*Statement made jewellery.


Hey there! so i was lucky enough to be chosen by statement made jewellery to have a piece of jewellery sent out to me and believe you me i was one very happy blogger when it arrived.

I had no idea what was going to be coming, has they had left it a complete surprise and ill admit to actually tearing up a little bit when i opened it. I dont get jewellery very often and it was lovely to get some.

Statement made jewellery make beautiful jewellery most of which can be customised or personalised to suit the wearer. A very nice touch is that they have a 100 day money back guarantee which for things like birthdays and Christmas is super handy.

So the necklace they sent me is the *dandelion seed necklace £14.90, a few dandelion seeds are set into a resin ball pendant on a leathereatte chain, and next to the ball is my initial C on a small silver charm. It was such a nice touch! and you can add initials, birth stones all sorts to most items.

The necklace is 18″, due to being pretty plus sized i have had to use an extender but that is something i tend to expect!

I love the fact that these are handmade, theres such a nice feeling about wearing something handmade. I love the thought behind dandelion seeds too, they have been a theme in my year so this necklace was so perfect for me.

It arrived in a little pink bag, making life easy if your giving it as a gift.

honestly i am so impressed with this, i would highly suggest having a look at statement made jewellery!

Cath x

*i was sent this item free of charge to consider for review, this does not effect my views.

My Autumn/Winter skincare changes.


Hey there! so, it wasnt until this year really that i have had to rethink my skincare for the seasons, until then i was basically fine treating my combo skin as i always did regardless of season. But, as i get older (inwardly shivers) i have noticed that during the summer my skin is oilier and in the winter its dare i say it slightly on the dry side.

So with that in mind theres some changes ive been making now that the weather is getting colder!

Of course, we always start skincare with cleansing and my go to first cleanse has been the No7 nourishing cleanser £13.00 but if im being honest i was using this way before the weather got cold! i am going through this pot like theres no tomorrow, i really like it i feel like its one of those staple cleansers that everyone needs in there cupboard! there has been some nights when i showered later in the day etc when ive just done a shock horror single cleanse! with this, and theres no greasy residue or anything like that.

my second cleanse tends to be the cleanser that changes the most with the season, in the summer i tend to go for something that is more either clay based or gel like, but now with the weather getting colder soap & glory peaches and clean cream cleanser £8.00 has been my go to for mornings and second cleanses. Its a cream cleanser so it has that hydrating factor to it but because it contains fruit acids it still has that little bit of a kick to it that my skin tends to need.

Serums and oils tend to move around and change a lot for me on a day to day basis anyway! however in the winter i tend to lean towards oil in the evening a lot more, my favourite has been for a while now has been the revolution skin nourishing CBD oil £10.00. Its just a really good basic nourishing oil that adds that extra level of hydration that my skins really needed lately.

My nighttime cream has been fine, but my daytime one wasn’t cutting it so ive been using the neals yard deliciously ella rose, lime and cucumber moisturiser £25.00. i got this a while ago in a bundle that i bought, and i used it on and off as a nighttime moisturiser especially during the summer, but when i found i needed something more i grabbed this and works wonderfully! its just a really nice, basic moisturiser that does exactly what i want, hydrates and protects.

I dont use an eye cream normally due to having stupidly sensitive eyes, but my under eyes over the past few months had felt like they were lacking something and so when i got a little mini of the Anatomicals no old bags allowed £5.50 i thought i would give it a go every now and then and im glad i have. Sometimes my under eyes and just the skin around my eyes have felt dry and in need of something and this has worked really well, its not heavy in the slightest and very quickly i dont even know ive put anything on, things just feel more comfortable!

try and be better about lip balm but i have to be honest that i dont remember to put it on an awful lot even though i need it! But in the winter etc not using it can mean i get sore lips and i dont want that! so i try to remember to put some on, and ive been reaching for O’keeffes lip repair in cooling £4.25 lately. I bought this around my birthday but ive been picking it up lately more than i did back then really, i like the cooling feeling and its just a really good stick lip balm that lasts a long time on the lips!

So there you have it! the skincare ive been reaching for or swapping in now that the weather is getting colder. Do you switch things around in the winter? let me know!

