SOME well-known favorites have been given a brilliant modern twist – and if you forgot to buy a Mother’s Day gift, they make perfect gifts for moms who care about health and fitness.
Meanwhile, our beauty editor tries out quick-drying nail polishes.
HEALTH: with Jane Atkinson
carbonated drinks – SodaStream could conjure up thoughts of the eighties. . . and yes, the new machine works the same way.
You fill a water bottle and pump gas into it to carbonate it. But the machine now looks modern and sleek, helping you save on plastic while having fresh sparkling water straight from the tap.
A gas bottle makes up to 60 liters of bubbles and you can add flavors like kombucha.
The Spirit machine (including bubbler cylinder and 1L bottle) is offered for £49.99. See sodastream.co.uk.
MIXER – I don’t want to be without my powerful NutriBullet.
You can make smoothies in seconds – a great way to get some of your five a day. I also use it to make hummus, soups and ice cream mixes.
With the NutriBullet GO cordless blender, you can make smoothies at work or even at the gym. It charges in under five hours to provide 20 mix cycles.
The 370ml mug is perfect for smoothies and protein shakes. Currently €49.99 at nutriblet.co.uk.
YOGURT MAKER – EasiYo is brilliant because you don’t get any artificial colors or flavors and the yogurts are easy to make.
Simply mix one of the sachets with water, put it in the boiling water machine and in eight hours you will have 1kg of yoghurt.
There are more than 30 flavors to choose from and the range includes Greek, High Protein, Unsweetened, Low Sugar and 99 percent Fat Free.
The EasiYo 1kg Black Yogurt Maker with a One Bag Starter Kit is £18.99 lakeland.co.uk.
BEAUTY: with Tara Ledden
BUDGET – Rimmel 60 Seconds nail polish (£3.49 for 8ml, lookfantastic.com): Sixty seconds to dry is a bold claim. . . but the glossy formula really dries in a minute, perfect if you’re struggling to sit still for the ten minutes it takes a regular polish to dry. (So did I.)
For most shades, one coat is enough for a flawless finish. However, some of the lighter colors will need a second coat for full coverage.
It promises ten days of wear, although I’m lucky enough to get five days chip-free.
However, for less than the price of a meal deal, you can’t complain.
MEDIUM – Essie Expressie Nail Polish (£7.99 for 10ml, lookfantastic.com): I have very small nail beds and an unsteady hand, so I love the angled brush on this one.
It makes it easy to get close to the cuticle without accidentally brushing the skin around the nail.
By the time I got to my pinky, my thumb was already dry, so there’s virtually no downtime.
Forty shades including all the classics you would expect plus harder to find tones like khaki, yellow and lilac.
I would prefer it shinier, like a gel manicure, but using a top coat creates the same effect.
LUXURY: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat (£9 for 14ml, boots.com): Technically, this isn’t a quick drying polish, but it’s so good I had to lock it in.
A clear top coat that speeds up the drying time of any nail polish making it a quick dry.
So if you already have shades you like but wish they didn’t take so long to set, this is a no-brainer.
Not only does it speed up the drying process, but it also creates an expensive-looking, gel-like, glossy finish and extends wear time like no other top coat I’ve tried.
As a result, my mani easily lasts a fortnight at home. My favorite of these.
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