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Kipling Women's Aqualicious Top-Handle Bag K1252955D Mineral Blue SWT
Kipling Women's Aqualicious Top-Handle Bag K1252955D Mineral Blue SWT
Price: £52.96

4.0 out of 5 stars Summery, water resistant, large sized bag., 18 Dec 2014
I asked for this Kipling bag as a Christmas gift as I'm going on holiday soon and wanted a large, water resistant bag for hauling around the beach and pool. The bag measures approx. 38.5 x 24 x 36 cm and opens into a wide space big enough for a towel and plenty of other bits and pieces. Central zip to the main compartment is thick and sturdy and there's an additional, smaller, zipped pocket on the outside for things you don't want to get wet. I asked for the Mineral Blue design as I liked the idea of a blue bag for the beach. Would make a great bag for taking to the swimming pool and looks very summery. The Aqualicious is made of nylon and has a blue, plastic monkey key ring. Handles aren't adjustable but are wide enough to support quite a bit of weight and fit comfortably over my shoulders. It's worth remembering; the bag is water resistant and not waterproof.


Decleor Aroma Confort Nourishing and Soothing Foot Cream 50ml
Decleor Aroma Confort Nourishing and Soothing Foot Cream 50ml
Price: £10.25

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smells beautiful and feels great., 17 Dec 2014
Lovely, light foot cream (I use it on my hands as well) that goes on smoothly and leaves skin feeling soft. The formula is quite thin, feels oily, but is soon soaked in. There's a slight stickiness/greasiness immediately after use but it doesn't last for long. If you're applying the cream to your feet before bed wear a pair of socks afterwards. Prevents the cream from rubbing off your feet and they'll feel even softer in the morning. As with all Decleor products much of your money goes on the fragrance and this cream is no exception. Smells beautiful. The fragrance lingers for quite a while after application and intensifies as it warms on the skin. Just a lovely product and one of my favourite beauty basics. Happy to recommend.


The Monk (Oxford World's Classics)
The Monk (Oxford World's Classics)
Price: £5.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ruination, the Devil and the search for redemption, 17 Dec 2014
Mathew Lewis was just 19 in 1796 when he wrote 'The Monk'. The speed at which he penned his story, around ten weeks, along with his youth and inexperience as a writer worked in his favour. He was a rebel and probably not the least bit afraid of the condemnation he received for what was considered 'blasphemy'.

Lewis reached into the heart of mainstream religion, superstition and morality and placed the Devil right in the centre of all that was considered right and proper. The Devil had one aim. He's out to corrupt the soul of a pious and respected man, Ambrosio, Abbot of the Capuchin monastery in Madrid. Ambrosio is well and truly set up and he's such an innocent. 'Lamb to the slaughter' is perhaps the most apt description but; his struggle for redemption in the face of dreadful sin is certainly poignant.

Everything we now expect from the Gothic genre is here; demons, devils, monks, monasteries, Inquisition, sexual overtones and masses of guilt and darkness. 'The Monk' is delivered in a series of short, sharp scenes and can seem quite random and disjointed but that's part of it's power. You're thrown into events with little idea of how you got there. Creates a great feeling of being unsettled and on edge.

If you're not used to 18th century literature you might struggle with the themes and the language but try to stay with it. So much of what we now soak up in the Gothic horror/ Gothic romance genre has it's roots here. Great morality tale and highly recommended.


Blushing Blush Powder Blush - Bashful Blush Bashful Blush 6g
Blushing Blush Powder Blush - Bashful Blush Bashful Blush 6g
Offered by TGM-Shop
Price: £30.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely product in a stylish compact., 17 Dec 2014
Now we've reached winter I've swapped from a bronzer back to a blusher for a warmer look.

Clinique Blushing Blush in Bashful Blush, number 120 in the series, looks quite dark inside the compact. Use it sparingly, preferably with a large makeup brush, around your cheek area only and all you'll see is a soft glow. Don't pile it on!. Use as little as possible for a natural look.

Lovely product with a smooth finish, glides on over foundation, and has decent staying power. I don't usually need to top up during the day.

The blusher is housed inside a stylish, plastic compact with a good sized mirror and quality brush. Looks really nice.

My only niggle; I prefer a much bigger, rounder brush for natural looking blusher. This one's fine for a top up though when you're out and about.

Nice product I'm happy to recommend.


