Jordandene – Geeky Handmade Goods

I am here today to bring you guys a post I have been super excited to write! I’m always excited to write for you guys (as well as for myself of course!) but I have been pretty stoked about the goodies I’ll be talking about today.

Not long ago Kosi from Jordandene contacted me to ask if I would like to work with them and suggested a variety of different ways we could do this, including being sent some products to review. I decided to go for that one, as I thought it would be lovely to show you guys the awesome merchandise that they sell on their store.

Before I show you guys what goodies I was sent, I thought I’d talk about The Sartorial Geek and Jordandene and what their brand stands for.

Jordandené started as a fun way to put a nerdy twist on traditional handmade goods. Our first product, the geek chic apron, makes all mundane household tasks a little more tolerable. Even the worst chores (dishes!) get better when you do them as Batman or R2D2, right?

Not wanting to be confined to the kitchen, we now make all kinds of subtly geeky products that stay true to our deepest nerdy selves, yet aren’t too extreme for everyday life. We focus on combining a few of our favorite things with good design and quality materials. No cheap plastic, comic sans, or boxy graphic tees here.

We’d be lying if we said settling in Brooklyn didn’t affect the way we do business. We try to keep our process as eco-friendly as possible— from the inks we choose to the way we package our products. And we’ve also adapted the strong community aspect of city living; we love working with other local businesses and strive to always take care of our partners and our customers.

All of our products are sweatshop-free and screen printed by us in Brooklyn. Our designs are hand-lettered with a traditional brush and ink. The aprons and crayon bandoliers are sewn by real people across the East Coast.

As well as the website and store, Jordandene also have a podcast called The Sartorial Geek, which you can check out here.

The podcast is for the geeky girls in all of us and they focus on pop culture, girl power and cool stories told by cool people, of course all told by the team of Jordandene. The podcast currently has 34 episodes and has been running since 16th March 2018.

Alongside the podcast, they also have a blog which they write on regularly. It’s a pretty good read and I recommend you checking it out if you like the sound of the podcast. You can read it here.

Finally, onto the goodies I was sent! They asked me to pick some items and I ended up picking three. One of the items I picked was sadly out of stock, but I hadn’t realised at the time so was sent an alternative, which was lovely.

Of course, as I always do with gifted items, I pop a little * next to the items I’ve been gifted. 🙂

Without further ado, let’s talk about the items!

  • Be a Dragon Enamel Pin* – $10.00 (link)

Although I’m talking about this item first, it’s actually one of the last items I decided on that I wanted to be gifted to review. As regular readers will have noticed, I have become a MASSIVE pin badge fan in a very short space of time. I’ll always have a nose at pin badges now if I ever see any designs in store or online, so of course I couldn’t not check out the selection of pins that Jordandene sell. They have quiet a few different designs to choose from, 10 in total. The one that shouted out to me the most was this Be a Dragon pin and there are a couple of reasons why. I love the colour scheme which is white and red, but most of all I like to think that dragons are pretty badass and something you don’t want to mess with. This is a pin I’d rock when I’m planning on having a day that involves facing things I don’t want to. I may have to wear this pin next week when I’m going to a gig, as I’m so anxious to meet certain people afterwards who I’m going to see. 😛 This pin has a secure back to it too, which is always a good thing.

  • I Have Journeyed Farther Journal* – $15.00 (link)

This is the item I mentioned that they sent me to replace the out of stock item (which is here if you’re interested) which was lovely of them! I’m always happy to add a new journal to my collection, especially when it comes to jotting down blog ideas! This is a gorgeous journal to be honest and is perfect for notes. It has a hard cover, a elastic band to keep the book closed, a bookmark so you can keep your place and even a pocket in the back of the book for you to keep any bits and pieces you may need in there. It seems like the perfect book for a bullet journal to be honest with you but as I’m not into doing bullet journals myself, this will be used for blog writing.

  • I Rebel Scoop Neck Tee* – $35.00 (link)

I don’t know what it was that I liked about this t-shirt the most, but I really did love the colour! The colour really stood out to me the most as the t-shirt is a gorgeous red colour, with multi coloured flecks throughout. Jordandene screen print all their own t-shirts, so the I Rebel on this t-shirt has been done in house, by them which I think is really cool! It makes each piece feel more personal. The t-shirt itself has a scoop neck so that means it’s quite wide and low down. I never usually opt for this style of t-shirt to be perfectly honest with you, but I can see this really working for lazy weekends and days around the house with a pair of jeans or black leggings. I can’t wait to wear it during my week off work next week!

Overall I really love the goodies I was gifted by Jordandene as they’re all so perfect, unique and all have a lovely touch of geek! They’re not in my your face geek either, which I rather like. I’m full on when it comes to that and sometimes it does need toning down a little. Rocking up to places wearing a Pokemon or Persona 5 themed piece of clothing is amazing, but sometimes you just need to remember you’re approaching 30… 😛

I’ll pop their website and social media links down below!

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

YouTube

What do you think of Jordandene and their awesome geeky items? Which item(s) do you like the most? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

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

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ESQIDO Lashes Gel Eyeliner Pencils – Review

I am back today with another review about the brand ESQIDO Lashes!

In May I was asked by ESQIDO Lashes to review a pair of their lashes, I was honoured and as I haven’t worn lashes in years I thought it would be fun to do, as well as something different. I loved them so much and have since worn them a few times around the house for my own pleasure when feeling a bit bleh.

You can check out that review here!

