Hey guys and dolls,

I blogged sometime last week about the importance of stretching properly, and I’d like to update you on the situ (not that anyone really should know this). I just thought that if I write this, someone, somewhere, may be inspired to stretch appropriately and take extra caution when exercising.

So, after weeks of working out once or twice a day before/after work, the rigorous exercise took its toll on my body, and affected my knee in a way that I didn’t comprehend.

Obviously, when you’re in the middle of a routine or a workout, you don’t stop to think of what your muscles are doing, you don’t really realise the damage you’re causing until after you’ve caused it. In my case, a week or so…

It’s weird, because I explained in my previous post (regarding muscles, link above) – I had pulled the muscle that connects my pelvis with my thigh. This means that I was already too busy and in too much pain resting to notice my knee swelling like a baseball! 😩

Then, it was when I tried to walk on it, after three or four days in bed resting my pulled muscle, that I realised something was up… I literally could not walk. My knee weighed an absolute tonne. Luckily though, I wasn’t feeling pain, it was just a really heavy and stiff feeling that wasn’t normal or natural.

I thought it was nothing, tried limping around, and taking no notice because – as I said – I thought it was due to my joints getting stiff from being bedbound. However, it all got too much when I was rushed to hospital and was told that I had a torn cartilage.

The annoying thing was that although an X Ray was done, they couldn’t see what the problem actually was, and they were so busy in A&E that they couldn’t give me a full check-up. Instead, they told me it could be a suspected cartilage issue but asked me to go to a GP surgery the next day just to be sure.

When I got there, the Dr. was very strange, not gonna lie… He started telling me things like: “I’m not a betting man, but I’d put money that you’ve done (insert diagnosis here) to it…” and “look, I’m just one doctor in a sea of them, I can’t tell you it’s 100% (this)” – well, sorry, Doc., but isn’t that your job? 😂😂😂  Am I going to a fortune teller, a psychic or a GP??? The General Practitioner’s job is to diagnose, right? I’m not expecting them to pluck things out of thin air… If I wanted that, I’d have Googled my symptoms (which I had done, and I recommend against it) or picked up a tarot card!

Anyway, as you can see/read, the Dr. was about as much help as Google because he told me it could be a “ruptured tendon” which is a hockey or skiing-related injury, and one whitch may need an operation! 😫

On a scale of “jheeze Louise!” and “is this guy having a Giraffe?!”, I was somewhere between singing “I have come, to the End of the Road…” by BoyzIIMen and screaming “I’ll never so much as utter the word Miumba again!”

What I also found strange about the doctor I was seen by, he went on and on about how much he hates Zumba yet I somehow inspired him to try it for himself at home… How does that work? …

Sometimes in life, I worry about what signals my aura is give off… How can I attract weirdos like this Doctor but repel normal, nice people at the best of times (slight exaggeration)? 😂

Righto, I’m back to square one, where I have no idea what is going on with my leg. Still working from home. Still in slight pain when moving around (heaviness of the muscle weighing my leg down more than anything) and I’m still bedbound somewhat – with noticeable swelling, although it has gone down a little bit.

I cannot wait to be back on my feet again! I’ve learned not to take my knee (or anything) for granted.

I really hope this is a lesson to you. Don’t ever exercise too hard or stretch too far. Trust me, it can do damage! Another lesson, don’t listen to  creepy doctors, you’ll end up suffering from cardiac issues too. 😫

Tonight, I’m going to do this #NationalPizzaDay differently…

The video above shows you how to make heart shaped pizzas, because Valentine’s Day is coming up soon – and everyone loves a pizza, right? Yes, yes they do!

Enjoy this video… If you decide to make your own, using the recipe shown, please let me know what you thought and how you found it. Comment below either way, I love a “chinwag paddywag give a cat a stroke!”

What’s your favourite pizza? I’m talking chosen restaurant, flavour, topping, crust… The lot! For those of you who – for allergy reasons – can’t eat it, or are just simply not a fan – what do you perfer as a substitute? Get involved if you want to. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Anyone want to take a trip to the Himalayas via your bathroom? If so, choose The Body Shop.

The Body Shop’s Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask costs £16, and can be purchased online or in store. Those who have used it before me had given it a 5* review on the website, so I had to give it a try for myself…

Like L’Oréal’s Detoxifying mask, this one is made of clay. The only striking difference (aside from the ingredients) is the colour, this was more brown/green than black charcoal.

Refine and revive your skin with our Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask. Inspired by Ayurvedic traditions, this 100% vegan tingling clay mask is infused with bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil. And it’s been formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil. This invigorating charcoal face mask draws out impurities and refines the appearance of pores for healthy-looking skin with a glow that shows. Complete your facial at home expert by applying this purifying blend with our Facial Mask Brush

The good thing about this mask though is that it claims to be formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil. I don’t exactly know if parabens went into the making of L’Oreal’s, so I can’t comment.

My verdict is that it’s good – just good. It reminded me a lot of Younique‘s one in that it “rice, crackled and popped” on my skin, as I felt it getting rid of the toxins and impurities.  Also, it’s got a similar consistency and drying texture as L’Oréal’s. However, in terms of price, did it measure up to L’Oréal or Lush? Sadly, I don’t think it did…

As I said, it’s a good mask, but I could have bought two or three L’Oréal or Lush ones for that price… The thing is, because I had found the Holy Grail of masks in L’Oreal and Lush, I can’t say this one went above and beyond what I’ve experienced from the others. If I’m honest, it’s definitely better than Younique’s, just not better than L’Oréal and Lush’s (affordability). The only thing this one does that the others fail to is provide the afterglow. Having said that, I could in effect spritz Lush’s toner waters or lather on my moisturiser to get that though, so… Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with less noticeable pores of late, so I couldn’t tell you if this mask helped with that – something which is states to do, but my skin did look healthier and have a glow to it (as it also claimed).