Cath x

*Anuuk Aromatics essential oil burner & blends.


Hey there! so today i have something quite exciting to bring you, i was very kindly sent some bits and pieces from anuuk aromatic to try. As i have mentioned before in a few posts now i have scents very helpful with dealing with my anxiety over the past year or so, especially turning to wax melts. So the idea of trying a different way to get the scent into my room was very appealing to me!

Anuuk aromatics is a luxury aromatherapy brand, they sell a variety of items all surrounding aromatherapy and essential oils, they do everything from aromatherapy bracelets, essential oil burners to bespoke perfume and skincare. I was sent the *essential oil burner with a leaf pattern £20.00, and 2 essential oil blends £25.00 each, *decadence and *divine davana.

I will say that everything came extremely well packaged, beautifully packed up perfect if you were giving it as a gift or as a gift to yourself even.

First up we have the *essential oil burner £20.00, i have the one with a leaf pattern but there are 2 other designs as well. Each burner is made out of sandstone, with a simple metal cup in the top, basically you light a tea light in the main chamber, put water in the little cup with a few drops of oil.

I hadn’t used an essential oil burner before, but its rather easy! the only issues i had was getting the amount of water and oil right. once you learn how deep the cup is the water is pretty easy to deal with, the oil was a bit harder! but im getting there.

The design is really pretty, but honestly my favourite thing about this burner is that its made from sandstone so that if you do spill anything on it, it dries really quickly! it makes cleaning up from any mistakes a lot easier.

Next up we have the essential oil blends that i have, anu (the owner of anuuk aromatics) asked me what kind of scents i like, i explained that im a big fan of fruity scents, so oranges/grapefruits/mangos/limes/lemons etc and with that she sent me these two blends.


First up we have *decadence essential oil blend £25.00, decadence is meant to be uplifting, energising and exciting. the website describes being stood on a paradise island, and that it is that kind of heady fruity scent, it contains frangipani, lemon, lime, ylang ylang and myrrh. Its not so heady i find it overwhelming, instead it just adds this level of depth, i really can imagine this beautiful beach it describes.

The other oil i was sent is the *divine davana essential oil blend £25.00, they describe this scent as flowery, exotic, fruity and sweet. the story behind this one is being in a temple surrounded by nature, thinking of the next chapter of your life and i really like that idea, the pictures they describe for the scents are brilliant i must say!

this scent is fresh, and yet again i can really see it fitting with what they described. the oils in this one are davana, rose geranium, grapefruit and orange, so right up my street! i haven’t heard of davana before, but im glad i have now has it smells wonderful.

My only gripe with the oils is that the dropper on the bottle is a little too big so you tend to use more oil than you need too, you have to be very careful! its not a big deal at all, just something to watch for.

So all in all i really liked this way of scenting my room, i will continue mixing up using this and wax melts for sure. If your interested in trying essential oil burning i can highly suggest anuuk aromatics, they are a luxury brand, but i would say it is that kind of luxury experience that if you can afford it is worth it, of course it would also make amazing gifts.

Have you tried essential oil burners before? let me know!

Cath x

*i was provided with these items to be considered for review, this does not effect my opinion in any way.

The Therapy Diaries – me before you.


Hey there! so this weeks therapy session i knew was going to be a bit jam packed because i had an awful lot to tell her! and that means, an awful lot to tell you.

So, next week there wont be a therapy diary because i got a letter on Saturday with an appointment for an assessment for my benefits. It wasn’t expected because i had one barely a year ago but yet here we go again! and of course its on a Thursday at the same time i would have therapy. Its very important i go to the assessment, so i have to miss therapy sadly! but you know, needs must.

Last friday i went over my Nans for the first time in ages, its going to be a regular once a week thing (with my mum) and it was really nice. It was nice to chat to her, and just hang out basically with another human being! i love my internet friends, but seeing someone face to face is important.

After my benefit letter on Saturday my automatic response was to panic, and not want to continue getting better at all. I didn’t want to go to therapy etc i just wanted to hide because i knew that any sign of improvement would be taken negatively against me in the assessment. But i fought past that, i didn’t want to be controlled but them so instead seeing as i had done so well i asked mum if we could go to costa on Monday.

