Top 10 Affordable Autumn to Winter Lipsticks

I LOVE wearing lipstick. It's my favourite makeup item, that I can't be without. But like heck do I want to throw money away on makeup; so I've compiled my favourite lipsticks for this season (but also for anytime really), that are affordable, and look great too!

1) Rimmel Lasting Finish 128 Starry Eyed

A stunning, deep red-brown shade perfect for these Autumn months in the run up to winter. There are lots of Rimmel lipsticks in this post because Rimmel are killing the affordable lipstick game.

2) Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Moss 30

A beautiful deep purple shade, which goes lovely with Autumn to Winter fashion. Wear this with your mustard jumper and tell me you ain't Autumnal AF.

3) Rimmel Lasting Finish Rita Ora 170 Alarm

The perfect true red. This is perfect for a night out and for all the Christmas fashion trends where you need a killer red lip.

4) Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Moss 107

This is probably my favourite lipstick of all time. As you can see in the photo it's well loved, and well used. It's a great every day red shade, if you like to wear a red lip pretty much every day like I do. It's like a dark, but muted red.

5) Maybelline Colour Sensational Loaded Bolds 886 Berry Bossy

This berry-purple is PERFECT this season, and it's exactly as the name suggests. It's very bold and looks perfect when you're in a cosy jumper.

7) Rimmel Moisture Renew 770 Glam Plum Fulham

The Rimmel Moisture Renew range are often understated. They are super moisturising, and this deep red is perfect for the winter months.

8) Sleek Matte Me Liquid Lip Cream Velvet Slipper

I only recently discovered the Sleek Matte Me Range this year, and they fast became my all time favourite matte lips. The shade Velvet Slipper is such a stunning matte, mauve-purple.

9) Sleek Matte Me Liquid Lip Cream Vino Tinto

I love this shade and I wore it for my Vampire Halloween look. It's a beautiful blood red-purple, but of course you don't have to be a vampire to rock this look.

9) Sleek Matte Me Liquid Lip Cream Birthday Suit

Probably my 2nd favourite out of the whole list. If i'm not wearing the Rimmel 107, it's most likely this lovely nude lip I'm wearing.

10) Sleek Matte Me Metallic Liquid Lip Cream Rusted Rose

Lastly, we can't go into the Winter and Christmas season without a metallic lip. This Rusted Rose shade is perfectly shimmering with metallic tones but dries matte!

I hope this list was useful to you, if you use any of these lipsticks do let me know! Which is your all time favourite affordable lipstick?

Voices of IBD (9) - Sarah's Story

Welcome to PART 9 of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease series, where we talk to people from all walks of life with this condition; to give everyone a platform to share their story, and help to raise awareness.

This week we talk to Sarah about her battle with Crohn’s Disease

What is your name and age?

Hi, I am Sarah. I’m 45.

What is your occupation?

I haven't been able to work for 10 years due to Crohn's Disease and a few other issues. I used to work in Social Housing and my last role was an Income Manager.

What form of IBD have you got?

Crohn's Disease

How old were you when you were diagnosed?

I was diagnosed with Crohn's when I was 18 after many years of being intermittently ill.

About the disease...
What were your main symptoms that led to your diagnosis?

Severe mouth ulceration in my mouth and in the cheek mucosa. Pain and discomfort in my stomach and weight loss. It took several years for a diagnosis and several doctors I saw thought I was anorexic and did try and get me sectioned to force feed me. The Gastro consultant I finally saw for diagnosis was rude and had the attitude 'I know best'.

What support did you get during and after your diagnosis?

At that time there was no support or specialist nurses like I have now.

Do you take medication, if so, what?

I take Azathioprine with Allopurinol and Stelera

What are your experiences with hospitals? Have you had many stays in hospital or colonoscopies? Do you have an IBD nurse?

I am lucky I have a great team in Birmingham and have always supported me on admission. I have had many stays (can't remember!), yearly scopes and a great team of IBD nurses. I am on a very strict diet as foods can make things worse. But otherwise, I have no real idea. My Crohn's is not well managed.

