Awards & Other Bloggers

Blue Sky Tag

I know that tag posts might not be for everyone but personally I really like them because you get to know the blogger behind the blog & they’re fun to write!

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There are 4 rules for taking part in the blue sky tag: 1. Thank the person who nominated you. 2. Answer the 11 questions they asked you. 3. Tag 11 people. 4. Ask them 11 questions. Simple!

I was nominated for the #BlueSkyTag by the lovely Claire of http://www.mamavoom.com so big thanks to her!

Q1: How long have you been blogging and why did you start?

A1: I have been blogging for nearly two years now but I haven’t been very consistent due to illness. I started blogging because I love writing & photography and I wanted a new hobby. I have continued to blog because I love the blogging community and all the new friends I’ve made!

Q2: What is your all time favourite movie? 

A2: Ooh this is a tough question! One of my favourites since I was younger was always Titanic. Yes I know it’s cheesy but I’m a sucker for romance. Kate Winslet is also one of my favourite actresses.

Q3: Lipstick shades – Nude or bold? 

A3: Definitely nude! I’m a huge fan of a nude lip. It suits everyone & is really easy to wear.

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Q4: Who is a woman that inspires you?

A4: I have two groups of women who inspire me. Firstly the Suffragettes because without them we wouldn’t have the level of gender equality that we take for granted today. Some of these women were working mothers who still found the time & energy to campaign. The second group are my fellow female bloggers. You ladies inspire me everyday with your wonderful posts & your amazing photography. I’m very pleased to say that many of you are now friends.

Q5: What was the last book you read?

A5: I’ve just finished a book called The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham. It’s a brilliant story all about fashion, love, hate and revenge. It’s set in Australia in the 50s & is full of interesting complex characters. I highly recommend it!

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Q6: Early bird or night owl? 

A6: Definitely a night owl, which is kind of annoying because my partner is an early bird!

Q7: What was the last concert you went to? 

A7: I haven’t been to a music concert for a little while. My last was probably Rebecca Ferguson in Cardiff with my boyfriend a few years ago. Shortly before that I went to see Pink with my best friend at the O2 in London.

Q8: Where would you go if you could visit any country? 

A8: There are so many places that I’d love to visit but very high up on my list is Canada. It looks so beautiful there. My uncle lived there for most of his life & he loved it.

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Q9: How many lipsticks are in your handbag right now? 

A9: Only one lipstick but I also have a lipgloss & a lipbalm. The lipstick is by No7 in a shade called honey bloom. The lipgloss & lipbalm are both by Elizabeth Arden.

Q10: What is your favourite makeup brand? 

A10: This is definitely the toughest question on the list! I absolutely adore makeup & I love so many different brands. I like a mix of high street and high end brands. Some of my favourites are: Benefit, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown, Rimmel, Barry M and No7.

Q11: What quote do you live your life by?

A11: “When it rains look for rainbows & when it’s dark look for the stars.” I love this quote because it completely sums up what life is about. We all need to appreciate the little things and be grateful for what we do have.

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I hope you enjoyed reading my answers. I will tag 11 people on instagram so head over to my account (@KateIsCoveting) to see if it’s you. If you haven’t been tagged please feel free to take part anyway!

Here are the 11 questions I’d like you to answer:

1. What would you say is your best quality?

2. What is your favourite place that you’ve visited?

3. Do you prefer lipstick or lipgloss?

4. Do you have any pets?

5. Are you more of an indoors or outdoors sort of person?

6. Who would play you in a film about your life?

7. What is your favourite memory?

8. What’s on your wishlist at the moment?

9. What TV series are you addicted to right now?

10. What is your favourite Disney film?

11. Any tips for aspiring bloggers?

Thanks for reading!

Kate x

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Look Good Feel Better Brushes

It’s highly likely that every single one of you lovely people reading this has either lost a loved one to cancer or know somebody who has been diagnosed with this horrendous illness. I have lost several family members to cancer and used to nurse people with this illness. Cancer effects every aspect of that person’s life including physical appearance and that’s where Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) come in! 

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LGFB are currently the only international cancer support charity. They provide practical and effective free services for women & teenagers struggling with the visible side effects of cancer treatment. LGFB are dedicated to improving the well being and self confidence of people undergoing treatment for cancer of any type. So far they have helped over 130,000 patients to date.

