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Review | Treacle Moon - Those Lemonade Days

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

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I went in to Tesco the other day to pick up some prawn Pringles (my guilty addiction) but ended up leaving with a few new bath bits too, one of them being this bath and shower gel from Treacle Moon. I'd never tried anything by Treacle Moon before this but had seen them before and thought they looked like a cheaper version of the Philosophy products. At £2.99 for 500ml they're extremely good value for money and a great alternative if you don't want to fork out more money for something from the Philosophy range. The packaging on the Treacle Moon range is so sweet but simple, they all feature a quote on the front and a little about the company on the back as well as a little note saying 'please don't eat this product...' which really made me laugh. As an extra bonus, none of their products are tested on animals and I know that people are always on the look out for more products that don't endorse animal testing cruelty, this is one of them.

It took me a while to decide which one to go for as I was stuck between Those Lemonade Days and Iced Strawberry Dream which smelt like strawberry milkshake. As I already have a few sweet scented shower and bath gels I decided to go for Lemonade Days but will probably go pick up a few more soon as I have such high opinions of this one. It smells like a mix of lemon sherbet and lemonade ice lollies which reminds me of my childhood and summer holidays and after using I found that the scent didn't fade away which is always a bonus as I love smelling nice all day long. 

As this can actually be used in the bath I like to combine it with a tiny bit of moisturising bath milk and I found that although it's not a 'proper' bubble bath, it still filled my bath with so many bubbles, even more than some bubble baths do. When used as a shower gel it lathered up extremely well and left my skin feeling baby soft and clean, there's nothing worse than a shower gel that barely bubbles up and dries out your skin. Fortunately this was the complete opposite!

My only quibble with Lemonade Days is that the formula of the gel was a little too runny for me and my clumsiness. I always prefer thicker shower and bath gels as I have a tendency to get really excited and squeeeeeeze the product out, with this being more runny than some it meant I ended up using way too much and half of it ended up on the shower floor haha. Other than that I'm definitely head over heels in love with this, and I'm definitely going to stock up on a few more scents when I go back to Tesco, possibly Iced Strawberry Dream and their Cream Soda one though I'm open to any recommendations you may have. Props to Treacle Moon for creating an affordable Philosophy dupe!

Day Out | Eden Hall Spa

Sunday, 23 February 2014

At the end of January my mum and I went on a day trip to Eden Hall Spa as a post-Christmas treat together. We'd never been to a spa before so it was a new experience for both of us and one that was well worth it in the end. There are a range of packages that you can choose from but we decided to go for the Relaxing Ritual Day which was £109 and included unlimited use of the salt-water vitality swimming pool, access to all water therapies and saunas/steam rooms, your choice of a facial or back massage, as well as a three course meal in their Seventh Heaven Restaurant. You could also take exercise classes or use their well equipped gym but me and my mum took one look at that and backed off. No exercise for us!

View of one of the garden areas in the snow
We arrived there at about half 9 in the morning and were given a locker key, towel and dressing gown for the day, although you could get new towels and robes which was great as I ended up getting both mine soaked when we went outside. The first thing we did was put our swimming costumes on and gofor a wander. You get pretty much free roam of the spa which I loved as it meant that everyone was spaced out and you weren’t all stuck in the same area so you didn't feel overcrowded.

The building itself was beautiful, it's a listed mansion which was built in 1875 and oh my god I wish I could live in a place like that. The restaurant rooms were in the turrets of the building and had the most amazing ceilings, I was almost more in love with the building that I was with the spa!

As well as having the pool, gym and sauna areas, they also have hot tubs and gardens outside which would be lovely to explore in the summer, a post-treatment area, a Moroccan themed 'slumber lounge' which was filled with giant bean bags where you could go and relax, and a conservatory lounge/cafe where you could also wait for your treatments or grab a coffee.

