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Maclaren Balancing Facial Mist
Maclaren Balancing Facial Mist
Price: £15.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Luxury Packaging makes for a nice Gift, 20 April 2015
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This comes in a tubular cardboard gift box with lettering in French and English. The bottle inside is an attractive design, obviously intended for the high end of the market at £15, for what is, basically a water spritzer, albeit with organic mandarin and geranium oils.

I got a delicious grapefruit fragrance which I love. However, it made my face quite wet. I also had to remove my glasses first.

Some got in my eye which caused it to sting a bit. After wiping down my face and dabbing my eye, my face did seem softer. This might be an illusion.

As I tend to perspire from my temples when overheated, perhaps on London Underground, I can see the attraction of this for heavily pregnant ladies, especially in summer.

I have only given it three stars as although it is a nice handheld size, unfortunately, because the bottle is glass, I would deem it too heavy for my handbag, as I prefer to travel as lightly as possible.


Scholl Active Everyday Insoles Gel for Women
Scholl Active Everyday Insoles Gel for Women
Price: £11.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As someone who loves walking, but has some osteoarthritis ..., 17 April 2015
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As someone who loves walking, but has some osteoarthritis in my foot, I have gone to some lengths to ease symptoms. For example, investing in wide-fitting toning shoes.

These inserts fitted perfectly - they can be cut to size - and I noticed the immediate comfort. The aim is to absorb shock, from the impact of walking.

It is contoured by gel material at key points of the foot.

Clearly, a lot of research has gone into this product.

I have no hesitation in recommending it.


Bakers Dentacrunch Beef and Country Vegetables Dry Dog Food 1 kg (Pack of 4)
Bakers Dentacrunch Beef and Country Vegetables Dry Dog Food 1 kg (Pack of 4)
Price: £8.85

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars F o o o o d!, 6 April 2015
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Gerry the lurcher beneficiary of this snack had one response to this.

F O O O O D !!! Promptly demolished.


In Search of A Revolution
In Search of A Revolution
Price: £1.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. Cracking pace., 6 April 2015
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Christoph Fischer is a skilled and accomplished story teller. He maintains a cracking pace. He has clearly researched his subject matter well. It is admirable how Fischer gets to grips with a complex set of political intrigues but yet keeps it simple and never descends into turgidity.

As a Finn myself with a keen interest in history, I waited for the author to trip up on fact. However, he never did. This is a feat, as many books have strange ideas about Finland.

My interest was driven by the Finnish Civil War of circa 1917. I was impressed the novel also covers the Winter War, the Continuation War and touches on the interests of Denmark and Estonia viz a vis Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany.

The political intrigues and the characters different ideological viewpoints are well-handled.

Not quite Booker Winner material, but nonetheless Fischer does an excellent job in distilling the macro into the micro. This talent could be compared to Kazuo Ishiguro's gift of "writing in the miniature". It does need to be developed, though as some parts of the plot are thin.

I am not a great fan of "love interest" situations and the character Raisa almost fell into the danger of being somewhat two-dimensional, slightly redeemed as the book went on.

The relationship between main protagonists Zacharias and Ansgar is portrayed beautifully. Ansgar's tale is a particular horror story all the more for it being one true of Nazi occupied Denmark and its collaborators.

The depiction of the ideologist Holgar Beck is also poignant.

Excellent read, cracking pace.


The Gift of Time: How Delegation Can Give You Space to Succeed
The Gift of Time: How Delegation Can Give You Space to Succeed
by Gail Thomas
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.17

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful for a sole trader looking for tips on how best to grow their business, 16 Mar. 2015
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Bearing in mind this book, at RRP £12.99, and its subject matter, is likely to limit its audience to novice business people, perhaps a sole trader looking for tips on how best to grow their business, or managerial employees looking to hone their delegation skills, then this book is comprehensive, easy to read and gives practical advice.

From the point of view of leisure reading, it is repetitive and is yet another "I am a successful business person and here is my secret" tome, which is useful as far as it goes.

As a chartered accountant myself, I thought it a useful layman's guide - the author has an MBA - on how to value your business and how to add value, all via effective delegation. It's an intriguing title and has a webpage link for more tools in freeing up time for the busy businessman or woman.


The Wellness Syndrome
The Wellness Syndrome
by Carl Cederström
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Social observation in the finest tradition of essayists, 16 Mar. 2015
This review is from: The Wellness Syndrome (Paperback)
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An interesting and erudite critique of today's "Happiness" culture. This is not a self-help book. Rather it is social observation in the finest tradition of essayists, such as Naomi Woolf, Susan Sontag, Germaine Greer, etc.

