Debate | Cosmetic Surgery Special Part I : Lip Injections

You’ve probably noticed an increase in the popularity of getting cosmetic surgery to enhance your own lips in the form of lip injections after the boom of Kylie Jenners lips transformation. What she originally tried to keep under wraps and pass it off as ‘the power of make up’,  eventually admitted to a visit to her usual family cosmetic surgeon. So for part 1 I will be discussing Lip Injections.

So has society made it more accepting to have this cosmetic procedure done now?

I discovered a discussion seminar ‘Cosmetic Procedures: Routine or Necessity?’ at my local MadLab and decided to join in!

Upon entering the venue I was too worried about parking 30 mins before free parking started that I completely did not notice that I was one of the first ones to get there! (Thankfully I managed to sort my parking out!) I felt like the ol cogs in the brain was already rolling the second we all started really talking after the polite introductions and sharing how and why we are attending this event.

Dr from the Nuffield biomedical chair panel starting the discussion of plastic surgery and lip injections
Dr Jeanette Edwards starts the discussion of by outlining the types of plastic surgery we are to discuss.

So we got stuck right in

Dr Jeanette Edwards from the board of Nuffield Biometrics started the workshop off by outlining the types of cosmetic procedures we will discuss; Not touching on the topics of tattoos and piercings and the similar kinds of body modifications, but focusing on the key surgical procedures that are increasing in popularity (in no particular order):

  • Lip injections
  • Brest augmentation (implants)
  • Butt implants
  • Labiaplasty (sculpting the labia minor i.e. the fanny flaps)
  • Liposuction
  • Male body sculpting (typically defining the six pack etc)
  • Scrotal lifts
Dr from the Nuffield biomedical chair panel starting the discussion of plastic surgery and lip injections
Lip injections can give you a natural to super voluptuous look in seconds! Source – Instagram.

Lip Injections

Lip injections are made from a synthetic hydraulic acid. It’s found in the body naturally which is why it’s so accepted.

Did you know in the UK alone we have over 150 lip injection manufacturers producing numerous brands? All in which are NOT currently regulated as they are deemed ‘medical devices’ thus, they do not need to be prescribed by a medical profession. This means Laura at your local salon could get her hands on a syringe of this stuff and stick it in your face if you let her!

What could go wrong?

So you’ve probably already seen all these shock tactic programs and photos that would probably put you right off, but we’re not here to do that! We’re here to tell you straight:

  • Like all medical procedures there’s a probability that something may go wrong, so you want your professional to be able to fix it! 1 in 5 lip injection procedures may go wrong which is a 20% probability, and if we swing you back into your Maths class for a second; that’s a pretty high possibility! So make sure that sticks with you.
  • If injected wrong, it can cause serious damage and scarring. Make sure they know what they’re doing!
  • There’s a possibility that you could have an allergic reaction. If you’re putting anything new into your body, you don’t know how it will react. Can you deal with it if your lips decide to blow up to three times the size?
  • Can you maintain it? The injections are to last UP TO (but not guaranteed) 6 months until it is broken down by the body. Your body doesn’t know to break it all down evenly, so it may get lumpy and bumpy!

I’m ready

So if you’re not dumb enough to not let anyone go ahead with a syringe to your face then you’re one step closer! You need to do an extensive amount of research on it before you even let anyone near you that could potentially cause some permanent damage.

But if you’ve done your research and want to go ahead with the procedure then do this check list:

  • Has your professional had extensive experience with working with the face before? – This will include not only the studious years of qualifications but also the practical side. If they call themselves a doctor but they’ve never had a patient, I’d probably raise a red flag!
  • Does your professional care about other peoples faces? – Firstly, they would want you to be asking them questions. Having a talking relationship is important as sometimes getting to know their patients personality will determine what looks they will ultimately suit. Basically, it helps them do their job right if you’re both on the same wave length. You should also give them extra kudos if they contribute to a relevant charity or have a passion for their job. e.g are they active in Give A Child A Smile? Straight in my good books! Do they care that lip injections are currently not regulated and should be? Another brownie point for them!
  • What are their results like? – You should see examples of their work, it’s a bit of a no brainer! They should be able to work some pretty magical skills working with your unique facial structure to enhance what you already have.

