Clinique Lid Pop Eyeshadow in Aqua Pop Review

Back when the Clinique Lid Pops and Cheek Pops were getting a lot of hype I’d spent ages drooling over them. Back then I was a student so didn’t have as much disposable income so it took me a while to finally bite the bullet and pick one up. I ended up choosing an eyeshadow and spent a while deliberating between Aqua Pop and Surf Pop, I’m glad I chose Aqua Pop as online swatches reveal that Aqua Pop looks richer, the formula looks more buttery and less powdery too, here’s my thoughts.

First of all the packaging, oh the packaging, I love it so much. The box is this adorable little white box with pastel flowers and silver writing that looks so pretty and feminine and it reminds me of spring. The packaging of the eyeshadow is thick clear plastic yet it’s compact and adorably dinky. This is easy to store and sturdy and that’s before we get onto the beautiful flower embossing on the shadow itself, 10/10 Clinique, I love it. These are high end at £15.50 an eyeshadow so I do think that the price is up there for one single shadow, but I have paid similar prices for a single from Urban Decay and it is what I’d expect from Clinique.

Boots describe the Clinique Lid Pops as the following:
Richly pigmented shades build, blend easily to desired level of intensity. Appropriate for contact lens wearers and sensitive eyes. Ophthalmologist Tested. Using an eye shadow specialist from Clinique’s Makeup Brush Collection, sweep shadow across lids for desired effects. Create interesting dimension by blending and layering multiple shades. Use as an accent shade in the crease, as a liner, or to highlight just under the brow bone.”

Looking at swatches online it does look like some of the shades are inconsistent, as I mentioned earlier Surf Pop looked quite powdery however, Aqua Pop has a beautifully, buttery texture with minimal fallout which is lovely. Swatching this with my fingers and the texture is incredibly lightweight and so creamy, it’s almost as if this was a cream eyeshadow it’s so silky so I’m definitely impressed with that.

The shade is of course a beautiful teal shade which I love. Back in my student days I used to wear purples and blues and greens a lot but I steered more into neutral territory for work. Playing with this though makes me realise I still have a fondness for blues and though I may not wear this to work it is a shade I enjoy wearing on the weekend.
(Swatched on bare skin)
Another thing I like about this is how the shadow is buildable and blendable. If you want an intense pigment on your eyes you can pack this on no trouble and enjoy a striking blue but if you are more colour shy you can blend this out easily so it’s a more wearable wash of colour.

(Blended out)
This is a very shimmery/metallic shade, it’s quite difficult to describe as it’s not glittery at all but at the same time it’s not tin-like or foiled either, it sits comfortable in between shimmery and metallic with this richly pigmented formula.

The longevity is moderate, this doesn’t last for hours and hours which I would like, I think I wore this for three to four hours before noticing fading and that was over a budget eye primer, I imagine if you used a high quality eyeshadow primer you could probably extend the wear time on this.

Overall, I do like this, I don’t think it’s a shadow that I’ll be using all of the time, though I am keen to maybe try this as a liner as well. I think if you do wear a lot of coloured eyeshadow then you will like this but if you are more colour shy I don’t think you need it. I would advise at the very least swatching some of the Clinique Lid Pops, they have some beautiful shades, in particular I have my eye on some of the paler neutral shades like Petal Pop for daywear.

The Clinique Lid Pop in Aqua Pop is available from Boots for £15.50.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, have you tried any of the Clinique Lid or Cheek Pops? Let me know you’re experiences in the comments! Personally, I wasn’t fond of the Lip Pop and Primes (Cherry Pop wasn’t a great lipstick) but I do like this Lid Pop and I’m curious about those blushers!

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Barry M Illuminating Strobing Cream in Frosty Pink Review

I’m a huge fan of highlighter anyway but I have a serious soft spot for cool toned, icy highlighters, anything silver, white, or pink is right up my alley and you better believe I’m going to paint my face with it! When the Barry M Strobing Creams I was seriously excited, not so much for the shade Iced Bronze, but Frosty Pink spoke to me on an intimate level…Okay I’m being dramatic but I did spend a lot of time hunting this down and I’ve been trialing this for a week, here’s my thoughts.