The sauna area and water bench which I loved!
Braving the outdoor hot tubs in the snow and rain
After we'd had a little fun exploring we went back to the pool and sauna area to try out the various water therapies and steam rooms. We had loads of fun doing this as all the little rooms are based in a circle so you could hop out one and straight into the next, there was also a certain order you were meant to do them in to feel the full benefits which was quite interesting to try out. Some of the steam rooms were too hot for me, but there was one which had a really intense peppermint scent to it which I loved. I actually spent most of my time relaxing on a bench which had water flowing down it and a small pool at the bottom with jets to put your feet on, for some reason I really enjoyed that and found it unbelievably calming. Simple minds haha!
The pool has loungers on both sides which you can relax on, and two hot tub type mini pools which contained massage jets. The water in the pool was lovely, not too hot or too cold and was deep enough to be able to swim in but shallow enough for you to be able to relax and not feel out of your depth. 


I had a facial included in the day package that we chose and also paid extra to have a Frangipani Wrap too. My facial was in the morning, a few hours after arriving, and I loved every minute of it. The woman who did it for me was so lovely and talked me through the products that she was going to use and what she was going to do for my skin. I also had to fill in a form on which I detailed my problem areas, skin type and what I wanted to achieve from my facial and wrap which was really useful as it meant she targeted the areas that I’d said I needed sorting out and used specific products to help with them so every facial is tailored to you and your skin. The appointment was 40 minutes long but went by far too quickly as I felt so relaxed! I don't think my skin has ever felt as good as it did afterwards. It was completely clear, no blackheads, no dry patches, and extremely soft. I'm so glad I decided to have it done and if I ever go back I will hands down definitely be opting for another facial.


The main buffet room of the restaurant

After the facial we went off for our three course lunch which is included in the price of your day. You get to choose from a set menu but I had a hard time deciding as all the dishes sounded delicious. There was also mini buffet of side dishes, and I'm not ashamed to say that I loaded up two bowls with fish and extra buttery carrots because they were just so good. For my starter I went for a goat’s cheese salad and I chose chicken wrapped in bacon as my main course. I didn't have a pudding as I was stuffed after all the carrots that I had eaten but I tried some of my mums chocolate mousse and I was definitely impressed. When we had finished our lunch we decided to go lay down in the slumber lounge for an hour as we couldn't go back in the pool so soon after eating. I actually ended up having a nap on one of the giant bean bags as it was so comfortable and with the relaxing music playing, I couldn't help but fall asleep! 



We were feeling refreshed after our nap on the bean bags so we went back to the pool for an hour or so for a swim and another explore around the saunas before our next appointments. For my second one I opted for a Frangipani Wrap which basically involved me having my whole body exfoliated, covered in oil, then being wrapped up in foil to let it sink in. I also really enjoyed this as it left my skin feeling incredibly silky smooth afterwards but if I go back I'll probably just have the facial done as I felt like I had benefited from that more. The products that they use for the treatments are all high-end and you can definitely tell by how good you're left feeling afterwards. Unfortunately I didn't buy any of the products that they used but if you wanted to they had some really great deals on in their shop which is another bonus of having the spa day. 

Conservatory cafe and treatment waiting room
When my second treatment had finished I met my mum in the conservatory and we went back to the pool to sit on one of the loungers and read for a while. It was around 5pm by the time we had finished so we decided to get changed and head home. The changing rooms are well equipped with lockers, toilets, cubicles to change in, and even showers! A great addition after a day in the pool or sweating it out in the steam rooms. 

Overall I really enjoyed my day at Eden Hall. The staff were incredibly friendly and definitely made me feel welcome or able to ask for assistance if I needed anything. The facilities they had in the spa and the treatments itself were definitely well worth the money we paid for the day, and more! I'll definitely be going back soon as it was such a fantastic experience and one that I’d love to do again. Have any of you ever been to a spa before, what kind of treatments did you have done? Let me know in the comments!


