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    • Apple Mac mini MC438B/A / Server / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      29.07.2014 16:47

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      • Portable
      • " never crashes"
      • "Runs smoothly"

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      • "Poor selection of games"

      A little, useable beauty

      Hello everybody! In my first review, I’d like to talk about my brand new computer: my Mac Mini.

      I decided to buy a Mac mini after my old HP laptop broken. It was a good laptop, and I was quite happy with it, but lately it had been doing strange things, like rebooting itself or heating up too much as its fan wasn’t working properly.

      Anyways, during all my life I’ve only had Windows-based computers, and I thought it was the perfect time for a change… I’d buy a Mac, but the problem was I didn’t have a clue about which one to buy. At first, I thought on buying a Macbook, because I’m studying at university right now and its portability really suited me. The problem came when I started looking at the prizes… I found them to be too expensive. After doing some Internet research, I decided to buy a Mac Mini, as it was the cheaper one and it would serve me equally well.

      When I unboxed it, I found it to be particularly nice: little, portable, and quite stylish... very “apple-ish” indeed. I loved it in the same instant I saw it. I took out all the cables and I prepared a place for it in my desk, but the problem came when I discovered that one particular cable was lacking: the HDMI cable. Apparently, this cable is essential to use the Mac Mini, but it isn’t included in the pack.

      Well, after I bought the HDMI cable, I connected everything and turned the computer on, and I have to say I really liked what I saw: a very neat interface, running smoothly.

      After some months of owning it, I have to say I am still delighted by it. I’ve never had any kind of problem, and it still runs as smoothly as the first day. It is true, though, that I had some troubles at the beginning, because I wasn’t used yet to the Mac system, but after a couple of days, I feel like if I have owned a Mac all my life.

      What I like most about it is that never, ever crashes… or at least it never happened to me. For example, I love drawing with my computer (I have a Bamboo tablet), and sometimes I have Photoshop, Illustrator, Chrome and iTunes running at the same time and my Mac doesn’t even slow down!!

      Another think I like about it is that you don’t need and antivirus, because there are no such thing as viruses for Macs (or so I’ve heard). That is an important relieve to me, because I’ve had problems with viruses and trojans in all my PC-based computers before and it’s good to know you don’t have to worry about that anymore.

      There is one thing I don’t like about my Mac though: gaming. Yeah, if you are a gamer, you’ll know there are very few games for OS. I mean, there ARE games, but not the gorgeous games developed for PC, only some of them are adapted to play on a Mac. Yes, you could use a Windows emulator to play them but what’s the point in owning a Mac then? Well, I’m lucky I’m not the PC-gaming type (I’m a Nintendo-girl, haha), but I can understand why some people will never buy a Mac based on that motive.

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      29.07.2014 16:28
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      • Soothing
      • "Easy to apply"
      • Cheap

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      • "Doesn't completely get rid of my bags!"

      Although I consider myself to be a girly girl I have to admit that since

      Just recently my eyes have been ever so sore. Needing my bedroom window open for a bit of air of a night really hasn't helped my eyes as I suffer with hayfever and of course pollen accumulates at night so I've been waking up with the puffiest eyes you've ever seen! Add to that I haven't been sleeping too well in this heat we've been having lately and that I occasionally have black bags under my eyes cos of it!

      I always use a face cream but don't usually bother with an eye cream or gel and eventually I found this one on Amazon for just 2.89, at that price I was really thinking it wouldn't work but usually with items like this I use them once or twice and then discard cos I can't be bothered with the faffing about so I didn't want to break the bank!

      The Packaging:

      The gel comes in a blue oblong box and on the front of it we are clearly told what it is and then other information on the box includes being told a bit about the product, the ingredients are given, the size is given which is 15ml and contact details for the manufacturer are given. The tube is plastic and its again blue in colour with a small yellow twist on/off lid to the top of it and it has on it the same information really as whats on the box. This is a unisex looking tube, easy to open, close and use.

      The Eye Gel:

      To use this all you do is dab it under the eyes. The gel is clear in colour and reasonably runny and it has no scent to it at all. A little of this goes a very long way indeed and it isn't oily/greasy and dries fast. You can apply this to clean skin or pop it under eye make up, so versatile it is.

      I keep mine in the fridge when I can and I apply it anytime I want to. I find it soothing, none stinging or irritating and when applied quite soothing. I can't say that this eradicates my puffiness or completely banishes my old bags but it does help make my eyes feel a bit more refreshed.