And we did! it was without a doubt the worst anxiety day ive had for months, but i did manage it all the same, just about. I then also had the doctors on Tuesday, after my situation that i spoke about here i needed to get a second opinion, and thankfully this time i was listened too! hes looking into referring me to a sleep clinic and i should hear in a few days.

So with all this i had a lot to tell her!

My homework for this week had been to work on the rules and assumptions we had spoken about and add to them if i could. I was able to add one to the mix, and it turned out to be really important because it looks like the reason why i always put myself before anyone else and that im very protective.

She showed me the pacman theory today because i have been struggling with my self-esteem and thoughts of myself she wanted to show me this.

So the pacman theory is this, imagine a pacman –


Pacman here is a negative thought.

And this slice is negative reinforcement, something that fits very easily into the negative thought.


But this rectangle here is a positive reinforcement, something that doesn’t fit with the negative thought.

So instead, we either completely disregard the positive reinforcement or we distort the positive reinforcement to fit the negative thought.

So instead, we need to work so that instead of the negative thought we can create someone willing to take on positive thoughts instead.

It made an awful lot of sense to me, and its something i really hope i can work on and get better with.

So there you have it, ill have a different post for you next week instead of the therapy diary!

Cath x

Superdrug haul, because I needed stuff…honest.


Hey there! so the other day i finally gave in and ordered from superdrug, i was in really bad need of new razor blades, so i finally placed an order and then of course other things fall in my basket! though i was pretty good this time for me to be fair, though then on friday boots do one of those spend £60 get £10 worth of boots points things and i wish i had waited! oh well!

Talking of razors, i did buy my favourite gillette venus spa breeze women’s 4 razor blade refills £11.55 (i got them as 2 for £20). These are hand down my favourite razors, has the built in shaving gel stops my legs from getting extremely dry and itchy!

Continuing with the boring, i also got the dove invisible dry stick anti-perspirant deodorant £3.55, i had for a while now itchy, dry underarms that also had a red rash to them. After asking on a facebook group a lot of people said that mitchum deodorant the one i had used for years had done that to them as well. I had thought about going with a natural deodorant but they are so pricey! so instead i thought i would just try something very simple and see how i go with that.

I ran out of my obsession solid brush shampoo and it was out of stock on the superdrug website so i thought i would try this B. makeup brush shampoo £5.99. I liked the idea of a liquid shampoo this time, ive only used it once so far and i will have a review on it but im not blown away yet!

If you have seen any of my hauls before you would know that i love the garnier ultimate blends hair masks, i picked up the argan one this time however its not currently on the website (guessing it sold out) though i honestly suggest any of the ultimate blends hair masks they all work really well!

Alright, makeup time! so of course i was having a look at the makeup and i noticed that a lot of MUA products were a 20% off so of course i had a look to see if there was anything i wanted!

I picked another 2 of there highlighters, MUA highlighters were all the rage years ago and theres good reason why, i already have a few of them and i picked up 2 more, MUA shimmer highlight powder in twinkling violet and silver wonder £3.00. i can not wait to use these, i used the silver wonder one the day im writing this and i wasnt disappointed, ive wanted a silver highlighter for ages but they never seem to come across like they do in the packaging but this one packs a punch!

On a bit of cheek theme, i picked up there Blushed matte blush powder in rose tea £2.50. Its a muted subtle pink, very up my ally! The final cheek product i bought from MUA was the pixel perfect multi blush in pink blossom £3.00, its very pretty in the pan but i tried it on my cheeks today and apart from the tiniest hint of shimmer it really didnt show up sadly!

Finally, i picked up something ive had my eye on for a while and its the MUA luxe velvet colour enchance lacquer £3.00. Its basically a white liquid lipstick for lightening and highlighting, im really glad to finally have this as honestly have black and white in pretty much every makeup product is a really handy thing to have!

So there you have my superdrug haul! not quite as bank balancing draining as i can be sometimes, but trust me when i say thats not a bad thing! have you picked anything up lately?

Cath x

 

*Movies That Mean Christmas Time To Me.


