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Skin Care Diary | March 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 | A-Derma Epthielle A.H Cream | Dior Creme De Rose. 
I'm feeling a bit like a broken record with these skin care diary posts at the moment. I've been using the same mix of products and I'm actually happy with them. I also feel like I haven't bought any skin care products, apart from repurchases, in a really long time. I don't feel the need to try all of the different types of cleansers on offer or have six moisturisers on the go at one time like I used to.  Maybe I'll stop these monthly posts and just u…

Empties | March 2016

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Lush Vanilla Fountain Bath Bomb // This is a simple bath bomb but it's one of my favourites. It's not a show stopper as it fizzes away in the water but I love the vanilla scent. It was out in the Kitchen the other month and I only managed to buy one so it'll be a while before I can use it again.

Lush Shark Infested Custard Bath Oil // I used this together with the Vanilla Fountain bath bomb as the two scents work really well together. I cut it in half so I could get two baths out of it as I thought it would be too oily if I used the whole thing. Half of the bath oil was just the right amount though.

Lush Divination Reusable Bubble Bar // This is one of my favourite Lush products as I love the parma violet scent. It won't be for everyone but I'm glad I bought a couple the last time they were available in the Kitchen.

The Body Shop Olive Body Butter | £14 // I always have at least one TBS body butter on the go and I really love the olive scent. I'm currently us…

OPI Can't Afjörd Not To

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Can't Afjörd Not To // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Nordic Collection // Going My Way or Norway? | Skating on Thin Ice-land | Ice-bergers & Fries | Viking in a Vinter Vonderland | OPI with a Nice Finn-ish | Thank Glogg it’s Friday! | My Voice is a Little Norse | Do You Have This Color in Stock-holm? | Can’t Afjord Not To | Suzi Has a Swede tooth | How Great is Your Dane? | My Dogsled is a Hybrid.
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Sunday Pamper 030 | Lemonade Laugh Time

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Ingredients
1/2 Honey Bee Bath Bomb
1/4 Yuzu And Cocoa Bubble Bar
1/4 Ceridwens Cauldron Bath Melt
Yuzu And Cocoa Shower Cream




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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China Glaze Electric Beat

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
China Glaze Electric Beat // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

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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Lush Samples | Massage Bars

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Strawberry Feels Forever Massage Bar | Percup Massage Bar | King Of Skin Body Butter | Wiccy Magic Massage Bar | Soft Coeur Massage BarShades Of Earl Grey Massage Bar | Shimmy Shimmy Shimmer Bar | Buffy Body Butter | Hottie Massage Bar | Yes Yes Yes Massage Bar | Therapy Massage Bar | Peace Massage Bar | Each Peach (And Twos A Pair) Massage Bar.
In terms of value for money, the massage bars are the best samples to ask for from Lush. The sample sizes are usually about a quarter of the size of the bars which works out to be about £1.50 worth. That's pretty good considering they're given out for free and depending on how much you spend on your order, you're usually given a couple of them if they're the only thing you've asked for. Over the past couple of months I've managed to get four samples of the Hottie Massage Bar which put together makes a full size.

The massage bars can be used for massage, obviously, but they can also be used as a body moisturiser which …

Reading | March 2016

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Our Endless Numbered Days | Ice Like Fire | Golden Son | Morning Star | Dreams Of Gods And Monsters
In January I wrote about the books I wanted to read next and although I only read three out of the six, I'm back again with another new stack. I've been behind on my Goodreads Reading Challenge by one or two books pretty much each week and I can't seem to catch up!

Our Endless Numbered Days was an impulse buy while doing the food shop. I hadn't heard anything about it but liked the cover. I'm glad I picked it up though as I've heard more people talk about it recently. Ice Like Fire is the second book in the Snow Like Ashes trilogy. I wasn't a fan of the first book and felt like it could have been written in a paragraph as nothing really happened until the final thirty pages or so but I don't like to leave a series unfinished and am going to give it a try at least.

I finally finished Red Rising after starting it about six months ago and am now moving ont…

China Glaze Def Defying

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

Cirque de Soleil Collection // Bend Over Backwards | Creative Fantasy | Def Defying | Escaping Reality | Get Carried Away | Hanging in the Balance | Igniting Love | It’s a Trap-eze | Running in Circles | Surreal Appeal | Water Your Waiting For | Whirled Away.
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Project Sample Use Up 042

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Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel // I must have got this sample around Christmas time although I do have a full size bottle. I'm not a huge fan of the sickly sweet scents but I always buy a bottle of Snow Fairy when it's available.

Lush Needles & Pine Shower Jelly | £3.75 - £7.50 //  This shower jelly smells of pine needles and cypress leaf and it's a really strong scent. I tend to use the shower jellies to make bubbles rather than use them as soap. I already have the full size of this.

Lush 93,000 Miles Shower Jelly | £3.75 - £7.50 // This isn't one of my favourites as I find the peppermint and cinnamon a bit odd and doesn't work too well together.

Lush Refresher Shower Jelly | £3.75 - £7.50 // I love this lemon scented shower jelly and have the full size already.

