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Birchbox November 2018 Review

Hey my lovelies,

So because I miss doing my youtube unboxing reviews I thought I would start doing my reviews over here. I really need to find myself someone to edit videos for me lol. I can pay in coffee and sarcastic jokes.

In the meantime here we go with the start of my unboxing reviews.

This week I received my Birchbox, and because I have been back with them for 6 months I have been awarded Vip status. They sent a cute card to thank me for my loyalty. With this 'huge' honour I get 15 % off any purchases on their website as well as a free gift. The idea of the free gift excited me until I realised that my free gift was a shiny cheap looking makeup bag. This will not get used but thanks Birchbox anyway.

Moving on to my actual box. It is Nutcracker themed, to team up with the new film out at the minute. However I fail to see what any of the products have to do with the actual theme of Nutcracker. In saying that the box is stunning, I love it, I think it would have actually be…

Living with Chronic Pain: My Positive Story!

I saw a post on a facebook group recently. It just said, Does no one have a positive story about their Fibro. It stopped me in my tracks. We always hear the bad and how awful living with Chronic Pain is, and don’t get me wrong the life I live is not what I ever expected to live, but I am so blessed to be able to stand up and say me I am a positive story!!
Nearly 7 years ago my life hit rock bottom. My body had had enough. I was working in a nursing home and absolutely loved my job. My body was not loving it though. After months of being in more pain than usual I went to the doctor expecting him to give me a sick line for a few weeks and after a rest I wholeheartedly believed that I would be back at work in about a month. That was not to be. I went from bad to worse while we tried to find suitable medication. The doctor took me off the pain relief I had been on while we tried something else, the problem was we then realised the full extent of the pain my body was actually in. We didn’…

LMX - Little Mix Makeup Brand Review Part 1 Shout out to my Pout

Hello my lovelies,


I was so intrigued when I saw that there was a new makeup collection exclusive to Boots. LMX is a brand brought to us by Little Mix band members. They have everything from eyeshadows to highlighters.

I purchased a couple of box sets from the Boots 3 for 2 range. Sadly one item came broken. I was gutted but Ho hum, I moved on and just reviewed the rest of the products on their own. I will continue my reviews of the brand as soon as I get my replacement.

So my two items I have thoroughly tested are the Shout out to my Pout Liquid Lipstick and Liner collection (rrp £18) and the Rock in the Gold Get the Look Palette (£14).

Lets start with the lip products, get the negative out of the way early. I purchased this kit of 4 lip liners and liquid lipsticks. I chose this specifically because it was nude tones and I thought well at least one will suit me, how wrong was I. I found them so orange toned, none of them suited my skin tone I was so dissapointed. They tout this as a n…

Summer Favourites - Recap of my loves for the long lost love that is Summer

Summer/July Favourites

Hello my lovelies,

I hope this post finds you all well and hopefully you have had much better weather than we are here in Northern Ireland. I swear this summer has seen us go through the hottest days in decades now we have had a whole seasons worth of rain in a matter of days. Ok so that might be a slight exaggeration about the rain but it feels like it.

So back to the point of the post. I wanted to share with you all my favourite products from July and August. I am always trying new products and changing things up, but every month there will always be those products that just stick in the rotation continually.

So let's start with those....

Kaeso Luxe Facial Serum: I started using this product earlier in the year, having been a fan of the brand for a long time, and this soon became a much loved product of mine. I use this at night after taking off my make up and cleansing my skin, leaving it to sink in and do its magic during the night. It claims to brighte…

Living with Chronic Illnesses: Grieving for me

Hello my lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well. I made a video a few years ago on this subject, but I don't feel I fully articulated what I was trying to capture very well.

I have lived most of my life with pain, exhaustion and constant illness but nothing could have prepared me for what I would come up against 6 years ago.

I was working in a nursing home, as a care assistant, studying Health and Social Care with plans to go in to nursing. I wanted to work as a nurse in a home. I loved my job. I loved what I could do to help those I was caring for. I had been taking pain relief for around 10 years by this stage, mostly codeine, every so often increasing to tramadol. Generally that was only for short periods. I had spent 6 weeks off sick from a viral infection. My doctor tried to convince me that this was due to stress in my marriage. He made me believe that it was my body trying to cope with the fact my husband and I were having fertility issues.

It was months after that when I…

Top 10 Summer Must Haves in my Makeup Bag

Hello my lovelies,

How are you all doing? I hope you are enjoying a beautiful summer like I am. Northern Ireland is having the hottest summer for a long time. It has been beautiful. Of course that brings with it the trails of sweat down our face and makeup that just does not last!!

People are always asking me what I use during the summer. I sweat the whole year round so excessively during the summer. Very attractive I know, I am such a catch lol.

I have tried so many different products, I have given a load of different foundations and BB creams a go to try and find something that doesn't just slide down my face within 5 minutes of applying.
Let's talk about base products first. A lot of the time I don't use a primer during the summer unless I am going out. I have always got my facial SPF on which is moisturising and will help to prepare for putting my powder on.

1. Magic Minerals by Jerome Alexander £9.99 Boots

I have been using Magic Minerals for years now. They sent me it…

Wax Melt Review - Tru Wax

Hello my lovelies,

I hope you are all well. A few months ago I got an email from Khaema asking if I would be interested in trying out her wax melts. Well I am a hoarder of waxes and absolutely love trying new brands so of course I jumped at the opportunity. As with all the brands I work with I told her that my review would be honest and not influenced by getting products for free. So as long as she is confident in her product then we are good to go.

