand how to use plan drawings and would not need the written explanations, or are able to use an online translating tool, then the projects seem perfectly achievable. One project is a vet's practice and it is just fabulous, right down to the notice-board which the author made by photographing a real one in a vet's practice and sizing all the adverts down and pining them onto a tiny notice-board. The attention to detail is mind-boggling, and includes the type of aged patina that looks realistic at full scale, let alone 1/12. The cover picture looks like a real home; not pristine and brand new, but as it would if it were a real, 18th century building -complete with scuffed stairs and skirting boards and cracks in the ceiling architraves. The rooms and furniture all look time-worn and loved, and this is the true magic of this book: the homes created by the author have that elusive quality of "soul" that is so difficult to capture in miniature scale.

If you love French style and the 18-19th century, then this book is an absolute must. This is not just a book for miniature enthusiasts, but it would also double up as a good style source for French decoration and 18th century french interior decoration in particular.

To paraphrase/roughly translate the blurb on the back cover:
"This book is for all of those who wish to materialise a childhood dream by creating a complete house, in 1/12 scale, in the most beautiful and most realistic way possible. At the same time robust and a worthy collector's item, this house will thrill amateurs of quintessentially french, stately homes. From the construction to the furnishings, everything is explained, step-by-step in the tiniest detail.
Christine-Léa Frisoni, model-maker and miniaturist, recreates with finesse the atmosphere of time-worn patina. Her numerous homes, source of inspiration, are presented here room by room. From XVIII century salons, old-charm kitchens and powder-coloured rooms ... enter the world of miniature decorating!"

A beautiful coffee table book. The stuff of dreams!


18ct Yellow Gold 'AAA' Akoya Cultured Pearl Stud Earrings 6.5-7MM
18ct Yellow Gold 'AAA' Akoya Cultured Pearl Stud Earrings 6.5-7MM

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely pearls, 14 May 2009
I bought these a while ago, and have to agree with Elvis Lives. These are very nice, very round, reasonably blemish-free pearls. I have owned much nicer pearls, (Hanadama), that were much more lustrous. But at the price, these are great pearls for every day wear. As E.L. says, it is great to have the opportunity to buy such nice, salt-water pearls at such a low cost. I can't remember what the packaging was like, but I'd be more than happy to re-package them myself at this price, and consider it a bargain!

These pearls are very round, very white and mine have got pink and mauve reflections. They do not have a highly reflective luster, but they are AAA not AAAA, and I am good with this. I had been looking for decent pearls for a long time, and high street jewellers do not come close to the quality of these at under £250.

I am extremely pleased with the 18ct yellow gold, it is the same colour as all 18ct jewellery I own, but more importantly, unlike 9ct, the posts do not discolour after wear, as 9ct earrings do. The scroll backs are really sturdy (much nicer than 9ct 'flimsy' ones can be).

These earrings have had some very bad ratings, and all I can think, is that the people either did not receive the same quality as E.L. and I did, or they are not so familiar with the colour of 18ct yellow gold, and have not before encountered Akoya pearls. These are quite different to freshwater pearls, and it must be remembered that if these look 'fake' in any way, it is because 'fake' pearls are made to resemble good pearls. If you know good pearls, these are a very reasonable way of owning lovely earrings that you will not cry over if you lose one.

Something I appreciate a great deal :-)
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Proven Marketing Tips for the Successful Cat Breeder: Breeding Purebred Cats, a Spiritual Approach to Sales and Profit with Integrity and Ethics (Felines by Design)
Proven Marketing Tips for the Successful Cat Breeder: Breeding Purebred Cats, a Spiritual Approach to Sales and Profit with Integrity and Ethics (Felines by Design)
by Jasmine Kinnear
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.96

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some good insights., 10 Sep 2008
I agree that this book is written for the American market, but that said, the advice regarding potential customers and buyers is universal, and very sound. The holistic approach is mainly stating the obvious care, hygiene and cuddles that everyone should dispense to their animals, whether breeder or not. This would be a valuable book to anyone considering buying a kitten.


A Passion for Patchwork: Over 95 quilted projects for all seasons
A Passion for Patchwork: Over 95 quilted projects for all seasons
by Lise Bergene
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.79

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not ideal for beginners, 1 Sep 2008
I adore thais book. The projects are soooo useable, fun, funky, colourful and contemporary. I love the different techniques, from "raggy quilts" to the circle raggy quilts, the Yule time projects are so refreshing and yet eminently desirable for my home. I love the handbags and the washbags. I love the table runners and the cushions. In fact, there aren't really any projects which I don't love or think would be perfect in just about anyone's home. I rave about this book to anyone I meet, so it's high time I expounded its virtues on Amazon. If you only buy one quilting book, make it this one.
The only drawback, as mentionned by several reviewers, is that the directions are less than simple to follow for the newbie. It manages to pack nearly a project per page, and although this is wonderful to the experienced dress-maker or quilter, it is less than ideal for the beginner. I can't recommend enough that beginners try their hand at an easier, shop-bought, paper pattern before attempting the more interesting 3D bags, or convoluted patchwork patterns, just to give them a better grasp of 3D construction from 2D fabric and to get them thinking in terms of fabric construction, jargon and techniques. After a couple of paper patterns, I think most newbies would find this book a lot more approachable. It's head and shoulders above the rest. Buy it!


Doodle Stitching: Fresh and Fun Embroidery for Beginners
Doodle Stitching: Fresh and Fun Embroidery for Beginners
by Aimee Ray
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

56 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 1 Sep 2008
I love this book. The stitches used are simple yet effective, and are well explained. The designs are wonderful. Fresh, vibrant, trendy, inovative yet timeless. The artist is talented and I look forward to any other offerings from her. Even though I am not fantastically gifted at embroidery (especially satin stitch), the projects are inspirational and yet remain undaunting. It's a traditional craft brought bang-up-to-date.
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Quilting by Improvisation: Exploring Curves, Openwork and Dimension
Quilting by Improvisation: Exploring Curves, Openwork and Dimension
by Vikki Pignatelli
Edition: Paperback

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe-inspiring, 1 Sep 2008
I bought this book years before I ever dared to start quilting. I find it technically daunting, even though I am confident with advanced dressmaking techniques. There is something truly awesome about Vikki Pignatelli's creative genius. She shows us how to machine applique, how to create quilts with built-in holes, how to use fabric tubes, and some very liberating fabric cutting techniques, which are just so removed from the "twiddly", geometrically rigid, technically exact productions of yesteryear, that I was very nearly incapable of applying her techniques to my own quilts. Almost! This book is wonderful, inspirational, creatively challenging, but also very simple in it's technical application. It really is easy to follow her lead to stunning results. The only challenge is to take her examples and try to follow on with original art of our own. One day, I will use her techniques to create something amazing. One day, when I am brave enough (or have a stash big enough!)!


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