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Christmas Nails: 1) Penguin



It's one month to Chritsmas! I thought I'd start a  mini series on easy nail art for the festive season. I'm starting off with these adorable penguins which are super easy to do! ...

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A Gift Guide: What to buy the awkward person...


There is always one person who is extremely difficult to buy for and this makes a huge problem around Christmas time when you are struggling to find the perfect present! I've been told I'm pretty awkward to buy for (I fail to see how... haha) so I thought I'd put together a gift guide for ideas on what to buy the awkward friend :)
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Shoot for the Stars! Ballistic from Lush


If you are a fan of Honey I Washed the Kids soap at Lush, you will LOVE this bath bomb. It smells exactly like it; a warm, comforting sweet honey fragrance which is just beautiful!

I'm a bit of  a star gazing fanatic so this Christmas bath bomb appealed to me straight away.  I wasn't really sure what to expect when I bought this...
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Let's go to Candy Mountain...


Another Christmas Lush goody! (What can I say, working there makes me want and need to buy EVERYTHING that hits the shelves...)

Lush have brought out the Candy Mountain bubble bar for quite a few years running now and every year it's had a little make over. Last year I seem to remember it was green and pink and went a bit of a weird colour in the bath, but this year's make over is fantastic!!
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The Scunci Fringe Cut Clip


Believe it or not, I cut my own hair. Not half as scary as it sounds; in fact it's relatively easy to do and saves me loads of time and money. My main problem is getting my fringe right. Sometimes I just chop it off and it looks like a block of hair rather than a nicely shaped fringe so I was rather intrigued to try out the Scunci Fringe Cut Clip as a way to make my fringe cutting much more simple!
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Lord Of Misrule Bath Bomb // LUSH Halloween




 It's October which means Halloween is upon us! I love this time of year as it gives me a fantastic excuse to talk about the Lush Halloween limited edition releases, such as the Lord of Misrule bathbomb.
The inspiration behind this bath bomb is the pagan myth of the Lord of Misrule who was the ruler of the Pagan Feast of Fools (which sounds great to me!). The bath bomb itself is really cute; it's a standard ball shape but it has a crown all the way round. It is full of Fair trade vanilla absolute which does leave a sweet vanilla fragrance, and it has a kind of spicy smell to it which I assume comes from the black pepper and patchouli. I love this fragrance! It's also got popping candy in which crackles when it's in the water.

What sells this bomb to me is what it does once in the bath. The white bubbles on the photos are actually from a splash of bubble bath I'd popped in before. Lord of Misrule slowly fizzes away then erupts into the most beautiful red wine colour which is divine to bathe in. It reminded me of a witch's brew! I love the colour and it just feels so luxurious to be in as well as feeling softening on the skin. The red and green give it a real festive, warm feel.

This is a fantastic ballistic produced by Lush and I'm glad it will be staying over the festive period.

Becky xo

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*Edit: Originally published October  2013, this article has had new photographs added October 2015 to really show off this beautiful bath bomb :)
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Bedroom Tour: Parents' Home edition!


Yesterday was my birthday so I decided to pop back to my parents' house for a couple of nights. I'm the youngest of my family so I have the smallest bedroom of the house, but I really love how, over the years, I've decorated it all and made it my own little space.
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Lush Let The Good Times Roll Cleanser

Let The Good Times Roll is a roll cleanser from Lush made especially for Christmas time. It's a cinnamon and popcorn masterpiece - smells so yummy and looks like you could eat it!

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Elegant Touch Polished in 'Ethereal Rose' NOTD

I remember the first time I wore stick on nails when I was about 15; it was horrific. I had glue everywhere, they were the wrong sizes and they just looked ridiculous as they were so long!


Stick on nails have improved so much since then and they are now available in every colour, shape, design and length you could possibly wish for. I'm a fan of the Elegant Touch nails and their 'Polished' range particularly caught my eyes.
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Lush's Yuzu and Cocoa Bubbleroon



I have very exciting news: I've been hired at Lush! :) I will be a Christmas temp. position and it will be my third year doing the job. I am so excited!

As part of the excitement I thought I'd show you my favourite bubble bar (alongside The Comforter) which is Yuzu and Cocoa Bubbleroon.
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Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Pads

 
My skin can be terrible at times; It will be clear for a day then I will have a crazy break out for days. I'm a little obsessed with skin care and I'm always buying things to try and help my skin behave better :)

I spotted the Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Pads as they were on offer and I had never tried anything similar so thought it would be worth a shot. Was it worth the risk? ...
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Lush's Rose Jam bubble bar

You all know how crazy I am for bubble baths and Lush make the BEST bubble bars ever. This time I went for Rose Jam.


