A Mishap in Mersea

This is a bit of a different post - but something I want to blog about none the less.

It could be a little lengthy, so settle down with your favourite snack/drink!

This is just a bit of warning however if you are squeamish - you might not want to read it. 

The frequency of my posts has been some what disturbed in recent days and the reason for that is an unexpected accident whilst walking the dog at Cudmore Grove Country Park, Mersea.

Cudmore Grove offers a really different set of views to your average country park and is definitely worth a visit:

Mersea

Saturday 16th August was my first trip to Mersea for a mellow dog walk with family...but it also led to my first trip in an ambulance and of breaking bones!

I have had many falls, many sprained ankles which have all began with me telling myself to 'Be Careful, watch your footing...' etc and this occasion was no exception. When I heard the snap in my ankle and proceeded to fall face first into long lengths of wild grass I just knew I had really gone and done it. I fell down an uneven embankment of grassy / woodland in the park and it was really quite out of the way.

Within minutes an ambulance was called, but at just over 2 hours having passed I was still stuck in the position I fell into, helpless and getting ever more frustrated at the pain I had in my left ankle, determined not to move. As I understand it because my injury wasn't 'life threatening' and my age 'relatively young' I was bumped down the priorities list for ambulance call outs for that afternoon. I can understand this to a degree, but isn't a 2 hour wait a bit ridiculous?!

Mersea

You can only image what it's like lying on the grass of a country park with no clue as to when an ambulance is going to arrive, accompanied only by the british weather, and the odd passer by who wants to know what you have done and tries to help. If it wasn't for my mum I would have slowly gone insane!

It's a situation where I began to think 'Would I help a stranger out, If I walked past someone in my situation?' I would like to think that I would if that person was evidentially in distress, but it frustrated and almost shocked me in the 2 hours I sat there the number of dog walkers, families, and foreigners that passed by pretending they didn't even see me. Some would look at me, or  even through me at the scenic views behind me over my golf ball of a foot. Is ignorance really bliss?

After the amazing ambulance team arrived, (also outraged I had to wait so long for help) they began removing my sock with scissors and repositioning my foot (I couldn't turn my ankle straight...) this meant lots of gas & air. How amazing is that stuff?! I was then taken to Colchester Hospital where it became clear that I had broken ligaments in addition to smashing up the tibia and fibula in my ankle. 

Mersea

So word was that I had really 'done a good job on it...' and surgery was needed. I had to stay in hospital over night, to have my surgery on the Sunday and then a further night into Monday, before I could return home on crutches or with some kind of support. 

Surgery was a process called ORIFS (i'll leave you to Google this, things get quite nasty...) Its a process of putting the broken bones back in place and screwing it all together and keeping it all in place essentially. 

Any one who knows me well, will know I like a hospital. (Yes re-read that, it's true!)

They are filled with so many stories, so much expertise and so much hustle and bustle. When friends or family need a hospital I am there to take them to A&E, or make clinic appointments. Having stayed these two nights in hospital though on a ward with other folk suffering from various orthopaedic troubles I was constantly reminded and a beneficiary of the amazing jobs Nurses, Doctors, Consultants and general support staff contribute to the NHS.

I have been left with a real inspriation to be a part of it and definitely put something toward helping such a great foundation stay so brilliant - people really are so quick to complain. In talking to everyone on my ward I can understand those complaints but the credit the staff of the trust should get is far past a decent wage in my opinion. The NHS is such a unique pillar of the UK, that needs to be preserved.

Pre-Surgery

This experience has taught me a lot of little life lessons, and will no doubt continue to.

I can't bear weight on my left foot for 6 weeks and then it's another 6 before anyone expects me to be able to drive or function normally!! I'm currently out of work for 6 weeks (!!!) and lounging on the sofa is getting a little tedious a week in, so no doubt blog posts plenty are in the pipeline :)

To follow more of my ankle recovery please subscribe on Bloglovin' here and let me know of posts you'd like to see!