Hey There! So today i am very excited to bring to you my first Christmas related post, and even more exciting is that this post is sponsored by Panasonic. All of us tend to watch tv the most during the Christmas period, munching on chocolate and watching a film with the family is part of Christmas for a lot of us! And the likely hood is that a lot of us are watching our movies on a Panasonic tv, and maybe even the new for 2018 Oled Tv panasonic. So it makes perfect sense for me to partner up with them to bring you this list!

For me Christmas is a up and down time of year, having worked with children i know the kind of magic it can have, but having spent as long as i have with anxiety and the like it can make Christmas difficult to enjoy. However, something i have always enjoyed is watching films at Christmas, and you will see they are not always Christmas films really but more films that are feel good and easy to watch. Which personally, ive always found the perfect kind of film for that time of year!

So, I better stop rambling and get to these films right?

1. The Snowman – I couldn’t make a list like this without the snowman now could i? and yes, its classed as a “tv movie” but its a movie so im counting it! The snowman is a classic, about a little boy who builds a snowman on Christmas eve and the snowman comes to life, and fly’s the little boy to the north pole to meet Santa. Its completely silent apart from the beautiful song “walking in the air”, and done in a animated drawn style. Its basically like watching an animated book, its such a beautiful sweet story and its just a classic that has to be watched.

2. The lion King – For me, Disney movies in general are a massive part of Christmas for me. Something that the whole family will happily watch and are the perfect kind of feel good. One that i can remember watching a lot over Christmas is the lion king, a few years ago i fell rather ill on boxing day and i remember being curled up in bed watching the lion king and it just made me feel comforted and thats what its all about really isn’t it? The feel good factor at Christmas time.

3. Happy Feet 2 – I first saw happy feet 2 quite a few years ago on boxing day, it was early in the morning and i came downstairs to find my mum watching it. By the time my dad got up and came downstairs it was the ending and i was crying my eyes out pretty much squeaking at the screen. This movie is a very cute, interesting film that gives a very good message about fighting for what you want and everyone having there own talents.

4. Wallace And Gromit And The Wrong Trousers – Oh Wallace and Gromit! the perfect thing to watch with the whole family and have a good old giggle, now im older im also amazed by the amount of detail that has gone into the films! The wrong trousers, were the bad guy is a penguin with a rubber glove on his head (yes, really) just cant be beat really.

5. Frozen – As i said above, Disney has always been a staple of our Christmas, But frozen ended up meaning more to me than just a Disney movie. I first saw frozen in early June the year after it came out actually, Earlier that day i had gone to the hospital to see my nan, after 2 years of fighting what we knew was terminal cancer she was going down hill, and sadly 6 weeks later she did pass away. Seeing her in hospital for the first time was really tough, and that evening me and my mum curled up on the sofa watching frozen and eating ice cream, frozen was what i needed in that moment, having to process seeing my nan as poorly as she was. I didn’t watch frozen again until that Christmas, when i was sat in the living room just before Christmas dinner frozen in the background and it brought back memories of my nan for me, it was a subtle nod to her on the first Christmas without her and it always reminds me of Christmas and remembering her now.

6. Harry Potter And The Philosophers Stone – Of course i put a harry potter film in here! Every year without fail ITV (tv channel in the uk) will replay all the harry potter films over Christmas. To be honest, really all the harry potter films should be here, but i picked The Philosophers Stone because of the scene at Christmas, harry getting Christmas presents for the first time and actually experiencing what a happy Christmas is like is a magical scene. Nothing really says Christmas like the magic a child (and harry is a child at this point) experiences at Christmas.

7. The Muppets A Christmas Carol- A Christmas carol is classic Christmas tale written by Charles dickens, its about scrooge, a mean business man that hates Christmas. On Christmas night he is visited by a series of ghosts that show him the error of his ways. There has been many versions of this story made into film over the years but the muppets is my personal favourite! its a light hearted take on a heavy story that still has the moral of the story, but in a happy feel good manner.

8. Shrek 2 – Shrek 2 is another one of those films that falls under the feel good family films for me! again all the shrek films could go here, but shrek 2 is my personal favourite (i need a hero anyone?) and always makes me smile without fail.

