January Favourites ’20

Guys we are officially into 2020 now and I can’t believe it’s already February! January flew by for me due to being in Japan for 2 weeks but even so, still can’t believe how quick the month went by!

I know for a lot of people however January was very slow… 😛

January’s favourites are going to be a bit odd due to being away in Japan, but at the same time they’re going to be good, I know they are! I’m not changing how I write my favourites at all. I’ll still be sharing 5 beauty related products I have been loving as well as my favourite TV show(s), movie(s), book(s), music and game(s). 🙂

I hope the start of 2020 has been great for you guys, my readers and I hope it hasn’t been rough at all.

On with the favourites!

  • Japanese Character Bath Bombs.

Whilst I was in Japan I used quite a few of the character bath bombs they had for sale in the shops. They didn’t cost much (Between £2-£4 depending on the character and store) and were really nice to have handy in the hotel room if we’d had a long day of walking and needed a soak. Dane actually used and had more baths than me, which was a massive shock! We’ve brought loads of these back to the UK with us, as we loved them so much. They often come with the characters inside that is on the cover. For example I picked up a shiba dog bath bomb and hence got a little white shiba dog inside, so cute! These weren’t bad for the price and one bath bomb was definitely enough to feel pampered. I felt soft and smooth after using one of these in the bath. I honestly recommend them if you’re in Japan! I feel like they’re better than Lush to be honest with you… 😉

  • Etude House Dear Darling Water Gel Tint in shade RD302 Dracula Red.

I bought this lip tint whilst I was out in Japan and I honestly regret not buying more! It’s a gorgeous dark red shade I have had my eye on for years! It wasn’t expensive either, which was even better. Aside from my Laneige lip bar, this lip tint (review here) was my go to lip product the duration of my holiday! It’s really easy to apply and a little bit of this product goes a long way. I mostly like to use it to give a bitten look to my lips, which wasn’t easy to do with this lip tint at first, but the more I have done it, the easier it has gotten. I will be writing a review on this lip tint, as it’s too good not to share on my blog!

  • L’Occitane Zesty Lime Hand Cream.

I haven’t used this hand cream for quite some time, which is mostly down to using up other hand creams first! This is a gorgeous thick hand cream that smells of limes, yummy!  I remember stocking up on loads of these during my MA in 2015 so I have a lot to use up! I decided to take one with me to Japan to use during the day and it really was a treat to use in the mornings before we ventured out for the day, as well as whilst we were out and about. I’ve stopped using it since we got home, but this really did help my hands when they were feeling dry and sore. I was recently diagnosed with having a form of dermatitis on my hand, which kept flaring up during the trip. This hand cream really did help it on bad days, alongside my dermatitis creams.

  • Tepika Hand Sanitiser.

I know this is a strange one to add this month to my favourites but I just need to mention it for so many reasons! First of all look at the packaging… It has a cute little happy raccoon on it! Due to this me and Dane called this the “happy raccoon” whenever we wanted to use it. Aside from the cute raccoon on the front, this was also really good because it didn’t smell overly alcoholic, was gentle on my eczema skin and the packaging was handy for how you get the product out… I feel like that last part didn’t make sense! Either way this stuff is amazing and I honestly need to try and figure out a way to ship some over to the UK!!!

  • Marc Jacobs Decadence EDP.

This is a perfume I keep reaching for at the moment and it’s the one I took with me to Japan too. The scent is perfect for any time of year and any occasion. My brother bought it for me quite a while ago now and it was so funny how this perfume came to be my gift. Just before Christmas in 2015 I went to Fuerteventura with my dad for a few weeks. This perfume was quite new so I decided to give it a try and see what I thought of it. I loved it and was close to buying it… But instead me and my dad went to a bar for some drinks. Just as we sat down with drinks my brother called my dad and said, “I’ve given mom Nat’s Christmas present.” Fast forward to Christmas Day… My brother bought me Decadence… Which I had nearly bought! How crazy is that?! So yeah, this is one of my favourite perfumes and I always wear it when I fancy something unique and different. I also love the bottle is comes in, which is in the shape of a handbag, strap included… 😛

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

Favourite TV Show – Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer.

I actually watched this documentary towards the end of December but thought it was worth a mention as I really enjoyed watching it. What you think is a documentary about a cat killer, actually turns out to be a human murder. I remember Dane telling me about the murder not long after we got together, so when we discovered what the documentary was about, we were even more interested whilst watching it! This documentary is very triggering in various ways and upsetting due to that. I love watching stuff like this, so I really enjoyed it. Definitely go and watch on Netflix if you can!

Favourite Movie – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

I watched this film on the flight home from Japan and it was really good! I don’t recall if me and Dane wanted to go and watch it in the cinema when it came out here, but either way we got to both watch it for free! It’s about an actor and his stuntman, as well as some other characters throughout. It’s all based around true events, as well as fictional characters. Whilst it’s a great film, I did start to wonder halfway through, “Where’s this going? What’s the point?”. This was quickly answered however, in such an amazing way! I honestly recommend you watch this film if you get the chance to! It’s not the best from Quentin Tarantino, but it’s still decent. 🙂

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Favourite Book – …

I didn’t read anything as I was on holiday… This was not a holiday where I could lounge around and read… I swear I am going to start reading more now I’m back from Japan. I have so much manga to catch up on. I need to make a monthly list of which series/volumes I plan to read!!!

Favourite Album – My Chemical Romance – “Welcome to the Black Parade”.

With the announcement of My Chemical Romance coming to the UK for 3 dates in June, I have been listening to them loads both during my time in Japan as well as when I got back home. I tried to order tickets to the first 2 shows My Chemical Romance announced, but was unsuccessful, which sucked. I was definitely in a sulk about this… UNTIL my friend Claire brought it to my attention that they had announced a third show! I managed to get tickets which I was SO HAPPY ABOUT!!! That day I did nothing but listen to My Chemical Romance during my shift at work. It was bliss and I loved every moment of it. 😛 I’m so excited for June now, I’ll be going with Dane too and it’ll also be the third time seeing them live… YAY!

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Favourite Game – Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX.

I know this game is only a demo at the moment but I have been LOVING it so much! I played both of the original Mysery Dungeon games this one is based off of and I was beyond excited to give the demo at go. I played a little of it on my way to Japan on the plane, but I played more of it on my way home whilst we waited to board out flight, as well as on the plane. It looks amazing and plays really well. I’ve already pre ordered the game and cannot wait for it to arrive! I’m going to finally be kept busy on my Switch again in March and I am beyond excited for that!

So my first favourites post of 2020 is complete! I cannot believe it is already the start of February. Can you guys believe how quickly 2020 is going by already?!

How was the first month of 2020 for you guys? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below, as well as what your favourites were this month!

Until next time all, take care and have an amazing weekend. 🙂

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November Favourites ’18

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We are FINALLY in December and I’m not quite sure if I’m excited or meh about Christmas yet… Or the fact that 2018 has flown so damn quickly! Also I’m 29 in almost less than a month. Urgh can’t deal with that right now. 😛

I’m going to try so hard to do Blogmas this year as I would really like to. It wouldn’t be something special every day, but it would at least be SOMETHING on my blog, you know? I’d mostly try and fill quiet days in with advent calendar stuff, as well as what I’ve been up to.

Due to the fact November flew by so quickly, I feel like I never got the chance to really think much about what I loved. I had a long think about it though and I finally came up with what I loved throughout the previous month!

  • Marc Jacobs Decadence EDP.

My brother actually bought me this perfume a couple of years ago for Christmas AND I KNOW perfume has a use by date on it (like all things…) but I never adhere to these things. 😛 I really love this scent as it’s so unique and yet has a feminine and slight masculine scent. The bottle itself is gorgeous! This is a proper going out perfume, but I love using it all the time. I’ve used this most of November and it’s reminded me 1. How much I love it and 2. How well my brother actually knows me when it comes down to perfume! 😛 He always buys me the best stuff. 🙂

  • Simple Kind To Eyes Soothing Eye Balm.

