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Empties | December 2015

Liz Earle Eye Bright | £13.25 // I had a bottle of this in last months empties but somehow I had two bottles open and half empty so I used this second up pretty quickly. It's my favourite eye make-up remover and doesn't irritate my sensitive eyes like others do. I've just bought three more bottles as it means I don't have to pay postage and they'll keep me going for a while.

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask | £19.99 // I'm a huge fan of Hydraluron so I knew I just had to try the sheet mask version although it did take me a while to actually buy it. I like these come in a box of individually wrapped masks as it means they'll last longer and you are easily able to take one mask away on holiday. It's not the cheapest at nearly £20 for only four masks, but I did manage to buy them when they were on offer. I really loved how moisturising these were and I'd definitely buy them again. I'm currently trying to finish the Aveda Intensive Hydra…

Skin Care Diary | December 2015

Throughout each month, I'll be keeping a skin care diary and jotting down what I use on a daily basis. At the end of the month, I'll tally up what has been used the most and share the products with you. I have combination skin that can change between being extremely dry, spot prone, oily and sensitive as well as having eczema flare ups.

Liz Earle Eye Bright | Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel | Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm | First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads | Pai Lotus And Orange Blossom Toner | A-Derma Epthielle A.H Cream | Nourish Argan Skin Rescue. 
I've started using a mini pot of Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm this month and it's made me miss it so much and that I really need to buy the full size of it at some point after using up three of these minis. It's one that my skin agrees with and is just really nice to use. Another product that I need to buy the full size of, but am holding back because I have so many others to use up first, is the Pai Ton…

Favourites | December 2015

Elemental Herbology Tree Of Life Balm | £22 // I wanted to order a couple of skin care samples from Naturisimo but you have to buy a full size product to do so. I didn't really need anything but though a multi purpose balm like this one would come in handy and I love it. I've mainly been using this on my elbows each night before bed as I get terribly dry skin there. A little goes a long way and it smells pretty good as well.

Tom Ford Black Orchid | £53 // This perfume has been on my wish list for such a long time and whenever I go shopping, it's the one I go to smell first. It took me a while to buy it though as I knew that it wouldn't be an everyday perfume for me, instead it would be for special occasions. I finally bought it and I wore it on my works Christmas night out and I couldn't be more in love with it.

Nourish Argan Skin Rescue | £21 // This has become a winter essential for me and it has saved my skin from becoming dry and flaky. It feels like an oil on th…

Boxing Dale Sales | Lush

Let me start off with saying that I hope everyone had an amazing day yesterday! Merry Christmas to you all. 

I did have a post written in my drafts folder wishing everyone a good day but the day just seem to fly by and before I knew it it was nearly midnight and I hadn't opened my laptop all day. It was a nice and relaxing day for me with my family and I'm making the most of a couple of days off work. I will hopefully have all my blog posts scheduled as I've been slacking recently when it comes to the blog and I really don't like it. It's been a mix of no light to take photos and then when I finally am able to take some, I can't find the words to go with them. I've spent the past couple of days brainstorming ideas and have planned all the content for the next month, now I just have to put it all into place!

Despite being off work, I set my alarm for quite early this morning so I could spend hours refreshing the Lush website trying to make an order. Oh the j…

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Smooth Christmas // How have I only discovered Smooth Christmas this year! A whole radio station dedicated to Christmas songs. I also missed a month of being able to listen to it as it starts in November. I think you need a DAB radio to be able to play it so I've been moving my bug radio into which ever room I am in and want to listen to it. It's been the perfect soundtrack for when I've been tidying and cleansing as well as wrapping presents. It's definitely made it feel more like Christmas!

H&M Pine Forest Candle // We have the Christmas tree in the front room and I love how the whole room smells of pine when you open the door. I remembered I had this pine candle from H&M in my bedroom tucked away on a bookcase so I've been lighting this each night. I also love the marble packaging and I'll be reusing it when the candle has burnt out.

