Wednesday, 30 April 2014

May Wishlist


May1. Ralph Lauren Big Pony Pink EDT 30ml - Boots £24.99
2. Barry M Gelly Lips in Sirius - Superdrug £4.99
3. Sleek Blush in Pink Lemonade - Boots £9.99
4. Rimmel 60 Seconds Rita Ora Nail Polish in Don't Be Shy - Superdrug £3.69

Hmm, I'm sensing a theme! That wasn't intentional. Pink to make the boys wink and all that.

1. I am obsessed with this fragrance which is surprising as it isn't really "me". It smells very girly and light so perfect for Spring/Summer.

2. I love Barry M's gelly polishes and I love that they are adding more to the gelly line. Sirius is a gorgeous shade and such  a reasonable price.

3. I'm really not lacking in the blusher department, but that doesn't stop me wanting more. £9.99 is such a good price for 3 different shades and I have heard nothing but good things. I also like the fact you get a cream blusher included.

4. I don't really do "celebrity" launches in the cosmetics world, most of the time they come across tacky and desperate. That being said I love the look of this nail polish by Rimmel.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

The Body Shop Passionfruit Shower Gel | Review


Not the most glamorous of a product, but something that we all use! I'm never one to resist a 50% off Body Shop code - can't have them thinking I'm being rude now can I?

I will start with the most important aspect of any body wash - the scent! Passionfruit smells deliciously tropical and fruity which is perfect for waking you up in the morning. It does smell quite sweet but not sickly.

This shower gel lathers up really well so a little goes a long way!

I can't find it on the website but I have seen it in store recently so not sure if it is being discontinued. If you see one I would pick it up - you won't be dissapointed.

The Body Shop shower gels 250ml are usually £4.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Ruffles and Rabbits is 1 Today!


Rather unfortunately, I haven't purchased myself a cake - that one was my Mum's birthday cake. Maybe I should get a cake? Anyway, I digress, as usual.

I can't believe a year has passed already. I started my blog as I was getting a bit fed up with the online gaming scene and I wanted to do something that I was passionate about. I know it's not the best or biggest blog in the world but it makes me happy and that is the main thing for me.

Finally I would just like to thank anyone who subscribes or just swings by occasionally - I only ever thought I would have one reader!

The Weekly Ramble #51


The weekly face:

Hooray for another short week. I love this time of year due to all of the Bank Holidays! On Monday we went to the cinema to watch Divergent. I didn't really know what it was about until I had watched the film but I really enjoyed it and can't wait for the next one! After the cinema we went out for some food and  a catch up.

Tuesday meant back to work, but the day flew, I'm sure people pester you more when you are closed for a 4 day weekend. In the evening James and I went to watch Alkaline Trio. They are one of my all time favourite bands and I love seeing them live. Matt Skiba wasn't out of it this time either so that was a massive bonus. I was slightly disappointed that they mainly played new stuff, even though they have 9 albums! Rude.

Wednesday I had thought ahead and booked the day off. I am far too old to be getting in at midnight and then back up for 6am! After having a huge lie in (10am - that means I am old yes) I pottered about a bit and cracked on with my NVQ. My parents came round in the afternoon as they were off too. They brought me a muffin and some carrot tops for Karl. Parents never stop spoiling you.

Thursday and Friday were pretty uneventful, just working really and dossing about the house. I did download the Divergent trilogy on to my Kindle. I've read the first one already!

Today I am going shopping with my Mum - hooray for Liverpool and its amazing shops. Even if I do only get paid tomorrow. Sigh.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Illamasqua Liquid Metal in Electrum | Review and Swatches


I will be honest, when Electrum dropped through my door I was a little bit perplexed as to how I was going to use it.

This is my first Illamasqua product and it definitely won't be my last. The packaging is the typical Illamasqua with a clear plastic square(ish) pot with a black lid.

Electrum is described as "A rich and highly pigmented metallic cream that grabs full attention wherever it's applied. Smooth onto eyes, face and body with fingers or a brush and prepare to take the spotlight."

As you can see, Electrum is what I would describe as a true gold, not too yellow and very metallic. I don't really have an occasion (or inclination) to wear this as a block colour on my eyelids so I have been using it as an eyeliner.

I have seen people say that it is too greasy/creasy/slides about but I had none of those issues, probably because I apply it over a matte eyeshadow. Any little eyeliner brush will do the trick, I use my Bobbi Brown one and it works perfectly.

