LUSH Cosmetics | Mini Haul

It’s been quite a while since i’ve done a Lush haul, my closest store now is Cardiff which isn’t that far away from where I live but I don’t tend to head that way often so when I was in Cardiff last week I HAD to go in store.

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I’ve been wanting to pick up Sleepy which is one of Lush’s recent new products for quite some time but I was holding out until I could try it first hand. There’s been a lot of attention on this especially from mums saying how it’s worked wonders with helping their kids sleep so I grabbed a sample of it in store and loved it so I went ahead and purchased the 95g pot (£7.95).

Sleepy has a gentle oatmeal infusion, calming lavender flower and sweet tonka absolute, it smells pretty incredible! I’m not quite sure whether it makes the little one sleep better as she’s always been a pretty good sleeper anyway and always has anything between 10-12 hours a night but it does make her skin incredibly soft and leaves her smelling amazing.

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I also grabbed the Lord of Misrule shower cream 250g (£10.75) which I tend to try and grab every year, it’s just a must have in my bathroom and I also grabbed the Lord of Misrule bath bomb (£3.95). Lord of Misrule has a herbal blend of patchouli, peppercorn and black pepper with an intriguing vanilla absolute sweetness, again with most Lush things it smells pretty darn incredible with the scent lingering on your skin hours after.

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Lastly I grabbed the Secret Arts jelly bomb (£4.95), i’m a huge fan of anything spooky and Harry Potter so this is perfect! Secret Arts has cinnamon leaf oil, Brazilian orange oil and sweet almond essential oil. I’ve not yet tried this one i’m saving it for one of those much needed pamper days but the sound of cinnamon leaf oil is perfect for these colder nights.

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What have you got on your Lush wish list?

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Last Minute Mens Christmas Gift Guide

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Personalised Wooden Beer Trug £39.95, Canvas And Leather Foldover Backpack £62, Smart Phone Projector £17.95, GoPro Hero £149.00, Happy Socks Limited Edition Socks £23.99, Ted Baker Essentials Fragrances For Men £28.00, I Cannot Adult Today Mug £10, Wanhao i3 V2 Duplicator 3D-Printer £317.00 & Amazon Echo £149.00.

As mentioned in my last minute women’s Christmas gift guide that we’ve thankfully managed to get our Christmas shopping done but I know that some people are still struggling to grab their bits and bats especially if they work full time it can be such a hassle to find the time. This mens Christmas gift guide again has items that are all purchasable from online stores and have a combination of high end and low end prices. This gift guide is just to give you a few ideas of what you could buy, I know that when buying for my husband I always struggle if there is anything that he wants then he gets it himself throughout the year so when it comes to Christmas there is absolutely nothing I can think of.

What’s on your Christmas list?

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Last Minute Ladies Christmas Gift Guide

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Christmas 3 Votive and Holder Gift Set £9.99, ASOS Ultra Fluffy Mittens £10.00, New Look Metal Heel Slingback Heeled Shoe Boot £24.00, Christmas Gift Box GREEN TULIP ETHICAL LIVING £16, GHD COPPER LUXE BLACK PLATINUM GIFT SET £155.00, House of Disaster Pink Hippo Light £35.00, ASOS Metallic Clutch Bag With Metal Bar £15.00, Solid Rose Gold Interlocking Hearts Necklace £89.00 & Spotty China Letter Mug £14.95

I usually always leave my Christmas shopping until last minute which isn’t the wisest idea but thankfully I did mine in November, well the bulk of it so were a bit more prepared this year which has saved me running around like a headless chicken. I’ve complied a guide which is full of different price ranges and gifts that will suit the majority of ladies for Christmas these can all be bought online *hurrah* saving you mowing through busy town centres, which as you know is an absolute nightmare.

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Pre Christmas Haul

H&M Galaxy Pj & Leggings Set £14.99

When it comes to H&M clothing I just can’t say no unless I can’t squeeze myself into them then that’s a different story, pyjamas to me are essential at Christmas time or any time for that matter, personally I always request them every year as a present from my Husband. To me there is nothing better than getting into fresh bedding with brand new pjs on!

