28 November 2009

A Little Trip To Borders

As some of you may know it looks like Borders is going to close :( I’m really sad, first Woolies last year and now Borders. I loved having a woolies at the bottom of my road as it was so easy to nip in to get a chocolate bar or a drink. Now I have to pay £3 and get the bus to my nearest Asda/Tesco. Me and my family always go after the New Year to Borders to get that years calendars cheap. It was kind of like a family tradition but now we won’t be able too
My dad took the day off work today due to toothache and my mum wasn’t busy we decided to take a trip and maybe make our last ever purchases from borders! We also had a gift voucher with quite a bit of money on to spend before it closes. Just got a few bits like Christmas/birthday cards, wrapping paper and a few presents.
IMG_1036 On my way in I noticed the magazine shelves looking extremely bare! I’d say there was only about 10% of their magazine stock out on the shelves. A quite look round and I spotted entertainment weekly with the Twilight trio. Being the Twilight geek that I am I had to buy it a long with a Starbucks dark cherry mocha which was lovely! And in their famous Christmas red cups ♥
This was actually one of their more interesting and funny interviews that I’ve read. It was really informal, not interview like at all. It was just like a bunch of friends talking normally.
If anyone wants me to scan the interview and post it I’m happy to, just comment below :)

This is also my 100th post :) can't beleive I've written that many! It's crazy!

25 November 2009

Review: Lush You’ve Been mangoed

Cheery, fruity mango butter melt.
You've Been Mangoed is our bright and breezy Luxury Bath Melt with nutritious mango and avocado butters to make your skin feel as if it's just had a really healthy breakfast and is all set up for the day. Its fruity scent comes from skin toning lemon and lime essential oils with a drop or two of invigorating lemongrass to get things going when they've ground to a halt. Mango yourself morning, noon and night, whenever you choose to get out of bed”
Once again I split this into two but I probably could of got three uses out of it as the bar was still melting all the time I was in the bath. It didn’t turn my bath orange but slightly cloudy with a few bubbles. Once again it was a really moisturising bath melt and one that I’d definitely be buying again. At £2.71 I think it should be a bit cheaper but still worth it.

Review: Lush Floating Island luxury bath melt

“Slow-melting, sandalwood and lemon luxury.
Technically, islands don't float, but let's not split hairs. Our Floating Island is a vanilla scented melt with a touch of reviving lemon. It floats in your bath, gradually dissolving, softening the water and smoothing your skin. It's a wonderful treat for a weekend bath, when you can stay in there as long as you like.”
I split this bath melt into two as I always do with my Lush products. While the bath was filling up I dropped the bath melt and left it to float about. A few bubbles appeared but quickly disappeared, don’t know why I was expecting bubbles? It isn’t a bubble bar. Anyway it turned by bath slightly milky/creamy which would be more intense if you used it whole. The scent is just as Lush describes it, it really reminds me of something but I still can’t put my finger to it! It is a really moisturising bath melt too. I think £3.25 is quite a reasonable price as I can get two uses out of it.
Definitely one I will be repurchasing :)

24 November 2009

Review: Lush Think Pink bath bomb

Once again I’m a bit confused with the sizing and price of this bath bomb. The one I used was the smaller sized bath bomb but the website price is £3.20 therefore suggesting its normal size! Maybe they made small bath bombs to go in the goodie bags? Not sure so don’t quote me on sizing and prices.
“Lavender, tonka bean and vanilla for endless fun and welcome refreshment. The Think Pink Ballistic is perfumed with Mark's new favourite fragrance, tonka bean absolute, which smells rather like vanilla's tough sister. It's the kind of fragrance which leads you astray before you even notice you've wandered off the path. The Think Pink is very pink, but not in a fluffy way. There's sweet vanilla in there, deliciously intoxicating neroli oil and lavender to make sure we keep our heads while we're bathing sophisticated surfeit of pinkness”
I’ve had this one before and still love it!  Sadly the little iced flowers melted straight away but the other flower floated about for a bit longer! Turned my bath a lovely shade of pink but once again no bubbles or froth.
In the reviews people say that when it fizzes confetti hearts are released which didn’t happen to mine. Maybe because it was a mini version? A bit disappointed, they could have stuck a few tiny hearts in there :(
Buy again? Maybe not straight away, a few years ago I always bought this one so maybe I’ll try a few more of the newer ones first before re-buying.

