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GGMM® Cuckoo Tangle-Free Earphones, Microphone In-Ear Headphones for Hands-free Calling, Aviation Aluminum Material, Flat Dual Colored Cables, 9.2mm Driver Units, Deep Bass Stereo Sound for iPhone, iPad, Samsung or others, MP3/4 Players with 3.5mm Port-Wine Red
GGMM® Cuckoo Tangle-Free Earphones, Microphone In-Ear Headphones for Hands-free Calling, Aviation Aluminum Material, Flat Dual Colored Cables, 9.2mm Driver Units, Deep Bass Stereo Sound for iPhone, iPad, Samsung or others, MP3/4 Players with 3.5mm Port-Wine Red
Offered by GGMM GmbH
Price: £59.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cuckoo in your ear..., 19 Mar. 2016
Sometimes you find a product that's just a step above or beyond the rest of the pack and these GGMM Cuckoo earphones are one of those products. I own quite a few pairs of headphones and earphones, I use them a lot, and I’m usually pretty good at finding good value and decent-sounding models, but these aren’t decent sounding - they’re a lot better than that. Your first impression will probably be, as mine was, that they’re somewhat over-packaged as they arrive in the carefully contrived clear case which holds them aloft like an exhibit in a design gallery. If you’ve had to print illustrated instructions on the outside of the box showing customers how to open and unpack your product, then maybe you’ve gone too far? Thankfully for once the product lives up to the packaging.

The earphones are smaller than you might expect, so often quality earphones are oversized and stuffed with drivers, but these are small and beautifully formed. The shell of each earpiece is metal and has a chamfered back which makes them look and feel very unobtrusive in your ear, they really tuck themselves in neatly. The cord is a ribbon style, meaning it mostly avoids the tangles that beset wired earphones, but it’s softer and more flexible than most and any kinks left from being packed away also just seem to fall out of it. The Wine Red colour isn’t something I’d normally choose for myself but it looks great, unusual but tasteful, and the two-tone colouring of the cable adds another stylish element.

I always bang-on about the fit of in-ear earphones because it’s so critical to get the best sound out of them - you really need a good airtight fit to hear the deepest bass tones. It’s not about pushing the earphones further and further into your ear canal, it’s just about sealing the opening so you block out extraneous noise and the earphones can really show you what they’re capable of. I had to switch to the largest size of earbuds in the pack to get a good seal with these, but I’m so glad I did because these earphones have the deepest and smoothest bass I’ve ever heard in an in-ear earphone. The high-end is also bright and clear but to be honest it seems just a bit hard and synthetic-sounding to me - although that’s the kind of quality you often get with brand new earphones and sometimes they need to be 'run-in’ to get the smoothest sound. The detail is fantastic, you can pick out all the musical elements and so the stereo imaging and spread is excellent too, with everything in its place.

Overall I’m really impressed by these little gems, they have a sound that’s immersive and detailed enough to rival big heavy over-ear headphones but they’re tiny so you could wear them anywhere and take real audiophile-quality sound wherever you go. You also get a cute little suede-effect drawstring bag to stow them in, so they’re easy to carry around. It’s so nice to find a pair of 'everyday’ earphones that don’t sound like everyday earphones - so you don’t have to compromise sound quality to get something practical to use for commuting or travelling. I will repeat that I’m still a bit unsure about the brittle high-end sound and I am really hoping it softens off a bit with use - but they’re going to get a lot of use because they’ve just become the best pair of in-ear earphones I own. The current price seems very fair to me (just under £40) and I doubt you could do much better - they’re not cheap compared to some but the extra spend gets you a whole lot of extra quality.

Disclosure: item was received free for independent review (but I’m telling the truth and they’re really good!)


