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Glam & Style Conical Curling Wand

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I'm sure that if you look through fashion magazines and the beauty of Instagram I'm sure that you would have come across those beachy waves that so many of us desire. I love big hair but my hair is naturally thick so I cannot always get the mermaid waves of my dreams. I have to try and tame my unruly hair before even beginning with get beautiful waves. My issue is that I have quite naturally curly yet frizzy hair so to get a nice smooth curl, I have to either blow-dry my hair straight first or straighten it before attempting to put a curl in it. Now, there are many ways to get the mermaid waves of your dreams, but one of the easiest options is to use a conical curling wand. It is important to make an informed decision when choosing a styling tool to avoid disappointment. And this is where this gorgeous Glam & Style Conical Wand* in Rose Gold and Black comes in. If you didn't know, Rose Gold is a bit of a thing right now, with many asking for Rose Gold hues in their make-up, hair colour bedroom décor and now styling tools. 



A B O U T   T H E   P R O D U C T

The Glam & Style Conical Curling Wand is a highly efficient conical wand. That heats up to 200°c, making more time for you to get ready in the morning and even finish that cup of tea before you go out. This conical wand features ceramic coated barrel to give you shiny, healthy looking curls that last all day. The 200°c optimal curling temperature is hot enough for long lasting curls, without being too hot that it damages your hair. This fast heating wand is simple to use and has great results. I have thick long hair, and I only had to hold each section of hair for a few seconds to get a nice loose wave in my hair - If you want a tighter curl then just hold a few seconds longer. The heat protective glove is good to prevent burns, as this does reach temperature in a short space of time.

F I R S T   I M P R E S S I O N S

The Glam & Style conical want arrived in a small box, which took me by surprise. I thought it would have been bigger. But at first glance these were quite small, they are a gorgeous rose gold colour, so I am pretty much a fan of them already. Inside the box I found some protective gloves! So while other curling wants and heated styling tool burn your fingers, the Glam & Style comes with a free glove to keep your fingers safe. The wand came with an extra long cable, and a hook to make it easier to reach all parts of your room without affecting the whole curling routine. I couldn't believe it took less than a minute for the curlers to heat up and I managed to curl my very long and thick hair in less than half an hour! It's such an easy way to get great curls. You simply wrap your hair around the barrel for a few seconds before slowly releasing. You'll have shiny, healthy looking curls that last all day - in no time at all. The ceramic coated, graduated barrel means you can get tighter, corkscrew curls at the thinner end, or loose beachy waves at the thicker end. 


The curling wand has a little stand attached to it which means you won’t burn your work surface when you need to place it down and it easy to use. The handle doesn’t feel as heavy or sturdy as I would have liked but for the price of the curling wand, it’s perfect. The gorgeous Rose Gold and black colours make this a stylish gift for the beautiful woman in your life, it's so pleasing to the eye. 

W H A T   I   L I K E

- Easy to use.
- Heat ups in less than one minute.
- Great performance, curls thick hair in 30 minutes.
- The 2 metre long cable length

W H A T   I   D I D N ' T   L I K E

- Be careful not to touch the wand, they get extremely hot and it really hurts!
- The barrrel itself could have been wider, to give bigger curls.

*DISCLAIMER* Mimi Rose and Me is a personal blog written and edited by myself only, unless otherwise note my reviews are completely based on my own opinion of the product reviewed. These products were supplied to me as a gift to review from Glam & Style.

Be Supportive, Show Kindness And Don't Be A D*ck!

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I don't think I can say this enough, it's so important to support one another. There's nothing quite like sharing some positive vibes in the blogging community right now, to share successes and congratulate one another. I'm pretty sure that you familiar with the story that's been circulating in the bloggersphere and I still, cannot understand why there is a need to tear one another down, especially when there are so many opportunities to build people up. I don't really want to go into details as I don't think the business deserves any exposure. As a business they have acted appalling, unprofessional and the owner was pretty much a d*ck. I'm not going sit here and write a lengthy post as to whether they should be boycotted, trolled or anything because as the end of the day, despite it all it's a business. It's someone's lively hood. And to do that, would make us all just as bad as him. But bloggers should not be taken with such a negative attitude and we are certainly not freeloaders.. 


