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Philips hue Go Personal Wireless Lighting LED Table Lamp
Philips hue Go Personal Wireless Lighting LED Table Lamp
Price: £79.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb but better with a bridge, 14 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have been using this lamp pretty-well non stop for about two weeks. As a stand alone lamp it's rather lovely to look at even when it's not switched on.

It has its own internal battery and after charging it can (obviously) be unplugged and used anywhere. A single button on the back of the unit allows one to cycle through steady individual colours, or a demo-style mode that moves through a range of colours and hues. Whilst running on battery, the brightness is reduced to conserve power, but the lighting effects still work very well; especially outside in the evening.

When mains adapter powered (supplied) the light is much brighter and in a darkened living room it is is quite captivating ... really.

However (and sorry if you already know this), to get the most out of this light one really needs to link it to something called a bridge. A bridge is a device made by Philips that can control up to fifty Hue lights ... it plugs via Ethernet cable into one's modem and after plugging in the supplied power supply the user is ready to download Philips software and away we go; total control ... but ... I didn't have a bridge.

Never mind; I shall order one from Philips! Err, No! No you won't; not unless you wish to buy a starter kit! I emailed Philips asking if I could buy a bridge; they are not available as a discrete item ... only as part of a kit containing a bridge and two Hue bulbs (have a search for 'Hue starter kit' on Amazon).

Anyway; I decided I really wanted a bridge and tracked one down on e b a y for under £20. Once set up one can control the device (via the bridge) from computer, smart phone or tablet using free Philips software or apps; and they work very well indeed. I have been using software called IFTTT that uses 'recipes' to create amazing control over the Hue lights. For example the light can turn on / off at sunset and sunrise. It can flash when you have a email ... it can even let you know when your teams scored a goal (and so it goes on).

All of the above requires the bridge ... so if you are considering this lamp as an introduction to the Hue range (and I think you should) then check out the availability of a bridge without having to buy a starter kit.

Of course if you already knew all of this ... sorry for wasting your time.

Anyway, as I said at the start; the lamp and it's colour range and controllable effects are truly lovely.


Powerfly Unisex Abdominal Muscle Toning Belt
Powerfly Unisex Abdominal Muscle Toning Belt
Offered by Smart Parts UK, Digital Lifestyle Retailer
Price: £55.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Good, but remember to use it, 9 April 2015
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Once upon a time I used to have a 'six pack' earned by hours and hours in the gym. I don't have a 'six pack' any more so I thought I'd give this device a try.

Does it work? Well yes it does, it works rather well actually and after a month's use I can definitely feel an improvement in the muscle tone and shape. I do remember what my original six pack felt like.

However, my new six pack is not visible in the manner shown in the product's pictures; if you want a stomach / body like that, then get down the gym (as well as using the belt).

Overall I'd say this is a great addition to toning one's muscles. The kit is easy to set up and use and there are a variety of setting to experiment with. Hopefully this belt will be part of a new fitness regime that will help one get back on the road to exercise and a healthier life style, but it can't work miracles.

As it says on the product's Amazon page "...the Powerfly Abdominal Muscle Toner Belt is entirely ineffective if left in the box ... " so if you decide to buy it do make sure you use it at least five times per week.


Kenley Heat Powered Stove Fan with 2-Blades
Kenley Heat Powered Stove Fan with 2-Blades
Offered by Smart Parts UK, Digital Lifestyle Retailer
Price: £69.90

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heat your ceilings a little less, 9 April 2015
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I have been using this stove fan, supplied to me for review purposes for around a month now and I have to say it is very good at its job.

At its simplest, the fan is placed towards the back or side of a flat-top stove and the heat from the stove is blown around the room rather than sitting on the ceiling or disappearing up the chimney. It requires no external power; it uses heat from the stove to provide electricity for the fan motor.

I can confirm that in use it's pretty well silent; doesn't move about and really helps to redistribute the hot air from around the stove. I wish I'd had one a few years ago!

A few points to note? Well, the manufacturers recommend that the fan is not used when the temperature of the stove exceeds 345° ... probably not a good idea to run a stove at this temperature anyway.

The aluminium stove fan gets very hot ... use the handle and gloves to move / remove the fan.

Keep children away from the magic spinning thingy!

That's it really!


Kenley Vacuum Food Sealer Packing Sous Vide Machine 30cm + 10 Free Bags
Kenley Vacuum Food Sealer Packing Sous Vide Machine 30cm + 10 Free Bags
Offered by Smart Parts UK, Digital Lifestyle Retailer
Price: £63.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Save more, throw out less, 9 April 2015
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At its simplest, this machine will save you money by making your food last longer. As soon as sealed food packaging is opened, air gets to the food and it starts to deteriorate ... and sometimes rather too quickly; faster even than the 'use within tow days of opening' blurb on the packaging.

