Xtava Satin Wave 5 in 1 Curling Wand review and giveaway*

In terms of styling my hair, I probably use tongs more than anything else. In fact I live for curly hair and my old trusty Babyliss hair tong was coming to the end of its life. Buying a new one just was not an option for me at the moment, plus there are too many out there to choose from so I was really excited to be sent the Xtava Satin Wave 5 in 1 Curling Wand set to review and giveaway one set also to my readers!

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I was taken back by how well packaged this was! It felt so luxurious. Inside the box you get the curling tong with 5 different interchangeable wands/barrels, a travel case and a heat resistant glove. All items are in sleek black and my first thought was that this felt so high end and fabulous. My next thought was that itcould be used for SO many different styles! If you’re looking for a professional quality styling set for only £21.99 here (usually £45.99) then this is the one for you!

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SENSSE Go Mini Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush Review!*

So, skincare is a really important part of my everyday routine. I have incredibly oily skin and that means that I am prone to acne and black heads. Sometimes, I have to change up my skincare routine in order to prevent breakouts, so I was really happy to be sent the SENSSE Go Mini Sonic Facial Cleansing brush to try! To be honest, I’ve wanted to try an electronic cleansing brush for a while and it came at the perfect time as I was going through a difficult breakout that I could not clear alone!

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The Sensse Go Mini Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush retails on Amazon for £39.99, so it is perfect for those of us who are on a budget. When the package arrived, I was blown away, it is packaged so well, it feels sleek and sophisticated and I could not wait to get it open and give it a try!

Inside the box is the cleansing brush, two seperate brush heads, a brush head guard and a USB charger.  I was pleasently surprised and it quickly became easy to see why this product is a great choice for so many.

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It’s compact, meaning that it’s not only easy to store but easy to take with you anywhere. The brush head cover means that it won’t get dirty between uses or covered in anything else that might be in your luggage whilst you’re away. The USB charging option makes it easy to charge this brush anywhere, even though the generous battery life means it lasts for 180 uses!

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The Curve Fashion Festival 2017!

So, I can no longer contain my excitement about The Curve Fashion Festival this year! It will be my first time attending the event and I am soooo excited having missed out in previous years due to other commitments!

The festival itself, in partnership with New Look, is held in Liverpool on the 9th September and is the largest UK plus size fashion event! Not only is this a place to shop all your favourite brands under one roof, you can watch catwalk shows and even maybe meet some of your favourite plus size stars!

Menswear will be avaliable at the festival for the first time this year, and I was thrilled to hear that Debenhams will be bringing their Big and Tall range of menswear with them! The Big and Tall range collection at Debenhams is available in a range of sizes, up to 58” Chest and 52” waist and sizes up to 6XL, plus up to a size 15 shoe!!! The range us super stylish and caters for everything you can take a look at it here! It’s great to see a range of menswear like this as I know it can be difficult for plus size men too  So ladies, grab your husband, boyfriend, brother, father, uncle or friends and bring them along with you!! I’m sure they won’t get bored!

 

Pictures taken from Debenhams website
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My glasses story!

As a plus size woman, I have always been told which glasses to choose to suit my face shape and it’s so annoying! I’ve recently had my eye test and updated my glasses and I wanted to share my glasses story with you all about when and why I decided to start just choosing the styles I wanted.

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I have astigmatism in both my eyes. It is a relatively common condition and alot of people who wear glasses have it in some form. It can be mild but mine is quite extreme and without glasses or contact lenses I cannot really see, it’smore noticable when I’m trying to read or focus on something but most things look a bit blurry without them on!!

Astigmatism occurs when you have an uneavenly curved lens or cornea in the eye. It causes blurred images becuase the light entering the eye is not focused properly on the retina. So basically, my glasses work to correct astigmatism by compensating for the irregular curve in my eye. It has got worse overtime and I’ve noticed that I need to wear my glasses all the time in order to stop headaches and squintining. I also have to wear a special type of contact lense – but more about that another time!

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Outfit featuring Quiz Curve!

I’m always so excited when I hear that a brand I love is launching a curve collection, so when I heard that Quiz was launching it’s very own curve range I did a little eeeee inside. Here is my latest outfit featuring quiz curve!

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So, just like with the River Island plus launch, I did not rush out and buy anything from the Quiz range at first. Although I love Quiz, I’m always a little bit wary, mostly about sizing and fit. So I like to wait until I’ve seen the items reviewed by others first before I rush out and buy something.

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Primark Pure Glow Palette review!

Primark have been killing it with the beauty launches recently, it’s safe to say you’re going to see alot from their new ranges on the blog over the coming months, and today is no exception because I’m back with a beauty bang , with this Primark Pure Glow Palette review!

