ADEXE Mini Sistine Collection - Snow White Watch Review

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

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I'm not a huge watch wearer, however I do like to have staple accessory pieces and the Snow White Mini Sistine Watch from ADEXE RRP £79* definitely fits the bill. It's a perfect addition to add into my Spring/Summer wardrobe and I just find that adding a watch with a simple bracelet can sometimes just make an outfit look more put together. As the name suggests it has a pure white strap made with genuine hand-made Italian leather with a petite face and gorgeous rose gold accents. The case is made from hand polish stainless steel and the watch features a hidden gem encompassed inside the crown which is a nice addition. The new collection contains different colour and strap options if the Snow White option isn't your cup of tea. For size reference all of the cases in the Mini Sistine collection are 30mm in size and the band width is 12mm. The prices start from just £79 which I think is a great price for a quality long-lasting watch. 

I will say that if you're a plus sized person and have chubbier arms or wrists like myself then you may struggle with the straps as I've found that the strap only just fits around my wrist and I don't think they sell any bigger strap sizes unfortunately. Obviously the fact that the watch only just fits my wrist is no fault of the brand, it's just my body been a bit chubbier than your average sized person. But it is something to consider, especially if you're buying one as a gift for someone who is plus size. I still find the watch is comfortable to wear throughout the day though and it still has a thumbs up from me.

The Mini Sistine Collection watches are also Splash Resistant (3 ATM) and the battery should last between 2-3 years before it needs changing. ADEXE also offer free UK and US returns and free international delivery too.

Overall I do really like the Snow White Mini Sistine Watch and although it's dainty in size, it's still eye-catching with it being so pretty and I'm definitely going to be wearing it a lot this Spring and Summer. 

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A Beauty Wishlist

Saturday, 20 April 2019

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I haven't done a beauty wishlist in a while and there's definitely a few things I have my eyes on right now. It's also almost my birthday so I guess you could call this a birthday beauty wishlist too lol. So here are some things which I have my eyes on right now and also why I'm interested in them.

Dermalogica Breakout Clearing Kit £26.50 / Magnitone Well Heeled Pedicure System £25 / Pixi Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel £18 

My skin has been acting up over the past few weeks. It's been mostly clear for 3 months now but I think the stress of things going on in my life recently and also because I've had some bad pain flare ups over the past couple of weeks, it's caused my skin to freak out and I'm currently dealing with a fair few spots that don't seem to want to go away. I'm already a huge fan of Dermalogica and I really want to try out some of the products from their Clear Start range, which is why I thought the kit I found on LookFantastic which contains Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash (75ml), Breakout Clearing Booster (10ml) and the Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion (30ml) seemed interesting. Around this time of the year I notice the skin on feet becomes drier, which I know sounds weird because most people get dry skin in the weather. It's not super bad but it's not great either so I want to pick up a new pedicure system and I've got my eyes on the Magnitone Well Heeled Pedicure System. I've loved everything I've ever owned from Magnitone so I trust that their pedicure system will be great too.  Pixi have added some products to their "Glow Tonic" range and I love the original Glow Tonic and I've been using it more recently as my skin is being a pain and acting up. So when I saw that their Glow Tonic Cleansing Gel had become available to buy I put it in my basket ready to buy... but I've got a few other cleansers I want to finish before buying it. 

Barry M Brow Wand £5.99 / Pixi PinkSalt Cleansing Oil £24 / Fresh Soy Face Cleanser £30

Barry M have definitely stolen the show in terms of drugstore brands for me over the past year. Everyone seems to be mad for Revolution but I honestly haven't been that blown away by their latest releases and I think they've increased their prices by a lot too. Barry M have so many interesting products to offer. My fave find from them has got to be their Unicorn Drops Primer Drops which gives a subtle but noticeable glow under your makeup or even when it's worn alone (it's technically a skin care product too!) and it smells super fruity too. Their new brow product "Brow Wand" has definitely piqued my interest as it's got a pencil on one end and a brow gel on the other - genius! The pencil does look quite chunky though so I don't know if I'd get on with it or not but it's worth a try. Pixi seem to be popping out new products by the week! Another new product which I have my eyes on and I can already verify that I shall be buying it soon is the PinkSalt Cleansing Oil which is infused with Himalayan Salt which helps to detoxify and purify the skin whilst deeply cleansing. It also contains Rosemary Leaf Oil which decongests and clarifies and Olive Oil which is a antioxidant and vitamin packed too. It really does sound perfect for my skin type! I also want to pick up the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser again. I have used a few travel size versions before and I remember loving it so I thought I'd just pop it on my wishlist anyway.

Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleli Bronzer £25 / OLAPLEX No.3 Hair Perfector £24 / It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil Free Matte Cream £31

I've been wanting to get my hands on the Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleli Bronzer for a while now but I just feel it is quite pricey for a bronzer and I don't wear bronzer all of the time either. But it does seem like a perfect bronzer for someone with a pale skin type like myself. Plus... it smells like chocolate, yum. Everyone seems to rave about OLAPLEX NO.3 Hair Perfector and I want to see what the hype is about. I've been using more treatment type of products on my hair recently and they've been working really well. So once I've used up a few products I already own, I think I may try it out for myself. I've already got the original It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream which I do really like but with me having an oilier skin type I think the Matte option would suit me better and keep me matte for longer. The original is very dewy (although it can be powered down) and the matte apparently has a more higher coverage too. So it's definitely one I want to pick up soon so I'm ready for the warmer weather!

IGK Hair Beach Club Volumizing Texture Spray £25 / BECCA Hydra Mist Set & Refresh Powder £32 / Essie Nail Polish in Clothing Optional £7.99

IGK Hair are a brand I've been wanting to try some products from for a while but they are on the pricier side. However a lot of people who I know who have tried them say that they are 100% worth the money and also that their products last longer than cheaper options too apparently? I also love the aesthetically pleasing packaging too. Although there's a few products by IGK Hair I'd love to try, I think the Beach Club Texture Spray is the one I want to try the most. I love the sound of the BECCA Hydra Mist Set & Refresh Powder! I know it sounds a little gimmicky but it does sound like a really interesting product which would be perfect for when the weather gets a little warmer. It apparently gives you a cooling effect when you apply it and I don't think there's anything else like it on the market either. I really want to pick up a few more Essie nail polishes because I just love Essie in general and I really want to get a few nude shades and also a few more colourful options too. The Clothing Optional shade is a mauve-grey kind of shade which is something I tend to sway towards as it quite a neutral everyday colour.

What's on your Beauty Wishlist right now?

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A Driver's Checklist For Making Sure Your Tyres Are Safe *

Friday, 19 April 2019

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-*This post is in collaboration with Elite Direct Tyres, all opinions are my own-
Taking your car for it's MOT or for a service is basically like taking yourself to a doctors appointment for a annual check up. It has to be done for peace of mind. Obviously a car has to have a MOT every year if it's over 3 years old and you should also have your car serviced every year (or every 12,000 miles). But in the time in between having your car MOT'ed and serviced you should also keep on top of maintaining your car and making sure it's performing at it's best throughout the year. I tend to not do much driving in the car during the Winter because it's just too cold and I'd rather be out and about when the weather is a little better and also warmer. Plus I feel more confident driving in the better weather rather than snowy weather. I basically come out of hibernation (lol) around March/April time and make more plans and travel to different places in the UK and knowing that the car is in a good way is a peace of mind whilst travelling longer than usual distances because there's nothing worse than your car breaking down when your miles from home, is there? In this post I'm taking about how to keep your tyres safe and know that your car is road worthy and safe to drive.

1) An obvious thing that should be on your checklist is to make sure you check your tyres often (weekly) for any signs of damage, wear and tear and slow punctures.

2) You should check your tyre pressure at least once a month and also before travelling long distances or on motorways. But you should aim to check your tyre pressure every couple of weeks when the tyres are cold and also make sure to use a reliable tyre pressure gauge. You should never check your tyre pressure when your car/tyres are warm as the pressure increases as your car gets hot so if you check your tyre pressure when the car/tyres are already warm or hot then the reading would be wrong which would mean the pressure will most likely be too low.

3) Check your tyre tread regularly so you can determine how much life your tyres have left in them. The law says that your tyres should have at least 1.6mm depth but many manufacturers would recommend changing your tyres before then - when they are at around 3mm. This is because the less amount of tyre tread on your tyres means a bigger braking distance because there isn't as much grip left so you won't come to a stop as quick and could possibly slide too if road and weather conditions are bad. If you're stopped by the police and you're found to have one or more tyre with a tread depth below the legal limit then you could land yourself with a hefty fine of £2,500 AND three penalty points per tyre. You can use a special device called a tread depth gauge to check your tread depth or you can check using "the 20p test" which I've done myself before. You just pop a 20p coin into the grooves of the tyre and check if you can see the outer band of the coin. If you cannot see it then you tyre is safe and above the legal limit. If you can see the outer band of the coin then it means that the tyre is unsafe and needs changing.

4) Make sure to replace any missing valve caps. When the cap is remove the valve is exposed and this can lead to it getting clogged up with any sort of road dirt, grease, ice etc. It can also lead to a air leak over time which will result in the tyre going flat. So don't drive around with no valve caps on!

5) Check for basic wear and tear regularly and make a note of any sort of wear and tear which needs sorting out ASAP.  

6) And lastly just make sure you're tyres are cleaned often! This is also a good time to spot any sort of wear and tear and also any cracks, bulges and onset cracks in the tyres which will need attention.

If you are in need of some new tyres for your car then you can order tyres in Loughton from Elite Direct Tyres and get them delivered to your front door.

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Two Products From ECooking

Thursday, 18 April 2019

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-This post contains gifted/PR samples, no paid content. All opinions are my own-
In today's post I'm talking about two products from Danish brand ECooking which I've been using recently and how I've been getting on with them. ECooking are available from Indulge Beauty. 