 

Make Up Forever Aqua Matics

Make Up Forever Aqua MaticsMakeup Forever is a brand which I have found incredibly hard to get a hold of in the UK. When I went to the States, & on one of my many visits to Sephora I picked up some of the stand out Make Up Forever essentials.

Included in my basket were the Make UP Forever Aqua Matics.

The current collection of Aqua Matics consists of 10 waterproof and smudge proof shades.I only picked up two, (the rest of the display was empty, which led me to have high expectations...) and having said that I probably will be ordering more. I think the two shades I did pick up (ME-54 & ME-50) are perhaps the most wearable and versatile of the group.

Priced at $21 in the US, you won't be disappointed with what they deliver, but I have seen very similar products creeping out on the high street which could be dupe-able though!

Described as a long lasting eye shadow in a twist up stick, the product itself really does feel so soft and smooth to apply to your eyelids. You can even blend this out if you like, which would be great to try with one of the more 'electric' colours but just note that you would have to work quite quickly. Once these colours are applied, they are there for the long haul.

Make Up Forever Aqua Matics

Top swatch is ME 50 Metalic Golden Taupe, bottom swatch is ME-54 Metallic Pinky Beige.

The colours are shimmery (this maybe due to these two shades being marketed as 'Metallic') and because they do have quite a bit of glitter within the formula this is all that comes away if you rub over the application area, which can mean glittery fingers but apart from that the pay off is fantastic.

So portable, travel friendly and easy to apply these are a must have for anyone who wants to apply eye makeup without the need for mirrors and fancy brushes to last hour after hour. I have worn these on the water line, as an eye liner on the lid, and all over the lid so far and can't see me getting bored!

Make Up Forever Aqua Matics

Glide On Waterproof Eye Shadow

In Summary;

  • Make Up Forever products always live up to their description and product spec in my experience this was no exception.
  • This is a very easy to use makeup tool which you can be used so many which ways on the eyes to change looks over and over, not only on their own but added into your favourite eye makeup trends.
  • The staying power is phenomenal, but the colour pigmented.

If you want to see some eye makeup examples with these products, just comment below.
Have you tried the Make Up Forever Aqua Matics, or any high street dupes?

Polish Picks for Summer

Summer is the prime oportunity to get colourful with your nails, and there are some really fabulous effects and trends you can now incorporate with them.

This post features the six top colours I've gravitated to this season.

Top 6 Summer Polish Picks

Barry M has really made an impact with their Gelly Hi Shine nail colours again this year, and my purse is definitely not complaining either. Half of my picks are from Barry M and I think that says a lot because I do have a draw of OPI products that I could have used!

Barry M Polish Picks: 

'Sugar Apple' Gelly Nail Polish #21 (£3.99), this is a great dupe for Essie's famous 'Mint Candy Apple'.

'Rose Hip' Gelly Nail Polish #20 (£3.99), beautiful elegant pink similar, but maybe a little pinker to Essie's 'Fiji'.

'Prickly Pear' Gelly Nail Polish #6 (£3.99), a substantial lilac in just one coat!

Both Superdrug & Boots have great Barry M Gelly nail polish offers on at the moment.

Also as a side note the new Summer Matte colours from Barry M look just as impressive!

Who has tried them?!

Top 6 Summer Polish Picks

Essie Polish Picks:

'Marshmallow' 024 (£8.21), I picked this up from the states (it was on my list of many...) and I haven't been disappointed in my usage of it. If you want to look tanned, wear this. If you want a decent white that pays off in 2 coats,wear this.

'Bikini So Teeny' 764 (£7.99), a gorgeous cornflower blue that compliments any skin tone, it also has a shimmer running through the formula. It's one of those that people always ask about...

Ciaté Mini Paint Pot Pick:

Never have I brought a full sized Ciaté nail polish, but this doesn't mean i don't love them! I was lucky enough to receive the Ciaté Advent calendar last year, and it's such a perfect gift for any nail polish lover. You can't be annoyed when advent is over as you are left with 24 gorgeous colours and this is where the lovely 'Hoopla' entered my life.

