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Hot Wheels Super Looper Track Set
Hot Wheels Super Looper Track Set
Price: £40.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun but make sure yu've got enough room..., 29 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is quite big and takes up a fair amount of space, and ideally you want to have it up against a wall or something. So after taking the time to clear space for it, we then had to undertake the mammoth task of making it up. Given how long it took, I would perhaps advise making it up first before giving it to younger children as they may get a little bored with the wait. There are A LOT of different sections and pieces and you’ll want to take your time while you set the Hot Wheels up. To give you an idea of size – it’s taller than our four year old!

Once set up though, it is well worth the hard work. Super fast and super fun, any child will enjoy how quick the car zooms round the track. (note car, singular – one negative point being the inclusion of only one car in such a huge set up – really could have done with more).

Electric motor is a little noisy but no more than you would expect with the speed that it sends the cars flying around the track. Good fun for young kids, us adults had a go too. Just make sure you’ve got enough room for it!


Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pad Bundle
Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pad Bundle
Price: £9.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Hours of fun for your kids to create many new and imaginative scenes..., 27 Sep 2014
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 2:31 Mins

The Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pad Bundle comprises of a set of two A3 sized 'Sticker Pads' consisting of 5 scenes in each pad, along with stickers for placing on these reusable scenes.

The set seems to be geared for a boy and a girl (handy for us as we have a 4 year old daughter and 4 year old son). The first set contains the following five different scenes:
- Underwater
- Farmyard
- Jungle
- Prehistoric landscape
- Wild outback

To be stuck all around these scenes you have over 150 stickers comprising of dinosaurs, wild animals, safari animals, farm animals and underwater sea life.

The second sticker pad consists of five different rooms in a house. These are:
- Livingroom / diningroom
- Bedroom
- Kitchen
- Bathroom
- Garden

For these 'scenes' you have over 175 stickers to go into these settings. These include adults and children, furniture, fixtures & fittings, and various household bric-a-brac.

The sticker pads have a glossy, plastic-like surface which allows the stickers to be easily removed, making them fully reusable. This means that your kids can play around with where they stick them in the scenes as much as they want.

Our kids have had these sets for a little over two weeks now and both our son and daughter absolutely love them. The 'boys' set in particular has been a great hit with our son. In fact, our daughter has probably played with the jungle scene as much as our son has.

The stickers themselves are in fact just glossy-covered vinyl shapes. Because of the nature of the vinyl - the 'stickers' (although they're not actually stickers) are highly unlikely to get ripped or damaged. This makes them ideal for young kids.

Our little sprogs (four year old twins) have had a great amount of pleasure from playing with the sets. They're something which both our son and daughter have returned to time and again; quietly moving the stickers around to create new scenes. For the amount of fun they've had with them I really can't give the sticker sets anything less than five stars.


Hotpoint Multi-Functional Food Processor, 1000 Watt, Silver
Hotpoint Multi-Functional Food Processor, 1000 Watt, Silver
Price: £103.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well-designed and easy to use food processor that's very easy to store away..., 27 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 5:47 Mins

The Hotpoint 1000 Watt Multi-Functional Food Processor is a high-quality, modern-looking food processor that comes with eight different functional attachments.

The food processor has a slimmer build to most of the other models on the market. Indeed, it has a noticeably more compact and 'neat' size compared to the majority of other processors we've seen, which are often much wider and more cumbersome than this model. On the underside of the unit there are suction pads in each corner which is a simple yet effective solution for stopping the food processor from dancing around your kitchen unit. In fact, simple solutions and careful, well-thought through designing seems to be the order of the day with this particular model. Everything seems to fit together perfectly and all within the food processor, making storage neat and simple.

The food processor comes with both a mixing bowl and a blending jug. Within the mixing jug, there is the option to chop, shred, slice, mix and knead. There's a hard-plastic kneading hook, a stainless steel chopping blade and a hard-plastic beating disc; all of which can slot into the mixing bowl together at once for storage purposes. This is particularly handy as many other models come with a whole range of attachments to use within the processor, but with no easy way to store them all together. As such it quickly becomes a nightmare to find the attachment you want when you need it. Not this problem here though!

Along with the aforementioned blades, the processor also comes with five slicing, shredding and grating inserts, which are slotted into a large plastic disc and then placed into the mixing bowl. These inserts cover the shredding, fine shredding, chopping, grating and julienne-style slicing. These, of course, also store neatly inside the food processor, with a small compartment located at the side of the unit opening out for the five inserts to be housed within.

