I’ve got a few pressing things on my wish list. One of them is the Tefal Actifry. The other is this beast I caved into at Christmas when it was on half price plus an additional 10% off in Boots.
I’ve been yearning for an electric toothbrush to replace my Oral-B for some time and resorted to using a manual one for the last 7-8 months. Up until now, I’ve had a mediocre experience with a couple of electric toothbrushes. Dentists harp on about how beneficial they are but I wasn’t noticing a difference.
Then the great enabler that is Twitter brought Philips’ Sonicare to my attention and after exchanging views with some of the folks I follow, it was concluded the Sonicare was the Godfather of electric toothbrushes…notably the FlexCare Platinum with the UV Sanitiser. The recommended retail price of something like £250 did bring a tear to my eye but good things come to those who wait and at £101 I bagged this baby.
Well I didn’t bother to read the manual (who doesn’t?). It’s a rechargeable toothbrush for crying out loud. You plug it in, you charge it and away you go. I will consult it at some point but my initial opinion on this is, everyone who has one was right. My previous brushes were bulky, ugly to hold and to operate and to be honest, I’ve never tried Philips before. The Sonicare is pretty sexy and slick looking. There are two controls – the ‘switch’ which operates on 3 levels depending on how you like it, and a second button to select the appropriate process – cleaning, whitening and gums. In total you are looking at 9 unique brushing options.
I almost jumped out of my skin when I turned it on for the first time. Clearly my Oral-B was rubbish. There isn’t anything that could prepare you for this because it is a party in your mouth – you’ve just got to adjust to doing the samba with it. It’s also a brush that requires no effort other than moving it around your mouth. If you apply too much force, the built-in pressure sensor will sound a warning.
The narrow head is easy to manoeuvre into the most hard to reach places a manual brush can’t get to and the sensation after is just like a thorough clean from the dentist. I found myself running my tongue over my gnashers repeatedly after – couldn’t believe how squeaky clean they were!
A noticeable feature is how the brush operates. While my Oral-B had a round brush head that rotated, the Sonicare FlexCare brush is shaped like a normal toothbrush (only smaller) and moves rapidly up and down. Apparently this is why dentists recommend the Sonicare range because this is the correct way a brush should work on removing plaque. I now realise my teeth didn’t feel super clean from the Oral-B electric brush.
And what about the UV Sanitiser? When you rinse your brush under the tap, you prop it up in the pot to dry in the bathroom, unbeknown to the fact it is attracting bacteria…and then you use it over and over again. It’s not really clean, is it? Imagine the risk your teeth and gums are at. The UV Sanitiser is brilliant – take off the brush head, pop it in the compartment and press the button. It takes 10 minutes for the brush to be sanitised and once done, it will switch off automatically.
According to the manufacturer’s instructions, this brush when fully charged will last up to 3 weeks, so it’s ideal to take on travels and it comes with a robust and secure case.
Has the Sonicare changed my life? Why, yes. The feeling of having clean teeth is long-lasting with a Sonicare, I no longer feel the er, furriness that starts to creep up after a manual toothbrush. It’s worth every penny and better than buying shoes I can’t walk in.
Firstly, apologies for the delay in a follow-up post. I descended into the pit of over-indulging in unhealthy food over the festive period whilst at the same time, the cogs of blogging ground to a halt, not to mention I was at work during Christmas too. Any way! I know many of you are curious about my findings with using the Tria.
To recap, if you haven’t read my introductory post, it’s here. If you want it summed up in a sentence, the Tria is the first permanent hair removal device for home use AND it’s cordless.
I decided to focus on my underarms first. It’s less surface area to cover and personally the one area I am concerned about the most since I abhor fuzzy pits! I am also determined to eradicate the final bits left over from the professional laser treatment I had nearly five years ago.
The cooling gel is highly recommended when using the Tria at the highest level but if you are feeling hardcore then don’t let me stop you. (Ohh it’s a deep burn! Oh, it’s so deep. I can barely lift my right arm…)
I decided to watch a movie (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers in case you’re wondering), smeared the gel on the skin and pressed ‘start’ on the Tria. The action kicked off on level 3 and once I was comfortable, I moved it up a notch to level 4 (5 is the highest).
The stronger the level setting, the more effective the results are said to be and the fewer treatments you will need. I found the sensation of the laser isn’t the same all over. It was more noticeable in the centre region of the underarms and on the outer, I didn’t feel a thing so I happily went over some patches repeatedly.
It took about 250 flashes to cover one pit which was around 15 minutes so not long. Fortunately I didn’t have a reaction or any redness from using the Tria. That said if users experience this, then it should dissipate within 24 hours.
As I had warmed up, I decided to do a patch on my left leg, which again took between 5-10 minutes and didn’t hurt. I estimate it would take an hour to do half a leg, maybe? I could power through the Lord of the Rings trilogy back to back. I’m not sure how long a fully charged Tria would last but possibly enough to cover both lower legs. Then again, if you’re an Amazonian goddess with legs up to your armpits, then the battery could die out sooner.
After one treatment two weeks later, I can see small patches of bare skin and some follicles that are very short (almost like stubble), perhaps indicating where the Tria has been successful. Bear in mind everyone’s growth varies in speed and thickness depending on their hormones.
With regular use I can see the hairs disappearing. Tria claims results will be significantly noticeable after 3 months…3 months is 12 weeks…12 weeks is 6 treatments in total (considering the Tria is used once a fortnight).
I have a hectic and sometimes messy life so to find an hour to myself for hair removal is asking for a lot especially when shaving takes a few minutes. However, you can use the Tria whilst watching TV for example. It’s not messy or complicated, and doesn’t require much concentration or absolute accuracy.
I should point out that laser is a different kind of ‘pain’ to waxing or epilating, the latter probably inflicts more hurt but I won’t bat an eyelid at putting myself through it. However, I do wince a bit with laser, I suppose it’s because it’s akin to an electric shock combined with a rubber band pinging on your skin.
It is difficult to distinguish which parts you may or may not have covered, so you do have to overlap. However, once you invest in a Tria, the cost of it stops right there. The device has no limits or battery life so you can zap away to your heart’s content. To be honest, most people would be grateful to see a reduction in unwanted hair and a Tria is a far more worthwhile investment at £375 than thousands through a clinic or salon.
I’m going to do another follow-up post in 10 weeks with pictures. After one treatment, it’s too early to see any significant results. Many of you have sent me messages on Twitter enquiring about what the Tria is like to use and how I’m getting on so I hope this account has answered a few questions. Don’t forget you can post a comment below if you have any other burning questions.
I think it’s safe to assume there were a lot of happy faces at Christmas with many of you finding a Naked 3 palette in your stockings. A part of me feels guilty for relegating 1 and 2 to the back in favour of this but it’s so fiiiiine. I have been really enjoying using the Naked 3 palette with my absolute favourite shade being the sexy and dark Blackheart (I can see me hitting the pan on this one).
Here’s a smoky look I did recently. I used UD’s Primer Potion in Sin with its champagne coloured base and patted on the pink Buzz over the lids and the russet Trick in the inner eye corners before smoking out with Blackheart.
These pictures were taken after 7 hours wear so it’s a very good indication of Urban Decay eyeshadows’ lasting power.
Which shades do you gravitate towards on Naked 3? Are there any unusual combinations you’ve come up with this palette? Do let me know!