Beauty · Life · Uncategorized

Radiance Ring – Mobile

The Radiance Ring Mobile is an 8.5cm mini LED ring light that you can clip on to your phone (or tablet) to provide light for your selfies or videos. Because it’s a ring light, you get those cool circular reflections in the eyes that you see in all the top MUAs Instagram posts that make their eyes sparkle. Dreamy. And instead of getting a big bulky thing for your camera, you can just clip this little, well affordable (£12!) ring to your phone! (They do also sell 12″ and 18″ radiance ring lights for a bigger budget, as well as accessories for them.)

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The radiance ring’s light holds 36 individual LED bulbs with a little clicky button on the side so you can adjust the brightness. It also comes with a little USB cable because the ring light is rechargeable, as opposed to using batteries. So you can just charge it up and keep it in your handbag for the perfect selfie when you’re on the go, the  It’s also really light (in weight, I mean, duh? but it is also really a light…) so it won’t weigh you down when you’re using it and it doesn’t feel like you’ve added a brick to your handbag.

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I took a bunch of selfies, but honestly, I’m not feeling too great about my face at the moment. My bestie and I also had a couple of selfie sessions using this in her car too! It provided us with well diffused light and a nice glow. I’ve yet to really need to charge it again either. The battery lasts ages. Now I always have it in my handbag for any inpromptu selfies with friends. It gets a thumbs up from me.

Have you ever tried any add ons for your phone to aid photo taking? What do you think? Dope or nope?

Disclaimer: Radiance Ring was sent to me for review consideration. This post includes affiliate links, this means that I may get a % if you choose to purchase anything. It doesn’t change the price for you, it just helps me out. 🙂

 

Beauty · skincare · Subscription Boxes · Uncategorized

Dollar Shave Club – Just for Men?

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You’ve probably heard of Dollar Shave Club by now; if not, do you live under a rock? I’ve seen so many American YouTubers include DSC partnerships in their videos – Although the US offerings are different the UK offerings. I decided to order myself a trial box and put it to the test. Is it just for men? Would it be better than other razors I’ve tried?

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The box took a few days to arrive after I ordered it. Not really speedy delivery, but that didn’t bother me. Also; it seems that the package was despatched from continental Europe, so accounting for that, delivery time was not bad at all.

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The trial box has four items in. The razor handle, a pack of four razor cartridges, a tube of shave butter and a little 16 page magazine which is great for those moments when you head to the bathroom and think you’re just gonna pee so you don’t take your phone but you end up actually having to take a dump. I believe the magazines content is different every month, and it’s actually pretty cool. One thing that I didn’t see mentioned on the website (though I may have missed it) but that did come with the welcome card was that they donate a portion of sales of the box to charity.

This particular set is called “The Executive”, which, I’d associate with a dude, but like macho-sounding shower gels, it doesn’t mean you have to be macho to use it. The razor head cartridges are housed in a cardboard sleeve. Each cartridge contains 6 stainless steel blades, a trimmer edge and lubricating strip. On their own, four of the cartridges ship for £8 a month; which seems a little pricey compared to the £5 price tag that the trial box carries. The razor handle is quite weighty. But how about their functioning?

Well, it has been a couple of days since I shaved and my legs still feel lovely. The razor yielded a very close shave without having to go back over any of the same spots. The handle weight was perfectly balanced and it felt better to hold and use than my Friction Free Shaving Razor or any of the other cartridge razors I’ve used before. It also gave me the closest shave. I wondered if it’s because it’s aimed at coarse man-face hair; but I remember I once used to use mens gillette razors on my legs and this was still better. So, I decided to try it down in my southern regions to see how it would cope with /that/ hair and also to see if the shave butter would corrode ones lady-parts.

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I used it just with soap suds on my arm-pits, but also used the shave butter when I shaved my legs. While “Dr Carver” isn’t really the most reassuring name for a shave product, I can gladly say that it carved nothing aside from the excess hair that I wanted to be rid of. It smells clean and fresh, but very inoffensive. I’m sensitive to some things and was concerned the butter would leave my skin feeling slippery/oily; it did not. It helped the razor glide along my legs, but it also rinsed off the razor easily and didn’t clog it up. So once I was done shaving my legs and was happy with the result, I decided to tackle my lady-garden. DSC has no mention about where is okay to use the shave butter, it just says to use it in shaveable places… so I thought I’d give it a go and report back so nobody else need suffer a bush-fire.