I was sent over their ECooking Shower Gel RRP £18.50* and ECooking Multi Oil RRP £20*. What I really like about both of the products I've tried so far from ECooking is that they can be used for more than one thing. The shower gel can actually be used as a shampoo and the Multi Oil can be used as a facial oil, cleanser, makeup remover, hair oil and massage oil. They are also vegan and paraben free, which is fab! 

The Shower Gel (and Shampoo) smells extremely similar to the Happy Hippy Shower Gel from Lush which I do already like but I've found that the ECooking option lathers up easier and I love that you can use it as a shampoo too. If you're not familiar with Happy Hippy then it's a very fresh and citrusy scent. It's also great shampoo to use before using a hair mask or any sort of conditioning treatment I've found. I don't know why that is but I can tell that it really does cleanse my hair well. I also really like the packaging and it looks cute sitting on the edge of the bath. I can tell I like it as I have a fair few different shower gels on the go at the minute and I've been reaching for the ECooking option the most. 

The Multi Oil which is priced at £20 is a great product if you're wanting to save on both space and money. It also looks aesthetically pleasing on my skincare cupboard shelf with it's glass bottle and pump and it smells really nice as it's Orange, Lavender and Rose scented and it's made from organic Jojoba and Sesame Oil. It's not a heavy oil so it's been a nice oil for my face to use when my skin feels like it just needs an extra kick of hydration or a bit more of a glow. I love that you can use it on your hair too - I've only used it on the ends of my hair but you can use it as a hair scalp treatment if desired aswell. I've also used it as a cleanser and makeup remover and it works well for both of those too. So it definitely lives up to it's name as a multi oil! 

Out of both of the products I definitely would repurchase the shower gel just because it's great as a shower gel and a shampoo and I may potentially pick up the multi oil again once I've used up some of my other facial and hair oils. 

Have you tried any products from ECooking?

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8 Staple Pieces I Want In My Spring/Summer Wardrobe *

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

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-This post is in collaboration with Quiz Clothing, all opinions are my own-
I really like Spring and Summer but for someone who is plus size and doesn't like to show off her arms, tummy area and legs it can be quite hard to shop for clothes in the warmer seasons. I have started to wear more dresses lately just to try and get used to having my legs out in front of strangers more. I do have chunky legs, I always joke that they are basically like logs but they've always been on the chunkier side so I'm just like "whatever" now. If you don't like the look of my legs then just look away haha. So in today's post I'm talking about 8 staple pieces I want to put into my Spring/Summer wardrobe this year. 

Quiz Curve White Navy and Red Je Suis T-Shirt £16.99 / Missguided Plus Oversized Denim Jacket in Blue £45 / ASOS Design Jally Wide Fit Two Pack Espadrilles £20 / River Island Plus Mini Skirt in Mid Wash £32

I love a stripe t-shirt and I also love and own many slogan t-shirts too so when I came across the Je Suis T-shirt at Quiz I obviously mentally added it to my basket for a later date. Quiz Clothing have so many nice plus size tops right now from casual wear to smart looking dressy tops too and I'm definitely going to be placing an order with them soon. For cooler days I tend to wear one of my denim jackets but I really liked the look of the Missguided one I came across. It looks nice and oversized and I like the distressed look of it too. I know they're not to everyone's taste but I find Espadrilles really comfortable and the Two Pack I found on ASOS is a bargain. One pair is just plain back and the other pair have a cute palm tree design on them. I'm also still on the lookout for a skirt which doesn't make me look bigger or isn't super long on me and I've been failing miserably so far. I really like the look of the River Island one and with it being a Mini Skirt it won't be super long on me like basic length ones are as I'm only 5'3 (on a good day).

Pink Clove Wrap Dress in Dalmatian Spot Print £24 / Quiz Curve Navy and Cream Heart Print Top £24.99 / Pull&Bear Faux Leather Flat Sandals in Tan £19.99 / New Look Curve Floral Joggers in Black Pattern £15.99

I'm really into wrap dresses right now (as long as they fit me nicely on the boob area!) and I think they actually suit my shape too and they're comfortable when I'm feeling bloated. I really like the look of the Pink Clove Dalmatian Spot Print dress and I think it'd look nice paired with a denim jacket on more casual days too. But you could also dress it up easily too. I also came across another pretty top whilst browsing Quiz Clothing which is the Curve Navy and Cream Heart Print Top which I think would like nice if you need to dress up smartly for an occasion or even if you have an office job or something. It's also that time of the year when I become a bit obsessed with Tan coloured sandals. So far I've found a few I like but I think the Pull&Bear ones are my fave looking ones right now. They look comfortable and would suit a lot of outfits. Lastly are the New Look Curve Floral Joggers which I think I may cave and buy really soon. I love these type of joggers in the warmer weather because they are comfortable, thin (but not too thin) but also look cute.

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