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Lidl SilverCrest Straightening Electric Brush Review

My mum has been wanting to try one of these electric straightening brushes for quite a while and finally she decided to get the Lidl SilverCrest Straightening Electric Brush. She was looking at the original Dafni brush and since it’s quite expensive, she decided to go for a cheaper alternative that has a ceramic coating and try that first to see how it goes. This Lidl straightening electric brush was just €14.99 but since its temperature goes up to 180°C and it has a ceramic coating, what could go wrong?

Like any good daughter would, I took one for the team and tried this brush before my mum did…You know, umm, in case it burns her hair or something 😀

My hair has a natural curl to it, you can see my natural hair from an old instagram photo I’ll embed here.

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The Lild electric brush has three buttons: a power button,  and up and down buttons to adjust the temperature. I switched it on and put it all the way up to 180°C and it took about 2-3 minutes to heat up to that temperature. This is quite a long time when I compare it to my CHI straightening iron that takes about 30 seconds.

The bits on the brush head that are rose gold coloured heat up. The nice thing about this brush design is that you can only burn yourself with it if you really try. The bit that heats up does not go all the way to the edge of the brush, and although it comes up along the centre bristles of the brush, it doesn’t come up all the way. You can see the black dots in the photo below — those are black bristle tips that don’t get hot. So if you accidentally hit your scalp with the brush, your scalp won’t burn.

Before putting the electric comb through my hair, I combed my own hair thoroughly so that the heated brush doesn’t get stuck in my knots and burn my hair. I put in some macadamia oil and sectioned my hair in roughly four big sections (front & back left & right) and did each section with the brush. I made sure that my hair was going through the bristles and touching the back of the comb. (In the photo below I didn’t get it quite right since my hair wasn’t pushed towards the back of the comb properly, but you get the idea.)

Lidl SilverCrest Straightening Electric Brush

Lidl SilverCrest Straightening Electric Brush

I was honestly quite surprised at the speed at which this was straightening my hair. It only took a few strokes to get very smooth, shiny and silky straight hair and my hair didn’t feel like it was getting damaged since the temperature is 180°C.

I took the photos for this post a couple of days after I did my hair with this brush and I’m quite happy by how straight it stayed. It might just be that the weather wasn’t very humid and my hair decided to behave.

Lidl SilverCrest Straightening Electric Brush

Lidl SilverCrest Straightening Electric Brush

I love how straight, shiny and silky smooth my hair turned out to be. One thing I will mention is that it’s quite difficult to get this brush to straighten the very root of your hair. If you have a curl that starts right up at the root, you might want to touch up your roots with a straightener. My curls seem to not start that high but what I noticed about this (and loved!) is that since I didn’t get the straightener to go right up to my roots, my hair didn’t lie flat when I first did it — it had some lift to it. After a couple of days it has gone down since I’ve been pulling my hair back, but I really loved that it wasn’t flat on my scalp from day 1.

All in all I’m really surprised by how well this works. It’s very cheap but it’s very good at quickly giving my hair a silky smooth texture. My only complaint about this is the time it takes for it to reach its max temperature but honestly, for that price I’m happy to factor in those 2-3 minutes into my getting ready time estimate 😀


The Dean Gera €52.50 Trim and Style – Is it worth it?

Yesterday I saw the picture below on Pinterest and I went in The Beauty Game Facebook group  to ask whether there is a salon in Malta where I can get curls like this. I currently have hair that depict something like short wigs short bob wigs, to say the least. These are the curls of my dreams and I can’t achieve them myself.

Big Curls

Big Curls

The Appointment

There were A LOT of responses on Facebook. I was in a rush to pick a hairdresser who had a 3:30pm appointment and who I can trust. I went through some of the very first suggestions, looked at the photos on the Facebook pages of the relevant hairdressers and picked one that looked like they can do it and contacted them on their Facebook page for an appointment.

I picked the Dean Gera salon, one I never tried but they have some very nice photos on their Facebook page. I asked for an appointment for a trim and curls at the Attard salon but they only had an availability at The Point. I asked for the price and I was quoted the price of a total of €52.50. €32.50 for the trim and €20 for the curls. I don’t get a hair cut often so I thought fine, if they actually do a good job, I’m happy. So I agreed to go to The Point.

The Salon Experience

I went to the salon, and I was attended to on time. I would have been annoyed if they kept me waiting because parking at The Point is actually quite expensive in itself. I got a good and thorough hair wash, with a relaxing head massage and I had a treatment put in my hair. All the time I was treated very professionally and politely, and I was offered a beverage.

After my treatment was rinsed, the stylist asked me what I’m after. I said I wanted a trim, I hadn’t cut my hair in 6 months, and I want curls like the ones in the photo. Qhim.

