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SK-II Facial Treatment Essence 01/10/2007

Simply soft and smooth

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence I've been using the SK-II products for about nine years. The core of their products are based around the a natural extract from the yeast process used in making Sake, it was first discovered by a monk who saw how smooth and wrinkle free the workers hands were (male, female, young and old) who came in contact with the Sake ingredients. The monk carried out tests and discovered a clear, nutrient-rich liquid that could be extracted during the yeast fermentation process. He shared his findings with a group of skincare scientists, who became equally excited by the potential of his discovery. Five and a half years later Pitera was named and first used by SK-II a Japanese skincare company that was bought a few years ago by Proctor & Gamble. You will find the Pitera liquid in all SK-II products and it forms the base of all their skincare and make-up ranges which are truly wonderful, the Facial Treatment Essence is a must for you daily routine. I have reviewed other SK-II products on Ciao fully if you care to take a look. Before I go on let me tell you about my skin and experience, I have real problem skin due to a rare illness I suffer from, basically my skin is combination, but with some areas very dry and other bits I can get red sores and cuts on, so the last thing I want to do is use harsh products on my skin it needs to be balanced and softened without adding grease. The Essence comes packaged in a simple dark red box and a frosted glass bottle with a silver metal ...

SK-II Air Touch Foundation-Refill 01/10/2007

Perfection from simplicity.

SK-II Air Touch Foundation-Refill I've been using the SK-II make-up system for about seven years (since it first came on the market). This newer improved system has been available for just over one year now. The core of this make-up system is based around the a natural extract from the yeast process used in making Sake, it was first discovered by a monk who saw how smooth and wrinkle free the workers hands were (male, female, young and old) who came in contact with the Sake ingredients. The monk carried out tests and discovered a clear, nutrient-rich liquid that could be extracted during the yeast fermentation process. He shared his findings with a group of skincare scientists, who became equally excited by the potential of his discovery. Five and a half years later Pitera was named and first used by SK-II a Japanese skincare company that was bought a few years ago by Proctor & Gamble. You will find the Pitera liquid in all SK-II products and it forms the base of all their skincare and make-up ranges which are truly wonderful, the Facial Treatment Essence is a must for you daily routine but I'll review that shortly. These refills only work with the SK-II AirTouch Ioniser Airbrush system, you cannot use them with other airbrushes. You will have to invest in the AirTouch first which costs £85.00, for that money you get one refill, the AirTouch, a battery, and a maunal. Once you are up and running though you buy your refills in a pack of two for £40.00 in your chosen colour. Refills are available in ...

SK-II Air Touch Foundation Ioniser Airbrush 01/10/2007

Light years ahead!

SK-II Air Touch Foundation Ioniser Airbrush I've been using this make-up system for about seven years (since it first came on the market). This newer improved system has been available for just over one year now. The core of this make-up system is based around the a natural extract from the yeast process used in making Sake, it was first discovered by a monk who saw how smooth and wrinkle free the workers hands were (male, female, young and old) who came in contact with the Sake ingredients. The monk carried out tests and discovered a clear, nutrient-rich liquid that could be extracted during the yeast fermentation process. He shared his findings with a group of skincare scientists, who became equally excited by the potential of his discovery. Five and a half years later Pitera was named and first used by SK-II a Japanese skincare company that was bought a few years ago by Proctor & Gamble. You will find the Pitera liquid in all SK-II products and it forms the base of all their skincare and make-up ranges which are truly wonderful, the Facial Treatment Essence is a must for you daily routine but I'll review that shortly. This way of applying make-up is unlike any other I've encountered, it's an airbrush system, but also it uses ions which means that the make-up is only attracted to the the moisture in your skin and won't cover your eyebrows and hair in foundation. Plus the charging of the skin and particles leaves it soft, smooth and rejuvenated (like a mini facial every day) you won't be aware you have ...

Apple Infrared Remote control for Digital player 29/09/2007

Small and perfectly formed.

Apple Infrared Remote control for Digital player I have to say the title this product has on Ciao is slightly misleading... this remote control isn't just for using with ipods, in fact it is really meant for use with Apple laptops and computers. You can buy this remote control for use with an ipod and it provides good basic functions. Mine arrived with my latest Apple MacBook Pro Laptop and allows you to access volume control on an Apple computer or ipod. It also allows you to play, pause, scroll or move through menu's on you ipod, but with an Apple computer it will allow you to access full menu's in whatever software you are using at the time, for example you can move through a slide presentation or photo album. it will let you access DVD menu's as well as control your viewing as you would with a DVD player remote control. You can use this with live TV on your computer, changing channel or even pausing live TV. There are many things it can do, it integrates with many different software packages on a Mac. The one thing that other people seem to see as this products downfall I find it's strength, it's simple, with simple controls that adapt depending to the programme you are using. When using the remote control the computer or ipod responds quickly to your touch of the remote control buttons. This remote comes with new Apple computers but if you buy one for your ipod it comes with a dock you sit the ipod in to provide it with infrared so it can talk to the infrared on the remote control. This package cost £35.00 direct ...

Apple Airport Extreme Card 29/09/2007

Look no wires!

