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Eyebrows have long been something of an obsession among beauty enthusiasts, and quite understandably so. After all, your brows are key to ‘framing’ your face, so if you aren’t completely happy with the shape or shade of them, you may well feel self-conscious about them.
Now, there have long been all manner of ‘miracle’ oils and other products – even ‘brow wigs’ – that have been talked up as the next big revolution in brow beauty.
So, with microblading having been subject to a lot of hype of its own lately, you may initially imagine it to be just another ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ fad. Here, then, are some of the things you should know about microblading, and whether it’s a treatment you ought to seriously consider.
First of all, what is microblading?
‘Microblading’ may sound like the name of some ice-skating craze, but in many ways, the name of this treatment neatly sums up what it is. It’s essentially a type of tattooing, except that unlike traditional cosmetic tattoos, it’s only semi-permanent and involves implanting pigment into fine incisions in the skin, rather than creating a larger block of colour.
Such fine strokes – created with needles that don’t actually penetrate the skin, but instead merely delicately scratch the surface, resulting in something akin to a paper cut – will leave you with a much more realistic-looking effect than you’d get from many of the alternatives.
The fine implantation of featherweight strokes with a medical grade pigment on the skin’s epidermis layer creates an illusion of real hairs that is almost certain to be the envy of your friends who’re still resorting to pencilling in their eyebrows.
Who is microblading suitable for?
Microblading makes a lot of sense for an extremely wide range of people. You may just be an average person with a wish to significantly enhance the appearance of your brows, while this treatment may also interest you if you have alopecia or have gone through chemotherapy.
What do people who have undergone the treatment say?
You can find many accounts online of people who have had microblading done on their troublesome brows – such as Vogue writer Nicola Moulton, who observed of the results of her treatment: “It’s remarkable the difference bolder brows can make.
“I found my attitude towards make-up changed completely – I could try stronger lipsticks, bolder eyeliner – or just do nothing and still feel ‘done’. If brows are the ultimate frame to your face, then microblading just about makes you a work of art.”
Sounds brilliant – so are there any risks I should be wary of?
Unfortunately, as you might imagine given that it does entail the use of a scalpel-like hand tool to wound the skin, microblading isn’t a completely risk-free procedure. It might only take one accident by the beauty professional carrying out this treatment to leave you with infected brows.
That’s precisely why you should only turn to a suitably qualified, reputable and experienced salon or freelance beauty therapist to perform the treatment. It’s also why any such salons or beauty professionals should have the right microblading insurance to protect themselves against potential compensation claims from any clients who suffer ill-effects as a result of an error.
What are your own thoughts on microblading? Have you considered having it done or actually undergone the procedure?
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I'm not going to lie, when I first saw the products in the Glossier Play range, I wasn't blown away. I'm not into full-on "out there" makeup, I'm very much a natural/minimal makeup kinda gal most of the time, which is why I like most of the original Glossier makeup range. I'm not really into glitter, bold colours and things like that. However after watching Lucy Jane Wood's video and also Joanna Spicer's video, I realised that a few of the products aren't as "out there" as they initially looked online, so I decided to try them for myself.

I decided to grab the NiteShine Highlighter Concentrate in Pale Pearl priced at £17 and Vinylic Lip in Pony priced at £14. The NiteShine Highlighter looks very OTT on Glossier's promo photos which is why I wasn't interested at first, however upon first application it's pretty natural and glowy looking which I really like and I think it will look really nice with my spring/summer makeup looks. I've found instead of applying it from with the applicator, I pop a little on my fingers and tap and blend it in that way, just to make it look more natural. You can build it up to more of an full-on highlighter too but as I've already mentioned that's just not my cup of tea. The weird but good thing about the NiteShine Highlighter Concentrate is that even though it looks like a cream, when you actually apply it, it almost feels powdery so it's really easy to blend out. There are 4 shades available right now - Pale Pearl, Platinum Rose, Deep Copper and Molten Umber. Some people have moaned about the size of the product with it only being a 10ml (not much bigger than a bog standard nail polish) but I personally think it's not a bad price. When you think about the size and price of Benefit's High Beam which is priced at £22 then the Glossier price seems better (and obvs Glossier are cruelty-free whereas Benefit are not).

