Celebrate Mum with our Top 10 Gift Ideas!

Every day should be Mother’s Day, so why not make this year’s Mother’s Day extra special and show her how much you truly care. Celebrate mum with a gift she’ll not only love but one you can actually use to spoil her with. While there’s no one-size-fits-all gift Bing Lee’s Top 10 Mother’s Day gift ideas are sure to make mum’s day.

Top 10 gifts to help celebrate your mum this Mother’s Day:

Breadmaker

Serve up some warm fresh bread to start her day right – The mum who loves to bake will adore the Panasonic Artisan Bread Maker machine. And she’ll adore it even more when you bake her a crusty loaf!

Coffe machine

You can’t have breakfast in bed without coffee – The ‘but first… coffee’ mum will love the smell of freshly brewed coffee wafting down the hallway thanks to her new Breville Barista Express coffee machine. The built-in grinder allows you to grind only what you need directly into the portafilter. The patented Razor™ dosing tool trims the puck for consistent extraction, while PID digital temperature control delivers accurate water temperature throughout the extraction.

Hair straightener

Give mum her very own at-home salon treatment – The mum who likes to look her best will appreciate you giving her a bespoke at-home salon experience using her new Philips – pro hair straightener.

KitchenAid Pasta

The best dinner is one cooked for you – The foodie mum won’t be able to resist the home-made pasta dish you whipped up thanks to the bonus 3-piece pasta attachment on her new KitchenAid… all included in Bing Lee’ special Mother’s Day deal.

Toothbrush

Make your mum’s smile beam in your family photos – The health conscious mum will appreciate the latest in electronic toothbrush technology with the Philips Sonicare Inter-Dental Cleaner. This teeth cleaning bundle includes both a brush, an airflosser which utilises unique technology to combines air and mouthwash and/or water to powerfully yet gently clean between teeth and along the gumline.

Foot massage

Let mum rest those tired legs – The mum always on the go is going to embrace a much needed foot massage thanks to her new Homedics Ultimate Foot and Calf Massager. Give your mum this ultimate gift for a deep relaxing foot & calf massage.

Samsung watch

Keep track of all those steps chasing the kids around – The sporty mum will appreciate a stylish new fitness tracker in the form of a Samsung Galaxy watch. Transition from gym gear to the office outfit, making it the perfect companion to your day.

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An assistant of her own – The techy mum will love her new JBL Link View voice activated speaker. The integrated display allows mum to ask questions, stay connected with loved ones, manage daily tasks and control the smart home with the help of Google Assistant.

SodaStream

Sparkling water at her finger tips – The environmental mum will love a slick and elegant addition to her kitchen thanks to her new SodaStream. This allows her to create homemade sparkling water and flavoured carbonated beverages in seconds.

Headphones

Finally, the ULTIMATE gift – some peace and quiet! Gift your mum some time out to relax and unwind with her favourite music or podcast. Remove all distractions from the general hustle and bustle of the household with some Sony noise cancelling headphones.

 

Innovative products to change the way you live!

Not many companies can say they’ve been around for three (3) centuries and still be innovative. Philips not only claims this but have demonstrate this through its revolutionising and life changing products. Philips is at the forefront of many technological advances whether it’s consumer based or within the medical field. Bing Lee carries a wide range of Philips products such as cooking appliances, fitness and heath devices, audio and smart home technology.

If you needed yet another reason to sample something from the Philips range, Mother’s Day is fast approaching and there’s a plethora of innovative products your mum will love. Here’s our top picks for Philips products that will make life easier:

KITCHEN APPLIANCES

Kitchen appliances

Home Cooking done right!
Pasta maker
Avance Collection Pasta and Noodle Maker is fully automatic and could not be any easier (add the ingredients, choose your settings and press start). The machine automatically mixes, kneads and extrudes in one go. You’ll be able to make mum freshly made pasta or noodles without any hassle. Experiment with healthy ingredients to suit your family needs or add colours to entice kids’ appetite.

