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Villeroy & Boch 204 mm Cutlery S-Plus Petrol Dinner Spoon
Villeroy & Boch 204 mm Cutlery S-Plus Petrol Dinner Spoon

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elegant, 1 Jun. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
♦ VILLEROY & BOCH
♦ S+
♦ 18/10 STAINLESS STEEL + SILICONE

COLOUR : PETREL

This is a useful shape of spoon for those days when a more elongated, rectangular-shaped ‘bowl’ is required.

Based on my own, the quality spoon measures around 20 cm overall.
The slim, 1 cm handle is 13 cm long, of which 9 cm is encased in the coloured silicone.
The bowl is around 6 cm long and 3.5 cm at its widest, gently narrowing to around 2 cm.

‘Villeroy & Boch 18/10’ embossed ~ back of handle.

It is great to have the opportunity to buy a single spoon, which allows me to feed my coloured cutlery obsession in more ways than one!
These often come up as part of the ‘Amazon Add-On Programme’ and are worth looking out for, IMO.

The spoon comes in a simple plastic bag and a sturdy cardboard wrap for safe transit.

Other colours currently available in the range include:

TAUPE
SUN
KIWI
PURPLE
CHILLI

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Manufacturer Detail:

‘The S+ cutlery collection features expressive colours in a clear, basic design. The 18/10 stainless steel cutlery is provided with a silicone tube around the handle for comfort.
The fresh colour will not only enliven any table but its functionality make the S+ line a functional daily collection.
Dishwasher safe.’
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Villeroy & Boch 204 mm Cutlery S-Plus Taupe Dinner Spoon
Villeroy & Boch 204 mm Cutlery S-Plus Taupe Dinner Spoon
Price: £4.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Elegant, 1 Jun. 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
♦ VILLEROY & BOCH
♦ S+
♦ 18/10 STAINLESS STEEL + SILICONE

COLOUR: TAUPE

This is a useful shape of spoon for those days when a more elongated, rectangular-shaped ‘bowl’ is required.

Based on my own, the quality spoon measures around 20 cm overall.
The slim, 1 cm handle is 13 cm long, of which 9 cm is encased in the coloured silicone.
The bowl is around 6 cm long and 3.5 cm at its widest, gently narrowing to around 2 cm.

‘Villeroy & Boch 18/10’ embossed ~ back of handle.

These often come up as part of the ‘Amazon Add-On Programme’ and are worth looking out for, IMO, offering the chance to build up a colourful collection, at a great price.

The spoon comes in a simple plastic bag and a sturdy cardboard wrap for safe transit.

Other colours currently available in the range include:

PETREL
SUN
KIWI
CHILLI
PURPLE

Manufacturer Detail:

‘The S+ cutlery collection features expressive colours in a clear, basic design. The 18/10 stainless steel cutlery is provided with a silicone tube around the handle for comfort.
The fresh colour will not only enliven any table but its functionality make the S+ line a functional daily collection.
Dishwasher safe.’
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Manuka Doctor Manuka Honey 15+ Total Active 250 g
Manuka Doctor Manuka Honey 15+ Total Active 250 g
Price: £25.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honey pot attraction, 31 May 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
♦ MANUKA DOCTOR®
♦ 15+ ACTIVE MANUKA HONEY
♦ PRODUCT of NEW ZEALAND
♦ 250g NET

This takes me back to schoolday colds & sniffles and my Nana’s unquestionable wisdom.
I have no idea which honey I had back then on a little plastic spoon but nothing from the supermarket these days comes remotely close.
However, if I am honest, I have never thought about investing an arm & a leg in a honey-pot before this opportunity.

The flavour is just heavenly and the consistency just right for me – lovely and thick, it doesn’t run everywhere you don’t want it to, staying stubbornly stuck to the spoon.
The colour is...well...honey.

The honey comes in a dark-coloured, BPA-free pot, which stands around 8 cm tall with the lid on.
The base is around 5 cm square; the top diameter is around 5.5 cm.
The pot comes safely encased in a strong cardboard outer for safe transit.
The only problem is getting the screw-top off in the first instance...it needed someone with far more strength than I managed!

