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Steven Unwin "Steve Unwin" (Preston, UK)
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300ml Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser, VicTSing® New Wood Grain Ultrasonic Cool Mist Whisper-Quiet Humidifier with 7 Color LED Lights Changing and 4 Timer Settings, Waterless Auto Shut-off for Spa, Home, Office
300ml Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser, VicTSing® New Wood Grain Ultrasonic Cool Mist Whisper-Quiet Humidifier with 7 Color LED Lights Changing and 4 Timer Settings, Waterless Auto Shut-off for Spa, Home, Office
Offered by VICTECH
Price: £33.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Attractive wood-effect aroma diffuser, 12 Feb. 2016
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This is an attractive aroma diffuser with an almost ‘all-wood’ appearance, that will fill your room with the scent of your choice.

Aroma diffusers are all the rage at the moment and there are lots to choose from. They all have the same basic features in that they produce a fine mist that carries the aroma and have an LED light display. A few drops of your chosen essential oil added to a little water will fill your room with your chosen aroma and save money on air fresheners.

Given that the basic innards of the diffusers are the same, the choice of which to select comes down to style, size and the functions you require.

This diffuser measures 17 cm in diameter and is 15 cm tall approximately. Its mains powered, via the supplied 3-pin UK adapter, with a lead of 170 cm length approx. So wherever you choose to place it you’ll need access to a mains socket.

The overall appearance has a wood effect. It’s actually plastic, but they’ve done a pretty good job with the wood-effect and it’s certainly not easy to see that it’s not wood without examining it. Being largely ‘wood’ the lighting effect is quite subtle, being confined to a thin horizontal band around the centre-line of the bowl, and a feint glow from the top of the ‘chimney’.

The diffuser has two buttons to control the operation of the lights and the mist function. Press the light switch and it will begin slowly cycling from colour to colour. You can press again to freeze the light at the current colour, or press repeatedly to shift to the colour of your choice. A long press turns off the light all together.

The second button controls the mist function. Here repeated presses take you through the options of 1 hour, 3 hours, 6 hours running time, or continuous running. Press again to turn off the mist function. A long press will switch between high and low mist. This is useful for extending the duration of misting to around ten hours constant operation before you have to top up the water chamber. If it should run out of water, it simply switches itself off.

In operation the misting function is not silent, but you need to be in a quiet room before you’d notice it.

The lights and mist can each be operated with the other switched off if you choose.

Despite the instructions saying that no measuring beaker is included, there was one in my pack, which is handy for topping the water up. To fill you simply lift off the top half of the bowl, and an inner cover and pour in the water and add essential oil if you choose to.

Personally I find the design quite pleasing. The subtle LED lighting adds an attractive feature and it’s particularly suited to use in a location where the more obvious lighting effects of other designs would be distracting, near a TV for example. The relatively modest size means it can easily fit on a shelf, whilst still holding sufficient water to operate throughout the day. The actual operating mechanism in diffusers seems to be almost identical, and this one benefits from having more misting modes than some machines.

If you like the look of this design, it performs well and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with this diffuser.

I was sent this Aroma Diffuser for impartial review.


Car Holder, Syncwire Universal Phone Holder Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount Cradle - Lifetime Guarantee Series - for Apple iPhone 6S Plus 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Note 5, Nexus, Smartphones and Mini Tablets - Black
Car Holder, Syncwire Universal Phone Holder Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount Cradle - Lifetime Guarantee Series - for Apple iPhone 6S Plus 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Note 5, Nexus, Smartphones and Mini Tablets - Black
Offered by Syncwire
Price: £18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality car vent phone holder, 7 Feb. 2016
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This is a simple little device that can help keep your phone close at hand when in your car.

It comprises a plastic pronged holder that is designed to be pushed into the louvres of your car’s air vent. The prongs are made from a rubberised plastic material which helps them grip the louvres and the black front surface contains a powerful magnet covered with a protective rubber layer to avoid any damage to your phone and to help your phone ‘stick’ to the holder.

