Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Feeling Christmassy!

Christmas Christmas Christmas! I'm ridiculously excited already! I love it, I love the whole run up to it. I love the day itself, I love boxing day and new years. Yay Christmas! Decorating the house in twinkly sparkly things, cosy warm jumpers, nice warm foods, spending time with the family. It's pretty great. So because I'm pretty mad on the xmas season, I do tend to start buying things quite early on! These are my fav buys so far.
I got the gorgeous glittery Father Christmas snowglobe from Asda (actually I got two because I dropped and smashed the first one!). The Christmas cards are a pack of 15 handcrafted cards with these two designs. They're super glittery and super cute, and again from Asda. I decided I couldn't start the Christmas season without perfect nails, so got a green glitter nail polish by SEVENTEEN, and Barry M's limited edition Christmas nail polish 'Moonlight' - both from Boots.
And  like many, at Christmas time I always have candles burning, or an oil burner going. I've got a gorgeous winter scented Yankee Candle wax tart 'Sunlight on Snow', which I will be burning on the cold wintery nights to stay cosy.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Review of Gold Majesty nail paint by Barry M

I got this gorgeous nail paint last week and I can't express just how much I love it! This is Gold Majesty from The Royal Textured Glitter Collection. I love how elegant it is and it really is super glittery! I found this nail paint to be quick drying which is a bonus because with having two children and running my own small business, I don't get a lot of time and am forever smudging my just painted nails. A perfect nail paint for Christmas and new year parties!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Barry M Aquarium Collection nail paint - Mermaid

I am a HUGE fan of Barry M, and own loads of their nail paints so I've been looking forward to getting my hands on the Aquarium Collection. I chose 'Mermaid' as my first purchase of the Aquarium nail paints, because it looks so gorgeous and I do like mermaids, plus it matches the greens and blues in my hair! 

I used a clear nail varnish first, and then applied the Mermaid nail paint, applying more to the tips of my nails for a nice oceany tips effect. I did two coats in the same way. It came out so glittery that I kept looking at my nails all day! Such a gorgeous glitter nail paint, and didn't chip at all! I can't wait to try out the other nail paints in the collection. I give this 10/10, it's quickly become one of my favourites.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Glossy Box September

So this is the September Glossybox, look how pretty it is! 

These are the items I got in my box

1. SkinPep Enzyme and Acid Peel sample, and Dark Circle Eraser eye cream sample. Especially interested to see if the eye cream works!

2. Nails Inc Matte Top Coat nail varnish. I'm so excited to use this as I really like the effect of matte nails and don't own any matte nail varnishes yet. And now all my nail varnishes can be matte!

3. Vichy Normaderm Night Detox, and Hydrating Care samples. Looking forward to trying these out as I do get blemishes whenever I'm over tired or stressed

4. L'Oreal Professionnel Mythic Masque. I'm hoping this is as good as I've heard! My hair could certainly use some care and conditioning after all the hair dying over the years!

5. ModelCo More Brows Fibre Gel. I tried this as soon as I opened my Glossybox, and oh my gosh, it is amazing. I have nightmare brows and by just using this they looked naturally fuller and nice and tame. My favourite new beauty must have!

So that's what I got in my Glossybox this month. A brilliant box, I think it's been my favourite so far actually! 

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Goodbye pink and yellow, hello black and green!

I'd been longing for black hair again for quite a while and the other day I finally went back to it! My natural hair colour is pretty close to black, so it'll be nice not to have to think about root regrowth. I kept the bits that were dyed yellow, and some random streaks that were pink, and put Directions Turquoise over them. The streaks came out greeny turquoise, a teal colour in places, and dark green, which is exactly what I wanted. Yay! Before I tried the black I decided to try a brown dye over the pink but it just didn't suit me. I used Adore Chocolate Brown which came out a nice reddy brown (more red than it should be because it was over the bright pink), but I was still longing for a darker colour. The black dye I used is Directions Ebony, as I didn't want to use a permanent. It came out really nice and covered the previous dye well. Fingers crossed it doesn't fade too much!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

DIY - Simple and sparkly gift tags

I ran out of thank you tags lately, so decided to make some of my own. I bought some sheets of A4 glitter card, some I got from ebay, and some I got from local craft shops. These are super glittery on the front, and on the back they are just plain card. Perfect for writing on! The red is my favourite at the moment though, probably because I'm already excited about Christmas!

See how pretty it is!

Then I just cut it into the shape I wanted. I opted for a typical medium gift tag shape, with curved edges. I then got my trusty hole punch to make a hole for a ribbon to fit through.

