Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Breast Augmentation - My Experience.

First question I get when people hear I had Breast Augmentation done, is WHY? I often get told "you already had boobs" or "why waste your money?"

Basically, the simplest answer to that question is - because I wanted too.
Yes, I did already have boobs but I decided that I wanted them to be bigger and I was in a position where I could change that and decided that my body is something I am willing to invest in for my own happiness.

I have never been "unhappy" with my body, ofcourse I had days where I wished my hips were smaller or my legs were longer and my boobs were bigger but I had always been content with my body, when I  had heard a friend talking that she had them done and that a surgeon was visiting where I live I decided to make an appointment for a consultation.

It all happened quite fast, the day of my surgery was booked on the day of my first consultation for a months time because I decided that it was what I wanted and I wanted it as soon as possible. I spoke to my surgeon about the size, shape that I wanted and he explained the procedure to me.

For weeks prior to the surgery I was a little nervous but mostly excited. The morning of the surgery I was really quite nervous but the nurses all made me feel really good and reminded me that I had nothing to be nervous about as the surgeon knows what he is doing. The nurses put some compression stockings on my legs, and a small inflating device that wrapped around and slowly inflated on each leg to increase circulation. The surgeon came and drew on my chest with a sharpie, he drew a line in dashes down the centre of my chest, above, underneath, where he would cut and wrote the size on my chest also which was 375 CC. As they wheeled me into the theatre the Aneasthesist told me where he would put the needle - honestly the needle sucked! I am about 13 days post op and still have a purple and green bruise on my hand as they couldn't get a vain and had to put it in my arm (inside of my elbow).

Another question I often get is, "Does it hurt?" and my answer to that question is Yes, for the first few days it does hurt! Its uncomfortable and I was in quite a lot of pain for about 2 days - but after those 2 days I felt them adapt more to my body each day. The first few days when I stood up the pressure on my chest was pretty awful, almost felt like when I stood up they could just fall off. 

I tried to sleep in my own bed the first night basically sitting up but I kept sliding down and became uncomfortable and getting back up was very difficult, (luckily I had someone beside me the night I had it done to help me up although I am sure after I woke him up 5 times he was getting a bit annoyed) he helped me up by lifting my back and had to hold my waterbottle up while I took my pain killers. For the next two nights I slept on a recliner - which I found was much easier for sleeping sitting up and not moving too much. The pain killers I were given were Panadene Forte and was told to also have Nurofen (which I personally can't take so I skipped that) but I have heard a lot of people have been given Valium and much stronger pain relief. After 2 days, the Panadene Forte actually made me very sick and I couldn't keep them down so I stopped taking them after 2 days with no pain relief with the exception of Panadol, but I have been told that is common. 

I was cut underneath my breasts and the implant was put underneath my muscle, the stitches are dissolvable. I have been back to the hospital once post up to have the dressings changed and they also gave me a cream to reduce the scars which I will start applying tomorrow. I am wearing a surgical bra - I was given 2 and have to wear them day and night for the first two weeks, and then daily for the next 4 weeks. I am super excited to go bra shopping, but even more excited to buy bikinis!!

I am happy to answer any boobie questions anyone has so feel free to comment below, or if you'd rather ask them privately I can give you my personal email address below. I know a lot of people having this procedure done and its definitely much more common now than ever before and I am so happy I have had them done! I know a lot of people will have negative opinions about this post but thats okay because I love my body, even more now and I am so glad I had them done!

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Kate Spade iPhone 5 Case.

I just wanted to do a quick post to show you guys my new Kate Spade iPhone 5 case. It is so durable and I really love how great quality it is. As you can see it is white on the back with large black dots and the edges are pink. Such a cute way to accessorise your iPhone!

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

LUSH Haul.

I absolutely love LUSH products, I particularly like some of the skin care products and one thing I really want to try are the face masks - not sure which one I want to try so if you have tried any and liked them or disliked them please let me know and I'll have to check them out.

This haul is mostly bath products as I love relaxing baths and haven't used any of these in such a long time so thought I would try some new ones. 

I got two 'Ballistics' one in 'Avobath' and 'Sex Bomb'. I haven't opened them up to take photos because I am going to do a seperate post on each one while using them so I can show you what it looks like in the water and what I think of them but I can't wait to try these so expect those posts in the near future.

