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Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lip Crayon, Sedona Sands , 3.11g
Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lip Crayon, Sedona Sands , 3.11g
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely lip crayon, 25 Sept. 2015
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This is billed as a natural product. Despite the name, it doesn't seem to contain honey, but the ingredients listed on the website do look to be natural. This particular shade, Sedona Sands, is a very natural shade, just tinting the lips on a slightly paler shade of their normal colour, and it is an attractive look. The crayon itself is robust, and turning the base raises more out. It would fit nicely in a handbag for evenings out. I did like this, as it improves the look without looking like an obvious lipstick. I'd certainly get another of these in a different shade.


Philips Disney Sleep Time Mickey Children's Night Light and Wake up Light with Integrated LED (1 x 2 W) - Black/Red
Philips Disney Sleep Time Mickey Children's Night Light and Wake up Light with Integrated LED (1 x 2 W) - Black/Red
Price: £49.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Would be very useful, 21 Sept. 2015
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This is a bedside lamp. You push down to turn it on - or off. The face then lights up. At the bottom there is a small digital clock. When this is in day-time hours, one side of Mickey's tummy shows a sun. In night time hours, the other side shows a moon. It comes with a plug and lead. The idea is to encourage a small child (the guidance states this is not suitable for under 36 months) to know when its ok to get up, and when to close your eyes again.

The downside is that the manual isn't a manual on how to work the buttons at the bottom - its a list of warnings etc... Okay, so there are only four buttons - its not that hard to figure it out, but for an exhausted sleepless mum, that would be irritating. Ideally this should ship with a simple one page guide. But, it works well, and I would have loved something like this when my kids were small. A night for me was a gradual gathering of small children, until I woke up with one on each side and usually one on my feet as well....

This will be invaluable to some parents, helping small children realise when they are supposed to stay in bed, but with the comforting element of a small night light. I should point out that some research has suggested that complete darkness is better for children's eyes in the long run. However - there are times when keeping a child not frightened and understanding of the time is more important. Please do not make yourself guilty for keeping your sanity or that of your child in a difficult phase - parenting is hard enough. You need all the support you can get in my book.


Garnier Ultimate Blends Nourishing Repairer Shampoo 400ml
Garnier Ultimate Blends Nourishing Repairer Shampoo 400ml
Price: £23.34

5.0 out of 5 stars It works, 20 Sept. 2015
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This is a shampoo designed to repair damaged hair. Both my daughter and I have very fine hair, which can split very easily - which can then lead to 'frizzy' hair, even when using conditioner. This took the frizziness out, and has left us both with much silkier hair which is far easier to manage, and of course, looks much better. But the big plus for me, is that it manages to do that, without my hair (or hers) looking greasy, or becoming greasy quicker.

Highly recommended.


Energizer GU10 4 W, 1 LED GU10 Bulb
Energizer GU10 4 W, 1 LED GU10 Bulb
Offered by Electricbase
Price: £3.57

4.0 out of 5 stars Great bulb, 20 Sept. 2015
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We have used this to replace the bulb in my son's bedside light, and it works brilliantly. It is much stronger than the 35w would have you believe, and is great as a bedside light with a warm white glow. And I'm looking forward to not having to constantly replace the bulb, as this one will last until my son has grown up and moved out!


Nivea Mini Treats Gift Set for Her
Nivea Mini Treats Gift Set for Her
Price: £5.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It would be useful, 16 Sept. 2015
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This is a decorated Cardboard box (Christmas themed), containing a small shower gel, a deodorant in a glass bottle, a lip creme (strawberry flavoured) and a small moisturiser.

This strikes me as the kind of gift you give to a woman when you don't know what to give her, probably someone you don't know well - unless you know she is a fan of Nivea products. The small sizes would be useful to someone going on holiday (although I found the glass bottle for the deodorant a bit odd), but in that situation, a small shampoo would also have been handy. The products are nice, and I was struck when I opened the moisturiser how much the aroma reminded my of my grandmother. Lip creme is always handy, and this would be a useful gift. The question would be whether it would be welcome. My daughter pointed out she would feel someone was saying, "you don't wash enough". I felt that if you were going to give toiletries, that there needed to be something to elevate it, and I'm not sure a decorated cardboard box does the trick. I'd have wanted a plastic wash bag with a facecloth, or, more of a nod to the possibility of a winter sun holiday, some suncream or after sun. Nivea are a very reliable brand in the toiletries market, but I felt that this package lets it down somewhat. It feels like the austerity end of the Christmas market.