The set is completed with three metal plates each with a peel off adhesive back. You can either peel back to reveal the adhesive and glue these to your phone, or alternatively you can insert the plate inside the protective case of your phone. Either way this now makes your phone attracted to the holders powerful magnet. The choice you make will be down to personal preference and the style of protective case you have.
In use the phone is held very securely in the holder and as long as you have the prongs of the holder firmly in place in your air vent your phone is held securely in view and easy reach. Getting the prongs to stick took a little time to find the correct position but once this had been done it all worked very well.

It’s a simple enough device but provides a great alternative to suction cups attached to the windscreen and takes up a lot less room. I’m not sure that blasting hot air through the vent for long periods is good for your phone, so you might want to close off the vent you use for the holder. All in all a simple device but done well.

I received this phone holder for impartial review.
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Smarter Vcall Upgrade 12 LED Outdoor Solar Lights Motion Sensor-Diamond Lampshade-SCREW/STICK IT-Wireless Exterior Security Solar Lighting For Patio Deck Yard Garden Home Driveway Stairs Outside Wall
Smarter Vcall Upgrade 12 LED Outdoor Solar Lights Motion Sensor-Diamond Lampshade-SCREW/STICK IT-Wireless Exterior Security Solar Lighting For Patio Deck Yard Garden Home Driveway Stairs Outside Wall
Offered by SMARTER UK
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to fit light and good if you have the right location, 7 Feb. 2016
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This is an automatic solar light that can easily be installed without the need for any wiring and costs nothing to run. On the face of it, it’s a brilliant idea. Unfortunately it’s let down a little by the British climate, particularly winter, and a couple of shortcomings in its design.

Firstly when you come to position the light, you face a compromise. You need a good position to collect sunlight, but you want it to light up an area at night which might be elsewhere in your garden. If you’re lucky both places are the same, but if not you have a light that’s shining where you don’t need it, or a light that’s not shining much at all because it’s insufficiently charged.

This problem is compounded by the second design feature, that the light never fully switches itself off to conserve power (except during daytime). Instead the light switches from a low illumination level, to a high illumination level when someone approaches. When they’re gone, it reverts to the low illumination level.

In sunnier climes this probably isn’t a problem, but in a British winter the light is fighting a losing battle to keep its batteries charged sufficiently to see the night out.

Ok so the number of locations that the light might be positioned is limited, certainly during winter, but beyond that the light has a lot going for it. Installation is a doddle, requiring only a single screw which is left proud of the surface and the light simply hooks onto it. Two screws and wall-plugs are provided and there is nothing to stop you from moving the light to different positions as your needs change.

Once in position it requires no attention or maintenance other than a quick wipe from time to time to keep the solar panel surface clean. The 16 LED’s cast a good light and will light a doorway or drive.

The lamp baseplate measures 9.5 x 12.5 cm and you need to leave 4 cm clear space above the screw in order to position the light in place. The lamp protrudes approximately 5 cm from the wall.

So if you recognise the limitations and have a location that will give good strong daylight during winter, or are not worried about the light staying on through the small hours, this is a handy, easily installed light.

I received this light for impartial review.
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Hami Wireless 4.0 Bluetooth Sport Headphones Noise Cancelling Headset W/Microphone [for Running Sports Gym Exercise Sweatproof] Compatible with iOS&Android Devices (Blue)
Hami Wireless 4.0 Bluetooth Sport Headphones Noise Cancelling Headset W/Microphone [for Running Sports Gym Exercise Sweatproof] Compatible with iOS&Android Devices (Blue)
Offered by Hami_EU
Price: £48.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Good sound but sadly they are not waterproof, 7 Feb. 2016
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These headphones have a pleasing ‘teardrop’ style design. The Bluetooth electronics is housed reasonably discretely in the earpieces which are connected by a thin flexible flat cable.

Unlike some designs the joining cable offers no assistance in keeping the earpieces in place, so this relies entirely on the fit of the earbud within the ear and the use of a small ear-hook made from soft silicone which fits within your ear lobe.
In fairness this isn’t my favourite way of securing headphones since the pressure within my ear tends to make them ache after an hour or so. As a result I tend to wear them a little less firmly pushed into my ear than is perhaps required and as a result they feel a little insecure. In the accessory pack are spare earbuds and a set of ear-hooks that unfortunately are identical to the ones factory fitted. I know that other ear-hook styles are available from a well-known auction site but it’s a little disappointing that alternative shapes aren’t included with the headphones.

