Revolution January Sales Haul.


Hey there! so i knew that revolution would likely do a after Christmas sale and i knew i would be placing an order, having avoided doing one on black Friday and also needing a replacement for my pigment pomade in jet black. So i actually put the order in on Christmas day! anyway, because it was Christmas/new year it took a while to arrive, but now its here!


so first off, i went a bit highlighter mad! i ordered pretty much every highlighter in the skin kiss range, and the powder highlight that came out at Halloween too. I got the revolution skin kiss highlighters in star kiss, dream kiss, prismatic kiss and frozen kiss currently £2.50 and the revolution haunted lights currently £1.20 too. I also got the revolution pro SFX white base powder currently 90p, im including this in highlighters because i will be using it as a matte highlighter really! These skin kiss highlighters are massive! i mean i think hitting pan on a highlighter is pretty impossible anyway, but at this size i cant imagine ever hitting pan! (they are 14g). i got the haunted lights in 2017 which was pink, so i skipped the green has i have green highlighters but when i saw it on sale i wasn’t going to resist! and the same for the white base powder really, i didn’t need to resist at this price point.

Next up is the rest of the bits i picked up, in a similar vein to the other Halloween products i picked up, i picked up the revolution pro SFX face paint palette (now completely sold out). I dont tend to do SFX makeup much these days, but i thought this would be handy to have on hand, and you know, i wanted it!


Has mentioned above, i picked up a new revolution pro pigment pomade in jet black £5.00, i mention this in my favourite makeup products of 2018 (coming soon) but this is my go to cream base for eye shadows. But i dropped my old jar and lost it with the top off somewhere! so even though this wasn’t in the sale i needed to grab this!

I picked up two eye shadows, the magnetise eye shadows in black and burgundy currently £1.50. I haven’t really played with these yet, but with swatches oh boy they have a lot of pigment!


Finally, i grabbed a few lipsticks, i grabbed two in the Halloween collection, because lets be honest, i have a black lipstick and i have a red lipstick (ok, i have quite a few) but if there in the sales? ill pick them up for the pretty packaging! i got blood lust and captivating curse currently £1.20. Finally! i picked up the revolution pro supreme lipstick in treacherous currently £1.50, mainly because ive wanted to try the pro lipsticks for a while, and well its purple. i just opened this lipstick for like the third time and squished the tip of it, damn it!

So there you have it! sorry for the haul influx lately, you know its that time of year! did you pick up anything in the revolution sale?

Cath x

The Therapy Diaries – the fear of the end.

Hey there! so in 3 weeks time my therapy comes to a end, i got 16 sessions and ive almost had them all. And, i am really bloody scared for it to come to an end.

Ive had cbt therapy before, and i did really well and improved a lot while i was in therapy and then within 2 months i started going backwards and very quickly i was back to square one.

Ive improved a lot since i started therapy in september, and im really scared that it will all go to shit again. When i started therapy, i had basically completely given up all hope on ever getting better, on ever improving again and my therapist gave me the kick up the ass basically that i needed too start trying again.

I have done so well, i know i have but because of this i am terrified that i cant continue it if im not going to therapy weekly. I hate how you just get dropped like this, im going to have to fend for myself so to speak and im really worried i cant.

I expressed this to my therapist last week and when i left the session i felt as if you know maybe she is right and i could manage it by myself. I have the tools, i know what im doing right? but in the days since then, it all feels way too much, and im so worried this isnt going to work out.

Ever since i started therapy it has felt like this was my last chance, i dont feel like i can have another chance to get better. I feel like i cant do this again, recovery is so much, and im barely into what is years of work and i know that i just cant repeat this all over again. But that is also even scarier than normal, because if i do fail, thats it.

I feel so completely overwhelmed right now, i really wanna just hide away forever! maybe everything will be ok, but it doesnt feel like it will be right now.

Therapy is great, but no one talks about when you have to leave it!

Cath x

Sales Haul from boots.


Hey there! so, im sure im not the only one that always looks forward to shopping the sales at boots after Christmas. They always make all of there gift sets half price, so what ive been doing the past few years is saving up my boots points all year and using them in the sales and thats exactly what i did this year too!

