Thursday, 14 July 2016

Wish List #2 // Bikini Porn Again??

Hello there folks!

Back again with another post :) this time it is another wish list. You may find this instalment to be a bit.... yellow...

So I have been trying and trying to get hold of the Moana Bikini of my dreams, ie. the lazy runch bottoms and the orange marlin top... but either one or the other or both of them are sold out at any one time when they drop. Gutting. I have dreams about that bright orange/yellow top. More than the colour it also just looks like the most amazing shape that holds your boobs in a perky, natural way.


Since trying repeatedly and failing to get this bikini combo I have been on the look out for other yellowy, golden alternatives to the Moana one, especially since a little bird told me that there are only a few restocks left before the collection changes completely *weeps*. Here is what I have found if you've been diagnosed with yellow bikini fever like myself...

For the hippie and carefree gal...

Amore and Sorvette - yellow/multi crochet bikini


I saw this on A Bikini A Day and fell in LOVE with it. It looks great on Devin Brugman and I was a bit curious to see how it looks on girls with a smaller chest. When you follow through to the website It's Now Cool you can see the bikini in all it's glorious angles

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It's just stunning. It sort of mixes some Kiini vibes with She Made Me swimwear plus it's relatively cheap for a designer bikini at only £80. Pretty sweet and I'm seriously thinking of getting this one... 

For the girl wishing she was alive in the 80s...

Gnash Swim- High cut one piece in Punk Orange. 

 (Source: Gnash Swim)
(Source: Gnash Swim Insta) 

Okay I know not technically a bikini but isn't this suit so rad? It practically glows and you're bound to draw the attention of everyone at the beach wearing this thing. Plus once you're done sunning up just shove a denim skirt over the top of it and you've got an awesome outfit to wear out for drinks at the bar with the girls. That low, low back is to die for and I honestly need to stop thinking about it right now before I automatically buy it. It's an Australian brand and sells for $97 AUD a pop. Not too shabby if you ask me.

For the girl who loves every inch of her body and wants the world to know it...

Beach Babe Swimwear - Orabella bikini

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This bikini is GORG. From the braided sides to the way the top is crafted, being an over the shoulder top rather than a halter style which for me is more flattering. It's the most perfect marigold colour and is very skimpy. If you wan't to maximise on how tan you are, this is the one for you. You are looking at around the $150 mark for this one which is slightly painful though. 

For the girl who scubas in style...

Triangle Bikini - Devon

(Source: Triangl bikini)

Normally I'm not a balconette fan but this is too stunning not to be in love with it. I'm yet to purchase a bikini from Triangl as there is just so much choice I had no idea when to start. Then this beauty came up online and I'm currently drooling over it. I had heard that Triangl bikini bottoms due to being neoprene were unyielding and gave the effect of looking like you were wearing a diaper. BUT, they now have come out with their new "cheeky" style bottom. Still more coverage than I would call cheeky but it looks like a very flattering shape to me. For this set you are looking at around $100 USD for the lot which isn't too bad for a high end bikini. 


That's all from me folks :) talk soon! 






Monday, 11 July 2016

Okay WOW || Update

So where the fuck have I been? No where really. Just working on a documentary at Uni and got so demotivated with the blog and ran out of ideas. Plus in doing a documentary I became more obsessed with film and wanted to try Youtube again (more on this later). 

Honestly I logged back on with the intention of deleting this as I have before with my YT channel and other long forgotten blogs. But, I suddenly saw that across my various posts I've somehow got a few thousand views. Mainly on my Bikini Body Burn post and my Coulbourne post. Clearly I was being helpful and I don't want to get rid of anything that is helping people. So I'm back to continue this endeavour :) I cannot promise I'll post regularly but I promise I will post. 

Updates:

  • I have a youtube channel! Once more I'm back on the screen under the username BarefootedNish and maybe I'll try to use it in conjunction with this platform. I so far have one video so why not check it out ...






