What happened to me after I drank a bubble tea...

Monday, 23 September 2019

Many of you have been asking me what's going on, why I've not been as social lately and whether I've fully recovered. So instead of repeating myself over and over again, here is what happened:

28/05/19 = Drank a bubble tea (standard milk tea with pearls) and had dim sum. Dad also had dim sum but no bubble tea. He was fine. We went home after and left again to celebrate my birthday with family. At this point, I still felt relatively normal. It wasn't until I got on the tube a couple of hours later that my stomach was churning and I urgently needed to go. On the tube, I kept on having to get off every couple of stops as I felt incredibly nervous about my stomach. Eventually made it to restaurant but went couple more times. :( Didn't vomit like usual food poisoning. 

29/05/19 = Better but not great. Knew I wasn't fully 100% but felt better than the day before. I managed to get on bus and run some errands. 

30/05/19 = My birthday. Felt ok, was alive but knew I still wasn't feeling great. Was very careful about what I ate. 

31/05/19 = We went out to see a musical and I remember eating a plain tofu udon. I do remember being very nervous on the bus as it was shaking and my stomach was feeling gassy and just not 100%. Was ok during the musical so thought I had recovered. 

03/06/19 = Went back to work. Work was busy that week so didn't have time to think about how I felt. I thought I had surely recovered by then.

12/06/19 = Went home from work. Stomach ache in afternoon

17/06/19 = Went to GP in the morning. First strong signs of nausea. Was told to keep a food diary and come back in 4 - 6 weeks if symptoms were still there. Felt better after the morning

Managed to go into work the next day but that week my bowel movements had already increased from my usual and I knew something wasn't right. Lost my appetite for 2/3 weeks or so and as a result, started losing weight because of it (3kg roughly. If you see me, please don't tell me because a) I'm well aware b) I'm trying to put it back on c) makes me feel more paranoid about myself).

24/06/19 = A repeat of last Monday - like deja vu! Went to GP in the morning. Felt nauseous again but didn't actually vomit. Took calpol and slept. Felt very weak. Diagnosed with IBS. Didn't think much of it as I thought it would go away after a while.

25/06/19 = Did a stools test

By this point, my brain didn't know what my body wanted. It was almost as if it had disconnected and I couldn't tell if I was unwell or hungry or whether I needed to go for number 1/2. Overall it was like my body had shut down on me and I had 0 energy left. I was no longer in control of my body. 

04/07/19 = Stools results received. Stomach inflammation - which explains everything above.

The months of June and July were definitely not the best of 2019 or of my entire life so far. In fact, it's been the worst! The nausea, the increased bowel movements, extra gas, churning/bloated/cramped stomach, my mental health and my mind telling me that I'll never recover was really not helpful. I don't think I've cried so much or been so emotional in my life. Looking back at it now in September, I feel like I was a drama queen about the whole situation but thinking back (I'd rather not tbh), it really was a horrific time in my life as my health is generally in a good state and it really set me back from doing every day normal things such as going to work. I stopped dining out and seeing my friends. I stopped my dance classes and climbing. A good day for me was surviving and making it to the end of the day. 

I didn't want IBS. Before this, I've heard of it but never really knew what it was about. Now I am fully aware of the symptoms and just what a pain it is to live with! 

My blood test came back normal but I still didn't feel like myself. I am pretty sure the bubble tea was what caused this because that was the only thing that I had which nobody else did. I also didn't eat anything too out of the ordinary. 

I started taking buscopan with recommendation from my GP. Started on 1 pill before lunch and 1 pill before dinner then increased to 3 pills the next week once I tested to see if there were any side effects.  It has helped - I noticed that I was less gassy. I also saw a nutritionist who did a bio-resonance test on me and told me from this, I am most likely lactose intolerant for 6 months or so. She gave me some good tips on what to eat and what not to eat. I cut out dairy (haven't had alcohol since end of May) and also cut down heavily on yeast products - which meant bye to my chocolate bars and pain au chocolats which I'd have for breakfast in the morning. I switched it up with Nakd bars and smoked salmon instead. 