I also got two 'Bubbleroon Bubble Bar' - that look like macaroons and are so cute! The first I got it is 'Yuzu & Cocoa' and I think that it kind of looks like a pumpkin scone! I don't know what yuzu is but I was hoping it would smell chocolatey which I don't think it does but I am looking forward to trying it, and the second is 'Rose Jam'. I basically got this one because it sounds so yummy, and smells exactly like roses which is super girly.

And the last thing I got is 'Porridge Soap' which I got because I have heard good things about it, so I will let you know if it meets my high expectations.

I love LUSH products, I think they are the best to pamper yourself and also make great gifts. All of it is pretty affordable, the moisturisers I find a little pricey but all of the ones I have tried are amazing. I'd love to try some other new products, so please let me know what your favourites are!

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

NOTD - Pastel & Stripes.

While being home for the week, and after having no nail polish post surgery nails I had been itching to paint them and today was the first day I was feeling up to it. Like most girls I have a ridiculous amount of nail polish so its always so hard to choose what colours I feel like using, but the only thing I was sure about was that I wanted to use the 'Elegant Touch' nail wraps I mentioned in my Drugstore Haul post here.

I used Sally Hansen Gem Crush in 'Big Money' and Orly polishes in Lollipop and Cotton Candy. I absolutely love the purple Orly shade (Lollipop) it is an amazing consistency and the perfect pastel purple colour. I got this after I used all my Barry M Berry Ice Cream and couldn't get my hands on it again in hopes it would be the same shade and I am so glad I did. 

I love doing just random things with my nails, when I don't feel like having them all the same colour or just to make them look a little more interesting and I have always loved pastel nails. Let me know what you think or what your favourite nail trends are at the moment - I think next I definitely want to give drawing roses a go (I was going too today however didn't have a steady enough hand).

Monday, 20 May 2013

Batiste Dry Shampoo.

Firstly, for those of you who aren't familiar with the concept of dry shampoo, it is a product that comes in a spray form that you use on the days you don't want to wash your hair and is used to absorb the oils in the scalp making the hair feel and look cleaner. Perfect for when you are trying to extend the period of time between washing your hair, this is perfect for the second or third day until washing it again.

This product has become an absolute staple in my hair care routine, I have a couple of bottles of it - one on my vanity, one in my gym bag and a spare. 

As you may know I had Breast Augmentation done last week, so this week I am still in a bit of discomfort and can't lift my hands above my head (I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the procedure, so feel free to leave them in the comments). Unfortunately that means I haven't been able to wash/brush my hair. I am having my hair done tomorrow which I am definitely looking forward too but for the past few days I have just been having someone spray this into my hair for me, to save me from feeling oily or dirty. My hair definitely feels like it needs a wash but it would feel 10 times worse without this product! 

Like I said above, this product is now a staple in my gym bag. Some mornings after going to the gym, the last thing you have time for is too wash, dry and style your hair before heading to work so I find this extremely useful on the days I don't want to do too much to it.

The product itself is perfect for people with blonde hair as I find that it makes my roots look a little lighter, before this product I would sometimes use baby powder for the same effect. I know some people with darker hair have complained that it made their hair look a little grey if they didn't rub it into the scalp enough, so if you have darker hair you may need to keep this in mind. This brand has a couple of different scents, I believe the original scent is the most subtle one for everyday but they also have Blush (which I use; it is quite floral scented) and one other I have seen which I believe is Tropical, that smelt quite fresh and fruity.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Drugstore Haul

As I was waiting for my pain meds script to be filled, as always I wondered around the makeup aisles of Priceline. If you don't live in Australia; Priceline is the equivalent of a "drug store" it is a chemist and also sells makeup, skincare, hair care products etc. They recently had a 50% off sale which I missed, I didn't really know about it until it was over because I had put myself on a spending ban and hadn't been to Priceline in weeks. Since seeing everyones hauls off what they got in the sale I was a bit frustrated I hadn't gotten some of the things I had been eyeing off for a while until I remembered, I don't need anymore makeup! But on one of the Haul videos I watched I believe it was Karissa's (satnightsalrite) Haul video and then she did another first impressions video where she used the Revlon ColorStay Whipped Foundation - (below) and I was dyeing to try it.

When I was in high school I tried some other whipped foundations that I liked and I did like the original Revlon ColorStay liquid foundation so I have very high hopes for this product. The shade is absolutely perfect on my skin and I think I was just looking for a change in my foundation routine so this seems like the perfect product to change it around a little bit.

