February Favourites ’18

It’s now March and we are well and truly having a second winter instead of starting spring! We had snow only a couple of days ago, which pissed me off something rotten. I want longer days now to involve some nicer weather NOT SNOW AND ICE!

Hopefully with March here we will start to have some spring days on their way too now. I’m excited for going on long walks in the evenings after work with Dane, as well as on the weekends.

For now however, it is time for February’s favourites!

  • Lush Supertramp Bubble Bar.

Sadly I don’t have this to show you anymore as it’s alllllllll gone! I love Supertramp bubble bar from Lush, it’s definitely one of my favourite products. I’m not a massive fan of earthy or grassy scents but I adore this! Whenever I use it it really does lift any sort of head cold I may be suffering from. It’s definitely a great bubble bar to use in the colder months and with all the bloody snow we’ve had, this has been such a lovely pampering one to use in the evenings after work. This is an Oxford Street exclusive but you can pick it up on the website which is awesome! I usually buy loads of these whenever I go down to London, but thankfully I won’t have to do this anymore.

  • Romantic Bear WOW Long Lasting Lip Color in Watermelon.

I have been meaning to reviewing these for the longest time, but as of yet I haven’t gotten around to it. I haven’t used any of my lip peeled stains for a while but recently I just fancied giving them a go. I’ve been using various colours, but the shade Watermelon is the one I go to the most. It’s a light blush pink shade which I love wearing for work. I apply lip balm over the top and my lips stay lovely and soft all day! These are really great products for the price too, I can’t wait to finally review them this month!

  • Barry M Under The Sea Nail Paint in Butterflyfish and Jellyfish (review here).

I couldn’t decide between the two but if there’s a nail polish I’ve been wearing loads this past month, it’s these two beauties by Barry M! They’re from the new Under The Sea collection, which I reviewed recently and linked above. They’re gorgeous nail polish shades to bring us into spring… When it FINALLY gets here! I couldn’t decide between the two shades, although I’ve always loved Jellyfish more.

  • Elemis Collagen Cleansing Balm.

This is an old favourite that I come back to time and time again! My mom bought me a new tub for my birthday, which I was really grateful for. I’ve been using it a couple of times a week when I feel like my skin really needs it. My skin has been really bad this past month, which in itself sucks as I constantly look like a spotty teenager! This balm has really helped with soothing my skin when it feels dry, but I definitely don’t feel the need to use it daily. This balm is amazing for removing make up too, apparently. As regular readers will know, I don’t wear a full face of make up so I wouldn’t know. My mom is the one who has told me it’s great at removing make up. 😛

  • Nivea Cashmere Indulgent Moisture Caring Hand Wash.

We use these hand washes at work and when picking up some new hand wash last month I decided to grab one of the ones we use at work, as well as a couple more of the Nivea hand washes. This is one of the ones I’m using at the moment and it’s amazing! It’s a lovely thick hand wash, well more like a cream really and smells delightful! Usually my hands will flare up with eczema with hand washes towards the end of the packaging, but this one I’ve not had ANY issues with! Savers sell these for a £1 each so I definitely recommend them if you fancy giving something new a go.

So now my beauty favourites are done, time to talk about the miscellaneous favourites of the month!

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Favourite TV Show – KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World!

This is an anime that Dane has loved since it first came out and I never understood his love for it until recently! He got me to start watching it with him and it’s a mixture of funny and random as hell! I bought him two of the girls (Megumin who is the red witch character in the gif and Darkness who is wearing yellow in the gif) Nendoroid characters, which he loved! So with finally having most of the characters it was time to watch the anime he loves. It’s just so random and hilarious! Although I’m happy Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid won the anime comedy award at The Anime Awards recently. I do feel like KonoSuba deserved it more.

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Favourite Film – A Silent Voice.

I know this isn’t exactly a new film and I know I’ve mentioned it before but I gave this another watch in February and I forgot just how much I loved it. This time I watched it in dubbed and although I prefer the subbed version, it was still lovely to watch. I just forgot how much I loved the story, as well as the manga which fast became one of my favourite manga series to date! If you haven’t watched this and you want to, DO IT! You won’t regret it! Word of warning, it’s not the most delightful and merry of anime in the world and it can be incredibly depressing. It made me cry at the end when I watched it recently… Oh what a weed I am. 😛

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Favourite Book – Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Kanna’s Daily Life Vol. 1

I picked up a couple of new manga books in February but only read them as the end of the month was drawing to a close! If there is a manga series (and anime) that I have fallen in love with since 2017 it’s Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid! It’s so adorable, funny and kind of cringey all at the same time, but that’s why I love it so much. This new spin off series about Kanna, the youngest dragon is ADORABLE and if I do say so myself, drawn so much better than the original! I already can’t wait for volume 2 to come out in June, which I already know will be here before I know it.

Favourite Song/Album – Keane Hopes and Fears and The Killers Hot Fuss.