Bottom line is: don’t do anything stupid!



Part 2 coming next Tuesday: Societies perception of cosmetic surgery.

Check out the last thinker here on Fertility: Freezing your eggs.

Debate | Cosmetic Surgery Special Part I : Lip Injections

How to (ish): Sexy Beachy Waves

Working tutorial on how to use straighteners to create sexy beach waves. I’ve already started from the bottom of my hair working on one inch sections. This is working with clean dry hair prepped with salt spray. All you need is a brush, straighteners, and a texturising hair spray.

It’s a working tutorial so feel free to pipe in with any suggestions or tips!

Source: How to (ish) Beachy Waves

Products used:

Check out how I style it with a beach chic OOTD soon!


How to (ish): Sexy Beachy Waves

VLOG: Laser vs IPL hair removal

New Vlog! Super late due to more technical mishaps, and yes, we’re still having beautiful weather. I start with a sneak peek at the LED light up shoes project I was working on and I update you on whitening sensitive teeth! I take you along to a laser patch test and SUSHI! Also… drive until you get lost… we find a beautiful hidden gem in the country side of Manchester.

I talk my experience with laser hair removal and why I chose to do it, I also elaborate on the pros and cons of both laser and Intense Pulse Light treatments. Don’t forget to like and subscribe!



VLOG: Laser vs IPL hair removal

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation – is it really magic??

When celebrities favourite make up artist Charlotte Tilbury finally released her own skincare and make up range, people were like ‘finally!’ now everyone can own a little make up magic!

Charlotte Tilbury Magic foundation in fair
Charlotte Tilbury Magic foundation in fair

So after using Estee Lauder’s Double wear foundation, I wanted something with a more natural finish. I wanted to switch it up after going through two bottles of Double wear, and I couldn’t find anything I fancied in the usual pharmaceutical stores. So, when the new launch of the range opened in my local John Lewis after seeing it in Selfridges, I thought I’d give it a go. And WOW…

Charlotte Tilbury Magic foundation in fair
Charlotte Tilbury Magic foundation in fair

It’s a lot smoother and less thick as Double wear, but I hope it lasted as long and had good coverage. I was right, it stayed on a full day of wear and is buildable. Unfortunately if I do put on too much the shade is visibly a lot darker, which is a no-no because just my face looked tanned! But the application to the skin is like SILK, it caresses on and then blends seamlessly. I just pat over with a small sponge to finish and some powder to set.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic foundation in fair
Charlotte Tilbury Magic foundation in fair

Double wear takes a little longer to work into the skin being a thicker consistency, so being thinner it involved a lot less blending. Although they both will streak if you don’t apply it correctly, you just need to take the time to get that flawless finish.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic foundation in fair
Charlotte Tilbury Magic foundation in fair – Images from

Overall, I think it’s best being used with the full skincare prep with the magic cream and Wonderglow primer so you have the proper moisture and barrier. Unfortunately it’s all adds up to a big spend, but using the foundation alone causes break outs and blocked pores a lot easier on my skin regardless of how much cleansing and exfoliation I do.

Do you prefer the higher end foundations? Let me know in the comments below!


Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation – is it really magic??

Life so far being twenty something

So I recently hit twenty four and now I’ve realised I have to stop being a student and scrimping all of the discounts, life isn’t too bad after all. This is what I’ve learnt so far…

life advice for twenty somethings
photo credit: Cars & stuff via photopin (license)

Don’t compare your life to others

If you really wanted to play that game then let me introduce you to the CEO of Snapchat who is on the list of the worlds youngest billionaires. Some people are just lucky, some worked their asses off, but ultimately they didn’t do it in a day, nor being unproductive and procrastinating. So get yourself out there and active with the community!

Start saving

Pay off your debts and start saving for a mortgage and your pension. The earlier you start the more money you’ll have to tap into when you retire. It seems a way off but if you think about it, just putting £1 away everyday can save up for many things! Struggle with budgeting? Download a budgeting app or do it the old fashioned way on pen and paper, there’s even printable booklets that you can DIY.

But get out of the country

If you’ve never left your door step, it’s the perfect time to go travelling. You may not feel the need to leave your bubble now, but get that travel bug out of the way whilst you can! Before you’re tied down with anything, take advantage of your freedom and spontaneity. Go and see sights that you think look amazing on the screen, actually being there in person always has a different effect that seeing it on a tiny screen.