Bomb Cosmetics Review | Pineapple Expressed Bath Blaster

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Pineapple Expressed Bath Blaster 
"Everybody's laughing on the Pineapple Expressed! Juicy fun and freedom with pure bergamot and grapefruit essential oils to pick you up and post you happy! Sweet & zesty pineapple with hints of Lemon & Orange. Creamy Vanilla comes through the base notes to close."
You may have seen my Bomb Cosmetics haul where I showed off all the amazing goodies I'd ordered from their online store recently. I'm slowly working my way through them all and thought it was about time I give you my first review of one of their products! To start it off simple, I'll be sharing my thoughts on the Pineapple Expressed Bath Blaster. It's a bright yellow bath bomb with a frosted center, decorated with little silver balls, gold stars, and a teeny tiny orange slice. It definitely looks good enough to eat, though I highly doubt it would taste as good as it looks.

The first thing I noticed when I dropped this in my bath was the smell., it has an amazing fruity scent to it that smells like a mix of pineapple and oranges. Sometimes I find that the smell from bath bombs disappears too soon but this one actually got stronger as it started to dissolve which was a nice surprise. I could still smell it when I went into the bathroom the next day and although it lasted a long time, it wasn't too overbearing. Unfortunately it didn't fizz much and dissolved fairly quickly but the smell more than made up for the lack of 'action'. 

I also noticed that there was a slight shimmer to the water which made it a really sweet combination with the gold stars that were floating around. It wasn't extremely moisturising but it didn't dry my skin out which some bath bombs tend to do when I use them. The only thing I wasn't too sure on with this bath bomb was the colour that it left my water, I'll be blunt here and tell you that it does slightly look like wee. But wee mixed with Fanta or something similar so I wasn't too grossed out, just amused more than anything!

I really liked this bath bomb, it wasn't too exciting but it smelt wonderful and I'd definitely repurchase it just for that alone. I'd like to try out the other fruity bath bombs and bath products by Bomb Cosmetics as they perfectly captured the 'fruit' smell with this and I'm interested to see if it's the same with some others. 
Have you tried any bath bombs by Bomb Cosmetics? Or have you had a look after reading my other posts on them and want to try any? Let me know in the comments! 


Haul | Hair & Beauty Products

Saturday, 15 February 2014

 
























  


I recently picked up some hair and beauty products that had been on my wishlist for quite a while or that I was running low on, and as usual I wanted to share them with you. Most of these were just essentials as I was close to running out of foundation and dry shampoo but things like the highlight powder and curling wand were items that I've been wanting to buy for a few months now and finally did.

The first items I that picked up were a new mascara, foundation, and lipstick. The foundation I chose to repurchase was Max Factor Lasting Performance, and the only one that I use right now as I find it's perfect for my skin type, although I may look at trying out a different one when this runs out as it's the lightest shade they do, but currently too dark for my skin tone. 
Instead of repurchasing my current mascara I decided to try out a new one and after reading some reviews online I went with the False Lash Effect Fusionby Max Factor. I'd tried the normal False Lash Effect in the past and really liked it so when I saw that this one claimed to volumise and lengthen your lashes I was immediately interested. I'm so glad I chose this one as it makes my lashes look so much longer, even without curling them and only one coat on (perfect as I recently cut off the tips of my eyelashes on one eye by mistake...).
Finally I picked up a new lipstick by Rimmel. It's one of the Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipsticks in Shade 16. A beautiful neutral pink shade that goes well with everything and anything. This is probably one of my favourite purchases as it applies so well and I've fallen completely in love with the colour of it.


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My next choices were a cream blusher and highlighting powder from MUA. I had never tried a cream blusher before and wasn't too sure how I'd feel about it so I decided to try out a cheap one from MUA in the shade Dolly, but I actually really like it. It blends in perfectly and is a beautiful peach shade, one that I'd never tried for blusher but has made me want more peachy tones as I think they suit me a lot better than the pinks. 
I'd also been after the Undress Your Skin Highlighter since I first saw it being blogged about but unfortunately it was always sold out in the stores near me, until I went in the other day and managed to finally find one! It was well worth the wait though as the colour is a frosty champagne pink which really suits my skin tone and looks lovely with the cream blusher I bought.

