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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Mini Lush Review.

A couple of posts ago, I shared some photos of the four products that I most recently brought from Lush. In this post, I'm going to review them and share my thoughts about them. Below are the four products that I brought.

From left to right, here are the reviews for each product.

Northern Lights bath bomb:
This bath bomb is one that was released around Bonfire night and was available until after Christmas time. I'm not sure whether they're brand new or if they're released every year around this time, but I'll definitely be buying one again. I love the fact that this was released in a sort of celebration of Bonfire night, as it's one of my favourite times of year and this bath bomb is so perfect for the occasion. As it's quite a large bath bomb, I did cut it in half and used it for two separate baths to make them last longer. Due to doing this, it did reduce their spectacular show in the water, but it was good anyway. It made the bath water go a lovely shade of purple, with the odd hint of blue here and there. The water would have been an even darker purple and more blue if I'd used it all in one go, but oh well. Forgive me if I'm wrong as I used this a couple of weeks ago, but to me the smell of it smelt like Parma Violet sweets. It had quite a powdery floral smell (if that makes any sense?) and it wasn't too overwhelming, which made it really enjoyable. I would definitely recommend these bath bombs and I will be buying a few more next time when they're next in store.

Dragon's Egg bath bomb:
This bath bomb is literally my all-time favourite product from Lush. It was one of the first products I ever brought, the first I used, and the one that I will always choose over every other product, hands down every time. It looks quite simplistic but if you're thinking it's just a bog-standard bomb that does nothing but fizz away, then you're so wrong. I used this all in one go, as I couldn't help myself and I just love it too much to try and make it stretch to two baths. Once it's in the water, it fizzes away and leaves a sort of creamy-soap trail where it's moved, and it slowly releases different coloured 'dragon scales' made of paper thin pieces of soap. I love these little scales and I get so excited to try and find them as they pop out as the bomb disperses. As the bomb gets smaller, it releases popping candy into the water and after a while you can hear it crackling and popping underneath the water and it all feels so magical. Especially when it gets towards the core of the bath bomb, when it releases a trail of molten gold and it leaves the bath water as an awesome golden shimmer, which is crackling and popping and smelling gloriously yummy. It's literally insane, I love this bath bomb so much, cannot recommend it enough. I love the fragrance it has, as it smells so strongly of lemon sherbet and is such a citrus smell, I could sniff it all day. Mmm, seriously such a good product.

Baked Alaska soap:
I've just had a look on the UK website for Lush, and this soap isn't on there anymore, so is it another product that's re-released around Christmas time? Either way, I nabbed some - even if it was by accident which you'll read about in the blog post Lush Haul - and I've been using it a lot since buying it. It lasts for such a long time, it's hardly shrunk in size since I brought it a couple of weeks ago. It leaves the skin feeling so clean and smooth, but it doesn't dry the skin out like I originally thought it would. I love the different colours that are in the soap, which makes it fun to look at every time I catch a glimpse of it. It has a very fresh and clean smell to it, which you'd typically expect from soap. It has a hint of citrus to it, which is another reason why I'm a fan of this particular soap, as I love anything that smells like citrus. It doesn't bubble up a great deal when you use it, but I like that about this soap, as it's keeping it simple and just nice to use without getting into too much of a lather over it. If this is a Christmas product, I will be buying it again next year as it is so worth the money and it lasts for such a long time.

Star Light, Star Bright bath melt:
As mentioned in the post 'Lush Haul', I thought this bath melt was going to turn me into an extra of the Cullen family and get me audition as a new family member if there ever were any more Twilight films. But so far, no phone calls and nobody has scouted me, so it's fair to say I'm safe and it didn't turn me into a walking glitterball. However, I have made this bath melt last at least 4 baths, so this may be why. I've been cutting a point or two off the star and plopping them in the bath whenever I've wanted to use it, to save having to clean the bath for hours afterwards. So now I'm left with the center piece, minus all the star points. So now it's just a blob. With this said, the point alone were enough and it made my skin feel soft and smooth with a subtle shimmer even after I'd gotten out of the water and dried off, which I loved. It also has a lovely lemon smell which is so pleasant to smell like after a bath. So far, none of the point changed the colour of my bath, as all of the blue is left in the body of the star that I have left, which I'm really looking forwards to finishing off. I was quite skeptical of this product at first, but it has certainly won me over, and what a nice surprise it was too. My boyfriend really wasn't the biggest fan of this due to all of the glitter and he also made a remark saying he didn't want to be 'Edward Cullen', so he refused to have a bath with me. So I'd say from this, this bath melt is definitely one of the girls and ladies, not the men so much. I shall probably buy this one again in the future.


