Sunday, 24 June 2012

My Free Ciate Nailpolish

I have just painted my nails with this so I can't comment on the wear but I wanted to talk a bit about the application.

This polish is the Free one I got in Marie Claire and I chose Purple Sherbert as I didn't have anything else like it.

I have mixed feelings about this nailpolish. On the one hand it was incredibly easy to apply and i didn't get it all over my fingers like I normally do. On the other hand I applied four coats and it was streaky and just a bit off. However you can only see that from far away and maybe its because its a pale colour.
Here it is with and without flash.

Without Flash

With Flash


Do you have any Ciate polishes, what do you think of the application?

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Food For Thought

A break from the beauty/ makeup here today as I wanted to share with you something I've found that sums up how I feel a lot more articulately than I could ever express it. So read, think, comment if you want but I guess this is just something interesting to me that I thought was worth sharing with everyone.

An Open Letter To Those Without Invisible Disability Or Chronic Illness …

Having an invisible disability (ID) and/or invisible chronic illness (ICI) means that many things change. Just because you can’t see the changes doesn’t mean they aren’t real.
Most people don’t understand much about these disabilities/diseases and their effects, and of those that think they know, many are actually mis-informed. In the spirit of informing those who wish to understand …

… These are the things that I would like you to understand about me before you judge me…

Please understand that being disabled/sick doesn’t mean I’m not still a human being. I have to spend most of my day being very careful what I do, and if you visit I might not seem like much fun to be with, but I’m still me stuck inside this body. I still worry about school and work and my family and friends, and most of the time I’d still like to hear you talk about yours too.

Please understand the difference between “happy” and “healthy”. When you’ve got the flu you probably feel miserable with it, but I’ve been sick for years. I can’t be miserable all the time, in fact I work hard at not being miserable. So if you’re talking to me and I sound happy, it means I’m happy. That’s all. I may be tired. I may be in pain. I may be sicker that ever. Please, don’t say, “Oh, you’re sounding better!”. I am not sounding better, I am sounding happy. If you want to comment on that, you’re welcome

Please understand that being able to stand up for five minutes, doesn’t necessarily mean that I can stand up for ten minutes, or an hour. It’s quite likely that doing that five minutes has exhausted my resources and I’ll need to recover – imagine an athlete after a race. They couldn’t repeat that feat right away either.

Please repeat the above paragraph substituting, “sitting up”, “walking”, “thinking”, “being sociable” and so on … it applies to everything that I do.

Please understand that the effects of chronic illnesses and many disabilities are variable. It’s quite possible (for me, it’s common) that one day I am able to walk to the bathroom and back, while the next day I’ll have trouble sitting up. Please don’t attack me when I’m worse by saying, “But you did it before!”. If you want me to do something, ask if I can and I’ll tell you.
Similarly, my illness/disability may vary suddenly, meaning I may need to cancel an invitation at the last minute, if this happens please do not take it personally.

Please understand that “getting out and doing things” does not make me feel better, and can often make me worse. Chronic illnesses/disabilities may cause a secondary/reactive depression (wouldn’t you get depressed if you were stuck in bed 23 hours a day for years on end?) but they are not caused by depression. Telling me that I need some fresh air and exercise is not not correct and probably not appreciated – if I could possibly do it that, I would.

Please understand that if I say I have to sit down/lie down/take these pills now, that I do have to do it right now – it can’t be put off or forgotten just because I’m doing something else more exciting. Illnesses and disabilities do not forgive their victims easily.

Please understand that I can’t spend all of my energy trying to get well from my incurable chronic illness/disability. With a short-term illness like the flu, you can afford to put life on hold for a week or two while you get well. But an important part of having a chronic illness or disability is coming to the realization that you have to spend energy on having a life while you’re sick/disabled. This doesn’t mean I’m not trying to get better. It doesn’t mean I’ve given up. It’s just how life is when you’re dealing with a chronic illness/disability.

If you want to suggest a cure to me, please don’t. It’s not because I don’t appreciate the thought; and it’s not because I don’t want to get well. It’s because I have had almost every single one of my friends suggest one at one point or another. At first I tried them all, but then I realized that I was using up so much energy trying things that I was making myself sicker, not better. If there was something that cured, or even helped, all people with a certain illness or disability then we’d know about it. This is not a drug-company conspiracy, there is worldwide networking (both on and off the Internet) between people with similar and different chronic illnesses and disabilities, if something worked we would know about it.
If after reading that, you still want to suggest a cure, then do it if you must. Preferably in writing and accompanied by the scientific papers that prove it works. But don’t expect me to rush out and try it. I might not even reply. If I haven’t had it or something like it suggested before, and it sounds reasonable, I’ll probably take what you said and discuss it with my doctor.

