My experience with ‘Echo’, the prescription app

My experience with ‘Echo’, the prescription app

The whole point of me beginning my anti-depressants was to combat my anxiety- or at least help it whilst I try to combat it myself. One of my worries is talking to people on the phone, and also going to meet strangers for things like meetings or appointments. Luckily for me, you have to do both of these in order to get the actual medication. So, as you could probably tell I was looking for any other way of getting my medication without the whole process of going to the doctors. For some people reading this, you’re going to think that I sound silly which honestly I completely understand. I just hate the process and I worry about every single step on the way.

I’ll panic that I’ll mess up the phone call.

I panic that I won’t be able to find a parking space.

I worry that there will be traffic on the way, resulting in less chance of a parking space and even that I could be late for my appointment.

I fret about making sure I’m in the correct waiting room and never taking my eye off that little computer screen that flashes your name and which room.

Compared to the majority of cases of anxiety, I’m actually fairly mild. I’m lucky and grateful that I can still leave the house and deal with these worries. However…

When I did a bit of googling after and appointment, because I thought ‘Surely there is a way you can get these to your house?’. And I found echo. At first, I even worried about the app itself. I live in a tiny little town on the coastal edge of Norfolk, and my GP surgery is busy, but mostly serves the elderly and I didn’t have much faith in them partaking with the app. However, I’ve now been on sertraline for coming up to 6 months and about 4 of them months now have been used with echo to get the prescription delivered straight to my house. Fab.

Now my worries did kind of ring true. However, I applied for my first set of medication around 3 weeks early to make sure that the app itself would work for me. Firstly, you enter in your details about yourself, your medication and your GP surgery. I can’t remember fully but I believe they contact your surgery for approval. Then you can request a refill of your medication. The first step has to be approved by echo. This was approved within a couple of hours, I was thinking ‘Wow this is going to be so great’. The next step is for the surgery itself to confirm your order. Once it’s confirmed, you pay on the app and they dispatch for you on first class FREE delivery. Amazing.

This is where I got a bit stuck. I had a holiday planned just before I was due to run out of sertraline, and therefore was getting a little stressed when it was a week before and my GP request was still ‘pending’ after 14 days. I decided to myself that my surgery wasn’t technical enough and I’d have to carry on the normal way. So I dropped in my prescription and went home to wait the few days to then go pick it up manually. What a bore!

But then suddenly the next day my request was approved! I’m not sure if it was a coincidence or whether my GP needed that prescription slip as some kind of proof? I obviously haven’t had a prescription slip since so if that was the case, it was only a one time thing. So I then paid on the app and I had my tablets next day, 100% stress free.

There is literally not a single thing I can negatively say about echo. The whole system is perfect and honestly hassle free. As well as the amazing factor of free first class delivery! (Yes, still amazed at that.) To further prove my point of how good the app is and the overall service of the staff involved, I’ve only ever had 2 issues with echo and they got solved efficiently and professionally.

One of my first issues was around my third month and my GP was taking a while to accept my request. I got a little worried but waited patiently. When I had 6 days worth of tablets left, I contacted echo support through the app to query if they knew a reason why they hadn’t accepted. I was told to wait the standard 24 hours for a reply but the average response is 2 hours. I had a response on the same day, letting me know that they were looking into the issue. No exaggeration here, just as I finished typing my reply of ‘Thank you’ I had the ping of notification to let me know that my GP had approved the order and I was ready to pay! I was honestly gobsmacked. I was like ‘Wow, this team is impressive’. And I honestly was impressed that they managed to somehow contact my GP and get the approval so quick. A* service.

My second ‘issue’ was at the start of this week. My GP accepted fine this time, however my app was stuck on the final step, waiting to be dispatched. This is usually a few hours or a day after payment but it had been about 5 days so I was a tad worried (I request my medication early in order to ensure I get it on time.) I just sent a query again on the apps chat function just to query the delay in dispatch. I had a response straight away with an apology and a instant notification of dispatch that day. Honestly, what better service could you ask for?!

This post isn’t sponsored whatsoever. After yesterday, I’m just honestly so impressed with the app that I wanted to talk about it and let people know! This app deals with any prescriptions, including paracetamol and allergy tablets (that I believe people should get in supermarkets anyway but..) so honestly no matter your medication, this app can sort it for you. Until I need to actually see my GP, I’m using echo and staying at home!

Who doesn’t want to stay at home and avoid the doctors?

