Monday, 30 October 2017

Want a Hollywood Smile? Introducing the Uber Sonic Subscription Box

Beauty starts with a smile, am I right? Ok, well I know how much of a contradiction that sounds coming from me, who has had a LOT of work done, but for me, nice teeth are kind of a big deal. Fortunately for me, I've never had to have a brace (although my bottom teeth are in desperate need of one). My parents blessed me with a perfectly straight top set of teeth, and I have been using Crest strips to keep them looking pearly white. However, as much as I love the results, they make my teeth SO sensitive.

When I was offered the chance to review the new Uber Sonic electric toothbrush, I was intrigued. Usually I would be like eh? A toothbrush? How on earth will that be on any remote interest to my readers?! But this is no ordinary toothbrush. The sleek aluminium design feels exactly like my iPhone, and it's so light! Similar to my Magnitone (which I reviewed here) there is a buzz function to indicate when to move to your bottom row of teeth. I won't go all dentist on you here, because eeeeeeveryone knows that electric toothbrushes clean your teeth way better than a standard toothbrush- 7 times better, to be precise.

The only time I buy toothbrushes is when I have used mine to absolute death and the bristles are all over the place and I actually remember to pick up a new one the next time I'm in my local Boots. The Uber Sonic is part of a subscription service which delivers new brush heads to your door every other month. The starter pack- including the toothbrush, charging station AND whitening kit is just £19(!) which goes down to £9 every other month. So affordable, right?!

Now the exciting part- the teeth whitening! The Uber Sonic Club whitening kit is so simple. You mould your teeth to the shape of the mouthguards- top row and bottom row, then when you are ready to go, you add 1ml of gel to each mould and wear for up to 60 minutes.

I use mine when I'm getting ready for a night out, because I always feel like they look super white when they are against my dark tan. The amazing thing is that I felt absolutely no sensitivity, and you can repeat the process up to twice a day until your teeth are the colour you want.

You only get one set of teeth, so make sure you look after them! Sign up for your starter pack with the Uber Sonic Club here. 

*I was very kindly sent the Uber Sonic to review, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% honest.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

My Advice on Travelling and Island Hopping in Thailand

It feels like the world and it's mother has been backpacking through Thailand recently. As much as I though I would never be the person who was dying to go travelling for months on end, when the opportunity came up to visit South East Asia, obviously I didn't say no!

Two of my friends had quit their jobs to go travelling, starting in Bali, then heading to Thailand, then finishing off with a year in New Zealand. They were going to be in Thailand over Christmas and New Year (2015/16), so I booked a flight and joined then- landing on Christmas day!

I'm not going to lie, it was SO weird being in Bangkok in ridiculously humid 40 degree heat,  with not a Yorkshire pudding in sight! But I am all about embracing the culture, so I ate (well, had a bite then nearly projectile vommed) a deep fried scorpion from a street vendor and drank a bottle of Chang and got ready to celebrate the festive season Thailand-style!

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Another weird thing was the fact that I only had 2 nights accommodation booked. I have never been backpacking before, or anything similar, so I am used to having my hotel booked for the entire duration of my holiday. No- not in Thailand! We stayed in Bangkok for 2 nights, then went and sat in a cafe, ordered a couple of fresh coconuts (my obsession whilst I was out there!) and booked the next few nights in a hostel/treehouse/whatever on earth was the cheapest/most decent looking place to stay on the next island. IT WAS LITERALLY AS EASY AS THAT. To be fair, Jess and Soph were the pro's so I just rolled with it.

Obviously we arrived at some places and were greeted with actual squalor- no door on the communal shower, infested with ants, 389429383 bunk beds in ONE room, and in this case we just hit the nearest cafe and booked somewhere else. With a lot of the accommodation you don't pay anything until you get there, so it's easy to just sweeeeerve.