This isn’t the BEST eye balm in the world, in the sense of it isn’t helping any ageing lines that I might be starting to get… However I was quite poorly for a couple of weeks in November with labyrinthitis. It honestly sucked. This eye balm really helped though when I felt tired and like shit. I do really love this eye balm, it’s not thick and heavy like most eye creams. It’s really light and leaves a lovely cooling feeling after.

  • Lush Prince Of Darkness Fresh Face Mask (review here).

I picked up this face mask from Lush at the start of November when I went into London. Aside from online the only place you can get this face mask in store is in the Oxford Street store in London. I had 5 empty black pots so I picked this up for free! It’s by far one of my favourite face masks and I use it once a week. It really does help my skin after I’ve had a bad breakout. It clears out my pores and scrubs my face to make it lovely and soft. I definitely recommend giving this a go if you’re combination skin like I am!

  • Vaseline Lip Therapy Aloe Vera.

This is my life saver and game changer! I’ve been on and off over the years about which lip balms have changed my life. Last year when my lips kept splitting in the corners this was something I ended up buying to try and help my lips. It helped so much! Since then I use this daily, whether I’m in or out of the house. It’s also great to use underneath lipstick to keep my lips lovely and soft. Out of all the flavours, scents etc out there the aloe vera one is by far my favourite. 🙂

  • The Body Shop Banana Body Butter.

Since I started using The Body Shop banana range, it’s certainly made me realise how much I love The Body Shop for their products. They’re just great and at an affordable price too! I LOVED the banana range and I’m so gutted it’s now gone. It wasn’t around long enough for my liking. BUT I love using the body butter on my hands to keep them lovely and soft. I know this is really odd, but their hand cream doesn’t do anything for me. Only the hemp one works. I do love this though as it smells delicious and really does moisturise my hands when they need some major TLC!

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

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Favourite TV Show – The Office (US) and Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai.

I couldn’t just name one TV show this month. I loved both of these equally! Thanks to Dane’s brother and his girlfriend we discovered that The Office (US) is fucking hilarious! I’d watched the UK version of it growing up and rather liked it, in a weird way. There are some really funny and iconic moments in the show, but my favourite part is how frustrating Jim and Pam are! In the sense you want them to hurry up and get together. 😛 Jim is by far my favourite character and the way John Krasinski plays him, he does such an amazing job at making the character so natural, normal and relateable.

The second show I’ve been loving is an anime that Dane has been watching for a while now, but every time he’s asked me to watch it, I was either too busy with my blog, playing games or I just couldn’t be arsed to watch it. Finally I gave in and began to watch it towards the end of November. Oh man it’s such a good anime and I’m glad I decided to watch it sooner rather than later! It’s about a guy who sees a girl dressed up a bunny girl in the library and he’s the only one who can see her! Then it goes on from there. It’s definitely worth a watch as it’s pretty unique. It’s on Funimation and Crunchyroll and is only subbed.

Favourite Film – Bohemian Rhapsody.

Oh man I honestly LOVED this film so much! I actually saw it at the end of October but it was pointless mentioning it last month. Alongside Deadpool 2, this was definitely one of my favourite films this year. It was amazing, beyond amazing! I grew up listening to Queen with my mom in the car whenever we were out and about so I do have a love for the band. When the trailer for this first came out I KNEW I needed to go and see it, Dane wanted to see it too. However as the release date loomed Dane changed his mind, “I don’t think I’ll enjoy it as much as I thought I would.” I was desperate to see it and as I didn’t think I’d be able to go with anyone else, I booked it regardless for us both. We left the cinema with Dane loving the film more than I did! I cried throughout the film and I just felt for Freddie Mercury. It makes me wish he was still alive. If it’s still showing and you haven’t seen this film yet, please do.

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Favourite Book – Giant Spider & Me.

I discovered this book whilst I was visited my friend Sophi in London. I was after a new manga to read online as I’d read all my books I’d taken with me for entertainment on the way there. I can’t remember how I discovered this manga to be honest with you, I just know I found it on a UK anime and manga blog. It sounded weird but different, so I gave it a go and whilst I didn’t fall in love with it, it’s something I found myself reading each morning I woke up, as well as partly the way home from London. I occasionally read it before I head into work if I get there early. It’s based in a post apocalyptic world where this girl lives on her own and whilst out she finds the giant spider, who ends up becoming her pet/friend and lives with her. From there she starts to meet more people who have to come to accept the giant spider etc. It’s a very sweet manga and one I recommend people to read, especially if you hate spiders. This isn’t a normal spider and I don’t mean in just the size of it. 😛

Favourite Music – Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.

This is by far my favourite Foo Fighters album. As odd as it sounds it’s been there for me through so much over the years. When I’ve been happy, sad, angry and depressed. Lately I’ve listened to it loads as it’s such a great diving album to listen to. I love listening to it before I go to work as well as before I head to my pole and hoop classes with my bestie Jacqui. I’ve popped the whole album above so you can give it a listen for yourselves if you haven’t already. Some of my favourite tracks from it are “The Pretender”, “Let It Die”, “Long Road To Ruin”, “Come Alive”, “Stranger Things Have Happened”, “Summers End”, “Statues” and “Home”. So most of the album really. 😉

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Favourite Game – Spyro Reignited Trilogy and Pokemon Let’s Go: Eevee.

Oh man November was just full of games and being poor. 😛 Spyro and Pokemon are both massive games from my childhood and both make me feel really nostalgic. Within the space of a few days both Spryo Reignited and Pokemon Let’s Go came out! I’m still working my way through both games. 😛 First of all I want to say how much I was pissed off about Spyro. Not in the sense of the game but how bloody pisstakey it was for me to get it! So I pre ordered it back in August ready for the original release date of September. The game was pushed back to November so I had to wait another couple of months. Fine. BUT when I didn’t even get it the day it came out due to “courier issues” I was pissed. So I complained to Amazon and they ended up refunding me for the game and allowing me to keep it. It arrived the next day. So I’m pretty chuffed by that result. 😛

ANYWAY on about the game! I LOVE Spyro Reignited so much and they did such a good job on it! I played some of the first Spyro game but fast got bored after I finished the first world and levels. I felt like it lacked what the second and third games brought to the table. So I ended up moving onto the second game, which I’ve nearly completed! They’ve got some of the old voice actors back to reprise their previous roles, as well as some new ones. I love that Cassandra Morris (voice of Morgana in Persona 5, as well as many other things!) does some voice work in the game. I haven’t played the third game yet, but I know I’ll soon get to that this month!

With Pokemon Let’s Go I decided to opt for the Eevee option as it’s one of my favourite Pokemon. I loved Pikachu growing up, but the older I’ve got the more overrated Pikachu has become. Nintendo did such a good job with this game and aww man I couldn’t be happier with it! I think I’ve only had one issue with it so far and that’s that the 2 player option is shite. It’s not for adults really, it’s for children to play with their parents and introduce them to playing Pokemon. It’s a great idea to be honest and there’s nothing wrong with it per say. It’s just not any good for older gamers. Dane has also loved playing this and intends to take it with him whenever he has to work away from home! We’ll probably end up getting the Pikachu version sooner rather than later. 😛 Dane even contemplated getting me a Switch so I could play at the same time as him. The catching system for the game is amazing and works really well! This being said I’ve only used the Poke Ball controller (which I bought with the game) which I find looks like it works better than the joy cons. They seem super faffy! Handheld mode is definitely the best way to play the game though. I plan to write a massive post about the game eventually (probably this month tbf…) so I don’t want to talk too much about it to be honest.