Lots of love x

LOVE ISLAND- Emotional trauma or staged drama?🌞🍹

LOVE ISLAND- Emotional trauma or staged drama?🌞🍹

*WARNING: Will contain Love Island spoilers*

With over 500 Ofcom reports from the latest Love Island drama (For those unaware, Dani received a text of Jack’s ex arriving) it’s brought a lot of discussion around whether Love Island is really just using entertainment to mess with the contestants feelings and cause them unnecessary upset. The producers blatantly knew that Jack had barely interacted with his ex, especially as they sent Dani footage from around a day earlier. Jack had even been recorded telling Adam he loved Dani, so why send her the footage just to mess with her head?

Now this isn’t the first time that Love Island has received Ofcom complaints. They received complaints after Adam’s ‘apology’ to Rosie, with lots of people saying that the way he was acting was very similar to emotional abuse.

Now I’m not slating Love Island here, as I enjoy as much as the next person. I get excited for 9pm every evening so me and the boyfriend can sit and watch. However, I do often sit there and think ‘is this really fair?’. Especially when you consider the fact that a contestant from a previous year has just committed suicide, it does make you question how healthy this type of show is. I mean, they’re literally forcing relationships whilst also forcing the drama and heartbreak that sometimes doesn’t necessarily need to happen (i.e Dani and the video of Jack seeing his ex).

Previous contestants have also mentioned that they feel like the producers really don’t warn them enough of what the outcome will be, and that they haven’t been checked up on to make sure they are okay. The only time this has happened was after the death of Sophie Gradon. Which makes you wonder, do they know the emotional abuse they are leaving contestants with, or did the death make them suddenly realise they have to make sure they haven’t caused irreversible damage? The trolling and the abuse that they become subject to whilst in the villa and as soon as they leave can be harrowing. Imagine not being on the internet for 6 weeks and leaving to check your phone, only to find millions of streams of comments slating you, or how you acted, or how you look. This could lead anyone to a deep set of problems including depression and anxiety. And the show really needs to warn contestants beforehand of this outcome, and there also needs to be a strong level of support after.

Think of Niall who just left. There were rumours when he left that it was due to the comments about his ears. His. Bloody. Ears. How pathetic? A problem that someone has probably never noticed about themselves and then millions of strangers pick it out and suddenly it can throw you into a deep self loathing and worrying about your self and your self image.

So I’ve kind of tailed off and I painted my toenails and forgot my main point…But what is your opinion on Love Island? Do you think the drama and the upset is fake? Or do you think the way they are treated is just for entertainment and is over the top and cruel?

Lots of love x

(I’m trying to start blogging more I promise!)

This is to all you Instagram f*ck boys…

This is to all you Instagram f*ck boys…

Yeah, you read that correctly. This is going to be a bit of a call out to all the ‘lads’ on instagram who I think honestly believe that they will get a girl by commenting on their pictures and DM-ing them. My god, the stuff I’ve received in the last week could be written into a book of the worst pick up tries…

The funniest thing I find is that I clearly have a boyfriend, I mean the pictures are there…and then they get surprised or butthurt when I’m like ‘no thanks pal, boyfriend’.

I think the best one I’ve received so far is just an ‘Oi oi’ from a guy. I didn’t even respond. What do you reply to a call out that boy’s use when watching football? Kinda disrespectful to try and start a conversation with it… And can you imagine the conversation with your grandkids?

‘Oh, Grandma…how did you meet Grandad?’

‘Well my dear, he sent me one of my instagram photos in DM with the message of ‘🔥🔥’  and from that moment I knew he was my true love…’

It does honestly make me question what these boys think they’re going to gain from it. Here is the message in question…loool_LI

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I really apologise if the boys who sent me these messages see this, and feel hurt that I’ve called them out. But maybe then they might realise that their messages are ridiculous and just come across as a wolf whistle on a street.

I even received 5 messages from a guy yesterday in Spanish. I replied I was English (I mean my whole bio and page is in English…) and he continued to type to me in Spanish? I don’t know what he was saying but to be honest I’m going to be stereotypical and imagine it was something as bad as these other guys up here…

Guys, a message for you from a girl- JUST SAY HELLO. 

Oh, and to the guy who wanted to pay me for ‘buttcrush’ (sitting on bugs like snails whilst clothed), you are insane and need to re-decide what your fetishes are.

