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

Yours Clothing
Black & White Monochrome Polka Dot Print Swimdress

Simply Be
Joanna Hope Wrap Swimsuit

Green Palm Print Halterneck Swimsuit

Simply Be
Open Mesh Plunge Swimsuit

Tropical Print Multiway Swimdress

Simply Be
Magisculpt Navy Stripe Sculpting Swimdress

Simply Be
Figleaves Curve Malibu Swimsuit

Yours Clothing
Blue Floral Print Cold Shoulder Swimsuit with Frill

Navy Blue Floral Bandeau Swimsuit

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