What seems to affect your IBD the most? What triggers it?

I am on a very strict diet as foods can make things worse. But otherwise, I have no real idea.

Do you currently, or have in the past, struggled with mental health? If so, what?

I have depression and anxiety.

Was this because of your IBD, or influenced by your IBD or vice versa?

My disease is definitely a contributing factor. I have been taking medication for this since 2006.

Do you feel like you get the right support?

I don't really get any support, except family and close friends. My Partner and cats keep me (mostly) sane.

How do you cope?
What is your go-to routine for when you are flaring?

This is a difficult question to answer, I just get on with it. I like to read when I have the attention levels to do that as I have chronic fatigue. Lots of crap American TV shows! I never leave home without a change of clothes and I have to prepare a few days in advance to go out, to try and minimise the possibility of accidents.

What advice would you give to someone who may think they are experiencing early signs?

If someone was worried they may have IBD I would tell them to keep a food and toilet diary and record the colour of blood etc and anything else that may have changed. Take this to your GP and be persistent. Ask questions, do proper research. Be honest with your family and friends about the impact IBD has. It takes a while for people to understand, especially if you look OK on the outside

If there is one thing that keeps you motivated and focused through it all, what would that be?

I hope to at some point be able to return to work and have always worked towards that and my Mum was a great inspiration as she was severely disabled with Multiple Sclerosis and always had a smile on her face.

What is your favourite quote?

'Don't let the bastards grind you down'

'Don't fake with being OK. You only hurt yourself. Be real with what you are going through, just don't let it consume you'

Thank you Sarah for sharing your story here on BecxBlogs. If you are affected by Crohn's or Colitis; please go to the Crohn's & Colitis UK website for further support and information.

Living with Anxiety and Illness.

I have Generalised Anxiety Disorder, as well as Ulcerative Colitis. Unfortunately, my colitis is largely affected by my anxiety. It sets it off and makes me flare so badly. When your mental health (which by itself is bad enough), causes your physical health to worsen, it becomes a vicious cycle. A cycle of worrying about day to day life, worrying about your health, worrying about whether you can go out that day.

This constant circle of worrying and pain is exhausting. People really underestimate how much anxiety can affect your overall health. When you also live with an invisible illness, that’s made worse by it, you can’t help but feel isolated and misunderstood.

What is there to worry about? I honestly worry about absolutely everything. Does this person like me? Is my friend, even my friend at all? What if I’m ill when I’m out and there’s no toilet? Where’s the closest disabled toilet? What if I make a fool of myself and start to stutter? Can I trust this person? Is this person lying?

Having taken different SSRI’s like Citalopram and Sertraline, and attended Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to try and learn to control my spiral of worry and anxiety; I have become better at intercepting my worry before it goes too far.

But it still affects me every day. My self-esteem is so low, I constantly seek reassurance from the people around me. I regularly seek love and affection. I can’t help but try and control situations by making sure I’m usually the one doing the planning; picking a time and location, giving myself plenty of time before and after occasions to calm down and keeping a fairly strict schedule with my calendar. Over the last year in particular, I have learned to love myself more and calm down, with the help of my favourite people.

I’ve learned about how important self-care is, and the difference it makes. Everything from little every day acts, to taking a couple of days out to relax and reduce my stress. One trick I learnt from CBT, was mindfulness. When I’m feeling anxious, I focus on the environment if I can. One of my favourite mindful activities is taking my dogs for a walk and really focusing on the things around me – the sounds of the ducks and geese, the feel of the cold, crisp air, and the beauty of nature. It might sound wishy-washy, but for me, it makes the world of difference.

Though it doesn’t always work. Sometimes situations can become out of my control, and I get a full-on anxiety attack, and it genuinely affects me for days. It makes my Colitis flare, and if you’ve read my Living with Ulcerative Colitis blog post you’ll see how difficult that can be. But basically, it’s draining, continuous toilet trips up to 20 times a day with blood, extreme stomach pain, fatigue and joint pain.

