Thursday, 11 February 2016

Books I Read In January

I've decided to do the Good Reads reading challenge and I want to read 65 books this year so I thought I'd share with you each month what I've read and my thoughts on the books. 

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

My Little Home Box

I recently cancelled my Birchbox subscription so My Little Box is now the only box I'm subscribed to and I still look forward to it landing on my doorstep each month, because this isn't solely a beauty box I find that MLB just offers a little more variety in terms of contents than most of the subscription boxes I've tried. I was pretty excited when I tore open my parcel to see that this month's box has a Home theme, I'm currently saving to get my own place and have consequently been buying loads of things for my 'bottom drawer' which is actually now more of huge pile. I like this months box but if I'm honest there's not really anything that stood out to me in particular and I've found that some months I'm blown away by the boxes but others they're just ok so I'm not sure how much longer I'll stay subscribed to MLB as I really need to be saving my money.

First up is this rather adorable picture frame, this is definitely something I'll be taking to my own home when I move out, the colour is lovely and I actually really like the fact that the window is plastic and not glass as I'm pretty damn clumsy.

Next up is this cushion cover with a dainty triangle pattern on the front and a blue spotty pattern on the other side, again this is something that I'll definitely find useful, I've actually got a little stash of cushions already including a pretty epic Black Sabbath one I bought at Comic Con. I feel like this has a nice spring time look and is plain enough to go in pretty much any room so this has been put straight into my bottom drawer stash. 

The Beauty Bits:

My Little Beauty Easy Morning Skin Perfecting Cream
As always we have a product from MLB's own beauty range and this month it's an illuminating day cream designed to hydrate and brighten tired winter skin which sounds exactly like what my skin needs right now. 
Mitchell And Peach English Leaf Body Cream
I have so many body creams in my beauty stash it's hard to get too excited by yet another one, that being said I've tried a few Mitchell And Peach products before and have enjoyed them and this does smell pretty delicious like almonds and honey.
Noxidoxi Mask & Peel Perfection Eclat
I've never heard of Nokidoxi before but I'm always happy to try a new mask, this is a scrubby mask so it can be used simply as an exfoliator or if you want to really indulge you can leave it on longer as a mask. Unfortunately this uses Silica beads to exfoliate which is something I've been trying to avoid as I much prefer natural exfoliants like Lush's Let The Good Times Roll, they work better and are much better for the environment. 

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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Lush Valentine's Day | Roses All The Way Soap

This may be Lush's most beautiful soap yet, inspired by Alice In Wonderland this is certainly eye grabbing and when I saw the complete wheel of soap in the store I knew I was going to buy some. This comes as a giant green heart with these individual pink heart shaped roses on it, I really like the fact that these are individually shaped soaps as I normally find that Lush's beautiful designs are lost once the soaps been cut up into chunks so it's nice to be able to buy a pretty one for a change.
Going with the Alice In Wonderland theme this rose has been 'painted' with the front being a rosy pink colour and the back being plain white and after a few uses the pink colour starts to fade. 
In terms of the scent it's a very definite rose fragrance with fresh rose petal infusion, rapeseed oil, rose syrup and rose oil, you would think from this list that this would create an overwhelming scent but it's actually pretty subtle and gentle which I was quite pleased about as I'm not a huge fan of the smell of roses. 
I often find that Lush soaps take a bit of work to create a lather for the first few uses and some of them don't really lather at all but this one is really creamy and lathered up instantly on the first use, I've also found it to be one of Lush's more moisturising soaps and it leaves my skin feeling super soft. 
I'm really enjoying using this soap and it's absolutely perfect for Valentine's Day but I'm just not that into the Rose fragrance so I don't think I'd buy this again if they happened to bring it out again. 

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Saturday, 6 February 2016

A Quick Valentine's Day Nail Look

I've recently bought a number of MoYou stamping plates and have been having a play around with them, I found it a little tricky at first and I haven't quite got the hang of positioning the image on my nails just right but after a few goes I've found them pretty easy to use. 
I was perusing the site a couple of weeks ago and saw they had some new Festive plates for Valentine's Day and I just had to treat myself to one, I bought Festive Plate 41 which has loads of different heart themed patterns on it. I also bought one of their stamping nail polishes in White Knight which is what I've used here over a base colour of Barry M's Passion Fruit. I really like this look, it was super quick to do and the patterns remind me heart shaped cookies, I do think maybe it would look nicer with red hearts on a white background but I haven't tried any of my normal polishes with the plates yet.

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Friday, 5 February 2016

Big Lush Kitchen Haul

Today I have quite a large Lush Kitchen haul for you. 
I bought:
Ponche Shower Gel
Strawberry Santa Shower Jelly
Iced Wine Shower Jelly
The Boog Bath Bomb- Review here
Grass Bubble Bar - Review here
Hot Toddy Bubble Bar
Candy Cane Bubble Bar
A Gold Star Bubble Bar
Sugar Plum Fairy Sugar Scrub
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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

MAC Fluidline Eye-Liner Gel In Blacktrack

If you've been reading my blog for a while you'll know I've been looking for a new gel eye liner to replace my old favourite which L'Oreal cruelly decided to discontinue and I think may have found 'The One'.
I read a few reviews of the MAC Fluidline first and they were a mixed bag so I wasn't too sure about this but I decided to pick it up anyway as it was on offer at work meaning instead of £16 it cost me about £12 which I think is fairly reasonable. 
I apply this using my Zoeva 312 Detail Liner brush and it applies really smoothly, I find the texture of this is much better than the Urban Decay Super Saturated Liner which was really dry and clumpy, this one's quite soft and light whilst still being really pigmented. It's pretty much perfect, it's a little pricey but it seems to be lasting quite a long time so I think it's worth the £16 price tag. I've been wearing it pretty much everyday, mostly with my favourite Urban Decay shadow Diamond Dog as shown below, I wear this to work and it has no problems staying put all day which is pretty much the most important thing for me when picking up a new liner. 

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