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    • Breville TT6 / Toaster / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      27.04.2015 15:25

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      • "Toasts evenly"
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      Reliable toaster

      I picked this toaster up from a small electrical store near to where I work which was on offer for £16 which I thought was a very good price. I know this model is a few years old but at the end of the day I wasn't after the latest all singing all dancing model and just needed one that I could use on a daily basis and was reliable.

      It has two slots which are wide enough for thick bread, crumpets and also teacakes which are a favourite of mine. It is stainless steel and looks very neat and stylish and measures 18cm tall, 30cm wide and18.5cm deep. It has a control panel at the side of the toaster which includes the settings which range from 1 to 6 so there are enough settings for everyone to get their perfect slice of toast. Personally I like mine quite lightly toasted but if I am toasting crumpets or muffins I like them quite well done so I just have to remember to alter it for each use.

      There is also a defrost button for those times when you forget to take your bread out of the freezer and a reheat button which I find that I use quite often. I find that this crisps the toast up if it has gone a bit soggy if it has been left for a while before buttering it. It has a large removable crumb tray which is easily slid out from underneath and which I find needs empting every few weeks. It also has a cancel button if you change your mind when you have started toasting and it has a non slip base for extra safety.

      As it is stainless steel it does attract finger marks but it is easy to wipe over and I always keep a tub of wipes in the kitchen area so will wipe it over regularly so it always looks shiny and clean. It came with an instruction booklet and a twelve month guarantee and is a reliable and stylish looking toaster which you can pick up online from Amazon and other online sites for around £20. It is a great two slice toaster and has been very reliable and it always toasts bread very evenly and thoroughly. A highly recommended toaster which won't break the bank

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    • HP 2 in 1 Envy x2 13 j000ng / Laptop / 1 Reading / 0 Ratings
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      27.04.2015 13:48

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      • "High functionality"
      • "very comfortable"

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      HP Envy x2 is the ultimate dream

      I like modern man and a fan of all kinds of gadgets, enough to actively follow the latest developments of market, so try in everyday life not to apply IBM PC 1998, and to be in trend. That's why I chose the HP Envy x2. It is very stylish ultrabook. I take a few months, very happy with purchase. Tablet with detachable keyboard is not often seen. It runs on full Windows 8 and is suitable for all programs. The only negative is that there are very few games going. Akumulatora the battery lasts a very long time.
      Initially, taking the device in hand, don't know how to use it, how to detach the top cover and try to touch input. In the assembled state of the HP ENVY x2 does not differ almost from classic ultrabooks: it's a thin book with a slightly protruding console hinge at the junction of the halves. This item includes the mounting protrusions and the disclosure is a kind of stand.
      With a small opening angle of the device (about 100 degrees) and that's not enough for comfortable work in different conditions.
      The dimensions of the HP ENVY x2 are average - in the bag is placed very simply, and in hand to be no less convenient. It weighs about 1.5 kilograms. The mixed materials of construction: the outer part, and the lower panel is metal and the inner plastic. With all this, the Assembly of the device pleasant: despite the variety of elements, some cracks and gaps no, there are no gaps, squeaks either.
      In HP ENVY x2 used IPS-matrix with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels. Has led backlighting, colors are bright and vivid, viewing angles close to the maximum. Work with display do not cause problems as when the touch input, and when mounted on the docking station.
      Also it has a camera for video calls surrounded by microphones and light sensors. On the other hand on the lid is a volume knob, power button and rear camera of 8 megapixels with flash.
      Great ultrabook. All the advice!