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So when I saw this gorgeous set of anti bacterial makeup brushes on the M&S website I added to basket straight away! Knowing that my beauty treat is also helping others is a lovely feeling.

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My first impressions of this set were very positive! Here’s some of the things I like about this set:

  •  I love that you get a handy pouch to store your brushes in. This means my brushes are less likely to pick up dirt & will stay cleaner for longer
  • The beautiful burgundy shade of the handles is so pretty and very distinctive
  • The brush heads are so soft. These are probably the softest brushes I’ve ever used (and I’ve tried a fair few brushes!)
  • They’re anti bacterial! This is a great feature for somebody like me who might be (just a little bit) OCD about bacteria & dirt

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I was extremely excited to use these brushes after initially being so impressed. First up I tried the eyeshadow brush & found it much easier to use than my current brush. As the bristles are so soft it didn’t feel scratchy like some can. It was brilliant for creating a smoky eye too. A brilliant blender.

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The lip brush was particularly useful when applying matte liquid lipsticks as I find these harder to apply & you have to be more precise with them than regular lipstick or lipgloss. All of the brushes in this set are easy to hold & feel sturdy.

The gorgeous big fluffy brush is perfect for applying powder foundation, face powder or bronzer. This is the softest brush in the collection & feels so satisfying on the skin.

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The size and shape of the foundation brush in this collection is slightly different to others. Instead of being flat this one has a round tip & has a smaller brush. However, I still found that this brush did what I expected it to do. It was great for blending too.

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After being very impressed with this set myself I wasn’t surprised to learn that it had won two awards in 2015. These brushes are definitely professional quality plus they are fab on sensitive skin (like mine) and they’re cruelty free too! What’s not to love?

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Thank you very much for reading! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or have tried this brand before.

Kate x

 

 

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Opinion

Celebrate Love Everyday!

I’ll start off by saying Happy Valentine’s day! Whether you’re spending today with your partner, best friends, family or colleagues I hope you have a fab day. This post is about love in all its forms and why I think it’s important to show your loved ones how much they mean to you everyday rather than just once a year on Valentine’s day.

Whilst I am a romantic person I do find the whole idea of Valentine’s day a bit odd. It’s not because it makes me feel lonely or depressed but because I find it odd that each year the retailers dictate to us that we should make huge bold gestures to show our partner that we love them on a set day. We are overwhelmed with slushy adverts at the beginning of February making us feel both envious & anxious at the same time. Why put so much pressure on one day to be the perfect romance? I believe that everyone should show all of their loved ones how much they are loved on a regular basis. This doesn’t have to be telling somebody that you love them (but I’m sure they’d appreciate it!) We can show love in many different ways & sometimes a really small act is all that is needed.

The actions you take to show people that you love them will be different for every individual & I’m sure you can come up with some great ideas for specific people but I thought I’d make a list of ideas to give you inspiration:

  • Write a letter or card telling that person how much you care or thanking them for something they did. You could even make the card yourself to give it an extra personal touch.
  • Buy them a gift. People love receiving random gifts (I know I do!)
  • Take them out for a meal or you could invite them over for a home cooked meal.
  • Paint or draw them a picture. This could be of their favourite place or maybe their pet
  • Offer to fix or mend something
  • Pick up the phone and have a proper chat. Set aside enough time to have a really good catch up. A lot can happen in a week, month or longer.
  • Pass on a favourite book for somebody else to enjoy
  • Go and see them! Nothing beats seeing someone face to face
  • If you’re good with words you could write them a poem, song or story.
  • Help out with chores without being asked. I’m sure all Mums would appreciate this!
  • Give a compliment. This really can make somebody’s day
  • Make a special packed lunch for somebody going to work or out on a day trip. Personalise the selection with some of their favourite foods
  • Go for a walk with them in a favourite place
  • Have a picnic together. A picnic at night under the stars can be really romantic (just remember to wrap up warm!)
  • Offer to go with them to a hospital appointment or something they are feeling nervous about.
  • Ask how their day was. Ask how they are REALLY feeling and give them time to talk about their feelings
  • hold hands
  • Write a list of reasons why they are amazing

As well as showing loved ones how much you value them you could also do something nice for a stranger. Something as simple as holding the door open can mean a great deal. There is too much sadness in the world already so let’s try to spread more love and happiness. “Be the change you want to see in the world” and “Throw kindness around like confetti” are two of my favourite quotes.

