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      06.07.2015 07:33
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      • "SPF 15"
      • "Nice smell"

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      • "Too expensive"
      • "Doesn't help dry lips"
      • " makes me feel ill"
      • "Thick texture"

      Not a lip balm I would recommend

      Rodical Stemcell is an excellent brand which I have prided myself on using for years, and I love all of their skincare products and relish the quality they offer. Most of the time I would recommend them to almost anyone, but I didn't feel the same about this lip balm.

      I was very disappointed with this, and considering it is £16.99 for a seemingly tiny tube I found this most disappointing. The tube is very small considering the price, only a meagre 9g in weight. The sludge inside the tube I found to be very offputting and thick. When I apply a lipbalm I expect a smooth texture of product, but the Rodical Stemcell was quite thick and sludgy, and the feeling of it on my lips made me feel quite ill as I am sensitive to things like that.

      It gave my lips a greasy texture and didn't seem to offer all that much in the way of moisture or protection. My lips weren't any less chapped by the time it wore off. I didn't see the 'plumping' effect mentioned in online descriptions and I certainly didn't think my lips were nourished. As soon as I applied the balm I was keen for it to wear off so I could return to my trusty Nivea balms.

      The lip balm is SPF 15, which is always a positive as people seem not to care about protecting lips from the rays of the sun, however with such poor quality in the product I won't personally achieve this benefit as I gave it up after a number of uses.

      The use of shea butter and rose hip oil was evident though, as it had a soft texture influenced by the shea butter. I didn't enjoy the texture of how thick the balm was but thankfully it was smooth and not sticky.

      It did have a slight smell of roses too it which I found to be the one consistent positive.

      I wouldn't recommend the lip balm, it's too expensive for such poor quality and has seemingly no actual benefit that the likes of Vaseline and Nivea couldn't give.

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      05.07.2015 23:14
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      • "Not one "

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      • " too thick and it clogs"
      • "Brush way too large"

      Clogs and clumps not lengthens and thickens

      I have a terrible job in getting a good mascara and I think that to date I still have not managed to find the perfect mascara. I have tried false lashes but I just look ridiculous so when a friend of mine recommended Boots No7 Extravagant Lashes Mascara for £10.05 I thought I would give it a try.

      Now, I personally prefer a mascara brush to have a very fine brush on the end of the wand but this one is massive – and I really mean really very chunky. In fact, it is so large that I actually really struggled to use this the first few times I tried it out.

      The brush itself is a vivid pink (before it gets clogged up with mascara) and I found that pretty odd, to be honest.

      The mascara is also very thick and I found that it really clogged my lashes to together and as I was unable to use the brush as well as I had hoped, I ended up with stuck together lashes, which really looked quite awful.

      It doesn’t smudge and though it is not waterproof it is nevertheless difficult to remove even with my waterproof wipes. It seems that it just wants to stay where it is.

      It come sin various colours and I went for the brown / black but to be honest for the price, I wasn’t at all impressed with this mascara.

      It did not lengthen and thicken so much as clog and clump.

      Give it a miss.

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    • E45 Lip Care / Make Up / 5 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      05.07.2015 23:04
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      • " good quality "
      • "Heals and protects"

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      • "None at all "

      For better lips

      Anyone who reads my reviews on a regular basis will know that I do suffer from very dry and cracked lips to the point that they bleed. It is not a problem just in winter months for me – it happens all year round. I buy different types of lip salves and I am not loyal to one particular brand but lately I have been using the E45 one I found in Home Bargains for only £1.99 for a 5g stick.

      It looks like a Chapstick but I actually find that this one is a little more solid than the cheaper brands you can buy. It has no shine at all and no gloss so you can wear it over a lipstick or on its own. I personally find that it works a lot better if you just wear it on it’s own as it is far more effective.

      I also love the fact that it contains UVA and UVB sunscreens and it not only helps to protect my lips from the elements but it actually heals them up quickly if they are already in a state and really cracked. It needs to be reapplied fairly infrequently and so the little sticks last me for ages. I have one in my bag which I take everywhere with me and another in my drawer at work.

      They are suitable for either sex to use as they leave no colour or sheen behind and they have no smell at all.

      I really do recommend them.


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    • KRK KNS 8400 / Headphones / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      05.07.2015 23:00
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      Some problems

      First let me say I'm reviewing these for general listening use rather than specifically studio/mixing use, if you're looking at these for studio/mixing use then you may want to skip over my review.

