The Average Christmas

Monday, 29 December 2014

Hands up if you’re glad Christmas is over! This year didn’t really feel like Christmas for me. I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older or because my brother wasn’t at home for it but it just felt off. It was basically a day were I got to wear a silver party hat while I ate mozzarella sticks for dinner.

I’m not hating on the day though, it was nice to spend some time with my parents and laugh at my dad while he stressed out over the barbecue (yes we barbecue in Scotland on Christmas Day in my house). Treating my parents was also rather lovely. I put a lot of thought into their gifts this year and for once, I was able to spend an amount I wish I was able to every single year. My parents have done a lot for my brother and me so they deserve a nice gift once in a while.

My presents this year were a little random to say the least. I mean, I had car shampoo in my stocking and a sponge under the tree. Those aren’t presents I expect but hey, at least my car is going to be the sparkliest thing on the street. My other half did completely spoil me with a huge Lush box, a signed Eric Weddle Chargers jersey, a box of 60 (yes 60!) Freddos and a Lush gift card though so the oddness was balanced out.

How snazzy is that Lush box?!

Nothing eventful really happened on Christmas for us. Last year my dad almost set the house on fire but this time around the house was safe and so was everyone in it. I think the most exciting thing that happened was me sticking my head in the toilet – I definitely overindulged in the chocolate pudding! I’m not making our day sound all that appealing am I?

Basically I have just written a post about how normal our day was. Like I’ve said before in Christmas related posts, we’re not really all that into it. I was just happy to have the day off work. Simple things!

Regardless of how uneventful my day was I hope you had a great time and got everything you wanted. If you’ve got any chocolate pudding left over please send it my way!

Edinburgh Winter Market

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Christmas isn’t a big deal in my family. Sure we have our trees and decorations and we do get into it on the actual day itself but the lead up to it is kind of “whatever” in my house. Despite that fact my mum, dad and I now have a tradition of going to the Edinburgh Winter Market to gorge on waffles and attempt to do some Christmas shopping. It’s the only Christmassy thing we do prior to Christmas Day.

Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities but I absolutely adore it at Christmas time. I love the Winter Market and how happy everyone seems while they’re wandering around all the cute wooden stalls. The smell of the bratwursts cooking makes me want to throw up but the stalls selling decorations and all sorts of random cheese makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Perhaps I am a human!

We went this year on December 8th (boy am I late with this post!). I had one goal and one goal only: to eat waffles – let’s count how many times I say “waffles” in this post.

As soon as we got into the market I immediately started looking for the waffle and hot chocolate stand. I eventually found it right in the same spot as last year; I should’ve looked there first! All I wanted was a waffle with vanilla sauce and a small hot chocolate. Christmas is the only time of year where I will happily consume cow’s milk and that hot chocolate was definitely needed. I may have been wrapped up in my warmest coat but I’m fairly certain I was starting to turn into a snowman, I was that cold!

Annoyingly I didn’t manage to eat all of the waffle as I made the stupid mistake of eating breakfast beforehand so now I have to wait until next year to attempt to finish another one. To say I’m gutted would be an understatement. Yes I am mad about not being able to finish a waffle so much so that I’ve dedicated an entire paragraph to it.

The Winter Market was as fabulous as ever but the Christmas shopping that followed was a disaster. All we managed to find was some more decorations for the tree (we change the colour scheme every year like weirdos). I didn’t have any ideas as to what to get my parents so I was hoping wandering around the shops would help but nope, nothing caught my eye. It was difficult getting the presents for my other half as well despite the fact I knew exactly what I was getting him. Shops are useless!

Basically all we managed to do was eat waffles, get my phone battery replaced at the Apple store, turn into icicles and coat our lungs in the popcorn scented air. It really was one giant fail but hey, I got exactly what I wanted so I guess I can’t complain. Waffles.

As it’s now Christmas Eve (and it seems to be dragging on for as long as it usually does) it’s only appropriate for me to end this post by saying Merry Christmas. I hope you have a great day and that the big guy is rather generous to you. Don’t fill up too much on food! xx

Yankee Christmas Cookie Candle

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Yesterday I went on a desperate mission to find a Secret Santa present for someone who I have deemed impossible to buy for. The present I originally purchased for them didn’t arrive in time (thank you Royal Mail!) so I made the mad and confusing drive to my local garden centre in hopes there would be something suitable in there. Instead what I found will ruin my bank account forever.

