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New In From Alpha H! The Clear Skin Blemish Control Mask

Saturday, 18 May 2019

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-This post contains a PR sample/gifted item, no paid content. All opinions are my own-
If you are a regular reader of my blog then you'll probably know how much I love skincare and the fact my skincare stash basically overtakes the cupboards in the bathroom. I just really like trying out new products and different brands on a regular basis. A brand that I've been meaning to try for a while is Alpha H because I've heard so many people rave about their products. So when I got the opportunity to try out their brand new Clear Skin Blemish Control Mask* I obviously said yes!

The Clear Skin Blemish Control Mask* is clay based (with White Clay) and contains all of the good stuff when it comes to clearing up your skin including - tea tree, eucalyptus and aloe vera. If you have a oilier skin type or spot prone like me then you'll know that those things are basically lifesavers. It aims to calm and reduce redness or inflammation and it can also be used as a spot treatment too. It has a very lightweight formula so you only need a thin layer for it to get to work. I personally really like that about it because it means it dries down quicker and it's also easier to remove. To remove you just massage the mask with wet fingers to soften and then remove with a warm damp face cloth/flannel.

I've found it to be a great quick fix kind of mask and I've used it both as a full face mask and also a spot treatment. Is it going to make your spots disappear overnight? No. But it definitely helps to reduce inflammation and redness and it works well on those horrible under the skin spots too. I've found that it helps to bring them up to the surface so you can get rid of them or sometimes they go back to wherever they've come from. The mask is priced at £23.95 (for 100ml) and is available to buy from Cult Beauty and Look Fantastic. 

Trying out the Clear Skin Blemish Control Mask has just made me want to try out products from Alpha H even more! Here are some products by them which have caught my eye. 



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A Spring/Summer Makeup Shakeup

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

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It's that time of the year when I switch up my makeup to more of a Spring/Summer ready look so I thought I would talk about what's made it into my current makeup bag and what products I'll be using and wearing a lot over the the upcoming months.

First up is obviously base products, now I know a lot of people like to go makeup free or foundation free in the Spring/Summer but because I have quite oily and acne prone skin, I like to make sure that I have some coverage to just make me feel more confident I guess. 

If I want a lighter coverage then I'll either just dab on some of my Barry M All Night Long Concealer which is my current fave drugstore concealer (I definitely prefer it over Collection Lasting Perfection!). Or I'll use my most recent foundation discovery which is the L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation which is available from Fragrance Direct. It gives you a lovely skin-like finish but it feels like you're not wearing anything on your skin, which I really like. I do have to powder it down as it's very dewy for my skin type but I just love it. If I need a heavier coverage then I'll either opt for my old fave which is the Revlon ColourStay 24hr Foundation* or the It Cosmetics My Skin But Better CC Cream in the Matte version which I got for my birthday recently. I feel like I have a good selection of base products which all sit well on my skin, last a good amount of time and won't break the bank when I need to repurchase them.

If I feel like I need more coverage on either my under eyes or any blemishes then I'll go in with the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer which is a complete game changer. It does sound quite pricey for a concealer at £24 but you literally only need a teeny amount as it's quite thick and it really goes a long way.

I also recently picked up the new Barry M Brow Wand which has a angled brow pencil on one end and then a tinted brow gel on the other end. The angled pencil is quite chunky so it has been a little difficult to get the hang of but I've started to really like it and the tinted brow gel is great and keeps my brows in place for the day. I even sometimes just wear the tinted brow gel when I'm having a minimal makeup day.



I decided to buy the new mascara from The Body Shop a few weeks ago which is called Happy Go Lash Mascara. I'm not going to lie, I think the packaging is what drew me in the most because I mean, look at it! It's cute, right? But I also thought the brush looks very similar to the L'Oreal Paradise mascara which I bloody love. It is very similar but I feel like the Happy Go Lash gives more of a natural look and the L'Oreal Paradise looks a little more bolder. However I do still like the Happy Go Lash mascara and it's great for more of a minimal makeup day.