L'Oreal Paris Men Expert Hydra Power Refreshing Moisturiser 50ml
L'Oreal Paris Men Expert Hydra Power Refreshing Moisturiser 50ml
Price: £4.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As slain by Hercules?..., 19 Mar. 2016
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This Hydra-Power moisturiser is something a little different from the others I've tried from the L’Oreal Men’s range - this one has more of a gel texture than a cream and if you don’t like the greasiness of some moisturisers this might be just right for you. The gel consistency also means it travels very well across the skin so a little goes a long way and for once the pump dispenser is a bit over-generous and you can treat a whole face with less than one full pump. It has a notable but subtle fragrance but it’s more bearable than many L’Oreal men’s fragrances, which I’m not generally a fan of. There’s no sting or menthol-like cooling effect but it does feel fresh on the skin and you can apply it straight after shaving without turning lobster pink.

It dries quite quickly to a matte finish and leaves a nice smooth feel to the surface of your skin with no oily residue at all. You can feel it turn to a gel again if you dampen your face, so it’s leaving a protective barrier on your skin - but you can take a phone-call on your smartphone without leaving an oily cheek-print on the screen, which is good. Of course, as with all their products, L’Oreal make all sorts of pseudo-scientific claims for the product but few of them really stack up. There’s some Hyaluronic Acid in here, which can have a plumping and renewing effect on your skin - but in my experience you need a fairly high concentration to achieve that and I doubt that this product has enough. However it is a very pleasant daily-use ‘face protector’ style of moisturiser that doesn’t inflame just-shaved or sensitive skins.

One thing though, maybe someone should remind L'Oreal that 'Hydra' was the many-headed serpent slain by Hercules and that the prefix for water they probably meant is 'Hydro'?


ERollDeep Best Wireless Multifunctional Bluetooth Handsfree Car Kit Adapter FM Transmitter BT66 Calling/MP3 Player Dual USB Ports for Cellphones Power Battery charge
ERollDeep Best Wireless Multifunctional Bluetooth Handsfree Car Kit Adapter FM Transmitter BT66 Calling/MP3 Player Dual USB Ports for Cellphones Power Battery charge
Offered by ERolldeep
Price: £19.99

3.0 out of 5 stars En-route BT66..., 18 Mar. 2016
Just in case it’s not already clear what it does or for anyone who’s never used one before - the BT66 Bluetooth Adapter connects to your smartphone using Bluetooth and also connects to your car radio using FM radio, so it then acts as a relay between the two and allows you to play music from your smartphone through your car hi-fi. It also has a built-in microphone so it can act as a hands-free device allowing you to take/make calls and hear them through your car hi-fi. The basic design of the BT66 is good, but some of its features are a bit flaky and the overall build quality feels a bit cheap, especially the bubble-button remote control. The top panel is attached to the connector with a ball & socket joint which lets you angle the panel to best suit the location of your lighter socket - note that the information on the LCD display is only readable in landscape view, but you don’t really need to see it once the device is set up.

Setting things up is simple enough - you first plug in the adaptor and set the FM radio frequency so it is broadcasting at a frequency not already in use by a any radio station. Then tune your car radio to that frequency (you’ll probably have to do that manually at first and store the preset) and then try to pair your smartphone via Bluetooth. When the Bluetooth connection is successful a very well-spoken Chinese (presumably) lady will inform you (in perfect English) that the connection is available and you’re all set. Now you can play music from your smartphone on you car hi-fi and if you receive an incoming call it will mute the music and allow you to pick up the call (press the big blue button on the adapter) and speak to the caller - just press the button again to end the call. You can also make calls by pressing the button and using voice-dialling, this will vary depending on your smartphone but usually you just say the same of the person you want to call.

If you don’t want to use your smartphone to store music you can also insert an SD card (already filled with mp3’s) into the adaptor and use that - however take note that it needs a full sized SD card and not the microSD card that’s shown in the photo’s above. You can also connect a USB flash-drive into one of the two USB ports on the adapter and play music stored on that. One of the USB sockets is intended for input, like a flash drive, while the other is intended mainly for charging your smartphone or other device but the total output of the two sockets cannot exceed 2.1A. Finally if you have a simple media player you can connect it using a jack cable to a port on the side of the adapter and play your music that way.