So those are my favourites from November, the month that went by in the blink of an eye and left me feeling poorly and poor! 😛

How was November for you guys? What were you loving throughout the month? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Again, I am going to try and do Blogmas this year, but don’t get too excited for it as to be honest I can’t see it happening. xD

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re kicking off December with Christmas music and films. 😛

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March Favourites ’17

Wow it’s April already? I know I say this every month of every year but this year really is going fast already. It’s April now and with this month comes Dane’s birthday as well as us having some time off of work to do some stuff to the house. I can’t wait for mine and Dane’s week off together to be honest.

So it’s time for me to talk about my favourites from March, yay! AND don’t forget I now talk about lifestyle favourites every month now too. Double yay!

  • NSpa Fruit Extracts Strawberry Shower and Bath Gel.

I recently picked up this shower and bath gel on a random visit to Asda. I love the NSpa products and have never faulted them for their products, especially the shower and bath gels. I’ve tried various flavours but I’d never seen the strawberry one until that visit. We snapped it up straight away and both gave it a go in the shower the next morning. Oh my it is amazing! It smells just like strawberry lace sweeties which Dane loved. It reminds me of The Body Shop strawberry shower gel but this isn’t as nice. BUT I did find that this one is more moisturing! It’s also BRIGHT RED which is amazing, especially if you pop it into the bath. It smells amazing first thing in the morning and really wakes and perks you up for the day ahead. I definitely recommend giving it a go if you love strawberry flavoured things.

  • Blistex Relief Cream.

I mentioned last month in my February favourites (which you can read here) that my lips are suffering quite a lot lately and are constantly sore, uncomfortable and splitting. Since buying this lip cream it’s not been so bad, BUT my lips are still very sore and splitting. I’m going to blame stress and being in the cold quite a lot at work right now. If it doesn’t go though in the next week I’ll be going to the doctors as it’s becoming a joke now. It isn’t cold sores, it’s just weird. xD

  • Marc Jacobs Oh Lola EDP.

I recently dug this out of my perfume box recently and I actually forgot how much I love the scent. It’s very floral and refreshing and not only does it remind me of summer days, but also of Bristol, where me and Dane went for our first anniversary together. I think when this is finished I’ll be repurchasing it in the future. I want to get through quite a bit of my perfume collection at the moment so I can try some new scents.

  • Superdrug Refreshing Hydrogel Eye Patches.

I found these in Superdrug of late when buying my mom’s Mother’s Day present and I couldn’t pass up the chance to give them a go. I bought three as they were on a 3 for 2 offer and they don’t break the bank at almost £1.50 each. I’ve given two of them a go so far and they really do help if you have tired eyes. I haven’t found they help my dark circles but they don’t really claim to help with this. I’m currently working very early shifts right now so after a tired week of that these really do help when used before bed. I leave them on for a good 15-20 minutes whilst reading a book or playing with an app on my phone. Lovely!

  • St.Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub.

I mentioned this back in August on my favourites and I’m mentioning it again because I was recently reminded how good it is. I have always used it with a wet face and hands and although it did scrub my skin and leave it feeling lovely and soft, I didn’t feel like it was leaving me as soft as I wanted to be. However I recently tried it without wetting my face and hands and I find that it works so much better! You are supposed to use it on wet skin but meh. Although I have sensitive skin I don’t scrub too hard and don’t have any issues. It leaves my skin feeling baby soft and gorgeous. My love for this scrub has been renewed!

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

Favourite TV Show – K-On

Dane recently introduced me to K-On, an anime about a group of high school girls who meet through the band club at school. You see them as they all develop as a band and how they do with their music. We’ve now finished season one and are soon to start season two. I love it so much! All the girls are adorable and the songs throughout the show are catchy and right up my street. My favourite character is Mio, the bass player who is the mature one of the group, but who is also scared of most things, especially singing on stage. 😛 I love her for that, as well as her being a left handed bass player like myself.

Favourite Film – A Silence Voice

I was so excited to go and watch this anime film! I wanted to book the first showing with Dane but sadly due to him working we weren’t able to. It looked like we had lost our only chance to go and watch this in the cinema but with a random Google search I found out they were doing one showing at The Electric in Birmingham. I booked it straight away and not long after I did it had sold out. This is definitely one of my favourite films of the year (including Logan) and I wish I could go and watch it again! I’ve attached the trailer above so you can see what it’s like.

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Favourite Book – A Silent Voice

I had wanted to read the manga of this whilst I was reading Your Lie in April, as it was advertised at the end of each volume. I had already bought the first two volumes before we went to watch the anime film version, however just before going to watch it I ended up buying all seven volumes as I knew I wanted to read the rest after reading the first two. It has fast turned into my favourite manga series and I cannot wait to write a blog post about it as well as the anime when I finish the series. It’s about Shoya a cocky school boy who becomes a bully when deaf girl Shoko joins his class. She ends up leaving the school and he’s left on his own as a punishment for his actions by the rest of the children in his class. Years later he learns sign language so he can apologise for his actions years previously and from there we see how their friendship grows, as well as many more. It is a beautiful manga and one I recommend everyone to read.

Favourite Song – Sex Whales & Phantom Sage – One Day.

I LOVE songs that are brought out by NCS for so many reasons! Most of them I find are of the chilled electronic style which I love and are free to use. I can’t recall where I heard this song, but I’m pretty sure it was from a blogger or YouTuber. Either way it’s amazing and very chilled, something I can see me blasting throughout the summer both at home as well as on the move. I’m hoping to start doing YouTube videos this year and NCS songs are what I’d be using on any future videos.

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Favourite Game – ???

Erm I can’t lie I haven’t played any games this month… Most of my time has been focused on reading manga in all honesty… Is that bad? 😛 I really do need to pick up Pokemon Moon again though! As well as some of my Lego games. We did buy Lego Worlds when it was released and whilst Dane loves it, I’m not a huge fan. I’m not used to playing Lego games like that and as silly as it sounds it creeped me out a tad. 😛

So those were my favourites from March. It was hard to think of stuff I loved this month apart from the shower and bath gel and the Blistex cream. Only because I just didn’t take much notice really. That and due to my lips being sore lip products other than balms or creams are a no no, which makes me very sad. 😦

What were you loving throughout March? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

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

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March ’16 Favourites

Hello April, where did you come from? This year really is flying by, and quite frankly I’m pretty happy about that right now… But I can’t say why yet. 😛 SORRY (not sorry)!

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  • Marc Jacobs Oh, Lola! EDP (link)

I bought this perfume nearly two years ago when I went to Bristol for a long weekend for our first anniversary. I had wanted it for ages, so when I picked it up for a bargain I was super pleased! It’s a lovely light scent, which lasts agggges! I’ve been using it loads at work lately for the transfer from winter to spring. The bottle itself is beautiful, but due to how clunky the lid is, I often take it off when I take it out with me. I would recommend this scent for anyone, as I find alongside Decadence it’s one of the nicest scents.

  • Antipodes Deliverance Hand Cream (link)

My friend Poppy bought me this for Christmas, which I only recently received from her. It’s a gorgeous light hand cream, that really packs a punch! Lately my eczema on my hands is REALLY bad and this hasn’t worked on its own. However when I used this alongside my eczema cream it works like a charm. It smells beautiful and zesty too, which I love for when the summer comes around.

  • Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Unicorn Blood (link)

I bought this liquid lipstick from my friend Claire (from memory) in February, and I really do love this shade! I’d had my eye on it from the day Jeffree Star announced it, but was never able to pick myself up a tube due to it being forever sold out! I bought it from Claire (check her blog out here) for £10! BARGAIN! I don’t wear it alllll the time, but I do love it when I do. It applies like a dream, and lasts ages. OH and it doesn’t stain either. I’ll be reviewing this very soon.

