Monday, 29 April 2019

Summer is Coming... Swimsuits for Plus size Bodies

I'm sure you have all seen the adverts on tv 'Get your beach body ready for summer now' I hate these adverts as they imply that you have to lose weight and get in shape before hitting the beach and before summer. Rubbish! We all have a body and we can all hit the beach regardless of our size or shape.

As a plus size woman I understand how embarrassing it can be to even think about getting into a swimsuit with our arms and legs out but it really shouldn't be. We should be proud of our body and not hid it away. 

For years I hid away and when I went to the beach I would cover up in big baggy t-shirts and leggings and would be sweating trying to enjoy myself. I longed to just swim in the sea, or to sunbath and enjoy the nice weather. This was until a couple of years ago when I decided to buy a swimsuit for the beach and just see what happened. Well I can tell you that no one said anything, no one even looked my way and no one got hurt.

All that happened was I was able to go and swim in the sea, I was able to relax and enjoy sunbathing without overheating in my baggy clothes, and most importantly I was able to have fun and enjoy the sunny weather.

Below I have went threw some of the leading plus size stores and picked out 10 fabulous swimsuits and swimdresses I think will flatter all body shapes and sizes. Why not go to the beach this summer, go on that special sunny holiday and rock out the swimwear no matter what size you are!

Yours Clothing
Navy Tropical Swimdress
£39.99

Yours Clothing
Black & White Monochrome Polka Dot Print Swimdress
£36.99

Simply Be
Joanna Hope Wrap Swimsuit
£55.00

Evans
Green Palm Print Halterneck Swimsuit
£38.00

Simply Be
Open Mesh Plunge Swimsuit
£38.00

Evans
Tropical Print Multiway Swimdress
£44.00

Simply Be
Magisculpt Navy Stripe Sculpting Swimdress
£40.00

Simply Be
Figleaves Curve Malibu Swimsuit
£45.00

Yours Clothing
Blue Floral Print Cold Shoulder Swimsuit with Frill
£33.99

Evans
Navy Blue Floral Bandeau Swimsuit
£38.00

What was your Favourite? Do you prefer something colourful or something plain?

Lots of Love..

Victoria xx

Thursday, 25 April 2019

No7 - Hydra Luminous Moisturising Foundation Review

I am always on the look out for new foundations. My skin changes so much that I have tried almost every brand of foundation out there, but I always come back to one brand and that's No7 from Boots. 

When I seen that No7 was bringing out a new moisturising foundation I new I had to pick it up and try it. What I especially love about No7 is that they colour match your skin using a special machine that tells you what shade is perfect for your skin tone. This is perfect for me as I am pretty pale like most of us Irish/Northern Irish people, so I don't have to worry about getting a foundation that is far to dark for my skin tone and makes me look orange. 

Moving onto the foundation. I picked it up in my local boots for £15.00 and it is a 30ml tube. I was glad to see that it is in a plastic tube instead of their glass bottles as it means when you get down to the end of the tube, you can cut it open and get every little drop out!


The Hydra Luminous foundation claims to 'give a flawless, natural finish and a healthy all-day glow'. Lots of foundations claim this and just leave me looking shiny, so I couldn't wait to see how this left my skin. 

I applied the foundation with a damp beauty blender, and a very little product went a very long way, if it was a pump bottle it would have been 1 pump for my full face. The consistence of the foundation is pretty runny but it applies soo easy and dries in pretty quickly too. However I was able to apply my whole face without it drying in and being unworkable. 

The coverage is medium to borderline full, you can definitely build it up to a full coverage without and issues. It didn't look cakey or stick to any of my dry areas. This was a big thing for me as my skin has been soo dry and sensitive at the moment I was worried it would go flaky, but it went on beautifully and soo easy to blend. 

It definitely gives a natural finish to the skin with a dewy glow. I didn't look sweaty and greasy I just had a lovely glow that was in fact very natural. I received soo many compliments on how nice my makeup was and how healthy my skin looked when wearing the foundation. 



It wore of really well too, I had slight break up on my nose but that is totally normal for me. Usually my cheeks would go patchy too but this foundation stayed put all day on my cheeks. It was also extremely moisturising and didn't dry out my skin. 

The Hydra Luminous Moisturising foundation definitely lived up to all its claims. I would go as far to say this is one of my all time favourite foundations. I also have wore the foundation for more than a month so this isn't just first time luck it has applied and wore the exact same with every application. For the price I don't think there is anything out there that compares to this foundation for me at the moment. I have actually just ordered my second tube.

