Maëlle by Beauty Barmy Bird

Belated Happy New Year everyone! I’ve been to get back onto blogging since before Xmas but you know what I’m like. Anyway, I wanted to share with you all what something exciting that I’ve joined. As you all know I do work full time but being a massive junkie for all things beauty related I always could do with a few extra pounds to buy the latest lipstick or face mask.

Back in May I came across an opportunity which I thought looked interesting, fun and most of all fitted in with what I love – make up and skin care. It sounded perfect so I paid my £59 for the kit and waited patiently until launch date arrived. I thought at best I could earn a little bit of extra cash and a worst I’d gotten over £100 worth of products for £60. The kit arrived towards the end of October and I fell in love the products.

Maëlle is totally cruelty free (they were from the get go and are leaping bunny approved) offer high quality products that do what they say. The packaging of the products are all beautiful and are easy to use.

So I thought I should share the Dawn to Dusk eyeshadow palette which I got in my kit. I’ve been wearing this everyday for work as well for evening as it is a really versatile palette with mattes and shimmers.

The palette contains 8 shadows and has a really nice clear mirror in the top. It does come with two little applicators, lets be honest no one ever uses these as brushes are way better. All the shades are finely milled and the pigmentation is very good especially in the matte shades, I can hand on heart say the mattes are some of the best I’ve tried and ain’t chalky at all.

maelle by beauty barmy bird dawn to dusk

maelle by beauty barmy bird dawn to dusk eye shadow palette

What I really like about this palette is the fact there are some neutral shades which are perfect for a quick, simple day time look, a rose gold and a deep brown which are perfect to transform your day time look to night quickly as well as some greys and a black shade with a tiny amount of sparkle which is so subtle yet stunning.

I’ve included in a couple of swatches of the three shades I seem to use the most below – I’m sure you’ll agree they are BEAUTIFUL!

Maelle Beauty Barmy Bird Dawn to Dusk swatches

The palette costs £30.00 on its own or you can buy it in a bundle with certain other Maëlle products which offer great value for money. You can view the products HERE

Maelle dawn to dusk

If you are interested in signing up and earning a little bit of extra cash or if you just want to join so that you can get cash back on buying your own products feel free to drop me an email.

Thank you so much for reading and you can check out my Maëlle shop at


Personal Story: Life with Pain.

This is a different sort of post to what you’d usually find here, I’ve been toying with the idea of sharing this story for a while now and to be honest I am petrified of publishing it. I don’t know why, I just am. I have not shared this story to get anyone’s sympathy vote, I some times post a moaning tweet but no one actually knows the story apart from close family and friends, so I hope this sheds a bit of light on those. I also hope that it will potentially open peoples eyes to being more understanding and sensitive to people in similar situations. It’s quite a long story so apologies in advance and I hope you’ve got a cuppa ready.

Living life with pain

Nearly 8 years ago I was hit by a bus while crossing the road. Parts of what happened are still hazy and I am still not sure how much I do/don’t remember but here is the story to the best of my memory.

It was around 4pm in November, I had popped out of work to nip across the road for afternoon biscuits for our little team. The road is a very busy, well known road in Sheffield. Its one of those that has a bus lane on either side plus a lane for “normal traffic” so as you can imagine it was really wide. It had already gone dark and the opposite side of the road was at a stand still. I looked to my right and a bus was well up the road at some lights, someone, to my left, waved me across the road. I didn’t look to my right again. BIG MISTAKE. I placed my right foot into the road and was just about to step fully into the bus lane when something, I don’t know what or why told me to look again. I did. The bus was inches away from me.

Strangely I did not feel panicked, my first instinct was to turn away from the bus while trying to step back onto the pavement. I actually thought I had got away with it, but it turns out I was flung into air and the pavement, when I hit the floor with the left hand side of my face I realised I hadn’t gotten away with it. I still find it strange that I don’t remember feeling the bus hit me. A woman started screaming, screaming so loud that I tried to get up and comfort her but my body just wouldn’t work. Someone else kept telling me to lay still on the floor until help arrived but I kept protesting saying I was okay. Within seconds my face and lips had swollen to such an extent that I could see my lips and cheeks while looking ahead. I then became very cold and sleepy. I don’t know who the people were who stopped and stayed with me until an ambulance arrived but it seemed like I was laying on the pavement, in the cold and spitting rain for hours with everyone telling me to not fall asleep. They were all really kind and I wish I could thank them. I don’t remember the ambulance arriving or the journey to the hospital.

