What i got for christmas 2018.


Hey there! so, i hope you all had a brilliant Christmas, so i really enjoy what i got for Christmas/birthday videos and blog posts so i thought i would show you what i got this year! Of course, please remember that i am not in any way bragging, im just simply showing you what i got, which i am of course very grateful for.

In my stocking –
Its a tradition that myself and my mum buy the gifts for eachothers stockings and then open them up together in the morning.

So, inside this years stocking i got –
various shower gels.
sweet clementine candle.
blackberry soap.
santas belly shower jelly from lush.
cat face makeup bag.
tweezers.
nail oil.
pore strips.
false eyelashes.
snowman shaped blending sponge.
This is me, the greatest showman quote plaque.
sugar skull shopping bag.
harry potter colour changing lipsticks.
black tourmaline bracelet.
black cat and moon earrings.
feather earrings.
black cat earrings.
sticky notes.

Mum went a bit over board! though to be honest, so did i. we have gotten to the point in our household that things never fit in the stockings!

Next up, is what my brother got me, he really surprised me and i was in shock! with the help of my mum, he got me a hamper of various beauty gifts.

So in the hamper was the soap & glory the pink-credibles gift set, the baylis & harding christmas set, a christmas candle in a giant bauble and wrapped to the side was a giant golden snitch bath bomb & a crookshanks lip balm!

Bless him,he really wanted to do something special and he very much did.

Last, but by no means least is what my parents got me.

So my mum asked me for a list this year, normally she never does but she finds it difficult to not buy from brands i may already buy a lot from myself! so i wrote a list this time, on the list i had “lush & the body shop”. and as you can see, she did so! she got me the lush snow fairy gift set, the body shop facial mask duo himalayan charcoal & british rose and the body shop hoilday hand cream set. we then have a baylis & harding sweet mandarin & grapefruit gift set.

Finally, the urban decay elements eyeshadow palette, oh i almost cried! i had mentioned it, but mum had told me weeks ago she couldnt find it, which was fine obviously, but the week before christmas, she found it! she couldnt not give it to me, its stunning and i cant wait to play with it.

So there you have it! what i got for christmas 2018, i hope you all had a brilliant time, i had a very calm family christmas watching a lot of films!

Cath x

Happy Christmas, you are not alone.

Hey there! Happy Christmas everyone! this is my post to say that i hope you all have a good christmas, whatever that may mean for you.

Im also going to take this moment to say that no one has a right to say that you are doing christmas the “right” or “wrong way”. you do whats best for you, no one else has the right to tell how to live your life, at any time of the year honestly! you have the christmas that you will enjoy and that you can cope with, and do not listen to anyone that tells you otherwise.

And if you need help at christmas, reach out please, you do not need to be alone at christmas.

This list was done by kellie, someone i have followed in the blogging world for a very long time, she is where i first saw a post like this.

if you need help, reach out

and happy christmas

Cath

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The body shop scrumptuous cleansing butter.

The body shops camomile sumptuous cleansing butter £10.00 has been out a while, they brought out a range of cleansing products under the camomile range. The butter was the first balm on the market that wasnt super high up there in price that i knew of, and ever since i first tried it ive been pretty hooked.

I reviews the no7 nourishing cleansing balm here back in september, explaining how much i loved it as a basic staple balm and thats basically where i stand with this one too. this one is a little bit lighter in texture but thats it honestly!

They call it a butter and honestly thats a great way of describing the texture of this, its like a butter the minute it touches your skin it begins to melt down into an oil. It removes makeup without any issue, the toughest of makeup the most layered on will melt away without much problem.

Its very gentle too, even if it gets in your eyes it doesn’t sting or hurt in any way. It doesnt dry out your skin at all but its easy to remove, ive tried some balms that leave a oily or even slightly sticky film on the skin but this one comes off completely clean.

Honestly i wish i had more to say about this but it really is just a really good easy to use balm cleanser!  you also dont need very much so it lasts quite a while too, and of course its from the body shop so its cruelty free, and this product is also vegan so it ticks all the boxes too!

