Louis Vuitton Neverfull Bag Review





As the last few months have been somewhat emotional and stressful (My manager called me out for using this as an excuse for my last few purchases which included my LV Key holder and my Car lol) so I wanted to treat myself again YOLO

I have never really been too fussed about buying pieces from luxury designers, yes I have owned a few pieces here and there but I have never really coveted a designer item until recently.

Until this year the only LV items I had owned were a purse theta my mum brought me on my 21st (that I lost) and a Key clay that I tricked my parents into buying for me while we were in Hong Kong which I used as a cardholder until it fell apart.

Last month I dipped my toe into LV ownership when I purchased the LV Key Holder to celebrate finally buying a new car. This was my first time seeing the LV  Neverfull with the hot pink lining! HOT PINK!

Well now I am going to have to seriously think about this because it is obviously meant to happen
  
After that I became obsessed! Reading blogs, watching reviews and unboxings on YouTube. As far as I was concerned I have to have that bag.
The plan was to wait until my birthday but after a practically stressful week I thought to fuck it and a work event in London was the perfect excuse to swing into Selfridges to make my purchase.

For those who don't know...

Introduced in 2007, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull quickly became one of LV's most successful bags.
Though of by most as the type of bag that will never go out of style and can be worn throughout any trend or season and is available in three different sizes: PM (small), MM (medium) and GM (large)
I now own the GM which I think is fine for me as I am quite tall (I'm 5'9 for reference). The only problem I foresee is that when I have a large bag I tend to find unnecessary things to put in it lol!


The Louis Vuitton Neverfull comes in four different colours/patterns. Mine is the Monogram Canvas with the “Pivoine” Hot Pink interior – Anyone that knows I adore pink so this was the perfect option for me. the bag is also available with a beige or cherry coloured interior.

Then you have: Damier Azur Canvas which is available with a Beige or Rose ballerina lining
Damier Ebene Canvas which is available with a Cherry or Rose ballerina lining
Epi Leather this is actually leather hence the higher price point and is available in a number of colours and finishes.

Other than the Epi Leather style the Louis Vuitton Neverfull bags are made from a coated canvas exterior (no it is not leather) have a textile lined interior and a natural cowhide leather trim. There is one zippered interior pocket as well as a removable zippered wristlet which could also double up as a clutch - one of my favourite features of the bag as it like having two bags in one!
The shape of the Neverfull is very loose and the sides aren't rigid, which means the bag easily conforms to anything you need to add inside. It's incredibly well-made and can withstand decades of use. I did purchase a bag shaper as the bottom of the bag is very soft and I wanted to make sure that it did not become misshapen

With the hefty price tag of £965 I have had my fair share of buyers remorse as well as criticism from well-meaning friends and family but YOLO right?

Either way, I will have bills to pay.


Would you spend so much on a bag?

StylPro Expert Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer Review

On route to attend Olympia Beauty last year one of my priorities was to purchase a StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer.
I had read previously read a load of the blog reviews about it and I was certain that I needed it my life.

Anyways with all the excitement of the day I came home minus the StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer.
Oh don’t get me wrong I found my way to the stand, had a lovely little chat with the staff who introduced me to the StylPro Expert Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer which was £20 more but had some added features, as I had set myself a strict £150 budget for the day (which I probably didn’t stick to) so this was a bit of a conundrum for me plus I also was laden with bags and in the middle of a bloggers scavenger hunt that was organised by the Beauty Influencer Awards.

At the time the best solution was to finish the scavenger hunt and then back and make my purchase once I was ready to go home.
Except that never happened bah!

What is the StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer

StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer is a makeup brush cleaning and drying device (Hence the name lol ).

This handy little gizmo uses a series of differently sized rubber tubes to spin your brushes rapidly in a solution of brush cleaner and water.
That description does the StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer absolutely no justice but there are plenty of videos on youtube.

In theory, this is the answer to my prayers, not only will my brushes go from being caked in makeup to spotless in seconds, but I won’t have to wait for ages for them to dry?

Fast forward 8 months and I finally got around to making a purchase am now a proud owner of a StylPro Expert Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer

Initially I was a bit worried about some of my more expensive brushes becoming misshapen, so I decided to give some of my cheaper brushes a try first. I and I was very pleased with the results.


