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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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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Jacob’s Cracker Crisps…..Full Of Flavour!

As a member of BzzAgent, I was given the opportunity to test the latest cracker crisp sensation – Jacob’s Cracker Crisp. Jacob’s Cracker Crisps are irresistibly tasty and perfect for sharing with friends!

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“Is it a cracker? Is it a crisp? Why, it’s a little bit of both! With three unbelievably moreish flavours, Sour Cream & Chive, Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar, and Thai Sweet Chilli, brand new Jacob’s Cracker Crisps 150g bags are perfect for sharing with friends and family!” – BzzAgent

Upon opening my deliver from BzzAgent, I was excited to see three 150g bags of Jacob’s Cracker Crisps (one of each flavour) Thai Sweet Chilli, Sour Cream & Chive and Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar, as well as 50p off coupons to pass along to my friends and family.

I immediately grabbed the Thai Sweet Chilli packet and shared it with my boyfriend and daughter. I wasn’t expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised. The flavouring was generous but not overpowering. The texture is somewhere between a crisp and a cracker. I opened up the bag, ate the first one and couldn’t stop. I kept trying to stop but would go in for another then another. My boyfriend had to take the packet away from me so I wouldn’t spoil my appetite for dinner!

I decided to take the remainder of the pack as well as the other two to work so that my colleagues could get a chance to experience the taste sensation! My colleagues were happy to say the least, I have never felt so popular before. Once a few people had a few crackers of each flavour, the word spread and more and more people were coming over to my desk to have a taste!

Unfortunately, BzzAgent didn’t send enough vouchers for me to be able to give out as many as I wanted to. However BzzAgent did rectify this and kindly sent me some e-vouchers which I distributed.

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Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this campaign.This is a very tasty snack that made me happy and is something that I will most likely buy regularly. I will definitely end up buying all 3 flavours as my favourite is the Sweet Chilli, my daughter’s is the Sour Cream & Chive and my boyfriend loves the Salt & Balsamic Vinegar. So Jacob’s have made my household a big fan!

This product is innovative, I would definitely recommend it to you all to buy!

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

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.

About

A little about myself…

My name is Denika and I’m a London-based blogger. A HR Professional by day, insane bargain hunter by night with a lot of opinions.

Testing The City simply explains what I love to do. I have to be the first to try new products and recommend my friends and family….or warn them! This blog is a creative outlet for me to tell more than my friends and family about the latest products.

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