So far so good and most of those features work without too much hassle - but there are some issues. The worst aspect is the remote control, which feels really cheap and tacky and most of the time just doesn’t work because the adapter doesn’t see the IR signals - however it’s only really of any use to back-seat DJ’s so maybe it’s not the greatest loss? The ‘M’ button is used to set the frequency for the FM radio and either side of it are two buttons (⏭⏮) that let you skip to the next or the previous song - however they’re the wrong way round and pressing forward goes back and vice-versa - unless that ‘M’ is meant to be a ‘W’? (it isn’t, it says 'M' in the manual!) The inbuilt microphone isn’t all that sensitive and you may have to shout to be heard during a call - probably a good idea to position the adapter so the mic is pointing right at you to get the best results. There’s also a faint background noise on the FM signal, it’s not too bad and almost certainly inaudible once the engine is running and/or music is playing but it could be distracting during stationary phone-calls. Overall the BT66 is functional but nothing special and I’ve met similarly-priced adapters that were much better made than this and that worked a bit better too. S’OK...

Disclosure: item was received free for independent review


ERollDeep GT88 SIM/TF Card Supported Sweatproof Smart Watch for Apple iPhone 5/5s/6/6s and Android Smart Phones (Silver)
ERollDeep GT88 SIM/TF Card Supported Sweatproof Smart Watch for Apple iPhone 5/5s/6/6s and Android Smart Phones (Silver)
Offered by ERolldeep
Price: £59.99

4.0 out of 5 stars With a flick of the wrist..., 17 Mar. 2016
This GT88 Smart Watch has turned out to be more impressive than expected in some areas and a bit disappointing in others. It’s obviously trying its best to look like an Apple Watch but the GT88 Smart Watch has two significant differences, the price and the phone functionality - the GT88 can operate as a satellite device to a separate smartphone via Bluetooth (much like the Apple Watch) or it can function as a complete standalone mobile phone and you can take calls by talking up your sleeve like one of those FBI security agents. I wasn’t sure the build-quality would be that great but it’s surprisingly solid and well-made and the main shell is metal, the face is glass and the comfortable strap is a soft flexible rubbery material. It’s a chunky device and even on my outsized bloke’s wrist it looks quite large, although in a cool way. In the box you also get the magnetic USB charge cable (but no mains adaptor), a mini screwdriver (to remove the back panel), a spare screen protector (with another already fitted to the watch) and a spare set of tiny screws for the back panel (for when you lose the first set). There’s also a short instruction manual with some basic instruction on using the watch, but you’ll probably learn more from actually playing around with it.

The display is just 240 x 240 pixels resolution and is smaller than the actual face of the watch and it's certainly no retina screen and you can quite easily see individual pixels - but it is bright and clear and most small text is readable, assuming your eyesight is good. On the right side of the watch are a crown (which is actually the camera lens), the microphone and a Home button - the crown is fixed and non-functional apart from being the lens for the camera. On the left side is the speaker and this is surprisingly loud and clear and avoids distortion even at full volume. On the back panel is the connection terminal which the magnetic charge cable attaches to and a green LED array that’s used to measure your heart rate using photoplethysmography (clever stuff with green light). A magnetic charge-cable is a great idea (I wonder who thought of it?) but this one is quite frustrating and hardly stays attached with any slight movement dislodging it. So you have to put your watch face-down on something soft to avoid scratching the face and then carefully set the cable on the connection point and leave well alone. Luckily it doesn’t take too long and a full charge happens in about two hours and lasts around a day, even two if you're using it sparingly - battery life is one of the more impressive features.

If you remove the back cover and carefully flip out the battery (leaving it connected) then you get access to two slots, one for a microSD storage card (highly recommended) and one for a mobile phone SIM card (entirely optional). The SIM slot takes a micro-SIM not a nano-SIM - so hopefully you still have that little plastic frame left over from when you popped your SIM out of its card, right? The mobile phone features are basic but work pretty well and the speaker and microphone are actually clear enough to make proper phone-calls, although it’s not great in noisy environments. You don’t have access to any GSM network settings and the data only works at old GPRS rates, which basically means it’s too slow to do anything very useful with - you really won’t be using this watch to surf the internet as there’s no wi-fi facility onboard. However you can install a SIM in the watch AND use Bluetooth to pair with a separate smartphone at the same time, which could be handy (or perhaps just confusing) if you juggle more than one mobile phone account.

