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Ear Force XO Seven Pro Headset (Xbox One)
Ear Force XO Seven Pro Headset (Xbox One)
Price: £144.97

4.0 out of 5 stars Great for games, but not so just for music., 24 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
An improvement over the previous model, I'd popped over to a friend's house who owned an Xbox One and the original Turtle Beach XO7 Headset. There's a lot included in the box: two braded cables (that attach by what looks like a S-VHS connector about six inches from the headphone) one for mobie phone (or mobile gaming) with mic included, plug-in stick mic, the Ear Force Audio Controller Plus plug in for your Xbox One, er controller and a micro-usb cable (for updating your controller's firmware). Even the box layout is pretty stylish, you are getting a lot for your money.

The construction is a lot of plastic, but there's not much creaking and it does look like it is made to last a long time. The padded headband and ear cups also ensure comfort (though you might end up with sweaty ears after a while). You can even replace the outside of the drivers (or "speaker plates" as Microsoft call them) with different designs, but they're an extra expense. The supplied cable(s) are long enough to allow comfortable handling of the Xbox One Controller.

Additions to this newer model include Superhuman Hearing Mode (to pinpoint quiet audio like enemy footsteps and weapon reloading) and Game & Mic Presets, so you can tailor the sound you prefer. It's also switchable and being on the controller means the headphones are lighter. Mic monitoring means you can hear yourself when you speak and not deafen those around you as some n00b fr4gs you.

In fact the only time I felt these headphones felt lacking is when playing back music. I listen to a lot of music on my travels and my go-to headphones are the Sennheiser Momentum. In comparison to the Momentum, the X07 Pro sounded boxy, closed in and lifeless. I'm one of these people that believe headphones need 'burning in' over many hours to get the best from them, but the X07 Pro just don't seem to be at the same level as gaming headphones to pure audio. If you play a lot of Xbox One games, then these will do you proud.


Vanish Gold for Whites Oxi Action Stain Remover Powder 1.41 kg
Vanish Gold for Whites Oxi Action Stain Remover Powder 1.41 kg
Price: £13.95

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Vanish is a good stain remover, but not really a whitener., 6 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It works much better on general dirt and stains than the cheaper own-brand versions, but it’s not a miracle worker. Difficult stains, like blood and grease, still need working on before washing. The Vanish instructions say you can treat difficult stains by making up a paste of the powder and rubbing it into the stains before washing. I didn’t find that very effective, and went back to my usual stain devils.

The powder claims to be a whitener as well as a stain remover, advertising that it makes whites “up to three shades whiter”. I really don’t know how you’d measure that, but I haven’t seen any obvious whitening effect. I haven’t put the laundry away and thought “Hey, that looks 'three times' whiter!”

This is a decent stain removing powder. Whereas cheaper ones struggle, the Vanish does bring things like grotty white socks back to looking clean again. It is worth paying the extra for.

The instructions say to put the powder in the detergent drawer of your washing machine. I’ve found it’s more effective if it goes straight in the drum (straight in the drum also prevents soggy powder clumps clogging up the machine drawer trays, and then the mould and other problems surface).


Dog Poo Bags Large OXO Biodegradable by Easipet (100)
Dog Poo Bags Large OXO Biodegradable by Easipet (100)
Offered by Far East Direct Ltd
Price: £3.00

5.0 out of 5 stars I like big bags and I can not lie, 6 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Overlarge bags to deal with the chocolate droppings of the biggest of domestic dogs (or multiples of smaller ones), and means there's enough handle to securely tie off the parcel without risk of spillage. Showed them to a friend of mine who has used biodegradable bags in the past, and he reported these were far bigger, stronger and easier to open (annoyances from a previous biodegradable bag brand he'd used).

Every dog owner who walks their pet out in the real world should carry bags to clean up after their (hopefully) pampered pooch. Seems postage is the same regardless of how many bags you order, so stock up and keep things clean.

Note: can also work with cat poo, or human (should the terrible need arise).


Mėnaji Deep Cleansing Masque 100 ml
Mėnaji Deep Cleansing Masque 100 ml
Price: £18.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Major markup on Men's makeup materials., 1 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Man makeup products are big money now. I'm a confident man and I'm now told I need this grooming product rather than a Brillo pad and rainwater that that seen me on good stead for decades now, though since Brillo started putting Mister Muscle in their pads, the quality has gone right down the pan (though pans are super clean).

So what's in the squeezy tube then? Well, like ladies' beauty products, the actual ingredients are either hard to find or given fancy names for basic things (ie water is now 'aqua'). Their functions are also described in arty ways without actually telling you anything: "Our specially formulated MĖNAJI Deep Cleansing Masque addresses the 20% higher oil production in men's skin that other clay and mud masks do not." See? Sound's good, but nothing's actually quantified.

I went to the MĖNAJI website... and it just repeats their Amazon description of, "vitamins A, C, E, anti-oxidants, natural clays & botanicals", whereas a bit of digging gives the details:

Ingredients: Water, Kaolin, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate Squalane, Titanium Dioxide, Bentonite, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, SD40 Alcohol, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Super Oxide Dismutase, Camphor, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Retinyl Palmitate, (Vitamin A), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin and Salicylic Acid.

