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English Decoration
English Decoration
by Ben Pentreath
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.40

21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book, but almost no different to the blog, 28 Jan. 2013
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I am addicted to Ben Pentreath's blog, which is beautifully written and photographed, and updated every few days. I love his shop in Bloomsbury, with its ever-changing and joyously displayed stock. His interior decorating style - minimal structural alteration, the restoration of period detail, and an eclectic and unpretentious layering of modern, retro, vintage and antique furnishings and artwork - is gorgeous, comfortable and practical. I want his country parsonage, his London flat, and his garden. In fact, I want to live his life.

I had hoped this book would introduce me to Ben's wider design portfolio, but unfortunately I was really disappointed. It contains only images that are already available on his blog, or duplicated in other interiors books, notably Farrow & Ball's bestseller 'Living with Colour'. (Property porners will even recognise one house as a long-term listing on Rightmove, yours for a mere £3m). Moreover, the pictures are actually less appealing than they appear on screen. Looking over the blog on an iPad brings Ben's use of vibrant colour and contrasting textures to life; here it's evident printing technology is now a poor second to pixel perfection.

'English Decoration' was a present from Father Christmas and so naturally I'm very grateful. But those of you contemplating purchasing for yourselves: why would you pay for something you can read for free on the internet? I'm still happily buying books, but it's time publishers realised that we readers expect original content, not just screenprints in hard covers.

Pack of 100 disposable clear gloves
Pack of 100 disposable clear gloves
Offered by Concept4U (UK)
Price: £1.45

40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected use as eczema cure, 27 Jan. 2013
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My husband originally bought these to keep his hands clean whilst painting a bookshelf with notoriously messy oil eggshell paint. They did the job perfectly - thin enough for him to have a confident grip, but not so thin that they came apart at the seams.

However, I've discovered an unexpected use for them.

My eczema has been dormant for years but still flares up in the winter. The freak weather conditions of recent weeks completely trashed my hands and nails. The skin was chapped so raw that I was covered in rashes, cracks and cuts all the way up to my wrist. I tried the 'emollient cream and cotton gloves' routine so beloved of old school dermatologists and the Joan Collins generation, but found the cotton gloves merely soaked up my creams and left my hands as rough as before.

That childhood nightmare familiar to all eczema sufferers, wet bandage wrapping, seemed to be the inevitable next step.

Then I had a brainwave.

I slathered my hands in emollient and slipped a pair of these polythene gloves over my hands. Then slept in them overnight. When I woke up the next morning I was stunned. My hands were healed! In the manner of a religious miracle!

Okay, I'm exaggerating slightly, but I was genuinely amazed at the improvement, and my hands were certainly back to normal within just a couple of days.

Warning: this method is noisy, it makes you look absolutely ridiculous, and when you wake up your hands will be soaked in sweat. Grim. But because the emollient doesn't transfer, it stays on the skin and lets the active ingredients go to work.

I've given four stars rather than five because polythene is obviously terrible for the environment. I do try to re-use if possible, and my 'pre-soaked' gloves seem to be even more effective, but it would be great if the manufacturers brought out a bio-degradable version.

Solgar, Natural Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol), 5000 IU, 240 Veggie Caps
Solgar, Natural Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol), 5000 IU, 240 Veggie Caps
Offered by Nature-Health
Price: £14.37

28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At LAST - High dose vegetarian Vitamin D3, 28 Nov. 2012
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If you are a vegetarian, a Muslim, a Jew, a Buddhist or a Hindu (so let's assume that's half the world, then), you can't take the vast majority of commercially available Vitamin D tablets because they come encased in gelatine - animal fat from the rendered bones of pigs and cows.

Yet if you ARE from one of these groups, you are more likely - for dietary or genetic reasons - to need Vitamin D supplementation, particularly through a northern hemisphere winter. Gee, thank you pharmacologists with zero common sense.

Stick "5000 iu vegetarian Vitamin D3" into Amazon's search bar and you'll get recommendations for a dozen products, NONE of which are actually gelatine free. Gee, thank you Amazon for such attention to detail.