August 2019 = I felt super anxious about travelling on a plane as a) you're in the air and I have no idea how my stomach will be that day b) didn't want to use aeroplane toilets c) have to sit for 2 hours or so (but I fell asleep really quickly and had Ariana Grande's song Boyfriend on repeat) 

I saw the nutritionist the day before I flew to Rome so I felt slightly better about what I could/couldn't eat. Before we walked into restaurants, we would look at the menu and decide what I could have. If the menu had potatoes, we would go in! I've been having potatoes a lot lately. 

August in general was an ok month health wise. Some days I'd have little flare ups which included crampy and gassy stomach and some nausea but less than before. 

There have been some weeks where I felt almost normal (I say almost because my bowel movements have still been more than usual but less than what it was initially in June/July) and back to myself and other days where I feel rubbish and still get a bit afraid after I eat how my stomach is going to react. 

September 2019 = Still keeping a food diary, re-did stools test which came back normal (good news!) but some days still have nausea. It's something I've got used to now and I try to live as normally as possible. At the moment, I've started on the buscopan again as I had a little flare up last week but there is progress and although slow, I'm glad I've made it this far!

My friends have reached out and also shared their experiences with IBS with me so it's a generic thing as our symptoms have been varied and it's made me feel less scared about it. Let's hope by the end of this year I'll be fully recovered! 

Products that have made a difference

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Lately I've been shopping at SpaceNK. Here are a couple of products that I've enjoyed using over the last couple months...

Consistency is thicker than Dior's Forever Concealer but lighter than Estee Lauder's DoubleWear Concealer. Recommended if you need to cover dark circles and spot marks. Blends in nicely and doesn't look heavy. Price is £24 - quite a lot for concealer but if you have a NDulge card and collect points, you can use the points to pay (I got £5 off my NARS concealer!). If you are unsure, purchase the smaller travel size (£12) first!

My scalp was quite dry during these autumn winter months so I changed shampoo which made no difference. So I tried Bumble and Bumble Bb. Scalp Detox spray.  This is £25 and I use it once or twice during the week before I wash my hair. You shake the bottle, squeeze a bit of product into your hands and rub into your scalp. Wait for a couple of minutes before rinsing off and applying your shampoo and conditioner. I've found it useful. It has cleaned my scalp and I no longer get dry flakes.

In addition to using Bumble and Bumble Bb Scalp Detox spray, I also bought Ouai Scalp and Body Scrub. I use this after my BB Scalp Detox spray. It smells amazing, a soft coconut smell. After applying this to my scalp, I wait a couple of minutes before rinsing it off and applying my shampoo and conditioner. This also works as a body scrub and it's gentle enough to use on skin. I've found these 2 products work well together. Would recommend even though price is again quite high...£32. However, I've had this product for 2 months or so now and still have a lot of product left.

This has been so useful to take abroad with me to cleanse my face! I just use the travel sized Simple face wash with it. This is £29 but worth it! You can't replace batteries/charge like you can with the bigger products but I've used it a couple of times abroad now and the size and weight makes it super easy to take with you. The power button is a bit hard to press - it's on the back but once you press it, the product stays on until you switch it off!

Sephora buys

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Here are my latest Sephora buys. This is what happens when you go on a business trip and have nothing better to do after work so you end up in not one, but two Sephora's in the same day. 

I have seen this Bum Bum Cream on social media so much that I decided to finally buy it (after having numerous chances of buying it from different Sephora's in Europe). It smells...unique - not your usual kind of cream and it isn't sticky either. This is the travel size available from the Beauty to Go section from Sephora. I think it was 20 euros or so. 

This is the Clinique Moisture Surge hydrating concentrate. This is also another thing that I wanted to try but couldn't justify buying the original size. Very happy with this. It reminds me of the Clinique Moisture Spray but more watery version. Very soothing and doesn't smell very much either. 

I recommend both products!

Clear skin

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Happy 2018! Let's start and end the year with clear skin! 

Tips for clear skin...

1. Water - drink lots of water. 

2. Sleep - a lot of sleep.

3. Quit foundation - you don't need it if you have good skin. Concealer is enough. If you don't have good skin, let your skin breathe until it gets better!

