What’s In My Handbag: Saying Hello to the LG G3

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It has been quite some time (and quite a few handbags) since I last conducted a blog tour of my day-to-day haul around town.

Since then, my business has grown aggressively, my tech kit has taken on a life of its own, and this beautiful double-zipped handbag from Pied a Terre has found its rightful place on my arm.

What’s In My Handbag?

Front compartment:
To be frank, this post is mostly an excuse to gush about the new LG G3. While my keys, passport, rail card and multiple Oyster cards all serve their purpose, my star of my handbag is the new LG G3. In my opinion, it is far superior to every other smartphone on the market.

Though a full video review of the G3 will be coming (you have to see some of the features to understand just how groundbreaking and intuitive the smartphone is), two of the main reasons I love it are:
- The camera (the 13-megapixel camera has laser auto focus and dual LED flash!)
- The weight (with the amount of stuff I need to tote around during a work day, having a slimline device that lets me control my inboxes, Google Drive, social media, photos, and more – all on a quad HD display – is incredible).

With all that said, just stay tuned for the full review!

Rear compartment:
To keep everything neat and tidy, I use a small silver purse to hold my cards (front pocket), business cards (main pocket) and money. I then use a slightly larger gold purse to hold my ‘diabetes paraphernalia’, L’Occitane hand cream, and go-to lip products (a day and night red lip, as it were).

Outside of the purses I have my blue mirror-lensed Guess sunglasses and a cookies and cream Quest Bar, leaving the small zip compartment for receipts and tissues.

Obviously, the first compartment totally wins.

Not pictured: my laptop (only in the handbag during business hours) and SLR (though the bag has plenty of room for it, I have no desire to lug it around town when I’m not specifically out to take photos).

What is your favourite item in your handbag?

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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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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

In Review: SmileStylist Teeth Whitening, Manchester

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I’ve been on a bit of a ‘teeth kick’. After adding oil pulling to my standard dental hygiene regime over the past few months, I decided to kick things up a notch and undergo a round of teeth whitening at SmileStylist in Manchester.

Part One of the ‘Enlighten’ process (the longer-lasting friend of the ‘Zoom!’ process, which is available for instant whitening) was incredibly easy; simply lie down in a chair, fit a gummy mould around your teeth to make a frame for your whitening trays, then say goodbye until your trays return a week or so later.

Part Two is where I ran into some trouble. Excited by the promise of pearly whites in under a fortnight (two weeks of use can take you up to an impressive 16 shades lighter), I brushed my teeth and shoved the trays in while climbing into bed.

It was painful. Less than a minute later, I had to take the trays out and rinse my mouth.

Naturally, I searched for an answer. Was it a poor mix with the aloe vera mouthwash I use? Was it the oil pulling I had done in the morning? Did I put too much whitening gel into each tooth compartment (they warn you against this)?

The following night, I tried again. A less vigorous brush. No mouthwash. No food four hours prior to bedtime. No morning oil pull. The very littlest amount of gel for each tooth compartment.

It stung, but nowhere near as much as the previous evening, and I take the blame. I have a fairly natural and organic dental hygiene regime that I should have (could have, would have) cleared with SmileStylist in the initial meeting, as an irritation from something much stronger was bound to be an irritant.

While my results may not come in two weeks, using the trays every couple of days is enough to justify the Enlighten programme – it is very easy, very affordable, and very quick to whiten (even if you have hippie beauty freak teeth, ahem!)

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In Review: Synergy Natural 100% Organic Super Greens

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Superfoods – and green foods, in particular – have been the obsession of the health and beauty community for quite some time. As a rule, the ‘dark greens’ of the world tend to pack the biggest punch of nutrients yet, unfortunately, often take the form of microscopic freshwater plants. Not the type of things you want to throw on top of a salad.

Knowing this, Synergy Natural created 100% Organic Super Greens tablets of Spirulina, Chlorella, Barley Grass and Wheat Grass to assist the green-ingesting masses. Nutritionally, these tablets are wildly different from the synthetic variations you find in most high street ‘health stores’. Spirulina alone is currently the most nutritious whole food in existence, making the filler-free blend of 100% pure and Certified Organic ingredients a very powerful concoction.

Having taken an average of 2-4 tablets a day over the past few weeks (many users take up to 10), I am currently taking no other vitamins or supplements and feeling wonderful. Expect increased energy, an alkalised body (essential for anyone struggling with the acidity of processed foods), and detoxification as a whole. In fact, on the days I take more pills I don’t feel the need to drink coffee (my biggest vice!).

My health/beauty pick of the month, hands down.

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