Koh Phangan, home of the famous Full Moon parties..and my shiny face

Island Hopping

Again, soooooo much easier than I imaged! The only internal flight we had to get was from Bangkok to Krabi (I think!) and that took about an hour, and cost about £50. 

Koh Lanta, Koh Tao, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, Phuket and Phi Phi are all just a couple of hours by boat away, and arranging travel is super easy! Again, I was clueless, so thank God for the girls! We literally strolled into a travel shop and sought out the cheapest price for a boat to our next island of choice. Each place differed in price by a couple of hundred baht (about £5) and you didn't have walk far to get the best deal. There is literally one on every street, usually alongside a massage place and a 7/11.

We started off on Koh Lanta, then as we made more friends on each island we would all travel to the next place together. I can definitely see how people make friends for life when they're travelling- everyone is just there to have a fun time, and when you are in paradise with not a care in the world- how can anything be in a bad mood?!

Snorkelling in Koh Lanta

Packing Essentials

As I mentioned above, I have never been on any kind of holiday like this before. When I say 'any kind of holiday like this' I mean where I am literally carrying my worldly belongings on my back. I am always the one at the airport who has to fling open their case at the check-in desk and actually put on half the clothes to get under the weight allowance, so to pack enough for two weeks (which actually turned out to be 3) was HARD. Don't bother packing anything long sleeve or leggings/trousers. It is HOT. And HUMID. Loose fitting clothes, mosquito repellent, and ALLLLLLL OF THE BIKINIS!

Just a lil pic of me being spiritual in Thailand
Length of Travel

If you are going for under a month, like me, be realistic with the number of places you want to visit. I had absolutely no chance of exploring both North and South Korea in 2 weeks, because some places you decide to stay a couple of days longer, and some you just can't wait to move on from. It's tricky if you haven't been before. I was only supposed to be there for 2 weeks, but ended up extending my flight home to stay another week because 2 weeks is just nowhere near long enough. If you take into account the 20 hour flight, meaning you miss a day either side, it's barely 12 days! If I was to go back, which I would absolutely love to, I would probably stay for a month. The atmosphere is soooo relaxed over there, I feel like I closed my eyes to tan on the beach and woke up 2 days later!

Planning to go travelling yourself? I would definitely recommend booking somewhere a lil fancy when you land in Bangkok. Check out Destination2 here to get an amazing deal on 4 and 5* hotels in the capital!

*The post is in collaboration with Destination2. All content and images are mine.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Magnitone BareFaced Daily Cleansing Brush Review

When I wrote my blog post about how obsessed I am with my eyelash extensions (read it here), I mentioned how as much as I love them, I do feel like I can't wash my face properly. Obviously I use a cleanser, but you know when you just want to submerge your face under the shower head and really scrub? Yeah- you can't do that when you have eyelash extensions. Unless you want to ruin them. And they ain't cheap, I'll tell you that!

Fortunately my parents have blessed me with skin that rarely gets spots (touch wood), I have oily skin and I wear a lot of make-up, so I need to know that at the end of every day, I am taking every last scrap of it off.

I have had my eyes on a Magnitone for a while, so when the opportunity came up for me to review the new Daily Cleansing Brush, I couldn't wait to try it out. Designed to be incorporated into your daily skincare routine, it's waterproof, travel friendly, and is suitable for all skin types. Result!

It is so easy to use! I simply apply my usually cleanser the the brush head (at the moment I am using my beloved La Roche-Posay foaming cleanser) put it under the tap (or shower) and press the on button. It vibrates for 20 seconds, then beeps then another 20 seconds (3 times in total) to identify when to move to the next part of your face. Start with my forehead and nose, then move to my cheeks and chin area and finally my neck (the area I never used to give any attention to!) It feels weird to be cleansing my neck, but as well as deep-cleansing, the vibra-sonic technology in the pulses massage and tone your skin at the same time- so any chances of me getting a turkey neck are slim to none.

