Nespresso latissiam Pro

Capsulated coffee machines have been hitting the high street shops of late, but what if you want the best of the best of the best? DeLonghi and Nespresso have teamed up to show just what is possible with a new Lattissima Pro, built for people who really love a good cup of coffee but also want a machine that has quality and style set at its for-front.


A new machine designed for the Nespresso range of pods, the Lattissima Pro is the new model and the most premium machine in the Nespresso range of coffee pod machines.
The water tank in the Lattissima Pro holds more water than the previous generation, which potentially translates into more cups of coffee.  Something that is different, however, is the connection port for the milk frothing system, which not only allows for the milk frother to be plugged in, but when unplugged, can also support an included hot water spout, which will dispense hot water instead of textured milk.


Controls for the machine are handled through a light-up tactile button panel, which includes three espresso varieties: ristretto, espresso, and lungo, as well as two milk-based coffee styles, letting you make cappuccino and a latte macchiato.  A hot milk option is also available, as is one for hot water when the water spout is plugged in.
Nespresso have really gone to town on making this your kitchen centre piece as the white light that is built into the Nespresso unit, lighting up the glass or cup, and the foldable drip tray


If the tech behind this gadget wasn’t enough then the look will add to that wow factor as it is encased in a brushed aluminium casing, and sporting a big water tank capable of making several cups of coffee, the machine is pretty much geared at the Nespresso lover who is going for the most convenient cup they possibly can have, with an automatic milk preparation system capable of creating a cappuccino or latte macchiato with only one button pressed.
To me this machine is like having my very own Barista but with out the £3.25 a cup price tag you would expect to pay in places like Starbucks, Costa Coffee or Caffe Nero.
Overall this is a quality, stylish machine built to last and yet will deliver the most professional cup of coffee in your home with only a push of a button.
Okay it may not be one of the cheapest machines on the retail market, but if like me, you love your coffee then only after a few cups this machine would have paid for itself compared to high street coffee house prices that I loth to pay.

Jawbone UP - Move

Activity trackers help people come to grips with how much or how little movement and sleep they get in a day. Figuring out your current habits of walking, exercising, and sleeping can be the first step toward making big changes to your health and because it gives you a baseline to beat then that helps you set new goals that are truly within your reach.
Priced at only £40 the Jawbone UP Move is a very good entry-level activity tracker.
The Jawbone UP Move would make a great gift for someone using a fitness tracker for the first time and the price is right but it would likely disappoint a more experienced user looking to upgrade to a product that could provide a richer experience.
The UP app gives you more information about your habits but that might not be enough for serious runners, swimmers, and other athletes who would probably want a device that tracks their specific activity in greater detail, there are certainly other choices for them.
The Jawbone UP Move, however, is best suited to entry level users who do not mind its looks.


When you buy a Jawbone UP Move, you get a small disc-like tracker, a clip holster, a coin cell battery and a tool to open the tracker. Jawbone claims that the battery will lasts several months. The benefit of the coin cell battery is you never have to remember to recharge it, but if you are the kind of person who is lazy about buying a new battery when it is needed, then you will probably be better off with something you can plug in every few days.
The tracker comes in five colours: slate with yellow accessories, ruby with red accessories, grape with purple, blue with white, and black with black. You can buy additional clips and wristbands of different widths and colours for about £10 each.


The function of the UP Move is very easy to use and makes for a fun way of tracking health. A simple press the UP Move and the whole thing is a giant button, really, a dial lights, spinning around the perimeter to tell you how close you are to reaching your steps goal for the day. You will see a little orange running man icon light up, too, so you are sure of the data you are seeing. When you put the device into sleep mode by pressing and holding the device, a blue moon lights up. Double-tapping causes the dial to indicate the time by lighting up the hour marker and flashing where the minute hand would be on a traditional clock.
Some might see it as looking like a child like toy with its design and funky fun colours but I like that in a fitness tracker.
When you set up the Jawbone UP Move, you will have to download the app, tell it a few things about yourself, and enable syncing. Once the app and device know your age, weight, sex, and height, it can begin estimating how many calories you burn throughout the day, based on activity and inactivity. Of course, it is little more than informed guesswork. Better calorie burn estimations only happen with more data, so the more you use it the more it works in your favour and the more accurate the tracking can be using its ‘Smart Coach” approach.


