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BRITA Fill&Go Water Filter Bottle Incl. 4 Filter Discs - Green
BRITA Fill&Go Water Filter Bottle Incl. 4 Filter Discs - Green
Price: 11.49

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Style over substance, 5 Aug 2014
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I have been using the infamous Bobble bottle for a while and I must admit this isn't even a patch on it. Firstly the Brita leaks quite badly, so you think to store it upright in your bag. Nope, it's too tall (even for large handbags). It also leaks... quite badly, when you try to drink it like a conventional bottle by tipping it back. You have to infact drink this bottle when it is standing upright, and you sip through its internal straw. Sadly the instructions doesn't give indication of appropiate drinking style, and I had to learn this the hard way. Another factor why the Brita is not as great as the Bobble, the filter only lasts... one week. It may be cheaper than buying mineral water every day, but the filters on the Bobble bottle lasts two months which works out cheaper. It does however have a couple of things going for it, it's pretty nice looking, and to be fair the filters do make the water taste better, however with not much difference to the Bobble filters. The Brita is great if you are after capacity and not portability. However the need to change the filter every week is a definite negative and sadly the leaks means I can't really use this beyond home or my work station.


Philips PerfectCare Azur Iron GC4912/80 - One Perfect Temperature, T-IonicGlide Soleplate and 180g Steam Boost
Philips PerfectCare Azur Iron GC4912/80 - One Perfect Temperature, T-IonicGlide Soleplate and 180g Steam Boost
Price: 95.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected and has all the features of a steam generator, 5 Aug 2014
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Having been converted to using steam generators lately, I was expecting this to be a disappointment, but to my surprise it had all the fancy features that you would find on an iron double it's price and still has not compromised on performance. The tip of the iron is quite narrow which allows you to really get into difficult corners and tight spaces. Due to the larger tank and possibly the anti-calc feature the iron is slightly larger and heavier than it's usual counterparts. I have been able to easily do a week's worth ironing without refilling the tank. One of the best features of this iron, and which also seems to be the trend at the moment, is the `one for all' setting. This means you can use the same temperature for all materials and you then adjust steam throughput depending on how delicate the garment is. There are essentially three steam settings, none, occasional and constant. Additionally the anti-calc feature provides longevity by attracting limescale, and allowing you to flush it out. I feel that this iron is actually more convenient than a steam generator and is still able to keep all the attractive features in one unit. I have in truth using this as my main iron rather than my usual steam generator.


Beurer IPL 10000 SalonPro System with Lifetime Flashes - Permanent Hair Removal System
Beurer IPL 10000 SalonPro System with Lifetime Flashes - Permanent Hair Removal System
Price: 299.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Takes longer than a flash to see results, 5 Aug 2014
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I was surprised to see that you have to wait 8 to 12 months of regular treatments before any results can be seen. I have already had three treatments at intervals of two weeks under my arms, and to be quite honest I haven't seen much of a difference yet. There are certain conditions to using this system, one of them being that you have to shave in order for the IPL to work properly, meaning I had to give up any form of waxing, plucking or epilation. Additionally you are not allowed to expose treated skin to sunlight for four days following treatment, this means legs are pretty much off bounds for the summer.

The pros is that the Beurer is a compact unit, it is easy to use and quick to get started. You have the choice of different strengths depending on your skin type, the darker the skin the less likely it will work, additionally the same goes for light hair on lighter toned skin, this is because the IPL will use pigmented areas to target. This means areas with moles or dark blemishes cannot be targeted. And although it has a UV filter I do believe it is better to avoid IPL if you have hyper pigmentation and melanoma issues. The window for the flashing pulses is small and this is embedded in a fairly large handle so I found it difficult to target specific smaller areas. You cannot go over the same area twice and due to the size of the applicator I found it difficult to ensure I covered even ground. I had to press hard on the skin to leave markings to track where I have covered.

It comes with a safety feature which only emits a pulse of light when the handle is completely flush with the skin, this ensures that the device is also being used properly. After a pulse of light the skin feels momentarily warm, but this only lasts for a few minutes, it's a weird sensation I haven't quite gotten used to yet.