Inside my local garden centre is a table and on that table are all the Yankee candles a generic blogger could ever want. Apparently they’ve been selling Yankee candles for a while but no one thought about telling me, cruel people!

After I got over my initial excitement about this fact I purchased one candle and one candle only, oh hell let’s call it the candle to rule all candles.

I originally picked up Christmas Eve but in the end I decided the fruitiness of it would be a little too much for me so instead, I went for the deliciousness of Christmas Cookie. I picked up the smaller version mainly because I thought it was cute. I discriminate by size.

I haven’t actually lit the candle yet (aside from to take picture) but I imagine this is going to smell incredible and will probably have me buying boxes upon boxes of cookies. My room is currently reeking of Chinese takeaway so maybe I should actually light it. Decisions!

Anyway, this is has been a rather rambling post about candles so I think I shall end it here mainly because I want to smell Christmas Cookie again. Would it be weird to make my other half sleep on the couch so the candle can have his side? Candle issues.

Lush Celebrate Review

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Last Christmas (I gave you my heart and the very next day…sorry!) my brother kindly gave me a Lush Christmas box. During the lead up to Christmas I had overindulged in dairy and was suffering from a rather stubborn eczema flare up as a result. I was stumped for a way to banish the eczema from my skin but inside the box that my brother’s girlfriend had so carefully wrapped was the answer to my itchy prayers. This is getting exciting isn’t it?

Lush Celebrate came in a dinky 75g tub that sadly lasted for just over a week. Even though we only spent a short amount of time together I was absolutely in love with it and was rather gutted when our odd relationship ended. That little tub of Celebrate cleared up my eczema practically overnight and allowed me to stuff my face with mozzarella sticks until they were forced out of my hands. Needless to say I was rather gutted when the tub ran out and I discovered it was limited edition.

Fortunately Celebrate hit the Lush shelves again in September this year which had me almost jumping for joy (I say almost as jumping requires effort). As soon as I discovered it was back I immediately snapped it up and then apparently took almost 3 months to post the review.

I used Celebrate the same day the 225g tub made its way back into my life. The awful orange Calpol like smell that disgusted me last year is back but it seems to be slightly less child sickness like; it’s now an odd mix of that orange sweet I hate from Quality Street and Calpol.

The morning after I slathered Celebrate all over me was not a pleasant one; I woke up to an all too familiar burning feeling in my legs. The burning was the end result of a major scratching session in my sleep which my legs received the brunt of. Weirdly the rest of my skin was fine; in fact, it had improved by a significant amount. I knew Lush and their wizardry was behind the positive aspect but I was completely confused by the claw marks on my legs.

Celebrate went on me again the night of the morning after and continued to do so for a week. Each morning I would wake to fresh scratches and it got to the point where my legs were more bright red than milky white. Despite the fact I was clearly trying to remove my legs in my sleep the rest of me was completely scratch free. It made absolutely no sense.

Eventually I went a night without applying Celebrate to my legs and low and behold there were no new scratches on my legs. I went a few more nights without applying Celebrate to my legs as I was trying to be all scientific and conduct a pointless experiment and what do you know, no new claw marks I was rather devastated. Yes, devastated over a body lotion. I am that fickle.

Despite the scratching and the fact I now can’t use it on my legs I honestly can’t fault Celebrate – aside from maybe the smell. It’s a thick and luxurious cream that contains all of the right ingredients. The almond oil in particular helps my skin a lot and it’s the reason as to why I can stuff my face with mozzarella sticks again this Christmas. I’m completely lost for a plausible explanation as to why it’s not agreeing with my legs but it’s working just as well as last year on the rest of my body.

If you suffer from general dry skin or eczema and can handle the awful orange smell then I’d highly recommend Lush Celebrate to you. I’ve been using it sparingly as I don’t want it to run out too soon since it is limited edition but honestly, a little goes a long way. It is a very heavy cream so unless you enjoy the greasy look definitely keep it away from your face. It’s honestly a brilliant cream, I’m just the idiot who scratches in their sleep at the slightest thing.

