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Igenix IG3002 2 Slice Toaster in Black with Six Position Variable Control, 750 Watt
Igenix IG3002 2 Slice Toaster in Black with Six Position Variable Control, 750 Watt
Price: £14.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Its OK, 27 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is an inexpensive 2 slice toaster. It is obvious that this is a budget toaster as it uses cheap plastic and everything, from buttons to the lowering lever feels cheap. The above crticism does not mean that this is a bad toaster, all it means that it is not worth more than the £15 asking price. It has a dial on the side that allows you to choose the degree of browning and 3 buttons for stop, re-heat and frozen. It works well and is efficient. Overall its an OK toaster for £15, but quite frankly you can go to Asda and or Tesco and buy something similar for under £10. I am therefore not sure why you would want to buy this one.

Its OK and does the job.


Oral-B PRO 2000 Pink Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
Oral-B PRO 2000 Pink Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
Price: £38.66

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Brush, 12 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have been using Oral B toothbrushes for the last 15 years. I have had two Triumph models and my current toothbrush is a TriZone Triumph 5000, I bought for £35 on a Amazon Lightening Deal in December. I have also tested 2 Colgate Omron toothbrushes for the Vine programme, the C600 and the clever C1500. Both Colgate brushes don't really stand up to the quality of an Oral B or Phillips Sonicare electric toothbrush. An Oral B brush is rather a mechanical type of brush action, compared to the drill like sensation of a sonic type brush. I have tested both types for the Vine and had started to come down on the side of sonic brushes for their superior cleaning ability and less "mechanical" type action. My wife has used the previous version of this brush for over 2 years and has found it to be very good and less complicated than my multi function Triumph models.

The quality of an Oral B is very high and they seem to last about 4 years. There are big changes between the modern Oral B brushes and old Triumph models, but if you have recently bought a similar brush then the new range offers very little real difference. This brush has 2 cleaning actions, Daily Clean and Gum Care. It is simplicity itself with non of the fancy extras of the Trizone 6000 models such as Bluetooth and 5 sometimes redundant cleaning modes. To get these featurres you can pay over £60 more for the brush than you do for this model. The only real change over the brush we bought 2 years ago for my wife December, is in the size of the charger, they have replaced the big charger base with the smaller one, they used a few years ago.

So how does the brush do in cleaning teeth? As already indicated we have been Oral B fans for years. There is no doubt that an electric brush cleans better than a hand held one. Whilst both types, sonic and oral B clean well, I am beginning to prefer the sonic brushes, as overall my mouth does feel cleaner but my wife prefers this Oral B brush. This brush is very good, and we are very happy to Highly Recommend it for the price, quality of the brush, cost of replacement heads and overall longevity of the toothbrush..

Oral B offers a 30 day money back guarantee, so if you do not like it for any reason, your money will be refunded.

Overall this is a very good, well made brush and it comes Highly Recommended.


Philips HR1832/41 Viva Collection Compact Juicer, 1.5 Litre, 500 Watt, Red
Philips HR1832/41 Viva Collection Compact Juicer, 1.5 Litre, 500 Watt, Red
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 10 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have owned many different makes of domestic juicer, from the expensive Magimix, Dualit, Breville, Phillips to a cheaper Kenwood juice fountain. All the juicers we have bought, have had faults with things we did not like. The previous Phillips was returned after 3 days of juicing after a part broke and it could not juice soft fruit. The Kenwood needed new filters every 3 months and became too expensive to own. The Magimix was simply hopeless in all departments and the most expensive. The Dualit motor broke down and a refund was given. I took a lot of time to choose the next juicer and had not bought one when Amazon offered this product to test.

This machine looks top quality, is of a different design to the ne that broke and is built to a good standard. It juices virtually everything we have thrown at it with its 500W motor. The pulp is dry and the pulp collection unit is very easy to dismantle during juicing so that you can do more juicing easily. The quality is equivalent to a medium priced machine, it is not top quality but neither does it feel as if its made from low quality plastic. Cleaning is easy BUT in no way can you clean this machine in the advertised 1 minute. Whilst there is no doubt it has been very well designed for cleaning it takes me about 4 to 5 minutes to clean. To ease cleaning always rinse the cutting mesh filter under cold water before juicing, this will help in the clean up process. This is much smaller than any other unit we have tried and tested and can be more easily transported. It can even juice straight into a glass if you want, as it does not stand that tall. In essence this is almost a perfect juicer, as I have bought.