ESQIDO Lashes recently reached out to me again to express how much they loved my review on their lashes and how they wanted me to write a review on their new gel eyeliner pencils! Although I don’t wear make up anymore, I wanted to give them a go. I used to wear eyeliners all the time, so still to this day I know a good eyeliner when I see one! 😛

Like I did on the lashes review, any items that have been gifted to me to review will have a * next to them.

Before I start to talk about the gel eyeliners I was sent, I’ll tell you a little bit about the company.

When I first viewed the company online my first thought was, “Oh wow! It’s an American store!” I know this sounds silly to think this, but alas, I did. However, the eyelashes arrived super quickly in the post and via Royal Mail. I think they must have a warehouse in the UK seeing as these arrived from Northampton! My reason for the whole American lark is due to their prices being in dollars. When looking into this further, it turns out that ESQIDO has shops and stockists all over the world, which I think is so amazing and it honestly makes me feel so privileged to be working with them.

The one thing I really love about the company is the fact that they offer a 60 day returns and exchanges policy. 60 whole days and considering they’re eyelashes, I’m even more surprised. I think it’s such a great policy for people to be able to get the most out of their new set of lashes and if they aren’t happy with them, then they can send them back. I also agree with this policy because these lashes aren’t the cheapest in the world and if you aren’t happy with them, then damn right you should be offered your money back! I can only assume that this offer applies to the gel eyeliners too.

Although ESQIDO Lashes are known for they mink lashes, they also stock gel eyeliner pencils too, which if you haven’t gathered by now, is what I’ll be reviewing today.

Experience the benefits of a gel eyeliner with the convenience of a sharpenable pencil. With intense color payoff, ultra-smooth glide, and a waterproof, long-lasting lightweight formula, the ESQIDO Liner is your new holy grail. Get the eyeliner in black or brown.

A creamy smooth glide & pigmented formula for perfect cat eyes or winged liner.

The ESQIDO Eyeliner is specially formulated for all day wear, and to deliver continuous flow with smooth even lines. Packed with product in a retracting mechanical body, combined with a silicon ring closure to provide an airtight seal, the eye liner is made to last.

It’s a fine line between great work, and your greatest work. The Liner includes a precision sharpener, so you’re always ready for your finest hour.

A little goes a long way. With a highly pigmented formula and a twist dispenser, you’ll be able to make the most of the Liner.

Key Benefits

All day wear, pigmented formula, continuous even flow that covers in one perfect coat, dries matte, retractable and sharpenable gel pen, pairs well with any makeup look.

Safe Formulation

5-free and latex-free. Formulated WITHOUT formaldehyde, parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. Fragrance free. Suitable for sensitive eyes.

Making the most of your ESQIDO Eyeliner:

Apply on inner lid to seamlessly blend in with your ESQIDO false lashes

Apply and smudge/blend before it sets for a smokey effect

Colors Available in Black or Brown

Volume 0.5g

Features Built-in sharpener, airtight ring seal, twist & retractable dispenser.

They even list the ingredients on the website, which I thought was amazing!

Ingredients (Black)

Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Synthetic Wax, C30-50 Alcohols, Plymethysilsesquoixane, Silica, Polybutene, Microcrystalline Wax, Acetylate Glycol Stearate, Triethoxycapryllsilane, Mica (CI77019), Iron Oxides (CI77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI77510)

Ingredients (Brown)

Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Synthetic Wax, C30-50 Alcohols, Plymethysilsesquoixane, Silica, Microcrystalline Wax, Acetylate Glycol Stearate, Triethoxycapryllsilane, Aluminum Hydroxide, Mica (CI77019), Titanium Dioxide Oxides (CI77891), Iron Oxides (CI77491, CI77492, CI77499)

I was sent both of the Gel Eyeliner Pencil in black* and the Gel Eyeliner Pencil in brown* to review for my lovely readers.

Both the gel eyeliner pencils are currently (date of writing this review 09/09/2018) on offer for $10.00 each, when they usually retail for $16.00 each. So if you like the look of these by the end of the review, you can go and grab yourself a bargain whilst the launch offer is in place!

The gel eyeliners themselves arrived so quickly and I couldn’t wait to give them a go. The first thing I did was check out the packaging. It isn’t as luxurious as the lashes packing, but if does the job.

Like the website the packaging contains the ingredients, the contents and weight of the product, which colour you have purchased, expiry date, how to use and the funniest part for me, it tells you not to freeze the product… I’ve never heard of anyone freezing an eyeliner before but I wouldn’t be surprised if someone has. 😛

The eyeliner itself is simple but looks and feels really nice. It has a matte feel to the packaging which gives it a good hold and feels comfortable and like you have a good grip on it. The base of the gel eyeliners have a ring with the colour of the shade you’ve picked, which is a simple and nice touch, leaving the rest of the eyeliner pencil looking clean. I love the white packaging the most, as I just said it looks clean.

When you take the lid off of the pencil there’s the silicon ring closure which is there to make sure that the pencil never dries out. I’ve never seen this with an eyeliner pencil before, nor a lip pencil to be honest with you. It’s such a genius idea, even for something so minute.

The one thing that interested me the most about reviewing these gel eyeliners is the packaging, not even the product! I love how they’ve made the packaging and if anything, it shouts unique to me straight away just purely due to how you can sharpen the pencil.

This is a twist up eyeliner so you twist at the bottom and it causes more eyeliner to appear. Everyone knows how these work, it’s pretty straight forward. However, with eyeliners like this that I’ve owned in the past, they’ve always been blunt or awkward to sharpen due to the gel texture. However, ESQIDO Lashes thought ahead and attached a sharpener to the bottom of the pencil! You wouldn’t even know it was there though, which is a good thing.

