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Igenix DF0006 Portable Clip 2 Speed Fan, 15 W, White
Igenix DF0006 Portable Clip 2 Speed Fan, 15 W, White
Price: £15.40

3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate, 25 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I must admit to being slightly underwhelmed by this.

It is perfectly serviceable - it delivered a reasonable breeze and is reasonably quiet

But the construction and materials are not overly robust and it does not ooze quality. Indeed it is remarkably similar to my existing fan which I bought for half the price last year.

It isn't awful - it is adequate.


Vanish Gold for Whites Oxi Action Stain Remover Powder 1.41 kg
Vanish Gold for Whites Oxi Action Stain Remover Powder 1.41 kg

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It works!, 20 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
It works. It does deliver stain removal and brighter whites.

Getting the dosage right took a bit of time - but that would be the same with any product.

Thankfully it doesn't leave any unpleasant odours or residue.

So yes, it works. Not sure there is much more I can say about it.


AmiGami Giraffe Figure
AmiGami Giraffe Figure
Price: £6.02

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really???, 16 Feb. 2015
This review is from: AmiGami Giraffe Figure (Toy)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
There is so much wrong with this...

1 - It doesn't look anything like a giraffe. It doesn't even look like a cartoon giraffe. It doesn't look like an anime giraffe. It just looks like a discarded Pokemon design

2 - It doesn't come with 70 reusable stickers. How do you know this? There is a sticker over the 70 correcting it down to 55. I am guessing that the sticker is probably not reusable

3 - Reusable stickers? Well only up to a point. If you can find the small print, you discover that they can be used up to 3 times. Not very reusable then.

So you don't get what you think you are getting - and they are charging you more than a tenner for the privilege of twirling some paper and putting some stickers on.

Sorry - but this is over-priced for what it is. At half the price, it might find a market. Very disappointing


A Place Called Winter
A Place Called Winter
by Patrick Gale
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £8.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, 4 Feb. 2015
This review is from: A Place Called Winter (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I am surprised that I have never read any Patrick Gale - but I certainly shall going forward.

His prose is clear, atmospheric, literary and yet very readable. He has an ability to capture period and character using the deftest of brushstrokes.

I found this an engaging and moving read. Yes, it does tread some familiar ground - but with such strong writing, you can forgive that completely.

Thoroughly recommended.


Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer - 27 ml
Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer - 27 ml
Price: £10.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Great base, 1 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Another make-up product - and another one that I selected for theatrical purposes.

For most of my stage work, I don't want to look as if I am wearing any make-up - I just need to wear it so I am not completely washed out by the lights.

This went on very easily given a very natural, even coverage - even with my clunky technique.

A useful addition to my collection - and whilst I can appreciate that my reasons for using it are not those intended, it does work and I can imagine how effective it would be alongside the rest of your make-up collection.


Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow - 4.8 g, Addictive
Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow - 4.8 g, Addictive
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Not just for women..., 31 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Not often that a man reviews eye shadow, but as someone who appears on stage, I do have a collection of basic make-up for theatrical performances.

I added this to my collection as a neutral set of browns is ideal for most of the stage work that I do. This is a good quality, easily blended set of colours - though I must admit that the applicator is not as good as the shadows themselves.

However with a decent set of brushes, this is a very good collection and one that works with male skin!


Micro Scalextric 1:64 Scale Turbo GT Race Set
Micro Scalextric 1:64 Scale Turbo GT Race Set
Price: £44.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!, 25 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a huge amount of fun. Everything came out of the box in top condition and it took very little effort to get the track slotted together and for the racing to begin.

The track doesn't feel too small - which was something I was concerned about ahead of time - so you get plenty of opportunity to get your race on.

This has good appeal for both existing and new fans of Scalextric - the reduced size certainly helps make it less intrusive on the rest of the household!


Small Spoon spatula
Small Spoon spatula
Offered by UK Cook Shop
Price: £1.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Silicone goodness, 14 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Small Spoon spatula
I have been looking for a smaller silicone spatula/spoon for some time - and this fits the bill perfectly.

Good quality materials at a decent price - and it scrapes the sides cleanly. What more can you ask?


Les merveilleux
Les merveilleux
by Christelle Huet-Gomez
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous...!, 11 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Les merveilleux (Paperback)
This series of slim volumes is fast becoming one of my kitchen favourites. By keeping a very direct focus on one sort of dessert or dish, they are all concise, clear, well designed and always enticing.

Many UK readers may not have encountered the Merveilleux - but if they do try one, they will want another!

They are very simple confection: two layers of crisp meringue sandwiched together with a sweetened (and sometimes flavoured) whipped cream and then coated with more cream and shaved chocolate (or other toppings)

It is in the flavour combinations that the real magic can happen. And this book gives you some traditional ideas as well as some more adventurous ones.

Yes, the book is in French - but if you remember a little of what you were taught at school and can use google translate for the rest, you will be absolutely fine. And if you can make discs of meringue and whip some cream - you can certainly work it out!

Les Merveilleux are great to eat - and this is the perfect introduction.


Beurer BF800BLK Health Manager Diagnostic Bathroom Scales with Bluetooth Smart
Beurer BF800BLK Health Manager Diagnostic Bathroom Scales with Bluetooth Smart
Price: £85.76

4.0 out of 5 stars Geeky but good, 31 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Out of the box, it was very clear that these are of a very high build and design quality - nothing cheap or tacky about them.

Whilst the instructions are not in the best English (translated ones rarely are), if you work through them systematically, set-up of the unit is relatively straightforward.

It is important to note that you have to install the app and set up the relevant accounts before attempting to connect to your mobile device as it will only talk to that rather than a direct bluetooth connection.

However once you have them synced, it is very plain sailing in terms of using the scales and recording the results. The measurements did not vary with repeated use - which shows a high level of accuracy (something you don't always see with some scales)

At the time of writing it is worth noting that the App has to be started ahead of any scale usage (if you want to record the results, of course) and that the data is not shared with the new Health part of iOS (though this, of course, may change with future updates)

All in all, a great product for a health-conscious geek!


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