My 5 Beauty Must Haves

Friday, July 21, 2017

Hello everyone,

Today I wanted to do a blog post on my 5 beauty must haves. These are the 5 products I have been using and loving at the moment.

1) Rimmel London wake me up foundation

This foundation gives a dewy finish and is perfect for dry skin. The coverage is buildable from sheer to full, and it lasts throughout the day. Overall this foundation is definitely a winner for me, and it's drugstore so it's very budget friendly!

2) Rimmel London stay matte powder

This powder has been a favourite of mine for awhile now, and I have previously mentioned it in my blog post - Best beauty products of 2016Although I have dry skin and this powder is meant for oily skin, it still works really well on me. I wear this powder almost everyday and I honestly love it. I have worn it on the really sunny days we have recently been getting in the U.K. and it has kept my makeup in place. The Rimmel stay matte powder is definitely worth the buy, and again this product is incredibly budget friendly, as it costs only  £3 or £4 !

3)  Makeup Revolution ultra sculpt and contour kit

This blusher, bronzer and highlight trio is perfect for a natural everyday makeup look, and I have been using this for the past 3months non stop. The quality is amazing and each powder is really pigmented. The highlighter is definitely the best feature of this whole product, it is crazy pigmented and can be built up to a really intense highlight or kept as a natural everyday highlight. This product is very versatile and suitable for everyone, as it comes in many different shades.

4) Dandelion blusher by Benefit

I'm not really big on blusher, as I have naturally very pink cheeks, However I really love this blush. It's a pale pink/ baby pink shade and it looks gorgeous on pale skin. It is pigmented but still looks natural and can be built up to a more intense shade. The Dandelion blusher is not matte and has a subtle yet noticeable sheen to it, which is perfect for summer.

5)  Max Factor lipstick - Burnt Caramel

This is an amazing lipstick, it's pigmented, long lasting and comfortable to wear. The shade is a beautiful almost nude with a subtle sheen to it. The application of this lipstick is smooth and it glides on easily. overall, this lipstick is gorgeous and easy to wear for a range of different skin tones.
Definitely worth the money, I want to try more lipsticks from the Max Factor range.

links -

Rimmel wake me up foundation - here

Rimmel stay matte powder - here

Makeup Revolution ultra sculpt and contour palette - here

Dandelion blusher by Benefit - here

Max Factor lipstick in Burnt Caramel  - here

Thank you for reading.

Have you tried any of these products?, and what do you think of them ?

Sadie xoxo


Beauty Haul - July

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Hello everyone,

It's been awhile since I've done a beauty post, but I was recently reading some of my favourite blogs and I suddenly became inspired and wanted to do loads, So I thought I'd dedicate the whole month of July to beauty, I hope you guys don't mind, but I thought it would be nice to change things up a bit.

I wanted to kick beauty month off with a beauty haul. I've recently being loving doing my makeup and experimenting with new products.

As you all probably be aware, It was recently my 1 year post op check-up appointment, and it's sort of a tradition that my parents and I go to Meadow hall shopping afterwards.
I picked up a few things from meadow hall including the Nars sheer glow foundation and the ELF illuminating palette. The American brand ELF, is very new to the U.K., but from just looking at the stand and the products they have to offer, I have a feeling they are going to be very popular.

The Nars sheer glow foundation, has been a massive holy-grail product within the YouTube community, but I just never got round to trying it until now. I'm really excited to try this product, if you would like a review on the Nars sheer glow foundation please leave me a comment letting me know and I will gladly do that for you.

I also recently purchased the Maybelline dream velvet foundation, Again I've been wanting to try this one for awhile now but I just never picked it up until now. I'm excited to test this foundation out. It claims to be a soft-matte yet hydrating foundation, which is a pretty bold statement as matte foundations tend to be quite drying.