These are two albums I listened to quite a bit throughout February and I think it’s mostly due to the fact I fancied a blast from the past. These were two bands I listened to growing up and these two albums were my life at one point. They both came out in 2004 which less than a month apart from one another and I remember buying them with my pocket money from Sainsbury’s after school. I mostly listened to these on my drive to and from work and there would be tracks coming on that I found myself saying, “Holy shit! I forgot this song even existed!” but finding myself remembering the lyrics as I sang along. Let me also add that I had the BIGGEST crush on Brandon Flowers growing up and it was thanks to Smile Like Your Mean It where my crush on him began, as well as for guyliner. OH and of course it was the song that introduced me to the band. 😛

Favourite Game – Erm…

So I haven’t really been playing any games recently. Not for any reason in particular either other than I can’t be arsed… I’ve probably played the odd game with Dane or a couple of mobile games but nothing to write home about, sadly. I know we both want to get a couple of new games this month so I’m pretty sure my March favourites will have a game in there! 😛

So those were my favourites from February! I can’t believe we’re already into March and here’s fingers crossed for no more snow and more sunshine.

What were your favourites from last month? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely week.

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September Favourites ’17

I’m currently on holiday when this post will go live on my blog and although I’ve only really been in the UK for just over 2 weeks for the month of September, I can still write what products I loved throughout that time… Right? 😛

I do apologise for poor image quality… I took this the night before we left and was rushing to get so much done. 😦

  • Garnier PureActive Intensive 3in1 Charcoal Anti-Blackhead.

This is a product I bought on a whim. I love any facial cleansing products that contain charcoal, as it’s great for oily skin and can really help pull any crap out of your pores. As the title suggests this is a 3in1 product which means you can use it as a facial wash, scrub and as a mask. This isn’t the BEST product in the world but it’s done some wonders for my skin so far! It’s not as scrubby as I was hoping it would be, but my skin has been having some sensitive days recently so this has really helped when I want to use a scrub but nothing too harsh. I definitely recommend giving this a go! I haven’t tried it as a mask to be honest, but it’s an amazing facial wash for sure.

  • Lush Sugar Plum Fairy Lip Tint.

This is my tube of Sugar Plum Fairy lip tint from last Christmas and it’s a lip product I randomly just started using again this month. I think with all the excitement of the Lush Creative Showcase and the Christmas goodies of 2017 being announced, it jogged my memory of this lip tint. It smells amazing, leaves a lovely magenta pink shade on my lips and moisturises at the same time! I’ll definitely be buying more Lush lip tints this year, including Black Rose for Halloween and Santa Baby for Christmas.

  • Paco Rabanne Lady Million EDP.

I’ve owned for a while and when I was first given it by my mom (it was originally a gift she had been given but didn’t like it, so gave it to me! :P) and at first I REALLY hated it, but after using it for a while I’ve grown to love it. The scent reminds me of Yankee Candle’s Fluffy Towels scent and I love it so much. I feel fresh and clean when I wear it and whilst ages ago I couldn’t wait to get rid of it, I now want to buy a new bottle as soon as it runs out. For ages it was my go to scent for work, which to be honest it was for the 2 weeks of September.

  • Mandarin Spa Amber Heaven Gentle Hand Wash.

My mom recently gave me this hand wash after noticing I was running low on hand wash in my bathroom. I had a back up ready to pop next to the sink, but how cute is that??? When I lived at home I would often use this hand wash if either me or my mom had bought any. I love the scent of this hand wash so much as it smells so posh! I can’t really describe how it smells to be honest… Sort of musky but a floral musk… If that makes sense? Even though I really like this hand wash at the moment, I do have a hate/love relationship with this stuff. Before now this hand wash has flared up my eczema and I don’t really know why. I has flared up slightly the past month BUT it hasn’t been as bad as it has been in the past.

  • Dove Pistachio and Magnolia Shower Foam.

Whilst I love this shower foam, I highly doubt I’ll be buying it again unless it’s on a special offer. I picked this up in Boots for £2.00 and even then I think this was expensive, FYI it’s usually £2.99. There are three different ones you can pick but I love pistachios so I had to pick this one. I have found that this softens my skin after use and will leave me smelling yummy for a while after use, but I just feel like you have to use loads of it to get a good lather going in a sponge or shower scrunch and that in itself is a con for me. This being said this was something new and fun to try and due to the scent I picked it’s also lovely to use as we go into the colder months. The pistachio has a lovely warming scent to it. As I said, when this is on offer again I’ll definitely pick one up!

So now my beauty favourites are done, time to talk about the miscellaneous favourites of the month!

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Favourite TV Show – American Horror Story.

First of all, I know I don’t usually include 2 images when talking about my non beauty favourites, but I had to for this. I just want to get this out there that 1. I have a new favourite actor – Evan Peters and 2. The way he acted when playing Tate in season 1 of AHS was amazing and beautiful. I love the first gif I attached but the second one, oh my! Whenever he cried in that season I just wanted to cry with him. He’s one of those actors who nails crying scenes perfectly and those are some of my favourite to watch. Due to studying acting (as well as writing scripts) I love when an actor can be emotional and he’s just perfect at it (and may I add a perfect human being? :P).

ANYWAY… American Horror Story! Me and Dane have heard loads of good things about this, including from his own parents and we’re a little late onto the AHS wagon but it’s better to be late than never at all, eh? We are currently halfway through season 2 and we are loving it. I loved season 1 so much and his parents both said it’s their favourite to date! I have a feeling it’ll be mine too. If you don’t know much about AHS, every season pretty much has the same actors/actresses but each season has a different story behind it. BUT they’re all supernatural themed. They’re currently all on Netflix so I recommend going to watch it if you haven’t already. To be honest I’m really excited to see more of Evan Peters acting. He’s amazing. :’)

Favourite Film – The Girl On The Train.

