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Smart Weigh Precision Digital Vanity / Bathroom Scale, "Smart Step-On" Technology, Tempered Glass Platform and Large Backlight Display
Smart Weigh Precision Digital Vanity / Bathroom Scale, "Smart Step-On" Technology, Tempered Glass Platform and Large Backlight Display
Offered by Five Star
Price: £19.95

5.0 out of 5 stars On a scale of 1 to 5 - I give it 5, 13 Sep 2014
This product was supplied by the manufacturer, no financial purchase was made

I like the Smart Weigh immediately. Very slim, almost all glass and altogether very contemporary in design, and not too heavy at 1.9 kg. Best used on a hard flat surface, and not a carpet.

Our previous bathroom scales have always been frustrating because they had a 100kg limit. This is no longer a problem because the Smart Weight has a capacity of 150kg or 331lbs. You might guess from this that I weigh somewhere between 100 and 150 kgs. There's the option of having the LCD display in kilograms or old-fashioned pounds or stones. Power is provided by a couple of thin lithium CR2032 batteries which are included with the scales.

It's almost impossible to comment on the precise accuracy but based on my own weight read-out, which was almost exactly what I was expecting, I am inclined to regard this product as accurate.

To protect against dust acumulation the scales can be stored in the plastic bag they are supplied with. The instruction book mentions that dust, dirt and moisture can accumulate in the weighing sensors and electronics which could cause inaccuracy or malfunction. I will be storing the scales in such a way that exposure to dust and moisture is kept to a minimum.

Personally I am very pleased with this device, it is attractive and it does exactly what I want it to do - by which I mean handle a weight of more than 100kg, which not every set of scales can do. I should add that the manufacturer warns against overloading above 150kg because it could cause permanent damage.

2x40 White Globe Ball Battery Operated LED Fairy Lights
2x40 White Globe Ball Battery Operated LED Fairy Lights
Offered by Golden Battery
Price: £25.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fairy nice, 12 Sep 2014
This product was supplied by the manufacturer and no purchase was involved.

Each cable contains 40 'globe ball' bulbs and is about 4 metres in length. So you get 80 bulbs in all, each 1.8cm in diameter and spaced 10cm apart.

Power is provided by 3 AA batteries (not included), and it might be a good idea to invest in some Duracell Rechargeable AA Batteries

The battery case features the on/off switch - there is the option of 'solid on' or a flashing mode, I would guess the lights flash on and off about 3 or 4 times a second.

The Globe Balls are nice and bright and I expect they will make for an attractive Christmas tree decoration, and they can be used for all manner of other decorative purposes too.

You get a 30 day money back Guarantee and a very reasonable 2 Years Warranty. I have found Koopower a good company to communicate with.

KooPower® 10 LED Fairy Candles Lights Flameless Artificial Battery Operated Powered Candles - Wireless with Remote Control - for Christmas Xmas Tree Birthday Party Wedding Dinner Church Temple Beach Grass Hotels
KooPower® 10 LED Fairy Candles Lights Flameless Artificial Battery Operated Powered Candles - Wireless with Remote Control - for Christmas Xmas Tree Birthday Party Wedding Dinner Church Temple Beach Grass Hotels
Offered by Golden Battery
Price: £19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The remote controlled wire-less Christmas tree lights, 12 Sep 2014
I accepted an offer from the manufacturer to review this product; no actual purchase was involved.

In the box I received there are 10 LED Fairy Candles, 10 clips and 10 AAA batteries - and a remote control which uses a CR2025 HL3V lithium battery, also included.

The immediately unusual (and welcome) feature of this product is that there are no wires to get tangled up - each light has its own dedicated power source. It's also a welcome feature to see that the batteries are included. Consequently it might be worth investing in some Duracell Rechargeable AAA Batteries.

We haven't bought this year's Christmas Tree yet but it's easy to test these lights on their own. One issue we quickly found is that some of the candles fit quite easily on to the matching clips but some require a fair bit of force. In the end we managed to get all 10 candles securely connected without any breakages. Once on, each candle can be rotated through an arc of about 45 degrees to facilitate the positioning so that each candle can be (hopefully!) perpendicular.

The remote control is bound to make you smile, if only for the novelty of being able to switch your Christmas tree lights on and off from your sofa. In addition to being able to switch on and off, other options enable you to raise and lower the brightness, and there are three choices once the lights are on: solid (i.e. not flashing) and 'SL' or 'FL' which basically means either a slow flash or a fast flash. There's actually not much difference between the two speeds.

In summary this a novelty but surely a very good idea. Best to use rechargeable batteries to keep the long-term costs down. Each 'candle' works out at about £1.40 which I'd say is probably fair enough; most people will want more than 10 and it would be good if there was a multiple-purchase discount.