When in use the food processer is fairly quiet, certainly in comparison to our previous processor. The dial to switch on the unit gives the usual option to pulse harder ingredients first. You can then adjust the speed from minimum to maximum. What's particularly nice is that the speed is fully adjustable, meaning you can set it at any degree between slow and maximum speed - and not just two pre-set speeds that most food processors offer.

The jug takes a decent amount of ingredients and blends quickly. It's also a good size for being able to clean afterwards; easily accommodating a hand, without the blades getting in the way etc (a common annoyance).

The processor also comes with a simple set of easy-to-follow instructions which also includes a handy 'food preparation guide' listing which attachment to use on which foodstuffs, the speed to use and simple directions for each. Once again - handy, handy, handy!

All in all both my wife and I are absolutely delighted with the food processor. It's proven to be easy and hassle-free to use, it's compact and convenient for storage, it looks good, seems to be very solidly made, and just does everything its designed to do well.


Creative Sound Blaster Roar: Portable NFC Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with aptX/AAC. 5 Drivers, Built-in Subwoofer, Incredibly Powerful. Amazing Price of £199
Creative Sound Blaster Roar: Portable NFC Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with aptX/AAC. 5 Drivers, Built-in Subwoofer, Incredibly Powerful. Amazing Price of £199

5.0 out of 5 stars A wireless portable speaker that offers incredible sound quality and an abundance of features..., 24 Sep 2014
Length:: 5:24 Mins

The Creative Sound Blaster Roar is a portable wireless speaker which links up to your phone, tablet or PC etc to deliver a truly incredible sound quality through a portable and feature-packed device.

Upon opening the box up for the first time you realise how compact the Sound Blaster Roar is. Measuring just 21cm x 12cm x 6cm the speaker really is a very portable piece of audio equipment that's ideal for taking away with you.

Aesthetically speaking, the speaker basically looks like a solid grey box. The main shell of the speaker is constructed from a dark grey metal mesh which wraps over the speaker's front and top section. The sides also have the same gunmetal mesh, completing the rectangular-box image. However, it's the design underneath this basic exterior shell that the most interesting.

Pumping out from the two sides and the top of the speaker you have the booming bass notes which not only sound clean and free from distortion, but also offer stomach-churning depths that seem far beyond the reach of such a compact piece of equipment.

Positioned along the front of the unit are the dual high frequency drivers which again deliver the goods in delightful abundance. Cranking up the volume on the speaker, you hear absolutely no amalgamation of sound, no loss of acoustics through unwanted blending, and a clear distinction between the spectrum of notes being reproduced.

If you really care about the quality of the sound, the warmth of notes, depth and coverage of the bass, the acoustic notes and clarity of the overall sound produced, then this portable speaker is something you'll want to take a good look at. Creative know their business. They know how to produce good-quality mid-to-high-end speakers and audio equipment. And this compact speaker is no different.

Furthermore, if you're looking to really fill a room with sound, then on the topside of the speaker there's a 'ROAR' button, which when pressed, increases the overall loudness and spaciousness of the audio output. It's like cranking your Marshall Stack up to 11 - somehow souping-up the sound with an altogether bolder depth and substance to it.

Outside of the superb sound quality, the Sound Blaster Roar also offers up a whole host of additional features. First off, I have to comment on the ease of set-up. It's an absolute doddle. Whether you're linking your device (such as a smart phone) using the NFC-Enabled Bluetooth function - whereby you simply tap the corner of the speaker with your phone and you're done - or pairing it up using the normal Bluetooth pairing settings, it really is completely hassle free.

On the reverse of the speaker is where the vast majority of the different inputs, buttons and switches are located. Here you'll also find USB and micro USB ports, allowing you to connect up the speaker system via a cable to your PC, laptop or whatever.

For added mobility, the speaker system also has a microSD/microSDHC card slot where you can insert a micro memory card full of music and play the songs directly through the Sound Blaster Roar without the need for an additional device. The speaker system also has a built-in battery which delivers around eight hours' worth of playback before it needs recharging. Furthermore, should your phone etc need recharging whilst you're out and about, you can simply connect it up to the speaker and it will charge your smart device or other USB device via the USB port on the rear of the unit. Handy!