Talking of lashes I've also been using Lash Wizard Eyelash Serum from Flawless Cosmetics* which has definitely helped my lashes out and has given them a bit of a growth boost. It claims to start showing visible results after just 14 days of use but I definitely saw a change in my lashes within about a week. I tend to pop it on in the evening before bed so it can work it's magic on my lashes whilst I sleep. It's created with Biotinoyl Tripeptide which is responsible for strengthening eyelash fibres and follicles and it's also fragrance free, paraben free, cruelty-free and hormone free. The only one thing that I'm personally not a big fan of when it comes to lash growth serums is the eyeliner brush to apply it with just because I find it a bit fiddly to manoeuvre. So I've been using disposable mascara wands instead as I find that they work better. However I still would recommend giving it a try because I've definitely seen an improvement in my lashes. 
The Flower Beauty Lift & Sculpt Contour Palette is a gorgeous palette which I've started to use more lately. The highlighter is stunning and very glowy, the blush is quite a bold pink and is a little different to what 
I would usually wear so I do tend to apply it very lightly and the contour/bronzer is quite warm but I can just about get away with wearing it. Overall it's a great palette and I'm definitely planning on buying some more products from Flower Beauty soon. I kind of wish they'd release a more toned down version of the palette though.
Glossier Play Niteshine Highlighter in Pale Pearl is a newbie in my makeup bag. I wasn't totally blown away by the Glossier Play range when it first launched but then I saw Lucy Jane Wood's youtube video reviewing the range and I was impressed with how the highlighter and the vinylic lip lacquers looked so I decided to buy them for myself. You can read my full review of both of them 
here.

Lastly is lipstick and my current go-to lipstick is definitely the Zoella X Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Little One. It's literally what I would call a perfect nude shade and I love Colourpop's Ultra Matte Lip formula in general so it's a great combination. I also have the shade @ Me which is more of a pink-purple mauve shade but I don't wear it as much as I'm still not 100% if it suits me if I'm being totally honest. I've also been liking wearing Glossier's Generation G lipstick in Leo which is a brown-nude shade.

What are your go-to makeup products for the Spring/Summer?

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Trying Out All-Natural Brand Beesline Apitherapy

Monday, 13 May 2019

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Beesline Apitherapy are a natural cosmetics brand that use the ancient science of Apitherapy. Apitherapy is otherwise known as "bee therapy" and they use the Honey, Beeswax, Royal Jelly and Propolis and combine it with fresh botanical extracts to safely and effectively take care of your skin. Their products are all about moisturising, repairing and protecting the skin and are super affordable too. I've been trying out four products from them over the past few weeks and in today's post I'm sharing my thoughts on all of them. 

The Beesline Ointment Skin Balm priced at £9.99* is aimed at dry and rough skin types. It's a multi-purpose balm so you can use it for various different things. I've really been enjoying using multi-use balms lately as I mentioned in this post just last week. They're really handy to have on a day-to-day basis for both in the house and if you're travelling. The ointment balm can even relieve skin conditions such as eczema due to it's moisturising and antimicrobial properties, which I think is great for such an affordable product! I've been using this mainly on my hands, cuticles and also my heels. If you have a drier skin type then you could also use it as a face moisturiser too.


The Beesline Soft Beeswax Balm priced at £7.99* is an unscented multi-purpose balm which comes in a tin which makes it great for travelling and for popping in your bag. It's very similar to the Ointment Skin Balm but it's in a solid form instead instead of a tube but it's still very easy to use. With it being a multi-use balm it means you can use it for various different things and I've used it on my lips, cuticles and hair so far and it's great when you need some extra hydration urgently. I've been popping in it my bag often so I can use it when I'm out and about.

The Beesline Lip Balm priced at £3.99* is my current go-to lip balm, it packs a punch on the hydration front and it seems to last a good amount of time on my lips too. I also like that the packaging is bright yellow so then I can find it easier (I have a tendency to lose things very easily lol). 

And lastly is the Beesline Beeswax priced at Cold Cream £9.99* which I would probably say is my fave out of the four products I've been trying out. I think it's because it has a scent unlike the other products. The scent of the Cold Cream is Damask Rose which I really like in general anyway. It's aimed at dry and normal skin types and can be used on your face and body. I've been using it as a hand cream mainly, just because I really like the scent. Although I have an oilier skin type I have actually used the Cold Cream on my face. Because I have been using some foam face washes over the past couple of weeks to calm down my skin as it's been acting up and breaking out, I've been getting some dry patches - particularly around my nose. Unfortunately I find it's the down side of using foam based face products. So to hydrate and soothe the area I have been popping on some of the Cold Cream on the areas where it's dried out which has definitely helped to re-hydrate and soothe the areas. It also doesn't leave a horrible greasy feeling either which is fab. 