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For once I decided to splurge and treat myself to Benefit's Porefessional as my trusty sample tube had finally run out. As there was an offer on when I purchased it online I was also sent another mini Porefessional sample tube and could choose from two other samples to try out. I decided to go for the Total Moisture Facial Cream and the Fake Up Concealer. I haven't yet tried either of these samples as I'm saving them for a night out when I like to spend more time on my makeup but I'm interested to see how I feel about them as the only Benefit product that I've tried has been the Porefessional.


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As I had also been looking for a good hair oil for a while I bought theL'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil which was slightly more than what I'd usually spend on a hair product, but I've been using it every day since and have hardly made a dent in it so it's well worth the money! I also bought a new Batitse Dry Shampoo as mine had run out but this time I went for the Cherry scent and it smells amazing! With my banana conditioner, cherry dry shampoo, and raspberry scented hairspray, it's safe to say my hair smells like a giant bowl of fruit. A smell which I'd be happy to be stuck with forever.

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I also picked up Lush's Buffy Moisturising Scrub as I ran out a while ago and it's the only thing I've found that keeps my bum (sorry for tmi ladies!) soft and smooth. I really recommend this scrub, it's slightly on the expensive side but it lasts for ages and does the job so well with minimal effort on your part, a quick scrub and you're done. 
As I'd seen so many people raving about the Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm I decided to get one to see what all the fuss was about. While I do like the product, I don't like the colour that I chose, Cherry Me. I find that it's just an odd colour on me and makes my lips look like they've had an allergic reaction to something haha! As I like the actual product I'm probably going to try it in the peach and pink shades instead and see if I get on better with them.


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Last but not least, I purchased the Remington Pearl Curling Wand which I had been eyeing up for a while. As I'm used to curling my hair with my straighteners it's taking me a while to get the hang of how to use this and find a way to get the curls that I like. I may also purchase one with a thicker barrel to do loose curls as that's pretty much my go-to hairstyle but I am pleased with this curling wand as Remington is my favourite brand for hair styling tools and I find that all their products are brilliant quality and insane value for money (why would I want to spend over £100 on GHDs when I can get £20 Remington straighteners which are even better in my opinion?!). 

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I'm really pleased with the items that I've bought this month. They're all things that I'll use on a regular basis which makes them great value for money and well worth buying. I'm looking forward to trying more cream blushers and Benefit products, hopefully I love them as much as I love the ones that I already have!

Haul | Books

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

As you may know, I'm a massive lover and reader of books whether it be on my kindle, fanfiction online, or 'actual' books. One of the main annoyances I have when purchasing new books is that they're so damn expensive! I don't have enough money to be spending £7/8 on one book, let alone the other 500 odd books on my Goodreads to-read wishlist. With a budget in mind I decided to have a look on eBay and the used section on Amazon to see how the prices compared and I am so glad I did. I picked up eight new books for around £20 between the two sites with postage included. They're all fairly good quality, some are basically brand new, others with just a few creases on the cover which for around £3, doesn't bother me in the slightest. I'm annoyed with myself for not thinking of buying my books this way sooner but from now on it'll definitely be the main way that I purchase new books (sorry Waterstones!). 

"Touring provincial France and sometimes Paris in a borrowed, once elegant car, Phillip Dean, a Yale dropout, and a young French shop girl, Anne-Marie Costallot, burn in an everyday but stunningly sensual paradise. Their love affair is imagined in intense detail by an unnamed narrator, whose fantasies become compellingly and hauntingly real."

"One night Melanie walks through the garden in her mother's wedding dress. The next morning her world is shattered. Forced to leave the rural home of her childhood, she is sent to London to live with relatives she has never met: gentle Aunt Margaret, mute since her wedding day; and her brothers, Francie, whose graceful music belies his clumsy nature, and the volatile Finn, who kisses Melanie in the pleasure garden. Brooding over all is Uncle Philip, who loves only the puppets he creates in his workshop, which are life-sized - and uncannily life-like."