Another handy feature on the speaker system, is the pairing with your bluetooth phone which when connected up allows you to answer incoming calls via the speaker (it has an in-built microphone), along with all the usual 'conference call style functions' and even record the conversation on a microSD card should you wish.

Sound quality on calls is once again incredibly good - picking up a voice from across a medium-sized room (we tested it out in our livingroom). At both ends of the call the voices could be easily heard, without any distortion or breaking up.

One particularly strange addition to the speaker is the siren, which you can turn on at the press of a button. When the speaker is cranked up to a high volume, the siren gives off an insanely loud noise - slightly akin to an old-fashioned emergency vehicle.

Aside from the numerous features and handy gadgetry included on the Sound Blaster Roar, you can also download a product specific control panel for your PC or Mac which allows you to set-up and customise different audio profiles and preferences for using on the speaker system. Once you've hooked up the Sound Blaster, the software is incredibly user-friendly - with a clear and easy-to-use interface for you to play about with the sound until your hearts content.

All in all this is nothing short of a top-class portable speaker system that achieves an incredible high-quality sound; especially considering the compact size of the hardware and the price tag. Crammed to the rafters with features, this is a portable speaker system that offers so much more than just a run-of-the-mill portable speaker.

PLEASE NOTE - This product was supplied to me for free for a 100% unbiased review.


Creative Sound Blaster Roar Speaker: Portable NFC Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with aptX/AAC. 5 Drivers, Built-in Subwoofer
Creative Sound Blaster Roar Speaker: Portable NFC Bluetooth Wireless Speaker with aptX/AAC. 5 Drivers, Built-in Subwoofer
Price: £129.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A wireless portable speaker that offers incredible sound quality and an abundance of features..., 24 Sep 2014
Length:: 5:24 Mins

The Creative Sound Blaster Roar is a portable wireless speaker which links up to your phone, tablet or PC etc to deliver a truly incredible sound quality through a portable and feature-packed device.

Upon opening the box up for the first time you realise how compact the Sound Blaster Roar is. Measuring just 21cm x 12cm x 6cm the speaker really is a very portable piece of audio equipment that's ideal for taking away with you.

Aesthetically speaking, the speaker basically looks like a solid grey box. The main shell of the speaker is constructed from a dark grey metal mesh which wraps over the speaker's front and top section. The sides also have the same gunmetal mesh, completing the rectangular-box image. However, it's the design underneath this basic exterior shell that the most interesting.

Pumping out from the two sides and the top of the speaker you have the booming bass notes which not only sound clean and free from distortion, but also offer stomach-churning depths that seem far beyond the reach of such a compact piece of equipment.

Positioned along the front of the unit are the dual high frequency drivers which again deliver the goods in delightful abundance. Cranking up the volume on the speaker, you hear absolutely no amalgamation of sound, no loss of acoustics through unwanted blending, and a clear distinction between the spectrum of notes being reproduced.

If you really care about the quality of the sound, the warmth of notes, depth and coverage of the bass, the acoustic notes and clarity of the overall sound produced, then this portable speaker is something you'll want to take a good look at. Creative know their business. They know how to produce good-quality mid-to-high-end speakers and audio equipment. And this compact speaker is no different.

Furthermore, if you're looking to really fill a room with sound, then on the topside of the speaker there's a `ROAR' button, which when pressed, increases the overall loudness and spaciousness of the audio output. It's like cranking your Marshall Stack up to 11 - somehow souping-up the sound with an altogether bolder depth and substance to it.

Outside of the superb sound quality, the Sound Blaster Roar also offers up a whole host of additional features. First off, I have to comment on the ease of set-up. It's an absolute doddle. Whether you're linking your device (such as a smart phone) using the NFC-Enabled Bluetooth function - whereby you simply tap the corner of the speaker with your phone and you're done - or pairing it up using the normal Bluetooth pairing settings, it really is completely hassle free.

On the reverse of the speaker is where the vast majority of the different inputs, buttons and switches are located. Here you'll also find USB and micro USB ports, allowing you to connect up the speaker system via a cable to your PC, laptop or whatever.

For added mobility, the speaker system also has a microSD/microSDHC card slot where you can insert a micro memory card full of music and play the songs directly through the Sound Blaster Roar without the need for an additional device. The speaker system also has a built-in battery which delivers around eight hours' worth of playback before it needs recharging. Furthermore, should your phone etc need recharging whilst you're out and about, you can simply connect it up to the speaker and it will charge your smart device or other USB device via the USB port on the rear of the unit. Handy!