Buy this juicer with confidence, whilst its not the best with a 500W motor, there are faster ones on the market for this price and it takes longer than 1 minute for cleaning it is still a good juicer. Recommended.


Philips BRT381/15 BikiniGenie Trimmer
Philips BRT381/15 BikiniGenie Trimmer
Price: £20.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Well Made and Does Its Job, 10 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a great product. The Trimmer comes with a silk drawstring bag, a small brush to clean the shaving head, a battery and a head attachment for cutting longer hair. Whilst the trimmer is made from quality materials if weighs very little which is a huge advantage if going on holiday and you have limited kg's of hold luggage. Once the battery was fitted, this super trimmer went to work and it works just as good as you would expect from a Philips product. Mrs C reports that due to the head being small, it can reach parts that are usually very hard to reach. Also she said that it is true to its word and did not rip out any hair, it simply cut as it should. The additional head made a good job of finishing the shaving off.

Overall this is a super trimmer, well made and does its job as it should. I am happy to Highly Recommend this product.


Kamor® 13 13.3 14 inch Canvas Fabric Laptop Sleeve Case Cover Bag Shell with pocket & handle - Superior Protection Notebook Computer Case / Briefcase Carrying Bag / Ultrabook Laptop Tablet Bag Case / Pouch Cover / Skin Cover with 6mm thickness for Acer / Asus / Dell / Fujitsu / Lenovo / HP / Samsung / Sony / Toshiba/Microsoft / Satellite,suitable for Acer Aspire V3-371/ Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311/ Asus C300MA 13.3-inch Chromebook / ASUS Zenbook UX303LA/ Dell Latitude D630/ Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Series/ Lenovo U330p/ HP Stream 13 Laptop/ HP Chromeboomsung Samsung 540U3C 13.3-inch / Toshiba CB35-B3330. Especially for teens/men/women/ladies/girls design (Black)
Kamor® 13 13.3 14 inch Canvas Fabric Laptop Sleeve Case Cover Bag Shell with pocket & handle - Superior Protection Notebook Computer Case / Briefcase Carrying Bag / Ultrabook Laptop Tablet Bag Case / Pouch Cover / Skin Cover with 6mm thickness for Acer / Asus / Dell / Fujitsu / Lenovo / HP / Samsung / Sony / Toshiba/Microsoft / Satellite,suitable for Acer Aspire V3-371/ Acer Chromebook 13 CB5-311/ Asus C300MA 13.3-inch Chromebook / ASUS Zenbook UX303LA/ Dell Latitude D630/ Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Series/ Lenovo U330p/ HP Stream 13 Laptop/ HP Chromeboomsung Samsung 540U3C 13.3-inch / Toshiba CB35-B3330. Especially for teens/men/women/ladies/girls design (Black)
Offered by YoSpace.U
Price: £11.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality Bag, 9 Feb. 2015
I have a Dell XPS Ultrabookwith a 13 inch screen, therefore the 13.3 inch case is a perfect fit for my laptop. This case appears to be well made from a canvas outer and a soft plush lining. Between the outer and inner linings there appears to be a layer of padding material to protect the computer. The stitching is high quality and is unlikely to come undone. The zips close nicely and also appear to be of good quality. There are two pockets where the handles can be stored and one slimline pocket on the side, which is not big enough to really store anything of significance. This pocket should have been made big enough to fit a mouse or the charger in.

There are two reasons I took a star off this product, firstly the canvas material used is quite rough and unlike my other cases cannot be rolled up when not in use. The second reason is the lack of a useful pocket, where you could store the charging cable.

Overall this is a nice bag, that should get 5 stars but is let down by a design fault in the pocket. I therefore happy to recommend this product and would urge the manufacturer to think about a re-design of the pocket.


Alactel ONETOUCH Idol 2S 4G SIM-Free Smartphone - Slate (294 PPI HD Screen, Android 4.4, 1GB Ram, 8GB ROM, Micro SD, Quad-Core)
Alactel ONETOUCH Idol 2S 4G SIM-Free Smartphone - Slate (294 PPI HD Screen, Android 4.4, 1GB Ram, 8GB ROM, Micro SD, Quad-Core)
Price: £149.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Phone, 2 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have had various brands of smartphones over the years, Sony, Motorola and LG but this is the first Alcatel phone I have ever tried. I used to live in Italy and when mobile phones emerged many Italians seemed to buy Alcatel brand phones. Since moving away from Italy, I have not seen an Alcatel phone, so it was with some intrepidition I ordered this phone.

