The Soap Story Review.

Hey there! So a few weeks ago i went to the range with my mum, i hadn’t actually been there before so was quite excited to have a look around. You can imagine that the excitement got even better when i spotted a soap story stand! Mum said that a soap i got in my christmas stocking was actually from there, which i hadnt known but being able to have a look with my own two eyes was great fun! i had to control myself, knowing that the last thing i needed was a tonne more soap products when i already have so many so i picked carefully. I ended up getting the Mandarin hand cleansing gel 50ml £3.00 and the Galaxy jelly soap 100g £5.00, i was having a look at all the products for quite a while but these are what ended up catching my eye the most.


I always like to carry a anti-bac hand gel with me, but im not a big fan of just the standard ones really! i like finding ones that are nicely scented, but that can be pretty difficult in the uk, so when i spotted a whole range of them i was very happy! even more so when i spotted the Mandarin hand cleansing gel 50ml  £3.00 as i love orange scents but had never found a hand gel in a orange scent before. I was so excited i used it in the car on the way home! And the scent is lovely, its mandarin but its not super strong and its also not that super sweet and sickly fake orange scent. Though of course alcohol is the main thing in here, i cant smell it and unlike some gels it doesn’t feel like its disappearing as soon as it makes contact with my skin. They say its moisturising, and while i wouldn’t go that far it doesn’t dry my skin out quite to the same degree that your standard gel would. My biggest bug bare with this gel personally is that for maybe 20 seconds after using your hands are a bit sticky, so you do have to watch it a little, but its not too bad and after those 20 seconds its gone completely and the only thing telling you that you used it is a very light scent still there. I really like it, I find that the nice scent makes me want to use it more too always a good thing!


The other thing i bought from the soap story is the Galaxy jelly soap 100g £5.00. I was looking for a while, but then this soap caught my eye, how could i not! its dark and sparkly, and smells super good. Ive been trying to figure out how to explain the scent of this for a while now, and i honestly still cant place it! i just know that its sweet, and it takes me back to my childhood but i dont know why! of course, there is a novelty factor in that you have a chunk of jelly soap that wobbles and feels exactly like any other jelly. The galaxy one is this beautiful midnight blue with holographic glitter inside, before i photographed it i was messing around and taking it whole out of its tub and wobbling it, hence the mark in it! note to self, dont do that. You can use it in a few different ways, ive been grabbing a little bit from the tub and putting it on the sponge i use but i dont think thats the easiest way to use it. I think that if you can, using it whole like a bar of soap may work better because i found it pretty difficult to break a piece off! though of course my wet hands didn’t help. You get a nice lather once it work it up, and the colour turns more to the purple side which is awesome. The first time i used it i thought that it had dried my skin out a little bit, but when ive used it since i haven’t had any issues so i dont actually think it did!
All in all i really liked both of these products that i tried from the soap story, the only minors were very small! and i think i will pick some other things next time im at the range.

Cath x

Emotionally Broken – The past shapes us, and thats ok.


Hey there! so i had a dream the other night, and it got me thinking. I dreamt that we had invented time travel (bare with me here), and we could go back to any time period in our lives that we wanted too and would be our previous selves but with the knowledge we had now, and could change anything that we wanted too in that time period as long as we understood it would change our future. So i time travelled back to when i was 15, i was seeing all this as if i was watching a movie basically but sometimes i felt like i was the me i could see….dreams are so weird!

Anyway, as soon as i went back into my 15 year old self i made a tonne of changes, i started loosing weight as soon as i could, i dropped the toxic friends, stopped being obsessive and clingy with some other friends and spent more time with the friends i knew were good people. I went back to the specialist education centre i was under and finished my schooling there, getting more, better GCSEs. I changed my style, hair & makeup to suit what i wanted, using the skills i had taken with me to skip the embarrassing stages! I did the college course i started at 16, still at home but i threw all of my effort in.

I saw all of this in like a snippet almost montage like way, seeing myself in situations i hate how i acted acting correctly and fixing mistakes. Has i grew up, i lost the weight and kept it off, i got my first job but i didn’t make any of the mistakes i made there, i learnt to drive, i got a boyfriend, because i could drive i didn’t have to leave the first job i had and i got a full time job there.

