Fashion | Second Ear Piercings

Not all that long ago - and after lots of deliberation - I had my second lobe piercings done. I know that ear piercings are far from the most exciting things in the piercing world and often people don't actually consider them "piercings" if (like mine) they were done with a piercing gun, but for me this decision was a big deal.  

I know of a fair few people who are considering getting a second piercing so I thought it would be a splendid idea for me to discuss my piercing experience with you to help you make your decision. I am by no means a piercing expert; I only have two lobe piercings in each ear and I don't plan on getting anything else pierced. But hopefully this will work as a bit of a beginners guide to getting a second piercing (or first, if you're yet to join the piercing parade).

I had the piercings done at my local branch of Claire's Accessories and I'd definitely recommend Claires for all you who (like me) are a bit of a piercing newbie. I had got my first lobe piercings done at the same location when I was eight, and the fact that I was already aware of exactly what the whole piercing process was, really put me at ease. My main motivation for choosing Claire's for the piercings - as opposed to a specialised piercing shop - was simply the fact that I wanted it to be guaranteed that it would be done using a gun rather than a needle, as I have a rather huge needle phobia (hence my lack of desire for any more body jewelry).

Overall the actual piercing experience itself was rather good, as having it done was pretty much pain free. Lobe piercings simply feel like a sharp pinch that only lasts for half a second. I chose to have both ears done at the same time (with the assistance of a second sales assistant), simply to speed up the process. Off the top of my head I don't recall which earring I chose from the Claire's earring board but - as you can see in the picture - it's a 3mm silver crystal-like stud. I do believe this cost me between £20 and £25 but there were more and less expensive options if that doesn't work for you. If you fancy taking a peek at the earring options available (and the prices) you can find the list on the Claire's website.

All Claire's piercings come with a free bottle of after care lotion for you to clean your piercings with. If you're after all the facts and figures, you're supposed to tend to your piercings three times a day for six weeks using the instructions provided by the Claire's team. I took this one step further and made the purchase of a bottle of Rapid Lotion for £10, which takes the six week process down to three  weeks.

The healing process of my second piercings has been up and down. My left ear has healed wonderfully and wasn't sore at all, but the same can't really be said for the other piercing. My right ear was rather sore for a fair while following the piercing (we're talking weeks here), and I did fret non-stop about infections and all that jazz but it seems to have finally got itself under control. 

Despite my initial hesitation about getting my second lobe piercings, I'm so pleased I had it done. I'd definitely recommend Claire's for any of you who are slightly more wary about the piercing experience, as they definitely made it a worry-free experience whilst doing a wonderful job.

Beauty | Nail Wrapz Review*

Despite my huge love for pretty nails, I'm definitely no nail art wizard. My talents can just about stretch to a basic nail polish look. For this reason I'm always interested in a product that can make my weekly-manicure session slightly more special, so I was delighted to be offered the opportunity by the ever so lovely team at Nail Wrapz to review their product.

Nail Wrapz are a USA based company who offer hundreds of different designs for you to jazz up your nails up with. Although I was provided with a random selection of half sheets of four of their designs, I've been having a browse through their website and they offer everything from flags to zombies, seasons to your basic patterns. They even offer a custom nail wraps option if you're after a one of a kind design. For $14.99 (which I do believe is just under £10), you recieve "40 complete nail wraps in 10 different sizes.  That is enough to do 2 manicures, 2 pedicures, and still have a few accent nails left".

Hands up who wants a manicure that lasts for ages? Then Nail Wrapz will be right up your street. One of the things about nail polish that drives me up the wall is its ability to chip like there's no tomorrow. But this obviously isn't the case with Nail Wrapz and that's just wonderful. They're designed to last up to the two week mark (sometimes longer if you get lucky), which would make them perfect for festivals and holidays where you need something long-lasting so you don't have to keep touching up your manicure. I found the product to only last about a week, but I'm pretty sure that this shortcoming is simply as a result of the fact that I have fairly thin fingers so the wraps don't fit my nails perfectly. Even then, seven days is much longer than the longevity of most nail polishes.

It's not just laziness that fuels my Nail Wrapz love - the designs are also stunning. I had a tough time choosing which out of my four designs I was going to use, but I ended up going for a stunning blue/turquoise design with small silver spots. I've always found that a look that is predominantly a solid colour works really well with most outfits, so it's always something I look for in a nail art design.

