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Vaseline Retro Lip Tin Gift Set - Pink
Vaseline Retro Lip Tin Gift Set - Pink
Price: 4.55

4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely presentation tin with 3 moisturising lip products., 8 Oct. 2015
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Medium sized, vintage style tin containing 3 smaller tins of Vaseline lip therapy; 1 of each Original, Rosy Lips with Rose Almond Oil and Aloe Vera.

The tiny tins of lip balm are really useful to keep in a bag or pocket and the products are all delicately scented. They do feel a little bit greasy compared to the traditional lipstick style balms but they do a great job of moisturising. Each tin will last for ages. If you're looking for something more glossy then 'Rosy Lips' has a slight tint. Great products to use no matter what the weather or time of year. There's a Nivea lip butter in coconut that's perfect for taking on holiday.

I really like the presentation tin. It looks great, much better than the photo, and is a perfect size for storing away small bits and pieces.

Vaseline lip products are nice and I use them a lot but this set is a bit more special because of the beautiful tin. I'd happily recommend for a Christmas present/stocking filler and I'm happy to recommend.

Bomb Cosmetics The Bomb Gift Pack
Bomb Cosmetics The Bomb Gift Pack
Offered by Thrifty Gifts
Price: 29.57

4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful gift box full of cute and quirky BOMB products., 7 Oct. 2015
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If you're looking for a Christmas gift that will make a statement then look no further.

Huge patterned box tied up with a pretty ribbon and packed with one of each of these BOMB products; All You Need Is Love Bath Blaster, 160g, Pink Rhubarb Princess Whoopie Blaster, 140g, Vintage Vibe Bath Mallow, 50g, Ripple-licious Butter Loop, 30g, Raspberry Shower Butter, 365ml, Pink Pamper Soap Slice, 100g, Cotton Fresh Soap Slice, 100g and a Jelly Baby Tin Candle.

As for the fragrances; the box smells absolutely gorgeous even before you open it. This collection is bright, colourful and the sweet, fruity fragrances are just lovely. BOMB steer clear of artificial ingredients wherever possible and pack their products with essential oils.

BOMB cosmetics are cute, quirky and appeal to most age groups because they look so different. I particularly like the Vintage Vibe Bath Mallow which looks like a small cupcake and I've ordered the Raspberry body butter and Jelly Baby candle separately for my sister.

Although I really do like this gift back I have to be honest and say that I have a slight 'niggle'; the products are quite loosely packed inside the box. There's only a couple of handfuls of packing material which means a heavy, plastic tub of body butter and a candle in a metal tin bump around with the more delicate bath bombs. Two of mine were squashed. That won't prevent me using them and they'll smell just as good. Everything else was in perfect condition.

Bomb Cosmetics Raspberry Blower Cleansing Shower Butter 320g (Packaging Varies)
Bomb Cosmetics Raspberry Blower Cleansing Shower Butter 320g (Packaging Varies)
Price: 5.26

4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, fruity fragrance leaves skin feeling soft., 6 Oct. 2015
Looks and smells like a lovely big tub of raspberry ice cream. The soap has a thick consistency and it's very much a case of scraping it into your hands from the tub before you use it. Not easy to do in the shower and the tub is soon full of water. I don't think the cleansing butter produces much lather and it's not too soapy but; it is gentle on the skin and does leave it feeling soft and smelling great and that's why I'm leaving 4*. If you're a fan of very sweet, fruity fragrances and products that are against animal testing then you should love 'Raspberry Blower' cleansing shower butter.

