Friday, 25 March 2016

Lush Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb


Hey all!

It's been bath bomb crazy the last few weeks since our Lush event, M tried out the Humpty Dumpty Bath bomb and I've been trying out the Rose Bombshell.

How pink and pretty is this!


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I love the bright pink and the light blue swirling through it, and it smells amazing just coming out of the packet.
It contains rose and geranium oils and Sicilian lemon and smells truly girly and indulgent. As you drop this into the bath it fizzes and swirls away and the outer shell breaks away revealing the petals inside.

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The bath was instantly super pink and the bathroom smelled amazing, it was exactly what i needed the evening I used it!

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I set up my candles and grabbed the latest Women's Health mag and had a lovely long soak. 

The Rose Bombshell bath bomb was £3.95 and it was worth every penny for my sanity! Bath bombs have grown on me significantly the last few months and this is probably the girliest one I've used yet, and i loved it!

This one was picked up at an event recently so I'm not sure how long it will be available for. I would definitely recommend it though and will pick some up the next time I'm back in the Lush store if i can!

Have you tried the Rose Bombshell bath bomb? Which has been your favourite of their recent products?


L xxx



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Thursday, 24 March 2016

Lush Humpty Dumpty

Hey All

Easter is just around the corner and I can't wait for the long weekend. A few weeks ago L and I went to see what new products lush were releasing for spring (you can see some of them here) and neither of us could resist picking up humpty dumpty after we'd seen him.

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Humpty Dumpty is a large bath bomb and is more expensive than normal but it can do upto three baths. You can find it to buy here. It's a great scent with orange and bergamont so it smells fresh and easy,

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I mentioned he's bigger and more expensive which is because he can do 3 baths. If you give it a whack on the side of the bath it splits into three bits (albeit mine didn't split too well!) inside it reveals a cracked egg. What a cute touch. I love the thought that goes into lush products!

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Here's how it splits up if you crack it properly!

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In the bath it fizzes away to make a beautiful blue bath water that smells lovely and fresh. I love the colour pattern it makes on the bath. Below you can see the egg fizzing away, It is a smaller bath bomb, but it does seem to fizz a bit slower so you'd still get a good bath out of it.

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Have you purchased anything from the lush spring collection?

Love M

xxx


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Sunday, 20 March 2016

Burger and Lobster Tank Talks


Hey all!

Have you heard of Tank Talks??

It's a new idea from Burger and Lobster where you can attend their restaurant on a Wednesday in March and hear all about the restaurant, try all of the food and matching cocktail items on the menu and generally have a fun time!

We went last week for the first session and were very excited. We both love food as we have mentioned many times and had never been to Burger and Lobster yet so it was a great experience to go to this event first.


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We were shown to our tables and there were 10 of us in total so it was a nice manageable number.
Amelia the restaurant manager was so lovely and easy to listen to, she told us a bit of background about the restaurant itself, where it came from and how many there are now.
I wrongly assumed Burger and Lobster came from the US, it actually came from London which now has 9 restaurants, plus a further three in the UK (Cardiff, Manchester and Bath). They also have a few others around the world in the US, Sweden, Kuwait and Dubai so it is still quite exclusive really.

The tables were decorated so half of us were Team Lobster, and the other half Team Burger. Our table was covered with fishing nets and it was a really nice touch with the aim of the evening to decide which team you were on.

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The menu is quite simple - there actually isn't one! Instead your server will explain your options to you - basically you choose burger or lobster! The lobster can either be as a lobster roll or server freshly cooked in the shell, either steamed or grilled.
All options are served with salad and chips - pretty easy to decide what you want!

As part of Tank Talks however you get to sample everything from the menu with respective cocktails all for the standard price of £20 - the burger or the two lobster options also cost this for a normal visit to the restaurant. First up, was lobster!

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We had a talk from the Sous Chef who told us lots of interesting facts about lobsters, including that you can age them like trees by counting the rings on their antennae, and also that they urinate from their mouths! Crazy!
Burger and Lobster go through around 11 tonnes of lobster a week which is a crazy amount to think about. They have a few tanks on each site with an absolutely huge one in London, I think they said it was the biggest that exists!

The Lobster roll was the first item we tried, this is cold lobster in a japanese mayo with lemon juice in a brioche roll made using their own recipe. I can't tell you how absolutely amazing these were and i really did savour every mouthful!

