Etch and Pin – Coventry Inspired Pin Badges*

As regular readers will know, I am a massive pin badge collector and it’s something that only really took off towards the middle of the year! Either way I love pin badges, especially sharing new and unique designs I’ve discovered.

I recently became a part of the Coventry Bloggers community, which I adore and love so much! Dane is from Coventry so whilst I’m not originally from there and don’t live there, I do visit there quite often for various reasons. I love visited there for friends and Dane’s family, as well as to be a part of the blogging community.

I heard about Etch & Pin through the Coventry bloggers and was offered to review October’s pin badge. I couldn’t turn it down after seeing the previous designs and knew I’d love to talk about it. The pin didn’t take long to arrive at all, a few days at least! I’m just so excited to talk about this pin, as well as the owner and brand themselves.

Aaron Ashmore, owner of Etch & Pin, with the It's a Batch pin badge

Image taken from Coventry Telegraph

Back in July this year Aaron Ashmore the guy behind Etch & Pin decided it was time to release a pin badge that all people from Coventry could relate to!

I remember not long after me and Dane had made it official we were out shopping in Morrisons for some bits and pieces, when he turned to me and said, “Hey Nat? Shall we get some batches to have for dinner?”

My response? “A batch of what?”

It was pretty funny at the time and I’ll never forget it. It pissed me off at first as to me in Birmingham we say bread roll, cob or bun. Batch appears to be a Coventry thing. Since us living together I now say batch as I’m just used to it.

So when I saw that there was a batch pin badge, I got pretty excited!

The ‘Its a Batch’ pin badge came out in July and sold 75% of stock within the first few days! Aaron said to the Coventry Telegraph back in July, “It’s always a bit nervy starting something new like this but we had a really positive reaction. We had to go and order some more.”

Every badge that is sold a £1 will be donated to a different Coventry charity each month. A proportion of the proceed from the ‘It’s a Batch’ badge sales were donated to the Coventry Myton Hospice.

Three months on and Etch & Pin is booming and doing really well! Each pin badge that is released had celebrated one of the city’s landmarks. Aaron said to the Coventry Telegraph, “Collectable pin badges have had a resurgence in the past couple of years and we are hoping that the people of Coventry will wear our pins as a badge of honour showing how proud they are of our city. Our badges are made by Coventry people, for Coventry people.”

I think this is so lovely and amazing how it isn’t just pin badges about Coventry, but it’s completely to do with Coventry. I don’t feel like this happens much anymore and it’s just great, especially as Coventry won the UK City of Culture 2021 nearly a year ago.

As I mentioned before, a new badge will be released each month, however they are limited edition and are only available the month they’re released.

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July was It’s a Batch, which is now sold out (unsurprisingly!) but you can pick up the It’s a Batch fridge magnet*, which was attached to the pin badge I was sent.

Image taken from the Coventry Telegraph

August was Coventry Ring Road, which is still available to buy.

Our badge celebrates the Coventry Ring Road and looks to show that being ‘sent to Coventry’ is something to be proud of.  We are also proud that £1 of every badge sold will be donated to a different local charity each month. The donation in August will be made to Free Radio’s Cash for Kids.

September was Three Spires, which is also still available to buy.

The September #covpinclub badge is our take on the three spires that dominate the Coventry skyline. As with every Cov Pin Club badge, £1 from every badge sold is donated to a Coventry charity! The charity we are partnering with in September is YMCA Coventry and Warwickshire who support local young people with accommodation, advice, guidance and training.

Finally we have this months pin badge for October which is Lady Godiva*, of course this is available to buy now. This is the pin badge I’ve been sent to talk about today.

The fourth Coventry Pin Club pin badge celebrates the Coventry figure that is perhaps best-known around the world, Lady Godiva. £1 from every Lady Godiva badge sold in October is donated to Shine A Light Support Service who support families in Coventry and Warwickshire who are affected by childhood cancer. An exceptionally worthy cause, I’m sure you’ll agree!

Like the batch, I have a fond memory of my first time in Coventry town centre with Dane when we went on one of our first shopping trips together. I’d been in Coventry a couple of times before we’d met, but I never knew about the Godiva clock in Coventry’s Broadgate House. Dane asked me if I’d ever seen her pop out before.

“What naked lady?” I asked.

“Well it’s nearly midday so we’ll stand here and wait for her to come out.” Dane said. We waited for the couple of minutes in the light rain for the naked Lady Godiva to pop out, but that day she never did.

We tried a couple of times to see her, but we never really got to. Dane Googled about it whilst I was writing this post and apparently it broke 7 months ago, so if you’ve tried to see it recently and it hasn’t work, that’s why.

Instead of waiting for it one day whilst in town, we had a look on YouTube instead. It’s interesting enough and I get why Dane wanted me to see it.

