I’m almost in shock, this is a monthly favourites post that isn’t a week late! Goodness me, miracles do happen!

This month has mostly been about things being as simple and easy as possible – Following my accident I didn’t want to mess around much but I still wanted to look nice so a few, simple, products have made this month much easier. As well as these products some of the ones from my last favourites have been fantastic, notably the Soap & Glory ‘Glow all out’ powder and the Maybelline ‘Dream Pure BB Cream’.

As you may know if you’ve read my posts about it I’ve been doing the Your Tea, Tiny Teatox this month and that. most definitely, has to be one of my favourites. It’s not the tastiest tea ever but it was drinkable and it’s made a massive difference for me – I’ll definitely want to do a teatox again in the future. 
As well as the teatox I’ve been trying to improve some aspects of my diet. I haven’t been able to do much about my daily meals as it’s mostly about convenience when we’re living here and trying to feed lots of different people at different times, so what I’ve focused on is replacing snacks with better snacks. I can’t cut snacks out due to the low blood sugars I deal with so I’ve stocked up on cereal bars and things – These granola bars from Tesco are Delicious. They’ve got a hefty amount of sugar in so they’re not exactly health food but they’re better than chocolate and icecream and they’ve been great to snack on whilst walking back from dropping Ethan off at nursery.

These are two haircare items that have been fantastic this month. The Bastiste dry shampoo is something I use every month but this month it’s been totally invaluable. Due to my head being glued I wasn’t able to wash my hair too often so (whilst shielding the actual wound so that the spray wouldn’t touch it) I used this a lot to keep my hair looking better. 
I picked these pop bands up when they were 20% off on the website so they were a total bargain. My hair is just getting to a length, now, where I can tie it back but when I hurt my head I wasn’t able to tie it back as it pulled on the wound too much. After it had mostly healed, though, the pop bands became fantastic as they don’t pull on the hair as much as a normal hair band and so they didn’t cause the discomfort that others would have done. Also, look at those lovely colours!

This month I’ve had the best skin month I’ve had in as long as I can remember and I think that a lot of it is to do with these two products!
You can see my review of the Amie Morning clear cleanser HERE so I won’t say too much about it but I Love it. I use this in the mornings and I’m loving my morning skin care routine at the moment. 
In the evenings I’ve been using the Soap & Glory ‘Peaches and Clean’ to replace my ‘Clean Mary’ and I can see why people class this as an improvement upon the older product. I Love this stuff, it smells delicious and makes my skin feel wonderful. Expect a proper review on this in the future.

I’ve been keeping my make-up pretty simple for most of the month (though obviously that’s been mixed up a bit since I got my big competition win, expect to see more about these products in the future!)

For most of the month my nails haven’t been all pretty and colourful as they’ve been adorned by the Rimmel Nail Nurse Nail rescue treatment instead. You can see my review for that tomorrow!

I’ve mostly been focusing on keeping my lips hydrated and smooth this month though an extra wash of sheer colour doesn’t go amiss. I have found, though, that the natural pigmentation of my lips improves loads just from rubbing a good balm in. I have been Loving the Nivea Honey and Milk balm as I’m obsessed with anything honey scented and this is heavenly. 
For colour I’ve been reaching for the Maybelline Baby lips in ‘Cherry Me’ and the Yes To Carrots in ‘Rosy Bloom’ these have covered me for most looks that I’ve gone for this month.

Lastly for cosmetics I’ve been using the Rimmel Scandaleyes shadow paint in ‘Rich ‘Russet’ as it’s been lovely for a soft hint of colour on the eyes without much effort at all.

Lastly, this month, the entertainment has been a big help in feeling better!

My lovely man picked up a couple of our favourite series’ on boxset so we’ve been really enjoying watching them. I can really, really recomment both ‘Extras’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’ for a good laugh!

