Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Lush Happy Hippy Shower Gel


Hey there!

I've been crazy busy the last few weeks and haven't any chance to get any posts up, I will be making a huge effort to catch up this week to redeem myself.

A few weeks ago on a Lush spree I picked up the Happy Hippy shower gel. I can't believe I have never tried this before as the scents are my absolute favourite!

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Citrus is the best scent to wake up to and I love it, so finding a shower gel infused with fresh pink grapefruit juice, grapefruit water, grapefruit oil, bergamot oil and frankincense oil was absolutely perfect for me!

It's an amazing refreshing and uplifting fragrance and super perfect for getting up in the mornings.

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I picked up the 250g size but there are also 100g, 500g and 1kg available. For shower gel these are pretty expensive, I know these are vegan but I can't really justify spending over £8 for 250g of product all the time so this is definitely a treat.

I couldn't ever imagine spending £22 on 1kg of shower gel - even if it is absolutely fabulous!

Also, I love the tips on the use of the shower gel!

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In short I love this but it would have to be a treat purchase for me. Have you tried Happy Hippy?

What other shower gels do you recommend from Lush?


L xxx



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Friday, 26 August 2016

Oliver Bonas Sale Picks and What I've Purchased

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Oliver Bonas is a shop I'm loving lately and when I passed through Reading station a few weeks ago I couldn't resist popping in. They've got a great sale on so I thought I'd share my purchases and the bits I'm still eyeing up.

Image from Oliverbonas.com

The first thing I saw was these Silver Stud and Chain Drop Earrings. I love how simple they are. I've worn them most days since I got them and had so many compliments on them already. They're also a bargain £5 (I paid £8 gutted!).

Image from Oliverbonas.com

When browsing the full price I couldn't help grabbing a few extra things including the Tan Josie Cross Body Bag. This was £38 and I love it already. It's great for weekends. I've been after a small tan weekend bag as mine is getting old now and this is perfect. It fits in sunglasses, keys, make up and my new card holder and is easy to through over my should to pop into town. It can also be used as a clutch so great for when I'm travelling to see family and friends and trying to appear less high maintenance then I am!

Image from Oliverbonas.com


My last purchase was the Grey Confetti Print Travel Card Holder. This was £10. I couldn't resist this when I saw it and had wanted one for a while as my everyday purse is rather large and takes up a lot of room in small bags. I like the idea of just taking a few cards with me. It's been used loads since I got it. I had orignally hoped for a tan one to match my bag but actually I prefer this better. I keep it in my big purse during the week then in smaller bags on it's own at the weekend! 


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After my purchases in store I couldn't resist browsing more on the train. The Black 3D Rectangular Collar Necklace caught my eye straight away. I love how funky it is and will be purchasing soon! I think it makes a great statement necklace for £8.

Image from Oliverbonas.com


The last piece of jewellery I was eyeing up was the Gold Pozo Howlite Open Shape Ring. I love the design of this and rings are probably my favourite jewellery items! at £10 it's the most expensive of my picks but still a bargain!

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A classic trench coat is something I've been after for a while and the Beige Livvie Trench Coat caught my eye as I was browsing. I love the buttons on this one and for only £40 it's reasonably priced. I've had a few clothes items from Oliver Bonus and have been impressed with the quality.

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The furniture is something else I love about Oliver Bonas. They have amazing desks and chairs and the Pebble Coco Chair really caught my eye! I'd love this in my dressing room, the grey is an amazing shade!!

There is a massive selection of bowls, martini glasses and mugs i'm eyeing up but my OH was having none of it as apparently our cupboards are full (in his defence they are but you can never have enough pretty mugs!!)

Have you shopped much from Oliver Bonas?

