Wednesday, 31 December 2014

January Wishlist


  1. Roots - Lush - £10.25
  2. Anastasia Brow Wiz - Cult Beauty - £15.50
  3. Revlon Lash Potion Mascara - Boots - £9.99
  4. Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Hot Pepper - £8.99
1. I've really been loving Lush's haircare range recently and I've read so many good things about Roots. My friend Rachel has just purchased this and I can't wait to see how she gets on.

2. Every man and his dog seems to use this and I'm not usually a sucker for hype. I do love a tidy eyebrow and I think this offering looks great.

3. I've read a review on this mascara recently and it's jumped right to the top of my wishlist. I've been using a Too Faced one but it's far too expensive to repurchase so I'm going to give this one a whirl.

4. Even though I think I've found my perfect red I still want to try Hot Pepper from Bourjois. I think it looks amazing and not too expensive either. Win.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturisers* | Review


I am the worlds laziest body moisturiser, I hate standing around in the buff waiting for it to dry while trying not to catch a chill, I hate waiting 10 minutes for thick body butters to sink in when I'm already late for work.. You get the picture.

Nivea clearly share my views on waiting for traditional body moisturisers so have created the delights that are the in-shower moisturisers. This isn't a new concept, Lush used to make something similar which I seem to think was called Chocolate Heaven? Heavenly Bodies? Could be the totally wrong name but I was addicted to the stuff. This was at least 10 years ago because I was still in high school - yep I'm old

The general concept is that you have a wash as normal, rinse off and then slather this all over while you are still in the shower. Think body conditioner. You then rinse the moisturiser off and you are good to go. I was a bit wary about it making the shower floor slippery but I've had no issues on that front, as long as you rinse off properly it shouldn't be a problem. The Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturisers also don't leave a residue on your towels which is a huge bonus, you simply dry as normal and you are lovely and moisturised.

One of the best things about these two delights are the scents. They are inoffensive whilst still being creamy and sweet smelling at the same time, I don't think anyone would dislike these two scents. Of the two I prefer the cocoa rather than the honey but they actually smell very similar.

The 250ml versions of these cost £3.56 from Boots and I will definitely be repurchasing. Ever since getting my hands on these I have moisturised every single day which is unheard of for me. I can easily go 6 months without moisturising my body but the in-shower moisturisers stop it being a chore.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

The Weekly Ramble #86


The weekly face:

My last waffling on of 2014, how fast has that gone? I've been off all week so I'm a bit lost with all my days to be honest.

On Tuesday we went to see the latest Hobbit film which was quite good, again it was too long and could have easily been shortened down.

On Wednesday I worked for my Mum as Christmas Eve is mental in her shop so it helps to have an extra pair of hands. I never want to see another Olaf balloon in my life. When we had finished I had my traditional Christmas Eve bath using a Lush bath product, it was the Melting Angel this year and I can confirm it was amazing. I was so excited that I couldn't sleep! It's super weird staying up past 10pm for me!

Thursday of course was Christmas Day! I woke James up at 7am and we proceeded to open our presents. We both got thoroughly spoiled and I love everything that I received. In the afternoon we went to my parents' house to play some Monopoly and eat some more food. My Dad was working nights which sucks but we got a few hours with him. We headed home quite early as we had an early start the next day.

Friday, Boxing Day, we made our way to see James' family which takes about 2 hours so we left our house at 7:30am. Ouch. There wasn't a lot of cars on the motorway so we got there really quickly. We have our Christmas Dinner on Boxing Day which is always amazing, I ate so much but it was so worth it. After a quiz and some catching up we made our way home. On our journey home it started to snow which was a bit scary being on the motorway as the overtaking lane was completely obscured but we got home in one piece.

Yesterday we attempted to tidy the house and find homes for things but there's just so much stuff! Today we need to do the food shopping and I need to take some blog photos, I've been so lax in December which isn't like me. I'm back at work tomorrow too but I'm hoping it will be quiet! I'm going to nip in to town too after work for some new running trainers as mine are just too painful, lets hope it's not too busy!

