July favourite's

Monday, 30 July 2012

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So, July is over already! I really thought summer (it's not really what I call summer!) would go slowly because I am waiting for exam results, but no! Time is really flying. I have been buying various random products this month, and here are my favourites.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation (£8.99): I actually ran out of the foundation I had been using (can't even remember which), so decided to give this a whirl. I got this in ivory and I actually really like it! It sits nicely on my skin - not too dry, not too greasy, and does make me look more awake - which is a bonus! It does have very small bits of glitter in it (which I'm not too keen on) but when it's on your face, I can't tell. I may even stick to this foundation!

Maybelline Volum' Express the Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara (£7.99): Again, my other mascara was rapidly running out, and this was £5 in Asda, so I bought it. I must admit, I only bought it because it was on offer and has leopard print packaging - which wins me over immediately! I do, however, like the product. It is a smallish wand, making it easy to reach every lash. I think it is better at lengthening lashes, rather than volumising. But, overall it's a nice change!
Boots Botanics Organic Softening Cleanser (£4.99): Boot's have recently changed the packaging of this range and relaunched it, so I thought I'd give this organic cleanser a go! I love that it's organic because (and it may just be a placebo) I feel my skin is fresher and cleaner, as there are more natural ingredients used. I can't describe the smell, but I think it's a little bit like marmite - you either love it or hate it. I think I vary on a day to day basis, but this makes me use it more!

Body shop Cranberry Joy Hand Cream: I don't know how much is/was because I only paid £1 in a sale they were having - I think it may be discontinued now. Nevertheless, I absolutely LOVE this. The smell is absolutely divine, which is no surprise really as all body shop products smell beautiful. It has made my hands feel much softer - I just LOVE it!

Eau Provocateur (£39): I received a sample of all 3 fragrances by Agent Provocateur, with a nail varnish ordered from Debenhams. I am useless at describing smells, so I won't but I do love all of these. I'd say they're quite classy fragrances but with added sexiness - which would make total sense really! I didn't think anything would pull me away from my beloved Marc Jacobs, but these come a close second ;)

Have you tried any of these? What are you currently loving?

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Revlon - Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

Saturday, 28 July 2012

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Top -  015 Cherish
Bottom - 005 Crush

Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain  £7.99*
I'm not usually someone who buys Revlon make up, but I have been tempted by number of bloggers, to try these new balm stains. I absolutely hate having dry lips, and I am constantly buying balms, sticks and tins in an attempt to keep them soft and smooth (I am the girl with 5 vaseline's in her bag!). For this reason, I don't wear many lip colour products as I decide I hate them as soon as I buy them. However, I am in love with these! They are lightweight and don't dry my lips at all, despite providing colour and moisture for hours. 

I originally purchased Crush, which is a lovely, deep berry but then decided that it is probably more suitable for Autumn. So, I bought Crush too, which is a much lighter and paler pink. They are really easy to apply as they are in a crayon format, which is ideal for me because I like something quick and easy. I really do recommend these, especially if you are like me and hate having dry lips but a splash of colour!

Have you tried Revlon's balm stains? What did you think?

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Nail Wraps

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

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As a nail product junkie, I was obviously intrigued by the advert starring Myleene Klass (british tv presenter/musician), promoting the latest nail wraps. I have tried a few and love them, especially zebra print, but realised that it's a lot to pay when you compare the price to a bottle of nail varnish - something you can use over and over again. 
So, I took to ebay and found an international seller, fashionladyclub who provides a pattern to suit everyone and for only £0.99! I purchased A1 (glitter) and A3 (checked).
Having tried them, it's clear that the quality isn't as good but I think these are a great value for money! I always apply a top and base coat, for extra 'hold', and so far they have lasted just like any other nail varnish would. They are fun and quirky, and I think they still look good.  They are also a great way of trying nail wraps out, without breaking the bank. If you're unsure as to whether they are your thing, or think you would mess the application up (they are quite easy and simple to use), then definitely try these! 

Have you tried nail wraps? What do you think of them?
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One week

Monday, 23 July 2012

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So, this week my step sister is off work. For certain reasons, I hate eating in front of her. This is partly because she has a tendency to comment on what I'm eating or, more often than not, what I'm not eating. I remember vividly one time, during some of the worst days, that I wanted a cheeseburger - and had one - but was faced with 'Oh my god, you never eat anything unhealthy. Are you feeling ok?'. Ironically, I must have been feeling much better that day, until that point.
So, as she's off work this week my new eating patterns are rapidly disappearing.. and it's only Monday afternoon! Maybe I'll just eat in my room and become an unsociable recluse! Ha - my brain is completely crazy. I am just hoping this week flies by :-(
On a brighter note, it's nice to see some sun! I have spent today reading 'Bared to you' by Sylvia Day (a bit of a spin off from the 50 Shades trilogy). I don't think it's too brilliant but you may enjoy it if you were obsessed by Christian Grey! Let me know what you think, if you decide to read it. I have rediscovered my love for books whilst having nothing to do and I'm currently awaiting an Amazon delivery ;-) I love being able to lose myself in a good story and forgetting about the real world for a few hours. It's a shame reality is never as good!
Anyway, I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine. After all, it may not last long! I hope you all have a good week

