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Braun Silk Epil 5-541 Wet and Dry Cordless Epilator with Shaver Head
Braun Silk Epil 5-541 Wet and Dry Cordless Epilator with Shaver Head
Price: £53.33

4.0 out of 5 stars Good entry-level model, 19 July 2015
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As the shaver head is small it will take you a fair while to shave/epilate completely. There are four different head attachments: the basic shaver head, trimmer cap, high frequency massage cap and the skin contact cap.

A good, non-slip grip ensures that you have a steady grip even in the shower, although personally, sitting down makes shaving easier. You may find that you’ll need moisturiser after shaving which is pretty normal, using the shaver in the shower won’t negate the need to apply.

There’s no carry case which is a slight negative. Apart from the 4 head attachments, there’s no more than a little cleaning brush and 2-pin charger (for which you’ll need an adapter). Charging takes around 1 hour from empty; a full charge will give around 40 minutes use.

Other more expensive models have larger heads which will reduce the time it takes to shave completely. If speed is important to you then you may be better off spending a few more £’s for a more fancy model with a bigger head.


Braun Series 9 9095CC Wet/Dry Electric Shaver with Clean and Renew Charger
Braun Series 9 9095CC Wet/Dry Electric Shaver with Clean and Renew Charger
Price: £211.56

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but no game changer, 13 July 2015
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I've struggled to get on with electric shavers for any real length in time, I find myself migrating back to the wet razor shave after a few weeks.

I was hoping that this top of the range model would help me stay with the electric, but spending £200 will still leave you with a few short-comings.

I tried using it completely dry at first, but the results were patchy at best (this after 3 days of growth). Adding a few drop of shave oil helped things a fair bit, giving better results but not completely smooth. The best results were used with a good quality shaving gel.

The lengthy and noisy cleaning station does a good job, but the replacement cartridges don't make this practical for everyday use for me. Maybe once or twice a week to give it a good clean, and use the tried and tested method of running it under a hot tap for the majority of cleans.

The precision trimmer is a bit of an afterthought. I've never found one of an electric shaver that does more than an average trim, perhaps because the market is awash with products that are designed to trim there's no necessity to produce a model that does both well?

The shaver is clearly designed to stay in the charger/washer, doing both in under an hour, so you should find the unit fully charged the majority of the time. Taking the shaver on your travels (in the nice travel pouch), will of course mean you may end up leaving the charger at home. However, with a full charge you should get around 50 minutes of use, so enough for most trips away even with daily use.

This shaver is well built, will give you a good clean shave, but only with using shaving oil or gel. For me, this defeats the purpose of having an electric shaver. I'll get a better closer shave using a razor and without the additional hassle of charging, cleaning (for around 40 minutes a time), and replacing cleaner cartridges

You'll get similar results from a cheaper model, and whilst this model is clearly a quality product I don't think the additional expense is justified by the results.
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Sealy Posturepedic Pocket Spring Back Pillow - Soft
Sealy Posturepedic Pocket Spring Back Pillow - Soft
Price: £24.05

3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but make sure you pick the firmness right for you, 3 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've used two pillows for as long as I can remember as one has never kept it's thickness for long enough. As this pillow is that much thicker there's no need to use a second to get the required total depth.

That said, for me, it's a little too soft (I know that there are firmer options/products) so it does tend to compress a bit more than I'm used to. It does hold you head/neck in a comfortable position, and because it is fairly weighty (at 1.7kg), it tends to stay in position overnight.

You will need to find a super-size pillow-case as it measures 61.2 x 41.4 x 19.4 cm, and the fact that you can't wash it, around £30-£40 may be a bit much for some people.


Bosch AQT 37-13 Plus Pressure Washer
Bosch AQT 37-13 Plus Pressure Washer
Offered by Great Savings UK
Price: £138.55

4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but perhaps over indulgent, 28 Jun. 2015
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As other reviewers have mentioned, the lack of instructions is a bit baffling. I've previously used a Nilfisk unit which came with instructions and a CD so there were few excuses for not getting in right. If I'd not used a pressure washer before it may be a little frustrating with a bit or trial and error before you're ready to go.

It's Bosch, so you know it's going to be well made and robust, which it certainly is. The unit itself is not too heavy at 6.5kg to carry around, and it does have wheels to make transport a little easier, as well as a handle that can be folded away for storage.

I mainly use a pressure washer for cleaning the patio and greenhouse. The patio attachment is easily connected, but I found that the angle to which the handle is connected means that the bottom of the patio attachment is slightly raised. I found myself leaning forward to compensate, to try and minimise the spray escaping from the back and soaking the bottom part of my legs. I'm not overly tall at 6ft, so an option to change the angle on the attachment or a longer wand itself would have been useful. The results using this attachment were good, but no better than I've had before. I did use the standard nozzle attachment to finish off the more stubborn stains which gave excellent results.

The standard nozzle is very powerful, so I used the 3-in one nozzle for the greenhouse which gave impressive results. Bear in mind, the unit runs at 130 bar, I'm not sure if the standard nozzle is required for all jobs, just be careful you don't over-do it! This nozzle will bring alloy wheels up a treat, without the need for chemicals.

