Friday, 19 December 2014

Raising Awareness | Remission Possible


Today's post is very different but I strongly believe that bringing awareness to different charities, websites and campaigns is very important. If you have been a follower of my blog for a long time then you will know that last year my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer. She finished her treatment in February this year and thankfully has recovered. Not fully as it's a long process with medication and check-ups but the worst is over.

You may have also heard of a fellow blogger, Stacey from Expat Make-Up Addict who was diagnosed with cervical cancer this year and bravely, shared her experience on her blog. Her strength throughout was inspiring and many people booked their smear tests thanks to Stacey. I was one. In the UK you have to be 25 in order to have your first smear test but they send a letter out 6 months before your 25th birthday. I received my letter a week ago and straight away thought of Stacey sharing her story to spread awareness and therefore, booked my appointment straight away. Without Stacey's bravery in sharing her own story and raising awareness, I wouldn't have gone. I was so scared and nervous but it was over before I knew it and I'm relieved I went. If you are scared to book your smear test, don't be, there's nothing to be afraid of. 


But today's post is about a 17 year old girl from Wales who is currently battling cancer for the second time. During my daily scroll on Daily Mail online, I stumbled across a headline that caught my attention. A young girl needing a bone marrow transplant in order to get better and I found myself reading the entire article with a lump in my throat. From the article I discovered that Emily is a fellow blogger and started the website Remission Possible where she not only shares her story but she brings awareness about cancer and sends gift boxes to fellow teenagers who have been diagnosed with cancer also. Remission Possible's goal is to get as many young cancer patients into remission as possible, and doing this in any way that they can.

One of Emily's goals is to get people to sign up to the blood donor register and also bone marrow register. I am currently a blood donor and will be giving my second donation on Monday but thanks to Emily's bravery from sharing her story and willingness to help others whilst she is battling her own fight, I will also be asking to join the bone marrow register. I've done a lot of reading on what being a bone marrow donor entails. It's a huge commitment but if I can help just one person, that's all that matters. I have brought the subject up with Brent and other family members, Brent is thinking about blood donation but the other night, he signed up to be an organ donor which is another subject that is also incredibly important. 

Whilst reading her website and browsing different pages, I found her bucket list. When I saw one of her goals was to pass her A-levels it struck a chord for me and I wanted to help. There's numerous ways that you can help charities: donating to any type of charity box, holding a fundraiser, attending a fundraising event or even just donating a small fee online to a charity of your choice. As Tesco says, "Every little helps!" You can also sign up to blood donation at Blood.co.uk and can read up on how to become a bone marrow donor at anthonynolan.org & nhsbt.nhs.uk/bonemarrow to not just help Emily, but also others like her. If you want to take a look at becoming an organ donor, you can do so - here.

Other ways to help Emily? You can follow her FaceBook page - Remission Possible and also why not follow her on Twitter while you're at it too - here, spread the word as much as we can.

I'm currently planning a fundraising event of my own, inspired by Emily's story and an event an old school friend held. Once I have things set up and a proper plan in shape I shall share it with you all. 

It's so important to raise awareness for these illnesses, to supports others, help others and most importantly, save lives. 


Wednesday, 17 December 2014

INM Northern Lights Hologram Top Coats

INM Gold top coat* - link | INM Silver top coat* - link

There's nothing better than a sparkly nail for the festive season. If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen the beautiful Topshop glitter polishes I picked up today. I love pairing a dark nail with glittery top coats and these INM polishes from Jica are different from any normal glitter polishes.

I like how the glitter in these are very fine and therefore can we worn subtly or built up for a more sparkly finish. The particles are also holographic so in different lighting, they look different colours and really shine. In the swatches, the gold bottle was just one coat and the silver bottle was with two coats so you can see the difference in subtly. 

Wear wise, they lasted pretty well on my nails and because it is fine glitter, it meant the dreaded task of removing it was really easy, no faffing around with these. Once dry, they left a really lovely glossy shine for about 3 days which is pretty good!

 What's your favourite festive glitter polish?
*PR sample

Monday, 15 December 2014

Bourjois Délice de Poudre Duo Bronzing Powder & Highlighter


When I worked in Boots about 5 years ago, the bronzing powder on it's own was available and I aways looked at it but never really took much notice of what it was and why it was needed. Fast forward 5 years and this beauty obsessed girl now needs to try everything available. The bronzer on it's own never really appealed to me but when I heard about the Bourjois Délice de Poudre Duo Bronzing Powder & Highlighter I really wanted to give it a go. I'd heard it was pretty amazing and wanted to test it out for myself. 