Love M

xxx

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Seventeen Blush Powder in Nude

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I love shopping my stash from time to time, it's so easy to forget long lost products after a favourite comes in and takes over. When I found Seventeen Blush Powder in Nude in my stash I didn't think much of it. It didn't jump out at me and I couldn't even remember buying it, but on the skin this blush won me over. Plus it's a bargain £2.99 (here) and usually on an offer or two. Plus seventeen have just bought out some amazing looking matte lipsticks. I also believe Seventeen is cruelty free (if you know otherwise please let me know as I'm finding brands I'd previously read were now aren't!)

Seventeen blush powder in nude review and swatch

Seventeen blush powder in nude review and swatch

The nude blush is an amazing everyday shade. It's a great neutral that isn't too pink or orange toned. It just gives a natural flush to the skin. It's not a shimmery blush either so very easy to wear.

Seventeen blush powder in nude review and swatch

Seventeen blush powder in nude review and swatch

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My camera was having trouble picking up the swatch as on the skin it doesn't show as much but on the face it transfers well. It blends softly to give a natural colour on the apples and isn't overly pigmented that you have to worry about over doing it.

For £2.99 I'd definitely recommend picking this one up. I've had it ages and still love it. I'll be grabbing a new on when I grab some of the new lipsticks! Have you tried any yet? Any shade recommendations?

Love M

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Friday, 19 August 2016

Phee's Make Up Shop

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This is a post I've been meaning to write forever and never gotten around to. A while ago I order a set of eyeshadows from Phee's Make up Shop. I'd been following Phee's blog for ages and when I saw she was releasing some highlighters and eyeshadows I couldn't wait to try them. The range started with loose highlighters and when phee made shadows too I couldn't resist an order. Since then I've place too other orders.

Phees Make Up Swatches Eyeshadows Highlighters

Top Row - Pressed mariposa, pressed orignal, pressed lasaia and eyeshadow dead weight
Bottom Row - eyeshadows - polilla, peppered, sphrix and iris

Phees Make Up Swatches Eyeshadows Highlighters

Phees Make Up Swatches Eyeshadows Highlighters

Here are the first three of each row swatched on the finger, the quality of these shadows and highlights are unreal, they are super pigmented and so soft to touch. Plus they are all hand made and cruelty free which obviously means I can still repurchase more. Totally eyeing up bellini glow and tie dye sunset glow.  

Phees Make Up Swatches Eyeshadows Highlighters

Phee's make up shop swatches shadows and highlight

Here you can see swatches, apologies for the not great quality photo but I wanted to show how amazing the pigmentation is with just one swipe!

The eyeshadows and highlights are sold in pan form and are magnetized so stick in any palettes. Phee has now released some compacts too. The pans are great value for money are they are only £6.50 and come in 37mm pans. 

Phees Make Up Swatches Eyeshadows Highlighters

Here I've used the original highlight to the inner corner. It really is an amazing inner corner colour. I find myself reaching for these highlights over most of my other hightlighters now. I especially love the purple tones of mariposa.

Phees Make Up Swatches Eyeshadows Highlighters

Here I've used peppered as a lid colour! You can really pack the colour on of these if you want full shimmer or go for softer with a softer brush!

Have you tried phee's make up products? If not I can't recommend them enough!

Love M
xxx


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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Miss Patisserie Fizzy Orange Bath Shard

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It's pretty obvious by now L and I are massive Miss Patisserie fans as we share a lot of products here and the blog and both our bathrooms are fully stocked. One thing I couldn't resist trying out is the bath shards. They look amazing and I couldn't wait to try them out in the bath. I loved the look and smell of the Fizzy orange but can't wait to try the rest of the range.

Miss Patisserie Fizzy Orange bath shard review

Miss Patisserie Fizzy Orange bath shard review

The bath shards are packed full of cocoa and shea butter so they are really moisturising and melt into the bath. Fizzy orange also has sweet orange essential oil and bath crumble so it fizzes a little.

I love adding a bit of these to a bath that I've added a bath bomb to as they leave my skin feeling so soft afterwards. 

