Wednesday, 28 June 2017

June Favourites

June hasn't been an eventful month for me. In fact I've hardly blogged as I've been in so much nerve pain with left arm that even looking at my laptop sets it into spasm, so apologies for the lack of content. I also haven't been wearing a lot of makeup as I've lived in my pyjamas and only left the house for the odd appointment.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Firsts: First Alcoholic Drink

Do you ever have those memories that are so clear you can almost see them in your mind as if you're an outsider looking in? As if they happened yesterday? This is how I remember my first experience with alcohol.

Monday, 19 June 2017

June #Paperhaul Stationery Subscription Collection

The June #Paperhaul arrived today and I knew I had to photograph it and show you all immediately as it's so bloody beautiful. Yes, in today's heat I sat with my camera taking these pictures because I'm so dedicated...I also felt guilty because there was no new content up today and I always post on a Monday. Anyone else just completely unmotivated when every part of you is sweating?

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Worried About an MRI Scan? Tips and Advice

I've had MRI scans every year since I was 13; I'm now 30 so I've had quite a few. However, because I'm very claustrophobic, I always get anxious before the scan, and sometimes work myself up for a few days before despite knowing what to expect.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Tarte Takeover

I've been having a bit of an affair with Tarte Cosmetics lately and although I've not worn makeup in a few weeks (combination of crap health and staying at home in my pjs) when I have decided to slap something on, these are the products I've been reaching for.

Monday, 12 June 2017

5 Planner Essentials

So I have this thing with planners, and you can see my collection here but I thought I'd share five things I use all the time in my main A5 Duck Egg Filofax. If you're a stationery fan, you probably want to check this out too.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Nip+Fab Beauty Review: Why The Liquid Lipsticks Aren't My Favourite

Nip+Fab have recently extended their line and released a large selection of makeup that I knew I had to get my hands on. I popped into Northampton a few weeks ago and the Nip+Fab stand in Superdrug was pristine, with not a fingerprint in sight; very dissimilar to the Nyx display in Boots that looked like a group of toddlers were using it for finger painting. Anyway, I decided to be restrained (I don't know who I am anymore) and only picked up three products; the white foundation mixer, and two liquid lipsticks.

Monday, 5 June 2017

I Changed My Name: One Year On

A year ago (almost to the day) I wrote a post about how I changed my surname at almost 30 years old. You can read the how and why I did it in my original post here. But I thought I'd do a little update and let you know why it's one of the best decisions I've ever made.

Friday, 2 June 2017

May Favourites and National Smile Month

I'll hold my (very sore) hands up and admit that I've been a shit blogger for the month of May. To be honest not only have I been in a lot of pain, especially with my hands and arms, I've just not been in the mood. I'm hoping since I've blogged twice this week it means I'm back in the swing of things but only time will tell - and since my hands are pretty painful typing this, I'm not going to make any promises.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

May #Paperhaul Stationery Subscription Collection

When May #Paperhaul arrived I shrieked in excitement because flamingos are one (dogs and giraffes the other faves) of my all-time favourite animals and I knew before opening the package (there's a sticker on the parcel that gives a sneak peek at the inside) that I was going to be obsessed.

Monday, 22 May 2017

5 Binge-Worthy Netflix Shows

You may or may not have noticed that I didn't post much last week. I had a pretty shitty few days the week before and decided I needed to give myself a break from my blog. I've been putting so much pressure on myself to write and schedule three posts a week that it was affecting my mood and my health. So, I had a few days off, spent a lot of them with Netflix, and decided what better topic to write about than the shows I've bingeing on.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Me, Myself and My Hair, Spoonie Style

I've had quite a lot of hairstyles and various colours throughout the years, and I must admit I haven't always taken the best care of my hair. For some reason unbeknown to me (could it be the faulty collagen with EDS doing me a service?), my hair has consistently looked in good condition and had a lovely shine to it without doing much to it; and as I'm spoonie, I'm extremely grateful for this.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Mental Health Is As Important As Physical Health

It's Mental Health Awareness Week and I wanted to continue the conversation about MH. It's been a few months since I talked about it, and to be quite honest, I thought I was doing good. Then my physical health took a turn for the worse, and a few things online triggered me and knocked me back. It was actually a year ago that I first shared my MH story, and you can read it here, if you fancy it.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

6 Bright Lipsticks For Spring/Summer

Do you change up your lipstick colour with the season? I never thought I did but I do tend to gravitate towards brighter, bolder shades in the warmer months. I wear them when it's A/W too just not as often. I guess I'm a 'whatever I feel like' kinda girl. If it's October, raining and miserable, I'll throw on a bright orange if that's the aesthetic for the day. I mean, I live in the UK, there's not a lot of opportunities to match up bright shades with the sun.

