Hello! I hope you are all getting used to my new blog and your week has gotten off to a good start. I’m feeling really tired this week after a weekend spent with friends for our fantasy football draft, which I’ll talk about in just a second– don’t worry this post won’t all be about sports! What are your plans for this week? I foresee lots of rest for me in the coming week but a couple of friends are coming to visit later in the week, which will be nice as I haven’t seen them in a while.

I always think it’s great to stop and think about all the little things you have been enjoying, so I thought it would be fun to share some of the things I’ve been loving lately:

Skin care

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The Body Shop: Aloe Soothing Day Cream

For years I was using Clinique products and I loved their redness solutions daily relief cream. However, at £40 a tub it is pricy. It does last for ages but I decided to look into other options in a bid to save some money. I opted to try the Bodyshop’s Aloe Soothing Day Cream instead. At £12 a tub, it was definitely appealing.

To begin with I thought I had been duped as I couldn’t see aloe vera listed on the ingredients list. Then I realised that there was more than one page and aloe vera juice was in fact listed on the second page. It does make me question how much of the stuff is actually in this cream but regardless I really like it. It is light, applies easily and soaks well into the skin. It does have a soothing affect and my sensitive skin seems to like it. It does leave a slight shine to your skin so if you have oily skin I don’t think this would be a great product for you. My skin is really dry and I actually like that it gives my skin a bit of a glow, whereas normally it can look a little dull. Given the price difference between this and the Clinique cream I think I will be sticking with it. There is actually an SPF version too, which I may try in the future.

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Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Cleasning Water

Ever since Heidi introduced me to micellar water I have been hooked. I have this kind of strange obsession where I need to feel like I have a clean face and I love how refreshing and cleansing, yet gentle, micellar water is. Again, I tried it as a cheaper alternative to the Clinique cleanser I was using and I now use this every morning and night. I love the stuff as it is so easy to use. I am not one for faffing around with long-winded skin care routines so this suits me to a tee. You just have to put some on a cotton pad, wipe your face and you’re done. I have tried the Nivea sensitive version but I much prefer Simple’s offering. Despite being suitable for sensitive skin, the Nivea sensitive micellar water actually makes my skin tingle. The Simple micellar water seems to be better suited to my sensitive, dry skin.

Beauty

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Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30 & Chubby sticks

I’m not a big make-up person and most days I don’t wear any. However, despite the fact fibromyalgia is referred to as an invisible illness, I often feel like I look like I am sick– I’m rocking some nice dark circles under my eyes, I have redness across my face and some days I can even look incredibly pale and washed out. There are times where I don’t want to look so ill and would prefer to look more like myself, if that makes any sense. This is why I love Clinique’s CC cream. Even with a light coverage it does a really good job of evening out my skin tone and giving me a nice healthy look to my skin. If I want more coverage, it layers up well and I will also use concealer under my eyes and over the areas of redness too. I don’t even feel like I need to use foundation on top as it does a good enough job by itself. I love how soft the CC cream makes my skin feel. Clinique say it is full of skin-loving ingredients and my skin definitely agrees with that. Plus it’s great that it has SPF protection.

For an everyday no-make up look (i.e. I just want to look healthy, not like I am wearing make-up) I pair up the CC cream with Clinque’s chubby sticks. I have grandest gold for eyes, which helps to brighten them up but keeps them looking natural. This is not as easy to apply as I thought it would be and I tend to have to use my finger to blend and get it to look even but I seem to have the knack of it now. I also use amp’d up apple on my cheeks, which gives me a really natural look and is really easy to apply. I also have two of the chubby sticks for lips (bountiful blush and broadest berry) and I love how moisturising they are but don’t use them as often.

Fashion

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Floozie bag

My friends got married this month and I needed a new bag for their wedding. I love this cute bag by Floozie. It not only looks great but it is really practical. There is a zipped pocket on the inside, an open pocket for your phone and it’s actually quite roomy. I managed to fit my Fuji-XT1, make up, purse and a few other little bits and pieces inside.

Games

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Super Mario 3D-World

I’ve been totally obsessed with Mario recently and have been playing Super Mario 3D-World with my husband. I am not a gamer and suck at playing most games but Mario is more forgiving and is pretty fun. Plus it doesn’t matter how often you “die” as you just keep getting given more chances. I love cat Mario, or well Peach, because you know… gotta be a Princess. It gave my husband and I a lot of laughs, especially as I don’t have great depth perception and it took me a while to get used to the game– think of jumping up at boxes but being a mile away from them. When you are stuck in the house a lot of the time it’s good to have something to keep you occupied that doesn’t require a lot of concentration or thinking.

NFL

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I am not a big sports fan but I do love NFL aka American football. The preseason has started up for the year and it’s been great watching the games (though let’s not talk about the Ravens performance against the Eagles… unless you want to discuss how the running backs were looking). It’s a big social event for us as my friends will come round to watch the games every Sunday once the season starts. When you have a chronic illness and don’t get out much, this is a positive thing to look forward to every week. We also play Fantasy Football and had our draft this past weekend. It was a fun night and I’m really happy with how my team turned out. Let’s hope all the players stay healthy and do well for me. There is £100 at stake… oh and a trophy!

TV Shows

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Wayward Pines

Wayward Pines has been one of those TV shows that I obsessively watch. I think we got through the whole series in just over a week. It’s all kinds of creepy and intriguing and is right up my street as far as TV shows go. Basically the plot follows an FBI agent called Ethan Burke who is involved in a car crash and wakes up in the hospital of a small town in Idaho called Wayward Pines. The town seems picturesque but everything is not quite as it seems and there is a whole lot of strange things going on. It turns out that Ethan can’t actually leave the town and what follows is his journey of figuring out what is going on. I was hooked and I would highly recommend checking it out

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That 70’s Show

Sometimes a little bit of nostalgia is just what you need. I loved this show when it first aired on TV and it’s been long enough since then (which makes me feel all kinds of old) that I only have a vague recollection of it, so it’s been fun to re-watch it. I personally think it’s really funny and it’s easy-going to watch so great for those days where you are lacking on the concentration front.

I would love a new TV show boxset to watch so if you have any recommendations please leave them in the comments below. I’d also love to hear what things you’ve been enjoying lately.

Author

Hello, I'm Donna. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2013 and started this blog shortly after. After my health declined significantly the following year, I decided to become my own advocate and searched for answers. It took two years but, in 2016, I finally discovered I had Lyme Disease. On February Stars, I share my personal journey back to better health; discussing what has helped me and the mistakes I've made along the way. I also cover topics on self-improvement, managing symptoms and living life to the fullest with chronic illness.

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