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Braun Silk Epil 9 9-558 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator with 5 Extras Attachments
Braun Silk Epil 9 9-558 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator with 5 Extras Attachments
Price: £105.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent; the Gold Standard of epilators, 12 April 2015
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Absolutely superb epilator. I love all the useful extra attachments, and have found the whole set up easy to use. Yes, epilating is not the most comfortable of hair removal methods, but this is considerably less agonising than most, and makes the process more bearable. Very useful to have the option of using wet. So far I have only needed to use this once (required to write a review within 28 days, otherwise I'd wait until I had more experience with it), but will update as needed over time.


Braun Silk Epil 9 9-561 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator with 6 Extras Attachments
Braun Silk Epil 9 9-561 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator with 6 Extras Attachments
Price: £94.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Best one yet, 8 April 2015
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This is the best epilator I have used to date, since buying one of the first widely available models many years ago, and others since. This one really does seem less uncomfortable than previous models from various manufacturers, and has a bundle of accessories and useful features. I particularly like being able to use it wet. I tend to grow quite thick hair, and it manages without any problem at all.
Simple to use. Highly recommended so far.


Fresh 'n Rebel Wireless Bluetooth Selfie Stick
Fresh 'n Rebel Wireless Bluetooth Selfie Stick
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Functional and straightforward, 24 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
11 year old son wanted this to go with his iPod touch. He reports it was very easy to set up, and holds the iPod securely. Works very well, and we have been deluged with selfies at interesting angles. Looks like a glorified stick to me, but he assures me it is more technical than that. It does not work with iPad or iPad mini (probably stating the obvious there, but we did try). Comes in appealing packaging that looks rather like a milk carton, and amused the children. Has survived several drops, with and without iPod, and gets carted around everywhere now.
Apparently an essential bit of kit for all smartphone/ iPod users now.


TECEVO FX3 AptX Bluetooth V4.0 Stereo Earphones With Handsfree Wireless Sports Headset - NFC Enabled - Ideal for use with Apple iTouch, iPad 1 2 3 4 Air iPhone 3 4 4s 5 5s 6 6Plus , HTC, Samsung Galaxy, LG, Nokia etc (FX3 Black)
TECEVO FX3 AptX Bluetooth V4.0 Stereo Earphones With Handsfree Wireless Sports Headset - NFC Enabled - Ideal for use with Apple iTouch, iPad 1 2 3 4 Air iPhone 3 4 4s 5 5s 6 6Plus , HTC, Samsung Galaxy, LG, Nokia etc (FX3 Black)
Offered by DigiDirect
Price: £36.87

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, very easy to use earphones, 20 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Huge success with my 11 year old son who wanted these to use with his iPad. He had connected them in a few seconds (after the initial charging required; they come with a USB charger without a mains plug, intended to charge from a computer port), and they worked brilliantly straight away. He has found them very comfortable in his ears, and the rest of us have not had to suffer noise leakage. I find the sound quality superb (he has no real opinion about it).
All in all a very satsfactory acquisition, and highly recommended,


Russell Hobbs 20581 Smartglide Pro Steam Generator Iron - 2800 Watt
Russell Hobbs 20581 Smartglide Pro Steam Generator Iron - 2800 Watt
Price: £139.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge but excellent, 6 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Very good iron which does a great job.

Firstly it is vast; absolutely enormous. My son thought it looked like a very posh iron holidaying on its yacht. This is not an iron to perch on the end of your ironing board; it takes up half your ironing space. So you need a conveniently located work surface near the ironing board to sit the base unit on (and preferably a dedicated laundry room...).

Once you get over the daunting appearance of the thing it is excellent. Not being someone who irons more than she absolutely has to (judicious folding wins every time), this does go some way to making the ironing mountain seem less of a chore. The iron itself is connected to the base by a thick cable in which are housed the electricity cable, and a tube for the water/ steam from the reservoir in the base. This is therefore twice the thickness of a standard iron cord, and feels a bit clumsy until you get used to it. You might expect the iron to feel lighter in the hand since it is not storing its own water, but there is not a noticeable difference between it and my "normal" iron.