I have dark hair on medium skin tone and having ditched my epilator I was sure that I had all the optimum factors for good results, unfortunately I haven't seen any noticeable changes yet but hopefully in a years time I will have a different opinion.


Duronic TVB123M Heavy Duty Adjustable Wall Bracket for 33-60 inch Plasma/LCD/LED Screen - Black
Duronic TVB123M Heavy Duty Adjustable Wall Bracket for 33-60 inch Plasma/LCD/LED Screen - Black
Offered by DURONIC
Price: 99.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Solid, good value bracket, 16 July 2014
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This is a solid TV bracket and the simplicity of it makes it hard to fault. It was easy to put up and comes with all the bits required and allows you to slightly tilt the TV up or down. The only negative I could find is that the TV sits very close, so getting access to the back is problematic. Other that for the price and quality of build I think it's great.


The Natural Cook: Eating the Seasons from Root to Fruit
The Natural Cook: Eating the Seasons from Root to Fruit
by Tom Hunt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.60

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cooking with fruit and veg all year round, 16 July 2014
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This is a book with inspirational ideas on helping you make the most of your common fruit and veg all year round, and in doing so helps you eat well, waste nothing, save money and also as the author suggests encourages you to buy less meat to help save the environment.

The book is divided into the four seasons of the year focusing on 26 main ingredients that is a mixture of fruit and vegetables, but mostly consist of the latter. The recipes are well presented and accompanied with colourful photography. The instructions are easy to follow and introduces a multitude of ways to cook with the same ingredient, and how to resourcefully use up leftovers via short and easy recipes. A range of dishes are explored included soups, salads, bakes, roasts and smoothies to name a few.

It’s rustic home cooking for those wanting to be health conscious and economise. This is a great book on giving you the basic ideas on making your fruit and veg more exciting, and the simplicity of the recipes means that you are able to easily tweak them and substitute with fruit and vegetables that you prefer or have in your kitchen cupboard.


Tefal Infiny Press Revolution Juicer with Two Filters for Juice/ Coulis, 300 Watt
Tefal Infiny Press Revolution Juicer with Two Filters for Juice/ Coulis, 300 Watt
Price: 159.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun juicer that squeezes every drop, 15 Jun 2014
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This is a screw based mechanism which works very well in getting every last drop from fruit and veg. The manual at first glance seemed to complicate the parts and how they need to be put together, however the finished product does look very smart on the kitchen worktop. As juicers go this is fairly compact but with a metal base it’s also quite heavy. The legs are tipped with rubber so it has a firm grip and doesn’t scratch the work tops. However it’s plastic counterparts feels quite fragic and if any of the bits which has twist-lock mechanisms or slots, snaps it may compromise how well the juicer will work. It’s also surprisingly quiet and even when churning fruit, it is quieter than my food processor and hair dryer.

It comes with 2 filters, one for juice that has fine straining holes and one for coulis with slightly larger holes. This filter is then connected to a 3 part feed tube with a pusher, however the opening for these tubes are smaller than a satsuma, so you will have to chop up your fruit and veg beforehand. The juicer has 2 spouts, one for the juice which pivots to stop drips and one for the pulp, and 2 jugs are provided for this. One of the jugs can be accessorised with a provided filter to stop the foam from being served, a simple thing which works surprisingly well, but I felt wasted precious smoothie. The screw itself is plastic and safe to handle, this screw pushes the pulp to the base which allows you to continually churn fruit and veg without interruption. However it is advised in the manual that you cannot run this for 20 minutes continuously. A really good feature is that between preparations, you don’t have to take it apart, you can simply pour water into the feed to rinse out the parts and carry on.

With the heavy metal base the juicer felt stable when in use. It’s also fun as you can see the juices moving through the transparent parts of the system. Not only that you can see the results in less than a minute, it also doesn’t take very long to produce the juice. I inserted 10 large strawberries and a plum, and easily managed to make just over half a glass of smoothie, and what was left over was very very little pulp, resulting in just the strawberry leaves and the skin of the plum inside the filter. I left the juicer running for a few minutes after I fed all the fruit in and it was still churning juice out.

