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K&F Concept® Nylon Backpack Camera Backpack Rucksack Daypack SLR DSLR Digital Camera Bag Outdoor Travel Backpack Gadget Organizer Bag - Waterproof, Multi-Compartments, Carry Handle for Canon Nikon iPad Accessories
K&F Concept® Nylon Backpack Camera Backpack Rucksack Daypack SLR DSLR Digital Camera Bag Outdoor Travel Backpack Gadget Organizer Bag - Waterproof, Multi-Compartments, Carry Handle for Canon Nikon iPad Accessories
Offered by K&F Concept
Price: £78.04

5.0 out of 5 stars A very handy camera bag / rucksack that offers high quality and very good protection..., 7 Feb. 2016
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Length:: 4:44 Mins

The K&F Concept Camera Bag / Backpack is a medium-sized over-the-shoulder rucksack-style backpack that's specifically designed to carry DSLRs, lenses, tripods and other such digital equipment and accessories. The backpack includes a hell of a lot of padding and hard-wearing protective materials to ensure that your potentially very expensive equipment is always protected when carried around in the backpack.

Indeed, just feeling the thickness and high-quality of the padded materials used for the construction of the entire backpack gives you such a peace of mind - knowing that if you were to accidentally knock or drop the backpack with your camera equipment in there, then there's a very good chance that the camera will be absolutely fine.

Inside the main compartment of the backpack (which can be opened out fully for ease of packing etc – see accompanying video) you have a lattice of grey padded foam dividers which can be added, adjusted or removed using the Velcro positioning tabs at each end. When you have these dividers fixed in place it will help to organise and keep safe the individual parts of your equipment - such as separate lenses etc.

Alongside the removable dividers you also have a padded laptop/tablet compartment located on the front of the backpack. This padded compartment includes a Velcro elasticated strap to hold your laptop etc within the compartment securely. The compartment can take laptops etc up to roughly 24cm x 34cm x 4cm by my measuring.

And that’s not it for compartments. You also get all of the other neatly organised pockets within the front compartment, and small zip-up pockets either side of the backpack (measuring approximately 16cm x 14cm). There’s also a smaller elasticated pocket located on the opening flap of the main compartment which is good for storing operators manuals etc.

Comfort-wise the backpack is the bee’s knees. When fully loaded and over your shoulders it feels comfortable and secure, with the soft-padded straps sitting comfortably on your shoulders. The twin front clips offer added comfort and security to the rucksack – keeping it securely fixed on you across your chest and waist.

One slightly disappointing aspect with the backpack is that it's not water/rain proof. It does come with a rain cover which folds away into a small pouch that's attached onto a cord within the front compartment of the backpack, but this isn't ideal if you find yourself suddenly caught in a downpour.

However, all in all we're still very pleased with the backpack and will be using it to protect our camera equipment and iPad when we're out and about. The amount of pockets and compartments to the backpack does mean that you can keep everything very organised and the sheer quality and high-protection that it offers is a definite strong point.

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


Go Stationery Kraft Typo Pocket Notebooks (Pack of 3)
Go Stationery Kraft Typo Pocket Notebooks (Pack of 3)
Price: £5.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Three handy little notebooks for taking around with you..., 24 Jan. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 1:23 Mins

The ‘Go Stationery’ Kraft Typo Pocket Notebooks are a set of three pocket-sized notebooks that have been designed to be easily taken around with you (in a pocket of handbag etc).

WHAT YOU GET:
You get three of the small cardboard-covered notebooks, each measuring approximately 9cm (W) x 12 cm (H) (i.e. 3.5” x 4.75”). The notebooks each contain 48 blank pages, on medium-thick unlined light-cream paper.

The cardboard covers are only moderately-thick, giving the notebooks enough strength to have definition, but still remaining quite flexible (say if you were to carry one around with you in your pocket) and still very thin.

SUMMARY:
For me these little pocket-sized notebooks are absolutely perfect. Outside of Amazon reviewing I review novels for my own website (DLS Reviews), and as such, I’m constantly carrying around notebooks for jotting points down for the reviews. These notebooks are the perfect size for this.

My only niggle with them is that one of the covers is quite ‘girlie’ with its ‘Live, Love, Laugh’ cover design. Not a big issue – but it would have been more preferable to have had all three notebooks with purposefully neutral covers.


Playmobil 6634 City Life Large City Zoo with 11 Animals
Playmobil 6634 City Life Large City Zoo with 11 Animals
Price: £44.48

5.0 out of 5 stars A very intricate and entertaining Playmobil set - ideal for kids of around 4 - 6 years old..., 24 Jan. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 4:15 Mins

The Playmobil 6634 City Zoo is a large Playmobil set from the manufacturer’s ‘City Life’ range. On the box it states that the toy set is suitable for ages between 4 and 10 years old. I agree with the starting age of 4 years – but I’d say that it’s not likely to appeal to many children over the age of around 6 (in our experience anyway).