I wasn't a big fan of the cardboard packaging but it has grown on me now. I do like how small and compact it is, it's fits into my muji drawers perfectly, but I can't help thinking that it could still be made a bit smaller. The powder was embossed with their logo which I though was a nice touch but that's worn off now as I have used it so much.


Both of the powders are buttery soft, they feel so smooth to touch and apply beautifully. They don't apply patchy or streaky, blend into the skin seamlessly and the wear time for me is all day long. The bronzing side of the duo is the perfect tone for my pale skin. There isn't any ashy greyness to it and also doesn't appear orange either. The highlighter is the perfect highlighting shade in my opinion. It's just enough to create a soft uplifting glow without making you appear like a disco ball or look oily. It's my most used highlighter now, even if I've used a different bronzer that day, I still use this highlighter on my cheekbones, down the centre of my nose and also my cupids bow.

It does say it's infused with a chocolatey scent but I can't really smell that. It smells lovely don't get me wrong but I can't pick up on the chocolate. For £7.99 I think you're getting a complete bargain, two products in one that are brilliant and will last a really long time is just so worth it.

Have you tried this product? What are your thoughts on it?

Friday, 12 December 2014

Ted Baker London Beau Box

Ted Baker London Beau Box - £10.00 | link

I can't believe just how quickly Christmas has come round this year. One minute it was Halloween and now it's just 12 days until Christmas, it's crazy! As you probably may know, this year I didn't post any gift guides. Usually I do and they go down quite well but I kept seeing them pop up everywhere on everyones blogs and I didn't really have the time to gather my thoughts together and pop up my own gift guides this year. However, Brent surprised me with this lovely little box of goodies and I wanted to share it with you while it's still available.

The Ted Baker London Beau Box is available from Boots and the cute little box contains 4 miniature products. A 50ml body wash, 50ml bath foam, body soufflé and 50ml body spray. The products are scented with a blend of rose, sandalwood and raspberry which creates a really sweet and refreshing fragrance and reminds me of how a Jo Malone scent would smell. Although I haven't used the bath products yet, I've already used nearly a quarter of the body spray as it just smells amazing and the dinky size is perfect for carrying around in my handbag.

I'm not going to write this post without mentioning the gorgeous pastel coloured box that the products come in. As soon as I saw it I knew I couldn't throw it away, Brent said that I preferred the box to what was actually inside, haha. With the lovely colours and the orange bow, it's just so pretty and so now it sits proudly on my tallboy holding all my skincare products.

If you still have someone in your family or a friend that you need to buy for and are struggling, I definitely recommend this set. You can't go wrong with bath products and the scent is so lovely! Can't forget about the pretty box either! For just £10.00, it's a steal!

Have you tried any Ted Baker bath products before?

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Disappointing Products #5


Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo Uplifting Volume - This does smell amazing, so refreshing and cirtusy however it just doesn't do anything for my hair. I have to spray a lot to make my hair feel a teeny bit better but I do love how the scent makes my hair smell super fresh and clean. I also found that it didn't leave any white marks in my hair which is great but I feel that as a dry shampoo it doesn't cut it.

Lush Ambrosia Shaving Cream - I bought this on a whim as it sounded amazing. I do love how smooth it makes my legs feel and whenever I use this I never have the post-shaving rash issue which is what I bought it for. However, this clogs up a razor like nothing I have ever tried. It's awful and I easily use two brand new razors every time I use this shaving cream. I tried using the bare minimum to shave with and it did help but it still clogs the razor up. It's a shame because on the reviews on Lush's website, people said how it doesn't do it but for me it's a nightmare. I will continue to use it but I won't be repurchasing it.

CoLab Dy Shampoo New York  - Another beauty product that's recently been launched by another YouTuber. Ruth Crilly aka: A Model Recommends, is behind the CoLab Dry Shampoo range. She released 5 different scented dry shampoos but I chose New York as it does smell fabulously fruity and fresh. I didn't need another dry shampoo but when I kept hearing her say how it guarantee's no white marks I just had to try it. On first use after vigorously shaking it, I applied one spray from a long way away and immediately resembled Cruella De Vil with white residue everywhere. I've used it a few times and I've tried to like it but when it does apply normal without the white marks, my hair feels greasier than before I started. It leaves my locks feeling slimy and lifeless, but does smell amazing. I really don't recommend this as a dry shampoo.

Which products have left you disappointed recently?

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