Ear Piercings


I think it’s about time I tell you about a new obsession of mine, since that’s what this blog is for. This obsession involves paying a stranger to put metal through my ears, which is weird, but I am totally loving it. Some of you might remember a post I did ages and ages ago in which I mentioned that I’d had my second ear lobe piercing done (back in February) and it all kind of took off from there:) The way I’m wording this makes it sound like I have like seventeen piercings or something. I don’t, I have six. Just to be clear.

So, I thought it might be interesting to write down everything I know about my ear piercings and stuff, if any of you are interested. Also, about 45% of my tumblr is now just pictures of peoples ears and I thought that maybe I needed to address that.

I got my ears pierced for the first time when I was ten. It was kind of a bribe from my mom, because I had to move to a new school for year 6 and I was really not happy about that:) I had it done at Claires who were really great actually. They used a gun, which, I promise, is totally safe for your ear lobes. That also means that your ear is pierced with the earring, so there’s no messing around with the needle. Each little ‘gun’ is packaged and only used once, so it’s perfectly safe and hygienic. The procedure was completely fine too, I think the most painful thing was the little countdown they did:) My ears were done at the same time by two different people, so it was literally over in seconds. I can honestly say that I didn’t even feel it,  it was just a very quick pinch and then it was over. The after care was really simple, I just had to use the solution on my ears twice daily for six weeks. That sounds awful but when you get into a routine you don’t even notice.

My second ear lobe piercing was exactly the same, except for the fact that it was four years later and the ear piercing chair was on the other side of the shop. It was also slightly more painful because of where it was on my ear, and it was more ache-y for an hour or so afterwards, but other than that, no problems.

This is the part where it gets a little bit more interesting. I had my cartilage (helix is the fancy word, I think) pierced about eight weeks ago at a place called Signatures. Originally, I was going to go to Claires again because it was familiar, but I did a bit of research and realised how dangerous it would be to use the piercing gun on your cartilage. What it does is basically force an earring through you ear, which is fine for your ear lobes, but it can shatter the cartilage. I went to Signatures instead, and the lady who worked there was really professional and brilliant. She basically froze my ear (which is the weirdest feeling ever) and then used a needle. This basically removes a tiny section of your ear, which sounds horrific but it’s so much safer than a gun. I barely felt it, it wasn’t until afterwards that it ached a bit. I bought a completely different after care solution from her, because she said that the stuff from Claires was useless. I never had a problem with it, but this new one was in a spray can and it was way more convenient. I had to use it twice a day for two weeks, every day for the next two weeks, and then every other day for the final two weeks. This is what it looks like-

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And finally, three days ago, I had my tragus pierced! Which is awesome and I love it. I’m not going to say much more about it because my friend Cass has done a really good post about when she got hers done:) I will say though, it was definitely more painful than any of the others, but even that was just an ache. This is what it looks like-

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I apologise for the really, really awful pictures. New found respect for all those people who put pictures of their ears on tumblr.

So that’s it! I realise now that this is probably the most boringly long post ever, but if you kind of skim-read you might find something useful:D There are definitely a few more piercings I want, (second right cartilage and left auricle) but I don’t think they’ll happen for at least a year or so. We’ll see:)

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Invisibobble


My last post was nine days ago. Feel free to quote ‘I’ll probably be blogging more often’ from my last post:) I’d completely forgotten how time consuming school is, but anyway, I’ve finally got something new and pretty to write about, so introducing: Invisibobble, the traceless hair ring.

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Blue and black Invisibobbles

Feelunique.com had a huge summer sale going for about a week which I think ended yesterday, so while I was stalking the website, I came across these. I thought they looked weird and pretty cool, so I added them to my basket. Even though these weren’t actually on sale.

Anyway, these claim to be super gentle on your on your hair and scalp, which I thought was really interesting. I have really thick and really long hair, so tying it in a ponytail is pretty painful and always leaves a horrible hair-bobble-line in my hair. These pretty much promise to not do any of the above, while still holding your hair up securely. Don’t they sound perfect?

