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    • Smart Trike Deluxe / Outdoor Toy / 18 Readings / 17 Ratings
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      05.02.2011 00:29
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      Use with caution, but still a great product regardless

      We bought this item last summer for our little boy out of his pocket money he had aquired over previous months from relatives. It came flat packed, with instructions and well packaged. It only took one person to assemble it, that being myself and didn't take too long at all as it was fairly easy to do.

      Features:
      * Drink holder
      * Pretend toy phone on the front
      * Storage tray on the back
      * A sun visor
      * A bag attatched
      * Well padded seating area with restraints
      * One click break
      * Extendable stearing turn pole
      * 3 in 1 fuctions for different age groups


      The trike is very easy to move, it reminds me a bit of driving in the sense of how you can manouvre the wheels. The turn pole at the back controls which direction you go in and allows you to make swift, smooth turns without having to lift the trike.

      The trike can be adapted to suit all ages upto 1-3 years. Turning from a push along trike eventually into a trike that your child can pedal themself.

      There are a few minor issues with the functioning of the trike. Firstly when going up and down a steep curb sometimes the trike can tip to a side, for this reason i lift the trike up the curb from the front rather then risk my sons safety. Also sometimes my little boys feet can get caught in the set of pedals. His feet are firmly on the foot rests whiles the pedals move, however sometimes the pedals can mangle his feet if i'm not careful. Last but not least the sun visor blows upwards if there is a reasonable amount of wind, i pressume it can't be held into place as it would cause too much of an air trap inside the trike so it needs to have free movements to blow backwards to release the trapment of air- never the less, still very annoying!

      Overall i would still recommend this trike to anyone else looking into buying it, it does have a few minor issues but my little one loves it- so if hes happy i'm happy and can overlook them.

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      05.02.2011 00:07
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      The best mouthwash on the market

      I don't know why, but even after brushing my teeth my mouth never feels clean till i have had a good gargle with some mouthwash. After trying many different brands, eventually i came across Listerine and it has been a staple item in my bathroom cabinet ever since.

      Some may say its pricey, but a little goes a long way and you really do get a lot of it in the bottle. I paid £5 for two bottles from Asda when i last stocked up, i find its best to buy it during the promotions. Basically, like any other mouth wash you gargle a cap full all around your mouth and at the back of your throat. The taste at first can be very over powering, so you may find you cant keep it in your mouth for long- after a while you become used to it though and it doesn't phase you. I love the tingly fresh feeling it gives me, i can literally feel it working its way all around my mouth and for a while after my mouth still tastes really fresh. I also found that before using it my gums used to bleed- a sign of gum disease, after using listering for a couple of weeks this stopped completely!


      Now the reason i love Listerine the most is for its antiseptic qualities. Whenever i feel a sore throat coming on, i gargle Listerine throughout the day- it really takes the edge off the pain and nips the infection in the bud. Better then any cough medicine i have ever used and tastes nicer too!

      I'm forever recommending Listerine to my friends, they too cant believe how great it is for curing a sore throat- definitely a hidden gem!

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    • Pro Fitness Gym Ball / Fitness / 13 Readings / 11 Ratings
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      04.02.2011 23:38
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      Great product, every woman should own one just for the laughs you will have using it!

      I actually first purchased this gym ball from Argos to use during child birth, which it was great to get things moving along. About 6 months after having my little one i then began using it for fitness. It came with a foot pump, i must admit it does take about 5-10 minutes to inflate but once done it tends to keep its shape well without any need for a top up of air.

      The exercises i did on the gym ball where:

      * Squats- i found the gym ball fantastic for these, would help guide me on how far down to squat.
      * Pelvic circles- great for toning my hips and waist, easy enough to do whiles sat on the ball.
      *Ab crunch- found this one great for tightening up my stomach area. It can be a bit complicated when trying to balance and move with the ball, but i mastered it really well after a few goes.


