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Joseph Joseph Whiskle 2-in-1 Whisk with Integrated Bowl Scraper, Green
Joseph Joseph Whiskle 2-in-1 Whisk with Integrated Bowl Scraper, Green
Price: £10.00

4.0 out of 5 stars whisk and scrape, 29 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Inteersting idea, mixing two things in one.

First, you have a whisk with a really comfortable large handle, very useful when whisking at full throttle, and a good large metal whisk that seems to do the job really well.

Then you get a thin plastic strip on one metal bar of the whisk which acts as a scraper/spatula type thing for removing excess food from the bowl after whisking. We actually found this useful during whisking when some of the ingredients were not mixing and got stuck on the side.

The plastic strip is quite tightly connected to the metal so it doesn't have any holes for the food to get inside where it wraps around the metal. Even so, cleaning is a little more difficult than with just a plain whisk, but not that it makes a huge difference. It's a good idea and seems to work well so far.


Patisserie de Bain Bath Tartlette Duo, Fun Fair Gift Set
Patisserie de Bain Bath Tartlette Duo, Fun Fair Gift Set
Price: £7.00

4.0 out of 5 stars All the fun of the fair in the bath, 28 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Candy Floss and Toffee Apple in the bath? Yes, it might sound odd but these bath bombs from Patisserie de Bain are great.

While I prefer the cherry one, these are equally sweet smelling and leave my skin feeling really soft. They're also kind on the skin, unlike some of the artificial ones you can get.

Presented in a lovely box, the "Patisserie de Bain" products are wrapped like luxury cakes. The aroma as you open the box is somewhat over-powering, but sweet at the same time. Thankfully the actual aroma that appears when these are released in to a hot bath is far weaker.

Removing the outer wrapper, the 'cake' is still wrapped in a layer of soft card-like material and the top houses decorations which are part ornamental and part functional. On placing in the bath you get a feint cloud of colour from the decorations and bubbles which shows that the cake is working when in the bath. It's by no means a fast fizzer like some of the bombs you get. The aroma rises gently, never overwhelming the senses, which I liked. It also makes skin feel soft after the ingredients have started to make their way around the bath and this thankfully continues long after you've dried.

It's worth noting, and it also says on the packaging, to be fair, that this does make the bath slightly more slippery, so it's best to be aware. It's a side-effect I can live with, though, for these great bath delights.


Bourjois La Laque Nail Polish, Fuchsiao Bella 06
Bourjois La Laque Nail Polish, Fuchsiao Bella 06
Price: £6.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Quick drying, nice colour and hardy, too., 28 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
We were quite impressed with this Fuchsiao Bella colour from Bourjois La Laque. It's really bright and one of the few that are the same colour as the bottle, so you know exactly what you're getting (a bright fushia pink, in this case).

The bottle is an interesting design, a quarter circle a little like a Trivial Pursuit piece. It's easy to open and contains a good quality brush. The nail polish went on easily with the brush and dried in about 2 minutes, really fast. Once on, it feels good quality and doesn't look as if it will chip easily.

My wife has been wearing this for one day so far but signs are really good and she's certainly happy with the look and feel of this nail polish.


Salter Slow Cook Electronic Timer
Salter Slow Cook Electronic Timer
Offered by HoMedics Group
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and effective kitchen timer, 28 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Salter products seem to be hit and miss but this timer is a great little addition to the kitchen. It takes a single watch-style battery and has a clear display with easy to press buttons on the front. There is a magnet on the back and a fold out small stand, should you wish to have it free-standing instead.

Unlike some digital timers, it's really simple to use; press the hour, minute and second buttons until you set the time you need, then press the start/stop and it counts down. Want to use it as a counter, counting up? just reset to zero and press the start/stop and it will count up instead.

The buttons emit a loud noise when pressed, our dogs weren't impressed but you do get used to it. Thankfully you can reset to zero by holding the hour and minute buttons rather than cycling through the time. The alarm itself is also loud enough to be heard above the din of other kitchen and household noises, which is a plus.


Popband Ponytail Holders, Glo
Popband Ponytail Holders, Glo
Price: £6.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Bright neon coloured fashion hairbands for ponytails, 26 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
With us all having long hair, my girls and I will all attest to the fact that Ponytail hairbands can be a real pain. Putting them on can be a faff, remembering them in the first place is an issue, as is taking them off without leaving your hair looking like its gone through a hedge backwards.

These Popband Ponytail Holders aim to solve these issues and, for the most part, do a good job of addressing them all. Firstly, they're easy to put on. They're wide strips of elasticated material in nice colours (this set comes with 2 green, 1 yellow (though ours is a yellowy-green, a pink and orange neon coloured band) so they don't have the issues those string-like bands do. It took about 3 twists to get them tight enough to hold my daughters' long hair in a tight ponytail. They have a knot with a little tassel at the end, which looks great once you've done the band up.

Secondly, they're designed to look just as good around the wrist, meaning that you can carry them around as a fashion accessory while you're not wearing a ponytail and then still have them for when you do need one. As they're larger than a looped elastic ponytail hairband, they're harder to lose as well.

