Pillow Fort Magazine

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Finally getting around to writing a post about this amazing magazine. The Pillow Fort was started by Lizzy who is totally awesome. The site has all sorts of amazing things on it like a blog with lots of interesting and helpful posts, a shop with lots of products that make having a chronic illness so much easier and better and of course the magazine.

The magazine is £3 which is a really good price. For that you get a 46 page magazine with around 19 submissions from others with various chronic illnesses and the magazine comes in PDF format so you can take it with you on your phone/tablet. The Pillow Fort is all about positivity, self care and thriving with chronic illness. This is a great idea as sometimes having a chronic illness can get you down.

I haven’t quite finished reading the whole magazine yet but it is amazing and there are some really interesting articles and I have enjoyed reading every single page.

So to get your own copy…

Click here to visit The Pillow Fort.

You can also follow the Pillow Fort on twitter

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Shop Dixi Midi Rings

As mentioned in my after exams haul post I recently added to my Shop Dixi midi ring collection. I am obsessed with midi rings and Shop Dixi has an amazing collection. I want everything from them and it’s really hard resisting spending all my money there.

So far I have

Show Me The Way Midi Ring in Silver £12

Rose Gold Wishbone Midi Ring £8

Plain Band Midi Ring Silver £8

They look great on and it means I can wear more rings as I was starting to run out of fingers. I have noticed a bit of discolouration on the plain band and I do get the slight green finger but a slick of clear nail polish on the ring every now and then sorts that out. Delivery was really quick and a decent price. You can also be entered into a monthly prize draw by uploading a picture of your purchases.

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(L-R Plain band, Show me the way)

You can also follow them on twitter and they occasionally tweet discount codes.

Anyone else have anything from here?

What’s your favourite?

Beth…x

Models Own Matte Top Coat

I bought the Models Own Matte Top coat when they had their big 50% off sale. After trying the Barry M Matte Black which I did a post on here, I fell in love with the matte effect and wanted to try some of the colours I already owned and see what they looked like matte as I’d seen a couple of bright matte nails on pinterest which looked amazing. When I saw this on Models Own I knew I had to have it and as it was only £2.50 in the sale I couldn’t exactly say no.

I love the effect it gives and I am in love with bright matte nails. I have tried it with Models Own Pink Punch and Barry M Vivid Purple. They both looked amazing but I think I preferred the Pink Punch because it was so bright.

The only downside I found with this product was the matte effect seemed to wear off after a day and I had to top it up to get rid of the shine. I’m not sure I would buy it again only for this reason. I might try another brand to compare lasting times.

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Are you loving matte nails?

Any matte top coat recommendations?

Beth…x

My Recent Haul

Recently I have treated myself to a few things and my awesome mum has also bought me some items. So here is what has been added to my wardrobe 

Love Sleep Pyjama Shorts £5

I got these in Asda when I was looking for underwear but I have a weakness for pjs and you can never have too many plus I do tend to spend the majority of my time in pjs. I am currently writing this post wearing them and they are super comfy. They seem to be out of stock now though.
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Active Crop Leggings £10

I only had one pair of leggings for the gym and have been looking for a cheap pair for ages as my other pair cost £24. These are so comfy I also wear them for non active things such as sprawling in front of the TV. I may pick up another pair. They are definitely worth a tenner and I would say similar quality to my more expensive pair. I also want to try some of the other items in Matalan’s sportswear range.Image

Jewel High Top Trainers £20

I wasn’t sure about the sequins on these and only tried them on for a laugh but they are actually really comfy and look pretty good. They also have a small hidden heel which makes me look taller and I need all the help I can get in that department. 

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Mens Flannel Shirt £14

I tried on a womans size and surprisingly it wouldn’t do up over my boobs which you think as women tend to have them they would make room for them in shirts. Plus my boobs usually make the shirts too short. I got the mens shirt in a few sizes too big and its nice and long and super comfy.
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Mens Light Wash Denim Shirt £16

I’ve been looking for a denim shirt to just chuck on for ages and this one is great. Looks great with a vest top and black bodycon and my new high topsImage

 

White 73 Baseball T-Shirt £14.99

This top is so comfy and will go with the denim shorts I tend to live in or with a pair of leggings to lounge around the house in.Image

 

Tan Chunky Block Heel Ankle Boots £18.74

I went into to New Look to look at a different pair of boots but I feel in love with these. They are quite comfy and easy to walk in and they were in the sale so I couldn’t really say no.Image

 

Faux Fur Trim Hooded Parka £49.99

My mum tried on this coat and it looked amazing on her and so cosy so I decided to try it on too. I fell in love with it, then tried to talk myself out of buying it as I already have a coat and then my lovely mum got it for me. Im so happy with it and have worn it every day since. Its so cosy and makes the horrific weather we’ve been having recently slightly better, plus it has really big pockets.

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Black Lace Flower Slogan Sweater £12.99

I am in love with this jumper. I have never worn something so comfy. It’s also not too thick so I don’t get too hot and I’ll still be able to wear it in summer. 

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Black Polka Dot Long Sleeve Shirt £19.99

I needed some polka dots in my life and before this shop I didn’t have any shirts in my life. This looks great on and even though it’s long sleeve which I was nervous about I don’t get too hot. Downside, with my bendy fingers, it’s not the easiest to get on & off as the buttons are a bit fiddly.Image

 

Monochrome Large Spot Sleeveless Shirt £17.99

More Polka dots. This looks great with a pair of leggings for an easy comfy outfit that looks good but isn’t exhausting to put on. I wear a black vest top underneath as it is a bit see through plus my boobs have the tendency to pop the buttons open. No idea how but Im glad I was wearing a vest top otherwise I would have flashed at everyone at my hospital appointment.Image

 

Sheer Kimono £5

This was in the sale and I’ve been looking for one for ages. It will be great for nights out when you don’t want to be too hot and I’m sure I will wear it non stop in summer. Image

 

Vest top £7

I looked at this when it was full price and so glad I waited for it to go into the sale. I wasn’t too sure on the print on the front but I’m glad I got it. Its a change from my normal black vest tops and it looks great with the denim shirt.Image

 

Anyone treated themselves to anything nice?

