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L'Oreal Paris Skin Perfection Gentle Exfoliator 150ml
L'Oreal Paris Skin Perfection Gentle Exfoliator 150ml
Price: £2.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Peachy product - leaves behind clean, fresh skin, 22 Nov. 2015
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This is a good, reasonably priced product from L'Oreal. The gel comes in a good sized tube that will last a while; you don't need to use much. It smells a bit peachy, and fresh, and the little grains in it that have the exfoliating action are very small and therefore very gentle. I've got pretty well-behaved skin but I haven't had any adverse reaction to using this product which has left my skin feeling clean and looking fresh.


The Professor of Poetry
The Professor of Poetry
by Grace McCleen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £14.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beguiling and beautiful novel that should be savoured slowly - Absolutely gorgeous, 22 Nov. 2015
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This is a fairly short novel but oh so beautifully written. An esteemed professor of poetry is in remission after treatment for cancer, and decides to spend her recuperation time researching the papers of T S Eliot in the university where she did her undergraduate degree and meets up with one of her old teachers from her younger days. However, to give a plot summary is almost to miss the point of this novel. It's driven by character and language and meaning rather than plot. No action adventure this but it is most beguiling with the beautiful words dripping off the page. It's a book about books, libraries, words and meaning. The story jumps between past and present but is never confusing, rather it is haunting and thought-provoking about so many things. This isn't a novel to read quickly, but to savour. I rationed myself to a couple of chapters a day because to race through would be a shame as so much would be missed. I haven't read Grace McCleen's first novel, but on the strength of this, I definitely intend to.


The Storm Sister (Seven Sisters Book 2)
The Storm Sister (Seven Sisters Book 2)
Price: £3.66

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as enjoyable as the first in the series; can't wait for number three!, 21 Nov. 2015
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I was really looking forward to the second instalment in this series by Lucinda Riley having read and enjoyed The Seven Sisters so pre-ordered this before it was published and I was not disappointed. Like the first in the series, this story features another of the mysterious Pa Salt's adoptive daughters on a quest to find her roots in the aftermath of his sudden and mysterious death. You don't actually need to have read the first book to enjoy this as there is enough explanation of the story of the sisters, and the author has said that the books can be read in any order. Like the first book, this one has two narrative threads; the one in the present focuses on Ally, the confident sister who has made a career in sailing but who also has a talent for music and is a talented flautist. In the past, we are swept back to 19th century Norway and a peasant girl who is lifted from obscurity to be the voice of Grieg's Solveig. I found both stories equally compelling and although the book is over 700 pages long (thank goodness I read it on my Kindle!) it didn't drag at all. Far from it, this is a real page turner.
I can't wait for the next episode in this series, and I am immensely curious about how the mystery of the Seven Sisters will be resolved. And quite a mystery it is since we have only met six of them so far! If Lucinda Riley could write a bit more quickly, that would be fantastic!


iPad Air 2 Case, ESR® iPad Air 2 Premium PU Leather 360 Degree Rotating Stand Case Cover Folio with Magnetic Auto Wake & Sleep Function for iPad Air 2 / iPad 6th Generation (Rosy Red)
iPad Air 2 Case, ESR® iPad Air 2 Premium PU Leather 360 Degree Rotating Stand Case Cover Folio with Magnetic Auto Wake & Sleep Function for iPad Air 2 / iPad 6th Generation (Rosy Red)
Offered by ESR Case EU Store
Price: £29.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice quality cover that doesn't provide too much bulk, 21 Nov. 2015
This is a nice quality case for the iPad Air 2 which arrived in a nice presentation box, so if you are looking for a Christmas present to go along with an iPad Air 2, then this is definitely worth taking into account. Out of the box, the cover is fairly light. This is important as you don't want to be piling the pounds on to your light as a feather tablet. This cover doesn't provide too much much bulk and still provides good protection. I went for the pink colour which is not as dark as it appears in the picture although it is still quite grown up looking rather than being a baby pink shade. The outside of the cover is made from a finely grained imitation leather PU material. It looks and feels good and the finish of the stitching etc is also very good. The inside cover is a shot felted material with a plastic sheet into which you place your iPad. The iPad fits well, and it's fairly easy to put the case on and also to remove it if you need to. The wake/sleep function on the tablet works fine with this case. There are holes in all the right places for access to ports, and buttons as well as the camera, and there are grilles over the speaker grilles on the iPad. There is a fold over clasp which attaches magnetically to keep the cover closed. I actually didn't like this because I found it sometimes got in my way when I was using my iPad although you can flip it back on itself as the pictures supplied on Amazon's page show. I did however like the fact that you can rotate the iPad so that you can view it in either portrait or landscape orientation. There is only one viewing angle which worked well for me. If you want more flexibility, then you'll need to look elsewhere. If you are looking for a reasonably priced and good quality iPad Air 2 cover, then this one is certainly one worth considering.
I received a sample of this product from the manufacturer in return for an honest review. No attempt was made to influence my opinion and my comments are entirely my own.


