Review: THAT Dyson Hairdryer

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I was very lucky to have been bought the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer for Christmas this year – what a TREAT! I decided, in my new year quest to write more (because it makes me happy) that I’d make this my first review of 2018.

My hair is really frizzy and thick – something I’ve just accepted now that I’ve spent the last five years growing it out, absorbing advice from trichologists like Phillip Kingsley, and spending fortunes on treatments, only to realise that’s just how my hair was made rather than a result of too much bleach and lack of care.

I struggle to dry it quickly without damaging it, and washing and drying my hair is a real drag because it takes so long it hurts my arm. As a result I often live on dry shampoo. Fortunately/unfortunately I can get away with it because my body appears to absorb moisture like a dry, dry sponge.

Anyway, as a result I was excited to get started and try out my new hairdryer that claims to:

  • Speeds up your hair drying process
  • Prevent ongoing damage to the hair shaft by overheating
  • Look snazzy and doesn’t make a lot of noise (it is very quiet)

PROS

It’s great if you want to de-frizz your hair. Don’t get me wrong, I still need to straighten my hair after drying with this, but it’s certainly a lot less frizzy and I could realistically leave the house without looking like I have a mane.

It’s incredibly fast – I dried my hair in ten minutes. Usually it takes up to 20 minutes.

It has three different fixings, one for styling, one for fast drying and one for curls

It’s quiet and ‘ergonomic’ (great word)

CONS

Very expensive for a hairdryer, unless you have someone in your family who works out the ‘business case’ for it in terms of time saved.

It’s not the lightest thing, but it ain’t heavy.

Overall…

Overall, the Dyson hairdryer is expensive and although I love it, I wouldn’t recommend that people rush out and buy it immediately. It has some brilliant benefits, so it’s a case of weighing up how much you realistically want to invest in a hairdryer.

I’ve also made a video which you can see here... just to prove that it really took JUST 10 MINUTES to dry my hair. I’m also endeavouring to make more videos, watch this space.

RATING 8/10

Buy it here with a snazzy bag for £299.

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Top three best setting sprays for a flawless face of makeup all day

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For about ten years I’ve been spraying my face with hairspray in the vain attempt to set my makeup so it doesn’t slide or melt off after an hour. It was only when I was planning my wedding makeup when I decided to try a real setting spray because I wasn’t too keen on being near candles with a face full of Elnett – a highly flammable bride is not the one.

Since then I’ve tried a number of different setting sprays, and in my humble opinion, these are the top three.

NOTE: all three of the companies listed do NOT test on animals – something I believe is very important for a cruelty-free beauty industry. I’ve decided to stop using any products that test on animals, contain parabens or other potentially damaging ingredients for the environment, and buy from companies that actively support sustainability. 

I’m still learning but plan to write more about sustainability in the beauty industry and will endeavour to only recommend cruelty-free products.

1. NYX Professional Makeup Matte Finish Setting Spray (£7 from Boots)

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This one first came to my attention after a review by US teen went viral, because even after a car accident, an ambulance ride, hours in the hospital and the journey home, this girl’s makeup was still FLAWLESS thanks to the NYX setting spray. You can’t really get better hold than that.

There are two options, Matte finish and Dewy finish; both long lasting. The Matte is better if you have oily skin, but I chose Dewy because I have pretty dry skin especially in the winter.

Pros: This product is definitely long-lasting. My makeup will stay on all day at work, in wind and bad weather and at the gym.

Cons: It smudges makeup if you don’t let it dry first – especially eyeliner and mascara. It feels a bit sticky when you first put it on, a little gluey perhaps. But once you’ve used it once or twice you get used to it.

Overall rating: 4/5 – great for a night out or if you want to go to the gym with a full face of makeup! At £7 it’s a bit of a steal because it lasts a long time even when you use it every day.

2. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray (£23.50 from Urban Decay)

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At a slightly higher price than the NYX setting spray, Urban Decay All Nighter is a refreshing and light setting spray that helps makeup last all day. It also gives you a healthy glow that stays set for up to 16 hours according to the website. I used this setting spray on my wedding day and my makeup still looked good at the reception, over 12 hours after using it.

