22/11/2012

News & An Almost Weekend Wishlist.

In recent weeks I've asked for your good vibes in my posts. Well whatever you guys did, thank you, because it worked.

My Dad put in for a house transfer quite some miles away and as it was a 4 way swap it had a higher risk of failing. We waited weeks on end to find out if we got the house. October 15th rolled around and we found out it went through and a moving date was set.

I applied for a work transfer straight away and that's where things started to get a little difficult for me. I felt like work weren't really helping me. I had to put myself out of pocket and shell out money for a train to spend 10 minutes at my new store, and even then it wasn't definite that they'd want me. That's why posting has been so absent lately. I was just stressed and upset and I knew my heart wouldn't be in it as this was playing right at the front of my mind.

I've wanted to get out of Barnstaple for such a long time. Yes, the beaches are wonderful. But I don't have friends here. There's nothing to do. The town centre is honestly diabolical for 'shopping' and still to the current day there's places shutting down on a daily basis. When I spent the week up with my Dad I felt so much better. I got to see some of my family who I hadn't seen for 8 or so years, along with others I've seen in more recent years. It's just a short train ride from London. I'm a 20 minute train ride away from my nearest M.A.C, Lush and department stores. I just really wanted it.

I spent my whole week off stressing that I wouldn't get it. What other options did I have if I couldn't get a job transfer?

Well I went back to work on Sunday but I had to wait till Monday to find out. After much stressing working 5-9 before I would know for definite, it turns out all that stress and upset was somewhat unnecessary as they obviously saw something they liked in me and offered me hours. To start as soon as I want. As next week is pay day I opted for Thursday being my last day. Just because moving with more money will be easier.

I have 1 week left of getting up at 3:50AM every single weekday. I still can't quite believe it, I really feel like I'm dreaming.

I'm also a little apprehensive as I've spent my entire life in the same area and for the most part, the same town. I'm packing up my life to move 4 hours way.


 Packing has to be the worst thing too, it's like tidying only much worse. So as next week is just going to be stupidly busy I won't have any posts up for the next fortnight or so.
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As I shall be getting a new room it also means I have free rein on decorating and boy am I excited! Mainly because I was never really allowed to do anything to the current bedroom I have (thanks Mum).

The only piece of furniture I'll have will be my dressing table, everything else I will be buying from scratch.

So here's a bit of a mish mash wishlist of things I want for my new room.


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Damask Wallpaper - I've loved the look of damask/vintage paper for a few years now. I was set on once I found a place and was settled in it, I wanted to do a feature wall with it. I haven't found the perfect roll yet but I know I want it to be very dark in colour or black.

Ung Drill Mirror - Following on from my wallpaper, I think this mirror fits really well with it.

Paint - For the paint on the rest of the walls I want to go with something quite pale but not verging on being to beige/cream as I can make the room stand out with splashes of colour. I'm undecided between a few different Crown paints. Taste Of Honey and Grey Lace are taking my fancy most currently.

Expedit Bookcase - I've lusted after this bookcase for a while but I never knew where it was from until I read this post over on Milkteef. It's such an eye catching and statement piece for any room and you can have lots of wonderful things housed in it.

Gnejs Lampshade - Just a cheap little shade. I much prefer subtle lighting rather than harsh overhead lighting so I don't tend to use my main bedroom light too much. I love the mirrored effect on this though.

Melted Crayon Art - These have really been a hit with people in recent months. A bright, colourful piece of art that's easy to make and it gives a personal touch to any home. I love Milly's big melted crayon canvas that she did over on her blog. I love making things and this will bring a ton of colour to one of my walls.

Accents - I want to accessorize with your typical accents. Things like candles, photo frames, cushions and wall art. Things that make the room personal to me.

Manhattan Bed - Came across this when I was away, it's beautiful in person and the sort of bed I've wanted for ages. The extra under bed storage is also perfect!

Hemnes Bedside Table - This isn't currently on the UK Ikea website (annoying much?) and I don't much like the other two tables in the Hemnes series. But it goes with my dressing table. If it doesn't come back by the time I want to buy it, I may switch over to the Malm and get a bedside table and chest of drawers from that instead. All my furniture will be white so it should all go.

Alex Unit - Something else I've eyed up for a while. Whilst my dressing table has a draw for makeup, it just isn't enough. This is the perfect size to have smaller things in the top and then keep things like hair straighteners and all sorts of other bits and bobs in the bigger draws towards the bottom.
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Those are my room ideas. I shouldn't think they'd waver to much now as I've been set on the same idea for a couple of years now.

I cannot wait to get started!

Sorry for the long post but I had lots to say!

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17/11/2012

Lush Golden Wonder Bath Ballistic

One of the things that was top of my list from the Lush's Christmas collection was this little beauty. I unfortunately missed it last year. I'm not sure how I overlooked it because it's just magical.


What www.lush.co.uk says:
This isn’t a bath – this is an event!

For those types who can’t help shaking that box with their name on under the tree.

This ballistic is like a pass the parcel gift – each layer has something different to offer. This is not for a quick bath because it takes its time, this ballistic, its wonders to unfold.