      Build and Quality:
      The KNS 8400's are of a lightweight plastic construction with an integrated metal band, a detachable stiff (anti-tangle) 2.5mm to 3.5mm cable with a proprietary locking mechanism, and non-replaceable memory foam ear pads and head band pads.
      Frankly non-replaceable ear pads is surprising in headphones in this price range an probably limits the headphone life to a couple of years, they are however very comfortable. The headband pads are a mixed bag and you may find the comfortable or not depending on your head shape etc, it comprises two separate pads rather than one continuous pad and this does increase the pressure at those points which may be uncomfortable for some.
      I don't like the lightweight plastic on the cans, they leak quite a bit of sound, not very badly but compared to other closed headphones they don't provide great isolation. The plastic is also quite hard and transmits sound really badly from the cable, which is also stiff just compounding the problem, if you need to use these in a situation where you move around a lot then the rubbing and knocking sounds coming up the cable might drive you a bit nuts.

      Sound:
      The 8400's undoubtedly have great mids, extreme clarity and detail, the highs can border on fatiguing but are also generally very good, the bass however is somewhat understated, perhaps a few db below neutral. The overall sound is very flat and the soundstage is pretty much neutral, like listening in a sound dampened closet, close and flat. They are also a bit quiet overall which I found surprising given the low impedance. For listening to anything mid dominant these are great provided you can tolerate the neutral soundstage and overall quietness, however its really hard to appreciate anything with a significant bass component, the 8400s do reproduce the bass well but it just lacks impact and this is probably down to the soundstage more than anything.

      In summary these are comfortable, great for mids and voice, but if I want to listen to any music with bass I find myself switching to other headphones. I wouldn't buy these again.

      Edit: A correction, the pads are replaceable (however how you get them off is beyond me). Also with amplification these sound a lot better which is surprising as they are lower impedance than my other headphones, but there you go, much better sound with amplification so bumping score up to 4 stars. The mids are so clear and detailed I can forgive them the poor bass, at least for listening to classical and similar music they surpass by other headphones by quite a margin.

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    • Panasonic RP HJE201E-K / Headphones / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      05.07.2015 22:58
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      Unbelievably good for the money

      I've been on the lookout for some decent inner-ear headphones for a while. I used to have a great Sony pair and when they gave up I thought I'd do well with Sennheisers after being impressed with their over-ear headphones. Sadly they didn't fit well, and with inner-ear style headphones, ear canal fit is pretty much the most important factor - even great ones can sound very poor if they don't make a good seal.

      As you typically can't return used headphones for hygiene reasons, I didn't want to spend a lot, with the risk they wouldn't fit. Then I saw this review on The Wirecutter [...], looked them up on Amazon, and at just over £7 thought I'd give them a punt (The model number is different in the UK for some reason and they don't come with an in-line remote for some reason. You can get the ones from the review, but they're slightly more).

      And The Wirecutter review wasn't wrong - they sound great (for the price)! The fit is great (for me at least, but they come with 3 different size adapters), the sound is perfectly decent for normal day-to-day listening, they block out outside sounds well (as you would expect), the bass is tight and controlled, and they don't seem too bright either. The build quality is good for the price, but you can tell that the overall material quality is on the lower side and they probably won't last forever. That said, if I'd spent ~£100 on posher headphones and lost/broke them, I'd be gutted - at least with these they're inexpensive to replace if needed.

      Overall, they seem unbelievably good value for money. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone.

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    • Exspect EX884 / Headphones / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      05.07.2015 22:55
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      Excellent for the price but poor construction

      These headphones sound excellent! I was a little dubious about them, having not heard of the manufacturer before, but I'm very glad I took the chance.

      I agree with other other reviewers that the bass is very strong, and so i have changed the sound settings on my iPod touch (depending on the music I'm listening to its either on vocal or acoustic, if anyone out there is interested) which has helped balance the sound some, but I'm sure you'll be able to play to find your preferred settings!

      As with all bud headphones (this is my third pair in 5 years, the others being Sony and Phillips, respectively) the sound quality suffers if they do not fit correctly, so you have to play around with both the bud size and the depth at which you wear them, but once you find a sweet spot they are truly brilliant. As a side note, wearing them looser or with smaller buds reduces the bass.

      I'm very happy with these, they tick every single box for me, and they only lose a star for the effort required to get them set how you want them.

