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 Cruelty-free brand Essence have recently released their Spring/Summer range and they kindly sent over a selection of the products for me to try before they were released. So in this post, I'm going to be talking about each product, the price and my overall thoughts. All of the products are super affordable as always and are available to buy from Wilko and/or Feel Unique.

First up is the BYE BYE PANDA EYES! Mascara RRP £3.50* which has an oil-free and vegan formula which wraps itself around your lashes like a gentle film. Obviously, as the name suggests, the product shouldn't clump, crumble or smudge throughout the day. I'm in two minds about this mascara if I'm being totally honest. I agree that it doesn't smudge or crumble during the day but because the brush is quite a basic brush, it just doesn't do much for my lashes personally. When it comes to mascaras I tend to sway towards a brush that's got some sort of curve going on in the middle because I feel like it helps my lashes to curl and stay curled as well as adding some volume and this doesn't do that for me, unfortunately. I guess it depends on your preference and how your lashes behave though. I wouldn't write this mascara off and say it's no good, it just doesn't work for my temperamental lashes.

The My SKIN PERFECTOR Tinted Primer RRP £4* really reminds of Benefit's Original Porefessional Primer with a bit more of a tint. However, because of its mousse-like texture, it's a lot more lightweight and more breathable on the skin. It's a nice product to use when you want a smooth base and a hint of coverage but you don't want to opt for a tinted moisturiser or a foundation. It also works well underneath makeup too. I do really like this primer and it's gone straight into my makeup bag. I do think there could be more shades because right now, there's only three - 10 Light Beige, 20 Nude Beige and 30 Medium Beige.

The other product in the new my SKIN PERFECTOR range is the my SKIN PERFECTOR Loose Fixing Powder RRP £3.80*. I have the shade 20 Nude and unfortunately, it's just a tiny bit too dark for me. Again, I think the shade range could be better because there are only two shades in the range. Even though the powder is a tiny bit too dark for me, I have tried it out anyway to see how it works and I do think it would make a nice everyday powder. It does give your skin a slightly blurred effect like it claims. So if you're looking for a setting powder and would suit either a Light or Nude shade then this might be one to consider!

Next is the gorgeous Witch Side Eyeshadow Palette RRP £10* which I literally said "wow" about when I opened the PR package. It's so pretty and the shades are right up my street! I love the design of the packaging with the holographic open/closed eyes on the front. (I think it's called holographic anyway?). The palette itself offers 15 shades and a range of matte, metallic and glittery shades. It's just a really pretty, versatile palette which you can create so many looks from. My favourite shades are Shadowy, Magic, Talisman and Enchanted. It really is a stunning eyeshadow palette, I also think it would make a nice gift for someone too.

Another palette from the new Spring/Summer range is The NUDE Edition Eyeshadow Palette RRP £4* which is also available in the ROSE Edition for the same price. It contains 10 shades altogether which are a mixture of matte and shimmer shades which all compliment each other nicely. I would say the shimmer shades are the stand out in this palette because they are insanely pigmented for the price. 

They've also released some new liquid lipsticks which are the Stay 8h Matte Liquid Lipstick RRP £3*. There are 9 shades to choose from in total and I have the shade 05 Date Proof which is a mid-pink kind of shade which I think is a pretty shade for Spring. I do like Essence lipsticks in general because they always smell really nice (usually on the sweet side), feel comfortable to wear and they tend to hold up well too. I'll admit I haven't worn this shade for 8 hours but it does seem to have a good amount of staying power and for £3 it's a total steal. I'm already eyeing up a couple of more shades, particularly 02 Duck Face and 03 Down to Earth.

Next is the Coconut Kiss Caring Lip Peeling RRP £2.30* which is a gentle lip scrub. I'm not going to lie, I like quite abrasive lip scrubs (such as the Barry M lip scrubs) because I feel like they really do make a big difference. The Essence one is okay and it is a lot more gentle on your lips with it containing 10% almond oil and coconut rasps as the "scrub" aspect but I feel like it doesn't work as well as a sugar scrub. To me, it just feels like I'm applying a lip balm with bits of coconut in it. It does smell really nice though and it's a good option if you prefer something more gentle! 

Essence have also relaunched their Nail Care range and have sent me the new Nail & Cuticle Cream RRP £2*Jelly Nail Polish Remover RRP £2.80* and Anti Split File RRP £1.30* from the range. The Nail & Cuticle Cream contains coconut oil and it really nice to apply when you're having a pamper to get your nails looking and feeling rejuvenated. I also find the cream less messy than using cuticle oil. The Jelly Nail Polish Remover has a soft pineapple scent which covers up the smell of the nail polish remover a little which I definitely appreciate because the smell of normal nail polish really gets to me and sometimes give me a headache. I have however found that using the jelly nail polish remover does require a little more work to get the nail polish completely off. Lastly is the Anti Split File which has been created for people with thin and brittle nails. It is a good nail file and I definitely prefer these type of nail files over the flimsy ones you get in a pack from Poundland or somewhere.
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I thought I'd do a blog post about some TV shows that I'd highly recommend watching whilst we're all spending more time at home. I've tried to include a mixture of genres but I tend to watch comedies, thrillers, docu-series and dramas the most I would say. So in no specific order, here are 10 TV shows to add to your watch list if you're stuck for ideas. Some of the shows are on Netflix, Now TV but I've also made sure to include some shows which available for free on iPlayer or All4 too.

