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Lab 2 Brush, Just Blending In
Lab 2 Brush, Just Blending In
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The bristles are very soft, fine and gentle to the skin., 24 Aug. 2016
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The brush is perfect blending I use this to buff my mineral foundation, and for add flexibility as it can also be used to apply blush and/or a soft contour line under the cheekbones. It is so soft and washes well and hence easy to maintain. This is an all-in-one brush! I use this brush to buff my foundation/powder, to contour, even to apply blush.

Once applied you get an immaculate finish. This Brush remains sturdy; is an ergonomically designed, it tapers nicely and distributes product evenly. The hairs in the brush are thick and close together, which really helps when rubbing concealer in. It is perfect for delicate areas like the eye and you can blend the concealer in​ consistently. The bristles are very soft, fine and gentle to the skin.


Scotch 41041848 48 mm x 18.2 m Supreme High Performance Fabric Tape - Transparent
Scotch 41041848 48 mm x 18.2 m Supreme High Performance Fabric Tape - Transparent
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Performance Fabric Tape, 23 Aug. 2016
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Scotch 41041848 48 mm x 18.2 m Supreme High-Performance Fabric Tape – is relatively transparent( as other reviewers have commented, by its structural composition it will “show” to a degree and will not be fully transparent) and is extremely useful to have, too many uses to list but the tape is all it is supposed to be. However, as an example used this to seal some polyethene sheeting to keep the rain out – its water-resistant credentials have proved true. In addition, it has not degraded under strong, direct, sunlight. Scotch tape has decent adhesive qualities, it comes in a good-sized reel, a must have for the home, workshop or just keep a roll in the car/van for an emergency. Have been able to use it on a number occasions for repairing, wrapping and its reliability is good.

This is a well-priced tape; everyone needs a ro​ll of this somewhere close to hand, good stuff. Sticks to pretty much anything and will withstand the elements.


The Algebraist
The Algebraist
by Iain M Banks
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian Banks had the skill to paint a portrait of a universe from the ground up, 20 Aug. 2016
This review is from: The Algebraist (Paperback)
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The Algebraist is a speculative fiction novel by the writer Ian M. Banks; this was his third science-fiction novel that was based wholly outside of his long-standing culture series. It can be further said that the narrative and the encapsulating universe are not the same as The Culture books.

This novel is based in the year 4034 A.D. where we find that with the assistance of other sentient beings, humanity has spread far across the galaxy. Here Human Mercatoria society is a complex one in that is based on feudal hierarchy, and the overriding religious zeal to rid the galaxy of artificial intelligence. This is because it is believed that artificial intelligence were the cause of a catastrophic previous war. As the narrative progresses, a calamity ensues in the form of a large fleet of marauders, known as the Beyonders. These marauders destroyed the local faster than light portal. Thus ensuring that they have cut the system of Nasqueron's star (Ulubis) off from the rest of the galaxy by virtue of the fact that nobody can leave, or arrive by faster than light travel, and hence have to use sub-light travel. This then means it would seemingly take an eternity to go anywhere, or for that matter arrive from any other star system.

Our main protagonist is one Fassin Taak who is a Slow Seer at the court of the Nasqueron Dwellers. The Dwellers are in an interesting race of sentient beings that inhabit gas giants throughout the galaxy, their lives are based on prestige in the form of kudos. They are beholding to no other species, largely they do not get involved with other species, which they consider "Quick". Essentially this means that all sentient beings that have a similar lifespan of human beings can be considered this. However, the "Slow", such as the Dwellers experience life at a much slower rate. For those Dwellers who survive the rigours of adolescence, they can live for millions of years. As a species, it is rumoured that they have been around for billions of years.

Our unlikely hero Fassin Taak is subtle, intelligent and a resourceful individual and he are somewhat of a reluctant participant in the events that are about to transpire. He soon finds himself earmarked for a special mission. For on a previous trip to the Dweller world, he had uncovered a text containing information about the Dweller list. This list is of import as it gives various coordinates of transferable wormholes, which only the Dwellers use to travel faster than light. That said, some say that due to their longevity they do not need faster than light travel, as they could easily transverse the galaxy at sub - light speeds and feel nothing of it - purely because of their long life spans and hence this list does not exist. For Fassin, the stakes are high for if he finds this long lost knowledge, it could perhaps reshape the entire eco-political nature of the known universe. Unfortunately, his singular mission goes wrong from the get-go, placing Fassin at the mercy of the Dwellers. If things were not bad enough, a tyrannical warlord, in loose alliance with the Beyonders, has decided to invade Ulubis system- as he too wishes to have the secrets of the Dweller portals. To help defend Ulubis the Mercatoria have sent their own fleet to protect the system against this warlord. Fassin's world is on tender hooks, to see which of the two fleets that are approaching their system at sub- light speed will get their first. Will the Beyonders and the tyrannical warlord arrived first and create havoc and destruction? On the other hand, will it be the Mercatoria forces that will help defend the system against this evil alliance?