P.S I cannot work with this lighting anymore!

The Christmas Tag

Monday, 15 December 2014

The beautiful Jilly at tagged me to do the Christmas Tag so here it is! Is it weird that I'm not big on Christmas but was actually rather excited to do this post? I think I just like talking about myself.

1. What is your favourite Christmas film?

The Santa Clause! It’s usually on TV on Christmas Eve but I can't find it on the listings this year. Fortunately I have it on DVD but I'm actually a little gutted it's not on BBC1 or BBC2 this year. Christmas is ruined.

2. Have you ever had a White Christmas?

I think I have but I was really young and it was more than likely that awful slushy gunk.

3. Where do you usually spend the holiday?

At home with my family. My brother is in Australia this year so it’s going to be really weird!

4. What is your favourite Christmas song?

Don’t shoot me but I absolutely detest Christmas songs. They’re too cheery!

5. Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

Nope, it’s not a tradition in my family and I’m so glad it’s not as I probably wouldn’t be able to stop opening presents.

6. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?

Erm Rudolph, Prancer, Dancer, Donner, Blitzen, Casserole, Coffee, Comet…how many reindeer are there again?

7. What holiday traditions are you looking forward to the most this year?

Putting the tree up. I usually do it by myself as I have high standards but this year I had help from my male human. He did a good job so I'm proud of him. Little things.

8. Is your Christmas tree real or fake?

We have a real one in the living room and a fake one in the dining room. I used to have my own mini fake one but it was looking a little worse for wear last year so I threw it out. I need to replace it!

9. What is your all-time favourite holiday food/sweet treat?

They’re not exactly traditional holiday food but I love mozzarella sticks and devour them all of Christmas day. Oh and that really gooey chocolate pudding always goes down a treat too.

10. Be honest: do you like giving gifts or receiving gifts better?

I like both equally. It’s nice to find the perfect present for a loved one but it’s also nice to receive a present especially when it’s a pair of Beats that your brother then borrows for the majority of Christmas.

11. What is the best Christmas gift you have ever received?

I’m really not sure. My family typically gives less presents that are more expensive as opposed to a lot of presents that are cheaper so over the years I have received some incredible gifts. I honestly can’t single out one present in particular! This question is way too hard.

12. What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

It’s such a cliché but New York would be my dream place. It’s obviously so hyped up and everyone I know who has been to New York around Christmas says it’s not as good as it’s depicted on TV but I still want to go for the holidays.

13. Are you a pro-present wrapper or do you fail miserably?

Oh I definitely fail miserably. I got so excited last month when I realised I had more space to wrap this year (I’ve been confined to wrapping in my small bedroom up until recently) so maybe I’ll suddenly become a pro.

14. Most memorable Holiday moment?

Last year when my dad decided to barbecue the steaks but almost set the house on fire in the process. It’s such a silly memory but it’s definitely going to be discussed by my family for years to come.

15. What made you realise the truth about Santa?

I think someone in primary school said he wasn’t real. My parents kept up the charade until 2 years ago though. They used to sign the tag on each present “Love Santa”.

16. Do you make new year's resolutions and stick to them?

I make them but I don’t keep to them. I always make unrealistic ones that I break within minutes.

17. What makes the holidays special to you?

Another cliché, family! Like I said, this year is going to be weird as my brother isn’t going to be here and my other half will be getting some rather serious test results right before Christmas so I’m not sure how this year is going to go. My dad is getting really into Christmas though which is totally out of character so it’s definitely going to be a festive one!

So that's my Christmas all rolled up into one post. Happy Christmassing.

Paul Fredrick: Winter Fashion

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

If there’s one thing I dread about winter (aside from the cold weather, the mad Christmas present panic and the fear of overindulging in chocolate) it’s picking out what clothes to wear. The festive period comes with a lot of formal events that require a new outfit every time. Sometimes it all becomes a bit too overwhelming but there are a few tried and tested things that I like to stick to.

