September Empties

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

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

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

  • Gillette Satin Care Shave Gel.

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

  • Hello Kitty Liberty Body Wash.

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

  • Philip Kingsley Body Building Shampoo.

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

  • Carex Strawberry Fun Shower & Bath.

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

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

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

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

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

  • T-Zone Clear Pore Gel Facial Wash.

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

  • Sure Maximum Protection Deodorant in Sensitive.

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

  • The Body Shop Coconut Hand Cleanse Gel.

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

  • Carex Strawberry Laces Hand Gel.

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

  • Wilko Fruits Bath Bomb in Strawberry & Pomegranate.

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

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

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

Until next time, take care all.

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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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March Favourites 2014

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I’m sorry to say it (like I do on pretty much every favourites post) BUT I can’t believe we’re into a new month already and the fact that it’s April already is somewhat scary, but not so bad at the same time. I’m really excited that Spring has started and quite frankly I can’t wait for Summer next. I’m bored with cold weather now, I want some sunshine so I can wear my dresses, baggy t-shirts with my skinny fit jeans, and my skate shoes for a slouchy look…

However this post is getting off track, this is my favourites from the last month, so let’s get on with them before I start talking about clothes! xD

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  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream.

Another beauty product that my Mom has given me… I know I say this a lot but I seriously don’t ask her to buy me these things, she just buys them and ends up giving them to me to try/use as she finds another product to lust over! I love her for it though, and my skin does too. 🙂 BUT this cream is beautiful and I am really glad she gave it to me. This is an anti-aging cream and whilst I’m only 24, it’s good to protect my skin from aging now whilst I still have the chance to, so this is a great cream for that. As well as that this cream has lots of good things about it! First of all I want to comment how lovely this cream smells. I hate when face creams smell gross and chemically, as the last thing I want to apply to my face is something that has a smell that makes me gag and I have to keep sniffing for max ten minutes after applying. It has a delicate floral scent to it, and due to it being delicate it isn’t a strong smell either, which is an added bonus for myself. The cream is light and gel like but still very moisturising which I like, as due to my combination skin I hate thick creams as they never seem to sink in! Plus with a gel style face cream a little goes a very long way! This has certainly done wonders for my skin the past couple of weeks of using it and I recommend it to anyone who is after a high brand moisturiser. I love this face cream and I can see it reappearing on  my blog in the future.

  • Imperial Leather Japanese Spa Nourishing Bath Cream.

I love a good bath like any sane person and I’m always on the search to buy and try out new bubble baths to use after a long day, or at the start of the day to get myself ready for one! When this bath cream popped up in my bathroom at the start of the month I knew I would love it! I’ve used Imperial Leather’s Japanese Spa range before and I would be lying if I said I didn’t like it all that much. As regular readers will know from my Japanese Series (posts here, here, here, and here) I love anything Japanese and due to this containing ingredients related to Japan, I knew I would love this bath cream straight away! It contains green tea (yum!), rice milk and jasmine, which are all good at soothing the skin, as well as relaxing the mind, which is what I need after a long day or week after work. I love to use this one in the evenings after a close shift at work, as I’m usually shattered and in need of some TLC. After using this in the bath my skin felt soft and smooth, as well as smelling gorgeous! This smells really floral and fresh which I liked! I have another one of Imperial Leather’s bath creams in my bathroom cupboard, so I’m excited to try that one out once this ones finished. 🙂

  • The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector (mentioned here and here).

Ever since discovering this hand cream before Christmas last year, it’s been a staple for my hand bag ever since! I love this hand cream and it’s been a life saver in the mornings before work when I forget to put any hand cream on before leaving the house! Not just in the mornings though, but throughout the whole day, whether I’m working or not. It always stays in my hand bag as it’s just my favourite hand cream to go to when I’m out and about. It’s a thick hand cream, designed for people with very dry skin and due to my on and off eczema on my hands, I indeed have very dry skin! My eczema has eased a lot now that the winter months have come and gone but that doesn’t stop me from having dry hands, however Hemp Hand Protector is a life (well hand) saver and there’s nothing that beats it for me when I’m on the go! It does have an odd scent to it, but it’s nothing that I can’t handle. This is featured on My Top 5 Hand & Foot Creams post, so make sure to go and check it out for a more detailed review on it, as well as a swatch of what it looks like!

