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Lynx Adrenaline Iced Musk and Ginger Daily Fragrance 100 ml - Pack of 6
Lynx Adrenaline Iced Musk and Ginger Daily Fragrance 100 ml - Pack of 6
Price: £23.94

3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but nothing outstanding, 24 Mar. 2016
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Unlike most of the Lynx range, which all seem to have a naff 'teenager's bedroom' smell about them, this is actually quite pleasing. Not as hard hitting on the senses as the normal Lynx body sprays, the scent lingers but only very subtly. It is a pump spray as opposed to an aerosol, so you need to give it a few pumps to get the equivalent amount. I can't actually detect any ginger - I'd say it has more of a citrus smell - definitely a spicy scent for the winter months.


L'Oreal Paris Men Expert Hydra Power Refreshing Aftershave Splash 125ml
L'Oreal Paris Men Expert Hydra Power Refreshing Aftershave Splash 125ml
Price: £2.49

3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of L'Oreal's best, 12 Mar. 2016
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Using this gel was strange at first, having used a number of other L 'Oreal post shave balms previously. This is more like applying a shower gel to your face, in both consistency and scent. It is very watery, though it evaporates quite quickly. There is no cooling effect as it soaks into the skin, and it leaves no greasy residue.

The jury is still out on how effective this is with regards its soothing properties - I can't say that I actually noticed much difference at all. It is cheap, so wouldn't be a total waste of money if you find it isn't for you


Pier Review: A Road Trip in Search of the Great British Seaside
Pier Review: A Road Trip in Search of the Great British Seaside
by Jon Bounds
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A joyful Journey, 3 Mar. 2016
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I won't pretend to be a 'pier enthusiast' - in fact I don't think I've ever given them much thought at all, but I do enjoy reading about the adventures of eccentric Englishmen who attempt weird and wonderful challenges. You know the sort - visiting every English cricket ground in 2 days whilst eating nothing but jammy dodgers, or cycling the LEJOG in a wetsuit. If written well, you don't really have to have an interest in the subject to enjoy it, and this is certainly a book which proves that point.

As Jon, Danny and Midge make their way across Blighty, they stop off at 55 seaside towns, visiting their piers (or what’s left of them), noting anything of importance, such as when they were opened, length, number of times they've caught fire etc... ticking the boxes as they go. But this is more than just a box-ticking exercise, and these statistics actually form a very small part of the book. It is the author’s reminiscences about English oddities and their musings which give this book such a warm feeling of nostalgia and makes for such a delightful read.

I could almost smell the fish and chips as they took a stroll along promenades lined with tired guest houses and arcades, desperately trying to engage with the locals in an attempt to discover points of interest along the way, and having been to a few of the towns listed, I could certainly relate to their observations.

Reading this book hasn't made me want to go and visit any of the piers anymore than I did before I read it, but I enjoyed sharing every minute of the journey, and I'm sure that it will prove to be an inspiration for other Englishmen wishing to fulfil their own challenges.


Piccadilly Shaving Co Pure Badger Shaving Brush
Piccadilly Shaving Co Pure Badger Shaving Brush
Price: £27.32

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great value everyday brush, 19 Feb. 2016
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A little bit of badger history: Pure badger hair is found over a large area of the badger's body, so is the cheapest type you can buy, due to the fact that there is more of it to harvest. And you don't need to feel sorry for our poor British badgers - pretty much all the badger hair found in today’s brushes comes from China (feel sorry for them instead!). There are essentially four grades of badger hair, and as you move up the grades, you find the more expensive hair is more pliable and has better water absorbing properties which supposedly gives a better quality shave. However, in my experience, the more expensive hairs tend to be too soft for me to actually lift the stubble effectively to get a close enough shave.

However, this brush is spot on in my opinion. A perfect balance between performance and value. I'd been using a badger/boar mix brush for just over a year, and whilst it gives good results, it does tend to feel a little coarse. But not so with the pure badger brush. It is a step up in terms of softness, and once I'd worked out my water to cream ratio, it was a joy to use - applying it to my face felt soft yet firm at the same time. The handle is a typical nylon or polyurethane construction, which will withstand knocks and not suffer from water damage.