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas Aftermath.

Hey guys, hope you all had a good Christmas! Just wanted to do a post to show you a few of the things that I received off various people as presents. Just as a quick disclaimer, I'm not doing this post to show off to anyone at all and it isn't intended that way, I just thought it would be nice to share with you and I wanted to do a post showing you a few things which I loved/am currently loving. Christmas isn't about presents, for me it's more about just enjoying being with people you love and that make you happy - presents are just an added bonus. So, here are a few of the random photos I've taken over the last couple of days that have made me happy.

Who doesn't love a good Christmas dinner? This was mine and it was absolutely gorgeous. I could eat it again now in a heartbeat. Complete thanks go to my lovely mum for cooking this delicious meal.

Some kind of alcohol that I mixed up to drink during Christmas day.

Guylian are the best chocolatiers in the world. Hands down my favourite chocolate of all time. I got many boxes of these, think people are trying to tell me something.
PIKACHU ONESIE. I am completely in love, wearing it as I write this, and I have been living in it whenever possible since I opened it. It has been time extremely well spent. I don't know where this came from, but I presume somewhere off the internet.
These gorgeous babies are my new Converses. I haven't had a new pair in years and I am so happy with these.

Just another picture of the Converses, from a different angle. Why not.

So happy with these. I did get a few more shower gel/bath stuff, but these were the most brightly coloured ones. They all smell delicious. These are Radox shower gels and Wilkinson own Fruits shower gel/scrubs.
These are two pairs of fluffy socks that are extremely comfortable and warm. I guess they cold be worn as bed socks, depending on how you feel about wearing socks in bed. They were from Avon.
I can't give links or prices for anything as I don't know where some of them come from and I don't know where they came from. I kind of don't want to know where they came from or the prices either as that doesn't interest me, as it's the thought that counts. I'm genuinely happy with everything featured above and I've worn and eaten everything shown, and I've currently only used the light purple Wilko Fruit Scrub, which is in the fragrance of passion fruit and melon, which smells amazing. The passion fruit gives it such a strong and zingy smell, but the melon balances it out and gives off a more subtle sweet smell. I love the Converses, which are mainly black with the white sole. It also has a purple line running across the sole to add a little bit of a difference, and one of the double-tongues is also a deep purple, which is why I like them so much. The Pikachu onesie is so, so, so comfy, I have literally been living in it whenever it's been possible. The only time I haven't been wearing it is when I've had to go to work, or when I've had to leave and look relatively presentable. But even then I've changed back into it once I've returned home. 

Like I said earlier, I have not done this post to show off in any way and that is far from what I intended to do. I just wanted to share some of my current favourite things with people reading this, and I added some photos because photos just make everything better when you're sharing something. I may do another one of these posts to share some of the other things that I got, depending on what ideas I get for blog posts. We'll see. Hope everyone had a great Christmas!


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Just a short and sweet little blog post to interact with you, I just wanted to wish everyone who reads this or stumbles upon it a Merry Christmas! Or a good day tomorrow regardless, whether you celebrate Christmas or not. Whatever you do, I hope you're all healthy and safe, and that you enjoy yourselves.