I can confirm that this stayed on all night while bopping around at a gig. It was really hot and I thought my makeup would have slid off - but it was still as perfect as when I applied it.

The look I have gone for is very subtle which Illamasqua aren't really known for! Electrum on its own has been discontinued but you can get hold of it as part of the Liquid Metal Palette which is £34 for 4 shades.

P.S. I know I look crazy with no glasses on.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

L'Occitane Cherry Blossom Hand Cream | Review #BBBBeautyBoxII


Ever so slowly I am building up my L'Occitane collection. Nearly everything I have tried I have loved!

When I first started getting in to L'Occitane Cherry Blossom was one of the newer fragrance families and it is going from strength to strength. I have tried the perfume a couple of times in store so I knew I would love this hand cream.

The packaging is typical of a L'Occitane hand cream, a silver tube with a black lid. I like that there is an image of a cherry blossom tree on the packaging, it just gives it a more upmarket feel.

One of the main ingredients is shea butter so it makes your hands super soft after using, but not greasy. The fragrance is subtle but very feminine. It does make a nice change to my usual Verbena version!

The 30ml travel size costs £8 and available in store and online.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

The Weekly Ramble #50


The weekly face:

Another week, another ramble.

This week has been a 3 day week in work for me which has been a nice change. I had Wednesday off to run a few errands and spend some time with my Mum. I also finally paid my loan off which feels great, but it is slightly nauseating handing over £4,300. 

On Thursday I went to Body Combat at the gym with two of my friends. I have done Body Combat years ago and I had forgotten how much it hurts. My face was still purple when I got home. We will be going again next week though, so I'm going to have to toughen up.

Friday of course was Good Friday. I am not remotely religious but I am partial to a chocolate egg or three. My Mum always gets me a new pair of shoes for Easter and they were lovely this year. Friday evening we went to watch Brand New in Manchester. Brand New have been one of my favourite bands since I was about 13 and they have got me through many a tough time. They were absolutely amazing and I still have no voice left from singing along to them. Oops.

Saturday was spent writing blog posts and doing my second to last NVQ assignment.

Today will be spent consuming my Easter Egg (we got eachother the same one - doh!) and giving Karl lots of fuss. It does make me happy that there are bunnies everywhere at this time of year, but remember a bunny is for life, not just for Easter.

Friday, 18 April 2014

LUSH Bunny Bubble Bar | Review


I wanted to use my Bunny bubble bar last as he was the one I was most looking forward to using - does anyone else do this?

It is no secret that I absolutely love bunnies so I had to pick this little guy up! He is apparently inspired by the White Rabbit *I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date*. He smells of Parma Violets to me after he had been crumbled under the water.

He made loads of bubbles and turned the water a pinky lilac colour and contained little flowers. These apparently were cornflowers and there were lots of them.

The water was super soft and moisturising meaning no need to apply a cream afterwards! Bonus.

You could technically cut him in half but I couldn't bear to. He is £3.25 and limited edition for Easter.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Bourjois Khol and Contour Light and Dark | Review and Swatches #BBBBeautyBoxII


I will be honest, this product has stumped me. 

The black side is just a normal khol eyeliner and the silver side is a shimmery pencil. The black side you can just use as normal but it is the silver side that has me flummoxed. I don't really know where you put it on your eyes to add highlight but I do think it may be because I am super pale. I just end up looking like a disco ball. The silver nib also broke off when I was swatching it so be careful of it going in your eye.

I only really wear black eyeliner at the weekend so I won't get a huge amount of use out of this - but it is still handy to have a back up!

This is £5.99 from Boots and comes in 6 varieties.

Have you tried this? Any suggestions on how to make the illuminator work for me?

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Body Shop Honeymania Shower Gel | Review


I'm sure it's not just me that sees an email from The Body Shop and starts ordering everything in sight? I wanted to try something from the Honeymania range when it was first launched but for some reason or other I didn't.

Now, I'm not one to say no to a 50% off so this little delight made it into my basket. I was expecting it to smell sweet and sickly and really quite a foodie smell, but it has more of a floral scent to it. You can definitely smell honey but it isn't in your face.

The Body Shop say: This soap-free shower gel contains Community Fair Trade honey made from the nectar of thousands of wildflowers. Lather up to envelop skin in a rich, floral scent.