The next item I recently picked up is another product from Maybelline and it is actually the matching concealer to this foundation. I was a bit sceptical as to whether I should purchase this as it is a stick concealer, However it is marketed as a creamy formulation. I have never seen the Maybelline dream brightening creamy concealer before, so I don't know if this is a new product or I've just never noticed it.

The next product I wanted to talk to you all about, is the new mega volume miss baby roll mascara from L'Oréal. I'm yet to try this but the wand looks insane. I've watched a lot of my favourite youtubers rave about how good this mascara is, so I'm expecting good things.

And finally the last item I purchased, is actually for my hair. I have tried this products out once and I really liked the effect and results I saw. The Phil Smith super smooth keratin protein spray, helps to calm my frizz down and give my hair a more smooth appearance, which I love! based on first impressions, this product is great and definitely worth the buy!

If you would like me to do a separate review of one of these products, please feel free to let me know in the comments and I will be sure to do that for you.

Nars sheer glow foundation - here
Elf illuminating palette - here
Maybelline Dream Velvet foundation - here
Maybelline Dream brightening creamy concealer - here
L'Oréal Mega Volume miss baby roll mascara - here  
Phil Smith super smooth keratin protein spray - here

Thank you for reading.
Sadie xoxo


International scoliosis awareness day 2017

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Hello everyone,

Today I wanted to do a blog post as it is International Scoliosis Awareness Day! The day is dedicated to spreading positive awareness about the condition and uniting all those who suffer from it. Educating people on scoliosis is a great thing to do, and In some cases it can help people to become aware of the signs to look for, along with helping to detect the condition early on, ultimately preventing the need for surgery.

Scoliosis is a disorder with abnormal sideways or lateral curvature of the spine. A normal spine is straight, but it will have a natural curve within it. However, if that curve is over 10 degrees it can be considered a case of mild scoliosis. 

if scoliosis is not treated/ diagnosed it can lead to:

Increase curvature of the spine
Progression or deterioration of scoliosis
Back pain and other associated symptoms
Pressure on vital organs
Breathing difficulties
Cardiac problems
Digestive issues
Poor balance and coordination

Some of the above are pretty obvious signs that something is wrong, if you have any of these issues please, even if it isn't scoliosis go to the doctors and get it checked.

Scoliosis is not a rare condition but there is still very little knowledge or understanding about it and the affects it can have on the patient and their family.  Scoliosis can often leave people feeling isolated and unsure as to where to turn for advice and support.

Scoliosis Association (UK), decided that it was time to change this, and so in 2013 they launched International Scoliosis Awareness Day. The day is celebrated every year on the last Saturday of June.

International scoliosis awareness day, sends a beautiful message to all those suffering from the condition, You are not alone !

If you are worried, and you think you may have scoliosis, please read my blog post How to detect scoliosis or you can ask someone to stand behind you whilst you bend over, this is known as the Adams forward bending test. A normal back will be even on both sides. However, if your back is not even and there is a visible hunch, you should get it checked because it is likely that you could have scoliosis and it is better to find it earlier and help to stop rapid curve progression.

Thankyou for reading this blog post and I hope you have learnt something/ found it useful in some way.

Happy international scoliosis awareness day !

Sadie xoxo


1 year post op, check up appointment

Friday, June 23, 2017

Hello everyone,

Today was my 1 year checkup at Sheffield children's Hospital, and I have to admit it was kind of strange to be seeing my Surgeon and nurses again after so long, but it also reminded me of how far I have come since the last time I saw them. It's insane to think that it was one whole year ago since I was taking my first steps with a straight spine!

During my appointment, I had an X-ray, formatric scan, height measurements and of course a consultation with my surgeon.
Before my operation I had a 70 degree thoracic curve and a 67 degree lumbar curve, I now have a 30 degree thoracic and a 32 degree lumbar curvature. My curves have decreased atleast 50% in both the thoracic and lumbar parts of my spine, which is amazing! I am so happy with the results from my surgery.