Have you tried this foundation yet? If you haven't and are looking for a new one I would highly recommended you pick up this one and give it a go.

Lots of Love..

Victoria xx

Monday, 4 March 2019

Dotty Diamond Is Back! Where Have I Been?

Remember me... Yes I am still here however it has been months since I last published a blog post. So what's been happening in my life, why have I not been posting and why am I now back.

Well the number one reason why I hadn't been active and writing posts was my health. As a lot of you will know I suffer with multiple health conditions and diseases and the last 9 months these have all got a lot worse to the point I lost all interest in blogging. 

Then back in October last year (2018) I found out I have insulin resistance/type 2 diabetes. This was a big shock to the system as I went into my appointment with my dermatologist thinking it was just a routine appointment to be told I am now diabetic and I had to start finger pricking and recording results and taking daily injections. It made sense when I looked into it as I had an awful lot of the symptoms of  it but no one had picked up on it until my dermatologist decided to run full bloods and check. 

I am now thankfully a lot better and my sugar levels are soo much better, which has helped with a lot of my other health conditions. So even though my health still isn't great it is a lot better than what it was, here's hoping this time next year I will be like a new girl.

The next reason why I haven't been active is that I simply fell out of love with blogging and lost my way. I questioned myself and why anyone would be interested in what I write or have to say. In my head I felt silly and stupid that I would write a post as people would just laugh at me or think what I was writing was a lot of rubbish. Only recently have I got back into a decent headspace and if 1 person or 100 people read my posts it doesn't matter, as long as I enjoy writing them then that's a good enough reason to keep going.

And that's really where I have been in my own little bubble of ill physical and mental health and feeling not good enough. 

But I am in such a better place now, I have all these ideas in my head again and I just want to write blog posts again. I feel excited about blogging again and having my own little space to write about what I love. This year I am going to be focusing on me and what makes me a better person so be expecting lots of new posts.


I hope you have all been well and thank you soo much to everyone who has supported me and who continue to. I appreciate you all <3

Lots of Love..

Victoria xx

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Living with Chronic Illness - Hidradenitis Suppurativa

I love writing post about makeup and clothes and like to try keep my personal life away from my blog, but I feel I need to share with you all what has been happening and be honest about how life is going at the moment.

I always say the same thing every time I log onto snapchat or instagram… "Sorry its been so long" and I honestly do mean it, I have such good intentions of posting to my stories everyday and keeping up to date with what's been happening but this last 4 months I have really slipped up.

You could say I'm not much of a talker, all my life I have bottled things up instead of speaking out and I'm trying so hard to learn to talk about my feelings, but for the meantime I'm hoping that writing this very personal post will help.

I have mentioned it before but a lot of you may not know, I have an autoimmune disease called Hidradenitis Suppurativa, which in short is basically abscesses and holes that form in warm places of your body. There is 3 stages of the disease and I have stage 3 which is the worst you can have. I have been on an immune suppressant as over two years and it had been helping loads but this last 6 weeks, I have had one of the worst flare ups of my life.

Usually I have about 3-5 skin openings or abscesses at any time which I can usually manage not to bad but as I sit writing this post I currently have over 15. I try to not let them bother me but as I am all about honesty I can say they are really getting to me and ruining my life. I have 3 to the right side of my right boob that are open and need dressed and cleaned daily, 3 in my left armpit also needed dressed daily, 5 along the bottom of my stomach, and 8 others around my lady parts and bum.

You maybe think that's too much info but I just feel that I need to talk about it, to write it down to voice how annoyed I am with H.S (Hidradenitis Suppurativa). I have had H.S since I was 12, its not down to my weight, or bad hygiene or anything like that. My body simply attacks itself and I cant do anything to stop it.

So what is Hidradenitis? To some people they see it as a boil or a spot but it is soo much more, its intense burning pain where the abscess is more often that not it will burst leaving me covered in blood and pus, disgusting I know!! It is an open wound that usually gets infected, its raw skin rubbing against skin or clothes. Its not being able to sit or stand comfortably, its stops me dressing how I want, going out some places I want and a lot of embarrassment because I'm covered in dressing and plasters. Its not being able to go to the swimming pool when you want. Its not being able to exercise as you are in so much pain you cannot cope. Its operations that take months to heal and a body that's full of scars.

In fact its loads of other things that I have just got used to in everyday life. So why did I write this post now? I attended an event last week where there was very limited seating and I knew I wouldn't be able to stand with the heat and the open wounds I just couldn't have lasted more than 5 mins. So I had to suck up my pride and ask for a seat to sit at the back, I was very kindly sorted out but for me I was soo embarrassed I was the girl that had to ask for special service , I was the girl that was too lazy to stand, I was the girl that was dying inside but I had to suck it up and think if myself for once.