Please understand that getting better from an illness can be very slow. And getting better from an invisible disability might not happen at all. People with chronic illnesses have so many systems in their bodies out of equilibrium, and functioning wrongly, that it may take a long time to sort everything out, if it ever happens.

I depend on you – people who are able-bodied – for many things.

But most importantly, I need you to understand me.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Day 20- Your Beauty Tip for a Night Out




See the problem with this one is that I don't actually have nights out, what with being knackered, nauseous and dizzy all the time so I thought I'd give you a beauty tip for a physio session and that is quite simply.... 

DON'T WEAR MASCARA


 Unless of  course you want to look like this!

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Day 19- Your Favourite Mascara

There's no competition for me when it comes to mascara. It has to be Max Factor False Lash Effect. This gives me a nice dramatic look that can also be toned down to something natural for everyday.







It doesn't flake and isn't too wet either. The only downside to it is that it is hard to do your lower lashes with but as I rarely wear mascara on my lower lashes I consider that a non issue. Best of all this mascara is very reasonably priced especially when you can find it on Cheap Smells!

Do you have a holy grail mascara or one that you think is better than False Lash Effect? Let me know!

Friday, 15 June 2012

Day 18- Your Favourite Lip Balm

I'm the sort of girl who always has a lip balm in her bag, there's nothing else quite like it. To be honest with you if I need a moment of calm before doing something I always pull out my lip balm and focus on applying it.

I own quite a few different ones, mostly Burts Bees I admit, I'll probably do a post comparing them all at some point. However, my favourite lip balm of all time is the Burts Bees original one. I remember when I was in school a girl I knew had it and we used to share it on the way home and admire how tingly it was.

 (apologies for the slanted picture, no matter how many times I rotate it Blogger insists that it has to be this way!)



To be honest with you, the tingliness is one of the reasons that I've ranked this above my other lip balms. The other reason is that it hydrates without feeling greasy or like its left a residue on your lips which I definitely love. The third reason is that I just love herbally scents and this has one thats up there with the best.
Most important of all though it does its job and my lips are lovely and soft after using it. Plus it has a cute picture of a bee on it!





What are your thoughts on lip balm, what's your favourite?

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Day 17- Your Favourite Beauty Guru

I'm sure that you, like me, get most of your beauty information, reviews, inspirations and tips from blogs. However, sometimes there's nothing like watching a video and for that there's nobody I turn to except Lisa Eldridge. I think she's fantastic. She's informative and clear to follow and most of all inspirational in her looks! Definitely go check her out if you haven't already.


Who else should I be looking at?

Monday, 11 June 2012

Day 16- Your Favourite Body Lotion

Yet again this is something that I'm not the best at doing. I apply body lotion when I've showered (which is once every other day so its not like I smell or at least I hope I don't!) but I definitely don't apply it every day!

Saying that I do think there's something lovely about applying the perfumed lotion to your skin; it only takes two minutes but it feels really self indulgent!

I thought I'd tell you about two of my favourite body lotions, they're definitely my most used ones at any rate!



Sanctuary Daily Spa Escape: Sandelular sensuous body Souffle. 

I got this one for my birthday from my little sister in a set with a bath lotion and shower gel. The scent is hard to explain its sort of herby and rich with a hint of incense but nice incense not like you're inside a hippy shop. As the name suggests its a whipped loose texture and a little of it goes quite a long way. The scent doesn't last all that long but thats good because it doesn't interfere with other perfumes you put on. All in all this is lovely and feels like a treat when you apply it. It doesn't take very long to soak in either which is nice although I am guilty of the sin of never waiting for it to soak in before I get dressed!


Cowshed Knackered Cow Body Lotion

This lotion has quite a unique scent which I think might have people divided. Its a very herbal scent with hits of lavender and eucalyptus which I love because they're some of my favourite smells! The lotion is thicker than the sanctuary one but it still doesn't take much at all to do you whole body. This is great as well because it doesn't leave any residue on your body. I also love it because every so often I catch a waft of the scent throughout the day but again it doesn't seem to interfere with perfume. I got this as a freebie from something but I think I would repurchase it because the smell is just so lovely although it is pricy! Then again there are so many other body lotions out there so maybe not!


Do you have a favourite body lotion? What would you recommend?

