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Borneo Photo Diary || Kota Kinabalu

29 Sep 2015

Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden
Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden
Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden
Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden
Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden
Mount Kinabalu Botanical Garden
Mount Kinabalu
Kota Kinabalu
Klias Wetland River Cruise
Klias Wetland River Cruise
Klias Wetland River Cruise
Klias Wetland River Cruise
Klias Wetland River Cruise
Klias Wetland River Cruise
Klias Wetland River Cruise
Klias Wetland River Cruise
Klias Wetland River Cruise
Kota Kinabalu Borneo
Kota Kinabalu Borneo
Kota Kinabalu Borneo

This post has been a long time coming, after all we got back from Borneo over 2 months ago. Our first stop was Kota Kinabalu, where we stayed for 4 days. The first day was completely written off as we were so jet lagged. The second day we ventured to the Mount Kinabalu Botanical Gardens and Hot Springs. Unfortunately the Mountain itself was closed due to the Earthquake that had happened a week or two before. The next day we went on a river cruise, to see some true Malaysian wildlife - monkeys and fireflies. This was an amazing experience, which I would thoroughly recommend.

Kota Kinabalu was my least favourite of the places we visited in Borneo, but it was a good place to be based. Unfortunately we did not have the best weather, it was very hot, cloudy and humid the first three days, and on our final day we had monsoon weather. We had hoped to pop over to the islands which I am sure would have made our experience of Kota Kinabalu better, maybe we will travel back there one day.

Next up, a real jungle experience - Mulu National Park.

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My Invisalign Journey: The Clincheck Video

25 Sep 2015

Invisalign Clincheck It's funny, the morning of my clincheck appointment I looked in the mirror and thought my teeth didn't look all that bad. They were looking whiter, and not as overcrowded as I thought. It's like when you go to the hairdressers, and just before you are about to get the chop you think your hair is looking better than ever. Why is that? Anyway, I am now officially signed up to Invisalign. I'm more excited than I am scared now, as Dr. Tinkler said - the hard part is over. I was especially excited to see the clincheck videos as they would show how my teeth would adjust over the treatment period. 

The clincheck video shows your teeth from many different angles, some that you would never usually see - this was quite a shock! I never realised how badly aligned some of my teeth were, from the front they don't look that bad, but from the side and below it's another story. When I saw the final result, I couldn't be happier. My teeth were looking great. I was also told that I would only need the aligners for 9 months, rather than the 12 months as first expected.



After the great news, the bad news came - I would need attachments, and quite a few of them. I was expecting this from the research that I had done, but unfortunately I would need more than I had hoped for. Depending on where they are placed this can ruin the experience of 'invisible' braces, but thankfully Dr. Tinkler understands this and tries to place them where they would be as discreet as possible. I will need 6 on my bottom teeth, which are relatively hidden, and 4 on my top teeth. He suggested moving 2 of them to behind my teeth so they cannot be seen and the other 2 are so far back that they are concealed anyway. This was a much better option then having them on show at the front, and therefore having the awkward conversation that you don't have something on your teeth, but they are for your aligners.

On Monday I will officially start my treatment. They will bond the attachments to my teeth, and show me how to put on and take off my aligners. From that point onwards I will be required to wear the aligners for a minimum of 22 hours a day. I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous, but I am also so excited to see the changes over the next 9 months. 

To read my Invisalign journey, see here.

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Current Favourites

22 Sep 2015


When I first started posting my favourites, I religiously posted every month. Now I am finding that that my favourites do not change on a monthly basis, therefore I thought I would share my current favourites as and when they change. Currently I have been loving a lot of non-beauty related products. Firstly, a book called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo. I have yet to start the tidying process but Marie suggests many great ways of sorting, tidying and storing, some slightly out there and some that make complete sense. If you would like an in-depth review of this book then please let me know!

The Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso is my go to blush at the moment, which I recently reviewed on my blog. I have been wearing this on a daily basis for months now, so much so that I have nearly hit pan. A bit of a random one now, but I have been loving this Daisy Stem Umbrella from Oria Kiely. This compact umbrella is great to chuck in any handbag, it is super lightweight and has a very sturdy frame - not to forget the cute design!

I always like to tie my hair up at the gym and these Popband Hair Ties* secure my hair without leaving a mark - meaning I can go back to work without crazy looking hair. They also look great on your wrist, which is where I leave them most of the time so I don't go to the gym without one! The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge has been my favourite way to apply concealer. I like to use the Collection lasting perfection concealer under my eyes, which can sometimes be a bit heavy. Paired with the complexion sponge, the concealer applies much lighter and illuminates my under eye area perfectly.

Lastly, I have been loving the Botanics All Bright Hydrating Day Cream. The whole Botanics range is developed with Kew Gardens, and contains all natural products. At £4.99 this cream is a bargain and I would thoroughly recommend you check the range out - they have something for everyone. My skin feels hydrated, soft and bright (thanks to the hibiscus extract), and it contains SPF15, which is a must.

What have you been loving at the moment?

