Monday, February 18, 2019


Personal Recommendations

Well it would be if I was actually suffering from hair loss!  Yesterday I went back to the Hair Spa to experience a consultation and treatment to stimulate hair growth, The Geordie One came along as she gets rather excited about anything relating to hair and being touched, more of that later.  My original article can be found here.

Firstly we filled in an extensive questionnaire about ourselves, this covered our current/previous state of health and a bit about our diet, our diet can affect hair growth/loss extensively.  We were then taken into see Mike Ryan aka @Dubaihairdoctor (yes he has a twitter account), he ran through our histories and we discussed at length how hair actually grows and what can affect hair loss.  It's not as straight forward as you may think as many things contribute to a healthy head of hair.

After this it was into the hotseat to check our scalps and the condition of our hair with a tiny machine which magnifies the area onto a small VDU.  It's amazing  you can actually see the hair follicles with the hairs and the condition of our scalps.  We both had chlorine on our scalps due the water but all in all we are both in tip top condition apart from the grey hairs! There are some photos which can be found here, (don't forget to like my page).

We then went onto have a hair treatment to stimulate our hair follicles, followed by a massage, a session under the steamer then 5 minutes under a lazer to stimulate growth.  If you did have hair loss issues this would be a regular weekly treatment, the duration determined by Mike in relation to the severity of your problem.  Personally I hate being pampered but The Geordie One was in her element, I can see her going back even though there is nothing wrong with her!!  or just to check out Mr Sheybani, might be worth adding that these hair doctor folk are rather handsome.

The services offered at the Hair Spa are so extensive I am not even going to start listing them, the way forward is a Consultation with Mike Ryan who in his no nonsense way of Trichology will get you back on track to a healthy head of hair, and for those of you who are a bit self conscious all consultations and treatments are 100% confidential.


(this is a pic of me after my treatment)

A couple of weeks ago whilst tuned into Dubai Eye my interest was heightened when I heard that the gentlemen guest on the show as infact a Trichologist.  I have always had an interest in hair and hair products and I think it's fair to say we waste a fair amount of money on product that really doesn't give us any results.

Anyway I wrote down the name of the guy on the radio, I like him straight away and knew he has was new to Dubai as he was telling the truth, in that kind of straight way new people do, not telling people what they think you want to hear which is so Dubai these days. I contacted the straight talker himself and later that week went down to the Hair Spa to meet him.

Now firstly I didn't know The Hair Spa existed and secondly I had no idea that you could get things like non surgical hair transplants done in Dubai, well you can and the people you need to see are Mr Shebani and Mr Ryan (the new straight talker) from the Hair Spa.  They cover everything hair related from loss, to alopecia, thinning, baldness, you name it if you have any problems with your hair they are the folk to see.

We had a great chat about hair and about how we can look after our hair and scalps. It doesn't matter what hair type you have you are never happy with it are you?   curlies want straight, straights want curls!!  This week I am visiting the Hair Spa for an assessment so I will update you with what condition my hair is actually in a bit later this week!!  I have uploaded some pics to my facebook page which you can find here.

If you are interested in booking a consultation about any hair related issues, you will be pleased to know that the initial consultation is just 200 dhs, which I am ashamed to admit is about the same amount of money that I recently spent on shampoo and conditioner!!

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The lovely people over at Nescafe asked me if I would very kindly try out their new Coffee machine the Dolce Gusto, I immediately said yes.  Before I start let me just say that I gave up on coffee over three years ago only having the occasional overpriced cappucino with friends out of habit more than out of actually wanting one.  However Santa very kindly delivered a fantastic Nespresso machine to my husband at Christmas and my taste for coffee became re-ignited, not alot but it was brought back from the brink of extinction!!!

Getting back to the Dolce Gusto, it arrived last week, all packaged beautifully, including a copy of my twitter time line on the box and boxes of coffee with suggestions of people from twitter who I could share a coffee with, media genuises this lot I tell you!!  and for those of you who still don't rate twitter and the power of it think again.  This campaign has been engineered through twitter and trust me it has created alot of talk about the Dolce Gusto.

First impressions of this amazing machine? small, neat, functional, pretty even, nice colour though personally I would have preferred pink but I am guessing globally that wouldn't have been a best seller so the universally loved red it is.  Getting it out the box was easy, understanding the instructions not quite as easy but we got there eventually and the one word that came straight to mind when I sipped a cappucino was IMPRESSED, I was even MORE IMPRESSED when I tried the chocochino, and speechless when I came to the Iced Cappucino (which I think is my favourite).

Being so impressed I thought I better get the GA Support Team in to see what they all thought and a Nescafe Coffee morning was quickly pulled together, everyone was keen to try it out so much so that I have ran out of the original sample boxes.  The only worry between the team was how many calories they were drinking, quite a normal reaction for a bunch of 40 somethings all having mid life weight issues. It didn't stop them from trying it though. Nescafe have since told me that there is a Skinny Latte option but it is not currently available in the UAE, but in time it will come. I have put some photos up on my facebook page for you all to see, click and like if you wish.