The machine is provided with ten 22 x 30 cm good-quality vacuum bags. They are suitable for the fridge or the freezer and even the microwave; best of all is they are reusable and can go in the dishwasher too! Each use results in a shorter bag as the seal has to be cut off, but with care the bags can be used several times. Replacements work out at around 22p each

The supplied instruction are fine and I had soon used up my ten bags. I did try and vacuum seal some strawberries ... squish ... freeze soft fruit before sealing!

Size-wise the machine sits easily on the work surface and the lead should be long enough for most kitchens.

Overall we have found this product really useful and I would expect to have much less unnecessary food wastage!

This machine was provided for review purposes


Kukubird Small Sheep print long shawls / scarves / wraps / head scarf / pashmina - NAVY
Kukubird Small Sheep print long shawls / scarves / wraps / head scarf / pashmina - NAVY
Offered by KukuBird
Price: £3.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of happy sheep!, 9 April 2015
A versatile shawl that has rows of white sheep stood among turquoise tufts of grass. One row is looking at you with a smiley face, the next row is looking sideways (16 alternate columns of 34 sheep making around 544 in total!). Each sheep is roughly 30 mm diameter.

My wife has been using this for around three weeks and describes it as very soft on the skin. She's worn it as a headscarf and as a shoulder wrap and has had compliments from her colleagues at work.

From a practical point of view the material can be washed at 30°, ironed on a cool setting, or dry-cleaned. I also like the fact that the care label is very small making it hardly noticeable when the shawl is being worn. The edges are well stitched too, so all in all a lovely product at a bargain price.

Kindly supplied for review purposes.


KUKUBIRD TWO TONES PLAIN FAUX LEATHER DESIGNER LARGE HANDBAG - ASH GREY
KUKUBIRD TWO TONES PLAIN FAUX LEATHER DESIGNER LARGE HANDBAG - ASH GREY
Offered by KukuBird
Price: £34.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great design and attention to detail, 9 April 2015
This is a very stylish and well-made bag. It has a capacity of around eleven litres. In our changeable weather my wife has managed to carry the usual mysterious items and even a small umbrella.

The bag comprises two outer compartments with large 23 cm brass zipped pockets with large zip toggles; (great in the dark or the wet or with gloved hands). The flower-patterned liners look great and can be pulled inside-out to make cleaning easy.

The main compartment of the bag comprises of three pockets, two large open pockets and one smaller brass-zipped space. One of the larger pockets has two useful open pouches (approximately 10 cm deep x 12 cm wide and the other is 10 x 7). The other large pocket has an 18 cm zipped pocket.

The larger pockets will easily hold an iPad in its case and still have room for a charger and cables for example. The main compartment is closed using a single magnetic popper-style fastening; it is however quite a strong catch and is unlikely to open by accident. There are large press-studs at either end of the bag to reduce its width if the full capacity is not being used.

The handle loops are large and comfortable; she does like occasionally to carry handbags over her shoulder using the normal handles and found them just very slightly short for this, but for heavier loads, style or convenience, the detachable, fully-adjustable strap is long enough (1.3 - 0.75 metres) to be worn across the body if so desired. My wife found the shoulder strap comfortable and easy to adjust.

The attention to detail is great and the brass detailing looks superb against the exterior. In summary, this smart looking bag will hold a good deal and the clever use of compartments makes it easier to locate things that otherwise disappear to the bottom of a single compartment bag. My wife has been using the bag rather a lot in the last three weeks and she thinks it is a great bag for everyday use.

The bag was kindly supplied to me for review purposes.


KukuBird 37C Owl Couple In Love Pattern Large Ladies Purse Clutch Wallet - BLACK
KukuBird 37C Owl Couple In Love Pattern Large Ladies Purse Clutch Wallet - BLACK
Offered by KukuBird
Price: £8.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very stylish and great value for money, 9 April 2015
This is a rather splendid purse that will easily accommodate a whole host of bits and pieces such as a driving licence, insurance, cards and of course, cash. My wife also has filled it with receipts, basic make-up, a pen and even manages to get her (albeit slim) mobile phone into it!

The first thing she likes is that the exterior of the purse looks great with the two cute owls and the neat white stitching.

Measuring something in the order of 195 x 100 x 25 mm when empty, and although it's a largish purse it sits comfortably in one's hand, fits easily into most handbags and could double as a small clutch bag. The front flap is held in place by good-quality press-stud and even when the purse is pretty packed it holds the purse shut.

In terms of storage space, the purse is pretty versatile. The back of the front flap has a compartment with 4 slots for bank cards (2 with clear windows); the spaces are just the right depth so one can easily grab hold of the correct card and pull it out. There's also a longer pocket for whatever suits (bank notes in my wife's case).

