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A Health & Life Update *

Monday, 29 April 2019

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-This post is in collaboration, all opinions are my own-
I know some people have started following me lately on both twitter and insta because they are interested in following my "endo journey". If you're not familiar then it's basically following my journey whilst I deal with my chronic pain and wait to finally be diagnosed with endometriosis which I'm pretty sure I have. I also know that some fellow chronic illness sufferers who are also bloggers like to see how I'm getting on with new medication and also seeing if I've tried any new methods to help ease my pain. However if you don't know about my chronic pain and how it started then here's a run down: I've been unwell since January last year. It started out as a really bad back problem and then around March my stomach started to hurt and I was getting really bad acid after eating and drinking pretty much anything. I changed up my diet and tried to eat as clean as possible after a unhelpful doctors appointment where they basically just told me I was fine and that I should just lose some weight. As I was unhappy with my first appointment I went back for a second opinion as I honestly was worried I had cancer or something sinister like that and then I had some tests done at the doctors and they diagnosed me with "Gastritis" which is basically a way of saying "You have inflammation in your stomach, we don't know what's causing it. Bye". So helpful... not. I was put on Omeprozole which I didn't like and then they switched me to Ranitidine and I'm still taking it daily now. Then in April I began to start having a lot of pain around my pelvic bone and ovaries and it's not stopped since. So I've basically been in pain every day since January last year with my pelvic area, back and also my stomach. Fun. 

I have tried a few different methods over the past couple of months to try and relieve the pain and thankfully I have found some things which help a little with the pain (most of the time anyway) but I do still struggle daily in day-to-day life. The majority of my doctors and hospital appointments have been really unhelpful if I'm being totally honest, so I'm just trying to manage the symptoms myself until someone finally listens to me and actually sends me for the laparoscopy I want. I've also been having some issues with my ears over the past month or so which is pretty normal for me as it's been an issue since I was younger. I have very narrow and small ear canals apparently which means I'm quite prone to earache, ear infections and I also get sinusitis quite bad too. I'm definitely going to be talking to my doctor about it at my next appointment. If you also suffer with ear issues then I highly recommend going to an ear care clinic such as Auris Ear Care in London. They do microsuction ear wax removal to help clear out your ears.

Although I don't have huge news on the life update front, I have been making some (loose) plans for the summer which is exciting as last year I was basically completely bed bound throughout the whole of summer which really sucked. I had major FOMO and there was nothing I could do about it. It obviously depends on how I get on with my pain and if the new pill I'm on actually helps too. It's still all trial and error but fingers crossed I'll actually manage to do more this summer and go on some day trips and maybe even a few weekend breaks too. I'm also still doing the whole "thinking positively" thing and believing in the law of attraction as I'm pretty sure it works. This past week has been crazy and pretty much everyday things I've been wanting to happen, have actually happened. You can read more about why I believe in the law of attraction here

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Testing Out The NEW Magnitone XOXO Silicone Facial Cleansing Brush

Saturday, 27 April 2019

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-This post contains gifted/PR samples, no paid content. All opinions are my own-
Magnitone are kind of one of my go-to brands for any sort of skincare tools. The just know how to make skincare and body tools properly and don't slap a big price on them once they are released. I loved and used their original Barefaced facial cleansing brush that much that it actually burned out in the end lol! So when I got the opportunity to try out their new XOXO Micro Sonic Soft-Touch Silicone Facial Cleansing Brush*, I said yes please, obvs! I opted for the Aqua colour but you can also pick it up in Pink too and it retails for £40.


I know I've recently talked about trying out the PMD Clean cleansing brush which I do love but the reason why I decided to try out the Magnitone XOXO is because 1) it's travel friendly and 2) I love that it has 3 different sections to use on your skin. The three textured zones are designed to combat oiliness, ease dryness and also provide a massage effect. It's also USB rechargeable and the PMD Clean isn't (which I feel let's it down a little tbh). 


