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dooyoo & Phones 4u Competition Reminder
30/07/2013 - (04:30 PM)
Just in case you’d forgotten we’ve got three brilliant prizes to give away with thanks to the lovely people over at Phones 4u. All you have to do is write a review in one of the following categories and drop us a mail with the URL to your review to be in with a chance to win!
We’re looking for the three best reviews in Mobile Phones, Smartphones, Headsets, Telephones, VoIP Phones, Laptops, Netbooks, Tablet PCs / eBook Readers and MP3 Players. All reviews must be over 500 words in length and exclusive to dooyoo (we don’t like to share).
First prize: Bubblescope for the iPhone
Second Prize: KitSound Tablet and Smartphone Surround Sound Stand
Third Prize: Kitsound’s Mini Buddy Penguin Speaker.
The competition closes on the 12th of August at 9am and we’ll announce the winners shortly after.
We’re looking forward to reading your reviews and giving away some great prizes!
-Hal & Emma
Friday's Crown of the Day
26/07/2013 - (03:58 PM)
Fun comes first in Terry Dealy’s Horrible Histories series and broxi3781’s review, Children's history book that children really want to read takes a look at The Measly Middle Ages and picks up our Crown of the day today. Part history book, part joke book, Broxi explains how Dealy manages to expertly mix facts and figures with funny stories and illustrations to engage kids and spark their interest in history.
Broxi’s review comes highly recommended for anyone with a budding historian or comedian at home.
Have a lovely weekend dooyooers!
24/07/2013 - (05:48 PM)
Those of you who have been paying attention may have noticed a sharp decrease in the number of Cosmetics categories on the Site Map, but not to worry, we've just had a tidy up and the products have been moved into the Beauty category.
That means suggestions for all cosmetics go into the appropriate Beauty category, except for Caudalie, Darphin, Dr. Hauschka, La Mer, Lierac and Weleda products.
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week
24/07/2013 - (12:27 PM)
If you take a look through ladyofcampfires’ profile you’ll see she’s got her feet firmly planted in the Beauty category. Not only that, she’s also picked up a Crown for her thoughts on Clarins’ Eau Dynamisante Invigorating Fragrance this week. She likes the product, but not for its intended purpose so read the review to see if it’s something you could put to good use.
Glossy and Showy, Just like Oscar.... But lacking a heart, just like the Tin Man: in a nutshell that’s Drewster_Rooster’s thoughts on Oz the Great and Powerful. He’s given it pretty poor two out of five stars, and judging by the comments left on his review he’s not the only one that found the film disappointing. moog27 has put pen to paper for the first time in a few months and has come out of her corner swinging. Her freshly Crowned review The Kong - a stroke of genius! is very nicely written and comes highly recommended by dooyooHQ.
We always have our eyes open for new members who have hit the ground running and today we have two. Both have picked up Crowns this week; Marie111 for her review I scream, you scream; we all scream for ice-cream! and Confucius for If you build it they will come. Flying.
dooyoo & Phones 4u: Win Free Stuff!
23/07/2013 - (02:07 PM)
Listen up, dooyooers! Thanks to the nice people at Phones 4u we’ve got a brand spanking new competition for you today. We’re putting your writing skills to the test and giving away three prizes with a total value of around £90!
We’re looking for the three very best reviews found in the following categories; Mobile Phones, Smartphones, Headsets, Telephones, VoIP Phones, Laptops, Netbooks, Tablet PCs / eBook Readers and MP3 Players.
All reviews must be more than 500 words, in one of the above categories and exclusive to dooyoo (which means it doesn’t and won’t appear elsewhere on the interwebs). You can enter as many times as you want, just remember to send us a dooyooMail with the URL to your review so we know to consider your entry.
What will you win for your efforts? There’s some cool stuff and we love the Bubblescope for the iPhone which will go out to the first place winner. This little gadget allows you take 360° photos with the camera on your iPhone 4/4S/5 – have a look online at some of the amazing results. Second place will walk away with the KitSound Tablet and Smartphone Surround Sound Stand. This lightweight, portable speaker is compatible with a bunch of different makes and models of tablet and smartphone. The prize for third place has already received plenty of positive feedback on dooyoo - Kitsound’s Mini Buddy Penguin Speaker. What he doesn’t have in size, he makes up for in good sound and he could be all yours.
We’ll announce the winners on the 12th of August, so be sure to have your review submitted before 9am that day to be eligible to win. Please also note that Phones 4u will need the winners' postal address so they can send out the prizes that they're so generously giving away.
-Hal & Emma
Crown of the Day
22/07/2013 - (11:24 AM)
How do you know you're hooked on photography? Your lenses are worth more than your car! Mama-Q clearly has a problem, but it’s the kind of problem we like: buying cool stuff and reviewing it on dooyoo. She was up in the early hours of Saturday morning feverishly putting together her review of Canon’s EF 50 mm f/1.4 USM camera lens and we think it’s excellent. It’s to the point, consumer friendly and includes some really useful comparisons to this lens’ less expensive cousin. Not only that, it’s easy to follow and full of her own personal experience with the lens. Great job!