Thankfully, my anxiety has improved enough for me to no longer require SSRI’s or therapy. But that doesn’t mean it’s gone. The thing with anxiety is it’s a hidden mental illness, so although I share the positive parts of my life on social media and with the people around me – it doesn’t mean anxiety isn’t there.

My treatment for anxiety was also to help control my Colitis. While I’m still in a flare (Since June 2016), it has at least been moved from “moderate” to “mild” and fingers crossed I get remission very very soon.  

The Body Shop Christmas Launch - Winter Skin Saviours and Go-To Christmas Makeup

On 1st November 2017 I was invited along to The Body Shop, Eldon Square, Newcastle for the VIP Christmas Launch to enjoy drinks, snacks, and a talk to the go-to winter skincare products and a demonstration of the new House of Holland palettes. 

There are so many lovely products available over the festive season which would be perfect for Christmas gifting (hint hint to my friends reading this!), from advent calendars to skincare giftsets and makeup sets!

Winter Skin Saviours As recommended by the ladies at The Body Shop!

  1. Oils of Life Sleeping Cream
    A perfect pick me up over the colder months when your skin gets dry and dehydrated. Wake up in the morning with revitalised, fresh skin.
  2. Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mist
    An instant kick of refreshment for your skin any time of the day; also useful as a setting spray!
  3. Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter
    I use this product myself to remove my makeup. It's such a gentle cleanser, that melts your makeup away and leaves your skin feeling silky soft after a long day. It so gentle you can use it for double cleansing.
  4. Drops of Youth Liquid Peel
    A brilliant liquid exfoliant that literally peels away your dead skin cells before your eyes, for a boost of rejuvenation when you need it.

  5. Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Bi-Phase Essence Lotion
    This is a great product booster, used after you cleanse before you apply other products to replenish the moisture in your skin and improve the results of your usual routine!

We were given a fab demonstration of the new House of Holland x The Body Shop range, which are The Night Is Mine Winter Trend Palette and We Rule The World Winter Trend Palette, both available for £15 each, and contain 3 eye-shadows, a lip colour AND a highlighter! Dann, the makeup artist, used them alongside a stunning star eyeliner stamp, which would be super cute over the festive season.

We were shown the new Glow For It Sparkling Body Shimmer which comes with an extremely adorable powder puff and leaves your skin glowing. It's also the perfect little addition to anyone's vanity table because it's so pretty.

Lastly, we were introduced to the new Metallic Matte liquid Lips, which are stunning. They are 100% my cup of tea and I can't wait to get some for the coming Christmas season.

As always, I couldn't leave the shop without buying anything! I left with a hefty amount of Bath Bombs, which smell amazing by the way. I was kindly gifted a Satsuma Shower Gel with the purchase, and I love citrus scents, so I was very pleased with that.

Thanks again to everyone at The Body Shop, Eldon Square for the demos, recommendations and the invite! 

Bring on Christmas!

My Geek Box Unboxing October 2017

Let's take a little look at what was inside the October My Geek Box!

The first item was this sturdy metal wall sign with Daredevil on it. I was quite impressed with the quality of the sign, it was very thick and quite heavy. It did look super cool, but it doesn't fit in with the aesthetic of my room. I think it would be a fab gift for a marvel fan!

Next up was this Judge Dredd helmet ornament. I was very unsure about this item. I'm not sure how many people are interested in Judge Dredd nowadays but I know it's not really my thing. Not just because it's Judge Dredd but also, why would I want a tiny plastic helmet...?

I was quite impressed with this Marvel Comics Incredible Hulk bowl. It's the perfect size for cereal or snacks, and was very good quality. I love The Avengers and most Marvel characters, including The Hulk. I think my little brother might just like this a bit more than me, so I might give him it. It'll be hard to give it up though because I'm currently picturing a Marvel film day with popcorn in this bowl!

Every month there's always a themed t-shirt, and this month we got a horror arcade one with a cute ghost! You can't quite see in the photo but there was raised detail on the ghost too, which was a nice little touch. The material was soft and stretchy, and much more comfortable than previous t-shirts in these boxes.