      As with any exercise equipment you do have to be careful not to overdo it, i found this to be especially the case with the gym ball. It is very easy to pull a muscle using it for certain exercises, especially ones which require a lot of balance and lower back strength. I would advise everyone who has a gym ball to look up how to do these exercises correctly, as one morning i woke up in agony in my lower back from doing ab crunches in-correctly.

      Would i recommend this product to a friend? Absoloutely, anything that gets you moving whiles watching the soaps isn't a bad thing- and if it helps you towards that long term fitness goal, why not give it a go. If you get fed up with it, its not the end of the world- my little one loves bouncing ours around and for that purpose alone its worth it!

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      04.02.2011 23:16
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      Great product, great price & great workout

      When i first embarked upon a diet and fitness program, i was adamant i didn't want to join the gym. So with a budget in mind, i purchased various pieces of exercise equipment and turned our spare room into a home gym.

      Amongst the equipment i purchased, was this inflatable punch bag. I paid £8 for it from Asda at the time, and it came boxed with a puncture repair kit and inflation instructions. It didn't take me too long to blow up, roughly three minutes maximum so i wasn't left breathless and dizzy.

      Once inflated i had a few test goes on it, i spent a few minutes kicking and punching it and was really impressed by it. It doesn't tip over either, just bounces back at you as the black base has a ring of sand weighing it down which is handy. The big difference between this and a proper punch bag is it didn't hurt my hands to punch it, nor did it hurt my feet to kick it. I was receiving the full work out without any impact damage, a definite bonus in my eyes. I also found that my stress levels greatly improved using the punch bag, i let off lots of steam during my work out and afterwards felt relaxed and my concentration improved. I guess taking out all my pent up stress and aggression on the punch bag gave me some sort of stress release.

      The only negative i have regarding this product is that every few days it loses firmness and i have to spend maybe 30 seconds adding a little more air to it. I guess that goes for anything inflatable though and it takes no time to do, just a bit annoying when i'm in the mood for kicking off some steam and i have to top the punch bag up with air.

      Overall i am very happy with this product and i would recommend it to anyone who would like to have a stab at getting fit, not only are you taking up minimum space- it can be moved about really easily and you aren't committing to anything too pricey if you get fed up with it.

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      04.02.2011 23:00
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      Great product

      I'm going to be out right honest with this review- i don't like giving my little one medicine! There, i said it- a bit ironic that i should write this review considering. However, on the rare occasion where my little one is really ill, and he needs something to help him- i opt for Calpol as my last option.

      I have used Calpol for teething, croup, and fever. I try not to give my little one anything that will influence his immune system, however sometimes when hes really poorly, my instinct is to always do whats best for him and occasionally that involves a dose of calpol, or calprofen now hes older.

      Calpol is great for teething, i wouldnt give my little one it reguarly for teething pain, but for those moments where he cant sleep from the pain- it works wonders alongside his Bonjella. After 15-20 minutes of administering it, he looks more calm and is able to soothe himself back to sleep in no time. I can almost see the relief on his face, teething must be awful for babies- so any products that take the edge off it are welcome in my first aid box!

      I think its great that its sugar free too, Calpol is often administered during the night- so if it was to contain sugars it would most deffinately rot what teeth the baby does have. Asif us parents dont have enough to worry about, without medicine rotting away the very teeth it is taken for! So Kudos to Calpol for acknowledging this.

      I have no problems getting my little one to take the medicine, infact he somestimes says mmm and wants more! It has a sweet, fruity taste to it which i guess goes down well with babies and children. You also receive a measuring spoon inside the box too, which is handy as estimating with a tea spoon could prove fatal.

      Overall although my first thought isn't to always use medicine, i deffinately give Calpol a thumbs up. Its a good price, little ones dont mind the taste and it does what it says on the tin. I wouldnt condone using it on a daily basis, but for those moments of desperation it really does work wonders.

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      03.02.2011 00:54
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      Great product, a true bargain

      This was another item purchased for our 'bottom draw', ready for when we moved into our new home. It cost us just short of £5 and was money well spent. It cooks food brilliantly and really fast too, i use it at least once a week as we are big toastie fans in our house!