So just to sum up, I don’t dislike Valentine’s day at all. I think it’s great if it gets people to express their love when they normally wouldn’t but I do think we should all make an effort to show our love more and not just to our partners but to everyone that we care about. After all life is short & you can’t tell them once they’ve gone.

Feliz día de los enamorados (that’s Happy Valentine’s day in Spanish. It never hurts to learn something new!)

Kate x

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Opinion

Why we should all be speaking out

As you may have noticed I’ve had an extended break from blogging recently but I’m pleased to say that I’m back now. Did you miss me? (I hope so!) I’ve missed writing but really lacked inspiration for a long time plus I’ve had a lot of issues to deal with including my health (read my post about my illness here) Anyway lets get on with this blog post…

I’m sure you haven’t failed to notice that recently the world has been in utter shock and turmoil over the new president’s actions and views . Everytime we switch on the telly or open social media we are slapped with the bitter reality of what Trump is not only doing to America but to the whole world…But I’m not here to explain Trump’s actions. I’m here to say that it’s extremely important that we all use our voices, actions and written words to express our opinions and fight injustices. If you’re a fellow blogger then I’m sure you’re aware of all the debates and conversations that have taken place lately on the issue of whether or not bloggers/writers should be expressing their opinions and speaking out against Trump. I decided to write this post because I think it’s essential that we all speak out when things are happening in our world that threaten to destroy human rights or cause pain & suffering to undeserving people. I think we need to speak out when bad things are happening otherwise things can snowball and get worse very quickly. It is also a right to have freedom of speech & we are very lucky to have it in the UK so we must use it. This post is not just about encouraging everyone to speak out against Trump’s hateful views but I also want you to speak out about other issues that affect us all. If history has taught us one thing it’s that staying silent when faced with evil only leads to great atrocities.

Monday 27th January 2017 was an important day for two reasons, firstly it was Holocaust Memorial day and secondly it was also the day that Donald Trump enforced the Muslim ban in the US. How crazy is that? On a day that we remember all the horrific things the Nazis did to the Jews and other minority groups (including the disabled, homosexuals, gypsies and Poles) Trump went and banned Muslims! By doing this Trump showed the world that he has the same mindset as Hitler did. The worlds problems will never go away by blaming a whole group of people. Surely this was a lesson we all learnt when learning about the atrocities of WWII at school? Clearly not.

Seeing the floods of images and news stories surrounding the Women’s March that took place recently in many cities all over the world including London and Washington filled me with pride and sadness. Pride because I thought it was fantastic that so many people felt passionate enough to protest and express their views but also sadness that this event even needed to happen in the first place. The images from this march reminded me of the Suffragettes and we all know that without them women wouldn’t have got the vote or the equal rights that we have today. Lets take the Suffragettes as an example of how staying silent gets you nowhere. If the Suffragettes hadn’t protested & voiced their opinions then the world could be a very different place right now for women. They did us a great service so lets do the same for future generations and not allow them to grow up in a world where one religion is singled out and punished for the actions of an evil few.

In conclusion I just want to say that if you have opinions and a voice then you should be using it! As humans we need to defend those who need our help.

I’m sure Trump’s future actions will cause further angst and when the news comes on you know what we’ll all be thinking “God, what has that orange turd done now!?”

What do you think? Do you agree? Let me know in the comments

Kate x

 

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Disability and Illness

Chronic Illness, Disability and Me

I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a long time now so I thought it was about time I finally got around to writing it. It’s taken a long time to pluck up the courage to write this post because it’s extremely personal to me and I’ve been worried about how people may react to it but that’s no way to live…so here goes! This is my story of chronic illness & disability.

After spending 18 months working in a job I absolutely loathed you can imagine how elated I was when I finally got offered another job. I’d been working as a care assistant in a dementia care home on minimum wage (the minimum wage was £6 per hour at the time) working 12 hour night shifts. The job itself was extremely challenging as you can imagine. The large majority of the patients had dementia which meant they were very confused so would often lash out. I was punched, kicked, scratched and spat at countless times. It didn’t help that most of my colleagues and manager were foreign so they would often speak in their own language leaving me feeling alone & like an outsider. You get the picture…I was extremely glad to be leaving. I was offered a job as a health care assistant at my local hospital in EAU (emergency admissions department-twinned with A&E). I thought this was going to be the start of a new life…and it was but never in the way I imagined!

