Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Lush Review

Hello! Anyone else suffering from this weird limbo that is the days that follow christmas but are before the New Year? I am, I sleep till 2 and can't work out what day it is!! It's so weird!

Anyway! I hope everyone had a very blessed Christmas, i certainly did and i'm grateful to everyone who was a part of making it so!

So for my first post after christmas and possibly the last post before 2014 I have for you today a Lush Review. About a Month ago I was contacted by the manager of my local Lush store and asked to come in and choose some products to review! I can't describe how much of an honour this is for me so Thank You Roisin!

I went in and spent a good hour going round and looking at lots of products and chose a few that i hadn't tried but wanted to! Heres what i chose and what i thought…

Catastrophe Cosmetic, Rudolph, Cosmetic Warrior

Catastrophe Cosmetic (£5.95)
This is my absolute favourite face mask….ever! It smells like a fruit salad because of all the blueberries in it. It also just feel so good that i actually hate taking it off! Normally with face masks i look forward to washing them off because they start to feel horrible on the skin but with this i really don't like taking it off! It has really helped my skin with breakouts and i haven't had nearly as many since i started using it! My skin feels so soft and clean after i do eventually remove it! I would highly recommend this for anyone who has problem breakouts and suffer from puffy and blotchy skin. I only have one problem with this, as it dries bits start to fall off so if I'm wearing this while doing something else wherever i am the carpet/table/bed gets covered it flaky bits of face mask!!! Definitely be repurchasing this!

Rudolph (£5.95)
I didn't particularly like this one. It is part of their winter range and is to help your skin recover from that awful cold, wet and windy weather. Unfortunately it was very difficult to apply! I couldn't smooth it across my face, it would just ball up and fall off! I did find a way to make it work though, i dampened it slightly and it helped a little bit but it didn't totally help. Despite the difficulty i did manage to get it on and after i took it off i did notice a difference in my skin, it was less red and felt lovely and smooth. I don't think i'll be repurchasing it.

Cosmetic Warrior (£5.95)
This face mask is another for break outs. It is gentle and soothing on the skin and i could really feel it working!!! After Catastrophe Cosmetic it's shot to the top of my favourite face masks and i can't wait to purchase another! It feels gorgeous on your skin and i really noticed a difference in the look and feel of my skin after taking it off! Its also easy to apply and although the smell of garlic and tea tree is quite strong and may not be to everyones taste it's definitely worth coping with for 10 minutes for the results it gives!

Handy Guru Hand Cream

Handy Guru Hand Cream (£7.75)
This smells heavenly, packed full of so many different butters (peanut, shea, cashew, pumpkinseed and almond) i had very high hopes for this. I usually apply hand cream at night just before getting into bed but when i get into bed i like to catch up on email, read or browse youtube for random cat or car videos. Unfortunately this hand cream even after thoroughly massaging into my hands left them feeling so greasy i couldn't touch anything without it getting covered in hand cream! Although i did feel a difference in the skin of my hands after a few hours i don't think this is quite the hand cream for me. It is possibly more suited for someone who has particularly dry skin on their hands and needs something a little tougher than normal hand cream.

Retread Conditioner

Retread Conditioner (£10.25)
This conditioner is described as 'a pit stop for your hair'. It's tough and heavy weight conditioner using lanolin and seaweed with a mixture of soya milk and a few different oils it's made to return the ends of your hair back to the way they should be. I have quite long hair and i also dye my hair a lot and have done since i was 16 so the ends of my hair have really suffered (especially since a slight disaster which involved dip dying my ends green) but up until this summer they were always fine. But at the start of the summer i had my hair bleached and since then they have been horrible, matted and straw like and i need a really good strong conditioner to help them for any length of time thats more than just a few hours (the conditioner i use is the Dove Intensive Repair i love it!). This conditioner worked amazingly for the first day after washing but by the second day my ends were starting to feel like straw again. I will definitely finish this pot and hopefully it will gradually help my hair! I do like it, I'm not sure i would repurchase it though.

Colour Supplement in Light Pink

Light Pink (£8.95)
A lot of people don't realise that Lush do make-up and i have to be honest neither did i until about 6 months ago! Despite my love for Lush though i never ventured into trying any of it! I'm not really sure why. I was given this sample of their colour supplement, which is their range of foundations. Light Pink is the colour i felt best fitted my skin tone but they have a huge range of colours to choose from! I was pleasantly surprised with the coverage of this, I'm not sure why but i kind of presumed it would act more like a BB Cream rather than a foundation, i like quite a high coverage foundation and this definitely has quite a high coverage. It feels nice to apply on the skin and is easily blended. My only problem with this was that after a few hours my skin felt very dry even on parts of my face that are usually very oily! I think i'll have to try it out a little longer before i decided whether to buy it or not!