You can use Bluetooth to pair with either an Android or iOS device but you get more features with Android because Apple reserve some syncing features for their own Apple Watch. Using just standard Bluetooth pairing on Android you can sync contacts, stream or control music playback, take or make calls and receive or send SMS messages. However you are also encouraged to download and install a pairing app onto your smartphone which adds more features and this is the biggest potential problem with no-brand smart watches because (and here’s a big WARNING!) some of the these pairing app’s have been found to be harvesting personal information from smartphones and then sending it to unidentified persons or agencies (check the Comments below for more info). This doesn’t (yet) seem to be a problem with the watches themselves (which only have GPRS and so can’t easily sneak out data without you noticing) but a problem with the associated app’s running on your paired smartphone. So it’s good policy to only download pairing app’s from an official app store for your device (ie. Google’s Play Store or Amazon’s AppStore) and never install pairing app’s downloaded direct from websites and never allow an already installed app to update itself directly, only accept official updates from the app store. This won’t absolutely guarantee your security but at least app’s from the official sources are more likely to have been checked for malware. There’s a barcode link in the smartwatch (and a link in the manual) that takes you to a website to download the app’s but I’d suggest you DON’T use those just in case. This should be less of an issue for iOS users because it’s believed Apple check App Store app’s more rigorously than Google and (non-jailbroken) iPhones don’t allow app’s to be installed except from the App Store.

There are a couple of app’s in the Play Store that work with this smart watch and, although they’re basically different versions of the same app, the one I found most feature-complete was the Mediatek SmartDevice app - although the recommended FunDo SmartDevice version works OK too. With the associated pairing app running on your smartphone you get more features and the most useful is probably that notifications on your smartphone get forwarded to your smart watch and so you can track incoming messages, emails and app notifications from your wrist. The app also gives you complete control over which app’s and services running on your smartphone are allowed to send notifications to your watch so you don’t have to be inundated with irrelevant messages. You can also enable alerts to notify you if the Bluetooth connection between your watch and phone is lost - like when someone steals your smartphone but one of the other surprises about this device is how far the Bluetooth connection can be maintained. I’ve been able to play music stored on my smartphone while it was left upstairs and I was downstairs, which is further apart than any other Bluetooth device I’ve tried - so that thief might get a long way down the street before you even notice...

There are a bunch of other onboard features but I won’t list them all here - take a look at the photo’s with this review which will show each menu and indicate what everything is and does. Instead I’ll run through a few of the best and worst features worth knowing about:

GOOD STUFF : There are a small set of gesture controls, including the option to wake the watch when you raise your arm to look at the time and although these can be fickle and slow to respond, they’re quite useful. The inbuilt heart rate sensor is actually reasonably accurate and although it’s not intended to be left running constantly (it’s a fitness aid not a medical device) it’s a handy feature to have especially in conjunction with the inbuilt pedometer. That pedometer function is, like most fitness trackers, just measuring arm swings and then extrapolating 'steps' from that but it’s a useful tool to compare your activity levels from one day to the next. When you first launch the smartphone app it asks for a Google account sign-in and then links to your Google Fit profile and should, in theory, add your pedometer data to your Google Fit profile - however that seems to be fickle too (so maybe this should be in the Bad Stuff list?).

BAD STUFF : Although you can receive and send SMS text messages from the watch there’s no support for sending instant messages through services like Hangouts or WhatsApp - you do get notifications of incoming instant messages but you’ll have to grab your smartphone to reply. Writing SMS text messages is tortuous because the keys are so tiny and it’s an old phone-style keypad with three or four letters on each button and so you have to tap-tap-tap to get the letter ’S’ etc. There’s no predictive text input (although there’s an 'auto-complete' function that doesn’t seem to do anything) so only very dedicated text-senders with tiny fingers and 20/20 eyesight are going to enjoy sending messages. There’s no onboard support for email at all - you do get notifications of incoming emails but again you’ll have to reach for your smartphone to reply. There’s an option to initiate a voice control session - to talk to Siri or 'OK Google’ from the watch - but on Android I can’t get that to work at all, although maybe I have some security settings wrong somewhere. The inbuilt camera is very limited and defaults to photo’s of 240x240 resolution, although you can increase this to 640x480, and for videos it’s stuck at 176x144 at 5fps and really it’s so low resolution you wonder why they even bothered at all. The screen protectors that come with the watch are just a little too big for the display, which has soft bevelled edges that the protectors can’t cope with so they don’t stick round the edges and instead just collect fluff. They’re unlikely to last long on the watch and to be honest it looks much better without them and hopefully the glass is tough enough to withstand some day to day wear.