  • Snow Fairy Shower Gel

How can this not be on my favourites? Like every month of the year!? I’ve been using this every other day when I fancied using it, and I always forget what an amazing shower gel it is. It smells gorgeous, the scent lasts ages, and my skin always feels and looks gorgeous after use too. I just need to get a body lotion of this now, and I’ll die happy. 😛 I still have my one 1kg bottle of this, as well as two 500g bottles. So I think I have enough to last me until Lush bring this out again in October. 😛

  • Miss Sporty Clear Mascara (link)

I have used his clear mascara on and off since I turned 14, so well over ten years now! I’ve used it on my eyelashes, as well as on my eyebrows, but I just use it for the latter now. I have big eyebrows (as you can probably see…) and it can be hard to keep them in place sometimes, so I use this clear mascara to keep them in place. It’s cheap as chips at just £2.99 too! It helps keep my brows in place all day, so it can’t get any better than that.

Those are my favourite beauty products from March! What products did you love using throughout March? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time, take care all, and here’s to April! 😛

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January ’16 Favourites

New Year, new monthly posts! I love doing these so much, and always look forward to writing a new one at the end of each month. I’m not changing the way I write these at all, and will stick to the same format that I usually do. My favourite five products of the month. This year I’ll try not to repeat any products, but if I do alas, it just means it’s an amazing product!

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  • Lush The Comforter Shower Cream. (link)

This is a shower cream I received in one of the many Lush gift sets I got over Christmas and my birthday. I have a couple of bottles of these so I decided to start using one as a nice treat. It smells so delicious, and I already know I’ll be buying a huge bottle in future. It smells just like The Comforter bubble bar and is really strong. The scent lasts on the skin most of the day, which is great! When I first used this it didn’t foam up that well, but since then it has been great. This has been great to use before I start early shifts at work, as it really does wake me up. My boyfriend seems to really like this as well!

  • The Body Shop Africa Ximenia & Salt Scrub. (link)

I picked up this beauty in the Boxing Day sales, and I really do love it! I can see picking this up over and over again as it is just an amazing body scrub. I actually used it on my boyfriends back whilst he had a bath to give him a massage, and he loved it. It leaves your skin feeling silky smooth, and you don’t need a lot as it’s super thick and goes a long way. Due to the ingredients it leaves a lovely smoothness behind that only a body lotion could do. I intend to keep the pot it came in too so I can try to create my own coffee scrub. I recommend this if you have dry skin like me, as this is perfect!

  • Marc Jacobs Decadence EDP. (link)

This is a perfume my brother bought me for Christmas, and it was by far one of the nicest gifts I received! My brother always picks the best perfumes and this is probably the best he’s ever bought for me. I tried this out whilst I was on holiday and I loved it so much. I didn’t buy it though as I thought, “No I have enough perfume!” and it’s a good job I didn’t considering my brother bought me this before/during my holiday! I honestly can’t describe the scent as it’s such a unique one, very masculine smelling in my opinion. It reminds me of Illamasqua’s perfume to be honest! This is by far best fragrance by Marc Jacobs and I wish he would make more like this. I’ve been wearing this quite a lot throughout the month. I love it so much.

  • Aromi Beauty Liquid Lipstick in shade Miss Mauve. (link)

I’ve gone a little liquid lipstick crazy recently (honestly I really have!) and this is one of my recent purchases, and also one of my favourites. I reviewed it recently, which you can check out here. This is a gorgeous mauve shade, which feels so comfortable and creamy on the lips. Due to the light shade it’s really wearable too, and one I have found myself reaching for for work when I fancy wearing something nice. If I fancy anything OTT and awesome, I’ll always go for my Jeffree Star shades, or MAC. I would love to try more Aromi Beauty lipsticks in the future. This one is just perfect, and I’m so glad I picked it up when I did as it’s currently sold out on Cocktail Cosmetics website!

  • Laura Geller Matte Maker Invisible Oil Blotting Powder. (link)

This was one of my Christmas presents from my mom, and it was very much appreciated as I was in need of a new face powder. I think she knew that, which made this even nicer. I have been using this to set my The POREfessional by Benefit and it works really nicely with that to help keep my face matte for most of the day. I could probably do with taking this to work so I can powder during my break… But meh I’m too lazy for that! I just love this powder, and I recommend it as a finishing powder for sure.

So those were my favourites for January! Wow the first monthly favourites has come and gone already. I can see this year flying by already, I can’t believe it’s February now.

What products did you love during January? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time, take care all!

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Christmas Presents!

Merry Christmas one and all! Even if it is a tad too late to say now… Everyone is saying, “Happy New Year!” at the moment, aren’t they?

ANYWAY! Christmas has come and gone once again, and as you can tell from my absence the past couple of days, I’ve had a really good one this year. I spent the morning over at my boyfriend’s house with his family, which was lovely. We hadn’t done this yet, so it really did make a nice change. Then in the evening we came over to my house, which was super chilled out. Perfect Christmas!

I worked Boxing Day, which sucked but it was a laugh with my colleagues and we all talked about our Christmas Day’s, and what we got for Christmas.

Tonight I’ll be sharing what goodies I received for Christmas! As I’ve stated the past couple of years when writing these sorts of posts, I am in no way bragging, or showing off about what I received for Christmas. I love reading posts like this (because I’m a nosey cow!) so I always imagine people would enjoy reading mine too… Especially anyone who loves foxes, and anime/manga related goodies, as that’s what the majority was which I received.

I also want to apologise for crappy pictures. These were taken late at night, I was shattered after a busy day, and I knew if I didn’t get something taken, I would have nothing to write about now as I’ve literally not had any time.

So, here are my presents!

As you can see I received a lot of gifts, and this isn’t even all of it! Nope, there is more…

As I mentioned in my holiday haul post here my dad bought me this gorgeous Michael Kors Riley handbag! It has been my go to bag ever since the holiday, and I can see it being used pretty much forever now… I love using it for work as it’s so light to carry and it fits the right amount of items in.

One of the best presents I received for Christmas was nightwear. I haven’t received any for quite some time, so when my boyfriends parents bought me this fox slipper socks, and my boyfriend bought me these woodland animal pajamas, I was thrilled! The pajamas he bought me are so damn comfortable as well! I wore them from Christmas Day to this morning, and I wish I could be wearing them now. I love long-sleeved pajama tops!

My boyfriends family were really generous and lovely this year with their presents to me. My boyfriends brother and his girlfriend bought me Lush, and although my boyfriend states that they didn’t know which gift set I was after, they bought me the exact one! I’d eyed this set up only a week ago in Lush, due to it coming with Twilight Shower Gel, which is a limited edition product, and only comes out in the Lush Kitchen. I haven’t used it yet, but I can’t wait to.

My boyfriends parents bought me various little bits and pieces, from the fox slippers mentioned earlier, a cute little candle with squirrels on it, and this beautiful fox pillow. I snuggled it all morning after opening it, and it now sits lovely on my bed… I’m leaning against it right now, and it’s so fluffy and comfortable! They also bought me some Pandora, but I’m saving that until last.

My families gifts were lovely, and to the point. Alongside all these my mom also bought me a navy dressing gown, but I never got a picture of it, sorry. One of the nicest presents she bought me was this gorgeous fox mug! I had told her I wanted it from Avon for a while, and she offered to pick it up for me. Alas she told me it had sold out, and had secretly hidden it for Christmas. She also bought me a cute little fox purse. I’m unsure what I’ll use it for at the moment, but I’m sure I’ll soon find a use for it. The hair towels were a complete surprise, and I was keen on getting some new ones, so these pink ones will do just the job! I love using these towels to dry my long hair, they really do the trick. As my mom did last year, she has done it again and bought me a new face powder, only this time on by Laura Geller. So far since getting it a few days ago I’ve been using it and it’s lovely, I cannot complain.

