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Philips Avent Easy Sip Spout Cup (260 ml, Blue)
Philips Avent Easy Sip Spout Cup (260 ml, Blue)
Price: £3.50

5.0 out of 5 stars No drips, no spills, 26 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Excellent cup which my 18-month old has been using.
It really is non-drip, which is extremely helpful! The teat has to be pressed or sucked for anything at all to come out.
The top screws off easily in adult hands, while the bottle itself has sides moulded to fit the hands of young children, making it easy to grip.
It's all dishwasher safe, which again, is extremely helpful.


The Breath Co Fresh Breath Oral Rinse - 500 ml, Mild Mint
The Breath Co Fresh Breath Oral Rinse - 500 ml, Mild Mint
Price: £12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Subtle minty mouthwash, 26 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Unlike other mouthwashes, this doesn't give that burning sensation when you use it, but has a subtle minty flavour, making it easier to gargle for the suggested time.
The instructions are to rinse the wash around your mouth for a minute, then gargle with a fresh cup of mouthwash for thirty seconds.
Not sure I'd fully agree with the "12 hours" of freshness stated on the bottle, because I don't think it fully cuts through stronger odours such as garlic and onion for that long.
Still, it does give a sustained burst of freshness, which lasts longer than other mouthwashes I have used.


Philips M2BTBK Fidelio Wireless Bluetooth Headphone - Black
Philips M2BTBK Fidelio Wireless Bluetooth Headphone - Black
Price: £184.15

4.0 out of 5 stars Good pair of non-blingy overheads, 23 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I've previously resisted going in for overhead headphones, mainly because I think most people look a bit ridiculous wearing them, and because I didn't think they offered value for money.
As far as ostentatious headphones go, these Philips cans are not in that camp. A nice muted black with a subtle fabric overhead strap, with no blingy logos slapped across them, they don't attract attention or make you look like you think you're some kind of superstar commuting DJ.
Next issue for me, as an in-ear headphone user, was how comfortable I would feel with overheads clamped on. Contrary to other reviewers, I didn't find these overly tight. The size is adjustable through a range of very small gradations, meaning you should be able to find just the right fit for you. That said, I am wearing them on maximum size, and wouldn't say I have a particularly large head. However, they feel extremely comfy at this size, and the headphones themselves do not feel like they are suffocating my ears. The cushioning is soft, and the acoustic seal is fantastic. Even though I have been a user of Sennheiser noise-isolating in-ear headphones, which do a decent job, the level of noise isolation with these Philips headphones is on a different planet. I won't get annoyed by loud phone conversations on the train any more!
The sound is undeniably good. It's better than an in-ear headphone, for sure, but you'd expect that given the twentyfold increase in the price. Is the sound 20 times better? Impossible to say objectively, but I don't really think so. Different people have different feelings about music. I would call myself a music lover, who listens to music where sound quality is important. I'm not listening to chart fodder, I'm listening to ambient music a la Brian Eno and Aphex Twin; free jazz; krautrock. While these Philips would enhance the quality of my experience, I don't think the price tag is justified - but then I don't think the price tag is really justified on any of these oh so trendy overhead headphones.
You run these wirelessly or with a wire. Unlike other reviewers, I've not had any problems with Bluetooth connectivity, and I don't see why anyone with a phone in their pocket would. If you're wandering away from the music source however, maybe if you have a Bluetooth enabled stereo at home, maybe it's a different matter. The product also comes with a nice pouch/bag to keep your headphones clean. However, this is a soft cloth pouch, so isn't going to do much to protect them from bumps.
If you really do want a pair of overheads - and a subtle pair at that, which aren't plastered in shiny logos - these would be a great choice.