9. Love Actually – If a film could sum up what a chick flick is this is it! If im honest, when i first saw love actually, as a teen i found it too “cringy” and refused to watch it. Its my mums favourite film, so i always ended up seeing bits and pieces and in the end i started watching the whole thing with my mum and loving it! My mum loves this film and i see why, its mostly feel good and happy with a down to earth twist.

10. Toy Story 3 – Last, but by no means least we have toy story 3, again one of those feel good could list all of the series however there is something about the 3rd one for me. That moment when they think its the end for them and they all hold hands really gets me, this film really felt like it was the end of an era and it showed the admittedly odd picture of the toys point of view of a child growing up and away from there childhood. Its a sweet, feel good happy movie that makes people who have grown up with the toy story movies quite emotional…just me?.

So there you have it! my very long list of movies that mean Christmas time to me, thankyou again to panasonic for sponsoring this post and i hope you enjoyed reading, and maybe added a movie or two to your watch list this Christmas!

Cath x

*This is a sponsored post, this in no way effects what i say.

Ive been hinched!

Hey there! so if you are around on social media at all then you would have to be living under a rock to have not heard about Mrs Hinch. Mrs Hinch, real name soph, started out just as a cleaning mad women posting her cleaning tips on instagram and pictures of her beautiful home. Her instagram posts and instagram stories of hinch hauls, clockwise cleaning and hinch half hours suddenly in september sent her from having a few 1000 followers too at the time of writing this at the end of october having 1.1 million followers!

Very quickly, she went from a small account to a massive one, and had companies tripping over themselves to work with her and honestly she deserves every last bit of attention shes getting. Her dancing and singing while cleaning, her naming of all the items she uses makes things fun again.

Ive always helped out with the housework since ive been off work, but over the past 2 years i just havent been able to find the motivation. And as my physical health as gone downhill especially over the past year trying to do housework became really difficult. Meaning that a lot of things slipped, because my mum is the person that does the housework mainly in the house and shes only one person!

When i started watching Mrs Hinch, she made me want to clean straight away and once i was able to get out and buy some bits it began! Now, my job is to keep the main bathroom clean, and of course my room too! i actually look forward to cleaning now, and enjoy making hinch hauls!

Above is the stash i currently have, i havent followed exactly what Mrs Hinch has either because i cant find it or because i tend to like different scents to her! She loves her pine, but im more of a citrus person, as you can see!

Now my little mini narnia is in its box near my door and it really movates me to clean. I picked up some more bits when i got to poundland last week, and the next day i blitzed the bathroom a lot! So, i thought i would show you around my little mini narnia!

Zoflora & spray bottle of Zoflora – i think zoflora has turned into some kind of drug! i only have one right now, citrus fresh but once i can find more that will change! Mrs Hinch is a massive fan of this disinfectant that you dilute with water and so am i! you can use it on pretty much anything, and trust me, you will. its impressive what a different wiping down your desk with zoflora does just for your happiness really! i dont know many people that are not completely obsessed with this stuff.

Sponges – Mrs Hinch is famous for her “minkeh” sponge but its sold out pretty much everywhere! i am a big fan of sponges always have been, and cleaning has just made that a lot worse. I may have also been known to rip or cut sponges as a coping skill!

flash bathroom – Mrs Hinch uses the pourable verison of this stuff and when she used it everything always did look so shiny and clean so i thought i would give it a go and god it really is good! it left my sink etc looking really shiny and everything smelt really good.

cif powder & shine bathroom mouse citrus – oh this is just fun to use honestly! its a spray able mouse you spray over the surface your cleaning leave for 10 minutes and wash off. i used this all over my bath and it really got off all the soap scum etc and lets face it, its just fun!

flash concentrate – this stuff is really handy if your cleaning something that needs an extra little oomf! ive used it to clean out cupboards, bins, window cills anything that hasn’t been cleaned in longer than you would like to admit and needs a helping hand. The pouring system on this is also really clever because it only lets you pour out the perfect amount each time.

Domestos spray bleach – I have a long history of being a little bleach happy, i quite like the smell! because it reminds me of swimming pools and my mum (thats not weird, shes a caretaker). once a week or so i will bleach the toilet and this works really well for that, just make sure nothing you dont want bleached is nearby!