I now realise that it is worth shopping around for this brand, with up to 50% off RRP deals, and, with a ‘Best Before Date’ well into the future (Feb 2018 on mine), it will probably pay to stock up.
I will need to, as others have spotted it and it is going down fast!

From the label:

‘Not suitable for infants under 12 months.
Store in a cool place away from direct sunlight.
If honey consistency hard, warm to soften.
Consume within 12 weeks of opening.’

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Manufacturer Detail:

‘100% New Zealand Honey.
Manuka Doctor Honey is the finest quality Manuka Honey naturally and responsibly sourced from our own Hives in New Zealand.
We label our honey range to reflect the ‘Total Activity’ present at the time of testing.
The activity levels are tested at an authorised independent laboratory in New Zealand....'
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Ultrasport Women's Running Tights Long Fitness Sports grey Grau-Melange/Coral Size:M
Ultrasport Women's Running Tights Long Fitness Sports grey Grau-Melange/Coral Size:M
Price: £33.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool, 29 May 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
♦ ULTRASPORT
♦ LEGGINGS
♦ SIZE : M (I estimate this as a UK SIZE 12)

From the stitched in label

♦ MATERIAL:

♦ 'SHELL 45% ACRYLIC/45% POLYESTER/10% SPANDEX
♦ PANEL/PATCH : 88% POLYESTER/12% SPANDEX
♦ MESH: 87% POLYESTER/13% SPANDEX’

COLOUR ~ LIGHT GREY with CORAL contrast

Exactly as pictured in the product detail above, the colours are truer, i.e. paler, than some of my images portray.
As a sizing guide, these are full-length leggings on a height of 5’4”.

These leggings are lovely & soft in a stretchy LIGHT GREY material with a coordinating CORAL-coloured 6 cm deep waistband on the sides; 7 cm deep front/back, along with matching mesh panels at the back of the knees.

They arrive in a plastic-type bag and a sturdy cardboard outer wrap for safe transit.
Inside, the leggings are neatly packed with a tissue underlay and the removable cardboard tag is also protected.

The stretch waistband has a concealed 1 cm wide elastic which is comfortable when on. Further down the waistband is an integrated drawstring in LIGHT GREY, which is long enough to tie into a bow on the inside, (but is not stitched in so you could lose an end if pulling through too hard!).
The design of this area means that it does not fold over like other brands can do.
On the back of the waistband is a quality zip pocket around 10.5 cm wide, deep enough to take e.g. a credit card sized pass, a folded fiver and a locker key, in my case.
The leg length is around 55.5 cm, measured from the crotch; the seams lie flat so there is no rubbing, in my experience so far.
The length from the top of the waistband to the crotch at the back is around 26 cm.
Close fitting in general, the bottoms don’t ride up on the road, in my experience so far, and I have successfully folded them up a bit shorter a couple of times, also, in the sunny weather.
The outer seam has a neatly stitched tramline in CORAL, which is a nice extra touch, and the subdued ‘Ultrasport’ logo is also printed in CORAL on the left at the front (although I wonder if this will withstand the wash over time).

Easy care, they wash up well in a quick machine wash at 30°, (although the maximum is 40°), and they are dry in next to no time especially on the line in the sunny weather, we have had of late.

A matching RACER BACK TOP is also currently available, along with:

T-SHIRT
SHORTS
HOODED JACKET
CAPRI PANTS
LONG SWEATPANTS

Quality, comfortable leggings, which keep their shape and are also currently available with AQUA as the coordinating colour, for the same range of products.
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Tognana 22 cm Opera Villa Pamphili Dessert Plate, White
Tognana 22 cm Opera Villa Pamphili Dessert Plate, White
Price: £11.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty tea/dessert plate, 26 May 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
♦ TOGNANA
♦ OPERA

MATERIAL : ‘SUPER STRONG PORCELAIN’
COLOUR : CREAMY WHITE with MULTI

SIZE (all approximate based on my own):

♦ BASE DIAMETER : 13 cm
♦ TOP DIAMETER : 21.5 cm

Base detail:

‘OVEN ~ MICROWAVE ~ DISHWASHER SAFE'

Exactly as shown in the above image, this is a pretty plate with a slightly scalloped ‘wave' effect rim/edge.
The pattern is around 3 cm wide except for where the leaves nonchalantly spill over a little.