Another handy feature on the speaker system, is the pairing with your bluetooth phone which when connected up allows you to answer incoming calls via the speaker (it has an in-built microphone), along with all the usual 'conference call style functions' and even record the conversation on a microSD card should you wish.

Sound quality on calls is once again incredibly good - picking up a voice from across a medium-sized room (we tested it out in our livingroom). At both ends of the call the voices could be easily heard, without any distortion or breaking up.

One particularly strange addition to the speaker is the siren, which you can turn on at the press of a button. When the speaker is cranked up to a high volume, the siren gives off an insanely loud noise - slightly akin to an old-fashioned emergency vehicle.

Aside from the numerous features and handy gadgetry included on the Sound Blaster Roar, you can also download a product specific control panel for your PC or Mac which allows you to set-up and customise different audio profiles and preferences for using on the speaker system. Once you've hooked up the Sound Blaster, the software is incredibly user-friendly - with a clear and easy-to-use interface for you to play about with the sound until your hearts content.

All in all this is nothing short of a top-class portable speaker system that achieves an incredible high-quality sound; especially considering the compact size of the hardware and the price tag. Crammed to the rafters with features, this is a portable speaker system that offers so much more than just a run-of-the-mill portable speaker.

PLEASE NOTE - This product was supplied to me for free for a 100% unbiased review.


Tacwise 1187 16ga/ 45 Finish Nailer Nail Gun
Tacwise 1187 16ga/ 45 Finish Nailer Nail Gun
Price: £118.69

5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful and dependable nail gun that can fire some pretty hefty nails..., 23 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 2:08 Mins

The Tacwise 1187 16ga/45 Master Nailer is a reasonably high-priced semi-professional nail gun that's a handy tool to have around the house for large DIY projects as well as for people who work in the building and carpentry trade.

The nail gun comes in a sturdy hard-plastic carrycase which has been purposefully moulded to carry the nail gun along with a box of nails. Due to the size (approx. 12" x 12" x 3") and weight of this reasonably hefty nailer, when packed away in the case the whole thing weighs quite a bit.

Like with most nail guns, loading the nail gun is an absolute doddle. The short instruction manual details how to load the nail strips into the nail gun through a few simple steps (see video). Once loaded and plugged into the mains, the nail gun is basically good to go.

If you've not used a nail gun before it's a good idea to test it out on some scrap wood first so you can familiarise yourself with how to use it. However, in a nutshell it's a simple case of holding the nail gun up against the wood you plan to nail down, apply a light amount of pressure to the topside of the gun to ensure its firmly against the wood, and then just pull the trigger.

The nail gun can take nails between 20 - 45mm in length, allowing a good flexibility in jobs along with some pretty darn hefty nails at the larger end of the spectrum. It comes with a pack of 16G/38mm galvanised nails (2,500 of the beasts). These are pretty substantial nails which offer plenty of strength and penetration.

After testing the nail gun out on a number of different surfaces it should be noted that it has enough power behind it to penetrate (quite old) brick work, hard plaster (I reattached some skirting board that had come loose) and all wood types as well as some thin (approx. 1.5mm) steel sheeting I found in the garage. With this in mind, the nail gun would be handy for laying skirting board, putting up panelling, or building solid wood structures.

I've had the nail gun for a little over a month now and have found it a great tool to be able to turn to if I need to quickly nail something into place etc. We're currently spending a lot of our free time doing up the house we recently moved to, so having the nail gun to hand has saved me a heck of a lot of time. The wife's also talking about putting down some decking in the back garden sometime in the not-too-distant-future. If this does materialise, then I'm sure this sturdy and dependable nail gun will really come into its own for a project of that nature.

And thus far it hasn't jammed once!


Tacwise 181ELS Electric Nail Gun
Tacwise 181ELS Electric Nail Gun
Price: £72.03

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good, solid and dependable nail gun for general DIY projects..., 23 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 1:49 Mins

The Tacwise 181ELS Electric Nail Gun is a mid-priced non-professional nail gun that's a handy tool to have around the house for general DIY projects and the like.

The nail gun comes in a sturdy hard-plastic carrycase which has been purposefully moulded to carry the nail gun along with a box of nails.