My surgeon was impressed with the healing of my scar and my X-rays. My metal work has stayed in place and I am now fully fused. I was also given the all clear to return to all sports including contact and I couldn't be happier, all my restrictions have been lifted and I can finally move on with my life!

My journey with scoliosis has been emotionally and physically tasking, but seeing the results today made me feel like it was worth it. I got there in the end, and you can too!

I will only have one more planed appointment at Sheffield Children's Hospital, and that will be my 2 year post op !

If you have scoliosis and you would like to ask me a question please feel free to leave a comment or you can talk to me privately via email -

Thank you for reading, what seems like a milestone blog post. I hope you found it useful in some way

Until next time,

Sadie xoxo


1 year post op, spinal fusion surgery!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

                                                              Hello everyone,

It feels very surreal to be writing this post, I cannot believe that I am 1 year post op.
I've come so far and been through so much in just 12 months. This time last year, I was preparing for the surgery which would ultimately change my life ( cheesy I know, but it is true! )

It's been a tough year for me, physically and emotionally, I look back at the early stages of my recovery and sometimes I can't believe I  actually went through all that I did, or even had the strength to. In a way I am proud of myself for my determination to keep going, even when it felt like things weren't going to get better. The surgery made me stronger than I could've ever imagined.

I remember laying in my bed on my third day and seeing other patients walking up and down the ward, it actually made me jealous because I wanted so bad for that to be me. Scoliosis really makes you look at things differently and I feel very privileged to be able to walk every day because some people don't have that luxury, and because of my operation and being on that ward it's made me more aware of how people suffer every day and how lucky we all are to be able to do what seems like a simple task.

My surgery and correction went so well and I'm extremely grateful towards my surgeon and all the lovely nurses who looked after me, but i couldn't of done any of it if it wasn't for my amazing family and friends.

Although the surgery was the hardest thing I've ever had to do, I am so glad I did it! My back isn't perfect and it never will be , but in comparison to what it used to be like, I'd say it's a pretty close correction.

There is times when you are recovering from surgery, where you think that it will never get better, but I promise you if you keep going and pushing on 99.9% of the time it will get better.

The first few days of recovery are the worst, I'm not going to lie to you. You will feel regret and you'll wonder why you ever agreed to have the surgery, But like I said it does get better and it will be worth it in the long run!

It's honestly so overwhelming when I think about where I was this time last year, I've improved massively.
 Scoliosis is part of me and as awful as it is, I wouldn't change it for the world.

Thank you for reading
Please feel free to ask me any questions in the comments below and I will reply as soon as possible.

Sadie xoxo


It's scoliosis awareness month!

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Hello everyone,

Scoliosis awareness month takes place annually every June, in the hope to highlight and raise awareness on the spinal deformity.
June is a month dedicated to making the public aware of the condition and helping to detect scoliosis early so treatment can hopefully be more effective. 

Scoliosis Association have now launched their 2017 campaign #gotyourback17
If you wish to help spread the word about scoliosis, please head on over to their website, where you can download some posters and a fundraising pack - Here

So, as it is Scoliosis Awareness month, i found myself reflecting on my condition and I soon began to realise that scoliosis has given me so much more than it has ever taken from me. Scoliosis made me grow up and it made me into a better person. Scoliosis has made me proud of who I am, and I am thankful for that.

I really want to help get scoliosis noticed this month, and if anyone reading this either has scoliosis themselves or knows someone with the condition please help me do just that!

If Scoliosis is left untreated, it can cause a lifetime of pain and complications. Early detection and education of scoliosis are vital keys to identification and treatment. If scoliosis is found early Hospitals can have the chance to brace the patient and help to prevent surgery from happening.
This is why raising awareness is so important, without the education and knowledge of the condition many patients can live their whole life without knowing what is causing their back pain and not knowing that it could've been eased or even prevented.

Thankyou so much for reading, and please feel free to get involved.