The lobster roll was also paired with the Ab Fab cocktail, shown above on the right (pink drink) which was light, floral and refreshing. It contains peach vodka, rose wine, lemon verbena and red currant. Unfortunately i was driving but that didn't stop me trying out the range of non-alcoholic drinks and the Hawaiian Cooler (left in the above photo) was really tasty. It was based on pineapple juice which i haven't had in ages so it was a great change.

Next came the real lobster and the respective bibs!!

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What a feast!!

Half of the lobster was grilled and the other half steamed. The grilled side tastes a bit meatier and chargrilled, the steamed side is more tender and also fishier so it depends what kind of meal you are looking for.

We got stuck in with the tools and cracking the shells, we've probably never got so messy with food but when you're given bibs it's kind of expected!

This was served with a Jalisco's Rose cocktails, which contained tequila, vermouth, apple cordial and soda.

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Next up it was burger time!

The meat for these burgers comes from Hereford and Aberdeen beef from Nebraska. They are corn fed to produce the marble effect. To make the burger they only use 3 cuts of the beef and add absolutely nothing at all, not even seasoning and they advise that you order it medium rare for the best taste.
The bun used in the burger uses the same recipe as for the brioche buns for the lobster rolls, this is then piled high with salad, bacon, cheese and their own recipe burger sauce.

Take a look at this beauty:

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The burger is huge! It's amazing though, the whole meal was really tasty and I'd find it hard to choose which one to have if i went again.
In fact we have already been back and shared the burger and a lobster roll!

This came with a cocktail called '8 Steps to the West' containing whiskey, pear, elderflower, rosemary and ginger ale. We think this was collectively our favourite cocktail, I ordered it on our second trip just so I could savour it after having to drive on our original trip!

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As if we weren't already stuffed, out came dessert!

As we were Team Lobster by this point we were given the cheesecake with a 'sand' topping, there was also a 'soil' topping for those who were Team Burger (basically digestives or oreos!) which was a lovely touch for the event.
They were very tasty but after all of the food we struggled to finish them!

The last drink we tried was the Hot Bergamot Toddy which contained Bergamot orange, honey, ginger, bitters and hot water. It was lovely for those of us who currently have a cold and I'd fully recommend it.

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The whole experience was absolutely wonderful and although we were invited for reviewing purposes and didn't pay for the food we were so impressed we actually went back to watch the Wales v England match that same weekend. It was a tense day for our friendship but even though England won our friendship survived....!

Have you been to Burger and Lobster? Have you booked in for Tank Talks?

We would fully recommend it for any foodie!

Let us know if you try it, and if you're Team Burger or Team Lobster!


L and M xxx


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Thursday, 17 March 2016

Wishlist


Hey there!

I've not written a wishlist for a ridiculous amount of time, which is quite funny as I can't afford to buy anything but still want everything.

So without further rambling, here is what's on my wishlist right now:



Lorna Jane - Everything!

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I've seen and heard a lot about Lorna Jane, one day I will own such beauties!

Above are the Storm Core Ankle Biter Tights, and they are wonderful. You can view them on the Active in Style site by clicking here for £63.

I've also got my eye on this bra:
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It's the Lumineer Sports Bra and comes in at £46.

I absolutely love the design with the subtle print and the cross back, its gorgeous and functional and I need it in my fitness bag. It might make me run faster right? Right.



Zoeva - Rose Golden Vol. 2 Brush Sets

Who doesn't love rose gold? And who doesn't love brush sets?

Which is why it is so hard to ignore these beauties, I picked two sets as I couldn't choose one!

Both of these sets cost £65 each which for brushes of this variety and quality is quite good. And they're pretty! I think i could always do with more brushes generally but the eye brush set is probably the number one priority for me, I never seem to have enough and there's such a good variety there I want to test them all out.

It's unlikely I will ever buy these for myself so I think it's safe to say they will be staying on my wishlist for a while, but if some money does come my way some time soon I will be running to Beauty Bay to snap them up.
You can view the collection on Beauty Bay by clicking here.


Rebecca Stella Squad Palette

Rebecca Stella hasn't really popped up on my radar before, but with my new found love for YouTube I saw the Squad Palette on 'Meg Says' and wow isn't it the dream??

I love the matte colours and can see they would be used a lot for day wear. There's even one with a slight shimmer for a highlight and the best part?