So when I was sent the Lady Godiva pin, it did have a very special memory behind it for myself, which I feel is something that Aaron wanted to bring to his designs! I feel if you’re from Coventry or have lived there for a long time you’ll definitely love these pin designs and they’ll have a fond place in your hearts as well a provoke memories for you. They definitely remind me of when me and Dane first became a couple and although I’ll never move to Coventry, the place does have some amazing memories for me.

The pin badge itself is limited edition and I have number 67. I love that each pin has its own number, it makes it feel more limited and special. The pin is a nice size and isn’t anything big and obnoxious (like my pin badges usually are! :P) which I really like. I feel like it means anyone can wear them from children to the elderly.

The pin badge comes with a blue rubber back, which are my favourites! I hate those silver squeeze lock backs, I feel like they don’t hold pins properly.

I have to say for the size, the quality and fine details of the pin badge are AMAZING! You get the detail of the horse and Lady Godiva perfectly.

It’s a really lightweight pin, which I really like too. I’m used to bigger pins, which sometimes weigh a little more. Again, this will make it perfect to pin on anything for anyone of any age.

Every pin badge that Etch & Pin have released to date all remind me of Coventry and spark certain memories, which I love so much! I especially love that profits from these pins are donated to all sorts of Coventry based charities, it’s absolutely amazing and Aaron is doing such an amazing thing.

I feel like this is too nice to wear to be honest with you and due to it being limited edition I think it will stay on my pin flag alongside my other pins.

With Christmas looming I would love to pick some of these up for Dane’s family, including his mom and gran as I find these will make lovely gifts for people from Coventry, especially people who collect pin badges.

I mentioned how I was also sent the It’s a Batch fridge magnet and as soon as I opened the package and saw it tucked by the pin badge, it went straight onto my fridge! I’m not a massive fridge magnet person, but I have a couple from Fuerteventura (my second home) and now I have Coventry on there, which of course is where Dane is originally from.

Overall I love Etch & Pin’s designs. Although they personally don’t remind me of home (due to the fact I’m a dirty Brummy…) they do remind me of Dane and his home, as well as the memories we shared together when we first got together. These pin badges really are something special and they’ve clearly had a lot of love and care put into them by Aaron. The fact they give to the members of Coventry, as well as Coventry charities is wonderful and I wish more people would do stuff like this.

If you like what Etch & Pin do, make sure to check out their Etsy store, as well as their social media, which I’ll link down below!

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Interview with Coventry Telegraph about It’s a Batch pin badge

Internet with Coventry Telegraph about Ring Road pin badge

What do you think of Etch & Pin? Are you from Coventry, and if so would you pick up these limited edition pins? Have you learnt a little something about Coventry if you aren’t from there? Make sure to let me know all your thoughts about these amazing pins in the comments down below!

Until next time though, take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely week so far!

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May Wish List ’17

I swear this months wish list should be called “holographic/metallic wish list!” as most of the items on here are just that. That and holiday related items too. As I mentioned in one of my posts recently, me and Dane are going on holiday this year which is super exciting! I didn’t mean to find so much holographic and holiday related stuff to be honest… I kind of just ended up stumbling upon stuff out of boredom last week… Oops! 😛 Oh well, it makes for some reading today for you guys. ^_^

  • New Look Turquoise Metallic Lattice Longline Bikini Top – £16.99 (link)
  • New Look Turquoise Metallic Tie Side Bikini Bottoms – £12.99 (link)

I discovered this bikini recently through a Google search whilst looking for holographic/metallic bikinis. I don’t really need a new bikini but I wouldn’t mind picking up a new one for my holiday in September. This is gorgeous and is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before to be honest. Not only does the design of this look unique and have a grunge style to it (which I LOVE!) but it’s also a beautiful turquoise metallic colour which is the perfect holiday and beach colour. Although this is gorgeous and probably my perfect bikini for Fuerteventura it’s kind of impractical for sunbathing in due to the lattice design. Due to this I’d probably use this mostly for popping down to the beach and on very hot days to the shops. Of course I would pick up both the top and bottoms. I’ll definitely be buying these on payday next week so I don’t miss out the chance of getting them!

  • Your Lie in April Part 2 Limited Edition Blu-ray – £44.99 (link)

I LOVE Your Lie in April and especially around the start of the year when I first started watching the anime series, as well as reading the manga. Since then I’ve finished the manga and been awaiting part 2 of the blu-ray to come out and be added to my collection. I haven’t actually finished watching the anime yet as I wanted to binge watch it all on the blu-rays with Dane, so of course I am really excited to be able to finally do this!