Monday, 8 May 2017

10 Ways To Chill Out

I'm writing this extremely pissed off. I'm actually slamming my keyboard with much more vehemence than is necessary and there's a rage inside me burning brightly. Why? Because I've had a pretty shitty day, it's been long, painful and people have wound me up on all kinds of levels. My laptop has just had a meltdown and I thought I'd lost a years worth of pics, so that didn't help either. Anyway, I'm putting on my positivity pants, they're black like my soul, and I'm going to turn the frown upside down.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Life Lately: Health and More

I'm always very honest and open on my little corner of the internet, and in odd posts I give away snippets of my life, but I haven't written an update in quite some time. Alas, all that is about to change.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

April Favourites

How did we get to May already? I feel like I blinked and lost a month. Anyway a recap of April - it was pretty uneventful and I spent the majority of it in a flare, and still am - chronic life joys. I've revamped my Instagram though, and am actually really loving it. Oh, and I have a giveaway live over there, so go and check it out, you could win a limited edition Jouer Cosmetics highlighter.

Monday, 1 May 2017

April #Paperhaul Stationery Subscription Collection

Hooray, April #Paperhaul has arrived and it's bloody beautiful. This collection is screaming SUMMER to me and I'm not mad at it (despite being a winter baby). The colour, the theme, the typography, it's all beautiful.

Friday, 28 April 2017

The Next Hot Thing: Heat Therapy

Last month I attended my first NAIDEX exhibition; it's the biggest trade, professional and consumer event in Europe for people with a disability or impairment. I wrote all about my favourite stands here. I included ClickHeat in that post but promised a more in-depth look at their products. So, my friends, here's that post you've all been eagerly anticipating *wink face*

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Mini High End Beauty Haul

New makeup, oh yeah! I popped into Milton Keynes last week with three items in mind. I'd seen them all over YouTube and featured on various blogs, and I just had to own them all. I guess you could say bloggers made me buy it.

Monday, 24 April 2017

#Toddlerlife Becomes #LittleManLife

Since the star of #Toddlerlife is now four, it's only appropriate I change the name of my series to #LittleManLife. I realise it's been absolutely ages since I shared a post in this series and I apologise, I'm shit, I know. But, if you've been waiting for it, or never seen a #Toddlerlife post before, here you go.

Friday, 21 April 2017

My First Love, The Ableist

Content Warning: Sex, ableism

I've been pondering about writing this post for a while and although I've wanted to get it out there, I was also really wary about reliving this period of my life as it wasn't the best. At the time, I thought it was perfect, I believed it was how relationships went and I didn't really know any different. Now, eleven years later, I know it wasn't right. Although looking back, there are moments I remember when I knew it was doomed from the start.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Lee Stafford Sea Salt Collection Review

I'm a massive fan of Lee Stafford and if a product claims to give me beachy, big hair, I'm 100% up for giving that a go. I've been using the CoCo LoCo collection for about a year, and still really love that but like switching things up and trying out new products...I am a blogger after all. Oh, if you fancy seeing my review of the dreamy CoCo LoCo stuff, click here.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Tropical Homeware Wish List

I adore homeware, I'd go as far as saying I'm addicted to looking at cute bedding and cushions. I'm pretty sure my boyfriend isn't appreciative of me constantly dragging him to home aisles in shops but he'll get over it. I'm also a huge fan of all things flamingo and tropical so the recent trend is right up my street. I love it all. I want it all.