I’ve also been glued to my kindle this month and that’s because of the ‘Codex Alera’ series by the wonderful Jim Butcher. I have read both of his series’ this past couple of months and I love them both very very much. The ‘Dresden Files’ has a more modern feel to it and is more typical of the urban paranormal genre whereas the ‘Codex Alera’ is a more epic fantasy that is very otherworldly. Both are flipping amazing, though and I’m gutted that I’ve finished the Codex Alera books and can’t wait until the next Harry Dresden book is out. 

I had planned on writing up this post the moment that my teatox was over but as you’ll have seen if you saw my update post it’s been a tough week. But I’ve been really looking forward to getting this post up for you all as I know there’s been a lot of you looking to know how I got on with the Your Yea 14 day teatox*. 

I don’t want to go in to massive detail about the background for this as I’ve written plenty about it in previous posts so, instead, I’m going to link you up to those earlier posts – My introduction post is HERE, and my day one post is HERE.

I am so glad I was given the opportunity to try this teatox out as it’s been fantastic and has made a big difference to my body. I haven’t had a massive change in weight but for my digestion it’s done wonders – Not being bloated 100% of the time is just one of the best feelings ever and for that, alone, this teatox was Well worth it. From the first day I noticed a difference in bloating, that’s how quickly this stuff gets to work and as the two weeks went by it became clear that my digestion was working a lot better than normal.
Another thing that the tea did was to help me stop craving sugar as much and that’s made a big help, long term. I find that craving sugar is something that I can get past if I can manage a couple of weeks, and even since I’ve stopped the teatox I’ve managed to keep those cravings really in control. 
I think that if I was in a position to have exercised more and improved my diet more then I’d have been able to lose some weight, but I do think that the lifestyle changes that I’ve made, and continued, with the teatox Will have a bigger impact on my weight. Although I didn’t just suddenly lose weight I do feel happier with my body now that the bloating isn’t such an issue, it’s amazing how much of a difference it makes and how much easier it is to hold a better posture when your stomach isn’t all swollen.

Left is my before photo and the right is my after photo – Keep in mind that the left photo was a day after I’d begun so I’d already lost some of the bloating, so that was already an improvement. (also, forgive the arms in the air on the after photos – I just Could not get my arms in the right position but I did make sure that it didn’t make any difference to my shape)

Again, left before, right after. 
I’m not suddenly back to the way I was in my earlier 20’s but there’s an improvement, even if a lot of it is because I can hold myself better than I could before without the battle of the bloating.

Do I recommend this stuff? Yeah – I think for someone with a more fitting lifestyle than mine this stuff could make a massive difference but even if you’re in a position like me it can make some difference. Fibro sufferers? It has made my ibs so much more managable! But keep in mind that if you’re on meds then it might affect you differently, and keep in mind that with fibro it might do more to some of us than others.

I definitely want to do a Your Tea teatox again, I may even do it once or twice a year if I can put the money aside. Anyone interested in trying it out remember that international deliveries won’t be sent until the 9th September but you can make pre-orders now.

*This product was sent to me for the purpose of review

I can’t believe I’ve not posted since Monday; I’m pretty sure that that’s the longest I’ve gone without posting since I started blogging more seriously – It feels very very wrong.

The main reason behind it is my stupid health. Stupid, stupid health. The fibro has been really making things difficult and so I’ve had to keep off the laptop; not to mention being so exhausted that I fell asleep on the sofa last night and couldn’t even stay awake long enough to take myself up to bed, Very uncomfortable night sleep.

I’m really planning on doing some more fibro posts in the recent future but I find it hard to know what direction to take – I did my intro post which explained a variety of the symptoms and beyond that it’s hard to decide where else to take it. I want to write posts that will help people newly diagnosed and to help others understand more about it but I also don’t want to just talk about it and sound like I’m whinging… If there’s anything that any of you would like to know about it, or any sufferers who think there’s things I could cover then please do let me know!