My brother is great when it comes to presents, he always gets good ones, and usually he’ll get perfume. He never knows what perfume I’m after (because I don’t really talk to him about that sort of thing) but he always seems to get me something that I think, “Ooo that’s nice… Meh too much money…” and it makes me smile. This year he has bought me the latest scent by Marc Jacobs, Decadence. I can’t even describe the scent for this. It’s pretty unique, and reminds me of something that Thierry Mugler would come out with. The bottle for this does astonish me too, with its little handbag design. This came in a gift set with a shower gel, which I used on Boxing Day. I intend to wear this on my birthday.

My boyfriend bought me so much stuff! Like SO much stuff! But in return, I also bought him lots of things. The majority of what he seemed to pick up for me, they were fox themed. He’s never bought me this much fox related stuff before, which surprised me. He bought me a fox umbrella, and a fox car air freshener from a company called The Fox Project, a charity which helps foxes that have been hurt, and need urgent treatment. Along these he also bought me two pairs of fox socks from M&S, as well as a fox mug. Said mug now lives at his house, as I’m always pestering him for tea and coffee.

Alongside fox related items he had a habit for buying me lots of books this year (as I did for him too), and Umaru-Chan related goodies. He bought me two of these later items, one being a t-shirt, the other this adorable little notebook! I’ll be using that for work as a blog writing book. As I already mentioned, he bought me books, four in total. Three being books 10, 11, and 12 from the Nana manga, and one being the Pewdiepie book, This Book Loves You. I intend to go through it on my day off Wednesday.

As well as that he also picked up this cute little polar bear, as something I can snuggle when at his house, a Simon’s Cat calendar for next year, and a little Yankee Candle Christmas Eve votive candle.

He also bought me a special Pandora charm, but I’ll be going into more detail about that shortly.

These were two of the best presents I received from my boyfriend. I knew I was getting the Umaru-Chan Nendoroid, but the Baymax Pop! Vinyl was a complete surprise to me! I had told him I wanted it, but I didn’t know if he would buy him for me or not.

I am a massive fan of Big Hero 6, and Baymax really melted my heart. I can’t even remember how many times I cried when we went to watch Big Hero 6… It was a lot though! I’m not a huge Pop! Vinyl fan, I think the majority of the figures they release and sell look crap with how their paint work has been done. HOWEVER some of them do look amazing, and Baymax is one of these. He’s pearlescent in colour, and is bigger than normal Pop! Vinyl’s, which I actually really like.

As for Umaru-Chan she’s a gorgeous little figure, and one I fast fell in love with. I have spoken on my blog before about how much I love the anime that she originates from, and so when I got into the anime, my boyfriend knew he had to order the figure for me. I want to open her so badly, but she’s just too nice to open her. Instead I shall just gaze at her from afar and one day-dream of opening her.

Finally we have the two Pandora charms I was given this year. One from my boyfriend, and one from his parents. His parents gave me the little puppy charm (on the right) that is wearing a cute little red Father Christmas hat. It is such a little cute charm, and I wish I could have got some better pictures of it, but alas I couldn’t at the time. He’s sitting down, with his tongue sticking out. It’s a real cutie to add to my bracelet.

The charm my boyfriend bought for me is the fox (on the left) and it isn’t actually an official Pandora… But I don’t care about that! Pandora are taking too long to release a fox charm (you watch, they will now!) so when my boyfriend saw this one for sale on The Fox Project he snapped it up. It’s a cute little fox lying on a log, and I imagine trying to have a snooze. I love this charm so much because it really does stand out on the whole bracelet.

So that’s all… Wait… That isn’t ALL my presents? Is it?

My mom bought me a Kitchen Aid for Christmas. You know, like the ones they use on The Great British Bake Off? YES ONE OF THOSE! I was gobsmacked when I opened a massive present to not only see this, but a ceramic bowl, as well as a five piece kitchen/culinary set to use with the mixer as well. For weeks my mom has been lying about this massive box in the living room, saying it was something my brother had ordered… But it never budged. Until I came home for Christmas, and it had moved and was covered in wrapping paper. I am so excited to use it, even though I’m not 100% sure when I will yet. When I do, I’m sure I’ll have some sort of blog post about it.

Now, that IS all I received for Christmas. Although I did receive a wash set from my sister-in-law, and nephews, and I am yet to see what friends have bought me.

But yes, that is all my presents from Christmas ’15! What did you get for Christmas? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below, or even link me to your blog post about it if you’re a blogger.

Until next time, take care all and I hope you have a nice rest after Christmas. I would love one, that’s for sure. 😛

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July Favourites 2015

Wow hello August, where did you come from? July went by super quick and I was sad about it passing by so quickly, what with London and everything. It’s also been a stressful month money wise. It’s been a real mix match of good and bad, and I can safely say I’m happy to have August upon us. I really want this month to be the start of a new start for me.

Throughout July I’ve loved loads of products, but I can only really talk about five… So it was tough to only pick this many!

  • Aussie Shower Gel in Shower Smoothie.

I bought this shower gel whilst it was on offer, and I also wanted to pick it up for when I went to London. It smells so yummy, just like the shampoo, a very unique scent, and a gorgeous one at that! I haven’t used this loads, but for how much I did use it, I know I’ve loved using it the times I did last month. It’s creamy, lathers up beautifully, and just smells gorgeous. It also leaves me feeling soft and smooth after use too, which is always a bonus. From memory this is the only shower gel that smells like the shampoo… But don’t quote me! I picked up the big bottle on offer for £2, so I recommend stocking up on these whilst they’re on offer, as whilst they’re amazing shower gels and worth every penny, nearly £5.00 for a shower gel that isn’t a high brand is a bit cheeky…

  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder.

I stopped using this a couple of months back as for some reason the screw on the pot went funny, and so did the filter area too so I grew too paranoid to use it. As my MAC finishing powder is coming to an end, I decided I would start using this again, and I’m so glad I did because I forgot how damn amazing it is! This is a light finishing powder that really does go a long way, and leaves my skin looking matte and oil free. I don’t even need to top this up either throughout the day, which is great of course. The only problem with it is the packaging, but I think I just got a dodgy pot, sad to say.

  • EOS Lip Balm in Blueberry Acai.

I’ve owned this lip balm well over a year (which I doubt is a good thing!) and I loved it when I first picked it up… But I soon began to fall out of love with it and the hype behind EOS soon disappeared. However I’ve started using it again recently during pole dancing classes, whenever I just need to pop out the house quickly to run some errands, and especially before bed. This stuff alongside The Body Shop’s Lip Butter in Coconut has really helped my lips recently. I seem to be getting a lot of cold sores, which sucks but these have both really helped. I especially love the scent and taste of this lip balm. EOS really aren’t worth all the hype, nor the price but they do the job and are cute to pull out of your handbag when out on the go.

  • Marc Jacobs EDP in Oh, Lola!.

I bought this perfume a year ago in Bristol and whenever I use it, it always reminds me of there. This is also a must have scent for summer as it’s fruity, yet a warming scent. It’s definitely one I would have lived in during my teen years. It’s a light scent too, which makes it perfect for evenings out with friends. I took it to London with me and wore it loads when out and about, especially in the evening when we went to see The Book of Mormon. It’s just been a handbag staple whilst the weather has been nice. I think this was a limited edition perfume too, as I was having a look for it recently online and hardly any retailers sell it now, which makes me sad.

  • MAC Lipstick in Pink Pearl Pop.

A new MAC lipstick, yes and it was a bargain at £5.50! I bought this from a blog sale recently and it’s been one of my wish list MAC items for a couple of years now. I was worried when I first applied it to my lips that it was too bright for my skin tone, but since the first wear I have delightfully discovered it’s the perfect shade for me and a staple for summer! I’m hoping to go away on holiday again in November/December so this will probably be my go to shade when I go!

So those were my favourites for July! What products did you love using last month? Make sure to let me know in the comments below.

Until next time all, take care and here’s to another month!

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Spring Tag!

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I love spring, it means the weather is beginning to get warmer and lighter nights are just around the corner. Since getting back from my holiday I’ve been lusting after warmer weather and not needing to layer up and wear my parka. I just want to wear my pleather jacket again, as well as my dresses and playsuits.