This product has made my children look even more eagerly forward towards Christmas and they are keen to get the essential tree to put the candles on. Thumbs-up from this house.

Xqisit Mini Bluetooth Speaker - Champagne Gold
Xqisit Mini Bluetooth Speaker - Champagne Gold
Price: £29.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite? Nah. Pretty good though, 12 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is yet another in the seemingly endless array of small portable bluetooth speakers, designed to work with smartphones, laptops and other similar media technology. It weighs just 141 grams, in terms of dimensions its circular top and base are very slightly more (about 2mm more) than the size of a 50p coin or a typical watch-face, and it's about as long/high as half an adult male thumb. In other words: It's small.

But it packs a punch.

The instructions are hard to read and you might need a magnifying glass. It says you should charge the device for 3 hours before use (via USB to a laptop for example) but I found that it was ready for use in just over 1 hour. A full charge lasts about 4 hours, depending on volume level.

Hooked it up easily and quickly to my phone (Samsung) and placed it on a solid wooden table. No doubt about it, the sound quality from the 3 watt speaker is a step up from the phone itself, a big step in fact. Not as tinny for a start, but then again a long way short of what you'd enjoy using a pair of similarly-priced headphones because there's obviously not much in the bass department. Things can be notably improved if the Xqisit is placed in a corner or confined space so that the immediate surroundings can be used to amplify the sound. I found that the sound broke up once the device was about 4 metres away from my phone and/or if I took it out of the room, which is fair enough.

On the Xqisit you can pause the music and return to playing, you can adjust the volume and you can use it to answer an incoming phone call. You can also do a last-number redial. It has also been used with an iPad on FaceTime but the results have been mixed, with some callers saying that it was difficult to hear my voice.

One of this device's obvious benefits is to use it in a car but I have yet to do so. Its very small dimensions will appeal for such usage as it can be put almost anywhere. It also offers conference call facilities but again I have yet to try this out.

It gives the impression of being well made and the champagne finish is attractive. A carrying cord is supplied, which is handy.

Overall it's a surprisingly versatile product for such a small package, and being so portable only adds to its appeal.

VIBE Slick Grip for iPad - Red
VIBE Slick Grip for iPad - Red
Offered by IvoryEgg
Price: £14.85

4.0 out of 5 stars Can be slippery rather than slick, 10 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
My daughters (the iPad users in our home) have given this a confident thumbs-up, their main liking being the improvement in sound quality thanks to what the manufacturer calls "Passive audio amplification without batteries". I've listened myself and I would agree - it's better, although techically not any louder.

The main gripe is the grip. When held in landscape mode it's fine with no problems, but in portrait position it's very easy for the fingers to slide up - or should I say for the iPad to slide down - and there's a real risk of dropping it.

We haven't actually dropped it (yet) since putting the iPad in this Slick Grip, but its protective qualities are probably going to be judged by just what hits the floor first. The screen is not protected, so if you're unlucky enough to drop your iPad and the screen hits a corner of a table for example, then the resulting damage would be little different to dropping the iPad with no case at all. But it's fair to say that if any other part hits something hard first, most of the shock will be safely absorbed. This product is rubbery rather than plasticky, and shock absorption is consequently good.

The claim that it has an "Angled grip at the perfect ergonomic position for typing" is a little misleading, but it doesn't do any harm either. I would say that the angle and any aspect of typing convenience is little different from using a naked iPad. This is neither a strong benefit nor a disadvantage.

It's certainly true that with this accessory you can stand the iPad on a table or mantlepiece or any flat surface, making it handy to watch films and such like, but it's not very secure and only a slight nudge on the table it's on will send it falling over. So while this is a clear benefit it still requires care and attention.

The "comfortable silicone rubber grips" that are "great for gaming" may not suit every pair of hands but I would say that they make for a much better grip than holding a naked iPad. The feel generates a sense of security and safety, and overall this is one of the product's best selling points, perhaps one of the main reasons for buying it.

Personally I do not like it in red, but it is also available in other colours.

Emjoi MICRO Pedi MINI Portable Pedicure Device
Emjoi MICRO Pedi MINI Portable Pedicure Device
Price: £21.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Small, convenient and effective, 7 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Micro does an effective job at removing dead skin from the feet or other areas such as the elbows. Batteries are not supplied.

It's not exactly a criticism of the product itself but my better half keeps saying that it's a bit 'messy', and it's a good if not essential idea to use a fair amount of newspaper on the floor as a preparation. Other than that, no negatives really; it's surprisingly pleasant in use and the following day the feet feel smoother and almost like baby-skin (so I'm told).

A plus-point is its convenient size, although I can imagine that some might prefer the larger model in the range as it looks from the pictures that it could be a little easier to operate.

I can't say how this compares with any similar device as it's the only one I have used, but I can't really find anything to fault it. I like it, and my better half does too.

