I recently had a sort out of my clothes and things and made a check list, I find it’s a great way to make sure you don’t get too distracted when shopping and it means you actually leave with what you went in for (rather than ten new nail varnishes and some tops when you go in for jeans, happens way too often for me). Last week I may have ended up spending more than I meant to when I realised that 90% of the things on my wish list were in TK Maxx and H&M which I was on for other things so this week will probably turn into a bit of a haul week. I was planning on doing them all together but then I realised exactly how much will be arriving from TK Maxx and that one alone may need to be a two parter. So, sorry if you’re not a fan of haul posts.
Today’s haul is from H&M and not all that big. My original thing to get from H&M was bras, for some reason no matter how many makes I try the ones from H&M are the only ones that fit me comfortably and unfortunately the H&Ms near me have a very small range available so it’s online I go. I did end up adding a few extras in here, as well as the T-shirts that I needed, because I have never seen any of the beauty products in the stores near me and wanted to give them a go. I did manage to limit myself to things I actually use or need to replace anyway so I don’t feel too bad.
They have different flags on the top. Picture from the lush website so copyright to them
This is a bit of an unusual post for me, I don’t often do posts about a product before I’ve actually bought it this time but I wanted to do one as the Lush Marathon Bubble Bar is one of the few products I have ever tried that has actually helped with my aches.
I just wanted to say about it as it’s limited edition in the UK kitchen so I have no idea how long it’ll be available and thought it’s worth checking out for any spoonies out there who enjoy baths. Continue reading
Hey guys, how’s your week been? This wasn’t my planned Friday post but I’ve been working on giving the blog a makeover, well the planning stage of it, and time kind of got away from me. I think I’ve looked at so many fonts the word sample just looks wrong to me now! This year I will actually do the makeover I planned last year, but more on that next week.
I am trying to improve my skin care routine, and part of that is to use a face mask once a week (unless it’s one that happens to say use more regularly) and, as I have so many sheet masks I thought I’d start with one of them. If I keep up with this I’ll probably turn these into bonus weekend posts as they’re going to be short. Today’s face mask is a TonyMoly sheet mask, one of a set of eleven I bought recently from f2plus1 on eBay, and it’s the I’m Real Red Wine Sheet Mask for Pore Care.
Although I haven’t seen any of these in the U.K. apparently some of the TonyMoly I’m Real face mask range have been spotted in TK Maxx so worth checking your local to see if they have them. Otherwise I bought mine from eBay, they are available from a range of sellers, either individually or wholesale or, as is the case with mine, as part of a set where you get one of each variety. The prices to vary depending on what you get but with the full set I think it often comes to around £1 a face mask.
I’ve seen a lot of mood boards around and always been tempted to try making one for my blog, one that doesn’t involve scissors and glue like my design course ones did. So when Arhaus encouraged me to make a mood board for my dream vanity I decided to give it a go.
Apparently in the USA Arhaus are a well-known company, they sell furniture and home décor and I may have ended up losing a few hours exploring their online store. I don’t know about you guys but there’s something really fun to me about looking on home décor and interior design websites and imagining what it’d be like to have the room setups. I think I may be the only person I know who actually enjoys trips to Ikea.
Another product from the Holika Holika Gudetama collaboration today with the Gudetama Lazy and Joy Cupcake Eye Palette in Tiramisu. There are two colour options available, Tiramisu is more brown and neutral based whereas Red Velvet has a red base, the names do actually match very well and I love the cute Gudetama design on the front. These palettes are actually quads and the Tiramisu version comes with two mattes, a satin and a very glittery shimmer.
I bought these from the f2plus1 eBay store but they do seem to be widely available at the moment. I think they’re limited edition so it’s a good idea t get them soon if you think you’ll want them, I’ve found in the past Korean beauty products that are limited edition tend to be available in a lot of places one day and the next impossible to find in the U.K. The prices do range a bit but they seem to be within £9 a £15, which is more than I’d normally spend on a quad but I’ve been curious about Korean makeup since finding that the skin care really works for me.
