Saturday, 31 March 2012

Geophyzz




In my morning bath today I used the Lush Geophyzz bath bomb which retails at £2.60. I loved watching this bath bomb fizz and turn the water of my bath a beautiful turquoise.

Unlike other Lush Bath Bombs I've used this didn't smell sweet but sort of herbally. Lush say its meant to smell of A handful of Hawaiian sea salt mixed with exquisite Siberian pine oil, sandalwood and cypress oils combine to clear and detoxify the body and mind and it definitely smells fresh and clean to me.

When the Bomb first explodes it leaves a saltly residue on the bottom of the bath but this quickly dissolves in the water. Although the water didn't feel as silky as other bath bombs have made it it still left my skin feeling soft and me invigorated and ready to start the day.

Whats your favourite lush bath bomb?

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Chocolate

Be Warned This post does contain a photo of me wearing a facemask, those who are squeamish look away now!



Recently I tried the Lush "Cupcake" Fresh Facemask (retailing at 35.75 for 75g) which is designed for oily skin. I think I'll let the lush website describe what they intended before I go on to share my thoughts.

Lush:
The serious side of this mask has linseed infusion to nourish and soften the skin, fresh mint for toning, cocoa butter to moisturise and rhassoul mud to absorb grease and give a deep cleanse
The lighthearted side of this mask has cocoa powder, vanilla absolute and spearmint oil - because we wanted this to bring all the comfort of a chocolate bar.  Well, a chocolate bar that doesn’t cause spots, of course!


Now I didn't massively like the smell of this facemask when I was scooping it out of the pot but I couldn't really smell it once it was on my face. As it dried it tightened which was slightly uncomfortable and it was a bit of a nightmare to wash off.

BUT on the plus side it has reduced the redness of my hormonal breakout and left my skin oil free and incredibly soft and it hasn't caused further breakouts unlike previous facemasks I've used so I'm very impressed.

Have you ever tried a lush facemask?

Now for the dreaded photo (not quite sure why I look so miserable so apologies for that!)

My Boots Purchases

Yesterday I had a little trip into town and ended up in Boots to take advantage of their 3 for 2. This is what I got. Little bit obsessed with lip tints I think!






  • Goody Ouchless Hair Elastics (my sister keeps stealing my hair ties!)
  • Sally Hansen Insta -Dri top coat (see if this makes any difference to me cmudging my nails while waiting for them to dry!)
  • Soap and Glory The Fab Pore 15 minute facial peel (pretty self explanatory really!)
  •  Bourjois Blush (no.54 Rose Frisson from the new spring collection)
  • Collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer (fair)
  • Brown blending hair grips (as above damn sister!)
  • Barry M Base and Top coat (as kindly recommended0
  • Rimmell Lasting Finish 1000 kisses lip tint in Carry on Cherry and Perpetual Plum
  • Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipmarker in Tender Rose and Shy Red


Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Balanced Life Programme

Apologies for a boring RSD post, feel free to skip it. Makeupy things will resume tomorrow; hopefully with a haul!


Today I went to my opt in session for the Balanced life pain management programme. Its a three week pain management programme thats meant to help people come to terms with chronic pain and the fact that there is no "cure".

The session went as follows; we were collected at reception and taken into a room. The entire time we were walking there all I could think was "I don't belong here; these people are so old" I was the only person there under the age of 50!
Once we were in the room we all introduced ourselves. I was chatting to a man who was very sceptical about the programme but at least he was a bit younger than some of the participants!

After that there were some stretches and we talked about how our pain affects our lives for a bit before discussing general organisational things about the programme and how it will work.

It focusses quite a lot on mindfulness/meditation/relaxation which I have to say are things that I've never been good at in the past but we'll see how it goes!

The one exciting thing is that the NHS are putting me up in a BnB in an area which is quite quirky and full of lots of cafes, charity shops and gift shops so I'm quite looking forward to exploring them.

So that was my day today; I'm sure more updates about the programme will appear here but you're free to ignore them if you want!

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Creamy Candy








The Lush Times (if you haven't seen one of these newspapers pop into your local Lush and ask for one.. its basicly a catalogue) describes the Creamy Candy Bubble Bar and "packed with chunks of cocoa butter to leave your skin feeling silky smooth and perfumed with sugary comforting vanilla and almond".