But after spending the best part of two hours trawling through ingredient lists, customer reviews and the British National Formulary for good measure, I finally found these. Good old Solgar. They tick every box.

These tablets are not cheap, and they took 11 days to ship from the US (because dosage this high isn't available without a prescription in the UK). But the NHS alternative for vegetarians is injections, and at least the 240 tablet bottle size comes cheaper than a series of repeat scrips. Even the wait isn't that bad, considering how long it takes to get a non-emergency appointment with your GP these days.

And you get exactly what you need: high dose Vitamin D tablets, with a small and easy-to-swallow plant cellulose casing, which are definitely medically effective (I have the blood test results to prove it). For those hesistant about buying medication on the tinternet, you'll be reassured to learn that the bottle came with intact anti-tamper double seals, and a long shelf-life. Well done, Solgar, and thank you. Here's to another winter full of beans (literally and metaphorically, in my case).
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Microplane Premium Zester, Black
Microplane Premium Zester, Black
Price: £12.95

119 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So brilliant I can't stop using it, 11 Sept. 2012
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SEVENTEEN QUID! For a lemon zester?!

Yes, on Saturday, that was my reaction, too.

Except it's now Tuesday, and I've already got my money's worth. Even my short-armed Yorkshireman in the kitchen thinks this little piece of kit is worth its weight in gold.

Like bacon, there are few things in life that lemon zest doesn't improve. Unfortunately, if - like us - you've been using an ordinary grater or peeler all your life, you'll have often skipped recipes that call for lemon or lime zest, because getting decent quantities of the damn stuff takes whole hours of your life, not to mention the skin off your knuckles.

No more.

This gadget will shave a lemon or a lime in just a few seconds, leaving a very satisfying pile of zest with no pith, and no annoying bits embedded in the grater holes to drive you mad either.

We've now used it for three recipes in three days, and Great British Bake-off isn't even on for another hour.

Just forget the price and get one. One bite of a lemon mayonnaise fishfinger sandwich says you won't regret it.
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Parker S0690350 Duofold Fountain Pen, Medium Nib - Black Centennial with Gold-Plated Trim
Parker S0690350 Duofold Fountain Pen, Medium Nib - Black Centennial with Gold-Plated Trim
Price: £215.27

41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful product, awful customer service from Newell Rubbermaid (Parker's owner), 9 July 2012
I was given this pen as a present for a significant birthday. It is the flagship product in the Parker stable, looks spectacular and feels wonderful in the hand, with a lovely weighty effect.

Unfortunately, I found the pen's nib (18 karat gold and a real looker) to be very scratchy in use, and the inkflow very problematic - sometimes leaking, sometimes not flowing at all. A little bit of Googling revealed this is a common problem with Centennial nibs. The pen was returned by the retailer to Parker's factory at Nantes in France for repair.

It has been there back and forth now on half a dozen occasions, and the nib is still hideous when you're actually writing, not merely admiring the casing.

I've been told by Newell Rubbermaid, the company that owns the Parker brand and factories, that the nib is not covered by Parker's legendary lifetime guarantee. Even though this is the only part of the pen liable to suffer manufacturing faults. Hmmm. So they've suggested I buy a new nib. Double hmmm.

A replacement nib (even though the existing nib is brand new!) will cost me in the region of £130. But it will also not be guaranteed, and if it doesn't solve the problems I've been having, I'll be stuck with it. Again. Naturally I'm reluctant to throw good money after bad, and so this pen has become an expensive white (or rather, black) elephant in my desk drawer.

Newell Rubbermaid are better known for making plastic mop buckets, and Parker is their one luxury brand. It seems this three-figure pen is considerably less well-made, and definitely less useful, than the company's usual poundshop tat. If their most prestigious product is this shabby, and their aftercare this poor, Newell's inability (or refusal?) to do anything about it suggests absolute contempt for their product, brands, and customer. Which is exactly what you want when spending so much money, right?