This was recently on Amazon Prime to watch and I had heard SO MUCH about both the book when it came out, as well as the film. I wanted to watch it in the cinema but Dane wasn’t keen for it at the time. I’m glad I waited to watch it in the comfort of our own home but bloody hell, it’s good! I haven’t read the book so I can’t compare that to the film but even if you haven’t read the book like myself then I recommend you give it a watch. It definitely reminded me of Gone Girl, but in a different way.

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Favourite Book – Erm…

Yeah I’m shit. I haven’t been reading anything AGAIN! To be honest I’ve been saving all my reading for my holiday. I do have shit loads of reading to catch up on though. I have all the K-ON! manga to catch up on, as well as many other manga books. I also have normal books to read and intend on taking 2 Bridget Jones books with me on holiday (as you’ve probably guessed I’m writing this JUST before I go on holiday…) as well as some manga, but we shall see. I’m sure I’ll do a post about what books I took at some point.

Favourite Song/Album – Porter Robinson & Madeon – Shelter and Rihanna – Te Amo.

These are both songs I discovered this month and ones I know I’ll continue to listen to loads, especially during and even after my holiday. Shelter was brought to my attention by Dane who mentioned that someone had used an anime in their music video. It’s an amazing song and the anime music video that accompanies it is lovely and sad all the same.

As well as that I also discovered this Rihanna song thanks to a beauty video on Instagram. I didn’t know of this songs existence, even though it’s been around for just over 7 years now. Bloody hell! I know my usual music genre tastes are in rock music as well as some electronic but I do have a soft spot for Rihanna. She just writes some catchy as fuck tracks and this is one.

Favourite Game – Life Is Strange: Before The Storm.

I completed this game in a day (including unlocking all the specials in each level of the episode) and I loved it, but at the same time I’m unsure what to think right now. I will elaborate without giving away any spoilers! This is a prequel to Life Is Strange where you play as Chloe, sadly she doesn’t have Max’s power but she has her own speciality. In this game you get to find out what happens with Rachel including how her and Chloe become friends and what happens before Max comes into the picture and Rachel goes missing. You get to be a little more rebellious with Chloe than you ever could be with Max and whilst I like this, I do find that both Chloe and Rachel are bratty. I’m not the only one who thought this either. THIS BEING SAID I can’t really say they’re acting bratty when Chloe’s dad recently died and Rachel has some stuff going on herself, which you find out about somewhat in the first episode. Overall it was really fun to play and I already can’t wait for episode 2 to come out soon! I bought the limited edition bundle so that I can get the bonus Max level, as well as all the episodes for Before The Storm.

So those are my favourites from the 2 weeks I was in the UK in September! It went by really quick and I already can’t believe I’m going away in just a couple of days (as I write this) and I’ll be back in 3 days when this post goes live on my blog (FYI hello future Nat! :P)

What were your favourites throughout September? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time all, take care! I hope you’re all well, I miss all my lovely readers! :’)

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Lush Coventry Halloween & Christmas BBlogger Event (WARNING! Picture Heavy!)

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Oh my God I have never been so excited to write a post for quite a long time. As regular readers will know I LOVE Lush and I especially love when they come out with their new Halloween and Christmas products every year.

SO when the Coventry store called out for bloggers to go to their store for an event last week I jumped at the chance! I have been to the Coventry store various times in the past and it’s a lovely little store.

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The event itself to date has been one of my favourites that I have attended and I really hope to attend more like it in the future. The staff were friendly and chatty and the fellow bloggers who were there were all lovely.

Apart from having a nose and sniff of all the new goodies the staff also talked us through all the new products which was great! When you visit Lush over Christmas it is constantly busy so you’re forever wanting to get shown how to use things but never being able to properly. So this was a great chance to see all the products properly and even try them ourselves.

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The first thing we were shown were the body and face products which I was excited to look at. Buche De Noel an old Christmas favourite was the first thing to be shown to us. I’ve never tried it before but it’s said to be a creamy and softening face cleanser. You can get it in the normal version and alcohol free. If you like this old favourite then this year they have a special gift called Festive Fresh which contains Buche De Noel and Let The Good Times Roll.

A face product that they didn’t have in store (nor show us due to that I imagine) was the Papa Noel face wash jelly. When you take it out of the packaging it’s in the shape of a white Father Christmas beard. It’s the first time Lush have made anything like this and it looks like fun to use. I hope I get chance to look at it in a store soon!

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The second item they showed us is a new one for Halloween this year which is Goth Fairy. This is part of the massage bar range but it contains shimmer so when it’s rubbed onto the skin it leaves behind a bit of shimmer. Well I say a bit, but it’s quite a generous amount! I stepped forward to have this demoed on me and it really does feel lovely. I was tempted to buy one of these to use on me and Dane as a massage bar for our backs, but due to the shimmer I left it. The scent of this reminded me The Comforter a little bit with its blackcurrant scent. This will be a great product to apply before a night out, especially over the Christmas period! As this is part of the Halloween range you need to make sure you pick one up before they fly away.

