Wednesday, 24 August 2016

BEAUTY: A razor subscription service

Wind back two years ago and I was regimented about heading to my waxing lady every six weeks in a bid to de-fuzz at a more permanent level, especially after years of shaving! I got to a stage where I was so fed up with shaving and its usual array of problems; rashes and stubble. 
Waxing doesn't come without its problems though. High pain levels (it never seemed to get any better!) and a regrowth time of weeks just wasn't working for me. I would be so happy with the smooth results for about a week and then have to have four to five weeks of not getting my legs out and having to wear long sleeved tops. 
 It never occurred to me that the reason I hated the results of shaving was down to the tools I was using. I'll hold my hands up here and admit that I have been buying the cheap packs of razors, even ones that have had just one blade and no special features - expecting results of the "higher end" options. 
 I was recently contacted by Dorco to try out one of their huge selection of Razors and curiosity got me, just how different can a more expensive razor be? Yeah, well I was wrong. It's really different. 
For a start there are six blades in the Dorco Eve*, something which I have never experienced before. It looks like two razors that have been stuck together but this unique shape makes navigating curves like ankles and knees a dream! Let's be honest, no one has time for the razor cuts that just never stop bleeding.
The razor also has two moisturising bands with Aloe, Vitamin E and Lavender which helps with the irritation that's sometimes caused by shaving.
You should also change your razor frequently and I'm pretty sure I've read that once a week is recommended, ashamedly I'm admitting here to just having a pot in the bathroom or razors I pick and choose from. However, I'm now completely converted to the Dorco, so much so that I have signed up to the subscription service

I love that for just £5.45 a month I will be sent four new blade heads and I won't have to think about keeping the ones that I use on the "one week" life span. Another great point - free shipping. 

I'm converted - would you sign up to a razor subscription service? 
As I have signed up to the subscription service I am able to generate a referral link where if you sign up using this link we both get £5 off all products at Dorco. 

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Monday, 15 August 2016

BEAUTY: The £12 Artis Makeup Brush Dupes

I'm not quite sure how to refer to these makeup brushes, other than "the ones that look like oddly shaped toothbrushes", what would you call them? A quick google tells me I should call them Oval Makeup Brushes.. We shall see.
With between 3 to 10 times more bristles than the average makeup brush, these are set to provide a smoother application. The brushes are very dense, jam packed to the point where the base brush can buff in my foundation in about 6 seconds.

When I first saw these type of brushes it was the brand Artis and they had cropped up in a few youtube videos. As I am forever on the hunt for the perfect base my first reaction was "oh hello...." and then I saw the price and my second reaction was "oh hell no". 

So naturally I had a browse online to see if I could find some that were cheaper (as in not £60 for one brush!!!) and there were loads. Amazon and eBay seemed to be the most littered with options so I went for this set which was just £12 for all the brushes. 

I tripled checked that they were only made from synthetic fibres and into my basket they headed. You can get even cheaper sets but these were in the UK and I'm really far too impatient to wait for delivery any longer than 4-5 days. 

Hopefully they will live up to the high expectations that I have for them.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Dog of the Week: Storm






Every week myself and Shelley grab our cameras and focus in on a dog who is currently ready for adoption at Cardiff Dogs Home. We usually look for that dog who needs a little more social media coverage, some more photos and videos to remind potential adopters that they are just pets waiting for their forever sofa. 

This week was Storm and to be honest I am pretty happy with how the video turned out so I wanted to share it on here, plus it's also an extra blog post #lazy! 

Storm is 10 years old and is just a wonderful gent who does not deserve to be spending his evening years in a concrete kennel. 

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

BEAUTY: Why I've ditched the gel nails!




I used to be a self confessed gel nail addict, I was that person who booked the next appointment in exactly two weeks after a fresh coat of gels and would shout to everyone who would listen about just how great gel nails are.



Short term, yes. Long term and cruelty free, no. Well possibly they can be cruelty free if you buy from certain vendors I guess, but to have them done at a salon you can pretty much guarantee that it's not. 



When I decided not to keep coating my nails in gel and soaking in acetone I started to look for nail care inspiration on youtube to get some motivation to put up with short, weak and flakey nails for a few months. I came across Cristine aka Simply Nailogical  and her perfect nails! She's also a holosexual which is just hilarious and hugely entertaining. 



Anyway back to nails, in one of her videos she mentioned how when trying to grow her nails she had previously used strengtheners such as Sally Hansen. All that would happen is her nails would get to a certain length and then snap off. Whilst watching this I couldn't stop nodding at having similar frustrating experiences. 



Turns out the solution for her was a nail oil that's only available in America... ugh! 



However, the main reason for that nail oil working was that it's contains Jojoba Oil and it's apparently the closest oil to our natural nail oils and the body absorbs this better. Science. So of course, I picked up a bottle (cruelty free) from amazon for only £6. 



I've been using this for the past month and a half and my nails are the longest (and strongest) they have ever been. They feel hydrated and flexible but also have the strength needed to keep them from breaking. I'm 100% sold on the natural nail look and have gotten rid of half of my nail polish collection. 




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