The purpose of the tool is that it clarifies and balances the complexion. It's also create with antibacterial PurO sillicone bristles and the brush delivered 8000 Micro Sonic Pulsations per minute. It should help to unclog pores of bacteria, impurities and also excess oil which helps to prevent breakouts. It also have 8 speed settings to customise your cleanse and it's 100% waterproof.

Although my skin has been a nightmare lately (stress and hormone related) I have been loving the XOXO. It makes my skin feel extra clean and refreshed and I do think it's helped with my blackheads, particularly on my chin and forehead. I feel like the top section of the brush works the best on blackheads, just for reference. As always with any sort of silicone cleansing brush, I tend to opt for gel cleansers just because I personally think they work best with silicone brushes. So I've been using either my Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser and NEEK face cleanser with it. Overall I think it's a great silicone cleansing brush  and I would recommend it if you're on the lookout for a silicone cleansing brush. It's one of the cheapest ones on the market too.

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Understanding Why Palm Oil Is Bad For The Planet *

Friday, 26 April 2019

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-*This post is in Collaboration with Compost Direct-

Did you know that over 50% of your shopping list could contain Palm Oil?

Palm oil has been talked about and has basically been slated for a number of years now. One of the problems whilst facing the worldwide battle against climate change and pollution is that we only seem to look at one problem at a time and this is down to "what's trending" in the world. One minute we are looking at the evils of car fumes and how we should reduce our car usage and change to petrol cars or even better, electric cars and the next minute we are looking at how orangutans are losing their habitat due to deforestation and then the following week we're talking about single use plastic and how we need to save the ocean and then we're all about adapting to a vegan lifestyle to avoid water and consumption levels needed for farming livestock and so on.
Trends have obviously been great for raising awareness of environmental issues and getting people to understand and change their ways. But sometimes, ‘past’ concerns fall behind and people become more bothered about what's trending this week and how we can save the world this week by changing out ways for a whole 5 minutes. While it’s important to learn about a new issue, it’s equally important to maintain an interest in previously raised issues. This is particularly necessary with the ongoing issue of palm oil. Garden mulches supplier, Compost Direct, investigated palm oil and why it's bad.

So what exactly is palm oil?

Palm oil is a form of vegetable oil that comes from palm oil trees. The oil these trees produces is a fantastic product: it’s a healthier alternative to many other oils, aids with lathering in soaps, and holds colours in cosmetic items well while helping with a smooth application. It can enhance the texture of doughs, conditions hair, is free from trans fats, makes chocolate look shiny, gives baked goods a creamy taste, removes dirt and oil, and relatively inexpensive. So obviously brands and companies use it for all of the above reasons.
It’s easy to see why we use it so much, despite it being a high source of saturated fats. Sadly, as with most things, human demand is so much higher than the planet can naturally produce and replenish.

So why does it have such a bad reputation?

The issue isn’t with the palm oil itself. The problem is mainly with the method of how it's obtained, which can be highly destructive.
In order to harvest palm oil, the fruits are collected from the tree. These trees live for around 30 years, but they grow to considerable heights. If the trees become too tall, the fruit is more difficult to collect. So, the trees are cut down to make room for more trees.
The demand for palm oil across the world is incredibly high — far higher than the number of palm oil the trees can supply. According to the Guardian, India, China, and Indonesia’s demand for palm oil alone totals 40% of global palm oil consumptions. To meet this consumer demand, rainforests are cut down to plant the more profitable palm oil trees in their place. Unfortunately these rainforests are home to so many animals and delicate ecosystems. Essentially, we are replacing trees that benefit animals for trees that benefit humans. So we are basically wiping out many different animals and some are already almost extinct. The impact has been devastating for orangutans in particular, with an estimated 100,000 deaths of the primate caused by deforestation over the last 16 years, which is not just sad but also totally unnecessary. On top of that, the burning of these rainforests is said to have contributed to the high levels of pollution witnessed in parts of Asia.

And what is palm oil used in?

