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[Insert Cliched Blog Title Here]…! // Chronic Illness

Hi everyone! Remember me? I’m Katie, I blog around here. Well, I used to – not so much for the last two months or so! I hold my hands up, things have been pretty quiet round here recently. I’ve still been trying to stay active on social media, but haven’t sat down to blog for ages.  Why? Well, as you know I have a lot of health problems and suffer from chronic illness. I’m always pretty unwell and spend a lot of time bedbound and/or housebound. But life has taken its toll on me in the last month or two.

A few family events, whilst lovely, have left me spending a long time recovering. I’ve been to a couple of beautiful family weddings, and the payback was worth every minute. But it does mean it’s taken me a while to get back to the health (or chronic illness) level I was at before them.

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Me at my Uncle’s Wedding (Dress: Simply Be, Sprinkle of Glitter range)

When you have chronic illness, the slightest thing can have a knock-on effect.  Just one day of significantly overdoing things can leave you with weeks of symptoms – more fatigue, increased pain and a reduction in stamina.  I knew these weddings were coming up for quite a while beforehand, and they were of very close family members.  I generally try not to overdo it or push myself too far, but sometimes I have to take the decision to just go ahead.  When it’s something really important, that will leave me with memories for a lifetime, I think the payback is worth it.  Hell…. but worth it!

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Multi-Tasking Skincare // Dr Botanicals Cleanse & Tone!

Hey guys!  How are you?  I hope you’re doing well…or better than me at least!  Safe to say I’m not dealing with the current heatwave in England very well!!  If you’re a regular over here, you’ll know that I am a proud Dr Botanicals ambassador.  They very kindly send me a product once a month, which I test out and report back to you guys about (along with a discount)!  I’m not being paid for my reviews and all opinions are totally honest and completely my own!  This month’s product is a great multi-tasker, the Dr Botanicals Cleanse & Tone.

 

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Dr Botanicals Cleanse & Tone (in Outer Packaging)


Who are Dr Botanicals?

Dr Botanicals are a 100% natural UK skincare brand, who use no parabens.  Even better, they are completely cruelty-free and vegan-certified!  They are based in London and aim to combine a passion for plant based traditional thinking with the latest science.

Dr Botanicals use a lot of natural oils and plant extracts, as they believe these can make a genuine difference to the skin.  I really like that they use 100% natural ingredients.  It’s very easy to claim to be a ‘natural’ brand, however most don’t use entirely natural ingredients, as it can be more expensive and difficult to source.  There are no harmful preservatives in any of the Dr Botanicals products.

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Get The Best Night’s Sleep – 5 Top Tips! // Adjustamatic

Hey guys!  I hope you’re having a good day.  As you may already know, I have a few chronic illnesses.  My main issues are M.E and fibromyalgia, both of which mean that I really struggle to sleep well!  M.E can really disturb your natural circadian rhythm and sleep cycle.  On top of that, the extreme pain caused by the fibro can make falling asleep impossible at times!  Over the last 3.5 years, I’ve figured out a few hints and tips which I want to pass on to you, so you can get the best night’s sleep possible.  Most of the tips are relevant for those without chronic illnesses too, so read on!


Adjustamatic

This post has been kindly sponsored by Adjustamatic, who offer a range of reclining massage chairs and orthopaedic adjustable beds.  Their beds and chairs are proven to offer pain relief for a variety of aches, pains and medical conditions (sounds perfect to me!)  They are a British company who have been running for over 50 years.  Very helpfully, they’ve made a video with loads of tips to help you get the best night’s sleep.  Once you’ve finished reading my post (don’t leave just yet!) you can find the video here.  There is lots of practical advice about the number of pillows to use, and how to position yourself.

Mug of Sleep Tea to Get The Best Night's Sleep

I like to have a cup of ‘sleep tea’ before bed!


How to get the best night’s sleep: my 5 top tips!

Are you ready to get the best night’s sleep in a long time?  Then read on!

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Dr Botanicals Cocoa Noir Time Reverse Facial Serum Review Natural Vegan Cruelty Free Skincare

Chocolate Heaven: Dr Botanicals Cocoa Noir Time Reverse Facial Serum!

Hi guys and dolls!  How are you today?  I hope you’re having a great day!  Confession:  I should have written this post about 3 weeks ago… It seems all my recent posts begin with the confessions of a bad blogger!!  I’ve been quite poorly but the odd time I’ve had a better day, the light has been too bad to take the photos (I know, excuses excuses!)  Anyway, we’re here now: and I’m going to tell you all about the gorgeous Dr Botanicals Cocoa Noir Time Reverse Facial Serum.

Dr Botanicals Cocoa Noir Time Reverse Facial Serum Review Natural Vegan Cruelty Free Skincare

Dr Botanicals Cocoa Noir Time Reverse Facial Serum


If you’ve read my blog before, you might know that I’m a Dr Botanicals ambassador!  This means that they send me one product a month to review for you guys, free of charge.  I’m not being paid for my reviews and all opinions are totally honest and completely my own!

