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Revlon Blush Brush
Revlon Blush Brush
Price: £5.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Scratchy in Use - Binned!, 1 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Revlon Blush Brush (Personal Care)
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The bristles are quite hard - to the extent they are scratchy on the face. Most unpleasant sensation. Application is very heavy as this brush picks up too much product, and it makes it difficult to blend out powders. Also, not appropriate for liquid products. For a couple of pounds more a "RealTechniques" brush is so much better!


TensCare Perfect Tens
TensCare Perfect Tens
Price: £28.99

3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Complicated, 1 Mar. 2015
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My wife managed to deliver our first born mostly with a tens machine, so with osteo-arthritis giving me hip pain and referred pain down my leg I thought I'd give this a whirl.

It is a neat little unit, but my problems began with the instructions. I get that it has a wide range of settings which you are supposed to try out and find which works for you, but I just found it terribly confusing. It is a case of sitting with the little book open while you work out where to start, and then checking what each setting abbreviation actually means.

Once you've cracked that code, it is easily up and running with the set of "self adhesive" electrodes (I'm not sure they will last more than a month or two with regular use). The sensations are varied by programme, and are definitely an acquired taste. Varying from a gentle tingle through to quite significant twitching.

I just don't know how long I'll persevere, as ultimately it is just for pain masking rather than treating underlying symptoms.


Igenix IG347FF Under Counter Fridge Freezer, 47 cm
Igenix IG347FF Under Counter Fridge Freezer, 47 cm
Price: £172.31

4.0 out of 5 stars Nice and neat. Effective small form fridge/freezer, 24 Feb. 2015
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We got this to replace a small free standing fridge which was showing its age.

This Igenix unit appealed mainly because it has a separate freezer rather than an ice box like the old one.

It arrived well packed and was light enough for me to carry up a flight of stairs on my own. It seems to be ever so slightly smaller than the old (branded) unit it replaced, but it fits very neatly into the space and looks really good. I know the looks shouldn't be a big factor, but when you walk past something every day it cannot be ugly!

The white finish wipes down well and interestingly it doesn't show finger marks too badly. So far it is bearing up under daily use.

The freezer is the top door in the picture, and is big enough to fit perhaps a single person's weekly frozen food in. So far it doesn't seem to ice up too badly. We'll see how it copes in the summer.

It is a slight inconvenience having the fridge section at the bottom, and we still find ourselves opening the freezer door by accident. Everything is kept really cold though, and I have no complaints at all.

So far so good.


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

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Patchy cover and no staying power, 1 Feb. 2015
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This review is in winter, so the weather conditions may have some bearing on the following...

The presentation of the product is impressive. It would be an acceptable gift.

Looks nice when on, initially felt good in application, but staying power turned out to be awful.

On first layer it was patchy (this was the case with two of us who tried it), so a thick second layer is needed for even colour coverage.

Doesn't stay on the lips well at all, but did stain little bits of dry skin and into all the creases.

Not very moisturising either - seems to leave the lips quite dry which is contrary to the advert. Sorry, but just not worth the money at this price point.


How to Draw Vintage Fashion
How to Draw Vintage Fashion
by Celia Joicey
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Beghinner's Guide, 7 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This book is very informative, with step by step instructions on how to do very stylised drawings.

It shows footwear for different body types by era. There is a summary/rundown of the clothing trends for each era.

They have settled on "vintage" as being defined from around 1920s to 1990s which really covers a very broad range of styles.

Designers new and old at each stage are explained, setting out what each one was famous for.

This will be a really good book for beginners or students of any age new to figure drawing or who are finding it a difficult skill to engage.

There is a very useful glossary at the back of the book which will be useful in particular for students at AS level.

It is well written, well laid out, and sensibly priced.


Pinzon Egyptian Cotton Sateen, Eggshell, Double Fitted Sheet
Pinzon Egyptian Cotton Sateen, Eggshell, Double Fitted Sheet
Price: £22.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good choice for a touch of comfort and luxury., 18 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
We have a few duvet sets of high thread count, and it is interesting to compare this new range from Amazon.

The depth of the fitting is excellent. These days with taller mattresses and memory foam toppers, you really need some depth. Until now we'd only found them in John Lewis, so it is good to have a choice.

