Sunday, January 29, 2017

Home Waxing: Veet Wax Strips

We have all read the stories of at-home waxing disasters and had a good old laugh at someone's expense: but is it really that bad?

I am qualified in waxing and carry it out on a daily basis within my job but sometime I just don't fancy dragging half the salon home with me and using pot wax can be messy when you 'DIY' 

What is Warm Waxing? 

There are many different methods of hair removal on the market but warm waxing is still the most popular choice for at home and in salon treatments.
Warm waxing is a method where wax is heated to a specific temperature and applied to the skin in the direction of the hair growth that you are working on.
A paper or fabric wax strip is then applied to stick to the wax and hairs  and is pulled off in the opposite direction to hair growth to remove the hairs.
Hairs need to be around 3mm to be removed from the skin as any shorter the wax may not be able to have a good enough grip pull them out.

My Experience

For my home waxing I chose 'Veet' wax strips for quickness, they work on the same principles as warm wax but with the wax already being on the strips. 
I was waxing my lower legs and I didn't find the process too bad. It is tricky waxing the back of your legs as you can not effectively see. 
I would suggest putting a towel down where you are working as the wax strips once pulled apart like to curl up slightly and you do not want to get wax on your furniture. 
Now unfortunately for some I have no funny stories or disasters to report as the wax went well; better than expected. My legs were left silky smooth and the treatment only works out at around £3. 

Strip Wax Application

Heating the strips

2 wax strips are stuck together so you need to rub between your hands to warm up allowing them to not only pull apart but to be able to stick to hairs. 
I opted to wrap my strips around my coffee cup, a hairdryer would also work well. 

Applying strips

As I was waxing lower legs I applied my first strip near the ankle with the larger lip area at the bottom to allow good grip to rip off. Rub the strip well with your hand to allow the wax to coat hairs. 
While supporting the skin rip the strip off in one motion from the ankle to knee direction. 
If you rip off 'with' the direction of hair growth you will find you will have the hairs still attached to your leg. 
Continue to apply the wax strips working in a methodical order. You will be able to use the same strip a few times before it is no longer able to remove hairs. 
In total for both legs I used 6 sets so 12 strips in total. 

Finishing Wipe and Aftercare 

Once you are happy you have removed all the hairs use one of the finishing wipes over the area to remove any traces of wax and soothe the skin 

With any hair removal treatment there is aftercare to follow to ensure you don't have any nasty reactions so keep clothing loose, don't apply other products to the area, avoid touching the area as you may transfer dirt into open pores and avoid heat treatments to the area also for 24 hours

Veet have many other at home waxing products and on their website is a handy tips section to help you with all your waxing needs. 

After the sucess of my legs I may try these strips on other areas 

Have you tried any home hair removal? 

Leanne x


Monday, January 23, 2017

Top Faux Fur Coats

With the weather still freezing outside there is nothing better than a big fur coat (faux of course) 

I have had my trusty fur coat for a few years now and out it comes when the freezing weather starts to arrive. It's warm and snugly and adds a touch of glam to any outfit.

I've searched and found the best fur coats out there for an affordable price. 

Coat from Matalan a few years ago. Boots RiverIsland, leggings Topshop, bag Mulberry and jumper Primark. 

Top Faux Furs

Megan McKenna shaggy  jacket £40 

Picture Missypap: Shop here

Chevron Coat £48 

Picture Forever 21: Shop here 

Shaggy cropped jacket £40 

Picture Pretty little thing: shop here 

Faux Ostrich feather £55

Picture Misspap: Shop here 

Thank you for reading

Tag me in you favourite coat this winter x


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Everyday Make-up

My go-to make-up style 

Out of all my make-up I have my everyday look as its quick and it makes me feel good. A coat of red lipstick and I'm ready to take on the world. 

Watch my every day make-up below. 

Thank you for watching

What is your everyday make-up? 

Leanne x

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Summer Fashion Wish List

What is a better way to spend January when you have no money?

Pretend that you do and draw up your summer fashion wish list. 