As usual I’m going to start with the packaging. In terms of design I do quite like the black packaging and reflective writing and the star design is really cute. Having said that I’m not keen on the lid, it is plastic and it doesn’t sit well on the tube so when you press the lid down it doesn’t hold in place very well so can slip off easily. The price point is fair and at £4.49 I think the price is easily affordable for a lot of people.

The Barry M Illuminating Strobing Creams are described on the Boots website as the following: “Conquer the strobing trend in one sweep! These Illuminating Strobing Creams are an all-in-one highlighting product. Can be swept softly on the skin for a dewy glow, or layered for the must-have strobing look. Its convenient shape and creamy consistency makes applying and blending a breeze.”

There are currently four shades of these strobe creams available, I have Frosty Pink but the shades include:

Frosty Pink: A cool toned, icy, frosted pink
Iced Bronze:
A paler coppery bronze.
Baked: A deeper burnished bronze.
Galactic: A holographic white.

The shade Frosty Pink is aptly named, it is indeed a frosted pink. To be honest, though Galactic is the truly holographic shade this did appear semi holographic to me. It’s a beautiful silvery toned pink, so very icy and cool toned, I really love the shade.

The finish of this is really interesting, while it does contain a very minute amount of shimmer it doesn’t look glittery at all, swatching this heavily on my hand it leans fairly shimmery but once on the face it offers more of a lit from within glow rather than any noticeable particles of shimmer which I do like. The finish is also very subtle, you can see this but even if you build it up it’s not going to be a space highlight, if you do want a dramatic finish though you can use this underneath a powder highlight to amp up the glow.

In terms of texture, this is where this product falls down for me. Of course this is a stick highlighter, and I have had issues within liquid and cream highlighters (particularly stick highlighters) where they move my base makeup. When I tried this on my hand it felt incredibly creamy, in fact swatching this on the skin it actually reminds me of a dry oil, the stick is creamy but almost slightly wet feeling on the hand and it has a slightly slip on the hands (though not on the face).

When I do apply this on the face though it actually feels much drier which is really strange, even with the lightest of hands this drags on my cheekbones and lifts the makeup underneath. Now when this happens I wear the highlighter underneath foundation (which I do with all liquid highlighters now pretty much) however, since this is so subtle and I like to layer it you can’t really wear it under foundation as it ends up undetectable.

I’m not sure if it’s just me as I do see so many people raving about this highlighter, yes it’s affordable and it is a lovely product, but I just can’t get past the stick formula so for me it is a miss and I’m unlikely to use it as much. I have tried this with more than one foundation and sadly the issue is the same, I will say it’s not as bad as other stick highlighters I’ve tried but I think for me I’m just over the whole chubby-everything-stick thing now.

Another flaw with this (and again this is an issue that applies to stick highlighters in general) is that it’s difficult to be precise. This does have a domed top and it is a thicker chubby stick, this is great for cheekbones and I can get away with this on my nose but if I want to highlight under my brow bone or on my cupids bow or the inner corners of my eyes it becomes difficult because of the larger surface area of the stick – it’s not a deal breaker but well worth bearing in mind depending on the way you like to apply highlight.

Overall, this is a disappointment to me, I love the shade and the texture and finish but unfortunately the stick application just doesn’t work for me. If you do like stick highlighters and prefer a subtle glow then I think you will adore this, but if like me, you’re not a die-hard fan of the highlighter stick then I think you can give this a miss.

The Barry M Illuminating Strobe Cream in Frosty Pink is available from Boots for £4.49.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these Barry M Illuminating Strobe Creams, what are your thoughts on stick highlighters? Do you love them or do you steer clear? Let me know in the comments!

