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Favourites | February 2016

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Lush Karma scent // This month I have become a little bit obsessed with the Karma scented products from Lush. The first tried the bubble bar when it looked slightly different and I can't remember if it was part of the permanent collection then or was available online from the Retro section. I picked up most of the other products from The Kitchen over the past couple of months and saved them all to use together. I also asked for a sample of the Karma Soap as I knew I didn't want to buy the full size but still want to use it. The bath bomb was slightly disappointing in that it didn't really do much in the bath apart from turning the water green but the scent was what made it really. I find the Karma scent really hard to describe and it's one I think you just need to go and smell in store. The notes are lemongrass, patchouli, mango and orange although I don't think this sums it up too well. It's a musky sexy scent and I really love it.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polis…

Sunday Pamper 028 | Spring Clean

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Ingredients
1/4 Mother Superior Bubble Bar
1 Secret Garden Bath Bomb
1/2 So White Bath Bomb or Shower Gel



All Lush bath cocktails can be found on Jens blog, All Things Lush. They have all been created by either Jen or her readers, I am simply testing them out and sharing on my own blog.


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Disappointing products 004

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Lush Roulades // I absolutely loved the shower smoothies Lush used to sell, especially Dreamwash, but they discontinued them as they were introducing some new products. The replacement is now described as a roulade which I was quite excited to try especially as one is still named Dreamwash. I asked for some samples when I placed various orders so I could try them out first before buying the full sizes. I've tried them all now but I just don't like them. The best out of them is Dreamwash which I'm pleased about but it still isn't anywhere near as good as the original. They come in slices like a roulade so there is no packaging which I don't like. I'm all for less packaging and everything but these really do need to be kept in something, if not then they dry out even more. I've been scooping out a small amount and sort of lathering it like a normal soap. I find them too dry and they just sort of either crumble into the water as I'm using it or don't d…

China Glaze I Brake For Colour

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
China Glaze I Brake For Colour // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat
I Brake For Colour I Brake For Colour is definitely more of a toes colour for me as I usually reach for pastel shades on my hands. It's a nice bright coral though and the finish reminds me slightly of a jelly finish.

Application The formula on this was ok. I probably could have gotten away with only using two coats, especially if it was on my toes, but it just needed that third coat to even out a couple of nails.


Road Trip Collection // Pack Lightly | More to Explore | Pinking out the Window | I Brake for Colour | Pop the Trunk | Sun’s Up, Top Down | Trip of a Lime Time | My Way or the Highway | License & Registration Please | Boho Blues | Dashboard Dreamer | Wanderlust.

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Empties | February 2016

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Lush Brandy Butter Bath Bomb // This bath bomb is packed full of cocoa butter and is incredibly moisturising and you can see the oils floating on the surface of the water. It's a winter scent and a mix of cinnamon and tangerine.

Lush The Enchanter Bath Bomb // I was a little bit disappointed with this bath bomb despite reading so many rave reviews. It was fun to watch and smelt nice but didn't wow me as much as I thought it might have.

Lush The Boog Bath Bomb // This was the cutest bath bomb ever! I wish I had bought more of these bath bombs but hopefully they'll come back next Christmas. It has a rosemary and sage scent with hints of something sweet.

Lush Error 404 Bath Bomb // This is another one that was a little bit disappointing but this time it is the scent. It just smells soapy to me and not in a particularly good way. I love the copper and turquoise colours when it fizzes away but I wouldn't buy it again if it came out in the Kitchen.

Lush Jingle Spells Bath Bomb /…

Skin Care Diary | February 2016

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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 | First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads | REN Tonic Moisture Mist | Nourish Argan Skin Rescue | A-Derma Epthielle A.H Cream | Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream.

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China Glaze Pinking Out The Window

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
China Glaze Pinking Out The Window // four coats
CND Speedey Top Coat
Pinking Out The Window A quick google image search brings up a lot of photos of a pink nail polish but Pinking Out The Window definitely looks more peachy with my skin tone, It's not a colour I would normally go for but this mini bottle came in a set with four other colours from the Road Trip collection.

Application This was quite a thin and streaky nail polish and it dragged on a couple of nails when I was adding the final two coats.