Finally, the music function is a real frustration - it can either play back music stored on the watch itself or stored on a paired smartphone but in both cases it plays it only through the inbuilt speaker, which is cute but not much use for anything. If you store some music on the watch, then pair the watch with a set of Bluetooth headphones you’d expect the watch to send the music to the headphones but it doesn’t. The watch seems to think of itself only as a speaker for music, not as a music source and so one of the most potentially useful and cool features, especially for runners or sportspeople, simply doesn’t work. If you’re playing back music stored on a paired smartphone it also gets played through the watch’s speaker but only until you connect a pair of headphones (wired or Bluetooth) to the smartphone, then the watch speaker is muted, playback switches to the headphones and the watch becomes a remote control for your music - that’s useful but it would be better if you didn’t need the smartphone in the middle at all.

Overall this smart watch sits somewhere between a genuinely useful device and a genuinely fun device, it’s good in some areas and really lacking in others - but maybe that’s just where we are with smart watches in general right now and perhaps it makes sense to get something this affordable until the sector matures and they really become compelling? There are a couple of core features that really need some attention - specifically music playback and text messaging - and that camera is all but pointless but it’s still a much better made device than I’d expected for this price and really fun to own.

Disclosure: item was received free for independent review
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Plater® 2.4GHz Mini S1 Wireless "QWERTY" Keyboard with Touchpad Remote Control Rechargable Multi-media Handheld for Android/Windows/OS/Mac PC Laptop Tablet Family Threater
Plater® 2.4GHz Mini S1 Wireless "QWERTY" Keyboard with Touchpad Remote Control Rechargable Multi-media Handheld for Android/Windows/OS/Mac PC Laptop Tablet Family Threater
Offered by Plater
Price: £27.90

4.0 out of 5 stars So close, but not quite..., 15 Mar. 2016
This Plater S1 Wireless Mini-Keyboard is one of those frustrating 'great-but-flawed' devices. There have been similar mini-keyboards available for some time now and from lots of different companies but they all stick to a very similar design. However, this version improves on that standard design significantly by adding handy left and right Mouse buttons on the shoulder of the device and putting the D-Pad and Trackpad under your thumbs - so you intuitively hold it like a games controller and you can reach every key with either your thumbs or forefingers. In the upper middle of the keyboard are a set of eight shortcut keys for music (launches your default music app), volume-down, mute, volume-up, email, internet browser, home and search. Below that there’s a very comprehensive QWERTY keyboard with every function you’d expect any full-sized keyboard to have and although the keys are small they're easy enough to use and have a nice positive soft-click action. On the left side are two shortcut buttons which type ‘www.’ and ‘.com’ respectively so you can enter domain names super-quick. In the box you get a short instruction manual and a short mini-USB cable to charge the device. The lithium-ion battery is both rechargeable and easily replaceable and lives in a compartment in the back of the keyboard and the USB dongle which connects the keyboard to your device is stowed in here too. The keyboard works with almost any device that can accept the USB dongle running either Windows, Mac OS X or Android and you don’t need to install drivers, it should work straight out of the box.

