Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Favourite Trich Bloggers

Trichotillomania Bloggers
As a pretty keen advocate for spreading awareness for Trichotillomania, I've come across a few trich bloggers myself and wanted to share the love for them today! All three of these ladies have been extremely supportive of my blog, trich and general internet presence - thank you.

Trichotillomania Bloggers

It's no secret that me and Sophie are baes, and I was even lucky enough to meet her this February. She is a genuinely lovely girl and we clicked as soon as we met, probably because we have so much in common. Both of us have studied law, myself as my main degree and Sophie as a conversion and we both pull out our eyelashes and eyebrows, although Sophie has been pulling longer than I have.

I personally find her posts on Trichotillomania very insightful and helpful, probably because our trich is so similar. I really didn't want to try the Benefit Rollerlash, as I haven't been impressed with previous Benefit mascaras, but decided to give it a go because of Sophie. The Rollerlash is now my favourite mascara to deal with my trich! Not only are her posts on beauty for Trichotillomania great, but she also writes about the mental/physical ways to deal with the disorder. Her post on all of the different treatments was really good for those exploring options. She's always very honest and open about her hair pulling, something I very much appreciate about her and her blog. 

Here are some of my favourite posts from Sophie:




You can check out all of her posts on trich under her Trichotillomania tab.



Trichotillomania Bloggers
Charlotte at Char Nicole Lucas

Charlotte is a blogger that I didn't realise had trich for a long time, but has recently come out of the woodwork and I have really been enjoying following her blog about trich. Charlotte has a different kind of trich to me, she pulls out her hair, and writes a lot of posts about the difficult, mental sides of dealing with the disorder.

Although she does write advice posts, Charlotte writes a lot more about her experiences with the disorder than I do. As the disorder can be extremely belittling, tiresome and down right hard - reading someone else's experiences and struggles can make you feel less alone. Her writing is honest and emotional, again something that I very much value and appreciate as a fellow trichster. 

Here are some of my favourite posts from Charlotte:





Or like Sophie, you can click on her Trichotillomania tab for all her trich-related posts.




Trichotillomania Bloggers
Lindsey at Pulling Thru

Lindsey, behind Pulling Thru, pulls out her eyelashes and eyebrows and has decided to take it upon herself to create a website to help fellow hair-pullers. She writes a lot of her own advice, general how-to's with makeup as well as practical advice. But Lindsey also gathers external advice, whether it be blogposts or YouTube videos, and puts this all on the website as well. She aims for Pulling Thru to be the No 1 resource for Trich, by providing as much advice as possible in one place. It was all thanks to Lindsey that my eyelashes stayed on all Summer, with her recommendation for Revlon lash glue.

It makes me so happy to see someone being so proactive about trich, a willingness to help others to this extent is enviable. Her website is well designed and easy to navigate - I would not be surprised if she was a graphic designer. She's been extremely supportive of my blog, by the constant social media love and share of my links on her site. She seems so lovely, I would recommend anyone with Trichotillomania to check out her site.

Here are some of my favourite posts by Lindsey:






It goes without saying that I appreciate other bloggers who write about Trichotillomania, but these are the three that I've resonated with and become friends with via the internet. I really appreciate their support on my blog and wanted to share the love back! All three of them have been wonderful at spreading awareness and helped me during some of my darker times. It's amazing just how much knowing you're not the only one suffering helps with those times. 

Thank you for reading!

Love, Gweni xxx



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Sunday, September 04, 2016

Benefit Cosmetics KA Brow

Benefit Cosmetics KA Brow Review

Benefit Cosmetics KA Brow Review

Benefit Cosmetics KA Brow Review

Benefit Cosmetics KA Brow Review


Benefit Cosmetics KA Brow Review

Benefit Cosmetics KA Brow Review

As a self-confessed benebabe, of course I had to get my hands on some of their new brow range. I'm a huge fan of pretty much everything in Benefit, I wear Hoola and Dandelion every day along with my favourite Stay Don't Stray Primer. I love the Porefessional and even get my brows tinted and waxed at the Brow Bar (usually the John Lewis in Birmingham). I guess you could say that I quite like Benefit. 