If you need a unit for cleaning your patio, and you want a Bosch, then this could be a sound investment. That said, the AQT 35-12+ model comes with the patio attachment, albeit not without the 90 degree attachment and car wash brush, but then they may not ever be used.


Murad Age Reform Perfecting Day Cream SPF30 50 ml
Murad Age Reform Perfecting Day Cream SPF30 50 ml
Price: £39.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cream, 21 Jun. 2015
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I've used Murad products for a number of years and have always found the results to be generally better than other premium brands.

Whilst there is only 50ml in this tube, a little does go a long way so it should last you a good while even with daily use. I've found moisturiser creams with a high SPF tend to be a bit heavy and can leave a shiny and/or white residue, which can be made worse through sweating. This cream is light enough not to stay on top of the skin and is easily absorbed, with no ill-effects after a day in the sun. Recommended.


Lee Stafford Frizz Off Square Root Styler
Lee Stafford Frizz Off Square Root Styler
Offered by Home and Beauty Direct
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Well-rounded styler, 16 Jun. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
There is a good power cord length, something that isn't always the case, which gives you that bit more control of movement.

Using it when the hair is still a little damp seems to work well. Whilst it would take an age to dry hair (depending on length and thickness) so not really suitable apart from finishing off nearly-dry hair.

The bristles are well designed, and seem very good at holding the hair in place. Whilst it won't eliminate frizzy hair completely, it should greatly reduce it, and makes a noticeable difference to make your hair that bit more shiny.

The neon pink colour will appeal greatly to teens! Not sure if it looks too great with someone a 'bit older'!


Balloon Hats' Kit with 24 Large Modelling Balloons, Pump & Instructions
Balloon Hats' Kit with 24 Large Modelling Balloons, Pump & Instructions
Offered by CuteBitz Limited
Price: £6.40

2.0 out of 5 stars Ok if you use them quickly, 31 May 2015
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When I first opened the packet the balloons were fine and quite easy to bend and twist into shape. But I then left the packet for two weeks after which, every time I twisted one it burst. Not sure if they perished / degraded but were totally rubbish and I couldn't make anything. Two weeks is not a long time to leave the packet open, I expected better.


Cellfade Skin Enhancement lightening Cream 50 ml
Cellfade Skin Enhancement lightening Cream 50 ml
Price: £34.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to write home about 3/5, 31 May 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The texture is pleasant and absorbs quickly, but there is an undertone odor of fish just after application which is totally off putting, I’m surprised more other reviews haven’t mentioned it (I know some have). To be honest I don’t have a particular problem with uneven skin tone, maybe if I did I might notice a bigger difference.

I would say unless it is a particular problem for you, save your money. In the future I’m going to stick to cleanser, moisture, eye cream, deep wrinkle cream and pore minimiser, I think that’s enough stuff to put on my face!


The Gracekeepers
The Gracekeepers
by Kirsty Logan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dreamy tale, 28 May 2015
This review is from: The Gracekeepers (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Gracekeepers is a subtle tale that meanders and manages to entertain throughout. Little is written about the reasons for the watery world, and whilst it is paramount for the story's setting, this doesn't seem to matter.

Whilst the themes are fantasy, they still feel realistic and build a interesting atmosphere you grow to find strangely dreamlike.
There is so much that could have been added to make the story epic and memorable, but instead the dream-like prose fades away like the tide leaving you somewhat frustrated.

That said, there is still much to recommend with this book, and, as an aside, the cover artwork is fantastic!


Philips HR1857/71 Viva Collection Quick Clean Juicer - Black
Philips HR1857/71 Viva Collection Quick Clean Juicer - Black
Price: £64.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Great juice with a bit of effort, 21 May 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've owned a couple of juicers over the last few years, and whilst not using them even close enough to justify the price tag have found the results impressive compared to shop-bought juice. This model is fairly large, and will take up a fair amount of space in your kitchen (or tucked away in a cupboard).

The feeding tube is large enough to drop small apples or halved oranges etc without the need for breaking up into small pieces. The juicing process is very quick, it will only take seconds to juice a few oranges, a couple of minutes to fill the 2 litre supplied jug. The spout leading into the jug is well designed - if used correctly you shouldn't get any splash-back when the machine is switched-on and the jug is in place.

I wasn't particularly impressed with the quick-clean function which involves poring water into the machine whilst switched on. It may make it a little easier to clean as a good portion of the pulp is cleaned from the machine's parts, but it doesn't negate the need to disassemble and clean thoroughly. You will get a fair bit of pulp once juiced, but should help make excellent compost!

I've tried a fair few fruit/veg combinations, my favourite being orange, apple and fresh ginger. You don't need to peal apples or ginger, but citrus fruit will need to be peeled.Using any juicer can be tiresome when comparing to shop-bought juice, but the results from this juicer outweigh the negatives for me. It's robust, powerful, and should make me drink far more fresh made juice in the future.


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