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Just Contempo 200 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Duvet Cover - Double, White
Just Contempo 200 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton Duvet Cover - Double, White
Price: £22.89

4.0 out of 5 stars Top Cotton, 27 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I once had the pleasure of sleeping on 600 thread count sheets whilst on a trip to the US - I didn't want to get out of bed. This duvet cover is not quite as luxurious but it is still a very pleasant cotton feel.

I like the button fastenings as I find them far more reliable than poppers.

It does need to be ironed if you want a smooth surface. That is inevitable with pure cotton. To be honest, life is too short for me to be doing that.

I really don't know why they bother including a naff cushion cover as part of the deal. It really is not attractive and detracts from the overall quality of the offer.


MaskerAide Detox Diva Hydrating Sheet Mask 23 g
MaskerAide Detox Diva Hydrating Sheet Mask 23 g
Price: £5.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Good but..., 25 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
In terms of performance, this is a very good sheet mask. It did leave skin feeling clean, fresh and hydrated. It has a pleasant fragrance and feels comfortable on the face.

However the price is pretty high for what you actually get.

Having looked at other products, this is at the higher end of price range for this sort of product.

Does the performance justify this? For me - no. It is, at best, a very occasional treat item and not something I could see most people using on a regular basis.


Remington MB4120 Beard Boss Beard and Stubble Trimmer
Remington MB4120 Beard Boss Beard and Stubble Trimmer
Offered by XGONE
Price: £15.98

3.0 out of 5 stars Battery Life?, 25 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Remington rarely make a poor product - they are not one of the biggest names in male grooming for nothing. However this is a very basic product.

It does clipper adequately and the adjustable head does give you a range of options. Where this is let down is with the battery life. If this is going to be your main trimmer, I would keep a batch of replacement batteries to hand just in case this runs out mid trim.

For occasional use when you won't have access to reliable power, this might be worth a look. It is reasonable value for what it is.

If you are looking for a regular trimmer, I would investigate rechargeable options.


JO HANSFORD LONDON Everyday Shampoo 250 ml
JO HANSFORD LONDON Everyday Shampoo 250 ml
Price: £16.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Value?, 24 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The world of premium shampoos is rather beyond me. No matter how many claims any given product makes, it is hard to see how the addition of this or that plant extract (or whatever) can make *that* much difference.

This is being sold as an everyday shampoo - with a special focus on coloured hair.

As a shampoo, it does work. It has a pleasing (slightly citrus) fragrance and does leave your hair feeling nice and clean. In terms of whether it protects your colour, that is somewhat harder to test - as you can't easily do a controlled experiment of washing half of your hair in this product and the other in a neutral shampoo.

But does that really justify the premium price tag?

For me - it is a big no. For others, they may well be willing to justify spending so much to wash their hair.


CobraCo Hand Hammered with Copper Fire Pit Tub
CobraCo Hand Hammered with Copper Fire Pit Tub
Price: £306.69

4.0 out of 5 stars Top quality - in the main, 23 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
There is no doubting the build quality of this pit. The copper is beautifully crafted into this large pit - it is a substantial bit of kit. You should make sure that your garden can accommodate it comfortably!

The stand is similarly well made. I wish the cover was quite so top notch. Whilst it is adequate, it does not have the air of something that will last for several years.

A minor quibble but one that needed to be raised.

I am looking forward to seeing how the patina develops over time - which will render it even more beautiful


Nivea Beautiful You Premium Gift Set for Women - 4-Piece
Nivea Beautiful You Premium Gift Set for Women - 4-Piece
Price: £45.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Overpriced?, 19 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Nivea is a well-established brand with many loyal followers - so this could be an ideal gift for a family member or friend who would enjoy such things. The products are as good as you would expect from this brand - not high end but not bargain basement either!

In terms of presentation, this is hard to beat. An attractive box, each component wrapped in tissue - it has the feel of quality.

However it is the value of the contents that makes me look twice at this as a gift. It is hard to put a value on the white gloves and the nail file, but it is unlikely that they will add up to £20. But the creams and other lotions can be bought for far less than you are being charged for with this set.

You could put together your own gift box for less - so do your research before committing.

I appreciate that you do pay a premium for gift sets - but this, at the moment, feels over-priced.


Crucial Ballistix Elite Kit 8GB DDR4 3200MHz memory module - memory modules (DDR4, PC/server, 512M x 64, 2 x 4 GB, Black)
Crucial Ballistix Elite Kit 8GB DDR4 3200MHz memory module - memory modules (DDR4, PC/server, 512M x 64, 2 x 4 GB, Black)
Price: £66.93

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It works!, 14 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I am not an expert on PC memory - other than knowing that what was considered good a few years ago is barely able to cope with the demands of modern computing. So my 2GB memory frequently gets overwhelmed if I am not careful.

The arrival of an easily installed 8GB option was very welcome.

I have noticed an immediate improvement in my PC's performance - and that is what matters.

Tech experts will tell you more - but what most of us will be concerned with is 'will it make my PC run better?'

The answer for me is a resounding YES


Wilton White Ready To Use Decorator Icing, 2041g
Wilton White Ready To Use Decorator Icing, 2041g
Offered by Cake and Cookie Central
Price: £16.15

4.0 out of 5 stars Quality, 14 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is my first time using a ready-made icing like this. It doesn't taste as good as home made frostings - but then i wouldn't expect it to. But it is a pleasant taste - with a decent mouthfeel. So on that score, I am happy enough with it.

The big advantage is the white colour - which is much better from a colouring perspective. You do get truer colours when working with a white base.

It pipes well with a range of tips and it spreads/swirls well with an off-set palette knife. You get crisp edges - which is great for definition and precise effects.

Overall a quality product.


AmazonBasics Printed Fabric Shower Curtain, 180x180cm, Natural Herringbone
AmazonBasics Printed Fabric Shower Curtain, 180x180cm, Natural Herringbone

4.0 out of 5 stars Practical, 9 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I always like to have a spare shower curtain on hand - just in case of damage to our current one.

It is some time since we had a fabric one - but I am very happy with this one. It has good water-repellent properties (so doesn't end up soggy) and has a neutral design that will work with a wide range of interior designs.

Not an item of amazing beauty but certainly a very practical option


Hallmark Charity Christmas Card Pack 'Warm Wishes' - 8 Cards, 1 Design
Hallmark Charity Christmas Card Pack 'Warm Wishes' - 8 Cards, 1 Design
Price: £2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Small but cute., 9 Aug. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Hallmark cards always have a quality feel and these are no different. The design is cute and will have broad appeal.

However check the size before you buy. They are about postcard sized - so smaller than you might imagine.

Not a dealbreaker - but something worth checking.


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