Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb Review.

“Honey-scented streams of Brazillian orange and bergamot waltz with swirling, colourful stars”

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Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb is one of those bombs that will grab your attention straight away once you set eyes on it. It first appeared online during the 2013 Christmas range.

It’s outside colour is mainly made up of deep blue decorated with yellow stripes and a pearly white shooting star going across. This bath bomb doesn’t look like any other that lush have brought out, which is what makes it so exciting.

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As you place this into the tub you soon realise this is one of Lush’s slower fizzers and will take a good 10 – 15 minutes to completely dissolve into the water. It immediately fizzes out think deep blue foam which froths on the surface of the water. It turns the bath water beneath a magical shade of blue whilst on the surface as the bomb spins it releases swirls of blue, silver, pink and yellow.

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This bath bomb shares it’s scent with the popular Honey I Washed The Kids scents which is very popular with lush fans. The scent stayed in the air for the whole of the experience and then further as I could still smell it on my skin hours later. This bath bomb is spectacular from first sight to it’s show in the bath. If I had to pick one Christmas product for lush to bring out all year round, it would be this one without a doubt!

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I have made sure I have stocked up on these to last me until they hopefully reappear next christmas!

Ingredients –
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Brazillian Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Cream Of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate), Titanium Dioxide, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Lillal, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 45350, Colour 47005, Silver Lustre; Pink Lustre (Corn starch, Maltodextrin, Potassium Aluminium Sillicate, Mica, Colour 77400, Beetroot Red), White Edible Stars (Hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose, Glycerine, Gum Arabic, Sodium carboxymethyl Cellulose).

Year Of Original Release –
2013.

Current Price –
£3.65 each.

Overall Rating Out Of Ten –
10/10.

Thank you for reading my review of Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb.
Love, Becca xo

Bar Humbug Bubble Bar Review.

“If you can’t handle the merriment, indulge your inner scrooge with this dark, liquorice bar”

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When it comes to the seasonal Christmas bubble bars, this one looks different and stands out from Candy Mountain Bubble Bar and Peeping Santa. This one doesn’t look overly Christmassy until you see it’s name. This scent is also a lot different to the candy scented bubble bars that were also released this year.

This deep purple favorite has a strong liquorice aroma with a slight lemon scent when first smelt. When shopping in my local Lush store just before Christmas I spotted this sat amongst the Christmas Limited Edition Products and immediately fell in love with the way it looked and smelt.

As I crumbled it under running water the smell of strong liquorice filled the bathroom and remained on my skin for hours after I departed the tub. The tub filled with a deep purple coloured water and mountains of soft bubbles. This bubble bar worked wonders for my skin and left it feeling smooth and soft throughout the day.

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Whilst this bubble bar isn’t the biggest of bars like comforter and brightside, you can still get a lot of baths out of the one bar. I think I managed to get around seven or eight, but it depends on your water pressure as to how much you need to use. This bubble bar is one that I’ve made sure I stocked up on as it sadly isn’t available all year round. Although with that being said, If lush were to bring a bubble bar out it should be this one, As would be suitable to be used all year round.

Ingredients –
Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Perfume, Cornflour (Zea mays), Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Fennel Oil (Foeniculum vulgare), Tarragon Oil (Artemisia dracynculus, Synthetic Fluorphogopite, Silver Glimmer Lustre (Corn Starch, Maltodextrin, Potassium Aluminium Silicate, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Colour 77400), Citral, Coumarin, Limonene, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 77226.

Year Of Original Release –
2015.

Current Price –
£3.65 each.

Overall Rating Out Of 10 –
10/10.

Thank you for reading my review of Bar Humbug Bubble Bar.
Love, Becca xo

Strawberry Santa Shower Jelly Review.

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When I first heard Lush Kitchen would be doing the Strawberry Santa Shower Jelly again, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I love anything strawberry scented and it’s fair to say, I love this shower jelly scent.

There are a few ways you can use Lush Shower Jelly and it’s down to personal preference which one you use. You can either use the jelly whole and rub directly onto your skin, or you can break/cut it up and use a small piece at a time. Personally I prefer using the jelly whole as it is much easier to keep hold of and not drop. You can even use the jelly like a bubble bar to produce strawberry scented bubbles.

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With this shower jelly the main scent is Strawberry but I could also smell a slight bit of Vanilla here and there. I really like the smell of this jelly, and could still smell it on my skin up to a few hours after use. I do think though that this may be popular with children as it isn’t a very mature scent, and they would probably find the shape of this jelly exciting. Whilst I do enjoy this scent I don’t think I will be in a hurry to buy one of these again.