I also decided to pick up the Vinylic Lip in Pony which is probably the most natural shade out of the 6 shades available as of right now. It's described as a "High Shine Lacquer" which kind of intrigued me but also scared me at the same time. I like that it's in a clicky pen format with a cushion applicator as I don't have many lipsticks like that. I feel like it looks and feels more like a balm than a lacquer, it does feel slightly sticky when you first apply it but after a few minutes the stickiness goes away and then you're left with a pretty shiny lip colour. It doesn't last all day with it being quite balm-like so you would have to apply throughout the day but I do think it's pretty and I hope they bring out more nude shades to the range as I would buy a few more. The 6 Shades available right now are called - Bank, Blow-Up, Disco, Casino, Baby and Pony.

The one thing which I feel lets the Glossier Play range down is the plastic packaging inside the box, although it's pretty, it's just not needed as the branding and product design is fine as it is. But overall, I do like the products I've tried from the range but I'll admit that's nothing else in the Glossier Play range right now I shall be buying and trying as they are just not for me. But if you are more into natural, minimal makeup then I would recommend the two products I've tried from the Glossier Play range.

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I haven't had any beauty boxes for around about a year as I've just been getting through the products I already own (either things I've bought or things through PR). So after a bit of a break from beauty boxes, I was so excited to receive Latest in Beauty's Spring 2019 Beauty Heroes Box*. Latest in Beauty are the place to go if you want to get yourself a bargain one-off beauty box or if you want to build your own beauty box each month. In today's post I'm talking about their Spring 2019 Beauty Heroes box which is worth £124 but you can get everything for £28... yep really. It's a complete steal! The box contains 15 must have Spring products and 10 of those products are full sized too!

I'll admit there's a few things in the box that I probably won't use and will pass on to someone who will use them including the Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner which I have tried  before and unfortunately it just doesn't agree with my skin. If you have read this post then you'll know that I struggle finding facial mists which work for my awkward skin. The other product that I probably won't hang onto is the Vita Liberata Fabulous Gradual Self Tan Lotion because fake tan basically scares the hell out of me and any previous attempts at trying fake tan have just either turned into a disaster or it just doesn't seem to look right on me. I think I'm just used to looking like Caspar the Ghost to be honest (lol). However I do like the sound of a gradual tan which gives you a "skin kissed glow" so maybe I'll give it a whirl first before I pass it on to someone else. 

I love Latest in Beauty one-off boxes because they always have a good mixture of products and the Spring 2019 Beauty Box is no different. I've tried some of the products out already and I can't wait to try the rest. But I'll talk about the products I've tried so far first -

I was excited to see Molton Brown's latest release Suede Orris in the box - how fancy. The bath and shower gel smells so lovely and I definitely think I'm going to have to treat myself to the full size once I finish the travel size because I'm a bit obsessed. 

I really like that they included Yardley London's latest release which is the Flowerful Collection. Inside the cute box are the three scents in the collection which all smell gorgeous - Elegant Iris, Luxe Gardenia, Decadent Mimosa but I'm definitely mostly drawn to the Decadent Mimosa EDT and I'm going to have to pick up the full size version because it's literally the perfect scent for Spring/Summer and I've already looked online and it's only £20! (I may even pop it on my birthday wishlist, hmm).

A brand which I've been meaning to try for ages is Soaper Duper just because I've heard so many great things about their products and I love their fun looking packaging designs. So I was excited to see the Soaper Duper Yuzufruit & Fig Body Butter in the box. It smells really fresh and it doesn't take ages to dry like some thick body butters do, so it's definitely staying in my current body lotion stash. 

A brand I have tried before which were in the box is Purple Tree Skincare but I've only ever tried their Coconut and Shea Butter balms and not the Pomegranate Miracle Balm which is included in the Spring 2019 Beauty Heroes Box so it was a nice change. I find them to be really similar to the Glossier BalmDot Com balms but cheaper and the Pomegranate version has a very slight sheen tint going on which I really like. 

