Slim Your Chin / Chin Up, Guys*

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Sorry, I couldn't decide which pun I preferred for the title of this post - so I greedily went ahead and used both. Pun city, population me.


Getting back to it - I need to announce that
my chin is massive. Just putting that out there. I saw a photo of myself the other day where I had what can only be described as JOWLS. Although it was HILAR and I howled and howled with laughter, I have no immediate plans to become a jowl master general - so I was super happy when the lovely Paige at ChinUp Mask contacted me and asked if I'd like to try their 30 minute Non-surgical Facelift Mask*. If you're as curious as I was to find out more about how this works, keep reading - you're in for a TREAT with the photos to come!




What it does


The ChinUp Mask is said to provide a revolutionary 30 Minute Facelift.


It:


- Lifts and firms the lower part of your face to contour your jawline,
- Promotes facial blood circulation,
- Hydrates and moisturises the skin on the chin area,
- Reduces fat on the chin,
- Uses natural ingredients [such as fruit extract] which keeps the skin healthy.







What you get


In my pack, I received:


- 2 x Masks

- 1 x ChinUp Slimming Band

- 1 x Tape Measure, to compare your before and after chin size






The Process


It's dead easy to use these bad boys [and the process is guaranteed to make you laugh, at least once.] You simply wash and dry your skin, apply a
ChinUp Mask to your face & neck, put on the ChinUp Slimming Band [the hilarious bit] and leave it all to soak in / work its magic for 30 - 40 minutes. After this time, gently remove the band & mask and massage any remaining product into the skin.

ChinUp advise that the effects will last for several days however, they recommend that you use a mask every other day to achieve further improved results.


Before / During

- Using the tape measure supplied, I worked out that from ear to ear, my average chin size was 30cm, pre mask.


- With my chin pointing downwards [and my sexy jowls all squished together] from ear to ear, my average chin size was 33cm, pre mask.


Brace yourself for the photos to come. Like, I can't cope - I crack up laughing at them each time. Chin straps, jowls and all; here's photographic evidence of my ChinUp experience.





(LOL!!!! As if the day has come where I'm okay with putting this on the internet)



After


I remeasured my chin after removing the mask, and was really surprised at how effectively it had worked in just 30 minutes. It did begin to feel like my chin was on fire the longer I left the mask on, however, a bit of a hot sensation is normal and my skin was revealed to be smooth and blemish free when I took the mask off. There was no burning and / or fires present on my face.


- Using the tape measure supplied, I worked out that from ear to ear, my average chin size is now 27cm, post mask.


- With my chin pointing downwards [and my sexy jowls all squished together] from ear to ear, my average chin size is now 30cm, post mask.


So.. I lost 3cm from my chin area in just 30 minutes!! Impressive stuff, huh? See if you can tell the difference in the photos below - I definitely can, especially in the jowl department. I don't have half as many rolls to squish!!






I'd definitely recommend ChinUp masks to anyone wanting to slim down their chin & jaw area without surgery - they're the perfect product to pamper yourself with pre-night out / before a date / before drinks with the girls; so your chin looks good from all angles on your selfies! 


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Have you tried a ChinUp Mask before? If you're interested, head to their website at http://chinupmask.com/ to find out more! And thanks again Paige, for helping me in the fight against chin-flab! Can't wait to use my second mask this week and continue the battle!



*This post contains items I was gifted for the purpose of review. However, all opinions are very much my own - I wouldn't lie to you guys, as it's not big and it's not clever. Plus, I have a tape measure this time - numbers don't lie!!

Catch Up | Life Lately

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Aite guys! Apologies that I've been a bit quiet on the old blog and Twitter recently. I'd lie and say it's been because I've been doing legit life things with other humans, but in reality, I've just been spending a lot of quality time with bourbon biscuits, my duvet, trashy magazines and rummaging around B&M Bargains.


On the plus side, all this time of procrastinating and being a general bellend who never gets anything done has meant that I've had time to make a Snapchat account dedicated to the blog. So now I can vlog, ramble and unbox away to my heart's content, without getting confused chat messages from lads I went to Uni with, asking me if there's something wrong with me and why I'm talking to myself on camera. My Snapchat username is love_lippy - let's be mates. Leave your usernames in the comments below, or suggestions of the names of people you think I should follow.




In other news, I've rediscovered my love for Primark again recently [though let's face it, this love never actually died, I've just been too lazy / poor to be arsed going] and have gone a bit wild. My life is now pure filled with candles, sunnies, boho jewellery and false nails - none of which broke the bank. Ive been plastering shots of them all over Instagram, and at some point I won't be as much of a #badblogger and will post about them too. Honest, like.

Anyway, I've got to dash. I'm going to an engagement party tonight. I don't really know either of the engagees, or many people there properly so I'd better brush my hair and pre-drink the living sh*t out of this bottle of wine to make me seem more socially acceptable.



