Thursday, 19 September 2019

BEAUTY BY LASER SOUTHEND ESSEX: LASER HAIR REMOVAL REVIEW


I have recently been having Laser Hair Removal in Southend, Essex at Beauty By Laser. I was kindly contacted by the team back in June to come and see what the brand new clinc is like, to receive the treatment and see what the clinic had to offer. I had been eyeing up laser hair removal for a while but honestly had no clue about any of it, but I felt as though I was in good hands with Beauty By Laser in Southend. The owner, Kelli-Anne, has 18 years experience working on all different types of people, skin, hair types and more! She's treated over 25,000 people, so I knew she was the right person to go with. When you're getting something like laser done, it's important to keep your skin safe - which means picking the right person for the job.

SO, WHAT IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
In short, it's when a laser selectively targets hair follicles. It heats them up to damage them - while keeping your skin safe! It works the best on dark hair and pale skin, and the coarser the hair, the better your results will be. So your legs, underarms and bikini-area would be the ideal places to get this if you want it. These days, lasers can treat all different skin types, so if you have darker skin, you can still get this treatment. 

WHY NOT JUST SHAVE OR WAX?
Laser Hair Removal is really an investment in freedom. It frees up time and money in the long-run, and allows you to not have to worry about shaving before events (we have all done the frantic rush back to the bathroom to shave our legs because we forgot in the shower, right ladies?!)

My patch test included a consultation, where my skin and hair type was assessed - my hair is dark and my skin is pale, so I was a perfect candidate for laser hair removal. Kelli-Anne explained that it would take roughly 5-8 sessions to achieve the hairless, "done" look, which she'd assess as time went on. (I'll be posting follow-ups about my treatment in the coming weeks with photos and the progress from start to finish.)

I have had waxes before, and although that lasts a few weeks, it's still annoying to deal with waiting for the hair to be long enough to go for another wax. With laser, I will never have that issue again! Also, can anyone else relate with the annoying dark 'strawberry dots' showing on your legs... even after you've shaved using the best, newest razor and used the nicest, fanciest shaving cream or oil. It's SO ANNOYING! 

THE PATCH TEST
I attended my patch test with Kelli-Anne and was shown the salon, what they offer and the treatment rooms - everywhere was pristine and perfectly clean. It's quite a sizeable clinic, with a wide variety of treatments. From nails to fancy LED light facials, they do it all! My patch test was essentially just a marked up square on my leg, to kind of 'track' if I had a reaction in the area (which I didn't)

TREATMENT
The next week, I went back to the clinic for my first session! After Kelli-Anne explained the process - how the laser worked and what I might feel, the treatment began. My legs were marked up into sections and she got started - it was a very quick treatment and I was surprised at how lunch-hour friendly it actually is! It's so easy. The first treatment took roughly 10-15 minutes. She had told me that I might feel a little pinging sensation but that this would be offset by a cooling mechanism that the laser had built into it. She just quickly moved the laser over each section and zapped away. I just scrolled Instagram while she did it. (and took some photos of course!)


The hair grows back uneven, patchy and over time, less and less as the hair is lasered during treatments - this is my re-growth after 3 sessions, to give you an idea of what to expect. So you can see it works! You can still shave of course, but I decided to leave it to show you how it grows back and what to expect. You might also find that the hair grows back extremely slowly - Just what to expect from the treatment.


DOES IT HURT?
Short answer? Not really.

I read a few blogs online that said the laser really hurt - but honestly, I could barely feel the laser zapping away as it is over so quickly in each section! It's not a painless treatment, but it's not 'painful'.

 There is cool air that puffs onto the skin during the treatment and that offsets anything you might find "painful". It kind of feels like tiny elastic bands... but not even as bad as that. When someone pings you with an elastic band, you can feel it for minutes after, with laser you can't feel it at all once it's onto the next spot! There is no lingering feeling after about 3 seconds the 'painful' feeling is totally gone. I am a total wimp, so if I am saying you won't feel "pain", you won't feel pain! It might cause a wince or two on your bikini line, but legs and underarms? No way. The only area I really felt the laser 'ping' was my ankle.