I know I arrived into A&E strapped to a board with a collar on. I recall a Doctor asking me if I was in any pain and I said no, in hindsight I probably was but the adrenaline was pumping through me. At this point they whipped me off the board and took the collar off me and made me walk through to a bay. My experience of A&E was not fantastic to say the least, I had been hit by a bus travelling around 30 mph yet I was not given any scans, x-rays or even had any of my many wounds cleaned. I was merely sent on my merry way after being in there for a whole 30 mins.

The next day the pain was intense, when people say they feel like they’ve been hit by a bus they really don’t know how that feels. We tried to clean the wounds as best we could but sadly I got an infection. My left foot which was on the curb had slipped off and got wedged between that and the buses wheel. As I turned away and got hit the force of it flung me onto the air and pavement, with my foot wedged, my skin had been stripped on a large part of my foot as something had to give. I ended up with frequent visits from the District Nurse to clean my wounds and change the dressing to avoid further complications. She was actually quite disgusted that they hadn’t cleaned me up in A&E as this would have probably reduced the infection risk massively. I received two sessions of physiotherapy on the NHS and was apparently not entitled to any more despite needing it.

Fast forward nearly 8 years on and I still suffer with various pain issues. My ankle is still very week and painful, especially when its cold. It has very little strength and I have to take this into account if I’m planning on walking or doing any activity. My left arm will not extend fully and the tip of my elbow is deformed. It is also very painful most days, this extends to my wrist and I suffer with painful pins and needles throughout the day/night. On very bad days it is so weak I struggle to hold a cup or drive a car. I have back and hip pain, all though this is probably the least painful issue. I hit the pavement with mainly the left side of my face/body. My lips and nose are now slightly off centre, which does not bother me too much but I suffer with constant pain in my ear/jaw. This never stops, it is always there and is probably the worst part of my pain problems and can reach unbearable levels when I am tired/stressed.

Despite this I do feel so very lucky, it could have been so much worse. I’ve pretty much given up hope of getting help through my Doctor/NHS, no one seems willing or is able to do anything for me. I have paid for private physiotherapy sessions but at up to £60 a time it isn’t affordable for me anymore. I am in some form of pain everyday, I put a smile one and try to front it out, most people would not know. On bad days I moan, whinge and pop over the counter painkillers like sweets.

Thankfully the vast majority of my family and friends have all been great and try to understand but there are a few arseholes. They are the reason for this post, please don’t be one of them. If you know someone who suffers with any form of pain please try to be understanding. Ask them if they are having a good/bad day pain wise and if they say bad offer to do something to make their day a little easier. Trust me, it will be appreciated and please remember just because someone doesn’t look like they are in pain doesn’t mean they aren’t.

If anyone is suffering with any sort of pain/accident problems and you feel like you don’t have anyone to chat to, please, please send me an email, tweet, DM anything. I’d love to chat to you.


Not meaning to sound all Adele but Hello….

I’ve been missing for months now, I originally only planned to take a month off blogging but then things just kind of got in the way and suddenly its 2016.So thought it was about time that I checked in so here is a quick update from me before we get back to business and start blogging about make up, skincare and all the really important stuff (yes I am being a tiny weeny bit sarcastic cos we all know that stuff isn’t that important)

So I started my new job Sep which thankfully is all going okay, still getting used to the 45min-1 hour drive each way but hoping it will get easier when Spring rolls around, I’ve re-joined Slimming World so I’m posting loads of meal and snack ideas on Instagram (@Beautybarmybird if you don’t already follow me) and Gus is still as naughty as ever but has grown loads. Still don’t know how to use my Canon 1200d camera which is fun especially as I’d convinced myself I’d basically be Chesterfields answer to Mario Testino by now. 

I’ve got a couple of posts lined up which I originally took photos for back in August. One is about some of the eyeshadows from a fellow Sheffield Blog/Make up extraordinaire Phee and another on an MUA Luxe item so keep your eyes peeled for those landing soon.

Here is also a photo of my face just because…. (insert sassy girl emoji here) Oh and Matt
my face

See you all soon

Liebster Award

The beautiful Jo over at Caledonian Kitty nominated me for the Liebster Award so here goes my turn! Thank you Jo for including me in your award – it really means a lot especially to a still very new blogger like myself. So everyone please pop over and check her fab blog out to show some love!
Basically the Liebster award is to acknowledge those bloggers who are up and coming and ones to watch. Its given to bloggers by bloggers so it’s a really fantastic blogger community award to acknowledge and give recognition to those with 200 followers are less who deserve more attention.

