Sun exposure after spinal fusion surgery

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hello everyone,

I recently went abroad for the first time since my spinal fusion surgery, and I thought that I'd write a post to let you all know how I protected my scar from too much sun exposure and how I felt with having my scar out all day for 14days !

For me personally, this holiday was a huge step since my surgery, I did a lot of things that I haven't been able to do for awhile now such as kayaking and riding a horse, but most importantly I walked out of the hotel room every day with my scar on show and I honestly didn't give it a second thought. The fact that my scar was on show didn't bother me, I've actually grown to love it! I mainly love it because it's symbolic of how strong I can be and I am very proud of it.

When it came to sun exposure on my scar, I thought I would be very cautious and to be honest for the first couple of days I didn't really stay out in the sun for too long as I didn't want to burn my scar, however I found as the holiday progressed I gradually spent more and more time in the sun with my scar exposed, I obviously still made sure I had a high factor suncream on my scar tissue, but other than that I completely forgot I had a scar!

I wore a factor 50 on my scar for most of my holiday, which to be fair probably was a bit over cautious, but by the end of my holiday I was wearing factor 20 all over my back and I was completely fine.

My scoliosis didn't stop me from doing anything on holiday and like I previously stated most of the time I completely forgot that I had metal rods and screws in my spine, I guess I've become more used to the feeling of the metal work and now to me it really doesn't feel that strange anymore.

I rarely get back ache, but I found swimming in the pool really beneficial, it helped to loosen my shoulder blades and to some extent relax the muscles in my back. So, this is something I would really recommend doing especially if you get back ache around the shoulder blade area.

I had my scar out all day every day, so a lot of people did end up seeing it, however I thought people would stare but I am very much an over thinker and in fact not one person said anything about my scar. From a distance it's hard to recognise, but it's only up close when you can actually see my scar.
So if you are worried about people noticing your scar honestly don't be because a) they probably won't even notice and b) if they do notice they will just think about how brave you must be as a person.

If you are like me and you have had the spinal fusion surgery, please remember that your scar is nothing to feel ashamed of, wear it with pride and I know it's hard but try not to be so conscious that it's there. 
Once I got over the whole self conscious stage post surgery, I actually started to love my scar and all it represents.

Thank you for reading, and I really hope this post has been of some use to you.
If you have scoliosis please feel free to ask me any questions below in the comments.

Sadie xoxo


Battle of the liquid lipsticks

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Hello everyone,

As of right now everyone seems to love the whole liquid lipstick hype, myself included, but the question is with so many now on the market which ones truely are the best?!

I've picked five of my most worn liquid lipsticks from my collection to review today. These lipsticks range from as little as £3 to around £30, so I think it's fair to say that there's one for everyone no matter your budget.

NYX lingerie liquid lipstick in shade lace detail/ 03

colour - pale pinkie nude
This liquid lipstick, is quite thick in consistency and once applied, feels more like a velvet/swade lipstick, however it dries down to a thin and matte consistency. The longevity of this lipstick is fairly good it last around 4-5 hours, However it does wear off after eating. This lipstick fades nicely and doesn't leave the dreaded ring around the lips.
Overall, I would highly recommend the NYX liquid lipsticks, however these are not my favourite formula out of the 5 I have selected.
They are very affordable at only £7.00! you can purchase yours here

The Body Shop matte lip liquid in shade Windsor Rose/ 032

colour - pinkie beige nude
I absolutely love the formula of these lip liquids from The Body Shop, they are really creamy to apply and they don't dry out my lips. The longevity of them isn't the best but they do last around 3hours if no drinks or food are consumed within that time. The colour selection for these lip liquids isn't amazing but they are a lot of shades that I do like from the range. This lip liquid fades really nicely. My only problem with this product, is that you have to be very carful when applying as it can become very clumpy and sticky, however this can be easily avoided by applying one thin coat. The pigmentation is amazing and I really enjoy wearing this product.
You can purchase your matte lip liquid from The Body Shop here  for just £6!

MUA LUXE velvet lip lacquer in shade Tranquillity

colour - pinkie nude
This liquid lipstick, gives a velvet- matte finish. The formula is smooth and glides on easily, the colour is pigmented and long lasting. This lipstick is very quick drying, however it doesn't not dry my lips out, its actually quite comfortable to wear. Again, like the previous lipstick less is more as this formula tends to go clumpy after a few coats. The only down side to this product is the smell, as there is quite a prominent scent of chemicals in the product. This liquid lipstick is so affordable and in my opinion its a hidden gem!
You can purchase your MUA LUXE velvet lip lacquer here, for a tiny £3!

