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Barbie Endless Curls Doll
Barbie Endless Curls Doll
Price: 24.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Tong-in-Chic, 31 Aug 2014
This review is from: Barbie Endless Curls Doll (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Is your Barbie fed up with limp locks? Are her tousled waves looking more like she's had an accident involving fingers and a plug socket? Does her current look scare you witless? Well, you need a Barbie Endless Curls where masses of bubbly curls are guaranteed and neither heat or styling lotion are required. So stop having nightmares and read on...

When this blue-eyed beauty arrived, she brought with her a box full of goodies; two curling tongs, 4 rollers, 2 hair grips, elastic bands and a hairbrush. Everything Barbie needs for you to get creative and knock 'em dead. Even Ken won't be able to resist.

She wears a modern sparkly pink and black dress, and fashionable on-trend high heels, which add more than a touch of glamour to her already pretty face and down to her bottom long blonde hair. Oddly, however, with all her fashion sense and gorgeous looks, I found it rather disturbing (and so did my son, goodness knows what he was looking for), that she couldn't be bothered to wear any knickers. Dirty doll. I mean, why go through all that time and effort to produce such a pretty fashionable up to date modern costume design and leave out the panties? Obviously Barbie is not so sweet and innocent after all...

That aside, Barbie Endless Curls and all her fabulous goodies are just what you need to get creative! For that individual look use the tongs (roll, hold for 10 seconds and release) to produce cascades of tumbling curls and let them fall naturally for a casual finish. If you fancy straight once more, just use the brush to straighten it out. Simple and safe. No burnt fingers.

Just don't look under her skirt unless you have a cast iron stomach.


Omron Walking Style IV Step Counter - Blue, Size 1
Omron Walking Style IV Step Counter - Blue, Size 1
Offered by Premier Life Store
Price: 27.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to using Action Mode, 29 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I'm no fitness freak by any means, but I do try to get products that spur me along a little more than I would do without anything. Hence, I've tried several other step counters in my plight for fitness without too much pain; the last being the Omron Walking Style One 2.1 Pedometer - Black/Grey and that was impressive, so I had high hopes for this one, which is also by Omron.

I was not disappointed.

The Omron Walking Style IV Step Counter - Blue, Size 1 - looks small, smooth and stylish. I found it very easy to set up. Just start it up by holding any button for two seconds and it says 'Hello' then chose the up or down button to scroll through to get the measurements you are happy with - weight, distance and step length. Yes, I could use kg's and miles. Also 'time', so you have a clock on you at all times, too. When each choice is correct select the middle button to confirm and away you go.

Very easy indeed.

This comes with a carry strap and a clip and is small enough to carry in a pocket or clip to your top, or using the strap pop over your wrist.

There is nothing about this pedometer that I do not like.

I love:

It has a very nice feature of turning off when not in use, so I should imagine this saves on batteries. One CR2032 battery is included.

Incorporates Omron's usual 3D sensor technology for accurate readings.

This model includes a memory of 1 - 7 days, easily scrolled through via the 'mem' button.

It automatically detects your active, faster paced steps from your normal walking routine.

If you click 'mode' it scrolls through steps, distance, kcal and best of all, there is also an 'aerobic' mode you can press, so it records any extra curriculum aerobic activity separately from your usual step counts. Called 'Action Mode'.

All this in one tiny, good looking gadget.

Well, with all the other things I've been reviewing lately, I can see this getting a lot of 'aerobic' action, in action mode.

But can my husband keep up the pace?

Now there's a thought. Maybe I should get him one, so he can find his own action button...

I for one, would pay money to see that!


V-MODA XS Metal Noise Isolating On Ear Headphones - Matte Black
V-MODA XS Metal Noise Isolating On Ear Headphones - Matte Black
Price: 170.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Keanu Reeves of Headphones, 29 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
When the V-MODA XS Metal Noise Isolating On Ear Headphones in Matte Black arrived, I couldn't unwrap them quick enough. It seems like I've been on the hunt for a decent pair of headphones that last and are comfortable, for ages. Could this be the one?

At first look, the package looked too small for what they are. Inside the small box (which in itself was stylish and well designed in orange, white and black)I pulled out a hard black shell exoskeleton case. Already I could see this is not the average headphone quality - if they've gone this far with just the case and the design of the outer packaging these have got to be special.

With nervous anticipation, I zipped open the case and opened it up to an orange glow. Okay, not a glow but the inside of the case is a bright orange and pretty bright.

Attached to the inside of the case was the Kelvar reinforced cable, with a 1 button on/off SpeakEasy mic. Orange and stylish. It certainly does look hard-wearing, yet flexible. Clearly the designers have put time and effort into designing tangle free wire protection. Right down to the 24k gold 3.5mm plug. Suitable for iPods, Androids, Windows and BlackBerry's and anything with 3.5mm port devices.