I'm thinking of changing this blog name to be the same as my YT one so keep an eye out for that!
I also changed my instagram and twitter handle to match my youtube so you can find me @barefootednish :) 



  • Bikini Body Burn- I did keep up with the programme but I didn't finish it. I got ill and never went back to it despite the progress I made on toning up. Buuuuttt I have a holiday coming up in October where I will be lazing around in a bikini so I am starting the toning up again this summer so stay tuned for a progress report on that. 
  • I moved into a LOVELY new room and ditched the shitty friends. Thank god. I was going mental. I will do a room tour video on my YT channel so if you want to see that head on over and subscribe so you don't miss out. 
I think that's about it for updates. My next post will be another swimwear wishlist :) see you in the next one my loves. 




Friday, 15 April 2016

New in: Lena Menstrual Cup

Hello there folks!

It has been a while now so I hope you forgive my absence and I know I really do need to get round to doing an update on my Bikini Body Burn experience (which I will when I can do the post justice in terms of information and fully developed opinion) but today I received a new menstrual cup! 

Today I will be showing you the Lena Cup. 



First things first, I don't hate my Lunette Cup by any means. I stand by my positively radiant review of it. But you know when you just think "wow this is good, great in fact, but can it get any better?" Yeah. So I ordered the Lena Cup with plans to order more in the future. You see, I am a total convert to reusable menstrual products (RUMPs) and wonder what the hell I was doing before them in all honesty. I will be doing more reviews of them in the future so if you have any cups that you are dying to know more about then fling your requests my way! 

So why did I go for the Lena Cup next you ask? Well you're right it is a relatively new cup on the market but the reasons I went for the Lena next is because I thought my "goldilocks" cup would be one that is slightly firmer than the Lunette cup. If you are new to this, women with firm pelvic floor muscles sometimes find that softer cups don't open up well inside them or get crushed throughout the day and I was having to spend some time getting my Lunette to open for me. So I did my research (do not underestimate this!!! I was hours on the internet scouring the web for info on firmer cups). My research found that the Lena was a great firm cup without being a rock for lack of a better word. 

Also it is a tulip or bell shaped cup which I wanted to try in comparison to the V shape of the Lunette cup. Some shapes work better for different people. 



The only way I could get hold of it being in the EU was on Precious Stars Pads webshop where she sells cloth pads and other cups. She ships internationally which is fab but if you are a luck US babe then amazon is the place for you! 

When my cup arrived it was in two boxes, the first just a normal brown post box and then inside that the Lena Cup box. I was disappointed to see that the box was a bit damaged:


...but the seal wasn't broken so no real worries here. 

I got the Lena Cup size small as I have a light to moderate flow but in all honesty you should be okay with either size if you are that confused. Sometimes they judge it on your age and whether you've birthed a child but it really is down to preference and what works for you in the end.

I've heard some people say they hate the little cases the Lena Cup comes in because they look vile but mine is very pretty. It must just be luck of the draw but I am very pleased with my cup bag



Inside the box you get the cup, the case, the instruction manual and a little card where you can share a discount code which I will put at the end of the post. 

I have to say the instruction manual for the Lena Cup is brilliant they really have thought of everything. This is most likely down to the involvement of the Bryony from the Youtube channel Precious Stars Pads, the guru of RUMPs. 

Down to the actual cup I think I will really like it. Medical grade silicone just like the Lunette and other cups which is great. It is definitely firmer that my Lunette cup although I would say the firmness is more at the top of the cup and the base is slight more squishy in my opinion most likely making it easier to remove (some firm cups can hurt to take out or are hard to break the seal). It holds about 25ml much like other 'small' versions of cups who all hold around the 20 ish mark. 

The grip rings on both the stem and the base of the cup are extremely prominent even more so than the Lunette I would say. Without having tried it I think for me this is going to be a good thing as sometimes with the added lubrication of menstrual blood a good grip can be hard to achieve when removing menstrual cups. That being said, be aware if you are extremely sensitive down there are they seem like they could irritate menstrual cup users with this condition. 

