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Improving My Health With Sundose.

*This post contains gifted products.

If you read my previous post on how I'm attempting to glow up mentally in 2020, then you would know that I am trying to make a huge lifestyle change with what I eat and fuel my body with.

In January I was kindly contacted by Sundose who asked me if I wanted to try out some of their products. I've always been intrigued to see if personalised supplements would have any effect on my health, so I agreed to trailing a one-month subscription.

On their website you have to complete a quick 5 minute survey highlighting a bit about you (age, height, weight, etc,) what areas you would like to improve on (energy, skin, general health, etc,) and any medical conditions you may be suffering with. One thing I noticed that this brand does that no others do (so I'm aware) is that you can provide them with recent blood test results from your doctors to help them get your supplements spot on. Unfortunately, I hadn't had a blood test in the past 3 months that I was able to provide, so I just told them about my current condition and the improvements I wanted to make.

The supplements arrive in a handy box which you can pop into your fridge for easy access every day. I received a months worth of sachets which contained a dissolvable powder in one side, and four physical supplements in the other. With the powder, you dissolve it in water and then drink it alongside a meal. I was quite hesitant to try this as I hate anything which tastes too much like vitamins or tablets but I was pleasantly surprised! When ordering your supplements you can choose which flavour you would like them to be. I chose my flavouring to be orange, and although not all of the powder 100% dissolved in water, I found it tasted really nice and I was actually looking forward to drinking them each day. As for the physical supplements, I'm not going to lie, they were big, so some people may find it difficult to swallow them if they don't like taking tablets. 


But did they work?

For the first week I didn't notice any change in how I felt. However, in the weeks after that, I started to notice that I was getting through the day feeling more energised, not needing a nap half way through the day, and I also noticed that my skin looked more refreshed and glowy without makeup. I didn't fully realise this change until I forgot to take the supplements for a few consecutive days and started to feel extremely lethargic until I went back to taking them again.


All-in-all I would definitely recommend trying Sundose to see how they can help with your health. As everyone's needs are different, I am now converted to personalised supplements over ones you can get on the high-street which cater for everyone. 

If you are wanting to try Sundose yourself, then use the code "chloelouise" for £20 off your first order!

Have you ever tried personalised supplements?

How To Glow Up Mentally In 2020.


We're all guilty of getting stick in a rut sometimes. We get too set in our daily routines and ways of life that things begin to feel a bit tedious and we start to lack motivation, passion and drive for day-to-day things which used to bring us joy. We've all been there, it's only natural. 

New Years is known as a time of change, but by the time February comes around, half of us have already given up on our resolutions and go back to being the person we were in December. Sound familiar?

I've made it a priority this year to really place an emphasis on my mental health and increase my productivity levels and there are some simple ways I'm doing this to help me glow up mentally which I thought I'd share with you all. 

Check in with your fitness and diet. 
It's no secret that what you put inside your body has an impact on how much energy and productivity you have. I've tried dieting, the gym and clean eating time and time again, and I have also failed time and time again too. Changing your habits overnight for the long-term can be hard for many (especially me), so a good way of challenging yourself is thinking of an event which is coming up in the next 3-4 months which you would want to feel/look better for. A holiday? A wedding? Valentines Day?...

For me this has been the thought of my holiday coming up at the end of February. It makes a long-term lifestyle change seem like a much more short-term realistic goal, and by the time my holiday comes around, hopefully my healthy habits will have stuck with me and I have seen physical and mental results. 

Pinterest is an amazing platform to find new, exciting recipes and there are so many workout videos on YouTube for people of all fitness levels. Life can be hectic for all of us, so we need to make sure that we are always making time to take the best care of ourselves so we don't burn out.

Listen to Podcasts.
The podcasts app on my phone has become my new best friend recently. I never used to be a huge podcast listener at all as I didn't have much guidance on ones to listen to, but now they're increasing in popularity you can find podcasts on pretty much any topic! If you have a specific topic in mind that you want to learn more about, simply type it into the podcasts app on iPhone (I think Android has one too, but don't quote me on that..) and you will be shown a page full of the best rated podcasts related to that topic. I've swapped listening to music in the morning while doing my makeup for listening to podcasts as I've found that they really help me get into a positive, determined and driven mindset for the rest of the day. 
If you would like me to do a post on my favourite podcasts, then let me know down below!



