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Skincare by thisworks In Transit No Traces 60 Pads
Skincare by thisworks In Transit No Traces 60 Pads
Offered by Bath & Beauty
Price: £18.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Turkish delight for your face!, 22 July 2016
I love these! Great cleansing pads infused with rosewater and mint, so cooling and refreshing as well as effective at removing make up. One side of the pad has quite large bumps on so you can get a mini exfoliation as you use it, the other side is smoother for more sensitive areas. The pads are properly soaked in cleanser so that every single one is wet enough to get every scrap of grime off - so often with the packs you buy from other manufacturers the top wipes are bone dry and only the last last half dozen or so actually wet enough to cleanse properly. There are 60 of these wipes which means you could cleanse twice a day for a month - again most other brands only give you about 25. They come in a tub with a screw top lid, so remain airtight and don't dry out no matter how many times you open them. Perfect for places with limited access to water ie cars, trains, planes, camping, festivals, boats etc. And did I mention I love them? :-P


Sol Republic In-Ear Headphones, Black
Sol Republic In-Ear Headphones, Black
Offered by 3B-IT Ltd
Price: £11.95

4.0 out of 5 stars A steal at this price, 22 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Sol Republics In Ear Headphones popped up on my list just as my old budget headphones were in the process of dying. I have some Shure SE425's for serious listening but they're a bit finicky for popping in and out for daily use where highest quality isn't a priority. My HTC supplied ones did a great job and sounded really good for a set bundled with a phone. So when the Sol Republic set became available I snapped them up.

They are fairly uninspiring to look at with a flat anti tangle wire, which is a little thin and potentially fragile looking. A sturdy 3.5mm jack, which is set perpendicular to the lead to make it more difficult to accidentally detach in use, seems a little more sturdy and it comes with an in line mic which allows you to take calls and move through tracks. The flat backed buds sit comfortably in the ear and come with three spare ear buds of varying sizes to enable you to get a fit to suit your ears and allow for a comfortable listening experience.

The sound signature of these buds is bass heavy and the bass itself is a little woolly. Mids are strong and highs a little muted. There's not a great deal of separation apparent and the sound stage is fairly narrow but overall its pleasant sound and very easy to live with . They're one of the best I've heard at this price point and probably on a par with some older sennheiser 300 sets I've had in the past. Whenever I get too critical of them it's only by comparison to sets at over ten times the price. At £12.39 they are a steal and I'll be happy to use them on a daily basis. Really very good value for money.


SlimFast Meal Replacement Bar Yogurt and Muesli (4x Box of 4, Total 16 Bars)
SlimFast Meal Replacement Bar Yogurt and Muesli (4x Box of 4, Total 16 Bars)
Price: £23.16

3.0 out of 5 stars Sickly, 20 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
First the pluses. These Slimfast bars are a decent size and pretty filling. They contain a reasonable panel of macro-nutrients and some ingredients which are purported to help fat burning. The bulk of the bar is cereal and fruit and has quite a nice texture - crispy, but definitely not too hard or chewy. On the downside I found the bars too sweet and a bit sickly for my personal taste. The variety I was sent to try were the yoghurt fruit crunch and the yoghurt leant a sour milk tang that I didn't find particularly pleasant. On top of this my breath smelt unpleasantly of sour milk for quite a while after eating one.

These are 217 calories per bar and for that (or thereabouts) you could have a pot of full fat yoghurt (like the delicious Duchy Blackcurrant) and a small portion of fruit, or two eggs scrambled and a rasher of bacon. So I'd not use these as a replacement for breakfast myself. If you can forgo a main meal by having one of these bars instead than that would have more impact on your normal calorie intake and aid with dieting. I couldn't manage 2 of these a day though - I'd miss proper food too much - and given that doctors don't recommend women going much below 1200 calories if dieting daily, then I think its actually not that wise to have more than 1 of these in 24 hours.. You'll be well below the recommended minimum with 2 of these and a modest 350-500 cal main meal.

In summary I think these would work best for someone looking to make a minor reduction in calorie intake, and who prefers convenient snacks or meal replacements over cooking. Not for me though.


Skin Doctors Beelift
Skin Doctors Beelift
Price: £33.64

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Won't sting your purse!, 16 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This Skin Doctors moisturiser is one of a number of fairly recent to market products that focus on bee venom as the active ingredient. The idea is that the venom (only present in very small quantities) acts like a kind of non-invasive botox on the skin surface plumping everything up. My recent experience with a similar bee-venom based cream by Rodial was that the claims are actually correct - I did get a pretty decent plumping and lifting effect with that particular product. I was thus quite keen to try this Skin Doctors version, which contains many of the same ingredients but is about a third of the price of the Rodial offering.