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week
17/07/2013 - (04:05 PM)
It’s Wednesday and that means we have a brand new list of dooyoo celebrities for you! First up is footballgirl07 who has been reviewing up a storm in our Video Games category. Her reviews cover a range of games across a variety of platforms including PC and Playstation 2, but her recent look at Hitman 3 - Contracts for the PS2 earned her a third Crown! A different type of contract on offer... comes highly recommended for gamers everywhere.
kiss_me2070 and zoe_page_1 took advantage of our Monthly Competition recently with some top-notch Sports reviews. kiss_me2070’s An easy to use sports watch offers a comprehensive and easy to read look at the Polar F6 Heart Rate Monitor while zoe_page_1’s Crown-worthy review of the Tribord Surf Wetsuit 500 is a must-read for dooyooers looking to splash out and get involved in some Water Sport this summer. We especially liked the Douglas Adams inspired title, So Long...And Thanks For All The Fish.
If you’re on the pale side like myself and find all this good weather a tad overwhelming then goldenbat666 has loads of great DVD reviews to entertain you as you take a break from the sun. His review of Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring picked up a Crown yesterday and make sure to have a look at goldenbat666’s profile to see his list of the Best Films of 2013 so far.
Finally, congratulations to new member, Rosesarered1207 who picked up her first Crown yesterday for her review of the Draper 30 Metre Garden Hose Reel Set. Declaring it Thick and long!, Rosesarered1207 covers all aspects of this quality Garden hose including loads of personal opinion and practical experience.
Congratulations to all our celebs this week and thanks for your fantastic reviews!
Most Wanted Reminder
17/07/2013 - (01:57 PM)
Listen up dooyooers, we’ve got some popular products in our catalogue that don’t have reviews yet and we need your help to remedy that. dooyoo’s Most Wanted features products in our Sports, Household Appliances, Photography, Computer, Garden and Kids & Family categories, so if you own any of the items featured we want to hear all about it.
Reviews must be at least 500 words in length, exclusive to dooyoo and the first review of the product and in return you’ll get a whopping 1,000dMs per review. In addition to the usual 600dMs for a Level 1 review, 400 bonus dooyooMiles will magically appear in your account the following day.
To see if you can help us to improve the dooyoo Catalogue while earning some bonus dMs, head on over to our Most Wanted section.
15/07/2013 - (05:27 PM)
We’ve moved some Levels around today, folks. There are too many to list them all here so please refer to the Site Map for the latest information.
That’s all for now!
Crown of the Day
15/07/2013 - (11:57 AM)
A Sat Nav can certainly take a lot of the stress out of driving abroad and in her Crown of the Day-worthy review, milmol7 claims the TomTom One Europe 22 was The ONE and only way I could have driven in France!
The review skillfully covers all the accurate and user friendly features of this Sat Nav as well as a few annoying downsides. If you’re packing up the car and hitting the road this summer then today’s Crown of the Day comes highly recommended.
Friday's Crown of the Day!
12/07/2013 - (11:33 AM)
Our undisputed Crown of the Day today goes to goosey for her technophobes guide to the Samsung Galaxy S3 16GB.
In My favourite chocolate is a Galaxy. My favourite phone is a Galaxy S3 goosey skillfully cuts through the technical jargon to explain the Samsung Galaxy S3’s impressive features in plain English. Packed full of useful, easy to read information and opinion, goosey’s exceptional review picks up a well-deserved Crown of the Day and comes highly recommended for anyone thinking about buying a new Smartphone.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
11/07/2013 - (11:26 AM)
Just a little heads up about some Level changes today, dooyooers. Clothing and Junior Books are moving up into Level 2, while Perfume / Fragrance is moving up into Level 1. Heading the other way we’ve got Cookware, Liqueur / Cocktails, Make Up and Dr. Hauschka which all move into Level 2.
If you want the most up-to-date info on the current Levels, you can always refer to the Site Map.
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week
10/07/2013 - (01:49 PM)
Each week we highlight five members who have been doing great things around the site and inaugurate them as our Celebrated dooyooers of the Week. You’ll always find the latest batch in the dooyooTeam’s Circle of Friends and they come as highly recommended reading. If you like their reviews, why not say hello and introduce yourself?
chrisandmark and topsy-turvy are first out of the gate today. Both have picked up Crowns this week; chrisandmark for Kicking the habit - one cartridge at a time! and topsyturvy for Tea's Ready!, her analysis of Morphy Richards’s 43916 Meno Kettle. europe-chick has been busy in the Cookware and Beauty categories of late; be sure to check out her reviews if either of those categories take your fancy. helen190390 makes her debut on the list today and there’s a big mix of products and categories in her profile; Toys / Games, Music and Household Appliances to name but a few. Wrapping up this week’s list is new member, sharper_fin. He’s got one Crown under his belt already and we’re keen to what he comes up with in the future!
Congratulations to everyone who made the list and we’ll be back same time, same place next week.
Monday's Crown of the Day!
08/07/2013 - (04:37 PM)
In this age of portable music devices compact is king, but in our quest for the smallest, slickest device, could we be missing out on sound quality? Nar2 thinks so and in his latest review, he champions the Panasonic RX-ED55 as a product that’s still got a lot to offer. It’s powerful, portable and delivers top-notch sound quality but is very much an mp3 free zone.
Still not convinced? Take a look at A Premium Vintage Panasonic Player Worth Seeking Out! and see if Nar2’s Crown of the Day winning review can change your mind.
Place Your Bets: The Results!
