Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Topical Tuesdays: The Boob Job

Image taken from www.alteredbarbie.com

Hello again you beautiful lot! So it's that time again, and I thought that today I would talk about cosmetic surgery, my main focus being the boob job as this has become a very sought after procedure, especially in very young women across the world. I'd just like to point out that I'm aware that a lot of people have strong views on this subject and this post isn't meant to offend anyone, it's purely my personal opinions with a little info on the topic! So, what is the hype all about? And does anyone really think about the dangers?  Here are my views on the subject!

Have you ever had any cosmetic surgery?
No, none at all!

Would you ever consider a boob job?
At a not particularly large size 32B chest I always used to wonder what it would be like to get a breast enlargement! But then after a lot of hard-thinking about it I decided I could never go through with such a big change to my body. As long as I'm comfortable I don't feel the need to put myself through such a big operation just to have men leer at my chest! I'm also very slim and petite in build so to get a big pair of fake jubblies stuck on to me would surely make me topple over and cause pretty bad back problems! (not appealing!) At the end of the day the breast, or it's actual name, the mammary gland is primarily intended for the feeding of babies after all! I understand that it's nice to have that little extra confidence when it comes to these things, but I now hold my smaller sized chest up with pride!

If you could have anything changed, what would it be and why?
There is one one thing that I used to want to have changed and that was my ears! I really wanted to have them pinned back! They are ever so slightly stuck out and I never used to wear my hair up from fear that someone would insult them! But since then I've grown up a lot and realised they're not that bad! And if someone laughs and doesn't like them, so what? It's my body after all, and why should I care if a stranger doesn't like something about my appearance?!

Why do you think so many young girls are getting this procedure?
I think that as this has become such a popular procedure to have done that they see no harm or danger in it. I also think that the media has a lot to answer for! Television programmes like The Only Way Is Essex where everyone gets a boob job like it's just as normal as popping to the dentist for a check up! Even in music videos you'll see women shaking their massive fake baps about! I think that if it's something you really want and you've thought about it for a long time & you also know all the risks then it's completely fine! But I think so many young girls see their friends or people on tv get this done and think they should too! Obviously it's completely up to the individual and I understand that some people can get really down and even depressed about the size of their chest, but I do think it's not something that should be taken lightly. Make sure it's definitely something you want before going ahead with it!

TOWIE stars Lauren Pope & Chloe Simms showing off their fake boobs. Image from cooldudereal.blogspot.com

Do you think that people can ever really be happy with their own bodies without the need for plastic surgery?
Of course! I don't want to preach at anyone who has or is considering cosmetic surgery, but I do think over time you can learn to accept your body for how it is and even be happy with it! I know some people don't see plastic surgery as a big deal and if this is you that's fine, I hope you are happy with the changes you've made or are going to make. But personally I think I'd rather just keep my body the way it is without filling it full of silicone! Just look at celebrities such as Keira Knightley, who still looks beautiful and elegant without the need for plastic surgery!

Image taken from coolspotters.com

Now once again I've done a little research for you lovelies and here are a few things to know  whilst considering getting a breast enlargement!

How old do you have to be to have to be to have a boob job in the UK?
You have to be eighteen!

What are the risks and dangers of having a breast enlargement?
Now I'm sure most of you have heard about the PIP breast implant scandal of last year! If not a french company used sub-standard silicone gel for the implants which caused many to rupture, with over 300,000 women affected by this! So always make sure you know what you're getting put in to your body and make sure to discuss this with your doctor/surgeon beforehand! Another thing is that breast implants usually have to be replaced every 10 years, so before you think it'll just be one operation, it won't! Another danger of having breast implants is the risk of rupture or tear in the implant which could result in leakage which can then result in partial or complete collapse of the implant! Scary stuff eh?

Image taken from www.pip-breast-implants.co.uk

What are the pros of this procedure?
The biggest pro of having a breast enlargement (given that you want one!) is a massive boost in confidence! A lot of women have said that after having a boob job they have felt happier, more attractive and that clothes appear more flattering. So if you think getting this procedure done will change your life for the better then go for it! It's your body after all!

