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The Halloween #ScreamHome Bake-Off Party

Want to throw your own Halloween party? Fear not... there is still plenty of time to get your place Scream  Home ready! This year I thought I'd keep it simple by doing little spooky get together. The team at Ocean Finance have written a great blog post to give you more ideas on how you can celebrate in your home this year, and they challenged me to have my very own #screamhome party inspired by what I think makes things most spooky.


 My top tip is keep it simple - do what I did and just buy a few horror films, put on some spooky themed food and invite some friends and family (to eat cake to make you feel better after watching so many scary films). Of course, I combined my love for The Great British Bake Off with this spooky holiday - what's a party without cake?! On a serious note, I find the simple effects more effective when it comes to scaring. I am terrified of the dark, ghosts and blood so I found ways to incorporate these in my party evening.


SET THE SCENE - HORROR FILMS IN THE DARK


I think it's vital to set the scene for a horror scream home evening. Dim all the lights, carve up pumpkins and get some spooky looking bunting. I decided to go a bit Gothic with my setting and lit a load of candles in my living room where we would be watching films. Yankee Candle have a gorgeous range of Halloween themed candles which I used for the night. It gave such an eerie atmosphere.

Not so luckily for me, my best friend Emily LOVES horror films, the scarier the better, so we ended up getting The Babadook and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. I have to admit that Paranormal Activity didn't scare me as it was virtually the same as the previous films in the series and it was very predictable. The Babadook, on the other hand, is terrifying and features the creepiest child, and his demon friend, you will ever encounter. Need I say more? I was hidden behind my pillow for most of that one.

TRICK OR TREAT?! HALLOWEEN BAKES

Now, on to the fun part - Halloween themed cakes! Have you seen those Pinterest fail pictures? I kinda think mine would have a nice place on those types of websites but never the less I will show you what I came up with!


First of all, the easy ones: Graveyard Ghost Brownies. These were pretty simple actually! I previously blogged about my perfect chocolate brownie recipe and I used that one for these. Then I made up some sugar icing, placed a marshmallow on top and dotted some eyes on with blood red food colouring. These look no where near as impressive as the Pinterest version. In fact, they looked more like zombie heads than little ghosts. They tasted nice though. Win.



Next up is the Glass Cupcakes. Now these took a bit more effort and a lot more time. I made the cupcakes with a cake mix from Sainsbury's but to be honest I think  I could have saved money by making a cake mix from scratch, and it would have tasted better. The icing on the top is, again, just plain sugar icing with red food colouring splashed and smeared across the top. The glass is made up of boiled sugar. I used Lily Vanilli's recipe, but inevitably messed it up a little. The 'glass' went a bit brown and didn't set very quick. Luckily my Mom was around to help fix my mess and we managed to recreate the sugar glass. In fact, I thought these were going to look awful but they turned out pretty great! The glass is such a great touch and it makes them look gruesome- they would be a perfect centre piece to any Halloween party.

It just goes to show you can have a brilliant night in without having to spend a load of money. I managed to buy decorations, ingredients, DVDs and some drinks for less than I would have spent on a night out and I had equally as much fun. Why not make it a bigger event and ask everyone to dress up for the occasion? Let me know in the comments what you will be up to this Halloween :)

Becky xo

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YooHoo Mail October Stationery Box

Like a lot of people, I am obsessed with stationery. When I first heard about YooHoo Mail, a monthly subscription box full of stationery, I was curious to find out more and excited to receive the October edition of the box. The contents of the box are created by UK graphic designer Gemma. Each box is created by herself and shipped straight to your door - perfect for us stationery addicts!






I'm not sure what I was expecting when I was waiting for my box but I was delighted once I did get it! It is beautifully wrapped in tissue and comes in a deceptively small box. Once I opened the box and ripped through the tissue, I was amazed at how many things were included in my box!

Included in the October box are three postcards, six greetings cards, two prints and two wall planners. I was amazed! The quality of each item is fantastic. You can tell that time has been spent carefully picking designs and printing them on good quality card. I like the fun design of the cards and prints, I can see myself framing them and hanging them on my wall. The planners are great, especially the 'To-Do list' style one which I think I might laminate and have as a re-usable list for my week. I am most impressed with the greetings cards - I now have a good collection of cards for every occasion and I cannot wait to share them with my friends.

