31 December 2009

Review: Lush Satsumo Santa bath ballistic


Lush describes this as “Santa's back again this year, but he's changed slightly. He's put on a little extra weight and found himself a new fragrance. Gone are the days of the rich chocolate scents; now, he's a seasonal citrus Santa and he's full to bursting with reviving mandarin and bergamot oils. Chuck him into a hot bath and watch him explode with red colour and the aroma of fresh Satsuma's will have you nostalgic for the stocking filler. He'll gently tone your skin and kick your mind back into gear when you're feeling lethargic from the short days and long nights.”
What I think: This is one of their really cute bath products, I really didn’t want to use it but I’m glad I did :) I don’t really buy that many citrus bath products for some reason, so I was glad to get this one. I really liked using it in the morning as the citrus scents where really revitalising and refreshing. This is one of their faster dissolving ballistics, it was gone within 5 seconds and turned my water a bright orange.
Price: £2.75
Re-buy? I would if it wasn’t limited, are there any other citrus ballistics or bubble bars that you know about? I don’t think I’ve come across any yet
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30 December 2009

Review: Lush Snow Fairy shower gel as bubble bath


Lush describes this as “Sparkly, pink, sweet-as-sugar shower gel for fruity, fluffy fairies. The Snow Fairy flies in from the bottom of the garden, all pink, sparkly and candy-scented. We had imagined that it would be popular with girls and lovers of our fluffiest fragrances, but we never believed it would be so popular with grown men, too. Use it to wash your hair and body after a ballet lesson, gymnastics class or even a football match.”
What I think: I always use shower gels for bubble baths, they do the same job so why not? I thought this would be no different but I was wrong. I poured the amount I would normally use into running water and only a few bubbles formed which was really disappointing. I might try adding more in next time to see if that makes a difference but if it doesn’t I guess I’ll just have to use it as shower gel which means it’ll last me even longer! On to the smell, this is one you should really smell before buying if your not a big fan on sickly sweet smells. If you do like them, go a head and buy lots of bottles of this! It may not have created any bubbles but it was great for adding a scent to the water, kind of like a ballistic does. The scent is very strong and I smelt of bubblegum all day long :)
Price: 100ml £2.95, 250ml £5.95, 500ml £9.95
Re-buy? I got the 500ml bottle which is huge and will last me aaaages! I think I might be a bit sick of the smell by the end of the bottle so it’s a good thing it only comes out at Christmas.
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29 December 2009

Review: Lush Cinders bath ballistic


Lush describes this as “Fizz, crackle and pop! A spicy, soda scented Ballistic that crackles like a roaring fire. Cinders is a Ballistic with a bit of fire. Cinnamon leaf oil warms the skin, so it's perfect to warm you up if you've been shopping in the cold, and sweet orange oil will put a spring back in your step when you're lagging. Coarse sea salt brings beneficial minerals to the mix and cleanses, while almond oil will smooth rough and dry skin. And Cinders has a secret weapon to liven up your bath-time fun: it's decorated with popping candy, which will crackle in your bath like burning embers.”
What I think: Mine didn’t have a lot of popping candy on the top but it did  have a lot on the inside, not that it made a lot of difference. I couldn’t hear it pop at all, maybe if I stuck my head under the water I could have not I obviously didn’t want to do that. Despite it being one of their smaller ballistics it took quite a while to fizz away. It turns your bath water bright yellow but can leave a yellow circle so make sure you wash your bath out after using it so it doesn’t stain. Lush describes the smell perfectly, they seem to be a fan of spices and cinnamon this year.
Price: £1.86
Re-buy? Maybe not, the only thing which stood out to me was the popping candy but that had no effect so it’s just a plain bath ballistic
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28 December 2009

Review: Lush Christmas Party bath ballistic


Lush describes this as “There's enough good cheer in this Christmas cocktail of a party Ballistic to last you a whole evening. We scent it with revitalizing orange and lime to get the party started, then add cognac essential oil for a bit of festive spirit. You'll find that it's intoxicatingly encouraging. It seems to dissolve away all your inhibitions. Bathe with a star-filled Christmas Party Ballistic before you head off to your big bash; or when you're all partied out, revive yourself with one of these and stay at home instead.”
What I think: The label for this actually says that it smells like Bucks Fizz and when it is dissolved in the bath it actually does! Which is kind of odd. This ballistic is full of stars which I love when I’m in the bath but not when I get out. I think if I turned up to  a party covered in the stars I’d be getting a few strange looks from my friends :D This is one of their faster fizzing ballistics and disappears within a matter of seconds leaving you water slightly orange. 
Price: £2.80
Re-buy? I’m not so keen on the smell and I’ve had the same style of ballistic before but with a better smell so no, I wouldn’t
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Review: Lush Star Melt