Cook pulled pork and fresh yogurt in the one machine

MulticookerThe Philips All-In-One Multi Cooker has an intelligent cooking system, meaning you can slow cook, pressure cook and multi cook all in the one (1) machine with ease. The All-In-One Multi Cooker allows you to cook with various direct menu buttons (Soup, Risotto, Rice, Steam, Meat/Poultry, Manual). This is the perfect Philips product to keep your Mother’s Day winter stew warm for 12 hours using the reheat function.

The Perfect Coffee!

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The Philips L’OR Barista Capsule Coffee Machine allows you to double your coffee pleasure by brewing two (2) single espressos at once or a double espresso in one cup with the exclusive L’OR Barista double shot system. This coffee machine can brew your favourite coffee drinks (ristretto, espresso, lungo and more with L’OR Espresso single shot capsules, or double). You’ll be able to make your mum her favourite coffee in a matter of seconds.

PERSONAL CARE

Personal Care

Save time and money and still look your best

 

Do away with those expensive salon visits and zap away hair in the comfort of your own home. The Philips Lumea Prestige IPL hair removal device uses an innovative light-based technology called IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), derived from the technology used in professional beauty salons. Philips has adapted this technology for safe and effective use in the home. The device applies gentle pulses of light to the hair root to gradually decrease the amount of hair your body grows. You can also use this clever device on all areas of the body, even the more sensitive areas.

Smooth skin for weeks

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Epilators have long been the go to hair removal device for women around the world. While they have been around for decades the technology has improved markedly. Philips Satinelle Advanced wet dry epilator has a unique patented system where the tweezers lift and gather the lying hair, guiding them to the pulling point and firmly grabs and pulls out the hair. The added bonus of it being a wet/dry device means you can get all those pesky hairs removed whilst showering.

Take the guess work out of brushing

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The Philips ProtectiveClean 4500 Electric Toothbrush will encourage you to not only brush thoroughly but let you know if you’re brushing too hard. The QuadPacer lets you know when you’ve spent just the right amount of time cleaning each part of your mouth, while the Smartimer tells you when you’ve brushed for the recommended two (2) minutes. If you’re a little overzealous with the pressure, the toothbrush will make a pulsing sound as a reminder to ease off on your gums. There’s also a Gum Care mode to help gently massage the gums.

FABRIC CARE

Fabric Care

The ULTIMATE iron

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PerfectCare Elite Silence is one (1) of Philips steam generator iron that is quiet yet ultra powerful using the silent steam technology. It has an impressive list of features including hug detachable water tank that can be filled at any stage of the process, an eco-mode, and OptimalTEMP technology. This allows you to change between settings for example going from ironing jeans straight to silk.

Not a fan of ironing

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Looking for a different way to remove those creases on your clothes? The Philips garment steamer may be the answer. This product is safe to use on fabrics that require ironing. You can use it vertically or horizontally on difficult-to-iron areas and to refresh clothing – no burns guaranteed. This lightweight and compact design makes it easy to use anytime, anywhere. Just steam and go!

 

 

 

 

 

An honest review of the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer

My hair and I have had many style adventures together. From short, black, sleek-cut bobs to waist-long locks highlighted blonde, I’ve tried everything under the rainbow – including rainbow-coloured hair (not kidding).

As someone who has chopped off bleached hair many times, I (like many people) didn’t realise that my hair dryer was badly hindering my determination to grow a healthy head of hair.

No matter the hundreds of dollars spent on products, shampoos and treatments, I feel silly for not realising that all my good intentions were being reversed by the damaging heat I put my hair through almost every single day.

I know daily drying sounds excessive and will not be the case for every person, but unfortunately, I’ve been cursed with quite fine hair that gets oily very, very quickly.

As a result, I am obliged to wash my hair too often – not leaving it for more than a maximum of three days going unwashed and even then it is “perked” heavily with dry shampoo! Told you, cursed.

My hair dryer plays a regular part of my daily/beauty regime and, in all honesty, I don’t know why I never thought of replacing it. I was so used to it that I hadn’t realised that it could and should be better.

