Braun Silk-Epil 7 7-561 Wet & Dry

For a female, the hair removal process can be quite tedious and sometimes – depending on the method – very painful! Almost everyone wants smooth and hair free skin. I have tried various methods,  from waxing right through to simple shaving.

I have had my eye on an epliator for a while now but have been too nervous to try one.  I was luckily given the opportunity to try an epilator by Braun to review. An epilator is basically an electronic tweezer which removes multiple strands of hair at a time.

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The Braun Silk-Epil 7-561 (RRP ÂŁ84) is one of the highest rated epilators currently available so I had high hopes! The Braun epilator comes with a user manual, a cleaning brush, pouch, a charger and six attachments:

  1. Shaver head – for dry shaving
  2. Trimmer cap – to trim down hairs
  3. High frequency massage cap – to soothe and massage the skin
  4. Sensitive area cap – for underarms and intimate areas
  5. Facial cap – for facial hair
  6. Efficiency cap – for maximum skin contact for faster epilation.

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It also has 40 tweezers at a close grip which remove even the shortest and finest of hairs, a smart light to guide you and a pivoting head to adapt to the contours of your body. The tweezers are staggered which ensure full even coverage. This epilator has two speed settings for the various areas of your body. The first speed is recommended for first time users whilst the highest speed is fast enough for over 81,000 plucks per minute!

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One of the main benefits of this epilator is that it is a wet and dry model so it can be used in the bath or shower.  It is specially  designed for use in warm water as the warmth increases the blood circulation which improves the comfort of your experience. It is obviously cordless (how else would you safely use it in the bath – haha) but you don’t have to worry about charging it. It takes approximately an hour to fully charge and it lasts for roughly 45 minutes which is more than enough time to remove all your hair. The charging light flashes whilst charging and remains on once fully charged.

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The epilator is really lightweight so it is easy to use and it is not too noisy. I decided to test it on my legs hoping it would be less painful. There is a slight pain during this process but it is bearable….after a while! It feels like there are tiny people pinching you rather quickly. I found that it hurts more when you are removing hair that is very close to your bones rather than fatty areas. After a while, I did get used to the slight pain which made the process much easier.

I loved the results as my legs were left extremely smooth and soft….I couldn’t stop rubbing them. I found that the results were much better than when I shave as there weren’t any broken hairs left to cause a rough finish as the epilator removed the hairs from the root.  I didn’t experience any skin irritation thankfully but I made sure to regularly exfoliate to ensure there were no ingrown hairs.

I have to say I was wimp and absolutely copped out of trying this on any intimate or sensitive areas so I cannot comment on how well it performed there.

If you have really thick or coarse hair, I would recommend using the trimmer cap to trim down the hairs first and then epilate as it would be less painful and you won’t have to keep going over the same areas.

Overall, although this epilator is quite expensive it is definitely good value for money. It ensures that you no longer have to purchase disposable razors and has long lasting results.  I’ve nothing to compare it to but it definitely does the job and is efficient. The more I use it, the easier and more tolerable it gets. I only wish it came with a regular plug adapter rather an electric razor type two prong attachment.
All in all I think this is an excellent product for epilating legs and I will definitely be using this, rather than shaving, from now on.

Click here to purchase this epilator 🙂

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Getting Summer time fine with the help of my Dolphin Pro Fitness Tracker Watch

It has taken me a while to review this fitness watch as I wanted to use it in it’s full capacity to give it an honest and unbiased review. The spec of this fitness tracker watch is quite similar to the more expensive branded ones like Apple and Fitbit.

The watch came in a plastic box with a small set of instructions which were very informative and useful and a magnetic charger. Before you use the watch, it is recommended to charge it for at least 30 minutes to an hour.

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The watch is small and neat. It has two pins as a clasp so you can adjust the size according to your wrist size. Because of this, the watch can fit a really small wrist all the way up to a large one so one size literally fits all. I find this feature perfect because when I am exercising, the watch doesn’t irritate me by sliding up and down my arm. It can initially be a bit fiddly to do but you get used to it and manage to find a way to pop it on. This watch is waterproof so you don’t have to fuss around with taking it off for your shower.

I have tried a couple of fitness tracker watches before and I have to say that this one in particular is simply flawless when it comes to setting up. All I had to do was simply download the app called “Smart Band” and I was able to instantly connect my phone to the watch via bluetooth. This app is available in the Apple app store and the Google Play store so it is compatible with Apple and Android phones. All you have to do is open up the app then select devices on the menu. It will then display the available devices that you can connect to. When you select your watch, it automatically updates with the date and time. Once synced, the watch can access any previous data your phone holds regarding fitness and it will display charts of your fitness progress.

The watch display is a great size and isn’t too bulky. The screen is just the right size to show the details that you need to see without it affecting your wrist movements or looking too masculine so it is great for men and women. The screen is touchscreen and really responsive so doesn’t require any harsh taps. There is also a gesture function available, so when you turn your wrist, the watch lights up and displays the time.

The features of this watch are great. It tracks how many steps I have done, calories burned, distance & time I have spent on fitness throughout each day. At night time, it tracks my sleep and breaks it down into the amount of hours of deep & light sleep I have had. I am also able to set daily goals that I wish to achieve. This is a great benefit to help me get healthier as I can gradually increase my goals. Additionally, if I have been sitting down for too long, the watch vibrates as a friendly reminder/ nudge to get up and get fit.

My favourite feature of this watch and the app is that you can add other users as friends on the app so that you can see their stats and compete against them. I find that this feature motivates me to work out even harder.