Hope you've had a good Christmas.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

The Christmas Tag


It's nearly time! How exciting. I was hoping to get this post up sooner but hey ho, life gets in the way sometimes. Thanks to Danielle for tagging me!

What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?
Ooh I have a few! I spent a Christmas at Disneyland Paris as a child which was absolutely amazing and I would love to do it again but I'm going to go with the Lake District. I love the Lakes, it makes me feel very calm and of course it is so beautiful.

Favorite Christmas movie?
My favourite Christmas film is The Nightmare Before Christmas which I know isn't to everyone's taste but I love it! I used to watch it with my Mum every Christmas Eve whilst my Dad was at work and I've carried that tradition on at my own home.

Are you on the Naughty list or the Nice list?
I would like to say the nice list, I haven't been naughty at all really this year, unless you count things like eating cookies for breakfast but I don't think that counts!

Have you ever had a white Christmas?
Yes! In our first house at our first Christmas living together it started snowing on Christmas Eve and we woke up to a beautiful white Christmas. James' and I built a snowman in the back garden if I remember correctly.

Where do you usually spend your Christmas?
I spend Christmas at home in the morning and we open our presents in bed. After we have done ours Karl is allowed in our room and he opens his. After lunch we head to my parents for a game of Monopoly and a buffet tea (dinner if you're Southern). On Boxing Day we head to James' parents and spend the day there, eating and playing games.

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
Not exactly, when we were younger we always got new pyjamas on Christmas Eve and a fancy bath bomb. I have my Mum to blame for my Lush addiction!

Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
Ha no, the only one that came to mind was Prancer. Fail.

What holiday tradition are you looking forward to most this year?
I love getting to spend time with my family, especially after last Christmas was such a bad one. I would be happy without any presents just getting to hang about with my family and tell each other daft jokes is enough for me.

Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
Fake, mine is actually my Grandma's that she used to have. I always get a bit weepy putting it up but I like that I have something of hers that she really loved.

Hands down, what's your all-time favorite Christmas food and Christmas sweet treat?
I love a roast parsnip, James' Mum makes the best ones. Hmm sweet wise I usually have a Terry's Chocolate Orange for breakfast on Christmas Day. I'm ashamed to admit that to you.

Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?
I like both! I love seeing peoples faces when you get them something they really want or would never buy for themselves. Of course I like receiving things, but that's not the important part for me.

Does your family have a special Christmas recipe you like to help make?
No, I'm terrible in the kitchen!

Are you a pro-present wrapper, or do you fail miserably?
I'm absolutely terrible, I've sent presents down to James' lot without even putting bows on them this year. Doh!
Most memorable Christmas moment?
The one that stands out to me was when I got a Cabbage Patch Kid for Christmas. I'd sneaked downstairs really early and had a little rummage (as you do) but I couldn't see one! After we had opened our presents my Mum nipped upstairs and said that Santa had dropped him off in their room! He was great, he was called Ernie and had a little dressing gown on.

What made you realize the truth about Santa?I don't remember, I think my brother may have let it slip (he is 8 years older than me after all).

Do you make New Year resolutions? Do you stick to them?
I do make a few, my one last year was to not stress out as much which really didn't happen. I might do a post on my ones for this year.

What makes Christmas special for you?

Spending the days with my family and letting Karl in our bedroom (wild I know!), it's the only room he isn't allowed in usually. Chocolate for breakfast too, that's never a bad thing.
All images from Google.


Tuesday, 23 December 2014

LUSH Ultrabalm* | Review


When I received a little pot of Ultrabalm I wasn't 100% sure what it was for. "multi purpose balm"? Eh?

Ultrabalm is described as: This is a very simple but effective formula, with just three moisturising ingredients. The three ingredients being organic jojoba oil, candelillia wax and rose wax making it vegan friendly

Ultrabalm can be used for a variety of different things:
  • a lip balm
  • to soften hard elbows
  • to tame eyelashes and eyebrows
  • to brighten tattoos
  • to protect your skin when dying your hair
I personally have been using as a lip balm, elbow soother and I have read somewhere that it can help your eyebrows grow so I have been putting some on before I go to bed. I can't tell if there has been an improvement yet but I hope it works!