The next things I got are nail wraps! I had to take off my gel nails for surgery on Friday so thought this would be the perfect time to try these out. I got some Sally Hansen ones (below) because they were 50% off the entire range, but I am mostly excited about the Elegant Touch wraps (above). They are in such gorgeous designs and the pastel striped ones will be perfect for an accent nail when doing pastel nails. I can not wait to try these out when I am a little more mobile (as I had Breast Augmentation three days ago) and will be posting some NOTD's for sure using these in the very near future.

The Sally Hansen nail wraps I got were two glittery ones, one in gold and the other is a dark blue and then a plain neon pink which I thought was cute. I haven't really jumped on the neon nails bandwagon yet but this might just be the beginning. I am still loving having gel nails using the LumiNail kit but these look so quick and easy and I can't wait to try them out. The last product I got was Sally Hansen Hard as Nails - this product was also half price and seemed like the perfect time to get it as it was only about AU$7 which is a really good price and since using LumiNail my nails are always very weak and fragile after taking off the gel which I hate. I think I'll be using this product whenever I don't have gel nails in hopes it will improve the strength and overall appearance of my nails but I will keep you posted as to whether or not it actually works.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Clarisonic Mia Review.

I purchased the Clarisonic Mia online about 2 months ago and have been using it twice a day since. I know that twice a day might seem like a lot but in the mornings I only use it for a few seconds on each part of my face and a more in depth clean after removing my makeup each night.

When you first purchase the Clarisonic, before using it you need to charge it for 24 hours which seems like a long time but in theory I used it twice a day for a few weeks before having to charge it again.

This is the first Clarisonic Mia, so it only has one speed setting which is fine with me as I doubt I would change it either way, but I believe the Clarisonic Mia 2 has two different speed settings. I originally purchased this as I felt like my makeup wasn't applying as nicely to my skin as it usually does. Since using this it definitely has improved and I also feel like the toner and moisturiser I use of a night are absorbing into my skin much more than they were before using the Clarisonic.

The bristles on the brush are extremely soft which is great otherwise it would probably feel like it was scratching your face. Because the bristles don't actually rotate or move a great deal, they only vibrate and pulse so quickly you can't see them moving it doesn't feel like it is stripping your face of the oils it needs. I have been using it with Neutrogena Acne Wash and I find it works really well but will probably try another face wash when I run out to see how that works. I think it works best when the face wash is foamed up so I may even look into getting a foam face wash next to try with the Clarisonic.

Unlike the orginial Clarisonic, this does not come with a cradle charger which is a bit of shame as it is a good way to store in the bathroom however the charger it does come with is magnetic which is pretty cool and easy to use. It also comes with a clear cover for the brush head to keep it clean with small holes to air it out. For hygenic reasons I think it is important to deep clean the brush head with disinfectant and after using it I also put a little extra face wash on my hand and clean the bristles (only because the cleanser I am using is quite inexpensive).

I would definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for something to improve the look of their skin tone, fighting acne or just feel like their makeup or face products are not absorbing the way they should be. I don't think I will ever stop using this product as it has made such a big difference to my skincare routine.

** For anyone wondering, the nail polish I am wearing is LumiNail - Miami Pink.

Saturday, 11 May 2013

NOTD - LumiNail Miami Pink

Miami Pink is one of my favourite LumiNail polishes at the moment, it looks pretty similar to Caribbean Coral which I also really like. Its a tiny bit messy because when I put them in the UV Lamp they aren't always perfectly flat as I try and fit them all in at once to save time, but they still look really shiny and last a long time and the polish that gets on the skin is easy enough to pick off.

April Favourites.

I know I am a little late posting this, but better late than never. This month is absolutely flying by, I haven't really shared to much information about it yet but I am having Breast Augmentation done this Friday which is so exciting, although extremely scary. So for the last few weeks I have been trying to get an assignment done, exercising as much as possible (as I won't be able to for the next two weeks) and organising my wardrobe so I can get rid of all of the clothes that soon wont fit me anymore - which I will definitely be putting on eBay, and I will give you the links if you want to check them out.

For the month of April I fell in love with a few new products, and rediscovered a couple of old ones as well. I have been using a lot of different products during May as well so I will post my May favourites probably late next week!

Clarisonic Mia in Baby Pink - I am so glad I finally decided to get this product. I have been using it for about 2 months and it has improved my skin dramatically. I have acne prone skin and always have, I have never had terrible acne but its not unusual to get a couple of break outs here and there. I feel like since I have been using my Clarisonic Mia that has decreased sufficiently and when I get a break out it goes away much quicker. My skin is left feeling so clean without feeling stripped of the necessary oils. I have been using it with the Neutrogena Acne wash in Grapefruit which I think is pretty good but I will do a more in depth review with this and some good products to use with it.