I'd never buy Parker again, and would hate anyone reading this to be as frustrated and disappointed as I've been with my present. If anyone from Trading Standards is reading this, Parker, its parent company and its marketing of false claims and unfair guarantees all need investigating. Any company displaying such blatant disregard for British consumer laws shouldn't be allowed to sell in Britain.
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Making a House Your Home: The Essential Guide to Modern Day Homemaking
Making a House Your Home: The Essential Guide to Modern Day Homemaking
by Clare Nolan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

128 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interior style for real life, 8 Dec. 2011
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One of my grubbiest, guiltiest pleasures is 'You' magazine, which comes free with [shameface] the 'Mail on Sunday'. Even if you don't share my unhealthy interest in the shiny hair and vast wardrobes of minor celebrities, you'd have to agree that the visuals which accompany the magazine's articles are regularly gorgeous.

Over the last couple of weeks, 'You' has been serialising 'Making a House Your Home', the new book by its Lifestyle Editor, Clare Nolan. Although I loved the excerpts, I was hesitating over buying - it's Christmas, I'm skint, and I really don't need another interiors book, as you can see from my other reviews.

Then I discovered it was almost half price on Amazon, and I'd hit the lethal One-Click button before I knew it.

Very often, I'm disappointed with these media-led purchases; magazines invariably select the best pictures and content, so the actual book never lives up to the initial marketing hype. Surprisingly, 'Making a House Your Home' is even better than the extracts used in the press.

This book is very unusual in that it isn't about a famous interior designer's signature look, and doesn't only feature the homes of the plainly loaded. There's no encouragement to knock down walls, build ambitious new extensions, or call in professionals. As the title suggests, the emphasis is on styling: working with wallpapers and paints, furniture, fabrics and possessions to decorate, organise and personalise your own house.

Okay, there's no denying that most of the rooms photographed are big and airy, have proper architectural features, and contain a lot of expensive, lovely props. If you enjoy a bit of property porn, you'll recognise the three-figure designer cushions, the four-figure rugs, and the furniture that comes with its own surname. I did a fair amount of eye-rolling at all these design hipster clichés, but also found some great makeover inspiration for my Ikea and hand-me-downs.

Many of the ideas here are temporary or portable, and therefore relevant even if renting or pre-renovation. I loved the ubiquitous Expedit bookcase, plywood storage boxes and cheap chest of pine drawers covered in wallpaper samples, and the garden shed transformed by painting it a chic shade of grey. On page 11 is the cutest photo-collage, which anyone could knock up in front of the telly over a couple of rainy afternoons. I've already stacked my outsize books next to a chair so they can be used as a side-table, stored my necklaces in pretty junkshop teacups, and sewn a ribbon around my boring white tablecloth (well, actually, I used iron-on hemming. You can have that tip for free, Clare).

The lovely pictures aren't the only attraction. I have literally hundreds of interiors books and magazines, and the text of this one is easily amongst the most useful. Nolan gives her professional guidance on topics such as zoning, colour shading, and sightlines, and good practical advice on everything from floral arrangement frogs to buying mattresses and getting rid of pet smells. There are clear 'how to' instructions, and many of the rooms are deconstructed to show just how and why they work. Most design books are quickly forgotten, but this one was an excellent buy and I can see myself referring back to it often.

Of course there are some very minor annoyances with the book, which I should mention if only to prove this is a genuine review. The numerous pictures of the author looking winsome - in classic Daily Mail girlie-airhead poses - are naff and unnecessary. They trivialise her as a writer and design professional, and I hope they'll be removed in subsequent editions, along with the many spelling and punctuation errors. If we're being told to shop around, I'd prefer it if the shops photographed weren't all on Chelsea's King's Road. Like a lot of interiors books at the moment, the featured homes mostly favour a very eclectic, colourful, and crafted look, and those who like elegance, minimalism and the "wow factor" in their rooms will find these ones hokey and cluttered. I'd venture most men won't like them at all.