As with any activity tracker, you really need to dive into the companion app or web dashboard to get a good look at all the activity the device is tracking. The Jawbone UP app is easy to use and provides a good overview of your day, showing a graph of different times when you were active, and letting you add notes to activities that you completed. The app also has areas for tracking your weight, mood, and foods you eat. One really fascinating companion app that can sync with Jawbone's fitness tracking app is called ‘UP Coffee’, it lets you track caffeine intake specifically and shows you how it affects your sleep.


The Jawbone UP Move is a very good activity tracker for entry level users, with helpful indicator lights and an app that is easy to use.
Some might not like it due to its funky design and bright colours so I guess when it comes to choosing a fitness tracker that is right for you, looks really do matter. If you do not like wearing it, you will not and then you cannot quantify your exercise.

The Flash

The wearable has become the new bit of tech that the body conscious or those who are concerned that they be sitting on their arse a bit to much are using at the moment, but that is all set to change in 2015.
The tech on these fitness bands are becoming so advanced that more and more data about yourself can now be monitored, in some of these wearables sleep tracking is also an option.
Several years ago I had a Nike Fuelband and I think because at that time, wearables were in the early stages, it just did not meet the expectations that Nike had made the band out to be and the Fuelband was forever losing data in-between the sync relationship from phone to wearable, not a good start.
However the 2015 horizon is looking good for the best of the best.  Apple have jumped on to the bandwagon of wearables with its iWatch and those wearables that did not seem to come up to the mark now do.  Jawbone also had a misfortune in its early stages but now seem to be heading the way as wearers want more and Jawbone offer all that and more in its latest model the UP3, due to be released any time soon.
My only concern is what do you buy into in the meantime when you know there is going to be update soon for the bit of tech you really want?
I’ve opted for the Misfit Flash, the budget bit of tech that might be cheap but offers more than most for your buck and has released its latest model ‘The Flash’.

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Small and as colourful as you want it to be ‘The Flash’ is packed with preset features and is waterproof, lasts six months on a single battery, comes with a wristband and clip-on accessory, works with iOS and Android, and tracks steps and sleep.
The Flash is not just waterproof for the shower and the bath but to 3ATM, which means it can be worn in water down to 96 feet in depth (Note: water resistant and waterproof tech should never be worn in salt water, though). So you can wear it in the shower or while swimming. In the Misfit app it has a fitness tracking mode that recognizes swim activity.


You click the Flash's soft-touch top to show daily progress as the LED lights complete a circle (for instance, if 6 of 12 dots are lit, you've completed 50 percent of your daily step goal). Afterward, it even tells the time via flashing dots for hours and minutes. 
Sleep tracking records automatically, just like on the Misfit Shine, and it does a pretty good job of guessing when you actually went to sleep. It records "light" and "deep" sleep plus the hours slept, which is not as rich a sleep-tracking tool as more advanced REM-sensing, heart-rate-enabled ones such as Jawbone and Fitbit's upcoming wearables, but it's fine for the price.  You can also set a smart alarm that wakes you at your lightest sleep pattern closes to your wake up time, a feature I tried out yesterday only to be woken a whole hour before my actual alarm clock, thankfully I did not feel groggy, so even though I was up earlier than I wanted to be I was not in a bad mood about it or wanting to go back to bed, The feature works.



The Flash works via Bluetooth with the Misfit app, which is available for iOS and Android and soon for Windows Phone. You will need Bluetooth 4.0 to sync with the Flash: iPhone 4s or later, iPod Touch 5th gen, and iPads going back to the 3rd-gen Retina, or Android 4.3 or later phones. It syncs easily, and the Misfit app cleanly lays out daily progress in steps and sleep. It allows you to label activity sessions, and the app integrates with a variety of other ecosystems: My FitnessPal, RunKeeper, MapMyFitness, Walgreens and many more.


