Lush Easter Haul


It's no secret that I love all things Lush, so whenever they release a seasonal range I have to buy it all or at least most of it to try out. 

Here's what I picked up from their Easter range (along with a few kitchen exclusive items as well)



Golden Egg
The first thing I picked up was the absolute classic bath bomb/melt Golden Egg. It's covered in so much glitter you'll need to be near a sink to wash your hands even after just picking it up, but who doesn't love glitter? It shares it scent with Honey I Washed The Kids (which I adore) and includes cocoa butter to help keep your skin soft. Like I mentioned it does have a lot of glitter on it, so if you don't like your bath getting messy you might want to give this one a miss.


Lava Lamp Egg
This year Lush have released 3 of their bath bombs in double size for Easter. The first one is Lava Lamp. It contains cocoa butter and orange oil and is one of my favourites to use when I'm in need of a pamper, because it leaves my skin feeling soft for days. However the smaller version of lava lamp does leave behind some oils on the side of the bath which can be a pain to clean, so I'm intrigued to see if this will do the same.


Integgalactic
The second bath bomb Lush have sized up is one of my all time favourites Intergalactic. They've called it Integgaltic for Easter which fits so perfectly but that's the only thing that's changed. It contains peppermint and grapefruit oil just like the original and leaves your bath a sparkly blue colour. This bath bomb will give you a soak that is truly out of this world.




The Experimenter Egg
The third bath bomb Lush sized up for Easter was The Experimenter which is another one of my favourites. Just like the original it contains 4 different colours, on one side there is pink and blue and on the other side there is white and orange. These colours then put on an epic show in your bath (it's like an actual rainbow) however they do all go a grey colour when you get in, which makes me so sad. One thing I particularly love about this bath bomb is the fact the scent stays throughout your whole bathing experience and it leaves your skin feeling super moisturised. 




Which Came First? (Spots And Stripes)
Lush have changed the design on their Which Came First? bath bombs this year, and I think they're perfect for Spring. The stripes design looks just like a sunshine and both designs are bright and vibrant. They share the same scent of grapefruit and lemon which makes for an uplifting citrus bath. I am yet to use these, however I have heard they are fast fizzers and they have a surprise in the middle which I am excited about.



Chick N Mix
Lush have done it again. They have released this new bath bomb for Easter 2017 which is just the cutest thing ever. This little guy is called Chick N Mix and is basically a chick in an egg (which just screams spring) I love that it's already divided because it means you can use it for multiple baths instead of just one if you wish (I'm undecided how I'm going to use mine yet) Chick N Mix has quite a woody/smoky scent and is not like anything I've smelt in a bath product before. It features bergamot and tonka which creates the perfect balance of zingy and calm. Out of all the products I purchased this is definitely my favourite.


Metamorphosis 
The first bath bomb I got from the Lush Kitchen was Metamorphosis. The thing that drew me to this particular bath bomb was the colour and pattern on it. Lush describe this as a "symphony of darkness and light" because when placed in the bath a melody of bright colours are released. It features cinnamon and black pepper which is quite an unusual combination but nonetheless I am excited to use this and see the effect it creates in my bath. I have read some other reviews of this product and some people say the overall effect is quite underwhelming, and that it stains your bath but I'll just have to wait and see.


Sacred Lotus
The final product I purchased was also from the Lush Kitchen and is called Sacred Lotus. First of all it's 10/10 on the cuteness scale, and because I ordered it online it got sent in a plastic sphere so actually arrived in one piece. It has gorgeous floral scents and reminds me of something I've smelt before but can't quite put my finger on. Lush describe it as turning your bath a peach colour and that you'll be transported to a floral paradise. I think I'm going to save this bath bomb for a special occasion because I know once I use it I'll want to purchase it again, but it's currently sold out and with Lush you can never tell if they'll bring a product back.

New Beauty Buys



Before I start this post I just want to say I'm sorry I've been quiet these past few weeks, I've just been mega busy but it's finally Spring yay!!

To mark the start of Spring I thought I would show you some new beauty bits I purchased over the last few months, which are perfect for those lighter days.



Urban Decay Naked Skin Complete Coverage Concealer
This is my go to concealer and is always in my make up bag, so whenever I'm running low I have to purchase another one. The only thing I'm disappointed in this time, is the fact Urban Decay have put the price up and it now costs £19 instead of £17.50. However this price can be justified because it lasts all day, and blends really nicely to hide blemishes and dark under eye circles.



Benefit The Porefessional Face Primer
Another make up staple of mine that I stocked up on was this Benefit primer. Since discovering this product I've not used another primer. This is perfect for Spring/Summer because not only does it make your foundation go on effortlessly, you can also wear it on it's own if you don't feel like putting a full face of make up on.



Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Another product I picked up from Benefit was their Hoola bronzer. I've seen so many people raving about this bronzer so thought I'd try it out myself. I've never actually worn a bronzer before as I thought it would make me look too orange, however I can 100% recommend this bronzer. It blends so nicely to give you a natural glow and I can see this being another staple in my make up bag.




Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette
The final make up product I bought was the Too Faced Sweet Peach eye shadow palette. I have wanted this for ages so as soon as pay day rolled around I decided to "treat myself." The colours in this palette literally scream "spring/summer" plus the palette smells of peaches (bonus) I can't wait to create different looks using this palette, although I can already tell I'll be using the shades Just Peachy and Candied Peach a lot.



L'Oreal Pure Clay Mask
I've been loving face masks recently so thought I'd invest in some new ones. The first mask I bought was the L'Oreal clay mask which is new out. (they have 3 different masks to choose from) I picked this up from Boots where it's currently on offer for £5.99. I love this product, it clears my skin up without drying it out and leaves it feeling super soft. I love to use this alongside my simple moisturiser just to give my skin a little extra pamper.



Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask
The second face mask I picked up was this new Tissue mask from Garnier as it was on offer in Superdrug for £0.99 (unfortunately it's now back at it's original price of £2.99.) I did have my reserves about this product as I could feel the amount of serum on it as soon as I took it out of the packet, however once I put it on my face for 15 minutes it stayed. I did have to wipe a lot of the excess serum off when I took off the mask though. I love this mask and will definitely be repurchasing it because it left my skin feeling so smooth and left it clear for over a week (which is rare for my skin.)



Imperial Leather Marsh Mallow Shower Cream
The final product I've picked up was the new Imperial Leather marsh mallow shower cream. This is another product I've seen people talking about so decided to buy it and try it out. I love sweet smells so this is the perfect scent for me, my skin is also left so soft after using this product so it's a win win. They also sell Cherry Bakewell, Foamy Banana and Starwberry & Vanilla scents too which I will definitely be purchasing in the near future.

5 Shows To Watch On Netflix

Last year I wrote a blog post called 10 Films To Watch On Netflix and people seemed to really like it, so I thought I would do a similar post about shows on Netflix.  I love Netflix shows especially ones that are Netflix originals and aren't shown anywhere else.  

Here are 5 of my favourites (in no particular order)


Pretty Little Liars 


I'm starting this list off with a show I'm sure everyone is familiar with, Pretty Little Liars. This show has been around since 2010 but I was so late to the party and only started watching it in 2015. I binged watched all 6 series over the course of a month and was hooked. I love the twists in this and every-time I thought I worked out who A was, something else happened which eliminated my theory. The show is ending this year (insert crying face emoji) but in a way I'm not too sad because it was starting to get a little repetitive.


Orange Is The New Black


Another show I'm sure everyone is familiar with is the Netflix original Orange Is The New Black. OITNB is set in a women's prison and is about the life of Piper who is sentenced for a drug charge. There are currently 4 seasons with season 5 being released in June this year (I cannot wait) The only downside is they release all the episodes at once, so once you've binge watched them all you'll have to wait a year for the next season. The theme song is also hella catchy and you'll find yourself singing it for days.


Making A Murderer


Making A Murderer is one of the best documentaries I have seen in a long time. I watched it when it first got released and it made me so angry. It tells the true story of Steven Avery who spent 18 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. He is then freed but is jailed again, this time for the murder of Teresa Halbach. I feel like he is innocent and the police have it in for him, because the evidence just doesn't add up (watch it and make your own mind up though.)  Recently his nephew Brendan Dassey was released from prison and Netflix have said that season 2 will be out later this year, which I cannot wait for.


Riverdale


Riverdale is one of Netflix's newest shows. The first episode came out in January, however I only started watching it 2 days ago, but I'm already hooked. I just love all the characters although my fave is probably Jughead (Cole Sprouse need I say more?)  It is based on the Archie comics and is set in the town of Riverdale, where there are secrets bubbling underneath the surface. The main plot is who killed Jason Blossom and so far everyone I've guessed has been wrong. If you're a Pretty Little Liars fan, I think you will love Riverdale as they're quite similar.


A Series Of Unfortunate Events


The show completing my list is A Series Of Unfortunate Events. This is another new show that Netflix has released this year, and is based on the Lemony Snicket books. The first season adapts the first 4 books with 2 more seasons planned to adapt the rest of the books. It stars Neil Patrick Harris (who is amazing) as Count Olaf who is after the Baudelaire children's fortune. He pretends to be a distant relative to care for them, after their parents "perish in a fire." This brings back fond memories of me reading the books when I was younger, and I would highly recommend everyone to watch it.


What are your favourite shows to watch on Netflix?

February Favourites 2017


With February being the shortest month I shouldn't be surprised that it's over so quickly, yet I still am. However I am super excited because that means Spring is almost here!!

Here's what I've been loving throughout February...

Mini Eggs 


I know Easter is still over a month away but Mini Eggs are acceptable to eat anytime of the year.  I try and stock up on these because they're only around for a limited time (boo Cadbury) and even though some sweet shops sell them all year round, it's hard to find them. These are perfect as a snack when watching films/tv shows or even as your dinner if you're a die hard chocolate fan.


NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams 


These have been my go to liquid lipsticks this month. I just love the way they dry to a matte finish, and if they do fade throughout the day reapplying is quick and easy. I wrote a full review on these products which you can read here


Clinique Lash Power Flutter To Full Mascara 


I got given this Clinque mascara in a little gift set along with 2 eye liners for Christmas, and have found myself using it all throughout February. I really like this product because it lets you choose between 2 different lash looks, by twisting the barel in the middle. You can choose between subtle lashes or full lashes. It lasts all day and doesn't smudge (I wear this to work all the time and am seriously impressed) It's easy to remove as well with make up remover or just warm water.


Nivea Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover


Speaking of removing make up, this has been my go to eye make up remover this month. I've seen so many positive reviews about this product and it did not disappoint.  This removes my eye make up so effortlessly, including waterproof mascara. With some other products I found I was having to constantly scrub to get it off, which often left my skin red and irritated. However with this product you put a bit on a cotton wool pad, wipe and you're done. This product is also suitable for sensitive skin.


Simple Facial Toner


I love simple products and they work so well on my skin, so when it was time to get a new toner it was a no brainer really. I use this alongside their cleansing lotion and moisturiser and it makes my skin feel really refreshed. I particularly love that this toner doesn't leave my skin feeling dry as other toners I've used in the past have done, plus it's so affordable. This is another product that works great on sensitive skin.


The Moorside

A TV Show I was obsessed with during February was The Moorside. It was a 2 part BBC documentary based on the true story of the disappearance of Shannon Matthews. It starred Sherdian Smith (who is just amazing in every role she plays) as Julie Bushby who organises the search for Shannon. However after finding Shannon, Julie and the rest of the estate discover the real truth. I think the BBC did a fantastic job on this and if you haven't seen it I highly recommend you do. It's on BBC iPlayer for a few more weeks but I'm sure it's on YouTube somewhere too.

5 Of My Favourite Blogs


I love finding new blogs to read, so today I thought I would share with you 5 of my favourite bloggers. You might have heard of some of these already, but if you haven't you should definitely check them out.

Just Snyx

Just Snyx is run by Valentine and is one of my favourite blogs to read. I've followed her on Instagram for a while now, but first started reading her blog in the Summer of 2016. Her photography skills are amazing and I am obsessed with her flat lays. She blogs about a range of things such as beauty, fashion and interior/DIYs which means there's something that everyone will enjoy reading. I was going to mention my favourite post of hers but I can't choose because they're all incredible. 

Pretty Rain Clouds

Pretty Rain Clouds is run by Leonie, and I have been a fan of her blog since November last year. She commented on one of my posts and that is how I came across her blog (I recommend looking at the comments on people's posts as you'll find some gems) I love reading her reviews on different products and her travel experiences. I also love that her blog has a bit of everything and isn't just focused on one set theme. 


It's The Blue Bow

It's The Blue Bow is run by Sammy, and I stumbled across her blog whilst looking through my Twitter timeline one day, but I'm so glad I did.  I love reading all her posts particularly ones that are unique and that I've not seen before, and I love the way she edits her photos. Her blog is also really easy to navigate which is perfect especially if you're a new reader, and she also posts quite regularly so you're never short of posts to read.


Jord Does Makeup

Jord Does Makeup is run by Jordan and I only started reading her blog last month but I love it. She currently only has 2 posts but they're both amazing. I particularly liked her driving experience post as I can relate to it. I also love her photos on her sweet peach palette review as they're so clear and it's nice to see some of the looks that can be created (it persuaded me to purchase it so thanks Jordan) I can't wait to read more of her posts.

Zoella

I'm pretty sure everyone is aware of Zoe Sugg who runs Zoella (if you're not then where have you been?) but I couldn't not include her in my favourite blogs. I started reading Zoe's blog in 2012 and was amazed at how relatable her blog was (and still is to this day) I particularly loved how she just blogged about whatever she wanted whether that be lush products, her outfit or trips out with friends. Of course now she is one of the biggest Youtubers around, but I love how her content has stayed the same throughout the years and she still uploads fairly regularly on her blog.


Who are your favourite bloggers/blogs?

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes


When it comes to cleaning makeup brushes there are 2 types of people. Some love it and really enjoy it, whereas others hate it and try to put it off as long as possible. Whichever category you fall in you know it has to be done, unless you want gross bacteria on your face.

I used to hate cleaning my make up brushes, I always thought of it as a "chore" but since investing in the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing palette last year, I've started enjoying cleaning my make up brushes. Not only does it leave my brushes feeling super soft but it also speeds up the process.

Here's how I do it...











1) Put your hand into the palette and wet it with warm water 
2) Add a tiny amount of the Real Techniques brush cleansing gel on to the palette (do this for each brush you are cleaning)
3) Swirl your brush in a circular motion across the palette until it is clean (it still amazes me how dirty my brushes get) 
4) Rinse you brush and squeeze out any excess water
5) Lie flat or upside down and allow brushes to dry (I tend to lay mine on a towel and leave them to dry overnight)
6) Enjoy your clean makeup brushes


The brushes I cleaned in this post were

Brush I use to fill in my eyebrows (I'm not too sure of the brand because I got given it by my mum as part of a set she never used)


How do you clean your makeup brushes?

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