But if you're a fan of boot sales and flea markets, old-fashioned upholstery, Etsy, the Anthropologie stores, the 'Domino' magazine compilation book and Holly Becker's Decor 8 blog, you'll absolutely adore 'Making a House Your Home'. Its origins may lie with the most embarrassing newspaper in Britain, but I was absolutely delighted with it, and would recommend it highly, especially as a present for friends and family setting up home for the very first time.
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Anne of Green Gables Complete Text
Anne of Green Gables Complete Text
Price: £1.99

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved all the books - but wish I'd chosen the hard copies and not the Kindle editions, 26 Nov. 2011
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I can't add much to the actual reviews here: lots of useful, interesting and perceptive comments about the entire 'Anne of Green Gables' series have been submitted already, at both and American

However, I'm not as familiar with the books as I was during my library ticket prime some three decades ago, and I needed to piece together a reading order now that I'm re-discovering them with younger members of the family.

Pinning this order down is surprisingly difficult - the 'Anne' books were not written in chronological order, and there are two books of short stories that are set in Avonlea, but not about Anne Shirley. Also, 'Anne of Windy Poplars' and 'Anne of Windy Willows' are one and the same novel; the latter title was used in the UK upon first publication, but now appears to be used only in the Penguin paperback edition. There are two 'sequels' that are actually about Anne's children, and then several more books by L. M. Montgomery that sound similar but are not part of the `Anne' series.

So, in the hope other customers find this useful, here's the reading order for the series, at least as far as I can make it out:

1)'Anne of Green Gables'

2)'Anne of Avonlea'

*2.5) Short stories 'Chronicles of Avonlea'

3)'Anne of the Island'

4)'Anne of Windy Poplars' (also known as 'Anne of Windy Willows')

5)'Anne's House of Dreams'

6)'Anne of Ingleside'

7)'Rainbow Valley' (a sequel, in which Anne is an adult background character, with her daughter Rilla taking up the juvenile protagonist role)

*7.5) Short stories 'Further Chronicles of Avonlea'

8)'Rilla of Ingleside'(another sequel primarily featuring Rilla, obviously!)

There are also at least two further sequels and short story compilations which opportunistic editors and publishers have assembled in recent years from previously discarded manuscripts. I haven't read these, and probably won't - L.M. Montgomery had a fifty year writing career, and I'm reluctant to read material that she herself rejected lest it diminishes my huge fondness for her works.

Now, having sorted out the running order, here are a few cautions to avoid disappointment when you decide to read the whole series:

Firstly, at least at the time of writing, not all the books in the series are available on Kindle. I downloaded all those that are, but had to go back and fill in the gaps with hard copies; now we have an incomplete set of paperbacks and an incomplete set on Kindle, so not ideal.

Secondly, as seems often to be the case with Kindle editions, there are a surprising number of typos. This is confusing when L.M. Montgomery has certain characters employ Prince Edward Island dialect, and you're not sure whether the eccentric vocabulary is intentional, or a misprint. A few are so key that they actually affect comprehension.

Finally, some - but not all - of the Kindle editions use American spellings. This didn't bother me, but if you're buying these books for a child still learning to be confident in their reading, I'd strongly recommend you stick to the actual books rather than the Kindle versions, despite the temptations of money-saving and convenience.

Individually, not all the books merit five stars; some are better than others, and 'Anne of Ingleside' is probably my favourite. The Kindle editions don't do justice to the books as yet, and need further revision. But overall, I loved these books, it was great fun to return to them, and you don't need children in the house to enjoy them all over again.

Simply Wonderwoman: A survival guide for women with too much to do
Simply Wonderwoman: A survival guide for women with too much to do
by Joanna Gosling
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.99

69 of 79 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yet another yummy TV mummy, yet another lifestyle manual you don't need, 10 Nov. 2011
[[26/11/11 An earlier version of this review was deleted by Amazon; apparently it unfairly cast doubt on the credibility of other reviews. To avoid its being deleted again, all I'll say is this: you might want to click onto a reviewer's other postings (or absence of them) before deciding whether to purchase. If only I'd taken my own advice, sigh. However, the main content of my review remains the same, and is posted below]].

