July 2017 Beauty Favourites

12 August 2017

This post is definitely a lot later than planned but my back has been pretty angry so I haven't been able to take any photos. It's been written for ages. I finally got some today so here are my beauty favourites from July. I didn't really wear much makeup but when I did I have been loving either a nude or super bright red lip. Y'know two pretty similar shades haha. Also my Non-beauty faves went live last week so be sure to check them out. 

July 2017 Beauty Favourites

Lacura Skincare

4 August 2017

If you've been into Aldi recently you may have seen this Lacura skincare range. My mum kindly treated me to the range and I've been testing it out. I would never normally pick up skincare from Aldi especially as I don't go in very often. I seem to get angry old people ramming me with their trolleys or I can't get down aisles so I tend to avoid it. However I am very impressed with this range and it's such a good price.

Lacura Skincare

Fundraising For Kit

3 August 2017

As you guys may know I play wheelchair basketball. Worcester Wolves kindly took me under their wing when I was lacking a team and they are now family. I mean definitely an extremely weird and slightly dysfunctional one but still family. I play both National and Women's league with them but our women's league team need your help.


Non Beauty July 2017 Favourites

2 August 2017

I don't really know what happened to July but it has flown by. I haven't really worn much makeup so my beauty faves (coming soon) is lacking a bit so I thought I would do a non beauty favourites too. Basically features all the cute homeware and coffee. Pretty much all I need in life. I massively angered my back trying to get photos but I am determined to post more regularly this month. So here's what I've been loving.

Non Beauty July 2017 Favourites

Adopt A Mermaid

28 July 2017

So I was sent my very own mermaid in the post this week. I don't think I will ever get anything that matches my blog name more perfectly than this. An actual mermaid. The lovely people that sent me my own mermaid is Mermaid Adoptions. I was kindly sent Alexa* and I love her. Look at her gorgeous Turquoise hair (which also happens to be one of my favourite colours). She's so adorable and is currently sat on my desk supervising me making sure I actually write this post.

Adopt A Mermaid

Chronic Illness Beauty Essentials

17 July 2017

The other day when I was feeling extra crappy I was thinking about how much I loved certain products and how much easier they make my life. I thought I'd share my fave beauty products that are essential for me. There's hair products, the best moisturiser for crappy hands, miracle grow for nails and the only thing that has ever stopped me sweating like a pig. Quite a collection. 

Chronic Illness Beauty Essentials

Vegan Tuck Box// July 2017

13 July 2017

After seeing the Vegan Tuck Box on The Little Blog of Vegans Instagram last month I was desperate to try it. If you aren't following her on Instagram why not? Her feed is gorgeous. You should also follow her blog for all the delicious recipes. Anyway back to the box, you get so many products for £20 when you factor in postage. I chose the ultimate box which gives you a selection of 10-13 products but you can also get a cheaper variety box of 5-8 products. They also have various one off boxes you can buy. 

I'm trying to eat more vegan foods because 1) Saving animals and the planet and 2) my body absolutely hates dairy and it makes my skin break out in super painful acne and makes my stomach super angry. For now I'm taking small steps but it's better than no steps so send any vegan recommendations my way. I am obsessed with dairy free milks though which makes it easier as I would not survive without a decent tea (oat milk is bae) & coffee (coconut milk is life). Now onto what I got this month.

July vegan tuck box review

Hair Care for Frizz Free Hair

10 July 2017

My hair has been an actual state recently. It normally borders on greasy but all the sun, hair dye and poor treatment of it might finally be catching up with me as it's gone a bit dry. I think my medication is also drying out my whole body though as my skin, face and mouth are also constantly dry. When I was asked if I wanted to try the John Frieda Frizz Ease range* I thought it might sort out the nest that is my hair. After giving it a go for a few weeks I thought I'd share with you my favourite hair stuff for super soft swishy frizz free princess hair. 

Hair Care for Frizz Free Hair

Read in June 2017

7 July 2017

I swear it's taken me forever to write up this post. It's been really difficult to form sentences that actually make sense haha. Here's hoping that I've proof read it enough that you can actually understand it. So we spent a week in Devon towards the end of June where I managed to read 3 books. It was bliss and meant my total for the month came to 4. Not too shabby.  

