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Lush Halloween 2015

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Sparky Pumpkin Bubble Bar | £3.65 // Although the glitter gets everywhere, I do love the look of this bubble bar! Juniperberry, lime and grapefruit make up the scent of this one and it creates the most amazing bubbles and turns the water orange.

Lord Of Mirsule Bath Bomb | £3.95 // I wish this bath bomb was available all year round as it's one of my favourites. I do stock up though when it's released each Halloween! There's also a surprise inside which makes this plain looking bath bomb a bit more interesting. The scent is a mix of patchouli and black pepper and the two go surprisingly well together along with a hint of vanilla.

Lord Of Misrule Shower Cream | £4.95 - £27.95 // I was a bit disappointed with the scent of this one as I can't really smell anything when I use it and it definitely doesn't smell like the bath bomb even though they are meant to have the same scent. Maybe I've just got an off bottle although it's well in date and was only made in July…

OPI Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok Fine!

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok Fine! // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok Fine! Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok Fine! looks very green toned in my photo and I think this is a mix of my own skin town as well as the light I took the photo in. The sun was going in and out then it was raining with dark grey clouds covering the sky. It's actually more of green toned dark grey.
Application The formula of this nail polish is really horrible. It took three coats to become opaque and each one was streaky and thin. The brush also didn't help the application as it's so thin.


Germany Collection // Berlin There Done That | Danke-Shiny Red | Deutsch You Want Me Baby? | Don’t Pretzel My Buttons | Don’t Talk Bach to Me | Every Month is Oktoberfest | German-icure by OPI | My Very First Knockwurst | Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! | Schnapps Out of It! | Suzi & the 7 Dusseldorfs | Unfor-greta-bly Blue.
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Empties | October 2015

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Weleda Almond Sensitive Skin Soothing Cleansing Lotion | £9.95 // I was a little bit disappointed with this cleanser as I didn't feel like it did too much for my skin. Maybe it's because I love balm cleansers so much these days that the old style cleansing lotions just aren't as good. I do have very sensitive skin so this was nice in that it didn't irritate it, but I think my skin needs, and likes, the added moisture that a balm cleanser gives. For now I'll stick with Oskia's Renaissance Cleansing Gel which I'm currently working my way through. I also have a huge list of cleansers I'd like to try so it's rare for me to repurchase a cleanser.

Weleda Iris Hydrating Mask | £14.95 // I liked this mask, but didn't love it and prefer the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask or Aveda Intensive Hydrating Mask which I have and am trying to use more. It really helped to keep dry patches at bay. I applied it to dry cleansed skin and kept in on for at least ten m…

OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Don't Pretzel My Buttons This is definitely my manikin nails shade although I really like the way it looks. Since my skin is so pale I find it quite hard to find a nude shade, but I think this one works quite well.

Application The formula is a little on the thin side so it did need three coats to even the colour out.

Germany Collection // Berlin There Done That | Danke-Shiny Red | Deutsch You Want Me Baby? | Don’t Pretzel My Buttons | Don’t Talk Bach to Me | Every Month is Oktoberfest | German-icure by OPI | My Very First Knockwurst | Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine! | Schnapps Out of It! | Suzi & the 7 Dusseldorfs | Unfor-greta-bly Blue.
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Project Sample Use Up 037

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Healgel Intensive | £37.50 // This is one of my favourite products and I already have the full size. I use this to help heal my eczema which scares easily as well as other scars I already have. Plus it also works as an amazing spot treatment.

Liz Earle Eye Bright x 2| £13.25 // I've gone through countless bottles of Eye Bright over the years and it's a staple in my skin care routine. I use it to remove my eye make-up when my eyes are feeling irritated and as an eye mask when they're feeling tired and need a refresh. These mini bottles are perfect for travelling and I already have a full size bottle that I'm using.

Pai Comfrey & Calendula Calming Body Cream | £22 // I forgot how much I loved this body cream and although I only got one use out of this sachet, it's made me want to buy the full size so much. It's moisturising, but doesn't feel heavy on my skin and sinks in easily. I have a couple more body moisturisers I want to finish first, but this will be…

China Glaze Stone Cold

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
China Glaze Stone Cold // one coat
CND Speedey Top Coat

Stone Cold The colour and finish of Stone Cold couldn't be more suited to the name and district. I think it's my favourite out of the whole Hunger Games collection. It is a very dark grey, almost black, base and is packed full of silver shimmer. It dries down to a matte finish which makes the shimmer look quite subtle. Just add a top coat though and the sparkles come to life.