Apple Airport Extreme Card I have these wireless cards in all my new Apple computers and they work perfectly with all wireless networks I've needed to join at home and away. This card is far more powerful and speedy than it's predecessor, and the original Airport card is excellent quality also, so it had a lot to live up to. If you run an older Apple computer I'm afraid you will have to stick with the old Airport card as the new Airport Extreme card is a different shape and size (the old one will connect to newer networks using "g" though). The new Airport Extreme allows you to run a faster network connection and it holds a stronger signal over a wider area, making it great for business or home use. The price of this card has dropped dramatically since it's introduction, it now retails for around £30.00 from official retailers but I'm sure you could pick it up cheaper elsewhere like Ebay. This card unlike the older version will also allow you to join new 802.11n draft technology networks which are faster at streaming and sharing film and music as well as b and g networks. you will be able to get excellent wireless internet, computer to computer networking and wireless printing wherever you go, the Apple software you get with it makes it so easy to set up. Installing the card couldn't be easier, it's basically a plug and play set up, open up the Airport Extreme wireless card slot in your machine and slot it in and hook it up (in Apple laptops you will find this behind the battery slot). The card ...

Wigo 2000 27/09/2007

This hairdryer will outlive it's owner!

Wigo 2000 If you have lots of locks or are simply serious about hair care this is the dryer for you. You can use any of the products in the Wigo range knowing it's the brand of choice for the professionals. They aren't easy to come by in the UK and I had to buy mine through my hairdresser friend, I actually have no idea what the retail price is for this dryer but I know I paid a lot less because it came from a wholesale supplier. I have very long hair (over 1 metre) and because of this I take drying my hair seriously, it can be a time consuming job and most hairdryers that you get on the high street fry it to a crisp or take an age, yes even the high end ones, they simply don't regulate temperature as well as they should... this dryer on the other hand does, it's extremely powerful and it's the only hairdryer i've owned that hasn't had the motor burn out on me at some point, I only upgrade (and only to another Wigo) if it's looking a bit battered, and then I always pass my old one on to younger family members who pester to use mine whenever they visit. My Wigo has a stylish industrial look as does most of the range, it's got a silver metal body and plastic handle, a hanging loop on the end of the handle and a long power cord, you have two power settings and a cool burst shot button for adding that extra bit of sheen to your locks. These hairdryers are quite a compact size but not particularly light but it's not heavy, it's to be expected since it's not made of flimsy plastic, ...

Molton Brown Soak Therapy 27/09/2007

Melt into this blissful soothing soak

Molton Brown Soak Therapy This is a luxurious bathtime treat... I say treat... I use it in every bath I take and have done for over 10 years, I bathe daily, don't get the impression I'm a grubby thing... lol. I've bought Molton Brown leather bags for years, then they branched out into skincare and haircare, now I use some of these products too. All their products are made and packaged in the UK... a dying breed of company in a country that is increasingly becoming the service and call centre of the world. I like to support our quality British companies. Anyway enough of that... back to this gorgeous product, you can buy this product as soak grains or as a bath/shower gel, both are great but my preference in the bath are the grains as they really soothe the skin and senses, it's like you're being pampered in an expensive spa. I'm not a big fan over overly floral and girly scents at bath time and I've found men love to pinch it too, so girls lock it up at night! I think it's true to say you pay for quality products and ingredients and this is certainly the case with this item. £16.00 is a small price to pay for a beautiful bottle of numerous stress relieving spa baths. Molton Brown Seamoss Stress-relieving Hydrosoak contains Dead Sea salts, red and brown seaweed and horse chestnut extracts that, we are promised, "help flush toxins from the body" and improve circulation." I find that if you've had a long hard day on your feet it soothes and revitalises sore tootsies and heavy legs, the scent has to be ...

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station 27/09/2007

Extreme Ease

Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station I have owned and used every version of the Apple Airport systems over the years and even though I had a fully working dome shaped Airport Extreme (the previous generation) I decided to buy the new one when I bought my new PowerBook Pro Laptop as it used the n draft connect (more on this later). In the box... you get a the airport base station, CD with AirPort Utility (Mac and Windows), 802.11n Enabler for Core 2 Duo and Xeon-based Macintosh computers (except 17-inch 1.83GHz iMac, and new Mac mini (1.83Ghz and 2.0GHz), Bonjour for Windows, power cable/pack. Your computer needs to be running: Mac OS X v.10.4 or PC with Windows XP. To connect wirelessly to the Station you will need a computer containing a Mac Airport Extreme Card or a PC with a wireless 802.11a/b/g/n card installed (more one this later). You can connect older computers that are situated near to the Base Station with a cable (we have an old workhorse PC that is connected this way, all our others use wireless connection to the network). Setting the airport up is easy follow the instruction manual and you can't go wrong, it is virtually plug and play. You can use the software to set up the computer you want to manage the network. IMPORTANT: With all networks you really must set up a password for your own peace of mind, people nowadays are quite prepared to buy expensive computers and use them to access the internet but they don't ever think about securing themselves online or via networks, you cannot ...

