Yankee Candle Christmas Collection 2017

Thursday, 16 November 2017 No comments
During the colder months, my obsession with candles comes back in full swing and as soon as the Christmas collections launch, I make it my mission to get them all! Yankee Candle is one of my favourite candle brands and this year their Christmas collection is one of my favourites. This collection launched at the beginning of last month and if you love festive scents, I think you will really like this range.

This year Yankee Candle have released The Perfect Christmas collection to capture the most magical time of the year with fragrance. There are four scents available with each being available in different forms from jar candles to wax melts depending on what you are looking for. I always like to go for the wax melts as they are a great affordable option if like me you like to switch up for scent often. With each wax melt they will provide around eight hours of home fragrance but with loads that I have tried, they usually last much longer. I found that all of these melts provided at least eight hours of strong fragrance, a great value at £1.79 each. The four scents from this collection are:

Crackling Wood Fire: build winter memories around a warm cedarwood fire kindled with sweet hits of nutmeg and warm amber.
Spiced White Cocoa: warm and indulgent with added swirls of cocoa topped with whipped cream and a touch of nutmeg.
Christmas Magic: a classic Christmas scent if balsam and pine with hints of birch and eucalyptus
The Perfect Tree: a balsam and fir-scent with festive snowy branches.

I am a massive Christmas tree scented candle fan, I can't get enough of them as I always have artificial trees so it's nice to be able to add the scent to my home, especially with The Perfect Tree. This has quickly become one of my favourite Christmas tree scents and I love how well the notes work together. It has top notes of evergreen garland and bergamot, mid notes of pine needles, white birch and glowing amber finished with base notes of fresh cut pine, incense and cedar. Another Christmas tree kind of scent from this collection is the Christmas Magic. This has top notes of mandarin, bergamot, eucalyptus, mid notes of fir balsam, pine needle sap, incense and spruce and finished with the base notes of cedarwood and birch. I really like that this is completely different to Perfect Free with the hints of something spicy and the mandarin.

Gift Ideas For Her / Christmas Gift Guide 2017

With the Christmas season basically here, at least in my house anyway, it's time to start thinking 
about presents. I love to spoil my friends and family at Christmas, it's the perfect time of year to do so! These are some of my favourite things and quite a few of them were actually gifted to me. Of course, these aren't just for her but they are all things that I really love.

I am always cold so I am always happy to receive anything that is going to keep me warm, I also love getting socks for Christmas! I recently treated myself to a pair of Ugg Slippers which are the comfiest things ever, I love my Ugg Boots and these are the next best thing. These are quite expensive but I have always found footwear from them to last years. Another item that I am obsessed with is mittens, last year I was gifted a pair of Jack Wills Mittens and I have worn them at every opportunity! These keep my hands super warm and they have a furry lining that I love. Boots actually have a gift set for £20 with a set in with two beauty products which I think is a really good deal. When I am walking to and from work in the winter I usually like to take a cup of tea with me and if you know someone who has to do a slightly longer commute to work then a travel mug would make a great gift! The Boden Festive Travel Mug is made from bone china and they have a few different festive designs available, I love how subtly festive mine is.

Jewellery is always a lovely thing to gift at Christmas and one of my favourite things to personally receive is Pandora Charms. I have two Pandora bracelets, a Christmas one and a normal one and I love my Christmas one so much. All of the charms have a meaning to me and I always remember who gifted me which charm. For someone you love, the Love You Lots Necklace from Find Me a Gift is such a lovely gift idea. You can even engrave the box with a little message and the necklace itself is stunning. It comes in a gorgeous rose gold and slightly two-toned colour and it's the perfect length too. Another jewellery related item from Find Me a Gift that I have fallen in love with is the Rose Gold Elephant Ring Holder. I have so many rings and I am always misplacing them but now I can keep them all in one place while it looks oh so cute sitting on the side.

I am obsessed with candles at this time of year and the Temple Spa Light Up, Light Up Candle is perfect for anyone you know that needs to relax a little more or if they just love candles. This smells just like a spa and really helps create a relaxing vibe. The packaging of this candle is stunning too. If you really don't know what to get someone, the ghd Paddle Brush is a really great option. This isn't something I would usually treat myself to but since I have been using it for a couple of months now my hair hasn't had half as much breakage as normal, this is definitely more of a practical gift. If you know someone who enjoys a drink or two then the Cranes Liqueur would be a great gift and it's available in two size options depending on your price point. This is a delicious and smooth Cranberry & Blood Orange flavoured liqueur and you can even top prosecco with this! 

Best Of Makeup Vaults - Christmas 2017

Makeup Vaults seem to be a huge makeup trend at the moment and I am kind of obsessed. I love the idea of these even though a lot of them are super expensive, if you have the budget for them it's a great gift idea! A lot of brands have been launching these so I thought I would pick out and share my favourite ones. If I had the spare cash I would definitely be treating myself to one of these!