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    • HTC One (M8) / Smartphone / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      27.04.2015 13:34
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      • "High performance"
      • "Gorgeous screen display"
      • "Sleek design"

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      • "Average camera"
      • "Average battery life"

      Excellent all-round smart phone - looks and performs great

      I have been using this phone for 2 months now and so far I am very satisfied with it. I have the silver colour and the design of the phone is quite industrial looking with a metallic finish, which I like. The screen display is very good and the brightness adjusts automatically to suit the lighting of your environment. The speakers are the best of any phone I have used; they are excellent for listening to music or watching videos on. I use a variety of apps on my phone with several usually open simultaneously and so far the One M8 has coped easily with the demands of this with no crashing or freezing whatsoever. Overall the phone is excellent but there is one minor quibble I have with this phone that I wished I had known about before purchasing it and that is the battery life. It is impossible for me to get through a day without charging and if the GPS is turned on or I play a game for a while, the battery drains very quickly and needs charging several times per day. I do believe this is a common issue with many modern smart phones though due to the various battery draining features they offer. The camera is fine for my needs, but I understand it is not the best available so if this is important to you, you may want to consider the new M9, which has a much improved camera. Overall, this is a great all-round smart phone for anyone wanting to play games, run apps, listen to music and access social media on their phone. I would definitely recommend HTC phones in general based on my experience and this model in particular based on its performance.

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      27.04.2015 12:58
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      • "Flawless finish"
      • "Long lasting"
      • "Many shades to choose from"

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      • Price
      • "Bottle Design"

      Best foundation I have ever tried - worth the price

      As a loyal Mac wearer I am usually reluctant to try new foundations; however my sister recommended this product to me so I thought I would give it a change. I sampled the double wear original foundation in Pure Beige and I have to say I am extremely impressed. The foundation looks quite thin and liquid like as opposed to the creamy texture of my usual foundation so I didn't expect the coverage to be that great, but upon applying it I was pleasantly surprised. The foundation goes on smoothly and leaves a really flawless finish. It does set quite quickly so you need to blend the foundation in as soon as possible to avoid it leaving a line. The foundation does have quite a heavily made up look, so if you prefer a natural finish this may not be the foundation for you, but personally I prefer this. Sometimes with heavier foundations I find that it can emphasise the look of lines and wrinkles, but this is not the case with the Estee Lauder Double Wear. I applied the product around 8am in the morning, went to work and out for drinks afterwards and by 12 hours later I can genuinely say it was still in place and lasted better than any other foundation I have tried. This is not a cheap product (around the £30 mark), but you certainly get what you pay for and a little goes a long way. The only negative aspect is the bottle design – a glass bottle with no pump. This means it is more difficult to get every drop out of the bottle, which is very important considering the price – if this could be improved then I would give the product 5 stars.

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      27.04.2015 12:14
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      • "covers roots a bit"

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      • "heavily scented"

      If you're blonde, you need this!

      Dry shampoo is all the rage now, and most ladies with long hair will own some as let's face it, if it saves a wash or two it is worth it.

      Try them all!
      I have realised that you can pay a huge range for dry shampoos yet some of the cheaper ones do such a good job. I have tried a lot but keep returning the Batiste and shop's own brands as my preference.

      Extra benefits
      I have tried this for getting close to needing a wash hair and it sorts it out for a day or two. It also helps lessen obvious darker roots. I like it for hair dos too as it adds volume and helps put up giving grip and stability to the up do.

      In use
      I just spray it on the roots and massage and I'm good to go.

      Price
      I paid £3.99 for a can but it is often on offer and the cans seem to last for ages.

      My thoughts
      I have tried the blonde in this range and can't fault it. I love how it hides my roots and even brightens up my hair colour in a good way. For the price it's something I just won't be without any more.

      Final word
      I will buy this again and again. It is not obvious at all apart from a scent which I am told smells lovely but I realise not everyone wants their hair to smell of the tropics but it seems most dry shampoos have a pretty strong smell to them. I love it!

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      27.04.2015 12:12
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      • "First class product and finish"
      • " clear delivery arrangements"
      • "Excellent "
      • "Helpful communications & updates"
      • "Realistic build times"
      • "Clear pricing"
      • Flexibility
      • "Easy to specify requirements"
      • "Comprehensive website"

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      High quality product, brilliant company to deal with and excellent communications.

