Sunday, March 29, 2015

Why we support Autism Awareness week

My auntie Sarah was born on the 9th May 1966 and was diagnosed with Autism several years later. Autism is a development disability which affects a persons ability to make sense of the world. It means people with autism can have difficulty with communication and with social interaction. Many people with Autism are able to live relevantly independent lives while others, like Sarah, may require specialist support for life.  Autism affects around 700,000 people in the UK alone so most us will know someone who may be affected by the condition. Sadly my auntie passed away on the 27th February 2012 aged just 45. Her memory and special traits will live with us forever.

Autism awareness week runs from 27th March to the 2nd April and  aims to raise funds to help support those affect by the condition and also awareness of the condition.

On Friday Charlene took part in the pink and purple bake-off at Norwich City College. The baked off asked people to bake a cake with a colour theme of pink and/or purple. All cakes donated would then be sold and any funds raised would be donated to the National Autistic Society.

Charlene's pink pick n mix creation 

Charlene's bake off prize 

If you would like to find out how you help raise funds and awareness then please wish the website


Friday, March 27, 2015


You may have recently read about a 5 year old boy called Seth. Seth was born with no immune system (SCID) and is awaiting his second bone marrow transplant. With the help of his parents, Seth posted a video on YouTube calling for people to wear his favourite colour today to show their support. At the last count there were over over 78k pictures uploaded to instagram with the hashtag #wearyellowforseth 

Seth's story touched our hearts so today we showed our support and awareness to the illness by wearing yellow. 

Leanne wearing yellow 

I hope that with everyone's small act of kindness shown today it will bring some comfort and support for Seth and his family. 

We wish you all the love for the future

If you too were touched by Seth's story then yoy can follow it here at 


MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation

I'm a big fan of  MAC cosmetics and my makeup collection is mostly made up of their products. I normally use studio fix foundation as I like a matte finish but I have just purchased MAC studio sculpt foundation. It's priced at £25 for 40mls which is around 10mls more than most of the other foundations on offer. I love the fact that it's in a tube as it's less bulky than a bottle and easier to get all the product out when it's coming to an end. The coverage was very good and didn't feel cakey at all.  My skin looked instantly hydrated with a dewy finish which actually made my appearance younger which has to be a good thing when you are on the wrong side of 30. The durability of this foundation was brilliant and lasted all day. To take of any unwanted shine i used a light dusting of mineralize skinfinish.

As I am always fake tanning I used a combination of NC20 and NC30 to custom blend to how tanned I am each day. I would always suggest getting one of the MAC artists to colour match you in store to ensure you get the correct tone and shade. Do not be tempted to colour test the product on the back of your hand as the texture will be completely different to your face. This usually results in you being disappointed with shade, texture and coverage once you get the product home.

The picture above shows NC30 (top) and NC20 (bottom)

Happy reading x

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