  • Soap-free
  • Lather-rich
  • Rich, floral scent
You can purchase this from here for £4 for 250ml. I would wait until they have an offer on though so you can stock up!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

The Weekly Ramble #49


The weekly face:

As I mentioned last week I went to the Trafford Centre last Sunday for a catch up with my friend Rachel. We went to La Tasca which I absolutely love and always end up feeling like I am about to pop afterwards. We also moseyed down to Lush to stock up on some "essentials"!

Work has been super busy this week again which means it has flown by. I also had a catch up with my tutor on Wednesday so I have another assignment to do over the long weekend.

James entered a golf tournament on Thursday for charity which he enjoyed and meant I got a bit of peace and quiet for once!

On Friday we went visiting my parents and they are popping round today for a brew after we have done our weekly shop. I feel like such a grown up having a weekly routine - I never thought I would become that person.

Yesterday James and I went out for lunch and a bit of shopping. We hardly ever go out for a nice day time meal so that was a lovely change.

I know this is going to sound quite odd, but I tried two new foods this week; custard and gnocci. Not together of course. I'm so fussy and generally a bit freaky with food so this is a huge achievement for me.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

MAC Ravishing | Review and Swatches


Ravishing from MAC was the first lipstick I ever bought. Not just from MAC, in general life. I have had it way before I started blogging and I still love it now as much as I did then. Since I have owned it since the dawn of time I don't have its box. This really upsets my OCD but not totally relevant to the post.

Granted, it doesn't look anything special in the tube but it really appealed to me. I'm a bit rubbish at describing colours but this is what MAC describe it as a clean light peachy coral. On me it looks sort of nudey pink, perfect for daytime. This is a Cremesheen finish which makes it moisturising and shiny looking once on. I have also found that it looks multi-tonal in different lights.

Have you tried this shade? What is your favourite MAC lipstick?

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Lavender, Chamomile and Honey Bath Bomb | Review


I don't know about you, but I have a box full of bath goodies for when I have had a bad day/it's freezing/am in need of a pamper.

I found this little bath bomb lurking in said box of goodies and couldn't wait to use it!

Now it doesn't say a brand on the packaging which doesn't help really. 

I love the fact that it is moulded into a bee shape - I love bees! Upon opening this I noticed that the smell was very faint which was disapointing.

After chucking it in the bath it fizzed about for a bit, but didn't change the water or anything. I was expecting it to be softening on the skin but generally you couldn't tell that there was anything in the water.

I do try my best to support local companies but I wouldn't purchase another one of these I'm afraid.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

The Weekly Ramble #48


The weekly face:

I can't believe it's April already, it's scary how quickly this year is going.

Last weekend James went to visit his family so I had the house to myself - which I really enjoyed. I went out for a few drinks on Saturday and did all of the grown up things on Sunday, including building a table and four chairs. I'm a dab hand at flat pack furniture, I think I've missed my calling.

Work has flown this week as it's been so busy, but I'm not complaining. We haven't really done much after work but I am off to the Trafford Centre today for some food and a bit of light shopping. I have noticed that Lush have brought my all time favourite product back so I will be stocking up on Sakura! I can't wait.

Yesterday we got hooked on American Horror Story, I have no idea how this has slipped under my radar but I'm becoming obsessed with it.

Hope you have had a good one!

Thursday, 3 April 2014

LUSH Red Fun | Review


I picked up Fun a while ago when I needed some cheering up, what 24 year old doesn't want to mess about with plasticine-y stuff and then use it to bathe in? Exactly.

Just look at that squidgy goodness, I couldn't wait to start using it! Taking it out of the packet it looks quite strange but still appealing.

The consistency of Fun is supposed to be like plasticine therefore mouldable into shapes. I really couldn't make anything with mine, it was a bit too soft for construction purposes so I just attempted to crumble under running water to have a nice bubble bath.

The texture of this isn't as crumbly as a normal Lush bubble bar, it kept sticking to my hand. Swishing my hand in the water made it bubble up really well though.

Red Fun contains orange oil and mandarin oil so you get a lovely citrusy scent to bathe in. The smell was subtle and relaxing, certainly not overpowering. I found it made my bath water soft and soothing. The bubbles didn't last very long but I only use a tiny chunk per bath.

Fun bars from Lush are £5 for 200g and I would estimate you could get about 8 baths out of 1 bar. Obviously it depends how much you put in but this may be something to consider as a normal bath bomb is roughly £3 and can only be used once.

Have you tried Fun? What did you think?