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Philips MoistureProtect Hair Straightener - HP8372/03
Philips MoistureProtect Hair Straightener - HP8372/03
Price: £102.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Impressed: straight frizz-free and moisturised hair without heat-damage or dry, split ends, 19 Oct. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I have very thick and unruly red hair which always looks a little wild and in need of some taming; these straighteners have achieved this very easily.

They are quite attractive ionic straighteners with their white outer and champagne coloured plates making a very welcome change from the usual black colour. They heat up to 150°C within just 15 seconds making them ready for use almost immediately and they are easy and comfortable to use even when used blindly behind your own head. I especially like the 2cm cool tip to each end which allows for 2-handed use with no risk of burns. The swivel power cable is generous at 2 metres so there's no need to sit beside a plug and there's a hanging loop for when not in use plus a lined felt storage bag, with a cable-tidy feature on the reverse, and is ideal for traveling.

At 9cm x 2.5cm, the floating ceramic plates are shorter than in other straighteners I've used so smaller sections of hair are inserted at a time for use at 150°, 175° or 200°C. These are lower temperatures than I normally use yet they produce matching, if not better, results and I'm sure the lower temperature is better for my hair. The other feature where they excel is in the moisture protection which helps prevent hair feeling dry or brittle, especially around the ends, leading to split ends. Immediately following use, there is no feeling of dryness and, if anything, my hair felt moisturised and glossy - a little like the feeling of using curling tongs with steam several decades ago. I have confidence in these and am very much happier to use them daily without worrying they are damaging my hair. They're not the cheapest straighteners but I'd be happy to pay a little extra for such a premium product with this moisture protect feature, because it works.

(Before and after photos are taken 3 minutes apart.)
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Salter Glitter Bathroom Scales - Supersize Digital Display Electronic Scale for Precise Weighing, Toughened Glass Platform, Step-On for Instant Reading, Metric + Imperial. 15 Year Guarantee - Silver
Salter Glitter Bathroom Scales - Supersize Digital Display Electronic Scale for Precise Weighing, Toughened Glass Platform, Step-On for Instant Reading, Metric + Imperial. 15 Year Guarantee - Silver
Offered by HoMedics Group
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, reliable and accurate scales, 19 Oct. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
These scales have exceeded my expectations. It's hard to see them clearly from the photo which suggests they could be plastic - actually they are a sheet of 6mm glass with a metallic painted back and silver glitter. The overall effect appears sleek and stylish and a higher quality than that depicted.

The platform measures a generous 30 x 28cm with a 8 x 3cm display window giving a clear readout of the user's weight. Measuring can be in metric kg, stones or pounds selected via button on the underside. They are powered by a CR2032 battery which is supplied fitted. For use on uneven floors or carpets, plastic 'carpet feet' discs are included to ensure accurate weighing without distortion caused by the scales sinking into carpet pile.

They are quick and easy to use. Just stand on them and your weight will be displayed. No need to manually switch them on and after 5 seconds, they'll switch off automatically.

Very simple, attractive scales which would suit most modern bathrooms or bedrooms. Backed by a 15 year guarantee reflecting Salter's confidence in its products.
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All Trade Direct Mixed Assorted Amp Standard Blade Fuse
All Trade Direct Mixed Assorted Amp Standard Blade Fuse
Offered by Xtreme Auto Accessories
Price: £1.76

5.0 out of 5 stars Budget fuses that do the job just as well as branded equivalents at a higher price, 16 Oct. 2017
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A set of 25 fuses, 5 of each size, exactly as described. They arrived dropped loose into a padded envelope so don't early points for presentation. More importantly they seem to work perfectly and are a fraction of the price when bought at a motor accessories store. I've only tested a random 3 out of the set so far but am very happy with them - and the price.


Kampa Freedom Gas Cartridge Oven
Kampa Freedom Gas Cartridge Oven

5.0 out of 5 stars Very good mini gas oven, reaches +260°C, cooks thoroughly (incl frozen food) and is fairly economical, 16 Oct. 2017
I'd looked at these for some time wondering how practical and effective they would be for outdoor camping, mostly in a campervan fitted with just a hob and no possibility of having an interior oven. After much deliberating I took the plunge and was not disappointed.

It's been hard to find any review, particularly relating to gas consumption, heating up times etc so here goes....

From igniting the gas, which lit first time, and setting it to maximum flow it took 6 minutes to reach 200°C and within 10 minutes it can reach 280°C as measured on the front thermometer which is on a par with a mini electrical oven of similar size.

