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Braun Silk Epil 7 7561 Wet/Dry Cordless Epilator with 5 Attachments
Braun Silk Epil 7 7561 Wet/Dry Cordless Epilator with 5 Attachments
Price: £129.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new improved model of an already great epilator., 2 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Coming from a previous version of the Braun Silk epil 7 (7569) which came out in May last year, there isn't a whole lot of difference to the latest model, but several new functions add to an already impressive epilator.

The box contains the device plus a Shaver head, Trimmer cap, Sensitive area cap, Facial cap and Efficiency cap, plus a Pouch to keep it in, a Cleaning brush and the cord to recharge the device.

There are different heads to enable you to do bikini line, legs and underarms, as well as a cap for the face and they're all easy to attach and use with minimum fuss. Everything can be stored in the bag for safekeeping. As with other Braun epilators, it can be used wet or dry.

My wife has used plenty of Philips and Braun epilators in the past and they've ranged from 'ouch' to 'get-this-off-of-me' but the Tweezer grip has been vastly improved in this model and seems to remove hairs much more efficiently and with (slightly) less pain, along with new 'softlift tips' to help pull up the hairs, though anyone who has used epilators of any type before will know this is hardly a pain-free exercise, so short of a local anesthetic, there will still be some 'ouch factor' involved. The expanded massage effect also helps to reduce pain in the leg areas.

There are also some nice little extra features, such as a little light to help you see what you're doing and an improved pivot to the head to help it move around more, reaching harder to reach areas and easily navigating contours.

So Braun have done it again and created another great, albeit not all that different, epilator with their latest model. It's certainly the make we would go with again.


Nutrifiz Wheatgrass Effervescent Tablets - Pack of 20
Nutrifiz Wheatgrass Effervescent Tablets - Pack of 20
Price: £12.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No real benefit for me, 2 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Wheatgrass isn't some miracle super-fruit unfortunately, so these tablets aren't all that different to eating fresh vegetables, though they do have added vitamins (which, in itself have been shown to go straight through the body if the daily intake has already been met). The idea is to provide an energy and vitamin boost and so I took the chance to try them anyway, in spite of bold claims that aren't scientifically upheld.

The tablets fizz well and dissolve into a pint of water fairly quickly, but leave a foamy top and floating green specs. It looks pretty gross to be honest, but does that reflect in the taste? Well, despite their claim to be lemon flavoured, there is a pretty strong aftertaste which wasn't so palatable.

The physical effects weren't pronounced either. I found bananas to be a better energy boost that lasted longer and had a more prolonged effect. The only benefit I can see is that you drink more fluid, but I already use vitamin tablets (mostly for flavouring the water).

Needless to say, I won't be buying more of these wheatgrass tablets.
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AmazonBasics Pet Training Pads, Regular, 50-Count
AmazonBasics Pet Training Pads, Regular, 50-Count

5.0 out of 5 stars More absorbent than they look., 2 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I wasn't expecting much from a budget pack of training pads. We'd already used several others and found that they were too thin and didn't really work that well. These Amazon Basics pads, however, are a pleasant surprise.

The pads come in a white thin plastic bag and look quite thin themselves, which made us think they wouldn't be up to the job of protecting our floor when our dog is left inside, but they actually worked pretty well. The end result was as good as the more expensive mats we normally use.

With the packs taking up less space and less money, we will be happy to switch to the Amazon Basics mats going forward


AmiGami Cat Figure
AmiGami Cat Figure
Price: £6.02

5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun with less mess, 28 Feb. 2015
This review is from: AmiGami Cat Figure (Toy)
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A mix of art, origami and cute animals, AmiGami is a great idea to keep the kids busy and provide a nice looking end product that can be used again and again.

The box comes with a character in the plastic packaging, in this case a cat though they don't look all that different to each other to be honest, some tools and plastic pins and paper cutout shapes and stickers in the cardboard backing. Getting the backing off can be a bit of a pain, making sure that you don't rip the paper shapes.

Once opened, though, AmiGami is really easy for kids to use. You can stick stickers on the body, including several sets of eyes, and place the shapes in the holes dotted around the body, using really nice looking pins (not sharp ones, I hasten to add). Long strips can be curled as well to create interesting new shapes.

My 8 year old had no problem putting something together in 10 minutes or so, then taking it apart to try again with a different design. It really is easy to create great looking designs.

