Sunday, 31 August 2014

September Wishlist



1. HealGel Eye - Space NK - £32.00
2. Yankee Candle in Summer Scoop - Clinton Cards - £16.99
3. Divergent DVD - Zavvi - £10.99 
4. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - Boots - £4.19 

1. When I am due for my injection my dark circles are atrocious, I look like a panda. Not in a cute, come give us a cuddle, way either. I have seen reviews on this eye cream by HealGel saying it is perfect for dark circles.

2. I'm still desperately clinging on to Summer. Summer Scoop is a delicious fragrance from Yankee Candle which isn't too sweet but still smells amazing.

3. I went to watch Divergent when it was released and I didn't have high hopes for it. Not too sure why as I absolutely love it. So much so that I came home and read all the books in 3 days.

4. Another product to tackle dark circles! Can you tell they have been getting me down recently? I use the illuminator pen at present but I am definitely in need of something a bit more heavy duty. I'm really trying to watch my spending but I'm pretty sure £4.19 won't be missed.


The Weekly Ramble #69


The weekly face:

How good is it to only have to work for four days this week?! I just dossed about on the Bank Holiday, watching Harry Potter films curled up on the couch.

Work was super busy this week meaning it has flown by which is a nice bonus too! On Thursday it was our wedding anniversary so we went out for tea to Chiquito. I love it there and even had a cocktail on a school night! Last year we didn't really buy each other anything for anniversary/birthdays as we were saving to pay off our loan but this year we got to treat one another. James got me a pair of earrings in the shape of stars, another charm for my Thomas Sabo bracelet, Disney DVDs and a Fringe t-shirt. Fringe the TV show, not a cowboy affair.

Today we are off to Treacle Market which is held in Macclesfield. I would highly recommend if you are from around there to pay it a visit!

I have been trying to get back into some sort of fitness regime and I have been going to the gym and doing yoga. I'm going to get back on the weights next week too. I couldn't this week as I had my injections and my arm is still numb. A small price to pay to be able to function like a normal human though.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

The Harry Potter Tag


You may or may not know that I am a huge Harry Potter nerd and when I saw that Sophie had done this tag I knew I wanted to give it a go!

1. What is your favourite book?

I love, love, love The Goblet of Fire. I just thought the Triwizard Tournament was super cool and it has dragons, and mermaids.

2. What is your favourite film?

Ooh a tough one, I prefer the books to the films (I'm one of those people) and the one I have watched the most is the Chamber of Secrets, I like the fact that this is where you learn about Tom Riddle and why he is such a whackjob.

3. What is your least favourite book?

I don't know! The one I have read the least is the Order of the Phoenix. I read quite a lot but I found it hard to get in to.

4. What is your least favourite film?
I love them all but I'm going to say the Philosopher's Stone, purely because they're all tiny babies and the chemistry isn't with them yet. Plus Quirrell really irritates me.

5. Which parts of the books/films made you cry?
Ahh when Dobby dies, no matter how many times I read/watch I still have a little skrike. Neville at the end when he totally owns Nagini because he is such a noob throughout the rest of the series. Cho's face when she finds out about Cedric. When Sirius dies.

6. If you could hook up with any character who would it be?
Cedric Diggory of course.
7. Who is your favourite character?
I have three actually! Ron (isn't he everyones?), Snape and I really like Bellatrix strangely!

8. Who is your least favourite character?
Professor Quirrell, Kreacher and Professor Umbridge.

9. What is your least favourite line?
"We'll take the lot!" - greedy little Harry!
"TROLL IN THE DUNGEON" - pipe down mate
10. What would your Patronus be?
I think it would be a rabbit, one of those huge ones.

11. If you could have the invisibility cloak, resurrection stone or elder wand, which would you choose?
Cloak obviously, although I would be tempted by the elder wand. I actually have a replica Elder Wand because I'm just that cool.
12. What house would you be in?
According to a daft internet quiz I would be Gryffindor.

13. If you could meet any member of the cast who would it be?
Helena Bonham Carter, I love her! Or the girl who plays Luna, I reckon we would get on like a house on fire.
14. If you were on the Quidditch team, what position would you play?
I am so not sporty, a Beater I think.
15. Were you happy with the ending?
I think so, I did also like that it shows you what happens later in life. I don't really like it when they leave it to your own interpretation.
16. How much does Harry Potter mean to you?
I think for a lot of people the books got them into reading as kids. I already read alot anyway and the books never appealed to me until I won one in school. I do love them and I think I'm going to re-read them all. Still gutted my letter never came though.

