Saturday, 31 January 2015

Big blue review!

As you may have picked up on by now, I absolutely love my baths. The other night I had a relaxing soak using my Big Blue bath ballistic from Lush. 

I've never used the Big Blue before and was enticed by it's pretty and bold colour. 

This bath bomb has a really refreshing fragrance to it like being at the seaside. It also has pieces of seaweed in as well. Which I really liked the look of however afterwards I realised isn't the easiest to clean up either! 

The bath ballistic was very effervescent and those little black bits coming out are the seaweed pieces. 

It fizzed and unleashed a deep,gorgeous blue hue. 

I felt like a mermaid! 

I really enjoyed this bath ballistic. The lemon and lavender oils are uplifting and the seaweed and sea salt in here help to soften skin. 

Thanks for reading I hope you liked this post. Love, A, x. 

Thursday, 29 January 2015

My Lush collection

My favourite way to treat myself would be to run myself a hot bath and throw in a few bath products to give myself a pamper. I am a sucker for bath bits whether that be bath bombs, bath oils or soaps I love trying new ones.

Not only as a Dorset girl, as Lush UK HQ is based here in Poole, but also as an avid beauty fan I hugely adore the shop itself. So I've decided to share with you my current collection of Lush products I've got hauled away.

I store all my lush goodies in a box I got a Lush delivery in. One reason behind this is because it has these polystyrene shell things in so they don't break up or knock against each other as much. The second reason I keep them in here is also laziness. When I recieved a delivery I kept them in the box for the time being and never took them out. 

My sister very kindly bought me the Northern Lights bath ballistic and I was really excited to use it as I'd heard so many great things about it. However I've discovered it didn't travel well and the bar broke up! There is a lovely mix of Ylang Ylang and jasmine which is nice and soothing scent. Although it doesn't look as aesthetically pleasing as to when it's one piece but I'm looking forward to popping this in the bath. 

I have two Dragons Egg bath ballistics here. One from my sister for Christmas and one from my Mum for my birthday. This bath ballistic is my all time favourite. I love how it fizzes and foams in the bath and the eclectic mix of colours and scents it gives off too. 

Here is the twilight bath ballistic which is perfect for a relaxing soak. It turns the water a gorgeous deep purple colour which benzoin, tonka and lavender soothing you to utter relaxation. 

Rock Star has been my favourite Lush soap for years. I have the biggest sweet tooth and naturally adore the very sweet fragrance to this. This lasts forever as well and leaves your skin looking, feeling and smelling amazing. 

I bought the Unicorn Horn bubble bar because it honestly looks incredible. It contains uplifting essential oils like lavender, Ylang Ylang and Neroli. I can't wait to use this!!

Another new Lush product is the Floating Flower. This one has a gorgeous floral scent which ties in nicely with the overall look of this bath bomb. 

This is the Think Pink bath ballistic I got from my friend Vicki for Christmas. I love the vibrant colour this leaves the water and has a very sweet calming scent. 

I recieved these two Creamy Candy bubble bars for Christmas and my birthday. It has a lovely sweet scent and leaves my skin feeling lovely and soft. 

This is the Karma bubble bar which has a wonderfully exotic orange tang to it. I find it really refreshing and leaves my skin silky smooth. 

I hope you enjoyed reading this post! I really enjoyed writing it. Love, A x.

Monday, 26 January 2015

The versatile blogger award!

Hello you lovely lot! I hope you've all had a fabulous week. I'm back and blogging tonight because the lovely Becky from Becana nominated me to take part in the Versatile Blogger award.

The rules of the Versatile Blogger award: 

Thank the blogger that nominated you for the award: 
I must say a massive thank you to Becky for nominating me. It really means a lot and I would love it if you would all check out her lovely blog here. She blogs about everything fashion, beauty and lifestyle and I really enjoy her happy nature that comes across through her writing. 

Share seven fun facts about yourself:

  1. I've set myself a goal for the year to do something new and interesting every single month. I think it'll be a good way to push myself, try something new and rather boringly some of them will look good on my CV too!
  2. My favourite colour is burgundy and my favourite animal is an elephant. 
  3. I have a one year old dog called Charlie. He's a schnoodle (miniature schnauzer cross toy poodle) and I absolutely adore him. 
  4. I'm obsessed with films and movies and would love to work in the film industry.
  5. I'd love to travel all over the world. So far I've never ventured out of Europe before but if I had an endless pot of money i'd be one little globetrotter. 
  6. This year I've set myself some mini personal goals of stepping out of my comfort zone more often. Whether that be saying something brave to someone who intimidates me or even trying some new foods. 
  7. I share a birthday with my Mum which just so happens to be in two days time (27th January)
Nominate fifteen other bloggers to take part in this tag:
For this award I am going to nominate the following. I have chosen some of my favourite bloggers for this, I'd love it if they took part as this a great little way to get to know them that little bit more and plus I'd love you to check out their blogs too, they're great! 