You just pull out the bit at the bottom and hey presto! You have yourself an eyeliner sharpener. This is easy enough to use, clean and click back into the bottom of the eyeliner pencil. However, one issue I found was if you forgot to pop this back in, or misplaced it, it would be frustrating! It is a tiny piece and some people may find this lose able. Other than that, I LOVE IT!

Finally onto the gel eyeliner themselves!

They’re a gel consistency and texture so they’re really creamy and smooth to apply and incredibly pigmented! With one swipe they apply perfectly first time and don’t need to be touched up at all. Due to the tip of the liner you can do lines at thick or as thin as you please. The creamy texture also makes them easy enough to create designs with, if you’re that way inclined.

They’re quite lightweight for such a long lasting and pigmented formula and really took me by surprise. You wouldn’t even know they were there! They’re also waterproof so will last ages. I tried these on the back of my hand and nothing was making them budge to be honest with you, not even the hardest of rubbing and smudging.

I found that if you plan to smudge these out and work with them to give yourself a smokey eye look, then you’ll have to work fast as these dry really quickly! They’re really nice to blend out though and work easily.

Personally whilst this might be great for most, I’ve never been a massive waterproof eyeliner and mascara fan. I like to think I can get stuff off easily as and when the time comes for removal. I don’t want to be scrubbing away to remove stuff, thankfully this isn’t the case with these eyeliners.

When I went to remove the eyeliner swatches off the back of my hand with a baby wipe it was pretty hard to do and it definitely required a bit of force. However, with a good make up remover it came off like a dream, my favourite one to use for any make up is the Garnier Micellar Water.

I’ve never in my life worn a brown eyeliner so that was the shade I was interested in the most, especially to compare it to the black one. I’d still not opt for brown however, I always used to rock black eyeliner growing up, so I’ll always sway to that shade. 😛

So, what did I think of the gel eyeliner pencils overall? They’re pretty amazing to be honest for the price, both at the launch off her $10.00 and the regular price of $16.00!

Would I buy these again for myself? Probably not, but that’s because I don’t wear eyeliner much these days. These on their own will last me aggges now. They’re certainly worth the price and I’d definitely pick these up for family members to pop in stockings and gifts as fillers. My best friend Gabriella loves make up and I could imagine these would be perfect to add to her collection, whether she’s doing make up on herself, or someone else.

Overall these are amazing and I highly recommend them to people who want to try a new gel eyeliner pencil, or just wish to pick up something new to try.

Would you pick up one of the ESQIDO Gel Eyeliner Pencils? Make sure to let me know in the comments, as well as which colour(s) you’d pick up out of the two.

I also want to thank ESQIDO Lashes for sending me another cute little gift review package! They’re such a lovely company to work with and I cannot recommend them enough to people wanting to pick up some new eye make up pieces! 😀

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

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The Body Shop Strawberry Bath Bomb – Review

Okay so I know the last review I did on my blog was about a product from The Body Shop and as you can tell from the title of this post, this one is about the same brand again.

I’m sorry for posting another review about The Body Shop BUT lately I feel like they’re ticking all the boxes and doing something right. I want to talk about them as much as I can, whenever I can!

I found out when writing my wish list Wednesday post about The Body Shop that they now stock more bath products, which makes me feel so damn happy!

If there is one thing I have been trying to do throughout 2018 is find a replacement for Lush bath products. As cool as Lush products are, I really don’t like them anymore, for so many reasons. If you’d like to know why, please let me know and I’ll do a post about it.

For now however, I’m going to be talking about one of The Body Shop’s newer products, Strawberry Bath Bomb.

I recently picked a couple of these up to try because if there is one scent I love from The Body Shop it’s definitely Strawberry! I have so many childhood memories of my mom taking me into The Body Shop to buy a bottle of both the strawberry and satsuma shower gels, alongside some bath pearls and animal soaps.

There are various different scents you can choose from for the bath bombs including strawberry, mango and green tea. I didn’t pick up the other two as I wasn’t 100% sure if I’d like the scent, but for just £1.50 you wouldn’t be spending a bomb (Ha… Get it? Bomb? :P) on one of these.

That small price makes sense considering these are only 28g. They’re not very big, but I rather like this. I feel like these will make great stocking fillers at Christmas, as well as good little gifts to pad out someone’s birthday present. They’re especially great for children and teenagers who are starting to get into beauty and bath products.

The strawberry bath bomb is a cute pink colour and smells just like the other products, especially the shower gel. For such a small bath bomb, the scent really does pack a punch and I was so pleased these smelt strong. I say strong, they’re not like Lush bath bombs, I just mean strong for the size of them.

I popped this straight into the bath and wow did the fizz on this last a long time, or what?! It also produced a pink shade similar to the bomb itself. I was pleasantly surprised at how “dark” the bath bomb was when it had finished. I couldn’t wait to get in to be honest with you!

In all honesty this felt slightly moisturising but meh it wasn’t anything special. I didn’t not feel moisturised but I didn’t feel like I was all at the same time. If anything I would want to use the Strawberry Body Yogurt afterwards so I could smell of The Body Shop strawberry for as long as possible.

I have sensitive skin and after using this I didn’t find I encountered any issues. This felt really gentle on the skin but as I said, if you need moisturiser after a “boring” bath then you’ll need it with this too. These are like the Lush bath bombs where you feel conditioned and soft afterwards.

This being said I did notice that I could smell the strawberry on my skin throughout the day on and off, which was really nice! I did use the shower gel alongside it too in the bath, which was amazing!

