Coventry Haul!

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Yesterday I went into Coventry shopping for the first time ever! Well I say the first time ever, when I was 17 I visited Coventry University with my college for a talk with John Snow, which lasted all day and to be honest, was extremely boring! It lasted from 7am-5pm so I was exhausted throughout the day. At one point we got a couple of hours to have a break to walk around the town and that’s just what I did. I had a walk around the shops and remember some parts of the town well, which I visited once again today. It was nice to remember the places I’d walked around when I was 17, those 6 years have really flown by!

Either way I was rather excited to be venturing around somewhere new and as I’m from Birmingham, The Bullring and the rest of Birmingham’s town centre are HUGE! So it was a nice change to be somewhere small!

I knew which places I wanted to go to and what items I wanted to look at so when my boyfriend and I arrived there, I was a woman on a mission, a shopping mission!

Some of the first places I went into were Topshop (where I saw a gorgeous green beanie), River Island (where I was on the lookout for a velvet playsuit and failed), Clinton’s (where I wanted to smell the Yankee Candles and nearly bought Salted Caramel, but left it) and finally we popped into Superdrug, where I was on the lookout for one of MUA’s new Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer (I’m after Reckless!) but they hadn’t had them in stock yet, gutted!

We headed to New Look where for a few weeks now I’ve been on the lookout for a certain dress. It’s a dark green floral lace skater dress and since seeing it in a New Look closer to home, I’ve wanted to try it and buy it! Finally my search came to a close and I found this in the New Look in Coventry to go and try on.

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Please excuse the dressing room picture and pose, I actually sent this picture to my boyfriend to see what he thought of the dress, commenting how the image was too dark… Hopefully it isn’t too dark on here! It’s a gorgeous wine bottle green colour and it hangs lovely over my hips. Due to it being a skater dress it makes my boobs look great, my waist looks small and it hides my hips and thighs beautifully, as well as making my bum look good too. My only worry with this whilst I was trying it on was as there is no zip on this you have to pull it over you head and due to the material it does feel a little awkward and tight to put on but once it’s on, there’s no problem. However taking it off can be a bit fiddly and can take a while… This being said it’s definitely worth the fiddle as it looks gorgeous. I intend to wear this next weekend for a friend’s birthday with my navy coat, some tights and my Chelsea boots. I can see me wearing this dress quite a lot over the autumn and winter months this year!

As we left New Look we headed towards the escalators to go downstairs for a look around, but when I noticed that there was a Lush on the same floor as New Look I insisted that we must go in there for a look at the Christmas range. Since the Christmas range coming out in October I hadn’t yet gone to physically go and have a look, sniff and test out the products so I was super excited to go in and finally do that! Lush was packed, but this being said the staff were all lovely and helpful, which is always a pleasure when venturing to Lush.

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I have never been so happy by a Lush Christmas collection since the first time I visited and smelled their Christmas products in 2009. That was a long time ago and a lot of the products they had out for Christmas then, aren’t available anymore and the ones that are have had a revamp!

I picked up two bath Bath Ballistics, a Bubble Bar, a bar of FUN and a Lip Tint and I already know I’m going to buying more of the three of these products!

I picked up Shoot for The Stars and So White Bath Ballistics. I remember when So White first came out in 2009 and it was a tiny little Bath Ballistic and now it’s huge! It has a secret pink centre so as this fizzles away in your bath it’ll leave a gorgeous rose colour behind. I can see me stocking up on these and as I type this all I can smell is the gorgeous crisp apple smell that So White is popular for. This is by far one of my favourite Lush products and I wish they would make this all year around, or at least a Shower Jelly or Shower Gel! Shoot for The Stars is a new addition to the Christmas range and made its first (and I hope not final!) appearance this year! It’s an amazing Bath Ballistic and I reckon it’ll do very well this year. It smells just like Honey I Washed The Kids Soap and is a beautiful blue colour with some pink and a yellow star. It also has some gorgeous silver lustre inside as well as various colours so that as this swirl around your bath it fizzes all sorts of shades from blue, pink, purple and yellow! I’m rather excited to try this one and can see me doing that tonight!

I also picked up Candy Mountain Bubble Bar which is a revamped version of Candy Cane and in my opinion a better version! It’s still the gorgeous pink and white shades that Candy Cane was but now it contains lustre and glitter, as well as some pink so when you look at the bubbles inside your bath, they’ll have some little pink sprinkles on. This smells of Rock Star Soap which is one of my favourite soaps from Lush, as it’s one of the few that I’m not allergic to! It smells of a gorgeous vanilla and is just so girly! This will be great to use before going out for the day or evening.