  • New Look Silver Holographic Mini Backpack – £17.99 (link)

I don’t NEEEEED a new backpack but it never hurts to add a new addition to your collection… Does it? I’ve owned backpacks similar to this from New Look before and they’re definitely some of the best ones I’ve owned to be honest. They’re comfortable, look great and are a bargain for how much wear you get from them. I really am on a holographic kick at the moment, like a holographic magpie so I couldn’t help but eye up this backpack. I’d love to try and pick it up in the sale (if it goes into sale obviously) before I go on holiday, but we’ll see what happens. I’d want to try and cutesy this bag up by popping a couple of badges on it and some cute Japanese gatchapon keyrings.

  • Truffle Collection Truffle Flatform Holographic Sliders – £14.00 (link)

Again I was looking for some holiday ideas and the first thing I thought to search for was (yet again!) holographic themed items. I found this flatform sandals and I’m unsure what I think of them to be honest. I don’t love them enough to buy them as soon as possible for the holiday, but I don’t know if I hate them enough to not warrant myself buying them at all. I would love another pair of shoes to take with me to wear around the house, to the beach and in the evenings as something light but I have my flip flops to do that. I’m definitely more of a Vans slip on trainer and flip flop girl when it comes to going to Fuerteventura. If these went to a dirt cheap price I’d definitely pick them up as they’d be great to wear casual in the day and dressed up in the evening a little. I think what puts me off the most is that they’re white. Black would have been SOOOO much better!

  • Forever 21 Holographic Windbreaker Jacket – £24.00 (link)

When I saw this jacket it just reminded me of the 90’s and of the style of jackets my mom and brother used to wear… But not holographic obviously. 😛 For the final time on this blog post I’ll be talking about something holographic… I do apologise about how much stuff there is on here that’s either that or metallic. Again due to the holiday I was having a look around to see what else I could find on Forever 21’s website to buy in the future and this jacket looks cool! I’d want to pick it up to wear over the summer, as well as for the holiday. As cool as the turquoise colour is I don’t know if the jacket itself would look good or even feel comfortable. I’d want to go in store and have a look at this first before buying it, or at least read a handful of reviews.

  • Good Smile Company K-ON! Yui Hirasawa Nendoroid – Prices vary depending where you buy.

Finally we come to the last item on this list and it’s one that me and Dane both want to try and find next month! We were really naughty this month Nendoroid wise and bought quite a lot in one go. We’re part of a Nendoroid group on Facebook and someone on there was selling all of her K-ON! collection so erm… We bought all of the ones we needed. We picked up four out of five she was selling which means the only girl we need now is Yuki! She’s the main character of K-ON! and is Dane’s favourite character. We’ll try and keep our eyes peeled for someone else on that group to sell a Yui Nendoroid or we’ll end up buying a new or second hand one from Japan. These Nendoroid figures came out years ago, not long after they started being made so they’re not as easy to get a hold of now, but this being said they’re cheaper.

So that’s my wish list for this month! I really need to stop spending money now and put it in savings to have towards the holiday. I don’t really want anymore manga at the moment so I’ll definitely be saving money not buying those. I’ll also be saving money not buying much else too because besides the stuff on this list I don’t want anything. 😛

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

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

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Lush Bubbly Shower Gel – Review

I want to start off this review by saying that I haven’t loved a Christmas product by Lush since I discovered Snow Fairy about 7 years ago! As well as the Yog Nog scent a couple of years ago when it first emerged. I was gutted when Lush decided not to bring back the Yog Nog soap and bath bomb but I am so glad they replaced the scent with something just as yummy, Bubbly shower gel.

Lush describe this as:

A bucks fizz breakfast boost packed full of sweet orange oil and fresh grape juice to help your morning go off with a bang, or should that be pop?

To be honest I can’t make the connection with it being like bucks fizz… I can understand why it would be great for in the morning as it is so refreshing and one I use when I do really early shifts for work in the morning to wake me up! It contains both orange and lime oils so it’s a lovely citrus smelling shower gel. It reminds me of something you would pick up and use in the summer months or during a summer holiday, but this is perfect to use to perk you up on dull mornings and days in general really!

I picked this shower gel up last month when I attended the Coventry bbloggers event and I wish I had been really naughty now and picked up a bigger bottle! I nearly bought a 1kg bottle in London from Oxford Street but I was good! I picked up the little 100g bottle for £4.95 but online (and in most stores I’m sure) you can pick up the medium 250g bottle for £9.95 or the large 500g bottle for £16.50. I’m not sure how much the 1kg bottle costs.

The first thing I heard about Bubbly is how it reminds people of the Celebrate scent with its gorgeous oranges and lemon smell. It’s a lovely orange colour too. I personally think it shares its scent with Golden Wonder bath bomb which is one of my favourites! It’s has quite a thick consistency to it which I rather like as it means a little bit goes a long way and the bubbles and lather it creates are wonderful.

I teamed this up with my Golden Wonder in the bath recently and it was amazing! I used Bubbly as both a bubble bath and as a shower gel and I felt so refreshed and clean afterwards.