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  • Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence.

Another product given to my by my Mom! We love Philip Kingsley products in this house and as she ordered herself some new shampoo, she received this hair spray free, which she kindly gave to me. This is a lovely product to use on my hair and a real treat to be honest as whilst my hair is really long and taken good care of, I never really use hair masks, conditioners, or anything like that! I’ve been using this once, sometimes twice a week on my hair after washing it. You spray it onto wet hair through the middle of your hair and on the ends and without washing it out, use whatever heat you wish on your hair. I don’t use any tools on my hair, just my hairdryer so I apply this before I blow dry my hair. My hair feels and looks gorgeous after I use this product and it does feel like a real treat for my hair! It also smells really fresh, which I like as nasty smelling hair products aren’t exactly a treat are they… More like a torture for your nose! I feel this really does give my hair that oomph it needs mid-week and at the end of the week when I wash my hair. I think I would buy this product in a full size bottle as it’s just a lovely product to use for my hair.

  • Thierry Mugler Angel EDP (mentioned here).

I have to say going through my blog and finding that I haven’t spoken much about Angel on here since purchasing in 2012’s sales, is a big shock to me! I LOVE Angel and the fact I haven’t spoken about it much is rather shocking, and disappointing to myself. Angel is one of the first perfumes I smelt and fell in love with, thanks to my Mom. With my first proper job and the New Year sales shouting “BUY ME, I’M HALF PRICE!” I couldn’t resist the Angel gift set and I left the shop a mixture of excited and worried due to how much it cost at the time. Over a year later I don’t regret buying the gift set at all and I don’t have much of this perfume left, lucky for me though that I have a refill bottle! ANYWAY… I’ve been in love with Angel this month gone and have used it most days at work. It’s been rather warm lately and as it’s a perfume I can wear all year round, I decided to keep Angel in my bag for the majority of March and I’m glad I did! A couple of sprays of this and you’re good to go for most of the day and when I wear this for work I get a lot of compliments from customers. Angel is a very unique scent and one I know I’ll love for my entire life. I’ve recently been trying out the EDT version of Angel and although I don’t necessarily prefer it to the EDP, it does make a pleasant change and I can see me picking the EDT version up in the future for the summer months when I don’t want something too strong on my skin. I have a 25ml size bottle and although there isn’t much left now (MAX 20%) I can’t believe it’s lasted me over a year. Shows what a great perfume it is! 😀

  • Easy Nails Fast & Fruity Nail Polish Remover.

This isn’t a well-known brand nail polish remover pot, but it’s better than the well-known ones, that’s for sure! Just yesterday I had to pick myself up a new pot of this, as my current one is falling apart due to wear. I picked this up a while ago in Body Care for less than a £1.00 and since then I have been in love with using it. It smells of yummy peaches which is a definite bonus and not only that it ACTUALLY removes all my nail polish in max 7 twists of my nail. It has a spongy inside, as well as plenty of nail polish remover and with some turns of the pot, or your nail your nail polish will be removed! It doesn’t quite remove glitter nail polish, but I find that if I twist my glitter covered nail around in the pot for a while, remove, and then apply a cotton pad covered in nail polish remover to the nail, the glitter comes away in one easy rub. I’ve tried Bourjois nail polish remover pot before and I’m not going to sugar coat it, it’s crap… REALLY CRAP and it makes me somewhat angry that I wasted nearly £5.00 on it when I picked up this beauty for less than a £1.00 and it works 100 times better! Oh well, I guess you live and learn eh? Just so you know too if you’re thinking of picking this up, Home Bargains sell it for less than a £1.00 too, which is where I picked my new pot up from today.