Review: Lush Avobath bath bomb

Lush’s description: For liveliness and softer skin.
If you're the sort who prefers to stay in bed and can't get up until midday, Avobath is what you need to get you moving in the morning. It's an amazingly refreshing Ballistic with stimulating lemongrass to revive a sleepy brain. There's bergamot to raising the spirits, freshly mashed avocado and olive oil to moisturize your skin. If you absolutely have to get up early, use one of these.
So far, out of all the bath bombs I’ve tried recently and reviewed this is the only one where I didn’t feel moisturised which is a bit disappointing if you read their description before hand. 
As always I’m not very good with describing scents but Lush’s descriptions always seem spot on :) This has a very strong scent which is lovely and sticks to your skin all day!
It turned my bath green but with no bubbles or froth. Their was a slight shimmer to it if you looked very closely to the water but it didn’t stick to your skin.
The one I used is smaller than the usual bath bombs so I used it whole unlike the larger ones where I split them in two. I’m not sure how much mine would cost as I got it free in a goodie bag but on the website it is £2.81. It is roughly the same price as the larger bath bombs on the website so I’m confused as to whether it is expensive or you can actually buy them larger than what I used. If that makes any sense??
As far as recommending this to you I definitely would but only if it is the larger sized bath bomb  your buying, if it’s the smaller one then no as it’s not worth it. Hope that makes sense again! haha

21 November 2009

Review: Lush So White bath bomb

This bath bomb was part of the goodie bag I got when I spent £15 the other day.
It really does smell like apples! Kind of like apple sours or apple cider and I can still smell it on my skin a few hours later.
The past few products I’ve used from Lush have been really moisturising but this one beats them all! For me, I use bath bombs for the interesting baths and the scents but this is so much more!
Lush describes this as leaving a snow fall in your bath and it does exactly that. You wont get any bubbles from this and it won’t turn your water an amazing colour but it’s still as good as any other. This bath bomb lasted so long in my bath too! I’d say it took a good 10 minutes for it to totally disappear which is amazing!
I’ve got a few more of these so I don’t need to repurchase but if I did I definitely would.

Review: Lush Mmmelting marshmallow luxury bath melt

This is another one of the items I bought the other day. I got 4 bath melts as I haven’t had them for years so thought I’d try these ones I haven’t used before.
This is really sickly sweet which I love but others may not. I think it smells like another bubble bar, the pink one with the flower on? I can’t remember but I love it!
I only used half so my bath only turned slightly pink but the scent was still strong enough and I can still smell it on my skin a few hours later.
It didn’t really create that many bubbles but maybe because I only used half? It did moisturise my skin leaving it lovely and soft as it contains cocoa butter :)
Once again I recomend this to everyone! But you may want to smell it first if you’re not so keen on the sickly sweet smelling products.
I’ve used Lush for so many years now I really don’t think I’ve found a single product I haven’t liked! That’s saying a lot about a brand.

20 November 2009

Not very happy!

I was in Asda buying the  weekly shop where I bought some spot treatments as I have a really nasty one on my chin and they all seemed to be on special offer. I decided to try the Clean & clear one as it says it reduces spots within 4 hours. I went to put a second layer on when the packet exploded! It went all over my laptop and duvet!
So now I have  wasted product from the explosion, an open tube an no where to put the remaining product. I looked on the clean & clear website but couldn’t find an email address to write to them.  Hmm guess I’ll try one of the other treatments I bought. Nice waste of a product :(
*Update: Good news! I got an email from Johnson & Johnson today and they said to send back the original and they’ll send out a new one for me :) *