I've already got a few polishes from Nailberry and they are so good! Most of the time you can get away with just applying one coat and they seem to dry so much quicker than other known brands. Funny enough, I'm pretty sure it was a Latest in Beauty box which introduced me to Nailberry and since then I've bought a few other shades. So I was happy to find another Nailberry Nail Lacquer in the shade Fashionista (shades may vary) which is a gorgeous plum pink shade. I've been wearing it ever since I received the box, it's just a really pretty pop of colour for my nails for Spring.

I couldn't wait to try the Nexxus Nutrivive Encapsulate Serum for Normal to Dry Hair which is definitely unique looking! My hair is in desperate need of a chop and the ends are all dry and dead at the minute so this has been a great product to just smooth it out and calm it down. I did find the product to be slightly sticky upon application but it's not too bad and I do think it helps to smooth out my crazy hair.

Another brand I've been meaning to try since they were released maybe a year or two ago now are CYO. So again, I was happy to see a product by them in the box which is their CYO Turn On the Light Illuminating Mixing Cream. It's literally perfect for matte foundations (like my much loved Revlon Colorstay) when you just want your base to look a little more glowy and radiant during the Spring and Summer months. I can already tell you that it's going to be a firm staple in my makeup bag.

I haven't really tried out the Fade Out Advanced+ Age Protection Day Cream long enough to give a proper review but I've used it a couple of times and I like that it's not super thick but it feels like it's doing something good to my skin and it hasn't made me break out. The texture feeling quite mousse-like if that makes sense, so if you have an oilier skin type like myself then hopefully you will get along with it. As I've already mentioned in some previous blog posts I have started to use some anti-ageing products because apparently when you hit 25 that's the "right age" to begin using them and I turn 25 next month (gulp)

The other products in the box I've not got around to trying out just yet but I'm obviously going to mention them in this post anyway and write about what they are and what they claim to do - 

I'm not going to lie, I didn't know what the Nuxe Nuxellence Eclat was until I read the leaflet that comes in every LiB telling you what products are included in the box and what they are for. From what I can gather the Nuxe Nuxellence Eclat is a illuminating cream that you should put on first thing in the morning after cleansing to give you a lovely radiant glow. It smells really fresh and it has a formula rich in passion flower and hyaluronic acid. I'm actually looking forward to trying this out, I'm just waiting for a spell when my skin is looking really flat and drab (instead of shiny and oily lol) and then I can see if it really works.

The Dr Organic Rose Otto Face Serum is something I'm going try when my skin is feeling on the drier side as it's got lots of super nourishing oils in it from Jojoba oil, Argan oil and more so if you've got dry skin then you'll probably love this product! My skin seems to go from being oily and then I'll have a full week of it feeling on the drier side so I'll try it out then (probs will do a mini review on my insta stories). Something I will say about this is that I love the packaging design as it's got a dropper and you press down the button on the top to pick up the serum and then press the button to release it. The serum also smells gorgeous and it has a really classic rose scent which I like. I know if it doesn't agree with my skin then my mum will whisk it away and use it on her skin as she does have a drier and more sensitive skin type than me.

I have so many hand creams in the house that I'm currently trying to use up ones which are almost finished which is purposely why I haven't tried the Natura Siberica Oblepikha Hand Cream just yet. I tend to either get hand creams in gift sets at Christmas or my birthday and then I get sent products through PR so I always have a ton to use. Like the hand cream, I always have dry shampoo at hand so I'm definitely going to give the Sport FX Fresh Vanilla Dry Shampoo a proper go once my Bastiste Dry Shampoo is empty.

Noughty are another brand I've been meaning to try for a while so again, it was great to see their Intensive Care Leave-in Conditioner in the Spring 2019 Beauty Heroes box. I haven't tried it yet but I've got it on my bedside table so I remember to use it.


I've loved this box as it's introduced me to brands I've never tried before and I've also got to try some products from brands I've been meaning to try out for a while. I'll even go as far as saying that it's probably been my fave box from LiB I've ever had! 