I’m pleased to report that it did not cause any burning or stinging to my downstairs – though of course we’re all different and some are more sensitive than others. I was a heavy Lush bath bomb user and touch wood *touches some wood* I’ve never had thrush, but some women only need to look at a bath bomb to suffer. My shave was satisfactory and less irritating than usual methods. I admittedly usually suffer from razor bumps on my bikini-line the following day but the balm seems to have worked a treat there.

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I think that’s about it really! In conclusion? No, it’s not just for men. I’d rather have a better shave with something less girly than a more feminine razor that doesn’t quite make the cut. You can order your Dollar Shave Club Trial Box for £5 via their website. It’s £8 each month after that unless you downgrade or choose deliveries to be every 2 months instead of monthly, though you can cancel anytime, so you could just get the trial box and cancel if you’d like. I would really recommend it.

Have you tried Dollar Shave Club or any other shave subscription box before? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Beauty · body · Health · self-care · Uncategorized

A Busty Girls Guide to Boobs – Fitting

As a very busty (42K) lady, I know the importance of a good bra. It’s important to strap the girls in to a bra that fits properly. So many people wear the wrong size bra, which not only affects the appearance of your breasts (quad boobs??) but it can also cause real issues. If your bra hurts, digs in, pulls on your shoulders, tries to impale your tits with its underwire, causes bulging or gapes etc, then your current bra is not for you.

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Wearing a poor fitting bra can cause a number of issues. Backache, sore shoulders, neck pain, headache, trouble breathing, skin conditions (man, fungal infections on your underboobs are a thing and they are NOT FUN), circulation problems, stress on muscles and bones, and probably some other stuff too.

Health issues aren’t the only problems a poorly fitting bra can cause. A rubbish bra can throw off your posture, but also make you look a bit… weird. Quad boob, saggy boobs, looking bulky, broader or just strange. A well fitting bra can change your entire silhouette, as well as ease any discomfort and pain.

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So? How do you know if your bra would be better off as a bird feeder? Here are some ways to tell if it is too small:

  • Thy cup runneth over/you get quad boob – your cups are too small.
  • The band digs in – you need a larger band size! A bra should be tight but it shouldn’t be digging in like the string on your Sunday pork roast.
  • The wire wants to impale you – usually this is due to cups being too small.
  • The shoulder straps cut in – this can be down to small cups, but sometimes the band can be an issue too.
  • The centre gore doesn’t want to nestle in to your bossom – if the wire is pushed away from your body, the cups are too small. The wire should not be sitting on top of any breast tissue!

What about if it is too big? Well, there are ways to tell that too.

  • It’s riding up – this is pretty common. If the band is riding up your back, then it is too big. The band should stay horizontal the entire way around your body.
  • Your cups have room for snacks – if your cups gape, they are too big. However, most pairs of breasts are asymmetrical; if one is bigger than the other, you should fit to the bigger breast. Doing this can result in one cup gaping, in which case you can try another style bra, or use a fillet to even things out if you’re self-conscious. Generally, nobody else will be able to tell.
  • Your cups dimple or wrinkle – they’re too big!
  • The band is loose enough to use as a slingshot – you should be able to comfortably slide a finger under and around the band. If you can pull it more than 2 inches away from your body, then your band is too big.

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So, if the cups are small, size them up, if they’re big, go down a size. Same with the band, right? Well actually, it’s not quite that simple. Bra sizes are relative! A 40D will have the same cup volume as a 38C. This is called a sister size. If you go up a cup size, go down a band size; if you go up a band size, go down a cup size. So, if you have an issue with your bra fit, but feel it is minor, give your sister sizes a try first or try a different style of bra. Remember, fluctuating hormones can alter breast size, so be mindful of this when fitting. Swollen period boobs, anyone?

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If your bra is miles off, I highly recommend getting fitted by professional.

I hope this helps any tangled titties! This is by no means a professional or comprehensive guide. I’m just sharing my experiences as a plus sized, well endowed woman. If in doubt, go and get fitted.

