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The Body Shop – A Compassionate, Cruelty-Free Christmas Collection!

Hi everyone!  If you like your Christmas vibes to start in November, you’re in the right place!  If you don’t, then sorry about the last few posts but it seems to be all about the festive events at the moment.  My second Christmas event of the year was with The Body Shop!  Bear with me, because there’s lots more to this than just Christmas fun!  

The Body Shop Makeup

Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to The Body Shop Christmas Preview at their Briggate store in Leeds.  We all met up at the shop and I made the most of arriving a little early by having a good old browse of the makeup!  I’ve been dying to swatch the new liquid lipsticks but don’t get into town often.  I wasn’t disappointed… they’re gorgeous!  The Body Shop have brought out a new range of Metal Lip Liquids in six shades.  I swatched most of them and they are all beautiful – opaque, metallic and so pigmented. 

Shop display of The Body Shop liquid lipsticks

Metal & Matte Lip Liquids

There was a 3-for-2 offer on, so I treated myself to two of those and a matte lip liquid.  I chose Fuchsia Chrome and Plum Titanium (gorgeous on and lasted amazingly well when I tried it out!)  In the matte, I chose Tokyo Lotus.  Sadly in my first test, this hasn’t lasted very long on the lips.  I’m planning a full review post soon though, so keep your eyes peeled!  I also grabbed a Honey Bronze Drops of Sun – a liquid bronzer.  I’ve got a Kat Von D foundation that’s way too light for me, so I’m planning to use it for that.  The Body Shop girl who helped me with the makeup was equally as obsessed with makeup as me!  It was really helpful to hear her tips and recommendations (use the metal lipstick as eyeshadow, for example!) 

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Christmas Tree and Presents Underneath

Christmas Creativity & Calligraphy // Viking Arty Party!

Hi all!  How are you?  Feeling Christmassy yet?  Well I certainly am, since I went to the Viking Arty Party a few weeks ago!  Arranged by stationery and office supply company Viking, we were treated to a very festive day of getting crafty.  I absolutely love anything crafty, so this event was right up my street!

Event Room at Lambert's Yard set up for our day

Event Room at Lambert’s Yard in Leeds (photo credit: Matt at Search Laboratory)

We got off to an amazing start, as we were greeted with steaming glasses of mulled wine – the best thing about winter, in my opinion!  Viking had hired the lovely event space at Lambert’s Yard in Leeds, which was perfect for this event.  It was massive, so plenty of room for all us bloggers.  It also had lovely lighting for photos, due to the huge windows!  They had decorated it beautifully, with a big Christmas tree piled up with presents, and lots of twinkly lights.

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Yellow and Grey Nail Art // Nails Inc Seven Dials and Smith & Cult Subnormal

Hey guys?  How are you?  Hope you’re having a good day!  If you’re not, take some time to do a bit of self-care.  Maybe have a nice bath, eat some good chocolate (Dairy Milk counts!) or do your nails.  That’s what I did today 🙂 (Note from future-Katie: I was too ill to finish off this post the same day, so by now the nails have all chipped haha!)  I haven’t had the energy to make much effort with my nails recently.  However, I got this super bright yellow nail polish in my Pink Parcel box and it was calling to me to use it!  So I decided to do a bit of yellow and grey nail art using Nails Inc Seven Dials* (yellow) and Smith & Cult Subnormal nail polishes.

Yellow and grey nail art Nails Inc Seven Dials Smith & Cult Subnormal

Nails Inc Seven Dials and Smith & Cult Subnormal

I have to be honest, I’d seen a preview of the three Nails Inc shades you could receive in the August Pink Parcel and literally thought, “oh god, I hope I don’t get that yellow one”.  Yellow just isn’t a colour I wear or particularly like.  But I swatched it on a piece of paper and was impressed with how opaque it was in one coat.  Plus I like how vibrant and bright it is, so decided to branch out and give it a go!

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Where I've Been - Health Problems and chronic illness Notebook with makeup and rose

[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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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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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.

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!

My favourite beauty trends for 2017 beauty trends makeup trends beauty fashions

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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