Khaema has very clearly taken the time to consider her products and has put a lot of effort in to deciding how they will look. The products all come individually wrapped, so the scents don't become overwhelming in the box, which believe me I have had happen before. Khaema started opened tru wax in 2016 because she has a huge passion and love for all things wax and from then she has gone from strength to strength. She has trialled and tested so many formulas before finding the right one for her products.

So when my box of wax arrived I …

Fibromyalgia isn't a real illness!!

Hello my lovelies,

I hope this post finds you well. Yes you read this right. I don't believe that Fibromyalgia is a real illness!!

Ok ok, put the pitch forks down!! Before you start a lynch mob, I am not saying that people with it aren't sick. Quite the opposite. I just feel that this mystery illness Fibromyalgia has more to it than just one illness!


For a start it really isn't a diagnosis at all. It is the final straw after a process of elimination. You go through so many tests you will have had more pricks than kerplunk! You will have seen so many different doctors that you will feel like you see them more than your family. By the time they see you don't have a, b, c or d they have no clue so they tell you it is Fibromyalgia. They don't know how you got it, why you got it or really how to treat it either.Every study that is done contradicts the previous study. Some say its to do with nerves, some say its to do with blood. Some doctors claim there is a test to diag…

Is Arnica Cream really that good?

Hello my lovelies, 
I hope you are all doing well, I am currently melting in the summer heat wave we are having in Northern Ireland. 
I wanted to chat with you all about Arnica Cream. I know I know we have all heard about it by now. I have been using it for bruises for quite a few years now and love it, but its only recently that I have seen just how awesome it actually is.. more on that to come. 
First let's talk about it, what is Arnica? The Arnica Plant is part of the daisy family and comes from the cooler regions of the Northern Hemisphere. It can be found high in the mountains. It has been used for medicinal purposes dating back to the 1500's and back then it is documented that people chewed, drank and compressed it for topical use. I had no idea it was so old. In some places it is called Wolfs bane, I am sure I have heard this term used in sci fi shows like Charmed, I didn't realise it was a real plant!
I had only ever used it for bruising and when I sat down and read thr…

Aliza Naturals 3 in 1 Cleansing Paper Review

Hello my lovelies,
I hope this post finds you well. As you know I am very in to my skincare and I am always trying new products to share with you all. A while back I was contacted by Aliza Naturals, a brand that I have to be honest and say I had never heard of. They told me all about a new product they had launched and wanted to know if I would be interested in trying it out and sharing my thoughts on it. After checking out their website and seeing that they were an all natural brand I was very intrigued. So after a little back and forward and me advising them that I am always 100% honest in my videos/blog posts and that as long as they were confident in their product we could of course work together.

After a few days my package arrived and I was excited to see what this innovative product looked like. I had never seen a product like this and was very intrigued by the idea of a cleansing paper. I considered all of those people going on holidays or short trips and taking only hand lugg…

My Top 3 Nude Palettes under £10

Hey my lovelies,

I hope you are all well and having a fabulous week.

As a Beautician and Makeup lover people often ask me what palettes I would recommend for people on a budget, the most asked is for nude palettes. Lets face it with the sea of palettes out there it can be quite a daunting task choosing the right one.

I have gone through my collection and chosen my top palettes. Unsurprisingly they can look similar at first look, and it can be hard to decide which ones to spend your money on.

First up we have I heart Makeup Naked Chocolate £7.99


This palette looks like a big bar of delicious white chocolate. Having already owned one of the Chocolate bars in this collection I was a bit dubious to purchase another one as I thought it would be quite samey, well of course they come from the same theme... chocolate... so they are going to be reminiscent of eachother. However this one is totally a nude lovers dream. It has a mix of mattes and shimmers, granted there are only 5 mattes, but I …

But you Don't look sick: Fibromyalgia Awareness Day 12 May 2018

Hello my lovelies,

Today I wear purple and stand with my fellow warriors for Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.



I have lived the whole of my adult life with chronic pain and fatigue. I have heard all of the judgements and felt the shame. People telling me I should just get on with it, or I am too fat or It can't be that bad, or I don't know what real tiredness is.

Getting diagnosed with fibromyalgia was such a hard time for me. I thought once I knew what was wrong with me I would feel better, but I didn't I felt empty. I had a condition that had no real medical support. People around us don't know enough about it because the medical profession don't know enough about it. People think that I just have a sore back. They don't know how much more there is to having Fibromyalgia.

I never could have imagined my life being the way it is. Living everyday with pain all over my body is hard enough to cope with on its own, but when you add that to the sheer debilitating fatigue …

How is my skin more youthful now than in my youth?

Hey my lovelies,

I get asked all the time how my skin is so good. I tell them that it is all about a good skincare regime. My skin is better now than it was 10 years ago, but that didn't happen by accident. I have worked hard to get my skin in shape and I love that I have great skin and can come to work as a Beautician and not feel self conscious that I am not perfected.

We all hear the same thing over and over.... Drink more water and it will hydrate your skin and your skin will be gorgeous blah blah blah. This is not entirely true, drinking water does not directly make your skin more hydrated.. I had believed most of my life that my skin was dehydrated because I didn't drink enough water. So I would chug my way through bottle after bottle and see no difference. I couldn't understand, while I was training to be a Facialist at the Beauty School I was shocked to find out that one of the most common tips I had ever been given was a myth. I actually think I may have offended …