In a nutshell, a blogger approached a business to ask whether they would consider working with them for a collaboration. Pretty standard approach. Personally, the only downfall of the email was that it came across like she just wanted some free accommodation for a feature on her Youtube channel, but that's it! There was absolutely no need for the business to take to their Facebook page and basically tear this girl to shreds. Seriously some of those comments are really unnecessary. Their inconsideration snowballed into a trending twitter spat between most of the public and most bloggers. A witch hunt and trolling began with these 'freeloading influencers'! 

As a blogger, you can only imagine that I took a bit of an offence to this! As I'm sure many will. It's hard not to really when thousands and thousands of people are making comments about how we earn a living. 'Freeloaders', 'lazy', 'scummy', 'need to get a real job' and the best one 'just do it to get free stuff''. Like, seriously! Come one people, move with the times. It's all about the marketing in the digital age, not waiting for adverts in between television programmes. Really think about, who watches anything live anymore. Even when you are bombarded with advert after advert on social media, we scroll by. And so working with brands, companies and businesses has changed. The whole bloggersphere is still a relatively new phenomenon and so really, it's still in it's infancy. Just think what it could be in five or ten years time?



But this has become my job. Blogger, writer, influencer, whatever you want to call it. It's a money maker for lots of people. I have to say that I don't have the biggest following in this bloggersphere, but there are lots of people who follow me, take the time read my posts, send me emails to talk about my content on my blog. So what if a brand or business wants to work with us. We are NOT freeloaders. There's a lot of work in creating content for brand. They have their needs, their guidelines too. Each and every brand you work for are completely different, their needs are different and so we have to cater to each and every one of them. It is by far from 'an easy gig', or 'takes a couple of photos and you're done'! So, in this case, if he didn't want or 'need' to work with a blogger, he mentioned his followers A LOT why couldn't he have said thanks, but no thanks! Not in an obvious way but call a blogger out on her pitch and share her email with the world. Apparently, it's what he does though, but each to their own. I guess. In a way the business and blogger benefited and got more exposure because of it. So a win win situation. But I am certainly not, a free loader! Or a scrounger. I AM A BLOGGER! Nothing makes me smile more than receiving lovely comments on my blog, positive messages, or someone sharing my post - I think it's all about being supportive and showing kindness. And the business could have been professional about it, instead of being a d*ck. 

10 Bloggers and Youtubers That You Need To Follow

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I don't think I can say this enough, it's so important to support one another. There's nothing quite like sharing some positive vibes in the blogging community right now, to share successes and congratulate one another. I'm pretty sure that you familiar with the story that's been circulating in the bloggersphere and I still, cannot understand why there is a need to tear one another down, especially when we are so many opportunities to build people up. Nothing makes me smile more than receiving lovely comments, someone sharing my post - I think it's all about being supportive and showing kindness. I have wanted to put together a post like this for a while now, so I’m finally sitting down to do so. I just wanted to select a small amount of amazing bloggers and Youtubers that I want to share with you and why they inspire me. 

Hannah Gale
Youtube: Hannah Gale – YouTube
Blog: Hannah Gale
Twitter: Hannah Gale (@Hannahfgale) · Twitter
Instagram: Hannah Gale (@hannahfgale)

Hannah is someone who I have followed for a couple of years now. She is a TOTAL inspiration in many ways. I first stumbled across her blog in the early days and I have seen her blog and socials grow from strength to strength. I love her whole attitude to life, to blogging and her whole work ethic. Best of all, those list posts are just everything, as I love a little list or two myself. It's a great way to keep focused. I love scrolling though her Instagram for inspiration to help take my photos to the next level, they are so aesthetically pleasing. However mine are in no way near as beautiful as hers. This girl love fashion and I'm so in love with her style, whenever she shares what clothes she loves I am guilty of making a couple of purchases.