The controls are kept simple. There’s a rocker switch style volume control and the teardrop shape on the right earpiece is a pushbutton for other operations. Incidentally there’s also a status LED built into this teardrop.

Pairing was very easy and very quick. I fitted the smallest earbuds which provided the most secure fit, and was impressed by the sound quality.
There is a tendency to press the on / off button in the right teardrop as you adjust the position of the headphones, but you soon learn to push by the outside, rather than the button itself.

Note the USB socket has no cover, so these headphones appear unsuitable for outdoor use in the rain. This is a serious drawback to any sports headphone in the UK.

All in all a competent pair or headphones and I like the style and colour. I’d like to see alternate ear-hooks, but will source some of these from elsewhere. The ones provided might suit you, particularly if you don’t mind giving the earpieces an extra little push into your ear. However the lack of waterproofing is a poor design decision and does limit their practicality.

I received these headphones for impartial review.
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Luggage Scale FREETOO Portable Digital Scale Hanging Luggage/Suitcase Scale With Tare Function for Travel/Outdoor/Home Use,110 lb/ 50KG Capacity(Red)
Luggage Scale FREETOO Portable Digital Scale Hanging Luggage/Suitcase Scale With Tare Function for Travel/Outdoor/Home Use,110 lb/ 50KG Capacity(Red)
Offered by Freetoo
Price: £22.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple to use and saves a lot of messing about, 6 Feb. 2016
I’ve just returned from a trip away on a budget airline. On the way out I spent time on the bathroom scales fine honing the content of my bags to maximise the content without risking excess baggage charges. On the return trip it was very much down to luck, estimating what I wasn’t taking back (supplies I’d taken with me) against what I’d collected and added to my case, and hoping things balanced out.

So when I got the chance to try out this handheld luggage scale I leapt at the chance.

It arrives boxed with a watch-type battery that requires fitting. It slots into a small removable piece on the back of the ‘handle’. Just make sure the +ve end of the battery points towards the near-end of the handle.

Once installed the scale is ready to use, and it couldn’t be simpler. You just wrap the short length of webbing around the case handle and hook it
back on to the triangular loop, so the case hangs on the webbing. Press the on/off button and after a second the scale is set up and zeroed. The unit button selects between Kg and lbs. If you need to you can aero the scale with a weight on it and measure the weight of anything you add. It works just like a kitchen scale when adding ingredients to a recipe. I can’t think of a use for it, but it’s there if you can.

Additionally and slightly strangely the scale will also display the temperature in Centigrade and Fahrenheit. I suspect the innards are very similar to those of a kitchen scale, hence these features, however whilst your kitchen scale typically measures up to 5 kg, this one goes up to 50 kg or 110 lbs. I ran out of things to weigh at 46 kg.

No more cockling on the bathroom scales trying to hang on to a 30 kg case, you simply pick up the case using the handle of the scales rather than the case handle and the weight is displayed on the large clear screen.

A great little device that I’ll certainly pack in my case for my next trip.

I received this luggage scale for impartial review.
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Bluetooth V4.1 Headphones, Syncwire Wireless Sport Bluetooth Earphones Stereo In-Ear Noise Cancelling Sweatproof Headset with APT-X/Mic for Apple iPhone iPad iPod, Samsung Galaxy, Smartphones - Black
Bluetooth V4.1 Headphones, Syncwire Wireless Sport Bluetooth Earphones Stereo In-Ear Noise Cancelling Sweatproof Headset with APT-X/Mic for Apple iPhone iPad iPod, Samsung Galaxy, Smartphones - Black
Offered by Syncwire
Price: £39.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good earphones with some nice touches if they fit you, 5 Feb. 2016
Bluetooth earphones come in a variety of styles reflecting the designers choice of how to store the Bluetooth electronics and how to attach the earphones t the wearer.

Syncwire have gone for the discrete approach housing the electronics within a relatively small disk shape that sits outside each ear measuring approximately 2 cm in diameter and 0.5 cm deep.

There are some nice design touches, the ubiquitous LED to indicate status is concealed in one earpiece and glows through the Syncwire logo which is cool, whilst the on/off and operating switch for all functions apart from volume is a pushbutton taking the entire surface of the earphone. This works fine, but I did find myself accidentally pressing it whenever I had to push the earphones into place. Volume is controlled via a small rocker switch.