Pros: Light, refreshing, doesn’t smell weird or sit heavily on the skin.

Cons: Quite expensive but worth the investment. Probably wouldn’t leave you flawless even after a road traffic accident. Not quite as hardy as the NYX setting spray.

Overall rating: 5/5 – I can’t see a real problem with this one; it’s light and ideal for all skin types.

3. PIXI Makeup Fixing Mist (£16 from Look Fantastic)

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I’m a sucker for packaging and so I love PIXI makeup – the light greens, coppers and pinks make your beauty haul look super pretty. This fixing spray is lightly scented with rose water and green tea, which smells great and makes your skin feel light and refreshed.

Pros: Smells great, looks great and keeps makeup fresh throughout the day.

Cons: The spray nozzle itself is a little bit harsh so you have to brace yourself a little bit before you spritz. If you’ve got sensitive skin then try this in the shop first to make sure the perfume doesn’t irritate it.

Overall rating: 4/5 – a middling price for a fixing spray and it feels luxurious.

 

Wonder products for a wonderful wedding

On 16th November 2015, Nick proposed to me on a beach in Miami (ooooooh!) where we were visiting prior to another wedding in America we were invited to.

After months of planning, excitement, stress and spreadsheets, we got married on 10th June 2017 and it was just a wonderful day.

We had a good budget and so we got a lot of suppliers like a florist and a hairdresser and the venue acted as wedding organisers for the day, but I always knew I wanted to do my own makeup.

Screen Shot 2017-08-13 at 10.44.18.png I’ve always loved doing makeup ever since I can remember, and so there was no question that i’d do my own wedding makeup. It can be quite stressful thinking about someone else doing your makeup because they don’t necessarily know what suits your face – I have to look at my face every day so I’ve got pretty used to what needs the most attention!

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I wanted a natural look, and I’ve always loved Nars’s world famous blusher colour; Orgasm (£23). So I decided to base my makeup around that colour for the wedding. And what a name to base the wedding on. The best kind I’ll be getting now I’m married (GUFFAW GUFFAW only joking).

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I needed some pretty heavy duty setting spray if the makeup was going to last all day, and I normally use hairspray, but it’s a big day so I decided to invest in some proper stuff. I bought Urban Decay All Nighter (£23.50) and I swear by it now, it keeps my makeup on throughout the day and prevents smudging.

On my skin I wore the same foundation that I’ve sworn by for 10 years, the Bourgeois Healthy Mix Serum (£10.99). It is light on the skin and perfect for combination skin. It’s anti-fatigue so it instantly brightens the skin, and then I put a little Benefit Erase Paste (£16) under the eyes to cover up dem bags.

Now I’m not a massive fan of contouring, because I think if it’s overdone it can be a disaster. That said, a friend of mine treated me to the NYX Cosmetics Pro Palette (£18) for my birthday and so using a mix of the colours I did contour my cheek bones and put a dusting of highlighter over the cheek bones and eye brow and it made such a difference.

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I was then searching for an eyeshadow and lipstick that complimented my Nars blusher whilst looking natural. This was the hardest thing to do and I spent a few evenings after work traipsing around Oxford Circus looking for them.

I found the perfect matches, so if you want to do the same and go for the Nars look then I’d recommend the following: MAC eyeshadow in Expensive Pink (£13.50) and then Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Bitch Perfect (£24) and while I was buying the lipstick I discovered this Colour Chameleon Eye Pencil (£19) from Charlotte Tilbury, which you can buy based on your eye colour and it really makes your eye colour pop. You have to be careful because it can come out quite thick and become clumpy very quickly but if you go easy with it then it’s an absolute dream.

Finally, I used a Charlotte Tilbury brown eye pencil (£16) and the Benefit Roller Lash mascara (£17.43 from Look Fantastic – cheaper than elsewhere at the moment), but I also treated myself to individual lash extensions for the wedding and honeymoon, which were really itchy but pain is gain as they say.

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Note: I’m working on some videos showing how I do my makeup but I’m still mastering how to edit them so watch this space.