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. 

You can also get 15% off if you use my code: TOLDBYKIRSTY15

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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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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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Trying Out CBD Buddy 5% CBD Oil

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

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As you probably already know if you read my blog often and/or follow me on social media. I use CBD oil daily for my chronic pain and it definitely helps with my symptoms. So when I got the opportunity to try out CBD Buddy's CBD oil I obviously said yes! Also as I've said before, when I test out and feature any CBD products on my blog I always look into the brand, their reviews and also make sure they have lab results available to view before I say yes.  They sell 3%, 5% and 10% CBD oil and they also sell vaping products too if that's more your jam. Personally I'm not a fan of smoking or vaping but whatever floats your boat, eh? 

I was sent over their 5% 500mg CBD Oil* which is the strength I do usually buy from other brands anyway. I also try to have a 10% 1000mg strength CBD oil for really bad pain days too. I find that the 3% 300mg does absolutely nothing for my pains, it's just not strong enough. Whereas 5% 500mg does usually help to ease the pain and it's cheaper than 10% 1000mg. So I use 5% daily and then if I'm having a bad pain day I'll use a 10% one instead. The reason why I don't use 10% daily is because I find the 5% works most days and I don't want to use something stronger when I don't need it as I do get through 2-3 bottles of CBD per month so the amount of money I spend per month on CBD does mount up pretty quickly.

The CBD Buddy 5% 500mg Oil works well for my usual daily pain but if I flare up bad then it doesn't really help much. I think it slightly takes the edge off when I'm in a lot of pain but it doesn't ease it enough for me to be comfortable if that makes sense. But I do think it's a good oil overall. I'd probably opt for the next strength up if I was to pick up another bottle from CBD Buddy though. It does have the typical cbd taste but it doesn't linger on like some brands do and if you have a sip of water or a cup of tea after taking it then it gets rid of the taste right away. 

CBD Buddy are one of the most affordable CBD brands on the market right now and their 5% CBD Oil is only £24.99 with free delivery which is a bargain if you want to try CBD oil for yourself but don't want to spend a lot of money. 

Overall I think if you do have chronic pain then maybe go for the next strength up just to make sure it will (hopefully) work for you. If you're looking to try CBD oil for aches and pains, sleep and anxiety problems then the 5% option would most likely be a good one to try out first. If I'm being totally honest, I find the 3% option from any brand doesn't help me with any problems from sleep, anxiety, pains etc. But obviously it's entirely up to you which you try out but that's just from my personal experience.

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3 Simple Ways Which I've Found Have Increased My Instagram Engagement

Saturday, 13 April 2019


I thought I'd share the 3 ways which I've found have really helped to increase my instagram engagement. I've been trying out these 3 ways for a couple of weeks now, maybe even a month or so? I honestly don't know, I've kind of lost the sense of time because this year seems to be flying by! Anyway, I can definitely see a difference when I put these to the test and when I don't, so it's helping somewhere along the line. I kind of have an on/off love for instagram because there's nothing more annoying than taking the photos specifically for insta and thanks to insta's algorithm, they bomb and it automatically makes you think that your photos are crap, ugh. But it's just instagram being a dick usually and not showing your photos on other people's timelines. 

Like AND Comment On Photos - 
Although it's nice for someone to like your photo and kind of say "I like this photo" or "I like or support what you've wrote in your caption" you should say what you think in the comments too! I've definitely found this to help and I think if you're properly engaging with an account/photo and liking AND commenting on their latest photo then it gives their photo a boost on other people's timelines and they also may return the like and comment out of generosity too. 

P.S please don't just write "Great photo" or something like that because well, that's not really engaging, is it? and it also just makes you just look like a spam account lol. 

Don't Post On Your Grid Daily -
This 100% works. When I post daily, I find that my interaction rate is definitely less. Whereas if I post every other day or every 3 days then I tend to get a lot more likes and/or comments. I still tend to post on my insta stories every day and I obviously like and comment on other people's posts daily too, but I find that if I post between 3-4 photos on my grid per week then I get a better overall engagement rate.

Post At Certain Times -
I've personally found that if I post in the evening during the week anytime between 5-8pm and then either in the morning around 10-11am or evening around 6-8pm on the weekend I tend to get more likes. 

I hope these tips help with your account if you're struggling with instagram right now. I know how much of a pain it can be when you put in the effort and get nothing back!

