Monday, 15 September 2014

Catch Up

I spent a few days away with Beth in Chester, We visited a Friends themed cafe called Central Perk, had many cockatails at the Waikiki Tiki bar, We stayed at the lovely Crowne Plaza, Of course we had to spend a day at Chester zoo, We went to one of my absolute favourite restaurants Hickorys, Cupcakes at Mad Hatters Tea Shop, Wore my hair up for a change, Dinner at Fiesta Havana, Did a little bit of drawing, Took Pete's Dad's Bull Mastiffs for a walk, Pete and I ate all the food at Chiquitos, Tidying my room and my ever growing underwear collection, Left over pizza for breakfast.

I've had quite a busy few weeks, I went away for a few days in Chester with my best friend Beth and it was exactly what I needed we ate lots of great food drank too many cocktails, visited the spa and of course did some serious shopping.
I've also spent lots of time with my wonderful fiancé which has been lovely as we often struggle to see each other during the week with him doing the 9-5 and me working anytime between 7am and 9pm. We're house sitting for Pete's dad most of this week which means getting up early to make Pete's lunch for work, cooking the one and only recipe I know and Netflix marathons, we're also going to the theatre tomorrow night to see my all time favourite show Cats which I am very excited about.
The other thing that's been keeping me busy is redecorating my room, I've always struggled to fit all of my worldly belongings into my 6ft x 9ft bedroom but I think I've finally got it looking nice and tidy, I may do a room tour if any of you fancy it.

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Friday, 12 September 2014

Product Review: Lush You've Been Mangoed

I have only tried a couple of Lush's Bath Melts in the past, I used to love Happy Blooming which was a pink wedge shaped melt with cherries embossed on the top and it smelt just like a cherry bakewell but since they discontinued it I don't really pay much attention to the bath melts when I visit Lush. However I am now in the process of trying to review pretty much all of Lush's bath products so I decided to give another bath melt a go, I picked up You've Been Mangoed which is a little orange bar scented with lemongrass, lime and lemon oils and packed with hydrating avocado butter, cocoa butter and mango butter.
I'm not overly keen on bath products full of butter as I hate getting out of the water with my skin feeling like a greased chicken so I broke this bath melt in two and just popped half of it in the water. It melted away slowly filling the room with a sweet citrusy aroma and turning the water thick and cloudy, I think half the bar was more than enough for one bath, my skin felt really soft and moisturised afterwards without feeling too sticky or greasy.
I did really like using this bath melt but I don't think it's something I'll rush out to buy again as I'd much rather get a bath bomb for the same price.

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Monday, 8 September 2014

A Little Soap & Glory Haul

On one of Boots recent 3 for 2 events I treated myself to a little stash of Soap & Glory goodies and yes there are only 5 items here as my mom also bought herself something from the Orangeasm range.
I'll be honest I've never been that happy with my body but I become especially self conscious in the summer, my main body woes being my wobbly bum and thighs, I think my hormones got a little confused in my teens and instead of growing boobs like all my friends my bum and hips seemed to double in size almost overnight. Now I've pretty much come to terms with my pear shaped form and I actually like my big bum but it's a completely different story when the weather warms up and my legs come out of hiding. I have horrible stretch marks and cellulite, even when I was a size 8, so I'm always on the lookout for products that can help the appearance of my bum and legs. I've been using this a couple of months now and I do feel a little less self conscious, the stretch marks are still there but the skin certainly seems more even and it smells fantastic, really minty and fresh.

I've always enjoyed using Soap &Glory's Righteous Butter and I was quite excited to hear that they had released a new orange scented range and it definitely didn't disappoint Orangeasm smells incredible and leaves my skin feeling really soft.

I usually go for Mist You Madly but I decided to try out Girligo for a change, it smells really nice and has the added bonus of moisturising the skin at the same time as leaving you smelling sweet and girly.

Along with the Orangeasm Body Butter I also picked up the Orangeasm Body Wash which smells equally fantastic, I haven't tried it yet but in general I tend to like Soap & Glory shower gels so I'm looking forward to using this.

Soap & Glory's Sugar Crush Body Scrub is probably my favourite product from the brand so I couldn't wait to try their new body wash in the same scent and it smells just as delicious as the scrub as well as leaving my skin really soft. However it doesn't really foam up very well which is a bit annoying as I prefer my shower gels to be a bit more foamy. 
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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Product Review: Lush Blackberry Bomb

Blackberry Bomb is one of Lush's oldest and most popular bath bombs and it's a personal favourite of mine. This large purple bomb contains Bergamot to destress, relieve anxiety and lift your mood whilst the Frankincense leaves you feeling calm and relaxed, maybe this is why I love this bomb so much as I often feel tense and stressed, when I used this the other night after a particularly horrible day it did improve my mood and left me feeling much more peaceful. 
Aesthetically it's one of Lush's more simply designed bombs, just a big purple ball with the word bomb engraved on the top, but it turns the water a beautiful shade of deep purple as it fizzes away and once it's finished a little white bit of paper floats out with a comic book style Boom! Boom! on it which makes the bomb a bit more exciting and adds to the retro style of the bomb. 
The scent is really similar to Parma Violet sweets, it's fruity and sweet with a slightly floral undertone that's perfect for long warm soak.  
Blackberry Bomb is £2.95 making it Lush's cheapest large bomb (all the other big bombs are £3.25 and up) and definitely worth treating yourself to if you've had a stressful week. 

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Birchbox- August 2014

I was quite pleased with my August Birchbox, this months box came with a cute bonus travel cosmetics bag which I forgot to get a proper photo of, as for the others things I got in my box I was happy to see there was a good selection of different kinds of products ranging from make-up, skincare and haircare.

I haven't tried this yet but I've had a couple of other Vasanti products in beauty boxes before and have really liked them so I have high hopes for this especially as it promises brighter clearer skin.

Again I've tried other products from Number 4 in other beauty boxes including their Non Aerosol Hairspray which is fab, this Super Comb Prep & Protect Spray will be really useful to me as the longer my hair gets the more unruly and knotted it gets and at the moment it's pretty long.

I've actually never tried any Dead Sea Spa Magick products but Pete's mom has used lots of their stuff and loves them, this shower gel smells lovely and is the perfect size to take with me to Pete's. 

I don't particularly like BB creams so I didn't pay much attention when CC creams came out and when I opened up these adorably tiny tubes the cream itself looked pretty dark and orange toned so I was pretty skeptical about trying it on my super pale skin. These are self adjusting so they actually weren't too bad and were only slightly darker than I'd usually wear although they were still a little too orange toned for my complexion.

This is just so pretty, Wild About Beauty are a brand I haven't heard of before so I was excited to try this and I was even more delighted when I opened the pot and saw the bumble bee imprint in the eye shadow. I got the shade Aine which is a shimmery light golden brown, it's fairly well pigmented and works nicely all over the lid for a subtle hint of colour. 

As a lifestyle extra this month Birchbox also included a chapter sampler from The Proposal by Tasmina Perry, whilst it's a nice thought I don't read romance novels so this will probably go straight to recycling. 

Overall it was a mixed one this month although I mostly liked the things in my box in terms of the theme 'Away We Go' I feel like there are better things they could have included. 
You can sign up to Birchbox here for £10.00 per month (+p&p).

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