There are a limited number of these boxes available so if you are a stationary fan, I'd recommend spending the £12 on it and getting in there quick. I like the idea of supporting a more independent designed company, especially when the quality of the stationery is so flipping great! You can save money too buy ordering a three month subscription which is perfect for the ultimate stationery fix :)

Becky xo

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Santa's Belly Shower Jelly // LUSH Christmas 2015

I'm not gonna lie, I'm obsessed with the festive shower jellies from Lush this year. This is the last one I'm reviewing and it is one of my favourite products from this year - this is the Santa's Belly shower jelly.


The jelly itself has the same fragrance as the So White bath bomb which is a crisp apply fragrance. The ingredients make it sound edible - it's full of fresh apple juice and vegan red wine which help keep your skin nourished and cleansed. Plus, you smell great and the fragrance is left on the skin after. I much prefer this to last year's So White shower gel because I find it more moisturising and I personally find the smell more appealing (I wasn't too mad on the shower gel to be honest). It leaves your skin feeling very soft after washing with it. I love that there are little stars in the top of the jelly too - it looks so Christmassy and cute! You can even use this as a bubble bath which would be perfect if you love using a So White bath bomb ;)

Shower jellies seem to last forever so I tend to chop mine up to get through them at a reasonable rate. I also find they lather much better if they are in chunks and the crushed into a shower scrunchie. I'm a huge fan of this Santa's Belly jelly and I think it makes a perfect stocking filler for your friends and family (just make sure you pick up one for yourself too!).

Becky xo

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A day at Bristol Zoo

Recently I spent the weekend in Bristol and I knew one of the things I wanted to do was check out Bristol Zoo. I had heard wonderful things about the zoo and how they care for their animals, plus I had heard they had sloths which are my favourite animal, so I was excited for my day out there!






It is not the biggest zoo I have been to however it is one of the more memorable zoo experiences I have had. The staff were all really happy and obviously cared immensely about the welfare of their animals. The gorilla enclosure was closed for the public when I went because they were introducing a new animal there and I thought that said a lot about the amount of care going to these animals' lives - they aren't just expected to be on show all the time and they are given time to settle in their new environments which, as an animal lover, makes me happy :) The animals I did get to see were fantastic. I particularly enjoyed the fur seals who were very vocal! I was delighted to get the chance to see some sloths too. I almost didn't notice them until Nick turned me round and made me walk back through until I spotted them haha! I loved that you could walk through the fruit bat enclosure which is something I usually avoid (I hate walking through those bat places where the fly around you) but the zoo keepers were friendly and reassuring, meaning I got to see an amazing animal close up.

I also have to commend the food at Bristol zoo. Bit of an unusual thing to talk about when reviewing a zoo but I can honestly say that it was the best food service I've had at a zoo or wildlife park. The food was real food, not some crappy takeaway style stuff, and it looked like it had all been made fresh by the chefs. It's nice to have a substantial meal when you're walking around all day and the food tasted great. I had a quick look on the website and it turns out it is all local, ethical and from sustainable sources too which is amazing and I really appreciate it!

I cannot recommend Bristol Zoo enough. The entry price is good, staff are helpful, there are loads of different and happy animals about plus you can grab some nice food while you're there. I cannot wait to go back and visit again! PS - thank you to Nick, who was my photographer for the day and took all these lovely photos :)

Becky xo

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Lolita Lempicka Perfumes

It has been a long time since I bought myself perfume which is quite odd for someone who loves it. I think it's down to the fact I work somewhere that is highly perfumed... Anyway, I thought as a birthday treat I'd buy myself a couple of perfumes by French designer and perfume maker, Lolita Lempicka.



I opted for signature fragrance 'Lolita Lempicka', in the Eau de Toilette, and 'Si Lolita', in the Eau de Parfum. I got these for an absolute steal at Fragrance Direct and I always check them out to see if they stock a perfume that I really want (they don't always have the new fragrances but if they do it is always cheaper!).

First thing's first, how lovely are the bottles? I collect perfume bottles and these look great amongst my collection - they are quirky without looking cheap which is great for having on display. I think the apple bottle of the signature fragrance is beautiful and I'm hesitant to use up the perfume as it looks so pretty inside!