      Excellent website with well laid out options. The range of models and potential for modifications are very impressive. I liked the 'design-your-own' process very much and was greatly assisted by the direct feedback when I inadvertently made an incompatible component selection. The pricing is reasonable and is flexible enough to enable the buyer to precisely spec a machine to meet their exact budget. I wanted to spend less than £900 for a very well-specified laptop whilst avoiding Windows 8 and this was easily achieved. The finished machine is very good indeed, and nicely finished in terms of style, with highest quality keyboard and screen.

      The one slight irritation was that not all optional components were individually priced, so it meant that I had to select a modification in order to see its effect on the total cost, rather than having each component separately priced in the drop-down lists. A small point but it could make life slightly easier if the latter point was adopted.

      The matter-of-fact, realistic information regarding build times, delivery, and so on was useful, as were the regular updates by email about any problems/ delays encountered - this meant that I knew exactly what was going on, rather than the often-experienced (with some other companies) delays for no reason and excuses.

      The option of Windows 7 was a huge relief, along with the further option of a free upgrade to Windows 10 when it becomes available. The included delivery and information regarding a definite one hour window were very helpful.

      Overall, I am absolutely delighted with the company, the laptop and all aspects of the service provided. Many thanks.

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    • Politics Books in general / Discussion / 2 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      27.04.2015 11:47

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      • "Coalitions are bad news"

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      • "All politicians in it for themselves "

      Politics is an open book full of crooks and spivs

      The nation celebrated our Syrian born patron saint by allowing his countrymen to drown in the Mediterranean Sea on St Georges Day, showing just how ineffective and cowardly a coalition government can be. The EU policy has been to let them drown to deter others making the trip and Clegg & Cameron agreeing by withdrawing British Navy boats, money and people. A petition to get Katie Hopkins sacked from The Sun for making disgusting comments about those poor refuges earned 150,000 signatures but the one to help save the migrants earned just 12,000? You can see the problem for Europe and Cameron here on losing votes on this policy. The majority electorate doesn’t really care about drowning Africans and secretly want the politicians to ignore a situation that can no longer be ignored. When you want the politicians to be at their very best and lead and rick votes so to save lives they are at their very worse, using ambiguous language and excuses to do nothing. Blair attacked Iraq for oil and hegemonic reasons which the Tory establishment understood as national policy and backed him all the way. But Cameron and Clegg abandoned Libya and then bottled Syria by engineering a vote not to interfere militarily in Damascus, claiming it was the same peoples will we didn’t go to war, which Obama followed suit. That duplicity could only really happen with a pass the parcel coalition. A concerted western squeeze on Syria may have shortened the war and stopped the creation of ISIS. But the west didn’t act and now a big chunk of the Middle East and Arab Africa is heading north to what they believe is the sanctuary of Europe as militant Islam is allowed to run wild down there. Its mostly moronic male Muslim machismo that’s killing those people in the region but the west’s weakness hasn’t helped and so therefore we should at least help Italy by returning to the original blockade/rescue operation. The political vacuum is the sort of policy coalition allows. Europe is packed full of coalitions.

      Domestically the British voters subconsciously wanted a coalition in 2010 so not to feel responsible for the cuts to come and to some how punish parliament for the expenses fiddles with that chaos. Voters, of course, don’t want to be told the truth by the politicians during an election campaign because they won’t vote for them and so more of that deflecting ambiguous politician babble is delivered so not to answer any questions, tedious behavior the electorate also berates. The Scottish independent vote showed us that people will vote passionately to keep what they have, in the ‘Yes’ votes case welfare increases and cheap student loans and in the ‘No’ case, North Sea oil revenue and strength in numbers. I can see a three party alliance being the only way to form a government this time as we twist the knife some more at the ballot box.