Paris Marco Polo Handbook (Marco Polo Travel Handbooks)
Paris Marco Polo Handbook (Marco Polo Travel Handbooks)
by Marco Polo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.43

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worthy of a place in your bag on your next trip to Paris, 21 Nov. 2015
This is a very useful and detailed guidebook for Paris. It's not too big, so will fit easily into your bag, and the strong board covers, and sturdy binding mean that you won't find it falling to pieces before your arrival. You'll find a pull out city map safely stowed away in a plastic pocket at the back, and inside the back cover there is a useful map of the Metro and RER lines for the Paris area. You can tell which section of the guide you are in by the little coloured squares in the top corner of each page and the page edges at the corner.
In terms of the content of the book, this guide goes beyond the basic needs of the traveller and if you look at everything here, you will be quite knowledgeable about the city's history, culture, festivals, shopping, and even famous Parisians, past and present. The book also includes four suggested tour itineraries as well as ideas for trips outside the city if you are staying for more than a few days. There are also sections on accommodation (with maps) and places to eat towards the front of the guide.
A large part of the guide is taken up with information about many places of interest to the visitor. This section is organised in alphabetical order, with the Arc de Triomphe at the beginning and Vincennes at the end. This makes it easy to quickly find the information you need, although you may need to jump around within the book to find material about places which are quite close together, and might make it more likely that you might miss something of interest which is close by unless you plan carefully in advance. There's plenty of detail here; for one of my favourite Museums, the Musee d'Orsay, there are six pages of information for example, and for the entry on the Louvre runs to fifteen pages, including some useful floor plans. Admission prices, opening hours and websites are provided for the places listed.
As you'd expect with a guide of this sort, there is plenty of practical information, and even a few phrases of French to get you by in an emergency.
This is a thorough book which even those who have visited Paris before will find useful and it definitely deserves a place in your bag on your next trip.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in order to provide a review. No attempt was made to influence the content of the review and the opinions expressed here are my own.


Paris Marco Polo Spiral Guide (Marco Polo Spiral Travel Guides)
Paris Marco Polo Spiral Guide (Marco Polo Spiral Travel Guides)
by Marco Polo
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: £9.98

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really well thought out and useful Paris guide, 21 Nov. 2015
This is a very useful companion for a short visit to "the city of light", the ever beautiful Paris. When you are travelling, the size and format of a book becomes particularly important; this book is about the height of a paperback novel, although a bit narrower, and it's spiral bound which is excellent because you can lay the book open flat in front of you. Because of the narrowness of the format, without this spiral binding, you would lose some information into the spine of the book. The guide is printed on glossy paper, and contains a lot of coloured photographs. Inside the back cover is a Metro plan, and a pull out city map.
So, having dealt with the format, what about the content? Well, the first part is a magazine section, containing a "Top Ten" sights, and short but interesting articles on fashion, the Seine, Art and so on. This is the bit of the book that you will want to read before you travel to whet your appetite for what is to come. There is then a section of "Travellers' Tips" containing practical information such as how to get to the centre from the airport or station, how to get around, and tips about the vast variety of eateries you will find in Paris. After that, the guide is organised by areas of the city. Each section has a similar structure, and the sections are colour coded on the page edges so you can quickly find the section you need for the area you are in. For each area, there is a "Getting your Bearings" with a map, with key sights marked, then a suggested itinerary for a "perfect day" within that area. There is information about the main sites, such as opening hours, entry costs etc, and website information too. It's also useful to have the recommended places for eating and drinking located in the sections for the areas of the city rather than at the end of the book as is often the case in other guides. It is easier to find what is nearby this way.
This would be an ideal guide for a first time visitor to Paris and it is very easy to navigate. You won't find quite as much detail as in some other, more hefty guides, but there is enough here for me, and the trade off in terms of greater portability is definitely one I think it's worth making.
The publisher sent me a free copy of this book so that I could review it. No attempt was made to influence my review and my comments are entirely my own.


Heritage Sterling Silver Celtic Tear Knot Necklace of Length 45.7cm
Heritage Sterling Silver Celtic Tear Knot Necklace of Length 45.7cm
Price: £17.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Celtic design that looks good, 21 Nov. 2015
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This is a lovely sterling silver necklace that arrived presented in a good quality presentation box meaning that this is ideal to give as a gift. There is a small information card in the box to tell you a bit about the Heritage by Kit Heath range and well as tips on how to keep silver jewellery clean. The pendant is a tear drop shape, and features a simple, yet elegant Celtic knot design which is very flat so it won't flip over, and ideal for wearing with most outfits. The bale is quite large meaning that you could swap the included chain for a cord, or a different chain if you wanted to. The chain that is included is a curb chain about 18" long; it's quite fine and is fastened with a smallish bolt ring fastener, just about large enough for me to get on and off easily enough. All in all, this would make a great present for anyone who enjoys silver jewellery. The Celtic themed design is classic and this is a good quality piece of jewellery for the price.