      Edit: 6 months of the work bag was too much for them, both buds have fallen apart on separate occasions. They're not particularly mistreated, they're in the top of the bag in a player pouch wrapped around the iPod and are shielded from the brunt of any impacts by the padding in the pouch and being elevated from the base of the bag and its contents. Both times this was easily fixed with a dab of superglue. When in parts the wires were openly exposed and showed signs of damage during construction(fraying, damage to wire from stripping, stripped wires in contact with each other). Now (the past week) the left bud has started crackling on bass notes down to half volume (and as it's still the ipod touch about half volume is where sound really fills out and becomes richer). Thinking I'll find a new set from a different brand, maybe some of the cheaper sennheiser bud earphones, the search continues

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    • Sony MDR EX10LP / Headphones / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      05.07.2015 22:52
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      Bargain for the price

      I originally got these headphones just for the spare earbuds; I'm quite happy with either the medium sized ones or the large ones, and found that the original replacements cost about the same as these headphones did; so decided it would be better to have an extra set with spare earbuds that I could use.

      I used a two way headphone splitter, and plugged in my more expensive Sony MDR-EX500LP with Multi Layer Diaphragm (for High Resolution Sound) headphones, to get a side by side comparison. To my surprise (and a little bit of horror), these headphones sounded fairly similar. It even has a little raised dot to help you identify the right from left buds without having to look at them (ideal in the dark or in a hurry).

      The major differences between this set and a more expensive pair, is the little extras; this only comes with a standard 1.2m cord and three ear buds (Small, Medium and Large). The more expensive sets may include a 0.5m main set with a 1m extension cord to allow you to choose the length you need, or headphone pouches, stuff like that. Also, the cord is pretty ugly... it's the "old" style of two cords moulded together, rather than the single cable.

      If you can live with the basic looks and lack of little extras, these are a seriously good investment for the quality you're getting. They really do sound almost as good as headphones that I have that are five times the price. If you want something a little more aesthetically pleasing, you'd be well within your right to pay a little bit extra.

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    • Samsung BD-P1580 / Blu-Ray Player / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      05.07.2015 22:49
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      Good price

      Far from being a technophobe I must admit to leaving the purchase of a Blu Ray player a bit late in life. I've been enjoying HD tv for years now so finally bit the bullet and bought a Blu Ray player.
      My dilemma was where to start. Like mobile phones and contracts, it's a bit of a minefield out there so apart from the usual "googling" I had a browse on Amazon.
      What I like about the site is as you browse you get recommendations for other similar products so therefore narrows your choices down a bit for you. I tried not to get too swayed by all the HD & HDMI jargon, just simply a player that was suitable to my TV's resolution of 1086. I learned that there was no point buying an all singing, all dancing player for £500+ if the resolution on my TV wasn't that of the player. This is what I like about independent reviews and I would say the same in that this product serves my TV very well.
      I chose Samsung as my TV is Samsung and know that the controllers are compatible with each other.
      The player is very easy to set up & took me all of 5 minutes. As I had no Blu Ray dvd's I tried out a few standard ones and was pleased to see that the playback quality is better than that of a standard dvd. It did mention this in the write up and has proved to be correct.
      However, on seeing Blu Ray playback I was very impressed! The clarity and sharpness is perfect. Sound is another issue and this will depend on your set up but my 2.0 BOSE speakers come into their own. Great cinema quality!!
      In summary, if this is your first purchase and want a basic player for a good price then go for it. I highly recommend!!

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    • Philips SHE9503 / Headphones / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      05.07.2015 22:43
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      Great

      Was a little nervous about buying these due to the low price, but I have not been disappointed. I've only had them for a couple of weeks, so I can't comment on wear and tear, but my initial impressions are that these earphones are definitely worth the money. I would say I prefer the sound quality to my old ipod ones (I would compare them side by side, but my old ones broke - hence the purchase). As replacements, these offer a great range of sound, including decent bass.





      Also, they fit nice and comfortably in each ear and you always know which one is which thanks to the angular design! I was surprised to find they came with felt covers for the buds which was not clear from the description, but this just helps enhance the sound quality so it was a good bonus.





      All in all, very good purchase for the money if you're just looking for a bog-standard pair of headphones. Nothing flashy, just something that will play your music well.





      The only slight negative I can see is the slightly cheap feel of the wire plastic. Time will tell whether it can withstand life, but I do get the feeling that as long as you look after them, they'll be fine. Don't let it put you off.