      It has a red and green light on the front, when warm enough to use the green light signals and you can place in the sandwhich to toast. I have toasted some really thick toasties and they always cook properly and in a short period of time, they never stick to the plates and are reasonably easy to remove. The plates have always maintained there none stick coating, which is great for something within Tescos own budget range- as if i'm honest i wasnt expecting it to be such great quality.

      My only major problem with it is cleaning it. Unlike some of the larger more expensive toasty makers, the metal plates can not be removed. This really does drive me mad, it is extremely annoying to clean as i'm forever cleaning off melted food, especially burnt on cheese from the plates. Also, the cheese often melts out the back of the toaster is the sandwhich is a bit over loaded with it- this can become really time consuming to clean off and remove, especially if you dont notice it till you have eaten your food and the toastie maker has cooled down. The cheese sets on rock solid all in the crevices at the back of the toastie maker and all over where the wire enters the product.

      Overall although cleaning this product is annoying and time consuming, i am glad i purchased it and would recommend it to others too. Its a bargain to be had and works just as great as some of the high end ones a few of my friends own, sure it doesnt look as great but ours is stashed away in our cupboard anyway so its no problem really. 4/5 ****

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    • Cookworks Silver Hand Mixer / Mixer / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      03.02.2011 00:40
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      Great value, Great Product

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      After struggling to whip a meringue for what seemed like an eternity, i finally admitted defeat and rushed out to buy the Cooksworks hand mixer. Personally i find the Cookworks brand a bit hit and miss, some of the electricals just aren't upto scratch, where as some are fantastic- fortunately for me this one is fantastic.


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      It was really easy to set up, i didn't even have to refer to the manual (not that i'm encouraging others not to!). I just clipped in the mixer whisks, plugged it in and it was ready to go. I gave the whisks a quick whirl in a bowl of warm soapy water just to remove any residue from the box, patted them dry with a tea towel and they where ready to use. You can use various settings from 1-5, i do find that anything above two is way too overpowering for really runny mixtures, the amount of times i have had to scrape the mixture from my walls, tiles and appliances whiles cursing myself for having the speed too high- yet i never learn! It is best to keep the faster speeds for really thick mixtures, otherwise you will find splatters over everything.

      I have used the mixer to make omlettes, buns, cakes, meringue, pancakes,butter cream topping, whipping cream and probably a few others too. The mixer works fantastically and has significantly reduced the amount of time i use whisking and mixing. Its really easy to clean too, if your lazy like me you can simply place the whisk (metal whisk attachments only DO NOT submerge electrical component) in a bowl of warm soapy water and whisk, then pat dry- you may also need to wipe down the main body from time to time with a practically dry cloth (make sure it is unplugged from the mains). Or, if you don't fancy that you can detach the mixers and place them in the sink or dish washer.

      Overall i think purchasing this mixer was an investment and money well spent, it saves me lots of time and effort in the kitchen and will be used by me for many years to come.

      Would definitely recommend.

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    • Sagem PVR 6280T / Set Top Box / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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      03.02.2011 00:18
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      The quality just isn't there im afraid!

      INTRODUCTION
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      We bought this set top box early last year from Amazon for our spare room as the television in there is a pretty old model that doesn't receive freeview on it. After a bit of debating we decided rather then pay £10 a month for Sky multi-room to be installed- we would get a set top box instead. Although i do love multi-room, i bregrudge paying it for a room only our guests use!

      ABOUT THIS PRODUCT
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      * Receives freeview channels at no extra costs
      * Large Hard drive to record onto
      * Can be rigged up to a recordable DVD player to transfer your recordings
      * Can record one channel whiles watching another
      * Self upgrading
      * Pause live TV
      * Comes with remote control, adapter and cables to install to TV


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      My first impressions upon opening the box and inspecting the contents is i was very impressed with the set top box aesthetically. Its design is very small and compact, something you dont always find when buying a freeview set top box with a built in hard drive.