08/07/2013 - (12:17 PM)
Andy Murray did us proud on Sunday beating no.1 seed Novak Djokovic to finally become Wimbledon champion. His stunning performance also earned dooyooers double dooyooMiles as part of our Place Your Bets competition. A big thank you to everyone who took a chance and placed their dooyooMiles on the line, all bonus dMs have been added.
As promised, we chose our three favourite reviews and here they are:
scooch12’s review, Jamka stores your jam sandwiches just great, takes a look at the versatile and great value Jaemka Food Container from Ikea. They can be used for much more than jam sandwiches as scooch12 proves in her clear and detailed review.
Praskipark urges fellow dooyooers to Spice up your life with the Premier Revolving Spice Rack. Perfect for new home-owners or as an introduction to spices for the nervous cook, the Premier Revolving Spice Rack is easy to clean and will fit in well in most kitchens. For more details, take a look at Praskipark’s review to find out what she thought and why she gave it four stars out of five.
We know it’s a bit early to be planning for when the kids go back to school but if you fancy getting organised, anwar7’s review of Clarks Air Surrey school shoes is well worth a read. anwar7 declares them perfect For active kids but not everyone agrees. Check out the review to find out why.
Congratulations scooch12, Praskipark and anwar7, 1,000dMs each will be coming your way shortly.
Place your bets!
04/07/2013 - (12:25 PM)
Crack open the Pimms it’s Wimbledon semi-final time once more. On a roll after his first Grand Slam win at the US Open, Andy Murray came from two sets down to beat Fernando Verdasco yesterday, taking him one step closer to the Wimbledon Men’s Singles title. Tomorrow he will face the 6ft 8in Jerzy Janowicz on Centre Court and we here at dooyooHQ want to make it a little more interesting…
We’ve selected a group of categories and before the match begins you can place your ‘bets’ (reviews) on the Wimbledon semi-finals to be in with the chance of doubling your dooyooMiles. To get in on the action all you have to do is write the first review of a product in any of the categories listed below:
Kitchenware, Fitness, Shoes, Kitchen Appliances, Electric Toothbrush, BBQs, LCD Monitors, Desktop PCs, Contact Lenses, Cookers, Dishwashers and Digital Camcorders
Then place your bet by dropping us a dooyooMail with the name of the player you wish to bet on and the URL link to your review.
Whether you’re backing the local lad or the Polish underdog if you pick the winner we’ll double your dooyooMiles. Unfortunately, if you lose the bet you’ll lose the dooyooMiles for your review, because it wouldn’t be exciting without a little risk! Whatever the outcome tomorrow, we’ll also be taking bets for the Wimbledon Men’s final on Sunday, so keep those reviews and bets coming in over the weekend.
Reviews eligible for betting must be over 500 words in length and the first review of a product in one of the categories above. As an added incentive, our favourite three reviews submitted for each match will pick up a bonus 1,000dMs each.
It’s time to put your Miles where your mouth is!
June's Monthly Competition Winners
04/07/2013 - (10:18 AM)
We want to congratulate azana, jacketpotato and garymarsh6 who are the winners of our Monthly Competition for June! zombieflesh also needs a mention, she’s earned herself Review of the Month for her review, A luxurious and effective natural skincare treatment.
You’ll find full details of all the winning reviews on the Competitions page of course, and this month’s competition? Sports. Dust off those running shoes and get reviewing!
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week!
03/07/2013 - (04:43 PM)
This week, we’d like to welcome back rackerss and mwah_xx, both have returned to dooyoo recently after a bit of a break and their reviews are earning Crowns already! Rackerss picked up her headgear by sharing her experiences at this year’s Download Festival, whereas new mum, mwah_xx put the stylish Bugaboo Bee through its paces in a review that comes highly recommended if you’re planning for the arrival of your little one.
Also deserving of mention are two relatively new members who both picked up their second Crowns recently and have shown great reviewing potential. Aliasfan certainly put her best foot forward with her review of Scholl Foam Toe Protectors, Landing on my feet!. cogiebear however is hitting the bottle as she gets ready to shed her New Member badge with a wide variety of Liqueur & Cocktail reviews. Her Make-up reviews are also worth a look especially PLAIN JANE PRIMER, her Crown-worthy take on The Body Shop Skin Primer Moisturise It.
If it’s great Sun Care or Skin Care reviews you’re looking for then we suggest checking out some of Doglovers more recent reviews. Her take on Liz Earle Brightening Treatment, A 30 second skin pick me up and Protects my sensitive skin perfectly, a look at the excellent but expensive, Decleor Aroma Sun Expert Protective Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF15 for Face are particular highlights.
A big congratulations and thank you to all our celebrated dooyooers this week.
New categories now open for suggestions!
01/07/2013 - (11:51 AM)
A new month means new suggestion categories! No mucking around today; here they are… Banking & Finance, Computer, Health, Homeware & Kitchenware, Household Appliances, Motors, Movies / Films, Software, Sports and UK / Ireland Guide.
Happy reviewing, dooyooers.
Your dooyoo Music Festival Survival Guide
28/06/2013 - (01:06 PM)
It’s that time of year again as the daddy of all Music Festivals Glastonbury kicks off today marking the true opening of the British Festival season. 135,000 music fans have descended on Worthy Farm for a weekend of music, madness and mud but will they have all they need to survive the weekend?
A suitable refuge from the chaos of a festival is essential to a great festival experience. Returning to a leaky tent in the wee hours of the morning when you were hoping to collapse into a peaceful slumber will definitely dampen your spirits. So whether you go top of the range or cheap and cheerful make sure to do your research before buying that tent.