In the main body of the purse there are 3 compartments; the centre one is zipped. Either side of the zipped pocket are two larger spaces, the front one has another useful, almost hidden, space for another bank card. Finally, the outer face of the main body has 4 more pockets for cards.

My wife really likes this purse, particularly because of the decoration on the front and back, but also because its well made and practical. After around three weeks' use it is her favourite purse and still looks as good as new.

The purse was kindly supplied to me for review purposes.


Scholl Active Work Gel Insoles for Women
Scholl Active Work Gel Insoles for Women
Price: £14.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back, 1 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
My wife has had these insoles in her work shoes for around ten days now and she is really very impressed by the performance. She is on her feet from around 7 o'clock in the morning until six in the evening. She has to wear smart court-style shoes and at the end of each day her feet hurt ... well not any more.

These insoles have made her foot-day so much more comfortable. We used the original insole to cut the gel insoles to the perfect shape and then discarded the original. They fitted perfectly and did not make her shoes any tighter. They don't make her shoes / feet smelly (sorry!) and the guidance suggest they'll last six months.

They really do work, but if in doubt the no-brainer here is that if one is not satisfied with the gel insoles' performance then a full refund is available within thirty days of purchase ... there's even a free-phone number to make a refund easier. So in summary these insoles really make a difference and if they don't work for you, you can have your money back!


Go-Cat Crunchy and Tender Kitten Dry Cat Food 800 g - Pack of 4
Go-Cat Crunchy and Tender Kitten Dry Cat Food 800 g - Pack of 4
Price: £12.60

5.0 out of 5 stars No complaints here, 1 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
We have two kittens (around six months' old) and a seventeen year old cat; all three have been devouring this 'kitten' food.

There has been no sickness or litter-tray problems. We still offer conventional wet cat food, but as mentioned earlier, this crunchy and tender food has proven very popular. There is quite detailed guidance on quantities and it is suitable for kittens aged from around three to four weeks old. I was rather amused that despite making the effort to advise on the weight of food for various ages of kitten ( or pregnant or nursing cat), the advice concludes with 'or ad libitum' ... Latin for "at one's pleasure" ... or; 'make it up as you go along ... Ad lib!

Anyway, this food will provide 100% of a kitten's nutritional needs, it can be softened with water for younger kittens and the bag can be resealed with a plastic popper-strip inside the packet.

As mentioned at the start of this review, our kittens (and cat) have been munching through this food for well over a week now and there have been no problems, so on that basis I award five stars.


Oral B Vitality Plus White and Clean Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
Oral B Vitality Plus White and Clean Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A no frills brush for the family, 21 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This brush is suitable for adults and children aged 3+ and has had a fair workout in our house this week; overall I'd say it does a pretty good job and is worthy of one's consideration.

I'd hope most people (including children) use an electric toothbrush; they are so much better at cleaning one's teeth when compared to a manual brush. We've had electric brushes in our household for almost 20 years (eek!) and over that time there are three key points I look for when replacing a brush:

How much does it cost?

How much are replacement heads?

How long is the guarantee?

The actual effectiveness in cleaning teeth perhaps comes a surprising fourth; not because I don't care about dental hygiene, but because if one isn't constantly consuming sugar-filed junk and brushes one's teeth regularly, for the correct length of time with a decent toothpaste, then even the most basic brush will keep the teeth in good order.

I think this brush represents very good value for money, especially as the guarantee can be extended to three years by registering on-line ... excellent! The replacement brush heads are very reasonably priced and this is very important; if the brush heads are too expensive, it's possible they won't be replaced on time leading to less effective brushing (the whole point of an electric toothbrush really).

We have been mostly a Sonicare household in recent years and I think the brushing experience is slightly better than the Oral B. However, the prices for genuine Sonicare brush heads can be prohibitive; especially for the small-sized brushes for the Sonicare Kids ... they are £8 each and last about eight weeks!

So this is a no frills, base-model brush and apart from a pulse after two minutes to let the user know they've brushed for the recommended time , that's it ... no thirty-second quadrant pulse ... something I find very useful, especially with children. There's not even an indicator to remind one to recharge the battery, so it would be best if the brush can be permanently stored on its charging base if one's situation permits. So it really is almost as basic as one can get. The battery will last for about twenty minutes on a full charge (about five days on a twice a day routine).

However; having said all of that it is an entry-level brush and it's all about keeping the costs down.

The base of the brush is quite small and it's prone to falling over if stood on the back of the sink. It designed to be able to lie flat on its back without rolling over; useful if one puts toothpaste on the brush ready for a child to use.

Based on my experience with all of the various brushes I'd say this is a good brush that can be used by the whole family. It's supplied with two brush heads and potentially a three year warranty. If I was starting out for the first time, particularly with children in the house, I'd buy this brush and lots of brush heads (and do have a look at the brush head prices compared to the Sonicare).


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