May 2016 Birchbox For The Dreamers

BIRCHBOX // MAY 2016 // ‘FOR THE DREAMERS’ UNBOXING!

Hi guys!

As I mentioned in this post, my blog was offline for a little while whilst I migrated to WordPress.org, so unfortunately I couldn’t get my beauty box posts up as quickly as I usually try to.  I still wanted to share what I got with you, as this month’s boxes were all really good!  Instead of my usual full review, I’m just going to ‘unbox’ the May 2016 Birchbox with you and show you what I got!

As usual, if you’re a new reader, you can find out all about how the subscription works and the cost in this post.  Otherwise, let’s get straight into the pictures!

MAY 2016 BIRCHBOX – FOR THE DREAMERS

May 2016 Birchbox For The Dreamers

May 2016 Birchbox – ‘For The Dreamers’

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You Beauty Box May 2016 Review and Unboxing

YOU BEAUTY BOX // MAY 2016 – The Cult Beauty Edit // Unboxing!

Hi guys!

I promised I’d be back with lots of new posts now that my blog is back up and running, so here I am!  I want to share what I got in the May 2016 You Beauty subscription box.  As I mentioned in this post, because of my nightmare blog migration, you’ve no doubt already seen some of the May boxes reviewed, so I’m not going to do my usual full review.  Instead I’m just going to ‘unbox’ with you and show you what I got!  If you’re new to the You Beauty Box, you can find out about how the subscription works, how you can choose some of your own samples and the price in my post here.

Everything in this Cult Beauty Edit box has been selected for its ‘targeted approach to the colourful world of beauty’; with the products being popular, but less ordinary.  Ready for a nosey?

May 2016 You Beauty Subscription Box!

You Beauty Box May 2016 Review and Unboxing

You Beauty Box – May 2016: The Cult Beauty Edit

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Glossybox May 2016 Review and unboxing

GLOSSYBOX // BEAUTY SUBSCRIPTION BOX //MAY 2016 // UNBOXING!

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As you may have seen in this post, I’ve been unable to post for about two weeks as I’ve been migrating my blog and things did NOT go smoothly!  I usually try and get my beauty box reviews up as quickly as possible for you, so you have time to get one if you want to.  By this point, you’ve probably already seen May Glossybox reviews online so I’m not going to go into as much detail as I usually do but I still wanted to show you what I got.  So I guess this will just be an unboxing rather than a review!  Hope that’s ok.

May 2016 ‘City Breaks’ Themed Glossybox

This month’s Glossybox theme is city breaks.  They made four different box designs, based around the cities of London, Paris, New York and Berlin.  I have been to all of them except Berlin, and funnily enough that’s the box I got!  I love this month’s products, good job Glossybox!  Here’s what I got:

Glossybox May 2016 Review and unboxing

May 2016 Glossybox

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Make Good Things Happen Pink Flowers Pink Accessories

Back For Good // Where I’ve Been!

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I’ve been dying to get on here and tell you what’s been going on!  If you’re a regular reader, you have probably noticed I haven’t been around for a while.  I haven’t published a new post on the blog since 11 May, which is probably the longest I’ve left between posting since I started blogging!  So where have I been and why?

A Tale of WordPress.com to WordPress.org blog Migration Woes!

Well, I decided quite a while ago to migrate my blog over from WordPress.com to WordPress.org.  If you’re a blogger, you’ll probably understand why I wanted to migrate!  If not, in short, I have a lot more control and options on WordPress.org, meaning I can make my blog even more ‘me’!  I’ve been putting off actually doing it for ages, because I was worried about losing all my content.  Well, luckily that didn’t happen, but my blog did basically break on and off for about a fortnight!  I had loads of issues, from my security certificate showing an error message every time someone came to my blog, to not even being able to log in to do anything on here!  Overall, a stressful nightmare!

Make Good Things Happen (blog migration woes!)