Corrie (Dizzy Brunette 3)
Youtube: Dizzy Brunette 3 - YouTube
Blog: Dizzy Brunette 3
Twitter: Dizzy Brunnette (@dizzybrunette3) - Twitter
Instagram: Dizzy Brunnette (@dizzybrunette3)

Way before becoming a blogger myself I would spend hours and hours scrolling through Corrie's blog, it's just so beautiful. This girl, is legit an inspiration. Corrie loves to share snippets from her life, beauty, fashion (she rocks those instagrammable walls), planning her wedding and her beloved labradoodle Frankie! Who is the cutest pooch about. What I love about Corrie is how she comes across in her blogs and Youtube videos, it honestly feels so genuine and she seems super friendly. My favourite videos are her beauty hauls, and her tips and tricks with beauty looks. Another reason why this girl is pretty amazing is those luscious locks she maintains, she is most definitely a hairspiration.

Jordan Bone (Jordan's Beautiful Life)

Jordan is a makeup and motivation Youtuber and published author who lives in Norfolk. WOOO! This girl is most definitely one of the most inspiring Youtubers out there at the moment and I have seen her brand go from strength to strength and I know it will continue to do so for many years to come. Back in 2005, Jordan was involved in a car accident which would change her life forever. Ever since that day she has been a quadriplegic, paralysed from the chest down,she has also been through depression because of the reality of her injury. However, despite how difficult her life as a quadriplegic can be she is super positive and has a drive to live a full life and created her own YouTube videos all about positivity and motivation to hopefully inspire at least one person. Last year, she release her first book My Beautiful Struggle where she shares her incredible story which is truly inspiring.

Gracie (Grace Victory)
Youtube: Grace F Victory – YouTube
Blog: Gracie Francesca | The Internet’s Big Sister
Twitter: Gracie 🖤 (@GraceFVictory) · Twitter
Instagram: Gracie Francesca (@gracefvictory)

I first discovered Gracie on one of her two BBC documentaries and so I thought I would go and see what she's all about. I love this girl, she's unlike any other Youtuber I have watched and her blog is pretty amazing. I love her complete honesty and she makes it no secret that she suffers with her mental health and I know that some many of her posts are inspiring other people through their struggles. Gracie is a dedicated body image campaigner and has modelled beautifully in plus size campaigns, you even catch snippets of her in some adverts. However despite her own insecurities, she most definitely empowers others. One of my fave projects of hers was the recent L’Oreal campaign along with other Youtubers and Celebrities; breaking down racial barriers in beauty.

Emma Conway (Brummy Mummy of 2)
Instagram: Emma Conway (@brummymummyof2)

If you do anything today then please go and watch this video, especially if you're up for a giggle. A word of warning, finish your tea or coffee before this one. I really hope you did watch this video, because if you did you will completely understand why I'm adding this lady to this list. The woman behind the madness is the lovely Emma Conway who is one of the most popular parenting bloggers out there and has even won some awards. Woo Hoo! Her whole blog and Youtube channel focuses on all aspects of being a parent of two, giving you an insight to the highs and lows of what being a parent is, an honest and funny account of parenting. 

Lorraine Mulrooney - (Babyy Pebbles)
Instagram: Lorraine Mulrooney (@Lorrainemulrooney)

I first came across the beautiful Lorraine over on Instagram, which I know that you will love. It's very aesthetically pleasing with some many photos of her gorgeous little girl Penny. The reason why I warmed to Lorraine so much is that we have had a similar pathway to parenthood and our daughter's are pretty much the same ages and so, not in a stalker kind of way, we went through the same milestones with our girls. But I love the way that this girl likes to share all the moments in her life, even the ones where you don't think you'll be able to get through. I really like the way that Lorraine comes across in her videos, she seems to be honest and the fact that she shares her baby loss, just shows that she just wants to help others. 