As I've said before this post isn't made to offend anyone or preach at them for what they want to do to their body, just my personal views and to help people know more about the risks! So what are you guys views on cosmetic surgery? Let me know! :)

Kelouise xo

Friday, 26 April 2013

A Review Of Botanics Microdermabrasion Polish

Hello again lovelies! Now I know a lot of you have been raving about Botanics Superbalm (and rightly so, it's amazing!). So when I was in my local Boots store the other week I couldn't resist having a sleuth around the Botanics section and as everything was half price (yay!) I just had to try this stuff out! The word microdermabrasion is what first attracted me to this product. It made this product sound very high-tech and like it would actually make a difference to my skin! I'd always wanted to try a microdermabrasion treatment, but as I'm always a little skeptical about forking out to have something done at a salon that I'd never tried before, I jumped for joy when I saw this little beauty on the shelf! So what were the results?

Well to start with let me explain the idea of this product. I'm sure most of you beauty addicts have heard of microdermabrasion, but for those of you who are unfamiliar with the term it basically involves the application of tiny rough grains in order to buff away the surface layer of the skin. I know some of you may be thinking ouch, that sounds painful, but it wasn't quite as bad as I thought it would be, although my skin felt a little sore after use. This is a very popular procedure in many beauty salons and now known as the less-evasive and cheaper alternative to a face lift! Sounds good, huh? So with this in mind (and at only £3.99!) I thought I'd opt for the do-it-yourself option and give this a whirl in the comfort of my own home.

This is a weekly treatment which you use after cleansing, like an exfoliator. You just squeeze a blob on to your finger (you don't need much!) and gently rub in to the face using circular movements. I'm not gonna lie to you, it did feel a little scratchy when using it, but I guess if it didn't it wouldn't work and it's totally worth the slight discomfort! No pain, no gain after all! After you're done applying it you gently (and thoroughly, make sure you get it all off!) wash your face in warm water. I used a muslin cloth to do this as it took a lot of rinsing my face to remove it all! You then just pat your face dry. Easy peasy!

So, did my face feel younger? Well, as I'm only 21 years old I'm not quite at the stage where I need something to combat wrinkles! However my skin did feel incredibly smooth & soft and had an amazing glow after I used the polish (which is why I wanted to try it so bad!) I also noticed that as this stuff acts as a very powerful buffer for dead skin it also really helped to fade the slight acne scarring I have! This lovely stuff contains ginkgo, a powerful antioxidant that helps care & look after your skin. I really felt like I had lovely fresh, smooth, new skin after I used this! Would definitely re-purchase, even at full price, this stuff is wonderful!

Botanics Microdermabrasion Polish is available at Boots and retails at £7.99. Get it now while it's half price for £3.99! Offer ends soon guys!

So have any of you beauties tried this little wonder yet? Or maybe you've tried something else in the Botanics range and want to rave about it? Let me know! :)

Kelouise xo

Thursday, 25 April 2013

OOTD: Lumberjack Chic

Hello again lovelies! So I was out with my best friend Kate yesterday and thought it was the perfect time to do an OOTD for you guys! Kate is an amateur photographer so volunteered to take the photos for me, let me know what you think!

What I'm wearing:
Check shirt £9 (in sale) from New Look
Skinny jeans £22.99 from New Look
Leather jacket £29.99 from H&M
Boots £24.99 from New Look (I wore a lot of stuff from New Look that day!)

Make up:
Revlon Colorstay foundation oily/combination in Ivory
Rimmel Stay Matte powder in Transparent
Rimmel Apocalips in Big Bang
 Maybeline Eye Studio Gel Liner in Black
Revlon Photoready 3D Mascara in Blackest Black

So what have you beauties been up to in this gorgeous weather? Let me know!

Kelouise xo

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Topical Tuesdays: Bake It Or Fake It?

Okay so I thought it was time I introduced a "weekly post" and I wanted to do something I could really sink my teeth in to. So I introduce to you Topical Tuesdays! These posts will give you all the chance to discuss the many different topics I often wonder about (I'm a bit of a daydreamer and over-thinker!) and share your opinions on them. I will also do a little q&a on them so you can find out a little more about me!