Mint Hot Chocolates // It doesn't feel like Christmas until I've had a hot chocolate with a candy cane in it. I&…

Lush Gift Sets | Butterbear

Writing letters to Santa Claws in a polar winter was always going to be taxing. When the local postbear almost got lost fighting his way through biting wind and snow, Butterbear's cocoa butter heart sank. There was only one thing for it; he set off to find Santa himself.
Reaching Santa's grotto (by now feeling quite chilly) he handed over his new letter. It read: 'Dear Santa, please grant my Christmas wish to find a friendly owner and a cosy bath. Every time I try I'm told that there's no room in the tin. Thanks, Butterbear.'
Santa smiled to himself and told Butterbear to follow him. In the next room, five excited bears were stood. Butterbear's first letter had reached Santa and he'd found Butterbear the perfect new home. You can pick him up with his five friends for creamy, vanillary-scented baths filled with luxuriously moisturising cocoa butter.Butterbear Gift Box | £14.95 // It's not often I buy a gift set from Lush as they don't work out any…

Lush Christmas 2015 | My Favourites

Holly Golightly Bubble Bar | £4.95 // Star Dust Bath Bomb | £2.95 // Christingle Body Conditioner | £16.50 // The Magic Of Christmas Reusable Bubble Bar | £5.95 // Salt And Peppermint Bark Body Scrub | £5.95 // Golden Wonder Bath Bomb | £3.95 //  Cinders Bath Bomb | £2.95 // Five Gold Rings Bubble Bar | £4.95 // Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb | £3.95 // Rose Jam Shower Gel | £4.95 // Snow Fairy Shower Gel | £3.95 // Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar | £5.95 // Peeping Santa Bubble Bar | £3.95 // Father Christmas Bath Bomb | £3.65 // Bar Humbug Bubble Bar | £3.65 // Shoot For The Stars Bath Bomb | £3.65.
Since I've talked about pretty much all of the Lush Christmas range, at least the newer releases, I thought I'd do a little overview of my favourites and the ones I've buy again. I like all that I've tried but there's a few that I don't think I'd rush out to buy again like the shower jellies or the roulade as well as a few of the bath bombs that are released year af…

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Halo Fragrance Free Facial Wipes // I think I got these in a beauty box and although I don't use face wipes on my face, I do always have a pack at hand for if I'm swatching or just want to wipe down my dressing table after applying make-up. After a quick google search I'm not even sure if you can still buys these but I usually just go for whichever brand is on offer in Boots or Asda at the time.

Phyto Phytojoba Shampoo | £12.50 // I found this just a little bit too hydrating to use on a regular basis and this is coming from someone who has a very dry scalp. I wouldn't buy the full size as there are other shampoos I prefer.
Bumble And Bumble Surf Spray | £22 // I really loved this salt spray and will definitely be buying the full size when I run out of what I am currently using. I found no matter how much of this I used, it never made my hair feel crispy or sticky and it really enhanced my natural curl/wave. 
YSL Effet Faux Cils Babydoll Mascara | £25 // I prefer this vers…

Sunday Pamper 024 | Anything Off The Trolley, dear?

1/2 Think Pink Bath Bomb
1/2 Blackberry Bath Bomb
1/4 Creamy Candy Bubble Bar
1/4 Sunnyside Bubble Bar
1/3 MMMelting Moments Bath Melt

As you can see, this cocktail is made up of five different products and is quite a luxurious bath. If I was going to recreate it again then I'd definitely add in smaller amounts of the bubble bars. I loved the scent mixes though and as you can imagine from the Think Pink Bath Bomb, Creamy Candy Bubble Bar and MMMelting Moments Bath Melt, it's very sweet, almost sickly sweet but in a good way. The sharpness from the Blackberry Bath Bomb tones it down a little bit and the orange and lemon from Sunnyside Bubble Bar is refreshing. I crumbled the two bubble bars into running water and then added the two bath bombs. Once they had fizzed away I then added the bath melt which made the water really moisturising. This is the last I have of the old MMMelting Moments Bath Melt and although the newer version contains a lot more oils, I still h…

New In | Lush Winter 2015

Grass Bubble Bar | £3.75 // This has quickly become one of my favourite bubble bars from Lush. I love the sandalwood scent mixed with neroli and bergamot. It also works really well with other scents and is one that I use quite a lot in bath cocktails. I also really like the simple design and it reminds me a bit of the pop in the bath bubble bar.

