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    • Tangle Teezer / Hair Care / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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      26.09.2012 11:32
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      Forget detangling shampoo/conditioner, cheaper to use this.

      I have short thick hair, my daughter has short fine hair riddled with tangles and knots, my niece has Rapunzel length hair that's incredibly thick, tangled and knotted. All three of us have pain while combing/brushing our hair. I kept going back to Boots to look for new hair brush as the latest I buy doesn't ease the dread each morning when it's time to hold our breaths and brush away. A bright orange plastic kidney shaped brush caught my attention, Tangle Teezer is the brand name. At £10 with no special offers in sight, I took the plunge and bought it, in all honesty I was prepared to return to Boots and demand my money back as they didn't work. Well, I was far too hasty. The tangle Teezer glided through my hair, it was like slicing a fluffy uncooked merignue! With so many tiny plastic bristles I doubted it would leave me uncertain whether or not it actually went through my hair. My daughter loves this brush as she can finally brush her hair with ease and without tears. My niece had a go after marvelling that my hair looked so smooth and glossy after I had used it, with infinite hair compared to mine we doubted it would be effective on hers, lo and behold the Teezer went through from roots to the end (I didn't think her hair had any end!) as if she was waving a wand through air. I highly recommend buying this, when I went back to buy one for my niece before she went home there were other colours available, all bright and neon colours! I cannot find fault with it. It is a kidney shaped handle, ergonomic and very comfortable to use. Turn it upside down and left handed brushing is comfortable too. At £10 I can appreciate people thinking its pricey, however I used to buy detangling conditioner and detangle spray and can say over a few months the brush works out a lot cheaper as you don't need the aforementioned products to detangle, just this Teezer.

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      25.09.2012 22:35

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      Fifth installment of Odd Thomas series, Further insight into Odd and his talent

      Odd Apocalypse is the 5th Odd Thomas books to date, I recommend reading by the chronicle order to understand various characters mentions that was/is prevalent in the other books. Odd Thomas was the first book written followed by Forever Odd, Brother Odd and Odd Hours. I recommend to download on Apps "Odd Interlude" numbers 1, 2 and 3. It doesn't really matter if you don't, but my feelings are you'll miss that subtle understanding of Odd character and to know him better. There is a graphic comic strip relating to the books, I have them and they revolve around the written books - "In Odd we trust", "Odd is on our side" and "House of Odd". In the first four books Odd Thomas character develops as he battles demons in various forms, his sensitivity envelopes you to sympathise with him and feel for him when he loses the love of his life. I wasn't sure about the fourth book, I felt there wasn't enough information or allowance for a new character to develope. In this book you get to know this character a bit better and see the kind of relationship she has with Odd. Old souls brought together - through chance or destiny? I won't say as it spoils the plot, as per Dean's style of writing there are chilling moments, and tender ones too.

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      25.09.2012 19:23
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      A well thought out book with twists and spine chilling tale.

      Dean Koontz, the Master, the Chosen One of the murderous spine tingling genre does it again. Delft with words that dances in each sentences, it weaves a gory psychologies of human traits that are seen as weakness, or strengths of those who fight to stay alive. The story revolves around a former manor, now converted into apartments of the wealthy and affluent from varied backgrounds. There are so many different characters in different apartments, over the course of the story the backgrounds and personality of those evolve. There is no main character, which for me an avid Dean Koontz fan, is highly unusual. A presence living in what can be said as Hell underneath the hill the manor is situated, gives clues of what is to unfold. On the first page a few sleeves down are plans of the apartment in question, I found that terribly useful as I got confused to who lives where and which windows Self went past and where the security rooms were. I recommend this book, Dean Koontz rarely disappoints. His earlier works were very vividly savage, for the last few years he has now matured into human psychologies along with spiritual awareness, I am finding it refreshing to read about the spiritual side of things when people are pushed to the limit with their faith, or relapsed faith. Again, this is the book that gives you insights to human nature, how when faced with the infinite end of our life as we know it, we each fight in different ways, we each hold different values, how it hinders or helps build relationship with people we never thought we could have assissiation with previous to the 'event'. As said before, I loathe to reveal plots, there are twists so I think it's wrong to mar peoples enjoyment to read a good book.

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      25.09.2012 19:01

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      Fast paced thriller that hooks you the moment you begin to read, very insightful and rewarding read.