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As a fan of the Twilight scent and family I KNEW I would love the Sleepy body lotion, which is new this year. I hope Lush bring this out in the Lush Kitchen often to keep us lot happy! This isn’t a super thick body lotion and when you first open the pot it has some silver shimmer on the top which makes it look too good to use! I tried this on my hands during the event and it made them feel really nice and soft. As regular readers of my blog will know I suffer with eczema and so I’m always trying out different hand creams to try and help it. This one seems like a winner and one I’ll definitely be picking up before Christmas is over! It smells just like the shower gel too, but not as intense which I really liked. It’ll be a nice one to use before bed.

There was more products that the staff showed us, but sadly I didn’t get pictures. One being the Fairy Dust dusting powder, which is a returning favourite from last year. It smells just like Snow Fairy and I was given one last year by a friend. It smells gorgeous and due to it containing shimmer it’s lovely to use before nights out.

For Christmas Lush have also introduced a new dusting powder called Mr Sandman, which shares its scent with the Twilight family! It smells lovely, but not as good as the shower gel and body lotion in my opinion. If I had to choose one of the two new items that are out this year, the body lotion would be mine. This is a white dusting powder so it doesn’t leave behind any colour after use, just plenty of shimmer!

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After looking at those items we were moved onto shower and there are a couple of new pieces for Christmas. The first one we looked at was Salt And Peppermint Bark body scrub which Lush brought out last year. I’m so glad they’ve brought it back as I never got the chance to try it last year! This smells like peppermint chocolate bark, which is obviously where this gets its name from.

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Sadly this year there aren’t any new shower jellies, but Lush have brought back Santa’s Belly which was a new one last year. It is said to share its scent with So White bath bomb, but I don’t think so at all! So White is crisp apple smelling, whilst this one has a different scent in my eyes. It’s red with red stars inside of it. Nice to use in the mornings to wake you up! The Coventry store has a huge version of it on display, which I played with for a bit.

Lush have also brought back Snowman shower jelly which has been around for as long as I can remember! The store has a big version of this too like Santa’s Belly, but sadly my picture turned out blurry of it. 😦  It comes in the shape of a snowman, which looks really cute when you take it out of the tub. It smells of gentle citrus and like Santa’s Belly will be lovely to use in the morning before work to wake you up.

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Another product from last year that I was super excited about has come back again this year! YAY, and something that makes it better is that it is now available in two sizes instead of just the large size. This is Christingle body conditioner. It’s like a body lotion that you use in the shower. You apply this to the skin after using a shower gel and rinse it off to be left with beautiful smooth and yummy smelling skin. Due to the mint and menthol in this one it leaves your skin feeling tingly and cool. Probably not what you want in winter, but it smells amazing AND look at that gorgeous blue colour!

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Alongside Christingle Lush have brought another body conditioner out this year, however this one is new and one everyone has already fallen in love with. Of course it is Snow Fairy body conditioner and oh my God it smells beautiful! I know I already want to pick one of these up and hopefully quite a few in the Boxing Day sales. Like the shower gel the conditioner is pink, but when you open up your new tub it will have some shimmer on the top just like the Sleepy body lotion. Oh Lush why do you do this to my bank account?

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Of course it wouldn’t be a Lush Christmas without Snow Fairy! I’ve recently opened my 1kg bottle that Dane bought me for my birthday. There isn’t much I can say about this. It smells beautiful, it looks beautiful, so go buy it. 😛

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Rose Jam shower gel has been around for a couple of years now and I don’t actually remember it ever coming out. I do however remember everyone obsessing about it last year! I personally don’t see what all the fuss is about this shower gel, but that’s just me. It does have a floral yet sweet smell behind it. I was gifted the bubbleroon version of this last Christmas and I absolutely loved it! I’ve got a Rose Jam to use so I’ll make sure to review it soon! 😀

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This isn’t for Christmas and is actually for Halloween, however Lord Of Misrule shower cream is available all year in the Oxford Street store, so this is just a goody for anyone who can’t make it to that store. I still want to give this a go as I really do like the scent of it.

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The newest member of the Christmas shower gel family this year is Bubbly and oh boy this is probably my favourite new thing this year that Lush has brought out. I ended up buying one of these after the event as I loved it that much. It shares its scent with Golden Wonder bath bomb, so an uplifting and citrus scent thanks to ingredients such as grapefruit, lemon and grapes. I already know I’ll be buying a huge bottle of this as it’s just such a beautiful scent.

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The last shower item we were shown were Candy Cane and Yog Log shower roulade. Now I’m not a huuuuge fan of these as I find they’re quite expensive for what they do to my skin. However when I heard that Lush weren’t bringing back Yog Nog as either the soap or the bath bomb I was GUTTED! I did get to try this in store however and it felt really lovely when applied to the skin. So it is something I will be trying at some point! I doubt that I’ll fall in love with it mind. I mean come on Lush!? I want Yog Nog back! 😛 I was actually expecting them to bring out a shower cream to be honest, but alas it didn’t happen. I may have to make my own with the two Yog Nog bath bombs I have left.

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Next we moved onto the soaps. I’m not a huge fan of Lush soaps (apart from Yog Nog and Rock Star) as I’m allergic to quite a lot of them so I often more than not steer clear of them. At Christmas though I always give the new and existing ones a sniff and this year I discovered quite a few I liked the smell of.

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This is Igloo soap and it reminds me of a mixture of Turkish Delight and fruit pastilles. That being said this soap does infact smell of Turkish Delight which in turn reminded me of Angels Delight soap that Lush had out for various years until last year. I didn’t like that soap sadly due to it giving me an awful allergic reaction. The smell is lovely mind. This will make a lovely gift for someone to open on Christmas Day who loves fruit pastilles.

