Monday, 29 August 2016

The lawhouse reveal some of the richest pets in the world

why should i write a will

Let me pose you a question that may make you think. When you think of people who write wills, do you imagine it's all about old people deciding who to share their treasured possessions with?

Maybe... but it shouldn't be. Statistics from 2015 say over 51 million adults in the UK don't have a will. This is a starkly large figure especially considering the sheer unpredictability of life.

When you're young the thought of death probably seems very far away and the idea of writing a will seems pointless. Whilst it's likely we will all live a long and prosperous life sometimes life can throw a dagger in the works. Accidents can happen and they can be disastrous tearing families apart.
As the old saying goes, it's good to be prepared. A will is a surefire way of securing your family's safety and comfort long after you're gone. You can also decide who you feel should have what and write it up so it's completely fair. There's nothing worse then a family fighting over who's entitled to what on someone's estate!

I personally haven't yet written a will and  I do feel it's quite a sensitive matter to think about. Whilst I don't have a big family it's important to let them know they matter to you and it's something I will look into in the near future.

Not everyone has family they can leave their belongings and money too and it's often their much loved pooch or cat that ends up being very rich indeed. I worked with UK Probate lawyers to help develop this infographic. It gives you a little insight into the crazy world of some very lucky animals whose owners left their entire estate to them. As much as I love animals I'm not sure I could justify leaving so much money to my pet.
               Law House Infographic
So whether you want to leave all your riches to Fido or someone close to you here's a round up of why it's important to write a will at any age.

  • You know everything you own will go only to the people you want it to.
  • If you were estranged from your family and hadn't written a will - and your family couldn't be located, everything you own will go to the state. 

What do you think? Could you leave that amount of fortune to your pet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Your Dreams Explained With Adjustamatic

dream meanings

Dreams are funny things - they can be completely out of this world or they can seem very personal with yourself, friends and family taking centre place. Dreams are almost an extension of your self conscious and you can tell a lot about what may be important to you when you fall asleep.

I'm a pretty heavy sleeper and have no trouble getting to sleep (one of the lucky ones I guess!) I don't always dream that often but when I do, normally if I have things on my mind, it can get quite interesting. I don't know about you but when I've had a crazy dream it becomes vivid in my mind and I can remember it even years later. When I was younger I remember dreams like driving a bus (odd I know) down an ever narrowing bridge and driving off the edge. The bus rushed towards the water and I could see it rushing towards me but of course I woke up before it hit the waves.

Another time I was in my old school and went to the toilets. For some reason the toilet doors had been removed and replaced with a tiny door that barely covered any modesty. I felt so embarrassed in the dream but nature calls! They say that dreams can often signify something you're worrying about in real life and do not directly correlate with what you're dreaming about. For example the dream about falling suggests I was worried about something big happening whilst the toilet dream meant I was probably very anxious about revealing something about myself in some way. I think it's important that we take note when we remember interesting dreams as it could be significant to your life and may suggest there are things in the background worrying you that you should take control of. When you go to bed leave a note pad readily available so when you wake up after having a significant dream you can note it all down. Memories disappear very quickly after waking so by doing this you'll note down all the essential details. If you start to note a pattern appearing then it may be worthwhile reviewing what's going on in life, what's worrying you and how it can be improved.

Kids have wonderful inquisitive minds and whilst they probably won't look as deep into their dreams as you or me they can certainly have a laugh about it. Adjustamatic have teamed up with world leading dream expert Ian Wallace to help us understand what's going on in our heads when we dream. In a unique YouTube series the first chapter delves deep into the wild world of children's dreams. I'll be posting the video shortly so you can see the funny antics they came out with!

If only I could have Ian Wallace on speed dial every time I have a crazy dream!

Have you had any dreams that made you think twice? Let me know your craziest ones in the comments!

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Nail of the day: Essie Repstyle Nail Lacquer

the hottest nail of the day

essie repstyle nail lacquer magnetic nails
Essie nail varnish in Repstyle is a chrome metallic varnish that is transformed by a magnet that is incorporated into the lid. I've not used a magnetic nail varnish in so long and to be honest I've not seen many around in recent months. The magnetic varnishes were all the rage a little while back and I guess the trend has died out now. I of course bought this a while ago but haven't got around to trying it. Too much makeup too little time!