Lolita Lempicka EDT is what I'd think of as a girly, innocent fragrance. It has a floral scent to it with an almost powdery scent that lingers on the skin. It is quite a delicate and faint fragrance, which is perfect for day time wear. It does not last long on the skin but when it is on you get wafts of it which is nice. I have to say I was disappointed with this one - it is so much weaker than it's perfume version (EDT is less concentrated than EDP) and I wish now I had spent a little more for the classic, and highly rated, eau de parfum version. I like the fragrance but I'd love it to be stronger.

Si Lolita EDP, on the other hand, is unforgettable. It is less soft than the Lolita Lempicka, and has more fruity tones with hints of spice. It smells quite peppery at first but on my skin the fruity smell still comes through after the fragrance has settled on the skin. It smells quite sophisticated to me and I feel quite grown-up wearing it! I love wearing it for nights out and it lasts ages on the skin.

Out of the two I purchased, I personally recommend Si Lolita. I like the other perfume, it's just too light for myself. It will get it's wear as my daytime scent but next time I'll opt for the EDP instead!


Becky xo

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Celebrate Body Lotion // LUSH Christmas 2015

Celebrate Body Lotion is an old favourite, returning to Lush's shelves for a third year running. And, I have to say, I am pretty happy about this one coming back as it is one of my all time favourite fragrances created by Lush!


Please excuse the old packaging in the picture - I stocked up on it last year so I had at least a years supply haha! So what is the heavenly fragrance I'm obsessed with? It has a strong citrus smell and I can really smell the lime oils in it which is great as I love the smell. It's also got cognac oil in to give it that boozy feel that is reminiscent of Christmas and New Year celebrations. I always worry about products with alcohol in because I don't particularly want to smell like an alcoholic but this has more of the fruity tones than than booze, so no need to worry about that.

The body lotion itself is quite unusual. It is very thick and rich, meaning it takes quite a while to sink into my skin. I imagine this is great for people with dryer skins or those who like to feel moisturisers on their skin. I personally prefer it to sink in straight away so I just apply Celebrate little and often, to give it chance to sink in faster, then I usually layer it with First Snow body powder (which has the same beautiful smell). It does leave my skin lovely and soft though - probably because most of it is made of cocoa butter :)

Purely because of the fragrance, I cannot recommend this body lotion enough. If you're after a highly moisturising, rich body cream then pop into Lush and grab yourself a pot of Celebrate sharpish!

Becky xo

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Snowman Shower Jelly // LUSH Christmas 2015

I am so happy that Snowman Shower Jelly is returning to Lush this Christmas! Everyone needs one of these little snowmen in their lives :) I stocked up on so much of it last year (hence the old packaging style in the pictures) but it's honestly a product you couldn't get sick of smelling - it's amazing!


You can see from the picture how many oils are packed into this bad boy and it is HEAVEN to wash with. It feels silky smooth and your skin feels great after. The scent is strong, it's like a tropical fruit-meets-blackcurrant smell, and lasts a long time on the skin once you're out the shower. I am obsessed with the smell of Snowman jelly - seriously it's so uplifting and happy! Plus he's a little snowman shape!! Why do Lush make such cute things?! 

To be honest, and brutal, I do chop my snowmen into pieces *eek*. Reason being is I find that the jellies form Lush don't lather that great on their own in one big lump but you can get a great lather when you chop them up and squish them into a shower sponge/scrunchie thing. You can also hold them under the tap and use them as bubble bath this way, they smell divine as bubbles!

Snowman Jelly is one of my top choices this year for Christmas from Lush. Have you tried him out before?

Becky xo

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I Just Love it! My Gift Haul from ijustloveit.co.uk


Apparently I am a really awkward person to buy gifts for. I beg to differ! I just love gifts that are personal and have some thought behind them, and I always try and make sure my gifts to others reflect the care I've put into them. Like, if I were to buy for me, I'd go for something geeky, book-related or cute/animal/Disney themed. Easy right? And new website ijustloveit.co.uk can help you find, and maybe personalise, the perfect gifts for your loved ones (who may be awkward like me). Here are some recent things I picked up from I Just Love it!



As I travel a lot and have a long commute to work, I like a big wash bag that can accommodate all the make up and toiletries I like to take on my journeys. This deer wash bag is just gorgeous. I love the size of it and think it would be great for weekends away plus it has such a pretty deer print on the front. The bag itself is great quality and can be sponge washed should your foundation leak all over your bag (yup - I speak from experience).



