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Ultranatura Canberra series 2-seater Lounge Bench - Classy & High-quality Eucalyptus Wood FSC-certified - 47 x 28 x 35 in (119 x 71 x 89 cm)
Ultranatura Canberra series 2-seater Lounge Bench - Classy & High-quality Eucalyptus Wood FSC-certified - 47 x 28 x 35 in (119 x 71 x 89 cm)
Price: £112.63

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attractive garden bench, 23 May 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Really lovely bench which looks great.
Firstly, the packaging was excellent. So many flat packed items are shoddily packed, and slide about in transit, or use excessive expanded polystyrene. This, in contrast, was carefully packed, with entirely recyclable materials, and tied in place with a rafia-type stuff, so that it arrived absolutely perfect.
Construction was very simple, and I managed it, despite the "help" of my 14 month old, in 15 minutes or so. It comes in 4 sections (seat, back, 2 sides) plus cushions, and fixes together with 6 bolts (with Allen key heads; 2 Allen keys supplied with the set), and 8 screws (you need your own small Phillips screwdriver for this). The seat cushion ties in place, and the back cushions slot between the wooden slats and Velcro closed behind the seat. All holes were accurately drilled, and the whole building process was a pleasure. The range is German; perhaps this is why the mechanics are so flawless.
The finished bench is comfortable, and attractive. You can use it without the cushions, but it is a little uncomfortable without the seat pad. We are so pleased with how it looks in our hall, that we haven't yet moved it outdoors, although it is intended as outdoor furniture, and will eventually migrate to our garden. I have looked at the rest of the range online, as this compares so well with other garden furniture we have bought in the past that we will be buying more.


Crayola-Colour Alive Enchanted Forest
Crayola-Colour Alive Enchanted Forest
Offered by Fun Collectables
Price: £7.20

2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing app. Colouring book OK., 23 May 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Frankly rather disappointing for my seven year old. The pictures and the colouring book appealed, and she took great care to colour perfectly. The first time we used the app, it worked reasonably well, and her character "came to life" and was able to be photographed around the house. Getting the colours to "sparkle" was rather hit and miss, but did eventually work. However the second time we tried the app it completely failed, and no matter what we tried (removing and reinstalling on the same device, and installing on other devices) we could not make it work again.
Essentially this means you're getting a very expensive colouring book as the price covers the app, which is therefore free. If the app then underperforms, it is rather a let down.
Colouring books are fine, but not especially entertaining for most children. The app could change all this, with the promise of more fun to be had with your coloured creation. But the fact that it did not meet its promise meant that only two of the pictures in my daughters book were coloured in before she lost interest.


Singleton Spey Cascade Single Malt Scotch Whisky 70 cl
Singleton Spey Cascade Single Malt Scotch Whisky 70 cl
Price: £33.89

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This ain't no firewater, 10 May 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
"This is no firewater. It says smooth on the label and this is exactly what it is. Delightfully well rounded and full of flavour. My new favourite single malt whisky.
If you are looking for a gift for a Scotch drinker, and don’t know what to look for, this is certain to please. Beautifully presented with gold embossing; it has all the hallmarks of a special gift.
With its distinctive flattened shape and striking transparent green glass, the bottle is an aesthetically appealing object indeed. The perforated capsule is easily and neatly removed to reveal a cork stopper.
Its Speyside provenance and the game fishing iconography on the bottle would be especially appealing to an angler. The leaping salmon trade mark is found on the front and rear labels and also on the top of the stopper capsule. The side of the capsule bears a gold swirl that looks like a salmon rod casting a line. All in all, a top drop."
So says my husband, who is loving this stuff. Personally, I think it's vile, like all whisky. But he is most impressed, and tells me he has never enjoyed whisky like it.


Philips GC8638/20 PerfectCare Aqua Steam Generator Iron with One Perfect Temperature - 280 g Steam Boost, 2.5 L, 2400 W, Navy
Philips GC8638/20 PerfectCare Aqua Steam Generator Iron with One Perfect Temperature - 280 g Steam Boost, 2.5 L, 2400 W, Navy
Price: £134.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent (and it looks cool), 26 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
So far so good. Have been using this for nearly a month, and comparing it with my previous Steam Generator iron. It is easy to use, looks nice (minimalist and streamlined simplicity), and does a great job. The iron part itself is much lighter than with my other iron, and I find it comfortable to hold. It is very efficient and cuts through the ironing mountain much more rapidly than standard irons, but in common with other steam generators, is very big, and needs plenty of space in use and for storage.
Will add to this review as I continue to use it...


Braun Silk Epil 9 9-558 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator with 5 Extras Attachments
Braun Silk Epil 9 9-558 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator with 5 Extras Attachments
Price: £105.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent; the Gold Standard of epilators, 12 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Absolutely superb epilator. I love all the useful extra attachments, and have found the whole set up easy to use. Yes, epilating is not the most comfortable of hair removal methods, but this is considerably less agonising than most, and makes the process more bearable. Very useful to have the option of using wet. So far I have only needed to use this once (required to write a review within 28 days, otherwise I'd wait until I had more experience with it), but will update as needed over time.