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I started working in the busy department and was eager to learn. We saw a wide variety of patients suffering from different medical conditions including: overdose, kidney failure, heart attacks, cancer and respiratory problems amongst many other things.

The 1st October 2012 will stick in my memory for the rest of my life as that day changed my life forever. It started as a normal day. I was working the late shift at the hospital and we were very short staffed so I was even busier than usual. Half way through my shift I had to assist one of the male patients to the toilet. He’d been on the ward for a week so I’d got to know him and he was laughing & joking all the way. On the way back I was assisting him back to his bed when suddenly he went quiet and jolted upright. He fell backwards onto me. As soon as it happened I felt & heard a crunch in my back & legs. I cried out & another nurse came to help me and assist the patient back to bed. I was in a lot of pain and my whole body felt weak. I started feeling nauseous too so I asked the sister in charge if I could go home but she refused. The sister said we were too short staffed already so I would not be allowed to go home early. She said I would probably feel better at the end of my shift but this was not the case at all. When it got to home time the pain had only got worse, I was feeling even more nauseous and I was finding it much harder to walk. I collapsed on the sofa as soon as I got home but when I tried to get up to go to bed I found that my legs were too weak to stand up and the pain was so excruciating that I was crying & screaming in pain. I attempted to go to A&E but I couldn’t walk far enough. I had to roll onto the floor and crawl to bed that night but I didn’t sleep because the pain was the worst I’d ever experienced. I knew something really bad had happened but I didn’t know what so the next morning I phoned in sick & called my GP. My doctor wanted me to see him but as I couldn’t get there I got a home visit a couple of days later. I was completely bed ridden. I needed assistance to go to the toilet & I was having to have bed baths.

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My parents had to help me out a lot as my partner at the time (now my ex) was useless. He was very selfish and uncaring. His behaviour was the final nail in the coffin and it eventually caused us to break up which was definitely for the best! The breakup ended up being a bit messy but it still worked out for the best. I couldn’t be with such an uncaring heartless d*ckhead anymore so I moved back in with my parents.

It took a long time for anything to really happen but eventually I was referred to a clinic. This clinic was hopefully going to refer me for some treatment but unfortunately this didn’t happen. The guy I saw was completely uninterested in helping me. He said just leave it a while and it should get better on its own. My back & legs didn’t get better on their own so I spent a year living in agony being unable to work or go out. I eventually got to the stage where I could hobble with a crutch to the loo by myself or get to the sofa but that was it. After a year of suffering I was eventually given an injection in my back called an epidural to help with the pain. The injection worked after a few days. The pain got better & I started walking again with help from a physiotherapist.

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I was making progress and I started looking for another job as I couldn’t go back to the hospital as they had dismissed me on grounds of ill health. Jobs were hard to come by and even when I did find something suitable I would get turned down because of my medical history & the fact that I still wasn’t in “perfect” health.

I went on to meet my current partner, Jon who is such a lovely guy & helped me to find a new job. He took me to my interview with a small local media marketing company and to my surprise I got the job! I was offered the position of receptionist and I took it. I started off on part-time hours then eventually went full-time once I was back to full health. Everything seemed to be going well, I started doing some work in accounts and got a small pay rise so that I was no longer on minimum wage.

On the morning of the 2nd March 2015, I woke up to the sound of my alarm as usual but I was horrified to discover that my legs weren’t working and I was in horrendous pain once again. I called my GP again and after months of tests and scans it was confirmed that it was my disc and nerves playing up again. My health condition wasn’t properly treated so unfortunately my illness came back. I went back to not being able to walk properly, had to hobble using a crutch again and had to give up my job again.

After repeatedly pleading with people to help me I was finally referred for an operation. The operation on my back took place in early November 2015. The surgeon promised I would walk out of the surgery and be back to normal. However things didn’t go as planned. The surgeon couldn’t do what he needed to do so I was still in the same position as before. I left the hospital in a wheelchair. A sure sign that the surgery had not gone well. After the operation I was back to not being able to walk, go to the toilet unaided, get upstairs, sit down on my own or go out. Every single thing I did I need assistance. I couldn’t even lie down without help. Every movement my body made was agony. The pain is so horrific that no words can really describe it.