It leaves your skin feeling lovely and soft and lightly scented with its orange and lemon smell. I love using it when I’m going out for the day as people always comment that they can smell it lingering. LOVE IT! Due to this I especially love to use it before bed. It’s great getting under the duvet and getting a gentle waft of Bubbly.

I would say if Snow Fairy is too sweet for you and Rose Jam is too floral, then you will LOVE Bubbly! I don’t think I’ve met anyone yet who has said they’re not a fan of this new Christmas edition… If Lush don’t bring it back next year I will be gobsmacked as it is amazing! It’s a shame there isn’t any gold shimmer/glitter in it really as it would be perfect.

I definitely have the largest bottles of this on my wish list (alongside Snow Fairy of course!) and I plan to pick up loads in the sale as I will use this alllllll over the summer.

I don’t really have much more to say about Bubbly apart from that is is a perfect staple, especially if you need a pick me up on the cold mornings that are looming.

What do you think of Bubbly shower gel? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time take care all and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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Build-A-Bear Eevee

At the start of September I made a very big purchase and a somewhat childish one at that. but you know what? I think everyone has been buying this plushie since its release and I’m sure you can tell from the title that it’s Pokemon related.

As soon as Pokeshopper announced that Build-A-Bear would be releasing an Eevee plushie everyone went crazy! It wasn’t meant to come out for ages but due to everyone’s excitement for Eevee Build-A-Bear were good enough to release it sooner, at the start of September.

I was going to order mine as soon as it was released but I took the risk of it still being for sale later that day and sadly it had sold out. I was gutted as were other people like myself. I wanted the limited edition version online (link here), that came with certain pieces you could only get with ordering online.

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These were also out in some stores across the UK, but I know at the time of writing this post one of my local stores isn’t stocking Eevee yet… I don’t know why. I’m sure it’ll be in stock soon!

So when these finally came back online I made sure to order one! I had to wait a couple of days for it to arrive and it was delivered the day both me and Dane were at work, so I had to wait until my day off the next day to go and pick it up.

It was totally worth the wait! I felt like a little kid at Christmas when I went to pick this up with Dane and happily carried around the box it was inside.

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When we finally got home after running some errands I was finally able to open my Eevee and it really is amazing.

Ordering online isn’t the same as going into a store and making it yourself and a part of me was saddened about that, but at the same time I was relieved. I get very anxious in Build-A-Bear as I feel like I shouldn’t be in there. I know that people my age and older buy and make Build-A-Bear’s all the time… But I guess I just feel out of place and don’t get the experience there that I used to get when I was younger.

This isn’t so much of a review by the way, more me just showing you the little cutie I got and the exclusive goodies you get with it. I will warn you though this post is going to be picture heavy!

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You get five things with the exclusive set online, your Eevee plushie, a Pokeball sleeper, an Eevee Pokemon Trading Card exclusive to Build-A-Bear, a sound box with 5 Eevee sounds on it (I think this is only available online…) and the Eeveelutions cape which is only available online in this set.

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The set itself wasn’t cheap at £48.50 to be honest but to me it was worth it and has been my September treat.

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This has been a really nice edition to the house and is something I find myself snuggling with on the sofa when me and Dane are watching a movie, or when I’m doing blog work and playing games. I know I sound like a huge kid saying that but I’m weird I like to have something to snuggle into. I put this down to the way I hunch over on myself. I guess having the Eevee to snuggle against stops me from hunching as much as I should.

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As well as that Dane had to do a night shift recently and I was on my own for the first time in the house, which frightened me a lot. It was nice to have the Eevee to snuggle against whilst I attempted to sleep. Also after watching an alien themed horror movie lately I ended up having night terrors and even though Dane was there it didn’t help. The Eevee did somewhat however. I should write a post about how I get night terrors from alien horror movies… Maybe someday. 😛

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ANYWAY! The outfits for Eevee are very cute and have obviously been thought of quite a bit… Personally I would have thought Build-A-Bear would have played with the idea of all the Eeveelutions becoming onesies that you can dress the Eevee up in. I would have wanted to buy them all to be honest. 😛 The cape doesn’t really make up for it in that sense, but the cape is gorgeous and soft! I won’t be using it for the Eevee much as it seems to nice. My Eevee currently has the sleeper on, which is lovely and soft and looks really nice. I don’t like the hood up on it myself as I think it hides how cute its face is.

The voice box Eevee comes with is amazing, but I am rather disappointed that it has the English voices for Eevee as I kind of wanted the Japanese ones. The Japanese name for Eevee is Eievui by the way! I’ve put a video above of how I kind of expected it to sound. Either way I am really happy with it.