StylPro’s instructions for use
Follow the above 5 steps once a week for amazingly clean brushes and healthy skin:

1.       Select the best fitting collar. There are 8) if you have theStylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer a 10  if you have the StylPro Expert Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer.
2.       Attach the collar to the StylPro device.
3.       For water-soluble makeup (for example blusher, bronzer and loose powder), squeeze a small amount your preferred liquid soap into the bowl. Add water to the bowl until the water level is half the height of the brush bristles.
4.       For non-water soluble makeup (for example foundation), add one sachet (10ml) of StylPro Makeup Brush Cleanser into the bowl.
5.       Softly dunk the brush-up and down in the liquid, pressing the brush lightly into the bowl to open the bristles slightly. Whilst gently pressing the brush down in the bowl, switch on the StylPro. Slowly move the brush up and down for 10 seconds, keeping the brush underneath the liquid level at all times.
6.       Gradually lift the spinning brush out of the liquid (but keep inside the bowl) and leave it to spin above the liquid level. As the brush lifts from the dirty liquid, the bristles will splay out and you will see the water/cleanser and dirt being spun out of the brush. Leave the brush spinning above the liquid. After 10 seconds switch off the StylPro. Your brush will be clean and dry.

Sounds simple enough right?

What I liked about the StylPro Expert Makeup Brush Cleaner
I found it super quick and easy to use with and it did clean my brushes reasonably well however give my foundation brushes a quick spritz with beauty so clean conditioning brush cleaner beforehand as they were especially filthy

What I disliked about the StylPro Expert Makeup Brush Cleaner
I really don’t like that it is battery operated – I’m not a fan of buying batteries at all! Initially, I found it bit fiddly to hold and manoeuvre but eventually got the hang of it.
The brushes did feel dry after use but I personally wouldn’t use them straight away it would probably be best to leave them overnight


what is the difference between the StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer and the StylPro Expert Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer

According to the StylPro website the StylPro Expert Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer comes with the following extras:

·         Tritan™ tip to empty bowl – “Unique, easy to empty 'tipping’ bowl, removes the need to empty the bowl between each brush. Clean your brushes wherever and whenever you need. No sink required.”

·         Multi-brush Collar - Clean and dry up to 8 small brushes at once, saving valuable time.

·         Digital two speed device - Dual speed, dual function device to suit different brush sizes and types. Press once for small or delicate natural hair brushes, twice for bigger brushes. No more guessing when brushes are clean and dry, the digital device automatically times and indicates each step of the process. The device also includes an integrated spindle for greater convenience.

·         10 quick release collars - New collars have grooves, which makes attaching and removing collars from any brush type extremely easy. The collars also come in new sizes, sizes better suited to professional brushes. There are also two UNIVERSAL, star looking collars which fit 95% of brushes tested.



My thoughts:
As I have not used the StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer before I am not sure how much of a difference some of the changes would make. I like that you could choose between two speeds and the timer was defiantly helpful I also like that you can dry up to 8 small brushes at once. I wasn’t overly impressed about the Tritan™ tip to empty bowl as I found that I emptied the bowl into the sink after every use anyway. To be fair I mostly cleaned foundation brushes which were filthy, perhaps if I were using smaller brushes I would use less water and then would benefit more.


Overall I am pleased with my purchase so much so that I would like to gift one of my lucky readers a StylPro Expert Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer to try out for themselves.

To be eligible for the giveaway you just need to do the following:
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Answer the following question in my comments below (Don’t forget to leave your Instagram handle so I can contact you if you are the lucky winner)  


What colour is the lining of the Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag I recently purchased?

 I will select a winner on the Friday 3rd August 2018 at 5pm

Simples

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In love with the Louis Vuitton 6 Key Holder


I recently had to make a trip up to Selfridges in London to pick up some watches that I had previously taken in to be serviced so I roped my dad into going with and while we were there we decided to have a little browse around the department store. 
We eventually happened upon Louis Vuitton giving me the perfect opportunity to show Pops the Neverfull handbag that I have been lusting over for years but haven’t been able to justify purchasing.