Lots of love x

My Top 3 Mascaras

My Top 3 Mascaras

As mentioned in my previous post, I apologise for the complete hiatus and start up of a blog and then a disappearance of the blog…

But I’m here now! And my blog post about my top 3 favourite lipsticks seemed to do really well so I’ve decided to stick onto the make up topic for today and discuss my favourite mascaras (at the moment!).

So as anyone who has a love for make up, I have tried and tested a lot of mascaras. Mascara was really the first area of make up that I ventured into. I wasn’t interested in make up in high school but I remember all the ‘popular’ girls who would wear a full face of make up for every day at school, and for some reason I decided that I wanted to try that out too. Spoiler: It didn’t last long or go well. I had the classic Maybelline dream mousse and a Rimmel setting powder- But that’s a story for another day…

My first mascara was from a Christmas gift set that honestly was awful. I saved up my £2 a week pocket money and bought myself my first mascara. I can’t remember now which brand it was but I know I was devoted to that mascara and used it throughout high school. However, for some bizarre reason, I felt like mascara made my lashes too long. What?! Who would think mascara makes your lashes too long when that is the whole point of it? I don’t know what was going through my head either. I’m literally hanging my head in shame as I remember applying mascara and using my nails to break off the ends of them so they weren’t too long…

Then, after a school trip to Barcelona I purchased a mascara from Kiko Milano. I told everyone that that mascara was the best mascara ever. I reckon if I tried that mascara now, I would completely disagree. But as of then, I loved that beauty. And that started my obsession with mascara. I soon gave up on all make up as I could never get a shade that matched me for foundation, and I spent years wearing just mascara and eyeliner.

I’ve narrowed down my mascara collection and decided on 3 favourites. I don’t list any of these as a number one all time best ever, because for 1) new mascaras get released all the time and there is always good mascaras left undiscovered, and 2) I use different mascaras depending on what look I want to achieve for that day. I also have two honourable mention mascaras- The one’s I wouldn’t use for a full look, but I appreciate them.

No 1. Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara

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Doucce Punk Volumizer Mascara

I first tried this mascara from a sample size from my Birchbox. I have since purchased this full size but I can’t find the tube! Hence the photo of the sample tube, I apologise!

I absolutely adore this mascara and if I was going to vote for a number 1, it would be this. It makes my lashes so so long with no gloppiness, the formula is a good texture with no thickness to it. I can wear this mascara and my lashes feel light and feathery rather than weighed down. I’ve also been known to apply up to 4 coats of this mascara to keep adding on the length and volume- and it NEVER got clumpy. No lie, no exaggeration..I despise mascaras that leave you clumpy and with about 5 eyelashes. I prefer the mascaras that give you lots of thin long lashes. I appreciate all of you who like the clumpy look, go you! But it’s not for me, hence why I love this mascara. I can get my lashes super long whilst still being fluttery and separated.

The only downfall? I can no longer find this mascara anywhere. Like, zero places. (Apart from Amazon for like £50?!) I purchased my full sized tube off Birchbox as they always supply the full size items after giving out the samples. But they stopped selling it after a few months, which coincided with me running out! And now I’m at a loss with none of it left missing it dearly. Does anyone know where I can buy this?

No. 2 Maybelline Total Temptation

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Now some of you may not believe me with this one, as you may have seen that I posted it was my first time trying this mascara yesterday. But from that one application I knew. I also knew before I’d even applied it that I would love it. The consistency is perfect, not too thick and no clumps on the brush or around the lid. The brush has lots of bristles which separate the lashes perfect. I did two coats and my lashes stayed fluttery, separated and looked fantastic.

No. 3 Yves Saint Laurent Luxurious Mascara for False Lash Effect

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YSL Luxurious Mascara for False Lash Effect

Now I am forever in the debt of my boyfriends mum for introducing me to this beauty. I am one who admires high end make up from afar. I watch the YouTube videos and I pine to hold in my hand something as glorious as YSL or Marc Jacobs or even Natasha Denona, sigh. I received this in a gift set with their eyeliner and their eye make up remover. If it wasn’t such a good mascara, I’d still love it due to the sleek packaging with a subtle colour change between lid and tube. It feels weight and luxurious, as the name suggests. The formula is a little thick but doesn’t feel that way on the lashes. It leaves my lashes long and with a lot of volume. I choose this for when I want my lashes to be thick and noticeable, as opposed to the others for length and flutter.