Good Girls | Genre: Comedy/Drama/Thriller
Good Girls follows three suburban women, Ruby, Annie and Beth who are all stuck for cash and need it desperately. Beth and Annie are sisters and Ruby is their childhood friend. They're sick of trying to make ends meets and just about getting by so in desperation they decide to rob a supermarket. However, they don't realise what exactly they're getting themselves into once they rob the store. I don't want to say much more and give away any big spoilers but it is a really good show and I'm surprised more people don't talk about it. It kind of reminds me of Breaking Bad but with women as the main characters, if you've already watched it or start watching it then you'll know what I mean. Season 1 and 2 are available to watch on Netflix and Season 3 will be coming soon (probably around early summer).

Clique | Genre: Thriller
Clique is another TV show that I feel like was definitely overlooked when it was released. It follows Holly and her best friend Georgia a few weeks into studying at the University of Edinburgh. When Georgia makes friends with an elite clique of girls who are "looked after" by their feminist lecturer Jude McDermid, Holly is concerned when her friend starts to act differently so she starts to stick her nose into their business to find out what they're really about. I don't feel like I've described Clique really well but again, I don't want to say too much and ruin it. But it is a really good show and I'm pretty if you're into thrillers, you'll like it. Both seasons are available to watch on iPlayer.

Stranger Things | Genre: Sci-Fi/Thriller
I'm pretty sure everyone and their mum has watched Stranger Things by now but if not, then I definitely think it's worth a watch if you're into sci-fi type of shows. There are also 3 seasons to get through so it'll definitely keep you busy whilst you stay at home. The first season is all about the disappearance of a young boy Will, his friends and family who are all obviously worried about him and frantically looking for him, as well as weird supernatural things going on in the town of Hawkins, Indiana that can't be explained. Oh and there's also the arrival of a young girl named Eleven who has powers. I think the thing that pulled me into watching Stranger Things when it was first released is the fact that it's set in the 1980's to be honest because normally I'm not really into sci-fi shows or movies but I always look forward to watching the latest season of Stranger Things when it's released. It's available to watch on Netflix.

Elite | Genre: Thriller/Drama
Spanish TV show Elite follows a group of elite students as well as three working-class friends (Samuel, Nadia and Christian) who have been given scholarships to study at Las Encinas, the most exclusive private school in Spain after their school collapsed at the fault of a construction company. As expected this causes rivalry from the get-go and lots of judgement from the Elite students. The show is set out in a flashback kind of way and the first season is all about the lead up to the murder of rebellious, elite student Marina who is also Guzman's sister. The best way to describe the show is basically the Spanish version Gossip Girl but with a whodunnit styled murder and a heck of a lot more drama and sex. Obviously, with it being a Spanish show, it's dubbed in English in the UK but there are 3 seasons to binge-watch, the latest season was literally released a few weeks ago which I've already watched. Available on Netflix.

Reign | Genre: Historical Teen Drama
Reign is definitely one of my all-time fave TV shows, I've watched it from start to finish about 4 times. It's loosely based on Mary Queen of Scots life when she is sent to French Court when the convent where she's been living becomes under threat by the English. When Mary arrives at French Court, she is already engaged to Prince Francis (who she has been engaged to since they were both six). Mary has to deal with getting used to life at French Court and figuring out who she can really trust. After being at French Court for a while she begins to have feelings for Francis but what she doesn't know is that his mother Catherine de Medici is trying her best to stop the marriage from happening because of a prophecy she has been told that says that their marriage will be the reason for Francis' death. Obviously, the show isn't 100% historically correct, apart from the obvious things we know about what happened to Mary Queen of Scots. However there are so many good storylines in Reign and it's not just about Mary, there are storylines about her ladies in waiting, Prince Francis, Catherine de Medici, King Henry and more. It's available to watch on Netflix.

The End of the F***ing World | Genre: Dark Comedy Drama
TEOTFW follows James who is a 17-year-old who thinks he is a psychopath and decides that he wants to kill his opinionated, outspoken classmate Alyssa who is dealing with a bad situation of her own at home. When James tries to get closer to Alyssa with his plan in place, she suggests that they should run away together which he agrees to so he can follow up on his own plan. So they end up on a road trip and things go from bad to worse for both of them. TEOTFW is a dark comedy and might not be for everyone, especially right now but I guess it depends on what you like in terms of TV. I think if you like shows like Killing Eve then you'll like this. It's available to watch on All4 and Netflix.