Thats exactly what it is; I crumbled half of it under hot water and that was enough to fill my bath with sweet smelling clouds of pastel bubbles. The water was silky and you could feel it softening your skin as you soaked.

My only complaint would be that the scent dissapated quite quickly so I wasn't able to enjoy it for as long as I wanted to. Having said that every so often as I'm typing this I catch a bit of the scent so it does linger on your skin for some time.

What's your ultimate Bath indulgence?

Monday, 26 March 2012

Vera Wang Princess Night



I love everything about this perfume or should I say Eau De Toilette; from its jewelled bottle to the sweet but also rich scent of it.

Its described as "Vera Wang Princess Night Eau De Toilette Is a chic, glamorous, floral, exotic, woody fragrance. The Bottle is dipped in dark purple glitter to capture the essence of this princess after dark."

And while I wouldn't know anything about being a princess after dark! I do think this is a sexy fun scent that would be perfect for an evening out.


The only problem I have with this perfume is that I love it so much I keep trying to save it for best rather than wear it!

What's your favourite perfume?

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Honey Bee

I recently made my first foray into Lush and boy oh boy have I been missing out. If for no other reason than their customer service; I was shown so many different demonstrations without a hint of pressure to buy. But oh boy did I want to!

I've got lots of goodies to share with you but the one I'll start with is the Honey Bee Bath Bomb.




When tired achy me dropped this into my bath it immediately started fizzing and turned the water a deep golden yellow. The smell was amazing, it was honey sweet but with a deepness that comes from the essential oils.

This Bath Bomb was indulgent  and lovely not just because of the scent and the joy of wallowing in a perfumed bath but also because when I got out of the bath even before applying my moisturiser my skin was baby soft. This is no mean feat because I'd spent an hour in a heavily chlorinated hydrotherapy pool earlier in the day!

Now at £3.10 this wasn't exactly the cheapest bath I've ever had but I think it was well worth the money for the way it left me relaxed and how smooth my skin was. I'll definitely be going back to Lush for this and other bathtime treats!

What's your favourite Lush Product?

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Another Item from my First MAC trip

This time its an eyeshadow in Honey Lust £12







I don't really think the photos do it justice, they haven't been able to capture the lovely shimmer that runs through this.

I think this is a great eyeshadow because its so versatile, you can just apply it lightly for daywear or really ramp it up to have lovely golden shimmery eyes for a night out. Moreover, the colour easily lasts all day!

Friday, 23 March 2012

Sleek True Colour Lipstick

 This is yet another lipstick making you feel good on a bad day story! (feel free to skip if you want to get straight to the product!) I bought this the same day that I went to pick up my blue badge; mum dropped me at the rough end of town where the council offices are and when I saw the bouncers outside it my heart sank. I had time to kill so popped along to Superdrug and got this and a MUA liquid eyeliner pen. To be honest with you even the slightly threatening council office waiting area becomes a happy place when you've got new makeup in your bag!

I absolutely love this lipstick. From the way it comes in a little cardboard box to the colour it is on my lips.  The only thing which could be slightly annoying is the matte case but I tend to keep mine in their boxes so that doesn't bother me.

It purports to contain vitamin E and it does feel very smooth and moisturising on the lips as well as having a lovely sheen to it. It lasts quite a while as well; I would have said a good 4 hours including eating my breakfast and having a cup of tea!

The shade that I have is "Barely There" its a slightly peachy/ orangey nude which is great for everyday wear.

Apologies for the photo. Its the best of a bad bunch.

Have you tried any Sleek Lipsticks before?

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Body Worries


One of the things about being “Hop Along” as my stepdad affectionately calls me is that your body starts to change shape. Its just because you’re using different muscles in your day to day life but it is something that is really starting to bug me (as with all my posts so far about RSD lol).

I’ve always been one of those lucky people who is naturally slim and toned; never really put on weight and if I did I would lose it easily. But since becoming crutches girl I’m losing  that. Not that I’m not still slim but just the tonedness (if thats a word) and I'm beginning to really dislike my body.

When you’re using crutches you engage different muscles to when you’re walking so while I’m not going to have to worry about bingo wings any time soon I am losing any definition I had on my stomach and good leg. (Surprisingly that one’s weak too which you wouldn’t think being as its the one doing all the work!)

Now this is probably one of those annoying insecure girl posts but I really hate my stomach now and it as always something I was, if not proud of, at least liked!