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5 Tips For Lighting Your Home *

Friday, 12 April 2019

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-This post is in collaboration with Inspyer Lighting-

5 Tips for Lighting Your Home

Lighting your home may seem like a simple task; you just buy the bulbs and flip the switch, right? Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as that and things can actually go wrong. But don’t worry, I have teamed up with Inspyer Lighting to offer you five useful tips. Think About Different Types of Lighting
Each room in your home will require a different type of lighting depending on you use it. For example, floor and table lamps are great for your living room because they are warm, which will improve relaxation. Pendant lights are a fantastic choice for your dining room because they look incredible when hanging over the middle of the table. Layer Your Lighting
Layering your lighting will allow you to manipulate each space in a room to suit what you’re doing. For example, you might need task lighting in your kitchen so that you don’t have any accidents whilst chopping food. This could come in the form of under cupboard lights. As well as task lighting, you’ll also need a ceiling light to light up the rest of the room. Consider Dimmer Switches
Dimmer switches are great because they allow you to control the mood in the room. For example, if you’re having a movie night you can dim the lights and make the room feel like a cinema. If you’re having a candle-lit dinner you can dim the lights to up the romance. Alternatively, if you’re doing some work or helping your kids with their homework, you can turn the lights up.

It’s easy to install dimmer switches and they may even help you save energy, reducing your overall bills. If you’re into smart home technology you could hook your lights up to your phone and adjust the lighting from the comfort of your chair. Think About Size
The size of the room will determine what size light fixture you should go for. For instance, a great big chandelier will look silly in your tiny spare bedroom, but would look magnificent in a grand hall way. Check the measurements before you buy! Buy the Right Bulbs
LED lightbulbs are a great choice because they are more energy efficient and will help to reduce your overall utility bills. However, they are expensive to purchase so it’s important to consider whether or not they’re worth the investment. Some bulbs don’t work with dimmer switches so be sure to do your research.

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Trying Out Period Underwear... Does It Actually Work?

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

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I've been debating on trying something different for my periods for a while and I was thinking about trying the Moon Cup but because of my chronic condition (chronic pelvic pain/suspected endometriosis) I was a little worried that I'd make matters even worse, which is obviously something I want to avoid doing. Which is why I decided to try out some period underwear instead. There's a few different brands on the market who sell period underwear but I got the opportunity to try out Modi Bodi Underwear which can be used for periods, perspiration, light incontinence and pregnancy.

I received the Light-Moderate "Classic Full Brief" RRP £19.50* in Black to try out. The Light-Moderate absorbency claims to hold 10ml which is equal to 1-1/2 tampons and is for light-medium period days, a back up for heavy period days or for sneaky leaks and heavy discharge.

I'm not going to lie, I was a little worried about leaking when I decided to give the pants a whirl for the first time. I do have naturally heavy, painful periods and they used to be that heavy that I'd have to always wear night time pads all throughout my period (yep, really) but since going on the combined pill my periods have become a lot lighter and also don't last as long either (3 days at the most). Now my first day is what I would call moderate and then it lightens as the days go on. You can read more about my experience with going on the combined pill in this post

I decided to size up to a 4XL just because I didn't want to mess around the PR company who sent them basically but the 4XL fit me well and I still have some extra space if I get any bloating during my period which let's be honest, that always happens unfortunately ugh. So I would say the sizing is pretty spot on and they are so comfortable! I thought I'd be able to feel the area which absorbs your period (or whatever you're using them for) but you really can't. They just feel like normal underwear. Also if black isn't your colour then they offer other colours too from Blue, Beige, Purple and Grey depending on which style you choose.

So how have I got on using them so far? I honestly love them and I'm a complete convert. They really are a game changer. I've not leaked once! They absorb everything like Modi Bodi claim they do, so you don't feel like you're sitting in blood like you do when you wear a pad. I know it sounds gross but let's be honest, that's exactly what it feels like when you're having a heavier flow. Since trying them for the first time back in February I've bought another two pairs exactly the same as the first pair. I might get a different style soon (I've been looking at the Seamfree Full Brief or the Sensual Hi Waist Bikini) for a Heavy-Overnight flow just because I've been switched to different pill which I'm starting soon (the mini pill) and I know that can cause irregular periods and you can have proper full blown periods on it which is really annoying but I know if that does happen then I'll be backed up by my Modi Bodi pants no matter what. 

Overall I bloody love them (pun intended) and although I do still always have a pack of pads in just in case, I've definitely been opting for my period pants more and I just pop a pad in my bag like normal when I'm out and about just in case I do happen to have a mishap (which I highly doubt would happen). They also offer a 30 day risk-free trial so if they don't work for you then you can claim a refund.

