ELF Cosmetics | Getting Your Lips Autumn Ready

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I absolutely ADORE the autumn and winter months, so as soon as September approached I did a little squeal of excitement. Everything just feels SO much more cosier, give me all of the knitted jumpers, candles & hot chocolates.. cliche I know but I love it. Unfortunately for me what comes with the colder weather is dry lips so getting them autumn ready is essential!

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A good lip scrub is definitely needed to try and tackle those pesky dry lips, I tended to reach for Lush’s Santa Baby Lip Scrub but it does tend to be quite dry and ends up all over your finger so when I was that ELF had their own lip scrub that came presented like a lipstick I NEEDED it.

I was kindly sent the *ELF Studio Lip Exfoliator (£4.50) in sweet cherry, as mentioned the lip exfoliator comes in a lipstick container which makes it SO much easier to apply and completely mess free. The product is creamy but yet gently exfoliates your lips removing any dry and chapped skin. The studio lip exfoliator is infused with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Avocado, Grape and Jojoba Oils leaving you with that perfect base for any matte lipsticks!

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This lip exfoliator has been a life saver, I have absolutely no problems what so ever when applying my matte lipsticks. My favourite go to autumn lipsticks have the be Kat Von D in Exorcism, Revlon Super Lustrous in Black Cherry, Sleek Makeup Matte Lipsticks in Vinto Tinto, Urban Decay in Disturbed and NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme in Havana.

How do you get your lips autumn ready? Do you have a favourite product?

 

*Product sent for review

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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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Autumn & Winter Bold Lip Favourites

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With colder months fast approaching plum, purples and deep red lipsticks are many of people’s choices especially mine! I never used to wear such a dark lipstick as I didn’t think I would pull it off, but who cares! After my first Michael Kors lipstick in the shade Dame I am now obsessed, to me it doesn’t matter if it’s the same shade or different brand, I must own it. So what better than to share my most favourite autumn and winter lipsticks with my lovely readers.

Michael Kors Lip Laquer – Dame (£23.50)

This gorgeous subtle shimery plum lipstick is so creamy, moisturising and doesn’t stick to any dry patches on your lips which is perfect for the colder months. Dame is build-able so it’s great for those who don’t want such an intense dramatic lip and also for those who are not sure if it’s the right shade for them, I tend to build 2 layers to get the correct shade for me.

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Lush Santa Baby (£5.95)

Last year Lush had this in a pot form I am so excited that they have finally converted it to stick form this year! Hurrah. Santa Baby is a matte lipstick and not so moisturising, even though it does glide along your lips it does highlight any dry patches so I like to use this in conjunction with their Santa lip scrub. This lipstick has INCREDIBLE lasting power, it literally doesn’t budge at all and possibly one of the best i’ve used!

RMK Irresistable Glow Lips 12 – (£19.50)

I absolutely love this lipstick for a more subtle winter makeup look or even for work, its a beautiful subtle plum/pink colour, again another moisturising lipstick.. can you see a theme here?

Lush Santa’s Lip Scrub (£5.50)

If you suffer from dry lips like I do then this will be a life saver what’s even better, it smells of cola cubes too! It is a handbag favourite and never leaves.

Revlon Super Lustrous – Black Cherry (£7.99)

This Revlon lipstick is a stunning deep purple when applied directly, after a couple of hours it fades to a berry plum colour. I love how the pigment is intense and so creamy instantly giving your lips a huge moisture boost.

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Mac – Studded Kiss (£15.50)

A beautiful deep burgundy ox blood matte lipstick that has amazing lasting power and intense pigment, it is just incredible and smells like mini eggs!

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What is your favourite autumn/winter lipstick?

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Lush 20th Birthday!

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It may come as no surprise that I am a huge Lush fan and also i’m super lucky that my partner works there too.  Lush have recently had their 20th birthday and as part of that sent all of their staff members a gorgeous 20th birthday goody box which is really generous of them.

How nice is the box!? an absolutely gorgeous photo of their experimented bath bomb, I always have to give Lush credit for their packaging it is beyond amazing.

The box contains a number of exclusive new product inventions, the box that Evan received contained Kinky Hair Treatment, Love and Light Hand Cream, Life’s a Beach Body Scrub Powder, The Experimenter Bath Bomb, Pumice Powder, Odango Solid Shampoo and Outback Mate Soap.

