Tuesday, 29 November 2016

We Need To Discuss FGM



Hello Everyone,

How are you all? This is normally the part where I open with some sort of sarcastic joke or otherwise witty remark, but today, I've got my serious girl pants on because the subject I'm about to raise isn't a humorous one but rather a one of shock, disbelief and overwhelming sadness.

Review


If you watch my YouTube channel, you'll have probably seen me haul this book recently, Cut - One Woman's Fight Against FGM in Britain Today and it made for shocking reading.

Don't be put off by the 'Britain' part if you're from elsewhere, this is just a broader look at the situation in the UK but is as relevant to any country that experiences migration and it is important to read if you're from a country that has culturally practiced FGM.

If you're not aware of what FGM actually means, it stands for Female Genital Mutilation, to sum it up in a nutshell, someone gets a razor or a knife etc and cuts off parts of your vagina, usually when you are a child and you literally have no say about this, usually the clitoris is removed and sometimes the labia too (the 'lips' if you will) then you might be sewn shut using the bloody mess that is left behind leaving just a tiny opening for urine or menstrual blood to escape from. This is more often than not, completed whilst the woman or girl is fully awake with no anesthetic and I don't even think I need to tell you the obvious tragic consequences such as deaths after undergoing such a procedure.

Female Genital Mutilation

Hibo Wardere was given Type 3 at just 6 years old, whilst her story is harrowing and upsetting it is also one of hope and extreme courage. Born and raised in Somalia, Hibo came to London to escape war and made herself a successful life in the UK, with the help of her supportive husband she has saved her own daughters from such a violent fate and now she is working to save the daughters of others through education.

I can't express enough just how much you need to read this book, I was unable to put this down and I'm so glad I learned more about FGM and Hibo Wardere, if you're looking for something raw, honest, inspiring and educational, Cut is one for you.

Let me know your thoughts,

Rosy xx
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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Top 5 Reasons I Have Beef With Barbie


Hello Everyone,

Another Week, Another Top 5.

Today we are talk about the shady little mofo, Barbie.



Barbie, dearest, dearest Barbie. She is friend of many, famous for her fashionable attire and her unbreakable 'can-do' attitude, she really is a good, solid egg is barbie... or is she?

For quite some time I have been giving Barbie the side eye, whilst she's been floating around in a mist of pink glitter (#Goals) and cupcakes (#MoreGoals), I have been sitting watching her silently, saying little, seeing plenty...

Creepy? Yes.

Fruitful? Oh definitely.

I've come to the conclusion that our dear friend Barbie isn't as squeaky clean as she would have us believe, welcome to:

The Top 5 Reasons I Have Beef With Barbie

1. Employment History:

Why has no one ever questioned just how many careers Barbie has had? She's been a nurse, a teacher, a pilot, a vet, a dentist, an astronaut, a surgeon... Has anyone ever actually checked her qualifications? Because I'm not convinced that someone can be adequately qualified in so many fields, your thoughts?

2. Never Ages:

Barbie is around 55 years old now, she still looks 20, I'm also interested how her baby sisters are still babies? Illuminati? Aliens? One thing is for certain, that sh*t ain't right!

3. Dubious Sisters:

Putting aside the fact that Barbie and her family never seem to age, there's also the dubious question of the missing siblings, currently we have Skipper, Stacie and Chelsea (Who used to be called Shelly or Kelly but obviously entered witness protection after witnessing the Sindy fiasco *see point five*), but no one mentions the missing siblings, Tutti and Todd? Krissy? They all existed for a while then disappeared...

What did you do with them Barbie?

Also, since barbie was clearly about 40 when Krissy was released, I'm not too convinced that this was her sister after all.

This all points to the conclusion that Barbie and her family are eliminating less successful members of their cult, or, Barbie is actually the mother of a selection of these sisters, lies about it, then has them adopted or 'taken care of', Either way, it's looking shady, Barbie.

4. She's Desperate 

Now, there's nothing wrong with wanting to get married, but when you go to the lengths that Barbie does to try and force your beau to put a ring on it, there needs to be some questions asked.

I'm talking about the awkward moments when Barbie has returned to the scene as a 'Wedding Barbie' of some kind, however, there has never actually been a wedding, Barbie is still single, and, despite making Ken dress up as groom sometimes, the dude still doesn't take the hint.

There was also the forgotten case of Barbie dumping Ken and having an exotic affair with a surfer named Blaine (google it, it happened), before the inevitable reunion with Ken, who, in case you're wondering, STILL HASN'T MARRIED BARBIE.

Perhaps he knows about the missing love children?

5. What Happened to Sindy?

If you're from the UK and kind of old like me past your early 20's, you might remember Sindy, Barbie's British competition. Sindy was a more wholesome version of Barbie (with naff features like Disco hair that didn't actually really work, thanks for ruining my childhood, Sindy!), However, Barbie and Sindy didn't see eye to eye and, as time went on, Sindy began to copy Barbie's style a bit (We're talking the arrival of the boob fairy and a newly plastic surgerised face) Barbie and her people got a bit pissy at this and sued Sindy for stealing her style (again, this stuff is real, google it) and before you know it, *Poof* Sindy is gone...