Read in June 2017

June 2017 Favourites

3 July 2017

June is over and done and tbh I'm freaking out a lil bit. Summer is my favourite time and now I keep hearing people saying it's nearly autumn and I'm not ready to be cold. I haven't had enough sun. I looved the heatwave we had even if I did have to travel home in my bra because the back of my top was soo sweaty from being in my wheelchair. I was made for the summer.

Anyway moving on. It's a tad late but here is what I was loving in June apart from the Sun

Tarteist PRO Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette

Tarte Bundle First Impressions

30 June 2017

When I got an email from Tarte with their latest bargain and free shipping to the UK I just couldn't resist. The offer was 6 full size products plus a makeup bag all for £60. I think I also had to pay £10ish taxes but that just meant I wouldn't be hit with the dreaded customs charge. I only ever buy from the Tarte website when they have free UK shipping because then the tax charge just feels like shipping costs.

So here's what I picked.

Tarte Bundle First Impressions

Bluebird Tea Co

14 June 2017

I can't even remember how I came across Bluebird Tea Co anymore but I am so glad I did. I spent ages on their website drooling over all the different flavours before taking the plunge and making an order. I went for the Pick n Mix 10 Tea Experience Pack as there were so many flavours I wanted to try. You get to pick the flavours of your ten 20g packs (up to 10 cups of tea per 20g). It was so difficult narrowing it down to 10 flavours and I definitely will be making another order.

Clinique Skincare And Why It's Not For Me

7 June 2017

I was talked into visiting the clinique counter when I had my makeup done by smashbox in boots a while ago. The lady on the counter was so lovely and had a look at my skin to recommend some products for me. She couldn't get over how dry my skin was and recommended the 3 step programme.

Clinique Skincare review

Renunail Nail Strenghthener

5 June 2017

My nails are forever a state. My mum and Nan have always had such beautiful, long and strong nails. I will always resent the fact that I didn't inherit them. I got lumbered with a genetic condition and hairy arms. My nails are the complete opposite to my mums, short, stubby, weak, flaky and just sad looking. If they get remotely long they just bend, flake continuously and then I pick the flakes and make everything worse. I normally have them painted (black like my soul) so that I don't pick the flakes. When an email about Renunail* landed in my inbox I was sceptical and intrigued. I've tried a few nail strengtheners and it's just made my flakes stronger but anything is worth a shot. 

Renunail Nail Strenghthener review

Read in May 2017

2 June 2017

I only manged to read two books this month and I am so sad about my poor attempt. This month does seem to have flown by though. I can't even think of what I have spent my time doing but reading was clearly not one of them

Crime thriller review

May 2017 Favourites

31 May 2017

It's favourites time again. This month has been pretty good. I mean I celebrated my birthday with peanut butter cookies and cake so it kinda had to be a good month. We've had some amazing weather and I am always happier when it's warm. I'm such a sun worshipper lets just ignore the fact that the sun betrayed me and fried me to a crisp. I'm peeling so bad it's ridiculous. Now onto my favourites.

May 2017 Favourites

Favourite Eye Makeup

19 May 2017

 Now we all know that I love a good winged liner. Very rarely seen without it, when I'm wearing makeup that is. You'll see my naked face quite often because I don't have a life and why waste makeup on a day in front of the laptop. Plus I'm lazy. Anyway back to the eye makeup. I need my eyeliner to last. I wear it for a verry long time. I wear it in basketball games if I wanna feel fierce and can be bothered. They always seem to be early mornings and I am not a morning person. Buut if I wear eye makeup these are my must haves

Favourite eye makeup

24 Things I've Learnt in 24 Years

17 May 2017

So once again I have fallen off of my blogging schedule. This post was supposed to go live on my birthday, which was last Wednesday, but I spent the day eating cake instead of finishing it. Cake is definitely more important though. Anyway I reached the grand old age of 24 last week so I thought I'd share with you some things I picked up along the way.