Urban Decay Naked Vault Vol IV £195: Comes with The Naked 1, 2 and 3 Palettes. As well as nine Vice Lipsticks and three Glide-on Lip Pencils. Every product is a full size. 

Yves Saint Laurent Lip & Nail Vault £400: Included four Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks, four Tatouage Couture and four La Laque Couture The Mats in stunning packaging.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Vault £65: Includes 24 mini liquid lipsticks. NYX has a few different versions available depending on what you are after! 

Tarte Christmas Collection 2017

Wednesday, 8 November 2017 No comments
I am obsessed with Tarte products and I need to try even more! This year they have killed it with their Christmas gifting range, there are so many different kits and products to choose from! Quite a few of them are available on QVC with easy pay instalments available which I love because I like being able to spread the cost if I need too. I have never been disappointed by a Tarte product so I need to decide which set I want to get my hands on!

Tarteist Trove Make-up Collection £44.94: Includes eyeshadows, a blush, highlighter, mascara, eyeliner and lip gloss. 

Lip Luxuries Lip Sculptor Collection £31.98: Comes with five lipstick and lip gloss duos. 

Limited Edition Goddess Glow Highlighter with Brush £36.51: A Huge highlight that is vegan-friendly with a brush. 

Brush Collection £36.98: A five-piece brush set with brush holder. 

Pout Pleasures Lippie Lingerie Lip Collection £35.01: Includes five Lippie Lingerie lip products. 

Blush Bliss Palette with Brush £35.01: A four pan brush palette complete with a blush brush. 

Treasure Collectors Set £57: Comes with 234 eyeshadows, two blushes, two bronzers, highlighter, a full-size eyeliner, mascara and matte lip product. 

Magic Star Collector's Set £42: Includes 25 eyeshadows, two blushes, highlighter, bronzer, mascara, eyeliner and two mini lip products.

Cheek Charmers Deluxe Blush Set £29: Comes with five travel-sized blushes. 

Beauty Stocking Fillers Christmas 2017

With Halloween finally over and done with, it's basically Christmas in my house! The shopping has begun and my tree(s) will be going up within the next two or three weeks! These are some of my favourite picks for stocking fillers or as a little something extra to gift this holiday season. These would make great secret Santa gifts too.

While I have most of these in mind to fill stockings with, I do think it would be also nice to buy a couple of these and make a little hamper! Stocking fillers are some of my favourite gifts to unwrap and if you are struggling on what to get someone who loves beauty, you could pick up a few of these (definitely take advantage of the mix and match 3 for 2 offer at Boots) and create a festive parcel! Everything is under £15 and most of them are under £10 each so they are great if you are on a budget too.

As I mentioned, Boots have brought back their amazing 3 for 2 offer on Christmas gift sets so I went out and picked out three that were my favourites and each of them is under £6 each. No Christmas is complete without some Soap and Glory if you ask me, they have some amazing sets out this year and I loved the look of the Pick Me Up Set. This comes with a mini Clean on Me Shower Gel and a mini of the Original Pink Body Spray, I love the scent of these two products and they are some of my personal favourites! The next one I picked out Hype Key Bling, this is a keyring with a lip balm attached which I think any teen would love! The final gift from this offer I chose was one of the Real Techniques Mini Brush Baubles. Real Techniques have killed it this year with their Christmas collection and these mini brushes are the cutest thing.

Another beauty bauble top pick of mine is the Elemental Herbology Fire Zest Bath & Shower Oils. I love having a bath and had never used a bath oil before so this would have been a great gift for myself too! There are so many beauty crackers to chose from this year and one of my favourite ones is the Yardley London English Rose Hand Cream Crackers. This comes with the perfect handbag size hand cream inside! I think anyone would love this and these are quite affordable at £4 each and would even make great table gifts. I love anything to do with candy canes and the Burt's Bees Peppermint Lip Balm has quickly become a personal favourite of mine and I have ordered a few to gift this year because I like mine so much. This is very hydrating on the lips and gives them a slight cooling sensation that I can't get enough of.

Miniatures are some of my favourite things to gift as they a great way to try something new and they are just so cute! Lee Stafford has just launched mini versions of the Coco Loco Shampoo & Conditioner that are great to pop in a stocking. I really like this duo, it makes my hair smell so good and feel super soft! I always get some practical items in my stocking like a toothbrush but there are some really fun ones out like the Sonic Chic Urban Toothbrush. These are travel-friendly electric toothbrushes and they come in some really fun designs! I have one of these myself and have been using it for a few months and it does such a great job! Another travel-friendly product I am obsessed with is the Twist & Spritz Perfume Atomiser. I have a silver one of these that I keep in my handbag and I love it! You can put your favourite perfume in it and you have a travel sized with you at all times. This would be great to gift with a perfume too or a sampler set. Mad Beauty have some gorgeous pieces for this holiday season, they are so affordable too and one of my favourites is the Kellogg's Vintage Soap 50's Soap Set which comes with two mini soaps!

