I’ve never really dried my hair with a hair dryer as they tend to make my (naturally curly) hair quite frizzy so I tend to just let it dry naturally. Over the past few weeks however I’ve been using the Nicky Clarke Detox and Purify Dryer. It claims to make your hair shiny and sleek due to the nano silver technology which supposedly cleanses your hair from toxins. I use lots of conditioner on my hair so have to use cleansing shampoo quite often which is why I thought this hair dryer would be good for me.
Here’s the annoying thing though…..I’m not sure exactly how this nano silver technology actually works in a hair dryer and I can’t find anything online. All I can see is that it is used to kill viruses and bacteria on surgical tools, in air purifiers and water purifiers. So I’m not sure whether this nano silver technology does very much in a hair dryer? It feels like they are just talking about it to make people think the hair dryer more exotic so might do something different to a normal hair dryer? It would be nice to see some sort of explanation on the box or even just on the website.
Anyway, back to the hair dryer. There’s not much to say about its appearance – it look like most hair dryers look! It comes with two nozzles, one of them being a diffuser which is the one I use. The diffuser is much smaller than any I’ve used in the past but it does seem to work just as well, if not better. The hair dryer has actually been leaving my hair shinier than normal and it doesn’t make my hair really big and frizzy which has happened in the past! It has 3 different heat settings and 2 speed settings which, to be honest, I haven’t worked out how to use yet – does anyone really know how they work?! (Not work as in how to switch between the settings but work as in how to style your hair differently using the settings!)
This hair dryer has surprised me in how well it’s worked for my hair but it is irritating that it’s not explained anywhere how the nano silver technology is used…..or is that just me?
It’s been ages since I posted anything so I hope everyone has had a lovely Christmas and New Year!
Over the holidays I’ve had more time to spend on my Rosetta Stone Japanese course. I’m still finding it quite a hard language to learn but over the past few weeks I’ve been spending time on it every other day which is making me progress faster than when I was only working on it just once a week. I’m not just going faster because I’m doing it more often, it’s because I don’t forget as much between each session so don’t end up having to repeat lessons more than once.
I think the immersion technique the Rosetta Stone courses works well and it’s good that the course focuses on trying to teach you the new alphabet so that you can try and read Japanese properly. Lots of the symbols look really similar though (like the ones below) so it’s very difficult! So far I’m finding that most of the exercises are doable but the hardest ones are when you have to say a sentence from looking at a picture with no letters or anything to prompt you. It takes me far too long to work out what to say! That’s something for me to work on……
I’m not really sure what to say about the Living Nature Make-Up Remover. It does what it says it should do and removes eye make-up, (even waterproof mascara!). I like the bottle which has quite a distinctive shape but there’s not really anything special about the make-up remover itself. I suppose there’s not really that much that can be different or exciting about make-up remover but that does make them hard to review! This make-up remover costs £11.50 which I don’t think I would pay because my much cheaper ASDA version does the exact same thing. However if you do have sensitive skin then this might be a good one to try given that there are no nasty chemicals in it.
The brand Living Nature is a New Zealand company who have been making natural products for over 20 years. None of their products contain sulphates, parabens or phthalates which can only be a good thing. I’d like to try some more Living Nature products to see whether they are as good as my current favourite natural brand A’kin.
These face paints look great for children. They are water based so are easy to apply and remove and they are non-toxic. The Snazaroo Party Pack contains 6 different coloured paints as well as 4 glitter gels and 2 sparkly colours. There are also brushes, sponges and a face painting guide to help you create some brilliant faces! The kit costs £13.99 and is available to buy online.
This summer I tried some Beautifully Delicious products which I loved. I’ve seen that they have got some gift sets out for Christmas which look fantastic. You can get the Papaya & Mango set which is just £5 or the Coconut & Shea set which is £8 but contains an extra product – the body butter. I tried the Papaya & Mango shower gel in the summer and it smelled so good! Now I’ve had chance to try the Coconut & Shea products I don’t know which I would pick as they both smell absolutely delicious. The products are brill as well – the bath fizzer isn’t the best one I’ve ever seen but all of the the other things in the set are great. You can but the gift sets from Sainsbury’s and you can get all of the products and more online.
I LOVE THIS A’KIN MOISTURISER! In fact, I’ve loved every A’kin product I’ve ever tried! The A’kin Lavender & Geranium Body Moist smells really good and quite different to other moisturisers. It is pretty thick and a little goes a long way so the bottle should last for quite a long time. It also works very well and leaves my skin perfectly moisturised and not at all greasy. After using it for a few days running I’ve really noticed that my skin is getting much softer. It is a lot better than the Alva Body Lotion from MyPure that I tried a few months ago.
This moisturiser costs £11.99 and I would definitely pay that as it really is one of the best moisturisers I’ve ever used. Also, MyPure have a deal on at the moment where you get a free Lavender Hand Cream when you buy the moisturiser. Remember as well that A’kin only use natural ingredients so their products are brilliant for your skin with no nasty chemicals!
I think this remote control helicopter is brilliant! Even the name sounds exciting – ‘Gyro Zoomer Mini R/C Helicopter’. (It’s from the same website as the spa bath lights I wrote about last week, ParamountZone. They actually do seem to have something for everyone and have a very handy gift finder to help you search though all of their stuff!)
Anyway, back to the helicopter……. The box says it’s ‘possibly the world’s smallest mini gyro helicopter’ and I’ve got to admit it is quite small and very cute! I’m quite worried about crashing it and breaking it though as I don’t have very good spatial awareness so am not great at working the remote control. The box does say it is ‘very easy to control’ so most people probably wouldn’t have a problem with this! It is supposed to be for ages 14+ because of the small parts but I think lots of grownups would find this quite a fun Christmas pressie (my boyfriend would I’m sure). The remote control is very official looking but one downside is that it requires 6AA batteries which aren’t included, so it might be an idea to buy these as well if you’re giving to someone for Christmas as they will almost definitely want to play with it straight away!
Here are some cute baubles to decorate your tree with this Christmas…..
Waterford Crystal have a range of decorations including this beautiful snowflake. I love it as it’s simple and not over the top but still looks lovely, especially when all of the fairy lights sparkle through it. It comes in quite a sturdy box which you can use to store it over the years and the box is nice enough that you could give the bauble as a gift.
This decoration made by Wedgewood China is more traditional. It’s really pretty and is quite pale so stands out well against the dark green of the tree. Wedgewood China have a number of other Christmas tree baubles, all based around a similar sort of pattern and colour scheme.
Although these are really lovely baubles, they are not the sort of thing you’d decorate your whole tree in as they are quite pricey. The Waterford Crystal snowflake is £35 while the Wedgewood China one is cheaper at £17.50. However, they are perfect if you are looking for a special, stand out Christmas decoration this year.
My friend and I had a go at making a yule log today…….
I couldn’t fit ‘Merry Christmas’ on the cake so we settled for ‘Noel’ instead! It still tasted good though!
Have a look at some of the Christmassy make up and other beauty products I’ve found which make really good stocking fillers or even presents all by themselves.
- e.l.f have a great range of mineral eyeshadows for only £3.00 each. There are lots of different colours and the eyeshadow itself is really good – it stays put all day. The e.l.f nail varnishes are brilliant (read my review here) and I also like the Brightening Eye Color sets which again come in loads of colours and only cost £1.50 each.
- I’ve found a website called Fushi which sells ethical beauty products. They have some nice gift sets but I really like the lip balms (except the Organic Rescue which smells disgusting!). Their Hydrating Lip Balm (£4.95) smells really spa like and works well.