It comes in seven bright colours. It's cute. Does it reinvent wearable health tech? No. Keep in mind that the Jawbone Move also costs about the same price and does nearly the same thing, but it's not water resistant and for recording sleep you will need the wrist band that is at, yes you guessed it, an optional extra.
I have used Jawbone apps and find that they go that bit deeper for information, but I like wearing my wearables in the shower, too. So until the latest UP3 is available this is the bit of tech for me.
Budget, but beautiful in every way.

Joby Gorillapod Magnetic

When it comes to taking pictures, most of the time it is pretty straight forward. Line up the shot, click the shutter, and you have got a picture. There are those out there that desire a little more creativity when it comes to the use of their cameras and are looking for items that can give them the funky shots that they want without a ton of hassle. Joby is catering to those with their Gorillapod line of tripods.


The Gorillapod lineup has a tripod for nearly anyone, from simple point and shoot owners to those with big fancy DSLR cameras with enormous lenses. But its latest creation is the Joby Gorillapod Magnetic. Adding Neodymium magnetic feet to the original Gorillapod gives it an extra layer of flexibility in where you can set up your camera, whether in a doorway or on a pole.
I use my iPhone5s camera with the addition of the Grip-tight attachment also by Joby which I find superb as I can keep my iPhone protected still in its bumper case without the need to remove it for taking those great shots., however I also own a battery case for the iPhone and that is just to deep to allow it to be held firmly in the Grip-tight attachment, well not firmly enough for my liking.


Once I set it into the position I wanted, there was no noticeable movement of the camera after I let go of it.
The legs of the Gorillapod are a bit of fun as well, wrapping them around the pipes or hanging it from a tree branch outside provided a pretty sturdy base. This tripod will probably provide more fun seeing where you can connect it and hang it from than actually shooting pictures with it.


The Gorillapod Magnetic is a small tripod, only measuring about 15cm at its tallest setting. Each leg is made from nine oval shaped pieces that allow flexibility and allow you to wrap the tripod around poles or anything similar that you may want to connect your camera to. The given weight maximum on this version is 325 grams, which is about 11.5 ounces. This covers pretty much all pocket sized cameras, phones and mini-camcorders.
The red bottom feet of the Gorillapod hold a Neodymium magnet that allows that tripod to connect to most metal surfaces. The Gorillapod can give you some funky connection choices depending on where you decide to put it. The magnets are pretty strong and do their job well and for their size it actually takes a bit of actual pulling to get it to release from a magnetic surface after it takes hold.



As much fun as the Gorillapod Magnetic was to play with connecting it to things and seeing what kind of funky places I could put my camera, the actual usability when it comes to taking pictures is really the only thing I question. Wherever you put your camera, you still have to get your hand up there to push the shutter and take the shot.


I have been using a cable release to do the job of snapping or sometimes a timer that is in many photo applications, so it does mean I can get the Gorillapod set in some places that I would not normally be able to do by simply holding the camera. The great thing about using the iPhone is that it comes with those trussed earphones that no one ever seems to use, but simply connecting them and using the volume up button will act just like one of those expensive cable releases, if not better.


The place that I can see it being useful is taking videos with your camera and as I am experimenting with Cinemagraph’s and having the camera as still as possible is vital, actually I bought the Joby Magnetic purely for that reason and the great reviews it got. If you want to take a video of a single location and want to be involved in the action, lining up the Gorillapod and letting it fly could come as a pretty useful option too.


Not only do you avoid the shaky video that comes from holding the camera with human hands, but you also can take it pretty much anywhere for some variety. You could even pull some covert stuff and hide away your camera in a hidden place with the Gorillapod and take videos without even being around if that is something you want to do.

It Will Change How You Eat

Inhaling the aroma of freshly baked cinnamon buns while walking through the shopping centre can collapse the best of weight-loss intentions. I know this to be true as a coffee shop I used to run I would roast coffee beans near the entrance and use a fan to blow the smell into the walkway of oncoming passers by, so many would come in and buy coffee. On the other hand, watching a violent movie likely puts the kibosh on your appetite. In addition to these obvious appetite deterrents and stimulants, other more stealth issues can also play a role in the your weight-management efforts. Be aware of the ones that trick you into overeating and use those that work for you.


