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Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On Ear Headphone - Ivory
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 On Ear Headphone - Ivory
Price: £169.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful headphones, superior quality finish, just reasonable sound and power., 2 Mar. 2015
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This review is for the Ivory/Brown Momentum 2.0 headphones that do not have wireless/bluetooth/NFC technology.

Rating these on looks alone, I'd give them 6 out of 5 if I could. They're beautiful looking headphones that ooze class, style and quality. The ivory on-ear pieces have a subtle pearlescent finish, and the band is the same soft brown suede material as the inner part of the ear 'cups', finished with beige contrast stitching. The metal on the band is like brushed stainless steel. The overall finish is stunning and the retro styling make these headphones so distinctive; it seems many cheaper brands have copied the Beats by Dre style so if you want to stand out from the crowd, I'd recommend these.

For comfort, I'd give them top marks too. Due to the soft material used on the inner part of the headphones and the head band, they're a delight to wear. The cups have 360° movement so the headphones easily adjust to fit any sized head! I've worn other high end headphones for a while before now and suffered with what can only be described as earlobe cramp when I took them off, but the fit and design of these virtually eliminates any discomfort.

The headphones come with 2 cases - a cloth drawstring 'bag' and a black suede-effect zip case, which again looks and feels good quality.

On to the whole purpose of headphones: sound. The overall quality is good and they are a great all-rounder. Put through their paces with bass-heavy music, to dance and treble-led tunes, there was no distortion at full volume. However, speaking of volume, these headphones don't give the teeth rattling volume you secretly hope for. It's nice to have the option for instigating tinnitus (you know what I mean... I'm not endorsing that!) and it feels like these need another 50% more oomph than they have. You don't get the richness, the depth or the all-encompassing sound that you do from some other high end headphones (I compared the sound using others in our household, which were Studio Beats by Dre, although they're noise cancelling too, and the Soul by Ludacris headphones); it's a good sound but a step down from these that seem to offer a deeper bass capacity.

These headphones are specifically marketed towards 'Samsung Galaxy and other smartphones and tablets', with the box also listing LG, HTC and Sony - with the usual caveat that not all functions may work with your phone/tablet. I tried using the inline control/microphone with various devices with mixed results:
* Samsung S3 phone: fully functioning inline controls for music and phone calls;
* Sony Xperion Z2: volume controls work, but the middle button for answering calls does not work;
* iPhone 5S: can answer calls using the inline controls but the volume controls on this do not work;
*Lenovo Yoga 2 Tablet: the inline volume controls do not work.

So a word of caution that the inline controls may not function even if your device is android (although the inline microphone worked in all cases). As a little addendum to that, the controls aren't very defined, it's not easy to differentiate between the volume buttons and the middle button for stop/pause/answer a call. In summary, the inline controls are a bit of a letdown.

These are not cheap headphones but if style inches ahead of power, I think these are a class above others on the market. If you want some that have the capacity to rattle your brains you may be a tad disappointed. I just love the look, finish and quality so much, however, that I can forgive them any minor points,considering their good all-round capabilities.


Fresh 'n Rebel Wireless Bluetooth Selfie Stick
Fresh 'n Rebel Wireless Bluetooth Selfie Stick
Price: £19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars good value, 27 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
No app required for this selfie stick which is a great plus point. It uses Bluetooth: just connect your phone to the selfie stick via Bluetooth and off you go! The gripper is kind of 'elasticated' so you just pull the soft clamper grips apart and put your phone in. Its quick and easy and reasonably sturdy, but I'm not sure I'd feel comfortable reaching out over a building ledge or a bridge with it...

The head is on a pivot so it's very manoeuvrable, and the telescopic arm is quite stiff so that feels like it stays in place quite well. The shutter button on the selfie stick is a bit too firm, so if you don't grip it well,it can be awkward to take the picture.

Generally, though, for £20 it's a good piece of fun kit. Great for taking pictures of things from unusual angles...my preferred use rather than pictures of me, me,me!


Deliciously Ella: Awesome Ingredients, Incredible Food That You and Your Body Will Love
Deliciously Ella: Awesome Ingredients, Incredible Food That You and Your Body Will Love
by Ella Woodward
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Whole food that's easy and inspiring and tasty!, 27 Feb. 2015
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Love this book and everything it stands for: healthy, clean eating with a dash of excitement! Loads of great recipes, with supporting information about key ingredients and why they're good for you. Ella's enthusiasm for good food shines through in this book. I've already made several recipes,all successful! The only advice I'd add is that some take longer than the stated cooking time (eg. Butternut squash in Thai curry was still solid after half hour, it ended up taking almost twice as long to cook) and -not that it's a bad thing- the servings are generous (eg. Red pepper,tomato & cannelini bean soup said it served 4 but I got at least 6 generous servings!).


Women Galaxy Green Space print pants Tights Leggings
Women Galaxy Green Space print pants Tights Leggings
Offered by Heath T. Spoon
Price: £0.80

2.0 out of 5 stars Nice print but baggy legs, 27 Feb. 2015
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Despite ordering the smallest size available, these leggings are baggy around the legs. They fit great on the waist, but they're a poor, slack fit on the legs, and I don't have skinny legs, I'm more 'athletic'! The print is OK, though. They took several weeks to arrive as they're posted from Asia so don't expect a quick delivery!