Flash all purpose spray crisp lemons – Now this is basically used for what you use zoflora for, but i still really like it! i switch between this and zoflora a lot, its handy for sure.

Duck toilet cleaner lemon – Ok so its toilet cleaner, its still good! and lemon, obviously.

Flash wipes with febreeze, Mediterranean lemon – I am not the biggest user of wipes, i would rather just use a sponge and zoflora! but sometimes a wipe is just easy to grab in a pinch, and of course there lemon.

Tescos glass and window cleaner – i just picked this up to clean mirrors, ive tried it once and i wasnt super keen but we will see!

So there you have some of my top cleaning picks at the minute! I’m currently looking for a stainless steel cleaner and something to remove a large amount of limescale build up on my shower, any suggestion are very welcome!

Cath x

The Therapy Diaries – Confronting my hatred.


Hey there! So this week, i left therapy not feeling quite as on top of the world as i normally do. Now dont get me wrong, therapy went great but today’s session was the first session that was on the heavier side, and i left not feeling sad or anything, just thinking, and feeling like i had a lot to think about.

We worked on breaking things down, basically we start with life experiences when your a child, because so many of our life rules and beliefs start there.

I have a rather long list of these learnt behaviours, but we quickly found that a lot of them surround the idea of not being worth anything/not being good enough and not doing things at the level i should. Basically, they all come back to low self-esteem.

Each one had that same kind of theme, not perfect enough/not pretty enough/not worth enough/ not me enough it continued, on and on.

I know this is silly, i know its pretty damn obvious but…do i really hate myself that much?

Seeing it laid out on paper, it was scary, its one thing knowing how you feel about yourself but its another actually seeing it all worked out and written down. There in black and white was proof that i didn’t like myself, it wasn’t just something “in my head” it wasn’t fake or attention seeking, it was 100% true and my therapist was agreeing.

I watched an interview this morning about a voice actor who i am a big fan of, and he spoke very openly about having body dysmorphia. Body dysmorphic disorder is widely thought to only effect people with an eating disorder but it can effect anyone. However i do have an eating disorder, not that anyone knows what to call it! Basically BDD is continuous worrying about flaws on your body that no one can see, its seeing yourself in a light that no one else does.

Low self-esteem and BDD, thats a fun combo isn’t it?

I didn’t know getting into this topic would hit me as hard as it as, but its got under my skin quite a bit. Its silly, because ive known this about myself for years, but maybe its finally sunk in.

The night before therapy i was upset about my performance in the game that i play, and a friend was able to help me through it but that knocked me too. It was only recently that i learnt the term “imposter syndrome”, but once i learnt it i figured out that i feel like that so much. And it came tumbling out to my friend, when full of emotion i squeaked out that i felt like a fraud.

I post a makeup look and the positive comments come tumbling in, and that feels amazing but in the back of my head its continuously reminding me that im a fraud. How? no idea, considering i do the makeup myself, i take the pictures myself and then i upload them with the only editing being turning them the right way or cropping. But yet still, i feel like i dont deserve the nice comments.

I throw myself into everything i do, generally to the point of burn out or just stupid business. But i dont know how not too, because to me thats the only way i can be remotely, enough.

And ive just noticed i started going on a ramble, but i suppose i needed it. I wasnt really sure how to start writing today, but this is what its turned into! thats ok, as much as i hope these posts help others, it is also a virtual diary for me to look back on and hopefully see how far ive come one day. I hope so, anyway.

Cath x

Happy Halloween! Dark mermaid halloween makeup.


Hey there! Happy Halloween! so once i knew i wanted to do a Halloween makeup look for Halloween the hunt was on to figure out what kind of look i wanted to do! i reached out and asked on instagram, twitter and facebook and i had the suggestion dark mermaid come back. I really like this idea so off i went! i actually ended up doing this look twice, i did it on Saturday but i really wasn’t happy with how the look or the pictures turned out so i tried again on Monday and im much happier with this one!

I hope you like this too, happy Halloween!

Eyes –

Revolution brow tint in dark – go to brow product.

Bourjois 24HR eyeshadow primer.

Imagic flash palette using black – as an eyeshadow base.

Revolution single eyeshadow in touch me – to set my primer and base.