Scented candles: Your favourite scent may help you lose weight, according to Alan Hirsch, MD, neurological director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago. Sniffing a vanilla, banana, green apple or peppermint scented candle may trick your brain into thinking you’ve already eaten it, says Hirsch. “Smell is 90 percent of taste.” Spritz one of these fragrances on a tissue if a candle isn’t available to cut cravings.


Listening to music: If you find yourself overeating at your favourite lively restaurant, it may have more to do with the background music than the homemade blue cheese dip, according to a 2012 study published in Psychological Reports. Researchers found that softening the music in fast food restaurants resulted in an 18 percent drop in calories consumed. “When it comes to music, it so much depends on how much you like or dislike a certain piece,” says Joseph Cardillo PhD, research psychologist and author of Your Playlist Can Change Your Life. “What calms one person could repulse another.” Cardillo recommends experimenting to find what works best for you. “Use songs that send the message you need to hear to channel your willpower.”


Eating off coloured plates: While the colour blue is widely known as an appetite-suppressing colour, red may work even better. A 2012 study published in the journal Appetite showed that participants drank less from the red-labeled cup than from the blue-labeled cup and ate fewer snack food from the red plate than from the blue or white plates. Researchers believe the red colour works as a subtle, subconscious “stop” signal.


Chowing down on potatoes: Potatoes get a bad rap. They’re banned from many diets because of their high carb content, yet they possess one attribute that make them a dieter’s dream: resistant starch, an appetite suppressant. Resistant starch is known as the “third type” of dietary fiber, says Amy Goodson, MS, RD, board certified specialist in sport dietetics and the Dallas Cowboys sports dietitian. “Resistant starch is found in beans, legumes, starch fruits and vegetables (like bananas), whole grains and some types of cooked-then-cooled food like potatoes and rice.” Note that the longer and hotter the starch is cooked, the less resistant starch it contains, so cold potatoes provide more resistant starch than hot. Potato salad (no mayo), anyone?


Spiking meals with vinegar: Not just for salad dressing anymore, vinegar (acetic acid) helps lower the glycemic index (reduces the blood sugar spike) after eating carbohydrate-rich foods. “Many studies show that vinegar lower the glycemic index up to 20 to 35 percent,” says Goodson. “A stable blood sugar means you feel satisfied after a meal and don’t get hungry quickly.” If a meal such as a salad lends itself to a dash of vinegar, go for it, says Goodson, but eating acetic acid containing fermented and pickled foods have the same effect. Or combine the resistant starch of cold potatoes with a vinegar dressing for double benefits.


Nibbling dark chocolate: Yes, chocolate, a major downfall of many dieters, may actually help you lose weight. The catch: it must be dark, not milk chocolate. And sorry, but you’ll have to skip the caramel filling and nuts, too. Nonetheless, it’s still chocolate. A 2011 study published in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes showed that participates felt more satisfied and less hungry after eating dark chocolate, rather than milk chocolate. It also lowered the desire to eat something sweet or fatty. Melt an ounce of dark chocolate and use it as a dip for fresh fruit for a healthy, appetite-suppressing snack.


Dimming the lights: Along with listening to soothing music, dimming the lights in a restaurant also resulted in people eating fewer calories, according to a study out of Cornell University Food and Brand Lab. The researchers divided half of a Hardee’s fast food restaurant into a fine dining environment, complete with soft lighting. Researchers expected the relaxing environment to entice people to eat more. Instead, although it took diners longer to eat, they ate less food than people who eat in a fast food environment. They also rated the food more enjoyable. So take your time, dim the lights and lose more weight.

Foods That Keep You Awake

If you are having trouble falling or staying asleep at night, your diet could be to blame. Steer clear of these top sleep saboteurs and you should be getting a good nights rest in no time.


You know that caffeine will keep you wide-awake, but what you may not realise? Coffee and soda aren't the only culprits. Some over the counter medicines contain caffeine, too, as do many teas. If you are caffeine sensitive, start opting for decaf and checking the labels of any meds you are planning to take about eight hours before bedtime.


A glass of wine might sound like it will help you relax and fall asleep, but studies have actually found that alcohol causes frequent waking at night. See, while booze may help you drift off, it also reduces REM sleep and without it, you will not feel like you have logged any shuteye at all. So stick to just one glass no more than one to two hours before bed to avoid a rocky night.


