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Revlon Lash Potion Mascara by Grow Luscious - 10 ml, Black
Revlon Lash Potion Mascara by Grow Luscious - 10 ml, Black
Price: £9.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Lacking lusciousness, 3 Mar. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Great presentation and lovely wand but the product itself didn't live up to the packaging. The mascara gave poor coverage and a dried out appearance, which meant that I had to use multiple coats and it still didn't give the me the depth of shade or fullness that I would normally get from just one coat of my usual brand.


Ultrasport Tennis Racket IZX1000 - pre-strung
Ultrasport Tennis Racket IZX1000 - pre-strung
Price: £20.87

2.0 out of 5 stars Could do better, 3 Mar. 2015
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On the positives, it's carbon/aluminium, so it's very light, but.... on the whole I don't like.

It is reasonably inexpensive, but this show in the details. The grip is comfortable, but the edges aren't sunk into the grip very well, so if you run your hand down the grip the wrapped edges flare out under your hand. Now I know most people don't run their hands down the grip, you grip it right? However, if you're playing around with it in your hand then this can get pretty annoying and last thing you want in a grip is worrying about about how you handle it! Also the transfers on mine were crooked, ironically the "engineered for better performance" stickers were both crooked. There was also a speck of something lacquered into the frame, which again would be distracting if you were running it through your fingers waiting to receive a ball.

It doesn't come with a cover, it's made by "Ultrasport" which couldn't get more generic and it isn't that much cheaper than a branded competitor. Don't get me wrong, it is a pretty good racket for the price, solid, light and strong, but it just isn't as good as its competitors. My advice is pay a little more and get a better racket.


Igenix IG9508 800W Portable, lightweight 2 Bar Quartz Halogen Heater with safety cut off., 800 Watt, White
Igenix IG9508 800W Portable, lightweight 2 Bar Quartz Halogen Heater with safety cut off., 800 Watt, White
Price: £14.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight, cheap heat., 24 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I like it. It's light, heats up quickly and radiates a pleasant heat from its halogen bulb/elements. It does smell a bit on first use for a few minutes, but I think all heaters do while they burn off any factory residue etc. However, for a cheap reasonably energy efficient heater this seems to fit the bill more than adequately.

It is light, so might be knocked over. However the cut off switch in the base did switch it off instantly when I tipped it to try out the safety feature. Basically there is a plunge type switch in the base that is held in by contact with the floor, if it is tipped over the switch comes out a little and activates the shut off switch. Not sure how this would work on a deep carpet, but it would probably be unwise to put a heater on a deep carpet anyway.

It is a heater and the grill does get hot, but then so does my wood-burner or oven. If you've got a garage, workshop etc., then this might fill the bill as a cheap source of heat. It's clean heat, that doesn't smell and doesn't use as much electricity as the older style electric heaters did. For the price, I think it's a good buy.

I had it on in the living room (which is pretty large and usually cold) and was surprised by the difference it made reasonably quickly. The dog soon discovered it too and made her home in front it, giving it her instant approval.


Seagate STDZ500400 500 GB 2.5-Inch Seven USB 3.0 External Hard Drive
Seagate STDZ500400 500 GB 2.5-Inch Seven USB 3.0 External Hard Drive
Price: £94.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tiny, tough and very cool!, 21 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This external drive is tiny! Seagate have managed to squeeze half a terabyte of storage into a drive that is about the size a large smart phone. Smaller than A6, only a little larger than A7 and thinner than my iPhone 4! Not only that, but it's smart steel case looks like you could drop it out off a mountain and find it at the bottom functioning perfectly well. That's if you could find a something this small!

If you're a mountaineer that likes filming hours of victory dances on top of mountains and want a small, lightweight, tough and stylish external drive for your laptop/tablet/camera, this is ideal. It takes hardly any space in a backpack, or luggage, in fact I'm not sure you'd notice it that much in a suit pocket, so ideal for smart urban use too! Whoever you are, or whatever you do (you don't have to be a mountaineer) if you want a tiny 500gb drive then you'd be hard pressed to find a better model. Mine sits on top of my Mac Mini and is so well camouflaged that you hardly know it's there, apart from it's little blue "on" light.

