Medisafe app review

When you have a long term or a chronic illness and need to take a variety of medications at different times of the day, it can be hard to keep track of it. You might even forget to take them, which isn’t ideal.

I’m on long term medication for mental health issues and joint pain and the amount of medication I need to take, at a specific time with a specific dose can overwhelm me. But, I’ve come across an app called Medisafe and I don’t think I can live without it now.

Medisafe is an app (on iOS and Android) that reminds you to take your medications at the correct time. It has a simple design with daily pill schedules which is divided into four sections – morning, afternoon, evening and night. It also has reminders to refill your medication too.

The app allows you to manually enter all your medications and the dose/frequency into the app and set up reminders for times that is required.

Getting a rather friendly notification on my phone from Medisafe really helps me to take my medication on time. It also has a feature to “Take all” so when you’ve clicked it, it confirms that you’ve taken the medication. If you haven’t taken it after the first reminder, it will remind you a few more times – which I find helps me even more if I don’t act the first time round. It’s nice to have another nudge.

I’ve used other reminder apps in the past, but they weren’t as simple and easy to use as Medisafe. The app keeps me organised and up to date on all my medications. I would highly recommend it, especially to those who are on medication long term.

What I Thought of Netflix’s ‘To The Bone’

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TRIGGER WARNING (and contains spoilers)

There has been a lot of controversy about this film ever since the trailer came out. To The Bone was finally released yesterday on Netflix and I was very excited to watch it.

Lily Collins plays Ellen, a talented artist who happens to suffer from anorexia. She is sent to a residential treatment facility under the care of Dr Beckham, played by Keanu Reeves.

What I liked about this film, even though it is triggering, is that it shows how unglamorous eating disorders are. I don’t understand when people say it glamourises it.

Is exercising excessively to the point of collapse glamorous?  Is having a messed up family glamorous? Is being locked up in hospital glamorous? Is vomiting secretly in your room and hiding it under your bed glamorous? Is knowing every calorie in every food glamorous? Is looking like a ghost glamorous? Is feeling weak glamorous? Is waking up everyday body checking glamorous? Nothing about this film is glamorous.

The film makes me sad that this is my life. It makes me sad that this is how I live on a day to day basis. The only parts that made me cry was when Megan, the pregnant patient, purged and lost her baby. It hurts everyday thinking whether I’d ever be comfortable having a baby myself or if I ever could have one. I don’t ever want to be pregnant because of the selfish reason that it will make me fat.

The other part which made me cry was when Ellen’s mother fed her like a baby, with a bottle. I bawled my eyes out at that scene because anorexia turns you into a baby again. Everything is scary. You are always terrified. You just need someone to cuddle you and feed you and tell you everything is okay. You don’t feel safe but all you want to feel is safe. You just want to be looked after by an authortive figure.

Ellen’s mother said maybe one of the causes of her anorexia was that her mother wasn’t there for her when she was a child. This shows how deep rooted eating disorders are. It’s not always about wanting to be skinny to look beautiful. It’s a cry for help. It’s a coping mechanism. I certainly can relate to that scene. It was heartbreaking.

Dr Beckham’s approach reminded me of my psychiatrists approach. He is funny yet serious. He has a different attitude. Not what you’d expect a therapist to be like. He told Ellen she needs to be able to save herself and not wait for someone to save her. That’s exactly what I realised only this past year. It’s such a strong illness and it won’t let anyone save you. It has a grip on you and only you yourself need to find something, a purpose, to be able to get better. You need to save yourself. Dr Beckham spoke with honesty and what he did was he listened to Ellen. Tried to understand how she feels.

Despite all that, Ellen chose recovery at the end. At least the ending was positive and it shows that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. When she dreamt that she was dead was a powerful scene. It even gave me goosebumps to realise that I am alive. I am still alive and fighting this. Death isn’t the answer and its never too late to get better.

I do understand how it can be harmful to some and I’m not going to pretend it didn’t trigger me. When Ellen kept on putting two fingers around her arms trying to see if her fingers touch, I found myself doing the same thing (not that I don’t do this on regular basis anyway). But it’s very real. It shows how disgusting and excruciating eating disorders are. It’s not a life. It’s hell.

I chose to watch it but my advice to those who are still in their eating disorders like myself, especially younger viewers and want to watch it, just be careful and be prepared.

What Films Am I Watching At The Moment?

I was never much of a movie person until only a few months ago when I decided to subscribe to Netflix. Of course, before that I did watch films but not on a regular basis. I thought I would write a post about all the films that I have been loving at the moment. This is in no particular order.