Jane The Virgin | Genre: Comedy/Drama
I started watching Jane The Virgin when I first became unwell back in 2018 with my chronic pain and it was a really good show to take my mind off everything that was going on as I was having loads of tests done and waiting for results at the time. So in that sense, it might be a good show to watch with what's going on in the world right now because it's definitely a show that really keeps you occupied and entertained. It's a very OTT show but I mean that in the best possible way and it's funny and also sad in parts too. It's about Jane who is a 23-year-old devout Catholic and is also a virgin. She lives with her mom, Xo and her grandmother Alma. Because Jane's mom fell pregnant at a young age, Alma is on Jane's case constantly about "no sex before marriage" and Jane wants to respect her grandmother's wishes. However whilst visiting her gynaecologist for a routine appointment, she's accidentally artificially inseminated and not long later she finds out she is pregnant and to make matters worse she then finds out that she knows who the baby's father is. There are a whopping 5 seasons to keep you occupied and it's available to watch on Netflix.

Catfish: The TV Show | Genre: Reality/Documentary
I just had to add Catfish: The TV Show on here because I think it's an easy show to watch and I think the last couple of seasons have been really shocking. If you want a show that you can have on in the background whilst WFH then I would say Catfish is a good option. Available on Sky/Now TV.

Sex Education | Genre: Comedy/Drama
I've already talked about Sex Education quite a few times on my blog and I just had to add it to this list because it's so funny and I think it'll definitely lift your spirits if you're feeling a bit low and lost right now. It follows Otis who is a socially awkward teen whose mother is a very open sex therapist. Although Otis is completely inexperienced when it comes to relationships and sex, after giving out some useful advice to the school bully Adam, his fellow classmate Maeve, who has issues of her own, decides to set up a sex advice business with Otis so they can make some money. If you like shows like The Inbetweeners, Skins and Bad Education then you'll probably like Sex Education. Season 1 and 2 are on Netflix.

Derry Girls | Genre: Comedy
Lastly, is Derry Girls which I've watched all the way through about three times now and it still makes me laugh out loud. It's so simple but so funny, I really wish there were more episodes in each season. It's set in Ireland (obviously) during the end of the troubles in the '90s and follows cousins Erin and Orla and their friends Michelle who is very outspoken, Clare who is an anxious goody-two-shoes and James the "wee English fella" who is also Michelle's cousin. They all attend a catholic girls' school and are taught by nuns, Sister Micheal (my fave character) who is the headmistress, doesn't really give a crap about anything but she is still strict and the show follows all of them trying to navigate through their teenhood whilst the troubles are going on. Available to watch on All4 and Netflix.

What TV shows would you recommend? I'm looking for some new shows to watch!

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Too Faced may be a well-known brand in the world of beauty but I've only tried a handful of makeup products by them myself but the products I have tried I really love and repurchase often. I would say my top three products are the Damn Girl! Mascara, Born This Way Foundation and the Born This Way Sculpting Concealer. I also like the fact that Too Faced are a cruelty-free brand. So when an email landed in my inbox recently about trying out some products from their skincare range, I was super excited to give them a whirl because we all know by now that I'm obsessed with trying and buying skincare.

They kindly sent me three skincare products to try out from the "Hangover" range and here are my thoughts on each product...

First up is the Hangover Good in Bed Ultra-Replenishing Hydrating Serum RRP £32* which they describe as a super-charged replenishing serum that's like a tall glass of coconut water for your skin. It also contains super nourishing ingredients such as vitamin B5, yoghurt prebiotics, hyaluronic acid and antioxidant-rich exotic dragon fruit which I really liked the sound of. It works to improve the skin's texture and moisture levels and gets to work right away. It also comes in a glass bottle and I think it just looks pretty on your skincare shelf. It definitely helps to nourish your skin, I think this is something I'll reach for more when my skin is feeling a bit dry and/or irritated for me personally with my having quite an oily skin type. It doesn't leave you with any sort of greasy residue or tackiness which is something I find often with serums and I'm pretty sure it leaves my skin looking clearer if that makes sense, I'm guessing it's the ingredients which help to improve the texture of your skin. I can see this being a great product for people for dry skin in particular!

Next is the Hangover Good to Go Skin Protecting SPF 25 Moisturiser RRP £29*They describe the moisturiser as a lightweight but still ultra-hydrating with a protective formula that deflects UVA and UVB rays and protects your skin but still gives you a nice glow. It contains coconut water which gives it that signature tropical scent everyone talks about as well as prebiotics and probiotics based ingredients. I definitely agree with the claim about it leaving you with a nice glow, however, sometimes you have to be careful how much you use as it can leave you looking a bit oily and almost like you have a film over your skin if that makes sense. But overall, I think it's a nice moisturiser and it seems to have agreed with my skin and although it's a lightweight moisturiser, it still hydrates your skin nicely. I also really like the coconut scent which is throughout the whole Hangover range too.