      I can't say that this is the best eye gel I have ever used having dabbled with them in the past however it does help and is very worth the price tag and I do like to use it as its fuss free!

      I haven't ever seen this on the high street but it is easily available to purchase online and I paid 2.89 which included postage and packaging.

      This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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      29.07.2014 16:22
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      • "Easy to read "
      • "Good cakes "
      • Colourful

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      • "Not as good as the last one"

      A good cookbook but slightly lacking

      The hummingbird bakery cookbooks are an extremely good series yet this book by itself is not that great. There is nothing wrong with the recipes and for some people they would be perfect I just found them a little too out there. There are a few good recipes in the cookbook but the majority are not worth the time or the effort.
      This time it is not bust cakes but pastries and bread this a welcome change to the normal cookbooks and I like the fact it includes not just the pie but a separate part on how to make pie crusts.
      Recipes are very similar to the previous book but they have a slight twist for example the red velvet cakes from the previous book have now been turned into red velvet roulade which I think is a very good idea as it is nice to have different ways to make one of my favourite recipes. On the other hand there are recipes like chilli cumin cornbread that are so different from their normal recipes I was very surprised to find them in this cookbook. It does have some new and extremely good recipes though like vanilla fudge and homemade marshmallows that are both inventive and new.
      I think this recipe book is a mixture of new and exciting, old and over used and down right weird. It is by no means the best cookbook out there and I would not pay £20 for it but it is still very good and worth around £10 - £15.

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      29.07.2014 16:16
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      • cheap
      • "nice smell"

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      • none

      Wrap yourself in cashmere

      Wrap yourself in cashmere with this soft and comforting fragrance from Next.

       I'm not big of perfumes from stores and much prefer a brand name perfume as I think they smell better and last longer than cheaper fragrances but I have been pleasantly surprised with this cashmere fragrance from Next. 

      I received it in a gift scent last Christmas and it was joined with some body lotion and body wash and also a lip gloss. I was really surprised to find that the set cost just £12 which is a lot cheaper than any designer fragrance gift set that you can huy. If you were to buy the 30ml bottle of Cashmere on its own it costs just £7.50 which is a really good price for any scent in my opinion and is a perfect price if you just want something nice smelling for the office or on off days when you don't want to wear your favourtie expensive perfume but you do want to smell nice and make a good impression. 

      The scent is described as, "a soft and sensuous fragrance combining beautiful florals and delicate powdery musks."

      I find it really quite warm with a creamy softness, it really does feel like you are wrapping yourself in a lovely cashmere blanket and making your whole, body smell lovely and appealing. The muskiness smell does fade after a while but I definitely think this is a fragrance that smells much more expensive than it actually is.


      All in all I would say this is a nice scent and a good choice for your daily fragrance. It can be purchased in either Next stores or online. 



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      29.07.2014 15:53
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      • "A thrilling end to an extraordinary series"
      • "A story of love loss and bravery"
      • "Keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time."

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      • "Not for the younger reader "

      A brilliant end to a fantastic series

      This book is a brilliant end to Sophie Mckenzie's Girl Missing series. Unlike the rest of the books it is from Madison's point of view rather than Lauren. It tells the story of Madison trying to discover who her and Lauren's birth father it is after discovering in the last book that their parents had used a sperm donor.
      During the book Madison's character really comes through and it is very different from the little girl that was scared of her big sister and saddened by loss in the previous books. She is now a teenager herself and an extremely brave one at that. During this book she chooses not just once but several times to save the life of others by putting her own life in danger through feats that have you on the edge of the seat screaming at the book.
      I would definitely say this book is for someone over the age of 12 as it very very tense. I would also say that you may not want to read alone instead sit downstairs with lots of people around!
      During this book Madison encounters a very hungry lion, a lying dad that wants to use her, a money grabbing millionaire and someone who is out to get revenge on Madison but bring a heavily pregnant Lauren into it too. This book is definitely a must read and not a disappointment in comparison to the rest of the series. It will have you in tears, laughing, on the edge of your seat and running away from people who look mean and are wearing suits!

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    • White Knight DW1260WA / Dishwasher / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      29.07.2014 15:42
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      • "Dishes and glasses don't collect water"
      • "Can interrupt wash"
      • "Simple controls"
      • "Correct sizing"

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      A great dishwasher for this first time owner

      I had not owned a dishwasher before, so I haven't much experience before this. I got this dishwasher in the summer of 2013 and it hasn't disappointed.