      The Liberal Democrats have claimed some victories in the coalition but the crumbling over tuition fees has destroyed any electoral respect they have left, set to be wiped out in the election. They were the students and teachers with beards and elbow patches party of choice but now that lot have gone to the Greens and so not much chance of Clegg having enough seats to prop up a Tory government this time. The most likely scenario is Labor being put into power by the SNP and a return to strong public service and more freebies for Scotland.

      Wages increases are also on voters minds. Being subsidized by Working Tax Credit and Housing Benefit is very expensive and the Tories keen to slash that wage top up. At the same time they refuse to stop big business eroding away unions and those wages levels with stuff like zero hour contracts that allow people just to live. When people criticize the welfare bill they don’t realize only 3% of it is Jobseekers Allowance. Most of it is pensions and housing benefit for low paid but needed workers. Flooding the country with cheap foreign labor isn’t going to address that. The Conservatives like high house prices as it puts equity in the pockets of their core vote, the property owing middle-class. But for the workers it drives up their rents.

      The first rule of capitalism is that the workers must be able to afford the goods they make in the factories and so wages need to rise. The second and third rule is the workers must be healthy to be able to work in those factories. If the bosses don’t look after their workers it all falls apart but they are too busy stuffing tax havens full of cash to care. The Tories have also stopped employees having the right to protest at arbitration by intruding a £1500 pound fee to appeal against unfair dismissal and employee disputes etc. This has seen a 90% fall in tribunals, the Tories say due to vexatious chancers, the Labor say sacked pregnant women and workers sacked just before their pensions are due. Its more the later than the former.

      Immigration and jobs seemed to have increased at surprising levels under the coalition and not unlinked. If you flood the labor market with foreign workers you drive down wage costs and inflation, the sort of thing that makes Tory supporting corporations donate to the party. Problem is it puts huge strain on the NHS and housing, two things the coalition have not yet got to grips with. Like dementia, unaffordable rents in the big cities for key workers is a problem all politicians bury their heads over. Whoever we vote in expect none of the above being changed as the system only ever works one way. I suspect all those on welfare, in public service or on crap working contracts will vote against Cameron.




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      27.04.2015 11:46

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      Great results on skin thanks to Coconut milk

      As much as I love SANCTUARY I think when anyone loves a range there is always going to be one piece that doesn't sit well and for me the MANDE LULAR range is that one.

      The results of the MANDE LULAR cannot be denied. It contains COCONUT milk so straight off you know its going to be the tonic your skin need. This softens and soothes your skin and the after effect if using the souffle cream as part of the range really helps bind all that hard wok together yet it works equally well without the body cream. My skin, despite not liking the scent, really felt lovely all day long and the scent stayed nice and fragrant.

      When you add this to hot water the bubble are ridiculously over the top you only need a small amount as the quality of this product is amazing and its very good value for money.
      This contains Aloe Vera and this really helps heal the skin and restore any sun damage or heat as I found last year it soothe the arms and legs that had caught the sun really well.

      For me it was the scent of spices that didn't sit well.
      This was quite an intense mix for me and a little tangy or bright scenting.
      It really wasn't my kind of scent but the results other than that was perfect.

      This retails at £10 for 400 ml and does last a long time, less really is more when using this product.

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      27.04.2015 11:23
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      • " free of parabens and sulphates"
      • "Works well"

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      • Pricey

      Good cream, but expensive

      In a beauty box a while ago, I got a tube of REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream. It was a white tube with pale green accents. I used the cream in the morning for as long as the tube lasted, which was a few weeks – I found that I didn’t need to use too much at once.

      REN is a brand that eschews parabens, sulphates and the like in favour of natural ingredients. This particular cream is described as a day cream, so I used a separate cream at night. According to the back of the tube, the cream hydrates and replenishes, calms and soothes, protects against free radicals and environmental aggression, and combats the signs of premature ageing, as well as training skin to be less sensitive.

      I can’t comment in detail on the last three claims as they are difficult, if not impossible, to test. I find the idea of a cream training skin to be less sensitive to be quite strange, and I take this claim with a pinch of salt, though I don’t have the expert knowledge to confirm or deny my views. However, I found the cream to sink into the skin well without a greasy feeling, and it also moisturised my skin thoroughly. It didn’t cause any irritation, and it proved a good base for makeup.