Visitation Street
Visitation Street
by Ivy Pochoda
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 16 Sept. 2015
This review is from: Visitation Street (Hardcover)
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Red Hook is a run down area by the great bay, and connected to the city by freeways, bus and metro routes in a way that somehow keeps it separated. The area is divided on racial grounds, and on where people live, with a gradual descent into less and less safe areas. One evening, two teenagers, in that awkward becoming women stage, decided they are bored, and take a pink dinghy down to the shoreline to sail into the bay. They aren't familiar with the dangerous currents. The following morning, one girl is found, alive but unconscious, under the pier. The other is missing. The police launch an enquiry; everyone knows it is about death, but facing up to a truth not made plain, can be hard. The book follows the surviving girl as she struggles to cope with the loss of her best friend, a music teacher at her school, who is also hitting the bottom of a bottle in his spare time, a teenager whose father was inexplicably murdered several years before, and the owner of a booth that sells papers, cigarettes, drinks etc... to passers-by. It is the booth which becomes renamed, Visitation Street, in anticipation of Red Hook becoming the imminent docking port for a major cruise line. But Visitation Street also raises questions about what happens to the dead after they die? Do they stay and visit those left behind?

This is a really well written book, and strangely absorbing. It wasn't that there was suspense as such, but a sense that you cared about the characters, and wanted to find out what would happen to them. How do they come to terms with the changing world in which they find themselves; a world which was tough enough already - particularly for those in the more run down parts of the city. This is a coming of age book. It is a book in which several of the characters make decisions to take definitive steps, while others simply come to terms with life. It is a book that asks if the area itself can grow up and develop, or if it is forever condemned to be the catching place for those who drop. And it is a book that vividly paints a picture of just how hard it is for someone from an area like this to succeed. And it is a book about relationships, pointing out the flaws, and yet showing how the touch of friendship, the touch of caring for others, is what helps us all to cope with life, no matter which side of the street we are born on.

I would highly recommend this.


Zyliss Stainless Steel and Plastic EasyPull Food Processor, 750 ml - White/Grey/Red
Zyliss Stainless Steel and Plastic EasyPull Food Processor, 750 ml - White/Grey/Red
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Really impressed, 12 Sept. 2015
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This is wonderful! It isn't as big as a regular food processor, but in many ways, its far quicker and easier. I took one big onion, cut into quarters, and placed two quarters inside. A couple of pulls on the string, and I had chopped onion. I did try with half an onion, but it struggled, with the onion getting stuck under the top spinner. But for small chopping items, this is far easier than a big food processor, and there was no flat pancake piece under the bottom blade.

I was surprised at how straightforward this was. And very easy and quick to clean. This has become my chopper of choice. I love the fact that it doesn't use electricity, and love the quickness.


Kipling Womens Life Saver Tote Black Xav L
Kipling Womens Life Saver Tote Black Xav L
Price: £199.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good bag, 9 Sept. 2015
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This is a large tote bag, large enough to comfortably take a 15 inch laptop. However, it does not have any cushioning or a laptop liner, so if you were to carry a laptop, I would advise a cushioned section would be a useful addition. The handles are very robust, and just go round the shoulders.

The bag has a large front pocket, enough for a mobile, IPod, headphones, keys etc... but it wouldn't take an IPad air or an A5 notepad. Inside there are two large pockets, and a large zip area. Essentially, for someone used to carrying around a large handbag and briefcase, this can take on the role of both in one. Which is handy. However, personally, I prefer a couple of small single pen pockets as well. But it does depend what you use the bag for. This has multiple uses, as an overnight bag, large handbag, shopping bag and as a briefcase. It is waterproof in rain (sorry, I didn't risk throwing it in water - I'm not anticipating most of us need that level of waterproof - and it would leak around the zip in that case).

In essence, this is a good quality bag. It looks smart, and being black, it fits in with most things. The style also dresses up and down really easily. It fits at work, but I would feel equally comfortable taking this when I was out in my jeans.


The Little Book of Colouring: Patterns: Peace in Your Pocket
The Little Book of Colouring: Patterns: Peace in Your Pocket
by Peace in Your Pocket
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book, 5 Sept. 2015
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This book is the size of a large paperback, about A5. The paper is good quality. Each page has a different pattern, with an inspiring message on the other side. It was slightly irritating that the patterns continued into the spine, so there was always a part of the pattern you couldn't finish; which for someone like me who is a completer-finisher, is a bit of an issue.

That said, my daughter, who is very into colouring, was hugely excited by this book. There is a big variety in the patterns - it isn't just different shapes used, but there are regular patterns, irregular, intricate flowers, plenty of variety, which encourage the person colouring to really think about the colours to bring the most out of the pattern.


A Tale of Seven Elements
A Tale of Seven Elements
by Eric Scerri
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 4 Sept. 2015
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The periodic table is one of the most remarkable discoveries and patterns identified in science. What is even more remarkable, is that when it was first devised, there were some notable gaps. This is the story of those gaps, and how they were eventually filled. It is the story of an emerging science, bickering boffins, and nationalism, where fairness wins in the end. This is the kind of book which will appeal to quiz fans, as well as those with an interest in chemistry. It is very well written, and looks not only at how the elements were discovered, but what their practical use is. It opened my eyes to the rapid advancement of the modern world in a way that was surprising - I had thought it all down to advances in computing, not realising the part chemistry had to play.

I would highly recommend this. It is a fascinating book, and the kind which is both interesting and useful to have on the shelf.


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