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AmazonBasics Armband for iPhone 6 Plus
AmazonBasics Armband for iPhone 6 Plus

4.0 out of 5 stars Great sports solution at a good price, 28 July 2015
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This Armband is designed to carry your iPhone 6 Plus safely around while exercising, allowing you to use it for health apps to measure fitness or just carry it for calls or music.

The device seems to be pretty robust and well made, which is par for the course for AmazonBasics goods in my experience. The box contains 2 different straps and the armband itself, it's a pretty straightforward kit.

Fitting the iPhone was interesting as it's a pretty tight fit, so you can forget any idea of using this with an external case or cover on your phone. It fits through a slot at the back which then folds over the top of the phone to cover it completely. This does mean that there is a small area for sweat or moisture to build up but I've not had any issues with this so far while walking the dog (which involves some running).

The larger strap (fitted in the box) is certainly big enough to encompass most arm sizes, though if you have large muscles then it may be a little tight. It fits over the top of the arm and I felt a little like Batman with this huge device strapped to my arm (I tried calling Alfred to get me the Batmobile but it didn't work), it's great that the touchscreen still works through the clear cover, though the fingerprint recognition didn't work to unlock the phone, so expect to type your access code if you've set one, rather than using your fingerprint.

There's even space for a small key in the side, which could be useful if you want to exercise light without worrying about losing items from pockets or, indeed, have no pockets to keep them in.

Overall, another great product from AmazonBasics.


AmazonBasics Microfibre All Seasons Quilt, Double
AmazonBasics Microfibre All Seasons Quilt, Double
Price: £33.05

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great value for money and good quality Quilt, 22 July 2015
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This quilt is designed for all year around with a 4.5 tog and a 10.5 tog part that can be used together or apart.

The 2 parts can be joined together easily with little plastic buttons that fasten easily and provide a thicker quilt for winter. When we first got this it was still fairly cold at night so we used the 2 parts together, now it's summer we use the thinner part only and even then only when the temperature drops a little, but its done us well through spring and early summer as the temperature was changing.

The quality of this quilt is surprisingly good considering that it's in the Amazonbasics range and you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference between this and a more expensive one unless you were an expert.


AmazonBasics Microfibre Flat Sheet, Spa Blue 180 x 290 + 10 cm
AmazonBasics Microfibre Flat Sheet, Spa Blue 180 x 290 + 10 cm
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great value for money and a good quality sheet, 22 July 2015
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I was impressed with the quality of this flat sheet, especially coming from the budget AmazonBasics range.

Being Microfibre the sheet is easy to dry when washed and has a great feel to the material when on the bed. The blue colour is interesting but not as dark as the pictures from Amazon make it out to be.

Overall, great value for money and a good quality sheet.


AmazonBasics Microfibre King Fitted Sheet, White
AmazonBasics Microfibre King Fitted Sheet, White
Price: £10.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive for a budget sheet, 22 July 2015
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I was impressed with the quality of these fitted sheets, especially coming from the budget AmazonBasics range. The elastic is taught and works well to hold the sheet in place and the sheet itself has a great feel to it.

Overall, great value for money.


Philips Lumea Prestige SC2007/00 IPL Hair Regrowth Prevention System for face and body
Philips Lumea Prestige SC2007/00 IPL Hair Regrowth Prevention System for face and body
Price: £399.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The ideal cordless IPL solution for the body., 22 July 2015
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This is Philips newest model in the Lumea range and we've previously tested past models with some good results, so it was interesting to see what they could improve for this latest version.

What is IPL?
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IPL Hair removal systems have been around for a while now and they're the ideal way to provide permanent or semi-permanent hair removal at home over a period of time. Don't think they will remove all your hair without regrowth the first time, though, it takes at least 6 months for some hairs to stop growing back and some people find that stubbon hairs keep regrowing despite the claim that the IPL burns the roots (or it may be that brand new hairs grow).

It works by burning the root of the hair and stopping it from growing again over a period of time by using a strong short burst from a laser to reach under the skin. With that in mind it's not suitable for all skin types or hair colours, though the list of those that can be used seems to have been extended based on the quick start guide here.

SC2007/00 model

What's in the box?
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The first thing you'll notice about the new model is the colour. From the glossy looking pink box with the gold 'Prestige' logo to the pearl pink machine itself, this looks classy, though I'd argue that it seems to be missing out a potential male audience, small as that might be. The device looks more refined that previous models, too.

There is a 'ready' light on the back to show when the device is ready to use and under the trigger there is the on/off button and an up/down switch to choose the right setting (which I'll come on to soon). It looks easier to understand and feels more ergonomic in the hand, though is still heavy.

The box also contains a nice carry bag in white, a mains charger, a cleaning cloth for the laser window, an attachment for smaller areas, quick start guide, guarantee and a proper manual. It's well worth reading the quick start guide at the very least before attempting to use the device as it goes through the settings and the safety information. Don't forget that we're dealing with lasers here!

Using the device
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My wife is the usual one to try these devices but I thought I'd check it out on chest hair as well.

Our device came charged, but it's best to pop the mains adaptor in to the wall and charge it further before first use. Once you're ready to go, just turn the device on and hear the low hum, select the number for the treatment based on the chart in the quick start guide (cross referencing your skin tone with your hair colour of the hairs you want to treat) and the device is ready to use.

This new model is the first we've used with a slide technique as an option. The traditional way to use these IPL devices is to press against a single small area of skin and pull the trigger when the 'ready' light turns on, producing a short sharp laser burst which feels hot against the skin. This model allows you to have more freedom over larger areas by keeping the trigger pressed and sliding down the skin, producing a quick series of bursts at set intervals. This is really useful for the legs where traditionally these devices take an age to treat. Sliding means that the whole leg can be treated much faster.