This was at the top of my Lush Wish List alongside Shoot for The Stars and it’s Gold FUN. This also smells like Honey I Washed The Kids Soap which I love so much and FUN is one of my favourite things from Lush since they brought them out and I know come the New Year I’ll possibly buy one of these once a month as I really want to try Red, Blue, Yellow and Green, as I currently have Pink which is gorgeous! The woman who served me in Lush informed me that FUN is great to use as a shaving foam, so I think I might try it next week before I come over to my boyfriends for the weekend. It smells gorgeous, just like Honey I Washed The Kids and I can see me writing a review on this during December!

Finally whilst I was paying at the till I ended up talking to the woman who served me about Santa Baby Lip Tint. Due to how busy Lush was, I didn’t get to have a look at this until I was at the till with my items. I had a look at the tester and put some on the back of my hand to see how pigmented it was. It’s extremely pigmented and although it was pretty steep at £5.50, I decided to go for it. It smells lightly of a cheap version of cherry coke but it smells really nice all the same. I tried this on my lips when I got home and damn is it pigmented and long-lasting! This is also kiss proof as I tested it on my boyfriends cheek and forehead and no red from the tint transferred from my lips onto the parts of his face I was kissing. DEFINITE WIN! I’m going to wear this mostly for work alongside my new MAC lipstick, which I’ll be reviewing in December.

After this we went to get some lunch and as most places were busy we weren’t really sure where to go. We had discussed the night before about going to a noodle bar that my boyfriend knew off, so we headed there and as we tucked into the dishes we ordered, we realised we’d made the right choice! We went to Chi Bar on the high street (this is their Facebook page) which is a Asian food place. The prices are very reasonable and there’s plenty of dishes to choose from, this being said we stood outside looking at the menu for a while as we tried to decide what we wanted. Finally we both settled on Chicken Katsu in Curry Sauce and Absolute Cheese with Mozzarella Sticks.

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Sadly I didn’t get a picture of the Absolute Cheese but to explain it, it was a bowl of chips/fries covered in cheese with three green peppers covered in cheese and breadcrumbs. These were really nice but the main dish we both ordered was the best by far and I’ve never enjoyed an Asian meal so much in my life! The rice was beautiful and sticky, the curry sauce was to die for and the chicken… I have no words! I would love to make this myself at home… I might have to buy a rice cooker in the New Year! Plus as well as doing such amazing food, Chi Bar always serves bubble tea! I love bubble tea and I had the banana flavour with tapioca pearls whilst my boyfriend had strawberry with various different flavoured popping bubbles. We had them warm as it was pretty nippy in Coventry yesterday.

I keep saying to my boyfriend how as they deliver that we should start having take away food from there instead of anything else (pizza, Chinese, Indian, etc) as this place is amazing! If you live in Coventry, I suggest you to go there, especially if you’re a student as it’s right by the University.

After this we had more of a wander around where we popped into Ann Summers to look for some new lingerie, however as Ann Summers in Coventry didn’t have the bra I wanted, they kindly ordered it for me online in store which meant I gained free delivery! I have to say I prefer the Coventry store to the Birmingham Bullring store purely because everything is spaced out and it doesn’t feel cramped. I’ll definitely be visiting the store again, especially as the girl who served me was so lovely.

We wandered over to Forbidden Planet (I’m a true geek and every time I visit a new part of the country, I like to check out their Forbidden Planets) where I saw an amazing Lumpy Space Princess (she’s from Adventure Time) beanie! I tried it on and low and behold it fit me perfectly, but sad to say I’d spent quite a lot of money at that point and as much as I wanted it, I put it back on the hook and left it. I know it’ll be on my Christmas Wish List (look out for this in December) as it looked amazing on, plus I love LSP, she’s amazing!

Finally our last stop was to be at The Body Shop as we were rather tired. This was actually the first shop we went into but as I wasn’t sure what I wanted to use my free Glamour Gift Card on I decided to leave it until last, by then I knew I’d have decided what I wanted to purchase. This being said, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted as I was torn between a bottle of Strawberry Shower Gel or an Ultimate Cleansing Kit.

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Over on Daisy’s blog she mentioned how she’d recently bought The Body Shop’s Ultimate Cleansing Kit in Tea Tree and after reading her post it made me think about getting the kit myself, so whilst I was having a look at it, I had a quick chat to one of the women in there about which kit would be the right one for me. I have combination skin, my T-Zone is oily whilst the rest of my face is dry and whilst I love my Clinique 3-Step I really can’t afford it right now and I’m running low so I thought I’d try this in the meantime until I have more cash on me. I picked up the Seaweed kit, which is for a matte complexion. This is definitely what I need as my nose is quite oily right now and I worry that customers at work may notice, as well as staff. Plus random people I talk to in shops or pass on the street. This kit contains the Pore-Cleansing Facial Scrub, Purifying Facial Cleanser, Clarifying Toner, Day Cream and the Night Treatment.