When I was looking for Christmas gift ideas something that really caught my attention was the TowelUp! This is a really cool little clip that keeps your towel up once you have wrapped it around yourself and I think it is a genius idea! Pixie Lott Paints have some really fun hair products, I had previously tried out the Metallic Glitter Sprays but the Wash Out Hair Colouring Pens. These look like so much fun, especially for blonde hair to add some pops of colour! And my final stocking filler picks are the Bath & Body Works Pocketbacs. I have been using these for years and I absolutely love them, I made up little gift sets last year with a few hand gels and a holder and people loved them! There are so many scents to choose from and I always love the Christmas ones, especially Merry Berry Kiss.

Urban Decay 2017 Gifting & New Sets

Urban Decay has got to be one of my favourite brands and I always get so excited when they launch new things. They have just come out with a gorgeous new eyeshadow palette for the holidays as well as some new gift sets! I love buying gift sets as they are a really good deal! I'm not sure that all of these are especially for Christmas but they would still make a great gift!

Ultimate Pair Duo 1993 £22: A lipstick and lip liner duo.

Vice Metal Meets Matte Lipstick Palette £31.50: A palette of 12 lipsticks with six brand new shades.

Ultimate Pair Duo, Backtalk/Rush £22: A lipstick and lip liner duo.

Ultimate Pair Duo in Big Bang £22: A lipstick and lip liner duo.

All Day/All Night Primer Travel Spray Duo £15: Includes a min Quick Fix and All Nighter.

Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette £43: Comes with 20 eyeshadows all with a metallic finish.

Most Wanted Eyeshadow Brush Set £35: Includes three double-ended brushes inside a brush bag.

Little Liquid Vices Lipstick £25: A set of four liquid lipsticks, two neutral shdes and two colourful shades. 

Too Faced Christmas Collection 2017

Monday, 30 October 2017 No comments

Too Faced are one of my favourite higher end brands so I always love seeing what they come up with for Christmas. Too Faced are own for having some of the best packaging and this holiday collection is no different! I love the selection this year and I can definitely see myself picking up a few things. 

Melted Matte Lipstick in Gingerbread Man £19: A limited edition shade of the Melted Matte with a gingerbread scent. 

Best Year Ever Gift Set £46: Includes three palettes and a deluxe size of the Better than Sex Mascara include a limited edition beauty bag. 

Under the Kissletoe Gift Set £22: Comes with an original melted lipstick, a melted chocolate, a melted latex and a melted matte. All four are mini sizes. 

Mini Better Than Sexy Tree Ornament £10: My favourite mascara in mini size inside a cute little ornament - ready to hang on the tree. 

White Chocolate Bar Palette £39: A brand new chocolate bar palette full of fun matte and shimmer shades. 

Eylure X Fleur De Force Brow Defender - Review

Saturday, 21 October 2017 No comments
It's no secret how much of an Eylure fan I am, especially when it comes to brows, I am obsessed. Back in March, Eylure collaborated with one of my favourite YouTubers, Fleur de Force on a brow range after collaborating with her last year on lashes. And now she is back again with a brand new product that won't be leaving my makeup bag anytime soon!

The Eylure x Fleur de Force Brow Definers are available in three shades, Light, Medium and Dark, I use the Dark option has my hair is almost black and it's the perfect colour match. This is a really cool product because it comes with two brow pencil shades rather than having one shade and a spoolie on the other like most brow pencils are. Each of the pencils comes with a lighter and darker toned crayon and it is such a genius idea and is why I have been using it non-stop!

This is a super slimline dual-ended crayon that takes up minimal room in my makeup bag. These brow crayons have been enriched with coconut oil and are creamy enough to apply with ease without having to tug at the skin but aren't going to transfer or move around throughout the day. These are completely smudge-proof and I have mainly been using them to create an arch for my brows as well as extending the end of my brow and it does a brilliant job! When I have tinted my brows, this is the only brow product I need to use to fill in my brows and I am ready to go in a minute or two.