Water is great for weight loss and staying healthy but can have the unfortunate side effect of waking you up for middle of the night bathroom breaks and not only do 2 a.m. toilet runs interrupt your sleep cycle, but they can also cut into your REM sleep. Try to avoid drinking fluids 60-90 minutes before your usual bedtime to make sure you actually spend all night in bed.


Aged and Fermented Foods
Tyramine, an amino acid found in aged and fermented foods, stimulates the brain and could keep you up at night as a result. Aged cheese, smoked fish, and cured meats all contain it, so if you must have a cheesy snack before bedtime, stick to the fresh stuff, like mozzarella.


Tomato Based Products
Anything with a lot of acid can cause heartburn and discomfort during the night and that includes tomato based foods and spicy dishes. To prevent tossing and turning, stay away from these types of foods at least three hours before you hit the sack.

Nike Fuel Band

The Nike Fuel band measures your everyday activity and turns in into Nike Fuel. It means that each day counts for something!
There has been a huge rise in fitness tracking applications over the last year, with the technology being implemented in many ways. All of it is aimed at encouraging users to be more active, by making their daily activity a number which can be compared to other numbers!


Nike's entrant into the market looks fantastic, uses their unique Nike Fuel, builds on their Nike+ community and is also a watch. What is not to love? Lets have a look and see what it is all about.
In the box you get: Nike+ FuelBand, 2 size links, link adjustment tool, USB charging cable, charging stand and the getting started manual.


Taking the band out of the box, it feels really well made and sturdy. The band weighs in around 35 grams, and its circumference ranges from 147mm to 197mm, depending on the size of the unit you have bought.


The first thing you will want to do is make sure that the band fits well and the great thing with the FuelBand is that it is ships with two link, 8mm and 16mm. These can be inserted or removed to make sure you have a perfect fit. It is really easy to change the links, so you will be setup in no time


Once this has been done, it is time to set the device up. To do this, insert the Fuel Band into a spare USB port and after doing so you are the taken to the Nike website where you set up your FuelBand. It will ask you to install the Nike+ Connect software,and there is a mac and windows version of the software available. This is the same software which you may use to connect your Nike+ Sportwatch, or Nike SportBand.
Install the software, and you are taken to the second page, where you custom fit the FuelBand.


The third step is to set your daily goal. This number can be changed using the Nike+ Connect software later, however, it gives you an idea of what level to set your goal at.


The third step is to join Nike+ to set up an account. If you are ready a member of Nike+ then simply log in the way you normally do and as you know, you can either log in via Facebook or twitter.

Setting up an account is very easy and it only requires a minimum amount of information, so do not feel like you are giving to much information, unlike some websites that do this from the get go and it puts a lot of new time fitness users off.


Once this is done, the band needs to fully charge and you are ready to go earning NikeFuel.


So What is Nike Fuel? NikeFuel is a new medium Nike created to track your day to day activity. It is a number which is worked out based on the amount of movement you make. NikeFuel is calculated the same for everyone, no matter your age, gender or sport of choice. How does the band work? The Nike+ FuelBand has a built in 3 axes sport tested accelerometer, which measure your motion all day long. It takes these movements and turns them into NikeFuel points. The FuelBand not only earns NikeFuel points, but it can tell you how far you have gone, the amount of steps you have taken and the calories you have burnt and the time, so effectible acting as also a very clever watch.
Taking into account that the FuelBand does not use GPS data it does come across as fairly accurate at tracking the activity you are doing. Once you have put the FuelBand on, as long as it fits well, you will hardly notice that it is there recording your every movement. You will want to make sure the FuelBand is as flush as possible for two reasons, one so that you do not notice it, secondly because the less unintended movement the FuelBand has, the more accurate the recording for your day will be. There is one button on the FuelBand, and pressing it will do two things; firstly, a set of 20 Colour LED’s will light up, depending on how close you are to your Daily Goal. The LEDs range from Red to Green and provide you with an instant update of how you are doing compared to your target. The second thing the button does is enables you to cycle through unto 4 pieces of information, via the 100 white LED lights in the middle of the screen: NikeFuel earned, steps taken, calories burnt and of course the time. It is possible to take steps taken and calories out of the data cycle via the Nike+ Connect software. The FuelBand will adjust its brightness level using an ambient sensor, which means that it is always easy to read the data on the device. One really great feature of the FuelBand is the time function that it has as it can be worn day to day and in my case I even wear it to bed so I can see just how restless I am during my sleep, though saying that it would be great to have the current date feature, I could see that this would just require a firmware update, I assume that it would be feasible for Nike to add in at a future time.
So what is the battery life like? The Nike+ FuelBand has two lithium polymer batteries (this will mean nothing except to the geekiest of battery fans), but in real terms it means the FuelBand should last for four or five days. In my first week of owning my Nike+ FuelBand I would be pressing the fuel button every hour to see how much I had earned and this would obviously drain the battery and only give me about three days of use, so once you are used to how it all works then you will find that this is certainly a charge once a week device. Charging is done via a USB port using your computer or if you have a USB power point you can use this to and it only takes just over an hour to charge from empty. When you connect your FuelBand to your computer you will launch the Nike connect software and from here you will also see the version number and charging status situated on the bottom left of the screen.