This is the Holika Holika All Kill Cleanser Oil to Foam and is part of the Sanrio Gudetama collaboration range. I think it may also be the cutest bottle I have ever had when it comes to cleansers. I have tried a few skin care products from Korean brands and, for some reason, they seem to all get on well with my skin which seems to be fairly rare when it comes to western brands o I wanted to give a cleanser a go. Add in the fact I’ve been curious about these oil to foam style cleansers for a while and this one stood out for me.
I don’t often do posts on skin care and I always make sure I’ve used it for a few weeks when I do, I was planning on doing this one in a couple of weeks time but with it being limited edition I thought it was best to get it up while it’s still available to buy. I know my skin and there are normally two phases when it is likely to react to things. The first is within days if it makes the sensitive aspect of my skin flare up, the second is a couple of weeks later, or normally between the end of week one and the end of week three, where the acne prone aspect shows itself so I have past both stages and think I can give you guys a good review of how it worked for me.
All images copyright Piatkus publishing, used for review purposes
I recently did a post on starting the Low GL diet and a couple of the books I bought for it, if you want to read that post it’s here and explains a bit about the ideas behind it. This is a bit of a different book review on that, as these two are so similar, I thought I’d do a bit of a comparison between them. The two books are The Low-GL Diet Made Easy (Holford, P. 2006) (RRP £15.99) and The Low-GL Diet Cookbook (Holford, P. And McDonald Joyce, F., 2014) (RRP £12.99). I’ve included more information on each at the end if you want the ISBN number and publisher information.
Another product from the TonyMoly Pokemon range today, I was going to spread them out a bit but then I realised they’re limited edition so best to post as soon as possible so there’s more of a chance of them still being available. There are two eyeshadow palettes in the range; Pikachu (neutral browns) and Jigglypuff (more pink toned) and each has three colours in it. I only have the Pikachu one but I think the Jigglypuff also uses the same combination of a dark and light shimmer alongside a ‘matte’.
I bought this from the f2plus1 eBay store but there are quite a few people still stocking it at the moment. Price wise it seems to range between £12 and £15 so it depends where you get it from. I’ve tended to stick with the one as they’re always quick and they pretty much always have everything I want so saves multiple orders.
I do love a good peeling face mask and the fact that the TonyMoly Pokemon line has one makes it even better. It’s the Buried Digda Pop Up From the Ground Peel Off Pack, which may be one of the longest names for a face mask that I’ve ever had. I love how peel off face masks are so much easier to remove and there’s a lot less mess than traditional face masks, you sit there for ten or fifteen minutes and peel it off. Plus there’s something oddly satisfying about that peeling feeling, like when you get glue on your hands at school. Or is it just me that likes that?
I don’t know if there’s a permanent line version of this as I think the Pokemon line is limited edition so it’s one to find soon if you want to give it a go. Luckily it does have a 12 month life once opened and it’s sealed so I think it’d be ok to stock up on. I found this one on the f2plus1 eBay store but it seems to be available from quite a few places so it depends on which you pick to buy it from. Most of them seem to have it from £7 to £10 for the tube, which holds quite a few uses as you do only need a very thin layer so you probably pay £1-£2 per application I think.
Image from Honey Mellow Handmade so copyright to them, found on Google. I quite like this sign, I’ll link it at the bottom of the post, I’m tempted to get one!
That title sounds a bit depressing doesn’t it? I think it’s something that we’re taught from when we’re little, or maybe it’s a cultural thing, but we tend to keep going beyond when we should, push too far and not really know how to listen to our own bodies when they’re giving us the warning signs. I’m mainly writing this from a spoonie point of view but I think it’s something that people without a chronic illness need to learn, or remember, so this post is a bit of a friendly reminder as sometimes it takes someone else saying something for you to really acknowledge it. At least it took someone saying it to me for me to stop feeling guilty about it.
As spoonies, people with a chronic illness, we tend to be forced to learn this lesson. A lot of us either don’t realise what we have or don’t get an official diagnosis until we’ve got to the point where we’re stuck in bed all the time. This means we often have already done the pushing beyond what we should as we didn’t realise that we should have stopped days, weeks or months ago and rested rather than pushing on and trying to do what we had always done.