My most-requested review of the year; not from readers, but from friends and family. Which is unusual, because most of my friends and family couldn’t really give two hoots about beauty things! I suppose, though, that the Supersonic hair dryer from Dyson is far more than a “beauty thing”: this is cutting-edge technology, precision engineering and a tool that promises faster and more efficient drying. Everyone wants faster and more efficient drying – especially people who have unruly hair or have to wash and dry it more frequently than most.
Read: 5 Best Time-Saving Things For Your Hair…
Dyson’s Supersonic has been lauded as some sort of hair-drying dream machine; quiet, incredibly fast and with intelligent temperature controls that keep the heat to a level that won’t damage your hair. The catch? It’s £299. See what I think of it (and how it compares to the Parlux 385, an incredibly powerful and lightweight dryer) in my video below. If you’re loathe to watch the video then I’ve summarised my thoughts on the Supersonic below the screen – just scroll down to spoil all the fun. (Joke. I know lots of you read this on the tube or bus and it’s not convenient to have my sweet voice ringing out for everyone to hear.)
You can find the Supersonic at Selfridges here – more technical info on the Dyson website. Please note that my sample came in a leather case, this does not come with the consumer model. The dryer is also available in silver and white, I’ve just discovered!
We’ve all been there: Talking ourselves into buying that vintage cocktail ring, even though it’s WAY too big for our fingers. Or hopelessly staring at our favorite pair of chandelier earrings that we’ve worn maybe once, cringing at the thought of how terribly heavy they were for our poor earlobes. The earrings and rings sit […]
I realised last week that I didn’t ever properly finish my round-up of the best pregnancy and new-Mum beauty products. I did some quite extensive testing of various stretch-mark oils and creams and the results can be found here (best budget) and here (best of the rest) but I must do a summary of my favourite pregnancy skincare and makeup when I get a chance. Perhaps after Christmas when I’m not knee-deep in cinnamon-orange candles and sparkly tree decorations!
But the Neal’s Yard Remedies Mother Organic Collection (here) gets bumped up the list because I think that it’s a brilliant present for Mums-to-be. This was one of my favourite body sets when I was pregnant – I found the bath oil truly relaxing, the body balm great for when I wanted something to do a bit of a lengthier massage with and the massage oil – oh, the massage oil! It contains neroli essential oil, which takes me to my happy place, and has a beautiful texture that keeps skin soft and supple. I’d use it still if I hadn’t ploughed through the bottle so quickly – there’s no reason to stop using it post-partum, I just had loads of other bits and pieces to write about.
My pregnancy posts on The Uphill…
The products in the Mother Organic Collection have been very carefully formulated to be suitable for pregnant women. I avoided many of my usual pampering products as I tend to go for some quite full-on aromatherapy stuff; the Neal’s Yard Remedies products are gentle, non-nauseating but still manage to do the trick on the “calming and relaxing” front. If you’re looking for a box-set to buy a Mum-to-be this Christmas then you can’t go far wrong with this one…
Just a bit of fun: a trawl through the contents of my handbag. Or should I say “holiday bag”; I was on my way to Athens airport, so my bag was full of bits and pieces to see me through the flight. If you’d like to see a little of what I got up to on holiday then please take a look at my beach vlog and if you’re interested in where I stayed, there’s a hotel review here. Favourite stuff from my travel bag? I’d have to say the Lolly Wallet, which was from my friend’s shop, Sisi and May, and also my Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist. It’s like a portable sanctuary, that spray – I used it on the plane because a woman kept coughing and sneezing next to me, and it made me feel slightly less pessimistic about things. (It has no antibacterial properties or anything like that, it’s all completely in my mind! But hey – no cough or cold yet, so maybe it does work some kind of magic. At the very least it makes me quite calm and refreshed – must be the orange flower water.)
Here’s the video – there’s a little bag contents list underneath so you can cross-check anything you like the look of, but I do have to warn you that lots of my bag items have been travelling around with me for nearly a decade! I’m a definite creature of habit when it comes to travel; always a Kindle, always my Louis Vuitton organiser and my pink passport holder…
Sunhat (bought in Greece years ago)
Scarf (Warehouse, 2012)
Wallet, Sisi and May: http://www.sisiandmay.com/collections…
Smythson Passport Cover
Kindle Prototype, made in the Victorian Times.
Louis Vuitton Organiser (bought 2004)
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