Months past & my surgeon tried one last time to fix me by giving me another epidural in my back. This time the injection was really painful & unfortunately it didn’t work at all. Not even a tiny improvement. After no success with the epidural the surgeon said he wouldn’t perform any more surgery on me but he did refer me for hydrotherapy (it’s physio exercises in water). Hydrotherapy did help me to improve a bit but I didn’t improve enough in my allotted sessions so my sessions were stopped.

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As of now (June 2016) I still have to use a crutch to get around the flat or short distances and I use my wheelchair for further distances as my legs/back are too weak & painful. I have constant pain all day everyday & I’m taking several different medications to help but unfortunately none of them help enough with the pain. I don’t attend any physio sessions as I’ve been told there’s not much more they can do for me but I do do my own physio exercises at home as often as I can. I’m not at work at the moment due to my very limited mobility, constant pain & other medical issues but I’d love to get back to normal & have a job again. I try to fill my days with tasks & activities so that I never get bored even if that just means doing the washing up whilst perched on a stall or writing my blog. I know that there are lots of people out there who are in a worse position than me so I know things could be worse and I do try to keep positive as much as I can but sometimes things are really tough so I do get a bit down & start thinking negatively. My condition isn’t likely to get better anytime soon but I’ll keep working at it. I’d also like to say a big thankyou to my boyfriend, Jon who’s been such a great support to me in every way & I know that this situation isn’t easy for him either. Hopefully I’ll get better one day & stay better! Once I’m better we’ll be taking that long overdue holiday!

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Thankyou very much for reading. I hope this has given you a bit more understanding & empathy towards disability & chronic illness. If you’re going through something similar or have a long term health condition then please let me know in the comments 🙂

Kate x

 

 

 

 

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Glossybox May 2016

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Another month & another pretty parcel arrives from Glossybox brimming full of beautiful treats from new discoveries & old favourites. This month instead of the signature pink box subscribers were treated to an illustrated design of an urban destination. There were four different designs by Omy depicting London, Paris, New York or Berlin and as you can see I got New York. The brains (and beauties) at Glossybox thought this would be a great idea because city breaks are now just as popular as beach breaks. The products in this month’s box were included because Glossybox thought they’d be the perfect essentials to keep your complexion healthy, hydrated & protected (as well as beautiful of course!) while you explore the sights of the city. I’ve been a subscriber to Glossybox for almost a year now & this is definitely one of my favourite collections so far.

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I’ll start off by talking to you about the Revlon mascara. A few weeks ago Glossybox subscribers were given the choice about which one of the five new Revlon mascaras they’d like to receive. Each mascara is designed to help achieve a different look. This new mascara focuses on particular desires for lashes including: volume, definition and length. I opted for length as this is what I desire most from my mascara. I will say that I think Revlon missed a trick by not having a mascara in their new range that focused on curl as this is something I also look for in a mascara. Revlon’s Super Length is a luscious lengthening formulae that glides on easily & builds quickly for a dramatic look. Super Length features Revlon’s trademarked Lash Stretch brush which features long bristles designed to deliver plush length and a tapered tip to catch & coat even the shortest lashes. This blackest black formulae doesn’t clump and manages to stay put without smudging or flaking (huge thumbs up!) This particular formulation isn’t waterproof but that is an option if you choose to pick this up. As it’s a blackest black formulation you can expect the colour to be a bold jet black shade. I found the brush easy to hold & it’s texturally pleasing too with the bottle having a matte texture and the cap with a sleek shiny texture.  I’ve really enjoyed using this mascara as it delivers great results really quickly. This mascara and the rest of the Revlon collection is available at Boots stores & online at http://www.boots.com Enjoy 3 for 2 on Revlon products plus also save £2 on Revlon’s new Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour  until 8th June 2016.

