Profile for Edain > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Edain
Top Reviewer Ranking: 8,812
Helpful Votes: 521

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Edain "Edain" (UK)
(VINE VOICE)   

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10
pixel
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Cream Concealer Number 020 - Light
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Cream Concealer Number 020 - Light
Price: £5.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Coverage is good but dry, 14 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The concealer can be a little dry and tough to apply, but if it's warmed up it improves. Coverage is good but dry. I still feel it's a bit of a budget product that made me consider buying one from a premium brand instead to see how much better it would be.


AmazonBasics Everyday Double Fitted Sheet, White
AmazonBasics Everyday Double Fitted Sheet, White
Price: £16.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Good cotton., 9 July 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Despite being a 'basic' product this is 100% that doesn't lose its colour or quality feel upon being washed. It feels a lot better than some other branded goods, like M&S and John Lewis, and after two washes still looks brand new, so I have high hopes it will continue to wash well. Really impressed with this.


Philips Lumea Prestige SC2008/11 IPL Hair Regrowth Prevention System for face and body
Philips Lumea Prestige SC2008/11 IPL Hair Regrowth Prevention System for face and body
Price: £399.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lifechanging!, 9 Jun. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Anyone with, well, unwanted hair would know what an absolute lifechanger this machine offers - the chance to be hair-free, forever, no more shaving, no more products. It's not an overnight cure, alas. The first round of zapping will get whatever roots are in the relevant stage at that time. After a few days you'll see leg regrowth that will make you feel like it didn't work. But after the second round, the regrowth is patchy and you realise that bit by bit, wave by wave, it's doing it's thing. Smaller areas show the differences very quickly - after two rounds you'll really see the difference, and be counting down to your next session.

Using it couldn't be simpler. The window is small but the process of hitting the button and repositioning takes a second. It's a bit like those old pricing guns used in retail - click, move, click, move. The tip of using a white eyeliner pencil to mark your place is a good one. You can do the leg in strips that way.

There's a warmth to each pop of light but it doesn't feel dangerous or uncomfortable.

Do remember to give it a full charge before starting, or it won't last the session.

Really, this is an amazing investment. You won't just save on all the time and procedures in the future, but also the peace of mind of being simply hairless where you need it.


A Practical Guide to Data Mining for Business and Industry: Case Studies and Methodology
A Practical Guide to Data Mining for Business and Industry: Case Studies and Methodology
by Andrea Ahlemeyer-Stubbe
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £50.00

1.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming, 16 May 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This book focuses on sales and marketing applications of statistical modelling, with a small amount of material on other techniques such as machine learning. Examples are frequently screen shots of obscure spreadsheet-like software with column values untranslated into English or SAS code so failing to be particularly illustrative. Examples using a more widely available analysis tools, such as R or python toolkits, would have been considerably more useful, particularly if such examples had been made available as online material.

It rather surprising as very little to say on more holistic 'big data' techniques or the area of data visualization. Better as a general orientation rather than a recipe book, it left me rather underwhelmed and do not consider it particularly good value.


The Gracekeepers
The Gracekeepers
by Kirsty Logan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.09

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For fans of..., 11 May 2015
This review is from: The Gracekeepers (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I'm never a fan of the "For fans of X book..." tagline, because it usually means Book X was a success and so publishers rush to churn out similar books at great speed, destined for supermarket bargain bins. With this being sold as 'for fans of The Night Circus' I was even less impressed, as I didn't rate TNC at all. I liked The Snow Child more but could still have complained about it, if need be. I was expecting this to be Yet Another Fairytale with a bit of blood, well-trodden Atwood/Carter ground, with the post-apocalyptic dystopia angle that it seems no novel these days can do without.

But The Gracekeepers succeeds where I felt TNC failed. TNC painted a picture but I felt it had no depth; Gracekeepers is also a very visual novel, at times making you wonder if it may have made a better graphic novel, a painting or even a movie. The rhythm and beauty of the prose, though, goes a long way to painting the picture and I feel elevates it above similar novels. It has the darkness of modern fairytale retellings but also the beauty of folk stories. I felt both Callanish and North were well-written and well-rounded, which is refreshing as it seems contemporary titles can rely on a bland Everyman character who simply wanders through events. At times it can feel like being bombarded with metaphor after metaphor - the different groups, the islands, the conflicts and so forth - but the overall experience of the story makes it a genuinely worthwhile and enjoyable read.

