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Philips S7370/12 Series 7000 Electric Shaver for Sensitive Skin with Beard Trimmer
Philips S7370/12 Series 7000 Electric Shaver for Sensitive Skin with Beard Trimmer
Price: £169.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth and easy to use., 29 Jun. 2015
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I've used quite a few Philips shavers as the 3 head design seems to suit me better, so the S7370/12 felt immediately familiar.

In the box you'll find the shaver in a nice hard backed travel bag, the power lead, a cleaning brush, beard trimmer head, warranty and short manual. The shaver requires charging before first use and has a light at the bottom to show when it is charging (white flash), requires a charge (orange flash) or is full (white solid). There is also a handy tap sign to remind you to rinse the shaver head under the tap after use. One note; you can't use the shaver while on charge, which seems annoying, only once the plug is out.

Philips have been steadily improving their shavers, with a few hiccups along the way, and this latest is no exception, the heads feel much smoother than before and glide across my skin far easier, leaving it feeling smoother. Although the larger head than a foil shaver will take some getting used to if you've not used this design before, I still find it gives an accurate shave even with a beard and you do get to know how far to take it to get good lines.

I suffer from rosacea on my face so have to be careful with shavers and razors. Luckily the S7370 doesn't seem to make this flair up and it helps that I can use it wet as well as dry. There are also no complicated buttons, only a power on button and a head that can easily click off and be replaced with a handy beard trimmer.

Overall, then, this is another great additions to the Philips shaver range that is perfect for anyone who has sensitive skin.


LEGO 41106 Friends Pop Star Tour Bus
LEGO 41106 Friends Pop Star Tour Bus
Price: £46.18

5.0 out of 5 stars Life of a Lego Pop Star, 27 Jun. 2015
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The Lego Friends sets have been getting better and better as they expand and this continues with this new Pop Star set.

The Tour Bus introduces Livi, a new character who turns out to be a travelling pop star. The tour bus is certainly star material, with its own TV, decks and bathroom that has a toilet and bath. Certainly better than a lot of holiday caravans I've stayed in!

This set comes in 4 bags which are ordered for easier building. My 10 year old took quite a while to build the set, though the first part (speakers and decks) went up fairly quickly. The truck was trickier to build but she managed on her own and the results are impressive.

As usual, Mia and Stephanie turn up in the set (we must have a huge number of these from different sets with different clothes now) it's a shame they can't expand the roster a bit more to avoid too many versions of the same character, but there were no complaints from my daughter.


Sealy Posturepedic Pocket Spring Back Pillow - Soft
Sealy Posturepedic Pocket Spring Back Pillow - Soft
Price: £25.44

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Resting your head and your back, 26 Jun. 2015
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I must admit I'm not used to anything other than the norm for pillows, but this Sealy product is certainly an eye opener.

The pillow is wrapped in memory foam material with little air pockets inside which is supposed to make it softer. On its own the pillow is fairly soft, but not like down or other feather-based pillows, the air pockets are firmer than they sound. However, once in a pillow case it's squashed up a little and firms up.

The pillow is recommended not just for sleeping, where it feels very comfortable, but for back support when sitting up (like reading in bed) it works far better than a standard pillow. The only downside I can see is that the instructions say that you can't machine wash this, so you'll need to have good pillow cases that can protect the pillow from sweat and dirt.

Overall, though, the pillow is really comfortable and certainly feels as if it's wrapping around the shape of your head without letting you sink too far down into it.


Carmex Cherry Tube and Pot - (Pack of 2)
Carmex Cherry Tube and Pot - (Pack of 2)
Price: £5.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tingly lips, 20 Jun. 2015
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I don't use lip balm often in the summer, mainly in the winter months, but my wife convinced me that it was a good idea with the sun drying my skin out. Luckily, I had this Carmex set to try out.

The set consists of a small pot and a squeezable tube. The tube is of most use to me and squeezing produces a very thin line from the small plastic hole in the top, perfect to use with a single finger without getting messy. The pot is easy to open and close and it does require you to wipe your finger across the small surface area, which could be an issue for those with big fingers or long nails.

