Sunday, 29 January 2017

NEW IN | H&M Gingham Frill Skirt, MAC Cyber and Anthropologie Candle

ISN'T THIS SKIRT AMAZING. I love it, I'm so excited to wear it, there are been so many outfit combinations I've tried it out with and it's just gorgeous. Sorry for that little outburst. But also not sorry. Gingham is definitely a trend I am fully on board with, not only that but the frill detail makes it extra special. Gotta love some frills.

This gorgeous dark MAC lipstick is the shade Cyber a super dark purpley colour. But the real reason I'm so excited about this addition is, it was FREE. Kinda. The cash-back website Quidco ran an sign up offer for a MAC lipstick of your choice totally for free (via cash-back). Unfortunately the offer has expired now, but definitely one to keep an eye out for as they often run special sign up promos.

Technically it isn't especially new in, but my cute Anthropologie candle is a firm favourite of mine at the moment. It's lemon scent isn't one I'd have initially chosen but it's so refreshing and fills the room perfectly. I can't get enough.

Finally my little copper pineapple trinket pot/shot glass (depending on the day of the week, obviously). I have had a crazy love of pineapples for longer than is probably healthy. This little guy is perfect to add to my collection, and makes a pretty good blog photo prop too!

ellie x


Sunday, 22 January 2017

SKINCARE | The SmoothSkin Gold IPL

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So I'm gonna get honest, maybe slightly a bit TMI, but bear with me. I have a lot of hair. Not just on my head but underarms, legs, arms, upper lip, toes. Yeah you get the picture. On top of this, it grows soo fast. I'm talking, shaving in the evening and the next day stubble has already appeared. A bit of a joke really. Plus a massive pain in the a*s throughout my teen years. 

Back in the summer I attended Scarlett's #BloggersBall was one of the lucky winners of this weird looking device, a SmoothSkin Gold IPL hair removal device. In simple terms, it uses energy from light to disrupt the hair cycle, minimising growth and altogether preventing it in areas. Pretty great really.

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I've not been as strict with myself as I'd have liked to have been with the first 12 weeks, but despite my laziness there is still a really clear difference. Because my hair is so dark it's be perfect type for IPL treatment as it absorbs a lot of light - this also means there's been a really obvious visual difference to my hair growth. 

Not only this, but I've always been one to suffer from those unsightly grey underarms after shaving. According to a waxer of mine it's due to hairs having deep roots, so shaving leaves these behind causing the grey-ish tint. By nature IPL targets the hair roots, so I've seen a massive difference in this too. 

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It doesn't come cheap, but considering it will last between 10-15 years, and results will just think about all the savings from waxes and shaving? Before winning the SmoothSkin Gold I've spend hours researching permanent hair removal and reduction, scouring Groupon and others for the cheapest deals. Even considering asking for it for Christmas. So if you feel like hair removal is something that's been really on your mind, and getting in the way all the time, I would 100% say go for it. 

ellie x

*Disclaimer: This post includes a competition prize. See my full disclaimer HERE


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