Anyway, these were on my desk when I got home today, so, of course, I had to try them straight away:)

The design of these is like a really old fashioned telephone cord, so it doesn’t hold your hair in a perfect circle or leave a perfect line when your remove them. They don’t have any metal links either, so they don’t pull all of your hair out with them. This clearly works pretty well, because so far my hair seems completely un-damaged by them.

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These stretch after you’ve worn them, but they do return to their original shape in a few hours. I’m not sure how long they’ll continue to do this, but I read somewhere that the average Invisibobble can last up to a year. We’ll see;)

 I have to say, these are the prettiest things I’ve worn in my hair in ages🙂 I know that’s not a high priority for hair bobbles, but they look cool in your hair and if you, like me, always have a hair bobble around you wrist, then these can be a prettier, less painful option:) They come in some really great colours too!

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The main test for these was whether or not they hurt, and I have to say that so far, so good! I’ve been wearing them for the past two and a half hours and it feels absolutely fine. Hair bobbles normally give me a pretty much immediate headache, so this is pretty awesome. I think that might have something to do with the fact that these hold your hair in a fairly loose ponytail, though. It’s very secure, but if you normally tie your hair up really tightly then these might not be right for you.

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This is how they look in my natural hair, but I thought I’d curl it too to make it a fair test- they work great in both!

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You can get three of these bands for £3.75 at feelunique.com. They’re definitely worth a try, especially with the free delivery:) I’m loving them- let me know if you’ve tried them!

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Sleek Lagoon Palette!


I can’t believe my last post was week ago:O I use to do a blog post every day, I’ve just been watching too many Disney movies recently;) But school starts again tomorrow (die) so I’ll probably be blogging more often because I can talk about make-up instead of doing homework! YAY!

I’ve bought quite a bit of make-up recently, and I can’t be bothered to take a million photos and do one big post, because I’m thinking about possibly doing a makeup collection/storage post soon? But I thought that since this is my first Sleek product ever, I’d do a little review:) So, Sleek Lagoon-

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The packaging is probably my favourite thing about this product. I love the ‘Aqua Collection Limited Edition’ box because it’s so so pretty! It irritates me that Sleek have used an adjective for their brand name though, because that just makes bloggers sound ridiculous. The packaging is, essentially, sleek. The mirror inside the palette is awesome, too. It takes up the whole top half of the packaging, and it’s actually big enough to do your make-up in. 

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It’s so difficult to take photos of products with mirrors;)

Since this is part of Sleek’s Aqua Collection, all of the eye shadows are kind of sea-themed and have really cute names. I literally bought this because I love The Little Mermaid.  The colours of these eyeshadows are all really pretty:) Some of them are almost everyday-wearable (almost) and the rest are really shimmery sparkly bright blues, greens, pinks and purples. And a yellow and a fluorescent coral. 

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Top, left to right: SASSEA, DEEP WATER, REFLECTION

Bottom, left to right: PINK JEWEL, SAND DOLLAR, UNDERWORLD

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Top, left to right: EMERALD, OYSTER, BLACK PEARL

Bottom, left to right: SEA SHELL, NIGHT SKY, ARIEL

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The formula for these eye shadows is really interesting, they aren’t like any other shadows I’ve tried- they’re almost like a cream-to-powder sort of thing, which is weird and pretty cool. Because they aren’t powders, the swatches on my arm weren’t brilliant, they’re fairly built up in the picture above- but on the plus side, you don’t get any fall out at all. Also, it only took about three seconds to remove the swatches. I’m not entirely sure whether that’s good or bad. But anyway, I like them, and the colours are stunning and more than make up for slightly lacking pigmentation.

Sassea- bright shimmery teal

Pink Jewel- bright shimmery pink

Deep Water- dark matte purple

Sand Dollar- bright shimmery yellow

Reflection- shimmery pale lilac

Underworld- bright shimmery blue

Emerald- bright shimmery green

Sea Shell- very shimmery bronze

Oyster- shimmery white highlight

Night Sky- medium matte purple

Black Pearl- matte black

Ariel- bright matte coral (beautiful)

I’ll probably end up doing an update on this post later with some better pictures of the colours in an actual eye-make-up look:) Or possibly a video soon with Cass, but either way I can’t wait to use these!:)

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