Lastly is the Major Hangover Replenishing Face Primer RRP £40* which I know a lot of people rave about when talking about Too Faced products and it's a product I've been meaning to try for myself for a while. Like the other products in the Hangover range, it's infused with hydrating coconut water and probiotic-based ingredients as well as skin revivers which all work together to boost the skin's radiance, promote elasticity and help to hydrate your skin, all whilst keeping your makeup locked down and looking fresh for longer. I really like the fact that it is silicone-free because a lot of primers which claim they will smooth and revive your skin contain silicone which is basically just cheating really, isn't it? Also, I feel like a lot of silicone primers leave my skin feeling like my makeup is just going to slide off which isn't a great feeling and then I just feel paranoid that my makeup is halfway down my face all day. I think out of the three skincare products I've tried from Too Faced (so far), the Major Hangover Replenishing Face Primer is my favourite because it just works so well for me. I use it as a primer prior to makeup and I definitely think it helps the makeup to last longer than usual and I also use it on my makeup-free days just to give my skin a bit of a booster. I feel like it really helps my confidence when I'm having a bit of a rubbish time with my skin and I don't want/can't wear a face of makeup because the primer seems to just "lift" everything and makes your skin look more awake as well as smoother.

Overall, I'm impressed with the products I've tried so far. As I've already said, the primer is definitely my fave but I also like the moisturiser quite a lot too. The serum is ideal for when my skin is feeling a bit dry/irritated but I think it's aimed for more of a drier skin type overall. I'm very intrigued to try more from Too Faced's skincare range after trying these three, so keep a lookout on my blog for potential future reviews! 

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 I thought I'd do a little round-up of some beauty products I've been testing out recently because I haven't done a round-up like this for a while and there's a nice array of products to talk about. Some of the products are actually new to the market and some are just new to me.

Got2b Farewell Flyaways Styling Serum and Wand RRP £4.19
I decided to pick up Got2b's new Farewell Flyaways because I thought it would be good for when I'm leaving the house with my natural, frizzy/wavy hair in a messy bun because I always get some flyaways at the front which basically looks like someone has rubbed a balloon on my head (lol). So I thought it might help to keep everything in place and looking a bit more polished. I know the whole point of a messy bun is for it to look messy, but there's a messy bun and then there's a messy bun. The stying serum has a really nice fruity scent and it comes with a mascara brush wand which makes it easy to glide through your hair. The serum also doesn't leave your hair greasy, sticky or crispy, which I was a bit worried about. For £4.19 I think it's a good little product to have at hand, especially when I saw a company advertise something similar on my Facebook ads for £19.99 recently!

Revolution Conceal & Define Infinite Concealer 5ml RRP £6 
I just had to pick up the new Conceal & Define infinite Concealer when it was released because I love the sound of the 20% more coverage and 20% more pigment claims. There are also 60 shades available which is amazing, although I think I picked up my concealer in one shade too light (oops!). Another factor that pulled me in is the fact that it contains niacinamide which is one of my go-to spot-busting products when my skin is acting up, especially as my skin seems to have a love/hate relationship with tea tree which is most people's go-to when their skin is breaking out. The concealer itself definitely has more coverage than the original conceal and define and I also think the formula is better too as it's not as creamy and it just feels more stable on the skin. Although I like the original Conceal and Define, I felt like it was almost slippy on my oily skin if that makes sense. Whereas the Infinite concealer lasts longer on my skin. I definitely should've bought C2 instead of C1 but it still sorts out my under eyes and blemishes well. I will definitely be repurchasing this concealer in the XL.

REN ClearCalm Non-Drying Spot Treatment 15ml RRP £17.50
A lot of spot treatments tend to be quite drying on the skin and as someone who has quite a sensitive but oily, spot-prone skin type, that's not ideal. So when my last spot treatment ran out I decided to check out what REN offered for spot-prone skin and I found that their offering was almost half the price of what I was paying for my usual go-to product for the same amount of product. I've also been using REN's Anti-Redness Serum and Global Protection Day Cream from the EverCalm range recently and I've really been enjoying them. The first couple of days using the Non-Drying Spot Treatment, I didn't think it was doing much at all and I'm not going to lie, I was quite disappointed but then all of a sudden, I started to notice a difference in how my skin was looking (both the spots and the area around the spots) and the fact that they were actually going away which is great because normally I'm left with the remnants of a spot for around a week, sometimes more. I can also confirm that it doesn't dry out your skin like other spot treatments do, so I could imagine this being quite good for people who dry skin who get hormonal spots during that time of the month too. 