After overindulging in the post Christmas sales (See what I brought here) I have found myself penny poor for any items other than essentials.. like food. 
I have therefore decided to ease my fashion cravings by searching for items that I would love to own this summer. I love looking at fellow bloggers' style on Instagram and have fallen in love with lots of different looks; sadly my income does not stretch to all on my list but one can dream to owning at least one (fingers crossed)

My Wish List 

Tommy Hilfiger T-Shirt 

After seeing Brittany Xavier (Thrifts and Threads) teaming the classic T-shirt with trainer's and tailored black trousers I was hooked on the style. The T-Shirt is now top of my wish list and at £40 it wont break the bank. 

Gucci Shoes 

I'm not too fussy with this one as I love the look of several styles from pumps and sandals to trainers. I started to stalk the Gucci website after seeing Lydia Millen in her gorgeous pink pumps last year... I'm still yet to own any. 

Princetown leather slipper 

Metallic leather slide £565

Ace embroided low top sneaker £475

Chanel sunglasses 

I brought a pair of Chanel glass years ago but the style never really suited me, it was more of an impulse purchase as the store assistant in our local opticians treated me as though I could not afford them so I was merely proving a point. Move forward years and I would love to own another pair. This pair has caught my eye, I love the cat eye look as it gives a vintage feel. 

Cat eye sunglasses £355

Gap Jeans 

After purchasing my first pair of Gap jeans last year I am hooked on their fit and style. Here is what my eye is on for spring. 

Mid rise destructive vintage straight jean £44.95

I'm sure between now and summer my list would have grown considerable as I am always seeing so many of the people I follow on social medica in lovely fashion and it gives me inspiration. I may not be able to stretch to all my list but a girl can dream. 

Thank you for reading 

Leanne x

*picturess direct from main brands website, link to picturess included. 


Sunday, January 8, 2017

What Leanne Bought Sale Shopping

I have not bought massive amounts in the sales this January but I finally own something I have lusted after for a long time. 

So here is a relatively short video (I can get very chatty) of what I have been spending my pennies on this post Christmas sale. If the items are still available then links are in the YouTube description bar. 

The last two items are particularly my absolutely favourites; I literally love them... I say that alot I know but those two things I have been looking at for years and I'm so happy to finally own one.. or two. 

What have you been buying? 

Thank you for watching

leanne x

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Year Goals

It's that time of year when you think about setting a new years resolution. I for one have never really made one and if I have it has never been meaningful enough to stick too. This year I've decided to reflect on the past few years and have come up with a list of changes that I plan to make this year

Number One

'Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life' 

My work life balance is something that I've never really got right and the quote above sums up life perfectly. I've always worked all the hours I can and for 5 years I worked 6 days a week. I am now lucky to have two days off a week but still working the same hours just crammed into 5 meaning longer days and no social life in the evenings. I know Leanne is the same and has always had several jobs on the go. This is something that will take some time to sort out but I will get there in the end.

Number Two

"It's only by saying 'No' that you can concentrate on the things that are really important"

I am definitely a people pleaser and hate saying no to anyone. I have now realised that by always saying yes I am actually the one being affect and sometimes left feeling used. Whilst I'm not about to start upsetting people I am going to start to think about what I want first.

Number Three

"Take risks: If you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise"

I've never really been a risk taker as I worry to much about everything...literally everything. As a result I've never really taken risks as I'll worry that it's the wrong thing to do or I'll get it wrong. This means I can often miss out on things because I've been too busy over thinking what to do. I love the quote above, if it doesn't work out there is always a lesson to learn. I will take a risk this year...even if it's a very tiny one.

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new"

Here's to 2017!!


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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Best And Worst Beauty Buys 2016

With another year passing I look back at some of the best and worst beauty purchases for 2016...... 

The Best

Primark Oval Make-up Brushes 

These are most probably the cheapest oval make-u brushes on the market; they are certainly the cheapest make up brushes I own yet I love them. The larger of the brushes is my go to foundation brush.
The blending power of these is unbelievable, applying foundation has never been quicker or more flawless, they are very bendy so support the back as you work.

