Friday, 24 April 2015

Lush- You Snap The Whip Body Butter

Lush review- You Snap The Whip Body Butter Scrub

After running out of my latest Soap & Glory scrub I popped to Lush with the intention of picking up my beloved Aqua Mirabilis but I hadn't used You Snap The Whip in a while and it smells so wonderful and fruity I got that instead.  I used this a couple of years ago and really liked it but this time I just can't get on with it.
I'll start with the positives, I adore the smell of this it shares the same scent as The Comforter and Sweetie Pie both of which are favourites of mine, it smells like blackcurrant sweeties and is filled  with bergamot oil, cassis absolute and cypress oil, it's such an uplifting summery scent.
Now onto the bad points using this will leave your bath/shower looking like a Jackson Pollock painting there are literally grey splatters everywhere when I've used this, they do rinse away easily but it's still not ideal. 
I like a good thorough exfoliator but this is just too harsh for me, it has both pumice and powdered charcoal in it and no matter how gently I try to use it I am left with scratches on my skin, it feels like I'm washing with sandpaper which is just not very relaxing. I'm not sure whether Lush have changed this since the last time I've used it because I don't remember the last one I had actually leaving long scratches up my arms but it's safe to say I won't be repurchasing this when it's run out. I'll stick to Aqua Mirabilis which is much more gentle and leaves my skin feeling super soft and if I'm craving that beautiful blackcurrant scent I have a tub of Sweetie Pie shower jelly stashed away.

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Saturday, 18 April 2015

OOTD: I Was Made For Lovin' You

I Wore:
Kiss Top- And Finally.. at Topshop
Skinny Jeans- H&M
Creepers- Essex Shoes
Necklace- Topshop
Sunglasses- Primark

Sometimes I like to dress all girly in a nice tea dress or floral blouse but most of the time you'll find me in something more like this with one of my favourite bands emblazoned on my chest and the chunkiest shoes I can find. I picked up this top in the Topshop sale after Christmas they only had one and it's a size 16 but I just had to have it and I will be living in it this summer, the arm holes are cut really low so I picked up a plain black boob tube from Primark for £1.50 to keep my bra/boobs covered up.
I have been on the hunt for some decent fitting black jeans and ordered a few pairs from H&M to try at home, I ended up keeping these skinnies which were £19.99 and are perfect, they're technically jeggings so they're really stretchy and really high waisted so they hide some of my little pudgy belly which is a bonus.
I will be wearing this outfit tonight for a little gathering at my friends house where much rum will be consumed and we'll probably end up dancing around like fools ha!

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Birchbox- April 2015

This months Birchbox had a Royally Good theme to celebrate the upcoming arrival of Royal baby number 2, at first I was a little underwhelmed with the contents of my April box but I'm actually pretty pleased with it now as pretty much all of the products are things I'll use.

The one thing that I probably won't use from this months box are these Inner Me beauty supplements, I've had a few different supplements from Inner Me in various beauty boxes and whilst I like the idea of them I just never get around to actually using them. To be honest I'm not sure exactly what these ones are supposed to do as the website just say they give you a daily boost so maybe they are supposed to give you more energy I'm not sure but they just aren't something I need right now.

I always like a nice thick balm to carry around with me and this Remedy one from Pommade Divine is lovely, I've found my hands have been quite dry recently so I need something a bit more heavy duty than my usual hand cream to get them feeling nice and soft again so I was happy to see this in  my box. 

I've never tried any Bliss products so I tried this the same day my box arrived and it's a lovely little cleanser with tiny exfoliating beads to cleanse and exfoliate in one easy step it also has milk thistle and chamomile to ensure your skin is thoroughly cleansed without feeling stripped and dry. So far I've been quite impressed with this cleanser but it's quite pricey to buy at £19.50 so I probably wouldn't buy it myself.

I already have a little sample bottle of this at Pete's house which I got absolutely ages ago and I wrote a review of it here, I really like this and was happy to get another as my old one is nearly gone it's perfect for adding a bit of moisture to the lengths of your hair and smoothing flyaways without weighing hair down or leaving it greasy.

This month subscribers were given the choice of three different Laura Mercier products for thier April box I went for the mascara as I already have the primer and I don't really like eye pencils also I've tried a couple of Laura Mercier mascara's which have all been great so I'm looking forward to trying this.

I've never heard of Lola Barcelona but I'm always happy to add another nail polish to my collection and this one is a gorgeous deep coral which is perfect for summer, apparently these nail polishes are formulated with diamond dust to add extra strength and durability which is always a bonus when it comes to nail polish. 

You can sign up to Birchbox here for £10 +p&p.

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Monday, 13 April 2015

Recent Beauty Purchases- REN, Vichy, MAC & More

I may have been a bit excessive with my beauty splurging recently so I thought I'd share with you what I've been spending my hard earned pennies on this month.

