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29/11/2016

Lush Pumpkin Bath Bomb.

If there's one thing I love doing it's having a soak in a Lush bath. But for convenience and time sake I usually opt for a shower. After visiting Lush Oxford Street a little while ago I seem to have refound my love for them.

As each year passes Halloween tends to make its way over to the UK just that little bit more. And whilst previous years for Lush's Halloween releases have felt a little sad, this time around it was brimming with products both new and old favourites.

I decided to try something from the Halloween lineup today as I felt the need for a warm, comforting bath.


Once in the water Pumpkin is a fast fizzer but it lasts for quite some time. It fizzes with yellow and oranges, although doesn't produce as much of a show as some others. It leaves you with bright orange water that reminds me a little of tomato soup.

The scent has a zesty note upon first smell but turns warm and spicy with a powerful throw. The sweet vanilla absolute gives a smooth finish to the cinnamon bark oil. It reminds me of Christmas cookies and home baking.

As there's no shimmer or anything like that, it makes post bathing clean up non-existent. Some bath bombs can leave tide marks or trails of glitter after the water's drained. I was quite surprised this didn't leave an orange ring around my bath.

Overall I think the scent is something a little different, it's decadent but without being too heady. If you like Halloween and foody scents this one is worth a try.
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Price:
£3.95

Where to buy:
www.lush.com
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27/11/2016

Shake It Off.

I think it's more than well documented in the blogging community that it's changed massively in the last few years. Everything has become more polished and pristine, almost magazine-like. But with that comes a need for perfection. People don't tend to post about the bad things at all, it's like they don't exist.

I decided to take a little much-needed break away from it all, I barely caught up on my subscriptions. Instead, throwing myself into working and trying to improve myself both physically and mentally.


So what have I been doing whilst I was away?

I restarted Slimming World (finally) and am teetering on the edge of having lost 1.5 stone.

I went to Lush Oxford Street on more than one occasion and could quite happily have got lost in there. I took so many photos for an upcoming post it's hard to narrow them down.

I visited Winter Wonderland in London's Hyde Park for the first time and it was truly wonderful. Got me in the festive spirit and I cannot wait for Christmas. Along with that I've started present shopping, it's just the wrapping I hate.

I've spent days out with unexpected work friends, eating good food and laughing harder than I have in ages. That can only be a good thing.

I jazzed up my page, made it a little more me and opted for a festive colour scheme. Which has totally made me want to blog lots now I have a layout I love.

Over the past few weeks it really feels like I've hardly had any time to myself to just relax. I've been here, there and everywhere. Other than feeling like I'm in a permanent state of exhaustion, things are finally looking up. Thank you for those who continue to stick around.
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07/09/2016

Nike Premium Tennis Classic Trainers.

I think I've finally come to that age where I'm all about the comfy shoes. There will be occasions where I dig out the heels but for day to day wear you'll usually find me in a pair of Vans.

A couple of years back Nike released an insanely holographic high top which totally wasn't my style. But since then I've been on the hunt for iridescent trainers.  I came across these just by chance as I was looking for something else but I knew I had to get them.


I would apologise for the spam but I'm not even sorry, look how beaut they are! I tried to catch them in different lights as they just dance between a whole spectrum of colours.

As for comfort, I've been a big fan of Nike for years and they're my go to brand for trainers. They're always true to size and even come in half sizes if it's something you need. I find that a lot of shoe brands tend to forget thata half size can make all the difference.

I find overall once they're broken in a little, they're incredibly comfortable and last for a considerable amount of time.

If this style hadn't come with the iridescent flair I wouldn't have looked twice at it. It's a little too white since I'm usually wearing all black they stand out a little but they have that little something different about them.

They've done a number of different styles with the holographic details including the Air Force 1, Rosche, and the classic Air Max (next on my list). If you're looking for something a little different I think these definetly fit the bill.
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Price:
£80

Where to buy:
www.very.co.uk
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01/09/2016

Hello September.

Are we seriously in September already? It won't be long before Christmas paraphernalia will be taking over. This year seems to have flown by, even more so than usual, does anyone else feel the same? I think we all say that every time we enter a new month but can life just slow down a little.

I thought I'd do a little recap of August as I love reading what everyone's been up to throughout the month. Plus it's been a little while since I last did one of these and I want to get back in the habit of writing them.

So what did I do in August?


» I've managed to go 27 years without experiencing the wonder that is Ikea. I know, I know absolute madness. But where I used to live the closest one was around 100 miles away and I never got around to going since it'd be a bit of a trek. Ever since the Reading Ikea opened I've been dying to go and it did not disappoint. I just want to fill my home with beautiful kitchen cabinets and cute little nick nacks.