Wear sunscreen

You always hear about it but the sun can damage the skin so badly, it doesn’t affect your tan and doesn’t hurt to slap a bit on before you head out of the house! Team it with a bottle of water in your bag for you to sip through out the day and your body will thank you for it!

Put yourself first

Never settle for the second best in anything, always try your best to work harder and even in terms of relationships. You’ll get to a point in your life when you realise you have to sift through your friend list and pick out the friends that you think are worth keeping in contact with. If there’s effort made on both ends, then you have a relationship worth keeping. Even romantic relationships, if you aren’t both seeing eye to eye with the priorities in your life then maybe it’s not the right time to be in a relationship. C’est la vie!

Go out there and get em!



Life so far being twenty something

A Hairy Confusion: Choosing the right hair brush

You’ve probably never put much thought into it before but with the increasingly large range of hair brushes to choose from, how do you know you’re choosing the right one?? Here’s a basic guide to help you along…

photo credit: Bridal flower crown-heirloom vintage lace headpiece via photopin (license)
photo credit: Bridal flower crown-heirloom vintage lace headpiece via photopin (license)

Choosing the right hair brush for your hair

You’ll need to take into account the length of your hair and what you need the hair brush to do.

Everyone needs something to take the tangles out of your hair so if you have an exceptionally tangly barnet, then you might benefit from a large wide-toothed comb. It’s the equivalent to getting the knots out with your fingers, so work some detangling lotion or conditioner into your hair and start detangling from the ends of your hair. You can also use on wet hair and to comb through any products.

What every long haired individual needs is a paddle brush, it smooths and detangles at the same time to prep your hair for any styling that you’ll be doing. Hair naturally tangles as you go about your day, from friction, wind, and rolling about in bed (bed head), they accumulate, so a smooth with this type of brush will get you looking polished! The general rule is the longer the hair the bigger the brush size; so if you have hair that reaches below your shoulders, you may benefit from the largest size available. Medium length hair i.e. from ear to shoulder length, a medium sized paddle hair brush. And for shorter hair a small brush will do just fine.

You can use a paddle brush whilst blow drying your hair to add some body and volume, but if you’r looking for something that adds more curves and curls, you may want to stock up on a few round brushes for a beautiful curly blow! The similar rule applies when it comes to choosing the size, the larger the brush, the bigger the curls! The bristles are there for gripping your hair, and the metal body is to act as the heating wand that will curl your hair. Using this with a blow-drier involves some skill, but practice makes perfect if you plan on doing it on yourself!

Other brushes that have specific uses such as pocket combs, tail combs, and back-combing are all styling combs that make it a lot easier to manoeuvre your hair into the style you want. Think Grease and their pocket combs for smoothing over their royal quiffs!

My Favourites:

TANGLE ANGEL BRUSH – PINK. – There’s now an amazing range of tangle brushes available to teeze those tangles out! But due to the nature of the soft bristles, you may been to team this with a paddle brush or wide-tooth comb to really get all of the tangles out!
Goody Quikstyle paddle brush boots
Goody Quikstyle paddle brush. – This paddle brush is a god send if you have long and thick hair! The microfibres soak up all of the excess water from your hair after you’ve towel dried it and cuts drying time by a load!
Mark Hill Big Blow Out! Moroccan Argan Oil Large Round Brush boots
Mark Hill Big Blow Out! Moroccan Argan Oil Large Round Brush. – I’m still testing the new oil infusion technology, but so far so good! It adds a little perk to your hair with a smooth and shine finish. Round brushes are not cheap if you’re using a few to blow dry your own hair, but it’s a great investment as they last for many blow outs to come! Boots offer – triple point on Mark Hill hair brushes.

Love your hair!



A Hairy Confusion: Choosing the right hair brush

When do I need to start using an anti-wrinkle cream?

It’s always being glamourised on TV commercials showing celebrities and older ladies with airbrushed and smoothed out wrinkles. Anti-wrinkle creams are always being shoved in our faces by media, but when do we actually need to use them??

When to use anti-wrinkle cream
Everyone wants baby soft skin!