“Melt into a bath of sugar sweetness. This festive Luxury Bath Melt smells just like our best-selling Snow Fairy. As it melts in the hot water, the shea and cocoa butters create a skin softening blend, while the icing sugar makes the water creamy and soothing. It's the icing on the cake for all snow fairies and mortals who seek fairy magic and lovely pink water.”
What I think: I didn’t put this into running water like the label says as it was a last minute decision to use it, I couldn’t choose which goodie to use. Instead I just let it melt into the water, I thought it would float about and slowly dissolve. How wrong was I? It was beginning to melt in my hand as I took it out the bag, it sunk to the bottom and immediately melted into a blob and stuck to the bottom of the bath! This was easily fixed by swishing my hand in the water and mixing it up. My bath water then turned a gorgeous bubble gum pink with an oil layer on the top for that moisturising goodness!  My skin felt so soft in the bath and even softer when I got out, amazing. It has the famous snow fairy scent but less in your face than the shower gel, the melt still has a strong smell but not
Price: £2.45
Re-buy? Yes, I wish I had gotten a few more of these but hopefully they will be back next year
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27 December 2009

Review: Lush French Kiss bubble bar



It looks hot pink and light pink on their website but it is actually purple and white and sadly I didn’t get a sprig of lavender in mine! :(
Lush describes this as “Perfumes from Provence: inspiration from a Parisian patisserie. A French Kiss gives you a relaxed but alert feeling that lasts all day. We're talking about our Bubble Bar, so keep your minds clean! The Lush French Kiss is a calming and reviving lavender, rosemary and thyme bath, with essential oils from sun-soaked Provence. It's even topped with a sprig of lavender flowers. Relax in its purple waters and soak up all its benefits.”
What I think – The shape reminds me of Hershey's kisses which I love :) When you smell the bar the scent is over whelming and the strength lasts while your in the bath too. Not a lot of products are like this so big thumbs up! If you don’t like the smell of lavender I’d stay away from this though. Lavender reminds of spring time so I’ll probably be buying a couple in March. As far as bubbles go I’d say this was one of the best, so far it is the one to create the most and biggest bubbles. I used roughly 1/3 which gave the water slightly purple which would obviously increase if you used more of the bar. I wouldn’t say it was particularly moisturising though which is it’s only downside.
Price: £3.76 – Not a bad price as I will probably be able to get 3/4 baths out of it.
Re-purchase? definitely.
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Review: Lush Want To Believe luxury bath melt


Lush describes this as “Is it coal? Is it candy? No, it's a refreshing Luxury Bath Melt to restore your faith in Yuletide. You'll want to believe in this miraculous melt and you'll find your faith justly rewarded. Fennel oil will refresh your mind, starflower oil and soya milk will soften your skin, and charcoal will gently cleanse.”
What I think: This has one of the strangest smells that I certainly wouldn’t head towards in a shop. It really looks like coal, doesn’t smell like it, but if you found a couple of these in your stocking you wouldn’t be so happy at first!! I have no idea how to describe its scent so all I’m going to say is smell it first before you buy, I’d say the majority of people would put it down straight away. Anyway, it’s a bath melt so it doesn’t create and bubbles or anything. It melts in your bath slowly leaving your water moisturising and relaxing, supposedly. After a while I started sneezing as the scent is so strong. As it melts it leaves a trail of glitter and oil and only turns your water slightly grey despite the colour. I think I’m going to get about 3 baths out of this melt which is average.
Price: £2.75
Re-buy? If they brought this out again next year I wouldn’t buy it again.
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26 December 2009

A few of my Christmas presents from my lovely family ♥

I had a great Christmas with my family and I hope you all did too :) I haven’t got any photos, we’re not  really a photography family even though I love taking photos. I think we are too busy opening presents and cooking lunch so we forget. The rest of my family are coming up tomorrow so maybe they’ll take some photos.
So the past few days I’ve been opening presents, eating way too much lovely food, watching House (one of my dads presents from my brother), taking Lush baths with all my new goodies, playing board games, going for walks in the park and having an all round good times!
Here’s a few of my presents I thought I’d like to show you.
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I’ve wanted one of these snake bracelets for so long and finally got one for Christmas. I love the tackiness of it with all the rhinestones and it fits perfectly on my wrist.







