Saturday, 25 April 2015

Cardiff Dogs Home | Pets At Home Meet and Greet | #MakeMeSmile

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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Bluestone: The Lodge

This was the welcome sight that greeted me after a long drive from Cardiff to Bluestone (Which I did - and I drove on the motorway for the first time!!!!!!) and I couldn't stop grinning. Staying in this lodge for a week really was going to be awesome. Our lodge was up in Knight's Rest which is right up and out of the way from everything else, but still just a 5 minute walk to the main village. Checking in was really easy, it's a drive through format and only took about 5 minutes. You can drive to your lodge and unpack then park your car in the car park so the whole of Bluestone is a car free place - bliss!

The kitchen was much more equipped than I thought it was going to be. We had all the usual appliances, cutlery and even a few dishwasher tablets - oh yes there is a dishwasher!! You need to take all food down with you and I would recommend taking a mug as the mugs were on the small size and I don't tend to function without a bucket of coffee.   

The rooms were incredible, modern and very comfy. We had plenty of towels, pillows and wardrobe space. The en-suite shower was a personal favourite and to be honest it's better than most hotels I've stayed in. I may also have had a mid day nap every day because the beds were that amazing. 

Massive tv - check! Large sofas - Check! Plenty of space for entertaining - Check!
Our lodge had four bedrooms and one was on the ground floor with a huge bathroom just next door. This was such a lovely touch I thought as it made the whole property really accessible for anyone who couldn't take the stairs. Plus that bath is so deep that you could basically swim lengths in it.

This was the view over the whole of Bluestone from our picnic bench, a few people unpacking their cars but this was the busiest it ever got. I'm going to be posting over the next week about all our difference days we had and ending it on a vlog! 



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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

M Nail Magic Review

I think it's every girls dream to have gorgeous nails, long, strong and painted to perfection. Surely it can't just be me? For years I have been relying on gel, shellac, bio sculpt and acrylic to get my nails of perfection. These methods are fantastic but for me I realised that they were just masking the problem and I needed to use a treatment on my own nails to strengthen them. 

As you can see from the first photo my nails were in a terrible condition, splitting and breaking like no tomorrow. I hated them. For weeks I had tried to sort this out by keeping them really short and filling them down, but the moment I tried to grow them again they snapped. 

I also had an injury to my hand which left me with half a nail on my middle finger so this treatment* arriving in the post couldn't have come at a better time. There are a couple of ways you can use the M Nail Magic; as a base and top coat or on it's own by using two thin layers. 
You are to apply the product twice a week for 8 weeks and then use once a week as maintenance from then on. 

I have been using a combination of both, but now my nails look like the second photo all I want to do is paint a french manicure. Even my middle finger nail has grown back perfectly! I was so certain it would be deformed. My nails have remained long even though I work with dogs all weekend - that's something not even shellac managed. 

Got damaged nails? Give this a try! 

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Jica Lash Extension Treatment: Review

I've worn false lashes once in my life and that was when I was bridesmaid for my best friends wedding. As you can probably guess from that being the only day I've worn them - it didn't go well. I felt like I had huge pieces of paper hanging off my face and these were natural lashes so not even the thickest ones you can buy. I'm fairly lucky in that I feel my lashes are quite long and can hold a curl pretty well, I just crave a little thickness on the hair rather than having to apply so many coats of mascara. 

When I was contacted and asked to give the Jica Lash Extension Treatment* a go I have to admit, I was in two minds about it. The thought of putting lots of little hairs on my eyelashes made me feel a little... uneasy I think is the right word. I had all sorts of images of the hairs getting in my eyes etc. I put that to one side and decided to give them a go. 

You need to be careful when opening the bottle, I did it a little too enthusiastically and as you can see from the photo all the fibers ended up on my table, which did make for a good photo but I couldn't help but think of the waste that this created. 

Over the past few weeks I have been using the Jica treatment and above is my favourite way to wear it. I apply my mascara of choice and stop once all the lashes are covered, there is no need for a second coat at this stage. I then lightly apply the Jica lash extension treatment so that there is a light covering on my lashes. The trick is to not apply too much here. If you think about it the lashes will only stick where there is wet mascara so there is no point in layering up the treatment. If you do want more than one layer you will need to repeat the mascara process. I wait for this to dry and then lightly apply another coat of mascara. 

There are a few tips that I have learnt over the past couple of weeks:

  •  Do one eye at a time otherwise the mascara dries too quickly and the treatment doesn't stick properly.
  • If you want a bigger curl to your lashes curl before the treatment goes on, otherwise you end up with clumps. 
  • Don't rub your eyes - a bit of a no brainer if you wear eye makeup anyway, but this isn't something I will wear in the height of hayfever season. 
  • Have a mascara that you don't mind getting fibers on. Even when you are so patient and wait for everything to dry, there is a chance that you will get some fibers on your mascara. 
Have you ever used something like this?
An "at home" alternative to eyelash extensions?




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