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Silky Textured Super-Soft Sleeping Mask Eye Mask with Ear Plugs and Convenient Carry Case -- This Sleep Mask Set Is Ideal for Train Journeys, Long Flights and Just About Any Other 'Anti-sleep' Location!! -- This Sleep Mask Is Perfect for Short Naps During the Day and a Long Peaceful Night's Sleep -- The Sleep Mask Is a Perfect Natural Aid for Sleep Disorders and Insomnia - Your SATISFACTION GUARANTEED ***100% money back within 60 days if you are not completely satisfied***
Silky Textured Super-Soft Sleeping Mask Eye Mask with Ear Plugs and Convenient Carry Case -- This Sleep Mask Set Is Ideal for Train Journeys, Long Flights and Just About Any Other 'Anti-sleep' Location!! -- This Sleep Mask Is Perfect for Short Naps During the Day and a Long Peaceful Night's Sleep -- The Sleep Mask Is a Perfect Natural Aid for Sleep Disorders and Insomnia - Your SATISFACTION GUARANTEED ***100% money back within 60 days if you are not completely satisfied***
Offered by 40Winks
Price: £19.95

5.0 out of 5 stars For a really good sleep - try this!, 31 July 2014
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This is an excellent sleep mask - it is well designed and made to a very high standard. In the pack you get the sleep mask, a handy drawstring bag and a set of ear plugs.

The mask is well designed and you hardly know you're wearing it thanks to the lightweight construction although it shuts out 100% of the light. It also remains in place when you move thanks to the adjustable strap which fastens/adjusts with Velcro. Cleverly, the strap also features two storage loops for the earplugs which are equally effective in shutting out sounds. What also marks this mask out is that because of its soft construction it doesn't feel or sound "crinkly" when you move in your sleep so isn't likely to wake you up. The overall cut is also generous ensuring both the width and depth easily cover your eyes and the sides of your face truly excluding the light. The supplied case should also make sure that you're less likely to lose or mislay the sleep mask.

This sleep mask also comes with a generous trial period and warranty which you shouldn't need to call on but it's a statement of (justified) confidence by the seller that it's there. We really like this mask having tried a number before. Highly recommended.


Philips GC2045/26 Easyspeed Steam Iron with 120 g Steam Boost and Ceramic Soleplate, 270 ml, 2300 Watt, Blue
Philips GC2045/26 Easyspeed Steam Iron with 120 g Steam Boost and Ceramic Soleplate, 270 ml, 2300 Watt, Blue
Price: £38.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mid-range iron with top performance!, 30 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
My suspicion is this Philips GC2045/26 iron has been designed by someone who actually does the weekly ironing in an everyday household. I say this because every detail of it seems geared to usability - the shape, ergonomics and weight; the quick heating up time; a genuinely non-stick ceramic sole-plate with well designed tip; plus; a near perfect steam system which doesn't drip and gives consistent steam with a hefty boost when needed.

Three of us have now used this iron and we all love it because it's easy to use and works so well. The steam reservoir is easy to fill and the built in de-calcification setting is welcome too. The (controllable) volume of steam and boost facility is the best I can recall on any iron I've owned. We also tested the vertical steam facility which allows you to hold the iron vertically and steam hanging items - ideal for garments and curtains - the feature worked brilliantly too getting rid of some long standing creases in our lounge curtains. Particularly when used in vertical mode we'd have appreciated a slightly longer flex but there's probably an EU safety standard for that!

Overall, the design, functionality and features of this iron are top notch and especially considering its modest price it really is a very good product indeed, so much so, that I suspect will be more than a match for most of the "premium irons" out there. The heatproof storage box is also a welcome extra - why hadn't anyone thought of this feature before? - it's ideal for small flats etc. where you can't leaving things out to cool. We like this iron a lot. Recommended.


DigiYes® USB POWERQI Qi Wireless Charger for Nokia LG HTC Samsung (Black(no alarm buzzer one USB cable))
DigiYes® USB POWERQI Qi Wireless Charger for Nokia LG HTC Samsung (Black(no alarm buzzer one USB cable))
Offered by DigiYes
Price: £10.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A competent QI wireless charger, 30 July 2014
I was sent this DigiYes USB Wireless Charger for review. In the box you get the charger, a decent length USB (about .75m) to Micro-USB cable and instructions - it looks a well made device with CE and FCC markings.