When I found out that Dyson was putting a hair dryer on the market, I knew it was something I had to try. I own two Dyson vacuums and thought that if the hair dryer were anything like their other home appliances, I’d be in for a real treat.

What I was immediately impressed by – without even seeing the product firsthand yet – was Dyson’s research on hair. The company acknowledged that creating a product for hair, that helps hair, requires understanding hair first and foremost.

The research and development behind the Supersonic was the real deal. Dyson built a state-of-the-art hair laboratory and recruited some of the world’s best engineers (103 of them!) and award-winning hair stylists.

Countless factors played a part in each aspect of the design. From heat and sound to balance and weight, Dyson considered everything for hair health and usability for all hair types.

If you can’t tell already, I’m excited to try the Supersonic for myself. I have quite high expectations after reading about all of its high-tech features, and I don’t want to be let down!

I should also point out that the first use of the Supersonic isn’t the only time I want to be blown away (not sorry for the pun). Like applying cream to skin, I’m looking for a long-term solution and progression in my hair’s health over time.

First impressions say a lot, and my first impression of the Supersonic’s box is that it’s modern and luxe. You can immediately tell that it’s holding an upmarket product within it.

I open up the box to find the Supersonic laid out beautifully with its three attachments around it – the styling concentrator, the diffuser and the smoothing nozzle. It also comes with a non-slip mat and a storage hanger which I think is super handy considering how guilty I am of dropping my hair dryer on the bathroom floor!

Picking it up, all I can say is WOW! It’s so much lighter than my hair dryer. I had read about the Supersonic’s motor being much smaller than a typical hair dryer motor, but I didn’t expect it to be this lightweight overall.

I’m finding it so effortless and comfortable to hold, and I would say that’s thanks to the motor being in the handle of the Supersonic rather than the head.

 

The attachments are as easy to put on as souvenir magnets on a fridge. They just pop into place and twist to the desired direction without much force at all, but still have a good enough hold not to prop off if you accidentally knock it.

I also have to mention how pretty it is. I love the pop of purple on mine and the seamless buttons. The fact that the head resembles a doughnut reassures me that there’s no chance my hair will get stuck in a grill!

There are three precise speed settings (fast drying, regular drying and styling) and four precise heat settings (100˚C, 80˚C, 60˚C and a constant cold at 28˚C).

For my first use, I just want to dry my hair for an everyday look. Nothing special, but smooth enough to go to work with.

I’m going to use the regular drying speed at 80˚C. I’m also going to use the smoothing nozzle to start because I like to dry the top of my head and the crown thoroughly – it keeps my hair looking fresher for longer.

The small light indicators are so chic and stylish! I’m able to control the settings exactly as I want and the Supersonic responds instantaneously.

I slide the button to turn it on and, to my surprise, the Supersonic is much quieter than my regular hair dryer which resembles the sound of a blower vac.

It’s really quite pleasant to use. The air blown out isn’t uncomfortably hot, so I don’t need to move it as rapidly for fear of burning my scalp. The air is also smooth and constant.

Within a few short minutes, the roots of my hair are dry, and I decide to switch to the styling concentrator. Switching between them is a cinch. Off pops the smoothing nozzle.

At this stage of the drying process, I have to admit that I am not very good at coordinating my brush and my hair dryer to style it properly. So I usually opt for switching between brushing and drying. Considering how much more relaxed the Supersonic is to hold, I’ve decided to attempt to do it the proper way.

And it’s a success! The styling concentrator aims air exactly where I need it and the sheer size of the Supersonic doesn’t make me feel like my arm is about to fall off as I navigate through the sections of my hair.

I continue to blow dry the rest of my hair, and before I know it, it’s finished! A job that usually takes me 15-20 minutes to complete (25 minutes if I try to do it the proper way to avoid going over it with a straightener) has taken a total of… 7 minutes and 40 seconds.

I’m in awe. The Supersonic has halved the shortest amount of time I could possibly dry my hair with my blow dryer.