Then, taking them off is easier as they don't pull half your hair out with them. I'm not sure they leave your hair fully untouched when they come off, they didn't in our case, but they're a lot better than traditional bands.

Overall, very impressed with these and the amount you get for the price is great, too. We've now got 4 sets of different colours, from black and silver to these neon ones and it gives our girls plenty of choices depending on the clothes they wear.


Popband Ponytail Holders, Tie Dye
Popband Ponytail Holders, Tie Dye
Price: £8.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Smart and stylish hair ties, 25 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
With us all having long hair, my girls and I will all attest to the fact that Ponytail hairbands can be a real pain. Putting them on can be a faff, remembering them in the first place is an issue, as is taking them off without leaving your hair looking like its gone through a hedge backwards.

These Popband Ponytail Holders aim to solve these issues and, for the most part, do a good job of addressing them all. Firstly, they're easy to put on. They're wide strips of elasticated material in nice colours (this set comes with black and silver colours, with 1 silver, 1 black, 3 black and silver/white tie-dye style coloured band) so they don't have the issues those string-like bands do. It took about 3 twists to get them tight enough to hold my daughters' long hair in a tight ponytail. They have a knot with a little tassel at the end, which looks great once you've done the band up.

Secondly, they're designed to look just as good around the wrist, meaning that you can carry them around as a fashion accessory while you're not wearing a ponytail and then still have them for when you do need one. As they're larger than a looped elastic ponytail hairband, they're harder to lose as well.

Then, taking them off is easier as they don't pull half your hair out with them. I'm not sure they leave your hair fully untouched when they come off, they didn't in our case, but they're a lot better than traditional bands.

Overall, very impressed with these and the amount you get for the price is great, too.


Carmex Moisture plus Berry duo pack
Carmex Moisture plus Berry duo pack
Price: £9.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, slightly coloured balm., 24 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This Carmex Moisture Plus was perfect for my wife due to the subtle red, which is a more natural colour than some coloured lip balms. Not so suitable for me, of course, but I could certainly see the difference in her lips.

The balm comes in a fancy container and acts in the same way as a lipstick, though far more subtle in colour. It even pops up like a lipstick. The moistening aspect is great and lips really shine with the application. The menthol style tingle is less than some balms, but my wife actually prefers this and it's a worthy trade for the Shea butter and the sweet aroma and flavour.


Rose & Co Patisserie de Bain Sweet as Cherry Pie Gift Set - 3-Piece
Rose & Co Patisserie de Bain Sweet as Cherry Pie Gift Set - 3-Piece
Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely alternative to bath bombs, 24 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I'm not usually a fan of bath bombs, certainly not ones from a particular high street shop, at least, but these Rose & Co ones are different.

Presented in a lovely box, the "Patisserie de Bain" products are wrapped like luxury cakes, a bit like a Mr Kipling French Fancy, but more up-market. The aroma as you open the box is somewhat over-powering, but sweet at the same time. Thankfully the actual aroma that appears when these are released in to a hot bath is far weaker.

Removing the outer wrapper, the 'cake' is still wrapped in a layer of soft card-like material and a small cloth leaf sits on top, housing decorations which are part ornamental and part functional. The functional aspect produces a feint red cloud which shows that the cake is working when in the bath. The aroma rises gently, never overwhelming the senses, which I liked. It also makes skin feel soft after the ingredients have started to make their way around the bath and this thankfully continues long after you've dried.

It's worth noting, and it also says on the packaging, to be fair, that this does make the bath slightly more slippery, so it's best to be aware. It's a side-effect I can live with, though, for these great bath delights.


Silentnight "Air Max" Pillow, Polyester, White
Silentnight "Air Max" Pillow, Polyester, White
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good budget pillow, 22 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
By no means firm, but for the price it's a great pillow.

I wasn't expecting an amazing pillow from this airmax, seeing as it's Polyester and a fairly decent price anyway, but that's not to say it's a write off. For the price you're paying this is a pretty comfortable pillow and the material is not ichy or annoying, as I thought Polyester might be. The pillow uses Silent Night's new mesh style system to help the pillow breathe and this seems to work as well as it does in more expensive pillows, it's also machine washable.

My head sinks a little in the pillow, but then I never really liked overly-firm pillows and it works for me. It's never going to reach the height of my other, more expensive pillows, but it's fine for a guest room or for our dogs to sleep on (yeah, we spoil them!).


HoMedics Compact Mirror
HoMedics Compact Mirror
Price: £9.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Useful mirror to have around, 21 July 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This mirror is useful for carrying around, with its plastic white surround offering protection from the two mirrors inside.

The mirror at the bottom has lights around the edge which help to do things like adjusting makeup in lower light. It's operators by a switch on the side and run by 2 watch batteries.

The battery cover on the bottom of the device feels a little lose, but this hasn't opened up by itself yet. It's a bit of a pain having watch batteries but at least it keeps the thickness of the design to a minimum.


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