Beelines Apitherapy products are available to buy from Fragrance Direct

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Do You Have Trouble Falling Asleep Like Me? | Benenox Overnight Recharge Review

Saturday, 11 May 2019

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Since I was a early teen I've had problems with sleeping and maintaining a good sleeping pattern. Obviously at that age your parents just blame it on being on your phone or watching TV late at night but it wasn't the case for me. Well, yeah to be fair, I did stay up late texting, updating my Bebo, Myspace and Facebook (what a throwback!) and also watching TV at night but I was doing that because I just couldn't get to sleep, so it was more of a distraction whilst I was struggling to get to sleep if that makes sense. I also found it hard to stay asleep all through the night when I finally did drop off too. So I was going into school most days on only a couple hours of sleep. Unfortunately, it's something which has just stuck. But now I feel like it's kind of an off/off kind of thing. Sometimes I sleep pretty well (not brilliantly but not too bad) and then sometimes I really struggle. Also since my chronic pain started last year, that's also played a big factor in me not being able to sleep because some nights the pain keeps me up even if I'm feeling completely shattered. 

Over the past month I've been going through a bit of a 'struggle' spell and I'm pretty sure some nights I must wake up 10-15 times during the night, if not more. I've also been having really vivid nightmares most nights too and sometimes more than one each night but I'm just blaming that on the fact that the past month or so has been super stressful because of various different reasons.

So when Benenox got in touch and asked if I would like to take part in their #IWentToBedLikeThis campaign, I obviously said yes! They sent me over two bottles of their Benenox Overnight Recharge* in the Blackcurrant flavour and the Lemon and Ginger flavour and also some snazzy banana print pyjamas from ASOS* which you probably will have seen on my insta feed or stories. The Overnight Recharge is made from a blend of honey which is known for it's health benefits and its mix of natural sugars which is believed to help boost glycogen stores in the liver to use during the night. It also contains Sustamine - a combination of two amino acids (L-Alanine and L-Glutamine) which can be absorbed quickly by the body and also Vitamin B6 - a vitamin which has been shown to help reduce tiredness and fatigue, support normal psychological function and help with energy production and It's suitable for vegetarians (however it's not suitable for children under 12 years of age). 

Each bottle comes with a little measuring cap on top of the bottle and you just pop 15ml in the cap and take it before bedtime. You can also dilute it with a small amount of hot water if preferred. 

My favourite out of the two is definitely the Lemon and Ginger flavour but that's just my personal preference. However I have been using both over the past couple of weeks and I still get the same results from both of them. So, talking of results, how have I been getting on using Benenox's Overnight Recharge? 

Well I've been making myself to go to bed earlier and "switching off" from everything earlier to try and get my mind to settle. Unfortunately this is the time when my anxiety likes to play up and I start overthinking about anything and everything. Although I've still been struggling to initially fall asleep, once I'm asleep I'm definitely staying asleep for a longer amount of time and I've actually slept completely through the night a few times too. I've also been feeling a lot more refreshed and "with it" when I wake up after using the Benenox Overnight Recharge* which really helps to put me in a better mindset for the day ahead. So I'm definitely going to continue to use it, especially when I'm really struggling with my sleep as I do think it works. It's basically like some sort of magic sleeping potion and if you struggle with sleeping and haven't tried Benenox's Overnight Recharge then I would say pick a bottle up and give it a try! 

You can get it from Boots for £9.99 (each).


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How I Do Self Care With A Chronic Illness *

Thursday, 9 May 2019

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-*This post is in collaboration with ThriveTalk, all opinions are my own. It also contains PR/gifted items-
 Some days I hate myself and I hate my body due to my chronic pain and I purposely don't give my body the self-care and rest it needs because I'm so annoyed (silly right?). Other days, I'm kinder to myself and stop kicking myself when I have to take a day off work, cancel plans and say no to a blogging opportunity etc. I'm trying to be kinder to myself as this is just me now and I have to accept that. I think anyone reading this with a chronic illness/chronic pain will understand where I am coming from. 

So how do I do self care when I'm basically crippled up in pain with my back or pelvic pain and can barely move from my bed and/or on days when I'm feeling really down in the dumps?