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This is one of my least favourite products this year and it isn’t due to the appearance or scent. I LOVED Reindeer Rock last year and the year before. Before the change it was purple, with silver reindeer on and it smelt just like The Comforter. I LOVED it! Now it is blue, looks like a pebble with a gold reindeer on and smells NOTHING LIKE IT DID BEFORE! WHAT?! It smells more floral now and whilst it doesn’t smell horrible, it just isn’t the same. I would have expected Lush to change the name of it to be honest. Either way it does look pretty, just a shame about the scent change…

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These two are definitely my favourite soaps this year and I can actually see me buying a chunk of them both to try.

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My favourite of the two and out of all the soaps is definitely Baked Alaska. It’s been around for a couple of years now from memory and I never really recall it smelling like this beforehand but it is gorgeous. It reminds me of Bubbly with its citrus scents, such as grapefruit. It is definitely one that would wake you up in the morning to use. Sadly due to the type of soap this is (gel look) I have a feeling I’ll be allergic to it. Sad times. 😦

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This was definitely an eye catching soap and one I really love the look of. If I got a decent chunk I would end up wanting to just have it for show over Christmas on a soap dish instead of using it! No I joke. This is Snowcastle soap and like Baked Alaska it has been around for a while from memory. This smells of creamy marzipan and is one for people with a sweet tooth! It isn’t too sweet scent wise though. This is a creamy soap and I have a feeling my skin will like this one, especially my hands.

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This is a new soap this year and one that I’ve seen quite a few people go crazy for. When I first saw and heard about Shooting Stars soap I immediately assumed it would smell the same as Shoot For The Stars bath bomb due to the appearance. Alas it is nothing like it and actually smells of lemon and lime which smells delicious! This soap is very pretty to look at but it’s also a little bit special. When put in the dark or at least a dark room the UV in the stars makes the stars glow. Magical or what?!

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I didn’t get a very good picture of this soap sadly, which I was pretty gutted about! But this is Santa’s Postbox soap and it is gorgeous to look at! It’s in an English red postbox shape and it just looks amazing. It also smells great too and shares its scent with Satsuma bath bomb due to the orange and satsuma scent. I got given  chunk of this from the store to take home but sadly due to the gel style consistency of this soap I’m worried that I may end up having an allergic reaction… We will have to see how I get on! I’ll be reviewing this for sure.

Alongside all those soaps there were two I sadly didn’t manage to get pictures of such as them being Halloween soaps and I was kinda too excited for the Christmas ones. I did smell these of course and they are really lovely. Fireside soap reminds me of bonfire night due to the smokey yet soothing scent of it. I would love to buy this but I don’t know if I would use it enough. It’s a very manly scent. There was also Magic Wand soap which is full of yummy fruity scents and one that will definitely wake you up on a cold autumn morning.

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These are just two of the many new Christmas products I was excited to see at the event and I ended up buying the Sugar Plum Fairy lip tint after the event finished. YAY! I haven’t yet used it though but I intend to after today and review it as soon as possible.

As well as the Sugar Plum Fairy range Lush have brought back the red cola smelling lip products Santa Baby lip scrub and lip tint. I tried the new lip tint in the tube (I’ve only ever owned the one in the tin) and it really does tint, if not stains your lips! I would love to pick one of these up before Christmas is over. I’ve owned both in the past and they really are lovely lip products so I was excited to try the new ones which have a yummy blackcurrant taste and scent, just like The Comforter… Which in turn is one of my favourite scents by Lush.

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I’m surprised I didn’t pick up the Sugar Plum Fairy lip scrub after the event as it smelt delicious, just like Ribena so I can only imagine it would taste just as amazing as well! I love the Lush lip scrubs as they’re great value for money and really are good to use before applying liquid lipsticks. However I always forget to use them and they end up being a waste of money… If someone gifts me this this Christmas I won’t complain but due to the above fact I can’t see me buying it myself. 😦

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This is the Sugar Plum Fairy lip tint. LOOK HOW DAMN PIGMENTED THAT IS! Oh and the colour is gorgeous too of course! I didn’t expect it to be as bright as it came out. It looks like a dark purple in the tube but comes out as a raspberry pink with some pink and purple shimmer, which is only slight. This reminds me of Rebel lipstick by MAC. I honestly cannot wait to wear this to work and review it.

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Onto the part of this post that I’m sure everyone is excited for, the bath bombs and bubble bars! I have loads to talk about here, both old and new products.

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Candy Mountain bubble bar is an oldie that has changed shape over the years, but a few years back it finally found it’s form and is the beautiful mini mountain we all know and love today. It smells exactly the same as Creamy Candy bubble bar and Rock Star soap. If you like Snow Fairy you’ll love these as it smells like a sweet creamy vanilla scent.

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These are the two new reuseable bubble bar by Lush and they’re both amazing!

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The first one is Jester, a cute little guy who will appeal to children a lot. It is a citrus scented bubble bar which will be lovely to use after a long day when you need to be perked up a little bit. I know I’ll be picking one of these cuties up! I love how colourful it is and I bet it makes the bath water a lovely orange colour to match its scent. This teamed up with Bubble shower gel will work perfectly.