Ingredients –
Glycerine, Desiccated Coconut and Vanilla Pod infusion (Cocos nucifera and Vanilla planifolia), Spring Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Fresh Strawberries (Fragaria vesca), Perfume, Carrageenan Extract (Chondrus crispus), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax benzoin), Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum officinale), Geranium Oil (Pelargonium graveolens), Cinnamal, Linalool, Colour 14700, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Overall Rating Out Of 10 –
7/10.

Thank you for reading my review of Strawberry Santa Shower Jelly.
Love, Becca xo

Candy Mountain Bubble Bar Review.

“Candy cairns mark mountains of sparkling, sweet bubbles and Fair Trade Vanilla”

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Candy Mountain is part of the Christmas range but  because of it’s heavenly smell I would love it if it was to be available all year round! Unfortunatley you won’t be able to get another of these until it hopefully makes a re appearance next Christmas.

This sweet Vanilla and Candyfloss scented bubble bar would be suitable for anyone who loves sweet scented products. It smells so good. It has to be one of my favourite Christmas bubble bars, mainly because of it’s heavenly smells. But also, for how it looks! This pink and white cone shaped bar, to me, is exactly what I would imagine when I hear ‘Candy Mountain’.

This gorgeous scented bubble bar can be used either as one for a special treat or broken up and used for a few baths. I like to break mine up and I managed to get four baths out of this. Priced at £2.95 each that is a bargain bath! Once crumbled under running hot water this bubble bar products beautiful, soft and fluffy bubbles which will leave the scent floating around the air. The bubbles will leave your skin feeling and smelling like candyfloss for hours.  It is one of my favourites and I have stocked up to make sure I have enough of these to last me all year until next Christmas when I hope this mountains re appears!

Ingredients –
Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate), Sodium Laureth, Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Citric Acid, Perfume, Cornflour (Zea mays), Snowflake Lustre (Potassium Aluminium Silicate, Titanium Dioxide), Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia), Methyl Ionone, Colour 17200, Colour 45410, Colour 45380.

Current Price –
£2.95 each.

Overall Rating Out Of 10 –
10/10.

Thank you for reading my review of Candy Mountain Bubble Bar.
Love, Becca xo

The frustrations of living with an Invisible Illness…

This blog post is going to be about the frustrations of living with an invisible illness, things healthy people would take for granted. Living with an invisible illness isn’t easy, there are often things that frustrate us and leave us upset. In this post I will name a few things that frustrate me and some other spoonies, and try and explain why we get so annoyed so easily with certain things….

Being told we don’t look disabled or don’t look like we have a chronic illness!
Every time I see a distant relative or friend, they usually always say the same thing to me, “Oh, you don’t look disabled or ill”or “Looking at you, you wouldn’t know there was anything wrong with you”. Invisible illnesses are called invisible illnesses because they are INVISIBLE! The majority of the time we may look well, happy and as if there is nothing wrong but in reality you couldn’t be more wrong. We are more than likely in a lot of pain and feeling fed up. Saying that we dont’t look like we are ill isn’t going to help or make things better it will make us frustrated. I’ve often left a conversation with friends/family feeling hurt and like I’m a fraud because they didn’t seem to think anything was wrong. Next time you see me, please don’t say the usual to me. Ask me how I am and then maybe you will start to understand the difficulties of living with an incurable and invisible illness.

Being told we look too young to be in a wheelchair!
If you’d have asked me a few years ago how I expected my life to turn out and what i’d be doing in a few years time, I would never in a million years have said “in a wheelchair”. No one expects to be in a wheelchair. Yes i’m 20 and yes i sometimes use a wheelchair when I go out. Just because i’m young doesn’t give you the right to glare at me whilst I go through town, it doesn’t give you the right to point and laugh whilst I go by. Why should age matter when it comes down to using a wheelchair. I put off using a wheelchair for so long because I was worried about whether people would stare and what they would think. But using a wheelchair has given me some of my independence back. When I used to go to town I would get tired and in pain very easily and usually end up going home. Not only did this ruin my day out, it ruined my families. Now I go in my chair and get to look in all the shops I want too, and so do my family. Having independence is very important, no matter what age you are.