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Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Almond Review

I’ve mentioned numerous times on my blog how much I love the Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint range, the first one I ever tried was the shade Blueberry and since then I’ve tried so many of them! One I hadn’t tried was any of the nude shades, as someone who likes dark, or bright colours on my nails it’s rare you’ll see me wearing a pink or nude shade but I decided it was time to step out of my comfort zone and try something new, here’s my thoughts.

Like every other Barry M polish, this comes in the standard glass packaging with a brush. I actually like the see through glass as you can clearly see the colour of the polish. These polishes are pretty budget friendly at £3.99 per polish.

The product description is as follows:
Barry M Hi Shine Nail Paint provides an extra glossy finish in just one coat. Highly-pigmented, chip resistant formula. Gives a glossy, gel-like finish with a single coat.In a range of colour-pop hues.

The shade Almond is a taupe-like cool-toned nude shade so not my usual shade at all! I don’t usually like cool-toned nudes, Naked 2 palette for example made me look dead so I gave it away however, this polish shade actually works quite well on me.

The brush is just a standard brush really, it’s not one of those wide fan brushes and it’s not super thin either.

In terms of the formula of this is fantastic, two coats is enough for maximum opacity, the finish is a stunning glossy gel-like finish and this lasted a full week on my nails before it started to chip. The colour also surprised me with how nice and classic it looked and I got tons of compliments too. I should also add it was easy to remove and unlike a lot of polishes didn’t stain my nails.

I’m actually really impressed with this so it’s a pleasant surprise! I do want to try some more shades from this range, I don’t own a white so Cotton looks like a good shout, plus I’d like to get another Blueberry and Elderberry, Sugar Apple and Rose Hip look great for spring!

The Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Almond is available from Boots for £3.99.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button! Have you tried any of the Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paints, which shades would you recommend? What are your favourite nail polish brands?

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Belated February Favourites 2018

So I got set back with my blog posts but I’m catching up and I thought I’d share my February favourites with you – better late than never! February was a good month for finding some new products and some new lifestyle favourites so without further ado here they are!

Starting with beauty my first favourite of the month has been the Crabtree and Evelyn Pomegranate Hand Cream I’ll be honest I’m not a huge fan of pomegranates however, the added spices to this make it a warm and uplifting scent. The cold has made my hands sore but this has kept my hands soft and hydrated and the small mini size is perfect for on the go. Sticking with a moisture theme it’s hard for me to find a deodorant that doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin, does the job and keeps me feeling fresh without making my skin sore, this month I tried the Dove Invisible Dry Moisturising Cream Roll On Deodorant and it’s become another firm favourite, something small but it does the trick!

A nostalgic product is the Vaseline Rosy Lips I love the slight tint and my lips were so sore and chapped after the flu that this has helped get them back into shape, the almond oil in this in particular really seems to help. I always had a tin of Vaseline as a teenager and since my mum uses this it reminds me of my mum so much, love it!

I also have a couple of new discoveries this month, I was lucky enough to receive some Primark Unicorn Makeup Brushes as my Secret Santa this year and I love them, the ferrules are gorgeous and the brushes themselves are lovely and soft. Another favourite is the Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Almond. I don’t typically wear neutrals on my nails either opting for brights or darks, I didn’t think this cool toned nude would suit me but actually it looks really nice and I kept staring at my nails. I love the Gelly Hi Shine range and this polish is lovely.

Onto some lifestyle favourites, I’ve liked Christina Grimmie for a while and like so many was horrified when I heard of her death. Her posthumous album All is Vanity was released by her family and I finally gave it a full listen and I love it. I don’t typically listen to pop music (I’m more rock and metal) but I love her vocals and her tunes are really catchy. Another music favourite is actually two youtubers known as the Brooklyn Duo, Patrick is a cellist and Marnie is a pianist and they do the most beautiful covers, they even have a go at drums and they’re covers and just unreal – plus it may sound daft but the way they look at each other just shows how much joy music and love can bring, truly wondrous to watch.

An experience this month was going to Piratefest in Leeds where I got to see Alestorm, Dreadcrew of Oddwood and Rumahoy. I did this whilst having the flu which hampered me somewhat but the show was amazing, I particularly appreciated the rubber duck on stage, Rumahoy running around the venue making pirate hook signs at fans and being clobbered round the head with foam swords when I went to the loo – seriously it was great fun.

