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Carmex Pomegranate click stick duo pack
Carmex Pomegranate click stick duo pack
Price: £5.12

5.0 out of 5 stars creamy kisses a la pomegranate, 27 July 2016
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Another delicious flavour from these lip-saving balms and pomegranate is a difficult perfume to come up with though Carmex certainly have done a grand job to replicate it.

In these dry and sometime summer days the lips do suffer and I don't think that the regular sunscreen products are advised so a calming balm after a day in the sun is just what the lips need. The initial "tingle" is a bonus for me and the unintrusive balm lasts a long time. The tube is tiny enough to pop into any pocket or bag and the reapplication can be made at any time or in any place.

Guys don't be reluctant, this lip balm is for you too !


Joseph Joseph Chop2Pot Folding Chopping Board, Bamboo, Brown, Large
Joseph Joseph Chop2Pot Folding Chopping Board, Bamboo, Brown, Large
Price: £20.00

5.0 out of 5 stars a simple & brilliant addition to culinery creativity, 26 July 2016
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Now here is a very clever idea; the kitchen is certainly the future place for technology, creativity and good old science and that is just the cooking part of the culinary experiences; !!

I have not come across one of these folding chopping boards before and I can not understand why as it is a simple and brilliantly efficient device to keep those pesky chopped vegetable from dropping on the floor and sliding them with grace into the waiting pans.

As advertised it has a tough cutting surface for every cutting/chopping need, non slip feet for even better control and the magic hinge that converts the chopping surface into an adaptable chute for both adding chopped items to the cooking and disposing of the redundant peels, pips & seeds to the bin.

Its hygienic surface and easily maintained cleanliness make this a must for every kitchen that contains an inventive/creative chef


Patisserie de Bain Bath Fancies, Cherries and Berries - 3-Piece Gift Set
Patisserie de Bain Bath Fancies, Cherries and Berries - 3-Piece Gift Set
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars good enough to eat, 26 July 2016
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Well these look just good enough to eat !!

The beautifully decorated box contains three cosmetic confectioneries that are hand made bath fancies, oozing decadence, style and a little je ne sais quoi that will make this product a perfect gift for almost any occasion from teenage birthday to retirement surprise.

They are made with love in the UK, it says on the box and I can well believe it, the detail in the decoration is beyond belief. The fancies are a cake of Cherry Bakewell, a cake of Country Fruits and finally a cake of Strawberry Cupcake.

They are naughtily described as Patisserie de Bain and there will, no doubt be indecision as to whether to keep them in their elegant box as a bathroom decoration or to actually open them up and scrub away with them!!

The fragrant aroma is just plain delicious!!


The Gift of Darkness: Detective Alice Madison (1)
The Gift of Darkness: Detective Alice Madison (1)
by Valentina Giambanco
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Presenting Homicide Detective Alice Madison, 25 July 2016
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A new voice (to me) in the police procedural genre, a new location and a fabulous new hero; Alice Madison, like many new characters in crime fiction, is flawed personality with a lot of past and her back story is in many ways as intriguing as the central one of a brutal family slaughter.

Giambanco's narrative style is mosaic, jigsaw puzzle construction and is all the more brilliant for it. she drops clues/pieces into the text allowing the reader to construct not only a solution to the central crime but also the characters investigating.

The story does read a little like a screen play for a telly mini series but none the worse for that as the structure is familiar and the procedural passages not off-putting.

This is a truly engaging first novel and I see that there is at least one more to be published, to which I look forward with glee.
This book sets out the dramatis personae of an interesting addition to the genre


Carmex Vanilla click stick duo pack
Carmex Vanilla click stick duo pack
Price: £6.23

4.0 out of 5 stars It soothes. It moisturises. It protects, 23 July 2016
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On initial application of the Carmex moisturising lip balm there is a slight, and not unpleasant, tingling sensation that settles into a healing caress as if fixing the lips with a kind of building solution ~ this continues to be pleasurable for many minutes; the lips do not feel sticky at all and not at all lipstickylike.

Helping lips since 1937 claims the packaging blurb so the company is well established in tis cosmetic field. The vanilla flavour is not too strong to become tiresome but maintains a creamy application.

A recommended product for soothing lips that have been exposed to a session in the sunshine but also after any tiring day's urban exposure.


David Beckham Beyond Forever Eau de Toilette for Him 60 ml
David Beckham Beyond Forever Eau de Toilette for Him 60 ml
Offered by Perfume-Essence
Price: £21.60

5.0 out of 5 stars the smell of success, 22 July 2016
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Wow if this is what David Beckham smells like I am not at all surprised he is popular with the ladies and the guys. It is the smell of metrosexuality. No doubt Christian Grey had a bottle of it stashed somewhere behind the leather straps, bonds and tickling sticks !!