While everyone else seems to sparkle away in their gorgeous glittery dresses and killer heels I like to keep things simple. A little black dress and a pair of statement shoes gets me through the party season and I like my man to rock the classic look too.

Clean cut, well fitting, suits are something all men look great in (if you ask my other half he’ll tell you he looks “proper dapper” in a suit) and are definitely a must have for the festive period. Guys are a lot more limited when it comes to clothing choices than women are but fortunately for them, suits come in a wide range of cuts, styles and colours.

There are certain parties (like the office Christmas one) that call for a festive spin on your man’s attire. A dark suit with a crisp dress shirt and a fun tie is the best option for a Christmas work function. Your significant other will look stylish, appropriate and will hopefully not be the negative topic of conversation at the water cooler the following morning.

When it comes to more personal events such as a family meal or a party hosted by a friend you can be a lot more daring with your outfit. If you and your other half have a taste for colour then pick out clothes that are rich in purple, burgundy and even gold and silver. If your style is a lot simpler like mine and my partner’s then pick out classic looks made up of black, red and white.

I like to throw in a hint of gold into my formal outfits but the males out there aren’t exactly spoilt for choice when it comes to accessorising. Keeping it simple when adding some flair into an outfit intended for a male is the best option. A gold tie or one with a gold pattern can add that festive twist without overwhelming the entire outfit. Even a gold watch peeking out from their sleeve will assist in adding that edge.

As for the added extras that are needed when battling the cold a smart jacket in a neutral tone will add that finishing touch to whatever outfit your man chooses to wear. Although a coat will more than likely be removed upon entering the building you’re in it can really make or break an outfit. My favourite go to coat is camel with rose gold details while my partner’s is a grey piece. As they’re both neutral colours they complement each other and go with whatever outfits we’re wearing.

Shoes are also an obvious necessity and again, can make or break an outfit. While I favour more statement shoes to contrast with my simple outfits, my significant other goes for classic styles. His more timeless shoes are the complete opposite of my bolder choices but they help to keep my taste from being to jarring.

As much as I dread this time of year I’m always up for seeing my man looking (to quote him again) proper dapper all dressed up. Although there are occasions where we both feel like mixing it up and being a bit more daring with our choices, simple and classic is always our top pick for formal outfits. A man really can’t go wrong with timeless pieces regardless of how much wine and how many sausage roll crumbs end up all over his suit.

Disclaimer: This post was written in return for exposure because no one wants to pay bloggers for their work. Also, I never actually received any exposure. Winning.

The Lessons of Racism

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Growing up in a small town in Scotland meant I was constantly surrounded by white faces. Diverse is not a word one would ever consider to describe the town I have lived in my whole life and as a result of this I was fairly sheltered from racism.

Racism was something I only ever read about in my American history textbooks. It was a subject I was extremely interested in but was also very naïve to. The racism I was reading about happened during the days of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King and to me, that level of racism no longer existed. I had never seen it in real life therefore was completely ignorant to it.

I learnt after leaving school and discovering that there is a world beyond the building I had to be in for 7 hours a day, 5 days a week that prejudice towards all races still exists. That was something that was conveniently left out of every single textbook and every educational film I was ever shown during my 12 years of education.

I’m glad I discovered that racism is still well and truly alive when I did as the current events America is producing would completely tear my mind apart if I hadn’t realised the awful truth.

Racism isn’t something I’ve ever experienced so it would be rather pretentious of me to comment on the emotional and mental impact it can have. The only side of racism I can understand is the death it causes. The black people who are shot for having a toy gun in a park, for walking down the street with their friend or for having the audacity to sell untaxed cigarettes in New York.

I can’t even begin to comprehend how people can look at someone and only see skin colour. I find it difficult to process the fact your skin colour automatically stereotypes you. As far as I’m concerned the “white girl” stereotypes on social media are all in good fun but the stereotypes projected onto black people are disturbing.

When Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman had an outburst on the sidelines after the 2013 NFC Championship game he was automatically branded a “thug”. He suddenly had no place in the NFL due to an emotional interview conducted by Erin Andrews.