The attachment method chosen by Syncwire relies on the earpieces being attached to the ears. They are connected by a thin and very flexible cable that offers no aid in keeping the earphones in place. Each earphone is fitted with an ear-hook made from very flexible silicon material which hooks itself within your earlobe. The earphones themselves are pushed deep into the ear. The ear-hook that was factory fitted didn’t really do the job for me, and I was hoping for some alternate shapes in the accessory pack. Unfortunately within the pack you get an assortment of earbud sizes, small, medium and large. But three identical sets of ear-hooks.

I fitted the smallest of the earbuds and found the fit was better, but I found the earphones weren’t as secure as I would have liked whilst exercising. It could be that I don’t really like to push earphones too deeply into my ear, partly because I want to retain some awareness of my surroundings and partly because I find my ears begin to ache after an hour or so.

There’s a well know auction site that sells ear hooks so I might try some alternatives.

Pairing is straightforward and the sound quality is good and if you like to blank out the outside world, these seem to do it quite well.

Note: The USB socket is protected by a rubber cover. It wasn't immediately obvious how this opened, so I took a picture which should help you open it and not remove it completely.

The accessory pack also has a small device that can be used for shortening the connecting wire if you choose to and the earphones and accessories can be stored in a neat little drawstring bag.

These are a good pair of earphones best suited to people who like to be immersed in their music as they exercise and are happy with earphones relatively deep in the ear

I was supplied with these earphones for impartial review.
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Running Belt, IFITBELT® Runner Waist Pack with Buckle & Zipper Pouch [2 PACK] - fits iPhone 5 5s 6 6s & Android Smartphones - for Men & Women Workouts Yoga Jogging Biking Hiking Skateboarding (Black + Green)
Running Belt, IFITBELT® Runner Waist Pack with Buckle & Zipper Pouch [2 PACK] - fits iPhone 5 5s 6 6s & Android Smartphones - for Men & Women Workouts Yoga Jogging Biking Hiking Skateboarding (Black + Green)
Offered by ChangHu TECH
Price: £17.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good running belts with useful storage space, 5 Feb. 2016
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This is a pair of exercise belts that are identical apart from the colour. We chose the Black/Green set.

The belt design has two main parts. The front is non-stretch and designed for storage, the rear is an elasticated belt with buckle adjustment.

The front has two pockets each with a zip fastening. The right zip measures 16 cm approx. whilst the left zip is 20 cm in length. In effect the entire front half of the belt is pocket, except for the small IFITBELT logo.

Although the front section of the belt is only 4 cm wide, when you open the pockets you discover that the belt can unfold to accommodate larger items. In effect this unfolding doubles the width of the belt to 8 cm. This is quite effective at increasing the storage space, whilst making the belt quite discrete when the pockets are empty.

The smaller of the pockets will for example accommodate an iPhone 5 though you might struggle if your phone is much larger. This smaller pocket has a special rubberised opening that is designed for wired headphones, so your phone or player can be securely tucked away whilst you listen to music. It’s a little curious that the headphone outlet is on the smaller pocket as this may restrict using it with larger mobile phones. In which case you might have to use the larger pocket and leave the zip slightly open for the headphone lead.

The zips have reflective details to help you be seen at night. Though there is no reflective detailing on the rear section of the belt.

The rear part of the belt is made from an elasticated webbing that fastens with a sturdy plastic clip. The belts are adjustable and arrive adjusted to their smallest size. Un-stretched this gives a total length of approximately 70 cm. Adjusted to its maximum the un-stretched length is approximately 90 cm.

The webbing is a little under 4 cm wide and provides a comfortable fit and the clasp is chunky and easy to operate even with gloves.

Overall this is a pair of comfortable and easy to adjust belts that have ample capacity to store the essentials whilst out running or exercising.