Have you tried LiB before? You can pick up the Spring 2019 Beauty Heroes box for £28 here!

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I'm very conscious about keeping my teeth clean and healthy like everyone should be, however because of my love for sweet, strong tea, they do tend to get quite stained quite easily. I also switched to a different whitening toothpaste last year which is all natural as some of my fave toothpastes were making my acid reflux worse (weird, I know) and I've noticed that although I feel the toothpaste I've been using does a good job, my teeth aren't looking their best in terms of how stained they have been looking lately. So I've teamed up with WhiteWash Laboratories to try out their Nano teeth whitening products and to see if I can get some good results from the award winning products.

WhiteWash Laboratories (also known as Whitewash or Whitewash Labs) offer premium quality teeth whitening and oral care products which have been developed and formulated by leading UK dentists, so you know you are getting the good stuff when you buy from them. Their aim is to provide high quality products which perform well and are affordable and accessible to everyone. Their products are also cruelty-free and suitable for vegans which I think is great.

I was sent over a bundle of their products from their Nano range to try out including their Nano Whitening Toothpaste RRP £14.95*, Nano White Manual Toothbrush RRP £4.95* and their Teeth Whitening Kit RRP £34.95* which includes 2x Mouth Trays, 2x 5ml Nano Whitening Gel and 28 Nano Intensive Whitening Strips (2 week course). As soon as I received them I couldn't wait to get started on trying to whiten my teeth. I have tried a few different brands of whitening strips over the past two years and have got some okay results but I've not been totally blown away by the end results either. I also find whitening strips a little fiddly to put on at first but I don't know if that's just because my teeth are a little misshapen and twisted in some areas (wow, I'm making my teeth sound lovely right now lol). Following the instructions WhiteWash Labs claim that the 2 week course has been proven to whiten teeth by 3.6 shades after just one application and the 2 week course can be repeated every 3 months.

The first obvious step before starting the whitening course is to brush your teeth thoroughly and I obviously opted for the Nano Whitening Toothpaste and their Manual Toothbrush for this. The Whitening Toothpaste contains a combination of 10 whitening ingredients. It contains their patented ingredient Hydroxyapatite to whiten and remineralise the teeth and also include the natural sweetener Xtylitol to prevent any acid attacks. It's also free from SLS, Alcohol, Parabens, Triclosan and PEG. Because I've been using a different brand for a few months I'm kind of used to the way that particular toothpaste makes my teeth feel, but after using the Nano Whitening Toothpaste for 2 minutes, I instantly felt the difference in how much cleaner my teeth felt as opposed to how they felt after using the other brand. I now realise that the other brand hadn't actually been cleaning my teeth as well as I thought and was still leaving a very slight gritty feeling. I've also noticed after using the Nano Whitening Toothpaste twice daily for almost two weeks that my teeth are feeling and looking whiter. Obviously that might be because of the other teeth whitening products by WhiteWash Labs I've been using too. But I'm definitely not going back to my previous toothpaste after getting much better results from WhiteWash Lab's offering.

The next step of the whitening course is the Nano Intensive Whitening Strips and I'm not going to lie, this is the part I wasn't looking forward to just because I find them a little fiddly to put on at first. On the back of the little sachet each set of whitening strips comes in it shows which should strip should go on the top teeth and which go on the bottom teeth so for a newbie to whitening strips it's super easy to follow. After a few attempts at putting on the strips, they were both in place. The instructions say to leave the strips on for an hour. Whenever I do use whitening strips I tend to pop them on whilst I'm working on my laptop or watching a film or something. Obviously having some strips on your teeth feels slightly weird at first but after about 10 minutes you get used to them and they don't hurt or tingle or anything like that - they just taste minty. Obviously you shouldn't eat or drink whilst wearing the whitening strips. To remove them you get gently pull them off from the corners carefully and then brush your teeth to remove any remaining product from the strips. Even after just one use of the whitening strips I saw a slight improvement in my teeth colour which is pretty impressive and I could see where the strips had lifted some of the superficial recent stainage. 