Currently at an excellent, discounted price on the ‘Amazon Add-On Programme’.
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ManCave Natural Supreme Skin Care Gift Set
ManCave Natural Supreme Skin Care Gift Set
Price: £12.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neat duo, 25 May 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
♦ BOXED SET:
~ WILLOW BARK FACE WASH ~ 125 ml
~ BORAGE MOISTURISER ~ 100 ml

♦ MAN CAVE
♦ SUPREME SKINCARE SET
♦ #OWNTHEBATHROOM
♦ NATURAL SKINCARE
♦ NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS
♦ VEGAN FRIENDLY

♦ MADE in the UK

This is a boxed set of two items from the seemingly quite extensive ‘MAN CAVE’ range, which I have not come across before.
The cardboard gift box measures around 15 cm x 4.75 cm x 16.5 cm, has a transparent front and is supplied in a sturdy outer carton for safe transit.
Inside the two plastic-type tubes have transparent flip lids on the base of around 4.5 cm diameter that are relatively easy to open, and these both close with a reassuring click.

(1)
In the BROWN tube, which stands around 14 cm high and 7.5 cm at its widest, the FACEWASH is a thin, apparently clear gel and a little goes a long way. It feels a bit sticky but doesn’t lather up too much when applied to wet skin, so is reasonably easy to rinse away. It has a fairly strong scent, and tingles a little in my experience, but the skin feels cool and fresh after use.

★ From the front:

‘Cleanse and Purify Skin with Willow Bark, Green Tea, Spinach Extract, L-Arginine, Vitamin E and 12 Essential Oils’.

✩ From the back:

'NATURAL DEFENCE FOR MAN
ManCave Willow Bark FaceWash naturally removes skin debris, unwanted oils and impurities without dehydrating your skin.
# Natural Cleansing’

(2)
The BLACK tube containing the MOISTURISER stands slightly shorter at 13 cm.

★ From the front:

‘Hydrate, Mattify and Stimulate Skin with Caffeine, Borage Oil, Shea Butter, Vitamin E and 12 Essential Oils’.

✩ From the back:

‘NATURAL DEFENCE FOR MAN
ManCave Borage Moisturiser helps to protect from UV rays, whilst hydrating and mattifying skin leaving a smooth matte appearance.
#Natural Defence’

The white coloured cream is relatively thick and very little is required.
It absorbs well and doesn’t leave a greasy look. It has a pleasant enough scent, which lingers a little after application.
Using the two products does seem to help soften dry areas, in my experience so far.

Both tubes also carry this information:

'Our Natural Defence products do not contain: parabens, sulphates (SLS SLES), synthetic dye, petrochemicals, ingredient from animal sources and are not tested on animals’...
...along with advice ‘to avoid contact with eyes’, and a full list of ingredients is also included on the back for reference.

In the bathroom, they do have a masculine edge in appearance with WHITE lettering and DARK GREY & SILVER-COLOURED embellishment.
Speaking of edge, it might be worth noting that the corner edges are quite sharp if digging around for them in a toilet bag!
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Zyliss Potato Ricer, White
Zyliss Potato Ricer, White
Price: £19.02

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for smaller quantities, in my experience, 21 May 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
♦ ZYLISS POTATO RICER
♦ RIGID PLASTIC-TYPE CONSTRUCTION with STAINLESS STEEL-LIKE RICING PLATES x 2 ~ 1 EACH: COARSE & FINE
♦ 5 YEAR GUARANTEE
♦ MADE in CHINA

~ COLOUR : WHITE with DARK GREY & RED
~ ‘ZYLISS’ embossed

~ SIZE (All approximate, based on my own):

✩ OVERALL LENGTH : 31.5 cm
✩ WIDTH : 14 cm (widest)
✩ BASE DIAMETER of UNIT : 9 cm
✩ DEPTH of UNIT : 7.25 cm
✩ PLUNGER DIAMETER : 7.5 cm

This chunky potato ricer (grater) arrives in an oversized, sturdy cardboard box but is well-packed inside for safe transit. I requested it as my previous one has gone AWOL!

Although I tend to use this for large quantities of cooked potato, e.g. for fish pie/shepherd’s pie for four+, I do like a ricer for small quantities for, e.g. a rosti.

