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Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask
Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask
Price: £59.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars An anti-acne mask that actuually works!..., 22 May 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask is an anti-acne skin therapy mask that uses blue light to target spots and clogged pores.

Using the Acne Mask is actually relatively easy. All you need to do is cleanse your face, put on the mask, then plug in and turn on the activator, and then just leave it on for ten minutes (at which point it automatically turns itself off).

The mask itself is surprisingly lightweight. It slots over your head like a pair of glasses would – with the arms resting over the top of your ears. The included applicator offers the user a maximum of 30 treatments before a new applicator needs to be purchased.

Whilst in use, you’re able to see and do things. There’s obviously some bleeding of the light which shines onto the plastic glasses lens, but I was still able to read and watch TV perfectly well with the mask on.

After a week there was definitely an improvement with the acne and irritated pores that had cropped up here and there around my face. Any small patches of red had pretty much gone. I can see after another week or two of use that even these will have vanished.

Really impressed with this mask. I have to be honest, I had my doubts before using it. However, after a week of use I’ve firmly changed my opinion.

Highly receommened.
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Sony MDR-XB550AP Extrabass Headphones - Red
Sony MDR-XB550AP Extrabass Headphones - Red
Price: £47.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Very comfortable and stylish looking headphones with a good sound and explosive bass..., 21 May 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Sony Extrabass Headphones (Model: MDR-XB550AP) are a pair of mid-range earphones that offer up an boosted ‘extra’ bass, along with a fashionable look and overall quality.

Personally the look and supposed ‘stylishness’ of the headphones is only secondary (at best) to the sound quality reproduction, ergonomics and the products overall durability.

First up, I have to say that upon opening up the box for the first time, I was quite impressed by the look of the headphones. The brush effect red earphone pieces certainly have a stand out style about them, with the SONY motif clearly emblazoned on either side.

The 3.5mm angled audio jack does however feel very sturdy and secure, with very little chance of the jack being tugged away from your listening device.

The wire length is good, allowing the user to weave it around and in-between items of clothing without it becoming restrictive. The in-line hands-free controller remote hangs just below chin level so is always within easy reach. It also includes a small microphone, for answering calls on an iPhone etc. Nice!

Sound reproduction wise, the earphones are able to manage with a reasonable range, although there is a slight blurring of notes where complex layers are present in the music. Bass is clearly the prevalent presence here, and can dominate songs which carry deep bass along with more mid ranged notes and melodies.

I should note that the earphones are not noise cancelling – in fact not by a long shot. Expect to hear sounds of traffic, talking and the general hustle and bustle of a busy city centre if you've got a commute anything like mine. Also, if you're planning to use these on a busy train or bus, then be warned, there is some mild noise leakage if the volume is not put reasonably low.

One thing headphones are though is comfortable to wear. The padded and fully adjustable headband gits comfortably across the top of your head whilst the cushioned ear pads sit against your ears without too much pressure or irritation. In fact, these headphones are ideal if you’re likely to need them for extended periods of time.

So all in all, these headphones offer a moderate performance with some seriously deep bass. They look stylish, they are pretty darn sturdy and hard-wearing, but if you're looking for really good quality sound reproduction, then there are by far better products on the market for not a huge amount more. However, comfort-wise, these are probably some of the most comfortable headphones I’ve tried on.


Pentel Energel XM Retractable Gel Pen with 0.7 mm Tip, 0.35 mm Line Width - Black, Pack of 12
Pentel Energel XM Retractable Gel Pen with 0.7 mm Tip, 0.35 mm Line Width - Black, Pack of 12
Offered by OMGHOWCHEAP LTD
Price: £11.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Twelve good quality gel pens that seem to last for a looooong time..., 21 May 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The 12 Pack of Pental Energel BL77 Retractable Gel Roller Pens are a set of medium-to-high quality gel style black pens for general everyday use.

The pens are surprisingly weight, with the majority of the weight being at the top end which I’ve found actually makes them a little more comfortable to hold.

When you first go to use the pens you need to remove the small plastic covering blob that stuck to the end of the pen’s tip. Once removed you’re goo to go.

The pen offers up a consistently fluid dark black line, without breaks or bleeding. The ink also seems to dry incredibly quickly, meaning there’s unlikely to be any smudging of the ink unless you go out of your way to do so!