The stem of the cup while very similar to the Lunette is actually less stretchy which is a definite plus. The amount of times I have pinged myself with the Lunette stem would make you cringe! As someone who keeps their stems on their cups this is a huge deal for me haha. The stem is still very flexible though for those wondering. 

I also notice that the air holes at the top are very nicely finished off. It looks to me as they are constructed as a part of the construction of the cup so they are extremely neat and perfected. The Lunette's air holes look like they are done in post-production so while they are pretty uniform on one of mine it looks slightly as though it is incompletely hammered through. This is pretty negligible however as my Lunette has always formed a good seal and I clean it very thoroughly. 

There are no measuring lines on the Lena which I would appreciate as I am always interested in measuring my flow but these lines can be hard to clean so it is understandable as to why they are absent. 

The silicone on the Lena feels glorious much like the Lunette. They both have a matte, grippy kind of silicone feel (if that makes any sense). 

All in all I am very excited to try out this cup! Some quick initial pros and cons for those of you dying to know...

+ Well made and great quality silicone
+ Firm for easy opening 
+ Folds up small very well for easy insertion
+ Prominent grip rings 
+ Less stretchy stem
+ Beautiful bag & beautiful cup
+ Brilliant instructions manual

– Might be too firm for sensitive people 
– Only comes in pink 
– No measuring lines
– I still might prefer a less flexible stem

Thank you for reading guys and I will update you on this cup in the near future!


Discount code for american customers: http://www.lenacup.com/share

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Review: Lush Solid Shampoo Bar - Seanik

Since getting my hair cut with more layers in it and since my obsessing over model and instagram sensation, Alexis Ren, my quest for beautiful beachy hair is seemingly endless.

I am well acquainted with salt sprays as you well know from a previous post but I do find that too many consecutive days of overloading my hair with spray leaves my hair getting greasier quicker. I also find that the current climate of the Netherlands being extremely cold, rainy and windy means my scalp is going overboard on the oil production. My normal shampoo just has not been cutting the mustard lately so I ventured into my local Lush store.

I'd heard about their solid shampoos before and at first wasn't interested in trying them. They looked like a total hassle and, me being like most of us here, I am a creature of habit. Venturing from liquid shampoos to the solid variety seemed to me like too much of a change and a weird thing to be doing when I have a perfectly functional normal detergent for my locks. However, recently I looked at what kind of crap was in my average shampoo and I was shocked!

I don't know if you've ever looked at just how many ingredients are in your average shampoo but there are a lot and I have an increasingly sensitive scalp. So when I looked into vegan alternatives for shampoos in order to get both an ethical alternative and one which would do well to combat grease I was pleasantly surprised to find Lush met both those requirements with a relatively simply made up shampoo bar.

Lush Seanik



I settled for trying Lush's Seanik to begin with as it has the most positive reviews. 

Things I loved:
  1. The smell is great! Almost citrusy and quite unisex for people that share shampoos across the sexes. 
  2. It lathers up extremely well and then washes away with NO residue. Incredible considering it's vegan I was convinced it would either be not foamy at all or too heavy. It was perfect. 
  3. While at first you think it dries your hair out it's actually very gentle. Quite good for a dry scalp although not entirely the best. It leaves your hair with plenty of volume which is great if you're after a beachy effect like I am. 
  4. The packaging is so small which is perfect for travelling. 
  5. If I'm travelling and don't want to take much I find this double up perfectly as a body soap for shaving. I have sensitive skin and this was no bother. 

Things I didn't love quite so much:
  1. Takes a while to dry the product after use. If you don't dry it, it sticks to its case and makes a bit of a mess. However, just leave it to dry in the lid of it's case for a couple hours and it's fine!
  2. Not as conditioning as some shampoos are. 
  3. While it is gentle enough on my dry scalp it could do more to banish flakiness. 