The stylist then explained to me that my hair is quite fine and if we put in curls that are that big, they will fall down very quickly. The hair in the photo is bleached and it’s more textured than mine so that’s why that hair can hold those curls.

The stylist cut my hair and did a great job at listening to what I wanted. She gave my hair some shape but suggested that we don’t cut short layers because since my hair is fine, it would look too thin at the ends.

My hair stylist was Giada, a lovely Sicilian lady. I must say that her passion for hair had me really impressed and it really made visiting this salon a worthwhile experience. I loved our discussions during my hair cut and how well she explained my hair to me — like the fact that I have a lot of hair but it’s quite fine. And another fun fact is that I have something called a “double crown”. I didn’t even know that that was a thing.

After the trim, Giada blow dried my hair, refined the cut and then started with the curls! I can tell that Giada is a perfectionist. She used a lot of hairspray to curl my hair and even put clips in my curls to let them cool in a curl so that they last longer. Check out the end result in the picture below (Giada is the one taking it 😀 )

Dean Gera Curls

Dean Gera Curls

The Verdict

Honestly, my hair never looked this good. It doesn’t look like the inspiration picture because I don’t have thick hair with short layers, but I love this! This isn’t a look that I’ve ever managed to achieve by myself so I’m very happy that I got something different. My hair feels very healthy and looks very shiny.

My hair looked gorgeous for the evening, however, the downside is that by this morning, most of the curls went down and my hair was mostly straight again 🙁

I guess this is something I expected because I know that my hair does this, but I had high hopes.

That said, for the whole experience, I think that the money I paid to get a good hair cut and a nice style for the evening was worth it. The overall salon experience was very professional and luxurious, and the stylist was very nice, friendly and very competent. I would definitely get my hair cut at this salon again (and I would ask for Giada) but next time I’ll tell her that my curls fell by the next day… Maybe she can make my curls a bit tighter or leave the clips in for longer so that they will last longer.

A final note

That’s it for my review of the Dean Gera €52.50 trim and style salon experience. Now on a completely different note… I noticed that on my Facebook post in the group, it seemed to have looked like this was some advertising for the salon. I’d like to clarify that this was NOT a sponsored post or experience and all views expressed here are my own. The original post kind of became an advertising ground for hairdressers, which is fine, but obviously when picking a hairdresser, I can only pick one at a time. There’s no need for anybody or any hairdressers to take any offence for not picking their suggestion.

That said, I am considering turning this into a series,”The hunt for the perfect curls in Maltese salons”. 😀 There seem to be quite a lot of very talented hairdressers who do beautiful curls and I should try them all! (And report, of course! haha)


Amazon Haul: Hair + Face Masks + Foot Soak

I haven’t done a haul post in quite a while! So here’s what I recently ordered from Amazon.

In August/September time I’m always plagued with shedding hair. When I wash, brush, touch or even look at my hair, it sheds. I saw these Watermans Shampoo and Conditioner in a review and I thought they seem interesting. They seem to be advertised for growing fuller, longer hair but I’m just hoping that it will reduce the shedding. While I was on that Amazon page, Amazon also recommended that I get the hair stimulant oil that you can massage onto your scalp before shampooing. I’m also just interested in reducing the shedding with this.

Hair Growth Shampoo and Conditioner by Watermans

Hair Growth Shampoo and Conditioner by Watermans and Hair Stimulant for Growth & Strength

Since it’s pedicure season and I give myself frequent pedicures during summer, I picked up this cute foot soak by The Foot Factory. This is a cheap and cheerful product with very cute packaging but I tried it last night in my foot bath and it doesn’t seem to do much ?

The Foot Factory Foot Soak Lavender and Chamomile

The Foot Factory Foot Soak Lavender and Chamomile

Finally, I couldn’t help myself with this pack of Tonymoly sheet masks. I love Korean skincare, I love using sheet masks because they’re so easy, and these sheet masks are usually about €5 each from anywhere I’ve seen them in Europe. So £10.58 for the full set of 11 of them sounds like a good price for me. Can’t wait to use these 🙂

Tonymoly I'm Real Skin Care Facial Mask Sheet Package (ALL - 11 Sheets)

Tonymoly I’m Real Skin Care Facial Mask Sheet Package (ALL – 11 Sheets)

If you’re interested in buying any of these, here are the links 🙂

Hair Growth Shampoo and Conditioner by Watermans 
Hair Stimulant for Growth & Strength
Tonymoly I’m Real Skin Care Facial Sheet Masks
The Foot Factory Foot Soak Lavender and Chamomile

That’s all for now!