So if anyone’s got any tips to tone stomachs that don’t involve legs. (situps are out of the question because I can’t brace myself!) then please sent them my way!

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Nails of the Day




 These are O.P.I's Pink Friday from the Nicki Minaj collection. Its quite a thick polish, easy to apply and opaque in two coats. Most importantly I love the colour.

I'm not going to comment on wear as nothing lasts on my nails. Is that just me or does it happen to you guys too?
Got any tips to make nailpolish last longer? Chuck 'em my way!

Oat and Raisin Biscuits







I love baking and don't get to do it as often as I like because there has to be someone else to do the oven (unsteady girl and oven = disaster!) so when I finally got the chance to try out this book which I got for Christmas I was an extremely happy girl.

These are very crumbly and yummy and its also a very forgiving recipe. I fainted in the middle of adding the oats so theres about 3 times too much in the ones I made and they still turned out great!

Recipe from the Great British Bake Off: How to Bake

125g Unsalted butter, softened
150g Light Brown muscovado sugar
1 large free range egg (room temperature)
1 tablespoon full fat/ semi skimmed milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
100g self raising flour
75g raisins
150g porrige oats

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius. Put the butter and sugar into a mixing bowl and beat until pale and fluffy in texture. In another bowl beat the egg with the milk and vanilla until just combined, then beat into the butter mixture. Add the flour, raisins and oats to the bowl and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon.

Put heaped teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto greased baking sheets; spacing well apart to allow fro spreading. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until biscuits are lightly browned around the edges.

Remove from oven and leave the biscuits to cool and firm up on the sheets for a couple of minutes then transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.



On a completely unrelated topic I'm planning to go and take advantage of Boots 3for 2 on Cosmetics on Friday any hints on what I should get?

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

My Skincare Routine

I have pretty oily and spotprone skin so finding the right skincare routine is pretty damn important. For ages I would use Clearasil Ultra pads alternating with Witch Foaming Gel Wash which as ok but never gave me clear skin.

Step in The Body Shop; these little beauties have completely cleared my skin. I can now go for days without getting a single spot and when I do get spots its one not ten.

R to L Teatree Skin Clearing Facial Wash; Teatree Blemish Clearing Toner; Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion; Good Skin Instant Lightening Eye Cream (not Body Shop)



Cleanse

 Teatree Skin Clearing Facial Wash £4.50 for 250ml

I use this twice a day, applying a pea size amount to a Boots Botanics Facial Brush.



Tone

Teatree Blemish Clearing Toner £4.50 for 250ml

 I use this twice a day after cleansing, just very easy; pop it on a cotton pad and go. It just feels lovely and refreshing and I just love the smell of teatree.

And Finally Moisturise


Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15 £10 for 50ml



£10 for a moisturiser sounds like a lot of money to me but I just use a tiny amount on my cheeks so hopefully it'll last a long time!




Good Skin Instant Lightening Eye Cream £11.95 for 15ml on www.cheapsmells.com
(if you haven't been there go check it out!)

This is the only non Body Shop item in my day to day routine and also the only item that I would consider non essential. I use a tiny amount around my eyes and while it does a very good job of keeping my eye area hydrated I'm not very convinced on its claims to fade dark circles or reduce puffiness.


So there you have it, my day to day skincare routine. There are also other products that I use from time to time which I'm sure I'll share eventually but these are my staples and the products I credit with turning my blemished skin clear!

What do you use on you skin?

Monday, 19 March 2012

March Madness

Just a quick one to say hop on over to www.cheapsmells.com!

They already sell discounted products but now some of them are down to £1.99!

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Outfit of the Day





Top £4.99 H&M
Skirt £17 down from £40 in the Warehouse sale


Apologies for the mess! 

But I just had to show you this outfit.Its pretty and comfortable. I love the skirt especially, its just so floaty and feminine.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

So MUCH Volume!

This product is something that I've been using for a while on my hairdressers recommendation and its something that I've never really been that bothered about.

However, that all changed today. I must have not been using enough before because today having sprayed a more liberal coating my hair has so much volume and lightness its incredible.

So what is this amazing product?



Its the Luxurious volume Thickening Blow Dry Spray from the John Frieda Collection.

This claims to volumise hair to shining new heights and offer thermo protection and I have to say it works!

Friday, 16 March 2012

Families!

Family dynamics are funny aren't they. In my house there are essentially four adults and it makes for some very interesting situations at times.