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 What is your favourite Lush product?

*item gifted to partner via Lush

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Lush Toothy Tabs!

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Apologies for the lack of posts lately ladies & gents, I have been working block shifts so i’ve not really had time to do any blogging. I am hoping in a couple of weeks I shall get back into my blogging routine. Anyway, onto today’s post..

For the past month or so I have been trialing different Lush toothy tabs that they currently offer in their stores featuring Dirty, Sparkle, Atomic (£2.50) and many more.  If you don’t know what toothy tabs are then they are basically an natural alternative for toothpaste, you take one of the tabs and crush it inbetween your teeth to which they instantly froff up ready for you to brush your teeth. 

I didn’t really toothy tabs such as Dirty and Sparkle in my opinion I couldn’t really taste anything but bicarbonate soda which for me was really off putting when brushing my teeth. I did however manage to settle with Atomic, being a huge cinnamon fan these were definitely the ones for me and no taste of bicarbonate soda in sight!

If your a follower of my blog then you will have probably seen my post on Lush Oxford Street, I saw that they had a whole new range of toothy tabs which included Miles of Smiles, Lime Light, Bling and Oral Pleasure. I went straight ahead and smelt Lime Light instantly falling in love with the citrusy scent, I HAD to buy these. When I finally got home after about 5 bloody hours of travelling I cracked the bottle open and tested these beauties out, my mouth was in heaven! They tasted so good, good enough to eat even, so brushing my teeth is now a joy and they’re cruelty free so what more could you want.

Finally just a quick note on packaging, I cannot thank whoever decided to swap to plastic containers enough, they are a godsend! I was constantly getting sick of my tabs going soft and damp due to the moisture in my bathroom and the previous cardboard packaging.

What’s your favourite Lush product?

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LUSH Solid Perfumes

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I have always been lured in with the Lush scent, I can smell the shop from a distance and I am always like a kid at christmas in the store. I shop at Lush on a regular basis and I pretty much have almost all my everyday products changed over.

As an everyday essential I use perfumes but only recently have I started using Lush perfumes so when I saw that there was some solid perfumes I had to grab a couple. I decided to grab the Dirty Solid Perfume (12g £6.50) as I have always loved the dirty range, the invigorating note of spearmint draws me in. I also picked up Vanillary (12g £7.00) the smell of vanilla just draws me in and makes me want to eat it, it is lovely and sweet but not overpowering which is what I like about this, to me this solid perfume has quite a creamy texture. This wonderful little pot contains fair trade vanilla absolute. Finally I picked up Sun (12g £5) after my trip down to Oxford Street a couple of weeks ago, we went through the perfume gallery and the room was set up like a beach hut, with a scene projected onto the screen. The atmosphere really complimented the fragrance and instantly uplifted my mood.

I have been using these solid perfumes rubbed behind my ears and on my wrists as these are your warm spots so throughout the day they warm up and radiate the fragrance.

Overall, I am really pleased with these little 12g pots of perfume, they are definitely a great handbag feature. The scent lingers all day without being sticky.

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Lush Oxford Street Emotional Brilliance

If you have read my previous post you would know that I popped over to Lush Oxford Street at the weekend, if not then you can read it here. If you have been following Lush lately then you’ll know that the new flagship store on Oxford Street has recently just opened and have 200 exclusive products.

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When I arrived I saw that they had updated their Emotional Brilliance line, they had finally brought out three new eyebrow products, an eyebrow crayon and a pomade. The eyebrow crayons are literally like Crayola crayons, which I find pretty cool, they come in Brun (brown) and Rogue (red) the colours are pretty much self explanatory a brown and red like tone. As mentioned above they have also released a pomade which I would have loved to get but they only had it in noir, which is definitely far too dark for me.

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I decided to pick up the eyebrow crayon in Rogue (£7.00), as I thought it would suit the red tones in my hair. The crayon is really easy to add a burst of colour to your brows, the one thing I would say is it is quite hard to get any sharp and defined lines so if that’s what your after then this product is probably not for you. I absolutely love the reddy brown colour this adds, it isn’t the same shade as my eyebrow colour as they are dark brown but I think definitely suits my ombre hair. The one thing that I rather dislike about this crayon is that because it is quite waxy it tends to take a hair or two out, and for a person who over plucked when they were younger I don’t want to loose any more eyebrow hairs!