P.S! If you’re wanting to check out a lingerie blogger who has a wealth of information as well as recommendations, I highly recommend checking out the beautiful George from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust.

All images in this post are stock images as I’m not comfortable with sharing my own undercrackers with the world.

Beauty · hair · Uncategorized

Mane ‘n Tail Detangler

Mane ‘n Tail products were originally formulated for horses, ergo the name, or well, I assume. Equestrians started using the products themselves and so up came a range of the stuff for humans! Now they’re an absolute ESSENTIAL for my hair care and today I wanted to tell you about my favourite product; the Mane ‘n Tail Detangler!

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I have been using Mane ‘n Tail for a few years now and this detangler is a MUST HAVE product for me. I use it liberally, but a bottle seems to last me absolutely ages. The photographs are rubbish, I know – sorry! But I photographed my current bashed and loved bottle.

Detangler benefits:

  • Exclusive pH balanced formula that is easy to use and helps eliminate tangles and knots and the appearance of dry split ends
  • Hair becomes easily manageable with rich, luxurious shine
  • Formulated with natural herbal extracts to help nourish, strengthen and fortify; helps prevent hair loss due to breakage
  • Safe and gentle for all hair types

Available in a 12 oz/355ml spray bottle. 

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After I have washed my hair and it is still damp, I spray this stuff liberally, all over my hair, especially the mid to ends and then brush it through using my Tangle Teezer (which is also a must have product for me, just fyi!). Sometimes I just let it dry, other times I blow dry it on low, but whenever I do this, I always have soft, smooth and silky hair vs this fuzzy thing that’s loaded with fly-aways when I’m too lazy to do more than just shampoo my hair. Sometimes I spray it on to my tangle teezer and then brush it through my hair if I just let it dry naturally, was lazy and end up fly-aways.

My hair is much easier to brush – this stuff is like MAGIC for me and I’ve seen a massive reduction in the appearance and development of split ends since using it. I feel like everyone with a pony-tail (geddit!? ha! I’m so witty) should have this stuff. I’m so pleased that Mane ‘n Tail products are more accessible and easier to purchase now!

Have you tried any of their products? Do they work for you? or are they a bit much? I have dry, fine and frizzy hair but this stuff is meant to be great for all hair types!
If you’re an equestrian, do you use Mane ‘n Tail on your horses?!

Beauty · DIY/Tutorials · home · nails · skincare · Uncategorized

Easy DIY: Nail Oil

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Hi guys!

My previous blog was full of a lot of nail posts. A lot of people requested I did something nail-care related, so I thought I’d share my very simple DIY nail oil with you which is also great on face and body too! It’s fast absorbing, results are visible after a very short period of usage and it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy! On top of that, it’s crazy easy, so anyone can whip it up; and you only need three things. It also makes a great gift.

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The things you will need are:

  • Jojoba Oil (Cold pressed is best!)
  • Vitamin E oil (or gel, as long as it’s pure)
  • Empty amber glass pipette bottle
  • Essential Oil fragrance eg Lavender Oil (Optional)

You don’t have to use amber bottles, but they help provide UV protection for the contents, so they will help avoid any deterioration. Blue bottles also work too. Generally, it’s better to just keep anything with essential oils in a dark glass bottle.

First of all, remove the lid from your empty amber glass bottle and put it to one side. It should be pretty obvious, but this is where your nail oil will be going.

Next, add the vitamin E oil/gel. Gel will help the oil have a thicker consistency, but it’s not as easy to obtain – nor as cheap (in my experience) so here we’re just using oil. You need to fill the bottle up 1/5th to 1/4 with the vitamin E oil. If your hands are particularly ragged, go for the quarter.

Next, fill up the bottle to half way with the Jojoba oil. Replace the lid and roll the bottle and invert it a few times (as opposed to shaking it) so the oils combine. Remove the lid and fill up almost the rest of the way – you need to make sure there is enough room for the pipette and your fragrance oil if you choose to add any; personally, I don’t bother.

Optional Step: Add a couple of drops of your fragrance essential oil if you choose too. Lavender also has anti-bacterial properties. You can even add a good amount of tea tree oil if you want the nail oil for your toenails or acne prone skin. Again, this is optional.

Lastly, put the lid on your bottle, hopefully you’ve not over-filled it! Roll it around to help combine the oils.