Skin & Tonic Steam Clean Cleansing Balm | £27 // This is one of the more oiler cleansing balms and I have to make more of an effort when removing it that there isn't any residue left on my skin. I did …

Month In Photos | February 2016

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Lush Easter 2016

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Humpty Dumpty Bath Bomb | £6.95 // This bath bomb shares the same scent as Honey I Washed The Kids and it's one of my favourites. It's a sweet honey scent that I wish Lush used more often in their products. Although a bit creepy, I love the design of this one. It is huge but it is one of the more expensive bath bombs from the collection. Lush says you can get three baths out of it if you crack it in half as there's a fried egg bath bomb inside. I wasn't able to crack mine in half properly as the egg wasn't loose inside which was a shame as pretty much half of the bath bomb turned into dust.

Which Came First? Bath Bomb | £6.95 // This is another one that you can get three baths out of and I found it much easier to split in two. There's a cute mini chick bath bomb inside. This is probably my least favourite scent out of them all as it's quite floral and not my favourite.

Golden Egg Bath Bomb | £3.95 // This is one of my favourite Easter products and am glad to …

China Glaze My Way Or The Highway

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
China Glaze My Way Or The Highway // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

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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Tools 002 | Bath & Body

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Mio Body Brush | £14.50 // I'm still pretty new to dry body brushing but it has made my skin feel so soft and smooth. It also helps circulation and exfoliates the skin at the same time. I use the brush on dry skin before I get into the bath. You brush in the direction of the heart starting at your feet and work your way up. If my skin is feeling a little sensitive then I'll use the brush on wet skin after the bath.

The Body Shop Spoon // This came with the bath jellies from TBS and I've actually used it a lot. I'm sure you could find something similar from Ebay but it makes scooping product out of jars so much easier.

Wooden Scoop // This wooden scoop is the perfect size for bath salts and one scoop is enough per bath. Plus it looks pretty sitting on my bathroom shelf.

Honey Spoon // You get this wooden honey spoon with the Laura Mercier Honey Bath but I would have bought one from Ebay. I use it for bubble bath that come in a tub as I find I use too much if I pour them st…

Eczema Diary | March 2016

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I'm probably going to completely jinx myself with saying this but I feel like I have finally turned a corner with my eczema. I don't know how or why but I am hoping it stays this way. The only flare ups I have at the moment are on my feet and this is thanks to my new work shoes. I'm hoping once I find a new pair that don't irritate my feet then I might not have any flare ups. There hasn't been a single time over the last seven years that I have been eczema free so to say I am happy is an understatement. I am trying to not get too excited about this though as I know I'll only be disappointed if I carry on getting more flare ups.

If you suffer from eczema, how are you getting on?


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China Glaze Boho Blues

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
China Glaze Boho Blues // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

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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Sunday Pamper 029 | Blue Skies Over The Feast

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Ingredients
1/6 Blue Skies And Fluffy Clouds Bubble Bar
1/4 Ceridwens Couldren Bath Melt
1 Lord Of Misrule Bath Bomb



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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Products Not Worth The Hype 001

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So this post is a little different to the other disappointing product posts that I have done. These aren't necessarily bad products like others have been. It's more that they aren't as good as I had hoped they'd be and have had a lot of hype surrounding them.

Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette | £38.50 // I love the two other versions and I could happily use them for the rest of my life and not buy any other eye shadows and that's saying something. I love the look of the third version and the shades are really pretty but I just haven't used it as much as I thought I would have. I've probably used it five times at the most since it was released in 2013. It's also expensive at nearly £40 for one palette. There was so much hype around this when it was released but I haven't really seen anyone use it or talk about it since. I know I certainly haven't.

Bobbi Brown Corrector | £19 // This corrector works but I just don't think it deserves the ra…

My Lush Kitchen Menu 002

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This past year I have become slightly obsessed with the Lush Kitchen and being able to try one off products or old favourites that have been discontinued. Each Sunday Friday the Kitchen releases the menu for the following week and I thought I'd create my own perfect version that I would love to see.

Monday | Phoenix Rising Bath Bomb // I bought one of these in January when it was re-released in the Kitchen but I want more! I wish this bath bomb was permanent as it just smells amazing.

Tuesday | Melomint Bubble Bar // I think I'd buy this bubble bar purely for it's watermelon design but luckily I love the scent as well. I've had this one before years ago but whenever I see it pop up on the internet, I always wish I had one in my collection to use. The scent is mint but why they have designed it to look like a watermelon I'll never know.

Wednesday | Bubbling Under Bubble Bar // I want to try this bubble bar purely because it looks so cool. In reality I'm not sure h…

China Glaze Dashboard Dreamer

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
China Glaze Dashboard Dreamer // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

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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Lush Kitchen | February 2016

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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…

Lush Mothers Day 2016

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Ladybird Bubble Bar | £3.95 // This is such a cute bubble bar and actually a really good size compared to some of them. The scent is a bit of a strange one though and one I find quite hard to pin point. It's a mix of geranium and peppermint which shouldn't work but it kind of does.

Flowering Tea Reusable Bubble Bar | £4.95 // I bought a couple of these last year when they were available in the Lush Kitchen. This was originally a Oxford Street exclusive but has been in a couple of other collections since. I love the design of this bubble bar and there's flower petals inside so it really does look like a tea bag. The reusable bubble bars last a really long time compared to the bubble bars if you leave them to dry out in-between uses. As you can imagine this has a very strong floral scent; neroli, orange flower, rosewood and blue cornflower.

Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb | £3.95 // This has been redesigned this year and shares the same scent as Rose Jam. I actually really like the r…