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Wedding Wednesday: The Engagement Party

Engagement Tea Party – Saturday 19th September 2015 Last Saturday we held our engagement party at our house, we spent the day with around ...

19/10/2015

Health: Cervical Screening and GynaeCheck

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A few weeks ago I mentioned GynaeHealth UK’s Target 100,000 campaign which was launched in order to promote cervical screening and engage women that are behind with the screening process. In order to do this a new product was launched; GynaeCheck is a self admistered cervical screening kit that detects the HPV virus. The test can be done in the comfort of your own home and only takes a couple of minutes. I was very kindly sent a GynaeCheck test to take and I thought I’d share the process with you in case you’re interested in it.
Before I was sent the kit I had to fill in a short survey with questions on my health and basic details such as my date of birth and address. The test kit was sent out via Royal Mail a couple of days later and arrived in discreet packaging – a plain brown box.
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Inside the box is a prepaid return box for you to pop your sample in, the vaginal sampler in a sealed bag, a container for your sample and some information sheets. When I received mine I was quite surprised at how big the vaginal sampler was (and how much it looks like one of those kitchen lighters!).
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I read through all the information in the pack and prepared to perform the test; it was really easy and a super quick process. You just have to remove all the packaging from the sampler and the sample container and make sure that your hands are clean. It’s advised that you lay down on your back and pop a towel down underneath you in case the water spills out when using the test. The test is over in less than 10 seconds, you just position it, press the button in and then pull it out. You then transfer the sample into the container before sealing it up. You can then pop the sample in the return box and seal it ready for posting.
After posting the sample I only had to wait a week for my results letter, mine was negative and I was advised that I would need to take another test in 2 years time. If your results are positive then GynaeHealth UK will contact with you regarding your next steps and will refer you to your GP.
In line with the national screening programme, the device is available to women aged 25 and can be ordered online for £129 (www.gynaehealthuk.com/signup-form). GynaeCheck also offer GynaeCheck+ which tests the same sample for chlamydia as well as HPV for £149.
I am so impressed with this service, for someone that never had time to go and get screened at my doctors surgery it was so quick and easy. If you’re struggling to find time to go then I would definitely recommend it, also if you’re not sure about going for your smear test for other reasons it’s a great option as it’s so quick and discreet.
Would you consider giving GynaeCheck a go?

Health: Cervical Screening and GynaeCheck

gynaecheck
A few weeks ago I mentioned GynaeHealth UK’s Target 100,000 campaign which was launched in order to promote cervical screening and engage women that are behind with the screening process. In order to do this a new product was launched; GynaeCheck is a self admistered cervical screening kit that detects the HPV virus. The test can be done in the comfort of your own home and only takes a couple of minutes. I was very kindly sent a GynaeCheck test to take and I thought I’d share the process with you in case you’re interested in it.
Before I was sent the kit I had to fill in a short survey with questions on my health and basic details such as my date of birth and address. The test kit was sent out via Royal Mail a couple of days later and arrived in discreet packaging – a plain brown box.
Gracie's 4th Birthday 010
Gracie's 4th Birthday 011
Inside the box is a prepaid return box for you to pop your sample in, the vaginal sampler in a sealed bag, a container for your sample and some information sheets. When I received mine I was quite surprised at how big the vaginal sampler was (and how much it looks like one of those kitchen lighters!).
Gracie's 4th Birthday 015
I read through all the information in the pack and prepared to perform the test; it was really easy and a super quick process. You just have to remove all the packaging from the sampler and the sample container and make sure that your hands are clean. It’s advised that you lay down on your back and pop a towel down underneath you in case the water spills out when using the test. The test is over in less than 10 seconds, you just position it, press the button in and then pull it out. You then transfer the sample into the container before sealing it up. You can then pop the sample in the return box and seal it ready for posting.
After posting the sample I only had to wait a week for my results letter, mine was negative and I was advised that I would need to take another test in 2 years time. If your results are positive then GynaeHealth UK will contact with you regarding your next steps and will refer you to your GP.
In line with the national screening programme, the device is available to women aged 25 and can be ordered online for £129 (www.gynaehealthuk.com/signup-form). GynaeCheck also offer GynaeCheck+ which tests the same sample for chlamydia as well as HPV for £149.
I am so impressed with this service, for someone that never had time to go and get screened at my doctors surgery it was so quick and easy. If you’re struggling to find time to go then I would definitely recommend it, also if you’re not sure about going for your smear test for other reasons it’s a great option as it’s so quick and discreet.
Would you consider giving GynaeCheck a go?

