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Braun Silk Epil 7 7-561 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator with 6 Extras
Braun Silk Epil 7 7-561 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator with 6 Extras
Price: £84.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty impressed!, 22 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Being fairly new to epilating, this was a great introduction for me.

I won't lie and say it was painless, because it wasn't, but by following the tips and instructions that come with this hair removal system, I certainly wasn't fazed by it. Stretching the skin as you epilate helps enormously and the light is really bright, enabling you to see what you are doing.

As a newcomer, I followed the sensitive instructions and used the relevant head and programme....this also helped especially in more sensitive areas like the armpits. I haven't used it for the bikini line, but the same thing would obviously apply.

There is a massager head which is wonderful for before and after treatment....I found this very comforting.

Easy to use, hygienic, and suitable for use on the face and body, I recommend this to anyone...both newcomers and experienced users.


Breville 2-Slice Toaster the Perfect Fit for Warburtons
Breville 2-Slice Toaster the Perfect Fit for Warburtons
Price: £34.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific!, 21 Mar. 2015
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Very pleased indeed with this toaster!

It isn't the most glamorous toaster in the world, but boy it toasts bread perfectly and evenly....and its great to have a toaster where the whole slice fits into the slot and the whole slice gets toasted correctly.

Where it really stars is toasting from frozen. Pop the bread straight from the freezer into the toaster...select the correct button and you end up with perfect toast. No fuss, no putting it back in to do again!

If you are looking for a great, basic toaster you can't go wrong with this Breville. Oh and it is designed to fit Warburtons bread exactly....but worked just fine with Sainsburys wholemeal seeded!


No Other Darkness (DI Marnie Rome 2)
No Other Darkness (DI Marnie Rome 2)
by Sarah Hilary
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.19

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A blinder of a book!, 16 Mar. 2015
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Wow.....this will keep you up nights! In my case only 2 nights....I couldn't put it down.

I loved the Marnie Rome character in the first book...She is damaged and carries a load of baggage, but that's what makes her so believable and you are right behind her all the way.

The story is cruel and harsh, involving 2 boys who are trapped at the outset of the book and whose bodies are found 5 years later. The violence is not gratuitous, however, and I was just left with a feeling of overwhelming sadness.

A page turner and must read for anyone who loves a great psychological murder/detective story.


Oral-B Precision Clean Electric Toothbrush Replacement Heads - Pack of 3
Oral-B Precision Clean Electric Toothbrush Replacement Heads - Pack of 3
Price: £8.07

5.0 out of 5 stars Effective.....as ever!, 15 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These are up to the usual.high standard of Oral B. They gently, but firmly massage the gums and clear debris and plaque from teeth crevices and around the gum line.

The colours fade over time, giving you an indication of when to change them. This should be a minimum of every 3 months anyway. I sterilize my toothbrush heads twice a week in a denture tablet cleaning solution and they always stand up perfectly to this and it doesn't affect the colour.

I've never used an Oral B toothbrush head I didn't like, and these are no exception.


Oral B Vitality Plus Floss Action Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
Oral B Vitality Plus Floss Action Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent floss action electric toothbrush, 15 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Excellent floss action electric toothbrush. It does the job well and I was impressed with the flossing action. There is always that morning when you are in a hurry and having to floss after brushing can be time consuming. Whilst I wouldn't stop flossing altogether whilst using this toothbrush...it is great for those couple of times a week when you're pushed for time.

My daughter has learning disabilities and flossing isn't an option, so this proves great as a substitute.

It has a timer and is of the usual great standard expected from Braun Oral B.


Sage Instant Accounts 2015 (PC)
Sage Instant Accounts 2015 (PC)
Price: £111.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for small businesses only., 7 Mar. 2015
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My daughter has recently set up a small craft business and this seemed the ideal software to keep her accounts and returns in order.

Sage' s reputation goes before them over many years and this 2015 version did not disappoint.

