Wednesday, 14 October 2015

My Lip Filler Experience!

I've been so excited to blog about this. For a long time now I have been called 'Horsey' or 'Gummy'/'Gummy bear' because when I smiled, you could see my hideous large gums. My lip would disappear when I smiled and when wearing lipstick, my lips weren't even. So I made the decision to have lip filler. Not because people were calling me names/pressuring me, But because I wanted it. Already I feel so much more comfortable and confident. (And that's with a bruise and swelling still!) 
I never in a million years thought I would have lip filler but after working in the beauty industry for a while, I found out information on all these amazing treatments you could have. Like skin peels! Now that I don't work with beauty anymore, I still wanted to keep up with my appearance and to make more of  an effort with myself. I was speaking with the nurse I used to work with and we went through the procedure, the benefits, the aftercare etc. I had a consultation and went away to have a think about it. Two weeks after my skin peel, I went back to see the nurse with Numbing cream all over my top lip. Every day before my treatment, I was constantly watching YouTube videos of people's experiences with lip filler and most of them said they had numbing cream and a dental blocker. I thought to myself, I'm definitely having a dental block!! But in the end I just had numbing cream and it was fine.  I'm not going to lie, I was nervous, my palms were sweating, and so scared it was going to hurt as I'm not good with pain. I had the treatment and honestly, I'm not lying, It didn't hurt. I thought the people on the videos were over exaggerating, but they really weren't. It did hurt a little on the cupid's bow, but I think that was because I didn't apply as much cream there. 

So the pictures I'm going to show you are still a little swollen and bruised, But as I said, I've been so excited to post about my lips, I went bull at a gate and blogged as soon as I could. I will also post in a few weeks time to show what they look like fully healed. 

You've probably heard it all before but, If you are thinking about having lip filler, Here's a few Do's and Don'ts:
Find a Nurse/Doctor/Practitioner with the correct training and has a good reputation and knows what they are doing. 
2. DON'T. 
Just go with someone because they are cheap. Everyone likes a bargain, but not when it comes to a chemical being injected into your body. 
3. DO. 
Plenty of research before hand. I was constantly finding out more and more information on everything to do with the procedure.
Ask plenty of questions if you have any. Even if it's the day of your treatment or your consultation, Ask away. 
5. DON'T.
Be pressured into having lip filler.And don't just think you are going to look like you have duck lips or turn into the next Kylie Jenner. Only put the amount of product you want, or needed. Lip filler can look very natural or very dramatic depending on the look you are going for. 
Feel like you're being judged because of having a treatment. Some people look at me and I feel like they are judging me because of it. But at the end of the day, I wanted it, It's my body, I'll look however I want to look. With or without lip filler. Yes I may be swollen and bruised a little bit (TINY amount) but that's not how i'm going to look forever. 
7. DO.
Love yourself with or without lip filler. Remember you're beautiful and confident. The reason I had filler was to even my lips out, they are not completely even or how I want them 100% but like with anything, they can be worked on. But I must admit, I feel that it was one of the best decisions i've made. 

What do you think about lip filler? Have you ever had the treatment?


Monday, 12 October 2015


One Direction have been together for FIVE years, in that time super fan Mand over here has never been to see them. Until Saturday 10th October. My heart was beating out of  my chest, getting excited like the five year old sitting in front of me, 'Get a grip Mand you're 21' I kept saying to myself. Surrounded by screaming children and bored parents, I was sitting down eating Bourbons and crackers trying to calm myself down, or not wee myself with excitement. My ex boyfriend and I used to joke about how I loved Harry Styles more than I did my boyfriend, my grandparents used to buy me calenders, toothpaste, chocolates all with the band on. Everyone and their grandma must of known I loved them so much. I was so disheartened when my ticket got sold for the June gig, I think I cried as much as I did for my break up. So you can guess how much I like them. My best friend was meant to go with her sister and her mum, and her sister kindly gave me her ticket so I got the chance to see them. Literally, made my life, best night ever, so so good! I forgot about everything. All my heart ache, all the stress, everything. And just enjoyed myself, In the moment. And it was great!



Sunday, 11 October 2015

Butter yourself up!

Soap and Glory. How can I describe this brand without saying 'SMELLS SO GOOD?!?'

For a few years now, I have constantly been using 'Flake on me' and 'Clean away', Lovely fresh scents that make you feel super clean. However, 'Foam Call' and 'Butter Yourself' have replaced 'Clean Away', More citrus scents this time, but also smell wonderful. 'Foam Call' really lathers up well (hence the name) and a little goes a long way. Where as, 'Butter yourself', really does make you feel good after applying. Skin feels soft, not sticky, lasting scent, and really moisterises areas that are a little more drier. (elbows, knees, ankles.) 

What's your favourite Soap and Glory product?