USB3 and with a quality cloth covered mini cable and a three year warranty, it's hard to find a better drive. I love mine.


Philips Sonicare AirFloss HX8222/02 Rechargeable Power Flosser Pink
Philips Sonicare AirFloss HX8222/02 Rechargeable Power Flosser Pink
Price: £79.00

3.0 out of 5 stars Soni-blast., 21 Feb. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
I think on the whole, for people with teeth in good health this is a good little device. It's very easy to use, stands neatly on the bathroom shelf, seems to hold a pretty good charge and does a pretty good job of jet blasting between the teeth.

I have a slight problem, in that I have some teeth that are so close that I can't actually get floss between them, even the dental hygienist struggles. So I wasn't that surprised that the AirFloss couldn't get in there either. For the other teeth it worked pretty well. It is however much kinder to use with mouthwash, because mouthwash is generally at room temperature. If the water from your tap is as cold as ours, then it can come as quite a shock if it gets blasted between the teeth! This can be easily overcome though by simply filling the AirFloss a little while before flossing.

It does do a pretty good job of blasting unwanted material from between the teeth if you have well maintained teeth and good dental hygiene. However if you're unsure what state your teeth are in, then the AirFloss could well bring any cavities to light with eye-watering precision! It works by shooting a concentrated blast of liquid between the teeth with quite a jolt. Basically a little compressor builds up pressure and then blasts a jet out of the nozzle, but be warned it packs a micro punch! If you don't like the dentist blasting cold air on your teeth, you probably won't like this. It also may aggravate sensitive teeth as the jet is focussed very near the base of the enamel where the teeth are often most sensitive.


Select part For Iphone 4 (At&t) GSM Replacement Digitizer Glass Screen Assembly Kit (With Free Tool Kit) Black
Select part For Iphone 4 (At&t) GSM Replacement Digitizer Glass Screen Assembly Kit (With Free Tool Kit) Black
Offered by LTT0220
Price: £12.19

3.0 out of 5 stars Herculean fiddliness, 17 Jan. 2015
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Worked flawlessly and is indistinguishable from the original screen, but... the instructions are pretty non-existent. Apparently I was emailed a link to some on line videos to help with the repair, but when you choose a time to do the repair and sit down ready for work, the last thing you want to do is trawl through your emails looking for the link. Also, not sure what all the tools were for. Perhaps the plectrum was incase you finally give up and choose to learn the guitar instead. Actually it was more helpful than the case tool (the blue one). The suction cup is perhaps for victoriously hanging the phone in your window so that passers by can marvel at your technical awesomeness. The sticky label... still no idea about that one. Everything else was useful though.

However, once I'd found an excellent couple of YouTube videos detailing the process, it was eventually possible to complete the repair. The phone is now working as new!

Iphone 4 repairs are VERY fiddly and if you have poor eyesight or shaky hands I wouldn't even consider doing this yourself. Also don't do this with greasy, or sweaty hands, or if you are inclined to sneeze, or are in a windy area (the parts are tiny). Actually, to be on the safe side, I'd remove any other sources of stress or disruption from the room, kids, spouses, pets, workmen, whatever. Have a cup of camomile tea, take a sedative, listen to some whale sounds, do some meditation, pray, but try to approach the task as calmly as possible.

You also need to keep an exact record of which screws came out from where as you remove them, this is very important as they are minuscule and very easy to lose or put in the wrong place. You will almost certainly need to rub the screwdrivers on a magnet to magnetise them as there is no chance you'll be able to pick up the screws (some of which have washers) and place them by hand. Some are literally about 1.5mm or smaller. Let me stress, minute!

Don't let me put you off, if you are very patient and with good dexterity, then fixing the phone is a really rewarding feeling, but it is extremely fiddly and requires a lot of patience and careful watching of the online videos. If you do triumph over the task though, you can join a small but select group of people around the world that have actually, successfully achieved this and you can bathe in smugness every time you look at the successfully repaired phone.


Wenceslas
Wenceslas
by Geraldine McCaughrean
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully illustrated as usual, 17 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: Wenceslas (Hardcover)
Beautifully illustrated as usual, by Christian Birmingham, this is a delightful short story to read to the kids at bedtime. Easy to follow, short and lavishly illustrated throughout.


