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Stage Lighting Lamps, Bluetooth Crystal Magic Ball RGB Disco Party Lights, SD and USB Ports for Music Playing, with Remote Control and BS Standard Plug
Stage Lighting Lamps, Bluetooth Crystal Magic Ball RGB Disco Party Lights, SD and USB Ports for Music Playing, with Remote Control and BS Standard Plug
Offered by efsuk
Price: £29.99

3.0 out of 5 stars My daughter loves it! But there are a few niggles..., 27 Jun. 2016
First of all, I just want to say that my 3 year-old daughter absolutely loves this. She and my wife have spent many afternoons dancing with the curtains drawn having a lot of fun. The lights work really well. They do project very well onto the walls and ceiling. Even my six month-old baby is transfixed by the lights and it usually calms her down when she get a bit upset. It is also very easy to pair up and you get verbal confirmation once the pairing is complete.

However, there are a few negative issues with the speaker:
1) as you can imagine, the sound quality is not brilliantly but for the current price (£20) it is completely acceptable.
2) the cable is far too short. It is only around a meter long, so it makes it difficult to find a good place for it.
3) the remote control didn't work so I had to use the iPad to skip songs, adjust volume, etc.

I received this product st a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Child Safe Baby Car Seat Protector Mat with Foam Padded and Anti-Slip Back, Waterproof in Purple Color, Machine Washable
Child Safe Baby Car Seat Protector Mat with Foam Padded and Anti-Slip Back, Waterproof in Purple Color, Machine Washable
Offered by Termichy UK
Price: £36.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good protection, especially with a toddler in the car, 27 Jun. 2016
This car seat protector arrived very promptly. First impressions are very good. The mat is very easy to install in the car and it looks stylish.

I have deliberately spilt some water and it runs off so I can vouch for its waterproofness. I was worried about Our Group 2 car seat sliding off but the foamy material the mat is built from ensures that it stays in its place.

My only niggle is that is slightly too long for our back seat (a C3 Picasso), so it doesn't look as neat as it could do.


Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Firm Body Moisturiser 130 ml
Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Firm Body Moisturiser 130 ml
Price: £21.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, thick body butter, 27 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
My wife is an absolute fan of the Manuka Doctor range and this moisturiser does not disappoint.

It feels thick and rich when it is applied to the skin but it get absorbed very quickly, so you can get dressed pretty much immediately. A little amount goes a long way. My wife is using it on her belly after two pregnancies (our youngest daughter is only six months). So far, there is no much difference on the look of her skin but it certainly feels a lot smoother.

The four-star rating is due to the price. There are other body butters out there at a more reasonable price with similar effects. But only time will tell if it does make the skin look firmer.


Deadwood - The Complete Collection [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Deadwood - The Complete Collection [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Timothy Olyphant
Offered by Direct Entertainment Supplies
Price: £20.43

5.0 out of 5 stars HBO strikes gold again, 25 Jun. 2016
First the blu-ray: the picture and sound quality, particularly on seasons two and three, is superb: the image is sharp, with wonderful depth and those night time scenes become so rich and atmospheric. The sound is clear and deep. However, I can confirm that on series one, episode four, the introduction sequence does contain a brief image jump, causing the sound to fall out of synchronisation with the image. Unfortunately, this box set contains absolutely no special features whatsoever, a real shame when compared to the content included on blu-ray box sets of HBO's The Sopranos and The Wire.

1876. The Black Hills. A gold-rush attracts the desperate, the greedy and the vicious to a frontier town called Deadwood, a two-street mining camp dominated by saloon bar owner and pimp, Al Swearengen. Against this simple but deadly backdrop, plays out a story so rich in character, detail and incident, that most other dramas seem pedestrian by comparison.

HBO seems to have hit on a winning formula but the outcome is anything but formulaic. Like Oz, The Sopranos and The Wire, Deadwood is another stunning production that this reviewer finds outstanding, especially in light of the fact that I am not overly keen on the Western genre.

Perhaps the most surprising thing about Deadwood (at least for British audiences) is that the character who dominates the series, around who all things seem to revolve, cut-throat Al Swearengen is superbly acted by Ian "Lovejoy" McShane. No, really. McShane steels every scene he is in; a brutal, profane man, who talks to a box containing the decapitated head of a dead Indian, who verbally abuses his prostitutes and other employees with an acid tongue, McShane is a revelation. Around him orbit a stellar cast. I shall mention no names because each and every one of them turns in an amazing performance. When taken together, the whole ensemble shines.