Is your tan Summer ready? photo by theflawedphilospher.com

So let's get started! Today's topic is Bake It Or Fake It? I'm sure that most of you have guessed that I'm talking about that one little fashion accessory that most girls go mad for, especially during the Summertime. The tan! This has become quite a controversial topic of recent years and with some researchers saying that sunbeds are very bad for you and others saying that a little sun is good for you, it's difficult to know what is best.

A few personal questions answered by me.

Do you use sunbeds?
No, I've never used a sunbed in my life! I'm a bit of a health freak when it comes to what I do to my skin and I've never really liked the sound of those sun bed warnings! 

What skin type do you have?
I'm pale-skinned hence why it would be an awful idea for me to use a sunbed, I would burn to a crisp!

Do you use fake tan?
Yes. More so in the Summer, I think it can really complete a look during the warmer weather! But I prefer the sun-kissed look to the Essex look!

If so, what are your fave fake tanners to use?
I love Solait Instant Bronzing Foam from Superdrug! It's so easy to apply and gives an even, natural looking tan. It also lasts ages!

Solait self tan foam is available from Superdrug and retails at £5.99

  What are your tips for achieving an even tan when "faking it"?
Less is most definitely more when it comes to fake tan, especially if you're using one that develops! I prefer to use instant tanning products, I find them so much easier to apply and I think they look more natural. I've tried gradual tanning tinted moisturizers, however I find that they tend to go a bit patchy after time. I always use a good moisturiser before using fake tanning products (it helps it to go on more even!) It's also a good idea to exfoliate before you plan to use your fake tan. (again, this helps achieve a more even tan!) Start with just a little bit and see how far that goes (it varies between foams, gels, cream, etc so you may just need a bit) I normally start on my legs and work my way up, but it's all about finding out what's best for you! You should also invest in some gloves to wear whilst using your fake tan (it can get a bit messy and stained hands is not a good look!) Having a full length mirror nearby is a good idea too, so you can make sure you've not missed any bits! It might take a couple of goes so don't worry if it isn't perfect first time. There's also lots of choice out there so there's sure to be a fake tanning product out there for you! 

Monday, 22 April 2013

OOTD and Mini Update

So today looked like a bit of a boring one. The sun seems to have gone AWOL and as people were coming to look at the house today (to value it) I was under strict guidelines (from my oh so lovely mother) not to make any mess today. This meant no cooking, no leaving anything anywhere and definitely no spending ages in the bathroom, boo!

So with this in mind me and my wonderful other half Simon decided we'd go for a walk, get some food and make a bit of a day of it (and to get out of my mums way!). I decided that this was also the perfect opportunity for me to do my first OOTD for you lovelies. (The photos were taken on my rubbishy camera so sorry about the picture quality!) 

We bought some cinnamon swirls, yum!

The beautiful necklace my boyfriend got me.

I decided to go for a bit of a rockabilly look today.
I'm wearing:
Stretch skinny jeans £19.99 from New Look
Top from charity shop (originally from Primark but don't know the actual price!)
Leather jacket £29.99 from H&M (I adore this jacket!)
Boots £24.99 from New Look
Bag £5.99 Primark
Necklace from Sainsburys (not sure of the price as it was a present!)

Make up:
Revlon Colorstay Foundation (combination/oily) in Ivory
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent
Maybeline Eye Studio Gel Liner in Black
Revlon Photoready 3D Mascara in Blackest Black
Rimmel Apocolips in Nude

So what have you lovelies been doing with yourselves today? Let me know! :)

Kelouise xo

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Barry M in Peach Melba: A Mini Review

As some of you may already know I'm loving my pastel nail polishes at the moment. I think they're a great way of getting in to the Summer spirit! So when I found Barry M Nail Paint in Peach Melba I just had to try it!

However, my excitement was short-lived. I must say I was very disappointed with the quality of this nail polish. The consistency seemed to be rather lumpy so I gave it a bit of a shake in the hope that it would sort itself out. I then applied this on top of my China Glaze base coat, just as I normally do when painting my nails.

It seemed really gloopy and lumpy still and was really messy to use. In about half an hour after I'd finished painting my nails it still didn't seem to want to dry properly and the nails that had dried were already chipped, despite the fact I had barely moved my hands since I'd done them. It took me another 3 attempts until my nails looked almost passable, but by the end of the day they were a complete mess again! 