Finally, I was gutted when I heard that Glamour was abolishing their print and going primarily online but I was pleased to see their first new print edition launch and it was an influencer and beauty special. The new paper makes the magazine feel extra luxurious, there were some nice samples inside plus lots and lots of beauty content – if you’re yet to read it pick it up!

That wraps up February, it’s been a busy month from being busy at work to being ill and getting ready to move. March is already shaping up into a fantastic month for me, I hope it turns out to be a great month for you all too!

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Empties #29

Just a warning this post will probably be a long one, since I was moving I had all my empties in a huge box and it made no sense to bring them with me so I took the photos made a list and finally got rid of them. I hadn’t actually realised how many I’d gathered so here’s a very long list of the products I’ve used up.

Garnier Ultimate Blends The Strength Restorer Shampoo
I’ve used this shampoo before and it’s just lovely, it stops my hair drying out, keeps it soft and silky plus I love the smell of this it’s a lovely sweet smell that I find relaxing.
Repurchase? Not yet but I will do in the future.

Garnier Ultimate Blends The Strength Restorer Conditioner
Another loved hair product, again this has the same benefits of the first but the conditioner just makes my hair feel so soft, silky and glossy. I love it.
Not yet but I will in the future.

Johnson’s Baby Shampoo
My go-to for cleaning makeup brushes, this does a fab job of cleaning out even the trickiest of makeup, I am tempted in the future to try a liquid soap.
Repurchase? Yes already have.

Colab Original Dry Shampoo
Move over Batiste there’s a new favourite in town! In all honesty I love this, the smell is lovely, I love how this absorbs oil and grease but doesn’t leave a horrible white cast. I’ve already repurchased this.
Repurchase? Already have.

Carex Aloe Vera Antibacterial Hand Gel
I actually prefer the bubblegum scent of this but the Aloe Vera is easier to find. I really like the fresh, cooling scent of this and I like being able to freshen up my hands on the go. The price is affordable as well.
Repurchase? Already have.

Nivea Cashmere Moments Shower Cream
One of my favourite shower products of all time, this leaves the skin incredibly soft and nourished, it lathers up well, has a lovely pearly colour and smells amazing. If this was unbranded I’d think that this is a much higher end brand.
Repurchase? Yes.

Dove Invisible Dry Roll On Deodorant
My beloved Soft and Gentle was out of stock but this is one of the few deodorants that doesn’t make my Eczema flare up, it also smells lovely (and nostalgic) and doesn’t leave white marks.
Repurchase? Already have.

Dove Invisible Dry Spray Deodorant
My Nan got me this, I don’t typically use sprays as I find that they crumble onto my clothing, they’re not as effective and they irritate my skin, this held up pretty well though.
Repurchase? Probably not.

Soft and Gentle Vanilla and White Rose Petals Roll On Deodorant
My usual go-to deodorant, this smells lovely, keeps the stink away and doesn’t irritate my skin.
Repurchase? Yes.

Impulse Truelove Mini Bodyspray
I love using bodysprays and was excited to use this mini. It smells lovely (very sweet and powdery) but the small size doesn’t last too long. This wasn’t a bad product at all but there are other scents I prefer.
Repurchase? Probably not.

Soap & Glory Hand Dream Super Cream
I’m not a fan of Hand Food and think it smells awful bgut I really loved this hand cream by Soap and Glory. This did a great job and keeping my hands hydrating, plus it smells lovely like vanilla and cake and the large tube lasted ages. Annoyingly Soap and Glory have discontinued this!
Repurchase? Discontinued 😦

Juicy Couture Viva La juicy Gold Couture 30ml
I got this as a Christmas gift but used it daily so it’s no surprise it’s gone now! My all time favourite is Viva La Juicy the original but this smells lovely, it has notes of caramel and praline so it’s a very warm and sweet scent but without being sickly.
Repurchase? Probably in the future.