I use it mostly for heating foods from frozen such as fish fingers, breadcrumbed cod fillets 14mm thick and oven chips all intended to be cooked at 220°C for 25 minutes. Including the 6 minute heating up time, all were well cooked within just over 30 minutes which is exactly the same as using a conventional oven, the fish and fish fingers were evenly cooked but the oven chips were quite well done around their sides and ends but a few were a little limp in the middle so these were not quite as evenly cooked - although I am nit-picking here. On testing the internal temperature of the fish (I'm a food handler so this is second nature for me!), it was over 86°C five minutes after removing from the cooker and was consistently evenly cooked.

Regarding gas consumption, I use 220g butane gas canisters and cooking the above uses 30-35g gas which makes the oven surprisingly economical, offering about 6 x 30 minute cooking sessions at 220-240°C. If used for a longer cooking session eg 2 hours to cook a chicken, which fits well into the cooker, then it is even more economical because the heating up phase doesn't need to be repeated.

The oven is designed for outdoor use to avoid any risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in a confined space, and this is how I used it. I could smell cooking smells but there was no gas odour at all which is always a fear with gas and although the sides of the oven became warm to the touch, they were not dangerously hot. You wouldn't want to pick up the oven with bare hands while cooking for 30 minutes but if you accidentally touched it then you wouldn't be burned.

I was impressed by this oven for its performance, even cooking and economy and would definitely recommend it to anyone for outdoor use and hope you enjoy it as much as I have. No more surviving on fried bacon for my camping trips from now on!
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Sports Seamless Tube Headwear Bandana Scarf Multifunctional Elastic Neckwarmer for Yoga Hiking Riding Motorcycling Contrast
Sports Seamless Tube Headwear Bandana Scarf Multifunctional Elastic Neckwarmer for Yoga Hiking Riding Motorcycling Contrast
Offered by Vetine
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Pack of 6 versatile multi-purpose 'buff'-style neck gaiters, 13 Oct. 2017
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
These are exactly as described - a pack of SIX multipurpose neck-gaiters in six different designs.

They're made from a very lightweight but stretchy polyester fabric and can be worn as neckwarmers, buffs, beanie hats, headbands, hairband, haircover, a sort of balaclava... any way you wish. For me, they're perfect when out walking or cycling in windy weather prevent draughts penetrating down my neck. In cold weather when I'm prone to trigeminal neuralgia, I pull them higher over my face to keep my jaw warm. Really, their use is only limited by your own creativity.

They're warm, hard-wearing, easily washed, dry quickly and are so versatile and the pack of six offers extremely good value for money. I would recommend without hesitation and happily buy again in a different colour-themed pack for variety.


12V/24V car blade holder fuse box-4 WAY CIRCUIT ATO STANDARD BLADE FUSE BUILD IN BOX HOLDER
12V/24V car blade holder fuse box-4 WAY CIRCUIT ATO STANDARD BLADE FUSE BUILD IN BOX HOLDER
Offered by DIYI
Price: £6.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended, easy to fit and holds fuses secure, 13 Oct. 2017
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I ordered this fuse holder for use in my campervan to replace the original holder which uses torpedo-style ceramic fuses. The latter was fiddly to access and hit and miss re whether a fuse was held secure or slipped and melted - often the latter causing campervan appliances such as the fridge to fail. This design using blade fuses is much more practical: fuses are held securely, don't slip or melt and appliances now work reliably.

If you have the torpedo type then I would definitely recommend upgrading to this. It's easy to fit, good quality and I no longer have to carry packs of multiple replacement fuses on every trip!


Kingfisher Unisex KC400FB Medium Sandwich Food Freezer Bags, Pack of 400, Clear, NA
Kingfisher Unisex KC400FB Medium Sandwich Food Freezer Bags, Pack of 400, Clear, NA
Offered by DLA Trading Ltd
Price: £3.81

4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly opaque (not clear) sandwich bags measuring 21x18cm, 13 Oct. 2017
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
A roll of 400 bags measuring 21x18cm internally plus an extra 8mm at the bottom beneath the seal.

They're quite durable, slightly opaque rather than clear as described which could be important if you're planning to use them for packaging crafts, and don't rustle. Ideal for packing sandwiches for picnics or office lunches.

Good value and I would buy them again.


Ingersoll Men's The Bateman Quartz Watch with Black Dial and Black Leather Strap I01802
Ingersoll Men's The Bateman Quartz Watch with Black Dial and Black Leather Strap I01802
Price: £200.68

5.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated automatic watch with traditional styling, 13 Oct. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is our first automatic watch and it's been in daily use for 2-3 weeks to allow time to get used to it and assess its accuracy and any need for winding.