What follows is pretty much an octane driven espionage tale that is full of imagination and mega ordnance, which seems to permeate Fassin's travels. Ian Banks explores both the humane and the not so humane aspects of his characters showing their self-deception, their complexities and weaknesses. A narrative that is very much a Baroque painting of aliens in capitalist overdrive, we see the author present an eloquent form of his twin obsessions of having rumpus fun and dealing with socio-politics. The attention to detail is meticulous, as Banks details new worlds, with all their peculiar personalities, and he then has the ability; to show the reader the full gamut of his skill to paint a portrait of a universe from the ground up in terms of the chemical to the emotional. We are shown planets, moons, interstellar dust and the stormy nature of gas giants. For me, this narrative is a large-scale science-fiction endeavour at its best, although some have labelled this weighty tome, as being bereft of a good editor. At times, the plot can seem somewhat confusing. However, this book needs to be read slowly to fully appreciate the huge canvas that the author has brought us. It is interesting to note that in an interview in 2004 Ian Banks had commented that this particular novel could become part of a trilogy, however, now it is a stand-alone novel as Ian Banks passed away in the summer of 2013.

It is said that we are all made from, and are the products of former stars. In my opinion, Ian Banks was a star that shone many times more brightly, who had both insight and unbelievable imagination and I like many of his fans, are appreciative of his sharing this great talent with us. This is a book that I come back to every year or so. I either read it or listen to the audible version and without fail always come away with something new I have just gleaned. This book is worthy of a good five stars ​and is thus highly recommended.

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Nicky Clarke Super Shine Dryer
Nicky Clarke Super Shine Dryer
Price: £30.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Overall its a very good hairdrier and my hair did look and feel shinier, 20 Aug. 2016
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This is my partners’ review

This is a smart looking unit that is easy to use, Its is extremely powerful and dries your hair quickly. It has a nice long cable; the unit Looks stylish and the 3 heat and 3 power settings. You can get all the control you need with the separate switches for the heat and fan speed. Did a good job at drying my mid length hair. Gave a smooth finish and so didn't need to use straighteners after.

The only downside was it felt a little heavy holding it above shoulder height for the 10 minutes it took to dry my hair, this is a quality hairdryer, which looks good, performs well and feels robust.Good powerful dryer bit too noisy and heavy for me. Great for that salon effect and h​as it has a long cord. Overall good product.


Kipling Womens New Shopper L Shoulder Bag Cactus Khaki
Kipling Womens New Shopper L Shoulder Bag Cactus Khaki
Price: £39.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kipling Womens New Shopper L Shoulder Bag, 20 Aug. 2016
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Colour: Green (Cactus Khaki)

This is very much my partner’s review; this is a good bag if you want one larger than the Kipling customary size. I was able to fit in A4 pads and my regular size iPad. It is good for travelling as all valuables and documents fit into it, as it is large and strong. It is great for flying as I was able to have everything I needed on the plane with me and not worry about things being in the overhead locker. The colour is very smart looking and goes with everything. It is a practical shape but it is best to also get a separate purse or bag for money/cards/small items so they are not lost at the bottom of the bag. it has a detachable shoulder strap and tote handles, which enables the user to carry it in different ways.

It has one main compartment that is rather spacious, inside which there are the usual slip pockets for mobile phone, pens etc., as well as a zipped pocket if you want to put your purse somewhere extra safe. As well as an additional external zipped section. There is a fair bit of space here so if you are buying relatively small items, you will get a fair amount in here. If you like, Kipling because you like a bag with additional pockets and zipped sections, then this might be the one for you - Moreover,​ if you are looking for a bag a bit bigger than a handbag to accompany you on a shopping, travel or work then this might just be the one.

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Mio MiVue 688 DashCam Drive Recorder Staff For Driving Recorder, Full HD 1080p, Optical Sensor Sony, 140 Degree Wide Angle Lens F1.8, G-Sensore 3 Axles, GPS Speed Camera Alerts, Black
Mio MiVue 688 DashCam Drive Recorder Staff For Driving Recorder, Full HD 1080p, Optical Sensor Sony, 140 Degree Wide Angle Lens F1.8, G-Sensore 3 Axles, GPS Speed Camera Alerts, Black
Price: £157.60

