A White Crochet Smock Dress

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Dress: £12 Boohoo
Boots: Vagabond, similar here 

So my barnet no longer looks like this, my usual Schwarzkopf dye had sold out and I stupidly reached for an alternative. It turned my head orange. I rocked it (or attempted to) for a few weeks but I'm now back to my usual dark blonde and longing for extensions.

I think I tried to express my feelings for said hair disaster in the third photo...

Today has been a bit odd. I forgot I'd made plans to attend a pub quiz, drove last minute to the pub quiz, couldn't park, so drove away quizless. Then my friend told me they'd lost pretty badly which makes me think I'm the team's secret weapon, despite them not using my awesome quiz team names.

Quizzy Maguire, Quiz and Tyrone, Kenickie and Quizzo, Quiz McDonald. The list is endless.



Tightening Your Skin with Lasers Instead of Surgery


In earlier years, it wasn’t uncommon for individuals to turn to plastic surgery to correct signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging skin. However, today there are a variety of options to help rejuvenate the skin such as laser skin tightening treatments. This non-invasive procedure has a substantially shorter healing period and very few risks in comparison to plastic surgery.

Plastic Surgery vs Laser Skin Tightening Laser Skin Tightening
 is a method used to encourage a boosted collagen production by stimulating blood flow in your body. This process can be performed on nearly every area of your body, as your collagen production lowers over time you might notice sagging in normally firm areas such as your legs, arms, face, and other areas. Like a rubber band that has lost its spring over time, your skin will begin to lose its resistance and firmness as well. Collagen helps provide your skin with elasticity and its vibrant appearance, but unlike a rubber band you can refresh your skin and create a more youthful look with the use of several skin tightening methods available today.

Limited Results with Laser Skin Tightening
Laser skin tightening may be a more cost effective alternative to plastic surgery and a better option for those who don’t yet need such drastic means to combat the signs of aging; however, it can also have a limited effect in comparison. Before making an appointment for treatment with your board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist, be sure to discuss with them the potential results of this technique for your individual case. With laser skin tightening, there may be a limited amount of collagen production. This may not be ideal for someone who has undergone a severe change in appearance due to weight loss. The amount of collagen produced may not be enough to help correct or tighten the excess skin left behind. In these cases, your plastic surgeon may suggest cosmetic surgery options with you.

Laser Treatment Consultations
This method may be recommended for those with subtle wrinkles; still, the best way to find out if laser skin tightening is the right choice for you is to seek a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon.

How a Laser Skin Tightening Appointment Goes

 Before deciding to undergo a skin tightening treatment with the use of cosmetic lasers, you should have an idea of what to expect from your scheduled procedure. Here is a basic run-down of a laser skin tightening procedure. Firstly, you should set aside at least two hours for your laser treatment appointment. While most treatments are no more than an hour, you want to account for prep time and arrive early enough to go over any last minute details with your plastic surgeon. You also want to be sure to set aside an ample budget. The cost may vary depending upon the location and provider that you have chosen. Your provider may have a surcharge depending upon the area being treated. You will be asked to arrive to your appointment with clean, dry skin. There can be no traces of perfumes, lotions, and creams applied to your skin. There may be technicians available to help you prep and apply a numbing solution to your skin. The numbing cream may be left to set for a short period and then rinsed of thoroughly. While you may not feel pain, you might still experience the sensation of heat and mild discomfort from the Cosmetic Laser Treatments used to heat your skin.

Your Final Decision about Skin Tightening

 When it comes to deciding between multiple skin tightening treatments, it is best to consult a board certified plastic surgeon. They can further assist you in your final decisions about which skin rejuvenation method is best suited for your case. While the end decision is solely up to you, your plastic surgeon or dermatologist can provide you with an individual assessment that better explains how each treatment is likely to affect you and the potential results it could have on your body. If there remains any doubt during your decision process, remember that you can always hold off undergoing any treatment until you have completely verified the references and background of your treatment provider. When you have made sure that you have chosen a reputable provider you can return to the idea of cosmetic skin rejuvenation. The clock is still ticking for your skin and every second you take to decide is crucial. Of course the younger you are, the more options you have; however, for those 50 an older, you may need to think about your cosmetic options a while longer than most as their associated risks may affect your health. Whether you decide to undergo plastic surgery or Cosmetic Laser Treatments, you can begin to reset the clock on your aging skin and have a more youthful appearance.

Autumn Winter Wishlist

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So I did a party dresses wishlist a while back. Now here's a bit of a mixture. I actually didn't go crazy in the Black Friday sales this year, in fact I didn't buy anything. Shock.

I'm trying to save to 1. Go back blonde. 2. Get hair extensions and 3. Spending money for Dubai.

So speaking of saving, and if you missed out on Black Friday like I did but now have shoppers remorse, there's a rather good website which puts ALL THE SALE items together in one place so you don't have to open a million different tabs for a million different stores. It's called love the sales and they're going to be great for Cyber Monday deals on the 28th.

Despite needing to save money for hair and holidays, I'll definitely be having a rummage! Did you manage to swipe any good deals?


Barry M That's How I Roll Mascara

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As soon as I saw this slightly gaudy packaging in Superrug it screamed "Roller Lash". But alas, this is Barry M's dupe of Benefit's oh so famous mascara.