4. Change your pillowcase often.

5. Clean your phone using anti-bacterial wipes. You placing your phone to your ear and touching it again will just spread more germs.

6. Asian acne spot stickers. What a discovery this was. You simply stick a spot sticker to your spot, sleep - and in the morning, it will be greatly reduced in size, if not...gone. I know, I know...it's hard to believe until you try and see for yourself. 

7. Benzoyl Peroxide - you can buy this over the counter at Boots. This stuff is strong. A tiny amount is enough. Also, if you are not used to it - it may turn your skin red so start off with a tiny amount first. It dries out your spots. 

8. Stop touching your face and keep hair out of your face.

9. Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray Last year, I stopped using face creams for a while. Instead, I switched to Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray. I think it helped. Now, I use Neutrogena Hydro Boost water gel moisturiser before I use the face spray. Especially in dryer winter months, it's important to use a cream. In my case, a more water based one!

10. Tea tree oil spot stick This helps when you have tiny spots. 


Dior - Diorblush Colour & Light Sculpting Stick Duo - Peach Glow

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

This is Dior's Diorblush Colour and Light Sculpting Stick Duo from the Fall 2017 collection retailing at £32.50. 

The limited edition product is a double ended stick containing either a contour and highlight (001 Plum Shimmer) or blush and highlight (002 Peach Glow). I looked at both products but the contour on Plum Shimmer was too dark for my skin tone (only available in one shade) so I opted for the one with blush (which I rarely wear).

002 Plum Shimmer - blush end

I applied the highlighter end first to the bridge of my nose in a downwards sweep and blended it out with my fingers and a brush. You can also apply this to the cheekbones to create more light and enhance the area. Add a little on the chin for a fresh dewy look. 

Next, dab the blush end on the apples of your cheeks and blend. The texture is creamy and glides right on. You do not need a lot of this product. However, if your skin is dry, it is better to spray a moisture spray (I use Clinique's moisture surge face spray) first before applying this sculpting stick.

002 Plum Shimmer - shimmer end

The size the product is quite big and bulky so I wouldn't take this out with me. It does hold for several hours though which is ideal. Overall, this is a good product - I was attracted by the shimmer on the highlighter end, it isn't too sparkly - the glitter specs are very fine and evens out once you blend. 

Dior Addict Lip Glow - Spring 2017 Limited Edition Berry 006

Monday, 20 February 2017

I was super excited to see a new shade in the Dior Addict Lip Glow collection. This is the berry colour, shade 006 for the Spring 2017 collection. Packaging is the same as the other lip glows and retails at £24. 

This is from the Dior Backstage line and a lip balm which reacts to the natural colour on your lips. I like this balm because there isn't a strong scent. It also glides on perfectly. My morning routine for my lips is to apply a bit of Vaseline, then swipe on a coat of Dior Addict Lip Glow. 

I was expecting the shade to appear darker, almost like a plum shade, but the colour is the same as the original lip glow! It does look prettier in the tube though. I guess I won't be buying anymore lip glows for a while...I have 2 to get through! 

Dior - Lip Sugar Scrub

Friday, 17 February 2017

I saw the new Dior Addict Lip Sugar Scrub advert and as I am already a big fan of the Dior Addict Lip Balm, I decided to give this a go. RRP: £24 from Boots

The packaging is very similar to the normal Dior Addict Lip Balm, except this is a frosted look which is really pretty. Inside the tube, the colour looks very similar and you can see the textured grainy sugar as advertised. On the posters, they seemed to have covered it with more grains (but I guess that's what marketing does). 

When I applied it, I was expecting it to tingle a bit more and for the grains to actually come out. It was different from what I had in mind and it is actually very similar to the Dior Addict Lip Balm. 

In fact, so similar that I don't think I would have bought this if I knew! Anyway, it was an interesting buy - I don't regret the purchase as the formula of the lip balm feels exactly the same as the usual Dior Addict Lip Balm. Perhaps I should have bought the Berry coloured lip balm instead...

Update: I did go back and buy the Berry shade...but actually, after using this lip scrub a couple more times - I can feel the grains of sugar! So it works now. And I'm happy.