Firstly it comes packed in a very "exclusive" looking white box. At a non contract price of £188 it appears to be well priced, given what you get. Firstly, out of the box it looks stunning. It is super thin and super long, with a 5 inch screen covering most of the front of the phone. What also stands out is that it is only 7.4mm thick. The display is high resolution and it has incredible colours and shading and makes any picture taken with it, look fantastic. The phone has a brushed metalic finish and couple this with the gorilla glass on the front, the finish and look are outstanding.

On the bottom of the phone are stereo speakers. The sound they produce is again outstanding. Long gone is the muffled mono sound that were the hallmark of the early smartphones. The volume is fully adjustable and this phone is prety loud if on speaker phone.

The internal processor is very very fast. The phone has a Cat 4 LTE, which delivers 150mps of uninterrupted streaming--buffering and a quad-core 1.3ghz processor ensures content is perfectly rendered to your screen. Uisng the 4G network, the speed and display this phone offers is simply incredible. To go with this is the battery life. It has a 2150 mAh battery, giving 400 hours of standby time and 7 hours of talk time with 4G enabled, and a massive 520 hours standby time and 16.5 hours when using 3G. I have used it mainly with a 3G card and the manufacturers statistics on battery life are true. It really has an amazing battery life.

The camera is 8mp and uses ONE touch screen technology in that you only use ONE finger to zoom in or out. It also takes panorama shots, again using the ONE finger techology, which you would normally find on a digital camera. Selfies are no problem as it also has a HD camera on the front. The operating platform is 4.3 Jellybean, which is added to by the very simple and intuative Alcatel shortcuts, which can be found from the home screen, by scrolling across the screen. Usability is very good.

This Android based phone is super fast, beautiful in design, delivers incredible sound and has a wonderful 8mp camera. To put it simply I think this camera is one of the best I have tested. I am therefore happy to Highly Recommend this phone.


NEEWER® NW985C E-TTL 4-Color TFT LCD Screen Display High-Speed Sync Camera Flash Speedlite for Canon EOS 700D/T5i 650D/T4i 600D/T3i 1100D/T3 550D/T2i 500D/T1i 100D/SL1 400D/XTi 450D/XSi 300D/Digital Rebel 20D 30D 60D 5D Mark III 5D Mark II and All Other Canon DSLR Cameras
NEEWER® NW985C E-TTL 4-Color TFT LCD Screen Display High-Speed Sync Camera Flash Speedlite for Canon EOS 700D/T5i 650D/T4i 600D/T3i 1100D/T3 550D/T2i 500D/T1i 100D/SL1 400D/XTi 450D/XSi 300D/Digital Rebel 20D 30D 60D 5D Mark III 5D Mark II and All Other Canon DSLR Cameras
Offered by Ultra Sales Global
Price: £39.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended, 2 Feb. 2015
I was given this flash by the manufacturer to test and review.

Times have progressed or maybe not! I look back upon my days with a Pentax ME Super, with filters, changeable lenses, rolls of film, deciding whether to buy a low ISO slide film or a high ISO print film for night shots. I remember the decisions even came down to which brand of film to buy, In low light you had to work very hard, buying the right ISO film, getting the apature right on the camera and getting the flash to the right level. After all these steps, you would wait until the film was processed to see if it all worked out as it should. Using this flash, makes me feel as if I was going back to these days.

I have been using automatic cameras for many years, and they take away most of the old dangers and of course you can see the image that you have taken instantaneously. This flash is going back to how it was before full automation. It allows for adjustments such as GN numbers. So with a digital camera, you set the ISO, take a photo, check it for flash detail and you can then adjust this flash for more or less light. It is very simple to use, but it does fele like you are going back in time and I adore this flexibility. You can also use this as an off camera flash when in S2 mode. This feature makes this sub £50 flash and absolute bargain.

Overall, this is a super value flash gun that is fully adjustable, even when using it with a Digital camera. It can be used on the hotshoe or off. It is impossible not to Highly Recommend this product, given its flexibilty and its price.


