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Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield 30 ml
Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield 30 ml
Price: £55.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A smooth thing, 27 July 2015
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This luxurious product is exceptionally easy to apply. Once you have given the hi-tech pump a few strokes to prime it, it dispenses small amounts on to your fingers. Then the substance -- made from 42 ingredients -- can be smoothed on to your skin. And smoothed is the word. It feels like stroking a satiny textile rather than your own face. The idea is that it makes small imperfections less visible, and also is an ideal base for foundation or other make-up.

My face definitely felt smoother, and even more so my neck. I do need to keep it well away from my eyes -- I noticed some irritation, possibly from vapour. Whether it really "blurs" I am not so sure. I suppose the concept comes from the commonly used Photoshop effect. However, I certainly thought it made pores less visible.

The sunscreen ratings are impressive, at SPF30 and PA+++, but would one put on enough of this pricey product to give adequate protection? That excellent packaging holds only 30ml = 2 tablespoonsful.


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 Breath of Fresh Air?, 24 July 2015
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This is a very different-tasting mouthwash compared to most of them. In fact, it tastes of not much, has hardly any smell, and is a far gentler experience than its lurid green bottle would suggest. It's made largely of water and polyethylene glycol, an ingredient of many cosmetics, and you can slosh it round your mouth comfortably for as long as you like, without the strong taste and aroma (and sometimes fizz) of all the other mouthwashes I have tried.

Does it fix bad breath? You can only find out if some one is willing to give you an honest before-and-after test, but using it might give you more confidence that you are nice to be near.

The product label makes no claim to have any effect on your gums or teeth -- it is just a breath freshener.


Philips GC9630/20 Perfect Care Elite Steam Generator Iron with Optimal Temperature and 420 g Steam Boost - Navy
Philips GC9630/20 Perfect Care Elite Steam Generator Iron with Optimal Temperature and 420 g Steam Boost - Navy
Price: £278.23

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Steam than Thomas the Tank Engine for serious ironers, 18 July 2015
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It's hard to choose between Philips' many irons, but here's the top steamer. Once you have positioned the big thing, ironing is exceptionally easy, light work with the small iron. It's my second steam-tank iron, and on this one I appreciate the removable water tank that is simple to fill under the tap and to empty. A tankful can last through a huge load of ironing -- more than I ever have, so I only part-fill it.

The base generates lots of steam that is fed through the hose to the iron, and it is all that steam that does the work. Heat and pressure play a minor part, and all ironing of every fabric works at the same setting. There is nothing to adjust. You do not tilt the iron on to its heel between strokes. Just leave it resting on the ironing board surface, so no twisting of your wrist. If you go away, it will automatically switch off after ten minutes.

I have successfully and quickly ironed denim, shirts, delicate blouses and woollens all on that one setting. Ironing easier than I have ever experienced. If you live in a hard water area, you will appreciate the easy descale process. You just unscrew a stopper and let waste water and limescale drain out. Screw the stopper back in and that's it done.

When done, you park the iron on top, snap in the retaining clip, tuck the hose and mains lead into their slots, and carry the whole thing to . . . to . . . well, it takes up a fair bit of space, and it really ought to be stored about waist level -- you don't want to be bending or stretching high for this.


SWAN Jug Kettle, 1.7 Litre, Green
SWAN Jug Kettle, 1.7 Litre, Green
Price: £35.21

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice retro design kettle, 18 July 2015
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This jug kettle has a pleasant pale green and dark cream retro design that is not silly, and it blended well into my kitchen. To fill it, you can either pop the lid, or fill through the spout -- slowly. If you are in a soft water area, removing the filter from behind the spout will let you fill it faster. There is a not-too-bright indicator light when it is on, which is useful if you can't hear a kettle, and a not-too-clear water gauge behind the handle.

Of course, you will only buy this kettle if you like the design -- functionally it is much like any other. I did like the design, and the function is OK.