Zoella Beauty The Complete Collection Review 4 Years Later

Sunday, 1 October 2017 No comments

I was super excited to finally see that one of my favourite YouTubers Zoe Sugg was bringing out her own range of products in 2014 under SLG, I was super excited to try these new amazing products and to see what they actually smelt like and also would it be any good, When i was able to watch the video on Zoe's official Youtube channel she explained that she wanted to bring out a collection of bathing products to help people just to unwind and relax as someone people do lead hectic lifestyles and also stress and depression. When Zoe explained the products in more detail i was thinking that i believe that this collection is gonna be a sell out and also people would also be in high demand for each of the products. I was super excited to try the Soak Opera, The body lotion and the fragrance. When i saw each of the product design i found it to be very well designed and Zoe must of put so much hard work into designing each of the products witch i absolute love and adore so much.
When the collection officially launched i wasn't able to get hold of any of the products because on Superdrug's website was completely sold out and i had to wait a few weeks before i was able to get my hands on the full collection itself, As i was watching and reading people's reviews on the products 
and everyone said that the scent smells amazing and its super ideal just to wind down in the bath and just relax and let all your worries drift away. I also liked the fact that she also added the candle and the bath fizzes to the collection witch made it even more exciting. With all the videos and the reviews that i had been reading previously that i wanted this collection so badly and i just couldn't wait to get into the bath and use the scented candle with the Soak Opera.

I would also needed to be very careful on what i can apply to my skin as i do suffer with blemished Eczema as it could easily flare up while i use any kinda product on my arms and legs and this made me a little bit worried when i was trying the body lotion for the first time if i was gonna have a reaction to it,  So finally the day came when i was able to get my hands on the complete collection from Superdrug and i was so happy that it was finally coming and i just couldn't wait to see it in person as i just wanted to get my hands on it straight away. I cannot remember how much the hole collection was at it was a few years ago now but it was totally worth every single penny what i did pay. When the package finally arrived i was just blowed away with how the products were designed and also how pretty each and every item was and i do like the sticker on the bath Frizzer "do not eat" as it does look pretty much as a chocolate bar and i just had fallen in love with this collection. When i finally opened up the Soak Opera i was also blowed away with the scent as it smelt so divine and this stuff is super ideal for baths and showers but i would prefer baths with mine with the Bath Frizzers. I just absolutely loved the scent from this amazing collection and the Soak Opera it was super ideal for baths.
Since i have been using Zoe's Products since 2014 i have never ever had any reactions to the range or has reacted to my skin in any way and since i have been using all of the body lotions every day that i have also seen that my skin has improved especially on my arms more then anything and my arms and legs feel very soft after i have applied the body lotion after i have had a shower or a bath.
When i first used the Soak Opera with the  bath Frizzers for the very first time i was impressed how easy it was just to pour it into the bath with the Frizzers and watch all the super bubbles appear and also the bathroom transformed into this amazing scent that made me wanna relax in the bath even more and it was super nice in the bath that night with the Soak Opera that i didn't wanna get out as it was so good. There was only one thing that i was only a disappointment to and that was the Bath Frizzers and i was hoping that they would produce bubbles once you had placed them into the bath but saying that they did have this amazing scent to them witch i absolutely loved and the Soak Opera was more then ideal to use with the Frizzers witch i didn't mind doing. In the near future i would love Zoe to bring out some bath Frizzers that contains bubbles in them so i wouldn't need to buy more bubble bath and £5 is a excellent price for frizzers for what they do for you in the bath.

Since 2014 Zoe has come a very long way with her range of bathing collections and i have loved each and every one that she has worked on and also designed, I have been collecting and also been using her range of products now for almost 4 years and i must say its one of the best out there and i wouldn't use any other product unless it has Zoella Beauty on the item, Some of the items can be a little bit expensive but its worth every single penny that you pay as it lasts for a long time and you smell super nice with the scent that she creates on each collection that she brings out. I will never stop using Zoe's range of beauty items and collect her limited edition Christmas products because its well worth it and i love it all
At the moment my Zoella collection has come a very long way and it can be kinda tricky to store my items somewhere safe due to the size of my bedroom, I always look after my Zoella products and i also take care and pride with each and every one that i own, I am always looking on eBay and Depop to add more items to my collection every single day and when i find something for my collection i usually buy it every 2 and weeks and four weeks. 

