So Good, We Bought It Twice

As you may (or may not!) already know, the voltage in the US is different to the voltage in the UK. What this means is if an electrical item doesn’t have a certain type of power supply in it, then it’s not going to work. I learnt this in 2010 when we went to California and my hair straighteners wouldn’t heat up enough. Most things we lost were from the kitchen,

GHD Air

My beloved hairdryer! This was the one thing I was really grumpy about giving up – I’d had it a while and had the special pink one. I really wanted the Dyson Hair Dryer but it’s $399/£299 which is a bit ridiculous really. I’ve had the GHD hairdryer for 5 years and I’m still impressed at how I don’t feel the need to use my straighteners afrer drying my hair with it.

Nokia Body Scale

Not at all necessary. But it felt odd to have a part of my daily routine (step on the scales first thing without my glasses on so it records my stats but I don’t have to look at them) missing so I was quite glad to get this back! The scales we had at home arrived a few months later, but I may sell those on eBay (as I’m doing with a lot of things that we’ve realised we didn’t miss at all!)

Breville Mixer

We had a lot of the Sage range of items in the UK which was based on recommendations from friends in the US who had the Breville items. I have no idea why the range is called Sage (with everywhere) in the UK – the only thing I could think of is that the brand name Breville isn’t high end enough to charge £300 for a stand mixer. In the UK, I had the older model…I’m not actually sure what the difference is but the new model came with two bowls which is actually pretty useful!

Breville Fast Slow Pro

Another Breville/Sage thing where we bought the newer model – I had the Risotto Plus but Alex bought the Fast Slow Pro this time which is actually awesome. It can do the same as the older model (honestly, risotto is so simple with this, just chuck it all in and it will make it for you) but it’s also a pressure cooker, and I prefer the slow cooker function as you can set the time on it exactly. It also has a function to reduce the cooking sauce which is really useful when I make BBQ pulled pork! (I’m a housewife now. This sort of thing is exciting.)

Dyson 360 Eye

Technically, we didn’t repurchase the Dyson robot, but we did get a new one. I thought it was worth including in there though as the customer service for Dyson was amazing – we’ve had issues connecting it to the wifi forever, but it’s only once we had the robot here that I contacted Dyson to say “hey, what am I doing wrong”. Dyson were really good to replace the whole item (despite it being from the UK!) and I finally managed to get it to work with the wifi (although it only connected happily when I used an old iPhone 5S to set it up! Annoying!)

On Skincare and Aging

Since turning 30 and having that panic last year, the one thing that I still wasn’t great on was my skincare. I’m pretty lazy with my skin, to be honest. I was invited to the launch of S-Thetics at 58 Queens Square and was interested to learn more.

The founder of S-Thetics, Miss Sherina Balaratnam explained to us about what the iS Clinical treatments that they used involved, and demonstrated a Fire and Ice facial treatment which uses different temperatures to resurface the skin. At the clinic, they have this odd looking machine…

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…which is a Visia skin analysis machine. You put your chin on the bottom rest and rest your forehead against the upper rest, and you have photos taken in different lights from different angles so the computer can analyse your skin and do things like count your wrinkles and see how sun damaged your skin is. I went back a week or two later to have my own analysis done, which was a bit of an (expected!) eye opener. You can see my results below…I know, I look pretty glamourous here!

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After the event, we were given a goody bag which had samples of the different products recommended, which I have been using since. My skin is usually very reactive to most skincare things that I’ve tried, but it’s been pretty happy with this regime, and I would recommend at least a visit if your skin is as grumpy as mine with most things!

The Best Nail Varnish

Whenever I paint my nails, it’s kinda pointless, because I just know that the nail varnish is going to chip off within 12 hours. Even if I go to bed with perfect nails, I’ll wake up and nothing will be left.

But then I found a brand that works for me, and I have pretty perfect nails for a few days.

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There’s a ton of colours, and the colours have a base coat built in (although I like to use China Glaze base coat) then you use the top coat to lock it all in.

Boots sells it for £7 a bottle, but it’s usually on a 3 for 2 offer