Earlier I spoke of being able to sync your FuelBand via an app. Nike currently only got an iPhone app, however I am sure they are working on apps for other handsets. The app allows you to sync the band and also interact with friends and view your stats in more detail. Syncing is performed via Bluetooth, so this needs to be turned on, on both the iPhone and Nike+ FuelBand, so the first task is to pair the FuelBand and the iPhone, this has to be done in the setting area of the iPhone. The app will provide a walkthrough of this process, and it is very easy to follow to turn Bluetooth on the FuelBand, holding down the button until you see a Bluetooth symbol, it is as easy as that. Once the two devices are paired, you can sync the FuelBand with the iPhone at any time, by holding down the button on the FuelBand until sync is displayed on the FuelBand. Each time you sync the memory will be cleared on the FuelBand. I am not sure how many days it can store, but the FuelBand will give you a warning when you used 80% of the memory.






Did you think that your performance would go unnoticed, of course not. With Nike, the harder you work the more trophies you will receive but also this means that on your next performance you will need to work that bit harder to get another trophy and as you will find out, they are trophies with a difference.


You can log into your account online and see your FuelBand activity in more detail. The top bar allows your to navigate between different areas. The number on the left side is your NikeFuel total.


After syncing you will see a summery since your last visit and be met with a warm welcome.


Here you can see the amount of active days you have had since your last sync, the amount of Fuel earned and if you have got any new achievements, the number of these will be displayed here.


Pressing continue brings you to an overview of your current day. As you can see, I have been very inactive today, not earning many NikeFuel points at all. On the right hand side gives you details of the day itself, the amount of calories burnt, distance traveled, steps taken and active time.



Navigating to a day where I was more active, you can see what it a completed day looks like. It will also show you your spark, this is when you were most active during the day. In addition to seeing your best spark of the day you can also record how well you did, how did you actually feel in your own words and then if you want you can share your performance with either Facebook and or Twitter.


As your progress in time you will be able to see how you have done, not just in day view but also in either week, month or year view.


Overall the Nike+ FuelBand is a fun product with a few interesting benefits, the website and iPhone app are both good, the analysis you can get during the course of a day is useful, and it makes competing and challenging friends very simple. The idea behind the FuelBand is to get make people be more active, by providing a number of ways of motivating them. I have certainly found that I have looked at the band during the day, realised that I have not done enough and made an effort to be more active. Obviously the tracking will not be 100% accurate, but because Nike have gone down the route of using NikeFuel, they have created a new median which is based on any movement, and I think that makes it a lot easier to compare scores with other users and get more out of it. It still tracks your steps, calories and distance, but as I have argued, these should be seen as guides and not definitive results from the day.
Overall I really like the Nike+ FuelBand, and certainly think there are benefits over and above just using it as a daily tracker to get you more active. The Nike+ FuelBand is not cheap, it will cost £129. However, the product looks good and does have a lot of uses, it is just a lot of money and this will probably put a lot of people off. It is currently only available to buy from NikeTown, NikeFuel Online and Apple stores.