So unless you’ve been hiding you will have no doubt seen the hype all over the beauty blogging world for the new Primark Minerals range. The range contains a lovely mix of eyeshadow and highlighting palettes that some bloggers are calling dupes for well known brands, but at a fraction of the cost.

I had not set out to buy anything from the range, because I really have been trying to curb my makeup spending habits, but when I saw this palette I really could not resist!

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As you can see the packaging is lovely, it really stands out from some of the other Primark beauty launches because it seems like they really have tried to make this look and feel high end. I love the marble effect and the shiny bronze which contrast beautifully.

Inside the palette, you get 4 quite large pans of highlighter, each a different shade. They are perfect for me because I have quite a light skin tone, but I think they would work well on most people. They are quite soft, but that does not take away from how pigmented these highlighters are!

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Mdina: The Silent City

Mdina, once the capital of Malta is a fortified city that sits on the north of the i sland. It’s more than worth a visit if you are holidaying on the island for so many reasons! Today I wanted to share my experience of Mdina: The Silent City.

Mdina has a very small population of around 300, called the silent city becuase it is closed to anything other than local traffic.

We took the bus from our hotel in Buggiba to Rabat, which is just outside the city walls and strolled up to the entrance to Mdina. It was so busy and bustling outside and I was worried that it was going to be crowded once we had gone through the city gates. How wrong was I? Once over the bridge, the hustle and bustle subsided as everyone started to take in what Mdina had to offer them. The main gate was actually used as a filming location in the first season of Game of Thrones, where Catelyn Stark arrives in Kings Landing, which I did not realise until James and I watched it again recently and I recognised it from our visit, so that’s pretty special!

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Garnier Pure Active Matte Control Moisturiser

So confession, this product was suppossed to be my Beauty Buy of the Month in April, but me being me I’m a tad late as usual! It is something for all my fellow oily skin girls! It’s the Garnier Pure Active Matte Control Moisturiser and I’m really excited about this!


I’ve mentioned so many times on the blog that I have really really oily skin and I really struggle when it comes to finding something that will help. I wash my face twice a day and try to use oil free formulas and makeup as much as I can. No matter what powder I put over the top of my makeup throughout the day the oil creeps through, so I apply more powder and end up looking a complete oily mess and to be honest I was really at my wits end with it. It makes me so insecure and I just started to accept the fact that maybe I was just destined to cope with this forever and ever.
Well no more!

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Twisted Disko at Tokyo Huddersfield!

If you follow me on social media, you will no doubt know that I LOVE a good night out! I was really excited when I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the launch of a newclub night, Twisted Disko at Tokyo Huddersfield a few weeks back. This club holds some great memories for me, I was really excited to experience the nostalgia and check out something new!

The Venue!

If you’re from around the area, chances are you’ve heard of Tokyo. As one of the only two nightclubs in Huddersfield town centre it remains a firm favourite with many. Set over three floors in a historic courthouse building, this club definitely offers something for everyone. Back in my university days, I did used to work behind the bar here, but since I was last there (2010 to be precise) the club has undergone a huge refurb and I have to say it’s looking amazing!

Open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, this club is proud to cater for everyone. From students to locals everyone has a good time. The customers keep coming back for more week after week and it’s clear to see that they LOVE this place. The launch ofTwisted Disko was definitely welcome amongst them and they couldn’t wait to see what it had to offer them, myself included. Now for the really exciting part! Billed as “Ibiza meets Vegas … Carnival meets Circus … Expect the Unexpected” I was really looking forward to the night, armed with my camera and hubby in tow, we arrived and were eager to check out all that Twisted Disko had to offer!

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Plus Size Holiday Styling Tips featuring Simply Be!*

So, I’m back from my jollies. I always hate coming home and getting back to reality, but i’m getting there slowly! Before I went I was delighted to be contacted by Simply Be asking if I would like to share my plus size holiday styling tips with you all and I was delighted to be able to choose two items to take to Malta with me!

Simply Be have an amazing range of plus size holiday wear and accessories to suit most budgets, with it’s own dedicated section on the website, making it really easy for you to shop fuss free for all your holiday attire. You can see the holiday range be clicking here!

With the items I chose, I decided to share both a daytime and an evening look to wear whilst on holiday with you guys! so here goes!

Daytime Look!

I don’t know about you, but when I’m on holiday and I’m not spending my day lounging around the pool reading I like to wear something light and comformtable. This Pom Pom Dress £39.00, is perfect for wearing when it’s hot outside because it’s made from a really light and airy material! While you are on holiday it’s perfect for walking around the resort when doing a spot of gift shopping or for a day when you’re out on an excursion discovering all that your destination has to offer!

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