The word Nespresso is one you associate with a luxury brand,  whilst the word Nescafe is to my mind a cheap cup of coffee that is well known right around the globe.  People were commenting on twitter saying, that anything that had come from Nescafe and was out of a machine could not be good.  Trust me they are very very wrong. The coffee that comes from the Dolce Gusto is better, in my opinion than the coffee that comes from my Nespresso machine. The biggest plus point with the Dolce Gusto is that it comes with milk capsules so basically you don't have to worry about having milk in the house to enjoy a cup of coffee. 

Well I think you pretty much get the message, so if you want one of your own you better take yourselves off to Carrefour ASAP where you can purchase the one I have for

749 dhs, and boxes of coffee are 31.50 dhs a box (8 cups for milky coffee, 16 cups for espressos etc).  Don't forget to pick up a box of the chococino as well, the

kids will love you for it!!

Dolce Gusto really is a sweet taste ....

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The United Arab Emirates is hardly famous for its standard of reporting, I think that is one comment we can definitely all agree on.  I am not saying that there aren't some good journalists out there, they just seem to be few and far between.

For years we subscribed to Gulf News, why?  because everyone did and you got a free pen when you renewed your subscription. Everyone moaned about it but everyone still subscribed for the free annual gift. The content was poor at the best of times, and it got to the point that I only ever read the tabloid to see if I recgonised anyone I knew.  We stopped it about 5 years ago.  Did I miss it? no.

We then went down The National route, definitely a better paper with English Speaking reporters, we subscribed for a year I think, and didn't bother to renew as it was just as easy to read it on line for free or via links on Twitter and Facebook.

So for the last three years we haven't had a daily newspaper, we did get a copy of 7days thrown on our front lawn a couple of times then that stopped as well.  The only reason that paper is free is that no one in their right mind would actually pay for it.

Last week I subscribed to the Sunday Times Middle East, it's superb!!  no drivel about expats crashing cars and moaning about the lack of imported products in their local Spinneys.  Just a great read, and I haven't found one spelling mistake yet!! (that was one of my hobbies when we received local newspapers).  So for 12 dhs a week I am having the Sunday Times delivered to my door, in a cellophane cover so not covered in sand!!

I strongly recommend you do the same, you can subscribe via this link.

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The lovely team at Kaya Skin Clinic invited me in the Summer to experience their Aqua Radiance facial, at that time due to my back issues I couldn't make it but I did manage to catch up with them earlier this week at their Town Centre branch in Jumeirah.

I have to be totally honest and confess I have never had a facial before, I have had many offers passed my way to experience a facial but I have turned them down, why did I choose Kaya for my first experience?  Quite simply because they have an excellent reputation when it comes to skin care and I had been recommended to try them many times over the years by friends.

I chose Town Centre for my experience, easy to get to and there is basement parking.  I arrived at the clinic a bit early which was perfect as it gave me time to fill in their customer profile paperwork.  Once that was done I had a consultation with Dr Sonia, a qualified Skin and Beauty Advisor.  After sticking my face into a rather weird but technical machine we had a discussion about my skin, and skin care.

Then it was onto the actual facial itself with the lovely Beauty Therapist Imam. The Aqua Radiance facial uses a fine spray of water infused with oxygen that gently massages your face to exfoliate off layers of dead skin, leaving your skin able to breathe.  After the actual aqua experience, which is a little bit weird it kind of tickles, Imam covered my face in a fabulous vitamin rich cream which we let "set" for 15 minutes before peeling it off.  Afterwards I could see a visible difference to my skin, it felt alot smoother and brighter than it did before.

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Kaya Skin Clinic, the reputation they have acquired over the last 7 years is well deserved.  The team working at Town Centre, I found to be efficient and professional, I think that may well be down to the organisational skills of the Receptionist Joan.  I have uploaded some pictures which you can find here (like the page please).

The cost of an Aqua Radiance Facial is 600 Dhs, if you book 4 it is 2040 Dhs.

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We all have a little something in our lives that we like to indulge in every now and then.  It could be your favourite chocolate or bottle of wine, or even an indulgent night out somewhere special. 

For me it is the LÓccitane Citrus Verbana range.  I absolutely love it! For Christmas I was given a gift bag containing the entire range, I was very very impressed with Santa this year!!  Whilst the Citrus Verbana is definitely my favourite by a long shot I do quite like the Rose perfume which I have been using for the last couple of months.

So whatever it is that is your little indulgence, I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy mine!




I have to be honest and say that I am not a massive lover of ice cream, it's the kind of thing that you grow out of, grown-ups can't eat ice cream or can they? Obviously they do as the ice cream industry is quite literally huge!!

As you all know I am pretty fond of my social media and I am constantly asked questions about how effective it is and does it really work? can it really influence people into buying their brand or supporting their business.  I know it works but there are millions of people out there who think that Social Media is a fad that is just what some term a new phase in marketing via the internet.

I recently followed a new account to twitter in our region, Cold Stone Creamery.  I have been a customer at the Cold Stone before with Mitten, she loves their vanilla, I prefer the chocolate.  Anyway I had been following the account for a few weeks when they started putting pictures of ice cream cakes up, I have NEVER had the urge to buy or even want an ice cream cake in my entire life.  A few days passed and, yes you guessed it, I got into the car and drove to the nearest Cold Stone Creamery and bought an ice cream cake!!!

Trust me social media is a very powerful thing!!

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