24 Things I've Learnt in 24 Years

You Beauty Box May 2017

12 May 2017

I keep thinking about cancelling this box and then there's normally at least one thing I really want to try. This month it was the Cetaphil cleanser and the 10balm smoothing cream and the fact that they were both full size made me keep my subscription. 

You Beauty Box May 2017

Nouveau Lashes Lash & Lid Foaming Cleanser

8 May 2017

May is always a good month. It's my brithday month (because who even has just one day) and it's nearly summer, my fave season. To make it even better this year Nouveau Lashes have a new product release. The Lash & Lid Foaming Cleanser* has been released today and it's a good one. 

Nouveau Lashes Lash & Lid Foaming Cleanser

Read in April 2017

3 May 2017

So I managed to read 4 books last month. Not bad considering I don't seem to have stopped. As usual they are all crime thrillers as I rarely read anything else. Let me know your faves so I can add to my to read pile.

Read in April 2017

April 2017 Favourites

2 May 2017

My April favourites only actually have one makeup product. What is this madness? My skin has been horrendous so I haven't really worn makeup. I have however fallen in love with some new nail polishes which make my icy glittery heart happy. April may have flown by but May is officially my birthday month (10th May if you wanna know) so that's exciting and also makes me feel old.

April 2017 Favourites

Super Simple Spring Makeup Look

27 April 2017

So once again I have been crap at posting regularly. I would promise that I'll get my shit together but lets be honest it hasn't happened so far. Anyway I thought I would do a post about my fave makeup for spring. It was supposed to have a picture of the finished look on my face buuut that hasn't happened. I've barely been at home, my skin is an absolute state, my hair needs washing and I'm too tired and sore to do the makeup look now. Plus my hands are so bad at the moment I am dropping everything so putting a mascara wand near my eye probably isn't the safest. Soo here's the makeup that I am loving for spring. It's super simple and I love it. Just imagine how fabulous my face looks with this on. 

Spring Makeup Look

Mintoshi Raspberry & Vanilla Candle

19 April 2017

I am obsessed with candles. I mean what blogger isn't? I'm constantly burning them much to my dads dismay (I get lectured on fire safety weekly). I just want my house to smell beautiful. I was kindly sent a Minotshi Candle and it was love at first whiff. As I opened the package I was greeted by the most delicious scent. 

Mintoshi Raspberry & Vanilla Candle

April 2017 You Beauty Box

17 April 2017

Another month another You Beauty Box. I haven't had one for a couple of months (check out the last box here) because I wasn't really feeling the choices. I make sure I check every month though so if anything takes my fancy I can sign back up which is super easy.

April 2017 You Beauty Box

Using A Wheelchair is Not The End of The World

7 April 2017

So I've used a wheelchair since I was about 15 which is 8 years, nearly 9. Jesus Christ when did I get so old? Anyway, I've been using a wheelchair a long time. I use it more now than when I first got one as my health has deteriorated and will continue to do so. So why is everyone so obsessed with getting me out of the chair and walking again? My wheelchair has not ruined my life. It has in fact made my life a million times better. I can get out of the house more, I have less pain when out and about and I get to experience life. My wheelchair has allowed me to have the life of an average 20ish girl instead of constantly being stuck in the house in too much pain.

Using A Wheelchair is Not The End of The World

Read in March 2017

3 April 2017

As this month was so hectic I didn't really get to read much which is sad. I only managed two books. I've nearly finished my third but didn't quite make it in time for my March post. I'm hoping I can read a few more in April though as my to read pile is huge. So many good books, so little time.

Read in March

March 2017 Favourites

31 March 2017

How is March over already? It's not been a great month for posting. I mean this year so far has been pretty shit for posting in general. My brother was in hospital for nearly 2 weeks this month and I swear I have literally only been in my house to sleep and sometimes not even for that as I've been sleeping at my parents house. I'm hoping to get organised in April and start posting more consistently. Fingers crossed.