  1. Jessie at All Things Beautiful
  2. Claire at Pink Chick Claire
  3. Kirsty at Just a Little Bit Ginger
  4. Bekaah at That's so Bekaah
  5. Lauren at Blonde--Vison
  6. Dee at Prompts by Dee
  7. Jasmine at Jasmine Charlotte
  8. Jenny at Dream in Pink-x
  9. Tanya at Polka Dots and Cups of Tea
  10. Katy at The Lilac Scrapbook
  11. Flo at Pies, Lies and Thighs
  12. Jessica at Blonde of Carbs
  13.  Daisy at Daisydaisyxxo
  14. Katy at Little Miss Katy
  15. Lizzie at Head Full of Flowers 
Thank you so all so much for reading this post, I hope you liked it. All my love, A x.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Luxury Lush Pud review!

As I may have mentioned in a previous Lush post, I was very fortunate to recieve quite a few Lush goodies over Christmas.  I used the Luxury Lush Pud earlier in the week when I was having a long bubble bath after a hard day at work.

I really like the fun Christmassy look. From the top it looks like a little Christmas Pud with the holly leaves sat in the middle. The lower half is a bright pink colour with blue, yellow, orange and green circles in it. 

This bath ballistic shares it's scent with the twilight bath ballistic too. It's fragranced with the relaxing essential oils like lavender and Ylang Ylang. It's got tonka absolute in it as well which is found from the seeds inside the fruit of the Dipteryx Odorata tree from Costa Rica, Brazil and Peru. It has a very sweet, vanilla like smell to it. 

I dropped the bath bomb into the bath and it started fizzing away instantly.

 The multicoloured spheres floated away from the main bath bomb and left the bath with a kaleidoscope of swirling colours. 

I really enjoyed this bath bomb, it lasted a lot longer than some I'd say this one foamed and fizzed for around five minutes. The smell was heavenly and so relaxing plus it didn't stain the bath either with it's vibrant colours! Considering it's one of their bigger bath ballistics and really did put on a show in the bath I'd say it's very fairly priced at £3.50.

I'd definitely recommend getting this one however it's limited edition so only comes out at Christmas time. 

Thanks for reading, I hope you liked this post. Love, A x. 

Thursday, 8 January 2015

20 things I've learnt before turning 20

I'll turn 20 on the 27th of January. This makes me feel quite sad as i've really enjoyed being 19 and enjoyed being a teenager for the latter part too. My teenage years were quite up and down. I was quite chubby, shy and my love of black and neon colours shrouded my fashion judgement too. I didn't feel confident in myself, both, how I looked and what I thought. I didn't have many friends and would drift in and out of friendship groups so never really had a best friend. I didn't really enjoy being at school most of the time so I never really understood why adults would tell me it would be the best days of my life. Working full time I get what they were going on about now!

There was a change when I reached about the ages of 16-17 I lost some weight and felt a lot happier with the way I looked and my confidence grew with that too. I started sixth form and I felt I had a bit more control over what I was studying. I found my love of writing and media studies so really enjoyed going to those lessons. I made new friends and I still talk to most of them now, three years on.

I've decided to write this post as a I wanted to share some of my wisdom, the life lessons i've learnt and also just to pay homage to my best decade (out of two, mind)

 Don't worry so much. 
I used to stress and panic over silly little things and looking back I can barely remember any of them now. I've learnt from the 'will it matter in five years from now' quote so if it doesn't matter in several years time then I try to forget about it and move on. I went through a difficult time with friendships over the years. I never really had a best friend before and that used to bother me a little. Now I would say that I met some very nice people about three years through a mutual friend and I have a small group of close friends rather than a big group of acquaintances. 

Wear something outrageous. 
After all you are only young once so how many times can you get away with wearing a skintight, sequin jumpsuit?!

Passing my driving test was the best thing I've ever done.
Passing my driving test was probably the best thing I've ever done. I love the freedom I have now and I really enjoy driving too.

Experiment with your style.
Over the last few years I have really enjoyed playing with my style. I love trying new things from dying my long hair red, to black to a shoulder length ombre cut. 

Your parents are actually pretty cool. 
As embarrassing as they may have been when you were thirteen you'll realise that they are actually cool people and you'll cherish the time you spend with them in years to come. 