Evolve Beauty Cotton Fresh Deodorant Cream RRP £10*
I've also been trying out Evolve Beauty's Cotton Fresh Deodorant Cream* because I ideally want to make the change to natural deodorant soon if possible. Evolve Beauty's deodorant cream is blended with organic Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Kaolin, Biocarbonate of Soda and natural essential oils which they claim all work together to give you effective long-lasting freshness. I like that the deodorant comes in a glass jar because I've tried a few natural deodorants and had some issues with the packaging and I just think you can't really go wrong with a glass jar, can you? It has a light clean scent which I think the majority of people who try it will like and it doesn't feel greasy. It also doesn't feel gritty like some other natural deodorants I've tried that contain Bicarbonate of Soda. It definitely works as a deodorant and keeps you feeling fresh but I wouldn't say it lasts all day, but most of the day, so you would probably be best popping it in your bag just in case. 

-Bottom to top - Moonlit, Rose Gold and Sunkissed-
Bali Body Highlighter Stick in Moonlit, Rose Gold and Sunkissed RRP £25.95*
Bali Body have released a new cosmetics range and they've recently released a highlighter stick which is available in 3 different shades - Moonlit, Rose Gold and Sunkissed. The highlighter sticks have a creamy formula which blends into your skin effortlessly creating a gorgeous luminous glow. I would say the best shade for me is Moonlit which is more of a champagne shade but I could probably get away with Rose Gold in the summer when my freckles are out. It does dry down on your skin quite quickly so you have to make sure you blend it in as soon as you apply it. It is shimmery but not too shimmery. I apply it with the wand applicator and then tap it in with my finger to get a quick dewy glow. You can also use the highlighter sticks as a blush, bronzer or eyeshadow. I've actually tried the shade Sunkissed as an eyeshadow as the shade is too dark for me to use as a highlighter and it looked really pretty! P.S I did take some swatch photos but they didn't turn out very well but the Bali Body website has some accurate swatches.

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Although it's not been long since I "revamped" my bedroom a little by painting it a warm teal colour after many years of it being a dark purple colour and also changing up my gallery wall, I'm now thinking of other ways I want to change my bedroom which I'm planning on doing later in the year. So in this post, I'm talking about the three main things I'm planning on changing in my room and why. 

First up on my list is buying a new bed. I definitely need a new bed because I feel like my current bed isn't working well for my chronic pain and it's also a little bit dated and doesn't really suit my bedroom. Obviously, you really need to think about what your priorities are before buying a new bed. Do you need storage space? What kind of mattress do you think would work for you? What size do you want or need? What colour do you go for? and things like that. If like me, you're planning on buying a new bed soon then beds.net have put together an infographic which I have put at the end of this post to help give you ideas of things you need to consider before purchasing your ideal dream bed.

I'm currently thinking about getting a White Leather Divan Bed with drawer storage because my current bed is a divan and I love it because it has 4 big drawers and I've got so much storage space which I definitely need because although my bedroom isn't exactly small, it's an awkward shape so it makes it hard in terms of where I can and can't put furniture and things like that. I also think the white leather will look nice against my feature wall and it would just blend nicely into my room.

Something else that I wasn't actually too bothered about until literally the other day is buying some new furniture for my bedroom. There's nothing particularly wrong with the furniture I have but I just happened to be looking for a new bedside table online because mine is looking a bit worse for wear on the top because of scratches, heat marks from hot drinks when I haven't used a coaster (oops!) and etc and I stumbled across a bedroom furniture set which I really like the look of and I think it would look better than the oak-effect ones I currently have. It's kind of got a mid-century look about it which I'm loving right now too. 

I'm also thinking about having herringbone wood flooring in my bedroom because I just think it looks really nice and it really adds something to a room and gives it that cosy vibe. I currently have laminate flooring which is fine but I'm not super keen on the colour (I never really have been since it went down to be honest!) and I just think if I'm going to change my flooring and go through the rigmarole of it all then I might as well change it to something I really like and want.