Caring for them is really simple too! You just rinse them in cold water after use but don't soak them. Just rinse until the water runs clear and then pop them in a cold machine wash. Do NOT use any products to clean them with though i.e stain removers, fabric softeners and then just hang them out to dry. They are not only a great invention in general but also they are obviously great for the planet too because it's cutting back on your plastic use. I know it may sound a little pricey to spend £19.50+ on a pair of period pants but think about how much money a pack of pads or box of tampons costs each period? Especially if you suffer with heavier periods because I know I could get through a heck of a lot of pads per month if I was having my normal periods. Modi Bodi also say that their garments should last between 6 months to 2 years depending on the wash and care of the garments. 

 They don't just sell underwear either then also sell activewear, swimwear, accessories and bundles and you get 10% off your first order if you sign up to their mailing list too! If you are thinking about trying a different alternative way to deal with your period rather than a pads and/or tampons then I'd highly recommend trying out these because they really are fab and I can't recommend them enough.

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A Spring Skincare Haul

Sunday, 7 April 2019

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I thought I'd do another skincare haul as my last one seemed to go down really well and I really like trying out new skincare and talking about which products I got on with and which ones I didn't like or get on with. In this post there's a mixture of both products and skincare devices and the majority of the products are glow-giving, skin clearing products hence why I've called this post a Spring Skincare Haul. 

I've been wanting to try out the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser RRP £18 for a while so I decided to pick it up after using up some of my cleansers and I honestly love it so much. I wish I had bought it sooner! It smells kind of like baby powder - very fresh and clean if that makes sense and it really does leave my skin with a healthy glow after using it which still blows my mind each time I use it. It contains Glycolic Acid like the the classic Pixi Glow Tonic which I love already. Because it's a mud cleanser, it really does feel like it lifts any impurities and also calms my oiliness down a little too. I definitely want to pick up the Glow Mud Mask soon so I can see how well they work together. I do have a basket full of face masks though right now so I might wait until I've used some of those up first.

I've always had an issue with larges pores and blackheads but just recently they've gotten worse for some reason and it's literally making me feel so self conscious when I wear little to no makeup so I picked up the My Clarins PORE-LESS Blur and Matte Stick RRP £15 and wow, I'm so disappointed I threw £15 at what I can only describe as an overpriced lip balm. You barely get any product and it doesn't do nothing for my pores, it just makes my skin feel soft so I might as have just used my Elf Primer which is less than £10. When you think of Clarins you automatically think that the product will 100% work but not in this case. The only good thing I can say is that the packaging is cute and it smells like fresh strawberries which is always nice but that's about it.

First of all I love the packaging of the Yes To Grapefruit Vitamin C Glow Boosting Unicorn Transforming Clay Cleanser RRP £7.99* it's so cute! But then again, Yes To always hit the nail on the head when it comes to their packaging designs, don't they? The clay cleanser is fab as it changes from a pink colour to a yellow colour to tell you that it's thoroughly cleansed your skin which I love! It smells super fruity and it's a great cleanser to use first thing in the morning to wake up your skin a bit. It is a little difficult to get out the tube as it is a clay formula and I have seen other people say the same but other than that it's a great product and would highly recommend it if you're in the market for a brightening, glow-giving cleanser that's a bit cheaper than the Pixi offering.

I've never tried anything from True Skincare before but I was kindly sent their Organic Balancing Safflower & Basil Facial Oil RRP £13.50* which is available from Holland & Barrett. I'm really getting into using facial oils now, I use them probably 2-3 times per week which is a big deal to me as I used to be really scared of them due to me having an oilier skin type. I talked about a recent facial oil discovery in this post and although it's a great facial oil, it is on the pricier side so the £13.50 option from True Skincare is a lot more friendly to my bank balance and it does just as good of a job. I would still repurchase the other high-end priced facial oil as I do really like it but it would be more of a treat to myself. I love the smell of the True Skincare Safflower & Basil facial oil and it kind of reminds me of something used in a spa. It leaves my skin feeling so lovely and hydrated but I know it's not going to block up my pores with it being a thin consistency. My skin looks much more hydrated and glowy after using it and also feels more plumper too.

The Dermalogica Prisma Protect spf30 RRP £58* is definitely something I need in my life right now. I know you should wear spf daily but I am a bit lax in that department which I know is so bad. However a lot of my base makeup products contain some sort of spf so I know I'm always covered a little but it could be better. When the #skinfluencer email came through about the new Prisma Protect I was so excited to try it out! It's basically a multi-functioning light activated moisturiser which contains spf30 which gives you a natural but nice looking glow as well as obviously protecting your skin and hydrating your skin too. It claims to provide a broad spectrum defence whilst preventing future signs of skin damage and my skin seems to really like it which is obviously great. Sometimes with spf I do find that it can break me out in certain areas but this hasn't. It smells really fresh and lovely and I've used it as a base for my makeup alone with no primer and found it works well that way too. So if you're in the market for a spf then I would recommend it.