      It was pretty easy to set up, just plug in and go. Its a good job really as the instruction manual leaves a lot to be desired- deffinately one aspect Sagem could do with changing.

      Once i scanned for all the channels we qualify for (depends which area you live in), we where basically up and running. I found the menu simple to navigate and its self explanitory how to record programmes onto the hard drive. It does state you only get about 30 channels but we received many more then this, which is a bonus i guess- i suppose again this depends on your location.

      There are a few technological aspects that need tweaking with this box, one being you cant pause what you have recorded half the time if you are recording something else too. Also sometimes it is a bit hit and miss regarding the set top box managing to record the full duration of the programme from start to finish- i often found ours cut a few minutes off from the begining and added them on the end.

      Overall i am a bit neutral on this product, if it wasn't for the few technological faults i would mark it ten out of ten- however i wouldnt reccomend it to anyone wishing to use it for their main box as it can become a bit frustrating. Luckily with ours been in the spare toom we mainly just use it for freeview.

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      02.02.2011 00:13
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      Great product

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      I first purchased these wipes at the begining of last winter. If im honest im not one who spends half an hour a day applying lotions and 'miracle' potions as part of my bedtime and morning routine. I usually just wash my face and apply a bit of moisturiser. However, i started wearing really good quality mascara which was impossible to remove, but more then anything the mascara was staining my flannels and sponges- so i decided to give face wipes a go. The Nivea Visage Daily Essentials wipes cost me £3 for two packs. The reason i was drawn to these particular wipes was the brand Nivea, i use Nivea moisturiser and i'm more then happy with it- so i figured the wipes would be the perfect accompanment to what regime i already have in place.

      The product comes in a square plastic packet, with a resealable sticky lid- simlar to a pack of baby wipes. Each pack contains twenty wipes, each of which are a fairly decent size.

      THE INGREDIENTS
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      Aqua, ispropopyl Stearate, Glycerin, Dimeethicone, Methylpropanediol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Sodium Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Glycine Soja Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Limonene, Linalool, Hydroyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Benzyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethyl lonone, Geraniol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Salicylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Parfum.

      Alcohol Free

      Dermatologically and Ophthalmologically Approved



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      Gentley cleanse your face and neck area in circular motions, with your eyes closed to avoid eye contact.


      WHAT IT CLAIMS TO DO
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      * Remove make-up & Waterproof Mascara
      * Cleanse & Tone your face, neck and eye area
      * Leave skin feeling soft all day long
      * Prevent dryness

      MY OPINION
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      I Absolutely love this wipes. Before i used them my skin felt dry and looked slightly dull, after only a few days of using them my skin felt really fresh and had a dewy glow to it. They remove make-up brilliantly, even the most stubborn of Waterproof mascara can be removed using them- and you wont lose many eye lashes in the process!

      Each wipe is a great size, feels moist and extremely soft. After using one (and it only takes one to do my full face, starting with my skin and finishing on my eye make-up last), my skin kind of feels moisturised afterwards, even though i havn't applied my seperate moisturiser. I do top up with moisturiser if i have any dry patches of skin, but most the time the wipe is sufficient enough.

      After using them for 10 days i noticed a big improvement in my skin, it felt well hydrated and firmer. I had signifficantly reduced blemishes and my skin looked a lot healthier.

      Overall i am very happy i discovered this product, i will continue using them in the future and would deffinately recommend them to everyone else. They are a bit pricier then the majority of the budget wipes, but they are a good investment if you want to invest into the quality of your skin.

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        31.01.2011 01:01
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        Great Bra

        Ok, so this is a bit of a taboo subject to review- but i'm going to do it as buying bras seems to be one of the most complicated things for a woman to get right. I can get measured in three different stores and get three different sizes, so getting a perfectly fitted bra seems somewhat of a challenge these days.