All images from Google.

I tag all of you Potter fans, leave your links in the comments when you have done it!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

W7 Cream Blusher in Rosy | Review and Swatches


Wandering through Warrington one day I spotted a little cosmetic shop by the name of Urban Beauty in the Golden Square. Being the addict that I am I had to go in and I'm glad I did!

The packaging is basic but sturdy. I think you could chuck this in your bag without worrying if it was going to pop open or shatter. This is possibly one of the biggest blushers that I own, it is about the size of my palm so will last ages.

After being converted to cream blushes last year I am always on the lookout for any more that I can add to my collection, as soon as I spotted this I knew I had to have it. It was also the only one left, so I took it as a sign.

I apply this with my fingers to the apples of my cheeks and blend out. It is easily blended and isn't overly shimmery. As it is quite a cheap product you don't really get the longevity, by the time I have left work you can barely see that I have any blusher on. This is perfect for a night out though.

For £1.95 I am not going to complain - in fact I want all of the other shades!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner* | Review


When I received the Soothing Apricot Toner by Elemis I was really excited to use it. I just associate Elemis with being a bit fancy and out of my price range.

The bottle feels very sturdy and I always like it when the packaging is transparent, so you can see exactly how much is left. The lid contains a spray nozzle so that you can just give yourself a quick spritz.

Elemis say: This Soothing Apricot Toner effectively tones the skin and helps maintain the pH level, without the use of alcohol or harsh detergents which can strip the skin's natural oils. Extracts of Apricot, Quillaja Wood and Sweet Betty Flower soothe and harmonise the skin, leaving a fresh and radiant complexion."

I use this as a spritz after an acid tone morning and evening, I find that it gives me a healthy glow for the day ahead. The scent is quite unusual, I was expecting something very fruity (synthetic smelling) but it is very subtle. You can definitely smell apricot but it isn't overpowering. I did try using this on a cotton round and using as a traditional toner but I find spritzing works better for me personally.

The price is the only thing that puts me off really, £22 for 200ml. Once this runs out I will definitely be on the hunt for a cheaper alternative.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

The Weekly Ramble #68


The weekly face:

This week has been absolutely amazing, we went away for the first time in ages and I was definitely glad of the break.

On Monday we traveled up to the Lake District which is only about 1 hour 30 minutes from our house. We stayed in a place called Aphrodites Lodge which is in Bowness. The hotel was amazing which is what we wanted as we were celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary (a week early but hey-ho!). After unpacking we went to explore Bowness itself. It was so busy even though it was chucking it down. We wandered about for a bit and then went for our evening meal. We decided on tapas (my fave!) and it was absolutely delicious. 

On Tuesday we ventured into Keswick as I thought I had never been before. Turns out I have but when I was miniature. Keswick is a lovely town with a footpath which goes all around the lake. My phone was actually counting how far we had walked during the day and it was 6.2miles but didn't feel like it because you just get distracted looking at all of the scenery. I've been a proper stresspot lately and I had really chilled out by this point. We went back into Bowness for food and decided on Italian, which was very authentic and tasty.

For one of my anniversary gifts James had booked me in for a bit of a pamper session which included a back massage, Indian head massage and mini facial. My appointment was in the morning and I couldn't fault it. I was so relaxed and de-stressed it was amazing. We decided to go to Windermere for a few hours in the afternoon, it was quieter than Bowness and not as much to see so we didn't stay that long. In the late afternoon we lazed about in the pool and sauna which was again very relaxing, and as we were the only two there it was amazing.

On Thursday we came home, I was gutted because the time had flown while we were there but I was glad to come back and see Karl. My Mum and Dad looked after him for us while we were away and apparently he was a very naughty bun and not wanting to go back in his cage at bedtime.

On Friday we ran a couple of errands and we have finally dropped James' wedding ring off to get resized. I always feel like people are looking at us when I've got mine on and he hasn't! I don't think it is entirely appropriate to tell them that it's him I'm married to and I'm not a philanderer. I'm sure my brain isn't wired properly.