The beautiful pretend rose my lovely fiancé got me, just to make me smile

The head wound from my injury isn’t really helping, either, as it’s Still hurting after a month (pretty sure it should be better by now, grr) so I still wake up in the night with it hurting etc. Stupid thing. Not too happy about having a bald patch either but thankfully my hair covers it most of the time.

Another reason I’ve not been online as much is because we’ve been going through a bit of a testing patch with Ethan – He’s been quite a monkey behaviour wise so I’ve been pretty mentally exhausted by the end of most days as well as physically.

More exciting  news is that Azii and I are off to the registry office on Monday to register our intent to marry – Bit exciting, bit scary, bit grown up! Less than a year until we get married now and we have a venue, food, evening do sorted but everything else needs doing… oh we do have a photographer but only sort of as she’s not sorted out enough to give us a price to confirm the booking yet.

Blog wise I’m over the moon to have reached 400 followers, thank you all so much for joining me on my bloggy journey. I really am loving blogging and plan on keeping it up long term so watch this space!

I’m working on sorting out the layout of my page as I  just can’t get it quite as I like it so if you see things looking a bit out of place then that’s why. Also those tabs with no info at the top? They will contain info at some point, honest!

It’s been just under two weeks since I last painted my nails (I’ve been trying to improve the quality and strength of my nails using Rimmel’s Nail Nurse, Nail rescue treatment – HERE) which would be really hard for me at the best of times, considering I paint my nails 4 or 5 times a week, but since I won some Gorgeous nail polishes in the fantastic Beauty Bay competition that I won (HERE) it’s been Even harder! 
I did, though, find a way to make it a little easier and that’s by painting up a nail wheel to show you lovely people how beautiful the Essie Summer Collection, that I got, is. 
This is the 2013 Summer collection and I Absolutely love all four of the colours in it.

As you can see from the picture above they’re called ‘Full steam Ahead’, ‘The More the Merrier’, ‘Naughty Nautical’ and ‘Sunday Funday’

Sorry about the iffy light but these are the polishes in their bottles from left to right we have ‘More the Merrier’, ‘Sunday Funday’, ‘Full Steam Ahead’ and ‘Naughty Naughtical’.

More the Merrier is a normal cream formula but the other three all have tiny particles of shimmer in – These aren’t really obvious like bigger glitter would be but they just add a gorgeous radiance to the polishes as I’ve Tried to show you in the wheel swatches.

Slightly better light here and I think, if you look closer, you can see the shimmer in the three polishes on the right (Might help if you click the photo to enlarge it) – They’re all such lovely shades though, so fun and bright, the absolute essence of summer; even if the actual weather hasn’t been! All that said, I’m not one for sticking to rules so I’m pretty sure I’ll be rocking these throughout any seasons that they take my fancy.

I am absolutely itching to get these on my actual nails… Only a few more days to go!

I really wasn’t planning on running two giveaways at the same time but I am going to be getting a duplicate of the August birchbox due to Azii taking up a special offer and giving it away as a giveaway prize seems like the Perfect thing to do with it!

I’m not going to tell you what’s in the box before I send it because half the fun of getting a beauty box is the surprise! If you want to know one of the possible combinations then you can check out what I got in my August box HERE or you could go on to the Birchbox website and see what the whole selection of things is (if you’re not familiar with Birchbox, they’ll send 4 or 5 items out of the whole selection from that month)

I don’t know when I’ll be getting the box but I believe it’ll be within the next two weeks so that’s how long I’m going to run the giveaway for. Once it arrives I’m going to check that it’s all ok (as sometimes people get missing items etc) and then I’ll re-package it and send it right on to the winner.

As with all of my giveaways this is going to be run via rafflecopter – The only mandatory thing will be to follow me via the Google Friend connect widget to the right but there’ll be a few other optional entries which will be totally up to you.

But most of all, good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

– The giveaway us UK only due to p+p costs.
– If you’re under 18 you’ll need permission from your parents to enter.
– I’ll be sending it via second class recorded delivery.
– When the giveaway ends I’ll email the winner and they’ll need to reply within 48 hours.