15 November 2009

A bunch of packages

I had a bit of money that I had saved left over so I made a few well deserved orders. I’ve finished two project 10 pans and I haven’t bought anything to replace or celebrate finishing those items. I made sure I only bought things I needed or didn’t have.
First off was replacing all the mascaras I’d finished. I’m currently using Benefit’s Badgirl lashes and L'Oreal Telescopic, both of which I’d say I’m half way through them. I like to have back-ups as I wear mascara on a daily basis even if I don’t wear any other make-up, it’s also sometimes hard to tell when your mascara will finish or go bad. I’ve wanted to try Eyeko’s mascara for quite a while now especially after watching Gemma’s review video on it. I ordered the original along with the new Magic mascara.
I ordered off the site as I’m not sure my Superdrug stocks Eyeko and since they offer free delivery it saved me paying bus far. Delivery was fairly quick, I ordered Saturday afternoon and it arrived this Wednesday morning.
First impressions – I love the look of both tubes, really unique! The original mascara’s brush looks interesting, it’s got two spiral strips of bristles (that probably doesn’t make sense but it does in my head :) ), one set longer than the other. The magic mascara’s brush is much bigger, one end is smaller than the other for the inner and outer lashes which are always a bugger with larger brushes. The original costs £6 and the magic one costs £9.
I also used my ambassador code to receive a free gift. With my last order I received one of their face wipes which didn’t work well with my skin so I’m glad I didn’t get one of them again. Instead I got the Rosy pink lip gloss in the little tin which has a really cute label. I really don’t like this gloss, it smells a bit odd and I really can’t place it. I think it smells like the baby all gooen food if anyone remembers them? Not a pleasant smell to me anyway. The lid is also really hard to get off and doesn’t close properly. I’d expect a bit more from a product that cost’s £4 even if I didn’t pay for it. After one use I’m definitely not using it again, it was horrible! I don’t think I could even put it up for swap on MUA it’s that bad!
I also won a giveaway hosted by Lauren Loves… where she collaborated with ASOS for this giveaway. The prize I was sent was Benefit’s Powderazzi which is a  powder trio. This is my first blusher/bronzer from Benefit so I’m really excited to try them out properly.
IMG_1011 The three powders you get are Coralista which is a blush, Hoola which is a bronzer and Dallas which gives you a nice glow. I thought Coralista was going to be a much more vibrant colour but it’s actually really wearable. The slight peach tones in it will really compliment my skin tone and hair colour. I’m always a bit wary of bronzers, as I’m so pale I’m always conscious my skin will look dirty. Blended in well I don’t think I’ll have this problem with Hoola, I also love the fact it’s matte. From a quick swatch Dallas looks like a mix between the other two and is really pretty.  I love the little brush that comes with it, obviously too small for a good application but it looks cute in the box. Like all other Benefit products, the powders are presented in a gorgeous box, small enough to fit in your handbag for on the go touch ups. Overall it looks to be a really good product, it’s great for me as it gives me a chance to test out the powders before purchasing the full sizes.
IMG_1014 I also received one of the limited edition Vintage Bourjois eye shadows. The colour is 08 Beige Rose, this is the perfect colour for me, one that I can wear everyday or combined with other shadows. I’d say its a champagne colour. I adore all things Parisian and the little design on the lid is gorgeous. I definitely want to buy the other vintage eye shadows and build a little collection. They’re really pigmented and are a reasonable price.
I really wanted a grey nail varnish but the only one I have is shimmery which I didn’t want. I liked the look of Barry M’s grey nail paint and at £3 I couldn’t go wrong. It seemed stupid to pay the postage for one item so I bought a lip gloss tube as well, I chose 04.
In one of the emails from ASOS was a £5 off orders for £20 and over. As I was really impressed by the tights I got earlier so I ordered two more pairs a long with one of the ASOS nail paints by Ciate. I got Pixie as it looks like it’ll be that lovely Tiffany green colour which makes me happy :) I’m tempted by the Katy nail paint they’ve just brought out but I don’t like the colour. To make my order £20 I bought the black Barry M nail paint as I love black nails but don’t own a polish.
As you can see it’s so much darker than the Tiffany blue and more green. I emailed ASOS to see if I could send it back and get a refund but they said I’d only get £1 back as I used a code. I may try it out to see if I like Ciate but it’s just not a colour I’d wear. 
IMG_1017 I have this nail paint on today and I love it just as much as the grey!
Hmm this post was kind of long! All my parcels seemed to arrive at the same time! After I’ve used all these products a fair few times I’ll be writing a review for each.
As I bought quite a lot over the weekend I’m going to start a new project 10 pan, I really do love doing these :)

Finally, a copy of Interview magazine!