26/09/2015

Guest Post: Laser Hair Removal

Removing hair with laser devices has been popular for several years now. But, if you've never had the treatment yourself, you might be confused about a few points. So, here's a brief look at laser hair removal that should clear things up a bit.
Lasers Are Not Dangerous or Hazardous
There is no reason to be afraid of having a laser procedure, especially hair removal. In trained hands, laser hair removal machines are completely safe. They shouldn't harm you at all. They are simply designed to target hairs and hair follicles. Using both light and heat, they damage those follicles in an effort to prevent the hair from growing back for a long time, if at all.
That being said, you are likely to find that your skin is a bit red after treatment, and you might feel a little bit of heat during the process. In extreme cases, blisters are also possible. But those are usually more likely during other forms of laser treatment, such as wrinkle removal.
A Series of Treatment Sessions Are Likely to be Required
You shouldn't expect one laser procedure to be the end of your problems with unwanted hair. You are likely to see a big difference after the first session, but the problem won't be completely or permanently fixed. The number of sessions you will need will depend on the amount of hair and the type of laser that your technician uses. Generally several sessions are recommended at first. After that initial round of sessions it might be months or years before you need more treatments, if at all.
Some Shaving or Related Maintenance May be Needed
Even though laser hair procedure sessions remove most hair and may slow down or stop regrowth of some hair, there are bound to be some hairs that come back after a while. They might be lighter than usual, but they will still be present, and presumably annoy you. So, you may need to shave occasionally, but your shaving time should be cut way down.
You Should Find a Clinic That Suits Your Needs
When you start looking for a laser clinic to perform your procedure, begin by assessing your needs. How thick is the hair you want to remove? If it's quite thick, you will need a strong device. One such device is a YAG laser. If the hair isn't as thick, an intense pulsed light, or IPL, device might be a better option. But either way you will probably need multiple treatments.
If you happen to have dark skin, you will want to be extra careful when choosing a clinic. Many laser devices are designed to find darker hairs against a background of lighter skin. However, there are devices that can treat darker skin. So, with a little effort and research, you can still achieve hair removal success. If you aren't sure where to begin, you could always ask a dermatologist for advice. They are sure to be able to recommend a local clinic, or at least a type of treatment that would be best based on your skin type and needs.
*The above content contains a sponsored link.










Guest Post: Laser Hair Removal

Removing hair with laser devices has been popular for several years now. But, if you've never had the treatment yourself, you might be confused about a few points. So, here's a brief look at laser hair removal that should clear things up a bit.
Lasers Are Not Dangerous or Hazardous
There is no reason to be afraid of having a laser procedure, especially hair removal. In trained hands, laser hair removal machines are completely safe. They shouldn't harm you at all. They are simply designed to target hairs and hair follicles. Using both light and heat, they damage those follicles in an effort to prevent the hair from growing back for a long time, if at all.
That being said, you are likely to find that your skin is a bit red after treatment, and you might feel a little bit of heat during the process. In extreme cases, blisters are also possible. But those are usually more likely during other forms of laser treatment, such as wrinkle removal.
A Series of Treatment Sessions Are Likely to be Required
You shouldn't expect one laser procedure to be the end of your problems with unwanted hair. You are likely to see a big difference after the first session, but the problem won't be completely or permanently fixed. The number of sessions you will need will depend on the amount of hair and the type of laser that your technician uses. Generally several sessions are recommended at first. After that initial round of sessions it might be months or years before you need more treatments, if at all.
Some Shaving or Related Maintenance May be Needed
Even though laser hair procedure sessions remove most hair and may slow down or stop regrowth of some hair, there are bound to be some hairs that come back after a while. They might be lighter than usual, but they will still be present, and presumably annoy you. So, you may need to shave occasionally, but your shaving time should be cut way down.
You Should Find a Clinic That Suits Your Needs
When you start looking for a laser clinic to perform your procedure, begin by assessing your needs. How thick is the hair you want to remove? If it's quite thick, you will need a strong device. One such device is a YAG laser. If the hair isn't as thick, an intense pulsed light, or IPL, device might be a better option. But either way you will probably need multiple treatments.
If you happen to have dark skin, you will want to be extra careful when choosing a clinic. Many laser devices are designed to find darker hairs against a background of lighter skin. However, there are devices that can treat darker skin. So, with a little effort and research, you can still achieve hair removal success. If you aren't sure where to begin, you could always ask a dermatologist for advice. They are sure to be able to recommend a local clinic, or at least a type of treatment that would be best based on your skin type and needs.
*The above content contains a sponsored link.