      The cream costs £28 for 50ml and while I liked it, I’m not sure I’d be willing to pay that much for it. Worth a try if you want a cream without parabens, sulphates etc., but it’s a bit pricey for me.

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      27.04.2015 11:22
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      Unwind and releax

      It's taken a while to click on but I understand it all now!

      A few years ago I purchased lots of gorgeous Sanctuary products in the sleep range and became major fans of the products. Yet despite being fans when they decided to change the branding they did so having removed the whole relaxing and sleep range in our area for six months and it slipped my mind as I chose another brand to keep me going.
      I didn't even see the change on their website or any 'new launch' yet the branding is different really different and IMPROVED HUGELY. There is a red range and a purple range.

      This RED range is part of their 'ESCAPE AND UNWIND 'section. Head to SANCTUARY.CO.UK to see the full gorgeous range.

      This is a fantastic combination of:
      HONEY
      ALMOND OIL
      LOTUS
      CEDARWOOD
      VETIVERT

      This combination is really therapeutic and helps not only your body unwind but your mind to.
      Due to the VETIVERT this also is a fragrance that lasts a long time. Recently this scent has been the base note of a lot of perfumes and to find SANCTUARY had used it in this bath soak was a treat to discover.
      The after care of this product is really good as well. It intensely nourishes and moisturise's your body leaving your skin smooth and soft well into the morning.
      If your having difficultly sleeping or unwinding after work or a heavy day this is really relaxing yet strangely uplifting to the senses as well.

      This is also excellent value at £10 for 400 ml x

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      27.04.2015 11:20
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      • "does freshen breath"

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      • expensive

      The Sahara effect

      I was not that excited when my April Look Fantastic box landed and within was a hair putty I won't use, a bar of soap (wow-ee), some diet pills, a hand and body wash by Balance me and a small 50ml pot of this mouthwash. I remembered the advert for this, a man who can't get a girl because his breath stinks until he starts using this product.

      It sat still a while
      I put it on the bathroom shelf thinking I would get around to using this but I kept ignoring it for weeks as in my head it was a product for men (I know that is a nonsense but that is what my brain was telling me).

      Then I tried it
      I am doing a trial on a toothpaste at the moment and the toothpaste is amazing, stain removing but not strong tasting and two cups of coffee in the morning were giving me that awful teacher breath (no offence teachers...).

      In use
      I just swilled around the 10 ml as advise, couldn't gargle like they wanted as I always think I'm choking when I gargle. Spit it out and then OMG my mouth felt like a desert with all the moisture sucked out of it. I spent a few minutes wondering what the hell? It had a light minty menthol taste to it so that wasn't bad but I have no idea what ingredient made me go dry like that!

      Afterwards
      I did notice a fresh mouth for many hours after. The bottle promises 12 hours but I think eating takes it toll out of it.

      Price
      This is £15 for a 250 ml bottle but if you like it a lot you can buy it by the litre for £44.

      Final word
      I don't think I will buy this again because of the Sahara effect - I just prefer normal mouth wash. But if you have bad breath issues you might want to give it a try.

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    • Dentyl PH Clove Mouthwash / Oral Care / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      27.04.2015 10:54
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      • none

      Get the cloves in to keep the vampires away? Wait... that's not right!

      I picked up a travel sized bottle of Dentyl Clove mouthwash to try from Boots. It was under a pound and I was curious about how the clove would taste plus I always wondered about that two coloured liquid which separates itself inside the bottle - how the heck does that work then?!

      In use
      I just swigged a small bit out of the little bottle, don't worry, it was only me using it and no one else so I can get away with this terrible habit as no one is watching and it hurts no one! I am not one for gargling as I am scared I'll choke or swallow it so I just swished it around my mouth a bit.