      It was as described in terms of size, so there were no problems with fitting it into the gap in the kitchen left by the previous owners who took all the appliances
      Loading it takes some thought however.

      It runs really quietly - we don't have to shut the kitchen door or turn up the TV or radio when it's running, so that gets a thumbs-up.

      On trying to work it the very first time, I wasn't sure it was working - seems to have a phase of quietly humming to itself before the water gets going, so for the very first time there I was, bobbed down listening to it, wondering why it wasn't taking in any water, whether it had been plumbed in properly, was it faulty, oh the fretting!!. but no, seems to be its way - turn it on, it hums for a bit, then takes in water, then gets to washing. So don't fret if that happens for you, seems to be OK.

      The controls are simple enough for a novice like me to be able to look at it and know what to press.
      It can also be interrupted in the middle of a wash, the door can be opened without having water go everywhere, and the forgotten plate popped in

      As I think others have suggested, when it's finished its work, pop the door open so that the steam can escape. Helps the glasses not be puddle-holders.

      And of course very happily it was some hundreds of £s cheaper than other appliances with similar features; eco wash, time delay, choice of detergent settings (3-in-1, seperates), ability to alter salt settings, number of settings that can be washed, power usage, reasonable water usage.

      I like this machine, and would recommend to others.

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      29.07.2014 15:32
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      • cheap
      • "lots of shades"

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      • "doesn't last long"
      • "silly shade names"

      last resort product

      As previously mentioned my skin has made a drastic improvement when it comes to my acne which means I can explore and search for lots of new products as like I said before powder is sort of an essential for my cosmetic regime. The max factor compact powder isn’t the best for me but it is something I always seem to insist on having around just in case I need it and it is great now not having to spend £20+ on powder for my face. Again for me compressed powder is the way forward when looking at powders, it saves on wastage, it isn’t messy and doesn’t leave a messy outside of the pot which means it’s fine to put in a bag and not get it everywhere, the only downsides I find to compressed powders themselves are that it doesn’t seem like you get as much, it can crack and break and also an annoying this is that it always wears away in the middle first and then you’re left with a bit of it around the rim and it makes it difficult to use when like this.

      Max factor is a cheap economy brand that can be found in any shop that sells cosmetics, this specific item is roughly £5.99 but the price does change depending where you buy it from, in boots at the moment this is only £4.99 but there are a sever lack of shades that they offer. The problem with this is how it is stocked in shops, every shop has different shades and not the full range for their customers, this is even apparent online. When deciding which shade is best suited I found it very difficult because the shade names are just stupid. In my opinion the shade names need to bea ctualy shade names.. not just something made up. For example some of the shade names include “sun frolic, candle glow, twilight blush” and my ultimate favourite.. “gay whisper”. To me this is ridiculous. These in no way help a customer to know which shade is suited to their skin, “oh I’ll have gay whisper shade because that’s the colour of my face.” No, that just doesn’t happen. I have bought two of these in the past both of the shade “translucent” this is because it is the lightest shade and acts just as a setting powder and not as a shade.
      The design of this is simplistic, it has a lid that fully comes off and a puff to apply this with. This is a bit of an annoying design because I always lose the lid since it isn’t attached to the rest of it which means sometimes I have to set this down and dust can settle on the product, I don’t like that. Also there is no separate compartment for the puff which means every time you do take the lid off the puff falls on the floor and gets dirty, so I never used that I threw it away and used my make up brush which I clean often so I know no old product is going onto my skin and clogging it up.

      Applying this with a brush does take longer than putting it on with a puff because this product doesn’t seem to transfer as easily onto a brush but it does make the application of the product more precise and even which is great. What with this being translucent it’s the lightest shade available so I feel like I’m not patchy orange in any places which is great and the only product I know that has this option, the powder goes on nicely, smooth and does leave my face with a matte finish which is what I want. When touching my face this does come off a little bit especially when it comes to do my eye make up, since I hold my eye to do liquid eyeliner I often have a circle finger mark on my face where the make up has come off which is annoying, apart from that this product doesn’t come off however after a few hours the powder does wear thin and brings the foundation off with it but only in certain areas on my face, such as the end of my nose and cheekbones.