And then, when i hit 20 i came back to the future, the future i had fixed right?

And i came back to 26 year old me, fat, unable to work, riddled with mental illness and very single.

The last thing i heard before i woke up was a voice, no idea whos saying “you cant change the past”.

And they are right.

This dream has been on my mind all day, you see ive had the “would you change the past if you could” chat a number of times, and though i would of gladly changed it as a teenager, as an adult for years now ive always said that everything that happens in your life is a lesson you are meant to learn, the past shapes you so no i wouldn’t want to change it.

And thats the thing, in my dream i corrected so many tiny little mistakes that have stayed with me for so long. But those tiny mistakes? they are what shape us, the embarrassing memories and awkward moments, all of these are lessons no matter how small.

And so was the big things, the loosing weight earlier than what i did and keeping it off, the learning to drive, the school choices, friend choices and everything else in between all shaped me into who i am today.

Im not immune to wishing i could change things, and the dream proves that its in my head at least. But as the dream showed, it isnt what is important in the long run.

Because the thing is, if i hadn’t gone through these things i wouldn’t be who i am, and though it is a big work in progress i am beginning to not mind the person behind the mess. And of course, without the past, i wouldn’t have the things i love in my life too.

The dream was a reminder to me that the past is important, and while you shouldn’t live in the past (though the dream ran with that) it shapes you, and you cant and shouldn’t change it.

Cath x

Blogging on a budget.

Hey there! so over the years blogging has become something that i think is honestly a bit out of control, you can tend to feel a bit over looked if your not blogging about the latest products, with the best pictures & photo props, perfect lighting and back drops and it can be concerning, especially if you are on a tight budget and a lot of that is out of your budget. Obviously for the bigger bloggers the new product problem is solved by Pr, but if you are on the smaller side like me if you want to blog about a new product you will be buying it, however i have over the years that i have read and written blogs picked up some tips for blogging on a budget.

1. Dont give in to pressure
This is honestly my biggest tip, with all these blogs showing the latest products, new reviews and new sparkly things to show every week. With perfect pictures and back drops, it can be very easy to feel like you will only get noticed in the blogging world if you compete with all these things which means throwing a lot of money at your blog. But you dont need to do this, you can and will get noticed if you have good content, you dont need to look as professional as everyone else!

2. phone cameras are fine.
Blog photos, the bane of most bloggers existence but its not actually as bad as it seems, you do not need a ring light, perfect back drops & a super pricey camera to get good blog photos. An iphone camera works fine (saying iphone because that is what i have) you dont need a state of the art camera back drop or lighting. natural light is awesome, works best if you just find somewhere near a window. for background, blankets, scrap fabrics, pretty clothes, trays etc all work really well.

3. Be creative
One thing about blogging on a budget means you may have to get creative, and that too me is a lot of fun though i know not everyone finds having to think outside of the box that fun and it can be frustrating! of course blogging is a creative exercise anyway, its just on a budget you may have to be even more so. Using blankets, scraps of fabric, jewellery, random nick nacks for picture back grounds and props for example! It also means thinking out of the box for your posts, what can you talk about that requires just words maybe? what do you already own that you can talk about? etc

4. Pound shops, discount shops and sales/offers are your best friends.
You can get so many beauty products and the like for at a discount or on offer these days, try and base when you may be buying said things around that! I always try and hold off on buying stuff from boots until theres a triple points offer, i live in places like poundland, B & m, home bargains etc. Amazon is also a useful place for bulk buying or when they have there offers on, and of course you can also always write posts about these places themselves so its win win!

5. Prioritise.
When it comes to spending on your blog and for your blog, prioritise what you need and were you spend. For example, you dont need to spend much on a domain, i got mine on godaddy for just over a pound a year! but a good blog banner and button if you cant do it yourself is worth spending a little bit on, as it is often the first thing people will see. For the most part spending 100s on advertising isnt worth it, ive advertised with a few people here and there but i tend to always go back to jordanne, i get the £3 package and thats enough! you dont need to spend £100s if you dont have it.