The woman in the store did me a pretty awesome deal and offered me the Love Your Body card, which is The Body Shop’s membership card. You pay £5 a year to use it BUT with that you get so many awesome things alongside it such as 10% off every time you shop at The Body Shop as well as £5 off products on your birthday! Due to me obtaining a LYB card I saved 10% off of my Cleansing Kit, which was £32.00, meaning I saved £3.20. As well as 10% off I also got to choose a free hand cream and as regular readers will know, I suffer with eczema pretty badly on my hands, so I asked which one was the best for dry hands and the woman suggested I have the Hemp Hand Protector. Since using this my hands have been soft and smooth, I can see me repurchasing this in the future to keep in my handbag! The cream was supposed to be £5.00, so in theory buying the LYB card paid for itself!

Also I can’t seem to find the Cleansing Kits online to link them to you on this post, so I guess they must just be an in store offer. Either way they seem to be worth the money so if you’re looking for a new skin care regime I suggest you popping into The Body Shop!

Plus, as I still haven’t used my The Body Shop Gift Card from Glamour Magazine, I can see me using this when I next pop in store to purchase something special like a face mask or even another Hemp Hand Protector.

After this me and my boyfriend headed back to the car to come home. We were both shattered and since arriving back we did nothing but play on the Xbox 360 and drink cups of tea.

I had an awesome time shopping in Coventry and I can see me shopping here again, as whilst it is a small shopping area, it’s not half as busy as Birmingham gets on a Saturday afternoon, which I was quite grateful of!

FYI today I was supposed to be posting my first YouTube video, The Boyfriend Tag but sadly due to both my boyfriend and I being busy we haven’t had a chance to finish editing the video on time, so we shall be trying to get it completed for December, if not it will definitely be up in the New Year.

I hope you enjoyed this haul post, I’ll be posting a HUGE November haul post at the start of December!

If you have any questions about any products or things I bought today, please feel free to drop me a questions down below in the comments.

I hope everyone had a good weekend and until next time, take care all!

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A Sunday Catch-Up Haul

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So last Sunday my friend Poppy and I met up after 4 months of not seeing one another to have a much-needed catch-up, as well as do a little bit of shopping. We were both super excited and couldn’t wait to get together to do what we do best, drink coffee and talk about make-up!

I told myself I wouldn’t spend much and in just a few hours I spent about £50… Oops! I won’t be treating myself for ages though now and will be making sure to save up as much as possible!

Otherwise I’m not that bothered, it was a lovely day and all the things I bought were definite essentials and at one point I came out with something that sounded rather like something Rebecca Brandon (née Bloomwood) would say from the Shopaholic books by Sophie Kinsella… (I love that series!) But I’ll explain that later into this post!

The weather was pretty crap but I’d started my journey to town rather well, as I made my way from Coventry for a change. The train journey was pleasant and it only took me 20 minutes to get to Birmingham. It’s weird, from where I live it can take maximum an hour, but yet from Coventry it doesn’t even take half an hour… Weird, huh?

As soon as we met up we went to go and get hot chocolate to warm us up as it was pretty chilly and was raining none stop! I enjoyed my mint hot chocolate, Poppy enjoyed her soya hot chocolate and when we were warmed up and had a mini catch-up we headed over to Zara to make a must-needed purchase.

Poppy had her eye on the Mini Office City Bag (which you can find here) which she picked up in Navy. I’d never bought anything from Zara before, so I’d never looked at the bags either and I was expecting this bag to be at least £40-£50 but when she said it was £29.99 I was really surprised! She picked it up in navy and it looks gorgeous, she wore it all day whilst we carried on shopping. I’ve never seen someone so pleased with a new bag purchase before, she is adorable, bless her. FYI this bag also comes in burgundy, which looks really nice!

After this I made Poppy come with me into Primark, while as boring as I sound right now, I needed some new socks for work but I left with a new set of pajamas too!