March Favourites

Teapot Warmer

24 March 2017

As an avid tea drinker this may the best invention I have ever come across. I drink a lot of tea. Probably more than I should and definitely more now that I seem to have gone off coffee. However, getting up all the time to go to the kitchen to boil the kettle is just too much for my poor broken body sometimes.

glass teapot warmer

Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams

21 March 2017

I was kindly sent 3 of the Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams along with some other gorgeous pieces that I wrote about here. I am obsessed with liquid lipsticks and I don't think I will ever have too many. I just can't stop buying them. Liquid lipsticks are always the things I am drawn to first in shops

Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams review

Sleek Makeup

17 March 2017

I've never really tried much from Sleek before. I have obviously tried the Solstice Highlighter palette and rave about it in pretty much every favourites post. Not only did it make it to my 2016 faves roundup post but it also made it onto my Top 10 Holy Grail products post I did in colab with Sarah. After seeing how much I loved the solstice palette the lovely Niamh asked if I wanted to try some of their other products. She picked out some products she thought I would like and I swear it's like she can read minds. The products she picked are perfect.

Sleek Makeup review

The Wolf Children by Cay Rademacher Review

15 March 2017

When the press release for The Wolf Children* landed in my inbox I wasn't sure about it. It's pretty different from my usual read. However, I was drawn in and intrigued by the synopsis so I decided to give it a go and read something new and I am so glad I did. I was a bit worried I would find all the history too much but I really enjoyed it.

The Wolf Children by Cay Rademacher Review

Drinkware from Typo

7 March 2017

Life has been so busy recently that I've been massively slacking on the blog posts. It feels like I've covered the whole of England & Wales recently. Wheelchair basketball really does make you travel. 2 weeks ago I did 2 days of work so Monday I was in Aberaeron and Tuesday in Llanelli. Wednesday we went to Cardiff shopping, Thursday we had to take the car to Bristol to the garage, then Friday-Sunday we were in Nottingham. I got 3 days rest last week then Thursday we were in Coventry, Friday & Saturday in Nottingham again and then Sunday we were in Warwick. I feel like I've spent the last 2 weeks in a car. I crashed hard Monday and I'm trying to take it easy this week.

I thought I'd do a quick post today about the super handy and oh so pretty drinkware collection I seem to have gathered from one of my fave shops, Typo. I'm trying to drink more water and they've definitely come in handy over the past two weeks.

typo drinkware

Books Read in Feb 2017

1 March 2017

As I'm trying to read more I thought I'd do a round up post of books I've read in the month with some mini reviews as I never get round to writing up full reviews. This month has been so damn hectic that I didn't get to read anywhere near as many books as I wanted to but here's what I managed to read in Feb.

crime thriller book review

My Tiny Primer Collection

17 February 2017

I've been super disorganised recently and fatigue after my bug hit me hard. Then I changed one of my meds and the new ones freaked out my heart and gave me crazy palpitations. All of this combined means I have been slacking on posting. Today I finally sat down to write in between going to the doctors, sorting out stuff for some work next week and attempting to pack to stay at my parents the weekend and realised I had no idea what to write about. I found these pictures that I took the other night so it looks like I'm gonna be talking to you about primers.

primers

Top 10 Holy Grail Products Featuring Sarah in Wonderland

15 February 2017

Todays post is a colab with one of my favourite people, my twin Sarah from Sarah in Wonderland. You need to check out her blog. It's the best and that's not even me being biased. So we decided as it was valentines to do a shout out to the products that have stolen out hearts. It started out as top 3, expanded to top 5 and we finally settled on our top 10. It is so difficult to narrow down my faves to only 10 products but here is what I settled on.

Top 10 Holy Grail Products

John Freida Luxurious Volume Collection

8 February 2017

I'm super lazy when it comes to styling my hair and usually just have it straight. This means I love to add a bit of volume to liven it up a bit. I was kindly sent out some of the John Frieda Luxurious Volume range* to give my hair a bit of a treat.

John Freida Luxurious Volume Collection

The Little Things You Take For Granted

7 February 2017

This isn't a please feel sorry for me post and it isn't having a go at people for taking these things for granted. I take things for granted that other people struggle with. It's human nature. I just wanted to let you in on my life with EDS and the little things I struggle with. On the outside you can't really tell that I'm quite ill and I'm pretty good at downplaying it much to my mums annoyance.