I would highly suggest to anyone that they give this a go, its a great cleanser and not one i want to be without.

Cath x

A Big Old Update.


Hey there! wow, ok its been a while since ive done like just a rambly update, But i have a lot to talk about!

So about a month or so ago i had an assessment to go too, im on ESA (employment support allowance) So every so often you do have to go and have an assessment to see if anything has changed and where you should be on the payment scale. I mentioned about this assessment in a therapy diaries at the time, i was surprised because it was barely a year ago that i had my last assessment, when i was moved onto the highest tier of support, the support group were i got the highest tier of pay and couldn’t be made to do anything related to going back to work.

I have to admit that while a bit worried, i wasn’t overly worried that i was going to be moved, im worse than i was! plus combined with the fact that i might have narcolepsy and randomly pass out for sometimes hours? i thought i would be alright.

But then 2 weeks ago i got a letter, i call them the “brown envelopes of doom”, letters about anything benefit related are almost always in a brown envelope, over the years ive now come to fear anything in a brown envelope! The letter gave me an appointment on Friday the 14th of December, to meet my “work coach” at the job centre. I swear my stomach dropped, i knew what this meant, i had been dropped a tier, it didn’t tell me this however it just said that i must go see this work coach, or my money would be stopped, great. My money went in that night, and i was missing £25, odd….the tier below support group is £100 less, so i should of been missing £50 (you get the money every 2 weeks) But i couldn’t find out why, so i just had to wait.

On that Friday i got my answer in the form of another brown envelope of doom, telling me that i had in fact been dropped from the support group down onto the work related activity group. Which meant i was in fact loosing £100 a month, and would have to go see the work coach regularly or of course they would remove my money.

So i saw the work coach last Friday (im writing this on the Monday after) and it actually went really well. She was basically very surprised i had been dropped down a tier, her face basically had “i have no idea why you are here” written all over her face. She suggested i contest the change, which i do plan too, she also suggested that i apply for pip (personal independence payment) which i will be doing. She was very nice, and it was reassuring to hear that even she thought it was a stupid move.

This meant because the appointment last week was on a Friday i had to get out 2 days in a row. This was terrifying for me, not something i felt ready for at all! But there wasn’t much i could do about it, i didn’t want to miss another therapy appointment. And even though it was tough i did manage both days, even if i got 7 hours sleep across the two! I even managed to get out today too, though i really felt like it was impossible i did make it.

I am surprising myself at the moment, my drive is very strong even if i really dont feel like i can do anything most days! Im even feeling Christmassy for the first time in years, of course it brings a lot of anxiety, but im actually looking forward to Christmas for the first time in many years.

Therapy is going well, though i know now that my sessions will end in February and im already worried about keeping this up without therapy to help. Im crossing my fingers and willing myself to be able to do this without therapy, because the last thing i want is to fall back again.

All in all im doing well, im exhausted and my anxiety is regularly getting the best of me still but regardless im doing miles better than i was, so thats a win in my eyes.

I still do hate how much ive had to let things slip, like the blog for example but i havent had the time to write! Im hoping i can find myself a better routine come next year, and maybe ill be able to post more! I hope your all doing well, if you ever do wonder were i am have a look at my instagram cat.titcomb, i tend to be most active there!

Cath

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*Jewellery from this material culture.

Hey there! so im very excited to show you this today, This material culture is a small handmade jewellery brand in liverpool. They are known for there quirky interesting jewellery, pizza necklaces, dragon bracelets and everything in between!

I was lucky enough to be sent an item of theres to show all of you, and it seems they were paying attention because i mentioned in our emails that i was a big harry potter fan, and it seems that they listened!

a very dainty pretty deathly hallows symbol necklace on a black cord £5.00, i was very happy when i saw this! its very dainty but pretty, and an obvious nod to a love of harry potter. Also, if you dont know what the deathly hallows symbol is….we cant be friends! no, if you dont know it symbolises the 3 deathly hallows, the elder wand, the resurrection stone and the indivisibly cloak.