Try doing something outside your comfort zone. 
Whether that be talking to a new person, trying a new food or even a bolder or more vibrant lip shade may make you feel a little nervous at the thought but once you've taken the plunge you'll thank yourself. 

Try taking a break from social media.
Even by just taking one or two days out to focus on yourself and those around. You can give yourself some me time and you also give yourself the chance to live in the moment without posting it online with a snazzy hashtag.

Sometimes you just have to dance like a loon at a concert. 
I love nothing more than getting my bad moves on at a gig. Losing yourself in the moment and letting go of all your worries. The sense of euphoria at concerts is one that can't be described.  

You have to stand up for yourself and what you believe in. 
In the last year or so I have definitely grown into myself a lot more. I used to find it quite difficult saying no to people or allowing myself to give in to peer pressure. Now though, I stand up for little old me and if something or someone is making me unhappy I won't go along with it. 

Don't be afraid to not follow the crowd.
A big part of growing up and becoming an adult is to figure out who you are and be proud of that person. 

You'll remember your first job for the rest of your life. 
I've only had three jobs in my life and I can remember them all. When I was sixteen I volunteered in an Oxfam bookshop near me over the summer. After that I had a six month contract at my local Boots store which was a fun introductory into the pleasures of working with the general public. Then lastly, the job I'm at now, I work in a health food shop. It's not exactly my passion but I really get along well with the ladies I work with and enjoy my time there. 

Immerse yourself in your hobbies.
Throw yourself wholeheartedly into whatever you love. Do it to the best of your ability because you never know that in x number of years you might not have the time.. between a relationship, career and children after all!

Travel as much as you can.
I'd love to travel all over the world if money was no question. Travelling helps to broaden your horizons, meet new people, learn about other cultures and learn about yourself. 

Learn to cook the basics. 
Even though I'm writing this I think I could definitely still brush up a lot more I can cook/bake some easy things like pasta, cake, putting a frozen pizza in the oven can be quite tricky too hehe.

Learn the basics of 'grown up stuff'.
I never really paid much attention to financial or political features in newspapers, magazines or on the tv because it honestly didn't really interest me. Once I reached 18 years old and was of age to vote I felt this would be something I should know at least a little bit about this type of thing. Also now that I work and earn my own money I want to pretend I know what I'm talking about in terms of money and which ISA to choose.

Look after yourself and your skin. 
It takes 21 days to form a habit and 21 days to break it too. If you set yourself in a good regime of staying healthy, exercising and taking care of your skin it'll certainly make it easier and pay off in the future. 

You'll go through pain but it will get easier and so much better.
At the time it may seem like everything is going wrong and the light at the end of that tunnel is dimly lit but you'll come out of it stronger and it will be okay. 

Sometimes you have to forgive and forget, not hold a grudge and be the bigger person. 
When someone has upset you, wronged you it's difficult to pretend it didn't happen but at the end of the day life is far too short to give yourself added stress (and added wrinkles). It takes more muscles to frown than smile. 

Pull an all nighter.
Whether that be a movie marathon of all the LOTR films or out on the town with a fun group of mates leading to legendary stories like "That one time we did tequilas and ended up sat on the beach at 5 am with a group of disheveled friends, a chicken and someone from Blazin' Squad. 

Enjoy your freedom.
You're only young once and there are only so many times you can get away with stumbling out of the kebab shop at quarter to three on a saturday night/morning.

Thanks for reading, I really hope you liked this post. All my love, A x.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Linco Care Gorgeous Bronze review

The best part of going out sometimes is the getting ready and for me sometimes that can start three days beforehand. Fake tanning, manicures, pedicures can be planned to military precision.

I was very lucky and grateful to recieve a at home tanning kit from Silkia called Gorgeous Bronze in the shade light to medium. I'm quite fair skinned anyway so do often use a fake tan so naturally I was eager to try it. 

This tanning kit is different from most as it had a spray head attachment making it an evenly spread spray onto skin. I also like this design as it's not an aerosol so doesn't contain CFC aerosol gases so you can reduce your carbon footprint whilst looking every inch the bronzed beauty! 

Gorgeous bronze comes in a long bottle with a detatchable spray head. 

'Scuse the tanning glove! 

Frontal view of the spray head. 

One hard squeeze of the spray trigger gave this dark brown colour. Which may look too dark but once applied to the skin leaves you with a lovely golden tan look. 

So let's start with the review! 