Okay so this next part has kind of resulted in a mini rant about Lush and the hipster standards they now seem to have set up for bath products. I read a couple of reviews on The Body Shop website for these bath bombs and urgh, I’m now raging.

Granted to Lush fans this ISN’T an exciting bath bomb and nor is it pigmented but for the price, what the fuck do you expect?! I’ve noticed a couple of people on The Body Shop website review the bath bombs and moan at how they’re nothing like Lush. Why do we always compare to them? They weren’t the first people to create bath bombs and they certainly won’t be the last. I honestly feel like there is nothing natural in their products half the time. I don’t want greasy butters in my bath bomb and nor do I want edible glitter. I just want a plain bath bomb that I can enjoy and not feel greasy or look/feel like Tinkerbell afterwards when she’s being shaken around. I do apologise for the mini rant, but I am sick and tired of the “standards” that Lush have set for bath products, when in all honesty they’re actually pretty shit and WAY OVER THE TOP.

Rant over. 😛

Overall my thoughts on The Body Shop Strawberry Bath Bomb is pretty awesome and for its size it really does pack a punch and all for just the sweet price of £1.50! This won’t break the bank at all! These are especially great for kids and teenagers to spend their pocket money on! You could buy all 3 scents for just £4.50, you’d pay more than that for just one bath bomb from Lush, as well as other bath product sellers.

Do yourself a favour and get to The Body Shop and pick some of these up! Which scent(s) would you like to try? Or have you already given them a go? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time all, take care and I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend.

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Tokyo Direct – The Place To Go For Japanese Goods!

I’m bringing you guys a pretty cool post today that I’ve been excited to write about since I received my goodies last week! As regular readers will know, I love anything to do with Japan, especially the food, games and anime and manga.

A while back Tokyo Direct followed me over on Twitter and mentioned to me how they were looking for bloggers and vloggers to talk about their brand and some of the stuff they sell. Months later I FINALLY got back to them about this and they agreed to send me some goodies in the post to talk about on my blog.

Tokyo Direct are a UK-based online shop that sell Japanese products and ship worldwide.

Tokyo Direct is founded in 2017 to bring amazing Japanese products directly from Japan to UK, Europe and worldwide. Our products are carefully selected by our Japanese staff and imported from Japan so that genuine products and trends in Japan are guaranteed to deliver to you.

I was so excited for what they were sending me and let me know what I would be expecting. They sent me some Japanese candy, as well as a sheet mask. I’ll be talking about them on this post of course!

The first thing I took out of the package is this sheet face mask!

  • Hadabisei 3D Mask Series in Ageing Care Whitening* – (link)

The first thing I want to mention about this product is that on the website they actually sell a box of 4, which is the item I’ve also linked in this post. So sadly if you only wanted to buy one, I don’t know if you could or not!

I noticed on the packaging that there isn’t any English on it, apart from a few little bits and pieces. This doesn’t matter though really as it’s fairly straight forward how you use a sheet mask, you know?

I was sent the ageing care whitening mask which contains highly pure vitamin C, which is said to help brighten your skin.

As of yet I haven’t given this face mask a go as I’m waiting for the right chance to use it, which will probably be during my week off work this month. I cannot wait to give this a go as I’m such a sucker for face masks to be honest with you, especially sheet masks on a warm evening!

The Japanese candy that I was sent are some old favourites of mine and I was happy to receive them!

  • Morinaga Hi-Chew Green Apple* – (link)
  • Morinaga Hi-Chew Grape* – (link)

I’m no going to sugar coat this when I say it, but to send a blogger stuff is amazing, absolutely amazing! But to send someone out of date stuff is pretty shocking. Sorry Tokyo Direct but whilst I’ll still eat these, it’s still pretty lame and it’s a tad disappointing.

I used to love Hi-Chew’s back in the day when I first discovered Japanese sweets and snacks and I would always make sure to pick up a tube of the grape flavour! I always buy these in my local Japanese supermarket if they have my favourite flavours too, which includes peach alongside grape.

Hi-Chew are fruity chew sweets and were first released in 1975. The sweets were created so that Japanese people could have an edible chewing gum which could be swallowed. This is because of the Japanese taboo against people taking food out of their mouth/

If you have never given Hi-Chew sweets a go then I HIGHLY recommend them, especially the strawberry and apple flavours, as I know so many people who love those flavours.

 

Also, the links above aren’t for single packets of the sweets, but actually for a pack of 12.

Overall I love my little blogger package that Tokyo Direct sent me, although very disappointed with being sent out of date products.

Would that put me off buying food products from them? Oh definitely and sadly I doubt I ever will due to that! I’d definitely love to try to order some of the beauty products from there in the future though, as well as the stationary items! I’ve already got my eyes peeled at some I’d love to pick up for work. 😛

I’ll pop all of Tokyo Direct’s links down below!

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

What do you guys think of Tokyo Direct? Would you order any of your Japanese goodies from them? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time all, take care and I hope you’re ready for the weekend.

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September Wish List ’18

Yay for September! As I mentioned on my previous post, I love September and it’s by far my favourite month of the year. However, whilst I have some goodies on this wish list that I would LOVE to buy, I’m actually intending to go on a spending ban this month. Anything I buy will be because I NEED it and not because I WANT it.