Big Bang Bubble Bar | £3.75 // This is another one that I really like the design of. It was a Oxford Street exclusive but is now available online and I think in pretty much all Lush stores. The pink stars are also a bath melt so when used together it creates an incredibly moisturising bath with a lot of bubbles. I love the simple tangerine and grapefruit scent and is a lovely summer scent. This wouldn't put me off using it in the winter though! Far from it, this is one of the most moisturising products I've tried from Lush and I can see myself buying it again and again.

Guardians Of The Forest Bath Bomb | £3.95 // When I first smelt this…

Shopping | Liz Earle

Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser | £9.75 // Cleanse & Polish was one of the first cleansers I used as a teenager and I've been using it on and off ever since. I try other cleansers but I always make sure I have a bottle of this to hand in case my skin acts up. There's always limited editions around Christmas but I hadn't seen this sweet orange and mint version before. The packaging illustrations are my favourite and I am almost tempted to keep the cardboard packaging because it's too beautiful to throw away! The orange and mint scent is quite subtle which I prefer especially as it's a cleanser and it's my favourite out of all of the limited editions I've tried.

Superskin Hand Serum | £18.75 // This was a free gift as I spent over a certain amount and although I probably wouldn't have bought it myself, I'll happily try it out. I really like the original hand cream and also the other superskin products so I'm hoping this is just as good.…

Lush Christmas 2015 | Part Three

Versatile and mouldable, Fun can be soap, shampoo, bubble bath or whatever you want it to be - the only limit is your imagination. Santa Fun | £5 // He's making a list, he's checking it twice...
Bubbles [✓]
Soap [✓]
Shampoo [✓]
Santa Claus is coming to town, but what shape will he be in by the time he reaches your house? Whether you want bathing, playing or a good old fashioned wash behind the ears, this jolly Fun bar is sure to deliver! Build your own jolly Saint Nick using the different colours from this gentle Fun bar then use a little to wash hair and body. You can even use this gentle product as a shaving soap! (Save some to crumble under the tap for a festively floral soak too!)

Magic Of Christmas Fun | £5 // It's a magical time of the year, so release your inner illusionist and stage a bath of stimulating juniperberry and zesty tangerine bubbles to send your mood soaring. This bright, lustre-filled bar is just the trick for shaping into your own witch or wizard, or …

Lush Kitchen | November 2015

For those who don't know, the Lush Kitchen cooks up small batches of exclusive products that are only available for a limited time until they sell out. The products available are a mix of Oxford Street exclusives, old favourites that have been discontinued or one off's. Since I've tried the majority of the Lush bath bombs and bubble bars that are in the permanent collection, I've been loving the Lush Kitchen recently and have been making quite an order pretty much every week. I'm mainly interested in the bath bombs, bubble bars, bath melts and shower gels. Although there are a few products that I have bought simply because I've never tried them before.

Instead of posting several different shopping posts, I'm going to be writing a little overview of the previous months Kitchen products. Since there is a limited amount of each made, then by the time each one arrives in the post it'll probably be sold out. Instead I'm hoping this post will high light a…

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Kneipp Pure Bliss Mineral Bath Salts | £8.95 // Kneipp is a brand I never hear anyone talk about but I think they make some of the best bath products. I've loved everything I've tried so far especially these bath salts. They leave the water a lovely pink colour and smell heavenly. I will be buying a full size tub at some point.

Tisserand Sweet Dreams Bath Oil | £9.95 // I really loved this bath oil and managed to get four baths out of the mini bottle. Eventually I want to buy the full size, but I'm trying to finish what I have first before buying anything new.

Phyto Phytobaume Hydration Express Conditioner | £14.50 // I'm pretty sure I've had the full size of this conditioner in the past, but I got this mini tube in a set with a shampoo and hair oil. I like it but there are other conditioners that I prefer.