Loading the nail gun is an absolute doddle. The short instruction manual details how to load the nail strips into the nail gun through a few simple steps (see video). Once loaded and plugged into the mains, the nail gun is basically good to go.

If you've not used a nail gun before it's a good idea to test it out on some scrap wood first so you can familiarise yourself with how to use it. However, in a nutshell it's a simple case of holding the nail gun up against the wood you plan to nail down, apply a light amount of pressure to the topside of the gun to ensure its firmly against the wood, and then just pull the trigger.

The nail gun can take nail between 15 - 35mm in length, allowing a good flexibility in jobs. It comes with a pack of the shortest length nails that the nail gun can take i.e. 180/15mm nails (2,000 of them). Even though these are reasonably short, they nevertheless offer enough penetration and strength to perform a fair amount of general household DIY tasks with.

After testing the nail gun out on a number of different surfaces it should be noted that it has enough power behind it to penetrate (quite old) brick work, hard plaster (I reattached some skirting board that had come loose) and all wood types. With this in mind, the nail gun would be handy for laying skirting board, putting up panelling, or building solid wood structures.

I've had the nail gun for a little over a month now and have found it a great tool to be able to turn to if I need to quickly nail something into place etc. We're currently spending a lot of our free time doing up the house we recently moved to, so having the nail gun to hand has saved me a heck of a lot of time.

And thus far it hasn't jammed once!


Melissa & Doug Magnetic Car Loader
Melissa & Doug Magnetic Car Loader
Price: £14.50

3.0 out of 5 stars A nice, strong wooden toy - but just too babyish for children of 3+, 20 Sep 2014
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 0:49 Mins

The Melissa & Doug Magnetic Car Loader is a wooden child's toy that's supposedly designed for children from around 3 years old.

There's something homely and altogether quite nice & traditional about children's toys that are made from wood. Plastic moulded toys just don't have the same charm. However, I do appreciate that this is through the rose-tinted eyes of an adult and not necessarily the view of a three-year-old child.

Anyway, the first point I feel I need to make is with the 3+ age guide that's emblazoned on the toy's packaging. Is this really a toy that a three-year-old would want? Having four-year-old twins ourselves, I would certainly say that neither would be interested in this sort of simplistic toy anymore. Indeed, even at three-years-old, they would have been at the tail end of interest with it. To be honest - it's just far too babyish for them now, and has been for a good year or so.

To test this further, I showed the toy to my wife without mentioning (or showing) the toy's age guide (3+). My wife has a lot of friends with varying aged children, so she's a good judge of what's good for kids of these early ages. She looked at it, and said it would probably be suitable for children from 1 - 3 yrs old. When I said it was marked for 3+ years she laughed her head off and said "you must be joking?!"

I can only guess that the age guide is set at 3+ years because the wood used for the construction of the toy has been painted and so could have some harmful effects if chewed etc by a young child. So the health & safety aspect I can understand. Nevertheless - please, if you're thinking of buying this as a gift for a child of 3+ years, be warned, they'll probably find it a bit too simplistic for them.

Other than the ridiculous target age range, the toy is generally quite a good solid young child's toy. Since we've had the toy it's been played with by a few of my wife's friends' kids who've popped around our house. In fact, the magnetic crane arm has proven a great hit for a couple of the young boys who've played with it (aged 1.5 and 2) - with them lifting the small wooden cars off the floor with the magnetic arm and placing them on the vehicle's trailer. Again, there's enough to do on it to keep children of around this age entertained for a little while, but any older and it's just that bit too simplistic.

One particularly good point about the toy is how strong and durable it is. Because we've let quite young kids play with it, it's been dropped and banged about the place a heck of a lot. Indeed, at one stage it was `accidentally' flung across our landing onto our hard parquet flooring. Other than a couple of dents and a small amount of chipped off paint, the toy survived pretty much intact.


Barbie Secret Door Alexa Doll
Barbie Secret Door Alexa Doll
Price: £15.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A nice looking Barbie doll which plays two different 10 second long song excerpts..., 20 Sep 2014
= Durability:3.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:2.0 out of 5 stars 
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 1:21 Mins

The Barbie and the Secret Door Princess Alexa Doll is a Barbie Doll that's based on the Princess Alexa character form the animated Barbie movie 'Barbie and the Secret Door' (2014).