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The plushie itself is beautiful and everything that I wanted from it. It’s a soft material with feels relaxing to touch and nice to snuggle up to. With ordering online I didn’t get a choice about how soft or hard I wanted it to be stuffed but they did an amazing job as it feels perfect to me. Of course in store you can have it however you want. The fluff around Eevee’s next is soft and fluffy too. A lot of people are complaining that the tail should have matched the neck. I don’t really mind the way it’s been designed to be honest. I think Build-A-Bear did an amazing job! Due to how soft and relaxing it feels to touch and stroke it I think this will be a great toy for children with anxiety or forms of autism, due to the sensory feel of it. I know it helped with my anxiety whilst I was on my own in the house and during my night terrors.

Before getting my Eevee in the post I was going all over YouTube to see what peoples experiences had been with making theirs, as well as any reviews they may have done. I found one where the girl was offered a scent inside of her Eevee. If I had of known about this I may have gotten something inside of mine. Probably lavender to relax me. It was a shame to find out I wasn’t offered this when ordering online. I think they should be encouraging it really like they do in store, the same goes with the beating heartbeat too as I may have gotten that also.

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Something I am a bit bleh about with my Eevee is that there is a taught piece of string on one of its hind legs that feels horrible when you touch it. I don’t have a clue what to do with it. I’m hoping to take my Eevee to a Build-A-Bear store with me today to see if I can get it fixed. I could probably do it myself but for what I paid I shouldn’t have to. Also I don’t want to worry that I damage my Eevee, as it wasn’t exactly cheap.

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Other than that I am extremely happy with my Eevee. I haven’t got a name for it yet, so we’ll probably just stick with calling it Eevee to be honest. I know a lot of people have named theirs. I am crap with names, I really am!

If you are a huge Pokemon nerd like I am then this is right up your street and if you haven’t bought one already, THEN WHY NOT?! I have heard and been told that these cost £21 in store, with the Pokeball sleeper costing £10. I don’t know for sure if the voice box is available in store but if it is it’ll cost you £6.50.

These will also make a great addition for children if they love Pokemon, especially Eevee. It’s a cute Pokemon at the end of the day!

One thing I hope that Build-A-Bear do is play with the Pokemon theme for a while. I’d love to see the original three starters for sale and also Mew! I would snap Mew up in a heartbeat to be honest. A part of me wants to buy Pikachu now so I have both of the Pokemon plushies, but I’m not all that fussed. I actually love my Eevee so much and I’m so pleased that I bought it!

What do you think about the Eevee Build-A-Bear? Do you like it? Have you already ordered one online or been into a store to build it? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time take care all and I hope you all have an awesome weekend.

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Lush Halloween 2016

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As most Lushies will know the Halloween and Christmas collection for 2016 leaked recently on Instagram and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t excited for all the goodies heading our way!

There are quite a few products that I am sad to see not return, but all the same I am excited for some new goodies that we will be getting. The most disappointing is that Lush aren’t bringing back Yog Nog bath bomb! Well as far as I can see anyway… It was such an amazing bath bomb and I know they’re bringing an alternative instead but it just won’t be the same.

This is part one of this post, part two being about Christmas. I’m only going to talk about what I’m excited for.

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The bath bombs looks so exciting this year, as for a while I have found the Halloween collection to be really boring so I am really pleased they’ve mixed it up a bit this year.

Monsters’ Ball bath bomb is said to lime scented, amazing! It’s a shame Lush don’t have anything like this around for spring and summer. This will be nice to use in the morning on my days off work. Miaowzer bath bomb is right up my street with its creamy candy scent. It’ll either be Snow Fairy or Creamy Candy/Rock Star scented. Either way I am so damn excited. I don’t even want to get started

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Not going to lie… The soaps from Lush never excite me anyway and these really don’t.

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I am so disappointed about Boo luxury bath melt as it looks so damn cute! Hey I might like the smell of it when I give it a sniff in store, but from looking at it I doubt that’ll be the case. I’m never a fan of the massage bars but the Goth Fairy shimmer bar sounds amazing! I would probably use this on evenings with Dane as a massage bar on our backs. I bet it’ll smell just like The Comforter.

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I might finally pick up a Lord Of Misrule shower cream this year!

So what are my thoughts on the Halloween collection so far? It looks exciting and promising and definitely a damn sight better than last years collection. I’m most excited about the Monsters’ Ball and Miaowzer bath bombs as they just sound so delicious!

What are you excited for in the Halloween collection so far? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time all, take care and see you Sunday for my thoughts on the Christmas collection!

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Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick Summer Bundle 2016 – Review

Oh my I have been so damn excited to write this post up since I got these babies a week ago, and I am proud to finally write about them. I have all sorts to talk about on this review, including the recent drama with Jeffree Star, as well as where I bought these from. It’s going to be a long review people! I’ll make sure to include swatches alongside my other shades, and of course pictures of me wearing them. LET’S GET TO IT!!!