Braun Silk Epil 9 9-561 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator with 6 Extras Attachments
Braun Silk Epil 9 9-561 Wet & Dry Cordless Epilator with 6 Extras Attachments
Price: £94.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Best one yet, 8 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is the best epilator I have used to date, since buying one of the first widely available models many years ago, and others since. This one really does seem less uncomfortable than previous models from various manufacturers, and has a bundle of accessories and useful features. I particularly like being able to use it wet. I tend to grow quite thick hair, and it manages without any problem at all.
Simple to use. Highly recommended so far.


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

4.0 out of 5 stars Functional and straightforward, 24 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
11 year old son wanted this to go with his iPod touch. He reports it was very easy to set up, and holds the iPod securely. Works very well, and we have been deluged with selfies at interesting angles. Looks like a glorified stick to me, but he assures me it is more technical than that. It does not work with iPad or iPad mini (probably stating the obvious there, but we did try). Comes in appealing packaging that looks rather like a milk carton, and amused the children. Has survived several drops, with and without iPod, and gets carted around everywhere now.
Apparently an essential bit of kit for all smartphone/ iPod users now.


TECEVO FX3 AptX Bluetooth V4.0 Stereo Earphones With Handsfree Wireless Sports Headset - NFC Enabled - Ideal for use with Apple iTouch, iPad 1 2 3 4 Air iPhone 3 4 4s 5 5s 6 6Plus , HTC, Samsung Galaxy, LG, Nokia etc (FX3 Black)
TECEVO FX3 AptX Bluetooth V4.0 Stereo Earphones With Handsfree Wireless Sports Headset - NFC Enabled - Ideal for use with Apple iTouch, iPad 1 2 3 4 Air iPhone 3 4 4s 5 5s 6 6Plus , HTC, Samsung Galaxy, LG, Nokia etc (FX3 Black)
Offered by DigiDirect
Price: £29.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, very easy to use earphones, 20 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Huge success with my 11 year old son who wanted these to use with his iPad. He had connected them in a few seconds (after the initial charging required; they come with a USB charger without a mains plug, intended to charge from a computer port), and they worked brilliantly straight away. He has found them very comfortable in his ears, and the rest of us have not had to suffer noise leakage. I find the sound quality superb (he has no real opinion about it).
All in all a very satsfactory acquisition, and highly recommended,


Russell Hobbs 20581 Smartglide Pro Steam Generator Iron - 2800 Watt
Russell Hobbs 20581 Smartglide Pro Steam Generator Iron - 2800 Watt
Price: £109.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge but excellent, 6 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Very good iron which does a great job.

Firstly it is vast; absolutely enormous. My son thought it looked like a very posh iron holidaying on its yacht. This is not an iron to perch on the end of your ironing board; it takes up half your ironing space. So you need a conveniently located work surface near the ironing board to sit the base unit on (and preferably a dedicated laundry room...).

Once you get over the daunting appearance of the thing it is excellent. Not being someone who irons more than she absolutely has to (judicious folding wins every time), this does go some way to making the ironing mountain seem less of a chore. The iron itself is connected to the base by a thick cable in which are housed the electricity cable, and a tube for the water/ steam from the reservoir in the base. This is therefore twice the thickness of a standard iron cord, and feels a bit clumsy until you get used to it. You might expect the iron to feel lighter in the hand since it is not storing its own water, but there is not a noticeable difference between it and my "normal" iron.

I find it is very efficient, and certainly gets through my ironing much more quickly than my standard iron. It produces loads of steam, and creases melt away almost effortlessly. [*whispering* OK, I actually quite enjoy it]. Rather sadly this means I now iron more stuff, since it is less dreadful to do, and so we all now look a little less crumpled than before. If you already iron everything including pants (like my darling MIL), this will save you hours.

So in summary, this is a fantastic tool, IF you have the space to accommodate it (ideally a new extension on the house…?). Certainly it will make visitors think you are some kind of domestic god(dess) to own such a thing, and you will find the hated chore much less of a burden.


Barbie Rainbow Makeover Hair Doll
Barbie Rainbow Makeover Hair Doll
Price: £11.49

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly ordinary doll, but with a great activity gimmick, 18 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a completely standard Barbie, with jointed shoulders and hips, the usual unrealistic proportions, and unimaginative "fashion" clothes. It has long very pale blonde hair which you can paint with the enclosed equipment to give a rainbow effect, and the little girl who trialled this for me (7 year old daughter) quite liked this feature (although she prefers the Barbie where you can make its hair curl; called "Endless Curls" or something). The cartridge of rainbow colour did not seem to cause a problem in that it did not break, leak, or stain anything, it works effectively without being too fiddly, and the colour washes out of Barbie's hair easily and within the patience-span of a 7 year old. The packaging is not too excessive, and displays the doll and accessories to good effect while being easy enough to wrap as a gift.

It seems a bit overpriced for a basic Barbie with a few gimmicks added, but the child appeal is undeniable, and we are buying another for the best friend's birthday in a couple of weeks. Daughter has managed to keep the clips etc intact, and has organised them into little boxes with other Barbie bits and bobs that she seems intent on accumulating. She has a grand total of 4 Barbies now; this one is her second favourite.

For those anxious parents who worry about the effect of super-skinny fashion dolls on their daughters' psyches, in my experience children are bright enough to work out that real people do not look like this any more than they resemble Peppa Pig or Lala Loopsie; Barbie should be treated like any other toy, and we should stop attaching so much importance to her and giving the children the message that Barbie makes us twitchy.


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