Monday, 10 April 2017

Zaful Wish List! Dress Formal Dress

For the past few years, Zaful has been a well-known name amongst us fashion lovers! they are one of the best online and highly reviewed retail stores to rise up through social media, and I for one am very happy to support the brand!

Below are some key pieces/items, that of which I have had my eyes on for the past week, especially now that summer is just around the corner I found Zaful to be the place to shop for the best spring/summer patterned trends and, personally, with my style ever evolving along with my age, these days I tend to swing more towards the more sophisticated and well put together looks that either has that slight poppiness or edge to them, and Zaful had just what I needed!... with their 'dress formal dress' which are stunningly beautiful! some come long draped, off the shoulders or even with that bodycon look that we all love! (Click here to view Zaful's dress formal dress) though to view all of my picks and perhaps to buy from my wish list you can simply click on the images below

Happy Shopping!

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Beauty standards & the women who are changing them

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Beauty standards; it's a huge elephant in any room! it's constantly present anywhere you go, whether it be on the train, at your grocery store, cinema, dinner date, or even in the back of the minds of people who you first meet, but the main source of beauty standards is through our own societies high standards/opinions.

Throughout the years we've put impactful pressure on ourselves to look the part, allowing it to manifest in our careers, friendships, intimate relationships and even through the standards of others, as a society we have to stop caring and comparing ourselves to others, because they will never be in your shoes and you will never be in theirs the same way they have!...don't allow yourself to become self-critical and questionable! as in most cases, it only leads to depression and bad habits!...what happened to loving ourselves without any standards? knowing who we are and being free of what others think is the new beauty! 

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes! what may be beautiful to you may be ugly to someone else, but having an open heart and mind is what makes you see beauty in all things. a tip to finding self-love and acceptance would be gazing into a mirror for hours, reminding yourself only of the positive things about your personality and facial features. if you do this every day before you hit the outside world of 'beauty standards' eg, on the train, at a bar, or via the media, am sure the so called beauty standards won't be able to bring your newly gained inner self-confidence down!

Below are a few pics of women who've changed and impacted beauty standards or has made it controversial for the better, take a peek!

 Kerry Washington

Winne Harlow    
Lindsey Wixson

Marilyn Monroe

Tyra Banks

 Naomi Campbell     

Other's notable:
  • Susan Boyle
  • Karolina Kurkova
  • Ruslana Korshunova
  • Edie Sedgwick
  • Cara Delevingne 
  • Alexa Chung

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How teeth whitening changed my life!

Rewinding time to when I was younger, I was teased for many things! one being my teeth, personally, I didn't take it to heart...why?...because that's just what us kids do, we tease each other for the fun of it! although having grown into my older and wiser self I've realized the things that people tease you about are the things that people notice first, and although what they say may not be true; it all falls under the laws of attraction. therefore lately I've made sure to have regular self-evaluations; to assess my life goals/plans, the ties of my personality traits, and confidence levels. in which recently I noticed that my confidence was being hugely hindered! it was because what people seem to notice about me the most was my smile, and as of late my smile wasn't as bright as it used to be! I must admit, though, that eating the amount of chocolate that I did really didn't help because now I smile with a closed mouth in order to hide my brittle and tinted yellow teeth.

At first I felt ashamed to admit it and therefore I prolonged the situation though the more I hid my insecurity, the more I felt less like myself, especially, with having depression and anxiety I felt that it wasn't healthy for me, as I started to shy away from conversating or even wearing my favourably bright lipsticks because they were brighter than my smile. though despite everything I was finally able to muster up some courage which made me determined to fix my problem, instead of seeing it as a downer I needed to see it as a mission/goal, therefore, thereafter coming to my realization I turned my thinking into a more positive outlook, thinking about getting my smile back only pushed me to want to change for the better.

Moving further down into my timeline, I had found myself watching one of my favorite Luxe YouTuber's called 'Maria Draganova', she spoke briefly on what she had done surgically or non-surgically and had mentioned/recommended a surgical clinic called 'Premier Laser Clinic', suddenly I felt the urge to check out their website, because I trusted Maria's Judgement due to her sweet personality and lifestyle. 

Woman Biting Brown Chocolate

My Initial thoughts whilst viewing the 'Premier Laser Clinic's' website was all positive, mainly because they had detailed information + direct prices shown, making it easier for me to budget on what I would like to have surgically done. upon viewing their website I came across their teeth whitening procedure which from first glance had me eager. their teeth whitening method uses 'Blue Fusion' which they state guarantees your teeth to be at least 4 shades whiter, it has also been raved by celebrities as the best teeth whitening method as it also contained no peroxide and aims to lift your teeth up to 8-16 shades, though dependent on the prior health of your teeth. having read all of the information that I needed to know, there was nothing left for me to do other than take the plunge and book my appointment with Premier Laser Clinic.