It’s officially spring today! So what better way to start off spring 2015 on my blog, than a spring tag!

1. Favorite spring nail polish?
I like my cream and pastel shades for spring, and I’ll definitely be wearing my Models Own Speckled polishes (post about them here). They remind me of Mini Eggs, which I love. As well as that I’ll probably be wearing my Illamasqua Raindrops (review here) polish as I love that shade for spring too.

2. What is your must-have lip color this spring?
I’m swaying towards pinks this spring, mostly nude pinks as I’ve recently got into wearing this shade and I really like it. As well as that I always like to rock a hot pink shade too. You can’t go wrong with pink! One I’ll probably wear a lot is Miley Cyrus’ Viva Glam lipstick (review here).

3. Show us your favorite spring dress!
I have so many favourites! I love my Dr. Martens dress (lookbook here), as well as my Miss Selfridge playsuit which I wore on holiday and will continue to wear in the spring and summer in the UK. Here are some pictures of both dresses…

4. What’s your favorite flower?
I don’t reallllly like flowers to be honest and I put this down to having hayfever… But if I had to choose one it would probably be sunflowers and lilies.

5. Favorite spring scarf/accessory?
Favourite spring scarf is definitely my white skull one that I bought three years ago (wow time flies!). It’s light and perfect to wear with dresses in the spring and summer.

6. What spring trend(s) are you most excited about this year? (Makeup, fashion or both!)
I am really liking the look of the 70’s trend, as I find the style that was out then was pretty nice and looked lovely. When it comes to make up and hair, I don’t really bother with those trends as I just wear my hair how I want to, and same with my lipstick too. Clothes wise, I am in desperate need of a make over! So I may go down the 70’s route!

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7. Favorite spring candle?
I’ll burn anything throughout the year, but I think out of all my Yankee Candles the candles I’ll be burning most throughout spring will be Sweet Strawberry and Sweet Apple (post about them both here). They’re perfect for spring and smell delicious too. They’re simple too which is great for spring.

8. Favorite body spray/perfume for spring?
Ooo this is a tough one as I have so many I like to wear throughout the year. I think a few that I really like are Paul Smith Rose, DKNY MYNY, Marc Jacobs Oh Lola, Gucci Envy Me, and Lancome Miracle. They’re all light and floral and citrus scents which work lovely for spring.

9. What is spring like where you live?
Erm… It depends I suppose but usually wet! It rains a lot in the UK as it is, but it seems to rain more during spring than any other month. The thing I like about spring in the UK is how great it is to go into the countryside and awe over all the baby animals, as well as take in the sights. I especially love seeing cherry blossom trees.

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10. What’s your favorite thing about spring?
Baby animals and cherry blossom trees for sure! They just both make me happy, especially when it comes to photography too. I also like how lighter nights come around and you can go out in the evenings with friends, family, partner, etc and just enjoy yourselves for longer. It’s also nice how it gets a little warmer out too.

11. Are you a spring cleaner?
Sometimes, not like hardcore but I would like to do a lot of spring cleaning this year. I’ve done a little already with my clothes, but I need to do some more. There’s probably loads of junk I could chuck away out of my room!

12. Any plans for spring break or an upcoming vacation?
We don’t have spring break in the UK, but we do get Easter break. I’m not at uni during this time for two weeks and throughout that time I’ll be working, as well as doing my uni work. I may also use it to do my spring cleaning and have a bit of me and blog time. I won’t have any holiday’s coming up, but I would love to go out for a day somewhere nice for my boyfriends birthday, which is just after the Easter holiday’s.

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So that was the Spring Tag! I really enjoyed doing it, and I hope my readers have enjoyed reading it.

Who do I tag? EVERYONE! If you take part in this tag, please link me back to said post via a comment so I can come and read it.

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

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June Favourites 2014

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I really can’t believe how quickly this month has flown by. It was only yesterday that me and my boyfriend were getting excited and ready for our long weekend away in Bristol, and that flew by us too!

I knew that quite a few of the products mentioned here would end up being favourites of mine this month gone, as I just loved using them so much.

I have actually decided to change how and when I make my three monthly posts live on my blog. Instead of having them up on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd day of each month, I have decided to have them go up on the 1st, 3rd and 5th day of each month as it spreads posts over a week better… I think anyway!

So let me share with you my favourites!

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  • Oh Lola EDP by Marc Jacobs.

I LOVE this perfume and I used it solidly during my time in Bristol after buying it from there (mentioned in haul post here). When we came back though I realised how much I’d used and decided to give it a rest for a while, as whilst I grabbed this at a bargain price, it wasn’t exactly cheap. It was supposed to be £35.50 for the 30ml size, however due to a voucher I had for The Fragrance Shop I snapped this up for £30.50! Not a bad saving, if you ask me. The first thing I want to mention about this perfume is the bottle. How gorgeous is it, come on now! I feel so happy and girly when I pull the bottle of my bag with the cute plastic flower on the top! Marc Jacobs doesn’t just make great smelling perfumes, but he makes gorgeous bottles for them too. 😛 The smell of this perfume is so fresh and floral but with a teeny bit of citrus. The sooner I can pick up a cheap 50ml size of this perfume, the better as it’s definitely a favourite for the summertime.

  • Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days Softening Nourishing Lotion for Normal-Dry Skin (Sweet Almond Oil).

I picked up this body lotion on the way to Bristol as I didn’t pack a body lotion for our long weekend and I needed something to use whilst I was there, (mentioned here). I’m so glad I picked up this body lotion as it is perfect for when the weather is a little warmer. It’s a light body lotion that really does keep you hydrated throughout the day. I used it everyday whilst I was away in Bristol and have done a few times since being at home. I already know I’ll be buying this again and I recommend it for anyone who hates thick body lotions like myself, as I like something that sinks in quickly and feels light.

  • Starbucks cold cup water tumblr.

Another item I bought in Bristol (also mentioned here) and one I have been wanting for a very, VERY long time! Whilst I drink quite a lot of water when at home anyway, I found recently that due to lazyness of keeping filling up my cup, I wasn’t drinking as much as I usually would and I thought that maybe a water tumblr might help. I looked high and low, in all the shops I had seen them in previously for a bog standard water tumblr and had no luck, NONE WHATSOEVER until I popped into the Starbucks in Bristol town centre and they had this plastic one for sale. Since buying it I’ve used it day and night for water, iced tea and iced coffee and it’s safe to say I love it!

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  • Avon Foot Works Cherry Ice Cooling Spray.

This is an old product from Avon and one I have been meaning to get rid of out of my cupboard for quite some time. Due to the warmer weather and being on my feet pretty much everyday, for most of the day my feet do get very warm, tired and they ache so I decided that my tootsies deserved a treat. I love this foot cooling spray for many reasons, it keeps my feet nice a cool, it dries quickly if you’re in a hurry and best of all it smells of cherries! I use this when I get home from work as my feet are usually warm and tired after a long morning or evening. This is discontinued now (well as far as I know!) so sadly you wouldn’t be able to pick this up, but I do highly recommend The Body Shop for foot products, as well as the rest of Avon’s Foot Works range.

  • Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence.

I’ve owned this spray for a while now but I always seem to forget to use it when it comes to drying my hair and it’s a damn shame because it makes my hair look and feel amazing! I spray it onto damp hair just before I blow dry it and the end result is lovely! My hair feels soft and smooth and ready to go! I’ve made sure to remind myself to keep using this whenever I dry my hair as it’s such a joy to use! I don’t know how much this was as it was a freebie product with one of my Philip Kingsley shampoos but I recommend it to anyone who uses heat on their hair as it really does protect it from getting damaged.

  • Avon Foot Works Cherry Ice Exfoliating Scrub.