      Overall this isn’t a bad product but is an odd one, the design of it isn’t very well thought out due to losing the lid and dropping the applicator, the shade names are stupid which makes it difficult to match up the correct shade, it’s very hard to match up “gay whisper” shade if you have ivory or fair skin shade, it’s just ridiculous, but due to the long lasting of the product and the cheap price it makes it handy to have but only as a back up powder.

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      29.07.2014 15:29
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      • "the price"

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      • "comes off"
      • "lack of shades"

      not a product I can recommend

      Recently I have been buying a fair few new products. If anyone would doesn't usually read my reviews I have acne skin and although I have found a way that actually gets rid of my problem however it is slow going but working none the less. Due to the improvement of my skin I decided that I could start shopping around for new products because the ones I am using are very expensive for the coverage. Powder is essential for my cosmetic collection. I have always used liquid foundations as they are easier to get an even coverage, this means I have to have setting powder so the product doesn't come off and has a matte finish and not all shiny.

      When swapping my powder I decided to stick with compressed powder rather than the loose option, this is because I feel that when using loose powder there is a lot of wastage, this can be down through getting too much on your brush or some falling out when putting the brush in the pot. Along with those I am really clumsy and do tend to drop items and a few times in the past I have completely wasted a product by doing this. Where as the compact powder doesn't do any of this, the worst that can happen by doing this is the powder cracking. Maybelline is a brand that has always appealed too me. I think this may be more of the price and that fact I used it when I was younger rather than the quality of the product. This price of this is only £5.99 which is very cheap, this is pretty much the change you have rolling around in the purse so it makes it easy if it's running out you can easily grab some more and not have to wait until pay day and use tiny bits to make the rest of it last a few weeks.

      It was quite difficult for me to chose a shade this is because in the "fit me" range there are only seven shades! This to me is odd and something I forgot about using cheaper brands. The problem with cheaper brands is they do not take into account different skin situations except for the type of skin such as oily or dry etc. They don't take into account aging, acne, blemishes or scars and they think that just seven shades can be generalized to their customers needs when it cannot. Saying that despite my acne skin all the bumps and spots of gone and I'm now working on reducing the reddness and this powder has a "nude beige" option. I at the time was wearing "desert beige" foundation so I thought that this would be a rough match. However for anyone else looking at shades for this I think that in general people will struggle for the correct shade since there are too few to go around but try and find one that matched your foundation colour as best as can be done.

      Getting this home I liked how small this is, it measures a few inches either way, this makes it easier to carry in a bag for those mid day touch ups. This product has several layers, on top is the product, this isn't that big which is disappointing, it is one of their smallest compact powders yet and I can tell you it isn't very deep either a rough estimate is that this is 5mm deep. Underneath the powder (this lifts up) is a small mirror, an always handy object, and the application which is a small puff pad. I have been having to put on powder with a brush for the past five years due to bumpy awful skin, so for the first time I tried to apply this with the pad and to my amazement this didn't cake up my face or pull the foundation off in dry patches, this means my face has definitely gotten better because now I could use a puff pad.

      This product is very self explanatory to use, get the pad, run it over the product, slide across the face. Considering the lack of variety in these shades I matches up the colours quite well, the "nude beige" was of course lighter than my foundation but that was better for me than a darker one I think, this product glided on my skin and as I said before didn't cake it up. It did stick to it's word and it was lightweight but it has also been described as "flawless" now ladies, this can only be achieved if you already have flawless skin and if you have flawless skin you wouldn't be wearing any skincare products.

      There isn't much to say in how the product makes my skin feels, it glides on, it's matte, what more can I say. However, even though this product does stay on my skin, literally. If I've been on a night out and don't wipe and wash my face before bed, this baby will still on my face in the morning which means it has lasting and staying power but again when I actually touch my own face the product comes off. which means if I itch or someone else touches my face they get orange fingers, which isn't pleasant. Despite the face the product stays on the face but comes off when touched this baby is hard to wipe off, it becomes more of a chore to scrub off the face with make up wipes and even then there are traces of it left on the skin so then having to have an extremely thorough wash.

      Overall I wish I could give this product five stars and say how good it is but it is really maybelline all over, cheap price cheap product. I have continued to use this product since I bought it and didn't want to waste it and it has lasted me about a month which is ok. The price is cheap, the shades are too few and varied, the brand only takes already flawless skin into consideration and then tries to pass the product off as giving you the appearance of flawless skin when only us ladies can give ourselves flawless skin.

