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BLACK+DECKER WW100-GB All-in-One Window and Glass Vacuum Cleaner
BLACK+DECKER WW100-GB All-in-One Window and Glass Vacuum Cleaner
Price: £49.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as a Karcher, 1 July 2015
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Decidedly underwhelmed! Instructions for Use unclear. For example, nothing about the cleaning fluid to be used. All diagrams show reservoir being filled direct from the tap; but there is a reference on the B&D website to the use of detergent! Vacuum motor not powerful enough. More trouble than it’s worth. A good old wash with warm soapy water and a squeegee much more effective. All in all rather disappointing after such a great experience with my Karcher window washer.


Kensington Pro Fit Wired Mouse for Windows 8
Kensington Pro Fit Wired Mouse for Windows 8
Price: £19.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good solid basic, 27 Jun. 2015
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A decent fairly basic wired mouse. Nothing very special, but works well, fully functional, and solid build quality. Can't go wrong with this, really.


Rexel Ice A4 Ring Binder - Assorted Colour (Pack of 10)
Rexel Ice A4 Ring Binder - Assorted Colour (Pack of 10)
Price: £20.16

5.0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive and sturdy set of ten binders, 17 Jun. 2015
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Nice set of ten binders, made of a thin, flexible, transparent coloured plastic. They are lightweight and malleable so they can be bent to fit into a rucksack without damage, but sturdy enough to withstand daily life. Far superior to the usual cardboard-based binders you get everywhere. The ring mechanism closes with reassuringly decisive tightness. Bright and cheerful colours for easy colour coding of your filing system. Excellent.


Philips SC2008/11 IPL Lumea Precision Plus Hair Regrowth Prevention System
Philips SC2008/11 IPL Lumea Precision Plus Hair Regrowth Prevention System
Price: £350.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Promising, 3 Jun. 2015
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It is very difficult to review a product such as this within the month deadline that we are given for the review. I shall therefore return to this review over the next few weeks and months to update it.
Firstly, the gadget is very easy to use straight out of the packaging. It arrived with enough charge to do one whole treatment. It includes different filter heads and a storage bag. I zapped both lower legs, armpits and bikini line within a few minutes. It is not uncomfortable, although gives the occasional slightly sharp feeling (a bit like being flicked with a rubber band). It left my skin feeling s bit warm for a while, but without burning/ pain. The flashes of light are incredibly bright and distracting if you are trying to multitask by watching TV at the same time. (Probably not a good idea anyway). I have not yet been brave enough to shave facial hair to make using this possible, but if it appears to be having success elsewhere, I'll give it a go.
I have now done 2 treatments, 2 weeks apart. At 2 weeks, the hair had regrown as much as it normally would after shaving; no obvious change so far.


Ultranatura Canberra series 2-seater Lounge Bench - Classy & High-quality Eucalyptus Wood FSC-certified - 47 x 28 x 35 in (119 x 71 x 89 cm)
Ultranatura Canberra series 2-seater Lounge Bench - Classy & High-quality Eucalyptus Wood FSC-certified - 47 x 28 x 35 in (119 x 71 x 89 cm)

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attractive garden bench, 23 May 2015
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Really lovely bench which looks great.
Firstly, the packaging was excellent. So many flat packed items are shoddily packed, and slide about in transit, or use excessive expanded polystyrene. This, in contrast, was carefully packed, with entirely recyclable materials, and tied in place with a rafia-type stuff, so that it arrived absolutely perfect.
Construction was very simple, and I managed it, despite the "help" of my 14 month old, in 15 minutes or so. It comes in 4 sections (seat, back, 2 sides) plus cushions, and fixes together with 6 bolts (with Allen key heads; 2 Allen keys supplied with the set), and 8 screws (you need your own small Phillips screwdriver for this). The seat cushion ties in place, and the back cushions slot between the wooden slats and Velcro closed behind the seat. All holes were accurately drilled, and the whole building process was a pleasure. The range is German; perhaps this is why the mechanics are so flawless.
The finished bench is comfortable, and attractive. You can use it without the cushions, but it is a little uncomfortable without the seat pad. We are so pleased with how it looks in our hall, that we haven't yet moved it outdoors, although it is intended as outdoor furniture, and will eventually migrate to our garden. I have looked at the rest of the range online, as this compares so well with other garden furniture we have bought in the past that we will be buying more.


Crayola-Colour Alive Enchanted Forest
Crayola-Colour Alive Enchanted Forest
Offered by eTwist
Price: £6.94

2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing app. Colouring book OK., 23 May 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Frankly rather disappointing for my seven year old. The pictures and the colouring book appealed, and she took great care to colour perfectly. The first time we used the app, it worked reasonably well, and her character "came to life" and was able to be photographed around the house. Getting the colours to "sparkle" was rather hit and miss, but did eventually work. However the second time we tried the app it completely failed, and no matter what we tried (removing and reinstalling on the same device, and installing on other devices) we could not make it work again.
Essentially this means you're getting a very expensive colouring book as the price covers the app, which is therefore free. If the app then underperforms, it is rather a let down.
Colouring books are fine, but not especially entertaining for most children. The app could change all this, with the promise of more fun to be had with your coloured creation. But the fact that it did not meet its promise meant that only two of the pictures in my daughters book were coloured in before she lost interest.


Singleton Spey Cascade Single Malt Scotch Whisky 70 cl
Singleton Spey Cascade Single Malt Scotch Whisky 70 cl
Offered by The Master of Malt
Price: £33.37

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This ain't no firewater, 10 May 2015
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"This is no firewater. It says smooth on the label and this is exactly what it is. Delightfully well rounded and full of flavour. My new favourite single malt whisky.
If you are looking for a gift for a Scotch drinker, and don’t know what to look for, this is certain to please. Beautifully presented with gold embossing; it has all the hallmarks of a special gift.
With its distinctive flattened shape and striking transparent green glass, the bottle is an aesthetically appealing object indeed. The perforated capsule is easily and neatly removed to reveal a cork stopper.
Its Speyside provenance and the game fishing iconography on the bottle would be especially appealing to an angler. The leaping salmon trade mark is found on the front and rear labels and also on the top of the stopper capsule. The side of the capsule bears a gold swirl that looks like a salmon rod casting a line. All in all, a top drop."
So says my husband, who is loving this stuff. Personally, I think it's vile, like all whisky. But he is most impressed, and tells me he has never enjoyed whisky like it.


Philips GC8638/20 PerfectCare Aqua Steam Generator Iron with One Perfect Temperature - 280 g Steam Boost, 2.5 L, 2400 W, Navy
Philips GC8638/20 PerfectCare Aqua Steam Generator Iron with One Perfect Temperature - 280 g Steam Boost, 2.5 L, 2400 W, Navy
Price: £199.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent (and it looks cool), 26 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
So far so good. Have been using this for nearly a month, and comparing it with my previous Steam Generator iron. It is easy to use, looks nice (minimalist and streamlined simplicity), and does a great job. The iron part itself is much lighter than with my other iron, and I find it comfortable to hold. It is very efficient and cuts through the ironing mountain much more rapidly than standard irons, but in common with other steam generators, is very big, and needs plenty of space in use and for storage.
Will add to this review as I continue to use it...


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

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best one yet, 8 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
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.


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