24 October 2017

SENSSE Eye Massager Review

So this SENSSE eye massager is basically designed to reduce the signs of ageing and puffyness around the eyes by using sonic vibrations and LED light therapy.

Im lucky to say i have minimal lines around my eyes however puffyness and dark circles are a re-occurrence which is where im hoping this rather lovely looking gadget will help.

Aesthetics: So firstly packaging and design - its comes presented in a very chic and minimal white box which looks expensive, its then let down when you open it as, well.... its so tightly packed you spend 5 minutes trying to help it escape from its packaging. The actual gadget itself is very sleek and simple looking. It take one AAA battery(which isn't included) and its a simple push up and down to change modes.

Functionality: So the massager has 2 modes, first is a sonic cleansing mode which has a blue LED light. This mode helps to remove impuritites as well as sooth the skin around the eyes and has a slow/long vibration. The second mode is high frequency which has a red LED light. This mode is said to help reduce find lines and wrinkles and uses much faster and shorter vibrations.

The actual massager wont start working until it touches the skin. To make the experience and enjoyable one I don't recommend using it on dry skin as it will drag. Remove your make up and apply cleanser, with the cleanser on then start the sonic cleansing mode (blue LED) and gently massage the eye area for about 15 seconds - you can also do your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin if required. Its quite a nice feeling and it promotes increased blood flow to the skins surface - so that's got to be a good thing!!

Once rinsed and dried, simply apply a moisturiser or eye gel and then switch up to the high frequency mode and massage again where required.

The overall process is quite enjoyable and its like giving your face a salon treatment at home (and way less expensive).

So am i seeing results......well nothing hugely drastic as yet though the skin does feel smooth around my eyes. Id need to give this type of product a good few months usage before i make a final judgement on whether it works or not, but first impressions are good and its now part of my weekly beauty regime......If it banishes my dark circles, then Ill happily give it a 5 out of 5. Lets wait and see........

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Xtava Pro Satin Flat Irons Review

Xtava box

So if you are in the market for a new set of straighteners but have a tight budget then this brand just might be right up your street. 

The Xstava straighteners use infra red technology which is meant to be much kinder to your hair, essentially heating it from the inside out, couple that with the tourmaline plates which prevent drag the combination should essentially leave your hair soft, straight and glossy. 

Xtava display box

Xtava display box

Xtava carry case

Aesthetics: So for a lower end of the market product i have to admit packaging wise I wasn't expecting alot.....how wrong was I, firstly when it arrived, it comes in a huge box....very classy black and gold exterior with a glimpse of what the product looks like on the sides. When you open the box you then pull out another which is a sleek black presentation box which Xtava embossed on the front - its looks expensive, Im impressed!!
Flip open the lid and inside is a black zip case (heat resistant foiled) which contains the straighteners.

So the straighteners themselves - some great plus points already:

  • The wide plates, really good size and perfect for thick hair
  • Nice thick handle which is easy to hold
  • There is an LCD screen display so you can clearly see what temperature its at.
  • The controls and on the inside of the handle meaning you don't accidently press them when using them
  • Has a shut of safety feature if you leave them on for too long

Xtava Straighteners

Xtava plates

Xtava LED Display

Xtava controls

There are 11 heating settings available between 130°C and 230°C and it takes about 1 minute/1 min and a half to heat up to full temperature,The screen is a massive bonus as you can see the temp rising, once it hits your desired temp you are ready to go.

The test: So my hair is pretty thick, wavy and coloured. I found the plates glided over my hair pretty easily with no drag, however for some areas i did have to repeat a couple of times to get the desired smooth result I wanted. 

Are they currently better than the straighteners I'm currently using? - I would say no, but, they do the job, just not first time in some areas which essentially is what you want. i think if you have finer hair then these would work like a dream for you.

Conclusion: Overall looks wise and price wise I'm really impressed, the whole packaging and design of the item is really good, and anyone getting this as a potential gift won't be disappointed. Love the wideness of the plates and how they glide through my hair - Id rate them 4 out of 5......they lose a point for not giving me the desired finish the first time round in certain areas. 
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26 June 2017

Tech Review: Anthony James Emperor Sports Watch

So when it comes to watches I'd say I've bought a fair few in my time (hubby is obsessed) so always on the look out for the next design or brand to wow him on his next birthday. 

So a brand I haven't tried as yet is Anthony James, which is basically the little brother to the already well established Globenfeld watch brand, and this particular bad boy above is their rather handsome Emperor Sports watch.