Vitamin E

There are a number of home remedies and natural products marketed to prevent the formation of scars and to minimise the appearance of old scars.
The kind of scars that people are often interested in preventing are stretch marks. They are red and sometimes raised and are caused by the skin stretching quickly to produce a baggy look to the skins surface. They are not damaging in any way, it is more down to a cosmetic look that does not bode well with most people. The most common affect of stretch marks is from pregnant woman or those who have put on excessive weight due to a medication regime.
Vitamin E, or tocopherol, is a fat-soluble antioxidant. It is found in capsule or liquid form at drugstores, grocery stores, health food stores, and online. The oil is typically applied to the affected area.


Vitamin E has been shown to penetrate layers of the skin and reduce the formation of free radicals which can interfere with healing. Vitamin E also influences the production of collagen, a structural protein partially responsible for the strength and elasticity of skin.
Many people apply vitamin E oil to their skin to minimise scars and it is sometimes recommended by physicians after skin surgery.
Well, it works, however you will not see any signs of it working for about 6 to 9 weeks. After about a 6 month period this is were will see significantly signs of it working.
Do not rush out and go and buy those fancy Bio oils that claim to do the same job, they do not work as well and are so expensive, they only contain a very small amount of the actual active ingredient ‘Vitamin E’ then topped up with fancy smells. Buy a stand alone Vitamin E oil, I found that ‘Superdrug’s” own brand of Vitamin E oil did the job perfectly and for only £2.99, the 30ml bottle lasts well over a month.

Logitech AV iPad Stand

It is well known that the iPad's speaker is, well, a bit weedy. While there are a million and one low cost stands out there, if you really want to use your iPad as a movie screen, you need one that incorporates a decent speaker too.
Enter the Logitech AV Stand, a tubular stereo speaker with an arm mounted iPad holder.


The arm pivots in several places so you can pull your iPad forward and lay it almost flat, very handy if you want to key in a quick email, Tweet or long URL.


The dock unit rotates through 90 degrees, so you can quickly move your tablet from portrait mode to landscape and back again.

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The AV Stand is designed for all the iPads. Logitech has fitted a couple of plastic widgets that clip to the two supports that hold the tablet's sides, these are for the newer iPads, so if you have a first generation iPad, then just pull 'em out.
With an iPad in place, it is a little to easy to bring it so far forward, the whole lot tips forward. But I cannot see many circumstances in which you would want to pull the iPad toward you, away from the stand.
The AV Stand's main body contains a pair of side-facing 2inch speakers and a bass reflex port at the back. The output is not going to blow you away, but the sound is clear. The bass is decent, and there is a sense of space to the sound, even with mono material.
It is no Bose, but you do not expect that for 70 quid. As a £70 speaker dock, it does not sound at all bad.

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Now down to the remote. Corners have been cut with the remote, which, because it is clearly generic, will not let you navigate through the iPad's movie and music files, just change the volume and track-skip. It also flips between the iPad's screen and the composite-video port on the back of the stand.


Poor remote aside, this is a decent little unit. Download the Netflix or the BBC iPlayer app, and you will have a nice compact desktop, kitchen or bedroom TV alternative.


On my last birthday back in November 2011 I was bought an array or Lush products by my good friend David and amongst the smells and bright colours were something I had not come across before, shampoo bars.


The majority of liquid shampoos available on the market are mostly made up of water, surfactants and other chemicals, fragrance, preservatives and plastic bottle and a lid. The obvious reason why traditional shampoo needs to come bottled in plastic in because it is liquid!
Because Lush shampoo bars contain no water, they are highly concentrated. You can get between well over a hundred hair washes out of one bar, thus making it the equivalent of about three liquid shampoo bottles and at a fraction of the cost at approximately £5 a bar. So, when you buy a shampoo bar, you're preventing about 75 grams of plastic from being introduced into the environment. Since Lush sell nearly 1,800,000 bars all over the world, they are collectively save around 135 tonnes of plastic every year!
I hate to admit to my slight OCD but what I find refreshing with Lush shops are the neat and yet nakedness of the shop, its bars and blocks neatly stacked and all cosmetics and washes readily available to try, reminds me that if Apple were to sell cosmetics and soap then this would be the way they would do it.