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I also picked up one of their new exclusive lipsticks 50 Shades Of Red (£20.00) after I had it explained and swatched on my hand, I just had to buy it. This is basically a 4×4 block of lipstick, with shades of deep red, black and an orangey red so your able to create your own lipstick look. This block also came in nude and pink, which you can also use as a blusher. When one of the staff members swatched some of the lipsticks that I was able to create using this block I was totally in love, I was able to create a gorgeous deep red lipstick that I have lusted over for years! I use a lipstick brush to apply this to my lips leaving a gorgeous deep matte red look. The only disappointment about this product I have found is that it came in a little cardboard box, in my opinion it would have been a lot nicer if it had it’s own little tin so you don’t get lipstick all over your hands every time you use it though my partner solved that hurdle by making me a little styrene box for it.

The thing that I love about all the Emotional Brilliance products is that it is classed as face make up so you are able to use them for multiple things, such as lipstick as both eyeliner and eye shadow.

Overall, I really like this eyebrow crayon and I am so so glad they have finally brought an eyebrow range out but I really wish that they had a brown in the pomade, that would be better suited for me in my opinion. I am so in love with the 50 Shades Of Red lipstick block, it creates a deep red defined look which really does compliment my pale skin.

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Lush Oxford Street

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I was in London with my partner at the weekend to attend a toy convention that we go to every year, at the same time it was the opening of the biggest Lush store in the world, Lush Oxford Street. I really really wanted to attend as I have been following their Instagram for their new exclusive products, but obviously we had a super busy weekend planned.

On Sunday it was time to head home but we had a little time before needing to get to Victoria so we headed to Oxford Street to see if it was open but unfortunately it opened at 12pm and our coach back to Manchester was at 11am. We managed to get my sister to look after my little girl for a little longer and arranged a later coach time because how can you pass up visiting while your already there! as you may know from previous posts I am a huge Lush fan.

After lots of Costa finally the doors opened at 12pm, there was a little queue but the shop filled out quickly. Three whole stories of Lush goodness with 200 exclusive products, I was literally in heaven!

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We had to rush around a little so we could definitely make the coach and spent a total of a hour and half around the different floors. The ground floor which was the entrance of the store consisted of skincare, haircare and makeup, the top floor had bath bombs, bubble bars, bath oils, fun and gift sets, and the basement had the lush spa, the perfume gallery also including fresh face masks, candles and perfumes.

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Throughout the whole of the Lush store it was extremely well organised and brilliantly laid out in my opinion, I really loved the quirky features which ranged from modern and vintage my personal favourite being the copper piped sinks. The staff members were really welcoming which instantly made me feel at ease, they even took our suitcase in the back so we weren’t lugging a lot around whilst trying to look at all the products. This really made the experience 100 times better for us.

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I literally almost went around sniffing EVERYTHING! I was in absolute awe with all the products. I really love that they have now decided to bring in new bottle and pot sizes, so now you can get small, medium, large and extra large, so you can get 1kg of your favourite shower gel! I seriously cannot express how excited I am that I can get 1kg of Comforter shower gel.. wow.

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I already own quite a few makeup products, so it was really nice to see a bunch of new products in the store. One of the staff members showed me around the new products and talked through each of them, she was really informative and really friendly. Some of the new makeup line included eye brow products, eyeshadows, lipsticks and colour supplement.

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As mentioned there was different floors that targeted certain products which was really good for those who only want certain things. The base floor included a perfume gallery which sounded really interesting, so we went to have a look.

Downstairs was instantly a lot more relaxing, we went into this dark entrance and given a pair of headphones which was playing music, the instructions were given to us before we left the room. Once we walked through the blacked out curtains we were greeted by a wall of screens, these we CCTV recordings of each of the rooms and what was happening in them, I must admit it was a little strange.

The next room had 3 smallish booths, SIKKIM GIRLS, The Voice Of Reason and Stayin’ Alive. We entered each of the booths, Sikkim Girls had the perfume vapour circling the room, we were instructed to put the headphones on and listen to the music whilst looking through the peep hole to a video. It was a strange experience, but with the music and scent in the room it made me feel quite relaxed. The second room was The Voice Of Reason, this room had a record player in again with the scent circling the room, the music played was quite jazzy reminding me of being in an old smoking bar as this is what the scent represents. The final booth was the Stayin’ Alive booth, we had afro wigs and accessories that we could put on and entered the disco booth where the Bee Gees were playing and we were able to snap a selfie to email to ourselves.

