Wednesday, 29 July 2015

How does Waxing Work?

According to Wikipedia...

Waxing is a form of semi-permanent hair removal which removes the hair from the root. New hair will not grow back in the previously waxed area for four to six weeks, although some people will start to see regrowth in only a week due to some of their hair being on a different growth cycle.

Almost any area of the body can be waxed, including eyebrows, face, pubic area (called bikini waxing), legs, arms, back, abdomen and feet.

Strip waxing (soft wax) is accomplished by spreading a wax thinly over the skin. A cloth or paper strip is applied and pressed firmly, adhering the strip to the wax and the wax to the skin. The strip is then quickly ripped against the direction of hair growth, as parallel as possible to the skin to avoid trauma to the skin (i.e., bruising, broken capillaries, ingrown hairs caused by hair follicle trauma and lifting of skin). This removes the wax along with the hair.

There are many benefits to waxing versus other forms of hair removal. It is an effective method to remove large amounts of hair at one time. It is a long-lasting method. Hair in waxed areas will not grow back for two to eight weeks. When hair is shaved or removed by depilatory cream, the hair is removed at the surface rather than the root. Within a few days, the hair can be seen at the surface. With these methods, hair tends to grow back in a rough stubble. Areas that are repeatedly waxed over long periods of time often exhibit regrowth that is softer.

A drawback of waxing is that some people experience ingrown hairs, red bumps, and minor bleeding. This is more likely to occur when waxing areas with thick hair, especially the first few times when follicles are strongest.

When deciding if waxing is for you long term then I would ALWAYS recommend going somewhere professional to make that decision. If I based my waxing decisions on one of those home kits then I would never go near a pot of wax ever again.

I think there is absolutely, without shadow of a doubt, an art to doing a good wax. That's why I will shout my love for the Brazilian Waxing Company from the rooftops. Obviously the environment plays a massive part in how much you 'enjoy' your experience, but equally, a great waxer should not cause you too much pain.

Each time I have been for a wax at BWC, I have been greeted by a friendly face (granted a different girl every time) but each one has instantly set me at ease and performed a quick, professional and relatively painless treatment. I always leave feeling refreshed, well groomed(!) and as though I have had a chat with a friend. Now if I don't like somewhere, I just don't go back and I think waxing is such a sensitive treatment that it is imperative to get it right. I have tried both salons in Manchester and I can genuinely say it's always the same experience each time I go.

If you want to book in then you can do so online and their opening hours are amazing!!! No excuse to not be well groomed ;)

Confessions of a Blogger...

Every so often I like to have a tongue in cheek rant/have my say about things and today it's those pesky little things we do as bloggers and read from other bloggers and brands that make us roll our eyes.

Here is my list;
  1. 'Hey @BRAND, I've featured you in my favourites post xoxo'
    We have ALL done this in the quest for a retweet. I don't believe you if you say you haven't.
  2. Comment on something you like and include the #blogger hashtag in the hope the brand/PR will send you one. For review purposes, obvs.
  3. Feeling disgruntled when you don't get invited to something and seemingly EVERYONE else does. *sad face*
  4. Instagramming the hell out of everything, and putting your pics through some vigorous editing to milk the chances of likes.
  5. Feeling like you are just about the only blogger who HASN'T 'written' a book. Nuff' said(!)
  6. Hitting the delete button with gusto when you receive yet another 'hey we thought you might like to read, feature, promote for free, our amazing product which we know your readers will just love' email!
  7. Having zero idea of how google analytics works and having nil desire of learning how. I DO THIS AS A HOBBY.
  8. Seeing bloggers who take themselves *WAY* too seriously make comments on Twitter about other bloggers or stuff in general and then their fans/minions jumping on the bandwagon. It becomes a public bitching forum and it's NOT COOL. JUST STOP IT.
  9. People using the Facebook Blogger Groups to flog blatantly fake makeup. Again. NOT COOL. I don't want some nasty fake crap on my face and shame on you if you are encouraging people to do it for a fast buck.
  10. The same golden circle of bloggers going to seemingly every festival, trip abroad, event etc. Whilst I am not suggesting I am photogenic enough to go on these things but I'd like to see a variety of faces once in a while. You know what I'm sayin'?
  11. Wholeheartedly jumping on the bae, babein' slang bandwagon that has cropped up. I am 30 and really shouldn't be using such words but I don't care and I will do as I please.
  12. 'I've just had the most exciting news/got an amazing project in the pipeline that I just CAN'T WAIT to share with you all. This is the blogger equivalent of the dreaded FB status of OMG I AM LIKE SO ANNOYED/UPSET.. Comments flooding in underneath asking what's wrong and then the reply of 'I'll DM you'. It's beyond annoying. When you can tell us, tell us. Until then, just keep quiet.
  13. Brands retweeting EVERYTHING said about them in a narcissistic fashion.
  14. People getting paid to attend events. It's just weird. I get the whole Vidcon thing and if they are working the event but to command fees of several thousand pounds to just show your face at a party is a bit weird.
  15. Crazy high ticket prices for these 'meet ups'. I think the bloggers that let that happen on their behalf should be ashamed of themselves. Asking for £50-£75 for a ticket from readers and fans when it's not even a concert is shockingly greedy.
Ok rant over now ;)

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

#BraHijack with @ASOS and @CoppaFeelPeople

Thanks to ASOS I received a hilarious package on Saturday morning that really made me smile. Perhaps not stationery items I can take to the office but I will definitely make use at home!

1 in 8 of us ladies will experience breast cancer and it is SO important for you to check your breasts on a regular basis. Coppafeel! are on a mission to get every young person checking their boobs so that they can stamp out late and mis-diagnosis of breast cancer. 

CoppaFeel! was founded by Kris Hallenga who was misdiagnosed twice for breast cancer at the age of 23 and now lives with secondary breast cancer. The charity are on a mission to ensure young people start checking their boobs and remind them to do it regularly.

If you’ve bought a bra from ASOS recently you may have noticed their logo in there! Their #Brahijack campaign is a clever initiative which appeals to lingerie brands to introduce a boob-checking reminder in all bras. Look out for the label the next time you buy a bra!

For more information on how to check your boobs and the signs and symptoms you should be looking out for, head to their website.

It's so easy to do, I make a habit of having a quick check in the shower when I am freshening up. There is no excuse not to do it! :)

Monday, 27 July 2015

Pampering your Peepers with Optrex

After a long day at work, and especially in summer, my eyes become dry, itchy and generally not so happy.

I like to treat my eyes with Optrex when they feel this way as their various products provide instant relief! I think my favourite product is the rehydrating eye drops for dry eyes. I work in an office and when it gets warm, we have to put on the air con. This can be very drying and at the end of the day I really struggle with my eyes! :(

I have been using the drops for the past week or so an have seen an immediate improvement! Happy eyes once again! :)

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Ed's Hair: Bramhall Salon Opening

Last Monday evening saw Bramhall be taken over by the Brazilians in the form of Ed's Hair and Beauty!

The second store has recently opened it's doors following the success of the flagship salon in Salford. Offering everything from blow dries to highlights to weaves, I am positive Ed's will make their mark on Bramhall!

I'm hoping to get my colour done at the Salford over the next couple of weeks so I will report back! :)
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