How To Make Your Own Netflix: Plex

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Before moving into our new home, The Manfriend and I conducted a stock check of all of our belongings and realised that DVDs took up a shocking percentage of our overall material things.

The space-saving solutions were as follows:
a) Donate them all.
b) Somehow find a solution that reduced their actual physical space (and wasn’t an eyesore).

We found something of a miracle in Plex and Google Chromecast (how I survived before Chromecast, I have no idea). Plex is an app that holds your entire media library in a super easy (and super smart) user interface – movies, TV shows, home movies, and more – for instant streaming.

It is not just lists and file names. It keeps track of episodes watched, theme songs, movie posters, episodic promo pictures, categories (you can sort by ratings, date released, genre, or personally curated lists), and more. The more I use it, the more I love it.

While it won’t replace Netflix for me (I wouldn’t even know where to purchase half the documentaries I end up stumbling across), it is incredible in its own right.

How To Make Your Own Netflix with Plex

1. Download Plex, DVD Ripper HD and DvdDecrypter.
2. Create your Plex account, follow setup instructions, and choose your media server (we’re using an external hard drive plugged into a laptop, but you can use a laptop or computer alone).
3. Open DvdDecrypter, put your DVD in to your laptop/computer, and ‘rip’ it in DVD Ripper HD (following the movie naming and TV show naming guidelines so the information auto-populates).
4. Make sure your fully ripped file is in the folder you allocated during setup.
5. Refresh your app library, plug in your Chromecast, and GET YOUR PLEX ON.
6. Rinse and repeat until your physical movie and TV show library disappears.

Let me know how you get on, beauties.

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DVD Ripper HD

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DVD Ripper HD

In Review: Illamasqua Summer 2014

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Matte lovers, hide your wallets: it’s time to review Illamasqua‘s Summer 2014 releases.

Velvet Blusher in Flirtatious

Once again, Illamasqua’s velvet wonders tug at my blush-hating heartstrings with new shade, Flirtatious. This peachy pink is a perfect match for pale skin (potentially too sheer for medium-dark skin tones) and offers a demi-matte, long-wearing finish.

Matte Veil

Since the Hydra Veil’s release, Illamasqua junkies have begged for the arrival of this product. Now – with an unusual number of scorching days on the horizen – this exceptional matte primer’s unveil is making a lot of women very happy. As I prefer to use primers with my hands, I adore that the Matte Veil pot comes with a hygiene spoon on the inner cap. A small scoop of the light and water-based primer  keeps your make-up in place throughout the day and breaks down the oil in your skin without drying it out.

Skin Base Mixer

While the skin base mixers are available exclusively at Illamasqua counters, they are worth the trip out of the house. The Mixers are colour correction cosmetics at their finest. On offer, we have White (a badass highlight), Amber (excellent to counteract redness), Terracotta (warmth in a tube), and Chesnut (a heavy and long-lasting contour). As the cherry on top, even the tiniest brushstroke of product goes a very long way. Swatches below.

Matte Lip Liquid

I couldn’t imagine these formulas budging even if you had the sweatiest lips in the world (side note: poor you). While liquid lipsticks are renowned for drying uncomfortably, Matte Lip Liquids dry to a ‘moisturised lips’ feel in no time at all. Then stick around through smooches, cocktails, et al. I mean, bravo. Currently, you can get your hands on Surrender (a warm peach), Exotic (a deep, vivid orange), and Forbidden (a sensual violet-pink that looks incredible on dark skin tones). Swatches below.

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What I Wore – Heels of The Year

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Most women have a very personal take on the criteria which quantifies an ‘acceptable’ heel. Depending on the occasion, most ladies choose to spend their day in a heel under three inches tall (if they choose a heel at all).

Try as I might, it is simply impossible to spend a day in anything thin, tall, or (sigh) shoegasm worthy.

Except for these babies. These ‘Heels of The Year’ (courtesy of Lela London’s completely unofficial and ongoing blog awards) are four inches tall, super glossy, and extraordinarily comfortable thanks to Sargossa‘s patent-pending insole technology. In fact, I was able to spend a total of thirty minutes hopping and skipping over cobblestones and steep roads on an evening. Sargossa insoles are no joke.

Only problem? Now I want the entire line (I don’t think any hashtag quite explains my life like #tremblingbankcard).

What I Wore:
Sargossa Inspire Nude heels
White dress (old school, similar here)
Saint Laurent Ligne Y Chain (similar here)

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In Review: Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X, Part One

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At the moment, I am trialling (and enthralled by) the clinically-proven The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X. The device, as you can probably guess, is an at-home laser hair removal solution that works virtually everywhere but the eye area: upper lip, underarms, forearms, bikini, upper legs, and lower legs. Clinical studies have shown up to 70% hair reduction three weeks after the second treatment alone. The goal, of course, is to completely ‘deactivate’ (I would say kill) the hair follicle after two to three months of use.

Though I have only experienced two treatments so far, I wanted to share my first impressions with you so my final reviews/results have a solid point of reference…

First impressions of the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X

It’s cordless.
THANK GOD. My first foray into at-home laser hair removal was on an impractical corded device. After a lot of awkward manoeuvring (wasting time and patience), it was one of the main reasons I stopped using the machine.

It’s not painful.
You can select the intensity of the laser’s ‘zap’ from the head of the device. Between ’1′ (you don’t feel it) and ’5′ (like a rubber band snapping on the skin), I tend to end up on 3 or 4. 5 if I remember to use the SmoothStart Calming Gel (essential for ladies who want fast results with a high intensity).

It’s cheap.
£375 may not be cheap if we’re talking Happy Meal comparisons, but for head to toe hair removal you will never find lasting results for less than £400. In-office visits can cost well over £7,000 if you’re looking to treat the full body, and you often find you will be charged more for ‘intimate’ areas and additional visits (three visits, as most clinics offer, is very rarely enough).

I can spend a couple of minutes lasering myself after a weekend shower and know I am saving an insane amount of time and money in the long run. So far, so pleased.

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tria hair removal laser review

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