The Beelift comes in a 50ml glass jar which is housed is a cardboard box. The cream itself is a thickish white product which looks and feels a bit cold cream-like, but sinks into the skin fairly easily with no residue. There is a slight tingling which another reviewer has attributed to the presence of a menthol derivative, potentially included to give the impression that active ingredients are getting to work (which is a bit disingenuous as it's not the bee venom you can actually feel). I also find some essential oils like menthol to be quite irritating to sensitive skin so to see it on the ingredient list doesn't really endear me to this product. There is a very very strong smell of honey, which I didn't like. I've had manuka facials before and loved the effect they give on skin - very healing and antibacterial - but as a fragrance in this day cream I found the scent overpowering. The finish on the skin is not as nice as my Rodial cream, which gave a healthy looking glow. This Beelift seems to have an almost mattifying effect, leaving the skin quite dull looking. The next day I even had some slight redness, which might well be ascribed to the aforementioned menthyl lactate. My skin was well hydrated and I did see the same sort of plumping effect as with my Rodial cream, though argueably not as pronounced.

I think this would be an ok product for someone with quite a robust skin, not sensitive to essential oils/aromatics, who wants to get into the bee venom trend without having to pay premium prices, but I have a more sensitive skin type and think I'll stick with the Rodial cream which in my experience is better formulated/buffered and slightly more efficacious.


Medisana Bathroom Glass Scales
Medisana Bathroom Glass Scales
Price: £20.88

4.0 out of 5 stars Slim, sleek scale, 16 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Medisana glass bathroom scale is a basic home personal scale designed to cope with weights up to 125kgs. It's slimline form means it takes up very little space but is stylish enough to look at home in the swishest of bathrooms. It's powered by an included lithium battery that you need to remove plastic insulating strip from in order for it to work Once done, pop yourself on it and your weight appears in large black numerals which are extremely easy to see. It can be set to display in pounds, stones and pounds or kg formats and switches itself off after ten seconds. The rubber feet on the base give a secure no slip platform and it feels a lot more sturdy than it's sleek lines would suggest. It may not have the features of more expensive models but it does it's job as a home scale well, results appear accurate and it's unobtrusive, All in all a decent product.


Rentokil Fw35 Window Fly Traps x4
Rentokil Fw35 Window Fly Traps x4
Offered by LightingandMobileAccessoriesUK
Price: £1.39

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Star Fly Trapping!, 11 July 2016
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These Rentokil flower sticker traps are utterly brilliant. Unlike old fashioned fly paper strips which tend to get stuck to everything (including your hair), the double sided design of these traps means that you can get them safely positioned on a window before peeling off the second protective cover to reveal the side of deadly stickiness.

Within about 30 minutes of placing these in the top corner of my kitchen window I had caught dozens of fruit flies (having suffered a plague of them for the last few days) - in fact the traps proved so successful that I have started to worry there might be a dead body somewhere in the house! Peeling off the used traps is easy as the corner to get hold of is clearly marked, and the film is sufficiently sticky that you don't deposit flies everywhere as you do so. The traps have no insecticide on them, so no smell whatsoever and no risk of toxicity. The flies die almost immediately gummed helplessly in place by their legs and wings. Only the most superhuman of them (if that's not an oxymoron) manage to pull free and they are usually sufficiently weakened by the ordeal that next time they (stupidly) walk over the trap they are stuck for good.

You can put these on any flat surface including ceramic but are strongly recommended to limit them to windows as that seems to be the best place to trap flies. I have no criticisms other than I wish they did bigger packs!


Revlon RVSP3529PKUK Style and Dry Manicure Set
Revlon RVSP3529PKUK Style and Dry Manicure Set
Price: £33.70

3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite nailed it., 6 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is quite a professional looking manicure kit, consisting of a pen with a lot of different attachments, a nail dryer, and a plug with transformer, all housed in a black plastic case with curved edges and a clear window on the top. My case arrived cracked across the window (despite the outer packaging being pristine), so either the plastics used are quite brittle or there is insufficient padding material to ensure safe transit.

Although there are a plethora of attachments, really they divide into just 3 basic categories depending on whether they are for shaping nails, polishing nails, or dealing with hard skin. There is a black and white photographic key telling you what all the tools are and whether they are for fingernails, toenails, buffing, glossing or whatever, but no detailed instructions, so the assumption is that the user will already have some familiarity with powered manicure tools. Each of the attachments snap into the end of the pen relatively easily but it's a bit of a faff to keep changing to make use of the different shapes and sanding grades and/or to swap between hands and feet. As has already been pointed out by other reviewers the air dryer is not massively powerful - and it's also not very big so I could see toes getting smudged if you tried to put your foot in. Btw, the powered bits can also run off AA batteries so you don't have to plug them in if you don't want to and that does add to the flexibility.