You all know I'm a book lover right? Well I think the bookworm mug is perfect for all us tea-loving book readers. Mugs are always a good bet for gifts as they are useful for everyone. I like to incorporate mugs into gift hampers so, for example, with this bookworm mug you could perhaps include some hot chocolate or tea, a box of chocolates, maybe some fancy slippers and of course a good book to curl up with! It's a nice stocking-filler type present that still has a personal touch.



Finally, my new most-prized possession, my personalised book mark. It looks like such a luxury product when in fact it is a steal at £7.99 including the personalised initials on it. I read on my commute to work and I cannot tell you the amount of times I've stuffed my book into my bag and the paper bookmark has dropped out. This metal bookmark has a hook so it stays exactly where you left it so it's ideal for those who read when on the move. It's really lightweight too so, again, great for travelling and won't damage your books. I reckon I'm going to pick up one of these for all of my book loving friends; it's a gift you can really be proud of!

Not only are the gifts great from I Just Love It, but the service is wonderful too. All my items arrived quickly, even the personalised one! I cannot wait to use their personalising service on some of my Christmas gifts this year.

Becky xo

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Get Noticed with Solopress

Sometimes all we need in life is a big break to get us where we want - whether that be a big blogging milestone or landing that  perfect dream job you've worked hard to get. It's not an unknown fact that, to get where you want in life, you have to get yourself noticed. Sure, you can have all the qualifications or amazing writing skills but if you're not selling yourself and getting yourself noticed you are making it much more difficult for yourself!

So what better way to get yourself noticed by the world is to have your own billboard? Solopress are running a competition to help get yourself out there and have your very own billboard put up anywhere in the UK for two weeks! Imagine all the potential employers, PR people, businesses and event organisers that would see that!!


I have been planning a launch of a little business venture with my Mom for a long time now and I love the idea of having my own billboard for everyone to see the wonderful things I'm selling. My new online shop will be called The Wonderland Candle Company and I'm going to be selling eco-friendly candles that smell good enough to eat. If I was creating my own billboard, I'd make use of the space and have my business logo along the left side of the board. I'd then do a photo grid of some of my beautiful candles and the fragrances in them (so if it was a strawberry candle, maybe a picture of some strawberries, you get the idea). Then I'd use the rest of the space to advertise the business' social media links so my customers could get involved and find my website easier. I'd probably put a little 'Geek Gets Glam' mention on m billboard too because I have a larger audience for my blog so they might recognise that and then be more intrigued!

This competition is such a fantastic opportunity to get yourself heard and really advertise why you should get noticed by the right people. Interested in entering yourself? It is really easy to enter this one - all you need to do is tweet using the hashtag #SPGetNoticed saying exactly why your name should be up on that billboard for everyone to see :) If you win, you get to see your design made up in real life and placed in your desired location. I think I'd chose Birmingham just so I could see it every day haha!

The closing date for this competition is 30th October so get your thinking hats on and get tweeting with #SPGetNoticed to get yourself noticed! Good luck!

Becky xo 

PS: If you're curious about Wonderland Candle Company, keep your eyes on my blog this month ;) 

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Nightwing Shower Jelly // LUSH Halloween 2015

You know when you smell something and it smells so good you want to eat it but it's soap and you can't?! Well, Nightwing Shower Jelly by Lush is that exact product. Smells delicious. Looks delicious. Tastes like soap.









Nightwing is one of the new offerings from Lush this Halloween. It's a shower jelly, which is a jelly you can wash with, in the shape of a bat to fit with the spooky theme. Not only that, it is fragranced with lime oils so smells fantastic. It smells just like black wine gum sweets which I love! The jellies are made of seaweed, so they are free of animal based gelatin, which makes them really soft to wash with and Nightwing is no exception. It's also full of aloe vera which helps keep the skin nice and soft. The jelly lathers up beautifully and the smell lasts on the skin after you've washed with it too! I find the jellies work better if you squish them into a sponge or shower scrunchie thing, or just run them under the tap if you want to use them as bath bubbles.

