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Igenix AMZ08 1 L Kettle and Two Slice Toaster Breakfast Pack - Black
Igenix AMZ08 1 L Kettle and Two Slice Toaster Breakfast Pack - Black
Price: £36.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Great toast and kettle set., 8 May 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a good serviceable little set. There's nothing twenty digital here but quite frankly had prints in digital and all you really want the thing to do is boil water and toast bread.

The black looks smart. The kettle is a squat little Cattle and the maximum it holds is 1 L. The minimum is .6 L. It just has one switch off and on and the lid is manual. It has a limescale filter and the element is covered with stainless steel bottom so it easier to clean when the time comes to descale. It sits on a freestanding base so it is cordless. I will mention that it only has two gradients for filling up. It boils very quickly and it wiped clean.

The toast is also wide clean. It has a regular push down handle at the side. And a manual knob which you click round from settings 1 to 5. It has four buttons: reheat frozen and stop. These illuminate. The words are printed in silver on the front have a feeling these may scratch off if you abrade them to thoroughly.

The toaster slots are quite small you probably wouldn't get anything like a thick slice of bread or a large bun inside. But the good thing is that the crumbs for straight through the toaster to the crumb tray.

This is a very nice little good value set that works looks attractive.


Leathario Mens Full-grain leather Leather Weekend Travel Duffel Bags
Leathario Mens Full-grain leather Leather Weekend Travel Duffel Bags
Offered by Leathario Bag
Price: £150.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong and sturdy, 7 May 2016
This is a stout, strong and sturdy duffel bag. It is made of genuine leather. I can't really see, but I have a feeling that the leather is then bonded with some kind of plastic backing material and then lined inside.
N.B. It was perfectly finished as I would expect high-end goods such as this to be: Inside, mine has a glue-mark on the lining top of the opening flap. There's a silver pen mark on the seam of one side – presumably this is where the leather is marked out. Stitching generally okay but fell down a little on the shoulder strap work was a bit messy.

In use, one thing I don't like is the Velcro on the inside pocket is needle-sharp and painful to pull up.

Pros:
it's very strong and sturdy.
It has to strong carrying handles which are stitched and riveted onto the main body.
It has a shoulder strap which is also stitched and riveted onto the main body
the fastenings are real brass
the outer surface is real leather
the zips are metal and appear sturdy.
There is room inside for phones and a laptop.
Is lined inside.
It has brass studs on the bottom to prevent wear.
It has its own luggage label.
Even though it's leather, mine didn't come with any particular unpleasant odour.

Cons:
It's already quite weighty before you put anything into it
it doesn't fold down particularly well for storage.
Velcro fastening on mine quite painful to pull up.
Fell down a little on the finishing.

I was sent this by the seller at a reduced cost in exchange for my unbiased opinion. I like it, but, for a high-end good I would have expected quality-control to have picked up the two little finishing flaws mentioned in the opening paragraph.


Hawaiian Tropic 240 ml Ultra Radiance After Sun Lotion
Hawaiian Tropic 240 ml Ultra Radiance After Sun Lotion
Price: £7.29

4.0 out of 5 stars Moisturising rather than cooling., 5 May 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a pleasant after sun lotion with a lovely 'island mango' fragrance smells quite fruity. It doesn't smell of coconut.It claims to hydrate and It is a lovely moisturiser which is quickly absorbed but it doesn't do much cooling, so this might not be suitable if you want something to cool down the sting of overexposure. It's nice though. I like it.


Aidonger Women's Vintage Canvas Handbag Shoulder Bag (Multi-colored mosaic )
Aidonger Women's Vintage Canvas Handbag Shoulder Bag (Multi-colored mosaic )
Offered by super-kaufshop
Price: £24.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Attractive bag, 5 May 2016
This Is an attractive and roomy shoulder bag. It's canvas and the trim is soft faux leather (appears to be vinyl).

Pros:
Attractive muted colours.
Handy zipped pocket on the front
Can be zipped slightly smaller – two zips, one on either side.
Study carry handles
Lengthy shoulder strap – this is made from webbing.
Interior is lined
Two interior pouched which can hold a phone
Two interior zip pockets which can hold a purse
Roomy enough to take a laptop.
The zips have sturdy metal zip pulls.
The bag is well-stitch together

Cons:
No studs on the bottom to prevent wear
The attachments are vinyl rather than leather. I find vinyl isn't as hard-wearing as leather, but the attachments are fine at the moment.

I was sent this at a reduced cost by the seller in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. I like it.


Kommii 1x Apple Corer,Comfortable Sturdy Rubber Grips,Easy Grip Thin Apple,Apple Slicer Stainless Steel,3.5 Inch Apples 8 Slices (Green)
Kommii 1x Apple Corer,Comfortable Sturdy Rubber Grips,Easy Grip Thin Apple,Apple Slicer Stainless Steel,3.5 Inch Apples 8 Slices (Green)
Offered by KommiiDirect-UK
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Silicon grips make it especially suitable for those with reduced dexterity, 5 May 2016
I can't be without an apple slice. I particularly like to add apple slices to salads.This slicer is a sturdy one. It's sharp and does a good job cutting the apple. It's quite substantial and it has two silicon side grips which make it particularly suitable for elderly users because it's easy to grip.
I will give you a good tip If you have an apple slicer: These are great for cutting your own potato wedges. If it's a large potato, cut it in half and then slice each half into wedges. You can then cook the wedges in the oven with salt and pepper and oil or in a combination microwave. If you cut wedges with a slicer they are all evenly sized and cook evenly. (That do get a cylindrical one but that just adds to the fun.)