Do you have any good book suggestions? How are you enjoying this glorious weather?
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Health Update

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

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It's been a while since I've said anything regarding my health and perhaps I should have, because things have changed SO much! For the first time, in a long exhausting year, I finally have some energy and feel positive! Obviously, this is because I have changed the amount I eat, but even a little bit more goes a long way. I finally have a proper appointment with specialised medics and things feel like they're moving forward. Sure, I have such a long way to go, but I have realised that my friends, family and my future goals mean more to me than any pound, size or calorie - and I am more use to the people I love if I have a clear head to think and have the energy to support them!
It's really strange because my weight has hardly changed at all, despite doubling my food intake, showing me that I have drastically underestimated how much my body actually needs just to LIVE, let alone gain any weight. And ironically, I want to gain weight now too. Being skinny is not glamorous. It's hard work, exhausting and not a life I would recommend. I despise the media for promoting it because honestly, it's not even attractive. If someone is healthy and confident then THEY are attractive - and that's the life I am aspiring to now.
I'm by no means cured but these last two weeks have been the hardest yet most rewarding two weeks of my entire life and now I am more determined to live a happy life, looking beyond the imperfections. It is those imperfections that make us individual, and I wouldn't want it any other way! :-)
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OPI: Minnie Mouse Collection

Friday, 13 July 2012

Last week, OPI celebrated their anniversary (sorry, I don't know which one!) by producing a Minnie Mouse collection at a special price, for QVC. I wasn't actually going to buy it as I only really wanted one colour, but my Mum ordered them anyway - and who I am to say no to a present! They also came with a bottle of Nail Envy, which is the ultimate nail strengthener which I adore and live by!

I'm all ears,  Nothin' mousie 'bout it, If you moust you moust, The colour of Minnie
I really love all three colours, especially 'If you moust, you moust' because it reminds me of a barbie pink! And, I really like the hearts in 'Nothin' mousie 'bout it', which is the colour I originally wanted. It looks great over any pink/red and I'm sure it would look great over black or white too, as they float in a sparkly pink glitter. The only thing I have found though, is that it's really hard to fish the hearts out of the bottle!
(I apologise for the vast amount of posts recently - I am into my third week of freedom now, and actually getting rather bored!)

Have you tried these colours? Do you have any tips for getting the hearts out? 
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Walk on the Chase

Sunday, 8 July 2012

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It is very rare that I am not at work on a Sunday, so this morning I went with my family for a walk on the chase. The weather stayed quite nice for us, and it was actually really enjoyable to just look at nature! I took a few photos because the sun was glistening :)
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Mental Illness Stigma

Friday, 6 July 2012

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Something we all know about, are mental illnesses. However, how often do you find yourself discussing it with a friend or openly talking about it? Although I have known it's a bit of a taboo subject, it has recently occurred to me that the stigma attached the mental illness, is actually huge - but why?
Chances are we all know someone with a mental illness, and we may not even know about it . Whether it's depression, OCD, schizophrenia, an eating disorder etc. Unlike a physical illness, they can't be seen and unless someone tells you they are suffering, you'll probably never know. And most of the time, we probably never will know because we automatically prejudge the person as soon as they have revealed something that is extremely personal. We assume they are mad or deluded just because they have a chemical imbalance or were genetically predisposed to developing irrational cognitions. But, 5 seconds after you've been told, that person hasn't changed. They are still the same person! 
My Dad has OCD and has suffered for over 10 years. He keeps it very secret because he's so embarrassed about his illness and fears people will treat him differently. He is actually one of the most amazing people I know. If you look at him, you don't know he's ill. He still functions, he works (despite being told he wouldn't be able to again) and he goes to football games - his favourite pastime. So, if he can do this, isn't he actually a much stronger person than a 'healthy' human being. He lives his life AND deals will a mental illness. For that, I have so much respect and find him extremely inspirational. 
It really frustrates me that society has such a negative view when it comes to mental illness. We don't criticise a cancer patient, so why is depression so different? Sufferers aren't mad. They aren't crazy. They are probably some of the most amazing people you will ever meet. If we spoke about it more, we'd realise that and more and more people would seek help and treatment, allowing them to live better lives.
So, what I suppose I'm trying to say is, let's try not to judge people based on whether they have a mental illness. You might even be sitting here reading this, with a mental illness that nobody knows about. Please don't suffer in silence (even email me if you want!). It can very be scary.. but it doesn't have to be :)

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Time for change

Monday, 2 July 2012

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Today, I've decided to take my life back. I went to the doctor's this morning to be weighed, and quite frankly, I was shocked into next week. It wasn't the weight itself, it was seeing someone who I care for dearly, look at me with extreme worry and despair. I don't want to put her through this any more :-( I have to gain weight - I won't like it. I won't find it easy but I'm doing it for her.
I also decided that I had to tell my mum, which actually my friend did, because I'm not close to my mum. She shortly left, and my mum and I spent two hours discussing it, crying and negotiating. I'm still terrified of weight gain but forced myself to go out and celebrate the end of 6th form with my best friend, by eating a meal. I ate as much as I could, and feelings of guilt are creeping through, but I know I have to fight those now.
I want my life back and I think the best way of thanking my friend, is recovering. If I don't do this for me, then I'll do it for her.
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