All in all I think this is a very good shampoo. It's perfect for everyday if you're into daily hair washing and it does the beachy job I was after. I would award it a 7.5/10


Have a good rest of the week folks!




Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Cutting Out Toxic Friends // My Experience

This post will be entirely different to the norm. It's about my experience with toxic friends. This explains why my posting is sporadic. This explains why right now I can't do outfit posts as I want to or do a room tour posts or Uni decor posts despite how much I want to. It may sound petty and like nothing but this was and still is a hard time to navigate through, one which is only just now coming to an end. I am posting this because I need to express it in some way. Please comment below if you have had a similar experience and how you dealt with it. I would really appreciate it. 

My Story

I've mentioned before that I attend university in the Netherlands and being a brit that can be relatively challenging due to the language barrier. Thankfully for the most part I have been loving my time here and I'm a whole year and a half into my studies at Liberal Arts college. For the past 8 months, however, I haven't been truly happy with a certain part of my life here. That part is coming to a close now thankfully but I wanted to at least talk about it in case anyone else is feeling the same way. 

When I first moved here I moved into a shared house with 3 other guy students. My room was a cosy size and I did love it when it eventually looked my style and I felt at home there. The rest of the place that was communal was a complete tip but my room was my sanctuary. Then after a while I moved in with my closest friend into an apartment just for us. My room was the size of Harry Potter's cupboard under the stairs and didn't have its own lock but I didn't think anything of it at the time. The flat was beautiful and light and perfect with a lovely big living room, offsetting the fact that my room could fit only my bed in it. I thought I would be just lazing in the living room mostly with my lovely boyfriend and only using my room for sleeping in so I didn't have a care in the world. 

We moved in the weekend of my birthday in May and this is the point where everything went South. My Mum came to visit for the weekend of my birthday and took us both out for dinner and then just me. She helped me move my stuff and I had a wonderful time on my first birthday at Uni. The week after my Mum went home and I went back to spending my time at the library completing my readings and assignments during deadline time. At this point I received an angry message from my flatmate and friend saying we needed to chat. The chat was about how this past weekend and following days I had spent no time at home and that it had made her angry and I had to do something about it. I tried to explain that it had been my birthday but this chat wasn't about my explanations or my point of view. Just about her opinions of my behaviour which was having a nice birthday and studying at Uni. 

I tried to put it out of my mind and continued being happy but the flat became messier and messier and things of mine kept going missing. Then came a group project in which I worked with her and another friend. This was a nightmare. The first deadline she left me and the other friend in the lurch when she had done no referencing only for us to realise 20 minutes before deadline. Following this I found more and more that only my work in the paper was being "edited" to say the least. Huge chunks of writing were being deleted minutes after I had typed them with no explanation. Any contribution I had made to the paper was wrong. By the end of the project, not one sentence in that paper was my work. It got worse and worse until the day of the final deadline when finally it was over and I went home to get lunch only to find that she had eaten all my food and what she hadn't eaten was opened and thrown back in the cupboard. I was furious and after calming down sent a polite but sharp message asking her to ask me first before eating my food. After all it was the end of a term and like most I was running out of money. The reply I got back stated that she was hungry and so what. Consequently all my friends were told by her that I was over reacting and I needed to stop. I had only told a handful of my closest friends how upset I was. She then decided I had been bullying her and refused to practise for our paper presentation which was the next day. 

This passed and for a while things did get better. However, I was working my ass off cleaning up after her and still items of mine such as underwear were disappearing to the point that every 8 weeks when I went home I was buying a new set of underwear after only having a few left. Decorative items from my room would be taken out when I was out of the house and put in the living room or her room. I kept getting more irritated but bottling it up. I was spending a lot of time at the flat in order to escape criticism from her for not being there but staying there a lot I realised that her mood swings are out of control. She was moody when I wasn't there but when I was she was constantly angry storming around. I would be cooking and turn and see her standing there scowling at me. 