Microsoft Optical Mouse by Starck Blue - mouse 01/09/2007

A Starck contrast to other PC branded optical mice

Microsoft Optical Mouse by Starck Blue - mouse This is a great mouse, it was given to me a s a gift while I was away from home, I'd left my Apple optical mouse at home. I am a familiar with all things Philippe Starck and he does seem to be able to turn his had to any sort of product or furniture design with great success, but I was a little skeptical at first regarding the mouse because technology isn't an area he ventures into often. The mouse comes neatly packaged and you can choose from a mouse with a blue stripe or an orange one. I was given an blue one because my friend thought it would go nicely with my old Blue G3 Apple back home (sadly he didn't realise that this computer is a little too old to connect to an optical mouse), but initially it was to be used with my Mac PowerBook as I'd left my Apple wireless optical mouse at home by mistake. I have had a number of optical mice over the years and I have to say nothing compares to the Apple ones, especially ergonomically, they fit into any size hand comfortably, sadly on this count the Starck mouse didn't quite match up to Apple, I have small female hands, and for me the mouse is great, but my friend has normal man sized hands (being a man) and he found it a just a little small but still comfortable. I found this a little disappointing as Starck normally gets his ergonomics spot on and this was the one design element on the mouse he may not have cracked, I'd give him 4 out of 5, which is still good. Saying that, the buttons are located in a comfortable ...

Bose SoundDock Digital Music System 31/08/2007

Not up to usual Bose standard.

Bose SoundDock Digital Music System The Bose Sound Dock.... where to begin.... well I bought this in autumn 2004 to go with my apple ipod. I had great expectations but sadly I was disappointed. The unit looks smart in the usual Bose way but in the areas you need it to excel it just doesn't. Firstly this isn't a cheap speakers solution, so you expect a reasonable quality product from such a specialised manufacturer. I own other Bose products but this one doesn't meet the same standard. In the box you get (as I recall).... the system, a remote control, instructions, power adapter and a selection of ipod adapters. When setting the system up you have a selection of ipod adapters to choose from that sit in the front cradle, allowing you to dock different generation ipods. This is a feature that I liked but the adapters are a fiddle to fit and not easy to swap around. Docking the ipod is also a bit of a fiddle too, it feels a bit loose which makes you think it isn't docked properly. when you switch it on the remote works fine but the buttons don't always activate it first time. My biggest gripe however is.... the sound quality.... poor, total disappointment. Obviously you are playing mp3's and mp4's so they aren't the highest quality tracks, but the Bose shaped speakers just don't seem to have the usual Bose ooompff you would even get from a Bose radio. Since buying the system it has had minimal use because of this, it was bought to use in the office but we have gone back to using our stereo system or ...

Genus DU1 DAB Upgrade 31/08/2007

Genus..... Genius!

Genus DU1 DAB Upgrade I bought the Genus after researching into the best options for converting my existing sound system into a DAB radio, the Genus seemed a great solution both on price, size and the supposed easy set up. I ended up buying one from an Ebay retailer for the fraction of the retail price, it cost me just £15.00 for a new boxed Genus. Bargain! It was extremely easy to set up, easy to follow instructions, another plug and play item, the sort of technology I love. It sits neatly on the top of my stack system but there is enough cable to position it elsewhere away from your speakers. In the box you get a power cable and a small wire aerial like you get on a bedside clock radio, a pocket sized remote control and instruction manual. The set up is as simple as I was led to believe. I plugged it into the back on my stereo systems amplifier in order to make use of my large speakers. Next I attached the little aerial and power cord. Once switched on the scroll menu let me set the clock and next you get it to scan the stations automatically with a click of the remote. When it's scanned you can arrange the stations easily into your own top list so they relate to the numbers on the remote control you want them to, it saves you trawling through stations you never listen to every time you switch it on. When you switch on it will bring up the station name (this will be the last station you listened to before you last turned it off). As you flick through it will list the station names and ...

Elgato EyeTV 410 29/06/2007

Plug in, Tune in, Turn on!

Elgato EyeTV 410 I purchased the EyeTV for use with my Apple Mac laptops when the EyeTV 410 was first released via the Elgato website but you can buy it from online stores such as Apple.co.uk. At the time the price was good but I think as technology has moved on there are a lot of other brands offering similar products but their quality, customer support and ability to upgrade is questionable, but over the years this product has stayed at the top end of the market with excellent customer support and regular software upgrades. I bought the EyeTV because I wanted easy plug and play TV in an area where I didn't have easy access to an external TV aerial. The system is easy to use and simple to set up even for someone with basic technical know how. In the box... from what I recall (it was at least 3 years ago now) you get the instructions, an EyeTV silver unit (looks like a small freeview box), a power cable, a firewire cable (to connect the unit to your pc or mac), a small aerial (for indoor use) and a software CD and registration keycode. Plug the aerial provided into the box or use a standard aerial cable to connect the unit to your house aerial (which also allows you to access pay channels you currently subscribe to). Load the software onto your mac or pc, then power it up and plug it into the computer via the firewire cable. Initial set up is easy, the software will launch and guide you through registration and set up, make sure you register then you will receive regular software ...
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