WHAT YOU GET:
Inside the large box you get the various hard-plastic bits and pieces that make up this detailed Playmobil Zoo set. You also get an A4 sheet of stickers to put on a number of the parts, along with a nicely illustrated instruction manual for the assembly.

ASSEMBLY:
Putting all of the zoo pieces together for the first time took me around 15 – 20 minutes. There’s lots (and I really mean lots) of bits and pieces to the set. You’ve also got an A4 sheet of stickers to work through which you’ll want to do carefully. However, even though there are so many pieces to the set, the instruction manual that comes with it is very well illustrated, making the whole process reasonably painless.

THE ZOO SET:
Once the zoo’s been assembled it really does look quite impressive (for a young child’s toy that is). There are tonnes of intricate parts and details to keep your child amazed by it. The lions and pelican have moveable parts, as do the various people it comes with. The turnstile at the zoo’s entrance rotates and the exit gate opens and closes. It really is a very nice set.

SUMMARY:
All in all we’re very impressed with the Playmobil Zoo Set. There are loads of animals and people included for your kids to play with. There are also tonnes of intricate details and things for the characters to carry etc. It’s strong and sturdy enough to withstand the sort of ‘rigorous’ play that comes with being a four-year-olds toy. The only thing is that there are so many small pieces it’s only a matter of time before they start going missing (and then turning up all over the house!).


Sports Camcorder Blue Underwater Waterproof Camera, Sports Action Bicycle Helmet Car DVR Recorder 12MP HD 1080P Wide-Angle Lens + Variety of Stands/Mounts/Casing for Skiing, Snowboarding, Surfing, Hiking, Climbing, Extreme Sports (Blue)
Sports Camcorder Blue Underwater Waterproof Camera, Sports Action Bicycle Helmet Car DVR Recorder 12MP HD 1080P Wide-Angle Lens + Variety of Stands/Mounts/Casing for Skiing, Snowboarding, Surfing, Hiking, Climbing, Extreme Sports (Blue)
Offered by COOLER
Price: £49.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A small and very easy to use GoPro style camera which produces very good results..., 24 Jan. 2016
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Length:: 6:35 Mins

The COOLER 1080P HD DV Waterproof Sports Camcorder (in Blue) is a 'GoPro' style HD camcorder which comes with a good array of accessories - most of which enable the user to affix the camera to themselves, or on to a piece of equipment (such as a bike or car etc).

WHAT YOU GET:
The COOLER Sports Camera (measuring approximately 6cm x 4cm x 7cm) whilst inside its clear-plastic protective casing, comes with the following accessories:

1 X Waterproof Case
1 X Original Battery
1 X Bicycle Stand
1 X Base 1
1 X Base 2
1 X Clip
1 X Fixed Base
1 X Switch Support 1
1 X Switch Support 2
1 X Switch Support 3
1 X UK Adapter
1 X Helmet Base
1 X Bandage
1 X Ribbon
1 X 3M Adhesive Tape
1 X Wire Rope
1 X Data Wire
1 X UK Charger
1 X Manual
1 X Wiper

SET-UP:
Setting up the COOLER Sports Camera is a doddle. The camera comes with a small 'User's Manual' which runs you through the basics of using the camera and its functions, and how to attach and use the various accessories. However, the camera really is quite a simple piece of equipment, and you'll no doubt get comfortable using it within a matter of 5-10 mins of playing around with it. Similarly with the various accessories for attaching the camera to you or your equipment. If it's not self-explanatory then it's pretty much just a matter of having a play around with it for a minute or two.

THE RESULTS:
The picture quality from the COOLER Action Camera really is very good. It shoots in HD, and provides a clear and crisp image without blurring or digital distortion. Sound quality isn't the best when placed on some equipment that's going to bump and bounce a lot (i.e. a bike - see accompanying video), but this will have a hell of a lot to do with how and where you mount the camera. Setting the camera to record and then turning it off again is a simple case of pressing a button and you're done. You have to learn which one does what as they're not actually labelled on the camera or on its protective casing. However, you'll soon learn and have no problems quickly setting it to record your many sporting adventures.

SUMMARY:
All in all I've been incredibly impressed with the COOLER Sports Camera and the good array of accessories it comes with. Already having all of the accessories for attaching the camera to many different pieces of equipment etc means you don't have to go out and buy anything else (other than a Micro SD Card for recording your footage on to) to be able to go right ahead and start using it. As such, I have absolutely no qualms in awarding the product a full and very well-deserved five stars.

DISCLAIMER:
The product was provided to me free of charge for a 100% unbiased review.