And of course, with the release of Destiny 2 (which I may have already completed the story on), comes a gorgeous metallic poster. It's a great A3 size, and looks absolutely stunning in person. I don't think the photo does it as much justice. I can actually see my reflection in the background that's how shiny it is. I love Destiny, and would love to have this up in my room in a frame. I just have to find the space for it!

This months box was a little bit on and off. There were a couple really good items, that I'm really happy with; and a couple that isn't very interesting at all. Overall I am pleased with the content and like I say every month - I do think they're well worth the price!

October Favourites 2017

Another month, another favourite blog post! I did a poll on Twitter the other week, and this was 2nd in your most favourite posts of mine so I will definitely be continuing to upload these every month!

My first favourite this month is an easy one. I've been drinking hot chocolate almost every single day. My hot chocolate of choice at home has got to be the Cadbury drinking chocolate with a sprinkle of cinnamon to really give me the seasonal feels. When I'm out, I'm loving the Starbucks hot chocolate BUT I ask them to put in some pumpkin spice. If you're like me, and don't really like coffee, this is how you get your pumpkin spice kick.

My 2nd favourite happened by accident. I wanted to try the Superdrug Vitamin E eye cream, and they happened to have an offer on so I also grabbed the Superdrug Vitamin E eye makeup remover. Honestly, the best eye makeup remover I've ever used. I simply place a little between two cotton pads, rub them together and lightly press them on my eyes for a few seconds. The makeup just glides right off. I'm sure this was very cheap too, so I would definitely recommend trying it out.

Next up is The Body Shop Seaweed oil-control gel cream. This moisturiser is perfect for people will oily, acne prone skin like mine. Straight after using it, my skin feels oil-free and matte. It makes a big difference during the day, and to how long my makeup lasts.

The Body Shop are killing it lately for me, and I've been loving their Vanilla Pumpkin Shower Gel. I haven't only been using it in the shower but also as a bubble bath, and when I shave my legs. It's been working brilliantly as a multipurpose product, and of course it smells absolutely divine.

My lipstick of choice has been this stunning Maybelline one in the shade 886, Berry Bossy. What I love about this lipstick is how moisturising it is on my lips, especially for this time of year when I normally struggle with cracked lips. It's also such a pretty mauve-purple, and has a slight matte finish without being drying on the lips.

I always like to talk about what TV shows I've been loving since I watch so much TV. This month it has to be The Great British Bake Off. It's the first time I've ever watched the whole series right through. I actually feel like it gets quite intense, which sounds silly because it's baking but you really don't want people to mess up! Surprisingly, I quite liked Noel Fielding as a host too when I didn't think I would!

My last favourite has got to be Don't Tell The Bride. I've been completely binge-watching the hell out of this while I've been writing assignments and video editing. Honestly, I just really like to see how creative some of the weddings are, and I find it really interesting to see non-tradtitional weddings. It's great for some light-hearted entertainment.

Have you tried and loved any of these products or TV shows? Please do let me know! I love to see if other people think the same as me!

Voices of IBD (8) - Nevada's Story

Welcome to PART 8 of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease series, where we talk to people from all walks of life with this condition; to give everyone a platform to share their story, and help to raise awareness.

This week we talk to Nevada about her battle with Ulcerative Colitis.

What is your name and age?

Nevada-Dawn Gale , 24.

What is your occupation?

I have been a nanny since 2015. I care/look after children in their homes

What form of IBD have you got?

I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis ten years ago. I am soon to have an MRI to reevaluate as I have had flare up's every summer. 

How old were you when you were diagnosed?

I was 13, almost 14

About the disease...
What were your main symptoms that led to your diagnosis?

I would say my symptoms appeared gradually and looking back it was actually obvious what it was leading to, now knowing the symptoms of IBD. The first symptoms were weight loss, extreme tiredness (I would just fall asleep straight after coming home from school), not that interested in food, a patch of my hair fell out at the front, I had irritated, sore eyes, I could barely open them (which the doctors thought may have just been hayfever as it was around summer) and the final, most alerting symptom was blood in my stool. 

How did you feel when you got diagnosed?