The real Richard Sherman is a hardworking, intelligent, dedicated Stanford graduate who helped the Seahawks dramatically during last season. He’s not a thug but his skin colour predetermined how not only the media but the general public would respond to his reaction after the game. Richard Sherman later went on to point out that “thug” was the new way of using the n word.

It doesn’t make any sense to me. When I look at a person, I see them as a fellow human being because that’s exactly what they are. They could come from any country, be of any skin colour and come from any background and I really wouldn’t care; I’m only interested in whether someone is a good person or not, the rest just doesn’t interest me.

It’s been 46 years since the death of Martin Luther King and black people are still fighting for equality. When things changed towards the end of my American history textbooks I assumed racism had ended. I stupidly thought people were more willing to accept someone who isn’t white as a person but I was wrong.

Racism still exists to this day and although it doesn’t affect me directly, I still want to fight against it. I can’t be in Ferguson, Missouri or New York to protest but I can be there in spirit and pray that one day, skin colour won’t matter. I can support the families of the victims, I can applaud the Rams players who stepped onto the field in the “hands up, don’t shoot” stance and I can fight for equality even if I’m only playing a very small role in the battle.

I may not fully understand racism and I may have been ignorant towards it for a long time but I’m slowly but surely becoming more and more aware of it. I don’t know how to handle it, I don’t know the solution but I know I can be part of the fix as opposed to being part of the issue and that’s exactly what I’m choosing to do. I only wish that eventually every single person who inhabits this planet learns to do the same.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

November Favourites

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Apparently it’s the end of November which can only mean one thing; it’s time to cry over the lack of ideas I have for Christmas presents. Everybody seems to love this time of year but I absolutely detest it. Sure I like Christmas but only on December 25th and not a minute sooner. Wait, this is supposed to be my monthly favourites, moving on!

I would like to apologise for the quality of these photos. I’m not exactly known for my brilliant photography skills as it is but this time of year has been disastrous for pictures. No matter what time of day I try to take the photos at they always come out dark and weird. Bring back Summer!

1. Benefit Dandelion Blusher

Thanks to my incredibly pale skin I am limited on what kind of blusher I can actually use. Most are far too dark for me and no amount of blending can eliminate the clown look I’m left with. Benefit Dandelion is one of the few blushers I can wear that adds a nice, subtle colour without being over the top. It’s easy to work with and looks good for most of the day. I’m actually a little gutted about the fact I’ve hit pan on it.

2. Lush Whip Stick

My 2 favourite lip balms have gone walkabouts so I picked up Whip Stick from Lush just in time. It’s a rather delightful chocolate orange flavoured lip balm that does not look even remotely appealing in the tin or on the website. I’ve been using it non-stop and could not be happier with it. It’s not an overly creamy lip balm so it doesn’t completely drench your lips but it does do a good job at hydrating them. It also leaves behind a rather lovely subtle taste so it’s a major win!

3. MAC Chatterbox

Chatterbox has featured in my monthly favourites before but I just had to include it again. It’s a beautiful, natural pink lipstick that works for both day and night. Chatterbox is an Amplified formula so it’s creamy, easy to apply and lasts for a good few hours. Out of all of my lipsticks it doesn’t typically stand out but when I do pull it out of my make up drawer I always fall right back in love with it.

4. Lush King of Skin

I think it’s safe to say based on the group picture King of Skin (the individual shot was obviously taken on a different day) has been used quite a lot. Like I mentioned in my Lush haul post I believed I would be chasing this around the shower but I’m pleased to say it’s not even remotely slippery. I was convinced it wasn’t actually working but my skin has been softer and less dry since using it. Another awesome find in Lush!

5. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

How late to the scene am I with this one? I picked it up on a whim as my Bioderma was about to run out and I’m so glad I did. The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water does an incredible job at removing even my darkest of eye make-up and brightest of lipstick. Very little of the product is required and it’s a great (and cheaper) alternative to Bioderma. I’m really not saying anything about this that hasn’t been said before am I?

So there’s my November Favourites. Now if you don’t mind I have a lot of chocolate to consume while I watch the Chargers take on the Ravens. I’m going to be gutted when football season is over. I really can’t stay on topic can I?