Another thing I have been using Ultrabalm for is soothing dry skin around lingering spots. You know what I mean, that flaky patch of skin that makes your foundation look dodgy and it works a treat.

The texture of Ultrabalm is balmy but grainy. I don't find it to be unpleasant but as I use as a lip treatment in the evening it doesn't really matter. I wouldn't like to apply lipstick over the top of it though in honesty.

A 45g pot of Ultrabalm will set you back £8.95 which sounds quite pricey but you only need to use a tiny bit so 45g will last you ages. I've been using mine religiously and I've barely made a dent in it.

Are you a fan of Ultrabalm? What do you use it for?

Sunday, 21 December 2014

The Weekly Ramble #85


The weekly face:

I've broken up for Christmas! Yay!

On Wednesday we went for our works Christmas lunch and I had a very nontraditional penne arribiata. Not a turkey in sight for me thanks.

On Thursday my Mum and Dad came round to give James his birthday presents and for a bit of a catch up. They always bring lots of treats with them and this was no exception.

On Friday was James' birthday! He was very spoiled but he's worth it. It was our Christmas Do on Friday too which turned out to be a really good evening. I was slightly ropey yesterday though. Oops.

Today I am going meeting my friend Ellen for lunch and to exchange Christmas gifts. How exciting.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Essie Spin the Bottle Nail Polish | Review and Swatches


I received Spin the Bottle by Essie in the first LIB/BBB box and to be honest it's not a very me shade. I like brights and darks but I'm not really a pastel lover.

I like the design of the Essie polishes, they are distinctive and I can spot them a mile away in my collection. It's also handy to have the name on the lid. Spin the Bottle is a nudey-pink which to me is very office appropriate. In the bottle it looks pink but on my nails it looks more nude. Spin the Bottle has a fat brush which is perfect for applying and makes the polish opaque in two coats.

Top: normal light
Bottom: direct sunlight

I find the quality of Essie polishes to be amazing, 5 days before I get any chips. If you think that is a short amount of wear time I type for 8 hours a day! So for all Spin the Bottle isn't necessarily a shade I would have chosen myself I am really impressed with it. Essie polishes are £7.99 and are available from Boots.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser | Review


Recently I found myself on the lookout for a new cleanser. My skin was looking good, just the odd spot here and there so I wanted to start using something a bit more gentle so as not to aggravate it. After a bit of blog scouring I decided to pick up the Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser by Elemis.

First things first, it comes with a pump! Hooray! I'm only about 3/4 through but I've read that the tube goes all the way to the bottom - I hate wasting products so this is a huge thumbs up for me. I think the packaging looks sophisticated and minimal which I really like.

It takes three pumps to do my whole face which sounds like a lot but it really isn't. The scent is very mild and inoffensive. I know it says to remove with a cotton pad (gross) but I just use a flannel like always to ensure that I have removed all of the cleanser. I use this in a morning but not in an evening. I prefer a balm in the evenings but like something lighter in the morning.

Since using the Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser my skin hasn't improved, it has stayed the same. I still get the odd spot here and there but nothing major. Over the past year or so my skin has changed from oily to combination which is a welcome relief and this cleanser works well on my oily T-zone as well as my cheeks which tend to be drier. As this is targeted to oilier skin I was worried it would be drying but as it is so gentle it hasn't had that effect at all.

At £22 it isn't the cheapest but when you find something that works it is worth paying that bit extra for in my opinion.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

The Weekly Ramble #84


The weekly face:

How strange not being in front of a white background.

This week has been a strange one, it doesn't feel like Christmas is less than 2 weeks away. I went for my latest tattoo on Thursday which I am in love with, no doubt I will be putting a picture on when it's not in the gross healing stage. I'm already planning my next one, it's true what they say, it's an addiction.