AFTERCARE
Once my treatment was done, I was free to leave with some aftercare information from Kelli-Anne. I was advised not to use anything like glycolic acid on my legs, use sunbeds, or anything that might be too harsh or abrasive for my treatment period and especially straight after laser. Whilst you're having laser hair removal, you can't go sunbathing and you should keep your skin out of the sun. 

Aftercare is pretty simple when it comes to laser hair removal, and if I’m honest, I didn’t experience any side effects such as redness or soreness, but I applied the aloe vera gel in the evening again anyway. In fact.. it was as if I had never been lasered! It doesn't hurt or feel sore later, so you can safely get this done during your lunch or before an evening out and wear jeans. 

I can't think of one single downside about this treatment. Some people might say the cost, but in my opinion, the cost is, overall, minimal compared to what you might spend on getting a wax, razors and other hair removal methods. I think that as I explained earlier, not having to bother shaving again is really the main draw with this. Even if you're buying razors on offer, they are pricey if you use them all the time (for ones that won't leave you ripped to shreds, anyway..) so I would 100% recommend this treatment to anyone that feels as though they need a more permanent option for hair removal. As treatments are roughly six weeks apart, the cost doesn't really feel like an issue, either. 

Overall, I am loving my treatment and only have a couple more sessions to go! I will be posting more on my Instagram about the treatment and keeping you guys updated on there as well as on here with a follow-up post! 

For more information on Laser Hair Removal by Beauty by Laser in Southend Essex...
visit their websiteFacebook page, Instagram or call 01702 842522 - they offer free consultations! 


Love always,

My treatment was gifted.
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Friday, 30 August 2019

A FOUNDATION YOU NEED RIGHT NOW: IT COSMETICS CC CREAM [DRY SKIN REVIEW]

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It Cosmetics CC Cream is a full-coverage foundation with mineral sun protection and added skincare benefits. The brand claim that this is a hydrating formula (true) that helps to conceal imperfections (true) minimise the appearance of pores (true) and leave your face looking seamless (double true!)

A little goes a long way
The packaging is an absolute dream. A soft, plastic tube with a pump means your make-up bag fits way more in when you're using this foundation. I couldn't wish for anything better. It's holiday/travel friendly and very light. I know some people prefer a glass bottle when they're buying high-end foundations but quite frankly I despise some of them - the Nars Sheer Glow is a nightmare to travel with, the bulky square bottle is quite frankly, annoying!

I have never looked so good after a day at the office
This formula doesn't crease, crack, fade or look chalky by 5:00pm. I find that a lot of foundations won't last the day The formula is very light but very, very buildable - it will cover redness, spots and any other issues, but doesn't cling to those pesky dry spots or scabs, and it doesn't look crazy if you retouch it during the day. I honestly can't think of one downside to this product. This foundation really is 'your skin, but better'. Coverage wise, it’s medium to full - but by no means heavy, as a lot of foundations are these days. I am shocked I never tried this before! I guess when a brand isn't accessible to try in a store like Boots, it's harder to want to take a risk both colour AND formula wise. £31 is a lot of money to waste to absolutely hate a make-up product, so this is yet another reason that I love the Boots makeover - new brands!


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It's 32ml, so a whole 2ml more than your usual high-end bottles (hurrah!) and at £31, you really can't complain. I know a few people (well, my friend Hannah, to be precise) hate the plastic squeeze-tube type foundation packaging, they prefer a nice frosted glass bottle and rightfully so, make-up is a luury and makes you feel good, of course you want the packaging to look pretty too. But the fact that you probably waste a few ML with glass bottles is something to factor in here. You can cut open tube packaging once you are wanting the last dregs from it - don't judge me, okay. Waste not, want not. It's also more environmentally friendly. Even Fenty Beauty have released a foundation in this format.