Bubble bars are basically solid bubble bath, similar to a bath bomb but with bubbles and not fizz. So to create the MOUNTAINS of bubbles (no exaggeration) you break a piece of the bubble bar off and crumble it into the bath under a running tap. And Voila! a lovely, fragrant bubble bath :)

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La Riche Directions 'Rose Red' Hair Dye

I used to have bright coloured dip dye hair which I loved! I didn't care for it properly and decided to cut it off :( Now my hair is longer again, I'm considering a crazy coloured dip dye again and thought it would be a good opportunity to show you guys my previous experience with the Directions hair dyes.


 Rose Red was the first Directions hair dye I purchased. It's a blue toned pink colour which is very deep and looks almost red. It is a semi-permanent dye and has best results on bleached hair. It comes in a handy little tub which really goes a long way! It lasts round 2 to 3 weeks before fading to a pastel(ish) orange colour.

The first time I used it I had dyed my whole head and, to be honest, it was a horrific experience. It went EVERYWHERE, dyed everything in my bathroom and transferred onto everything. If I touched my hair, it would be on my hands then on anything else I touched. 


I think the problem was that I just slapped a load of the dye onto my hair and didn't realise that a little goes a long way! I vowed never to use it again...

However I still had half a tub left and earlier this year I fancied dying my dip-dye. This time round it was fantastic; I used a lot less of the dye and it wasn't so bad for transferring. It did dye my bath initially however it was pretty easy to clean up and no where near as bad as the first time I used it.



I adore the shade of Rose Red and if this wasn't so bad for transferring onto my bed sheets I'd definitely repurchase however it is just too messy for me so I don't think I'll be buying this again any time soon.
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Lush's Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds

I love how Lush name their products; Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds is the perfect name for this bubble bar!


I used to hate this fragrance. It has a heavy patchouli fragrance which I tended to avoid and dismiss as fragrance I didn't like but I was very wrong! One of the Lush employees said it reminded them of the smell of rain and I have to agree. It's the kind of comforting, relaxed feeling fragrance that is a little more grown up. This is a change for me as I always pick the sweetest smelling fragrances. The more I smell this bubble bar the more I fall in love, to the point where at my last trip to my local Lush store I had to pop it into my basket to try it out.


Bubble bars are Lush's version of bubble bath in a solid form that is designed to be crumbled under a bath tap to create literal mountains of bubbles. You only need a small chunk of bubble bar and, as Blue Skies is so HUGE, I can get 4 baths worth out of this bar which is fantastic! (I usually get 2 or 3 baths out of the smaller bubble bars and some people have told me they get 6 baths out of Blue Skies!)


A quarter of this bar made a load of bubbles and they did remind me of fluffy clouds making my bath super relaxing. I was a little disappointed that the fragrance wasn't so strong in the bath and maybe I'll try a little more bubble bar when I use the rest up to bump up the fragrance level. I noticed that this bubble bar in particular made the water a little moisturising on my skin which is nice.


I will definitely be buying this bubble bar again! It makes a lovely change from my usual sweet smelling products I buy from Lush and it is so relaxing. I've learnt to love the fragrance of Blue Skies and I think you will too!

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e.l.f. Studio Stipple Brush


Let me introduce you to my latest obsession: the stipple brush. Up until last month I had been applying foundation with my fingers, occasionally a sponge, and I found that my foundation looked, basically, crap. It was streaky and looked cakey so I decided to invest in the much loved stipple brush.

I opted for the e.l.f. Stipple Brush due to it's affordable price so if I hated it I wouldn't have spent too much money on it. It also has synthetic bristles which I try to buy where possible due to personal preference. The bristles are Taklon which is supposed to have better softer and more absorbent making it better for use on the face.

The brush itself is unusual as it has two layers of bristles. One is short and one is long. This layering gives a more airbrushed effect on the skin and allows you to build up coverage easily.

I am loving using this brush! I can't imagine not having it in my collection now. My foundation looks much better and a lot more natural than it did before. I can create a sheer or heavy coverage without having to faff around too much with various products and tools, this does all the work for me. It's really easy to clean which is great for me (I have an obsession with cleaning brushes). I'm considering buying more of these types of brushes as they are so useful! It's only a bargain too at £3.75.