Road Trip Collection // Pack Lightly | More to Explore | Pinking out the Window | I Brake for Colour | Pop the Trunk | Sun’s Up, Top Down | Trip of a Lime Time | My Way or the Highway | License & Registration Please | Boho Blues | Dashboard Dreamer | Wanderlust.

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Project Sample Use Up 041

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DHC Deep Cleansing Oil | £21.50 // I think I got this in a beauty box and it's a really good size. I have used it before though and didn't really get on with it so I wouldn't buy the full size.

Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser | £28 // This cleanser on the other hand I really liked and would buy the full size at some point. I only got one use out of this sachet but I have used and finished a travel sized tube so I feel like I've properly tested it out. It's a gentle cream cleanser that doesn't irritate my sensitive skin.

Origins Clear Improvement Mud Mask | £23 // This mud mask was ok but nothing special and there are other masks that I prefer.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask | £23 // This was one of the first overnight face masks I tried and I was really impressed with it. When I thought about applying a face mask and leaving it on overnight I was expecting to go to sleep and wake up with my pillow stuck to my face as it was covered in …

China Glaze Fade Into Hue

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
China Glaze Fade Into Hue // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat
Fade Into Hue Fade Into Hue is quite a unique shade and a hard one to describe. It's a medium toned blue which has a hint of pastel to it but it's still quite bright. There's a murkiness to it which I like as well as a hint of purple.

Application The formula and application of this polish couldn't have been better. It applied smoothly and only needed two coats.

Avant Garden Collection // Budding Romance | Dandy Lying Around | Fade Into Hue | Fancy Pants | Keep Calm, Paint On | Life Is Rosy | Mimoasas Before Manis | Passion for Petals | Pink-ie Promise | Snap My Dragon | Sunday Funday | Tart-y For The Party.


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Lush Kitchen | January 2016 Part Two

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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 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…

China Glaze Kinetic Candy

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
China Glaze Kinetic Candy // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat
Kinetic Candy I love mint nail polish and I think I prefer Kinetic Candy to For Audrey which is also from China Glaze. It's more blue toned than others that I own but I really like it.

Application The formula and application of this polish couldn't have been better. It applied smoothly and only needed two coats.

Electropop Collection // Aquadelic | Dance Baby | Electric Beat | Fuchsia Fanatic | Gaga For Green | Gothic Lolita | Kinetic Candy | Make Some Noise | Sunshine Pop | Sweet Hook | Techno | Wicked Style.


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Sunday Pamper 027 | Candy Delight

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Ingredients
1/3 Candy Mountain Bubble Bar
1 Butterball Bath Bomb
Snow Fairy Shower Gel

This Lush cocktail is for those who love the sickly sweet scent of Snow Fairy. This is also a pretty good bath in terms of money since the Butterball Bath Bomb is one of the cheaper ones and you only need a small amount of the bubble bar and shower gel. The only downside is that two of the products are Christmas limited editions but if you're like me and stocked up in the Boxing day sale then you'll probably have these already. You could swap out Candy Mountain for Creamy Candy Bubble Bar from the permanent collection. It'll change the scent slightly though but in a good way. I love how moisturising Butterball Bath Bomb is and it means I can slip using body lotion afterwards. This is a pretty boring bath in terms of how it looks but the scent is the focus of this one.

All Lush bath cocktails can be found on Jens blog, All Things Lush. They have all been created by either Jen or her read…

Blogger Made Me Buy It 001

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Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel | £28 // Although this cleanser has certainly made its way round the whole blogging and YouTube world over the past couple of years, I first heard Kate talking about it on her blog, Kate La Vie. I remember being a bit sceptical about this cleanser when I first heard people talking about it as the name suggests, I was expecting it to have a gel consistency. Instead it's more of a balm that turns into an oil upon application. Surprisingly I'm still on my first tube but I will be repurchasing when it's empty.

African botanics Marula Balm | £40 //Amelia Liana talked about this balm in one of her videos saying it helped the dry patches around her eyes and at the time I was really struggling with the eczema on my eyes. Although the eczema disappeared before the balm arrived in time, it's still a product I keep at hand for any flare ups. It's an expensive balm but a tiny amount goes a long way and there's hardly a dent in it.