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      29.07.2014 15:21
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      • "DVD and freeview built in"
      • "Good picture quality"

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      • "Only suitable for smaller rooms"

      Good value TV for televisions

      I’m still not sure if I believe in TV’s in kid’s bedrooms but for an easier life it is something that I have succumbed to against my better judgement.
      We have this television in my daughter’s room so that she can watch television or DVD’s to give me some peace occasionally.

      When looking for a television for her room the main thing that I was looking for was that it had to be a compact television and it had to have a built in DVD player as my daughter has a large collection of Disney DVD’s that she likes to watch all the time. I could have got a separate DVD player but space is at a premium in my daughters room so I wanted a built in one to cut down on clutter and also because the price for televisions with built in DVD players wasn’t much more expensive than for those without.

      The television also has a built in Freeview player which was a nice bonus as it wasn’t something that I expected to get in this price range.
      I only paid 114.00 for this television so I think the fact that it has a DVD player and also a Freeview box built in makes it good value for money in my opinion.

      The size of the screen is 22 inches which I think is perfectly big enough for a bedroom. I wouldn’t have something this size in a living room but it is big enough for a bedroom and can be seen perfectly well from the bed. It is a very thin television and the screen takes up most of it as it has quite a thin bezle on it.

      It is a really easy television to work and even my daughter has no problem with using it on her own. The channels all tune themselves in and when you want to watch a DVD it just slots in the side of the television.

      The picture quality of the television is really good and very bright and colourful. All the Disney DVD’s look lovely when watched on this television and the bright colours really pop out. It is HD ready meaning that you can watch HD channels in proper HD. We only get the terrestrial HD channels on this but they look really clean and sharp when watching them.

      The television has its own built in stand so that you can place it on top of some chest of drawers or a bedside cabinet without having to buy a separate TV stand.

      The only problem with the television that I can think of is that because it is black it is a dust and fingerprint magnet and I need to dust it every day as overnight it gets a layer of dust on it. Fingerprints smudge on it to and I need to buff them out all the time.




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    • Gopro Chest Mount Harness / Digital Camcorder / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      29.07.2014 15:19

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      • "Fits all GoPro cameras in housings"
      • "Solid construction"
      • "Can be worn over clothes or on bare skin"
      • "Fully adjustable to fit many sizes"

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      • "Can be awkward to remove camera from housing"
      • "Slow to dry when its cold"
      • "Must be very tight to stop shaking"
      • "Camera angles can be limited"

      Excellent for sports like biking and skiing, almost nothing bad to say.

      When I first removed the GoPro Chest Harness Mount from its carry bag I was a little unsure of how good it was going to be, and certainly dubious about how 'cool' I might look wearing it. It felt sturdy and the straps looked thick, but it also looked like it wouldn't be very comfortable. How wrong I was.

      I am fairly slim-built and only 5 foot 7, so I am nowhere near the limitations of this product, but I have worn it to swim in the sea, to ski, and to mountain bike and have had great successes capturing footage. Once it's om you quickly forget it's there. For all three activities I have been able to tighten it so that it stays put. My father (significantly bigger build than me) has also used it when swimming and there has been plenty more room if needed when the straps are loosened. The harness must be fairly tight to avoid camera shake or the entire thing moving, but it is like any harness - it is pointless if not done up properly.

      When skiing, the harness stayed put despite several falls into thick snow. The only issue at this point would be how tight you have turned the screw that holds the camera - with vibrations, and especially knocks, if the screw is not very tight the camera will tend to fall down so that it is eventually just recording your feet. It is worth regularly checking and/or considering doing it up with a screwdriver if you are happy to take a compact one with you or not undo it til you get back at the end of your shoot. I (thankfully) didn't get to test its strength on compacted snow but I am confident it would stay put.

      When riding again the only issue comes if the screw isn't tightened properly. The positioning of the camera offers an excellent view of your arms, handlebars and the terrain around you and the perspective is much better than the helmet mount as you have more points of reference being able to see the body and bike. If you struggle with the vertical field of view then the GoPro (I think all models going back to the 960, maybe before?) can be set to record upside down. You can then mount the camera upside down and swivel it up to get a better angle.

      When swimming the camera offers a fantastic underwater view of the seaworld below you, great for a slightly different snorkelling perspective than a headmount. You will see your arms and sometimes even your legs, all depending on your camera settings. In terms of the harness getting wet, in warmer climates it dried very quickly and I'm sure the material has been chosen for both strength and ability to dry. However, when skiing it took a little longer. I was aware of this and so placed it near a radiator - care may need to be taken as it might start to smell if you left it wet in a bag or heaped in a corner for too long.

