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L'Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Extreme Charcoal Wash 150ml
L'Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Extreme Charcoal Wash 150ml
Price: £4.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 22 Oct. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is pretty impressive for the price. It leaves the skin feeling genuinely cleansed and the matt gel helps to reduce any shininess from the skin. The charcoal base to this product is very evident in the 'unusual' grey colour of the gel, and the residual marks it can leave occasionally on your face, and more consistently on bathroom sinks! The charcoal does seem to readily attract oil from the skin whilst not having a drying effect. Its consistency means that whilst it's not an exfoliator it does have a gentle scrub action.

I've found the skin wash is most effective when used in very small amounts and worked well into the skin.

Overall a very good product worth five stars.


L'Oreal Men Expert Vitalift 5 Moisturiser - 50 ml
L'Oreal Men Expert Vitalift 5 Moisturiser - 50 ml
Price: £8.54

4.0 out of 5 stars The best L'Orial moisturiser for men, 21 Oct. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
L'Oreal seems to have an ever expanding range of moisturises for men with a a complex range of attributes attributed to each one from protection from pollution, anti-bacterial, to easy use. This particular moisturiser is towards the top end of the range, at least in terms of the list price, here currently highly discounted, and in terms of the range of attributes associated with it. It aims to address wrinkles, dryness, dullness tightness and loss of firmness.

I haven't been using the moisturiser for long enough to assess whether these claims stand up. Compared to other moisturisers which suggest the same, this moisturiser is fairly inexpensive. In use it's a fairly thick cream, which whilst making application slightly more troublesome (only a small amount is needed), it suggests it a robust product. I notice a smoothing effect on my skin compared to other L'Oreal moisturisers, and it does seem to reduce skin dryness. I'll report back if it addresses the other concerns it aims to address.

At the moment, 4 stars for the best L'Orial moisturiser I've tried so far. But L'Orial, please streamline your product range!


L'Oreal Paris Age Prefect Cell Renew Advanced Restoring Golden Serum - 30 ml
L'Oreal Paris Age Prefect Cell Renew Advanced Restoring Golden Serum - 30 ml
Price: £18.92

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hyaluronic acid serum at a reasonable price, 20 Oct. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Without a good six months of testing it's difficult to tell if any creams or serums make a difference. This product contains hyaluronic acid which aims to encourage the loss of older skin cells and encourage the development of new cells. It should be applied post cleansing and pre-mosiurising twice daily. From a male perspective this may be a bit of an overkill!

It's easy to apply and only a small amount is needed. I'll report back if I notice any dramatic impact. With this product L'Oreal is trying to go upmarket and the product, I guess, is designed to look more expensive than it actually is. It's good value compared to the competition, especially as currently prices on Amazon seem to be heavily discounted. I'd suggest if you're looking for a hyaluronic acid skin product this is worth consideration.


L'Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Eye Roll On 10ml
L'Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Eye Roll On 10ml
Price: £5.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ineffective, 18 Oct. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
On the positive side this eye moisturiser is meant to work for 24 hours so only needs to be applied once a day. It is also very easy to apply and readily absorbs into the skin. Otherwise, while the metal ball applicator does result in an immediate cooling feeling it doesn't last. In terms of a reduction in lines or dark skin under the eyes it simply doesn't work for me. I've tried it before and had hoped the formula might have been improved but it remains as ineffective as ever.

So one star.


Garnier Garnier Pure Active Wasabi Gel Wash - 200 ml
Garnier Garnier Pure Active Wasabi Gel Wash - 200 ml
Price: £4.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine, 17 Oct. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Inexpensive everyday face wash designed for men's skin. It has a refreshing citrus smell and is easy to apply and wash off. It aims to reduce skin blemishes and has an anti-bacterial agent to protect skin. It seems to be OK but no dramatic impact to date. I'll report back if this turns out to be a wonder product.

Overall a Solid three stars.


L'Oreal Men Expert Hydra Sensitive Protecting Moisturiser
L'Oreal Men Expert Hydra Sensitive Protecting Moisturiser
Price: £7.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive and easy to apply, 17 Oct. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
One of the more inexpensive moisturisers in the L'Oreal Men Expert range. This is aimed at sensitive skin and is light and easy to apply. As a bonus it's also meant to last for a full 24 hours so a second application is not required. Other moisturisers made by L'Oreal have greater moisturising powers, or aim to reduce the effect of tiredness or ageing. I'd be tempted to go for these rather than this particular version. There's nothing in especially wrong with it but I thinks it's a little to light to be effective with more complex skin demands.
Overall four stars.


UE ROLL Ultraportable Bluetooth Speaker, Waterproof and Shockproof - Volcano
UE ROLL Ultraportable Bluetooth Speaker, Waterproof and Shockproof - Volcano
Price: £69.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take it anywhere light-weight speaker, 13 Oct. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A very flexible, take anywhere, bluetooth speaker that's dust and water-proof - to the extent that it can withstand up to 30 minutes submerged in water up to a metre deep. The speaker I have is in black with red/orange stitching detail which on the front allow volume to be adjusted up '+' and down 'I'. The rubberised rear has a micro USB charging input (with a rather smart yellow USB charger cable, but no mains adapter), a protective rubber cover for the charging USB and 3.5mm audio connection and a subtle on/off button, and bluetooth paring button both partly illuminated to indicate when the speaker is in pairing mode, when it's fully charged, and when it's turned on.

The speaker comes with a relatively limited Android and iOS app although it works fine once paired as a selectable audio-out speaker via your device bluetooth interface.

For the price build quality is hard to beat and sound quality for the size is remarkably good. I couple of negatives - for which I've dropped a star - I experienced was the length of time a firmware update took once I'd connected the speaker to an iPhone 6S Plus, and for the difficulty I had trying to get an Android tablet to recognise the device in pair mode. Your really want a bluetooth speaker to seamlessly connect to your tablet/phone. As noted, the app is not brilliant.

Overall though recommended.


Collins Legacy A5 Notebook - Black
Collins Legacy A5 Notebook - Black
Price: £8.08

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High quality but expensive notebook, 13 Oct. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A high quality note book with an elasticated band to keep it closed, a ribbon bookmark, a rear storage pocket, and a total of 240 A5 pages. The notebook is hardback but with a little flexibility. A non-leather but to a degree leather-like binding, covers the notebook. The pages are lined, but otherwise unmarked - so no page numbers.

The notebook has a classic look and feel. But you're paying for that with a price not far of that of a hard-backed novel, so whilst I like the quality I'm not so keen on the price and have knocked a star off for that. Otherwise recommended.


NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix 80 ml
NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix 80 ml
Price: £8.59

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to use but does it work..., 11 Oct. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I can't report any dramatic change in my skin through using these pads daily for a week or so but will report beck if anything exciting happens. Male skin may be more resistant to the Glycolic fix! That said nor can I report any negative side-effects.

The pads are very simple to use. Simply cleanse skin as normal, dry, and then use one pad over face and neck. One pad is entirely sufficient and they leave a residue of fluid on your face which I leave to dry off. Then apply a standard moisturiser. I guess the product is designed to remove dead skin cells. I can't see the results but others have reported very positive outcomes.

Overall it's easy to use and pretty cheap to buy so four stars for now. I'll advise on any problems, or successes, in due course if I experience any.


Common
Common
Dvd
Price: £3.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable and shocking., 9 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Common (Amazon Video)
Excellent film which illustrates a failed law and the dangers it results in. I hadn't heard of 'Joint Enterprise' before but am well aware of it now. Well acted, gritty with suitable cinematography to match, not a fun film but one that leaves a lasting memory. Recommended.


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