        Wonderbra the Brand
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        If i was to ask you to name a major underwear manufacturer and brand, Wonderbra would probably be one of the first you come up with. It has, for as long as i can remember been one of the most highly advertised and publisised brands on the market. Through researching for this review, Wonderbra first hit the market in the sixties and has been a hit with women ever since. It was in the nineties however that Wonderbras became available in the UK, and if i remember correctly thats about the time i first recall seeing one advertised too.

        Wonderbra bras has come a long way since the 60s, back then the bras where more fuctional and supportive- compared to those on the market today. These days the brand is more known for its 'push up qualities' and is renowned for giving those with even the most ample of chest a killer cleavage.

        Wonderbra provide all different types of bra, depending on the womans needs. These include, plunge, push up, strapless, gel, padded, sports- aswell as underwear and control wear.

        Sizes range from a 32 A, right upto a 38 D (according to their website).

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        I do find the wonderbra to be very pricey, however if you want a great fit and a killer cleavage it is worth paying for. I purchased the plunge bra in a 36 D about 6 years ago, it worked brilliantly and was really supportive. I only wore it with certain items of clothing on nights out, but i did find it to be long lasting and great quality. Unfortunately (or not?) i went up about five cup sizes so the Wonderbra range could no longer accomodate my chest size. I do think Wonderbra could do with expanding upon which sizes they provide, as many women require larger sizes then what they can currently offer.

        The plunge bra is made from a very soft, yet sturdy material and the straps are supportive without diggin into my skin. I find the grips on the back easy to attach and can be ajusted give or take a couple of back sizes.

        Overall i loved the Wonderbra range, its just a shame they dont accomodate for larger bust sizes.

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        30.01.2011 23:00
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        Good quality mascara, the only one i will use in the future!

        I feel i am pretty much qualified to write reviews on every mascara going, the reason been is i have tried almost every mascara on the market. From the cheap low budget brands such as Constance Carrol (must admit as an early clueless teen) to Bourjois Volume Clubbing mascara. Infact if there where a degree in reviewing beauty products i would graduate with top marks, you only have to look at my profile picture to see im not exactly a 'natural beauty' and i love to plaster on make-up on a daily basis.

        About This Mascara
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        I purchased the Bourjois mascara from Superdrug as part of a set. Inside was the mascara and the matching eye liner and i paid £10 for the set.

        The packaging is very glamourous and you do get a decent sized tube of mascara. The brush is thick and plump which is perfect for creating volume on the eye lashes, i do find it looks like there is an awful lot of mascara stuck to it but once brushed through your eye lashes a few times it evens out lovely. The mascara liquid is extremely thick, i have the black version and a little really does go a long way. The fact the liquid is thick means it stretches out your eyelashes and makes them look a lot longer which is great.

        Once applied it quickly dries and does not smudge, i can wear it all day and come bed time it has not budged. I do find it a bit awkward to remove but in terms of a mascara that isnt neccasarily a bad thing as staying put is an asset.

        The tube lasted me a good five months and that is with daily use and plenty of layers as i love my eyelashes to look thick and long. The packaging doesn't show any signs of wear which is rare with mascaras, normally after a couple of months in my make-up bag the writing on the tube of mascara has worn off.

        FINAL WORD
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        To some Bourjois is a pricey brand, but what i have learnt with beauty products over the years is nine times out of ten you get what you pay for. The tube is long lasting and does an amazing job at volumising my eyelashes, aswell as spreading them evenly and providing a boost to the length of them. I would deffinately recommend this product to any woman (or man?) who wants thicker, longer eye lashes.

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      • Swan SD5010 / Deep Fryer / 16 Readings / 12 Ratings
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        30.01.2011 22:12
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        Great for cooking chips in, but i will stick to the oven for everything else

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        We bought this for our first home a couple of years ago, it seemed a wise idea at the time to buy things in advance and have what some would call our 'bottoms draw'. To cut a long story short we ended up with a box room full of stuff at my inlaws, the Swan Fryer been amongst it all. There where a few fat fryers to choose from, my budget was £30 and as i was adamant i wanted a stainless steel one, this one fit the bill. There where a few plastic ones to choose from, however i am a sucker for contemporary products and even down to a fat fryer i was a bit choosey!



