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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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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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Dr Botanicals Cleanse & Tone Review Outer Packaging

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.

 

Dr Botanicals Cleanse & Tone Review Outer Packaging

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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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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Budget v High End Mascaras Benefit v Primark Mascara Match Benefit Rollerlash Benefit Bad Gal Mascara Primark Mascara Reviews

Mascara Match // Benefit Rollerlash v Primark Lash Defining Mascara // Can Budget Beat High-End?

Hi guys!  You may remember this recent post, where I pitched budget against high-end mascaras.  Well today is the next installment of Mascara Match!  Primark Volumising Ultra Black mascara beat Benefit Bad Gal Lash last time – can Primark win again?  Today, Primark’s Lash Defining Mascara is pitched against Benefit Rollerlash!  Let the battle commence…

Budget v High End Mascaras Benefit v Primark Mascara Match Benefit Rollerlash Benefit Bad Gal Mascara Primark Mascara Reviews


Budget v High-End Makeup

It’s so easy to assume that if a product costs more, it must be better.  After trying out loads of different makeup products and brands over the years, I’ve realised that’s really not the case.  Some of my favourite products that I use every single time I wear makeup are budget (otherwise known as cheap)!  I rave on to anyone I know ‘in real life’ about how great Primark mascaras are, and that they must try them.  So it’s about time that I share the secret with you guys!


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Budget v High End Mascaras Benefit v Primark Mascara Match Benefit Rollerlash Benefit Bad Gal Mascara Primark Mascara Reviews

Mascara Match // Benefit Bad Gal v Primark Volumising Ultra Black // Can Budget Beat High-End?

Hey guys!  You may remember one of my much older posts, Foundation Fight, where I pitched several different foundations against each other (excuse the crap photos, I’d only been blogging two months then!)  Well, I’ve been meaning to write a similar post for ages now, but this time about mascara.  Here comes….dun dun dunnnn…. Mascara Match!!  Today I’m pitting Primark Volumising Ultra Black against Benefit Bad Gal Lash!

Budget v High End Mascaras Benefit v Primark Mascara Match Benefit Rollerlash Benefit Bad Gal Mascara Primark Mascara Reviews

I’ve thought to myself so many times that people need to know how great Primark mascaras are!  They’ve been really upping their game with makeup recently, but two of the mascaras I love have been around for a few years.  I’ve been so impressed with them that I buy them over and over.  Another huge contender, and cult mascara-maker, is Benefit – who hasn’t heard of Bad Gal, They’re Real or Rollerlash?  Nobody, that’s who!

I was originally going to write about six mascaras in this one post, but it got a lil out of hand and long!  So I’ve broken it into three parts – the next two will be coming shortly, so stay tuned! [Part 2 is here!]

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Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers Review Floral Pattern Trainers Brantano

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers from Brantano // Style & Review!

Hi guys!  How are you?  I hope you’re well, and if you’re not then I’m sending hugs your way!  I don’t often share style posts on here, although I post quite a few ‘outfit of the day’ posts over on my Instagram.  But these trainers are so beautiful, I had to show you them!  They are the Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer trainers, from Brantano.

I was very kindly sent these trainers by Brantano for review purposes, but as always, all opinions are truthful and entirely my own.


The Look

I’ve been wanting a pair of trainers like this for literally over a year!  I love black trainers with a flash of colour or pattern.  Ones which are smart enough to wear with jeans and not look like you’re going for a run (which I very definitely am not…!)  I wear a lot of ballet pumps and a lot of boots, but I wanted something in between the two.  Something waterproof and sturdy, but more suitable for all seasons (boots are usually left behind in the summer months!)  So the Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer trainers were the perfect fit for me 🙂

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers Review Floral Pattern Trainers Brantano

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers

I have to admit, it was the pattern that drew me to these.  They could have been any brand, I just loved the pink, purple and blue floral pattern!  Since pink and purple are my favourite colours, I wear a lot of them – so these trainers should go with most of my wardrobe!  I kind of wish they didn’t have the black stripes (they are a kind of rubberised finish), but that’s what you get with Adidas trainers.

I’ve worn these with leggings and a dress (as you can see!) and also with black jeans so far.  I liked them with both 🙂


The Shape

The first thing that struck me is how light they are – they are literally like picking up a feather!  They’d be amazing for taking on holiday as they’d take up so little of your luggage weight allowance.  They are a nice, streamlined shape with a fairly narrow toe.  The soles are white and really thick and bouncy.

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers Review Floral Pattern Trainers Brantano


The Feel

Oh my days!  These trainers feel like walking on clouds – seriously!  They are so soft, light and bouncy.  Not that I can run any more, but I imagine they would be great for running in – super light.  

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers Review Floral Pattern Trainers Brantano

They are more narrow at the toe end than any trainers I’ve worn before.  It makes them look less clumpy, but you can feel the tightness around your toes.  It is not uncomfortable, just something I was aware of.  You can adjust the laces to give you a bit more width around the sides too.


Where to Find Them

My trainers were from the Womens Shoes section of the Brantano website here (although they may have them in store too, depending on stock).  They cost £48 – although I think Brantano currently have 20% off.

Adidas Cloudfoam QT Racer Trainers Review Floral Pattern Trainers Brantano


Do you wear trainers much?  What are your favourites?  Let me know in the comments!