If tent pegs and guy ropes just seem like too much effort there is a wide variety of pop up tents on the market that will have you set up and ready to hit the festival in no time. The Regatta 2 Man Pop Up Tent Set comes with two camping chairs and everything you need to rest and recharge.
Anyone who says Glastonbury has become too middle class should remember the many festival goers who will skip the showers and opt for a good old-fashioned packet of baby wipes. Simple Me to You Baby Wipes come highly rated by dooyoo members, but at less than 1p a wipe, Tesco Everyday Value Baby Wipes will do the job at a fraction of the cost.
Imagine the scene, you’re making your way back to your tent after practicing your Jagger moves while watching the The Rolling Stones on the Pyramid stage when you reach an obstacle; a maze of awkwardly placed guy ropes. The Draper 40407 Three LED Wind Up Head Lamp requires no batteries and keeps your hands free while giving you a perfect view of the treacherous festival assault course that lies ahead. It is also really handy for searching for something in your tent in the dark. And you look like a miner! What more could you ask for?
Staying hydrated at a festival is of the utmost importance, how will you have the stamina to go to that secret sunrise forest rave if you’re dehydrated? With many festivals banning outside bottles, those in need of hydration may be forced to pay for expensive bottled water in the festival area. Thankfully, some genius has come up with the Camelbak Zoid. This compact and comfortable pack that you wear on your back holds approximately two litres of liquid and can be easily refilled from the free water points inside the festival.
Some unscrupulous festival goers may use such a device to sneak alcohol into the festival area… but we wouldn’t know anything about that.
Wellies are a festival goer’s best friend. Come rain or shine, you can’t go wrong with a good pair of wellingtons and when you’re knee deep in mud or braving the inside of a questionable portaloo you’ll be glad you left your flip flops at home. They may be a little bit pricey but Hunter Original Wellington Boot are a cliché for a reason. Comfortable, practical and hard wearing, Hunter wellies will last you through many a festival season. If you feel like splashing out, check out the Hunter Fleece Welly Socks for extra style and comfort.
There are many more festivals to come this summer, so whether it’s Reading, V Festival or a smaller, local music festival, make sure to let us know what you thought and spread the word about your festival essentials.
To anyone heading to Glastonbury, we hope you have a wonderful, music filled and mud free weekend.
-Emma & Hal
Monthly Competition Reminder
26/06/2013 - (04:11 PM)
The Monthly Competition ends in a few days and this time around Photography is the name of the game.
There’s a lot scope in this category and it’s not just Digital Cameras: Binoculars, Digital Photo Frames, Camera Cases and even Night Vision are all included, so flex those fingers and get writing! If you’re one of the three winners you’ll walk away with 5,000dMs, 3,000dMs or 1,000dMs – not too bad, huh?
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week!
26/06/2013 - (12:01 PM)
We’ve been enjoying reading Lozster’s reviews over the last few weeks and yesterday she pocketed her first Crown – nice work! It was for a review of the Online Shop, boden.co.uk and we really liked her approach: easy to read with plenty of information and a light-hearted twist. m_ille is in her element reviewing Beauty products, in fact her Garnier Nutrisse picked up a Crown this week, but she also dabbles in other areas too, such as Homeware and Garden. It’s definitely worth dropping by her profile if you haven’t already.
Smurfette, aka dkm1981, is the third member on the list today. She’s been writing steadily since the start of the year and doing a great job of it. If you’ve ever considered heading to the Isle of Wight Festival you need to read her latest Crowned review, Festival Fun! It accounts her experiences as a rookie festivalgoer and contains a lot of useful insight for anyone thinking of following in her footsteps. littleme96 caught our eye for writing some useful, concise Toys / Games and Beauty reviews. We’re confident that we’ll see more excellent stuff from her in the coming months.
Wrapping up the list today is dooyooCommunity Guide, azana. She’s consistently writing excellent reviews and this is exemplified in her last two contributions; Back to Black? and Moga + your android phone = marriage made in heaven?, both of which come highly recommended by dooyoo HQ.
Taste of dooyoo Recipe Competition Winners!
25/06/2013 - (04:28 PM)
It’s a hard life here at dooyooHQ, spending the afternoon looking at pictures of delicious food and reading recipes that make your mouth water is tough, believe me, but finally after much deliberation and rumbling of stomachs, we have our three winners.
garymarsh6 issued a challenge that we at dooyooHQ would be happy to take on in his impressive recipe for tricolor of chocolate mousse. Bet you can't get your tongue down the glass! is a simple yet stunning desert recipe that will wow your guests at a dinner party or special occasion, just try your best not to lick the glass. His neat and elegant presentation was certainly a favourite on Facebook, head over to our wall to take a look for yourself.
Cooking with kids can be great fun and in Mine and Millie's favourite!, milliesmum123 shares her tried and tested take on a classic shortbread recipe. Using just a few cupboard staples, this recipe is easy for kids and adults to make together with minimal fuss and more importantly, minimal mess. On its own, with a cup of tea or with strawberries and ice-cream for a special treat, this shortbread recipe sounds and looks delicious.
Having once worked as the head chef of a restaurant in Portugal, Praskipark knows her stuff when it comes to classic Portuguese comfort food. Thankfully for us, she took to Twitter to share the recipe for Praski's Pork Alentejana, a hearty, satisfying dish that her family loves, as we’re sure yours will too.
