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Triby - Protective bumper case, red
Triby - Protective bumper case, red
Price: £14.90

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced, 25 Jun. 2016
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It's OK as a supplementary cover for the Triby but is massively overpriced.
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Silicone Rings for Active Lifestyle, Silicone Wedding Rings with Decent Look Gift Box and Carry Bag to Show the Commitment Always, Silicone Ring for Fitness, Different Jobs, Sports, Outdoor Activities (Blue, 9)
Silicone Rings for Active Lifestyle, Silicone Wedding Rings with Decent Look Gift Box and Carry Bag to Show the Commitment Always, Silicone Ring for Fitness, Different Jobs, Sports, Outdoor Activities (Blue, 9)
Offered by H&N Product Chain
Price: £14.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nasty, 25 Jun. 2016
As it appears in the product images, rather cheap and nasty.

This product was provided by the manufacturer free of charge in return for an independent review.


Salter Kitchen Scale, Timer & Thermometer Gift Set
Salter Kitchen Scale, Timer & Thermometer Gift Set
Price: £40.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value with some understandable quality issues, 25 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
For the price you get three key, good value, kitchen accessories - scales, a timer and a food thermometer. The build quality of all three items is very good, remarkable considering the cost. If you're concerned about scales matching a timer, well these items all match! The finish is good, if a bit basic, and build quality is not outstanding but the kit is so cheap it's better than might be expected, and from a well-known manufacturer.

Overall, this pack makes sense if you need all three items, or perhaps two of the three. The timer in particular has a large screen, although the display could be clearer, but the thermometer is a useful addition to any kitchen. All come with batteries fitted.

If the kit was more expensive I might be more critical but for the listed price it's difficult to find fault. Four stars.


Scotch 'Precision' Scissors - 20 cm, Grey/Red, 1 Pair
Scotch 'Precision' Scissors - 20 cm, Grey/Red, 1 Pair
Price: £8.77

5.0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive reliable scissors, 25 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These are low-cost scissors that were very sharp on receipt. As stainless steel is not a particularly strong metal it is likely that they will become blunt over time. Of course they can be resharpened and at this price point I don't think it's too much of a problem.

So inexpensive scissors which will last a while. No major issues so 5 stars.


Scotch 20 cm Titanium Scissors - White/Green
Scotch 20 cm Titanium Scissors - White/Green
Price: £10.13

4.0 out of 5 stars Looking good, 22 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
At the slightly more expensive range of scissors available on Amazon. The manufacturer says that titanium is four times harder than stainless steel which would be a plus, and that they will not blunt for 100,000 cuts. I've had other scissors which have promised longevity and which, like these, have been sharp when bought, but have later become blunt.

At least the scissors are comfortable to use, so for the moment a cautious four stars. I'll be increase to five if they last for a year.


Oral-B Genius 8000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Oral-B Genius 8000 Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush Powered by Braun
Price: £129.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of extras, that you probably won't use, 18 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
New to the Oral-B range of the electric toothbrushes is the Genius 8000 and 9000 models. What you get for both models is a free app to download with enhanced functionality compared to their other bluetooth brushes. There's a phone holder to stick via a large sucker to your bathroom wall and if you let the brush takeover your phone - or rather the camera or microphone, and point the camera to see your face, the brush will make sure you clean all your teeth thoroughly. The toothbrush will function in a non-smart way as with the older toothbrush, but you're paying a premium for all the extras. If you apply too much pressure when brushing a light on the toothbrush is unmissable and you can chose the colour you want via the app!. Both Genius modules come with a carry case, although this one cannot change the brush from the case as the 9000 does. And you get one fewer brushes - three in total.

So Oral-B is putting some faith in bluetooth as an additional features. And the app, as long as you have a smartphone, and it runs the appropriate operating system, is not bad. It shows you graphically the four quadrants of your mouth to clean in turn with a count down timer from two minutes - or a count up timer if you like. It also shows you which cleaning mode you are using - daily clean, gum care and sensitive - together with an ability to change the time you want to clean each sector of your mouth, chose particular programmes to deal with bad breath or improve gum health, record when you replace a toothbrush head (the app will remind you), and record the last 30 cleaning sessions. To keep you entertained while all this is going on the app will display local weather conditions, the latest news and photos. You can also watch your own videos or photos if you want to. I think the 'smart' mode though setting up the phone's camera really is a bit too much hassle everyday. And in my bathroom at least I have small tiles which the phone holder will not attach to so it's a choice of using the mirror or using the mirror. I'm not sure I can't this bulky stand attached to my mirror though, or how safe it is keeping hold of my phone. Water doesn't mix well with mobile phones, and nor do tiled floors. In more expensive versions of the toothbrush you get a bathroom accessory to hold your phone safely. I think this is pretty much essential when mixing phones and bathrooms.

