Friday, 28 October 2016

Lush Lord Of Misrule and Snow Fairy Shower Gel

Hi all

Earlier in the week I shared my thoughts on Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb (post here) I love it so much I've been back and grabbed two more since! I think I've always missed the halloween products previously as I'd never tried Lord of Misrule.

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The scent isn't one that grabbed me straight away if I'm honest....but at the event they mixed it with snow fairy!! I'm not part of the snow fairy lovers, it's a touch to sickly sweet for me (that doesn't stop me having two bottles in my collection though!!) Mixing snow fairy and lord of misrule though gives my perfect scent. It's sweet but not over powering and has a great peppery undertone!

After smelling the two mixed I had to buy Lord of Misrule and I'm so glad I did. Lush shower gels are more expensive than normal let's not beat around the bush there but for me they are worth it. They're cruelty free, which is something I know only buy, they are so thick and luxurious you only need a small amount so they really last especially if you use a shower puff and the scent really lasts on your skin. Yummy mummy in particular (if it's bought out again for mothers day I can't recommend buying it enough!!) last so long I don't always wear perfume!

Lord of Misrule is only available until 31st Oct so snap it up quick!

Love M

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Miss Patisserie: Rainbow River Bath Ball


Morning all!

Both of us here absolutely love a good bath and spend a lot of our time in Lush and Miss Patisserie - in fact I think between us we have tried most of their ranges which are quite extensive! We couldn't possibly choose between the two and why would you? Both have managed to create amazing products of their own so no doubt we will keep going back for more!

Today's post is about Miss Patisserie's  Rainbow River bath ball. M has previously written a post on this but I still decided I wanted to share my thoughts, her post is here if you'd like to read it

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Rainbow River is a bath ball with a whole load of beautiful bright colours inside - there's blue, yellow pink and a few hidden extras!

The main scent for this bath ball is lavender to help calm you down but there's also some shimmer too which let's face it, is a great addition to absolutely anything in life. It's like coconut oil, great for anything!

Miss Patisserie Rainbow River

Miss Patisserie Rainbow River

The best thing about this bath ball is the bath art, or bath porn depending on who you are.

The colours and swirls from this fizzing bath ball are absolutely stunning! I bought this just before Glastonbury as a treat for myself when I got home, but I was too tired even for that!

Now were a few months later and Autumn is well and truly here I thought it was about time I reminded myself of how amazing Glastonbury was and how fun and carefree it is. The colours instantly remind me of the festival and I need to go and buy more Rainbow River to get me through the winter months!

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Rainbow River costs £3.85 each unless you buy them in a box with a few others like above and then I believe they are 4 for £12 in the box.

It was the store's first birthday this week so there was an event to celebrate. I can't wait to share my new purchases with you as I've got a few newbies!

Have you tried Rainbow River? What's your favourite product from Miss Patisserie?

If you are from South Wales do you regularly pop in to the store or do you prefer to bulk order from the internet?


L xxx



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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

NYX Cosmetics Dark Circle Concealer Corrector


Hello all!

We went to an event at the new NYX Cosmetics stand in Boots in Cardiff and picked up a few new things to try. I'd heard a lot about NYX but hadn't ever tried anything, so when the invite came through I knew I would be spending a small fortune picking up all the things I had heard about.

One of the items I picked up was the Dark Circle Concealer Corrector - I always seem to have some eye bags and having an extra product to help mask these and prime my under eyes for concealer seems to be a good option for me.



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The corrector is available in four colours and I chose 'Fair', there is also Light, Medium and Deep.

It contains coconut oil and china clay, these both help to keep the corrector hydrating for the delicate under eye skin and also helps with reflection of light. The orange pigmentation helps to combat the blue tones of the dark circles.

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The product comes in a small pot with a screw top lid. Part of me would like this to be in a tube to make it easier to get all of the product out, but I've been using my beauty blender sponge to dip into the pot so I don't get bacteria in it all the time. This means I can use the pointed end to scoop up some product and then apply to my under-eye area with an even layer.

After this I then apply my concealer (currently Collection's Lasting Perfection concealer) and blend this on the top. I find it really covers the under eye bags and the blue tone is significantly less with the corrector.

I find that it needs to be blended very well and sometimes it does crease after 10/15mins of wear, but once it is blended back in again it seems to stay in place for the day.

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You can see swatches below, Fair was a very good colour choice for me as it blends in seamlessly almost straight away. I had to lighten the photos so that you could see it! The photos show with and without flash, you can see the peachy tones and the light reflecting particles:

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NYX Dark Circle Corrector

I've been using this a lot over the last few weeks (especially in the run up to my week off!) and it has worked wonders. I'd like to say I'm the kind of person who gets up early and has enough time in the morning to wear a full face, but I don't always manage to apply this as well as everything else.