      Amazing set of headphones

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      Neodymium magnet enhances bass performance and sensitivity
      Twin vents balance the high sounds and bass tones
      15mm speaker driver optimises wearing comfort
      Ear cushions improve wearing comfort and bass response
      Durable flexi-gripmakes a strong flexible connection

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      05.07.2015 22:39
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      • "You can adjust them "
      • "They work good"
      • "They look very beautiful "

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      • "There are no disadvantages"

      Disney Minnie Mouse headphones

      WHAT ARE THEY?

      These are headphones that are made by Disney. They are for children so the headphone band is small, it can be adjusted but not to very big so I think these are for small children only and would not be big enough for a teenager. I do not think a teenager would like to use them anyway because they look childish.

      THE DESIGN

      The headphones are bright and on each ear there is a picture of Minnie Mouse. On the head band is a strip of fabric to make it soft and that has got flowers printed on it with some spots like are on Minnie Mouses dress.

      WHAT I THINK

      I bought these headphones for my daughter and we like them very much. They are comfortable for her to wear and she does not have to adjust them because they stay the correct size even when she is rough at taking them on and off.

      They have got a jack that is suited for all headphone sockets and my daughter has used them for an MP3 player and to plug into her laptop also.

      The music that is played through these headphones is very good and clear. My daughter listens to alot of pop music so I am happy that they keep the noise of that in and I do not have to listen to it also!

      ANYTHING ELSE

      These headphones cost only £14 and I am very happy about that because they have been used for over one year now and they are still working good and they still look like they are new. We are very happy with them and my daughter thinks she is very grown up because she has got her own headphones that have got one of her favoured characters on them.

      5 Dooyoo Hearts.

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    • Benefit High Beam / Make Up / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      05.07.2015 22:23
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      • "Great shine perfect for"

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      Best liquid highlight to date

      I had wanted this highlighter for ages, and managed to get it in full size along with a full size hoola bronzer and other products in a chorus mas set in the Christmas sales for £20! Baffin! But when it runs out I will definitely not be hesitating to repurchase it for full price. I have quite pale skin without wearing fake tan and it gives a lovely shimmer on the cheekbones making my skin look less dull and making me also look much more healthier. I have tried this when wearing fake tan also and it is just as nice, therefore it definitely suits different skin tones. I have quite dry skin sometimes also but it does sit/sink in very nicely to the skin. A little bit definitely goes a long way so I am sure the bottle will last a long time. I usually use this every day just on top of my cheekbones, but I have tried it contour wise on my nose top of lip etc and it is also just as nice. I have not been able to find a liquid highlight that is similar to this on the highstreet and therefore cheaper however I would be open to finding one as it is still quite pricey even though it is worth it and I would recommend it! Another benefit product I have been thoroughly impressed with and I am happy to pay the price for it as I have yet to find a similar cheaper dupe.

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    • Maybelline Falsies Mascara / Make Up / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      05.07.2015 22:13

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      • " good mascara "
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      Definitely worth a purchase - repurchased over 10 times!

      This is a mascara I would highly recommend, and I do on a daily basis to friends and family! Firstly, it is a good price, it's cheaper than most mascaras in the drug store which are not half as good in my opinion. I always go for the blackest black option, non-waterproof and I've never been disappointed, I must of purchased this over 10 times since its release, and I'll continue to as long as it's still sold. I have naturally long lashes anyway however whenever I wear this mascara I do get compliments on the length of my lashes and the thickness of them, and also get asked if I'm wearing false lashes (which, obviously is the specification of the mascara itself). Due to using it daily I don't think it does last too long as it does tend to start going clumpy towards the end, however I don't really mind due to the price of it. I would say it's definitely the best Maybelline mascara in the range, the great lash coming second! The mascara does last all day after just one coat, I don't find it to go flaky or crumble off during the day either. I do not find that it transfers under or above the eye too which is good. The wand is also nice as its not a plastic wand, I do not usually like these as I do not think they really grab your lashes well enough to coat them. The wand is also quite big however it's not hard to use.

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    • Ghd Air / Hair Dryer / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      05.07.2015 22:04
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      • " leaves your hair smooth and shiny"
      • " quick"
      • Lightweight

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      Must buy!