23/09/2015

Wedding Wednesday: The Engagement Party

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Engagement Tea Party – Saturday 19th September 2015

Last Saturday we held our engagement party at our house, we spent the day with around twenty of our close family members and it was lovely. We decided against having a ‘big’ party at a venue with everyone we’ve ever met as we’re not really ‘going out’ people any more, it was much more ‘us’ to hold the party at our house. The party began at about 1:30 in the afternoon and the last people left at around 8 in the evening. We were so tired when everyone had gone, it was such a long day with all the preparations included. I tried to take as many photos as possible of the decor and food so you could see what I decided to do. The lovely folks at Talking Tables sent me some fantastic pieces from their Truly Scrumptious and Truly Alice ranges to decorate the party with, so everything looked very pretty indeed. I will be doing separate posts on some of the decorations too, so if there is anything you’d like to see more of, please let me know.

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Engagement-Party-Bunting

Engagement-Party-Fans

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[Paper Lanterns - £8.50* | Bunting - £7.00* | Circle Fan Pinwheels - £6.99 | Tissue Paper Pom Poms – DIY]

Engagement-Party-Food-Table

Engagement-Party-Cheese-Boa

Engagement-Party-Food-Flags

Engagement-Party-Quiche

[Canape Flags - £3.00* | Mad Party Picks - £7.00* | Doilies - £4.00*]

Engagement-Party-Sweet-Trea

Engagement-Party-Mini-Cupca

Pick-and-Mix

Engagement-Party-Cake

[Spiral Cake Stand - £22.00* | Teapot Cake Stands - £5.50* | Curious Cake Domes - £11.00* 

| Whimsical Paper Cups - £6.00* | Happily Ever After Cake Topper - £4.49]

I hope you like what you’ve seen, we had an amazing time and everyone really enjoyed the party. Now, time to start planning the wedding!

Did you have an engagement party?

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Wedding Wednesday: The Engagement Party

Engagement-Tea-Party-Sign

Engagement Tea Party – Saturday 19th September 2015

Last Saturday we held our engagement party at our house, we spent the day with around twenty of our close family members and it was lovely. We decided against having a ‘big’ party at a venue with everyone we’ve ever met as we’re not really ‘going out’ people any more, it was much more ‘us’ to hold the party at our house. The party began at about 1:30 in the afternoon and the last people left at around 8 in the evening. We were so tired when everyone had gone, it was such a long day with all the preparations included. I tried to take as many photos as possible of the decor and food so you could see what I decided to do. The lovely folks at Talking Tables sent me some fantastic pieces from their Truly Scrumptious and Truly Alice ranges to decorate the party with, so everything looked very pretty indeed. I will be doing separate posts on some of the decorations too, so if there is anything you’d like to see more of, please let me know.