REN Clarimatte Invisible Pores Detox Mask- I went into Space.NK with the intention of having a good old mooch around and treating myself to REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial but after I got chatting to one of the very helpful ladies in store I ended up walking out with the Detox Mask instead which is much more suitable for my skin troubles. Full review coming soon.
Sample Grown Alchemist Detox Serum Antioxidant +3- I also got a sample of this serum by Grown Alchemist which I wasn't overly fussed about and as the full size is £29.00 I was hoping I wouldn't be all that impressed by it as I can't really afford to buy it right now. I've just run out of my DR.Jart+ V7 Turnover Booster serum so I added this little sample to my routine as a replacement and it's just fantastic I really feel like it's made my skin more healthy and clear. The sample lasted about a week but I can't justify spending £29 on a serum right now so I shall save this for my next months payday treat. 
Vichy Normaderm Night Detox- I professed my love for this in my last skincare favourites post (you can read that here) it's my absolute favourite moisturiser and I had to repurchase it as soon as it ran out luckily it was on offer so it was £11.25 which is fairly reasonable as the previous tube lasted me a good while.
L'oreal Infallible Mattifying Primer- I've seen a lot of good reviews of L'oreal's Infallible Primer and foundations floating around and I went into Boots to check out the foundations but couldn't find one to match my skintone but I gave the primer a little swatch and it seems really good so I picked that up instead. Full review coming soon.
Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue- This was very much a spur of the moment purchase when I popped into Asda to get a couple of bits and bobs, I really didn't need another lip balm and I actually have loads of the Baby Lips lying around but I just couldn't resist adding another one to my stash
I won't say much about these because I have got individual posts planned for them.
MAC Frost Lipstick in New York Apple- A muted red with pink shimmer running through it.
MAC Amplifed Creme Lipstick in Up The Amp- A beautiful lavender violet shade.
Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Solstice- After getting Diamond Dog last month and wearing it to death I needed to pick up another shade and this time I plumped for the incredible beauty that is Solstice and it just incredible.

What have you been buying recently?

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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Life Lately + Our Trip To Chester

Pete and I spent a little weekend away in Chester for our anniversary (7 years in case you were wondering) I actually took a couple of mini trips to Chester last year and loved it which is why we decided to go again. We stayed at the Crowne Plaza hotel which is just lovely I stayed there last year for a few nights with Beth and I had the most wonderful massage in their spa, thier beds are absolutely massive and very comfy. I really appreciate it when hotels take extra care with the little touches like the little This Works mini sleep kit left on the pillow along with tips on how to get the best nights sleep we also got to have a late check out meaning we didn't have to leave until 2pm which was wonderful. Of course we couldn't go to Chester without doing a bit of shopping the first place I headed was Space.NK to swoon over the many shelves of beauty products and make a little purchase, then onto Boots for more beauty related purchases. Pete didn't know what to get me for our anniversary so he treated me to a few little bits from Lush, some Rooibos tea and Ozzy Osbourne's book. I'll be honest the main reason we went to Chester was to go to Hickory's Smokehouse, we went last year and ended up going twice in one weekend because it is just amazing, we were planning on going for Valentines day but they were fully booked so we prebooked our table for our anniversary a month in advance as it books up super quick. We had pulled pork nachos to start and I had a giant burger for main (yeah I ate the whole thing) along with a few cocktails my favourite was Red Stag bourbon with coke and whipped cream followed by falling into several pubs on the walk back to the hotel. On the Sunday we had a relaxing day walking around the town and we popped into Mad Hatters for Chai tea and cupcakes which were delicious.
I loved our weekend in Chester and I loved staying at the Crowne Plaza, I'm hoping to spend a few days in August there with my mom as I didn't get a chance to take advantage of the spa this time or visit the zoo and I definitely feel like their is much more shopping to be done. 

Other than Chester I haven't been up to all that much unless you count going back and forth to the doctors trying to sort out my anxiety. I did find a wonderful vintage and antiques shop near me which is basically a huge shed filled with lots of different little stores/units I picked up some wonderful things and I'm planning on taking Pete with me soon. I've been adding lots of new items to my wardrobe recently my favourites being the amazing Bart Simpsons fine knit jumper from H&M which I have been wearing loads as it's super soft and awesome, I also ordered myself the Ozzy Osbourne shirt on eBay which I have been living in. 
Comic Con was at the end of March and of course I made it my mission to wangle a Saturday shift that would still allow me to go I had a few hours in lieu so I worked 7am to 10am and was in Birmingham for 1. I was super tired but it was so worth it I picked up some awesome things, saw some amazing costumes and gawked at Warwick Davis and Colm Meaney for an uncomfortable length of time. 
Lastly I went for a spot of lunch with Beth and Freya on Friday to a wonderful place called Gluttons I had a Kinder Bueno milkshake, a panini and a big slab of carrot cake I was absolutely stuffed but everything was delicious and we'll definitely be going back soon, it was so lovely to sit and have a proper catch up. 

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