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Getting really frustrated with this bug and not being able to rate so many reviews after reading them so apologies if I am not rating your review it isn't intentional.

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Vitrex Grout Finisher 21/03/2014

Not for the professionals but helped me achieve a better finish

Vitrex Grout Finisher Not for the professionals but helped me achieve a better finish One of the most important aspects of tiling as I found out was finishing the grouting neatly so that the spaces between the tiles were smooth and not bumpy. When I first tried tiling my bathroom I did a practice run on some cardboard just to make sure that I could do it ok and I couldn’t get the grout looking smooth enough when I was just using a trowel to scrape it on and smooth it out. I did a quick Google search and found out that I needed a grout smoother to get that neat smooth line that I was looking for. I went to Homebase and picked up this Vitrex grout smoother for only £2.49. The grout smoother is a pretty basic looking item but one which I wouldn’t consider tiling again without using. It is basically a piece of solid material that has a ball on one end and a scraper on the other end for removing excess grout. To use the smoother you just need to firmly hold it and then scrape the ball end down through the grout spaces in between the tiles. This then just smoothes them and takes away any roughness and gives them a nice neat finish. This probably isn’t something that you actually desperately need when tiling but I did find that it made a huge difference to my tiling skills. I tried just troweling the grout on and smoothing it out but it just looked bumpy and not very good. This took a lot longer to use as I needed to make sure and fill the gaps with the trowel and then leave it to dry slightly ...

Belkin Sleeve Black 20/03/2014

Another good quality product from Belkin

Silverline Tile Spacer 19/03/2014

Help for the novice tiler

Integral Neon - USB flash drive - 32 GB 17/03/2014

Good quality flash drive in bright neon colours

Anza Solutions Paint Pad 16/03/2014

I'll stick with my brushes and roller

I will stick with my brushes and roller A friend of mine decorated using a paint pad and she said it was so much easier and more convenient than using a brush or a roller so I decided to buy one and try it out for myself but I have to say that I wasn’t as impressed as she was. I bought an Anza paint pad from B&Q for £5.98. This was for just the larger sized paint pad on its own but you can also buy a set which includes smaller ones and a tray as well as the larger paint pad. I’m glad I didn’t waste my money on buying the more expensive set as I didn’t really get on with the pad I got. The paint pad is fairly easy and straight forward to use and as the actual pad itself is 9 inches it can do a fairly large area of painting quickly. Once the pad is attached to the base you just load it up with paint then scrape the excess off on the side of your paint tray and then use it on your walls. The paint pad has a handle so it is easy to use and hold and maneuvers quite well around the wall. It really does do large areas a lot quicker than with a brush or a roller. Also as long as you use it correctly there are no splashes to worry about unlike with a roller. The problem that I had with it was that I just thought this was a bit flimsy and the pad kept coming loose from the base and I spent ages attaching it back on. I also just didn’t think it gave as smooth and even finish as I get with brushes and rollers. Perhaps I was doing something wrong but when the walls were dry I ...

Hammerite Radiator High Gloss 14/03/2014

Makes radiators almost like new

Everbuild All Purpose Wallpaper Paste 13/03/2014

Good strong paste

Harris Gold 3 Paint Brush Pack 13/03/2014

Good value paint brushes

Harris Gold 3 Paint Brush Pack Good value paint brush set I have been renovating my house for what seems like forever but I am only doing it room by room when funds allow. I am currently on my spare bedroom and have wallpapered with textured wallpaper and am now painting and emulsioning the walls and skirtings. I usually buy my decorating supplies from the big home improvement super stores such as B&Q and Homebase as they have the best selection but I also like to try and support local businesses so try and buy things like paint brushes and wallpaper paste etc. at these local shops. That’s where I picked up these brushes from. I have a ton of paint brushes but after they have been used a few times especially with gloss cleaning only does so much so I like to replace them every time I go to decorate a new room. I don’t want to spend a fortune on buying brushes but I want decent ones as I find that with the cheaper paint brushes all the bristles come out and stick to the walls and skirtings and it is annoying to spend so much time is trying to remove them once they have been painted and inevitably I miss some and they get stuck to the walls and skirting and dry on leaving a finish that isn’t so sharp and pristine. In this pack there are 3 different sized brushes and they cost me £6.49 so they weren’t expensive but they cost a little bit more than the cheaper value brushes which always turn out to be a bit rubbish. This set contains 3 different sized brushes. The smallest one has a 25mm brush, the ...