On Saturday we nipped to the Trafford Centre to get my eyes checked (can you believe it's been a month already) and they were super rude! I couldn't believe it everyone has been so professional and polite previously. Bleh. I of course got some shopping done while I was there, including two Christmas presents would you believe. I've turned into my mother.

This was quite possibly the longest post I have ever written, and if you have made it to the end I salute you. Here is a picture of Karl for your troubles:

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Soap and Glory - The Scrub of Your Life | Review


The Scrub of Your Life is one of the first things that I tried from Soap and Glory. It was one of those emergency purchases which I needed a miniature scrub to take to Paris.

Now clearly, this is not a miniature. This one came in the huge gift set that they do at Christmas. I like the fact that The Scrub of Your Life comes in a tube as opposed to a tub, it's loads easier to get out without making a mess or getting water into your product!

I do find that the product itself isn't particularly scrubby, it just feels like a thick bitty showergel. The scent is the classic Soap and Glory which I love though. If you don't want to commit to a full sized one I would recommend getting a travel size first!

The Scrub of Your Life is £7 for 200ml which I don't think is bad. If it was more scrubby it would be a definite repurchase, but I will be sticking to Sugar Crush for the foreseeable future.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

LUSH Brightside Bubble Bar | Review


It's no secret that I am one of the biggest Lush fans in the North West! When I saw Brightside sitting in the shop I knew one would be coming home with me.

First of all, it is massive, you could probably get four baths out of this but I only split it in two because I wanted it to be super bubbly. I would say the size is on par with The Comforter.

Aside from looking absolutely amazing, the scent is gorgeous. Brightside contains Sicilian mandarin, bergamot and tangerine essential oils to give it a beautiful zesty scent. I usually have a bath of an evening but this would be perfect to start your day as it is so uplifting and summery.

As with all Lush bubble bars you crumble a bit (half in my case, woops) under running water to create lots of lovely bubbles. It turns the bath bright orange making you feel like you are bathing in Fanta. Or Tango if you prefer.

At £4.50 it isn't the cheapest offering from Lush, but in my opinion it is one of the best products that they are doing at the minute. Also if you aren't excessive like me you could split it in four and it would only be £1.13 per bath, bargain.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

The Weekly Ramble #67


The weekly face:

This week has been and gone in a flash, I've been super busy at work so when I've got home I just want to doss about on the couch watching films. Not overly productive but sometimes you just need to relax.

I'm trying to make a more conscious effort to relax as I woke myself up on Friday having a panic attack. I didn't know that was even possible but here we are. I don't get them often and can't pin them down to one particular thing but starting Pilates again is sure to help with feeling stressed.

It feels so good typing this knowing that I'm off work for a week - I'm so ready for a break!


Thursday, 14 August 2014

MUA Mosaic Blush in English Rose | Review and Swatches


After seeing that the English Rose Mosaic Blush by MUA was a staple in many a beauty blogger's makeup bag I knew I had to pick one up for myself.

The packaging is simple and you can clearly see what is inside. This is a massive bonus when trying to pick a blusher in the mornings.

It isn't amazing quality as you can see, mine came with a crack all the way down the product with lots of fallout during transporting it home. I don't really ever take makeup out with me but with this you definitely couldn't.

When swirled together I was expecting a subtle pink glow but it mixes together to create more of a highlighter. This blusher is marketed towards pale skin so I thought it would be perfect for me. 

This blusher gives a very subtle glow and I personally have been using it on minimal makeup days. For £2.50 I'm not too disappointed but I wouldn't repurchase.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash | Review


Slowly but surely I am making my way through my huge stash of shower products. I was looking forward to trying the Sugar Crush body wash from Soap and Glory as I love the scent, zesty and delicious.

As with any Soap and Glory product it is the packaging that pulls you in first. The packaging is a love or hate thing for most people, I'm definitely a fan though. I like the fact that it comes with a pump in the lid, I'm not great with squeezy things in the shower due to being so clumsy! The description on the packaging boasts some ridiculous things (as always):

Also featuring COOLCAPSULE™X to cool and refresh, radiance-boosting KIWI WATER JUICE and our super creamy M-SUDS™ moisture boosting base with skin conditioners.