This is our second AmiGami and they work brilliantly as a less-mess art activity which can be used again and again. Now both my kids can design their animals at the same time.


Braun SE80 Hair Removal Pads
Braun SE80 Hair Removal Pads
Price: £12.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential buy for Braun SE80 users, 27 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a replacement set of brushes for the Braun SE80, used for exfoliating and cleaning the skin.

The packaging is minimal, a card backing and small amount of plastic to hold the brush heads in place and it's fairly easy to get into (no blister packs here).

The heads are simply for cleaning, not for removing hairs. Amazon's current description is a little misleading in that respect, but those who already own the device will know what they're for anyway. As such, they do the job just as well as the head that comes with the device. It's recommended to change the head every 3 months, so these replacements are essential.


Braun SE830 Face Epilator and Facial Cleansing Brush Premium Edition
Braun SE830 Face Epilator and Facial Cleansing Brush Premium Edition
Price: £57.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice alternative to wax and tweezers., 27 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Braun Face Epilator does pretty much what's on the box. It's an epilator and it's for the face.

Normally tweezers and waxing are involved with the painful task of hair removal (and it's not just women that need eyebrows sorted out) but this Braun product claims to do all of that in one handheld electronic wonder. Does it work, though?

This premium kit comes with the main device and epilator head, a different head for cleansing, a brush to clean, a nice bag to keep the device in and a mirror with a built in light. It's packaged in a cheap looking black plastic but then nobody sees this until they take it out of the box and I suppose it saves money on fancy packaging.

The main unit is run by watch batteries which are already inserted in the device so it's ready to go out of the box. While this means no recharging, you'll need to find another 3 LR54/GP189 batteries when it runs out of power. It's fairly light and thin, so easy to hold when concentrating on facial hair for a long time.

My wife tried this first on hair around the top lip and chin. It worked well after a while but needed at least 2 goes to get all of the hair (about 20 minutes!) but it did pick all but the finest hairs up. Did it hurt? Yes! But then it was bound to. It's an epilator and anyone who has used one for their legs will know the pain. After this we both tried on eyebrows and it worked even better on these. I usually use an electric Remington device for eyebrows and I find that easier, but it only shaves rather than epilates so I would expect this to remove hairs for longer.

Lastly, removing the head and replacing it with the cleansing brush, my wife tried this with cream and found that it was a bit too soft for her liking. It's supposed to be useful for removing makeup and opening pores but she didn't feel like it was doing very much at all. She tried again with water but there was little difference. Maybe given time it might show results, but for now the jury is out.

The small credit card sized mirror clearly shows the face and could be handy for taking away with you but the LED light built in to the bottom we found to be too bright at night and we both squinted while trying to use the mirror with it on.

Overall, though, the epilator worked well and comes recommended. It has a nice case and a handy mirror as a bonus.


SeaSucker Talon Quick Release One-Bike Carrier
SeaSucker Talon Quick Release One-Bike Carrier
Price: £218.36

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive system for carrying bikes, 23 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I must admit I was highly sceptical whether this SeaSucker Talon could actually take the weight of a bike and hold it as well as a conventional bike rack.

Everything came in small pieces in the box but the instructions on how it all fitted together were clear. There was even a spare sucker in case one stopped working, though I can't really see this happening.

Putting the device together for the first time took a while, about 10-15 minutes to figure out and I wasn't sure how much time it would take to fit to the car. But once I got going it only took another 10 minutes to fit with the pump making sure that the suction cups were connected properly and a really useful and clear guide on each sucker that shows just how much suction it has (which took most of my worries about bikes flying off away).

Once on, fitting the bike involved removing the front wheel. which wasn't an issue for the adult bikes, but trying it with my daughter's bike was harder work (again, not an issue for this product, more for the bike) so it's worth noting that you need to be able to do this. The back wheel simply sits on the last sucker at the back in a purpose built gap which also has a strap for securing the frame.

It was clear that the bike wasn't going anywhere and I made an effort to pull and push to see the flexibility but it stayed quite still. Driving along, there was no feeling that the bike was waving around on the roof. I haven't tried it on the back of the car yet, but that might be the next step as it's easier to get the bike back off than from our fairly high car roof.

Overall, then, a very impressive solution to carrying around a bike without fiddling with racks that can harm the seals or body of the car.


Igenix Single Hotplate, 1500 Watt, White
Igenix Single Hotplate, 1500 Watt, White
Price: £23.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for some cooking but not powerful enough for everything., 23 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This hotplate is ideal for portable heating or to use as an extra hob plate when cooking large dinners.