The next step of the whitening course is using the Mouth Trays and Intensive Whitening Gel. I've never used mouth trays before so it was a bit alien to me. But you just pop the Mould and Bite Mouth Trays in hot water for 15 seconds and then wait to cool for a few seconds and then just put them in your mouth (one at a time) and bite into them for 30 seconds to mould the tray to your teeth. It super easy to do and then you put the Intensive Whitening Gel on the side that hits the front of your teeth and then you wear both of the Mouth Trays at the same time for 35 minutes. I did take the trays out half way through for a few minutes because my mouth started to ache (lol) but then I popped them back in for the remaining time. After the full 35 minutes was up, I removed the trays and cleaned them and then brushed my teeth normally to just remove any remaining gel. 

Overall I'm really happy with the results I've managed to get from using all of the products together and I haven't finished the course just yet (I've been using the whitening strips every other day or so) so I can't wait to see my end results after I've completed the whole course. The Intensive Whitening Toothpaste and Intensive Whitening Strips are definitely the stand out products for me personally. I feel like the WhiteWash Intensive Teeth Whitening Strips are definitely the best ones I've tried and the easiest to apply and remove (once you get the hang of it!). The mouth trays I did find slightly uncomfortable to keep in for the full 35 minutes, however I do think they've contributed to my results so far.

WhiteWash Labs also offer free UK delivery and if you sign up to their VIP emails then you get a discount for your first order!

Have you tried any products from WhiteWash Labs before?

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I'm sure by now that you're aware of how I've basically become dependant on CBD oil as I find it's the best natural pain reliever for my chronic pelvic and back pain and after having a severe reaction to Mefenamic Acid and then finding out that I can no longer take Ibuprofen which is usually my go-to pain relief as it's in the NSAID family, I decided to try out CBD oil around November time last year after having the severe allergic reaction to Mefenamic Acid. This is because Paracetamol doesn't do much for the pain and Co-Codamol just makes my stomach feel weird so I was just stuck for pain relief and I was also super nervous about trying out any new prescribed medication my doctor may offer after having such a bad reaction (I legit thought I was having a stroke and/or dying as I couldn't breathe, I had chest pain and I was having tremors, it was so scary!). I then tried CBD and I've honestly not looked back since. It definitely helps my daily pain and makes my bad flare up days more bearable. I don't find that CBD helps as much with my back pain for weird reason, I don't know if it's because it's a nerve problem(?) and not just an achy back if that makes sense. There's an achy back and then there's a bad back and I deal with the latter on a daily basis. It's just pretty much become the norm for me now but it does limit my abilities but some days are better than others so I just kind of figure it out as I go along. CBD has definitely been an amazing discovery in terms of helping my pelvic pain which I suspect is endometriosis which is a chronic gynaecological disorder which unfortunately doesn't have a cure.
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As I've mentioned in my previous blog posts about Mother's Day, I just love buying and treating others so when it comes to someone as special as my mum I obviously want to go the extra mile and choose something I know she will love! In today's post I've teamed up with Cosmetify to talk about what brands they sell on their website and which products from the Cosmetify hub I chose to treat my mum to as well as a few other picks which I think my mum and other mums would love to be treated to this upcoming Mother's Day!
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I love buying gifts for people in general whether it's for a certain occasion or just a pick me up kind of gift, I just love treating other people. So obviously when it's comes to buying a gift or gifts for someone as special as my mum then it makes it extra special. I know people buy for their grandmothers for Mother's Day too but unfortunately both of mine are no longer with us. I thought I'd do a gift idea blog post which could be for both your mum or your grandmother depending who you buy for. The price range of the gifts featured in this post is low to high so there's something for everyone's budget. Anyway I hope you enjoy reading this post and I hope it gives you some ideas if you are stuck! I also have another gift guide here for more ideas too.

Warning: If you don't like reading or talking about "girl problems", pain, blood, periods, and anything along those lines then this post is not for you.