Just buy some ribbon in your desired colour to finish them off, and there you go, pretty glittery gift tags or thank you tags!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Pink and yellow hair times

So I got new hair colours a few weeks ago! I bleached my roots as they hadn't been done in about 4 months (maybe longer) and that took out most of my remaining purple when I rinsed the bleach off. Then I mixed half a pot of Directions Carnation Pink and Directions Flamingo pink, and diluted slightly with some white conditioner. I also did some small sections with Directions Bright Daffodil yellow.  (Bone hair clip is available from my Glitterpix Accessories)

I really love how the colours turned out but I'm lusting after a different colour already. I just don't think these colours are for me right now! So I may be changing it up in a day or two! 
And the gorgeous glitter bow crown headband is from my wonderful friend, Janine Basil!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

My journey with Hypermobility Syndrome

When I tell people that I have Hypermobility Syndrome, I'm often greeted with a reply of "What's that?" In a nutshell, it's a hereditary disorder, the collagen in my body is faulty and makes me too stretchy and bendy! There is no cure for it. People that have this syndrome can be effected differently. For more info, check out the Hypermobility Syndrome Association.

How my hypermobility syndrome effects me

My ligaments are stretchy which makes me very flexible, but also means my bones dislocate, or partially dislocate, often. Sometimes I dislocate different bones multiple times a day. Hypermobility syndrome can effect the entire body as collagen is pretty much everywhere, ligaments, skin, organs, hair... For me it massively effects my joints, but I also have problems with my stomach so I am a vegetarian, and no longer eat dairy products and avoid fatty foods because my stomach can't handle any of that. I have a hiatus hernia where the top of my stomach can slip through my diaphragm, so must only eat small meals and not eat late at night. At 23 I had to have keyhole surgery to remove my gallbladder - although no proof that that's because of HMS, it's suspected that it is linked. I deal with high levels of pain daily and exhaustion is also a major problem (and also gives me brain fog, a reason why it's taking me so long to type this!).

It's a challenging thing to live with. I look well most days but at times can really struggle to do the simple things like get dressed, brush my hair and so on. Some days I can't walk as my bones just won't stay in their sockets and I literally have wobbly legs. Sometimes I'll be fine, and then all of a sudden my hip will dislocate or my knee cap will shoot out to the side. And it's not just my legs, pretty much all of my joints are bendy. I have big problems with my shoulders (that like to dislocate and flap about like chicken wings) my breastbone and ribs, and my back. Sometimes I have to cancel plans, and just stay at home and rest, even if I really don't want to. Other times, I will be OK to carry on with my support braces on or using my crutches.

What I do to cope

For chronic pain I use a hot water bottle, have warm baths, and do deep breathing exercises. If I've had a dislocation that won't go back in or I'm in extreme pain that won't shift then I go to the hospital. I am lucky in that I've only had to go to A&E twice for my dislocations as most seem to go back by themselves if I just try to stay calm. Most of my joints I've figured out how to manipulate them back in safely.

For exhaustion I just try to rest when I can. Not easy as I have two children and work from home, but I have a very supportive husband and when he's at work I just try to pace myself. I do make sure that anything I may need in an emergency (phone, crutches, support braces) are close at hand when he's not here to help.

Diagnosis, Physio, and the future

I got married in 2012 and the day before our wedding I unfortunately had a big dislocation of my knee. It was quite traumatic and I wasn't able to walk properly for months. (The wedding went ahead, and was awesome apart from me not being well enough to party afterwards haha).

I had physio for my knee and it really helped. However as the year went on my other bones started to hurt and slip out of place, especially my shoulder which had been part dislocating regularly for years. I went to the doctors but was always told "well you've had two children, aches are normal for parents".
Then one day I saw a news article about a girl that dislocated her jaw eating a burger. It told how she had Ehlers Danlos Hypermobility Type. I realised that I had every single symptom that this girl had, so after doing some online research I went back to the doctors. The first doctor I saw didn't know what I was on about, but after then seeing a different doctor, I was booked in to see a specialist Rhuematologist in December, 2013. She asked me lots of questions and checked me over and concluded that although EDS-Hypermobility type  is now thought as as being the same as joint hypermobility syndrome, as I don't have the stretchy skin or particularly easy bruising, I am diagnosed with joint hypermobility syndrome. Both are treated the same.

After my diagnosis I felt at first this feeling of joy of finally knowing what was going on with my body! I'd had all these problems and had often thought why do I keep getting ill, but now I understood that it was one problem, just effecting me in various different ways over the years. 