It is easy to install and there are various video tutorials to help you with any tricky to understand bits! Sage also provides a free 45 day telephone support service .....there is a charge for this thereafter.

New this year is "Sage Drive" which provides remote access which has proved very handy indeed.

It is possible to calculate and submit VAT returns to HMRC and ....in the long run...the cost is offset against the money you would need to lay out for accountancy fees.

I would stress that, in my opinion, this version is suitable for small or very small businesses only...most suited to sole traders.

Excellent and does what is expected of it!


Braun Silk Epil 9 SkinSpa 9-961 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator & Exfoliation system with 6 Extras
Braun Silk Epil 9 SkinSpa 9-961 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator & Exfoliation system with 6 Extras
Price: £109.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific!, 7 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
My daughter is thrilled to bits with this product. She suffers with terrible ingrown hairs which has led to awful problems with sore areas of skin etc. She has been using a Braun hair removal system for a couple of years which cost about a third of the price of the Epil 9 9961and whilst it has done a satisfactory job.....this is a totally different ball game. It is so efficient, speedy and virtually painless. The heads all do the job they are supposed to do in a highly efficient manner.

It is a body and facial hair removing system....simply change heads and you are away!

I can't sing its praises enough and highly recommend it.


The Babadook
The Babadook
Dvd
Price: £3.49

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A young wife loses her husband in a terrible road crash as they are on the way to ..., 5 Mar. 2015
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This is a much more clever film than it appears. Billed as a horror, it is actually a deep psychological drama dealing with grief and anger. A young wife loses her husband in a terrible road crash as they are on the way to the maternity hospital to have her baby son. Left alone with a child to care for, the mother spirals down in to mental illness.

We learn later on in the film that she is, or was, a writer and she has obviously created a book about the Babadook in her moments of despair and sleepless nights. This is an anagram of a bad book! It takes over their lives completely.

In the first half of the film, the eight year old boy is really annoying....because this is how he appears to his mother who resents his presence.....linking it to the death of her husband. He has never celebrated a birthday for the same reason and as the date rolls round every year, the mother's mental illness increases. In fact, the poor child is just trying to help and defend his mother. He just wants to be loved.....and bad attention is better than no attention at all!

I won't give anymore away...but urge you to watch this movie with an open mind and not as a conventional horror film. It is well worth it ....beautifully acted by both mother and child. Just be prepared to feel sad!


Igenix IG3118 Steam Iron in Green and White with Stainless Steel Soleplate, 1800 Watt
Igenix IG3118 Steam Iron in Green and White with Stainless Steel Soleplate, 1800 Watt
Price: £17.98

5.0 out of 5 stars it ticks all the ironing boxes!, 2 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a great, value for money iron. I was pleasantly surprised by its smart appearance (mint green and white) and by how light it is.

There is a generous enough water tank which holds 270 mls of water, a ready light and a safety cut out. The lead/cord is 2 metres long which is fine for the majority of situations.

The base is stainless steel and wipes clean in seconds and most important of all....it irons beautifully.

As a basic iron it isn't all singing, all dancing, but as a value for money, excellent iron, it ticks all the boxes!


The Lives of Women
The Lives of Women
by Christine Dwyer Hickey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.39

3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better!, 23 Feb. 2015
This review is from: The Lives of Women (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Elaine isn't a very likeable character!

Her story revolves around an unfortunate act which took place on the English estate where she lived at 16 years of age. As a result of this tragedy, she is shipped off to New York and does not return for 30 years, after the death of her mother and the need to care for her invalid father.

There she reflects on what things were like in the 70s. The women of the estate had lived humdrum lives until the arrival of an American divorcee and her daughter.....then attitudes start to change! Less of the wifely duties and more of the martinis and partying!

It's all a bit dreamy and circumspect and did find myself becoming irritated by Elaine' s constant gazing at the house opposite and wishing we would get to the part that had caused her banishment!

I found the novel overlong, a bit vague and did not warm to any of the characters....especially Elaine. Not my cup of tea I'm afraid.


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