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"A novel of the woman dubbed 'The First Flapper' - Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, wife and muse to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Set against the glamorous backdrop of the Roaring Twenties, Z is the story of the woman who lived large and ached to find her own identity in the shadow of her celebrated husband."

"Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City - and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realises she could help catch a killer.
As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened..."

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"In June of 1999, Stephen King was hit by a van while walking along the shoulder of a country road in Maine. Six operations were required to save his life and mend his broken body. When he was finally able to sit up, he immediately started writing. This book is the extraordinary result."

"He was a writer. She was his Number One Fan. She'd pulled him out of the car-wreck, brought him home, splinted and set his mangled legs. All he had to do in return was to write a very special book, just for her, all about her favourite character from his novels. One he'd killed off and now had to bring back to life.
Because if he didn't, if he was Bad and Didn't Do What Nurse Told Him, she would be cross - very cross - and do things that would make him scream and scream..."

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"Dexter Morgan appears to be the perfect gentleman. He leads a normal, quiet life working as a forensic officer for the Miami Police. He has a nice, shy girlfriend and is liked by her young children. But Dexter has a secret hobby. he's an accomplished serial killer. So far he's killed dozens of people and has never been caught, because he knows exactly how to dispose of the evidence. And there are those who would rather he wasn't caught at all, because Dexter is a serial killer with a difference. He only kills the city's bad guys. Then Dexter's well-organised life is thrown into chaos. Another serial killer is invading his territory - and he wants Dexter to come out and play..."

"Jodie and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. he is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose." 

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As you can see, I went for a mix of books which I had selected at random from my Goodreads wishlist. Some of these are books that I've been waiting to read for a really long time and others are ones which were recently added or that I don't know too much about so I'm extremely excited to get stuck in. I haven't yet decided which book to read first so definitely let me know in the comments which you think I should start with. 
Have any of you read these books before? What did you think of them or are there any others that are similar which you'd like to recommend to me? You can also find me on Goodreads and add me here.

Haul | Bomb Cosmetics

Saturday, 8 February 2014

As one of my Christmas presents I was given the Bomb Cosmetics Harajuku Candle Gift Set which contained the Harajuku Glass Candle, Malva Flower Bath Creamer and the Violet Nights Bath Mallow. As soon as I opened it I noticed that it smelt amazing and the bath products were unique and unlike anything I'd ever seen at Lush. They were designed so well and also smelt lovely, especially the bath mallow which looked like a mini cake. After I used the bath mallow I straight away fell in love and decided to place an order online to try out some more products by them.
My order arrived a few days later and the packaging that it came in was brilliant, a bright pink box filled with multicolored foam peanuts, what's not to love about that? This time I could smell the products before I'd even opened the box and once again I noticed how good it smelt and couldn't wait to open it up and have a proper look at everything.

I decided to go for a mix of bath 'blasters' with a candle and bath mallow thrown in there for some variation but they have a massive range of things to choose from with soaps, other home fragrance products, massage bars, body butters and bath salts being just a few of the many other options. It took me so long to choose what to get as everything looked so appealing and sounded like it would smell delicious.

"This exotic, sweet scent opens with heady top notes of violet leaves & rosebuds, leading to a heart of violets, roses, lilacs and mimosa. The powdery, delicate base blends cedarwood and purple irises."

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Lemon Express Mallow
Fast paced and full of life, the lemon express quickly delivers a large helping of skin softening butters and zesty lemon and lime oils to awaken the senses. A sweet, zesty scent opening with sparkling lemons, limes and green apples. The fresh heart of lily and lemongrass is balanced with creamy vanilla and soft musk."