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I’m a huge fan of a nude lip so I was delighted to receive Absolute New York’s Velvet Lippie in Toasted. It’s a beautiful nude shade & I’ve completely fallen in love with this universally flattering shade. It features a creamy buttery soft texture that glides onto lips easily. This product delivers a slick of highly pigmented colour that sets into an on trend matte finish. I would advise that you apply a lip balm before or after using this product because it can feel a bit dry on the lips. While this formulation doesn’t last as long as a stain it still has a decent staying power for a high street product and priced at just £4.93 this lippy is a total bargain! This is a great option for all you nudists out there (nude lipstick fans that is!) and if you love a bargain too then you’re in for a treat. Just be prepared to reapply during the day or on a night out (it’s small enough to fit in your clutch). Available from http://www.absolutenyproducts.com On the second picture below is me wearing this product.

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When you’re packing to go on your summer holiday or city break one of the most important things to take apart from your passport, plane tickets & money is a suitable SPF. However SPF is something that seems to get overlooked all to often and this has a very negative effect on our skin, especially as the sun gets hotter over the Summer months. That’s why Glossybox included Hawaiian Tropic Protective Dry Oil with SPF 15, so you no longer have an excuse to forget your SPF. This product will keep skin healthy as it’s protected from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. This clever multi-tasking product helps to prolong that sun kissed glow with it’s water resistant formulae. The blend of cocoa butter, coconut oil and vitamin C nourishes the skin so it keeps skin looking smooth and hydrated with a soft glow. With a coconut scent this product smells so much nicer than your standard sun cream and does so much more too. This is a great all rounder & my new summer essential. Get 20% off any Hawaiian Tropic purchase using the code GLOSSYSUN until 10th June 2016.

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I’m a big fan of Bee Good products because they’re made in Britain and all of their products contain NO parabens, synthetic colour, mineral oil, silicone, SLS or SLES. These are all unessential ingredients that often find their way into skincare products and have no benefit to our skin at all. Bee Good are award winners too and have featured in some of the worlds best publications. The Bee Good Youth Enhancing Plump & Firm Moisturiser is a rich creamy moisturiser suitable for all skin types especially mature, ageing and dry skin. This intensive daily moisturiser promises to plump, nourish, smooth and soften your complexion and leave it looking bee-autiful (sorry for the pun). I have combination oily skin so this product wasn’t really designed for me but I did find it good for my dry cheeks, neck and jawline. You can feel and see the plumping action working very quickly. The natural fragrance is really beautiful too with the scent of hydrating honey, antioxident rich propolis and raspberry seed oil which is rich in moisture boosting essential fatty acids. Hyaluronic acid helps the skin to keep hold of moisture thus helping to plump and soften the appearence of fine lines. Concentrated algae tightens and strengthens the skin. I love that this moisturiser doesn’t feel sticky and is absorbed into the skin quickly. I can’t really comment on whether it improves the appearance of wrinkles or not because I don’t really have any yet.  It’s a good choice for those worried about the first signs of ageing. Use the code MAYGLOSS to save £5 when you spend £15 or more at http://www.beegood.co.uk until 30th June 2016.

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The last but by no means least product in this box is the Hairon Zero Crease Hair Tie. These hairbands are very similar to Invisibobble hairbands, which is the brand that I already use but I’m always happy to try new ones. The clever spiral design of the hairband means it won’t leave annoying kinks in your hair & ruin your style. The smooth finish of the band also means it won’t cause friction and frizz. I think these hair ties are great and I feel lost without them. I have one living in each of my handbags so that I always have one with me incase I need to tie my hair up while I’m out. After many uses you may find that your Hairon band stretches and comes out of shape but to get it back to its original state just placed it in a bowl of warm clean water and it should go back to normal. These hair bands are great for everyday use and they last a long time. I’ve used loads of them and I’ve only ever had one snap but I do have really thick wavy/curly hair.

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Subscribers were treated to an extra treat this month…a bad of lightly sea salted Proper Corn popcorn. Yum! I love popcorn so this was a very welcome surprise for me and at only 43 calories a bag I didn’t need to feel guilty about my midweek treat. They’re ideal for when you’re watching films at home, in lunchboxes or even for a picnic. They’re a great treat without all that nasty fat and calories. I’ve had these before and I’ll definitely be buying them again.