For most people, especially those still in the early days of experiencing wet shaving, or those not wishing to part with too much money, this brush will do everything you need. And if looked after properly will give many years of great service.


Ultrasport Endurance Men's Avery Quarter Socks (Pack of 3) - Black, Size 43 - 47
Ultrasport Endurance Men's Avery Quarter Socks (Pack of 3) - Black, Size 43 - 47

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fits like a glove!, 16 Feb. 2016
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Well made and comfortable sports sock. They are quite low cut, making them ideal for cycling (unless you're a fan of long socks of course!). Material is lightweight and breathable, so definitely for summer use only. I am a size 43 and these fit perfectly. They do stretch, but if you're towards the end of the size range you may find these a little tight. Still too early to comment on durability, but all the signs are good. Highly recommended.


Piccadilly Unscented Shaving Cream
Piccadilly Unscented Shaving Cream
Price: £13.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best yet!, 27 Jan. 2016
I've been a traditional shaver for many years, and last year I discovered the Piccadilly Shaving Company's superb range of shaving creams which have been in my regular rotation ever since. So when I got the chance to sample their new unscented cream, I was very keen to see how it compared.

The consistency of the cream out of the tub is softer than the previous offerings, and boy, a little really does go a long way. It whips up a very rich lather with ease, with just a little more water than normal required to allow the creamy lather to really do its thing!

My fairly thick stubble was suitably softened to allow my regular Personna blade to effortlessly cut thrown the growth. The first pass was very impressive indeed - and if I wasn't such a perfectionist, I could easily have lived with just a single pass - the shave really was that close. But my OCD tendencies won't allow me to shave with just one pass, so a second pass against the grain finished the job, leaving my face super smooth and beautifully moisterised - those two all important indicators of a shave well done!

You usually have to pay a little bit more for an unscented cream, yet this is exactly the same price as their other (equally superb) creams. In terms of moisterising properties, it is hands down their best yet - and if you've ever used their other creams you'll know this is no mean feat!

If you suffer from allergies or sensitive skin or simply don't want a fragranced shaving cream competing with your aftershave, then I can highly recommend this.


Go Stationery Banksy A5 Dorothy Notebook
Go Stationery Banksy A5 Dorothy Notebook
Price: £3.50

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit different..., 14 Jan. 2016
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An attractive cover featuring Banksy's Dorothy police search artwork brightens up this otherwise ordinary notebook. The paper weight isn't too light, and it is made sufficiently strong enough to carry out it's intended purpose. It's not what you'd call a 'special' notepad though - but if you're looking for something a bit more exciting that the normal everyday notebook found in the office stationery cupboard, then it's a good buy.


Go Stationery Owls A5 Notebook - Pink
Go Stationery Owls A5 Notebook - Pink
Price: £7.50

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Makes note taking a little more fun..., 7 Jan. 2016
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An attractive and brightly coloured notebook. Paper weight is fairly thick and the ink doesn't bleed when using a fountain pen. Elastic band holds it all together nicely too. Quality wise, it is no better/worse than standard notebooks found in office stationers, with just a more visually attractive cover to set it apart.


KS2 Maths and English SATS Practice Papers Pack (for the New Curriculum)
KS2 Maths and English SATS Practice Papers Pack (for the New Curriculum)
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Every little helps..., 3 Jan. 2016
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Great value set of KS2 SATS practice papers, containing two sets of Maths and English papers. The supplied guidance on the scoring system also gives a great insight into how the marking system works. Allowing your child to sit tests similar to the real thing is a great way to prepare them and hopefully take a little bit of pressure off as to what they can expect to be given.


KS2 English SAT Buster 10-Minute Tests: Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling Book 2 (New Curriculum)
KS2 English SAT Buster 10-Minute Tests: Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling Book 2 (New Curriculum)
by CGP Books
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Superb learning aid, 3 Jan. 2016
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A great way to prepare in small doses so as not to overload and cause unnecessary stress! As the style of question is based on what you'd expect in the real SAT, it really is a great benefit, and the progress chart enables you to quickly see if any extra work is required!


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