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Show yourself, dooyooers!
26/04/2012 - (09:27 AM)
The dooyooCommunity is a beautiful place because of all of you lovely dooyooers that help make it so special! No dooyooer looks, thinks, writes, or reviews the same as another – we are all unique and this is why people love dooyoo.
Now with our new and improved profile picture tool it’s easy to share your own uniqueness. Your profile picture makes you stand out and shows visitors to the site, as well as other dooyooers, the person behind the reviews they are reading and rating. The dooyooTeam has recently updated our profile picture and we'd like you to do the same! Just to add a bit of fun into the mix, we’ll also give away 500dMs to five dooyooers who share their face with the dooyooCommunity.
To take part all you have to do is, upload a recent face picture of yourself by midnight on Wednesday the 2nd of May (this time around we won't be accepting photos of your lovely kids and pets, or drawings) and then send us an email – that’s it! If you already have a face picture of yourself, that is great, just send us an email and you too can be part of the competition. Or, you may in fact want to use this as an excuse to update it to a more recent photo! By sharing your face with the dooyooCommunity you'll be more visible around the site, and you’re bound to attract more readers to your reviews.
We’re looking forward to your emails and your happy faces!
Hal & Simon
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week!
25/04/2012 - (01:01 PM)
To help you through the mid-week hump we’ve got a freshly picked bunch of dooyooers who have been doing good things around the site recently. They all come recommended by dooyoo HQ, so if you’re looking for good product reviews, you’ve come to the right place!
Parents interested in home educating their children would be wise to browse through broxi3781’s reviews. She’s reviewed a lot of products relating home education; most recently she nabbed a Crown for her review, What are little boys made of? - but beware you ‘won't find any snips and snails and puppy dog tails in this book’! broxi3781 also delves into plenty of other categories too, so even if that’s not your cup of tea, you’re bound to find something of interest in her profile.
Parents looking for summer toys should drop by the profile of chrisandmark. She’s been focusing on the Outdoor Toys category recently, and has some good ideas for basic toys for the kids. If you go back further you’ll find Household Appliance and House / Garden reviews aplenty too. Another reviewer recommending Toys / Games is xmum2threex. A great play house once it is built has earned her a Crown, as did A fun activity center from the week before.
sparkymarky1973 makes the list today. He recently picked up a Crown for a review of an Xbox 360 Game add-on for Fallout 3 - The Pitt and Operation: Anchorage (Xbox 360). As well as that there’s been plenty of fitness reviews written too, so if you’re looking to shed a few pounds during spring, this is a profile to visit! Finishing off the list today is MrsD76 who grabbed our attention for her mix of Junior Books, Toys / Games and Make Up. Our favourite being her review of Maybelline’s Dream Touch Blush, It really is my dream blush!
World Book Night
23/04/2012 - (03:33 PM)
World Book Night is taking place across the UK, Ireland, Germany, and the USA today. It’s a great time to remind yourself of why you love reading, and share that love with other people. Or, if its been a while since you picked up a book, switch off the TV and find a quiet place to immerse yourself in a good read. Not sure where to begin? Here are some fiction recommendations from dooyoo HQ and the dooyooCommunity at large, as well as a look at some of the best selling books of all time.
The first book in the Fifty Shades series, Fifty Shades of Grey is the most popular book on Amazon’s bestsellers list today. This book fits right into the erotic fiction genre and although it’s very popular with many readers, it’s also received criticism for some of its content. Fifty Shades of Grey has received a very good review on dooyoo though, so you’ll have to check it out to see if it’s something you’d fancy reading. Following close behind on that list is all three of The Hunger Games books. The second book is called Catching Fire while the third is called, Mockingjay – no doubt these have been helped to the top of the bestsellers list following the success of the first film in the series.
It was interesting to discover today that J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings has sold over 150 million copies since the first book in the trilogy was published in 1954. Those numbers alone make it safe to assume that it’s going to be a good read! But the dooyooCommunity wholeheartedly backs that up too, with 138 reviews and virtually all of them have given this epic the full 5 stars. The Hobbit has also done well for itself selling over 100 million copies, and that number is sure to rise with the upcoming film being released later this year.
We were surprised to see that the children’s book The Little Prince, that was first written in French and illustrated by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, has sold upwards of 200 million copies, making it one of the most sold books in the world. It’s a really cute little book and aimed at children of course, but it also makes some profound observations about existence and life that make it enjoyable for adults as well. Another great little book in a similar motivational realm is Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach. It’s also up there, selling more than 40 million copies. Also surprising was seeing that in terms of sales, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson has overtaken The Cat in the Hat by none other than Dr. Suess himself!
We’ll leave you with some recommendations from us here on the dooyooTeam. Hal couldn’t choose between Haruki Murakami’s Wind-up Bird Chronicle and American Gods by Niel Gaiman as his top picks. Simon just loves Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, so be sure to read some of the reviews and see if it is one for you. And lastly, Eri from our Spanish dooyooTeam suggests her favourite, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind.
Whatever you’re reading today dooyooers, enjoy it!
dooyooCommunity Tea Break
20/04/2012 - (05:25 PM)
The dooyooCommunity is an exciting place with lots of lovely members. Today we’re taking sometime out to get to know one of our lovely members azana. She likes bubbles, helps as a Guide and is also mum of two! So grab yourself a warm cuppa dooyooers and lets say hello to azana.
dooyooTeam: What was it that brought you to dooyoo to begin with?
azana: On New Year's Day 2009 I was surfing the net and spending my Christmas money and I came across dooyoo whilst trying to find out about something I was planning on buying, I've been a member ever since and really enjoy sharing my purchasing highs and lows, as well as writing about places I have been and the books I read.
dooyooTeam: Speaking of books, we heard through the grapevine that you’re going to be a World Book Night Giver on the 23rd of April! Can you tell us a bit about what World Book Night is?
azana: On World Book Night thousands of volunteers, including me, will be giving away 24 books each across the UK as well as in Germany, Ireland and the US. The aim is to give a book to people who wouldn't normally read or who haven't read for a while. The book I have to give away, and which I am picking up this week is "Room" by Emma Donoghue, which I am really pleased about. I reviewed it on dooyoo a while back, it's a book I loved when I read it and so I am delighted to be able to share the book in a more real way. I can't wait to give out my book to people in my local area.
dooyooTeam: That sounds like a very nice thing to be doing! What made you decide to get involved? Can others take part as well?
azana: I read about World Book Night a while back through something another dooyoo member wrote. I applied to be a "giver" a few months ago after I saw that one of the titles to be given out was one I had raved about on dooyoo. I had to say how I planned to give out my book if selected and why I wanted to share my love of reading. I got to choose between three books, and was delighted to be successful in my application and get my first choice. Anyone can apply for next year or take part in the events happening in their area - you can find out what's on and how to take part by searching online for 'world book night' and visiting the website.
dooyooTeam: You’re clearly an advocate of reading, does that mean the Books category is your favourite category to review in?! Or do you have another favourite?
azana: I do love writing book reviews but it's not necessarily my favourite category - actually I'm not sure I have a favourite I seem to write across lots of categories depending on what's happening in my life. I probably get the most satisfaction writing about house and garden items, computer games and of course Toys, and I also enjoy sharing our travel experiences. I have a young family so there's always plenty going on.
