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Busy B Mouse Mat Pad
Busy B Mouse Mat Pad
Price: £7.73

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A winner for any organised writer, 29 Nov. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Really great idea for any females in your life who are prone to being super organised and are known to make lists. There are four different types of notes here, which can be easily torn away if it is a list that needs to be pinned somewhere or taken out (shopping list perhaps?). I feel like this is an inoffensive gift if you're looking for a work colleague or secret santa. So long as you know they like to write things down it is always going to be useful even if someone else happens to purchase the same. I wouldn't really place an age limit here. It's a very feminine design, yet quite simple and elegant; a potential gift for any age really.


Philips Star Wars Stormtroopers Portable LED Bedside and Table Lamp, Integrated LED, Battery Operated - Black
Philips Star Wars Stormtroopers Portable LED Bedside and Table Lamp, Integrated LED, Battery Operated - Black
Price: £11.49

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The force awakens, 20 Nov. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a really great quality lamp for the Star Wars fan in your life. While one might think it is a lamp designed for children, I thought it would go down just as well with an adult Star Wars fan. Some things to bear in mind is that it is a very small lamp, minuscule in a lot of ways (it's about 24cm high). However, I thought this made it a very cute gift idea and ideal as a little book light or indeed for child's room.

The LED light is brighter and more powerful than you might expect, just as good as a regular bulb. The LED lights tend to act as a far safer and secure light to have around children as they do not get particularly hot. The curious child would stay out of harms way if their curiosity gets the better of them and they want to touch the light.

I've had other LED lamps from Phillips that you need to assemble yourself, but this one comes all ready to go. It is battery powered though and these are NOT provided. It needs 3 AA batteries.

Lovely item really! A great 'Secret Santa' idea if you're buying for a Star Wars fan.


Billy + Margot Luxury Christmas Cracker - 1 x Deer Antler weight between 75 - 150g
Billy + Margot Luxury Christmas Cracker - 1 x Deer Antler weight between 75 - 150g
Offered by Country Life Services Ltd
Price: £9.38

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute but a hefty price tag, 20 Nov. 2015
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In theory it's a really fabulous idea to get your dog (or A dog) involved in Christmas but I couldn't help but think the price tag is a little steep when you could near enough get a hamper of regular dog treats for a similar price. It is designed intentionally so a dog can actually open the cracker themselves. A neat idea but I'm not sure the pet I'm giving it to would quite grasp that concept. I'd say this product is far better suited to quite a pampered dog, where perhaps the owner insists on the very best of everything for their pet. For my family, the dog would be just as happy with a packet of treats you can pick up from the supermarket.


L'Oreal Paris Men Expert Hydra Energetic Comfort 50ml
L'Oreal Paris Men Expert Hydra Energetic Comfort 50ml
Offered by afrocosmetics4u
Price: £3.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality at a budget., 16 Nov. 2015
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I've tried a few different 'L'oreal for men' products now and this moisturiser is a great compliment to any of the face washes.

Before I tried this moisturiser out I was an avid user of 'Nivea for Men' products so price wise they are very similarly. This moisturiser does differ greatly to the Nivea range. At first inspection is rather more watery in consistency. If you've ever used one of those after shave balms you get in an cologne gift set it is very much like that. Not necessarily a good or bad thing, more of just an observation. Nonetheless, the cream is absorbed into the skin fairly quickly, perhaps not as instantly as the Nivea range though.

Also, as with other products in this same range there is quite a pungent odour to the moisturiser. It is not an offensive smell but would come down to preference. The nivea products tend to be fairly odourless in comparison.

Hydration wise, as a user who gets quite dry skin, I've found it a little better than Nivea. Particularly, now it's winter I'm finding this product has kept my skin looking and feeling more hydrated for longer periods of time.

As with any new product you need to give it a few weeks to see if it suits you. I can't say it's inexplicably left my skin looking any better or worse than it was when using my usual Nivea moisturiser but I would have no qualms using it again. Very good for dry skin but beware of the odour if you don't like things with a scent to them.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing if you understand the disclaimer, 16 Nov. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
So long as you get the appliance with its intended purpose it is fantastic. On initial inspection, a family member pointed out to me that the suction wasn't very good on the device. But as I later pointed out, it is not the intention for this device to serve as your main vacuum device.
The intended purpose is to pick up stubborn 'little bits' and get into corners that are difficult to reach with a large vacuum device. For these tasks, the device is amazing.
At the moment, we typically sweep the floor then use this device to suck up any remaining bits we can't sweep into the bin. It is also great to use on table services for little crumbs, in addition to the cracks that are hard to get to on furniture.
The major positive is that the device does not need any kind of vacuum bag. It is simple to charge and empty and runs inexpensively.