Although quite pricey, these really are very good pens and seem to last for quite some time (I’ve been using one of the pens for general use every day in work for the past month and it’s still going strong).


Scotch 1442P 12cm Kids Scissors Pointed Tip Soft Touch Handles - Purple/Green
Scotch 1442P 12cm Kids Scissors Pointed Tip Soft Touch Handles - Purple/Green
Price: £17.94

4.0 out of 5 stars A good quality pair of kids scissors. Just rememeber, although they're for kids, they're still sharp!, 21 May 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Scotch Kids Scissors (Model: 1442OP) are a set of safety scissors designed specially with kids in mind. The scissors are suitable for children from five years old and upwards.

The scissors offer soft and comfortable grips on the handles which will feel comfortable in your kids’ hands as they learn the best way to cut with the scissors.

The length of the stainless steel blades is purposefully shorter than on a standard pair of scissors for safety reasons. With the blades being shorter they’re less likely to cut too far, cut deeper than anticipated or misjudge what they’re cutting. Also, when being carried there’s less of a blade (which is always a comfort).

Although these are kids scissors you need to be aware that they are still pretty sharp and are still more than able to cut thick materials and cause harm if used badly. For younger children parental supervision will still be required.

Quality wise these scissors are top notch. They feel strong and sturdy and likely to withstand plenty of knocks, drops and other such mistreatment that comes with being a product for kids.


Cressi Beach Unisex Portable Umbrella, Red, One Size
Cressi Beach Unisex Portable Umbrella, Red, One Size
Price: £14.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A strong, sturdy and good quality beach umbrella. Just a shame it doesn't come with a carry case..., 21 May 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Cressi Portable Beach Umbrella is a large beach umbrella for protection against the glare of the sun.

ASSEMBLY:
The umbrella arrives in a large cardboard box in two separate sections. All you need to do is slot one pole into the other and then push down the locking arm to secure it in place. The height of the umbrella can then be adjusted as required using this locking arm.

The umbrella section unfolds by simply pushing the top section upwards.

IN USE:
The umbrella offers an excellent degree of protection from the sun, and because of it wide diameter, means the whole family can often take advantage of its shade if necessary.

Should the weather take a turn for the worse the umbrella can also be used for protection against the rain. The umbrella feels suitably sturdy to withstand a moderate amount of wind, although I wouldn’t keep it open if the wind does start to pick up.

It’s also surprisingly lightweight and easy to carry. Although, being principally a beach umbrella, it’s a shame it doesn’t come with a carrying case.


Nytex ECO Memory Foam Mattress, Single 3ft, 30 Night Trial, Made in the UK
Nytex ECO Memory Foam Mattress, Single 3ft, 30 Night Trial, Made in the UK
Price: £109.00

5.0 out of 5 stars For the price this really is a very good mattress..., 21 May 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Nytek Eco Memory Foam Mattress is a good, middle-of-the-range single mattress with memory foam technology for extra comfort.

The mattress arrives rolled up in a tight roll which needs to be untied and then left to expand to its full depth and correct dimensions. Once unrolled the mattress fits a standard single bed – sized 3ft (W) x 6ft (L).

My son’s been sleeping on the mattress now for a little over a month and, compared to his previous mattress, he’s says it’s much softer and more comfortable. The memory foam allows the body to sink into the mattress, making for an almost ‘embracing’ surface to sleep on which is neither too soft nor too hard.

For the price I’m incredibly impressed with the quality of the mattress. It feels very durable, the quality of all the stitch work etc is top notch (even at close inspection), and the memory foam used does the job exceedingly well.

All in all we’re very happy and impressed with the mattress. For the price it’s highly recommended.


On Air Adjustable And Inflatable Neck Pillow Perfect For Travel, Blue
On Air Adjustable And Inflatable Neck Pillow Perfect For Travel, Blue
Price: £4.22

4.0 out of 5 stars A good all round travel pillow with an excellent valve on it!, 21 May 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Lewis N Clark ‘Gear & Go’ Adjustable Neck Pillow is a handy inflatable travel/neck pillow with a special patented valve.

WHAT YOU GET:
Inside the cardboard packaging you get the deflated neck pillow, a handy Velcro closing storage pouch and a warranty information slip.

