IYUTtech Hair Styler Professional Hot Round Brush and Hair Curling Wand Styling and Massage Tool (Black).Compact for travel

This is my review of IYUTtech Hair Styler Professional Hot Round Brush and Hair Curling Wand Styling and Massage Tool (Black).

Compact for travel but does take longer to heat up than I expected – then have to be careful not to scorch hair because too hot. I would prefer a styler which emits hot air, but could not find this feature in a heated travel brush.

⭐⭐⭐ 3 Stars

Excellent design links form and function

This is my review of WALNEW Kindle Paperwhite Case, Ultra Light&Thinnest Premium Slim Cover for Amazon Kindle Paperwhite(Fit All 2012,2013,2015 and 2016Versions) with Magnetic Auto Sleep Wake Function, Blue Night.

The simple but effective design means that the Kindle fits easily but firmly into the case which snaps shut without the need for flaps, button or straps. Very light and compact, the case fits easily into a relatively small bag. The Van Gogh design is also distinctive.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 Stars

Good service – suitable for use by elderly, if someone else available to iron them on

This is my review of 100 Printed iron-on School Name Tapes Name Tags Labels for Children.

Very rapid, in my case, next-day service and not too expensive. Perhaps a little small and faint for school use where need to identify items quickly. Seem particularly good for elderly people in care, because inobtrusive and so less "humiliating" for those who have been forced to give up their independence.

Too soon to judge how long-lasting these are and whether will retain their adhesiveness. I had to press quite long and hard with a hot iron to ensure each label is stuck on securely, and being so small they are fiddly to manage, particularly since one has to iron through a protective cloth when attaching to synthetic materials. Still, better than sewing on each as in the old days!

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 Stars

Attractive “organiser” bag, although “medium-sized” rather than “large” as described


I like the soft leather and large number of useful compartments which "take the pressure" off the main section. The capacity of the bag is a little smaller than I had hoped, partly because the width is shorter than the depth. So, for instance, I cannot insert a Kindle and small folding umbrella as I would like. On the other hand there is room for all the other essentials, and if there were the capacity to add more, it would be too heavy for the straps. Quality seems good for the price.

Recommended for regular daily use, but not for longer trips where it may be necessary to carry more.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 Stars

Neat shopping solution

This is my review of Replacement tri walker / three wheel walking frame shopping bag.

This robust bag with a velcro-fastened flap is easy for an elderly person to use, but takes a lot of strength in the fingers combined with patience in easing the straps in order to to fasten the bag to the frame i.e. it would be better if the straps were a little longer. I imagine many users will need help in attaching or removing the bag.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 Stars

Going where other vacuum cleaners cannot reach

This is my review of iRobot Roomba 620 Vacuum Cleaning Robot.

We purchased the robotic cleaner to get underneath beds. It is effective in removing dust where a conventional vacuum cleaner cannot reach and lifting heavy furniture is a chore. It is good at detecting and avoiding toppling over the top of the stairs, which unfortunately it cannot vacuum. Carpets and tiled floors are left looking clean, although I am unsure how efficient this machine is. It takes a long time – 30 minutes or so – to clean an entire level of house or a flat, and often misses small areas. Does it waste electricity by going over some surfaces with unnecessary frequency, wearing out carpet in the process?

As an aside, it is entertaining to watch it in action. You may like to view the Youtube videos of a cool cat taking a ride on and apparently operating the vroomba as opposed to the dog which barks and growls at but steers well clear of this apparent alien being. It is worth checking there is no soft mess on the floor before switching on the machine, which will otherwise spread it systematically over the entire floor area.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 Stars

Excellent design


This is my replacement for a good value, well-designed organiser bag, compact but remarkably capacious by virtue of its many gusseted compartments, with adjustable strap to be crossbody if preferred, ideal for travel as it has secure sections for passports, tickets and money, leaving space for a kindle, purse, phone and small essential personal items, and is casual enough for a country walk but smart enough to take into a hotel dining room. The range of colours available online is excellent, although prices vary slightly, but all are very reasonable.

I bought a dark pink bag in this colour a few years ago and have found it very useful – still in good condition but getting a little worn on the leather sections and a bit grubby on the outside, so I decided to save it for wet and muddy outings and buy one in a darker colour for my next holiday.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 Stars

One of many eye-catching designs to brighten up a rainy day.

This is my review of Galleria Rainy Evening Auto Open/close Folding Umbrella.

I like the distinctive and highly original urban street design on this umbrella so much that when a spoke on my first umbrella snapped in a gale in a way that I could not repair, I found an identical replacement on Amazon. Of course, I now have concerns that this damage may happen again, so find myself protecting the umbrella from the wind rather than myself.

One thing which has always surprised me is the lack of a cover for the umbrella. This means that it always looks a bit untidy rolled up when not in use.

No one, of course, will ever dare take this umbrella out of the rack "by mistake" when they've forgotten their own!

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 Stars