One of the things I really admire about Benefit as a company is their design and marketing. I love the bright colours, the positivity and the general pink vibe. They did not disappoint with the brow range at all! I love the silver, magic theme to the range and how they've brought out new products as well as repackaging the old. I love Gimme Brow so I was excited to try the KA Brow. I choose the product in 03 Medium. 

I was quite surprised at the size of the pot, I thought it was going to be bigger than it was. However, I have found that I don't need to use a lot in one go, so the pot hasn't gone down much since I was bought it in June. The pot comes with a little angled brush, which makes it great for travelling but I've found the brush to be a little too small and fiddly for a day-to-day basis. I prefer using just a boring, standard angled brush. The brush does need a bit more of a regular wash than other brushes, making it less appealing to the lazier people of the world! 

With applying the product, you get a lot out of a little. It is very pigmented and applies easily to the brow. I tend to use stroke type motions to apply to the product and that works fine. I always have to brush through my brows before, during and afterwards to keep the hairs in place. I like using the product to create really bold brows, as the product is very pigmented and I can create some sharp lines with it. For a softer look, I tend to add a little bit of brow powder on top. I've found it really useful to cover up some sparse areas in my brows as well. 

I haven't really tested it to see if it's waterproof, but it definitely does last the standard day. I prefer to use it when I'm doing heavier makeup, and tend to avoid it if I just want a tiny amount of product in my brows to give them some shape. It is advertised as being build-able, but I haven't really found that. I have found that it gives me pretty bold brows straight away! But perhaps the lighter colours would be better for build-able use. 

All in all, I really like this product. As it is Benefit, it does carry a heftier price tag than the average high street brow product. I haven't tried any high street equivalents, but I would be surprised if the KA Brow would be much better than any dupe. It's a good product, but I highly doubt you wouldn't be able to find something as good but for the fraction of the price. But, I'm a massive sucker for Benefit and high end makeup! I really like it and would recommend it to anyone who was wanting to splash the cash on a cream gel brow product.

Have you used the KA Brow? What did you think? 

Thank you for reading!

Love, Gweni xxx

You can shop the KA Brow here:


Alternatively, you can check out some of my other favourite Benefit products here:


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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Cloud Spa, Manchester Airport




A few months ago, I was contacted by the lovely team at Cloud Spa offering a free treatment if I was ever in an airport. In August, I happened to be heading to Strasbourg to go and visit friends, and I was lucky enough to get a manicure done at the airport before flying!

The Cloud Spa station is a small station close to Boots in Terminal One, very close to the boarding gates. It was really easy to find and very accessible. As soon as I sat down, Claudia was there within a minute to get me holiday ready. 

Claudia kindly offered me a gel manicure, using the OPI varnishes. I was not short of choice when given the samples but decided to go with  pink and a ring finger sparkle, nice and girly, for my little trip away.




The whole experience probably lasted between 10-15 minutes, Claudia gave my nails a file and put three or four layers of the nail varnish on with a 30 second blast each time in between layers. The nails were dry as soon as the process was done, leaving me to carry on as normal. 

Claudia did a great job on the nails, I really loved them. I was told that it would last 2-3 weeks, but it unfortunately lasted me just the one week. I had a similar experience a few months ago, where my gel nails started peeling after one week as well, so it might be that gel nail varnish just doesn't like my nails! 

Once my nails started peeling, I used the mini removal kit that Cloud Spa generously gave me. It was really easy to use, just pop the acetone on the foil nail wraps and leave them on for 10 minutes. The nail varnish peeled off inside the wrap, gave my hands a quick wash and I was completely back to normal! So easy.



If you're looking to get your nails done before a holiday, I would definitely recommend visiting a Cloud Spa. I was able to get my nails done and dry within 15 minutes, without any of the hassle of making sure to get it done beforehand. The staff were really helpful and approachable, and I was not short on choice when it came to colours. All in all, a great experience. Big thanks to Kimbo for taking the pictures!

Have you ever had your nails done at Cloud Spa?

Thank you for reading!

Love, Gweni xxx



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This post contains a free treatment but all opinions are my own.