Bumble And B…

Lush Gift Sets | Relax

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Relax Gift Set | £19.50 // The main reason I bought this shower gel is because I wanted the bottle of Twilight despite it then going into the Kitchen a week later. I wasn't too bothered about this though as I love all the other products in the gift set and will happily use them all. It also means I now have a mini and large bottle of Twilight. All of these products work so well together and make an incredible bath cocktail when all used together.

Butterball Bath Bomb | £2.65 // Although this bath bomb has quite a subtle vanilla scent, it's one of my favourites as it's slightly smaller in size. Sometimes the larger bath bombs feel too much for just one bath. Butterball is packed full of cocoa butter and you can see the oil droplets floating in the water once it fizzes away.

French Kiss Bubble Bar | £4.25 // This is another one of my favourites and although the newer formula isn't as good as the original, it's one that I will always buy. The scent is straight up lavend…

Skin Care On Trial 004

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TempleSpa In The Beginning Deep Cleansing Melt | £28 // When Caroline raves about a cleanser, well any product really, I usually add it to my to try list and buy it at some point in the future. It's not often that I order it straight away but that's what happened with this one. I had just finished my shift at work and was on the bus home browsing Instagram and Twitter when I saw Caroline talking about this cleanser from TempleSpa. I did not need a new cleanser but the buy one get one free offer as well as it having Carolines stamp of approval was all it took.

Now £28 isn't too bad a price for a cleanser but when I ordered it, it was on offer so one tub worked out at only £14 which is pretty good. This cleanser is next in line for when my Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel runs out which I think will be pretty soon. I also can't fault the brand TempleSpa. My order arrived quickly and well packaged with beautiful turquoise tissue paper and a couple of chocolates inside.


Foll…

China Glaze In A Lily Bit

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
China Glaze In A Lily Bit // five coats
CND Speedey Top Coat
In A Lily Bit I could not believe how many coats this nail polish needed to become opaque. Add on a base coat and top coat, there is no way I have the patients to wait for seven coats to dry. It's such a shame as I really love the pale lavender colour. I have other shades that are similar though and need a lot less coats.

City Flourish Collection // Petal To The Metal | Peonies & Park Ave | Spring In My Step | In A Lily Bit | Lotus Begin | At Vase Value | Don’t Honk Your Thorn | Strike A Rose | What A Pansy | Thistle Do Nicely | Grass Is Lime Greener | Metro Pollen-tin.


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Face Masks | What I'm using 005

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Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask | £19.99 // I really like Hydraluron and always wished there was a mask version and now there is. I would have preferred the mask to be in a tube and I'm hopeful in the future Indeed Labs might bring one out. I was surprised at the price as you only get four sheet masks in the box which works out at £5 per use which is a lot. They do work really well though especially in the winter when my skin is at it's driest. I like to apply sheet masks either when I'm in the bath or when I just want to relax for fifteen minutes and not do anything. Once you remove the sheet mask you massage in any left over residue.

Borghese Fango Active Mud Mask For Face And Body | £22.55 // This is a face and body mud mask although I've only used as a face mask. I got this for my birthday after Fleur raved about it. You only need a tiny amount so this tube will last me a long time! As I have sensitive skin I only use this on my t-zone which is the oil…

Project Life Update | February 2016

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This months Project Life update is going to be pretty short as I actually haven't done anymore to it apart from order a new album and get some photos printed. I wanted this particular album when I first started PL but it was sold out for a while. It finally came back in stock on Craftie Charlie which is where I buy the majority of PL from as you get points for every pound you spend which you can then use on your next order. This is the Aqua Edition Cloth D-Ring and I sort of wish I had bought this one in the first place as I would be happy with using this design for all my albums. 

So this new album is starting with photos and mementos from 2011 and there is a surprising amount of them. There's quite a few one various blogging events I went to as well as a trip to Venice along with a lot of cat photos. I just need a weekend now to get it all filled out and then order photos from 2012.

