Gina Tonic
When I was a kid my dream job was to become a ballerina barbie fairy princess - I'd say I'm about halfway there. I currently live in Manchester, UK but I'm from a teeny tiny town in the south of Wales. My passions include personal style, feminism, writing awful short stories and anything glittery.

Gina’s Latest Articles

I Tried Fake Freckles & I'm Not Entirely Convinced

My skin has always been a wash of pure alabaster: It burns rather than tans, and I'm always returning from vacations almost exactly the same shade of translucent pale that I was when I left. With skin like this, you may anticipate freckles, but I have none. Finding out how to do fake freckles, however, never really appealed to me. As the fake freckle look has grown in popularity among beauty communities on Instagram and YouTube, I've remained unconvinced that this trend could ever truly look as…

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I Tested 3 Different Approaches To Finger Waves

The only time that I've ever rocked finger waves was for my graduation, when I went and got my hair done professionally. The vintage style has always been one I adored but seemed impossible to manage at home — at least, without buying a million new products to make it work. But as I've been playing around more and more with different hairstyles and products, I felt it was time to take the plunge and find out a way to get finger waves at home. Finally, I would be red carpet ready for sitting in …

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This Podcast Series Is All About Body Positivity

For those who are searching for body positive content, podcasts are a great place to turn. There are Bustle's The BodCast or Bad Fat Broads to subscribe to (to name just two), and now, there is the Confidence Podcast Carnival, a series of nine body positive podcasts covering any and all topics under the body positive umbrella. The best part? You can find them all in one place. Founded by body positive enthusiast and fat activist Victoria Welsby, Bam Pow Life is a site that seeks to promote self …

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Torrid's New Insider Collection Is Fashion-Forward

Anticipating the forthcoming spring when we can finally ditch the layers and embrace the sun, Torrid has launched its brand new Insider collection — a luxury line that focuses on being as fashion forward as possible. Featuring lace detailing and embroidery alongside tassels and lace up tops, the line hits all the trends set to invade our wardrobes in the upcoming months. With the newest Torrid ambassador and winner of Torrid's model search Maria Gimena fronting the campaign, the entire collectio…

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7 Deaf Beauty Vloggers You Should Be Following

There are literally thousands of beauty channels to follow, and it's hard to find ones that break the mold. Interestingly, there are plenty of diverse folks in the beauty vlogging realm, including a group of deaf beauty YouTubers who just might be changing the game. The brilliant thing about beauty is how inclusive it can be — anyone can pick up an eye shadow from a dollar store and figure out how to use it. It's a world that, especially online, doesn't discriminate. It's undoubtedly worth cel…

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I Wore One Jumpsuit For A Week & It Wasn't Ideal

I'll be the first to admit that I live a fast fashion lifestyle — I hate being seen in the same outfit more than once a month, let alone once a week. So challenged with wearing the same jumpsuit for a week, I was worried. What would people think of me? What would they think of my monotonous outfits? How would I cope battling my self set fashion standards? Even as I started this experiment, I felt depressed at the prospect of what lay ahead. I had plenty of plans with the same people and I had a…

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My Body Dysmorphia Disappeared When I Got Fat

I haven't been weighed in months, but I know I'm the fattest I've ever been. My stomach is fuller, my clothes tighter, and my nipples face totally downward. There was a time when this was what I feared most, when I thought being fat was the worst thing I could ever be. At the time, how I look now is how I thought I looked then. Body dysmorphia is an anxiety disorder, often linked to depression and eating disorders, that causes the sufferer to see their body in a totally warped way. It's not just…

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I Dried My Hair With T-Shirts For Two Weeks

I struggle to imagine that anyone else experiences frizz the way that I experience frizz. From three years of bleaching, on top of Hermione Granger levels of bushy hair, my ends aren't exactly the happiest. Learning about drying your hair with T-shirts instead of towels and the supposed benefits for damaged and dry hair, I was keen to experiment with this particular technique. I'm not one to usually fall for trends, but being at my wit's end with my split ends, I was open to trying anything. Wh…

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