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Braun Silk Epil 9 9-558 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator with 5 Extras
Braun Silk Epil 9 9-558 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator with 5 Extras
Price: £104.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Epilator with lots of gadgets, 28 Mar. 2015
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Waxing, shaving, electrolysis, creams, I've tried 'em all and now for a go with a slightly scary-looking epilator, which promises to tweezer off hairs once it has charged up -- it arrived with enough charge in it to work, but I gave it an hour plugged in, anyway, and had a look at the brief operating instructions. As with so many feminine beauty procedures, there are assurances that the discomfort will reduce as you get used to it. There is a cloth bag to hold the many bits of equipment, including a separate face epilator device, which has much smaller tweezers in its little rotating head. I was pleased to find that you can use the epilator in the bath or shower.

It certainly plucks (various puns and jokes come to mind, but I will resist), and the "discomfort" is certainly there, too, even on my shave-toughened legs. By the way, if you want to use this device as a shaver, a shaver-head and trimmer comes with it. If you are skilled with a razor, the epilator is likely to seem slower.

The whole thing is solidly made and easy to keep clean, and if you are looking for a new way to tackle body and facial hairs, the Braun seems well worth trying.


Sure LED GU10 PAR16 5W Replacement for 50 Watt, 380 lumen, non-dimmable bulb, 2700k warm light
Sure LED GU10 PAR16 5W Replacement for 50 Watt, 380 lumen, non-dimmable bulb, 2700k warm light
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A genuinely warm white LED lamp, 26 Mar. 2015
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There are now lots of LED replacements available for our old GU10 halogen spotlight lamps, and I have tried several of them. They all work, they all save us 85% to 90% of the electricity, and they all pay for themselves in a year or so. After that, each lamp saves several pounds a year. They make excellent financial sense.

This SureLED lamp has a narrow beam, so it is definitely a spotlight, not a wide flood. The colour is genuinely a warm white, and I like it better than some of the other lamps I own, even though they, too, were described as warm white. This one produces light that seems the same as a halogen lamp . . . but no waste heat, and a big percentage saving on running cost. It will not work with a dimmer switch.

Nobody yet knows the real average lifetime of these lamps in household service, but if they are anywhere near their claimed life, they are a welcome and worthwhile technological advance in domestic lighting.


Black Magnetic PU Leather Smart Cover Case for iPad 2 3 & New iPad 4 with Sleep Wake with screen protector
Black Magnetic PU Leather Smart Cover Case for iPad 2 3 & New iPad 4 with Sleep Wake with screen protector
Offered by PJP ELECTRONICS
Price: £3.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, great value cover, 24 Mar. 2015
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This is the second one of these cases I have bought. The first lasted three years of daily use protecting my iPad, which still looks good as new. The sleep cover always works, the simple stand does the job -- although it won't serve in portrait mode -- and when the iPad is not in use, the whole thing slips into my bookcase and does not show up as a filchable object.

All the holes are in the right places for use of the switches and the camera. As a bonus, you get a very good screen protector, and it is well worth taking great care to fit this accurately and to a perfectly clean and dust-free screen.


Thin Black Shoelaces- 90cm Long Round Laces
Thin Black Shoelaces- 90cm Long Round Laces
Offered by UK.Shoes Retail
Price: £0.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Tie the knot, 24 Mar. 2015
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A generous length for my four-hole shoes, these round laces look much better than flat ones in formal footwear. Flat laces are best kept for casual shoes, I think.


Sigel Conceptum A5 Notebook - Brown
Sigel Conceptum A5 Notebook - Brown
Price: £15.79

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice gift book for a keen writer, 24 Mar. 2015
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This is the kind of notebook you would probably buy as a gift, rather than for yourself. Its imitation leather cover is nice to look at and touch, and there is a bright red elastic strap to hold the book closed. The A5 size makes the book easy to carry around and fit into a bag.

The 194 pages are of lined cream paper, so this is a writing book, not a sketch book. I've tried writing on the pages with pencil, ballpoint, and ink. Although the paper is smooth and easy to write on, it is not very dense, and ink shows through it; ballpoint ink shows through because the ball indents the paper, and (very slightly) even pencil. So my instrument of choice is my Papermate propelling pencil. Even so, I would prefer to write only on one side of the paper, giving me 97 fully useable sides.

The binding is string, and I think the book will last a long time. The fake antique leather finish will still look OK with a few real scuffs. Overall, a nice gift to give.


Scholl Active Everyday Insoles Gel for Men
Scholl Active Everyday Insoles Gel for Men
Price: £14.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Softer and warmer underfoot, 10 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
If you feel you need some more padding under your feet, these gel insoles might help. They are generously sized in length and width, and can easily be cut down with scissors to fit your shoes. The gel is slightly sticky, so they stay in place in your shoes, and they are topped with a thin fabric layer, so your socks don't stick. Because of the thickness of the gel, I think these insoles are best inside shoes that have an easy fit.