I tested this with a Nokia 920 smartphone - remember, your phone must be QI equipped for a charger of this type to work and you need a USB power source to power it - no power supply is included in the pack. The thing I like about this charger is that it has non-slip rubber rings both under the charger and on top of it to prevent your phone slipping off. There's a discreet red LED which turns green when you put your phone onto the pad and charging commences - the colour change is accompanied by a bleep. This is particularly helpful especially once you've started to take wireless charging for granted or have audio on your phone turned off at night and don't look at the screen charging indicator.

I found this charger to work well and to charge my phone a slightly slower speed than a conventional charger - but there is only a slight difference. The charger switches off once the phone is charged and will come back on again if the level of charge falls sufficiently. A note of caution with all wireless chargers is just to make sure the phone is positioned properly on the pad for charging to take place - I'm told some phones are fussier than others although I experienced no problems.

To me, this seems like a well made and very competitively priced QI charger. Recommended.


Philips YS527/17 Click and Style 2-in-1 Shave and Stubble
Philips YS527/17 Click and Style 2-in-1 Shave and Stubble
Price: £50.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good secondary shaver and effective stubble trimmer, 30 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This Philips YS527/17 combined shaver and stubble trimmer looks and feels well made being finished in black with subtle blue detailing. In the box you get the main handle unit, stubble trimming head, shaving head with protective cover, charger (with two pin shaver plug), cleaning brush and instructions/warranty. The instructions are visual rather than textual and it's easy to get the gist of them.

In use it's easy to transform this unit from stubble trimmer to shaver and vice versa - the two heads just click on and off. The stubble trimmer has an adjustable cut control which although simple works well. The shaver attachment features two of the familiar Philips circular cutters with a collection compartment for the cut hairs. The handle is well shaped and easy to grip with an on/off switch and LED battery/charge indicator. The whole device can be rinsed under the tap as the handle and two heads are waterproof. The device won't work when connected to a shaver socket but you get around an hours operation from a full charge and you can top up the charge in an emergency by plugging it in for 5 minutes - the LED indicator does warn when the charge is getting low.

One gripe is that although a protective cover for the shaving heads is supplied contrary to the claims in the product particulars on this page no travel case is supplied. Not a deal breaker and you can improvise but a bit annoying.

The quality of shave is okay - in my opinion on a par with a good travel shaver. Remember there are only two radial cutters, so coverage is more limited and it requires more effort to shave your face, however, it is capable of a good shave albeit it takes a bit longer. The stubble trimmer works well too and the adjustable cutters will, with a bit of trial and error, give you the look you want.

In summary, this is a quality device from Philips which isn't quite as good at shaving as a full size three cutter shaver but passable and with a good stubble trimmer.


Himbox HB01 Bluetooth 4.0 Hands-Free Car Kit for Cars with 3.5 mm Aux Input Jack (Convenient Siri / Voice Activation, Dual USB Car Charger and Magnetic Base Included) - Blue
Himbox HB01 Bluetooth 4.0 Hands-Free Car Kit for Cars with 3.5 mm Aux Input Jack (Convenient Siri / Voice Activation, Dual USB Car Charger and Magnetic Base Included) - Blue

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really makes a difference!, 30 July 2014
This Himbox HB01 Bluetooth Hands-Free kit was sent to me for review. In the package you get the Himbox Bluetooth car device, a magnetic base with 3M branded adhesive disc, a power socket adaptor with two USB outputs, a User Manual and warranty (1year) with support details.

The out of the box impression is of a small but well made device. The unit is available in a variety of finishes - mine is blue. The device uses the latest iteration, Bluetooth Version 4.0, although it is retro compatible with earlier versions. To use this device you need to have a car with an audio jack or USB connection. To install the kit you simply insert the power adaptor, plug the device into the power adaptor (either socket is fine) and connect either the audio jack or USB to you car's audio system. You then pair your phone or phones (as this device also supports two phones), locate adhesive holder for the Himbox device (after a bit of a try out for the optimum location), and you're good to go. The hands free unit is tasteful and discreet - easy enough to reach but not untidy or garish.