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Appleberry Butter Burst Bath Blaster 
"A blackberry fragrance cocoa butter swirl, with a fresh crisp apple blaster, makes a strange fruit indeed! We call it the Appleberry! With pure grapefruit and black pepper oils to uplift and enliven.
Purple Piping: With ripe, juicy opening notes of blackcurrant, the fruity heart blends summer strawberries and raspberries with the subtle scent of blueberries. Creamy caramel and vanilla complement the natural sweetness of the fruits for a warm finish."
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"We want candy! And what can satisfy our sweety cravings more than this cotton candy inspired bath blaster, all the treats without the guilt and left with soft, smooth skin at the end! With pure jasmine and coconut oils. Sugary notes of fluffy marshmallow combines with hints of strawberry fragrance and edible scents of sugar and caramel."

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"A fizzy ice-cream and soda fragrance, sandwiching a divine cocoa butter swirl, and with pure amyris and thyme essential oils to pep you up and leave you glowing in all your glory! Wild fruit and red berry notes blend seemlessly with a creamy vanilla base to make a mouth watering fragrance."

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Pineapple Expressed Bath Blaster 
"Everybody's laughing on the Pineapple Expressed! Juicy fun and freedom with pure bergamot and grapefruit essential oils to pick you up and post you happy! Sweet & zesty pineapple with hints of Lemon & Orange. Creamy Vanilla comes through the base notes to close." 
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Raspberry Pav-lover Whoopie Bath Blaster 
"Crammed with everything you need for a perfect summer! A ripe raspberry fragrance combined with a swirl of cocoa butter to prep your skin for the sun and then sprinkled with tiny daisies! With pure ylang ylang and bergamot essential oils. A fresh green fragrance blending red fruits, raspberries and grapes, with accords of blueberry and juicy pears. Finishing with the sweetness of coconut."

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Cherry Bathe-Well Bath Blaster 
"An exceedingly good bath, combining fruity summer cherry scents and a hint of cookies! Pure marjoram and chamomile essential oils will help relax and soothe you. A warm fruity accord of lush cherry combined with a rich mouthwatering milk cookie fragrance smoothed by vanilla pod and hints of creamy coconut and white chocolate."

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"With a fresh cranberry and lime fragrance, real cranberry seeds and pure lime and marjoram oils, this beautifully bright blaster will brighten up and power up your day! A juicy, fruity accord of Cranberries and zesty Lime with supporting fruity notes of Strawberry, Raspberry, Plum, Peach, Apple and Cassis with hints of White Flowers on a woody base."



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Lime & Coconut Parfait Bath Blaster
"Keep on shaking your coconuts, and release the citrus lime, kiwi and coconut fragrances from this fizzylicious feast for the senses. Coconut oil and pure amyris and lime essential oils will enliven and awaken you and send you nuts!
A citrus heart comprising fizzy soda of zesty lime, lemon & grapefruit combined with a creamy sweet confection of coconut ice candy"


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"This Bomb Cosmetics Bath Creamer was one of the first types we launched and it still remains a firm favourite. A relaxing Lavender fragrance, coupled with real Lavender and Geranium essential oils ensures a peaceful and tranquil bathing experience. Hand rolled in real Lavender petals. A contempory twist on a classic lavender fragrance with camphorous top notes, Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Pine middle notes and a Musky base note."

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"Stretch out and feel your spirits being lifted by the power of Mandarin and Grapefruit oils while enjoying a blend of skin nourishing butters as they soften and hydrate."
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"A shocking new bathtime experience with our violet bubble bath, with enough rosemary and thyme essential oils to leave you feeling energised and revived after your long soak! Pour a little into your bath whilst the water is running to charge those bubbles into an overload! Remember those parma violet sweets when you were little?! This is THE guilty pleasure fragrance, and we have brought a modern twist to a classic."