Presented in a stylish flip top open grey box, its screams style and quality from the get go so perfect choice for a special gift.

The main build and overall look of the watch is heavy duty and robust with a stainless steel moving bezel surrounding a part roman numeral galaxy black dial face. 

The strap is equally as detailed  - thick rubber tyre track style with a metal mesh detailing near to the face and pin hole type adjust-ability - so no need to remove any links.

Watch Features

  • Weight: 132.1g
  • Case diameter: 45mm
  • Case thickness: 17mm
  • Water Resistant: 30 M
  • Open Cut Calendar Window

Set up is straightforward with no complicated settings. Once on the watch feel sturdy and comfortable on your wrist.....it also looks expensive, and with the added weight of the face, it feels expensive too.

So onto the price - well this varies depending on where you purchase it from. Amazon are selling them for around £50 however it has a suggested retail price of up to £435 so price can vary considerably dependent on seller.

Another added bonus with this watch is the 5 year platinum warranty giving you that added piece of mind and again another statement that this is a quality piece of kit.

So all in all this is an attractive looking watch, from the box it comes in, to the face and strap - every part is well made, feels sturdy and has impeccable detailing. A win win gift for any man in your life and i can assure it won't disappoint. 

Check out the full range of Anthony James watches at: http://anthonyjameswatches.london/

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16 April 2017

Alcatel Pop 4 Android Phone Review

So Alcatel are what i would class as the budget end of the mobile market. Not a phone brand you tend to hear about alot, however that may all change with their latest budget model the Pop 4. 

The Pop 4 is part of a range of stylish budget smartphones which are said to combine design and performance at a very affordable price.

General Phone Stats
The phone boasts the following:

  • A large 6-inch IPS LCD 1080 x 1920 resolution screen
  • Sleek and slim curved design with metallic finish 
  • An Octa-core MediaTek P10 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM with 16 GB of internal storage (maximum user storage 11GB)
  • A 13-megapixel main camera along with a 5-megapixel front facing selfie camera
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Micro SD storage expansion slot
  • 4G Connection
  • A powerful battery life offering over 15 hrs of talktime

Now considering this is a budget phone the actual design is pretty good, nice brushed metallic finish, sleek curved design and nice overall screen ratio. Also considering the size of phone, which is rather large - it also feels nice and light. The main thing is it doesn't look like a budget phone.

Screen Quality
The screen quality is excellent even though it has mid range resolution with a 367ppi screen (medium pixel density). Colours are vivid and clear and the screen expands right to the edge giving you ample screen space for taking photos, gaming and surfing the net.

Processor Power and Storage
The phone has a Octa-core, 1800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit processor and it comes with a pretty standard 2gb of RAM. The general function of the phone is quick and responsive with email, internet and general apps all running and performing easily with no lag. With regards to gaming and streaming music i found no real issues at all - you can comfortably play without any drag and music streaming was great.

The phone has 16GB of internal storage which is pretty standard, but you can expand this up to an extra 32GB with the Micro SD capability. 

Battery Power
This is a huge plus point with this phone - battery life was excellent. My current phone is a Samsung and pretty much most evenings after a standard days use of email, text messages, browsing, using social apps etc - I'm getting the battery low warning every evening - this just wasn't the case with the Pop 4 and most evenings it would be at about 25/30% so big gold star for that!! Another plus is the quick charge feature which allows you to charge your phone up to a max of 50% within 30 minutes.

The phone has a 13MP camera as well as a 5MP front facing selfie camera. The large screen is a huge advantage however the overall quality of the photos taken isn't the sharpest I have seen, but for general every day usage its great. Simple to use with 6 different modes:

  • Auto mode: just aim and shoot, it also auto focuses for you. Also if you hold down the shoot button it goes into burst mode and takes a series of shots whilst you hold the button down. These are then displayed in order and you have the option to then save them as individual images.
  • HDR: High Dynamic range - basically balances the shadows and highlights of a photo
  • Panoramic mode: which has a cool onscreen features which shows you the image being built as you pan across
  • Manual mode: where you have control and can take the photo your way
  • Scanner function mode
  • Face Beauty mode: Applies a soft focus to the photo when taking selfies

The video camera option has zoom capability whilst recording which is really handy and there is an option to trim the video once taken. 