#Giveaway - LLL Hits 3k Twitter Followers [& I'm Pyarrr Buzzing]

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Got to be honest, I didn't expect to be writing this post so soon. It was only the other week I was celebrating my Blogaversary and other minor milestones, and then WAPOW - I hit the 3,000 followers mark on Twitter. I'm pure buzzing about it, like - so thanks guys!


Anyway, given how much you all seemed to like the Hello Kitty OPI set from my last giveaway, I figured I'd keep with the OPI theme - so as a thank you for helping me reach yet another milestone, one lucky reader will win this OPI All Stars 10 pack of mini nail polishes, worth £25.

There's some proper gorgeous shades in the pack - ideal for summer and the perfect size to pack in your case for holiday. And it could be you unwrapping this in the post, soon. 




Alls you have to do to enter is scroll down to the Rafflecopter widget below and get entering! You can also retweet my pinned tweet on Twitter to bag yourself an extra entry. Good luck and thanks for helping me hit the 3k mark - here's to 4k!! :}


T&Cs
The Competition will end on the 08/06/16. No purchase necessary. This competition is open to all UK residents. To those under the age of 18 - please seek parental permission before entering. Duplicate, incomplete or spam entries will be removed. You can enter as many times as you want. The first entry is mandatory; you can then enter as many times as you want to get more entries. The winners will be drawn at random using the Rafflecopter widget. One winner will be drawn and contacted as soon as the competition is over. Open to UK residents only.



Things I Proper Love #3: The Bourjois 3D Gel Top Coat

Monday, 30 May 2016

My nail polish never lasts for long. It chips like a mo-fo, no matter how hard I try with it. Even when I got a proper Shellac done that one time, at the strange little salon up the road. 


My nails are brittle as hell - and more flakey than I am at the moment [soz all friends and humans that know me.] But it's just something I have to deal with. Fun fact - I'm 27 years young, but legit have the bones of like, an 80 year old woman; as about a year ago, I was diagnosed with Oesteoporosis [which was a barrel of laughs like.] So not only are my nails brittle as hell, but my bones are pretty sh*t too. LOLZ. Anyway, I guess in reality, there's nothing really that will ever truly put an end to the chipping saga which is my life, as I was [unfortunately] born this way. But this babe of a top coat bloody well helps redeem this - so I wanted to share it with you guys, as part of my Things I Proper Love series. 






I proper heart this stuff. It legit makes my manicure last so much longer, and adds a gorgeous, glossy shine to any polish you apply it over. Also, if you cock your nail polish up a bit [#SmudgeCity] and wazz a bit of this over the top - it smoothes out your mistakes and makes you look like a proper, functioning adult who can actually apply nail polish [smoothly hiding when I've fallen asleep mid application and stuck my wet talons to the duvet for that oh-so-sexy fabric-y imprint.


It also dries proper quick, which is ideal as I'm impatient as hell [as well as prone to nodding off and ruining my bedding / nails / life.] I think this Bourjois 3D Gel Top Coat retails at about £5.99 - £6.99 [which isn't too bad, in my books like] and you can get it from a whole host of high street chains - Boots, Superdrug, Tesco, Asda - even Very and Littlewoods for those of you [like myself] who have to put 90% of your purchases on credit [#PoorFoLyfe.]


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What's your go-to topcoat? Have you tried this one before? How do you take care of your nails and ensure your polish lasts the test of time? I'm in dire need of some tips here, like!



Bullet Journal Inspo

Sunday, 22 May 2016

If there's one thing I love, it's a good list. I'm forever planning, listing and scrawling down the mad rambles that populate my brain. I hastily jot things down on the backs of envelopes [the one good thing about getting sh*t loads of bills through the door each month], on the notes on my phone and I draft-compose the living crap out of my email account. 


Up until now; my lists, plans and feeble excuse of a bullet journal have been ugly as hell. Pure scribbles where I've changed my mind, scruffy arse handwriting and my plans for the month have been somewhat scattered throughout a mix of a mad pile of half opened envelopes, my diary, laptop and phone.

It got to the stage where I needed a list, to organise my lists. But not the bog standard, crazy listing system that was failing me - I decided that I needed to create a planner to look pretty and inviting; to efficiently organise my life and to motivate me to do actual human things rather than make me do a little sick in my mouth [like the current system.]


So out came mr credit card [other bae] and off online shopping we went. We didn't have to look far - I knew exactly where we were headed. I'd been perving on our Jemma's [Dorkface blog] Etsy Store extensively since she announced the arrival of stickers. And it was time. Brace yourself to witness the fitness. Planning never looked so good.



How fab?! Can you cope with how cute these stickers are?! Cos I can't. I am legit well excited to start a proper planner like a functioning adult and plaster these bad boys ON EVERY. SINGLE. PAGE. Obv you know I proper heart our Jem anyway like [she designed my blog's header & blog button way back when] but I also truly heart supporting small businesses and helping other people achieve their dreams; which makes this purchase doubly meaningful.




Aww, how much of a babe is she, please?!