Soap & Glory Hand Food - I got this travel size hand cream for $5 which I think is such a great price and is the perfect size for my handbag. It smells amazing and doesn't leave my hands feeling sicky.

LumiNail - This month I have been using LumiNail a lot mostly these three colurs; Miami Pink, Carribean Coral and Long Island Lilac. I like these polishes, but I don't think it is the quality of a manicure from a salon as it is easy to peel off if you pick at them the slightest bit. I do like them though and they do last longer than normal nail polish.

MAC Face and Body Foundation - I have been liking this foundation for when I want less coverage than I get from my Pro Long Wear foundation. I use a couple of layers and apply it with a dense powder brush which I might give more detailed review on later. 

MAC 134 Powder Brush - I like this brush for applying MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural or my Nude by Nature powder. Is perfectly dense and wide and easy to use.

MAC Select Cover Up Concealer - I have been using this almost everyday underneath my eyes and the tiniest bit goes a long way. I literally use the smallest amount and still have too much. I really like the way this concealer makes me look much more awake.

LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub - I absolutely love this lip scrub, perfect for regular use without scrubbing too much and leaving your lips sore. My lips always feel soft and absorb lip balm so much better after using this. I have been using this for months, but a lot over the last few weeks and remember why I love it so much.

Jimmy Choo Perfume - I am absolutely in love with this perfume, I have been using it every day without fail and it smells lovely all day. This is definitely my new all time perfume!

Saturday, 4 May 2013

NOTD - Carribean Coral LumiNail.

I am in love with the LumiNail kit (first impression post here!)  I got a few weeks ago, this colour is Carribean Coral and I wanted to show you what it looks like straight after being done, before I have filed away any nail polish that cured on my skin. It isn't much and I think its just that when I put both of my hands in the lamp at the same time they aren't perfectly flat but I don't mind filing the sides to save time.

Some people have complained that it takes so long but honestly I don't think it takes too long, although I do have a larger lamp I purchased from eBay which cuts down the time a lot since I can do both at a time.

This is the third time I have used this on my nails, and each time they start growing out and before they start chipping, unless I pick at them. It claims to last up to 14 days, and I think that it does last a good length of time. I usually get sick of the colour by this point anyway and like to change them so it suits me well.

I also love how shiny my nails always look when I have these nail polish colours on. I will definitely be posting more NOTD pictures with the LumiNail polishes.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Everyday Pretty Things.

I thought I would do a quick post about things I use/wear everyday that deserved a mention! I was going to post my April Favourites today but decided to do this one first, and that will be up either tomorrow or the next day. These are kind of like my monthly favourites, the things I always love but don't want to post in my favourites every single month.

Louis Vuitton Zippy Wallet - I have been using this wallet for about 3 years after receiving it as an 18th birthday present. I love this wallet and can't see myself ever buying myself a different one as this will last me forever, I use it everyday and it still looks brand new.

Thomas Sabo Pearl Bracelet - I love this bracelet so much I wear it every single day. I have a cross charm on it because it is small and simple and even though I am not overly religious, I definitely believe in having faith so this is definitely my favourite bracelet.

Michael Kors Silver Watch - I am not positive on the exact model of this watch. I have been wearing it for about a year, and am strongly considering buying it in gold. I love this watch as it is so big and bulky and I don't have to wear much other jewelery with it because it is such a statement piece.

Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne Perfume - I love this for an everyday floral scent and the bottle is just beautiful. I love this perfume as it doesn't smell to strong and has a very elegant smell, rather than a cheaper celebrity made perfume, although I do have a lot of other perfumes that I love aswell.

Rayban Cats - I have these in brown and black, but I will be selling the black ones as on my fair skin and light hair I feel like they are just too dark for me. (If you are interested in buying them please let me know, they are in perfect condition as I never wear them - come with case for about $100). These look so different to any other sunglasses I've worn. They kind of remind me of Chopper Reid, but I love them!!

MAC Plushglass in Fulfilled - I have only had this particular colour for a few days but before then I would have included a different one maybe Pinkarat. I love MAC lipglosses but this one has quickly become my favourite.

NARS Orgasm Blush - This product has a lot of hype in the beauty blog/youtube community and I think it is absolutely well deserved. This is my absolute favourite blush of all time and I use it basically every single day. It has the prettiest gold specs through it and I really feel like it compliments my skin tone.