I received this pack of belts for impartial review.
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Running Belt,IFITBELT® Extra Wide Runner Waist Pack with ZIPPER Pouch,fits iPhone 6 Plus 6s & Android Smartphones,for Men & Women Workouts Yoga Jogging Biking Hiking Skateboarding
Running Belt,IFITBELT® Extra Wide Runner Waist Pack with ZIPPER Pouch,fits iPhone 6 Plus 6s & Android Smartphones,for Men & Women Workouts Yoga Jogging Biking Hiking Skateboarding
Offered by ChangHu TECH
Price: £30.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Waist pack with bags of room, 5 Feb. 2016
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Though it’s called an IFITBELT, this is much better thought of as a waist pack. It’s designed to be wide and instead of fitting via an adjustable buckle, there’s a zip fastening to fasten you in, so you need to make sure that you order the correct size.

My daughter is the keen runner and so I ordered the small size. For information, the measurements of this size are, 64 cm long (total when unzipped) x 16 cm wide. This is the un-stretched size and there is a little stretch in the material, but this is best thought of as stretch to accommodate the things you wish to carry, rather than stretch to fit, as you could find it quite restricting were you to squeeze into it.

The wide design does mean you can almost carry the kitchen sink with you, but depending on your particular sport, of course you may not wish to. It is particularly handy for example for carrying something relatively large but light such as a waterproof top.

There are three pockets, one at the front and two at the rear. The front pocket with a zip closure measures 23.5 x 13 cm. To the rear there are two small pocket openings, without any closure mechanism, other than the springiness of the material to close the opening. The openings are 5 cm wide, but can be stretched to around 9 cm to push things in. Though the openings are small, the pockets are large (approximately 19 x 13 cm) so again room for more kitchen sinks.

Personally I think it would be handy if there was a pocket opening into a small pocket, for small items such as loose change or keys so these could be easily accessed, as you do feel that you’re rather fishing around in the pockets to try and find coins for example.

There’s no opening designed for a headphone cable, but you could run the lead from either open pocket, or leave the zippered pocket slightly open if you wished.

We chose the ‘Rose’ colour which is quite a bright pink and a great choice if you want to be seen. There’s some black detailing to the top and bottom of the band and the IFITBELT name in reflective silver print to the front.

Overall I suspect that this waist pack won’t suit everyone, particularly if you like to do your sport lightly loaded, but if you’ve lots to carry, particularly bulky but light items then this waist pack could well provide the answer. Be careful in choosing your size as there’s no adjustment available other than the stretching of the material.

We like this belt but I’m deducting one star for the absence of a small easily accessible pocket for keys and loose change.

I received this waist pack for impartial review.
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eManco Blue Long Geometric Square Crystal Stone Hook Dangle Earrings for Women (golden)
eManco Blue Long Geometric Square Crystal Stone Hook Dangle Earrings for Women (golden)
Offered by emanco-no.1
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Attractive large earrings, 5 Feb. 2016
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When my daughter saw these she was keen to give them a try. They’re a nice pair of earrings that look attractive but were a little larger than she imagined.

The design features three blue elements, a circular crystal, an oval crystal and a sparkly rectangular block which I think is made of a plastic or resin material. In the box we also received a small packet with a spare circular crystal.

As you can see from the photographs the earrings are approximately 6.5 cm in length and have plastic retainers. They arrived in a presentation box and appear to be well made. If you like the style and the size then these are a good choice.

I received these earrings for impartial review.
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Dailyart 13feet/4m Long Globe String Light Starry Light for Gardens, Homes, Wedding, Christmas Party, Battery-powered (Beige)
Dailyart 13feet/4m Long Globe String Light Starry Light for Gardens, Homes, Wedding, Christmas Party, Battery-powered (Beige)

3.0 out of 5 stars Set of 40 battery powered globe lights, 4 Feb. 2016
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This is a set of 40 small globe lights on a flexible silver cable. Each globs is approximately 2 cm in diameter and houses an LED. They are finished with a frosted like effect. The lights are battery powered and you will need to supply three AA batteries.

The battery box has a single slide switch with three positions, off / flash / constant. The cable is approximately 400 cm in length and the first bulb is only 30 cm from the battery box, so you’ll have to have the batteries near where you place the lights.

In my set of lights the lamps were not uniformly bright as you’ll see in the pictures

As a set of lights they look quite attractive and the differences in illumination are less pronounced than when the lamps are close together.

Overall they look quite nice and my daughter was quick to put them up in her bedroom. I feel they are ok, but nothing particularly special.

I was provided with these lights for impartial review.
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