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I’m a big kid when it comes to 101 Dalmatians, like most people are about The Lion King or any of the Disney Princesses. Lady & The Tramp and Bambi are included in this too. I’d heard from a friend that Primark were selling 101 Dalmatians pajamas, which made sense as I recently bought myself some slippers of the same Disney movie from Primark too. There were two different sets, this one, which as you can see is shorts and another with had trousers, but out of the two, this was the only set in my size! I’m going to be checking quite a few Primark stores throughout the month to try and track down the other set. I really could do with some new pajamas and I might as well get some cute ones that I’ll love. I own too many 101 Dalmatians pajamas sets now… It’s a tad worrying! This set was £7, which I thought was good! I had a very anxious Wednesday afternoon so as soon as I got home I had a relaxing bubble bath, put on my new pajamas and slipped into bed to relax some more for the evening. These are really soft and fit comfortably, well worth the money I paid for them! If you would like to pick these up but sadly can’t find them in Primark anymore, they do have them on eBay, but they’re more expensive than they are in the shops, which is a bit crap.

Finally after making our way out of Primark we headed back to Zara as I saw something in there I really wanted and just had to have after spotting it from our previous visit there.

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We walked past many hooks with scarves hanging off of them in Zara but this one stood out to me the most, a black and red striped scarf, that is long enough to wrap around yours as well as another person’s neck beside you. This is described on the Zara website as a Long Narrow Scarf With Stripes (which you can find here) and I got it in burgundy. The red is looking brighter on the pictures I took, when it’s more of a wine red, which I really like. This is super warm and since buying it I’ve been wearing it to and from work in the car, as well as when I went out Wednesday. I can really snuggle my face into my scarf, which I like and I haven’t bought myself a decent scarf for quite a few years now, as I’ve been a snood lover for a while. This was £19.99 which shocked me when I checked out the price tag, as every time I have been into Zara, their clothes have always seemed really expensive to me, but for how big and how warm this scarf is, the price didn’t bother me at all. This was a real treat today and one that I don’t think I’ll be regretting anytime soon. It goes with everything from my pleather spiked biker jacket, to my navy military coat, to even a grey or navy boyfriend cardigan. This will keep me really warm this autumn and winter and with the weather becoming so bitter and cold, it looks like I chose the perfect time to buy this.

We wandered around for a while, including Selfridges where I found out how much I need certain Laura Mercier products in my life (post about those in a few days!) as well as finally swatching MAC Speak Louder, which will definitely be my next MAC purchase… When however, I don’t know!

We went for lunch and some tea, as well as more catching-up and one of our last stops was to Boots, where I needed to pick up some essentials, as well as a few treats.

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I had a list inside my head of certain things I needed to get, but I ended up bringing home a couple of things I really didn’t need. At the moment Boots are doing one of their 3 for 2 deals, so although I didn’t intend on doing this, I ended up being sucked into it and picked up three items, getting one free, hooray!

I knew I wanted to pick up Vaseline’s latest limited edition, Paint The Town Red lip tint as whilst some beauty bloggers had reviewed it as overrated and rubbish, most had reviewed it as being a lovely product to use on their lips and went on how good it was. So I decided to pick it up for myself! I’ve been using this loads since I bought it and I’ll definitely be writing a review for it! It leaves a lovely dark pink tint to the lips, which is perfect if you don’t fancy wearing lipstick but would like a hint of colour, plus it smells gorgeous and it reminds me of autumn. This was £3.49 but so worth it and I know come Christmas I’ll be buying these for my Vaseline loving friends, as well as picking some more up for myself before they’re taken off the shelves. If you can’t find this in stores to buy, you can pick it up from Boots and Superdrug.

Oral-B 3D White Brilliance toothpaste is the only one I’ll use since it came out… Well until something I think is better than this one comes out anyway! My Mom bought us some to try when it first came out a couple of years ago and since then whenever I’m close to running out, I’ll pick up a new tube. I run out of this every 3 months or so and since using it my teeth just look so much better and even my dentist agreed! It’s £3.49 a tube but it doesn’t bother me, as I really like this toothpaste and I use it day and night!

I nearly forgot I needed shave gel and I haven’t treated myself to a nice, woman’s shaving gel for quite a long time now! I usually opt for men’s shaving foam as it does a great job, but after buying a cheap can of shaving foam, my legs ended up breaking out in a terrible rash from an allergic reaction and I felt like the skin was being taken off of my legs, instead of my hairs. For a while I discontinued using any shave foams or gels and opted for using conditioners and shower gels instead, which didn’t do so much better for my skin either! When I looked at the women’s shave gels I saw that certain Gillette shave gels were on offer at £1.74 each, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to have one of these. I decided upon the Satin Care with Touch of Olay for Sensitive Skin as it sounded rather appealing. Not only is it suitable for sensitive skin but it also moisturises as you shave, which is exactly what I need for my legs of late! I gave this a go on Wednesday during my relaxing bath and afterwards my legs felt so beautiful and smooth and shaving them with this gel felt lovely too. I don’t think I would repurchase this at its full price of £3.49, but if I got it on offer again, I don’t see why not!