These galaxy cuffed jersey pjs are super comfortable and stretchy, I tend to go for the cuffed leg pjs as they stay in place at night instead of riding up your leg in turn making you uncomfortable and dancing around the bed.

H&M Grey Chunky Knit Jumper £24.99

I am forever obsessing with chunky knit jumpers they just look that little bit more cosier with the colder months, so this one was a no brainer especially as it is from H&M too. This jumper looks great with some high waisted jeans and little black ankle boots.

New Look Burgundy Boucle Textured Longline Cardigan £24.99

This chunky thick burgundy cardigan is perfect for winter, it comes just above the knee and looks great with a little black t-shirt or long sleeved. The cardigan has little flecks of holographic threads which gives it that snowy and Christmassy feel.

Urban Decay Shadow Box £23

Being a beauty blogger makeup is always on my to buy list especially Urban Decay, their product range is gorgeous. This shadow box palette has 12 incredible shades for £23 which allows you to create several awesome eye looks including a couple of perfect shades for Christmas day! Urban Decay’s eyeshadow palettes never fall short of being super pigmented, creamy and blendable as you can see from the photos.

Shades: Sin, Indo, Bordello, Tornado, Smog, Blackout, Flash, Mushroom, Lost, Freelove, Moonshadow and Baked Cowboy

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick £15

I am absolutely obsessed with lipsticks at the moment I feel quite bare when i’m not wearing any, especially when it comes to the deeper berry wintery shades. This lipstick is part of their comfort matte range in the shade Disturbed which is like a burnt burgundy. If you don’t like red lipstick then this might be for you, it’s deeper and darker which is perfect for both subtle eye makeup and a smokey eye look.

Kiko Skin Modernist 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer £18.90

I was in desperate need for some new foundation and have heart great things about Kiko Cosmetics so I grabbed this 2-in-1 foundation and concealer in the shade warm rose. The foundation comes with a doe foot applicator which is something different from what i’ve used before. This foundation claims to give a flawless natural satin look which lasts all day long so i’m excited to test it out.

Waterstones Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Book £8.49

I don’t tend to read a lot of books but I would love to so where better to start than Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, it is definitely on the list of things to do in the New Year. The book is beautifully presented with a gorgeous royal blue and gold cover giving it that magical feeling.

Wilko Glow Jewellery Hex Trinket £5

This has literally saved my life, I am forever needing somewhere to put my jewellery but always forget to pick something up. This elegant but cute copper mirrored trinket is the perfect to store all your favourite jewellery.

 

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Melt With Love Advent Calendar

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Christmas is the best time of year because I get to indulge into my unhealthy obsessions such as pizza, chocolate, candles and clothes. The whole concept of a small gift every day until Christmas makes the build up that little bit more exciting. Melt With Love released their very own Advent Calendar* (£14.99) I needed it to fulfil my candle obsession, lucky for me Melt With Love sent me one for review. Melt With Love are an independent company that makes little heart shaped soy wax melts in a variety of scents.

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“The Melt With Love advent calendar contains 24 Christmas and winter scented handmade heart shaped soy wax melts

Each individual heart shaped soy wax melt will give you approximately 6-9 hours (sometimes longer) of delicious fragrance when burnt with an unscented tea light. Our soy wax melts work in all electric wax melt burners. When you are ready to replace the melt allow the burner to cool, the wax to set & simply scrape out & rinse in warm soapy water alternatively place the cooled burner in the fridge & the wax will pop out.”

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The scents include: amaretto nog, blue christmas, candy cane, winter fireside, festive fairies, coco frost, pumpkin & chestnut, mistletoe kisses, love christmas, snow dragon, frosted cranberries, vanilla & spice, festive gingerbread, apple strudel & spice, winter wreath, nutmeg & ginger, frankincense & myrthh, cinnamon & apple, mulled wine & berries, chocolate orange, nutcracker, blueberry & vanilla, winter season and christmas cake.