Brabantia Smart Pegs, Yellow/Mint
Brabantia Smart Pegs, Yellow/Mint
Price: £4.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best pegs in the world?, 21 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Brabantia is synonymous with quality in my book, and these pegs don't do anything to damage that reputation.
This pack contains eight pegs, not the 12 stated in the Amazon product description (not sure if this is because I received these pegs for free through the Vine programme, or because the product description is wrong). There are four in yellow, four in blue, and they are all indeed super-strong, holding up towels and heavy bath mats without a problem.
There is no metal on the product, meaning they won't rust over time, and despite their super strength, their angled arms mean you don't need super strength to open them.
You won't have trouble finding cheaper pegs than these, but you won't find many that are better either. If you constantly get annoyed by heavy items falling off the washing line as your standard pegs are too flimsy, these Brabantia pegs will be a definite blessing.


Remington Ultimate Bikini Kit
Remington Ultimate Bikini Kit
Price: £29.45

4.0 out of 5 stars Good value shaver, 21 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a very good waterproof shaver with several attachments and a well-designed handle that is easy to grip.
On first use I found it difficult to know which setting to use for the shortest or longest hair length. There are three options (2-6 mm), and once you've used it once, you'll figure it out. There is also a mini shaver for a smoother shave, and an exfoliating brush attachment. I mainly use the 2mm trimmer, which I am very happy with. It gives a close and even shave.
The shaver has a hook, allowing you to hang it up, and the charge is sufficient for several shaves, lasting about 30 minutes.
The good grip is important for close shaving work, especially in a wet shower.
It also comes with a bag and a cleaning brush.
Overall, this Remington offers good value given the range of functions and quality of performance..


Battat Garbage Truck
Battat Garbage Truck
Price: £16.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too expensive, considering quality and functionality, 17 July 2015
This review is from: Battat Garbage Truck (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This rubbish truck is 13.5 x 6 x 7 inches, or 34 x 15 x 18 cm. The cabin tilts back and allows a toy man to sit in the driver’s seat. There are two grey bins that fit in the back of the truck and you can use a handle to hoist them into the back of the truck. There are no small parts, so it's suitable for smaller children (18 months +) and the rubber wheels are slightly softer than the rest of it, which is a nice touch and contributes to the functionality of it. It's also kinder to floors because of the softer texture.
My product rating is largely down to price. The Wow Flip ‘n’ Tip Fred costs not much more, and that has various moving parts, motorised movement, lots of extras and feels incredibly sturdy.
In addition, on this Battat truck, I found the plastic finish to be a bit below my expectations. You can see the areas where it has come off the plastics machine at the factory. There are also slivers of plastic on the edges that contribute to the poor finish. The colours are dull and the toy does very little. It is effectively about 10-15 bits of plastic, with very little detailing, and I disagree with other reviews that it is sturdy. It feels cheap, and is a bit disappointing for the price.


Felix Mixed Selection in Jelly Wet Cat Food Pouch, 100 g (Pack of 96)
Felix Mixed Selection in Jelly Wet Cat Food Pouch, 100 g (Pack of 96)
Price: £25.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to serve, 16 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Prior to this I was feeding my two cats tins of Whiskas.
Not only is it easier to get all the food out of these Felix pouches - it slides out really easily - but it's also easier to ensure your cat gets regular portions every day.
My cats gobbled the first lot up very quickly, and have continued to do so ever since.
This is an excellent bulk purchase, containing two separate boxes of 48. My cats have two pouches a day each.