I plan on my day going like this; wake up (or get woken up by my younger brother), open presents if Santa leaves any, eat food, watch Christmas TV, eat food, watch more TV, drink some alcohol, wait for Doctor Who to come on, then wait for the Eastenders Christmas episode to come on because it looks so epic! So pretty much, getting fat, getting drunk and getting square eyes. A fairly standard day in all fairness, besides the getting drunk as that's more of an occasional thing to do, and tomorrow is a perfect excuse! My brother usually sleeps in my room every Christmas Eve, but this year I think we're breaking that tradition as my boyfriend now lives with me, but I managed to get the day off work so I can spend tomorrow with the little bro'. :)

Enough of me rambling on, hope you all have a safe one and have fun no matter how you celebrate tomorrow, and I'll be posting again after tomorrow. Merry ho-ho!


Monday, December 22, 2014

Denim & Creepers.

This is a pretty short a sweet post, basically just to show you the two new things I'm loving right now. My dad brought me them for Christmas, but I had them early to save wrapping them up and unwrapping them pretty much straight after.

I'd like to apologise firstly for the crappy quality of the second photo. The lighting was bad when I took the photo and my front camera on my phone just wasn't having it, so this was all I could do I'm afraid - I'm sure there will be a better one to come, as I haven't taken it off since it was delivered. 

I've wanted a pair of creepers for a while now, there's just something about them that I liked. I think I just fancied a change from wearing my DCs or Converses (not that there's anything wrong with these) and I just wanted something different in the shoe collection. These ones from took my fancy as I loved the chain detail on them, and I they have that design which makes them look sophisticated with whatever you wear. I love the simpleness of them and they're pretty comfy, too. These are the Penelope Chain Trim Creeper, which are currently £28.

The denim jacket is to die for. I've had my eye on this for ages, and it recently went on sale from £45 to £30 so I couldn't possibly let this slip by. I'm going through a phase of really loving tartan print, especially if it's red, which means this is perfect right now. I got a size 12 as I wanted it to be baggy and extremely comfortable (and I can never be accurate with Boohoo sizes, sometimes they're tiny, other times they're too big) and it's actually a liiiiittle bit on the large size, and I should have actually ordered a size 10 as it's a little bit over sized on purpose, but I obviously didn't read that in the description. But anyhow, I'm very happy with it, it's so comfortable and so, so warm. This is the Xenia Flannel Lined Denim Jacket, and I highly recommend both of these items if they're your style.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Primark Mini Haul.

Here's the Primark haul I promised a little while ago. I've been distracted lately by working more than usual, okay, not more days, but more hours than usual, as I've temporarily stepped up a position. So I'm extremely sorry if my posts aren't as frequent as they have been over the past few weeks. Without any more waffling, here are the things I picked up.

 Okay, so it's not much, but I am so happy with what I found. In all fairness, I did buy the lot in the top photo on the first trip to the Primark in Kings Lynn, and the three t-shirts on the second trip two days later in Peterborough. I've found that Primark is either extremely good on one day, or extremely crap. There's either everything you want, or nothing. There is no in between.

I just had to get the stuff shown first. It's hat weather, and I found this hat adorable and it's so dang warm. I've been wearing it literally every day for work since I brought it. I've also been alternating between the awesome and cute Christmas print socks that I brought, my favourites being the middle ones with the Christmas trees on them and the black sock on the far right with the reindeer on. I'm a terror for wearing odd socks - wearing a pair of socks actually infuriates me, I don't know why, but it does - so I've been wearing different combinations every day since I brought them. They've already been washed multiple times. And the tartan print throwover? Oh my god, it is the softest thing I have ever felt and I just love the tartan print and the colours on it. It's magical. I've been snuggling up in this throwover ever since I brought it, it gives me the proper Christmas-feels. I also forgot to mention, they were all super cheap; socks were £3 for a pack of 5 pairs, the hat was £2, and the throwover was £10!

I couldn't stop myself buying the t-shirts, sorry, not sorry. Wolves are my favourite animals, so when I saw this top on sale for £2, it wasn't an offer I could possibly pass on. I think it would look great paired with a leather jacket and a pair of wet-look jeans, with a black pair of boots. The same applies for the distressed grey t-shirt, if anything, I think that would look even more awesome. I'm going through a phase of loving these kinds of tops. They can be worn for casual wear and just lounging about, or you can match them with a nice pair of jeans or shorts and a pair of boots for a simple but nice night-out look. They're just so comfy and you can't beat distressed tees.