My first test was with a poor batch of Jersey Royals, which I wouldn’t normally think about mashing but they needed peeling & cutting away to the point I only had nine smallish potatoes left.
Although sorely disappointed with the potatoes, they presented the perfect opportunity to try out both grating plates; one with five potatoes & one with four, the latter on the finer gauge to compare the end result (please see images).
This ricer did a grand job with minimal effort and no loss around the sides of the plunger.

It arrives fully assembled with the spare grating plate behind the other in the DARK GREY bottom section. Simple unscrew, put in the preferred plate and screw back into place. Pop in the potato, push the top handle down to move the RED plunger and the potato grates cleanly out...onto a couple of tea plates in my case, for the first test.

It needs a bit of a scrape off at the end to free the last remaining bits of potato, but this is a very easy way to get a smaller quantity of potato ready in a jiffy, in my experience.

The handle comes apart for easy cleaning and the complete item is dishwasher safe, although I find that water does collect in the nooks & crannies and needed drying off with some kitchen towel before storage.

It comes with an adequate, little multi-lingual instruction leaflet, which also has a picture guide.

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MANUFACTURER DETAIL:

' Description:

• Ergonomic slim handle design with soft-touch secure grip and integrated pan rest
• Unique two-piece, space saving design comes apart for easy clean
• Two ricing plates for coarse and fine ricing results
• Removable base for easily changing and storing ricing plates
• Dishwasher Safe - including blades and comes with a 5 year guarantee

The Zyliss Potato Ricer is Ideal for making smooth, lump-free mashed potato. The small ricing disc can also be used for puréeing vegetables or making a fruit coulis. Use the larger ricing disc to make German Spätzle. The effortless and easy to use handle processes foods quickly and easily.'
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Zyliss Swift Dry Salad Spinner, Green, Large
Zyliss Swift Dry Salad Spinner, Green, Large
Price: £28.92

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A revolution in the field of salad spinners, 16 May 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
♦ ‘ZYLISS®
♦ SWIFTDRY
♦ SALAD SPINNER
♦ 5 YEAR GUARANTEE
♦ BPA FREE
♦ Made in China’

SIZE : LARGE

COLOUR : TRANSPARENT BOWL with LIME GREEN & WHITE
'ZYLISS' embossed.

This fresh-coloured set arrives in a cardboard box measuring around 26.5 cm x 27.75 cm x 15 cm and a strong, plain cardboard outer for safe transit.

The base diameter of the bowl is around 18 cm and it benefits from a non-slip base. The overall diameter with the lid on is 26 cm. The height of the bowl is around 13 cm. With the lid on, the height is around 14.5 cm (not allowing for the raised handle/lever).

Advertised as ‘extracting 25% water more than other leading brands, (average test results versus leading competitors’); it is definitely a step up from my old ‘manual’ salad spinner, although basically the same principle.
I did have to practise a bit to get the right level of spin for the amount I had put in the basket, because you can get a lot in here!

There is no instruction leaflet included but the multi-lingual instructions & pictures on the sides of the box are fairly self explanatory.
I pop my salad leaves in the inner lime green basket, rinse them off with cold water, place the inner basket in the bowl over the little protrusion, put on the lid and slide the right hand lever to the right to release the handle mechanism. The handle does jump up with some force, so worth noting that for the first use, and that there is sufficient clearance above!
Pull the handle down, then pump up and down a few times to create the spin at the speed you wish, lock into place by sliding the lever back to the left and leave to spin until completion, or, alternatively press the ‘STOP’ button to intercept.
If the leaves are not quite dry enough, simply repeat the process, after tipping out the residual water from the bowl each time.

The transparent bowl doubles up as a large serving bowl and I also use the nicely shaped basket to present in at the table.

Generally, a rinse out is all that is required to clean but the bowl fits inside the top rack of my regular-sized dishwasher when required. It is worth noting that little water can collect around the base area, depending on the drying capability of the dishwasher.

The handle can lock down into place for under shelf storage and the unit sits on my veg unit until the next time.

A SMALL version is also available.

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'Manufacturer Detail:

The Zyliss Swift Dry Salad Spinner makes light work of washing and drying salad with its unique AquaVent™ Technology. The drying surface of the ingredients gets maximum exposure to the drain holes because of the shaped strainer basket and airflow is optimised with top and bottom vents to accelerate drying. With a pump action spinner, ramping up the revs to full speed will have your salad leaves and other ingredients dry and ready in seconds. This is the large size Zyliss Salad Spinner with family size capacity.