dooyooTeam: Which do you think was your best review on dooyoo?
azana: Hmm not sure really - probably those that aren't in my comfort zone, I was pleased recently how my review of our new piano turned out but I don't think I have a "best review"; in general if I can write the review I would have wanted to read when I was thinking of buying something then I'm happy.
dooyooTeam: Do you have any ideas about what will you be reviewing next?
azana: I was lucky enough to get an ipad 3 on UK release day so I will probably be reviewing that soon - if I can put it down long enough to write about it of course!
dooyooTeam: What do you normally do with your dooyooMiles rewards?
azana: I normally spend my miles on Amazon on treats for myself but more often for the kids. I have a well-used Kindle so I've just bought a few books and my dooyoo rewards are currently fuelling my children's Moshi Monster addiction - the latest craze in UK playgrounds. It's nice to get a few rewards for sharing your opinions, but being on dooyoo can lead to other things; it's meant me going to places I wouldn't have known about, meeting some lovely people, being contacted by authors and getting to test things for amazon too. World book night is just my latest dooyoo adventure and one that I'm really looking forward to. I'll let you know how it goes!
Crown of the Day!
19/04/2012 - (05:19 PM)
Lip-Love this summer…
We’re in love with a sweet little review by a new member Tarapea who picks up her first ever Crown on dooyoo! Tarapea has written a thorough review about the Blistex Intensive Moisturiser Hydrate lip balm which has SPF 10 Protection and hence perfect for the summer sun. Check out the review Precious Pout for some detailed user experience which will make you want to buy one of these little lip-loving sticks. Welcome to the dooyooCommunity and keep up the good work Tarapea!
Level changes and bonus dooyooMiles!
19/04/2012 - (09:53 AM)
Two new categories have been created in our catalogue this week, and just in time for summer shopping.
Deciding which Sunglasses you're going to wear during the hotter months is one of the most important fashion decisions you’ll make all year! Wayfarers, aviators or wrap-arounds? Mirrored lenses or coloured lenses? The list goes on and on. It’s not just about looking good though, they’re also a health product and it’s important to buy a pair that performs well. Likewise for another important summer accessory, Bicycle Helmets. It’s essential you take the time to get one that’s a good fit for you, literally. These new categories are going straight into Level 1, and we’re looking forward to hearing what you have to say about the ones you love, as well as the ones you love to hate.
Also moving into Level 1 are Outdoor Toys, Sports Shoes, and Beard / Hair Trimmer. Garden Tools are moving on up into Level 2, and coming down the other way into Level 2 is Skin Ceutical Cosmetics. Consumers are looking to move out of the kitchen and into the fresh air, so we’re moving Kitchenware, Homeware, and Cookware into Level 3. Also going into Level 3 is Nintendo 3DS Games and Flash Memory.
So, onto the bonus dooyooMiles!
After the fun but slightly odd Easter competition we ran the other week, we’re retuning to a more regular bonus dooyooMiles offer this time around. We’re giving a total of 1,000dMs for first reviews in the following categories; Sports Shoes, Cooker, Hob, Toaster, Washing Machine, Nursery Furniture, Pram, Pushchair and Stroller, LCD TV, Plasma TV, and Outdoor Toys.
This promotion will run until the end of the month, so be sure you’ve written your review before midnight on the 30th of April. All reviews must be over 500 words, it must the first review of the product, and please remember to drop us an email or dooyooMail with a link to the review. That way we can check it meets our requirements, and then add your bonus dMs!
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week
18/04/2012 - (01:00 PM)
The first Celebrated dooyooer of the Week is member rubarbandginer, who has painted a fresh impression on us with her review of the Barry M Nail Paint. She picked up a Crown for her review, The only reason to paint every day... because of the amount of personal experience and insight she included. Following on from rubarbandginer’s handy work we have member IzzyInTheHouse, who is a new member and making quite the splash. She has picked up her first Crown for "Everybody likes Kung Fu Fighting?" .... I don't!, which is a thorough review of the Kung Fu Panda 2 game, so do go and check it out. Welcome and keep up the good work, IzzyInTheHouse!
Our next Celebrated dooyooer of the Week today is dooyoo veteran Lakerfanster, who picked up two Crowns recently. His review of the Music Album, Love Letter by R. Kelly really stood out for us. The review, Love this Letter, is well written and packed with details. 'Not Feelin' The Love' is one of our personal favourite tracks from this album! Moving from Music to Movies, member AmyAmy is our next Celebrated dooyooer. She picked up a Crown for her review of the 1986 classic film Gothic. AmyAmy finds the film creepy, insane and perfect – it sounds like a good weekend watch, check out the review A film that Walks in Beauty with a life of its own...
The final member to make the list is self-confessed gadget freak Anewfoundglory82, who has picked up his first Crown for a gaming review about the Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater (3DS) game. The review lists both the pros and the cons of the game and is very informative for anyone looking to buy it. Do go and check out Metal Gear (not so) Solid…
There we go, that’s another five Celebrated dooyooers of the Week and we’ll be back again next week. So until then, happy reviewing dooyooers and keep up the good work!
Crown of the Day
16/04/2012 - (01:01 PM)
A must have for your iPad earns jipp05 the Crown of the Day today and any consumers who are considering buying, or are lucky enough to already own an iPad, should definitely take a look at this review. The Apple iPad 2 Smart Cover is a stylish little piece of design that’s also compatible with the New iPad 3. According to jipp05 it functions almost flawlessly and does a fantastic job of protecting your iPad. It come with a few other nifty features too, so be to sure read the review in full if you want to know more.
Crown of the Day
13/04/2012 - (05:08 PM)
Everyday she’s shuffling!
Picking up our Crown of the Day is member darling89 with her review of the cute little Apple iPod Shuffle. This little gadget has broadened the type of music darling89 listens because it does not have a screen so songs keep getting shuffled up. We quite like this idea, stops the normal music rut of listing to our same favorite songs over and over again.
darling89’s review is detailed, full of personal opinion and comes from someone who is used to Apple products and hence can give an informed opinion to future customers. The review, Apple iPod Shuffle: Everyday I'm Shuffling! comes as recommended weekend reading from the dooyoo HQ.
Have a lovely and sunny weekend dooyooers, let’s keep shuffling!
New Fashion & Beauty Products
12/04/2012 - (01:25 PM)
Over the last couple of weeks the lovely folks that take care of our database here at dooyoo HQ have been busy adding a few thousand brand new products into the Fashion & Beauty category. There’s thousands of the latest Fragrances, Make Up, Hair Care and Body / Skin Care products. It also includes new Bath / Shower products, and Antiperspirants / Deodorants too – summer is on its way, so we’ll all be looking for reviews of those soon!
You can find the newest products by visiting the dooyoo.co.uk homepage, scrolling to the bottom and clicking on The newest products. You can also filter the list to show only the categories you’re interested in.
We know that reviewing on dooyoo can become addictive and with all of these new products floating around just asking to be reviewed, you may be tempted to review something that you don’t actually own yourself, or have had limited experience with. Don't forget that the real reason for writing reviews on dooyoo is to help other consumers out there make better purchasing decisions. You must be completely familiar with the product you're reviewing in order to be able to give well-informed and accurate feedback about it.