Joanna Gosling is a rising star of breakfast television. She has an equally successful husband, a gorgeous house in a very swanky part of London, and three highly decorative children. (I know all this because they feature liberally in the glossy magazine interviews Gosling has given to publicise this book).

Instead of sitting back and appreciating this rather embarrassing excess of good fortune, Gosling has decided to tempt the big left hook of fate by showing off her wonderful lifestyle in this very nicely designed but otherwise utterly pointless book.

Ostensibly, 'Wonderwoman' is a book of handy hints. These are haphazardly organised, poorly written, and universally culled from the pages of Google and Mumsnet; if you think they are worth the £17.99 cover price, you are clearly too daft to be left alone in the house, never mind be expected to run it.

Here are some of Joanna's gems:

* Forget sewing in nametapes, use a fabric pen!

* Radiators dusty? Buy a radiator brush!

* Want to protect your sofa? Cover it with a blanket!

* Got stainless steel appliances? Use baby oil to polish them!

Alongside these new frontiers in the bleeding obvious, Gosling has included the obligatory craft projects. Ever since Kirstie Allsop - an estate agent whose very expensive education failed to equip her with any GCSEs - began "empire building" with time-consuming hobbies on screen, no alpha female dare admit to being a stranger to her sewing machine. So Joanna, bless her kind heart, shows how to make a Christmas wreath for your front door, cushions, bunting, Playdoh...and all of those other things everyone owns already. Darlings, don't worry if your millionaire property-developer husband runs off with the cleaner whilst you're glitter-icing the cupcakes, it's so very important to be creative during your me-time.

I don't want to be too harsh, but 'Wonderwoman' is a joke. It has lovely photographs which might inspire you to tidy up, but that's about it, and Joanna Gosling - evidently an intelligent woman with a formidable career - has lost my respect by jumping on the ditsy domestic idealisation bandwagon, and wasting my money into the bargain.
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Death Comes to Pemberley
Death Comes to Pemberley
by P. D. James
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for scholars and Jane-ites, but a guilty pleasure for the rest of us, 4 Nov. 2011
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I'd truly love to be an intellectual snob, but 'Downton Abbey' and 'Grazia' are quite the cultural highlights of my week. A P.D. James murder mystery based on 'Pride and Prejudice', you say? Why, I think I may have died and gone to middle-brow heaven.

Unfortunately, even my own lax standards are tested occasionally. Baroness James and Jane Austen together are not the light fiction dream team their individual reputations might suggest, and this wasn't the dazzling mash-up of style and genre that I was anticipating.

The disappointment began as soon as I read the Author's Note. In quoting from 'Mansfield Park', James takes Austen's characteristic doublespeak entirely at face value - a fifth former's error - and so completely misses the point. She can't aspire to Austen's brilliance, she tells us humbly; but I'm afraid 'Death Comes to Pemberley' isn't even a poor imitation of Georgette Heyer. In fact, I'm not sure what it is: not generic tribute, not parody, not a sequel or continuation. The spectre of 'Pride and Prejudice' is actually a distraction, and Regency Lit enthusiasts will be apoplectic at the liberties taken at the sainted Jane's expense.

By yoking itself so neatly to a classic of English literature, 'Death Comes to Pemberley' creates expectations that go unmet, and invites comparisons that can only be unflattering. Its narrator is colourless and humourless, and Austen's tartly effervescent authorial voice is very much missed. James's dialogue is stiff and unconvincing, and struggles to stay in anything approximating to period. As any fule with an English A Level knos, Austen's conversations dissect characters like a scalpel. Here they merely advance plot, novel-by-numbers style. Elizabeth Bennet appears to have undergone a personality transplant, and you will despise her. The bit-part players re-imagined will have you rolling your eyes in disbelief. The text is poxed with anachronisms: the gradations of carriages and the ingredients of white soup are documented in self-conscious but pointless detail, whilst important social history is all mixed up. Anyone with any interest in the historical period will be shocked at the level of ignorance James's "meticulous research" represents. Good grief, it's a mess.