Set up and Applications
Set up is pretty straight forward and pretty standard for an android phone - just follow the on screen instructions, link your google account etc. etc. and you are up and running in no time. The phone comes with your standard set of factory fitted apps and you can download new from the Google App Store. Standard apps include:

  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Camera
  • Email/Gmail
  • One Drive
  • Maps
  • Messaging
  • Google Play Store
  • Weather
  • File Transfer
  • Gallery
  • User care: basically an online warrenty and hardware testing app
  • And comes with some standard social apps including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Messaging/Keyboard function
The benefit of the large screen is that the keyboard function on this phone is alot larger - its not only large but it has a multitude of features:

  • Don't like a large keyboard - there are 5 different sizes to choose from as well as 3 different keyboard layouts. 
  • You can unlock the keyboard from the bottom of the screen and move it to where you want it
  • You can add, change, activate different key functions
  • You can even change the theme of the keyboard

There are a load of other functions also - maybe a bit OTT for a keyboard function, however if you spend alot of time flexing those thumbs this vast functionality allows you to set your phone just how you like it. 

Value for money
So this phone retails anywhere between £89 - £120, prices vary dependent on retailer and deal offered. Considering this is a budget phone you don't feel compromised on quality and it holds its own against the more pricier options on the market. For a simple to use, everyday day phone you can't go wrong.

Overall Conclusion
As far as budget phones go I have to say I'm quite impressed. Sleek robust design and large vibrant screen makes it look like a much pricier model. Major pros are the excellent battery life and a easy functioning camera. The cons to this phone i would say are the storage - internal storage isn't massive but the 32GB expansion option is a blessing ( just remember to format SD as internal). Alcatel have packed alot into this budget version and it offers excellent functionality and value for money. 

Thank you to Alter Agency for allowing me to review the Pop 4 Phone.

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28 March 2017

Tech Review: Lee Stafford 'No Strings Attached' straighteners

Lee Stafford Cordless Straighteners

So cordless is finally a thing now and being a 'corded straightener' aficionado the prospect of having a cordless version was an exciting one........
freedom to finally style where i wanted and Lee Staffords version doesn't disappoint.

Lee Stafford Cordless Straighteners

So firstly packaging - So the box comes in Lee's trademark dark pink and black box which easily stands out on any shelf and looks like a quality product.

The box contains:
Black heating mat
Pink weighted heating base
Carry case
Cable and the straighteners themselves

Lee Stafford Cordless Straighteners

    Headline grabbers for these straighteners are:

  • Soft touch rubberised finish - sleek and striking looking but also make it a whole lot easier to grip when in use
  • Can be used cordless or corded - you have to place these in the base to heat up. (note they DO NOT contain a rechargeable battery so you have to place it back in the base to heat up between styling sections) - having the corded option gives you the flexibility if you are styling for a longer period.
  • Heats up quickly - up to 230 degrees and then stays hot for up to 15 mins (this is dependent on hair type)
  • Long lasting - retains the heat for a good 15 minutes depeneding on hair type
  • Anti Frizz with tourmaline-ceramic coated plate
  • Comes with a nifty carry bag and heat resistant mat.
  • 2 years manufacturers warranty

Lee Stafford Cordless Straighteners

Lee Stafford Cordless Straighteners

So usability - obviously the massive bonus with these straighteners is the fact you are not tied to a plug socket - meaning freedom to style your hair where you like. 

The base charger is compact and sturdy, made in the same pink rubbery finish as the straighteners. Just pop the straighteners in, switch the base on, switch the straighteners on and wait for it to charge (takes a couple of minutes). The soft rubbery grip makes them excellent to handle so perfect when using various hair products. 

So for tackling my hair the tourmaline/ceramic plates  just simply glided through......and my hair is pretty thick. I have to admit i was initially sceptical regarding the performance of a cordless version - would it heat up hot enough?, would it retain the heat?......well yes and yes, it does both.....It retains the heat very well and gave me the ability to complete a few sections before having to return it to the base to reheat up. Styling your hair without a cord is so much easier.....definitely a convert.

Please note - because these are cordless it doesn't mean they are also designed for travel - the base is pretty heavy and cumbersome for packing -  they are purely designed to make styling at home easier. That said you can take these away as a corded option no problem.

All in all if you are looking for a quality set of straighteners that offer you the best of both worlds (corded and cordless) then look no further - the plates produced excellent results and took a lot less effort to get the desired finish.....why didnt they come up with these sooner!!

If you fancy grabbing yourself a pair then hop on over to Amazon as they are currently retailing for £49.99 instead of the usual £69.99.

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