The major negative point, is the washing up. It’s a real pain washing all the parts, it’s fiddly, not easy and there are many parts. It does come with a small cleaning brush to get into the nooks and crannies, but it still doesn’t make the job any less frustrating. And you still have to wash out the heavy metal base unit. The filter with the tiny holes and tight spaces is the most difficult piece, and this is where the little brush comes in. The filter is fantastic for catching all the pulp and bits and even the strawberry pips, but it’s a real pain to wash! I suppose you could say if it wasn’t for the washing I would use the juicer more often. However focusing on the job it’s meant to do, it does it brilliantly, looks smart, compact, quiet and produces minimal waste. A bonus is that the kit also comes with a recipe book which features 20 fruit and vet smoothies for detox and vitality inspiration.


Tefal GV7620 Steam Generators
Tefal GV7620 Steam Generators
Price: 144.29

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great steam iron, simple to use and effective, 15 Jun 2014
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This is a steam iron designed to be all purpose for all types fabrics without you having to worry about settings and temperatures. It has built in smart technology that is designed to handle this electronically and takes out the complexity of ironing, leaving you to focus on getting through those shirts in a jiffy. Like my other Tefal steam iron, this iron has performed brilliantly with all practicalities well designed and thought out.

The tank is designed to be low maintenance, with an anti-calc collector stick which removes limescale and thus prolonging the life of the iron. The anti-calc stic is easy to remove and clean by rinsing under the tap, this only needs to be done once a month when used frequently. There is a handy indicator light to also let you know when this maintenance needs carrying out. For stubborn limescale I just let the stick soak in white vinegar. The water tank itself is large and holds 1.6 litres so you don't have to worry about refilling frequently, this easily lasts one large batch of clothes. The tank is also low in maintenance and only needs rinsing out every 6 months, and you can just use untreated tap water, as it's not designed to be used with scented, softened and filtrered water to chemicals and minerals. Refilling can be done with minimal fuss with the easily accessible spout and a lid to stop sloshing and spillage. There is also an indicator light when the tank is empty so you can keep a check on it easily.

The iron itself is lightweight and easily glides on all fabrics. The 5 bar steam boost also means you don't have to manually apply pressure to clothes to get the creases out. You can also use the steam boost feature on hanging suits to drop creases. Heat up time is short at just 2 minutes and there is a temperature light to indicate when the iron is ready to use. The iron also addresses the environmental trend by providing an eco energy setting where it will iron at the lowest temperature with minimal steam that is suitable for delicates and synthetics. In addition to that the iron will also automatically shut off after 8 minutes of inactive use.

In terms of physical design it is is compact, and has storage for both of its electrical and steam cords. The control interface and indicator lights are easy to use and read. And there is a locking mechanism to keep the iron in place on the tank when not in use which then also serves as a portable handle. The iron takes about 2 hours to cool and can be locked in place straight after use.

This is a good iron which I'm really pleased with, it makes ironing less of an hassle especially when it handles the temperature settings automatically and keeps maintenance to a minimal. And with the power behind the steam, I can easily get through my ironing with minimum fuss. I feel this is a very practical iron that has been built to last under many loads of washing.


Sony Mobile SWR10 SmartBand Activity Tracking Wristband - Black
Sony Mobile SWR10 SmartBand Activity Tracking Wristband - Black
Price: 49.72