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This is another one of my favourite bubble bars this year! It’s Santasaurus and it smells just like Honey I Washed The Kids soap, so of yummy toffee and sweet treats. Plus look how cute it is?! It’s a little dinosaur with a Christmas hat on! Yes you wouldn’t expect to see it at Christmas but this is why Lush are so great when it comes to Christmas. They come out with different things and not always traditional, which I love. I bet this turns the bath water a beautiful turquoise shade. I’m so excited to try it.

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Magic Wand is a returning favourite to Lush and I still have a couple of these left in my Lush box. These share their scent with Snow Fairy and create some amazing bubbles when put under a running tap.

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This is a returning reuseable bubble bar from last year and is one that whilst I’m not a fan of the scent, it’s definitely one of the best looking of the four! It’s The Magic Of Christmas and is a gold star bubble bar on a cinnamon stick. It smells warm and delicious of cinnamon and clove. If you love scents like this then you will love this one!

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Peeping Santa bubble bar is another returner from last year and one I’m excited to see again! I got one of these for Christmas and I didn’t think I would like it, but I loved using it in one of the first baths I had in our house. It’s a soft strawberry scent and is very conditioning for the skin. I want to pick up quite a few of these in the Boxing Day sales!

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I am so damn happy to see this little cutie back, The Christmas Penguin! Lush didn’t bring him back last Christmas and myself and lots of other Lushies were really sad about it. Finally he has returned and I can’t wait to pick one up. He has a lovely soft scent which reminds me of Johnson’s baby bath. If I remember right this is a bubble bar aimed at children but sod it, adults love this cutie just as much.

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This bubble bar is called Snowie and is clearly inspired by David Bowie. The legend died at the start of this year, which was a terrible shame. 😦 So from what I can gather, Lush decided to show their love for him in this way. This bubble bar reminds me of something that I can’t quite put my finger on. It’s said to have grapefruit in but I can’t really smelly it to be honest. It reminds me a little of Tramp shower gel and Supertramp bubble bar, but a softer smelling version. I’ll definitely be buying one.

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Finally we have Ruby Red Slippers bubble bar this year which is a returner after seven years. Yes you read that correctly 7 YEARS! This is also the bubble bar we got the chance to make ourselves, which was so much fun! This smells heavily of cinnamon and is a very warming bubble bar. It’s bright red and have red glitter all over it too. I’m not a massive fan of the scent as it gives me a bit of a headache. It is clearly inspired by the shoes that Dorothy wears in The Wizard of Oz and a lot of people probably wouldn’t relate the film to Christmas, but I sure do. From the age of 5 I remember year after year attempting to watch this movie before bed on Christmas Eve and always falling to sleep around the time she meets the Scarecrow. When I was 9 my dad bought it for me for Christmas so I could finally watch it without worrying about falling to sleep. I was so happy!

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Now it’s time to talk about bath bombs! There are quite a few new ones out which is awesome. My favourite things to buy from Lush are always the bubble bars, bath bombs and shower gels/creams. 😀

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This is one of the new bath bombs for this year which is called Mistletoe and I really don’t like it! Which is a shame as it looks so damn pretty. It’s a very strong floral scented bath bomb and I’m not a fan of that at all sadly. If you love ylang ylang then you will love this bath bomb!

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This cutie is a new version of Shoot For The Stars and I don’t know if I prefer it or not, I think I do however. It’s blue with gold star melts inside. It shares its scent with Honey I Washed The Kids which has a yummy toffee scent. I was given one of these in my goody bag after the event and it smells just like the previous versions. This is one of my favourite bath bombs so I can’t wait to see what it’ll be like with its new design.

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This is another new bath bomb this year which everyone has gone crazy over due to Roller bath bomb. Never Mind The Ballistics is a yellow bath bomb with a pink bath melt on the top. It’s said to smell really citrusy due to the orange and lime oils but personally I couldn’t smell anything at the time of giving it a sniff. Maybe it was due to smelling so many products. I was really excited to smell this too, so when I did I was left disappointed. It looks very pretty though and I know the colours are inspired after the Sex Pistols album cover, but it doesn’t really remind me of Christmas sadly.

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This is by far my favourite bath bomb and especially my favourite for Christmas. I remember when So White first came out back when I was either 19 or 20 and it was a tiny little bath bomb. Well it has come a long way since then! It’s become a larger bath bomb, has had bubble bar added inside and has had colours added inside. Now it has been transformed again and has a green leaf on the top and from what I’ve heard is now green inside instead of red. I cannot wait to get my hands on one this year!

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Another returner from last year and one that Lush has updated for the better this year. I know I found myself dealing with broken Star Dust bath bombs in the post and it really pissed me off. Now Lush have created a stronger bath bomb so that this same issue doesn’t happen again. It’s exactly the same as last year though and is so damn pretty! I can’t wait to pick some up again as I miss their creamy vanilla scent.

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An old favourite among children and adults alike, it’s Butterbear bath bomb which shares its scent with Butterball bath bomb. It smells of chocolate and contains chunks of cocoa butter. Great for moisturising the skin after a long day.

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This is one of my favourite Christmas bath bombs and is called Golden Wonder. It’s been around for as long as I can remember! I still have one from last year in my Lush box that I still need to use. It smells of citrus so lemon, lime and oranges. It shares its scent with Bubbly shower gel so I can’t wait to team the two up together!