      The construction of the plastic part of the mount is such that were you to fall on it, the arm the camera attaches to would snap so as to minimise damage to you and the camera. Despite this, it is very strong and withstood being hurled around in a backpack for two weeks while in 'standby'. The screw part of the mount is as standard, so fits any GoPro camera as with other GoPro mounts. The teeth of the mount (where you slide the camera's housing) are tight but this just makes me more confident the camera will move less when riding.

      One thing I would say is it is difficult to get the camera out when the housing is attached to the harness. With my GoPro 960 I had to remove the housing from the harness, but I haven't tested it with the new much slimmer Hero 3+ yet, I can't wait to do so and hopefully will remember to come back and update this.

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    • London & Country Mortgages / Mortgage / 2 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      29.07.2014 15:04

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      Highly recommended

      ref: M1715700

      Excellent service from start to finish. The staff were knowledgeable and dealt with our application in a time efficient manner. Would definitely recommend L&C to others.

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      29.07.2014 15:04

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      • "Performs all functions well"

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      • "Questionably reliability"

      A great printer which does what it claims to

      I need a all in one printer with a small printer. If you do as well, you could do much worse than the XP-600...

      I bought and installed an XP-600 to work with my PC (i-Mac, OS X v10.7 Lion) a week ago. The innumerable customer reviews. Bought it from tesco direct. Ended up paying £69 for something that Epson's website listed at £129.99

      It prints, copies and scans ok but the pull-out trays at the front of the unit are flimsy and the scanner cover is not at all sturdy. This might explain the market place price discounts. No idea what the longevity of these bits will be like.

      The machine comes with `set-up' cartridges which presumably means they've got very little ink in them. The ink range for this machine is called `Polar Bear' but the multi-pack contains only four of the five cartridges needed so you have to buy the missing one - Photo Black - separately. So, £69 to Tesco Direct for the machine and £63 to Amazon for high-capacity (XL) ink cartridges.

      It may only be an i-Mac issue but for some unknown reason the 2-sided print option isn't always on offer in the window that pops up when you go for a print, but it's not hard to locate. Go up to the tool bar at the very top of the screen, select `File', click on `Print', then `Copies & Pages', choose `Layout' from the drop-down menu and you'll see the 2-sided print option. Go for `long edge binding'. Automatic duplex printing is really useful; it's a real pain to have to do it manually, even more so on a front-loader like this Epson.

      The installation process that WiFi-synchronised the printer with the desktop computer also means it happily executes print requests from my wife's iPad, so full-marks there. One word of warning. Whilst working on a Word doc the other evening the computer suffered one of its "all the lights are on but no-one's at home" moments and declared it was not connected to the internet despite the relevant LED's on the router all being lit. The XP-600's wireless signal was also lit, and at good strength, but nothing happened when I asked for a print as the computer and the printer couldn't find each other. Maybe the Lion operating platform isn't as stable as Apple make it out to be or maybe the router's a bit of a diva, but switching the router off and back on again restored printer/computer comms. Not the XP-600's fault in my opinion.

      Overall I very capable and practical printer, highly recommended.

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    • Fosters Lager / Beer / Cider / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      29.07.2014 14:56
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      • "Light in flavour"

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      • "Bloats the belly up big time!"

      Mr Fosters Lager!

      Although I consider myself to be a girly girl I have to admit that since I have been old enough to drink (which is a while now!) I have always liked the odd pint or two of lager. I admit that I have tried lots of the alcohol that's on the market however always seem to go back to lager!

      Myself and my boyfriend go out often, either to a nice beer garden or for meals and the one lager I wasn't overly familiar with is this one. I've had it on the odd occasion but always tend to have Carling, Stella or Cobra however the other night we decided to stay in and have a takeaway and he went to a shop and picked me a couple of these up.

      With a blue and red colourscheme we are clearly told that it is indeed Fosters 'Melbourne Est 1888' on both sides of the can and then there is an information section telling us a bit about the product and that it is 500ml in size, that it is 4.0 % Volume and contains 2 units in a can this size ans contact details for the manufacturer are given. Nice enough and certainly informative enough can this is.

      The Lager:

      To me this is a light lager. It's light golden in colour and rather fizzy when first opened and when poured really does foam up. It is a light and refreshing lager in my opinion and not too heavy and it sounds daft but isn't like some lagers I have had in the past that smell really strong and heavy and taste really alcoholicky!