I could not be happier with how my hair looks and feels right now. I don’t have any flyaways, my hair isn’t frizzy nor do my ends feel like they’ll break off from dryness.

Here’s a before and after shot of my hair. Unruly with dry ends on the left, effortlessly smooth on the right – no fancy lighting or cameras, just less than 8 minutes of dry time.

I definitely feel that my hair is smoother and lighter, and I can tell that the regulated heat is something that will keep my hair healthy in the long run. To get this kind of result, I certainly would’ve had to follow my drying process with the use of a straightener.

The verdict?

  • Less than eight mins of drying time with the results of straightener-smooth style
  • Comfortable to hold and balance for styling without strain
  • Significantly quieter and lighter than typical hair dryers
  • Easy-to-use attachments and settings
  • Looks incredible and feels luxe
  • Dries hair without flyaways or static

I’m sold. The Dyson Supersonic is something dreams are made of.

While many headlines point to the higher price point of the Supersonic, I think that like any other item you spend a good amount of money on – it’s all about the quality of the product.

If you’re after just a drying solution, heck, a towel and time will dry your hair! If you’re looking for hair care, I’d recommend the Supersonic. It’s an investment in the same way skincare is.

It’s fantastic in that it caters for all hair types too. I can’t wait to see how the diffuser works on my sister’s curly hair.

In the spirit of festivities, Dyson has a special edition Christmas case that you can purchase with the Supersonic. I’m telling you – gift someone special (why not yourself?!) the Supersonic this Christmas and they’ll thank you for sharing the joy of hair-managing bliss.

The Dyson Supersonic is a Christmas present that will surpass expectations and you can purchase one online or in-store at Bing Lee today!

Try it out and let us know your experience in the comments below!

The toothbrush technology that’s changing oral hygiene

We brush our teeth twice a day, yet we might not be paying enough attention to the daily habit that can prevent a rather costly trip to the dentist. Here’s how to make a healthier and smarter switch for the sake of your oral hygiene.

How you get your pearly whites shining brightly is a matter of personal preference. Regular manual toothbrushes will do the trick if used correctly and with the appropriate amount of pressure. But what if there was an easier and more thorough way to brush your teeth? Thanks to trusty technology and scientific research, there is.

Electric toothbrushes as a whole aren’t the breakthrough phenomenon we’re referring to. They’ve been around for a while, and a lot of people already have one sitting atop their bathroom vanity. But is it the right electronic toothbrush?

The beauty and the plaque

So what are you really meant to be doing for a deep clean every day? Let’s start with the obvious: removing plaque. Plaque is a biofilm of bacteria that sticks to the teeth, predominantly from the gum line.

Aside from it being less than pretty, plaque is quite dangerous because it keeps acidity on your teeth, breaking down your enamel over time and resulting in tooth decay. It also can produce a bad case of gingivitis, causing tender, bleeding and swollen gums. In sum, eliminate plaque!

What most people neglect is cleaning the tongue – a common cause of bad breath. Scrubbing your tongue with the soft bristles of your toothbrush gets rid of bad bacteria and morning breath!

Aside from the toothpaste you use, the toothbrush itself can also improve the whitening process of your teeth. Other things to consider are sensitivity and changing the head of your tooth brush regularly.

The top toothbrush choices

Once you know what’s involved in a proper clean, the more important part is executing it. There’s a certain amount of time you should be brushing your teeth, at a particular pressure and with concise navigation.

It can all be a bit too much for children, the elderly and basically anyone with a busy morning or late night.

Let us introduce you to some of the top toothbrushes that’ll give you the dentist-type clean with a difference.

Oral-B’s GENIUS Electric Toothbrush

The toothbrush range is exactly that – genius. With two models, GENIUS 8000 and GENIUS 9000, you can pick between a rechargeable, extra-long battery life or a dual charging system that revives your toothbrush and smartphone using one outlet!

Either way, you’ll be getting one powerful tool.

The round brush head is professionally-inspired to remove up to 100% more plaque than a manual toothbrush. The innovative design surrounds each tooth as it rotates and pulsates to effectively break up the plaque.