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Father Christmas is a bath bomb that Snow Fairy lovers need in their lives. Due to sharing its scent with the best Fairy around and when it fizzes away in the bath the red outside reveals a bright green center.

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This is an oldie bath bomb from a couple of years ago and is called Luxury Lush Pud. It doesn’t just share its scent with Twilight bath bomb, but it also looks beautiful! Christmas pudding doesn’t usually look like this which is what I like the most about this bath bomb. As it dissolves in the bath the coloured circles move from around it to form beautiful colours in the bath, as you can see from the picture above.

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This is a bath bomb I thought Lush has discontinue for good after it not making a return last year. I loved the smell of this one and so did Dane but it wasn’t meant to be as we never bought one two years ago and couldn’t last year. However the bath bomb has now been changed and is better than ever! When placed into the water is is probably one of the prettiest bath bombs Lush has brought out. I am of course talking about Northern Lights. It’s a floral bath bomb which I find is really light smelling in comparison to a lot of Lush’s floral bath bombs and products. When placed into water it doesn’t just show it’s purple colours, but also yellow and blue. It’s so pretty and really does look like the northern lights.

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Alongside Lush’s bubble bars and bath bombs we also have the bath melts and FUN bars to pick up too. Snow Angel is the only bath melt out this Christmas which is a shame as I love them! I’ve got one of these in my Lush box from last year and I’ve never used Snow Angel before. I hear it smells of marzipan which sounds delicious. I can’t wait to use this one cold evening to warm me up a little inside.

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Of course since Lush creating FUN they always bring some out every Christmas. Lush have done the unthinkable and brought out a Snow Fairy FUN! I’m so damn excited for this and can’t wait to pick it up soon! They also have Reindeer And Robin which smells of cola and alongside Snow Fairy I’m really excited for it. Elf On The Shelf smells of refreshing grapefruit and Santa smells floral. FUN is amazing as you can use it for various things! To wash your body in the shower, run under the bath to create some yummy bubbles, make little people out of it and also used on your hair as shampoo.

I left the Halloween bath products until last to talk about!

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Boo bath melt is new this year for Halloween and one I really wanted to love due to how adorable it looks, but sadly it isn’t for me. It smells of ginger and ick that really isn’t a scent for me. Why couldn’t it smell of marshmallow? It would have smelt amazing!

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I’ve never really smelt this bath bomb until now and it smells really yummy and fresh with lime and grapefruit. It’s Sparkly Pumpkin I wouldn’t mind giving it a go to be honest but the gold glitter puts me off… We shall see for sure.

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Pumpkin bath bomb is new this year and one I knew I wouldn’t like. I’m not a fan of pumpkin both in taste and scent and this just reminds me of the scent of a pumpkin pie. ICK! It does look beautiful though and it is perfect for Halloween, especially over the pond in America.

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This is by far one of my favourite items that Lush has brought out for Halloween! It smells of lime and reminds me of lime sweeties. Monsters Ball reminds me of something from Monsters Inc and I love it so damn much! I’ll be picking up a couple before Halloween is over.

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Autumn Leaf is a new bath bomb for Halloween this year and of course it’s for the autumn season. I was sad that I didn’t like the scent of this one mind as it was very grass and floral heavy. It looks beautiful though!

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So that is all the products! I know this post is really damn long as it is but I have a little bit more to write about and then I will be done! FINALLY! After going around the store we got the chance to make our own Red Ruby Slippers bubble bar, which was so much fun to make! I got the chance to mix the colouring and flavours into the mix which was harder than it looked at the time.

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Finally it was time to buy any goodies we wanted, grab a goodie bag and head home but not before a picture of us all, which I have popped here of course, alongside a picture I nabbed from the Lush Coventry Instagram page.

Overall I loved the event that the Lush Coventry store put on for us beauty bloggers and I felt so happy being there! I was shattered after work and just wanted to have some fun at the event and meet some fellow bloggers, which is exactly what I did. I had an amazing time and from what I said at the start of the post it’s so far the best event I have been to to date!

I want to thank the store for letting me come to the event and I hope that I can attend more in the future.

What do you guys think of the Lush Halloween and Christmas range this year? Make sure to let me know what you think in the comments down below.

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely week.

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September Empties

Excuse my language but holy shit I used up a lot of products in September! I don’t think I’ve ever had this many items in an empties post and it’s really surprised me.

I won’t lie, I am glad to be rid of a lot of the products I had as whilst most were good, it is good to have a clear out so that new things may be bought and wasted money on. 😛

I just want to get this out there now that when we enter into 2015, I’m not 100% sure if I will be writing up anymore empties posts as whilst I do enjoy doing them I do just think it’s a hassle to save up all the empty bottles in my bathroom. I am just putting this down to how much I saved up this month and I may change my mind, we shall see how the next three/four months go…

  • Gillette Satin Care Shave Gel.

I’ve mentioned this before, if you would like to read more about it look here.

  • Hello Kitty Liberty Body Wash.

I was given this body wash in a gift set from my sister-in-law and I really did love it! I saved it for quite a while until I decided to use it and within a few weeks it was gone and I have missed using it. It was softening on the skin, lathered beautifully and left my skin smelling gorgeous! It reminds me of the scent the old pink FCUK products that Boots sold at Christmas time in the early 00’s and it really did leave me with some childhood memories! If this is out again this year I’ll probably pick some up as I really enjoyed using this. I am really sad to see it finished.