First of all let’s address the elephant in the room which is the Jeffree and Kat drama that has been happening recently. I like Kat Von D and I also like Jeffree Star, and I know they were best friends so I was gobsmacked when all that stuff happened. I haven’t yet tried Kat Von D’s products but as soon as they land in the UK at the end of the year I know I will be! I know a lot of people have claimed they will no longer buy Jeffree’s goods due to all this palava. So when this shit hit the fan a lot of people asked if I would stop buying Jeffree Star products, and will I? No, I will continue to buy his products. Why? Because his products are fucking amazing, and some of the stupid things he has said or done years before (which I knew about LONG BEFORE it was all posted about on Twitter due to being a “fan” of him for 10 years) don’t reflect to me on his products.

I understand completely why people will stop buying Jeffree Star products from now on and I support people in this, but it won’t stop me buying them, and on that note if you want to sell any Jeffree goodies, come my way! 😉

PHEW! Talk about a heated discussion going on! Finally onto the review!

The first thing I want to talk about is where I ordered these from. I have previously ordered from two different places online. Cocktail Cosmetics and Jeffree Star Cosmetics. Both websites have been great to order from, but I do have issues with them both too…

Unless you’re living under a rock it won’t be surprising news to hear that Cocktail Cosmetics have now stopped stocking Jeffree Star. I was expecting to order my summer bundle from them, so I was saddened when I found out why they weren’t going to stock it. It’s basically because it’ll cost them a lot to ship the products over here to sell, so they would have to charge us a fortune. I think it’s pretty damn thoughtful that they put their customers first and not just think about how much money they could make. That and they probably thought customers may take their custom elsewhere, such as Jeffree Star’s official website, Beautylish, or Morphe. Also it’s nothing to do with the Jeffree and Kat drama like a lot of people assumed either. I didn’t once think it was due to that, but it does suck that this has had to happen. Sad times. Hopefully in the future they will be back with Jeffree Star Cosmetics again! For the meantime they have two shades left, Blow Pony and Prom Queen. I wish I could buy them both but I am skint. 😦

I didn’t order from the official Jeffree Star website because after last time, it cost me a lot… Which wasn’t worth it really. It cost me $10 (it’s not gone up to $10.95) to ship, and it cost me nearly £20 just to get my parcel from customs! So it cost me pretty much the price of one shade to get two, what the fuck? Not just that, the wait that I had to do for the two products at the time was a complete joke. I know this wasn’t the companies fault as they had some issues, but the amount of worry and stress I did during it being shipped to me was a piss take, and one I don’t ever wish to do again. I don’t know anyone from the UK who likes to order from the official website.

So who did I order from? I went for Beautylish in the end because the awesome ladies over at Cocktail Cosmetics recommended it, and I am so glad they did. I’ll tell you why.

First of all if you order over $35 worth of goodies you get your postage to the UK free! How good is that? The official Jeffree Star website only does that if you order over $100! Oh… Hang on… I just double checked this and it’s not $150 and over and you get free postage. Ouch. SO over $35 sounds better to me to be honest!

As well as that Beautylish calculate all the customs charges for you when you place your order and charge you for them there and then, so all you have to do is think about your lovely package coming straight to you. Not getting a silly red card from the Post Office and being told you owe a ton to Royal Mail and need to go down to the depot to pay it and collect your parcel. YAWN! Aint nobody got time for that!

Also it took just over a week for my parcel to arrive, which I was really happy with. It took nearly three weeks for it to arrive from the official Jeffree Star website.

So if you’re gutted about Cocktail Cosmetics no longer stocking Jeffree Star then don’t worry, Beautylish is your saviour! They stock all the Jeffree Star goodies too (even limited editions) as and when they come out, so keep your eyes peeled on the website for details and stock coming back. I know that’s what I’ll be doing from now on and doing mass orders.

Right FINALLY I can get onto the review! I told you this post was going to be long. I guess I just wanted to let fellow Jeffree Star Cosmetics fans know about alternative place(s) to order from, especially if you’re from the UK.

As the title reads I ordered the summer bundle, which means I got all five of the limited edition shades for summer. I am very 50/50 with them at the moment, which I will explain.

First of all I want to say how beautifully presented my package was when I opened it. I was gobsmacked! It already made me think, “Yep I’ll be ordering from these guys again!”

Nothing was damaged in the box, and everything was perfect. The only thing I was sad about was not getting my postcard that Jeffree has put into all his packages from the official website. Gutted!!!

A lot of people were surprised when they discovered that I was going to be buying the bundle, and not just a couple of the shades. Well as I have mentioned before on my blog, as well as to a few people IRL I intend to collect all the shades, and hopefully (and eventually) all the holiday shades/packaging too. That’s a bit obsessive, yes. But sod it! 😛

As I mentioned there are five shades in this collection (from T-B), Queen Bee, Nude Beach, (714), Virginity and Watermelon Soda. All of them smell like watermelon sweets apart from (714), which is an old limited edition shade that Jeffree decided to bring back.