Palm oil is used in a host of products, from food to cosmetics, to cleaning products and margarine. It is also difficult to avoid products with palm oil in, as many products do not explicitly state their palm oil content — the ingredient has so many different names and derivatives that can be listed, so it's basically sneakily hidden away, unless you know what you are looking for.
Some products will, however, list that they are “RSPO”, which means their palm oils have come from certified sustainable palm oil sources as certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oils. However, there has been some criticism of the RSPO due to their lack of clarity regarding clearing rainforests to grow more palm oil trees.

Compost Direct Study: A small shopping list

Here is a small example shopping list from Which’s top rated online supermarket of 2018, Iceland. Compost Direct selected two ‘best seller’ products from each of Iceland’s ‘popular categories’: Frozen, Fresh, Food Cupboard, Household, Drinks, and Bakery*.
Initially, they checked the ingredients list provided for each product (either on Iceland’s website or on the brand’s website) for any clear indication of palm oil. They included the terms ‘palm fat’, ‘vegetable oil (palm)’ and other obvious variants. Then Compost Direct checked through the ingredients lists and compared it to the 426 alternative palm oil names listed by Palm Oil Investigations. In these instances, upon one alternative name being spotted in the ingredients list of a product, they marked the product as potentially containing palm oil, as these ingredients could come from other sources.
Product
Palm oil clearly listed in ingredients?
Palm oil referred to by a different name in ingredient?
Result
Frozen: Iceland 60 Crispy Chicken Dippers
No
No
Contains no palm oil**
Frozen: Chicago Town 2 Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizzas
No
No
Contains no palm oil**
Chilled: Utterly Butterly Spread
Yes
No
Contains palm oil**
Chilled: Rustlers Flame Grilled Cheese Burger
No
No
Contains no palm oil**
Food Cupboard: Kinder Bueno Milk and Hazelnut
Yes
No
Contains palm oil**
Food Cupboard: Pot Noodle Chicken & Mushroom
Yes
No
Contains palm oil**
Household: Peril Non Bio Washing Liquid
No
Contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Ingredients potentially derived from palm
Household: Surf Tropical Lily Washing Powder
No
No
Contains no palm oil**
Drinks: Galaxy Instant Hot Chocolate
Yes
Contains palm fat
Contains palm oil**
Drinks: Pepsi Max
No
No
Contains no palm oil**
Bakery: Warburtons Toastie Thick Sliced Soft White Bread
Yes
Contains sustainable palm oil
Contains palm oil**
Bakery: Iceland Thick Tiger Bloomer Bread
No
No
Contains no palm oil**

Cosmetics

As Iceland don’t sell cosmetics, Compost Direct also headed to Superdrug to look at their best sellers. Again, they used the ingredients lists available on the product page of Superdrug, or consulted the brand’s own page if needed.

Product
Palm oil clearly listed in ingredients?
Palm oil referred to by a different name in ingredient?
Result
Face: NYX Professional Makeup Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Foundation – Light Ivory
No
Contains Caprylyl Glycol
Ingredients potentially derived from palm
Face: NYX Professional Makeup Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Concealer – Neutral Buff
No
Contains Ethylhexylglycerin
Ingredients potentially derived from palm
Lip: Revolution Rose Gold Lipstick Chauffeur
No
Contains Ethylhexyl Palmitate
Contains palm oil**
Lip: Nyx Professional Makeup Candy Stick Lip – Birthday Sprinkles
No
Contains Glycerin
Ingredients potentially derived from palm
Eyes: MUA Eyeshadow Palette – Elysium
No
No
Contains no palm oil**
Eyes: Max Factor Rise & Shine Mascara Black
No
Contains glycerol
Ingredients potentially derived from palm
Washing & Bathing: Palmolive Gourmet Vanilla Pleasure Shower Gel Cream
No
Contains Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Ingredients potentially derived from palm
Washing & Bathing: Imperial Leather Cosmic Unicorn Shower Gel
No
Contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Ingredients potentially derived from palm
Shampoo: TRESemme Moisture Rich Luxurious Moisture Shampoo
No
Contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Ingredients potentially derived from palm
Shampoo: Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Shampoo Argan Oil of Morocco
No
Contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Ingredients potentially derived from palm
*As of 4th March 2019 **According to ingredient list research — potentially used under another name.