We know the majority of you don't need the reminder, but if any of this is new to you, it would pay to have a read of the Site Rules before writing any more reviews.
Have fun, dooyooers!
Winners of the Easter Competition
11/04/2012 - (05:59 PM)
This Easter dooyoo HQ had visits from not only the Easter bunny, but also from some Easter monkeys and chickens, too! We had a great response for our special Easter competition where lots of dooyooers showed off their creative writing skills. We asked members to include one of three unlikely sentences in their review, and boy have we been impressed! From forcing monkeys to live in luxury dustbins, to chickens in chimneys – we’ve now officially heard it all!
It was a tough choice to pick the top five entries from all of the submissions, but after a lot of laughs and some tough decisions, we’ve made the cut and they will each go away with a healthy 3,000dMs. The first winner on our list is cheffrey with his entertaining review Elbow grease is for the unevolved - there's just something about a monkey named Wrench that will always be a wining formula. The next winner is katyj10 with her all-singing, all-dancing review about an all-singing, all-dancing loo called singing loo! sandemp is next up for her review about a stroller for her little monkeys. Check out, Perfect for little monkeys everywhere if you're in the market for a new stroller. Abski2001 our next winner, made the list for her review Get a bin on it! Finally, yet another monkey loving member alexandjef has picked up the 3,000 dooyooMiles prize for his review Cif Power Cream.
Thanks to all of those that took part, we really enjoyed this one! Of course there’ll be more chances to earn bonus dooyooMiles in the future, so watch this space.
Hal & Simon
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week!
11/04/2012 - (02:27 PM)
The dooyoo Easter bunny has brought five Celebrated dooyooers of the Week to our attention today. Kicking things off is lyndsey1989 who caught our eye with her review of a cool new product, the JML Multi Function Portable Lap Desk. Have a good read of Browse in comfort! if your browsing around for a multipurpose, well-priced Laptop desk. Next on the list is new member k444tmc who has picked up her first Crown this week for her review of the Beko WM5121S. k444tmc’s review, You should take this for a spin! is detailed and has lots of personal user experience which is always useful for shoppers.
Our next Celebrated dooyooer of the Week is simon020187 who has impressed us with his review All Roads Lead To Hell! about the game Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City. An action-packed game and a well balanced review – two things we like! Another well balanced review that we have Crowned this week is BabyHawk mei tai baby carrier - pros and cons by member karlsm93. karlsm93 has lots of positives and negatives about the Babyhawk Mei Tai baby carrier and newbie parents would love reading her personal insights.
To round things off this week, the final dooyooer that we want to highlight is member k2705 for her Crowned makeup review Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Mascara. She really likes the Brown Perfectly Defined Mascara and would recommend it to people who don’t mind the price. That’s it from us this week. We’ll be back again with more Celebrated dooyooers of the Week next week, until then, happy reviewing dooyooers!
Happy Easter dooyooers!
05/04/2012 - (02:21 PM)
From all the dooyooTeam have a great and safe Easter weekend! We hope you all get some time to spend with friends and family, and some time to put your feet up.
Don’t forget about our fun Easter competition that closes midnight Monday. To recap the competition details… We’re going to choose five of the best reviews written between now and midnight on Easter Monday to win 3,000dMs. All reviews must be at least 500 words. The reviews should be in either Sports, House / Garden, or Kids / Family, and of course they should abide by all of the Site Rules.
As well as that, to be eligible to win the competition all reviews must include (and conclude) one of the following sentences:
If I was given a chicken every time...
But what I really like to do with it is...
If I owned a monkey I would definitely...
Please also to send us a dooyooMail or email to tell us you’ve taken part in the competition – we don't want to miss your review.
We’ve been chuckling at some of the entries already, so we look forward to reading more of them next week!
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week
04/04/2012 - (12:54 PM)
To kick off this week’s Celebrated dooyooers of the Week we’d like to welcome helenc72, who has only been on the site for a few weeks but is already producing some top-quality reviews. I expected better from Clinique earned her first Crown, and she’s got a bunch of other great Fashion & Beauty reviews in her profile that are worth a look. Longtime member and dooyooCommunity Guide pmcds also makes the list this week. He’s been consistent over the last few weeks, regularly putting out some great reviews. His review of the eighties classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off (DVD) picked up a Crown for instance, and there are more Film reviews peppered between Sports Equipment and Book reviews in his profile that are bound to interest the cinephiles among you. Meggysmum also grabbed our attention. She likes to review in a wide variety of categories, so you’ll find reviews in UK / Ireland Guide, Household Appliances, Health, and more. If you're not a Kindle Convert yet, be sure to check out her review - she’s even managed to convince some die-hard real book fans at dooyoo HQ that this sounds like a useful product.
jillycat is another member who likes to review across the board. Her last two Breville appliance reviews have received Crowns, and you’ll also find her reviewing products in Kids / Family, Pets, Toys / Games - nearly every category in fact! That just leaves Holland1, who joined dooyoo towards the middle of last year and has recently been writing some seriously good reviews. Our pick of the bunch from this week is the review they penned on the DeLonghi Icona, which is a stylish looking Kettle that comes in a variety of colours and is all set to brew up some fun in the kitchen.
April's open suggestions categories:
02/04/2012 - (12:07 PM)
The start of April brings with itself a shift in our moods too – we start saying goodbye to the hats and gloves whilst greedily eying up the shorts and flip flops. Not long now for the summer heat! We too are freshening things up in the Suggestions Department this month by opening up some new categories for you.
This month the open suggestion categories are: Toys/Games, House/Garden, Kids/Family, dooyooLounge, Health, Cosmetics, Telecommunications, Banking & Finance, Campus & Careers, and Shopping.
So, happy reviewing dooyooers!
Win dooyooMiles: dooyoo's Easter Competition!
29/03/2012 - (12:19 PM)
Easter is just over a week away and we’re springing into a special one-off competition. We’ve selected three categories and we’re going to choose five of the best reviews written between now and midnight on Easter Monday to win 3,000dMs each! All reviews must be at least 500 words. The reviews should be in either Sports, House / Garden, or Kids / Family, and of course they should abide by all of the Site Rules.
Sounds easy right? Well it is, but don’t start spending those dMs just yet! Since we know you’re all such expert reviewers, we thought we’d give you a fun challenge – one we’re sure you’re up to. To be eligible to win the competition all reviews must include (and conclude) one of the following sentences:
If I was given a chicken every time...
But what I really like to do with it is...
If I owned a monkey I would definitely...
Remember to send us a dooyooMail or email to tell us you’ve taken part in the competition and make sure we don't miss your review.
So there you go dooyooers, keep it consumer focused but have fun with it! We look forward to seeing what you come up with!