Not getting invited somewhere because we probably wouldn’t go anyway!
Just because we have a chronic illness, doesn’t mean we don’t want to go to parties or get invited somewhere. The amount of times I haven’t been invited somewhere because it was thought I wouldn’t want to go, or I would be in too much pain. Yes I probably would be in pain, but I would rather be in too much pain doing something with friends than sitting at home being in too much pain from doing nothing. Please don’t stop inviting us places, we can still have fun!

“Why don’t you try taking vitamins, they healed my friends, cousins cousin”
Don’t you think if my illness could be cured by a tablet or vitamin my consultant would have told me to take it years ago. If it could be cured as easily as swallowing something then me and my friends wouldn’t be sat in pain daily. Please think before you make these comments, it really annoys us when you think you know more than doctors, when you clearly don’t know anything about living with an invisible illness.

Staring at us if we walk into a disabled toilet, when we aren’t in a wheelchair!
If you see someone walk into a disabled toilet when it might not look like anything is wrong, they more than likely will have some kind of invisible illness. Just because they can walk doesn’t mean anything. The usual toilets could be up 2 flights of stairs and they can’t walk up that many because of Asthma or because they have joint pain. You don’t have X-Ray vision so don’t assume there is nothing wrong with them and they just can’t be bothered to wait because there is a long queue. If you really knew what we went through, you wouldn’t stare.

These are only a handful of scenarios that we have to go through, If you only take one thing from this post then please just think before you speak. It can really hurt our feelings and upset us. I will be doing another post of Frustrations of living with an Invisible Illness again soon!
Thank you for reading,
Love, Becca xo

Cranberry Festive Face Mask Review.

“Dress your face in antioxidant cranberries and restorative argan oil for seriously smooth skin”

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When i first properly got into Lush i was only really interested in the bath bombs and bubble bars. After speaking to some of the staff in my local store, I was tempted into trying one of Lush’s fresh face masks. When I found out there was a festive face mask coming out with the Christmas range i couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!

This seasonal mask is a perfect way to give your skin some pampering by helping to clear our the skins pores and rejuvenates the skins complexion. Within minutes of washing this mask away my skin felt and looked so different. My face had a lot more colour than it did before the face mask and felt amazing.

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This mask is packed with cranberries, argan oil, lemongrass oil and fresh fennel. Cranberry face mask gives off a fresh and rosy scent which isn’t surprising given it’s name. Once of the skin the scent becomes even stronger but because it’s so fresh it makes you feel refreshed overall.

Once on the skin the mask does tighten and dry very quickly but doesn’t begin to crumble at all. After 20 – 25 minutes you simply wash it off with warm water and your skin is left feeling plump and refreshed. This has to be one of the best face masks I have used from Lush and i’m gutted it isn’t available to buy all year round because of it’s ability to make my skin feel better, and the scent it gives off.

Ingredients –
Kaolin, Cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon), Glycerine, Organ Silken Tofu, Fennel Seed Infusion (Foeniculum vulgare), Argan Oil (Argania spinosa), Talc, Fresh Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), Fresh Chicory (Cichorium intybus), Rose Clay (Kaolinite), Bentone (Hectorite), Patchouli Oil (Pogostemon cablin), Lemongrass Oil (Cymbopogon citratus), Sandalwood Oil (Santalum austro-caledonivum vieill), Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume.

Year Of Original Release –
2015.

Price –
£6.75 for 95g.

Overall Rating Out Of 10 –
10/10.

Thank you for reading my review of Cranberry Festive Face Mask.
Love, Becca xo

My Journey With Ehlers Danlos Syndrome!

Hello everyone.
I thought I would do a blog post about my journey to getting diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. I personally think that sharing journeys shows how much a person has been through and gives an insight of what they battle on a daily basis. I’m sorry this may be a long post but i’ll try not to ramble on.

I was a perfectly healthy child, was never really ill and had only ever been in hospital once with tonsillitis and Glandular fever. I was in year 9 or 10 at school and was looking forward to doing my GCSE’s and had a really good friendship group. Two days a week, for the afternoon I used to go over to a different school to study Beauty Therapy which I thought would be my future career path. It was at this school and in one of my beauty lessons that my shoulder dislocated for the first time. I have never felt pain like it in my life, it was so intense. I was sent home and my dad took me to A&E, we both thought i’d just strained it but never imagined I could have done something like dislocated it, by not even doing anything! They relocated my shoulder with gas and air and I was discharged with an appointment at the fracture clinic in a couple of weeks time. I thought that was the end of my problems.