The great thing about shopping with pops is he always rights my wrongs when I want to make extravagant purchases, in fact, he is actually a bad influence lol.
Between us, we decided that I would wait until my birthday to make the purchase and in the meantime, I would make some amendments to my budget to avoid the dreaded buyer's remorse. 
But of course, something else caught my eye... 

The Louis Vuitton 6 Key Holder 






I would be lying if I said that I was not already aware of this item,  watching youtube of women showing off their Neverfull handbags had slowly become the new obsession I was slowly getting into SLG's (Small Leather Goods if you didn’t know)  
There’s no harm in having a little look is there?

Well …
I bit the bullet and purchased my 1st SLG  
Sorry, not sorry.

I should probably mention that I had earlier put down a deposit on a new car that I was anxiously anticipating picking up so I couldn’t be too surprised at what I did next.
With my cheerleader egging me on, Yeah you Andy (to be fair he didn’t need to do much)

I was absolutely ecstatic with my purchase and still am but it is shaping up to be a bit of a controversial purchase.
I have found people love it or they would love to tar and feather me for spending so much money on what they feel is an insignificant item lol!
To be fair at £160 it is a lot to spend on a “glorified keyring” but at the same time I could easily spend over £160 on a night out an still have nowhere to keep my keys.
 I’m defiantly not going to bankrupt myself for an SLG but hey I work hard so why not treat myself.
This little beauty Holds 6 keys (Hence the name duh!) and not only does keeps my keys all in one place, it can also function card holder! 
On the day that I do not want to bring out my purse, I can simply slide my driving licence and 2-3 other cards into the slot comfortably and then I’m good to go.
The 6 Key Holder will also ensure that the keys won’t scratch the interior of my bag or damage the other contents inside (Note: The my car key does have to dangle on the outside because it is quite thick as is the remote for my electric gate and with both inside the 6 Key Holder wouldn’t be able to close. but that doesn’t really bother me as I have it attached it to my fluffy keyring.
I personally think this was a very practical purchase and I would defiantly recommend it (I, in fact, I have been trying to bully friends and colleagues into getting one also lol) 

Next step Neverfull 


Virgin Pure T6 Water Bar Review


Earlier this year while attending the Ideal Home Exhibition I was introduced to the Virgin T6 water bar and over three months in I think I can safely say that this is one of the best purchases that I have made this year. 

What is a Virgin Pure T6 water bar?
A Virgin Pure T6 water bar is a worktop ‘water bar’ that purifies tap water and provides instant boiling or cool water. The machine connects into your mains water supply so it never needs to be refilled and the built-in replaceable filters plus bacteria-killing UV lamp makes the water it dispenses is super clean and fresh.

The machine’s a super simple digital display and boost cool functions such as daily wake-up timer to make sure that your fave beverages are prepared at a set time. I haven’t gotten around to playing with that function yet, however I have adjusted the settings to make sure the machine dispenses the correct amount of water for my glasses and mugs.

I can now have hot or cold drinks on demand which has been a blessing during this recent stint of hot weather we have been having,  I have not even needed to put ice in my cold drinks! 
The hot water function has somewhat made my kettle obsolete as it produces a lovely cup of tea without any scum or limescale flakes. 
The  machine does still need to boil the water and I’m not convinced that it is quicker than the kettle but that is not the end of the world


Finally, I love the way the Virgin T6 water bar looks in my kitchen with its sleek design.  The Virgin T6 water bar is available in a few different colours but I opted for silver as my the colour pallet in my kitchen is mostly grey and chrome.

Would you invest in a water filter system?

Tribute to Sandra Weise-Blake aka Jeanie



I never intended to write this blog post however I have been very mindful that the last post I wrote was in September/October and I needed to pull my finger out.
Then the question was what I want to blog about then something told me HER

I always counted myself as lucky to have such a large and supported family.
However earlier this year everything changed
Sandra Weise- Blake aka Jeanie, Lee-Anne and Terrys mother, Andy’s wife Rhys, Mathew and Taligh’s Grandmother lost her battle with Cancer on an unseasonably sunny February afternoon.
After my mother broke the news to me in April 2016 and the following appointments to see DR Ben the oncologist at Guys hospital I knew that she would eventually succumb to the cancer, because she was at stage four when she was diagnosed, and words like “prolong life” were often used however my mum with her go down fighting attitude optimistic outlook and larger than life personality had me believing somewhere inside that she would beat it.