Leaving my favourite t-shirt 'til last - The Lion King. What else can I say? I did a major happy dance when I found this, my mum and my brother both rushed to tell me that they'd seen it before I did. Regardless of the fact that it's a men's top, I don't give a single care in the world. I brought it anyway. I wouldn't care if it was a child's top, as long as I could find a size big enough to fit me, it would be mine. Lion King everything. Forever. I don't care that I'm a 20-year-old walking round wearing Lion King t-shirts.

Sizing wise, I had to go smaller than my usual size. I'm usually a UK size 10 in jeans and t-shirts, depending on the fit of the tops. I'm not a fan of very tight-fitting tops, my confidence isn't there yet, maybe one day, but not yet. For these tops, I brought the wolf one in a UK size 6, the distressed top in a size 8 and the Timone and Pumbaa one in XS as it was a men's. I had to go smaller than normal because Primark tops are really weird fitting lately and the size 10s were so massive they'd have been like dresses.

I have no regrets at all.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Lush Haul.

I've finally gotten round to doing it, a Lush haul! I've wanted to do one of these since I decided I wanted to write a blog, and I've finally found the time to go to a Lush store and buy some stuff to write about - and use, obviously. I only got four items, otherwise I would have gotten too carried away and quite frankly, a little bit skint. So, this time I was sensible.

From left to right - Northern Lights, Dragon's Egg, Baked Alaska and Star Light, Star Bright.

Above are the items that I brought this time round. It was so hard to choose, as the Lush stores always smell so good and there's so much on display, and it's all just so damn tempting. It's also so hard to not re-purchase something you've tried and loved before, but I did manage to grab some new stuff this time. The only one shown above that I've used before is the Dragon's Egg and it's my absolute favourite.

I picked the Northern Lights for £3.50 as it's quite pretty to look at, with all the purple and the little white dots over it gives it the impression that there's stars all over the bath bomb. It's meant to turn the water like a purple colour and then more bright green-blue as it gets towards the center, which sounds exciting. I love the fact that this bath bomb is dedicated more towards Bonfire Night, which is one of the reasons why I wanted to grab this little gem, as it's one of my favourite times of the year. It's got quite a sweet and floral smell to it, but it's not overpowering, which is quite nice, it's more of a subtle smell compared to some of the other products. I can't wait to see what this one is like.

I love, love, love the Dragon's Egg. It's my all-time favourite from Lush, and it costs £3.35. It looks pretty simple and doesn't really look like anything special. The picture doesn't do it justice, as sometimes there are pale coloured splodges showing through the white, but the one I grabbed this time round was pretty much white all over. It has popping candy inside and when it's fizzing away, it releases these multicoloured soapy scales, which is amazing. It also leaves the bath a glimmering molten gold colour, which I adore. The scent of this bath bomb is to die for, as it smells to me like a cross between citrus and sherbet. I would happily rub this all over me and smell like it all day, every day, if I could. I can't recommend this one enough, as I buy it every time I go to Lush, and I probably always will. I love it.

I had this adorable little piece of soap cut for me to try by one of the very helpful employees. I didn't actually intend on buying this particular soap, as I was looking at another one and had the other one in mind when I went in there. But being the socially awkward person that I am, I panicked when the woman asked if I wanted any cutting, and I just blurted out "yes please, that colourful one!" and this is the one that I got without thinking. So clearly it's nice enough to look at for me to impulsively buy and blurt out about. It's the Baked Alaska soap, which I had cut to approximately 115g, which cost around £3.17 I think. You can have the soaps cut to different pieces, depending on how much you want to have or how much you want to pay. This one caught my eye because of the different colours in the soap, and I just think it's awesome how the colours are all there. It's very nice on the eye. It also smells divine, with a citrus smell, which is one of my personal favourites. I prefer smells like this compared to really flowery smells, as I'm not much of a girly-girl and I prefer smells with a little bit of a kick to it, like this soap. I haven't used it yet, but I'll be sure to write something once I have.