      Taste
      It actually tastes quite nice. I won't be scared of clove any more. I think I was expecting it to taste heavily of garlic, not something you want to smell of first thing in the morning eh? But I think I mixed up my cloves there!

      Price
      This is a very reasonably priced mouth wash priced £1.20 for a bottle sized 100ml in Superdrug at the moment.

      My thoughts
      I would actually buy this again without hesitation as it worked really well for me. It tasted OK and left my mouth feeling nice and clean, everything I want from a mouth wash in fact. I used this morning and night and suffered no ill effects from the product so I am happy to recommend it to others.

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      27.04.2015 10:46
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      • "good on dark colours"

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      • "not necessary..."

      Get it right with this pen

      I received the Rituals nail polish corrector in a beauty box last year and whilst I am a keen nail painter, this product was not something I owned previously or felt that I particularly needed.

      What is it?
      A little pen with a hard applicator that becomes soaked in nail polish remover from the barrel of the pen when you are ready to use it. You just 'draw' away the nail polish mistakes (usually from your skin or cuticles) and it removes it. There are spare tips in the end of the pen so you can change them when they become soiled.

      My thoughts
      I have used this pen a few times but quite honestly I forget that I have it most of the time. It can be used for mistakes but also, it is good for tidying up the tips of a French polish if you do the white bit first on a naked nail. I like that you get the spare tips, it makes the nail polish remover pen last a bit longer but really you need to change them over often if you use the pen a lot and especially if you use it on dark colours. A few brands like Nails Inc have brought out something similar but I just wonder if they are any better than using a cotton bud soaked in remover. Obviously they are more travel friendly and require less faffing about and packing.

      How much?
      These pens are £8 to buy on the Rituals website, it says they are currently sold out due to being a huge success! I think this is expensive for what they are.

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      27.04.2015 10:40
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      I looked everywhere and PC Specialist can't be touched for value/power.

      I am over the moon with my gaming PC! I paid £800 for an absolute gaming beast which would have cost £500+ more on the high street (I looked). I was worried about the time it would take from order to delivery but it actually took under a Week so I was pleased there. The PC was packaged safely and the foam insert was a nice touch, I like that PC Specialist really care about the condition my PC arrives in.

      I did have a problem going through finance but changing to paying in full fixed that, the online support team were also helpful and put up with my confusing demands!


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      27.04.2015 10:38
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      DooYoo bought me this

      DooYoo actually paid for my full sized pot of Ben Nye Powder with their Amazon vouchers! I am reviewing the Ben Nye Banana Powder which is more yellow than the neutral set but a similar product by the same makers.

      I bought a couple of samples of this powder to try out before buying a massive jar of it, convinced that it is the loose powder for me. I've been using a primer and light bb cream on my skin but it felt like it needed something to seal in and brighten up my complexion. This powder was made famous by Kim Kardashian who absolutely loves it apparently! Whilst I'm not a massive fan of hers, her skin does look flawless so any recommendations from her I am interested to know about.

      First impressions
      The jar is far from luxury, totally plastic and basic, there is nothing about this that makes it look special at all. The actual powder I have is quite yellow in colour hence it's name Banana but somehow it works well for most complexions.

      In use
      Some people use this all over the face but it is most popular as an under eye setting powder for concealer and as a base to dust off any eyeshadow that should fall under the eye.

      Application
      I use a brush to apply this product but you can also use a sponge to tap it on to the skin.

      Price
      I paid £27.99 for a 3oz jar, knowing that this product was definitely for me! I think this jar will last me for around a year with daily use. I had two sample pots before which lasted a good amount of time but I decided it was time to take the plunge and buy a full sized container.

      Final word
      I really like this product, it has been a bit of a breakthrough for me in terms of finding something you would not normally even try. I know that they do other colours in the range but for me the banana powder ticks all the boxes and I really recommend buying a sample to try if you think you might be interested as it will help you try the product without shelling out for the full expensive pot.

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