Anyway, now it’s done and I sure ain’t going to be migrating anywhere ever again!  It’d be stressful enough for the average person, but as stress can flare my ME and fibro, it made for even less fun.  Thank god for my husband being a web developer, as it’d still be offline if it wasn’t for him!  So I’m back, with loads of things I want to blog about and show you – expect my posts to be back to their normal schedule (probably plus extra ones as I’ve been dying to share things with you)!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend – I’m back and loving it! 😀

May 12 Blog Bomb 2016 Post - ME Awareness Week

Knowing Your Limits Does Not Make You Negative! // May 12 Blog Bomb // Chronic Illness Post

Hi guys!

You may or may not know that it is ME Awareness Week.  If you’re a regular reader, you will already know that I have M.E.  If you’re not, and want to know a bit more about the illness, I’ve written about that here.  The purpose of ME Awareness Week is literally that – to raise awareness of this often very misunderstood chronic illness.  As the charity Action for ME say, “While we work to increase understanding of M.E. throughout the year, M.E. Awareness Month offers an opportunity to really highlight the impact of the condition in the press and among professionals and the general public”.

May 12 Blog Bomb 2016 Post - ME Awareness Week

The reason that awareness is so important is that it’s an invisible illness – it is misunderstood, hard to diagnose, and there is currently no cure (or even effective treatment).  As ME can make you so unwell, sufferers often stop being able to spend time with family and friends, and may have to stop working.  We can become isolated as we are stuck at home and don’t really get to be out in society.  This means that others often don’t see the true toll the illness takes on their loved one.  I went from working full time, exercising regularly, training with a roller derby team and spending lots of time socialising to being bedridden in a fairly short period of time.  If you want to read last year’s ME Awareness Week post, you can find it here.  I explain more of my story, from my symptoms, how my life was affected and how I imagine my future without chronic illness.

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Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polish in Fondant and MUA Nail Varnish in Pistachio Ice Cream

Nails of the Day (NOTD) // Ice-Cream Pastels // BARRY M AND MUA!

Hey guys

I hope you’re all okay, and my UK readers are enjoying the sunshine we’re getting!  I’ve got a few longer posts in the making, but I’ve had a lot of medical appointments this week so unfortunately today’s post is a shorter one.

The sunny UK weather has inspired this nails of the day, in these gorgeous pastel ice-cream inspired colours!

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polish in Fondant and MUA Nail Varnish in Pistachio Ice Cream

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Fondant and MUA in Pistachio Ice Cream

I used my usual Nails Inc Kensington Caviar base coat.  I then used two coats of Barry M Fondant on all but my ring fingers.  On my ring fingers, I used two coats of MUA Pistachio Ice Cream.  I topped all my nails with a coat of Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat.  They’re a bit messy round the edges, as I was in a rush before a hospital appointment, sorry!!

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polish in Fondant and MUA Nail Varnish in Pistachio Ice Cream

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Fondant and MUA in Pistachio Ice Cream

I absolutely love these two pretty pastel shades – they are perfect for Spring!  Both polishes have a lovely, creamy consistency and are opaque in two coats.  From past experience, the MUA one doesn’t last too well before chipping, which is why I used that one on the ring fingers instead of the majority of nails.

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polish in Fondant and MUA Nail Varnish in Pistachio Ice Cream

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Fondant and MUA in Pistachio Ice Cream

Too much exposure on this photo – oops, sorry!  What do you think of my ice-cream themed nails?  Are you craving a mint choc chip or strawberry ice cream? 😀

You can find the Barry M polish here and the MUA one here (only £1!!).

Essie Leggy Legend and Essie Frock n Roll Fall 2015 Collection Nail Polishes

Nails of the Day (NOTD) // Essie Leggy Legend (Bronze) and Frock ‘n Roll (Black)

Hi guys!

It’s been a while since my last nails of the day post, hasn’t it?  I was doing them once a week up until recently!  I haven’t been too well and have been concentrating on hospital appointments etc, so my nails have gone a bit by the wayside (ie chipped or plain!)

Since I hadn’t worn any polish for a little bit, I decided to come back with a bang and choose two strong colours.  They might seem a strange choice for Spring, but here in the UK it’s still really cold and we’re even having the odd bit of snow, so my bright varnishes are on hold until it warms back up!

Essie Leggy Legend and Essie Frock n Roll Fall 2015 Collection Nail Polishes

Essie – Leggy Legend and Frock ‘n Roll

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