As you can probably guess by looking at it, this one attracted me because it's just so glittery. It gets everywhere. I'm starting to think it's just a block of compact glitter, because it just seems to be spreading, but never wearing off the bath melt. This one is called Star Light, Star Bright which costs £3.50. It's a bath melt, which you're supposed to either crumble into the water under the tap, or you can let a bit of it melt away in the water whilst you're in the bath (or all of it, if you want). It smells pretty good, with a citrus-and-Christmas scent of lime oil and ginger, which is quite pleasant as it isn't too strong and it's very nice to get a whiff of. I look forward to seeing what this does in the bath, as it's meant to turn the water a shade of turquoise and turn the water shimmery, so I shall review this properly once I have used it. The only thing about this that worries me, is that I'm already called a vampire just by the paleness of my skin, and I'm pretty sure if I used this in my bath, I'd come out looking like an extra addition to the Cullen family. Who knows, I'll let you know if the Twilight franchise accepts me as one of their own once I've used this.

Have you tried any of the above products? If so, let me know what you thought to them in the comments below!


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Anj Antics.

I've been meaning to write this post for a little while now, but I'm the master of procrastination, and I thought I posted this last night but I accidentally pressed the wrong button and it didn't come to be. So, I'm posting it tonight instead. As the title suggests, this is a post dedicated to my lovely friend, Anjela. From her wishes, I am going to tell you some of our antics at work, and shed some light onto the bizarre yet hilarious conversations that we have at work.

To begin with, she found it absolutely hysterical the other day to try and wipe crested gecko poop on me, fair to say I didn't share the same thoughts as she did, considering I'd already been pooped on by a different gecko. Then there's the 'water fights', which usually is one sided and I'm the one getting Anjela squirting me from all directions. In my eye, in my hair, in my face, in and around my ear, on various limbs, and on one occasion, down the back of my neck as I wrote in the diary. Mm, no feeling quite like cold water trickling down your spine under 3/4 layers of clothing!

A couple of months ago now, I had a mysterious pain in my back and around my ribs that wasn't identified. This is going somewhere, not where you might be thinking, but it's definitely going somewhere. During one little chat we were having, she decided that I must be part cockroach. Maybe in a previous life, maybe in the next life, or maybe I'm the 'chosen one' as the voice of the cockroaches at work. She then went on to justify this by saying the pain was because I was having a section of my body removed, so I could be more human like. Then because it's winter and I hadn't shaved my legs for a little while (before passing judgement, how many of you honestly try and put off shaving for as long as you can when it's bloody freezing out? Yeah, exactly, that's what I thought) this proved her case even more, because my legs were prickly. So yes, here's Captain Cockroach talking to ya.

And please, let's not forget the nickname she's also thought of for me too. I really cannot remember how I gained it, but it's stuck anyway. She calls me 'queef'. Yep. There's no light I can shed on that, because I just don't know either. On this note, we have a little warrior cry/communication call to locate the other. We simply just walk around going "cackaww". It's straightforward, and the other workers are starting to join in and reply too. We've started a trend.

Adding to that, we had another deep and meaningful conversation whilst we were watching the college cat, about how different life would be if we had the morals of a cat - and the flexibility. Like, how weird would it be if we just stopped and licked ourselves clean like they do? Just casually sitting up the dinner table, half way through eating your chicken, then lifting your leg without a care in the world and having a good ol' groom. It was hilarious at the time, but writing it down now makes it seem a little bit more disturbing.

For now, that's all I can recall right this second. But I'm sure there will be more to come, probably very soon too. Also, before passing judgement, everyone has weird conversations with their friends, and you know you do. If you don't, you're a boring person.


Friday, December 05, 2014


Couldn't resist the post title, if you don't know the song that the title is referring to, then don't worry and you're probably a fair bit younger than me, or your parents didn't blast their music at you on car journeys or in the house when they're cooking and they've forgotten you're there. 

This is a bit of a wishy-washy post, because life's a little bit in the air tonight. There's a few family affairs going on, that aren't exactly positive and my head - and everyone else's - is kinda scattered everywhere. I was planning to do a post/review about a new foundation I got, but that will have to wait as I can't concentrate on what to write, so it probably wouldn't be 100% accurate or honest or god knows what. So instead, I'm going to write a post about what I did at work today.