Aby Moore (You Baby Me Mummy)
Youtube: You Baby Me Mummy - Youtube
Blog: You Baby Me Mummy
Twitter: Aby Moore (@youbabymemummy).
Instagram: Aby Moore (@youbabymemummy).

If you want to take your blog to the next level then then this is the lady for you. Aby has become my blog guru and has helped my blog grow from strength to strength. Aby is quite something. With her courses you'll be able to smash your blogging goals for sure, join her in her mission to help people turn their blog in a business and sign up to the mamapreneur revolution. I signed up for one of her courses to help with productivity just over a year ago and now I'm self employed! And I am doing something that I never thought was possible and I really love it. Aby works so hard when it comes to blogging with daily face time lives, being in Facebook groups and only too happy to answer questions. If her workload wasn't crazy enough she has even started her own podcast, The Huddle with Ceri from This Welsh Mother. It's a funny listen. 


Gemma Brushneen (Somewhere After the Rainbow)
Youtube: Somewhere After The Rainbow - Youtube
Blog: Somewhere After The Rainbow
Twitter: Somewhere After The Rainbow (@gemmabrushneen)
Instagram: Somewhere After The Rainbow (@gemmabrushneen)

I found Gemma and her blog through Instagram, a recent discovery too. It's a shame really, because I LOVE her instastories, like seriously go and follow her just for these alone. I can't help but nod my head along with some of her uploads. As you can see from her blog name, Gemma focuses on life as a family of five after baby loss and through her blog she talks openly about the difficult time with her family. Something that is incredibly brave, to want to share something that is so personal just show what type of person she is, a real and honest one. 

Amy Cooper (Everything Mummy)
Youtube: Everything Mummy - Youtube
Blog: Everything Mummy
Twitter: Everything Mummy (@amycooperEM)
Instagram: Everything Mummy (@amy_everythingmummy)

I have followed Amy for some time, probably way before I even thought about becoming a blogger myself. To be honest her blog posts helped me through those late nights with a teething baby. Amy and her three gorgeous girls are so adorable and are totally photogenic, I love her Youtube channel it's literally everything. She shares snippets of her life as mum to three girls. Sometimes, I really don't know how she does, Amy is definitely super mum. 

Jonathan & Anna Saccone Joly (The Saccone Jolys)
Youtube: The Saccone Jolys - Youtube
Twitter: Jonathan (@JonathanJoly) Anna (@AnnaSaccone)
Instagram: Jonathan (@jonathanjoly) Anna (@annasaccone)

London based YouTube family, The Saccone-Jolys, includes husband and wife Jonathan and Anna, children Emilia, Eduardo, and Elessoa, and their six dogs. The name “SACCONEJOLYs” is a combination of Anna’s last name Saccone and Jonathan’s last name Joly. In 2008 Anna was uploading beauty videos to youtube on her own channel and Jonathan was helping her behind the scenes.In late 2009 Jonathan set up this channel because he wanted to do his own youtube videos. What started out as a week experiment to film his life everyday for 7 days in a row has now become SACCONEJOLYs

So Ladies? What's with the Smear Fear?

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Yes, ladies. Like it or not, cervical screenings are something that we have to endure in our lifetime. It goes without saying, we all know the importance of regular screenings and the devastating impact cervical cancer can have. However, latest statistics show that attendance of cervical screenings in England are the lowest they have been for two decades, falling to 72%. Many of us know the importance of these tests, yet it something we are not doing. So what's with the smear fear?

