22 Feb 2015

my go to face cleansers

With combination blemished skin I tend to steer to more gentle face washes that I know won't make my skin freak out but still get my face clean and benefits it too.

As you can probably already see that they are all from The Body Shop which in my mind is a very underrated shop as their skincare is so good, and always my go to for budget skincare and bodycare for that matter.

I always double cleanse at the end of the day, I don't wear a lot of make up during the day but I always feel like I just want to get any grime off my face and make sure it's properly clean before my skincare.

My first step is using either of the Camomile cleansers. 
Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter that when scooped into your hands starts as a butter texture then turns into a lovely oil that feels heavenly when massaged into the skin. This is the cleanser I use if I am wearing more make up or feel like I want a deeper wash,I find this cleanser so moisturising which is always a plus.

If I don't use the butter I will use the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil which is my go to when I don't wear much make up but still want a good clean. The name is the perfect description the oil is heaven to clean with, massaged over dry skin it removes your make up effortlessly whilst still keeping moisture in your skin too

My second cleanse is always the The Body Shop Tea Tree Cool and Creamy Wash. I've always liked using tea tree on  my skin as I suffer from blemishes a lot, but the problem I found with it is that tea tree is that it can be very drying on the skin. That's where this creamy number comes into play, It has all the benefits of tea tree in it to combat my troubled skin but because it is a cream wash it doesn't strip all the moisture from your skin at the same time. This is my all time favorite face cleanser and I think I am on my 5th or 6th tube of the stuff.

So that's how I like to remove my make up and keep my skin cleansed. Have you tried any of these  and whats your go to cleanser?

7 May 2014

Wishlist #1

I thought since I am always lusting over multiple things a wishlist post was in order.

Pai rosehip bioregenerate oil - This is a little bit of a cheat as I gave in and ordered this oil this morning. I have been wanting to try it out for a long time but always brushed it aside as something I didn't really need. But I am now on a mission to clear up left over acne scarring and damage and I have heard only wonderful things about this oil doing just that.

Nike 5.0 Free Runs - I've been on a bit of a keep fit the past few months and as I am doing the Cancer research race for life in a month I really want to get some good comfortable trainers to run in and to wear on an everyday basis. I am yet to find these sort in a shop and I don't like ordering shoes online because of sizing.

Next 3 zip bag - I saw this bag in store about two weeks ago and fell in love with it. It's spacey but not too big like some of my other bags and I just love the bright blue for the summer months to come. 

New look single button blazer - I recently borrowed my mum's pink blazer for a meal out and I loved the colour as it's so easy to wear with anything really and nice and girly too. A blazer is an easy way to dress up any outfit and having them in lot's of colours helps, or at least that's the excuse I keep using!

Topshop Moto Authentic Ripped Skinny Jeans - I love ripped jeans and always have had a pair in my wardrobe, these ones are a more 'grown up' version than the one's I fashioned in my teens (imagine rips and tears bigger than my hands). They are an easy everyday item that isn't too casual that can also be dressed up with some heels.

Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation - I am a huge fan of  their healthy mix foundation serum and also their latest cc cream but I have heard so much hype around this foundation I just want to give it a try. I hear that boot's have a 3 for 2 on make up at the moment, be rude not to make the most of it right?

what things have you been lusting after recently?

6 May 2014

New name, look and content

So this feels weird writing a blog post after nearly two years. Incase you didn't know I used to be 'Chronically crafty' as I documented my life after being diagnosed with a chronic illness and also I did a lot of awareness posts to help people in the same situation as me.

In all honestly I got bored writing about my body and it's problems every week and it put me off wanting to write anything and I dreaded scheduling posts, so I stopped blogging completely. But I'm back! I have left previous posts in my archive incase people stumble across them and they are useful to them.

So what's next.....

I'm going to make this space into a lifestyle blog, so I will be posting anything that I feel worthy of documenting. I am still living with my chronic pain but I am in a much better place mentally and physically now and I am enjoying more of life so what better way to share it than a blog.

You'll have to bare with me as I get to grips of writing again and designing my layout but for now I am going to keep it simple.

let's give it a go then, how hard can it be ey? 

28 Jun 2013

Chronic illness and work pt.1

I've had a few requests to write what it is like / how to work with a chronic pain or illness and I have always been a little weary about writing about work because I am worried I will word something wrong and it will affect my personal/working life. If that makes any sense, but I thought I'd give it a go anyway.

Before I got seriously ill and diagnosed I worked in a day nursery with two year olds, I adored my job and believe that it is the most rewarding job I could find. October last year (after being off sick for months) I had to leave my job as there was no way I could travel across town and work the 9 hour days in such a physically demanding job with my Fibromyalgia. 

I was heartbroken to the point that I was mourning my old job, I missed it and the children I worked with so much. I was certain that was it I would never work in that profession again because of the restrictions of my body and illness.

