Saturday, 6 September 2014

Baby Week

My return to blogging has been slower than I anticipated. So, I decided I would tell you guys about my week and see how it goes.

I have returned to studying again after my 4 week summer break. I am currently on a module called 'Families & Children' which is basically made up of two halve: Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics. I am currently on the Obs&Gynae module at NMGH.

Last week I was on 'Labour Week', a week dedicated to shadowing midwives and learning how to help women deliver their baby. Despite having to wake up at 5am every day in order to commute to the hospital for 7am (I HATE early mornings with a passion), I ADORED my labour week.

Seeing as I am the second youngest member of my extended family (my brother being 2 years younger than I). I haven't had much in the way of experience with pregnant ladies and labour. But I have discovered that what our bodies can do in order to create new life is truly magical. 

I don't think I will ever get over the excitement of feeling baby kick through their mums tummy for the first time. Or hearing baby's heart beat through the monitor. 

Seeing women going through labour was scary at times (especially with the high risk ladies), but it was amazing seeing how our bodies know exactly what to do and even after all the screaming and shouting, there is absolutely nothing more special or amazing as the look on the mum's face as she sees the life she carried for 9 months for the first time.

Most of my time was spent on the labour ward, helping to look after high risk women, but on friday I spent the day in the midwife led birthing centre which was BEAUTIFUL. It was so relaxing - even being a staff in this environment. The rooms were homely, with plenty of mobility apparatus, including balls, rocking chairs, swings and a birthing pool. They were decorated beautiful with gorgeous little touched purchased by the midwives. If I have the choice later in life, I would adore to deliver in a similar environment.

My last week has been so rewarding. There is nothing better then helping the women though a stressful time to produce something wonderful and spending time with the new (or new again) parents is amazing. Also being able to cuddle the baby you helped bring into this world is breathtaking. I can see why midwives adore their job.

Needless to say, this placement has made me EXCEEDINGLY broody, but it has been a beautiful experience and I wouldn't trade it away for anything in the world.



Friday, 1 August 2014

In Memory

Hello all,

I know it has been absolute ages since my last post. I'm afraid life has seriously caught up with me.

I have always been very close to my mother-in-law, Ann Smith, I considered her a second mother.

Unfortunately, Ann developed metastatic pancreatic cancer and passed away on the 11th of July 2014 after rapidly deteriorating.

The funeral was Tuesday 29th July, and was a beautiful service. The church was full to brimming and some people had to stand up the whole service - a wonderful testament to a well loved women.

Ann had managed to beat Breast Cancer thanks to the fantastic work of Cancer Research UK, giving her 13 more years with her family, and giving me the chance to meet her.

I thought I should share with you all the reason I have been away.

If you would like to donate to Cancer Research UK, we are collecting money in memory of Ann here: Donate to Cancer Research UK

I will hopefully be up and running again soon.


Monday, 16 June 2014

Birchbox Unboxing - June 2014

June 2014- Global Strikers

This months Birchbox had arrived before any other unboxing had hit the blogs, so I was completely in the dark as to what my fabulous box would contain. And my wasn't I pleased with the selection! This months theme was 'global strikers' based on products originating around the world, as Birchbox's take on the World Cup!

Embryolisse - Lait-Crème Conentré RRP from £12.99

This is a product that I have honestly never heard of in my life. It is apparently a 'cult French moisturiser' which can also be used as a mask. The sample size of this is TINY compared to most of the samples I have received through beauty boxes, which is a bit disappointing, but I'm sure I'll get at least 5 uses out of it. 

On opening the packet there is also a thin paper leaflet (a lot like those which come with medication), which is a bit odd, but I suppose it must be a French thing? (I could be wrong, it is just strange!), you also have to pierce the tube, which again I find a bit odd, but ah well.
Putting the cream on, it doesn't have any scent to it, it just smells a lot like plain cream, however, it does feel moisturising - if a bit greasy on.

To be honest, Im not really a fan of this product and don't think I would go out to buy it myself, it seems a bit greasy for my combination skin which is a shame and it is a rather small sample.

