Saturday, 12 January 2013

Finally an appointment to see the oncologist!

So I finally, after some chasing, have an appointment to see my oncologist to discuss treatment. 23rd Jan is the decision day and hopefully I can start to move forward again. It seems like I’ve been left in Limbo since the surgeon signed me off. The pain is now manageable, meaning that I only really take painkillers at bedtime. I’m still not sleeping though and my sleep pattern is well and truly fudged. I’m pacing at 4am and then dozing off at 7pm. I’ve tried staying away until normal bedtime to get myself back on track but I can’t help it; one minute I’m watching Big Bang Theory, the next; I’m staring blearily at Big Brother. Ah well.

I had a lovely day today though. I booked myself into the chiropodist that I’ve been using for the last few years. It’s called Footworks and you can read more about them here I know it seems to be odd to going to a chiropodist so young but my feet really do take a beating, seeing as I don’t drive.  I love the babysoft feeling when I come out and my nails are all trimmed neatly with no bits starting to grow in.

Before that though, I had a wonderful few hours browsing through the Bullring. Believe it or not, all I came home with was this: 
2 packs of Muji cotton pads, a pair of Muji Tweezers and a HUGE sample of Tom Ford Noir de Noir. I also have stacks of little sprayed on cards but they’re scattered through my undie drawers now. I’m actually sticking quite well to this no spend malarkey. I hadn’t seen the Tom Ford counter at Selfridge's before and it is amazing. It is so expensive and chic but the SA there was really friendly. The perfumes are out of my price range at the moment (being as I can’t do overtime)with prices starting at £135 for 50ml up to  £300 for 250ml. You can see them here.
These are my 2 favourites 


The sample is in the picture above. It’s about 5-10mls; so probably £20 worth!!! And it is so yummy; it’s like being enveloped in a rose tinted hug of milk chocolatey goodness and it really lingers for an absolute age.
 I also tried the Jo Malone Velvet Rose and Oud Intense,  which is £95 for 100ml, but the SA was a bit pushy so I wandered of pretty sharpish. 
Again this is rose scent (d’uh) but this also has a vague nutty feel to it with some spice wandering around. I have no idea what oud wood is though – One for the books? 

I did my nails again the other night, using a win from a Revlon Twitter Xmas competition. 

This is Mischievous and I did a little nail art, zebra thing using a MUA eyeliner and then topping off with Seche Vite. Really easy to do; just a little press and flick of the eyeliner wand.

Face of the Day; My shopping face ;) It's a bit scowly, sorry.The shadows are really bad under my eyes. I do have some Boing(3) on its way (sorry 'no-spend' but it's a real necessity now)
Products used:
Murad Skin Perfecting Primer for Acne and Shine control (sample)
Benefit Porefessional (sample)
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Ivory Beige
Estee Lauder Concealer in light medium
Vapour Multi Use Blush in Impulse (sample) from Naturissimo  
Boots 17 Miracle Matte powder
Estee Lauder Eye Shadow Compact with 5 shades of Pure Colour EyeShadow (in Sugar Cube, Sepia Sand, Silver Bell, Lavish Mink and Amazing Grey.)
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara in Extreme Black
Model Co Eyeliner in Black
Lipstick Queen in Cha Cha Cha
So that's about it for this week, Hopefully I'll have more updates, nails and products next week

See you soon
Elise XXX

Friday, 4 January 2013

Liebster Award

Thank you to Sam from Polished Art  for nominating me for a Liebster Award!

First off the rules:

  • Post 11 facts about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you
  • Ask 11 questions
  • Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers
  • No tag backs

So 11 facts about myself:

  1.      I’m not 50 yet 
  2.   I just got married in October 2012  
  3.   I have 2 boys and my OH has 2 boys and 2 girls, so that’s 6 between us!!
  4.   I need to lose about 2.5 stone!  
  5.   I’m a teacher of Event Management at a FE college and also a Personal Learning Advisor (like a tutor/mentor) to about 180 students
  6.   I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer last November   
  7.  I had a mastectomy in December
  8.   I love home-made guacamole
    9.    I’m a shopaholic, but currently on a spending ban
    10. I love shoes, bags, make-up and nail stuff.
    11. My favourite TV show is The Big Bang Theory

Here are Sam’s questions:

1.Why did you start your blog?
I felt that I needed a hobby and I started to read more and more blogs and it seemed like a fun thing to do.

2. How did you get in to nail art?
I started doing my nails just before I started my blog and I was reading more and more interesting things to do with them, then I started playing with them and it just became a habit to do them on a Sunday night.

3. What's your go to manicure when you're feeling uninspired?
Plain red, hopefully the blank canvas will inspire me to stamp them or draw on them.

4. What polish are you lusting after at the moment?
Currently all of them as I’m on a ban :’(

5. What is your favourite brand of nail polish?
I love OPI and China Glaze and some of the Ninja Polishes

6. Are you a fan of indie polishes, and why or why not?
I’m not really into Indie polishes, I’m kind of vanilla?

7. What's your favourite thing about the festive season?
Time off to do pretty things with my nails, go shopping, and the sales!

8. Where in the world would you most like to visit?
I want to do a cruise so I can see loads of places in one holiday such as go around the Med.

9. What other hobbies do you have?
I read for England. I have a new Kindle Fire HD and am currently reading 1 book a day!

10. Do you have any strange fears?
I hate crowds when I’m shopping. I know most people do, but I get this weird panic attack thing going on and I start blinking really fast and I HAVE to get out and into an open space! I also hate going down escalators; that first step freaks me out!

12. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
Oh dear, I hate these sort of questions!! Ummm…..Probably a cat, because they’re the most independent ones and just bugger off if they don’t like you and adopt someone else to own.

I’m not being imaginative at all tonight so I’m going to nick and adapt the questions that Sam answered and pose them to you;

  1. Where did you grow up and was it a nice area?   
  2. What are the best and worst parts about where you grew up?  
  3. Where do you live now and it is a good, bad or indifferent place to live, and why? 
  4. Why do you blog and how did you start?  
  5. What is your all-time favourite blog and why?  
  6. If you had to move and live in another country, where would you love to go?  
  7. Why are you interested in blogging about beauty/nails/insert your subject here?  
  8. Do you have a party trick and if so, what is it?  
  9. What is your proudest achievement to date? 
  10. What is your biggest and most humorous fail?  
  11. Do you have a favourite TV program, and what is it?

Blogs I’m nominating are
·         Beauty and the Boxes
·         Sweet Elyse
·         Boxed, Bagged and Bidded
·         Kazzii 
·         Itzybitzy's Beauty Musings
·        Beauty Box Swaps
·         Penny for Them
·         Beauty by Theresa
·         nuthin' but a nailthing.
·         caz n polish