My main issue with Nightwing is the mess it makes. I have no idea what it is, but I'd make a guess that the amount of oils and glycerin in the product make it really oily and sticky. This is great for skin but a nightmare for bathrooms as it leaves a dark purple stain everywhere. I have no idea how it even gets out of the sealed tub but it does! It's not a permanent stain (luckily as I got it all over my bed sheets) but still frustrating. Is this enough to put me off the product? It kinda is... I hate mess which is a shame because the jelly itself is fantastic and smells divine. Maybe I'll get used to the mess? It's a shame the mess puts me off such a wonderful product! Have you tried Nightwing jelly yet?

Becky xo

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'The Martian' Film Review

I wasn't too sure about my feelings towards Ridley Scott's latest film The Martian, based off the novel of the same name by Andy Weir. I love science fiction a lot but I have this presumption about space films that they are all bleak, dark and depressing as humans realise how insignificant they are in comparison to the universe. I was totally surprised by The Martian and how great the film was!

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The film is about a space mission gone wrong; when a huge dust storm hits a space mission on Mars, the astronauts are forced to evacuate the planet and abandon the mission. One of the crew, Mark Watney, gets hit by flying debris in the storm and is presumed dead by the Commander and the crew so gets left behind while the rest leave to head home for Earth. Unfortunately, Mark has actually survived the storm and finds himself alone and stranded on Mars. Sounds terrifying, right?

One of the things that most surprised me about this film is how funny it was. I was expecting a really heavy-going, serious film but I was glad to watch a somewhat lighthearted film and loved how the character of Mark Watney managed to keep the mood of the film up. There are, of course, some serious parts but it's nice to have a bit of relief in a film that shows the extreme risks and dangers of space travel. In fact, some parts actually left my jaw on the floor and my heart stopping as it gets quite tense but, I have to say, these points are few and far between. I enjoyed how Matt Damon portrayed Watney, he is a great actor in this film and is easy to like (which is vital as most of the film is about him or his rescue attempts) although I did wonder how realistic his reaction to being stuck on Mars was. I for one would freak the eff out yet he remained pretty cool considering he was lost on Mars.

Another surprising thing about the film was the amazing soundtrack. *spoiler* Watney is stuck with his crew's belongings and that one of these items is a music collection of the Commander, consisting entirely of cheesy 70's disco music much to his dismay. It fits really nicely with the film though, and helps keep the mood elevated as you can imagine it is a nice home comfort to Watney (even if he hates it). Honestly, I'd be pretty stoked with her music selection but each to their own!

I liked this film and, even though it was quite a long time to sit in the cinema, it was worth watching. I liked that it wasn't as serious as I thought which I guess could be a bad point in some people's eyes but I really enjoyed he film. I think I was expecting a masterpiece as it was by Ridley Scott but it wasn't really that dramatic and it's more of a film you could just stick on and watch without having to get too involved. I would love to read the book now and see how it compares!

Becky xo

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The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett

Have you ever thought 'What if'? I'm pretty sure most of us have had a situation where we will always wonder what would have happened if we had done something a bit different. Laura Barnett explores this idea in her latest novel, The Versions of Us, as we follow the story of Eva and Jim, and the three different versions of what could have happened in their lives.


First of all, we have to talk about this book cover. I know the age old saying of 'don't judge the book by the cover' but I knew I had to have this book in it's hardback glory as soon as I lay eyes on it. It's beautiful! Quite a simple design but really eye-catching and manages to capture the idea of three different story lines which is nice. Anyway, moving on from appearance...

I love the idea of this novel but it took me a while to get into the stories. It's great at the start and you learn a lot about the traits of characters Eva and Jim through their three initial meetings, but it's when time ticks on and we meet other characters that it starts to get a bit tricky to understand. It is a bit like reading three different books at the same time, but only reading a chapter of each each time. You end up a bit jumbled and I often had to skip back to previous chapters to remind myself which version I was in.

Having said that, I really did enjoy this novel. It's full of twists and turns, often leaving the reader wondering how Eva and Jim will turn out as each version is so different. It's a bit fairy-tale-esque as they do keep bumping into each other and the choices they make often mean that their paths cross. I like that I didn't like Jim. You think he is great at the start but, without revealing too much, he turns out to be quite a troubled character that struggles with his past. Eva, on the other hand, I started out hating but in the end loved how she developed as a character. She is the strongest character and I just love how realistic her decisions are - she shows that you can't always get what you want and you have to make sacrifices for others, but still has huge success in career and social life which is a nice quality for a female protagonist. I really liked the cultural parts to this book too; it's set between 1958 up to present day and Barnett captures little aspects of the times really well, from the outfits right up to the music the characters are listening to. I also enjoyed the families of Eva and Jim, especially Jim's mother who is a really interesting and complex character who depicts various stages of battling mental health and the effect this has on her family.

