• Ways to Remove Body Hair You Don’t Want

    Hair removal techniques are not limited to waxing or shaving. So, if you are tired of those traditional at-home procedures you’ll be happy to know that other options exist. Some of those options include hair removal creams and sugaring, which is a similar process to waxing but tends to be more effective. Another option is laser hair removal. Each method has its own benefits and detriments to consider. Some of those are described below.

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    Removing Unwanted Hair Without Pain

    The truth of the matter is that one of the most painless way to remove unwanted hair is to shave it off. However, if you want to use that painless method the trade off is that you will be shaving all the time. Shaving is, in fact, one of the most inaccurate forms of hair removal. It is easy to find that you have missed certain hairs after the process is over, and those that your razor does chop off will quickly poke back through your skin again.

    Another painless way to remove hair is to use a depilatory cream. Depilatory creams contain ingredients formulated to eventually cause hair to fall out. However, the process is far from instant or consistent. Also, you have to remember to apply the cream as directed on an ongoing basis if you want to see any results at all.

    Slightly More Uncomfortable (But Effective) Forms of Hair Removal

    When considering the slightly more uncomfortable forms of hair removal, one of the first ones that probably springs to mind is laser hair removal. In fact, the use of laser for hair removal 

    is so popular that laser hair removal clinics are prevalent in many areas, especially large cities. It might sound like having your skin treated with a hot laser beam would be extremely painful, but it really isn’t. The reason is that laser treatment for hair removal is not performed until the skin is numbed. Also, cooling air can be used to control discomfort throughout the treatment process, which often takes no more than an hour.

    Even though laser hair removal is slightly more uncomfortable than shaving or using depilatory cream the benefit may be worth it to you. That benefit is that the lasers can immediately and accurately target each hair and weaken it. After the hairs have been weakened enough through multiple treatments they will fall out. Then you can enjoy a long period of time before they come back. It may take weeks to return, while hairs removed with shaving come back in days. The difference occurs because lasers can remove hidden portions of hair under your skin.

    Even More Uncomfortable but Accurate Hair Removal

    Of all of the hair removal techniques available electrolysis is one of the most uncomfortable you can try. As the name suggests, the process involves treating each hair with an electricity. Electrolysis is one of the most accurate ways of getting rid of unwanted hair to the point where some of it may never grow back. However, it is not a treatment used for major hair removal jobs, such as shaving your legs. It is typically meant to permanently remove one or two stray hairs growing in annoying areas, such as on your face.

    Other Hair Removal Options to Think About

    There are other hair removal options to consider as well. For example, waxing and sugaring are popular forms of hair removal, which you can often do at home on your own. Sugaring often produces longer-lasting results than waxing. But individual results can vary. You may also choose to employ multiple hair removal methods for the best results, which may or may not include waxing or sugaring. The choice will depend on how much hair you want to remove and whether your priorities are financial, convenience or comfort-based.

    *this is a collaborative post
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    Pixi Rose Caviar Essence and Flash Balm – Skin Saviours?

    On my recent trip to London I ventured in to the Pixi shop near Carnaby street and was recommended these two rose products. The Rose Caviar Essence and the Rose Flash Balm.

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    Pixi as a brand has impressed me as far as skincare, everything I have tried, the glow tonic (just a small sample) and the Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse, definitely peaked my interest in the brand.

    I was after a new moisturiser anyway so I wanted to get some recommendations and was shown by the assistant to the new Rose Caviar Essence, the flash balm and the overnight cream.

    I tried the essence on the back of my hand and I noticed how soft it was and still was for hours after. I was offered the flash balm and overnight cream in a little trial pot which was really very good.

    After I had used the flash balm for 5 days and finishing the pot I had a £5 voucher and a % code of for my birthday for ASOS so ordered the full size as I really enjoyed it.

    So what are they?

    Rose Caviar Essence

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    This website claims

    “Encapsulated flower oils suspended in this weightless serum-essence melt onto the skin delivering fresh botanicals to hydrate and restore skin’s brightness for optimum radiance”

    It is a water like gel that has a lovely light rose scent and you need a small amount for the whole face.

    I apply it after my holy grail duo, NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum and the Multi Molecular Hyaluronic Complex and it makes my skin feel so soft and supple.

    I only use this in the morning but it would also be really nice at night time.

    Rose Flash Balm

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    I have realised that flash balms are the best thing for my skin. I have tried a few and they just work for me.