Turbulent and Mighty Continent: What Future for Europe
Turbulent and Mighty Continent: What Future for Europe
by Anthony Giddens
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A lucid argument on how the EU needs to change to survive, 14 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
For anyone who would describe themselves as pro-EU and who is readying themselves for debate with friends/colleagues in the run-up to the UK's referendum on membership, this is a must-read.
It's also a must-read for anyone inside the EU, as it openly and honestly takes account of what the EU set out to achieve, what is has achieved (quite a large difference between those two), and how it needs to change in order to be given the chance to go on trying to achieve anything it all. As Giddens points out, this is the key for the pro-EU camp. Acknowledging the flaws that have existed in the EU to date... and then setting out ways to change them. Anyone who says the EU has been an unmitigated success is clearly deluded, and it is this sort of delusion (and dishonesty) that so angers the anti-EU brigade.
Split into six chapters—The EU as a Community of Fate; Austerity and After; No More Social Model?; The Cosmopolitan Imperative; Climate Change and Energy; The Search for Relevance—Giddens examines how the world has changed since the arrival of EU predecessor the European Coal and Steel Community in 1951. Globalisation, he argues, has changed the world in a way none of us ever imagined possible. Along with the internet, it has destroyed borders and barriers, in almost every respect. He talks of how even muli-culturalism is a defunct concept, and should instead be replaced with "Interculturalism", as nowadays, migrants are able to keep in touch with home and their birth culture far more easily than 20 years ago.
It is this situation that the EU needs to understand and embrace, he says, rather than fighting against. The EU needs to become the first truly modern continent; to change our understanding of a federal allliance. Crucially, as we have seen with Greece, this is all underpinned by the Euro. But, he argues there need to be tighter bonds to make it work as a genuine single currency. Without fiscal and political union of some kind, there is no real union at all, and the currency isn't really "single", as has been shown in the "troika's" unforgiving attitude towards Greece.
While it's tough to sum this book up succinctly, as it sprawls across the past, present and future of the EU, the best I can boil it down to is that, according to Giddens (and other commentators such as Jan Zielonka and Timothy Garton Ash), the problem is that the EU has no distinct identity, and this creates two key problems; primarily, European citizens have no emotional attachment to Europe (so while the anti-EU brigade are passionate and angry, there are no passionate or angry supporters of the EU); and foreign leaders do not know who to if they come to if they want to "talk to Europe" (although he argues that they end up going to Angela Merkel).
How can European citizens feel more connected to Europe? Increased transparency, more democracy on voting in the Council heads and the EU president; an EU army; more give and take between European nations; and a genuine understanding that in a multi-faceted world, we're better off as part of an interdependent multi-faceted continent, rather than as a lone country (and that applies to all members, not just the UK). He also talks about the need to look back 25 years, before the Maastricht Treaty, and ask if we would rather have the divided Europe of the 70s and 80s, or the Europe of today.
If that sounds like the kind of thing you're interested in reading about, I recommend you buy this book. And I should add that, while some reviewers say the book is dense and a demanding read, I would wholly disagree. Giddens writes in a fluid, broadly jargon-free style; much like reading an extended article from The Economist.


Philips BT5262/13 Beard Trimmer Series 5000
Philips BT5262/13 Beard Trimmer Series 5000
Price: £56.05

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reliable and versatile, 7 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a robust and effective beard trimmer that trims facial hair down to as low as 0.4mm, or as long as 10mm. Flip the trimmer head round to the thinner blade and you can produce even more detailed effects, or just get those sideburns into a neat and even shape.

Changing the length of the trim is simple enough using a rotating adjuster, and you can lock the shaver's power button, which is handy if you travel and don’t want it to start buzzing in your bag .

It is for dry use only though, so if you like a shave in the shower or in the bath, you need to look elsewhere. It isn’t washable either, but the company claims it is waterproof, so who knows. I won’t be taking the risk until they clarify.

It took me just over 100 minutes to charge and I have used it for the last four weeks without needing a second charge. With regards to the actual performance, the trimmer gives even results, even with a thicker beard trim, although I have not tested it on a really bushy beard, so I can only vouch for trimming of less than two weeks' worth of stubble. Build quality is good, and it is comparable with other shavers in the same price range.


Whiskas Crunch 100 g (Pack of 10)
Whiskas Crunch 100 g (Pack of 10)
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Cats love this wet food topper, 2 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Double the size of a packet of Whiskas Temptations, the treats inside are actually about a quarter of a size of a Temptation, but my cats love them just as much, if not even more. These are designed to be sprinkled on top of wet food, rather than given as individual treats. Apparently contain vitamins and minerals, which I can't attest to, but I can say your cat will probably go nuts for them.


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