Pros:
It is safer. Your fingers are well away from the slicing action, unlike a knife.
It slices cleanly in less than a second and saves time
I don't think it's good for your teeth to bite into an apple because it pushes the gums back – as I understand it.
It's best to get rid of the core and the pips (the pips contain slight quantities of cyanide.)
The green silicon side grips – I've never seen a slicer with this feature before – make it easy to hold and use, even if you have dexterity issues.

Cons:
My one reservation is that it has a plastic surround. The slicer is only as strong as the plastic surround. If it snaps, the slicer becomes useless.
That said, this one looks good and strong so hopefully it will give me many years of service.

I received this product from the seller at a reduced rate in exchange for my fair and biased opinion. I can say that I love it.
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Aidonger Vintage Multi-colored Canvas Shoulder Bag Handbag for women ( Strip)
Aidonger Vintage Multi-colored Canvas Shoulder Bag Handbag for women ( Strip)
Offered by super-kaufshop
Price: £22.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful colours., 3 May 2016
The best thing about it is the beautiful colours on the front. They are really lovely muted colours lovat green, heather, pale aqua -- very pretty. The fabric of the bag is patchwork canvas. The leather accessories are real leather. They actually do smell of leather.

All the attachments are well stitched to the bag. It has two webbing carry handles and a very sturdy webbing shoulder strap (inside) which extends a good length. The total length of the strap when fully extended is 45 inches. But you don't have to use the strap you can just use it as a handbag. On the side there are buckles, so you can adjust it to be slightly smaller if you need to. The base measures approximately 13" x 5" so it is quite a roomy bag.
There is a zip fastening at the top. Inside is very nicely ordered. It is lined in brown logoed cotton. On one side you have some fabric pockets for your phone etc. On the other, there is an opening pocket with no zip, and then there is a zipped pocket and at the back of this there is another zipped pocket, so there are plenty of internal compartments, which I like. It has been admired by friends also.

All in all, this is a lovely and practical handbag for everyday use. I was sent this by the seller in exchange for my unbiased opinion and I love it. (Auntie Barbar)
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Your Pace or Mine?: What Running Taught Me About Life, Laughter and Coming Last
Your Pace or Mine?: What Running Taught Me About Life, Laughter and Coming Last
by Lisa Jackson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational anecdotes on running and life, 2 May 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I was expecting a narrative format incorporating anecdotes about running but this is a collection of insights with its own table of contents.I was pleasantly surprised. Lisa Jackson is South African born and resident in the UK. The book has a lovely British flavour.
The author details how running taught her about life, death, dreaming, failure ,success and never giving up. You can dip in and out of this if you want some inspiration – and not just about running. It's written in an engaging style and includes wise words from people also met along the way.

This Is an enjoyable read. I'd recommend it for anyone with a passing interest in taking to the road.


MHtech Dimmable LED Desk Lamp, USB Rechargeable Portable Table Lamp, Eye-care Folding Table Lamps, Memory Function, Touch Sensitive Control, Reading Lamp
MHtech Dimmable LED Desk Lamp, USB Rechargeable Portable Table Lamp, Eye-care Folding Table Lamps, Memory Function, Touch Sensitive Control, Reading Lamp
Offered by MHTECH
Price: £35.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Doubles as a powerpack, 1 May 2016
This comes as roughly the size of a large watch case. It opens up to give you above that the base which you simply press. This gives you a lovely bright white light to read by. You can open the light right out horizontally or close it up to almost shut and the light stays on. You can place it on its side on its back.
It also has a metal handle with a hanging hook which flips out onto the back, so you can hold it or hang it. You can also use this as the base if you want to stand it up as a regular desk lamp.
It's very good bright light.Initially, I thought it was standard brightness which is quite bright but if you keep your finger on the button it dims to exactly the brightness you require when you take your finger off the bat and it stops at the light that is best for you.
It itself appears to be quite solid and well-made looks attractive and modern. It is quite stylish.
It comes with his own charging cable charges in about 3 to 5 hours. On the side is an indicator panel so you can see how much charge is in the lamp.

As a bonus, this doubles as a powerpack and can charge a mobile phone.

I was sent this lamp by the seller and a reduced rate in exchange for my unbiased opinion and I love it.
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Hawaiian Tropic 180 ml SPF 30 Satin Protection Sun Lotion
Hawaiian Tropic 180 ml SPF 30 Satin Protection Sun Lotion
Price: £9.42

4.0 out of 5 stars Coconut scented, 1 May 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is labelled as 30 SPF and with a UVA *** and the UVB (no star rating given) along with the Skin Cancer Foundation. It comes in a squeezy tube which fits into the hand quite nicely. It has a fliptop lid. The active ingredient is Octocrylene.
Hawaiian Tropic is probably best known for smelling of coconut and it still does.It has quite a pleasant distinctive coconut and cocoa butter scent.
This isn't the cheapest lotion available but it the cocoa butter is a good skin conditioner. There are quite a few other good quality ingredients also.

The lotion is quite light to use. Goes on a bit 'watery' rather than creamy but isn't greasy once applied. There is no oily residue. Neither does it have a whitening effect.

I would recommend this sun protection lotion provided you like the smell of coconut.


Under the Visible Life
Under the Visible Life
by Kim Echlin
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.08

4.0 out of 5 stars Polished prose, 30 April 2016
This review is from: Under the Visible Life (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is an inspirational tale of two women trying to find their place in the world. It's a rocky journey through family,friendship and culture. The quote on the front describes the story is one of 'motherhood and friendship' but it's not a cosy tale of baking and kindergartens. This has more grit and more gravitas. The two narratives are beautifully written.

It might be worth mentioning that the author eschews speech tags. I was Interested to read how this worked. But if you dislike variation in standard punctuation, this book may not be for you.


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