Kylie cosmetics matte liquid lipstick in shade Exposed

colour - beige nude ( slightly peach toned)
I love this liquid lipstick so much, the formula is so long lasting and the colour is gorgeous. Now I have no idea if this is just me, but I personally think that this lipstick has a orangey/ peachy tone to it, but I actually love this about the product, the colour is so unique and yes I know it's a nude, but it's nothing like the rest of my lipsticks. 
One problem I have with this product is how dry it makes my lips feel, I always have to put a lip balm on before I apply this, however I think that having my lips feel like the Sahara desert, is totally worth it! purely because of the beautiful colour and the longevity of this product. 
My second problem is how much it costs to actually get this product, I live in the UK and shipping from the USA is extortionate. On the website the products are reasonably priced, however I honestly don't think its worth the extra £20 in customs and shipping for this product, as much as I do love it!
You can find the Kylie cosmetic matte liquid lipsticks - here

Max Factor Lipfinity liquid lip duo

Colour - pinkie beige nude
I recently did an in depth review of this Max Factor lip duo, which you can read - here
This lip duo is very long wearing and thanks to the moisture balm, which comes along side the liquid lipstick, my lips don't feel dry at all when I'm wearing this lipstick. pigmentation is amazing and application is smooth and easy. The lipfinity duo has a semi permanent colour and a shine boosting, moisturising top coat. However, this product is versatile in the sense that you can wear the lipstick without the top coat for a matte finish or with the top coat for a shiny/ glossy finish. I've been wearing this lip duo quite a lot recently and I have to say it's quickly becoming a holy grail!
you can pick up your Max Factor lipfinity lip duo here  for £10.99

Out of all the 5 liquid lipsticks, my favourite would have to be the Max Factor lipfinity lip duo, as it is an amazing product, it's reasonably priced and easy to get a hold of.

Have you tried any of these liquid lipsticks ? and, what is your opinion on them?
please feel free to let me know in the comment section below.

Thank you so much for reading, I really hope you enjoyed.

Sadie xoxo


Travel beauty essentials

Friday, August 11, 2017

Hello everyone,

Summer is definitely the season of travel, and with that in mind I thought I would let you all know what I will be taking as my beauty essentials to Cuba this month.
My summer beauty essentials generally consist of products I can rely on and know they will perform well in warm and humid conditions.

TRESemme conditioner - This is a pretty standard beauty essential, but I thought I'd mention it as it is important to purchase a conditioner that can withstand and tame humid and frizzy hair whilst on vacation. This conditioner from TRESemme is one of my favourites, as it really helps to smooth and moisturise the hair.
you can purchase your TRESemme conditioner - Here  

Brazilian Keratin smoothing therapy treatment oil/ natural world  -  This is my favourite hair oil to tame my frizzy hair, and it is a must have for humid conditions. I've been through 3 bottles of this now and I absolutely love it!
You can purchase your Brazilian Keratin smoothing therapy treatment oil - Here

Herbal Essences daily detox in the scent white tea and mint  -  Again a very standard beauty essential but very important for summer. This shampoo from Herbal Essences is from the shine range which of course means that this should add shine to the hair. The scent of white tea and mint in this shampoo is absolutely gorgeous, when I was in the shop looking at this I was instantly drawn to this one because of the mint scent as it is one of my favourite smells.
You can purchase your Herbal Essence daily detox shampoo - Here

Imperial Leather calming night blooming jasmine and vanilla shower cream - The imperial leather shower creams are one of my favourites, They are really moisturising and always leave my skin feeling soft. The scent, once again is amazing.
You can purchase your Imperial Leather shower cream - Here

SO .... pink grapefruit body spray - This body spray smells divine and lasts all day. The pink grapefruit scent is perfect for the summer.
You can purchase your SO.... body spray - Here

Nivea daily essentials cleansing wipes - I personally think that cleansing wipes are an essential whilst on holiday not only to remove makeup but to freshen up in warm conditions.
You can purchase your Nivea cleansing wipes - Here

I don't wear much makeup when I'm on holiday, the only time I do wear it is in the evening when I go out with my family.