Pretty much the only two shades that appear to suit me are Virginity and Watermelon Soda… Although I have mixed up Queen Bee with a couple of shades I already own to create some beautiful unique shades!

Of course as you can see (and may have known anyway!) the summer shades come in limited edition packaging too which is yellow instead of pink for the main colour, and neon pink instead of rose gold for the writing on the packaging. Very summery indeed!

I have to be honest when I say that I didn’t know how I felt about the majority of the shades when I first bought them. It’s only been the past few days when I have grown more attached to the majority of the shades in the bundle. They are very bright to say the least and I’m used to wearing darker shades. A lot of people have been complaining that these are streaky when applied and need a couple of coats to get them looking opaque. I myself have had this issue and read online that due to the heat in America right now and packages being left out in the sun, we need to pop them in the fridge when we get them for half an hour max, and then cool them down to room temperature. This is the reason for them being streaky apparently… But I doubt this is the case because I did just that and it hasn’t worked 100%. I find the way to get around them being streaky is apply two coats. Apply one coat, wait for it to dry and then apply another. I’ve had to do this with Queen Bee, Nude Beach and (714).

The one thing I did worry about with these was the watermelon sweets scent that it carries. I hate the smell of watermelon so much, so I worried I would hate these because of that. You know what, it isn’t that bad. It’s not strong and in your face, but it is noticeable when you use this and the scent does linger for a while after applying it. It’s not that bad though, as I said.

Onto each shade anyhoo. I’ll review them all individually and show pictures, etc.

Queen Bee

Queen Bee is a yellow shade and one shade that Jeffree has been working on for a long time. This sadly doesn’t have a description on the official website, only because I imagine it’s just a bog standard yellow… I find it’s a more creamy shade of yellow than neon and in your face. I found the formulation for this was somewhat thick and reminded me of Masochist and HoeHoeHoe a little bit. I don’t think I’ll be able to pull this off without mixing it with something or doing an ombre lip. I’ve already mixed it with Mistletoe to create a lime green shade. Also I’m sorry but I couldn’t pull a straight face whilst wearing this shade. 😛

Nude Beach

Nude Beach is a peach nude shade and one I wasn’t expecting to be so light to be honest. Again like Queen Bee this doesn’t have a description for it. It reminds me of when my teacher taught us how to make the colour peach by mixing red and white until we got the shade we wanted.  Unlike Queen Bee this has a more liquidy consistency to it. It is a beautiful colour and one I at first thought didn’t suit me at all! I tried it again the second time when I was taking pictures for this post and BAM I think it looks rather nice, and it sort of suits my yellow toned skin. I’ll probably mix it with another shade soon to get something that will suit my skin tone.

(714)

I was rather excited for this shade as I wanted to get it when it came out in 2015, but sadly I never thought I could pull it off to pick it up. It’s a bright coral shade and when I say bright I mean bright! It is described as, “neon pastel coral shade” which is spot on. It is an incredibly bright shade and one I have tried to wear on a few occasions but just felt silly and took it off… Which isn’t like me at all! Maybe it’s due to me being poorly at the moment… Me saying this again like Nude Beach when I tried this on again to take pictures for this post it didn’t look that bad! Either way this is a shade I’m going to try and mix up with something else. If anything it would go nicely with Nude Beach! I will have to give it a go and let you all know how I get on. Like Nude Beach this has the same consistency of it being liquidy.

Virginity

I didn’t know what to expect from Virginity, which is a lilac shade. I have mixed one of my dark purple liquid lipsticks from another brand with Drug Lord to create my own lilac shade in the past, which I loved. Now I own one in a bottle and I bloody LOVE Virginity! It is described as, “This is our version of a “lavender nude” – think of this shade as I’m Nude’s purple sister!”. This has fast turned into one of my favourites in the set, and when I’ve worn this out I’ve felt so damn confident! I’m glad it suits me because I would be gutted otherwise. Like the previous two shades spoken about, this is also a liquidy consistency.

Watermelon Soda

The final shade I will be talking about is Watermelon Soda, the gorgeous watermelon pink shade that everyone has been lusting after. Who can blame people for doing so either? It’s not only the most wearable shade in the summer collection, but also the prettiest! Sadly there isn’t a description for this shade either but it is a pinky red shade which reminds me of watermelon sweeties, and smells just like them too! I’ve worn this shade a few times now and I love it so much, and have had so many compliments on it. I would love to buy a back up of this so I never run out, but that’s a little bit dramatic. It is a beautiful shade, and by far the nicest one from the collection.

To wrap up my thoughts on the bundle I thought I would do a little mini Q&A!