The authors show how the modern "Wellness Syndrome" is a suspected revivalism of W Taylor's "Scientific Management", not far off the B F Skinner Behaviourist school. Orgainisations offering personal data management of their staff, brings us closer to Big Brother, it is argued, with the impetus for change and self-improvement falling on the lot of the individual. Unemployed? All your fault: you haven't thought positively enough. PM David Cameron is a big advocate of measuring "happiness" and has commissioned various studies into it.

The "smelly" underclasses are reviled by the smug middleclasses as being too stupid to know how to cook economically, and as for the overweight...how can people let themselves go?

However, wherever the big stick of authority is found, there will be encouraging acts of subversion and sabotage. For example, groups of smokers or hamburger eaters meeting together to cock a snook at smoking bans and healthy eating restaurants.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Can highly recommend as (healthy!) food for thought.
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Braun Silk Epil 9 9-558 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator with 5 Extras Attachments
Braun Silk Epil 9 9-558 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator with 5 Extras Attachments
Price: £105.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I failed to tightened the skin on my under chin and was gripped in a painful clench until I released the on/off switch, 9 Mar. 2015
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The epilator works on the principle of multiple tweezer action. In other words, it pulls out hairs by the roots, rather than shaving them at skin surface level. This means one's skin will be hair-free up to four weeks - depending on how hirsute you are - rather than have a show of stubble within days.

As it works on a tweezer technique, it does feel quite sharp, but is very quick. I am not sure how effective it is, because at first attempt it missed some hairs.

This could be due to the paucity of the instructions that come with it. It shows a graphical representation, but doesn't give any tips, such as use in the same direction as hair growth and tighten the skin. I failed to do this on my under chin and was gripped in a painful clench until I released the on/off switch. The manufacturers might at least forewarn people of the optimal technique instead of having to trepeditiously find out for oneself.

However, overall, an effective product, albeit rather pricey. As I am relatively hairless I can live without it. However, those with substantial bodily hair or conditions such as polycystic ovaries syndrome, which causes excess facial growth, will find this a wonderful piece of technology.


Oral B Vitality Plus Floss Action Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
Oral B Vitality Plus Floss Action Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
Price: £39.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it will make a good back up toothbrush for holidays, 9 Mar. 2015
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It is a cheaper model than my current one (also a Braun) and, not surprisingly it is much slower in terms of brushing speed.

It is the first time I have tried FlossAction brush head, and in this respect, it will make a good back up toothbrush for holidays, or when the other one is recharging.


Braun Silk Epil 9 9-561 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator with 6 Extras Attachments
Braun Silk Epil 9 9-561 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator with 6 Extras Attachments
Price: £94.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Extra-Wide Head Does the Job Quicker, 5 Mar. 2015
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This epilator boasts it "removes more hair in one stroke for smooth skin up to four weeks". This, too, like competitor, Philips SatinPerfect Deluxe HP6581/00 Wet and Dry Epilator with Shaver Head, Precision Epilator & Tweezers, is heavily cut price. Its unique selling point, for those of us in a hurry, is that it does the job quicker.

It is for body, face and legs. It has a wide head for faster epilation, microgrip tweezer technology, it can be used wet or dry, it has pulsating active vibrations and skin contour adaptation.

It comes with six "extras": a shaver head, a trimmer cap, a high frequency massage cap, a skin contact cap, a facial cap and a charging stand, similar to that of an electric toothbrush.

I have given it four stars, as the Philips' one appears to me to be the better buy, unless of course you are in need of a speedy instrument, in which case, this is ideal for you.


Philips SatinPerfect Deluxe HP6581/03 Wet and Dry Epilator, with Skin Tautening Attachment, Shaver Head and Precision Epilator
Philips SatinPerfect Deluxe HP6581/03 Wet and Dry Epilator, with Skin Tautening Attachment, Shaver Head and Precision Epilator
Price: £125.41

5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative, Comfortable and Effective Hair Removal Gadget, 5 Mar. 2015
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This is probably the ultimate wet and dry epilator - but compare and contrast with Braun Silk Epil 9 9561 Wet/Dry Cordless Epilator with 6 Attachments and Charge Station - both currently massively cut price.

Philips, in my view has the edge, in that as well as an attachment that provides a vibrating action to make flat lying hairs stand up, all the easier for removal, it also has an eyebrow tweezers in its own case, complete with light, so you can see what you are doing. It has unique ceramic discs action which provides a hypoallergenic ionising protection.

For someone like me, with atopic eczema, and sensitive skin, this is a reassuring plus.

It has an interesting unique feature: a skin stretcher that has the effect of minimising the pain from pulling hair from lax skin. It "gently stretches the skin, just as you would naturally do by hand".

Other attachments are: a shaving head, a trimming comb, a sensitive area cap, active hairlift and massage attachment (see above), together with the aforementioned smart tweezers and skin stretcher.

It can be used wet or dry. It recharges in a similar way to an electric toothbrush.


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