    On the website it claims

    “This radiance-boosting balm is the ultimate pick-me-up for tired, lackluster skin helping with signs of fatigue in a flash .This 3-in-1,oil-free, quick absorbing formula instantly moisturizes and brightens and is great as a revitalizing mask as well as a primer to prep skin for perfect makeup application”

    This has a thick consistency, almost tacky, and a lovely rose scent, if you’re sensitive to strong floral scents you may not like this.

    I use this after the Rose Caviar Essence and prior to putting on makeup.

    This makes a great base for makeup, like all the flash balms I have used before, but I have found that this particular one really helps my skin feel good with makeup on too.

    I am really chuffed with this product and can see this being my go to for moisturiser and primer.

    I also used it slightly thicker as an overnight mask and my skin felt wonderful the next day.

    These products for me are completely underrated! I haven’t heard anyone talk about these and at a good price tag (£26 each) I think they are actually really purse friendly based on how much you need to use.

    The verdict

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    In summary, I am really happy with the two products. I think they are great for the money and perfect for someone like me who has normal to dry skin.

    Having tried these products now I would like to try more, I am really desperate to get the overnight cream next. I enjoyed my sample and I can’t wait to delve more in to the brand. Maybe even some of the beauty products next (I do have their concealer which I am trialing so will feedback soon!)

    Have you tried anything from Pixi? Have you go any recommendations of products that I should try?

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    Beauty Bargains and Hidden Gems with Chemist 4 U

    I was really lucky to be asked to take on the challenge of finding some beauty bargains and hidden gems on the Chemist 4 U website.

    Prior to them contacting me I had seen the brand before when looking for online stockists of makeup with a limited budget but hadn’t purchased there before.

    I had £30 to spend so wanted to maximise the items I could buy.

    What did I buy?

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    I purchased the following:

    Amazingly this all came to under £30 with postage!

    For me, it’s always great to try new things and to find them at brilliantly low prices was good too.

    Initial Thoughts

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    I tried all the products and the lipsticks and the palette were my least favourite. I was pleased I hadn’t bought them at full price as they were not really for me.

    The Revlon palette had no pigment in any of the eyeshadows and the lipsticks were not protected so the powder mixed in with them. It’s a shame as it looks gorgeous.

    A couple of the lipsticks broke almost immediately, I couldn’t turn one of them up and another one snapped off. They also had a distinct kids makeup plastic scent which was a little off putting.

    I wasn’t mad on the colours too but that is what you get with a lucky dip.

    Hidden Gems

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    The O.P.I nail polish was outstanding. Such a gorgeous colour which isn’t done justice by the picture on the website. I actually researched the swatches prior to purchasing this.

    The By Invitation body cream was a standout. I have the perfume (it’s nearly finished) and I love the scent so to come across this beauty was fab. I can continue to using the scent without having to purchase a whole new bottle. The texture was lovely and light and sunk in to the skin really well. Definitely a great purchase.

    The other items were items I always buy anyway so it was great to see them at a good price.

    Have you shopped on line for budget beauty? Have you tried online chemists before?

    Let me know what you think?

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    Plus Size Sports Wear – Getting fit by 40 with JD Williams

    Over the Christmas break we bought a static bike to try and build up our fitness so when I was approached by JD Williams to try some of their Sports Wear I was super chuffed.

    I am turning 37 tomorrow and it means I have 3 years till I am 40 which is actually really on my mind. I think I want to make sure that by the time I am 40 I have done more to make sure I stay healthy.

    Let me make myself clear, exercising to get healthy does not equal weight loss. I believe you can be fat and fit. I always was when I was younger and it’s only now I am getting older I have noticed that I am starting to slow down.

    I struggle to walk at the moment as I have a bad foot and I find myself out of breath going up one flight of stairs. I want to avoid those things so half an hour on our new static bike will help to build up fitness and stamina.  Not only that, I truly believe that exercise is brilliant for mental health and for helping with sleep. At the moment I don’t sleep well and I can’t switch off. I have a very stressful and high octane job with deadline pressures all the time so I really want to exercise to wind down.

    I am by no mean sporty – I hated P.E. when I was a kid but I did it and it did do me good. I am also not a sports fan, apart from Ice Hockey (Let’s go Steelers!) so I never considered sports wear in my wardrobe.

    I chose 4 items.

    Pineapple jogging bottoms

    I haven’t taken photo’s of. The reason for this is they haven’t allowed for a booty and they are not suitable for exercise because of that. I can just get away with them as lounge wear.