What is my least favourite shade? I don’t really dislike any of them but I think I’m going to have to say (714) to be honest… When I swatched these on the back of my hand during writing up my review I found it was the most streaky… Which is a bloody shame!

What is my favourite shade? This is a tough one but I think it’s safe to say that it’s Watermelon Soda. I love Virginity too but I was just so damn excited for this colour and it hasn’t let me down. Of course Virginity is a close second.

Would you recommend people to buy the bundle? Definitely if you’re a Velour Liquid Lipstick collector like I am! Also if you’re a make up artist, love to experiment with different colours, or want to gain some more confidence with some crazy shades then this is a pretty good start due to Queen Bee and Virginity! However, if you aren’t that confident and just want the bundle for the sake of it then I would say don’t waste your money…

Do you think it was worth the money? Well I paid about £60-£70 for the bundle as well as my customs, which when you think about it is £12-£17 a lipstick… So it was kind of worth it! I love my Jeffree Star lipsticks and I know these will all get used and worn. If anyone ever thinks, “Is it worth the money?” then you shouldn’t buy it. Never buy anything you have second doubts over!

Would you shop from Beautylish again? Oh hell yeah! Whenever I talk to people about Jeffree Star I’ll be making sure to tell them where to order from. Their customer service is amazing, their shipping and such is beyond reasonable, and I am just so damn happy with my order from them.

So that is my review of the Jeffree Star Summer Bundle! Will you be picking up this bundle? If not the bundle, which shade(s) do you want to get? Make sure to let me know in the comments.

Until next time, take care all and I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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Maybelline Baby Lips Pop Art in Grapefruit Zing – Review

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Another review and another Baby Lips one at that! I haven’t done one of these for a very long time. I remember when Baby Lips first launched in the UK three years ago and I was mega obsessed with them, and especially with getting my hands on at least one shade! Three years on and I now own five different shades and have reviewed two of them, Mint Fresh, and Pink Punch.

Now it’s time to review my recently bought shade, and I have to say it is by far my favourite from the bunch!

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Grapefruit Zing is from Maybelline’s new limited edition Baby Lips, which is called Pop Art, very funky for summer which is very much upon us right now (she says as she wipes sweat from her brow)!

I picked it up on a whim when I popped into Boots recently for a few bits and pieces. I didn’t need it, but I hadn’t bought myself a new Baby Lips for a while and thought why the hell not! I’m so glad I did because I use this so much since buying it.

I’m not going to lie when I say to any Baby Lips virgins, don’t expect amazing moisturisation from one of these bad boys as they really don’t help your lips stay soft. This is from what I’ve found anyway. This being said, it does help them stay hydrated, especially on hot days, like today! They’re more for a younger audience, and how fun it can be to wear a tinted lip balm. I get that, I was young once and loved stuff like this. I forever had a tube of Nivea cherry lip balm in my pocket! I would have rocked these as a teenager, which is probably why I still gravitate towards them now. That and they’re great for work if you just want a bit of colour. Speaking of which…

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The pigmentation that you get from Grapefruit Zing is by far the best I have ever had from a Baby Lips! I wear this to work quite a lot and get so many compliments from staff, it’s crazy and I was kind of surprised. It’s a beautiful hot pink shade with a glossy look to it. A little bit of this goes a long way, and the more you apply, the darker the pink will become. Of course this applies to if you don’t apply a lot, you can get a more sheer pink shade. As all the Baby Lips shades have, this has a scent to coincide with the name of the shade. This smells of zesty grapefruit, which is really nice for the summer.

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From top to bottom: Grapefruit Zing (Pop Art), Pink Punch (regular), Cherry Me (regular), and Berry Bomb (Electro).

I’ve done some swatches to compare my other Baby Lips shades (which are all permanent editions) so you can get an idea of how pigmented the shade is in comparison to previous ones. The only one I haven’t swatched is Mint Fresh, reasons being that I have misplaced it. Sorry, but it’s only a clear lip balm anyway.

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Of course I have to show off me wearing the lip product! Do enjoy my sweaty, tired face after a shift at work. 😉

So overall I LOVE this Baby Lips shade, and I plan to buy the other two shades from the Pop Art collection, those being Blueberry Boom, and Bubblegum Pop. However, I cannot find either of them lately in stores! I guess they’re both just doing that well as everywhere seems to be sold out.

If you like the look of these, you can pick them up from Boots which is currently doing buy 1 get a 2nd half price, and Superdrug which is currently doing 3 for 2. They cost £2.99 each, which is a complete steal, and as there are three shades, you can grab them all on both the offers!

Will you be picking up any of the Pop Art Baby Lips? Which shade(s) you liking the look/sound of? Hey! Maybe you’ve already picked one, two, or all three up! What do you think of them? Make sure to let me know in the comments.

Until next time all, have a lovely day and I hope you’re all well.

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