You can buy this at Boots, and remember, you can now get student discount there using your ID and Advantage Card! So if you're lucky enough to still be a student, that's a whole £3 off (almost a grande frappuccino...) then make the most of it while you can!

I would like to see more shades in this range if I am honest though. I do need to bronze my neck a little when I wear their fairest shade, so they aren't quite catering to us ghosts who mask ourselves in fake tan just yet... I imagine the formula is fine if you aren't a complete ghost, though. And to be honest I have tan on, and it's not too dark that a bit of bronzing on my neck doesn't blend it in just fine.


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Monday, 1 July 2019

WHAT I EXPECT WHEN I DATE A GUY


I expect a few things when I date someone. I've dated quite a lot of guys since being single and I could list the (sometimes funny) stories here, but that's for another blog post.

So here is my (non-exhaustive) list of what I expect when a guy wants to date me.

Be upfront
I had a guy ask to date me for a while and when I said "Okay, maybe" he told me that he had a child. Thanks... but no thanks. If you're in £6,000 of debt or a drug dealer, please drop me out. Thanks.

Pick me up
This is dependant on if it's a date with someone I know well or not - mostly I won't let a guy I haven't been speaking to for ages know where I live, but if we've been talking for a while then it's polite to offer to pick me up.

Chivalry
Honestly, you would be really shocked at the number of guys that won't even open a door for you. My ex-boyfriend used to be the rudest person ever, always taking the nicer seat and never even holding the door for me. I know now that I really just want a guy who is a bit more thoughtful toward me. Just open the bloody car door. It's that simple. Open the taxi door for me. Be caring. It's SO simple.

Communication
I was dating this guy and I had been seeing him on and off for a few months. I felt like he would ghost out for hours. He used to not reply for 3-5 hours but if I didn't reply for half an hour, he would send a sarcastic message about me 'ignoring' him. Nope. I expect decent communication and it should be healthy.... and most importantly fun and interesting conversation! I mean, you should really be excited to talk to me, dude. I don't expect you to sneak off to the toilet to send me messages at work, but I do expect a lunchtime message or some kind of thought into my day or what I'm doing.

Consistency
I'm not going to explain this one. Consistency. That's it.

Manners
I had a guy once ask me to go round his house and watch a movie. Twice. Like... honey.. Please. I'm a 23-year-old woman. Enough said.  It's safe to say that I did not give one care in the world when we stopped talking.

Pay for the date if you have asked me out
Ah, the age-old debate of women vs. men paying for date. In my experience, and as confirmed by my friend, who is, in fact, a male- if a guy likes you, he will not have an issue paying for your meal. If a guy rates you, he will want to show that he cares and that he wants to treat you. It's literally the science behind men. They want to impress a woman they want to date. It's that simple.

I really don't like the way some men will act like I'm there for the £15.95 paella and cocktail. I would probably rather be at home watching Greys Anatomy with some micro-chips, don't get it twisted. I can afford my own paella. But if you want to charge me for my small £22 worth of meal then please feel free. But it will change my opinion of you.

Appearance
No hats, no tracksuits, etc. Just dress nicely. It's that simple. Please, if you have asked me out, assume that I have taken some time to look nice for you, at least do the same back.

No sex talk
If you talk about anything remotely sexual in the early dating stages, I will instantly write you off. No need to expand.



So there it is. I might add to this later when another guy performs badly on a date.

But until then, those are the bare minimum requirements to date me.

Love always,

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Sunday, 21 April 2019

WHY I DON'T SEND PARAGRAPHS TO MEN ANYMORE

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Have you ever sent a paragraph to a guy? Out of anger, or upset, or frustration? Same. Many times.