    X Neck sports top

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    I LOVE this top – I love it. It’s a lovely sweatshirt material with long sleeves and thumb holes (don’t you just love these?) and a ruched detail on the shoulders.

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    There is a little zip on the bottom of the top at the back which is great for an inhaler (which I need) or your phone/ipod for music.

    I got this in a size 24 and it fits really nicely. I am a size 26 on my bottom and a 24 on top so it’s true to size.

    I paired it with the following.

    Sports High Waist Print Leggings

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    These are a size 20. I always size down in leggings as I have very slim ankles and they always have good stretch.

    The material is nice and light and like lycra leggings of old. The print I absolutely love, so much fun.

    My favourite thing about these are the hight waist. This makes them so comfortable and you know they are secure for cycling and potentially, yoga (I am definitely thinking about this now because of these).

    The final item I received was:

    Body Star Performance Full Zip Hood

    This doesn’t have a hood but I actually prefer that.

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    This I got in a 24 again, and it fits nicely.

    The thing I like about this is the back comes down a bit more than the front so if you are doing your exercise with too much enthusiasm you won’t bare your back and give yourself a chill or flash at anyone either.

    For me these have been a welcome addition to my wardrobe as I have certain goals (like I said at the beginning of the post) which I absolutely want to achieve and these will help me on my way for sure.

    Have you been wanting to do more exercise? Do you have any sports wear you love to wear? Have you checked out JD Williams Sports wear collection?

    If you wanted to see some other plus size sports wear blog posts check out the gorgeous Chloe in Curve .

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    #BlogAtTheBeach Event with IceLolly – Round up

    It’s not often that events happen up north so when the lovely Hayley at IceLolly sent a tweet out asking if anyone was free to go to an event in Leeds I jumped at the chance.

    As you know I am a Hobby Blogger, I do this outside of my current permanent job so I don’t get to go to many events so having opportunities like this is rare and I was intrigued to learn more from a brand and other bloggers who aren’t too far from me.

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    IceLolly.com are a price comparison site for holidays. A post will be coming up soon on them in more detail and the event #BlogAtTheBeach has been running for five years.  They invite bloggers to network with other bloggers as well as listen to guest bloggers present on different blogging know how.

    When I arrived I was really chuffed to see that some of my favourite blogger pals were there and it was lovely to get to see them in real life. Since being part of the We Are Thirty Plus blogging movement I have made some lovely online blogging friends who I finally bumped in to including:

    I didn’t know they were going so it was such a lovely surprise and they were just as nice in real life as online.

    The day was split in to 3 parts and a speaker in each. These included:

    All 3 were able to offer advice from their success which, for me personally,  makes it really credible as they can evidence and back up what they’re presenting. They all did incredibly well and were all wonderfully lovely when I managed to catch up with them in the breaks.

    I thought I would summarise the useful tips I got from each of the talks.

    Pitching to brands

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    • Do your research – show your passion for their brand
    • Keep a spreadsheet of brands you are contacting
    • Don’t use a template email
    • Create and update your Media Kit
    • Tell them your ideas and show them evidence on how you have done it before
    • Think of 3 things your blog can offer (you don’t have to have a large following

    Taking your blog to the next level

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    • Use your skills from your 9-5 job to influence your blog
    • Re-invest in your blog – sponsorship or paid opportunities, use the money for something new, web host, domain, logo, camera, photo editing. Just keep it refreshed and updated.
    • Find your style, you have your own voice and style so highlight that difference rather than trying to do the same
    • Create community blogging hubs so you can take photo’s of each other on lunch breaks or weekends in your area

    Photography

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    • Try and find the photo from a different perspective
    • Use manual settings on a camera, YouTube has how to’s on the basics
    • Try and find someone who can take photo’s with you, especially when you’re travelling
    • If you are a lone traveller and want photos of yourself invest in a tripod
    • You don’t have to have an amazing camera but recommend one with basic manual settings

    (trying to utilise some of the tips below!)

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    We were also given feedback on each presentation from IceLolly representatives about how, as a brand, they would want a blogger to pitch and what they expect from someones blog. This really cemented what the speakers were already saying.

    All in all I felt that the event was really well planned and the speakers really delivered insightful and well needed advice.

    I 100% intend to put myself forward to the event for next year, if it is still in the North!

    Did you go to the event? What did you enjoy?

    If you didn’t go and you would like to go what would you like to see?

    Do you ever pitch to brands? Are you looking to take your blog to the next level? Have you wondered about how to improve your photography skills?

    Have you thought about working with Brands like IceLolly.com?

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