Then, sitting there in the case were the headphones, all curled up, so small; apparently military-level quality.

In 'bullet time', I slowly took them out and eased the headphones into place, plugged it into my iPod and placed them around my head. They fit without even extending them, so even much bigger headed people can wear these!

Hmmm! I sighed in ecstasy, and leaned back, savouring the feel. They were the most comfortable isolating on the ear headphones I have ever tried. And believe me, I've tried a few.

Hardly being able to contain myself, I switched on my iPod. In an instant I could tell the sound was just as good as anticipated. Clear, well balanced and with just enough base to sound damn near perfect. No tinniness whatsoever. A little music leaks out, but unless you trap your head in a glass bubble, or you're living in a shared simulation of the world similar to the Matrix where anything is possible, that's inevitable.

I haven't heard a word my husband has said since...

That's got to be a bonus.

I may not be the Oracle, but I think I may have found Keanu Reeves of headphones -- 'The One'.


Oral-B Braun CrossAction Replacement Rechargeable Toothbrush Heads - (Pack of 4 Refills)
Oral-B Braun CrossAction Replacement Rechargeable Toothbrush Heads - (Pack of 4 Refills)
Price: 14.51

4.0 out of 5 stars Give them a Whirl!, 26 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Oral-B Braun CrossAction Replacement Rechargeable Toothbrush Heads provides 4 refills for several of the Oral-B electric toothbrush range. It does say on the back of the pack that there are exceptions. These will not fit the Pulsonic, Sonic Complete or the Vitality Sonic.

So what does CrossAction mean?

Well the individual brushes have been designed in a particular angle to get deeper into the teeth to therefore get rid of more plaque.

What do I like about these?

The brush is fairly small and fits into my mouth and around the back without too much face-pulling. I also like the 'indicator' brush, that shows when the brush head is due for replacement. It is recommended to refresh your toothbrush about every three months, so this pack of 4 will be enough for one person for a whole year.

I also like them because the heads are small enough to not make me gag. And believe it or not, I have over sensitive gag-reflexes and can't hold large things in my mouth for long periods of time, without gagging. But the less said about that, the better. At least this type of brush head doesn't cause that.

((Just read this review out to my husband, like you do. He seems to be under the impression 'I should be gagged at all times'. Not sure he has understood what this review is all about... ))


Creative Airwave HD Portable Bluetooth Wireless NFC Speaker with Built-in Microphone and Aux-in - Black
Creative Airwave HD Portable Bluetooth Wireless NFC Speaker with Built-in Microphone and Aux-in - Black
Offered by Luzern
Price: 89.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Has staying power!, 26 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The black Creative Airwave HD Portable Bluetooth Wireless NFC Speaker with Built-in Microphone and Aux-in - makes a good addition to my musical gadgets. I do not have a good car stereo, so this works a treat with my iPod and I can connect my phone to it, too. It is fairly big to be classed as portable, that said, it's sturdy and I feel its size helps with the volume of the sound, which can get pretty loud without distortion, unlike my broken speakers. It is also a good shape to take outdoors.

For all those music connoisseurs out there, this may not have enough base for your liking, but for me it does the job and I can't have anything too fancy or fiddly whilst driving. It's pretty much, tap and go. Once you have a couple of items connected by wif-fi (and this is very easy to set up) there's no need to keep constantly re-connecting them to each other, which is a problem I have had in the past with other similar products.

Comes with the leads you need to charge it up with too. Always a bonus. This speaker certainly has staying power and lasts a good 7 hours before it needs recharging again. Quite impressive.


Omron Walking Style One 2.1 Pedometer - Black/Grey
Omron Walking Style One 2.1 Pedometer - Black/Grey
Price: 17.06

5.0 out of 5 stars Steps up to the mark!, 25 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've tried out several pedometers and the Omron Walking Style One 2.1 is a reliable and well-known make at a reasonable price. It is not erratic like some, and although I found it a little tricky to set up my stride length, once programmed I slipped it into my trouser pocket and let it record my steps for the day. I like that this device is very light, and small, so I do forget it is there. This pedometer also shows how many calories I've burned each day and distance travelled in miles or kilometres. I still prefer miles, so I am glad it has this feature!

Includes a 7 day memory, a clock and a clip. In addition Omron's 3D sensor technology means that this device measures the intensity and frequency of steps taken with a higher accuracy regardless of where it is attached. I have to say, it is pretty accurate so it does the job well as far as I'm concerned and it definitely steps up to the mark. Top marks, in fact!


My Little Pony Twilight Sparkles Rainbow Kingdom
My Little Pony Twilight Sparkles Rainbow Kingdom
Price: 39.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Galloping away with my dreams!, 25 Aug 2014
= Durability:1.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:4.0 out of 5 stars 
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
When the 'My Little Pony Twilight Sparkles Rainbow Kingdom' arrived this 'My Little Pony' fan excitedly started to put this together, keen to get it all set up and reviewed to share my 'MLP love with the world. After all, I love my My Little Pony Princess Cadance sweetie.