It would also be great if anyone reading this who has the condition, would like to email me their scoliosis story and I will publish it on here as a guest post,
my email is

                                                                      Sadie xoxo


Rimmel Shake Mascara and Brow Powder - Review

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Hello everyone,

Today I wanted to do a review on two fairly new beauty products from Rimmel. I've been trying these two products for a couple of weeks now and I wanted to let you guys know how I got on with them.

Rimmel - Volume Shake Mascara

I was pretty excited to try this mascara because of the unique concept behind the product, which of course is the shake, this feature was designed to stop the mascara from drying out and it is a completely original idea, I have never seen a brand come out with this feature before and I was intrigued to see what it was all about.

However, I was disappointed with this mascara, the formula was very wet in consistency and because of this it made application messy and I would often end up with black splodges on my eyelids!
The mascara added volume, but did leave my lashes looking thick rather than evenly spread out which is the look I normally aim for.

Overall, I found this product disappointing, and I don't think I will be repurchasing this mascara.

Rimmel - Brow This Way 3 in 1 ultra soft powder

Again this product followed the same idea as the mascara, with the shake/ rattle and once again I was disappointed.
This product claims to line, define and fill the brows in.

Positives -

Creative concept

Negatives -

Hard to apply/ use
limited selection of shades
Too much fall out

Unless you have quite light eyebrows I would stay away from this product, I bought the shade Dark Brown, (which is the shade I usually get), However with this product I found this shade to be very warm toned and as a result of this it would make my eyebrows appear orange!

Overall, although I love Rimmel as a brand and the whole concept behind this unique idea, I would still give this range a pass.

Everyone is different, and this range has been quite controversial so please understand that this is just my opinion, everyone has their own unique style when it comes to makeup so just bare that in mind.   

Please feel free to comment down below what you thought of these products, if you have tried them.

Were you a fan ?

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed.

Sadie xoxo


How to deal with scoliosis pain

Friday, May 26, 2017

                                                                   Hello everyone,

Scoliosis patients can often receive a lot of pain, this is mainly because our backs are constantly having to compensate for the lateral curve, this can cause our muscles to ache as they have a constant strain on them.

However, they are ways to help combat the pain.

1) Finding Immediate Relief

immediate pain relief can come from over the counter pain relievers.

such as -

Ibuprofen - This is a regular NSAID it reduces inflammation and muscle aches. Ibuprofen is the most common pain reliever and is pretty effective.

Naproxen - This works to reduce inflammation caused by bone and muscle strain. It is also an effective pain reliever.

Aspirin - (Not very affective) This works to reduce inflammation. Children and teenagers should not be given aspirin without doctor's approval, as it can increase their risk of Reye's syndrome, a potentially fatal condition.

Acetaminophen - This drug is not an NSAID, but it helps to block pain centers in the brain and control the central nervous system. The most common form of Acetaminophen is Tylenol.

2) Apply a heat pack

Heat packs can often help to soothe back pain and relax the muscles, making them very useful for when you may be experiencing muscle spasms.
Heat packs will also help to reduce joint stiffness.

You could also use a cold compress. Cold compresses can be used on strained muscles. Ice is generally more useful to reduce swelling and inflammation, so depending on the type of pain you may be experiencing you can choose the right relief for you.

3)  Allow yourself to rest

 If you are experiencing extreme back pain, it may be your back telling you it needs to rest. Stop doing whatever activity or movement that may have been causing the pain and lie down or do something that is not physically demanding.

4)  Stretch often

One of the best ways to regain flexibility and muscle strength is by stretching. In fact, stretching can be an excellent way to reduce back pain, you just have to be cautious not to over stretch or you could accidentally inflict more pain on yourself.

5) See a chiropractor

Chiropractic treatment may help relieve back pain caused by scoliosis. However, it does not appear to reduce scoliosis itself.
A chiropractor can also recommend an exercise program that will help relieve your back pain. Exercise does not prevent scoliosis from getting worse, but it does help relieve pain and ease the muscles.