Hey ho, yet another foot product that I have pulled out of my cupboard to use up! This foot scrub is very gentle on the feet but it does so a good job of making my feet feel lovely and smooth! I use this in the shower before going to work and in the bath before going to bed and it leaves my feet feeling soft as a babies bum. I don’t use this everyday as some days this month I have been in a bit of a rush and just haven’t really had the time to, however I want to try and use this up over the summer! Just like the foot spray it leaves my feet looking great and smelling of cherries, what more can you ask for? This is discontinued too, as far as I’m aware.

  • The Body Shop Early-Harvest Raspberry Shower Gel.

This was something I bought for my boyfriend and me to use whilst we were away in Bristol and we used quite a lot of it, as you can see from the above image. This smells of freshly picked raspberries, by far one of my favourite smells EVER! I’m really glad that The Body Shop have brought this range out into their store as it’s just so nice for the summer and whilst I love their strawberry shower gel, this is just a little bit better to use in the morning during the warmer months. This kept mine and my boyfriend skin lovely and soft, as well as smelling delicious. I’ll definitely be buying another bottle, as well as the EDT perfume too! I can’t get enough of the scent!

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

I reviewed this lip product a while ago (review here) and since then I have used it on and off over the time of owning it. I really do like using this, but usually when the weather is warmer as this is easy to apply, is light and is a gorgeous colour! As it’s a tint and lip balm in one this also makes it great to wear for work if I’m in a hurry and can’t be bothered to take a few minutes to apply a lip colour. I’ve been using this a lot during the warmer days at work and have realised how much I do love this product! If you want to read more about it, do make sure to check out the review.

  • OPI Kermit To Speak from the Muppets Most Wanted collection.

Yes, another purchase from Bristol, I’m sorry I went crazy when I was there! I’d wanted some of the polishes from this collection for a while and out of all of the polishes in the collection set I picked up (review of it here) this shade is probably my favourite. It’s a gorgeous mauve shade that one minute will be purple under the light and then green! Awesome huh? I’ve just been wearing this loads since buying it and even wore it on my last few days in Bristol. I intend to paint my nails with it after work on tomorrow too, get me eh? If you wish to read more about it, please check out the review.

  • The Body Shop Coconut Hand Cleanse Gel.

I’m a sucker for scented hand sanitizers and if they’re cheap and cheerful like The Body Shop ones, then I’m a very happy (and somewhat poor) lady! I picked up three of these babies in Bristol, Coconut, Satsuma and Strawberry. I gave the Strawberry one away to my boyfriend but I’ve been using the Coconut scented one at work and I really do enjoy using it. I keep it in my handbag anyway for whilst I’m out on the go, as it’s better than a boring none scented hand sanitizer but I’ve ended up using most of this at work, replacing it with the Satsuma scent now. I really do recommend these if you want a change from a non scented sanitizer as they don’t break the bank, come in quite a few different scents and are 3 for 2 pretty much all the time in The Body Shop! Check them out.

So those were my favourites for June! What did you enjoy using last month? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time take care all and I hope your week is starting off well!

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Bristol Haul & Anniversary Presents (WARNING PHOTO HEAVY!)

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It’s here, my Bristol haul post! I won’t lie, I’ve actually been super excited to make this post because I just love all the things that I bought, or received from my boyfriend whilst we were in Bristol.

I spent quite a bit of money whilst there, which in turn has left me poor and with quite a lot less savings, this makes me very sad. It just means I’ll need to go on a spending ban again and be super good!

So without anymore delays, I want to start my exciting post!

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As you can see from the pictures above I bought a mixture of clothing, beauty pieces, and some random items. I’m not going to talk about anything in any certain order, however I am leaving my anniversary presents until last as they’re special. ^_^

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I wanted to get this dress mentioned out-of-the-way as I actually didn’t buy this whilst I was in Bristol. I did however order it just before I left for Bristol and it arrived whilst I was away. I came home to it on Monday and tried it on and it’s absolutely gorgeous! It’s by AX Paris and has this gorgeous daisy print on it, as well as a white-collar and some white cuffed sleeves. I’ve seen daisy print dresses everywhere at the moment and saw this one weeks ago in Coventry in New Look, sadly though they only had a size 6, which is way too small for me so I had to leave it behind. However upon going in USC last Tuesday with my best friend I saw one similar to this and wanted to look for it again on the website to order, BUT I found this one on their website in the sale for £18.00! Complete bargain seeing as it was £25.00 and as I was after some more spring and summer dresses, I think I’m onto a winner here for the fact that I can also wear this during the autumn and winter too! I am a tad pissed off mind that this is now £12.50… Not at all pleased but whatever, nothing I can do now.

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This was a random purchase whilst on the way to Bristol. We popped into Morrisons to pick up some travel snacks and drinks, as well as a few other bits and pieces for our long weekend away, which included a body lotion for myself. I didn’t want to pack anything heavy, as there was meant to be lovely weather (which there was!) and I didn’t have a light body lotion to take with me either. This is a gorgeous body lotion, it’s very light which means it will sink straight into the skin and when I bought this it was less than £2.00! Complete bargain and since Bristol I’ve been using it at home too as it’s just lovely and light to apply before I head to work or out and about.

We decided to have a day of shopping, which resulted in being done on Saturday and a little bit on Sunday and Monday, but mostly Saturday and after then I think we were pretty skint!

These were the things that I picked up on Saturday!

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I’ve been after a water tumblr for quite a while now and whilst on the way home from the Lake District last month I had a look in the Starbucks in one of the motorway service stations we visited on the way home. These were priced at over £11 EACH and I couldn’t believe they were so expensive! So of course I left it and ventured to eBay and shops such as Primark, Clinton Cards, etc to see if I could find one, but everywhere  I went no one had one and if they did they were crazy prices or look terrible quality for the price tag. Whilst my boyfriend and I were in Starbucks in Bristol’s city centre getting our morning refreshments I noticed that they had some of the plastic tumblrs and I asked how much they were, this cost me £8.95! Not cheap but it’s what I wanted and as you can see in the images, I’m using it! I’m currently drinking some lemon water out of this bad boy and loving it! Now I didn’t know this until now BUT you can buy these from Starbucks website for I think a pound more than what you would pay for in the store, but don’t quote me! I love this so much, going to use it loads.

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As regular readers will know, I was after this perfume all last month and my Mom was lovely enough to give me some money for my holiday to which I said, “Thanks Mom, I’m going to buy a new perfume with this!” and I kept my word! As you can see I picked up this Marc Jacobs perfume, Oh Lola and I love it so much. I love the Marc Jacobs scents anyway but this is one of my favourites by him due to its light floral scent. Can I also mention how gorgeous the bottle is??? This is by far a pleasure to now have in my perfume collection and out of them all, this one definitely stands out the most. This was meant to be £36.50 but I only paid £31.50 due to wonderful 15% off code that I had to use! I was so chuffed with this purchase due to the huge saving. I only picked up a 30ml bottle, so I’m going to make sure to save it for best occasions.

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These polishes were an absolute bargain that I snapped them up with both hands as soon as I eyed them up in TK Maxx. £9.99… What a bargain!!! I’d been lusting after these polishes for ages and had contemplated picking them up for a while in my local Sally Beauty for a while but am I glad I didn’t now. I noticed a lady clutching onto these in TK Maxx and eyed up the beauty section closer to try and see if there was another box left and clearly, there was! I love TK Maxx for their bargains and no one beats them when it comes to nail polishes. The shades left to right are, Miss Piggy’s Big Number, I Love Applause, Kermit Me To Speak and Chillin’ Like a Villain. I wore Kermit Me To Speak on all my nails apart from my left ring finger which I painted with Miss Piggy’s Big Number and these were put on as soon as we got back from the hotel from shopping! I can’t wait to try the other two shades this weekend coming, I’m rather excited!