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Lifestyle Favourites 006

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30 days of yoga with Adriene // I have never really been a fan of exercising. Although I enjoyed netball, rounders and trampolining in school, once I left I pretty much stopped. There was a few months that I enjoyed going for walks, but that's as close to finding something I liked since school. Enter thirty yoga videos from Adrienne and I think I have finally found something I love. I like how I'm still getting exercise into my routine, but I find it relaxing as well. A quiet half hour or so of gentle, but effective exercise is the perfect way to start my day. Plus it's free! The thirty days of yoga videos are from this time last year but Adriene has just released Yoga Camp which is another set of thirty videos I will be working my through over the next month or so.

Amazon Fire TV Stick // Having subscribed to Netflix for a couple of years, I decided to up my TV and film watching game and order the Amazon Fire Stick. For a one off payment of £34.99 you can catch up with BBC…

Lush Valentines 2016

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Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar | £4.25 // I love the lavender scent of this bubble bar and it's the one I'm going to make sure I stock up on. I just find the scent so relaxing and helps to unwind before bed since I do struggle with sleep. The design has slightly changed from lasts years and I prefer the vibrancy of this years version. Plus the stars from last years design didn't add anything to the bubble bar so I don't mind that they're gone. I feel like the scent is much stronger and fills up the whole room as you crumble it under running water.

Prince Charming Shower Cream | £4.95 - £27.95 // This years Prince Charming is a shower cream although I still have a large bottle of the Shower Gel from Last years Valentines collection, I just had to buy a mini one. I've read reviews of the two formulas being compared and the consensus is that they're pretty much the same but I wanted to try it for myself. The main difference is the colour and this years is a much more …

Month In Photos | January 2016

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Lush Kitchen | January 2016 Part One

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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 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…

OPI Dulce De Leche

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Dulce De Leche // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat
Dulce De Leche Dulce De Leche had been on my nail polish wishlist for such a long time before I finally bought it. I feel like it suits my skin tone really well and is a nice change from a straight up nude nail polish. It has a nice dusky rose tone to it

Application The formula and application of this polish couldn't have been better. It applied smoothly and only needed two coats. Also look at the shine! I took the photo before I had even applied a top coat so if you don't have a problem with chipping like I do, then you can totally skip applying one. I still need to though as nail polish chips so easily on me no matter how I apply it.

South American Collection // Argenteeny Pinkini | Chile o Caliente? | Dulce de Leche | Ecuadorable Coral | Galapa-ghost | La Paz-itively Hot | Peru-B-Ruby | Santiago Sangria | Senorita-Rosalita | The Thrill of Brazil | Up The Amazon Without A Paddle | Vanill…

Shopping | Hair Care

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O & M Original Detox Shampoo | £24 // I'm coming to the end of Bumble And Bumbles Sunday Shampoo and fancied a change. I remembered Kate raving about the leave-in conditioner from the brand so when I spotted this while browsing Space NK I thought I'd try it. It has a lovely mint scent and I quite like the bottle design.

Bumble And Bumble Don't Blow It (H)air Styler | £23 // This is another Kate inspired purchase as it stood out to me when I was reading through her recent hair post. I love B&B products so I have high expectations for this one. I always air dry my hair but I haven't come across a product like this before. A lot of styling creams are aimed at blow drying the hair but this is meant to smooth out hair and decrease frizz while your hair air dries. I have naturally curly hair so I'm intrigued to see what this does to my hair and I'm sure I'll write a proper review at some point.

Bumble And Bumble Surf Infusion | £21.50 // This was the whole…

Eczema Update 002

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So after a week of carrying around the hand counter and keeping count of every time I scratched, I sort of gave up with the whole eczema book. The next chapter moves onto booking an appointment with your doctor and moisturising a couple of times a day. Although I didn’t make an appointment to see my GP and going over the creams I use etc, this wasn’t the problem. It’s the moisturising part. I hate applying any type of lotion.I don’t like the feeling if it doesn’t sink in properly and I always find myself scratching my eczema after I’ve applied moisturiser. I’ve said it before, I think my eczema isn’t “normal” in that it doesn’t respond well to being moisturised and that my eczema disappears quicker if I leave it to sort of dry out. Maybe I just haven’t found the right moisturiser for me but I sort of gave up with the book because of this. Who knows, I might pick it up again at some point but for now it’s just not working. 

As for where I currently have eczema, it’s an improvement fro…