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skinChemists Coldtox Serum 25 ml
skinChemists Coldtox Serum 25 ml
Price: £60.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Effective, 29 Aug. 2015
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This product comes in an attractive little thick glass pot, the sort of container my mum used to buy expensive cosmetics in. With its graspable silvered lid, the first impression is of a serious product. The name Coldtox is a marketing mystery. Enough. On with the serum, concentrating on the wrinkled areas as instructed.

It feels very pleasant as it smooths on, slightly sticky, and with very little perfume. A little spreads a good way. Then it goes distinctly cold, and a few minutes later it had dried and my skin felt a bit tightened. Back to the mirror. No doubt, lines at the sides of my eyes and on my forehead were less visible. Whether this is due to marine collagen (made from fish scales) or some other of the many ingredients I can't know. But I mean to go on using it.


Humble Beauty Bath and Honey 275 ml, Rose and Frankincense
Humble Beauty Bath and Honey 275 ml, Rose and Frankincense
Price: £12.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and Bubbly, 26 Aug. 2015
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This is a very pleasant bubble bath, presented in a simple honey jar. It is nicer to handle than a plastic bottle, but I find that I pour out a bit more than I really need to, so I will only get about half a dozen baths with this jar. This would make a good-looking gift, and would suit both men and women.

There is a slight, sweetish aroma, and a lot of long-lasting bubbles. I have had some excellent soaks while insulated like a cappuccino by the froth. There is honey in the list of ingredients, after the cellulose gum and before the benzyl alcohol, so I guess not much of it.


Murad Age Reform Intensive Wrinkle Reducer 30 ml
Murad Age Reform Intensive Wrinkle Reducer 30 ml
Price: £59.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rapid results have surprised me, 22 Aug. 2015
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After only a few days' use, there is a noticeable reduction in the wrinkles I worry about the most. These are the fine but visible lines in the nasolabial fold, and the "marionette" or smile lines either side of my mouth. As the years go by, these have got more prominent, and now this Murad product is starting to make the lines less visible. There are over 50 ingredients in it, and some of them must be doing something! I mean to keep using it, and see what happens. Without any prompting, my other half said out of the blue, "Your skin looks good".

There is a smaller, but positive effect on lines between my eyebrows and at the sides of my eyes.

The product is easily dispensed in small squirts from the container, minimising the risk of wasting the precious goo. I am disinclined to slather it around, and am applying it only to the areas that concern me, after thorough cleansing. If you want to attack fine lines and wrinkles, and you have the budget, this could be the Right Stuff.


Windows 10 For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers))
Windows 10 For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers))
by Andy Rathbone
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.49

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get a flying start with Windows 10, 22 Aug. 2015
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Whatever your level of computer knowhow above absolute beginner, this is a book that will get you going with Windows 10. If you are a competent non-techie, it is probably all you will ever need, but if you want to understand the inner workings of Windows 10 or fix software problems, then you (like me) will have to buy another, technical book soon.

As with most Dummies books, you have to skip and ignore the heavy-handed "humour". Then you get good answers to some very important questions in your early days using Windows 10:
Should you bother with Windows 10, or stick to your old version of Windows?
How do you make that new Start Menu look and behave in a reasonable way? (best bit of the book, I thought)
What are all those apps and are they any use to grown-ups?
How do I use OneDrive cloud storage? (I wish there had been lots more in this section, but it just about gets you started)
What's in Settings, which seems to replace the old Control Panel?
How do I use Windows 10 on a tablet device (there is very little on this -- the book is aimed mainly at desktop or laptop users with keyboards and mice)
How do I search for stuff, and get away from Bing in the process? (good, brief advice in this bit)

There's lots more, some of which long-time Windows users will already know, but I can see myself dipping into this book many times during my first few weeks with Windows 10, which I have recently installed. Dipping is what author Andy Rathbone recommends we do, so the good index -- 15 pages of three columns for the 404-page text -- is a godsend. It won't be much fun starting at page 1 and slogging through to page 404.

In summary, Windows 10 for Dummies helps you with the problem that always comes with a new operating system. It's not how do I DO something, it's how do I FIND something.


Paper Mate Inkjoy 100 Cap Fine Ball Pen Fine Tip - Assorted Fun Colours (Pack of 10)
Paper Mate Inkjoy 100 Cap Fine Ball Pen Fine Tip - Assorted Fun Colours (Pack of 10)
Price: £2.10

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Joy of Ink, 21 Aug. 2015
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In the past, fine-tip ball-points have not worked well. They were always a bit scratchy. It seems that the Indian makers of these new pens have solved the problems, so here is a set of 10 pens, all different colours, that glide smoothly and let you write or draw with a fine line.

The black and blue are good for general writing, and the other colours are distinct and attractive. The paler colours (orange and light green) are useful if you are tentatively filling in crossword clues or Sudoku numbers. The clips are springy, and I don't think they will snap off too easily.

The bright packaging makes this set of pens a very nice small present, and they feel and perform like a quality product.


The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Investors and Managers
The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Investors and Managers
by Lawrence A. Cunningham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.45

4.0 out of 5 stars Buy and never sell, get richer and richer, 19 Aug. 2015
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In a long series of essays, curated for us here, Warren Buffett explains the principles and outcomes of his world-leading investment methods. His clarity of writing makes it all seem so straightforward. All you need are investments in companies so good that you never sell them, with CEOs so good that you are willing to have them marry your daughters, and concentration on the value of your companies, not their share price. In practice, this is difficult to execute if you aren't Buffett, but many thousands of rich American investors have trusted him with their money and got richer along with him.

There are many intriguing business anecdotes of huge deals that went right, and some that went wrong. There are also excursions through US accounting and taxation practices that can be hard to follow, and to stay interested in. And there is a considerable amount of repetition of Buffett's basic principles. Reading all of this is likely to make one a convert to the Buffett way, believing with him that once you have got the right investments, share price movements are far less important than cashflow and profit.

If you have, like me, a very basic understanding of investments, it is all eye-opening stuff. If you have a few thousand to invest, it won't help much, but if you have hundreds of thousands, or millions to invest you might end up wanting to sack your advisers and start again.


AmazonBasics Everyday Flat Sheet, 280 x 320 + 10 cm - Ivory
AmazonBasics Everyday Flat Sheet, 280 x 320 + 10 cm - Ivory
Price: £31.49

4.0 out of 5 stars If you are rich, you pay some one to iron your sheets, 12 Aug. 2015
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A very decent and large sheet! It seems to be much the sort of item that you would buy from a middle-of-the-road store like Debenhams or John Lewis, with well-finished hems and a pleasant, matt feel.

All you really have to decide is whether the colour goes with your existing bedding, and order the right size.


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

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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: £9.33

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: £311.11

5 of 5 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.


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