Saturday, 30 April 2016

Spring Lookbook

I had so much fun making this video, I've never filmed a video like this so it took me quite a while and I wanted to show you outfits I actually wore in everyday life so I filmed it throughout the month. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out so I hope you guys like it too and if you do make sure to go over to my channel  here and subscribe. 

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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Lush Kitchen | The Ex Factor

The Ex Factor

So my obsession with the Lush Kitchen doesn't seem to be going anywhere fast and at the end of February I made a little order as they had my absolute favourite soap Holy Cacao in the Kitchen and I couldn't resist adding this adorable little bomb to my order as well.
The Ex Factor was a Valentine's Day special bomb back in 2011, shaped like a little blue ginger bread man with a pink heart but he was far from romantic, The Ex Factor is supposed to represent an ex so you just pop him in the bath and let him fizzle away. I think this is such a cute idea for a bath bomb and it certainly looks adorable but I wasn't overly impressed by the scent. The Ex Factor is scented with synthetic musk and ylang ylang which is the same fragrance as their Butterball bath bomb which I know is a favourite for a lot of Lush fans. Personally whilst I like the scent of Butterball I can't stand how oily it makes my skin feel so in theory this should have been perfect for me but without all of the cocoa butter that Butterball has The Ex Factor lacked the creaminess in it's fragrance and I just felt that it was a bit lack lustre. 
It was a nice bomb to use and it made the water a pleasant blue colour but it just wasn't overly exciting in terms of scent and so I don't think I'd buy this again if Lush decided to bring it back. 

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Monday, 11 April 2016

Nails | Vintage Purple Patterns With The MoYou London Fashionista Plate

Over the past three months I've really been loving my MoYou stamping plates, I seem to have amassed quite a few plates and after some trial and error I think I've gotten the hang of using them. For this look I used a base of Barry M's Gelly Nail Paint in Coconut and then used the Moyou stamping polish in Purple Punch with the Fashionista Plate 08 and sticky stamper. The only thing that slightly bothers me is that as I have quite small nails I only manage to get parts of the designs onto my nails instead of the full image. 

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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

5 Looks With The Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette

I haven't done a post like this in absolutely ages but I got this palette for Christmas and I've been using it so much over the past couple of months I thought I'd do a little post and show you some of the ways I've been using it. Urban Decay palettes are undoubtedly my favourite eyeshadows and I love my Naked 1 and Naked 3 but I don't think I would have actually picked this palette up for myself as the shades are all quite bright and in your face which isn't what I'm used to. However since getting the Vice 4 I've loved trying out the brighter shades and I've rekindled my old love of bright blue eyeshadow. There are still some shades I haven't properly tried yet like Crowbar (the sparkly gold) and Beatdown (a sort of bluey purple) but I've found a new favourite in Flame which is the most beautiful shimmery peachy orange and Framed which is perfect for blending out harsh edges. So here are 5 looks I've been wearing using the Vice 4 palette and if you'd like to see this palette in action you check out my video using it over on my YouTube channel here:

Look 1 | Everyday Pinks
Instagram media sammyscribble - I seriously love this palette #vice4 #urbandecay #bbloggers #blueeyes #makeup

Look 2 | 80's Pop Pink *It's much brighter than it looks in this photo
Instagram media sammyscribble - Trying pink for a change #bbloggers #eyeshadow #urbandecay #vice4 #eyes

Look 3 | Cool Blue
Instagram media sammyscribble - Gave Arctic a try #bbloggers #fblogger #urbandecay #vice4 #eyes #makeup

Look 4 | My New Go To
Instagram media sammyscribble - I'm pretty much in love with the Urban Decay Vice 4 palette #urbandecay #eyes #bbloggers #makeup #blueeyes #vice4

Look 5 | A Super Easy Night Time Eye

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Sunday, 27 March 2016

Lush Easter 2016 | Bunch Of Carrots Reusable Bubble Bar

Bunch Of Carrots- £6.25

This is my absolute favourite product from Lush's Easter range, adorable carrot shaped bubble bars tied together with paper leaves, they are pretty pricey at £6,25 but when compared to the huge Easter bombs Humpty Dumpty and Which Came First? they're actually much better value. I've managed to get two baths out of each carrot which I was pretty impressed with and as you can see half a carrot made a huge amount of bubbles and turned the water a pleasant sugary pink colour so you should be able to get baout six baths for your £6.25. 
The scent used in Bunch Of Carrots is an all time favourite of mine, I love any products with Bergamot oil in them and the scent works fabulously in Bunch Of Carrots, it also contains Buchu oil and Sicilian lemon oil which combine to give it a tropical fruity scent perfect for spring. It's also the same scent as they're Snowman shower jelly from the Christmas range although ironically Snowman contains carrot oil and Bunch Of Carrots doesn't which seems pretty strange to me but I'm sure Lush have their reasons.
I really wish Lush would add this scent to their permanent range perhaps in a Comforter style bubble bar but for now I suppose I will have to content myself with savouring my little Bunch Of Carrots. 