The white outer area looks good in a kitchen and is sturdy. thanks to 4 rubber feet that keep it in place. It is slightly larger than I anticipated, though. There is a knob on the front which has an incremental dial for setting the right heat and an LED to show that the device is on. That's all there is to the design, simple and workable.

When on it takes a while to heat up and even on full power it's no match for a gas hob. We tried several items on this and some worked better than others. Soup worked well but stir fry and Paella were no-go because it just didn't provide enough heat on the max setting for frying, which is a shame. However, as a portable heater for camping or at work when we do charity events it's a great tool that isn't too heavy and is easy to carry around to cook soups and then keep them hot.

So it's useful depending on what you want it for. Things that require more heat won't really benefit from this hotplate (and, to be fair, it's not really designed for that), but for anything that just needs a simmer or slow boil it's perfect.
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Igenix IG9508 800W Portable, lightweight 2 Bar Quartz Halogen Heater with safety cut off., 800 Watt, White
Igenix IG9508 800W Portable, lightweight 2 Bar Quartz Halogen Heater with safety cut off., 800 Watt, White
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A good heater but grill gets very hot., 23 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
If standard central heating isn't enough for certain spots in your house or you need instant heat for a room then this 2 bar heater is a good portable solution which can be packed away when not in use.

The heater is fairly basic in design, a plastic white frame with a metal grill on the front, 2 large heating elements and 2 switches at the bottom. Out of the box it's ready to go, short of pressing in the 2 feet that go at the back of the device to stand it up. Just plug in and switch on one or both of the 400W/800W switches.

It does heat up within about 15 seconds and you can certainly feel the difference, even on a single bar. Surprisingly, looking at my digital meter reading, the electricity used wasn't that much more, so the efficiency claims seem to be at least partially true. With 2 bars the heater really gets going and I'd be worried about keeping this near to anything that could possibly melt.

Which comes on to my only issue with this device. It's something that's probably true of most of these 2 bar heaters, but there's no safety guard of any kind, bar the wire mesh which, in itself, gets far too hot to touch. If you have kids or a pet that might touch the wire then there could be a risk of burning, not to mention the possibility for materials to get burnt. That said, it does have a cut off if the machine falls over, which worked well when I tested it (though it took a while for the heater to cool down.

Overall, though, you usually know what you're getting with these heaters and this is surprisingly fast to heat up and works well without using too much of your electricity bill, so still comes recommended.


Oral B Pro 3000 White and Clean Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
Oral B Pro 3000 White and Clean Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush
Price: £89.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A great middle-ground brush with some handy features., 20 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Oral B Pro 3000 sits somewhere in the middle of the Oral B range, above the basic brushes which just clean, but not so grand as to have a digital display or 6 different brush functions.

The box comes with the brush base, 4 heads (3 different types), a long cable and charger and a wide base to stand the brush on. The base has a small gap in the back to feed the lead through in order to recharge it standing up.

The brush itself is very plasticy looking when compared to the more expensive brushes but this also means that it's easily washable. The front has a rubberised blue coating, a charge and battery indicator at the bottom and a power switch at the top.

After a first charge the brush is ready to go. Simply slot one of the brush heads on to the brush and press the on switch. The brush will start in standard 'Daily Clean' mode and will stutter at 30 seconds intervals to tell you to move on to the next quarter of your mouth. After 2 minutes there will be a longer stutter to tell you that you're done. It's a good system that works well and is used in the higher models along with a screen to provide a visual representation, but this does the job just as well.

In addition to the timer there is an light indicator to warn that you are brushing too hard, which is excellent for those who put too much pressure on their teeth without knowing it. My eldest daughter is going to be using this and the timer and gum indicator are perfect for her.

After a long charge (overnight and through the day, so about 21 hours) my daughter used the brush and found it easy to use. She wanted to use the lower setting so had to get used to pressing the power button three times (once for on and then twice more to cycle through to the right setting) but soon got used to it. Her teeth did look visably whiter than just using a non-electric toothbrush and she found that she brushed for a bit longer than before, thanks to the timer.

Overall, this is a great option for those who want some of the features of the top models but don't want to pay double the price or fancy the digital display part of the kit. It's a perfect middle ground with enough features to make it worthwhile and certainly great for older children who want to start using a proper electric toothbrush, as well as adults who need different brush styles.
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