The writing, too, is again full of character and subtlety, almost too much to take in at one sitting. It is both heart-felt and honest, laugh-out-loud funny and yet brutal and savage. It takes a little time for the ear to adjust to the syntax employed; the lexis, too, seems of a particular age but once attuned, this particular writing style allows a range of expression that doesn't seem permissible in contemporaneous writing.

If you have enjoyed other HBO productions but are not sure about this one because you are none too keen on the genre of cowboys, shootouts and cattle-rustling, Deadwood has none of it. Over the three series (and hopefully at least one full film, just to round the story off), the story is as much about encroaching civilisation on a pioneer town - the first tentative steps of the law, the advent of the telegraph, the bicycle and elections - as it is about the people who actually lived and died in the town.

The only negative aspect to this series is the lack of a full conclusion at story's end. Sure, life goes on and I certainly don't expect a trite, all-loose-ends-tied-up kind of ending but the climax just leaves so much hanging open, it is begging for another series (or possibly even a film). That said, it's about the journey, not the destination and when the ride is as memorable as Deadwood, then an open-ended conclusion is a small price to pay.

Do yourself a favour: roll the dice and take a chance on Deadwood and you will enjoy every minute that you spend in the town, every racist drunk, every plague, every tombstone. Life in the muddy quagmire was never so enjoyable.


Manuka Doctor ApiClear Skin Treatment Serum 30 ml
Manuka Doctor ApiClear Skin Treatment Serum 30 ml
Price: £9.95

5.0 out of 5 stars It really does reduce the appearance of spots!, 18 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
My wife is a complete convert to the Manuka Doctor skin care range. In particular, the ApiClear, since her skin is prone to the odd spot.

She has been using this for over two weeks and her skin looks fresher and pretty much spot-free. She has been using the other products on this range including the moisturiser, the blemish cream, the cleansing foam and the toner, so it is hard to comment on the performance on this serum alone.

Application is easy as the serum glides on the skin before getting absorbed quickly, leaving the skin moisturised but with a matte finish. A little goes a long way, so it's very good value for money. Just make sure your face is throughly cleansed before applying, to get the best results!

Overall, using all th products on this range has definitely made a difference and she is very happy with it.


Manuka Doctor ApiClear Facial Moisturising Lotion 100 ml
Manuka Doctor ApiClear Facial Moisturising Lotion 100 ml
Price: £12.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Hydrates the skin without leaving it greasy, 18 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
My wife is a complete convert to the Manuka Doctor skin care range. In particular, the ApiClear, since her skin is prone to the odd spot.

She has been using this for over two weeks and her skin looks fresher and pretty much spot-free. She has been using the other products on this range including the serum, the blemish cream, the cleansing foam and the toner, so it is hard to comment on the performance on this cream alone.

Application is easy as the cream glides on the skin before getting absorbed quickly, leaving the skin moisturised but with a matte finish. A little goes a long way, so it's very good value for money.

Overall, using all th products on this range has definitely made a difference and she is very happy with it.


Race to the Pole: Tragedy, Heroism, and Scott's Antarctic Quest
Race to the Pole: Tragedy, Heroism, and Scott's Antarctic Quest
by Ranulph Fiennes
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.79

5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding work. Evocative and memorable, tragic and triumphant., 12 Jun. 2016
Author and explorer Ranulph Fiennes has written the book that Robert Scott and his brave team deserve. In Race to the Pole, Fiennes describes both the preparations for Scott's 1910 - 1912 expedition and the gruelling man-haul itself in quite some detail, yet he also manages to inject a fair amount of dramatic power in to this book. As someone with no prior knowledge of the events, I found this book to be immensely gripping, stirring and sad but also quite life-affirming. I couldn't stop thinking about it and wanted to discuss it with everyone.

The bulk of Race to the Pole concerns Robert Scott's ill-fated attempt to lead the team that he hoped would be first to reach Antarctica. He was, of course, beaten by some five weeks by the Norwegian team, lead by Roald Amundsen. Some key factors that Fiennes brings out are that Scott and his team were committed to undertaking rigorous scientific work, rather than just going full-throttle for the pole (Amundsen had no other criteria apart from making a dash for the objective); a shame, therefore, that this book is titled Race to the Pole, when Scott wanted to accomplish so much more (and he did). Fiennes also dispels some myths, such as that Scott was a bungling amateur whose mistakes cost the life of himself and four of his team: Scott's planning was meticulous and we now know that it was a freak temperature plunge that ultimately did for Scott, something he or his scientific crew could never have predicted.