Besides fitness, the watch also shows and vibrates when you receive a text message, a phone call or any social media message and it also says what the notification is for and from on the screen. The watch also syncs really well with the alarms you have set on your phone via the app. When your alarm goes off, the watch vibrates quite a bit to ensure it wakes you and grabs your attention.

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In terms of battery life, it is advertised on Amazon as lasting a week but I have to say that it performs much better than that. I believe the battery life reduced by roughly 4-5% a day! Furthermore, it charges really quickly. It takes less than half an hour to charge it to half the battery capacity which is awesome. The charge is fantastic as well, as it is small enough to pop into your pocket or handbag. It is magnetic so it “clips” onto the back of the watch and it is a USB lead so you can attach it to a traditional plug, your car or computer.

I really like this watch and would recommend it to anyone who wants to track their fitness but don’t want to spend too much money. This does exactly what it says it will. According to the user manual, the watch comes in a variety of colours so if you wanted a bright coloured one then you could get one. It would be great if you could swap the straps of the watch but at least it is black and will match with everything.

I will be wearing this smartwatch continuously to help with my fitness and weight loss, Dolphin Pro did an excellent job with this watch.

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Nailbox – April 2016 : Happy Birthday Nailbox!

If you read my review of the March Nailbox, you would know I was somewhat disappointed with it. If you didn’t read it, you can have a peek here. I was definitely hoping Nailbox would restore my faith in them with the April box  and I have to say they did!

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This month is Nailbox’s anniversary so the theme for the box was “Happy Birthday Nailbox”. This month I received 3 full sized nail polishes, a nail treatment and nail accessories.

Here’s a closer look at what was in my April box:

Invogue – Sugar Daddy (RRP £2.99)

I love hot pink colours, especially for my toes and Sugar Daddy is definitely hot! This is a bold colour which is perfect for the summer or any holidays. Whilst I like the colour, I did receive a bright pink in the March Nailbox so it does seem a bit repetitive.

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Bourjois – So Lacque! Bleu Asphalte (RRP £5.99) 

I fell in love with this unique colour, it is beautiful. It is hard to describe the exact colour but it is a smokey dark purpley-blue grey. I love Bourjois nail polishes as they apply perfectly and the brush is great for one even stroke.

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Ciaté – London Baby (RRP £9.00)

I have never tried a CiatĂ© nail polish before but the bottle is so nice and elegant with a cute bow, it deserves to be on display. This polish is a beautiful glitter and grey polish which applies so nicely. I don’t normally like glitter polishes as they often require a lot of coats which equals an extra long drying time! Thankfully CiatĂ© is of really good quality as one coat left my nails blinging!

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Elegant Touch Nail Apothecary – Nail Quencher (RRP £7.95)

This treatment polish is a base coat which promises to moisturise your nails and reduce peeling and splitting. I haven’t tried this one yet but I am sure it will work well. I have received a few Elegant Touch Nail Apothecary products from Nailbox and they have been great.

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Elegant Touch – Stylist Pre-Glued Nail Gems £2.95

I am terrible at nail art unless it involves stamping so I love things that easily help me make my nails look intricately designed. These gems are so easy to stick on, they even come pre-glued so I am excited to try them soon.

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I have noticed that the themes behind the Nailboxes aren’t really apparent any more. For example, for February the theme was Valentine’s so they included a little packet of love heart sweets which was a really nice touch. For this anniversary / birthday box, they could have included at least a balloon, confetti or something just to enhance the idea behind the theme.

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This month’s box was much better than last month’s, and rightly so as it is a celebratory birthday box. I loved almost everything in the box, I immediately painted my nails with two of the nail polishes! The contents of this box were worth ÂŁ28.88, so again worth the ÂŁ15 I  paid.

If you wish to purchase a Nailbox subscription, check out their website: http://www.nailbox.co.uk

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Bold 2-in-1 Pearls

As a member of SuperSavvyMe’s Savvy Circle, I was given the opportunity to test the latest sensation in the laundry world – Bold 2-in-1 liquid pearl tablets.  Bold 2in1 Pearls were launched to bring you an amazing clean, the gorgeous freshness of Lenor, and added fibre care for your clothes.

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After having a long stressful day at work, I was excited to see a wonderful package waiting for me and opening it made me even happier! I was provided with a bag of goodies from SuperSavvyMe on behalf of Bold.

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The review kit came with one full-sized box for myself to use, eight samples to hand out to friends and family as well as 50p off coupons and an information booklet.

Since I am obsessed with smelling nice, I couldn’t wait to test these tablets out on my next washing load. Rather than my usual powder, conditioner and colour catcher going into my washing machine, I nervously trusted Bold’s claims and simply chucked one tablet into the machine with my dirty laundry. It was nice not having to mess around with multiple different laundry products.

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I was pleasantly surprised when I opened my washing machine. A waft of a fresh inviting scent emerged from my machine, as cheesy as that sounds! I didn’t want to make a judgement just yet as the clothes were still damp but secretly I was relieved that the clothes were at least clean.

The next morning I was thoroughly impressed to smell the freshness of the clothes considering I hadn’t added my usual fabric conditioner. The cleanliness and softness of the clothes were on par with my usual laundry products however the fresh smell was long lasting. I found that my clothes still held the scent of the tablet almost 5 days later.

I am not particularly a fan of Lavender but it was not overpowering so even my boyfriend didn’t mind his tracksuits smelling of it.

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I would absolutely recommend this product, especially if you feel doing the laundry is time-consuming. I will most likely buy a different scent of the Bold 2-1 pearls tablet range soon as I only have a few more tablets left!

I am a member of SuperSavvyMe, Savvy Circle, and get products to try and give feedback on – all opinions expressed are solely my own.