Do you own any stipple brushes? Any recommendations to add to my collection?
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I'm back with a bang!... Lush's Fizzbanger


Fizzbanger is a bath ballistic in Lush that, up until now, I 've more or less ignored. I tend to opt for the more interesting looking bath bombs and poor old Fizzbanger was just a plain Jane in the midst of the other ballistics on offer.I picked up Fizzbanger last week. I knew it was a dual fizz meaning that it has two layers of fizzing action so I hoped that it would surprise me once in the bath! 

 
The smell of this ballistic is beautiful; Lush describes it as sweet with apple and cinnamon fragrances inspired by Roald Dahl's The BFG. I can't quite pin point what the fragrance does smell of but it really is a gorgeous scent and makes such a sweet, relaxing bath. My bathroom was filled with fragrance which made me happy!




What I really liked about this product was how slowly it fizzed away in the tub. It lasted ages and was nice to watch it roll around the bath creating a foamy layer before unveiling a bright green centre. The popping candy creates a little crackle sound which is always fun. There is a hidden surprise in the middle of Fizzbanger but I won't spoil it for those who are yet to try it out ;-) After Fizzbanger had finished dissolving, my bath was super fragrant and very relaxing!


I'm so glad I tried Fizzbanger out. It smells amazing and I definitely want to repurchase!


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Avobath! with Lush

Lush make the craziest and most eccentric bath products on the high street, it's what we all know and love! Avobath looks pretty dull compared to the other ballistics on offer in the shop however it is a hidden gem!


If you haven't tried Avobath before, I strongly suggest you pop into your nearest Lush store, ask one of the lovely shop assistants to point you in the direction of the bath bombs, pick up Avobath (it's the big green one) and have a good sniff. It smells beautifully fresh; a mixture of lemony-citrus fragrances that just uplifts your mood. 


In the bath it fizzes away slowly releasing a mixture of fantastic fragrances that will instantly make you happier. My only criticism is that this is kind of all it does. My favourite lush bath bomb is Dragon's Egg which fizzes, foams and pops making Avobath seem pretty boring in comparison but Avobath is just so beautifully fragranced and makes such a relaxing bath. It also has some shimmer to it which is lovely as it doesn't leave the bath (or yourself) covered in glitter.

Avobath also contains avocado and olive oil which are amazing for your skin and supposed to clear a blocked mind, making you feel confident, uplifted and proud.


I will be getting this ballistic again; I think it would be perfect to perk yourself up and freshen your mind. It's such a lovely bath fragrance and I really enjoyed using it!


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Sleek True Colour Lipstick in 'Pink Freeze'


The Basics
Product: Sleek True Colour Lipstick

Shade: Pink Freeze (780)
Finish: Matte
Price: £4.99


I'm not usually one for a matte lip however I do love a good bright pink lipstick so of course I picked up Sleek's Pink Freeze True Colour Lipstick whilst browsing the make up counters. 

Pink Freeze is an almost neon matte pink shade which gives an amazing pop of pink on the lips. It is highly pigmented and opaque. I love the colour so much but definitely have to tone down the rest of my make-up on days I wear this! (my swatch photo does this lipstick no justice, it really pops!)

I find this lipstick a bit awkward to apply; to me it feels like the toy lipsticks I used to have when I was a kid and it drags a little along the lips if you apply straight from the bullet. Being a matte shade, it is a little drying and does tend to stick to any dry skin on your lips (as you can see in the pictures) however it's not the worst I've used and is easily remedied by a slick of lip balm before using the lipstick. 

I enjoy wearing Pink Freeze; I get loads of compliments when I wear it and it's a great price for the quality and longevity of it on my lips!

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Jerome Russell BBlonde Hair Lightener

 *I'm apologising in advance... my camera has died so using my old camera which is just not the same quality, hope the pictures aren't too bad!*

It's scary stuff taking the plunge an going from brunette to blonde. Especially when you are planning to do it at home. By yourself. (Note: Unless you are crazy like me and won't be too distraught if the outcome is horribly wrong, then go and get professional advice before bleaching or colouring your hair. Maybe even let the lovely hairdresser do it for you :) I take no responsibility for how your own hair turns out if you try this!)