Catching up on sleep or or even allowing myself to have a cheeky nap in the afternoon if I really feel I need to works wonders most of the time. I've also found that using a self heating Space Masks eye masks* has been a complete game changer on nights when I'm struggling to sleep or even if I have a bad stress or hormonal headache. It is more of a luxury product but it does help.

I'm a big fan of using face masks in general and I prefer to use clay based masks usually just because they suit my oily skin the best. However on days when I'm feeling unwell or when I'm just feeling low but want a pick-me-up I tend to pop on a quick fix face mask like the Sanctuary Spa 1 Minute Daily Glow Face Mask, Pixi Glow-o2 Oxygen Mask or a sheet mask. I highly recommend Yes To and Oh K! for sheet masks btw. 

I've come to the conclusion that Multi Use Balms are such a good invention! My current fave is the Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream* and I always keep it either on top of my bedside table or somewhere in my bedside table drawers as I use it every single day. I've found it to be great to use as a lip balm, eye cream, hair balm and hair mask and it can also be used in more ways too. It contains Olive Oil, Bees Wax, Honey, Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly and Bee Propolis.

I really enjoy watching something funny and/or cheerful when I'm feeling rubbish. I'm currently rewatching Stella which is brilliant (starring Ruth Jones) and I'm watching the final season Jane the Virgin which always makes me laugh without fail. I also like to listen to happy, sing along kind of songs too just to try and perk me up.

I've found that having a warm bath filled with Epsom salts or Pink Himalayan bath salts has really been helping to calm my pain when it first starts to flare up bad. I obviously like to use some Lush products including their shower gels and bath bombs too. 


-L-R from top to bottom: Strike a Posie, Follow The Petals, I Feel Flower-ful
Gardenia My Heart, Merci Bouquet, Young, Wild and Free-sia-
-Wearing the shade Merci Bouquet*-
 I know it may sound silly but sometimes just painting my nails a pretty colour just makes me feel like I have my life together (when I really don't lol). I've been really enjoying Morgan Taylor's Spring Collection nail polishes* as they are literally my perfect kind of shades as I love a pastel or nude colour on my nails. I'm not too keen on super bold shades as I just don't think they suit me. The Morgan Taylor polishes apply so easily and they stay on well too. I also love the names of the shades - Strike a Posie, Follow The Petals, I Feel Flower-ful, Gardenia My Heart, Merci Bouquet, Young, Wild and Free-sia (see above photos for reference).

I don't want to sound horrible but sometimes talking to my family or friends on either the phone or via text is the last thing I need when I'm in a lot of pain or feeling low. It kind of drains my energy even more. However I know they are always there for me if I do need or want to reach out and have a chat or just to tell them how I'm feeling. I've got a good bunch of people around me who I know I can rely on and the past year has really shown who is really there for me no matter what and who isn't. I've also reconnected with some old friends over the past year too which has been nice.

Getting out of the house in general is quite hard for me. It's not that I don't want to make plans or go out shopping and etc. It's because I don't know how I'm going to be feeling from one minute to the next as my pain can just come on strong and that's it, I'm pretty much on the floor in agony. Thankfully I find CBD oil and balms help to take the edge off the pain most of the time. But I definitely have the fear of flaring up in the middle of a supermarket or shop and having a crowd of people around me wondering what's going on and that really plays on my mind even when I'm having a better day. But if I feel like getting out of the house then I will try to. Sometimes even just having a little walk down my garden and back up again is a good way to clear my mind and to get some fresh air if I've been stuck in the house for a few days.

Haley Neidich, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and the clinical director of ThriveTalk.com and has some great tips and advice on doing self care when you have a chronic illness.

She says "It's easy for mental health and wellness professionals to preach about self-care, but self-care takes real devotion and the underlying ability to care for, nurture and honour yourself. When you're dealing with a chronic illness, self-care looks much different. Self-care with a chronic illness is honouring where you are and what you're capable of on any given day and being very patient and kind with yourself on the days where you have less to give. In practice, self care can be as simple as closing your eyes for one deep breath, peering out the window to really soak in the view, listening to a great song that takes you away or having a morning journalling practice. One of the greatest gifts that those suffering from chronic illness can give themselves is the space to talk about their feelings. Talking to an online counselor is a great option for those you might be short on energy but nee the support." 


How do you do self-care and what ways work best for you?

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