Application Stone Cold has one of the best formulas I've come across and I've tired a lot of nail polishes! It has quite a thick consistency and I only ever need one coat for it to be opaque. It goes on incredibly smoothly and is a dream to apply. Since it has a matte finish it dries extremely quickly.

Capitol Colours Collection // Agro (District 11 – Agriculture) | Dress Me Up (District 8 – Textiles) | Electrify (District 5 – Power) | Fast Track (District 6 – Transportation) | Foie Gras (District 10 – Li…

Sunday Pamper 021 | Sunrise Cocktail

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Ingredients 
Avobath Bath Bomb
You've Been Mangoed Bath Melt
Brightside Bubble Bar
Santa's Sack Bubble Bar

Sunday Pamper on a Wednesday! Excuse the title of the post as this was meant to be posted on Sunday but putting up some shelves above my desk took longer than expected and once we were done all I wanted to do was watch Gossip Girl on Netflix and eat some Ben & Jerrys. Opening up my laptop to write out this post was the last thing I wanted to do so here we are on a Wednesday. Oh how I want to recreate this bath and read a good book instead of going to work in the rain.

I feel like I've discovered another world of Lush and this is creating a bath cocktail by combining a few different products. I am working my way through All Things Lush's list and will be sharing them here in my Sunday Pamper posts. I also want to try and make some of my own.

The only thing I will say is that I never use the amount that is listed as I have quite a small bath and feel like I'…

Mini Reviews 053 | Lush 002

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Calacas Shower Gel // This shower gel was a limited edition from the Kitchen and one I've heard so many people rave about it. The colour and scent reminds me of mountain dew although I can't really remember what it tastes like. It also reminds me of fruit pastilles and is a mix of lemon, lime and neroli. I really love it and hope it is brought back again at some point so I can buy another bottle. Just look at the colour!

Don't Rain On My Parade Shower Gel | £4.75 - £27.50 // You can also buy this shower gel as a bath sheet, but I'm not so keen on it so stuck with the normal shower gel. When I first smelt this I wasn't sure if I actually liked it, but it has grown on me and the more I smell the more I like it. It's a lovely dark green colour and the scent is blueberry, vanilla and violet.

Frozen Bath Bomb | £3.95 // With how popular Frozen has become it was only time that Lush created a Frozen bath bomb. It lends itself really well to a bath bomb and I love the gr…

China Glaze Foie Gras

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
China Glaze Foie Gras // three coats
Foie Gras Foire Gras is probably my least favourite out of the six shades I have from the collection and I do regret buying it. It dries down to a much darker brown shade which I'm not really a fan of. I much prefer the taupe shade it looks in the bottle.

Application  Just look at the shine this nail polish gives and that's without a top coat. Formula wise it isn't the best and needed three coats to become opaque. The first two layers were also quite thin and streaky and it didn't even out until the third.

Capitol Colours Collection // Agro (District 11 – Agriculture) | Dress Me Up (District 8 – Textiles) | Electrify (District 5 – Power) | Fast Track (District 6 – Transportation) | Foie Gras (District 10 – Livestock) | Harvest Moon (District 9 – Grain) | Hook and Line (District 4 – Fishing) | Luxe and Lush (District 1 – Luxury) | Mahogany Magic (District 7 – Lumber) | Riveting (District 3 – Tech…

China Glaze Agro

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
China Glaze Agro // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Agro Agro is a unique colour and one I surprisingly really like considering I don't normally reach for darker green shades. The flecks of gold are what brings this nail polish to life though and looks amazing when it hits the light.
Application Since it has a metallic finish, brush strokes are visible if you're not careful when applying. I always try to apply the final coat very neatly and always finish with a thick layer of top coat.