When I was with my (quite frankly) abusive and cheating, ex-boyfriend, I found myself sending him paragraph after paragraph as to why he should treat me better over the year or so that we were together. I would say "why" and "my friends don't get treated like this" or "you're hurting me when you do this" and whatever else I could type through my tears or anger. And not once did he listen. He wasn't stupid, I mean, he was, but also he could clearly understand that he was hurting me when he constructed his replies, consisting of gaslighting or even just ignoring it or blocking me for 3 hours.

The thing is, men don't care. They are very aware of who they are, how they treat us, and the effort that they make. They're so aware that it actually hurts how blind we can sometimes be in terms of making excuses for them.

You know what the guy is doing when he skims over the dissertation you send? 
He's waiting for FIFA to load.

I recently found myself seeing a guy who never bothered to text me - I'm talking 6-10 hours between texts. I kept waiting for him to put some kind of effort in aside from texting the monkey emoji face or whatever else he sent me. I can't even recall any of his conversations because they were that boring. But yes, I did in fact almost call 999 to take me to A&E because my back was BREAKING from carrying the conversation.

The thing is, men can be confusing, I know this. When he is being great in person, but shitty over texts.. it's confusing and makes you angry. For me, I needed the communication that the man I was seeing previously wouldn't give me. He-llo. I want the attention. But alas. I won't settle and feel bad about wanting that from someone. If he is playing the game AND acting dumb when you point out an issue, just duck. Duck out so fast. Then date his Dad. (KIDDING)

I thought to myself in my previous situation, 'maybe I'm not doing XYZ or maybe I'm being too XYZ' .. but the truth is, men will make the effort if they want to be with you. I cut things off with the guy and stopped replying. It felt great. Honestly. It feels good to reclaim your time and just ghost outta there.

A year ago, I would have chased. Now? Nah. Goodbye hun.
But knowing your worth is important.

If a man hurts you, he knows what he has done. Unless he is blind, and can't see that he did, in fact, whack a pole into your head by accident, he knows.

I decided a while ago that I don't want to ever be someone that has to send a man a paragraph detailing why he should put in more effort or do the right thing by me. Because the right man will never have to be told. And honestly? Men hear you the first time. The right man will come correct and impress you. They won't play any kind of game.

I think it takes personal growth to get to this stage. I have been very naive to a man in the past, so when I date now, I try to weed out the guys who show red flags. Sometimes my male friend will say "wtf are you doing" 3 weeks before I realise myself which is quite cool. It's almost like guys know what guys are like. Magic.

Love always,
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Friday, 4 January 2019

PIXI GLOW-Y GOSSAMER DUOS

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Pixi Beauty, our OG, pretty-packaging favourite to post snaps of before all the millennial pink brands came along. Pixi have been providing us with not only cute shelfies, but good skin for a long time. The lesser raved about make-up is simply brilliant quality and best of all, provides cute packaging in a travel-friendly format, all at a good price point.

I received the Glow-y Gossamer Duos in a PR package a while ago and have been religiously using them ever since. The fact that it comes with two shades to mix and define for your desired intensity and undertone is awesome - but also, the size is the best part, as the shades are different enough to take away on holiday without bulking up your make-up bag. Highlighters are generally quite flashy in packaging and always bulky, so for travel, these Pixi duos are really not a bad choice!

A natural looking glow on skin
Silky and buttery formula
Ultra blendable



The Pixi make-up range is stocked by Cult Beauty, LookFantastic, and even ASOS, so no pesky customs fees or difficulty nabbing this on your next online shopping spree at lunchtime.

These offerings from Pixi provide the gorgeous 'lit from within' look that we all desire, and don't leave your face looking chalky or over-highlighted. If you're wanting a super obvious look, these aren't for you. They are buildable, but they are not blinding - which is a good thing, make no mistake! They do capture the light, but they won't look too much at your cousin's wedding or meeting your boyfriend's Mum. Is that a good way to explain it? Probably not... But it makes the most sense!

Do you have any make-up from Pixi?

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