So there are my blogging on a budget tips! im sure theres more, maybe ill do a part 2 at some point? let me know if you think thats a good idea!

Cath x

The Body Shop facial mask duo review.


Hey there! So its been a while since ive done a review, and im sorry about that its what happens when things just get a bit busy! im really hoping to keep on top of things more now, cross your fingers.

Anyway, i wanted to talk about this mask duo i got at Christmas, because i have completely fallen in love with both of them! I got the body shop our finest facial mask duo £32.00 and was super pleased, having wanted to try the updated body shop face masks for a while.

In the duo you get the Himalayan charcoal purifying glow mask & the British rose fresh plumping mask. These type of masks are for sure my most used, a classic mud/charcoal one and a gel texture one. The face masks retail for £17.00 each so you dont save a massive amount buying them together but if you are gonna buy both anyway you might as well and it does also make a brilliant gift like how i got mine as its in a lovely box.

So lets start with the Himalayan charcoal purifying glow mask


Years ago, i tried the original glam glow mask and though it isnt worth the price tag (in my opinion) at all, it was still very good. Well, this mask gives it a run for its money for sure in my opinion. It is a classic mud mask, with the charcoal showing through in its colour, it also has the trait that glam glow is known for, it has bits of mud and such in it, so it isnt smooth in texture. Its easy to apply and you dont need a tonne to cover your face, and then you let it do its thing! it begins drying pretty fast, much faster than i expected it too, but while its drying you can really see it working! it also feels lovely and cooling on the skin, i do find though that the downside to this is it can be a bugger to get off! it is a real bitch to get off, its one that is best removed in the shower honestly, and you need a flannel for sure because it comes off in flakes and generally is a nightmare, but personally for me its worth it i really like it.

The British rose fresh plumping mask is another one right my ally, especially over the past year or so ive gotten very into using gel texture hydrating masks. And honestly one of my favourite things to do is to use a clay/charcoal mask then use a hydrating gel mask afterwards. And this is a really nice one, its not overpoweringly rose scented which is important because if it was too strong it would be annoying to use! but its not, its very gentle and cooling and hydrating. it also comes off very easily, which is always nice!

So yeah, all in all i really like this set of face masks, ill be sad when they run out and hope to pick up some more soon!

Cath x

My Current Favourites January/February 2018.


Hey there! so i haven’t done any favourites in a….(remembers 2018 favourites) well ok, i haven’t done current favourites in a while so i thought i would show you and talk to you about some of my current favourites at the minute.

Beauty

 

So, beauty! have to be honest, i thought i had more beauty favourites than this, but those that i have i do really like a lot!

B. multi acid retexturising facial pads £5.99
I bought these exfoliating pads just before Christmas and i have almost used up the whole tub which tells you how much i like them! i love acid exfoliators  but they can often be on the pricey side, these are really budget friendly but still work really well and have really been keeping any dry winter skin problems at bay.

The body shop facial mask duo £32.00
(Himalayan charcoal and British rose).
This is kind of cheating because its 2 products, but i did get them together so it does make sense too! i got these for Christmas, and i have really fallen in love with them, the charcoal one reminds me an awful lot of glamglow that i tried many years ago now but it doesn’t come with its price tag! it makes my skin feel super clean, but not stripped, its just a really good way to make sure theres no yuck in my skin. The rose one is also lovely, its hydrating but also surprisingly cooling on the skin and ive found it really soothing, perfect for the colder months. I really rate both of this, highly suggest you give them a try, and i hope to try some more from the body shops face mask range soon!

MUA pixel-perfect multi blush in pink blossom £3.00
Ill admit that ive kept a lot of my makeup very much the same, but a product that i bought just before Christmas that ive really been liking is this MUA blush. When i ordered it i thought it was going to be a very light pink/purple blush, maybe with a tiny bit of shimmer but nothing over the top however it turns out to be pretty much non-pigmented. However, i have found that the shimmer it contains is really fine, and the tiny bit of pigment makes it work really well as just like a brightener really. I use it on my cheeks, forehead nose and chin and i like that it lifts everything, but i dont look super instagram glowy, i just look a little bit more alive.