I've never had these problems with a Barry M nail polish before, so I'm not sure whether this was just a one-off or if it was this particular colour that seemed to go like this. It's such a shame as I adore the colour!

Barry M Nail Paint in Peach Melba is available from most Boots and Superdrug stores and it retails at £2.99.

Has anyone else had these problems with this nail paint? Or do you think I was just unlucky with this one? Let me know what you think.

Kelouise xo

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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Liz Earle Skin Essentials Try-Me Kit Review

Hey guys! So yes, I am completely aware that this review has been done a million and one times but when I find a product I really have fallen in love with I just have to share my opinion with you! So here it is.

I've always wanted to try the Liz Earle collection (especially the Cleanse & Polish) but as someone who worries that changing her skincare routine will break her skin out and possibly make it worse (I have quite sensitive skin that's prone to breakouts :( ) I am always weary of  trying new things. However, in the past few months I've felt my skin was in dire need of a little TLC so I decided to bite the bullet and put my faith in Liz Earle! I wanted to try a bit of everything so got the Liz Earle Skin Essentials Try Me Kit. £23.00 (plus p+p) available online at http://uk.lizearle.com/

Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (30ml tube)
This is it. The One. The new love of my life and probably a staple in my skincare routine for a very long time to come. The idea is you massage a couple of squeezes (or pumps, depending on which one you got) into your face and neck. Don't miss your eyes! This great little cleanser is also really good at removing stubborn eye-make up and is gentle on the delicate eye area. After you've rubbed it in a bit you soak your muslin cloth (the set comes with 1) in hand-hot water and then wring out so the cloth is damp. Then using circular motions use the cloth to buff away the days grime and make up. After you've got in to every nook & cranny splash your face with cool water and pat dry with a towel.

At first I was a little skeptical about this one, it is very thick and rich and contains cocoa butter which made me worry that it would clog my skin and cause breakouts, but it really doesn't!

Monday, 15 April 2013

Revlon Colorstay Foundation Review

I love trying out new foundations, but when in my  local Boots store a little while ago, I came across Revlon's Colorstay Foundation and realised, although it's been out on the market a while now, I'd never given it a go. So I did!

Firstly, what attracted me to this foundation was that it is oil-free, something I find hard to find in a foundation these days. I love this because it's so much better for my skin, and as my skin can be quite, let's say, temperamental, it's a definite pro!

I also love the colours available. As I'm very pale-skinned, I find it extremely difficult to find a foundation that's light enough for me. I wear this in Ivory, which is the perfect shade for me. I got the one for oily/combination skin. (you can also get it for normal/dry skin).

Friday, 12 April 2013

My hair story and hair care essentials

My hair story

My hair used to be my favourite fashion accessory. I loved changing it every month, the colour, the cut, the style. I got bored so easily, I loved to make a statement with my hair, my little way of expressing my individuality. I've had my hair every colour of the rainbow and adored my clip-in hair extensions.

 However, this obsession came at a price. I put my hair through the wars, never really worrying or thinking about the damage I was doing to it. Here are a few things I used to put my hair through (I advise you not to do them!) and also my present hair care essentials (which I'm sure my hair now appreciates!)

 Through colouring and repeatedly bleaching my hair it had become extremely dry and damaged. I also was a big fan of big hair and back-combed the hell out of it! (never good on already weak and distraught hair!) I was pretty lazy when it came to hair care, so never really bothered with heat-protection sprays and rarely gave my hair a deep conditioning treatment (which it very much needed!) 

And the damage didn't end there. Wearing my extensions on a daily basis caused my hair to break and fall out easily. I ended up with a rather horrendous case of Alopecia (bald spots) at the back of my head where I'd worn them too much. Now, I know you're all probably reading this thinking "OMG, that's hair suicide!" but this was when I really realised the damage I'd done and knew enough was most definitely enough (it took a while, but better late than never) so I put down the peroxide and threw away the extensions. My hair needed a serious over-haul and I had to send it to hair rehab!