The actual balm feels stronger than those I've used before with an odd tingling/burning sensation. Apparently this is down to the Menthol. It's not unpleasant, just strange if you're not used to it! After this, my lips seemed quite impervious to the sun, which was good. My wife is a better judge of these things and has been trying the tub and is impressed with the feel and the results. She particularly liked the cherry aroma. My 9 year old didn't like what she called the 'stinging sensation' though, so be prepared for that.


Igenix IG8012 Stainless Steel Mini Fryer, 1.2 Litre
Igenix IG8012 Stainless Steel Mini Fryer, 1.2 Litre
Price: £27.97

5.0 out of 5 stars A great small fryer., 20 Jun. 2015
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We were looking for a simple small fryer that was easy to just pull out of the cupboard when the kids wanted chips or we wanted to cook croquets or calamari. This Igenix is perfect for this and is really easy to use.

The device comes with a basket and handle, the handle is one of the traditional ones that clips on to the basket to lower and lift out the basket from the fryer. It takes a little getting used to if you aren't already used to fryers that do this and it's worth noting that you need to drop the basket of chips (or whatever you are cooking) gently into the hot oil.

We found that the chips this can hold are perfect for 2 people and it cooked a whole bag of calamari in one go, so it's actually larger than it looks. Cleaning was also easy, though nothing is removable, so you can't stick it in a dishwasher.

Overall, then, this is a great little fryer for small amounts of food that prevents wasted oil or space taken up in the kitchen.


Purina ONE My Dog Is Active Chicken and Rice Dry Dog Food, 800 g (Pack of 4)
Purina ONE My Dog Is Active Chicken and Rice Dry Dog Food, 800 g (Pack of 4)
Price: £13.18

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good., 20 Jun. 2015
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I'm not a fan of these cheaper foods that masquerade as more expensive makes. Yes, Purina is one of those, but I've actually been surprised by it.

My Shih Tzu is fussy so new foods are either hit or miss with her. We tried a couple at first and she loved them, asking for more. It's important to note that you shouldn't change a dog's diet all at once as it can lead to upset stomachs, so we've been adding a little to her regular food and upping the amount slowly. We've noticed that these are slightly richer in smell than other foods which isn't always a good sign, but there are no signs that it is harming her health or making her coat look any worse.

Of course, it's early days and long term it might have more impact, but from our tests so far Purina ONE is a hit.


ThinkFun Robot Turtles Board Game
ThinkFun Robot Turtles Board Game
Price: £19.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A Turtley different board game, 11 Jun. 2015
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If you're looking for something a bit different to play with your children then Thinkfun Robot Turtles is certainly a good choice. It combines entertainment with some educational benefits.

The game is based around Logo, the simple programming language that many children first come across in Primary School. The way the board game is designed, though, means that even pre-schoolers can get to grips with the simple rules, though they will need to know their left from their right to make things easier.

The game consists of a fold out board, player pieces (a turtle, diamond and bug card all in the same colour), obstacle cards that can be placed anywhere on the board and a set of 'rule' cards.

The idea is to get from the starting position to the crystal, wherever it is placed, by issuing commands. You can either set the game up for the players to use the command cards each turn (ie turn left card to turn left before the next player has a go) or, for the more advanced player, each player can lay all their commands out before they start. There doesn't need to be a winner, either, as the game encourages everyone to reach their goal, though you can make it a race if you want to.

Players can go forward, turn left and right, shoot an ice wall or issue a set of commands using a special card that can repeat a sequence. This last card isn't introduced until children are familiar with the rest of the game and the manual gives you helpful instructions on how to introduce each part. Although a small booklet, I found the manual to be easy to read and very comprehensive.

The pieces are all high quality thick material which look nicely designed with bright colours. They're easy to place on the board and pre-schoolers will find it easy to understand what the cards do. One person who isn't playing is required to move the pieces based on the instructions (basically acting as the computer), so you will need 3 people in order for 2 players to play the game.

We had a lot of fun playing, even though my kids are 9 and 10 now. The parent/person controlling the board is encouraged to make silly sound effects while moving the turtles or shooting a wall. It's very different from anything I've played before and I can see how it would prepare younger children for simple programming concepts.