The next stage was for The Sun perfume, we walked into a beach styled room with a projected video on the wall, sandpits with deck chairs and a lovely beach hut styled seat. We had a sit down and a smell of the perfume, it made it feel really summery and instantly uplifted my mood.

The final room to me looked quite gallery like, there were three jugs with little glass bottles next to them on one side and then one jug and glass bottle on it’s own. The staff member talked through each bottle, they were three original perfumes with stories behind them which was really interesting to hear, we had the opportunity to test each out too. The bottle on it’s own was all three of these perfumes combined to make one, The Smell Of Freedom. Personally I wasn’t too keen on this, but I loved the whole experience of the perfume gallery, it was a really nice touch and definitely would recommend doing if your in the store.

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I brought back a large bag full of Lush goodies and could definitely have spent a lot more time and bought a lot more exclusives. I shall also be reviewing the individual products I bought on a separate post. Overall, the experience was absolutely amazing the staff made it really enjoyable and a relaxed experience which definitely made a huge impact.

What exclusive are you wanting?

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Lush Ickle Baby Bot & Silky Underwear

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Another Lush post, sorry guys but I am literally obsessed with Lush lately. I am either going in myself or sending my partner into work to pick up bits for me! I wanted a couple of bits for my little girl to make bath time a little more fun and exciting so I decided to get her some little bath bombs.

I actually picked Silky Underwear Dusting powder (£4.50) up by accident as I was looking for the No Drought dry shampoo and picked the wrong thing up! silly me. I realised my mistake once I got home and was looking through my goodies, though it was not a problem as I could use it for both me and Scarlett. I used this one on my little lady after bath time and have instantly fallen in love with it, her skin is so soft and smells amazing. This dusting powder contains cocoa butter and corn starch which softens your skin, also containing jasmine and vertivert fragrance making you smell absolutely amazing. I have found that after using the dusting powder on her skin it doesn’t dry it out unlike talc.

I also decided to grab a couple of the Ickle Baby Bot Bath Bomb (£1.95), this super cute robot bath bomb is packed with lavender oil to help those little ones off to a better nights sleep. Scarlett loves this bath bomb as it turns the water into a silky blue bath making her skin feel amazingly soft afterwards. I would definitely recommend this product to other parents as I believe it does help my little girl have a better nights sleep.

What’s your favourite Lush product?

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Valentines Gift Guide

Last minute Valentines gift buying? look no further!

I am not really fussed for Valentines day, to be honest why do you need a certain day to let your partner know that you love them, although I do love gifts and chocolate, lots of it! My partner is so hard to buy for and definitely not one for soppy gifts, he loves technology so here is a gift guide for both him and her if you are struggling for ideas.

This year I am working and we have the little lady so we will not really be able to do anything special other than a home cooked meal, so we have decided to exchange gifts. He decided to get me a grey leather Pandora bracelet which I been wanting as I lost my one I got for my 21st a couple of years ago, I had also decided rather than just buying any old charm for it I wanted them to mean something. He also bought me a gorgeous silver Openwork Heart charm to go with the bracelet. I asked him what he wanted this year and he really wanted to upgrade his phone to an Iphone 6+ so I paid off his remaining contract and now he is over the moon with his new phone, and I must admit I am slightly jealous.

Gifts for her

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Please note photos 6,7,8 & 9 are not my photographs

Lush Cosmetics Bath Bomb class (RRP around £10 PP)

Lush Valentines Gift Set (RRP £36.95)

Pandora Grey Leather Bracelet (RRP £40)

Pandora Openwork Heart Charm (RRP £20)

Glo & Ray 

Mr Nutcase Custom Case (RRP £14.95)

Festival Globe Lights (RRP £9.99)

Yankee Candles Set (RRP £24.99)

The Library of Fragrance (RRP £15.00)

 Stag Jewellery Holder (RRP £5.99)

Gifts for him

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Suntree Solar Power Charger (RRP £89.99)

USB Lightbulb (RRP £11.99)

Paco Rabanne Invictus Gift Set 100ml (RRP £47.99)

What’s on your Valentines wish list?

*This is not a sponsored post*

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