“Mums is stubborn she isn’t going until she’s ready” I often thought to myself
Or I can recall telling my youngest nephew “Your Nana is a tough old bird” I
And in a way she didn’t go until she was ready and in a morbid way I remember thinking what a lovely way to die surrounded by family members that loved her.

Of course, I was devastated to lose not only my mother, my best friend, my confidant, moral compass and safety net.
When every I had any kind pf problem or dilemma as did other members of my family and the many friends, employees and acquaintances she had.
Mum was defiantly the matriarch and the lynch pin of the Weise family, the one that would plan most of if not all the family events and day trips and holidays, a lot of which I was reluctant to attend but always had a good time.

I always would have said that she was the best person I knew, and I wanted to be like her when I grew up and I still do.
I often though about how I would feel losing mum and how I would cope
but nothing could prepare me for how surreal it would be and how quickly time would move. A lot of it feels like a blur to me now.
I remember some of my family member coming around to my flat and having a toast to her life and memory. We shared funny stories about her and supported each other.
I’m blessed to have such a beautiful memory and a reminder that I have some amazing friends and family.
I opted not to write a speech or even read a poem at my mother’s funeral because I felt that our relationship was not for everyone but for some reason right now today it feels right.
We never had anything unsaid to each other, but I would still like to share this brief open letter.

To Mum
Good bad and at times I ugly I saw you, loved you appreciated you and cherished you.
And of course, I Still do

I can’t begin to list the many lessons you taught me times you made me feel good about myself and when I needed it told me about myself.
I will never stop honouring you by being the person you knew I could be and looking out for those you loved the most (even those damn dogs)

While I think about you everyday and will always miss you I understand that angels can’t stay her for every and I must be ok with that.
Everything good in or about me is down to you.
Love you



RIP Sandra Weise-Blake aka Jeanie, Nana and Bub

Microcell Nail Repair….Try Me Kit Review

Isn’t it amazing how a fresh coat of nail polish can change the way you feel about yourself?
Due to a number of work and personal commitments I haven’t been able to go and get my nails done and normally me doing my own nails is a big no!
However when I was sent a MicroCell Try Me Nail Repair Kit Polish Varnish Remover from KLM Beauty to try out and then review my blog I thought why not.

In the MicroCell Try Me Nail Repair Kit you get the following

NAIL REPAIR 4.5ml –designed to strengthen weak and brittle nails in only 2 weeks!

NAIL WONDER 4.5ml – This little baby is a quick-drying top coat, a colour refresher, smoothing filler, and is meant to protect against peeling and chipping, as well as protect then nails

COLOUR & REPAIR RASBERRY KISS 4.5ml –Quick-drying varnish which also strengthens nails. FYI I love the colour!


NAIL REPAIR REMOVER 50ml – An acetone-free polish remover which is suitable for all nail types but is especially effective on weak, fragile nails

Directions: 
apply one layer of NAIL REPAIR on two consecutive days.
On the third treatment, day remove all varnish layers with NAIL REMOVER REPAIR and repeat the treatment as on the first and second day.

For best results the treatment should be carried out for 2 – 3 weeks then the  NAIL REPAIR can be used weekly as a base coat.

Simple enough right?

I managed to get through the process and I was pretty happy with the results. I am especially fond of the bottle of Nail Wonder which among other things acts as a ridge filler and helps protect against chipping and peeling.

The polish lasted just over a week without chipping which is good for me because I’m always soaking in a hot bath, never remember to wear gloves when I’m washing up the dishes and I type like a beast!
I did forget to remove the varnish on the third day of the treatment but since taking the polish off with the nail repair remover I have noticed an improvement in my nails which event though are naturally quite strong can be very dry.

I would definitely use these products again.

Shout outs to KLM Beauty for letting me try these lovely products.

For more info CLICK HERE.

Tips For Stress-free Shopping

In my youth I loved shopping and spending the day hitting the shops in the west end or at Bluewater was my idea of heaven.

Ahh the days when I had NO bills