However I know what product to turn to when I have the time or have an event to go to like a wedding etc and need the extra coverage. For £6.50 I think it is worth every penny and will last me a while.

Here's a picture below with the concealer corrector on:

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What do you think of the product on? Have you tried it?

What's your favourite NYX product? I've found so many amazing products so far!


L xxx



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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Lush Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb Review

Hey All

In Friday's post I was sharing some of the new bits from Lush's Halloween and Christmas range and mentioned I'd bought the Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb on Lorna's recommendation. I couldn't wait to try it out so because the shower gels worked so well together I decided to mix in some snow fairy for some bubbles in the bath and also added a Miss Patisserie bath shard piece as I love how my skin feels after a bath and using these.

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The bath bomb itself is bright green and I hadn't seen it in action before so expected it to just be a green bath!! How wrong was I!!! It's made of patchouli oil, black pepper and vanilla and smells amazing. Mixing it with a bit of snow fairy really makes it smell even more amazing as it has a sweet peppery smell to it.

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Once the middle hits and amazing pink colour comes pouring out!! I was expecting this so it was a nice surprise! It filled the bath with pink and turned the previously green water a purpley red colour! Definitely more inviting!

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I'm hooked on this bath bomb and will be stocking up so I can have a few throughout the year!! Have you tried the Lord of Misrule products?

Love M

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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Wraps Wristband Headphones


Good morning all!

I hope you're all having a fabulous weekend. A few weeks ago we were sent some Wraps wristband headphones to try out, and I've been taking them everywhere with me to test them out!

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Wraps Wristband Headphones

Wraps are new, innovative earphones that can be worn on the wrist when not in use. Not only are they much easier to store and find this way but as they are available in a range of colours and finishes they are also great for the fashion conscious.

There are a few different types available including the Classic, Natural, Core and Limited Edition ranging from £14.99 to £49.99 for the upgraded speakers and metallic finishes.

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Wraps Wristband Headphones

I was sent the Classic wrap in Crimson colour, there are 6 different colours available in this range. Crimson is a lovely dark red colour and its really flattering on my skin tone so it was a good choice.

I've been using them when on walks and at the gym, the sound quality has been really good and the ear phones themselves fit into my ear very comfortably and stay there, even on the treadmill! This is very important as there's nothing worse than trying to go flat out and losing your favourite song half way through, especially during HIIT!

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I really really like that you can wear these earphones - it isn't something I thought i would actually do but the benefit of not having them tangle up in your bag and having to spend 10 minutes sorting them out every time is amazing. I did worry that this may cause them to degrade faster as I always wrap other cables up to stop them tangling and the iPhone cables for example start splitting very soon when you do this.

However as these are made of a braided cable there hasn't been anything like this so far, although I can't speak for 6 months of usage!

Wraps Wristband Headphones


Wraps Wristband Headphones

It's super easy to wrap them up around your wrist and then slot the headphone jack into the centre of the earphones themselves to lock it up. This means you can adjust it to each person specifically and wrap them around any body part or bag etc, although wrists would be easiest!

I haven't worn them for extended periods of time but have had them on for an hour or so and they haven't unravelled in that time.

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Wraps Wristband Headphones

The packaging comes with full instructions and also the techy specifications which admittedly don't mean a lot to me but are there if you understand all about sound!

The Classic wraps are £14.99 and come in 6 different colours.These are the most basic and there are others available which include a variety of finishes including beading, limited edition colours and patterns and also the option of a button to allow start/stop functions plus a microphone.

There is even as most bloggers will appreciate, a metallic range including rose gold - the Core collection are definitely the top of the range with upgraded Titanium speakers. The gold or rose gold would be my personal choices and are priced at £49.99.


Wraps Wristband Headphones


Wraps Wristband Headphones

I've been really impressed with these and although I have tried to find a fault am yet to see a downside to these! I would recommend trying these and seeing how well they fare in comparison to those you have now, these are now a welcome addition to my gym bag and I might get some for my brother for his birthday as he's a techy geek who would appreciate it!

What are your thoughts on wearable earphones? Have you heard of Wraps? Would these solve all of your problems with tangled cables in your handbag like mine??


L xxx



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Friday, 21 October 2016

Lush Halloween and Christmas 2016!

