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Barbie Chelsea Flipping Pup Pool Set
Barbie Chelsea Flipping Pup Pool Set
Price: £17.70

5.0 out of 5 stars Cheaper and more childlike; great fun too, 30 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I wasn't aware that Barbie had sisters; well she does, Stacie, Chelsea and Skipper. This Flippin' Pup pool set includes a rubber-duck ringed Chelsea and three pups, two of which can squirt water, the other does a neat flip at the end of the slide. Chelsea can retaliate by squirting water through her hand-held dolphin(!) with a squeeze of her (non-detachable) rubber ring.

There's a diving board to launch the dogs into the water and a bone-shaped raft for the pups.

As mentioned at the beginning of the review, we weren't aware of the sisters and whilst we have some lovely Barbie equipment, there are some aspects of the oldest sister that are perhaps a little too grown-up (at times) for my daughters aged 7 and 4. My youngest absolutely loves this toy. Of course it's the water-theme that attracts, but there is something much more childlike about this range and I think the (current) price of around seventeen pounds makes this a very attractive starter kit for younger children.

Oh! and we have a big tray to sit it all on if it's being used indoors. Excellent!


Barbie Style Ultimate Closet
Barbie Style Ultimate Closet
Price: £23.09

4.0 out of 5 stars Barbie's travel case?, 30 Sep 2014
This review is from: Barbie Style Ultimate Closet (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
From my point of view this is a cheap-looking plastic-moulded box with a handle that holds a Barbie doll (not supplied) and her (supplied) accessories that includes dresses, two pairs of shoes, a purse, a necklace and a pair of sunglasses. There is some neat storage space inside, but it looks bigger than it is because of the cleverly designed stickers.

Now; from my elder daughter's (aged seven) point of view, this is just a fantastic pink wardrobe that she can use to take Barbie, her clothes and accessories to her friend's house. She has a great time chatting away to Barbie about the clothes she can take and what she needs for the next day ... and so on ... and on; she just loves it and I suppose that's where the rating has to come from.

As always, (I think) Barbie-associated accessories seem somewhat over-priced; however both of my daughters (4 & 7) and their friends go wobbly over Barbie kit, and again this is really no exception. It's expensive for what one gets and does not include a doll, but should one decide to purchase this closet (wardrobe!) for either a seasoned Barbie fan, or a new owner, I really would be amazed if they (like my daughters) weren't both captivated and thrilled.

In summary: one star removed for absent Barbie


Melissa & Doug Girls Activity Bundle
Melissa & Doug Girls Activity Bundle
Price: £14.49

5.0 out of 5 stars High quality paper and stickers, 30 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a lovely trio of two colouring books and a sticker book that's aimed at girls (because it says so), however, my four-year-old daughter's friends include boys and they've had great fun too,

The colouring books contain 50 sheets of good quality bond paper that resists bleed-through with markers and paints; and that are easy to tear out without any ripping. I prefer to take the page out as it makes it easier for children to work together on one drawing (they do like doing that) and also it stops one ending up with a book full of half-scribbled pages that no-one wants to revisit.

The paper size in 11 x 14 inches, which happens to be the same standard size as 11R photographic paper and 28 x 36 cm world poster board, so if one's son or daughter turns out a masterpiece it can go straight into that unused large photo frame that's remained empty for years!

The sticker book is great; around seven hundred sticker with several themes. With care the sticker can be removed and used again; so that's very good.

Overall, really good quality that's great for sharing or colouring (and sticking) alone.


Wooden Pirate Ship
Wooden Pirate Ship
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy enough for 6+, painting perhaps a little more tricky., 30 Sep 2014
This review is from: Wooden Pirate Ship (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Recommended for 6+ (6-10 year-old) and I'd say that was just about right if one would like the majority of the task to be carried out by the child.

My seven-year-old daughter was able to assemble the wooden ship without too much trouble (my job was to distract the four-year-old daughter). Children aged 3+ would be able to get the ship together with close supervision, but assembly of the sails, sail supports and masts would be pretty tricky.

Painting requires a steady hand and patience if one's ship is going to look like the picture. We chose to paint the bits separately and assemble with the PVA afterwards. If one really wants to get the child to produce a good paint job then you'll probably have to fetch the masking tape.

The stickers need a bit of care when they're being applied. It does float (bath-time), but if one would like the stickers to stay on then it's time to fetch the polyurethane varnish from the shed.

Overall then, a really good value-for-money toy; great as a stocking filler. Having a few bits and bobs around like masking tape and varnish can help if younger children want to get a better finish.

We liked it; a lot!


Brilliant Hair Bands
Brilliant Hair Bands
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Two seven-year-old girls loved this kit, 30 Sep 2014
This review is from: Brilliant Hair Bands (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
My seven-year-old daughter and her friend had great fun with this kit. After a couple of practise attempts and some help from me they were able to get on by themselves (which is what they really like) and make lovely creative hair bands.

Finalising the plaited strip with the elastic bands is just a little awkward for a seven-year old, but they worked together and did okay. The ends are just a little untidy but both of the girls have long hair.

The kit consists of around thirty fabric strips, twenty-five flowers in three different sizes and twenty-five beads in three colours for the centre of the flowers. The girls also decided to add other bits and bobs from other craft kits they had and this worked very well too.

The finished bands looked great, and with a bit of care can be unravelled to start all over again. 5 out of 5 from us.


Melissa & Doug Rock Star Costume
Melissa & Doug Rock Star Costume
Price: £7.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Should stand the test of a rock-star's busy schedule, 30 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
My extrovert, slightly 'showy-offy' four-year-old daughter's eyes nearly popped out of her head when she saw this. She already has a pretend microphone and has spent many hours jigging around to music claiming to be a 'rock-star'. Well with this bit of kit she believes it even more.