I needed to get another product for make my 3 for 2 offer and even though I don’t need anymore shower products, this seemed like something I wanted to give a go after Poppy telling me how lovely it smelt. I love strawberry scents, even though I hate them to eat or drink. I gave this a sniff and it reminded me of the Strawberry Shower Gel by The Body Shop, which is a firm favourite from my childhood. I’ve used Natural Collection products since I was a child too and Wild Strawberry has been around for ages, but I don’t recall ever trying it myself! The shower cream sounded yummy and as it was £2.00, it became my free product in the 3 for 2 offer! I gave this a go before going to work on Monday and it really did perk me up! It left my bathroom smelling lovely, as well as leaving my skin the same, as well as it being soft too. I’d love to try more of Natural Collection’s shower gels/cremes as although they’re a tad expensive at £2.00 each, it’s not as expensive as some shower products, eh? I can imagine my boyfriend stealing this whenever he comes over in future and I can hardly blame him! You can find this here on Boots website.

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Last of all I had thought about picking up a new eye gel whilst shopping in Boots, but I was only going to pick up my good old Simple eye balm, but I wanted to try something new and decided to pick up Soap & Glory’s Puffy Eye Attack Turbo-Boots Hydragel. I’d looked at this before and thought how cooling the gel felt on the back of my hand, so who only knows how it would feel on my eye! I decided to go for it as you only need a little bit for the eyes and it goes a long way! I reckon this little jar will last me for 6 months, if not more! I tried some of this when I got home on the Sunday afternoon and it felt lovely on my eyes and when I’ve used it before going to work and out during the day it’s felt really refreshing on my eyes too! This was a pretty expensive purchase at £12.50 but it was a treat and it’ll last me months! You can pick this up in Boots and a lot of Soap & Glory products are featured in the 3 for 2 offer, which is what I bought mine in. I know I’ll be reviewing this in future as my eye bags can be quite big depending if I’ve had much sleep or not, so I’m going to be trying this little pot out day and night to see how it does!

So after another sit down with some pots of tea and some gossip to be had, it was finally time to go home and at the last-minute Poppy decided to drop me off at home, seeing as it was on her way, which was lovely of her!

I had such a lovely day and it was great to see Poppy again, as I had missed her terribly!

I’m now poor and need to stay in eating cheap meals, but at least I’ll be clean and warm eh?

Have you been shopping recently? What did you buy nice for yourself? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care and I hope you all had a great week.

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MUA Power Pout Colour Intense Tint & Lip Balm in Broken Hearted Review

Another week, another lip product, another review. If you’re a regular reader you’ll know just how much I love my lip products and when a new type of lip product hits the shelves, I’ll try my best to get my mitts on one to try! The latest addition to lip products is of course the lip crayon.

Clinique were the first to bring out the lip crayons and eventually Revlon, Bourjois, Seventeen and even Rimmel are getting on the bandwagon!

I’ve wanted one of the Clinique Chubby Sticks for ages, but I’m in two minds whether or not I want one at the same time. I have my eye on shade Plushest Punch after seeing a review of it (here) a while ago. However at their £17.00 price mark I’m a tad put off for the meantime, especially as I’m pretty poor at this moment in time too.

A few months back I was wandering around Superdrug with my Mom, looking around the make up counters when I stumbled upon MUA’s stand and noticed they had their own lip crayons for sale. I tried out all the shades and decided that Broken Hearted was the shade I liked the most.

The Power Pout lip crayons come in six shades altogether, Broken Hearted, Crazy In Love, Irreplaceable, Justify, Rendezvous and Runway.

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As I’ve already mentioned, I chose Broken Hearted. These lip crayons are only £3.00 each, so I was pretty good not to walk out with more!

MUA claim that the Power Pout’s are both a tint and a lip balm so they’ll make your lips look gorgeous, as well as be protected and moisturised at the same time. They do definitely give great colour pay off and they do make my lips feel soft and smooth and at the moment this has been the lip product I’ve been reaching for when going to work as it’s so quick and easy to apply and it lasts ages!

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Broken Hearted is described by MUA as a deep rich raspberry, which is pretty accurate, it reminds me of a dull hot pink too, which will work wonders for anyone who it too shy to wear a hot pink lip colour.

Due to this being a lip balm it leaves a glossy finish, which looks really nice and it feels creamy too, perfect if you don’t like a matte or satin finish on your lips, which can feel really drying.