A few weeks later my shoulder dislocated again, and again, and again. I was in and out of my local Accident And Emergency Department as if i worked there. I mean, you know you’ve been too many times when your on first name terms with the doctors and nurses. My GP soon realised that something potentially wasn’t right and referred me to an Orthopaedic Surgeon. When my appointment came he examined me and decided it was a wise idea to send me for an MRI scan and to have a set of X-Rays done. I waited a few weeks and we went back to get the results. He explained that i had in fact torn my labrum and I would have to be put on the waiting list to have a repair and stabilsation done. He also explained that my shoulder capsule was rather large but he said that was nothing to be concerned about.

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After my first surgery.

On the 27th July 2010 I was wheeled down to theatre where they spent four and a half hours repairing my torn labrum and doing a stabilsation which involved them tightening things up by fixing a metal anchor into my shoulder. When i woke up I couldn’t feel my arm, i thought that maybe they had damaged some nerves. The surgeon came round and explained he had done a 24 hour nerve block and that the feeling would slowly come back over the course of the night/morning. He wasn’t wrong, as the feeling came back the pain was more and more intense. I was discharged the next day and had regular physiotherapy to strengthen my muscles back up. I thought that was the end of my dislocations.

Around a year later at the end of 2011 I was at home one day and was getting up off the sofa and i felt a familiar pain and heard that familiar crunching feeling. I instantly knew what had happened, except this time the pain was so much worse. I went to A&E and the orthopaedics came down who confirmed what I already knew. They had to sedate me in resus to relocate the shoulder as it was being stubborn and obviously preferred being out of join, rather than in joint. They contacted the surgeon who did the surgery and made me an appointment to see him in a few weeks. Those few weeks were a nightmare, I spent most of those days in A&E having my shoulder pulled around in all directions.

After that appointment with the surgeon I was put back on a waiting list to go into theatre. I was wheeled back into theatre again where they re tightned everything back up. I was discharged the next day again and had to have weekly physiotherapy. This time it didn’t stay in place for a year, it only last a few weeks. I was devastated and had no idea what to do. I’d just started college and doing beauty therapy wasn’t easy having one arm in a sling.

I was referred by my physiotherapist and surgeon to The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, just outside of North London. A few days after being referred we had a phone call saying the referral had been urgent, they had a cancellation the next day and it was mine if we could make it. The next morning we travelled down to Stanmore and we had the appointment. The physiotherapist who i saw was so lovely and explained why i’d been having all these problems, but she said it was because of my larger shoulder capsule. She examined me and whilst she did my shoulder was slipping in and out. She explained to me and my family that she thought the best course of action would be to go down to Stanmore for 2 weeks of intensive physiotherapy. I would stay down there the whole time and have daily physio, occupational therapy and do different management programmes. I was 16/17 and was being told i’d have to stay away from my parents, 2 hours away. I decided now wasn’t the right time and the physio agreed that she would continue to keep me under her care but would let me have out patient physio at my local hospital.

I soon realised I’d made the wrong choice when my shoulder was back to dislocating daily and I couldn’t put up with the pain any longer. My left shoulder and both thumbs had also began dislocation so I realised that if i wanted to get back to any kind of normality i would have to be brave and do this.  In 2013 I was back at stanmore and this time I agreed to do the inpatient shoulder rehabilitation programme.

On the 22nd of July 2013 my mum took me down to Stanmore for the beginning of my 2 week rehab. It was one of the hardest things i’ve ever had to do, the daily physio was so intense. It was at stanmore i learnt to relocate my own joints. Stanmore has some of the best physiotherapist and consultants in the united kingdom, who understand and actually listen to you! I would recommend them to anyone going through the same thing! I was finally diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome – Hypermobility Type. Finally we knew why my joints kept dislocating and I knew that with a lot of hard work, things may eventually be looking up. (I will do another blog post on my inpatient stay at Stanmore soon.)

Since being diagnosed I have learnt that things may never be 100% back to normal, but i can only try. My joints still dislocate, along with other joints like knees, ankles, hips and my jaw. I sometimes struggle to relocate them myself and do occasionally have to go into hospital to have them relocated for me under sedation of some kind. All i can do is stay positive. Through having this chronic illness I have made some of my best friends, I may have never met most of them, but they are always a message away if i need them or need some advice. My journey hasn’t been easy, it’s been painful and terrifying at times. I hope that this blog post can help others in some way, and show that no matter what  the situation, things will look up at some point.

Keep on keeping on,
Love,
Becca xo