In use, the device will give you crisp audio from your phone automatically muting on receipt of a phone call. The phone call quality is excellent too in both directions and, if your phone features Siri/voice command you can use it with this Himbox device. The design and ergonomics of the Himbox device are great as using just three buttons you can control play/pause, volume up/down and track backwards and forwards, and in phone mode call answer/reject and hands-free or private talk (to be used whilst stationary only).

The supplied power adaptor is also versatile too - it is slim and fits into the limited aperture in my Audi A1 (which many adaptors do not). In addition, the power adaptor features two outputs a 1A amp and 2 Amp socket, either of which you can use to power the hands free unit.

This is one of those devices which may you not immediately appreciate what a difference it does actually make - I wouldn't be without it now. Recommended.


Roberts Radio Sports DAB5 DAB/DAB+/FM Personal Digital Radio - White
Roberts Radio Sports DAB5 DAB/DAB+/FM Personal Digital Radio - White
Price: £46.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Competent, 30 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This personal DAB/FM radio fills a void in the market for those who don't want to use their smartphone to stream radio. I found this radio really useful during a stay in hospital.

The radio seems quite well made and, yes, as some reviewers have remarked, it is light but in today's world that doesn't mean it isn't well made/durable. Two AA batteries (not supplied) are required to get going and the controls are logical including the "jog wheel". The white on blue LCD display is fairly large and legible plus on DAB can give you all sorts of information about programme titles and artists etc. There are 5 pre-sets on each band - so 10 in all, plus, a lock switch which prevents the controls from being accidentally operated whilst in your pocket etc. The supplied earphones deliver good quality but because they have long stalks can come adrift quite easily - given that this radio has "Sports" in it's description I think more sport friendly ear buds should be considered although you use your existing ones.

In use the radio pulls in a good selection of FM and DAB stations - I got around 40 on DAB in Mid-Sussex but what that also shows is that the "ration" of 5 presets for DAB is sparse. Sound quality and resistance to fading etc. is good. One thing I'd have liked would be some kind of tone control because I think DAB can sound a bit "tinny" at times but I suspect I am in a minority. Battery life is ok, however, if you only use DAB the batteries will drain more quickly.

Overall, if you need a personal radio this is a good one although just a few refinements might make it even better.


Charity & Philanthropy For Dummies
Charity & Philanthropy For Dummies
by Karl T. Muth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and helpful, 30 July 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a very comprehensive text stretching to around 380 pages. It is presented in the usual "For Dummies" format which is readable cover to cover as well as to dip in and out of and as a reference text. I think this is quite a thought provoking book and one which should inspire a lot of people to go beyond putting a coin into the charity box. Another thing I like about it is that unlike some "For Dummies" titles this edition is even in its coverage of UK/US issues and sources of information etc. The main sections of the book are;

- Getting Started with Charity and Philanthropy
- Knowing Where Your Money Goes: Which Sector Is For You?
- Delivering on Your Good Intentions: Practical Ways to Get Involved.
- The Part of Tens (Ten Compelling Reasons to Give; Ten Ideas for Telling Your Philanthropic Story; Ten Great Ways to Start Giving Today).
- Where We're Donating Our Resources and Why?

There are also lots of examples and case studies to draw on in the book.

To me this book, is a great way of developing your thinking about charitable and philanthropic activity - it may not have all the answers but did stimulate a lot of thought about the what; where; when and how of such activities and that's a success in itself. In my opinion this is a useful text especially for those new to the charitable/philanthropic sector.


The Sweetness of Life
The Sweetness of Life
by Françoise Héritier
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It depends on your point of view, 30 July 2014
This review is from: The Sweetness of Life (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a book for which my preference is to dip in and out of it. This is not a text for people who like tight structure and tangible outcomes. It is arguably indulgent because it is so evocative yet does not reach any conclusions - it is an evocative book full of almost sensuous descriptions conjuring up all sorts of feelings and visions that will depend on your life experience. The book is, in my view, successful because it does summon up strong and often nostalgic images from lines like - "listening in bed at night to the Westminster Chimes extending their ritornello every quarter of an hour in the kitchen". However, be prepared for the intensity of the text which just brings forth one image after another and,that's part of the reason why maybe the book is better in small doses.

