Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Braun Face | Mini Epilator and Cleansing Brush Review

A clever little gadget indeed, combining a mini epilator - great for eyebrow tidying - with a cleansing brush. Braun Face comes complete with a makeup pouch and magnifying mirror, with built in light (handy!) which makes it great for taking on holiday with you.

I was considering buying a Clarisonic (heard great things about it from other bloggers), but this system, at under £70 from Boots, is much cheaper and has double the functionality.

The Cleansing Facial Brush is a joy to use, just pop the cleansing brush on, and flick the switch and you're ready to go. I used mine with my Kiehl's cleanser, and my face felt silky soft after the first use. I've been using it every few days for a fortnight now and I do feel like my skin is clearing up a little. Little wonder, since it works "6 times better than manual exfoliation". Braun recommend changing the brush every 3 months, so it's a pretty affordable gadget.

On to the epilator... my first thoughts were OUCH! However, once I got over the sound of the epilator itself, the pain factor wasn't really that bad! I don't have a particularly hairy face, being a blonde with fine hair, so I thought maybe that's why it wasn't hurting me too much. 

Due to my blondness, I got Mum to test this one - my whole family has dark hair except me so she was the perfect candidate for this! The Braun Face Epilator works 200 times faster than tweezing, and can remove hair 4 times shorter than waxing. Mum is a fan of this epilator, and especially loves the light up mirror that helps illuminate the treatment area. She says it's no more painful than waxing, and loves the fact that it's instant and doesn't leave a mess like waxing does. It is very useful for small areas like the upper lip and chin.

The Braun Facial Cleansing Brush has become a part of my skincare routine, but I think I'll let Mum keep the mini epilator.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Roux at Parliament Square | Restaurant Review

Michel Roux Jr's 2nd London restaurant and bar in Westminster, Roux at Parliament Square, offers fine dining in the spectacular and historic location, just metres from Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.

I believe you can tell the quality of a restaurant from the size of its menu, and the source of its ingredients. With the fewer options on the menu the better, I like to trust in the Chef and the produce they have chosen and put together.

Before we ordered, we were given several appetisers, my favourite of which was the taramasalata and avocado on a bed of seaweed. The flavours complemented one another beautifully, with the avocado leaving a very fresh taste on my palette before the main course.

The main was a delight, I had the roast free-range chicken, sweetcorn, truffle, Vin Jaune and my friend had the lamb. The food looked like a piece of fine art, and tasted even better. I find chicken a difficult meat to impress with, but this was very juicy and full of flavour, and went beautifully with the sweetcorn and vin jaune.

For dessert, I had the most wonderful Gooseberry and elderflower soufflĂ© with blueberry sorbet. I will certainly be dining here again, a wonderful place for a celebration or a catch up with good friends.

Oral-B Pro 2000 Electric Toothbrush Review

I recently met Dr. Uchenna Okoye, Oral-B's smile Director at the launch of the Oral-B academy (you may have seen her on 10 years younger, probably the best known dentist in the UK).

She spoke about the power of the smile, how you can tell somebody's health from their gums - and how others perceive you from having a healthy wide smile.

I was gifted an Oral-B electric toothbrush to test, and in all honesty - if I hadn't been gifted one, from hearing Dr. Uchenna speak, I'd definitely have popped to Boots the next day to buy one anyway!

The Pro 2000 features a CrossAction brush head and criss-cross bristles to clean your teeth from all angles. This brush has rechargeable batteries, and comes with a 2 year warranty from most stores.

It is great for those who worry about brushing too hard and damaging their gums - as the brush itself lights up if you're brushing too hard. It left my teeth feeling really clean and fresh.

A total convert, I won't be going back to a normal toothbrush anytime soon.

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