Honourable Mentions…

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L’Oreal False Lash X Fiber Mascara

Now this is the only ‘lash fiber’ mascara I have used that I can actually say that I like. I usually hate the fibres that fall down all over your face and mess up the rest of your make up. This mascara doesn’t do that as long as you’re careful. Now the mascara itself, number 1 of the duo, is a bit lacklustre. The brush is small and thin and one of those brushes that is spiky to your eyelids if you press too hard, you know? And the formula is not really strong enough to do a lot to your lashes at all. The second part of the duo is the fibres. This part does tend to add a bit more length but what comes with that is also clumps and just thick spiders legs. I don’t like the look of this mascara however I will often use this just for my bottom lashes. The small dainty brush of part 1 makes it perfect to get into the bottom lashes and coat them.

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L’Oreal Lash Paradise Extatic

I watched videos for MONTHS on the US Lash Paradise mascara and how everyone was using it and how amazing it was. I waited so long for this to arrive in the UK only to be baffled. What’s extatic? Why is the packaging different? Now obviously I’m not paying the crazy customs for the American lash paradise, so I don’t know for sure if there are any true differences. But from when I’ve used this, I feel like they definitely changed the formula over here. The formula gets so clumpy, it stills all over the edge and all over the tube. It also dries out super quickly because it’s so thick and clumpy. This mascara is honestly great- if you only want one layer. But for the majority of us who like to layer up, this is not suitable. The more layers you add, the less workable it becomes and you can end up with just one big clump.

If none of these sound like they suit your taste, stick a pair of false lashes on! Instant win.

So sorry if this blog went on far too long, no ifs I apologise I know this rambles. But thank you to those that have took the time to actually read this! I love that people have been liking and following, really helps me get excitement to write more!

Lots of love x

My Top 3 Ultimate Liquid Lips 👄💄

My Top 3 Ultimate Liquid Lips 👄💄

In today’s world of make up popularity and competition with brands releasing items all the time, it’s hard to keep up on which products are actually worth your coin. In 2016, (which seems like a decade ago now) liquid lipsticks blew up a storm. Liquid lipsticks sudden had the popularity of the world. And when I think back, I think liquid lipsticks were the main reason that I got so involved into the love and adoration of make up.

I always watched Bunny on YouTube, (grav3yardgirl) and enjoyed her attitude to life and her excitement. At this point I was very early on into the YouTube community and didn’t watch a lot of bloggers, and I also had no interest in make up whatsoever. However I remember a video from Bunny that featured her swatching a whole range of liquid lipsticks (forgive me, I can’t remember the brand!) And I remember being so amazed, a lipstick that dries down and can stay on for hours?! A transfer proof lipstick? This is when I encountered beauty bay, and from here I purchased my first lipstick from Gerard Cosmetics.

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Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Lipstick in ‘Skinny Dip’

Now I’m one of them complete lovers of make up, forever wishing I had the commitment and popularity to be an influencer and receive all the free make up. Oh, what a dream. Of course for that, you actually need to be fairly skilled at make up. And I’d call myself amateur at best.

Now as my love for make up grew, my real love stuck with liquid lipsticks. I felt like they were the true end to any make up look and were so easy for looking done all day. Now, I have over 30 liquid lipsticks in my make up drawers and I decided to discuss with you which ones are my favourite!

No. 1- Lime Crime Matte Velvetines

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Lime Crime Matte Velvetine in shade ‘Bleached’

When I first received my lime crime lipstick, I was still fairly new to make up and wasn’t aware of different consistencies in make up. Long story short, as I tried to swatch the colour on the back of my hand the tube fell over. No problem normally, right? Nope. The lime crime liquid lipsticks are unusually runny and I lost about 5 applications worth. (I have tiny lips)

However this isn’t a negative point against these, as the lime crime range are my absolute favourite lipstick to wear. They are that perfect lipstick that will last all day, unless you’re really putting it through it’s paces. My absolute favourite for feeling like nothing is on my lips whatsoever. The runny consistency makes them much more moisturising and comfortable when laying on the lips. They also give me no image of the butthole lip* and also no horrible shrunken wrinkles all over my lips! Fab!

No. 2 Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks

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Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipstick in ‘Lolita II’

Kat Von D was one of them names I had heard of since I was a child, mainly being swayed away from her as she was seen as ‘bad’ being covered in tattoos which when I was young was almost a taboo. I found her absolutely stunning and her tattoos, as well as her TV show where she tattooed, completely mesmerising. When I saw the buzz on YouTube about her make up line, safe to say I was excited. But of course being in good old England I had to wait a little while until I could get my first trial of the make up line. Americans you have no idea how lucky you are when it comes to make up. There is so SO much I am dying to try but we can’t here! And customs can kill you.