Besos xx

MYTH BUSTED: Pantene Smooth and Sleek DOES NOT DAMAGE your hair!

Pantene Smooth and Sleek

Today I posted a photo of these Pantene products on a Facebook group and a lot of girls told me that Pantene DAMAGES hair and that hairdressers have told them that the ingredients in these products damage your hair.

I don’t mess around with my hair and I’ve used this Pantene line and never had a problem with it. That said, I wanted to see what and why hairdressers say that these products damage your hair.

I totally geeked out and listed all the ingredients in the Pantene Smooth and Sleek shampoo. I looked up each ingredient on, the cosmetics database and checked out whether any of the ingredients are actually damaging to the hair. You can read my conclusions about each ingredient down below but I’ll give you my summary of what I think of these ingredients here.

In the hair industry according to townsville hairdressers, there have been companies and people who warn against the use of silicones in hair products. Silicone is used to make the hair look shiny and to block moisture (therefore your hair won’t frizz in humid climates). Since it blocks moisture, it may also dry out your hair. But, what some companies fail to mention is that these silicones are very easily washed off and rinsed out of your hair with a clarifying shampoo. If you ever feel like your hair is getting too dry because of silicone use, simply wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo and switch to a silicone free shampoo to see how you get on.

The short version

Most of the ingredients that are listed are very low hazard… The worst they can do is cause an allergic reaction. Of course, as with any other thing in life, if something causes you an allergic reaction STOP using it immediately. From what I understand these allergic reactions are rare because these ingredients are very commonly used in hair products.

There are two ingredients that may be of concern. Cocamide MEA is a safe ingredient but it is sometimes contaminated with Cocamide Diethanolamine and Cocamide Diethanolamine is not safe for use because it’s a known carcinogenic. If it is present in this shampoo, it will be a trace and it’s not known to damage the hair.

Methylisothiazolinone is the last ingredient on the list meaning that there is very little of it. Methylisothiazolinone is a chemical that’s possibly neurotoxic but that said, exposure to the ingredient is very low while washing your hair and you do rinse it off in the shower. I would prefer if my shampoo didn’t contain methylisothiazolinone but back to the question on whether it is damaging to your hair… it’s not.

So all in all… Although some ingredients may cause an allergic reaction and there’s a possible trace of a carcinogenic ingredient and an ingredient that’s neurotoxic at a high exposure, Pantene does not contain any chemicals or ingredients that actively damage your hair. I’m going to go ahead and bet that hairdressers who say that Pantene is damaging to your hair are trying to sell more expensive hair products that they carry at their own salon by scaring customers off from the cheaper alternatives that actually also work. This of course, is my humble opinion and you should take it for what it is 🙂

Read the rest of this post if you really want to know more about the Smooth and Sleek Shampoo.


On to the ingredients… (the long version)

Aqua: Some water… no harm there.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: This is a very common ingredient in shampoo. In very rare cases it’s an irritant but if you’ve been using most shampoos all your life and never had any problems, it’s likely that this ingredient won’t irritate your scalp.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate: This is a contraction of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and it’s used in a similar way.
Cocamidopropyl Betaine: Cocamidopropyl betaine is a chemical found in many personal care products, including shampoo, toothpaste and body wash. The chemical is derived from coconuts and is used to make products produce more foam. Because cocamidopropyl betaine originates from coconut oil, even some personal care products labeled as natural still contain it. Although the government regards the ingredient as safe, some people do have negative reactions after exposure to it.
Glycol Distearate: The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel reported no human skin irritation or sensitization from glycol distearate. The concerns with this ingredient are probably mostly focused on allergies, in that if you’re allergic, it’s best to stay away.

Dimethicone: This is a silicone and there is some debate in the beauty industry about whether this is good for your hair or not. If you’re concerned about silicones, this shampoo isn’t for you. My personal opinion? Silicones wash off with a clarifying shampoo, should you later decide that you’re not comfortable with silicones in your hair simply give your hair a wash with a clarifying shampoo.

Sodium Citrate: Cosmetic manufacturers use sodium citrate to adjust the acidity of a product. Citrate, in the form of citric acid, is also found in citric fruits and juices.

Cocamide MEA: This ingredient in itself is synthesised from coconut oil. There are some concerns about this ingredient being contaminated with Cocamide Diethanolamine and this ingredient is not FDA approved because it’s a carcinogenic. That said, a contamination means that there is very little traces of it so whether that’s a concern or not is up to you to decide.

Sodium Xylenesulfonate: This is a salt that has very low safety concerns. This may cause irritation in high doses and the doses found in shampoos and conditioners are not high enough to be an irritant.
Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride: This is another low hazard ingredient that’s used as a conditioning agent.