» Meatballs. Mhmm, what can I say other than delicious? I made sure to bring some home with me.



» GBBO is back, finally! Oh, it feels like I've been waiting for ages. I'm not usually a fan of cooking shows but there's just something about it that I really love. Especially when it all goes tits up! Perhaps I shouldn't admit to it but I know I'm not alone. But the delicious cakes and marvellous creations just make me wish I was a little better at baking.

» My little Pepsi kitty got pretty sick. I had to pay a pretty penny to get her back on her feet again and feeling like her usual self (get pet insurance people, don't make my mistake). It was pretty odd to be away from her for three days along with not knowing if I'd be bringing her home or not was pretty stressful. But she's back with me now and getting lots of love and attention.

» For a while now I've been contemplating getting a Cineworld Unlimited card. There're so many good films being released at the moment so I bit the bullet and signed up. £17.40 a month lets you watch as many films as you wish! I watched The Purge: Election Year a couple of days ago, it was gruesome with more than a few scenes that'll make you jump. I also highly rate Finding Dory and The Secret Life Of Pets, both very different from The Purge so I guess you could say my tastes are pretty diverse.

I'm looking forward to September as I have a little time away from work. I tend not to take any during the summer holidays because I like my days to be as child free as possible. In that time I plan to chill out as much as possible and look after myself, along with scheduling plenty of fresh new content.
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30/08/2016

Crown & Glory Bobby Pin Club - August.

Social media is a wonderful thing except for when it comes to surprises. Beauty subscriptions and the like are generally staggered when being despatched. I'm one of those that whilst I kinda love surprises, I hate the waiting. So I usually find myself stalking hashtags to see what everyone else got whilst I'm stuck at work.

I usually do that around the time of the month that Crown & Glory send out their BPC subscriptions but I completely forgot so it was a total surprise to me this time.

For August they teamed up with Lemon Freckles. An Etsy shop inspired by Toni's love of brightly coloured and cute things. She also runs a blog over at www.lemonfreckles.com which I've been binge reading.


I wasn't sure what to expect as I didn't research the shop beforehand but I was pleasantly surprised. It's rather fitting that we finish summer with a brightly coloured aqua and lilac mermaid shell, with yellow and coral details along with a touch of iridescent glitter. Finished off with a gold toned pin.

Compared to previous months this is a little less fussy in it's design but I think it's just as lovely. It doesn't need any extras, the colours and the hint of sparkle are all it needs. I can imagine this looking particularly beautiful in blue and turquoise hair, showing your inner mermaid.

Sign ups for next month open on September 1st so get in their quick if you want a place.
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Price:
£5 per month

Where to buy:
www.crownandglory.co.uk
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24/08/2016

Sugarpill Sparkle Baby Palette.

Just recently I posted about the Sugarpill Cold Chemistry palette. Today I wanted to talk about something a little more girly and perhaps easier to wear. I mentioned before that Sugarpill is definitely known for their bright mattes which I know isn't for everyone.

The shades are available in the palette format for around £25 depending on where you get it from. You can also buy the shadow pans individually for £9ish but buying it as a palette makes the individual pan price significantly cheaper.


Kitten Parade is described as a shimmery peach with an opulent gold sheen.

Frostine is a frosty pale lavender that almost looks to be a matte shade, it does have the slightest hint of shimmer in it.

CandyCrush is a glistening mint pearl but it looks a look more aqua blue, with a white shimmer.

Hotsy Totsy is a bright cool-toned magenta full of iridescent sparkles but an overall matte finish.

The overall feel of the palette definitely has a distinctly more girly feel to it. The mint and pearl packaging has a much larger mirror than the Cold Chemistry due to the more uniform shape of it. The kitten on the front is a cute little addition and we all know I love anything with cats on!

As for the shades, I'm struggling to pick a favourite from the first three. Hotsy Totsy is a lovely shade but a little harder to work with because it's such a bright colour. I don't want to be looking like I have pink eye.

The shades do have a slightly drier texture which could make it difficult to apply but I find the best way is patting rather than sweeping. But I use this technique when applying any shadows. They apply better on the eye on top of a good primer such as Urban Decay's Primer Potion and blend out with ease.

I really like this palette though I feel you can't wear all the shades for one eye look. Each individual shade brings a little something to a netural look when popped in the centre of the lid and they look beautiful alongside other complimenting colours.

It's definetly more of a wearable palette whether you want to do a wash of colour on the lids or a full blown dramatic eye. If you haven't tried the brand before Kitten Parade is a great starter shadow if you're not sure about purchasing the entire palette.
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Price:
£24.95 / 4 x 3.5g
£8.95 / 3.5g single shadow

Where to buy:
www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk
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