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Are Silk Pillowcases worth the hype?

19 Sep 2015

Gingerlily Silk Pillowcase Gingerlily Silk Pillowcase

Silk pillowcases are recommended by many leading dermatologists for their multiple beauty benefits, but do they really make a difference? I have been using the Gingerlily Silk Pillowcase* for the past month to see how it compares to my usual cotton pillowcase.

With its high protein content, silk doesn't absorb moisture from your skin, like cotton pillowcases do, keeping your skin soft and supple. Moisturiser will soak into your skin, rather than your pillowcase, allowing it to work more effectively. Quite often I wake up in the morning to find a crease in my skin, and although I still do get the occasional crease when using a silk pillowcase, they are not as deep and therefore disappear much quicker. My hair is also more manageable in the morning, less bedhead, and much glossier because the moisture is retained. 

I was most intrigued by how silk may improve my sleep. Being a natural fibre, silk is a breathable material which helps to regulate your body temperature in both hot and cold weather. Unfortunately I did not see a difference in terms of my body temperature, I still got hot at night - but I did sleep considerably better than usual, but I am not sure why! It is very nice to sleep on, much nicer than a cotton pillowcase.

Gingerlily pillowcases are crafted from the finest high quality mulberry silk, which is lovely and smooth to touch. Silk pillowcases are certainly a luxurious product, that although are not completely necessary, are a nice addition which I would recommend trying!

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Bourjois Colour Edition 24 Hour Eyeshadows

16 Sep 2015


Cream eyeshadows are so versatile, I love to use them alone, paired with a powder shadow, or mixed with another cream shadow. The Bourjois Colour Edition 24 Hour Eyeshadow pots are particularly great because they are a cream to powder shadow, which makes them very easy to blend, and they have a beautiful glittery finish.

From the range, I have been using 08 Marron Givre* - a dusky brown with silver glitter, and 07 Flocon D'or* - a silvery shimmer. I particularly like using Flocon D'or over the top of other shadows to add a little shimmer, or on the inside of my eye. Marron Givre is great as a wash of colour or in the crease to add some definition. The shadows are silky smooth with a silicone like texture and both are very buildable.

Do these last 24 hours? Probably not, but who wears make up for 24 hours anyway? They do however last an impressive amount of time without creasing, but they do begin to fade after around 6 hours. Overall I am very impressed and at just £6.99 each they are great value.

What is your favourite cream shadow?

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My Invisalign Journey: The Impressions

13 Sep 2015


I recently changed the layout of my blog, I am really pleased with how it turned out so I would love to know what you think :) Anyway, onto Invisalign. A few weeks ago I had my impressions taken. If you don't know what impressions are, they are the molds that are used to make your aligners and therefore need to be as accurate and detailed as possible. I was not particulary looking forward to this part of the process, especially as I had googled what to expect, and I was met by horror stories of people gagging and it being really painful.

Firstly, the dentist took some photos of my teeth from different angles, using lip retractors to help get more detailed shots of my teeth and gums. Then I had the first set of molds taken. This first set were quick and pain free, the putty like texture is soft and therefore does not tug at your teeth. The second set are slightly more intense. Using the first mold, a neon gel is added, then the dentist holds the mold in your mouth, with quite some force, for 2-3 minutes. This does not hurt but I did find it slightly uncomfortable as there is some pressure on your teeth. The bit I was least looking forward to was them taking the mold out, but it really wasn't that bad. I worried that it would feel like my teeth are being pulled out, however it was quick and pain free and there were no nasty tastes.
 
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Unfortunately the first set were not good enough so I had to go through this process again, but thankfully the second set were fine. All in all this process only took about 20 minutes and really was not as bad as I thought it would be, nor did I experience any gagging. These molds were then sent to the Invisalign lab in America, where they would build the Clincheck, a 3D simulation that shows your teeth moving over the treatment.

I have already seen my Clincheck video, which was very exciting, so I will share that with you guys in my next post. I have also had a few questions on the cost of invisalign so I will do a seperate post on that :)

If you would like to read about my free consultation, click here.

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Wishlist | Rifle Paper Co.

1 Sep 2015

Rifle Paper Co. Stationery

Like most bloggers, I adore pretty stationery. Rifle Paper Co. is a favourite at the moment and their products certainly fit the pretty criteria. The Cities calendar is high on my wish list for next year, helping my wanderlust to run wild. I also love the Alice in Wonderland calendar which includes illustrations from the upcoming book release - which looks beautiful. The Desktop Weekly Desk Pad is also a favourite, and would be very useful in planning my blog posts each week.

I make lists most days and so the Great Things everyday list is perfect for me, or the Rosalie notepad is also just as pretty. I also love all things Parisian and could see myself carrying the Parisian notepads everywhere I go. Lastly, the Birch Monarch notepad is just beautiful, as its its interior. To be honest, I would be happy with any of their products!

Although Rifle Paper Co is not readily available all over the UK, there are some stockists which you can find here.

Which is your favourite piece?

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