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Nivea Men Minis Gift Set for Him
Nivea Men Minis Gift Set for Him
Price: £5.50

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful, but not comprehensive, Nivea gift set, 6 Sept. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Ideal for travel as hand baggage as none of the products are larger than 100ml so can be carried on aircraft the small pack contains Nivea Men Active Clean Shower Gel 50 ml, Nivea Men Cool Kick 48H Anti-Perspirant 35 ml, Nivea Men Energy Shower Gel 50 ml and Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm 30 ml, as noted under the product description, Of course what's missing is shaving foam which would be a more useful addition than additional shower gel! Nonetheless a cheap present or a useful purchase but the lack of shaving foam results in the loss a s star. Even for everyday (short-term trials) it seems to be an oversight.


Crock-Pot Slow Cooker, 3.5 Litre, Butternut
Crock-Pot Slow Cooker, 3.5 Litre, Butternut
Price: £28.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality slow cooker, 1 Sept. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
As a fan of casseroles I was looking forward to trying this slow cooker not having owned one in the past.

The build quality is excellent, although I note that it is at the more expensive range of slow cookers. In addition to the cooker itself you get some cooking utensils which seems a little pointless to me but maybe not to others.

The instructions, although referring to three different models are clear and the slow cooker is very easy to use. It has produced a couple of casseroles that are definitely better than anything I've cooked on the stove top or in the oven.

The test with any kitchen appliance is will it still be in use in 6 months time. I suspect I will use this but only for a very limited range of recipes.

I've dropped a star as it's relatively costly and, unlike others, I don't like the colour!


Geox U Simon W C - Smooth Leather, Men's Mocassins, Black, 42 EU
Geox U Simon W C - Smooth Leather, Men's Mocassins, Black, 42 EU
Price: £83.55

4.0 out of 5 stars Quality, breathable shoes, 1 Sept. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Good quality shoes comprising a man-made sole and leather uppers. The sole is perforated which is meant to allow your feet to breath. I haven't noticed much difference but don't particularly need breathable shoes!

I normally buy lace-up shoes rather than this style. I'm normally a size 9 but these are size 8 and still feel a bit loose - and I've always felt that lace-ups were more secure anyway. Nonetheless I've worn them to work and at the weekend and they are suitable for wearing with a suit or with chinos but maybe not jeans.

The price seems reasonable. I normally pay a lot more for shoes but they tend to be fashion branded. The breathability should extend the longevity and the leather seems of very high quality. Notably because they do not have a leather sole they have far better grip.

Overall a solid 4 stars, one lost for sizing issues


Bosch PHS7961GB Classic Coiffeur Hair Straighteners
Bosch PHS7961GB Classic Coiffeur Hair Straighteners
Offered by Invero
Price: £51.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, good name, good in use, 22 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Handed over to my partner for a review the build quality of the straighteners seems to justify the premium price, or at leat what seems a premium price to me! There are 5 temperature settings, they heat up faster than many straighteners and appear to have a more even temperature distribution.

I guess I'm dropping a star, and not my partner, because they are more expensive than alternatives. But I trust the Bosch brand so this is a tentative view. Overall if you need hair straighteners then these fit the bill!


Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for Eyes 15 ml
Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for Eyes 15 ml

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin! But poor packaging., 19 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Easy to apply and a non-greasy moisturiser that is not detectable in use. I guess the real test is whether it makes a difference in the long term. After a couple of days use it seems to improve the appearance of lines around the eyes, but does nothing for the ever growing bags below them or the dark skin tone around the eyes. As it goes it does have a reasonable effect. I suspect longer term use will be the real test so I'll update the review if there are any dramatic changes.

However, the pack I received had an inner lid which had become detached (I assume) from the outer lid. Much of 15ml of moisturiser was attached to this. I've thrown the detached portion away but am not sure if this is needed to keep the moisturiser in good condition. So a significant negative for packing no matter how good the product is!

There are lots of eye moisturisers on the market in this price range. This seems comparable and based on Murad's reputation a good choice. I don't see much too distinguish it from the competition however so a fair product at a comparable cost. Again I will update the review if this turns out to be a wonder product in long-term use.


Hangerworld Wooden Premium Belt Hanger, Natural
Hangerworld Wooden Premium Belt Hanger, Natural
Price: £7.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 18 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A quality hanger which I will use for belts. It is certainly tidier than putting belts into a draw and offers easier selection. Not much more to say. High quality, well constructed. and looks as though it will last for ever.

Highly recommended and an easy 5 stars.


Hangerworld 45 cm Wide Coat Hangers Garment with Non-Slip Trouser Bar, Pack of 30
Hangerworld 45 cm Wide Coat Hangers Garment with Non-Slip Trouser Bar, Pack of 30
Offered by Hangerworld
Price: £25.62

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent hangers, 18 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've recently being replacing the myriad of plastic clothes hangers I have with wooden ones. What's clear from this process is that wooden hangers vary significantly in quality and that the price/quality ratio is not always clear.