If you're after a love story that's a bit more complex than your average rom-com, The Versions of Us will be an ideal read for you. It's not over-the-top romantic and actually proves to be quite a deep book. It really made me think how little events can cause life-altering effects and, reading this book, you just can't predict what will happen next. A lovely read, perfect for cuddling up with in this winter weather!

Becky xo

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Santa Fun // LUSH Christmas 2015

One of the most exciting things about this LUSH Christmas launch is that there are 4 bars of FUN! If you've not heard of it before, Fun is essentially bath play-doh; you can use it as soap, shampoo, bubble bath and, of course, mould things with it! The first bar of Christmas Fun I picked up was 'Santa'.


Santa Fun is a kit designed to get you making your own version of Father Christmas. It contains four colours - black, white, gold, and red. It is fragranced with jasmine and ylang ylang so it's got quite a soft, floral scent.

Now, I was a little disheartened buying this for the simple reason that it's fragranced with an old product that has really good memories for me. Santa Fun shares the same fragrance as the Christmas Eve bubble bar which has been bought for me almost every Christmas and I use it on Christmas eve (of course!). Now it's not coming back, I can't continue my tradition which makes me really sad! Santa Fun is kinda bitter sweet for me - I'm glad the fragrance is back but it's just not the same as good old Christmas Eve bubble bar :-(

On the whole, I do like Fun. It lathers amazingly well and it quite a soft, creamy wash for your skin (it's great for kids' sensitive skin which is good as I'm guessing it's most children will want to use this!). I've not really used it much in my hair because I'm not sure how to go about it (I just can't get over putting play-doh in my hair haha) but it leaves my skin feeling squeaky clean so I bet it would be great in hair. As a bubble bath, it produces great bubbles but they don't last as long in the bath as regular Lush bubble bars - maybe I'm not putting enough in?! Also, leave Fun away from radiators/heat sources - it melts. 

I'm in two minds about Santa Fun. I can't get over the loss of Christmas Eve but this Fun does smell exactly like it and I can still make bubbles out of it so who am I to complain ;) Will you be picking up this product?

Becky xo

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Bath Spa & Turning 23

This blog post could almost be one of those 'How Not to visit Bath Spa' posts. As everything went a bit wrong with my journey to Bath, instead of being a Negative Nancy I thought it would be fun to tell you about what I did see there as it was such a beautiful place to visit for my 23rd birthday.





One thing that did surprise me about Bath was how hilly it was. I didn't realise it was set on such big hills and I was glad I wasn't the one driving round there haha! The city itself is beautiful. There are loads of old churches and a cathedral to look around, and all the shops are set on a traditional English high street. There was a great atmosphere around the place as there were students and shoppers all mingling and enjoying the sunshine. There were some outdoor food places that made my mouth water as they smelt so good!

A short walk to the river and you're greeted with stunning parks with plenty of benches to sit at and ponder life. There are loads of boats along the river so you can people watch as they go by. I could have sat for hours and just watched the water. There are loads of touristy things to do there, museums and of course the famous Roman Spas, plus plenty of quirky cafes to sit and grab a coffee.

I'd love to go back to Bath and explore properly - how many of you have been there before? What's your favourite thing to do in Bath?

Becky xo

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LUSH Halloween 2015

I love that LUSH brings out limited edition products for each holiday and season but, with all the Christmas excitement, I think one of the best ranges gets overlooked; Lush's Halloween Limited edition products are usually spectacular!


Having said that, I was a little surprised with the offering this year. We are usually treated to exotic and unique fragrance blends matched with quirky bath products but this year I had to admit I felt a little underwhelmed with the offering. The collection itself is small and there are no new bath products for Halloween. There is a new amazing shower jelly and some lovely knot wraps, but they all seem a bit 'safe' bets for Lush, especially when they usually make risks with unusual products this time of year. Despite this, I've picked out four of my favourite Halloween products that I love from Lush this year and hopefully you'll like them as mush as I do! (PS - fancy reading a review of the product? Click it's name)

Lord of Misrule Bath Bomb - Sweet and spicy, this bath bomb is one of my all time favourites from Lush. It is amazing in the bath as it drastically changes colour and has popping candy in so it's loud and proud! I love how the spice is blended with the sweet - it smells fantastic.