So is it any good? The brush is. In fact the brush is pretty awesome. I've actually tried putting the brush in other mascaras and it makes a whole world of difference.

Product wise I'm a bit on the fence, I like how it looks in the snaps above but that was a bunch of coats and took a while to apply. I reckon it's because it's quite new, I'm usually a fan of mascaras once they've dried out a bit.

But. It made my lashes look long all day and there were no clumps at all. Plus the shape of the brush makes it great for bottom lashes, something I normally have issues with.

Have you tried That's How I Roll? What did you think?


A Self Portrait Azaelea Dupe

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There's a tonne of these Self Portrait Azaelea dupe dresses around and this one was a complete steal from boohoo for a mere £22! I rhyme.
It's linked above if you want to have a peruse for yourself, theres four colours to choose from and mine's 'Blush' in case anyone is desperate to know.

I'm not sure why my legs look SO INCREDIBLY PALE in these photos. Maybe because they are so incredibly pale in real life. And I only ever really fake tan my top half. Too much info?

In other news I finally finished Girl On The Train this week. I found it a bit...bland? The quote, "I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?" sprang to mind when I read it, as it left me feeling a bit bored and glad it was over. Obviously not the opinion of most considering how popular the book is.


Is it too early for a Christmas Related Post?


I do not know about you, but for me it seems that every year the Christmas season seems to start earlier. This year, is no exception. All of the big retailers are already advertising. Seeing it all got me thinking about what I needed to get done to be ready for the big day.
Present buying is right up there. It is one of the most time consuming seasonal tasks, so I like to get started early, so have been thinking about what to buy the men in my life. I know from chatting to my friends that buying for boyfriends, husbands, brothers, uncles and dads can be tricky, so I thought a piece on ‘gifts for men’ would be something you would all appreciate.
Gadgets
What man does not love a gadget? Most do, so they make a great gift, especially if they are hobby related.
Big boy’s toys
Toys also make good gifts. Most men want the latest game, or console. Drones and radio-controlled cars are also great fun, so are well worth considering too.
Knitwear
It is clear from the displays and adverts in the shops that men's jumpers are set to be a popular gift, this year. Most retailers are really pushing them. In fact, all types of knitwear, including old school beanie hat and scarf sets are everywhere in the shops. I am not sure why that is. Let’s hope it does not mean that we are in for a cold winter. Regardless, I know that anything that keeps the chill off makes a welcome gift, so someone on my list is definitely going to get a jumper.
Watches
A new watch is also a good gift, and there is plenty of choice. Smart watches are sought after, but they are expensive. For those on a tighter budget a new dress watch or one with health monitoring built in is a good alternative.
Underwear
Most men hate shopping for underwear, so that can be a good gift too. Obviously, it is not the sort of thing you buy your secret Santa. If you do decide to go down the underwear route, in that situation, it is probably best to stick with socks.
But, for your nearest and dearest, underwear is a great gift. It works really well as a stocking filler. Just be sure to hang onto the receipt. There really is nothing worse than wearing underwear that does not quite fit, so always give them the chance to change them if they want to.
Start your shopping early

If like me, you love a bargain I highly recommend shopping in the Black Friday sales. You get some of your Christmas shopping out of the way early, spread the cost, and pay less for your presents. Spreading present buying out in that way is also less stressful, so I have gotten into the habit of doing it every year. If you have not tried this way of shopping, yet I highly recommend that you do.

The £22 Primark Coat

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Coat: Primark
Jeans: Levis
Top: Primark

So this coat was £22. Twenty two pounds! Bargain. It's not the thickest of coats but shove a scarf and a wooly hat/fedora with it and you're winter ready. The fur is detachable too and it's nice to have options.

I do hope everyone is having a good weekend. Mine has been a complete non-weekend although I did purchase a new camera and some toilet roll. Wild. Oh and I saw someone in Sainsburys wearing a Von Dutch trucker hat and I thought I'd gone back in time to 2003. Remember those Jesus is my homeboy t shirts? Gross.


November Wish List: Party Dresses



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Every November I get excited about looking all fancy in a party dress, then I realise I haven't actually got anything planned where I can wear them. There's a bit of a theme going on with lace, sequins, and velvet this year (same as every year I guess) and I kind of want it all. Maybe I'll just get something to dance around my flat and do the house work in? Mrs Doubtfire Style.

That green sequin dress seems to make an appearance on my blog every Christmas, and every Christmas I wish I had a smaller stomach so I could fit into it. As of tomorrow there's a Slimming World esque club going on at work and I've joined, so who knows? Maybe I'll be adorned in sequins in 6 weeks time.....I say that as I tuck into a cadbury's Wispa.

There's also some really nice party dresses in Quiz at the moment, but I couldn't put them in this concoction of snaps as they didn't show a model wearing them  - aesthetics and everything...But I really like the embroidered dresses they have in, plus they've got a more affordable version of the Motel dress that I'm eyeing up.

Have you bought your out out clothes for Christmas yet?




New Hair! How I Style My Lob

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Not much to say on this one really. I got my hair cut because it was SO DEAD. Here's how I'm styling it!