With candles I tend to lean towards the sweeter scents like cinnamon and vanilla so this calendar was perfect for me as it is filled with all of those, if you are one for the fresher scents then Melt With Love offer these on their website. I have used Melt With Love’s soy wax melts before particularly I  love their lime, basil & mandarin which I believe is compared to Jo Malone. I can vouch for the wax melts and honestly I can say they’re incredible, the scent fills the whole room up and last for hours on end which is exactly what you want when burning a candle. Melt With Love also sells 20 soy wax melt jars (£8) filled with your favourite scent including well known perfume scents which are a perfect Christmas gift for a loved one.

*post contains PR samples*

What’s your favourite scent?

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3D Printed Fairy Door

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Coming up with new ideas for children’s Christmas presents is incredibly hard, well at least I find it to be, I find myself searching my brain constantly and it probably doesn’t make it any easier with my daughter Scarlett being 2 as she can’t really suggest what she wants. Searching the internet endlessly for ideas I came across fairy doors, which I believe are around £10-£15, I think it’s such a cute idea and perfect present for children to keep their little imaginations running wild. The idea of them is to pop them against your skirting boards and it creates a magical door way to fairy & elf world.

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Lucky for me though my model maker husband has various 3D printers and suggested that he would 3D model and print it using REAL wood infused filament. For those of you who are interested, the process taken to make it included modelling a simple shaped door in a programme called Fusion360 and then using a clay sculpting programme (Zbrush) to carve out the shapes and the detail such as the rocks and wood grain. After completing it, the door was then printed on one of his 3D printers and finished painting in acrylic paints, he created a video on the making of it here:

Want one for yourself? we’ve also got one to give away to you beautiful bunch, just enter below alternatively you can grab one on Etsy.

Fairy Door Giveaway!

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Winter Is Coming!

Afternoon ladies & gents!

I’m back, well.. sort of. I’ve had a HUGE break away from blogging as you may have realised, there has been a hell of a lot going on lately. We’ve recently moved homes from Manchester to Wales, so of course with that comes a new job etc, unfortunately blogging has had to take a back seat.

So here goes, I thought a wintery kind of post would be perfect for my first post back as it is starting to get to those colder months. The perfect time of year in my opinion, I absolutely love my knitted jumpers, cosy movie nights with the room filled with spicy smelling candles & hot chocolates. I recently took a trip to town to pick up a couple of essentials to help me survive these colder months and thought I would share them with your lovely selves.

I headed over to H&M firstly and picked up a lovely thin high neck knitted jumper (£14.99), I instantly fell in love with this. If you know me personally then you will know I have a love for grey things, so of course this would be in my basket. What I love about this jumper is it’s thin but yet still keeps me really warm so i’m not sweating buckets whilst walking around. I also picked up a long chunky knit cardigan (£14.99) which is a lovely blend of white and black wool, it comes down to my knees which in my opinion it’s a must for those who like comfortable clothing. I think I might have to go back and grab the dark grey & black version.

I also headed over to Boots, because you just have to right!? I can’t seem to help myself when I go into there. I just want everything *wishes money grew on trees*. I headed over to the Sleek makeup section as I’ve been seeing their matte lipsticks around so I thought I’d test them out. I really liked the selection of colours but felt a little indecisive of which full sized version to purchase. I ended up having a little nosey at their Christmas gift selection and there was a 3ml 4 piece The Magic Word mini matte me liquid lipsticks set (£5.00). It had a variety of minis which was absolutely perfect and just £5, bargain! Can’t really complain at that!? So that definitely found its way into my basket. As mentioned they are 3ml each and come in Birthday Suit, Velvet Slipper, Rioja Red And Old Hollywood. I headed back over to their makeup section because they didn’t have one of the colours I liked in the minis and grabbed Vino Tinto in the full size (£4.99).

I lastly grabbed another jumper from Primark, they’ve got a really nice selection of knitted jumpers this year in stunning autumn colours, which I really cannot resist! I’ve already complied a list of what’s next to buy. It’s just a simple burgundy high necked jumper which I think was £12, it’s super soft and quite thin but it keeps me nice and toasty and the same time. I also grabbed a new scarf (£5), I absolutely love scarves and grey things like I mentioned so it was a must have! It’s really soft and quite wide so you can really wrap it round you and make you feel super cosy.

Lastly I wandered over to Superdrug and grabbed a couple of other items which were pretty much essentials. I grabbed MUA Eye Define Felt Liner (£2), Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water  (£4.99) and Leafy and Lovely hand cream (£3).