Revolution Pro regeneration trends mischief mattes using poison and shrine – i used poison as my first crease colour, and then shrine was more directly in my crease.

Sleek divine ultra mattes V1 brights palette using sugarlite and dragonfly – i found the colours getting muddy so i used these to brighten the colours up.

Revolution eyes like angels eyeshadow palette using aqua dream – as my lid colour.
Maybelline master ink matte liquid eyeliner in charcoal black – i did a heavy wing, i didnt plan too! but i did.

maybelline total temptation mascara in black – even when i wear lashes, i still pile it on!

Eyelashes from ebay.

Face –

Obsession whitener drops, max factor facefinity foundation in light ivory, freedom ghost whitener, revolution liquid highlighter unicorn elixir, revolution haunted liquid highlighter in envy and imagic flash palette the blue – ok, so my “foundation” was a right old mix! i basically kept mixing until i got what i wanted, in the end for some reason in some pictures i look much bluer than others! it gets the effect across though, and that was all over my face, neck and chest.

Elf HD setting powder – to set everything!

Revolution Pro regeneration trends mischief mattes using poison and shrine – i used a stencil i got from a mermaid kit from tescos, but fishnet tights work well too! and then i basically just went all around my face and picked random spots on my chest, i also shaded/contoured my chest a bit, and blended the scales in so they didn’t look so placed.

Revolution ultra cool glow highlighter palette using the green – i sprayed my brush with a setting spray before i picked up the powder and then i went wild! pretty much all over my chest, cheekbones, nose, chin, cupids bow, under the brow, inner corners, everywhere!

Iridescent cosmetic white/green glitter – i then grabbed this super pretty glitter and pretty much did the same that i did with the highlighter! minus cupids bow and eyes.

Lips –
MUA luxe velvet lip lacquer in splash – all over the lips.

Revolution haunted liquid highlighter in envy – i patted this in the centre of my lips then blended outwards.

Iridescent cosmetic white/green glitter – i then basically did the same with the glitter too.

I am so happy i re did this! because i like this version so much more than i liked my first one, it really proves that sometimes its worth trying again!

I hope you enjoy, and have a happy and safe Halloween!

Cath x

Bramble wax wax melt haul.


Hey there! so a little while back i wrote about my wax melt obsession and my favourite brand bramble wax (you can read all about that here) and i showed you a haul of wax melts! well since then i have a erm…sizeable haul from them! the fortnightly menus they they do on there facebook page havent overly appealed to me lately (the themes yes the scents sadly not!) so i thought i was going to have a rather small open box to show you! an open box by the way is a service they offer, in which you can open an open box, and then over the next month anything you buy with them goes into that box, combining postage which is nice! but then just before mine closed it was the owners birthday so she had a massive birthday sale….i did damage!

Ill mark which wax melts i got in the sale but its fair to say i dont need any for a while! my box in which i keep all my wax melts is now too small (my collection is obviously not too big). Unsurprisingly my large haul meant i levelled up! bramble wax have a rewards system based on a gaming level up system and now in my next order i can get a free bag of bramble snaps, which is awesome! just hopefully in a scent i like! i did also get a free gift in this order, a wax melt, though im not sure how i feel about the smell yet!

I have got to say, one of my favourite things about bramble wax is how active they are in talking to there customers and keeping them informed. I really like how personal buying from them feels and it has made me want to start buying from smaller local brands more often!

anyway, im gonna list all the wax i got starting from top left, here we go!

Hundred acre honey shot pot x4 (sale).
Rainbow splash shot pot x2 (sale).
Chosen by the sea sample.
Time of my life shot pot x2 (sale).
rapsicle x2 (sale).
leeloo (sale).
headmaster’s office (sale).
grans pecan pie sample.
sun song (fortnightly menu).
hoist the black flag (sale).
glass slipper (sale).
companion (sale).
lickipops (sale).
spice (free gift).
who you gonna call? (fornightly menu).
halliwell charm (fortnightly menu).
Vita ex morte (fortnightly menu).
Salem (fortnightly menu).

As i said above, i dont need any for a while! but of course the next menu that im interested in will ruin that one! what i do need however is a bigger box….

Cath x