Friday, 14 April 2017

A Positive Message For New Wheelchair Users

A few weeks ago I shared a post called 6 Acts of Kindness I'm Grateful For As A Disabled Person; in that I talked about a few lovely things that strangers had done for me that had really helped me out and made my day easier, brighter, better. At the end of that post, Caroline from Pots and Spoons left me a comment stating that she wished she'd found this post a few days previously as a lot of information that is put out into the world is about the stigma wheelchair users face. As much as that is true and very common, it's also terrifying for a new wheelchair user. Not only do they have to come to terms with using this new machine, but they also have to deal with how society perceives them.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Personalised Map Print from Betsy Benn

I love prints; I have three gallery walls in my tiny bungalow and I'm always buying more (prints not walls). I have this vision of our next house having two bedrooms, with one room my makeup room/office and cute, quirky prettiness hanging on the walls. Think Pinterest-worthy office - I want.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Spring Blush Edit

With the warmer weather making an appearance, it's that time I change up my makeup. Spring beauty to me is all about glowing, healthy skin, a bright lip and rosy cheeks. I tend to gravitate towards pink and peach tones for my blusher and love a cream formula, especially during Spring/Summer.

Monday, 10 April 2017

BookBeat: Audiobooks On Your Phone

Hi there, my name is Sarah and I like to devour books. I must admit, I love to be surrounded by books, I love buying books, I love the smell and stacking them on my bookshelf, however, I also finding holding a book difficult due to my disability. Not only that but I have trouble concentrating and would gladly have my boyfriend read to me, but it's not always top of his list. That's where BookBeat* comes in.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Favourites from NAIDEX 2017

Last Wednesday I spent the day at the NEC in Birmingham for the NAIDEX exhibition. It was my first time attending and I'll definitely be going again next year as I had such a good day. I met so many lovely people, saw amazing and innovative products, and spent the day rolling around it awe.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Swiss Clinic Skin Renewal Review

I think I love skincare just as much as makeup. Okay, a tad less, but even so, you have to take care of your skin for your makeup to apply flawlessly. My skin type is combination, I have the odd dry bits, oily T-zone and some scarring and pigmentation. I'm forever being told I have lovely skin but I beg to differ.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Portable Charging with Askborg

Is there anything more annoying than running out of battery? As most of you know, I spend a lot of time at home (#ChronicLife) so am always next to a plug socket but when I do go out, I despise running low on charge. That's when Askborg comes in to save the day.

Friday, 31 March 2017

I'm Not 'A Wheelchair'

Living with a disability means a whole concoction of things; yes, you actually have a disability (or a long list of them), and you find ways of adapting etc. But you also have to handle other people's views and comments (sometimes nasty and negative) on your condition. I could no doubt write a stupidly long post on what I've been told over the years about my illnesses by strangers/family/acquaintances, things that have annoyed me, that are misconceptions, or are plain rude. However I wanted to address this one thing.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

March Favourites

March was a good month, I enjoyed it immensely. I went back up north for a week and spent time with my family; I hadn't seen them since my birthday in January so it was nice to spend a few days there. I also got to pick my 4 year old nephew up from nursery and loved it. When I got home I filmed something extremely exciting that you'll hear about in a few months, and yesterday I celebrated my four year anniversary with my boyfriend. All the busy. I hope your March was a good one.

Monday, 27 March 2017

March #Paperhaul Subscription Box

Bow down to the March #Paperhaul box - it's absolutely bloody beautiful. I squealed so loudly when I opened it as the colours and design are right up my street. 

Friday, 24 March 2017

6 Acts of Kindness I'm Grateful For As A Disabled Person

I'm first to call-out injustice, crap accessibility, ableism and ignorance. As a disabled person, I experience negativity a lot and it's really difficult. But I wanted to dedicate this post to the other side of that, I want to tip my hat and wheel spin to those people that are considerate, that do help disabled people, and are often overlooked.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream and Instaglow CC Cream

I'm always on the hunt for a light base that I can slap on quickly and it give me enough coverage that I'm not looking like a corpse (#TeamNoSleep) or something that helps me feel a bit more put together. I have temperamental skin, it's either pretty decent or a train-wreck, and I'm not confident enough to leave the house completely barefaced but I also don't want to always wear a medium-full coverage base. So, when I was raiding The Body Shop a few weeks ago and came across these two products, I had to have them.