This is because I plan to go to London to see my friend Sophi closer to Christmas and I need monies for that of course! 😀

So this is definitely a wish list and not a, “Fuck it! I’ll buy it!” I hope you like this wish list though. 😛

  • New Look Navy and Red Check Tapered Trousers – (link)

I honestly don’t need anymore of these trousers but these are pretty nice and I can always do with more trousers for work, especially as the weather is getting cooler now. Is it sad though that one of the reasons I want these is because they remind me of the ones that Joker wears in Persona 5? HA! 😛 Yes I am a sad person. In all honesty though I love wearing these trousers for work and a recent pair I bought from New Look are so comfortable and definitely my favourites to wear.

  • Nintendo 3DS Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrith – (link)

I’m currently playing Persona 4: Golden and I LOVE that game! Although I don’t love the fact that my Phantom Thieves babies aren’t in it from Persona 5… Again, sad much?! Atlus recently announced that Persona Q2 would be coming out in Japan at the end of this year, so before we know it it’ll be out here in the UK too. I’ve been meaning to play the first Persona Q game but as of yet I haven’t. Soon as I’ve finished Persona 4: Golden, I’ll be buying this next! I’d love to get the actual game but it’s too expensive these days, especially when Nintendo eShop have it for the great price of £17.99. Whilst writing this blog post I’ve come down with a cold, so a part of me was so damn tempted to pick it up now, but meh I’ll be good. 😛

  • Funko Pop! Vinyl Spyro The Dragon & Sparx – (link)

I didn’t know that this Pop was coming out until I was writing my 7 games I’m excited for post recently. I found it on the GAME website when I was looking at Spyro Reignited on there and now I want it so badly! I don’t even know where I would keep it in my house, but it just looks adorable. I’d probably end up keeping it in my manga cupboard, or even by mine and Dane’s computer. I doubt I’ll buy it, but it sure will go on a Christmas list. 😛

  • Etsy TeanoSugar Persona 5 Joker Hard Enamel Pin – (link)

Urgh pin badges are kind of taking over my life and I am incredibly surprised that I haven’t ordered this yet… Again, I’m trying to be good! I have so many pin badges and sadly I can only wear one or two at a time. BUT this Joker pin badge is amazing and oh so perfect that eventually I will need it, no matter what! I’d wear this for work all the bloody time, as well as over the weekends on coats and hoodies. I would love to see Morgana and Ryuji made too and when I eventually order this pin, I’ll definitely ask the seller if they’ll be making anymore designs.

  • TeePublic Wezdesign Morgana Mona Persona 5 T-Shirt – (link)

Looking back at this wish list, I feel like half of it is Persona 5 related. Sorry guys that I’m a hardcore P5 fangirl! I could be worse. 😛 I remember seeing this print/design on Redbubble ages ago but it suddenly vanished and I don’t know why. The same design is no on TeePublic and it’s pretty adorable! I need more Morgana t-shirts in my life and whilst I do like this on a t-shirt, I’d love to get it on a sweater a little bit more. I refuse to buy anymore though… Again, Christmas list. 😛

  • The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Calming & Caring Bath Milk – (link)

This is the last item on this list and it’s definitely one I really wanted to buy at The Body Shop event I went to recently for Coventry bloggers. I thought I’d be good though but since then I’ve been thinking about it. I love a good bubble bath and since I’ve stopped buying Lush products I’m trying to find places that sell similar products for good prices. I am LOVING The Body Shop right now for bath related stuff! I recently tried one of their bath bombs and it was perfect, absolutely perfect. I really like the Almond Milk & Honey range and would love to give the bath milk a go, especially with winter coming up.

So there is my wish list for this month! I am planning not to buy anything from this list to be honest with you. I need to save my monies. 😛

What goodies do you have on your wish lists this month? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time though, take care guys and I hope you had an awesome weekend.

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August Favourites ’18

YAY it is finally September, my favourite month of the year! I can’t wait to get started thinking about all the awesome things that are happening this month. I liked August, but it just lasted a little too long for my liking.

August was also an exciting month and I can’t wait to talk about both that as well as what this month brings in a post very soon.

For now though, it’s time to talk about my favourites from August and considering how much of a blur last month was, I worry I won’t even remember any of my favourites. 😛

Here goes, enjoy!

  • The Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Foot Lotion.

I feel bad as I already know I’ll have two The Body Shop products mentioned on this post, but sod it! Clearly they’re doing something right. Anyway, after finishing off my L’Occitane foot cream I’ve now moved onto FINALLY using and finishing The Body Shop foot lotion. I really love this foot lotion and have done since I bought it many moons ago. It’s old, I know but it certainly still does the job. It’s got a lovely peppermint menthol scent to it and leaves my feet feeling cooled, smelling fresh and feeling smooth all day. I use this in the mornings before I head to work. You can still buy their cooling foot lotion, but it doesn’t seem to look the same as it used to. Mine is pink, whilst the newer version looks blue on the website. Either way, it’s amazing stuff!

  • Lime Crime Plushies in shade Gum Drop.

I’ve been so excited to mention on this product on my blog! I haven’t bought myself a lip product for absolute months now and in all honesty it’s due to how anxious I’ve been about wearing lipsticks. Not just that, but the effort of wearing it at work has also affected it. However, I really do miss wearing lipsticks and whilst I don’t wish to wear them everyday, I’d definitely like to wear them more often. I’ve had the shade Cherry Soda in my wish list folder for the longest time and decided to finally pick up that shade, as well as another. I’m so glad I opted on Gum Drop to be honest with you as out of the two, I feel like I’ve worn this one more. It’s such a me shade as it’s sheer berry shade and if there’s one shade I love, it’s berry. It reminds me a little of MAC Rebel, which is my favourite lipstick shade ever. I’ll be writing reviews on the Lime Crime Plushies soon, so keep eyes peeled for that!

