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Maybelline Mascara Volum' Express Turbo - 10 ml, Black
Maybelline Mascara Volum' Express Turbo - 10 ml, Black
Price: £5.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, some reservations., 12 Dec. 2015
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Very black. It covers lashes well, goes on smoothly and dries quickly. Definitely no clumps. After one coat lashes looked more defined and well separated. Don’t know about ‘turbo’ though - it took several coats to build any significant volume or length. A decent basic everyday mascara and good for the price.
I wasn’t so impressed with removal though. It took a bit of rubbing with my usual Simple facial wipes to remove the mascara properly and smudged rather more than I was expecting.
So some good points, some bad = 3 stars.
(Review by Mrs. Bill23)


TANQUERAY Dry London Gin 1 Litre
TANQUERAY Dry London Gin 1 Litre
Price: £22.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Nice Gin Indeed!, 12 Dec. 2015
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I'm more of a malt whisky person myself - I like a G&T when the weather's warm but I'd never regarded gin as a "connoisseur's" drink, just a 'base' to splash the tonic in, so I'd never gone beyond Gordon's or supermarket own brands before. So this Tanqueray is a bit of a revelation to me. Yes, the usual juniper flavour is there, but this is far more deeply flavoured than those I'd tried in the past. The coriander, angelica and licorice flavours really come through, and give it a lovely 'nose' - much more satisfying than regular gin, one to linger for longer over. Actually, you need to linger a bit more as this is 43% proof, packs quite a punch and not sure if that's what is wanted in a 'long' drink, but never mind, it's delicious with ice and lime. G&T can sometimes feel quite acidic on the stomach with me, but I didn't notice it with this.
Now it's opened my tastes to the subtleties in gin (like those in whisky or brandy), I may try some other brands or other Tanqueray blends in the future. Cheers!


5 x GS-H2 GS H2 GSH2 Clearomiser Atomiser Clearomizer Atomizer for CE4 CE5 Ego Shisha Pen
5 x GS-H2 GS H2 GSH2 Clearomiser Atomiser Clearomizer Atomizer for CE4 CE5 Ego Shisha Pen
Offered by KAZBRO
Price: £3.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, excellent price, 12 Dec. 2015
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All worked fine and fast delivery


Uniross charger for Electronic Cigarettes No Nicotine
Uniross charger for Electronic Cigarettes No Nicotine
Offered by Cell Solutions
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Worth paying the extra., 12 Dec. 2015
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Last time I bought 2 unbranded chargers for £1 each. Neither worked properly and let me down when I needed a charge. This Uniross branded one cost £3 but works perfectly and reliably.
No contest - buy this.


Hubz Shisha Pen GS-H2 2.0ml Rebuildable Clearomiser atomiser Cartomizer Atomizer eGo T C W 510 - 5 Replacement Coils
Hubz Shisha Pen GS-H2 2.0ml Rebuildable Clearomiser atomiser Cartomizer Atomizer eGo T C W 510 - 5 Replacement Coils
Offered by SPECIAL DEAL
Price: £2.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and reliable., 12 Dec. 2015
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Cheap and 90% reliable. Fast delivery.


Windows 10 for Dummies Book + Online Videos Bundle
Windows 10 for Dummies Book + Online Videos Bundle
by Andy Rathbone
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.00

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another invaluable 'Dummies' titile., 12 Dec. 2015
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I like the 'Dummies' series, and their approach to taking novices through difficult subjects without being patronising - we all have to start somewhere, right? I haven't actually updated to Windows 10 yet, but I invested in 'Windows 8.1 for Dummies' when I had to buy a new desktop PC a year ago. That turned out to be extremely useful in getting to grips with 8.1, so no doubt this will be also, when I have to buy a new laptop soon. This is by the same author, so I have confidence it will answer my many questions.
I like the way the author starts from first principles rather than assuming any prior knowledge of Windows, while still referring back to previous versions which most people will have some experience of.
The 8.1 book came with a DVD with videos of many tasks and procedures - this has been replaced by online videos which you need a code from the package to access - haven't tried these yet but if they are similar to the DVD they will be pretty useful.
His analysis of Microsoft's overall strategy is very helpful - once you understand the concepts of the cloud, onedrive, and interchanging between PCs, phones and tablets you have a solid foundation to go forward with confidence. However, he is also quick to point out those areas where Microsoft's strategy is designed to benefit Microsoft - something you won't get from their own guides.
Like the author's other 'Dummies' books, the essential information is well-highlighted, easy to understand and easy to find. He doesn't try to pack too much in, just presents the essentials in plain English.
The only criticism I would make is that there is no discussion of what older apps will or won't work with this upgrade. Having paid £200 for Office 2008 a few years ago, I'd like to know if that's going to be compatible with 10, but nothing apart from the operating system is mentioned.