For fans of all the aforementioned books but especially for those who weren't that keen on them and thought 'if only someone would tackle this strong-visual fairytale/folklore theme a bit better'.


The Porcelain Thief
The Porcelain Thief
by Huan Hsu
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.59

5.0 out of 5 stars More than just a family fable, 5 May 2015
This review is from: The Porcelain Thief (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected to. It begins as a simple quest to unravel a family rumour and a history of the porcelain industry, but quickly becomes an exploration into modern Chinese culture, not the sanitised versions in documentaries that talk too much about Maoism and politics, but the complexity of the man on the street, Chinese one-upmanship and face-saving, the culture of imitation and what this means for innovation and how this has been a pattern not just in recent times but throughout history. For anyone who has visited China or experiences these cultural quirks first-hand it is a really refreshing and honest read. The author's style and humour keep the story flowing through slightly slower periods, trekking from village to village, and the occasional flashbacks to his family's wartime experiences blend the historical with the modern, bringing it all full circle.

Very enjoyable and I'll be recommending it a lot!


byteStor Pro 32GB USB 3.0 High Speed Flash Drive - Black
byteStor Pro 32GB USB 3.0 High Speed Flash Drive - Black
Price: £8.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap, but why?, 18 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I was concerned about the quality of this as the plastic feels very thin and I'd be worried about its ability to withstand being kept in a pocket or bag. It seems like it could be easily crushed.

It comes formatted as a single VFAT partition and is 28.86 GiB[30.99 GB] in size. Is this common with USB sticks, to pay for 32GB but get a smaller amount?

Write speeds measured were around 16-17 MB/s for writes on USB3. Read speeds measured were around 75-76 MB/s for reads on USB3.

It seems to exist as a kind of low budget option, but when USB sticks are already so cheap and there are better products for the same money, does it really have a place in the market?


Creature Teacher
Creature Teacher
by Sam Watkins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars No surprises, 15 April 2015
This review is from: Creature Teacher (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
My son (6) enjoyed this. He liked Jake, a sort of everyman character who takes the lead to care for the creature. Mr Hyde is a great character, and my son agreed he'd like a teacher like him. Personally I thought the other kids in the class were a bit one-dimensional - smart one, sporty one, artsy one, bullying one, although the inclusion of 'totally weird one who allies with nice kids and bullies as it suits him' was a refreshingly realistic addition! - but then I'm not the target audience and children probably prefer the simplicity at that age. The plot isn't particularly twisty, just the usual plod through simple near-misses of discovery, but again I may just be tired of the trope having read a lot of similar books lately. It's a fun school yarn.


NIVEA Cellular Anti-Age Skin Rejuvenation Concentrated Serum - 40 ml
NIVEA Cellular Anti-Age Skin Rejuvenation Concentrated Serum - 40 ml
Price: £10.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, substantial serum., 8 April 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I was on the lookout for a new serum - I've been using the Boots one, but I find it a bit thin and watery. The first thing I noticed about the Nivea one is it's thicker and more substantial, and your skin feels a lot smoother and plumper after use. It creates a nice base for makeup, though I do think a separate day cream/moisturiser is needed, and I think it does a much better job than rival products at toning down redness and easing discolouration.

It is rather heavily scented with that traditional Nivea scent, reminding me of high school, but that's the only real downside. A really good serum.

Can't say much about it anti-aging properties, as I don't believe in those.


Hatley Girls OVL Forest Animals Pyjama Set, Red, 5 Years
Hatley Girls OVL Forest Animals Pyjama Set, Red, 5 Years

5.0 out of 5 stars These are brilliant. Soft, 11 Mar. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
These are brilliant. Soft, great quality, bold print. Wash very well. Daughter loves them. Like others suggested, go up a few sizes - my daughter is 2, takes a 4-5 size, got her a 5 and they should be OK.


Page: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10