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Pure Mood
Pure Mood
Price: £12.19

4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly unoriginal shoe gazing, 14 July 2016
This review is from: Pure Mood (Audio CD)
Let's be clear - contemporary US band Ringo Deathstarr don't have an original bone in their bodies. Every song on here is boldly following in the well trod footsteps of the UK's shoe gazing scene from the late 80's/ early 90's.

That said, I love this album! After the serene opening song the album launches straight into My Bloody Valentine/Jesus and Marychain territory and you could be forgiven for thinking that you were listening to a long lost shoe gazing band from that era, as oppose to three Texan indie kids in their mid twenties who released this in 2016. A couple of minor missteps aside, this is a great album that I'm playing on heavy rotation.


Polti Vaporetto Handy 25 Plus Steam Cleaner, 3.5 Bar
Polti Vaporetto Handy 25 Plus Steam Cleaner, 3.5 Bar
Price: £99.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea but flawed, 7 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Whilst this steam cleaner's main selling point - that it's reasonably light weight and easy to carry about with you - is a nice idea, and that as a steam cleaner it does a pretty good job of cleaning... as others have commented, it suffers from one huge flaw: once the small water tank is empty it can take up to TWO WHOLE HOURS before it's safety cap releases and let's you add more water.

Two hours!

Safe it may be, irritating it definitely is, especially as the tank will run out of water reasonably quickly, and then you're stuck. For two hours! That's a pretty big flaw in anyone's book, and I imagine will be a deal breaker for a lot of people, especially as the water tank only holds a meagre 0.75l of water.


Roberts R-Line S2 Multi-Room Stereo Speaker with Internet Radio/Spotify/Bluetooth/NFC Pairing
Roberts R-Line S2 Multi-Room Stereo Speaker with Internet Radio/Spotify/Bluetooth/NFC Pairing
Price: £279.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Expensive but fairly easy to set up, 16 Jun. 2016
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This was an absolute cinch to set up (which given the trouble I had setting up a similar speaker from a different manufacturer, is an absolute godsend. I'm looking at you, Panasonic). Once you've downloaded and set up the UNDOK app then it shouldn't take too long before you're up and running.

Sound is pretty good - as it had better be given the £280 price tag. While audiophiles can probably reel off a long list of better speakers, for the average man or woman in the street (normal people in other words) £280 gets you a lot of audio bang for your bucks.


Thermos Performance Stainless Steel Cold Cup - 470 ml
Thermos Performance Stainless Steel Cold Cup - 470 ml
Price: £17.47

4.0 out of 5 stars Good but isn't sealable, 16 Jun. 2016
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This thermos cold cup has one big upside - it actually works and does exactly what it claims it does - and a couple of downsides, which may be major or minor depending where you will actually be using this thing.

The big upside is that it does actually keep your drinks cold for a long time, although the claimed thirteen hours is probably stretching things a bit. Presumably the big factor in this is where you will actually be standing it when in use; leaving it in sunlight or next to a radiator will obviously affect its cooling abilities. I also haven't noticed any signs of condensation when in use.

The downsides are that its a tad heavy, and more importantly the top isn't sealable, meaning liquid can spill from the straw hole in the top if you trip or knock it over. So you won't be filling it up at home, chucking it in your bag and carrying it to work.


H2D VI Gold Line Professional Ionic and Infrared Hair Straighteners
H2D VI Gold Line Professional Ionic and Infrared Hair Straighteners
Price: £95.70

4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 26 May 2016
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Arriving in packaging that oozed plushness, the big selling point on these straighteners is that you can easily adjust the digitally displayed temperature, which my girlfriend loved as she's paranoid about accidentally heat damaging her hair (which happened to her once while using a cheap pair of straighteners), so thumbs up for that.

Tourmaline plates are now de rigueur for high end straighteners these days, so naturally these are present and correct, and the protective heat glove is a welcome bonus.

For extra safety around the home a heat mat and a protective cap are also provided. The cap slips over the ends of the tongs and keeps them safely shut.

All in all these are very good straighteners that match anything from GHD, which is no mean achievement. Highly recommended.


3M 1436 C1 Foldable Ear Muffs - Orange
3M 1436 C1 Foldable Ear Muffs - Orange
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and do the job, 29 April 2016
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This is a good, cheap pair of ear defenders, mainly (I assume) aimed at the casual DIY-ist. They fold up for easy storage and cut out enough decibels to protect your hearing in noisy environments without rendering you stone deaf. They do the job just fine, but you probably wouldn't want to wear them day in day out.


Garden Design Bible: 40 great off-the-peg designs - Detailed planting plans - Step-by-step projects - Gardens to adapt for your space
Garden Design Bible: 40 great off-the-peg designs - Detailed planting plans - Step-by-step projects - Gardens to adapt for your space
by Tim Newbury
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars One stop shop for garden inspiration, 28 April 2016
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If you're in search of inspiration for redesigning your garden then you need look no further than this book. There are 40 garden designs in here, everything from ye olde world cottage gardens to modern contemporary, and everything in between. Each garden is illustrated with an artist's watercolour view, photographs, practical tips, and a ground plan, plus a list of suggested plants, the whole running to six pages per garden. This of course makes it easy to pick and choose garden styles and swap elements around to your hearts desire.

If you want to redesign your garden and are stuck for ideas, then this is undoubtably the book for you.


L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Vernis A L'Huile 668 Bleu Royale Nail Polish 5ml
L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Vernis A L'Huile 668 Bleu Royale Nail Polish 5ml
Price: £4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Looks great but needs two coats, 21 April 2016
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Arriving in a really nice bottle, this nail varnish is a wonderful shade of blue. It's easy to apply but be warned, if you want it to last without chipping then you need to apply two coats. That's its only fault, mind - if you like the colour then you'll love this varnish.


Rimmel London Shade 43 Venus Super Gel Nail Polish, Dark Red 12 ml
Rimmel London Shade 43 Venus Super Gel Nail Polish, Dark Red 12 ml
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to apply and actually lasts, 21 April 2016
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This is a very easy to apply varnish that went on in one coat and actually dried pretty quickly. It also lasted 5 days without chipping, which must be some kind of a encore for nail varnish. So all in all this is a very nice, easy to apply varnish that actually lasts. Well worth getting.


Jim Beam Double Oak Whiskey 70 cl
Jim Beam Double Oak Whiskey 70 cl
Price: £27.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smoother and better than a Jack Daniels, 7 April 2016
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When it comes to American bourbon whiskey I've always much preferred Jim Beam to Jack Daniels. Compared to the usual Jim Beam bourbon you'll find on a supermarket shelf this double oak whiskey, matured in two separate barrels of different types of oak, has a smoother, more subtle, lovely taste. At 43% proof (3% more than the other Jim Beam) it will still put fire in your belly and makes a pleasant change from the Scottish whiskeys I usually drink. I'll definitely be buying this one again.
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