The results

Overall the small online grocery and cosmetics shopping lists contained 22 items in total. Seven of the items did not appear to contain any form of palm oil and 15 items in total either contained or potentially contained palm oil based ingredients. So that's a huge 68% of the shopping list that could rely on palm oil!

It’s clear that palm oil is still used on our shopping shelves, both online and offline. Even if you’re seeking to live a greener, healthier life, it’s easy to get caught out by the numerous different names for palm oil as an ingredient. It's almost as if it's playing hide and seek in the ingredients. In order to truly help with the planet’s health, we must remember to be vigilant across all areas of climate change contributors, from plastic in the sea to deforestation, and not just whatever the current environmental trend is today. It’s an ongoing change we all need to be a part of in order to hopefully see things change for the better. In the mean time, I shall definitely be checking the ingredients of items on my shopping lists more!
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Burt's Bees Cosmetics Range

Thursday, 25 April 2019

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Burt's Bees are one of my favourite cruelty-free brands and they are my go-to brand for lip balms and I also love their lipsticks, foot care range and also some of their skincare bits too. So when I heard that they were expanding their cosmetics range which is 100% natural I was super excited to give it a try. I was kindly sent over the three products I'm talking about today in this post but obviously as always that doesn't affect my overall thoughts on the products. I did however get to choose which products I wanted to be sent and also the shades I wanted to try.


I was sent over their Aglow Lip & Cheek Stick in the shade Peony Pool RRP £12.99*, Eyeshadow Trio in Blooming Desert RRP £11.99* and their Goodness Glows Liquid Foundation RRP £14.99* in the shade Porcelain (there's 12 shades available in the range).

The foundation is the product I was most excited about, just because I'm already such a big fan of Burt's Bees and I just wanted to see if their new foundation followed in the footsteps of the other products I love by them. The mineral foundation claims to moisturise and hydrate the skin whilst delivering long-wearing and full coverage. They also say that the foundation is best suited for dry or combination skin. I'm not going to lie, when I first put it on I didn't like it. Although the shade is literally spot on for my skin tone which is rare, it looked a quite streaky (when applied with a Spectrum foundation brush) and very dewy. However I decided to kind of pat it in with my new Sunday Ivy Big Fuzz Blender to try and salvage it and it seemed to sort out the streaky situation and then once I'd powdered it down, I actually really liked the finish. The coverage is medium but you can build it up a little in areas where it's needed more and it gives you a "your skin but better" kind of finish. It's not cakey nor does it cling to any dry spots either which is great. It doesn't last all day on my oily skin type but it's a good foundation to use when I know I'm only going to be out out the house for no more than about 5 hours. So overall I think it's a nice foundation and I would pick it up again. 






The Eyeshadow Trio in Blooming Desert* comes in the most cute packaging resembling a honeycomb and the in the Blooming Desert palette you get 3 shimmer shades in white, orange and brown. All of the shades are pigmented but the white shade is quite hard to see alone (hence why it's almost invisible on the photo above). I really like the brown shade and I have worn it on it's own a few times but I don't think I can pull of the orange shade. I don't know why, I just don't think it suits me unfortunately. But the palette itself is very nice and compact and there's other trios with different shades available too. 



Lastly is the Aglow Lip & Cheek Stick in the shade Peony Pool* which I love! I don't use it as a lipstick but it's handy with it being a 2-in-1 product if you wanted to wear it as a lipstick. It looks so lovely as a blush and it gives me a nice glowy healthy look (which I definitely need right now). It kind of reminds me of the Haloscope highlighter sticks from Glossier because of the stick having a balm in the middle and the actual product on the outer edge. Like all cream/stick products, I don't directly glide the stick across my face, I put the product on my fingertips and tap it in for better results. I know that kind of defeats the purpose of stick makeup products but I just find it works better and doesn't disrupt my base makeup.

Have you tried anything from Burt's Bees new cosmetics range?


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