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I love necklaces and always have one on, I tend to go for delicate chains with a pendant so this on mixes it up a bit and is different to my others. It is short so the same length as my others but the chain is really chunky and has a scroll like pendant which reads “you only live once but if you live right once is enough”






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I love these types of bracelets and have a few different sorts in a variety of colours. The top one is a good luck charm on a purple cord and the bottom is a silver heart on a light blue cord. I love to wear loads of these in a friendship bracelet sort of way so I’m going to buy some more different charms and colours.
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Here’s my box full of the Lush Christmas range, I’d already used/cut up some of the products but you get the idea :) My mum and dad wrapped each one individually so I was there for like an hour unwrapping them all!






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My brother gave me a jar of the original Fluff the other day so when my mum found this she bought it straight away. I love the stuff but this raspberry one tastes like Lush creamy candy bubble bar which is so weird, despite this I’m still eating it! I guess it goes with the fact I love parma violets even though they taste like soap.








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Me and my mum finally found a shop which sells Yankee Candles so she got me a mini jar of Island spa which smells like one of Lush’s products.











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Probably the present I was most looking forward to getting is China Glaze “For Audrey” which is the colour of the Tiffany boxes. This photo doesn’t show the exact colour, it’s more green. I will be doing a NOTD post soon so I’ll take the photo in natural light to show the true colour.










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I got my laptop the other month and my brother knew how much I love it so he got me a desktop Henry hoover and goo which cleans the keyboard, both of which I’ve nagged my parents to buy but never have. I was SO excited when I opened both of them.










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As my parents know how much I love Twilight and already have a lot of the memorabilia. They got me this journal set, one for each book which have quotes and photos.. The best thing about this set is the tin! I love it and think I’m going to use it for my bracelets.









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Obviously not much make-up but I've bought so much recently there was other things I wanted more.
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Review: Lush Wee Harry bath melt

So this is the second review of the Lush products I got for Christmas. Beware for the next how ever many days it takes I am going to overload you with Lush Christmas reviews :D

Lush describes this as “Elf and safety warming! A spicy Bubble Bar inspired by spicy Scandinavian drinks. (And elves.) Davana oil has a warm citrus scent and is soothing for the skin, so soaking in this cocktail of kola-scented brew will help to calm irritations. The tonka and vanilla absolutes add a sweet note to the bubbles and will leave your skin fragrant after your bath. Wee Harry works his magic to make your bath water as red as he is and your bubbles as white as his innocent little face. Have a bubble bath with Wee Harry and toast to good elf.”
What I think: This bubble bar seems to have so many names! On the website it’s called Wee Harry but on my label it says Pere Noel (father Christmas) and I’ve seen other people call it no name elf. I’ve cut this into 3 chunks but one is larger than the others so it could have been 4. About the average number of baths you can get out of Lush’s bubble bars. Hmm despite their description I can only smell cinnamon and it’s quite strong. No sign of any kola-scented brew in there. The eyes are chocolate chips which I think just kind of melted into my water. It turned my bath reddy/orange and is really moisturising with lots of fabulous bubbles!
Price: £2.95
Re-buy? I think it’s good for once a year but the cinnamon is a bit too strong for me to use regularly.
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25 December 2009

Review: Lush Ma Bar bubble bar


This bubble bar along with creamy candy are the ones I buy over and over as I love them.
Lush describes this as “Spoil yourself with a chocolate-toffee bar. The Lush Ma Bar is a Bubble Bar of two halves: cocoa and honey toffee. In the centre, there's a lump of brown sugar, which melts in the bath water. It originally appeared for Mother's Day, but although it was due to be a limited-edition, and the Lush kitchens were supposed to stop making them, no-one wanted to stop buying. Anyway, it's a lovely little present to give your Ma all year round, to show that you appreciate her on more than just one day a year. While it does smell good enough to eat, you really shouldn't try”
What I think – Once you use this the thing that may put you off is the colour your bath water turns. It looks like you’ve been covered in mud and got in the bath. I can look over this though as I love the smell of it. The brown side has a hint of chocolate and the white/cream side smells a bit like Honey I washed the kids soap. It creates great bubbles like all the other bars and you only need a small amount. I’m going to be able to get 3 baths out of it.
Price - £2.36, one of the cheapest bubble bars so you can’t really go wrong!
Re-buy? I always do :)
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Merry Christmas to you all :D

 (via remap)

I hope you all have an amazing Christmas, get the presents you wanted and ate lots of food!

This is what I’ve been living off for the past week :D I love them!

Hot chocolate + Candy cane + Squirty cream = heaven!

And is what I’m currently drinking whilst writing this.

I have a few posts scheduled for the next few days but posts should be back to normal after New Year.

Merry Christmas!