Matilda

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I have lost count of how many times I have watched Matilda but it is probably my favourite film of all time. Recently, I have been scrounging online to watch something and when I am rather bored, I turn to films that have repeatedly watched about a million times and last week, it happened again. I decided to watch Matilda. I never get bored of it. Each time I watch it, I am always hooked. A childhood favourite and will always be on my top 10.


Wild Child

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Any film that Emma Roberts is in, I will watch it. I have loved Emma ever since her Unfabulous days on Nickelodeon. Wild Child is mainly set in the UK because the whole storyline is to do with Poppy More (played by Emma Roberts) moving to an English boarding school called Abbey Mount – except, a lot of commotion happens. Such a great movie and well played by Emma Roberts.


Confessions of a Shopaholic 

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Confessions of a Shopaholic is by far one of my favourite ever movies. I can relate to it so much because, I am a self confessed shopaholic myself. Rebecca Bloomwood, played by Isla Fisher is a journalist who lands a job at a financial magazine, except she is in debt and cannot control her shopping habits. This film sends a great message about being good with money and what the consequences are when you are not.


Beauty & The Briefcase 

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Beauty & The Briefcase is a similar film to Confessions of a Shopholic with regards to journalism and working at a business/financial type of organisation. Except, in this film, Lane Daniels played by Hilary Duff, undergoes a job by Cosmo magazine to work at a finance company as an investigate journalist. Lane wants to find love in the workplace and goes on a mission to date as many business men as she can to find the perfect guy. How fun would it be to be an undercover journalist? Great film.


The Devil Wears Prada

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I only just watched this recently and I absolutely love it. Based on the novel of the same name, Andrea Sachs, played by Anne Hathaway is an aspiring journalist (are you sensing a pattern in my movie choices?) who gets a job to work for the Editor of fashion magazine Runway who is Miranda Priestly, played by Meryl Streep as her personal assistant. But little did she know that in order to work in fashion, she must change the way she dresses and behaves, affecting her private life and relationships. A wonderful film, which I reckon I will watch again.

Winter Favourites 2014

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Well, it is March which means Winter is over and Spring is here! Below are some of the things I have loved from Winter.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge – This sponge is absolutely amazing and I have been using it all winter. It makes my foundation go on so smoothly and flawlessly. Absolutely wonderful – and definitely lives up to its name! Image

Benefit POREfessional Primer – This primer is definitely one of my winter favourites this year. Check out my full review on it right here if you haven’t already, which pretty much sums up my love for it.

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Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – Since Naked 3 came out, I have realised I have not even bought Naked 2 yet – so I decided to just buy it as I have wanted it for a long time. I love it. I have been using YDK a lot. However, I will be buying Naked 3 very soon.

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Demi Lovato: 365 Days a Year – Staying Strong – I bought this book at the end of 2013 and I thought it would make sense to start reading it from the 1st of January. The layout of this book is interesting. Each individual page is dedicated to one day of the year until 31st of December. So, I am reading it the way it should be read. Every morning, I wake up and read a quote from that book – it helps me be more positive and think about each thoughtful quote and act on it. I highly recommend this book if you are going through a hard time.

ImageTiesto – Red Lights – I have loved Tiesto for years and I was about to see him live with Calvin Harris in December but I had to miss that gig unfortunately as I was not well. I have been really loving his new song ‘Red Lights’ – a really happy song and I love listening to it on the tube!

ImageBBC Get In Event – On February 11th, I went to the BBC Get In Event held by BBC Academy. I went to the London event at New Broadcasting House. As I am in my third year at university and thinking about graduate schemes and careers, I felt like I needed some advice directly from the BBC on how to get in and so this event was very useful for the application of the Production Talent Pool – which opens next week. I met some really nice people and got some fantastic advice from Simon Wright – BBC’s Talent Executive and Don Kong –  BBC Academy’s Programme Coordinator.  We did some group work – we had to develop a BBC programme idea and pitch it to them, which was very helpful for the application. Very much enjoyed that day and it is always lovely to be back at BH.

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Beauty Review: Benefit POREfessional Primer

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I took a risk with this product. Considering my skin is very sensitive, without even trying a sample first, (bearing in mind I did go and ask for a sample at the Benefit counter in Boots but they said they apparently do not provide a sample) and after umming and arring over this for a rather long time, I decided to take the bullet and just buy it thinking of the really good reviews I have watched on YouTube and read online about it. My opinion? It is absolutely amazing on my skin and I love it!

I have been looking for a really good primer to wear under my foundation that minimizes pores to the extent where you cannot even feel them. This certainly does the trick.

Even though it is oil-free, when you apply it, it does feel oily at first but that feeling straight away goes away and it feels so silky, velvety and lightweight and that is what I love about this product. It is not heavy at all. You just apply on your t-zone and it just makes the pores disappear and makes your foundation go on very smooth. It feels like you are not even wearing any thing else other than your foundation, which is always a bonus. The last thing you want is your face to feel caked with a lot of products, making your face very heavy and uncomfortable.