Miss Patisserie Fizzy Orange bath shard review

You can see the oil melting off of them. I only add a piece this size to each bath and it really makes a difference to my skin. 

For £2.80 it's a bargain and I get about 4 baths out of mine. I want to try the rose next as it's so pretty!

Love M

xxx

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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Coldra Court by Celtic Manor

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Travel posts are some of my favourite to write lately. I love going away and exploring somewhere whether it be for a night or longer! Recently C and I decided we deserved so me time so when he got back from one of his four week trips abroad we booked in to stay at Coldra Court.

We booked one of the dinner, bed and breakfast deals online and went for Coldra Court as it was much cheaper than the resort, still looked lovely and if we wanted to we could have headed up to Celtic Manor for beauty treatments!

Coldra Court is Celtic Manors newest addition to the chain and is only 10 minutes away from the main resort hotel. They also run a shuttle service so you can make use of it all. As I was away for some us time I do have to apologise as our food was amazing but I didn't snap away during dinner!

Coldra Court by Celtic Manor Spa Hotel Review

Coldra Court by Celtic Manor Spa Hotel Review

Coldra Court by Celtic Manor Spa Hotel Review

Coldra Court by Celtic Manor Spa Hotel Review

We stayed in a standard room and everything was decorated beautifully. The space in them was amazing too. I love the nudes and the classic furniture. It all just feels luxurious. The only thing I would say is the rooms didn't have air conditioning. I do think even though it doesn't get massively hot in the UK it's nice to be able to control the temperature of the room. You could open the windows (which we did) but there was road noise this didn't bother us though.

Coldra Court by Celtic Manor Spa Hotel Review

Coldra Court by Celtic Manor Spa Hotel Review

One thing I thought was great was that the plug sockets had USB ports. This meant that there wasn't a fight for the sockets and they were positioned well within the rooms layout. The bathroom was lovely with Elemis toiletries. I do love that Celtic Manor has these throughout the resort. 

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As part of the rate we booked we also had a three course meal in the restaurant. There was a wide variety of choice and also the option to have a buffet starter, carvery and buffet desert. We both opted for the al la carte menu and it didn't disappoint. The pork belly was amazing! Breakfast in Seasons restaurant was also great, there was a wide selection of hot and cold food and service for tea and coffee to the table was quick.

We popped in for a quick dip in the pool and hot tub. It is smaller than Celtic Manor Resort but still has Sauna, Hot Tub and Steam Room as well as the pool and was clean and tidy. 

Overall we loved the stay there and would definitely go back. I still want to stay at the main resort so think we'll do that next time. They do great deals on stays that include dinner and breakfast so I'd recommend signing up to their offers. We stayed on a Friday as it was cheaper and I'd definitely do it again. It was nice to finish work head there and just chill.

Have you stayed at the Celtic Manor?

Love M

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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Beauty Rehab


Gooooooooooood morning! 

Today's post is so well overdue that I can't believe I didn't overflow my house with empties. This is in fact not even all of them as some were doubled or tripled or even more and I couldn't possibly photograph them all! I've also tried out a new photo idea but I'm not sure it's going to work out, so let's get to it and I promise I'll try harder next time...!

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I've had a few weeks of tanning for various events and took the opportunity to use up a few outstanding products too.
i will always love the St Tropez gradual tanner as it works so well, but the Dove one does the same for much cheaper so I'd buy it when it's on offer but with my current budget wouldn't repurchase the St Tropez.
The St Tropez mousse is also outstanding, but again for budget reasons would only buy on offer, which is a shame!
The Garnier Ambre Solaire spray is another favourite and half the price, I find it the best product to tan my back and hard to reach areas but I also use it when I don't want to stain any clothes and am in a rush - but the fallout usually means I have orange soles of my feet!
I think the Sally Hansen had gone off to be honest, it was chalky and in the end time to go. The same has to be said for the Cocoa Brown tan, I did like the mousse but this was actually green when it came out and didn't seem to work any more which is odd as it isn't that old but never mind!