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24 December 2009

Review: Lush Christmas Eve bubble bar

Beware, tomorrow one of my presents is the entire Lush Christmas range apart from one or two items. I won’t over load you with them, maybe one every other day as I want you to be able to read them whilst you can still buy the range. Or should I just do a post each day? That way you will definitely be able to buy them? Let me know in the comments :)

My parents gave me this bubble bar early as it doesn’t seem right not to use it on Christmas Eve. So at 00.32 I took a bath using it :)
Lush describes this as “Escape from seasonal stresses with a soothing, deep blue, floral bubble bath. Irish moss powder forms a soothing, softening gel in the beautifully blue water; the floral and sensual scents of jasmine and ylang ylang are relaxing, and the oils are good for caring for sensitive skins. On the night before Christmas, all through your house, if everybody is stirring and making you grouse, run yourself a Christmas Eve bubble bath and watch your troubles to float away”
What I think: This bubble bar is quite big, I’ve managed to cut it up into four really good sized chunks. It also crumbled into the water really well, sometimes it takes ages to mash all the lumps up. Makes great bubbles like all their bars do but it also turned my water into a lovely sea green colour. The smell reminds me of a soap making kit I had when I was younger. It has a really strong floral scent just as Lush describes it has, absolutely lovely. I’m not really that into floral bath products but this is strong but not over-powering. I wouldn’t say it was particularly moisturising though which is it’s only down side.
Price: £2.50
Re-buy? I would if it wasn’t limited edition, hopefully it’ll come back next year!
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23 December 2009

Review: Lush Vanilla Fountain bath ballistic


Lush describes this as “When Mo brings a new Bath Ballistic to a Lush creative team meeting, she gets a bowl full of warm water, drops it in, then hands it around the room for everyone to smell. With the Vanilla Fountain, no-one wanted to let go of the bowl and pass it on. Simon Constantine made the comforting vanilla scent with natural vanilla absolute - the posh stuff made from vanilla pods - with a touch of restful sandalwood and a note of burnt caramel. It was inspired by the extraordinary desserts at Heston Blumental's amazing restaurant”
What I think – I wasn’t sure what I would think of this bath ballistic when I ordered it. I do like the smell of vanilla but not when it is over whelming. When I got it out the box I loved it straight away, it has a sweet vanilla smell the scent lasted for a long time on my skin afterwards. It is one of the ones which fizz really quickly and is gone within a matter of seconds! There where vanilla seeds floating around in the bath but I’m not sure if they where from the vanilla pod or the bath ballistic itself. Once the ballistic had dissolved the pod was left floating around the tub which looked a bit odd, it looked like a leach or something. Not so pleasant but is easily solved by taking it out the water :) When in the bath the water was a lemon yellow colour but when out of the water it looked green which was a bit strange.
Price - £2.94, average price of a Lush ballistic
Re-buy? In the future I will, I want to try their other products first though.
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21 December 2009

Review: Lush Ickle Baby Devil bath ballistic


I’ve had the ickle baby angel bath ballistic a few times so though it was time to try the devil version.
Lush describes this as “Our Ickle Baby Ballistics have two sides. One is an Ickle Angel; one is an Ickle Devil. The latter is a red little devil. But despite her wicked ways, she soothes and calms with chamomile, lavender and sandalwood essential oils. Perfect for well-behaved little 'uns that need a good, restful night's sleep.”
What I think – This is one of the cutest bath ballistics ever! Apart from the baby angel one of course. It is tiny so will only really be on baths worth. If you split it into two I’m not sure how good it would be but it could work I guess. I can smell the lavender in it, there is also a hint of sweetness in there somewhere. A really soothing bath ballistic, perfect for when you can sleep :) i.e myself right now! This is one of their floating ballistics and disappears pretty quickly leaving your bath water with a hint of pink. If your looking for a ballistic that does everything, this isn’t it. You get a cute ballistic and a nice subtle scent, good for those with sensitive skin.
Price - £1.35, could be seen as expensive as it is tiny but oh so cute!
Re-buy? Maybe not at the moment, but in the future perhaps.
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20 December 2009

Ikea Ikea Ikea & bits from my bedroom

I’m trying a new layout for my photos today. I always manage to write a lot and my posts seem huge so maybe this will make them appear smaller when they’re really not :)
I love going to Ikea to buy things to put in my room. All my furniture bar two things and a lot of my decorations are from Ikea. I went the other week to buy a new bedside table, photo frame, fairy lights and another wooden box thing to paint for my sewing kit.
It’s a fact that when you go to Ikea you will always come out with extras you didn’t plan on buying. If you don’t you’re just odd :p I managed to get a toy rat as one of my brothers Christmas presents. He’s just got a pet rat which he absolutely adores so this is just a cute little extra.