'Hoopla' (£9.00 full size) - this zingy peachy, pink looks gorgeous on the nails and again great for tanning time. I can't find the full size online and where it's in stock but maybe try your favourite eBay seller (I think this was a part of their fairground collection)?

Let me know your top nail polish picks for summer!

 

My Double Cleanse Routine

Ditch those face wipes, it's time to give your face the take off time it deserves.

Double Cleanse Duo

I mostly double cleanse on the occasions where i've either been exposed to a lot of pollution, been at the gym or applied any makeup products to my face. Having said that, I think a double cleanse routine should be carried out every evening, whatever you applied and wherever you went that day. I just struggle some nights to follow the 1st step with the 2nd, over the thought of flopping into bed (I think we have all been there...)

Double cleansing is normally only required in the evenings, and essentially uses two cleansing formulas (dependent on your preference and skin type) to better target the oils, dirt, makeup or sweat that lives on our precious faces daily. In two steps it will provide a better more thorough clean up than your standalone step would.

It becomes a bit of a therapy, and a great way to leave the day behind you.

One thing to make sure of is that you are using 2 separate cleansers from different product families.  When you dip your toe into this cleansing routine you don't want to be using a gentle milky cleanser, and then following with a gel like cleanser, whilst they are better than nothing for sure, they are going to be gently cleansing the skin, and not necessarily targeting the oils.

As a first step, oil attracts oil. You will be targeting on cleansing the (perhaps most visible) of your daily grime off in this step. So something like a balm cleanser or oil would be perfect here.

Double Cleanse Duo

I currently use the REN Rosa Centifolia No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm (suitable for all skin types - I have sensitive skin). I have found this a great dupe for the pots and pots of the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Balm I have been through, EH is an amazing cleanser but the packaging of the tub splitting and falling apart annoys me so much! In protest I moved onto something cheaper and just as good!

I use a ten pence piece of the balm (at the most - depending on the days wear) and massage into dry skin. I really work all of that nasty stuff around, you can even use this on your eye area, unlike some oil cleansers. Then I grab a good muslin cloth and wash away the first step. This is where many people would dab their face with a towel and head to bed... but not here.

Step 2 combats the environmental and water based dirt. You might even think, 'My face is clean, there's not a scrap of makeup on it now...' but go ahead with this step as it targets the stuff that doesn't just sit on the surface.

Cult Beauty advises to

Pick up a gel, blemish-busting, exfoliating or clay-based formula, to target the needs of your complexion

My second step uses REN again, it's the Rosa Centifolia cleansing gel this time, which I now only have under a quarter of the bottle left since buying in March (which is pretty good value!). Just pop this on your skin, mix it with some water and then rinse off to finish your double cleanse system.

I've picked out some of the best balm & gel cleansers for all budgets below;


 

Shop for step 1: 

Shop Balm Cleansers

Affordable: Boots Botanics 97% Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm 70ml £6.69

Mid-Range: Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm 125ml £22.00

High-End: Oskia Perfect Cleanser £32.50


 

Shop for step 2: 

Gel Cleansers

Affordable: Yes To Cucumbers Daily Gel Cleanser 90ml  £6.99

Mid-Range:Murad Soothing Gel Cleanser 200ml £24.30

High-End: Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser 125ml £35.00


 

Let me know how you like to double cleanse, have you tried any of these products?

If you want to see a more in-depth review on my double cleansing products from REN then just ask!

 

Travel – Philippines Feb 2014

The Philippines was my first ever venture to Asia, and was a very memorable two weeks spent with one of my lovely friends who moved back home to Manila. After having known her through work in the UK, I was so excited to get out there and experience the culture of the very friendly Filipinos.

I learnt so much from my travels there earlier this year, and after taking a while to sink in that I was actually quite a way away from home and getting over all of the time difference - the Philippines was an amazing place to visit and was such an incredible experience to bring home.

Here are some of my favourite photos taken on my travels, that I have decided to share (sorry to be boring with the watermarking!). You can see more of the Philippines sites in the second & final part of this Philippines travel post next month!

If you have any questions, or want any advice about travelling to the Philippines just drop me a comment, or tweet!

See you next month for more breathtaking views...