Beth…x

Keeping Warm In Raynaud’s Awareness Month

As some of you may not know, this month is Raynaud’s awareness month.

“Raynaud’s affects between 3-20% and mainly females. In this condition, the blood supply to the extremities, usually the fingers and toes but sometimes also the ears and nose, is interrupted. During an attack they become first white and dead looking. They may then turn blue and finally red and burning when the blood flow is restored. There may be considerable pain, numbness or tingling. These symptoms are due to an intermittent lack of blood in the affected parts when the arteries normally supplying them spasmodically contract. An attack will often be triggered by touching cold objects or exposure to cold of any kind. Emotions, such as anxiety, may also play a part as can smoking”

You can visit here to find out more information

I have Raynaud’s and really struggle with painful hands and feet especially in the colder winter months. I do still get pain in the heat which means I rock the very attractive look of shorts and fluffy socks. It may catch on one day.

So in order to help those who may have just been diagnosed or who are struggling with keeping their extremities warm and as pain free as possible I thought I’d put together a list of all the amazing things I wear to keep snugly. These also help my joints which really struggle in the colder months resulting in more pain and stiffening up.

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(L-R Walking Socks, Chenille SocksLeg WarmersHeat Holder SocksHeat Holder Leggings, Knee High SocksWelly Socks)

This is a very small sample of all the socks I own. I have about 2 drawers full of just socks, tights and leg warmers. You can never have enough pairs of thick socks.

I am always wearing a pair of the fluffy socks around the house. They are so soft, comfy and most importantly warm. I have lost count of how many pairs I own.

Leg warmers are great for keeping ankles nice and toasty and stopping them from seizing up (also hides ankle supports if you don’t want them on show)

I love my over the knee socks as I can keep my feet, ankles and knees warm all in one go, plus they look awesome. 

These welly socks are the best thing ever. They are so thick making them comfy and incredibly warm. 

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I got a pair of the Heat holder leggings for Christmas and I have no idea how I survived without them. I’m not a fan of wearing trousers and tend to live in shorts/skirts and tights so these thermal ones that aren’t really bulky are amazing. They really do keep the heat in and I highly recommend them.

Heat Holder socks are also amazzing. They keep my feet so warm that sometimes I have to take them off because my toes are so toasty. As you can see in the pic above the inside of the socks are nice and fluffy and super soft. They have a great range of colours and they also do slipper socks with the grippy pads on the bottom.

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Hats are a necessity in my life in this weather, they also mean I don’t have to do my hair which is a major plus. As you can see I own quite a few and it’s not very often that I go out in the cold without one. Keeping your head warm makes you warmer. Plus hats look awesome and keep your hair out of your face, win, win situation. 

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Hot water bottles and wheat bags are essential for keeping warm. I even take mine to lectures with me some days however this does make it difficult to stay awake.  Hot water bottles last longer than wheat bags but I can’t fill a hot water bottle myself so if I’m on my own I use the safer microwavable animals (something very odd about watching an elephant go around in the microwave). You can get the elephant here or the beddy bear here. The only downside to the wheat bags is they tend to come scented with lavender which I don’t like but it does fade after a few uses. 

 

Gloves

 

(Red Gloves, White Gloves, Pink Touch Screen Gloves, Micro Fibre Smart Touch Gloves)

Can’t forget gloves and although I own many pairs I could not find a single pair to include in the photos. Gloves are essential otherwise I get so much pain in my fingers and they cramp up. Im a fan of the fingerless gloves with the mitten part that folds over so that I can still use my phone when I need to but keep my fingers snugly when I don’t need them. These kind of gloves are also good as I can still tape my fingers together or wear my ring splints when they are misbehaving, Touch screen gloves are also very useful so technology can still be used whilst keeping warm.

 

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(Beige Slippers

And of course slippers are very important for keeping your feet nice and warm around the house. I rarely walk around the house without them

What are your essentials?

Beth…x

Lime Crime Velvetine Red Velvet

This was bought for me by one of my best friends for Christmas (she blogs here). I don’t think I have been more in love with a lip product ever. It is a liquid to matte lip stain and it is amaazzing. It dries super matte but it’s not drying and it doesn’t pull or cling to the dry patches. I’ve heard some complaints of it bleeding but I haven’t had this issue. One of my flatmates complimented me on it so many times and couldn’t stop going on about how it actually looked like velvet (he may have been drunk at the time but it still counts).

The Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet has to have one of the best lasting times of all the lip sticks I own. There is very little transfer onto glasses if any and once its dry (few seconds) your good to go. I think I reapplied this once on a night of drinking and even then it was only a little touch up. I do find that with my not so very steady hands it is not the easiest product to apply due to the shape of the applicator but it can quickly be tidied up and the benefits far out-way that one downside.

Extra plus points, I love the packaging and it actually smells like cake or vanilla or something like that. In short it smalls amazing. At £13.50 its a little pricier than I usually pay for a lip product however I definitely think it is worth it.

I am now tempted to get suedeberry and pink velvet. Especially pink velvet. Who am I kidding? Soon these two will also be in my collection.
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To purchase Lime Crime in the UK you can use Cocktail Cosmetics or Cute Cosmetics

Anyone else in love with these?

Beth…x