Bomb Cosmetics Scented Candle Tins - Perfect Gift - Jelly Baby Tin Candle
Bomb Cosmetics Scented Candle Tins - Perfect Gift - Jelly Baby Tin Candle
Offered by FADZ Uk Ltd
Price: 7.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty pink candle with love hearts and sweet fragrance., 6 Oct. 2015
Very pretty dark pink candle decorated with small hearts. The candle sits inside a dark pink tin decorated with gold coloured lettering. Looks great. The fragrance is every bit as sweet as the candle looks. Not too overpowering but certainly for those who enjoy sweet rather than citrus. There's a clever mix of Bergamot and Ylang Ylang oils which freshen up some of the sweetest notes but it is a little bit 'sweetie' shop. The candle has a total burn time of approx. 30-35 hours and, so long as you keep the wick trimmed to around 5 mm, burns cleanly. Happy to recommend for a bedroom or bathroom.

Dove Feel Good Washbag Gift
Dove Feel Good Washbag Gift
Price: 10.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty gift set, full sized products, nice fragrances., 6 Oct. 2015
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Pretty, white, faux leather case with zipper and fold over top. Inside the bag are four full sized Dove products; 1 x 75ml Purely Pampering Hand Cream with Shea Butter and Warm Vanilla, 1 x 500 ml Purely Pampering Caring Cream Bath Almond Cream with Hibiscus, 1 x 250ml Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Lotion with Shea Butter and Warm Vanilla, 1 x 250ml Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash Almond Cream with Hibiscus 250ml.

Fragrance wise this is a nice set especially for cold, winter nights when you're probably more inclined to want a soothing, warm fragrance than something too floral.

Pretty gift set with good quality products and perfect for a smaller Christmas gift/stocking filler.

Happy to recommend.

Baylis and Harding Royale Bouquet Royale Bouquet Lilac and English Lavender Bath Foam 500ml
Baylis and Harding Royale Bouquet Royale Bouquet Lilac and English Lavender Bath Foam 500ml
Price: 2.15

4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty fragrance, more lavender than lilac, decorative bottle., 4 Oct. 2015
Royale Bouquet Lilac and Lavender bath foam, 500ml bottle, smells pleasant and dissolves into warm water to leave a decent amount of bubbles. The lavender overpowers the lilac and for that reason I'd recommend this product for those who prefer a more traditional, sweet fragrance. The scent lasts for quite a while and isn't overly strong but the bubbles soon disappear. I pour in a little more of the foam and top the bath up if I'm having a long soak. I think this product is value for money but you do need to use quite a lot to achieve a decent amount of bubbles. I like the flower covered, plastic bottle which looks great when it's full of the purple/blue bath foam.

Every Night I Dream of Hell
Every Night I Dream of Hell
by Malcolm Mackay
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 11.69

4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, dark crime thriller with an unsettling atmosphere., 4 Oct. 2015
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'Every Night I Dream of Hell' works well as a stand alone, a one off, if you haven't read Mackay's previous Glasgow based crime novels. There are a few links to characters and events which took place in his 'Glasgow Trilogy' but they're well explained.

Nate Colgan is the anti-hero. Colgan works security for a criminal organisation which finds itself under threat from a rival 'organisation' who seem to have received insider information. What follows is a gritty, violent investigation in the who and why and a sound look at the inner workings of a terrifying gang and its culture.

The story is told mostly in the first person by Colgan. That's a great device for a thriller writer. It allows the reader to look inside the mind of the character without the need to justify their actions.

Colgan, an enforcer, is a fearsome man possessing shrewd intelligence and there's something strangely likeable about him. Once Mackay turns the 'nasty' on full it's difficult not to feel empathy for Colgan.

The small sized cast of characters and location makes for an intense plot that flows well and is never over complicated. The plot build a good sense of atmosphere and the ever present threat of violence is quite unsettling.

Gritty, dark crime thriller. Easy and quick to read. Recommended for anyone who enjoys a hard boiled crime thriller.

The House of Susan Lulham (Kindle Single)
The House of Susan Lulham (Kindle Single)
Price: 2.32

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spooky 'haunted house' novella featuring the one and only Merrily Watkins., 2 Oct. 2015
A short story/novella, approx 119 pages for Kindle, featuring Phil Rickman's best known character Merrily Watkins a vicar and, more interestingly, a church 'Deliverance Consultant/Diocesan Exorcist'.