-Hal & Simon
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week
28/03/2012 - (01:13 PM)
If you’re after good Fashion & Beauty reviews we recommend AbsintheFairy’s profile as a good place to start. She’s recently picked up a Crown for her Lancôme: Tresor, Eau de Parfum review, Sensual fragrance. SoadFan has also been producing top-notch stuff recently and she nabbed a Crown for her Zanussi IZ161S Washing Machine review this week. Her last 2 reviews of Bosch 25 Piece Screwdriver Bit Set and the Sweet Treats STWP001 Whoopie Pie Maker are also looking good – especially for those looking to break someone out of prison. Take one pie, add screwdrivers, deliver inconspicuously to prison, mission accomplished!
PerfectPeaches has been on form, she earned a Crown for her You have a hybrid car...I have a hybrid saddle! review, and there’s a lot of other useful Book, House / Garden, and Fashion & Beauty reviews in her profile too. loulou22 has been dipping her toe into lots of different categories, such as Film, Travel, Sports, and Fashion & Beauty. There’s still time to catch a few days on the piste, so if you’re headed to the ski fields you may want to investigate I Have No Fear With My Head Protected by No Fear! beforehand.
Wrapping up this week’s Celebrated dooyooers of the Week list is bilbobaginz. It was the review he penned on Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks that earned him a shiny pointy hat. Beyond that you’ll find reviews in Household Appliances, Audio / HiFi, and Music, among others. Thanks for all of your excellent contributions folks!
Crown of the Day
26/03/2012 - (12:28 PM)
As we were looking through the weekend’s reviews this morning it was Hoovering my Laundry that caught our eye. MelissaRuth tells us how she feels about the Washing Machine that she’s been using over the past couple of years, the Hoover WMH147DF. There’s a lot of easily accessible information in the review and of course plenty of that all-important personal experience – it wouldn’t be a Crown of the Day without it! For the most part she’s got good things to say, but to find out exactly what works and what doesn’t, stop by her profile and have a read of the review. Congratulations MelissaRuth!
Crown of the Day!
23/03/2012 - (12:11 PM)
On Friday afternoons, just like today, things start to slow down a bit for all of us. However, we’ve had a short but strong bolt of excitement today through member katyj10 who has picked up a Crown of the Day! Her review about the book One Wicked Sin by Nicola Cornick has set out hearts beating a little faster on this sunny but slow Friday afternoon. This is a passionate romance novel which sounds like an easy read. In katyj10's review, Bursting bodices and twitching britches, you get a clear sense of the plot and also the more passion filled scenes from the book, go ahead and check it out.
Happy Friday dooyooers!
Bonus dooyooMiles & Level Changes
22/03/2012 - (01:31 PM)
It’s that time again, that’s right, we’re shuffling around some Levels in accordance with the latest consumer shopping trends. We’re also kicking off a new round of bonus dooyooMiles today, so no mucking around, let’s dive straight in to the Level changes!
Spring is in the air and consumers are starting to look for Lawn Mowers to prepare the grass for what will hopefully be a cracking summer, so they’ve moved up to Level 1. Joining them in Level 1 are Pressure Washers and BBQ – no prizes there for guessing why. It’s time for people to at least start thinking about getting in shape for summer, so Sports Equipment gets a burst in Level 1 as well. Both Music Albums and Board Games are moving up into Level 2, whereas Classic Games (of the video variety) and Games Console are moving down into Level 3. Also moving into Level 3 is Documentary and Flash Drive, and Microphone and Dermalogia have moved from Level 1 into Level 2.
Moving right along to the bonus dooyooMiles promotion. We’re mixing it up slightly this time around, and we’ll award all first reviews over 500 words in the selected categories a total of 1,000dMs. There are ten of ‘em and here they are; Fridge, Oven, Washing Machine, Digital Camcorder, LCD Monitor, Laptop, PC Speaker, Speaker, Microwave and Perfume / Fragrance. We’ve also decided to move Perfume / Fragrance up into Level 1 for the duration of this bonus dooyooMiles offer.
Remember folks, reviews must be submitted by 9am on Thursday the 29th of March and be sure to drop us a dooyooMail or email to let us know you’ve taken part. We’ll check the review to make sure it meets the requirements and if so, we’ll award the bonus dooyooMiles.
Short & Sweet Winners!
21/03/2012 - (05:59 PM)
Last week’s Short & Sweet competition closed at midnight last night, and this morning we’ve been foraging through the entries to pick out the top three reviews – it was tough! There were lots of different styles, but the one common denominator throughout all of them was that they were extremely written, and of course that they were between five and six hundred words. In other words, short and sweet! It’s no easy task to write a very useful consumer review in that number of words, but when it’s done well, a lot of information can be passed on in a short amount of time. The winners of this competition have done just that, so without further ado, here they are…
GodfatherOfSoul grabbed our attention with his, Why stand for anything less? With a little help from the pun in the title of his review, he takes the top spot for his effort looking at Tiger’s Double Keyboard Stand KYS14-BK. You quickly get a sense of the product, the information is clear and GodfatherOfSoul throws in little tips and observations that helps build an overall picture of this Keyboard / Synthesizer stand. He’s nabbed an extra 1,500dMs for his efforts and the quality has already shown through as he picked up a Crown for that review on Tuesday.
-michelle- follows closely behind in second place with her Headphones review, Well Worth the Money. There’s lots of personal opinion in this review, and like GodfatherOfSoul she’s managed to paint us a great picture of what to expect if you purchase the Panasonic RP-HT 225s. Third place goes to l500589 and their review of the Russell Hobbs 13949 Kettle. Put the kettle on Russell is very clear, it covers all the technical aspects of it decisively and weaves additional pieces of information into the fabric around them. That means -michelle- will pick up 1,000dMs and a Crown, and l500589 will get 500dMs and a Crown – not too shabby we reckon!
Thanks to everyone who took part, be sure to watch this space for more upcoming promotions and competitions.
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week!
21/03/2012 - (02:36 PM)
Jumping straight into things, our first Celebrated dooyooer of the Week is member Lunaria. She picked up her first ever Crown this week for her review of the cooker Rangemaster Classic 90. The cooker itself is very handsome and so is her review, Classic Rangemaster, which has plenty of customer focused details and personal insight. Next on our list this week is a new addition to the dooyooCommunity who is making quite the splash! GodfatherOfSoul recently joined dooyoo and has picked up three Crowns already. This week we were particularly impressed by his review of the Fusion Brands Poachpod Egg Poacher. His title kind of gives a big hint into the review don’t you think, check out No more cracking up in the kitchen thanks to these silicone saviours!
If you used to like Jimmy Neutron on Nickelodeon, you are bound to like our next Celebrated dooyooer of the Week. cath_del has caught our eye with her review of the game Jimmy Neutron: Attack Of The Twonkies for the PS2. The review is short and to the point with lots of information about the graphics, plot and opinion about using the game. So do go and check out Jimmy Neutron: Attack Of The Twonkies. Next up on our list is another new member graceyyxx who has impressed us with her review Indesit IDC85 Tumble Dryer. She likes the Indesit IDC85 because it’s good value for money and does it job quietly and efficiently. Not quite the image we had in mind when thinking of a big Tumble Dryer!
Our final Celebrated dooyooer of the Week is carcraig because she has given us a great heads up this week with a review for a cheap and fun place for a spring day out. Her review of the Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre (Eaglesham, Scotland) is informative and very tempting especially as the weather is getting better. The review, The Answer, My Friend, Is Blowing in the Wind.... has picked up a Crown this week and is a must read for anyone wanting to have a fun family day out without breaking the bank.
