Saturday, 1 August 2015

Unwanted Body Hair? Ex-hair Gentle Roll-On Hair Remover Review

How many of you use an online pharmacy website for "embarrassing problems?" Whether it's stretch marks, sexual health or head lice there's somethings that people just don't feel comfortable buying in a shop, especially if you live in a small town. Tower Health is a natural health and pharmacy website that's available for just that. A company that's been around since 1999 they've got the health sector covered with high quality, affordable products. They contacted me and gave me the chance to try out a product from their range. I thought about trying travel sickness tablets as that's something that I suffer from or maybe something to do with eye care since trying contact lenses. I decided to go for a beauty product in an area that some people might find a bit embarrassing to talk about... hair removal.

For me it's not an embarrassing subject, it's one I've talked about on my blog before but for some it can be a bit of a taboo subject. I'd have loved to be able to try out the Rio Laser Hair Removal System but it's not quite in budget for most people. I went for something that's quite practical - a roll on hair removal cream. It's described as a painless way to dissolve hair at the roots preventing growth for up to 8 weeks. 

It's a gentle product but it's always safest to do a patch test. After 24 hours and no side effects I put it to the test. I used it under my arms but it's suitable for both men and women on the arms, legs, face, bikini line or chest. I was quite worried about leaving it on too long and burning my skin but it turned out that I removed it far too soon and there was barely a hair removed. I was pretty disappointed but gave it another go. The second time round I made sure I had plenty of product on and left it to do it's thing. It was more successful second time round.

As soon as I started using it the smell was really strong. It smells exactly like other hair removal creams, it's basically Nair in a rollerball - almost like a deodorant. Like other hair removal creams the smell doesn't hang around once you've washed it off... unless you start sweating. The day I used it I went out for a run. When I got back the hair removal cream smell was quite noticeable. Does that just act as an excuse not to exercise?

If you can put up with the smell, have a little bit more time than usual and can't be bothered with the razor then you might want to give this a go. With 100ml it's going to last ages!

Is hair removal an embarrassing subject for you?

Friday, 31 July 2015

'Less Is More' Makeup*

I review a lot of makeup products on my blog, but every now and again I get a total makeup overload. When it happens, I'll often seek out a more natural look. It's all about 'less is more' for me a lot of the time - especially as I'm so busy these days. So, if you want to achieve a fresh, natural appearance but still highlight your favourite features then read on.

As with any makeup application, you'll need to make sure your skin is clean and clear from any previous makeup. For a perfect cleanse, you'll need to know what sort of skin you have. There's an excellent guide to skin type over at Paula's Choice.
If you want to go the whole hog with a natural look, you might want to skip your foundation application. I use a tinted moisturiser that will help me even my skin tone out and gives some protection from the sun. However, if you have any skin problems, you might feel more confident covering up a little more.  So use an unscented moisturiser and stick to your foundation. Oily skin may need a foundation powder to help dry things out.
A concealer is an excellent tool for hiding blemishes around your eyes. But go easy with it. Too thick and it could destroy the look you are going for, so keep things very basic and light.
Again, it's important to go easy with your bronzer. The idea is to use just enough that it gives your skin a slight glow, but not enough to give you a fake tan. It can be a problem for those with pale and fair skin. Of course, if you can get away with it and still feel confident, it is best not to use any at all!
If you have to use blush, try to use one that only just offsets your skin tone. Don't use it with bronzer, use it only as a substitute. Use creme rather than powder - not only does it last longer, but it also has a more natural effect.
OK, so here’s my golden rule for natural-looking eyes. Do not, under any circumstances, go for permanent eyebrows! I have seen plenty that have gone wrong - and a few that look great. But the risk is just too high, and they don’t seem natural. Also, avoid plucking, as they will grow back quickly, and that totally defeats the natural look. Think about hair removal product instead if you need to - here’s a great guide on what to expect. In terms of makeup, go easy. Smudge on a little eyeliner - a pencil is less natural-looking than gel or liquid.  Add some white liner or shadow in the corners to make your eyes look bigger. Finally, blend in a small amount of neutral-coloured eyeshadow from your lids to your brow.

Valuelights Makeup Vanity Mirror Review

In preparation for my new house I was looking to upgrade some of my dressing table accessories. Right now I'm using a magnifying mirror from Revlon that was a bargain in a sale. Unfortunately it's bulky, the mirrors are quite small and the bulbs don't seem to last very long. Wanting something a bit more sleek for my future house I was delighted to come across this mirror on Valuelights. 

It's a free standing mirror with chrome finish which looks much more expensive than £15! As a battery operated mirror you don't need to worry about it being close to a plug or using up a vital space in an extension cable. That's a problem I've had with my Revlon one, it's basically meant I've got 3 plugs instead of 4 as it's always hogging one. No worries about that now.

The mirror is two sided - magnified and regular - which is perfect for applying makeup, dying my eyelashes and plucking my eyebrows.  It's easy to spin the mirror from magnified to the regular side but it also stays in place well too. Don't need to worry about the mirror moving when you don't want it to.

The on/off switch is on the top of the mirror, it's really discrete and easy to reach. There's 8 LED lights which are all powered by the 4 AAA batteries inside. My only bug bear about this mirror is the bulb are really small and once their under the chrome lid they're not that powerful. It just means you need a bit of daylight too to help you out. I suppose I've just been spoilt by the power of my old mirror - I could do my makeup in a pitch black room, the bulbs are that powerful. I'll just have to hope my dressing table has good light or else I might have dodgy makeup.

Overall it's fantastic value for money, really high quality and looks really good sitting on top of a dressing table. A definite upgrade! Now that I've got my light up mirror ready I've got my eyes set on a Chandelier... that's an essential for a dressing room right?

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Outfit of the Night - Birthday Dinner & Little Mermaid Musical

Dress: New Look
Jacket: Cameo Rose @ New Look
Flip Flops: New Look
Bag: Michael Kors
Floral Headband: New Look
Bracelets: Annie Haak

While we stayed in the Sol Principe Hotel in Torremolinos we were all inclusive, and we didn't really have any complaints, but we fancied doing something a bit more special for my Dad's birthday. We found a nice little restaurant a short walk away that suited all the fussy eaters - no fish was quite a struggle in the Costa Del Sol. I wore my new dress and jacket from New Look and wore my hair up for a change. Before our dinner we got watermelon shots which unfortunately turned out to not be alcoholic before I had a chicken caesar salad. It was huge and really good. I'd highly recommend the Tarik restaurant. After dinner we headed back to our hotel for Strawberry Daiquiris galore and to watch The Little Mermaid the musical - it was fab, and right up my street!