That's quite a bit more than just "botanicals" but modern chemistry is a complex and wonderful thing.

While I have nothing really bad to say about this product, there's nothing really great to say about it either. It has the consistancy of toothpaste and a menthol smell that prompted a shocked reaction from my other half at 20 paces. Damp face, apply small amount, wait and rinse off. Despite the joy of looking like a mime, I didn't feel my face was any cleaner than my usual routine. There are cheaper products available that do the same thing (even, men who use *gasp* ladies products), so this may not be worthwhile.


IKEA White Hanger for door - Over the door Hanging door hooks
IKEA White Hanger for door - Over the door Hanging door hooks
Offered by XICHEN
Price: £8.06

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential space saver!, 27 Jan. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Yes it's twice the price of a stainless steel one from that well known Swedish furniture warehouse, but I don't live anywhere near one and Amazon deliver this for free (on Prime). I also have white doors and so this is far less obtrusive and still lets me close the door easily. Well made and does the job perfectly.


Lloytron BEAB Approved Single Size Underblanket Deluxe with 3 Heat Settings
Lloytron BEAB Approved Single Size Underblanket Deluxe with 3 Heat Settings
Offered by SHINE_UMBRELLA
Price: £14.63

1.0 out of 5 stars This is not the electric blanket you're looking for., 27 Jan. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Wasn't warm on highest setting, so level one must be stone cold. Disappointing. Sent back for refund.


Revlon PhotoReady Eye Primer and Brightener - 2.4 ml
Revlon PhotoReady Eye Primer and Brightener - 2.4 ml
Price: £6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't quite succeed as a budget Touche Éclat, 25 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is essentially another homage to Touche Éclat. That’s not a bad thing, but this doesn’t completely succeed as a budget alternative.

This Revlon version is billed as both a brightener and an eyeshadow primer, I think it would have been better to focus on a product that does one or the other. As this product is essentially coloured silicone, it works much better as a brightener than a primer.

The applicator brush is a bit too fat and long for delicate work and controlling around the eyelids. (I cut the brush down by a third and that helped a lot.) The product itself is very runny, so again doesn't make controlled application easy.The packaging looks quite cheap, and the twist up dispenser makes an awful noise.

It’s okay for what it is, but I wouldn't choose to buy it.


Revlon PhotoReady Primer, Shadow and Sparkle - 2.8 g, Metropolitan
Revlon PhotoReady Primer, Shadow and Sparkle - 2.8 g, Metropolitan
Offered by L4RGE
Price: £6.00

3.0 out of 5 stars On a par with Boots 17, 25 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Nice handbag sized all-in-one kit for complete eye make-up (minus eye-liner!)

You get the primer, three colours, a shimmer coating, two doubled-ended sponge applicators and a handy little how-to-apply guide picture.

The kit is for an evening look – with a nod to dark and smokey. The darkest shade (for the eyelid) is very dark, and with the remaining colours very light, you need to be ready to take your time and do a lot of blending. That dark brown is in danger of ending up an ugly stripe if you rush it or apply in poor lighting!

You need to use a heck of a lot of eyeshadow to build up the paler colours to anything beyond the faintest tint. Staying power, even with the primer, was a bit disappointing. After an hour it was reduced to just the dreaded dark eyelid stripe.

It does the job, I feel it’s the same quality at Boots 17 range, but it does remind me why I started paying a bit extra and going for the slightly higher-end brands (Clinique, urban Decay etc).


Decorated: Sublimely Crafted Cakes for Every Occasion
Decorated: Sublimely Crafted Cakes for Every Occasion
by April Carter
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Upping your game from Victoria Sponge, 23 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
At first glance this book looks very daunting and seems like it’s only for professional bakers. But once you start to read it, and look past the achingly professional photography of towering cakes fit for royal weddings, you realise it’s actually a very usable book.

I did assume the book was just about cake icing and decorating styles, but it actually includes baking the cakes yourself and creating the whole kaboodle at home. Although the cakes look astonishing on the page, once you start paying attention to the recipes they’re remarkably straightforward. The recipes don’t require specialist ingredients (a plus); it’s all the usual cake ingredients you can pick up at the most basic supermarkets. Even the stunning decorations only require the smallest amount of kit – a set of piping nozzles and a sugar thermometer (and, obviously, a steady hand).

It’s worth knowing that the cake designs in this book don’t include ones specifically for children. There are a couple of cakes you can turn into birthday cakes by shoving a candle in, but there’s no train shapes or balloons. The emphasis in on elegant.

This is a lovely book, and very usable, but it’s not for everyday use. For their ease and clear step-by-step instructions, the cakes do require time and commitment to make and decorate. These aren't creations you knock up at 3pm, ready for tea that evening. That said, they’re well worth taking time over and are sure to impress.


Fast Aid Advance Burn Plaster - Pack of 5 Plasters
Fast Aid Advance Burn Plaster - Pack of 5 Plasters
Price: £3.76

5.0 out of 5 stars The best thing I've found for quickly helping small burns., 23 Jan. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Find these plasters are the best when (small) burns happen. They are sticky enough to stay on for several days and the gel centre soothes and protects the affected area. I always keep a couple of packs in my first aid kit.

Disclaimer: Obviously, for a more serious burn you should consult proper medical treatment.


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