That’s a wrap for this week but we shall be back again with some more Celebrated dooyooers of the Week. So happy reviewing and watch this space, it might be you next!
Crown of the Day
19/03/2012 - (10:49 AM)
Today we’re awarding the Crown of the Day to dobbysmum. While some of us were out drinking Guinness and eating food slathered in green food colouring, she was penning a cracking consumer review of Dyson’s DC32 Animal Vacuum Cleaner. This little sucker sounds like it’s got a lot of power and if that’s something you could put good use, then have a read of The mean machine. There’s good solid technical information about the vacuum cleaner, as well as the all important personal experience, but don’t take our word for it, be sure check out the review for yourself. Congratulations dobbysmum!
Everyone’s Irish on March 17th
16/03/2012 - (05:21 PM)
Pubs and pints, Guinness and green, some little green men and a whole lot of singing – that’s when you know it’s St. Patrick’s day! All of us here at the dooyoo HQ are excited about embracing the Irish within us this weekend! We want lots of singing, dancing and fun!
Naturally to get into the spirit of things we’ve all got ourselves a Irish Leprechaun Hat & Beard! Apart from that, we also have our selection of fine Irish beverages all sorted out! If you are looking for tips, we really like the look of the Black Bush Irish Whiskey or there is also Paddy’s Old Irish Whiskey. If you want to be a little unconventional there is of course the well trusted Baileys Irish Cream or even some Twinings Irish Breakfast Tea.
Whatever you do this weekend dooyooers, make sure that tomorrow you get to an Irish pub, or a St. Patrick’s Day parade, or just roundup some friends and family to celebrate St. Paddy’s day.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day dooyooers!
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week!
14/03/2012 - (04:58 PM)
It's the middle of a new week and we have already come across some of your great reviews! In particular some reviews and members have stood out for us and so it is time to honor them with our list of Celebrated dooyooers of the Week! Kicking things off this week we have a new dooyooer SpiderJamb who has picked up his first crown for his review of the Sony PlayStation Vita. His review maintains the fine balance of being both technical and filled with personal experience. Check out Viva La Vita! Moving away from the Spanish we have some Italian goodness! Another member who has caught our eye this week is suziedre with her review about the cookbook Gino's Pasta: Everything You Need to Cook the Italian Way. suziedre’s review is totally yummy, partly because the food sounds so delicious but also because the review is well balanced in its praise and its criticism of the product! The review is aptly called Would you like some pasta with your oil?
Taking things one step even further is member Jojoborne has impressed us with his European adventures with the Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z80! His review Zooming around Europe with the excellent Exilim YouTube camera is an excellent read and is packed with information for a potential consumer! Well done Jojoborne! Next on our list of Celebrated dooyooers of the Week is member kiss_me2070 all thanks to her review of the Brita Elemaris Meter jug. Check out Keeps me on top of my 2litres of water a day! for which she has picked up a shiny Crown this week!
The final name on our list this week is film reviewer funzo who has caught our attention with his review about the film The Woman in Black starring good old Daniel Radcliff (or Harry Potter!) funzo is not totally convinced about the film but has managed to write up a cracking review so check out The Woman in Black! Well, there you go, we have our list of Celebrated dooyooers of the Week. Next week we’ll be back with a brand new list so keep those fab reviews coming!
Short and Sweet Competition!
14/03/2012 - (10:30 AM)
It is time to shake things up a bit with our competitions, so we're running our popular Short and Sweet competition again! The last time we ran the Short and Sweet competition we got a tremendous response, and we are looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with this time.
Here’s what you need to know to enter... The rules are simple, all you have to do is write a new review in any Level 1 category between 500 and 600 words long, still making sure to be as specific as you can about the product in question, and of course being careful to including plenty of personal opinion. That’s it!
Please be sure to let us know via dooyooMail that you wish to have your review considered for the contest. We’ll then pick out the best three to receive bonuses of 1,500, 1,000 and 500 dMs respectively, and we also have three Crowns to give away to each of our winners! The deadline for submissions is midnight next Tuesday and we shall announce the winners soon after.
Best of luck to all!
-Hal & Simon
Commonwealth Day at dooyoo!
12/03/2012 - (12:48 PM)
Now a lot of us don’t really know much about the Commonwealth Day, but in a nutshell it is a day to mark our connection with the 54 Commonwealth states around the world. Today in London there will be a special service at Westminster Abbey to mark this day and the Queen has sent her Commonwealth address which will be broadcast around the world.
The theme for this year’s Commonwealth Day is ‘Connecting Cultures’ and some dooyooers have already been doing this right here on the site. To pick out a few examples, rosaliecullen has written a great Crowned review about a two day tour of the beautiful Banff in Commonwealth Canada. We also recently read and Crowned a review of the Elephant Camp Jungle Safari all the way in India. These reviews not only show an appreciation for the highs and lows of the place, but also for its people. Our connection with the Commonwealth world can also be seen through the many positive reviews written by dooyooers about the beautiful Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, or the various stunning locations throughout New Zealand. All these unique moments really brings home for us one important line from the Queen’s Commonwealth address today - however different outward appearances may be, we share a great deal in common with people around the world.
There's a lot of interesting adventures to read about in the Travel category, so if you're looking ideas of where to go to dinner when you're in Sydney, what to do the next time you're in Jamaica, or if you're just looking for some inspiring tales, be sure to browse through some of the Crowned travel reviews.
Happy Commonwealth Day dooyooers!
Crown of the Day!
09/03/2012 - (05:31 PM)
Today we have been impressed by a carefully written review by member lexipoo who picks up her first ever Crown! Her review about the Recaro Young Sport is short, sweet and to the point. It is not just well balanced but also reflects all the concerns a parent would have when trying to find a safe child seat. Check out the review, Ricardo Young Sport, it comes as a recommended weekend read from the dooyoo HQ!
Have a lovely weekend dooyooers.
Bonus dooyooMiles Winner!
08/03/2012 - (06:01 PM)
For the last couple of weeks we’ve been offering a total of 1,000dMs for each first review in a bunch of different categories, and today we’ve chosen the best of those reviews to get an extra 1,000dMs on top of what they’ve already earned – not too shabby!
There were a couple vying for the top spot, but after some careful deliberation we’ve come to a decision and it’s carlz2001uk’s review, Stylish and makes the perfect cup of coffee every time that is the winner, congratulations! All the product details for the DeLonghi ESAM4200 Magnifica Bean to Cup are effortlessly nestled into the review, and there’s a healthy dose of personal experience in there as well. Most definitely a worthy winner.
International Women’s Day
08/03/2012 - (12:09 PM)
We don’t need to look far to find amazing women in our lives. Our world is full of women who inspire us, challenge us and help us develop as a society. Both historical and contemporary examples are in abundance, whether it be Florence Nightingale, who was given the nickname The Lady with the Lamp for her tireless efforts tending to wounded soldiers during the Crimean War, or Virgina Woolf and her wise, insightful words. Perhaps Indira Gandhi and Maggie Thatcher for their political struggles, or Coco Channel with her outstanding tailoring and contributions to fashion, and Madonna with her contributions to the music industry, the list is endless.