      As said in the title, this book is incredibly fast paced, not unlike Dean Koontz and James other books. It unputdownable and you end up rushing to complete things in order to sit and read through. The minute you begin chapter one, you get the sense of urgency as the story goes along, the narrator recounts the days leading up to their imprisonment and the aftermath. I found it very interesting and I don't know if the French system of corruption is justified or whether it is all fiction as the characters themselves, but all the same you get caught up in this excellent story line and end up rooting for the last remaining two wives to be free from the brutal and horrendous treatment to persuade them to change their story and to admit the crime they never did. Friendship between the women are fraught with fragilities, James delfty digs deep to convey how easy it is to misplace trust between the women, and how each one have their weakness and strengths to cope. I am loathe to reveal the plot and story line hence why the plot description is kept to an absolute minimum. I recommend this book, I read it through on a flight to Heathrow from Miami, so engrossed was I that I never noticed any turbulence that raises my nerves quite easily.

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      25.09.2012 15:59
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      All four superman films starring Christopher Reeve, lovely films to own and watch time after time.

      They raised the bar with Christopher Reeve as Superman/Clark Kent, I cannot imagine anyone better. Christopher Reeves, while a talented and trained actor, managed to evoke campiness in the movie franchise as the film progresses. I don't know why it was encouraged or even if it was, I think the latter part of the franchise would have aged a lot better as the first two. Without revealing the plot and spoiling the film, I will say it was nice to see Gene Hackman reprising his role in the fourth film, how on earth had I missed this as a child?? The fourth film in my opinion was badly directed, shot, acted with padded story to get it going. I would have loved for Margot Kidder and the legendary Ned Betty being involved with better story lines and more time on screen (Margot Kidder had just a cameo). I understand there were quite a lot of disputes between Richard Donner and other people incvolved (writers, productors and directors) so maybe that effected the quality expected - too many cooks spoil the broth. The first two film are strong film that you can watch over and over again, the third leaves you feeling it's on par with other Richard Pryor's films, filmed for humour and a bit weak storyline, my brother disagrees so I think it's a matter of personal opinion. The fourth film should have never been written, suggested or filmed, too weak a plot lines with paddings to while the time. Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman deserved a lot better than this, I don't know why they agreed to reprise their role - misplaced loyalty? I sat and watched all four films with my 10 year old son a few weeks back, he enjoyed watching all four and laughed at the appropriate sequences. The DVD came in one box, all four disc within. The package is blue with the distinctive "S" superman logo, on the back brief description of each film, and details about which language subtitles are available in, including one for hard of hearing viewers. Overall, I think it was worth paying £10 in Tesco for the first three films, the fourth could be added bonus(!).

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      23.09.2012 20:18
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      Nice product that is effective at what it is designed to do.

      Dove, a well known brand and name tagged with sensitive skin. It boasts of having 1/4 moisturising cream to nourish the skin, even after shaving, to protect and provide 24 hours antiperspirant benefits. Dove roll on is in the same size as the length of anyone's palms (not children) and is small enough to pop into a hand bag to top up that lovely scent throughout the day, despite it offering 24 hour antiperspirant protection the scent does not last that long, unless of course you lift your arms and sniff. The bottle comes in white, the screw cap comes in various other colours depending on the scent you choose, or the type of roll on. With few twists the cap comes right off, you need to move the ball part of the roll on a couple of times for the liquid to cover it thus be able to roll it onto your armpits. After that, there is no reason to do this except if it's not been used for a length of time and has dried up. I find it is much better to leave it on its side after use prior to future use, if you are using it daily there is no risk of the roll on ball drying out. This method ensures you don't have a glut of liquid on the ball itself thus smearing your armpits with too much liquid. It dries slower than other branded roll ons, but the liquid itself is a balm for freshly saved armpits and there is no risk of any skin irritation - well not on mine at least. I bought this in Boots for roughly £1.70, watch out for buy one and get one free or the 3 for 2 mix and match. I am always happy to pay more for Dove than for any other branded roll on as this one really does protect and moisturises. I will be buying the scented roll ons to see if it really does last 24/48 hours as stated, but in all honesty, I don't want smells coming out of my armpits at all, which is the whole purpose of antiperspirant, so am not too bothered whether people can smell the Dove roll on on me or not. My perfume is the only scent I want to ooze!

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    • James Martin ZX758X Hand Mixer / Mixer / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      23.09.2012 19:57
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      Neat little tool with wide range of uses, except doughs.