Whenever that Lush invite pops up in our inbox to see the new products we get saving the penny's and get excited to get stuck into lots of new goodies! L couldn't make it this time so I popped along on my own excited to stock up on my favourite from last year yog nog soap (only to find heartbreak as it's not made this year!!! Why lush why!! But the lovely ladies on twitter have put in a request to lush kitchen so I'm crossing everything!!)

Annnyways, there are plenty of new goodies I still had to pick up!

Lush Halloween and Christmas 2016

Lush Halloween and Christmas 2016

Lush Halloween and Christmas 2016

How cute is snowie!!!!I love the Bowie tribute on this one. I love the events and hearing the stories behind the creation of the products!

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Santa's belly returned this year! Complete with a little gold belt on the ones you take home. I love the scent of this but the Snowman Shower Jelly smelt even better and ended up in my bag of purchases!

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Santa baby is an amazing cold lip scrub which I've eaten about two pots of! They've now bought out the matching Lip Tint. I love that the lip stints come in screw up packaging now as it makes them so much easier to apply. I was lucky enough to have a santa baby lip tint in my goody bag. It's an amazing bright red perfect for the holidays and lasts sooooo well!! Sugar plum fairy is a new addition scrub and lip tint and tastes even better than santa baby! As an extra bonus it also only have 7 ingredients!!

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I was happy to see Christingle back as I'm sure you've heard us both mention our love of minty products. I have a pot of this left over from last year I've been saving but will be getting stuck into now. For all the Snow Fairy Lovers there is also a Snow Fairy Body Conditioner this year. I really love the body conditioners especially in winter as I'm so lazy when it comes to putting on body lotion as I hate being cold when it sinks in. 

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Yog log has been bought out in a roulade this year so if you're missing the sent you can still purchase it!

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I love discovering new mixes of products. I like snow fairy but I don't love it.......but mix it with lord of misrule shower gel (only available till 31st Oct) and you have an amazing winnning combination. I've since popped back to the store and purchased lord of misrule so that I can mix the two together!! I never think to mix scents but I'll be trying it out more. Lush shower gels are more expensive but for me as they are cruelty free and the scent really lasts on the skin they are worth it. They lather really well so do last a while too!

So that's a speedy round up. I need to pop in again soon as I didn't get to stay for the whole event so missed some amazing bits I'll be going in to buy like the Santasaurus Bubble bar!!

Have you tried any of the seasonal products?? On Lorna's love it Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb I tried it and I'm totally hooked too. I can't believe I've not tried it before now.

Love M

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Cardiff Fashion Week

Hey All

Last week I headed to an event to showcase what was going to be at Cardiff Fashion Week. L has been to a previous Cardiff Fashion week (you can see that here) and we've been to London for Fashion Week a few times so I was excited to see what Cardiff has to offer!



With the Atrium being in the city centre, having a Fashion Week in Cardiff could really help promote up and coming designers and showcase what the city has to offer. As someone who moved to Cardiff after uni I do love things that help promote what a great city it is!

Cardiff Fashion week is running from 22nd - 29th October with loads of great activities going on. 29th Oct is Fashion Show day. Tickets are available for the shows which will be showing off students work, high street fashion and some Welsh Designers (I'm sad I'm away this year and will be missing it!!). There is also a designer village with fun workshops going on and stalls to visit, if you visit the sponsers page you can find some of the brands that will be there.

I got to meet the designer behind The Power of Greyskull (check out the clothes!!) who designs amazing workout gear. I'll be ordering some as the best part is it's all bespoke made so I can easily get leggings that are long enough!!

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Here is the link to the website with the full line up of what the week has to offer with fun things happening during the week, It's in perfect time for some half term activities!

Are you heading to Cardiff Fashion Week?

Love M

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Monday, 17 October 2016

Miss Patisserie: Coconut Cleansing Bar


There are many reasons why me and M decided to blog together, not only are we close friends but we really do love the same things!

M recently picked up the Charcoal Cleansing Bar from Miss Patisserie, you can read the review here

In a totally separate trip (and not with M) I picked up the Coconut Cleansing Bar - so what did I think?

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The Coconut Cleansing Bar contains a number of moisturising oils, purifying powders and skin softening clays. Each bar contains different essential oils and other ingredients depending on the skin type.

The coconut cleansing bar contains coconut oil, olive oil, sustainable palm oil, castor oil, shea better and may chang oil.

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The packaging for this bar is pretty simple, it has the same monochrome stripes as other Miss Patisserie products and the lovely script font of the name. I do appreciate a good font!

The bar itself is a sandy coloured bar, there are also Pink clay and Charcoal bars which are as you would expect, pink and black respectively.