My PIP Assessment Experience

Thursday, 28 September 2017 1 comment
I knew that the day was just around the corner for me when i had to finally put the claim in for PIP after being on DLA for almost half of my entire life, I knew that my DLA wasn't awarded for life anymore due to the new disability changes and also when PIP was introduced. 
And i would have to go though this awful process for PIP as DLA was now scrapped and i really didn't wanna be put though it as i have seen and Hurd a lot of people loosing there entitlement and i just didn't wanna be one of those people that would loose everything and not being able to live and pay my bills.
I really wanted to leave my claim for PIP until the DWP contacted me to change over to PIP as my award was due to end this year (Due to the new benefit changes) and i just took the plunge and i put my claim in for it in January as i just wanted to get it out of the way and sorted with as i knew it would be a very long process and also i didn't wanna do it when my claim officially ended as it is my best friends wedding in September (When my claim ends) and i didn't wanna be worried about it on my friends best wedding, I was reading viva the internet and support groups how people had to go though these awful F2F assessments for PIP and being turned down for it and not getting the right support and i just didn't wanna be one of those loosing everything as my DLA has been with me since 1992 and i cannot complain about DLA because it has been a huge help to me ever since i became disabled and it has allowed me to go out and about and enjoy myself with friends and family on a regular basics and also let me have a social life witch is a great help
As i suffered with Viral Encephalitis when i was 2 and this caused me to have Brain damage from the infection and it also caused me so many issues that it has left me disabled for the rest of my life, The nurses who was looking after me and treating at the time suggested to my mum that she should make a claim for DLA for me as i was in need of support 24/7 and i wasn't able to walk , talk and look after myself and i was also in a wheelchair when i came of Hospital and the hospital really didn't give no support to my mum to help me with my equipment and other things that i needed so my mum needed something for me to be able to buy the the things that i needed.
The Nurses at the hospital almost 20 years ago put the claim in for me and it was a huge success and it enabled my mum to get my equipment that i needed and also to help me get to my hospital appointments as i was always having Hospital and doctors appointments and it was a huge help when my award of DLA was finally sorted it made things so much easier for me and my mum and it give me a chance to let me live a normal and active life when i was older and when i was able to have the allowance for myself, 

It was a good idea that the nurses who suggested it at the time said about the new disability benefit as i wouldn't be here now and being able to get the things that i want and lead a happy normal life, My allowances wasn't given to me until i was 16 and i was able to spend it anyway i wanted and it was great knowing that i was able to get anything that i wanted.
 A massive chunk of my DLA allowance was put on some special walking shoes that was made to my size as i do have very wide feet and my walking was very badly effected so i needed some special walking shoes to help me walk again and i would travel down to Glastonbury every few months with my mum and dad  to go and get them and they were under £500 a pair and without the allowance i wouldn't be walking today and thanks to DLA i was able to have a some shoes made and be able to walk again and i was so blessed to have these shoes and allowance to help me pay for them,

Soap & Glory Christmas Gift Sets 2017 ( + Advent Calendar)

It isn't Christmas in my house without a Soap and Glory gift set or two! This year I think they have topped their past collections and are back with bigger and better gifting. I love that they have also bought out an Advent Calendar too, this is one that I have been seriously excited about. There is definitely a gift set for every budget this year and they are on 3 or 2 at Boots! 

Winter Wonder Glam Gift £50: Packed full of makeup from brow products and eyeshadows to lipglosses. 

Flatterbox £20: Comes with my favourite eyeliner, eyeshadows, glosses and more!
Perfect Ten Palette £16: A cooler toned eyeshadow palette. 

Lip Lip Hooray! £8.50: Includes three lip products, two glossy finishes and one matte. 

Hello Superspa £20: Comes with full-sized products and travel sizes! My favourite face wash is included in this. 

Glow Maintenace £18: This is one of my favourites from the range this year. Comes with six products in a gorgeous cosmetics washbag. 

Box of DeLights £16: Includes shower gels, exfoliators and body creams. 

Try Your Luxe £16: Comes with mini body products and gloss sticks. 

The Zest a Girl Can Get £16: This gift set will satisfy your zesty-fresh obsession! 

Glow-Ball £14: Includes body wash, body cream, hand cream and a body polish. 

Pick & Spritz £12.50: Comes with three mini body sprays and three mini body washes. 

The Lime of Your Life £10: Includes body wash pods and mini sugar crush favourites. 

Wash Upon a Star £8.50: Comes with nine body wash pods, perfect for the jet-setter! 

Special Edition Soaper Heroes £10: Includes come of my personal favourites and two body wash pods. 

Pink Me Up £5: Comes with a mini Clean on Me and a body spray, a great secret Santa gift for stocking filler! 

Real Techniques Christmas Gift Sets 2017

I have got to admit, the gift sets from Real Techniques this year look incredible, I definitely want to pick up a few of these for myself and for gifts! Real Techniques brushes are great quality on a budget and I always recommend them so why not treat yourself! 

Holiday Eye Set £16: Comes with four brushes to get your eyes party ready! Also, comes with a purple brush pot to keep all your brushes in one place. 

Mini Contour Brush £6: A travel-sized handle with a full sized brush head to contour above and below the cheekbones. 

Mini Medium Sculpting Brush £6: Another travel sized handle brush, I have to get my hands on this! 

Miracle Sculpting Sponge Bauble £6: A handy brush housed in a triangular bauble, ready to hang on the tree. 

Illuminate + Accentuate Set £40 (Now £30): A seven-piece set including five brushes and two sponges. 

Skinny-dip & Missguided Christmas Gift Sets 2017

I love that Skinnydip and Missguided have bought out Christmas collections this year at Boots. I'm pretty sure that Missguided had a collection this year but it seems bigger and better than ever! The packaging from both brands looks stunning this year and I can't wait to head into store and see it all for myself. 