The analogy I'd make is that to some people the description of a fine wine might be enticing, for example, " a fruity, full bodied flavour with a hint of spice and an after taste of woodiness" - some people will be enticed and excited by this description, others might say it's a lot of pretentious nonsense. This book is exactly the same in the way it can be perceived.

In summary, this is a nicely presented and unusual book which, for the right person, could make a good gift but it isn't for everyone.


Bolse® Wireless Presentation Presenter with Laser Pointer and Fly Air Mouse
Bolse® Wireless Presentation Presenter with Laser Pointer and Fly Air Mouse
Offered by T.M. Enterprise
Price: £39.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intuitive and precise to use!, 29 July 2014
This is a really clever device and the concept has been well implemented - it is easy to use and works really well. In the box you get the Wireless Presentation Presenter and, stored within its battery compartment, the USB wireless receiver, 2 AAA batteries and a user guide. The main handset is powered by the two AAA cells and the mini receiver draws its power from a USB port.

The "out of the box" impression is of a well made device which has a black rubberised finish with white legends - it is light and comfortable to hold with good ergonomics for left or right handed use. The size of the keys and scroll wheel are just right. This neat little device mimics a conventional mouse, will give you wireless control over a Powerpoint presentation (including using "felt tip" markers and erasing them etc), enable you to use "gesture controlled" air mouse functionality in almost any programme by moving the device through the air, and, by using the built in scroll wheel/buttons. This is a huge leap forward from using a conventional mouse for presentations and other products I've seen/used in the past. This Wireless Presenter also includes features a built in laser pointer.

The strengths of this device are that it's easy set up, plus, operation is intuitive and precise. To set the device up you simply plug the included mini receiver (which is rather like one of those small Bluetooth adaptors) into a USB port - the first time it appears to install some generic drivers, the handset connects wirelessly and you're in business. Installation worked first time on both my Windows notebook and Mac (it can be used with Android and other operating systems too). The range between the handset and receiver seems to be at least 40 feet.

In use the "air mouse" function is very easy to use and very precise in interpreting your movements - it's amazing. I used it for a briefing for volunteers delivered using Powerpoint and felt really confident with it. There's a button to switch the air mouse off so if you want to talk to a slide the mouse pointer won't fly around the screen if, like me, you gesticulate. Navigation between slides etc. is intuitive using the buttons and it's easy to use the marker facility etc. The built in red LED laser pointer is also a useful extra.

Bolse have certainly got this product right first time - installation is a breeze; operation is intuitive and the air mouse function is really precise - I like this product a lot. Recommended.

(I was supplied with this product for review).


aLLreli USB 3.0 Flash Drive Memory Stick SuperSpeed [Swivel Design] (32GB Black)
aLLreli USB 3.0 Flash Drive Memory Stick SuperSpeed [Swivel Design] (32GB Black)
Offered by ForPower(aLLreli TM)
Price: £12.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, capacious and good value!, 28 July 2014
This Allreli USB Memory Stick was sent to me for review. The memory stick comes nicely presented but slightly difficult to open in its plastic blister pack. The stick itself is small but feels robustly made with a hinged cover over the exposed end which also allows you to attach a lanyard/keyring. This kind of cover is so much better than a cap which you'll soon lose. This is a USB 3.0 stick memory but to get the advantage out of it your computer must be equipped with USB 3.0 which is supposed to be up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0. You can usually tell a USB 3.0 port as the inside of the socket is blue.

I mainly use USB sticks for storing and transferring photographs from my Nikon DSLR - many of the files are quite big as I shoot in RAW and JPEG. My test is probably crude, but under USB 2.0 I'd get a transfer speed of about 15Mbps, however, using this Allreli USB 3.0 stick the speed was about 90Mbps - which was considerably faster not only in technical terms, but in practical terms too. Certainly, if you have a USB 3.0 equipped computer then it's worth buying this sort of memory stick because it is so much faster than its USB 2.0 counterparts.

In summary, this Allreli memory stick is compact, feels robust and well made, has a protector for the exposed connection, plus, it's fast and capacious at a very good price. Recommended..


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