Lord of Misrule Shower Cream - I almost peed with excitement when I found out Lush were making a shower cream version of one of my favourite bath bombs. It smells just like the bath bomb, maybe a touch more spicy, but I still adore it. It leaves your skin feeling silky smooth too.

Nightwing Shower Jelly - This is a bit of a game changer. Number one: It's a bat shaped shower jelly. Number two: It smells like black wine gums. I have to restrain myself from eating it, it smells like limes a bit. It's that good. Plus it's full of oils that are fantastic for the skin. Did I mention it was bat shaped? I'll take ten! Check out my review here. 

Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar - An old favourite that I'm gutted I didn't stock up on last year. It has the same fragrance as Mr Punch soap, an old Christmas limited edition, and that is a subtle, juniper berry fragrance. It makes a tonne of bubbles and you could get two to three glittery baths out of one pumpkin.

I'm gutted that there are not many new treats for this Halloween but I am happy to see the likes of Sparkly Pumpkin and Lord of Misrule back. It's been a big year for Lush products wise so I'm hoping this is a one off and we will get some awesome inventions next year :)

Becky xo

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Lord of Misrule Shower Cream // LUSH Halloween 2015

Lord of Misrule Moisturising Shower Cream is one of those products that any Lush fan will have been eagerly awaiting! I for one am one of those people as I adore the Lord of Misrule bath bomb that has been released the last few years for Halloween and Christmas.


The Lord of Misrule scent is quite spectacular. It's got a spicy note to it as it is full of patchouli and black pepper oils which are great for this time of year when it starts to get a bit chillier. It's also got a nice sweet overtone to it as the shower cream contains Fair Trade vanilla absolute which gives it a kinda comforting smell and just sets off the spicy scents nicely :) If Halloween had a smell, it would probably be Lord of Misrule from Lush.

The cream itself is a bit weird and messy to use. I was horrified the first time I used it as it comes out runny, almost like water in texture, and leaves your skin green. Plus, because it's so watery, it goes EVERYWHERE and I was left in a bit of a green splash nightmare in the shower! After the panic of thinking I would be left with green skin forever more, it turned out that once you've added a splash of water and scrubbed it all up it does come off your skin (and I blasted the shower head on the sides of the bath and it came off no problem)! It leaves skin feeling much softer than regular shower gels and the scent lingers for ages so I could smell it throughout the day which was nice.

I'm really enjoying using thee Lord of Misrule shower cream as it means I can use one of my favourite fragrances more often - I don't have time to bath every day so a shower alternative is great! I don't think it is one I'll be stocking up on, I much prefer The Comforter Shower cream, but I do like the product and if you are a fan of the bath bomb, this will be right up your street.

Becky xo

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Lush Solihull Christmas 2015 Blogger's Event

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas (and Halloween)! Lush launched their Christmas and Halloween products and gifts for 2015 on the 2nd of October and I got the chance to help organise the LUSH Solihull Christmas Blogger's event for this year, letting other bloggers have a sneaky peak of the products the night before :)









The event was quite laid back and fun. We had a FUN modelling competition to celebrate the fact that this year there will be four FUN kits giving you the option to make Santa, Snowman, Snakes & Ladders games, the possibilities are endless!  All the staff were there to help out and let us try all the products (which was a bit weird for me as I was working there too... I felt like a slacker but I wanted to be pampered haha!!) and I got to see so many of the new bath products in action.

I think it is the gift sets that have really caught my eye this year. The themes are circus and making Christmas memories which I love the idea of. The gifts are exciting and interesting; I especially loved the musical one (yes - there is one that you wind up and it plays music!). I am also obsessed with the Salt and Peppermint Bark scrub because it smells divine and is heavenly when used with Christingle body conditioner which is minty too. I'm glad to see a lot of returning products too such as Cinders and Lord of Misrule bath bomb, and I love that some fragrances have been shared in other products. Yog Nog was my favourite soap last year and I know I am going to love the bath bomb... I can't wait to try it!

Becky xo

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