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  • L’Oreal L’Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick by Color Riche in Ruby Opera (mentioned here).

I heard about these liquid lipsticks from L’Oreal a couple of months before they arrived in the UK thanks to Eating Lipstick over the pond and although she didn’t rate them highly, I still wanted to give them a go, especially Ruby Opera, which is a gorgeous true red shade. At the moment I’m loving my red shades for lips and it’s all I’ve been wearing during March! Red really does suit my skin tone and as my lips have been a tad on the dry side on and off this month I’ve found myself reaching for Ruby Opera more so than any other lip product. I don’t want to go into too much detail about Ruby Opera here as I plan to review it this month at some point so I want to save all the details for then. I will say however what a gorgeous glossy lipstick this is! The texture of this and application is more like a lip gloss than a lipstick but it has the staying power of a lipstick, this being said I do find I have to reapply this after a few hours if I’m drinking a lot, but with a lip liner underneath I have no problems. These come in a lot of shades and I’ve already got my eye on another one… Which I would have bought yesterday if I had of had 20p extra points on my Boots card! But oh well, I can keep saving those towards a new perfume. 😛 This is a great liquid lipstick and I love it so much and recommend them to everyone who wishes to try something different.

  • Models Own Sticky Fingers Nail Polish in Sweet Candy (mentioned here).

Although this is a very new purchase, I haven’t been able to stop wearing the nail polish in this set on my fingers and toes! It’s called Nude Beige and when applied to your nails it looks glossy and almost gel like. I wore this last Thursday and it looked gorgeous, I was sad to have to take it off for work the next day. I applied one of the cute little stickers on my ring finger, which refused to come off, that isn’t a bad sign but next time I’ll be tempted to leave it on there. 😛 I recommend these nail polishes to anyone who wants to try something a little different as they’re definitely that and for £5.00 you won’t be breaking the bank giving these a go. I can’t wait to wear this nail polish again and I can safely say that I think it’s going to become a favourite for spring and summer this year.

  • EOS Blueberry Acai Smooth Sphere Lip Balm (mentioned here).

When my friend Amy came to visit me in Birmingham a month ago we wandered off around Selfridges to look at MAC, Illamasqua, as well as lots of other high brands to drool over, but I gave into one of my items from my March Wish List by buying this lip balm and I’m SO glad I did! I did somewhat worry to myself that I would buy it and not use it after a while but I find that I can’t put it down and I use it at home, work, on my days off, before bed, just everywhere, whenever and however I can! It smells of a blueberry green tea I drink, which is lovely and it also feels gorgeous on the lips. It does help keep them soft and smooth, the only thing I dislike about this is the price, seeing as it’s £5.99! But well worth the money if you ask me. Aside from that, the only other thing I sort of dislike is people commenting and asking me what I’m applying to my lips, which is more annoying than anything, but with a short explanation, their questions and confusions are answered.

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  • Nintendo 2DS Handheld Console in White & Red. Captain America bought separately (mentioned here and here).

Okay now I know this isn’t a beauty related item but I HAD TO mention my Nintendo 2DS here as since buying it it has become something I play on everyday if I can, and right now I always make sure to make time to play it. I mentioned on the first post mentioned above how I had wanted one for ages and a very hungover and tired me decided to take the plunge and buy one, seeing as  my boyfriend was. Now we play on our 2DS’s together and whilst he has three games, I still have two, Pokemon X and Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I already want another game and I know that won’t be the last, as the Nintendo Store has loads of games I wish to get my grubby paws on! I love my 2DS so much and I really can’t stop playing games on it. ^_^

So those were all my favourites for this month!

What were your favourite products, beauty or anything for that matter? Let me know in the comments down below!

If you have any questions about any of the products I mentioned in this months favourite, please feel free to ask.

Until next time, take care all and here’s to April, hope no one got fooled.

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