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tendency to be inaccurate but other useful features exist, 15 Jun 2014
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This is intended to be more than a glorified pedometer, it literally tracks your behaviour 24/7 and reports it to your phone. The major flaw is that I found the steps counter to be hugely inaccurate and it didn't figure out when I was driving, so I had to manually correctly this on a frequent basis. Despite the inaccuracy it redeems itself as a nifty alarm. You set your time frame to wake up (eg 15 minute window) and it gently vibrates at a point that it thinks it’s the best time for your body to wake up based on your sleeping pattern. The band is meant to be a lifestyle monitoring tool which is teamed up with a very nice looking app on Android 4.4 devices. However I am a little unnerved by the fact it monitors all of your activity on the phone, how many hours you have browsed the internet, listened to music, taken pictures, watched videos, and my concern is what else is it doing with that data other than to quantify and diarise your activities. By wearing the band you are quite literally wedded to the phone. It vibrates when you distance yourself too far from your phone, have a incoming call, missed calls, received messages, or have Facebook updates to name a few. You are forever connected. Updating the app with your activities is easy via Bluetooth or NFC connection by swiping the band your phone. The band itself I found incredibly difficult to put on one handed, the material is flexible and durable but it makes it difficult to push the plastic pin connector through one of the holes. There is a small unit which sits in the band that does the monitoring, this has LED lights to indicate power. It takes about 2 hours to fully charge which I thought was reasonable and the charge lasts easily over several days The idea of a accompanying lifestyle tool sounds great in theory, but I was uncomfortable with the fact it was monitoring my every movement, habits and activity 24/7 and uploading that information to the app. If it wasn't for the inaccuracy in steps I would recommend this on the basis that you want to quantify your every movement, and want to feel even more connected to your phone without even looking at it!


Knitting Smitten: 20 Fresh and Funky Hand-knit Designs (Simple Makes)
Knitting Smitten: 20 Fresh and Funky Hand-knit Designs (Simple Makes)
by Jessica Biscoe
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.09

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Knitting for beginners interested in basic wearable items, 10 May 2014
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This is a beautifully presented book that is great for beginners who are mostly
interested in learning to knit wearable items or knitting in rounds. There are 20 projects and a third of the book is dedicated to equipment, materials, types of stitches, gauges and the basics you need to know as a complete beginner with no prior knowledge. Two thirds of the patterns are wearable knits or items for the home, for example hats, mittens, slippers, cushions and egg warmers. This is the wrong book if you are after making toys, bags, blankets, throws or something more complicated. There are other patterns under the theme of gifts which are mainly fashion accessories such as bracelets, headbands and small purses to name a few. I say this is a great book for beginners because it is presented with plenty of photos detailing the steps in working progress, additionally the written instructions with abbreviations are clearly explained. My only negative opinion is that I found the patterns to be rather generic. The wearable projects, which is mostly what this book consists of, such as bobble hats, mittens, snood, leg warmers are very similar to some of the many many patterns you can find on the internet, in some cases free. Wearable items tend to be knitted in rounds, and I would have liked to have seen more variety in the types of projects with the opportunity to learn unusual and new techniques. And for this reason I would recommend this book on the basis that you are a beginner and your interest is in making simple hats, mittens and scarves.


Fresh Prints: 25 Easy and Enticing Printing Projects to Make at Home (Simple Makes)
Fresh Prints: 25 Easy and Enticing Printing Projects to Make at Home (Simple Makes)
by Christine Leech
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.69

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Taste of printing without the expense, 10 May 2014
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This is a great book for those who just want a taste of printing without the investment of specialist equipment and tools. There are 25 projects which are designed to utilise objects from around the home to create artwork for cards, home and fashion accessories. A portion of the book is dedicated to basic necessary equipment which are easily attainable in a typical kitchen or household. Other advice include colour mixing which tells you which pigment to mix to obtain a variety of tones so you don't end up wasting ink in experimenting. There is also advice for preparing ink and creating reusable printing templates. A lot of the inspiration is based on printing with objects found around the home and garden such as leaves, flowers, feathers, kitchen utensils, cookie cutters, carving shapes from vegetables, templates made from string to name a few. Each project is accompanied with numbered steps and plenty of photos for clarity. The print template for all projects are supplied for tracing and photocopying at 100% scale, this includes all letters in the alphabet. Also handy is a list of recommended suppliers for crafts and materials at the back. The book is beautifully presented and the accompanying pictures should inspire any budding crafter without complicated techniques and expense.


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