I honestly remember not feeling much about it. I didn't feel scared or worried, the doctors didn't make it seem that dramatic or serious. I have always been quite an accepting person so in all honesty I just accepted it and started medication not long after.

What support did you get during and after your diagnosis?

My Colitis once diagnosed wasn't actually that serious, it was considered active but mild. I can't remember getting much, intense support but I knew the doctors or IBD nurses were always around if needed.

Do you take medication , if so, what?

Once I was diagnosed I was put on Asacol, which didn't work so I had my first dose of steroids at 14 which worked really well. From then on, for the next 9 years, I was up and down different doses of Asacol but last year the doctors wanted to change my medication as I started flaring more often and they thought the Asacol alone may have stopped working. I was put on Mezavant 1200mg and Azathioprine 50mg last year and together they have worked greatly! My toilet trips have dropped, I still have moments of fatigue but I generally feel better since starting them.

What are your experiences with hospitals? Have you had many stays in hospital, or colonoscopies? Do you have an IBD nurse?

I can only think of two occasions during hospital stays that haven't been positive or I felt I wasn't treated effectively. Every other stay has actually been really good and I have always been treated with dignity, respect and an understanding. Over the years I have also gotten to know my IBD a lot better and I know what I need when flaring, doctors and nurses have been amazing at listening and respecting that I know my body best! In a period of ten years, I have had six stays (sometimes I have stayed twice within a few months of each other) but it is always around summer. In 2014 I had two stays, 2015 one stay, 2016 two days and 2017 one stay at the end of September. This is why they are keen to do an MRI on my small bowel, just to check they aren't missing anything. They think I may have Crohns as well as Colitis due to having stays each year. I have mentioned that it is always in summer, I am really really good the rest of the year but once the end of May/June comes, it seems to get worse. They have no answer for that though. From being diagnosed, I have had two endoscopy's and three or four colonoscopies (can't remember the exact number)   all of my colonoscopies have always shown mild irritation, redness and some puss when flaring but nothing ever looks as bad as I seem to feel! 

What seems to affect your IBD the most? What triggers it?

Stress. I feel my diet plays a small part in, there are things I purposely leave out because I know they don't make me feel good and they aren't worth it (like alcohol) but for the most part I feel it is stress that brings on a flare. Mentally I feel I almost have quite a solider way of thinking, just get on with it! I'll be fine! But then it all comes out physically and goes to my weak area, which is my IBD.   

Do you currently, or have in the past, struggled with mental health? If so, what?
I have always had anxious tendencies. Growing up I did a lot of skin picking. I picked my skin, mainly my thumb, I'd pick and bite my lips, often to the point of bleeding. I still do occasionally, I have periods of no picking at all and periods of intense picking. I've never picked at my eyelashes but I've noticed I sometimes pull them a tiny bit when I rub them. I have also had an on and off stammer. Which I think is more of a neurological thing but for me I definitely find situations that make me anxious, also make my stammer more obvious. I've always said I have a phone stammer, I find it difficult to answer a telephone without stammering when first answering but I can talk to a person face to face really well and no-one ever notices! Earlier this year I went to my doctor because I felt certain situations were making me really anxious and it was affecting my ablity to get on with things. I am also prone to low moods. More-so intertwined with when I am due on my period. I can sometimes feel like a completely different person the two weeks before my period. My doctor diagnosed me with situational anxiety and mild depression. I feel I am better at getting on top of the anxiety more than I am with low moods. My anxiety presents itself through irrational thoughts and I am aware they are irrational, I am more able to get out there and put myself in the situation that makes me feel anxious and feel fine. The low moods, although they only last for about two days, I find harder to get on top of. I was also put on the contraceptive pill which has helped with my moods.
Was this because of you IBD, or influenced by your IBD or vice versa?
Depression/anxiety run in my family so I am predispositioned to be affected in some way. Like I said above there has always been a subtle, anxious thing about me and looking back on when I was a child I can definitely see it was present way before I was diagnosed with Colitis. When I am flaring though, my anxiety does go up. If I start going to the toilet more or the urgency kicks in then I am more worried about going out and would prefer to stay at home. From flaring every summer since 2014 I do always feel more worried when summer is approaching. I became unwell at the end of September this year but it was the opposite of what usually happens. I wasn't going to the toilet and I was in a lot of pain. When I first went in to hospital they thought it was a stomach bug, I had started being sick when in hospital but I was discharged that weekend but nothing got better and I had never had pain like that. I'm good with pain. I don't want to cause a fuss, I am able to push through a lot of things. But this pain was not something I have had before. I had never been so emotional when feeling unwell, I literally felt like I mentally couldn't cope (which is also not like me) I was sitting on my bathroom floor in tears and I remember wishing I could rip the pain out. That is the only time to date I can say my IBD or just generally being unwell, has mentally affected me. I am trying to get my mind to stay aware that I have IBD but not to let the thoughts control me, it can be difficult!
I have been on steroids five times and I do think they have had a lasting effect mentally.

