The truth about getting lip fillers

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I feel like people just give you that judging look once you proclaim that you’ve had lip fillers. It’s that disappointed / shocked look a disapproving parent gives to their child when they prefer chocolate over fruit. Why would you want to change your lips? Don’t you think of the consequences? What if the fillers do permanent damage? I have been asked the above questions, and probably much worse. This post isn’t about justifying modifying your looks, I simply wanted to de-myth some common misconceptions that are correlated with lip fillers. I can also offer my personal experience and advice for those who are considering lip fillers.

Common misconceptions and the truth

1. ‘You’re so young, what if you cause permanent damage to your lips!?’ 

Rule number one – lip fillers are not permanent. Depending on how you care for your lips after your procedure, they can last between 6-12 months before the safe substances used dissolve into your face. So, assuming you didn’t like the results – it shouldn’t be too difficult to conceal / rectify or even wait until the filler dissolves completely.

2. ‘Don’t they use dangerous / harmful substances?’ 

The short answer is no. The aesethtic industry has come a long way since silicone was used for breast enhancements. Science continues to change and innovate, and lip fillers are completely safe. Typically lip fillers use Juvederm which is a Restylane facial filler: it consists of  hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring sugar found in our bodies. When it dissolves into our bodies, it causes no harm or adverse side effects whatsoever.

3. ‘What if you end up like Pete Burns?’

To be completely and utterly honest, this one is down to personal preference. There are a lot of people out there, who will ask their aestheticians to continue inserting lip filler – even when they are advised against it and told it will look unnatural. These people are the reason why the general public tend to think that getting lip fillers makes you look ridiculous. However, I am proof that you can get them and continue to have ‘natural’ looking lips.

What is it really like to have lip fillers?

My personal experience with lip fillers (I have only had them once, and been longing for more ever since) was nothing short of great.

The first thing you need to check is that you are using a legit and registered aesthetician. I would recommend Harley Street practitioners generally, or a reputable company that you can easily research beforehand. Often, Wowcher has amazing deals for lip fillers; and they work with reputable practitioners.

Secondly, I picked an amount of lip filler that I was comfortable with. 0.5ml for my first insertion, and the results were pouty yet natural.

In regards to the actual injections, they are tiny and you will have a numbing cream applied to lips before your procedure. I won’t lie to you, the numbing cream doesn’t numb. When the needle is dragging through your skin you can feel it. It’s uncomfortable, but it certainly isn’t intolerable. Your surgeon should make you feel comfortable, you’ll be laying down (probably with your eyes firmly closed!). And because I only had the smallest amount available injected into my lips, it didn’t take too long either.

The recovery is simple, so long as you keep the area clean and moisturised the results will last longer. You are advised that bruising and swelling can occur afterwards; but I was lucky in that sense. My lips healed well and I was very satisfied with the results. It has been around one year and a half since I had lip fillers, and only now I can see the effects have disappeared completely.

It’s a worthy investment if you plan and execute the procedure sensibly. Like anything in life, a little often goes a long way.

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Five realistic and horrible truths all London commuters know

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  1. Spacial awareness is non- existent

If you have ever had the delight of travelling on the Northern line during rush hour, you will know all too well what a pleasure it is. In fact, any tube line which travels through central London within peak times is despicably bad. Strangers will inevitably touch you, you will have sweaty armpits in your face – your hair may even get caught in someone else’s zip. If you are commute on the tube you learn to accept the fact that personal space disappeared years ago, into the horizon.

  1. Feeling HOT, HOT, HOT

Whether it is 10 degrees outside, or -10 the tubes are permanent furnaces. It’s like venturing into a glasshouse at the height of summer. This can make outfit choices severely challenging; do I bring a coat for after hours, you ask yourself – but then if it doesn’t get colder I’m stuck holding my jacket like a pleb? My advice is to always carry a bottle of cold water, and a cardigan (just in case as British weather is very much bi-polar).

  1. It’s also ICE, ICE baby

Aside from being blunderingly hot in the summer months, the tube is also pleasingly cold during the colder months. I’m almost certain that air-con is on during winter, but somehow malfunctions during the warmer months? This theory is also applicable to London buses.

  1. Fight for your right

If you live / get on the tube anywhere near the middle or end of a line. There is no way you are sitting down, nope. You, my friend, are standing uncomfortably until you reach your destination. It is literally a case of survival of the fittest, London tubes take no prisoners. Furthermore, I have realised when standing, if you move towards the centre of the carriage, you are more likely to get a seat – as people get off gradually, you will be in a prime position to nab their seat. Thank me later.

  1. Strike….a pose?

There will be several strikes throughout the year, despite you paying through your nose for TFL; apparently their workers need more money? So, on these particular days you will struggle to get to work, actually you probably will not be able to get to work whatsoever. Good luck explaining this to your boss.

BUT, despite all of these unfortunate elements, we still continue to pay over the odds for it, we still get where we need to (and pretty fast too by the way).

Is affordable make up a false economy or smart shopping? 

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I’m going to use Rimmels wake me up concealer as the prime example to this much needed debate. (And it is a bloody good concealer by the way, just putting it out there). 

At £5.49 it’s undeniably cheap, yet gives medium – good coverage. However what I have found in the long term is that the cheaper concealers are less thick (in the sense of giving a full coverage not a cakey texture). This means they run out twice as fast as the more expensive brands; I’d say using the Rimmel concealer on a daily basis it could last you perhaps 2-3 months. 

Naturally if you have to keep replacing the product, surely it becomes no longer quite as cheap as you anticipated? In comparison to (just for example sake), Urban Decays naked concealer – which was my previous concealer of choice. Weighing in at £19, but lasting between 7-8 months with everyday use. 

It does make you question whether actually buying cheaper make up does save you money in the long run? The quality is lesser, meaning that you use more product per application, and could potentially spend more or the same amount over longer periods? 

Here’s my advice to get the best bang for your buck; 

Take into consideration regularity of use. For example if you could manage to make the Rimmel concealer last 6 months, of course £11 a year on concealer is an absolute bargain – and cheaper than a majority of high end products. However if you know you use products quite excessively it may be worth investing in a slightly more expensive product, maybe midrange which will last you for most of the year (if you have cheaper ones laying around use them up in the meantime). 

I’m all for shopping smart and not just throwing away money. These are the questions you need to be asking yourself when make up shopping: 

 What products do I already own that are similar? 

Do I actually need this or am I buying it for the sake of it? 

Is this too expensive for what it is – am I paying for a brand name? 

Have I seen a good dupe for this product which will save me money? 

How often will I use the product / can I justify buying it? 

Just being generally more conscious of your consumption patterns and what you currently have in stock at home could help you save a lot of money! 

Happy shopping and happy saving guys 💕