The varnish dries quickly and has a lovely shiny gold finish. For some reason the magnet didn't work at all despite me applying to two coats as specified on the instructions.

It is a nice varnish but the fact that it doesn't do what it's supposed to do is a bit disappointing.

Have you managed to get the magnet part of the Essie polish to work? Let me know what you thought of the varnish in the comments!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Freedom Pro Blush & Highlight Palette in Bronze and Baked Review


freedom pro blush and highlighter palette bronzed and baked

What the brand says
Freedom Pro Blush Palette in Bronze and Baked is a collection of 8 highly pigmented gorgeous blusher and highlighter shades.

The palette is also available in Peach and Baked (check out the review here) and Pink and Baked.

The Lowdown
freedom pro blush and highlight palette in bronze and baked reviewI picked up this palette a while back with the Peach and Baked palette. Unlike the Peach and Baked palette, Bronze and Baked is a lot more unconventional. It's marketed as a blusher and highlight palette but in my honest opinion the majority of the shades are far too dark to be applied as blushers. I could definitely use the light pink shade (second left) as a blusher and potentially the pink swirl (third left) but even that is perhaps too pigmented to be an effective blusher. The shades look amazingly pigmented and I can tell just by looking at it the highlight will be really strong. You could even get away with wearing some of the shades as eyeshadow, especially the middle dark gold shade and the dark pink shade on the second right. It also has a full size mirror which is always useful when you're out and about.

freedom pro blush and highlighter palette in bronze and baked swatches
The majority of the shades felt quite soft when swatching, apart from the top white shade which felt rough and chalky. Only two of the shades would be suitable to be used as a blusher (two and three) whilst four of the shades could be used effectively as a highlighter (four, six, seven, and eight).  Number five is quite dark and would work really well as a bronzer. The majority of the shades are all pretty pigmented apart from number one which was really disappointing. I love the finish of the highlighters, especially number seven which has a gorgeous shimmery finish.

I incorporated the palette into my daily routine using number two for blusher, number seven for highlight and number eight for highlighting under my brows. The blusher is very very light and took a lot of swipes to get much of the product to show up. It does however have a nice shimmery finish. I loved the highlighter (number seven) as it gives such a gorgeous shimmer with just one swipe. It's hard to see in the photo but I can assure you it looks fabulous. Number eight adds a subtle gold shimmer that looks lovely when the light bounces off it.

Overall a nice palette that has a good range of pigmented shades. I would say Freedom have marketed it a bit deceptively though as it's not really a blusher palette - it's more of a highlighter/bronzer palette. The blushers aren't that amazing and take a lot of work to get a noticeable result, although you do get a nice shimmer which is a bonus. For £6 it's not a bad price at all and you get quite a lot for your money.

before and after freedom pro blush and highlight palette in bronzed and baked

I give it 3/5

Get it for £6 at Superdrug

Advantages

  • The majority of the shades are really pigmented and have a lovely shimmery finish
  • Only £6 for eight shades which is a really good buy
  • Comes with a mirror for on the go application

Disadvantages

  • Whilst it's marketed as a blusher and highlighter palette not many of these shades can really be used as a blusher
  • Some of the shades are quite light and take a bit of effort to get your desired finish
  • Number one felt scratchy to apply and the highlight was quite poor

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Get a false lash effect with the new L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Fatale

l'oreal volume million lashes fatale review

I've tried a fair few mascaras in my time and I'm always on a mission to find the next big thing. Whilst a mascara may seem amazing initially it soon starts to lose its effect and I start to look for the mascara that can give me the ultimate false lash effect. I recently saw L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Fatale advertised and thought I'd give it a go. It's part of the Volume Millions Range of which has generated a number of spin offs including So Couture and Feline.

The mascara has a unique brush with tiny bristles that are designed to give you that intense volume and length. Whilst all L'Oreal's mascaras are generally good I was really impressed by their latest version. It gave me massive lashes with only two coats of mascara and there were virtually no clumps. Check out the video to see the results.
   
Have you tried this mascara yet? What did you think of it?

Get yours for £9.99 at Boots (so worth it!)
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