I am now totes inspired to get my plan on - I've even got the old gel pens at the ready! I'll let you know how I get on and might even share a few pages with you lovely lot. I could do with a little help though - does anyone have any Bullet Journal blog posts you could link me to?


If you love these stickers as much as I do, you can find them here [The Planner sticker pack, £6] in Jemma's Etsy Store. I won't lie, I'm pretty obsessed with the Girly Princess sticker pack too, so expect more over-excited tweets and instagram photos soon!


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Where do you get your Bullet Journal / Scrapbooking stickers from?  What does your planner look like, and how do you keep it motivational?



Hello OPI #Giveaway

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

A few things have happened over the past few months. Blog things. But I've been too preoccupied nibbling on bourbon biscuits and oversleeping to recognise them, until now. #BadBlogger

I'm not big on blog analytics. I've logged into GA like twice, I only check my DA when I see other people tweeting about theirs and do I sh*te have a Media Kit. However, I have hit a few milestones worth celebrating - so here's a cheeky giveaway for you guys in recognition of my [albeit small] achievements within the blogosphere these past 12 months:

- I hit over 2,000 followers on Twitter
- It was my blog's first birthday [in October, but better late than never to point this out, right?]
- My DA crawled out of the pits of despair and up into the 20s,
- I hit over 40,000 page views,
- My Instagram page isn't looking too shabby either, like,
- I've made some dead lovely internet friends who I proper heart.

So, onto the good bit. In celebration of the above, I've got a brand new Hello Kitty OPI Nail Set for one lucky reader to win. It's worth £25, comes with five mini OPI polishes and a free nail art brush. Cos everyone loves Hello Kitty, right?






This giveaway will run from Wednesday 18th May to Wednesday 1st June 2016. Please make sure you read the T&Cs before entering [boring, I know.]

Alls you have to do to enter is scroll down to the Rafflecopter widget below and get following! You can also retweet my pinned tweet on Twitter to bag yourself an extra entry. Good luck and thanks for making my first year of blogging so fun :}


T&Cs
The Competition will end on the 01/06/16. No purchase necessary. This competition is open to all UK residents. To those under the age of 18 - please seek parental permission before entering. Duplicate, incomplete or spam entries will be removed. You can enter as many times as you want. The first entry is mandatory; you can then enter as many times as you want to get more entries. The winners will be drawn at random using the Rafflecopter widget. One winner will be drawn and contacted as soon as the competition is over. Open to UK residents only.


Tailored To Tease | Mac Retro Matte Liquid Lip Colour

Sunday, 15 May 2016

A successful haul for me is getting a few tins of tuna on rollback and maybe a special offer on yoghurts [12 Muller Light yoghurts for £3 at Asda atm, yeno guys #NotADrill #BargainBASEMENT.] My pitiful budget [or lack of] means that I can't really splash out on many high-end pieces of makeup - you'll most likely never see me post a pure haul on here [unless I win the lottery, but this day still hasn't come yet. Fume.]


For this poverty fuelled reason, I was beyond made up to win Laura Living Life's blog giveaway recently over on Twitter - for a Retro Matte Liquid lippy in the shade of my choice. Generous! I've always wanted to try this range from Mac [as I'm pretty obsessed with the whole matte lip thang] but let's be honest; pigs could fly, do somersaults and apply winged eyeliner before I'd have ever had been able to just buy one on a whim [bad blogger.]


After many minutes of umming and ahhing, I decided on this bad boy; Tailored to Tease. I do love a strong pink pout and most of my other matte lip products are more nudey shades; so I wanted to try something a little different. Brace yourself now for about a million photos of this little beaut [you'll probably have seen a fair few of these over on my Instagram already; it's just so darn Instagrammable. Fair play, Mac.]







Here's a filter free, non-edited photo of a cheeky swatch, so you can see the colour first hand too [it dries into legit the most beautiful shade of fushia.]



And here's some obligatory pouty photos of me wearing it.




So, first impressions wise - when I initially cracked the bottle open, I was surprised [and happy] to find that the formula is quite thick, lux and creamy. My lips felt really soft after the first application. Now that I've had a chance to wear it a couple of times, I can confirm that after a while of wearing it, it is a little drying - but for a colour so vibrant and long lasting, it's totes worth it [and for the first couple of hours, it's fine & feels quite moisturising.] 


I absolutely love this lippy. It looks great, turns heads and doesn't shift even when you have a drink [or 12...] perfect for those nights out; sponsored by Jagerbombs and shame. It's a proper fitty, a shade I'd wear during summer or winter; dressed up for going out or played down with fresh, simple makeup during the day.


Thank you so much to Laura for giving me the opportunity to win this little beauty, the Universe for making something good happen to me for a change and Mac for making such a bloody lovely product. I'll 100% check out the other colours in the liquid retro matte range after having tried this; although purchasing one might not be on the cards anytime soon, what with my severe lack of coin!


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Have you tried one of these lippys before? What's your favourite matte lip product this season? Which Mac shades would you recommend I try next?


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