30ml RRP £12.99
5ml Sample Value £2.16

Trinity Rating 4/10

OPI Brazil Beach Sandies - Kiss Me I'm Brazilian Mini 4 Pack RRP £14.50

This product didn't come with its name, so by guessing through the Birchbox webpage, I'm assuming it is Kiss Me I'm Brazilian. I'm normally not a fan of receiving nail varnishes in beauty boxes, as I don't have much use for them (I cant have painted nails in hospital :( )

I quite like this mini nail varnish, it is a gorgeous hot pink colour and has a great 'sandy' texture. It a bit shimmery but not glittery and overpowering, which I like. Two to Three coats of this is best, as only 1 coat come out patchy. You can see my swatches of this via my Instagram

4x 3.75ml Mini Pack RRP £14.50
1 Sample Value £3.63

Trinity Rating 8/10

Naobay - Body Radiance Lotion RRP £14

This is another brand I have never heard of, however, unlike before, I really love this product! The sample size is decent also, which is good!

This lotion smells gorgeous! The scent is lovely an fresh - it reminds me a bit of homemade still lemonade! It also goes on fabulously! It soaks straight into my skin and does not leave that awful sticky feeling, whilst making your skin feel wonderful and hydrated. 

250ml RRP £14
30ml Sample value £1.68

Trinity Rating 10/10

Yves Rocher - Sheer Botanical Lipstick in Marron glace RRP £9.90

This is a brilliant lipstick! It is also a full size YAY!

 It is a fabulous sheer brown colour and applies very sheer, which I like - perfect for going into hospitals in! I really like how hydrating it feels on the lips too. Whilst I would have preferred a brighter colour, I really do like this lipstick! 

3.5g RRP £9.90
Sample Value £9.90

Trinity Rating 8/10

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Beautyblender & Blendercleanser solid RRP £26.00

I have saved the best, and most exciting for last. I got a beauty blender!!!!! I was beyond happy when I noticed this in my box, I had been meaning to try this cult makeup sponge for ages, but hadn't gotten around to buying it yet.

It really does work brilliantly!! My foundation looks so natural, with no streaks or lines. It also helps me soften the edges of my bronzer and blush, which is great!! I was so glad that it lives up to the hype!! Also included is a blender cleanser, a produce designed to clean your beauty blender for you (making the product last even longer!)

Im not really sure how it compares sidewise with the original product, but I reckon its also full size YAY!

60ml RRP £26.00
Sample Value £26.00

Trinity Rating 10/10

Lifestyle Extra - Brazil Inspired Birchbox Flipflop Keyring

I thought this was a cute little lifestyle extra, my keychain now looks ready for the World Cup madness!

Birchbox Price : £10/month + 2.95 P&P (cheaper with longer subscriptions)
Birchbox Value: £43.37

Overall, I am really happy with the months Birchbox, and am excited to see what comes next month!!

If you fancy the look of the my Birchbox and want to subscribe, please follow my referral link here.* Also, if you join Birchox before the end of June, you will be entered into a prize draw to win a fabulous Benefit Hamper.

What do you think of my Birchbox? What is your favourite beauty box subscription? 



*if you join Birchbox via my link, I will also get entry into the Benefit Hamper competition and receive 50 Birchbox points to spend in the Birchbox store

Thursday, 12 June 2014

A Bit Of Rough - Review

A Bit of Rough*

A Bit of Rough* RRP £12

I was recently sent A Bit of Rough to review and I was so excited to use it that I took it out of its pretty organza bag packaging without taking a picture. However, the exfoliating cloth was sent rolled up and tied with black raffeta, encased in a pretty black organza bag, along with a useful little 'how to use' guide.

The exfoliating cloth was originally produced by a male waxing specialist as a product to reduce ingrown hairs after waxing. However, this cloth has so many more uses that that! It is a BRILLIANt exfoliator both on my body and my face! I was so worried that it would be too scratchy, but it is really quite gentle, despite exfoliating well. It can also be used to reduce steakiness when false tanning. 

The cloth is brilliant to use in the shower! All I do is squeeze a bit of my normal shower gel (currently Honey&Shea Butter by Original Source) and use A Bit of Rough as a normal washcloth. The cloth is quite long (so you can use it to clean your back easier), so I normally fold it in four to wash with. And out of the shower I come with fabulously soft, scale free skin!

Trinity's Score - 8/10


  • gives me wonderfully soft skin
  • not scratchy at all
  • great exfoliator
  • reduces ingrown hairs after shaving
  • dries quickly
  • lightweight


  • a bit too long in length for my uses, so I have to fold it up
  • seems a bit expensive for a wash cloth

Sold online at: A Bit of Rough

*I was sent this product for the purpose of this review. However, all opinions are my own.