So far so good, so what makes it so frustrating? The main weakness is the trackpad which is obviously quite tiny and inevitably you have to work in little swipes to get the cursor to move around your screen - that would be fine except the trackpad just isn’t responsive or accurate enough and the cursor leaps around the screen very unpredictably. The trackpad seems to detect sideways motion much more accurately than vertical motion but even that isn’t very constant so you can’t really make allowances for it. The cursor will suddenly slow to a crawl right before shooting across the screen in a sprint. It’s equally unpredictable on every platform including Android, Mac OS X and Windows although desktop computers are slightly better than Android. It’s not completely unusable but it gets very annoying very quickly if you’re trying to do anything that needs real accuracy. For occasional use with something like an Android Smart TV set-top-box it would be bearable except there’s another slight frustration with this device used with STB’s - there are no dedicated media control keys and if it had PLAY/PAUSE, FORWARD, REWIND and STOP buttons it would be so much better to use with an STB because you wouldn’t have to keep struggling with an uncooperative trackpad to click on onscreen buttons. In some app’s like KODI and PLEX you can use standard keys like SPACE and ESC to do these things but dedicated keys would make it much more convenient. Also you may find that the shortcut keys either do nothing or do unexpected things depending on how you’ve set up your STB - for example the email button launches KODI on my Android STB, which is handy enough but slightly illogical. There’s also one other slight annoyance when you’re using the keyboard with Android - the ‘.com’ shortcut button often types ‘ocm.’ instead.

There’s a lot that’s good here, the layout is much better than other devices and the features that work, work well but a couple of omissions and a flaky trackpad mar what would otherwise be a near-perfect little keyboard for using with devices like set-top-boxes and tablets. So close, but not quite...

Disclosure: item was received free for independent review


L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser Renew Night Cream, 50 ml
L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser Renew Night Cream, 50 ml
Price: £13.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sunny-side up, at night..., 13 Mar. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This L’Oreal Revitalift Laser Renew Night cream has an unusual texture that reminds me of part-cooked egg-white with the same sort of springiness to it. It applies easily and dries reasonably quickly but it does leave a distinct residue on the skin, as the name implies it’s a mask-like treatment and you can feel it on your skin afterwards. In fact, afterwards if you rub your skin gently it pills and peels off again, much like an exfoliating mask would, even when applied relatively sparingly. However none of this really matters because it’s a night treatment and it works its magic while you’re asleep.

I’m not always a big fan of the fragrances L’Oreal feel obliged to add to their product but this one is particularly unpleasant - smelling like someone’s tried to cover up the odour of burning plastic using perfume. It’s really quite odd and very plastic-y smelling but thankfully it’s not that powerful and does fade after a few minutes.

I’ve been using it for around a week and must admit I can see some difference in the mornings, the skin does look smoothed and slightly plumped up. I’m not sure there’s any significant difference to wrinkles, but maybe that takes longer to happen. I have slightly sensitive skin but haven’t suffered any reaction to it and would be happy to keep using it., although the fragrance is a bit off-putting for me. I’ve also been trying the accompanying Revitalift Serum and although it’s also quite effective I think this night cream offers similar results but much better value. Worth a try!


Neewer® Pet Dog Chest Harness Kit for GoPro Hero4 Session Hero 4 3+ 3 2 1, Xiaomi Yi, SJ4000 5000 6000 7000, Kit Includes:1*Remote Control Wrist Strap+1*Dog Harness Chest Strap Belt Mount+2*Surface J-Hook Buckle+2*Surface Quick Release Buckle+4*Long screws Bolt
Neewer® Pet Dog Chest Harness Kit for GoPro Hero4 Session Hero 4 3+ 3 2 1, Xiaomi Yi, SJ4000 5000 6000 7000, Kit Includes:1*Remote Control Wrist Strap+1*Dog Harness Chest Strap Belt Mount+2*Surface J-Hook Buckle+2*Surface Quick Release Buckle+4*Long screws Bolt
Offered by iTekLife Global
Price: £10.54

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lights, Camera, Woof..., 13 Mar. 2016
Your dog as a cameraman (or woman)? That’s too ridiculous an idea to resist and this Neewer Dog Chest Harness Kit means you don’t have to. Of course you want something that’s comfortable and harmless for the dog and that secures your precious action camera well enough to prevent damage to that too and this harness pretty much delivers. There are two firm but flexible fixing plates for the camera(s) to go, one on top on the dog’s back and one underneath between the front legs. Which you use will depend on the camera you’ve got and the breed of dog - with some dogs the top mount will give a great view of the back of your dog’s head and not much else. The mounts themselves accept the standard slide-on GoPro-style clips and you get 4 in the pack, two straight and two J-clips together with their fixing screws and a velcro strap that you can use to hold a camera remote control (not supplied) onto your wrist.