I find it is very efficient, and certainly gets through my ironing much more quickly than my standard iron. It produces loads of steam, and creases melt away almost effortlessly. [*whispering* OK, I actually quite enjoy it]. Rather sadly this means I now iron more stuff, since it is less dreadful to do, and so we all now look a little less crumpled than before. If you already iron everything including pants (like my darling MIL), this will save you hours.

So in summary, this is a fantastic tool, IF you have the space to accommodate it (ideally a new extension on the house…?). Certainly it will make visitors think you are some kind of domestic god(dess) to own such a thing, and you will find the hated chore much less of a burden.


Barbie Rainbow Makeover Hair Doll
Barbie Rainbow Makeover Hair Doll
Price: £22.39

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly ordinary doll, but with a great activity gimmick, 18 Feb. 2015
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This is a completely standard Barbie, with jointed shoulders and hips, the usual unrealistic proportions, and unimaginative "fashion" clothes. It has long very pale blonde hair which you can paint with the enclosed equipment to give a rainbow effect, and the little girl who trialled this for me (7 year old daughter) quite liked this feature (although she prefers the Barbie where you can make its hair curl; called "Endless Curls" or something). The cartridge of rainbow colour did not seem to cause a problem in that it did not break, leak, or stain anything, it works effectively without being too fiddly, and the colour washes out of Barbie's hair easily and within the patience-span of a 7 year old. The packaging is not too excessive, and displays the doll and accessories to good effect while being easy enough to wrap as a gift.

It seems a bit overpriced for a basic Barbie with a few gimmicks added, but the child appeal is undeniable, and we are buying another for the best friend's birthday in a couple of weeks. Daughter has managed to keep the clips etc intact, and has organised them into little boxes with other Barbie bits and bobs that she seems intent on accumulating. She has a grand total of 4 Barbies now; this one is her second favourite.

For those anxious parents who worry about the effect of super-skinny fashion dolls on their daughters' psyches, in my experience children are bright enough to work out that real people do not look like this any more than they resemble Peppa Pig or Lala Loopsie; Barbie should be treated like any other toy, and we should stop attaching so much importance to her and giving the children the message that Barbie makes us twitchy.


AmiGami Monkey Figure
AmiGami Monkey Figure
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and easy to do, 18 Feb. 2015
This review is from: AmiGami Monkey Figure (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
7 year old daughter liked this set although she felt beforehand that she preferred the creature in its unadorned state so had to be persuaded to start decorating it. She had no trouble with the set, and had plenty of choice. It kept her happy for an hour or so, and she has decided to give these as birthday gifts to her friends. This one will sit on her windowsill for a while until bits start falling off; they are fairly flimsy so I don't think it will take too long to fall apart. My view? Overpriced for what it is, but a pleasing self-contained slightly quirky craft set for a child without access to oodles of craft materials all the time.


Vanish Gold for Whites Oxi Action Stain Remover Powder 1.41 kg
Vanish Gold for Whites Oxi Action Stain Remover Powder 1.41 kg
Price: £6.50

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant product, 15 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Domestic goddess I am not, and I have never really been all that bothered about the degree of whiteness of my whites. But this is excellent, and my son's cricket kit/ PE whites now do actually look white again rather than their previous slightly depressing greyish hue compared to those of boys with more goddess-y mothers. Also tried a spot clean of port on a white tablecloth (which has been there for years and which I cover up with strategically placed mats); it worked! (Actually in the right light you can still just about see it, but only just, so I'm still pretty impressed.) Now looking for other stuff to whiten. It has also proved effective on grass stains and chocolate so far. Any complaints? The family don't like the smell, but I don't think it's actually offensive; just different from our usual laundry liquid.


Seal Island
Seal Island
by Julia Green
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A hit with 7 year old girl, 11 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Seal Island (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Another lovely child-and-animal book from this author. My 7 year old liked "Sylvie and Star", and loved this one; she read it within 2 days.


McAfee Internet Security 2015 - 1 PC (PC) [Frustration-Free Packaging]-access code
McAfee Internet Security 2015 - 1 PC (PC) [Frustration-Free Packaging]-access code
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, 9 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Very simple to install and use. No problems whatsoever. Seems to be doing the job very satisfactorily. Will add detail as appropriate over the next days and weeks.


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