Find what motivates you. 
If you didn't have to go to work or university or school everyday, what would you spend your time doing? What are the things that make you happy? What goals are you striving towards? It doesn't take a psychologist to work out that doing more of what makes you happy will increase your positivity levels, so make sure you are making time to focus on your hobbies and passions, whatever they are! 

Keep a Journal.
You've probably heard people ranting and raving about the benefits of keeping a journal, and there's a reason for that! Journaling really is a free form of therapy (ish) which allows you to get all the thoughts and feelings in your mind down onto a piece of paper without judgement and allows you to start logically making sense of it all. It may seen unnatural at first, but stick with it because you will see improvements of having less worry, stress and anxiety on your mind as you have been able to physically translate your thoughts. Sometimes people prefer to throw the piece of paper away once they've finished and some people prefer to keep all of their journal entries to look back on. I'm extra and I find it fun to shred all my entries after I've finished journaling so I know they're truly gone and nobody can find them or piece them back together. Find whichever is best for you.



Can you think of any other tips to glow up mentally this year?

I Spent Over £200 On PrettyLittleThing! This Is What I Got...


Okay, I get it. I need to stop spending money...

But it's the run up to Black Friday so how can I not?!

For this weeks YouTube video I am showing you everything I bought from PrettyLittleThing's pre-Black Friday sale so you can start making your wish list of things you want to get (and don't have to end up paying as much as I did!)

Make sure to leave a comment telling me which items you liked the most and if you're going to be purchasing any for yourself! 


A Day In My Life


Last Friday I was running around like a headless chicken trying to get 1001 things done, so I thought I'd add another task to my plate by recording it all for you!

This weeks YouTube video is a vlog of me (dragging myself out of bed), going to the gym, heading off to uni for some meetings and uni work, and then feeling all festive and going to the Christmas markets which have just opened in Manchester! Yes, I know it's only November.

This is my first vlog on my channel, so let me know what you think! Hope you like it!

Endometriosis.


This post is going to be heavy one, so if you want an easier understanding of what I'm about to write, I have also filmed a YouTube video about it which you can find at the end of this post.

So grab a cup of coffee, tea, wine, tequila, whatever tickles your fancy and let me just get into it.

Endometriosis.

The first time the doctor said that I might have endometriosis, I just wanted to cry. I remember being silent in the car on the way home with my boyfriend because he didn't quite understand what it was. When I got home I phoned my mum and burst into tears.

"They think it's endometriosis." "What if I can never have kids?" "I have to have an operation."

I'd heard of endometriosis quite a few times through general research, however didn't know the full facts about the condition. All I knew at that point in time is that it is a chronic illness with no cure that can affect your fertility. 

My symptoms started in December 2018. It all began with pelvic pains which felt like period pains when I wasn't on my period. I was sent for an ultrasound which came back all clear so I thought it was just something of nothing. 

Fast forward 2 months to February 2019, the pains were still there and getting worse, so I was sent for another ultrasound which again, came back all clear. A few weeks after my second ultrasound, I also started to experience bleeding in-between periods and I was also starting to find intercourse with my boyfriend extremely uncomfortable and painful - so back to the doctors I went. 

I was referred by a GP to a private hospital to speak to a specialist gynaecologist. The doctor I saw explained how she suspects that it might be endometriosis and that having a laparoscopy (keyhole surgery) will be the only way to determine if it is or not. 

I have a whole rant about how I was messed around and sent from hospital to hospital, however I'm not going to include that in this post, but I do speak about it in my video. Finally, in July 2019 I went for my operation and was diagnosed with endometriosis. 

Not being able to have children is my second biggest fear in life (death is my first if you were wondering, lol.) From the start of this year I have gone through constant worrying that my fear might come true, but in my case I have been fairly lucky as the doctor said that he checked my ovaries and they were producing eggs as normal and there wasn't enough scar tissue to cause any concern towards infertility. Pheeeeew!

During a laparoscopy, if the surgeon finds endometrial tissue, they can usually remove it there and then. In my case, the endometriosis had started growing on part of my artery, therefore the surgeon could not cut the cells away due to the risk of the operation being too high in case they accidentally pierced the artery. 