At the moment I'm having some real struggles with my mum. She's one of those people who wants to solve everything and thinks that if she drags me off to a private physio or an acupuncurist or a herbalist or (insert just about anything here!) then it will be a magic bullet and this will all go away. I'm seeing the best pain rehab physio in the country at the best hospital and they are doing all they can so on their advice I don't need to see another private physio who isn't a specialist.

More to the point, I'm an adult and its my decision who I want to see shouting at me; badgering me and calling me a "pathetic person who wants to stay this way" isn't going to make me change my mind (in fact it will probably have the opposite effect to be honest!)

I find people telling me what I have to do in my life hard because I'm just not used to it, I lived alone for two years before all this. Mum on the other hand finds the RSD hard. She thinks if we/ actually I work harder then suddenly it'll get better. I think its because people, including her don't understand it;; a) its a CHRONIC problem meaning it can't just be cured, b) because it affects the brain people think its psychosomatic and also they don't get that its not just a physical thing, there are also problems with my nervous system and my brain and c) just because I'm on strong drugs doesn't mean that I'm taking too many, I'm on the bare minimum and I'm still in a great deal of pain so suggesting that I should cut down on my medication or telling me off for taking them at the dinner table or in public is not helpful..

Its really difficult at home at the moment, anything to do with RSD starts an argument, sometimes even seeing me on crutches and to be honest I don't really know what to do about it, my physio has offered to talk to her but that just led to another rant on how I'm not pushing myself.

Anyone got any tips on dealing with family situations?

On the plus side I got new crutches with moulded handles today so maybe my hand creams will become an indulgence rather than a necessity!!

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Hand Cream


The thing about crutches is that they absolutely destroy your hands.
Don't worry I'm not about to show you pictures of the blisters, callouses and just general mess that is my hands at the moment but I'm telling you this to explain the necessity to me of hand cream.

While all of these hand creams are great I find that they all have their strengths and weaknesses so I thought I would share my opinion of those.

Body Shop Vitamin E Hand and Nail Treatment -£8 (75ml)

This is a pale pink formula which is easily absorbed into the skin although it does leave behind a slight residue on top of the skin. The nice thing about this cream is that it purports to work on nails as well and who doesn't want stronger nails?!

Now to the downsides. It has a "medicinal" smell and its one that I'm not massively keen on as I prefer my hand creams to smell as luxurious as they feel. Also I wonder if the price is a little excessive.

All in all this is a good hand cream which is capable of tackling all but the dryest or most chapped bits of my hands.



Dove Indulgent Nourishment Hand Cream with Shea Butter -£3.49 (75ml)

 Now this is my handbag hand cream. I primarily bought it because it was one of the few hand creams I could find that didn't smell "medicinal".

The cream itself is white and not overly thick but it absorbs easily into the hands. Although it smells strongly of shea butter when it is applied the smell soon fades. Now while I wish it wouldn't there may be some people who don't like their hands smelling different to the rest of them!

I think this is very reasonably priced and while again it may not tackle any real bits of damage its a good all round hand cream.



Burts Bees Thouroughly Theraputic Honey and Grapeseed Oil Hand Cream*


This is my before bed hand cream. Its lovely and thick and you only need a little bit of it to coat your entire hands. It absorbs very easily into the hands without leaving any residue.

To me the smell is initially a little strong but it soon mellows out into a warm, sweet slightly herby smell. This cream can tackle all but the worst bits of damage on my hands.


Burts Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream*

This is a very thick cream with a lovely sweet smell of almonds. Like the other Burts Bees cream it absorbs very easily into the skin. The only problem I have with this cream is that its in a tub which makes it difficult to get cream out without it getting stuck under your nails!


Burts Bees Hand Salve*

This is a solid oil which melts on contact with the skin. I find that rather than applying it all over the entire hand it is best to just apply it to the most damaged bits of skin as it is quite rich. This cream can clear up my blisters and cracks in no time and is my go to cream for any serious damage.



 Do any of you have a favourite Hand Cream or a Hand Cream recommendation?