      Bought this mixer in Kitchens in Cardiff for around £35 some years back, it replaced an old trusted beater but alas... In a neat box with James Martins face plastered on along with his name, as if we needed his name to recognise his face, the beater comes in beautiful matt silver encasement (it's not plastic, it's not metal, so am not sure what material it is a mixture?) On the side there are three slats horizontally, and on the front two vertically. It is the same on the other side of the mixer. The base of the mixer is black, it has a rubber strip for the ease of sitting the mixer up after beating but not finished with it yet, it also has two holes for the actual beaters/dough thing to be inserted. Unlike many branded or unbranded mixers, there are no colour coded holes or beaters. Which comes to a relief as it is annoying having to turn the mixer up and see which beaters go into which hole - I mean does it really matter? James Martin must have had that foresight thus omitted this inane practice. The stainless steel beaters are very generously big, you can beat almost anything with this, Christmas cake, puddings, batter, souffle, quiche, meringue (hallelujah for auto correct spelling, I can never spell meringue!). The other beater is in a different shape, it is curly/twisty with the ends sharply turned up, this is supposed to be used to make dough, I have tried without any success whatsoever to use this, the dough keeps riding upwards and sticks to the mixer machine, it is very messy process and something I have stopped attempting to use. On the handle itself, it is also black as the base, on the bottom end where the cord is attached, there is a white capitalised word "WAHL", the cord is at a generous length and is attached to a plug already suppllied. a stamp kindly informs me that it was fitted with 'BS 1362' 3A fuse. On the top of the handle there are three gadgets to mess around with. The usual speed dial, you flick the lever leftwards towards numbers 1 to 5, 1 begin slow, and 5 begin faster speed. That's not all, there is the marvellous extra Turbo button behind the lever for that extra push. Inside the lever there is a eject button for the ease of removal of the beaters themselves. I have had this for four years now, and am perfectly happy with how it performs for multitude of tasks I put it through.

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      23.09.2012 19:27
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      A good book to digest and understand today's teenagers and their attitude/rebellions.

      One thing that struck out to me in regards to this book, is the way Holden keeps saying "you know" after nearly each sentences, and 'phonies'. I assumed that this way of speaking was a new thing, so I was surprised to find it was used in 1951 when this book came out. Which of course means it still holds relevancy to today's adolescence and young adults. The story teller is a 16 year old boy Holden Caulfield, recounting his experiences that have lead up to a break down, he doesn't fit in at school, he has moved several schools prior to the Pencey Prep, he feels he is misunderstood, his parents don't understand him, he misses his brother who died, and worries about a lot of things in general. At the first few chapters my initial thought was that Holden was a spoilt sullen brat who is a whinger for all that wrong. However as the book progresses, you discover that you had him all wrong. He is actually sensitive and very bound by morals (1950s morals). Holden has a strong sense of what his aims are and despairs about those around him whose attitude differs. I had to read this book twice over to get the meaning and to understand where he is coming in from, I recommend this book as it instills the importance of being you within your own morals and independence. Despite it being obvious that people around him are falling apart, in the end it was Holden who fell apart worrying excessively about other people. Be warned, even though it is set in 1950s there is a strong sexual references and obscenity within the book.

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      • Mitsubishi Outlander 4WD / Car / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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        23.09.2012 19:05
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        A lovely car that appeals externally and internally with smooth ride.

        Mitsubishi Outlander is spacious, roomy and a luxury to own, ample 5 seater, which can be converted into 7 seater at the expense of the spacious boot. My eldest son has complained that the seats are not comfortable at all in long distance journeys (Cardiff to Newcastle and back), I have checked and realised they could have been a better quality seats. We tend to travel up North sporadically so this is a moot point compared to quite a long list of positives. Here are few positives. My back troubles disappeared within a few days of owning this car, the seat is upright and aligns the spine correctly. It is a bit high up to get on, but that is how it is supposed to be. The engine is very smooth and the car itself provides a smooth ride, the clutch, accelerator and brake pedals are sensitive to the touch, meaning you don't have to ram your foot down completely for the effects to begin, a slight touch is all you need, which provides again a luxurious feeling for a big car. The back doors comes with a child lock. Our car is a 2.2L, on the motorway it gives you a sense of being in control with the fuel consumption, on average if you drive 60 miles at 55mph, the digital fuel gauge tells you that you have driven on a equivalent of 54.6 miles per gallon, which translates into 5.5 litres per 62 miles (approx £6.98 with 139.7 per litre). We filled up our tank that went to £73, we drove up North, went to a few places, returned back to Cardiff and had surplus fuel left. The longer distance you drive, the more effective the fuel savings is, I think this offers the best value in terms of fuel intake/output. We had an opportunity to test out the 4WD and I have to say it surpassed all expectations and then some, we even 'rescued' a stuck car up in Brecon Beacon with a hard snow and we helped to tow a car into a service station, while pulling those cars, our car was able to cope without any pressure added on to it, it is very stable and very sturdy. The leather seats are worth paying more for, it offers a comfortable seating for long distance without any stickiness or the seat fabric making your clothes stick to it like velcro. Children spilling their drinks onto it wasn't a problem, just needs to wipe it with dry cloth, when you get the chance at arriving your destination, just go over the area with a damp soapy cloth. We had a DVD player added onto the roof of the car for the children, they were occupied with the film, however if anyone of them was sitting in the back seats, it was problematic to see the screen properly, it is not worth putting on the DVD in the daytime as the outdoor lights interfered with the ability to see the screen properly. We also had the sat-nav added to the car in place where the radio is, it fits along the exterior nicely and it isn't garish or stands out. It looks like it has always been there and that it was made in the factory along with the car. We went camping in Cornwall the summer before (2011) with 7 people in, two tents, various camping things, clothes and such, the car was packed to the limit yet again, it offered a smooth ride without any complaint. The design inside and out is well thought out.I recommend this car very much, as we are on our second Mitsubishi Outlander, but not the 4WD, as we rarely used it and thought it wasn't really that worth paying out more for.