The Barbie Doll is approximately 30cm tall, which I believe is about normal for a Barbie Doll. The doll has all the usual moveable joints - with a head that can swivel around, shoulder joints, and leg joints at the waistline (but not at the knee).

The main feature to the doll is with the lights and music that start up whenever the doll's left arm is rotated downwards. As soon at the arm is pushed down, the Barbie Doll's chest lights up with a series of colourful lights, whilst a quick 10 second long excerpt from two of the pop songs from the aforementioned Barbie movie are played.

To be honest the lights and music are great, and our daughter absolutely loves them. She sings along with the words and the colourful lights really do look very good. However, it should be noted that the music only lasts for around ten seconds, and there's only two different song excerpts - so the entertainment life of this feature is reasonably limited.

Other than the lights and music, the Barbie is pretty much what you'd expect. The colours on the dress are bright and vivid and the doll's hair is thick and lush. The only real downside (other than the shortness to the songs) is how the tiara is fixed to the doll's head using those small plastic tags which are often used to fix price tags to clothing. Although reasonably unnoticeable, on slightly closer inspection it does look quite cheap. But this really is just a small point.

All in all we'd have to say that the doll is still an excellent toy, as our four-year-old-daughter absolutely loves it - and after all, she is the one who should be able to judge the ultimate success of the doll best!


Scholl Pedi Velvet Smooth Essential Pedicure Collection Gift Set
Scholl Pedi Velvet Smooth Essential Pedicure Collection Gift Set
Price: £80.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Altogether a nice gift set containing some good quality pedicure tools..., 20 Sep 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 3:29 Mins

The Scholl Pedi Velvet Smooth Essential Pedicure Collection Gift Set is a nice collection of products for pedicures, all presented in a set which is ideal for giving to someone as a gift.

The kit comprises of the main Pedi machine, a 60ml tube of foot moisturiser cream, toe separators, hoof sticks and a glass nail file. The set also comes with a nice faux-leather beauty bag for storing all of these items within.

If you haven't used one before, I have to say that the Pedi machine is an excellent pedicure tool for quickly and easily removing hardened dead skin from your feet. When switched on, the roller file spins around at a rapid speed, so that when it's pressed against the skin it will very quickly file off any dead and dry skin. It's obviously to be used instead of a standard foot file or pumice stone, which would require a great deal more elbow grease to use so effectively. This file on the other hand will do all the hard work for you. You simply need to guide it around the areas of dead skin that you wish to remove and it will very quickly and effectively file away all the dead skin, leaving the area looking and feeling fresh and soft. Because the dead and hardened skin has been filed off, any areas of your feet that had a slight yellowish discolouration will also lose that unwanted tea-stain colour.

The roller head of the Pedi machine is replaceable, of which the manufacturers suggest you replace it after just twelve uses - which does seem a tad excessive. In fact if you're going to be looking after your feet well, and using it on a regular basis, then you would end up purchasing quite a lot of replacement roller heads. However, having already used the Pedi machine on a number of occasions, I would say that in practice the roller heads could almost certainly last for a fair bit longer than just twelve uses.

The moisturiser cream that comes included is a small 60g tube of Scholl's foot cream. With Scholl being recognised as one of the leading brands in the feet department, the cream is of course a very good one - not too thick or greasy, but does leave the skin feeling moisturised, soft and clean.

The glass nail file (aka as a crystal nail file) is a very nice addition to this set, really making it feel like a nice 'gift'. It's a strong and sturdy nail file that is likely to last you a long time, and is a particularly handy size and design - perfect for carrying round in a handbag etc. Furthermore, you could also use the file on your hands if you so wish.

Personally I thought that the toe separators were quite small, considering they are designed to be used for feet. Nevertheless, they do the job - separating out the toes for ease of painting or working on the cuticles etc. They're also very comfortable, unlike other toe separators on the market (which is perhaps down to their smaller size?). In fact, some larger ones can feel like they're pushing the toes apart too much - an uncomfortable problem that these don't suffer from.

The hoof sticks that come with the set are basically a miniature version (approx. 10cm long) of the normal wooden hoof sticks you might be used to seeing. The set comes with four of these hoof sticks, which to be honest won't last you particularly long. Given the overall quality of the rest of the kit, and the fact that everything else is designed to last many multiple uses (the Pedi machine with its replacement rollers, the glass nail file rather than a disposable one etc) it's perhaps a little surprising that they did not include a re-usable hoof stick - but this is just a small fussy point.


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