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Saturday, 26 March 2016

Lush Kitchen | Romance In A Stone

So I've been ordering rather a lot from the Lush Kitchen recently, I get really excited when they have new bath bombs in the kitchen but they sell out so fast I often end up missing out but not this time. I managed to get my hands on this rather sweet little bomb a few weeks ago, I'd heard of Romance In The Stone from other Lushies but by the time I got into Lush they'd already stopped selling it and so when I saw it in the kitchen I popped it straight into my basket. It's a pretty small bomb, around the same size as Butterball I think, but it contains an impressive amount of rose petals and was more than strong enough to give me a scent filled bath. In terms of scent I wasn't all that impressed by this particular bomb, Romance In A Stone contains orange blossom, sweet wild orange oil, Sicilian Mandarin oil and tangerine oil so I was expecting something extra fresh and uplifting. I found that it actually had a strange sort of scent which is possibly the combination of the rose petals on top of all that orange, it lacked the bright zestiness I expected and smelt more muted and almost creamy with the floral scent mixing with the orange. 
It was pretty relaxing to watch the little bomb fizzing around spewing out rose petals and I was surprised to find hidden inside the bomb was a little sonnet, I love when Lush add these little touches to their bath bombs. The first bomb I ever used was Blackberry Bomb which contains a scroll with a little comic book style Boom! Boom! written on it so it always makes me feel a little nostalgic to see some surprise emerge from the centre of a bath bomb. 
I am glad that I bought this and it was pleasant to use but I didn't enjoy the scent as much as I'd thought I would so I probably wouldn't buy this bomb again. 

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Lush Easter 2016 | Bouncy Bunny Shower Jelly

I'm a big fan of Lush's orange scented products so when I saw this adorable orange scented bunny I was pretty excited, as I said in my Lush Easter haul I couldn't actually smell this in the store as it was overpowered by all the other products in the store. Once I got it home and took off the lid I was pleased to find that the orange scent was actually pretty strong and it reminded me a lot of the Brightside bubble bar which is one of my favourite Lush products. 
This has a pretty simple fragrance compared to most Lush products, Bouncy Bunny contains Brazilian orange oil and gardenia extract so the scent is pretty much entirely orange which I think is perfect for spring as it's really uplifting and sweet. 
On Lush's site the Bunny looks mostly orange but from what I've seen they're actually more of a creamy beige with orange splodges like mine, this kind of gives it the appearance of a fried egg which is certainly Easter appropriate whether it's intentional or not. 
Like all Lush's shower jellies Bouncy Bunny is pretty softening and this one has more of a creamy lather than most of the jellies I've tried which I really liked but it's such an awkward shape to hold I had to rip off his ears and head in order to use it which felt a little mean. 
I have enjoyed using this but it's definitely not my favourite of Lush's jellies although Bouncy Bunny would definitely make a great gift for friends who don't like chocolate this Easter. 

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Thursday, 17 March 2016

Lush Easter 2016 | Which Came First? Bath Bomb

If you're a big Lush fan then you've probably seen this big Easter bomb before but this is the first year that I've actually bought one as I've always been a bit put off by the price. I love Lush but £6.95 for a bath bomb is pretty expensive although the idea is that you can get three baths out of this huge bomb by breaking it into two pieces to reveal a hidden chick shaped bomb in the centre.
I actually found it pretty difficult to break this apart and in the end I had my dad sawing at it with a kitchen knife until finally it broke apart rather dramatically and half the bomb and the chick flew into the tub. So in theory you can get three baths out of this but you have to be pretty careful when you break it apart otherwise like me you can end up with most of this huge bomb all in one bath.
In terms of scent this has rather a musky vanilla fragrance, it also contains lemon oil and grapefruit oil as well as gardenia extract but I couldn't really smell much of these scents once the bomb had dissolved in the water, it smelt a little bit like the Twilight bath bomb but a little more sugary sweet.
Once in the water Which Came First? dissolved really quick and turned the water a lovely dusky pink colour, it's not exactly the most exciting of Lush's bath bombs but the scent was pretty strong and stayed with me long after I got out of the tub.
I think if you're looking for an alternative to an Easter egg for a friend or relative then this is probably the most giftable product from this years Easter range and the sweet vanilla scent is the next best thing to a chocolatey treat.

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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Lush Easter 2016 | Humpty Dumpty Bath Bomb

This slightly creepy little guy is the Humpty Dumpty bath bomb, following on from there popular egg shaped bomb Which Came First? The idea with the huge bomb is to break it into two halves to reveal a secret little bath bomb in the middle. I'd already seen a review of this before I used it so I knew that there's a fried egg shaped bomb hidden inside of Humpty Dumpty and I carefully sawed him in half to get to the little egg. Unfortunately this doesn't seem to have a hollow middle like the likes of Which Came First? or Love Locket which meant that I couldn't actually get the fried egg part out as it was completely stuck to the rest of the bomb, whilst I appreciate that this means I'm actually getting more bath bomb for my money I was a little disappointed that I couldn't use the fried egg on its own. 
In terms of scent this bomb is very similar to the Honey I Washed The Kids range but is perhaps a little more toffee like and warm, I really wouldn't have gotten this scent from looking at the ingredients as Humpty Dumpty is packed with Brazillian orange oil and bergamot oil. When I first smelt this I got a little hint of the orange fruity tones but once in the water I couldn't detect any of the orange scent in the bath bomb at all which was a little bit of a let down as I was looking forward to the mix of toffee and orange. 
As you can see I didn't manage to get the fried egg out of the middle of my Humpty Dumpty so I only got two baths out of this huge bomb which I thought was a shame and I don't think it's great in terms of value. It was nice to try something new but I think as it smells so much like honey I'd rather buy Honey Bee bath bomb over Humpty Dumpty in the future. 

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