I'm not going to lie, the application of the wraps is not the easiest thing in the world. It's not exactly difficult per-se, but it is fiddly and you may need to recruit a fabulous assistant to help you with the process. Ultimately all you have to do is peel of the wrap from the plastic backing, heat it until it's soft (a hairdryer does just the trick) and pop it on the nail. Time will need to be spent removing any pesky wrinkles (to the best of your ability; I gave up in the end with some of the difficult ones) using a cuticle pusher, and then bending the excess wrap over the nail and filing it off. To complete the whole process, you just need to heat it up again to set the wrap and you're done and dusted. A fancy full list of instructions is avaliable on the Nail Wrapz webiste, but they do also offer you a short and simple guide to application as part of the packaging. Removal is also super easy: all you have to do is peel them off!

The only issue I came across with the wraps is the size of them. I found that some of them were longer than my nails and this left them looking slightly strange, but I'm sure this will be fixed if next time I cut down a few of them prior to application.

Ultimately, I was pleasantly suprised about how much I've fallen in love with this product. Although the application process can verge slightly on tedious, this is very much made up for when you consider the longevity of the product and also how stylish the finished look is.

Nail Wrapz retail at $14.99 and can be purchased online here.

Have you tried a product like this one before?

*Disclaimer: This product was kindly gifted by Nail Wrapz,  for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions shared on Yours, Chloe x are always honest and unbiased regardless of whether or not the product has been gifted to me.

Books | Waiting To Be Read

Until recently, my life has been completely consumed by exams and coursework so my inner bookworm has had to be buried for a while. This means that my poor bookshelf is practically crying out for attention. Even though I wasn't reading I was still buying more and more books, so my "To-Read" pile is now almost taking over my room.

Now that the dreaded exam period is over I'm really looking forward to having a few months where I can truly read for pleasure without having to try and cast aside the "I really should be revising" feeling. This means that I can begin to tackle the monster book pile, and I couldn't be more excited as there are so many little gems hidden within it.

At the top of my list comes Dream A Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher. Giovanna is very quickly becoming my favourite author so I'm ever so excited to be able to read her latest romantic beauty. I'll put my hands up and admit, I did purchase her first novel Billy and Me simply because she was the wife of Tom from McFly, but I soon fell in love with her writing style. I adored her second novel You're The One That I Want even more, so I've been practically counting down the days until Dream A Little Dream hit the shelves. Although I haven't been able to get my nose into it yet (it's next on my list; I promise) the plot sounds so incredibly inviting and I know I'm just going to love it.

This is followed by Us by David Nicholls. Ever since I read - and fell in love with - One Day late last year, I've been eyeing this book up so I couldn't resist treating myself to it when I saw it for sale at Tesco for £3.85. What a bargain.

I'll share a secret with you... I'm a bit of a (huge) history geek. Although history may not currently be my strongest subject at school, as the style of essays you have to do at A Level aren't really my thing, I'm a sucker for a good history book. One of the areas of history that fascinates me the most is the early twentieth century, in particular the two world wars, so In Pale Battalions by Robert Goddard is right up my street. The story centres around the Thiepval Monument in the Somme battlefields in France, which excites me ever so much as I actually visited the monument a few years back. I know Goddard read History at Cambridge before becoming an author, so I'm expecting a wonderful case of history meets thriller.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver is very much a right of passage for all young female book worms. I remember reading it when I was about thirteen and it had just hit the shelves but since then my copy has just been gathering dust on my bookshelf. When browsing the Young Adult shelves in Waterstones not too long ago, I came across the second and third books in the trilogy "Pandemonium" and "Requiem". I'll be honest, I had no idea these books even existed but - having been rather unsatisfied with the ending of Delirium - I'm rather excited that they do. My plans are to delve back into book number one before I treat myself to the sequels, just to re-familiarise myself with the story.

I've been on the look out for a good new feel-good book for a long while, and I think One Small Act Of Kindness by Lucy Dillon will fit the bill perfectly. This is the first title I've read by the author but if the Goodreads ratings are anything to go by, I'm sure I'll love it.

To finish things off, To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han is the book that has just reached by bedside table. This seems to have had mixed reviews from the bookworm world but so far I'm rather loving it. Contemporary Romance YA novels are my one true book love so any title that fits into the genre as well as this one does is bound to be right up my street. 

Have you seen any books amongst my little list that you'd particularly like to see a review of?

Which books are currently on your to-read list?