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Barbie Rainbow Makeover Hair Feature Doll
Barbie Rainbow Makeover Hair Feature Doll
Price: £18.00

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
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
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: £6.02

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

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]
McAfee Internet Security 2015 - 1 PC (PC) [Frustration-Free Packaging]
Price: £29.42

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.


Tacwise A54 Heavy Duty Hammer Tacker
Tacwise A54 Heavy Duty Hammer Tacker
Price: £27.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use, 2 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I found this very easy to use, after mastering the knack. It is not really suitable for eg upholstering, as it lacks precision, but is ideal for felting a shed roof, putting up large areas of card for a classroom display etc, and makes the job quick and straightforward. An excellent tool for the well-equipped DIYer.


Finish Quantum Original 2 x Pack of 30 (60 Dishwasher Tablets)
Finish Quantum Original 2 x Pack of 30 (60 Dishwasher Tablets)
Price: £12.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive; but very good, 30 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have generally been quite cynical regarding dishwasher tablets and bought cheap. But these are good. Very good. So much so that I might actually buy them again. They have cleaned a mixed load of dried-on, crusty abandoned week-old dishes, and freshly used stuff with equal efficiency; perfectly, without pre-soaking. They seem ideal if your life is too busy to spend much time on optimally stacking your machine with pre-rinsed plates. I am, reluctantly, impressed. They definitely beat supermarket own-brand tabs, and on current evidence, the lesser Finish tabs. Pah! I am going to have to keep buying them.


Karcher WV2 Premium 2nd Generation Window Vacuum Cleaner
Karcher WV2 Premium 2nd Generation Window Vacuum Cleaner
Price: £70.64

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb cleaning; better than earlier models, 24 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Absolutely love this. I have an older model as well, and this is superior, although not worth buying to replace an older version if you have one, as the differences are not enormous. Very efficient, a full charge lasts longer, and both do an excellent job. Now that I have two, I can do all my windows without a pause to recharge. Haven't had time yet to evaluate it fully, so I'll update this review when I can add something more useful...


Guilty Gadgets - 10M Metre Male to Male RF TV Aerial Lead Cable Coaxial Extension Female Digital with Coupler
Guilty Gadgets - 10M Metre Male to Male RF TV Aerial Lead Cable Coaxial Extension Female Digital with Coupler
Offered by Guilty Gadgets
Price: £11.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfactory quality, very good length, 4 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Good quality 10m cable. Not too thick or unwieldy, and did the job very well with no deterioration in signal, replacing our previous system of two shorted coax cables joined together to achieve the length required. Components seem to be of reasonable quality, and at an excellent price.


LG P0427G30N11 GU10 4 Watt LED, 230 Lumens, 15 Year life time, Energy-Saving Bulbs, Warm White, 5 Year Warranty, Ideal for the home, 3 Bulbs per Pack
LG P0427G30N11 GU10 4 Watt LED, 230 Lumens, 15 Year life time, Energy-Saving Bulbs, Warm White, 5 Year Warranty, Ideal for the home, 3 Bulbs per Pack
Offered by Eco Power Shop EU
Price: £13.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Functional; not beautiful., 2 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Very useful and easy-to-replace bulb. Apparently will be good value in the end, especially since we have found GU10s generally very short-lived, and uneconomical in the past, and we're planning to replace all our GU10 fittings until we found there are now LED options.
The quality of the light is pleasing. However it is rather a narrow spot beam, which we did not like (prefer a more diffuse light even from our spots). The worst bit for us was the cheap and slightly nasty looking grey plastic surround to the bulb which was visible in all our fittings. Overall, a very good price, and a functional, if not beautiful product.


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