I prepped my legs my shaving, exfoliating and applying moisturiser. I applied heavy quantities to tricky, dry areas like my ankles and knees. Once that had all soaked in I got started. 

Before shot! Please excuse my chubby milk bottle legs!! 

I applied my tan sat on an old towel in the bathroom just because sometimes tanning can get a bit messy! 

I should also add in the box this came in included two pairs of gloves to apply and rub into the skin. 

So I sprayed some of the tanning liquid straight onto my leg and rubbed it in, in a circular motion. 

Taking extra care on those tough areas like my knees I sprayed a little at a time as you can always add more. 

Once I finished one leg I did the exact same with the other. 

What I noticed and really liked about this product whilst applying was that it takes literally no time at all for it to dry after a minute or so the skin is still somewhat tacky. It also has a really nice smell in my opinion. Some tanning products have quite a chemical smell whereas others leave you smelling of biscuits all day after. However this one has a very pleasant sweet, almost floral smell! 

So both legs dried leaving me looking bronzed and ready to go! 

Overall I am really happy with this product.

-Good value for money at £19.99 and will last you a good while as well. 
-Dries quickly.
-Smells really nice.
-Product is easy to put together.
-Washes on and off. If you want a more natural tan you can apply this and wash off after two hours so the gradual light golden tan develops. Whereas those who want it to last a bit longer can wash off after eight hours, enjoying the gorgeous golden glow which will reduce over a week. 

- I would say my only issue with this product is that if you've never used anything like this before you might find it a bit harder at first. I would probably suggest having a go with it first somewhere on your body you don't have to show off that way you get used to it. 

Overall I really liked this product. I sometimes suffer with very dry skin and have found if I'm using this I have to slather my body in moisturiser and exfoliater before hand. 

Thank you so much for reading this post. I really hope you liked it! I never normally take pictures of my body and I feel quite self conscious of it so it's a massive step for me to put two pictures of my chubby legs on the World Wide Web!!! 

Anyway all my love, A, x.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Lush Avobath bath bomb review!

One of my all time guilty pleasures is treating myself to a long, hot bath, throwing in a few bath products and some music or something to watch. Absolutely bliss. 

Knowing this, for Christmas I was treated to some gorgeous bath products from my friends and family. My sister certainly spoiled me rotten and I decided to use one of the bath bombs she gave me. 

The one I used is called Avobath! 
 It's a big, green spherical shape as you can see from the image above. It's smooth unlike some bath bombs that have added bits in it. 

Like all Lush bath bombs this one fizzed and bubbled away very rapidly. 

Leaving the bath this lovely deep green colour with shimmery, glitter bits in too but my camera couldn't pick those bits up. 

This has got lemongrass and bergamot oils which'll help give you a little pick me up. It also contains olive and avocado oil as well as mashed avocado battling dry skin. 

It's got a gorgeous, refreshing scent to it and it isn't too overpowering which I really like! 

I would give this bath bomb a strong 4 out of 5 as I really liked it for a first time use of it. 

 What's your favourite Lush product?

I hope you liked this post, love, A.x

My December 2014 in photos!

Hello everyone and happy new year! Can I still say that on the fourth..? As always I really enjoy sharing some pictures and Instagram posts from my previous month with you all. Some say posts like this are a bit of a cop out but I like to keep you all informed on all the little things I've been up to and seen! 

My favourite shower gel in the world. I love the candy sweet smell. I was very lucky to recieve another bottle for Christmas just as this one ran out!

Terrible picture quality but my high street looked very Christmassy at the beginning of December. 

I had a long, hard day at work and there is no better feeling than coming home and cuddling my dog <3. 

Another shot after finishing work and this was taking just after half past four and it was so dark! 

Such a child, but there's something so fun about kicking crunchy leaves. 

You can call me 👑🐝 

Watching my favourite Christmas film, Elf.

Walking the dog on a Sunday and the sun was poking his face through the clouds. 

My doggy getting ready for Christmas. I got this little hat for 69p in B&M. 

Another one of my favourite Christmas films. I have serious Cindy Lou hair envy!!

I made myself a smoothie bowl for breakfast with cocoa flax, chia seeds, dried cranberries and flaked almonds. 

Cutest gingerbread house in John Lewis. 

I had a lovely veggie and lentil burger with my friend Vicki one evening. 

Some of my favourite rings from Topshop and Charmed Ivy.

Some street art I saw in Bournemouth. 

Chicken Korma all round when I met my friend Eloise for dinner. 

Very lavish chandelier in the old city hall.


Charlie looked very glam on New Years! 

I hope you liked this post. Thank you for viewing! Love, A x.