Friday, 9 October 2015

The Secret to a happy life

So normally on a Friday, It's Film Friday, but today I am going to review a documentary. I really love wearing crystals as jewellery now, and I met a lady a few weeks ago and we had a massive chat about how we were both feeling, and what crystals were best to use etc. (Bearing in mind we had only just met, we spent two hours non-stop talking.) Anyway, during our chat about crystals, she mentioned lots of different things to change my mindset and ways to be a stronger, happier person. She mentioned the book 'The Secret'. I got home and looked into the book, as soon as I saw 'Self help book' I immediately got off it. I didn't want to be reading yet another book that claims it'll make you happy. I had read many of those in the past, and none of them worked. So I forgot all about it. Then, at the weekend I had a really low day. Out of the blue, just kept crying and couldn't stop. I was fed up of feeling like this week after week and something needed to be done about it. I then was looking at films I could watch and came across 'The Secret' again. (Maybe this was a sign?!) I started watching it and part way through I ordered the book. So expect reviews on that very soon! 
Anyway, the film/documentary was very informative. I did get a little bored half way through, but then again I do have an attention span of a two year old. I forced myself to watch it until the end, and I'm so glad I did. It has really made me feel that there is hope. I can make myself a positive, jolly person who I used to be. And how? By making an effort and doing it myself! I've started to do so much research on this and have became a little bit addicted. I'm allowed to listen to music at work, so I've been putting videos on YouTube on and listening to people talk about their stories and how The Law of Attraction has helped them. 

The Law of Attraction basically means that (in my way of describing it) Everyone in this world is like a magnet. You either attract negative or positive vibes. The more positive things you think about, the more things that will go right in your life. The more negative you approach things in life, the more things will go wrong. I've always had a negative approach to life for as long as I can remember and so have my family. Well today is the day this is going to change. And hopefully I can bring you along on my journey too, So a lot more blog posts about it. 

Have you ever heard of The law of attraction? Have you read the book or watched the documentary?


Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

Another hair product to review today! I have literally been loving looking after my skin and hair more and growing my 'collections'. *Move to the side makeup* In Boots, there is so many different scents (and different types for each hair type.) and it was hard to choose which one to buy. I chose the 'Argan oil of Morocco' as I needed a shampoo and conditioner to repair and restore my badly damaged hair. So far, I am loving using these products together. My hair is SO much smoother, softer, and shinier. I can't wait to try out the other ones. 

What's your favourite shampoo and conditioner?


Monday, 5 October 2015


On my commute to and from work, I've been really overthinking every little thing that has happened/or going to happen in my life. Thinking about my past relationship, how i'm still struggling to get over it, how much regret I feel by letting the most important person out of my life. Mistakes I've made with jobs, or friends, or just anything that has happened, good or bad. 

Now is the time to move on and except the fact, I will be on my own. I will have to do a lot more things without a boyfriend, without family and without friends. I have to do things for myself now. 
You come into the world by yourself and you leave exactly the same

I used to be a person that was OK to be by myself. To not rely on others. But right now, I feel alone, like I've not just lost myself, but everyone around me. I feel as if my childhood best friends are slowly fading away. My family is breaking apart and as for me, I'm  miserable, crying mess. 

When you are going through a rough time, so many people tend to say 'I'm always here for you if you need me' But where are they when you actually need them? No where to be found. And then I get told 'You have to get rid of the people that are negative in your life' But then I will have no one because it feels like they all are negative. So it goes in a viscous circle. 

I'm trying to work on myself, my happiness, my relationships with family and friends, Going on holiday on my own, building myself back up again. But I just feel like i'm getting nowhere. What do you do? Just think if this is going round my head in a fifteen minute car journey to work, shows the amount of things that are in my head in a day! 

This post is quite negative for a Monday, Hopefully soon there will be posts that are a little more positive, so for now, Here's some pictures of nature!


81 today!

A little positive post before a slightly negative one later. I thought I would share a few pictures of my family and I going on a Sunday walk, as it's my Grandad's birthday today and thought it would be nice to go out, stretch our legs and enjoy the nice English weather! (Slightly awkward that my dad was there as we don't speak, but we won't go into that.)

My grandparents are so special and important to me. They have brought me up since I was a crying baby, into a crying 21 year old. They're so supportive no matter what situation, and even though they don't think it, the strongest people I know. Every hurdle in life, they make their way over it no matter what. Our family has gone through so much over the years, especially this year, and even though it's the hardest situations ever, they still have a smile on their face. Happy appreciation day to my grandparents and most importantly...


*I hope you like the fact we all have walking sticks!*

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Goldwell Purple shampoo

Since having my hair dip dyed, I have had to use a lot more products to maintain the colour and generally get it into better condition! I have been using this Goldwell purple shampoo to try and tone the colour a little bit more as no one wants brassy hair! I love the smell of this product, the texture, how it lathers up and how it keeps my hair squeaky clean without being too heavy. I hate those products that weigh your hair down or feels sticky and this product does nothing of the sort. Some shampoos can feel like they are drying the hair out more, but I really feel that it hasn't just helped with the colour but also the condition. Having blonde hair, or even just dip dye, because it is bleach can really dry the hair out, hence the amount of products I have to keep using. I have had this tube for about a month now and normally I get through shampoo quite fast but I'm not even near half full yet as I only have to use a tiny amount. 

Do you have any good products you can recommend for blonde/highlighted hair?

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