Without giving too much away, easy to do with a short story, I will just say that Merrily finds herself delving into the mystery of the 'House of Susan Lulham' in which the said owner is thought to have killed herself. The house, a designer home from the 1960s, seems an uneasy place. A haunted house?. The current occupant, Zoe, is sure a supernatural presence resides in the house alongside her and her husband. Things seem to point in that direction but what's the truth?.

It's up to Merrily to decide whether she'll risk falling foul of her peers and parish by taking on 'The House of Susan Lulham' and possibly clearing the house of anything other than human occupation. She's in for a surprise!.

The original version of this story was written for Oxfam and published in their short story collection Oxcrimes. Since then Phil Rickman has expanded upon his original ideas, re-issuing the story as something longer, more detailed and a better read. It's something of a departure from the 'norm' for Phil Rickman. He hasn't delved into his usual background of ancient folklore and history. This story is much more contemporary.

I read 'The House of Susan Lulham' over one day while on holiday last weekend and really enjoyed it. Spooky, eccentric and a must for all fans of Merrily Watkins. Well worth a download.

Thorntons Gooey Caramel Irresistibles 200 g
Thorntons Gooey Caramel Irresistibles 200 g
Price: 6.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely milk chocolate full of runny, creamy caramel., 1 Oct. 2015
Thorntons Gooey Caramel Irresistibles, 200 gm/7 oz box, are round, hollow chocolate balls filled with runny, gooey caramel. Each one individually wrapped in a pink twist wrap. My favourite Thorntons treat was always a packet of Thorntons special toffee covered in their own recipe thick milk chocolate. 'Irresistibles' Gooey Caramels are a sophisticated take on those old favourites. The chocolate is smooth and melt in the mouth. The caramel is very sweet, rich and has quite a runny texture. Not the sort of sweets you'd want to eat a lot of but a nice treat when your sweet tooth is aching!. The chocolates are packed inside a pretty card box. Would make a lovely small gift/stocking filler for Christmas.

Labelled as; suitable for vegetarians, alcohol free recipes, no artificial colours/flavourings.
May contain peanuts, nuts and eggs.

If you're watching your waistline; 100 gms of these chocolates runs to 497 kcal!.

Happy to recommend as a treat or to share around with coffee.

Barbie Airbrush Designer and Doll
Barbie Airbrush Designer and Doll
Price: 22.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Airbush designer kit with pens, stencils & extra outfits., 30 Sept. 2015
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Fashion design Barbie. The doll is quite a basic model Barbie with rigid arms and legs and a bent arm that can't be straightened. The doll is wearing a simple pink outfit and plain white shoes.

Along with her basic costume Barbie is supplied with an additional white skirt plus 3 tops. The idea is to create a design on the clothes and turn them into something individual by using the 4 coloured pens, pink/purple/blue and orange, which fit into a tiny airbrush.

Designs can be stencilled, 5 x stencils included, or painted freehand which is a lot more messy on such tiny pieces. Finished clothes can be washed and re-designed until the ink runs out. The dye doesn't completely wash out and builds up the more you spray. There's also a painting platform to rest the clothes on as they're being designed and small hangers to hang the clothes on once they're complete.

Because of the airbrush this toy isn't recommended for children under 6 years and it can be very messy, as I've found out, so make sure you put lots of newspaper around the 'spraying' area.

Set the brush to it's finest spray before you start. Not only does that produce the best stencils but it will also reduces the mess and saves on paint. Don't expect it to work perfectly. It doesn't. It's good enough but easy to splodge and mess up. That doesn't stop the fun and that's what it's all about.

Remember; even though this is a toy young children are being given free range of an airbrush with dye. The dye in the pens will only wash out of the clothes in this set. A little bit of care and caution is advisable and I honestly wouldn't recommend this particular Barbie for children younger than 6 years and probably even older.

Certainly has the 'WOW' factor in her lovely, colourful presentation box and I doubt any young Barbie fan will be disappointed.

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