Key Features

• Unique AquaVent™ Technology removes up to 25% more water
• Contoured basket increases drying efficiency
• One handed pump action accelerator
• Improved air intake for rapid drying
• Stable, non slip base
• Lock down handle for easy storage
• Stop button with rapid braking action’
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Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Advanced Nourishing Protective Oil SPF50 150ml
Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Advanced Nourishing Protective Oil SPF50 150ml
Price: £7.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ‘Developed for fair, sensitive & sun-intolerant skin, 15 May 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
♦ 'GARNIER
♦ AMBRE SOLAIRE
♦ NOURISHING PROTECTIVE OIL
♦ INNOVATION SENSITIVE ADVANCED
♦ DERMATOLOGICALLY TESTED/HYPOALLERGENIC - FAIR, SENSITIVE AND SUN INTOLERANT SKIN
♦ NO PERFUME/NO COLOURANTS
♦ NON-STICKY – WATER RESISTANT
♦ SPF 50+/VERY HIGH
♦ UVA ★★★/GOOD
♦ ADVANCED UVA/UVB PROTECTION
♦ MADE IN GERMANY
♦ 150 ml

The base of this coloured, plastic-type bottle measures around 5 cm x 2.75 cm widest, height 17.75 cm with the top on.
The liquid appears to be colourless but there is the usual warning re avoiding contact with fabrics to prevent staining.

Shaking before use, a couple of short pumps is required to get the first squirt onto the hand.
It is quite runny and a little goes a long way, as you would expect from an oil.

Based on my experience and skin type, it is light, reasonably easily absorbed and leaves a noticeable shiny look. The skin feels softer after use. There is a light scent on application that is hard to describe but nothing like those heavy oily smells of products I have used in the past.

On the back of the bottle is the usual guidance to taking care in the sun, along with:

♦ ‘Apply the sunscreen just before exposure.
♦ Do not spray directly onto the face and avoid the eye area.
♦ Re-apply frequently and generously to maintain protections especially after swimming, perspiring or towelling.
♦ Flammable

Ingredients:
Paraffinum Liquidum / Mineral Oil, Isopropyl Palmitate, Homosalate, Alcohol Denat., Octocrylene, Ethylenediamine/Stearyl Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Drometrizole Trisiloxane, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Pentaerythrityl, Tetra-Di-T-Butyl, Hydroxyhydrocinnamate’
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Rexel JOY A4 Popper Wallet - Perfect Purple
Rexel JOY A4 Popper Wallet - Perfect Purple
Price: £6.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Pack of 5, all the same colour, 10 May 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
♦ REXEL
♦ ‘JOY’
♦ POPPER CLOSE ENVELOPE WALLET
♦ A4 SIZE
♦ POLYPROPYLENE
♦ REF : 2104209
♦ MADE in CHINA

This is a pack of 5 x popper close, envelope-style wallets.
They arrive in a cellophane pack, safely within a jiffy-envelope.

Different to the product size currently given above, each measures around 33.5 cm x 23.75 cm, with straight corners that are fairly sharp.
Light in weight they do the job well. Flimsy rather than stiffened, they are see-thru so not suitable for sensitive or confidential matter, but handy for a bundle of sheets. They are also big enough for my ‘Waitrose Mag’, which I was taking along for light reading at a recent event.

The popper is PALE PINK and of a plastic-type material which fastens with a reassuring click. I haven’t had any problems with it popping open, in my experience to date, but I haven’t had the opportunity to try the maximum recommended 150 sheets.

REXEL®/Product No. is embossed on the front, above the popper, in silver-coloured lettering.
This is still visible once closed but is less obvious. There is a removable product sticker on the back of each but nowhere to put a reference, e.g. an index card slot.

I was expecting PERFECT PURPLE but was happy to receive PRETTY PINK, as it matches my RING BINDER and looks uniform.
(I have mentioned this to the Amazon customer support team and a note will be put on the product for future orders.)

A useful pack of wallets, also currently available in BLISSFUL BLUE & LOVELY LIME
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