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The Piz Buin was a great idea until I realised I was using more tan than moisturiser and so the mix wasn't even. It would be a great idea if you could buy them separately to attach yourselves as and when you use them up - Dragon's Den anyone??
Good Things face wash - there were many of these in my empties and I will continue to buy these great cleansers that are free from many nasties and a great price, especially when on offer! The manuka honey cleanser is also a favourite and is shown somewhere below.
Origins Perfect World moisturiser was a lovely moisturiser if a little greasy at times, I prefer Ginzing to be honest.
Stila One Step primers are always beautiful with the swirls and the hydration is great, expensive though and nowadays there are many cheaper alternatives so i wouldn't repurchase.
Vichy Dermablend powder - I love this and have already repurchased when it was on offer with the foundation. My skin loves it and I love the silky feel!
Lacura Eye Gel - repurchased already, one of my best purchases from Aldi especially for less than £4 and it's super hydrating even for my sensitive eyes


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Again Good Things are GREAT, cannot fault their range and price
Origins Drink Up mask is my favourite, I always seem to have a few from various gift sets I buy for myself (ha!) and I love it for wearing overnight
Origins Ginzing moisturiser is one of my favourites too, I'm saving my Boots points up so I can buy it when on offer in future!

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The Champneys collection was from a birthday present in March, I love citrus scents so my aunty did well! The shower gel, scrub and moisturiser were all lovely but I don't think these are available to purchase separately.
Origins Out of Trouble mask is the best mask to sort out congested skin. It feels cooling and works to get rid of spots event the huge red ones without a head, definitely recommend and will repurchase with my points soon!
Garnier Ambre Solaire Facial tanning spray is awesome, saves me from having to rub any heavy and perfumed creams into my face and is yet to make me orange, good stuff!
Rimmel sun shimmer Instant Tan - I think nowadays I'm too old to use instant tan, the thought of having a drink spilled on me and then tan running down my legs isn't desirable so I think I wouldn't repurchase again
REN Glycolactic Mask - I liked this and the orange scent was lush, but I probably wouldn't repurchase this as I'd prefer to use some glycolic acid and do a peel at home for better results as although this brightened my skin the effects didn't last long enough for me.

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Aussie is the best hair brand for my hair at an affordable price range (I love Marula Oil and Bumble and Bumble too amongst others but Aussie is cheap and cheerful!) Love it and always have a stash handy
Lush Wash that Man Right out of my Hair - can't say I liked this to be honest which was a shame as I normally love Lush products, the smell was a little manly and it was a bit like blood! Just weird.
As mentioned, Dove and St Tropez are favourites but Dove will be repurchased for budget reasons, why pay more?

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Origins High Potency Night a Mins - another favourite from Origins this is the night moisturiser and my skin drinks this up like nothing else, it smells divine too!
Origins Modern Friction is also the best facial scrub, my skin is unbelievably polished and soft afterwards but £35 plus is expensive!
Lacura Facial Serum Oil is another bargain from Aldi and has been solving my skin dehydration issues whilst I can't afford more. It's great value for around £4 and I've bought tonnes of bottle - why wouldn't you when premium brand serums are ten times the price??
Vichy Dermablend Foundation - a permanent fixture in my make up bag, love love love
JPG MaDame perfume - I still love this but it seems to have been discontinued from every department store, I will need to find a new one soon but I only like Chance by Chanel....it's a first world problem!
Last in this picture are the MAC eye brow pencils in Spiked, I loved this and would repurchase for ultra brow definition