This eau is subtler than the previous eau and manifests itself after even the first quick spray as the odour of a man in charge and at the risk of sounding like advertising copy "this is the spray cologne for a man who means business"

We have come a long way, gents, since the ice cold tingle and soundtrack by Carl Orff of Old Spice and hopefully that smell of Brut (garlicked armpits) has been binned long ago. Step into the future with an eau that shows you belong Beyond Forever. Many thanks, Mr B. for putting us right
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Queen Bees: Six Brilliant and Extraordinary Society Hostesses Between the Wars - A Spectacle of Celebrity, Talent, and Burning Ambition
Queen Bees: Six Brilliant and Extraordinary Society Hostesses Between the Wars - A Spectacle of Celebrity, Talent, and Burning Ambition
by Si‚n Evans
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

5.0 out of 5 stars where are the queen bees of today?, 22 July 2016
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I believe this is one of those "marmite" books that you will either love or loathe but as you are already contemplating it's purchase I have to be fair by first admitting that I loved it. I loved its decadent approach of mingling six biographies from, for me, one of history's finest periods ~ the inter war years when as Cole Porter stated "..anything goes.."

The hostess in our jaded 21st century has a very different connotation to that of the 20s and 30s. The queen Bees held literary and social salons for the rich, notorious or even down right interesting folk of the time. There was gossip ~ of course ~ there was analysed scandal! Though I doubt if you could time travel you would found too much dullness. There was snobbery, indeed that may well have been the flavouring most present and those never chosen would harp on this element most often.

For me a central Queen Bee, not one of the six but certainly one ever present, was the splendid Wallis Simpson (remember I do mention the marmitery of this book ) the woman who upset just about every Englishman (but one) and who became the very face of scandal in the 1930s..

this is a splendid, though often trivial book ~ don't look here for any serious social history ~ that any fan of the demi monde of this couple of decades presided over by those wicked Victorian girls, once grown, will relish to the soundtrack of drawing rooms, the clink of cocktail glasses and the peals of wicked laughter.

this is one to savour, enjoy and share


Alzheimer's and Dementia For Dummies
Alzheimer's and Dementia For Dummies
by Consumer Dummies
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.58

5.0 out of 5 stars a book that is equally informative and alarming, 22 July 2016
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There is something rather subversive about this volume as it presents itself as the others in the series as a rather "playful" book. The term "for dummies " is rather misleading for this is anything but a book for dummies i.e. the uninformed, indeed it approaches the kind of medical text used in study.

The format is similar to others in the series so it is easy to find your way around and the highlighting and summaries of each section make it possible to assimilate the knowledge herein without too much referring to index or contents pages.

I would recommend the book to people who are already very aware of the conditions o Alzheimers and dementia rather than novices seeking information for the first time.

Each section's preface gives a precis of what is to be discussed with excellent reiterations of its main points.

For those seeking information on care, legal matters, medical advice etc then this volume is excellent, well-researched and pertinent, for researchers on these conditions you can do no better than starting here. Symptoms and diagnoses may seem rather alarming for those readers, like me who have entered the arena of "old age" as there are so many familiar traits to be found!!


Snug Egyptian Pillowcase, Cotton, 300 Thread Count - Standard, Ivory
Snug Egyptian Pillowcase, Cotton, 300 Thread Count - Standard, Ivory
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars for heavenly sleep, 20 July 2016
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How to evaluate/praise a pillowcase? Let me count the ways;

On a sultry/humid night I lay my heated cheek upon the Egyptian cotton and was cooled.
Its ivory hue calmed me and induced fresh, undemanding dreams
Dear reader, unless you are truly fooled
this gentle fold of linen, unperfumed, repels those nightmare screams
relaxing its sleeper, deeper, and morningly refreshed.
Buy without fear of disappointment today
a pillowcase for all occasions on your bed to lay
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Watching Edie: The most unsettling psychological thriller you'll read this year
Watching Edie: The most unsettling psychological thriller you'll read this year
by Camilla Way
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.00

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5.0 out of 5 stars A matryoshka of mysteries, 17 July 2016
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I was disappointed after my recent research to discover there was no collective noun for "mysteries" ~ maybe I will have to invent one, though not here at the beginning of my review of the intriguing and unputdownable novel by Camilla Way.

"Watching Edie" is a matryoshka of mysteries ~ those painted Russian dolls that open to reveal a smaller and a smaller version.

While reading the book that has two voices, a younger girl and an older woman though both appear in each others narratives, age appropriate, I became increasingly aware of being manipulated by a master of her craft. Camilla Way does an amazing balancing act not only of the two voices but also the two time zones and how the past really does dictate the present ( or the future depending on how you look at it) or indeed how the past can be reviewed with hindsight knowledge.... So a wonderfully complex read that mat have you flicking back a few pages to check that what you just read... well you know what I mean, how you had to read "The Girl on the Train"..

Rarely have I come across a book, and I read and review a lot of them, that is so assured in its plan and the knowledge not only of where it is going but also the effects it will have on a future reader, so masterly as this. The book is genius and if Camilla Way writes no other book she must know that she has raised the bar in producing the novel and will be talked about considerably this year.


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