But of course the women who mean the most to us are the ones who make a difference in our lives everyday, our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters, wives, friends and girlfriends, and we here at dooyoo HQ are in constant contact with inspiring women from the dooyooCommunity. We’ve read pieces from women members who have written of their fight against breast cancer, or their adventure holidays from all over the globe. There are stories of single mothers bringing up three lovely kids, and the tales of hectic school runs. We’ve heard from published authors, thoughtful partners, business women, and even ex-professional wrestlers! International Women’s Day plays an important role in keeping women’s issues in public view, so if you have the opportunity to contribute to or support an event happening today it will be appreciated by women across all cultures.
From us at dooyoo HQ we’d like to express a big thanks and Happy International Women’s Day to all of the great women in the dooyooCommunity. You are what helps make dooyoo the wonderful place that it is! Don’t forget to treat yourself today dooyoo ladies - put your feet up!
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week!
07/03/2012 - (12:31 PM)
If you take a look at GentleGenius’ profile there are Film reviews as far as the eye can see, and they’re not just any old film reviews, they are well thought out and well written. So if you’re looking for honest recommendations of what to watch this weekend, this is an excellent place to start. There’s a mix of films genres including some older hidden gems such as the recently reviewed Clean, Shaven (DVD), which comes highly recommended by dooyoo HQ.
SWSt has been busy writing some cracking stuff recently too. As Video Games Guide you’ll find plenty of video game reviews in his profile, but he also dabbles in other areas like Books & Magazines and Film. In fact, we really enjoyed reading Better than the original? Not a Ghost of a Chance, so if you’re looking for recommendations of what not to watch this weekend, this is the review for you. Staying with the gamers, our next Celebrated dooyooer of the Week is illogicology. He’s been back recently and has come up with some superb reviews of games for Nintendo’s 3DS, what’s more, his in-depth review of Sony’s brand new PlayStation Vita is excellent and essential reading for anyone with an interest in handheld gaming.
Member trayrope came third in February’s Monthly Competition for her clear and concise review of the Aquarius 3 Tier Glass Wall Unit. She’s been on form with other well written reviews too, BT Stratus, sleek, modern and makes a good hammer, for instance is a good one to check out if you want to upgrade your home Telephone. Rounding off the week’s list is katyboo123, she picked up a Crown for Nought to dry in sixty seconds, which was a review she penned on Revlon’s Top Speed Nail Colour. Cheap and Cheerful, Recommended! is also a good one, with the summer traveling season creeping steadily forward, now is the time to make sure you have a good Suitcase.
That’s this week’s Celebrated dooyooers, be sure to drop by their profiles and check out their reviews!
Monthly Competition Winners!
05/03/2012 - (05:31 PM)
Last month we were on the lookout for your recommendations (and warnings, of course) for products in the House / Garden category. dooyoo HQ would like to pass on a huge congratulations to bollinger28, koshkha, trayrope and hatty109, who all wrote excellent reviews in the month of February. To see who walks away with what, leap on over to the Competitions page…
We know that many of you will have been tucked-up warm inside over the last few months, so for March’s competition we’d love to hear about your favourite, and least favourite Household Appliances that you’ve used over winter. Don’t hold back, we want to hear all about it - the good, the bad, and the ugly!
Crown of the Day!
02/03/2012 - (05:26 PM)
We at the dooyoo HQ have just entered into the Mesozoic Era when actual dinosaurs were alive! This is not because it’s a Friday afternoon and we are bored in the office but it's because a really wonderful review has caught our eye today.
Member CarolineR-D has transported us back to age of the dinosaurs with her review about the book, The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs. The review is not only well written and packed with personal opinion, but you can also pick up a quick crash course on some the Late Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous and Cenozoic periods! We enjoyed reading Now, that's what I call a school trip! and this review comes as recommended weekend reading.
Have a lovely weekend dooyooers!
March’s open suggestion categories
01/03/2012 - (10:41 AM)
Today is the first day of Spring! It’s the time of the year when change is in the air. On dooyoo too it’s time to switch things up in the Suggestions department. As of today, we shall be accepting your product suggestions in the following ten categories:
Books & Magazines, Computer, Fashion & Beauty, Household Appliance, Photography, Software, Sports, UK / Ireland Guide, Video Games and Services.
As always, our database team will be uploading reams of products and services across all categories in the background too.
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week!
29/02/2012 - (02:12 PM)
It is the start of a new week and we have a new set of dooyooers that need a special mention. Back with a bang is member goldenbat666 who has picked up two Crowns. She was on a little break but with two Oscar winning film reviews for The Help and The Iron Lady, she has caught our eye this week! We particularly liked her review titled The Help which is detailed and well written. Fitting really for such a wonderful film. Another film reviewer that has caught our eye is member marymoose with another two Crowned reviews! It was the Bill Bailey Live - Dandelion Mind review that really impressed us with its depth in detail and consumer focused approach. Marymoose roflysst! comes as recommended reading from the dooyooHQ for this week.
The third Celebrated dooyooer of the Week is dooyoo vetran Nar2 who has always produced impressive reviews. This week too he has stolen the spotlight with his review of the Bush SCA06 Portable Stereo, which according to him is good value for money and does exactly what it says! The review A Bargain Boom Baby Bush Blaster? is easy to follow and really fair with in its assessment of the stereo. A treat to read.
Taking us away on a romantic getaway is our next Celebrated dooyooer of the Week, malihat who has written a smashing review about the Apollo Hotel in sunny Athens. If you are on a budget and looking for a light bite, malihat recommends the rooftop café of the Apollo Hotel which has beautiful views of the Acropolis. Do check out Apollo Hotel Athens for all the details about this hotel.
The final Celebrated dooyooer of the Week is member Essexgirl2006 who has picked up a Crown this week for her book review of the The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. The review The Lacuna needs more Lacuna is well balanced, packed with personal insight and has the right amount of essential details for a consumer.
That is a wrap for this week dooyooers! We shall be back again with some more Celebrated dooyooers of the week so until then, happy reviewing!
dooyoo at the Oscars
27/02/2012 - (01:29 PM)
The Academy Awards have been handed out, but are the films any good?! Fortunately we have a lot of talented dooyooers who love to put pen to paper in the Film category, and they’ve got all of your questions covered.
So, who won? What’s recommended?! The Artist did extremely well last night and received no less than five Oscars. Three of them were in the most prestigious categories too - Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Picture. Michel Hazanavicius, the director and writer of The Artist, took an interesting approach and made the winning film black and white, and almost completely silent. It was a risk, but clearly it worked, because for the win he managed to fight off some stiff competition such as The Descendants, which starred George Clooney and won Best Adapted Screenplay, and Steven Spielberg’s War Horse. If you want to find out more before you commit to sitting through a silent film though, fair enough. dooyoo HQ recommends SWSt’s Crowned review, SSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! as an excellent place to start.
Meryl Streep won the Oscar for Best Actress with her interpretation of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. dooyoo member goldenbat666 is not completely convinced about the film overall, but agrees that Streep’s performance is undeniably excellent. One to watch? Well, best to get the full picture from goldenbats666’s review, The Iron Lady, before making a decision.
Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris (winner of the Best Original Screenplay) comes highly recommended by the dooyooCommunity. Both linzeelou’s, What happens at Midnight In Paris?, and mattconnect’s, Rooting for this at the Oscars, have given this one the thumbs up. Best Animated Film, Rango, on the other hand has received mixed reviews on dooyoo. melinda3536’s a chameleon's surreal rite of passage, is whole-heartedly positive, but pcmds’ Quick draw chameleon! is not quite so kind. However, he does go on to say that once you get past the first ‘weird’ 20 minutes things start to improve. Another animated film that did very well at the Oscars this year, was Martin Scorsese and Graham King’s, Hugo. It won Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing - not too bad at all considering this was Scorsese’s first foray into animation! To see if this is one for you, check out kevin121’s Crowned review, The mean streets of Paris.
We’re still waiting for reviews of some of the other big films that won Oscars – Beginners, The Help, The Muppets, A Separation and so on. So, if you’ve seen one of these, be sure to let the dooyooCommunity know what you thought!
Crown of the Day!
24/02/2012 - (12:39 PM)
Savvy shopper xmum2threex has caught our attention today with her bargain hunting skills and her review writing style! In 833 words, her review about the Avon SuperShock Max Mascara is a good length and packed with useful personal opinion. The review Shockingly good has picked up the Crown of the Day for being easy and clear to follow and very useful for other shoppers. We love a shopper who is out to find a good deal and does research before buying stuff, so well done xmum2threex, a well deserved Crown.
There are plenty of other make up and beauty products in the dooyoo Catalogue, if you own them, then we want to hear your views on them. Hope you have a lovely weekend dooyooers, happy reviewing!
Winner of the bonus, bonus dooyooMiles!
23/02/2012 - (02:45 PM)
In addition to the chance to earn bonus dooyooMiles over the last couple of weeks, we were on the lookout for one very special review that stood out for us. Now that the promotion is over, we have read through all the entries and have found one rather creative winner to award the 1,000 bonus dooyooMiles prize.
Out of some brilliant reviews, it was quite tough to pick one winner, but a review that especially caught our eye was a review by member panandtilt. Their review about the Creative D100 speakers is short and succinct but nonetheless there is plenty of background information, technical details and personal opinion. Just the right mix of stuff a shopper is looking for! If you are looking for hot buying tips or have already started looking for portable speakers to use at the beach or park this summer, you ought to check out How creative of Creative. Well done panadtilt, a well deserved bonus of 1,000 dooyooMiles coming your way!
Following on from the last weeks’ success, today we're continuing on in the same fashion. You’ll earn 1,000dMs total for all first reviews in GPS Sat Nav, All-in-one Printer, LCD Monitor, Laptop, Coffee Machine,Espresso Machine, Guitar / Bass Guitar, Power Saw and Keyboard/Synthesiser. There are plenty of products that need a review so start looking and see if you own any of the products.
Reviews need to be on our desk by midnight the 7th of March, and please remember to drop us a quick message to let us know you’ve taken part. Once again, if your review impresses us, there is a chance that your review could be our next winner of an additional 1,000 dooyooMiles. So happy reviewing and get creative!
-Hal & Simon
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week!
22/02/2012 - (12:17 PM)
The last few days have been busy at dooyoo with all the pancakes, Oscars’ build-up, Carnival celebrations and exciting promotions! Once again we have been impressed by some great reviews and some great reviewers. We want to put the spotlight on some special members who have stood out for us this week and so we have a fresh lineup of Celebrated dooyooers of the Week.
The first celebrated dooyooer is member carlz2001uk, who has brought out the child within us through her review of the Disney Princess uDraw Tablet. Her review, Bring your child's imagination to life!, is well written and full of genuine personal experience. Next on our list is IainWear who picked up several Crowns this week. Our favourite out of the bunch is his review about the Spielberg film War Horse. IainWear is not the biggest fan of the film, even though there is a lot of Oscars buzz around it, but he certainly appreciates the ambitious idea behind it. Check out Mere Horseplay if you’re looking for a good read.
Bringing some sunshine into our chilly week is the next Celebrated dooyooer of the Week, summerdays. Now it does not matter if you are a Big Brother fan or not, but everybody does love Davina McCall don’t they? Or at least a lot of people love to hate her! summerdays has done a good job reviewing Davina’s Fitness DVD Ultimate Target. If you are looking for inspiration to get that killer summer body, do check out the review Davina Ultimate Target Fitness DVD. Moving on from Big Brother, our next dooyooer is Perfume expert lillamarta. She has picked up three Crowns this week for her perfume reviews, and we particularly like her review about Donna Karan’s Signature Eau de Parfum for Women. If you are looking for a summery, classical yet soft scent, have a look at Twenty years on and still as beautiful as ever.
Keeping up with the all the beauty and fitness tips this week, our final member is jimmychoogirl, who has some handy hints on looking good on a budget. Her review Ceramic Rollers! is a must read for anyone after big glamorous hair, especially apt with the current Oscars fever in the air! The review has just the kind of insight a customer is looking for, and she finds the Babyliss 3035U Thermo-Ceramic Rollers as being good value for money.
Lights, Camera, Action… and well that’s a short and sweet wrap for today! We shall be back again next week with some more Celebrated dooyooers of the Week. Until then, happy reviewing!
22/02/2012 - (11:21 AM)
Thanks for all of your reviews in the Health Products category over the last couple of weeks; there was a lot of useful consumer reviews written! For now however our appetite has been sated, which means we’re doing a quick level switch today and moving Health Products back down to Level 2, and we’re moving Kitchen Appliances up into pole position - Level 1.
We look forward to reading your reviews dooyooers!
Crown of the Day
20/02/2012 - (03:36 PM)
Even though the Laptops that are manufactured these days come with far superior speakers than they did even just a couple of years ago, many are still not up to the task and your favourite music can end up sounding flat and lifeless. Or, like Amyrose found out, they just don’t have the staying power and they crumble before your laptop does, leaving you with crackly, distorted sound.
Either way, if you’re a music lover this is not acceptable and an external set of PC Speakers can be just the ticket to getting back some of that sweet, sweet sound! Enter the Trust 2.0 Speaker Set SP-2420, and the Crown of the Day winning review, Super Speakers, which comes highly recommended by dooyoo HQ.
It’s Carnival time!
17/02/2012 - (12:51 PM)
When you see multicoloured face painting, life-sized angel wings, lots of drums and a whole lot of dancing – you know its Carnival time around the world! Carnival is the one time of the year, when millions of people around the globe dress up, drink up and celebrate! You don’t have to go all the way to Rio to join the big party, dooyoo is recreating its own!
To start off, you need a great costume. The main aim here is to dress up, feel a little sexy and just have fun! You can either choose to become a cavewoman or a fun and colourful clown, or you could be totally wild and dress up in the real Brazilian spirit of Carmen Miranda! The spirit of the Carnival has been and still remains the desire to celebrate and share. There is almost no other drink more refreshing and fitting the Carnival than a iced fruit cocktail. Even if it is a little chilly outside, we recommend checking out the Kenwood FP580 for whipping up some festive cocktails. There are tonns of yummy homemade cocktail recipes if you are looking for some ideas.