L'Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Eye Roll-On 10ml
L'Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Eye Roll-On 10ml
Offered by Revalto Ventures Ltd.
Price: £9.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No miracle worker but worth entertaining, 8 Nov. 2015
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This is no miraculous hangover cure if that is what you are hoping for but I do find it gives somewhat of an energetic boost and slight fresher look if you are a little tired. It would be naive to think a product will make dark circles completely vanish... this product will make you feel slightly refreshed at best if you're having one of those days. It may reduce the appearance of tired looking eyes but I'll just reiterate... don't expect it to make that darkness instantly disappear. Not going to happen. If you purchase it knowing that you'll be pleasantly surprised by the effects.

It's a light, tiny little thing, no bigger than your index finger, so would fit comfortably in your pocket. It's a roller ball so very easily applied at any point during the day.


L'Oreal Paris Men Expert Shave Revolution Sensitive Shave Gel 150ml
L'Oreal Paris Men Expert Shave Revolution Sensitive Shave Gel 150ml
Price: £2.09

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange but true concept, 8 Nov. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This product is a bit of a 'strange but true' and takes some getting used to. It does not remotely foam up or soap up as you might like it to, so when you apply it, it feels little more than a glaze across your face. I found that it feels like it almost absorbs when you apply it to your skin so when you actually shave you're a bit nervous and contemplating if this 'glaze' is actually going to stop the blade from cutting your skin up. It is also quite difficult to determine how much gel to apply and if you need to apply more. When you look in the mirror after applying it you'll barely be able to notice anything on your skin so you can understand the challenges you might face in regards to cutting yourself.

Sensation wise, it feels like you are shaving without any kind of gel/foam but miraculously I've had no issues with it giving me cuts or burning the skin. It actually gives better results than a traditional foam/gel, especially if you are prone to post shave irritation.

The 'ice effect' essentially cools the skin so when you shave it counter acts the burning sensation of the razor. Works a treat really as that is likely why I am experiencing a lot less post shave irritation than my regular gel/foam.

I've tried a bunch of products in this L'oreal Men range now and they all seem to have an identical fragrance to them. It's a hard fragrance to describe but isn't offensive. Ultimately this will come down to personal preference.

Personally I would switch back to my normal gel/foam once it has run out because I don't get the impression it lasts as long as a regular gel/foam. I've been using it for a week and a third of the tube is already gone.

Overall, there are some kinks but it's worth a trial to at least to see how you get on with it, especially if you are prone to post shave irritation.


Cath Kidston Rose Manicure Set
Cath Kidston Rose Manicure Set
Offered by PrimeUK
Price: £15.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great gift idea, 3 Nov. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Really nice item if you're looking for a small gift that looks good and won't completely break the bank. Cath Kidson is quite a prestigious high street brand and is very current. Small enough for a stocking if you're making one up for any of the females in your life. Also a great Secret Santa idea if your limit is £10.


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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it, 25 Oct. 2015
While the taste is not half bad and Oreo-esque there are so many flaws with this product it's just not worth it.

If you manage to get all the chocolate out of the pod (it sticks) you'll get half a mug full if you're lucky.

If the chocolate sticks (which is very likely) you'll be tempted to add extra water to get it out of the pod. This completely ruins the taste though so it brings you back to either half a mug or a full mug of watery chocolate.

Yes there are techniques to helping the syrup come out, such as soaking the pod in a mug full of hot water... but should you really have to go to so much trouble for a product that is supposed to make your life easier?

It is less hassle to stir up some nesquick and milk and put it in the microwave.

Personally I'll be sticking with the coffee pods...


TONI & GUY TGST2992UK Precision Hair Straightener
TONI & GUY TGST2992UK Precision Hair Straightener
Offered by Cleverboxes
Price: £24.50

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GHD who?, 22 Oct. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Girlfriend tried these out and we found them a lot lighter than her GHD ones and although the heated plates are smaller this was a definite plus.

She used heat spray and divided her hair in sections. After just a couple of strokes on each section her hair was poker straight. The lightness of them made them easier to hold and style. Perhaps most surprisingly was that they worked a lot quicker than the more expensive GHD ones she has.

As of right now they have become the go to straighteners and she favours them over the GHD ones. We are both kind of surprised considering the price tag between the two different brands. I think the name and reputation GHD have upheld gives them a higher price tag when in actual fact I don't believe they are any better than this Toni & Guy model at a fraction of the price.

Would not hesitate to recommend.


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