Snow Fairy Sparkle Bar

Snow Fairy Sparkle Bar 
(Im sorry i don't have the price since it's now been removed from the website!)
This is perfect for anybody else who is a little bit obsessed with Snow Fairy. It works like any of the other massage bars, you rub it into your skin and leaves it feeling amazing and smelling phenomenal! Snow Fairy has an extra little something though, it leaves your skin shimmery!! Honestly i'm not sure if i'll use her for her desired purpose but i've seen a few people say that they like to break little pieces off and burn it like a candle melt so i think i'll give that a go!

Vanishing Cream Moisturiser (£17.75)
I decided not to take a photo of this because it was the tiniest little pot i was given and it didn't have any labelling either. This multi purpose moisturiser is full of shea butter, honey and witch hazel. This means it is great for the face because the ingredients can help with breakouts and redness. I used this on my face under make-up but my skin felt very oily the entire day. Despite that I'm pretty sure that it was down to this moisturiser that a very bed breakout that had started disappeared a lost over night! I was very impressed and despite the oiliness (i would just use it at night) i would probably be purchasing this in the future if it wasn't for the price! I just can't really see me being able to justify that right now!

I hope you benefitted from this review a little bit! And let me know if you'd like to see more of this sort of Lush review in the future and i'll see what i can do!

Tomorrow (Or today actually) is the last day of 2013 and to be completely honest i'm glad to see the back of it! I didn't have a great year with a lot of downs throughout. But i have a feeling 2014 might just start off completely different thanks to my wonderful family and amazing friends! I honestly can't thank them enough because without them i'm not really are how i would of got through this year! A huge highlight of this year was definitely gaining some amazing new friends through my new college course and i can't wait to see how they develop through this incoming year!
As for my online stuff i WILL be jumping on the YouTube ship in the New Year and i couldn't be more excited about it! I hope to write on here a lot more too! So keep an eye out!

Do you have any New Years resolutions? If so what are they?

So i guess i'll see you in 2014!!

Happy New Year (Be safe!!!!)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Winter Tag

So I saw this tag floating about and i thought it seemed like a pretty good one to be my first ever tag post!! 

How cute is this?!?! I love these scenes in Bambi!

12 Facts about me:

  • I'm 20 in January and i genuinely can't wait to not be a teenager anymore
  • I have 8 tattoos
  • I adore everything Vivienne Westwood
  • I grew up in a small fishing town called Buckie
  • I have a small obsession with Harry Potter
  • I WILL own a french bulldog one day!
  • I love to eat out! 
  • I'm quite into my cars and my dream car would have to be a vintage Mustang Shelby 
  • I don't like chocolate. Unless it's white chocolate!!!!
  • I like to think I'm the master of buying people presents! 
  • I LOVE DISNEY!!!!!
  • I turn into a 5 year old around christmas! I can't help myself i just love it so much!!!
12 Questions:

What are your favourite things about Winter?
Sitting in on a cold night watching films!

What is your favourite Winter outfit?
I don't really have a specific outfit but i'm loving my Topshop fur lined winter parka this year!

What is your favourite Winter food?
Hmm…probably a Brie and Cranberry panini!

Favourite Winter drink?
Either a Chai Latte or Costa's White Hot Chocolate

What is your dream way to spend a Winter's day?
Drinking tea and watching films with C, but i would love it if it properly snow so i could build snowmen!

How do you like to do your make-up in the Winter?
This year i've gone for deep shades for mostly everything, if i have eye shadow on it's deep/warm browns and if it's lipstick it's a deep red.

What are you hoping Santa brings you?
I already picked out my present!! I got new bedroom furniture!

What are the first three things that remind you of Winter?
The smell of mixed spices, Michael Buble and fairy lights

What is your favourite Winter song?
The Pogues Fairytale of New York

What is your favourite Winter memory?
Going sledging with my older cousins in Edinburgh on the hill my Grandparents live on. Or just going to Edinburgh really, we do it every year as a chance to catch up with my Mum's brother and his family. I look forward to it every year!