I've bleached my hair in the past, expecting it to go a lovely dirty honey blonde hue and slowly realising that is not how it works. The result was a kinda funky ginger/orange shade which I would have liked had it not been so unbelievably streaky and patchy (worst box dye ever!). Back to brunette I went... After months of watching others do it, I decided to dip dye my hair with the Jerome Russell B Blonde hair lightener



Inside the packet is a scary looking peroxide mixing kit which turns bright blue as soon as powder hits the liquid part. This is genuinely scary but all blonde dyes or toners work in this way so there is nothing to fear! The kit also includes gloves, a processing cap, a tray to mix and a tinting brush which is fantastic because I find some kits like this don't include everything you need to dye your hair properly. I applied it to the ends of my hair with the tint brush which was relatively easy however the tint brush is pretty small so may make it a bit more difficult for full head application.



Here is a picture of my hair before the process:

Here is after:


I'm actually really impressed with this! Most box bleaches for 'dark hair' come out orange but this one has gone quite a nice shade of blonde. My hair is slightly brassy however this is easily fixed by a purple shampoo or a toner and, to be honest, the lightness of the colour is impressive considering how dark my hair was to start off with.

I'd definitely get the B Blonde hair lightener it again. It was easy to use, did relatively little damage to my hair and worked a treat! It's available in Boots and Superdrug and retails for around £4.99.
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LUSH Dark Angels Cleanser

LUSH are famous for their bath bombs and soaps but they also sell a fantastic skin care range which includes literally something for every skin type, including some great cleansers.

The cleanser I'm using at the moment is Dark Angels which is aimed at younger, oily skin. Solid cleasners look scary, but they are actually really easy to use. All you do is pick a chunk out the pot, add some water and Hey Presto! you have a paste which you apply to your face as your cleanser. Once applied to the face, wash off with some warm water. LUSH like to make their products in a solid form so there is no water in them therefore less preservatives :-)

It has black sugar in which gives it the scrub effect and I really like this because I don't feel I've washed my face properly until I've scrubbed it. The black sugar stimulates and exfoliates the skin. Dark Angels is black due to charcoal. The charcoal is powdered and absorbs any excess oils. Another of the main ingredients is Rhassoul mud which, to be honest, I've never heard of until I used this product. Rhassoul mud is mined from the ground and is great for the skin as it cleanses and removes grease from the skin (great for oily skin).

I was a bit sceptical of Dark Angels as I had been using Herbalism (another lush cleanser) which I loved but I wanted a scrub for my face. I like the exfoliation of Dark Angels, it leaves the skin super soft and feels clean without the weird tight feeling other face scrubs give me. It feels really good to scrub without destroying your skin :-)

After one use I noticed that it did really help with oil reduction on my skin (one of my MALE housemates even commented that my skin looked great!) but it hasn't really helped with my breakouts and blemishes.

Unfortunately it's not recommended to use this cleanser more than once or twice a week which is annoying because it is fantastic and it means I have to use another cleanser for the rest of the week. Overall I really recommend Dark Angels for oily or combination skins; it's really helped me I just wish I could use it everyday!!

Dark Angels is £5.95 and you can buy it from any Lush shop or www.lush.co.uk

Have you used any of the solid cleansers? What do you think of them?
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Eyelure Eyebrow Shapers

Eylure are known for their fabulous false eye lashes and when I saw their eyebrow shapers I knew I had to try these out!

The packaging says 'perfect eyebrows without tweezing'. I used to tweeze my eyebrows but could not handle the pain, time and effort it needed to maintain my brows that way. The Eylure eyebrow shapers are basically wax strips in specific shapes to fit around your eyebrow shape. They are super simple to use, just position them and wax away!

There are 8 large strips; 4 for above the brow and 4 for below the brow. Along with these there are 6 ectangle strips for the middle of your brows but I use these for any stray hairs. The pack includes instructions if you aren't sure how to use them but they are really easy to use and you quickly pick up how to get the perfect eyebrow shape. My only complaint is that the strips for underneath the brows are a bit of an awkward shape and take a bit more time to position and use.

For small strips, they are pretty powerful and remove about 90% of the hair I want to go. The occasional one left I tend to just tweeze out but that doesn't seem such a big deal when the whole eyebrow shaping process takes about 5 minutes!

I definitely recommend these. I'm not sure how I survived without them to be honest; it's a great way to shape the brows at about a third of the price you would pay a salon to shape or wax your eyebrows. You can purchase these at Boots or Superdrug for £2.69.
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