*(I haven't commented on any Burts Bees price points because I came across all of the creams as part of the Tips and Toes Kit RRP £12.99)

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Making Sense of Things

I've had a lot of stuff happen and pretty quickly over the last couple of weeks so I thought I'd write it down, see if that makes it any clearer.
1)"You may never walk again and even if you do you are likely to be in pain". Funnily enough the thing that hit me most with this was the implications, not the walking itself. Immediately there are 200 things I've got to do: ring Teach First and see if they'll make adaptions for me and even then if they do will I cope with so many hours; start trying to gain some independence back now rather than waiting to get better; talk to the boyfriend, explain that this isn't just a quick fix- I'm making a list of things we won't be able to do anymore so he can make his mind up if disabled girlfriend is right for him. Then its the longer term implications, if I don't come off the meds how will I ever be able to have a baby etc.

2)Trying to get back to Uni. I had a meeting with a disability advisor at university (I had to take a year out when the RSD got bad) and there are a thousand things there as well; what personal care things do I need: emergency alarms, someone to do my laundry, a shower seat, someone to come out with me incase I faint, someone to tidy my room and pick things up. What study things do I need: a electric scooter to get around, someone to carry my books, extensions on my essays, a notetaker. What is the plan if I do faint. And who is going to pay for all this? which means hours on the phone to student finance.

3) and I suppose this is the one I'm struggling with most. Who am I now? I know that RSD is not all there is to me but its all everyone sees, "hows leg?" "what have you done to yourself?" and it does have a huge impact on my life, I've spent the week before last in bed because someone pushed me off a train setting off a pain spiral thats left me unable to do anything more than stare at the ceiling.  So how do I accept this as part of me without making it all of me. I mean I'm not public property, you wouldn't go up to a person with acne and say "you have bad acne whats your diet like?" or an overweight person and say a similar thing so why, when I have never met you before in my life do you feel the need to know about why I'm on my crutches!

How do I stop getting so upset when people make well meaning comments, "you're not walking down the aisle like this" (not that I'm getting married any time soon!) becomes if you worked harder/ better you could get rid of this and its not all in my control! oh and my particular favourite "my (insert friend or relation here) had cancer and then they went on holiday and thought positively and now they're better!" yes I know you're trying to help and make me feel better but thats the thing with cancer, its an invader in your body and you can fight it! with RSD its your own body thats decided to not work properly and there is no end point in sight so while there is a role for positive thinking its not a miracle cure by any means!

Also (and this is what really winds me up) I'm not a moron, when you see a youger person in a wheelchair it doesn't mean they're mentally disabled so don't treat them like they are. Moreover, the key word in that sentence was PERSON! that means that just like you I don't like having doors slammed in my face or people leaning over me or talking to whoevers pushing me about me. I'm still a human being and yes my life is different to yours but it doesn't make it LESS.

Don't want to end this post on a massive downer so positive things that have come out of this are:
- my blue badge- very handy when average time spent trying to get a park at hospital equals around 45mins.
- Discovering a love of skirts and dresses- its too painful for me to wear jeans so I'm becoming more creative with my wardrobe!
- toned arms, although my tummy and legs are just wobbling balls of fat and skin because they're not being used my arms (which carry all my bodyweight day in day out) are as toned as anything!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

My First Every MAC Purchase

To celebrate my first solo outing in 6 months. (I have a tendency towards fainting/ falling!) I decided to treat myself to mark the occasion and what better place to do that in than in MAC. I ended up buying a lipstick, a blusher and an eyeshadow but its the lipstick that I'd like to talk about today.

 And here it is...

 Its called Tea Ceremony and its part of the new Sheen Supreme Range which costs £13.50.





 Here's the swatch, it looks a lot browner/oranger on your hand than it does on your lips.


Wear wise, its really soft and not at all drying and lasts for about four hours, maybe longer, there are teeny bits of glitter in it which just give it a hint of shine and to be honest, unlike some lipsticks, you forget its on your lips; its that comfortable!

Wore it today when I went to pick up my blue badge and sitting in the scabbyness that's the council offices I still felt good so I guess its true what they say, lipstick has the power to make a woman feel great no matter what the circumstances!

Hi

I suppose I should do an introductory post in case anyone out there stumbles across my small corner of the internet!

I'm Maddy, I'm 21 and as the title says I'm a girl on crutches. I suffer from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy which is a chronic pain condition meaning I can't walk or control my left leg massively well.
I'm going to use this blog to chart my transition and adventures on the way  from being a healthy student to disabled girl.

But don't worry it won't be all doom and gloom, as I've recently developed a very large shopping obsession there should be pretty things to look at as well!


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