Our family has owned luxury 'designer' watches in the past but this stands far apart from the rest and is in a league of its own in terms of quality. It is pure class - smart, stylish and timeless with a clear 40mm display within a 45mm stainless steel casing standing 14mm proud on the wrist. The strap itself is of the highest quality 5mm thick, supple leather with strong buckle, stainless steel loop and two leather loops adding to both its security and smooth fit on the wrist. The watch is also rugged, durable and designed for life with its scratch-resist face and a 10-bar (100m) water-resistance making it suitable for swimming and watersports.

On the first wear it needed a manual wind along with setting the date and time via a few turns of the winder, following which it ran daily keeping (almost) accurate time until it was removed at the weekend while undertaking DIY. Then, without regular wrist movements to keep the automatic winding mechanism running, it needed a manual wind again by Sunday evening and continued to keep good time. During two weeks of testing it proved accurate to within about 3 minutes which isn't quite as accurate as a battery-powered quartz watch and we do have to remember to wind it if it's removed at a weekend or overnight. This is no hardship - we're just out of the habit of doing so following decades of using battery-powered watches, but this minor inconvenience is more than offset by observing the traditional winding mechanism on the underside.

This watch oozes tradition, quality and sophistication. It arrives beautifully presented in a wooden box with padded interior which already sets it apart from most of the other premium watches available and is supplied with a comprehensive instruction manual and authenticity card. It is timeless in design, built to last and backed by a lifetime guarantee - possibly the only watch you'll ever buy. Perfect for the traditionalist.
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Sugru Mouldable Glue - Family-Safe | Skin-Friendly Formula - Classic Colours 8-Pack
Sugru Mouldable Glue - Family-Safe | Skin-Friendly Formula - Classic Colours 8-Pack
Price: £12.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Infinitely useful for repairs, DIY, crafts and creativity, 9 Oct. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is one of those products where you don't appreciate just how versatile it is until you need it.

It's rather like BluTak in concept - a kneady thick play-doh - plasticene but it sets, adheres to wood, glass, metal and most non-oily surfaces and it is strong.

It can be moulded to make or fix small hooks, loops, clips but mostly it is used for repairs. My most recent use is on my car which has a silly design whereby rainwater runs from the roof into a small channel, down behind the rubber windscreen seal then spreads beneath the seal causing corrosion in a spot which is difficult to access and expensive to treat. After treating the rust I used a strip of black Sugru to create a new bonding seal behind the existing black rubber seal and my van body. It's quite discreet and looks like a thin seal of silicone - but it's stronger and seems more durable. Next, using a strip of white Sugru which matches my car, I altered the rainwater channel slightly to divert rainwater down the side of the car instead to keep it away from the windscreen. It has bonded a combination of rubber and painted metal and withstood sun, rain and frost. If I'd had a garage create such a repair and new rainwater channel, it would have cost a fortune.

When moving house, a rocker switch on our fridge cracked - again it was Sugru to the rescue and a small chunk of Sugru was used to create a small infill and unless you looked closely, the repair would never be noticed. In my campervan, the blind fitting became detached from the rear door while I was away but Sugru adhered to the fibreglass and plastic to hold it in place - a little like Blu-Tak but stronger and permanent and any excess seeping around the edges could be sliced off with a knife. When fitting curtains into a 'car camper', a spot of Sugru to each end of the car window secured a net curtain loop onto which curtains are hooked. Previously I'd used epoxy but this was much easier and cheaper but just as durable.

This mouldable-glue Sugru has so many uses whether for DIY, repairs or even making small craft items. It is strong, dries within 24 hours is waterproof, heatproof, frostproof and if used on kitchen items, it can even go through the dishwasher. The more I use it, the more uses I find for it. Brilliant stuff and so versatile.
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BD BD300185 Luer Slip 2ml Syringe (Pack of 100)
BD BD300185 Luer Slip 2ml Syringe (Pack of 100)
Price: £6.08

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality 2.5ml syringes with smooth plunger, 9 Oct. 2017
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Well made with smooth plungers. Ideal for administering medication by mouth or injection. Also good for syringe-feeding small animals - I'm using them for hand-rearing and syringe-feeding orphaned baby French Lop rabbits.

Excellent value box and a fraction of the cost of buying syringes individually from a vet surgery.

I would definitely buy these again.
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