Do you get support for your mental health?
My doctor referred me for CBT therapy, I started on a Stress Control Course with IAPT but I was only able to attend one session, I began working and the times clashed. I am keen to begin the CBT therapy, I have it on my to-do list to call them! My doctor also did suggest antidepressants but I am not currently taking anything.
Do you feel like you get the right support?
I feel once I am able to start CBT therapy I will get the support needed. I can see it being beneficial.

How do you cope?
What is your go-to routine for when you are flaring
My flares don't seem to creep up on me or happen slowly. I seem to go in to a big flare straight away, within a few days.They completely wipe me out so all I am able to do is sleep, rest, try and drink water and I always end up in hospital (summer), which includes more resting and getting treatment I need.

What do you do to give yourself a break or relax?

SLEEP! ha. Generally, when I am not flaring, I am super chilled anyway so I have no problem allowing myself to laze around and have a weekend doing nothing or just going to a friends house. I do want to get more hobbies though and generally meet some new people. I am thinking about (I've always been thinking about), starting yoga and dance again, I use to dance when I was younger and I still feel amazing when I dance, it feels very freeing. I feel great when moving. When I am flaring, it really is just rest and focusing on getting better, getting my energy back. I'm a rubbish communicator when flaring, all my energy goes inward on attempting to make myself OK again.

What lifestyle/diet/changes have you made to cope with your IBD?
I don't drink alcohol, I did have a small glass of wine a few weeks ago, for the first time in a year and a week later my glands were swelled up. For me it's not worth it. I enjoy feeling good. I enjoy feeling capable of getting on with my life. My biggest devil is sugar, cutting down or completely getting rid of it from my diet is still a challenge.

What advice would you give to someone who may think they are experiencing early signs?

Do not be embarrassed. I feel this is the main reason why many people with symptoms do not go and see someone. It's embarrassing talking about poo. Blood in stools is not something we are use to seeing. It is not something you'd want to talk about. But it is so important to see a doctor. People leave it for so long until they are in a serious way and need urgent medical attention or urgent surgery. If you can catch it early, if you see someone early enough, it can be controlled faster. IBD and the symptoms are not something that should be shrugged off. Those of us living with IBD are living with a serious chronic condition and although some of us are affected in worse ways than others, it is something that needs to be seen to and treated.

What advice would you give to the friends and family of those with IBD?
No-one with IBD has asked for it. None of us would choose to live with this. If we could choose a healthy life with no medication, no hospital stays, no regular blood-tests, believe me, we REALLY would. Sometimes we can't understand why our bodies aren't working properly. Sometimes it isn't because we ate this certain thing and now we are flaring. Sometimes, our bodies decide to go in to full attack mode and we flare. By asking questions such as "well was it something you ate?" you are putting the blame on the person flaring. You are saying it is their fault their body has decided to flare. When, the reality is and can be, that those with IBD will just have periods of not being well. The best thing family members or friends can do is be present. Instead of using language that puts fault on the person with IBD, use language and words that are kind and empathetic "This isn't your fault, rest and let yourself get better". Its VERY difficult for those who do not have IBD to truly understand what it feels like. They truly will never understand but what they can do is teach themselves, educate themselves, not just on IBD in general but on the individuals experience with IBD. Get to know what IBD is like for that specific person. IBD is not the same for everyone. Communicate, ask them what they need, ask what is best for them when flaring, ask what is useful for them. Ask, ask ask. The friends/family members who know someone with IBD, also didn't ask for it, it is no-ones fault but it is something that needs to be accepted, those with IBD need to be heard and they need to be respected.