Congratulations to our winners, a shiny Crown and a dooyoo cap and t-shirt will be coming your way shortly.
A big thank you to all who took part in our Taste of dooyoo competition, we really enjoyed seeing your culinary delights and definitely have some new recipes to try out at home.
Until next time,
25/06/2013 - (11:32 AM)
We’ve moved around a few of the Levels today, folks! The list got quite long so rather than name them all here, we thought we’d leave it to you to check out the Site Map. The Beauty, Garden and Homeware categories have changed: Make Up for instance has moved up, and Skin Care and Body Care have moved down. Some categories within Food, Pets and Toys / Games have also had a bit of a switch around.
That’s it for now but watch this space for the winners of our Taste of dooyoo recipe competition!
Crown of the Day!
24/06/2013 - (04:53 PM)
Summer is the time of year that people are considerably more conscious of their health and fitness. It’s no doubt due to the fact that we’re out and about a lot more in the warmer months and showing a lot more skin! There are many different approaches to keeping fit and one that still has a lot of momentum is the good old Fitness DVD; there are no hefty joining fees, you can take it at your own pace and you can do it in the comfort of your own living room. Hannah Waterman’s Body Blitz has been praised unanimously on dooyoo and cerys82 is the latest to add her thoughts to the conversation with her Crown of the Day winning review, The best £6 I have ever spent!
Taste of dooyoo Reminder!
24/06/2013 - (10:47 AM)
Attention culinary wizards, baking fiends and people who like to pretend they’re presenting a cooking programme when cooking alone (you know who you are), today is your last chance to take part in our Taste of dooyoo recipe competition. If you’ve got an original recipe that the whole family loves or that never fails to impress when entertaining, we want to hear about it.
Three lucky winners will be chosen tomorrow morning so get those recipes in soon to be in with the chance to win a dooyoo cap and t-shirt, as well as a shiny Crown for your winning review.
To enter, head on over to our Recipes category to write your recipe and method, then post an original photo of the dish on our Facebook page or tweet us @dooyoo_uk so we can take a look.
Please remember, it must be your own recipe and your own photo. Please include the name of the dish and a www link to the recipe - you get the www link by viewing your recipe when not logged in. If you fancy eyeing up the competition just jump over to our Facebook wall and take a look at some of the delicious looking entries we’ve received so far.
Friday's Crown of the Day
21/06/2013 - (01:49 PM)
By popular demand, today’s Crown of the Day has to go to miwa for her no holds barred look at E.L. James’ controversial phenomenon, 50 Shades of Grey. Her honest, thoughtful and hilarious review, Born Against Christian picks apart the erotic bestseller with a sardonic logic that is hard to fault. Packed full of character detail and witty observations, miwa’s review has clearly struck a chord with some of her fellow dooyooers and comes highly recommended by dooyooHQ.
Congratulations miwa on a highly entertaining review, please accept this shiny Crown as a token of our appreciation.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend,
Ps. Born Against Christian contains minor spoilers and given the nature of the book, strays into adults-only territory at times.
Recipe Competition: Taste of dooyoo!
20/06/2013 - (10:16 AM)
The foodies amongst the dooyooCommunity will no doubt be aware of the 10th Taste of London festival that kicks off in Regent’s Park today. 40 of London’s most acclaimed restaurants will be showing off their signature dishes and a host of culinary greats will be sharing their secrets with scores of Brits over the weekend.
Bar Boulud’s BBQ Pulled Pork Slider sounds mouth-wateringly good: smoked pork shoulder, red cabbage slaw, housemade BBQ sauce and jalapeno mayonnaise, as does Angler’s milk chocolate cream, coffee foam, and amoretti crumb dessert. Yumm. This is just a tiny selection of what’s on offer; there’s a whole lot more that will be available to try and it sounds like a really fun day out if you enjoy fine dining.
With all that food on the mind we’ve decided to run a competition over the weekend - Taste of dooyoo! Do NOT try licking your computer screen, that’s not what we mean and we can tell you it tastes of dust. Rather, submit a recipe in one our Recipes categories and post a photo of the meal on our Facebook wall – if you’d rather tweet it @dooyoo_uk, that’s also fine!
Important stuff: It must be your own recipe and your own photo. Please include the name of the dish and a www link to the recipe - you get the www link by viewing your recipe when not logged in. We’ll choose our favourite three on Tuesday morning next week to receive a dooyoo cap and t-shirt in the post, as well as a shiny pointy hat for their recipe - that’s a Crown, for you newbies.
We’re hungry to see what you guys come up with!
-Hal & Emma
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week!
19/06/2013 - (02:40 PM)
DarkMessenger has impressed us recently with her knowledgeable and insightful Book reviews. From literary classics like Tolkien and Austen to modern best-sellers like Yann Martel’s Man Booker Prize winning Life of Pi, DarkMessenger’s diverse tastes and unique style make her our first celebrated dooyooer this week.
Up next is Machair1 who is known for her consistently very useful makeup and haircare reviews and her latest is no exception. Summer Foundation - My Holy Grail puts Shiseido Suncare Sun Protection Liquid Foundation N SPF30 to the test in the heat and humidity of the Maldives. You’ll have to read Machair1’s review to find out how it fared.
jacketpotato picked up a Crown yesterday for his review of the Black Rapid RS-4 Classic Camera Strap but this is just the latest in a string of great Photography reviews from this relatively new member. Starting with the basics, his Crown-worthy take on the Canon EOS 500D entitled, Entry Level DSLR is a must-read for budding photographers. However, if you’re looking to expand your photography skills then, jacketpotato’s review of the Canon EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS II USM Lens is the one for you.