This means that I will always have endometriosis present in my body. The complication with endometriosis is that it can multiply and spread to other parts of the reproductive system, therefore throughout my life I will have to go for more laparoscopy's to make sure it isn't affecting my fertility. Along with this, I will also always suffer with the symptoms of the condition such as severe pain. It has been 4 months since my operation and the symptoms are nowhere as bad as they were, but they are still present and still affecting parts of my life. What nobody speaks about with endometriosis is the mental effect it can have on you. I now subconsciously associate intercourse with pain, which you don't need to be a psychologist to realise that would make it less enjoyable for me and make it extremely hard for me to "get in the mood." This then has an effect on my relationship. Along with this, I can never be 100% certain if I am ever going to be able to have kids because yes, at this moment in time my endometriosis isn't at the stage where it will affect my fertility, however as I will always have the condition, I am unaware of the rate it may grow. The only way I can be sure is to have an operation, and that in itself is an experience I don't really want to have to go through for the rest of my life.

Going on the combined hormone pill can actually slow the process of endometrial cell division, so I have been prescribed by my doctor to go back on the pill after I made a decision to come off the pill completely a few months ago.

I decided to film my experience and put it into a YouTube video so that if anyone else is going through the same thing then they can have a no bullsh*t view on what it's like, from the emotional side to the physical pain. Like I said before, my endometriosis hasn't fully gone and it will be a condition which I have to live with for the rest of my life, but I'm grateful that I stuck to my guns and kept asking to be seen by the doctor time and time again despite being told that nothing was wrong with me. 

Nobody knows your own body like you do, so if you know that something isn't right demand to be seen until you get to the bottom of the problem. 




New Beauty Buy: The Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser


If you've read any of my previous skincare posts or watched my skincare routine on YouTube, you'd know that I try and only use products which are as natural as possible on my skin to help avoid sensitivity and breakouts.

Recently I made an investment into a carrot butter cleanser by The Organic Pharmacy, after coming across the brand on the Selfridges website and learning that they are a completely natural and organic beauty company - a match made in heaven!

The only way I can describe the brand is that they are a little bit like The Ordinary, but much more expensive! Usually I don't like to splash out on skincare as I tend to run out of product pretty quickly, but I thought I would spend the £43 and give it a go to see if it really is worth investing in skincare.

Carrot butter has properties known for making the skin soft and radiant. After using this product, I've found that my face instantly feels softer and I have also noticed that my complexion is sometimes much more radiant when I wake up in the morning - however other factors such as a good nights sleep or how much water I drank the night before could also play factors in this.

The product also has a strong lavender scent to it, which is one of the first things I noticed when I tried it for the first time. This could be make or break depending of if you're a lover of lavender as the scent does stay on the skin ever after the product has been washed off, however I find this quite soothing and calming as I tend to head to bed straight after doing my skincare.

This cleanser is a balm cleanser which melts instantly when in contact with the skin. It is quite an oily consistency once on the face, so it's probably not the best product for someone with oily skin. I don't use this product everyday as I would definitely break out if I did, so I tend to use it once a week if I have been wearing heavy makeup or if I just want to give my skin some extra TLC. 

Overall, I do think this product is worth the money due to the fact that it is completely natural so you can have the security in knowing that no harsh chemicals are being applied to the skin. It's not a cleanser that I would personally use everyday, however it may suit other skin types better to be used more regularly such as drier complexions.

Have you ever purchased something from this brand or have you tried the carrot butter cleanser?

PLT X Molly-Mae Collaboration, Is It Worth The £££?


Another Haul?! Really?! Yes!

All I've been seeing on social media recently is the current collaboration between PrettyLittleThing and Love Island star, Molly-Mae. This week I bought a few items from the collection to see if it was worth the hype and to help you decide which pieces to spend your money on if you are thinking of purchasing any for yourself!



ITEMS SHOWN:

Black Leggings - https://www.prettylittlething.com/rio-black-slinky-cropped-leggings.html

Grey Crop Top: https://www.prettylittlething.com/basic-grey-sleeveless-elastic-hem-crop-top.html

Blazer: https://www.prettylittlething.com/stone-checked-blazer.html

Jeans: https://www.prettylittlething.com/light-wash-slit-knee-straight-leg-jeans.html

White Denim Jacket: https://www.prettylittlething.com/ecru-raw-edge-denim-jacket.html

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