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My favourite animal is a monkey and when I saw this photograph at Leeds festival a few years ago I bought it straight away. I had it in a frame for a while but then I went to New York and bought a photograph of the skyline which suited that frame more. I’ve found it really hard to get a nice square frame for this adorable photo and I didn’t know what colour to get either. Whilst in Ikea I settled with this one as it matches the 5 other photo frames I have on that wall. I think it looks perfect especially with my fairy lights (also from Ikea) wrapped round it. The little brown tag has a gold outline drawing of Pinocchio I bought at an art show. 




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Excuse my un-made bed, the sheets where in the wash. I originally had a different bedside table in mind but then I saw this one that matches my bookshelf so went for this one instead. I originally used a cupboard as my bedside table but then I switched my room up and couldn’t find a good place for it so I got a new one. This one is much smaller but everything fits perfectly. My alarm clock is tucked away behind the photo frame out of view but at a perfect angle where I can see it from my bed. Let’s see how many things from Ikea we can spot in this one photo. Bedside table? check, lamp? check, glass? check, photo frame? check, stickers on the door? check, two photo frames in the corner? check. I told you!


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The top two shelves are a bit bare at the moment, I’ve got my Interview magazine and Entertainment weekly magazines on the top shelf with a tub of fish food on the second. The bottom shelf contains all my face and body products. I really like having them in here as I just had too much to put on my dressing table.







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On top of my bedside table I have my lamp which has a pull down on/off switch which I love. For any Twilight geeks out there this is one of Bella’s lamps in her bedroom. As much of a Twilight geeks that I am I bought this lamp like 3 years ago so technically they copied off me :p I have two roses which were originally bobbles, a mini surf board from a friendship bracelet from Cornwall, two hand-made birds, a shrinkie from a friend, a hard rock cafe plectrum and a photo of me and two old friends when we were younger. I also have a pink glass which is just out of the shot.


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I love these two little birds! I am slowly building my own art collection and have seven pieces which I’ve bought so far. A few of them are in these photos which I’ll point out. These two birds are hand-made by my mums friend, Gemma, who she met whilst doing an art degree at Liverpool Hope uni. Each one she makes has its own personality, they are so cute! She mainly specialises in wire and ceramics making these little bird figures, nests and jewellery which I also have a few pieces of.






I love my bedroom, it is my favourite room in the house. It is my space and the only room where I can have all the say on how it is decorated. Let’s just say me and my mum have totally different tastes when it comes to interior design! Even though we did manage to agree on the downstairs toilet!IMG_1055
I think what really makes a room personal is all the little extras that are in it. This little shelf is one of my favourite areas. I’ve got one of my pieces of art which I bought at an auction, I have another one which is beside my TV, a little Japanese doll, giant “diamond”, kt letters, mini Chanel perfume bottle, cupcake tile, ceramic gift tag, candle, vintage scissors, a pink glass, post card and a really old sleeping princess book.




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I found the Chanel perfume bottle in a frock me event in London for £1. God knows how old it is but it still smells of the perfume. It’s so cute and looks gorgeous against my letters. My cousin was very jealous that I found it, it was hidden in a pile of junk. She did find a watch I liked so we were even :)

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Here is the other piece of art that I bought. These two pieces are probably not what you’d expect me to go for but I liked the contrast between the frame and the art. The frames are quite traditional and girly where as the prints would be at home on a boys bedroom wall but I love them.










There’s still more of my bedroom left to photograph so I think I’ll save that for another post :)
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19 December 2009

Review: Lush Bathos bubble bar


Lush describes this as “Violets and ylang ylang to share.
Bathos is our violet-scented Bubble Bar with violet leaf essential oil. It's for people who love violets, obviously. Single violets were thought to bring bad luck, so Bathos definitely brings good luck. Violet leaf essential oil is very relaxing; it helps you to forget your worries and appreciate your loved ones. We also add sensual jasmine absolute and ylang ylang, so it's perfect for sharing with, if you're so inclined”
What I think – I chose this one as I saw in one of the reviews someone describing it like parma violets which I absolutely adore! The bar smells slightly of parma violets  but I can’t really pin point what it reminds me of. Despite it being purple it didn’t turn my water purple, I used 1/3 of it which gives it a slight tinge of colour but very subtle and hardly noticeable which is a bit disappointing, It does make really good bubbles though.
Price - £2.41
Re-buy? Not for a while I don’t think
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