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Braun Silk-Epil 7 7569 - Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator with 6 Extras (Including Shaver Head and Trimmer Cap, Cleansing Brush for Face)
Braun Silk-Epil 7 7569 - Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator with 6 Extras (Including Shaver Head and Trimmer Cap, Cleansing Brush for Face)
Price: 99.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Hair be gone, 12 Jun 2014
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For hopefully obvious reasons, this review is from my partner Emily:

This epilator works really well. Easy to use, and certainly stops hair from growing back for much longer than shaving. You can use it in the shower or bath, which is great. There’s also a shaver head included which works well, and is useful if you don’t want to use the epilator in certain areas. (I chickened out of doing underarms first time round.) I found the epilator quite painful at first, but it’s the first time I’ve used something like this, and it was much less painful the second time. Can take several passes to completely remove hair, especially if it’s shorter hair, but gets more efficient with practice. Comes with a bag to keep all the parts in.


Twisted Veins Three (3) Pack of HDMI 90 Degree/Right Angle Connectors/Adapters
Twisted Veins Three (3) Pack of HDMI 90 Degree/Right Angle Connectors/Adapters
Offered by Pirate Trading, LLC
Price: 4.33

5.0 out of 5 stars It's the little things, 22 May 2014
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Arrived in a neat little branded bag with a free key-ring LED torch and a microfibre screen cloth. Given the usual unbranded-in-an-envelope nature of these sorts of little bits of kit, I was really impressed by the details. The adapters themselves are chunky and appear well-made. Nice one.


Masterplug Indoor Power SHADC-MP Shaver Adaptor Fused (White)
Masterplug Indoor Power SHADC-MP Shaver Adaptor Fused (White)
Price: 2.54

5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine, 22 May 2014
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There are lots of fake plugs of this sort rattling around the internet. The one we received came in good quality packaging with all the right stamps and marks and printed properly. The plug itself feels 'right'. If I were pushed, I would say that it certainly appears to be a genuine product.


24 LED MAGNETIC OR HANGING INSPECTION WORKLIGHT SUPER BRIGHT LIGHT TORCH
24 LED MAGNETIC OR HANGING INSPECTION WORKLIGHT SUPER BRIGHT LIGHT TORCH
Offered by Megastore 247
Price: 3.38

4.0 out of 5 stars Hardy, 22 May 2014
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It's not really 'super' bright but does provide a comfortable low light for a small room or a perfectly good reading-light for one person. The build quality is very high - I've battered my quite aggressively and it doesn't skip a beat. Takes 3 AA batteries and we've had probably six hours so far without any sign of them running out.


Turtle Beach XO4 Headset (Xbox One)
Turtle Beach XO4 Headset (Xbox One)
Price: 69.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good heaphones, 22 May 2014
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At full price these are a worthy option. At the current lower amazon price (65.60 22nd May 2014) these are a genuine bargain - great audio, very high comfort levels and minimum of fuss.

Audio: plenty of controlled bass in evidence, explosions rumble with a satisfying crump and low sound effects are immersive and deep. Voices sparkle a little but it's not uncomfortable and have really good separation and 'location' in space. Treble in general is crisp and full of detail. You'd expect headphones in this price range to offer a complex and detailed mid-range with plenty of musicality and pace, and the Turtle Beach XO4 headset delivers. Overall there's a terrifically detailed soundstage that greatly enhances the sensation of emersion in whatever game you're playing. I like it a lot, it matches gaming really very well.

Comfort: as with all headphones, the band feels a tiny bit tight at first but after a few days use it becomes comfortably secure rather than small. If, like me, you have a larger head then for a week or so store the headphones expanded a little by placing them over the back of an armchair or whatever - don't overstretch them, just leave them opened up enough to allow the plastic to settle a touch wider than at new. After getting used to them, three and four hour gaming stretches became very comfy indeed. The boom mic is detachable for those games were a mic isn't required, a convenient comfort-enhancing touch.

Fuss: there *is* some initial set up to do - this is relatively complex but the notes in the packaging make clear what needs to be done, with controller updates and so on. Once that one-off process has been followed its a very simple case of plugging in to your controller (there's no wire to the Xbox) each time.

In summary - a really good option for immersive gaming. Comfortable for long stretches and delivering a high quality sound. Very pleased. Oh and the build quality is much higher than I was expecting at the price - these are very nicely made and feature high quality plastics and finishes.

NB Burn in: As with all speakers - optimum sound performance will only be reached after a period of 'burn in'. I ran music through these for four days before submitting this review. That provided almost a hundred hours of burn in, the sound may develop further as some speakers will take 300 or even 500 hours to fully reach their reference sound.


Draper Expert 43912 Hard Foam Knee Pads
Draper Expert 43912 Hard Foam Knee Pads
Price: 11.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Very effective, 12 May 2014
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I've given these a right hammering and they've been brilliant. Chunkily made, very comfortable padding and a good degree of additional solid protection. I've knelt in piles of broken tiles, scrambled over nail-filled floors and generally put them to a good working test - not let me down at all.

The size does look big but the velcro is generous and able to grip on medium legs as needed. I probably wouldn't get these if I was blessed with twiglet legs though.

They stay in place for hours, which is absolutely essential - you want to be able to drop down without having to worry about where your knee pads have moved too. The stitching on one is beginning to fail but looks like it will hold for a while yet: if it does let go now though, I reckon I've had excellent value and will happily buy another identical pair of Draper Expert 43912 knee pads.


Faithfull TRESTLES Steel Trestles (Set of 2)
Faithfull TRESTLES Steel Trestles (Set of 2)
Offered by MP Tools
Price: 26.87

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, 12 May 2014
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Solid, convenient and easy to use and store, these Trestles by Faithfull have proven invaluable on our build project. They fold down small to tuck away when not needed and then fold back out to form a substantial and very stable support to a platform top. We've had then carry quite a bit of weight with not a sniff of movement. We've also used them with a chunk of worktop to form a makeshift dinner table very successfully!

Well made and good value. Recommended.


Little Palaces (Moda Museum Booklets)
Little Palaces (Moda Museum Booklets)
by Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful style guide, 12 May 2014
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We are renovating a 1930s house and wanted to find some source material for matching our decoration to contemporary furnishings and decoration. We bought this along with Shire's 1930's Home and Art Deco House Styles - the three have been a superb resource and made it very easy to find inspiration for design and interior choices.

Little Palaces has some fascinating history of houses of the 1930s in it too, there are great reproductions of contemporary adverts and room sets and loads of colour pictures and contextual description.


PINE DUCK BOARD
PINE DUCK BOARD
Offered by SelectiveGoods
Price: 15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly good, 12 May 2014
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Well made, nicely finished pine duck board. It's a basic product but comfortable in use and perfectly good. Came in sensible packaging too.


AmazonBasics DSLR Gadget Messenger Bag Large with Grey Interior
AmazonBasics DSLR Gadget Messenger Bag Large with Grey Interior
Price: 21.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic value, 7 May 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Chuffed to bits with this bag: loads of compartments, really good padding for equipment safety and a comfy shoulder strap. The thing we like best though is the white-coloured inside (Amazon call it grey but whatever, it's a light colour): it makes it much, much easier to see what's lurking in those corners relative to a more usual black interior.

The AmazonBasics DSLR Gadget Messenger bag is excellent value, offers great protection and masses of versatility. We've been using it to take a full 3-lens DSLR kit out and about and found it spot on.


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