An additional aspect that Fiennes brings to this story is that he has literally walked many hundreds of miles in Scott's shoes, being an explorer of the polar regions himself (amongst many other achievements). To truly describe the awesome temperatures and the effects that has on the human body, week after week, is something that the diarists on Scott's team only partially did, prone as they were, to a certain English understatement. Fiennes brings this wretched horror to life with his own personal anecdotes: the pain of 90 minutes attempting to put on frozen socks and boots as they brutally rubbed against the raw meat of frostbitten feet; the sheer strength of willpower required to keep walking forward through miles of featureless snow shelves, with gale force winds and snow blindness, in temperatures of -30C, for weeks on end. This book is shot through with unbridled admiration for what Scott's brave team endured and achieved, all the more so for being written by someone who truly understands what those conditions are like to suffer.

After such a compelling story, it is a shame that the final chapter, The Legacy, is the book's weakest, whereby Fiennes attempts at first a socio-cultural explanation of why Scott's reputation took such a hammering in the 1970s, after decades of honour. Fiennes' theories, here, are simply reactive nonsense about left-wingers' self-loathing and a snearing condescension for the achievements of the past, coupled with Fiennes' dislike of revisionist debunking (fresh appraisals of historical people and events, based on new evidence, makes perfect sense and is exactly how science and art evolve). This is all totally misplaced, so it's a relief when he gets to the meat of the chapter, which concerns the most popular book critical of Scott - and Fiennes' robust dismantling of that text. However, this all seems so anticlimatic that I can't help thinking why the editor didn't suggest inserting those paragraphs in to the narrative in the relevant sections, as this is already partly done throughout the book anyway. Regardless, this criticism of mine is totally trivial when weighed against the amazing work that Fiennes has achieved in researching and writing this outstanding book.

Race to the Pole is a humbling work about historical heroes, written by a living legend. It is thorough and serious yet highly readable, filled with life and personality, grit and conviction. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Read and admire.


KINGDOMCARES Anti-Static Hairstyling Hair Straightener Brush Faster Heating Detangling Styling Hair Straightening Brush Curling Electric Ceramic Comb 6 Levels PTC Salon Styler Hair Straighteners Pink
KINGDOMCARES Anti-Static Hairstyling Hair Straightener Brush Faster Heating Detangling Styling Hair Straightening Brush Curling Electric Ceramic Comb 6 Levels PTC Salon Styler Hair Straighteners Pink
Offered by Kingdom Cares Beauty Co.,ltd.
Price: £59.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant! Great results in just 5 minutes, 12 Jun. 2016
I received this product at a discount in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. Kingdomcare has absolutely not made any attempt to influence this review.

First, just a little background: we have a three year-old and a six month-old baby so, in my wife's own words, any product that can help her get ready quicker, is a godsend. This is one of these products. She has slightly wavy and frizzy hair, so she tends to wear it up 95% of the time. She loves wearing it down, but hates the frizziness.

First of all, the product arrived very quickly in a nice box. The brush looks by stylish and sturdy. It is very easy to manoeuvre and the temperature controls are very straight forward. As soon as it arrived, she was very keen to try it on. The desired temperature was achieved well within a minute, so she started brushing her hair. To her surprise, there was absolutely no pulling! The brush slides very easily through the hair, straightening it as it goes. She used it on temperature 4 and achieved the results in the picture below in 5 minutes.

Now, I know this is review for this particular brush however, my wife wanted to add some information about another brush (see image below) that she purchased a few months ago, which promised to achieve the same results as this one. She only used it once s it pulled her hair so much, it was very painful. Also the temperature control buttons are in the handle, so it was very difficult to not pushing them whilst using the brush. Please avoid this one!

In summary, this is a brilliant hair straightener which leaves the hair looking smooth and straight in just five minutes. My wife is planning to make it part of her (short) daily hair routine.
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Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Age-Defying Eye Cream 15 ml
Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Age-Defying Eye Cream 15 ml
Price: £7.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Eye lines looking smoother, but not a long term solution, 9 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Manuka Doctor ApiNourish range really makes your face feel and look fresher, plumper and nourished. This eye cream is not the exception.

After using it for over a week, my wife reports that her eye lines look better after application and the dark circles under her eyes seem diminished too. She doesn't feel that the effect is necessarily long-term, though. This cream works well to cover these issues up rather than fixing them but for the current price, it seems worth it.


Manuka Doctor ApiClear Skin Blemish Cream 25 ml
Manuka Doctor ApiClear Skin Blemish Cream 25 ml
Price: £6.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Spots dry up very quickly, 9 Jun. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
My wife has been using the Manuka Doctor ApiClear range and she is very happy with it.

This blemish cream has worked really well on her spots. If the spot is just under the skin, the spots stops developing pretty much immediately. If the spot is already out, this creams helps them dry up a lot quicker.

She does recommend applying it on freshly cleaned skin in the morning and evening for best results.


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