  • Tesco Comfort Eye Drops.

This is such a random product to add to this list this month, BUT these eye drops were a life saver at the time of purchase. We’d headed to Coventry to see Dane’s parents for the afternoon, which was lovely but as we left and were on the way to theirs my one eye was incredibly dry and VERY sore. At one point I was even worried that I had an eye infection heading my way. I didn’t want to spend a fortune on eye drops but I needed something decent. These cost me less than £2.00 and they did such an amazing job. I don’t feel like they’ve done anything dramatic for my eyes, but they definitely make my eyes feel better, especially whenever hayfever was around in August! It’s made me realise that I need eye drops in my daily routine now.

  • The Body Shop Passionberry Lip Balm.

I picked this lip balm up a couple of months back, as whilst I don’t need anymore lip balms in my life, I always end up buying more. In all fairness I get through my Vaseline tins quite quickly, especially when I’m using them at work all day! Since my lips haven’t broken out and been gross and infected for almost a year now, I feel more comfortable with wearing coloured lip balms! I picked up two of these, but the one I was after the most was this purple shade in passionberry. Oh my it smells divine and is a really thick lip balm too. I feel like this really nourishes my lips and feels more like a gel butter instead of a balm. I also picked up strawberry, which is a gorgeous red shade. I know for a fact I’ll be wearing these loads throughout autumn and winter during work, as well as out on the go.

  • Lush Plum Rain Shower Gel.

I’ve only recently been using this shower gel after owning it for about 2 or 3 months! My manager actually bought it for me as a belated birthday present, which was incredibly sweet! I remember her saying, “I went in to get Snow Fairy as you said how much you love it. But seeing as they didn’t have that, I got this for you instead.” How cute is my manager?! This shower gel is one I wanted to try from Lush when it first came out. Although I probably won’t pick it up in the future, I am definitely loving using it! It’s a gorgeous dark purple colour (which is my favourite colour) and foams up so well from just a little bit of product. It also smells amazing, just like plums! It reminds me of Christmas to be honest and this is purely down to The Body Shop plum shower gel they had out for a few years.

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

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Favourite TV Show – Attack on Titan Season 3.

I feel like I mentioned this recently… But in all honestly I don’t recall at all talking about season 3 of Attack on Titan! It’s been out for quite a few weeks now and me and Dane watch it every Sunday morning/afternoon on Crunchyroll. As each season has aired and played, the story has just gotten so much better. I am for sure loving season 3, as so much is coming out and it is AMAZING! Dane already knows what’s happening as he’s up to date with the manga. There have already been some awesome scenes and massive pieces of information coming out, especially in last weeks episode. However, I’m not going to talk about this here though so I don’t spoil anything for anyone. BUT if you have always wanted to watch Attack on Titan, I honestly tell you to go and do it and if you want a new manga to read, go and read the manga too. 😛

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Favourite Film – A Quiet Place.

Me and Dane watched this recently over the August bank holiday and oh man I WISH so badly that we had gone to the cinema to watch it. It’s stars and is directed by John Kransinski and his co star Emily Blunt is also his wife! I learnt this whilst watching it, which was pretty awesome. It’s basically about some alien style creaters that come to earth and if you make a sound the aliens will hear you and kill you. The film is CONSTANTLY on the go and keeping you on the edge of your seat. Me and Dane felt so tense throughout the movie in our living room, so God knows how we’d have felt if we were in the cinema! We didn’t buy this, we rented it but I would have happilly paid for this, it’s such a great film. I heard a few days after watching this that they’re already planning for a second one, which I’ll definitely go and see in the cinema.

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Favourite Book – Persona 4.

I saw my best friend Gabriella for her birthday in August and we had such a lovely girly day together! I had her birthday presents with me and she had my belated birthday presents with her! She bought me an amazing Persona 5 Morgana t-shirt as well as Persona 4 Vol. 1 manga! I’ve been meaning to pick it up for ages now but just not got around to it just yet. I’ve already read it and I loved it so much, far more than Persona 3! Persona 3 Vol. 1 before the shit out of me, but Persona 4 has left me wanting more and I can’t wait to pick up the next one(s) already. Such an amazing present, thanks again Gab! 😀

Favourite Song/Album/Artist – Radio Bam and Hoobastank – The Reason.

So I’ve popped Radio Bam on here this month as I’ve been doing nothing but listening to full Radio Bam episodes most of this month. On and off over the past 10 years I’ve been listening to Radio Bam and I always end up stop listening as I just get bored of it, or I just can’t be arsed with it. Thanks to YouTube and someone uploading all the episodes to their channel and playlist I can keep up with what episodes I’ve listening to. I also love listening to Radio Bam whilst I do blog work, get ready in the morning before work and when I wine down in the evenings. I wish I could get the episodes on my phone or iPod so I can listen to the podcasts on my way to and from work.

Alongside Radio Bam I decided to add Hoobastank – The Reason as I forgot about this song existing! I remember when it came out in 2004. I would have been 14 when this came out and DEEP in my skater phase, with my emo one just around the corner. I remember it would come on KERRANG! all the time, both the radio as well as the music channel and I didn’t really like it much as the video confused the hell out of me. It randomly popped up on my recommendations recently on YouTube and I gave it a listen. Now I’m in love with it and intrigued to check out the rest of Hoobastank’s music.

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Favourite Game – Viscera Cleanup.