For those of you planning a holiday with mini-dooyooers this summer, christy940’s recent reviews are a must read. She covers everything from the Samsonite Pop Up Bubble Travel Cot, Koo-di Pack-It Seat Me Safe Travel Seat and Garnier Ambre Solaire Resisto Kids Very High Protection Moisturising Lotion SPF 50+ in her practical, honest and entertaining reviews. All come highly recommended before you pack up the kids and hit the road this summer.
And finally, if you’re not heading to warmer climes this year, take a leaf out of lak11’s book and transform your garden with some outdoor lighting. She has reviewed a range of solar powered options from Poundstretcher including Fairy Lights and Daisy String Lights, proving it doesn’t cost a fortune to spruce up the garden.
That’s all for now!
Crown of the Day: We Want One!
17/06/2013 - (11:35 AM)
If you’ve got young ones you should definitely check out xmum2threex’s review, Jumping joy, which grabs the Crown of the Day this morning. The Airflow Bouncy Castle looks like massive fun for little kids and really, who wouldn’t want of these? If they made them in dooyooTeam size we’d never get any work done! The good news is that it’s also not as expensive as you may expect. Check out xmum2threex’s review for all the details though; she’s got it all covered.
Friday's Crown of the Day
14/06/2013 - (03:04 PM)
Watching beautiful people take on otherworldly beings is certainly a trend in Hollywood these days but US TV drama Supernatural offers much more than just Angels, Demons and Eye Candy. In her superb review of the Supernatural - Season 1-6 Complete (DVD) box set, CarolineR-D pulls off the seemingly impossible task of summarising the first six seasons of the show in a style that is both compelling and spoiler-free. She also highlights Supernatural’s classic rock soundtrack, stand-out episodes and DVD extras to give potential viewers a great idea of what to look forward to.
If you’re searching for your next TV addiction, we highly recommend CarolineR-D’s, Angels, Demons and Eye Candy, which takes home our Crown of the Day this Friday.
Have a lovely weekend dooyooers!
Father's Day Promotion Update!
13/06/2013 - (03:27 PM)
With Father’s Day just around the corner we thought we’d up the ante and throw most of the Tools category into the bonus dMs promotion that we’re currently running. Tools aren’t only for the lads of course, but there’s something satisfyingly manly about wielding power tools and climbing dangerously up and down ladders.
All categories except the hand tools category will be included and to get the bonus just ensure the review is over 500 words. We’ve also extended the promotion until 9am Tuesday the 18th.
Have fun, dooyooers.
Crown of the Day: Thrown to the Dogs
13/06/2013 - (11:36 AM)
Wooden sticks are dangerous, this one is safe is today’s Crown of the Day winning review penned by dooyooCommunity Guide, goosey.
Her review introduces us to the DogSaver Stick: a clever little product that delivers big results. I, like many of the community members who have also read the review, never knew of the dangers that come with letting your beloved pooch play fetch with your standard, run-of-the-mill wooden stick. We’ll leave it to goosey to explain in full but if you’re a dog owner you should absolutely read this enlightening review before you next head to the park.
Food Suggestions: Open
11/06/2013 - (02:23 PM)
Listen up, folks! For a limited time we’re opening the Food category to your suggestions.
Got a product you want to review that’s not in the catalogue? You know the drill. Head to the Suggestions page, fill out the form with all the necessary info, and send it on in.
Men's Health Week
10/06/2013 - (05:51 PM)
Men’s Health Week kicks off today in the UK, and across the globe too. It’s intended to raise awareness about men’s health issues and in particular the importance of seeking regular medical advice and treatment for preventable diseases and injuries. It’s not just the dads and granddads who need to remember look after themselves; it’s important to teach the young ones a thing or two as well.
This year the global focus is on mental health and encouraging men to open up to others when they’re feeling down. Easier said than done for many men - traditionally we’re expected to be the stronger, less emotional members of the family. This is a barrier that can be overcome, however: the key is to talk about it and normalise it in everyday life. That’s your job this week! If you’ve got a good man in your life, take the time to talk to him about looking after himself.
With all that in mind, we’re offering up a bonus for Level 1 men’s Health and Beauty products this week. We’ll also give a bonus for reviews of men’s Fragrances. That means if your review is of a product intended specifically for men, it’s over 500 words long and found in any of those categories mentioned above, we’ll double your dMs!
Please make sure you have your reviews in by midnight Friday the 14th of June and drop us an email or dooyooMail with a link to the review so we know you’ve taken part.
Remember, folks. To be eligible for the bonus you need to have had significant experience with the product.
10/06/2013 - (03:54 PM)
Extra Suggestion Categories
06/06/2013 - (05:37 PM)
The sun is shining, the birds are singing and the weekend is on its way. What better way to celebrate than closing the curtains and watching a DVD or playing video games?
That's why we've now opened the Film, Video Games and Music categories for your suggestive pleasure.
Monthly Competition Winners!