This brand is totally cruelty free! M has been super conscious of this now she has her bunnies and it is always better to buy from a brand that doesn't test on animals so we are actively trying to learn more.

When brands like this produce lovely palettes like this why would you get anything that had been tested on an animal?!

You can browse Rebecca Stella on her website here, the Squad Palette is £32 (They also have a contour palette.....eeek!)



Nike - LunarGlide 7 MP - £115

There's not really much to be said about these absolutely gorgeous and super wonderful running trainers.....apart from, drool with me.



L xxx



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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette Review

Hey all

As soon as the Kat Von D make up hit the scene I knew I had to have some. I'm still desperate for the liquid liner, liquid lipsticks and the foundations as they're meant to be great for pale skin tones. My first product was the Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette. I initially wanted the contour palette but opted for this instead. 

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I was drawn to the eye palette as it was a totally matte palette (something I didn't previously own) and the top three shades were large pans and I thought I could use them as contour and highlight shades and get a multi use from these palettes. I love that it comes with some ideas for looks to create to so is great for beginners or to help grow make up confidence. 

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Apologies for the used palette photos. I initially took them brand new but wasn't happy with them when I uploaded them. The palette contains 12 different shades set up in three sections. The large shade is meant to be the base, the 1st shade underneath the contour, the second shade define and the third shade highlight. All the colours are really pigmented and blend out easily. I don't tend to follow what the shades are for and mix it up. I love that it comes with warm and cool tone so will suit most skin tones!!

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Here I used the large shade called Lazerous to add some definition in the creases Laetus and Lucious on the lid. I love using these shades for a natural eye look. Lazerous also works as a great brow shade.

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Here I went heavier with the colours and blended lots of the brown shades through the outer v to deepen it. The colours all blend really well together. I've also used Lazerous to contour here and Laetus to set under the eyes. I love this as a contour shade. It looks so natural against my pale skin as it's more of a taupe shade. I'm wearing the lip liner featured on the blog on Monday Rimmel 1000 kisses in Tiramisu. With Revlon Mauve it Over (which I've now learnt is discontinued, sad times !!)

I love this palette and can't wait to try more of the Kat Von D range, the foundation is next on my list. I'm tempted to purchase a sample of it to try out. It's not the easiest make up range to get but Sephora do now ship to the UK. I personally use a facebook group to order my American make up from. 

How do you get American products? Have you tried Kat Von D products?

Love M

xxx


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Monday, 14 March 2016

Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Liner Review - Tiramisu

Hey All

Today I wanted to share one of my favourite lip liners at the moment. Rimmel do really affordable lip liners that are great. They are only £2.99 each.

The 1000 kisses lip liner are a traditional pencil type which means it does require sharpening but my preferred type as it has more product than a twist up one.  I've tried and use lots from this range as they are super affordable, last really well and have a great range of colours.

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Tiramisu is a great everyday colour and if I can find a lip liner to match my lipstick I tend to reach for this one. Above you can see it just outlining the lips and below you can see the colour when it's all filled in. It would be a great one for those Kylie Jenner lips but for me I can't get into the slight over lining of the lips it tends to make it look like a child has applied my make up!

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Tiramisu is a warm nude lip colour. For a long time I never used lip liner except with a red but I use it with all lipsticks now and this or Rimmel Addiction are the colours I reach for the most. I love the finish liner gives to the lipstick as it gives it a much better edge and makes it last better.

Have you tried Rimmel Liners? I'll be putting this one on today as L and I are off to watch the Rugby. It'll be a tense match for us!

Love M

xxx



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Saturday, 12 March 2016

Lush Ladybird Bubble Bar


Good morning everyone!

I've been working my way through the wonderful products I picked up recently at the Lush Spring event which you can read about here.

My bath this week was with the Ladybird Bubble Bar - it's such a cutie!

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I haven't used many bubble bars before so this was a new experience for me, and also the smell was so intriguing.
As I've mentioned many times I'm quite sensitive to smells and sometimes they are overpowering, this one is not like that at all. How can you resist such a cute bubble bar with the bug eyes??

This one contains geranium and peppermint oil so is both relaxing and invigorating, it would be a great one to have in the morning if there was enough time!

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I crumbled this under running water and watching the bubble multiply, I actually only used half of this bar as I wanted to save it but next time the whole thing is going in!