The clothes' fit is still a little on the loose side, so I'd hope she will get another couple of years out of it. She's already worn it to a school disco and we have had to wash it (by hand)and it hasn't shrunk; the garments are well stitched and despite the rock-star's exuberant moves everything has stayed together.

This is the favourite dressing up kit in her collection; marvellous.


Ultrasport Children Mittens
Ultrasport Children Mittens
Price: £24.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Warmth without the bulk, 29 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These mittens are superb. They are the smallest size and will suit a child's hand up to around 17cm long (from the heel of one's hand to the finger tips). They are just slightly big for my seven-year-old daughter, but that's not really an issue with mittens. They are super warm, water resistant and perform well even when wet. The performance of these mittens is due to the use of 3M Thinsulate; it is an superb synthetic insulator that provides warmth without the bulk.

The mittens can be clipped together and scrunched up to the size of a tennis ball and stuffed in a rucksack or pocket when not in use. They look good, work superbly and can be hand washed. Excellent mittens!


Smart Weigh Precision Digital Vanity / Bathroom Scale, "Smart Step-On" Technology, Tempered Glass Platform and Large Backlight Display
Smart Weigh Precision Digital Vanity / Bathroom Scale, "Smart Step-On" Technology, Tempered Glass Platform and Large Backlight Display
Offered by Five Star
Price: £19.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Smart-looking and accurate, 29 Sep 2014
These rather smart-looking scales, supplied to me for review purposes, have been in use in our bathroom for about three weeks now and the have worked faultlessly. They are powered by two coin-cells, not 4 AAA as stated in the description.

As other reviewers have noted this scale needs to used on a firm flat surface; if used on carpet the readings will be erratic. The display is low power-consuming LCD and is a rather bright easy-to-read white display. The measuring units can be changed easily and there is an auto-off function to prolong battery life.

In use we have been comparing the accuracy with a set of weight-watcher scales and I can confirm that these scales produced the same readings as other. Overall, these scales work well and look good, they do seem to show the dust (being glass), but that's not really an issue.


OZ Naturals - The BEST Eye Gel - Eye Cream For Dark Circles Puffiness and Wrinkles - This Eye Gel Treatment Addresses Every Eye Concern - 100% Natural Ingredients - Considered To Be The Most Potent & Effective Eye Gel - Eye Cream Available - ALLURE MAGAZINE'S Best In Beauty Eye Gel - 100% Satisfaction GUARANTEED!
OZ Naturals - The BEST Eye Gel - Eye Cream For Dark Circles Puffiness and Wrinkles - This Eye Gel Treatment Addresses Every Eye Concern - 100% Natural Ingredients - Considered To Be The Most Potent & Effective Eye Gel - Eye Cream Available - ALLURE MAGAZINE'S Best In Beauty Eye Gel - 100% Satisfaction GUARANTEED!
Offered by OZ Naturals EU
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Your satisfaction is guaranteed, 28 Sep 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
My wife has been using this gel, supplied for an unbiased review, for around three weeks now and both she and I have noticed a definite improvement in and around the eye area. It states on the front of the box that the gel 'eliminates dark circles and puffiness'. After only two uses in two days there was a dramatic improvement and a noticeable lifting of the darker circles and resulting in less-defined bags under the eyes. It also states on the box that it 'softens the eye area' and this is something that my wife totally agrees with.

One only needs to use a small amount of the gel on each eye, massaging in a semi-circle above the eyebrow to the nose. With regard to the amount used, my wife would have liked to see some indication in the instructions regarding how much to use.

I was interested to read about the key ingredients in the eye gel, and in particular, hyaluronic acid. I found that it occurs naturally in our bodies and has been shown to improve skin hydration, and stimulate production of collagen helping to maintain skin elasticity. Levels of hyaluronic acid decrease with age and it has been suggested that by our mid-forties, the level of hyaluronic acid is roughly half that required by the body.

Knowing about the ingredients is one thing (all of them are listed) but do they work? Well; as mentioned at the start of the review, my wife has been very pleased with this product; it's very easy to apply and the lines and blemishes have most definitely reduced and she is much happier with the appearance of her eye area. It also can be used all over the face and this gel has dramatically reduced the redness of a scar from a long-gone spot which my wife has next to one of her eyes.

The benefit of purchasing OZ naturals products is that it is supplied with a money-back guarantee if not 100% satisfied so if one is interested in seeing if this eye gel could work for you there really is no risk involved in trying this product; so give it a go.


Karin Herzog Vita-A-Kombi Oil Anti-Ageing Face Oil for Dry Skin 15 ml
Karin Herzog Vita-A-Kombi Oil Anti-Ageing Face Oil for Dry Skin 15 ml
Price: £34.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Has reduced the wrinkles, 28 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
My wife has been using this oil for around a week now and both she and I have noticed a definite reduction in the surface lines and wrinkles that she hates. She has been using it before bedtime and after cleansing and toning, applied a very small amount to her face and neck. The oil is absorbed quickly into the skin leaving just a very pleasant fragrance; she then uses her usual moisturiser.

The bottle has a small pump to allow very small quantities of the oil to be used (my wife has been applying just two 'squirts')so hopefully the 15ml of oil will last for around six months in our case). With regard to the amount used, my wife would have liked to see some indication in the instructions regarding how much to use.

I was interested to read about vitamin A and found that it has been shown to improve skin hydration, and stimulate production of collagen helping to maintain skin elasticity.

As mentioned at the start of the review, my wife has been very pleased with this product; it's very easy to apply and the lines have most definitely reduced and she is much happier with the appearance of her skin.


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