I have been using my Magnitone for about 3 weeks now, and my skin looks and feels so clean and soft. My pores are less noticeable and not a spot in sight! Not to mention mine is baby pink, which makes it the perfect accessory for my bathroom shelf! Get yours here.

*Magnitone kindly gifted me with the Cleansing Brush, but all opinions are my own.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Are you a Commitment Phobe?

I am. I've only had one boyfriend in my whooooole 25 years of living, but I've never been the type of girl who NEEDS a boyfriend. It genuinely baffles me who girls break up with their boyfriend and then two weeks later they have a new one? Like, what? How do you even know someone enough to be in a relationship?

New phone, hu dis?

I've been thinking more about it recently because almost all 14 of my friendship group back home are in relationships. Not just early stages either, I'm talking mortgages, babies and engagements. AAAAAAAAAND then there's me. Re-downloding Tinder for the 18th time this year in the hope that someone matches with me and comes through with some actually interesting conversation as opposed to 'hey hun u got snapchat?' SIGH.

It's weird, because I act the same around every new boy that I get talking to/go on a date with etc. I'll be OBSESSED with them for like, two or three weeks, max. And then I just go completely  off them. Previously I thought this was just down to things like because we had both been too busy to see each other, or they didn't like enough of my selfies on Instagram (ok I'm joking with that one). Oh, and for the record, absence does NOT make the heart grow fonder in my opinion. I'm an all-or-nothing kinda gal. Not to say I want to relocate myself to your coat pocket and get a key to your place after the first date, but I don't think I could cope with anything long distance. Anything over an hour is just a massive no.

It's not like I didn't actually like that boy in the first place, and didn't think there was a potential for it to turn into something more long term and serious, because I am SO FUSSY. I will only go on a date with someone who I actually fancy because I can't imagine anything worse than small talk. But fast forward two weeks and my Whatsapp response rate has dwindled down to a fraction of what it was. And I'm bored. BUT WHY?!?!?!

My friend Beth tagged me in this Cosmo article about being a commitment phone and annoyingly, I can relate to nearly every point. These are the main ones:

We've all done the whole 'omg sorry just seen this!' message probably a few too many times. When in actual fact, you saw the message come through 5 hours ago and you just left it on unread. I'm terrible for this, not because I'm being rude (most of the time) but my intention is to reply later on, and I just...forget. For someone who is on their phone for the majority of the day, I am SHOCKING at replying to texts. But that brings me to the whole, how do you pie someone off if you're not feeling it any more? I used to just ignore them and hope they got the hint and stopped texting me (harsh, I know) but now I'm a WOMAN I feel like I need to take the mature approach and break the news by text. It usually goes along the lines of 'Hey, I really enjoyed dinner last week (or whatevz the occasion was) but I can't really see it going anywhere. xxx' and then I scream and close my eyes and press send and archive the message so I never have to see it again.

I'm impulsive. This also relates to the long distance thing. If I want to see you, I want to see you that night. Not plan it in for 3 weeks next Saturday.

I'm waaaaay too laid-back. I don't want to make anything official, I won't upload photos of the two of us or 'check in' anywhere, and I most certainly do NOT want to meet your family. For at least 6 months. Unless it gets serious. Which is never. 

I HATE deep chats. Anything serious, like boys telling me they like me, or that awkward 'are you seeing anyone else or are we kinda of official' conversation makes me run for the hills. In fact, even the tiniest thing, like the guy sending me cute morning texts or giving me compliments are taking genuine interest in my life (LOL) makes me back off.

I don't know why, but the thought of a relationship scares me! It's not that I DON'T want a boyfriend, because who wouldn't want to get close to someone who you fancy the pants of and love spending time with and becomes your best friend and thinks the world of you? Not a trick question.

I'm never going to 'just settle' for the sake of not being 'the single one' in my friendship circle- they have to be pretty special for me to pursue things with, but I'm going to try my hardest to just let my guard down a bit and see what happens. But for now I'm just gonna channel my inner Nikki Muddaris.