What did you do to Sindy, Barbie? Where is she?

So what do you think? Do you think Barbie is secretly hiding some shady tendencies? My theory is that Barbie has some really important friends and is above the law because this just doesn't add up, I'd love to hear your theories.


Rosy xx
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Monday, 7 November 2016

Let's Get One Thing Straight


Hello Everyone,

There are sometimes things in life that we would love to straighten out, but no matter how hard we try, we just can't, for example, I'd like my Mother to believe that when I was 7 years old and I rolled off the sofa onto my brother's pile of cars, it was an accident! I had no ulterior motive in destroying his 'fantastic' car tower, come on now!
Another thing I'd like straightened out is that I know double denim wasn't in when I was a teen, I know people thought I was trapped in a cowboy movie, but I knew it would come back and that I was a trendsetter... kinda.

But all the 'never gonna happen' moments aside, one thing I can straighten out is my hair.


Irresistible Me recently contacted me to see if I would like to give a try to their Tourmaline Straightening Brush which is a nifty little gadget that straightens your hair and tames frizz all by simply brushing through your hair.

I normally use my good old GHD straighteners religiously, so I was really interested to try out something a bit different to see just how easy this brush actually was to use.



I should point out that if you're UK or EU based, you'll need to purchase a US adapter plug as this brush comes with an American fitting (I just ordered one from Amazon for a few pounds) and that did the job nicely.



So what do Irresistible Me have to say about their Tourmaline Straightening Brush?

Let us tell you why our heat brush is the best in the West:
  • Superior ergonomics and the perfect bristle thickness and distance eliminate hair snags.
  • Quality ceramic and tourmaline heating surface, three times that of a normal flat iron, which means quick straightening larger sections of hair at a time.
  • Our ultra-fast recovery technology maintains a constant high temperature during use, while the tourmaline infusion emits rich amounts of negative ions to moisturize and hydrate your hair
  • Multiple temperature settings, ranging from 270℉ (130℃) to 450℉ (230℃).
  • Anti-scald and anti-static for virtually no hair damage
  • Gorgeous LCD screen display and Microprocessor control
  • Universal voltage – take your brush with you everywhere; from NY to Paris to Sydney (the only thing you will need is a plug adaptor)
  • Super light and comes in a beautifully designed box with magnetic closure that you can use to store it
  • 8 ft swivel cord.
  • Auto shut-off function

So how did it stand up to the claims?

Well I was really impressed, it does claim that using this method will give you more volume than a flat iron and I didn't notice any extra volume, but my hair is really fine and tends to fall very flat unless I use a shed load of styling product so that didn't worry me. I was also pleasantly surprised that I didn't burn! I was half expecting the ends of the brush to be so hot that it would leave me medium rare but you can actually touch the ends of the brush and not burn (If you look at the above picture of the brush underside, you'll see it has black rubber ends and the metal bit in the middle is where the heat is at, so don't go shoving your fingers in there to test it, you've been warned!)

So here's my before and after, and yes I know the top of my head is missing slightly but I had my toddler taking the pictures for me and so I think she did a great job considering how heavy my camera is!



As you can see, it's not as 'poker straight' as you get with a flat iron, but there's definitely a huge difference.

I really enjoyed trying this brush and I can imagine that I'll get a fair bit of use out of it now I have tried it, so at least I straightened one thing out... but Mum, I swear, that car thing was a misunderstanding!!

Have you heard of Irresistible Me? They also offer hair extensions and hair accessories too.

Bye for now,

Rosy xx

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Monday, 31 October 2016

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland


Hello Everyone,

Today I'm bringing you another book review, Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland.

As always, this review will NOT CONTAIN ANY SPOILERS, so feel free to go on.


So if you follow me on YouTube (Shameless self promo), you'll have been me talk about this fantastic read as part of the HotKey books Book Tour at the beginning of this month, if not, then you should really be following my YouTube channel... Just kidding.... maybe.

Our Chemical Hearts is a newly released Young Adult fiction that tells the classic 'Boy Meets Girl' story in a way that is anything but classic.

The story follows a very likable young man called Henry Page, a film buff (that comes out in some excellent movie quotes thrown into his dialogue) with a hugely romantic heart. Henry is on the search for that heart stopping moment of first love, just like you see in Hollywood.

Enter, stage right, Grace Town.

Grace isn't your usual teen love interest, for a start, she walks with a limp and a cane, smells a little, shall we say... ripe, and she wears oversized men's clothing and yet Henry is inexplicably drawn into her complicated world.

Henry can see Grace is a collection of broken pieces and he can't resist the compelling urge he has to discover what caused the fracturing of Grace's soul and then put her back together again, the question is, does Grace want to be saved?

Filled with mystery, heartbreaking emotion, raw feelings and a scattering of hilarious conversation, Our Chemical Hearts was a fantastic read for me, and I can't recommend this story enough for people of all ages (hell I'm definitely not a teenager anymore but I can still really enjoy a good book set with teen characters), if you'd like a more in depth look at the book (and yes, still spoiler free) have a little look at the Video I recorded below.



Have any of you read Our Chemical Hearts? Would you?

Till next time,

Rosy xx
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