Moisture Surge CC Cream by Clinique SPF30 Light Medium 40ml
Moisture Surge CC Cream by Clinique SPF30 Light Medium 40ml
Offered by Online Beauty Buys
Price: £28.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Natural appearance, packed with moisture, great for any skin type., 17 Dec 2014
Clinique moisture surge CC cream is a skin corrector rather than a traditonal foundation. Lovely product to apply first thing in the morning because of the high moisture content. Quite a thick formula you need to blend in thoroughly. Dries to a natural finish with a slightly 'radiant'sheen. Treat it more like a moisturiser than a heavy foundation and expect a lighter coverage.

Being an older woman I particularly enjoy this product because; it doesn't soak into the lines around my eyes, the added moisture keeps my skin hydrated and the cream has a decent SPF factor of 30. Mature skin needs all the help it can get!.

I have pale skin that looks quite sallow without makeup and I'm using shade 'light medium' because the slightly darker tones add some warmth without leaving a fake tan glow.

My only 'niggle' with the product; it does rub off on your clothing and will show on a white collar. It's no worse than any other foundation in that respect but I just thought it worth mentioning.

More than happy to recommend.


LELIN WOODEN WOOD PINK LIVING ROOM PLAYSET CHILDRENS KIDS PRETEND PLAY SET 3YRS+
LELIN WOODEN WOOD PINK LIVING ROOM PLAYSET CHILDRENS KIDS PRETEND PLAY SET 3YRS+
Offered by Vinsani
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Traditional wooden furniture in a modern design., 16 Dec 2014
I bought the Lelin wooden dolls house family for my granddaughter a while ago and have now started to collect the furniture.

They're well made pieces with pretty colour schemes and thoughtful detailing. The furniture is small, the large sofa being approx. 10cm wide x 4cm high, and the Living Room furniture set comprises 6 pieces; sofa and two chairs, lamp, small table and TV. Ideal for using with or without a dolls house.

Lelin take great care to use non-toxic paints/lacquers and their toys comply with International toy safety standards. This little furniture set has an age safety recommendation of 3+.

Lovely 'vintage/traditional' style toys with a modern twist. I'm happy to recommend.


Gisela Graham Christmas Glass Bambi Reindeer Bauble Decoration
Gisela Graham Christmas Glass Bambi Reindeer Bauble Decoration
Offered by LottyBlue
Price: £14.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and chunky traditional glass ornament., 10 Dec 2014
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Larger size, 14 cm high and 9 cm across, Christmas tree ornament in a traditional, vintage style. Very nice painted detail particularly his face which is really cute. Little bit of glitter but nothing overstated. I'm particularly fond of this decoration. It's so pretty and reminds me of the real glass ornaments we had when I was child. Highly recommended and looks beautiful hanging from the tree. Quite a statement piece because of it's size. Just be careful not to drop this reindeer though. He will break quite easily on a hard surface.


Glass Frog Christmas Tree Decoration (8cm)
Glass Frog Christmas Tree Decoration (8cm)
Offered by OccasionsDirect
Price: £3.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really cute frog with crown - beautiful colours., 9 Dec 2014
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Small and chunky sized (approx 8 cms tall) Christmas tree decoration. Colours and detailing are excellent and he's a lot of fun but quirky, bright and not a bit subtle. I think he's great and he makes me smile. Be careful if you have wooden or stone flooring. These decorations are lightweight and fragile and will shatter on impact with a hard surface. Happy to recommend.


Glass Humpty Dumpty Christmas Decoration By Gisela Graham
Glass Humpty Dumpty Christmas Decoration By Gisela Graham
Offered by pinkcatshop
Price: £12.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, traditional, vintage tree ornament., 8 Dec 2014
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Traditional, vintage style Christmas tree ornament. This particular Humpty Dumpty is really large at approx. 15 cms tall and dressed in bright blue and red. He's a real statement piece and incredibly bright and quirky. You can't miss him and he won't suit everyone. He's not subtle!. I think he's great. There's so much detail from his golden crown to his fancy shoes. You do need to be careful with this type of ornament because they're quite fragile and break so easily.


Gardman Heavy Duty Seed Feeder
Gardman Heavy Duty Seed Feeder
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Popular with garden birds and squirrels!., 5 Dec 2014
These feeders attract all manner of small birds but are not squirrel proof. The squirrel often drops by for a snack and can easily reach into the holes above the perches and help itself to sunflower hearts. You'll also find seed falling out of the holes when you fill the feeders. I only use the feeders for sunflower hearts. Smaller seed mix just spills out all over the place.

There are good points. The feeders survive for quite a long time, the lid is tight enough to keep seed quite dry and, so far, they haven't fallen out of the tree even in bad weather. Birds flock to them and that's the main thing.


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