05/06/2013 - (05:45 PM)
The Monthly Competition winners have been announced! Congratulations to milmol7, carlz2001uk and sas87 who came first, second and third place respectively in the Household Appliance category. Also a big congratulations goes out to Essexgirl2006 who has been given Review of the Month for her review, Surfing on my Surface.
As always the full details of the winners and June’s competition can be found on the Competitions page. Happy reviewing, dooyooers!
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week: Express Edition
05/06/2013 - (12:01 PM)
abbiej1711 is first on the list today. She recently nabbed a Crown for her Sony Xperia S Mobile Phone review; it was out of her comfort zone but nonetheless she did a great job! That’s not all she has to offer, drop by her profile for Beauty, DVD and Book reviews – and if you own an aquarium, she’s definitely a member to investigate further. alyson29 doesn’t need any introduction and has been solidly reviewing since joining the site back in 2010 – be sure to check out her reviews if you haven’t already.
You’ll find Torialou at home in the Beauty category, but it was her Handy device - multi uses review that earned her a Crown this week. basketofbuttons has also been doing good things of late, visit her profile for Household Product recommendations (and warnings) as well as Health and beauty reviews. Lastly we want to welcome cc2sg to the site. She’s just written the one review so far but it already has a shiny Crown perched on top of it – we’re looking forward to more of this member’s reviews!
Short & Sweet: The results are in!
03/06/2013 - (05:06 PM)
Over the weekend we were looking for the three best Short & Sweet reviews found within the Toys / Games and Kids & Family categories. Without further ado, here are our three winners…
First place, 1,500dMs and a Crown go to Listening In On Twiglet written by sandemp. She reviews the Angelsounds Jumper JPD-100S, a hand-held unit for listening to your baby’s heartbeat while still in the womb -– impressive technology and an impressive review! We thought this review was great, giving the consumer more than enough information about the product for making an informed choice.
Hot on her heels is haybel19 with her review, PEACE OF MIND, which covers a useful piece of kit for those with children less than 18 months old: the 37 Degrees Sleepsack. This member has used the product for some time now and so is able to pass on a lot of her personal experience, making for a very useful, short and sweet review. 1,000dMs and a Crown coming your way, haybel19!
Third place recipient of 500dMs and a Crown is scooch12, with a review simply titled Pollyanna Rocks. This is a great little review of an adorable rocking horse, Pollyanna Pony, made by popular UK retailer and manufacturer Mamas & Papas.
Thanks to everyone who took part and a big congratulations to the winners!
June's Suggestion Categories
31/05/2013 - (12:11 PM)
The end of the month can only mean one thing here at dooyooHQ: new suggestion categories! This is your chance to add the products you want to the dooyoo catalogue. From today until the end of June we’re accepting product suggestions in the following categories:
Beauty, Books & Magazines, Campus & Careers, Cosmetics, Erotic, Garden, Pets, Photography, Telecommunications, Toys/Games and Travel.
So if you have a product you’d like to review but that is not yet listed on dooyoo, head on over to Product Suggestions and let us know!
International Children’s Day: Short & Sweet
30/05/2013 - (03:59 PM)
This Saturday is International Children’s Day and in honour of all the mini-dooyooers out there we think a Short & Sweet competition is in order. After all, they’re short, they’re sweet and they sure know how to put a product through its paces.
The top three reviews between 400-500 words in length in our Toys & Games and Kids & Family categories will take home 1,500, 1,000 and 500 dMs respectively, as well as a shiny Crown each!
Just make sure those Short & Sweet reviews are the first review of a product, packed full of product detail and personal opinion, and then send us a dooyooMail with the URL so we can enter you in the competition. The deadline for submissions is 9am, Monday the 3rd of June and the winners will be announced shortly after.
Best of luck to all!
Crown of the Day: Now we're cooking with gas!
30/05/2013 - (01:22 PM)
Today is the last day that milmol7 will wear their new member badge and what better way to say goodbye to it than with a nice, new shiny Crown! I mastered the kitchen since gaining this Rangemaster! has caught our eye as a high-quality consumer review: it contains a lot of information, it’s easy to read and you can tell milmol7 has had considerable experience with the product. The Rangemaster RMS110DFFBL/PDC may not have the catchiest name in town, but according to this member it’s an excellent product that does its job near perfectly. Be sure to check out the review if you’re in the market for a quality, albeit pricy, Oven.
29/05/2013 - (04:55 PM)
To keep things in-line with current consumer shopping trends we’re shuffling some Levels around today. There’s quite a few of them so we’ll just dive straight in – but remember, you can always check which category is in which Level by visiting the Site Map.
From the beauty side of things we’ve got Hand & Nail Care, Leg & Foot Care, Hair Care, Sun Care, Body Care, Bath / Shower, Clarins, Tigi, Biotherm and Lancome all moving up in to Level 1, while the Other Beauty Products category is moving up into Level 2. Heading down is Skin Care and Make Up, along with Bedding, Baby Bedding and Baby Health. On the way up are BBQs, Household Products, Camping gear and Water Sports, whereas Winter Sports, Audio Book and Music Album all move down.
That’s all for now, folks, we look forward to reading your reviews!
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week
29/05/2013 - (03:12 PM)
We read a lot of excellent reviews here at dooyooHQ but sometimes certain members catch our eye and deserve a special mention. So sit back, relax and let us present our celebrated dooyooers this week!