What is your favourite Winter scent?
For candles i'm loving Yankee Candles Black Cherry and for Perfume i'm (still) loving Vivienne Westwood Naughty Alice

Finish this sentence... If I could have one wish this Christmas it would be.....
For christmas day to be happy. It seems silly but i just want everyone to have the day the dreamed of!

I tag my friend Jen (check her out!!!) and everyone else who's reading this!!

Hope you're all having a wonderful start to the holidays!


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

So I Went Shopping…..

Well as the name suggests i went shopping….It was supposed to be a trip up to Glasgow to buy christmas presents but i left with one part of someones present and a whole load of stuff for me (Ooops!)
Since I haven't posted anything in like 2 weeks ( :O ) I just thought i'd put this little haul up for you showing what i got!

As usual with my trips to Glasgow i HAD to go into the Disney store. Unfortunately for anyone i'm with this experience (especially if they haven't been with me to one before) can be…well it's an experience. I turn into a child the minute i step into a Disney store and i literally skip from one shelf to the next, i can't help myself! This day though the place was packed! It was a Sunday so there were loads of families in buying and looking at things so i decided i had to be fast! I found these two Christmas decorations and then got the Minnie for a special price because i had spent over £10.

 This Bambi Vintage Bauble i fell in love with the minute i saw it. It comes in a little box that opens up like a book to reveal a certificate of authenticity! The bauble it's self is glass and the back is covered in large pieces of gold glitter that are almost see through and the ribbon is a piece of white velvet.

As a lot of you probably know by now Ariel is my favourite princess so when i saw the series of these hanging when i was standing in the sue i immediately looked and found her! I love it!

Because I had spent over £10 i was offered this Christmas Minnie for a special price of £7.99 I thought she was just lovely in her gold outfit and her foot is embroidered with 'Disney store 2013' so i thought she would be a nice little memento of this year!

Next we went to Forever 21, I was actually looking for some winter jumpers since i actually don't have that many! I found 2 and a couple of other things,

I really liked this for three reasons, no. 1 it's mainly white and i have so many tops that are black or grey! no. 2 it's a woollen knit jumper which means although its cosy it won't be too warm for sitting in a classroom all day and no.3 i really liked the print! Ive kind of avoided this type of almost aztec print for a while now but when i saw this i thought why not?!

 I couldn't resist this it's grey and black and has ombre!!!! Im a huge fan of ombre hair and when it progressed onto nails and clothes i was VERY excited. Although, despite this, this is my first piece of clothing with ombre! I do wish it wasn't just the sleeves that were ombre'd but i still love it!

 This was a bit of an impulse buy but in my opinion you can never have too many scarves! This one is gorgeously soft and does a lovely job at keeping me warm.

 I originally picked this necklace up in pink but when i saw it in this green/blue colour i decided i liked this one better! I love lace and i love statement necklaces so i thought this was a gorgeous hybrid. I really like how it's cut into sections too it gives it a little bit of movement….now to find somewhere to wear it….

I grabbed these at the till, because, well at this time of year eyelashes are just really handy to have! This set of 3 i think will be gorgeous one and i can't wait to wear them!

Last of all we went to Paperchase, I was sort of looking for little christmas presents and sort of looking for decorations for my room and ended up leaving with a tree and decorations! 

It's not a brilliant picture but i wanted you to see it all finished and with the lights switched on! The tree is a miniature purple one, the lights are little star shapes, the baubles were a pack of assorted miniatures and the star at the top is silver and VERY glittery!

After all our shopping we went to the new Hard Rock Cafe thats just opened in Glasgow (right next to Forever 21 which is handy!), it was awesome although unfortunately i wasn't feeling great so couldn't finish my pasta dish (black chicken and cheese past, it was delicious! Definitely recommend it) but the cocktails were good! 

This was the back wall which i thought was pretty cool, I also wanted to get a picture of the christmas tree but forgot!

These were our two delicious cocktails! On the left we have a Blue Devil (I can't remember exactly what was in it but i know it had Captain Morgan's Spiced and it was like a slushy) and on the right we have a non alcoholic Mango Tango which was so refreshing (it had mango's in surprisingly!).

Hope you enjoyed this miniature christmas/winter haul! I am thinking about doing a little post on how i've decorated my room for christmas, what do you guys think? The only thing stopping me is that i am in the process of getting new furniture in my room and i'll probably do a room tour post once it's finished….don't know if the 2 would be too similar?

Anyways! Hope you're all having a fantastic Tuesday!