Beurer Bathroom Scales with Natural Stones
Beurer Bathroom Scales with Natural Stones
Price: £55.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful piece of technology, but..., 27 Oct. 2015
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These are really quite lovely. Well-designed and robust, but the real feature is the real stone inlay pedestal. if you're the sort of person who spends £80 rather than £10 on a kettle because it's a lovely looking object, then these will appeal to you even though they are 5 times the price of a scale which will perform the same function equally well, but will look ordinary instead of stunning.
Functionally, they are fine. Large white LCD readout. Needs a hard level floor to function correctly (like all scales). They are a few Cm. larger than most bathroom scales, so if they are to fit in a tight spot, then check the measurements first. The pebble pedestal feels nice on bare feet, but the box says that the surface has a "naturally revitalising massage effect", which is rather overselling it. You're not going to get much of a "massage" just hopping on to weigh yourself. (The box and the Amazon page both state that there are batteries included, but I didn't get any. Other reviewers seemingly did, so maybe just unlucky.)
There is, however, one big drawback for UK users: Although there is a switch on the back which allows you to select 'Kg., Pounds or Stones', what you get if you select 'stones' is the amount of stones in DECIMAL FORM, so that 11st 7lb is rendered as '11.50' stones. Who on earth expresses it like that? If you are young, you have probably grown up using Kg, and that certainly looks like the future, so maybe not a problem to you. But otherwise this seems an inexplicable error in a premium product. They are made in Germany, so I presume this is just a fundamental misunderstanding of Imperial measures, and quite a howler for the UK market. Fort many people, this will be a deal-breaker, so big mistake.
One star off for that, but a beautiful, premium piece of technology nonetheless. I think I'll go with Kilos from now on.


Energizer E14 6 W, 1 LED SES (Small Edison Screw) Golfball Bulb
Energizer E14 6 W, 1 LED SES (Small Edison Screw) Golfball Bulb
Price: £6.80

5.0 out of 5 stars LED bulbs - the future?, 30 Sept. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Never tried an LED bulb in the home before, so was interested to try this. The lightbulb market has been getting confusing this past decade, with energy-saving bulbs, halogens and now LEDs - plus the fact that old incandescent ones are getting unobtainable. I was pleased with this, and this seems to be the future for all bulbs. The light is bright but not dazzling like some halogen bulbs, but also gives a nice 'normal' reading light similar to an old pearl incandescent - NOT like those dreadful 'energy-saving' bulbs which were foisted on us some years back to replace incandescent, but took half a minute to warm up, then gave a ghastly dim yellow light. Gives out nothing like the heat of an incandescent, so must save energy. I have to say, these look like the future - and provided they last as long as they say, I'd be happy to use these everywhere. (Even looks like a proper lightbulb, not an ugly bit of twisty tube)


Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream, 50g
Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream, 50g
Price: £16.80

5.0 out of 5 stars No disgrace to the BB brand..., 30 Sept. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Mrs. Bill23 has now been using this for a month - this is what she thought of it:
"My usual night cream is LOreal Agedefy, and this was definitely a step up from that. Lovely 'natural' scent, nice creamy texture and easy to apply as it seems to absorb well. Results are hard to gauge visually but my skin does feel nicer, and seems to have benefitted from the change." So she liked it. We have both used and enjoyed Burt's Bees products in the past and like the brand,, but they do seem to be branching out into more and more products these days. Whether they can keep doing this and still keep the natural, cottage-industry feel of the brand could be debateable - but there's nothing wrong with this particular one. Indeed, it seems to do it's job well and is nice to use. Says she would definitely continue using for the time being.


Philips Sonicare HX9111/21 FlexCare Electric toothbrush - Platinum
Philips Sonicare HX9111/21 FlexCare Electric toothbrush - Platinum
Offered by Dynamic Sounds Ltd.
Price: £109.48

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-notch toothbrush, 13 Aug. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Pretty much the BMW of toothbrushes - expensive, yes, but well made, beautifully designed and superbly functional. Can't tell how long it will last yet, but it gives confidence that it's been manufactured with care so I'd expect it to give years of service. The soft heads cause no discomfort and are easy on the gums. After cleaning, my mouth feels like it's been treated to a good overhaul - fresh and tingling. Charges from flat in about 2 hours and lasts for ages between charges, though, again, this is a nice new battery and you would expect it to - we'll see how it performs over time.
Soft grey handle gives a good grip, feels comfy in the hand and well balanced. Has 3 settings and 3 speeds. I haven't had the nerve to use the top one yet - medium seems quite as powerful as I'd want it. Heads are reasonable, cheaper than some - just wish they'd produce packs in various colours so we knew whose was whose! Overall a lovely piece of technology - if price is no object, then I'd highly recommend it. If you're on a budget, there are less pricey options available, but this is top of the range, and feels like it.


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