Robyn - Robyn 12/03/2014

An album chock full of classic pop songs

Robyn - Robyn Never got the success it deserved Swedish pop princess Robyn first burst onto the music scene in the late nineties with her international hit ‘Do You Know (What It Takes)’ which was released from her debut album Robyn Is Here. After Do you know and the next single Show me love being big hits on both sides of the Atlantic Robyn was poised to be the next Britney Spears but she became disillusioned with being made to record and perform songs that weren’t her so returned back to Sweden and continued to make music but it wasn’t until the dance collaboration with Kleerup ‘With Every Heartbeat’ became a surprise hit that she was once again thrust onto the music scene outside of Sweden. I remembered Robyn from back in the nineties and liked her but never thought twice about her once she disappeared and it wasn’t until after ‘With Every Heartbeat’ became number one in its first week of release did I take an interest in her again. I was surprised to discover she was still making music and good music at that and was surprised it had taken as long for her to be able to break through again as the music of hers that I could find was better than the majority of the dross in the charts at the time. The album was originally released in Sweden in 2005 and by the time this was released in the UK in 2007 I was already hooked on her music and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I wasn’t disappointed with the album and it remains one of my favourite albums to this day and is one of the few ...

Very Best of Sheryl Crow - Sheryl Crow 10/03/2014

Classic songs from a brilliant singer songwriter

Classic songs from a brilliant singer songwriter One of my favourite singers of all time has to be Sheryl Crow as I just adore her voice and think she is an amazing lyricist even if sometimes her lyrics are a little kooky if you listen to them properly. Her songs always tell a story and as a bonus her music is great to sing along to in the car. Over the span of her career she has released eight studio albums and sold more than 50 million records worldwide so she has an extensive back catalogue of songs. To get a good taste of her style and music then her greatest hits album ‘The Very Best of Sheryl Crow’ is a good place to start as it contains nearly all her major hits in the one place. The album starts with All I Wanna Do which was her first hit from way back in 1994 (I can’t believe it was that long ago). While this is a brilliant song and has amazing replay value it isn’t very indicative of the rest of the album. The song is just too happy and sprightly in comparison with the rest of the album even though the lyrics are a little bit darker than you might imagine given the lightness of the melody. It is still one of my favourites to play in the car though on a long journey. The second song on the album is a later hit Soak up the Sun and again it is a little bit happier than the other songs but like most Sheryl Crow songs it has a great hook and it makes you want to bob your head along to it. The rest of the album is made up of songs which are a little bit edgier and ...

Bush AE56T 09/03/2014

A good budget option

The Body Shop For Men Maca Root Face Wash 09/03/2014

Maca root face wash

Diesel Wallet 08/03/2014

A smart and streamlined wallet

Memorex EB50 05/03/2014

Good quality reasonably priced headphones

Memorex EB50 Good quality reasonably priced headphones I spend a fortune on headphones as I am always either leaving them on trains or else I just can’t find a pair when I want them so need to pop into the shop and buy myself a pair. Also for some reason headphones never seem to last a long time with me so because of this I don’t like to spend a lot of money on them. I bought a pair of these Memorex ones as I was spending the day in Manchester and I had left the headphones that I took with me on the train. I have got so used to wearing headphones and listening to music when I am on my own that I get bored walking around without them. I went in to a little electronic shop and these were the cheapest headphones that they had in stock and were £8.99. This is a couple of pounds more than I really wanted to spend as I had more at home and they only had to last me for a few hours and also the journey home on the train but I thought if they were decent then at least I had another pair of spares for the next time I couldn’t find the headphones that I want. The headphones are white with a little bit of light blue metallic colouring on them and they are in ear ones which are now the only headphones that I like to use as the in ear ones help keep out more outside noise as well as being more comfortable to wear and less likely to fall out of my ears. The headphones came with three different buds to use with them which means that no matter the size of your ear canal there was a bud that you ...

The Body Shop for men Maca Root Shave Cream 01/03/2014

Lasts for ages and keeps skin in tip top condition

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