Sunday, 1 March 2015

Lovin' Lately

I haven't done this sort of post before, but I enjoy reading about things that other people are enjoying eating/watching/doing

Saturday mornings, for 2 years I had to work every Saturday, I hated getting up and going to work whilst what felt like the rest of the world was lazing in bed and having relaxed breakfast's and spending the day mooching about. My new job means I once again have Saturdays back, and I love waking up knowing that I have two blissful days to myself.

Breakfast in bed
Breakfast in bed


In the last couple of weeks I have been completely obsessed with 3 TV shows

Scandal

This show makes me wish I could be Olivia Pope, she is intelligent, sly, networked; a PR superwoman. The show is engaging and keeps you on the edge of your seat, based around the White House and high profile clients that hire Olivia Pope to help make embarrassing PR nightmares "go away" it is worth a watch, I guarantee you'll be going back for the next episode.

Stalkers

This show is action packed, but scarily based on a very real issue in today's world. According to current research 1 in 12 women have been stalked at one time or another, and another shocking stat is that a third of women murdered in America are supposedly killed by their partner! This show follows a department that have been set up solely for stalking crimes and it will have you hiding behind the nearest cushion as it's a pretty jumpy show.

Pretty Little Liars

I am very late to this party, I have only just started watching the first season but I am hooked. I will sit and watch 5 episodes on the trot, it would be more but I have only had one disc at a time from Love Film. It is so gripping and I am desperate to find out who A is! If you like shows that have lots of twists and turns and always keep you guessing then this is for you.

Sunshine, the sun has started to peak through in the last week and there have even been days where I have only worn a cardigan whilst walking to work. I can't wait to be able to walk out the door without a coat!

Easter goodies, the shops are all full of yummy sweet treats for easter. I have already eaten loads of mini eggs, galaxy eggs and lots of other chocolate shaped eggs!

Easter eggs

What's making you smile at the moment?

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

My Invisalign Journey

I wanted to write a truthful and honest account of my experience so far, this is not all sweetness and light. I tell it how it is, and that's not to say I am trying to bad mouth Invislign at all, I just believe that sometimes it can be sugar coated and the patients are not always told about the uncomfortable side of the treatment. But as they say, no pain, no gain!

I have never been all that happy with my teeth, when I was a child it was discovered that I had my adult canine compacted in the palette of my mouth so my baby tooth remained in position. On the other side I had a wonky tooth, so I was bothered by the way it all looked when I smile.

The worst news was that at some point my baby tooth would fall out and I would be left with a gap too small to fit an adult sized implant,  so I was faced with a difficult and expensive decision. I would need to have the compacted tooth removed surgically and undergo treatment with braces to make the gap around the baby tooth bigger and straighten the rest of my teeth.

Invisalign


I am currently undergoing invisalign and my treatment plan is 7 months long. I honestly can't wait for the 7 months to be over, my first couple of days with my first aligner in were frustrating. I couldn't speak normally and the aligners were chaffing the inside of my mouth making it very sore. I was so conscious of the aligners all of the time and found it very hard having a foreign body in my mouth. My mouth is always so dry no matter how much water I drink.

Even taking the aligners out provided me with no respite, because the attachments on my teeth were very sharp and made it hard to eat, they rubbed the inside of my lip raw whilst trying to chew and speak.

I am now 4 weeks in and on my third aligner and things are a little easier, the biggest problem I have found is the 22 hour optimal wear idea. 2 hours per day to eat and clean your teeth disappears very quickly and I often find myself way over the ideal time frame. One morning I timed how long it took me to eat some toast and drink a coffee and it was 22 minutes! So imagine then adding on the time to eat lunch, brush your teeth, eat dinner brush your teeth, drink a sugary drink, brush your teeth. Before you know it you have had the aligner out for way over 2 hours!

A few things you should know before you get invisalign:

It's a huge commitment, they need to be in your mouth all day every day for months, taking them out for long periods of time will only derail your treatment.

You have to be prepared to carry a toothbrush and toothpaste everywhere,  and always need access to a sink after eating because you need to brush your teeth or you'll get cavities

2 hours in a day for eating and drinking is very little,  if you are a continual snacker then you'll need to think long and hard about whether you will be able to cut the habit.

It's a massive pain in the arse to have to take your aligners out for every cup of coffee you want to drink, don't under estimate how annoying that can be. I only lasted 2 weeks before I started drinking with them in, plus you haven't a hope in hell of achieving 22 hours per day if you take them out to drink as well as eat.

They will make your mouth sore, they will rub your tongue, cheeks, gums and lips at some point. You will probably get ulcers as well, if you're a cry baby then these are not for you.

If you think you can handle all of that then go ahead and get invisalign, I have learnt to tolerate them and keep my eye on the prize. Make sure you can be committed to the cause because it's a lot of money to waste if you can't.