Beurer BF800BLK Health Manager Diagnostic Bathroom Scales with Bluetooth Smart
Beurer BF800BLK Health Manager Diagnostic Bathroom Scales with Bluetooth Smart
Offered by sotel-electronics
Price: £87.93

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars They look sturdy and work well on our uneven wooden floorboards, 17 Jan. 2015
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
As a set of bathroom scales, this set works very well. They look sturdy and work well on our uneven wooden floorboards, which have posed a problem for our previous set. The display is very clear and modern in appearance. Initially it seemed that they only weighed in kilograms and there isn't a switch to change that setting. However, when the scales are connected to the Health manager app, you can adjust the setting there. It has various useful functions that link with the app and allow you to manage your weight loss (or gain) on your tablet/phone. There was some difficulty linking to an iPhone, but it did link to the iPad mini. The problem is that they link through bluetooth rather than wifi, which is never as reliable.

On the whole I would recommend these scales and their use through the app but the bluetooth aspect may be a potential problem for some. Don't get me wrong, they are precision set of scales built with typical German efficiency and do a great job as scales, but the app' aspect is a little limiting if you don't want to use you phone, or tablet, to keep track of your weight, as some functions are only available via the app.

If you successfully use them with the app', then they are really useful and can keep track of multiple users, recording weights, times and dates weighed. So if you're technically minded, or have a specific medical reason to track weights, then these are awesome scales, but if you just want a great set of scales, although "great" you need to bear in mind that they are obviously designed to only work well in conjunction with the app. With that in mind, I'd check that the app is available on your phone or tablet before you purchased the scales.

Great scales, but must have app to get the full benefit.


Supa-Fix APX4 Ultra Strength Adhesive and Reinforcing Filling Powders
Supa-Fix APX4 Ultra Strength Adhesive and Reinforcing Filling Powders
Price: £10.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Is it any better than ordinary, 13 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Essentially this kit is a couple of tubes of superglue and a tube of grey powder and a tube of black powder. Is it any better than ordinary, run-of-the-mill, superglue? Probably not. However... the powder/glue combination are ingenious!

I used the glue on its own to fix a broken decorative plate, and it did a great job, but I also used the glue in combination with the black powder to fix and fill a crack and hole on the body case of my dslr camera, where i'd once dropped it. The results were pretty impressive! All you do is fill the gap with powder (grey or black only with this kit) and add a couple of drops of glue. The glue soaks into, and penetrates, the powder completely, making a very tough permanent, binding filler. The filler can then be scraped or sanded etc to gain the required finish. It is glossy when set, but matt if sanded, so it might need lacquering to get a gloss finish after sanding. The filler is very dry and powdery, so I'm not sure how well it would work if you wanted to fill any area that was anything other than flat/horizontal. Surprisingly there is quite a lot of powder in the two bottles, so I guess if you ran out of glue it would still work with other superglues, but the glue that comes in the kit is excellent.

All in all this is a great little repair kit for cracked of chipped plastic, you may just require a little finishing skill with some abrasive paper or a file to get a really good finish, but it is ideal for cracked laptop cases, camera bodies, wing mirrors etc.


WowWee MiP The First Balancing Robot (White)
WowWee MiP The First Balancing Robot (White)
Price: £67.95

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Four AAA batteries isn't perhaps that bad, but I have an ample quantity of rechargeable ..., 6 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Not sure about "MiP", I felt more inclined to rename it "Meh". Sadly MiP failed to move me.

For a start it takes four AAA batteries. Four AAA batteries isn't perhaps that bad, but I have an ample quantity of rechargeable AAAs and no combination (all the same top brand) of fully charged batteries could satisfy little MiP. Why on earth does it not have a built in rechargeable power cell?

In the end I had to buy a pack of duracell batteries to power it through it's paces. I say "power", but it's hardly a high adrenaline rush of awesomeness. The dance function is pretty cool and the fact that it balances at all is pretty impressive, but after a couple of minutes - once I'd balanced something on his tray and tried and failed to get it to follow my commands - I got bored pretty quickly.

Make it rechargeable by usb and remote control via a phone app' etc and it might be entertaining, currently... it needs an upgrade.


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