Friday, 24 February 2017

My February Lush haul and first impressions - First Lush order in so long!

I haven't shopped with Lush for the longest amount of time, I don't get the chance enjoy baths due to my health (very hard to get in to the tub, and end up more exhausted after a bath than before) but I have decided that I wanted to invest in some more special stuff so that I can try to start enjoying them again rather than them just being functional. 

I saw some of the valentines Lush products on Instagram, and it really got me interested in trying some of them out, re-purchasing some old favourites and also getting some things which I've seen recommended by others bloggers and vloggers.

I have, actually, made two orders over the last two weeks, that's how excited my new Lush products have made me! The first order contained just three products; 'The Kiss lip scrub', 'Rock Star' soap and 'Lemony Flutter' cuticle butter.

I love sweet scents so am a big fan of 'Snow Fairy' but ended up not buying any this Christmas, for the aforementioned reasons, but thankfully I remembered that the 'Rock Star' soap has a really similar sweet, candy-like scent  so it was an obvious choice. I got the 100g bar and have cut it in to 5 smaller bits so that it doesn't get all gloopy and messy really quickly. Just one of the small blocks sat on the side of the bath makes the whole bathroom smell delightful every time you walk in, I love it! 

I ordered the 'Lemony Flutter' cuticle butter after seeing, I think it was, Miss Budget Beauty mention it in a lush haul video. And it didn't disappoint. The moment you open the tub you can smell a sweet, refreshing lemon smell and it is just the most beautiful scent and when you rub it in to your cuticles it, instantly, does a good job. I can't imagine wanting any other cuticle product again - Love at first sniff.

One of the other Lush products that I've tried in the past is their lip scrubs and when I saw 'The Kiss' scrub I really wanted to try it as I knew I liked their others. This was a Valentines exclusive and it's not available on the website anymore but I don't know if it's still in stores. Even if you can't get it then keep an eye out in case it's available again next year - It's sweet like the bubble gum scrub but I feel like it has a little more of a candy/sherbet element to it too which is nice. The edible hearts are a nice added bonus, especially for the season. 

If you are on the look out for a new lip scrub then it seems that the Honey scrub is available, now, which I am very excited about. Next time I buy from Lush I will be getting that. 

When I made my first order I looked for the 'Creamy Candy' bubble bar but, for some reason, couldn't find it. As such when I was browsing the site, and I found it nestled in amongst the other bubble bars, I felt like I had to order. I am aware that my bubble bar collection is rather pink, but my goodness the 'Creamy Candy' one smells amazing (Lush list it as candy floss scented and it's very similar to the Rock Star soap and Snow Fairy). I'm planning on cutting this up to use it in more than one bath but, at the moment it's awaiting a home in the form of a pretty glass jar.

Fruity scents are one of my other favourites and that's what drew me to 'The Comforter' bubble bar (at the top) especially as I love berry scents and the main fragrance for this is cassis absolute (I love blackcurrant). The swirly pattern is something I really like, it's very distinctive and makes it look almost like a lolly pop or some playdough. This bubble bar is huge so I am hoping it'll last for a few baths. 

The last bubbly product I got was the 'Rose Jam' bubbleroon - I think this was another one mentioned by Miss Budget Beauty (in this haul) and I was intrigued by the scent as some love it, others aren't so sure. I love the idea behind the layers of a bubbleroon, also the segmented nature of it means it should be easier to split. I hadn't noticed, until mine arrived, that the pattern on the top had a swirly rose design on it and I wasn't expecting glitter but it certainly adds to the effect. I am looking forward to trying this one and hoping that the lemon scent is a good balance to the rose. 

I wanted to grab one of the shower creams for on a day where I don't want an overly fussy bath (bubbles are fussy for me) but still want something with the gorgeous blackcurrant scent; 'The Comforter' shower cream smells amazing and I think it'll be what I use in my next bath. Isn't the colour just beautiful? I love the creamy pink, with a hint of purple.