The app is not perfect either. For example it doesn't start automatically when you turn on your toothbrush. You have to start the app and link the toothbrush each time you use the app with the toothbrush which can take around five seconds. The app encourages you to clean your tongue for 10 seconds but does not monitor that so you have to click a button on the screen to say you've done it, or not done it. It's the same with flossing and mouthwash.

If you're convinced of the benefits of electric toothbrushes you'll be happy with this model. That said if you are not going to use the app there's no point in going for the bluetooth version - and note you've lost some features - whitening and an extra brush head - compared to the old version.

In addition battery life is not great. Phillips brushes do better battery life and having reviewed one of those a couple of years ago (and saying I preferred Oral-B) I now like the Phillips brushes better. So if you do go on holiday with this brush for more than a week you'll need to take a charger with you as well.

Pricing of electric toothbrushes seem to be rather insane. And this brush is selling with a 50% discount. I'd avoid paying full price for this brush therefore, and its a hefty price!

The fact is that the basics of electric toothbrushes haven't changed. People tend to use the everyday mode and all the brushes do pretty much do the same things. This brush comes with some bells and whistles - and the bluetooth feature is a big plus if you're going to use it but there are cheaper bluetooth models out their from Oral-B. So it's really the additional functions the enhanced app has that you're paying for. I doubt many people will use the camera option.

So overall a very good electric toothbrush but most features won't be used and a price/benefit balance this is a very expensive brush. Four stars


Panasonic ER-GB80
Panasonic ER-GB80
Price: £59.76

3.0 out of 5 stars Limited battery life, 18 Jun. 2016
This review is from: Panasonic ER-GB80 (Personal Care)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I haven't tried Panasonic trimmers before - tending to focus on Braun and Philips who seem to dominate the market. The kit is certainly comprehensive - you get a trimmer for hair, one for beards and with this model one for body trimming. It also comes with an inexpensive carry-case, a cleaning brush and some oil.

Charging time is fast at around an hour and the battery lasts for around 50 minutes. Overall the build quality is good and the product has a lot of features.

However, we definitely live in a throw-away society. The batteries, and blades, are expected to last for around three years. That's not all that long for a relatively expensive product so I'm not massively impressed with this. And the trimmer is a bit more expensive that the competition.To get it to last that long you're meant to charge it monthly and if you don't charge it at least six months you can expect battery fluid to leak. All slightly alarming! And if the battery is flat, or out of use, it looks as though the trimmer either won't work or will work slowly. I'm afraid for me it's lost two stars for all of this.


Command Medium Picture Hanging Strips (9 Packs of 3 Pairs)
Command Medium Picture Hanging Strips (9 Packs of 3 Pairs)
Price: £26.29

3.0 out of 5 stars Fit for certain situations, 18 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've used a variety of these Command products with mixed success. To be fair two picture hangings failed due to weak plaster in one case - so a chunk of plaster came off the wall with the picture which had been hanging for two months - and once where the back of the frame had masking tape holding the picture in place. In that instance the hanging strips remained attached to the masking tape. Unfortunately the picture was not longer attached to it!

I tend to use the strips on solid walls when a drill is needed. For plasterboard I think it's easier - and cheaper - to use a small nail. And of course, neither of the experiences above would have happened if I'd used a nail or drilled a hole in the wall.I would not trust the strips with anything that was precious and I didn't want it to break. I suspect these are best suited to rented properties where avoiding wall damage is imperative.

So overall three stars


Baylis & Harding Freesia Blossom and Pear Anti Bacterial  Hand Wash 500 ml
Baylis & Harding Freesia Blossom and Pear Anti Bacterial Hand Wash 500 ml
Price: £2.15

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Value, 18 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
At time of writing the product is insanely cheap. Significantly ti claims to kill 99.9 per cent of all bacteria. It has a Molton Brown look to the bottle - although here you get 500ml compared to 300ml. The smell is subtle and inoffensive although I still prefer MB products. But something that is so effective at killing bacteria, at this price point, really can't fail to be worth five stars!


Father's Day Gift , 6 in1 Multi Tool Handy Tech-Tool Pen, Ballpoint Pen/ Touch Screen Stylus/ Screwdriver/ Ruler/ Spirit Level/ Metal Pen Gift Case, Black
Father's Day Gift , 6 in1 Multi Tool Handy Tech-Tool Pen, Ballpoint Pen/ Touch Screen Stylus/ Screwdriver/ Ruler/ Spirit Level/ Metal Pen Gift Case, Black
Offered by westonetek
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 Jun. 2016
As a pen remarkably versatile and effective. It really does work!


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