First up is houseofberries, a new member who has been cranking out very useful reviews since day one. She just earned her second Crown for Trusty Old Printer!, a very well-structured review of the HP Photosmart Wireless e-All-in-One with plenty of personal opinion and useful information. Congratulations houseofberries, we’re looking forward to reading your next review.
beauty88’s spoiler free Film reviews definitely deserve a mention. She describes Baz Luhrmann’s adaption of the F.S. Fitzgerald classic, The Great Gatsby as Visually Stunning, while Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers has the Shock Factor on full blast but ultimately falls short. Both reviews picked up well-deserved Crowns yesterday and come highly recommended if you’re planning a trip to the cinema.
We’d like to welcome back returning members hildah11 and upsy. Both took a break for a while but now they’re back and writing some solid, Crown worthy reviews. upsy’s review, Cheap week away at the Melia of the Hotel Melia (Benidorm, Spain) and hildah11’s look at the Wilko Everyday Value Hand Mixer, PLEASURABLE HAND MIXING are both well worth a look. Congratulations hildah11 and upsy, we’re delighted to have you back on the site.
And finally, last but certainly not least, we must congratulate elysia2003 who has recently taken on the duty of Shopping guide. She’s been doing a great job so far while still managing to write exemplary reviews. Fans of Hair Care, Skin Care and Make Up should definitely take a look at her recent reviews.
That’s all for now folks!
Geek Week Update!
28/05/2013 - (03:52 PM)
In conjunction with our Geek Week doubleMiles promo, the Computer category is now open for suggestions! So if you have a product that isn’t yet listed on dooyoo, head over to Product Suggestions and drop the database team a line so you can get reviewing and pick up those bonus dMs.
All Level 1 Computer reviews in before Friday the 31st of May are eligible for bonus dMs, just make sure they’re over 500 words in length and exclusive to dooyoo. The top three reviews will also receive 1,000 additional dMs each! Once you’re done, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or via dooyooMail with a link to your review so we know you’ve taken part.
We’re looking forward to reading your reviews.
-Hal & Emma
Bank Holiday Monday's Crown of the Day
27/05/2013 - (03:20 PM)
As co-guide for Fashion & Accessories, alyson29 knows her stuff when it comes to style, practicality and writing great reviews, so it comes as no surprise that her review of the Breo Sports Watch stood out from the crowd today to take home a shiny crown.
Made from the natural mineral tourmaline, this sleek and well-priced watch claims to aid sleep and relaxation and it also took home the Good Design Award in 2008, but can it pass the alyson29 test? Find out in her comprehensive and honest review, An affordable LCD watch, which comes highly recommended by dooyooHQ this Bank Holiday Monday.
24/05/2013 - (02:26 PM)
Tomorrow marks the 36th anniversary of Star Wars hitting the big screen, it also coincides with Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy inspired “Towel Day” and Discworld fans may know it as “The Glorious 25th”, but whatever your geek-lit leanings, Saturday the 25th of May is a day for everyone to embrace their inner-geek as part of the seventh annual Geek Pride Day.
In honor of all the proud and noble geeks that came before us, it’s Geek Week here at dooyooHQ and we’re celebrating by giving away some serious bonus dMs. From today until the Friday, 31st of May, all reviews of Level 1 Computer products are in with the chance to double their dooyooMiles, earning 1,200dMs per review. Just make sure your reviews are over 500 words in length and exclusive to dooyoo, then don’t forget to drop us a dooyooMail or email email@example.com with the URL so we can take a look and award your bonus dMs.
As an added incentive for those of you reluctant to let that inner-geek show, the top 3 reviews will receive an additional 1,000 bonus dMs each!
Crown of the Day!
23/05/2013 - (11:51 AM)
Today’s Crown of the Day goes to kristoph23 for his hands-on look at the Hoover TCR4237 Pet Hair Cylinder. Not just any vacuum cleaner, the Hoover TCR4237 packs an impressive 2,300 watts of power to make sure that stubborn pet hair knows who’s boss, but it’s not without its faults.
You A Sucker To Buy This is more balanced than it sounds, skillfully detailing the wide of range features the TCR4237 has to offer, along with its strengths and unfortunate weaknesses.
kristoph23’s comprehensive and useful review comes highly recommended by dooyooHQ today.
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week
22/05/2013 - (11:50 AM)
It’s that time of the week, folks. We’ve handpicked five dooyooers who’ve been doing excellent things around the site and now we’re going to present them here for your viewing pleasure!
karlsm93 is first up. She first joined the site back in 2009 and has been steadily writing away ever since. If you have a mosey through her reviews you’ll find reviews on products from the Kids & Family category, as well as Beauty, Toys and other products found around and inside the home. New member spanielize makes the cut, too. We’re really impressed with how her reviews have improved since starting out and her Hamlet - 2010 (DVD) earned her Crown numero uno – congratulations!
Chippytarka, is one of the famed five today. They’re another relatively new member who already has a couple of Crowns under their belt; the latest was picked up for Fantastic and beautiful decoration for any babies cot. dooyoo regular, ladybracknell, has been on fine form over the last few weeks. While she’s known for her high-quality Book reviews, she also branches out into other categories, too and recently nabbed a Crown for, You can walk a mile in these shoes. Hers is most definitely a profile to investigate if you haven’t already. Lastly today is another longstanding member, Praskipark. This month sees her focus on Portuguese restaurants (in Portugal!) and The Iron Lady (DVD), for which she’s been awarded a Crown.
That’s a wrap!