First take some time to shake it, listen to the little rattle from within and try to imagine what’s in there. Then drop it in your water and gaze in wonderment as gold turns to yellow, turns to blue and spits out soluble stars along the way.

We loved this ballistic so much, we decided to put one of our most popular perfumes in it, so that lots of people will enjoy bathing in it. Long standing customers will recognise the smell of Snowshowers shower jelly.

Newer customers might like to know that the smell is of a light fizzing champagne cocktail, and contains sweet orange oil, cognac oil and lime oil. So wonder no longer – put one of these in your basket and try it for yourself.

This ballistic contains edible gold lustre and soluble paper stars – so there’ll be no sparkly bits left to clean out of your bath afterwards.
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This really is magical. I loved watching it develop into a rainbow of different colours.

I unfortunately comment on the scent as I used this when I was in the midst of a really bad cold. I used it to cheer me up and that it did, I just couldn't smell anything.

This is the perfect little gift to yourself. Or perhaps a colleague or friend if you're stuck for a gift for them. This is guaranteed to please anyone that uses it.
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Price:
£3.25

Where to buy:
Online and Lush stores during the Christmas period

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16/11/2012

Glossybox - November.

As we edge ever closer to Christmas, brands are starting to release their themed gifts. This month Glossybox bring you the 'stocking fillers' box*.

I hope you're sitting comfortably for this as it's a long one.


Alison Claire Natural Beauty - Mango Body Butter
£15 / 200ml
Body butters aren't something I'm usually a fan of. I personally find them too thick for my skin and whilst they usually smell gorgeous, they take so long to sink in.
This contains all sorts of good ingredients for the skin. Green tea, vitamin E, aloe vera and mango (of course), to name just a few. It's perfect for sensitive skin as more than 70% of the ingredients are organic
The scent is very fruity but not too sweet. More like a natural mango scent rather than artificial.
It's quite thick but seems to melt into the skin without too much work and doesn't stay sticky on the skin long afterwards. It's a really nice product to keep you hydrate during Winter.

Crabtree & Evelyn - Himalayan Blue Hand Therapy
£14 /100g
This is honestly my dream come true. I've blogged numerous times before in the last couple of years about how bad my hands dry out. Sorry for the TMI but I used to get dermatitis so bad (especially in the colder months) that all over my knuckles and the tops of my hands would dry out to the point where they would start cracking and bleeding. I tell you now, it wasn't nice and it was extremely painful.
I started using Soap & Glory's Hand Food a year or two ago. And whilst it does keep it from being as bad as it was, the texture is quite thin and I've noticed in the past couple of weeks my hands are becoming really quite dry again so it isn't really getting rid of it.
This is just wonderful. It's a thick cream but adsorbs into the skin really quickly. It's got a really fresh, quite strong floral smell and stays fragrant for a while after applying but I love that.
Even after just one use I can see this becoming a firm favourite. It's left my hands wonderfully smooth and pain free.
This sample size is actually available to buy at a small price of £4. Perfect to chuck in your handbag or if you want to try it out. They also do a few different scents, the pomegranate sounds divine, definitely on my wish list.

Monu - Firming Moisturiser
£18.50 / 50ml
Monu are a brand that have popped up a few times in recent Glossyboxes.
This is a marine collagen enriched cream to soften and smooth the skin. It has neroli and lavender essential oils in it. There's something in this that I really really don't like the smell of. I'm not sure what it is but it's very off putting to me and it's really strongly scented so it's not something that you can just ignore. This is something I won't be using.

Dermalogica - Daily Microfoliant
£38.50 / 75g
This is such an odd concept and one I haven't seen before. Glossybox say 'its a unique rice-based powder that gently exfoliates skin, leaving it noticeably smoother and brighter'.
I'm used to exfoliaters that are already liquid and usually have salt/sugar/sand/beads in them. This however is a powder which you shake into wet hands after cleansing and it creates a thin paste.
I love really 'scrubby' exfoliators but with my combination skin they aren't always so kind to my dryer patches. This is extremely gentle, enough to use daily. It hardly feels like an exfoliator at all.
It is an expensive product but after just once use I could feel the difference in my skin. I do think the full size of this would last for ages as you only need a tiny amount. Definitely something I'm thinking about purchasing.

Nails Inc. Polish - Notting Hill Gate
£11 / 10ml
Notting Hill Gate is a bright, clean, blue based pink. Nails Inc. state it's a neon on their website. It's bright but it's no where near as retina searing as some of the neons I have in my collection.
It's almost opaque in one coat but there's still visible nail line. In two coats it's completely opaque. As with most neons and super brights, it dries down to a satin finish. A slick of top coat will give it that high shine most like.
It applies well and dries super quick. I really like the colour and the bottle size is just the cutest!
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I usually try and not say too much about each product in my Glossybox reviews as it just makes it super long. This month I really loved everything apart from the Monu so I had lots to say.

I usually prefer the predominantly makeup boxes so I was really surprised that I loved this as much as I do. Let's hope the Christmas box tops this.
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Price:
£10 (plus p&p) per month
Subscriptions also available with discounts

Where to buy:
www.glossybox.co.uk