Kurt Geiger Carvela 'Jest' Sandals

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Shoes are my biggest weakness but I somehow managed to go through my 4 years of a shoe obsession without a simple pair of black heels. Black is a colour that features heavily in my wardrobe but when it comes to shoes I like to have some form of colour. I prefer shoes that are a little more “out there” mainly because the rest of my wardrobe is so dull. Black sandals were never high up on my radar as, well, they’re a little boring.

It wasn’t until I stumbled across the Kurt Geiger Carvela 'Jest' Sandals that I decided it was time to finally buy a pair of "boring" black heels.

They’re simple yet elegant and have a tiny bit of an edge to them thanks to the snakeskin effect. The gold rectangle in the middle of each criss-crossing strap also adds some extra flair to the shoe. They’re not going to add a large amount of excitement to whatever outfit I choose to wear them with but I am thoroughly enjoying the understated class they give to my skinny jeans and leather jacket combo.

I try to not limit my shoes for certain events or time of day but I really do prefer these heels for the evening. They’re better suited to a night out or for a meal in any restaurant that has margaritas on the menu. I won’t be making any trips to buy Doritos in them that’s for sure.

The heel boasts my height by almost 5 inches and the zip fastening allows for easy access and an easy removal. There’s nothing more annoying to me than not being able to get the buckle undone on a shoe especially when you’re not exactly steady on your feet as it is (back to those margaritas again).

Weirdly I’ve avoided simple black heels for so long yet these heels are about to become my favourite pair of shoes. Perhaps I’ve spent too long wandering around in obnoxious shoes and I’m now down with boring old black heels or maybe it’s just because they’re new to me but either way, I’m beyond happy about accidentally finding these. Go Kurt Geiger!

P.S I can't work with this Scottish weather anymore. Give me some light!

Lush Haul

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Lush wasn’t even on my mind until my parents mentioned they were going to be making a quick trip before heading to the Scotland vs Argentina rugby game. As soon as the words left my mother’s mouth I immediately handed her money that was intended for something else and practically threw a list of my Lush desires in her face. I’m a pleasant daughter.

My list was kept to the bare minimum. I’ve become very money conscious recently (i.e. I’m conscious of the fact I seem to be forever broke) so I decided I would only get the necessities. I use the term necessities incredibly loosely here.

First up was a shower jelly which goes by the delightful name of “Whoosh”. Like Dirty Springwash I was attracted to the colour and wasn’t fussed about the scent. I expected the jelly to have a subtle minty scent like Dirty Springwash but really, it’s incredibly citrusy. I’ve used a shower jelly before and distinctly remember losing most of it down the plug hole so I expect very little of Whoosh to actually meet any part of my body.

Cosmetic Warrior was given to me for free thanks to the fact I had 5 (technically I had 8 but you need to be in the 5 times tables for this scheme) empty tubs to return to Lush. I’ve never tried it before and I’m not entirely sure I understand why I went for Cosmetic Warrior as I’m not exactly prone to spots but hey, a free face mask is a free face mask.

Whip Stick does not look appealing on the Lush website whatsoever but that didn’t stop me from wanting it. It’s a chocolate orange flavoured lip balm that smells delicious. I haven’t used it yet as I wanted to keep it looking perfect for the picture but as soon as this post is published I am whacking this baby on my lips.

Body butters don’t typically appeal to me but I was suddenly hit with the desire to purchase King of Skin despite it being a slippery little body butter. I clearly didn’t think it through prior to purchasing it as it is to be used in the shower; something I barely have time for in the morning as it is. I’m fairly certain I will be chasing this around the floor of my shower every time I try to use it.

So there you have yet another Lush haul from me. I’d love to say my addiction is getting worse but, as I’ve seen a few pictures of people’s Lush collections on Twitter recently, my addiction is rather miniscule in comparison. I’m not justifying my Lush habit to myself here at all…

P.S Apologies for not being around on here much and for the quality of the photos. I'm trying to balance work and my personal life all while battling the lack of daylight and it's not going very well. Can I please have the sun back?

October Favourites

Sunday, 2 November 2014

It’s now November and I’m already starting to miss seeing the sun. I have the joys of working in an office that has absolutely no windows so I only get to see daylight for the 5 minutes it takes for me to drive to work in the morning. I’ll be amazed if I actually remember what that big ball of fire (is it fire? I used to be good at science-y things I swear) looks like come March/April.