Philips GC4521/87 Azur Performer Steam Iron - 200g Steam Boost, 2600 Watt
Philips GC4521/87 Azur Performer Steam Iron - 200g Steam Boost, 2600 Watt
Price: £49.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Really performs well on all clothes, 4 Jun. 2015
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The latest Philips Iron isn't as powerful or multi-featured as some that we've been used to, but if large water tanks and automatic textile sensors are a little over the top then this iron seems like the perfect solution.

Getting straight to the point, this does the job of ironing clothes well, really well. The current soleplates that Philips have invented, what they're calling the 'T-ionicGlide' really do make it easier to glide through any fabric and the steam generation is excellent, with a more uniform steam than I'm used to, thanks to the pattern of holes around the base. At the same time, the steam feels more accurate for the pressure I'm putting on the clothes, helping out with difficult creases but not going over the top on light, easy to iron fabrics.

The water fill cap is very neatly re-designed to open from the side, which means that taps are easier to navigate to the hole in order to fill the iron up and there is a limescale filter built in to the back of the water reservoir, though we will have to use the iron for a lot longer to really find out how much different that makes. In fact, the whole design looks sleek and I love the colour scheme.

The cord guide is a simple and yet elegant way of protecting the cord from getting in the way. It's basically a small clip that you can feed the cord through and clip to the side of your ironing board. The cord itself is 2m long and while others have mentioned that it is too short, I found it fine for our standard kitchen setup and it seems that 2m is the standard these days, anyway.

I also tried out the safety auto-off function, which turns the iron off after 8 minutes of non-use. It works well and is also impressive when you leave the iron flat with the sole plate down, cooling down after 30 seconds, though I wouldn't leave it on clothes.

Overall, then, I'm impressed with this latest Philips Iron, the redesign has helped make this an excellent purchase for the price.


Sigel SA108 Magazine File Eyestyle - White
Sigel SA108 Magazine File Eyestyle - White
Price: £15.97

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely design but you do pay extra for it., 4 Jun. 2015
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This magazine file is a great way to store magazines and comics and display them on a bookshelf or desk.

The design is unique looking without being at odds with modern furniture or offices, it's made to look as if it is in 2 sections, although it's one piece of moulded plastic. There are 4 tiny legs which seem a bit odd as I would imagine this detracts from the sturdiness of the file against just having a flat base, but it does make the file look good standing a little way off the desk, so it seems to be more of an aesthetic design. The shiny white plastic has a high quality finish.

The quality of the material is pretty high, though, so it won't look out of place next to other expensive items. The issue here is that being a well designed item it does seem to have a price tag to match this. There's certainly an argument that it's really just another magazine file, but if looks and design are important to you then it may be worth paying the higher price for this file.


Philips DVT2500 Voice Tracer Digital Recorder with 2 Microphone Stereo Recording
Philips DVT2500 Voice Tracer Digital Recorder with 2 Microphone Stereo Recording
Price: £49.05

4.0 out of 5 stars Clear recording and easy to use voice memo device., 26 May 2015
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I really could have done with something this clear when I went to lectures at university. As it was, I had a tiny Kodak MP3 device which barely make the tutor's voice audible on playback.

This Philips device works in a similar way to that age old MP3 (and this was back when MP3 players first came out) in that there are no tapes or moving parts, it's all digital. In the box you get a 4GB recorder along with 2 batteries for it (AAA) and a USB cable to transfer any sound files to your PC or Mac. There is also a Quick Start Guide which is basic but does the job. Not that you need the guide, it's all pretty self explanatory.

The device records and plays back on its own, so you don't need a PC really and there is a clear but small display to show the time spent recording, mode and time for rewinding and fastforwarding. If you do want to move files to the PC, though, this works in exactly the same way as a 4GB memory stick, it just appears as another drive on the computer and you can drag and drop files.

Now with mobile phones having apps or even built in features that can record sound this device might seem a little outdated, but having tested it against both an iPhone and a Windows phone for sound recording, the quality on this Philips DVT2500 is still superior in a larger room or at a distance from the target, so it's worth noting that those who want to use this in a class based environment or to record live speeches would benefit over just using a mobile. That said, seeing as reporters are now using phones (just watch the F1 or football bosses being recorded in open air environments, there is some debate over the need for these, so it really depends on whether you've already tried your phone for voice memos.


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