The lip crayon glides on easily with no tugging and as it is in the shape of a pen it’s easy to apply, especially if you have thin lips. When the product wears down you don’t need to sharpen it either as with a few twists at the bottom of the crayon the lip colour will just come up.

As well as looking great it smells lovely too. It smells somewhat minty and I’ve found when applied to the lips it’ll leave a slight tingle, but nothing like what a plumping lip product would do.

Whilst I have many positives about Heart Broken, I do also have some negatives that I know other beauty bloggers have mentioned in their reviews of the Power Pout’s too.

If left in a warm room or taken out when hot, they WILL melt. This happened to mine the last time I saw my friend Poppy and the crayon itself has moved so it’s ended up mushing against the inside of the crayon tube, which is really annoying! Due to this it’s hard to wind up to reveal more product and when applying the lip product you can see it hitting against the sides of the crayon tube, which just makes me cringe.

As well as this due to it melted a little once in my room one night when it was really humid, the lip crayons tip has gone a bit mushed, but personally this doesn’t bother me, as it’s molded in a shape that makes the product easier to apply on my lips than it was before.

I guess it isn’t so bad that this lip crayon didn’t break the bank at £3.00, I’d be really annoyed if it was one of the Clinique Chubby Sticks!

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I really like this lip crayon though and so far it’s the only one I own, thus the first one I’ve owned so I don’t have much to compare it to. I’m hoping to pick up a Bourjois and Clinique one in the future, but we’ll see.

For £3.00 each, the Power Pout’s are worth picking up and the choice of shades is incredible too!

Will you be picking up one of these to try?

If you already have one, which shade do you own? Let me know in the comments below.

Until next time, take care all and I hope your week is going well so far!

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Lush Christmas Wish List

I know I don’t mention Lush much on my blog but that’s just because I don’t really treat myself to it as much lately, even though I wish to change this towards the New Year as I miss using Lush. I love when Lush bring out their Christmas range as every year they bring out quite a few different things, which I like, as well as some old favourites.

I haven’t bought any of Lush’s Christmas range since 2009 and that was the first time I bought any of their Christmas products, so I was excited when I saw they had unveiled their new Christmas collection for 2013 a week or two ago!

I’ve checked out all the products and have already made a list of products that I wish to buy and try for myself, so I thought I would compile them into a wish list to show you, as well as talk about them all a little bit.

Citrus oils, davana oil and buchu are combined to give a tropical fruity, juicy aspect to this fragrance. Feel tropical in the shower for a few minutes and step out with a smile on your face.

Ponche Shower Gel.

This shower gel has been with Lush for a couple of years now and I love the smell of this from going in store to sniff the bottles. It smells of citrus as it contains citrus oils but also smells warm due to the shot of tequila being in there too. I can imagine it being lovely to use on cold mornings due to the orange juice being uplifting and the tequila warming you up. This is available in 100g (£4.30), 250g (£8.95) and 500g (£15.45) and is something I would probably grab a sample as most of Lush’s products give me really bad rashes on my skin due to allergies and my sensitive skin.

The fair trade vanilla absolute, sparkling snowflake lustre and creamy cornflour in Candy Mountain make bath time a sweet treat for big kids as well as little kids. We’ve included some of our bubble crumble mix which adds a magical pink mist to the peaks of foaming bubbles.

Candy Mountain Bubble Bar – £2.65.

This is the new version of Candy Cane Bubble Bar, which some people may remember from the year before last, when the Candy Mountain was introduced to us all. It reminds me of Charlie The Unicorn and the adventure he goes on with the pink and blue unicorn to, Candy Mountain! I’ve never owned Candy Cane but from smelling it before it’s lovely and reminds me of a little of Rockstar Soap.

Sit back and relax in a bath of creamy Alpine indulgence. With skin-softening cocoa butter and uplifting Sicilian lemon oil.

Bombardino Bath Bomb -£2.50.

These are new this year and they sound really nice! The Lush team have described them as smelling like a lemon meringue pie due to it containing lemon oil. I love the smell of lemon and it is such a refreshing smell, thus one of my favourites, as well as a favourite fruit of mine to eat (even if it is sour). It also contains cocoa butter which is really nice for the skin, leaving it nice and soft after use, which will be perfect on those winter evenings after a long day out in the cold. I can’t wait to get my hands on this little guy, who also has chocolate chips for eyes.

Brand new Fun, invented by Lush co-founder Mo Constantine, has been given a Christmas makeover – it’s encased in golden lustre and is scented with the fragrance of all-year-round product Honey I Washed The Kids. You decide how you want to use it: pinch off a little and lather up for washing body and hair, crumble a small bit under running water for baths or just play with it!