In use, I noticed the extra padding particularly beneath my heels, and I appreciate using the insoles in shoes which are worn often. My feet feel warmer, too, presumably because of the extra insulation underfoot. Scholl's recommendation is that they will last about six months, so be prepared to buy a couple of pairs a year for your everyday shoes.


Braun Face SE80 Replacement Cleansing Brushes 2 Pack
Braun Face SE80 Replacement Cleansing Brushes 2 Pack
Price: £11.84

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep your brush working as new, 9 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
If you've got a Braun Facial Cleaning Brush, you are going to need these replacement heads, and the pack of two will serve for about six months' use. You can, of course, detach and clean your brushes with a detergent, or even sterilise them in Milton or similar, but they do wear, the bristles do get bent, so the three-month replacement cycle is a sensible recommendation.


Varilight LED Dimmer Switch - V-Pro Series, 1 Gang (Single), 1 or 2 Way, 400 Watt (Trailing Edge)
Varilight LED Dimmer Switch - V-Pro Series, 1 Gang (Single), 1 or 2 Way, 400 Watt (Trailing Edge)
Offered by Fastlec
Price: £13.20

5.0 out of 5 stars This LED dimmer ain't dim, 6 Mar. 2015
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If you are replacing tungsten or halogen lamps with dimmable LEDs, you'll also have to replace your dimmer switch. This switch is a straight same-size replacement for your old white dimmer, wires up in the same way, so switch off at the mains and in a few minutes the job is done.

But there's more. LED lamps are not all the same. The Varilight works in three modes, and you can try which one gives the smoothest, flicker-free dimming for the make of LED lamps you own, if the pre-set mode is not good enough. Also, you can change the minimum level of dimming, which you will probably have to do as the amount of dimming you get will depend on the make of lamp. Precise instructions for doing this by a sequence of clicks and twists come with the switch, and you make the adjustments after the switch and all your lamps are installed.

There is a slight quirk that this switch has -- your lamps will no longer be "instant-on". There is a momentary delay after you press the switch, then the lamps brighten up in about a second. Similarly, there is a small lag when you rotate the dimmer, so it is best to twist it slowly.

I've got two of these switches, and am very pleased with them, especially as they don't get hot and buzz the way my old dimmers used to do.


Philips GC3811/80 Azur Performer Steam Iron with 160 g Steam Boost and Steam Glide Plus Soleplate, 2400 Watt, Multi-Colour
Philips GC3811/80 Azur Performer Steam Iron with 160 g Steam Boost and Steam Glide Plus Soleplate, 2400 Watt, Multi-Colour
Price: £44.00

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wide-hipped, steamy iron, 6 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a big, heavy, and stylish steam iron. Although it is quite weighty to lift, it takes very little effort to use. The silky sole-plate provides smooth running, and there is no need to press down hard as you iron. The steam seems to do the work. Automatic setting of the amount of steam is a good feature, and a trigger beneath the handle gives an extra blast of steam -- useful for cotton and especially denim. There is the usual tiny spray nozzle at the front, too, but as with every other iron I have owned, it just spits out a little water. A separate spray bottle does a much better job if you've got some over-dry ironing.

The iron is simple to fill with water through the hatch at the front, but the tinted plastic body is a little too dark to let you see the water level easily. There is lots of electrical power - 2.4KW - which means the iron heats up very quickly and stays at the right temperature, which you set on the usual type of dial. When you rest the iron on its backside, it is stable, and the swivelling cord stays out of the way.

There is a push-button descaling function, which I have not yet tried. Here in the North West, things don't scale up much in the medium-soft water, but this should be a boon to many people.

My only disappointment was that Kardashian-sized, yellow-decorated backside. The big Philips is too wide-hipped to fit in my old Brabantia wall-bracket which has kept irons out of the way for years.


BiC Cristal Soft Ball Pen - Assorted Colours (Pack of 10)
BiC Cristal Soft Ball Pen - Assorted Colours (Pack of 10)
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars New twist on traditional BiC ballpoint, 28 Feb. 2015
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This is a new take on the familiar BiC ball-point pen. It is supposed to be smoother, and I think it really is! The pen writes with very little pressure, and glides easily over the paper. The ink appearance is as one expects from a BiC, with bright blue and red, deep black, and a weaker green -- good for tentative crossword entries but too feeble for crazed green-ink rants.

The pen has the traditional shape, tastes the same when you chew it, but looks a little different -- the transparent barrel is tinted blue, and the ink level is invisible. I'll have to use it until it surprises me by giving out. The top (which I quickly lose) has a hole at the end, so its only function is to provide the clip.


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