Look, it’s good, and you might decide it’s great for you because everyone’s different… I don’t have anything bad to say about it, other than the price. However, it’s got Himalayan charcoal in it, so that must be expensive to get hold of, I’d imagine. I’m not complaining, I just wish I hadn’t tried the other two first, because maybe then I wouldn’t have any preconceptions? Who knows…

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‘Beauty Bae’s struck gold again, this time it’s by winning the Blog-aholic Award, courtesy of our beautiful blogging buddy Beauty and the Ballroom!

If you’re into dance and beauty related posts, you’ll be getting that and so much more with ‘Beauty and the Ballroom’, please go follow her and have a read of her content!

I’ve been informed that the creator of this very award is ‘The Recipe Hunter‘. So, why not give them a follow and/or a read of their delicious and edible content too?

8 Simple Rules (the TV show of my childhood):

1) Embed the above image of the award logo/image onto your post  ✅

2) Discuss them rules that should not be broken (when spreading this award along) ✅

3) Give the blogger who nominated you a s/o and some big, big, love along with an ample amount of merci’s. Don’t forget to link to their page too… ✅

4) Give a s/o to the creator of the award, providing a link to their blog. ✅

5) Publish a post to showcase your award in all its glory (I would hope it’s published or else, how the ruddy heck are you reading it?) ✅

6) Highlight and make links to your best post(s) ✅

7) Include THREE interesting or slightly obscure facts about yourself ✅

8) Nominate 5-10 bloggers of your choice, and let them know of your nomination. ✅

Best Posts to come out of ‘Beauty Bae’?

Rodial (my very first and ‘Most Popular/Viewed’ post)

My Weight-Loss Journey (probably my  ‘Most Liked’ post)

His & Hers  (my first and best Men’s product review)

Passengers (I really enjoyed watching and reviewing this film)

No7 Advert / Love Mrs. Claus / Women’s March (I couldn’t choose between them. I loved writing and sharing all equally)

Happy (typing up this post helped me make sense of a lot of things and helped me come to some decisions)

Sweet Potato Brownies (😋 #SNM)

THREE interesting facts about me?

UNO: I drove* my mum’s car into a garage at the age of three. No, really. 🙈

*crashed

DEUX: I can’t swim in the deep end to save my life but can allegedly “swim like a mermaid” underwater in the shallow end to save others’. How? Ask my mum for more details.

TRE: I’m going to be 26 this year. Flip it and that’d make me 62. FCUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUK!

Five bloggers?

1) myyalia

2) Be Kind Beauty

3) Anna Bankster Beauty

4) Queen of Girl Geeks

5) Madison Loveday

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Lads, if you read the word “Lingerie” and thought “KERCHING!” close this tab to save yourself any form of disappointment.

I’m still bereft at the news that Guerlain discontinued what (I thought) was their best foundation, ever. There won’t be another like it, ever.

No, ladies, my albeit three marbles (last time I checked) are still intact, and still not lost. I may be discussing a discontinued product, but I’m doing so in a hope that they’ll read this and resurrect it.

Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Compact. Guerlain fulfils every woman`s dream by creating an all-in-one moisturising cream foundation and concealer that seems to fuse with the skin so perfectly it cannot be seen or felt. The two complementary shades blend seamlessly, creating a second skin effect, tailored to match the natural perfection of each individual complexion. SPF 20 PA+++.Technological breakthrough: Bio-Fusion micro-mesh. Stretchy fibres to smooth and shape the contours of the face have been combined with silk and linen fibres that create an imperceptible veil of perfection for an ultimate second-skin effect. Hyaluronic acid, a powerfully hydrating molecule known for its ability to continuously capture and maintain water in the skin surface is encapsulated in the micro-mesh, and works to immediately restore youthful freshness to the complexion.

It’s a cream-compact foundation that features a foundation and highlighter/concealer combined. It also has a mirror and a really good sponge to apply it, but let’s face it, you’re not going to be wearing the sponge and the mirror on your face, are you?

The packaging is a black flat plastic flip-case, and comes in a smooth, velvety fabric cover. Le freak, c’est chic, FREAK OUT! #Chic

Guerlain’s Lingerie De Peau, smelled very subtly fragrant. I loved the smell of it.

The application? First skin. Not even second. It really improved the look of the top layer of the skin, smoothing away any fine lines, covering pores seamlessly, and creating a protective but healing layer on top of blemishes. Honestly, it hid them well, and when I washed it off, it was like they’d started to heal.

As you can see, it’s also got SPF 20 in it, so you’ll definitely be getting added sun/UV ray protection!

I rediscovered mine last year, after a couple of years of losing it, thinking I’d forgotten it at Uni or something, and I used it. No, it’s not advised to wear products after the date shown on the back of the packaging, but I did because I loved it and still do.

To my surprise, I’ve found that a few independent online stores sell it! I’m unaware if they’re still in date, but – I definitely will be repurchasing from there IF Guerlain doesn’t bring it back!

If you’ve tried this, and loved it, I’d appreciate it if you could comment below. I’ll tweet the link to this post to Guerlain (as a petition) and see if they can bring it back… Honestly, it’s the best foundation I have ever tried in my time of existence, no exaggeration.