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          23.09.2012 12:04
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          Lovely vivid polish that is brushed on in one sweep.

          In a 8ml bottle with the vivid colours of the polish clearly seen through the glass bottle, on the front there is a clear sticker with bold white letterings stating its 'Rimmel' london brand and the latest claim "60seconds".on the back in very tiny letters are the directions of use in English and various other languages, in my opinion pointless to have it as its unreadable. The top is shiny black plastic which you unscrew anti-clockwise a few times to open the product. The wand stick is wider than standard nail polishes, as it has more than generous bristles/brush for the ease of applying its thick vivid and luscious polish. If your nailed are slender you can just cover the whole nails in one sweep of the brush, wider nails might just get away with this but more likely two sweeps are needed. If it is applied thin enough then yes it dries in 60 seconds, this will entail further application of the polish to ensure the colour is accurately like you see on the bottle. If you apply a thickish coat, it takes a while to dry out properly. Far better to apply thin and often method to ensure it doesn't get smudged. The polish stays put for a long time without chipping, the colours it comes in are very statement type of polish, bold and stands out. A lovely product, and well worth paying just for the wide brush. It cost me around £2 on a buy two get one free deal in Boots.

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        • Kenwood BL453 / Blender / 5 Readings / 4 Ratings
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          22.09.2012 22:17
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          Excellent product that lets you choose how much pulse or how smooth.

          The kenwood food blender comes in 4 parts. The base, that contains the 600W motor, is silver and weighs 1kg and 275g (2lb 83/4oz) with attached plug. It has a grey knob just over 1 1/2" across, turning the knob anti-clockwise and hold it there gives a pulse setting, you can choose how puréed/crushed you want your food to be. Whilst clockwise turning has two settings, a gentle blender, the next setting is a high speed blender. On the top there is a 'hollow' section with a small cross key, you insert the actual blade/top on it for it to move/rotor. On the underside of the base there are four grey suction feet to keep the blender on the worktop as its working. The blade part of the blender can be inserted onto the motor base with ease, it can be used for both the 1600ml jug or the 16fl oz beaker. There are four blades, two is turned slightly upwards and the other two downwards. A black rubber circula trim ensures secure fit on both jug and beaker. Both of which is made of sturdy hard plastic which are also clear, this helps with aiding you to see if the liquid or nuts are smooth as you like or coarse. The jug has a grey lid with clear sturdy plastic top in the middle, you can remove this while the blender is moving to add more liquids. The beaker has no lids, the only opening is the one where it will be closed via the blade part. However, it does have a lid for easy storage if you are a blending a small amount of food for later use, which is a boon. I am happy and love my blender, it's quite easy to knock up a smoothie or crushed ice drink, it blends soups beautifully. It has had a lot of uses over 3 years now and is still in an excellent condition. The beaker is a useful tool to blend small meals for weaning babies, or if you want to purée just a small amount (home made apple sauce, mint sauce), the nuts can be problematic, it tends to get stuck on the blades, I knock it loose on the worktop. The blade part has to be screwed anti-clockwise to seal/close, clockwise to open, it can be confusing! The jug/beaker closes clockwise into the base, opens while turning anti-clockwise. Highly recommended, can't wait for autumnal soups to start, just so that I can use the blender!