Even if you don’t feel like dressing up this Carnival, we would encourage you to try something different and bold this year. We have found some funky and sparkly W7 Carnival Dust Loose Eye shadow which would make you sparkle all night long and there are also these cool red Rayban sunglasses which could all help recreate the festive flair. Whatever you do during this Carnival dooyooers, make sure that you have a lot of colourful fun! Happy Carnival!
Crown of the Day!
16/02/2012 - (03:09 PM)
Pink: Some hate it and some just love it, either way, pink is our colour of the day! Picking up her first ever Crown of the Day is nteer09 with her review of the Cosatto You2 Little Tweeters Twin Stroller. The review has some useful tips on how to get the full four year guarantee, details about day to day use of the buggy, and a whole lot of other information that a new parent would love to read about. The review, About as good as a double buggy gets, is short and sweet, plus if you like all things pink, you should certainly check this one out!
Celebrated dooyooers of the Week!
15/02/2012 - (12:29 PM)
To help you get through the last half of the week, we’ve complied a list of some of the stand out reviewers from the last week or so. There should be enough here to keep you entertained for a while, but if you’re ever in need of more, browse through the New Crowns list for some other top notch reviews and reviewers.
nickbrown60 has been impressing us over the last couple of weeks. His reviews are thoughtfully put together and consistently of a very high quality. Our pick of the bunch is Washes the floors for me! An awesome robot, but his profile in general is definitely one to check out – especially if you’re a likeminded oral health obsessive!
dobbysmum has been a busy-bee this week. Her Samsung UE-40D6100S review is a gem, and the TV comes highly recommended too, so it’s a product to investigate further for sure. superness11’s reviews grabbed our attention too. She’s not confined to reviewing in any one particular category, so expect to see reviews in Health, Music, Fashion & Beauty and House / Garden if you visit her profile.
To wrap up this week’s celebrated list we wanted to welcome two new members who have been doing rather well, alexandjef and Rache3012. alexandjef has picked up a couple of Crowns recently, both for cracking DVD reviews, be sure to keep an eye out for more of those. Rache3012’s 3DS... The Future of Gaming is just one of many Video Game related reviews by this member, and one that earned them their first Crown ever, congratulations!
We also wanted to remind those of you who are well behind the times and haven’t ‘Liked’ our Facebook page, or followed us on Twitter, to go do so right now! Say hi, keep up-to-date, and chat with other dooyooers.
Love is in the air…
14/02/2012 - (04:27 PM)
Happy Valentines Day dooyooers!
Valentine's is always one of those days that has plenty of lovers and haters; a little bit like Marmite I guess. All the coupled lovebirds are out on the streets and glowing with love, which is of course lovely. Here at dooyoo, however, it does not matter if you are all loved up today or single and ready to mingle or are indeed an anti-Valentiner – today is a day for us all to indulge! We see Valentines not just as a day for romantic lovers, but also as a day to celebrate our love and passion for all wonderful things!
Today for example we found some very special inspiration to start growing our own Strawberries after reading a really fab review in House and Garden. Strawberries are one of those aphrodisiac fruits that are lovely to share with people but are also just so yummy and decadent to indulge in alone! Check out member Stewwydablue’s review, Super sexy sweet strawberries to get some tips on how to grow your own sexy sweet strawberries. If you are pushing the boat out by growing your own, you may also want to consider whipping up some of your own homemade Ice cream. Creamy ice cream is a heavenly delight at any time of the day, on any day of the year, this is especially true for today. Check out some of these amazing ice cream recipes.
If ice cream is not really your style, we have a big selection of goodies in our Erotic category. There is plenty there to keep you and your loved one on your toes and trying new things. To wrap up our Valentines indulgence we also have some sweet but sensual toiletries for you to try. The Lust Sweetheart Soap is a particular favorite and the review Sweet soap is definitely worth a read. Of course, the all time classic valentine gift of perfumes and fragrances is not just a safe choice but can also be very special treat today for yourself or your loved one.
If you are with your loved one tonight, we wish you a romantic and lovely evening. If you are independent and free tonight, we strongly suggest investing in some quality time with yourself – go on and indulge yourself dooyooers, you deserve it!
Bonus dooyooMiles Reminder
13/02/2012 - (05:31 PM)
Just a quick reminder dooyooers! Until midnight on Wednesday the 22nd of Feb we’re offering a total of 1,000dMs for each first review of a product in the following 9 categories. Child Car Seat, Heater, Graphics Card, Speaker, HiFi System, Car Audio, Prams, Pushchairs and Strollers, Plasma TV and LCD TV.
What’s more, this time around we’ll also choose the best review from that period in those categories to feature on the community home page, and we’ll award them another bonus of 1,000dMs!
Be sure to drop us an email or dooyooMail so we know you've taken part, and we'll award the bonus dMs.
-Hal & Simon
Crown of the Day: Music to Our Ears
13/02/2012 - (11:58 AM)
Choosing a Piano requires careful consideration. It’s not the kind of product you purchase every week (or even every few years for that matter) and once you’ve made your choice, you’re most likely going to be stuck with it for some time to come. It’s essential then that you do thorough research prior to purchase, and azana’s latest addition If Music be the Food of Love.... is recommended as a fine place to start. It’s comprehensive, clear, and covers all the questions that a prospective buyer may have about the Yamaha YDP161. Nice work!
That just leaves one question, why was the piano player arrested? Because he got into treble.
Crown of the Day!
10/02/2012 - (05:41 PM)
Today a book that has caught our eye is special, not just for the author of the book, but also for the theme of the book. Member 1st2thebar has done a cracking job at reviewing Christopher Hitchkin’s book about George Orwell. The book Why Orwell Matters is nothing short of a masterpiece and we love it. The review too, Orwell: The Renaissance Continues, is well written, full of personal insight, and is well balanced. If you are looking for some fun and stimulating reading this weekend do check out this book.
Have a lovely weekend dooyooers and happy reviewing!
10/02/2012 - (10:17 AM)
Today we have yet another round of bonus dooyooMiles for your reviewing pleasure! Until midnight on Wednesday the 22nd of Feb we’re offering a grand total of 1,000dMs for each first review of a product in the following categories… Child Car Seat, Heater, Graphics Card, Speaker, HiFi System, Car Audio, Prams, Pushchairs and Strollers, Plasma TV and LCD TV.
But wait, there's more... This time around we’ll also choose the best review from that period and in those categories to be featured on the community home page and we'll give the winner another bonus of 1000dMs - be sure to put your best foot forward!
-Hal & Simon
Crown of the Day!
09/02/2012 - (05:54 PM)
Crown of the Day today goes to long time dooyoo reviewer hogsflesh. He’s had a crack at reviewing the Might and Magic: Heroes VI (PC) video game, and we must say he’s done a rather good job of it! Scathing in parts but nonetheless a solid review full of personal opinion that gives the consumer great insight into the game. It’s been awarded a meagre 2 stars but one man’s pleasure is another man’s poison, so before you write it off, have a read of Up yours, Ubisoft and make your own informed decision.