This year the plan was to go to boots on the Friday after Christmas, however i knew i wasn’t likely to find all the harry potter bits i was interested in so on boxing day i ordered the bits i wanted online first. The other 2 items i got was in store, to be honest i think like a lot of us we get there and very quickly think “you know, this is a lot of the same!” a lot of the really good sets are already gone at this point. Though saying that i am pleased with what i managed to grab!


So, the harry potter stuff! I ordered the hedwig and scabbers lip balms, i got the crookshanks lip balm at Christmas so i wanted to complete the set! these little lip balms are so cute, the lip balm inside is just a waxy very basic product but to be honest you dont buy these for the product! I also got the hedwig hand cream, i love hedwig as im sure most lovers of harry potter do so i wasn’t saying no to this. The last thing i ordered im a bit meh about, it was this hufflepuff makeup bag, now i am a very proud hufflepuff but i thought this bag was more yellow than it actually is, its actually really gold and i am not a fan of anything gold at all really! but even so, its hufflepuff and it wasn’t that pricey so im sure i can find a use for it.


The two sales items i got in the store itself i am very pleased with, the first item being i think my favourite that i got in this boots haul over all (sorry hp!). I got the real techniques brush crush set, now i have seen the brush crush brushes and thought they are beautiful but they are so pricey! but this set was half price from £30, so £17.50! i had originally picked up an original real techniques brush set but the minute i saw this i had to have it.


The final little thing i got is this ghost night bauble, this was a last minute thing i picked up at the til but im glad i did! ghost night is actually the perfume my nan wore for ages (she doesn’t really wear perfume these days). But the dark moon shaped bottle is still sat on her dressing table, and it makes me think of her. Inside is a mini little bottle of perfume, and a tinted lip balm that doesn’t smell of the perfume but of something else, something sweet but i cant put my finger on it for the life of me!

im really pleased with what i managed to pick up, i think the brush set is my favourite though of course i cant help my harry potter heart.

Did you pick anything good up in the boots sales this year?

Cath x

You dont have to reflect at new years.


Hey there! so, i was going to do a post reflecting on 2018 etc like im sure a lot of people are doing. And though there is nothing wrong in that, i suddenly thought “why am i doing this?” when, its the kind of post that if i read it would upset me.

Im sure im not the only one who really doesn’t like new years, the reflecting on mainly all these happy things, being super positive and very “wow! life is amazing!” works for some people, and is true for some people but it just isnt me and as someone who generally crawls into the next year barely held together i dont really want to explain why im so “thankful for everything ive done this year”.

And you see everyone and there mother doing it, this year has i am much more active on instagram, instagram is covered with people reflecting over there year via pictures and stories. Great, im glad you had fun but i didn’t leave the house for 6 months, i completely gave up all hope and just resigned myself to rotting away until i finally got off the therapy waiting list and my lovely therapist swooped in and told me to pull myself together and fight for what i want.

Now of course im glad she did that, but being in that situation in the first place isnt exactly fun and games. And the thing is we are surrounded with “new year new you”, “im going to travel/train/get married/have a baby in 2019”, “try this new diet in 2019!”. Its everywhere, but honestly its not needed.

If you are crawling into 2019 feeling like you have been fighting a war all year and your going from one battlefield to another, please know that you do not have to like new years, you dont have to reflect and just being able to drag yourself into another year is something in of itself.

2018 is the first year in many years that i can happily pick out a number of positives in actually, but also a lot of negatives and a lot of hard times. But in the end? Im not going to do any of that, i am going to walk into 2019 back onto the battlefield with the rest of us, maybe with one or two less scars than before and call that a win.

while im here, its also completely fine if your not doing anything for new years! you do not have to see it in if you do not want to/cant. There is no rule saying you have too, there is way too much pressure to see in new years drunk and shouting, theres no need it doesn’t change anything. It just means that you will start the new year with a headache!, of course go ahead and have fun if you wish, but if you dont want too you dont have too!

Remember these things ok?

Cath x

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.