Lorna from Lush Cardiff told us the best thing for these is to use a sieve, I have now bought one ready to use the other half and can't wait to see how much more bubbly it gets.

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My bathroom (and me!) smelled amazing after this bath and I may have to purchase a few more of these lovely little bugs before they stop selling them. The only cost £3.95 each

Have you tried the Ladybird? Do you prefer bubble bars or bath bombs?


L xxx



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Thursday, 10 March 2016

Beauty Rehab


Hello there!

If you haven't noticed by now we've been making a few changes to our blog, we've upgraded to our own domain name and also changed the layout and had a whole new shake up - we've got our Instagram back and we've finally added Pinterest so we will be having so many new things coming up for you and we're very excited!

To continue with the 'out with the old and in with the new' I've got another update to my Beauty Rehab series. My stash has seriously downsized from it's original mammoth size but there's still more things to work through, here's what I've finished this time:


Rimmel Kate Moss Mascara - i will always love Rimmel mascaras as for me, you just can't go wrong. Good products for good prices, this is another that I've had before and although I don't find there are too many differences between them all they are all great for me!
Lacura Day Care Moisturiser - since moving I've had to consider every purchase, including skincare. I tried out Aldi's as it had so many good reviews and its actually really good, including this moisturiser, thumbs up from me
Maybelline Big Eyes mascara - wasn't a fan of this one, the two brush thing always has me worried but as these were different sizes I thought it would be different but sadly it dried out super fast and wasn't very good
Origins Checks and Balances face wash - still a favourite but sadly out of my budget nowadays, this was one I was saving for trips away for my wash bag, still love it!

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Aussie products - as a blanket review Aussie products smell amazing and are always on offer, why would I buy anything else?!
Good Things Argan Oil Cleansing Oil - I also really like Good Things and this worked really well but I do prefer their normal face wash for getting rid of the days grime
Batiste - again another staple, cannot go wrong and no other dry shampoo has lived up to this
Elemis Apricot Toner - a product that many have raved over. I'm not really a toner kind of girl but this smelled fairly good to me and it was nice and cooling, if I could get into the habit of using I'd probably want to use this one

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More Aussie, Batiste and Good Things, all great brands!
Alberto Balsam Shampoo - think this is a Home Bargains special, so many lovely smells I always pick them up as they're a great price too
Lush Cupcake Face Mask - chocolatey and great to use, my skin loves anything that comes from a fridge too, I'd get this again when my skin needed it
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray - so good for nights out, it has lasted me a while but sadly had to run out at some point


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Original Source Shower Gel - I had forgotten about these until I saw them in a shop, the smell is still wonderful and zesty in the mornings so I've bought a stash to inspire me to get up and exercise before work..fingers crossed!
Origins Ginzing Face Scrub - One of the few Origins products I haven't been impressed with, just didn't see any benefits whatsoever so this was disappointing
JPG MaDame perfume - This is my smell, and I still love it almost 10 years after it first came out. I'm pretty sure it's being discontinued so if anyone sees it on offer let me know!! Or I will have to find a new one and that's going to be a horrible task as I'm sensitive to smells...eek!
Origins Eye Doctor Eye Cream - wonder stuff, sad to finish it knowing I can't afford to replace it!

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Global Beauty Care Vitamin C Day Cream - this felt wonderful on the skin and moisturised well but sadly kept bringing me out in spots so it wasn't for me
Lacura Serum and Eye Gel - both amazing and both repurchased, Aldi have done super well here and I can't stop telling everyone about how good they are, get these! Just don't forget to leave some there for me too!
Ojon Hair Mask - vile. There's no other word for it, who wants a hair mask that smells like decades old stale coffee and cigarettes with a bit of damp thrown in?? Made me want to be sick :(
Chantecaille Mascara - can't see me ever buying this as I believe it is outrageously expensive, this was from a sample bag from Space NK. It was a lovely mascara and so was the brush (I meant to keep it as a spare and give it a wash but must have been to eager to clean up...oops) but at somewhere between £40 and £60 I just have to pretend it doesn't exist
Lush Mask of Magnaminty - a favourite of mine and got me into Lush products, I permanently have a tub in my shower and use it as much as possible!



So that's my round up, I tried to keep it short and sweet but there were quite a few to get through.

What do you think of my empties? Have you tried them all? Were your thoughts the same as mine?


Let me know!


L xxx



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