The living room became her space for all her stuff and only if she liked my stuff would it be allowed there. I was unable to control anything in the flat not even in my own room which she would enter as and when she pleased and go through my things. 

Unrelated to the incidents, I went vegetarian and then onto being vegan. This girl, I didn't realise before, is very anti veggie. I was getting teased for drinking almond milk and had all the common arguments where I get asked questions but when I answer them I'm "forcing my beliefs" even though I have no right to be all self-righteous when I used to eat meat too. She also became very anti-feminist claiming that equality isn't a norm we should strive for. It was an attempt at being reactionary I guess. She'd also claim that there was no such thing as right or wrong and then say Hitler was just misunderstood and one action doesn't make him a bad person. I stopped answering to a lot of these reactionary opinions. 

For a while our house was out of action and we were forced to stay with other people for a few weeks. I stayed with my boyfriend and she stayed with a mutual friend. She told all my friends I was forcing her out of the flat we shared and I was getting reprimanded by friends all the time. Even after our flat was back in action I was staying mostly with my boyfriend. At this point I had been keeping what was happening to myself and my boyfriend and I hadn't told anyone else. She on the other hand did not offer the same courtesy. 

I found after this I was being invited out less and less and yet still being asked by her and others why I wasn't going out or why I barely hang out with them anymore. Some of my friends didn't realise I just hadn't been invited. When I was invited out she and another friend would always leave early most of the time without telling me with me wondering where they were. I tried time and time again to keep up with it all organising times to hang out or go out. On one of these occasions she and the other friend said they were too tired to go out but still I got sent snapchats that night of them laced at a party. 

At uni or when hanging out all three of us I was the easy target to be picked on and in response I gave as good as I got turning me bitter and argumentative for a while until I decided to let it go. All the talk was about grades and having good exam scores, an extremely neoliberal belief in education I detest. All the time there was constant competition. As an extremely uncompetitive person I was isolated. I ended up only having my boyfriend as my friend for a while. 

After a lot of stress and upset I decided with the help of my boyfriend and Mum supporting me that I didn't need to try and keep up with them. I could make new friends despite this being a year into the course. In trying to do so I decided to detach myself from such a poisonous mix. This has been working slightly. I have been practising ways to relax my mind because as a result of being exposed to such a tense environment I have become very anxious and cannot spend the night in my own flat. I believe I had other health effects due to too much stress and being on the pill and since coming off it I have been trying to right my body and avoid stress. 

Recently I decided it was time to move as the contract for the flat is almost up. I decided fully when recently she told me I needed to pick whether I wanted to stay or leave and that it would be better for her if I stayed in the contract so that she could live in the flat while I stayed at my boyfriends. I realised then just how selfish she was and decided to start looking for another place. This has prompted her talking to random people at uni telling them that I'm bullying her for no reason and that it's come really by surprise when I was her closest friend. Of course I hear about it all. I recently made new friends and I am enjoying myself a lot more now but I still get anxious about going back to the flat. She tells people she thinks I am an intruder when I go to the flat despite me having my own key. 

Fast forward to now. I am still looking for a place. She is looking for a new flatmate and if she can't find one she too will be moving out. I am trying to detach myself even more from her and the mutual friends we have that more or less took her side as I was unwilling to talk about her to a larger group of people. I feel much better but still not 100%. I will post more on my relaxation techniques and when I move I will be doing more fun posts on my new room and stuff like that. Please comment below if you too have had to cut out toxic friends or if you are struggling right now and we can start a dialogue going on how to help each other out. You don't have to think you're over reacting or you're wrong. If you aren't happy in a friendship then you are perfectly free to end it and I believe you should. What I have explained today with my story is only what I can remember or what I feel really contributed to it but it really is only the half of it. This is not to suggest that my flatmate is an entirely bad person. Obviously at one point she was a good friend or I would never have moved in with her. But just because someone is kind or generous at times does not discount how shit they can make you feel all the other times. 

Thank you for reading. 



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