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Phew were almost at the end! I really have been using my stash as much as possible to make space and declutter.
Another Origins, Checks and Balances is a favourite face wash but sadly at £17 plus for it I can't justify buying it now when others are £4/5 and on offer regularly.
Lacura Q10 Serum - another Aldi fave and one I'm currently using, award winning as well so you really can't go wrong with this, try them out!
Batiste Dry Shampoo - the original and best, best scents and the brown coloured one is a life saver for mornings when my hair is a state!
Laura Mercier Hydrating Foundation Primer - this was left over from my days before being a home owner! I really like this and would repurchase, hopefully one day I can!
Crabtree and Evelyn Foot Smoother - this was lovely and cooling and took a long time to use, was bought as a gift and I wouldn't repurchase for myself as its a treat thing but very lovely

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And the final image!
Rimmel Stay Matte powder - love love love and i have three more in my make up collection ready. Perfect for every day make up
Collection Lasting Perfection concealer - another every day product and I have repurchased this again too!
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer - the absolute best and the product I would choose to use every day if I could, need to repurchase this soon for weddings!
Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara - a great mascara from Rimmel, I'm a fickle being when it comes to mascaras and Rimmel and Maybelline are my go-to's for them always



So that was an absolute mammoth post of empties, I'm going to make a brew after writing that!

How have you been working through your stash? One day I'll have control over it right??


L xxx


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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

New CID I-Groom

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This is a post is one I've been meaning to write for ages. When we went to the Salon Success event a while back this was one that was in our goodie bags. I was so excited to see it as it was a firm favourite a few years back and you can see it on the blog in the early days. The New CID I-groom in neutral is a great one as it works on all skin tones so after raving about it I was excited L would get to try it too!

New CID i-Groom neutral eyebrow pencil review

The first one I had come in a white packaging but the mirror shine silver looks even better. It's simple and all you need for a brow pencil. It's also double ended with a spoolie on one end. 


New CID i-Groom neutral eyebrow pencil review

New CID i-Groom neutral eyebrow pencil review

The neutral shade is a grey colour which initially scared me but it really does work great for all hair colours and somehow blends in. As someone who has multiple hair colours it's perfect for me as it always goes with my current hair colour. The lids are also really secure which means you don't end up losing them as I have on my other brow pencils that have eyeliner esque lids!

New CID i-Groom neutral eyebrow pencil review

The shape of the tip makes it fool proof and easy to apply (it actually reminds me of the new benefit goof proof in shape!) being thinner at one end makes it easy to get a nice crisp edge to the brows. It's also applies smoothly but is hard enough that it will last a while.

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You can see the colour on me here. It's easy to make it look natural and the spoolie on the end makes it easy to soften the shape at the front.

This is definitely one I'd recommend. 

Love M

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Saturday, 6 August 2016

Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanser

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I've been meaning to write this post for ages but there has been so much going on lately I haven't got round to it. Antipodes contacted us to see if we wanted to try out some of their cleansers and as we are both big fans of Antipodes (L has written some reviews here). After going cruelty free (you can see some bits I've been buying recently in this haul) I've moved away from buying more high end beauty products as I hadn't done my research yet so was excited to see that antipodes is not only certified organic but also vegetarian society approved.

Antipodes Grapeseed butter cleanser review

Antipodes Grapeseed butter cleanser review

I decided to try the grapeseed butter cleanser which is recommended for dry skin. If you've been reading the blog for a while you'll know I have oily combination skin but lately I've been loving balm cleansers (especially the neal's yard wild rose beauty balm review here) as my skin has been feeling dehydrated and I love that balm cleansers really remove make up well.

Antipodes Grapeseed butter cleanser review

As you can see from the photos below is looks almost grainy, on contact with the skin it really melts in and isn't agressive on the skin at all, (also good call on the little spatula Antipodes much nicer than shoving my fingers in the pot!). I've been absolutely loving it, it leaves my skin feeling so smooth and clears away my make up easily. It feels like a real treat before bed. As I do have oily tendencies to my skin I do only use it before bed.

Antipodes Grapeseed butter cleanser review

Antipodes Grapeseed butter cleanser review

I'm hooked on Antipodes again (I need the divine oil back in my life) and can't wait to try more bits. Have you got any recommendations?

Love M

xxx


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