James' family came up on Saturday and we went for some lunch and had a mooch about. James' Mum makes the best cakes ever and she came up with loads of goodies, delicious.

I feel really ropey at the moment (hence the dodgy picture) so I'm going to have a relaxing day and hopefully get my Christmas tree up! Next week is my works Christmas do and James' birthday, on the same day no less, so that should get me in the festive spirit.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Topshop Lip Bullet in Joyride* | Review and Swatches


You may remember how impressed I was with Rio Rio from Topshop which is a traditional lipstick so I was intrigued how Joyride from the lip bullet range would fare.

I quite like the packaging, it makes it easy to see at a glance what colour it is. It is a twist up mechanism but the bullet itself is the traditional lipstick shape rather than the triangular lip crayon shape.

The formula is very smooth and almost creamy but still has an incredible colour payoff. The finish is satiny and not at all drying on the lips. I find that Joyride has excellent wear time and I love to wear it at a weekend.

I think I prefer the matte finishes from the Topshop lipstick offerings but I am so impressed with Joyride. The lip bullets are £8 from Topshop.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

LUSH Dirty Soap* | Review


I've never been much of a solid soap girl in honesty but if anyone was going to sway me it would be Lush..

With a name like Dirty I had no idea what to expect in honesty, but thankfully Dirty has a minty and uplifting scent! Dirty is a rectangular turquoise soap with the word Dirty embedded into it, it is then topped off with a silver glittery spray. The silver goes after a few uses and doesn't leave you sparkly.

Dirty contains menthol, pine, sandalwood and oakmoss which makes for a very refreshing and a bit tingly experience. Dirty is definitely a unisex scent that makes you feel really clean after using. It lathers well which is just what you want in a soap really! I do find that I need to moisturise after using Dirty as it is a bit drying which is unusual for me. That doesn't put me off as I absolutely love the scent. I'm definitely asking Santa for a few of these this year as I love it so much, and at £4.10 for 100g it won't break the bank.

The Dirty range also includes a perfume which I will be having a spritz of the next time I'm in store. What is your favourite soap from Lush?

Sunday, 7 December 2014

The Weekly Ramble #83


The weekly face:

So, December arrived in a hurry. This week has been a whirlwind in honesty.

On Monday I started the NHS Couch to 5k program which entails running 3 times a week to a podcast. I've never attempted to run before but I am actually really enjoying it. I've totted up my distances and I've actually done 5 miles this week. I've been going before work so it doesn't interfere with my loafing about after work and it's a great start to my morning. The only problem I've encountered is my trainers have rubbed my feet so badly, it hurts to wear shoes. Sadface. I've managed to rope James in too which is a surprise.

I was at college this Thursday and I had a terrifying thought the evening before, "should I try not to be as geeky so I fit in better", of course that would never achieve anything and I don't know why I thought it. I'm super happy being nerdy so I'm going to just roll with it.

Yesterday was traumatic, we had to take Karl to the vets and they operated on him then and there. He's fine now just dossing about but you know.

Today I'm going to finish wrapping Christmas presents, do my college homework and go shopping with my Mum.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

MUA Luxe Precision Felt Eyeliner in Black | Review and Swatches


Liquid eyeliner is something I have never been able to get the hang of, I've tried numerous different ones but to no avail. After asking on Twitter for noob-proof eyeliners the Precision Felt Liner from MUA's Luxe was recommended to me.

I really like the packaging of this eyeliner, some budget brands aren't really fussed about the packaging but I'm pleased to say that isn't the case here. Most of the gold lettering has worn off now but I have had it for ages.

I think the felt tip nib is what really makes this liner foolproof, even I can apply it without making a mess. I find it easiest to use the side of the nib rather than just the point as it feels like I have more control over it. The formula is super black and doesn't fade or travel.

Excuse that unkempt brow - still trying to grow them out.

If you are someone that struggles applying liquid eyeliner I would definitely recommend this, if you don't get on with it you've only lost £3. The MUA Luxe Precision Felt Eyeliner is available from Superdrug.