In terms of "satin feel", these are pretty good. Definitely mid-upper end quality, smooth and silky to the touch, nice to sleep on.

However, like may of this type they do tend to crease quite badly and need ironing after washing. It probably seems mean to knock one star off for this when you'll have creasing issues with most quality cotton sheets.

These wash well, dry easily, and retain the quality look and feel. The price points are sensible, it would be nice to have more colour choices, but overall I'd say these are worth the money and lovely to sleep on.


Philips Lumea Compact SC1981/00 IPL Hair Removal System
Philips Lumea Compact SC1981/00 IPL Hair Removal System
Price: £200.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile stable mate to bigger units in the range., 15 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These Philips home IPL units may be a considered purchase, but they are all definitely a quality purchase.

Both of this little unit's bigger siblings have their pros and cons, but this little beauty is perhaps the most versatile.

It is easy to hold and not as tiring to use due to the smaller lighter form factor.

It can be used on the face (subject of course to all of the safety caveats that are listed), the mechanism that activates the laser is perhaps easier to manage, and less likely to ping laser beams around the room-but I would still but the safety goggles.

The Philips IPL system definitely works. You don't see immediate benefits, but it isn't as painful of inconvenient as epil atone or waxing, and it has really long terms results.

Overall this is worth the money. So long as you have checked it is suitable, persevere over the 12-18 weeks you need to see the real positive effects, and have a disciplined approach then you ought to find this worth the investment.


BURBERRY for Men Eau de Toilette 30 ml
BURBERRY for Men Eau de Toilette 30 ml
Price: £26.50

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Wife Loves It !!, 1 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
What better recommendation than "my wife loves it!"

The general tones are warm, almost Christmassy, with hints of spice and mossy earthiness.

It has good longevity, and unlike many scents it doesn't seem to alter too much over time.

This is definitely a masculine smell, and I can't imagine anyone disliking it.

The 30ml bottle is a reasonable size for travelling or for home, the packing is cleanly styled, and the spray mechanism doesn't feel flimsy like a few I have had.

I would definitely be happy to see this in my stocking on 25/12 and would buy it again as I think it will be a timeless smell for me.

Nice one burberry


Carte Noire No.10 Espresso Nespresso Compatible Coffee Capsules 53 g (Pack of 4)
Carte Noire No.10 Espresso Nespresso Compatible Coffee Capsules 53 g (Pack of 4)
Price: £11.16

5.0 out of 5 stars The Best "Alternative" Capsules, 18 Nov. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I now really believe Carte Noire have cracked it. Alongside the No.5 and No.7 capsules, these are a super cup of coffee.

I've tried quite a few non-nespresso branded capsules, and many of them have either dodgy coffee or a capsule that is erratic in use.

So far none of these have given me a problem. Yes they are plastic cases not foil, but they are individually wrapped, have foil tops like the originals, smell divine when you open them, and are clearly a good quality strong coffee.

The crema is possibly better on the No.5 capsules, but this No.10 blend is smoother, fruity and bold enough to deliver a sound espresso shot which is delicious taken black.

It isn't as dark as, say, Nero's, and isn't as mellow as a Costa, but then why should it mimic the competition.

Interestingly, I don't find the capsules anything like the Carte Noire ground coffee or beans, so don't let those put you off if you're not keen.

Me, I'm a convert :-)


Braun ThermoScan-5 IRT6020 Ear Thermometer
Braun ThermoScan-5 IRT6020 Ear Thermometer
Price: £31.86

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Innovations are not always improvements, 18 Nov. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
We have had one of the first generation of this range for many years, so were interested to see how it had evolved.

To be honest there are a few niggles which mean it isn't quite as good as the original.

- it is very chunky, odd in hold, and the button doesn't seem to be in the right place
- the little lid is tricky to keep in place and doesn't really protect the tip or the unit efficiently
- there is nowhere to store the spare caps (whereas the original unit has a full size cover with space for a full stack of spare covers)

The innovations like the pre-heated tip (allegedly gives a more accurate reading), and the easier to see temperature reading window are though some improvements in use.

It is still arguably an essential piece of kit if you have kids

Nothing is more accurate or easy to use as these little Braun units - and the reassurance or warnings you get are simply invaluable when the kids can't really explain why they feel unwell (or are simply swinging the lead!!!!)


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