Sebastian Whipped Creme Light Conditioning-Style Whip | £20 // Although I hate the wet texture of this, I have fallen in love with how this makes my hair look. No …

Vs | Lush Bath Melts & Bath Oils

I have always been a huge fan of the bath melts from Lush and I always have a couple at hand in my bathroom. They're perfect for this time of year when my skin gets drier and it helps to keep my eczema at bay without having to apply body lotion. They're also great to mix with other Lush products and in bath cocktails. My favourites out of them all are You've Been Mangoed and Dreamtime. The other month though Lush released new and improved bath oils and I thought I'd compare the old formula with the new. Not only has the name changed from bath melt to bath oil, some of the designs have changed. Some for the better and others I just don't like. They have also changed the prices to £2 which means some of them are better value for money but others the size has reduced dramatically. The only product that hasn't changed is Ceridwens Cauldron which I'm really happy about.

You've Been Mangoed Bath Melt Vs You've Been Mangoed Bath Oil | £2 // This is one of …

Wishlist | Christmas 2015

Writing As Therapy Journal | £15 // I may or may not have already bought this for myself! I've always wanted to keep a journal so that I can read through it when I'm older and just have another way to keep my memories alive. I've tried and failed though, especially when I was a teenager, and after a couple of weeks I always stop writing in them. I'm hoping I'll be able to stick with it this time especially as I love the look of this journal. I think the key to it this time around is to not force myself to write in it each day and instead as and when I feel I need to. It may be every night but it could also be once a week and that's ok.

The Little Book Of Lunch | £14.19 // I am forever getting into eating ruts and although I love cooking, I absolutely hate thinking of what to eat especially when it comes to lunches. I think this recipe book is the answer!

Urban Decay Smokey Palette | £35 // I have all three of the other Naked palettes so I definitely need this one…

Lush Christmas 2015 | Part Two

Bar Humbug Bubble Bar | £3.65 // I love the design of this bubble bar and anything liquorice scented I'll buy. The liquorice scent isn't as strong as I'd hoped it would be and I can smell more of the bergamot with a hint of citrus. This does create an amazing amount of bubbles though and turns the water a lovely purple colour with a lot of silver lustre.

Snow Fairy Shower Gel | £3.95 - £21.50 // I always pick up a bottle or two of Snow Fairy when it's released and although it's incredibly sickly sweet, there's just something about it that I love. I am secretly glad it's only available around Christmas as I honestly would be sick of it by now if I used it all year round. It doesn't feel like Christmas though if I haven't got a bottle in my bathroom! I love pairing this with the Magic Wand Reusable Bubble Bar as they share the same scent.

Reindeer Rock Soap | £3.25 // I feel like there are a lot of favourites in this round up post and this is one of the…

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Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask | £95.50 // Sisley is a brand I haven't even thought about trying simply due to the price of the products. Nearly £100 for a face mask is just not in my budget although I was excited to try this mini tube that came with a gift with purchase. This rose mask helps to soothe, plumb and brighten the skin while smelling gorgeous. Use it two to three times a week and apply a generous layer to the face and neck. Leave on for ten to fifteen minutes, then wipe away any excess. Being honest, it doesn't do anything more than say a £20 mask does. If you have £100 that you want to spend on skin care then I suggest spending this on a serum instead.

Decleor Life Radiance Double Radiance Scrub | £27.50 // This is a bit different to other masks that I have as it's a  two-in-one radiance-revealing moisture mask and exfoliator for dull skin types. The exfoliating particles if Egyptian luffa fibres, Madagascan cardamom seeds and jojoba beads and it's quite a ge…

Instagram Favourites | 001

I have become slightly obsessed with Instagram, whether it’s posting my own photos or following others. Since I share my favourite blogs every now and again I thought I’d share a couple of Instagrammers I think you should all follow especially if you’re into your Lush like I am. I’ve found so many new accounts to follow when Kate posted her favourites on Nouvelle Daily so I hope you find a few as well in my round ups.
cupsofteas | Rene // The first photo I saw from RenĂ©e was one of her amazing bath shots and it inspired one of my Sunday Pamper photos. I really like the colour schemes she uses in her photos and I can’t make up my mind about those doll head candles, are they totally creepy or cool? I’ve decided I actually would like one. She uses a mix of different Lush products and I’m always keeping note of what she uses together for future baths.

afoxintheflowers | Canadian Lushie // Some of these photos are works of art – just look at the Karma Bath Melt dissolve in the purple water …