Monday, 20 March 2017

9 Works of Victorian Literature You Need to Read

Hi, my name is Sarah, and I love all things nineteenth century. I studied English at uni and during my second year I realised how much I loved Victorian literature so made that my focus for third year and my MA. You'll notice a theme of late-Victorian Gothic going on with a few of my recommendations as that's what floats my boat. So, here's some novels, short stories and collections from my favourite era that you need to read.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Worry Time: An Anxiety Technique

Six weeks ago I wrote an in-depth post on what I've learnt at CBT, and a lot of people seemed quite intrigued by Worry Time. So for anyone that wanted it, here's a much more detailed post on this technique.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Vincent Longo Cosmetics

I've only recently been introduced to Vincent Longo Cosmetics but the brand was founded in 1995 by celebrity makeup artist Vincent Longo. It's a luxury brand that is loved by beauty editors, models, actors and makeup artists. And *spoiler alert* this little beauty adoring blogger.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Trialling Glasses At Home and Buying Online with Glasses Direct

At the end of January I went for my routine two yearly eye test and shocker, my prescription had changed. I was expecting it but it was such a drastic change that I was told I'd need to have my lenses thinned, which added another chunk of money onto my already expensive frames. I'd not planned on that so couldn't afford them right away, and began panicking as I try to keep to a budget. I'd also been advised to have another eye test in a year instead of two, since the amended prescription was so extreme. This added to my 'I don't want to pay out loads of money for glasses I might have to change in a year,' dilemma. My best friend had previously bought from Glasses Direct, so when I got home, I got online and had a browse.

Friday, 10 March 2017

6 Sex Tips for Chronic Pain Sufferers

After writing about sex and disability a few weeks ago, I decided I was going to continue the conversation. You can read my other post here. Now, I'm no expert (or should I say 'sexpert'?) but I've lived with chronic pain for almost twenty years so thought I'd share some tips on having sex whilst suffering with chronic pain.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator Review

Ever keep hearing hype about a product and take a while to find out why everyone is raving about it? I swear every YouTuber I watch fell in love with Laura Geller's Baked Gelato highlighter in Gilded Honey when it was first released. Being Casper's paler sister, I can't wear gold, and although Ballerina is a lighter, it still seemed a tad too warm for me. But then came Charming Pink and all my prayers (I don't pray) were answered.

Monday, 6 March 2017

10 Things I Hate About You

All I can see is Heath Ledger dancing down those bleachers singing 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You'. Okay, now I'm swooning. I'm pretty sure I was more in love with him than Usher back in the day, and that's saying something.

Friday, 3 March 2017

BBC Three - Things Not To Say To People Who Use Wheelchairs

If you don't follow me on any of my social media platforms you might not have seen me raving on about how I was in a BBC Three short film. If you've not watched it, I urge you to go and do that now, I'll link it here but I've also embedded it down below.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

February Favourites

I must admit, I've not worn a lot of makeup this month because I've been in a bad pain flare. And then my skin was awful, and to top it all off, the last two weeks I've had colossal cold sores. There's nothing more of a deterrent to cosmetics than a scabby face and mouth. But there's still a few new (and one not-so new) things I've had a little love affair with.

Monday, 27 February 2017

February #Paperhaul Subscription Box

Yesss, I love stationery delivery day. And February's box certainly didn't disappoint. I'm pretty sure it's one of my all-time favourite designs since signing up for the box last year.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Beauty Haul: High End and High Street

I can't remember the last time I shared a beauty haul but I'm pretty sure it was a while ago. However, fear not, I'm back to show you some goodies I've bought (and won) over the last two weeks.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Throne of Glass | Crown of Midnight - Sarah J Maas: Book Review

Ever find a series and just devour it so quickly? I'm currently reading the third novel in the Throne of Glass series and I'm enjoying it.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Let's Get it On: Sex and Disability

Last weekend a journalist came to my house and interviewed me on what it's like having a sex life whilst disabled. We spent almost two hours discussing this subject that seems to be one of the most controversial and taboo topics when it comes to disability. Obviously I don't find it unmentionable, or I wouldn't be writing this or have been interviewed. But disability and sex seems to be that forbidden juxtaposition that nobody wants to think about, let alone talk about.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Top 10 Holy Grail Products featuring Mermaid in Disguise

Today is an exciting post as I'm writing this in collaboration with my wonderful twin (we were separated at birth a few years apart, don't question it), Beth from Mermaid in Disguise. Beth was one of my first spoonie blogger friends and we chat all day every day about absolutely nothing all things important (with Elle, of course).