I have lengthened the necklace again, because as i mentioned before i tend to need too anyway! but that doesn’t bother me, i dont mind having to do that at all.

its very light and small so would also work really well even as a kiddies necklace, but also looks good enough to be worn by us adults too! I will say however that because it is so light and small it doesn’t give the necklace any weight so it can tend to try and travel backwards!

if your looking for pretty interesting unique jewellery for yourself or as gifts i would highly suggest having a look at this material culture!

Cath x

This item was sent to me, this does not effect my opinion in any way.

* Beyou soothing natural period pain patches.

Hey there! So a few weeks ago i was very kindly sent the *Beyou soothing natural period patch patches £5.99 to test out, these patches are meant to soothe and help the pain of periods naturally using menthol and eucalyptus. Now i am a sufferer of PCOS, so ive had very painful periods for years, along with cycles that can easily be 40+ days etc. I was interested to see if these would help ease the pain at all.

As you can see, the patches themselves look a bit like a big plaster, now i knew that as a plus sized women there was no way these pads would be big enough for me but having showed them to an average sized friend of mine there not really big enough full stop! they are also that classic plaster colour, so if you wanted too wear them but knew they might end up on show you couldn’t be super pale (like me) or darker either.

i popped one on (they come in a pack of 5) when i was getting some pain, the first thing i noticed was a strong smell of menthol and eucalyptus. They do lay pretty much completely flat against the skin but even so if you were wearing something completely skin tight they would show through, i knew they were there but they weren’t bulky or annoying at all. They slowly become cooling on the skin, and i can get why that is meant to be soothing but for me i found it distracting and annoying, i didn’t like how it felt and though its meant to calm your muscles i wanted to tense my muscles more! i took them off after a while finding them too distracting, they did come off very easily but i dont have much hair on my stomach at all, i would watch it if you do. 

I can understand how they are meant to soothe, because obviously the reason we get pain is because our muscles are contracting and tensing up and this is meant to soothe them and ease the pain that comes from that. And we do this with sore tense muscles all over the body so it does make a lot of sense, but sadly it just doesn’t seem to work for me! My body can be rather picky and it was with this, its a shame as a natural way to ease pain is always a plus in my book.

i still would say give this a go if you think it will work for you, because peoples bodies and there pain is so unique and you know what works best for you! 

Cath x

*This product was sent to me free of charge, this does not change or effect my opinion.

Never use very.co.uk – my experience.

Hey there! so, this isn’t generally the kind of post id write but after thinking about if i want to write this or not in the end i want to, so that hopefully i can stop maybe even just one person from ending up in the situation that i did.

So, if your in the uk i think most people would of heard of a website called very.co.uk, owned by littlewoods very is basically an online catalogue/department store. Selling clothes, tech, homeware and beauty.

I started using these online catalogues years ago, simplybe is a well known one and the first one i used. Because they have an account option were you have x amount you are allowed to spend, it goes into this total and you pay it off month by month.

When i was around 18 i got into shopping as a way to cope, and very was a very easy way to do this. I was already hitting my overdraft every month, so as my mental health went downhill i would buy £100s of pounds worth of beauty products on very at once and pay off x amount every month. Not once thinking to check the interest.

over the course of the next few years i ended up with a very account with around £3000-£4000 pounds on it, i dont know still to this day how much was interest but considering events this year i do now wonder. Eventually, with help from family i paid it off and vowed id never touch very again.

But years unable to work, you have limited options and when i found myself a bit short with the money i saved up for a new pc i went to very and went for the buy now pay later scheme. This meant that i didn’t have to pay anything for a year, and i thought it wouldn’t start gaining interested for a year either, so i continued saving up for the next year. A year comes around and i was £150 to paying it off completely, so i paid off what i could and planned to sort the last £150 in the coming months. I knew i would get a bit of interest, but nothing i couldn’t handle because it would only be a month or two right?

So i log in to make my first payment to get rid of the last bit a few weeks later and find that i have £450 in my account now, huh? when did that happen? i look in transactions and find my answer, i got charged £300 in interest im guessing from the buy now pay later scheme, the year it was meant to be interest free. So i got charged 60% interest, yes 60%.