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The only downside is the price at £24.50. However, I can justify it by saying that I have not found a primer any better than this (and I have tried a lot) so perhaps it is worth it. I bought this product with a set of three called pretty porefect, which comes with a mini thatGAL Face Primer and It’s Potent Eye Cream, which I have yet to use. This was the same price as the individual product, but gives me two free samples, so I thought why not?

All in all, this primer is absolutely amazing and I will definitely purchase it again.

Book Review: Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography

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Having spent a couple of years writing down his best (and worst) moments about his time of being the Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson who retired this year, could not have found a better time to release his official autobiography.

He kicks off quite rightly talking about the moments leading up to his retirement – how he broke the news to everyone, especially the team. “My speech on the pitch was all off the cuff. I had no script. All I knew that I was not going to praise any individual. It was not about directors, the supporters or the players: it was about Manchester United Football Club.”

He told everyone to support the new manager David Moyes. “The club stood by me. All my staff stood by me. The players stood by me. So your job now is to stand by your new manager. That is important.”

Splitting up certain chapters to talk about certain players in detail, he dedicated each chapter to the big players he signed and who he had a rather questionable relationship with. He talks about David Beckham and how he saw him grow up and that he felt like a son to him but then he talks about Beckham choosing to be famous after falling in love with Victoria.

He also talks about his handling of Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, Rio Ferdinand, Eric Cantona, Ruud van Nistelrooy as well as Wayne Rooney and Christiano Ronaldo.

He says that he criticised his players to keep them motivated and working hard. “Faced with the need to confront a player who had performed below our expectations, I might have said, ‘That was rubbish that,’ but then he would balance it out with a bit of encouragement. ’Why are you doing that? You’re better than that,’ which goes to show how he made it as a good manager sticking with the team for 27 years.

This book is a must read for Manchester United fans but it is also a must read for sport fans in general. Managers can pick up a few good tips from this book as well but also, strangely enough, whilst reading this book, it seemed like I went inside the mind of Ferguson. I got to know how he thinks like, why he thinks the way he does and so this book can also be a good read for psychologists.

I bought this book to read because I am very interested in legendary authoritative figures and what makes them so successful and how they become such a good leader. I am also very interested in psychology and found myself analysing bits from the book. I must say, I enjoyed the book tremendously and it was such an inspiring read as well. In a way, this book is saying not to give up from anything you do in life because Ferguson shows that working hard will be worth it in the end.

It is wonderfully written and crafted and it shows us the enthusiasm, the ambition and the determination of a man who has achieved a lot in his career. By reading this book, you would know that Ferguson is a proud man who retired as a winner.

Beauty Review: Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant

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I have been using Dermalogica products for over a year now because they specifically cater for sensitive acne-prone skin and work very well on my skin. I usually make my own exfoliating mask with honey and salt (see post here) however, I felt like my pores were getting quite large and I just wanted something new to try out and so I felt like buying a really good exfoliating product.

Obviously, I have to really research into a product before I buy it because my skin is very sensitive and because Dermalogica products work really well on my skin without breaking me out, I automatically gravitated towards their website and discovered the Gentle Cream Exfoliant.

So, because Dermalogica are a high-end brand, I decided to buy the travel size version of the product. I would however, recommend going to a Dermalogica counter yourself and getting a free sample (Liberty London in Regent/Carnaby Street have one) but in my case, I took the lazy option and decided to purchase the travel size product.

On their website, it says “Dramatically improve skin texture with this two-in-one masque/exfoliation treatment. Non-abrasive formula contains Lactic Acid and Hydroxy Acid to help detach dead skin cells, increasing cell renewal while improving texture for dramatically smooth skin. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colours.” 

I was quite wary of the fact that it is a chemical exfoliant because of the nature of my skin but because it said it was non-abrasive, I decided to give it a go.

The formula is a rather light and thin consistency almost moisture-like but when you apply it, it becomes very dry on the skin. I lather it onto my face, mainly concentrating on minimising those pores and I then leave it for 15 minutes. I then wash it off with warm water.

I have used it twice now and straight away after I have washed it off, my face feels rather smooth, the pores becomes dramatically smaller and it seems to kill those dead skin cells, which is the result I was looking for! It did not break me out one bit, so it is definitely a good product for those who have sensitive skin. You really notice the difference straight away.

The product is £37.90. I know it is very expensive and probably not worth it but if it does the trick, then why not buy it? Also, you only need to use it once or twice a week so therefore, the product will last you quite a long time.

*This is not a sponsored review.*