Philips Double Contour 3-in-1 Sensitive Ladyshave
Philips Double Contour 3-in-1 Sensitive Ladyshave
Offered by iNstore
Price: £36.00

3.0 out of 5 stars a great quick fix but no match for a razor, 27 Feb. 2015
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As an inexperienced user of electric shavers, I wonder if I had unrealistically high hopes for this...

On the plus side, it's a nice, compact looking shaver that is quite ergonomical, and the head moves up and down to accommodate the curves of the legs. Battery life is good, and with the cleanable head this shaver could soon pay its way by saving you the cost of disposable razors. It's also great how it can be used wet or dry - ideal for those quick shower shaves when time is of the essence.

Not so good: there's no visible indicator that the shaver is fully charged; a light appears when it's charging but this stays on as it is even when it's fully charged. You just have to remember that it shouldn't be charged for more than 14 hours.

It might be that my hairs are tougher than other reviewers, I just don't know!... But regardless of if I used this wet or dry, and with several attempts over the same patch of skin, I couldn't get anywhere near a smooth result! I still had that prickly feeling...and don't get me started on the bikini line, I may as well have used a spoon to tackle that area, the result was so ineffective!

It may be that I'm so used to the super smooth results from waxing or a fresh razor, but I was a bit disappointed with this overall. It's great value if you don't expect bare skin results, and it's ideal for last-minute emergency hair removal, and I'll certainly keep it at the ready for those circumstances, but I won't be abandoning my razor cartridges just yet.


McAfee Internet Security 2015 - 3 PC (PC) [Frustration-Free Packaging]
McAfee Internet Security 2015 - 3 PC (PC) [Frustration-Free Packaging]
Price: £31.92

4.0 out of 5 stars standard McAfee - does its job!, 4 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
In this day and age, there isn't much need for a CD for installing software; this registration key works well and is much more eco and straightforward! We had McAfee antivirus software installed already on our laptop, and as usual its cheaper to just get the software afresh and update it that way, rather than responding to the numerous emails and reminders McAfee sends through.

Updating the software was simple and unproblematic. McAfee hasn't failed me thus far and so far, so good with this one.

The one thing that irks me with McAfee is the plethora of products they offer, for a range of prices, when the products don't really seem to differ! Why confuse matters with so many products with so little difference?! Still, this particular one is doing its job so I can't complain.


Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm Stain - Elusive
Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm Stain - Elusive
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A great everyday lip colour, 29 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is like a giant crayon! Glides on, lovely smooth texture, and super matte finish. The colour is a pinky nude, it would probably suit most skin tones. It lasts OK, particularly with it being matte. This is the kind of lippy you could wear every day, without looking too made up. Its quite moisturising too and doesn't dry out the lips.


Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain - Parisian Passion
Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain - Parisian Passion
Price: £8.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars luscious lips at your fingertips!, 29 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I just love this! Everything, from the packaging to the colour to the finish. The packaging is really classy, it reminds me of the Dior lip gloss square tubes. The wand applicator is of the sponge type, rather than a brush, which means it can easily be applied either lightly of loaded. Just a dab, then blended with the fingertip, gives a lovely light stain that's reminisce of eating berries. A full application with the wand gives a more vampy look. I love the effect of lip stains but find they are often quite drying, but this didn't feel like that at all. The colour lasted well; after a few hours and some hot drinks and chomping on a biscuit, it was still there although it had lessened a little, particularly in the middle.

Overall, this is a great lip stain that ticks all the boxes for me!


Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush - 12.4 g, Charmed
Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush - 12.4 g, Charmed
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars lovely consistency and applies well...just blend well!, 29 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
For me, the perfect blusher is subtle and makes you look as though you've just been for a brisk walk on a winter's day, and this isn't far off! It's a lovely creamy consistency, and in the pot it has the slightest of shimmers, although this doesn't carry through onto the skin once it's applied. A smudge on the cheeks and a good rub in to blend leaves you looking healthily flushed. It applies really nicely, it doesn't feel heavy or as though it's clogging your pores.

The only danger is that, if you apple a little bit too much, or don't blend it adequately, you end up looking a bit like Aunt Sally, with round rosy cheeks! This is probably just due to this particular colour - the product itself is a great creme blusher and I would recommend it.


Strength in Strangers: A true story of heartbreak, hope and courage
Strength in Strangers: A true story of heartbreak, hope and courage
Price: £0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping heart-wrencher (but try to ignore the plethora of typos), 18 Jan. 2015
This true story of a husband and wife's honeymoon-turned-nightmare is quite a tale. One life-threatening setback follows another, and Strength in Strangers is an amazing story that brought me to tears more than once! Not only is it heart-wrenching, it's strangely inspiring and is certainly thought-provoking. I'd recommend this read; it's a page-turner and is so gripping - you wouldn't imagine that this kind of thing could really happen!

Despite all of this, one thing which really annoyed me was the quality of the typography/proof-reading and general writing. I accept that Lauren Britton wrote this to tell her and her husband's tale, which in itself is amazing. However, either she could have done with a ghost writer because it was a bit 'he said' 'she said', or if they did employ a ghost writer they didn't do much of a good job! What's more, the kindle edition was littered with typographic errors, random paragraphs halfway through sentences, repeated words, spelling mistakes and incorrect punctuation. Just because this is an e-book, a basic standard of written English and grammar ought to be applied.
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