Yesterday I took delivery of my first ever Glossybox. It's nice, there are some things I probably wouldn't have thought about purchasing myself. Here's what was in my box.
Scholl dry skin exfoliator full size which is worth £4.49 – removes hard skin and leaves feet feeling lovely. This is one of the products I probably wouldn't have bought myself.
Yves Rocher cocoa and orange hand cream full size in box worth £1.95 this I didn't like, it does make your hands lovely and soft but I don't like the smell, it smells like a Terry's chocolate orange which I love incidentaly but not a nice smell for a hand cream.
Vichy idealia life serum three 3ml samples a full size 30ml is £29.50. Haven't used this yet. It claims to protect your skin from the effects of stress, pollution or an unbalanced diet. I did love the little organza bag that they came it.
Yay we get to the make-up…….
Emite Micronized eyeshadow – dams full size in box worth £16.80. First of all this is the most expensive single eye shadow I own! Dark colours scare me a little and this is black. I have sensitive eyes so the good thing about this (if I get brave enough to use it) that it's free from oil, nickel, parabens and perfume.
GOSH velvet touch lipstick 148 sundown full size included in box worth £6.49. What can I say….. This is orange, never would I think about buying a colour like this, maybe I'm just not adventurous enough. Still not too sure about the colour.
So all in all not a bad first experience with Glossybox, will I be continuing my subscription……. Probably, I like the fact that it forces me to try things that I would never think about using or trying the more expensive brands before shelling out the money for the full size product.
I think next month I'll be ordering a brichbox as well so I can compare both and see which one I like the most.
River Island Cream marl soft contrast trim biker jacket £25
Topshop Petite MOTO super soft boyfriend jean in mid stone wash. £42
Fashion Union Tan Block Heel Chelsea Boot £25
Garnier 5sec perfect blur primer £12.99
Chanel rouge allure velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour £25
Accessorize Colour block shoulder bag £35
OASIS Military Drape Top £22
River Island Blue cord spike statement necklace £15
Most of us hate Mondays, or at least I do. So many people are waiting to be happy but happiness is something you create, I really need to take note of this myself. I am going to stop trying to be perfect, worrying about what other people think of me, and stressing out over things. Although the things I stress and worry about may seem silly and insignificant to other people seem huge to me at the minute.
This is the start of my #50dayshappier project I'll be making these putting them up at least once a week.
As I write this I am sitting in the plush surroundings of the Powerscourt hotel, completely knackered after having to drive over 3 hours from Belfast. Mr T has got to work, he’s not allowed to drive for a while because of the seizure. So I get to be his chauffeur and he gets to be a back seat driver!
So this week I started therapy (I had some years ago so I know how it goes) ‘ not sure this particular one is going to help me, she’s quite young (I think I may old enough to be her mother) she didn’t take any notes, she got me to fill in a questionnaire about how I was feeling Nothing wrong with that but there was no place for a name, she didn’t write one in so it’s anyone’s guess how she’ll know it’s mine when she’s got a pile on her desk. The strangest thing though was she said nothing, I talked she just sat there even when I said nothing there was an awkward silent until I started talking again, I must have repeated myself loads. I have 5 more sessions with her so hoping they get better.
Also this week me and my very lovely sis Rebecca who’s doing amazingly btw attended a winter fashion show hosted by Storehouse which is a local charity who work day in and day out with families and individuals Often, through no fault of their own, or through poor choices, they’ve found themselves caught in cycles of poverty that seem impossible to break. Storehouse aims to help break those cycles by providing emergency food packages, furniture and clothing.
I really wish I had some decent photos to share with you some of the outfits were amazing. There was also the chance to buy some pre-loved clothes in a pop up shop, I should say that after wine and in a darkened room I regretted a couple of purchases but the majority of the 2 bags full I came away with I was pleased, including some lovely stuff from boden and M&S.
This is a post I’ve been trying to write for weeks, I’ve thought about writing every day when I woke up but nothing ever materialist. I’ve just been stirring blankly at my screen, I’ve had no desire to do anything lately. I knew I’d been feeling
unhappy down for a while but I tried to hide it, I could think of nothing worse than bringing my friends and family into my depression cloud.
Some people know what causes their depression some have good reason to be depressed. (it bothers me greatly when people say “what’s she got to be depressed about” it’s not exactly something I could help I mean no one wants to be depressed do they?) Feeling sad all the time is not nice. I have zero concentration, and my self-esteem/self-confidence are non-existent.
I’ve had severe depression in the past, this time it’s not as bad I mean I don’t have any thoughts of self harm. I thought I could deal with it by myself without adding more chemicals. My body is already dosed up my heart meds and stuff for my lungs. I did some research on herbal remedies, I couldn’t have St John’s wort as it would have interfered with my other meds. So I got some 5HTP some of the studies suggested it was on par with Prozac and you can get from any health food shop. They worked for around a week then seemed to stop.