Anyway. I remember getting the email that the range had finally launched in Debenhams. I jumped straight onto my phone to order myself something. Being still in college with a part time job, I couldn’t afford much. This was my first taste into high end make up. I purchased the ‘London’s calling’ limited edition set that included the Tattoo liner in ‘Trooper’ (Side note, the BEST eyeliner I have ever used and I have tried a lot. The pen is so thin and makes it so simple to create wings-and to keep going over them when you eff up). It also contained a Studded Kiss lipstick in the shade ‘Lolita’ and an Everlasting liquid lip in the shade ‘Double Dare’. Lolita was also a colour in the liquid lipstick which I managed to purchase before it got discontinued, and reproduced as ‘Lolita II’. At this time as the range was new, Debenhams was also posting this set out with all orders. So I had two of everything. Fab.

The Everlasting liquid lipsticks are gorgeous. The colour range is ever growing and they are all stunning. You can go for a subtle pink, or you can go for a bright gold or blue. The line represents Kat completely, as well as the absolutely stunning packaging with the black floral details around. Such a lovely looking cosmetics range that honestly if I had the money I would buy just for display as everything looks so pretty! Now if I don’t apply  a balm beforehand, these can have a tendency to wrinkle my lips out a little bit. But that’s my own fault if I have dry lips! I don’t believe the staying capacity is as long as some other lines, but it looks so beautiful applied that I can forgive that.

No. 3 Jeffree Star’s Velour Liquid Lipsticks

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Now I’m no stranger to the controversy surrounding J*, and I’d like to say now that I am in no way a fan. I can bare about half of one of his YouTube videos as I find his demeanour way too overwhelming and to be honest I don’t really like him as a person- Don’t give me hate, we all have opinions. But when his cosmetics line dropped and there was SO much drama surrounding it, it was hard not to notice and not to get curious. My first purchase was ‘Rose Matter’ in the liquid lips. This is a PSA to never trust the pictures that brands show you of shades. I was like ‘Ooh yeah, this is a nice subtle pink that’ll match my skin tone really nice’, and at that time £16 was an expensive price for a lipstick. Well, ‘Rose Matter’ is more of a very neon Barbie pink is the only way I can describe it. It would look beautiful on some skin tones, but me? Nah. Especially as at this point I was still fairly self conscious and I hated make up that drew attention to me. But for a laugh, have a look at the only time I actually worse this shade and it was for Halloween…FB_IMG_1509531920831

Yeah, the only time I felt this lipstick was suitable was when I was Daphne from Scooby Doo…

However, (I’m saying however a lot, I apologise) my next purchase was from the collaboration with Manny Mua. At this point, I hadn’t overly heard of Manny. I watch a few videos of his from time to time but he’s on the same kind of level as Jeffree where I just get a little irritated sometimes with the personality. But I have to say, when I have the confidence to wear it, ‘I’m Shook’ is my absolute favourite lipstick I have. Now it’s not my favourite ever, as I said above that that is lime crime, but it is my favourite shade and my favourite for how it performs. It’s a beautiful bright coppery red, and it is so opaque. In key with the name, I applied that lipstick and I was shook. The colour was so vibrant and applied beautifully as well as being so bright and eye catching, and with my tiny lips I usually hate reds but I love this.

Also shout out to the lovely scent that J* cosmetics lipsticks hold as they smell amazing.

*Honorable mention to the lip ammunitions from Jeffree also. I don’t like wearing actual solid lipsticks due to the transferring and the slip/longevity. However, I have the shade ‘Birthday Suit’ from the Summer collection and I can apply this and eat a full meal, and the lipstick is gone of course. And I don’t know if this is on purpose, but it’s almost a lip tint. I will have that pink colour on my lips ALL night and usually until the next day*

So that’s that summed up! My top 3 liquid lipsticks. Sorry if this was long and rambly, this whole blogging thing is still new to me. Please leave a like if you enjoyed reading, and please leave me a comment with your thoughts and feedback!

Lots of love x

*Shout out to Safiya Nygaard for creating ‘butthole’ lip where you apply a lipstick and you can still see the inner colour of your lips.