Last but, definitely not, least I ordered two more soaps in the second order. I remembered enjoying the smell of 'Honey I Washed The Kids' in a Lush visit many years ago so I wanted to try it out. The scent isn't massively strong, like Rockstar, but I love honey scents (and the Lush site also says it has some fruity elements too) so I am hoping this will be lovely to use. I really like the layered look with this one, it does make it look a little like a dessert though haha. 

The soap on the right is the 'Sea Salted Caramel' soap. This one certainly has a very strong smell and it's almost sickly sweet. That said I think it's right up my street and it, hopefully, won't be too overpowering when I use just a small amount. This, I think, will be another one that'll scent the whole bathroom when I leave a piece on the side. 

And that's everything. I have never been much of a soap person but I think I may be a convert now and I look forward to trying all of these, and probably more. I also never have bubbles but it looks like that's going to be changing too!

You'll see that I am all about the sweet and fruity fragrances but that isn't all that I enjoy, it's just the safest choices for me. I think for anything that deviates from those scent families I'll need to smell in store to see what I think. So next time we go to town (which admittedly may be months away) I think I'll pop in to my local store and have a good browse and if I pick some more products up then I'll be sure to post about them too. To be honest I already have a bit of a wishlist growing in my head so watch this space.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

The 2017 Quick Reads Books - A quick overview and a giveaway

I love books. If you know me you already know that and if you don't know me but have seen my blog or social media then you probably already know that too. Books are my main form of entertainment, of escapism and of relaxation, they are just a massively important part of my life.
Not everyone feels that way about books, though, and that's fine, we don't enjoy the same things. But sometimes people have things that stop them from reading even if they want to - Maybe they have health issues that prevent concentration, maybe they don't have the time, maybe they don't know what type of book they enjoy or maybe they find a long book a bit much to get started with. 
And there's where the 'Quick Reads' concept steps in. Every year they commission well-known authors to write short books and they release them for £1 (though sometimes they've even cheaper!) and you can get them in paper form or e-book. There's 6 books, per year, and they make a great starting point for a new reader, or for the person with a busy schedule and only a few minutes to give to reading, or even just for someone who loves books but wants something short and sweet to keep them going. 
I love the idea of Quick Reads, and what it stands for, so I was thrilled to be offered the chance to read them all this year. I was, also, accidentally, sent two sets so I also have a full set to send to one of you in a giveaway! (see the end of the post for how to enter)

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Our First Thoughts on the Schleich 'Farm World Starter Set'

With the big age gap (almost 6 years) between the boys it's really nice when there are toys that they can play with together. Ethan's mostly in to lego and computer games which are, unfortunately, not overly Oliver friendly (lego is one of the toy types which has to be played with in his room) but he does enjoy playing with figures too and this is something that they have started to do together. 
And that's what came to mind when I was offered the chance to trial the Schleich Farm World Starter Set - Something for the boys to enjoy together. 

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Makeup Revolution 'Illuminating Fixing Spray' (coming soon) and I Heart Makeup 'Fast Love' palette from Tam beauty

A couple of bits from Tam beauty came through the letter box and other day and I was very excited to see what was inside - I've ordered a few bits from them recently, but didn't post about them because I wasn't doing so well health wise so it's nice to have some things to show you all. These were sent, completely by surprise, but I have been very happy with them and, so, looking forward to sharing my thoughts. 

As a quick warning, this post is very very picture heavy, haha, but I think it's worth it! 

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Birchbox UK - Unboxing/Review - February 2017

It feels as though, some months, there's barely a fortnight between boxes - I'm not sure if that speaks of the erratic schedule that the box companies have or if it's just my inability to keep track of time, but either way it feels like barely any time since the January box arrived and here I am writing about February's offering. 
As always, if you like the look of the box, and you decide to sign up, then you can use my code: - I have really enjoyed this month's box and, based on a sneak peak, am already looking forward to March. Birchbox is the only box I've kept up, whilst all of the others (and there's been a few) have fallen by the way side. That's not to say that I think the boxes are perfect, some months are less inspiring than others, but I have consistently enjoyed them and there's always the odd month that blows me away. 

If you feel the same way, and you sign up with my link (above) then we'll both get points to spend in the Birchbox shop which are a great way to make additional purchases (see a shop haul coming up in the next couple of weeks).