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Day 15- Photo of Your favourite bracelet

My favourite bracelet is my Pandora charm bracelet. Its funny that it is that one as it was originally gifted to me by my estranged dad but I think I've made it my own!




I thought I'd mention some of my favourite charms on it.

 The Heart was a christmas gift from my boyfriend.
The Kangaroo and Elephant were bought in Sydney the last time I was home.
The Frog was a 20th Birthday gift from my mum.
The Hedgehog is a hand me down from my little sister (not sure if that should be hand me up?)



Do You have a favourite bracelet? Is there a story behind it?

Friday, 8 June 2012

The Red Cross



Today I made the mistake of answering the phone to an 0845 number. There I was just happily watching the Hairy Bikers reform Meals on Wheels (which by the way is fantastic and makes me want to volunteer!) and then suddenly I'm having a phone conversation about the Red Cross.

I suppose this post is a bit of a mixed bag really. On the one hand the Red Cross do fantastic work which I'll go into in a moment but also I felt really pressured into not just handing over my money but setting up a monthly subscription of donations to them, every time I said I couldn't afford an amount there was an alternative, although as the lady did say they probably would have been glad to get anything.

Firstly I want to highlight the fantastic work the Red Cross do both domesticly and internationally and I want to say that I am in no way attempting to disparage them for trying to raise funds, this is just my own reaction to this.

For those of you who don't know and I'm not attempting to be patronising here, the Red Cross are engaged in work all over the world, they've responded to 300 disasters this year alone. They're currently in Syria engaged in evacuating people in danger and giving them medical treatment. Not only that but they work domesticly responding to emergencies such as house fires and gas explosions. And if that wasn't enough they also do first aid training, loan wheelchairs and other equipment and give out free first aid guides. This is an organisation that does need our support and really does worthwhile work.

I started this post thinking I was going to write a piece about feeling pressured into handing money I don't have over to this organisation but actually I think this is more about how guilty I feel that I don't have the money to hand over, or do I? Is it just that I'm too selfish to go without some of my luxuries in order to do so. The thing is, I like to think of myself as a good person, until all this happened and I became crazy housebound lady, I did give up a lot of my time volunteering; I ran Brownies, I taught special needs kids, I tutored, I fundraised. But when it came to handing over the cold hard cash today I felt reluctant. What is the difference between money and time? Why can I give one so freely and not the other?


By the way if you were interested in the Red Cross here's a link to their website. (not that I'm trying to get you to donate, more that its always good to have a poke around!)


British Red Cross

What do you guys think about this? Do you donate to charities?


Thursday, 7 June 2012

Day 14- Photo of a hairstyle or a haircut you'd love to have




Having already established my love of Kate Winslet I have to admit that I would love her long flowing curls, they're just beautiful and so versatile in terms of the styling she can do with her hair




What about you, what would you do with your hair if you could do anything?

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Day 13- Your Favourite Music Artist

My taste in music is fairly eclectic; I've got everything on my ipod from the top 40 to punk and everything in between including a particular love for musicals. However, one singer that I never get tired of is Damien Rice. I think his songs are just beautiful and soothing without becoming easy listening and his voice is very unique. My favourite song at the moment is "9 Crimes" from the album 9 Crimes.




I'm always open to suggestions of who I should listen to, what do you think?

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Day 12- Your Favourite Blush




I'm sure you all know by now that my favourite brand of makeup is the Body Shop, so I'm sure it will come as no surprise to you that my favourite blush is from their range.

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I love my shimmer waves blush. I think its a reasonable price; you can apply it lightly for the day and more heavily at night and it gives you a healthy glow and shimmer without looking like you've dunked your face in a bowl of glitter; its also very easy to apply and even if you're a bit heavy handed it still won't look OTT.

But what you really want is a swatch so I've dug out an old FOTD for you where I've used it to give an idea of what it looks like as part of your makeup.





As you can see its just a very natural hint of colour without becoming a staring point or giving you those dreaded stripes!


Now I'm a bit cheap, what's your favourite blush and is it highstreet or high end?

Friday, 1 June 2012

Day 11- Bag You Would Like to Have

Its funny, when this question came up I didn't go for a fancy beautiful bag because I know I'd be too scared to use it and it would be a waste. Instead I decided that if I could have any bag I wanted it would be this one.

This Barbour satchel is to me the epitomy of elegance while also being practical; its big enough to carry everything I need without being too big and most importantly of all it'll last.



Now you've seen my choice, what would yours be?