Now, don't get me wrong I was like so many of you reading this post and feared the smear. It's not the most comfortable. I had my first smear a few months after I had my daughter, my health visitor mentioned booking one for me at my daughter's six week check and she booked me in for the following week. I was apprehensive, because I didn't know what to expect. But in all honesty it wasn't as bad as I thought. It was a little uncomfortable, but painless and took less than five minutes. I know they are not nice, but it's something that could potentially save your life. I saw an article that has inspired me to want to write this post. In the article, there is a consistent theme throughout, the Jade Goody Effect is over with cervical screening appointment being made at an all time low. For those that don't know, Jade Goody was a reality television personality who hit the spotlight through Big Brother UK and was pretty much in the spot light from there on. At the age of 26, she was diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer and passed away a few months later. Being in the public eye, Jade used her diagnosis to try and raise awareness for cervical cancer screenings for younger women, and her sharing her story saw an increase in the rate of women attending appointments for their smears. It is vital that women attend their smear tests, and are educated on the importance of regular smear tests. If you are over 25 and have not had a smear test in the past three years, get in contact with your GP to book a simple, painless, quick procedure which could save your life. I have my appointment today....So go and book your smear, spread the word in aid of cervical cancer prevention week 22-28 January 2018.


However  if you're feeling fearful about having your first smear or don't want to return to have another, I have a few suggestions to help you feel more at ease.

W h a t   t o   w e a r ?

In all honesty it really doesn't matter what you wear on the day, as you'll be behind a curtain. But dress in comfy clothing so you can get undressed quickly, ensuring you're in and out of your appointment in no time. You will then be asked to strip from the waist down and get onto the bed. You are given a sheet so you can cover your lower half and then you will let the doctor or nurse know that you are ready. My nurse was so friendly and knew that it was my first time so she chatted to me about my daughter, which made me feel at ease. 

B o o k i n g   t h e   a p p o i n t m e n t .

Call your doctor surgery and organise a time that's convenient for you. At the moment there seems to be a two week wait, however when I booked mine I was offered appointments at other surgeries so keep this in mind when booking yours. Most tests will be performed by a female nurse or doctor, but always check and ask for a female if you'd prefer. Something else to consider when booking the appointment is your menstrual cycle. It's not always so easy to predict your period, but try and book the appointment before or after your period. 

B e f o r e   t h e   t e s t .

A few days before your test avoid having sex for 48 hours, or have anything inside you including any vaginal medications, moisturisers, creams or lubricants. As these can affect the result, meaning that you may have to book another test. It may sound obvious but if your bikini line is tidy, you will most likely to feel more relaxed. But in all honesty if you don't the nurse or doctor will not be in the bothered when doing the procedure, it's something that they have to do on a daily basis. 

O n   t h e   d a y .

You may feel nervous, but there is nothing to feel nervous about. It's a little comfortable, but completely bearable. The cervical screening test usually takes around 5 minutes to carry out. The doctor or nurse will gently put an instrument called a speculum into your vagina. This holds the walls of the vagina open so the cervix can be seen. A small soft brush will be used to gently collect some cells from the surface of your cervix. I'm not entirely sure how to describe the procedure, it's an odd sensation and something I have never felt before, but it's painless. So make sure you try to relax as much as possible as being tense makes the test more difficult to carry out. The cell sample is then sent off to a laboratory for analysis and you should receive the result within 2 weeks.

So, ladies? Get your lipsticks ready and join in the #SmearForSmear campaign to raise awareness for cervical cancer prevention week 22-28 January 2018. I would love to give a special thank you to all the beautiful ladies who got out their lipsticks and joined in with the campaign #SmearForSmear and agreed to be a feature in this post. So please go and give these amazing ladies some love.






Under The Spotlight: Soap and Glory Spa of Wonder

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If you're anything like me, you'll love this time of year. After the rush of excitement that comes with Christmas and New Year, it feels good to be able to catch a breath and relax, a little. As we say hello to the new year, I have done the whole cliche of making some resolutions and one I intend on sticking to is making more time for myself. As a parent it can be so hard. I know that my three year old daughter keeps me on my toes most of the time and by the time she goes to bed I am too tired to want to have me time, but even so, I need to make time to rest and recuperate. The perfect resolution seeing as I received lots of indulgent treats for Christmas. As always, Soap & Glory never fail to disappoint and I can't wait to show this jam packed box of treats. 