Swiftly moving on to the scent. It is amazing. It smells of limes, biscuits and a bit creamy too, like a pudding basically. I love foodie scents for showering with and this is a winner in my eyes. For all it is targeted to a female audience I have noticed that James has been pinching a bit of this too! The problem for me is that when you have toweled yourself off the scent has practically gone. You are left with a clean scent but I would have personally preferred to be smelling of lime biscuits for the day.

The consistency of this shower gel is quite runny, much more liquid than Clean on Me. It takes more product to get a nice lather, but does foam really well once you have enough to work with.

I would prefer this if it had the consistency of Clean on Me with the scent of Sugar Crush, that would be amazing! Sugar Crush is my favourite scent by Soap and Glory so I am slightly disappointed that the scent doesn't last. Of the two my recommendation would be Clean on Me which has surprised me.

Sugar Crush Body Wash from Soap and Glory costs £6.50 for 500ml which is good value as it lasts absolutely ages. Soap and Glory is available from Boots.

Have you tried any of Soap and Glory's body washes? What did you think?

Monday, 11 August 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush | My Birthday Giveaway!


What better way to perk up a Monday morning than a giveaway? I have decided to do a giveaway that ends on my birthday so that one of you can have a little gift too! I know the post title makes it sound like my birthday is today, just to add to general Monday morning confusion.


Anyway, the giveaway is for an Ambient Lighting Blush by Hourglass in the shade of your choice (providing it is in stock). There are six shades;
  • Diffused Heat
  • Dim Infusion
  • Ethereal Glow
  • Luminous Flush
  • Mood Exposure
  • Radiant Magenta
I have chosen this because I will also be treating my self to one as I have wanted one for the longest time! 

All images from the Hourglass website

This will be an international giveaway but you must be over 16 or have parents permission to enter (as you will need to disclose your address). The product will be purchased by me and there is no cash alternative.

Please enter using the Rafflecopter below:

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Good luck!


Sunday, 10 August 2014

The Weekly Ramble #66


The weekly face:

I still can't get used to seeing myself without glasses, it's like when you dye your hair and keep catching your reflection and wonder who it is. Surely that's not just me?

My eyes have healed now (I think), but they still feel a bit weird when applying eyeshadow and removing it. I'm thinking that is psychological rather than physical but I wasn't expecting for it to freak me out.

Anyway, all I have done this week is go to work - 6 day weeks are so not the one. Yesterday I helped my Mum out as her Saturday girl is on holiday so she needed a hand. I did nip out for a hair cut during my shift (oops) so quite productive! I haven't had my hair cut for about 4 months, it was looking pretty gross.

Today we are going for afternoon tea with my parents as we are all off together which never happens these days. Keep your eyes open tomorrow as my giveaway shall be going live, how exciting!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Empties #11


I find empties posts really satisfying to write for some reason, I suppose it is proof that my stash is actually reducing (ha.).

The latest 5:
  • Bioderma Sensibo H20 Micellar Solution
  • The Body Shop Honeymania Shower Gel
  • Origins Drink Up Intensive Moisturiser
  • Vichy Idealia Moisturiser
  • Indeed Labs Hydraluron Serum

Sensibo H20 Micellar Solution - Micellar waters are pretty much my makeup removal of choice these days, this one is great at removing all traces of makeup which then preps your skin for a proper cleanse. It is on the expensive side though. Full review here.
Repurchase: Possibly, I am loving the Garnier one at the moment.

Honeymania Shower Gel - The Honeymania line has quickly become one of my favourites from The Body Shop. The scent on this is simply amazing. Floral and sweet but not sickly. Full review here.
Repurchase: Yes.

Vichy Idealia Moisturiser - I got this in the second BBBBB and I am so glad that I discovered it. It is perfect for a night time moisturiser. The scent is amazing and I think it made my skin look lovely. Full review here.
Repurchase: Yes.

Drink Up Intensive Moisturiser - I was lucky enough to be sent some sample sizes of Origins late last year which was helpful as I had never tried anything from them previously. Drink Up Intensive is quite strong smelling which I don't personally like from a moisturiser. I thought it was overpriced as I didn't see any changes in my skin.
Repurchase: No.

Hydraluron Serum - Hydraluron is designed to supercharge your usual moisturiser and is targeted to dry skin. I didn't really see a difference but my skin isn't dry so that is perhaps why. I also think it is super expensive! Full review here.
Repurchase: No.