Well these hangers are excellent compared to the completion. The hangers sure well made, varnished, and of consistent quality. The combination of jacket/shirt hanger and a trouser hanger makes good flexible combination. Importantly for me, the hangers are not too bulky which means that they don't impact on how many clothes you can fit in an wardrobe. Also, for a box of 30 hangers they are very good value.

Overall no issues with these hangers which I'd strongly recommend. A clear five stars.


GBC HeatSeal Proseries 4000LM A2 Laminator with Hot Roller Technology
GBC HeatSeal Proseries 4000LM A2 Laminator with Hot Roller Technology
Offered by Caboodle Office Supplies
Price: £336.56

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but better for a small commercial organisation rather than a Home Office., 12 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
First, it's worth saying that this laminator is pretty big. It probably won't fit in a home office and will be more suitable for commercial organisations. Build quality looks very good though, most marked by the incredible weigh of the laminator. It fires up very quickly, the manufacturee claims within 1 minute. Usefully the laminator takes not just A4, but a variety of paper sizes affording many more options in use. Sizes to A2 are possible. Instructions are extremely concise and clear but it would have been nice to have some laminated pouches as well to try the product out with.

All you get 4 or 5 cards which can be used to clean the laminator periodically. So for me to report on the actual laminator I guess I'm going to have to buy some sheets or get some from work. Irritatingly though, some on Vine have been offered laminator sheets but without access to a laminator. Not particularly clever thinking.


Philips ORT7500/10 1950s Retro DAB+ Original Radio with Bluetooth and USB Charging - Red
Philips ORT7500/10 1950s Retro DAB+ Original Radio with Bluetooth and USB Charging - Red
Offered by Branded and New Ltd
Price: £134.66

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unconvincing DAB/Bluetooth radio, 2 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
There are lots of DAB/FM/Bluetooth radios around and this Philips model joins the crowd. There's nothing compelling to suggest this is the model to purchase against the competition.

First, it's expensive. Second, it's fairly large although this is partly repaid by fair, although not outstanding, sound quality. Third, it as a pseudo retro look. It's not an original look but you might like it. I don't. Fourth, reception is pretty bad. It's OK for FM but for DAB you'll need to have the intrusive aerial fully extended and then, in poor reception areas, will probably need to strategically position the radio.Fifth, the controls are far from intuitive. You need to use a combination of the two obvious knobs on the radio and pressure buttons on the metallic band above them. The band itself feels as though it could easily be pulled off and finding a station, switching radio band, and more is far from intuitive.

So overall I see no compelling reason to buy this radio/bluetooth set. There's lots of competition and at this price point, unless you love the design, look elsewhere.


Omron MIT Precision Five Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor
Omron MIT Precision Five Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor
Price: £53.58

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good design but variant pressure readings, 31 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This blood pressure monitor consists of the monitor itself, two AAA batteries, a neat case and instructions in multiple languages. The monitor itself is of high quality with a clear interface and good design. You will need to read the, remarkably clear, instructions to be sure how to use the monitor (particularly in relation to its positioning) and to understand some of the more advanced features such as the inbuilt memory.

A major advantage in using this monitor as far as I'm concerned is that it is used on the lower wrist rather than upper arm. As a result it's much easier to attach and easier to read the results. It takes about 10 seconds to attach the monitor the your wrist and secure it using velcro material.The monitor attempts to ensure it's correctly positioned, and consequently the result is reliable, by systems which alert you via the LCD screen if it's not correctly attached on the wrist or is above or below the level of your heart. The monitor is designed to be used sitting at a table with your arm on the table and the monitor on your wrist level with your heart. The guidance offered by the monitor is very useful as the position of the monitor relative to your heart can result in radically different results.

In use it takes about 30 seconds for a reading to be obtained. You also get a pule rate reading and the monitor alerts you to an irregular heartbeat. The pressure readings are extremely easy to read. On first use the date and time are set on the monitor and the last 90 readings are stored on the monitor and can be reviewed, If you take up to three readings in 10 minutes or less the average reading is also displayed.

So all good but I do have some reservations. First the average reading is a bit of a gimmick. The instructions advise that you should not take readings one after another - two or three minutes are needed for the blood vessels to recover between readings. You're going to have to be quick off the mark to get three readings in 10 minutes therefore to obtain an average reading. More of an issue is that I keep getting notably different readings - with a variance of up to 20 per cent - between readings taken a few minutes apart while obtaining a reading in the same position. The readings also seem a bit high - at least compared to those I get from my GP when, in theory, 'white coat' syndrome, or at least not being in a quiet home environment, should result in a lower reading. At this stage I can't say the monitor is inaccurate but I will take the monitor with me when I have another blood pressure check and see how it compares.

So a well designed and easy to use monitor, and the 90 reading memory is useful. But I have some concerns over the consistency of readings and the average function is not very useful. The positioning monitors are good and they should help ensure an accurate reading so the variant results are a marked concern. So one star dropped.


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