The Stories of Some Striking Stones *

in , , by Kirsty Milward, 15.3.19
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If any of us are lucky enough to be thinking of giving someone we love a carefully chosen piece of high-end jewellery, maybe some classy cufflinks or luxury bracelets, the choice we make needs to be meaningful. The recipient’s tastes and style choices are a big part of that, but there’s also the story of the stones to consider. Different gems have different meanings, symbolism, and historical connections. The more we know about these, the even more extra-special we can make our gifts. Here are five stories of some striking, but perhaps lesser known stones you might want to consider.
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 Although I have a fair amount of hair care products which have been my favourites for a while, I'm always up for trying out new products and different brands to see if they work for my hair type which is basically a bit of everything - it's quite thin although it doesn't look it really because I like my hair to be cut quite blunt to make it look thicker and it's also frizzy and dry but my roots get greasy quickly. So it's really hard to find products which work for everything. In today's post I'm writing about five products I've been trying recently and whether they worked for me.

How To Acheive a Good Work Life Balance *

in , by Kirsty Milward, 13.3.19
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I'm always talking about how CBD has really helped with my chronic pains, anxiety and sleeping problems and although I'm still in pain daily using CBD has definitely taken the edge off my daily pain and has literally stopped me being basically bed bound like I was for the majority of last year. Throughout last year I received minimal help and advice from the many doctors and other healthcare professionals I saw and although I'm 95% sure I have endometriosis and I think I've actually had it since I was a early teen. I've just been constantly fobbed off by everyone and passed around like a parcel and just been told it's "chronic pain" which basically means you've had pain in this particular area for over a certain amount of months so yep, it's chronic. I just feel extremely let down by the people who are supposed to help. So I've taken matters into my own hands for now and I'm just going along with it as best as I can and I'm taking CBD oil daily and I've also started on the pill to see if it'll relieve my pelvic pain and I tend to use a hot water bottle daily and my TENS machine most days too. 
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I think we all know by now how much I love skincare and trying out different skincare products and brands. So I thought I would talk about three products which have basically blown my mind over the past month or so including one which has knocked one of my all-time favourite products off the top spot too. 
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If you've been following me on social media or reading my blog since last year then I'm sure you'll know that I've been diagnosed with chronic pelvic pain and chronic back pain which I suspect is endometriosis even though no doctor or gynaecologist seems to want to listen to my obvious symptoms of the horrible disease. So for now I'm just trying to get by day-to-day using CBD oil, having a hot water bottle constantly on my back or lower stomach area and I've also started on the pill to see if it'll suppress the symptoms a little. Because CBD oil itself doesn't seem to help with my back pain much but helps with my pelvic pain pretty well most days I thought maybe applying something topically around the main area of pain would help and/or boost the pain relieving effects more so when I got the opportunity to try some products from Ambience CBD I obviously said yes. So here's how I've gotten on with the two products I've been trying out.

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Mother's Day is just around the corner and I personally always like to make sure I'm not rushing out last minute or paying for next day delivery a day or two before the actual day. So in this post I'm sharing some lovely things which I've come across whilst I've been on the hunt for a few things for my own mum for Mother's Day which you might be interested in purchasing for your own mother or grandmother.
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I do love a good fragrance and I definitely have more fragrances in my possession than I really but I do often go through them all and pass on or sell bottles which I'm not really reaching for much. In today's post I thought I'd talk about two unisex scented fragrances which I really like. One has been a favourite for almost a year and the other one is pretty new to me. 

The Evolution of Romance *

in , by Kirsty Milward, 1.3.19
-This post is in collaboration with Angelic Diamonds-

How have romantic traditions changed?

With the popularity of dating apps, social media and a range of popular dating terms (ghosting, anyone?) you could be forgiven for thinking that romance is dead – but is it really? A recent survey spanning different generations by dating site eHarmony found that millennials actually place a high value on romance and are the most romantic of all the generations. It could be possible that younger people express love and romance differently when compared to previous generations. Here, Angelic Diamonds who specialise in marquise diamond rings, investigate how romantic traditions have changed over the years.