Missguided Collection

Billion Dollar Bubbles £10: Comes with a luxury bath soak and two bath fizzers. 

- Da Bomb Set £6: A trio of bath fizzers. 

Girls Just Wanna Have Fund$ £16: Comes with an eyeshadow quad, lip liner and two matte lip colours as well as a compact mirror inside the beauty bag. 

Glow Bar £8.50: A highlighting duo. 

Goal Digger Set £14: A Eyeshadow, bronzer and highlight palette with a matte lip colour included.

High Roller Cube £12.50: Comes with a body wash, body buff, body lotion, body spritz and bath soak. 

Quad Goals £10: Includes four gorgeous matte lip colours. 

Semi Naked Duo £6: Comes with a nude nail polish and a lip balm. 

Throw Some Shade £14: The same as the Goal Digger Set but with different shades. 

Totally Lit Contour Kit £8.50: Includes shades to strobe and contour and add blush to the cheeks. 

Casino Queen £40: Includes nine products from matte lip colours to a face mask. 

My MRI Experiences For My Brain & Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ)

Saturday, 23 September 2017 No comments

I've been hella lucky to have just 3 MRI scans done in my life since i was a child and i don't even recall having any kinda MRI scan done until my mum told me a few years before, As i had Viral Encephalitis as a child in 1991 this caused my brain to swell up like a huge Balloon and i suppose the doctors wanted me to have a Brain scan done to make sure that everything was normal and also nothing else was seriously wrong with my brain. When my mum told me about my very first MRI she said that i was around about 2 or 3 and she also remembers me refusing to go into the scanner because i wouldn't go in without my Pink Panther as i was fussing around and crying so much that  i wouldn't even lie on the bed that goes into the scanner, As i couldn't talk at the time my mum told me that once i had calmed down and i was allowed to take my Pink Panther in the scanner with me i calmed down straight away and the scan was taken with no issues at all. When the scan came back my mum told me that i had scaring on the brain from the Encephalitis and also beside my Brain scan was my pink Panther (well the outline of him) and i never knew to this day that i have a MRI scan of my brain with a Pink panther on it.
Until my mum told me about this very first Brain scan around about 1991 - 1992 i didn't even know that i had undergone a MRI and it was news to me when she told me all about it as she remembers what happened to me on that day of the scan and i just don't recall having it done,

Skip a few years later to 2003 - 2004 i was experiencing these really painful headaches and no one knew what was causing them and i was also unable to attend school as it was so bad, The doctors gave me tablets to try and stop these attacks coming on in the middle of the night but nothing ever worked for me until the doctor told me that i would have to undergo a MRI scan to check my Brain once again. I said to my mum is it gonna be OK and i am feeling a bit scared as i was just a teenager and i just didn't wanna be in that tunnel once again, The appointment didn't take that long to come and i knew that i had to take a day of school for the scan and i really cannot remember what happened  on the day but i do know the experienced that i faced that i wouldn't ever have a MRI scan done ever again not even on my brain due to what had happened to me. As the scanner was kinda old at the time and i can recall seeing it and thinking i am not getting in that thing i am? The people who was doing the scan at the time said yes you will be also wearing a head cadge so we can get some photos of your brain and i said OK, My mum was also allowed with my in the room and she was able to speak to me and touch me while the scan was being taken so i knew that my mum was with me ever step of the way, As i was getting ready for the scan i was shaking like a leaf and also very Nervous and i wanted it done and finished with as i was so scared as i had never experienced this tunnel before and the people in charge said we will keep a eye on you and gave me a button to press if i needed to stop the scan at anytime.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures Collection

That's right ladies - Garnier have bought out a NEW collection in their ever so popular Ultimate Blendsrange!I have been a fan of the Ultimate Blends products since they came out last year - another affordable haircare brand that's good on both my hair and my bank balance, yes please!Seeing the new Honey Treasures collection named "The Strength Restorer" whilst being in the process of changing my hair (involving alot of bleach) seemed like a god send!There are 4 products in the Honey Treasures range - a shampoo, a conditioner, a 1 minute treatment and a serum. The products were on offer so, of course, I picked up all 4, which actually only came to about £10 - bargain right?It is said to be for fragile hair, prone to breakage - which is me down to a tee at the moment, healthier and happier hair is my aim! I have used the Herbal Essences honey based range (Bee Strong) a lot and love the affect it has on my locks so trying out another hair range with honey in it made me super excited!

The shampoo and conditioner smell great! I have used them around 3 or 4 times now and have been pleased with the results. I'd say the conditioner is quite thin compared to others out there which makes me use alot more of it to feel like I'm covering my hair well - so I can't see it lasting that long, but for the half price price being £1.94, who can complain

Lee Stafford Coco Loco Range / Review

Friday, 22 September 2017 No comments

It’s the weekend, and to me that means one thing… PAMPER TIME!