When to use an anti-wrinkle cream

Always start with a good skin care routine and my staple base that I always preach about; hydration and a balanced diet! Combine that with a great cleansing routine and then we can get down to business, otherwise you’ll be expecting miracles when it won’t happen!

I’ve read mixed reviews about sleeping in your make up and not cleansing properly. Some say it doesn’t affect your skin, other say it dramatically ages it. But either way, removing any impurities from your face will allow any anti-wrinkle treatment, or even serum and moisturiser to sink in and really work. So make it your mission to find the right cleansing routine to suit your skin and remove all traces of your make up.

Prevention is key

Ask any skin care expert and they will always recommend a sun screen, or product with SPF. The UV rays found all year round are one of the main factors of skin ageing. So using an SPF moisturiser on your face every morning is a must, even if you feel like your skin has enough moisture or is too oily. There’s a great range available for all types of skin! The SPF reduces the effects of UV rays and the moisturiser keeps your skin hydrated and plump!

I’ve noticed a wrinkle! What do I do?

Don’t panic. Yes, it may be unfortunate that you will not be able to erase it now you have it. But it isn’t the end of the world either. We start to lose our skin elasticity at the age of around 21, some people as young as 18 or if you’re lucky 24 will start to notice a reduction in firmness. This is what causes wrinkles. The most common places are around your eye area, where the skin is most delicate; your mouth too, and forehead. So, what do you do? Let’s back track a little and return back to basics. You’ve been using your SPF moisturiser religiously and possibly even wearing sunglasses and a hat whenever you can, but the eye wrinkles are still there! Have you considered an eye cream? This is specifically targeted for that area and may even come with cooling application tools to reduce puffiness.

So you’re telling me I don’t need anti-wrinkle cream until it’s too late?

Basically, yes. Your body can’t tell you what is wrong with it, it shows you. You don’t need collagen and retinol when your body is already producing enough of it. But if you have the funds to use expensive anti-wrinkle creams, then go for it. It’s a process that you will need to upkeep for as long as you want to keep the wrinkles away for, so by stopping it or having an un-regular use of it will make it less effective. And let’s face it, there’s always fillers and Botox if you’re really unhappy and want instant results. I wouldn’t always turn cosmetic surgery, but you need to do your own extensive research as to where to spend your money if you want immediate results.



Avene TriAcnéal EXPERT Boots
Avene TriAcnéal EXPERT – This multitasking brand is perfect if you’re looking for a more tailored skin care. It’s perfect if you’re ready to go one up from the stores own brand.
Clinique 3-step skincare system Boots
Clinique 3-step skin care system – These guys actually care about your skin! If you can pop into their store or visit their counter, asked them for a skin care review and get a tailored skin care system to suit your skin!
Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Debenhams
Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield – Want an instant air brush? The new blur technology is the latest in skin care to add that skin perfecting filter to real life!
Murad Hydro-Dynamic® Ultimate Moisture for eyes Debenhams
Murad Hydro-Dynamic® Ultimate Moisture for eyes – Always pick a great but gentle eye cream to keep the delicate area hydrated and plumped!
Olay Regenerist Daily 3-point Treatment Cream Moisturiser Boots
Olay Regenerist Daily 3-point Treatment Cream Moisturiser – I’ve seen great results when my mum uses this brand, but you have to use it everyday with no slacking! Most suitable for people who think they’re starting to get deeper lines, it’ll reduce these and smooth the finer lines. Boots offer – SAVE £10.50
Estes Lauder Idealist Pore Minimising Skin Refinisher Boots
Estes Lauder Idealist Pore Minimising Skin Refinisher – In my eyes, the original ‘blur’ serum. You can apply this and get instant results, you’ll feel like you won’t even need a foundation! Boots offer – Buy two products and receive a free gift.

Remember, everyone is going through the same thing at one point of their life or another. I like to embrace what I already have and enjoy it. See wrinkles as not an inhibit, or ‘less-beautiful’, it’s like a badge of life experience! And what may seem like a huge problem to you, may not even cross someones mind when they see you.

What’s your thoughts on anti-wrinkle creams? Do you have any skin concerns? Let us know in the comments below!

What’s a little wrinkle.


When do I need to start using an anti-wrinkle cream?