I mainly just helped out with a group of students, helping them to feed/water and generally provide welfare needs to the animals that we have. After that I just rounded things off, done some paperwork and then had a little bit of fun with the animals. The star of today was this little chameleon, which I shall call Freddie (for all intensive purposes, as I don't think we can use the animal's real name in a photo with them. Legislation or something from the workplace.) He's a Yemen chameleon, so he can only change to different shades and patterns of green and blackish-browns, not multicoloured like the panther chameleon.

Isn't he cute? And yes, the two photos are the same chameleon, literally taken a few seconds apart. In the second one, you can see that his throat is puffed out and he's a little bit curled up. That's because he freaked out at the sight of my phone and got a little defensive about how black it was, I think. Either way, he wasn't thrilled that it just appeared.


Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Adult Life.

This is a bit more of a serious and mature post compared to the rest of the posts on here so far. If you're not a fan of real talk, then you're welcome to skip this post, I won't be offended. It's just something I wanted to write about whilst I'm in the right mindset. Also, as a little disclaimer, I'm not badmouthing anyone here, it's just a little bit of an epiphany and a teeny, tiny bit of a  rant. As I'm getting older, I'm starting to see just how things really are. How much people kept hidden from you when you were younger, what you really meant to them and so forth. And realising it, really isn't nice. I feel a little bit... Betrayed? Is that the right word? I'm not sure. Some might say it's just how I'm feeling right now (perhaps a little miffed off and annoyed) and I'm saying it's like this because of that, but it's genuinely not just because I'm feeling negative. It's because some people genuinely kept me in their life so that they could look down on me and always be better and do better, so that they could feel more positive about themselves. And I've only just realised this. That sort of thing isn't nice. Friends are meant to build each other up and focus on the other person's positives, to help them shine with those qualities and to become a better person. Not say bad things about them and nit-pick at the negatives in their life, focusing solely on them, to bring them down, just to make their own life look shinier and brighter. Am I wrong? Maybe it's just the morals that I have, but I haven't got time for people that do that. I want to be around people that are happy, who will help me become a better person by helping my good qualities to shine through, people that I can have a laugh with and share my worries with, without the worry that they're going to use these against me to bring me down whenever they need a pick-me-up. I think people nowadays have the overwhelming urge to bring others down, because it'll make them look and feel better. The way I see it is; putting someone else's flame out, doesn't mean yours will shine any bigger or brighter. I just think some people forget this, and I'm no longer at that age where I will tolerate people just keeping me in their lives just to put my candle out.

Does anyone else feel like they're reaching this stage in their life, or have anything to add? Or do you have something else that you've realised as you're getting older? I'd love to see what you think, so pop them in the comments. :)


Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Festive Fuzzies.

I haven't posted in almost a week, and I'm really sorry about that. Although, there's only my boyfriend, my friend Anjela, and myself that know I've started blogging, so I'm only really apologising to us at this point. So, I'm still alive as we all know! I've been getting a bit distracted and just procrastinating about doing anything, but mainly trying to keep up to date with I'm a Celebrity. I should be caught up by the end of the night! I've also been Christmas shopping and gotten the majority of my brother's and my mum's done, so that's cheered me up a little.
I love this time of the year. All the pretty lights and decorations, all the gift sets, cheaper prices of things, deals and offers, people getting excited, and mostly... The food! There is so much stuff about, I just wish they had it about all year round, instead of just around December time for the excitement. It'd be nice for it all year round, don't you think? 
I'm probably going to wrap this post up here, as I'm getting distracted by TV and food (no surprise there), and I'm not really full of amazingly wonderful words today. Writer's block maybe. Hopefully I'll be better tomorrow, I shall try my best to write something interesting then. Who knows, my imagination is a total mystery. Enjoy these festive photos that I think I have finally managed to upload!
Trying to be creative with some tinsel, lights and a baulbaul.

Yay, snowflake!

Watching TV with this lovely old fella. :)

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