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"A lightly fizzing bath powder with purifying sea salt, mineral rich seaweed and pure Eucalyptus and Clary Sage essential oils.We have added Sweet Almond and Olive oils to moisturise your skin. A refreshing oceanic fragrance with an ozonic heart and citrus top notes."
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My first impressions of the brand and the products that I ordered are extremely high. They were brilliantly packaged, colourful and fun plus all the bath products came in shrink-wrap type packaging so none of the glitter pieces or decorations on them were damaged or lost which I think is so simple yet such a useful thing to do as there's nothing worse than opening an order and seeing damaged products! I'll probably be reviewing some of these when I use them, so if there's any in particular that you'd like a review on then let me know and I'll be sure to do one for you! 

Has anyone else ever ordered from Bomb Cosmetics, what did you think of the products or which are your favourites? How do you think they compare to Lush too? Let me know your thoughts, I'd love to hear them!

Lush Review | Snowman Bath Bomb

Tuesday, 4 February 2014


"Snowman is back with a jolly red scarf and a nose made out of The Carrot bubble bar from last Easter. Scented with the same vanilla fragrance as our Butterball bath bomb, he also contains cocoa butter which creates a moisturising, creamy soft bath that is great for nourishing and protecting your skin."

This bath bomb came in the Christmas Friends gift set that I received for Christmas and I was so excited as soon as I saw it because I'd heard it was extremely moisturising and had been lusting over it for a while. I love the design of the Snowman as it's super cute but really put me in the mood for Winter and building a snowman. Although it doesn't do anything too crazy or exciting to your bath when you drop it in, I think this means it would make a great present for someone younger or who hasn't tried too many bath bombs and wants a 'safe' option to start with. The Snowman turned my bath a pretty pale reddish-pink, which wasn't too spectacular but pretty nonetheless.

I suffer from dry and sensitive skin which has been worse than normal recently due to the cold weather so I was hoping this would do wonders. I wasn't disappointed, as soon as I got in the bath I noticed the cocoa butter had been dispersed throughout the water and promptly hugged my skin, making it feel extra soft. I sometimes find that some of the more moisturising bath bombs will leave my skin and bath oily afterwards but this one sunk in easily and left my skin feeling smooth instead of greasy after I'd patted myself down with a towel. 

Overall I did enjoy this bath bomb, more for how it left my skin feeling than how it reacted in the bath, but I'm not sure whether I'd go out and purposely repurchase it next Christmas as I'd prefer to have one that puts on a more exciting 'show' when dropped in the bath. 

Life Lately | January

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Instead of doing a monthly favourites or Instagram roundup I decided to combine the two and a little more by doing a summary of what I've been up to and loving in the past month, resulting in a 'Life Lately' series. In these I'll tell you a bit about what I've been watching on tv or films that I've seen, music I've been listening to, maybe what books I've read, games that I've played or even recipes that I've been enjoying. I'll also sometimes throw in a few mini product reviews and some of my favourite posts from my Instagram, all from the past month. 

Film & TV
Over the past week and a bit I watched every season of Dexter (based on a novel by Jeff Lindsay, Darkly Dreaming Dexter) for the first time and I can safely say I absolutely loved it. I know I'm a bit behind as Dexter has been around for a while and now finished but a girl at work recommended it to me so I decided to give it a go as it was on Netflix and I'm so glad I did. The show revolves around a blood spatter analyst who leads a double life, Dexter Morgan (played by Michael C. Hall, yum), who works for the Miami Metro Police Department, but in his spare time is also a serial killer who hunts down and kills criminals.
If you've not already seen Dexter then I can't recommend it enough, I found it was so interesting with just the right amount of mystery and 'bad guys' to keep you wanting to know what happens next and how Dexter would get his justice. I really enjoyed this show and was actually really upset when I finished it as I didn't want it to end (I may also have shed a few tears at the ending but shh).

Music
This past month I've really got back in to Lana Del Rey partly thanks to the release of her short film, Tropico and her insane cover of one of my favourite Disney songs for Maleficent. I'm a huge fan of hers, I think she's incredible and her music really inspires me. There's something so beautiful about her voice and what she sings about. I understand that not everyone is a fan but I urge you to give her a listen, even I didn't like her at first but then I heard 'Blue Jeans' and changed my mind straight away.