The Soap & Glory Spa of Wonder contains lots of indulgent treats that are perfect for a pamper evening with bath, body, skincare products and even make up. This jam-packed collection features some of Soap & Glory’s most popular products in a sturdy container, that can be used again. There are an amazing variety of products to suit everyone. This beauty box is similar to last years one, including my favourite facial wash and a new one, a radiance boosting mask perfect for an indulgent treat. 



W H A T ' S   I N    T H E   B O X  ?

As you can see, all the beautiful products come in this gorgeous box which you can use for storage or something. Last year, Soap & Glory used a metal suitcase for their big box of beauty buys. I had a clear out of products just before Christmas, and got rid of the storage tin so this will be the perfect substitute. So what's included in the box? First up we have the CLEAN ON ME™ Shower Gel. This body wash is fantastic, it's my absolute fav. The pump makes it easy and mess free to dispense. The shower gel itself is a beautiful consistency, it feels thick and luxurious. I use it with a exfoliating gloves and find that 1-2 pumps is is plenty for the whole body and face as it foams up so well. I absolutely love the scent of all Soap and Glory products, it's not overpowering. My skin feels really clean, fresh and soft afterwards. 

RIGHTEOUS BUTTER™ 3-in-1 Body Wash. This product is amazing. It lathers really well in the shower with a shower puff, smells divine and gives you a really smooth, close shave to whatever bits need doing - in super quick time. SCRUB OF YOUR LIFE™ Body Buffer. I love body scrubs and this one has a scent that combines fresh bergamot and mandarin, rose, jasmine, peach, strawberry, oak moss, amber and woody notes. I am a massive fan of this gorgeous scrub. Best scrub ever leaves skin so refreshed after each use and you only need a small amount and has a lovely smell.

RIGHTEOUS BUTTER™. If you get the chance to try the body butter, try it. It’s AMAZING!! The name itself describes how it is, it really is like butter. The smell of this cream is absolutely amazing. It will leave your skin feels smoother, softer and fresher. I normally use it after I have a shower so it absorbs better but anytime should be fine. Unlike other moisturisers out there this one is not heavy at all and is really light and delicate on skin. SMOOTHIE STAR™ Body Milk, this is a very lovely moisturizing milk with a smell of freshly baked cookies when you applied it. 

FACE SOAP & CLARITY™ Facial Wash. I have dry, sensitive skin so I'm normally cautious with face products but this product says it's suitable for all skin types. I have to say for me, it's pretty good and doesn't irritate my skins whatsoever. My skin feel cleaner, smoother and super fresh. This is one facial wash that I will always have in the bathroom. One new addition to the Soap & Glory big box is this BRIGHT & BEAUTIFUL™ Radiance-Boosting Mask, but I have yet to use it. I am a little dubious about face masks because the last time I used one I had an allergic reaction to some of the ingredients. So I am hoping my skin will love this mask. 


THICK & FAST™ HD MASCARA in Black, I have to say this is not my favourite of the whole set. Only because I prefer a certain mascara wand and this doesn't give me the coverage that I normally like. You have to put layers and layers of mascara to get a day lash. I will keep with it, but I do prefer my L'Oreal and Benefit ones. Now the SUPERCAT™ Liquid Eyeliner in Black is a different story. It's the best liquid liner I have ever used, it lasts ages.. It's super pigmented, doesn't smudge and is really easy to use. And finally we come to the last product in the beauty box the SEXY MOTHER PUCKER™ Lip Gloss in Plums Up it's a very neutral pale shade. The plumping/tingling sensation is quite strong, does it plump my lips? I can't tell, in all honesty. I really like the consistency of the gloss and stays on the lip for ages and smells amazing. In a nutshell, this is a great buy for any Soap & Glory fan, as it's full of lots of indulgent treats that will sure to suit everyone. 

What a gorgeous beauty box full of indulgent treats! What's your favourite? 

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