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If you’re tempted to subscribe to Glossybox’s monthly beautybox service then check out http://www.glossybox.co.uk Boxes cost £10 each plus post and packaging.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the post! Are you a Glossybox subscriber? What did you think of this months box? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Kate x

 

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Occasion Wear Shopping

I absolutely adore going shopping and if you’re anything like me then you do too. I enjoy browsing & love picking up new pieces if I find something I love. However I always find shopping can be stressful when you’re looking for something specific like jeans or a dress for a wedding. Occasion wear shopping can be extremely tricky for us ladies as most of us have body hang ups and it can be very hard to find an outfit that highlights the good bits but also conceals the bits we aren’t so comfortable with.

My boyfriend’s cousin is getting married in June and as my bust & hips have grown the dress I planned on wearing is no longer an option. We needed to go shopping for a dress for me & a shirt and shoes for him. I’d been browsing online  Going shopping on this particular day wasn’t really the best for me as I was feeling a bit down about my body. I’m tall and fairly busty with big hips and a big bum so clothes aren’t really designed for my shape at all. I find dresses are generally too short plus too small on the bust & hip area. I always end up having to buy a bigger size because of my bust and hips but then it’s too big in other places. I’m sure I’m not the only person to have this problem, surely? Clothing in the large majority of high street shops seems to be designed for short & very skinny people which really frustrates me as we come in all shapes and sizes. I know there are some online fashion retailers that cater to curvier shapes but I’d love to be able to get a good fit in all my favourite high street shops too. Sorry for having a little rant!

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We went to an outlet shopping centre called Clarks Village in my home county Somerset. Clarks Village has a good range of shops including: Hobbs, Coast, Phase Eight, Joules, Sugarhill Boutique, Molton Brown, Marks & Spencer, Next, Crew, The Body Shop, Osprey, Radley, Thorntons, Jeff Banks, Yumi and of course Clarks among others. We browsed around a few shops and Jon found a perfect shirt & shoes very quickly. I found lots of dresses I liked but nothing had the wow factor when it was on me. I was feeling frustrated at the lack of suitable dresses found and very self concious because those huge mirrors in changing rooms with their harsh lighting just seem to magnify every little flaw. We decided to try Phase Eight as I know they specialise in occasion wear. I was thrilled to find a beautiful midi length dress in there that fitted well & looked nice on. I feel a bit like a Disney Princess in this dress so that’s a very good sign! I’ve learnt that the key to feeling good in any outfit is to wear clothes that flatter your shape & work with your curves rather than battling against them. Don’t be afraid to buy a bigger size if it looks better on you and I’ll be honest I have been guilty of worrying too much about what size the label says but nobody else sees the label or what size it is. I’m not going to post a photo of this dress until I actually wear it to the wedding in June but these pictures in this post are of the outfit I wore to the last wedding I attended (excuse my pale legs, they don’t get out much!) My dress in the pictures is from Coast, my cardi & black wedges are both from Primark and the mint green clutch bag is from Accessorize.

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As well as sorting out an outfit there’s also hair, makeup, bodycare and accessories that we need to consider. As you can see in the pictures I had my hair up for the last wedding and I left it curly as this is my natural style. My hair will be curly again for the wedding in June because my hair takes hours to straighten plus I don’t even own any hair straighteners anymore. I’ll decide on the day if I have it up or down as it depends on if my hair decides to behave. I always tend to keep my makeup very natural apart from the odd occasion when I really go to town on the eye shadow & I’ll keep my makeup fairly low key again for the next wedding. I’ll most probably be wearing a light/medium coverage foundation with contoured cheeks & highlighted cheek bones plus lashings of black mascara with a nude daytime smoky eye. I will need to get my eyebrows in order too as they’re quite thick and a bit unruly. A few days before the wedding I will exfoliate my body with a scrub and body brush. I’ll need to pay special attention to my legs and arms as these will be on show. I will probably also use a bit of tan on those milky white legs and arms of mine. I’ll use fake tan a few days before the wedding so that if it goes wrong or looks streaky then I’ve got time to redo it.

I’m a bit nervous about going to this wedding as I will most likely be the only disabled person there & some people can be unkind/judgemental. I also worry about having to stand for a long time as my back and legs are very weak & painful. I always get worried about most social situations & I won’t know most of the people there. I’m trying not to think about it too much as I’ll only make myself worry more. I worry about far too much already & I have much bigger problems to worry about. I’m sure I’ll be fine on the day & have a good time just as I did last time.

Are you off to a wedding or special occasion this year? Let me know in the comments 🙂 Thanks for reading!

Kate x

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