Braun SE89 Silk Epil Facial Brush Refill - Pack of 8
Braun SE89 Silk Epil Facial Brush Refill - Pack of 8
Price: £9.99

1.0 out of 5 stars It clearly says 'Pack of 8' but this is actually a Pack of 2, 2 Sep 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)

You need to be aware that this is not a pack of 8, it is a pack of 2, making it very expensive

The product itself is perfectly okay

Mark and Chappell Ltd Vet IQ Flea Guard, 90 Tablets
Mark and Chappell Ltd Vet IQ Flea Guard, 90 Tablets
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dogs have owners; Cats have staff, 2 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)

The first thing to say about this product is that three of our four cats definitely like it and the fourth has cautiously accepted it. The plastic bottle contains 90 tablets which need to be broken up by hand and sprinkled onto the cats' food. The tablets don't look very attractive but they have no noticeable odour despite the fact that it's ultimately an odour that will deter insects such as fleas and ticks from jumping onto the cats' bodies. One obvious difference between this product and the more familiar Frontline is that it is recommended that the tablets are added to food on a daily basis, whereas Frontline is applied externally perhaps once a month. It's a different means to the same end, at present it is too early to know for sure if VetIQ Flea Guard is as effective as Frontline (or its peers), but it is easier to apply and our cats actually like it.

We have found that Frontline costs us about £10 a month for the four cats; using the VetIQ Flea Guard instead the cost would be slightly lower because the same £10 outlay should last about 6 weeks.


Our previously mentioned cat who was 'cautious' has now taken to this product, but not because he likes it more. No, the reason he was walking away from his food was because he had watched me sprinkle the dust-like tablet onto his grub. I quickly figured that if he didn't see me do it, he would eat as normal, and that's exactly what happened. So the routine now is to prepare the cat food with the cats out of sight, mix the powder in so that it can't be seen, and then let them in. None of them seem to be aware of any addition at all, and all the food is being snarfed down as quickly as it ever was.

The Big Question of course is : Does it work? It's still early days but I'm inclined to say that YES, it does work.

TRESemmé Moisture Rich Luxurious Moisture Conditioner - 900 ml
TRESemmé Moisture Rich Luxurious Moisture Conditioner - 900 ml
Offered by O.P Healthcare
Price: £7.16

5.0 out of 5 stars My hair is now luxuriant, shining, and salon-soft, 2 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I applied the conditioner from mid-shaft to ends first on wet, shampooed hair, and combed it down to the roots. I left it on for three minutes for maximum saturation and rinsed thoroughly to remove all residue. The ultra hydrating formula quenched my hair's thirst by targeting the driest areas to lock in moisture, and being formulated with vitamin E, this lightweight conditioner revived my previously dry and damaged hair.

900ml for a fiver isn't cheap though - it works out at £5.54 per litre as of 1st September 2014. I already regularly use Carino Hair Culture Conditioner (exclusive to Aldi) which currently costs £1.99 for 1 litre - that's 36% of the price of the TRESemmé product and it's hard to see or feel any notable difference for short hair. They are both very good but one is simply much cheaper than the other.

For much longer hair, the difference is obvious and - in our household anyway - has proved to make this conditioner an immediate hit. "It feels really soft and nice" was one comment, and "my hair smells lovely now" was another. This was in comparison to the Carino product, so to give credit where credit's due, this does seem very clearly to be a better quality conditioner than low-price supermarket alternatives.

If buying online is important, or if buying a 'professional' brand of hair care is a priority, then TRESemmé Moisture Rich Luxurious Conditioner will not disappoint and will in all probability be completely satisfactory. Ignoring the price, it is very difficult to criticise this product for any reason.

But if the cost matters, and your hair is quite short, be aware that you can get a similar product (in terms of actual hair appearance, feel and overall benefit) for about one-third of the price. If you have long hair, however, this will be less of a consideration because you should see and feel some welcome benefits for the added outlay.

Little Darlings
Little Darlings
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!, 1 Sep 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Little Darlings (Kindle Edition)
Destiny and Sunset are two very different girls living very different lives.
Surviving in a small flat with little money, Destiny and her mother have to make do with a scarce amount of food. Even so, they live happily on their own together and share their very special secret.
On the other hand, Sunset lives in luxury, with her famous rock star father, ex-model mother, adorable much-loved little sister Sweetie, and little pre-school brother Ace. They are a classic celebrity family, who are nearly always featured in magazines. Despite all the treats and gifts and fashionable clothes Sunset is supplied with, she does not live as happily as Destiny, and longs to just fit in.
The two girls create a wonderful friendship... after finding out that they are related...!

This is one of my favourite books by Jacqueline Wilson and I would recommend it to those who like to get stuck into a GOOD book about true life. Moving, easy to relate to, funny at times - it's just splendid!
A must read for Jacky fans.

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