Maybelline Bronzer Dream Bronze Trop, Bronzed Topics
Maybelline Bronzer Dream Bronze Trop, Bronzed Topics
Price: £5.89

4.0 out of 5 stars A nice bronzing powder and blush all in one..., 24 Jan. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 1:27 Mins

The Maybelline ‘Dream Sun’ Bronzing Powder with Blush is a handy blusher and bronzer mixed into one.

The bronzer provides a lovely sparkly almost glittery look which isn’t too dark but gives a very nice healthy glow to the skin.

The blush on the other hand is a nice pink shade which would perfectly suit olive skin tones - again giving a nice colour to the cheeks without being too dark on the skin.

Both the bronzer and the blush have a good formula that comes off onto the brush easily - but still slow enough to prevent too much product being used (but similarly you don’t need to crazily brush at the compact in order to get enough on the brush).

Packaging-wise it comes in a very slim design pot - so fits nicely into a make-up bag and doesn’t take up too much room. Obviously it also and combines two products into one - so saves space on that front too!

My wife reported that both the bronzer and the blusher lasted well all day long and didn’t need topping up at all really - therefore a nice hard-wearing formula to the powder as well!


L'Oreal Revitalift Repair 10 BB Cream, Medium Tinted 50 ml
L'Oreal Revitalift Repair 10 BB Cream, Medium Tinted 50 ml
Price: £11.34

3.0 out of 5 stars Quite a dark shade of BB cream - but with some good anti-ageing qualities..., 24 Jan. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 1:07 Mins

L’Oreal Revitalist Repair 10 BB Cream is a tinted all-in-one moisturiser cream that “targets 10 signs of ageing in one simple step”.

Indeed, this is a BB cream that claims to do an awful lot more than all the rest of them do. It is from L’Oreal’s signature ‘Revitalift’ range that started out predominantly as an anti-ageing skincare range. This is the BB cream from that range - so also claims to have anti-ageing properties. Accordingly, it’s targeted at an age range of mid-thirties to mid-fifties - but as with all skincare products, any age over 25 should benefit from anti-ageing products.

It contains an ‘SPF’ (Sun Protection Factor’) of 20 which should help to protect skin from some of the damages of UV which will always assist in anti-ageing.

However where the cream probably falls down is in the tint department – which is the whole reason that you would buy a BB cream really! The shade is supposedly ‘medium’, however my wife found it very dark. She would normally choose a light/medium shade for a BB cream and that tends to suit. Her skin shade is reasonably pale, but with olive tones (so not completely light). However this shade is far too dark. I would have described it as a ‘medium-to-dark’.

Furthermore the formula goes on quite patchy – which isn’t great. Nevertheless, it is a nice texture cream and doesn’t feel too heavy. But it almost seems to soak into the skin in some places and sit on top in others - hence the patchy appearance to it. I’m wondering if they’ve tried to amalgamate two products together and it’s not particularly worked very well!

Most BB creams aim to cover imperfections whilst providing a light tint to the skin. This does cover the imperfections but the tint it gives is not very consistent. However, the properties of the cream will no doubt nourish and hydrate the skin. Perhaps L’Oreal should have simply stuck to that and not tried to combine both their skincare and make-up ideas into one product.

The pot that it comes in is quite large – therefore a lot of product for your money! It’s more the size of a pot of cream than you would normally get for a BB cream (which tend to be the size of a pot of foundation instead). The pump action is great (means no mess and you can get every last bit out). However the nozzle through which the cream comes out is quite large and therefore dispenses a bigger than necessary dollop of the product. Unfortunately my wife says that she wastes some of the product quite regularly as it’s hard to control how much comes out - especially given the dark shade you really don’t need all that much!


Snap /1 for Him - The Active Spirit - Eau De Toilette Spray - 20ml/0.7oz
Snap /1 for Him - The Active Spirit - Eau De Toilette Spray - 20ml/0.7oz
Price: £6.99

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3.0 out of 5 stars Strong, bold and can be quite overpowering - but used in moderation it's not too bad..., 17 Jan. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 0:44 Mins

The Snap ‘The Active Spirit’ Eau De Toilette 20ml spray is a small portable credit card-sized bottle of men’s cologne that’s designed to be easy to take around with you.

The Snap bottle is the exact same size and shape as a standard credit card - although quite obviously a heck of a lot thicker. The bottle measures (8.5cm x 5.5cm x 1.25cm approx).

To use the cologne spray you simply press down on the thick plastic button located on the reverse-side of the bottle and a reasonable-sized fine spay of the cologne comes out of the flat nozzle located on the other side. Don’t worry - the button is very stiff to push down, so is highly unlikely to accidentally go off in your pocket etc (so to speak).