Are you planning on doing any updates to rooms in your house this year? 
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What to do if a toy you own has been recalled
When your child has a strong attachment to a particular toy, it’s a wonderful thing to see. They’ll probably take it everywhere with them and love nothing more than being tucked up in bed with it at night. But, what happens when that toy needs to be recalled? 
Getting your child to give the toy up is one thing. But what happens now? Toys getting recalled is more common than you might think - see magnetic toy recalls - yet very few of us actually know what to do when the process begins. Need a little more information? Read on to find out what to do if a toy you own has been recalled.
Don’t panic
The idea of your child playing with something that is dangerous or could potentially harm them is a worrying time. The best thing to do at this stage is not to panic!
Remove the toy
Again, easier said than done, right? But you need to remove the toy from your child’s toy box immediately. There might be tears and angry words, but it’s for the best. 
Head to the manufacturers' website
When a toy has been recalled, you're going to need more information about what to do, why it has been recalled and what your next steps are going to be. To do this, you'll need to head to the manufacturers' website or check out the CPSC (consumer product safety commission) website for further details.
What information do I need?
By law, the manufacturers of a recalled toy must provide certain information. Including, a full description of the toy, their address as well as information of retailers who may have stocked the product in question, what the issue actually is, the risk of injury, whether this recall has been initiated due to issues in testing or a consumer complaint. 
What are my options?
When you return the faulty toy, you have several options that the manufacturer can provide you with. They can either offer you a full refund. They can repair the issue and then return the item back to you. Or, they may give you a new version of the product that no longer has the issue. The severity of the safety issue will probably dictate what options are available to you at this point so make sure you check the manufacturers' website regularly for updates. 
What if my child is injured?
If your child has been injured by a defective toy then they must receive medical attention straight away. Even if the injury is minor, they should see a doctor. Only a medical professional will know if the injury has the potential to get worse over time. Also, if you decide to pursue a personal injury case, then the medical report will give weight to your claim.
Seek legal counsel Defective and dangerous products are frightening, even more so if they’re in the hands of children. So, if you believe that they’re the victim of a defective product then you should see legal counsel as soon as possible. 
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 This year seems to be flying by, right? I can't believe I'm already writing about Roccabox's March edition. March is actually a special month for Roccabox as it's their 3rd birthday, so the box is packed full of products that the Roccabox team think you should know about to celebrate the occasion.

As always the box is filled with an array of products from skincare, haircare, makeup and even a healthy superfood shot drink. So here's what I think about this month's box that is worth over £55 and whether I would recommend picking it up. You can still buy this month's box on the website here and if you stick around until the end of this post then you can get yourself 20% off your first box, making it just £8! 

First up is the Huda Beauty Lip Contour Matte Pencil in either Trendsetter or Wifey (worth £18.61)* which I was very excited to see in the box because I've actually never tried anything from Huda Beauty before but I've heard good things. I got the shade Wifey which is a dusky pink shade so right up my street when it comes to lip colour! It's very creamy and it's just a nice, wearable everyday kind of shade. So right away the first product in the box is worth more than the amount of buying the March box.

You also get the Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum - Deluxe Serum (worth £12.50)* and Smashbox The Original Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Foundation Primer (worth £6.63)*Now I'm not going to lie, I don't like it when subscription boxes contain "deluxe samples" because, at the end of the day, it's still a sample. I think with one of the samples being from Murad who are a high-end brand, I can just about let it slide but I was a little disappointed to see two deluxe-sized samples in this months box, especially with it being a special box celebrating their birthday. I am looking forward to trying out the serum from Murad though as I've recently been using an eye product from them and it's really good (it's just a shame the full size is £60 - ouch!) and I am already a fan of Smashbox's Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Foundation Primer but I haven't used it in a while so it kind of reminded how much I like it. I suppose it could come in handy for people who like to have travel-sized products at hand too.

You also get the Umberto Giannini Banana Butter Vegan Leave-in Conditioner (worth £9)* which is actually a product I was planning to buy soon once I'd used up some of my hair masks and treatments. As expected, it does have a very strong banana-ry scent but it works really well at taming your hair. I've been applying it to my mid-lengths and ends and it's really been helping with my natural frizziness.

You also get an Oh K! SOS Facial Steam Mask (worth £6)* which I'm really looking forward to giving a go. I do like Oh K! as a brand in general and I own quite a few products by them but I've never tried their facial steam mask before. It sounds perfect for my skin though!

Lastly is the BumbleZest Calm & Comfort Superfood Shot Drink (worth £2.40)* which I'm still yet to try just because I'm a little anxious about drinking it as it contains half a lemon and I do have stomach inflammation issues but I'm probably just gonna neck it back after I've taken one of my stomach acid pills and hope for the best haha! I do really like the sound of the drink and I think we could all do with some calm and comfort in our lives right now, right? It contains Chamomile, Lavender, Spirulina, Lemon, Mint, Cinnamon, Himalayan Salt and a drop of Maple. It's also vegan-friendly (gluten, dairy, lactose and nut-free).

If you're interested in trying Roccabox then you can get your first box for just £8 (+p&p) with my 20% off code: KIRSTY20 

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It Cosmetics are definitely one of my fave beauty brands, I honestly couldn't live without their Your Skin But Better CC Cream+, it's my go-to base product! (I use the original most days and then in the summer I switch to the matte version). They have recently launched some new products which they kindly sent me over to try out. So in this post, I'm going to be reviewing both of them.

First up is the Confidence in a Cleanser* which is obviously an addition to their popular "Confidence" range. At £26 (148ml) the skin-transforming cleansing serum is what I would call a high-end cleanser but I don't mind spending a bit more than usual on a product if it works well for me. I'm already a fan of their Confidence in a Gel Lotion* so I couldn't wait to try the cleanser. It has a sensitive-friendly formula which they claim washes away makeup, SPF and daily dirt. I found it does work well for all of the above but I still like to remove the majority of my makeup with a cleansing balm first just because I feel like it really gets in there and removes everything properly and then I go in with the Confidence in a Cleanser as my second cleanse, which leaves my skin feeling super clean and soft because of it's "serum formula". I found the cleanser hasn't upset my skin in any way so it definitely coincides with the sensitive-friendly claim. Overall I've been enjoying using the cleanser and I would pick it up again.