Capitol Colours Collection // Agro (District 11 – Agriculture) | Dress Me Up (District 8 – Textiles) | Electrify (District 5 – Power) | Fast Track (District 6 – Transportation) | Foie Gras (District 10 – Livestock) | Harvest Moon (District 9 – Grain) | Hook and Line (District 4 – Fishing) | Luxe and Lush (District 1 – Luxury) | Mahogany Magic (District 7 – Lumber) | Riveting (District 3 – Technology) | Smoke and Ashes (District 12 – Mining) | Stone Cold (Dist…

Wishlist 007

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May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon | £125 //  Pureology Hydrate Shampoo & Conditioner | £13.50 & £16 // Lush Bar Humbug Bubble Bar | £3.65 // Lush Yog Nog Bath Bomb | £3.95 // Lush Reindeer Rock Soap | £3.25 // Urban Decay Smoky Naked Palette | £38 // The Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser | £39.95 // Maggs London The Grayson Make-up Bag | £26.99.
I haven't done a wishlist post in a while but I love putting them together. I guess it's the online version of window shopping. I've gone through my shopping folder in my favourites and put together the things I've been lusting over recently.

I feel like I am always trying to find a shampoo that my hair likes and although I've found that with Philip Kingsley Itchy/Flaky Scalp Shampoo, I'm on the hunt for another so my hair doesn't get used to PK. I've heard a lot about Pureology but haven't tried anything from the brand before. I think the Hydrate shampoo and conditioner will be my next hair purcha…

Mini Reviews 052 | Lush 001

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Beautiful Shower Gel | £4.75 - £27.50 // This shower gel is packed full of gold glitter that doesn't sink to the bottom like it has in other shower gels! The scent of Beautiful is peach, apricot and musk, a really nice combination that doesn't really sound like it would work but it does.

Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair Shower Gel | £4.75 - £27.50 // Lush don't often use fig as an ingredient but they have for this shower gel and it smells amazing. It smells good enough to drink with a mix of fig and guava along with lavender, jasmine, rose and ylang ylang. I really hope this is a permanent shower gel!

The Experimenter Bath Bomb | £3.95 // I remember seeing this bath bomb on Lush's instagram before it was released and the Oxford Street shop opened. This looks amazing as it dissolves! This has a really sweet vanilla scent and there's popping candy inside.

Yoga Bomb Bath Bomb | £3.95 // This bath bomb looks quite plain on the outside compared to others but once you add…

OPI Tomorrow Never Dies

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Tomorrow Never Dies // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Tomorrow Never Dies Although it doesn't look it in the photos, Tomorrow Never Dies is in fact a purple nail polish. No matter the light, how many photos I took or altering the white balance, the purple would not show and a quick google image of this polish shows the same.

Application This has a slight metallic finish and does highlight the brush strokes more than normal nail polishes do. The formula was a little on the thick side so I made sure to apply thinner coats for it to sit better.

Skyfall Collection // Casino Royale | Die Another Day | Goldeneye | Live and Let Die | Moonraker | On Her Majesty’s Secret Service | Skyfall | The Living Daylights | The Spy Who Loved Me | The World Is Not Enough | Tomorrow Never Dies | You Only Live Twice | The Man With The Golden Gun | Is that Silva? | Bond…James Bond | Morning, Moneypenny.
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Project Sample Use Up 036

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CoLab Paris Dry Shampoo | £3.50 // I have two different uses for dry shampoo. I either use it to make my hair look more presentable or I use it to add volume, sometimes I like a mix of the two. This particular one from CoLab is one I'd use when I want my hair to feel clean. It doesn't create volume like Batiste does but I kind of like that. It does what it says though and makes my hair feel nice and refreshed without having to wash it. It's also clear which is always a bonus although I don't struggle with trying to hide the white patches of dry shampoo as I have light coloured hair. I bought the travel size of all the different scents so I could try them all. I like them all but my favourite is London and have already bought the full size.

Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp Shampoo | £22 // I've been through countless bottles of this shampoo and even bought the giant litre sized bottle as it worked out cheaper. This is my fall back shampoo if the eczema on my scalp f…

OPI The World Is Not Enough

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI The World Is Not Enough // five coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

The World Is Not Enough I knew I had to use an add on macro lens to photograph this nail polish to show all the different colours that make up The World Is Not Enough. Just look at it!

Application The reason I never wear this nail polish though: it needs five coats to become opaque. Yes five! I haven't found the right colour to wear under it to reduce the amount of coats it needs and it's a shame as it's such a beautiful and unique colour.


Skyfall Collection // Casino Royale | Die Another Day | Goldeneye | Live and Let Die | Moonraker | On Her Majesty’s Secret Service | Skyfall | The Living Daylights | The Spy Who Loved Me | The World Is Not Enough | Tomorrow Never Dies | You Only Live Twice | The Man With The Golden Gun | Is that Silva? | Bond…James Bond | Morning, Moneypenny.