And yet...and yet...and yet, despite the book's very many faults, it's absolutely compulsive, gripping, addictive reading, and I gobbled it up in four days. 'Death Comes to Pemberley' won't win any JASNA prizes, but if you're prepared to set aside all hopes of an Austenesque masterpiece, it's a proper page-turner full of suspense and surprises, and I'm sorry to say I really, really enjoyed it. My excuse? Life is short and brutal, and we must all take our pleasures where we can. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to watch 'Made in Chelsea'.

UPDATE: in response to a challenge from a Vine reviewer, I've listed a few of P.D. James's mistakes below in the Comments sections; please feel free to add to them. If you're interested in learning more about the social and historical context of Jane Austen, I highly recommend 'Jane Austen: The World of her Novels' by Deirdre Le Faye.
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Offered by Gorgeous Shop Ltd
Price: £17.49

88 of 92 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The holy grail of leave-in conditioners - but with a price to match, 30 Oct. 2011
Okay, let's get the obvious, inevitable grumble about Nectar Thermique out of the way. It's expensive. It's ludicrously expensive. If your hair is shoulder length or longer, you'll get through a bottle every six weeks, making it RUINOUSLY expensive. Charging for postage on top? Well, that's just plain cheeky and WRONG, and I've taken off a star by way of punishment.

But as the advert for Kerastase's owner L'Oreal goes, "You're worth it". In fact, we moptops with badly-behaved hair NEED it. I know Nectar Thermique works, because when I try to economise with something cheaper, my hair never looks or feels as good.

Nectar Thermique is my desert island must-have. I've now been using it for three years and it's the only hair product that I buy over and over again. I have long, curly hair which is highlighted every eight weeks, and straightened into submission with GHDs daily. Yet, in spite of all this abuse, my hair is still soft and (fairly) shiny. More importantly, I don't have one single split end. Not one. Seriously, come round to my house and check if you don't believe me.

Here's how it works:

1) Wash your hair with any old shampoo. (I used Kerastase shampoo for ages because I was daft enough to believe the hairdresser hype about "products developed to work together"; then the new age of austerity forced me to experiment with my husband's Head & Shoulders. No discernible harm resulted, and £15 a month was saved).

2) There's no need for a slime-on-then-wait-five-minutes-then-wash-out conditioner. Just wrap your hair in a towel and eat breakfast. You're aiming for hair that's still fairly wet, but not dripping, so the time it takes to eat your toast is ideal.

3) Squeeze out a fifty-pence-piece sized dollop of Nectar Thermique (also how much it's costing, gulp). Rub your hands together so it's nicely spread across your palms. Now tip your head upside down and stroke - don't rub - your hands through the ends of your hair. Slowly work your way up, with your head still upside down so you're keeping the product away from your roots. If you have longer hair, you may need to repeat this step with a little more product. It's very easy to misjudge the right amount: you'll know you've used enough when your hair feels 'slippery'. If it feels sticky, you've used too much, but just mop up the excess with your towel.

4) Once you're at 'slippery', comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb or detangling brush. You'll be amazed at the lack of knots or pulling. At this stage your hair will smell of slightly-off melon, but don't fret, the smell disappears once your hair is dry.

5) If you need straightening serum or curling mousse, use it now, but only use a third as much as you would normally.

6) Blowdry and use heat-styling tools as needed.

7) Once your hair is completely dry, squeeze out a tiny, tiny amount of Nectar Thermique, emulsify over your palms again, and calm down flyaways and ends.

You can also leave the hair to dry naturally after step 4. (My natural curls become more pronounced and shiny if I do this, but feel a little crunchy to the touch).

So here's the bottom line: I will never have the rich, bouncy, glossy hair I crave, but Nectar Thermique makes it look and feel healthier than I deserve, considering how badly I treat it. It doesn't give me spots on my forehead, many a leave-in conditioner's downfall. I love not having to condition my hair in the shower any more. I love not having sticky hands when I flick away my fringe. Best of all, I love not having split ends - which means I don't need to have my hair cut so frequently. At nigh-on £20, it's never going to be really "worth it", but until there's a cheaper alternative, Nectar Thermique is the hairdressing holy grail.
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