The quality throughout is really good, the straps are mostly elasticated and are easy to adjust and should accommodate a large range of dogs and they're secured with hooks so you can quickly fit or remove the harness. The straps tighten enough to fit smaller dogs but you do end up with some trailing strappage that needs to be secured somehow - although if you only have one camera-dog you could cut the straps short to keep things clean and tidy. Of course you also need a dog that will happily wear the harness and not endlessly try to remove it - probably by rolling your expensive action camera into the mud - so it might be worth trying some ‘familiarity sessions’ with just the harness attached and no camera so they can get used to it. We’ve tried a couple of family pooches and neither of them seemed to be too uncomfortable with it.

The J-clips seemed to be the better option to use on the upper mount because it lifts the camera slightly higher and lets you see over the dog’s head more - however you have to keep an eye on your camera-dog because they won’t make any allowance for this strange contraption on their back and if they try ducking under a low fence they’ll get caught - and your camera might not enjoy that either. Apart from those obvious safety concerns this seems like such a fun device and the quality is good and the price seems very reasonable. We’re planning a few short camera-dog trips around the nearby country over the next week or so (weather permitting) and I will return later to post a video clip of our escapades, so watch this space...
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Braun MG5090 Wet and Dry Multi Groomer
Braun MG5090 Wet and Dry Multi Groomer
Price: £50.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All-in-one but not all that..., 13 Mar. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Braun MG5090 promises quite a lot, a three-in-one trimmer and shaver device sounds great, but it fails to deliver on most of it. It also sounds like an ideal travel device, so you can stay well-groomed and tidy while you’re away, but it doesn’t come with any kind of carry-case and the individual features are sometimes too much of a compromise. The shaver head for example, even if it’s only there to tidy up stray hairs rather than to give a full facial shave, is so second-rate you wonder why they even bothered. I also own a old Braun battery-operated travel shaver and it shaves better than this does.

The trimmers are much better and are quite effective and fairly easy to use. The full-width cutter can be swivelled around to engage a smaller cutter for more-detailed and intricate trimming and that works quite well. The snap-on combs which set the length of stubble or beard you’re trimming seem to sit very proud of the trimmer itself, but they work OK. The adjustable one has a good secure click setting for all the different lengths so there’s little danger of the comb slipping during use and suddenly creating a bald patch - don’t laugh, it’s happened to me with other devices! However you have to carry these combs around with the device to have full functionality and they’re awkward to deal with because they get spiked on everything - a carry case would have been a really thoughtful and appropriate inclusion here.

The battery seems to charge quickly enough and holds enough charge for a weekend away, assuming you don’t decide to remove your entire beard on a whim. Overall you can’t help feeling Braun designed the MG5090 to look better than it functions, there are just too many compromises on function with design elements that look impressive but don’t really achieve anything useful. It’s not a bad device and the trimmers work well although they’re a bit gimmicky. The shaver is really weak, which might not matter so much in a beard trimmer but this is a Braun device and you’d think they’d get that right at least. Personally I’d prefer to carry a smaller and more practical trimmer together with my trusty Braun battery shaver, for travelling those two smaller devices would work better than this all-in-one.


L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler Renew Replumping Serum 30ml
L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler Renew Replumping Serum 30ml
Price: £14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Acid drops..., 12 Mar. 2016
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This isn’t the first Hyaluronic Acid serum I’ve tried but it’s the first from L’Oreal. It comes in an impressive looking but slightly impractical syringe-style pump bottle which dispenses measured drops each time you push the button on the end - trouble is you tend to also push that button when you put the cap back on or set it down on a worktop, which can waste product. You really won’t want to waste any product either because you don’t get that much of it for your money with just 16ml in the tube.