The Mindfulness Colouring and Activity Book: Calming Colouring and De-Stressing Doodles to Focus Your Busy Mind
The Mindfulness Colouring and Activity Book: Calming Colouring and De-Stressing Doodles to Focus Your Busy Mind
by Gill Hasson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.58

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book combines a puzzle book and a colouring book in a small format that you can take anywhere, 21 Nov. 2015
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This pocket sized book (smaller than the smallest format of paperback novel) goes a step beyond a straightforward colouring book, and includes other distractive pursuits such as mazes, word searches and other word puzzles. and origami designs to create. There are also drawings to complete, and shapes to fill with pattern doodles to suit your mood. The paper is white and reasonably thick although you will get some colour bleeding through if you use felt pens rather than crayons with this. If you are a person who likes to get lost in the complex designs of Millie Marotta or Johanna Basford, then you might not find the pictures for colouring complex enough. There's nothing really new here; this book is combining two formats that are already successful in their own right (the puzzle book and the colouring book). , if you want a variety of things to do in a small format, then this book could well be a very good purchase.


The Drowning Lesson
The Drowning Lesson
by Jane Shemilt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't really warm to the characters which marred this for me, 19 Nov. 2015
This review is from: The Drowning Lesson (Paperback)
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I'd read and enjoyed Jane Shemilt's previous book, "Daughter" so I was keen to get my hands on this one. Like Daughter, it concerns a missing child, this time, a baby boy rather than a teenage girl, and this novel is partly set in Botswana as well as London. The timeline of the story jumped around quite a bit which I didn't feel worked particularly well, with storyline both before and after the abduction being interwoven. A bigger problem for me though was that I couldn't really warm to any of the characters. Both parents came across as relentlessly selfish and I found myself getting very irritated with them as the story progressed. I didn't really enjoy reading this story because I found the characters so difficult to relate to. I've given three stars though because I did enjoy some of the descriptions of Botswana, and it was an interesting location for the story.


Philips Sonicare HX9171/20 FlexCare Electric Toothbrush with Sanitiser - Platinum
Philips Sonicare HX9171/20 FlexCare Electric Toothbrush with Sanitiser - Platinum
Offered by Zafash Pharmacy
Price: £118.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A great toothbrush and the UV cleaner provides a solution to a problem I didn't even know I had to worry about!, 19 Nov. 2015
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I've reviewed a similar toothbrush to this previously and some of the comments below are repeated because this model is similar to the previous iteration of this product. What is different this time is the fact that it comes with the UV sanitiser, which, it is claimed, can remove 99% of the bacteria on your toothbrush. Well, to be honest, I've never thought about the bacteria that could be accumulating on the brush head before seeing this sort of device on an upmarket electric toothbrush, but the little cupboard into which you pop the brush head for cleaning doesn't take up too much space and does, I suppose provide reassurance. I like the travel case that's included as I do like to take my Sonicare with me when I go away.
Now, on to the toothbrush itself. Sonicare electric toothbrushes are great - I've had several over the years - and this one maintains the high standards that I've come to associate with the brand. You need to give the toothbrush a good charge before first use so remove it from the box 24 hours before you plan to use it and plug it in to a shaving point (or buy a shaving adapter). Using the toothbrush is simplicity itself. The handle is easy to grip and the brush head is the right shape and size to get into even the most awkward places. I've got a small mouth and lots of teeth, but I can get round them all with ease with this. It has a mode for first time users which provides a gentle introduction to using the Sonicare (if you aren't used to using an electric toothbrush, your gums may bleed a bit to start with but this soon gets better), normal mode where you brush each section of your mouth for 30 seconds, and whitening mode, where at the end of the programme, the brush makes a slightly different sound, telling you that you should be focussing on your visible front teeth. The brush is easy to use because the hard work of scrubbing your teeth is done for you. You just have to move it around your mouth to let the brush do the work. The results are good. My dentist is always pleased with the brushing of my teeth, and I certainly feel that using a brush like this gives you a feeling that you've just had your teet cleaned by the dentist. The whitening mode has I think made my front teeth look a bit more sparkly too. The only criticism I'd make of the design is that the battery isn't replaceable. You can remove it at the end of its life for safe disposal but you can't replace it with a new one which seems a bit of a shame.


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