Everything was fast moving from that point onwards. I was offered physio sessions at hospital with a group of physios that were specialising in hypermobility. I attended group hydrotherapy physio weekly for a few months, and when that ended I was given group physio (which I am still attending). We go once a month and learn about the condition and how we can adjust to it, and are given exercises to do to build our strength. It's lovely to meet other people with HMS/EDS, and most of all, the exercises have really helped me! Some I just can't do, but that's all a part of the learning, knowing what helps me and what doesn't. I'm stronger since starting physio, I'm no longer as scared as I was, and because my muscles are stronger and  keeping the bones in place more, they're working at a normal rate and I'm not as exhausted as I was.  I still dislocate, but it's not as often thanks to physio. The nicest thing is being surrounded by people (even though it's for an hour a month) that understand. 

I now make sure I do my physio exercises every day, even if I can only manage to do a few. I'm connecting with others on twitter that have HMS/EDS as it can feel like lonely burden at times, and it's a great way of learning little coping tricks from others. I'm still nervous at times when I'm on my own, and I do worry that my children will one day have the same pain that I have. But then I think, at least I will know how to help them, and can get them diagnosed faster now that we know I have it. I'm feeling much more in control of my HMS, and am adjusting to the fact that it is a big part of my life and sometimes I need to adapt things, but it does not mean it has to control my life! 

I hope I haven't rambled on too long, and that this all makes sense!
Rachel x

Monday, 25 August 2014

What's in my August Glossybox

Well this months Glossybox (UK) arrived last week, and I am loving the matte pale pink box! It's usually a glossy one (like the name!) but this month it was this very sophisticated looking beauty. If you're new to hearing about Glossybox, they send a box out a month at the cost of £10.00 and it has a selection of beauty products. Some are full sized products, some items will be samples.

Really impressed with the selection of beauty products I received in this months box. I got a mini Figs & Rouge hand cream, a Yves Rocher nail polish, a sample of Lalique perfume, a Kryolan highlighter, Comfort Zone cleansing milk, and a sample size bottle of Philip Kingsley Elasticizer - which is not pictured as I can't find where I've put it! Oops!

Out of everything, this Kryolan for Glossybox Highlighter is my favourite item. It's lightweight but lasts really well and gives a gorgeous glowing shine to wherever you apply it, be it cheekbones, lips or browbones. You can use this wherever you want a glossy shine. I will be using this most days!
Second favourite out of my glossybox is this cleansing milk. It feels really moisturising and helps clean away makeup and any other stuff you want off your face. And there's loads of it, what a huge bottle!
The L'amour Lalique perfume sample is gorgeous and a delicate scent, it's just a shame it's only a tiny sample.
I wasn't too impressed with the bottle of Yves Rocher nail polish I got unfortunately. It is a nice shade (Rose) and came just at the right time as I wanted a new pink polish. However (as you can kind of see in the photo) it was slightly gunky, almost like it was an old bottle that had been left open at somepoint. It didn't brush onto my nails that well and cracked within hours. Perhaps it was just old stock though, and at £3.60 a bottle (according to the price card in my box), I'm willing to try out another from their website at some time.

I haven't tried this Figs & Rouge hand cream yet, but fingers crossed (heh!) it's a nice as others have said!

And of course, because I'm a bit silly, the Philip Kingsley elasticizer isn't pictured. I have used it though and it did make my hair feel bouncier and give it extra shine.

So that's what was in my glossybox this month! Off for a cup of tea now.
Rachel xx

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Meet Boots

This is our gorgeous cat, Boots! We adopted him about two years ago (it could be more, time flies!) as the family he lived with could no longer keep him. I saw his ad online, he was going for free to a good home, but we rent and aren't supposed to keep pets. A week or so passed and we spoke to our landlord who said he was happy for us to get a cat, yay! I went back online and contacted Boots' owner and he was still looking for a home (which is mad because look how cute he is!) and so a few days later Chris (my husband) went and collected Boots. And he's been a part of our family ever since! He's a fairly chilled out cat, but when he feels like playing he's quite a sneaky little monster and will hide and stalk and then pounce when you least expect it (normally when I'm walking from the kitchen with a cup of tea) but he never scratches so that's good! He's also quite independent and goes out to play lots, and will ignore us until he decides he wants cuddles and, more importantly, food.
Today he's all snuggly and is trying to get my attention, so off I go for cuddles!

Rachel xx

Saturday, 23 August 2014

A must have for coloured hair

This little beauty is Joico K-Pak deep penetrating reconstructor

I use this after I've bleached my hair to add protein to my hair to make it a bit stronger. It's helped save my hair a few times when I've accidently fried the ends. It's fantastic and smells yummy (a bit like bananas I think!) although not to be used too often as too much protein can be a bad thing. Definitely a must have for anyone that regularly bleaches or lightens their hair!