Iwhite Instant Teeth Whitening Dark Stains Teeth Whitening Kit
Another Christmas gift, I’ll be doing a full review on this soon but it was okay. It did whiten my teeth a few shades and I could tell the difference though it couldn’t fully remove a nicotine stain. I did find that the application was easy but a but uncomfortable and it expensive.
Repurchase? Possibly, I’m going to try some different whitening products.

Superdrug Acetone Nail Polish Remover
My usual nail polish remover, this is cheap and does the job though it can’t do much for staining. I did once try the Acetone free formula but found it didn’t do a thing to remove my polish.
Repurchase? Already have.

Models Own Iced Neon Nail Paint in Pukka Purple
I liked the shade of this and when I first got this I liked the formula, it dries with a high shine gel effect that doesn’t chip easily. The drawback is that I felt that the formula turned gloopy quicker than expected and that I’d like.
Repurchase? Probably not.

Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polish in Regents Place
I loved the shade of this, the polish is a beautiful colour and again it has a phenomenal gel-like glossy finish that lasts for days without chipping. My one qualm is that you do need at least two coats to get this opaque as the formula is on the thin side.
Repurchase? Probably not.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum
I bought this serum to try and absolutely loved it. It’s super lightweight, wonderfully hydrating on the skin and feels lovely. I really loved using this and I would definitely repurchase in the future?
Repurchase? Yes but not yet as I’ve got a different serum to try.

Superdrug Vitamin E Eye Cream
This is budget friendly, gentle and lovely and radiant. This is a light cream so it isn’t cooling like some of the gel ones and it doesn’t do anything for fine lines. This does help to reduce my dark circles though by adding radiance to my under-eyes plus it’s under five pounds.
Repurchase? Already have. 

Garnier Skinactive Aloe Extract Cleansing Milk
I did like the smell of this but in honesty there’s not much to differentiate this from other budget friendly cleansing lotions, it removes makeup but doesn’t really offer much else. I do think this is a step up from wipes and would repurchase if there was nothing else but there are other cleansers I prefer.
Repurchase? Not in the near future.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Body Sponge
I’m officially an idiot, the normal sponges looked smaller than I remembered so I accidentally picked up the body sponge for my face…Having said that, this did work really well (just not as much as the face sponge) and if you do the whole body contouring thing you’d probably like this.
Repurchase? No haha.

Astor Deluxe Bronzer in 002 Safari Fever
This was my favourite bronzer for ages, it’s no as pigmented as the likes of Benefit but I found it easy to work with considering how pale my skin is. This was easy to build and blend and the colour was neither too orange nor too ashy or muddy. In honesty I really like this and it’s a nice affordable option.
Repurchase? Yes.

No7 Vital Brights Cream Blush in Blossoming Pink
This was a lovely cream blush I had hit pan and nearly used it up but the texture seemed to have changed so I binned this. The colour wasn’t my usual shade as a rosy coral pink but actually it worked with my skintone. The formula blended easily into the skin and didn’t emphasise texture and the texture was very creamy.
Repurchase? Discontinued.

Loreal Lumi Magique Primer
I’ve heard so many good things about this I really can see why. This has a pleasant scent and a lightweight texture, it blends easily into the skin and imparts a beautiful non-glittery glow that’s perfect for underneath the foundation. This injects life into my face and as a high street product performs impressively.
Repurchase? Yes.

MUA Pro Base Eye Primer
Another cheap and cheerful product this eye primer comes with a doe foot applicator making application easy and precise. This doesn’t really do anything in terms of smoothing the lid but it does provide something for eyeshadow to stick to and it increases the longevity and pigmentation of my eyeshadow without breaking the bank.
Repurchase? Already have.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
This was my go-to concealer for a very long time. I do find that the fairest shade is a good match for me, I like the affordable price and the formula does banish dark circles. The drawback is that this can look a bit cakey and I know that people have found that as they age this creases, I’m currently using one by Bourjois.
Repurchase? In the future but not yet.