Whenever there's a new Glossier release I do tend to pick it up as I'm a big fan of Glossier in general and I was really intrigued when I saw the Milky Oil Makeup Remover RRP £10. Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser is one of my all time fave cleansers so I obviously snapped up the Milky Oil. Unfortunately I wasn't blown away by it, whilst it does do a pretty good job at removing makeup I feel like it's overpriced for what it is. My go-to Simple or Nivea dual makeup removers work just as well with the same concept, if not better and they are a fraction of the price. I would say that the Milky Oil is a good one if you're travelling but other than that, I wouldn't say it's a must have from Glossier if I'm being totally honest. However I do always recommend the Milky Jelly Cleanser!

Another product I picked up from Glossier is the Super Bounce Serum RRP £24 which contains Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin B5. I picked this up for when my skin goes through dry patch spells and it does work a treat for the dry areas. However I did notice that if I use it for more than 3 days, it seems to give me small little spots under the skin on my forehead and chin area which is a bit odd. But it is a nice product overall and I do still use it. It's got quite a milky consistency which I really like and I think if you're someone who suffers with a drier skin type then you will probably love this. Also the packaging is on point!

Lastly are two skincare devices which I've been using recently. The first is the Blackhead Vacuum Remover Device RRP £8.19 which I picked up on a whim from Ebay and guess what? It actually works. It's a bit gross and let's just say it's not for the faint-hearted because you can see the actual blackhead being sucked out but I find it quite fascinating and a bit therapeutic too which I know sounds kinda weird haha! I do only use it once every week or so because it does leave some redness in the areas you've used it. I also think I went a little overboard when I used it for the first time because I was left with what I can only describe as tiny love bite marks on certain areas of my face, so just a warning to not keep going over the same area over and over again. But other than that I'm really impressed with it.

The PMD Clean Silicone Facial Brush RRP £89* which is available in 5 different colours is something I've been looking at potentially buying over the past few months because I do have a small silicone facial brush from SENSSE which I love but sometimes when I'm having a bad pain flare up I find it hard to hold just because sometimes I get what I can only describe as overtired tired, shaky arms during/after a flare up. But I recently got an email about trying out the PMD Clean so I obviously said yes! and I received the Blush with Rose Gold colour option which I think looks really pretty. It claims to deep cleanse and also provides a way to lift, firm and tone problem areas for a more youthful glowy appearance. It also comes with a one year warranty too. The one thing which I'm still not 100% sure about with the PMD Clean is the fact that it's not rechargeable like most skincare devices are nowadays. It has 4 modes - Mode 1: Gentle Vibration and Mode 2: Intense Vibration should be used for cleansing and then Mode 3: Gentle Pulsation and Mode 4: Intense Pulsation should be used for the anti-ageing concept of the device. You can also use the back of the head of the device to massage in serums or oils. I do find that the silicone cleansing brush works better with gel cleansers rather than any sort of clay cleansers but I've found that with my other smaller silicone cleansing brush too. Overall I do really like the device, I find it works well and I do always feel like my skin has had a good deep cleanse when I use it and obviously I find it easier to hold and use when I do have the weird achy, shaky arms during/after a bad pain flare up.

Have you tried out any of these products/devices or have you got your eyes on any of them right now? Also if there's any skincare products you would like me to try out and review on my blog let me know in the comments and I may pick them up.

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Why I Believe In The Law Of Attraction

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

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If you're not familiar with the whole Law of Attraction thing then basically it's attracting positive things to happen in our day-to-day lives. It's basically having a belief and faith in yourself that X will happen, why it should happen to you and why you deserve for X to happen. I guess you could say it's a slightly more advanced way of positive thinking.

I know, I know, you're probably thinking it's a load of hippy dippy rubbish and I'll admit I thought the same a while ago, I actually thought it was all a big marketing ploy. But over the past couple of months whilst I've been *trying* to think more positively and think about the law of attraction and why I deserve for certain things to happen, the things have actually happened and I just can't explain it other than that the law of attraction is actually working. They aren't massive things probably to most people but to me they've either been really important, exciting or helpful or all of the above basically. Most of the things have been blog related just because that's been my main focus and distraction over the past couple months but I've also had some things happen in general day to day life too that I just cannot explain.