However, after about half an hour of trying to get this together I had to enlist the help of a grown up (my husband and then also my brother-in-law!) It seemed very difficult to fix parts into the ready made holes, since many of them never quite fit properly. When we finally managed to get some of the pieces into their correct places, other parts squeezed and popped out. It all felt too plastic and badly designed. So much so, we wondered how this got through Hasbro's testing stages, because none of us were that impressed with the quality or its sturdiness.

By the time my Sparkles Rainbow Castle was finished, I sat there with a childish like pout and a feeling of great disappointment. Although brightly coloured and cheery with some great well thought out features, it looked more like a rickety, condemned building than a Rainbow Kingdom and my mood was far from sparkly.

The only bonus is that this set comes with one special edition Princess Twighlight Sparkle which is lovely. She has a hot pink outfit with matching shoes, a tiara, cool wardrobe and dressing table with mirror, plus a car in the shape of a cloud that she fits in (without shoes) to whiz down the slide.

Sadly the exclusivity of the Princess Twighlight Sparkle is not enough for me to go any further then 2 stars. And my whole family think I am being over generous with this! Usually I love My Little Pony products, so I feel awful not being able to recommend this but have to be truthful.

Shame, this had so much potential to be my dream castle but instead it just galloped away with my dreams!


Durex Thin Feel Condoms - Pack of 24
Durex Thin Feel Condoms - Pack of 24
Price: 12.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Testing Times..., 23 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Woot! These Durex Thin Feel Condoms really do feel like there is 'nothing there' (scarily), and since my last condom review Durex Extra Safe Condoms - Pack of 24 which have been rigorously tested, I am pleased to add these are even better. Plus these smell even less like normal condoms, but remain just as durable and very safe.

Well, like the true trooper of a reviewer that I am, I've got my white lab coat on and my husband laid out and all ready for me to test this pack of 24 on.

Only kidding!

Do you think he'd stay like that if I didn't tie him down first...?
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Philips SC2004/11 Lumea IPL Hair Removal System for body with Slide and Flash Mode
Philips SC2004/11 Lumea IPL Hair Removal System for body with Slide and Flash Mode
Price: 324.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Improvement, 22 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
In comparison to the Philips Lumea Essential SC1991/00 IPL Hair Removal System which I also reviewed, this version, the Philips SC2004/11 Lumea IPL system appears to be a newer, and higher end system with additional features my previous one didn't have. Although, I do not think there is much difference in the way they work, notable differences include:

The size of the handle on the top where the air vents are, is longer and thinner and the on button and light energy settings have been taken off the top of the 'gun' and moved to the handle, which is longer now. It all feels much nicer to handle and use.

Plus it includes an extra couple of features, namely a wider treatment area with a body attachment for when in main application mode to make sliding with a continuous application of heat flashes easier and quicker, the SC1991 does also have this Slide & Flash for smooth, speedy applications, what it doesn't have that this one does is a cordless and rechargeable feature, which makes this product much better for me as there is plenty of charge to cope with treating everything I want to, in one session.

Although there is not a huge difference in shape, and it works in the same way, the small changes have made a great improvement!


Oral-B Pro 600 Crossaction Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Oral-B Pro 600 Crossaction Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Price: 26.61

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smiley Happy Gnashers!, 21 Aug 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Braun Oral-B PRO 600 CrossAction Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush is a sleek looking tool to clean your teeth with. It has a longer handle than any other electric toothbrush I've tried before and because of this I feel it makes it easier to clean my teeth in all the hard to reach places.

Braun says it cleans 100% better than a normal tooth brush and with their fantastic brush's 3D movement cleaning system and round angled head it mimics the shape of professional cleaning tools. I can't deny the brush does look and feel different, and my teeth are a lot cleaner than usual.

I also love the built in timer, which indicates how long I have been brushing by making a different brushing movement every 30 seconds and when I reach two minutes it does this again with a slightly longer and different movement. When this happens, it is apparently the dentist-recommended brushing time of two minutes and strangely it does help me keep brushing longer, which can only be a good thing. I'm the sort of person this type of 'measuring' works on!

It also has a battery picture on the handle which lights up and it shows when the charge is getting low. This is something I have had in the past, and when I had to get a new brush without this indicator light I really missed it, so I am happy this is included on this version.

Even though this is not one of Braun's top of the range versions, and the price remains fairly cheap, I am happily impressed with this electric toothbrush and do recommend it.

WOW! This is my 400th review! 'Where are the flags and fanfare?' She asks, flashing her smiley white pearlies to anyone who will take notice...


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