There are also customisable cleaning modes so that you can choose between Gum Care, Whitening, Sensitive and more. It caters to your preference in target and intensity, and even responds when you’re brushing too hard! The Pressure Sensor protects your gums from the damage of over-brushing by slowing down the pulsations and stopping them entirely if necessary.

You’ll also know if you’re applying too much pressure when the multifunctional 360˚ SmartRing begins to illuminate. The SmartRing is visible from every angle as you brush and gives you feedback from the brushing timer and Bluetooth connection.

Yupp, there’s Bluetooth connectivity to your smartphone and so many more features with the free Oral-B app! Once you’re connected, you’ll be guided with advanced Position Technology. It lets you see exactly where you’re brushing so that you never miss a tooth!

We told you it was ingenious 😉

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean

This super sleek, ultra-practical toothbrush features five cleaning modes for a custom cleaning experience. The ergonomic handle makes it comfortable to hold and the angled neck makes it easy to get to those hard-to-reach places.

It has a whitening brush head with diamond-shaped bristles to give you a whiter smile after just one week of use. And the removal of surface stains and polishing process gives an even brighter finish. You’ll really get that squeaky-clean feeling!

Let’s not forget about what’s just as important as the teeth themselves – the gums! The Sonicare DiamondClean has Gum Care (gentle massaging of the gums) and improves gum health in only two weeks.

And to make sure you’re thorough, there’s the Quadpacer Interval Timer. It times 30 seconds for each quadrant of your mouth for a more consistent clean and ensures you get the 2-minute brush that dentists recommend.

What’s really cool about this toothbrush is that it comes with a charging glass. It looks like a regular rinsing glass – which you can actually use to rinse! – but charges your toothbrush in the most seamless manner.

Sonicare DiamondClean is great for travellers, too. The travel case has a USB charger so you can plug it into a laptop or adapter and voila! Isn’t that handy?

The perfect hair dryer for every hair type: Dyson Supersonic

Hair care can get a bit strenuous. Anyone with a hair routine will know that. No matter what type of hair you have – straight, curly, oily or dry – the amount of attention, care and time it requires is probably more than what you can (or want to) give.

If your hair routine involves a hair dryer, you especially know this too well. There’s the strained wrist from repeatedly turning the worn-out brush, the risk of over-drying your hair and causing breakage, and the sheer amount of daylight that passes before your hair is actually done drying.

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Bing Lee

Oh, did we forget the external complaints about taking too long in the bathroom or making too much noise? Ugh.

Sometimes the struggle is too much. We give in, and the good ol’ bun comes into play the next day.

Luckily, Dyson has heard our desperate cry and dire need for fabulous hair every day. Introducing… Dyson’s Supersonic Hair Dryer.

Love at first sight

Before getting into the technical parts of why you’ll love the Dyson Supersonic, let’s take a minute to appreciate its simplicity and oh-so-chic design.

With its silver body, you can pick from a white or fuchsia accent. We’ve gone all heart-eyed! And rather than a typical chunky head with a fan, the motor is set within the handle for a balanced shape and weight.

Using four buttons to control and select your drying type, it’s still aesthetically pleasing while maintaining its easy-to-use functionality. The small lights on the head indicate how hot and how fast your setting is. Ultra-stylish!

Magnetising attachments

Dyson has made it incredibly easy to switch out attachments by making them magnetic. No more clicking, locking or struggling when wanting to try out something new. It complements the simple and sleek design perfectly.

The Supersonic comes with three attachments – here it comes – that cares for each hair type. Hooray! (Check out the videos to see for yourself!)

First, there’s the Dyson Styling Concentrator that releases high-velocity, focused air. It lets you style one section of hair at a time without disturbing the rest. It’s perfect for those fancier ‘dos that you want to rock on a night out.

 

Then there’s the Dyson Smoothing Nozzle that’s ideal for your everyday drying. It’s gentler, using smooth, wide air to dry and style at the same time.