Anyway this is supposed to be my October Favourites not a rant about the sun. Let’s get to it!

1. Lush Dirty Springwash

Ah how I love this delightfully subtle minty shower gel. The blueness of it is the reason I purchased it – I’m a sucker for WKD like blue – but the brilliance of it is the reason it’s in my favourites. Dirty Springwash has been used every day for almost 2 months now and I still have a decent amount left of it.

You only need a tiny amount to clean your entire body but that small blob of shower gel will leave you sparkling clean and minty fresh. The scent isn’t overpowering so you don’t run risk of reeking like a Polo factory all day. I’m either going to buy more of this or steal my other half’s bottle. I bought it for him after all…

2. Lush D’Fluff

I’ve been blessed with skin that doesn’t irritate easily but it never hurts to have a decent shaving cream. Up until D’Fluff appeared on the shelves in Lush I never actually bothered with a shaving cream but now I don’t remove unwanted hair without it.

D’Fluff is another incredible product from Lush that does exactly what it says on the tin (or the black tub, whatever you want to call it). You apply it prior to shaving, grab your razor and then start hacking er I mean shaving away. It leaves your skin incredibly smooth and smelling delightful. Granted I’m not a huge fan of the scent in the tub but once it’s on the skin it smells rather good.

3. Maybelline Baby Lips in Minty Fresh

There was so much hype around the Maybelline Baby Lips when they first hit our stores to the point where I was completely sucked in by it all. I bought 3 of them, 2 were the tinted lip balms while the other was just a general lip balm. I quickly got rid of the tinted ones after being completely disappointed by them but I kept the Minty Fresh one.

I didn’t actually use Minty Fresh for a while as I had another lip balm on the go but, as that went walkabouts, Minty Fresh had a go at fixing the state of my lips. I won’t deny the fact it’s not the greatest of lip balms out there but I absolutely love the discreet minty tingle it leaves behind on my lips and it does do the job I need it to do. At least there’s one Baby Lips that lived up to the hype for me.

4. Max Factor Xperience Weightless Foundation in ‘Raw Silk’

I can’t even remember when this foundation originally came out but I’m fairly certain I was halfway through my teenage years. I absolutely loved this foundation when I first tried it and used it religiously until one day I got bored and found something new. I’ve now rediscovered it and am falling back in love with it all over again.

It’s a fairly light coverage foundation which makes a nice change from my usual MAC Studio Fix Foundation. It won’t cover any major blemishes or my stubborn under eye dark circles but for the most part, it’s a great foundation and my skin is enjoying the break from MAC’s heaviness. I’m running quite low on this bottle so a repurchase may have to be made in the near future.

5. Necklace from Shetland Jewellery

My significant other left me for Shetland last month (he was gone for 5 days so I’m not sure why I’m making it sound so dramatic) but returned with this adorable necklace. It’s barely left my neck since he gave me it although it does have a tendency to disappear whenever I take it off at night. I think it might be cursed but I still happily wear it. What on earth am I going on about?

So there’s my October Favourites. I think next month the sun or a window will feature heavily in next month’s favourites. This lack of sun is making me loopier than I already am. I think I’ll end this post here…

(Another) Lush Haul

Friday, 10 October 2014

Well, it happened again, I made another Lush order. I think my obsession is spiralling out of control and I need some form of Lush rehab. Failing that, I would like a Lush store to be erected next to my house. Anyone else giggle at the word “erected” there? No? Ok…let’s move on and ignore my immaturity.

The Lush order revolved around one thing and one thing only. Last Christmas my brother kindly gifted me a Lush box and inside was Celebrate. I didn’t think too much of it at the time but after a few days of using it my skin was the best it had been in a long time. I was absolutely gutted when my little tub of Celebrate ran out and it turned out to be limited edition. Fortunately Lush have brought it back once again for the festive season (just ignore the fact it returned in September) so I immediately purchased it.