Nespresso Pixie

As a company, Nespresso have made their coffee machines to look cool, trendy, slick and just oozing style but have followed one of the golden rules of business, “Do one thing, and do it well”. However you choose to put it, Nespresso machines have all pretty much stuck to doing one thing, make espresso! This newest addition to the Nespresso range, the Pixie, has slotted very nicely into the ‘Have a tiny espresso machine, will travel’ niche.


The footprint of this machine is just tiny. You can take this unit to the office, the work shed, the college recreational room, the toilet, hey even the bedroom, the options are endless! Yet it still somehow manages to pack in a walloping 19 bars of pump pressure, and heats up in just 25 seconds. It has two programmable brew size buttons, which can also be manually overridden, has an auto off feature, and a foldaway drip tray if you want to use a larger mug.
As far as ‘bells and whistles’ goes and other than a warning light that flashes when your water is low, or your coffee capsule bin is full, that is about it. The Pixie keeps things very simple, and that I believe is a huge advantage!
For all you cappuccino or latte fanatics out there, the Pixie works really well with the Nespresso Aeroccino, the unit that makes pretty decent milk froth and also heats the milk at the same time. For all those that love a nice iced coffee or a frappuccino then the Aeroccino also has a cold setting too.


For those that need a tech spec of this wonderful stylish machine then see below.

Absolutely tiny espresso pod maker measuring 12.8 x 4.3 x 9.2 inches
Comes in 6 color choices and 2 different finishes
Works exclusively with Nespresso coffee capsules
19 Bars of pressure for the creamiest espresso crema
Thermoblock heating system that dramatically reduces heating time to just 25 seconds
Improved internal system means the Pixie needs to be de-scaled 3 times less than standard machines
Choose from Espresso or Lungo size
Manual override of brew sizes
24 oz. water reservoir
Foldable drip tray to accommodate larger mug sizes
Auto power off after 9 minutes
Warning lights for ‘low water’ or ‘full capsule bin’

Nespresso gets a lot of flack from some people due to the expensive price, small variety of Nespresso coffee capsules, and having to buy your capsules through Nespresso, however I have to disagree. I find Nespresso machines some of the highest quality, best designed and beautiful coffee machines on the market. Yes, they are a bit more expensive than some, but if they produce a good consistent product, with little fuss and look great doing it, is not that worth a little more? Also, I do not find that the selection of coffee capsules is prohibitive.
Honestly, how many styles of espresso do you need?


Monster Beats Solo HD

I was checking out some headphones which I can use for my iMac, iPad and my iPod and possible my iPhone, I guess looking for an all round comfortable and stylish set of headphones.
It is apparent that the Monster Beats Solo HD range do not have to work especially hard to win on style, the glossy headband and shiny Beats logo are a stylish proposition, while comfortability is high on the agenda. I love the soft ear pads and padded headband that gives a secure fit, and the ear pads give a good seal and a mean job of cutting out outside noise.
When you are listening to songs with lots of base I found that the Solos are in a league of their own, as the sound delivered was deep and rich and overall you will find the sound quality far superior than other headsets that boast similar qualities. For a headset that is not noise cancelling, they sure do a job better than some noise cancelling headphones I have tried out.


The Solo HD headset comes in the standard beats box and inside you will find an instruction manual, a pouch with the headphone’s in them, 2 detachable 3.5mm cables (one with control talk and one without) and a cleaning cloth. As ever with the Beats range, care in the product packaging is just as important as the product itself, style from the get go.
I initially set out to buy a headset for use for my iPod and iPad but soon found out that this headset offers a wider scope of use with its ControlTalk feature. The ControlTalk feature gives you on-cable playback control of your iPod or iPhone, including pause, next track and volume and also only on iDevices can you use your voice to control other features, just as you would use your iPhones voice commands. ControlTalk's built-in mic lets you talk hands-free on your iPhone and works with online voice or video chats.


The headphones fold conveniently to fit in the small pouch, perfect for travel.


Overall you are paying for what you get and that is a great deal more than what other headsets offer. This headset will not disappoint you as it is sturdy, lightweight and with the built in ControlTalk feature gives you far more than just a headset.