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SM tests…the Mio MiVue 688 Dashcam

If you’ve recently discovered the dashcam concept, you’ll be aware of one thing: you really need a dashcam! From improving your insurance costs to generally making you a safer driver, it’s a clever little box that is not just for auto geeks and Jeremy Clarkson.

We tested the Mio MiVue 688 – RRP £114

SM tester writes: OK, I thought, I’m way more aware of myself behind the wheel now than I was when I was 19. As my husband says, having three kids in the car takes all the fun out of driving… In the *touch wood* event of an accident I would be mortified if it were my fault…

Driving up to Yorkshire on Boxing Day, in near standstill traffic on the M11, a white Toyota Yaris pulled in front of me from the inside lane without warning or signal. The passenger was asleep, complete with a duvet and pillow and the driver was wearing pyjamas. How do I remember this? I don’t really – I remember braking sharply – but the rest I know because I have it on film. 

No one was hurt – nothing was damaged… But if it had been, I would have all the evidence in a police/insurance and (heaven forbid) ambulance friendly playback device. My car’s own black box. 

There are other perks that – on a day to day level – are more positive. The alerts telling you when there are speed cameras, for starters. Or those telling you when you are drifting out of lane (although this does go off when you overtake) and the one that tells you if you are too close to a car in front (although again, this does go off randomly sometimes when City driving). 

If you happen to be an off-roader, the dashcam is the ultimate gloating tool; you can upload the footage of your adventurous drive straight to Facebook or your blog. 

The dashcam sits in the windscreen and if you leave it on when parked you’ll have a record of anyone tailgating you, or trying to force entry to your car. Or – foxes sleeping on the bonnet… 


SM tests… Skinfix

There’s a lot of whoop about Canadian brand Skinfix at the moment as a wonder product for eczema and dry skin conditions. We tried the Body Repair Balm and the Hand Cream.

Our SM tester writes: “I don’t have full on eczema but what I do have is really dry, flaky skin that gets so tight it hurts (especially after swimming or the gym) and I spend a lot of time rubbing my legs, feet, hands and elbows with everything from neat almond oil to Vaseline to Creme de la Mer. The Skinfix range is made from healing botanicals, rich natural butters and emollient oils – so if you do have full on eczema or dermatitis it’s nice to know this one is steroid free – and the hand cream is really soothing, plus it stays on after you wash your hands (well, keeps your skin plump anyway). Also – if you hate the sort of hand cream that takes ages to dry then give this one a go as it sinks in instantly. I’d say a bit more about the hand cream but actually my husband nicked it after three days, so… well let’s just say it has unisex appeal! 

The body repair balm is great – I’ve been using it just before bed and then lounging around stroking my kitten soft skin. The main ingredient is oatmeal, but there is also aloe barbadensis leaf juice, beeswax and shea butter in there.”

Skinfix is available from Boots and prices start at £14.99