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        The fryer came boxed and i had to assemble it myself, it was well packaged and wrapped in bubble wrap and the heating element was well protected in wrap too. The instructions where easy to read and contained recommended cooking times for all different types of foods which was handy.

        Once assembled, which was pretty simple- i had to fill it with oil and i was ready to go. When i first used it, it gave off a slightly odd smell of newness- but that has since faded and i am now left with the smell of greasy oil only!

        On the control area of the fryer, there are two lights that are red and green. The red light remains lit until the oil in the fryer is hot enough- then the green light comes on to show you the desired temperature has been reached. There is also a dial, with different temperatures on it for different types of foods and a clear viewing window near the handle to keep an eye on what you are cooking.

        Inside there is a basket in which you place whatever you may be frying, the basket is quite a good size for a single fryer and i find i can cook plenty of chips to go round in it.

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        I found this fryer functional and great for cooking chips in. If I'm honest I'm not a big fried food fan and i try not to cook it at home. However you cant beat home made chips and this fryer is perfect for making them in. It cooks chips, quickly and evenly and they taste lovely. I do find i have to pat them down afterwards with kitchen roll to remove some of the residue oil- but i believe that to be the case with any fried food.

        The functions on the fat fryer are great, i like the fact it informs you with the green light when the oil is hot enough for the food to be cooked. The temperature dial is great too, i only ever used the dial on one setting but its handy to have all those different temperatures to choose from if you cook things like fish fingers, onion rings etc in it. I did find the clear window to be a bit useless to be honest, once the oil heats up lots of steam and bubbles of fat cover the window so you can't see into it anyway.

        The fat fryer can be a bit annoying to clean, its hard to keep the outside looking shiny as its like a grease magnet! I am constantly dripping grease down the sides from the basket and having to clean it off afterwards. The inside tray that holds the oil can be removed to empty the oil and clean out the fryer too, i found the best way to do this was to let the oil cool completely and tip it into an empty plastic milk bottle. That way my drains and sink didn't get oily as one of my gripes in life is removing oil from the cooker, so the thought of it in my sink is a no no.

        If you don't plan to have the fryer on your kitchen worktop, it is a bit heavy to move around and slide into a cupboard as it has rubber stoppers on the bottom to stop it sliding about. We don't use ours often so its currently stored away with no oil in, this way i can move it about without spilling any oil. I will never forget the day my partner dropped his parents chip pan on their kitchen floor, the floor was like Disney on ice for days as the grease was so hard to remove!

        Overall i am happy with this purchase, however in hindsight i probably should of bought the white plastic fat fryer as i don't have it on show anyway, tut!

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          30.01.2011 21:25
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          Good value and robust, just a shame there is no screen

          INTRODUCTION
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          I received the IPod Shuffle in 2010 as a free gift with a mobile contract i had just taken out. It came in a small plastic clear box, with instructions, head phones and a USB cable to charge it- which connected to my laptop. I chose the silver Shuffle when i ordered the phone, i did debate on a different colour but came to the conclusion of if i scuffed a coloured one the silver aluminium under would just show through.

          FEATURES
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          *Metal clip on the back, to attach it to clothes , bag etc- can be engraved with a personalised message or name
          *Control buttons on the front fascia
          *Aluminum case
          *Voice over button to tell you which track/album you are listening to and even the battery status in any language
          *Create playlists
          *Control button on the side to switch off the IPod or shuffle the songs
          *Roughly 15 hours of battery life according to Apple but i make it about 13
          *2 GB of Memory