I personally think that bronzer is an essential during summer. I often sweep on some bronzer to exenterate my tanned face and create a sun kissed look.
The bronzer I always take abroad with me, and generally gravitate towards on a daily basis is the Hoola bronzer by Benefit. I love this bronzer, as it is matte and very buildable.
You can purchase your Benefit Hoola Bronzer - Here

MUA highlighter in pink shimmer - This highlighter is beautiful and very pigmented, however it is still buildable and you are able to control the intensity of the highlight. Highlighter is one of my favourite products for the summer as it adds that natural summer glow to the skin.
You can purchase your MUA highlighter - Here

Too Faced Sweet Peach eyeshadow palette - This palette again is one of my all time favourites, I love the shades, pigmentation and easy application that this palette gives me. It's a very universal palette with a lot of neutrals and a few pops of vibrant colours such as purples and greens. It's the perfect palette for travel as you can create multiple different looks from it.
You can purchase your Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette - Here

L'Oréal Paris colour riche nail polishes - When I am on holiday, doing my nails is one of my favourite things to do and these loreal nail polishes are really good they last a long time.
You can purchase your Loreal colour riche nail polishes - Here

Thank you for reading and I hope you all have a lovely summer holiday whether you are travelling or not.

Sadie xoxo


Travelling with scoliosis

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Hello everyone,

This month I am travelling abroad, for the first time since my surgery. I'm so excited, but at the same time I am a tad bit nervous. I really don't want to burn my scar or set off the security body scanners in the airport with the metal in my back. As minor as my worries may seem I think it's mainly because I don't want anything to go wrong when I have come so far with virtually no problems at all!
But, my worries are exactly why I wanted to write this blog post. I wanted to share, how I prepared to travel, after spinal fusion surgery. It can be quite daunting. However, it doesn't have to be.
Hopefully I can share some of my tips and tricks for a stress free vacation.

1) Pack a high factor sun cream for your scar.

Scar tissue is essentially fragile skin which, with too much exposure to sunlight can be further damaged and become more noticeable, so moral to the story pack that high factor sun cream!
I'm not saying that you need to hide your scar from even seeing the light of day, but just make sure it's protected.

2) Take a neck pillow

Okay, so this ones not as essential as the sun cream, but this will just make you feel way more comfortable on a long hall flight.

3) Pack a cover up top

Again, this one is on a similar line to tip 1, in the sense that the cover up top will help to keep your back protected during peak time.

4) Pack some paracetamol and ibuprofen

If you experience quite a lot of pain from your scoliosis, then this one will be obvious to you. However, even if you don't I think it is important to pack some just in case. You won't want to be in pain on your holidays.

5) Relax and have a good time

This sounds obvious but if this is your first time travelling since surgery, it is easy to freak out and worry about every little thing that could go wrong, but 99% of the time nothing will happen or go wrong. You've gone through this massive operation and you desereve to relax and have a good time, so do it!

I want you all to be aware that it is normal to worry and be nervous, but don't let it take over and remember that you are on the other side of things now.

Thank you for reading
Hope you all found this useful to some extent.

Sadie xoxo


Makeup Revolution brow pomade - review

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Hello everyone,

July was beauty month on my blog, so I hope you all enjoyed it. I have an extra beauty post today. I really wanted to review the makeup revolution brow pomade, as I've always looked at the brow pomades but never purchased one, ive always stuck to brow pencils as I find them quick and easy to use, but I thought I'd branch out seem as everyone is always talking about them.

I had no idea what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by this product. It was easy to use, affordable and the perfect shade for my eyebrows. The product is long lasting and smudge proof.

The product comes in a box, with a double ended eyebrow brush, which is actually pretty good and does the job nicely. The pomade comes in a glass pot and a plastic lid which screws on tightly to help stop it from drying out quickly. The packaging overall is simple yet effective.

The shades are ashy tones, preventing your eyebrows from appearing orange, which is always a good thing!
The product is very pigmented so you need a light hand with application.
There are around 7 shades to choose from ranging from a light blonde to a black.
In my opinion, the Makeup Revolution Brow Pomade is a perfect dupe for the Anastasia Dip Brow.

With this product you really don't need a lot, so it's going to last you ages and for the price of just £6 its definitely worth a purchase.