There was nothing i could do, it was interest after all so now im in the process of trying to pay this off, though its a bit difficult when if your payment is even half an hour late you get charged £12, and in September i got charged £13 in interest on the 1st of September and £13 on the 30th of September. They are also demanding payments randomly, sometimes every 3 weeks.

Ive warned everyone i know off of very and once they are paid off i will never ever touch them again. Im writing this so that others know to stay away from them. I know things can get tight and schemes like this can help but try simplybe for example, ive had much better experiences with them! of course ideally, stick to only spending the money you have.

Cath x

Black Friday Haul.


Hey there! so first off i know i posted saying im back then disappeared for a week, this time complete lack of pictures and the lack of light to take them was my issue but i finally got some! so ive been waiting to post this because ive been waiting for everything to arrive, and in the end i was just going to do a part 1 and a part 2 haul but thankfully the items i was waiting for turned up!

So i went a bit crazy on black friday, i still dont really understand why we have black friday when we dont have thanks giving but at the same time im not gonna turn down a bargain! i did get some christmas shopping done, but i got some me shopping done too, so lets get to it shall we?


So the first order i made was with the body shop, they had 40% off everything and i couldnt resist! i bought the camomile sumptuous cleansing butter £10.00, ive used this a few times now, gone through 2 tins! i really like it but dont tend to buy it so this was high on the list to pick up. Next because generally if caroline hirons suggests something i want it, so i got Oils of life intensely revitalising cleansing oil-in-gel £12.00 that she mentions in her body shop brand overview! having used it a few times now, yes it is a lovely cleanser! full review coming up. Finally, i picked up the satsuma hand cream £5.00, the hand creams from the body shop are well known for being really good! and my favourite scent of all time from the body shop is satsuma, so this was a no brainer really.


Next up in the shopping there was two products i really didn’t wanna buy but needed! im all about the budget makeup and the bargains generally but there are two products i cant live without and they are on the pricier side! and of course because sods law, they ran out at the same time. So when i found that look fantastic stocked both of the things i needed and had 20% site wide i knew what i was doing! i picked up my go to eye primer the nars cosmetics pro prime smudge proof eyeshadow base £20, and my favourite foundation ever estee lauder double wear stay in place foundation in shell £32.50, in the end i saved £15 ish in total on the two along with free shipping, not bad id say!


i actually picked up some new nail polishes, now i have to be honest i dont actually buy new nail polishes very often! and its safe to say i have a type, purple and glitter! but with the ones i use the most now discontinued im on the hunt and i spotted some interesting ones from nails inc, and with 30% off why not! so i got the nails inc dirty unicorns hot to trot nail polish £11 first off, this was what made me make the order in the first place! i spotted my friend the lovely nail blogger enigmatic rambles swatch the colour rainbow hooves and after that i had to have a look at the rest! doing some browsing i then came across the life hack collection, in the colour bossing it £11 and knew that had to go in my basket too! in the end it was just above £15 for the two and im happy with that!


Last but by no means least i treated myself in the beauty bay sale, i went back and forth over this choice for ages! i wanted to really treat myself in the beauty bay sale considering 30% off makes a number of things much more in my reach. In the end after a lot of browsing and questioned i bought two things, i got the violet voss the rainbow palette £28.oo, i am so excited about this! i always struggle with eyeshadow palettes because so often theres colours i wont use in there, and i have wanted to try violet voss eyeshadows for ages but all her palettes never really appealed and then i spotted this and god damn is it cool! i cant wait to try this out. The other thing i picked up is the peter thomas roth meet your mask kit £22.00, i havent been able to buy pricey skincare for years now but ive wanted to try so much! ive adored face masks lately and so i thought i would finally bite the bullet and try out a selection of the peter thomas roth face masks, i am very much looking forward too!

So there you have it! the damage i did on the black friday sales, i did a fair amount of damage but i really enjoyed it, and got some great deals so im ok with it really!

Did you join in on black friday? lemme know!

Cath x