Pantina Cosmetics Moonlove Lip Pencil in Scarlet x2
I’d had these for ages from an old job lot and to be honest I just wasn’t really using them. I can’t find these online so I think they’re a cheap or phantom brand, after having these and not using up I decided to bin them.
Repurchase? No.

If you made it to the end of this post, congratulations, pat yourself on the back and have a hot beverage! If you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products or have any recommendations. I am trying to build my following so if you’re not already feel free to follow me on Bloglovin and on Twitter (@NinaRossJournal).

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What a month! Life update, being ill, moving home, new apartment

So I’m back online with super speedy new internet and as I write this I’m sitting in my new apartment! Blogs will be back to normal now and once I’ve finished writing this little rambly life update I’m going to get on with three new posts for this upcoming week. So where have I been?

19th February – 5th March
Anyone who has read my previous posts will know I’ve been ill. I’m not going to bore you all to tears with a long moan but in a nutshell, the 19th Feb I felt weird like my chest was underwater, that progressed throughout the week and I went to my doctors to find out I had flu, symptoms of Tonsillitis and a fever. Since I’ve had a parathyroid gland removed in the past, the doctors were worried about how swollen my glands were so they gave me an anti-viral medication called Tamiflu. Unfortunately, I had a severe reaction to this involving heart palpitations, vomiting etc I finally managed to get food down after 2 weeks of being ill and went back to work on Monday the 5th feeling fatigued but finally better!

An unintentional benefit was I missed the Beast of the East and Storm Emma, my boyfriend got into work but I saw how bad the snow and ice were on the news with people stuck overnight on trains and motorways and it generally looking pretty insane outside. I’m sure the people in Canada and Scandinavian countries are laughing at how bad Britain overreacts in the weather and I would have to agree – we get one snowflake and we panic. In fact I wrote a bit about it, ‘snow joke!

5th March – Now
Work has been pretty busy too, which I found out when I went back on the 5th, I work as a Content and Online PR Executive so we’ve had some exciting new client wins, lots and lots (and lots) of work plus there’s been new hires too so the week from the 5th March passed in a blur of coffee until I had two days off on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th of March.

Thursday was particularly exciting as it was finally move day! My boyfriend and I have lived in some rubbish places in the past, our last apartment ended up getting so bad we moved back in with his parents for a little while. We’ve wanted to move to Leeds for a while in fact it took two years of patience and lots and lots of saving until we finally had enough to put down the deposit on a shiny new apartment that we rent. We also had to be patient, we didn’t want to move somewhere more expensive until we knew we both had stable jobs, thankfully we both passed probationary and work is looking pretty good!

Thursday was a lot of moving and unpacking, we also had to figure out how to get the heating on and we’d pre-booked our internet to show up Friday. Here’s some of the (terrible) photos I managed to take while we were unpacking in the apartment. I’ve probably been a pain talking about it so much online but for us this is a huge milestone since we saved up for a long time, refused any financial help and were determined to get there on our own but we blooming well did it!

Friday the 9th was a huge admin day, we hadn’t got an instruction manual for the boiler so we realised Thursday night we had no hot water. Our boiler has a boost button for extra water but we thought that was to turn it on. My boyfriend accidentally managed to use up the emergency hot water so I accidentally found myself in a freezing cold shower! Eventually we spent ages trawling online and I asked someone in one of the other apartments and we *think* we have got to grips with it now (you have to leave it overnight to fill) guess I’ll find out when I next venture into the shower!

Hyperoptic internet arrived at 8am to install our access points and connection, we were really impressed with their fast service, friendly manner and the speed of net! We’ve now got 150mb which is the fastest net we’ve ever seen. While the other half was dealing with that I got on the phone and set up the usual energy accounts, water, council tax etc. thankfully everything went smoothly and I had fantastic customer service from Spark Energy, Yorkshire Water and Leeds City Council making everything much smoother! We spend the afternoon registering for the doctors, picking up some bits we needed from town and then collapsing in a heap on the sofa with a takeaway pizza!