Russell Hobbs 22630 Brew and Go Coffee Machine
Russell Hobbs 22630 Brew and Go Coffee Machine
Offered by Quality UK Wares
Price: £44.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy way to get a nice mug of coffee, 18 July 2015
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This compact device makes a small amount -- up to about 450ml -- of filter coffee. So you can get a big mugful, or two standard cups, or fill the supplied stainless steel travel mug. This is an ugly mug, and I can usually manage to drive or walk without sucking on a drink, so I immediately replaced it with a small jug (see photo) that holds two cups. The drip tray has been designed to be raised so that you fit in a mug or jug easily. The whole design is neat, although the Russell Hobbs branding is a bit oversized

Using the coffee maker is convenient. Fill your mug or whatever with water, pour the water into the top of the machine, then measure ground coffee into the filter basket. Switch on, or set the timer. Very quickly, boiling water starts to flow gently through the coffee and into your mug. When all the water has gone, the process ends with a hiss of steam whose pressure slightly lifts the lid.

Enjoy coffee. Lift out filter basket, jerk grounds into bin. Rinse under hot tap and replace. That's it. No need to buy pods or filter papers, just ordinary ground coffee.

Filter coffee, the stuff that first got popular in the 1950 and 60s, is less intense than espresso, less stewed than cafetiere. Experimenting with different coffees and different amounts has a big effect on the taste.
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Interstellar
Interstellar
Dvd
Price: £0.00

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blockbusting disappointment, 17 July 2015
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This review is from: Interstellar (DVD)
Utterly ruined by incompetent sound engineering and much of the dialogue being in whispers. The slow pace did not help much, either. I can't help thinking that this plot might be engaging in a book, but was poorly suited for the medium of film.


LEGO Elves 41075: The Elves' Treetop Hideaway
LEGO Elves 41075: The Elves' Treetop Hideaway
Price: £33.57

4.0 out of 5 stars Work hard, play hard, 11 July 2015
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This big building set is specifically for fans of the Lego Elves. It is not a general-purpose bunch of parts that you could use to make practically anything. The project is to build the large and complex tree hideaway, and to do that there are some 500 parts, many of them specially designed for this model. There are two instruction manuals, well up to the usual clarity and quality for Lego kits, and these take you step by step through the construction.

At this stage, the project feels more like work than play, and will take a child considerable concentration and perseverance, so there should be a sense of achievement when it is built, and play can begin. It isn't pink, but it is girly. I would not think of buying it for a boy. Because of the size of the project, it could be a family effort. Phones off, sit around the dining table, and pass the pieces!


Philips S720/17 Series 1000 Click and Style Shaver / Beard Trimmer in One
Philips S720/17 Series 1000 Click and Style Shaver / Beard Trimmer in One
Price: £79.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be a stubble stylist, 9 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This a well designed whisker styling tool that will bring a lot of fun to any man experimenting with a neat beard or stubble maintenance. The key gadget is the adjustable trimmer head, that sets the trim length between 1 and 3 mm. The device is run by a cleverly shaped rechargeable shaver, and the whole thing can be used under the shower, or with wet-shaving products. Then you just rinse it under running water.

You can click off the trimmer and click on the shaver. That is a traditional Philips rotating-blade twin shaver head, as used by Philips for over half a century, and it works well for not-too-tough whiskers. A full-size, full-power shaver will do a faster job for older men who grow stronger bristles, but for lads newer to daily shaving, this device is easy, quiet, and smooth. A great present for a school-leaver, student, or some one not too far from that age.


Rexel Joy A4 5 Subject Notebook - Pretty Pink
Rexel Joy A4 5 Subject Notebook - Pretty Pink
Price: £8.42

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality notebook for multi-taskers, 8 July 2015
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If you are studying several subjects or, like me, are juggling a few projects at once, one of these 5-subject notebooks is a godsend. There are plenty to choose from, but this offering from Rexel is at the luxury end, and I think that can make work more pleasurable.

The covers are strong, flexible plastic, and the five 50-sheet sections are separated by coloured plastic dividers with pockets. The dividers are wider than the A4 pages, so no index tabs are needed.

I was pleased by the smooth, thin, lined paper, which comes with all the trimmings. There is a fine red left margin line, tear-off top corners, and punch holes for 2-, 3-, and 4-hole binders. If you use the perforations to tear out a sheet neatly, the resulting page is A4 height, and a couple mm narrower than A4 width.
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Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old Whisky 70 cl
Dalwhinnie 15 Year Old Whisky 70 cl
Price: £28.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasant, light-flavoured single malt, 8 July 2015
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This is a single malt without the smoky, peat flavour that many other single malts have. The colour and flavour are light, and I have enjoyed this whisky neat, on ice, and 50-50 with water. The bottle and box have a very pleasant, traditional look, so this would make an excellent gift.


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