Parfum: Perfumes may be an irritant to the scalp but if regular perfumes do not irritate you, it’s unlikely that this will.

Citric Acid: Citric acid is an alpha hydroxy acid used in personal care products to adjust the acidity or promote skin peeling and re-growth in the case of anti-aging products. Citric acid is naturally found in citric fruits and juices, providing the characteristic acidic taste. As long as there isn’t too much of this ingredient in a shampoo, your hair will be fine with it.

Sodium Benzoate: This is a preservative that’s commonly found in cosmetics.

Sodium Chloride: An inorganic salt (also called table salt).

Glycerin: This is commonly used in cosmetics and it’s actually great for getting makeup to stay on your face and it’s also moisturising. Glycerin (also called glycerol) is a naturally occurring alcohol compound and a component of many lipids. Glycerin may be of animal or vegetable origin. This ingredient is listed in the PETA’s Caring Consumer guide as a byproduct of soap manufacture which typically uses animal fat.

Tetrasodium EDTA: This is a moderate hazard ingredient, depending on its usage. Tests done by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (which are not corroborated) found that Tetrasodium EDTA is not a dermal irritant or a sensitizer, and is not absorbed by skin easily.

Linalool: Linalool is a colorless liquid with a soft, sweet odor. It occurs naturally in many essential oils, such as ho wood oil, tangerine, spearmint, rose, neroli, mandarin, lemon, lime, lavender, cypress, grapefruit, cinnamon, chamomile, palmarossa and ylang ylang.

Hexyl Cinnamal: Hexyl Cinnamal is a natural ingredient used in perfumes and other beauty products as a fragrance additive. It is derived from chamomile oil and is used as a masking ingredient in many foundations and skin creams.

Panthenol: Panthenol is a form of vitamin B5, used as a moisturizer and lubricating compound. This ingredient is listed in the PETA’s Caring Consumer guide as a substance that can be of either animal or plant origin.

Panthenyl Ethyl Ether: This is a low hazard ingredient. This ingredient is a small synthetic molecule used as a hair conditioning agent.

Magnesium Nitrate: Magnesium Nitrate is an inorganic salt.

Methylchloroisothiazolinone: Methylchloroisothiazolinone is a widely-used preservative; has been associated with allergic reactions. If you have an allergic reaction to this product stop use immediately.

Magnesium Chloride: Low hazard ingredient. Magnesium Chloride is an inorganic salt.

Methylisothiazolinone: This is a moderate hazard ingredient. Methylisothiazolinone is a widely-used preservative; has been associated with allergic reactions. Lab studies on the brain cells of mammals also suggest that methylisothiazolinone may be neurotoxic. That said, there is a very small dose of this ingredient in this shampoo (since it’s the last ingredient) and the time of exposure to this ingredient is very short. It is an ingredient I’d rather this shampoo didn’t have but it’s not known to damage hair.

Aussie Take The Heat Shampoo and Conditioner

Aussie Take The Heat Shampoo & Conditioner

Aussie Take The Heat Shampoo & Conditioner

I recently ordered this shampoo and conditioner from Feelunique and I love them. They’re by the brand Aussie and as far as I know, these are not available in Malta. I used to use this brand while I was living in the UK and I’ve tried much more expensive hair products but somehow I keep going back to this brand.

Last summer I used to like putting hair mousse in my hair and letting it dry by itself without heat styling it. Since I have a lot of hair, it takes a long time to dry and I hate going about with wet hair during the winter. I started heat styling my hair again and my hair can use all the help it can get!

I tried these out and I love how they work. I still use a heat protection spray with them before I blow dry because I can never get enough protection. I’ve been heat styling my hair since about November and so far I haven’t seen any major damage. I don’t (think I) have any visible split ends but my hair is a little bit dry at the ends. This is probably because I haven’t cut it or trimmed it in 9 months.

These smell amazing and they feel like they do nourish my hair a lot. I do have to wash my hair twice a week because it gets oily. I’m not sure whether these are too moisturising for my hair or not because I seem to have oily roots and dry ends. I probably just need a trim.

Although I like these, I won’t be repurchasing the conditioner. This is because Aussie have a 3 minute miracle hair treatment from the same Take the Heat line and I can use that instead of the conditioner.


Feelunique’s Description:

As cool as a cucumber (or cute man in shades, whatever)

Phew! Is it us or did it suddenly get hot in here? Better cool down those tumbling tresses with Aussie Take The Heat Conditioner.

A treat for tired tresses

All that styling makes for singed hair. So slather. Soothe. Settle. Stroke. Take the heat. It’s like your hair’s getting a big hug from a bottle (and from a nice smelling one too).