Matte (L-R) - Vision, Humble and Like a Dream
Cream (L-R) - Vision, Humble, Like a Dream and Wish List
They've also released their "Pillow Lips" Lipsticks RRP £20* in two different formulas - Matte and Cream which both come in unique packaging which I really like because if you're indecisive like me and have a ton of lipsticks at the bottom of your makeup bag then you can spot the IT lipsticks from a mile off. The moisture wrapping lipsticks contain lip nourishing extracts including collagen and hyaluronic filling spheres which plump up your lips, nourish and smooth fine lines and the shades have been made to complement every complexion. Talking of shades there are 10 of them in total and 4 of them you can buy in both the Matte or Cream formula depending on your preference. I chose 4 different shades in total and three of the shades I chose, I received in both the Matte and Cream options so I could compare them against each other. 

The shades I chose are -
Vision - a peachy everyday nude*
Humble - A pinky-brown nude*
Like a Dream - A vampy mid-pinky-purple* 
Wish List - a rose-pink* 

After trying them over the past week or so, I've come to the conclusion that I actually really like both of the formulas. The matte isn't too matte and doesn't feel drying on the lips at all and the cream is comfortable and doesn't "smoosh" up your face easily like some cream lipsticks do. I'm also a fan of the unique shape of the bullet because it hugs your lips and makes it super easy to apply. I think because I've been opting for more of a glossy-creamy looking lip over the past year I would probably choose the cream option over matte. My favourite shades are Vision and Humble just because they're more of a wearable everyday kind of shade. I definitely need to be having a more confident day to wear Like a Dream and Wish List personally, although they are both really pretty shades. Wish List is an ideal shade for the spring for that "pop of colour" look. I also think the formula really does help to enhance your lips and give them a more plumped look.

Will you be trying any of the new releases from It Cosmetics?

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Mother's Day is almost here again and today I'm bringing you some gorgeous gift ideas from Baylis & Harding which would make the perfect Mother's Day gift for your mum, nan or whoever you may buy for on Mother's Day. I'm sure by now you know that I'm a big fan of Baylis & Harding in general. So here are some gifts from their limited edition Royale Garden range which are all available to buy from Amazon.

First up we have the Luxury Wash Bag* which is priced at £15 which I think is such a good price considering how nice the wash bag is and the fact that it contains four travel-sized products inside too. You also get a good array of products inside the bag - shampoo, conditioner, hand and body lotion and shower creme so it would make a perfect gift for someone who has an upcoming weekend trip away! The Royale Garden scent contains classic and modern notes of bergamot and rose which lead to heart notes of geranium and poppy and base notes of white musk, creamy sandalwood and vanilla. So it's obviously for someone who likes floral scents.

They've also released their Royale Garden Luxury Wrapped Soaps* priced at £9.99 which I think are just so well presented in the little soap tower. I really Baylis & Harding soaps because they're really gentle on the skin but still make you feel nicely cleansed. A lot of soaps actually make my skin feel quite dry but Baylis and Harding soaps seem to very nourishing and leave behind a light fragrance. They're also cruelty-free which is a big plus in my book. 

Lastly, are the Luxury Bath Petals priced at £10* which I personally think could be slightly cheaper when you compare the price to the wash bag. I do like using bath petals though, especially when I'm having a proper pamper in the bath but they aren't essential in day-to-day life. But they would make a nice treat to yourself or as a gift to someone else.

All of the above gifts are available to buy from Amazon, as well as other gift sets from the Royale Garden range. You can also get them on Prime too.

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If you've been following my blog for a couple of years then you'll probably know that I have chronic pain (lower back/pelvic area/suspected endometriosis) as well as anxiety. I've been using CBD to help with both for almost 18 months now and it's personally really helped me and I think it's a great product to try if you're wanting to go down a natural route when it comes to trying to relieve/help with health problems. I'm personally not too fussed whether I use natural products or prescribed medications to help with my pain and anxiety but I am allergic to a lot of OTC pills (including NSAID's) which makes it difficult when it comes to finding effective pain relief. In today's post, I'm talking about newly founded Evo Pure and their 3% Full Spectrum CBD Hemp Oil RRP £24.99* which I've been trying out for a couple of weeks now to see how it works for my chronic pain and anxiety. 

Their broad spectrum hemp oil is extracted from organically grown EU hemp grown using sustainable farming practices which is obviously a good thing to know. It's also made using the whole plant for it's "entourage effect" and is never taken from CBD isolate so it won't get you "high" but it still has all of the good parts of the plant which can help with things such as inflammation, anxiety, sleeping issues, period pain and more. It's also non-GMO and contains no preservatives or artificial colours.

