Friday, 28 August 2015

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Too Early for Christmas? Gift Ideas for Guys

Now the summer appears to be over, I’m already looking ahead to Christmas. I love buying gifts for everybody, but I have to admit I often get stuck for gift ideas. Boyfriends can be the toughest to buy for. You don’t want to spend too much when the relationship is new. But if you’ve been together, you want the gift to be pretty special. Perhaps I should be getting something extra special to make up for the vacuum cleaner he got for his birthday (needs, must!)

I’ve decided to get ahead of the game. The sales are already starting, so I’ve put together a list of some things you might want to look out for. If you’re struggling for gift ideas, why not check out one of these top 9 gifts*:

Beer Chiller - The Chillsner seems to be one of the most popular gifts for him out there at the moment. This stick stays cold while you drink your beer to keep the drink at the optimum chilled temperature.  I love it as a handy gadget.

Mini Drone - You can now buy mini-drones that are great fun as a novelty gift. The Q4 is one of the most popular, and it will happily fly around your living room.

Magic - Is your significant other is always showing off his favourite card tricks at parties? Check out http://www.magicnevin.com/ to see if he can turn his hand to mastering something a little more tricky. You can find instructionals on mentalism as well as card tricks. It might give your boyfriend a few more tricks up his sleeve for the Christmas party.

Speaker
- A Bluetooth speaker connected to his phone means he can have his tunes and still take a call from you while on the move. Pick a water-resistant one for days out or camping.

Smartwatch - Most smartwatches will connect to any smartphone, giving the ultimate hands-free experience. Prices are very reasonable at the budget end, around just £35. He’ll be impressed with his amazing girlfriend for getting such an awesome gadget.

Hi-Vis Footie - With the summer gone, the nights will draw in quickly again. Keep his passion for football alive with a high-vis ball. Easy to see in low light levels, and it’ll help keep him fit.

Bluetooth Virtual Keyboard - Is your fella determined to keep checking in with work emails past 6 pm? Why not get him a Bluetooth virtual keyboard? It connects to his smartphone so he can get those email replies done more quickly and accurately. Then he’s all yours again that much quicker.

Moody Lights - If you’re spending more and more time at his place, then a colour changing light bulb might be just the thing to set the right mood. They connect to a smartphone app, giving the user control over brightness and colour with a swipe of the screen.

On-Demand TV Subscription - This is ideal if you’re looking for a way to get more time snuggled up on the sofa. Buy a month or a year at a time. You could even pop some romantic movies in the watch list! If you're feeling particularly generous it might mean a subscription to Sky Sports but at least you'd get a bit of piece and quiet.

There are plenty of great gifts to choose from this holiday season. Your guy will love any one of these. One or two might be fun for you too!

August Empties



This is the first of my American products that ran out this month and I was gutted to see it finish. I really did everything to get the last little bits. The EOS lip balms have been a bit of a fad for a while but they're actually a really good lip balm. It's good to see them becoming a bit more affordable and readily available in Britain. 

Getting contacts has come with a whole new territory of eye drops. Bausch and Lomb is a good brand when it comes to eye care so I felt safe using this to help add moisture and ensure my contact lenses are comfortable. I really liked these eye drops and from the same brand as my contact lenses I'm keen to buy this again.

Another American product that's kicked the dust. While browsing CVS on my last day in Las Vegas I spotted this concealer that's got salicylic acid in it to help clear blemishes at the same time as covering them up. It's a shame this isn't easy or affordable to buy in the UK. I'd definitely buy it again if Neutrogena increase their range on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

This is a really random product and one that I bought as part of an offer in Boots a good few years ago. I'm sceptical when it comes to cellulite products so I didn't expect much from this serum. I was surprised to actually feel and see a difference! The tingling was something you could get addicted to and though you don't get long term results it's good to use the night before squeezing into a bikini. Unfortunately it's a bit pricey but I'd maybe buy it again on offer. 

A few months ago I won a bundle of Soft and Gentle deodorants and this was the first one I tried out. It's a good antiperspirant and the compressed size is good for taking it on the go but unfortunately I didn't like the scent of this one. As for the visibly smooth skin I didn't notice any difference but I wasn't really looking. I've already started using the 'Really Pure' version and it's a much nicer scent.

L'Oreal Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
A simple, affordable product that does exactly what it says on the tin. I'll be buying this eye makeup remover again. It worked for really stubborn mascaras like Benefit's They Real and it never irritated my eyes. What's not to like?

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Tangle Teezer Blow-Styling Hairbrush Review


Since I got my original Tangle Teezer back in 2010 I've barely touched any other brushes. It's amazing for brushing out the knots in my hair. I use it in wet hair, dry hair and though it says not to I use it when I'm blowdrying and straightening my hair (thankfully it's never melted into my hair - it was a risk I was willing to take). The only problem with the original Tangle Teezer is it, and your hand, can get a bit hot when you're blowdrying simply because there's no handle to hold one. I battled on through until I discovered the Tangle Teezer Blow-Styling Paddle Brushes. Sorted!




Tangle Teezers are quite pricey in general, but I have to say my original 3 have been worth every penny. These blow-styling brushes are a little bit more expensive but it's well worth looking around because Hairtrade.com has them with quite a few pounds knocked off the price tag. The price tag certainly doesn't matter when it comes to the results...

The design of the new Blow-Styling brushes are completely different to the originals and without stating the obvious the newly added handle is the biggest difference. That's what makes this much more suitable for using with a hairdryer or straightener but it doesn't stop there. The teeth, or bristles, of the brush have been changed and adapted. They're super-special teeth which help to extract water from the hair shaft which results in quicker drying time. They also help to de-frizz your hair leaving you with a smoother, more voluminous and shiny do.

The change in teeth has meant it's not quite as pain-free as the original Tangle Teezer. In fact I tend to se my original Tangle Teezer when I first get out the shower to get rid of any knots then let the Blow-Styling Brush work it's magic. The first few times I had to be very careful, as the teeth are a lot sturdier and the brush is heavier and I found myself being hit in the head a bit from brush/teeth. 

As for the 'super-special powers' I was really impressed. My hair is definitely smoother after using this brush. My hair looks less frizzy and really quite straight. I reckon I could get away with leaving the straighteners behind. As for reducing the drying time, it's not a huge amount but every minute helps. This brush has been fantastic for getting the middle layer  of hair at the back of my head dry - the bit that always seems to get missed out.

So if you couldn't put down your Tangle Teezer, even if it meant oastie toastie finger tips, I'd highly recommend the Blow-Styling Hairbrushes. It's amazing what a good hair brush can do!