I tell myself that I want something to happen or I'd love for something to happen and most of the time, it happens. It's actually mad. It just can't be coincidental now because it's happened more than a couple of times which is why I thought I'd talk about it on my blog and share my thoughts and experience because it's kind of freaking me out but at the same time, it's pretty bloody impressive!

Obviously hoping to win the lottery or for my chronic pain to completely go away is a bit of a big ask. But money wise when I'm going through a quiet spell with my blog which is my only income as I'm self employed through it, I'll basically wish for something to turn up and the majority of the time it does within a matter of days (sometimes hours!) it's even happened with specific brands that I've hoped to work with and then all of a sudden, there's an email in my inbox from them. In terms of my chronic pain I've found some different methods which help. I know you could say it is all down to modern medicine but it's the fact that the methods I've tried since doing the whole "positive thinking" thing have actually helped when it could've gone the opposite way and made me worse. I hoped and wished for it to work and it did. Kinda weird, huh?

So yeah, there's my thoughts on the whole laws of attraction belief. I know you could say that it's just fate or I'm just reading into it a bit too much but I don't know it's all just a bit odd and it's happened too often now for it to just be coincidental. Would love to know your thoughts in the comments below!

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3 Natural Deodorants I've Been Trying Out Lately

Monday, 1 April 2019

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-This post contains PR samples/gifted items but no paid content. All opinions are my own-
I really want to go natural when it comes to deodorants but I've tried out a few over the past year or so and they just weren't very good. They either didn't keep me fresh, they seem to make me sweat more or the application method was awkward. So I kind of gave up searching for a perfect natural deodorant product and switched back to my usual deodorant. However I've decided to try again and go on the hunt for a natural deodorant that ticks all the boxes and is not super overpriced. So I thought I would write about the products I've been trying out over the past month or so and how I've gotten on with them all. 

The Earth Conscious - Peppermint and Spearmint Tin RRP £7 was the first one I picked up as I've heard so many great things about the brand. The product I chose comes in a tin but you can buy them in a stick too. Also 10p from the sale of any of their deodorants goes to the Marine Conservation Society which I think is fab. I chose the Peppermint and Spearmint option which is supposed to be the "Strong Protection" but I just chose it as I liked the sound of the scent more so than anything. The application is okay, you have to kind of rub the product to warm it up to get it out smoothly and then you just apply it. I do like the scent but it doesn't last all day. it's not overpowering so you aren't going to be walking around smelling like toothpaste all day lol. I think it does an okay job at keeping me feel fresh but I think if I was having a really busy day and was rushing around, I wouldn't pick this up. It's okay for a slow day, that's the best way to put it. Also I feel like the product may melt in the Summer in the tin with it being like an oil-balm kind of formula. So I'll be honest I'm not 100% sold on this and I don't know if I'd repurchase it.

Tropic Skincare Feel Fresh Soothing Deodorant Antiperspirant Cream 80ml RRP £10*  main ingredients are: Benetonite Clay - "Composed of volcanic ash, it effectively absorbs odours, sweat and toxins while keeping undersarms fresh all day long". Bisabolol - "Soothes irritation and helps to repair damaged skin, epecially after shaving or waxing, by replacing moisture and helping to maintain the skin's natural balance." Gingergrassa Extract - "It's antibacterial, antispetic and antifungal properties help to relieve skin irrtation and control body odours." I really like the uniqueness of the Tropic offering as I've never tried a cream deodorant before, it smells absolutely gorgeous thanks to the Grapefruit but the scent doesn't over take any perfume you are wearing which I like about it. I do feel like I'd soon run out with it being a cream product if I'm using it daily but I do find it to be really moisturising and it has been keeping me feeling really fresh throughout the day, so I would repurchase this one.

Salt of The Earth Pure Aura Melon & Cucumber Natural Deodorant Spray 100ml RRP £5.99 which I picked up from Holland & Barrett has really let me down. It's probably the worst natural deodorant I've ever tried. After searching the internet for affordable natural deodorants the Salt of The Earth Natural Deodorants looked really promising as they seemed to have such good star ratings and raving reviews. Straight away I noticed that it doesn't really spray, it basically attacks you with a forceful squirt (ugh, hate that word lol). I then soon realised that the tube seems to block up every time I use it and I know it's not because I'm storing it wrong or anything as it's in a room which is kept at room temperature. When it does work (after I literally blow into the tube to loosen it up, ew) I've found that the deodorant is quite sticky and it just isn't very long lasting in terms of how long it keeps me feeling fresh. It's a shame as the scent is really nice with it being Melon and Cucumber and really refreshing but I definitely won't be picking it up again!

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