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If you aren’t aware of what the Bean Boozled beans by Jelly Beans are all about, then where have you been hiding? Under a rock!? These are joke beans that are going around the internet, especially YouTube like wild-fire. Basically there are two beans that look the same but one will be a lovely flavour, whilst the other is vile and due to them all looking alike, you won’t know which flavour of the two you’ll get. There are some weird and disgusting flavours in here and I originally bought 2 packets of these from Hawkins Bazaar but my boyfriend and I tried a packet out on Monday when we got back home from Bristol and whilst it was vile to try most of the flavours, it was also fun to try… But it’s safe to say I wouldn’t do it again! These were only £3, so if you’d like to give the Bean Boozled challenge a go, I say go for it! My boyfriend and I recorded us trying these, whether or not it will ever appear on my blog, I don’t know… But if it does I’ll soon link it here. 😉

Although we didn’t mean to go shopping on Sunday, we did pop to one or two shops whilst we were out, but Sunday was mostly a day of relaxation as it was the day we celebrated our anniversary and wanted to just go to Bristol Aquarium, have some couple time and then we went out for a meal in the evening. BUT I will be talking about what we did in Bristol, where we went and why we’ll be going back in a separate post!

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Before we headed to the Bristol Aquarium we popped into a shop called Colab that caught our eyes on the Friday when we cut through the town to walk down to the harbor and we fell in love with the clothing they sold in there. They sold nothing but independent art prints, t-shirts, records, prints and many more which is something my boyfriend and I love! We had looked in there on the Friday but wanted to wait to buy anything and with that we popped back in on Sunday to possibly buy something. We both picked up t-shirt, my boyfriend picked up a white one with some samurai’s on it and I picked up this cute fox t-shirt by Boodle. As regular readers will know, I LOVE foxes and it’s somewhat unhealthy! I don’t think I own any t-shirts with foxes on so when I spotted this I fell in love. It’s a gorgeous dark green t-shirt with a wood scene on it with some foxes camping all sat around a fire and with a little teepee by them. I was so glad this was available for women or I may have cried! They had another fox t-shirt that I liked the look of but they only had that available for men, as well as in an amazing sweater form which I wanted but I didn’t want to pick it up at the time. This t-shirt was only £18.00 and I wore it on Monday when my boyfriend and I made our way home from Bristol and it was so comfortable! I can see me living in this t-shirt.

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On the Sunday for our anniversary treat out we went to Bristol Aquarium as we love animals so we’re suckers for things like that. The aquarium was lovely, but I’ll talk more about that in another post! Whilst we were there I decided to pick up a quirky bracelet, which is this gorgeous leather bracelet with a cute little sea-horse on it. It was just over £2.00 which I thought was a decent price. As well as that I picked up a photo holder, which as you can see I’ve used to hold some pictures of me and my boyfriend. There were loads of photo booths there that you’re meant to use to get some passport photographs taken at, but they also enabled you to take some quirky pictures, which is what we deiced to do. We took 4 coloured pictures inside Cabot Circus shopping centre and some little black and white ones, as well as colour photographs in Colab. These cost £2 each, which were worth EVERY penny as I’ve always wanted to take some pictures like this before. I really love the 3 pictures I have on my little clown fish picture holder and it’s sitting by my bed so that when I wake up in the morning and go to bed at night this is the first and last thing I see.

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These were a VERY random purchase and one I made whilst wandering around some of the shops in Bristol. I’m not 100% sure which Body Shop it was but it stood out like a sore thumb due to the fact it had the old Body Shop logo from the 90’s, if not older and the store inside looked exactly the same too! The girl in the store told me that it was the oldest Body Shop store in the UK and that it was sadly due a refurbishment soon due to parts of the shop falling apart. I picked up a  3 for 2 on the Hand Cleanse Gels but gave my boyfriend one, which was Strawberry. I picked up Satsuma and Coconut, the Coconut scent is currently in my hand bag and I can’t tell you how much I love it right now! It smells so fresh and clean which makes it perfect for summer. These don’t cost a lot each, I think less than £2.00 from memory.

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This is a mixture of Lush buys from both Saturday and Monday. We popped into the Lush in Bristol’s town centre where the staff were lovely and helpful, as well as chatty about all the products! I bought my boyfriend a couple of things as he hasn’t yet tried Lush and I wanted him to. I bought him Pink Fun and Creamy Candy Bubble Bar. He tried both of them out in the hotel room both Saturday and Sunday night and he loved them! As well as that I bought myself May Day Bath Bomb and The Comforter Bubble Bar. May Day Bath Bomb was a limited edition bath bomb from May for badgers and is a gorgeous citrus smelling bath bomb and reminds me of Whoosh Shower Gel. I picked up another two of these in Cribbs Causeway shopping centre on the Monday after trying out some of the May Day Bath Bomb on Sunday night. They only cost £2.95 each and all the money goes towards a good cause, SO if your local Lush shop stocks these, pick some up! As I mentioned I also picked up The Comforter Bubble Bar which surprisingly enough I hadn’t tried before although I have done for years! It reminds me of Ribena, which I love and when I popped this in a bath for my boyfriend and I to share on Saturday night, we both fell in love with it! These aren’t cheap however at £4.50 each but so so worth it!

SO basically that is everything I bought whilst I was in Bristol. Now onto what my anniversary presents were from my boyfriend.

My boyfriend really did spoil me for our first anniversary together and I do feel bad about it but at the same time it’s nice to be spoilt, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like it to be fair. I love what he bought for me and I know I’m going to wear the things he bought me fondly in the future.

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This was the first present he bought for me and the most expensive one at that! It is a Dr Martens tartan dress. We popped into the Dr Martens shop just for a glance at what they had nice in store and we spotted this dress and I mentioned how I rather liked it but after looking at the price tag I kind of left it. My boyfriend noticed how much I liked it and encouraged me to try it on. The Dr Martens store in Bristol doesn’t have a changed room so I had to pop this over the top of my clothes, which was okay. I tried this on, fell in love but said I would see as I wasn’t 100% sure, however later on that day we popped back in, I tried it on one more time and my boyfriend bought it for me. Would you like to know the price of it? Well tough, I’m not going to say. It wasn’t cheap though and is a very cherished gift and one I know I will wear all year round, especially with my Dr Martens boots! I did get some lovely pictures of me wearing this on the Sunday for our anniversary which will be on my blog in the near future!

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This was a random purchase and one my boyfriend and I agreed that we would both get whilst in Bristol. We’ve been excited for TomoDachi Life for quite some time now and we both knew we would want to get it! It only came out on the Friday and we picked it up the next day. This is an amazing game and if you like games like Sims and Animal Crossing then you will LOVE this! This was nice of my boyfriend to pick up for me as when I noticed the price tag I was in two minds of whether to pick it up or not, so he offered to get it for me and since buying these all we’ve done is play this game!

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My final present from my boyfriend and one I’ll love forever is my Pandora Mouse In The Cup charm. He had wanted to get me this charm for quite a while, but for my birthday opted for my Waving Cat charm instead, which I love too. As the store in Cabot Circus didn’t stock this charm we had to ask for it to be put on hold at Cribbs Causeway which they certainly did for us for two days and we picked it up on the Monday on the way home from Bristol. This charm is absolutely gorgeous and has a lot of detail into it. It’s a cute little mouse sat inside a tea-cup which has a heart by it which says, “Be Mine” which is so cute, soppy and romantic, perfect for an anniversary present. I love this charm so damn much and so far I’ve only been able to wear it on my bracelet for one day, so I can’t wait to wear this more to show it off!

So after a very long and photo heavy post, I have come to end of this post. I loved everything I bought and especially loved the presents my boyfriend bought for me.

I don’t think I will be buying anything for quite some time now as I’m not only skint but I don’t think I need anything else for a while now!

Look forward to some more posts about Bristol over the next week as well as plenty of other posts.

Until next time, take care all and I hope your week is going well, the weekend will be upon us soon!

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