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          18.09.2012 16:06
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          Cheap tool but very effective product to have

          After reading the 12 reviews on this product here I decided to go and buy one. The last tweezer I bought was £8 it did the job and I had disbelief that at £1.80 from Boots it would just as good if not better. Fairly easy to locate on the Boots 'eye care/nail care' aisle, a plain grey plastic pouch with the small Boots blue logo on the top left. Beneath it are the words in white and capitaled "slanted tweezers". As said, it was £1.80, plain & cheap looking. The pouch itself is made of recycled plastic but isn't currently recycled, am not sure how a product can be made of recycled materials but cannot be further recycled :/ A simple stainless steel slanted edged tweezers are visable from the clear front of the pouch, the information on the back informs you the tweezer was made in China, but doesn't state whereabouts, I think it would be terribly fascinating to see what products came from where and whether varied products are all made in the same place or from different places - however I digress. The tweezer edge feels abrasive and rough, it has a tiny little clear plastic/rubber band to close the tweezer, I lost it as soon as I removed it and placed it on the seat next to me, I am not sure if the wind blew the flimsy little thing away or because it was clear it's difficult to observe its whereabouts even if it was right in front of me. A marvellous thing of beauty. It's plain with grip ridges on both sides for better grip with your fingers, the edges on the slants grips coarse and fine hairs equally well, some finer hairs had to be attempted maybe twice or thrice but it doesn't detract the all purpose usefulness of the tweezers. I will never snigger at cheap products again unless I have truly tried and tested it. There was a Bobbi Brown tweezer on the next aisle selling for £22, that's £20.20 saved already. I wholly recommend this little product, be advised it pays to retain the plastic pouch or keep the tweezer in a case etc, as it's very sharp and abrasive, it can damage scarf or lining in the bag. A very cheap but functional tool to have.

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        • Stila Plumping Lip Glaze / Make Up / 9 Readings / 8 Ratings
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          Perfect for young women at the spring ages, lovely variety of tint gloss.

          Loved the simple pump action to load the brush after removing the cap, however, over some use the cap becomes messy and gloopy, when you put the cap back on inevitably the gloop gets seeped out, it's not practical to leave it your bag as its sticky and greasy to wash off. There are several colours it comes in, but the name used doesn't tll you the actual colour though, I chose 'kitten' which is a beige-y colour. It feels very greasy on the lips, the gloss sheen is obvious (but not the colour) on the lips, I wiped mine off and reapplied in less amount, it was better but still had that greasy aspect to it. It lasted quite a bit after the first application, overall I should have chosen a darker tint as the colour I bought is on its way to my 15 year old niece. It's too young for me. At £16 for .8ml, I had expected better cap/brush to minimise the gloop/mess on it.

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          13.09.2012 12:33
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          Lovely moisturising duo creams that comes in 4 scents.

          In a pink screw top tub of 250ml, £6.95 - a drop from £12, there are two parts in a Yin Yan style. In one part there is a thin moisturiser for normal skin, another part a harder butter for rough skin. I understand the idea but feel it was a waste of my money - I will say why. The scent is lovely, hardly noticeable, if you want a more obvious scent, go for Acia flora one (purple tub) The moisturiser glides on easily, with some rubbing in the skin absorbs it, it non- greasy so perfect to apply and go. The butter part - as said - is a harder cream like wax, much like soap, you have to assert pressure to be able to have some on your finger tips. Apply it to areas where the skin tends to be a bit coarser, namely the elbows and knees. This too is non-greasy. The downside, knees and elbows skin area are much less than overall body, this means the moisturiser covers more skin area than the waxy butter cream would, you finish the moisturiser first long before the waxy butter. So, unless you have even ratio of normal and rougher skin, the tub won't be used up equally. Like all Bodyshop products, the scent is lovely without being overpowering. Lovely moisturiser skin after the first application - but at normal price of £12 it's too expensive to be worth it. Get it on a deal/sale.

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          12.09.2012 21:03
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          Useful tool for dual use

          Excellent shaver/trimmer, does what it is supposed to do. It comes in turquoise kind of green/blue colour with white. By being a one product with dual use it doesn't clutter up the bathroom. Quattro comes with batteries included, it is fairly simple to insert/remove batteries, on the package it is recommended you remove the batteries while not in use to prevent rusting - mine did after 3 months of not using it. On one end, there is the wilkinson blades with a moving head, it leaves a clean shave wherever you use it, legs and under arm. On the other end you have the trimmer, my *ahem* bush is quite thick and coarse, the trimmer needs to over the bikini line several times to trim properly - that's my fault really! The two minor criticism I have of it, and the reason why I won't buy it again was because when I took off the shaving blades to replace them with a new one, the clasp to hold the blades in place snapped. This meant I could not insert the blades securely. At £10 I expected it to have last quite while. The second reason is the position of the blade itself, having accidentally cut myself with the blades once, I am overly cautious about the blades being exposed while using the trimmer. I would have preferred if they had a cap for one end while using the other. I appreciate the size of the trimmer is different from the blades, but all the same if someone figured out a dual use shaving tool, then they can think of the safety aspect too.

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