Sunday, 8 June 2014

Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Animal - The Powerful Performer

If you have been following my blog for a while you would know that I am a Dyson fan and have been for over 8 years. I still have my very first machine as well as new additions that have been added, all working like a dream.  If you haven't read my previous Dyson post, you can do so here.

Since reviewing my Dyson DC44, I was really interested to see how much the Dyson has changed and whether a handheld vacuum could really be as good as a regular vacuum.  I was given the latest DC59 to trial.

My first impressions of the DC59 is that its lighter, fancier looking and easier to manoeuvre.  I noticed a few ergonomic changes.

The Dyson digital Slim DC59 is powered by a V6 motor. This 350W motor, 2 Tier Radial™ cyclones and a re-engineered nickel manganese cobalt battery combine to provide powerful suction.

DC44 (left) & DC59 (right)

The barrel is slightly larger, holding more dust and debris.

DC44 (left) & DC59 (right)

The motorised head is bigger, working more effectively and the suction, oh my goodness the grip it had on my carpet for cleaning was truly ah-mazing!

DC44 (left) & DC59 (right)

The battery release button has moved, which is an improvement as it used to interfere when gripping the handle. The release button would be pushed in and out when vacuuming and this was slightly annoying. 



The handle has a slightly more angled grip, giving a better steering ability which is easier on the wrist. The attachments and dust barrel are easier to detach.


Within the first 5 minutes of vacuuming my lounge room floor, the dust barrel was visibly filling up with dust and debris.  Even though the barrel is still small, it isn't an issue with having to empty it with each use.

Hubby, being the typical male, had to do the comparison with our larger Dyson vacuum cleaner and see the results for himself, I didn't mind especially if he volunteered to do the vacuuming!

The only thing that has not improved is the duration of the battery, usually last around 20 minutes, less with the MAX button activated, which is a slight disappointment but not an issue. Considering it's cordless and lightweight I get more coverage quicker than with my plug in vacuum cleaner.

It is effective on all surfaces.  The majority of my unit has carpet, the kitchen has lino and the bathroom has tiles. I use the Dyson on all three surfaces and the results are all the same. The power suction is truly ridiculous. Even though I use it every other day, my carpet pile is raised and looks more fluffy just like if I had used my large vacuum cleaner.  I'm still amazed at how a hand held vacuum cleaner can be so powerful. I am extremely pleased with it.  It definitely lives up to its name 'Animal'!

Even though some people may think the Dyson is expensive at $649, I believe that there is no price on having more family time and less cleaning time especially being a mum and working full-time. Whatever product cuts my cleaning time I want it!

The Dyson Digital Slim™ DC59 vacuum is lightweight, cordless, and rivals the power of the larger main electrical vacuum cleaners. RRP $649 for the Animal model.

My overall rating - 5/5

If you would like to know more about The Dyson Digital Slim DC59 or about other products visit their website.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Ulta 3 Nail Colours & Lipstick Surprise!

Ulta3, known for its extensive colour range that offers value for money with their full range of cosmetics for under $9.95.

I've road tested three fab nail colours and one lippy, and the results?  Well, impressive.

Hot spring, Lily white and over the rainbow Nail colours.

One coat was enough to provide a highly pigmented smooth colour on my nails.  There was no streaking or patches.  This is usually quite rare in cheaper nail polishes, so very impressed so far.  I also recently purchased some nail tools from eBay so I was putting them to good use by experimenting with dots and patterns.  

Over the rainbow is the glitter nail polish, the glitter was evenly spread out over my nails and didn't appear clumpy.

When removing the colours of my nails, there was not much of a colour residue left behind.  There are some brands that are highly pigmented and leave stains on my nails making them look dirty and discoloured.  I did not experience this with Ulta3 range of colours I road tested.

There is one thing I do have apologise for, is the condition of my cuticles.  They are horrible at the moment.  I have been doing some wall scrubbing, prepping the surface for painting.  You see, I didn't think of the aftermath of not wearing gloves until I had a shower and was shocked on the state my hands in.

Green Magic is the name of the fab lippy.  I remember these from the late 80s and early 90s.  This was a staple in my makeup bag and I'm so excited that Ulta3 have added it to their collection. I love these surprise lipsticks.  

My friend tried this lippy on and it was a softer pink on her and a lot brighter on me.  Best thing was the more I applied the deeper the colour. The staying power was impressive too.  It didn't feel dry or sticky.

Overall, I'm fairly impressed by these budget products.  They have definitely exceeded my expectations and best of all, you can buy the whole season of colours without denting the purse.

To find out more about Ulta3 and where to get your stash check out their Facebook page here.