I know there are soo many other conditions and diseases people live with and I could be so much worse off but for me at the minute my life is revolving around a horrible nasty disease and its really getting to me. I am not looking for attention or sympathy as I am sure a lot of you know me know that's not what I am about, but I just want to you to realise I wish I could be more active and a better blogger but my health is stopping me, I do feel like a weight has lifted off my shoulders just by getting my feelings written down!

If you suffer with H.S or want to know any more about it, ping me over a question and I will be more than happy to talk more about it with you.

Lots of Love..

Victoria xx

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

NI Blogger Brunch

NI Blogger Brunch is a fab event organised and ran by Cathy Martin from CMPR. Cathy puts together a fun filled event where bloggers/vloggers/youtubers/influencers etc all meet up and talk all things social media, share their tips and tricks and also introduce themselves to others.

I had always wanted to attend the Blogger Brunch but was always busy on the days it was held, that was until the latest Brunch which was held on Sunday 20th May in Cast and Crew Belfast.

I was rather nervous as I had never been there before but as I knew some of the girls going it wasn't just so bad. The Blogger Brunch is open to anyone in the online world and its nice to know that everyone who attends has a similar interest.

So I met Gillian (Eyelinerflicks) and we walked in, we were greeted by Cathy who told us to go grab a drink and collect our name tags. We were treated to a very unique drink of Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with sparkling water.

 
The company who makes the Apple Cider Vinegar is called Natural Umber and is based in Dungannon Co.Tyrone. I had never tried it before but I have read and heard a lot of reviews about how good it is for gut health and skin etc. I have to say it wasn't something I found overly nice but as I had no food or drink before hand I think that was why. We were very kindly gifted a bottle to try at home and I am going to try include it in my diet by mixing it in soups/salads etc.
 
The name tags we were given were soo beautiful. They were all handmade and written in a stunning Rose Gold lettering with black for the surname. I am a sucker for anything personalised and when they are as pretty as these were I don't know how anyone couldn't like them. The company that makes the tags is called Scribed in Style and can be found on Instagram.


As it was a rather cold and wet morning we moved inside and took our seat, Cast and Crew is such a nice venue. It is rather small and as there were over 70 of us it was a tight squeeze but the staff could not have been better. They were soo friendly and helpful and nothing was too much trouble for them.

Cathy took to the mic and got things kicked off, we talked about things happening in social media at the moment and were all given a yummy breakfast of overnight oats, yoghurt and berries. We talked some more and next thing a second breakfast dish came out, this time we had Cumberland eggs and sausage on bread with avocado. I have to say it was the nicest eggs I have ever tasted Cast and Crew really know how to keep their customers happy.


We then all had the opportunity to stand up and introduce ourselves or share something we found useful in the blogging world. Some of the people who spoke really inspired me I had been in a bit of a rut with my blog recently and had almost fallen out of love with it. But listening to their stories really set a fire off in my belly.

As if we hadn't had enough food we were then treated to a delicious BBQ which was supplied by Artisan Finnebrogue and Irwin's bread. Artisan Finnebrogue is another local company based in Downpatrick. Artisan Finnebrogue is a company that produce food without the E numbers, without nitrites and without allergens. I had never tried their food before but it was delicious. They also treated us to a fab goodie bag which contained sausages and bacon. I tried both out and they were delicious. Irwin bread also gifted us some potato farls which went down a treat too.

Then for dessert Morelli's ice cream were on hand and gave us all a choice of what flavour of ice cream we wanted and then any toppings we wanted... I really was in heaven I went for salted caramel ice cream with oreo pieces and a fudge stick. By this stage we were all extremely full up on yummy treats. Cathy really does put so much effort into making sure everyone has a magnificent day out.


We also were extremely spoiled with a fab goodie bag from Iconic Bronze and a beautiful necklace from Wisteria London. I think you will agree from the pictures just how much fun the day was.

 

I cannot wait to attend the next Blogger Brunch's as it really gave me that warm feeling in my belly I get when blogging.
 
Lots Of Love..
 
Victoria xx

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's day is fast approaching and if you are like me I leave everything to the last minute, so I have put together a little post full of different idea's of bits and bobs to get your mummy for her special day.

There are loads of different words for how we refer to our Mother. For me its mummy, I know a lot of others use mum, ma, mammy, momma. Whatever you use it is a lovely day to tell your mummy just how special they are to us.