A couple of weeks ago I was kindly sent the new Lee Stafford Coco Loco range* to try out. I reviewed some of the argan oil products a few months ago (you can read it here) and I’ve been using the argan oil Miracle Mist every day since – so I was super excited to review the newest range!

I love using coconut oil in my hair to try and give it some life but there are two things I hate about using it on its own: the overpowering smell, and the fact you have to sit around for hours with a ton of grease in your hair for it to work. Usually I have to take an afternoon off, cover my hair in the oil, shove it in a towel and not go anywhere for 5 hours – and THEN have a shower to wash it all out. Too much faff for me, sorry!Luckily that’s why I’m thrilled with this new Lee Stafford range, because all of the products contain coconut oil and none of it involves the faffy, greasy, ‘leave oil in your hair for hours’ situation. Plus the smell is DELICIOUS, the coconut scent is still there but it’s subtle, sweet and pretty much edible.I have to mention the name too, because ‘coco loco’ makes me think of “you go Glen Coco” – and anything that reminds me of Mean Girls is automatically amazing.

N:Rem Sleep System Full Topper | Review

As most regulars will know I have had chronic back pain for a few months and and what comes with that ( amongst a long list of symptoms) is constant chronic muscular pain which is not helpful when trying to get a good night’s sleep ( something that eludes me most nights).
I was recently given the chance to review a ‘sleep system’ that gives you the option of choosing one personal to your own needs. For me most of my pain is in my back and then my lower right leg and as  this leg can become very painful and my muscles are not very good in that leg either and i also i can get very bad cramp and pins and needles while i just lay down in bed and then it becomes very uncomfortable  to get to sleep as i am in a lot of pain.
With my back and leg pain i have tried so many products for pain relief that includes heat pads and roll on pain relief and nothing seems to work and itjust seems impossible for me to relax my muscles and i regularly use heat pads for some pain relief and very strong painkillers on a regular basis.
So, when I got the sleep system delivered I read through the information that was sent with it to help you put the sponge pieces in the right place for you. 
I was told that this could take a couple of adjustments but i was really lucky to choose the right placement for me from the first night, The system in made up of 5 sponge tablets of different support levels from ‘super soft’ through to ‘firm’ The information gives you an idea of where to place them in relation to where you need the most or least support.My placement from top (head level) to bottom (feet level) went as follows:super softSoftsuper softmediumsoft, They come in an easy to remember color code so if you do have to change them up a bit it could be done quite easily, but for me this worked very well.

HoneyColony Equilibrium Energy Superfood | Review

After my normal chronic illnesses and my chronic back and leg pain I have been trying to live a healthier lifestyle.That means no more skipping meals, exercising lightly in a way my body can actually deal with, and taking plenty of supplements No, seriously, the amount of supplements that my doctor tells me what i should take on a regular basis i am shocked, When my doctor told me that i should be taking these supplements each day for my health i didn't know what it was or how to take it on a normal process as i was kinda new to the whole thing.When I given the opportunity to try and  review Honey Colony Equilibrium Energy through Chronic Illness Bloggers Network, I was excited to see how I could see if this new energy supplement would keep me in good shape and also to get me active on exercise,Creating healthy habits is a process. It supposedly takes 30 days to form a new habit— or at least my doctor told me to convince me to keep a eye on my weight and a eye on it, My advice is start off slow. Pick just one new habit at a time and work only on that until it’s part of your routine. After that, try adding in a new habit!Stuck on what to try? Here are some of my healthy ideas!

  1. Exercise for 30 minutes a day! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. You don’t need special equipment, a gym membership, or even a plan. Try walking around your neighborhood or, if you’ve got better knees than me, try taking the stairs. Keep  healthier snacks and food chart to keep a record of what you are eating on a regular basis.
  2. Drink more water! Swap out a soda or coffee for a glass of water. Carry a water bottle with you while you run errands. If you don’t like plain water, try adding lemon or lime.
  3. Get an extra serving of fruit or veggies. Try your hand at making veggie noodles, or have a meatless meal once a week. If you can’t do fiber, consider treating yourself to a juice instead.
  4. Don’t skip meals! Keep some easy food on hand for days you feel like phoning it in on the dinner front.
Call a friend. Mental health is just as important as physical health. Cultivating your personal relationships can help keep you from feeling isolated
Honey Colony Equilibrium Energy is a raw honey based superfood. It contains prebiotics (yes , you read that right!), phytoplankton, blue algae, medicinal mushrooms, adaptogenic herbs, ORMUS, ginger, organic turmeric, bee pollen, bee propolis, and royal jelly, all mixed into a base of raw honey. These superfoods supposedly boost your mental and physical energy, boost electrolytes, boost anti-oxidants,  and more. It is free of gluten, soy, wheat, pesticides, nuts, herbicides, and added sugar. All the bee products come from family-owned farms in California, which is a huge bonus to me. I love supporting small or local farmers whenever possible.