I'll be honest now, I spent months ignoring everything and decided that it was impossible for me to ever work again because of my chronic illness. In February this year I had a bit of a personal reality slap and I think after a year in the house day in day out cabin fever made me realise that I should try and attempt to get some kind of work to keep myself occupied because I was going crazy in the same four walls.

I sent out my CV with a cover letter saying I was looking for bank staff or cover work to a few local nurseries, community centers, primary schools and anywhere else that was based in childcare.

From that I now technically have two job's. I work in a nursery covering shift's and I also work in a primary school as a Lunch time supervisor again covering shifts when people are off sick/on holiday etc. 

Getting back into work in my own opinion has given me my spark back and I feel more like a person again and not just a broken shell , it has really helped me mentally now as I feel like I kind of have a purpose again and things to look forward too.

I am going to write another post about actually working with a chronic illness/pain as I didn't realise how long this post would be, whoop's lot's of rambling ! 
Please below leave any topic's or questions about working with Fibromyalgia or about how I deal with work that you would like me to answer in the next post 

Take care, Jayne xx
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17 Jun 2013

Weekly summary - FMSphotoaday week 3

                                             1. You: after completing the race for life on Sunday
2. Something funny : Mum's birthday card
3. 11 o'clock : morning cup of tea and reading
4. kitchen : making breakfast 
5. texture : Favourite record (Dave Hause - C'mon kid)
6. from above : Moving my brother into his new flat
7. family : just before leaving my brother's flat

Another busy week for me. After two day's trying to recover from the Race for life on Sunday. I got offered another shift at the nursery, so now I am working two mornings a week. It was my mum's birthday on Tuesday and we all spent the night in with a lovely meal. Then the rest of the week and the weekend was spent with my brother moving him into his new flat and getting his organised. It was a great weekend with lot's of meals out, walks round Birmingham and lot's of time spent with the family. It felt weird leaving him at his flat but he's starting a new job and this is a great opportunity.

Hope you all had a great week and I hope to get another blog post up in the week.

Take care, Jayne xx
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10 Jun 2013

Weekly summary - FMSphotoaday week 2

  1. On my table - a dinner at the boyfriends of home made fish cakes and noodles 
  2. After dark - snuggled in bed reading on my kindle
  3. Environment - one of my favorite photo's of when my boyfriend took me to the lake district for my birthday last year.
  4. Transport - first trip out in my brothers car with him to buy some bit's for his flat
  5. Bright - it's been a sunny week and everything has just seemed that little bit brighter
  6. An animal - if you don't know already Hippo's are my favorite animals.
  7. From down low - I couldn't get a photo from right below the start line for the Race For Life but this was close enough.
This week has been the busiest in a long time. I have worked everyday, granted only a hour or two some day's but for someone who thought they'd never be able to work again due to chronic pain it is a BIG deal! 

Talking of big deal's if you hadn't seen on Facebook/twitter etc I did the Race for Life on Sunday 9th and I jogged most of it without my walking stick, that's 5km (3.5miles roughly) and all in 41minutes! I am so happy  and proud of myself as this was a big thing for me. I am so happy I achieved it and much faster than I thought I would. I am paying for it now, my body is so sore and I've been in bed most of the day after.

me and my Mum once we crossed the finish line!
All in all last week has been so good even if it's been really busy for me. hopefully this week coming will be as good, a week full of work and then at the weekend moving my brother into his flat! 

Take care, Jayne xx
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2 Jun 2013

Weekly Summary. Start of June's photoaday

So I only have two photo's for June so far but I thought I'd share them now rather than having 9 next week .

  1.  B is for ... Barbeque. Not our first barbeque of the year but nothing beats sitting out in the garden cooking and with the family.
  2. A moment : Sunday is usually my rest day but today is an extra rest day. Nothing for me but sitting down with my feet up. In the sun with a good book, minus the pain I can't complain too much.
 This week has been a blur, with my brother being offered a job in a different city we have been helping him out preparing for him to move out, get a car etc. But my morning shift at the nursery at the beginning of week turned into a full day when someone called in sick. I was really nervous because it's the first full day I've worked since before I got sick. But it was really good and I enjoyed it so much. I am so happy to be back doing a job I love. The next few day's I was recovering and trying to rest my body but I am rubbish at that. Had a day shopping with the family and a cheeky trip to Nando's which is always good. Then on Friday I baby sat my Boyfriends niece and nephew with him, so it was a day in the park enjoying the sun with them.
And that's the week over and I am left smiling but my body is really feeling it at the moment which sucks.

Had to sneak  this photo in here some where <3 br="">

This time next week I will be doing the Race for life, and it would mean the world to me if you could take a moment and spare a few pennies for such a fantastic cause.MY SPONSOR PAGE IS HERE and although I have reached my target every penny counts. It is going to be a tough walk for me and a huge challenge for my body but I am determined to look past my illness and help raise money and awareness for cancer research.

Take care, Jayne xx
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