It’s now Saturday the 10th, Simon’s family came over this morning with some last bits of ours and we’d ordered our online shop, we did struggle to find the delivery driver and there was a lot of dashing around but we got there in the end so now all the food is sorted and I can spend the rest of the afternoon (finally) relaxing and blogging.

I’m looking forward to catching up with other blogs, writing some posts and relaxing as much as I can before back to work on Monday, it’s certainly been a busy few weeks but well worth it now, I’m so happy in my new living space!

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No posts this week either plus update!

So I had hoped to be better but it’s day 12 and I’ve only just been able to eat and drink properly, it’s not often I do rambly posts like this but I fancied a chat and to give an update as to why I won’t be getting any blogs up this week.

I’m going to start off with when I got ill, on the 19th February I went to work feeling like my chest was submerged in water, throughout the day I got ill and fast to the point where my manager tried to send me home. I stuck it out got home ate and went to bed thinking I had a cold (I’ve never had flu before.) The day after I was feeling shivery, feverish, night sweats no sleep, headaches, dehydrated and really chesty, over that week I got worse and I thought I had Bronchitis, I am a smoker but for that week I couldn’t smoke, could barely eat. Nothing helped even steaming, fruits, vitamins, water, orange juice, Olbas oil, every remedy.

Finally on Friday I realised I wasn’t getting better for the first time in my life I went to my GP with what I thought was a cold, the doctor then told me I had flu, a temperature of between 34 and 38 degrees and symotoms of Tonsillitis. My neck glands were swollen and since I’ve had a Parathyroid surgery a couple of years ago I was presacribed Tamiflu. I tried four phramacies and run a further four but none had it, I had to go down to the supermarket to orde rit and got it the next day.

Within a day of taking Tamiflu I vomited which is very rare for me, I never usually read side effects in leaflets in case I start to psychologically convince myself I have them but I had a read it said you could get nausea, vomiting and stomach upsets but as common symptoms but usually in children and it would be reduced if I took them with food. Despite being ill I persisted with the five day course since I’d heard that if you stop a course of antivirals the strain of flu can become immune.

The next five days were hell, Insomnia, depressive and suicidal thoughts, heart palpitations and my digestion was horrific I couldn’t even keep down dry toast and water I felt sick at the smell of food for two weeks I couldn’t get more than 400 to 800 calories a day down I couldn’t sleep it off and I got headaches, I felt light headed, faint and weak I’ve never felt so ill in my life to the point where I was in constant tears until I got so dehydrated I couldn’t cry. My skin looked grey pale and my face and scalp got really dry, my mouth has been so chapped my lips have cracked and bled and I was bed bound for two weeks. On Thursday (yesterday) I needed a sick note since I’d been off work for seven days excluding the weekend and I couldn’t get to the doctors, thankfully they emailed it.

I finished the tablets Wednesday but spent the day violently vomiting and my digestion wasn’t better on Thursday, the pain was so bad like hands were in my gut twisting and ripping everything, it hurt to breathe and I couldn’t get food down, just the smell was enough to make me nauseous.

Thankfully the tablets are out of my system, it’s Friday now, day 12 since I got ill and I’ve finally managed to eat and drink normally. I actually move house next Thursday so may not have internet for a little while but once I’ve set up my blogging will be back to normal.

Now I’m recovering I’ll be working again on Monday if I stay well and hopefully everything will eb back to normal soon! I would like to take the opportunity to warn people to research medication before taking, Tamiflu has tons of bad reviews online and medical journals have gathered evidence about serious complications including Hepatitis, organ failure and death. I’m so lucky I didn’t end up in hospital and I’m glad I’m on the road to recovery!

Now I’m able to get out of bed I’ll be catching up on all my favourite blogs (I have 2 weeks of posts to read) and fingers crossed once I’ve moved I’ll get net sorted quickly and be back to blogging! Now I’m recovering hopefully my skin will heal so I can use makeup and skincare again!

Thanks for reading, I’ll be blogging soon!~

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