Over the bank holiday in August me and Dane ended up buying this game and played it together on the Sunday and Monday and it was so much fun. I understand why it got so much hype when it first came out and even now! Basically some weird murder sprees have occured in work style places and it’s your job to clean up all the blood, guts, body parts, etc. We’ve played a couple of levels but the one that broke us both was the Christmas one where Father Christmas has gone on a mass murder of all his elves and reindeer. The funniest part was we would find TNT all over the place and it would constantly blow us up without even realising. It was hilarious and crazy all at the same time. I definitely recommend you watch people play it if your PC or laptop isn’t powerful enough to play it. Oh man, it’s hilarious!

Wow this post feels like it took forever and to be fair it really did… But I have a reason why!

I might have bought myself a new laptop to be honest with you… 😛 So my day was starting this post, stopping to look at laptops, ordering the laptop to pick up, going to pay and pick it up, setting it up at home, having dinner and FINALLY finishing off this post!

If I get the chance too I’ll definitely talk more about my laptop in the future. I just wanted something new and lighter. I’m already so happy with my decision to buy this and the past 10 months of saving for this has been totally worth it!

Anyway, what were your favourites from August? 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 weekend!

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Coventry Bloggers – The Body Shop Event

Oh man I have been M.I.A. this past week and I am so sorry! I’ve been a mixture of poorly and too busy with personal life to do any blog work.

FINALLY THOUGH I am here and I am talking about an amazing blogger event I attended last Friday, which the gorgeous Emily over at Drained Beauty organised.

As the title reads, this was for the Coventry Bloggers community, which I’m proud to be a part of! I know, I’m not from Coventry BUT Dane is so we both visit the area regularly.

I was so excited for the event and made sure to leave work early so I could get to the event in good time. This is my first (and hopefully not last!) blogger event of 2018, so I couldn’t wait for 4pm to hit so I could leave work and make my way to Coventry.

Can I just say, the weather was so shit as I got off of the train in Coventry, it was chucking it down so I legged it from the station to the town centre. Thankfully it wasn’t raining on my way home, even though I’d bought an umbrella as soon as I got to Primark. MEH!

Anyway! I got to the event with about 15-20 minutes to spare and got to meet the lovely ladies who would be attending the event. I just want to say, the Coventry blogger babes who were at the event are by far some of the nicest I have ever met! I’ve been to many events in the past and whilst I’ve met some absolute beauts, they weren’t as friendly and chatty as the girls were last week.

Not only were the bloggers at the event lovely, but the two members of staff were also amazing. They were approachable throughout the event about all sorts and were thorough whenever they were talking about certain products. So thank you so much girls for holding an amazing event!

Right, onto the event itself now! I’ll be talking about all the new products we heard about, as well as what I got in my cute little goodie bag and what I bought.

The event itself worked out that we would have a nose around the shop, talk amongst ourselves, to one another and the staff all whilst trying certain products.

The first new product we were shown and told about is the limited edition banana range! I’ve already spoken about this on my blog and even reviewed the body yogurt (which you can read here).

Although The Body Shop has banana hair care in their permanent range, the body care is sadly only limited edition and I assume will be around until the Christmas stock is out. I’ll be sad when it goes, especially the body butter and body yogurt.



In the range there’s three items shower cream, body butter and body yogurt. The girls were telling us how banana is great for dry skin due to how rich in potassium they are. This helps to repair and hydrate dry and damaged skin. After hearing about the banana range and how amazing it is, we were offered demonstrations with both the body butter and body yogurt. I would have had a go, but I already own the whole range so I already know how amazing it is!

Before the next demonstration and talk went ahead on another new product, we were left to take ALL THE SELFIES with the banana range! I did a couple myself with two of my favourite products from the range. I cannot tell you how amazing the banana range is and I swear we all need to get a petition started for The Body Shop to keep it forever!

The next products we heard about were new face products that The Body Shop have in stock, as well as some old favourites that not many people know about. The first item we heard about is their liquid peels and they showed us the Vitamin C Glow Revealing Liquid PeelDrops of Youth Youth Liquid Peel and Drops of Light Liquid Peel. I had a go with the latter and it is pretty cool and yet gross all at the same time!

Sadly I didn’t get any pictures of the demonstration I had on the back of my hand, but I’ve used liquid peels in the past by Korean brands. It’s a gel consistency and the more you rub onto your skin the more it works on the skin to gently peel away any dead skin. It’s gross and satisfying seeing all the gunk that rubs off of your skin! I love using my Korean one once to twice a week and I honestly plan to buy The Body Shop one in the future! This leaves your skin looking and feeling fresh, as well as brighter. I love how there’s the two different liquid peels to choose from. I tried the Drops of Light, but I’m 30 soon so I need the Drops of Youth one me thinks.

Alongside the liquid peels, the girls were also telling us about the new face mask to join The Body Shop’s growing collection! We heard about a couple of the face masks, but the newest member of the family is Mediterranean Almond Milk With Oats Instant Soothing Face Mask.

This face mask is designed for people with sensitive skin and is 100% vegan! This face mask also acts as an exfoliating face mask and reminded me of porridge when I looked at it inside the jar. It helps dry and sensitive skin from feeling tight and itchy, all whilst gently exfoliating your skin to leave you with smooth hydrated skin! I don’t know about you guys, but this is very much needed throughout the winter months, so this will be great to dig out whilst having a hot bath as the weather gets cooler.

I gave this a go in store on the back of my hand and it felt so gentle and the sort of product you would use in a spa. I know one of my friends definitely wants to give it a go after I showed it her, due to the sensitive skin idea! There is nothing worse than having sensitive skin and not being able to use face masks due to that.