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This bar is perfect for normal to dry skin so this was perfect for me, I still have an oily t-zone but also my skin has started getting drier with age (urgh!)

You can use this both for face and body but I have been using this for face only. It lathers up really easily and removes most make up. It doesn't remove all eye make up but that would be impressive with the large amount of industrial eyeliner and mascara I wear!

My skin always feels clean but not tight afterwards so it's not stripped of all the natural oils in the skin.

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Have you tried any of the cleansing bars from Miss Patisserie? These cost £5.25 and seem to last longer than any liquid cleansers that I also use. I would definitely recommend trying the coconut cleansing bar if you think this might be suitable for your skin

What's your favourite cleanser? Do you like liquid or solid cleansers?


L xxx



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Saturday, 15 October 2016

John Lewis Christmas Range 2016


Hello all!

Last week we were invited to an event at John Lewis in Cardiff to look at their Christmas range. I'm a huge Christmas fan and was so very very excited to go!

If I could I would spend a small fortune on decorations and this year I want my house to SPARKLE.

Without further rambling, let's have a look at what John Lewis has to offer:

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Those mugs are already a favourite of mine. I absolutely need one of them (probably 2 knowing how easily I seem to chip things....) as well as the matching plates and trays, I just need them in my life.

The sign is also beautiful, it would go perfectly in my bedroom and I just need to justify making my bedroom Christmassy, right??

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John Lewis have their ranges set out in sections. Shangri-La is a beautiful blue, green and purple colour palette. Think peacocks and you're on the right track.

The colour are beautiful and are my normal colours for my living room at home. The feather wreath is particularly pretty and the cushions could easily be added to any room for an injection of jewel toned colour.

Snowshill was a favourite of both of ours, the navy, white and metallic colour palette was wintery and sparkly but not traditionally Christmas themed. It's very fresh and crisp and you could use a lot of these items year round, good call JL!

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We both loved this table setting, the arrangement is beautiful and the addition of the triple sheepskin rug on the seats makes it look and feel much more luxurious.

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My other personal favourite was Ruskin House. I love the reds, greens and golds at Christmas time and the traditional colours always have to have a part.

I love tartan prints and natural ornaments such as the wreaths and pine cones - my parents love this kind of thing too so I think I like it because it reminds me of home!

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I love the traditional look and the whole layout was very pretty. The armchair and matching foot stool with tartan blanket are gorgeous, I'd love to wrap myself up in the blanket on the chair with a good book!

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One of the most interesting collections was that of Ostravia. It is a Pinterest and typical blogger's dream range!

There are lots of pastel colours, metallics and a whole load of decorations that are not your average - think pugs, crowns, perfume bottles and cameras in sugary pink shades! Take a look:

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Definitely worthy of Pinterest with all the sparkle and the fairy lights!

I can definitely see these being a hit with a lot of people and I'd be tempted to pick up some of the more sparkly additions - love the baubles.


Next up is the Chamonix range, essentially this is chalet chic so expect lots of fair isle prints in a red and navy palette.
I love this bedding, it looks gorgeous. I never seem to be able to get my own bed to look as good! I obviously need more pillows and blankets!

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I love these tree decorations, the little chalet houses are so cute and I'm a huge fan of fair isle so anything with this pattern is something I'm immediately attracted to.

After wandering around the collections we then wandered through the Christmas store itself, there were many things that I immediately wanted to pick up!

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The collections of baubles were like a sweet shop! So many available in so many colours and effects, I must go back asap to have a closer look and make a list of what I need.

There really is a range for everyone at John Lewis this year, another I found both a bit random and a little bit cute was the animals. I have to admit I was attracted to the frog prince below because my fairytale tendencies just take over but as a Christmas decoration I can't see the connection....still cute though!


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There's literally everything you could ever need. We both personally loved the decorations above with the clocks and keys/glitter in a jar almost Alice in Wonderland style.Christmas seems to be a lot about magic now which I cannot disagree with!

We were also lucky enough to sample some of the food that will be available over the festive period from both JL and Waitrose, the panettone was really good and the little snacks all tasted great (we had to try them all for review purposes obviously!)

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I loved walking around the collection and it has made me very excited for the next few months. I can't wait to get my decorations from the attic and see what I need to buy this year - I only bought my house last year so I have a few decorations but not many, definitely room for more but I need to plan it out carefully!

What do you think of the John Lewis range? Are you a Christmas fan?

I absolutely cannot wait for the colder nights with blankets and hot chocolate, I am definitely a winter kind of girl!


L xxx



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