Friday, 29 April 2016


A few weeks ago, I received an email from The Association of Reflexologists very kindly offering me a complimentary reflexology treatment in order to share my experience with you. When I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I spent a lot of time researching possible treatments, and reflexology often came up. With that in mind, I thought it would be a great opportunity to give it a try.

So, what is reflexology? Reflexology is a complementary health therapy which aims to restore balance to the body. This can help to alleviate things such as stress, tension and pain, and promotes wellness and relaxation. It is based on the idea that within the feet and hands there are reflexes which relate to specific parts of the body, with the right foot representing the right side of the body, and the left foot representing the left side. Reflexologists usually perform the treatment on the feet; however some will focus on the hands instead. Using a massage technique, pressure is applied to certain parts of the foot to help with possible symptoms or problems in the corresponding body part. It works to help get the body balanced and in doing so stimulates the repairing mechanisms to aid the body in healing itself. The treatment encourages the body to eliminate toxins and promotes the importance of getting the mind and body in sync with one another.

I was invited to receive a reflexology treatment by the lovely Verity Davies at Mary Haworth Beauty Culture in Ashton-Under-Lyne, which is local to me in Greater Manchester. Before my appointment came around, I kind of got myself a little worried over what to expect and whether or not it was going to be beneficial for me. As soon as I arrived, I was led to the treatment room, and upon entering I instantly felt my nerves dissipate. With dimmed lighting, a lovely, comfortable treatment bed, soothing music playing softly in the background and a beautiful, calming scent, it was impossible not to immediately relax.


Thursday, 21 April 2016


The sun is finally out and right in time for me to show you my new favourite dress, which also happens to be absolutely perfect for what is hopefully going to be a bright and sunny spring and summer.

Today’s outfit post is all about my new purchase from the recent ARCHIVE by Alexa Chung collection from Marks and Spencer. The collection features pieces selected from the Marks and Spencer archives and reinvented by none other than ultimate style icon and all around girl crush Alexa Chung. I think the whole collection is gorgeous and there are a few things I really want.


Monday, 11 April 2016


Not to sound all cheesy, but Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge really is a little miracle, to me at least. I’ve mentioned it before, but I suffer from very dry skin, and as a result foundation application has been somewhat of a struggle for me. When I was a teenager, my skin was fairly normal to combination and I would be fine using your typical, regular foundation brush no problem. But as I got older and my fibromyalgia started, I found that my skin became increasingly dry and sensitive. Despite really stepping up my skincare routine, it’s something I continuously have to deal with. Foundation brushes are now no longer an option for me at all as they make the foundation cling to the dryness and the end result is not pretty. I had read that using a make up sponge can help with this, and so I went and got myself one from Mac. This did make a big improvement, but it was still a lot of effort and it took careful (read frustrating, hand ache inducing, constant dabbing) application to get a somewhat decent finish, regardless of what liquid foundation I used. Sadly, I put up with this mediocre result for far too long. Shame on me.

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