My go to foundation brush £4 

Grounded Body Scrub 

I found this product by chance in my local Boots after seeing it all over Instagram and I couldn't wait to try. I am now on my 3rd packet of the coconut one and my skin has never been softer. This is perfect for tan lovers as it removes all tan effectively and preps your skin prior to application. 
Watch my review earlier this year on this product here

Bondi Sands Fake Tan 

After using nearly ever brand of tan on the market I finally came across Bondi Sands for the first time back in October. I opted for this brand of tan as a few bloggers I followed had mentioned it so I thought I would try too.
I immediately loved this tan as the smell is gorgeous. The mousse formula blends easily and drys fast. I also love the fact that you only need to leave it on for as little as 1 hour so great for days when you can't spare sitting around for 8 hours. This tan is also very good at wearing off with no horrible dirty marks being left, I usually just scrub when it's starting to fade with the above body scrub and it's all removed ready for a fresh application. 

Shop the range here 

L'Oreal Pure Clay Face Mask 

I have only brought the Purity mask from the collection and it is lovey. The mask is only £5 so is well within budget. I love this mask because I feel it really improves my skin. If I have some spots appear I even dot a small amount onto the area before I go to bed and by morning my spots are a lot calmer in appearance. It really is my go to product... read my blog post on this product here 


So this isn't something you can go and buy from the high street, KeraStraight is a salon treatment worth it's weight in gold. I have naturally curly hair and for the past 15 years have had my hair chemically straightened 2-3 times per year which has understandable has taken it's toll.
I discovered KeraStraight from Charlene and after seeing her hair and the results I had to have it done too. Kerastraight is a hair smoothing treatment without the harsh nasty chemicals that were in my other straightening product. Say hello to healthy hair in the future! Read more an KeraStraight here.
My Mums lovely hair after KeraStraight 

Topshop Primer 

I have tried other primers but never been too convinced until I came across Topshop Airbrush primer. The primer glides on your skin leaving it the smoothest it has ever been. 
For everyday usage I use on specific areas such as my T-zone and nose, being oily in these areas my make-up tends to slide off easily and I find this makes my make-up last longer. 
This is ideal for all skin types and works great at smoothing out any dryer patches prior to foundation. 

Tangle Teezer 

I couldn't live without one of these especially when I have my hair extensions in. They glide over my extensions without any pulling to my hair. I use before washing my hair to free any tangles and again to brush through before drying. These compact ones are perfect for your handbag too as they have a hand bristle protector cover. 

And then the worst .....

So here is my round up of products that I wish I had left in the shop

L'Oreal Infallible Powder 

I brought two of these as they were on offer and I was attracted to the low price, big mistake. The main issue I had with this product was its texture; for me it was so thick to apply, it didn't blend well and I felt I was wearing a mask. The texture was also very chalky and it felt like my skin/pores were clogged; I literally lasted a few days and threw both out! 


I feel slightly bad for this as I'm sure it is a good product and I was just expecting too much but I was drawn into buying this teeth whitening system due to all the celebrity endorsements. I had clearly forgotten though that these celebrity's have professional whitened teeth and were most probably being paid to promote the brand. With the latter in mind after nearly two weeks of jaw ache swirling this product in my mouth for 15 minutes at a time and seeing no results I gave up.... in fact I still have some in my bathroom. 

Clarins Fake Tan 

I was brought this as a gift from my lovely boyfriend along with other Clarins products and while they were lovely the 'Delicious self tanning cream' was far from it. 
After applying your skin is left feeling very tacky for hours, it never seemed to dry. I found the product awkward to apply as not in a pump bottle and the smell was really not that delicious; even after you shower you are left with a noticeable fake tan smell and the worst part was I barely changed colour, all that effort for nothing.

Topshop Concealer Palette  

I brought this at the same time as the Airbrush primer and sadly this was no where near as good.
The 3 concealers are lovely shades but give very little coverage at all, I brought to mainly use under my eyes but it made no difference. I have used about 3 times now as I don't want to part with this straight away but sadly I was still not impressed. 
Balance Dragons Blood Face Cream 

Thankfully this was cheap as after my first application I had a bumpy rash on my neck and side of my face, I did use again as thought it may have been from something else but the rash only went down when I stopped using it.

So these was just a few of my good and bad beauty products. There were actually so many that I loved and i'm excited for what 2017 will bring to the beauty world.

What were your good and bad buys of 2016? 

Leanne x 

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