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Motorola Focus 86 + Focus TAG Bundle
Motorola Focus 86 + Focus TAG Bundle

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile HD video camera with great night capabilities, 27 Jan. 2016
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The Motorola Focus 86 is an HD camera that feeds images and video to an app (Hubble for Motorola) on your phone or tablet. The app is free to download, and works on iOS (7.0 or later) or Android (4.4 or later).
There are two pieces of hardware in this kit - a motion-sensitive camera, which has to be plugged in (the wire is about 2.5m long), and a motion-sensitive smart tag. These have do be paired with your phone via the app. The process is easy, with in-app instructions, and takes about one minute.
The camera (10cm x 5cm) can operate in the light or dark (the night vision is very clear - see picture), and starts recording as soon as it detects motion (which it did even when my cat moved to scratch itself while sitting on the sofa). The sensor is a small circular disc (4cm diameter; 0.5 cm thickness) which can be either stuck (sticky pad provided) or hung (small re-usable tie provided) from a door, window or anywhere else you might want to place it. If you attach it to the door, the sensor will activate whenever the door opens and the camera will start recording.
Once your camera and tag are in place (you can just use the camera if you do not feel the need for the tag), you can open the app to see a live video feed. In addition, below the live feed will be a series of logged incidents showing every time the camera or sensor have detected motion (see picture). This logs still images only, unless you pay extra to have logged video recordings. Motorola offers various payment plans for this (1, 7 and 30-day plans - all the details are on the Hubble website) and a free 24-hour trial for new users. You can received notifications on your phone every time motion is detected. However, you are likely to get a lot of notifications this way, so can switch it off and just log in to the app to see the incidents.
I imagine this camera would be great for people with babies or young children who wish to monitor them in their bedrooms, or who are away from home a lot and want to check their house is safe or see what the family are doing. I do not have children, so I have been using it to monitor my cat flap, after finding neighbours' cats in my house on numerous occasions. The camera picked up motion whenever a cat entered or exited the flap (see picture), and as shown, all the pictures were clear, both day and night. It is a really effective way of monitoring the goings-on, and I will definitely put the camera in my lounge when I go on holiday, so I can log in every now and again to check on the house. As said, this camera would be really effective for parents downstairs checking on sleeping children upstairs (you can use the app to make the camera start playing one of five melodies), or just on children playing in another room. When watching the video feed, you also get audio, and can use the app to speak to the people in the room where the camera is. You can also buy a second (or even more) cameras feed that feed through the same app.
It does have the potential to feel a little bit stalkerish, and at first I found myself logging on to the app every half an hour to check on the live feed. However, you soon get past this novelty factor and can just use the notification log once a day to check what has happened.
Given the price, the ease of use and the quality of the footage, I can highly recommend this product.
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Maybelline FIT Me Pressed Powder, Ivory Number 115 9 g
Maybelline FIT Me Pressed Powder, Ivory Number 115 9 g
Offered by @Mr Cosmetics
Price: £6.25

4.0 out of 5 stars Well packaged powder, 8 Jan. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This comes in very nice packaging, with the powder in the top and a sponge and mirror underneath. The powder is dry rather than oily, and applies well with average staying power.


L'Oréal Paris Infaillible Nail Polish Number 021, Always a Lady 5 ml - Pack of 2
L'Oréal Paris Infaillible Nail Polish Number 021, Always a Lady 5 ml - Pack of 2
Price: £7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Not convinced by the 2 steps, 5 Jan. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Not quite sure what the point of the 2 step process is, and the product comes with no accompanying information. The two bottles detach from the centre holder. Step 1 is the darker colour, which is a deep wine red. Step 2 is a pinky top coat, but it doesn't seem to affect the colour of the base coat.


Maybelline Dream Bronze BB Number 01, Light/Medium
Maybelline Dream Bronze BB Number 01, Light/Medium
Price: £4.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Drying, 31 Dec. 2015
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This is the first time I've used a BB cream. This has the appearance of tinted moisturiser but does not spread well across the skin. Given the small hole in the tube, I expected not to need much product, but actually quite a lot is needed. Feels quite dry on the skin. Wouldn't use again.


L'Oreal Paris False Lash Flutter - 7 ml, Black
L'Oreal Paris False Lash Flutter - 7 ml, Black
Price: £7.80

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting shaped wand, 31 Dec. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This has a fin-shaped brush which isn't very intuitive to use, but the mascara goes on well without clumps. Lashes appear long and well separated. Colour is a good rich black. Would recommend.


L'Oreal Paris Infaillible Eyeliner, Shimmering Black
L'Oreal Paris Infaillible Eyeliner, Shimmering Black
Price: £4.50

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Grey, not black, 30 Dec. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is more grey than black and the shimmer is so subtle you wouldn't know it was there. The liner does have staying power. There is a sharpener and rubber (rather than sponge) smudger attached which is a plus.


L'Oréal Paris Super Liner Classic, Black
L'Oréal Paris Super Liner Classic, Black
Offered by Jaks Beauty Parlour
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected, 30 Dec. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The nib doesn't look smooth but does produce a decent line. The shade is a strong black which is good. The liner can removed very easily with water - there's no need for make up remover.


L'Oréal Paris True Match Blush Number 90, Luminous Rose
L'Oréal Paris True Match Blush Number 90, Luminous Rose
Price: £7.65

4.0 out of 5 stars Good texture, 26 Dec. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This blusher has a nice smooth texture, and applies well. It is a good subtle shade - not too pink - and blends well. Am happy with it and would recommend.


FORZA Fitness Raspberry Ketone with Natural Fat Burner Pure Extract Capsules - 90 Capsules
FORZA Fitness Raspberry Ketone with Natural Fat Burner Pure Extract Capsules - 90 Capsules
Offered by Forza Supplements
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Trustworthy product, but waiting to feel an impact, 24 Dec. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Firstly, this is not a review of the efficacy of this product for weight loss, nor is it a review of whether I believe it works or not. If you want to know if a supplement works, check out peer-reviewed double-blind independent studies and see if it has been proven under scientific conditions, preferably with humans as test subjects as opposed to rats or in vitro.

If you believe they will work for you, you’ll be wanting a quality product. Forza, the company behind this product, seems to take its code of conduct quite seriously, and has the right accreditation to make you sure the product is not going to cause you any harm. If you want to buy raspberry ketone (RK), this is a good-quality product at a fair price.

RK can exert fat-burning effects in high doses in test tubes, and this product contains 500mg of RK. It recommends you take two capsules, three times a day. The ingredients say it contains natural raspberry ketone only, which I understand to mean it is not synthetically manufactured like some RK supplements. It is vegan friendly, and is suitable for those who have caffeine intolerance. It can be used with caffeine.

I've taken it for three weeks, and have seen minimal impact on weight loss so far, but will persist, because sometimes the effects can take a while to kick in.


VELCRO VEL-EC60410 19 mm x 60 cm Stick on For Fabric Tape - White
VELCRO VEL-EC60410 19 mm x 60 cm Stick on For Fabric Tape - White
Price: £4.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Really easy to use, 23 Dec. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is very easy to use. Simply peel off the backing paper and attach to the fabric. It sticks firmly and so far has stuck well. Very happy with this, would recommend.


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