There is what I think must have been an after-thought 'bonus' item - a bottle of clear Revlon top coat which is in the box, but not inside the case with the tools themselves. It's a really nice top coat - glossy and easy to apply from the well designed bottle, with quite a flexible soft finish that is less prone to chipping than the more lacquer-like hard formulations. Ironically I will probably use this more than the tools as I just find it so much easier to use a crystal nail file than the manicure pen, and one of those pedi rollers for hard skin on the feet. I genuinely think this might be a fun item for a teenager just getting into beauty who will probably take the time it needs to use this kit properly and professionally, or for someone going through a pre-wedding beauty bootcamp, but for a busy adult wanting to keep their nails groomed with minimum fuss it's maybe not the best option.


200 Juices & Smoothies: Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook
200 Juices & Smoothies: Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook
Price: £4.99

3.0 out of 5 stars More greengrocer than soda fountain., 28 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I wasn't really wowed by this book which, although it contains a couple of hundred recipes, doesn't have that many drinks that would get me rushing to the blender. Many of the juices read more like soup recipes with a lot of veg in - for example the broccoli and kale concoction complete with celery. And slightly surprisingly, a lot of the smoothies don't use the standard thickeners like ice cream, yoghurt or banana either, opting for soya milk, almond milk or no obvious bulking agent at all. For example, the tomato and pepper juice which reads more like a bloody mary recipe, and the beetroot and berry smoothie, made with ice cubes and no naughty ingredients whatsoever.

So that's one thing that really struck me - the vast majority of recipes are very healthy sounding - even the peanut butter and banana smoothie advocates skimmed milk over something more calorific. That's not a bad thing by any means but I'm really surprised the book wasn't marketed as a more healthy spin on juicing. as anyone expecting recipes remotely along the lines of mocktails will be a bit disappointed.

I dithered over whether to award 2 or 3 stars, but since the layout is nice and clean and simple with photos of every single drink, 3 it is.


[Apple MFI certified] SanDisk iXpand 64 GB Flash Drive [New]
[Apple MFI certified] SanDisk iXpand 64 GB Flash Drive [New]
Price: £64.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast and secure, 28 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The SanDisk iXpand 64gb flash drive is designed to work wirelessly within the apple ecosystem, something I didn't notice when ordering. So unfortunately I can't comment on how it operates as a wireless device. However I can say how it operates as a standard flash drive. In short it's quick. It's nicely made and feels durable, it connects via plug and play and file transfer speeds seem extremely swift. Another nice feature is SanDisk gives you the same amount of secure cloud storage as the device. So you have a great recovery option should you be unfortunate enough to misplace the drive.

All in all a nice product, I just wish I read the description a bit more carefully before ordering


101 Cocktails to try before you die (101 to Try Before You Die)
101 Cocktails to try before you die (101 to Try Before You Die)
by François Monti
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Bottoms Up!, 18 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Small hardback book which lists a mixture of classic cocktails and lesser known tipples. The format is clean and simple. Each cocktail has a double page spread - photo of the finished drink on one side with the necessary ingredients inset, origin of the cocktail on the facing page with details on how to actually assemble the drink. Everything is arranged alphabetically and thus easy peasy lemon squeezy to locate your favourites.

The backstories are quite interesting - for example 'Dark and Stormy' is attributed to the opening line of a particularly poor 19th century novel; Death in The Afternoon said to have been invented by Hemmingway, as a reference to his bullfighting novel of the same name. The espresso martini invented in the 80s for a model who demanded something to 'wake me up' (the second half of her quote is too sweary to get through Amazon's autochecker!). Some of the cocktails are of unknown origin so the author instead tries to envoke a sense of occasion or atmosphere under which they might be drunk - Brandy Alexander gets a Mad Men reference for example.

Namechecking some of the more unusual drinks for those who like to find something out of the ordinary, you can expect to know how to make a Rubicon, Tangerine, Bees Knees and Bamboo Crane after reading this book. Or an almond flavoured Porto Flip, marmalade soused Paddington, or even an elderflower tinted Jardin de Meme.

If I had to nit pick, I'd say the font was a bit small, but that's what it takes to get a pocked sized versions of Diffords I guess. Recommended.


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