  • Philip Kingsley Body Building Shampoo.

I’ve had this shampoo for ages so when it finally came to its end I was really shocked! It just didn’t seem like it was ever going to run out. I’ve since repurchased this in a 1 litre bottle as I really do love this shampoo! If you want to read more about this it featured on my 2013 Favourites, you can find that here.

  • Carex Strawberry Fun Shower & Bath.

I LOVED this shower and bath and when it ran out I was actually really sad, but at the same time I wasn’t as it only cost me a £1, YES A WHOLE POUND COIN! This really did smell like sweet strawberries and perfect for children or anyone who loves strawberries like myself. This really did remind me of The Body Shop’s strawberry shower gel and on a recently shopping trip I picked one up for my boyfriend, who loves it just as much as I do. This leaves your skin feeling great and smelling delicious and it was a treat to use in the bath alongside a fruity bath bomb. BUY IT if you want to try something good, you won’t regret it.

  • I Love… Cosmetics Hand Wash in Mango & Papaya.

Although this featured in my favourites last month (read here), I really couldn’t wait to see the back of this product throughout September. It wasn’t a bad product but I found that due to its bright orange colour if you dripped any on the side, it would stain and has stained. I won’t be picking up this scent again, but I will pick up one of the others, preferably the coconut scent! Otherwise this was great, it smelt delicious and left my hands feeling clean and moisturised.

  • Soap & Glory The Greatest Scrub Of All Facial Exfoliator.

Another product I couldn’t wait to see in the bin! I used to love this scrub, it was my holy grail and when I suffered with some dry eczema style rash on my face years ago, this was the only thing that cleared it up! However over the years I have grown bored with this and now I can’t stand using it anymore. I didn’t even finish this product up, it just one day seemed to go gloopy and I ended up just throwing the rest of the product away. The things I don’t like about this scrub is how greasy it feels on the skin after use, it makes me cringe just the thought of it! I think it’s just to moisturise the skin but I just don’t like it. As well as that the scent is disgusting, I don’t get soap & Glory’s scents but apart from Sugar Crush they all make me feel sick. Shame that as the past year has gone by, I’ve grown to dislike most of Soap & Glory’s products. It does make me rather sad.

  • T-Zone Clear Pore Gel Facial Wash.

I LOVE this face wash and as soon as I was running low I picked up a replacement. This costs less than £2 to buy and it really is worth the money. I don’t know if it’s due to what food I eat, me getting older or the face products I now use but I’ve noticed since using this wash that my skin has improved a hell of a lot! I recommend this to teenagers with troublesome skin so SO much as this is what I used to use when I was a teenager and it really did help my oily skin. You can pick T-Zone up at great prices in Home Bargains and Body Care, so keep your eyes peeled.

  • Sure Maximum Protection Deodorant in Sensitive.

I get through one of these every month and since May I haven’t mentioned one… I think because of the fact I always mention one and I always mention the same thing… Go and read about it here! 😛

  • The Body Shop Coconut Hand Cleanse Gel.

I love my hand sanitizers and I REALLY loved this one! I bought it when I went to Bristol in June and since then it has been so lovely to use, having a sniff of the empty bottle now reminds me of summer and Bristol. Soon as I can I will be picking up another bottle. I recommend The Body Shop cleanse gels so much as not only do they keep your hands germ free, but they leave your hands smelling lovely too. Go and check them out!

  • Carex Strawberry Laces Hand Gel.

Whilst The Body Shop cleanse gel was great, this was a let down and I couldn’t wait to finish the bottle! When you smell the bottle it has a light scent of strawberries, which is pleasant but when you use this on your hands it just stinks of alcohol and I hated it because of that. It wasn’t worth the money I paid (I paid £2 for 2) and I regretted buying it as soon as I started to use it. I don’t recommend, head to The Body Shop and pick up their strawberry cleanse gel, it’ll be worth the extra money and last longer! The cap on this was also rubbish and it opened inside my work apron and leaked everywhere, was really annoying. Don’t waste your money!

  • Wilko Fruits Bath Bomb in Strawberry & Pomegranate.

The first thing I want to say about this bath bomb is how awful it is. My Mom bought me 3 bath bombs for £3, as she knows how much I love my bath bombs! As soon as she brought them home I knew I wanted to try one out, so I popped the whole bomb into the bath and had a good, long soak! I just want to apologise if I go into TMI here but I just want to get out there how this product made me poorly. Before using this in the bath, I was fine but the day after I didn’t feel myself, but the day after that I was rather poorly… And it turned out I had thrush. I suffered from it for a week and it was painful and uncomfortable and I KNOW for a fact it was due to this bath bomb. If you have sensitive skin (or sensitive bits like I clearly do!) then steer clear of this product as whilst it felt moisturising on my skin it really did leave me feeling poorly and run down. I haven’t used the other 2 bath bombs and I have contemplated taking them back to get my money back. I’m not going to bother wasting mine or anyone else’s money on the Fruits collection anymore. I am really disappointed as the collection has had a lot of positive comments. For a little money I would just prefer to splash out on Lush.

So those were my empties of September, I still can’t believe how many products I finished! I doubt it’ll be the same in October, but who knows!

I hope everyone had a great September and I shall see you next month.

Until next time, take care all.

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