I’m still not overly keen on the scent as it smells like a mix of orange calpol and that orange sweet from Quality Street but I’ll look past that as it’s an incredible moisturiser. I’m actually rather worried about running out of it already and I only just got the tub. Maybe I should’ve bought enough to last me until next Christmas…

Another limited edition item I purchased is Snow Fairy. Everyone and I mean everyone raved about this shower gel last year but I never actually considered buying it and kind of regretted it. Once I noticed it had returned for Christmas I bought it just to see what the fuss is about. I’m not entirely sold on the scent so far but I have yet to use the shower gel so maybe it will grow on me. This may be another case of “don’t believe the hype” (hands up if you just said that in Alex Turner’s accent to yourself).

Sympathy for the Skin is a moisturiser I’ve banged on about in the past but this purchase is not for me. Despite the fact I love Sympathy for the Skin I’m trying out other moisturisers from Lush so this was purchased for my mum. She’s a huge fan of this moisturiser and I’ve lost count as to how many tubs she’s gone through. My mum has good taste!

The last product was not actually part of my original order but I decided to include it anyway; I don’t want to hurt its feelings by leaving it out after all. My parents recently went to London and I’m fairly certain my dad went in search of a Lush store (despite what he says). They ended up buying me Happy Happy as they’re cute little parents who like to give their daughter nice things. They may actually be telling me I smell and need to shower more. Dear god I hope it’s the former!

Well there’s my little Lush haul. I really need to start spacing out my Lush related posts but I can’t help it, I’m becoming a Lush enthusiast. Help!

September Favourites

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Did anyone else recoil in horror when they looked at the date and realised it’s now October? Tomorrow I will be 3 months away from turning 22 and it’s safe to say I’m dreading it. That’s an entirely different post in itself though so let’s just stick to my September Favourites in this one.

1. Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine in Pink Punch

Pink Punch has barely left my nails since I purchased it. I hadn’t bought a nail polish in a long, long time so as soon as I saw Pink Punch I immediately snapped it up. Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine nail polishes are incredible (although I usually have difficulty applying a second coat for some strange reason) and Pink Punch is no exception to that. It’s long lasting, looks amazing on and best of all, it was only £3.99.

2. Illamasqua ‘Virgin’ Lipstick

If you read my review on Illamasqua Virgin then you’ll know I wasn’t overly pleased with the fact it’s more of pink rather than the true red I believed it would be. Despite that though, I’ve been rocking it as often as I can. Although it’s not the shade I expected it is still a lovely colour and it’s a fairly long lasting lipstick. It is a shade I was missing from my collection so I think I can get over the fact it’s not the red I wanted.

3. Lush African Paradise

I think this may potentially become my favourite moisturiser of 2014. It’s helped clear up and keep my eczema at bay and those annoying dry patches of skin I usually get have completely disappeared. As mentioned in my review of African Paradise I’m not a fan of the smell but I can overlook that since it does such a great job at moisturising my skin. Another win for Lush.

4. Jeffrey Campbell Litas

My lovely Litas were abandoned throughout the summer mainly because Scotland actually warmed up but also because they were in dire need of being resoled. There was a day in July when I decided to wear them and as soon as I picked them up the little stubby bit on the heel (what is that even called?) fell right off. In all fairness it had been coming off since around December but I just never bothered to fix it properly. Now that my Litas have been resoled I’ve been wearing them non stop. I know they’re not everyone’s kind of shoe but they’re so comfortable, go with the majority of my wardrobe and they’re incredibly easy to walk in. Thank god I finally had them fixed.

5. The Return of NFL

Ok so technically the NFL came back in August but that was just the pre season, now it’s the regular season and I’m practically drooling at the mouth. Annoyingly we’re already a quarter of the way through the season but my adorable Chargers are sitting pretty at 3-1 and hopefully that will go up to 4-1 when we play the Jets tomorrow. I still maintain we shouldn’t have lost that Cardinals game but hey, we beat the Seahawk so screw it.

So there’s my September Favourites. I was actually planning on just writing about my new Chargers jersey but I didn’t want to come across as some obsessed lunatic. I think the fact I’ve just told you that outs me an obsessed lunatic anyway. You probably already knew that though so hey ho. Ok now I’m just rambling so I shall end this post right about…now.
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