The Gupta Programme | Review

It’s been a few months today since I started the Gupta programme. It seems to be helping and here are some suggestions from it:I think the trick is that when you have an increase in energy… don’t do more activity than what you’ve been doing! Give your body the chance to recover instead. Easier said than done though. It will take some time to get started on the programme. Don’t watch more than one session a day; it’s important not to stress yourself out with the program. They cover this in Session 1.
There’s also a follow-up DVD, but you won’t need it until you’ve been doing the programme for at least a few weeks. as far as I’m aware, the damage done by being in permanent fight-or-flight mode is recoverable, I haven’t seen anything to suggest that CFS sufferers age more quickly than anyone else. So once the adrenaline is switched off, you recover back to how you normally feel at whatever age; but your fitness will be shot because you stopped exercising. That’s recoverable too though; just don’t dive in too quickly to exercising again. You want to be really sure that you’re health is better first before working on your fitness.I tried changing my diet, but never saw any difference with anything I did. 
Except that when I did the Liver Cleansing Diet and totally upped my fruit and vegetable intake, I had particularly flowing bowel movements! I eat a bit healthier now that I did before CFS, but I don’t really watch what I eat that much. I’ve gone non-dairy since starting the Gupta programme
because I wanted to do everything he recommended. Going non-dairy before never made any discernible difference to me though. I think it’s stress related rather than diet related, with the proviso that a bad diet exacerbates stress and probably has a negative effect on the condition,Alcohol makes me feel really whacked. I never did respond really well to it; just made me woozy and hard to focus my eyes, rather than uninhibited. Now I avoid it almost completely.
The occasional red when I’m out socialising, or chocolate liqueur when I’m feeling rebellious is it. I avoid all exercise. I’ll go for a walk with a friend, but avoid getting my heart rate up. I’ll put energy into getting my fitness back when my health is back. I lowered my food intake to compensate so I don’t put weight on. I was going to the gym 3x per week, and dancing every other night when I got ill.I’ve been on the Gupta programme for about 2 months today. I have 3 months to go until the minimum recommended 6 months. I seem to be getting a bit better; mainly less tense. I’m hoping that means my body is starting to recover, and I’ll be less tired. I’m also axing some commitments that have been causing me extra stress, even though I quite enjoyed them when I felt OK. 

Beauty Advent Calendars 2017

Thursday, 14 September 2017 No comments
If you know me, you will know how much I love Christmas so when Christmas and beauty combine, I basically explode in excitement. I have always loved the beauty advent calendars, I had the Tanya Burr one last year and I definitely want to get another one this year. I can't believe how many there are this year, there is one for every price range too! 

Under £50

Mad Beauty 12 Days of Bath and Body £10.99: Includes body washes to nail files. 

Beauty & The Beast 12 Days £12: inspired by the 1991 Disney classic. Includes a selection of products from nail files to hand creams. 

Flutter Beauty Advent Calendar £16: For the lighter younger audience, includes mini surprises for the eyes, lips and nails. 

Studio London 12 Days of Christmas £16: Suitable for vegans, includes nail polishes, and makeup. 

Q-KI Cosmetics £19.99: Not a brand that I have heard of before but I really want to see whats behind each door! 

Mad Beauty Christmas Light Up £19.99: includes beauty must haves and nail polishes. 

Technic Love Your Selfie Advent Calendar £20: Includes a little bit of everything from hair brands to lipglosses. 

Superdrug Bloom 12 Days of Christmas £24: Behind each door is one of 12 mini Eau de Toilettes. 

Technic Glitter Ball £24: Includes a little something behind each door to get you ready for the party season. 

Yankee Candle Wreath Advent £24.99: Includes tea lights in six scents as well as a tea light holder. 

Tanya Burr 12 Sweet Days £30: Pretty much identical to last years. Includes nail polishes, glitters and lip glosses. 

Jack Wills £35: Out on the 18th of September. Includes skin care, hair and nail products. 

Sleek A Gift a Day £35: Includes everything from matte lip products to contour kits. Coming soon to Boots. 

Benefit 12 Days £34.50: Includes miniature must haves. Available from November. 

Feel Unique 12 Days of Beauty Calendar £35: Launching on the 18th of October, you can join the wait list now. Includes the likes of NYX and Elizabeth Arden. 

Marks & Spencer £35 (with £35 spend): Back for 2017 with the likes of Eyeko and Nails Inc. 

Yankee Candle 3D Advent Book £34.99: Includes 12 tea lights and 12 votives. 

Soap and Glory It's a Calendar Girls! £40: Coming soon to Boots. Includes makeup and body products. 

Laura Ashley Royal Bloom £40: Includes body and bath products. Coming soon to Boots. 

The Body Shop £45: Three different versions available for different price points.