INFLATING:
This is where the neck pillow and its patented valve system excels. I’m not exaggerating when I say it takes just two breaths to inflate the neck pillow to its full size. Furthermore the valve is incredibly easy to use – unlike other valves which can be fiddly and frustrating.

IN USE:
Comfort wise its ok. Not exactly the most comfortable – but does the job. The real key seems to be finding the ideal level of inflation to best suit you. To deflate the neck pillow slightly it’s just a simple case of pressing the small deflation button and a small amount of air will come out of it.

CONCLUSION:
I love the valve on this thing. It’s so simple to inflate and deflate the pillow with. And it’s so very quick to do so too. Okay, so the pillow doesn’t offer incredible comfort, but it does a reasonable to good job. I’m happy anyway!


Statesman CHF101 Freestanding Chest Freezer, 55 cm, White
Statesman CHF101 Freestanding Chest Freezer, 55 cm, White
Offered by Go Shop Direct
Price: £149.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent energy efficient chest freezer that offers a good amount of storage capacity..., 21 May 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Statesman Freestanding Chest Freezer (Model: CHF101) is a medium-sized chest freezer (i.e. top-opening) for domestic use.

Often one of the most important aspects you need to consider when purchasing a new freezer is the dimensions of the beast. For this particular model they are 54.5cm (W) x 54.5cm (D) x 84.5cm (H).

SET UP:
Setting the freezer up it pretty simple. First get it all level (you’ll need a spirit level for this). If the freezer’s not perfectly level then it’s got a tendency to buzz and hum somewhat.

Once level and positioned a small distance away from the wall (5cm or so) then you’ll want to give the insides a quick wipe down to ensure it’s perfectly clean. Then it’s just a simple case of allowing it to settle for a few hours before switching it on. We started filling the freezer with food the next morning and it did the job perfectly.

IN USE & FUNCTIONS:
As previously mentioned, if you don’t get the freezer perfectly level then it’s going to give off some annoying humming sounds when in use. However, if set up correctly then it’s a quiet freezer that offers a good amount of capacity.

You can adjust the temperature of the freezer by a simple turning of a dial. The range of temperatures that the freezer offers is impressive – and it seems to reach the chosen temperature reasonably quickly.

The freezer has also obtained an A+ energy efficiency rating which means it’s particularly low cost to run compared with other models on the market.

CONCLUSION:
All in all we’ve been very happy with the freezer. Once you get it level it’s quiet and does the job very well. It also offers a great amount of capacity for a medium-sized chest freezer of this style.


AmazonBasics Deluxe Microfiber Flat Sheet, Single - Bright White
AmazonBasics Deluxe Microfiber Flat Sheet, Single - Bright White
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Much better quality than we thought it would be..., 21 May 2017
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The AmazonBasics Deluxe Microfiber Flat Sheet is a reasonably cheap and cheerful non-fitted flat sheet for use on a standard-sized single bed.

The sheet has a striped pattern running down the entire length and breadth of the sheet. The sheet is also really quite thick for a standard bedsheet, offering both insulating warmth and comfort.

The quality seems to be pretty darn good. In fact, it’s surprisingly good considering it’s classed as part of the AmazonBasics range. On close inspection I can’t find any missed stitch work around the edges, fraying or any other such defaults or signs of poorer quality. Furthermore, the quality of the fabric used feels very good too. With a plush thickness to it, and a nice soft texture.

All in all my wife and I are very happy with the bedsheet. Much better quality than we thought it would be.


Gatineau AHA Body Lotion Duo
Gatineau AHA Body Lotion Duo
Price: £37.46

5.0 out of 5 stars Ticks all the required boxes for a high end good quality moisturiser..., 21 May 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The Gatineau A.H.A. body lotion duo is a twin pack of good quality / reasonably high end body lotion.

The lotion comes in a very handy pump dispensing bottle which helps to minimise you getting too much out of the bottle at once and wasting it. This is particularly useful when you have such a luxurious body lotion, where a little goes a long way and you want it to last as long as possible! The formula itself is quite runny; in fact it’s called a “body milk” which certainly describes the consistency well. However, it doesn’t leave the skin feeling too oily like some runnier lotions can do. It soaked into my wife’s skin almost straight away and left it feeling silky and smooth.

All in all this is a reasonably luxurious product, it moisturises beautifully, and ticks all the required boxes for a high end good quality moisturiser.


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