The one area this doesn't cover is the face, which some other IPL devices cover. It does mean getting a separate one for that area.

Verdict
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If you already have an IPL device that works then it isn't worth getting this new model unless you really want it for the sliding feature, but if yours has run out of flashes or you're looking to get into IPL for the first time then this comes highly recommended.

Philips have refined their model and made huge improvements, making this the ideal cordless IPL solution for the body.


skinChemists Bee Venom Moisturiser 50 ml
skinChemists Bee Venom Moisturiser 50 ml
Price: £69.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it has real bee stings and works., 13 July 2015
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Bee Venom is not something I'd immediately associate with good facial routines, but apparently it's all the rage.

As I understand it, the bees are 'milked' of their venom to provide less impact to the bee population, though you do have to wonder when our bees are so endangered whether this is a good thing or not (depends if bees are bred especially for this, I guess) but aside from that it does mean those with an allergy to bees should probably steer clear of this.

But despite having venom and honey from our buzzing friends, does the cream actually work? Well, yes, it does in the short term. It seems to stretch skin and provide a good, glowing look that hides wrinkles for a short time. It's no miracle cure, of course, but does mask lines and seems to make skin look a little younger. It doesn't, though, provide any protection from the sun, so you'd need a separate UV cover, which could work out expensive. For something in this price range, you'd think that would be included.

So, yes, it works and it seems to do well, but it's at a high price and I'd worry about the long term effects of rubbing bee stings all over your face.


Panasonic RP-DJS150E-R Fully Folding DJ Style Headphone
Panasonic RP-DJS150E-R Fully Folding DJ Style Headphone
Price: £15.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A good budget set of headphones with ok sound, 13 July 2015
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Another cheap pair of Panasonic headphones, they seem to be bringing out a whole sub £20 range at the moment.

The RP-DJS150E-R model folds really well into a small package which can be carried in a large pocket or bag, it's slightly smaller than the Panasonic RPHXS200EA pair that have arrived at around the same time.

Unlike the other pair, these have a better bass to them but they do lose a little of the high notes in the process, making the sound seem slightly dulled if you've previously used a different set of headphones with a higher treble range. For those who really care about this quality, you'd need to really pay more and look at the better quality sets out there, but for general use and if you're taking these around on a daily basis where they might suffer more wear, this pair is fine for general music listening.

On TV and movies (through an iPad and Nexus 7) they came across quite clearly, better than with music, but that's probably due to the sound used in films not quite needing the same range.

Overall, then, not a bad set for the money. It's not going to get anywhere near the quality of a more expensive set of headphones but for general everyday use these are pretty good.


Cetaphil 295 ml Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Wash
Cetaphil 295 ml Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Wash
Price: £11.92

4.0 out of 5 stars Great for dry skin, 13 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
While none of our family are unfortunate enough to suffer from the more severe cases of eczema or dermatitis, we do have issues with itchy dry skin and my daughter suffers from this the most.

This body wash claims to hydrate and protect dry and itchy skin, though it doesn't make as bold a claim as some other brands for bad eczema cases. In reality it does work well to keep skin moisturised.

While I was concerned that the liquid looks quite thick, it lathers really well and is easy to apply. There is a faint smell, not unpleasant, but this comes more from the natural ingredients than any aroma provided specifically for the product. I found that my skin felt softer throughout the day and my face, one area I suffer from more than others thanks to Rosacia, was far less prone to redness, though a UV cream was still required.

For dry skin this is a great product, just be aware that they don't claim that it's strong enough for harsher cases of eczema.


Panasonic RPHXS200EA On Ear Street Headphones - Blue
Panasonic RPHXS200EA On Ear Street Headphones - Blue
Price: £19.77

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average sound, 9 July 2015
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There is no doubt that these new Panasonic Headphones are on the cheap end of the market.

The plastic surround looks nice but is unmistakably plastic. The middle of the headband folds up and the two earpieces fold round so that the headphones can fit into a large pocket. The blue outside of the earpieces have a beehive effect which shines and actually looks pretty good, while the inner pieces are covered in a grey material containing sponge to make them more comfortable on the ears.

Wires come from each earpiece and the lead is thick but fairly short. It's fine for listening to MP3 players or phones, though.

Sound-wise the headphones are quite clear when it comes to treble but lose a lot of the bass. It does mean that they're fine for general listening but won't blow anyone away, especially if you're already used to better quality sound. They're by no means the worst ones I've heard, though.

For the low price and compared to other sets for the same price range, the Panasonic RPHXS200EA headphones are about average and fine for everyday use.


Rosewood Apple BioSafe Dog Toy
Rosewood Apple BioSafe Dog Toy
Price: £6.35

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great toy but not for very small dogs., 9 July 2015
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This toy is a great product for a larger dog. Designed like a real Apple with a couple of bite marks (designed for dogs to grip their teeth on), the clear toy is distinctive and looks really eye catching.

The apple also has a faint aroma to attract the dog and a squeeker inside to make a noise if squeezed. It's well designed to appeal to both dog and owner. I'm not really sure about the whole Bio-safe thing. We wash toys and throw them away when they get too dirty, but as most of her toys are indoor ones and she's never had a problem with them it doesn't bother me either way.

Unfortunately, it's not really practical for small or toy dog breeds and my Shih Tzu was initially interested but after finding that she couldn't pick it up in her mouth as it was so big, she can only push it around with her paw. On the plus side, it does bounce, which gave her a bit of fun when we bounced it around the room, but ultimately it would benefit larger dogs far better.


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