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Barry M in Prickly Pear: Mini review

Now, normally I would never do a whole review on a single nail polish, but I was in my local Superdrug the other day, browsing through the Barry M section when I came across this and I just had to share it with you! So this is basically just a mini review on it.

I'd been looking for a pale, pretty nail polish for Spring for quite some time, but this one really caught my eye. 

Barry M's Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Prickely Pear is perfect for the spring time and sunny days! I'd never tried any other Gelly ones before and couldn't resist! They really are very very shiny and come in a gorgeous variety of colours, this one being my fave! 

(I wear it with this top coat, it's brill!)
I wear mine with China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat (pictured above) which you can buy at Sally's stores at around £4.99 (I think!) and it really does last a while before getting chipped!Barry M's Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint  retails at £3.99 and you can find them in most Superdrug and Boots stores.

Has anyone else tried the new Gelly Hi-Shine nail polishes yet? What's your opinion on them?

Kelouise xo

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

A little LUSH miracle: Mint Julips Lip Scrub Review

Hello again lovelies, gorgeous weather isn't it?

So I was recently browsing online the other day at LUSH and came across what I can only describe as a chapped lip miracle!

Now I've always suffered from dry and chapped lips (mostly in the bitter winter months) so am always on the look out for something that will smooth and buff them. That's when I found  LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub and couldn't resist!

I'd seen a couple of reviews on this revolutionary lip rescue product before, but just had to see the results for myself. And it is won-der-ful! For a start the smell alone is amazing (think mint chocolate, like After Eights, mmmm) which makes it an absolute delight to use. 
It also comes in 2 other flavours (or should I say scents, aha) Popcorn and Bubblegum.

So did this little wonder that I'm banging on about do it's actual job? 110% yes! After just one use of this gorgeous little lip buffer my lips have never felt so soft and kissable (and who doesn't want kissable lips right?) And it's so easy to use. Just dab a little on to your finger and scrub away until smooth, simple!

I also love the packaging. It comes in a cute little jar (pictured above). Great for on your dressing table and easy enough to just pop in your bag!

Not only does this product work really well, it only retails at £5.25 (as said before I got mine online at https://www.lush.co.uk/) which I think is real value for money as it lasts ages and really does the job. It's also completely organic and therefore edible (my fave part is licking it all off once I'm done scrubbing! yum!) 

So, any cons? The only thing I will say is that it is a little messy when applying, so not so good to use when you're just out and about (you'll just need to keep a mirror handy for this one!) 

All in all a very happy customer. LUSH, you've really hit the nail on the head!

            Anyone else tried this one? What did you think?
 Kelouise xo 

Monday, 8 April 2013

The Apocalips is here: A Review of Rimmels' Apocalips Lip Lacquers

Well, where to start? I am well aware that this review has now been done a million times, but there's a reason everybody's raving about this new little number on the market. 

(from left to right, Big Bang, Luna, Nude eclipse)

So after lots of uhm-ing and ahh-ing I eventually gave in to curiosity and bought three of these lip lacquers in shades, Big Bang (pictured below), Luna and Nude Eclipse.

And what can I say? I absolutely ADORE them! As a self-confessed connoisseur of lip products, I am pleased to say that I have finally found one that ticks all the right boxes. If you're like me and like your lip colour to stand out then look no further. I am always on the look out for a lip product that gives a high-gloss finish yet at the same time is really pigmented and this certainly delivers. I can't say it enough, I just love this product!

At only £5.99 and available at most high-street drugstores I really do think you get your money's worth. With it's doe-foot applicator it really is a dream to apply without being too sticky or "gungy" like many other glossy lip sticks I've tried. It even has a slightly watermelon scent to it, which I personally really like. Rimmels' really come up trumps with this one!

Now if I had to be really pernickety about this product (which is hard!) I'd say that the only con is the small range of colours available, as it only comes in around eight different shades. (my favourite being Big Bang, pictured above and below). But this is a very small con and as I love this product so much, I forgive you Rimmel!

So there we have it. I'm delighted to say I'd give this one a pretty awesome 10 out of 10 and can't wait to try all the other shades. A new favourite and handbag essential for sure!

To all other lip lacquer fans out there, have you tried this one yet? What did you think? 

Kelouise xo