The other face mask that the girls were talking about is the Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask. I’ve wanted to try this since it came out and I had a little look at this face mask on the back of my hand, which felt amazing! I definitely need to give this a go in the future, especially as autumn and winter will be here before we know it.

After we gave the face products a go that the girls spoke about, they were showing us this box with loads of things inside of jars that you can look at. Each jar explains what the item is inside and where it has come from in the world. They also have the cards which explain where EVERYTHING comes from that goes into our products, which I think is amazing! If you visit the Coventry store the girls told me you can ask to see this box and honestly have a look when looking at certain products! It’s really interesting to see where they come from.

BUT an awesome fact one of the girls told me has really stuck with me since then and I’ve been sharing it with everyone I know! Basically Hartley’s sell seedless strawberry jam. Someone at The Body Shop knew this face and asked Hartley’s what they do with the seeds. I can’t remember what Hartley’s said but now they give the seeds to The Body Shop, which goes into their Strawberry Softening Body Polish. How cool is that fact though?!

After that we again got to have a little look around the shop, give the face products a test and take lots of pictures! I went around the bath products and had a nose at what The Body Shop has to offer. I’ve bought some of the bath bombs and bubble bars to try and so far I’ve tried the strawberry one, which I’ll also be reviewing VERY soon!

The last products that the girls told us about were make up related and sadly I didn’t get any pictures of the girls talking about these. I can of course fill you in on what new products we were told about.

The girls were talking about the new Matte Clay Powers that have recently launched, which come in six different shades. Sadly I don’t wear make up like this so these didn’t interest me in the slightest! They look pretty good for the price though and I’m sure they give good coverage too.

Then we were told about the new lipsticks that have recently come into store. I feel bad that I can’t remember for the life of me what they’re called and I can’t seem to find them on their website! They’re matte style lipsticks but with shine and comfort that a matte lipstick doesn’t bring with it. They came in a lovely variety of colours, with mostly nudes, pinks and reds! I sadly didn’t give them a go as I didn’t want to end up buying loads of lipsticks. 😛

However, I did give their Shine Lip Liquid’s a go as the holographic style packing was bringing out the magpie in me!

One of the exciting things we learnt about from The Body Shop girls is that The Body Shop is rolling out 3 for 2 in some stores right now, including the Coventry store as a trial run. This 3 for 2 applies to pretty much everything in the store and will enable people to try all sorts of different products! The 3 for 2 works like most offers of the same name, you pick up 3 products and you get the cheapest free!

 

Sadly I didn’t make the most of this promotion as I’m trying to be good, but I did end up buying one of the Shine Lip Liquid’s, which I have fallen madly in love with and worn ever since buying. I’ll definitely be reviewing this in the future! I picked up Blueberry Chew, which is a gorgeous pink with blue tones and shimmer. It’s definitely a lip gloss. These come in nine different shades, some shimmery and some normal. I would love to pick up more of these in the future!

Then it was time to grab my goodie bag and make my way back to Birmingham. I ended the evening buying 20 chicken nuggets from McDonald’s and going around the local area playing Pokemon GO. Oh how the other half live. 😛

I thought I’d show you guys what I got in my goodie bag as it’s so lovely and perfect for myself. I did want to give some of the products in here a go before writing this post, but sadly I just haven’t had time to. Hopefully in the future I can give them a go and give a proper review!

First of all I’ll show you guys the gorgeous cosmetic bag* I got in my goodie bag! It’s a black bag covered in pink bunnies, writing which says, “Forever Against Animal Testing” and The Body Shop logo.

Inside the pouch are three products, a full size bottle of Strawberry Shower Gel*, a full size tube of Almond Milk & Honey Calming & Protecting Hand Cream* and a travel size bottle of Banana Truly Nourishing Shampoo*.

I’ve used the Strawberry shower gel for about 20 years now and it’s always a fond favourite to have in my shower. Dane loves it so much that he bought 2 massive pump bottles in the sale! So this will go down a treat in my bathroom.

I’ve grown to love the Almond Milk & Honey range SO MUCH recently and I especially love the hand cream. Sadly however it doesn’t do as much for my hands as it could and should. This being said I still use it and use it daily at work.

Finally the banana shampoo has been a love/hate product of mine and Dane’s since we started dating. One minute I love it and what it does for my hair and the next I feel a bit meh about it. Mostly because you pay quite a lot for the product and I don’t feel the price is worth what it does. Sorry The Body Shop! Dane loves it though and these little travel bottles are handy for have for weekends away.

The other goodies I got in my bag came in this cute little pink and white polka dot paper bag. Inside there are loads of little samples, including the Japanese Matcha tea Pollution Clearing Mask*, Mediterranean Almond Milk With Oats Instant Soothing Mask* Vitamin C Glow Revealing Liquid Peel*, Banana Shower Cream* and finally the Banana Body Yogurt*.

I honestly cannot wait to give the liquid peel and the matcha face mask a go over the weekend! I plan to have a proper pamper day on Sunday and these two will be used in that regime. 😛

As I mentioned I bought the Shine Lip Liquid in the shade Blueberry Chew and thanks to my £5 discount voucher, I managed to bag it for £2! Bargain!!! I honestly can’t wait to review this on my blog.

Overall I LOVED this The Body Shop event and I cannot wait to attend more Coventry Bloggers events in the future. Again I want to say a massive thank you to Emily for hosting the event, as well as allowing my brummy self to attend. 😛

I’m going to pop the Coventry The Body Shop Instagram down below, make sure to go and check them out and let the know I said hi! 😀

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What do you guys think to some of the newbies that The Body Shop are bringing out? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time all, take care and I hope you’re ready for the weekend.

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