To conclude I was finally able to redeem my smile and through my smile, myself! just from getting teeth whitening, I now can wear my brightly colored lipsticks ( my favorites being 'Ruby Woo', 'Heroine' & 'Up The Amp' by MAC Cosmetics), I am more confident to be outspoken & extroverted instead of introverted and shy, its made it easier for me to also consider being in an intimate relationship, pursue my hobbies + much more, though I will spare you the bragging!...if you're someone who's stuck in a similar situation, honestly! it's not something to be ashamed of! getting teeth whitening is the same as waxing, getting a pedicure, or getting a cleanup from your dentist, it's all about self-maintenance, keeping yourself happy, confident, and youthful, knowingly now, please do take into consideration that nearly everyone gets it done! that is unless they were born into a perfect dentist family who didn't allow any sweets, which is highly unlikely. therefore gain your smile back like I did! its a win win for everyone but mainly for yourself.

If This post helped you anyway, it would be amazing to hear how you decided to get teeth whitening, or if your thinking of getting it done though is wary of anything, please get in touch by commenting down below! additionally, become a part of my blog by signing up to receive further posts from me or by following me via my other social media platforms which can be found at the top right-hand corner of this page. thanks for reading!


My Teeth Whitening Experience With Premier Laser Clinic

Premier Laser & Skin Clinic is one of London's leading laser skin treatment clinics specializing in skin rejuvenation, laser hair removal, fat reduction and anything in between to regain a youthful appearance. they have numerous branches all over London making its services easily accessible for everyone within London. 

The Premier Laser Clinic also offers a highly reviewed teeth whitening method that's prior been used by the likes of 'Biffy Clyro' & soap stars from 'Hollyoaks' & 'The Only Way Is Essex!' the clinic uses a method called 'Blue Fusion' which is designed to decrease stubborn teeth stains and discoloration that you may get from smoking, drinking alcohol or coffee, in order to give you that whiter smile. 
Blue Fusion itself contains air pocket technology, used to deep clean within your teeth and remove stains, the product comes in a teeth tray in which you place around your teeth. it's colored blue because of its blue catalyst activating ingredients and along with the support of a LED light, you're within minutes able to achieve optimal teeth whitening results. the clinic offers two limited times to get your teeth whitened one being for fifteen minutes at the price of £89.00 and the other lasting thirty minutes at the price of £120.00, they've also recently added on a sixty minute treatment for the price of £200 (please note that you can only choose one or the other and cannot prolong your treatment time on the same day), personally, due to it being my first time I was cautious and went for the time period of fifteen minutes. 

Premier clinic states that their Teeth whitening 'Blue Fusion' can lift your teeth's shade up to 8 or even 16 shades depending on your teeth's health and color. though prior to my appointment with them I had gone to my dentist for a teeth cleanup/checkup in order to determine the health of my teeth which would help me also determine how long I would like my treatment to last. my dentist informed me that my teeth were healthy and therefore, even though the clinic stated that 'Blue Fusion' wasn't harming to the teeth due to it having no peroxides I also wanted to be cautious, therefore, I went along with shortening my teeth whitening treatment to fifteen minutes.

upon arrival to the clinic (Clapham Clinic), I was met by a beautiful and bubbly blonde, I say Blonde! because it was the only reference I have of her as I forgot to take note of her name. the lady was very sweet, down to earth, and made me feel very comfortable. after checking my details I was briefed within the treatment room about how the product worked and thereafter she gave me the teeth whitening tray to place into my mouth along with the LED light and because the treatment required no special doctors or specialists she had left the room and left me to maneuver the product how else I wanted to.

(Check out my experience visually below)

(Taken 24/03/17)

personally, I felt it to be a very lonely treatment, almost something that you can definitely do by yourself within your own home though due to Clinic's difference in their methods of teeth whitening I was pleased to have the experience with them.

After my fifteen minutes were up! I removed and binned the teeth whitening tray and washed the remaining product out from my mouth using a cup of water that the staff whom briefed me had left for me to rinse my mouth with. thereafter I reviewed my results by looking into the room's mirror. my initial thoughts were wow! but I also felt that an extra fifteen minutes would have done the trick!

Please note that Premier Clinics teeth whitening results depends on your teeth shade prior as well as your teeth's health, though the staff who had briefed me also recommended that Thirty minutes was best. though personally, after having the fifteen minutes treatment my tooth's shade was only lifted 2-3 shades up, it left some parts still tinted yellow and some parts with specs of white. the staff said that it will whiten after a day as there sometimes will be a blue coat covering your teeth because of the blue catalyst activator, though after days of my treatment my teeth has remained 2-3 shades whiter but no more than its initial results.

to conclude I feel that it was a good first experience, the staff were lovely and the results weren't too bad, though if you're someone who would like to try Premier Clinic's Blue Fusion Teeth whitening treatment, then definitely go for the thirty minutes time period no matter the shade of your teeth prior, as they state your teeth to achieve up to 8-16 shades whiter though with my treatment I only received 2-3 shades. I plan to revisit the clinic in the near future and try the staff's recommended thirty minutes treatment as I believe it would show me more of an optimal result. the clinic also offers other great treatments in which I am also looking forward to getting, such as the 'Fat Dissolving Injections' which is new and soon to come to the clinic; great for getting rid of that pesky back fat that most of us women find hard to get rid off. 

If you've had your teeth whitened or is thinking of having it done please leave comments below and lets all talk about it, many people feel ashamed to feel the need to have their teeth whitened and I was one of them! though having gone through with the treatment, there's really nothing to fear! 

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