If there is one thing that keeps you motivated and focused through it all, what would that be?

That I am more than my IBD. I want to be more than my IBD. I want to live a life that I enjoy. I want to wake up and 80% of the time (because we don't always love our work!) and enjoy what is I'm doing. I've accepted that many things for me will not easy. I will never have an easy road. I want to help people, I want to give, I love working with children so I'd love to maybe teach one day or work with children in a therapeutic way. There's so much that I want to learn and try, there's so much I feel to do, that I simply can't let my IBD stop me. It will, temporarily, I've also accepted that, but there's more for me and there's more to me than having a chronic condition. I am aware that everything is temporary. I won't get this life again. If I'm being honest, sometimes knowing that everything is temporary has gotten me through some flares. The thought that this won't last forever, has actually felt positive to me. One day, you and me will be in the soil. I'd rather live this life I have now, with setbacks and obstacles and eventually - do the things I want to do, rather than not do anything at all. I feel I'm blessed with a positive mind. Don't get me wrong when I am in a low mood I don't feel positive. But for the most part, I can always see a positive. 

What is your favourite quote?

"Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You." - Dr Seuss

Thank you Nevada for sharing your story here on BecxBlogs. If you are affected by Crohn's or Colitis; please go to the Crohn's & Colitis UK website for further support and information.

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Superfood for dogs! Pure Pet Food.

I've always been an advocate for feeding dogs the best possible diet you can afford. I used to feed both my dogs a fresh, raw meat diet but when I moved back home with my family; I wasn't able to store the food anymore. So I started searching for the next best thing. 

Quick note! This item was gifted from the lovely people at Pure Pet Food, BUT I've have been using this food and purchasing it myself with my own money before I was sent this box to review!

Pure Pet Food Naturally Dehydrated dog food is a freeze dried, grain free food with probably the best ingredients I've seen in commercially bought dog food, apart from premade raw foods. Freeze dried food is better than the usual "kibble" because it retains a lot more of the nutritional content as opposed to when it's been highly processed with preservatives and additives. 

Let's take a little look at the ingredients...

When looking for a good dog food, the main ingredient should be a named meat source. Not "meat and animal derivatives", and I would personally avoid any dog food that doesn't state exactly what meat they're using in the ingredient list. I also think a good dog food is best when it's grain free, because grains are very difficult for dogs to digest. I also 100% avoid any food with artificial colourings, e numbers, sunset yellow, tartrazine, and titanium dioxide. Dogs can be hyper enough without adding any of that rubbish into their system. 

I'm so pleased that the Pure Pet Food Fish Supper recipe is clean. White Fish (25%), Parsnip, Carrot, Sweet Potato, Egg (15%), Coconut, Spinach, Minerals. It sounds like something humans would eat! Well guess what, it's also human grade food, so it's completely safe for us to eat if we wanted to. 

It's extremely easy to use as well. There's only a small amount of preparation! So for example, my Daisy is 5kg, and needed 1 scoop of food. I added 1 scoop of water and mixed it, after 5 minutes the food has soaked in all the water and it's ready to serve! The shelf life of the food when dry is around 12 months but once water is added it needs to be treated like fresh food, refrigerated and used within 48 hours.

You can even add some of your own fresh foods into it as well, like carrots, other bits of meat and egg. But it's a complete and balanced meal so it is totally fine to feed as a stand-alone meal too. Both my dogs, Charlie and Daisy, absolutely love this food, and I will continue to feed them it. 

As I said before I'd always recommend feeding the best food you possibly can. I would give this food a very solid 10/10 based on the quality of ingredients, ease of preparation, storage and how much my dogs love it!

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*Gifted item. All opinions are my own.

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