It was 2 weeks ago when things got really bad, my husband took ill and was taken to hospital, seeing someone you love like that is awful. They’ve let him out and we are patiently waiting for tests to see what caused everything. I need to be there for him but my brain at the minute has other ideas, I’ve had what I now realised to be physical signs of anxiety, chest pain, feeling like I’m going to pass out every few minutes, head ache and nausea. I have never experienced anything like this before. I had trouble even standing in a shop without feeling like i was going to pass out. I feel terribly guilty about feeling the way I do its selfish. I just can’t seem to stop thinking about what happened and I have this irrational fear that’s it going to happen again any second (there was no warning) but as someone said to me I can’t be with him 24/7 but I still freak out when he doesn’t answer the phone.
Last week I eventually took myself off to the GP, I felt like a complete failure that I wasn’t able to cope and had to ask for help but It was doing none of us any good me feeling the way I did. The GP told me the feeling that I was going to pass out was just sheer panic, that was one to the worst symptoms.
So I’ve been on some antidepressants now for a week and feeling ever so slightly better. I have to thank the people at Lifeline for being there when I needed them last week, they were amazing. They are there to help anyone in northern Ireland in distress or despair.
I really hope this is turning point and both me and Mr T start to feel a bit more normal soon enough.
On a lighter note we had our first parent teacher meeting at school for Soph. She has settled into school life really well, she is the politest child in the class and a real credit to us. I am so happy that she is doing well.
I am hopeful that this is me back to a normal blogging routine and I’m back to share with you my tales for woe along with some style and beauty.
Oh how I’ve missed doing my style posts, I’m back and here are my picks for this week…
1. Mari tote from accesorize £80.00
2. Top from Zara £29.99
3. Grey textured coat from Topshop £78.00
4. Jeans from ASOS £38.00
5 .Chinese Laundry strawberry fields ankle boot, ASOS £58
Yesterday was a busy day in my kitchen, the most time I've spent cooking in a long time.
This is really good for anyone doing 5:2 as it's only 200 calories (before you add your chosen side)
450g Beef Mince
Half a tin of chopped tomatoes
1tsp of oregano
1tbs tomato ketchup
Salt and pepper
60ml of water
Fry the mince beef until browned
Add onion and paprika and fry for another few minutes
Add the tomatoes, water and other ingredients and cook for around 35 minutes.
Serve with steamed veg or mash
This is a little bit of a strange one, I had beet root and cabbage to use up and though it may make a nice soup.
Beet root and cabbage soup
1tin of chickpeas
1l of veg or chicken stock
Fry the onion until softened, add the cabbage and beet root for a further minute.
Add the stock and cook for around 20 to 30 minutes until veg is cooked and stick in the blender.
Salted caramel squares
Caramel recipe from last week you can find it here
Good quality chocolate
2 tbs butter
Firstly we need to make crumbs with the biscuits, I had fun bashing them with a rolling pin but you can use a food processor.
Melt the butter and mix in the biscuits,
Line a tray with grease proof paper
Squish biscuits down into the tray and stick in the freezer while you make the caramel
To make the caramel, if you missed last weeks posts you can check it out for the recipe.
Remove biscuits from freezer and pour over caramel.
Leave to,set in freezer for at least an hour before adding melted chocolate on top.
The thing about hairdressers is that I
hate them don’t like going, for some reason it makes me feel uncomfortable to be honest I’d rather give blood or a Kidney. I know this makes me sound like a mad women but there you go. Today’s appointment was the worst experience I have ever had.
I got a deal on treat ticket for a wash, cut blow dry and a deep conditioning treatment for £11.95 they tempted me even more with the offer of a relaxed atmosphere (especially good after the crappy day I’ve had so far) and a glass on wine on arrival.
The bad experience started yesterday when I got a unpleasant voice on the other end of the phone when I mentioned booking my treat ticket appointment (it costs nothing to be pleasant)
I eventually found my way to the salon today, it was a small pokey place with only 2 chairs and no atmosphere at all. When I eventually was greeted by my stylist she said 2 words and that’s the most I got out of her for the whole appointment. There was no wine or even an offer of tea or coffee and turns out no deep conditioning treatment.
I always tend to bring a photo of what I kind of want just so we’re both on the right track. Well today she ignored everything I asked for, I almost went to primark to buy a hat it’s not a nice hair do at all. It’s flat and lifeless even though I asked for body in it.
So today’s lesson….. not to buy a hair deal on voucher sites again. I really should have realised that if they were in need of new customers then I probably should have stayed clear.
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