I never really talk much about my family but my mummy is my rock she is always there for me, treats me like her princess and nothing is ever a bother to her. She doesn't get enough credit at all, she is the foundation to my family unit, she is what holds us all together and she is one of the strongest bravest woman I know, if I could ever be half the lady she is I will be doing well. But she isn't one for getting soppy or talking about her feelings so she would tell me to wise up and not be soft lol.

So below is different products I think any mummy would be happy to receive.

1. Butterfly Print Dressing Gown - ASDA


2. Field Day Fireside Candle - FIELD DAY

 
3. Blue Stripe Floral Embroidered Weekend Bag -RIVER ISLAND
 
 
4. Bellamianta Rapid Self Tanning Tinted Mouse Gift Set - BELLAMIANTA
 
 
5. Clinique Smart Indulgence Gift Set - BOOTS
 
 
6. Mother's Day Spoils - PRESTIGE FLOWERS
 
 
7. Pandora Mother's Day Bracelet - PANDORA
8. Mother's Day Pocket Collection - HOTEL CHOCOLAT
9. Harbour Scene Recipe Book - LAURA ASHLEY
 
10. Star Print Mule Slipper MARKS & SPENCER
 
So there we have it, I have tried to think a little outside the box and include items that you maybe wouldn't have thought off... I will treat my mummy to some new carpet slippers and money as she usually buys a Kipling purse and it would be a losing battle to try pick for her as she likes her own style, which is totally different to anything I would pick. I love bright colourful sparkly things and mummy hates that she likes everything black or dark.
 
Lots of Love..
 
Victoria xx
 
 
 
 
 



Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Benefit Badgal Bang Mascara Review

I am guessing that you will have seen something about this mascara already as the lead up to the launch was crazy. They had space woman dressed head to toe in pink suits in and around the country, loads of press pictures and basically a huge build up all to do with space.

I have to admit I thought the new product would be a collection or some base products for the face, because of their already much sought after mascara's this was the last thing I thought it would be.

However when they finally revealed this new mascara it made sense as to the whole space theme. In case you don't know this mascara took 4 years to get the formula right, it contains aero-particles which is one of the lightest known materials derived from space technology and it has a special 'slimpact' brush which is basically a super bendy wand with different sizes bristles.

The Badgal Bang mascara claims to be smudge proof, water resistant and also volumising . Along with this it contains ProVitamin B5 known to fuel thickness & strength.

As I was on the look out for a new mascara I decided to pick this up and give it a go, I have to admit I didn't really like any of Benefit's other mascara's but with the claims of fuller and thicker lashes I knew I had to try Badgal Bang.

The first thing I noticed about this mascara is the packaging , it is in a lovely matte tube with a bubbled top, it has a really high end feel. The mascara tube is actually really heavy and when you open and close it there is a little click so that you know it is closed fully. I really liked this as sometimes you can leave the top open a little and then air gets in and dries the product out.


So would this mascara live up to all the hype... the actual mascara is a lot runnier and thinner than I thought , I was thinking it would be a thicker constancy. The brush is fantastic it is nice and small and makes getting right into the root of the lash soo easy. The wand also gets thinner to thicker making getting into those corner lashes perfectly.

I noticed a big difference with just one application, I didn't need to dip in for more product to do my bottom lashes, there was more than enough on the wand. The mascara applies soo well because of the wand and also the constancy is so easy to work with. My lashes were a lot longer and definitely pitch black which I like.

It almost looked like I had applied some liner to my lash line as the mascara gets right into the root. If you don't like extremely black mascara you wont like this, they will hopefully bring out more colours in time.

I let the first application dry and then added a second... it have to say my lashes did get a little clumped.. which personally I don't mind but they were almost spidery, if you like your lashes all fanned out then I don't think you would like this mascara.



You probably could layer it up even more but two layers had my lashes full of volume and length that I didn't try anymore.

Finally the mascara claims to have 36 hour wear, I decided to put this to the test and slept in my mascara!! Yes I know how bad this is but I really wanted to test Benefit's claims out . The mascara actually held up really well, there was little to no smudging and it didn't go flaky at all. At the end of the 36 hours my eyes did feel disguising and scratchy but I think any mascara would do this after the amount of time.

Overall I was extremely impressed with the Badgal Bang mascara, I have had lots of people compliment my lashes asking if they were false and also saying how long they were. I am blessed to have naturally curly lashes but if you curled them and applied this mascara I think it would be stunning.



You can get this mascara in loads of different shops and also online at the minute, if you are on the lookout for a mascara with noticeable results I would 100% recommend you pick it up.

Lots of Love...

Victoria xx