The product claims to give you 'bullet proof brows', and I have to agree, the product is amazing and stays put all day. Pigmentation, longevity, colour selection, quality and packaging are all there with the Makeup Revolution Brow Pomade and the price of just £6 really makes this product amazing.

I was really impressed with the pomade and I would 100% recommend it!

you can purchase your Makeup Revolution Brow Pomade -  Here

I really hope you all found this post useful and interesting.

Thank you for reading.

Sadie Rawson xoxo


What I've learnt about the beauty industry.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to try something different from usual, and let you all know what I have learnt about the beauty industry. With the beauty industry being a multi million pounds business, I think its important sometimes to just remember that this whole industry has been created through women and men purchasing products to essentially boost there confidence and improve there appearance, and for some people it's just fun and something to help you feel better about yourself, but I think it's necessary to remind ourselves that we have to embrace who we are and how we look, with and without makeup and filters, because as cheesy as it sounds there is only one you, and if everyone in the world looked like one of the flawless models we are surrounded by in the media, then they would be no uniqueness.

I know that was quite heavy and deep for my blog but I felt like it was needed because its okay for youtubers and bloggers to sit and film or write about new beauty products, but it's also important to state to people that it's okay to not wear makeup. We are unique and different and I want you all to remember that, because we all have those days when we wish we had the perfect figure or the flawlessly perfected face and that's completely normal as long as you remember that you are perfect just the way you are.

The beauty industry like anything has it's positives and negatives. The positives of the beauty industry is how confident it can make people feel and how it can give people the option to be creative and experimental. Makeup can make women feel strong, confident and happy within themselves. It gives women a way to pamper and glamorise themselves, but it's not for everyone and that's totally okay.

I guess, what I was trying to say in this post is that everyone is different and diversity is a good thing, its important that we love and embrace ourselves and remember that we are all beautiful in our own ways.

I've learnt this because of scoliosis, it may of been a horrible experience but it did teach me to embrace the way I look and the shape of my body. I didn't really have a shape for a good 3 years my shoulders and hips were uneven and no item of clothing looked right on me, but now I don't have this problem my hips are in line and my shoulders are even. If anything scoliosis has taught me to appreciate my body the way it is.

This post was quite random and different from my others but like I previously said, it's important to talk about these things. Sorry for the cheesiness overload but hopefully you were all able to take something onboard from this post.

Thank you all for reading.
Sadie xoxo


Max Factor lip kit - review

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Hi guys,

Today I thought I'd do a review on an item I randomly came across whilst looking around the boots makeup stands. I was actually pretty excited when I saw that max factor had released there own take on lip kits. They had so many different colour options, not going to lie it was pretty overwhelming, I didn't know where to start, but the main thing that struck me about theses lip kits, was that they included a balm to lock in moisture, as there is nothing worse than having dry lips. I thought this was such a genius idea, and as a result I really wanted to test them out and let you guys know my thoughts and opinion on the Max Factor lip kits.

- Max Factor lipfinity lip kit: spiritual 180

Not only is the colour beautiful, but the staying power and finish that this lip kit gives is amazing. The balm that comes with the liquid lipstick, is very moisturising and leaves the lips feeling really soft. As far as I've been aware, there is virtually no transfer with this liquid lipstick and the
application is very easy and goes on seamlessly.

As I mentioned previously, there is a lot of pretty and unique colours to try in this range, and I definitely want to try more.
The shade which I picked up, was 180 spiritual, a dark almost browny nude.

Application -

step 1 - Firstly you need to ensure your lips are clean, then apply the liquid lipstick. Once the colour has been applied you need to wait and keep your lips apart until dry.

Step 2 - (optional) you could just leave the lip colour as it is, or you could add the balm which will help to moisturise the lips and provide a nice shine.

Pros -

- Staying power
- Colour
- Value for money
- Easy application
- Low maintenance

Cons -

- Hard to remove
- Did become a bit flaky towards the end of the day, however this could be down to the minimal times I used the balm throughout the day.
- My lips did feel a little bit dry by the end of the day, but nothing a lip balm couldn't fix.

Overall, I really like this product and I would recommend it to you all. I'm definitely going to be wearing this a lot and picking up some more shades from the range.

you can purchase your Max Factor lipfinity lip kit - here

Thank you for reading, I really hoped you enjoyed or found this post useful in some way.

What's your opinion on the Max Factor lipfinity lip kit ?

Sadie xoxo


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

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