Loreal elvive phytoclear intensive scalp scrub.
This is one of those items that you pick up on a whim and end up really falling in love with. I picked this up in poundstretcher, Not really thinking too much about it but wanting to try a scalp scrub as i do feel that hair dye build up can really cause havoc with my scalp sometimes and boy am i glad i gave it a go! it looks like a body scrub, but what you do is wet your scalp/hair, and then massage this into your scalp really paying attention to the trouble spots, i made sure to go along my hair line and behind my ears too. It feels super cooling but didn’t irritate my scalp at all, then i just rinsed it out before using shampoo & conditioner, it rinses out pretty easily, but i wouldn’t overly worry because any bits that dont get rinsed out are shampooed out without issue. The end result is a really clean, smooth scalp/root area, and ive had less of an itchy head for sure! i just hope i can find it again.

Cleaning


Flash bathroom cleaner spray £1.00
Ive mentioned before that ive been hinched and i really enjoy cleaning, so i thought i would add my favourite cleaning product of the moment into these posts! At the minute it just has to be the flash bathroom spray, easily the product ive re-bought the most, i love this for cleaning my bathroom, either if its at the weekend all over my bath etc or a quick mid week sink clean, it leaves everything super clean and shiny without much work and it also smells so good!

Watching


Critical role
What ive been obsessed with watching lately isnt a new thing for me, but i still adore it. I have been watching critical role since october 2017, i caught up with the first campaign a few days before the second one started and ive been watching campaign 2 on Fridays/Saturdays without fail since. If you dont know what critical role is, critical role is a live streamed dnd game played by various voice actors. Its an amazing show, and since Christmas ive been re-watching campaign 1 and its made me love it even more. Campaign 2 has had some really jaw dropping juicy moments lately and ive been completely gripped!

Listening


Amaranthe 
It was a few months ago now that a couple of my friends introduced me to the Swedish rock band Amaranthe and that has been the only thing on my spotify ever since. I really love how different they are, with 2 lead singers, a man and a women and there lyrics are also amazing. One of my friends that got me into them saw them this week and i am so very jealous!

alright, thats my current favourites, what are yours right now? let me know!

cath  x

 

The Therapy Diaries – A Positive Out look.


Hey there! so i haven’t done an update on therapy in a little while, so i thought now was as good a time as any to let you know how its going. So at the time of writing i got back from therapy a couple of hours ago, im on the last 3 sessions i have with her now, so we have split them up over 6 weeks and this was the first one with a two week gap in between.

I had a lot happen over these 2 weeks, i found out that asking for my benefits being taken down to be reconsidered had been declined, friendship troubles & trying to nurse a poorly guinea pig back to health who sadly lost his fight, it wasn’t a quiet 2 weeks!

But we also spoke a lot about how i am slowly understanding and accepting that recovery in the end can only be something you do for yourself and im also beginning to want to do it for myself too. When i met my therapist i had basically given up, i didnt think i had any other chance any more but thanks too my therapist, i found hope again.

I found a reason to fight, and for once it wasn’t in someone else, for once it was for me, i wasn’t fighting for anyone else but myself and my therapist had pushed me in the direction to do so. And now, i still feel that way, i want to recover, i want to get better but i want to do it for myself, of course other people come into my thinking but mainly its for me and what i want. And thats how it should be, i should be recovering for myself, because after all i have to put in all the hard work!

So therapy is really positive at the moment, we have been doing positive qualities diaries and ive actually managed to think of positive qualities that i think i have myself now, and im not just going by what other people tell me.

And being able to write these down, actually started with the guinea pig i mentioned above. My mum works in a primary school, and they have guinea pigs and one of them got very poorly so myself and my mum gave him the best chance we could and syringe fed him every hours for most of a day. Sadly, he didnt make it but doing this made me think something.

Regardless of the human or the creature, if they need me i will help, a bumble bee or a great white shark, my best friend or my school bully if they need someone i will always be willing to help. And it was then that i knew what my first positive quality trait was, and that i also knew that little marmite had taught me a valuable lesson.

So even with a lot of things happening, im feeling really positive right now and thats, well thats lovely.

I hope it sticks.

Cath x