The serum itself is milky-looking with a pronounced but pleasant fragrance and although the instructions suggest a couple of drops might treat your whole face that’s a bit optimistic - it doesn’t travel far across the skin and tends to get absorbed and dry quite quickly. That’s great if you plan to add a moisturiser on top but it also means you tend to need more of the serum than you might want to use, it doesn’t really go very far. The instructions imply it’s for all-over facial use but you might want to target certain areas like around the eyes, the forehead or above the top lip - all areas L’Oreal claim results are measurable. It dries quite quickly to a matte finish, although I notice if I put some L’Oreal moisturisers on top it does then give an unusually shiny finish.

I haven’t been using it that long, about a week, and although I can see some slight improvements, mostly with the surface of the skin, which does look smoothed and slightly plumped up. I can’t say I notice any wrinkles looking particularly reduced or ‘filled’ but maybe that takes longer. To be fair the results are similar to another Hyaluronic Acid serum I tried, but that one is similarly priced but comes with nearly double the quantity and has a different gel-like texture that spreads much further on the skin. So, while this isn’t a bad or ineffective product I can’t say that it represents very good value.


Zoweetek® Ultra Slim 2.4GHz Wireless Portable KODI XBMC Keyboard with Large Size Multi-Touch Touchpad Mouse for PC, Laptop, HTPC, IPTV, Google TV, Smart TV, Android TV Box - Black, UK Layout
Zoweetek® Ultra Slim 2.4GHz Wireless Portable KODI XBMC Keyboard with Large Size Multi-Touch Touchpad Mouse for PC, Laptop, HTPC, IPTV, Google TV, Smart TV, Android TV Box - Black, UK Layout

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5.0 out of 5 stars Who's bored of keys?..., 7 Mar. 2016
This Zoweetek mini-keyboard obviously borrows a few design cues from the keyboards Apple give as standard issue with their computers but it’s actually even thinner and neater than Apple's (see photo's) although the construction is similar. The main shell is a slice of aluminium (although the top surface around the keys is plastic) with a matte black finish and a nicely chamfered edge and then where a numeric keypad might normally be there’s a fully-functioning trackpad. The metal construction means the keyboard is lightweight but with very little flex in the metal shell it also feels sturdy and rigid, despite being so thin, and there’s no creaking or bending as you use it. The keys are slightly smaller than average, similar to a compact laptop, and have a nice positive soft-click action as you type. Underneath the keyboard is the (plastic) battery compartment which takes 2 AAA batteries and also has a place to stow the little USB dongle needed to connect to the computer - the keyboard uses its own 2.4GHz radio connection and not Bluetooth.

The trackpad works really well straight out of the box and I found there was no need to adjust the sensitivity or tracking settings in Android, Windows or Mac (which is unusual for me because I like to tweak). The trackpad works primarily as a mouse replacement and can mimic right, left or middle button clicks (one, two or three-finger taps) or a scroll-wheel (two-fingered up/down swipes) plus on Windows you can use a couple of simple gestures including side-swipes and pinch-to-zoom. Note that on OS X the trackpad is not recognised as a Magic Trackpad alternative and on Android it can't function as a full touchscreen alternative so you won’t be able to use the full set of gesture controls that OSX and Android support on this trackpad.

The Function keys along the top have a useful set of alternative commands built in and these all seem to work in Windows but have more limited support in Android and OSX - only the media playback and volume keys work in OSX although Android also responds to the Home button and when I click the Email button it launches KODI, not sure why but that’s handy enough for me. You can temporarily disable the trackpad to avoid unintentional clicks and still use the CTRL and Windows keys as substitute left and right mouse buttons. I mainly wanted the keyboard to use with an Android set-top-box connected to my TV and for that it’s a really good device. The size and slimness means it sits on your lap comfortably without feeling like you’ve hijacked a piece of office equipment for the lounge and of course the lack of cables means you can use it anywhere and hide it in a drawer when not in use. The trackpad works well and although it can’t access the full range of Android touchscreen gestures it’s still a great way to navigate around Android from your couch and the near-full-sized keyboard makes it a pleasure to write a quick email or instant message. The full range of functions only seem to be supported on Windows computers and it’s a really svelte and good quality alternative to many bundled keyboards with the added advantage of an inbuilt trackpad. So if you really want to rid your desk of cables and clutter it’s a quality choice at a very reasonable price.

Disclosure: item was received free for independent review
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