And because the secrecy with how much it all costs drove me crazy when I was researching Invisalign a few years ago I will tell you that I have gone with Invisalign Lite, which is a shorter version with less trays and on average takes 6-9 months depending on how much movement your teeth need, I have paid £2500, if I had needed the full version the cost would have been £4000.


Invisalign

My advice would be to have a couple of consultations at least, the first dentist I went to, made no mention of Invisalign Lite to me and told me the cost would be £4300. I then went for a second consultation where they were a lot more straight forward and gave me the cost for both and explained the difference and let me decide what I wanted to do.

For most people this is a large sum of money and you want to be sure you are being given the correct information before you hand over your cash.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Pink and Sparkly

I have a ton of Nails Inc polishes I still haven't worn yet, one of my Christmas presents the year before last was a Nails Inc gift set with 12 shades in it. I have been working my way through the selection very slowly because I have become quite lazy with paining my nails. I used to paint them once a week without fail, but these days I don't seem to be that motivated.

nails inc fulham palace gardens

Today I tried out Fulham Palace Gardens, which is a candy pink colour with small and large pieces of glitter in varying colours. The colour reminds me of hubba bubba bubblegum, it's very much a barbie-esque shade of pink. It's crammed full of glitter, which is a mix of blue, green, silver and tiny flecks of gold.

This isn't really my style, so I think this one will find its way into the hands of my best friend, who is very much about the pink and sparkles!

nails inc fulham palace gardens


Happy Sunday beauties!

nails inc fulham palace gardens


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Rose Gold Barry M

Barry M dazzle dust 3

This little beauty has been sitting in my drawer a bit too long, by default I always seem to reach for my naked palette because it's easy. I know my two favourite colours and I don't have to put much thought into it, just slap it on.

I have worn this beautiful colour a couple of times, and it looks so pretty. It is a gorgeous rose pink with under lying tones of gold, and like all dazzle dusts it really does shimmer. It's a loose pigment so it's worth using a tissue to shield against the fall out unless you want to wear eyeshadow down your cheeks.

Barry M dazzle dust 3
Barry M dazzle dust 3

It may seem like you only get the smallest amount in that little pot, but it will last a very long time as you only need the teeniest amount to get great coverage, not bad for something that cost less than a fiver!

Barry M dazzle dust 3


Barry M dazzle dust number 3.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Dreaming of Spring Time

Don't get me wrong, I love Winter. But I love the kind of pre Christmas and new year Winter, when the air is filled with excitement and you have something to look forward to. But January Winter really sucks. January is colder than December and we quite often get snow, but not the nice fluffy snow that coats the trees and glistens in the light, but the stuff that hits the ground and turns into a slushy mess so the country resembles a giant ice rink.

On that note, this is why I am dreaming of spring time. It can still be cold, it just won't be the sort of cold that makes your skin sting. Spring time means pretty pastel colours, new blooms, baby chicks and lambs and Easter eggs!

I am looking forward to floaty dresses and pretty sandals, and being able to run out the door without having to wrap up in a million layers to prevent frost bite.


Sunday, 18 January 2015

A splash of pink for your nails

OPI strawberry margarita

Adding a little splash of bright colour to your nails is a small way of adding some cheer to these grey January days.

Strawberry Margarita is a gorgeous hot pink colour that is fabulous for summer and looks amazing on your toes with sandals. Everything is a bit gloomy at the moment so I figured it was a great colour to use to brighten me up.

OPI strawberry margarita


As with all OPI, the formula is lovely and covers really well and I only needed one coat to achieve a lovely streak free colour.

OPI strawberry margarita

 If only I had a stawberry margarita to drink right now, then life would be good!

Sunday, 11 January 2015

A Little More Urban Decay

Urban Decay is my all time favourite brand for eye shadows, my love affair goes back quite a few years now and I have another new palette to share with you all.

Urban Decay shadow box
Urban Decay shadow box


My latest addition is the Shadow Box palette which comes with the adorable UD logo in mental on the front of the box (small things), the palette is a small compact one with 12 small eye shadows in a variety of colours from natural to bright.

Urban Decay shadow box


I'm not a massive fan of the box design, it has a much cheaper feel to it compared to other UD palettes, it's no biggie though because it's the eye shadows that count. The only other thing about this palette I don't like it that it contains sin and smog (sin is my favourite colour), although they are beautiful shades they are also in two other palettes I own. I feel that palettes should give you the chance to try out a range of colours without the expense of buying them as individuals so to have tripled up on these shades is a little annoying. I'm just thankful I wear them a lot but it would be irritating for someone who didn't like them. These 2 colours are in the original naked palette so I personally don't think they should have been put in another palette that has come since, because practically half the population own naked one.


Urban Decay shadow box
Urban Decay shadow box

I am however looking forward to trying out all the purple tones in this set, as they look really great on my green eyes. If you guys are interested I will do a series of posts showing looks done with shadows from this palette so you can see what they look like on.

Which UD palette is your favourite?
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