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          In my opinion, this is at the budget end of the IPods that Apple produce. Although mine was free, for an Apple IPod at the average price of £40 i still wouldn't complain as compared to the price of some of the other IPods the Shuffle is good value. I did find the fact it had no screen annoying, it created a barrier between me and the Shuffle as without pressing the voice over button, i couldn't just see what was available to listen to. My old MP3 player had a built in screen, so maybe its just what i had become accustomed to i don't know- i did find it very hard to get used to but i managed it in the end. The sound quality is fantastic, no distortion even when really loud and the earphones are comfortable and lightweight. My main gripe with this product is that you need ITunes to use it, so before i could do anything i had to download ITunes, figure out how to put my songs into playlists and upload previous albums i had on my laptop to ITunes too. It did take some time to set up but once you have downloaded it, its there at the click of a button.

          Overall i am very happy with this freebie, personally if i was to buy an IPOD i would probably opt for that Nano, my sister in law has this version and i feel the on screen menu is a much needed accessory.

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            29.01.2011 21:59
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            Great value and easy to use

            I'm one of those people who does things on a whim, so i can guarantee every summer i venture out to pick up at least five of these for a last minute arrangement of a BBQ. I say every year that i will buy a propper BBQ but i just never get round to it.

            The Sainsbury's BBQ is a good size, i do believe it comes in a large and a small size- we have had both and both perform exactly the same. The come packaged in plastic, when the plastic is removed there is a paper insert with instructions for use on. You simply remove the insert, light the BBQ and allow the flames to die down before cooking any food on it. The cooking area is made from a wire type of mesh, the tray that houses the charcoals is like the big foil trays you get food in from a Chinese takeaway. I have cooked a variety of meats on this BBQ and they have all tasted wonderful, once the flames have died down so does the over powering smell of the chemicals on the charcoal and that is when we add the food. I have even cooked corn on the cob, stuffed mushrooms, stuffed peppers and kebabs on this BBQ and they all tasted lovely.

            POSITIVES
            * Lasts 2-3 hours
            * Easy to use
            * Fits plenty of food on the tray
            * Disposable- simply leave to cool and throw away
            * Cooks food evenly
            * No chemical taste or smell to the food

            NEGATIVES
            *Can scorch your grass or path, so place on a raised bed of bricks or something similar if possible
            *Not exactly environmentally friendly, a lot of packaging waste

            Overall i was extremely happy with this product, i should imagine next summer i will find myself in my local Sainsburys picking a couple of these up for one of our family BBQ's.

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            29.01.2011 21:42

            Advantages

            • Reliability

            Disadvantages

            Great Value and Great Quality

            We purchased this product from Argos about 14 months ago, at the time i was on a juicing diet (one of many fads) so this was a must have gadget for me. I must admit the diet didn't last too long, but the juicer is still going strong and i occasionally use it to juice fruits and make soups. It was pretty easy to set up, i did have to wash out all the trays and the parts the food came into contact with before i first used it though- it had a layer of what looked like dust from the box, however i usually wash these things before i first use them regardless so i wasn't having to go out my way to do so.

            FEATURES
            *Safety switch and handle
            *Various speeds
            *Juices whole pieces of fruit
            *1 litre juice capacity
            *2 litre pulp capacity
            *Stainless steel blades
            *Easy to use controls
            *Tube to press down the fruit and veg to be mulched

            POSITIVES
            *Easy to clean, simply remove both capacity trays and wash them in hot soapy water.
            *Juices foods and vegetables to a lovely texture, i can sneak carrots in juices for my son and they are juiced so well he doesn't even taste them.
            *Looks stylish on my kitchen worktop
            *The pulp left over is pretty dry, not much juice left to waste unlike some other juicers
            *Juices foods really fast, without having to peel or chop them into tiny pieces

            NEGATIVES
            *Seems such a waste to have so much pulp leftover, i cant help but wonder if all the nutrients are contained it it! However i have herd of people using the pulp in things like muffins and cakes.
            *Slightly bulky, not good for anyone with limited storage space.

            CONCLUSION
            Great product, ideal for anyone who has a love for fresh juice and home made soups. Great price, just as good as the more expensive brands and looks great too.

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