With it being a "full spectrum" CBD hemp oil it means it contains combinations of CBG, CBN and CBC which all work together for increased effectiveness. 

Let's talk about taste because I know the taste of CBD is what puts people off or stops people giving it a proper chance. The Evo Pure CBD does have a slightly bitter earthy taste like a lot of CBDs oils do but it's not super strong and the taste doesn't linger for ages like some CBD oils I've tried before. Also if you do happen to buy and try any CBD oil and it has a strong taste then you could pop it in a strong cup of tea or coffee to disguise the taste (I've done this before and it still works the same!). Evo Pure even have some recipe guides on their FAQs section.

Overall I've found the 3% Full Spectrum CBD Hemp Oil has worked well for my anxiety and believe me, it's been put to the test over the past couple of weeks because life has been a bit crazy recently. But I wouldn't use the 3% oil on it's own when I'm having a really bad day with my chronic pain as it just doesn't seem to help a huge amount. I've come to the conclusion that on my bad pain days I definitely need to opt for at least a 5% CBD oil or more. However, please bear in mind that my pain is chronic so it's harder to manage over say having achy muscles after a gym workout for instance. So I think it's a good starter if you're thinking about trying CBD for yourself and it's good that they also offer free UK delivery on all orders.

Have you tried CBD before?

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 March has been a funny old month so far because there's been a lot of things going on in my life, some of which have resolved themselves already and some are things which I just know are going to be following me into April and they're the type of things that I have no control over and I just don't know where I stand with them, so it's safe to say that I've been feeling quite stressed recently and it's meant I just haven't been feeling up to or been able to do most things I've wanted to get done in March mainly because I've been struggling quite bad with my anxiety. So I've decided to put together a little to-do list for April and share it on my blog because I enjoy reading monthly to-do lists on other people's blogs and I also feel like sharing it on here might give me a push to complete all or most of the things on it. So here is what I'm planning to do in April...

Spring Clean
First up is to spring clean the house because I always like to do a good spring clean around this time of the year and to be honest, I find it quite therapeutic so it might actually help me and my anxiety. I'm also looking forward to making the whole house smell like Method's Wild Rhubarb all-purpose cleaner too (if you know, you know haha).

As well as doing a spring clean, I'm also planning on decluttering a lot of areas in the house. Especially the bathroom and my bedroom because obviously being a beauty blogger means I have a lot of excess beauty products so I'm going to be sorting through everything and then I'm going to be giving products to family and friends as well as donating some to the local charity shops if the products are brand new. I'm also going to be doing a giveaway in April too, so keep a lookout for that! As well as decluttering my beauty overflow, I know there's a lot of clothes which I kept during my last declutter that I haven't worn or have barely worn since so I'm going to be probably adding some things to my Depop too. Although it's a pain when you're in the midst of decluttering, I do find it really lifts a weight off your shoulders once you've finished it, I guess it kind of feels like you're getting rid of excess baggage.

Book an Eye Test
I know I'm due to have an eye test and I need to make sure I book it in for April or else I'm never going to get around to doing it. I know I'm definitely going to be needing some new reading glasses because I can just tell that my eyes have changed since my last eye test but what I'm most looking forward to is buying some spare reading glasses (because I'm always putting my prescription ones down and losing them!). So I'm planning on getting some basic square-framed glasses like what I usually choose from my opticians and then treating myself to some fancier looking ones from Mister Spex so then I know I always have a back-up pair at hand.

Book a Dentist Appointment 
I haven't been to the dentist in a long time after a bad experience during a routine appointment and you may have seen on my insta stories recently that I woke up one morning to really bad toothache which lasted for around a week but it thankfully settled before I booked an emergency appointment! However, I've realised I really need to just put on my big girl pants and just go to the dentists. I already know that I'm going to probably end up having some fillings so I think the fact that I know I'm going to have to have some work done kind of helps in a way. But yeah, the plan is the book an appointment in April (probably once I've got my eye test out of the way).

Change Up My Hair
I'm not 100% sure on this one yet but I think I want to do something different with my hair. I don't know whether to change the colour or whether to get some layers to add some choppiness and texture. It's quite blunt at the moment and I'm just a bit bored of how it looks both naturally and when it's styled but at the same, I'm kind of enjoying the length it is at the moment.

Do Something Memorable For My Birthday
Lastly is to do something memorable for my 26th birthday which is towards the end of April. I'm not talking about throwing myself out of a plane or doing a bungee jump or anything like that haha. But I just want to do something that I can look back on and think "I remember doing that or going there on my 26th birthday". Obviously, it kind of depends on how my chronic pain is being but I'm hoping to loosely plan something for my birthday, it's also helpful that it's landed on a Saturday this year too.

What are your plans for April? 

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