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Face Masks | What I'm using 002

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Aveda Intensive Hydrating Masque | £28.50 // This is one of my all time favourite face masks and I'm nearly coming towards the end of the tube. It's perfect for those with dry and sensitive skin, which is basically my own. You apply a layer all over the face and leave it on for about ten minutes before rinsing off and your skin is left feeling incredibly soft and moisturised. You can also use this as an over night mask instead of moisturiser. As long as you don't apply too much, you won't have any problem with this rubbing off onto your pillow as it tends to sink in pretty quickly especially if you have dry skin. This is also a great mask to use during a flight as it's clear and no one will be able to tell. Plus as it's so hydrating it will counteract the dryness from flying. I feel like you get a lot product for what you pay so the price doesn't seem to bad. I like that it doesn't have a scent and reminds me of a mask version of hydraluron.

Aesop Parsle…

OPI The Spy Who Loved Me

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI The Spy Who Loved Me // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

The Spy Who Loved Me I'm not normally a red nail polish fan but I think it's the golden shimmer that almost looks like flakies that draws me to this polish.
Application This is one that you definitely need a good base coat underneath as it stains your nails. Other than that application was pretty much perfect. The formula reminded me of a jelly polish but a lot more opaque.

Skyfall Collection // Casino Royale | Die Another Day | Goldeneye | Live and Let Die | Moonraker | On Her Majesty’s Secret Service | Skyfall | The Living Daylights | The Spy Who Loved Me | The World Is Not Enough | Tomorrow Never Dies | You Only Live Twice | The Man With The Golden Gun | Is that Silva? | Bond…James Bond | Morning, Moneypenny.
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Lush Kitchen | August & September 2015

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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 a few small orders. 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 like the Lemslip Buttercream. I didn't even know the buttercream formula existed!

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 …

Month In Photos | September 2015

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Obsessed with Lush Shower Gels | Cat hiding behind the curtains | Wardrobe clear out | And what's left | Currently reading | Watch season 2 of Orphan Black while blogging | Fiddle leaf fig! | Bedding switch up | cat | Blogging backgrounds.
Now that I have a better camera on my phone and I'm getting more into Instagram, I don't really pick up my DSLR to take daily snapshots. I don't carry it when I'm out and about and I like that I can instantly share my photos on Instagram instead of storing them all until I get home and upload onto my laptop. My Week In Photos posts are no longer weekly and have turned into more of a round up post as and when I remember to. This is where Month In Photos comes in. Same idea as WIP, but instead it's once a month.

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The Back Ups | 003

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Liz Earle Eye Bright (£1.25) | Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (£26) |First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Overnight Mask (£28) |First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads (£22) |Jurlique Calendula Calming Mist (£29) |Indeed Labs Hydraluron (£24.99) |Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief (£34).
Does the average person have back ups of products their using so they're not without if a product runs out unexpectedly? Or is it just us beauty bloggers? I know I do and I probably have back up of back ups when it comes to certain products.

I buy Liz Earle's Eye Bright in packs of three as it means I don't have to pay postage and also so I'm ever without. I do wait until I'm half way through the last bottle before making another order, but even then it means I have four bottles in my possession.

It's not just skin care I do this with either. I always make sure I have a second mascara on hand in case the dreaded oh no this mascara has dried up and is un…

OPI On Her Majesty's Secret Service

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI On Her Majesty's Secret Service // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

On Her Majesty's Secret Service Although On Her Majesty's Secret Service looks pretty in the first photo, it looks magical in the second macro shot. Oh how did I forget about the macro lens add on lens!! I think I'm going to use it for more nail polish photos. On Her Majesty's Secret Service has a smoky blue base with green/blue/gold/pink shimmer running through it.

Application The formula is a little on the sheer side but not as bad as some nail polishes. It has a smooth finish and is actually easy to remove unlike other glitter nail polishes.


Skyfall Collection // Casino Royale | Die Another Day | Goldeneye | Live and Let Die | Moonraker | On Her Majesty’s Secret Service | Skyfall | The Living Daylights | The Spy Who Loved Me | The World Is Not Enough | Tomorrow Never Dies | You Only Live Twice | The Man With The Golden Gun | Is that Silva? | Bond…James Bon…