FUN – Gold – £5.00.

I currently own Fun – Pink and I really love the concept of how FUN works! Basically it is a multipurpose bath/shower which you can use as a body wash in the shower/bath, a bubble bar for in the bath, as well as a shampoo. It’s lovely stuff and it smells great too, so when I heard there was one out for Christmas that smells of Honey I Washed The Kids Soap, I knew I would need to buy myself a bar of it, as well as for my Dad who loves Honey I Washed The Kids soap. It’s a gorgeous gold colour too, so I can imagine it leaving a gorgeous golden shimmer on your body after use, which a part of me isn’t looking forward to… But it’ll be worth it!

A reusabubble bar star that gives mounds of sweet-smelling foam. This is a solid version of our best-selling Snow Fairy shower gel for those who prefer to bathe.

Magic Wand Bubble Bar – £4.95.

This reusable bubble bar has been a part of Lush’s Christmas collection for a few years now and every year I have been meaning to buy it to try it, as it smells just like Snow Fairy, which I love! You pop it into the bath, swish it around for a while and it leaves behind a gorgeous heap of Snow Fairy smelling bubbles, as well as pink bath water in your bath tub. It’s said to give you up to 5 baths, which I think is great and I’ve heard nothing but good things about this bubble bar so I’m finally going to give it a go for myself!

The colour red is about as Christmassy as it gets. We’ve made this lip tint just the shade that Mrs. Claus might use to woo her husband.

Santa Baby Lip Tint – £5.50.

Okay now this is a product I’m not 100% sure yet whether or not I’ll buy, it’s something I will need to go in store and check out first before I buy type thing, which applies to pretty much all the new Christmas products on this wish list, but I want to see about this one the most. It leaves a gorgeous red tint on the lips and smells/tastes of cola cubes which I imagine will be really yummy, but at the same time it could be awfully sickly so I’ll have to see for myself whether or not I will like this product. I would use it throughout the winter months whilst at work me thinks, as a lovely Christmassy red tint would look nice whilst serving people coffee, don’t you?

This one’s for all you star gazers out there, creating a magnificent bath with swirling lustres and beautiful colours. As various and enchanting as the night sky.

Shoot for The Stars Bath Ballistic – £3.25.

This bath ballistic just looks so pretty, doesn’t it? Not only does it look pretty, but it smells just like Honey I Washed The Kids Soap too! Two products this Christmas have been released with this scent and it’s making me really happy! As well as that, it’s another present I’ll be buying my Dad for Christmas this year. I can see me using this alongside the FUN – Gold before a nice occasion, possibly my birthday if I stock up on enough of these to last me until then! Shoot for The Stars just looks so young and fun and it leaves the bath all sorts of colours too, so it’ll be a delight to use and smell like heaven too.

Our winter temptress shower hair and body gel that’s bursting with fruit fragrance and has a sparkle of ice through it. Now we must confess, it’s a mystery to us why this one particular product should become our No1 Xmas bestseller. It’s not your classic hippy dippy Lush herbal offering. Instead it is an intensely sweet, fruity pink shower gel loved by people everywhere.

Snow Fairy Shower Gel.

I don’t know anyone who dislikes Snow Fairy, that includes men as well! It’s Lush’s best-selling product, which probably makes them the most money every year due to it just being available at Christmas. It’s a shame it’s only available at that time of year but I’ve seen women and men alike of all ages go into Lush and buy this shower gel in the biggest size with two bottles under each arm, that’s over £50 worth of Snow Fairy! I’ve only ever owned one bottle of Snow Fairy and that was back when I first shopped their Christmas collection. I bought one bottle of the 500g size and it lasted me a year. I sadly haven’t got around to buying another bottle since, but I’m making sure to this time! Snow Fairy is available in 500g (£10.95), 250g (£6.85) and 100g (£3.50) and plus, if you crave Snow Fairy throughout the year when it isn’t available you can pick up The Godmother Soap, as it smells just like it! This was the first product I bought from Lush but sadly I’m allergic to it, so I can’t use it, which sucks.

The idea for Snow Fairy Sparkle came from Claire, our Covent Garden shop manager. She said that she loved the idea of covering people in glitter when giving shop demos – so this product is a bit like a massage bar with a super soft fondant centre, and lots and lots of sparkle!

Snow Fairy Sparkle Bar – £4.95.