 
 
I've also not stopped listening to the Frozen soundtrack. I am a huge Disney fan, always have been, always will be (same as with Harry Potter haha!), so I had been eagerly awaiting the release of Frozen since I first heard about it. When I finally got to see it I fell in love straight away. It's definitely up there as one of my top favourite Disney films, partly thanks to the astounding soundtrack and Idina Menzel as Elsa. I've been telling everyone who'll listen that if Elsa had dark hair she would 100% be me and Let It Go would be my song. It's such a beautiful song and I can definitely relate to the lyrics in it, there's also a multi language version which you should definitely listen to. It's pretty impressive! 


Literature
I've started rereading It by Stephen King as I haven't read it in a few years and felt like going for something that would give me the chills instead of classics which I've been reading a lot of recently. Stephen King is definitely one of my favourite authors, I've loved every single one of his books that I've read so far (which is quite a few). Carrie in particular as it's now one of my all time favourite books, brilliantly written, and as a bonus the original film is one of my favourites too. I'd also love to read On Writing as from what I've heard it's a really big help and offers lots of tips for aspiring writers like me!
 
Gaming
As I'm currently on a ban from buying new video games in an attempt to save money (note the use of the word attempt, I'm failing miserably), I'm replaying the games that I own but haven't yet finished instead of starting new ones. This means that I'm currently addicted to the two Lego Harry Potter games, Years 1-4 and 5-7. If you're not familiar with the Lego video games, you basically go through the story and have to collect little Lego studs and complete small puzzles to progress through the game/find collectibles. You get to play as other characters from the books, even Scabbers, and attend classes to learn spells throughout your time in Hogwarts. As I'm such a huge Harry Potter fan I straight away fell in love with these games, they're so much fun and follow the story closely which is brilliant. I would definitely recommend these if you want something fun but addictive to play, but especially if you're a fellow Harry Potter fan!
 
Hair & Beauty Products
I treated myself to a new mascara and lipstick as I was bored of my current mascara and I'm still trying to experiment with different lipstick colours or just wear it more in general. After a look on other blogs and reading reviews I decided to go for the False Lash Effect Fusion mascara and Rimmels Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in Shade 16. I've not been using these for long but I already know I'll definitely repurchase them. The mascara is my new favourite, it lengthens and volumises my lashes so that they look visibly longer even without curling them. I'm also loving the lipstick, it's a neutral pretty pink that really suits my skintone and looks great with my everyday makeup. It's also something that I feel brave enough to wear out and about more often as it's not too 'in your face' and is a fairly basic colour.
 
General Life
The main thing that I've done this month was go to Eden Hall Spa with my mum as a post-Christmas treat. Neither of us have ever been to a spa before so it was a brand new experience and we loved every minute of it. We both came home feeling so much more relaxed and obviously extremely pampered! I've also taken a big step towards getting some personal issues that I've been dealing with for around seven years finally sorted, I'm so glad I finally found the courage to go ahead and do it but I regret not doing it years ago. Other than the spa trip, I've not been up to much else as January is always a slow month and I like to take time to unwind after Christmas and all the extra hours I'd been doing at work in the run up to it. One thing that I did do though was finally give my room a proper sort through which resulted in five bin bags of junk leaving my room and being thrown out. Although there's still a few bits and bobs that I'd like to go through, I definitely feel so much more organised having a clean and tidy room so it was well worth the three sweaty days that it took to sort it.




















So as you can see, I've not been up to too much this month other than winding down after December and Christmas. I'm glad I've started blogging again as I really enjoyed writing this and think I'll continue to do these at the end of every month instead of a favourites post. I also find that writing/blogging is helping me relax and deal with some of the personal issues that I mentioned above so hopefully I'll get back into a good posting routine again and not disappear for a few months like I usually do! Let me know what you thought of this post, if you do one similar please link me below cause I'd love to check it out.


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