I’ve been waiting over a month to get this copy of Interview magazine. The main reason is that Kristen Stewart is on the cover and there is also a 14 page spread on her.
I mainly buy fashion magazines as I love looking at the adverts/photo shoots, may seem a bit strange, I do read the articles but that’s not why I buy the magazine. If I were to go down the photography route I’d love to do fashion photography. I love getting magazines that are larger than normal, means the adverts are bigger!
I had no idea where sold Interview so when I saw someone on blogger asking US readers if they could buy it for her in a swap sort of thing I thought this was a really good idea and wrote my own. Sadly I didn’t get any responses but whilst I was browsing on Google I saw someone mention Borders selling American Magazines.
I went to look and saw they had Interview magazine but it was the September issue, I wanted the October issue. This was the beginning of October I think and normally magazines come out a month early so I assumed they’d have it. We were told to ring each week as they didn’t know when they were getting it in. We did so but no such look, I was ready to give up on finding it! We were  in the retail park the other day looking for my laptop when I remembered to check Borders for the magazine.
And guess what! They had it in! aaaaaaaah I was so happy!
IMG_0998 These are my favourite photo’s of her, apart from the cover.
And a full two page interview!

08 November 2009

Review: Jacko bath bomb from Lush

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I forgot to take the Jacko bath bomb away with me to use on Halloween so I’ve been using it this week :)
Like most of Lush’s products I break them into pieces so I can get more than one use out of it. As this one was only thin I broke it into two which was just enough for me.
Like all bath bombs do, when dropped into the bath it fizzed until dissolved. It turned the bath a light orange colour, if the whole bath bomb was put it then the colour would be much stronger. I could really smell the cardamom and clove bud but not so much the spearmint oil. I’m kind of glad I couldn’t as I don’t think spearmint would mix too well with the other two scents.
Unlike most bath bombs, I found this one to be really moisturising which I was pleasantly surprised about and did not expect :) 
I’ve just read the reviews about this on the Lush website, they all seem to be saying the scent faded after a few minutes. I have to totally disagree! My bathroom still smells and I’ve been out the bath for at least an hour and I could smell it the whole time I was in it. I’d also kept mine in the bathroom cabinet for a good few weeks before using it, usually the scent decreases over time! Hmm strange
It looks like you can still buy Jacko online, not too sure about in the shops but I’d definitely recommend it :)

02 November 2009

I’m home and back to posting again :)

A weekend away was just what I needed! I had such a great time as I hadn’t seen any of my cousins since Christmas! Sadly my brother couldn’t go, at 25 he still loves dressing up for Halloween so wanted to go to a party instead, otherwise the whole family was their :)
Everyone usually brings different bits of food and drink but me and my parents where going on the train so was limited on what to take. We decided to make these cupcakes as they look so pretty and taste amazing!
We also went to Chatsworth house as there was a sculpture exhibition on including a few of my favourites, Henry Moore, Marc Quinn, Antony Gormley and Niki De Saint Phalle. It was a really pleasant and mild day so it was really nice to walk around the gardens spotting all the sculptures.
As it was my aunties 50th we had a little party in the cabin on the Saturday night. It being Halloween my youngest cousins dressed up as cats and went round a few of the cabins trick or treating. My auntie invited a few of her friends round, we had drinks, food and a good catch up!15543_164611808075_766148075_2691740_7489301_n15543_164614593075_766148075_2691745_1245049_n 
Leading up to the Saturday night there was a lot of talk to what the entertainment was going to be for the night, My cousin Jenny amused us by saying they’d booked a stripper but they had actually booked a magician! Magic Mel who even had pens to give out! He was really good, I can usually work out how the tricks work but some of his were really hard to guess, just shows how good he was.
We also had sparklers and a giant sparkler on the cake, which you can see in the background, when singing happy birthday. Not a good idea when your in a wooden cabin! We managed to set off the fire alarm :D
Overall it was a really good weekend, didn't want to leave this morning! Can’t wait till Christmas time to see them all again and to go to Darwin again next year :)
Photos courtesy of my cousin Tara :)
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