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For everyone who wants to feel safe while driving, 19 Aug. 2016
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Considering the potentially ridiculous cost of vehicle insurance these days, the problem of people who just drive without due care and the advent of being targeted in “Crash for Cash' scams. The best way to protect yourself is to have fitted forward-facing video cameras and announce their presence with stickers on the back of your vehicle. This is not usually a cheap option to try, but could prove instrumental if an incident did occur. So when offered the Mio MiVue 688 DashCam I was keen to see how this system would work. The package pretty comes with everything you need to get started, however, you will need to get an additional (and while the choice is yours I would recommend the following MicroSD) 64 or 128 GB MicroSDXC UHS-I Grade 1 Class 10 Memory Card with SD Adapter, to be able to store and retrieve all relevant video data from the device. There is also an excellent YouTube video show how good the camera is. In terms of form factor, the device is quite small and takes up very little dashboard space. As the bumf says there is integrated GPS and all the benefits that this feature encapsulates.

The user interface/menu are easy to work with. The screen is also a touchscreen and is good and responsive. The video recordings are crisp and in HD quality and this is after 10hrs of continuous use. Using the device at night, or low light conditions, caused no issues and the video was still very good. The microphone is sensitive if you enable audio recording. To sum up this a good device​ that is worth the outlay as it affords​ peace of mind.


LEGO City Fire 60110: Fire Station  Mixed
LEGO City Fire 60110: Fire Station Mixed
Price: £54.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good addition to Lego City Theme, 19 Aug. 2016
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On receipt of this set, we wanted to start building it as soon as possible. This set has a nice bit of detailing. The main firehouse and the larger of the two garages are good. That said the Fire engine and the height of the platform are done very well too. Not keen on too many stickers and that thankfully is the case in point here in this set. This is a Lego set that it is super easy to build, and we found that the vehicles took longer to build than the buildings. We wanted to build this as a family project and we were just surprised by all the intricate details and moving parts. There is a good selection of Lego parts, one or two of which we have not seen before. The set contains around 919 pieces. There is a good selection of mini figures and a rather fetching rendition​ of a Dalmation dog.

Unfortunately, there are a couple niggles with this set. The smaller of the two garages means the fire truck is a ​tight fit, and it is easy to damage the structure trying to move the vehicle in and out. Alas, it is almost impossible to fit a driver inside the fire truck without removing the top.

This was a great addition to the rest of his Lego City collection!


Cote d' Or Milk Bouchees 200g
Cote d' Or Milk Bouchees 200g
Offered by ChocBox
Price: £5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Savouring just one of these should be on your to-do list, 18 Aug. 2016
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If you are a chocolate devotee, then Cote D' or Bouchee chocolates are for you. Savouring just one of these should be on your to-do list of enjoyments as a special pleasure. However, be warned it is not easy to eat just one. It is difficult to criticise​ these super fine chocolates, which are made with premium quality ingredients.

These gorgeous chocolates have a delicious taste and texture of their very own.


Leitz Ref 47583003 Business Card Pocket Multipunched Capacity 16 Cards A4 - Clear, Pack of 10
Leitz Ref 47583003 Business Card Pocket Multipunched Capacity 16 Cards A4 - Clear, Pack of 10
Price: £6.57

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not fit for purpose, 18 Aug. 2016
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Stationery & Office Supplies from Leitz, are normally pretty good quality and hence I chose to ignore the odd negative and less than positive reviews for this product. How wrong was I?
To sum up then this a Very poor quality, as most business cards just slip out of their "holding pouch".

This is an item to be avoided, when looking to purchase replacement business card holders.


Ballistix Tactical 8 GB Single DDR4 2666 MT/s (PC4-21300) DIMM 288-Pin Memory, BLT8G4D26AFTA
Ballistix Tactical 8 GB Single DDR4 2666 MT/s (PC4-21300) DIMM 288-Pin Memory, BLT8G4D26AFTA
Price: £42.53

4.0 out of 5 stars Crucial Ballistix Elite 8GB Single DDR4, 17 Aug. 2016
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With a total memory of 8GB, the Crucial Ballistix Elite 8GB Single DDR4 2666 MT/s (PC4-21300) CL16 DR x8 Unbuffered DIMM 288-Pin Memory - has the capability to help run a large assortment of applications concurrently. It should be more than enough for any gaming or general PC usage necessities. This Crucial DDR4 RAM has a speed of 2666MHz. That said, RAM speed is not a crucial feature, but it does add expressively to PC games and certain applications like video-editing software. 2666MHz is among the fastest speeds offered in the marketplace, at the time of writing this review. It has a good low profile, which in turn, means the user has greater choice over what, aftermarket​ heat sink to use.

We used this​ RAM in conjunction with ASUS Maximus VIII Hero Motherboard, and it overclocked well on this board​. Overall quite happy with this new generation of RAM.


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