      You can taste the hops and and it has a slight malty, yeast flavour but really this is a very light flavoured drink in my opinion. It has a gentle sourness in its flavour which does take a while to leave my mouth after consuming it and it does have a nice and natural sweetness to it.

      Best served really cold I quite like this one but wouldn't deliberately go out of my way to buy/drink it again. I think its probably a good lager to drink when eating due to its light flavour however me...I can't drink more than a couple of cans of this stuff without my belly really bloating up like a Buddha!

      This is widely available in all good supermarkets, off licences etc and can be bought in different formats my local shop sells these large cans for just 99p!

      This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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      29.07.2014 14:35
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      • "Gorgeous scent"
      • "Leaves skin soft"

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      • "Price "

      Gorgeous sugar scrub with a yummy lime scent

      I am a big fan of Soap and Glory products and when I needed a new body scrub, I decided to treat myself to this one.

      The Scrub

      This scrub contains sweet lime, and almond oil, and also contains smashed brown sugar and macadamia grains for exfoliation.

      My thoughts

      I chose this one as I loved the smell of it as soon as I opened the lid. There is a mouthwatering scent of lime and sugar, and it just smelt so fresh and clean that I couldn't resist.

      I did find that this is a quite thick scrub, and while it was easy to scoop out some of the scrub, once I applied it to my skin, it did feel still quite thick and was harder to rub in than some other scrubs. It also took a few scoops before I really did feel that it was exfoliating my skin due to the thickness of the scrub. The amount that I had to use to produce the results I wanted might be a user error as much as a product error. The scrub goes on easily and is also easy to rinse off, although sometimes small bits of the scrub can be left behind on the bottom of the bath, but these are easily rinsed off. As this is a sugar scrub, it's not as abrasive as some other scrubs that I have used in the past, although the sugar does help to polish and buff any flaky bits of skin. There is a warning on this scrub that if you use it on any cuts or irritated areas of skin, or if you have just shaved, it might sting but I haven’t found this is the case for me so far anyway.

      After using this, my skin felt really soft and smooth, and it was left with a slight lime scent. Another thing that I liked about this scrub is that it didn't seem to leave a film on my skin after use, unlike some other brands that I have tried. I'm sure that some people like that slight moisturising effect of the film, but personally, I prefer the scrubs that don't have it, and this is one of them.

      Would I buy this again?

      While this isn't the cheapest scrub, when mine runs out, I probably will buy this again, as I loved the scent and it leaves my skin feeling amazing. It also doesn't leave any film on my skin, which is another bonus. There are cheaper scrubs on the market, but I don't mind paying for quality, and since I only use this once or twice a week, a 300ml tub should last me a few months.

      Price and Availability.

      Soap and Glory products are only available from Boots or Harvey Nichols, although you can occasionally get some on eBay or Amazon as well. Mine cost me £8, but it is often on a three for two offer in Boots.

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    • Now TV Box / Set Top Box / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      29.07.2014 14:24
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      • Cheap
      • "Easy to use"

      Disadvantages

      • "Expensive extras"
      • "Not much content"

      For the casual viewer who doesn't need piles of content

      As someone who doesn't have Sky TV I wanted a cheaper alternative that would allow me to watch the occasional movie or sport fixture. I bought my NOW TV box direct from NOW TV, and while it is not perfect I have no trouble logging into my £4.99 entertainment subscription account.

      Connection to the router is wireless, the box adds functionality to some not so smart TV,s, it can be used on up to 4 registered devices (laptop/tablet etc.), 2 devices can be used simultaneously, devices can be changed on a monthly basis.

      I think some of the main problems are lack of subtitles, messy user interface and lack of full HD and certain programs missing from the available Sky channels e.g. The wire.

      NOW TV say this is due to licensing problems. You can search for NOW TV Slating to see what programs are missing.

      But for a tenner to buy and while most of the services can be had for free on smart TV,s the £4.99 subscription gives access to some of Sky TV's top paid for channels (Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living plus others) which also includes catch up to these channels so reduces the need to record programs.

      There is also a limited number of box sets available which are included with the £4.99 and passes for movies and sport for an extra fee.

      My view was that for a tenner plus a fiver for the first month I will give it a go and I feel that for the Sky channels it is good value. No contract means I can cancel the £4.99 monthly payment at any time.

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