Scent-wise – it’s not exactly a top-of-the-range cologne, and it’s quite noticeably so. It’s got a strong and bold smell – with absolutely no subtlety to it. Think the lingering deodorant-mixed-with-cologne smell in a gym changing room. Not altogether unpleasant exactly – but can be a tad overpowering.

Used in real moderation the Snap ‘The Active Spirit’ Eau De Toilette can be quite a nice way to ‘freshen up’ whilst on the go. But moderation is the absolute key with something like this. It’s strong, bold and can be quite overpowering to be around if too much has been applied.

But not bad for the price.


Maybelline Dream Bronze BB Number 01, Light/Medium
Maybelline Dream Bronze BB Number 01, Light/Medium
Price: £4.76

4.0 out of 5 stars Provides a very light coverage producing a brighter bronze complexion to your skin..., 17 Jan. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 1:07 Mins

The Maybelline Dream Bronze BB (in Light / Medium colour) is a skincare cream that also provides a warm ‘sunkissed’ gloss to your skin.

Basically it’s an all-over BB cream which is designed to provide a light ‘bronzing’ coverage, as well as nourishing and hydrating your skin. On top of this the product also adds an ‘illumination’ to your skin – providing a shiny pigment that highlights as well as bronzes.

After using the BB cream, my wife said that the coverage it provides isn’t great compared to other BB creams on the market. Furthermore, the BB cream fails to cover small imperfections which is something that good BB creams do. However, if you have perfectly clear skin then this wouldn’t be a problem for you.

That said, it does provide an effective all-over bronzing effect which makes your skin look radiant and healthy. On top of this the colour is good – although it does come out of the tube looking a tad on the dark side, but it does blend into your skin well.

If you prefer a more matte effect to your face then this isn’t really the product for you as it really does illuminate the skin on your face. Nevertheless it is very good for providing a very light coverage and producing a brighter complexion to your skin.


L'Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive, Blake
L'Oreal Paris Collection Exclusive, Blake
Price: £5.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A rich and bold looking ruby red that compliments the natural colour of your skin..., 17 Jan. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 1:38 Mins

The L’Oreal Paris ‘Collection Exclusive’ Lipstick (in Blake’s Pure Red) is a stick of rich ruby red lipstick that has an almost natural looking matt finish.

THE PACKAGING:
The lipstick comes in a standard looking lipstick holder with a 'classic' looking matt black and gold casing.

THE PRODUCT:
The lipstick is a rich ruby red colour that’s been specifically selected to suit a natural skin tone. Applying the lipstick it goes on like a standard formula, but with a slightly 'creamier' feel to it than other lip colours have. Like with other L’Oreal lipsticks that my wife has tried, there's a nourishing sensation as the lipstick is applied (although how much nourishment the lipstick actually offers is probably open to debate). After application the colour lasts really quite well, maintaining its rich ruby red colour with very little reapplication required.

SUMMARY:
All in all the lipstick has proven to be a particularly good one. The colour it offers is rich and noticeable, but still offers quite a natural quality to it which complements your skin. The colour lasts well, application is simple and with a nice nourishing look and feel to it.


Maybelline Jade Fit Me Powder 9g
Maybelline Jade Fit Me Powder 9g
Price: £5.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad lightweight powder for a fairer complexion to give a smooth finish to make-up..., 3 Jan. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Length:: 1:56 Mins

The Maybelline Jade Fit Me Powder is a tinted pressed powder for use with setting your make-up.

WHAT YOU GET:
Inside the Amazon cardboard packaging you get the powder box which measures approximately 6.5cm x 6.5cm x 2cm. The powder comes in a small hard-plastic box which contains two compartments – one containing the pressed powder and the lower section containing a compact mirror and the powder puff.

APPLICATION:
Applying the powder is incredibly easy. The fine lightweight powder goes on to your skin with just a few light sweeps (see accompanying video). It could be used as a standalone powder over maybe a tinted moisturiser, but really it is a setting powder. It doesn’t provide a solid coverage (like a powder foundation would). It is merely meant for applying over foundation in order to achieve a smoother finish and a matte effect on the skin.

The packaging is quite clunky, the mirror and compact being in a separate place to the powder itself means that flipping back and forth between powder and mirror is necessary which is really quite ridiculous. Because of them being in the two separate places, the compact is therefore quite deep and will take up a bit of room in any make-up bag.

RESULTS:
With just a small amount of the powder applied it produces a good, consistent looking finish to your skin that (using colour 220) will suit fairer skin types.

The powder also stays put quite well, but did need reapplication after half the day – not the most hardwearing of powders my wife has come across; it’s a nice lightweight powder for a fairer complexion to give a smooth finish to make-up.

SUMMARY:
After using the powder for the last couple of days my wife has been reasonably happy with the results. It's incredibly easy to apply, and easy to achieve a good complexion to your skin with.


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