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That’s it! Easy peasy. I didn’t even really need to give that much instruction, but I wanted to make sure it was clear. You can use this oil as often as you like. It’s super nourishing and softening.

If you have any hang nails, gently clip them off as closely as you can – don’t rip them off, you’ll damage your skin! Massage in oil as liberally as you like, especially in to the nail bed and cuticles and it should help stave off any future hang nails. I also use this stuff on my face to fight the punishing cold wind as part of my skin care routine (apply prior to moisturising). I put a small amount on my nails and rub it right in to the base of my nails, soaking the cuticles and after, I rub the excess in to my hands. They’re so soft – I haven’t had a hang nail or any nail splitting or peeling in weeks.

I hope this is useful to you! Feel free to share it with anyone whose hands could use some TLC. You could even make some nice labels and whip some up for a gift this festive season!

Beauty · make-up · Uncategorized

Free Make-up brushes (Offer over – Now £5.99)

Do you want some FREE make-up brushes? If you have Amazon Prime, you can get yourself this pretty set of ten, instagrammable brushes for absolutely free, delivered next day! I was searching to see if Amazon had the new Real Techniques brushes but instead, stumbled upon these!

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What’s the catch? There isn’t one. Unless you count Prime as a catch. If you don’t have Prime, you can still get them free, you just pay for postage, but that’s basically the cost of the brushes – unless you do the minimum spend of £20 for free delivery.

Anyhow, here’s how you get your free brushes!
Go to the amazon page for the Free Make-up Brushes.
See the promotion on the page that is shown in the screenshot below? Click it and hit “Redeem”. The brushes are the same cost as the discount, making them cost £0.00!

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Add the brushes to your cart.
In the cart, the price will not show the discount, but it does at checkout!
Before confirming, check, it should say discounts applied -£4.99, then hit checkout.

I was going to add a screenshot, but this is limited to one per person, you only get the offer for one set of brushes. I already tried and made the purchase myself, so I can’t purchase any more.

All that’s left to do is to wait for your free brushes to arrive. Enjoy! Get ’em fast, I’ve no idea how long this will be available for, it could have been an error or may only be while stocks last. I’d appreciate it if you would share this if you found it useful!

Beauty · self-care · skincare · Uncategorized

Manuka Honey Masque by Vitamasques

Hurrah, my first ever review on my new blog. And you’re readi- wait, no, don’t leave, what are you doing?

Still here? Cool. Now let me talk to you about my favourite sheet masque in existence.

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I discovered this face mask thanks to Glossybox and I fell in love with it. Initially, I wasn’t overly excited by it as I’d never heard of the brand before and sheet masks usually are a terrible fit on my face. The holes in all the wrong places, y’know? I tried it, loved it. I’m a cheap git, so almost had a coronary when I saw they’re £3.99 per masque; but then a discount code from Glossybox turned up in my inbox and all was right in the world. Alright, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but I was pleased none the less and ordered myself a packet as well as one of their other masques to try.

So what is it? The Manuka Honey Masque by Vitamasques is a Korean sheet mask with triple layer technology to enhance the moisture content in the mask and help the skin absorb the goodies it holds inside. At the risk of being captain obvious, that would be extracts of Manuka Honey.

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The instructions say to apply the mask after having cleansed your face and to leave it on for 20 minutes. If you got the Glossybox this was featured in, the products all went together pretty nicely, in the case of my skin anyway. However, now I opt for a good buffing using Lush’s Ocean Salt scrub and my Magnitone brush before applying this mask.

Unlike every other sheet mask I’ve tried, this one was actually a decent shape and fit for my face – the holes were in the right places and everything, which is rare in my experience and masks usually require repeated re-jigging as they slide around as the time passes. After the 20 minutes were up, I wiped my face with the masques limp corpse before doing the suggested “patting” of the face afterwards. I hate the feel about ten minutes after though, so I tend to proceed to wipe my face off and apply my usual moisturiser. I found improvement to the texture of my skin and a more plump appearance thanks to the more intensive hydration than the level that my standard skincare regime provides. A much needed boost after good ol’ winter dryness!

The Manuka Honey Masques retail for £3.99 or you can buy a four pack.

Have you tried this facemask before? Had you heard of the brand prior to it being featured in a Glossybox?