It was really difficult to choose who would be my nominated 11 bloggers on bloglovin as there are just so many fabulous bloggers that I love but I finally managed to narrow it down.

First of all I need to fulfill my end of the deal and give you all 11 facts about me and answer 11 questions set by Jo.
Fact about me!
1. I’m originally from Sheffield but now live in Chesterfield
2. I’ve got two tattoo’s. One is a treble clef with lilies on my right foot which is a bit of a tribute to my Grandad who was an amazing singer and my Nan who was called Lily. The second is on the inside of my left ankle which is a random bird with an umbrella popping out of its back with rain falling on it. It doesn’t mean anything but I just loved it.
3. I’ve got two dogs. A dogue de bordeaux called Deefer (think D for dog) and a rescue greyhound called Graham
4. I’ve seen Take That in concert when Robbie re-joined the group
5. I’m obsessed with CSI
6. My fears are spiders and flying
7. I’ve been with my other half for 8 years this December and we still aren’t married or have kids!
8. Around 6 years ago I got hit by a bus traveling at around 30mph. Luckily the bus came off worse than me all though I have no idea how that’s even possible!
9. My sense of humor is dark, filthy and a little bit dry
10. The one food I can’t stand is olives
11. My first car was a battered Corsa but I loved it as it had “HRH” in the reg.

Answers to Jo’s questions
Q1. What country are you from?
A1. The U.K
Q2. Costa Coffee, Starbucks or Nero?
A2. I prefer Starbucks but Chesterfield doesn’t have one so I have to go with Costa
Q3. What was your last blog post?
A3. It was about my splurge on lipsticks for national lipstick day
Q4. What was the last blog you read?
A4. It was Beauty&theboy
Q5. What is your fave time of year?
A5. Probably spring. I love the it when the three start to get new leaves and the daffodils are popping up.
Q6. Last movie seen?
A6. I really can’t remember the last film I watched – possibly X-Men
Q7. Do you collect anything? if so what?
A7. Does make up count?
Q8. Shopping online or out?
A8. Online for sure! Anything that enables you to do it on the sofa in PJ’s is a winner for me!
Q9. Worst customer service experiences?
A9. Its a long one but in a nutshell I took a contract out at Phones4U but had to return due to no signal they didn’t cancel it, accused me of keeping the phone. It took ten months to sort out all in all and the police had to be involved!
Q10. Last book read?
A10. Pear Shaped by Stella Newman. Highly recommend it made me laugh, cry and get mad!
Q11. Last product reviewed?
A11. L’oreal liquid lipstick

Okay so enough about me on to my nominees….. drum roll please!!

DollyBirds&Bows @dollybirds_bows
Loves and Loathes @Lovesandloathes
Pretty Little things and the cotton city @lucy_stan
Bluebirds & Bunting @bluebirdbunting
Something Like Nicola @hellonicola_
Health Jen @healthjenblog
McCarthysbeautyreview @gemmaw84
The Urban Fox @ms_urbanfox
Today’s Beauty obsession @todaysbeautyobs
Beth Tinkerbell @bethtinkerbell
Ms.Beautyconfessions @bbbadwolf

So there is my final 11 – go follow them on bloglovin/twitter – they are a fab bunch with some great posts!
Its now for the 11 to follow the below rules and take part in the brilliant Liebster Award!
1. Link back your post the person/s who nominated you
2. Give 11 facts about you
3. Answer my 11 questions
4. Nominate 11 other bloggers (you can’t nominate the person who nominated you)
5. Post a link to your nominees

My 11 questions are
1. Whats your guilty pleasure in life?
2. If your house was on fire and you could only save one item what would it be and why?
3. What is your dream holiday destination?
4. Funny story from your childhood?
5. What is your fave food?
6. One product you could not live without?
7. Are you a bath or a shower kind of person?
8. If you could buy one designer item what would it be?
9. Favorite perfume or scent?
10. Who is your ideal celeb boyfriend/girlfriend?
11. Worst film you’ve ever seen?

That’s it for my Liebster award post – hope you’ve enjoyed reading it! Please show some support to my chosen 11, they are all fantastic blogs!

Beauty Barmy Bird