For four-years I have been waiting for Lush to create a Snow Fairy smelling massage bar, the added sparkle of this is just a bonus really! It looks so cute and it being bright pink is just so ideal for bringing out every woman’s inner girl, but as well as that I can see little girls and teenagers loving receiving this as a Christmas present. I think this would be lovely to use before a special occasion or an evening out and is something that would last me a long time, as I would only use it for special occasions. Also I’ve found that massage bars can be used as bath melts too, so I might try and pop a little bit of this in the bath at some stage.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. A bath bomb as pure as the driven snow, with a secret pink centre for a rose-coloured bath.

So White Bath Bomb – £3.25.

So White first came out in 2009 and I bought quite a few of these as I loved them so much. It smells of crisp apples and leaves a little bit of a bubble in your bath when used, or at least it used to when I bought them! Since then they’ve added a pink centre so your bath goes a lovely rose colour, which I think is a nice touch. I love the smell of apples and this just perfects the scent perfectly. I wish these were around all year as they really are one of my favourite Lush products, as they make my skin lovely and soft as well as smelling beautiful.

P-P-P Pop in a Penguin! This fun bubble bar is modelled on Little Penguins found on Philip Island, Australia – they’re the smallest penguins in the world!

The Christmas Penguin Bubble Bar – £2.95.

Finally we have these little guys and as soon as I saw them, I knew I had to have one! Look how adorable they are! I love penguins and I know I’ll be snapping up a few of these as presents, as well as for myself this year. These little guys smell of citrus and grapefruit, just like Happy Hippy Shower Gel, which I really like. I won’t want to crumble these into my bath, but I bet they’ll leave my bath looking a gorgeous blue colour with lots of bubbles that will leave me feeling soft and smelling fresh.

So that was my Lush Christmas wish list! I will hopefully be going into Lush in the next week or two but due to lack of funds at the moment I may have to wait until I have some more cash to go before the German Market turns up in Birmingham.

If you like and use Lush products, what have you had your eyes peeled on to buy this Christmas? Let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time take care and I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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All images and descriptions taken from Lush.co.uk

Topshop PH Reactive Lip Tint in Crystal first thoughts and review

I remember when this lip tint came out as a part of the “‘Sisters of the New Moon” collection for Topshop back at the start of 2012. The collection was all limited edition and everyone was sad to see the collection go, purely because of the lip tints, especially the shade Crystal.

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Well well, Topshop must have seen how popular this shade and shade Jewel was and has brought them back as part of their permanent line… Can I get a woo hoo?

I remember the afternoon I saw this posted and reviewed on Fleur’s and Louise’s blogs and I fell in love but every time I went into my local Topshop to pick it up (after saving my money) it was out of stock and it stayed that way and I never got my hands on it.

These retail in Topshop for £9.00 which seems a lot for a high street lip stick but trust me, this is worth every penny!

On Topshop’s website its described as:

Amazing colour changing lipgloss contains PH-reactive pigments. The colour of the lipgloss will self-adjust to create your own personalised shade of pink, designed to compliment you.

One of the Barry M lipsticks works exactly the same as this (the green one) and it’s an amazing lipstick! However I grew out of it and discovered MAC, but if you like these sorts of lipsticks I definitely recommend the Barry M one, as well as the Topshop one.

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DSC_0032I decided to go for the shade Crystal, which is a gorgeous Barbie pink of a jelly texture that has silver, pink and red glitter through it. It reminds me of MAC’s Big Bow that came out with their Hello Kitty collection a few years ago.

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With this lipstick it’s like a gloss so you don’t need any lip balm underneath or on top of this to get that moisturised feeling, although I have been popping a lip balm over the top after a while of wearing this.

I won’t lie, this lipstick tastes vile, very waxy and like something you would have put on as a child from your Mom’s make up bag but this being said the nasty taste soon fades and can be masked by a yummy lip balm too.

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The lipstick swatches beautifully and shows up the colour it shows on my lips. With a few  more goings over it goes a darker pink. What the pink stain on the right of the swatch you may wonder? Well that’s the swatch I did last night of the same product… Yep it’s still there and I’ve washed my hands quite a lot since then.

I wore this lipstick when I went over to my boys (boyfriend just sounds so… young) earlier this week and wore this and let’s just say it lasted agggges! I think on my way home it needed a top up but I couldn’t be bothered, it was near midnight!

I love this lipstick and I can see it being one I wear a lot during the summer because of how long it lasts on the lips, maybe even some of winter too!

If you haven’t seen this lipstick in the flesh then I suggest you go and do so ASAP, it doesn’t look real and you’ll probably end up wanting to buy it for how amazing it looks.

If you have any questions about this lipstick please leave them in the comments down below!

More reviews coming up, but until then take care.

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