Do you have anything on your winter wish list?

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Children’s Christmas Eve Box

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My husband stumbled upon a Christmas Eve box for children last year filled with all sorts of goodies that your baby/toddler/child can open on Christmas Eve to get into the Christmas spirit and in my opinion it’s a bloody good idea. We did one last year but because Scarlett was only 9 months at the time she was a little young for it, though non the less she enjoyed watching The Snowman in some gorgeous thumper pjs in the middle of a chaotic house move, yes we did move on Boxing Day! eek.

So, we want to make it a tradition that every year she has a little special box that the elves bring her before heading off to santa to get her presents ready for the morning! I think i’m more excited than she is to be honest.

What’s in the box?

The Grinch DVD (£3, ASDA)

Frozen Colouring Book (£3, The Entertainer Shop)

Bic Pencil Crayons (£1.50, Wilkinsons)

Fleece Pjs (£6.99, ASDA)

Thorntons Snowman Chocolate (£2, ASDA)

It doesn’t have to burn a hole into your pocket and cost the earth and you can tailor it to what you like!

What do you think?

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Toddler Stocking Filler Ideas

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ARGH!! Finally, my first Christmas post! Scarlett has been under the weather as well as myself so the amount of blogging i’ve gone done is absolutely zilch which sucks. So December is here and Christmas is TWO weeks away, where the hell has 2014 gone?? During the last week or so we started the dreaded Christmas present buying, I wish we would have started sooner but with the wedding to pay for we didn’t have chance. When it came to buying Scarlett’s Christmas presents I had absolutely no idea what to buy her, I mean she can’t tell me what she wants, so it’s like present roulette! so I thought I would create a Christmas stocking filler guide to help out other mummies and daddies who must be in the same dilemma as me. I have filled her stocking with a variety of things from chocolates, toys and bath products varying in different prices though all under £10, so heres a couple of ideas of what you could fill your toddler’s stocking with.

Lush – Santa’s Belly (£8.95)

Bolt Hole – Woodland Critters (£1.50 each)

 Butter Bear, Lush £1.95

  Dashing Santa, Lush £2.95

Disney Frozen DVD, Amazon £6.99

The Grinch DVD, Amazon £5.95

Peppa Pig Christmas DVD, Amazon £3.00

Winter Princess Doll, Mamas & Papas £8.95

Jumbo Number Cards, Mothercare £6.00

*photographs are not my own*

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The Big Smoke Candle ‘Escape to Jaipur’

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A couple of weeks ago I won a competition over at Heather’s blog, Of Beauty and Nothingness for a Great Escape candle. I was literally over the moon when it was announced I have a huge obsession with candles, I think that they just instantly make any room look so much cosier. Great Escape are a company admittedly I have not heard of before which I wish I had known about sooner!

Great Escape currently have a collection ‘The Big Smoke Crackling Candle’ which includes 4 beautiful candles, Escape to Paris, Escape to Honolulu, Escape to Jaipur and Escape to Mississippi

I received the Escape to Jaipur candle (£22.00) which is a lovely spiced ginger candle, perfect for this time of year. When the candle arrived it came in a gorgeous presentation box, looking very gift like which makes it feel that more special and perfect for any gift buying opportunities especially as Christmas is fast approaching.

“Jaipur is a colourful Indian city with chaotic streets, dawdling camels and breathtaking sights. This luxury, hand poured candle is made using EcoSoya soy wax and scented with a stimulating fragrance of spiced ginger.”

What I absolutely love about this candle is that it features a wooden wick that when burning it resembles a crackling fire making your living room even more cosier during these colder months. The scent is a lovely spiced ginger which is a subtle scent but yet fills the whole room, it makes you want to just grab every blanket in the house, light the candle and cosy up with a film.

This candle isn’t like your ordinary candle, it is made from soy wax using soy beans which is a renewable resource, this is better for both you and the environment which is always a bonus when buying things. Can it get any better?! well, yes these beautiful autumnal candles burn for approximately 40 hours which is brilliant for candle lovers like myself.

What’s your favourite candle scent?

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