Engagement-Party-Ceiling-La

Engagement-Party-Bunting

Engagement-Party-Fans

Engagement-Party-Paper-Pom-

[Paper Lanterns - £8.50* | Bunting - £7.00* | Circle Fan Pinwheels - £6.99 | Tissue Paper Pom Poms – DIY]

Engagement-Party-Food-Table

Engagement-Party-Cheese-Boa

Engagement-Party-Food-Flags

Engagement-Party-Quiche

[Canape Flags - £3.00* | Mad Party Picks - £7.00* | Doilies - £4.00*]

Engagement-Party-Sweet-Trea

Engagement-Party-Mini-Cupca

Pick-and-Mix

Engagement-Party-Cake

[Spiral Cake Stand - £22.00* | Teapot Cake Stands - £5.50* | Curious Cake Domes - £11.00* 

| Whimsical Paper Cups - £6.00* | Happily Ever After Cake Topper - £4.49]

I hope you like what you’ve seen, we had an amazing time and everyone really enjoyed the party. Now, time to start planning the wedding!

Did you have an engagement party?

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21/09/2015

Nails: Nail HQ Gel Top Coat

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Nail HQ Gel Top Coat - £5.99*

I love a good top coat and especially one that promises a gel effect. The Nail HQ brand is not one that I am familiar with but it is available to buy in Superdrug, the range has a selection of nail care products including base coats, primers and cuticle oils.

I tried out the Gel Top Coat with Optical Brighteners on my nails this weekend for my engagement party. The top coat dries really fast and is super shiny in the light.  I’m really impressed with how thin the formula is and how smoothly it applied – other gel top coats I’ve tried have been really thick and gloopy. I haven’t noticed any chipping or peeling of the nail polish which tends to happen with gel top coats that are too thick.

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I will definitely be checking out the other products in this range as I am seriously impressed with this top coat. My nails are so shiny and smooth looking.

Have you tried anything from the Nail HQ range?

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Nails: Nail HQ Gel Top Coat

119

121

Nail HQ Gel Top Coat - £5.99*

I love a good top coat and especially one that promises a gel effect. The Nail HQ brand is not one that I am familiar with but it is available to buy in Superdrug, the range has a selection of nail care products including base coats, primers and cuticle oils.

I tried out the Gel Top Coat with Optical Brighteners on my nails this weekend for my engagement party. The top coat dries really fast and is super shiny in the light.  I’m really impressed with how thin the formula is and how smoothly it applied – other gel top coats I’ve tried have been really thick and gloopy. I haven’t noticed any chipping or peeling of the nail polish which tends to happen with gel top coats that are too thick.

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I will definitely be checking out the other products in this range as I am seriously impressed with this top coat. My nails are so shiny and smooth looking.

Have you tried anything from the Nail HQ range?

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18/09/2015

Nails: Jacava London Woodlanders Collection

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Jacava London – Woodlanders Collection AW15*

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now you’ll know that I’ve been a fan of Jacava for a few years, when I was contacted about the new Woodlanders collection I was intrigued. There are 17 shades in the new range and there is definitely something for everyone; from blues and greys to golds and reds. I chose three of the shades to try out – Ormande Gate, Eaton Square and Kings Road.

Jacava London nail polish is ‘9 Free’ which means that it contains no Formaldehyde, Camphor, Toluene, Parabens, Phthalates, DBP, Tosylamide, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide or Lead. It also vegan friendly and never tested on animals. The nail polish is packaged beautifully with an elongated gold handle which makes it really easy to apply. The brush tip is quite thin but this makes it great for really covering every bit of your nail. The nail polish dries fairly quickly and has good coverage on the first coat, I applied 2 coats in the images below.

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Jacava London – Eaton Square - £15.50*

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Jacava London – Kings Road - £15.50*

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Jacava London – Ormande Gate - £15.50*

Each of the shades applied really nicely, the blue shades both had really good coverage and only really needed one coat. The nail polish dries quickly and evenly with a nice shine. I think I like the Kings Road shade best as it’s a really interesting colour which I don’t think I’ve seen in a nail polish before.

If you are interested in winning the entire 17 shade Woodlanders Collection there is a competition over on the Jacava London Facebook page today. Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/JacavaLondon?fref=ts

What’s your favourite nail polish from the collection?

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