The Little Things You Take For Granted

Nouveau Lashes

3 February 2017

I was recently picked to join the Nouveau Lashes #LashGang and I think it made my month. They are such a lovely bunch of people and Nouveau lashes is such an amazing company. I was sent a lil box of goodies to try out and oh my god I am in love. I never want to take my lashes off. Also lets take a moment to appreciate their packaging. 

January 2017 Favourites

1 February 2017

You may have noticed it's been a bit quiet on here recently. I managed to catch a horrific cough/cold and I have been so ill. Fun chronic illness fact - All colds, bugs etc go straight to my joints and cause a massive flare up. Soo a casual cough caused me to be bed bound for a week. I have never slept so much. Shoutout to my parents and Netflix for helping me survive.

January has been a bit of a hectic month with not much makeup wearing happening so there's only one makeup product in my faves this month and only 6 products in total. So here's what I was loving

January 2017 Favourites

Blogging Magazines

20 January 2017

If you haven't seen at least one Blogosphere magazine on instagram where have you been? They are the most photogenic magazines I have ever seen. As soon as I saw them I knew I had to check them out. I also recently saw The Blogging Grotto on Twitter (check them out here) and decided to pick that up too. They are both magazines for bloggers by bloggers and I just love that idea.

Blogging Magazines

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks

18 January 2017

Next up in the liquid lipstick series is the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks. I honestly didn't realise I had so many of these until I started getting them out to list the colours. Quite a few of them were given to me by my Twin Sarah because she won them and already had some of the shades. So once again she was the one to get me hooked. I first fell in love with Stila when I bought the Eternal Love collection agess ago. Baci became my fave go to nude and I recently had to buy the full size version. It may be my favourite out of them all.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks

January 2017 You Beauty Box

13 January 2017

I stopped my You Beauty Box subscription for a bit because I wasn't that impressed with the choices but I liked the look of a few of the bits this month. I picked the Gold subscription this time but I'll probably go back to silver next month. Gold is £10.95 and you get to pick 4 items. Silver is £8.95 and you pick 3, Bronze is £6.95 and you choose 2 items. I find it is one of the best value for money subscription boxes and I love that you get to choose what you want.

January 2017 You Beauty Box

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks

11 January 2017

I'm trying to get posts written up on all the liquid lipsticks I own so you can see which are my faves and the best formulas etc. I have a few so this could take a while. Last week I was talking about Huda Beauty Liquid Matte. Todays offerings are the Ofra Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks, specifically the collaboration they did with Manny MUA. These were supposed to be limited edition but there was so much demand they are now permanent shades.

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks

Typo UK Shop

9 January 2017

I recently discovered the shop Typo and it's safe to say I am obsessed. There is so much gorgeous stationery and the cutest mugs (my weakness) and water bottles. I could spends a fortune on this site although the prices are super reasonable. I spent a good hour or two browsing the whole site before making an order of a few little bits. And I've already nearly made another order. 
Typo shop

2016 Beauty Favourites

6 January 2017

I did my December 2016 favourites a few days ago but I thought I'd do a post to show the products I could not stop reaching for this year. I'm pretty sure they have featured in one favourite post or another since I started doing them in June so here's a round up of my absolute favourites. 

2016 Beauty Favourites

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Minis

4 January 2017

I am a hugge matte liquid lipstick fan. I would say they make up about 75-80% of my lipstick collection. I can't resist them. I'm super lazy with reapplying and they have the best staying power. They also have such bold colours with the best colour payoff and I am all about a bold lip. Winged liner and a bold lip is my go to look. As I am such a big fan I have managed to gather quite a large collection. So I'm going to work my way through and get some reviews up and let you know which are my favourites etc. To start with we have the newest members of my collection.

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Minis

The Body Shop Additions

2 January 2017

I have recently become obsessed with The Body Shop. I've always loved their shower gels and body butters but I've only ever received them as gifts. I've never actively gone out and purchased them. Since falling head over heels in love with their skincare I decided to treat myself in their sale.

the body shop vanilla chai range
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