6)  Try massage therapy

Massage therapy may help relieve back pain, including pain caused by scoliosis. You should have a licensed massage therapist who is trained in medical massage to perform your massages. Medical massage is different to a general relaxation massage. 

Scoliosis can be painful and irritating, but hopefully these tips can help you in some way.
Please feel free to leave any questions you may have below in the comments and I will reply as soon as possible.

Thank you for reading

                                                      Sadie xoxo


What causes scoliosis ?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hi everyone,

Today I wanted to address a common question surrounding scoliosis, what causes it?

They are many theory's that scoliosis is caused by poor posture, but this most of the time, is not the reason why so many of us suffer with scoliosis.

In most cases, the cause of scoliosis is unknown (what doctors call idiopathic).

Scoliosis can be caused by a vast amount of things, it can be genetically inherited ( passed down from a family member who also had the condition), this form of scoliosis is known as congenital.

In as many as 80% of cases, doctors don’t find the exact reason for a curved spine.
Some kinds of scoliosis do have clear causes. Doctors divide those curves into two types -- structural and non-structural.

In Non structural scoliosis, the spine works normally, but appears curved. This can occur as a result of one leg being shorter than the other, muscle spasms, and inflammations like appendicitis. When these problems have been treated the temporary scoliosis goes away.

 In structural scoliosis, the curve of the spine is rigid and can’t be reversed.

Some cases of scoliosis can be a result of the following conditions -

- Cerebral Palsy
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Infections
- Tumours
- Genetic conditions like Marfan Syndrome and Down Syndrome
- Osteoporosis

Congenital scoliosis begins as a baby’s back develops before birth. Problems with the tiny bones in the back, called vertebrae, can cause the spine to curve. The vertebrae may be incomplete or fail to divide properly. Doctors may detect this condition when the child is born. Or, they may not find it until the teen years.

Family history and genetics can also be risk factors for idiopathic scoliosis.

Scoliosis can also be a result of age, this can be known as Degenerative Scoliosis.
Degenerative Scoliosis usually develops in the lower back ( lumbar) ,as the disks and joints of the spine begin to wear out as you age.

Thank you for reading and I really hope you found this blog post useful. please feel free to leave a comment below if you would like some advice or would just like to talk about scoliosis.

Sadie xoxo


support associations for scoliosis

Thursday, May 18, 2017

                                                                  Hello everyone,

Being diagnosed with scoliosis, can be very overwhelming and you can often feel alone. If you are anything like me when I was diagnosed, then you probably don't even know what scoliosis is. It's a pretty daunting experience, but it's good to know that there is support available, either with a loved one or from an organisation such as, SAUK (short for scoliosis association U.K.)

I found SAUK on a whim, I didn't really know what they were all about at first but once I had read a bit about them and it soon became apparent to me that they are a great community who offer help and support for those who really need it. I'm a bit annoyed that I didn't find them sooner.

I think that one of the best ways to deal with scoliosis is by talking about it to someone who's experience it first hand. I emailed a lovely girl named Emi, who is the uk ambassaitor for curvy girls (another amazing organisation for scoliosis patients) I found it reassuring to be able to talk to someone such as Emi about scoliosis, she helped me to be as prepared as possible for the surgery. She didn't sugar coat surgery by telling me that it's not that bad, she told me the truth, it is painful but it is worth it and that's all I needed to hear.
I went into hospital knowing that it wasn't going to be easy, but the fact that Emi told me everything would be worth it in the end kept me going, I knew that it was going to be okay and I tried to stay as optimistic as possible.

I created this blog to help people and share my experience as best as I can, so if anyone reading this would like to talk about scoliosis, please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email

Here are the organisations mentioned within this blog post -

Please never feel alone with scoliosis, they are loads of people going through the same thing who understand what you are dealing with.

Thankyou for reading, and I really hope you can take something away from this blog post.


                                                                        Sadie xoxo

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