      In an attempt to try and grow my hair and make it healthier I decided to avoid using a hair dryer on my hair everyday. However, after being a lover of the GHD brand for years, me and my mum decided to purchase a hairdryer of theirs for the first time and it's hard not to use it! At first I couldn't see why spending much more on a hair dryer would make any difference at all however I was wrong! The design of the hair dryer is very lightweight which is good if it takes you a while to dry your hair. Even without blow drying my hair with the hairdryer and just instead rough drying it my hair (usually natural quite wavy) has an end result of it being extremely smooth and shiny, definitely salon results at home! I also recommend using this alongside the GHD heat protection spray, this too has made a huge difference to my hair, although that too seems pricey at £10, if you're a student GHD often do 20% student discount if you order from them direct which is nice. If you are looking to spend on a hair dryer this is definitely one I would recommend. I had a pair of GHD straighteners for years therefore I am sure the hair dryer will last just as long if not longer and it was definitely a good investment hair tool which I am glad I purchased. I bought mine from a local salon which may be a bit cheaper, however if not I would buy directly from the GHD website.

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      05.07.2015 22:02
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      • "nice treatment"

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      special stuff for scapls

      I picked up a few bargains in the Regis sale and a pot of this mask for the scalp was included. I paid £2 for my pot which seemed like a good buy as I do sometimes get a dry head. I wanted to try it for that price to see if it was any good.

      First impressions
      The product is thick and white and comes in a large pot. You scoop out the contents each time and I'd say there is enough in the pot for at least ten treatments.

      In use
      I found it hard to apply this direct to my scalp, with towel dried hair. It just wanted to go everywhere so I used it as a treatment more or less all over! It was very messy but OK because I used it in the bath. I left it on for five minutes as advised before rinsing out then washing and conditioning.

      Did it work?
      I sometimes get an itchy head but often this is when I go to bed with wet hair which is not ideal but a busy working life and young kids means it's the last task of the night. I didn't suffer any adverse effects from using this product and will probably use it every two to three weeks.


      Product Overview
      Treat sensitive scalps with the care they deserve. Help to relieve itchiness with the Wella SP Balance Scalp Mask 200ml It is a soothing, intensive treatment for sensitive scalps that need a little extra love.

      Benefits
      Be kind to your scalp with this special soothing formula that helps to relieves itchiness. The mask strengthens the skin's own protective barrier for effective results.

      My thoughts
      I am happy with the performance of this product especially for the price paid. I am not sure I would shell out the full price as I don't really suffer enough to warrant it.

      Price
      A 200 ml pot is £24 on the Regis website.

      Final word
      This was a nice treatment for me to use, it did not leave my hair at all greasy and it felt good to give some attention to an area of my body that I normally ignore! I'd buy it again on offer.

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    • Sony MDR-ZX300W / Headphones / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      05.07.2015 21:57
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      • "Excellent sound output"
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      A fab set of headphones for a great price

      I must admit that up until a couple of years ago, I didn't own any over the head earphones but as my daughter is showing more of an interest in her dads IPad, we decided to invest in a pair for her. I personally don't have a clue when it comes to headphones but this what the hubby picked.

      He purchased these from Amazon at a cost of around £18 and they were reduced at the time from £25. I have just had a look online and they are currently available for £19.99, they are also available from places such as Currys, Tescos and Argos for a similar price.

      As I mentioned earlier, when it comes to headphones, I don't really know what I am talking about, but I have just asked my other half why he picked these over any others and his answer contained something along the lines of the fact they had good reviews and for the price, the 30mm speaker output was decent.

      These are brilliant white in colour and have a cushioned headphones which are quite soft to touch, it feels a little bit like leather and despite having the earphones for a couple of years, these are showing any signed of deterioration which I think is excellent. On the outward facing part of the earphones is a sliver plate which has lots of little circular groves on (when I feel this part it reminds me of an old record). Each plate has the Sony logo engraved on it. They are available in a few different colours, blue, red and black to name a few.

      They can be adjusted easily by placing on top of your head and then pulling them down slightly, they stay in this position too. The cushioned ears make these comfortable to wear, we have just come back from Lanzarote and my daughter wore them on the plane for the majority of the journey (once all she could see out the window was water) and her never complained once.

      When it comes to the quality of the sound, these are great, especially for the price we paid, everything is clear and concise and there isn't that 'tin' sound that can sometimes arise when listening to music. The cable measure 1.2m long which I find it a really good size and you can easily use to listen to a tablet, phone and my laptop.

      I would definitely recommend these headphones, they are suitable for all the family, my 7year old included and 3years later, these are still going strong so they get 5 out of 5 stars from me.

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