RESEED Ginkgo and Sabal fortifying Shampoo for Women 250 ml
RESEED Ginkgo and Sabal fortifying Shampoo for Women 250 ml
Price: £24.03

5.0 out of 5 stars All Good So Far, 1 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
We knew very little about this shampoo, until it was offered on Vine. My wife has hair that regularily falls out whilst brushing and she worries about the thickness of her hair. This shampoo is designed to help hair that thins and so I thought it would be perfect for her to try. It comes in a very non descript box and plastic bottle. The packaging belies a wonderfully powerful shampoo product. Just a small amount lathers up and cleans the hair. It has the effect of defrizzing the hair, which also makes it more managble. It also leaves hair with a wonderful sheen. Does it work with the hair loss issue? The blurb from the compnay stresses it will take time for the hair to grow thicker from the use of the shampoo, so I will update the review in time, but so far, it has had a nice effect on her hair, making it more manageable.

So far, this appears to be a very nice quality shampoo and with time, it is our hope that it will thicken and protect my wife's hair from the fall out problem. Good so far.


36W LED NAIL LAMP
36W LED NAIL LAMP

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Machine, 30 Jan. 2015
This review is from: 36W LED NAIL LAMP (Misc.)
To the person who keeps putting a negative vote on this review, why don't you write your own review and tell us all why you don't like the product. Or are you the same sad person who does not get out or have friends and sits there negging Vine Voice items with multiple accounts?

I was given this item by the manufacturer in exchange for an honest review.

This is a wonderfully pink and white nail lamp. The magnetic detachable base is made from thick stainless steel. The body of the unit houses 18 silicone encapsulated LED's which create the heat. If any of the LED's fail they can be replaced. The LED's are placed on both the top and all around the sides of the unit which allow for 5 finger curing. On top of the outside of the unit is a rotating button, which controls the timer. The timer has a countdown LED system and shows exactly how long is remaining of the curing time. Within the unit itself is a sensor, and it turns the lights on when a hand is placed inside. The unit also comes with a UK transformer and cable and there are two plug in holes on each side of the unit, for the cord. The instructions are basic and are in Chinese and English. Using the machine is pretty intuitive, so although the instructions could be better you should not struggle using the machine. The machine comes with a 1 year warranty from the manufaturer. I have used it using the UK elecricity supply and it has been perfectly safe. IT IS NOT MY JOB TO ACT AS TRADING STANDARDS. IF N. Skerratt HAS CONCERNS MAYBE THEY SHOULD INFORM THEIR OWN TRADING STANDARDS. HAVE YOU ANY PROOF IT DOES NOT HAVE THE REQUIRED CERTIFICATES? IT HAS A CE MARK ON MINE!

The machine does cure nails very well and is very quick. Mrs C used it on the test and her nails dried within the timed 90 seconds. The machine appears to be well made and the materials used in its construction, look to be of good quality.

Overall this is a small but efficient nail curing machine, which works very well. It is made from good quality materials and so I am happy to recommend this product.


RAVPower® Xtreme 18200mAh External Battery Charger Power Bank (3 x USB Port, 4.9A output, LCD Screen, iSmart, Flashlight) - Black
RAVPower® Xtreme 18200mAh External Battery Charger Power Bank (3 x USB Port, 4.9A output, LCD Screen, iSmart, Flashlight) - Black
Offered by Sunvalleytek-UK
Price: £109.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, 30 Jan. 2015
I was asked by the manufacturer to test and keep this product in exchange for an honest review.

I have tested many different Power Banks over the years and this has the largest capacity of any of them, at 18200mAh, this is a veritable power house of stored energy.It is made from quality plastic, is quite large and it has a small LCD on the front side of the unit, which shows the remaining charge. At the very top of the unit there are 3 USB charging slots with various capacities, a micro slot for charging the unit and a small LED torch. The Bank also comes with 2 USB to Micro USB cables and an instruction booklet.

The unit itself has some very smart features that sets itself apart from the rest of the competition. Firstly its capacity is enormous. I have fully charged my mobile phone and IPad 5 times and all this charging has hardly touched the capacity of this Bank. It also has a unique switch off system, which switches off charging when the item you are charging is full, thus saving more charge. Charge times from the unit appear to be about the same, if you plugged them into the mains.

Overall there are some drawbacks to this unit, its size and weight and the fact that it can take 17 hours to fully recharge. Other than these minor issues, this is a great unit, which is a powerhouse of stored energy, making it ideal for extended journey's. I am happy to recommend this product.


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