About Dr Botanicals

Dr Botanicals are London-based, and aim to combine a passion for plant based traditional thinking and the latest science. They use a lot of natural oils and plant extracts, as they believe they can make a genuine difference to the skin.  I love that they use 100% totally natural ingredients.  There are many ‘natural’ brands, but most don’t use entirely natural ingredients, as it can be more expensive and difficult to source.  There are no parabens or harmful preservatives in any of the products.

My favourite aspect of Dr Botanicals is that they don’t ever test on animals.  They are also vegan and PETA certified, which is even better!


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Travelling with Chronic Illness Spoonie Travel Tips

Where I’ve Been… // Chronic Illness

Hey guys!

I’m so sorry you haven’t heard from me in over a month – BAD BLOGGER!!!  Before normal service resumes, I just wanted to quickly explain where I’ve been and why it’s been so quiet over here.

My Chronic Illnesses

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know about my chronic illnesses.  I have ME and fibromyalgia, so am mostly bed or housebound a lot of the time.  I haven’t been able to go on holiday or travel abroad for over three years but recently I actually went away (it’s a miracle!)  

My husband had his 30th birthday last year, and I felt like I couldn’t help him celebrate in the way I’d have liked to as I was so unwell.  If I wasn’t ill, I’d have baked him a nice cake, spent time picking out nice presents and probably arranging some sort of fun surprise.  You only turn 30 once!  It had been on my mind that I wanted to try and spoil him a little more this year, so I starting planning pretty early.

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My pilgrimage to my spiritual home – makeup mecca Sephora!

Travelling with Chronic Illness

My hubby has always wanted to go to Prague.  I’ve actually been, but around 10 years ago (I’m so old…!)  I knew it was something he’d love to do but I wasn’t sure how I’d manage it healthwise.  So I spent quite a bit of time planning – checking out accessibility and that sort of thing.  The flight was only 2 hours and was from our local airport, very nearby.  I was able to request airport assistance and be dropped off right in front of the airport terminal, which really helped.  

If I was healthy, I’d have probably booked 3 or 4 days there, but I knew that I wouldn’t be able to get out of bed every day.  So I booked a full week, thinking that even if I was stuck in bed for half of it, we’d still get a few days together to see the sights!  Of course my husband could still go exploring every day – I preferred for him to go out and have fun rather than be stuck in the apartment just because I was.  I made sure the apartment had satellite TV and a kitchenette so that if I was bed/housebound, I would have something to watch and would be able to access food and drinks.  

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My favourite building in Prague, the beautiful Church of Our Lady of Tyn.

I won’t pretend the holiday was easy – flying, travelling and even going out for meals is REALLY DIFFICULT when you have chronic illness.  Particularly ME, which gets very cross when you try to leave bed and actually enjoy yourself!  It was hard, I paid for it during the trip and for several weeks afterwards.  But do you know what?  My husband and I haven’t had chance to make any new, exciting memories for years now.  Chronic illness has taken so much away from me – I’m not letting it take my memories and my relationship too!!  So although I doubt I’ll be travelling again any time soon, I don’t regret it.  Seeing my husband’s face light up, and seeing him enjoy his time absolutely made my year 🙂

Tips and Tricks?

I might write a post soon about travelling/holidaying with chronic illness.  Maybe some tips on making travelling easier and what to look for in a destination, accessibility wise.  Even what things I packed that really helped along the way!  Let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in, by leaving me a comment here or on social media.  You can also see a few snaps from my trip over on my Instagram!

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The beautiful Church of Our Lady of Tyn in Prague, lit up at night!

So hopefully I’ll be back a little more regularly than I have been, and I can only apologise for being quiet for so long!  I know you guys understand.

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Mascara Match // Benefit They’re Real v Primark False Lash Effect // Can Budget Beat High-End?

Hi guys!  You may remember this recent post, where I pitched budget against high-end mascaras.  The second installment here saw Benefit Rollerlash and Primark Lash Defining Mascara come in at a tie!  Well today is the final installment of Mascara Match!  Today I’m pitching Benefit They’re Real against Primark False Lash Effect mascara.

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Budget v High-End Makeup

As I’ve said in my earlier posts, it’s so easy to assume that if a product costs more, it must be better.  After trying out a ton of different makeup products and brands over the years, I feel like that’s really not the case.  Some of my go-to products that I use every single time I wear makeup are budget AKA cheap!  

I tell anyone I know ‘in real life’ about how great Primark mascaras are, and that they must try them.  So it’s about time I share the secret with you too!


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My 3 Favourite Beauty Trends for 2017!

Hi guys!  How are you?  I hope you’re having a good week.  I recently received a really good e-book from Ellisons (which you can read here) and it got me thinking about my favourite beauty trends for 2017!  There are so many different trends and themes in makeup (usually beginning on the fashion catwalk and filtering down pretty quickly to Instagram!)  


Beauty Trends for 2017

I have to say, I often see a beauty trend and think; “really?!”  I am pretty adventurous with my makeup and like to try lots of different colours and styles, but some trends are a little bit unwearable!

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The ones that seem unwearable though, often end up getting used in a much more watered down version in real life.  I’ve never personally been that into the nude trend that has been around for over a year now.  The nude, neutral lipsticks just don’t appeal to me (and don’t really suit me!)  Give me a bright pink or purple lipstick any day!

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