 

Lastly, but definitely not least, there’s the Dyson Diffuser. This is a wider, spout-looking attachment that’s created specifically to dry curls. It’s engineered to disperse air evenly around each ringlet to improve definition – not frizz!

 

Oh, and did we mention that the magnetic attachments have heat shield technology? Well, they do. The surfaces will stay cool even during close-up styling.

It’s as quiet as it is elegant

Dread drying your hair at night for fear of waking up the kids? Your hair dryer shouldn’t sound like a rocket taking off. Dyson knows that.

The Supersonic is engineered to produce one inaudible frequency that’s enveloped by what’s called a vibration reduction system. The system involves a rubber mount that prevents the motor from vibrating against the inside of the handle, producing less noise between the motor and the case.

The result means that a hair dresser can dry their client’s hair while still being able to have a conversation with them using their regular indoor voice.

Star performance

Sounds great so far, right? Let’s not forget about the core of how it benefits your hair.

It protects your natural shine by keeping the temperature under control. The air is measured 20 times every second (!) so that the temperature is just right. Preventing extreme heat reduces damage to your hair.

A lack of extreme heat doesn’t mean it will take you longer to dry your hair, though. It’s extremely fast-drying with a focus on high-velocity airflow rather than heat.

It’s taken years for Dyson specialists and engineers to tackle the science of hair but it’s been well worth the wait. Hair care has never been more enticing. Test

What to Look For in Hair Care Appliances

Looking for the right tools to keep your locks looking luscious and lustrous? Check out the guide below to help you find the right appliance to achieve and maintain your ideal hairstyle.
Dryers
If you want a hair dryer that will make your hair healthier and minimise your drying time, look for a tourmaline and ceramic model that includes an AC motor and ionic technology.
Certain wattages should be used for particular hair types to avoid damage. For damaged and fine hair, it is best to blow dry towel-dried hair on the lowest setting using a 1200 – 1500W dryer. A 1300 – 1800W hair dryer will suit people with normal wavy and straight hair. Thick and curly hair requires the strength of a 1600 – 2000W dryer.
Other features you may look for in a hair dryer will depend on your hairstyle. Curly hair needs a diffuser for softening the airflow to dry hair gently and reduce frizz. Those looking to boost volume or to create waves and flips need a dryer with variable heat and speed settings as well as a cool shot button. Straight hairstyles are easier to achieve using a nozzle attachment.
Straighteners
To get beautiful straight hair that is both smooth and shiny, you will need to use a flat iron of straightener. There are different types of plates and technology used in straighteners:
• Ceramic plates diffuse heat evenly while producing negative ions to reduce frizz

• Ionic technology neutralises positive charges which make hair look dull and damaged

• Infrared gently heats without damaging it balancing neutralizing ions to smooth the hair

• Nano particles are infused into flat iron plates for smoothing and styling

• Silver eliminates germs from the iron’s plates and your hair

• Titanium provides quick straightening by maintaining consistent levels of heat

• Tourmaline provides more powerful ionic effects than ceramic and standard ionic models, giving smoother and shinier results.
Different hair types require different qualities from a straightener to achieve optimal results. People with curly or thick hair need a professional straightener made specifically for their hair type featuring advanced technology and high temperature settings. Medium thick and wavy hair is best suited to ceramic tourmaline irons. Thin and fine hair can be easily styled using any type of straightener however, it is important that heat settings be kept as low as possible to prevent breakage, frizz or dry ends.
Curlers
Different curling irons make different types of curls. Make sure that you select the right sort of curler to produce the type of curls you desire. A slimmer barrel will create tighter curls while larger ones will produce soft waves. The higher the temperature an iron is capable of reaching, the longer lasting the curls will be.
Spring curling irons have an arm that holds hair while curling. This kind of iron is available in the largest range of barrel sizes. Clipless irons don’t have an arm, making it easier to get close to the roots for extra volume. Ribbon curlers have a barrel with raised ridges to produce spiral curls. Wavers are double or triple barreled curling irons used to create flowing waves.